Government Reform, Government That Works, Round-Up, The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf traveled to northwest PA to discuss his “Government That Works” Reform Plan which calls for the banning of gifts for public officials, increasing government transparency, state contract reform, increased oversight of lobbyist activity, and campaign finance reform.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has taken significant steps towards reforming Pennsylvania state government to combat the influence of special interests in Harrisburg. He has also called for state legislators to do the same and support legislation that encourages government reform. With reforms to increase transparency and accountability, Governor Wolf hopes to restore the trust of Pennsylvanians in their state government.Take a look at last week’s coverage below:Indiana Gazette: Wolf crafts plan for transparency“To restore interest, faith and trust in the system, Wolf is touring the state to push his package of ideas for opening government and holding elected officials more accountable to voters and taxpayers. His five-point ‘Government that Works’ reform plan would put a halt to officials accepting gifts, reform the campaign finance system, and have government workers own up to outside interests while they serve the public.“Wolf, the first-term Democratic governor from York County, said he began his transparency plan the day he took office, first prohibiting executive branch employees from accepting gifts from anyone who does business with the state or is regulated by the commonwealth. ‘I put my calendar online, and I put the expenses of my cabinet online,’ Wolf said. ‘I did what I thought was necessary to bring some level of trust to the executive branch. I don’t have control over the Legislature, but it was an invitation to join us.’ For Wolf, that was just the start.”Sharon Herald: Listicle: Wolf seeks to boost public confidence with “Government That Works”“With the public’s overall trust in government on the decline, Gov. Wolf is advocating a five-point plan, ‘Government That Works,’ to ensure public officials act as “stewards of the grand democratic tradition” to inspire greater confidence from citizens of the commonwealth.”New Castle News: Governor talks transparency initiative, schools and the budget“The governor stopped in New Castle Thursday afternoon and visited News offices to introduce his ‘Government that Works’ Reform Plan. The initiative is a five-pronged plan which includes: banning the acceptance of gifts in the Legislature; disclosing sources of outside income in their entirety; requiring the release of names of contract-seeking campaign contributors as well as their amounts; enforcing lobbying disclosure reviews; and enacting strong campaign financing limits.”Sharon Herald: Wolf touts reform plan to bridge ‘confidence gap’“Citing polls that show a declining public trust in elected officials, a general belief that politicians are serving special interests and not the public and falling voter turnout rates, Wolf is pushing for a five-prong ‘Government That Works’ reform plan that he hopes would help bridge a ‘confidence gap.’ The initiatives: institute a gift ban for all public officials; require disclosure of amounts of compensation earned by government employees with side jobs and ban paid service on public boards; require the disclosure of campaign contribution by parties seeking contracts; increase the Department of State’s ability to review lobbying disclosures; and enact campaign finance reform.”Meadville Tribune: In Edinboro University appearance, Gov. Wolf calls on state to focus on four areas“[Governor Wolf wants] to ‘rein in government.’ He would do that by banning all gifts to elected officials and staff. He also called for ‘real campaign reform’ in Pennsylvania and ‘make sure our elected representatives represent our (citizens’) interest, not the big donors.’ He also suggested full disclosure of all income from outside sources — such as those employed at a second job. He also suggests eliminating payment to members who serve on corporate boards.”Sharon Herald: Time for Pennsylvania to look at reforms“Current Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is touting a measure of reforms that he said will curb such abuses in the future. Wolf met with The Herald’s newspaper staff on Thursday to talk about his proposed ‘Government that Works’’ reform plan The measure calls for banning gifts, contracting reform, stiffer disclosure requirements on lobbying and increased transparency.” By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf Talks “Government That Works” Reform Plan During Northwest PA Tour (ROUND-UP) April 20, 2016
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoGrange Residences.Grange locals Anne and Dave Maley were the first to purchase one of the luxury residences. The couple, who were looking to downsize, said they were sold on the northeast-facing aspect and the quiet location.“We’ve lived in cities all over the world, but this is ideal for us at this stage in our lives,” Mrs Maley said.The option to put in a lift and other age-related amenities were also attractive features for the couple. Just four properties are still available at Grange Residences.It is the tree change just 10 minutes from Brisbane’s bustling CBD. Forty-one “townhomes” have been constructed at Grange Residences, which sits alongside Kedron Brook. But just six weeks after its public launch, only four properties remain on the market – two three-bedroom townhomes and two four-bedroom houses.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone said the suburb had been a strong performer in general, often outperforming the greater Brisbane market. He said the majority of buyers had come from within three kilometres of the luxury enclave.“They are mostly downsizers and young families,” Mr Livingstone said. “The northeast aspect overlooking the brook is truly unique. “It is an amazing site. Anne and Dave Maley, pictured with JGL Properties managing director, John Livingstone (right), have purchased a townhouse at the luxury Grange Residences development situated on Kedron Brook.The sold out two-bedroom townhomes, which started from $640,000, proved popular with first home buyers and professional couples alike.The remaining residences are also expected to sell quickly.The development’s proximity to sought-after local schools, restaurant and cafe precincts, public transport and walking tracks has also proven to be a major drawcard for buyers of all ages.The sales display centre will be removed on Monday, with Saturday (10am to 4pm) providing the last chance for the public to view the offerings.
The removal of the FPSO and FSO is part of the wider Banff and Kyle field decommissioning, which will be carried out in three distinct phases executed over a five-year period.The first phase includes removal of the FPSO and FSO vessels from the field, the second one decommissioning of subsea installations and pipelines, and the third phase includes well plug and abandonment.The decommissioning programs which have been submitted now address only phase 1 only, which is currently planned for summer 2020.It will involve flushing and cleaning of the subsea production system and FPSO and FSO; implementation of required isolations; removal of the FPSO and FSO vessels from the field; removal of buoyant flexible pipelines, and vessel mooring infrastructure.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. CNR International (CNRI) has filed its Banff and Kyle fields decommissioning programs for an FPSO and FSO float-off with the UK authorities. Petrojarl Banff FPSO; Source: TeekayThe document submitted to the UK authorities contains the decommissioning programs for the removal of the Petrojarl Banff floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and the Apollo Spirit floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) and the associated risers and mooring systems from the Banff and Kyle fields.The Petrojarl Banff FPSO and Apollo Spirit FSO will be utilized for the initial decommissioning activities, namely the flushing/deoiling of the subsea infrastructure i.e. manifolds, risers, subsea pipelines and umbilicals, and to support with the implementation of isolations for the subsea wells.However, the floating units will then not be required to perform any further decommissioning related activities and it is proposed that the vessels are removed from their current locations. Activities associated with the subsequent decommissioning stages of the subsea pipelines, umbilicals, risers and other subsea infrastructure will require the services provided by other specialist vessels.The Banff field is located in blocks 29/2a and 22/27a in the UK Sector of the Central North Sea some 200km due east of Aberdeen in approximately 95m water depth.The Kyle field is located in block 29/2c and 29/2h in the UK Sector of the Central North Sea some 200km due east of Aberdeen in approximately 90m water depth.There is one drill center for the Banff and two drill centers for the Kyle field – North Kyle and South Kyle. The Banff wells and manifolds are located approximately 1.6km southeast of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO. The Kyle wells and manifolds are located between 13km and 16km south of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO.The Banff and Kyle fields are tied back to the Petrojarl Banff FPSO.The Apollo Spirit is an FSO vessel, which is moored via a Submerged Turret Loading (STL) system. The vessel receives processed oil from the Petrojarl Banff via a 12” flexible riser. Oil is stored in the vessel’s cargo tanks, and periodically offloaded to shuttle tankers. The Apollo Spirit has nine cargo tanks, with a total capacity of 910,000 bbl.Currently, alternative production strategies have been found to be uneconomic. A Cessation of Production application for the field was submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), with approval granted on March 2, 2020. Three phases of decom
Child abuse reaches five-year highNZ Herald 5 May 2015 Confirmed cases of abuse reported to Child Youth and Family hit a five-year high in Wanganui last year.Child, Youth and Family found evidence of abuse in more cases last year than in each of the previous four years, official figures reveal.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11443321Wairarapa child abuse cases peakNZ Herald 4 May 2015Wairarapa has hit a five-year high for child abuse reporting — which could mean more people are seeking help.The number of notifications of abuse made to Child, Youth and Family’s Wairarapa office hit a five-year high last year, according to official figures.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11442867
John’Michael Moniz, 46, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus. Born, August 15, 1970 in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of Barbara (Moniz) Allen. Mike was raised in Honolulu and Indiana. Mike worked at West Rock Corporation in Columbus. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed model cars. He loved spending time socializing with friends and family. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Allen and his step father, Melvin Paul Allen, Metamora; grandmother, Violet Creech, San Pablo, CA; one brother, Brian Paul Allen, Metamora; three sisters, Jo-Ann Abbate, Brentwood, CA, Lucy-Ann Keamohuli-Tatupu, Stockton, CA, Tracy-Ann Allen, New Madison, OH; 11 nieces, 3 nephews, and 1 on the way; 2 grand nieces, 5 grand nephews; numerous cousins and extended family in Hawaii. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 24th from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
July 7, 2020 Associated Press Ex-coach Mike Shanahan elected to Broncos Ring of Honor Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Former head coach Mike Shanahan has been elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor and will be inducted in 2021 because of COVID-19 precautions.Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl winner in Denver, becomes the 34th member of the ring of fame and the third head coach, joining Dan Reeves (2014) and Red Miller (2017).In a statement, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis called Shanahan “the greatest coach in Denver Broncos history.” Ellis said postponing Shanahan’s induction was “a difficult decision,” but added that Shanahan “deserves a full celebration in front of all our fans and distinguished alumni.”Shanahan is the franchise’s all-time leader with 146 victories, including eight in the playoffs. He was head coach from 1995-2008 after serving as a Broncos assistant from 1984-87 and 1989-91. The Broncos were 138-86 in the regular season under Shanahan, including an NFL-best 83-29 at home. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 5, 2015 at 12:05 am Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds At Syracuse’s Media Day on Oct. 17, head coach Quentin Hillsman stressed that he has “seven starters.” In the first half of the Orange’s first game on Nov. 16, Hillsman made 31 substitutions.But in SU’s most recent game, a 62-52 loss to No. 9 Florida State on Monday, only six players logged more than four minutes.“I think a lot of times too, you get into the flow of the game,” Hillsman said, “and once you start playing a game, and you start making a run, you tend to leave the players on the floor.”The way Hillsman cycled players against FSU is a stark change from the beginning of the season as Syracuse’s rotation has been shrinking throughout conference play. The No. 25 Orange (15-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 13 North Carolina (18-4, 5-3) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Hillsman will have to decide whether to go with his best players or spread out the minutes to avoid an eighth-straight loss to a ranked team to start the season.Early on, SU was still sifting through its options: transfers Diamond Henderson and Maggie Morrison were just beginning their Syracuse careers; Cornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson were adjusting to their starting roles after coming off the bench for much of last season; Bria Day and Amber Witherspoon were vying for the backup center spot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow, three months later, the rotation is pretty much solidified and Hillsman said the team is not limited by having six main contributors. Day and Witherspoon only play when starting center Briana Day gets into foul trouble. Morrison averages 10.7 minutes a game while Henderson, Fondren and Peterson average 23.4, 26.9 and 32 minutes, respectively.“Those are the people who have been hot all season,” Morrison said. “… So those are the people who have the hot hand so (Hillsman) has full confidence in them.”All of the Orange’s six rotation players average more than 21 minutes and the next highest player in minutes is Isabella Slim, who averages 12 per game. The disparity in minutes between those in and out of the rotation is significant, and growing.Slim has played more than her average in only two of SU’s nine ACC games. Bria Day and Morrison have mostly played single-digit minutes in conference play.When Syracuse beat Virginia 70-58 on Jan. 11, only six players played more than 10 minutes. Morrison only played 10 minutes but hit four 3-pointers off the bench and finished as the Orange’s second-leading scorer.When Briana Day missed the game against Boston College on Jan. 18, Bria Day made her first career start and grabbed 11 rebounds in 20 minutes and finished as SU’s leading rebounder.Even though Bria Day and Morrison’s minutes were limited, they proved they could still affect the game.Players that provide a spark off the bench boost the team’s energy, Fondren said, and it shows other teams that Syracuse is deeper than the six players that get the majority of minutes.“I don’t really worry about responsibility,” Fondren said. “Sometimes I feel like we have to take responsibility for each other. We’re accountable for each other because we’re a team. So I feel like nobody has more responsibility than the next person.”But in the midst of a three game stretch against ranked teams — the Orange lost 78-58 to No. 8 Louisville on Jan. 29 — Hillsman has turned to the players he confides in most.While he was experimenting with different combinations earlier in the year, Hillsman has now settled on a group of players that he trusts late in games.“You got to play those players down the stretch so they can help you win the game,” Hillsman said. “And I think that we’re doing that. We’re getting players on the floor that we think can be productive.” Comments
Ghana’s most popular radio sports debate program, On the Spot, is set to return on air after a fourteen week break. The break was to make way for the exciting Joy Sports Masters quiz which sought to find the best brains in sports.On the Spot is noted for its highly controversial and opinionated viewpoints from its diverse debate panel. The show which runs for close to an hour on Joy 99.7 FM gives divergent opinions on sporting issues a platform to make their points heard.Listeners to the show are also not left out as phone and text lines are activated for audience participation.The producer of the show, Moses Yeboah promised a lively conversation on Friday afternoons.“You need to tune in to satisfy the crave for exciting sports conversation every Friday”On the Spot airs on Joy 99.7 FM from 2.05pm to 3.00pm.Watch the promo below: –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With great volume, athletes have lent their voices to an international chorus denouncing racism and police brutality in America following the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died May 25 after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt with his a knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.Their participation in the outcry following Floyd’s killing makes sense on several levels, L.A. Sparks star and basketball TV analyst Chiney Ogwumike said Monday on ESPN’s “Get Up!”“At the root of it all, it’s in our DNA: We are team players; we are wired to care for the last player on the bench as much as we care about ourselves,” said Ogwumike, noting that Jaylen Brown and Karl-Anthony Towns were among the NBA players who participated in protests sparked by Floyd’s death.“As athletes, when we play, we operate in a merit-based world where you are judged by your performance not your pigmentation,” Ogwumike said. “But, you see, when we leave the arena, it’s not always the same. No matter how much success you have, that success does not guarantee you protection from a society that can, if it so chooses, turn on you based on the color of your skin. And L.A.-based athletes’ exertion in the spirit of justice has, in the past week, been prolific and often profound. “I’ve been really proud to see them stand up and speak up because – we all know this – we’re not comfortable staying on the sidelines … when it’s crunch time,” she added. Many members of the Lakers shared the same message on social media: “If YOU ain’t wit US, WE ain’t with Y’ALL,” and other athletes expounded.Dodgers star Mookie Betts shared feelings he’d been processing on Instagram: “Over the last few days I have sat in disbelief yet again, how a black man can be killed because of the color of his skin. As I continue to process the recent events, I am reminded that our fight is not over. We must not get comfortable when the protesting is over, but remain dedicated to our mission; EQUALITY FOR ALL!He continued: “I AM MORE THAN AN ATHLETE… I AM A BLACK MAN, A FATHER, A SON, A BROTHER, & A FRIEND.”Cooper Kupp, a Rams wide receiver, posted a Twitter thread that he said was tough to write because he struggled to find words adequate for the weight of “the injustice and despair that our brothers and sisters experience and live in each and every day.”“But,” Kupp wrote, “the fact that I can’t speak seems deserving, because talking has been done for so long without a willingness by so many to listen, understand, reflect, and move to bring change both inward and outward.“The pit in my stomach reminds me that it has been known the injustice and brokenness that exists, and still I have not joined along in the screams for change (while) at the same time working, living, walking alongside my friends who live each day in a system and society that has failed them repeatedly. My family will not stand for it and we will move. Stillness breeds stagnancy. And we will not be still any longer.”Richard Sherman, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback and Compton native, posted a series of tweets describing some of the racism he’s encountered, including recently, when he’s donned a face covering during the coronavirus pandemic.“When I wear a mask I feel the tension that I have felt since I was a child,” Sherman wrote. “I can feel the looks I get of (people) who assume I’m a threat. But when the mask comes off and suddenly I’m not a threat.“My profession nor my education change the fact that I’m a black man in America,” added Sherman, a former Stanford star and Super Bowl champion. “And to that end I will continue to fight for equality for the (people) that are treated unjust in the country.”On Instagram, Clippers forward Paul George posted footage of brutality that looked to be perpetuated by law enforcement during the previous week of nationwide unrest, which has included looting and violence in Southern California. But George paired the 2-minute, 11-second video with a caption supporting “good cops” and everyone willing to fight for change.“I have family members in law enforcement so I know there are some good cops,” George wrote. “That being said I won’t say (screw) the police but what I will say is (screw) the system! We appreciate ALL that are standing with us! I’ve experienced racism more than once and as a black man raising two daughters I would hate for them to have to experience it as well. I love you all but we have to do better. Now that we have the world’s attention let’s take the steps forward to bring change!”Athletes of just about every discipline weighed in, from volleyball to skateboarding.April Ross, a two-time Olympic beach volleyball medalist, posted a series of images and links on Instagram encouraging her fans to engage in an effort to promote racial equality: “It’s time to read, pay attention, give space to those in the black community talking about their experiences and telling their stories,” she wrote in a post that also read, in part: “We have to lean in and really listen. Without ego or excuses.”Theotis Beasley, a professional skateboarder from Inglewood, was succinct and incisive with his message on Instagram: “Black lives matter. Not just when someone is murdered. Not just when it looks good for your social media page. Not just when it’s a trend. Not just when it’s a hashtag. Black lives matter every (expletive) second of every day.”And Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, shared a 2014 photograph on Instagram of the beloved Lakers star wearing a T-shirt in pregame warmups that read, “I can’t breathe.” He was among the NBA players to wear such a shirt referencing Eric Garner’s final words before he died after a police officer put him in a chokehold.“My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again,” Vanessa Bryant wrote. “Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER.”
Remember when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was telling everyone that Chris Paul didn’t want out of Houston and that the point guard would be playing for the team next season?Yeah, that was a long three weeks ago. Morey traded Paul and two future first-round draft picks to the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The move was a stunning reversal of what Morey told the media in June after it was reported that Paul had asked to be dealt. A thoroughly exasperated Daryl Morey said Chris Paul and his reps have never asked to trade him and he will be on Rockets next season. Said he and Harden do not have issues with one another and that he has spoken to both often this off-season about free agency evaluations, plans.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 18, 2019Just spoke to Daryl Morey. He reiterated there has been no trade demand from Chris Paul. “Tweet that I said that. Print it. Tweet it twice.” https://t.co/oo6ge0Wkop— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 19, 2019It isn’t clear whether Paul forced this move, but even if he did, Morey couldn’t pass up reuniting Westbrook and James Harden.MORE: Will CP3’s stay in OKC be short?Put it this way: Rockets fans shouldn’t care too much whether Morey was, um, fibbing when he made those comments, not when Russ wound up being on the other end of the deal.