Weekly Update: Resurfacing PA, Protecting Students, and Standing up for Public Education

first_imgOur nurses care for us during the most difficult of circumstances. I want to ensure PA nurses are supported in their daily jobs and in their careers so that they can deliver the most appropriate levels of care to patients throughout the commonwealth. https://t.co/x7SpMTHDUI— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 29, 2018 Weekly Update: Resurfacing PA, Protecting Students, and Standing up for Public Education The Blog,  Weekly Update Resurface PALast Thursday, Governor Wolf announced Resurface PA, which is a statewide initiative that will accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania. A significant of this program’s funding is through savings that have accumulated since the governor took office in 2015.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Gun SafetyIn the wake of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, Governor Wolf reiterated his call for state lawmakers to pass gun safety measures to his desk last Monday. This includes Senate Bill 501 which would keep guns away from domestic abusers as well as taking action to close a loophole allowing high-powered long guns, including AR-15s, to be bought without a background check by Pennsylvania State Police.“It has been more than three months since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, yet state lawmakers have failed to pass any gun safety measures to my desk. Now, after another massacre has taken the lives of innocent kids, we must act.”Schools that TeachOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced his opposition to Senate Bill 2, which would take scarce resources that currently go to public schools and direct them to private schools.“I have fought to protect public education and restore the state funding cut from our public schools under the previous administration. Senate Bill 2 would take us backwards and could mean many millions of dollars being cut from public schools. We need to invest in Pennsylvania’s public schools and improve education for all students. Every child deserves a quality education, no matter where they live.”The Wolf administration also secured funding to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching this week. Last Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that $1.6 million will be used as part of the Troops for Teachers program, which will enable veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to Pennsylvania’s classrooms.Lastly, Governor Wolf was pleased to issue a statement of support for the appointment of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as the Pennsylvania State System of High Education’s next chancellor last Monday.Governor Wolf’s Week, May 20, 2018 – May 26, 2018Monday, 5/21/18After Texas Shooting, Governor Wolf Urges Lawmakers to Stop Delay of Gun Safety MeasuresGovernor Wolf Statement on Selection of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as PA State System of Higher Education ChancellorTuesday, 5/22/18Wolf Administration Welcomes 20 Students with Disabilities for Summer Internship ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Family Farming Operations in Seven CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces New Funding for Nine Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency and Spur Economic DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Opposes Voucher Plan That Would Cut Public School FundingThursday, 5/24/18Governor Wolf Announces Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes, Effects of Long WinterGovernor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks CountyGovernor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers ProgramGovernor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area NursesFriday, 5/25/18Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 AirportsHighlights from TwitterPA had a long, difficult winter this year that caused potholes and other pavement challenges across PA. Today I announced an additional $180 million through my #ResurfacePA initiative to take immediate action to fix potholes and make our roads safer. https://t.co/Tjn74DbFBS pic.twitter.com/QIABTi13Vy— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 24, 2018last_img read more

Turning deadwood into diamonds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For Stefan Kazakis, business is a brutal sport, that needs to be built on strong foundations. Otherwise, you are simply blown away. And as a first-born son of immigrant parents, who in the late ’70s started a textile manufacturing business that was employing around 100 people, he knows what he is talking about. From experience, he knows what happens to businesses built on foundations of sand, including his family business, which he took from near bankruptcy to become a multimillion dollar business.“My sister and I grew up in a family that was very privileged. But our parents were so consumed, absorbed by the business that was growing and growing rapidly. “When I came back from 12 months overseas in 1992, my parents’ business had gone from what was a very prominent business to being almost broke. Looking back, it was built on foundations of sand. When the threat and challenges of that particular period came in, my parents, their business and livelihood was challenged, so I was asked to step in,” Stefan tells Neos Kosmos. In a matter of 10 years, the then 23-year-old Stefan, a social sciences graduate, rebuilt the family business – to the point where it became a benchmark business, doing jobs with the likes of Nike, Adidas, Puma, AFL, NRL, Sony. “One of the first things I did was appoint a mentor. I brought someone into business tat would mentor me and coach me for the next 11 years. We decided to work with the companies not just based on price, but also based on value. “We decreased the amount of business we needed to do, but we were going to do jobs with leading businesses. Ten years later we sold it, as a multimillion dollar turning business.”It was the experience with his family business that made Stefan Kazakis the meaningful, trusted and gifted advisor that he is today, ranked in the top one per cent of coaches globally.After years of experience running successful small to medium sized businesses, Stefan’s career in business coaching took off in 2005. Now he is a world renowned business strategist. The morning we talk, he has already done one conference – his 45 minute talk was worth $5,000. He doesn’t want the numbers to be misinterpreted, but to serve as an example of how far you can go with hard work. “Some people are just in a hurry. We are born with our talents. But you have to awake the talent, work the talent and practise the talent – not the talents. “Some of us tap into the talent, follow it and believe in it; versus others hoping and wishing for another talent and consistently juggling 15 balls in the air while their talent is only one ball in the air. The future is no different to the past – it just depends on how you decide to shape it,” he says meaningfully. The wisdoms and experiences of the Melbourne-based business strategist Stefan Kazakis are now collected in his recently released book From Deadwood to Diamonds, a practical guide for small business owners to achieve long term success. The book is aimed at those who may have lost a sense of direction or are at a crossroad of opportunity and don’t know what to do next. The book provides advice on how to overcome common obstacles and seize an opportunity to achieve long term success. “Diamonds derive from fossil fuel which is dead wood. And that meaning goes for anything in life, not only for business. Dead wood – it’s when the mind convinces ourselves that there is no more energy, no more hope, no more chance. But there are so many more flowers in our garden than there are weeds. “This book is for every business owner and anyone who is leading, that truly has lost direction in terms of future opportunity. Not only for them, but also for the business owners that believe that there is a better way, more opportunities, the next slice of the market to conquer… “It’s all in the mindset – the first component of diamond business is clarity. It is brutal truth that makes my strategy to work. The ability to accept it, to go to a place where you are not intimidated by the things you don’t know. The ability to go into the room, and not be the smartest person there, and not feel intimidated by it. “I don’t hold back from the brutal truth that success is about commitment and digging deep; you are required to make a consistent effort. So the real brutal truth questions are – are you ready for business growth? Are you ready for profit growth? Are you ready for a better quality of life?” Stefan says passionately. In 2005, when Stefan Kazakis embarked on his professional business coaching career, two things were giving him the guidance. His vision – to be a leader of future leaders; and his mission – to be an epicentre of resources and results for all his clients and his team’s goals. The two remain his ultimate goals. “I’m always looking for a new piece of information. On a yearly basis, I invest $85,000 a year for my professional development. We live in the information age, where the only thing that will separate the good and bad is education and wisdom. “There is no better time than now to take up the global market. We are in the economic winter now, and guess what the next season is?” To find out more about Stefan Kazakis and to download a chapter of his new book, visit www.stefankazakis.com last_img read more