SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 04, 2016 Government That Works, Healthcare, Human Services, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Departments of Human Services (DHS), Aging (PDA), and Community and Economic Development (DCED) are partnering to launch the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Loan Program in July 2016.DHS and PDA help seniors and individuals living with disabilities to transition from living in long-term care facilities to residing in the community, ensuring that people have choices about where they live and receive long-term services and supports.“This program will help people to live full, independent lives on their own terms,” said Governor Wolf. “The loans can help build the infrastructure so individuals can live where they want and how they want, giving them many more choices than they would have if living in a facility. I’m thrilled to announce this next step towards accomplishing my administration’s goal to help more Pennsylvanians receive home-based care.”“We believe that supporting the development of a new supports and services structure will mean that more people are served in the right setting,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “This new system also gives folks the proper amount of support to help them live independently in their homes and communities.”Loans will be provided for projects that help the commonwealth to meet its goal of expanding opportunities for long-term services and supports in the community. It’s expected that loans – for startups, reconfiguration, or expansion — will range from $50,000 to $200,000.DHS’ Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will receive loan applications at any time of the year and will process them on a first-come, first-served basis. DCED’s Pennsylvania Economic Development Finance Authority will work with OLTL to process the loans. More information will be supplied in coming months in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.The Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority provides cost-effective financing to businesses by issuing bonds, selling the bonds to private investors, and lending the proceeds to eligible businesses.“The collaborative efforts necessary in order to launch this program is a demonstration of our commitment to Governor Wolf’s government that works initiative for a common goal of creating a better Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “DCED is proud to be a part of such an important program.”The loans are intended to support long-term care providers as they position themselves to successfully transition to managed care in Community HealthChoices, Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to improve the quality of care for seniors and individuals living with disabilities through managed long-term services and supports.“The opportunity to best leverage the resources of DHS, DCED, and PDA to launch this program illustrates the Wolf Administration’s commitment to create and sustain a system that allows Pennsylvanians to receive services in the community, preserves consumer choice and actively assists in tapping into the creativity of our provider infrastructure,” said PDA Secretary Teresa Osborne.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration to Provide Loans to Help Older Pennsylvanians and Those with Disabilities to Live Where They Choose
HONG KONG MTR Corp announced on September 4 that it had awarded an HK$1·1bn contract to Nishimatsu Construction for civil engineering work on the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works. This includes a 1·75 km extension of the Kwun Tong line westwards to North Point station where there will be cross-platform interchange with the Island line. The twin-bore tunnels, expanded station and turnback tracks beyond North Point are intended to relieve congestion on the existing interchange passageways linking the two lines at Quarry Bay. In the longer term, MTR hopes to extend the new tunnels westwards to create a duplicate Island line serving the Wanchai and Central reclamations on the north shore of Hong Kong Island (RG 7.97 p461).One of the world’s largest multi-modal contactless smart card ticketing systems went live in Hong Kong on September 1, with the introduction of Creative Star’s Octopus network. Adult tickets have an initial encoded value of HK$100, and users must pay an HK$50 deposit to cover the card and a potential negative balance of up to HK$35. Over 200000 users were carried on the first day by the six operators: MTR, KCR East Rail, KCR Light Rail, Citybus and KMB bus services, and the Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry. oCAPTION: MTR Corp took delivery of the first Adtranz-CAF EMU cars for its Airport Express line on September 5 (right). Meanwhile, the urban Tung Chun line version (left) is being tested at up to 135 km/h along the north coast of Lantau island
In the battle of the bullpens Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field, USC was let down not by its pitching, but by its dormant bats in a 3-1 loss to UC Irvine.Erratic performance · Sophomore pitcher Nigel Nootbaar (above) allowed two runs while walking three batters in three innings of work. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanAll season long, the Trojan (11-17) bullpen has been the source of frustration and agony for head coach Dan Hubbs. His relievers have been inconsistent, unpredictable and generally representative of their youth. So it might have raised a few eyebrows when Hubbs deemed Tuesday’s matchup a “bullpen game.”But while the ’pen came through for Hubbs, the Trojan bats did not.Sophomore Nigel Nootbaar, the Trojans’ most reliable reliever for most of the season, started on the mound. He went three innings, surrendering three walks and hitting two batsmen, but escaped with only two runs allowed. Those two runs, however, proved to be all the Anteaters (17-8) needed.“Nigel was pretty erratic,” Hubbs said. “And that’s disappointing, because we need him to be better.”Both the Trojans and Anteaters finished with five hits apiece. Though Irvine only gave up two free base runners — one walk and one hit batsman — USC gifted nine free passes with six walks and three hit batters. And the Anteaters capitalized, as runners who reached via the walk scored two of their three runs.“I felt like we gave them everything,” Hubbs said. “They did nothing offensively. So it’s disappointing to lose a game like that.”After getting double-digit hits in their last four games, USC came away with just five against Irvine. Evan Brock went four complete innings for Irvine, allowing just three hits and one run. The Anteater bullpen came in strong behind him, tossing five full innings of shutout baseball to close the door on USC.“I would have taken [three runs],” Hubbs said. “I thought we would have been able to do more against their bullpen day. We weren’t as competitive as I would have liked.”The Trojans lapsed into some old habits that plagued them at the beginning of the year but looked to be dying until tonight. USC struck out seven times, which isn’t awful. What is awful is the amount of unproductive outs made.“We had 11 ‘nothing’ fly ball outs,” Hubbs said. “That was 11 that just gave us no chance. Add the seven strikeouts, that’s 18 outs that we just handed them. We have to be better than that.”Senior second baseman Adam Landecker went 0-for-3 against the Anteaters after going 7-for-12 with three RBIs over the weekend in Berkley.“Games like this, you gotta piece things together,” Landecker said. “In a game that each team only has five hits, you gotta execute the small things.”That lack of execution — the “nothing outs” that USC made tonight — is what seems to frustrate Hubbs most.“We need to force teams have to make plays,” Hubbs said. “You just hit a ball straight up in the air, they don’t have to do much. Strike out and they don’t have to do anything. We have to be more competitive in those spots.”The Trojans need to rebound quickly, as Mark Appel and the Stanford Cardinal come to Dedeaux Field beginning this Friday. Appel could be the first overall pick in this year’s MLB draft, and Hubbs said he expects more tight game this weekend.