Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017

first_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf invited Speaker Paul Ryan to visit a Pennsylvania substance use disorder treatment Center of Excellence so he could see the positive impact Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has had in providing treatment to individuals suffering from opioid addiction.The governor visited Mount Pocono Medical to host a discussion on how to best continue the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf and the Department of Corrections announced the decision to begin the process to close SCI Pittsburgh by June 30, 2017. The prison closure is expected to save taxpayers $80 million.Governor Wolf also announced several job creation, job retention, and business development projects have been approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The governor also announced new jobs in Lycoming, Elk and Clearfield counties.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf selected Charles H. Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, to be the chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017Monday, 1/23/17Wolf Administration Statement Ahead of Corrections’ Facility Closure HearingGovernor Tom Wolf: Medicaid Block Grant Effort Could Cut Health Coverage for Children, Seniors, and Addiction TreatmentTuesday, 1/24/17Charles H. Ramsey Named Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and DelinquencyWolf Administration Provides Personnel Update at DDAPGovernor Wolf Announces Newly Approved Funding for Business Development and Job Creation, Supporting More Than 560 JobsWednesday, 1/25/17Governor Wolf Announces Retention of 438 Jobs with Upgrades to Domtar Corporation Facilities in Elk and Clearfield CountiesGovernor Wolf Urges Speaker Ryan to Consider Impact of ACA Repeal on Opioid Epidemic, Extends Invite to Visit Treatment CenterThursday, 1/26/17Statement from Governor Tom Wolf regarding Corrections’ Facility Closure AnnouncementFriday, 1/27/17Governor Wolf’s Statement on Updated Prostate Cancer DiagnosisGovernor Wolf Announces 38 New Jobs with Renovations to Lycoming Engines Facility in Lycoming CountyGovernor Wolf Hosts Discussion in Monroe County on Efforts to Combat that Opioid Abuse EpidemicHighlights from The BlogHow 63,000 PA’ians Will Lose Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment if ACA is RepealedSpeaker Ryan: Meet the people who would lose treatment under GOP plan (+ VIDEO)Executive Director Tiffany Chang Lawson’s Dumpling Recipe for the Lunar New YearHighlights from Twitter.@SpeakerRyan While you’re in Philly, come see how Medicaid access to opioid addiction treatment is saving lives -TW— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 25, 2017 Governor Wolf: Medicaid block grant effort could cut health coverage for children, seniors, and addiction treatment— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 23, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf’s Week, January 22 – January 28, 2017 January 27, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Xavi: Ronaldinho among Barcelona greats

first_imgBarcelona great Xavi says Ronaldinho deserves to be regarded among the club’s greats. “Perhaps he lacked consistency in being at his peak. For me, only Messi is above Ronaldinho because of the consistency in the last few years.” Xavi added: “Messi is the best in history, but Ronaldinho is with the best. The rest follow. read also:Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – Xavi “He [Ronaldinho] is with the best – with Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, that group.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Al Sadd coach Xavi has no doubt the Argentina international Leo Messi is the greatest player ever. “Ronaldinho is at the level of the best. Ronaldinho is at the level of the best, perhaps what he lacked was consistency,” he told Globo Esporte.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

AFP urged to ensure ex-RPA-ABB members’ safety

first_imgIt could be recalled that around 700former RPA-ABB members across the country met with President Rodrigo Duterterecently at the Philippine Army camp in Jamindan, Capiz. Around 200 of themwere Aklanons.  KALIBO, Aklan – Gov. FlorencioMiraflores urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure the safetyof former members of the Revolutionary Ploretariat Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB). In 2000, the RPA-ABB locally known asthe “Kapatiran” forged alliance with the government. In 1990s, the RPA-ABB, which served asthe sparrow unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army,decided to separate from the latter. “The former RPA-ABB members have no firearmsright now to defend themselves. They have been decommissioned by thegovernment, thus, they are wary of their personal security,” said Mirafloresduring the third quarter of the Aklan Provincial Peace and Order Councilmeeting here on Monday.     “The Ibajay town in Aklan is now knownall over the country to have a most modern and advanced peace agreement withthe RPA-ABB. They now have livelihood, concrete roads and soon a house promisedby President Duterte,” said Miraflores./PN “It was the start of the peace processthrough the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process,”Miraflores added. last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Victorious Over Lady Raiders In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team won against South Ripley last night: 25-10 and 25-12.Cayman Werner was the leading sever with 9 serves and 5 aces. Timbre Davies added 4 aces, Jenna Honnert and Kennedy Westrick each had 2 aces. Tiffany Hawker and Jadyn Harrington added good set for the team to hit. Ashlee Cornn and Cayman Werner lead the team with 2 kills each.Their record is 2-1.The BMS volleyball fought 3 tough games to defeat South Ripley 24-25, 25-24, 15-13.The team was aggressive and never quit.  Shelby Westerfeld earned 3 kills. Brayleigh Patterson had 2 kills, and Sophie Lee, Jade Kopp, Katie Shane, and Ellen Bauer each connected on 1 kill each. Carley Pride earned a stuff block against the Raider attack. Top servers were Sydnee Schaeffer with 9 points; including 7 aces.  Shelby Westerfeld and Brayleigh Westerfeld each earned 6 points with 2 aces.  Katie Shane had 5 points including 1 ace. Jade Kopp earned 4 points including 2 aces.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Megan Werner and Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Tennis News Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid

first_imgNew Delhi: Rafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in almost a year after breaking McEnroe’s record when the world number one was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.Defending champion Nadal, who has already claimed both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for an 11th time, saw his record 50-set winning streak on clay ended on Friday.Thiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final was also the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the 2017 Italian Open in Rome — 357 days ago.The shock result also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world number one ranking on Monday.Rafael said, “A player like Dominic has a lot of potential. Whenever he plays really well, it’s very difficult to stop him. He played well and I didn’t play well. We’re not playing a game where the differences are big or massive. The differences are very small’’.Five-time Madrid winner Nadal, who will be bidding for an 11th French Open title in Paris later this month, had won his previous 21 matches on clay.That run included him surpassing John McEnroe’s 1984 record of 49 sets won in succession on the same surface during his last-16 duel with Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.However, in their ninth career clash, Thiem put Nadal under pressure almost from the start on Friday and broke for a 4-3 lead in the first set.A double fault and a long forehand allowed Nadal to retrieve the break at 5-5.It was a brief reprieve as a lazy forehand volley gave Thiem a 6-5 advantage and the set came the Austrian’s way in the 12th game off an ace.Thiem, watched by his girlfriend — and WTA star — Kristina Mladenovic, turned the screw for a 3-1 lead in the second set but Nadal battled back to 3-3.That was as good as it got for the Spaniard as Thiem broke again for 4-3, held to love for 5-3 and secured victory with another blistering forehand.Thiem, who next faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a place in Sunday’s final, joins Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio as just the third man to have beaten Nadal three times on clay.”It takes a really good match to beat Rafa on clay. But I think a very important thing also was today that I went in with the attitude that I can beat him,” said Thiem.”Two weeks ago in Monte Carlo, he killed me love and two. It was very important I went in with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win. I should go into every match like this against him.”World number eight Anderson battled into his first Masters semi-final with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open runner-up last year, hit 15 aces and 35 winners.Canada’s Denis Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the Madrid semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.The 19-year-old Shapovalov, ranked at 43 in the world, fired 29 winners past Edmund, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.Shapovalov, who had never won a clay-court match on the main tour before Madrid, will be playing in his second Masters semi-final where he will on Saturday face German second seed Alexander Zverev.Zverev defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-5 to gain revenge for his defeat to the American in the Miami Masters final in April.Zverev has now reached five Masters semi-finals in the last year.Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her remarkable run at the Madrid Open by thrashing French seventh seed Caroline Garcia to reach the womens’ final.The world number 20 will face Petra Kvitova after brushing aside Garcia 6-2, 6-2.Bertens had already stunned world number two Caroline Wozniacki and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova earlier in the week.Two-time Madrid champion Kvitova reached the final with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Czech compatriot Karolina Pliskova.(With inputs from agencies) For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

AVB defends decision to leave out duo

first_imgChelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas defended his decision not to start with Frank Lampard or Ashley Cole in the Champions League defeat against Napoli.Lampard was again named among the substitutes and had to wait until the 70th minute to be introduced along with fellow midfielder Michael Essien, who was also ommited from the starting line-up.Villas-Boas opted not to start with Cole, who has been nursing an injury, only to bring the full-back on when Jose Bosingwa limped off after only 12 minutes of the Blues’ 3-1 loss in Naples.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas faced some tough choices.The under-pressure manager explained: “The two sitting midfielders were chosen on the basis of hardworking midfielders sitting in front of the defence. ‘Lamps’ can do it, but it’s the decision we took.”He added:: “Those who were on the pitch have been doing magnificently well and that’s why the choice was taken.“We had a conversation with Ashley and Frank. They felt they could help the team, which is perfectly understandable.“They were disappointed but it’s a decision they have to accept and we move on.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Henry, Ferguson shine as Black Caps storm to 10-wicket win

first_imgCARDIFF, Wales (Reuters) – New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka without losing a single wicket in Cardiff yesterday to begin their World Cup campaign in style after seamers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson had skittled their opponents out for 136.Kiwi opener Martin Guptill then smashed an unbeaten 51-ball 73, while Colin Munro made 58 not out to help the New Zealanders reach their target in less than 17 overs.Earlier, Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl on a pitch so green it was indistinguishable from the outfield, and he was rewarded when Henry trapped Lankan opener Lahiru Thirimanne leg-before in the first over.Canterbury seamer Henry, who conceded 107 runs in a warm-up match against West Indies earlier this week, continued his resurgence to remove Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis in the ninth over to leave the Sri Lankan middle order exposed at 46-3. “Good to go out there on a green surface,” Henry, who credited his stint with English county Kent last season for his man-of-the-match performance, said after the match.“You don’t get too many one-day wickets like that. On a surface like that we were trying the full length and get them forward, with them trying to hit us off our length.”Henry took 3-29 off seven overs, while Ferguson bagged three middle-order wickets as Sri Lanka finished with the lowest ODI total at Sophia Gardens – below their own record there of 138, also set against the Kiwis, in the 2013 Champions Trophy.Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne led a mini-recovery for his side, carrying his bat with an unbeaten 52 to take the total past 100. All-rounder Thisara Perera (27) received no support from the lower order, as they were skittled out with 20.4 overs to spare.Karunaratne has urged his team to reassess their approach for the rest of their campaign after the majority of the batsmen perished in search of early boundaries.“136 is never going to be enough in these conditions,” the Sri Lankan captain said.“It was a good toss to win … it was seaming and swinging in the morning, so they had the advantage.“We need to think about our game and approach. We’re trying to play our shots early. We need to give ourselves a chance to get set and then score runs.” The result cemented 2015 runners-up New Zealand’s status as the dark horses in the tournament and also highlighted why Sri Lanka, who have recorded just one ODI win in 2019, may struggle to qualify for the semi-finals.New Zealand’s next game is against Bangladesh at The Oval on Wednesday, while Sri Lanka stay in Cardiff to play Afghanistan on Tuesday.last_img read more

Women’s hoops heads west for final non-conference game

first_imgIn its final non-conference game of the year, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (3-7) is heading west to face the Wyoming Cowgirls (6-2) at the Arena Auditorium Center in Laramie, Wyo.After reeling off two straight wins and finally gaining some momentum, this matchup could play a big role in helping the Badgers get off to a strong start in Big Ten play. However, a win against the Mountain West opponent will not come easily, as Wisconsin has never beat Wyoming in their two previous matchups.“I think [a win] would be huge,” junior guard Jade Davis said. “We’ve kind of been in a rut lately, and I think these past few games have really helped us get out of it…gain a little bit more confidence. I think a win going into Big Tens would just be perfect. It would just give us that momentum we need and that confidence we need.”Wyoming is a team that uses a motion offense reliant on the versatility of its players. One challenge for the Badgers will be figuring out how to defend this unfamiliar style of play. With bigger players out on the perimeter, the Cowgirls will help Wisconsin continue to gain experience defending different offenses.“Their strength is their motion,” said assistant coach Ty Margenthaler. “They have really constant movement and I think that’s something that we’re going to have to be really alert and really ready [for]. Anytime that we stand or get a little stagnant, that’s when they do a slip screen. I feel like if we can pressure and have great alertness, we’ll be in good shape on defense.”Wyoming is led by a duo of seniors who both average more than 15 points a game in forward Hillary Carlson, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and guard Aubrey Vandiver. Behind their versatile lineup of players, the Cowgirls average nearly 65 points a game and present a true test for the Badger defense.Facing a very experienced squad returning four of its starters from last year’s team that reached the third round of the women’s NIT Tournament, Wyoming will certainly come into this game ready to take on a Big Ten opponent at home. However, the Badgers are sticking to their roots in preparation for the Mountain West opponent.“I think we just need to stick to what we’ve been working on,” Davis said. “Primarily defense, and just taking care of the ball and just really working together and team unity and working together in every aspect of the game.”Following a victory over in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on Sunday, Wisconsin is hoping to see much of the same success in the paint. With three talented post players in senior forwards Tara Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow, along with junior forward Anya Covington, UW has plenty of options inside.The Wisconsin coaching staff feels that if the team can keep up the strong defensive play and ability to get the ball to the post players that it showed against Milwaukee, then the Badgers could be on their way to a third straight win.“I feel really confident with our matchups,” Margenthaler said. “I also feel really good after last night’s competition with Jade guarding the perimeter. Again we’re going to have to just continue using our strength to get the ball inside and let Tara, Lin, and Anya go to work.”Beyond the court, the game presents some unique challenges due to the location of the game. With the Arena-Auditorium Center having the highest elevation of any NCAA Division I basketball arena in the country, it is certainly a new environment for the team.“Well, it’s a little harder to breathe there, that’s the biggest thing I can think of” Covington joked.Outside of the elevation factor, Wisconsin will try to continue to improve on their turnovers in this game, an area of the game that has plagued the team all season. If the Badgers can pick up a crucial road win, then they will have the right mindset going into their two week break before their Big Ten opener against Purdue.“We just need to seal the deal,” Covington said. “We’ve had two in a row, just let’s get this win and continue to grow so it can propel us into the Big Ten season.”last_img read more

Young scientist program helps teach robotics

first_imgThe USC Young Scientist Program held a computer science and robotics workshop Wednesday afternoon at the 32nd Street School. The event was a joint effort between the Joint Education Project, YSP and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and was sponsored by the Winn family and Union Bank. The workshop included three stations designed to teach the nearly 50 fourth and fifth graders in attendance basic coding and robotics skills.Directed by Dieuwertje Kast, the STEM program manager at JEP and a USC alumna, about 10 USC students volunteering with JEP helped teach elementary school students about computer science and robotics, fields that senior physics and computer science major Michael Qian sees as vital to their success today.“Especially today, you can go into any field and knowing a little something about computers and how they work is somehow going to help you,” Qian said. “I think being able to have kids start learning at a younger age how computers work on the inside, how programming, how coding works … that’s definitely going to help them later on.”The 32nd Street School is one of five in the “USC Family of Schools” that works with YSP to engage more than 1,400 elementary school students in hands-on STEM education. These workshops aim to pique students’ interests in the field, and previous workshop topics have included underwater robotics, sustainability and fitness. YSP workshops often include guests working in the industry, such as USC alumnae Logan (’07, ’11) and Blade Olson (’11), who attended the event Wednesday as a robotics design representatives from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive.“We’re essentially here to make sure these kids learn something cool about robotics and answer any questions they have about what we do or how we use coding or robotics in our jobs,” Logan Olson said. “But I think it’s most important that these kids have a lot of fun.”The 50 kids present, all of whom were selected through an application process by their interest, each chose one of three stations: basic coding using an interface called Scratch, making cardboard robots called Recyclobots that students could control with hand-drawn remotes or programming toothbrush robots called Bristlebots to paint and draw. With these activities and special guests, Kast said that she hoped participants learned some valuable lessons.“What I hope they take away from today is an appreciation for what computer science currently does for them, but also that they can get the skills to be able to do this themselves and potentially get a job in the field in the future,” Kast said.Fifth graders Michelle Naranjo and Pedro Rojas seemed to have no trouble understanding the possibilities which computer science and robotics can provide. As they worked meticulously on their cardboard Recyclobots, trying to make the best one to win a “swag bag” donated by Disney, they discussed their interest in robotics and engineering.“I love robotics, and computer science and anything having to do with it,” Naranjo said. “I also came because there’s less women doing engineering and I want to help it.”Rojas echoed Naranjo’s enthusiasm, highlighting the infinite creative possibilities that robotics allows.“What inspired me to enter robotics is that there is a lot of engineering in it, a lot of coding, a lot of building — everything,“ Rojas said. “Whatever pops into my mind, I can just create it and that’s why I like robotics.”last_img read more

Sports Ministry, Edo Govt to Sign MoU on 20th National Sports…

first_imgGodwin Obaseki The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Edo State government today on the 20th National Sports Festival to be hosted by the state.The event is slated for the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium at 12pm prompt.According to a statement from the office of the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, following the award of the hosting rights to Edo State in December 2018, “it is required of the state and the Ministry to sign an agreement which will spell out the duties and obligations of both parties and advise on the composition of the Main and Local Organising  Committees.” The ministry’s team is to be led by the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, while Edo State will be represented by its Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.In another development, a meeting of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA holds at the Treasures Suites and Conferences, Centre on Shehu Shagari Way Abuja this morning.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more