Governor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission Bill

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission Bill April 11, 2018center_img Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on the House State Government Committee Republican ​majority’s last-minute move to gut and replace House Bill 722, originally to create an independent redistricting commission, with a redistricting process that is more politically driven:“This is partisan politics at its worst and it shows a flippant disregard for thousands of citizens that have spoken in favor of independent redistricting and ending gerrymandering. After the last few months, it should be clear that the solution to our broken redistricting system is not putting more power in the hands of partisan politicians. This is wrong, and it is an affront to our democracy. I urge the full House to reject this partisan political power play and demand a vote on a truly independent redistricting commission.”last_img read more

Two Americans Dead in Somalia Terror Attack

first_imgTwo Americans are reportedly among the dead after a terrorist attack killed 26 people and injured 56 others at a hotel in Somalia.Police say gunmen stormed the hotel after setting off a car bomb last night in the southern port city of Kismayo on Friday.It took eleven hours for security forces to regain control and end the attack.The regional state president said two Americans are among those killed.One local official called it the deadliest attack in the city in seven years.The terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement saying it targeted Jubaland state ministers, regional and federal lawmakers, as well as candidates in the hotel but officials have not confirmed at this time.This story is developing.last_img

World Cup win has taught me the importance of hard work, says Unmukt Chand

first_imgPeople plan a lot in life, but destiny sometimes takes a different turn. India U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand ‘s story has been no different.Drafted into the Delhi Daredevils outfit after an impressive debut season in the Ranji Trophy in 2010, Unmukt was yorked by Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga for a duck.Critics didn’t take a second to declare him unfit for the top level, yet on Saturday when other batsmen found the going tough at Centurion, he hit a whirlwind 40 off 27 balls to help Daredevils post a substantial score in their CLT20 encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders.Ankit Bawne was the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s original choice to lead the U-19 squad in the 2012 U-19 World Cup in Australia, but he turned out to be overage and Unmukt was named skipper. As luck would have it, after a not-so-impressive outing right through the tournament, India rode on Unmukt’s century in the final to lift the trophy.The Delhi lad feels destiny and hard work go hand in hand and one shouldn’t be complacent.”The last 12 months have been really good for me, but I don’t believe in resting on my laurels. I have been working extremely hard. The World Cup win has taught me the importance of hard work and increased my hunger. The urge to excel and go that one step extra is what drives me. Satisfaction brings saturation and that shouldn’t be the case,” he told Mail Today from South Africa.Everyone wanted a piece of Unmukt when he returned from the World Cup in Australia and the opener says that while he enjoyed the limelight for a while, sweating it out on the field was what made him most comfortable.”I was lucky to be the captain and winning the trophy was a team effort. Honestly, I did like it when everyone was talking about us and we were the toast of the nation. I am most comfortable on the cricket field. After taking a couple of days off, I was back at the training ground,” he said.Unmukt says that life hasn’t changed for him after the triumph in Australia.”People today recognise me when I am out on the street and want to take pictures with me. But then, reality is that the adoration came with winning the tournament So I behave how I used to. I know who my friends are and also know who I can go to when I am going through a tough phase. I have matured a little, but that has come with the experience I have gained over the last two years.”I have been called for a lot of public speaking and seminars. I use it as an opportunity to grow in confidence and value things in life,” he said.The moment Unmukt landed in Delhi, his college’s decision not allowing him to sit in the examination sparked a controversy.He feels that things could have been done differently.”Honestly, I feel things were hyped and could have been solved quietly. But I want to thank the media nevertheless because this makes things easier not only for us, but also for sportspersons in the future,” he said.Commenting on living out of a suitcase since the World Cup, Unmukt says: “I love the hectic schedule. Be it the World Cup, the India A tour to New Zealand or the CLT20 in South Africa now. I feel now is the time to push myself that extra bit. Obviously it feels good to be home, but cricket is my priority.”advertisementlast_img read more

Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying football player

first_imgIn this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019. The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)LONDON — One body is visible in the seabed wreckage of a plane that went missing carrying Argentine football player Emiliano Sala and his pilot two weeks ago over the English Channel.Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch did not say on Monday if the underwater camera identified Sala or pilot David Ibbotson, the only two people on board the small aircraft that disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, Wales.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Wreckage from the plane was located on Sunday after Sala’s family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns because authorities called off the official search.Although the seabed search on Sunday was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators, they have not said if they plan to raise the wreckage to the surface.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Let’s hope they can rescue it as soon as possible to find out what happened and have some sort of certainty,” Horacio Sala, the footballer’s father, told The Associated Press outside the family’s home in Progreso, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.“I feel very empty. For a father to lose a son, is not something that you expect.” Kevin Alas says latest ACL injury ‘will only make me more resilient and much stronger’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 28-year-old Sala was preparing to start a new career in the English Premier League at Cardiff after the striker was sold by French topflight club Nantes.An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released on Monday.“It’s imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there,” Mearns said.Recovering the body without raising the wreckage is complex, according to Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions, whose survey ship was used in the search.“ROVs are sometimes able to grab on to items, but whether that would happen I don’t know,” Taylor said. “Divers can also get down to that depth but it’s a much bigger operation. In 25 meters to 30 meters of water, it would be a lot easier, but in 70 meters, it would be a much bigger operation.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Investigators plan to release an interim report into the accident this month. Parts of the plane were first believed to have been discovered last week when two seat cushions were found on the French coast.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more

Oklahoma WR Randomly Trolls Texas, Tweets “Horns Down” Logo

first_imgUpside down Texas logo.TwitterOklahoma freshman-to-be Dede Westbrook hasn’t even played a snap for the Sooners yet, but he’s already talking a bit of trash to the team’s biggest rival. Westbrook, a four-star wide receiver who will begin his freshman year in 2015, decided to randomly tweeted a “horns down” logo Thursday night. It’s a strong move out the gate. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/y4vkHztQy5— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) March 6, 2015The Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry took a back seat in 2014, as TCU and Baylor reigned supreme in the Big 12. Perhaps Westbrook will help bring it back to the forefront.last_img

Butler’s Video Tribute To Andrew Smith Is Incredibly Touching

first_imgButler's mascot during an NCAA Tournament game.HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 04: The Butler Bulldogs mascot performs before taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Butler basketball program lost a Bulldog great this week, with the passing of Andrew Smith, who played center on Brad Stevens’ back-to-back Final Four teams. Smith lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday, and today, Butler honored the 2013 grad before today’s game against St. John’s with an incredibly moving video tribute and moment of silence.The video tribute and moment of silence for Andrew Smith today at Hinkle Fieldhouse…. https://t.co/MLMRQbE3sc— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 16, 2016Andrew’s widow Samantha Smith gave a speech at halftime. The Bulldogs will wear an “AS44” patch for the rest of the season.“AS44” patch to be worn by #Butler rest of season in memory of #AndrewSmithStrong. Team will attend service Sunday. pic.twitter.com/eUnaZfCbAq— Rich Nye (@TheSportsGuy13) January 14, 2016Our thoughts go out to the Smith family, and the Butler community.last_img read more

The Elders Urge World Leaders To Step Up Efforts To Eradicate Tuberculosis

first_imgThe Elders have written to twelve key world leaders urging them to step up their efforts to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) and attend a United Nations summit in New York on the topic on 26 September.The letters were sent to leaders of major donor countries whose support in tackling TB has been crucial to date, and also to leaders of countries where the incidence of TB is high and urgent action is required.The Elders noted that TB is the number one infectious disease killer in the world. In 2016, there were 10.4 million cases of TB and 1.7 million deaths. However, only 61% of cases were successfully found and treated – despite the fact that TB is preventable and curable.In their letter, the Elders called on world leaders to redouble their efforts and show real political and financial commitment by attending the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on the disease, which will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on 26 September.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Acting Chair of The Elders, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization, wrote:“The Elders are determined that the High-Level Meeting should be a success, resulting in high-level commitments to accelerate progress to ending TB. It is crucial that investment in strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries to help them eradicate TB is stepped up.”The Elders believe that securing Universal Health Coverage, where everyone receives the healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship, is a crucial element in the fight against TB and other preventable diseases. Both challenges require sustained and bold political leadership.The letters were sent to the leaders of France, the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Mexico, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Korea.last_img read more

The status quo isnt good enough We can do better Justice Minister

first_img“We have to do everything we can to encourage individuals that have faced sexual harassment or violence or discrimination generally to come forward and tell of their lived experiences. We have to continue that conversation,” Wilson-Raybould said, adding that the Time acknowledgement was “fantastic.”READ MORE Advertisement The outcry against sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and beyond is loudly declaring that “the status quo isn’t good enough. We can do better,” according to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.Wilson-Raybould gave the keynote speech Wednesday at the #AfterMeToo symposium, which brought together members of the Canadian film and TV community, sexual violence researchers, psychologists, justice system experts and activists in Toronto to discuss practical ways to combat pervasive sexual harassment, assault and abuse.That the event — the conclusion of two days of talks — took place on both the anniversary of the École Polytechnique shooting and the day Time magazine bestowed its Person of the Year title on the “Silence Breakers” behind the #MeToo movement wasn’t lost on attendees. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The lead organizers of the #AfterMeToo symposium, from left, filmmaker Aisling Chin-Yee, actor-producer Freya Ravensbergen and actor Mia Kirshner, speak at the event in Toronto on Wednesday. (CBC) Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Trafffic diverted due to IPL match and ShabeBarat

first_imgNEW DELHI: Traffic would be diverted near FerozShah Kotla ground during the IPL T-20 match between Delhi Capitals Vs Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.The religious function of Muslims Shab-e-Barat also falls on the same day hence necessary arrangements have been made on Delhi roads near the ground. The match starts from 8 pm to 11:30 pm on 20 April. Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, traffic circulation, pedestrians’ movement and safety of the visitors in and around the Stadium. Spectators are advised to use metro facility to reach the Stadium; Delhi Gate Metro Station (Gate No. 4 & 5) is the nearest to reach the Stadium. ITO Metro Station (Gate No. 3, 4 & 5) can also be used to reach the Stadium. People are requested to avoid the following roads from 4 pm to 11.30 pm on the match day respectively when the spectators would be coming to the stadium and congestion is expected at Rajghat to J.L.N. Marg, J.L.N. Marg from R/A Kamla Market to Raj Ghat, Asaf Ali Road from Turkman Gate to Delhi Gate, B.S.Z. Marg from Ram Charan Agarwal Chowk to Delhi Gate. Display of car parking label on windscreen is mandatory. Vehicle number must be written on the parking label. Those who do not display parking label with vehicle number will not be allowed in the proximity of the stadium, police said. Spectators using app-based taxi and other taxis should use the service lane on Ring Road between I.P. flyover and Rajghat crossing for drop and pickup.last_img read more

Dont Leave Big Papi

Right now, Ortiz’s Hall of Fame odds are right on the boundary. If he decided to retire tomorrow, his current JAWS total of 42.6 would yield a 25.4 percent prediction for the Hall, about a one-in-four shot. But Ortiz is in a critical part of the curve: Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS system projects that he would add another 7 WAR (for a JAWS score of 46.2) if he played through 2019, and with that boost he would be almost a coin flip to make the Hall, with a predicted probability of 46.3 percent. Although he may not realistically be able to add that many WAR anyway — projections are an imperfect science — each small contribution boosts his chances substantially.Obviously, this methodology is a simplified way to quantify Ortiz’s Hall of Fame prospects. In addition to his prodigious regular-season achievements, Ortiz is a postseason hero who helped lead Boston to a curse-breaking World Series win. He also has the specter of a positive steroid test hanging over his record — which can be enough for some Hall of Fame voters to deny a player, regardless of his on-field contributions. So Ortiz’s case comes down to a lot more than just his JAWS total.But at this point in his career, every little bit helps. With a place in Cooperstown on the line, maybe Ortiz will reconsider his decision to retire and keep slugging away for another couple of years. At age 40, David Ortiz is off to the second-best offensive season of his long and distinguished MLB career. He’s also set to retire at the end of the year, no matter how well his 2016 season with the Red Sox ends up going.“My body, man,” Ortiz explained to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. “My body’s pretty beat up. Remember, if you look at guys my size, they don’t last. I noticed that seven or eight years ago. That’s why I needed to start doing things right. I lost 25 pounds. I started eating better, do things better. But let me tell you: It’s not easy, man.”He makes a compelling case. But for the purposes of building a Hall of Fame résumé, Big Papi might also be making a strategic error in hanging up his spikes: A few more years of even modest production could mean the difference between enshrinement and not.To judge Ortiz’s Hall chances, I used Jay Jaffe’s JAWS score, which balances the peak and total wins above replacement for each player relative to the average for his position — in Big Papi’s case, first base. (Yes, Ortiz has spent most of his productive years as a designated hitter, but since the position has existed since only 1973, JAWS lumps Ortiz in with first basemen.) My model uses logistic regression to turn a first baseman’s JAWS score — and whether he was a known performance-enhancing drug user1This part is based on my informed judgment about whether mainstream baseball writers consider the player associated with PEDs. It also applies to only top-40 players at the position since, realistically, almost everyone below that level has a near-zero chance of getting into the Hall — so marking them as steroid users or not wouldn’t make a difference. — into a probabilistic prediction of whether he’ll be inducted in Cooperstown someday.2I also manually marked three players as certain Hall of Famers, though they aren’t yet eligible: Albert Pujols, Jim Thome and Miguel Cabrera, all of whom are well above the typical thresholds for induction. read more