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
Greece-based shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) has agreed to acquire up to seven dry bulk carriers from Germany’s Erck Rickmers (E.R.) Capital Holding.The company has inked an en bloc definitive agreement with entities affiliated with E.R. to acquire three firm operating dry bulk vessels within 2018, and four optional operating dry bulk vessels in 2019.The bulkers in question are ER Bourgogne, ER Brandenburg, ER Brighton, ER America, ER Bayonne, ER Borneo and ER Buenos Aires, all of them constructed in 2010.“I am very pleased that Star Bulk is acquiring a high quality, modern fleet from E.R. in a structured transaction that combines attractive prices with flexibility for the company. We are excited to expand our footprint in the Capesize segment, especially in a period that the dry bulk market is tightening,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented.Subject to agreeing a three party novation agreement with charterers and E.R., any charterparties existing at the time of the deliveries of each of the vessels shall be novated to Star Bulk, the company said.As informed, the first three vessels will be acquired for an aggregate of approximately 1.34 million common shares of Star Bulk and USD 41.7 million in cash. The cash portion of the consideration for these vessels will be financed through proceeds of a new five-year term loan of USD 41 million from a major European commercial bank. Following the consummation of the first acquisition, E.R. will own approximately 1.45% of SBLK common shares.In relation to the remaining four ships, the sellers have granted four call options to Star Bulk Carriers for an aggregate exercise price of USD 115.39 million or USD 28.85 million per vessel, to be exercised on April 1, 2019.Concurrently, the company has granted four put options to E.R. with an aggregate exercise price of USD 105.39 million or USD 26.35 million per vessel exercisable by E.R. from April 2, 2019 to April 4, 2019, in the event that the company does not exercise the call options. The aggregate exercise price of the call and put options is payable in either, 2/3 cash and 1/3 common shares of Star Bulk, or 100% cash, at the option of the company.The number of consideration shares related to the second acquisition to be issued to E.R. will be determined by the net asset value of the company.“It is also with great pleasure to welcome a prominent ship owner, Mr. Erck Rickmers, to our shareholder base and believe that this transaction validates once again Star Bulk’s ability to use our shares as currency in accretive acquisitions for our shareholders,“ Pappas added.The deliveries of all seven vessels remain also subject to customary closing conditions, including the novation of any existing charter parties of the vessels.The company expects to take delivery of the first three vessels in Q4 2018, while the remaining deliveries, subject to the exercise of the call or put option, are expected to take place between early April and mid July 2019.Following the acquisitions, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 115 vessels with an aggregate cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 13.39 million deadweight tons and an average age of 7.5 years.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who has 12 senior caps, was tipped to make it into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the friendly with Denmark earlier this month after embarking on a blistering run of form for his club. However, he did not make it and that, he believes, has sealed the fate of his World Cup dreams despite the absence of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott through injury. Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has warned his fellow England hopefuls they have little chance of playing for their country if they are not at a top-eight club. Johnson told the Journal: “I think a lot of people saw me as almost a certainty [for the Denmark squad], but if you look at the last squad it was almost all top-eight [players] bar [Cardiff defender Steven] Caulker. “I think that says a lot about the selection. I don’t think it really matters how well you are playing – it’s who you play for. “If you look at the last 10 squads, Southampton have been playing well, they are in the top eight – and the rest are Everton, Tottenham, Man United, City, clubs like that.” Southampton climbed into the Barclays Premier League’s top eight at the weekend, helping to illustrate Johnson’s point. Of the 30 men named by Hodgson for the Denmark game, 25 of them play for clubs among that group. Indeed, Johnson fears he now has less chance of being selected as a regular at the Stadium of Light than he did while he was warming the bench at former club Manchester City. He said: “I came to Sunderland to play more, rather than thinking about England, but some games I wasn’t even on the bench at City but I was still in the England squad. “Now I’m playing more and I can’t get a cap. It’s just a fact – it’s not me being sour. Some players, if they weren’t playing for the big clubs, wouldn’t be anywhere near it [the squad].” Press Association
Officials in Port St. Lucie are warning the public about a fake Gofundme page that has been made “in support of” Layne Chesney and her family.Chesney passed away Friday after being burned on over 90% of her body while pouring gasoline on a bonfire at a friends house on New years eve of 2017.The family has created a Gofundme page to cover the expense of the teen’s untimely death, however, the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office is also warning would-be donors about a Gofundme scam page that seeks to profit off of Chesney’s death.If you wish to donate to the real Layne Chesney page click here.
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.
Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Roydhouse felt a different kind of energy during warm-ups before last Saturday’s game at Louisville. Although the warm-ups weren’t any different and the players were putting the usual amount of effort in, the aura and intensity were distinct for the SU midfielder.‘You can kind of tell,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Everyone was there to play. The quality was higher. Everybody was switched on.’Facing a highly touted opponent in that match could have been the cause for that newfound energy. The Cardinals were ranked No. 11 in the nation and made it to the national championship game a year ago. It was a big-time Big East match and the Orange came ready, notching one point in the conference standings with a scoreless tie.SU (2-7-1, 0-2-1 Big East) will find itself in a similar situation at home Wednesday when it goes against No. 21 St. John’s (7-3-2, 1-2-0) at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange plays a second straight game against a ranked Big East team and a second opportunity to set the tone for the match during warm-ups.Many of Syracuse’s best performances this season have come when SU steps up its level of play against tough opponents. It’s when Syracuse faces opponents that should be inferior — like SU’s loss to Binghamton — that it tends to fold. Roydhouse knows St. John’s will present another tough task, and the Orange will have to rise up to the occasion and make plays not just in warm-ups, but also during the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It tends to be, the teams you play against, you play to their level,’ Roydhouse said. ‘And, unfortunately, we did that against Binghamton. When we play the better teams, we perform. We know it’s a big game.’The defense’s play, SU’s calling card all season, is expected to produce similar results as the Louisville game, when the Orange recorded its first clean sheet of the season against one of its top opponents.After losing its first two conference games by a goal apiece, Syracuse gained some confidence and a tangible result that things may be looking up.St. John’s provides different challenges than Louisville. The Red Storm is quicker. It’s small and technical, and it runs around, placing pressure on its opponent.Syracuse will have to match St. John’s intensity and pressure on both sides of the ball.‘We know St. John’s is a good team, so we’re going to have to be on our feet and have the same performance we had against Louisville,’ defender Ryan Tessler said. ‘We’re going to go after them. We’re playing a top-10 team in the country, so we’re going to try to get a result.’Tessler and SU will have a tough test containing St. John’s leading goal scorer, Jack Bennett, who has five goals on the season. But the Orange face challenges on both sides of the ball with a ranked team like the Red Storm.‘They’ve got quality players in all positions,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘They’re a tough team to play. They really pressure you; they’ve got a lot of technique. But I like our matchups.’There’s little room for error against a talented team like St. John’s. Everyone must be ready starting with warm-ups. Just like the Louisville game.‘Hopefully we can start like that again and start the game with a bang,’ Roydhouse said. ‘We just have to make sure we’re switched on for every play. There’s no time to rest when you’re playing the good teams. Every play of the game is potentially a goal-scoring play for a good team, so we have to be on our game.’St. John’s is just another game on a grueling schedule filled with three straight ranked conference opponents. The Orange plays No. 11 USF on Saturday at home. But it also presents SU with another chance to get its Big East win in 1 1/2 years under McIntyre against a quality squad.The warm-ups SU will take part in before the game will be the same as always — dynamic exercises, passing drills, sprinting. Against Louisville, Roydhouse said they were all on point. Passes were good, players were in position, the technique was on par.And now SU wants to come out of the gate prepared so it can pick up a win this time.‘We now realize that we’re done against the best team we’ve played against,’ Roydhouse said of Louisville. ‘If we can play the same way we did and just put away our chances against St. John’s, we should be able to come away with a result.’email@example.com Comments
Enosch Wolf, a center for Connecticut, has been suspended from the team indefinitely after being arrested Monday morning.The 7-foot-1 center was arrested at 5:55 a.m. on Monday and is being charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal trespassing in the first degree and disorderly conduct, according to a police report first obtained by The Daily Campus. A court date is scheduled for Wednesday, the same day the Huskies face No. 6 Syracuse.“We are aware of the situation concerning Enosch and we are taking the matter very seriously,” UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. “He has been suspended from the team indefinitely, until the legal and university process is finalized.”Wolf has played all 22 games for Connecticut this season, starting three. He’s averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game this year. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+
TAMPA, Florida – Floridians are becoming more concerned about hurricane season, after enduring four major storms in the past three years, including a category five last year. This year’s hurricane season begins on June 1.Not enough advanced preparationAccording to a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) survey, 92 percent of Floridians are worried about the 2019 Hurricane Season. Nearly one in five (19 percent) are more concerned than last year. Despite growing fears, nearly a quarter of Florida residents do not make advanced preparations for hurricane season or severe weather, even though the recent hurricanes Florence, Michael, Harvey, Irma and Maria caused more than $200 billion in damage, according to Floodsmart.gov.“If the last few hurricane seasons have taught us anything it’s the importance of being prepared,” said Peter Corrigan, president, Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida. “Although you can’t control the weather, you can take certain precautions to ensure your family and belongings are protected. Storm preparations should include having a storm kit, evacuation plan, and proper insurance coverage, which includes flood insurance.”21 percent would ignore evacuation warningsBased on AAA findings, if a named storm were to cause an evacuation, the majority of Floridians (79 percent) would heed official warning and leave their homes. However, of those who would evacuate, more than half (62 percent) say they would only leave for a category three hurricane or greater.AAA’s Hurricane Preparation TipsIn order to best prepare for the busy hurricane season, which runs from June 1 – November 30, AAA offers the following tips: Know Your Evacuation Route – Visit FloridaDisaster.org to track the recommended evacuation route for your region.Secure Your Home – Inspect your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, down spouts, etc. Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.Make a Plan – Develop a Family Emergency Plan to include ways to contact each other, alternative meeting locations, and an out-of-town contact person. Identify a safe room or safest areas in your home. Research your evacuation route. Be sure and include plans for your pets.Take Inventory – Update your home inventory by walking through your home with a video camera or smart phone. Keep a record of large purchases including the cost of the item, when purchased and model and serial numbers as available.Stock Emergency Supplies – Plan for a week’s worth of non-perishable food and water. Be sure to have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, etc. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep in your car should you evacuate.Protect Your Property – Review your homeowners insurance policy with your insurance agent to determine whether you have adequate protection. Discuss your deductibles. Be aware that flood insurance is not typically covered under your homeowner’s policy. Flooding coverage for your automobile is available under the physical damage coverage.Flooding is #1 disaster in the United StatesThe two biggest sources of hurricane damage are wind and torrential rain resulting in flooding. Flooding is the number one disaster in the United States. Homes in low risk zones account for nearly 20 percent of flood claims every year.Just one inch of flooding can cause $25k in damage to your home.57% of Floridians are concerned about experiencing flooding at their home.19% of Floridians have experienced flooding at their home.21% of Floridians are unaware that homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage.Flood insurance policies can cost less than a dollar per day.Despite the risk, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Floridians do not have flood insurance, which is separate from homeowners insurance. A ‘preferred risk’ flood insurance policy costing less than a dollar a day will cover $100,000 in structural damage and $40,000 for damage to contents inside the home. “Nearly half of residents in Florida do not realize there is a 30-day waiting period for new flood policies to take effect,” Corrigan said. “So, if you wait until a named storm is moving in your direction, you will be too late. Now is the time to check with your insurance agent to ensure you are covered before the busy storm season begins.”
Former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez has shown interest in the vacant manager’s position at Chelsea after he emerged as the favourite to succeed Roberto Di Matteo.Following the announcement of Di Matteo’s sacking by Blues owner Roman Abramovich on Wednesday morning, Benitez stated: “I have just found out [about Di Matteo]. Obviously Chelsea is a top side and they can compete for trophies so it goes in this category.“In football a lot of people are talking so we will see what happens in the next few days. I am looking for a club that can challenge for trophies and Chelsea is one of these clubs.”Benitez has been tipped to take the top job alongside former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who is, however, unwilling to cut his year-long sabbatical short.The 52-year-old has been a free agent since his exit from Inter Milan in 2010 after spending a mere six months at the San Siro.Furthermore, he stated his openness saying: “I have to talk with my agent and see what he has been doing the last couple of days. But I am just trying to go to a team that can win. So we will find ways to have a challenge like this.”