BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Merry Christmas (VIDEO)

first_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Each year, Christmas is an opportunity for families across Pennsylvania to come together and share in their holiday traditions. This year, I’m looking forward to having time together as a family around our Christmas tree, a tradition some say was first brought to America by Pennsylvanians from Germany.As we share in the warmth of the holidays, we also must remember those who do not have the fortune of having family close by, a roof over their heads or a hot meal to share. Each year around the holidays, Frances and I take time to support our local soup kitchen and food bank. This year, I’d ask each of us to consider how we can help their fellow Pennsylvanians who may not be as fortunate.Too often, we can be so busy and distracted that we overlook all we have to be fortunate and all those important to us. I hope this Christmas gives all of you the opportunity to share quality time with those you care most about. On behalf of the Governor’s Office and the Wolf family, I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Merry Christmas (VIDEO) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 25, 2015last_img read more

OECD warns of ‘implied fiscal risks’ stemming from Irish sovereign fund

first_img“It is important to ensure the SBCI and the ISIF do not crowd out private financing,” the OECD report added.ISIF’s investments are meant to act as a catalyst for additional private investment, and the fund regularly discloses the amount of third-party capital committed alongside its investments.Its director, Eugene O’Callaghan, told the current issue of IPE the fund’s challenge was now investing three-quarters of its €7.6bn portfolio by its target date of 2020.“The biggest challenge is deployment – and deployment in a way that we don’t big up the price of assets in the Irish market against ourselves,” he said.In July, the fund outlined its investment strategy, which will see it target real assets, venture capital investments and private equity.In late July, it also announced that it would back a €500m residential property venture, which aims to extend credit to domestic residential developments. For more on ISIF’s investment strategy, read IPE’s interview with Eugene O’Callaghan Ireland’s government has been warned about the risks associated with its sovereign development fund and projects funded by its predecessor, the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF).In its annual assessment of the Irish economy, the OECD noted the launch of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), funded by the NPRF, which has since become the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), and used as a means of increasing the amount of lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).“Both the SBCI and the ISIF should be monitored closely given the implied fiscal risks,” the OECD report warned.It noted that the SBCI, which received funding from both the NPRF and Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, was meant to “foster competition”.last_img read more

18 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Eighteen sachets ofsuspected shabu valued at around P50,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Aside from suspected shabu, a P500marked money and cash amounting to P720 were also recovered. The 37-year-old resident Winchelle Joy Quiatchonyielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the city police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Officers of the Talisay City policestation staged the entrapment operation that led to the arrest of the suspectaround 7:30 p.m. on March 3.last_img

Downes/Andrews first time Trophy Stall Doubles Champions

first_imgANTHONY Downes and Jason Andrews combined well to defeat Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton to win,for the first time ,the Men’s Doubles final of the Guyana Tennis Association organized Trophy Stall sponsored event over the past weekend.According to a release, the Men’s Open Doubles final was a one-sided affair in the first set as Downes and Andrews unleashed a plethora of serves and volleys that quickly pushed the junior team of Resaul and Beaton to the breaking point of 5/0.That fast approaching bagel unnerved the juniors who tactfully set up a few points to create a slight opening.Resaul/Beaton’s flat forehands penetrated the net play of the agile seniors, rewarding them with a service and a break to go up two games. But the seniors regrouped, cleaned up their act and took the first set 6/2.“I think we settled in and we were able to play better. We started to apply more pressure and started our offensive strategy and stopped playing defence,” Resaul stated.This was evident in the second set as Resaul/Beaton found their rhythm and challenged the seniors. This proved fruitful with the set tied at 5/5.Downes and Andrews did not enjoy this challenge and dropped a service game with well-placed serves to take a 6/5 lead.Resaul then served hoping to take the match into a tie-breaker. But after looking very confident and saving two match points, the team again made a few unforced errors and was unable to deliver. Downes/Andrews clenched their first Trophy Stall Doubles title,and their 4th overall, with their 6/2, 7/5 win.They did’nt lose a set.The tournament will close with the final Men’s Over 35 match between top Berbicians Godfrey Lowden/Tony Ameerally against Sandeep Chand/Alex Almeida.last_img read more

Kenyan Mbihia dominant at GCOS Independence 5K

first_imgKENYA’S Godfrey Mbihia showed his class over the past weekend to dominate Guyana’s best and make a clean sweep of the Guyana Committee of Services (GCOS) Independence 10K on Sunday and the 5K on Monday.The 40-year-old Mbihia kept strides with two young athletes at the front of the pack on Monday afternoon and his experience showed, as he took the lead on the final stretch of the race along Thomas Lands.Heading into the National Park and nearing the finish line, young Mark Nicholson did his best to catch up with Mbihia but the damage had already been done and the Kenyan was once again victorious.Having now twice competed against Guyanese athletes, Mbihia had many positive things to say about them, while explaining how much he had enjoyed the race.Meanwhile, Kissanna Glen was the first female to cross the finish line. Glen, who is a member of the Running Braves Athletics Club finished minutes before some of her male counterparts in an impressive performance.The 5K race was hosted by the Guyana Committee of Services (GCOS) with sponsorship from Guybisco, Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, GTT, ANSA McAL, BK International, Brans Security, Busta Beverages, Cummings Electrical, and Kenneth Phillips.Cash and prizes totalling $800 000 were distributed to the winners and top performers of the various categories.last_img read more

Walsh says IABA would have gotten rid of him

first_imgAfter 13 years in charge, Walsh resigned from his role as the head of High Performance Unit yesterday and is now set to take-up a position with USA Boxing later this week.The IABA say that they did their utmost to retain Walsh and are disappointed with his decision to quit.But the Wexford native admits that he felt as though the IABA no longer wanted him and it was better to leave on his own terms.last_img

Grassroots Coach, Others Back Chivita Active’s C’mon Get Active Campaign

first_img“As a soccer coach, I have had the privilege of supervising numerous young people through daily fitness regimen. They are passionate about achieving their fitness goals and wellness through active health as well as enhanced nourishment from Chivita Active that supports to keep them focused,” he narrated.Another Nigerian very much interested in healthy lifestyle, Mrs. Adewunmi Akintola, a marketing executive, a long walk in the morning or evening after work to a few light indoor exercises, are part of her daily regimen to stay healthy. She therefore urged more people to adopt active lifestyle habits that are beneficial and convenient.“With the daily physical exertion for wellness comes nourishment from Chivita Active. The C’mon Get Active campaign has made the brand an easy recall for me and my friends as we nudge each other on our amazing journey of wellness,” she added.Speaking on the campaign, Chi Limited’s Marketing Director, Mr. Probal Bhattacharya, explained that the objective of Chivita Active’s C’mon Get Active campaign to challenge consumers to say yes to active health was being achieved based on numerous positive consumer feedbacks received.“We are still observing the trends and are excited by the responses so far. The C’mon Get Active campaign would continue to raise awareness and motivate, as the community of consumers who have voted for wellness through active health continues to grow,” he stressed.Few months after Chivita Active launched its new campaign, C’mon Get Active, to position the brand as an enabler for a healthy active life, the campaign is already inspiring a new social movement for consumers who are voting for active health by easily integrating Chivita Active into their daily routine as a partner in their journey for improved wellness and healthy lifestyle.The Chivita Active C’mon Get Active campaign, which is being driven across multiple engagement platforms is very relatable to consumers because it is creative, simple and straight to the point in delivering key messages of wholesome nourishment, active health and wellness.Across Nigeria, #C’monGetActive continues to trend in the digital space offering consumers an opportunity to share their active health routine story and encourage one another.Analysts have commended the campaign for leveraging on the brand’s enabling role for regular healthy lifestyle activities to drive consumer preference and purchase intentions.They contend that the campaign reflects deep insights on the shift in consumption pattern as a result of growing social consciousness of wellness through active health, and Chivita Active’s brand purpose resonates with consumers who are already thinking in that direction.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A grassroots soccer coach in Agege, Lagos, Mr Chinedu Johnson, has thrown his weight behind the recently launched Chivita’s C’mon Get Active campaign aimed at making Nigerians to develop healthy livestyle.The C’mon Get Active campaign represents a shift for consumers like himself who are desirous of a healthy beverage to support their daily activities without compromise on great taste, convenience and enhanced nourishment.on great taste, convenience and enhanced nourishment.last_img read more

Asamoah Gyan is 8th Best Player in Africa

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan emerged the 8th Best Player in Africa following the publication of the overall polls for the Player of the Year award by CAF.The Black Stars captain polled a total of 187 votes from the total votes cast by the coaches of the 53 football associations affiliated to CAF including Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah.The coaches are allowed to award a maximum of ten marks to the player they believe is the best on the continent amongst the top 10 nominees.This maximum figure declines by one with respect to their preferred rating of the nominee.So for instance, in the case of Akwasi Appiah, his highest mark of 10 went to Asamoah Gyan with Yaya Toure, Jonathan Pitroipa, Mohammed Aboutrieka and Vincent Enyeama following in the order of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th best on 9, 8, 7 and 6 points respectively.The Al Ain ace however unable to gather similar favourable points from the other coaches – ultimately resulting in his failure to make the final three-man shortlist. The award was eventually won by Ivorian star Yaya Toure in a very colourful ceremony held in Lagos on Thursday.The Manchester City star polled the highest votes to win the prestigious award for the third consecutive time.Toure polled 373 votes to win the award – beating Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel who had 265 votes.Didier Drogba finished third with 236 points while Jonathan Pitroipa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vincent Enyeama finished the 4th, 5th and 6th after polling 202, 202 and 199 respectively.last_img read more

Ricky Nolasco rises up as Dodgers blank Cubs

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I know a lot of them had to work today, but it was still about 50 or 60 people. They’ll be here every game,” Nolasco said. “It’s definitely nice to be home and see the family, to have a chance to eat the food I like to eat during the season.”Nolasco could use more home cooking.The right-hander came out on fire, striking out the first two batters of the game. He allowed just a second-inning double to Wellington Castro, a fifth-inning single to Castro and a sixth-inning single to Anthony Rizzo.“He’s a gamer, man,” said Ramirez, who drilled his 15th homer of the season halfway up the left-field pavilion in the first inning. “He pitched great. He keeps us in the game and he can go deep into games.“It was nice to give the team and him the lead with the home run. That always feels good.”It was vastly different than Nolasco’s previous outing against the Cubs, where he earned the win despite lasting just five innings and giving up three home runs.“The last time, I threw three pitches right down the middle, and these are big-league hitters,” Nolasco said.Ramirez homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning after Carl Crawford grounded into a double play where Puig did not slide at second base.Ethier blasted his 10th homer of the season into the Cubs bullpen with one out in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.Even Nolasco helped out with a run-scoring situation when he tried bunting with runners at first and second in the sixth inning. Jackson fielded the bunt cleanly and tried to get Juan Uribe going to third, but bounced the throw into left field to score a run.“As a hitter, you always want to make the hitters work, although I didn’t get a hit,” Nolasco said. “When a pitcher swings at your first pitch, that’s always big, so I tried to make him work a bit.”Skip Schumaker, who replaced Puig in the fifth inning, added an RBI single to drive in Tim Federowicz for a 4-0 lead in the sixth.It was more than enough for Nolasco, who handed the ball over to Kenley Jansen to start the ninth after throwing 117 pitches. Jansen worked around a two-out walk to strike out the side to close it out, albeit in a non-save situation. He has a 0.93 ERA, a .065 opponents batting average and 30 strikeouts in 19 games since the All-Star break.“Coming off that loss last night, Ricky had a great outing and Hanley and Dre each had big hits for us,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who said he felt taking Puig at that moment “gave us the best chance to win the game.” Nolasco has now won five straight decisions, finishing August with a 5-0 record and a 1.64 ERA. He is also 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA since joining the Dodgers in July.“I know what’s at stake here, us being in the chase, and it’s about getting more comfortable and making better pitches,” Nolasco said.“The breaking stuff was good. The sliders were good to the right-handers. I just kept attacking the zone and I went after the pitchers.”Nolasco grew up in Rialto and had made just one home start at Dodger Stadium before this current homestand.Even with the mid-day game, Nolasco estimated he had 50-60 family and friends in the stands.center_img As the latest chapter of the Yasiel Puig novella took place, the Dodgers returned to their regularly scheduled programming and put together their strong brand of baseball.Ricky Nolasco turned in his second straight brilliant performance and the Dodgers benefitted from home runs by Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 before an announced crowd of 38,851 on a scorching Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.Nolasco followed up his eight-inning gem against the Boston Red Sox with perhaps the best performance of the season to help the Dodgers win the rubber game against the Cubs to finish the homestand with a 3-3 mark. The Dodgers are 15-1-4 in their last 19 series.Nolasco threw three-hit ball for eight innings, striking out 11 and walking one. And he made opposing pitcher Edwin Jackson throw 19 pitches to him in his at-bats.last_img read more