Remarks by Governor Wolf at the Flight 93 National Memorial Service

first_imgRemarks by Governor Wolf at the Flight 93 National Memorial Service Remarks Flight 93 National MemorialStoystown, PA TRANSCRIPT:What happened in this area on this day fourteen years ago changed our world. And it changed the way we Americans think about that world.It also reinforced some ways we think about each other. To this day it has made us think differently about who we are as a nation. And our place in our puzzled world and what we are capable of as human beings. Especially as a result of what the passengers and crew of Flight 93 did.First, the events of 9/11 changed our view of the world. It certainly changed the way we think about America’s place in the world. After 9/11 we recognized that we were not separate and apart from the troubled world. We learned on that tragic day that we were in fact connected in ways we never imagined possible. We learned that the world outside was no longer “outside.”What happened in New York City and right here on September 11, 2001 will forever be a part of who we are. There are few people whose hearts were not affected by what we saw on our television screens from New York City. The image of those twin towers burning seared us to our core.And there are equally few who can ever forget hearing or reading about what happened on Flight 93. What might have been had Flight 93 gone where the hijackers wanted it to go must continue to haunt us.And this brings us to the second thing we learned on September 11, 2001. It is that we are – each one of us – capable of doing remarkably selfless and heroic things. Because on September 11, 2001 a handful of people – passengers and crew – made a huge difference to the course of our history. What they did saved countless lives in Washington, DC.What they did averted a terrible tragedy that would have taken place there had they not acted as they did. And what they did told us all a great deal about the potential nobility that lies within each of us. Their actions – the actions of ordinary people – on this day ennobled us.It gave us a remarkable example of human behavior at its best.It showed us what each of us is capable of doing. And, it elicited swift and effective reactions from the people around here.From emergency responders. From area residents. From good leaders like Governor Tom Ridge who pledged the resources of the Commonwealth to provide what help it could. And from the folks at the National Park Service who understood that our nation needed to pay concrete tribute – in the form of this center – to the deeds of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.So today’s memorial service is a chance for us to reflect on what these good people did. And it’s a good day to reflect on what it all means.They acted nobly and bravely and voluntarily to a new world few of us were ready for. In doing what they did, they taught us something about what that new world might mean for us and what it might ask of us. And, in doing what they did, they showed each of us what good we are actually capable of doing.Today, we remember what they did on September 11, 2001.And we will be forever grateful. Thank you.### SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 11, 2015last_img read more

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IMF pledges support for the Caribbean

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) is committed to assisting the Caribbean region affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Thursday pledged its support for the Caribbean as the region moves to build resilience against the effects of natural disasters.Recovery funding supportIMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, addressing the sixth IMF High level Caribbean forum in Jamaica said the Washington-based financial institution is prepared to support the Caribbean with recovery funding and is cognizant of the impact of natural disasters on economic development and stability in the Caribbean.Ready to provide leadershipShe told the forum, which is being held under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’, that the IMF is ready to provide leadership with sourcing special funding and expertise to assist the region in developing mitigation and resilience strategies over the short and long term.Lagarde said Hurricanes Irma and Maria that passed through the Lesser Antilles in September causing widespread destruction and killing several people “have again highlighted the special vulnerabilities of the Caribbean, and the need to strengthen its resilience.Climate change could worsen region’s vulnerabilities“Climate change is expected to intensify the impact of natural disasters, and worsen the vulnerabilities of small states in the Caribbean. Rising sea levels increase risks of erosion and flooding, and warmer water temperatures heighten the potential for more intense hurricanes,” she told the forum that is being attended by several regional prime ministers, central bank governors and other stakeholders.“We must come together to address the challenge posed by climate change, and help those most affected by it. Emergency relief following events like Hurricanes Irma and Maria is a key responsibility of the global community.”Lagarde said that the IMF stands ready to do whatever it can to help in these situations, in assessing macroeconomic implications, determining financing needs, and providing financial support that would also help catalyze broader financing from the rest of the international community.last_img read more

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I won’t ban ‘jama’ in Black Stars but players must be focused before matches – CK Akonnor

first_imgDespite being widely acknowledged to be a strict tactician, Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has no immediate plans to ban ‘jama’ sessions by the squad.The Black Stars are famous for their entertaining ‘jama’ sessions, where they sing and dance prior to their games, especially in major tournaments like the AFCON and the World Cup.While many have argued that the ‘jama’ before the matches helps ease any nerves the players might have before big matches, others suggest that it results in players not focusing before games and even tiring themselves out.With Akonnor’s ‘no-nonsense’ reputation, there have been discussions as to whether he will allow these sessions to continue.However, Akonnor said he cannot see himself cancelling something that has become a staple of the side.“No. no no. It’s part of us,” he said emphatically The Black Stars head coach, however, added that he expects periods of concentration from his players prior to their matches.He admitted that it was important for players to motivate themselves for matches before they enter the dressing rooms and before they walk onto the pitch.Despite this, he insisted that in the dressing room, it was important for the players to focus on the task ahead of them.“You can’t be singing all the way to the pitch. When you sing a little, you relax a little,” Akonnor said on Citi TV‘s pidgin sports show Football Made in Ghana.“Football requires concentration. We could be joking an hour prior to the game but after that, you need to concentrate on the game. You can’t be joking all the time otherwise, you’ll be joking when you get on the field”last_img read more

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Wilder vs. Fury: Jarrett Hurd, Luis Ortiz win on undercard in Los Angeles

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15Also at heavyweight, British prospect Joe Joyce wasted little time in recording a victory over Joe Hanks.Joyce stopped his opponent inside the opening round, a big left hook ending the contest quickly as he extended his record to 7-0 as a professional. Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearHowever, the American did not have it all his own way, with Welborn standing his ground against the champion as he enjoyed moments of success.Hurd himself looked in trouble early in the fourth, getting stuck on the ropes as the challenger unloaded on him, but turned the tide to force the stoppage before the bell sounded.The final shot was a wicked right hand that dropped Welborn, the former British champion unable to rise in time to beat the count.A clash with Jermell Charlo looks to be on the horizon for Hurd in 2019, with the pair sharing a heated verbal exchange in the ring during the post-fight interview on Showtime.#AndStill WBA Super Welterweight Super Champion Jarrett @Swift_JHurd Hurd stops Welborn in 4th round #HurdWelborn #WBAboxing pic.twitter.com/V6d119CsZA— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) December 2, 2018Also in action, Luis Ortiz — who lost to Wilder in March — won inside the distance, eventually putting away Travis Kauffman in the 10th round of a non-title bout.The Cuban was comfortably the better of the two big men, dropping his rival three times in total to record a second victory since falling short in his bid to capture the WBC title earlier in the year. Jarrett Hurd retained his IBF and WBA light-middleweight titles with a stoppage win over Jason Welborn in Los Angeles.In the chief support act ahead of Deontay Wilder’s defense of the WBC heavyweight belt against Tyson Fury, the unbeaten Hurd recorded a 23rd straight victory courtesy of a sickening body shot in the fourth round.last_img read more

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Urban Forestry Restoration Project Benefits Tumwater’s DeSoto Canyon

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of TumwaterDuring the month of June, a SoundCorps team will work together with City of Tumwater staff on a project in Tumwater’s DeSoto Canyon, a tributary to the Deschutes River. Workers will remove non-native and invasive species such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and Japanese knotweed to benefit the environment and protect water resources.This Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program, works to enhance the capacity of urban forests, manage stormwater, enhance air and water quality by improving the health of trees and forested sites in urban settings.“DeSoto Canyon is severely overrun with ivy, impacting large maples, firs and cedar, and covering large areas of the forest floor, creating an ivy monoculture inhibiting the growth of beneficial native plants.  Working in partnership with the team from DNR will help the City restore this area,” said Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet.These invasive non-native plants stress forested areas by competing for water and nutrients, and in some cases even killing trees. Many undesirable plants that grow in dense thickets also harbor rats and other vermin, creating a public safety hazard. Once the unwelcome plants are gone, the City will work to plant native vegetation in its place.DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps program administered by Washington Dept. of Ecology. SoundCorps crews work on projects that help restore and protect water quality in Puget Sound. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards provided by AmeriCorps.For more information about the project, visit the project website, contact Micki McNaughton, (360) 902-1637, [email protected], or call Dan Smith, City of Tumwater Water Resources Program Manager at (360) 754-4140.last_img read more

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Bomber teams shoot for the top at zone tournaments

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsL.V. Rogers teams head into hostile territory ranked second and third, respectively, as the High School Basketball season gets ready for playoff action.The Bomber boys begin quest for a fifth Kootenay AA Boy’s Zone Hoop Title Friday when LVR meets Fernie Falcons at the Selkirk Storm gymnasium in Kimberley.“I like our chances if we play to the level that we are capable of playing,” said Bomber skipper Blair D’Andrea.“The boys have tradition behind them and see themselves as deserving and capable of achieving the nod to head to the Big Dance.”Meanwhile the Bomber girls travel in the opposite direction to Grand Forks for the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s tournament.The Bombers, seeded third, open at 1 p.m. in the play-in game against sixth-ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston.“If the girls play to the best of their ability, we have a real good shot at heading back to Kamloops,” said Bomber coach Bruce Fuhr. “But we must play to our ability.”Despite defeating Grand Forks in the only meeting earlier this month at the Hangar, the Bombers are still ranked behind the Wolves.Should LVR, the defending zone champion, prove to be successful against Comets, a team the Bombers manhandled during the Bomber Classic, the Heritage City squad will face the Wolves in the semi final at 6 p.m. Friday.In the other play-in game, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks face David Thompson Lakers with the winner meeting top-ranked Golden Eagles at 8 p.m.The two winners meet in the final at 4 p.m. Saturday with a berth in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball Championships March 9-12 in Kamloops.A victory over Fernie powers the Bombers against the winner of the Golden/Grand Forks contest. “The boys are playing well right now and we have them tuned up pretty finely in our offensive sets and defensive strategies and systems.” D’Andrea explained. “The Grade 11’s have matured to be real threats on both ends of the floor and the Grade 12’s are showing leadership and maturity.”  The final is set for 7 p.m. MST Saturday.On the other side of the draw is top ranked David Thompson Lakers, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks, host Selkirk Storm and Prince Charles Comets.Single A teams head to Nakusp to determine Kootenay berthIn Nakusp the Mount Sentinel Wildcats battle for a berth in the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball Championships next month in Sparwood.The other teams entered in the tournament set to begin Friday in Nakusp are Rossland Royals, Nakusp, Sparwood and Fernie Falcons.Teams play a round robin with the top overall squad capturing the zone berth. The tournament concludes [email protected]last_img read more

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Thomson captures Low Gross Crown at Balfour Senior Men’s Golf Tournament

first_imgClarkson won the A-Flight while Tim Jost with a 65 took Low Net honours over Brian Halberstadt at 66.Ron Van Zanden of Nelson topped B-Flight with a five-over 79.Dave Simpson of Nelson bested the Low Net with a 66, two shots better than Garth Keeler at 68.Ron McLean won C-Flight Low Gross while Ralph DeWolfe, 67, edged out John Rayson by a stroke at 68.D-Flight winner was Jim Par with a 90.Albert Volpatti won Low Net with a 65 with Dick Clarke second at 68.More than 90 players from throughout the region entered the 18-hole tournament. Fred Thomson of Nelson fired a one-under par 71 to capture the Low Gross title at the Senior Men’s Golf Tournament Thursday at the Balfour Golf Course.Thomson, who is a member at Granite Pointe in Nelson, edged local golf legend Reg Clarkson of Balfour for the overall title by two strokes at the 6,530-yard, Par 72 course.“I played well and made some long putts and got a couple of good bounces,” Thomson said of a day on the course where everything about his game came together.Darryl Slobodian won the Low Net trophy with a net 64.last_img read more

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FREE HEALTH SEMINAR ON VARICOSE VEINS AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL

first_imgA FREE health seminar on Varicose Veins will take place at the end of April at the Radisoon Blu Hotel. Would you like to learn more about Varicose Veins and the newest innovative treatments available?You can come and meet a leading vascular surgeon at the FREE SEMINAR  hosted by North West Independent Hospital  on THURSDAY the 30th of April. Information about VARICOSE VEINS:Varicose veins are enlarged veins which occur when the valves in the veins carrying blood from the legs towards the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs.They typically appear as bulging rope-like cords on thighs or lower legs.Sufferers often experience pain, burning sensation, tiredness or leg swelling which usually becomes worse at the end of the day and on occasions severe discomfort for sufferers when travelling or driving for long periods of time. For most people, varicose veins do not present a serious health problem, but for some there is the potential for higher risks including non healing wounds and ulcers.The North West independent hospital has been treating patients for over 25 years.The hospital has consultant vascular surgeons who specialise in all forms of venous treatments.The hospital also has access to treatment rooms, operating theatres and duplex facilities for the assessment and treatment of patients.All are specialists are experienced in treating the complications of vein reflux such as bleeding, phlebitis and varicose eczema, as well as being able to advise you regarding any cosmetic concerns you may have the your veins. The Northwest independent hospital offers all the modern therapies for the treatment of varicose veins including laser, radiofrequency ablation, Ultrasound guided foam Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal glue, and traditional open surgery.The Northwest independent hospital which operates in the north-west of Ireland, combines extremely professional walk-in, walked out modern treatment with excellent value for money.If you or any of your family or friends have any vein problems or would like to learn more about veins and common associated problems and how we could help you please do pop along to this event.It’s free and informal, but we do ask you to register to guarantee your places at one of these popular events. To book YOUR place please contact Stacey by email: [email protected] or by phone: 048 77723511.FREE HEALTH SEMINAR ON VARICOSE VEINS AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesfreehealthnewsseminarVaricose Veinslast_img read more

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Chelsea v Tottenham: Terry misses out

first_imgJohn Terry has failed to overcome an ankle injury in time to play for Chelsea at White Hart Lane, where Diego Costa is among the substitutes.Costa’s omission, plus the absence of Loic Remy, and Radamel Falcao’s injury, means the Blues will start without a recognised striker.Ramires has also been sidelined by an injury, while Cesar Azpilicueta is restored at left-back.Tottenham, meanwhile, are without Dele Alli, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards. Ryan Mason replaces him.Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweirald, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Mason, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, KaneSubs: Worm, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah, Carroll, Lamela, Njie.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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