CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says Microsoft is confident it can fill the void if Google carries out its threat to remove its search engine from Australia. A Google executive told a Senate hearing last month that it would likely make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government goes ahead with a draft law that would make tech giants pay for news content. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he has spoken to Microsoft’s chief executive about its search engine, Bing, filling the space. “I can tell you, Microsoft’s pretty confident” that Australians would not be worse off, Morrison said.
Governor Wolf Announces Six New Small Business Projects in Five Counties, Enabling Expansion and Jobs Creation Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for six business projects in five counties that will enable companies to grow and expand production and enable a new restaurant to open. The projects are expected to create and retain more than 250 full-time jobs.“This loan funding will help these companies take their businesses to the next level by investing critical capital into their expansion plans, Governor Wolf said. “Whether it’s expanding production or opening a brand-new business, these projects will create jobs and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $70 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $95 million in private investment and supported 3,905 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of more than $5.5 million in low-interest loans to projects in Adams, Bedford, Centre, Jefferson, and Lancaster counties.The following six loans were approved:Adams CountyPrecision Cut Industries, Inc., a provider of laser cutting, press brakes, and robotic welding services, was approved for a $1.2 million, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through Adams County Economic Development Corporation for a 28,115-square-foot expansion of its facility in Hanover. The expansion will enable the company to operate more efficiently and continue to grow. The project is expected to create five new jobs and retain 101 jobs in the next three years.Bedford CountyLampire Biological Labs, Inc., a producer of antiserums used in immunization, pregnancy tests, and various drug tests, was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through Bedford County Development Association for the acquisition of a 179-acre farm located in West Providence Township. This acquisition will enable the company to increase production by housing additional animals needed to produce biological materials used for drug testing and diagnostic and research use.Centre CountyHomeland Manufacturing Services, Inc., a manufacturer of circuit cards and cables, was approved for a $900,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership for the acquisition of real estate and the construction of the company’s new 12,500-square-foot manufacturing facility located at Benner Commerce Business Park in Benner Township. The company has outgrown its current facility, and this new manufacturing facility will enable the company to operate more efficiently and continue to grow. The project is expected to create 20 new jobs and retain 10 jobs over the next three years.Jefferson CountyPhoenix Sintered Metals, LLC, a manufacturer of powdered metal parts, was approved for a $1,152,781, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for the purchase of machinery and equipment and the rebuilding of an existing high-temperature furnace at the company’s manufacturing facility located in Brockway. The new equipment will enable more efficiency and greater capacity in production. The project is expected to create 10 new jobs and retain 76 jobs over the next three years.Lancaster CountyDouble C LLC, a newly-established operating company, was approved for a $200,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through EDC Finance Corporation to establish a new restaurant, The Double C, on Prince Street in the city of Lancaster. The project includes the acquisition and renovation of a 3,900-square-foot commercial space that will feature a casual neighborhood tavern style environment, and the fare will be centered around locally-sourced, grass-fed, and dry-aged Black Angus beef.Levi’s Building Components, LLC, a manufacturer of metal roof snow guard systems and screws, and distributor of metal roof installation accessories, was approved for a $1,720,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 7-year reset through EDC Finance Corporation, to construct a new, larger 114,000-square-foot facility in which to locate its operations due to outgrowing its current facility. The project is expected to create 12 jobs and retain 32 jobs over the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. October 03, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Jefferson County, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will close State Road 250 next Tuesday, August 7, for up to 90 days between U.S. 421 and State Road 62 in Monroe Township of Jefferson County. Specialty crews have been contracted to stabilize an eroding embankment 10.7 miles west of the Switzerland County line on State Road 250 just north of the S.R. 62 “Y”.A state highway detour routes motorists around the site via U.S. 421 and State Road 62.Geostablization International, INDOT’s slide mitigation contractor, will embed 20-foot-long steel shafts into the slide area which measures 900 feet side-to-side and eight to 11 feet in height. Ends of these “soil nails” will be fitted with a wire mesh, then overcoated with shotcrete to form a stabilizing wall. The $1 million project also calls for pavement replacement and installation of curbs and gutters.State Road 250 at the slide site has a traffic count of 780 vehicles per day.
Manager Slaven Bilic paid tribute to the man who made his final appearance for the club as captain in Saturday’s 4-3 home defeat by Bournemouth at his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning after admitting he could not guarantee him the amount of football he wanted. Bilic said: “That is basically the only reason (he left). In the end, it is good for both parties. “It was not only this week. We had a few chats with Kevin, now he’s leaving and I can only say a big thanks to him for the club because he was a great captain and a great professional. “Even in the short period I experienced working with him, he was a brilliant professional, a hard worker and I wish him well on behalf of the staff, the players and the club.” He said: “This has been a fantastic time for me since I walked in the door. I’ve had just over four fantastic years and I’d like to thank everyone who has made it so easy for me to settle down here with my family. “My boy speaks like a Cockney now, so I don’t know if I’ll be moving back to Liverpool any time soon! “Since I’ve come here, it’s felt like home and it’s a real possibility that it’ll be home for a long time, so I thank everyone who has made that possible from inside the club to all the players I’ve played with. “People don’t see the staff behind the scenes who work so hard for us, and obviously I’d like to thank the fans too. “A little part of me wishes I was a bit younger when I came here so I could be part of what is going to be a fantastic transition going into the Olympic Stadium. I’ve seen all the videos and everything that’s gone into it, and it’s going to be something special. “It’s exciting times for the club and it’s about the boys now making sure they keep that Premier League status this season and building to ensure that they then go on and start challenging the European clubs, because that stadium will deserve it. “Thanks for everything.” Nolan, who signed off with his nickname “Nobby”, also revealed that Hammers’ Wembley play-off final victory over Blackpool which clinched their return to the top flight would go down as one of the best days of his career. The Hammers announced on Thursday that the 33-year-old, who captained them as they fought their way back into the Barclays Premier League at the end of the 2011-12 season, has left by mutual consent in the search for regular football during what remains of his playing career. Merseysider Nolan, who moved to Upton Park from Newcastle in June 2011, later expressed his thanks to the club and their fans in a statement released on the official website, www.whufc.com. Kevin Nolan has admitted his regret at not joining West Ham earlier in his career after deciding to leave the club. Press Association