first_imgOn Monday night, as reported by The Seattle Times, comedian Will Ferrell joined a number of high-profile musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Brandi Carlile at a fundraiser for Cancer for College—a nonprofit that gives young survivors of cancer tuition funds for college. Dubbed “One Classy Night In Seattle,” the house band also included Brandi Carlile’s bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth; Chad Smith’s RHCP bandmate, Josh Klinghoffer; and Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band.One Classy Night In Seattle’s lineup with Will Ferrell and Chad Smith is unsurprising, given the two have a long history together as friends, doppelgängers, musical “collaborators,” and philanthropists for Cancer for College. In 2014, the two notable look-a-likes agreed to stage a drum battle, with Ferrell accepting only under the condition that the two of them raise $300,000 for Cancer for College. However, despite their friendship, as recently as fall of 2017, Smith stormed off the stage during a gig at Musicians Institute after a heckler yelled “Will Ferrell!” during a performance. He seemed to be kidding (mostly), but regardless it appears as though the two are still friends.During Monday night’s show, the band—which Ferrell named after the classic pre-teen Judy Blume novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—played a number of covers, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin. During the show, Ferrell introduced a “local, homegrown kid” and invited out Eddie Vedder, McCready’s Pearl Jam bandmate, to join the motley crew of musicians for a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, marking one of the major highlights and biggest surprises of the evening. With Carlile taking over vocals, Vedder stayed mostly in the background playing the tambourine, while Ferrell reemerged mid-song with his iconic cowbell.You can watch Eddie Vedder join the musical and comedic supergroup for a cover of “Personal Jesus” as well as a take on Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (sans Vedder), below, courtesy of MrBubbrub.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Personal Jesus”[Video: MrBubbrub]Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”[Video: MrBubbrub][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

first_imgPool photo by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.ALBANY — Saying the federal government learned nothing in how it conducted COVID-19 testing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into question the proposed vaccination plan during a Friday conference call.The federal approach to use private vaccine providers such as Walgreen, CVS and other private pharmacies is a mirror of what Cuomo called a testing debacle.“The administration is locked in on this private sector plan,” Cuomo said.The current plan could take up to a year or more to vaccinate everyone, Cuomo said, adding the country can’t afford a year of time to vaccinate people. “We know the capacity of the network because we now have it engaged,” he said. “It could take one year to vaccinate. Their fundamental plan while simplistic is deeply flawed.”Cuomo said the federal government will not supply any funding to state’s to set up their own vaccination plans.“The federal govt will not provide any funding to speak of for a state to set up a supplemental network,” Cuomo said.“We just can’t afford it,” he said. “Their plan is just to fund the private sector providers. It operationally would be highly inefficient and it’s a direct mirror of the testing debacle. They’ve learned nothing.”“They handed it to the states. ‘New York State, you do the testing,’ ‘Will you provide us funding,’ ‘No,’ ” Cuomo said. “Will you provide us any materials,’ ‘No.’ This nation has been abysmal with testing.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Cuomo is an ass. He has led the state with the most deaths from covid than any other state in the union. He killed people in nursing homes because of his order that the homes take covid patients. Since we are the highest taxed state in the union why does he need government funding. He has to go or there will be no one left in the state.last_img read more

first_img Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than $6.5 million in training assistance funding was provided to 715 Pennsylvania companies in Fiscal Year 2019-20 by WEDnetPA, an alliance of educational providers serving the commonwealth’s business community. This year marks 21 years of funding assistance for qualified businesses in the commonwealth to provide training to existing staff members.“During these unprecedented times, it is crucial that companies across the commonwealth can continue to receive training assistance—whether they are reopening or already have, and especially for our essential businesses that never shut down,” said Gov. Wolf. “Employee training is pivotal in strengthening our state’s workforce, and ultimately, our economy.”In fiscal year 2019-2020, $6,500,964 was invested in trainings and provided 24,359 employees with access to education in Essential Skills and Advanced Technology. Essential Skills training can include guidance in communication and teamwork, health and safety, business and computer operations, manufacturing fundamentals, quality assurance and more. Advanced Technology training can include guidance in advanced manufacturing technology, advanced software implementation, computer programming, software engineering and more.“One of the biggest components of strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce is ensuring that companies can continually train and upskill their current employees,” said Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin. “WEDnet training helps individuals secure and further their careers and is committed to continuing to serve Pennsylvania’s business community during this pandemic.”Since its beginning in 1999, WEDnetPA has grown to become the primary delivery system for Pennsylvania’s incumbent workforce training. Each year, WEDnetPA partners continue to reach out to significant numbers of companies and employees—strengthening our workforce and businesses and, in turn, strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy.“WEDnetPA is a lifeline to Pennsylvania companies as they try to navigate the impacts of the pandemic. With so much uncertainty, financial challenge, and need to reskill the workforce, WEDnetPA has been able to help companies, in a very positive way, survive the storm and prepare for the full recovery that will eventually follow,” said WEDnetPA State Director Thomas Venditti. “Now, more than ever, employee training is a necessary strategy for survival and companies in Pennsylvania are fortunate the commonwealth has made this a priority investment, but the circumstances of the day have added a layer of complexity unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. Fortunately, WEDnetPA is employer driven and provides for an array of training methods, including online, distance learning and in-house training, which accounted for more than 20 percent of all training completed last year.”Workforce training grants align with Governor Wolf’s $30 million PAsmart workforce development initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training so workers get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.View this year’s annual report online.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration: More Than 700 Pennsylvania Businesses Received Workforce Training Assistance in FY 2019-20center_img October 08, 2020last_img read more

first_imgDespite playing in a multitude of overtime games this season, Nick Janus and the rest of UW managed to score their first golden goal.[/media-credit]Despite suffering six tough losses off of game-winning goals in the final minutes of games this season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team could finally celebrate a thrilling finish of their own Wednesday after defeating University of Illinois Chicago 1-0 in overtime.Freshman midfielder Joey Tennyson rifled a shot past the UIC goalkeeper and into the right corner of the net in the 95th minute to propel the Badgers (3-12-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten) to their second win in three games.“It’s great,” said defensive midfielder Paul Yonga, who had the game-winning assist for UW. “UIC had been in three overtimes their last three games, and they won them all, so to come here and win our first overtime game, it’s amazing. It’s a totally different feeling than it was when we were losing. It’s indescribable how good it feels.”After clutch tackles from defender Luke Goodnetter and forward Danny Ahlering, Yonga recovered possession for UW on the left side of Wisconsin’s attacking third, and got free with a give-and-go with Colin Mani, then played a through ball to the streaking Tennyson for the finish.“Danny Ahlering, the little tackle he makes is what springs this last little attack,” head coach John Trask said. “He lays his body down for the good of the team. Guys are putting their bodies out there; that’s all we can ask.”However, it was freshman goalkeeper Max Jentsch and Wisconsin’s defensive unit that made a goal saving clear on the goal to extend the game.Jentsch diverted a NIU striker on a fast break toward the goal by forcing him wide and diving onto the ball, but the ball squirted free, and it appeared the Flames had a clear shot for the score. However, the reliable defense of Kyle McCrudden and Arnel Zahirovic submerged on the ball and cleared it away from the trouble.“You can’t really ask for anything more,” Tennyson said. “If you make a mistake and your defense can cover for you, it’s good to know that the team is there to back you up.”In the Badgers’ past three games, they have earned two victories and allowed only one goal. The team has not accomplished this feat at any other point this season.Trask highlighted the defense as a strong point for the team and a major reason the team has elevated their game and results in the past three games.“[UIC’s] got three or four pretty special attacking players and I thought we did a pretty good job tonight. Are they of the same quality of some of the guys in the Big Ten? I don’t know, but even Ohio State didn’t create much against us, so we’re getting that edge back instead of playing those 4-3 games, which were very difficult.”While the Badgers played solid defensively, increasing offensive opportunities and urgency to score will be a key factor the team will need to improve upon heading into Senior Night against Penn State Saturday and the Big Ten Tournament next week.“I think we could just move the ball a little bit faster. Sometimes we dwell on the ball and the movement gets a little slow, which helps the defense recover a little bit, so if we move the ball a little bit quicker and get the defense a little tired, then we can find those balls up to Princy who can lay it off to Nick Janus, and then we can move and score through that way.”Trask added this victory was just another small step in the right direction that the team has consistently been able to make all season.“It’s huge,” Trask said. “We keep moving. I told the guys we keep inching this thing forward; we wish we could gain a foot or a yard real quick. This is going to help us with confidence going into Penn State and then obviously the Big Ten Tournament. With Penn State, it’s a whole different test than we had tonight. Congrats to the guys for getting a shut out.”last_img read more