SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues, Remarks, The Blog, Videos Prior to this morning’s Pennsylvania Network of Care Service for Veterans announcement, Governor Tom Wolf delivered the following remarks in response to Tuesday’s election.I just want to say a few words about the election on Tuesday. For many people in Pennsylvania, as well as myself, there were candidates for office we supported that were successful, and some that were not.Specifically, I want to congratulate Josh Shapiro, Eugene DePasquale, Joe Torsella, and Pat Toomey on their wins and welcome the new lawmakers who will be joining us in Harrisburg. I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you and I will be reaching out in the coming days. On a national level, our President-elect is Donald Trump and we do have to give him a chance and hope he does well because he will be the leader of our country and our military. It should also be noted that many people across this state and country are still hurting – they do not believe the economy is working for them, and are looking for their elected leaders to hear their voices and take action to address these fundamental issues that are squeezing the middle class and working families.We should not ignore this reality, which is why, right here in Harrisburg, I am going to continue working with Republicans who already held historic majorities to make Pennsylvania stronger. Over the last two years, working together, we have accomplished historic increases in education funding totaling more than $640 million for education at all levels, a fair funding formula, the legalization of medical marijuana, historic reforms to our liquor system, providing unemployment insurance for 44,000 people, and we continue to make major progress in combatting the heroin crisis. In Pennsylvania, we have shown we can work across party lines to get things done and I am committed to continuing that bipartisan work. However, there is still more that we need to do. We must work together to reduce property taxes, protect Pennsylvania jobs from being sent to other states, invest in manufacturing and our economy, and ensure those who work hard can join the middle class. These priorities are values shared across our state, regardless of where you live or what party you belong to. It is something I have been dedicated to my entire life – when I drove a forklift at my family business, helped rebuild my kitchen cabinet company, shared-profits with my employees, and treated them with the respect and dignity they deserve.I also want to assure Pennsylvanians that I will continue to protect women’s health, and access to health care for the 700,000 Pennsylvanians now enrolled in Medicaid. I will keep fighting to staunchly defend the rights of minorities, the rights of people to vote, and for equal rights for the LGBT community. And I will strive to make government smarter and more efficient while also investing in everyone’s future – from our children to our seniors.Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness, and I look forward to continuing to work with Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between to move our state forward. Governor Tom Wolf Responds to Tuesday’s Election November 10, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Chelsea have left skipper John Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic out of their side for their opening Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.Abdul Baba Rahman makes his debut for the Blues at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back.Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes his first Champions League start in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas, with Oscar restored to the line-up.In Costa’s absence, Loic Remy is the lone striker as Radamel Falcao is resting a knock.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SADC defence force chiefs are due to meet in South Africa next week to discuss a maritime safety strategy for the SADC. Rhino poaching SADC maritime safety strategy As part of the agreement, the two countries also agreed to work together in protecting rhinos. The ministers sent a warning to poachers that both governments have declared war on poachers. 3 June 2011 At the signing ceremony, the ministers agreed that SADC countries must work together to stop piracy, which has the potential to negatively affect SADC trade and movements of goods. Combating piracy South Africa and Mozambique are to work together to tackle piracy in the Indian Ocean, especially in the Mozambique Channel and the broader Southern African Development Community (SADC) waters, as well as to combat rhino poaching and other cross-border crimes. “What affects Mozambique also affects South Africa, and we are committed to working with the [South African National Defence Force] in fighting piracy on SADC waters,” said Nyussi. South Africa and Mozambique will also work closely in all military matters, with Sisulu adding that the assets of the SANDF were available to fight piracy and all cross-border crimes. The meeting also noted progress made in land and air border control in relation to stopping illegal activities and cross-border crime. “The South African government will work with all SADC countries to fight piracy,” said Sisulu. “This is our obligation to ensure smooth movement of goods in the SADC waters.” South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyussi, signed a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria this week that makes provision for joint training, sharing of information and intelligence, joint patrols and ongoing support in military developments. “We also need to build stronger ties with all other countries within SADC in order to fight piracy effectively.” Source: BuaNews
A charge-sheet filed by the Rajasthan Police in a cow smuggling case against dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes in the Alwar district in 2017, created a controversy in Jaipur on June 29. Though the prosecution’s papers mentioned Pehlu Khan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that they did not include him as an accused.The charge-sheet, filed in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Alwar district’s Behror town on May 24, named Pehlu Khan’s two sons, Irshad and Aarif, and the owner of the pick-up truck Khan Mohammed, as the accused against whom the offence of illegally transporting cows out of the State had been proved.‘Offence proved’The police informed the court that though the offence under Sections 5, 8 and 9 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, had been proved against Pehlu Khan as well, he had died on April 3, 2017, during his treatment at a private hospital in Behror.In a damage control move, Mr. Gehlot said the investigation was carried out by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime and his government would re-investigate the case if any discrepancies were found. “Our government will see if the probe was done with predetermined intentions…the Congress is ideologically committed against any kind of lynching and our government is vigilant to ensure that it does not happen again,” he said.‘Ensure justice’Mr. Gehlot, who also holds the Home portfolio, said if Pehlu Khan’s family members approached the government to point out any lacuna in the investigation, he would ensure justice to them. The charge-sheet has based its case against Pehlu Khan’s sons, who were also beaten up in the incident, for the absence of a valid permit from the competent authority for transporting the bovine animals outside the State.Alwar Superintendent of Police Paris Deshmukh told The Hindu that the charge sheet of FIR No. 253/17 was against three persons, who did not include Pehlu Khan. “Pehlu Khan’s name has been exclusively dropped and the charge-sheet has been filed against Irshad, Aarif and Khan Mohammed,” he said, adding that all of them had obtained bail from the Rajasthan High Court in 2018. Mr. Deshmukh said that a “complete picture” about the charge-sheet had not been presented and he would soon issue a statement on the case. Khan, 55, was transporting cows, after purchasing them in a cattle fair in Jaipur, to their hometown Nuh in Haryana on April 1, 2017. They were waylaid near Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway by the mob and beaten up with the accusation of smuggling cattle. Khan died of his injuries at a private hospital two days later.
It was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings,It was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings and 83 runs.The second Test, a fascinating match because of the constant ebb and flow of fortunes, was one of those rare contests between India and the giants of Test cricket in which India led on the first innings.Theirs was a substantial advantage of 80 runs and yet, India found themselves in a state of desperate crisis on the last morning. And they may not have been able to extricate themselves from this tangle had the West Indies attack not been depleted by a hamstring injury to Michael Holding, who, was confined to the players’ balcony on the final day.In taking stock after the first two Tests, it must be remembered that India has not so far been pitted against Andy Roberts, the main wicket-taker for the West Indies when India played them at home, not many months ago. In the light of India’s performance in the three Tests against Pakistan, the current state of the series against the West Indies is not surprising.Marshall in his delivery strideFormidable Side: There are, indeed, many chinks in India’s armour, but that is not to deny the West Indies full credit for their achievements. They are an ageing side but still very formidable. There is depth to their batting and they are capable of throwing a fresh fast bowler at the opposition for most of the day.Malcolm Marshall has been outstanding for speed and control, threatening to bang a nail into the coffin with every spell. Holding and Daniel are not as explosive as in their youth, but they remain extremely penetrative bowlers, able to get pace and bounce from the deadest pitch as they demonstrated at Ferozeshah Kotia.advertisementWinston Davis, the junior most of the West Indies’ fast bowling combination has not lived up to the potential he showed in the zone matches preceding the Tests. He has lacked consistency in control and has had chronic ‘no ball’ problems. But he too has made his contribution, getting important wickets at vital stages of the first Test.From the Indian viewpoint, it has not been all gloom. India have had moments of satisfaction and even glory, none more stirring than Sunil Gavaskar’s achievement, on the first afternoon of the second Test, when he completed his 29th Test century, which put him level with the immortal Bradman.Promising Players: In only three innings, Kapil Dev has picked up ten wickets, showing himself to be a much better bowler with the old ball than he used to be. Both as a player of fast bowling and as a spinner, Ravi Shastri has risen in stature and is clearly destined to become one of the world’s leading all-rounders.Dilip Vengsarkar has made a happy comeback to Test cricket, seemingly the more relaxed after his exile. He has scored 69, 159 (his highest ever Test score) and 63 in consecutive innings, all of them very enjoyable to watch. Another growing asset is Roger Binny. He continues to look a good confident player of fast bowling, who is not unnerved by adversity. Now that he is more experienced, Binny might well plug the widening cracks in the upper half of the batting order.The achievement of Sunil Gavaskar’s 29th century was an occasion to savour, a source of pride and delight. This century will be remembered not just for its significance as a landmark in the history of the game, fitting the occasion, this innings was a genuine work of art. Its start was uncertain but long before Gavaskar reached 50, from only 37 balls, the canvas was resplendent with strokes of rare beauty and radiance.Vengsarkar square driving: India bamboozledClassic Century: When Gavaskar arrived at his century with a classic on-drive off his arch foe, Malcolm Marshall, he had been batting for three hours. By modern Test standards, this was a good rate, but not exceptional. However, measured in the sounder currency of balls received – 94 in this instance – this was Gavaskar’s most rapid century ever and probably the fifth fastest ever recorded.Gavaskar has always said that he is not a chaser of records. But he would not deny that it was a relief to get the burden of the 29th century off his shoulders. His reaction was one of genuine modesty. Although a very great player in his own right, Gavaskar is still a wide-eyed young hero-worshipper of Bradman when he is in the presence of the old master. He said: “I have equalled Sir Donald’s achievement, not his record. He got his 29 hunderds in only 52 Tests, I have played 95.”advertisementThe scene when Gavaskar reached his hundred was touching. There was spontaneous exuberance in the manner in which he was congratulated (“Bloody hell, you’ve done it at last”) by his partner, Dilip Vengsarkar, and that despite the fact that the two are no longer the closest of friends. The West Indians, who have spent many hot and frustrating hours in the field while Gavaskar has piled up thousands of runs against them since 1971, all beamed broad smiles as they lined up to pat his back or shake his hand.By the end of that memorable day, Vengsarkar too had completed his century, remained unbeaten, and India were in the commanding position of 299 for three. On the next day, India went on to amass a total of 464, their highest in their last 13 Test matches. It was an imposing score but one which was disappointing when viewed against the background of the overnight score. Only Shastri and Binny, who was last out with 52, played with requisite application. The pitch being what it was, India should have made no less than 500.With India’s bowling so limited, the only way of putting the West Indies under pressure was to confront them with a gigantic total. However, India’s fortunes continued to rise for some while longer. Gordon Greenidge, who had made 156 and 194 in his two previous innings against India, was out at 44 and on the following day, Desmond Haynes, his opening partner went at 45.But the fact that Winston Davis, the night watchman batted quite safely for more than an hour on the third morning was an ominous sign. The pitch was somnolent, except that the ball was beginning to keep low and rough outside the left-hander’s off stump. Shastri used this rough to prise out the obdurate Larry Gomes and also harried Clive Lloyd. But the veteran, with Logie as his sixth-wicket partner, held on grimly.Valuable Wicket: Viv Richards was out, shortly after lunch, having made 67, a figure India would willingly have settled for, because Richards was in good touch and ruthless form, having hit eight fours and a six in the most arrogant manner. He fell lbw to Kapil as he shaped to flick the ball to mid-wicket, Clive Lloyd, the non-striker, indicating amazement when umpire Dotiwala’s finger went up.The dreaded letters “lbw” were a recurring factor in the scorecard, which was symptomatic of a pitch on which the ball kept low. There were murmurs about indifferent umpiring but Clive Lloyd put the lid on the controversy by saying at his end-of-the-match press conference that mistakes were inevitable when two men had to stand out there in heat and an atmosphere of high tension for five days.advertisementRavi Shastri: Rising all-rounderLloyd, the grafter, rather than the old destructor, made his sixth Test century against India and West Indies got to within 80 runs of India’s score. Kapil Dev set up a new personal best in this innings, taking six wickets, his biggest haul in 13 Test matches against the West Indies.Slow Pitch: Only nine hours remained in the match when the second innings started, which was hardly time enough for the production of a decisive finish on a dreadfully slow pitch. India lost Gavaskar disconcertingly early, lbw to a ball from Holding that cut back quite viciously. There was more trauma when two wickets went down in one over, at 73, but India ended the day in the fairly secure position of 145 for four.A tame draw was inevitable and, indeed, that was the eventual outcome. But the match did not peter out in the expected manner. There were such violent upheavals in the first half hour of the morning that a West Indies victory became a strong possibility. The fuse which threatened the Indian innings with demolition was lit by Malcolm Marshall, who took three wickets in five balls.With just under five hours’ playing time left, India were 166 for eight, leading by only 246 runs. If the two remaining wickets had gone down with half the swiftness with which four had fallen in the morning, India’s goose would have been cooked. But Binny and Madan Lal, who had also staged a face-saving partnership of 117 in the first Test, checked the rot and West Indies, when they batted again, were left with a runs-to-time equation which, on this uneven pitch, they could not attempt to solve.Threatening Pace: It was Marshall who had provided West Indies with such an easy victory in the first Test. He took four wickets in each innings, having bowled spectacularly fast and also scored 92 runs at a time when runs were needed.India, clearly were undermined by speed, which is hardly surprising for, they are so unaccustomed to it. No doubt, they will be better adjusted to it as the series progresses but by then it will be too late. There is a mechanical method of preparing for a series in which pace is the opponents’ major weapon. That is to practice with a bowling machine. It costs a modest sum but the Board seems to have other uses for its crores.Another nettle that the Board refuses to grasp is Mohinder Amarnath. The leave of absence he asked for at the end of the series with Pakistan did him no good. He bagged a pair at Kanpur in the first Test and was not well enough to bat in his appointed place at number three in either innings at Delhi.The Board will not confirm or deny that the viral fever which Amarnath claims to suffer from has been investigated. The selectors, when asked, just shrug their shoulders and slavishly keep picking him for each succeeding Test. I am becoming convinced that Indian cricket’s administration no longer has a backbone.
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The Canadian government has responded to the Trump administration’s decision to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing retaliatory tariffs effective Sunday on $16.6 billion worth of American imports.The final list includes a 25 per cent surtax on semi-finished goods including steel products and a 10 per cent tariff on a range of consumer goods including orange juice and coffee.Here are some details about the mechanics of how the tariffs will be collected and their possible impact on consumers:How significant are the import tariffs?The $16.6 billion worth of annual tariffs account for about six per cent of the $294 billion total value of goods imported from the United States. The 10 per cent rate on consumer goods represents about 70 per cent of goods impacted by tariffs.How will the tariffs be collected?As with tariffs and duties charged on other imports, they won’t be paid at the border or port but later by the importer of record (wholesaler, retailer, etc.). The surtax is calculated on the Canadian value of the imported good and is subject to the Goods and Services Tax, says Jim Sutton, a vice-president with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.The bonded importer has to account for the tariff within five business days of the item being released by customs and paid at the end of the following month. The Canada Border Services Agency says the surtax will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada before July 1.Canadian travellers will be required to pay the surtax on qualified goods if the value of what they are bringing back to the country exceeds their personal exemption.How will the collected tariffs be used?The Canada Border Services Agency will collect the tariffs and transfer the money to the federal government’s general revenues. The proceeds can then be used to offset the cost of a series of initiatives to support Canadian companies and workers that are negatively impacted by U.S. tariffs.What products have been removed from the list of tariffs?Since the initial list was released June 1, the government has removed beer kegs along with nut purees and pastes, berry and fruit purees, jams and jellies (other than banana puree and strawberry jam) and prepared mustard. Also removed are aluminium wire, aluminium foil of a thickness not exceeding 0.2 mm, aluminium tubes and pipes, aluminum stranded wire and cables that are not electrically insulated, along with boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, equipped for electric control or the distribution of electricity.How will tariffs impact retail prices?The Canadian tariffs won’t have much of an impact on consumer prices, Krishen Rangasamy of the National Bank of Canada wrote in a report. He said importers are unlikely to pass on to consumers the higher costs on items such as steel and aluminum. And if costs are passed on, he said the “impacts are set to be minimal” and increase the consumer price index by just 0.1 per cent or so.“In other words, while there are many things to worry about with regards to protectionism, higher consumer prices should be at the bottom of the list, unless of course the Canadian dollar takes a deep enough dive as to cause a surge in import prices.”Will a 10 per cent tariff raise prices by 10 per cent?Cost of goods is just one component of retail prices along with other things like labour, utilities, rent, marketing and advertising. So any impact on retail prices would be lower than the 10 per cent tariff rate, said Karl Littler of the Retail Council of Canada.Will retail prices rise due to tariffs?Littler says he doesn’t believe retailers are going to eat the higher costs over the long haul because retail is already a thin margin business. Sutton says some importers may have to initially absorb some of the higher costs because it takes time before changes are made in supply chains.How can consumers avoid higher prices?Consumers who switch their purchases from American goods subjected to tariffs to alternatives from other countries can avoid the tariff impact on prices, says Littler.“So the consumer, if they’re not deeply brand-attached and presuming that there’s a sufficient flow of alternative choices, may not have to pay the tariff at all,” he said.How will tariffs affect the economy?The bigger issue than tariffs is the continuation of a trade war between Canada and the United States that affects the overall economy, hurts consumer confidence and starts to reduce consumer spending, says Littler.“So it’s not just a price impact on the shelf where to some degree there may be substitutability, it’s about shrinking wallets as well.”
OTTAWA — The Canadian economy entered 2018 on an unexpectedly impressive run. The country begins 2019 on a healthy note but signs of weakness have raised a key question: how long until the good times come to an end?Through much of 2018, Canada’s unemployment rate hovered near a 40-year low and job-creation remained strong as the evidence pointed to an economy going at close to full tilt.The handoff was a good one, too — the country had posted three-per-cent growth for all of 2017, largely thanks to strong household spending. We’ll have to wait a little for the final numbers but forecasters say 2018 has likely delivered still-sturdy growth of about two per cent.But as 2019 approaches, there are worries the solid economic expansion is starting to show its age.Last month, the federal government’s fall economic statement projected two-per-cent growth again for 2019, but many predict the number will likely come in lower following a recent drop in oil prices.In addition to the pullback in crude prices, experts point to jitters in the financial markets, predictions the American economy — a key contributor to Canadian growth — will start to cool off and the United Kingdom’s difficult divorce from the European Union, which could ripple across the global economy. There’s also potential for an even bigger threat: an escalation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.On trade, Canada made it through a year filled with significant uncertainty, including the difficult negotiation and signing of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.Many of the trade unknowns, however, will carry over into the new year. The road to NAFTA 2.0’s ratification could bring more drama, punishing American steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place and the clash of superpowers between Canada’s two biggest trading partners continues to play out.“There are always reflections around the cyclical downturns that happen and, as I’ve said, the impacts of a trade war between China and the United States could have significant impacts on the global economy — negative impacts on the global economy,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“We have to make sure that we are prepared for rough waters if we encounter them.“In Canada, potential trouble spots include the combination of high household debt, rising interest rates and slowing wage growth that’s been “terrible” for about half a year following a good pickup early in 2018, says Matt Stewart, director of economics for The Conference Board of Canada.Higher interest rates, Stewart added, have delivered a hit to household spending, which has been the primary driver of Canada’s good economic fortunes.“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a recession,” Stewart said. “As of yet, I think most of the news is still positive, but there is a growing amount of risks.”With overburdened consumers expected to take a breather, business investment is seen as the next critical source of growth. But Stewart said the transition has yet to materialize because investment has underperformed, likely due to competitiveness concerns. Businesses aren’t sure whether Canada’s the best place to put their money.In an effort to boost investment, Ottawa announced billions of dollars worth of corporate tax incentives in its fall statement. Taxpayers will have to wait and see if the federal changes will be enough to encourage more companies to invest in Canada.Craig Alexander, chief economist of Deloitte, said the economy will continue to have healthy growth in 2019, but notes it’s due for some moderation.“We are in the late stages of a business cycle,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that a recession is around the corner, but we need to recognize that we’re 10 years into an economic recovery, expansion. Business cycles are typically eight to 10 years long.”Alexander added markets are probably overreacting to the possibility that another downturn could be almost upon us. He thinks the more likely case is that growth will continue to slow.The economy’s evolution will have different impacts depending where one lives, he added.For example, the energy sector faces big challenges.Part of it comes from the recent plunge in oil prices, but there’s also been an extra discount on the price of western Canadian crude caused by transportation bottlenecks out of the Alberta oilpatch.“This is sad news for Alberta,” Alexander said. “They’ve only barely recovered from the last recession.”Ottawa offered assistance this month in the form of a $1.6-billion aid package to support oil and gas companies.Alberta, however, wants federal help to move its oil to new markets.Ontario’s industrial sector will also face a big hurdle in 2019. General Motors has announced plans to shutter its plant in Oshawa later in the year, which will put 2,500 people out of work and inflict economic pain on the region.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said Canada already took a small step back in 2018 — and he expects growth to slow further.“Just looking at financial markets there’s obviously a lot of concern that we are getting to a late stage of the (economic) cycle,” Porter said. “We don’t believe that recession risks are especially high at this point, but we do think the North American economy will cool in 2019.”—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
Collins decided to come to the Energetic City after local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews told him he was going to break his record one day.Collins added that he had been trying to find a place to beat his record for over two years, but couldn’t find a building large enough to attempt it. Andrews then told Collins about the Pomeroy Sport Centre prompting the Paper Airplane Guy to call it the perfect fit.The time of the event will be set closer to the date. In order for Collins and Ayoob to break their record, they will need their plane to fly over 226 feet and 10 inches. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents will have to wait a little while longer to see a possible Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.John Collins and Joe Ayoob will now attempt to break their world record for longest distance flight of a paper airplane on July 20th rather than the 13th.Collins explained that the company Orbitz is now sponsoring the event and decided that the 20th would be a more suitable date for the flight.