Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor COVID-19 Victims April 07, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff until further notice to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.“Too many Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to COVID-19, and, unfortunately, many more will die,” said Gov. Wolf. “Already we have lost friends, parents, grandparents, and siblings. We have lost first responders. We have lost community members. Each of these Pennsylvanians is irreplaceable. Each deserves to be honored individually for their contributions to our commonwealth, but this cruel disease will not give us a respite to mourn.“This virus prevents us from honoring the dead at traditional gatherings. We cannot have funerals, wakes, or sit shiva. I hope this flag lowering provides some solace to the grieving families and friends. And, I hope it serves as a reminder of the reason for the sacrifices Pennsylvanians are making to help their community survive this crisis.”Commonwealth flags should be lowered to half-staff until a date to be announced after the pandemic passes. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.View this information in Spanish here.
Tom and Daleena Hartin at their Bayview Heights investment property. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSCAIRNS experts have mixed reactions to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest housing data which shows lending to owner occupiers remaining flat and demand from investors continuing to stall. The April housing finance data indicated there was $32.5 billion worth of loan commitments, 1.6 per cent lower than the $33 billion recorded in March. Almost $20 billion worth of housing finance commitments to owner occupiers in April was the lowest value of lending to owner occupiers since November 2016. There was a further $12.6 billion in finance commitments to investors which was the lowest value of lending since last September. Cairns-based Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr said local housing finance figures mirrored the sluggish national results.“Despite a flurry of sales to first home buyers rushing to get in before the $20,000 grant’s closing date of June 30 (which has now been extended to December 31 in the budget), overall market activity in Cairns remains quite slow and this would be flowing through to a slow state of housing finance applications,” Mr Carr said. Quaid Real Estate agent Tom Quaid. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE“Sale numbers were down by about 9 per cent in the first quarter of this year (compared to the same quarter of 2016) and our observation, apart from the first homebuyer sector, is that the slowdown has continued into the current quarter.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoCairns Mortgage Brokers’ Roger Ward has long held the view that restrictions designed to prevent a housing bubble in capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne is doing nothing but strangle regional real estate markets.“There are already indicators that investor activity in the Far North has fallen over solely due to the latest changes in lending standards advocated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority,” Mr Ward said.“By allowing the banks to come up with answers to APRA’s concerns has meant higher interest rates across the country.“It’s meant a minor correction in the investor participation rate in the offending cities with a disproportionate downturn in activity being experienced in regional Australia. That’s meant tighter lending standards for regional Australia reducing investment, when what’s needed is more investment.“The approach has resulted in unintended consequences which is costing billions of dollars in unrealised investment throughout regional Australia.”But Real Estate Institute of Queensland Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid said there was still plenty of investment demand in Cairns. Cairns Mortgage Brokers’ Roger Ward. Picture: Marc McCormack“This data is really weighted towards the capitals, that’s where most lending is occurring, they are the ones with the highest volume of transactions and the highest growth,” he said.“You are needing to have a stronger deposit and rates aren’t quite as good as they were.“But if you look in the capital cities where you’re getting low yields, at high prices with a relatively small margin and when you suddenly have to come up with a bigger deposit and you’ve got higher costs, Cairns is attractive because we still get quite strong rent.“Cairns, compared to other regional centres, has a fair bit to be happy about.”Mr Quaid said buyers and investors needed to shop around more for good loan deals and pointed to the popularity of mortgage brokers who could provide access to a wider variety of financial loans.
Even though it was cloudy and there was a chill in the night, fans that came to watch the Bulldogs vs Wildcat track meet should not have left disappointed.There were many events decided by tenths to even hundredths of a second. Although the Wildcats gave some great performances in several events, the Bulldogs answered right back in others. The boys 100m dash and the 4 x 100m relay were decided by .03 and .04 of a second respectively. Gray from Franklin County just out leaned Tanner Ayette from Batesville in the 100m dash, then in the 4 x 100m relay it was Ayette to get Gray. Two very close and exciting races. In fact, the 100m dash top 5 times were 11.15, 11.18, 11.19, 11.20, 11.21. The same held true for the boys 200m dash with the top 3 time at 23.22, 23.31 and 23.43 all held by the Batesville Bulldogs.Although the Wildcats had some great talent they could not surpass the depth of the Bulldogs. The boys took home the blue ribbons in 12 of the 16 events with a sweep (1st-3rd) in both the 1600m run and 200m dash. Score was BHS-92 FC-40. The girls brought home the blue in all but one event and swept 5-100m dash, 1600m run, 800m run, 200m dash and 3200m run. Final score was BHS-107 FC-25.The Bulldogs had many 7 different individual champions on the boys side and 9 for the girls. Batesville won every relay as well.Individual and multi-event champions for the dogs were:Peter Heil-110m hurdles (15.9), 300m hurdles (41.55) and long jump (19’8.5″); Clare Bruns-100m hurdles (17.08) and 300m hurdles (52.16); Sophie Meadows-100m dash (12.95) and 200m dash (27.18); and Kelsey Gausman-800m run (2:35.57) and 1600m run (5:51.6).Other Individual champions:Kevin Bedel-High Jump (5’8″); Caleb Moster-1600m run (4:56.54); Michael Tunny-400m dash (52.66); Connor Bell-800m run (2:09.41); Tanner Ayette-200m dash (23.22); Cole Nuhring-3200m run (11:25.79); Samantha Heidlage-shot put (32’0″); Kim Tidman-High Jump (5’0″); Mary Elizabeth Elkins-Long Jump (14’6″); Jessica Wagers-Pole Vault (7’6″); Audrey Hall-400m dash (1:05.59); and Mary Poltrack-3200m run (12:16).Relays were:4 x 100-Jacob Koehne, Zach Mears, Garrett Yorn, Tanner Ayette (45.0) and Clare Bruns, Madeleine Robben, Mary Elizabeth Elkins, Sophie Meadows (52.62).4 x 400-Garrett Yorn, John Moody, Peter Heil, Michael Tunny (3:47) and Clare Bruns, Madeleine Robben, Maddie Pierson, Sophie Meadows (4:25.75).4 x 800-Caleb Moster, Cole Nuhring, Grant Meyers, Connor Bell (9:15) and Mary Poltrack, Maria Wessel, Sarah Poltrack, Kelsey Gausman (10:41).2nd and 3rd place ribbons were also given and Batesville took home quite a few of these as well…2nd place finishers were:Discus-Kevin Bedel and Samantha Heidlage; High Jump-Tim TunnyPole Vault-Nathan Bedel and Lexi Hatcher; 100m dash-Tanner Ayette and Haylee Harmeyer; 200m dash-Jacob Koehne and Mary Elizabeth Elkins; 400m dash-John Moody and Haylee Harmeyer; 800m run-Cole Nuhring and Sarah Poltrack; 1600m run-Connor Bell and Sarah Poltrack; and 3200m run-Chris Riffle and Maria Wessel.3rd place:Discus-Avni Patel; Shot Put-Avni Patel; High Jump-Luke Forbeck and Morgan Meyer; Pole Vault-Robert Strobe; 100m dash-Morgan Meyer; 200m dash-Michael Tunny and Madeleine Robben; 300m hurdles-Garrett Wagner; 800m run-Emma Gausman; 1600m run-Grant Meyers and Lauren Eckstein; 3200m run-Katie Baumer.Personal records for the night…High Jump-Tim Tunny, Luke Forbeck, Nathan Bedel, Hannah Canady, Morgan Meyer.Long Jump-Garrett Yorn, Mary Elizabeth Elkins.Discus-Tim Tunny, Sam Esser, Nikki Elkins.110/100 hurdles-Peter Heil, Clare Bruns.100m dash-Gavin Koester, Ridge Douglas, Haylee Harmeyer, Morgan Meyer, Jessica Westerfeld, Paige Current, Angela Freyer, Hannah Canady.200m dash-Luke Schroeder, Ridge Douglas, Sophie Meadows, Madeleine Robben, Angela Freyer.300m hurdles-Garrett Wagner.800m run-Grant Meyers, Emma Gausman, Brooke Drake, Candice Roell.3200m run-Mary Poltrack.4 x 800 split-Jackson Wooldridge, Brooke Drake.4 x 400 split-Grant Meyers, Guentin Gowdy, Matt Thomas, Garrett Wagner, Mary Elizabeth Elkins, Clare Bruns, Maddie Pierson, Sophie Meadows, Sarah Poltrack, Audrey Maupin.The Bulldogs compete again at home this Thursday against the Lawrenceburg Tigers. Field events begin at 5pm and running will begin at 5:30pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Loraine Streeter, age 85 of Bright, Indiana passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Bright, Indiana. Born January 13, 1934 in Stinking Creek, Tennessee the daughter of Ova and Essie (Campbell) Cox.Loraine is survived by her daughter Diane (James) Huddleston of Bright, Indiana. Grandmother of Kimberly Taylor of Harrison, Ohio. Great grandmother of Molly and Madison Manning. Great great grandmother of Isaiah, Elijah and Callie. Sister of Harold Cox.Preceded in death by her parents Ova and Essie Cox, husband Max Streeter and sister Alma Cox.Visitation will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Shawn Crisman officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery Bright, Indiana.
However, Villa remain bottom of the table and Garde refused to get carried away following their first league win since the opening day of the season. “We have to stay very humble it’s only three points,” he said after his 11th match in charge. “We are far away from what we all want. Of course this victory could give us a little bit more confidence “I also want to insist on the way we played. The different between Villa and Palace didn’t reflect the table. “I want my players to be more confident and hopefully that’s what will happen.” Lescott was criticised at the weekend after being accused of playing a game involving chewing gum with Brad Guzan while they were substitutes during the 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe. The pair received some boos from the crowd before the game, but Garde insisted he needs the former England international in his side. “I didn’t speak with Joleon about this stuff,” he said. “I am pleased with the way he gave an answer but not an answer regarding this fact. Remi Garde insisted Aston Villa must remain humble after finally clinching his first win as boss. “He is an experienced player and should be very important for the team. “He spreads serenity and calm. He knows the game and is a player I can rely on. He is not as young as he used to be, I try to manage him and others as best I can.” Palace have now failed to score in their last four league games and the closest they came at Villa Park was when Wilfried Zaha hit the post inside the first minute. Eagles boss Alan Pardew conceded Villa deserved to win and refused to criticise Hennessey for his error. “Wayne’s first touch puts him in trouble,” he said. “He has been brilliant for us and his mistake cost us the goal but we made mistakes in other areas all night. “They go unnoticed – as much as the goal is going to be a highlight for everyone else. “I said to the players, there are not many times I can turn round and say we just couldn’t get going. “I don’t want to take too much away from Villa. They deserved the win and my team didn’t play well. “The Premier League would not want to lose a club of this magnitude. I hope they can resolve it.” Wayne Hennessey’s error gifted Joleon Lescott the winner as Villa claimed a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening. It ended their 19-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League and closed the gap to safety to eight points. Press Association
A 13-year-old is dead after he and his family were attacked while they traveled back to the US after visiting relatives in Mexico.The incident occurred Saturday night on a highway just south of Texas, in the state of Tamaulipas.Not much is known about the case at this time, however, authorities did report that the highway the family was traveling on is considered “high-risk” because it travels through an area that is disputed by several criminal groups.Additionally, while, the identity of the family was not released, the attorney general’s office said the teen was a U.S. citizen and that the parents were permanent residents of the U.S.
Two and a half months after committing to Syracuse, class of 2017 running back B.J. Daniels has decommitted from SU and reopened his recruiting. National Signing Day is Feb. 1. Daniels is the second class of 2017 player to decommit from SU in as many days, as wide receiver Joshua Palmer decommitted from Syracuse on Friday afternoon, according to multiple media reports. Daniels, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound back out of Palm Bay (Florida) Senior High School, is ranked with three stars by Scout.com and rated No. 100 at his position. On Oct. 31, he had chosen SU over offers from South Florida, Maryland and Colorado State. He had joined Allen Stritzinger and Markenzy Pierre as Syracuse’s third running back in the class. (Both Stritzinger and Pierre remain committed to SU.) Daniels was Syracuse’s 20th commit and sixth player from Florida in the 2017 class.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaniels runs a 4.51 40-yard dash, per his Hudl.com profile, and has a 36-inch vertical.Eight players have left the SU program this offseason, but SU expects 22 newcomers to join the program this fall.With signing day slightly over two weeks away, track the class of 2017 here. Comments Published on January 14, 2017 at 10:52 am Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
But Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately appealed that ruling to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of Hinkle’s ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. -AP A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election. The governor’s spokeswoman, Helen Ferre, said there would be no comment on the litigation until it is settled. Under Amendment 4, felons who have completed their sentences would have voting rights restored. But the legal dispute arose after state lawmakers moved to define what it means to complete a sentence. In addition to time served, lawmakers stipulated that all legal financial obligations, including unpaid fines and restitution, would also have to be settled before a felon could be eligible to vote. “But it means there will be a lot of people who are unsure about their eligibility to vote,” he said, “and will be unable to figure out if they are eligible.” The appellate court, in a three-sentence order Wednesday, granted both requests. The court gave no timeline as to when it would hear the case. “Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of Campaign Legal Center, which is representing felons seeking access to the ballot box under Amendment 4, a voter-approved measure that sought to return voting rights to released felons. The stay, if it extends into the fall, could influence the election outcome in November. Florida is considered a must-win state in President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election. Florida’s disenfranchised felons represent a significant bloc in a state well known for razor-thin election margins. Many of those felons are Black and presumably Democrats. Amendment 4 permanently bars convicted murderers and rapists from voting, regardless of financial debts. “It doesn’t mean we’ve lost—it’s just a stay,” said Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice, which is also among the groups representing plaintiffs. Hinkle’s ruling said state elections officials were ill-prepared to review the hundreds of thousands of voter registration applications that could arrive ahead of the state’s August primary and the November presidential vote. In May, a federal judge in Tallahassee ruled that Florida law can’t stop an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law a “pay-to-vote system.” “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent,” he added. “We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.”
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan and team-mate Andre Ayew have defended the decision of the team to boycott training during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil due to the delay in the payment of appearance fees.Both players were interacting with media men ahead of the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier against Uganda and attempted to provide answers on why the players reacted the way they did in Brazil.Andre Ayew spoke first; highlighting the fact that the players went to Brazil even though promises had been broken with regard to the timing of paying the money.“I think we should put things into perspective. We started our preparations from Amsterdam through to the US and all those trips, we were always being promised that the money is coming and we did not say anything and went into the tournament. In some countries players refused to take the plane without their monies. We went to Brazil, played two games, gave our best; it is true we couldn’t beat the U.SA due to little mistakes. After the Germany game, we still didn’t get our money and asked what is happening. We didn’t understand. We play our hearts out to raise the flag of our country Ghana high. Every player that gets the chance to play at the World Cup, even if you tell him tomorrow it [appearance fees] is for one cedi or two cedi, I think he will take his boots and run to come to Brazil.”Ayew denied that the team decided not to train for two days; noting that the spread of half-truths doesn’t help anyone; least of all the players and their families.“It gets to a point where it’s like a job, you have negotiations and everything is set but things end up not working that way. You look at yourself and ask what is going on. We did not decide not to train for two days. It was once and even that day we had a discussion with the coach about that because we had arrived from Maceio and everybody was tired. So when we don’t know the real truth, we shouldn’t be talking like that because it affects the team, players and a lot of people around.” The Marseille midfielder also described comments that the players are taking too much money as without basis, since not all the players in the team are on good wages at their clubs.“When we talk about the $100,000, everybody says these players are taking too much. Honestly, maybe the money that Asamoah Gyan, Dede, Agyemang Badu make at their clubs is not the same as what [Stephen] Adams who is playing in Ghana or somebody is making. It is not the same life as European players like Germany. They take higher amounts and you cannot compare somebody who has 50 people behind him and not having those kind of salaries and you tell him to do this or that.”Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan agrees with Andre Ayew’s comments and added that he is a taxpayer with businesses which inviolve expenditure exceeding the $100,000 appearance fee quantum.“As a captain I do agree with what my colleague said. Let me put it straight. We are Ghanaians. Sometimes from the outside, people think we just come to Ghana and play for the money. I didn’t want to say this, but sometimes you have to say things. Talking about me personally, I pay tax. I’ve got a company in Ghana; I’ve got about 200 employees who are all being paid. I shouldn’t be saying this in front of everybody but sometimes we bring cars to Ghana and pay duties for them which are more expensive than the $100,000 that people are talking about every day.”Gyan reiterated that unlike in Europe where the family is about the spouse and children only, the extended family system in Africa means that one person doing well has a lot of dependants, thus increasing expenditure in terms of seeing to the dependants’ welfare. “So like Dede said, in Europe, your family is about you, your wife and children but if anybody agrees with me, in Ghana, your great grandfather is your family, you’ve got a lot of people depending on you, even your friends are your family. I think we are from Africa and we know our situation. We don’t take the money just for pleasure but for our families, friends and everybody. Football is our job and the money is what we toil for.”Referring to the training boycott, Gyan asked what would happen if a journalist doesn’t get paid when he is supposed to and what action the journalist would take, adding that such disagreements are normal in life.“If a journalist or anybody with a family depending on him, works and doesn’t get paid, he is told may be next month. The time comes and it continues and they don’t pay, what decision will the journalist take? So things happen. Sometimes, we learn from our mistakes. May be we shouldn’t have taken such decision but it happens in life.” The Ghana captain asked for the events of Brazil to be consigned into the dustbin of history; adding that the Black Stars has an emerging group of young players that can achieve a lot for the nation.“What matters is that, we have to forget about the past and think about the future. We’ve got a lot of young players in the team who are capable of doing great things for Ghana. The old players who have been there, this is our generation and we do accept criticisms on things which went wrong.”
The Twins are one of multiple teams showing interest in Blue Jays right-hander Daniel Hudson as Minnesota searches for relief help ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, according to MLB Network. Hudson, who also has drawn interest from the Red Sox, has been consistent for the Blue Jays this season, posting an ERA of 2.80 over 45 innings in his first year with Toronto. He holds a 5-2 record record in 42 appearances in 2019. MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays ‘not being offered top tier prospects’ for Marcus Stroman “When it comes to deadline stuff, that’s not even in my head right now,” Giles said earlier this week (via the Toronto Sun). “I love it here. My family loves it here. I would love to be here longer than most people probably expect me to. But it’s out of my hands and I’m going to let it flow.”The Blue Jays hold a 39-65 record and are 28 games back from the AL East-leading Yankees entering Friday’s game against the Rays. Troy Tulowitzki retires after 13 MLB seasons MLB trade rumors: Mets ‘fully intent on dealing’ Noah Syndergaard; Dodgers among teams interested He previously pitched for the White Sox, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Dodgers throughout his 10-year MLB career before signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blue Jays last winter. He’s set to become a free agent after this season.The Twins had already been connected to Toronto closer Ken Giles and starter Marcus Stroman, though the Blue Jays reportedly told interested teams that they may not trade Storman and would instead offer him an extension, according to SNY. Related News