Governor Wolf Statement on Remedial Congressional Map from PA Supreme Court SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues, Press Release, Redistricting, Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the new remedial congressional map ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:“Over the last month, I have personally heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians and they are sick and tired of gerrymandering, which perpetuates gridlock, alienates citizens and stifles reform. I have stood for fairness and rejected a proposed map that was universally seen as another partisan gerrymander. I applaud the court for their decision and I respect their effort to remedy Pennsylvania’s unfair and unequal congressional elections.“Now, my focus will be on making sure the Department of State can support our counties and all candidates in the election process, particularly during the petition period. My administration will work expeditiously to update Department of State systems and ensure all processes are in place to assist candidates for Congress.” February 19, 2018
Guardiola took over as Barcelona manager in 2008 and during a four-season run, he led the Blaugrana to a stunning period of success that included three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey wins and two Champions League triumphs. Messi also experienced an extraordinary run of individual success during this period, winning the Ballon d’Or in four consecutive years between 2009 and 2012. During Guardiola’s final season in charge, the Argentine also reached his career-high in league goals, netting an incredible 50 times in 37 La Liga appearances in 2011-12. Since Guardiola left Barcelona have won the Champions League just once in eight seasons, with Messi winning the Ballon d’Or two times in that timeframe – though Barca have won La Liga five times during that span. Ten Hag believes that during Guardiola’s reign, Messi was able to be more of a team player and under subsequent coaches, the Argentine has seen his level dip at times below where it was under the Spaniard. “Messi was one of the leaders, but he also worked for the team and excelled as a result. He has never been as good as under Guardiola,” Ten Hag told Voetbal International. Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day Realities7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has said that Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has not reached the same level since Pep Guardiola left Camp Nou in 2012. “Barcelona has not won much in European terms in recent years either. “Messi still excels, but now also occasionally goes through the lower limit. It was never like that under Guardiola. “Pep has guts, he dares to be pioneering and innovative.” After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola would take over Bayern Munich ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. In Bavaria, Ten Hag had the chance to work alongside Guardiola as the Dutchman coached Bayern’s reserves. Ten Hag would leave to become head coach of Utrecht in 2015. The following season Guardiola would also depart Germany, taking over Premier League giants Manchester City. read also:Clattenburg reveals what’s like refereeing Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez After leading Ajax to a stunning 2018-19 campaign that saw them win the Eredivisie and reach the Champions League semi-final, Ten Hag has been linked with managerial positions at some of Europe’s biggest sides. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
By Elroy StephneyFORMER Essequibo inter-county wicket-keeper/batsman Asif Akbar believes that there is urgent need for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre to protect athletes.Akbar was regarded as one of the finest wicketkeepers to have emerged from the county and who enjoyed a satisfying career representing Essequibo.He also played for local teams including Lima United and Anna Regina Sports Club in first division matches.Akbar remains an avid reader and has sought to become a mentor for emerging sportsmen in the Region. According to Akbar who spoke with Chronicle Sport, “It is evident that the country is losing its promising athletes because of drug and alcohol abuse.”He cited instances where many national and international sportsmen have become drug addicts, some after they have retired.When juxtaposed, he claimed that in the present circumstances the youths are now falling prey even before their careers have developed.It is his view therefore that there should be a national intervention in establishing a centre that will seek to help our sportsmen in responsibly dealing with the dangerous phenomenon and preserve the rich talent of the small population.Akbar further reasoned that in Essequibo, it is quite a challenge because there are limited opportunities for the athletes.As a result, he claimed that the easiest resort is to indulge in drug and alcohol consumption. “Athletes have no proper training facilities, there are very few stimulating competitions and many sports clubs are either defunct or dormant’, he observed.In this regard, the stylish batsman is recommending that Government urgently address the local situation while nationally; there should be an appropriate centre to deal with the deviant behaviour of athletes, who need help to resurrect their careers, and others who may need assistance to carry on in life.Akbar, a devout Muslim remains a strong advocate for institutional and structural advances in sports within Region 2.He was also a skilful footballer and is willing to share his immense experience with youths from the county. However, he is distraught by the lack of commitment and passion from the emerging talent while acknowledging that the broken and non- existent policies and programmes are contributors to the present scenario.However, he sees the need for urgent intervention by the relevant authorities to safeguard the future of sportsmen and women by creating rehab centres nationally to reduce the negative impact of an increasing number of victims.
Frenchman Tom Jomby maintained his impressive form at the Lagos Open International Tennis Championship with a 7-5, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Niki Poonacha of India on Thursday.The top seed, who won the first leg of the combined $100, 000 prize-money ITF point-earning event, was stretched by the seventh seed in the first set but he proved his mettle in the second hitting a number of winning shots to put daylight between him and his opponent.It was another French triumph over India as third-seeded Arthur Rinderknech overcame a stern test from Aryan Goveas, the eighth seed, in what was adjudged the game of the day as the Nigeria Futures 5 nears conclusion at the commercial capital. Britain’s Jack Draper, the fourth seed, and fifth-seeded Danylo Kalenichenko of Ukraine complete the final four following triumphs over Tyler Lu of the USA and Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe, the second seed.In the Women’s Singles, Swiss prime seed, Conny Perrin defeated seventh-seeded Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 while unseeded Indian, Riya Bhatia upsets Slovenian fifth seed, Nestja Kolar 6-2, 6-3.There were celebrations among the legion of Indian players, who have the highest foreign representation in Lagos, as sixth seed Pranjala Yaldapalli was impressive in a stunning display against second seed, Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel 6-3, 6-4.She needs just two more wins to retain the title.Julia Terziyska made no mistake to justify her form as the eighth-ranked Bulgarian came from a set down to edged Swede Susanne Celik 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1.The Singles semifinals would hold today.In the Men’s doubles semifinals, Benjamin and Courtney Lock rallied past William Bushamuka of the USA and Isaac Stoute of Great Britain 6-3, 6-3 and they will battle in the final against Jomby and Alexis Klegou of Benin who defeated Niki Poonacha and Shahbaaz Khan of India 6-2, 6-1.In the Women’s double, Dutch duo of Merel Hoedt and Noa Fong recovered from a 6-3 first set loss to triumph over Ange Oby Kajuru of Japan and Adesuwa Osuabohien of USA winning the second set 6-2 and the tie-break 10-4. Kajuru has a Nigerian father same as Osuabohien.Julia Terziyska of Bulgaria and Rosalie Van der Hoek of the Netherlands are also through to the final with a 6-1, 1-0 (retired) scoreline over Estelle Cascino of France and Maria Jose Ramirez of Mexico.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Today marks the beginning of donation week for Swipes for the Homeless, a USC student group that donates students’ extra dining dollars to the Los Angeles Mission, a non-profit organization that serves the homeless in the L.A. area.Swipes for the Homeless was founded at UCLA in 2009 and has extended to 10 university campuses worldwide, including UC Irvine, University of Texas at San Marcos, University of Paris in France and USC. The USC program was founded last semester and collected more than $17,000 from more than 200 students.This year, the organization hopes to raise a total of $20,000 that will benefit the Los Angeles Mission.Swipes for the Homeless works directly with USC Hospitality to purchase food with donated dining dollars that will be given to the Los Angeles Mission. Both last semester and this semester, the mission asked for non-perishable goods and meat, in particular.According to Monica Bral, the organization’s co-president, few students are reluctant to donate their dining dollars. Instead, the organization’s main issue is spreading the word on campus about donation week and reaching out to as many students as possible.“Our challenge is to raise awareness about the organization throughout campus,” Bral said. “We are working on ways to market ourselves and hope we will reach more students this semester. Once students know about it then [they] are almost always willing to donate.”Several students said the organization is right to focus on promoting its cause. Madeline Berry, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, said she would have donated much more of her unused dining dollars as a freshman if she had known about the program last year.“It’s a really great idea, but I wish I’d known about it sooner because I spent a lot of money unnecessarily last year just because I knew I had the money to spend,” Berry said. “I would have been able to donate even more than I did to people that actually needed it if I’d heard about it sooner.”This year, Swipes for the Homeless has reached out to students, particularly freshmen, through increased advertising and fliers with detailed information about how the donation process works.Students can donate any amount of their remaining dining dollars by stopping at one of the organization’s tables, located outside of the USC Bookstore and Trojan Grounds. According to Swipes for the Homeless Co-President Sabrina Aziz, donating is easier than ever.“If students want to donate, they can stop by our tables this week and sign up to donate their extra dining dollars,” Aziz said. “The dining dollars will not be touched until the end of the semester when students don’t have access to the money anymore. Students can even just write ‘remaining balance’ so that if they have a remaining balance at the end of the semester, instead of being wasted, it will go to the L.A. Mission.”Liz Friedman, a freshman majoring in international relations and global business, says that Swipes for the Homeless is a constructive way to use her remaining dining dollars at the end of the semester.“I definitely want to donate the rest of my money to Swipes for the Homeless because otherwise I feel like I’m buying food that I don’t really need,” she said. “You lose money if you don’t spend all of your dining dollars that you paid for in the beginning of the semester, so why not donate the rest to a great cause?”Swipes for the Homeless has received a great reception from the Trojan community, and Bral said this support will ensure that the organization will continue collecting donations in the future.“It is a great cause and we get a lot of positive feedback from students, faculty and staff,” Bral said. “It is a win-win situation because students do not have access to their cards and money any longer, and the homeless can really use the meals. For us it’s a swipe, for them it’s hope.”