Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Philadelphia — Governor Tom Wolf today joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, Mayor Jim Kenney and Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation for a funding announcement and update on the future reconstruction of Interstate 95 in the city.With the reconstruction of I-95, built in the 1970s, connections are being restored between the Delaware River waterfront and the rest of the city. Since 1997, PennDOT has been investing in rebuilding and improving the 51-mile I-95 corridor in southeastern Pennsylvania. Currently, $1.7 billion is programmed to complete the rebuilding of I-95 between Cottman Avenue and Interstate 676, the Vine Street Expressway. These improvements have included mitigation to improve the aesthetics for neighborhoods where the viaducts carrying I-95 are located and which were greatly impacted by the original construction 50 years ago.Over the next decade, an upcoming phase of the reconstruction project is a $3 billion to $4 billion investment to rebuild the five-mile stretch, a portion already below ground but mostly on viaduct, between I-676 and Broad Street in South Philadelphia, but all of which impacts the city’s connection to the Delaware River. On the north end of this section, at Penn’s Landing, a new and expanded cap over I-95 will reconnect Penn’s Landing to the city. On the south end of this section, the reconstruction project will improve access to the growing Philadelphia port complex.The state, city and foundation will partner on underwriting the $225 million cost of replacing and expanding the existing cap over I-95 and Christopher Columbus Boulevard.  The project would extend the cap beyond the current boundaries between Chestnut and Walnut streets and extend it over Columbus Boulevard.“We are showing how partnerships between the public and private sectors deliver important benefits that improve both our quality of life and economy,” Governor Wolf said. “In this case, as Interstate 95 will be rebuilt, we have partnered with the city and the William Penn Foundation to restore and enhance the river’s connection to Center City.”“By the private and public sectors partnering and sharing the cost for the cap now, we will save future state and federal highway dollars,” Richards said. “This partnership will allow us to meet our community responsibilities as we improve this critical artery, one of the busiest in the state.”I-95 carries roughly 120,000 vehicles a day in the section between I-676 and Broad Street.The landscaping on the cap, funded by the William Penn Foundation contribution, also addresses storm water mitigation by providing green infrastructure for water quality improvements, which ordinarily are very challenging to meet in urban settings.The state is committing $110 million, including $10 million for preliminary engineering and design, which is already underway. The city is committing $90 million and the foundation has committed $15 million with the commitment to raise the additional $10 million needed for the project.“This three-way partnership will deliver benefits for the city while improving mobility and allowing PennDOT to meet its goals of managing transportation in an efficient and effective way,” Richards said. June 09, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95last_img read more

Why parents should be told when their 15 year old has an abortion

first_imgNZ Doctor 3 September 2015“One day my daughter didn’t come home on the bus.” Chilling for any parent. In this instance and without parental knowledge or consent, a mother’s 15-year-old daughter had been taken during school hours to another town for an abortion.This was only revealed to the family when the daughter attempted suicide, after a year of depression, self-hatred, anger, alcohol and substance abuse. To make matters worse her daughter will face infertility after an apparent “botched abortion”.It’s always a risk writing in any form about this subject. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t when it comes to the pro and anti groups and even some health professionals themselves (stay away from politics and moral judgments they say).So I’ll come clean and say, while we have very messy abortion laws in New Zealand, I am much more concerned about what is happening to the health of our very young women. I’ll use the word “chilling” again. And this is why.Impact of the Health Information Privacy CodeIt is a wellknown fact that abortions are mainly carried out because of possible permanent injury to a woman’s (or girl’s) mental health.It is also now widely known that parents of 11 year olds or older must sign consent forms for basic first aid care and dental treatment in schools, but an abortion (it is said approximately 50 each year) can be carried out without the knowledge or consent of parents even though they are legally responsible until their child is 18.The Health Information Privacy Code means school counsellors are unable to share information with a parent or the school, and an 11 year old can make an abortion decision herself. Imagine at the age of 11 having tests and scans, seeing two certifying consultants and expected to sign a form saying she understands and consents without parental support and guidance and the likely mental health ramifications?Abortion: hard to faceThis conundrum stretches out to general practice and all of primary healthcare. One way or another these young women attend school (school nurses), or youth services, general practice, public health nurses, and yet abortion continues to be incredibly hard to talk about and we just continue to duck and dive as if it has nothing to do with general practice or primary healthcare.But it does. It always has but you’d never know it. Abortion, now one of the most common medical surgical procedures that women of childbearing age face, continues to have this secret file on it which, even though classed as a medical treatment, has little to do with illness. It’s mostly performed on well women unless it is mental illness which we are studiously avoiding to confront.Practice nurses say they have no interest in the politics or morality of the abortion issue. And is it really the role of a school nurse to take a student to an abortion service? No more than stealthily taking her to an alcohol or other drug service and not advising the parent their daughter is drinking to excess. read more

Salah prompted by Messi’s claim to stun the world

first_img Apart from Salah not being Klopp’s first choice last summer (his credentials were continually pushed by the sporting director Michael Edwards, the head of recruitment Dave Fallows and the chief scout Barry Hunter after Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt opted to stay put), the Egyptian was expected to contribute from wide areas after his arrival from Roma but not emerge as a talisman. In a season containing nearly as many superlative descriptions as goals scored, Mohamed Salah continued to write his own Liverpool destiny with four superb finishes in a personal performance at Anfield that was as complete and as ruthless as anything this famous stadium has seen down the decades. Watford will have returned home last night wondering how they were on the end of such a sobering scoreline. They were by no means a shambles. Yet, in sport, ability generally finds a way of shining through and Salah’s class is so clearcut, so emphatic and so enjoyable that he is comfortably the Premier League’s most attractive sight at present. The really frightening thing was he barely broke sweat – his goals completely dismantled Watford yet he maintained a relaxed, smiley air throughout. Two of his goals carried the same jinking manner and positional nous as that displayed by Lionel Messi, and Jürgen Klopp noted that Salah’s form this season is making comparisons between the two increasingly valid. His record, this season at least, is better than Messi. Mohamed Salah has now scored more times in a debut campaign than any Liverpool player in the club’s entire history. He reached number 36 here via a four-goal haul, surpassing Fernando Torres in the record books and surpassing Messi’s total, albeit in two fewer games. Surely only Sergio Agüero can stop Salah now from topping the Premier League charts come May when you take into account Harry Kane’s injury. It is worth remembering too Salah did not arrive from Roma last summer as a forward. For his recruitment at a fee that now feels like loose change, you have to credit Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director. For Salah’s subtle repositioning, you have to credit Jürgen Klopp and commend his vision. For delivering, you can only credit the player, who is currently in the process of redefining expectations on wingers in this country. They played Ken Dodd’s signature tune ‘Happiness’ at half-time as a tribute to the legendary Liverpool comedian who died last week. Read Also:Salah Beats Mane To Liverpool Goal Of The Month Award As a great entertainer and close friend of Bill Shankly, Doddy would have appreciated what the club have in Mo Salah. Salah hits new heights each time he plays. His first hat-trick for Liverpool on Saturday night ended up as a four-goal haul; two worldies and two poacher’s finishes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Liverpool superstar bagged 44 goals across all competitions in his opening campaign and went on to win a plethora of awards for his simply incredible efforts. Four of those strikes came during one match against Watford when the Reds thumped the Hornets 5-0 on this day in 2018. Those watching on were left stunned at how one player could produce such a performance and here’s what the media made of the Egyptian at the time. Mohamed Salah last week starred in an acclaimed advert featuring some of Liverpool’s most historic sights. Anfield, though, remains the perfect stage on which to showcase his own outrageous talents. The Egyptian continued to set new standards as Liverpool responded to Jurgen Klopp’s call by overcoming both the weather and Watford to strengthen claims for a top-four finish. Given Premier League defences have struggled to contain Salah, it was perhaps no surprise the wintry elements proved no barrier. A sensational four-goal haul – with an assist for Roberto Firmino thrown in for good measure – moved him on to 36 goals in 41 games during a remarkable first Liverpool campaign in which he shows no signs of relenting. Salah now has the most amount of goals scored by a Liverpool player during a debut season, surpassing the previous best of 33 by Fernando Torres. Indeed, Torres, John Aldridge, and Luis Suarez never netted so many in a single term for the Reds. No player in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more goals this season. In a season of so many highs, so many spectacular goals, this was something special from Salah, made all the more memorable by it being achieved amid constant snow flurries. The images from the evening will resonate for years to come. And, whisper it quietly, that Egyptian Messi tag does not look misplaced on this evidence. There are various ways of measuring the jaw-dropping impact that Mohamed Salah is having at Liverpool, but one message in particular scribbled on his first souvenir match ball served to encapsulate his feats succinctly. “I just kept it simple for him,” said captain Jordan Henderson. “I just wrote, ‘Well done superstar.’ ” And in those three words, he summed up the phenomenon that Salah has become; a clinical goalscorer whose penalty-box prowess does not simply astound his opponents, as Watford’s bamboozled backline could testify, but also his manager. Jürgen Klopp confessed afterward that he was not expecting this. Not 36 goals by mid-March certainly and, in truth, probably not half that amount by this stage of the campaign. Mohamed Salah transported football standards into a different stratosphere during his first season at Anfield as he lived up to his nickname ‘Egyptian Messi’. 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