Gov. Wolf Signs Bills to Preserve French Azilum Historic Site, Honor Longtime Firefighter

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Bills to Preserve French Azilum Historic Site, Honor Longtime Firefighter June 21, 2019 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 10 of 2019, formerly House Bill 223, which will transfer ownership of the French Azilum Historic Site, Bradford County, from the Department of General Services to a local preservation group, French Azilum Inc., which will operate it. The bill requires the group to preserve the historic site, which was the location of a planned settlement built for refugees fleeing the French Revolution.“French Azilum is an important piece of Pennsylvania’s history, and this local group has already shown commitment to ensuring its longevity as a site of cultural heritage,” said Gov. Wolf. “This bill ensures many future generations will be able to visit and learn from French Azilum.”Gov. Wolf also signed into law on Friday Act 11 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 43, which names a portion of U.S. Route 30 in Westmoreland County “J. Edward ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson Memorial Bypass.” Hutchinson was an active member of the Greensburg Hose Co. No. 3 for more than 78 years and served in the Marine Corps during World War II.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

FIFA open to salary cap and transfer fee limit proposals

first_imgPARIS, France (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday called for discussions over proposals to introduce salary and transfer fee caps to football in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.World football’s governing body intends to finalise plans in the coming weeks for a financial relief package following the economic damage caused to the sport by the global health crisis.FIFA announced in April it would release US$150 million (133 million euros) to its 211 member associations “as the first step of a relief plan”. UEFA shortly afterwards said it had allocated 236.5 million euros to its 55 member federations.Last month, the German FA and Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge urged industry talks about a salary cap and reforming the transfer system to keep football “credible”.“On the financial and governance aspects, I also heard some interesting proposals on a wide range of topics,” Infantino wrote in an open letter to FIFA’s members.“From salary caps to transfer fee caps or other taxation mechanisms, to the possible obligation for governing bodies, competition organisers and clubs to build reserves or to contribute to a reserve fund which can be of assistance in hours of need such as now, I personally advocate for clearer and stricter financial regulations – imposing full transparency and good governance principles, and not only limiting this to the transfer system but to the entire football ecosystem.“FIFA is doing already a lot of work on this area, even if we face some strong vested interests who fight against our plea for a better global governance in our sport.”A recent study by accounting firm KPMG said the transfer value of players in 10 of Europe’s top leagues could plummet by up to 10 billion euros due to the economic crash caused by coronavirus.‘Balanced’ international calendarThe French league, declared over in late April, said it would have to take out a government-guaranteed loan of some 225 million euros to tide over clubs impacted by the loss in income from broadcasters.Last season’s Champions League finalists Tottenham have received a £175-million loan from Bank of England to help them through the crisis, as the club predicted losses of £200 million over the next year.Infantino is hoping to push through the rescue package by the time of the next Fifa council meeting later this month.“The need for top-club football to resume has understandably taken priority, but we must also consider national teams, women’s football, lower-tier domestic leagues, youth and the grass roots game,” Infantino said.“We have to show unity across all aspects of football and make sure football can resume in its globality. This is our priority, and our financial relief plan will also follow this principle.”While domestic leagues are gradually restarting, the international calendar has been decimated, with Euro 2020 and the Copa America both postponed until next year.However, Infantino said a reworked international schedule could be published shortly.“On another very important topic, namely the international match calendar, I am happy to report that we also made some good progress,” he said.“In consultation with different stakeholders, we are closer to present[ing] a balanced solution that takes into account everyone’s challenges and needs.”last_img read more

YWCA of Olympia Seeks Women of Achievement

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The YWCA of Olympia20th Annual Effort Honors South Sound Women Making Positive Impact in the Community The YWCA’s Women of Achievement honors women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community.The YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their 20th Annual Women of Achievement Celebration are now being accepted. Past honorees have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Karen Fraser, Governor Christine Gregoire, Olympia City Council Member & Vivala owner, Cheryl Selby, and Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO, Lori Drummond.The YWCA of Olympia will once again honor women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community. Nominees will be considered based on: 1) professional achievement, 2) peer recognition, 3) personal growth, 4) demonstration and inspirational involvement in the community, and 5) how she models her life in accordance with the YWCA of Olympia’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.This year a special category is dedicated to women who are committed to the elimination of racism and promotion of racial justice.  The YWCA’s commitment to racial justice is one of the common threads that unites YWCAs across the country. Beginning in the mid-1800s, the YWCA was one of the first institutions to defy accepted societal opinions on race. Eliminating racism is one of the two central principles of the YWCA mission, along with the empowerment of women. And, at the core of the YWCA’s work is the recognition that not all women, or all people, are treated equally. For this reason, the YWCA of Olympia seeks to honor a South Sound woman who works towards racial justice in the South Sound.Nominations are due to the YWCA of Olympia by 5:00pm on Friday, July 25th.  This year nominations will be accepted via online application. Additional forms of the Nomination Application (Word, PDF) can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 352-0593 or sending an email to [email protected] will be formally announced to the community in August.  The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at Once again Titus-Will has stepped up as the WOA Presenting Sponsor with WSECU and Lucky Eagle for serving as our Sustaining Sponsors.For more information about the Women of Achievement Celebration Gala, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Special Events & Communications Director at 352-0593 or [email protected]last_img read more

Kyrillos Introduces Measure Calling for Sandy Hook to Reopen by Summer

first_imgConcerned about the potential impact on the Bayshore region’s economy of a prolonged closure of the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Senator Joe Kyrillos, R-Monmouth, has introduced a resolution calling on the federal government to make reopening Sandy Hook a priority.“Sandy Hook sustained enormous damage during Hurricane Sandy along with the homes and businesses of Bayshore residents,” Kyrillos said. “But there is more devastation in store if this economic engine for our region is not restored and reopened in time for the 2013 tourism season.“The Sandy Hook Recrea­tion Area is the source of millions of dollars of economic activity every year and an affordable summer getaway for tourists from near and far who will lose out on a treasured summer tradition if it is not reopened. We cannot afford to lose the economic activity generated by Sandy Hook as we seek to rebuild our shoreline,”

he said.Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area is federally owned property that is maintained and operated by the National Park Service.In the resolution, Kyrillos said: “The enormity of the damage to the area is such that without concerted effort and prioritization of restoration of this national recreation area over the next four to five months, the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area will not reopen for its economically crucial summer season, and potentially tens to hundreds of millions of dollars will be lost to the local and state economies.“At this time when the State was just beginning to crawl out of the depressed economy of the past decade, the continued closure of the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area through the summer of 2013 would newly cripple and devastate the economy of Monmouth County and the surrounding parts of the State and New York State.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES (1ST DIVISION) IN POST POSITON ORDER WITH JOCKEYS 7 WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST Justin Squared: Lightly raced and quick from the gate in a race that would appear to have an abundance of early lick, this Bob Baffert trainee comes off a pair of disappointing finishes in graded stakes, as he was 11th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens on June 11 at Belmont Park and most recently, sixth in the Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby at Del Mar July 31. A scintillating winner of his first three starts, this 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Zensational will hope to get back in the win column in his turf debut. Owned by Zayat Stables, LLC, he’s been ridden in all five of his starts by Martin Pedroza. LADY SHIPMAN: Bred by Randall E. Lowe and owned by Ranlo Investments, LLC, she’s enjoyed another outstanding year, winning five out of seven turf sprints, including her last two. An absolute gem of consistency, Lady Shipman is 19-13-2-2 overall, with nine of her wins coming at as many different tracks. Quick from the gate in all but one of her starts, she has amassed earnings of $896,042. Based most recently at Belmont Park, the Eddie D. will be her first start west of the Mississippi River. Irad Ortiz, Jr., who has won with three out five engagements with her, will fly in from New York to ride. Lady Shipman–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122Iron Rob–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–118Richard’s Boy–Victor Espinoza–121Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–118War Envoy–Martin Garcia–121Clever Royal–Rafael Bejarano–121Justin Squared–Martin Pedroza–118Hunt–Flavien Prat–121Why Two–Kent Desormeaux–121Ambitious Brew–Mike Smith–121La Berma–Santiago Gonzalez–118Also EligiblesForever Juanito–Agapito Delgadillo–121Horse Laugh–Gary Stevens–121 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2016)–Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s talented Lady Shipman will take on a 10 rivals (nine of whom are males) in Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet opening day feature at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course. Oversubscribed, with a total of 26 three year olds and up entered, the Eddie D. will be run in two divisions, with Lady Shipman competing in the first, which has been carded as race six. (Each division will go with 11 runners and two horses on the Also Eligible list).Second, beaten a neck versus males in last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Midshipman will hope to use the Eddie D. as a springboard to this year’s Turf Sprint, which will be run over the course on Nov. 5.center_img First post time on opening day, Friday, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit AUTUMN MEET OPENING DAY CARD OFFERS NINE RACES, FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.; ALL ON-TRACK ATTENDEES TO RECEIVE FREE CALIFORNIA CHROME POSTER –30–last_img read more

Donegal people to walk for peace in memory of Lyra McKee

first_imgThe peaceful cross-border walk will take place from Ballybofey to Derry next week in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee.A month has passed since the death of the 29 year old woman, who was fatally shot by the New IRA during a riot in the Creggan area of Derry.Ms McKee will be remembered with a Month’s Mind Mass this Friday and a Love for Lyra event in the Derry Peace Garden. Next week, Donegal woman Breezy Willow Kelly plans to gather a community together to support the peace movement which originated from Lyra’s death.Breezy has organised a walk to take place across East Donegal from 25th May to 27th May 2019 to coincide with a similar walk from Belfast to Derry.Breezy Willow – Image via Bake Bread for Peace FacebookBreezy is best known for her Bake Bread for Peace campaign. Next week, she is hoping that as many people as possible will join the peaceful walk across the border.She said: “Lyra McKee’s murder on April 18th brought home to us all how delicate the Peace Process in Northern Ireland actually is, her death called people to action. “The people of Northern Ireland are walking from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry for peace and an end to killings and to support and show solidarity with our neighbours. I am walking from Donegal to Derry/Londonderry over the same dates to meet the Belfast walkers when they arrive at Craigavon Bridge.”People are invited to join the walk, or some small part of it, to show their support for peace in Northern Ireland.“On the morning of Monday the 27th, (time still to be confirmed) at Bridgend, if as many of you as possible can join me to walk the last few miles over the border into Derry/Londonderry where we will meet with the Belfast Walkers,” Breezy said.Breezy added that she hopes to carry out her baking project along the way, using bread-making as a sign of peaceful intentions.Click here to keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates on Lyra’s Walk in Donegal  Donegal people to walk for peace in memory of Lyra McKee was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:lyra’s walklast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 2 West Brom 0

first_imgDiego Costa scored his 11th goal of the season and Eden Hazard was also on target as Chelsea cruised towards victory against 10-man West Brom.Costa’s neatly taken volleyed opener rewarded early Blues dominance in front of a noisy home crowd and Hazard’s deflected strike made it 2-0 from a quickly taken short corner.And the away side’s slim chances of a comeback looked to be over when Claudio Yacob was sent off for jumping into a challenge on Costa.But by that stage, the unbeaten Premier League leaders were already in total control – they were 2-0 up and it could have been five.John Terry almost opened the scoring from a well-worked short corner, but his close-range shot was turned just past the post by goalkeeper Ben Foster.Costa soon set Chelsea on course for a sixth home league win from six, controlling Oscar’s left-wing cross and instantly firing in.Oscar nearly made it 2-0 with a swerving effort after great work by the excellent Hazard and Costa missed a glorious chance, slicing wide from a Branislav Ivanovic cross.Hazard did double the lead when quick thinking from Cesc Fabregas, who started despite hamstring concerns, teed up the Belgian from a short corner.Hazard and Costa threatened a third home goal but the Baggies managed to hang on at 2-0 at the break.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

News in brief: Ivanovic nominated for award, Bees youngsters beat Ipswich

first_imgIvanovic has been in superb formBranislav IvanovicThe Chelsea defender has been nominated for the PFA fans’ player of the month award for February. The 31-year-old scored twice in three Premier League games during the month and was also on target in the Champions League draw with Paris St-Germain. The other nominees are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane of Tottenham, West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Manchester City midfielder James Milner.Brentford Under-21sJermaine Udumaga scored as the Bees’ development squad beat Ipswich Town 1-0 on Tuesday. The 19-year-old netted from close range to earn his side their fourth victory in five games.Richard Lee played in goal for Brentford, who also fielded first-team boss Mark Warburton’s son Jack in midfield alongside the former QPR youngster Josh Laurent.ChelseaThe first leg of the Blues’ FA Youth Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur will be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday 5 March. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm and will be screened live on ITV4. Details of the second leg at Stamford Bridge are yet to be confirmed.Harrow BoroughMarc Charles-Smith scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half as Steve Baker’s men beat Staines 1-0 to book their place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final. They will meet Hanwell Town in the end-of-season showpiece, at Hampton and Richmond’s Beveree ground, on 9 May.HendonGary McCann’s side have been drawn against promotion rivals Margate in the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup. The other tie sees Grays Athletic face Billericay Town.Rajiv OusephThe Hounslow badminton star was absent from the German Open as the tournament began on Tuesday. Ouseph was the 11th seed and was due to face defending champion Arvind Bhat of India in the first round but the Londoner pulled out of the event.Sir Bradley WigginsThe Kilburn-raised Olympic hero will begin his classics campaign on Saturday after being named in Team Sky’s squad for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium. It is part of Wiggins’ build-up to Paris-Roubaix on 12 April, his last race for Team Sky before he switches his focus back to track cycling.Gareth BergThe all-rounder, released by Middlesex at the end of last season, has signed for Hampshire. The 34-year-old spent seven years at Lord’s but played only one game for Middlesex in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Australia coach upbeat ahead of 3rd Ashes Test

first_imgAustralia coach Tim Nielsen says his players should relax, enjoy themselves and put on a good show in their must-win Ashes cricket Test against England starting in Perth on Thursday.In an upbeat message in his blog on the Cricket Australia website, Nielsen said the Australian players shouldn’t run away from criticism of their current form but respond in a positive manner.Nielsen showed no signs of apprehension ahead of the Perth Test, which Australia must win to keep the Ashes series alive. England leads the five-match series 1-0 and will retain the Ashes if it wins in Perth, taking a 2-0 series lead with two matches remaining.”Our challenge as a team now, to survive and thrive, and the third Test cannot come quick enough for me,” Nielsen said.”When we ‘must’ win the next game we play, the result can so easily become all-consuming,” he said. “Each and every one of us must relax and live in the moment, enjoying every contest between bat and ball…all day, every day.Australia’s players have been heavily criticized for the form slump which has seen them lose five Tests since their last win, culminating in their innings and 71 run loss to England in the second Test at Adelaide.”We are 1-0 down in the series and it seems like the world will cave in,” Nielsen said.But the Australia coach admitted much of the media criticism of the team was understandable and said his players would respond positively.”As difficult as it is to cop, there is good reason for the written articles and criticism of our team,” Nielsen said. “Getting beaten by an innings in Adelaide opens all of us to questions, and the questions need to be answered by our group as soon as the Perth Test commences.advertisement”… Let’s enjoy this opportunity and put on a show we, and the Australian public, will enjoy.”Nielsen said England was in outstanding form, but the Ashes series could still be saved.”England are playing good cricket at the moment, and they are rightly confident and in a good place as a team and individuals,” he said.”However, the series is far from over, and I am looking forward to our group putting themselves on the line from the very first ball at Perth.”We can turn the momentum around, and I am very confident that the boys will respond in a positive manner.”last_img read more

Matthaus fears for Boatengs Germany future

first_imgJerome Boateng may not have it easy to get back into the Germany team under Joachim Low, reckons Lothar MatthausThe Bayern Munich defender was left out of Germany’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures with Russia on Thursday and Netherlands four days later.Amid struggles for form and fitness this season, Boateng explained that the need for a break was behind his omission from the German squad.But Matthaus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup title, suggests that Boateng’s days with the national side could be over.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It could well be that this is a very long break for Jerome Boateng in the German national team, as long as Low is in charge there,” Matthaus told Sky.“I think that’s because of several factors. First, of course, the sporting achievements of the last few months.“I can well imagine that the national coach did not like that, that Jerome left injured after the 3-0 defeat in Holland last month, and then completed a full training session at FC Bayern on the day of the France match a few days later.”Boateng has made 11 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season.last_img read more