Governor Wolf’s Week, September 11 – September 17, 2016

first_img September 16, 2016 Governor Wolf’s Week, September 11 – September 17, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img The Blog,  Videos,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Tom Wolf respectfully requested a Joint Session of the General Assembly at a time that is convenient for the House and Senate this fall. The purpose of this session would be to address the members of the House and Senate about our collective efforts to lead the nation in combatting the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania. Substance use disorder affects people all across the commonwealth and that is why the search for effective solutions enjoys broad bi-partisan support. Together with the legislature, Governor Wolf will continue to fight to make sure Pennsylvanians have the resources we need to get our arms around this crisis.On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Aramark to announce the company’s plan to maintain its world headquarters within the City of Philadelphia. The $15 billion global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms will relocate from its current location at 1101 Market Street to a fully-renovated nine-story building located at 2400 Market Street. The Wolf Administration worked cooperatively with Aramark leading up to this announcement. In other economic development news, Governor Wolf also visited the Reading Airport to announce $2.5 million in funding to support the redevelopment of a 155-acre industrial park located adjacent to the Reading Airport. When complete, the project is expected to create 500 to 600 new, full-time jobs.Wednesday, Governor Wolf visited Ferguson K-8 in York to welcome students back to school. Since day one, Governor Wolf has fought for more education funding and has made making investments in our schools and our children a top priority. Working with the legislature, he has secured historic increases – almost $640 million – in my first two years.This week, Pennsylvania was one of seven states to be selected to participate in a National Governors Association (NGA) learning lab designed to combat the opioid epidemic. Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014. The NGA learning lab is entitled “State Strategies for Reducing Overdose and Deaths from Heroin and Illicit Fentanyl,” and will allow members of the Wolf Administration to study best practices from Rhode Island, a leader in devising innovative strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.Governor Wolf’s Week, September 11 – September 17, 2016Sunday, September 11, 2016Governor Wolf Statement on 15th Anniversary of September 11thMonday, September 12, 2016Pennsylvania Selected to Participate in National Governors Association Learning Lab on Combating the Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf Congratulates Aramark on Announcement of New Global Headquarters in PhiladelphiaWednesday, September 14, 2016Governor Wolf Continues Schools That Teach Tour to Discuss Historic Education Investment and New Fair Funding FormulaThursday, September 15, 2016Wolf Administration Issues Recommendations to Help People with Disabilities Find EmploymentHarrisburg to Receive $1.65 Million in Federal Funding for Sinkhole Mitigation ProjectGOTIME: PennDOT to Save More Than $28 Million with New Mobile Construction App Through Improved EfficiencyGovernor Wolf Announces 32 New Jobs with DevTech Manufacturing Facility in Northampton CountyWolf Administration Accepting Applications for “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention GrantsGovernor Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Modifications to Greensburg Bypass in Westmoreland CountyFriday, September 16, 2016Governor Wolf Announces $2.5 Million Grant for Redevelopment of Airport Industrial ParkGovernor Wolf Requests Joint Session to Address Opioid EpidemicHighlights from The BlogCelebrating Roads to Recovery in PittsburghWolf Administration Funding Major Economic Projects, Spurring Job GrowthDCED Brings the World to PA with Tour to Facilitate Businesses’ Export InterestsSend a Txt, Register 2 VoteEid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s ResidenceWhy Governor Tom Wolf Called a Joint Session to Address the Opioid Epidemic Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

New device to get West Palm Beach drivers to pay up

first_imgA big heads up, because there is a new device coming to West Palm Beach that is expected to hold drivers accountable and reduce violations.It’s called the Barnacle, an immobilization device to expedite revenue collection.Rojay Morrison, who is a local parking enforcement representative, says they are specifically looking into expired meters, registrations, and handicap parking violations.He also said officials would begin driving into parking garages for a list of other non-moving violations including, expired tags, protruding vehicles, people taking up two spaces.The move comes as parking spaces have become limited in recent months due to the areas in the city that remain under construction, according to West Palm Beach Parking System Administrator Edward Davis.“We had to have an effective enforcement program to ensure that those who pay for their time on the meter adhere to that time and once that time is over with they need to go ahead and depart or either move to the garages, so we have spaces available on the street,” said Davis. “I think we had cases where there has been up to $600 to $700 worth of unpaid tickets by the time the boot had been applied.”Effective Nov. 6, the Barnacle will now be placed on vehicles within city limits that have three overdue violations.Parking enforcement says it’s faster and easier for them to apply and remove than a boot.There will also be a GPS tracker inside and an alarm that sounds if motorists try to tam with it or attempt to move the vehicle.The new system is expected to “help drivers adhere to the posted parking restrictions,” Davis added.last_img read more

Randolph, FAMU visit Delaware St.

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Florida A&M has benefited heavily from its seniors. Randolph, Rod Melton Jr., Evins Desir and DJ Jones have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Rattlers points over the team’s last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hornets have given up just 80 points per game across nine conference games, an improvement from the 88.5 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.JUMPING FOR JOHN: Crosby has connected on 38.5 percent of the 130 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 14 over his last three games. He’s also made 75 percent of his free throws this season.YET TO WIN: The Rattlers are 0-8 when they score 60 points or fewer and 9-5 when they exceed 60 points. The Hornets are 0-19 when allowing 71 or more points and 3-1 when holding opponents below 71.THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: Florida A&M’s Melton has attempted 111 3-pointers and connected on 35.1 percent of them, and is 6 for 16 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Delaware State is ranked seventh in all of Division I with an average of 75.9 possessions per game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, February 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida A&M (9-13, 7-4) vs. Delaware State (3-20, 2-7)Memorial Hall, Dover, Delaware; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as MJ Randolph and Florida A&M will go up against John Crosby and Delaware State. The sophomore Randolph is averaging 12.4 points over the last five games. Crosby, a senior, has scored 29 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 15.2 over his last five games.center_img Associated Press Randolph, FAMU visit Delaware St.last_img read more

O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clash

first_imgSteve O’Meara sensationally knocked out fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms in the first round of their light-middleweight showdown at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The previously unbeaten Toms was floored by a two-punch combination and failed to beat the count, losing his southern-area title in dramatic fashion.O’Meara, who was shading the round after a couple of eye-catching flurries and a crisp left cross, is now in contention for a shot at the British title.AdChoices广告His record improves to 14-2 after the third stoppage victory of his career, while Toms must go back to the drawing board after a brutal end to an impressive run that had seen him win his first nine professional contests.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, had been expected to try to outbox Toms using his slick boxing skills.But when he landed with a straight right and a clubbing left hook it was clear Toms was badly shaken, and the count was completed before the Northolt southpaw unsteadily got to his feet.“Hopefully this win will be a stepping stone for me,” an overjoyed O’Meara told West London Sport.“I’m not surprised I stopped him but I am surprised it happened so quickly. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a better punch.“I didn’t get the chance to show much of what I’ve been doing in the gym. Hopefully that’ll happen next time – I want to move on to bigger and better things now.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Andre Ayew strikes Derby De France winner

first_imgOlympique de Marseille claimed Derby de France bragging rights over Paris Saint-Germain with a 2-1 victory at Stade Velodrome but more importantly kept themselves in the Ligue 1 title race by picking up all three points against their great rivals.After making a whirlwind start to the match, Marseille opened the scoring through a fine Gabriel Heinze free kick, which bent up and over the wall, leaving visiting goalkeeper Gregory Coupet motionless.OM’s advantage lasted a matter of minutes as les Parisiens hit back with their first meaningful foray of the match. Nene volleyed Christophe Jallet’s back post cross against the frame of the goal, but Clement Chantome showed poise with his follow-up to strike by the covering Heinze and into the net.A rip-roaring half continued with the hosts quickly regaining the upper hand. Andre-Pierre Gignac is used to being the recipient of good wing service, but on this occasion he provided it, floating a lovely cross into the box that Andre Ayew headed downward in a textbook fashion to beat Coupet.Marseille outlined their intent in the early stages of the game, offering several dangerous raids immediately. Benoit Cheyrou, in the team ahead of Lucho Gonzalez, who had suffered an armed robbery at his home little more than 48 hours before kick-off, had the first effort, though it was dragged tamely wide.That strike set the tone for the early stages and it was no surprise when les Phoceens eventually moved ahead. A landslide was threatened as Stephane Mbia, Gignac and Loic Remy all had openings in quick succession, but the Stade Velodrome was quietened by Chantome’s leveller.Ayew brought the stadium back to life with his headed effort, but a dreadful error from Souleymane Diawara should have been punished by a PSG equaliser before the break. Nene, who was the subject of criticism last week, did his standing little good by clipping the resultant chance over Steve Mandanda but wide of the target.Marseille’s direct running had been a feature of their attacking play in the first half, and soon after the break Ayew undertook a similar raid, managing to get his shot away despite being surrounded by four defenders. Coupet got down well to block.PSG may have been subservient to their hosts for much of the opening period, but that would not be the case after the break. Les Rouge et Bleu controlled much of the ball but struggled to make headway into the home defence. Hoarau was thwarted from a tight angle by Mandanda and Jallet would fire a long range drive just past, but OM, who were themselves threatening on the break, were largely comfortable.The frantic, open first period was firmly a thing of the past as the second was more calculated and methodical. Goal scoring chances were far less frequent, though substitute Lucho shot and Loic Remy shot over in quick succession for the hosts late on. Les Parisiens were not without a threat, but they were reduced to hopeful efforts, such as a Ludovic Giuly drive that zipped a foot wide off the slick surface.Marseille held out comfortably in the end, successfully avenging a 2-1 defeat suffered in Paris earlier this season. Didier Deschamps’ men now have their eyes firmly fixed on first placed Lille, who are four points clear at the head of the standings with 10 games remaining.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Kevin Durant likes IG post calling out Warriors’ ‘incompetence’

first_imgKD throws shade at Warriors on his way out. Check out who ‘liked’ the post.— The Sports Daily (@SportsDailyBlog) July 1, 2019MORE: Nets offer KD chance to write his own history Durant, who was recovering from a calf injury for the first four games of the NBA Finals, finally took to the court in Game 5 against Toronto, only to rupture his Achilles with 9:46 left in the second quarter. The injury and subsequent surgery will cost Durant the entirety of the 2019-20 season. That, of course, raised questions — unfair or not — as to whether Durant should have played at all, and whether the team’s decision-makers really had his best interests at heart.Of course, it’s entirely possible Durant simply liked the post because it called him the best player in the world when healthy, or that he could now afford a new hairbrush or decent barber. But if he did indeed like it for the point calling out the Warriors’ “incompetence,” then it at least partly explains his decision to move on from Golden State, where he stood to make $221 million over five seasons on a championship-caliber team.As it stands now, Durant’s injury was not a significant-enough hurdle to keep him from agreeing to a $164 million deal over four years with Brooklyn and using the 2019-20 season to rehab his Achilles. It seems Kevin Durant may have some hard feelings left over from his stint in Golden State — specifically, the team’s decision to play him in the NBA Finals against Toronto.Durant on Sunday appeared to “like” an Instagram post from Barstool Sports, which claimed he would miss the 2019-20 season “due to Warriors incompetence.”last_img read more

New Court Docs Reveal Text Messages, Plans of Mar-A-Lago Intruder

first_imgThe Chinese national who was convicted last week of lying in order to gain access into Mar-A-Lago was apparently more interested in President Trump’s real estate holdings than his political life, according to a string of text messages released on Thursday.In the translated messages that 33-year-old wealthy investment counselor Yujing Zhang sent to her travel agent before Secret Service agents arrested her last March, she writes:“I was thinking that since Trump himself was in real estate business so that perhaps we could have something to talk about,” Zhang wrote to Chinese travel agent Charles Lee, who organized her trip.She adds, “In terms of politics … it’s not like that I really .. really understand much of the struggling relationships among the political dignitaries. We don’t get involved in election or political relations. I — I personally don’t want to get involved in — involved in this situation. Get it?”Lee assures Zhang that there could be other opportunities to go to an event attended by Trump, adding that the event she wanted to attend was cancelled just after Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent his report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Lee explains, “But the Trump’s event is cancelled for the time being, mainly because of the Russian investigation. The investigation report says Trump did not involve. Trump now is about to punish and take revenge on those who wrongly accused him, including the media. So, his events are temporarily put on hold for the time being. If there are other events that we can go, that .. I will let you know. I will make arrangements. No worries. But this is none right no, none right now. Huh.”Zhang responded only when Lee asked if she was more interested in real estate forums. To that, Zhang wrote back: “Right. Right Right.”Other evidence that was also filed in court records on Thursday includes a copy of the travel agreement between Lee and Zhang. The $20,000 package was to include round-trip airfare from Shanghai to the U.S. for seven days, with stops in Palm Beach, Washington, D.C.. and New York City. Zhang was supposed to visit the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, in addition to Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center and the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York.She would also receive an “Honorary Diploma in Peace,” from the United Nations China, which is identified as a nonprofit organization. She was also supposed to receive a “U.S.-China Friendship Missionary Honorary Certificate,” to be issued by President Trump’s Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the travel contract.That contract was part of the Chinese communist government’s “Belt and Road Initiatives” and “Go Global” attempts to promote China’s role in international infrastructure development and investment.Zhang also write to Lee, “Let’s say, after the White House tour, can you organize something like meeting with the legislators on that day, for example. Er, … some Congresspeople .. . or the Congress,” she wrote. “Have a chat with some of them, or watch their … or watch their section, something like that. Can you organize an activity like that?”However, she was not interested in Lee’s suggestion to attend an event in Detroit featuring former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead, Zhang told Lee to cancel the trip, opting to pay $2,000 for a plane ticket and booking a room at the Red Roof Inn for one night, followed by a stay at the Colony Hotel on Palm Beach.When she appeared at Mar-a-Lago on March 30, Zhang claimed she was attending a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the U.S., according to federal agents. However, no such event was scheduled.Since her arrest, Zhang has been held at the Broward County jail. She represented herself at her three-day trial, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, on charges of lying to a federal agent and gaining access to a restricted building. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.last_img read more

LBJ gets a better seat among NBA’s greats

first_imgMichael Jordan, who stubbornly kept trying to win a championship by himself, got his first ring in his seventh season in Chicago and won six before he retired—the second time. Ever competitive, he still refuses every offer to comment on any other player, let alone compare them to you-know-who.Oscar Robertson, who made a career setting up teammates to succeed, squandered a decade trying to win in Cincinnati, then moved to Milwaukee and partnered with a young Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to get his first and only title. He couldn’t have been more complimentary about James.“He’s getting smarter, he’s only 27 and still too sensitive to what people think about him. He’ll get over that and if nothing else, it stops the ‘when are you …’ talk,” Robertson said. “Then he won’t give a damn what they say. That’s when we’ll see real LeBron come out.”It’s been an article of faith in sports that sooner or later, the “next one” will come along. If not in this era, then the next, or the one after that. Robertson was the original “big guard,” a threat to score, hand out assists and grab rebounds, the only player in league history to average a triple-double over the course of a season. But he played the game at roughly 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds for 14 seasons, retiring in 1974.James is 6-8 and 250, with much the same skill set, and a RoboCop physique to boot. Considering how many individual awards he’s already piled up in nine seasons—MVPs, scoring championships, All-Star selections and record-book entries—his accomplishments might one day dwarf all those of guys who played the same spot on the floor.That means Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, each of whom won multiple championships. Think back to the day when the argument over best-ever was confined to the dominant big men: Bill Russell, who won 11 titles in Boston, versus Wilt Chamberlain, who won two. And if it comes down to rings, Clyde Drexler, another big guard voted onto the “NBA’s 50 Greatest Players” honor roll, wonders whether James will ever get his due.Like James, he came up short several times in the postseason in Portland, then moved to Houston alongside Hakeem Olajuwon and won his only championship.“I’m one of those guys who says you can’t view team sports the same way you view individual sports. If he gets you 30-plus points, 10 rebounds a night and I’m his teammate and I miss two free throws at the end of the night, is he a great player or not? And does he have to rely on other people for that judgment?” Drexler said, without waiting for an answer. “No.“The guy has an unbelievable resume, he’s the most unselfish, hard-working guy on the court and if you’re a fan of the game, you can’t help but love the way the guy plays the game. So here’s one way to look at it. Before ‘The Decision,’ he was one of the most revered athletes’ on the planet. After ‘The Decision’—and it wasn’t the best way he could have handled that situation, but it’s over—people just, just sort of threw him down the stairs.“I know what Michael (Jordan) said about playing against your rivals instead of with them. But when I got to Houston and started playing with Hakeem, frankly, I needed a lighter load. I knew I wouldn’t have to work as hard.“With LeBron, the expectations were outsized once he said he was going to Miami,” Drexler said finally. “He met those once. We’ll find out how much he’s got left.”The funny thing about success for guys that good is that it cranks up expectations instead of easing them. What marked Jordan as special is that every offseason, after the cigars were extinguished, the champagne ran out and the trophy was passed around, he went back to work turning a weakness—left-handed dribble, mid-range jump shots, developing a fadeaway to avoid blocked shots—into a strength.It’s that trait that Magic thinks will ultimately decide how far James continues climbing the ranks. Noting James was already a deadly scorer, a top-shelf passer and as tough a rebounder as he needed to be, Johnson said his improved post-up game—following extensive offseason training with Olajuwon—had already established James as “the most unstoppable force we have in the NBA.”“Before, my biggest knock on LeBron was he was just playing off his God-gifted talent,” Johnson said during a conference call before Game 5. “He was just the best athlete. But he didn’t play with his head to match that. Now he’s playing with his talent and with his head, and wow, watch out. This guy is going to set the league on fire for a long time. … I know there was an earlier question about how dominant has his performance been. We look to see this from LeBron for years and years to come.”We’d better.After all, he promised “not two, not three, not …” well, you get the idea.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at and follow him at CHAMPION—Miami Heat small forward LeBron James holds the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, June 2, in Miami. The Heat won 121-106 to become the 2012 NBA Champions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) by Jim LitkeSome of the NBA’s greatest players ever didn’t need to see a championship ring to count LeBron James in their ranks.In what amounts to a game of “musical chairs”—and that’s what ranking “the greatest anything” comes down to—a few sounded prepared to give up their seats. But if James wants to occupy the last one, if it’s important to him to be the best of the best, the ring he picked up last Thursday night better not be his last. He has a lot of ground to make up.last_img read more

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office joins #GivingTuesday Movement

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted byOn December 2 2014, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington will put Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza and his twin brother, Lewis County Sheriff Elect Rob Snaza behind bars in a cell at Capital Mall.  This is to build awareness around the importance of mentoring and to raise money to ensure more kids in our community have consistent role models.  The sheriffs are counting on the community to bail them out with hopes of raising at least $20,000.Every month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington supports over 900 youth, mentors and family members in 5 counties.  Benefits are seen in the juvenile justice system.  “Every day I see cases where a child without a trusted role-model wanders down a destructive path,” says Sheriff John Snaza.  The average cost to incarcerate a juvenile for a 9 – 12 month period is between $66,000 – $88,000.  “What a difference it would make if even one of these youth had a mentor,” continues Snaza.During the BIG Bail Out, Sheriff’s John & Rob Snaza will be jailed in a cell at Capital Mall Food Court from 11 AM to 6 PM.  You can help post bail in person at the Mall, or online.Those who are interested in joining the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office #GivingTuesday initiative can visit their website, Facebook page or follow #GivingTuesday on Twitter.last_img read more

The RFET launches its online TV channel with Carla Suárez

first_imgVarious contentsThe RFET plans to broadcast varied content material packages, with interviews, colloquia and coaching periods on totally different subjects, each for coaches and gamers, mother and father, referees and followers on the whole.The schedule can be introduced upfront by way of the official channels of the RFET, and all broadcasts could be retrieved deferred on the YouTube channel of the RFET.The initiative is a part of the actions promoted by the RFET inside the #TenisEnCasa marketing campaign, with the intention of accompanying tennis followers all through the interval of confinement decreed by the Authorities of Spain because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) premieres this new TV channel this Sunday, April 12 on-line “RFETV” with a primary program that may characteristic Carla Suárez as a visitor, collectively with a bunch of younger guarantees of Spanish tennis. The broadcast could be adopted reside on YouTube, from 7 to eight pm.Any fan can have the chance to take part within the gathering of this primary program by videotaping a query for the Spanish champion, which ought to be despatched by e-mail to the tackle earlier than Sunday.Through the broadcast, feedback and questions can be left on social networks utilizing the #HablaConCarla hash in order that they are often made reside.last_img read more