By: Pedro Cortés, Secretary of State BLOG: Creating a Government That Works for Businesses and Voters Government That Works, The Blog, Voting & Elections, Year in Review In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of State improved customer service and helped create a government that works. With Governor Wolf’s leadership, we launched Pennsylvania online voter registration, which makes it easier to register, improves the voter rolls and saves taxpayer dollars. We also made it easier to start a business and be an informed consumer.These measures also demonstrate the Department’s commitment to its mission: to ensure the integrity of the electoral system, to provide the basic infrastructure for business start-up and development, and to protect the public through licensing and oversight.Watch Secretary Pedro Cortés talk about what the Department of State did in 2015 to help create a government that works. Bringing Voter Registration to the 21st CenturyIn August, I joined Governor Wolf to launch Online Voter Registration (OVR), the most significant election reform enacted in Pennsylvania in decades. OVR makes voter registration more convenient, accessible and secure. OVR was an immediate success with election officials, voters and editorial boards.By the second week in January 2016, more than 61,000 Pennsylvanians used the online application. In December, the Department of State received the 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award for OVR.The Department also launched a revamped election-results website just prior to the May primary election. The website allows users to view results on mobile devices, customize searches, and receive timely updates and provides a location-based service.Making it Easier to Start a BusinessOur Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (BCCO) launched a new database that streamlines the corporate filing process for business owners and their agents. With SWORD, customers can choose the option of having their completed filing returned by email. Previously, filings were returned through the U.S. Postal Service: this reduces paper transactions and results in substantial cost savings for the Department.Online filing through SWORD also enables faster processing because filings are sent directly to the proper staffing area for review. Additionally, SWORD filings have a much lower rejection rate because the filings will not transmit and customers are immediately notified if information is missing. This cuts down on delays for new businesses getting off the ground.Increasing Transparency for ConsumersIn keeping with the Governor’s commitment to greater transparency, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs unveiled a new database of documents related to disciplinary actions filed against any of the commonwealth’s nearly 1 million professional licensees.The new database allows the public to directly download public documents outlining disciplinary action and penalties taken by the Bureau. Previously, the public could search online to check the status of a professional’s license, but the documents containing details of each case had to be requested through the BPOA Prothonotary’s Office. January 13, 2016 Read more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The South Ripley Raiders were defeated by The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles in both 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball action.Grade 7-JCD 46, SR 27 .Grade 8-JCD 46, SR 43.SR Scoring: Lane Sparks 27, Cody Samples 11, Kaden Rinear 3, Colby Bush 2.JCD scoring: Will Neal 10, Luke Comer 2, Damon Hughes 8, Cameron Gehl 4, TJ Menchhofer 6, Landon Turner 4, Jared Dufrene 8, Christian Comer 4.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.
Another week, another great piece of news for Psyonix and Rocket League. It has been announced that Rocket league will form a part of this summer’s X Games, and in turn, will be broadcast on ESPN3.This follows on from the news of NBC’s plans for the title which will see a $100,000 (£76,979) tournament (in partnership with FACEIT) aired on its network. You can read the full story on this here. This X Games partnership is also in connection with FACEIT and features a similar prize pool though it falls a little short at $75,000 (£57,734). The Rocket League part of the X Games will be on ESPN3 over July 14-16. This isn’t X Games’ first foray into esports; they worked with MLG for some Call of Duty and CS:GO in the past, but this fast paced, highly skilled rocket car based title definitely seems a better fit. The Psyonix Esports Manager, Josh Watson said of the news:“The X Games and ESPN have done a great job of bringing attention to nontraditional sports over the years. Adding esports and Rocket League to that lineup is something we at Psyonix are very excited about.”The X Games, which is split into the summer and winter editions, have been running since 1995 with participants competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in addition to money. Extreme sports including motox, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding more typically feature. Now Rocket league will compete for attention amongst these. It has been a great few months for the title with recent announcements in addition to the NBC tournament including a partnership with WWE, the game coming to Nintendo’s Switch and RLCS Season 3 securing Brisk and Old Spice as sponsors. Other smaller tournaments such as the League of Rockets’ Rocket League World Cup (which you can read about here) and the Pro Rivalry League (read about this here) are also garnering considerable attention which is vital for the grassroots growth of the title. Esports Insider says: We’re big believers in Rocket League and this is yet more fantastic news for the game. It’s one which makes so much sense for bringing esports into ‘the mainstream’ and it’s especially in keeping with the X Games. Good work by FACEIT on delivering both the NBC deal and this one, which’ll see it on ESPN3 this summer. read more
Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo knew it was vital for San Miguel to establish itself as early as possible against Ginebra in Game 4 of its semifinal series against Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ So when the Beermen were caught in an early slump in the first quarter, he had to take action.Ginebra took an early 12-7 lead in the first quarter and that five-point margin awakened the monster inside Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFajardo scored 10 first quarter points, all of which happened in San Miguel’s 25-10 run to close out the first, a scoring sprint that eventually became the foundation for the Beermen’s 102-81 victory.“We needed to win this game, so we really went at Ginebra as hard as we can,” said Fajardo in Filipino Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It would be hard for us if Ginebra ties the series because their confidence will just get higher.” View comments “Good thing we had a good start, because if we had a slow start we could’ve had a long night.”San Miguel then kept the pressure in the third period with Von Pessumal’s triple capping off the Beermen’s 26-12 run that put the Beermen up 84-55 with 1:49 left in the period.Fajardo, who was averaging 23.43 points and 13.29 rebounds, finished with a modest 14-point, 13-rebound line as he allowed his teammates to do the scoring for the Beermen.Fajardo said he doesn’t care if he had a low-scoring game and would instead give importance to helping his teammates get off their shots.“I really don’t mind if I don’t score that much, I would rather have my team score in balanced way because my teammates will have the confidence,” said Fajardo, who saw four of his teammates score in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Marcio Lassiter torched Ginebra for 23 points while Alex Cabagnot had 19 points.Arwind Santos also finished with a double-double for San Miguel with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Chris Ross added 12 and 11 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Federer, Venus Williams roll into semifinals at Indian Wells In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery read more