Healthcare, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today urged members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to support the proposed federal Miners Protection Act in order to secure healthcare and pension benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners nationwide, including at least 13,000 in Pennsylvania. In letters to the delegation, Governor Wolf said that without action from Congress in the coming days, a short-term fix to preserve benefits is set to expire at the end of April, potentially leaving thousands of coal miners—and their family members—without coverage.“Retired miners worked for these benefits, paid for them with years of service doing dangerous work so that the rest of us could have reliable and affordable power,” Governor Wolf said. “We have a responsibility to see that these benefits are preserved.”Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is a co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill—Senate Bill 175—as are Representatives Boyle, Brady, Cartwright, Doyle, Fitzpatrick, Shuster and Thompson in the House of Representatives where the bill was introduced as House Resolution 179. The Governor called on members of the delegation who have not yet joined as co-sponsors to support passage of the bill.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.The full text of Governor Wolf’s letter is as follows:Dear Representative:As you may be aware, without action from Congress in the coming days, health care benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners, including nearly two thousand in Pennsylvania, will expire at the end of April. Without action from Congress in the near term, the pension plan relied on by 13,000 Pennsylvania retirees will approach insolvency in the next few years. Retired miners worked for these benefits, paid for them with years of service doing dangerous work so that the rest of us could have reliable and affordable power. We have a responsibility to see that these benefits are preserved.To ensure that we uphold our commitments, I urge you to join the bi-partisan coalition supporting the Miners Protection Act (HR 179), which provides a comprehensive and permanent remedy to continue health care benefits, and ensure the long-term solvency of the United Mine Workers of America’s 1974 Pension Plan and Trust.The Miners Protection Act, which Senator Casey has championed in the Senate, and which your colleagues Representatives Boyle, Brady, Cartwright, Doyle, Fitzpatrick, Shuster, and Thompson have joined as co-sponsors in the House, is bipartisan, completely offset, and will not divert dollars from abandoned mine reclamation work.On March 1, 2017, Pennsylvania’s retired miners and their families began receiving letters informing them that their health benefits will be terminated at the end of April. This was the second such letter many have received in the past five months. As you can imagine, the ongoing uncertainty about benefits many of these retirees depend on for critical services and lifesaving medications has been a significant source of anxiety and stress, and only compounds as the deadline approaches. We owe these workers better. I urge you to support the Miners Protection Act in order to provide a permanent remedy that averts the loss of hard-earned health and retirement benefits and gives our miners and their families peace of mind.For the sake of Pennsylvania’s retired miners and their families, please support the Miners Protection Act. Thank you for your consideration of this request.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernor Governor Wolf Urges Congress to Support Miners Protection Act by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd April 18, 2017 Governor Wolf Urges Congress to Support Miners Protection Act SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the world to a standstill, but it has also created a scenario where the fate of sporting activities in the next six months hangs in balance. While the 2020 Olympic has already been postponed and the start of IPL-13 suspended, the 2020 Asia Cup is also likely to be given a skip this year. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that gauging from how things stand at present, it is almost safe to say that this edition of the Asia Cup might not see the light of day.In fact, the tournament had greater significance this year as it would be the perfect training ground for the Asian team going into the World T20 which is still scheduled to be played as per plan at the end of the year in Australia.“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn’t a possibility. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown. The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them,” the official said.In fact, when contacted, host association Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed that there isn’t much information to be given with regards to the status of the tournament which was to be played in September. “We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” the PCB official told IANS. Sporting events across the world have been postponed or called off and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has currently called for a 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus. The outbreak also saw the cancellation of the twin T20Is that Bangladesh were to hold on March 21 and 22 between the Asia XI and World XI. A decision on the fate of the Indian Premier League is also expected around mid-April as per Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. While he did say that the final call lies with the BCCI, he also made it clear that at present the safety of the citizens was priority and the directives of the government needed to be abided by. IANSAlso Read: Can’t wait forever, BCCI should start women’s IPL by 2021: Mithali RajAlso watch: CPRO of NFR, Suhanan Chand speaks about Corona Virus to The Sentinel, Watch the full video
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It didn’t take long for the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to build up an insurmountable lead against Illinois (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) Saturday night as Wisconsin jumped out to a 21-0 lead on its first three drives before stealing a 56-32 win away from home.However, while the UW offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense suffered a number of hiccups throughout the game that allowed Illinois to rack up 32 points — the second most Wisconsin has allowed this season — and 319 yards through the air.“We’re going to have to be better than that on defense,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “You have to give a lot of credit to Illinois, they are hard to stop … We had too many mental breakdowns … and we can correct [those mistakes].Through the first seven games in 2013, Wisconsin has developed a reputation as a team that makes big plays — particularly on pass plays from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave to senior wide out Jared Abbrederis — but Saturday night it was Illinois that made the big plays through the air.During the night, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase torched the Badgers to the tune of 249 yards alone, completing the night’s longest pass for 51 yards.That pass — with Illinois trailing Wisconsin 21-3 in the first half — gave the Illini a glimmer of hope when, three plays later, Illinois had reduced the Badgers’ lead to 11 with 6:38 left in the second quarter.Junior cornerback Peniel Jean said while the team is happy about the way it preformed in its first road win of the season, giving up these kinds of plays in the future could be much more costly.“They had three, four big plays which accumulated to like 330 yards,” Jean said. “They should have only had like 200 yards of offense. We take away those plays and it would have been a great game.”Beyond the secondary’s weaknesses giving up big plays Saturday night, the Wisconsin defense as a whole gave up eight penalties for 93 yards.“There were a couple miscues that we had,” redshirt sophomore Darius Hillary said. “We have to look at film, learn from it and then correct it. We have the bye week this upcoming week, so it would be the perfect time to correct those mistakes and move on.”Even though the Badgers allowed 32 points on the night, they started the game strong — forcing the Illini to punt on their first four possessions.Saturday’s win was the third time this season Wisconsin has given up 31 points or more to its opponent on the road, but the first time it has come home victorious in that scenario.Wisconsin’s slow deterioration of defense closely followed the loss of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Redshirt junior Marcus Trotter filled in while he was out and led the Badgers with nine tackles.While the injury is not serious and it is likely he will return when Wisconsin takes the field against Iowa Nov. 2 in Iowa City, it may have revealed a new concern for a team that has depended on youth in a number of spots on defense this year.Andersen rejected the idea that the team struggled without its leader on the field for much of the game, but said if that was the case it is something that will need to be remedied quickly as the season moves on and Wisconsin tries to claw its way back into the Big Ten Championship picture.“It’s possible [not having Borland] hurt us,” Andersen said. “I thought Trotter played well. There are a lot of packages going on … with Illinois. That is part of their scheme and they do a good job with it, and you have to react on defense in a positive way.”Gordon reaches milestoneAs Illinois gave Wisconsin trouble through the air, Wisconsin ran the 102nd-ranked defense in the country ragged to the tune of 289 yards and seven touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon played no small part in that attack in a milestone day for the second-year player.He finished with 142 yards on only 17 carries which was good enough to put him over 1,000 yards rushing in 2013 — the first time that he has done so in his brief career as a Badger.For Gordon, the chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark was a special moment for him in his coming-of-age as a college football running back.“It’s pretty cool,” Gordon said. “Coach always gave me crap about it in the offseason. It’s a good mark to have, but [those personal milestones] aren’t really what I’m focused on.”With Gordon reaching the milestone Saturday, at least one Wisconsin running back has done so each season going back to 2005. Gordon sits tied with former running back P.J. Hill as the fastest to the milestone, needing only seven games and 107 carries to complete the task.
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Animal welfare group, PETA India today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban all meat products from menus at all government meetings and events.Taking a cue from reports that Germany’s environment minister had recently banned meat from being served at meetings and events, PETA India asked Modi to lead India in a similar direction.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the move will help in curbing green house gas and tackle the issue of climate change.Noting that as a vegetarian, Modi is a role model of “compassionate, healthy, and environment-friendly” eating, PETA said that it is time the entire Indian government should follow his lead and protect the environment by eliminating animal-derived foods from its meals.The letter notes that Germany’s ministry went meat-free because meat production is one of the leading contributors to climate change, a reason behind severe droughts and heatwaves in India.In addition to producing an estimated 51 per cent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions, meat production also uses a massive amount of water, land, and food resources, it said.”I am writing to ask for India to take a cue from the German environment minister who banned meat from being served at her ministry’s meetings and events because meat production is one of the leading causes of climate change.ELIMINATE ANIMAL-DERIVED FOOD FROM GOVERNMENT MENUS”I hope you will agree that India should also set a good example where environmental conservation is concerned by eliminating animal-derived foods from the menus of all government or government-sponsored meetings and functions,” the letter written by Nikunj Sharma, PETA said.advertisementAnimal-derived foods include those that come from animal sources such as meat, milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt.Sharma later told PTI that although the body first wants the prime minister to “eliminate” meat from menus, on a larger note, the organisation has sought a ban on food derived from animals.”The meat industry is heating up the planet and gobbling up our natural resources, but we can fight climate change by starting with whats on our plates.”PETA is calling on Prime Minister Modi to set a global example by ensuring that exclusively healthy, humane, and environmentally-friendly vegan meals are served at all government functions,” Sharma said.While more than 194 million people in India are undernourished, 60 per cent of the worlds grain supply is used to feed farm animals, as it takes 10 kilograms of grain to produce just 1 kilogram of meat, the body said.GO VEGAN, SAVE WORLD FROM HUNGER: PETAAccording to the United Nations, a global shift towards a vegan lifestyle is vital in order to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst effects of climate change.”As a vegetarian, you are a role model of compassionate, healthy, and environmentally-friendly eating. Its time for the entire Indian government to follow your lead and protect the environment by eliminating animal-derived foods from its meals.”Will you please ensure that animal-derived foods are not served at government functions?” the letter asked.Noting that India is home to more than 280 million cows and 200 million other ruminant animals such as goats and buffaloes, it said they are bred predominantly to be used for meat or dairy production.According to satellite data from our space programme, these animals transfer almost 12 million tonnes of methane which traps 25 times as much heat as carbon dioxide does into the atmosphere via flatulence every year.In fact, a widely publicised report published by the Worldwatch Institute in 2009 estimated that 51 per cent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions may be attributable to agriculture, specifically to businesses that raise cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, camels, and pigs for food, PETA said.”Animal welfare is also a growing concern because of today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries.”Citizens are concerned that many chickens throats are cut while they are still conscious, that fishes typically are suffocated or cut open while they are still alive, that pigs are often stabbed in the heart as they scream in pain, and that calves are usually torn away from their mothers within hours of birth,” the body said.It said that at slaughterhouses, animals are often killed in full view of one another and dismembered while they are still conscious. Eating animals also wreaks havoc on human health and leads to increased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.ALSO READ:Jallikattu: May take legal route if Centre brings ordinance to conduct the sport, says PETALIVE: Tamil Nadu Assembly bulldozes Jallikattu Bill, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan appeal for calmadvertisement
Rivaldo raps Barcelona for ignoring kidsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona star Rivaldo says management should focus more on their La Masia academy.Rivaldo believes the club’s young players deserve a better chance at making it.Asked about Jeison Murillo’s signing and the possible arrivals of Adrien Rabiot (PSG) and Frenkie De Jong (Ajax), Rivaldo said Barca “should look more at La Masia and less outside the club. Murillo arrived, they’re talking about Rabiot and De Jong… in my opinion the club doesn’t need to reinforce from outside. “They have an excellent structure and should focus on moving through new young talents.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was stuck on a cruise ship for an extra day and a half because of foggy conditions down near Port Tampa Bay. Meyer and the other 2,500 passengers aboard Buckeye Cruise actually had to be escorted back to shore by the Coast Guard.The passengers were aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, and the the travel company has issued a very clever PR statement on the matter. Royal Caribbean jokingly tweeted that the vessel wasn’t having trouble, it was just navigating through the Gulf of Mexico to create script Ohio.Hey, @OSUCoachMeyer! Fog, schmog: we knew where we were going all along. Welcome back! #stuckatsea #bc4c pic.twitter.com/s0p81a1eU4— Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) February 25, 2015Thankfully, everyone aboard the ship was unharmed.
APTN National NewsThe Shoal Lake 44 First Nation will be taking its case to the United Nations.A delegation from the community is expected to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, next February.The community has been cut-off from the mainland for 100 years and has been under a boil water advisory for nearly two decades.It seems public support to build a so-called “Freedom Road” for the community is finally taking hold and it’s now part of the federal election campaign.APTN’s Dennis Ward spoke with the candidates hoping to represent the riding that includes the community.
TORONTO – Crossing the US$60 oil barrier wasn’t enough to steer the Toronto stock index out of the red ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend, as Canadian cannabis companies experienced a volatile trading day.The February crude contract climbed 58 cents to US$60.42 per barrel on Friday, its highest level since June 24, 2015.Despite oil’s momentum, energy stocks fell on the S&P/TSX composite index, declining 12.82 points to 16,209.13 as the TSX retreated from its two-day record streak. On Wednesday and Thursday, the commodity-heavy index closed at all-time highs of 16,203.13 and 16,221.95, respectively.“It’s a bit mixed,” Steve Belisle, a senior portfolio manager of equities at Manulife Asset Management, said of the divergence between crude prices and oil and gas stocks.“That said, a lot of focus is put on the spot prices on the short end of the curve but what’s important is the long of the curve and where it’s heading. … Stocks have already been pricing in higher crude prices.”Moreover, Belisle added, “it’s pretty quiet day in terms of volume. Any movement you’re seeing must taken with a grain of salt.”Included in the TSX’s broad-based decline was the health-care sector after major pot producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) had their stocks temporarily halted earlier Friday after share prices dropped by nearly 15 per cent within a short time frame.Canopy Growth and Aurora, as well as other marijuana companies, recovered most or all of their losses at the end of trading on Friday. Aurora closed at $9.60, up 66 cents or 7.38 per cent, while Canopy was down 2.20 per cent or 67 cents at $29.74.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes experienced modest losses on the final day of trading for 2017.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 118.29 points to 24,719.22. The S&P 500 index was down 13.93 points to 2,673.61 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 46.77 points to 6,903.39.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.71 cents US, up 0.27 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract gained four cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The February gold contract climbed $12.10 to US$1,309.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down one cent to US$3.30 a pound.North American stock markets will be closed Monday.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Canada’s main stock index plummeted more than 250 points Friday, down 4 per cent over the past week, in a broad-based decline that included drops in every sector.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 254.89 points to 15,606.03 today.The last such drop was more than seven months ago when it lost about 269 points on May 17, 2017.While all sectors finished Friday in the red, shares in health care saw the steepest losses of an average 6.18 per cent.Cannabis stocks led the decline in the sector, with Canopy Growth Corp. dropping $3.44 or 12.49 per cent to $24.11, while Aphria Inc. shares fell $1.60 or 10.34 per cent to $13.88. Both were among the top three worst performing shares on the TSX Friday.Aphria’s losses came the same day it announced a $20-million deal to sell its stake in an Arizona cannabis company to an affiliated U.S. firm. The Canadian licensed marijuana producer is looking to reduce its direct involvement in medical pot in the U.S.Things weren’t any better south of the border.The Dow Jones industrial average shed 665.75 points to 25,520.96. The S&P 500 index lost 59.85 points to 2,762.13 and the Nasdaq composite index slipped 144.91 points to 7,240.95.“(The market) was priced to perfection, meaning certainly not a cheap market, so you would expect that any major negative news would be badly taken,” said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.Investor mindsets are shifting to realize that interest rates in the U.S. will go higher and likely at a quicker rate than originally anticipated, he said, which means all asset values probably need to be reassessed to the downside.“Maybe the market needs to temper its bullishness on valuations,” he said.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.78 cents US, down 0.60 of a U.S. cent.The March crude contract fell 35 cents to US$65.45 per barrel and the March natural gas contract slipped by a penny to roughly US$2.85 per mmBTU.The April gold contract dropped US$10.60 to US$1,337.30 an ounce and the March copper contract lost about 2.2 cents to roughly US$3.19 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:WEED, TSX:APH)