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Governor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly July 16, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, and USDA at a Harrisburg site populated with Spotted Lanternflies to view the treatment being conducted across the commonwealth.“Although Pennsylvania had the unlucky fate of being the first state in the nation to be visited by the Spotted Lanternfly, we faced that challenge head-on and have made incredible strides in containment and control,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a team effort and all hands are on deck, committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s agricultural products, preserving our quality of life, and keeping commerce flowing here in the commonwealth.”Under the governor’s PA Farm Bill – a package of legislation designed to expand and protect agriculture infrastructure – the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account will provide $3 million toward the containment of the Spotted Lanternfly. This is the second year in a row the governor has allocated funding in the state budget to increase spotted lanternfly detection, control, and eradication efforts. Over the past few years the administration has allocated more than $10 million to protect Pennsylvania business and agriculture. Additionally, USDA recently dedicated more than $6.2 million in new funding to Pennsylvania’s efforts.This May, PDA introduced the Spotted Lanternfly permit system to train businesses and employees on recognizing the life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Since then, the department has issued more than 900,000 permits to businesses that travel in and out of the quarantine area. Additionally, PDA and USDA teams continue to assess and treat high-risk properties, with survey teams scouting for insects across the state after receiving reports of sightings outside of the quarantine area. Penn State has taken the lead on conducting outreach and research.“Pennsylvania’s progress in controlling the Spotted Lanternfly is due in part to the historic partnership we’ve made with USDA and Penn State and the critical funding we received through the state and federal budgets,” said Sec. Redding. “However, it’s important that Pennsylvanians remember that they play a significant role in this fight. They can treat their property with approved sprays, band their trees, or even use something as simple as a fly swatter to help control populations right in their own backyard.”Businesses can obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training. Homeowners with questions about treatment, including approved sprays, can learn more through Penn State Extension at http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Locked In! Betfair releases ‘Auto Cash Out’ for Exchange players

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Sharecenter_img Betfair has released its new ‘Auto Cash Out’ functionality, which will be made available for its UK and Ireland Exchange customers.The new cash out feature allows players to ‘lock-in a profit’ automatically on Betfair Exchange’s live markets.  Launching the new feature, Betfair customers will now be allowed to take an ‘active cash out position’ on Exchange markets.The feature will allow Betfair players to set their own cash out profit level, locking in a guaranteed return for their placed wager, should the customer choose the Auto Cash Out function. StumbleUpon Detailing the launch of Auto Cash Out, Betfair development teams stated that they wanted to bring flexibility for its Exchange customers, combined with a new engaging dynamic in industry cash out functionalities.“Betfair consistently strives to bring products to our customers that improve their experience and give them as much control as possible over their bets.” Betfair detailed to SBC“Auto Cash Out allows customers to choose the profit they’d like to make ahead of the event and we ensure their bet is ‘Cashed Out’ when their selection hits a price that locks in their chosen profit. It’s perfect if a customer thinks their horse will have a fast start but won’t last the distance, or their team has a tendency to throw away a lead.”Auto Cash Out has been released following a successful trial with select UK and Ireland players. Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more

Using Tech to Aid Refugees

first_imgUsing Tech to Aid Refugees What’s New in TechnologyBanishing Razor Bumps: A Quick Guide to Make Th…Our Best Videos Many are aware of the refugee crisis. People are pouring out of Syria–bloodied, broken, and terrified from endless conflict. Germany, under the guidance of leader Angela Merkel, has embraced thousands of Syrians fleeing from a nightmare–even with pushback from some German citizens. While America elected a new president whose dictate focuses on closing borders to those trying to escape suffering in their homelands, Germany is using a blend of compassion and technology to help Syrian refugees. I learned about the Refugee First Response Medical Center, medical emergency facilities with “smart technology,” from Cisco. The center is used to care for refugees, many of whom are in medical distress after fleeing their countries. These medical facilities were converted from 20-foot shipping containers. Using Cisco technology, medical personnel can communicate with patients in over 50 languages, reducing the need to find and retain human interpreters. The centers also have Wi-Fi. I’ve spent the last few days in Germany in the cities of Hamburg and Berlin. There were a few preconceived notions I had about Germans that are actually based in reality: They are very punctual–adhering to strict, regimented schedules. They also love meat (as a vegetarian, I was a bit horrified when confronted with a salad tossed with blood pudding). Yet, there is another aspect to Germany that I did not expect: They are quite focused on equality and social safety nets for the most vulnerable in their society. That focus also includes diversity in its awakening tech startup scene.  be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/germany-diversity-tech-startup-culture/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/germany-diversity-tech-startup-culture/center_img The Tech 100 is an opinion column that looks at race, religion, sex, politics, and business, in terms of technology, because they are all connected, somehow. Follow Samara Lynn at @samaralynn That sense of social responsibility is making its way into Germany’s still rather nascent, yet quickly booming startup scene. I met one innovative fintech startup in the city of Hamburg that uses artificial intelligence to generate loans for the underbanked–mostly to those in underdeveloped, remote parts of the world. Kreditech’s CEO and co-founder Alexander Graubner-Müller says that the typical loan approval process relying on credit checks is “broken.” He thinks that there are other ways to determine whether someone is loan-worthy. And for him, the massive amount of data individuals amass and create daily, is the answer. “More and more data is being produced in the world but there’s not enough to make credit decisions?” asks Graubner-Müller, somewhat incredulously and sarcastically. He cited small business owners that his startup helped secure funding; people turned down by traditional banks, including a woman who owns a small restaurant in Mexico and a freelance graphic designer in Poland who could not afford to purchase business equipment. Kredittech is looking into other emerging markets to offer its service, including Nigeria. It’s not surprising perhaps, that the one startup that really had a defined strategy for diversifying its workforce is in Berlin. Berlin is Germany’s capital and regarded by many as the country’s most cosmopolitan and multicultural city. The startup is Wooga, a gaming company that makes mobile hits including Diamond Dash, Farm Time, and Bubble Island. Wooga’s PR Manager, Maike Steinweller, provided insight into the company’s diversity numbers. “We have over 250 employees that represent over 40 nationalities,” says Steinweller. Out of those employees, about five are people of color. Thirteen percent of its engineers are female, and 31% of overall staff is also female. Those are diversity statistics that surpass even some of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies. Steinweller says that the company has implemented a strategy to not only further diversify its workforce but also to retain non-traditional employees. These include training on unconscious bias, obtaining regular feedback from all employees, and ensuring that every single employee has a voice in the company. Wooga is also very involved in hosting events and hackathons with organizations (some of which are counterparts to American ones) such as Girls Who Code and others dedicated to getting girls involved in tech and particularly, gaming. As I walked around Germany, mostly in Berlin, I saw constant reminders of some of the cruelest atrocities in world history, including memorials dedicated to the millions of Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, which sliced the country right down the middle, separating its eastern citizens from its western citizens–from its hasty erection in 1961 to its celebrated fall in 1989. Perhaps it’s those horrific experiences that inspire Germans to keep striving for equality for all its residents and those who seek refuge.  Diversity and Inclusion in Germany’s Most Diverse Citieslast_img read more