Commission for Women Urges House to Vote Against Senate Bill 3

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights If passed, Pennsylvania will have one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S.Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PCW) Chair Randi Teplitz, on behalf of the commission, today issued a statement urging the General Assembly to vote down a restrictive abortion ban. Senate Bill 3 passed the state House Health Committee Monday evening.“As our commonwealth faces many challenges, it is disheartening to see that our Pennsylvania General Assembly — which is comprised 80 percent of males — has chosen to focus its efforts on passing one of the most restrictive, and likely unconstitutional, anti-choice laws in the nation,” Teplitz said.“This bill moved out of committee without transparency — there were no public hearings conducted on its merits. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women believes that any changes to abortion laws that impact women to this degree should not occur without a robust discussion that includes input from the health care community as well as the public, particularly Pennsylvania women.”Senate Bill 3 would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, and does not allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or extreme fetal abnormalities. Governor Tom Wolf this week announced that if the bill makes it to his desk, he will veto it. December 05, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Commission for Women Urges House to Vote Against Senate Bill 3last_img read more

$22m beach house tops year’s list of QLD’s most expensive homes

first_img45-51 Albatross Avenue in Mermaid Beach sold for $25m. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Queensland’s biggest sales over the past two years, and the view from 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach.After just over three weeks on the market, a single offer was made for the Noosa estate by a buyer who “fell in the love” with the property during a two-hour inspection. Session ID: 2020-09-28:aab24b1ced891666cb2394f4 Player Element ID: vjs_video_1192 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00THE ultimate beach house has become Queensland’s most expensive home sold in the past year, passing Brisbane’s $18.48 million top sale last year as well as Pat Rafter’s $18 million beachfront property. Much of the home offers stunning views of the beach. Picture: Tom Offermann Real EstateMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“There is no doubt when we took the buyer in they fell in love with the 3,595sq m of prime beachfront land. The property offers privacy and seclusion plus the 44m of absolute beachfrontage is spellbinding,” he told The Courier-Mail. The buyer fell in love with the property during a two-hour inspection.The listing price for the home at 21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach, was $22 million but agents can’t divulge the price due to a confidentiality agreement.Listing agent Nic Hunter of Tom Offermann Real Estate confirmed multiple inspections were held — six of which were earlier in the month — before the current buyer. The kitchen inside 21-23 Webb Road. Picture: Tom Offermann Real EstateMore big dollar sales were expected to come out of Queensland this year given the breadth of luxury lifestyle properties and the large number of active local investors and sea-changers as well as expatriates from London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore in the market.“The expat and interstate market continue to fuel the high-end property sales in Noosa,” Mr Hunter said. Mr Hunter put the recordbreaking sale of 21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach, down to how rare the property was.“You can never put a cap on the lifestyle that people are seeking (and how much they’ll pay).”At close to $22 million, the super-sized 3,595sq m estate will change hands for three times what owner IT entrepreneur Daniel Wallis paid five years ago. Mr Hunter put the recordbreaking sale of 21-23 Webb Road, Sunshine Beach, down to how rare the property was. Inside the Sunshine Beach home. Picture: Tom Offermann Real Estate“The actual land component is such a rarity on the coast. There would be a handful of properties like it and how often does one actually become available to the market? It’s extremely rare, that’s why it sold so quickly.”Queensland’s most expensive residence sold in the past two years was Tidemark, the home of former Billabong executive Scott Perrin which landed $25 million in late 2016, while Brisbane’s top sale in that period was $18.48 million for a spectacular cliffhanger 1 Leopard Street, Kangaroo Point. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK last_img read more

ConocoPhillips, PDVSA Seal USD 2 Bn Settlement

first_imgU.S. energy corporation ConocoPhillips has signed a USD 2 billion settlement agreement with PDVSA, Venezuelan state-owned oil company.The deal relates to PDVSA’s failure to meet contractual obligations as indicated by an arbitral tribunal in April 2018, constituted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).The Venezuelan company agreed to pay USD 500 million within a period of 90 days from the time of signing, while the rest of the amount would be paid quarterly over a period of 4.5 years.“As a result of the settlement, ConocoPhillips has agreed to suspend its legal enforcement actions of the ICC award, including in the Dutch Caribbean,” the company said.“The award relates to the unlawful expropriation of ConocoPhillips’ investments in the Hamaca and Petrozuata heavy crude oil projects in Venezuela in 2007 and other pre-expropriation fiscal measures.”This move is believed to be good news for tankers as PDVSA is now expected to resume exporting oil from most of its key Caribbean facilities and boost Venezuelan crude production, which has been on a major decline over the recent period amid economic crisis in the country.The Venezuelan economy is almost entirely dependent on revenue generated from the oil and gas industry.The country is in a desperate need of investment into its oil and gas industry, but the current political impasse with the U.S. and the currency crisis in the country are making it difficult to attract investors.ConocoPhillips has a separate and independent legal action pending against the government of Venezuela before a tribunal under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).As indicated by Conoco, the ICSID tribunal has already ruled that Venezuela’s expropriation of ConocoPhillips’ investments violated international law, and proceedings are underway to determine the amount of compensation owed to ConocoPhillips.last_img read more

State smashes daily cases record with 5,511

first_imgThe numbers of coronavirus cases in Florida continue to rise.Florida reported 5,511 cases in one day, shattering the record for most in a day by 1,462, as deaths rose by 54 to 3,281, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday.Testing has also gone up in the state. The state reported 15.91 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive. Two weeks ago, the percentage was 5.54. Of all results reported by labs, the positive rate was 18.43 percent of the 36,339 tests compared with 7.31 percent among 31,415 tests two week ago.The overall positive rate is 6.5 percent, which is up one-tenth of 1 percent, compared with 5.3 percent one week ago and 10 percent several weeks ago.The state cases reported Wednesday were 2,225 more than Tuesday’s total of 3,286. The record was 4,049 set Saturday. Earlier increases were a previous mark of 3,822 Friday after a 3,207 record Thursday. In addition, there was a record 2,783 one week ago Tuesday.Until recently, the increased cases daily were often under 1,000.last_img read more

Boys cross country Lakers finish second at Rome meet

first_imgIt ultimately proved too big of a task for the Cazenovia boys cross country team to unseat its fellow Lakers from Skaneateles atop the Onondaga High School League Liberty divisionIn last Tuesday’s three-team meet at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, Cazenovia lost, 20-41, to Skaneateles, who holds the no. 11 state Class C ranking, but was able to defeat host Solvay by a 21-34 margin to salvage a split.Jared Smith, Cazenovia’s top runner, was fresh off a third-place showing in the Small School division of the Oct. 5 Tully Invitational. In 17 minutes, 5.8 seconds, Smith had only trailed CBA’s Michael McMahon (16:38.0) and Hannibal’s Dillon Plantz (16:39.5). Now Smith would challenge Skaneateles standout Caleb Bender. The pair had gone 1-2 in the Small School race at the Sept. 21 Baldwinsville Invitational and would do so here, too, Smith finishing in 16:31 but Bender (15:38) nearly a minute ahead of him.Skaneateles swept the rest of the top five with Matt Persampieri (16:38), Joe Norris (17:02) and Will Girzadas (17:40), with Cazenovia’s only other top-10 finish coming from Stan Angus, who in 17.44.2 edged out Skanetaeles’ Josh Reed (17:44.5) for sixth place.Now Cazenovia went to Saturday’s Bill Coughlin Invitational in Rome, where it finished second in the team standings with 92 points to host Rome Free Academy’s total of 21 points. Smith, with a time of 17:20.7, got second place behind RFA teammates Nate Sletten (16:28.7) and Nick Ferretti (16:31.6), while Angus finished 12th among team runners (17th overall) in 18:54 flat.Eric Groff gained 24th in the team standings in a clocking of 20:26.1, just ahead of a Lakers pack that included Quinn Smith (20:29.8), Sean Smithers (20:42.1) and Jacob Ives (20:53.9) as they all finished in the top 30 of the team standings.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Cazenoviacross countrylast_img read more

SEEING RED: Late turnovers frustrate Boeheim, Syracuse in 58-53 loss to No. 10 Louisville

first_img Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse loses 3rd consecutive game to Louisville 58-53 Brandon Triche started down the court, both hands out, wishing he had the previous play back. The senior guard tried to sneak a bounce pass to teammate Michael Carter-Williams across the court on an inbounds play, but it didn’t reach him and Louisville’s Luke Hancock snatched it away.Regret immediately overcame Triche as he gave away a second-straight possession, this time with the game tied. Triche’s lament for his late-game mistakes worsened when Hancock nailed a 3 on the ensuing possession to put the Cardinals ahead for good.The late turnovers erased a valiant comeback and doomed No. 12 Syracuse in a 58-53 loss to No. 10 Louisville (24-5, 12-4 Big East) in front of 31,173 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange (22-7, 10-6) overcame a seven-point deficit with less than six minutes to play but unraveled in the final two minutes. Triche, who’s been steady all season in the SU backcourt, committed three turnovers in the decisive span of the Orange’s third straight loss in Big East play.“It’s very disappointing just because it’s out of my character,” Triche said. “If I was used to making turnovers and everything like that I wouldn’t think too much of it, but when it’s out of your character it hurts.”It hurt for SU head coach Jim Boeheim, too, as he watched his senior guard and team fall apart after putting together a run that have them a chance to win the game. Despite shooting 35.7 percent from the field and getting no production from its centers, Syracuse held a one-point lead and was in control with 2:52 to play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen came the turnovers. And two minutes after losing control, Louisville was back in the driver’s seat.“I don’t know what we were doing or what we were thinking,” Boeheim said. “We turned it over three times on the out of bounds and we got the one-point lead, we got the ball and Brandon dribbles into the guy.“You just can’t make those mistakes in these kinds of games – it’s a tournament-type game.”Syracuse and Louisville went back-and-forth for much of the second half, trading the lead 10 times until the Cardinals appeared ready to take it for good.Hancock punctuated a six-point run for Louisville with a 3 from the left wing. The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter clapped and nodded his head repeatedly before both teams went to the bench for a Syracuse timeout.But Syracuse had another run left. An overzealous Russ Smith fouled Michael Carter-Williams in the backcourt, sending the point guard to the line where he sank a pair of free throws. Carter-Williams sliced through the lane for a left-handed finish on the next possession, then found himself back at the line the one after, where he drilled two more free throws.In just 64 seconds, Carter-Williams brought SU within one.“I was just trying to bring my team up and give us a chance in the game,” Carter-Williams. “We were down seven so I was trying to be a little more aggressive.”The game would be decided in the final 4:27. And suddenly, Louisville began to unravel. A pair of charge calls against Hancock sandwiched a C.J. Fair jumper and gave the Orange a 48-47 lead with 2:52 to play.Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was irate with the first charge, darting onto the court as the referee made the call. His jacket came off and more screaming ensued after the second one, which gave SU the ball up one with 2:24 to play.Syracuse still clung to that lead on the Cardinals’ next trip after Peyton Siva missed a 3 off the front rim from the right wing. The long rebound fell to Triche in stride, already taking it to the SU end, but Louisville’s Smith poked the ball away as he tried to put the ball the floor.Smith drew a foul on the resulting possession and went to the line, where he hit one free throw to tie it at 48. Syracuse’s first attempt to retake the lead, a layup from Triche, missed, but the Orange kept possession. That’s when the senior guard took the ball out and made the ill-advised pass for Carter-Williams.“We just got to take care of the ball and make all the right plays,” Triche said. “We were doing that earlier, that’s why we were winning close games but now we’re not.”His head coach highlighted the same mistakes as the cause for another loss. The effort was there, Boeheim said, as evidenced by the comeback. But the turnovers were too much to overcome.“You cannot make those kinds of turnovers in end-game situations,” Boeheim said. “It’s not something we’ve really done this year, but we did it today.” Comments Published on March 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Visions and Voices hosts military lecture

first_imgMilitary historian and author Victor Davis Hanson spoke at Town and Gown on Monday, charting the trend of the “savior general” throughout centuries of war, focusing on the case studies of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway and David Petraeus. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session with philosophy professor Scott Soames.Heroes · Victor Davis Hanson spoke at Town and Gown Monday evening on the miltary generals who greatly affected war and history. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanHanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has written 18 books, including his most recent, The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost — From Ancient Greece to Iraq.He outlined the careers and similarities between the generals who, through brilliant military strategy, rescued wars that would drastically change the Western world.“What if the war is lost?” Hanson said.He went on to reveal that the factors that traditionally won wars no longer matter. Hanson argued that manpower, technology, supply and morale become irrelevant when it is assumed that victory is out of reach. These men turned the tide of war through force of personality, intense study and a shared commonality with their troops, he said.“Nothing is lost, no war is lost until we say it’s lost,” Hanson said.Themistocles overcame the power of the vast Persian army at the Battle of Salamis, Belasarius re-established Byzantium under Justinian, Sherman rescued the Union and saved Lincoln’s presidency, Ridgway turned the tide of the Korean War and Gen. Petraeus outlined a new strategy for a failing conflict in Iraq that no one believed in.All the generals worked to remind the troops of their purpose, though each ended his life underappreciated and often vindicated by his country. Hanson suggested that these brilliant leaders are needed but do not work in peacetime.Hanson said he believes in the Thucydidean way of thought that says that human nature has remained the same through the ages so the study of the past is still relevant. He also introduced the modernist theory that through technology, humans have altered our brain chemistry so that history holds no value to study.President C. L. Max Nikias opened the lecture, and lauded Hanson for “shedding a spotlight on the vast expanse of human history.”“As a farmer and a classical scholar, Hanson studies how agriculture is connected to human conflict,” Nikias said.During the Question and Answer session, Hanson criticized the hypocrisy of the government in the Iraq war and also questioned U.S. morale.“It’s so hard to galvanize those absolute principles today,” he said. “We don’t believe in the American presence.”Katie Kelson, a senior majoring in economics, attended the lecture because she heard a podcast featuring Hanson.“There’s definitely a conservative bend to what he had to say,” Kelson said. “I definitely appreciate it even if I don’t agree completely.”Marisa Tsai, a senior majoring in international relations, left the lecture highly impressed.“I found a lot of what he had to say about these leaders really             thought-provoking,” she said.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim doesn’t think his players are tired, so please stop asking

first_img Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorIn all of Boeheim’s explanations, he tries to elaborate on why he can dole out heavy minutes, because the game has changed from when he played at Syracuse 52 years ago. Now, television contracts are like double jeopardy, filling up the athletic department’s pockets with conference revenue-sharing money and giving players an approximately two-and-a-half-minute rest for every four minutes of game clock with commercial breaks.Even way back when, he said, when the good players came out during the game, they sat for two, three, four minutes anyway. Not game minutes. Real minutes. Then they subbed back in and made an impact immediately. Without media breathers today, you couldn’t do it, he said, but they’re there, so might as well take advantage of them.On Feb. 5 in Louisville, a reporter raised his hand.“You’re down to six scholarship players right now,” he began, and Boeheim pursed his lips. “You had a seventh player play one minute today. What does that say about …” the reporter trailed off as Boeheim grinned, shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.Then, the reporter finished his question: “What does that say about this team’s resiliency, and how can you build upon that for the rest of the ACC season?”Syracuse is not alone, Boeheim said, and a few teams around the country play “five or six guys.” He pointed out that then-No. 1 Villanova scored 92 points to beat “a Top 15 team” in Seton Hall despite playing “one guy six minutes and one guy three.” Boeheim was close — the Wildcats actually played eight players, though the three off the bench totaled 20 minutes — but his point remained.“Our players are in good shape, they’re capable, they don’t seem tired,” Boeheim said. “They make plays at the end of games, they’ve been playing the whole year. We’ve won overtime games, games at the end. It’s a different game today.”He added the benefits are twofold, because “when you know you’re going to play the whole game, and you’re not as confident as you should be, I think you play better. I really do.”Part of the reason Syracuse finds itself in this situation illustrates a core tenet of Boeheim’s coaching philosophy. Of course, he couldn’t have planned for the different circumstances that have cut down his roster, but he has also never believed in a deep bench. His belief in not recruiting a bunch of scholarship guys coincides with his conviction that the best approach is keeping his best squad on the floor as long as he can. He even wrote about the idea in his book.That strategy has led to playing two or three players heavily every year. It’s no coincidence that the only two freshmen in the past five years to rank in the top five of minutes played in the ACC were both Boeheim’s players: Tyler Ennis in 2013-14 and Brissett this season.Boeheim also doesn’t think a player’s age or body type makes a real difference in being able to play a lot of minutes. He knows what works and what doesn’t, and he wants to roll with it. He trusts his guys.“Players want to play, and if they’re in good shape and strong kids, they can play a lot of minutes,” Boeheim said. “… I don’t think (minutes have a big effect). That’s just stuff people talk about. There’s a lot of stuff people talk about that’s a bad opinion, in my estimation.” Comments Jim Boeheim hears you, and he wants you to know he doesn’t care.Several times this season, Syracuse’s head coach has been asked about his squad’s lack of depth. Due to persistent injuries and Geno Thorpe quitting, SU has consistently only had six or seven scholarship players available for most games, and the team’s three offensive weapons — Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett — rank first, second and fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in minutes played. Players have mentioned the workloads can be fatiguing.Will the team, people wonder, hold up with its key players logging so many minutes?We’ll find out for sure as Syracuse (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) starts its crucial, season-ending stretch against No. 10 North Carolina (21-7, 10-5) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. But Boeheim has dismissed those concerns all year.Take Boeheim’s answer when a reporter asked him on Jan. 29 if the Orange’s defense has suffered because he plays his players such heavy minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“People who think that are full of sh*t,” Boeheim said. “It’s like, we don’t work on defense? They don’t watch our defense. … (Minutes) has nothing to do with it. I think players can play big minutes, I just think some teams don’t play guys big minutes. They play eight or nine guys and they spread the minutes out and that’s the way they choose to play and that’s good. We, traditionally, have played two or three guys heavy minutes anyway. But this year we don’t really have an option.”Boeheim paused. Then he continued: “I just don’t think (minutes) are any kind of a big deal at all. If you ask players at the end of the game who played those minutes, no one is not ready to go longer, and we’ve played some of our best basketball at the end of the game. So, guys aren’t tired, obviously.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors in game five

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 112-97 to reduce the deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each netted 41 points to become the first team-mates to score more than 40 points in the same NBA Finals match.Steph Curry scored only 25 points and the Warriors also missed the suspended Draymond Green as they failed to clinch the title on their home court.Warriors return to Cleveland, where they won the 2015 title, in game six.No side has come back from 3-1 down to win the Finals but the Cavaliers will feel they now have the momentum on their home court on Thursday to take it to a decider on Sunday.They hit 10 of 24 three-pointers to hand the Warriors their fourth home loss this season. It was level at 61-61 at half-time, but Cleveland then outscored their hosts 51-36, with Curry particularly wasteful as the Warriors hit just three of 21 three-points during that period.It is now 26 consecutive series for James with at least one road win, extending his NBA record.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Detroit man accused of trafficking heroin into north-central Iowa indicted in federal court

first_imgCHARLES CITY — Federal charges have now been filed against a Detroit man accused of trafficking heroin into north-central Iowa.Authorities say 50-year-old Keith Tucker was stopped for a traffic violation on New Year’s Eve near the 212 mile marker of US Highway 218 near Charles City. Law enforcement alleges that they found a brown, powdery substance about the size of a softball that tested positive for heroin. A loaded handgun was also found on the passenger seat of the vehicle. Court documents say Tucker admitted he was transporting heroin from Detroit to Mason City. Authorities also allegedly discovered marijuana tucked into Tucker’s sock when he was booked into the Floyd County Jail.Tucker was facing state-level heroin dealing charges, but he’s now been indicted in US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa for conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm as a drug user.Online court records show Tucker filed a written plea of not guilty to the state-level charges in Floyd County District Court on Tuesday, but with the federal indictment, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says those charges will likely be dropped.last_img read more