Governor Wolf Announces Lulus’ Expansion into Pennsylvania, Creating Hundreds of Jobs in the Lehigh Valley

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Lulus’ Expansion into Pennsylvania, Creating Hundreds of Jobs in the Lehigh Valley SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2019center_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Lulus, a digitally-native apparel brand for women, will expand into Pennsylvania. The project is expected to create more than 450 jobs at the selected Northampton County project site.“The Lehigh Valley has become one of the fastest-growing e-commerce hubs within the United States,” said Governor Wolf. “The addition of Lulus is more evidence that Pennsylvania has the location, workforce, and business climate that companies are looking for. We are thrilled to welcome Lulus to the commonwealth and looking forward to even more exciting development in the years to come.”After evaluating several states as potential sites for expansion, Lulu’s ultimately selected a site in Palmer Township, Northampton County due to the strength of the workforce in the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania. The site will serve as a new, 250,000-square-foot east coast warehouse and distribution facility. Lulu’s has pledged to invest at least $6 million into the project, which is expected to create 464 jobs over the next three years.“At Lulus we are committed to delivering an unparalleled customer experience, and in today’s world that means getting our clothing and accessories out to our customers as soon as possible,” said Colleen Winter, co-founder and CEO of Lulus. “By opening our new facility in Palmer Township, we will now be able to vastly improve our shipping windows to ensure that we are always there to dress the Lulus woman, from day to night, to everything in-between.”Lulus received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $464,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The proposal also included a $208,800 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Founded in 1996, Lulus is a rapidly-growing lifestyle fashion brand for women that offers curated, quality products and a personalized online shopping experience. The company features a unique product assortment from the Lulus label and a curated selection of on-trend designers and brands.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Mt Sheridan proves a Southside hotspot for families and first homeowners

first_imgNatalie Fichera with Kimba the dog. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSA SOUTHSIDE shopping haven is also a popular suburb of choice for first homeowners like Cairns schoolteacher Natalie Fichera.Last year the 24-year-old picked up a quaint three-bedroom Queenslander on Benjamina St, Mt Sheridan, which, almost 12 months later, has proved to be the perfect buy.“I had previously been in Forest Gardens and then moved out to Redlynch, which I just felt was a bit too far away,” she said. Everyone here is very friendly and the community seems quite tight-knit.”“Every day I walk my dog. I feel safe here and I’m really close to the city and my work. I think I will be here for a long time.”The Cairns State High School employee said she would “highly recommend” Mt Sheridan to other budding first homeowners looking to enter the property market in a pleasant, affordable southside suburb.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price of Mt Sheridan houses was $365,000 as of February this year, representing a five-year growth of more than 10 per cent.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoTop-of-the-range homes at Mt Sheridan can fetch in excess of $700,000. But it is also not uncommon for attractive homes, albeit on small blocks, to be picked up for under $400,000.Real estate agent Therese Plath, of Ray White Cairns South, said the suburb’s “choice” was one of its hallmarks.“It attracts single people who don’t want to maintain a big block, but also want a yard for their pet cats or dogs,” Plath said. “But the majority of people at Mt Sheridan are families with children, and even retirees.”“It’s a beautiful area, there are many nice gardens and walkways, and shops and schools are at the residents’ fingertips,” she adds.She said the development of the popular Forest Gardens housing estate, now in its final stages, had made a “huge impact” on the Southside suburb.According to Cairns Regional Council, Mt Sheridan was named after public servant Brinsley Guise Sheridan.last_img read more

Trust among us; trust in God

first_img 44 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share FaithLifestyle Trust among us; trust in God by: – May 23, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dTrust is a quality felt to be in short supply today. The more the public learns of financial institutions, politicians, doctors, clergy, and others who directly affect their lives, the less willing they feel inclined to trust them.But breaches of trust have existed since the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing new about it. Previous ages were also never as uncritically trusting as they are often thought to be. Everyone didn’t’t believe everything that they read in the papers. They didn’t’t give the government or other institutions a blank check.If however, more trust is needed today, it is not something to be blindly bestowed. By definition, trust lacks complete guarantee. It is something therefore that we should give with care.Where guarantees are complete, trust is redundant. We don’t trust that two and two make four, or that the sun will set this evening. On the other hand, we trust that WASA has potable water in the taps. We trust that the police are there to protect us. We trust, in other words, prudentially. We give, take back, amend, or reserve our trust, depending on the performance of those we place our trust in.Trust in institutions depends on the availability of information about them, their policies and practices. The irony is that if breakdown exists here, or if we live amid general institutional untrustworthiness, we have never had access to more information or in more exponential volume. You can’t walk into a Warden’s Office without a poster there telling you that you can “make government work for you” by utilizing the Freedom of Information Act. Financial houses also publish detailed audited accounts in the papers. Everyone everywhere promises greater transparency.Transparency in fact is possible today on a much larger scale than before, but it’s interesting to note that all situations of trust do not require it. Family life, for instance, is often based on a degree of reciprocal trust. But family members do not always burden one another with full disclosure of their personal dealings, let alone any detailed account of their private lives. They do not disclose family information to all and sundry either. Much the same goes with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Full and whole-hearted trust can exist in all these relations without any need or wish for me to know everything about the people in them, or have them know everything about me.Lack of transparency clearly need not be inimical to trust. The enemy in fact may not be secrecy but deception. I noted earlier the exponential rise in available information about nearly everything. This is by no means an unmixed blessing. It is clear that the many technologies that make information easily and efficiently available can be just as adept in spreading misinformation or disinformation. Availability alone is not enough. We need to know something of the persons or agents behind the information soliciting our trust, but how much knowledge of this kind can one realistically get?There is no perfect foundation of trust. Whatever measures we imagine, or actually put in place to ensure that there is trust in official places has in the end to be backed by – trust. “Who will guard the guards” is an old question (or complaint) for which there is no complete resolution. No guarantee is possible, which means at some point, no matter how critical or circumspect we are, we have to trust.It means, of course, that I must start with me. I have to be trustworthy, and not assume that a lack of trust in society absolves me from its high demands. Jesus says to us today that we should trust in him and trust in God. Our guarantee there is total. The reason is that God can always be counted on to be reliable and true. It is no accident that the Biblical metaphors for God’s trustworthiness are all solid: God is a rock, a shield, a fortress. “A mighty fortress is our God,” Martin Luther wrote triumphantly. The expression sums up the matter perfectly.last_img read more

‘Sorry’ Rose has gambling thorn

first_imgPete Rose is at it again.Two years after publishing his tell-all autobiography with the unsuccessful intention of being reinstated to Major League Baseball, Rose is aiming for another sympathy vote by signing baseballs with an apology: “I’m sorry I bet on baseball.”Even if it’s too little, too late, Rose needs to cut the crap.Rose’s recent actions in a dire attempt to make the Hall of Fame don’t depict the type of player he was.Rose was arguably the greatest hitter of all time, setting the major league records for most career hits at an astounding total of 4,256 and, thus, earning him the title of “The Hit King.” He was also one of the hardest working players, as he also owns the major league record for most games played (3,562), earning him another sweet handle, “Charlie Hustle.”I would say he left it all on the field, but that’s the one thing he didn’t do.Throughout the ’90s, Rose insistently denied betting on baseball, and he really didn’t seem the like the guy to do such a thing, even despite the heavy evidence against him.But once it became apparent his reinstatement efforts were going nowhere, he decided to go with the alternative route — coming clean. Rose confessed to betting on baseball in his autobiography, “My Prison Without Bars,” but he made sure to clarify one thing — he only bet on the Cincinnati Reds, his team, and never against them.Well then that seemed reasonable, too — Rose loved his team so much, he bet insane amounts because he was so confident in them. Even though it’s still a crime, it’s not nearly as bad as throwing games because he bet against his own team — that would be the biggest crime in all of sports, a la “The Longest Yard.”Since Rose may not seem like the kind of guy to bet on his team as a player, then one must take a look at Rose the person.How Rose, the money-hungry gambling person, ruined his legend as a player is a sad thing, really. In just a matter of years, he went from one of my favorite players whom I hadn’t seen enough of to a sports persona I may actually dislike more than Barry Bonds or the Chicago Cubs franchise as a whole … wait, not quite that much.It’s obvious all Rose cares about is money. His book and signed baseballs with a lame line are both publicity stunts simply to rake in the dough, although he says didn’t know the “I’m sorry” balls were being sold for profit. Furthermore, Rose currently calls Las Vegas home — what better way to get rid of that gambling problem.It’s quite ironic how Rose is still making money off of baseball, even with MLB’s lifetime ban against him. I’m sure not even Rose would have bet he’d still be able to cash in on his mistakes to this date.The only reason Rose so desperately wants to make the Hall of Fame is for the financial perks that come with being enshrined in Cooperstown, but the funny thing is Rose is more known for not being in the Hall than he would ever be for actually being in it.Either way, Rose’s chances at making the Hall of Fame are slim to none. It won’t matter what the next sympathy move he makes is — maybe selling T-shirts, blimps or (sorry for the cheap pun) roses to say he’s sorry like a depressed ex-boyfriend — the fact of the matter remains: he bet on baseball and, even worse for his hopeless ambitions, he admitted it.With that said, I’m taking over on the date Rose is inducted, because it isn’t going to happen.Michael is an upset ex-Pete Rose fan in shame of all his recent actions. For questions or comments, he can be reached at read more

Trojans focus on reducing turnovers

first_imgBenjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanEyes on the prize · Despite ranking eighth in the nation in passer rating, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold has three fumbles.Coming off of a 21-17 victory over Colorado, the Trojans began gearing up for another conference battle. On Saturday, USC will travel to Tucson where they will face the Wildcats in their only road game during the month of October.Scouting ArizonaDue to injuries at the quarterback position, the Wildcats haven’t announced who their starter will be, but Helton sees enough similarity in them to prepare for each of them in the same way defensively.“I’ve been very impressed with them offensively, especially at quarterback. I know they’ve had injuries,” head coach Clay Helton said. “One thing they do, is they are all extremely good at running the football.”To prepare for the Wildcat defense, Helton said there would be a lot of film study for redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold to do. Arizona disguises their defensive schemes and is very aggressive, something which Helton and his staff are preparing for.Ball SecurityRedshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold has provided a spark to the offense, but has had three fumbles in three starts, including two on Saturday. Darnold said he is aware of the problem and has made it a priority.“To be honest, in the game, I don’t think about it, which is something that has to change,” Darnold said. “I’m not mindful enough of the ball. That needs to change and it will.”The offense is averaging 635.33 yards per game since Darnold took control of the offense and he ranks eighth in the nation in passer rating.“No one can stop us so far if we don’t turn it over,” Darnold said. “We’re only killing ourselves. We’re going to go as far as we want ourselves to go.”Injury ReportThe Trojans have been banged up and continue to be. The greatest loss is senior running back Justin Davis who suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday and is listed as likely to be out for this weekend. In Davis’ absence Helton said he expects to see a lot more from sophomore running back Ronald Jones II.“He’s getting there,” Helton said. “Between the tackles, I’m hoping the reps in real, live-game action will help him. I truly think the kid is ready for a breakout game.”Additionally, senior right tackle Zach Banner is still questionable, though he did practice Tuesday.“It’s just hurt not being out there,” Banner said. “We’re a tough team. I think we’ve gotten better every single week, and I couldn’t be any prouder of my guys.”Redshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin has been cleared from concussion protocol. Redshirt senior tight end Taylor McNamara is struggling with back and quad injuries. Junior defensive back Jonathan Lockett practiced despite still dealing with shoulder injury, and senior linebacker Michael Hutchings was limited in practice by his shoulder injury.last_img read more

GVC pushes for complete ban on TV Advertising

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Issuing a corporate statement, the governance of FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning called for an end to all ‘UK sports-betting broadcast advertising, at any time of the day’.In its statement, GVC declares that it believes that the inbound ‘TV whistle-to-whistle’ advertising ban, set to be implemented from 1 July will not serve the industry for its heightened responsibility agenda.Updating the market, GVC’s CEO Kenneth Alexander said: “Whilst the vast majority of our customers enjoy our products responsibly, it is high time that the industry did more to protect its customers from potential harm. As the UK’s largest gambling company, and owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, we at GVC are doing exactly that. I call on our industry peers to help us bring about an end to broadcast advertising which promotes sports-betting in the UK no matter the time of day.”In addition to its call for a ‘complete broadcast ban’ on UK gambling advertising, GVC proposes four new directives supporting its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate mandate.1. Shirt sponsorship and perimeter advert ban – GVC has committed to unilaterally ending all football shirt sponsorship deals with UK teams and will further end perimeter board advertising at football grounds.  The Company calls on its industry peers and UK football governing bodies to support this move and take action in this area.2. Increased investment in RET – GVC commits to doubling its spend on RET (Research, Education and Treatment) from 0.2% of UK gross gambling revenue in 2019 to raising its contribution to 1% by 2022 – ‘ten times the current minimum requirement’.3. Treatment centres – GVC is establishing a new independent trust with the aim of making charitable contributions to fund treatment of problem gambling. The Leon House centre in Manchester has been identified as the first preferred recipient.4. Safer gambling software – To help those customers that are struggling with their gambling, we will offer the GamBan software, free to any individual who is showing signs of problematic play.“Increasing investment in research, education and treatment ten-fold by 2022, funding treatment centres and using technology to intervene before a problem develops, alongside our existing behavioural analytics, brings to life our commitment to be the most trusted and enjoyable betting operator in the world,” Alexander continued.“The industry should and can do more to protect the vulnerable, and today’s announcement demonstrates GVC’s commitment to delivering on that.”last_img read more

Kotoko players get cash reward from Kenpong

first_imgBusinessman Kennedy Agyepong honoured his pre-match promise and paid Kotoko players 9,000 Ghana cedis (US$ 4,500) for defeating Heart 1-0 on Sunday.The former Kotoko board member, who is chairman of the Kenpong Group of Companies, failed to disclose the amount but pledge to duly reward them.Siedu Bancey scored a cracker after 30 minutes to give the Porcupine Warriors the precious win.Agyepong, popularly known as Cappuccino, has charged the team to maintain their winning form this season.He believes the return of acting CEO Opoku Nti, a club legend, in an administrative capacity could be a good omen for the record title-winning champions.“In 1983, it was Opoku Nti whose magical touch earned Kotoko victory in the African Cup final and coincidentally he is the man running the affairs now, so I hope that with the support of all Kotoko faithful, he would lead the club to continental glory which is long overdue.last_img read more

Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit

first_img Although the ‘major’ home titles eluded him, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit for 2012. The 18 year old from Birchington in Kent totalled 595.65, just under 50 more that England under 18 champion Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), and more than 100 ahead of third placed British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire). Although Orrin (Image Copyright Tom Ward) won the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in America and the Kent Championship, most of his points were gathered from runners-up spots in the McEvoy Trophy, the South East Boys Qualifying and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while he also reached the last 16 of the British Boys, underlining his consistency. “It is a massive honour to win the Boys Order of Merit and I thank Titleist and FootJoy for their support,” he said. “This is a gauge to where you are against the other players because there are so many good players around. “I’ve had a good season and really enjoyed it. I’m a lot more of a solid player than in previous years, I’ve worked hard on my game, got rid of a few weaknesses and it’s paid off. “I’ll do a lot more work over the winter and I’m looking forward to next season with confidence.” Kelly’s victory in the Carris Trophy, an event also supported by Titleist, brought him the bulk of his points while he also won the Fairhaven Trophy and was seventh in the McEvoy. Fitzpatrick’s victory in the British Boys at Hollinwell hauled him up the order, while he was also runner-up in the Berkshire Trophy and equal third in the Carris Trophy. 12 Nov 2012 Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit last_img read more

Female fans stand by NFL, if uncomfortably

first_imgA San Francisco 49ers fan watches as players warm up before an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)CHICAGO (AP) — Mary Jo Kane, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and college professor, settles in to watch a football game and finds herself taking a tally of the players — one she’d rather not do, but can’t help.Have any of these guys committed a crime? Tried to strangle a wife? Knocked one out? Beaten a child?The NFL has an image problem. Some would say it’s at a moral crossroads as focus on abuse allegations against players and the league’s response to them intensifies.Some women have been among the most vocal NFL detractors. The National Organization for Women has called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Yet female NFL fans — even those, like Kane, who are stinking mad about the abuse and the way the league has handled it — continue to watch.Why?The question could be posed to any football fan, female or male. But dissecting the relationship of the female NFL fan with the league reveals an already complicated union — one that, despite this uncomfortable chapter — runs deep.Many female fans grew up watching football with their families. Sometimes, it was a point of bonding, perhaps with a father or a brother. So, fans such as 21-year-old Lisa Welch can’t really imagine a life without the NFL.“I was raised in a household where we watched football every Sunday,” says Welch, who notes that this wasn’t the case for her mom’s generation.Now a senior at the University of Minnesota who’s majoring in sports management, Welch still has a dream of working for her beloved Chicago Bears. She had been relieved the controversy hadn’t embroiled her team, until 2008 allegations against receiver Brandon Marshall resurfaced in a news conference by his ex-girlfriend’s father this week.Samantha Robinson is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, whose defensive end Ray McDonald is facing charges that he hit is pregnant fiancée. The team has not benched him.She’s all for players who are guilty of crimes being punished. But Robinson, who works in public relations in her team’s city, also says she refuses to let the actions of a few spoil the game.“I think it’s just bigger than football,” the 25-year-old says.“We all saw the photos of Rihanna after her altercation with Chris Brown, and yet he’s back to performing at award shows, making millions and being applauded,” she says. In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to assault in the case.Female fans may already be compartmentalizing and finding ways to fit into a league that is still largely “a hyper-masculine space,” says Kane, the University of Minnesota professor.At games, women see cheerleaders and female sports reporters relegated to the sidelines and, when watching at home, sit through a multitude of ads that target male fans, including those that tout the benefits of erectile dysfunction drugs.“If you’re a female that cares deeply about football, you’ve already suspended some of that reality,” says Kane, who is the director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.The NFL sees women as a potential growth market and has tried to make the game more appealing to them in recent years. In the last decade, Super Bowl viewership has been inching toward a 50-50 split between men and women, according to tabulations from the Nielson Co.The gender divide is greater when it comes to those who watch consistently.According to an Associated Press-GfK poll in January, 37 percent of American women consider themselves fans of pro-football, well below the 62 percent of men who say the same. But among women who are fans of professional football, 29 percent said their interest in the sport had increased in the last five years, while just 9 percent said their interest was waning.The NFL has started female fan groups and has made a big push for breast cancer awareness in October, rolling out pink shoes, sweatbands and jerseys.Now those efforts could come off as disingenuous without real action on domestic violence.“This is a pivotal time because I think there are a lot of women who are watching what’s going on,” says Judith McKay, another longtime NFL fan. She’s also an associate professor of conflict resolution at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale who’s worked in the domestic violence field for two decades.This week, just before another player was accused of domestic violence in Phoenix, the NFL rapidly hired four women to formulate new policies on domestic violence and sexual assault. And amid the Rice case, the Ravens have forged a partnership with and pledged donations to the House of Ruth, a center in Baltimore that helps victims of domestic violence.“Time will tell if this is a cynical PR move, or something they are truly committed to,” says Kane in Minnesota. “I certainly hope it is the latter.”If it is, she says, it will make watching the game she loves so much “a whole lot more enjoyable.”____On the Internet:Minnesota’s Tucker Center: Agiesta, the AP’s polling director, contributed to this report.____Martha Irvine is an AP national writer. She can be reached at or at read more

Virat Kohli: Any opposition, any kind of pitch – we can pick up 20…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ICC/APAdvertisement 62rNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb478tdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej17( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s1hy9Would you ever consider trying this?😱af53jCan your students do this? 🌚8b60Roller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s bowling scene has drastically changed in the last few years, and it has changed for the better, especially in the category of fast bowlers. Following the retirement of veterans such as Zaheer Khan,Rudra Pratap Singh and the legendary Javagal Srinath, the Men on Blue didn’t have much faith on the likes of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. But, the present scenario is different, and a confident and unruffled Kohli has an explanation.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ICC/APBhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah- the latter who is critically acclaimed to be one of the best, if not the best pacer in the sport, are the state of the art fast bowlers to help India regain its confidence, and captain Kohli’s statement does it justice.“If you ask me, we are right at the top. I won’t even count ourselves in the top three. These guys deserve it. As a captain when we started off, I really wanted to see it happen,” he spoke to Times of India on Wednesday.Advertisement “Batting was never an issue; spin was never an issue. After Zak (Zaheer Khan) and all the stalwarts went away, we talked about how we could get back to the top, have the ability and the firepower to pick 20 wickets… it’s the belief that stands out.” the 31 year old told the interviewers.Beating out Bangladesh 2-1 in the recent T20 series, Kohli hails his bowlers to have the abiloty to wipe out the batting order against whomever, wherever.Advertisement “Any kind of pitch, any kind of opposition, they believe they  can get more out of the pitch than the opposition. That belief matters a lot. In fact, it is everything for a fast bowler”he added.India, who are taking on Bangladesh again in the first phase of test series starting today, are trailing behind by 64 runs at the end of day one at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Advertisementlast_img read more