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first_imgBoeing reported cancelation of 60 more 737 MAX planes in June, according to data released Tuesday, taking the total to 355 so far this year. The jet has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes. US aviation regulators oversaw a test flight of the jet late last month, but have yet to recertify the plane to resume service.Boeing also did not register any orders from commercial airlines in June. And it only delivered 10 planes during the month, mostly for cargo and military purposes. Topics : The meager data again illustrated the weak nature of the airline business, which has been depressed in the wake of the coronavirus. Airlines have canceled order, or pushed back deliveries in an effort to maintain cash to ride out the downturn. Boeing’s rival Airbus announced last week that it did not land any new orders in June for the second straight month. Airbus delivered 36 planes during the month.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf asks U.S. DOJ to Investigate Rash of Terror Against Jewish Institutions in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 02, 2017center_img Hate Crime,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today formally requested that the United States Department of Justice investigate a rash of terror targeted at Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania as a hate crime. These recent instances include the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, and bomb threats that caused evacuations of children and seniors at Jewish Community Centers in York and Harrisburg, along with a Jewish day school in Montgomery County.A copy of the letter can be found here.The full text of the Governor’s letter is below:Dear Attorney General Sessions:I would like to formally request that the Department of Justice investigate the profoundly reprehensible desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and threats to Jewish community centers and a day school as a hate crime. The recent rash of terror inflicted on Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania and across the country is incredibly alarming. Pennsylvania was founded to be a safe refuge from religious persecution and we owe those affected by these acts an answer as to whether they were targeted because they were Jewish institutions and whether these are part of a broader threat to Jewish residents.The destruction of the more than 500 headstones at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia is unbelievably disturbing to those whose loved ones are buried there and all Jewish people throughout Pennsylvania.The long, international history of anti-Semitism and the pain and terror inflicted on Jewish people is well-documented, as I am sure you are aware. Further, the targeting of Jewish institutions like community centers and day schools, along with the recent desecration of cemeteries in Minnesota, Connecticut and New York, give credence in my mind that these are not a series of unconnected and random instances. Clearly, we cannot stand by as these acts continue and Jewish Americans are living in fear of being terrorized – or worse.While I understand law enforcement is diligently working to identify those responsible, a federal Hate Crime investigation would allow for more resources and ensure that the concerns of all Jewish Pennsylvanians, and those of all faiths standing in solidarity with them, are met.I would appreciate your swift and decisive action to launch a federal Hate Crimes investigation of the attack on this historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and threats to Jewish Community Centers in York and Harrisburg, and a Jewish day school in Montgomery County. We must reassure people of the Jewish faith that those who seek to make them live in fear will be stopped and brought to justice.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernor of Pennsylvanialast_img read more

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first_img October 03, 2019 Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Combat Climate Change, Carbon Emissions Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today took executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaboration among nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change while generating economic growth.“Climate change is the most critical environmental threat confronting the world, and power generation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Wolf. “Given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania and the entire planet, the commonwealth must continue to take concrete, economically sound and immediate steps to reduce emissions. Joining RGGI will give us that opportunity to better protect the health and safety of our citizens.”Participating states have agreed, either through regulation or legislation, to implement RGGI through a regional cap-and-trade program involving CO2 emitting electric power plants. These states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) set a cap on total CO2 emissions from electric power generators in their states. In order to show compliance with the cap, power plants must purchase a credit or “allowance,” for each ton of CO2, they emit. These purchases are made at quarterly auctions conducted by RGGI. The most recent RGGI auction held September 4th resulted in an allowance price of $5.20 per ton. The proceeds from the auctions are allocated back to the participating states in proportion to the amount of carbon subject to regulation in each state.“This initiative represents a unique opportunity for Pennsylvania to become a leader in combatting climate change and grow our economy by partnering with neighboring states,” said Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. “As a major electricity producer, Pennsylvania has a significant opportunity to reduce emissions and demonstrate its commitment to addressing climate change through a program with a proven track record.”The RGGI states have reduced power sector CO2 pollution by 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s per-capita GDP has continued to grow. Through its first six years of existence, RGGI investments were found to return $2.31 billion in lifetime energy bill savings to more than 161,000 households and 6,000 businesses that participated in programs funded by RGGI proceeds, and to 1.5 million households and over 37,000 businesses that received direct bill assistance.Pennsylvania exports nearly a third of the electricity it produces, and the cost of RGGI compliance for exported electricity will be paid by electric customers in the states where that electricity is ultimately used.“We know that we can’t complete this process in a vacuum. The conversation we’ve begun over the past year needs to continue if we are going to craft regulations that fit Pennsylvania’s unique energy mix, while making sure that the transition to a cleaner energy mix doesn’t leave behind workers and communities our state has relied on for decades to produce its power,” said Gov. Wolf. “And it will take buy in from the legislature to ensure we’re protecting Pennsylvanians from the increasing effects of the climate crisis.”Reducing CO2 emissions as part of combatting climate change is a top priority for the Wolf Administration. In January, Governor Wolf signed an executive order to set Pennsylvania’s first statewide climate goals, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and by 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.The scientific consensus is the planet is experiencing climate change in real time, and the impacts are felt everywhere. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update found that Pennsylvania has undergone a long-term warming over the prior 110 years, and that current warming trends are expected to increase at an accelerated rate with average temperatures projected to increase an additional 5.4 degrees by 2050. Average annual precipitation has also increased by approximately 10 percent over the past 100 years and, by 2050, is expected to increase by an additional 8 percent.The numerous negative effects of these warming and wetting trends are currently being experienced in Pennsylvania. Last year was the wettest year on record in the commonwealth, and these increases in rainfall resulted in extreme weather events and flooding throughout the state costing residents an estimated $144 million in reported damages, and at least $125 million in state-maintained road and bridges damage throughout the state“We are seeing the immediate and devastating impact of climate change right here in Pennsylvania, with more intense rain storms leading to flooding occurring outside flood zones, and dry conditions that can increase the threat of fire in our wooded areas,” said Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “Combatting climate change demands cooperation among many state agencies but also a proactive approach, and joining RGGI will help reduce carbon emissions, which will, in turn, reduce the threat of weather-related natural disasters.”Following the governor’s executive order, DEP will draft a regulation to present before the Environmental Quality Board for approval, and a public comment period will follow. As directed in the Executive Order, DEP will conduct robust outreach to the business community, energy producers, and labor and environmental stakeholders.Read the full text of the executive order below.  View the executive order on Scribd or as a PDF.Read the Acadia Center’s 2019 RGGI 10 Years in Review Report.Executive Order-2019-07-Lea… by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgStuff co.nz 21 June 2014Changing the way doctors certify deaths could expose significant numbers of hidden voluntary euthanasia cases among the elderly, the chief coroner says.As elderly patients are nursed to death, physicians or relatives could mercifully, but illegally, hasten their death and escape without conviction, Judge Neil MacLean said.In most circumstances, under current legislation, only one doctor has to sign off a death certificate and they can do so without even viewing the deceased.However, it would be impossible for the doctor to know if an elderly patient in palliative care, who has co-morbidities, had committed suicide by morphine overdose or had been assisted to die by a physician or relative, MacLean said. “Short of doing an autopsy on everybody, we would never know.”In these cases, often the patients would be having their medical treatment, such as food, fluids and antibiotics, withdrawn and they would be kept comfortable with constant pain relief.“The difference between giving someone enough pain-killing drugs to ease their pain and then going to the next stage of upping the dose to deliberately bring their death forward a week or a month is a very fine line,” MacLean said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10184616/Deadly-secrets-could-be-exposedlast_img read more

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first_imgLocalNews May Day Hike Organised by Capauchine and Toucari Communities. by: – April 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 53 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: cliparts.usscouts.orgHiking enthusiasts are going to have an opportunity to experience one of the oldest trails in Dominica when the Capuchin Tourism Group organizes a hike along the Penville to Capuchin Trail on May Day holiday.The group intends to highlight the views and historic sites of this northern part of the island. It is also the 13th segment of the Waitukubuli National Trail and it will give participants the chance to see this part of the National Trail for themselves.The hike will continue to Toucari Bay where trail facilities such as benches and shelters are already in place. A stage and bars have been erected by the villagers of Toucari as part of their tourism drive and this part of the event is being organised in collaboration with theToucari Beachfront Committee.Participants are being incited to organise their own transport and buses are available from Portsmouth to Penville and from Capuchin to Toucari.The hike and festivities will combine adventure with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for all, while at the same time building national awareness of the environment. The hike begins from Delaford near Penville at 7.00am.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_img Ulster scored the first nine points of the match and still led 9-5 at the interval as Saracens struggled to find a way through the home side’s defence at the Kingspan Stadium. The visitors then looked to be in further trouble when they were reduced to 14 men in the 54th minute when England forward Vunipola was shown a yellow card. Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall felt the second-half sin-binning of Billy Vunipola was the turning point for his side as they fought back from an early deficit to claim a 27-9 Champions Cup victory over Ulster. Press Association Former Ulster coach McCall was not getting carried away though, adding: “You don’t underestimate anybody and we’d been hoping that Ulster would be the first team to have played Oyonnax. “We’ve now got to go and do a real professional job there and then bring them back to our place. “If we can win those two games then we’re in a really good position.” The Aviva Premiership leaders scored the game’s only tries through Chris Wyles, Alex Goode, Duncan Taylor and Billy Vunipola with the touchdowns from Goode and Taylor being scored when the visitors were down to 14 men. Ulster’s director of rugby Les Kiss was hugely disappointed at seeing his side lose control of a game which they had looked in charge of midway through the first half. “In the first 20-25 minutes we positioned ourselves well and that 10-minute period in the first half we didn’t take advantage of that and put our foot to their throats,” he said. “Getting their try just before half-time allowed them to build some confidence. “When we had a chance to assert ourselves in the second half and put them under pressure we just didn’t work hard enough to make those opportunities come our way.” He added: “It was a typical Saracens performance and full credit to them, they hurt us. “When you leak four tries at home, that’s a bad place to be. It certainly puts us on the back-foot, without a doubt.” That was the second player Saracens had sent to the sin-bin after Michael Rhodes’ early misdemeanor but rather than fold in the face of adversity, McCall believes it helped galvanise his side into action as they scored 22 unanswered points in the final 21 minutes. He said: “We had to work really hard for it. “The first 20 minutes we hadn’t done all that wrong but we were 9-0 down and I think that’s what that team has; they are very experienced and very resilient and found a way to claw their way back into the game in the second 20 minutes of the first half. “But I think the turning point came when Billy Vunipola got sin-binned and I think that moment when they got into our 22 and we won a penalty the next eight minutes were wonderful and we got a strong, resilient team performance. “At half-time, 9-5 was ok for us and we’d chosen to play into the strong breeze but then when we didn’t capitalise on the pressure we had built early in the second half we were a little bit worried when Billy got sin-binned. “But I thought we were magnificent in that 15-minute period. Our half-backs were superb, they probed the corners and ran at the right times.” The bonus point win leaves Saracens at the top of Pool One on nine points, with Oyonnax, Ulster and Toulouse yet to pick up any points. Saracens go to Oyonnax – whose opening game against Ulster was postponed following the Paris terror attacks – next up as they look to further strengthened their place at the top of the table. last_img read more

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first_imgCHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC on Wednesday announced that Brazilian defender Eli Sabia has signed a contract extension that will see the 31-year-old feature in the 2020-21 campaign for the two-time Indian Super League champions.Experienced center-back Eli started in 19 of Chennaiyin’s 21 games last season as they put together a stunning run to the final. An eight-game unbeaten run to qualify for the semis required CFC to be resolute at the back, and Eli played an instrumental role in ensuring that with his calming and reliable presence. He also contributed at the other end with a goal and assist, the former an important strike in the 4-1 semi-final first leg win over FC Goa. “I am delighted beyond words to continue my time at Chennaiyin FC. The love that my family and I have received from the club, fans, and the city of Chennai is unmatched. We have unfinished business from last season after we fell just short in the final. We go again in the new season with renewed hope and determination to bring a third ISL title to Chennai,” Sabia said from his Santa Catarina residence in Brazil. “Eli (Sabia) is the embodiment of hard work, determination and consistency at Chennaiyin. Along with being technically sound, Eli is a leader both on and off the pitch and the younger Indian players stand to gain a lot from him for their development. We are glad he has extended his stay with us and we look forward to him continuing to excel in Chennaiyin blue,” said CFC co-owner Vita Dani. With 59 CFC appearances in all competitions to his name already, Sabia is preparing for a fourth season with the Marina Arena club by focusing heavily on his fitness, currently back home in Brazil. (IANS) Also watch: #Newsmakers: Sizal Agarwal, 112 Rank Holder, UPSC 2019 with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Women of Troy opened the season last weekend with a triumphant 73-38 exhibition win against Westmont — and even though the blowout win won’t count toward the standings, it might have been exactly what the Women of Troy needed coming off a disappointing 2012-13 season.Sparkplug · Junior guard Ariya Crook earned Pac-12 All Honorable Mention last season after emerging as USC’s second leading scorer with 13.4 points per game. Crook was also was second in assists (2.9 apg) and steals (1.2 spg). – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC (11-20) finished seventh overall in the Pac-12 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year, leading to the resignation of former coach Michael Cooper. The program’s future looked uncertain before a former Trojan emerged to provide a glimmer of hope.New coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s career has come full circle after winning two NCAA championships at USC as a player in the 1980s before going on to win an Olympic gold medal and four WNBA titles. With last season behind them, USC’s veteran-studded roster now seems ready to bounce back under Cooper-Dyke, who has injected a sense of energy into her team much like her male counterpart has for the Trojans.“I’m excited to be back, excited for the challenge,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I think we have a great group of young women and I think they’re motivated. And as a coaching staff, we’re equally motivated, if not more.”But it’ll take more than enthusiasm to win games in the stacked Pac-12, and the one player poised to lead the Women of Troy on the stat sheet and in the huddle is senior forward Cassie Harberts.Harberts’ stats are undeniable. Last season she made the All Pac-12 team after leading the Women of Troy in points per game (18.0), rebounds per game (8.2) and blocks (34). Her outstanding play has earned her a long list of preseason accolades. This offseason, Harberts was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list along with being selected as a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.Harberts is currently the No. 16 all-time scorer at USC with 1,293 career points, and has started every game for the Women of Troy while she’s played at Troy. She will likely go down in USC history among the great women’s basketball players to come out of the program including her new head coach Cooper-Dyke, WNBA stars Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie.Harberts is also in good company among her talented teammates, with the Women of Troy returning all but one player to their roster with the lone graduation of forward Christina Marinacci.Sophomore guard Jordan Adams, a former McDonald’s All-American, is set to return after playing only eight games last year before being sidelined by an injury.Along with Adams, the backcourt should have great depth with dynamic sophomore guard Brianna Barrett and junior guard Ariya Crook also earning plenty of minutes. Last season, Crook earned All Pac-12 Honorable Mention while Barrett received Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.Between the leadership of seniors Desireé Bradley, Kate Oliver, Rachel Totten and Harberts and the addition of transfers forward Kaneisha Horn and guard Alexis Lloyd, the Women of Troy should have little trouble replacing the leadership and defensive tenacity of Marinacci.Lloyd is a transfer from Virginia Tech who will have to sit out this season. Horn, on the other hand, is a junior transfer from Alabama who hopes to make an impact immediately.Horn will play this season as a versatile forward and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.The Women of Troy will face a challenging set of foes on their redemption campaign under Cooper-Dyke. The squad will play eight teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year and 12 teams that were either ranked or received votes in the final national polls last season.USC’s season kicks off this weekend up north against two teams that the Women of Troy have some unfinished business with — UC Davis and Fresno State.The Aggies trumped the Women of Troy at the Galen Center last season 78-69. After beating USC last season, however, the Aggies stumbled to a similarly tumultuous 12-18 season.Both teams have something to prove in the opener, and the Aggies have a weapon that could present some real problems for USC. Junior forward Sydnee Fipps was named All-Big West first team after finishing second in the conference in scoring (17.1 points per game) last season. The Women of Troy will have to contain her spot-up shot if they want to redeem last season’s home-court loss.USC will round out its first road trip at Fresno State, who defeated the Women of Troy 65-60 in Fresno last season to even the all-time series between the two programs at 5-5. The Bulldogs figure to be one of the toughest opponents the Women of Troy will face all season.Last season, the Bulldogs (24-9) won the 2013 Mountain West tournament championship title, earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed before losing to California. Fresno State has been picked to win its second consecutive conference title in the preseason poll.As Cooper-Dyke sets to begin her first season as coach at her alma mater, her expectations are tempered yet optimistic.“We just want to take it one game, one practice at a time and really be the best women’s basketball team that we can possibly be,” Cooper-Dyke said. “That’s the goal: Be our best. We don’t want to allow ourselves to underachieve.”If the Women of Troy are determined to avoid underachieving and earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament, it’s hard to imagine a better start than defeating two teams that contributed to last season’s disappointing campaign.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Games Village in Rio where the athletes are going to be camped during the global multi-sport fiesta opened on Sunday with officials of Australia complaining of lack of some infrastructure.The ministerial assistant also revealed that air tickets for foreign-based athletes are to be sent to them to join Team Nigeria in Brazil.“The Ministry of Youth and Sports is to send air tickets for the Rio Olympics to athletes by midweek.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, confirmed the development during a meeting with the president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN and staff of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department FEAD in Abuja yesterday.The minister had summoned both parties to establish the author of the email purportedly sent to athletes to buy their tickets to Brazil on behalf of the ministry.Dalung reiterated federal government’s commitment to ensure that Nigerian athletes are well taken care of ahead of the games, describing the e-mail as mischievous.“The author of that e-mail lacks the authority to write on behalf of the ministry or even the Federal Government of Nigeria. At no time did we ask our athletes to sought for funds to travel knowing too well that athletes are very fragile people to be managed.“There are so many things that come to play in determining their success. It’s not just skills, training and determination. The psychology of an athlete at the point of contest is also very important so if you ask them to look for money to buy air tickets, how sincere could you be in terms of planning for Rio.“The said letter which generated a lot of negative reactions is not the position of the ministry. We have a responsibility to transport our athletes to and from anywhere they are because they are on national assignment. Whosoever published that email and his motive will definitely be investigated,” Dalung said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s contingent to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is to depart the country next Monjday, August 1.Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze confirmed yesterday that Team Nigeria athletes and officials have been booked to leave for the South America nation on Ethiopia Airlines.last_img read more

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