Governor Wolf Statement on State Budget Progress

first_imgGovernor Wolf Statement on State Budget Progress SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement regarding progress in ongoing budget negotiations between his administration, and both the House and the Senate:“Over the weekend, I spoke with House and Senate leaders to try to finalize a budget that protects investments in critical programs important to the people of Pennsylvania. We made progress, and with more work, I believe we can reach a compromise in the coming days.“It will take all sides, including both chambers and my administration, working together and considering all ideas to get this done.  And if a compromise is reached, there is a commitment from all involved to put up a vote before October 1st.“It is urgent that we finish our bipartisan work on a consensus, responsible budget immediately or we will face a credit downgrade and further disruption in important programs and payments.“I continue to be eager to resolve this process in a responsible way and hope we can bridge whatever differences that remain in the coming days.”center_img September 18, 2017last_img read more

Air pollution, CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads

first_imgScientists say that by May, when CO2 emissions are at their peak thanks to the decomposition of leaves, the levels recorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago. GETTY IMAGES “It will depend on how long the pandemiclasts, and how widespread the slowdown is in the economy particularly in theUS. But most likely I think we will see something in the global emissions thisyear,” said Prof Corinne Le Quéré from the University of East Anglia. While people working from home willlikely increase the use of home heating and electricity, the curbing ofcommuting and the general slowdown in economies will likely have an impact onoverall emissions. With aviation grinding to a halt andmillions of people working from home, a range of emissions across manycountries are likely following the same downward path. Scientists say that by May, when CO2emissions are at their peak thanks to the decomposition of leaves, the levelsrecorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago. While it is early days, data collectedin New York this week suggests that instructions to curb unnecessary travel arehaving a significant impact. Both China and Northern Italy have also recorded significant falls in nitrogen dioxide, which is related to reduced car journeys and industrial activity. The gas is both a serious air pollutant and a powerful warming chemical. Traffic levels in the city were estimated to be down 35 percent compared with a year ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50 percent for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University. WITH global economic activity rampingdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hardly surprising thatemissions of a variety of gases related to energy and transport would bereduced. “If it lasts another three of fourmonths, certainly we could see some reduction.” An analysis carried out for the climate website Carbon Brief suggested there had been a 25 percent drop in energy use and emissions in China over a two week period. This is likely to lead to an overall fall of about one percent in China’s carbon emissions this year, experts believe. What’s likely to make a major differenceto the scale of carbon emissions and air pollution is how governments decide tore-stimulate their economies once the pandemic eases. However, some argue that if the pandemicgoes on a long time, any stimulus would more likely focus on promoting anyeconomic growth regardless of the impact on the environment. (BBC)last_img read more

Manbir Singh, a biomedical professor, dies at 67

first_imgManbir Singh, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering and pioneer in biomedical imaging technology, died of unknown causes while visiting family in India during winter break. He was 67.In memoriam · Manbir Singh will be remembered as an understanding, easygoing, and compassionate person. He was a pioneer in biomedical imaging. – Courtesy of the Viterbi School of EngineeringSingh, who received his Ph.D in physics from UCLA in 1971, joined the Trojan Family in 1977 as a professor in the Department of Radiology. In 1988, he received a double appointment in USC’s Biomedical Engineering Department.“I see him as the professor,” said Dr. Patrick Colletti, a professor of radiology and Singh’s former student. “He had this way of presenting materials in an organized manner so you could remember them — even complicated things could be broken down.”Sinchai Tsao, a graduate student studying biomedical engineering who worked with Singh, said Singh was easygoing and understanding.“One of the cooler things about him is he just let us express what we thought, and he would never judge us on what our ideas were,” Tsao said. “He was always open to chatting about what we thought.”Biomedical Engineering Department Chair Norberto Grzywacz said he quickly learned of Singh’s good heart when he came to USC in 2001.“First thing I had to do was write a grant proposal, and I didn’t even have an office yet, and [Singh] gave me his,” Grzywacz said. “He was really friendly, really nice.”At home, Heidi Singh, Singh’s wife of 41 years, said he was a wonderful, great soul.“He was a very open person,” said Heidi Singh, who said she is a Buddhist and her husband was a Sikh. “He was really open of all religions and supportive of everyone.”Singh pioneered biomedical imaging with the use of single photon emission computed tomography, which produces 3-D imagery of internal organs.“He was an experimentalist,” said Richard Leahy, a professor of signal and image processing theory. “He worked hard and was dedicated to what he did, and I think his work was characterized by a kind of independence of thought.”Singh founded and served as director of the Neuroimaging core and of the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s graduate program in Biomedical Imaging.“He just did what he did because he loved it,” Heidi Singh said. “He loved making a difference.”He is survived by Heidi and their son, Kabir Singh, 24.A memorial service for Singh will tentatively be held on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Conference Center. [Correction: A previous version of this article indicated that Manbir Singh was 63. He was 67. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more