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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project January 12, 2018 Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1 million in funding to help transform a historic and underutilized downtown Scranton building into a vibrant, valuable office that will help revitalize the downtown and bring workers into the city.The funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, will help create the new Lackawanna County Government Center at the historic Globe building on Wyoming Avenue, bringing this piece of Scranton history back into use and allowing Lackawanna County to consolidate its government office footprint. Renovations to the building began in late summer 2017 and are expected to be completed this year.“I am proud to be here to announce my administration’s investment in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “This targeted investment will help to revitalize downtown Scranton and bring workers into the city, while repurposing a historic building.Governor Wolf was joined for the announcement and tour of the project by Senator John Blake, Representative Marty Flynn, Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.“I am excited to be here today to stand and work as one – with Governor Wolf, Senator Blake and our County Commissioners – on a project that is going to consolidate services for our residents, save our taxpayers money, return a former government building to the tax rolls and to grow business in our downtown,” Rep. Flynn said.“I sincerely appreciate Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to bringing state investment back to Northeastern Pennsylvania and specifically into the heart of downtown Scranton,” Sen. Blake said. “This state investment reduces the amount of debt Lackawanna County will have to incur to complete the consolidation of services at the former Globe Store. That means less debt service obligations on local taxpayers who will also benefit from more efficient access to county services. The state investment in this project will also serve as a catalyst for additional revitalization in Scranton’s core business district.”“Lackawanna County shares my goals of greater government efficiency, better government services, and the revitalization of our local communities, and this project dovetails with my GO-TIME initiative, which has already helped save over 217 million dollars in taxpayer money,” Governor Wolf said.“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into more livable places to work and live.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Martinez: Everton back in the swing

first_img Everton manager Martinez hailed Lukaku’s resilience in shrugging off a six-game goal drought across December, tipping the 21-year-old to fight back to top form. “I’ve seen the players mentally refreshed now, we had a little bit of a break and I thought today we looked really strong mentally,” said Martinez, ahead of Everton hosting Liverpool next Saturday. “It seemed an opportunity rather than a chore, to get the three points. “Well the Merseyside derbies are always phenomenal events and they are games that almost look after themselves. “Today was very important for us to face a team in the moment of form that Crystal Palace is, it was a real test. “So it was one where we had to focus, and now we can really enjoy it and look forward to the Merseyside derby. “I was pleased with Romelu’s performance with the infectious way he was working in that forward line. “I thought he looked powerful, I thought he looked really fresh and that was pleasing when you’ve got a striker like Romelu at that sort of level. Everton are “mentally refreshed” and ready to tackle Liverpool in the Merseyside derby after ending their eight-match winless streak at Crystal Palace, according to Roberto Martinez. Boss Martinez hailed his beleaguered side for turning the “chore” of chasing victories into “an opportunity”, with Romelu Lukaku firing his second goal in three games. Belgium striker Lukaku has endured a tough month after the death of close friend and former Anderlecht academy team-mate Junior Malanda. Press Association “He just sets high standards of attacking play. “I think we’ve all had a tough time as a team because we had such a high expectation of ourselves and when you don’t reach those expectations it’s going to be difficult. “But I don’t think Romelu has any reason to feel down about it, he’s been an incredible footballer, he’s a responsible young man. “Sometimes we forget he’s only 21, he came back from the World Cup and sometimes it’s tough to get your match fitness up to speed. “And now he’s fully fit, he’s ready, he loves taking responsibility. “And he’s a striker as we all know who has the potential to be if not the best, one of the best in world football.” Everton’s former Wigan boss said Saturday’s victory at Selhurst Park was not about feeling relieved, though. “More than relief it was real satisfaction, the last two performances in the league have been very, very good, and we didn’t get the three points,” said Martinez. “Today it felt we had to be perfect to get the three points because they are a team full of confidence who have been scoring with ease. “When you look at a team that can score eight goals in the last three games it shows their form, so for me it’s a real satisfaction. “We scored early, and that’s the hardest thing in football, to hold onto that lead in a place like Crystal Palace. “We were the first ones not to enjoy us not getting wins consistently. “We know what we can do, we know the expectations and that was difficult. “You want to enjoy your football, and show what you can do, and for a while we couldn’t do that. “We’ve got 15 games in the league, we want to show what we can do, and make sure we enjoy in Europe a really good run in the knockout stages.” Palace boss Pardew admitted his side lacked killer instinct in falling to their first defeat in his tenure. “We never really produced a classical moment, or a great moment today,” said Pardew. “That was a shame, we had a lot of good play but that final pass, that final idea, let us down today.” Pardew conceded Palace missed Marouane Chamakh after the striker suffered a broken nose, and lamented Phil Jagielka clearing Dwight Gayle’s shot off the line. “The loss of Cham was crucial today, his guile and experience around the box would have been important,” said Pardew. “He’s got a broken nose we fear, so fingers crossed he doesn’t get my cold. “He wasn’t concussed, but it was a heavy blow to the nose. “But I think he’ll be okay for Leicester. “I thought Gayle’s shot was in, and the players’ reaction looked like it was in. “So whoever invented that goal line technology wanted kicking up the bum today! “To be fair the linesman said ‘it’s not on the watch’, so I knew straight away really.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 30, 2020

SBC Bookies’ Corner – All on the Line for Mayweather vs McGregor

first_img Share This Saturday’s mega fight between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather vs ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has surpassed all bookmaker expectations. Grabbing the general public’s attention, Mayweather vs McGregor looks to break all combat sports records (PPV, wagering, global audience etc…). SBC’s Bookies’ Corner details how bookmakers have approached this unique fight, regarding market pricing, public expectations, hype and rumour. Furthermore, should McGregor achieve the impossible, how beaten and bloodied will bookmakers be!________________________SBC: As a sporting event Mayweather Vs McGregor has received daily hype, rumour and speculation. How has this affected pricing and punter wagering, is Mayweather Vs McGregor effectively a betting ‘freak show’?Jessica Bridge (Head of PR Ladbrokes): Some call it a freak show, some call it a circus, we call it the second biggest single betting event of the year. Only the Grand National will see more wagers placed on a single market, which speaks volumes about the magnitude of this fight, whatever your personal feelings are about it.So far we’ve taken around 10x as many bets on McGregor than we have for Mayweather, and we simply cannot give the boxer away right now. Punters are firmly siding with the underdog, which leaves us in the unusual position of cheering on the favourite. When the fight was confirmed we were 1/12 v 13/2 and it’s now 2/7 v 11/4, we’ve had to shorten up McGregor more than we would have liked, and vice versa for Mayweather, but we have to manage the liabilities accordingly, and the money is going nowhere near the Moneymaker at present.  Any McGregor result would be a bit of a nightmare at this stage, but in the final 24 hours leading up to the fight and on the night itself it’s hard to see the big boys resisting the lure of such ‘generous’ odds on offer for Mayweather.Alistair Gill – KindredSBC: As a sporting event, how hard has it been to accurately price Mayweather Vs McGregor, in what is essentially a ‘Master Vs Novice’ scenario? Alistair Gill (Kindred Group – Sportsbook Commercial Relations): This fight has been difficult for the industry to price up based on the complete opposite end of the spectrum the fighters come from regarding experience. But Mayweather’s age and two-years of inactivity versus McGregor’s power and mobility mean that it maybe wasn’t as clear cut as some think, with even the experts in the industry disagreeing on how easy Mayweather will have it.The shortening of McGregor’s price from 8/1 into today’s 13/4 just proves how tough the initial pricing was, but with the real money starting to come now during fight week the odds are holding fairly steady, showing that the odds are now where they should be.Johan Munthe – KambiSBC:  This fight has caught the wider sporting public’s imagination, however, should it be ‘a dud’ could Mayweather Vs McGregor impact future boxing markets? Johan Munthe (Head of Pre-Match Odds, Kambi): I don’t think it will. I think the public have short memories about these things and hype plays a massive role in the interest we see. Mayweather vs Pacquiao was billed as the fight of the century and failed to live up to the hype but here we are a few years later with another Mayweather fight, and the interest is huge, much bigger than Mayweather vs Pacquiao. I also think the public know that this McGregor fight is slightly different to a normal Boxing match and so they will be more likely to forgive the wider sport if this fight doesn’t prove to be entertaining.In a broader sense, the term “Boxing is dead” has been talked about since the early 21st century. Boxing is currently in rude health and is having its best year in a long time. We have some exciting, established PPV stars such as Anthony Joshua, and Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who fight each other next month in what I believe is the best fight for some years. We also have a wealth of talented fighters on the verge of becoming stars, fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford. Overall the quality of Boxing as a sport is very strong at the moment so one would hope this is reflected in interest from the public.Furthermore, betting interest has also been on the rise, thanks to a mix of high-profile fights and improvements to the product. The Joshua vs Klitschko fight earlier this year was a very high turnover event, as was Alvarez vs Chavez Jr. For Mayweather vs McGregor, we have already surpassed the Mayweather vs Pacquiao turnover with days still to go and that turnover at the time was thought to be a complete one off, not to be seen again for years in Boxing. So both public interest and betting interest in Boxing has remained strong and are unlikely to be derailed by one ‘dud’ fight.Lee Price – Paddy PowerSBC: A vast amount of punters are backing the impossible…Could a Conor Mcgregor victory bloody the industry?Lee Price (Paddy Power – Head of PR): This is the biggest boxing betting market in history, and most of the money is for McGregor. So everyone throughout the industry will have prepared for a hit should Conor win.We just hope Floyd’s similarly prepared, if he gets knocked out in the first round, then there really is trouble, as it’s our best backed round-betting market. Paddy Power has taken the decision to pay-out early on a Mayweather victory, we hope that Conor McGregor is not another Trump 2016 moment!___________________________ StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more