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Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania National Guard Troops Headed to Middle East SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2018 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined approximately 500 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (HHBN) as they were honored in a ceremony at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg today as they prepare to depart for a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS).“As Pennsylvanians, we are honored and proud to support our service members, veterans and their families,” said Governor Wolf. “Thank you, 28th Infantry Division, for your willingness to serve and your dedication to your fellow man. Know that while you are deployed, Pennsylvania will pray for you and continue to support your families. Best wishes for a safe deployment.”The 28th Infantry Division HHBN will provide support services for several thousand additional troops supporting OSS to include personnel, training and logistics. They will also partner with allied military units operating in the region.“In 1918, the 28th Division earned its nickname, the Iron Division, in the fierce fighting of World War I. Now, a century later, you embark on this major commitment to defend freedom and liberty throughout the world. You join the more than 35,000 other members of the Pennsylvania National Guard that have deployed and sacrificed since 9/11,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “This next year will be very challenging for you and your families. We cannot thank you enough for your service to commonwealth and country.”Established in 1879, the 28th Infantry Division is the oldest division in the U.S. Army. The last time the entire division headquarters mobilized was in preparation for the Korean War. However, elements of the headquarters were deployed in 2002 and 2003 to lead the NATO peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Bosnia. This is the headquarters’ first deployment to the Middle East, though many members have previously deployed with other units in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.“The 28th Infantry Division is aware of the strain and sacrifice families endure when their loved ones deploy,” said 28th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Schafer Jr. “Every measure is taken to help make the process as predictable as possible to allow soldiers and their families to plan for deployment.”Deployment ceremonies are held to honor the courage needed both by those who serve and the families, friends and employers who support them.
NewsHub 9 March 2018Family First Comment: An excellent commentary – and a rebuke to the recent comments of ACT’s David Seymour…“Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.”OPINION: Three days after the submissions process for the EOLC Bill has closed, the numbers have already exceeded 25,000. Many thousands will express deep opposition to what David Seymour is proposing.Can we be clear about Mr Seymour’s approach here: he is a master of spin, and is already stating that the numbers against euthanasia are not important. Nevertheless, contrast this: Mr Seymour says “Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has received 220 submissions on the Government’s Bill that bans foreigners from buying houses and most of them strongly oppose it.”So 220 opposition numbers are crucial for the foreign ownership bill, while thousands of opposition submissions are irrelevant when it comes to euthanasia? To dismiss serious opposition to this Bill, just because it doesn’t suit Mr Seymour’s case, is arrogant and patronising.Mr Seymour says that it is the quality of argument that matters, implying that the submissions in opposition are poorly argued, but not the pro-euthanasia ones. His presumption is staggering. Submissions to the Health Select Committee in 2016 were 80% opposed to euthanasia. They included people from all walks of life and levels of education.The key elements of this complex and difficult discussion were presented: the question of autonomy; our societal responses to suffering; the outworkings of true compassion; negative implications for disability; to name a few. Some of it came from highly educated people, with nuanced and compelling engagement (including the New Zealand Medical Association and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, both of whom are opposed).Some of it was expressed simply and plainly. People who have worked at the coalface of palliative care for decades were included, as were ordinary concerned citizens with no professional involvement. It is simply unacceptable to dismiss out of hand the views of a vast range of New Zealanders, some of whom have more personal involvement with the intricacies of this issue than he has ever had.Mr Seymour: deciding on a bill that will fundamentally alter the relationships between doctors, patients, family, and the State is no small matter. At the very least, take the complexity and democratic process seriously. The many thousands of people who have made submissions do.Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.Peter Thirkell is the Secretary of Care Alliance, an advocacy group aiming to “nurture better conversations about dying in Aoteroa.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2018/03/peter-thirkell-david-seymour-needs-to-listen-to-nz-about-euthanasia.html
Swimming-Batesville at Milan vs. Milan and Lawrenceburg.Girls Team Scores. BHS 156, Milan 78, LHS 59.Batesville Girls are 25-4 on the season (15-2 non-conference, 10-2 EIAC).Boys Tean Scores. BHS 105, Milan 90, LHS 63.Boys are 10-14-1 on the season (5-8-1 non-conference, 5-6-EIAC).Batesville Event Winners: Girls: Mary Poltrack (200 free, 100 free), Emily Gutzwiller (500 free, 100 breast), Taylor Villani (200 IM, 100 fly), Ashley Daulton (100 back), Audrey Hall (50 free) JV event winners: Jenna Ertel (50 free/100 breast), Hannah Simpson (100 free), and Sarah Poltrack (100 back). Boys: Elliot Main (200 free, 100 free)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.
KENTUCKY DERBY-COVID PLANSPlan for Kentucky Derby eliminates general admission ticketsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials expect fewer than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan.The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14% of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th runnings of the Derby and Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of coronavirus concerns.Spectators were not allowed for Churchill Downs’ spring meet, but the track had stated in June that general admission would be limited to the 26-acre infield for the Derby. August 12, 2020 The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have announced they won’t play football this fall, taking out two of college football’s five power conferences. The Big Ten is postponing all fall sports and hopes to make them up in the second semester. The Pac-12 is pausing all sports until Jan. 1, including basketball. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are still moving forward with plans to conduct a football season.AP research found that 465 Football Bowl Subdivision games have been called off. That number is 544 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 74 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. A total of 609 Division II games are off. The number is 1,049 in Division III.NBA RESTART-BUBBLE GUESTSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubble NHL-PENGUINS-COACHESPenguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exitPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ qualifying round loss to the Montreal Canadiens has cost assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi their jobs. The club opted not to renew the contracts for all three coaches after the fifth-seeded Penguins fell to the 12th-seeded Canadiens in four games. Head coach Mike Sullivan’s job is safe, but he will have to move forward with a new coaching staff after Pittsburgh lost in its opening-round postseason series for the second straight year.NHL-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALLNumber of games called off nears 1,000UNDATED (AP) — A total of 935 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Associated Press research. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest arrivals to teams on Wednesday in a memo. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31.In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. The league told teams that any guests would have to be either family members, “longtime close personal friends with whom a player has an established, pre-existing, and known personal relationship,” private security staff and established family childcare providers.MASTERS-NO FANS No roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot.The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year. Update on the latest sports MLB-NEWSCleveland sits 2 starting pitchers for breaking virus rulesUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland is minus two of its top starting pitchers after putting Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) and Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) on the restricted list. The Indians made the moves after the right-handers broke team rules and Major League Baseball protocols by leaving their hotel in Chicago last weekend and risking exposure to the COVID-19 virus.The Indians had implemented a code of conduct for players to follow on road trips, forbidding them from socializing outside of the team’s players and staff.MLB permits teams to use the restricted list for players who are unavailable to play for non-baseball reasons. The players will be paid during their leave and be given service times. They can come off the list at any time. Bubba Wallace, Columbia Sportswear sign sponsorship dealUNDATED (AP) — Corporate interest in Bubba Wallace has picked up momentum and NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver has signed a new sponsor that includes funding for his Richard Petty Motorports team. Columbia Sportswear has signed a multiyear sponsorship with Wallace as a brand ambassador that will also put the company on the No. 43 at Dover later this month. Columbia was drawn to Wallace as he took on a larger role as a social activist then learned Wallace also pursues outdoor activities for pleasure. If Wallace does not return to RPM next season, Columbia would follow him to a new team.In other NASCAR news:— Roush Fenway Racing has announced a 12-race sponsorship deal with Guaranteed Rate to fund Ryan Newman’s car throughout the remainder of this NASCAR season. The deal between Roush and the retail mortgage lender is a large one in the current economic climate. Teams are piecing together funding in small batches as corporations have shied away from multiple-race sponsorship. Guaranteed Rate was on Newman’s car two weeks ago at New Hampshire and will be on the No. 6 Ford this weekend for the road course race at Daytona. Guaranteed Rate will also be in 10 of the final 13 races. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORBlack victims of U-Michigan doc seek equity in settlementsUNDATED (AP) — Dozens of Black former University of Michigan student-athletes who claim they were abused by a sports doctor who worked there for decades on Wednesday asked the university to treat them fairly as it settles hundreds of lawsuits expected to cost the school millions of dollars.They’re demanding that victims of Dr. Robert Anderson receive fair compensation “based on their trauma rather than based on their color.”Most personal injury cases are settled out of court with the amounts often based on data that projects lower lifetime earnings for Blacks, Latinos and women than white men, according to Parker Stinar, an attorney with Denver-based Wahlberg, Woodruff, Nimmo & Sloane law firm. Wednesday’s playoff games get early startUNDATED (AP) — Wednesday’s NHL playoff games are starting early with the Boston Bruins facing off against the Carolina Hurricanes in Toronto. Their Tuesday night playoff opener was postponed because the previous game in the same building went into a fifth overtime. It was moved to 11 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets began their game at 3:30 p.m. EDT in Scotiabank Arena. They remained tied 2-2 after four overtimes more than five hours later, when the NHL announced that they would not keep Boston and Carolina waiting around any longer “due to the length of the Lightning-Blue Jackets game.” The Lightning finally won in the fifth overtime, 3-2.Wednesday’s other NHL playoff games in Toronto are N.Y. Islanders vs. Washington and Montreal vs. Philadelphia. In Edmonton, Alberta, Arizona faces Colorado and Vancouver takes on St. Louis.NASCAR-NEWS In other MLB news:— Yankees designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss three to four weeks after being diagnosed with a grade 1 left hamstring strain. Manager Aaron Boone says the team is still evaluating the 2017 NL MVP and the timeline could be adjusted.— Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. is set to be examined in New York after being scratched from a game last night against the Yankees with a sore left wrist. Atlanta pulled the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year from the lineup about 90 minutes before first pitch of a 9-6 loss. Teammate and best friend Ozzie Albies is already on the injured list with a sore right wrist.— Opening day starter Joe Musgrove has become the sixth Pittsburgh pitcher put on the injured list this season. Musgrove is out with trouble in his right triceps. The Pirates’ parade of sidelined pitchers includes starter Mitch Keller and relievers Nick Burdi, Clay Holmes, Michael Feliz and Kyle Crick. Not on the list is closer Keone Kela, who has yet to pitch this season after testing positive for COVID-19.— Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies carries a 15-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s game at home against Arizona. He’s batting .500 after getting three more hits in the Rockies’ 8-7 win Tuesday night. This, after starting the season 0-for-9. Associated Press Some victims of Anderson were expected to discuss their experiences Wednesday during a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi. They include Dwight Hicks, who captained the school’s football team in 1977 and later won two Super Bowls as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.PARIS MARATHON CANCELEDParis Marathon canceled after coronavirus hits travel plansPARIS (AP) — The Paris Marathon has been canceled after repeated attempts to find a new date. The race was originally due to take place in April but was then moved to October because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers said Wednesday that they’d recently tried to rearrange the race for November but continuing travel restrictions made that unrealistic.They will now focus on the 2021 edition of the race. Runners who were registered for this year’s race will be automatically signed up for next year.
Syracuse (9-5) finished play at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida with two wins. The victories marked the second and third of the weekend for the Orange as it finished 3-2 in the tournament.In game one, an Alicia Hansen sacrifice fly proved to be the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory over Elon (7-6). Bryce Holmgren went 2-for-2 on the afternoon, including an RBI single to open the games scoring. Sydney O’Hara went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored to complement her win in the circle. The senior struck out six while allowing one earned run in two and two-thirds innings of work in relief of AnnaMarie Gatti.In game two, Syracuse defeated Morgan State (4-7) 8-0 in just five innings. Freshman Alexa Romero tallied nine strikeouts while allowing one hit. O’Hara stayed hot at the plate in the second game with three RBIs on two hits. Faith Cain and Sammy Fernandez also found success in the batter’s box with two RBIs apiece.Syracuse travels to Tampa, Florida next weekend for its final tournament of the season, which opens with a game against Georgia State on Friday. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Schafer_44
Photo: © lionsrugby.com Jared Payne will have to wait a little bit longer to his make his Lions debut.The Kiwi-born player has been ruled out of tomorrow’s first tour match against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians due to a calf strain.England’s Elliot Daly takes the Ireland back ‘s place on the bench. Jonny Sexton will be seeking to stake a claim on the number 10 Test jersey when he starts at outhalf.Iain Henderson’s starting in the second row with provincial teammate and Ireland captain Rory best at hooker for the game which starts at 8.35 Irish time tomorrow morning.
Ghanaian triple jumper, Nadia Eke, has qualified for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Qatar and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a new national record in the Triple Jump.The 2016 African Champion demolished the triple jump national record with a huge Personal Best of 14.33m (+0.8) on her first jump at the 2019 Racers/Adidas Grand Prix in Jamaica.The old record stood at 13.93m which Nadia set herself back in 2017.The 26 year old former Columbia University student becomes the 3rd Ghanaian in the individual events to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Qatar starting late September. She joins sprinters Josephine Anokye and Joseph Amoah, who made the qualification marks last month.The Ghana women’s 4x100m relay team have also booked their tickets to the global showpiece.
For a while they sparkled, but ultimately they spluttered.It was a weakened Nigeria that drew 2-2 with Italy’s second-string outfit in London on Monday, but the match provided the latest demonstration as to exactly where the Super Eagles need to improve before heading to the World Cup next summer.Two days after becoming the first African nation to book their ticket for Brazil, Stephen Keshi’s men were sent to the front line for their country once more at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.And there were signs of the kind of flair and imagination which is often seen in the surprise package of any World Cup. With Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel and Bright Dike causing trouble to a rocky Italian back line, and Shola Ameobi turning in his best performance yet in a Nigeria shirt, the African champions looked more than promising when they had the ball.They dominated for lengthy periods of the first half, making Italy pay whenever they stood off and stretching the Azzurri defence at regular intervals.The reward came first when Toronto FC striker Dike headed home from Ameobi’s ball in, then the Newcastle front man flicked home superbly after reacting quickest to Francis Benjamin’s cross from the left. But that accounted for only a small portion of the game, and not only did Italy level matters but they hit the woodwork twice before time was up, too. Add in a number of key saves by Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama and there comes a better reflection of the flow of the game.When not in possession, the Super Eagles remain as mediocre as they looked during last summer’s Confederations Cup, when they dominated a group fixture against Uruguay but still lost, and managed the somewhat inglorious feat of making Tahiti look dangerous at set plays.On Monday it was Azubuike Egwuekwe’s inability to read Mario Balotelli’s turn and the overzealous ball-watching of the back four which led to Nigeria conceding.For all their flair and apparent depth, they still lack the structure, defensive discipline and organisational qualities necessary to really be regarded as a contender for the latter stages of the World Cup. And as good as they look on the ball, they don’t have the desired killer instinct in either the first or second string.When they have the better of a game, they still appear unable to step on the throats of their opponents and drive home the advantage. In short, they lack everything that is considered typical of an Italian side, however inaccurate that would appear watching the Azzurri on Monday. If Keshi is to get the very best out of his men, then their flair needs to be harnessed with the presence of a greater unit off the ball.Nigeria will definitely be a side to watch in Brazil next summer, but only from an entertainment perspective rather than as serious latter stage contenders, unless the Super Eagles can fix up the holes that have been evident for some time.
He hasn’t looked back since — and that’s probably a good thing after a tough season with the Cardinals.”I think he’s made some improvement, really across the board,” Flores said, via NFL.com. “There’s things that a lot of people don’t see. Better footwork, mechanics in the pocket, decision-making. Related News Josh Rosen on trade to Dolphins: ‘It felt like I got drafted twice’ Josh Rosen was happy to find a new home with the Dolphins and has already improved, according to coach Brian Flores.Rosen is entering his second year in the NFL and became available after the Cardinals took former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray with the top pick in the 2019 draft. In an abrupt trade, Arizona ended up sending the quarterback to Miami. Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘leading the way’ to be Dolphins’ starting QB, Brian Flores says “A lot of times people, all they see is the touchdown pass; they don’t see the checkdown that’s a positive play for the team. I think he’s improved in those areas and I think those are the little things that go a long way at that position.”Rosen is coming off his rookie year playing in 14 games (13 starts with a 3-10 record) where he completed 55.2% of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. While he is likely going to be the backup behind veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rosen is ready for his second chance.”Very rarely do you get a second chance to make a first impression,” Rosen said at his introductory press conference in April. “It felt like I got drafted twice.”