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GO-TIME: New iPad App Makes DEP Oil and Gas Site Inspections More Efficient

first_imgGO-TIME: New iPad App Makes DEP Oil and Gas Site Inspections More Efficient Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today another GO-TIME success with the launch of an iPad app for electronic field inspections at oil and gas production sites.The app, developed in partnership with the Department of Transportation, enables DEP staff to conduct electronic inspections of all surface activities at oil and gas sites, including erosion and sedimentation, waterways encroachment, waste management, and spill cleanup. Until now, inspections have been performed with clipboards and paper forms.“DEP staff bring great knowledge and dedication to serving the citizens and protecting the environment of Pennsylvania,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Much-needed technology upgrades, such as electronic inspections, will ensure we have systems in place to match our ambitions as we work to respond agilely to business needs and deliver the highest level of service and transparency to citizens, community organizations, and local governments.”The app will make the inspection process more accurate and efficient, thanks to improved data quality, easier photo documentation, elimination of duplicate entry, electronic supervisor approval and other features. The number of oil and gas field inspections that DEP staff can perform yearly will also increase.Electronic inspections also mean citizens can see surface inspection results sooner, since results enter the DEP database and are posted on the O&G Oil and Gas mapping web site within days, rather than weeks.All 46 oil and gas surface activities inspection staff will be using the app by the end of February.DEP is also developing a similar app for its 32 oil and gas sub-surface activities inspectors.The app will be configured for other DEP programs, with the goal of equipping 350 inspectors by 2020, allowing the department to realize an estimated $3.6 million in productivity savings once implemented.Electronic inspection supports the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), which works with state entities to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. State agencies already saved over $156 million and Governor Wolf challenged GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/ March 03, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dramani stays on as Kotoko coach

first_imgThe Board of Directors of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has put on hold the directive by the erstwhile Dr K.K. Sarpong administration to head coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani to resign or get the sack.The board, now chaired in the interim by Kumasi-based lawyer, Mr Paul Adu-Gyamfi, has decided to invite the coach, who is a technical instructor of CAF, to a meeting in Kumasi on Saturday to discuss his future with the club.There are strong indications that the coach, who has one year left on his contract, would be impressed upon to remain with the club.Speaking to the Graphic Sports Tuesday, the spokesman for the board, Mr Jerry Asare said, “On our records the coach has not been sacked.”“We need to sit down with him to professionally decide his future with Kotoko. As we speak now he is still our coach,” Jerry said.Dramani, who won the premier league with Kotoko, was reported to have been asked by the former administration to pack out or get the sacked. Mr Asare said, “We understand there was some form of conflict between the coach and the former management, that is why we are inviting him to see the way forward.”Even before the league ended, news was rife that the coach would get the sack because management was not impressed with the output of the team.A Spanish-Brazillian coach, Robert Carlos Paul, who took Real Tamale United to relegation, was said to be pencilled in as replacement for Dramani.The coach appeared to have incurred the wrath of the management for failing to take the team to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.In the midst of the rift between him and the erstwhile management, Dramani packed bag and baggage for Accra and had since not returned to Kumasi. Unconfirmed reports indicated he was being courted by other clubs, with one of the clubs ready to pay him about 50 percent more than what he was receiving at Kotoko.In the midst of the development, former coach Abdul Razak, popped up declaring his intention to return to the coaching job of Kotoko.last_img read more

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PNC Central Committee to discuss matter today

first_imgLawrence’s comment on alleged child molester candidateAs calls continue to mount for the removal of Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence over her support of Local Government Elections (LGE) candidate Winston Harding, the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is expected to discuss the matter today.This is according to leader of the Party, President David Granger. The Head of State had previously noted that he would seek an explanation from the Minister about the process used to select Harding as the party’s candidate for Constituency 13 (East and West Ruimveldt) at the recent local government polls.On Monday, the President reported to media operatives that Lawrence has submitted her explanation which was forwarded to the PNCR’s Central Executive Committee and would be coming up for discussion at today’s meeting.“She has written me and that report was forward to the Central Executive Committee of the party, which will examine it on Wednesday night,” he stated.After his selection as a LGE candidate, it was revealed that Harding had faced several charges of child sexual molestation over the years but was never convicted. However, the Social Protection Minister came under fire after she was reported in the local media as saying that the matter was family related and should not have been handled the way it was.“This is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him,” she had stated.The Minister’s comment sparked much outrage among rights activists and members of several Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), with them frequently picketing the Ministry of the Presidency.On Tuesday, another such exercise was held where the NGO representatives reiterated their calls for the Head of State to take appropriate action against Minister Lawrence. This time, the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP) joined Red Thread in picketing the President’s Office.Despite the imbroglio, Harding, on an A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) ticket, was successful in his bid to become a City Councillor at the March 18 LGE.last_img read more

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