Wolf Administration: Allegiant Travel Company Creates 50 New Jobs, Increases Travel Options for Lehigh Valley

first_imgWolf Administration: Allegiant Travel Company Creates 50 New Jobs, Increases Travel Options for Lehigh Valley SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 13, 2019center_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that airline provider Allegiant Travel Company has been approved for state funding to expand its presence at the Lehigh Valley Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, by establishing a base, creating 50 new full-time jobs.“This project is good news for Allegiant and the Lehigh Valley Airport, good news for travelers, and good news for the Lehigh Valley,” said Gov. Wolf. “It will provide the community with more jobs and more travel options while injecting more revenue into the local economy, and the sky’s the limit on new opportunities for the area.”The funding, provided under the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) program, will enable Allegiant to base two Airbus A320 airplanes at the Lehigh Valley Airport, increasing the number of daily flights. The $50,000 in JCTC credits will allow Allegiant to hire pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, and to purchase ground support equipment to accommodate increased flights. The company will hire 50 additional employees to staff the base and new routes that will be flown from the Lehigh Valley Airport.“Lehigh Valley is a perfect location for a permanent base, which will further establish Allegiant as a hometown airline in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant. “It has been a great area for Allegiant, where passenger demand has grown steadily over the years. As a base airport, having locally-based aircraft and crews will give us a host of options for both new service and expanded operational hours. This will mean more opportunities for affordable, convenient travel for local residents, and visitors to the area.”“Excitement is sky high throughout the Lehigh Valley with the news of an Allegiant Crew Base landing at ABE,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. “Since day one, Allegiant has demonstrated a strong commitment by providing air travelers affordable options and also have supported impactful regional initiatives. Now, they’ve created employment opportunities for this region which makes your neighborhood airport a more critical economic asset.”Allegiant began operating at Lehigh Valley Airport in 2005 and currently offers seven non-stop routes to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, St. Pete-Clearwater and Punta Gorda, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia. Allegiant currently carries more than 280,000 annual passengers through Lehigh Valley.For more information about DCED, visit www.dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

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Netherlands roundup: More funds seek consolidation opportunities

first_imgThe Dutch pension fund of US chemicals giant Chemours plans to transfer its pension rights for its participants to a general pension fund (APF) and an insurer.The €1bn scheme had previously decided that it wanted to move its pensions provision after following affiliated company DePont Nederland outsourced pensions for its 400 employees to Belgium.At 2018-end, Pensioenfonds Chemours had 3,400 participants, 500 of whom were workers. This was down from 900 before DuPont staff were transferred.Since the pension fund closed its average salary plan to new entrants in 2013, new employees have accrued defined contribution (DC) pensions. Low-cost DC vehicle Be Frank has been Chemours’ provider since 1 January, although the transfer of assets has yet to be completed. According to Frans Dorsten, the scheme’s chair, the decision to transfer employees’ pensions to an APF was based on the fact that this participant group had almost been fully compensated for inflation.However, deferred members and pensioners, whose pension rights were to be outsourced to an insurer, had incurred significant indexation in arrears as different rules applied to them, Dorsten said.Placing their pension rights with an insurer would make it easier to compensate for the indexation shortfall, the chairman said.Last March, the funding level of Pensioenfonds Chemours stood at 125%.Dorsten said that the transfer of the pension assets was scheduled for this year. He added that the board was still in discussions with all parties involved, and was still waiting for quotes.The scheme’s current pensions provider is Inadmin RiskCo, while asset management has been outsourced to BlackRock and Pimco.L&G’s pension fund eyes liquidationScildon, the €60m Dutch pension fund of financial services giant Legal & General (L&G), is to liquidate if its sponsor forces through a plan to switch to a DC plan.On its website, the scheme said it wouldn’t have a future if the employer picked another provider for DC arrangements.The pension fund’s accountability body has responded positively to the sponsor’s plan.According to the board, the employer wanted to make a decision in May and would to consult the scheme’s 180 active participants in June.At the end of March, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 112.2%.last_img read more

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Question unanswered at celebrations

first_img Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Sunday that Rooney had submitted a transfer request, although added that it had been turned down. Speaking to MUTV, Rooney did not answer directly a question about what the retiring Ferguson had done for him, and was not asked whether he would be staying or not. “He has been brilliant for us all,” said Rooney. “He is a great manager. He is a winner and to do it for so long is incredible. He is a fantastic manager and a fantastic person.” Press Association Manchester United declared they had “got their trophy back” at the end of the Premier League title-winning parade – but there was no word on whether Wayne Rooney will still be around for the start of their defence. center_img Rooney received a mixed reception when he boarded the open-top bus at Old Trafford for the start of the parade, although he did play an active part in the celebrations as it made its slow way along the route into the centre of Manchester, where huge numbers of United fans turned out to acclaim their team. With 20,000 fans packed into Sir Matt Busby Way, roads had to be closed prior to the Red Devils’ departure. And whilst there was space along the main route into the city centre, once the bus headed down the main shopping area, Deansgate, supporters found a variety of vantage points to see the team drive past. Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young, who at times ditched the crutches he is supposed to be using to nurse an ankle injury that has ended his season, led the singing, with Ferguson also joining in. There was a moment of humour, as defender Jonny Evans was asked by MUTV interviewer Helen McConnell, who also happens to be his fiancee, whether he was going to have a good summer. “Yes,” replied Evans. “I am getting married, to you Helen.” But mainly, with the heavy rain that poured down just a couple of hours before the parade began, it was just a celebration of United’s 20th title. It is Ferguson’s 13th, and last of course. But the revelry was not enough to make the Scot think standing down in favour of David Moyes, who is also believed to have been in Manchester to witness the scenes, was a wrong move. “You always think about it (whether you are doing the right thing). But I think it is the right time. I really do,” said Ferguson, who also challenged his players to repeat the title hat-trick they last achieved between 2007 and 2009. “We have a young squad, with a lot of good young players, who are going to get better. The big test is to win it three times in a row.” last_img read more

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Florida man reportedly lures police to apartment to shoot them

first_imgA Florida man is now behind bars after he reportedly lured police officers to his apartment by filing a false report then began shooting at them as they investigated the incident.The incident occurred Tuesday at an apartment on Northwest 85th Court in Doral.Authorities 34-year-old Sergio Van Kanten contacted them claiming that six men broke into his apartment.When authorities arrived, they heard several gunshots coming from inside of the apartment, and broke down the door fearing for the safety of any who may have been in the apartment. That’s when Van Kanten turned the gun on them:“Fearing for the safety and welfare of anyone who might be in the apartment, the officers conducted a forced entry and kicked down the door, at which time additional gunshots were fired in the direction of the door,” Rey Valdes of the Doral Police Department said in a news release.The SWAT team was called to the area and after several hours of negotiation, Van Kanten surrendered to police.During a police interview Van Kanten told officers that he filed the false report. He also admitted to shooting at a police cruiser that was parked outside of the apartment in April.He has since been arrested and is now facing charges of three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and one count each of discharging a firearm in public and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.last_img read more

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Mo Farah, Sifan Hassan break one-hour world record in Brussels

first_imgBRUSSELS: Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan both broke the one-hour world record at the Memorial Van Damme meet. The meet is part of the Diamond League series and was held at an empty King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday.Hassan first ran 18.930 kilometres, thus going past the previous record of 18.517km set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in 2008. In the final race of the meet, Farah covered 21.330km, thus breaking Haile Gebrselassie’s 13-year-old record of 21.285km. Farah was running with his training partner Bashir Abdi who challenged the British long distance running great until the closing stages of the race. Abdi even took the lead with five minutes left, but Farah eventually ended the race eight metres ahead. This was Farah’s first track race since 2017 after spending two years as a full-time marathon runner. He plans to defend his 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics next year. “I’m very happy to break the world record today. What an amazing way to do it and to show people what is possible,” said the 37-year-old Farah after the race. “An hour is long. It takes a lot of concentration and focus. After the first half I found my rhythm. I’m really happy with this record,” Hassan said. IANS Also Watch: Honouring Retired Teachers at their Homes on Teachers Daylast_img read more

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Durham lose Test venue status after receiving ECB bailout

first_img(REUTERS) – Durham have been stripped of their status as a Test match venue and relegated to the second division of the English county championship after receiving a £3.8M bailout from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).Durham’s Chester-le-Street ground first hosted Test cricket in 2003 and staged a five-day match between England and Sri Lanka this year. It will continue to be eligible as a venue for one-day internationals.With debts reported at £7.5M the ECB money will allow Durham to meet their operational costs and pay staff wages as well as settle debts.“We’ve been working with Durham County Cricket Club throughout the year on how best to address their financial issues; we welcome the club’s willingness to review its business model and management structures,” the ECB said in a statement yesterday.“There is no doubt that a strong, financially robust Durham County Cricket Club has a vital role to play in developing England talent, enriching our domestic competitions and underpinning the wider growth of the game in the north east.”Durham, who were awarded first-class status in 1992 to become one of 18 teams in the championship, will start next season in the second division with a 48-point penalty and will be subject to a salary cap until 2017.Hampshire, who finished bottom of the first division last season and were relegated, will now stay in the top tier of the county championship.last_img read more

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Denly to open for England, Broad wary of Smith return

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Joe Denly will swap places with struggling opener Jason Roy in the England batting order for the fourth Ashes test against Australia at Old Trafford, he said on Monday.Roy, who was handed his Test debut after an impressive World Cup-winning campaign, has failed to deliver at the top of the order in the first three Tests, scoring 57 runs in six innings with a highest score of 28.Denly’s patient half-century in the second innings of the third Test, where he shared a 126-run stand with Root, set up the win for the hosts who were chasing a daunting target of 359 to level the series.“I got a call from Joe Root after a bit of time off and he said he’d like for me to go at the top of the order and try and get us off to a good start,” Denly told BBC. “Obviously, Jason’s going to bat at four. With Jason in the team, I think we’re a better team for sure.“With him coming in at four with hopefully the new ball worn off, and hopefully myself and (opener) Rory (Burns) doing our jobs at the top, it enables him to come in and play his way. He’s a dangerous player so he’s great to have there.”Australia’s Steve Smith, who scored 378 runs in three innings, is set to return to the side after missing the third test due to concussion. Smith was hit on the neck by a rising Jofra Archer delivery during the second test at Lord’s and England fast bowler Stuart Broad expects the former skipper to be well-prepared.“Whenever a batsman seems in great rhythm, a period of time out of being in the middle could affect them but he’s a world-class batsman,” Broad said. “He’ll be very ready for the conditions he will face here at Old Trafford.“There’s been a little bit of to and fro between him and Jofra. And Jofra will be excited to continue that battle. Smith will be very hungry to come back into a crucial test match.”England’s one-wicket win at Headingley prevented Australia from retaining the Ashes, and Broad said this was the most closely-contested series he had been a part of. “The momentum of that test match shifted to England and with that the series,” Broad said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played in an Ashes that has been as closely matched man-to-man.“The teams are so close and you can see that by the punches being thrown by each side and how they’re soaking it up. It’s a fascinating series to be involved in.”The fourth Test in Manchester starts on Wednesday with the series level at 1-1. The final match at The Oval in London begins on Sept. 12.last_img read more

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Olympians appointed to OCI commission

first_imgThe OCI Executive Board also appointed three additional Olympians to the Commission including athletics David Gillick and James Nolan and former Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan. Photo © Pixabay.com Derval O’Rourke and Irish hockey goalkeeper David Harte are among those nominated to the Olympic council of Ireland athletes commission.The commission has been appointed to advise the O.C.I Executive Committee on all athlete related matters and to ensure athletes views are part of the O.C.I decision making process.As well as O’Rourke and Harte Equestrians Judy Reynolds , Snowsports Shane O’Connor, Swimming’s Melanie Nocher and Triathlons Gavin Noble have been nominated.last_img read more

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BSO Deputy fired after surveillance shows him striking a handcuffed inmate several times

first_imgBroward Sheriff Gregory Tony has announced the firing of a Deputy after the Deputy was captured on surveillance punching a handcuffed inmate.The incident occurred in the men’s jail on June 26th. Officials say Deputy Kevin Fanti was in the process of booking the inmate when the inmate dropped a paper. At that point, Deputy Fanti picks up the inmates paper and then shoves him before punching the inmate several times.In a news conference Thursday Broward Sheriff Tony commended his staff for bringing the issue to his attention and said it’s all about accountability:“This is my messaging, and we’re changing the culture that exists here. Too many of our good deputies’ reputation continue to get tarnished because, like every organization that exists here on this planet, there will be a bad seed that makes it through the recruitment and application process.”Deputy Fanti who was hired in April of 2018 and still under his probationary period, was fired on the spot Thursday after Sheriff Tony reviewed the tape.“What’s unique here is that this young man is on probation,” Tony said, “and he has failed to meet the standards that I have for all these deputies. He’s been terminated. He will not have any opportunity to be interviewed by my investigators because he didn’t deserve it.”last_img read more

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Brickwall Tavern Pulls Plan For Little Silver’s First Pub

first_imgOn Wednesday, Mayor Robert Neff said the borough council may take action on the matter at its next meeting, scheduled for April 15. LITTLE SILVER – A two-year-long saga over the borough’s first potential pub crawled to an unexpected conclusion last week when the developer withdrew its application. By ordinance, a projectof this scale would require230 parking spaces. The siteplan proposed just 36 spacescontained on location. Though the withdrawal was in their favor, Gale said, in situations like this, his clients don’t truly win. Krimko did not respondto multiple requests forcomment. The project, which proposed the construction of a two-story Brickwall Tavern with two bars on the first floor and a third bar with an outdoor balcony on the second floor, was unanimously dismissed by the planning board without prejudice. Though that potential exists, according to members of a resident opposition group that organized to fight the project, this withdrawal still feels like a win. “It’s a much better result than the alternative, which would be to have the application continue, so in that sense it feels like we accomplished something. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the application never comes back,” Tom Kennedy said. At that February hearing the developer’s attorney, Jennifer Krimko of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C. in Ocean, supplied a letter of intent from NJ Transit that outlined terms for an agreement that would allow Kelly 29, LLC to direct overflow traffic into the nearby commuter lot for the Little Silver train station. Noise pollution from patrons and musicians taking the party to the outdoor balcony of the second story bar, hours of operation that would see the last of the tavern’s customers departing at 2 a.m., and an exit point for vehicles that would potentially lead to an influx of vehicles through the Townhomes of Little Silver development were just some of the points raised since the hearings began. “It just wasn’t a good fit for that part of town,” said homeowner Kennedy. “The only other business in Little Silver open that late is the 7-Eleven. You’re talking about having live music late into the night. It was going to be too much.” During an April 4 meeting, planning board chairman John Chimento said simply, “We won’t speculate on why the application was withdrawn, but I will say, I think (Kelly 29, LLC) got the picture,” referring to the public outcry. A group of 15 townhome residents hired attorney Jeffrey B. Gale of Hazlet to represent them in the matter. Gale said the most egregious design flaw was the size and scope of the proposed project on the 0.63-acre lot. The developer, Kelly 29, LLC, could potentially re-submit the application at any point in the future, but would be forced to start the application process from square one. The developers planned to build an 11,480-square-foot facility with seating for 250 patrons. Gale speculates that since the NJ Transit letter was introduced, something went awry with the agreement. Kennedy and a number of his neighbors living in the Townhomes of Little Silver, a development located off Oceanport and Sycamore avenues adjacent to the proposed site of this project, 51 Oceanport Ave., had questioned several design and operational choices for the tavern. “In zoning matters, when you represent the applicant, they have the potential of winning and making a lot of money. When you represent the objectors, the only thing they win is the opportunity to maintain their property and quality of life. They simply maintain the status quo.” Though the application has been withdrawn, the question remains: What will happen to Little Silver’s first and only liquor license – currently held by Kelly 29, LLC – now that the Brickwall project has been shelved? “The testimony I thought was most prohibitive to the application was when their own professional said the lot was an appropriate size for a 2,000-square-foot Dunkin’ Donuts. What they were proposing was more than 11,000 square feet,” Gale said, referring to testimony provided by project engineer James Kennedy at a Feb. 7 hearing. last_img read more

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