Gov. Wolf Reiterates Vow to Veto Any Abortion Ban

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Statement,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reiterated his opposition to abortion ban legislation and other regressive health care policies that target women and families:“Let me be clear: I will veto any abortion ban that is put on my desk. The latest bill, a six-week abortion ban, defies all practical understanding of modern women’s health care. These policies run counter to the notion of individual freedom and lack a sound scientific basis. Further, as we have seen in other states, these policies are detrimental to efforts to attract and retain businesses, entrepreneurs and workers.“My administration is committed to reducing maternal mortality and giving women, children and families the support that they need to succeed. This should be our focus, not regressive policies that make it harder for vulnerable people making difficult and deeply personal decisions.” October 21, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Reiterates Vow to Veto Any Abortion Banlast_img read more

Atmocean readies wave energy buoy for shipment to Canada

first_imgWave energy developer Atmocean is wrapping up preparations for the shipment of its single pump wave unit to Canada, scheduled for next week, ahead of ocean trials set to begin later in September.The entire single pump unit is planned to ship out via container on September 5, 2017, for Newfoundland in Canada, according to Atmocean’s Chief Operating Officer, Christopher White.The unit is currently in Albuquerque in Atmocean’s home state of New Mexico where the remaining components of the pump are going through final assembly with the company’s local producer Reytek.The work is being done for Atmocean’s project with the College of North Atlantic at Lord’s Cove which seeks to develop a land based integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system.The testing of the system is planned to start around September 20, 2017, depending on the weather conditions in the area, White confirmed.“Maintaining a design that can easily be moved by road and container continues to allow for low cost testing and use of local labor and resources. The test includes sending the pumped pressurized seawater onshore to the IMTA system, providing salmon and other marine species with wave powered flow through seawater. This lays the groundwork for establishing some of the most sustainable and environmentally sound aquaculture practices known to the industry,” White said.Although Atmocean is still focused on building out a full commercial array consisting of 16 buoys with an end product of desalinated water for coastal countries in need such as Perú and Chile, this demonstration could open the doors for the company to enter an entirely different but equally massive industry, White added.The deployment represents another step forward towards the commercialization of Atmocean’s system as this third round of testing is expected to bring it to a technology readiness level (TRL) of seven – a technology prototype which has been demonstrated in an operational environment.Atmocean’s system consists of buoys and pressurized pumps, and uses wave power to send pressurized seawater onto shore where it is desalinated without the use of external energy.It is also capable of producing electricity, but the company is currently focused on different applications for the technology.last_img read more

Point Opens Door to Offshore Wind

first_imgHull-based Point Engineering has delivered the first wind tower entrance door system for the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.The delivery is part of the company’s first-ever contract to manufacture tower entrance doors for an offshore wind project.The A60 Fire Door is certified for international marine use in shipping and offshore applications. The Lloyds certification of the product secured the interest of their client, Wilton Engineering, who is supplying fit out for a portion of the Hornsea Project One transition pieces.Welding and traceability control is vital for the contract with stringent coded welding, inspection and documentation compliance to the Offshore Standard DNVGL-OS-C401.Point Engineering secured funding for training and certification via Green Port Hull to attain the levels of compliance required to meet the high-level standards required by the offshore wind industry.Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One will comprise 174 7MW Siemens turbines installed across an area of 407 square kilometers some 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast. The wind farm is scheduled for commissioning in 2020.last_img read more

Boracay stakeholders backs ‘BIDA’ creation

first_imgProjects implemented by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) are expected to be finished in December because their completion rate is now at 60 percent. Acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista of Malay town, which hosts the world-renowned Boracay Island, welcomed the proposal, saying it is for the development of the island. She said the draft might have been endorsed to Congress since the resolution endorsing the paper was already signed when the task force met in Boracay in June. “It is good because their budget is included in the General Appropriations Act, so it is a big support to the development of the island. The LGU has limited resources,” he said, adding that they just rely on tourism. Bernardino hoped to finish the rehab by September this year since the civil works, which were temporarily stopped due to lockdowns amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, have already resumed. In the draft bill, BIDA is composed of different heads of agencies, the governor of Aklan, the mayor of Malay, and certain representatives from the private sector. The task force is trying to complete the rehabilitation works on the island, Bernardino said. For her part, Natividad Bernardino, general manager of the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG), said the President’s pronouncement was good news. ILOILO City – Stakeholders support the creation of the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his fifth State of the Nation Address. Once the BIDA is already there, what they need to ensure is “the protection and maintenance” of what has been started by the task force and “continued enforcement of laws,” Bernardino added. The creation of the BIDA was discussed by the task force but it was only early this year that it was able to prepare its version of the bill that will serve as the official draft. “BIDA once it becomes a law will be the permanent body that will oversee and ensure the sustainability of all the rehabilitation efforts that we’ve started in Boracay,” Bernardino said.center_img Bernardino said they are hopeful that BIDA will be signed into law before the term of the task force ends next year and the works will be properly turned over to them. Those that were deleted concerned the encroachment on the function of the LGU, he said. Currently, they are about 70 to 80 percent of their target. BIDA, according to Bernardino, is the proposal of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF). The task force as an ad hoc body was given an extension until May 2021. BIARMG is the management office of the BIATF based in Boracay supervising the day-to-day implementation of rehabilitation projects and activities of the BIATF. Since the rehab is mainly on infrastructure, she said, the completion of phase II of the road project is around 80 percent. BIDA, as a whole, could help a lot, especially when there are projects that need bigger financial exposure because they will be infusing more funds, he added. “As long as there is no encroachment in the function of the LGU (local government unit), then there is no problem,” Bautista said. Bautista said a draft of the bill was presented to them by the task force last month and they suggested some amendments, which were also considered. They were happy, she said, the President announced in his address that it means would be a priority bill of the administration. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

A Year After Sandy Hook Tragedy, Student Safety Top Priority

first_imgA year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, local schools and law enforcement focus on student safety.Saturday marks the first anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. The tragedy claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 first graders.The events on December 14, 2012 served as a harsh reminder of the importance of school safety to educators across the nation, including in Southeastern Indiana.“Those types of instances such as Sandy Hook, make us take a step back and revaluate where we are at with our safety plans,” said Milan Superintendent Paul Ketcham.The Milan Community School Corporation is among schools throughout the state that continue to find ways to improve school security. Ketcham indicated his most important responsibility as school superintendent is student safety.“If you said the top three things for a school to be successful, a lot of times we worry about standardized tests but its school safety,” Ketcham said. “If kids aren’t able to come to school and feel safe, their not able to focus on their academics, and same for staff members.”Local law enforcement agencies continue to prepare for a Sandy Hook type tragedy. The Indiana State Police have held active shooter trainings at several schools. Authorities use the in-school training for officers to familiarize themselves with the layout of local schools and also inform students, faculty and community members on the importance of having a plan.Vigils are being held throughout the country to honor the victims of the tragedy. An event in Indianapolis will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Citizens Thanked For Salvation Army Contributions

first_imgThe Salvation Army of Ripley County is thanking those that were generous and spared a few dollars over the holiday season.Through donations during the Holiday Red Kettle Drive, a total of $7,911 was received.The donations raised locally stay in Ripley County to support The Salvation Army Emergency Assistants program and other programs throughout the year. The donations also support Salvation Army programs in Ripley County such as, Tools For School, that provide basic school supplies for children (K-6th) that are on the free and reduced lunch government programs.Also, the donations support the “League of Mercy” program that provides gifts to the local Nursing Home patients for Easter and the Christmas Holiday and supports for local disasters.The Salvation Army also thanked the local businesses, Batesville Kiwanis and Rotary Club, organizations, individual Bell Ringers and to the Sisters of Saint Francis for their support in this year’s Red Kettle Campaign.If you would like to volunteer or learn more about your local Salvation Army in Ripley County please contact Sandy Taylor 812-689-4323, or Patrick Rose, EMA 812-689-0505.Donations can be made at United Community Bank for The Salvation Army of Ripley County.last_img read more

Footballer ‘killed in car crash’ discovered alive

first_img The player ‘died’ in his native Congo before a “six-figure sum” was paid to his wife as part of an insurance settlement. Other German reports describe him as “obviously not dead”. Kamba was a talented right-back for Schalke’s youth team and played alongside Bayern Munich and Germany icon Manuel Neuer before his departure in July 2007. He went on to play for a variety of lower league German sides and was playing for eighth tier outfit VFB Huls when news of his death emerged in January 2016. It is said Kamba, 29 at the time, left his friends to take a trip to the “interior” of Congo without his papers, phone or money and died in a motor accident soon after. And when news of the death reached Germany, Kamba’s ex-wife is said to have produced a Congolese death certificate and a funeral announcement in order to secure the ‘six figure’ pay-out. It is unclear whether the documents obtained in Congo were faked or simply procured through corruption. But after Kamba was seen alive near his home old home in Gelsenkirchen, having reportedly made his way back to Germany in March 2018, Essen city attorney general Annette Milk is now leading a public prosecution against the unnamed ex-wife. Milk said: “The accused is accused of fraud. But she denies the charge. The process is still ongoing.” The 39-year-old woman is also said to have a ten-year-old son. Kamba reported to the German embassy in the Congolese capital Kinshasa in 2018 to address the “fake news” of his death and inform authorities of the “actual situation”. There, he recounted the tale of having been separated from his friends with no papers, money or phone. The wife reportedly only learned of the life insurance policy after the alleged death. And in a bizarre turn of events, Kamba – who has no charges against him – will be called as a witness in the trial. Kamba fled the Congo with his parents as a youngster in 1986. read also:Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardom After his family were deported back to the war-torn nation in 2005, Kamba was allowed to stay in Germany thanks to his youth team status at Schalke. The case caused mass public debate as the move meant Kamba was granted full asylum and residency rights, which he maintains to this day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better Loading… Ex-Schalke defender, Hiannick Kamba, said to have died in a car crash in 2016 is reportedly alive in Germany – and his ex-wife is now being probed for insurance fraud.last_img read more

Wales end Irish Grand Slam hopes

first_imgWales destroyed Ireland’s Grand Slam dream at an emotionally charged Millennium Stadium as they set up a thrilling finale to this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship. Ireland responded with a 69th-minute penalty try, plus 11 points from fly-half Johnny Sexton’s boot, but they suffered a first defeat in 11 Tests and only their third since coach Joe Schmidt took charge almost two years ago. Wales were good value for their victory, combining attacking creativity with some remarkable stonewall defending, and Ireland were left a frustrated outfit on the occasion of their skipper Paul O’Connell’s 100th cap. Unlike against England two weeks ago, they could not dominate an opponent that has now strung together three successive Six Nations wins and will head to Rome for an appointment with Italy next Saturday chasing a possible third title in four years, with silverware now likely to be decided on points difference. It was one of their finest performances since coach Warren Gatland took charge in 2008, with desire and a sheer will to win shining through, especially when skipper Sam Warburton and centre Jonathan Davies were sin-binned in each half. Wales were unchanged from the side that claimed a fourth successive Six Nations win against France two weeks ago, with Warburton leading his country for a record 34th time, eclipsing Ryan Jones’ previous-best total. Ireland showed one switch following an impressive victory over England last time out, with influential number eight Jamie Heaslip having recovered from three damaged vertebrae in his back suffered against France a fortnight previously, to replace Jordi Murphy. O’Connell was given a rapturous reception as he led Ireland out, closely followed by 50-cap man Sexton, but it was Wales that took immediate control. Keeping ball in hand impressively, they exerted sustained pressure on the visitors which Halfpenny rewarded through two penalties inside the opening eight minutes. Press Association Wales, Ireland – and potentially England – could all be in the title mix in next weekend’s final round of Six Nations action, but Irish hopes of a first tournament clean sweep since 2009 ended following a 23-16 defeat. Substitute centre Scott Williams’ second-half try proved the difference in comfortably the best game of this season’s championship, while full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked five penalties and fly-half Dan Biggar dropped a goal. And when he completed his penalty hat-trick from the halfway line after just 11 minutes it underlined what a blistering start Wales had made, with Sexton then putting the restart straight into touch. A fourth Halfpenny penalty then took Wales further ahead, but it came after prop Samson Lee was carried off. The Scarlets tighthead appeared to be hurt after a scrum disengaged, and Ospreys forward Aaron Jarvis took his place. Sexton missed a chance to open Ireland’s account when he drifted an angled penalty chance wide, yet he made amends two minutes later, this time finding his range from just inside Wales’ half. Lee, wearing a medical compression boot and on crutches, then appeared from the changing room to watch the action, but Wales were struggling to regroup and their cause was made more difficult 12 minutes before half-time when Warburton received a yellow card. Warburton, who was punished at a ruck, appeared to pay the price for referee Wayne Barnes’ patience running out after he had awarded a number of penalties for technical offences, and Wales were suddenly up against it. Sexton kicked a second penalty after Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb received treatment after taking a blow to his lower back, but a sweetly-struck Biggar drop-goal – his second of this season’s Six Nations – restored Wales’ nine-point advantage. They continued to manage Warburton’s absence well, and although Sexton landed a third penalty just before the break, Wales were good value for their 15-9 interval lead. In another blow for Wales, Lee’s fellow prop – 113 times-capped Gethin Jenkins – did not appear for the second period, suggesting another injury concern, and Scarlets loosehead Rob Evans made his Test debut off the bench. Ireland exerted relentless pressure during the third quarter but Wales were up to the task defensively, time and time again knocking down Irish attackers, sometimes within inches of their own line. Wales then stormed upfield and they struck after 62 minutes when Williams, who had only been on the field for five minutes as replacement for Jamie Roberts, sliced through a gap to open up an 11-point lead before Halfpenny’s conversion went narrowly wide. Ireland now had it all to do, yet they fought back and reduced the arrears with 11 minutes left when Wales illegally pulled down a maul, and referee Barnes had little option but to award a penalty try with Sexton adding the conversion. It set up the kind of nerve-shredding finale such a gripping contest deserved, yet Wales had just enough left in the tank to withstand late pressure and secure a famous victory that was sealed by another Halfpenny penalty. last_img read more

Fires threaten Los Angeles communities

first_imgThe wildfires razing northeast Los Angeles — faintly visible from campus rooftops and balconies — continue to spread, forcing mandatory evacuations and threatening the homes and families of some USC students.Firefighters battling three-digit temperatures, 80-foot flames and more than 35,000 acres of fire had only contained 5 percent of the blaze by 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.Ablaze · A firefighter looks out over the Station fire, which has been raging through northeast Los Angeles since Wednesday. The fire has burned more than 35,000 acres, threatening 10,000 homes in towns near Los Angeles and forcing evacuations. – Eric Wolfe | Daily TrojanAs of Sunday evening, LAFD officials had recommended evacuation in the cities of Altadena, Acton, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and parts of Glendale, and access to Highway 14 has been restricted in multiple parts of the area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.The Station fire, which has been burning since Aug. 26, is not expected to be under control until Sept. 8 at the earliest, according to LAFD estimates.Although the fire has stayed 20 miles northeast of campus, USC students with homes and families in the evacuation areas are concerned about the potential effects of the fires.Nicolas Moura, a junior majoring in trombone performance, said his family has loaded cars in case of evacuation. From his home in the mountains of La Cañada, Moura said the sound of the firefighters battling the blaze was “like a warzone.”“From my house we have a pretty good view of the fires,” Moura said. “I’ve never experienced fires this bad.”Moura first heard about the fire when he was going home to celebrate his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.“We were watching it at the dinner table — ‘La Cañada is on fire,’” Moura said. “It was difficult to get food for the dinner.”Sean Perry, a junior majoring in economics, grew up in Altadena, where a mandatory evacuation has been imposed.“My home is about five miles from the fire’s present location, so I’m not particularly worried about my own house,” Perry said. “But of course I’m worried for the community.”Perry, a member of the USC cycling team, said although he lives near campus, the smoky air from the fires has still affected his training.“I haven’t been able to ride in a week because it’ll destroy your lungs,” Perry said.The LAFD has launched an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the fire.Additional support, including eight air tankers, 12 helicopters and a Canadian Super Scooper — a massive water tanker — should arrive by Tuesday, LAFD said.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to start off ACC play with win at Virginia Tech

first_imgJacob Klinger (11-2): Syracuse 75, Virginia Tech 50Pokey HokiesVirginia Tech simply can’t keep up as a team that already struggles on the boards will be without its leading rebounder, Joey van Zegeren. Chris McCullough swings back into form in his Atlantic Coast Conference debut and Rakeem Christmas also dominates to get Syracuse off to a fresh start in conference play. That’s not to say SU is or will be “back,” but the Hokies did lose to Radford.Phil D’Abbraccio (11-2): Syracuse 66, Virginia Tech 47Ho, ho, HokiesVirginia Tech’s leading rebounder, van Zegeren, only averages 5.3 rebounds per game — barely more than Tyler Roberson, Syracuse’s third-best board-grabber. But van Zegeren has been suspended indefinitely, and that makes the Hokies much more vulnerable on the inside. It’ll still be (Rakeem) Christmas season down low, at least for Syracuse’s ACC opener.Jesse Dougherty (11-2): Syracuse 70, Virginia Tech 62Getting technicalSyracuse is ready to put four nonconference losses in the rearview mirror — and that’s a lot easier to say when conference place kicks off at Virginia Tech. The Hokies have some young talent but those fresh gunners haven’t ever seen the Orange’s 2-3 zone. By the end of the day on Saturday they will have, and the results will be less than desirable. Remember the last time a Buzz Williams team tried to score on SU? I’ll give you a hint: it was a much more talented Marquette squad that could do next to nothing. Syracuse scampered into the Final Four. Defense is the name of the game and the Orange starts unscathed in ACC play. Published on January 3, 2015 at 11:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more