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Governor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Safety,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement today after the legislature passed Senator Jake Corman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law to combat hazing:“I thank Senator Corman and bipartisan members of the legislature for getting this important bill to my desk,” said Governor Wolf. “Hazing is counter to the experience we want for college students in Pennsylvania. We must give law enforcement the tools to hold people accountable and ensure schools have safeguards to protect students and curb hazing.”The National Study of Student Hazing reports that 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.Senate Bill 1090 will increase penalties for all of those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and informs students and parents of what is happening on campus. It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.center_img October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Townsville urged to be confident

first_imgPropertyology managing director Simon PressleyNATIONAL property analyst Simon Pressley says Townsville is on the cusp of a more prosperous era but a lack of local confidence is holding the region back.Mr Pressley (pictured), who is the head of property investment service Propertyology, was in Townsville earlier this month to speak at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Hot Property event.He said that Townsville’s diverse economy, huge pipeline of infrastructure projects and history of strong property growth before 2008 were sure signs better times were ahead but more confidence was needed.“I think the outlook of your city has greatness in it but there is a very important missing ingredient and that is confidence,” he said.“I think you’re about to see some price growth and that will be in 2019 and I think at first it will be mild.“If you capitalise on all the infrastructure coming and start talking positively it becomes infectious and your economy can go from busted to really good, really quickly.”Despite Mr Pressley’s optimism Townsville’s property prices are yet to budge. Core Logic’s latest Regional Market Update for the September quarter shows that median house values have dropped by 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to September 2018 to $301,816 and unit values are down 3.9 per cent at $239,543.However houses are selling three days faster compared to August 2017 while units are selling 20 days faster.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pressley said there was no doubt Townsville had experienced a tough decade but other regional centres had fared worse only to recover and become some of the hottest real estate markets in the country.He said Townsville needed to capitalise on its proximity to Asia to help boost the economy.“I can’t think of a single location in Australia that has a more impressive list of economic assets,” he said.“You’ve got gold, silver, copper, nickel and coal and you also have beef, mangoes and bananas.“You have that in your backyard and you’re close to someone living in China, India or Vietnam and you’ve also already got a world-class export port and an international airport.”Mr Pressley said Townsville could capitalise on the region’s tourism potential but city leaders would need to be bold and build something out of the box to attract visitors.He suggested a tropical zoo, a sporting museum or a boutique brewery with “The Big Beer Can” to rival Coffs Harbour’s big banana.“What can Townsville put on a postcard to take advantage of the tourism boom worldwide?” Mr Pressley said.“You could have a tropical zoo, a six-star hotel or a regional sporting museum to showcase the great athletes who have come out of regional Queensland. Be innovative and work with your strengths because it will create jobs and it will give people a reason to come here.”last_img read more

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Bladt and Century Wind Power in Taiwan Offshore Foundations JV

Taiwanese Century Wind Power and Danish Bladt Industries have signed a joint venture agreement on the fabrication of offshore foundations for the upcoming Taiwanese offshore wind business.The joint venture “Century Bladt Foundation Co., Ltd” will provide the market with European fabrication technology combined with local steel construction fabricator.This agreement will match up with the mission of the Taiwanese government, who has allocated 5.5 GW offshore wind park projects.“This agreement is an important milestone for Bladt Industries, Century Wind Power, and the Taiwanese upcoming offshore wind market,” says Lars Kristensen, senior vice president, Bladt Industries. “We have been working on this agreement for the last year, and we are convinced that with this setup we will be able to provide high-end quality structures to the market.”“The Century Bladt Foundation Co., Ltd Agreement is a very important step for Bladt Industries to expand the business into Asia; one of the new growth areas of offshore wind,” says Klaus Steen Mortensen, CEO, Bladt Industries“Together, we will move forward in the offshore wind energy industry, and once again bring Taiwan manufacturing to world-class standards,” says chairman Wen Hsiang Lai.The signing of the JV took place in the presence of members from Taiwanese Government, Ørsted, CIP, WPD, NPI and several other partners. read more

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Decades old murder suspect charged

first_imgConnersville, IN —According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Shawn M. McClung was charged Thursday with Voluntary Manslaughter resulting from the investigation into the death of Denise Pflum lead by The Fayette County Sheriffs Department.The information and probable cause affidavit allege that McClung previously claimed that Denise Pflum was still alive, but has recently admitted that he killed her in March of 1986. The investigation is ongoing regarding the involvement of other parties.The family made an official statement on social media stating, “We appreciate all of the love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate that Denise has become like family to all of you. Our daughter was a special person whom we will never forget, and we know that this community will not forget. We are so grateful for all of those who have followed her story, who have helped with the investigation, and who have shown support and love.At this time we ask that you respect our privacy, and allow us the time we need to mourn and grieve our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. Denise was a wonderful young woman, her light is never gone. Her love will always remain with us, and with all of you. Thank you for all of your help. We love and appreciate every one of you.”last_img read more

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Firmino Last Minute Goal Gives Liverpool Final Ticket in FIFA World…

first_imgRoberto Firmino The Reds will take on Brazil’s Flamengo in Saturday’s final.Manager Jurgen Klopp, who flew to Qatar with the first-team squad while under-23s boss Neil Critchley took charge of the Liverpool’s Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, named a makeshift starting XI due to injuries and illness in defence.As a result, Liverpool looked vulnerable at the back and, despite taking the lead early on, could have fallen behind after chances fell to Monterrey’s Dorlan Pabon, Funes Mori and Jesus Gallardo either side of the break.Keita also had more chances to score and was denied twice in the second half by keeper Marcelo Barovero.Funes Mori – the twin brother of former Everton defender Ramiro – shocked Liverpool fans when he pounced on a rebound to equalise three minutes later but the Premier League leaders were persistent, as they have been so often this season.Salah kept the ball in play before teeing up Alexander-Arnold, who slid a cross behind the defence for Firmino to poke home, meaning Liverpool avoided extra time and a potential upset in Doha.Such is the extent of Liverpool’s injury list that Jordan Henderson trained in the centre-back position in Qatar and switched from his normal midfield role to play the full 90 minutes there against Monterrey.Fellow midfielder James Milner also started at right-back as Klopp opted to leave Alexander-Arnold on the bench, while defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk – who has started every Champions League and Premier League game for Liverpool this season – was ruled out through illness.Centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are also out through injury, as well as defensive midfielder Fabinho, who is not expected to return until the new year.So it was no surprise Liverpool’s back four were tested – Pabon got the better of Henderson on several occasions and Milner was caught napping at the back post when Rodolfo Pizarro almost got a touch on the ball in the second half.Monterrey had 16 shots in total, including eight on target, and there was a moment of relief when Joe Gomez – Liverpool’s only recognised centre-back in the squad – was only shown a yellow card for stopping a dangerous counter-attack.In the end, Klopp was forced to bring on regular first-teamers Sadio Mane, Firmino and Alexander-Arnold and but was rewarded as his side eventually got the job done.With Liverpool playing nine games in December, it was crucial Liverpool avoided extra time and they now have the chance to win their second trophy this season in Saturday’s final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic injury-time winner – five minutes after coming on as a substitute – to give Liverpool victory over Mexican side Monterrey and book their place in the Club World Cup final.The Brazilian striker, who replaced Divock Origi in the 85th minute, poked in fellow substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from close range in Doha.Liverpool’s Naby Keita had opened the scoring in the first half after an excellent Mohamed Salah through ball before Rogelio Funes Mori equalised.last_img read more

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Late Barbados PM’s widow bows out of politics

first_imgThe member of parliament for the constituency of St. John in Barbados, Mara Thompson has formally announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming general election.Thompson, the widow of David Thompson, the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados, said that after eight years, she has decided to retire from public life.“I have taken a long hard look at myself and the needs of my family and I have decided to retire from public life,” said Thompson, who made the disclosure at a meeting of the ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP), General Council late Wednesday.Thompson also thanked her constituents for supporting her over the years.“Just as I walked throughout the constituency and sought the support of the people of St. John when I wanted to become their MP, I am walking around in St. John, knocking on doors thanking the good people of St. John for their support for me over the years.  I intend to do so face to face.  They will see me.  I will continue to visit each home because I want to thank you.”She added that following her husband’s death, her family was “cradled and buoyed by the people of St. John”.“They swept me into Parliament, giving me the very distinct honor of becoming their Parliamentary representative   – I consider myself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my party and my St. John family.”Thompson, who was the first female Deputy Speaker of the House, has also endorsed the party’s General Secretary, George Pilgrim, as her successor.The constituency of St. John has been hailed as the DLP’s most secure seat since 1958.St. John was once held by the late Prime Minister Errol Barrow who died in office in 1987.Former Prime Minister David Thompson, was later elected for the seat, which he held until his death – also in office in October 2010.His widow won the seat in a by-election in January 2011 and also ran successfully during the 2013 general election.A date for a general election – that is constitutionally due by June this year, has not been set although Parliament was  automatically dissolved on March 6.last_img read more

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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Presents Montage: A Film Series

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Montage: A Film Series is a program designed to link communities and people through the art of filmmaking and culture. Montage returns for its 2020 season in celebration of Black History Month for a screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Montage takes place Thursday, February 27 at 7pm at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Tickets are FREE and are available at  www.ccpompano.org or at the door.“This documentary is a fitting selection for Black History Month,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “As it provides a comprehensive look at American culture through historical archival images that are rarely seen in such totality.”As the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.Bringing to light rarely seen photos shot by both professional and amateur African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33445.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2016

first_imgFlavien Prat14626152218%43%$1,636,457 Carla Gaines3252216%28%$412,450 William Spawr2675327%58%$186,652 Bob Baffert6615101023%53%$1,150,095 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory will undergo throat surgery Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. The 83-year-old veteran currently represents Tiago Pereira, but his former riders are a Who’s Who among jockeys and include seven Hall of Fame members Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez. DeGregory also booked mounts for Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario . . . Agent Derek Lawson reports Flavien Prat will ride Calculator for Peter Miller in the Grade II, $300,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 12. Prat also has been booked on Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile the same day . . . Palos Verdes winner Kobe’s Back, a candidate for the San Carlos, worked four furlongs for Peter Eurton in 49.20, while 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red went the same distance in 52.60 for Keith Desormeaux . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado, enjoying a solid meet for agent J.R. Pegram with 21 wins good for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings, rides maiden winner Bistraya for Ricky Agarie in today’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita at 9:30 a.m. The Legislative, Legal, and Regulations Committee will meet in the same location on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The meeting agendas (Board/Committee) and supporting packages of materials (Board/Committee) also are available on the CHRB website . . . Jockey Efrain Hernandez has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 25 and 26) for careless riding aboard Just Bookin in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from first to fourth. Gary Stevens4486518%43%$918,658 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 19) John Sadler5277413%35%$366,009 Peter Miller791041013%30%$395,610 Santiago Gonzalez16530251918%45%$1,226,384 Fernando Perez107109179%34%$559,179 Philip D’Amato8218141322%55%$1,012,170 Steven Miyadi3878518%53%$238,619 Tyler Baze16318272311%42%$978,666 Doug O’Neill11214152013%44%$858,743 Joseph Talamo14817192011%38%$907,964 Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488 Mike Smith64761111%38%$924,665 Richard Baltas68109915%41%$737,624 DANZING CANDY, UNCLE LINO DRILL FOR SAN FELIPEDONWORTH PREPS FOR RICH SANTA ANITA HANDICAPTIZ A BILLY SET FOR BAFFLE STAKES AFTER TIME OFFZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD IS DEAD AT 72 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3164719%55%$223,704 Martin Garcia75128816%37%$774,104 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Agapito Delgadillo5795616%35%$212,972 Kent Desormeaux661117917%56%$877,359 Mario Gutierrez12515211912%44%$967,876 Drayden Van Dyke90981210%32%$537,544 Edwin Maldonado1152110918%35%$744,125 Mark Glatt5867210%26%$286,755 George Papaprodromou2852518%43%$122,755 Rafael Bejarano15832321520%50%$1,556,572 DONWORTH WORKS FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAPPrepping for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, Donworth worked four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 48 seconds flat. Donworth was third by a half-length and a nose to Hoppertunity and Imperative in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6.  The Santa Anita Handicap will be run March 12 at 1 ¼ miles.Clockers were busy Saturday morning as 251 workouts were recorded at Santa Anita. Vladimir Cerin2893332%54%$294,925 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall2964221%41%$249,535 Peter Eurton6110151016%57%$670,023 Jeff Bonde2472329%50%$155,685 ZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD DEAD AT 72Steve Willard, the exercise rider for 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, died Feb. 16 at the age of 72, according to The Paulick Report.In early 2014, Willard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He grew up in Illinois and began galloping horses at Arlington Park, later becoming a jockey and riding mainly in the Midwest for nearly 20 years.When his riding days were over, he worked for Jack Van Berg, Jacque Fulton and Richard Mandella before joining up with John Shirreffs, trainer of Zenyatta. Martin Pedroza6075312%25%$183,220 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer871071311%34%$798,831 TIZ A BILLY SHARP FOR SUNDAY’S BAFFLETiz a Billy comes off a smashing maiden win followed by a bullet workout for Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for three-year-old at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.A son of Tizway trained by Brian Koriner, Tiz a Billy broke his maiden by 6 ½ lengths on Jan. 16 in his first race in three months. He worked four furlongs Feb. 14 in a bullet 47.40 under Flavien Prat, who rides in the Baffle.“It was just mental, because he ran three times at Del Mar and he was kind of losing his brain, so we gave him time,” Koriner said in explaining the three-month gap between races.“He needed a little time to recover, and he’s put on weight, so we’re looking forward to the Baffle.”The Baffle, which goes as the second race: Tiz a Billy, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Iron Rob, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Hot Ore, Tyler Baze, 7-2; He’s a Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 5-2; and True Brilliance, Fernando Perez, 7-2. THREE-YEAR-OLDS PREP FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESDanzing Candy and Uncle Lino, two contenders for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on March 12, worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday for the race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.Danzing Candy went five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Uncle Lino went four furlongs in 47.80 with Fernando Perez up for trainer Gary Sherlock. Danzing Candy won an allowance race at one mile by nearly six lengths on Feb. 4.“It was a perfect work,” said Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy. “He just galloped. Mike was very happy with him.”Sise was speaking of jockey Mike Smith, who has the mount in the San Felipe, which will be run for the 79th time and has been won in the past by stalwarts such as Dortmund (2015), California Chrome (2014), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Medaglia d’Oro (2002), Point Given (2001), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Bertrando (1992), Sunday Silence (1989), Affirmed (1978), Hill Rise (1964), Determine (1954) and Your Host (1950).Uncle Lino, a game second behind odds-on favorite Mor Spirit in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6, impressed trainer Gary Sherlock.“It was probably the best work he’s ever had by himself,” Sherlock said. Mike Puype47511311%40%$254,825last_img read more

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Pybus, Lloyd, Simmons meet with coaches today

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, and newly appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, will sit down with coaches from the six regional franchises today to discuss crucial matters ahead of November’s start of the Professional Cricket League (PCL).Pybus, who will chair the meeting, said the coaches’ conference would allow every coach to be on the same page. Conveying their challenges while also networking to share tips and advice with each other.”It’s the first sitting of the franchise coaches with us and to get them all aware of what are our common goals as we approach the second season of operation of the PCL,” Pybus said.”It is very important that they also have the opportunity to share the challenges which they face at the franchise level, as we work together to build a world-class cricket-performance system.”At the end of the day, the goal is for us to be producing international quality players for the West Indies and we need to be able to identify what challenges we face and streamline the system, so that it works efficiently.”He added: “It’s also an opportunity for the coaches to network with fellow coaches and take practical examples back to their franchises, so that we are able to advance West Indies cricket.”Simmons, a former West Indies player, said the conference would be an important one as issues of training methodologies, fitness standards, and player evaluations would be discussed.”This is one of the first things for which I asked when I was appointed West Indies head coach, so that we can outline to everybody where we want them to be and where we want the players to be,” said Simmons.The conference will be attended by Hendy Springer and Dexter Toppin of Barbados Pride; Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith of Guyana Jaguars, Junior Bennett of Jamaica Scorpions, Reginald Benjamin of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Gus Logie of Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Ian Allen of Windward Islands Volcanoes.The PCL, the West Indies Cricket Board’s first class season, was staged for the first time last year with Guyana Jaguars lifting the title.last_img read more

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Guyana Stores given 3 weeks to fix labour, other infractions

first_imgLocal department store Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) is in hot water after it was flagged by the Social Protection Ministry for various infractions, including unsafe and insanitary working conditions.Guyana Stores Limited flagged for labour, other infractionsFollowing a workplace inspection carried out by the Ministry on February 13, the company was given an ultimatum to rectify the breaches that were unearthed.According to the Ministry on Wednesday, the inspection was carried out by Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott, who observed the infractions of the Labour Act, Chapter 98:01 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:10.Among the breaches were the absence of a Health and Safety Policy, the absence of required records such as accident and wages registers which are mandated by law to be kept by employers, and a failure to have a fire extinguisher in the workplace.“Most disturbing of all the breaches were the unsafe and insanitary working conditions which obtained. For example, there were holes in the walls of the ablution area which also had stagnant water on the floor, posing a danger to the health and safety of employees; non-functioning toilets and few working fans and light,” the Ministry outlined in a missive.It went on to say that in addition to oral advice to remedy all observed breaches, the management of Guyana Stores was issued with a written ultimatum to correct the infractions within three weeks beginning February 15, or face prosecution.On this note, the Ministry issued a stern warning to businesses on upholding the labour laws.“The Ministry of Social Protection wishes to reiterate that it has no intention to compromise with the health and safety of the nation’s workforce and will do everything possible to enhance workers’ protection,” the statement added.In light of Guyana Stores Limited being flagged for various infractions and now being asked to correct them, other employers are being encouraged to enhance the level of social protection which they provide to their employees.last_img read more