Governor Wolf: President Trump Should Stand Up for Pennsylvania Energy Workers

first_img October 10, 2018 Governor Wolf: President Trump Should Stand Up for Pennsylvania Energy Workers Economy,  Energy,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today again urged President Trump to protect Pennsylvania refinery workers by reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the wake of the president directing the Environmental Protection Agency to benefit ethanol producers in other states. The Trump Administration has repeatedly ignored calls to support two major refiners in Pennsylvania that are struggling to remain profitable due to the burden of the RFS on their operations, even as it has taken numerous actions to benefit ethanol producers.“President Trump needs to do the right thing for Pennsylvania’s refinery workers and stop only catering to major ethanol producing states,” Governor Wolf said. “Since last year, I have been asking the Trump administration to come to the aid of Pennsylvania refineries that are burdened by unfair rules which make it impossible for them to compete. The Trump Administration’s failure to act puts thousands of good jobs and middle-class families in Pennsylvania at risk.”The governor also announced that he will be filing an update to his prior petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, again requesting that the EPA administrator exercise waiver authority due to the economic harm the RFS standard is imposing on the region. The governor will be updating the petition with a recent study noting that the number of East Coast refineries has dropped from 16 to 8 over the last two decades, and production has fallen by over half over the same period. The report concludes that if the Trump Administration does not take action, the RFS requirements are likely to substantially exacerbate the financial difficulties of these refiners, potentially pushing profitable refiners into unprofitability.In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Energy Solutions employs approximately 1,500 workers and Monroe Energy employs nearly 500 workers. According to a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry study, these direct jobs support over 35,000 indirect jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf has directly contacted the Trump Administration multiple times regarding this issue. In October 2017, Governor Wolf sent a letter on this topic to President Trump. In November 2017, he personally appealed to then EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. No action has been taken to date.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NZ doesn’t want ‘marijuana industry’ – English

first_imgThe vast majority of viewers tuning into The AM Show on Monday support medicinal cannabis.A (non-scientific) poll on the Newshub website found 94 percent of respondents backing its legalisation.It comes after oncologists claimed at the weekend half their patients are using cannabis to ease their suffering.Half of cancer patients using cannabis, say doctorsBut don’t expect the Government to ease up the rules anytime soon.Speaking to The AM Show on Monday, Prime Minister Bill English said there’s already a “compassionate” and legal route for patients to get cannabis products – if they need them.“The minister’s just changed the rules so that’s a little bit easier, with the Ministry of Health now approving it instead of each one going to the minister.“As far as we can see, that’s going to work pretty well and we don’t want to take it any further.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/04/nz-doesn-t-want-marijuana-industry-english.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. NewsHub 3 April 2017Family First Comment: There’s already a “compassionate” and legal route for patients to get cannabis products – if they need them. “The minister’s just changed the rules so that’s a little bit easier, with the Ministry of Health now approving it instead of each one going to the minister. As far as we can see, that’s going to work pretty well and we don’t want to take it any further.”“We don’t want an official marijuana industry. We’re not going to be legalising it.”Well said.#saynopetodope last_img read more

My work as a prostitute led me to oppose decriminalisation

first_imgBBC News 2 October 2017Family First Comment: A fascinating read – warning the world of NZ’s flawed experiment….“For most of her life in prostitution in New Zealand, Sabrinna Valisce campaigned for decriminalisation of the sex trade. But when it actually happened she changed her mind and now argues that men who use prostitutes should be prosecuted.In 1989, after two years working on the streets, Valisce visited the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) in Christchurch. “I was looking for some support, perhaps to exit prostitution, but all I was offered was condoms,” she says. “They started talking about how stigma against ‘sex workers’ was the worst thing about it, and that prostitution is just a job like any other,” Valisce remembers. “It somehow made what she was doing seem more palatable.” Valisce says that in New Zealand it was a disaster, and only benefited the pimps and punters.”In 1989, after two years working on the streets, Valisce visited the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) in Christchurch.“I was looking for some support, perhaps to exit prostitution, but all I was offered was condoms,” she says.She was also invited to the collective’s regular wine and cheese social on Friday nights.“They started talking about how stigma against ‘sex workers’ was the worst thing about it, and that prostitution is just a job like any other,” Valisce remembers.It somehow made what she was doing seem more palatable.She became the collective’s massage parlour co-ordinator and an enthusiastic supporter of its campaign for the full decriminalisation of all aspects of the sex trade, including pimps.“It felt like there was a revolution coming. I was so excited about how decriminalisation would make things better for the women,” she says.Decriminalisation arrived in 2003, and Valisce attended the celebration party held by the prostitutes’ collective.But she soon became disillusioned.The Prostitution Reform Act allowed brothels to operate as legitimate businesses, a model often hailed as the safest option for women in the sex trade.In the UK, the Home Affairs Select Committee has been considering a number of different approaches towards the sex trade, including full decriminalisation. But Valisce says that in New Zealand it was a disaster, and only benefited the pimps and punters.“I thought it would give more power and rights to the women,” she says. “But I soon realised the opposite was true.”One problem was that it allowed brothel owners to offer punters an “all-inclusive” deal, whereby they would pay a set amount to do anything they wanted with a woman.“One thing we were promised would not happen was the ‘all-inclusive’,” says Valisce. “Because that would mean the women wouldn’t be able to set the price or determine which sexual services they offered or refused – which was the mainstay of decriminalisation and its supposed benefits.”Aged 40, Valisce approached a brothel in Wellington for a job, and was shocked by what she saw.“During my first shift, I saw a girl come back from an escort job who was having a panic attack, shaking and crying, and unable to speak. The receptionist was yelling at her, telling her to get back to work. I grabbed my belongings and left,” she says.Shortly afterwards, she told the prostitutes’ collective in Wellington what she had witnessed. “What are we doing about this?” she asked. “Are we working on any services to help get out?”She was “absolutely ignored”, she says, and finally left the prostitutes’ collective.Until then, the organisation had been her only source of support, a place to go where no-one judged her for working in the sex trade.It was while volunteering there, though, that she had begun her journey towards becoming an “abolitionist”.“One of my jobs at NZPC was to find all of the media clippings. There was one thing I read: it was somebody talking about being in tears and not knowing why, and it wasn’t until they were out [of the sex trade] that they understood what those feelings were.“I had been through that for years [thinking], ‘I don’t know what’s going on, why am I feeling like this?’ and realised when I read that: ‘Oh God, that’s me.’”For Valisce, there was no turning back.She left prostitution in early 2011 and moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, seeking a new direction in life, but was confused and depressed. When her neighbour tried to recruit her into webcam prostitution, she politely declined. “I felt like I had ‘whore’ stamped on my forehead. How did she know to ask me? I now know being female was the only reason”, says Valisce. Afterwards the neighbour hurled insults at Valisce whenever she saw her.Valisce began to meet women online, feminists who were against decriminalisation and described themselves as abolitionists – the abolitionist model, also currently being considered by the UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee, criminalises the pimps and punters while decriminalising the prostituted person.Valisce set up a group called Australian Radical Feminists and was soon invited to a conference. Held at the University of Melbourne last year, it was the first abolitionist event ever to be held in Australia, where many states have legalised the brothel trade.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41349301Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Libyan minister kidnapped by gunmen linked to fellow minister

first_imgGunmen have reportedly kidnapped a Libyan minister.Libyan parliament said on Tuesday that gunmen kidnapped Mohamad al-Gaddar, the planning minister in the country’s Tripoli-based government, and accused a group linked to its interior minister of being behind the abduction.The security and defence commission of the General National Congress (GNC) condemned the kidnap of the minister by “an armed group linked to the interior minister.”The GNC also accused the same group of attacking its government headquarters.Libya has experiences waves of chaos since October 2011 after the ouster and killing of long serving leader Muammar Gaddafi, with two governments battling for power and other armed groups seeking to control its vast energy resources.In August 2014, a militia alliance overran Tripoli, establishing a rival government and a parliament that forced the internationally recognized government to flee to the country’s remote east.last_img read more

Pair Accused Of Selling Wild Animals, Having Drugs

first_imgMOORES HILL – Two Moores Hill residents are in trouble with the law as authorities say they were trying to sell wild animals and also had drugs inside the home.Indiana Conservation Officers searched a residence on State Road 350 in Moores Hill Monday after receiving information that Jason Miller, 27, and Rachel Blankenship, 18, were keeping raccoons and skunks in the home and selling them to buyers.The search turned up raccoons, skunks, black bass and illicit drugs and paraphernalia, police said.Miller is charged with possession of skunk (class C misdemeanor), possession of raccoon (class C misdemeanor), possession of black bass (class C misdemeanor), illegal sale of wildlife (class C misdemeanor), possession of a controlled substance (level 6 felony), possession of a legend drug (level 6 felony), possession of paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), taking juvenile to location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession (class A misdemeanor).Blankenship is charged with possession of skunk (class C misdemeanor), possession of raccoon (class C misdemeanor), illegal sale of wildlife (class C misdemeanor), possession of paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), taking juvenile to location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession (class A misdemeanor).Both suspects were booked into the Dearborn County Jail and the Department of Child Services was contacted for further investigation.last_img read more

Europa League: Man U ease into knockout phase

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford netted fine goals as Manchester United beat Partizan Belgrade to seal their place in the Europa League knockout phase with two games to spare. Having seen a three-match winning run come to a disappointing halt at Bournemouth at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side rallied and secured a comprehensive Group L victory under the lights at Old Trafford. Classy goals by Greenwood, Martial and Rashford gave free-flowing United a deserved 3-0 victory on Thursday night, ensuring progress to the Europa League round of 32 with games against Astana and AZ Alkmaar still to play. Solskjaer can now experiment and rest key players in those fixtures – a boost with the energy-sapping 6,000-mile return trip to freezing Kazakhstan looming large later this month. The United boss named a strong team in a bid to get qualification wrapped up early and teenager Greenwood, one of four changes from the Cherries loss, showed excellent composure to make space and send Partizan’s goalkeeper the wrong way to open the scoring after 22 minutes. The 18-year-old’s pressure led to the home side’s second of the evening, although Martial deserves all the credit for the way he turned superbly, evaded three challenges and slotted home a magical goal. A thumping strike by Rashford early in the second half wrapped up victory against Savo Milosevic’s side, with the only negative for United being the sight of Scott McTominay limping off. Thursday’s match provided entertainment too often lacking at Old Trafford this season, with both sides seeing goals ruled out for offside during the opening four minutes. That deflected effort off Umar Sadiq was as close as Partizan would get, with Rashford fizzing wide, forcing Vladimir Stojkovic into a close-range stop and volleying over inside the opening 15 minutes. Murmurs of frustration followed the latter opportunity, but Rashford’s directness soon helped unlock the Partizan defence. The 22-year-old’s pass found Greenwood in the box, with the teenager making space to hit a left-footed strike that bamboozled Stojkovic. It was a lovely finish and United stepped up a gear after Seydouba Soumah, impressive in the return fixture, curled wide. Greenwood’s pressure led to a clearance ricocheting off him into the path of Martial, who showed exceptional skill to collect the ball and turn Strahinja Pavlovic in the same motion. The Frenchman did not stop there, with his fine footwork and calmness seeing him avoid three challenges and beat the goalkeeper. Martial tried to add to that before half-time, as did Rashford and Ashley Young. United were in control and the second period was just four minutes old when Young laid a pass into the path of Rashford to leather into the top left-hand corner in front of the Stretford End to make it 2-0. Young and Fred went close with free-kicks as Solskjaer’s Reds looked to press home their advantage, but the game was over and they eventually dropped their intensity a gear or two. James Garner, who started in Belgrade, came on for his first senior appearance at Old Trafford, before McTominay went off with what appeared to be a foot issue.Tags: Europa LeagueManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordPartizan Belgradelast_img read more

Benfica handed tough trip to PAOK in UEFA Champions League qualifiers

first_imgRelatedPosts Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Chuba Akpom confirms Nigeria switch Twice former European champions Benfica were handed a tough match away to Greek side PAOK in the draw on Monday for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.Red Star Belgrade, the other former champions among the 16 clubs in the hat, travel to Cyprus to play Omonia Nicosia who surprisingly knocked out Legia Warsaw in the previous round. Dynamo Kiev will host Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Ferencvaros entertain Dinamo Zagreb.As with the previous two qualifying rounds, the ties will be held over a single leg due to the difficulties of travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.They will be played on September 15 and 16, and must also take place without spectators.Two teams have forfeited ties and have been eliminated because of positive COVID-19 tests among their squad – Slovak champions Slovan Bratislava and Kosovo champions Drita.Reuters/NAN. Tags: BenficaPAOKUEFA Champions League qualifierslast_img read more

Cricket News Azhar Ali retires from ODIs, to play only Tests for Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Azhar Ali, the former Pakistan captain, has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals and will focus only on Tests in the near future. Speaking in a press conference at Lahore, Azhar said the decision to retire from ODIs was not sudden and that it was a personal decision. “It’s the right time to focus on Tests. I want to concentrate on Tests with the same fitness and energy that I have been,” Azhar said.The 33-year-old has scored 1845 runs at an average of 36.05. His last major ODI series in New Zealand at the start of the year. Azhar will be remembered for his magnificent consistency at the top of the order during the Champions Trophy in 2017. His 76 in the semi-final against England knocked the hosts out of the competition. His valuable 59 in the final against India was key in Pakistan winning the tournament and becoming only the fourth nation to win all three major ICC trophies. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni retirement rumours grow, is he really retiring? Disaster as captainAzhar took over the captaincy of the side following the end of the 2015 World Cup. However, Pakistan could win only four out of 10 bilateral series till 2017. The wins came against Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka and a one-off against Ireland. The string of poor results saw Pakistan slip to number ninth in the ICC rankings. Azhar’s captainship style was described as passive and unimaginative by former stalwarts and critics. The right-handed batsman was not selected in the ODI squad for a year and half when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided he was the best choice to lead the team.However, as a batsman, Azhar’s batting improved as skipper. He smashed three centuries and averaged over 37, much better than his career average of 36.Pakistan’s next ODI assignment will be against New Zealand in the UAE after the conclusion of the three-match Twenty20 International series. last_img read more

30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’

first_img“Believe it or not, I was where I really didn’t care about anything,” he recalled. “Something I always looked forward to becoming one day and then you get it and it turns into a nightmare really quick.”Douglas said he was almost relieved when Evander Holyfield knocked him out in the third round of their match-up a little over eight months later, taking the title.“It was a relief and then it was upsetting, too, because of how it all came to an end,” Douglas said.A short reign, with a long legacy. The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas’ story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled “42 to 1” after the odds against Douglas. Douglas has given his charity effort the same name and formed an ongoing strategic partnership aimed at delivering several programs focused on workforce development, diversity and soft skills training to at-risk youth. 30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’ Students say he’s kind, tough, generous and “very genuine.” It’s all enhanced by what he accomplished in 1990.“It really inspires me that he beat the best boxer in the world back then,” Matson said, “and I just think that’s awesome.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty years after his startling victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time. “Right now, everything is looking up,” Douglas said in a recent Associated Press interview, noting he struggles with diabetes. “Feeling good and the numbers are good. It’s a good thing.”The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he’ll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. February 7, 2020 Associated Press He said working with kids is one of his favorite things to do. Inside a training ring at Columbus’ Thompson Community Center, Douglas towers over most of his students, chanting, “Left, right, left, right, left, left” as they punch away at the pads on he wears on his hands in place of gloves.He said he gave up on his life and health for a period after the fight. In 1996, he woke up in a hospital on death’s door. Again, life presented him a mountain to overcome.“A light bulb came on. It was either get back into life or cash it on in,” he said. “I decided to get back into life.”He staged a six-fight comeback before retiring from boxing in 1999, then launched into his work with the city of Columbus. Tyson and fight promoter Don King challenged Douglas’ victory, claiming Douglas had gone down first in the fight but been given more time than allowed to get up. Douglas’ victory was ultimately upheld, but not before months of drama and expensive litigation. “Don came at me with a vengeance and I was subpoenaed everywhere I went to,” Douglas said. “It made it very uncomfortable and kind of took the ‘f’ out of fun.” A message was left at a phone number for King. Tyson didn’t respond to an interview request. He told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2015 that it was “Buster’s anniversary” to celebrate, not his. Tyson said the loss was a positive for him in the end, allowing him to learn how to “overcome adversity.” The two have barely crossed paths since the fight. The dispute over the fight’s outcome — combined with lingering grief over his mother’s death shortly before the fight — sent Douglas into a slump, he said. His stable of students throughout Columbus’ parks and recreation system look up to the man they call simply “coach” as a teacher, friend and hero.“I mean, I really look up to Mike Tyson, but I don’t look up to him as much as Coach,” said 11-year-old Colton Matson, who has worked with Douglas since he was 6. “Really, Mike Tyson was the second-most greatest boxer in the world still to this day. It’s crazy that Coach, like, just beat him,” he said. “It might have just been luck, but I can tell you that Coach worked hard for it even if it was luck.” Tyson was the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and a frightening opponent to boot, when he entered the ring against James “Buster” Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Only one Las Vegas bookie — whether brave or stupid — would set odds on the fight: 42 to 1.Douglas won, stunning the sports world. But what followed was anything but a celebration.last_img read more

The Latest: Bills say season ticket holders can skip 2020

first_imgThe CP Women’s Open was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The LPGA Tour and Golf Canada say it will return to Shaughnessy the last week in August next year.“I understand this was a tough decision for everyone involved, but given the restrictions faced, there was simply nothing else that could be done that would have enabled us to run the event in 2020,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says.___The rest of the rugby sevens world series has been canceled and New Zealand declared winners of the men’s and women’s titles.The Hong Kong, Singapore, Langford, London and Paris legs were postponed but World Rugby canceled them after discussion with all of the host unions. The decision comes less than a year after the college canceled much of its football season because its roster had dwindled to 28 players due to injuries. Grinnell had planned to resume football this year.___Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan.In a video conference with reporters, captain Jordan Staal said the players went through safety protocols that included wearing a mask and getting a temperature check when arriving at the arena, as well as “keeping your distance as best you can.”The team announced last week that roughly 16 players were expected to participate, divided into two groups, with workouts closed to the public and media. Because of the NBA’s decision to base seeding on winning percentage, New Orleans and Sacramento also are effectively one game behind Portland for the ninth spot. This season, finishing ninth — as well as within four games of eighth — offers a “play-in” opportunity to qualify for the postseason by beating the eighth seed two straight times.___Grinnell College in Iowa says it will cancel football and other fall sports because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Division III school announced it would cancel sports including football, soccer, golf, cross-country and volleyball. The college, located in the small city of Grinnell about 45 miles east of Des Moines, competes in the Midwest Conference.The college says in a statement: “We have approached every decision about the coming school year, including this one, using a public health framework that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Buffalo Bills have advised season ticket holders there is a chance games may be played without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, the team began emailing season ticket holders on Tuesday to give them the chance to opt out of their commitment for this season, with an option to return for the 2021 season. They would maintain their account seniority and seat location.The Bills said they are working with the NFL and state and local governments to establish policies and procedures to create and maintain the safest possible environment for spectators at New Era Field.The team said there also is a chance that seating capacity might be altered this season. The team will not be charging season tickets holders or taking any additional payments until plans are set.NFL teams are scheduled to report for training camp on July 28.___ New Zealand was awarded the titles for leading the standings when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the series after six of the 10 men’s rounds and four of the five women’s rounds.South Africa was second and Fiji third in the men’s series. Australia was second and Canada third in the women’s.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Bills say season ticket holders can skip 2020 Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws.The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.“The league has a system in place that was designed to catch these cases. That system worked and we’re just going to deal with it the best we can moving forward,” Griffin said. “The league is relying both on the CDC and their own medical experts and the players’ union medical experts on this, and we’re going to continue to follow those guidelines.”When the Pelicans return to action on July 30 against Utah at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida, they will be 3½ games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with eight games left. Associated Press Staal said the goal was “feeling the ice again” while running some drills. He said his group included All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton broke his left leg in January, but the team has said he should be ready to go if the season resumes.“Hopefully we can get through this Phase 2 and 3 unscathed, and get in the bubble and go from there,” Staal said.Training camps may open as early as July 10 if an agreement between the league and players on virus testing, health and safety protocols, and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___The LPGA Tour lost another tournament when the Canadian Women’s Open was canceled because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic. June 30, 2020last_img read more