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Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Coal Township Firefighter Scott W. Dannheimer

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Coal Township Firefighter Scott W. Dannheimer December 21, 2018 Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and all Commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Northumberland County to fly at half-staff in honor of Scott W. Dannheimer, 53, of Shamokin. Dannheimer, a captain with the East End Fire Company in Coal Township, died while responding to a house fire in Coal Township on Thursday.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered until the day of interment, which has not yet been announced. The United States and Commonwealth flags have previously been ordered lowered to half-staff until January 1, 2019, to honor President George H.W. Bush.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Guidelines for medicinal cannabis applications under review

first_imgStuff co.nz 12 March 2016Family First Comment:  A very good summary of the current status in New Zealand – and following the careful and considered process that we have called for.… The issue has become such a hot potato, not helped by misreporting, with the inevitable emotion that takes over when navigating drug access and political agendas. The problem with the Crowe and Holmes stories is that they highlighted a growing debate but also, through no fault of their own, held up as reasons why medicinal cannabis should be a free-for-all. That is a difficult pill to swallow given it implies their opinion is more worthy or holds more weight than anyone else’s and, frankly, people should be offended by that notion. This idea is being led by campaigners set on medicinal cannabis being available at the pharmacy overnight and, sadly, two respected men who lost their battles with cancer have been caught up in it.The reality is simple. The Government is not sitting on its hands doing nothing. In fact Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne is one of many driving change. Just last month he called for a review of the guidelines for considering medicinal cannabis applications.As it stands the only approved medicinal cannabis in New Zealand is the mouth spray, Sativex. It is not funded by Pharmac and costs over $1000 a month. Any other product must be approved by Dunne. As of the end of January the ministry had received 120 applications for medicinal cannabis, of which 105 have been approved. Another five are still in progress and 10 have not been granted for various reasons. So there it is – people are applying for access to medicinal cannabis and in most cases being granted it.Dunne is on the record saying he is keeping a close watch on research and random-control trials of cannabinoid products in Israel and the United States. Once manufacturers make a product and it passes MedSafe checks it will be available in New Zealand. The point in doing it this way is that it makes no sense to reinvent the wheel in New Zealand. We’re not big enough to have the medical professionals and patients available to do the trials so it makes sense to piggy-back where possible, including in Australia. In short, if the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves something in America, which is only a matter of time, there’s no reason it wouldn’t be of a good enough standard for New Zealand. Then it would be a case of Pharmac negotiating a price and potentially subsidising it….READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/77758647/guidelines-for-medicinal-cannabis-applications-are-under-review-as-access-looks-set-to-broaden.htmllast_img read more

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Eden Hazard at a loss to explain his and Chelsea’s slump in form

first_img “I just want to be on the pitch. And if I play number 10 or on the flanks it’s not a problem.” The discussion is something which shows their relationship is good, contrary to rumours suggesting Hazard was angling for a move to Real Madrid, a subject which was off the agenda. “I heard a lot of things about this, but no, everything is good with him,” Hazard added. “I don’t have a problem with him. He is the best manager. He is the best manager for Chelsea and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together. “Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and on.” Chelsea hope to build on the win, firstly at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday, while games with Tottenham, Bournemouth, Porto, Leicester, Sunderland, Watford and Manchester United lie in wait before the end of 2015. Hazard said: “We want to keep going like this and we want to finish in the end in the top four.” Chelsea have endured a miserable start to the season domestically, but can qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with victory in Israel, if Porto beat Dynamo Kiev. While Chelsea are looking up, Norwich’s focus is on Premier League survival, with boss Alex Neil aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty when Robbie Brady was bundled over by Willian in the first half. Neil was continually hounding fourth official Roger East after referee Craig Pawson made the call, with Mourinho keeping his counsel after long complaining Chelsea are wronged against by officials. “I’m there fighting for my team,” the Scot said. “Referees have got a difficult job but the bottom line is if you don’t remonstrate, and you don’t ask for decisions and you don’t appeal for them, ultimately you won’t get them. It’s as simple as that. “It would be interesting if Jose managed one of the bottom teams what his thoughts would be because it’s very different, I can assure you. “When you’re not at at home and everybody, apart from those in a wee corner, are shouting at the referee and putting him under pressure, it’s very different. “And not only that, he has got a high-profile manager standing at the side like Jose shouting in the fourth official’s ear about decisions as well. “Referees are only human so it is going to have some effect somewhere along the way. “Whether it makes a difference in the decision or not remains to be seen.” Eden Hazard was at a loss to explain his and Chelsea’s dramatic slump in form as the playmaker showed glimpses of his best in Saturday’s victory over Norwich. The holders claimed just a fourth win from 13 games of the Barclays Premier League campaign as Diego Costa’s goal secured a 1-0 success at Stamford Bridge for the Blues to climb above their opponents to 15th in the table. Jose Mourinho’s position as manager had been under scrutiny after three straight league losses for the first time in Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership. The Portuguese was subject of a first vote of confidence in that period last month. Hazard’s form has been in stark contrast to the displays which helped Chelsea to a Premier League and Capital One Cup double last term, plus a host of individual honours. “I didn’t start the season well. I tried to find out why, but I don’t know,” the Belgium forward said. “Sometimes you don’t know. You have to keep going. I gave everything in training, on the pitch when I played. “I hope I can get a lot of form and try to help the team win games.” Hazard was deployed as the central playmaker, rather than his more usual left-wing role, and thrived against the Canaries. He had spoken to Mourinho about playing in the number 10 position prior to the end of Chelsea’s League Cup defence at Stoke, when Hazard missed the decisive penalty in a shootout. “I said to him: ‘Maybe we have to try to change something. If I can play number 10?’ And we try,” Hazard added. “I played a very good game in the (League) Cup in Stoke. And, (against Norwich), it was the same. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Stokes named in Ashes squad despite minor hand injury

first_img… Three new caps also includedBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – England all-rounder Ben Stokes was named yesterday in a 16-man squad for the Ashes tour to Australia despite being arrested earlier in the week for an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub.Stokes, England’s highest-profile cricketer and key match-winner, was held on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in the early hours of Monday and released under investigation.An X-ray showed a minor fracture of a finger on the player’s right hand but he is expected to be fit for the opening game of the tour against a Western Australia XI in Perth on November 4. Stokes also retains the vice-captaincy.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement announcing the squad did not mention the incident, which has been the talk of the last 24 hours.Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was included for the first time, along with fast bowler Craig Overton and specialist spinner Mason Crane, while James Vince ends an absence dating back to August last year.Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, who had lost his Test place through a finger injury in July, was also included in a squad with three uncapped players.The Ashes defence starts with the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, November 23-27.“We have provided (captain) Joe Root and (coach) Trevor Bayliss with a well-balanced squad with options in all areas,” said national selector James Whitaker in a statement.“Foakes deserves his selection for the first time at this level. His glovework has been exemplary and he is regarded as a wicketkeeper of the highest quality.”Whitaker said Overton, who steps in for the injured Mark Wood, had also impressed for Somerset. “He has taken 43 Championship wickets this summer and will relish playing in Australian conditions,” he added.STOKES A TARGETVince’s recall comes as England seek to fill the problem number three slot. He did not feature this season after notching 212 runs at an average of 19 in his seven Tests last year.”The selectors are backing James Vince to make an impact on his recall to the Test squad,“ said Whitaker. ”He is a quality stroke-player and we believe his game will suit the Australian pitches.“His understanding of the England set-up will help him settle into the environment quickly and hit the ground running when we arrive in Perth next month.”England’s middle order is settled, with Stokes, keeper Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Moeen Ali regularly taking turns to bat England out of trouble against South Africa and West Indies.Former England captain Mike Atherton warned, however, that Stokes would be targeted in Australia — with lingering doubts about him even making it that far.“With the investigation under way, who knows whether there may be legal ramifications that will imperil his participation in Australia,” he wrote in the Times newspaper.“Australians, on and off the field, will need no encouragement to get under his skin. Unwittingly, Stokes has brought a little more scrutiny and pressure to bear on a tour that will not be short of either.”The hosts whitewashed England 5-0 in the last Ashes in Australia in 2013/14.Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who recently took his 500th Test wicket, will again spearhead the attack although neither is naturally suited to the extra pace and bounce of Australian pitches.The ECB said former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond had been appointed as a consultant and will be part of the England management team up to the end of second Test in Australia.Squad:Joe Root (captain, Yorkshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), James Vince (Hampshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper, Yorkshire), Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper, Surrey), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Craig Overton (Somerset).last_img read more

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Defending female champions go down in first leg of RFA Champions League quarterfinals

first_imgDEFENDING female champions of the Rupununi Football Association (RFA), the Gladiators Football Club, went down to rivals – the Paiwomak Warriors FC – in their opening leg of the quarterfinals on Sunday at the Saints Sports Club ground in St Ignatius Village.Samantha Roberts led the winners’ attack with a brace. She opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Vandette Henry equalised in the 70th minute.Five minutes from the end of regulation, Roberts fired in the game-winner.Gladiators FC and Paiwomak Warriors were the female finalists last year.In the other first-leg quarter-final clash (males) at the Massara Village in North Rupununi, Guyana Rush Saints and Strikers FC battled their way to a 2-2 draw.Franklin Parks scored a double for the Saints.In a recap of the female division quarterfinal first-leg games: Guyana Rush Saints whipped Sun Parakeets 5-0, while the Strikers FC got the better of Titans United FC 3-0. Also claiming a victory were Flash FC, who whipped the Kanuku Harpies 5-1, last Saturday.In the male division, Paiwomak Warriors FC needled Sun Parakeets 2-1 and defending champions Tabatinga FC stormed to a 6-1 win over the Titans United FC, while the Kanuku Harpies got the better of Jaguars FC 4-2.Teams are now preparing for the return leg of the quarterfinals, with matches scheduled over the next two weekends (May 18 and 19, May 25 and 26).The team with the highest goal aggregate will advance to the semifinals.last_img read more

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Football: Badgers headed to 2020 Rose Bowl vs. Oregon

first_imgIt’s official — the Badgers are headed to the 2020 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. This will be Wisconsin’s 10th total appearance in the Rose Bowl since its inception in 1902 and its first since 2013 when it fell to Stanford by a score of 20–14. Football: Badgers fall flat in second half, lose to The Ohio State University in Big Ten ChampionshipThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (10-3, 7-3 Big Ten) lost 34–21 against No. 1 The Ohio State Read…It was a wild roller coaster of a regular season that led the Badgers to this point. They were upset by an over 20 point underdog in Illinois, they thumped Michigan and Minnesota and they suffered a defeating blowout loss to the Buckeyes. Yet down the stretch, the Badgers did what needed to be done in order to secure their spot in what is arguably the best non-CFP bowl game that college football has to offer. Even after making the Big Ten championship after securing wins against Iowa and Minnesota, the Badgers still had to hope the committee did not put Penn State ahead of them in the rankings. This would most likely ensure Penn State would be preparing to face off against Oregon in Pasadena instead of the Badgers. If the Badgers were to have been blown out against the Buckeyes, this was a significant possibility as the Badgers would end the season with three losses while Penn State would have only two — neither of which were to an unranked Illinois team. But the Badgers held tough even as they gave up their 21–7 halftime lead over the Buckeyes in their 34–21 loss. Football: Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl projections in ruthless Big Ten landscapeThe Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the feat of capturing the Big Ten West title despite the fact that both Iowa Read…Penn State will certainly argue their contest with The Ohio State University was a closer affair as the two teams were separated by just 11 points. Compared with the Badgers’ losses to Ohio State University by 31 and 13 points, there is an argument to be made that Penn State deserved to represent the Big Ten against the PAC 12.  Performances against Michigan and Minnesota tell the real story, though. Both Wisconsin and Penn State hosted the Wolverines earlier in their regular seasons. Wisconsin dominated Michigan 35–14 while Penn State barely snuck past by one touchdown. Penn State was even saved late in the game as a Wolverine WR dropped a potentially game-tying pass right in the middle of the end zone. Again, both Wisconsin and Penn State traveled to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers. The Badgers walked away with a commanding win over their arch-nemesis while the Nittany Lions ran back to Happy Valley with their tails tucked between their legs. They might have won the score differential vs. Ohio State, but, ultimately, who cares? Wisconsin beat the team that Penn State couldn’t and only added a third loss to their record because they had to play what is arguably the best team in the nation. Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ dominant win over Minnesota in border battleThe No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) reclaimed the Axe and booked their ticket to the Big Ten Read…The Badgers earned their right to play in the Big Ten Championship game against OSU. No team should be punished for making it to their respective conference championship game, especially when that game is against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. If the committee had decided to relegate the Badgers to the Cotton Bowl or Citrus Bowl, that’s exactly what they would have done. Wisconsin put up a hard fight against OSU. They earned their trip to the Rose Bowl and earned the chance to break their current three game losing streak in Pasadena. In fact, the last time the Badgers won the Rose Bowl was January 1, 2000. If they manage to defeat Oregon in this coming edition of the Rose Bowl, it will have been exactly a 20 year drought since they last held that title.last_img read more

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Coach Marc Collat signs two-year deal with Haiti

first_imgFootball coach Marc Collat has been confirmed for a second stint as the coach of the Haitian national team after signing a two-year contract recently.Collat, the former French U-18 team coach, was previously in charge of the team from 2014-2015 but parted ways after what is believed to be a wage dispute with the Haitian Football Federation (HFF).  With a vacancy in the national program last year, however, the coach returned and took charge of the Haitian unit which put in impressive performances against Japan and the United Arab Emirates.  With the coach’s intimate knowledge of the squad, however, the HFF opted to renew his contract with extended responsibilities.“The mission of the new coach will be even wider than in his first lease with the Haitian Football Federation,” President of the HFF Yves Jean-Bart explained.“He will be coach, but considering his past at the training club of Paris Saint-Germain, we chose to involve him even more in training especially in the category of players under 15 years. We are discussing with two renowned physical trainers who want to live in Haiti to complete the group to ensure better training for our young footballers.”The coach is also expected to take charge of the national U-20 women’s football ahead of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.last_img read more

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Gov’t to meet Heptathlete Margaret Simpson over nationality switch threat

first_imgGovernment has described as a worrying trend, the frequency with which some Ghanaian sports personalities refuse to represent the country at international levels, with some switching nationality.According to him, the development does not speak well of the country.Ignatius Ghansah, one of Ghana’s prominent athletes recently announced his nationality switch from Ghana to run for the Netherlands, in the ongoing IAAF championship in Moscow, Russia.He was followed by Heptathlete Margaret Simpson, who announced her decision not to run for Ghana, alluding the lack of welfare by the national federation towards athletes as one of the main reasons behind her decision to quit.Margaret is reported to be considering competing for Mauritius where she is based since 2003.But speaking on Adom TV’s Badwam Thursday, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Joseph Yamin says steps efforts are being made to nip the development in the bud. Mr. Yamin said announced, he will hold discussions with Margaret Simpson today, to attempt to address the issues she is faced with, to convince her to rescind the decision to switch nationality.The Deputy Sports Minister further disclosed that, his Ministry has mapped out plans to put up more sporting facilities across the country, to help develop and train sporting personalities for the country.These include the building 20 tennis courts in selected District Assemblies, a multipurpose gym at Bukom in Accra to assist boxing in addition to ongoing construction of the $30 million stadium in Cape Coast, the Central Regional capital.last_img read more

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Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky, Rams’ Jared Goff became ‘good friends’ while living together in offseason

first_img Mitchell Trubisky injury update: Bears QB (shoulder) expects to play vs. Rams “It was fun,” Trubisky said, via 247Sports. “It was a good time. We were just out there relaxing in the offseason. Training a little bit. Got to know him. We are pretty tight, good friends. He’s an awesome dude. We pushed each other in the offseason.”Chicago sports an 8-4 record while Los Angeles is 11-1. Both quarterbacks are playing some their best football to date, so their work in the offseason appears to be paying off. Related News Both teams have elite pass-rushers at their disposal, but the Rams have a clear offensive advantage. Trubisky has been dealing with a shoulder injury but said he expects to play against Los Angeles on Sunday.center_img The Bears and Rams will face off this weekend, and their starting quarterbacks built a bond over the offseason.Jared Goff and Mitchell Trubisky actually lived together over the summer while they trained with the same quarterback coach. Now they each lead a team at the top of their respective divisions.last_img read more

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Dal Varesanovic signed for Liverpool

first_imgU16 representative of the football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Dal Varesanovic signed a new contract with Liverpool.Varesanovic has put his signature on the new three-year contract with Liverpool in the presence of the legend Steven Gerrard and has once again proved that his career is going in the right direction.Gerrard is a team coach for players up to 18 years of age.“I’m glad that I signed up a new contract and that I am going to learn from the best midfielder in the world. In July, I’m waiting for preparations with Liverpool,” said Varesanovic.To recall, Dal Varesanovic is a son of former footballer and coach of Football Club Sarajevo and representative of BiH Mirza Varesanovic.Dal’s brother Mak plays for the young Udinesea team.(Source: klix/ photo 24sata)last_img read more

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