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first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Community development has so many benefits for our municipalities, including improving the lives of local residents and attracting businesses to grow the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “The Keystone Communities program encourages that development. These 22 projects will be a boon for those areas.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“For true economic growth to occur statewide, we need to not only support our businesses through economic development, but elevate our neighborhoods through community development as well,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “These two components are inextricably tied together, which is why the Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.The following list highlights Keystone Communities projects being announced today, totaling nearly $5.4 million in state support:Allegheny CountyWilkinsburg Borough: $475,000 to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park located in WilkinsburgBeaver CountyCity of Aliquippa: $365,000 to demolish the three remaining commercial buildings on the redevelopment site on the eastern end of Franklin Avenue immediately adjacent to SR 51 and the entrance to the Aliquippa Industrial ParkBerks CountyBuilding A Better Boyertown: $300,000 to turn a vacant and blighted building at 45 South Reading Ave. into a restaurant and mixed-use property on the first floor and renovate the five upstairs apartmentsGreater Berks Development Fund: $500,000 for acquisition and preparation of a site located around the Buttonwood Street Bridge in ReadingBlair CountyAltoona-Blair County Development Corporation: $150,000 for a seating replacement project in the Mishler Theatre in the city of AltoonaCambria CountyCity of Johnstown: $400,000 for a façade improvement program resulting in the modification and rehabilitation of facades, and approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk improvementsCameron CountyCameron County Industrial Development Authority: $31,150 for façade improvements for deteriorated storefronts in Emporium BoroughDelaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corporation: $95,000 for interior construction in a building located at 32 East Baltimore Ave. to open an arts incubator for more than 30 artists and creative professionalsElk CountyCity of St. Marys Redevelopment Authority: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program preserving the historic features and characteristics of various buildingsErie CountyBayfront East Side Taskforce: $300,000 for critical repairs that will halt further deterioration of the aging housing stock for 30 homeowners in core residential neighborhoods, necessary to address violations of the city property maintenance code as well as structural and exterior maintenance issuesSisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network: $50,000 for facade improvements to be used within the Elm Street-designated Historic Little Italy neighborhood in the city of ErieLackawanna CountyScranton Tomorrow: $400,000 to transform a dilapidated vacant lot on Wyoming Ave. into a downtown business district pocket parkLancaster CountySACA Development Corporation: $50,000 for implementation activities associated with Lancaster’s Southeast Elm Street Plan, including neighborhood beautification projects and public art installationLuzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $300,000 to support Phase II rehabilitation work to a blighted property at 13-15 West Broad Street in Hazleton City, Luzerne CountyMercer CountyFarrell City: $500,000 to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site fronting directly across from the Farrell municipal buildingMontour CountyDanville Borough: $261,028 to combine three parcels in order to create a recreational park in the heart of downtown near public parking, shopping, restaurants, and brewpubs in the central business districtPhiladelphia CountyNew Kensington Community Development Corporation: $300,000 to make improvements to the commercial space at Orinoka Civic House, resulting in more than 7,000 square feet of new commercial spaceSchuylkill CountyPottsville Area Development Corporation: $50,000 for the implementation of a façade improvement program in the city of PottsvilleVenango CountyVenango County: $500,000 to establish a revolving loan fund for improvement projects in the county, the first of which is the creation of a craft brewery in the historic Oil City National Bank building in Oil CityWestmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank (WCLB): $200,000 to acquire, demolish and/or rehab blighted properties throughout Westmoreland CountyYork CountyHanover Borough: $25,000 to conduct a downtown streetscape design and beautification studyHanover Borough: $50,000 for a wayfinding project that will provide improved ability to direct pedestrians and vehicles to a variety of locations around downtown Hanover January 03, 2018 Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Online gaming organisation BetVictor has concluded its World Cup Million Pound Bet campaign, which has seen one unnamed lucky punter land a bet with odds of 17,042/1 to come out on top.Rewarding the customer with the largest winning bet with the biggest odds across any World Cup market, the triumphant customer, who requested to remain anonymous, placed the winning entry before the round of 16 encounter between Uruguay and Portugal on June 30.Utilising the firm’s in-house developed #PriceItUp builder, allowing a number of determining factors to be edited and combined, the individual united the winning score with corner numbers for both sides and Uruguay’s yellow card count, as the Million Pound Bet read:   Uruguay to win 2-1Uruguay Over 1.5 cornersUruguay Under 2.5 cornersPortugal Over 9.5 cornersPortugal Under 10.5 cornersUruguay Under 0.5 cardsEoin Ryan, Head of Product at BetVictor, said: “Paying £1,000,000 to a single BetVictor customer is the perfect conclusion to what has been an incredibly exciting and successful Million Pound Bet campaign. We wanted to bring excitement and thrills to our customers’ World Cup betting experience, encouraging them to make their best bet, and the Million Pound Bet certainly delivered that. We saw consistent buzz across social media and customers enjoyed the transparency afforded by our real-time leaderboards.” Ryan added: “Our #PriceItUp Builder continues to have great momentum and we’re certainly looking to build on its success ahead to the start of the new Premier League season and other major sporting events going forward. The concept of #BestBetWins is one that we’re interested in developing further as the football season returns later this summer.”This marks the second £1m BetVictor have paid to a single customer, following its Million Pound Goal campaign for the final of Euro 2016 between Portugal and France. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

first_imgPreviousOrlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin, below, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, reaches for a rebound along with Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, front, shoots as Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots as Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Austin Rivers shoots as Orlando Magic guard Jamel Artis defends during the first half of Saturday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo go after a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, is fouled by Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks as Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, center, shoots as Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, left, and center Nikola Vucevic defend during the second half of Saturday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, shoots as Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans, can’t reach a pass while under pressure from Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic forward Mario Hezonja, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris reach for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin, below, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 18Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The struggle was real Saturday at Staples Center. One night after playing one of their most complete games of the season in a victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Clippers faced off against the lowly Orlando Magic and an inevitable letdown.There was no way the Clippers could top Friday’s showing Saturday.One good quarter was all they would need to subdue the Magic and secure a 113-105 victory and take a half-game lead over the idle Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz in the increasingly compelling battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.In fact, by rallying from an 82-71 deficit in the third quarter to beat Orlando, the Clippers moved within a half-game of the seventh-place San Antonio Spurs and one game of the sixth-place Minnesota Timberwolves. Four games separate the third- and 10th-place teams in the West. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Give Orlando credit. They’re out of the playoffs and they’re making you play hard.”The Clippers seemed determined to settle matters quickly, sinking their first four shots and bolting to a 10-0 lead over a Magic team that was mired in a tie for last place in the Southeast Division with a 20-46 record and had lost eight of 10 before arriving at Staples Center.As often happens when the Clippers score too easily, the opposition answers right back. The Magic got back into the game by the end of the first quarter and erased an 11-point deficit. By halftime, Orlando led 58-56, and there was much for the Clippers to clean up during the intermission.There was a sense or urgency to Saturday’s game, the last before the Clippers begin a stretch in which they play nine of 11 away from the cavernous confines of Staples Center. The Clippers conclude the regular season by playing five of their final six at home.Rivers started the same lineup he used during the Clippers’ victory over the Cavaliers on Friday: Harris and Sindarius Thornwell at the forward positions, Jordan at center and Williams and Austin Rivers at the guard spots. It worked well in a 116-102 win over the Cavs.It also was his 31st different starting lineup, tops in the NBA this season.“We didn’t get stops and we didn’t move the ball either,” Doc Rivers said of the Clippers’ early struggles against the Magic. “I think we had eight assists int he first half. We missed shots, but I just thought in the second half there was better ball movement. I thought we were more active on defense.“So, we won the game.”center_img The Clippers surged to a 101-92 lead early in the fourth quarter, seizing the game and making it theirs with a 30-10 run that left the Magic reeling. After trading baskets for most the game, the Clippers turned up their defensive pressure and converted that energy into sustained offense.Lou Williams scored 10 of his team-leading 25 points in the fourth quarter, continuing his excellence when it has mattered most this season. He went into the game averaging a league-leading 7.7 points in the fourth quarters of his games in 2017-18.Tobias Harris added 21 points, his fourth consecutive game with 20 or more. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points and grabbed 18 rebounds on night after he had 20 points and 23 rebounds against the Cavaliers for his ninth career 20-20 game.Jonathon Simmons led the Magic with 24 points.“Tonight was a struggle,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You could just see it. You come off the game last night and I just thought it was a mental struggle for us. We hung in their long enough to keep it close enough. In the fourth quarter, we got enough stops.last_img read more

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist During the ring ceremony on opening night in Miami, a microphone picked up NBA Commissioner David Stern telling LeBron James, “I’m proud of you.”No doubt. Although it doesn’t become official until 2014, Stern’s recent retirement announcement cracked the door on the debate about his legacy. In one important sense — more on that in a moment — it’s an open-and-shut case.Charles Barkley weighed in during the Celtics at Miami pregame show, calling his one-time boss, “arguably the greatest commissioner in sports” because since both arrived in 1984, the average player salary had skyrocketed from $250,000 to $5.2 million this season. Factor in relative labor peace, a decided lack of scandal, expansion from 23 teams to 30 and the explosive growth of the league’s fan base internationally, and Barkley’s assessment doesn’t sound far-fetched.Stern is a “player’s commissioner” in nearly every sense, which is why the knocks against him have plenty of merit, too. He inherited one of the best rivalries in sport, Magic vs. Larry, but as Michael Jordan ascended to become basketball’s first truly global figure, he hitched the league’s fortunes to the drawing power of its stars at the expense of its teams. So while Stern often pays lip service to achieving competitive balance, the dominance of two dozen or so superstars has made the argument moot. Only eight teams have won a championship during his stewardship — compared to 15 in the NFL and NHL, and 18 in major league baseball — and as Stern’s cameo alongside James on Tuesday night reminded us, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.If you’re one of those superstars, or lucky to have landed in the right place at the right time, it’s been a good run. Dwayne Wade qualifies on both counts. His breakthrough season came when Shaquille O’Neal parted ways with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and moved east to claim his last title in Miami. Two seasons ago, James decided to leave Cleveland to take his talents there, too, pulling along Chris Bosh from Toronto in his wake. After a sure-handed 120-107 win over their Eastern Conference rivals, someone asked Wade whether players kept track of how few teams passed out rings during the Stern era like the ones the Heat collected before the game.“I do. I do. I’m sure a lot of players do,” Wade replied. If you know the history of the game, you know not many franchises, not many coaches and obviously not many players have won championships in that long period of time from when I started watching basketball.”During training camp, James was asked a similar question and said, “The game is different, but the way it’s being shaped, it has some similarities.”He’s right insofar as superstars always needed a strong supporting cast — both Magic and Bird had All-Star teammates, and even Jordan needed Scottie Pippen as a sidekick — but these days they have more say over where they play than ever. The labor fight that shortened last season, and Stern’s veto of the Chris Paul-to-Los Angeles trade just before it began were an attempt to slow down that movement, but it was a case of too little too late. Just about every superstar looking for a better home already has found one in the past few seasons — the latest example being Dwight Howard and Steve Nash moving to Los Angeles — which is why the biggest name anyone expects to get moved between now and the trade deadline is Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao.As if the Heat’s title last year wasn’t impressive enough, they added Rashard Lewis and three-point specialist Ray Allen, putting even more distance between them and the rest of the conference. The story is almost as depressing in the West. Oklahoma City, the team Miami beat in the finals last season, figured to have its hands full getting past those Lakers and the Spurs again this year. And in a bid to save money, the Thunder traded sixth-man James Harden to Houston, deciding they didn’t want to take on another long-term contract in addition to the two deals they made to lock up Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.It’s not just the players, of course, who’ve taken notice of how Stern does business. Fans and owners in more than a few of the league’s outposts, from Sacramento to Charlotte, know only too well how the league operates. So do the bookies in Las Vegas, where more than one has the Heat and Lakers as odds-on co-favorites.“It’s great to be in that category,” Wade acknowledged. “It’s special. It’s the one thing, when the banner was going up, you look and you say, ‘Man, this is something that can never be taken away from us.’”Not to worry. There’s likely to be another one or two hanging alongside it sometime soon.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke@ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.) NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference following Board of Governors meetings in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) last_img read more