Two bloggers held by Revolutionary Guards could face death penalty

first_img News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 February 25, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Iran News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistscenter_img Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about serious human rights violations by the Revolutionary Guards against journalists and netizens held in Iranian prisons. Prosecutors may be about to request the death penalty for two bloggers who have been detained since 2008, Vahid Asghari and Hossein Derakhshan.“The serious charges against Asghari and Derakhshan, which are completely groundless, are punishable by the death penalty under Islamic law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community must intervene and demand explanations from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is backed by the Revolutionary Guards, and from the judicial authorities, who are abusing the law.”Organised Crime Surveillance CentreEver since its creation by the Revolutionary Guards in March 2009, the Organised Crime Surveillance Centre has played an active role in tracking down and arresting outspoken netizens. Shortly after its creation, the centre announced the dismantling of a “malevolent” online network in March 2009 and the arrests of several website moderators. Their photos and “confessions” were posted on the centre’s website, Gerdab (, a few days later. They reportedly admitted to links with websites that criticised Islam and the government, and to their intention of “misleading” Iranian youth by publicising porn sites. They also confessed to participating in a plot supported by the Americans and Israelis.On 17 June 2009, two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection triggered a wave of street protests, the centre issued a communiqué announcing that it had noted “several cases of websites and personal blogs posting articles inciting disturbances of public order and urging the population to rebel.”“These sites, created with the help of American and Canadian companies, receive the support of media that are protected by the American and British security services such as the BBC, Radio Farda (Free Europe) and Radio Zamaneh,” the statement added, urging website managers to suppress “content that incites the population to riot and spreads threats and rumours.”One of the Revolutionary Guard commanders, Ebrahim Jabari, officially confirmed on 20 May of this year that a “cyber army” had been created to crack down on “destructive” online networks. The “cyber army” has reportedly been responsible for the arrests of hundreds of netizens and attacks on such websites as Twitter and the Radio Zamaneh site.Prison conditions, forced confessionsDetainees have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and to torture to obtain confessions that are used in their trials. Asghari, a leading target of the “network dismantling” policy, is one of the victims of such abuses. Aged 24 and an ICT student in India, he was arrested on 11 May 2008 at Tehran airport for possessing several credit cards. He is still awaiting trial more than two years later. He was held in solitary confinement for seven month and was mistreated and tortured to make him confess to organising a pornographic network that blasphemed Islam and criticised the government in order to pervert Iranian youth. And what was Asghari’s crime? Hosting websites, including the sites of government opponents.“I was beaten with a stick for hours and hours while blindfolded and handcuffed,” he wrote in a letter to the president of the 15th chamber of the Revolutionary Court on 17 October 2009. “With a knife against my throat, I was threatened with death and rape. I and my family were insulted. I was forced to make a confession and sign it. They then videoed my confession and broadcast the video with the national television station’s complicity although I was legally presumed to be innocent.”According to article 168 of the constitution, defendants prosecuted on political charges should be given public, jury trials but most of the trials have been held behind closed doors. Their lawyers are often sidelined and denied access to the case files and in some cases defendants were not told they had been tried and condemned. Asghari said in his letter: “I have never seen my lawyer and, even in court, I did not have the right to say hello to him.”Asghari also wrote: “I was alleged to have received money from abroad as a result of Google advertising on the websites I hosted. I was accused of insulting the Shiite Imams and the Prophet because of their content. And I was forced to say that Hossein Derakhshan was an agent of both the Iranian ministry of intelligence and the CIA.”Derakhshan, who has Iranian and Canadian dual nationality, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards on 1 November 2008. He was given a trial without due process and has remained in detention even since awaiting the court’s verdict.A trumped-up charge of “insulting government leaders and Islam’s holy texts” was brought against him although he clearly defended not only the Islamic revolution’s principles but also President Ahmadinejad’s policies in his blog entries. He appears to be a collateral victim of the in-fighting between the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence services.Two other bloggers, Kouhyar Goudarzi and Hossien Ronaghi Maleki, are also being held in extremely arduous conditions.“Canada and the rest of the international community must redouble their efforts to get the Iranian authorities to release all of the imprisoned netizens and journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added. Nine netizens and 26 journalists are currently detained in Iran, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” Help by sharing this information News September 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers held by Revolutionary Guards could face death penalty March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Man Charged with Burglary, Assault, Sexual Battery in South Pasadena

first_imgPolice, Fire & The Courts Man Charged with Burglary, Assault, Sexual Battery in South Pasadena Published on Friday, July 1, 2016 | 4:05 pm 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it A 22-year-old man accused of exposing himself, assaulting a teen and breaking into several homes on Wednesday was charged today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.Michael David Brownlee (dob 8/21/93) of Los Angeles has been charged in case GA099173 with: two counts of first-degree burglary with a person present, one count of first-degree residential burglary, one count each of assault with intent to commit rape and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.The charging document includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime. Additionally, the felony complaint alleges that Brownlee was previously convicted of first-degree burglary, person present in 2014.Brownlee is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Branch. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $380,000.Prosecutors said on June 29, Brownlee allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl near South Pasadena High School but she managed to free herself and run away. Shortly after that, he is suspected of exposing himself to a mother and her son near the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Rollin Street.Brownlee also is suspected of committing several residential burglaries before he was arrested about 2 p.m. in the 3000 block of Emory Street, allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 27 years in state prison.The case is being investigated by the South Pasadena Police Department.About the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s OfficeLos Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Herbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Governor Wolf to Delegation: Federal Cuts Will Hurt Pennsylvanians

first_img Economy,  Education,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – As the federal government rushes to complete a spending bill or continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, Governor Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to put their constituents above the pressure of the President and congressional leaders to make deep cuts to important programs that could hurt Pennsylvanians.In a letter to the delegation, Governor Wolf outlined how the proposed cuts would hurt their constituents, especially students, seniors, workers, the poor and those seeking treatment for addiction.“Opposing the President’s proposed reductions for the remainder of this fiscal year is especially critical because in many cases they would lock in the disastrous Budget Blueprint, which would slash $54 billion in federal support to states including particularly the social programs which help Americans access healthcare and education benefits,” Governor Wolf wrote. “The Budget Blueprint, which was announced in mid-March, shocked members of both parties in the degree to which its cuts were targeted at Americans who can least afford them.“The President seems intent on waging war on those who are struggling, especially in rural communities, who will disproportionately feel the effect of his proposed cuts. On behalf of these constituents and all Pennsylvania residents I call upon the Pennsylvania delegation to show a unified front in opposing these changes.”The remainder of the governor’s letter includes an extensive analysis of how the proposed cuts would hurt Pennsylvanians and local communities, including cutting education, community and economic development funding and health and human services, attacks on our youngest and oldest, preventing laid-off workers from accessing job training services, killing jobs in the manufacturing sector, reducing funding for transportation infrastructure, leaving Pennsylvanians out in the cold, harming rural communities, defunding coal communities, and crippling environmental protection.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Representative:I am writing to share my major concerns with the $18 billion in reductions proposed by the Trump Administration for the remainder of the 2017 federal fiscal year. The cuts proposed by the President—like those first proposed in his Budget Blueprint for 2018—will hurt all Pennsylvanians, but will be especially painful to our constituents for whom government support means the most — young people, new mothers, the elderly, those receiving mental health services, and individuals struggling with addiction or other disease.As Governor, I have focused on four key priorities to move the commonwealth forward: improving the quality of our education system by ensuring adequate funding; addressing the ravages of the heroin and opioid epidemic by ensuring the availability of excellent treatment; improving the economy while creating good paying middle class jobs; and making sure our senior citizens are treated with the respect they have earned.Unfortunately, the reductions proposed by the President via the Office of Management and Budget will set the commonwealth back in each of these areas. As you will likely be considering either a Continuing Resolution or an Omnibus Appropriations Bill in the coming days, which may include some of the President’s requested cuts, I would like to highlight the significant negative effects these cuts will have on programs which Pennsylvania residents depend on for critical services.Opposing the President’s proposed reductions for the remainder of this fiscal year is especially critical because in many cases they would lock in the disastrous Budget Blueprint, which would slash $54 billion in federal support to states including particularly the social programs which help Americans access healthcare and education benefits. The Budget Blueprint, which was announced in mid-March, shocked members of both parties in the degree to which its cuts were targeted at Americans who can least afford them. The President seems intent on waging war on those who are struggling, especially in rural communities, who will disproportionately feel the effect of his proposed cuts. On behalf of these constituents and all Pennsylvania residents I call upon the Pennsylvania delegation to show a unified front in opposing these changes.The list which follows is not exhaustive, but represents a sample of the many cuts which would have an immediate negative affect on our constituents. Should you have any questions, or if you would like further detail about the effect of any of the cuts detailed below, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.Cuts to EducationAs Governor, I have made investments in Pennsylvania schools a top priority and have worked with the General Assembly to secure an historic $640 million increase in education funding since coming to office. The President’s reductions would reverse this progress by cutting nearly $3 billion from the budget of the U.S. Department of Education as a precursor to $9 billion in cuts proposed for 2018 in the Budget Blueprint.The Pennsylvania Department of Education estimates that under the Blueprint, Pennsylvania schools would lose $443 million in federal funding for education programs, services, and research. Under the approach recommended by the President for this year and carried through in the 2018 proposal, Pennsylvania’s local education agencies would lose more than $132 million in Title II, Part A funding (cut by $1.2 billion in the President’s proposed reduction, and eliminated altogether in the 2018 proposal). This funding supports staffing, professional development, and recruitment/retention efforts for educators. The loss of these vital resources would create a significant burden and unfunded mandate for local education agencies and the state as it attempts to comply with new federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and would exacerbate existing achievement gaps between historically underserved students and their peers.In addition, Pennsylvania would lose more than $36 million in federal funding for afterschool and out-of-school programs under the proposed elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21 CCLC) Program. This program serves nearly 50,000 children and youth across Pennsylvania every year, and provides important economic and community benefits by offering working parents and families the reassurance of safe, engaging learning spaces beyond the traditional school day.Cuts to Funding Our Communities Depend OnFederal funding which is passed through to communities for local infrastructure and services is critical to keeping Pennsylvania communities strong. Two key federal programs which serve this purpose are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG), both of which are administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). I suspect that every member of the delegation can name projects and programs in their district which they are proud of or had a hand in creating, which were funded by these programs. Both are on the chopping block in the 2018 Budget Blueprint and would be slashed if the President’s 2017 proposal is adopted.The President proposes cutting funding to CDBG by $1.494 billion this year, ahead of the program’s total elimination in 2018. Pennsylvania’s total potential loss with the elimination of the program would be $169,582,362 based on 2016 allocations. The commonwealth’s allocation of CDBG funds has already been reduced by 35% since 2010. CDBG funds flow to local communities to allow them to address community infrastructure needs, particularly in low income communities and rural areas. These funds are used to make investments in important public facilities and infrastructure including senior centers, homeless shelters, parks and recreation facilities, and fire equipment. These public facilities are important gathering places and community civic centers which in many cases would not have been possible without support from this program.The President has also requested a $306 million cut to CSBG for the remainder of this year, which would then be completely eliminated in 2018. Last year, DCED received and distributed $50 million in CSBG funds to designated community action agencies serving some of Pennsylvania’s neediest communities. These funds are used to tackle the causes and conditions of poverty through a long list of community engagement activities including employment training; community stakeholder collaboration; literacy programs; housing supports; addressing the needs of youth through programming and coordination; and increased engagement in community planning and improvement activities. The block grant has a tremendous return on investment, with every dollar spent leveraging nearly $17 from other federal, state, local and private sources.Health and Human Services CutsAnother cornerstone of my administration has been improving access to healthcare for all Pennsylvanians, including particularly residents with special needs including our newborns, the elderly and those with intellectual or other disabilities. The Trump proposals will negatively impact these populations in numerous ways. In addition, the administration’s attacks on women’s reproductive health care put women, especially in rural and underserved communities, at risk of having extremely limited access to essential, and often lifesaving, health services.The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant, which the President would slash by $100 million, or roughly 20%, supports a variety of community-based mental health programs and services—including priority treatment for individuals without health coverage, services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance—in every one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. In 2015-2016, 46,134 Pennsylvania residents received services funded with the Block Grant. The proposed cuts would force Pennsylvania to substantially curtail services and programs that depend on this funding almost immediately. This would result in a significant number of individuals losing access to the mental health services and supports they depend on.The President has also proposed the elimination of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIPs), which the Department of Aging uses—through a program called APPRISE—to do proactive outreach to seniors to counsel them on Medicare options. With a grant of $2.1 million which would be eliminated under the President’s proposal, the APPRISE program helped serve 345,484 clients in Pennsylvania in the 2015-16 fiscal year alone.Additionally, the President’s proposed cuts also include major reductions to several public health funding sources, including National Institute of Health research grants ($1.232 billion reduction proposed); the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program ($50 million reduction proposed); CDC Public Health Program ($50 million reduction proposed). Pennsylvania schools and research universities, as well as community-based organizations and health research systems, receive funds through these programs, which help promote better health and related outcomes for students, families, and communities throughout the commonwealth.In recent years, the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act has enabled Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health, Aging, and Human Services to address larger lifespan health issues by expanding home visitation programs, proactively reaching out to enroll seniors in Medicare, implementing mentoring programs for adolescents, integrating greater injury prevention work, and beginning behavioral health screenings. The proposed cuts to health and human services would jeopardize the forward progress we have made in ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to the care they need and will greatly reduce health outcomes among Pennsylvania’s young, elderly and most vulnerable populations.Attacks on Our Youngest and OldestBoth the 2017 requested reductions and the President’s 2018 Budget Blueprint significantly cut funding to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Pennsylvania, since 1974 WIC has provided nutrition and health services to low-income women, expecting mothers, and children. Over 230,000 Pennsylvanians are currently enrolled in WIC and receiving vital family health and nutrition benefits. The proposed $200 million cut proposed in the revision is roughly equal to what Pennsylvania received through the program in 2016. Recipients of WIC funding must meet specified eligibility requirements, including that their income be no more than 185% of the federal poverty level, meaning that these cuts are targeted exclusively at low-income mothers and their children.For decades, the AmeriCorps and Senior Corp programs have provided a pathway for generations of lower to middle income youth to employment through post-secondary education or vocational training, and offered assistance to older residents seeking volunteer opportunities or a path to reenter the workforce. The cuts to these programs would mean that approximately 13,000 Pennsylvania Senior Corp volunteers will not receive this assistance — support that helps keep our senior residents engaged with their community and provides modest stipends to help offset basic living needs. In addition, nearly $10 million in annual AmeriCorps funding for Pennsylvania currently supports 1,362 AmeriCorps members, who help coordinate nearly 16,000 volunteers. This network mentors nearly 4,000 at-risk students, assists 924 veterans and their families, and serves 30,153 disadvantaged children and youth. Other AmeriCorps initiatives include literacy programs, college advising, youth reengagement programs, after-school and interscholastic programs, youth service programs, and support for pre-K-12 grade educators.The President also proposes to eliminate funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). In an unusually uncaring comment explaining why this program should be eliminated, the President’s Office of Management and Budget notes that with “costs of almost $6,500 per participant [SCSEP] is not a cost-effective mechanism to provide community service opportunities to older adults.” Clearly OMB misunderstands the purpose of this program, which pairs unemployed low income adults (income of less than $14,850 for family of one) who are 55-years and older, with part-time subsidized employment opportunities serving the community, thereby improving their well-being, and preparing them to re-enter the job market. Last year SCSEP helped older residents in every county of Pennsylvania receive job training which helped successfully place older adults in the workforce. SCSEP is the only federal workforce program designed specifically to assist this vulnerable population and these proposed cuts essentially turn the government’s back on these older Pennsylvanians.Leaving Pennsylvanians Out in the ColdThe 2017 budget revision proposes cutting $372 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ahead of the program’s elimination in the 2018 Budget Blueprint. As the Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission recently noted in a letter urging funding for the program, LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep approximately 345,000 Pennsylvania residents, keeping them warm and safe during the winter months. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), a program that has also been proposed for elimination, provides energy conservation and weatherization services, which are prioritized to higher risk residents including the elderly, individuals with disabilities, families with children, and high energy users. Pennsylvania funding for these two programs amounted to nearly $220 million last year. Elimination of these programs would put several hundred thousand Pennsylvanians – including our seniors and children — at risk next winter.Preventing Laid-Off Workers from Accessing Job Training ServicesThe Dislocated National Reserve helps Pennsylvania provide job training and employment services assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events such as major plant closings or natural disasters. The President has proposed an immediate $100 million reduction to this program. The $13.5 million in Dislocated Worker National Reserve funds that Pennsylvania currently receives is used to provide comprehensive worker training and employment programs for dislocated workers who need assistance to reenter the work force after having been laid off.  Recently GE closed a plant in Erie, and laid off nearly 1,500 employees. Funds from the Reserve were used to help pay for education and training costs to assist dislocated workers. In an economy built on high tech skills, Pennsylvania workers are dependent on these types of programs to help transition to other good-paying, middle class jobs when, to no fault of their own, the job they depend on ends.Killing Jobs in the Manufacturing SectorThe President has proposed cutting the federal appropriation to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership by half this year and then eliminating the program in 2018. The elimination of federal funding for the Partnership would cause the loss of Industrial Resource Center (IRC) assistance to Pennsylvania small and medium-sized manufacturers, and result in a loss of up to 10,350 middle class jobs annually. In particular, the discontinuation of IRC assistance would cost Pennsylvania up to 2,950 direct manufacturing jobs, as well as 7,400 scientific, logistics, service, professional and technical industry jobs dependent on the manufacturing sector. These job losses would in turn result in a loss of $502 million in wages earned by Pennsylvania workers each year.Cutting Transportation InfrastructurePresident Trump’s 2017 reduction calls for a $499 million cut in infrastructure funding to the wildly popular TIGER program. The Budget Blueprint would fully kill the program. Elimination of TIGER grant opportunities will prevent transportation projects proposed by communities and regional planning organizations around the commonwealth. TIGER grants are often the critical leverage enabling struggling communities to begin to reinvent themselves through innovative projects that enhance transportation options, improve quality of life, and create jobs. Well over $130 million has been awarded to Pennsylvania TIGER projects between 2009 and 2015 including:Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard, PittsburghDilworth Plaza/Concourse Improvements, Philadelphia Center City District & SEPTACentral Pennsylvania Rail/Road Expansion, SEDA COG Joint Rail AuthorityRutherford Intermodal Facility Expansion in Harrisburg, PennDOTCarrie Furnace Flyover Bridge, Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny CountyHarming Rural CommunitiesThe President’s 2017 reductions would cut $82 million from Rural Utility Service and related USDA lines, ahead of nearly $500 million in cuts sought in the Budget Blueprint from the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program. This program is the federal government’s only dedicated resource for financing water and sewer programs in communities of fewer than 10,000 people. In 2016, the program supported 16 projects across Pennsylvania totaling nearly $55 million. For many small and struggling communities, this program has been invaluable to rebuilding the water infrastructure that families and businesses depend on. Many of Pennsylvania’s rural communities could not afford to invest in upgrades to ensure residents have clean water without this program.Additionally, $95 million in cuts to the Rural Business Cooperative Service program impacts critical job creation that is especially crucial to our rural communities where jobs are often harder to come by and job growth can be limited.  In 2016, nine business loan guarantees were provided for $26.4 million which supports business conversion, enlargement, repair, modernization, or development and $733,000 of dedicated business grant funding which supports initiatives like long-term business strategic planning and leadership and entrepreneur training.  Both of these funding streams would disappear under the President’s 2017 proposal.Defunding Coal CommunitiesDespite his supposed enthusiastic support for coal communities, the President has proposed the elimination of $90 million in additional funding for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund state grants to three Appalachian states, including Pennsylvania. The $30 million the commonwealth received last year from this program helped fund 14 abandoned mine reclamation projects across the state, each of which was selected for its potential to improve the environment, put out-of-work miners back to work, and lay the groundwork for economic growth for the local community. Preservation of this funding is especially important given the likely movement of legislation in Congress which has the potential to decrease Pennsylvania’s long term share of funding from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.Crippling Environmental ProtectionProposed cuts to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency—including a proposed 44% reduction in environmental program grants which are passed through to the state Department of Environmental Protection will have an immediate effect on Pennsylvania’s ability to carry out responsibilities under federal environmental laws which protect public health and the environment, and lead to economic development. The President’s 2017 reduction proposal specifically notes that the 10% cut in the current fiscal year is intended to ease into the transition to the drastic cuts which are proposed in the Budget Blueprint. These cuts would mean fewer inspections at sewage plants, industrial wastewater discharges, construction sites, and at the commonwealth’s 8,500 public water systems, hampering our ability to detect contaminants like lead, water-borne pathogens. Additionally, with cuts to both the EPA Brownfields and Superfund program, Pennsylvania communities would be limited in their ability to clean up contaminated sites and return property to economically productive use.While the long list of social programs targeted for cuts or elimination in the President’s Budget Blueprint and requested reductions for the remainder of this year may look benign on paper—just numbers in a spreadsheet and an alphabet soup of acronyms—those of us who travel around Pennsylvania and see the need in communities and the benefits these critical programs deliver at the local level know that cuts will have real and immediate consequences for the Pennsylvanians we each represent.I urge each member of the Pennsylvania delegation to strongly oppose these cuts. Thank you for you for your consideration of this request.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorLetter From Gov. Wolf on Federal Funding by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd April 25, 2017 Governor Wolf to Delegation: Federal Cuts Will Hurt Pennsylvanianscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, June 21, 2016•8:05 a.m.  Ruth S. J. Mock, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and littering.•On May 15, 2016, Officers investigated possession of a dtimulant in the 400 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•10 a.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•2:20 p.m.  Officers took an occurrence report in the 800 block N. Homestead Drive, Wellington.•3:31 p.m.  Officers investigated a burglary of a television in the 800 block N. H, Wellington.•8:03 p.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington.•10:49 p.m.  Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 800 block N. Plum, Wellington by known suspect.•11:24 p.m.  Rachel E. Cook, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery.last_img read more

Alisson: ‘I dream of winning the World Cup’

first_imgAlisson BeckerKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  In the past 14 months, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has collected more trophies than most players could only dream of in an entire career.A UEFA Champions League medal in June 2019, was followed by a FIFA Club World Cup triumph six months later. In between, the 27-year-old helped Brazil clinch the Copa America title as tournament hosts.Then, in June this year, Alisson was a part of the Liverpool team that secured the club’s first Premier League crown in 30 years.However, there is one piece of silverware that the former Internacional and Roma shot-stopper has yet to win, and it is the one that he covets most.“I dream of winning the World Cup, of being there [Qatar] in 2022. But we have the Copa America [in 2021] ahead and the [South American World Cup] qualifiers,” Alisson said during an interview broadcast on Brazil’s Bola da Vez television program.“The most important thing is to be included in every squad and win every game we play so that we can achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup,” he added.Alisson has been capped 44 times for Brazil and is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper of Selecao boss Tite, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson. Share on: WhatsApp He said Tite had instructed Brazil’s players to concentrate, first and foremost, on performing well for their clubs.“Tite says the national team is a consequence of what we do for our clubs during the season and how we take care of ourselves in our daily lives,” Alisson said. “Our preparation has an influence on everything.”“I hope to be a part of every possible national squad while I’m playing. Each match for Brazil is like my first. It’s a big responsibility, given Brazil’s rich football history.”****XINHUAlast_img read more

Garfield Gators 6-year winning streak ends

first_imgCHAMPIONS—The Garfield Gator Twerps won the Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Athletic League Championship with a 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers. (Photos by William McBride)The Garfield Gators have been one of the most successful youth football programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania history. The Gators organization provides opportunity for inner-city kids to participate in youth football and cheer.  The entire community gets involved with the team. It’s an all volunteer staff that provides the best coaching instruction regardless of economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and teamwork through football and cheerleading.DANIEL KANE JR rushed for a touchdown in the Garfield Gators 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers in the Twerps championship game.President Bob Jones, Coach Paper and the entire staff have built an outstanding organization nail-by-nail, dollar-by-dollar and piece-by-piece.“This is more than football its family.  All the people who were in my wedding are part of this program,” said Officer Mike Gay.  “It’s all about the kids.  We want to give to these kids things that we didn’t have.  Be mentors.  Be a father figure.”The Gators were riding a 69 game winning streak like California Chrome! But on Sunday Oct. 26, at Cupples Stadium, Homewood-Brushton “Shook up the World” by knocking off the Gators 14-7 to win the 13-14 age group championship.last_img read more


first_imgWIN MACHINE ALERT BAY INVADES FOR CRYSTAL WATERAlert Bay, winning at nearly a 50 percent clip in a career of 26 races, hopes to enhance his record in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this at a mile on turf for four-year-olds and up.A five-year-old gelded son of City Zip owned by Peter Redekop of Richmond, British Columbia, Alert Bay has been a virtual win machine, capturing 12 of 26 starts, with six seconds and two thirds, earning $1,098,815.“He’s training fine and doing well, and he ships pretty good,” said Bay Area-based Blaine Wright, who bought his first horse when he was 18, learned the ropes under his father, Richard, and has been training on his own since 2006. “We’ve been lucky in spacing out his races,” Wright said.Alert Bay is tough to beat once he gets on a roll. He already has separate win streaks of three, five and two, and would start another one if he wins the Crystal Water.Should that be the case, and should Alert Bay remain healthy, Wright plans to keep the old warrior going, although he doesn’t waste time or effort winning by large margins. Six of his victories have come by less than a length, including the Grade III San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields last out on April 30, when he arrived at the wire first by a neck. Four wins have come at Santa Anita, all on the grass and three at one mile.“We’ll try to keep him going,” Wright said, “but it’s one race at a time.”The field for the Crystal Water, race two of 11 with a first post time of 12 noon: Poshky, Fernando Perez, 10-1: Zinvor, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Boozer, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Alert Bay, Tyler Baze, 9-5; and Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 6-1. Martin Pedroza56851014%41%$282,280 Patrick Gallagher1841022%28%$118,875 STEVENS COMING BACK AT SANTA ANITA TO RIDE FULL TIMEHall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens has altered his itinerary and will return from Kentucky where he currently is plying his trade at Churchill Downs to ride full time at Santa Anita starting June 23 and continue through the end of the Spring Meet on July 10, his agent, Mike Ciani, reported late Friday morning.“After Santa Anita, he will ride at Del Mar,” said Ciani, who was engaged by Stevens after he parted company with long-time agent Craig O’Bryan earlier this week.Last Friday, Stevens said he would ride in Kentucky until Del Mar opened on July 15.Stevens is scheduled to ride Kobe’s Back for trainer Peter Eurton in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on June 25. Martin Garcia5374913%38%$419,920 James Cassidy2553220%40%$313,400 Edwin Maldonado10318161317%46%$717,176 Simon Callaghan2142219%38%$221,790 Joseph Talamo7513131217%51%$734,723 Tyler Baze11121182019%53%$1,009,646 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert2545216%44%$218,180 Mike Puype3373321%39%$228,495 Peter Miller39511413%51%$238,150 TRAINER HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ IN CRYSTAL WATERCLOCKER LIKES EXAGGERATOR IN BELMONT TRIFECTASTEVENS RETURNS FULL TIME AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 23 DERBY KING NYQUIST BACK ON TRACK AT SANTA ANITATRAINER ROSEMARY TRELA A WINNER ON TWO FRONTS Steven Miyadi1543027%47%$123,385 Doug O’Neill49510910%49%$432,018 NYQUIST GALLOPS ON SANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACKKentucky Derby hero Nyquist, who returned to Santa Anita from Baltimore late Sunday, looked every bit a champion as he toured Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday morning around 7:15 a.m. under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.“He jogged an easy mile and galloped a mile and a half,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the two-year-old champion male of 2015 for Paul and Zillah Reddam.“It’s great to have him back galloping.”Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat when Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes on May 21, will miss tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes in which Exaggerator is favored after recovering from an elevated white blood cell count. Tiago Pereira65510128%42%$249,022 Fernando Perez5366311%28%$242,653 Richard Mandella2674527%62%$612,055 Jerry Hollendorfer49841116%47%$586,755 Mark Glatt4269814%55%$264,781 (Current Through Thursday, June 9) Mike Smith2455021%42%$373,666 Chad Lindsay3754514%38%$114,695 Victor Espinoza3445812%50%$359,025 Brandon Boulanger3141313%26%$99,150 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano10024191724%60%$1,420,185 Hector O. Palma1543027%47%$77,525 Flavien Prat802591131%56%$1,251,076 TRELA OVERCOMES ANEURISM, SADDLES BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS            Exactly six months after suffering a near-fatal brain aneurism at her San Luis Rey Downs barn on Dec. 9, trainer Rosemary Trela saddled back-to-back winners Thursday, with come-backing Jan’s Spirit taking the fifth race at $21.60 and veteran mare Fast Magoo winning the sixth at $7.Idle since running third for a $16,000 claiming tag on July 26 at Del Mar, Jan’s Spirit, who is owned by Kenny Stufflebeam, made her first start for Trela yesterday and responded with a 1 ¾ length win for a $25,000 tag under Brandon Boulanger.In race six, Fast Magoo, a five-year-old mare whom Trela claimed two starts back when sixth, beaten 19 ¾ lengths for $8,000, made short work of a like group, winning by 5 ½ lengths under Alonso Quinonez.“It felt great to win those races yesterday,” said Trela, who currently has six horses in training. “It takes all the pressure off. My horses have been running well. But we had six starts, three seconds and a third–no wins. I’ve got a wonderful groom and a wonderful exercise rider.”Trela also was quick to credit the varied options that San Luis Rey Downs affords horsemen.“I couldn’t have gotten Jan’s Spirit back to the races without the swimming pool here,” she said. “She’s been swimming three days a week and that’s been a godsend.”Joe Schneider, who owns Fast Magoo in partnership with Trela and Stufflebeam, cited Trela’s horsemanship and the overall environment at San Luis Rey Downs as key factors in yesterday’s “double.”“The amount of time she takes with each horse and her attention to detail is second to none,” said Schneider, who in addition to Fast Magoo, owns two other horses with Trela.“Rosemary knows every inch of every horse she’s got. San Luis Rey Downs gives her a lot of options. She’s able to swim some horses and they have a round pen as well as some arenas. The track itself is fantastic.“She’s also got a small lay-up facility where she and her husband live and Fast Magoo, for instance, goes there regularly to roll and just get some sun on her back. Rosemary switches things up and keeps her horses happy.”Quinonez, who rides most of Trela’s horses in the afternoon, including her leading money earner, Dragon Flower, was predictably complimentary this morning at Clockers’ Corner.“She’s helped me a lot,” he said. “She’s a good person, a great trainer and when she puts me on a horse, it always looks good.” Peter Eurton2572328%48%$280,190 Mario Gutierrez4049110%35%$389,025 Brayan Pena4144710%37%$104,240 CLOCKER HAS HIS BELMONT TRIFECTAPrivate clocker Gary Young likes favored Exaggerator in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but if someone upsets the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner in the final leg of the Triple Crown at a mile and a half, he says it likely would be Suddenbreakingnews or Creator.“Does Exaggerator run OK in the mud and does he get the pace scenarios, yeah. Do I think he’s the best horse, yeah,” Young said. “But based on when I was timing horses for the Kentucky Derby, if you ask me for two horses to beat him, it would be Suddenbreakingnews and Creator.“Suddenbreakingnews is built and strides like a mile and a half horse, although it’s a matter of record that deep closers don’t necessarily fare too well in the Belmont.“Although there weren’t that many horses with serious trouble in the Derby this year, the one that had the most was Creator. He had a ton of trouble when there was the one chain reaction between the 2 ½ and the quarter pole.“If I had to pick the winner I’d pick Exaggerator, but from a value standpoint, Creator and Suddenbreakingnews are the other two horses I’d mention.”Post time for the Belmont is 3:37 p.m. Pacific Time. NBC’s telecast of the Belmont will start at 2 p.m. Pacific. Post time for the first of 11 live races at Santa Anita Saturday is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Richard Baltas3767616%51%$274,584 FINISH LINES: Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, ticketed for the Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30, ponied on Santa Anita’s main track Friday. “This will be just be an easy week for her,” said Richard Mandella, who saddled the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes for her 10th Grade I win in Saturday’s Vanity Mile. “She was vaccinated after the race and ran through all that heat.” . . . Unbeaten champion Songbird, nominated to the Grade II Summertime Oaks to be run next Saturday, June 18, is scheduled to work seven furlongs Sunday after the first renovation break around 6:30 a.m. . . . Apprentice rider Jose Barnes suffered a bruised/ruptured left ear drum when his mount, Esmeralda Belle, stumbled at the start of Thursday’s fifth race and kicked him. CT scans were clean and there was no concussion. The South African native had no scheduled mounts today and was expected to ride Saturday when he is named on two horses. Esmeralda Belle was transported back to the barn of her trainer, Jorge Periban . . . Edwin Maldonado, fourth in Santa Anita’s Spring Meet standings with 18 wins, has been suspended three days (June 19, 23 and 24) for causing interference on Shysheisnot in Saturday’s fourth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from second to fourth . . . Despite the winners of race five and seven in Thursday’s Pick 6 races paying $21.60 and $22.40, respectively, there were three winning tickets worth $107,599.60 . . . Today’s Golden Pick 6 jackpot at Golden Gate Fields stands at a monumental $1,286,839. There will be a mandatory payout on closing day, Sunday. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler4684717%41%$572,750 Santiago Gonzalez10312161312%40%$647,752 Philip D’Amato631713527%56%$1,192,313 Ignacio Puglisi1941221%37%$115,313 -30-last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal doctor who was pushed to the ground during an ugly melee at the weekend’s All-Ireland quarter final says he holds no grudge against the Armagh player who attacked him.Dr Moran is pushed to the ground by Aaron Findon.There was outrage when Dr Kevin Moran was pushed to the ground by Armagh player Aaron Findon.The incident, which resulted in Findon getting a yellow card, sparked outrage and debate on social media. But generous Dr Moran, who is based at Letterkenny General Hospital said the matter was over as far as he was concerned.“I have had a message of apology conveyed to me, and I have accepted it.“I bear the player no ill-will whatsoever. I want that to be the end of the matter and I don’t want to see any sanction against young Findon.“All I want is for the young man to learn from this experience and that it would not happen again. I wish him well with his career,” said Dr Moran. The incident was again spoken about on the Sunday Game with Joe Brolly again telling host Des Cahill he was surprised it was brought up again on TV.The pair had a heated debate the previous day on radio during the game with Brolly saying it was not a big deal.Former Dublin star Ciaran Whelan said it was a red card offence. DONEGAL DOCTOR SAYS HE BEARS NO ILL WILL TO ARMAGH PLAYER WHO ATTACKED HIM was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aaron FindonarmaghCroke ParkdonegalDr Kevin MoranJOE BROLLYlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: SA selectors ‘spoilt for choice’

first_img4 June 2014After some pleasing performances from his charges, Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka said on Tuesday it will be a tough task to select only 26 players for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Springbok Women’s XV registered a resounding 87-12 victory against the Women’s Interprovincial XV at Ellis Park on Saturday, which followed on from a convincing 45-7 victory at DHL Newlands three weeks ago in the final trial matches for the players before the selection of the World Cup squad. The 26-member World Cup squad will be announced in mid-June. The tournament takes place from 1 to 17 August in France.‘Very pleasing’“It was very pleasing to see the commitment and focus in the camp before both warm-up matches,” Sephaka said in a statement.“It showed how determined all of the players are, including those in the Interprovincial XV, to be in the group that represents the country at the World Cup. “In the next two weeks we will face the challenge of finalising our World Cup squad, and although the warm-games at Ellis Park and DHL Newlands provided some clarity, it will remain a challenging task to select only 26 players. But it has been pleasing to see how hard all the players involved in the last two matches have worked since January to improve their skills and conditioning to be in contention for places.”Training paying offWith the World Cup only two months away, Sephaka declared himself pleased with the quality of the performance the Springbok Women’s XV delivered at Ellis Park, and he said regular training camps, satellite coaching stations, and the assistance of the SARU Mobi-Unit were paying off.“I am proud of the Springbok Women’s XV,” said Sephaka. “Saturday’s match marked the first time the Springbok Women’s Sevens players were drafted into the 15-a-side set-up and they gelled well with the other players. It was also pleasing to see them adapt to our structures within two days. “I was also pleased with the quality of our rugby. When the players stuck to the game plan the tries followed. That said, we still have a long way to go to reach the quality of rugby we would like to see the women play at the World Cup, but there were several encouraging signs in Saturday’s performance which we will build on in the next two months.”World Cup warm-up tourThe Springbok Women will travel to London and France from 25 June to 5 July on a World Cup warm-up tour, which will include two matches against the Nomads and one against France. Sephaka said the games would serve as the perfect yardstick to measure the team’s progress.“The matches on the warm-up tour are going to be very tough,” he reckoned. “The Nomads always field a quality team, while France will view their match against us as a dress rehearsal for our World Cup pool match, so the players will have to be at their best to have a good tour. “But although it will be challenging, this tour is exactly what we need to prepare the players mentally and physically for the World Cup.” The team’s participation at the tournament is being funded in part by a R2.3-million grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 1, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Snow tries to move away off to the east through the day today, and in its wake we should start to see some moderating temps. Light snow this morning will bring an additional coating to an inch or two. Temps are going to be on the rise through the day today. We may not get much above normal, but we should be significantly warmer than what we saw over the past few days.That warm air continues to build through the weekend and into early next week. Saturday, we see a few more clouds in the north but sun in the south. Then Sunday partly sunny skies should be in over the entire state. The warmest air arrives for Monday with temps in the 50s to near 60. However, clouds will be building, and we can’t rule out a few scattered showers after noon and toward evening. Moisture totals there will be limited to a few hundredths or a tenth, with coverage at 30%.Additional rain sweeps across the state for Tuesday late afternoon through Thursday morning. We are raising our overall rain potential for the event to .5”-1” combined through the entire 2 to 2.5 day period. There can be some changeover to snow in northern areas overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, but then we go back basically to all rain through the balance of Wednesday. We should see 90% coverage out of this precipitation event. The map at right is a look at the potential set up Wednesday night.Colder air comes in behind the system for Thursday midday and afternoon. We can see some snow in northern areas with little to minor accumulations, and then a little more rain south. Clearing begins at midday Thursday and should yield increasing amounts of afternoon sunshine. Colder air takes temps to below normal levels. WE continue with partly sunny but cold condition for next Friday through the following weekend.The extended period still has 2 threats of precipitation. We are toning down the action for the 11th, with only a smaller chance of light snow and minor accumulations. However, the moisture shifts farther back in the period to our second system around valentine’s day through the 15th. Moisture there looks more impressive, and we will allow for either rain or snow. Temperatures look prone to big swings over the next 2 weeks.last_img read more