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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 04, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to implement additional accountability requirements on grant programs following the results of a recently completed audit of the Democratic National Convention related to the spending of a $10 million state special event grant. The audit was requested by legislative leaders and the governor following reports of bonuses paid to staff. The governor has also called on the Commonwealth Financing Authority to undertake their own immediate review of the process for approving projects by the board at its next meeting.“Earlier this year I worked with the Department of Community and Economic Development to implement more stringent funding requirements and stronger clawback provisions,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This new proposal places greater accountability on grantees, not just business, that use state funding.”Under the stringent funding and monitoring requirements, grants are awarded based on specific commitments which can be easily verified at regular intervals. Where a grantee fails to create the number of jobs, expend the amount of capital, or carry out a project to which they have committed, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has standard language in its contracts which allow for the clawback of funds, and a strong monitoring program.There are certain grants for special events—such as the 2016 Host Committee award related to the Democratic National Convention— where due to the limited nature of the grant, the grantee’s obligations are less defined beyond holding the event itself.Going forward “special event” grant funding will include specific contract language to:Prohibit the payment of bonuses: New contract language will require awardees to attest that they will not pay bonuses in conjunction with a special event which was funded with state dollars. Payment of any bonuses will trigger repayment of the grant.Require that the commonwealth is the payer of last resort: New contract language will require that funds provided by the commonwealth are to be utilized only after other sources of funding are exhaustedRequire that any surplus grant funds are returned to the commonwealth: DCED will strengthen and clarify language in its agreements to require that grant funds that are not expended be returned to the commonwealth with interest. This requirement will be enforced vigorously at the time of the project close-out audit.Require any surplus privately raised funds be used to pay back the commonwealth for grant funds up to the full amount of the grant: New contract language will require that if private funds remain after an event has concluded, these funds will be used to repay the commonwealth’s grant funding.Ensure all major grants, subgrants, contracts, subcontracts, or other agreements for construction, production, machinery and equipment, services, etc., are competitively bid: DCED will require that all grantees must obtain three arms-length bids if they meet the following criteria: The subcontract is for construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration and/or repair, acquisition of machinery and equipment, or the engagement of the services of a professional consultant, and either the amount of the contract exceeds $50,000, or the contract is at least $10,000 and funded at least 50 percent with state funds.Enhance scrutiny as part of close-out audits: DCED will apply enhanced special scrutiny to the close-out audits of all special event grants moving forward.center_img Governor Wolf Announces Increased Accountability on Grant Programslast_img read more

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first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You LA Galaxy have denied reports claiming they have held talks over the possibility of signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. MLS side LA Galaxy are keen on signing a big-name star to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite bringing in the popular Javier Hernandez. Reports had suggested they were planning on making Messi an audacious offer in order to lure the 32-year-old to California. Barros Schelotto said of a rumoured pursuit of Messi: ‘Nothing. There is nothing to tell.Advertisement Loading… ‘Obviously [everybody would like to have Messi] and the fact of having a certain relationship with him also brings about the possibility but there has been no approach recently.’ Messi is able to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer in the summer if he chooses to exercise a clause that allows him to orchestrate his departure. The Argentina international has not been completely happy at Barcelona in recent months with the club captain even clashing with sporting director and former team-mate Eric Abidal. read also:Messi names his favourites to win Champions League Messi took exception with Abidal after the Frenchman said the players were to blame for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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first_imgCongratulations to recent Batesville High School graduate, Zach Britton, on being named the District H high school baseball player of the year.  Britton was a 4-year member of the Batesville varsity as a catcher.  This year he compiled the following statistics:  batting average of .553 which included 6 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 34 walks.Britton’s high school statistics would have been higher on the all-time list except for an injury that cost him most of one season.  He will, however, join another BHS graduate, Bryan Hoeing, in Louisville this fall if he chooses not to accept a major league baseball offer that is sure to come.  Most experts say that the quickest way to the major leagues is as a catcher.  Congratulations and good luck to Zach!I would like to thank the Herald Tribune for some of the statistics in this article.last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool must pay some of their Premier League rivals millions in bonuses after clinching the title. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp and his team have worked wonders in the transfer market in the last few years. But many players brought in have been heavily-incentivised, with Liverpool promising to pay huge fees to selling clubs if the player involved wins the league at Anfield. With the Reds finally winning their first-ever Premier League title on Thursday, the Kop crew must now fork up. Southampton are thought to be due a staggering £3million in fees, with Liverpool raiding the south coast club time and time again down the years. Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are all former Southampton stars set to watch their former club get richer.Advertisement Arsenal are also due a monster fee, with former Gunners ace Oxlade-Chamberlain now a Premier League champion. Hull are set for a tasty little earner too, thanks to the deal which brought Andrew Robertson to Anfield. While Charlton will pocket a tidy sum due to the terms of Joe Gomez’s Merseyside move. read also:Hungry Klopp plans to build on Liverpool title win Inserting such clauses into transfer proposals often allows clubs to sign their target for less than the selling team would like. But the selling clubs also benefit from the one-off fee somewhere down the line should their new team be successful. Southampton, who have often been mocked for their “feeder team” status to Liverpool, will certainly be happy with their business now. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jerry Mackey   The Mach-1 Sport Compacts saw pole sitter Codey Staley lead the caution-free 12-lap feature flag to flag. Staley cruised to the impressive win ahead of Brad Havel and William Michel. The 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature took the green with Brandon Jay leading before fourth starting Strothman took over the point position. Strothman and Jason See went on to race side-by-side for the majority of the race, and with slide jobs and diamond corner moves taking place neither driver was able to take control of the race. “We touched once on the back chute but Jason and I race together a lot and I feel comfortable racing like that with him,” Strothman said from victory lane.center_img COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa – Corey Strothman prevailed in a classic when The Class Too Tough To Tame took to the track Friday at CJ Speedway.  Strothman finally took the win half a car length ahead of See with a fast-closing Adam Bell crossing under the checkers in third.  last_img read more

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first_imgKURU Kururu Warriors and Vurlon Mills Academy collected full points while there were three draws that highlighted play on the opening day of the 4th annual East Bank Football Association / Ralph Green sponsored Under-11 League which kicked off on Saturday last at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, East Bank Demerara.Playing in the final match of the day, the young Warriors clawed their way back from being a goal down to defeat last year’s runner-up Grove Hi Tech 2-1. Rayfield Hillman had given Grove the lead in the 9th minute.Kuru Kururu Warriors ended 10th of the 12 teams last year and were eager to put on a better show this time around first equalised through a 13th minute Johnson Maddison goal which was met with ecstatic celebrations form the players and Coach Dillion Roberts. Grove was denied from the penalty spot in their quest to take the lead.The first half ended 1-1 and as the minutes ticked away in the 30-minute encounter with water breaks half way between each half, the match looked like it was destined for the fourth draw of the day but that was not to be as a Clifton Sampson goal in the 28th minute separated the two teams and sealed full points for the Linden Soesdyke Highway based Warriors.The other team taking full points on the day was debutants Vurlon Mills Academy, who defeated defending champions Timehri Panthers 2-0. In a keenly contested match, Mills Academy took the lead with just one minute to the half time whistle, Christian Enderson tucking the ball past Panthers’ goalkeeper Jaden Tasha.Five minutes into the second half the game was sealed by Mills Academy when Tasha was deemed by the Referee to have crossed the goal line with the ball in his hands after gathering same in the 20th minute.Diamond United (7th in 2018) and Samatta Point/Kaneville making their debut, played to a 1-1. Rick Ramatar had sent Diamond into the lead in just the second minute, registering the first goal of the tournament in the process.Diamond was on course to take full points but in the 17th minute, goalkeeper Romano Fraser gifted Samatta Point/Kaneville the equalizing goal when it was deemed by the Referee that he had stepped over the line with the ball; the match ending 1-1.It was a similar score line in the Friendship All Stars (9th in 2018) / Riddim Squad (debut) encounter while it was a 0-0 end in the match between the third and fourth place finishers from last year, Agricola Red Triangle and Swan Football Club which is based on the Linden Soesdyke Highway.Matches set to continue on Saturday at the same venue.last_img read more

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first_img Tags: BaseballC-NSliverpool Given the topsy-turvy nature of the entire regular season, no one had any idea what to expect once the Section III Class AA baseball playoffs got underway.So it perhaps only made sense that a no. 7 seed in a seven-team field made the finals, while Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, both of whom carried championship aspirations, got left behind.C-NS entered as the no. 3 seed, meeting no. 6 seed Utica Proctor in last Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Onondaga Community College, where the Northstars fought past the Raiders 3-1. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story They were scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Proctor’s Robert Conley singled and scored off Justin DelVecchio, but that was all DelVecchio would allow as he held the Raiders to four hits and did not surrender a walk.C-NS tied it, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth, and then got to Proctor pitchers Brandon Peterson and Felix DelaCruz for two decisive runs an inning later. Cole Rockwell was credited with a double and RBI as he, along with Drew Bristow and Mike Wieczorek, each scored once.A day later, at Falcon Park, it was C-NS against no. 7 seed Fayetteville-Manlius in the semifinals after the Hornets pulled out its own 3-1 win over no. 2 seed West Genesee in the quarterfinals that required 10 innings. Having won two of three from F-M in their series early in May, the Northstars may have expected F-M to let down – but instead, it was C-NS that never got going in a 5-0 defeat.Justin Persse got the start and worked through two quiet innings, while fellow left-hander Max Parker only surrendered an infield hit in those pair of frames.So it was 0-0 when, in the top of the third,  F-M went in front. Ben Delmarsh led off with a single, Mitchell Seabury reached on an error and Parker delivered a perfect bunt single down the third-base line to load the bases with nobody out.Sean O’Connor’s sacrifice fly scored Delmarsh. Itai Spinoza walked to again load the bases before Sean Arthur’s fly ball brought Seabury home and Tom Coleman’s two-out RBI single made it 3-0.Trying to answer, C-NS instead had Parker retire 10 batters in a row at one point, before and after a a 90-minute rain delay in the fifth inning.Then the Hornets added to its margin in the top of the sixth against C-NS pitchers Noah Wieczorek and Carter Wisely, again loading the bases with nobody out. John Egnaczyk walked to force in pinch-runner Matt Vaccaro and Seabury added a sacrifice fly.Despite allowing two runners to get on base in the sixth and seventh innings, Parker got out of both jams to preserve his shutout and send F-M along to the sectional final.Back on Tuesday night, at OCC, Liverpool entered the playoff fray, facing no. 5 seed Rome Free Academy and getting another strong effort on the mound from ace Luke Harder in a 3-0 victory.Harder allowed just one hit and overcame six walks by striking out nine Black Knights to constantly escape trouble. RFA pitcher Justin Swavely matched those zeroes through three innings.Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors grabbed a 1-0 lead, adding two runs an inning later. Sam Sgroi singled and doubled, with Harder, Adam Marsh and Shane Hazelmyer getting one RBI apiece.This gave Liverpool the chance to knock off top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville in a sectional semifinal at Falcon Park Thursday that started late due to the rain delay of the F-M-West Genesee game and didn’t end until after 11:30.By then, the Warriors’ fate was long sealed, B’ville having topped them 11-4 in large part due to two big rallies that tore up the Warriors’ pitching plans.Jake Wheeler never recorded an out as the first six Bees batters reached base and four of them scored, three on Jeb Farneth’s bases-clearing double.Liverpool did cut it to 4-3 in the top of the third on Hazelmyer’s RBI single and pinch-hitter Aaron Sisto’s two-run double, but B’ville answered with five runs in the bottom of the third, all with two outs, and never got caught.last_img read more

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first_img Published on April 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm thdunne@syr.edu BUFFALO — Heartache turned to celebration in one night for Mike Williams. After seeing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — a team that coveted him all along — draft a wide receiver in the second round, Williams was crushed. He almost eliminated Tampa Bay as a possible destination. Almost.Three picks into the fourth round of this weekend’s NFL Draft, Tampa Bay drafted the former Syracuse wide receiver. After an up-and-down collegiate career, Williams has a fresh start in the Sunshine State. All along, he had a feeling the Buccaneers would come calling. And after taking Illinois‘ Arrelious Benn in the second round, they did.  ‘I was thinking from the start that Tampa would grab me,’ Williams said. ‘They grabbed another receiver and I thought, ‘Wow, who else now?’ It was shocking but I’m glad they came back around and got me.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoining Williams in the pro ranks is Arthur Jones. The former SU defensive tackle was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (157th overall). Jones joins a loaded Ravens front four responsible for keeping Ray Lewis and co. blocker-free.And Williams, who caught 49 passes for 746 yards and six touchdowns last year, will have a great opportunity to play right away on a young Bucs team. Surrounded by friends and family outside his home in Buffalo, Williams soaked it in. He posed for pictures, hugged his tear-filled mother and finally exhaled. It’s been a long path here. After missing all of his 2008 season to academic suspension and then leaving the Orange program last fall, Williams was dogged by character questions up to the draft. Talent-wise, many scouts pegged him a first- or second-round pick. But due to a rocky collegiate career, Williams slipped to 101st overall as the 14th wide receiver drafted. Watching receiver after receiver get picked wasn’t easy. Williams couldn’t sleep Friday night. Not knowing he deserved to be picked.But sporting a Buccaneers hat and a glistening smile, it didn’t seem to matter Saturday. He feels wanted. Finally, Williams can start anew. Thursday, he’ll report to his new team. Williams knew the Buccaneers were interested in him throughout the draft process. With family members screaming ‘Tampa Bay! Tampa Bay!’ in the background — and his brother shouting ‘I’m going to Disneyland!’ — Williams was quick to note that this visit stood out above the rest. This is where he needs to be.‘I felt like I was drafted already when I was down there,’ Williams said. ‘They treated me like it was home. Everything was good. I just can’t believe I’m there now.’ Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Published on March 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mariya Moore came charging down the right side of the lane and Syracuse center Bria Day had to scramble to keep up, like Louisville had been doing for most of the first three quarters.Moore’s layup would have given the Cardinals the lead with two and a half minutes to play. It would have been the fifth lead change of the quarter. It would have been the next punch in a game filled with them.“‘Bri, you can get this ball,” Day thought to herself.Day leapt off her feet, extended her arm over Moore’s head and swatted the ball into teammate Cornelia Fondren’s hands. Fondren pushed the ball up the court as the Orange didn’t have time to celebrate. Twenty-five seconds later, Brianna Butler knocked down a jumper to give SU a three-point lead, one it wouldn’t give up the rest of the way.“That block was the most important part of the game,” Syracuse forward Taylor Ford said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 3 seed Orange (25-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) fended off several of No. 2 seed Louisville’s (25-7, 15-1) surges to grind out an 80-75 win over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon in the ACC tournament semifinals and extend its win streak to 11 games. SU will face No. 1 seed Notre Dame (30-1, 16-0) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for the ACC championship at the Greensboro Coliseum. The win also puts Syracuse in prime position to receive a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament and host the first weekend.The last time Syracuse lost was against Louisville on Jan. 25 and it was outscored 34-18 in the paint and outrebounded 48-37. On Saturday, the Orange won the battle inside, 40-34, and grabbed two more boards than the Cardinals.“Make the game grimy and just get tough,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “And that’s what we talked about the last three minutes of the game was getting every rebound, contesting every shot, getting a body on a body and just toughen the game out.”Bria Day played 16 minutes, five more than she averages, including the final 3:23 after her twin sister Briana Day fouled out. Hillsman previously said Bria Day is the most improved SU player since the start of the season. On Saturday, there wasn’t any drop off from the 7.8 per game rebounder to the 3.3 one.After beating North Carolina State in the quarterfinals on Friday, Briana Day said what stands out about Louisville is its physicality. As the teams went blow for blow, the Day sisters battled all game with ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen, who scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. But her performance still wasn’t good enough throughout the whole game for Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.“She’s kicking your ass, that’s what she’s doing,” Walz yelled to Hines-Allen in the second quarter as Bria Day shut her down.“She’s whooping your ass.”Thirteen of Hines-Allen’s points came in the third quarter and she screamed after nearly every Louisville offensive possession that ended with points. But she only scored four in the fourth as the game hung in the balance.With five minutes left, Briana Day posted Hines-Allen up, spun around her and deftly finished in a lefty layup while absorbing Hines-Allen’s foul. Briana Day clapped once, high-fived SU guard Brittney Sykes and sunk the free throw to give Syracuse a one-point lead.When Briana Day fouled out, Hines-Allen stomped twice in excitement with SU’s best interior defender heading to the bench. But the opportunity to capitalize against Syracuse’s backup came and went without Hines-Allen taking full advantage.Syracuse’s frontcourt depth was tested, by both Allen-Hines and foul trouble, but whether it was Briana or Bria Day, the Orange rose to the challenge, securing a berth into its first-ever ACC title game.“Everything was contested and they really fought hard,” Hillsman said, “and we just came out and made a couple plays late.” Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSyracuse had finally done it. It had overcome a third period lead and sent the game to overtime for the first time this season. But just 20 seconds into the extra frame, the Orange’s strong third period, the Savannah Rennie tying goal, SU’s hopes for consecutive wins – they were all erased.Despite tying the game with 8:38 remaining in the final frame and dominating the final minutes of the third period, Syracuse (2-11-0, 1-1-0 College Hockey America) found themselves back in the loss column just seconds into overtime. The 169 fans who came to War Memorial Arena on Saturday afternoon were treated to just 20 seconds of extra hockey, as St. Lawrence (5-4-3, 2-1-1 ECAC) forward Anna Segedi quickly wired home the winner.After an Orange forward slipped at the blue line, the Saints came in on an outnumbered attack leading to Segedi’s goal. The two Syracuse defenders each picked up a Saint but that left Segedi, the trailer, open to receive a pass in the slot. She made quick work of the pass, and thus the game, rocketing a wrist shot past the glove side of Allison Small.“We had a play that we were going to do off the draw, and it worked initially,” said Orange forward Victoria Klimek. “But then I guess we just kind of turned it over pretty quickly.”After the opening frame, which saw Syracuse give up two straight goals and head into the locker room trailing, the Orange did something that has been a rarity thus far this season: Play better as the game went on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mentioned to the girls we were having a little Saturday afternoon skate at the War Memorial for the first part of the game,” head coach Paul Flanagan said.Emily Steinberger | Staff PhotographerIn the second period, Small stopped all 13 of St. Lawrence’s shots. After the Saints made a scheduled goaltending change halfway through the contest, an uncommon move at the collegiate level, the Orange tied things up.With 6:17 remaining in the middle period, a blocked Syracuse shot from the point redirected to the stick of Anna Leschyshyn who wound up for a slap shot. The freshman fired a shot on goal, and, as Klimek attempted to step in front to screen the goalie, the puck deflected off her shin pad and into the net. Though St. Lawrence once again took the lead early in the third, Syracuse’s improved play continued. Late in the frame, and down one, Rennie took a stretch-pass from defender Jessica DiGirolamo and started in on net with only the goalie to beat. After a few dekes, she lined up a wrist shot and deposited the puck just above the goalie’s pad and just below her blocker to tie the game.“DiGi made a very nice pass right on my tape,” Rennie said. “I just shot it where I saw some open net and luckily it went in.”As the seconds ticked off the clock in regulation, the Orange dominated the play. At points it seemed like the home team was on the power play despite playing at even strength. Syracuse players yelled motivation at each other on the ice and from the bench, while the Orange hemmed the Saints in their own zone. With 1:13 left in the game, forward Kelli Rowswell tried to corral a tipped breakaway pass while staying onside, but her skates barely drifted over the blue line as she picked up the loose puck.After 60 minutes, and the score still tied, the Orange took a deep breath and prepared for an overtime period of five minutes. But the extra frame didn’t even last one minute.“You’ve got to love to win in overtime,” Flanagan said. “You know, that would’ve been a huge energy boost, obviously, not only to win the game but moving forward, you get to take that onto the bus.”But it didn’t happen for Syracuse on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2019 at 7:14 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edulast_img read more

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