Governor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection

first_imgGovernor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 21, 2016center_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“In his acting capacity and throughout his career, Patrick has been a dedicated steward of the environment and a leader in advancing Pennsylvania’s energy development in a responsible way,” Governor Wolf said. “I trust Patrick to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in a way that protects our commonwealth’s land, water and air and ensures the department continues to make progress in the areas of innovation, responsible development and working with legislators, industry and advocates in a collaborative and productive way.”Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Kenneth Alexander: GVC – ‘Industry cannot be turned into a political football’

first_imgShare Share Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles GVC Holdings’ Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander has responded to criticism of his leadership, made public this week by the ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gambling Related Harm’.Opening the ‘Reputation Matters – gambling sector in the spotlight’ keynote event, Alexander spoke on GVC and the industry’s combined efforts to reduce problem gambling harms and further support treatment and research networks.Referencing his 19-year career as a gambling executive, Alexander underlines that the betting industry has ‘changed night-and-day’, however the biggest change he has witnessed relates to ‘the scrutiny the industry, has come under with regards to problem gambling’.“Let me be clear, I don’t want any problem gamblers at GVC, and I’m sure it’s the same at William Hill, Flutter, bet365 and the rest. In terms of our industry we know that to be sustainable, we have to be responsible,”  Alexander remarked.Stating that all leaders recognised the difficult issues surrounding problem gambling, Alexander praised the industry’s ‘collaborative efforts’ in tackling the subject matter head-on.“Together we have ended sports advertising, implementing the whistle-to-whistle ban. At GVC we have invested significantly in funding Harvard research programmes, and all major operators have now increased voluntary contributions from .1-to-1% towards research, education and training.”Reflecting on collaborative efforts undertaken over the past 18-months, which have delivered ‘sophisticated tools to spot problem gamblers’ Alexander stated: “I don’t think we (the industry) get the credit we deserve.”Stating that he ‘understood the need for scrutiny’, Alexander detailed his own personal engagement with gambling addicts, whom he visited as a responsibility in GVC’s takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.“I have no issue with scrutiny, you can question our business models and ask us to change the way we operate, to better protect problem gamblers. But, where I have a real issue is in our industry becoming a political football, with certain individuals trying to force decisions and regulations that are not evidence-based,” Alexander stated referencing the APPG’s recommendations to Parliament and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).The APPG chair Carolyn Harris had criticised Alexander of ‘cowardly behaviour’ for failing to attend an executive meeting on problem gambling measures, with GVC’s CEO further criticised for not sending any company representatives.Alexander underlined that he could not make the meeting as he had a board appointment in the Isle of Man, and had asked the APPG to reschedule.Recognising that the APPG hearing would likely become a ‘bearpit’, GVC’s CEO refused to send ‘lieutenants’, stating that he should be the one to ‘face the punches’. “If they want to speak to me I will meet them anyplace, anywhere, any time.”Turning to the APPG’s recommendations, Alexander would castigate the group advocating for a ‘£2 stake limit’ on online casino wagering, mirroring 2019’s FOBTs reductions.Whilst Alexander understands why the government introduced its FOBTs reduction, GVC’s leader detailed that copying retail restrictions to online casino disciplines would simply be dangerous and counterproductive – remarking that the recommendation appeared to have been made without an understanding of digital systems and controls monitoring problem gambling.“To compare the FOBTs to online wagering is completely false, we have controls across all licensed operators in the UK, we have developed mechanisms with complete visibility over the player – which could never happen at a betting shop.”Furthermore, Alexander outlined that a £2 online stake limit, would simply revive a black market for operators based in soft jurisdictions such as Costa Rica and Curacao.Recognising, that the betting’s image has been damaged by a series of negative news stories and media narratives, Alexander notes that the industry needs help in its portrayal.As the leader of the UK’s ‘20th highest tax contributing company,’ Alexander detailed collaboration as the key to fighting the negative connotations which have been attached to the industry, underlining that newly established Betting and Gaming Council will help the industry achieve this directive. “We’ve made massive strides, there is much more we can do, there is much more we will do, but let’s keep it in context. Let’s not let the industry be bullied around by people who are using it for their own agendas.”last_img read more

Max Scherzer injury update: Nationals pitcher won’t pitch against Braves

first_img MLB wrap: Ailing Max Scherzer pitching like he doesn’t want to be traded Related News “This is not something to be overly concerned about,” Scherzer said last week, per The Washington Post. “I know the feeling of what it’s going to take to get back on the mound and get completely through the ball. Like I said, we’re only a matter of days. This isn’t a long-term injury.”Scherzer, 34, is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA. He leads the National League in innings pitched (129.1) and strikeouts (181). MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Brian Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Max Scherzer The same back tightness that kept Nationals ace Max Scherzer from pitching in the All-Star Game will force him to miss his second start out of the break he told reporters Friday.Scherzer was penciled in to pitch Sunday, but he will not be on the mound as he tries to clear up inflammation in a bursa sac in his lower back, which has been strained. Nationals not thinking about trading Max Scherzer ‘right now,’ general manager says Scherzer had an MRI on his back last week and it was negative.Scherzer reported discomfort in his back after his last two starts, wins June 30 vs. the Tigers and last Saturday vs. the Royals. In the Kansas City game, Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out 14. The victory was his seventh in a row, a dominant stretch during which he allowed five runs and struck out 79.No starter has been named yet to replace him Sunday.last_img read more