Governor Tom Wolf Orders Pennsylvania Flags at Half-staff

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg and at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania facilities statewide to fly at half-staff to honor the victims and all passengers of Amtrak Train 188.State flags shall remain at half-staff until sundown on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Governor Wolf invited all Pennsylvanians to participate in this tribute.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf Orders Pennsylvania Flags at Half-staffcenter_img May 13, 2015last_img

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Brisbane prices at bottom of property price cycle

first_imgHerron Todd White National Property Clock: Houses; August 2019. Source: HWT.Brisbane, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Toowoomba were at the bottom of the market pricewise for houses, according to the HWT property clock, while Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville and the Whitsundays were at the start of recovery in prices. Emerald was a rising market, while the Sunshine Coast was at its peak for prices and the Gold Coast was a declining market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoUnits in St. Lucia, Brisbane, have the allure of being in a university suburb. Picture: Liam Kidston.Herron Todd White Brisbane managing director Gavin Hulcombe told The Courier-Mail there was impetus for Brisbane price rises given the Queensland capital had been “bouncing along the bottom for some time now”.“I think it will be steady rise but my suspicion is in a couple of years’ time we might look back and think it (now) probably wasn’t a bad time to buy. Some areas are likely to perform better than others,” he said. MORE: Own your own cop shop Ugly duckling headlines auction day Riverfront homes or those with river views were among those with strong fundamentals for growth.Brisbane has been labelled the “capital city poster child” with strong fundamentals as the market prepares for an upswing off the bottom of the price cycle.This as the latest national property clock by valuation advisory firm Herron Todd White showed the Queensland capital was at its lowest price level in the latest cycle, which has seen a rise in interest from buyers priced out elsewhere. Own home is architect’s grandest design yetcenter_img “The old rule of property economics has broadly applied — if all else is equal, then the closer a suburb is to the CBD, the more valuable its land per square metre,” it said.But other fundamentals were working for Brisbane properties including proximity to the river “especially if you have a frontage or a view” and school zones had “certainly become a key draw card too”.Plus, it said, “cafe hubs are excellent indicators of desirable suburbs”, with many lifestyle buyers looking to be “within five minute’s walk of a decent cuppa”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Herron Todd White National Property Clock: Units; August 2019. Source: HWT.The property clock showed that for units Brisbane was at the bottom of the price cycle, along with Ipswich, Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Whitsundays. Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone and Townsville were already seeing unit prices start to recover (rise), while the Sunshine Coast was at its peak and the Gold Coast was declining.The latest HWT report said “Brisbane is the capital city poster child of how property fundamentals drive values”.Brisbane was labelled as having “plenty of property with the right fundamentals to attract all buyer types” and was “regarded as relatively affordable by large capital city standards” with multiple drivers of real estate values. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Homes with parking for the planelast_img read more

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International friendly: Super Eagles to battle Brazil

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Three-time African champions, Super Eagles, will play Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on October 13, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed. Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore, 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semifinals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA. Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly after that spectacular game came to nought for several years until the organizers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0. There has been no competitive tie between both countries senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia. Next month’s session will test the character of the African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players. That newbreed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said: “We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not everyday that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team. “The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November.” The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November. After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on November 14, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 19.Tags: BrazilMohammed SanusiOlympic GamesSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Hill joins Cottagers staff

first_img Meulensteen, a former first-team coach at United under Sir Alex Ferguson until the Scot retired in May, was appointed Cottagers boss on Sunday night after Martin Jol was sacked. Fulham have confirmed that Jol’s brother Cornelis, who worked as football operations manager, plus coaches Michael Lindeman and Billy McKinlay have also left the club. Kit Symons, who is the current development team manager, will also be assisting with first-team training. Fulham have appointed former Manchester United academy coach Jonathan Hill to work alongside new manager Rene Meulensteen. Jol paid the price for six consecutive defeats when he was fired after two-and-a-half years at the club, and with Fulham 18th in the league table. Fulham said in a statement: “Fulham Football Club would like to welcome Jonathan Hill, appointed as first-team coach to work with Rene Meulensteen. “Jonathan Hill worked at Manchester United for 10 years as academy youth coach prior to joining the Jordanian Football Association as technical director in 2009 where he was responsible for all of the national youth teams from Under-8s to Under-20s. More recently, Jonathan has coached at both Manchester City and Tromso FC. “Michael Lindeman, Billy McKinlay and Cornelis Jol have left the club and we would like to thank them for their service and wish them well for the future.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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September sports feature good, bad, ugly storylines

first_imgThis time of year is quite possibly the best the calendar has to offer when it comes to sports. The NFL and college football are in full swing, six of eight baseball divisions will be decided this week and if that wasn’t enough to rouse your interest, this year the Women’s World Cup final falls during the very same week. Sounds great, right?Unfortunately, not everything is quite so great. A close look at the current situation in the world of sports shows that aside from the good, there is also a heavy helping of bad and ugly stories too. So, without further ado, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the most exciting sports time of the year.The Good: Brett FavreComing into this season, most of the national media wondered how Favre would fare in his 17th NFL season. Sure, the Packers won their final four games in the 2006 season and went to the final week of the season with a shot to make the playoffs, but the offense lacked any discernible weapons outside of Favre’s favorite go-to, Donald Driver. After Favre spoke out about Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson passing on trading a fourth-round pick for Randy Moss, it seemed like the story of Favre’s (possibly) last season would be one of aging athlete sour at his team’s management’s inability to put weapons around him. Instead, with the same no-name cast of characters, the Packers are 3-0 and one of the major stories of the early season.With names so unfamiliar (Seriously, who had actually heard of Ryan Grant before Week 2? I thought I was watching Dorsey Levens spin past Giants defenders in the No. 25 jersey before I was told otherwise) and players that could conceivably be his children, Favre has thrown for the fifth most yards in the league. Favre played one of his finest games of the last few years Sunday, when he threw for three touchdowns against no interceptions in a comeback win over San Diego. The game-winning 57-yard touchdown completion to Greg Jennings tied Favre with Dan Marino as No. 1 on the all-time touchdown list.The Bad: Milton BradleyEveryone likes a good game of Yahtzee, but the hot-headed Padres’ left fielder rolled the dice on San Diego’s playoff chances after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a game last week in one of the most bizarre injuries in recent memory.Bradley wasn’t injured legging out a ground ball or chasing down a fly ball in the outfield. Instead, his season ended after he was thrown to the ground by his own manager as he argued with the first base umpire following a single.Bradley alleges the first base umpire baited him into the eventual argument by saying Bradley threw his bat at the home plate umpire after striking out. Now the Padres must try to hold onto a playoff spot without their starting left fielder and cleanup hitter.This is just the latest from a guy who has built a reputation as a hot head and once got into an altercation with his manager when he played in Cleveland.The Ugly: Mike TysonTyson earns the Ugly honor not for his facial tattoo (although that would be grounds for such a distinction) but instead for continued legal problems.I’d say I was surprised when I first read about his guilty plea to drug possession, but in all seriousness, how surprised can you actually be about anything involving a guy who once bit a portion of another man’s ear off and has professed to wanting to eat a competitor’s child?In reality, this is an extremely sad story. Coming up in a tough neighborhood in New York, Tyson became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion in history with the potential to become one of the greatest fighters ever. I’m not one to easily excuse personal behavior, but since he won the heavyweight title, Tyson’s life has spiraled downward faster than quarters in a vortex wheel. He’s found himself in so much legal trouble, from rape to drug charges and alleged spousal abuse, it’s as if he just can’t help himself. Maybe it’s not that ugly, but it sure is sad.Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. He can be reached to talk about the world of sports at bvoelkel@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Boeheim looks for smart frontcourt play in season opener vs. Northern Iowa

first_img Comments For a moment, there was confusion. ‘Baye, get up,’ Kris Joseph said to Baye Moussa Keita on the bench at the four-minute mark of the first half of Syracuse’s 91-48 exhibition win over Le Moyne Tuesday. ‘C.J., move down,’ he said to freshman forward C.J. Fair. Rick Jackson had just picked up his second foul. Fab Melo already had three. And for a second, Joseph was fully preparing for a Fair-Moussa Keita frontcourt. SU head coach Jim Boeheim ultimately took a chance by leaving Jackson in the game with two fouls. With SU sophomore center DaShonte Riley likely out for the entire season, it’s likely something Boeheim will have to weigh consistently throughout the Orange’s regular season. That season starts Friday in the Carrier Dome with a 7 p.m. matchup against Northern Iowa, a team that made the Sweet 16 last season after upsetting top-seeded Kansas in the second round. The date with the Panthers opens a stretch of three games in five days for the Orange. It also opens what Boeheim said is the toughest nonconference schedule for SU in years, starting with a team he thinks should make it back to the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Northern Iowa is an NCAA (Tournament) team,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re coming off a great year last year. I think they’ll be just as good this year. They lost a couple guys, like we did. They’re very good and they’ve replaced those guys, like we did. … We’re looking forward to Friday.’ And paramount to success in that challenging nonconference slate is the performance of a slim group of big men capable of playing the power forward and center positions. With Riley out, Jackson and Melo have started at the four and five positions through the first two exhibition games, while Moussa Keita has averaged 16 minutes per game in spelling both of them. Boeheim and the Orange got a glimpse against Le Moyne of what could happen if two of those three get into foul trouble. It will be a decision between playing one of the foul-plagued big men or moving small forwards down, such as Fair, James Southerland or Mookie Jones. And in that tough nonconference schedule, Boeheim won’t have the luxury of taking chances like he did against the Dolphins without having to live with the good or bad repercussions. But he’s not worried about the situation — for now. ‘I don’t worry about those things,’ Boeheim said. ‘If they happen, they happen. It’s not unusual with freshman players. There’s nothing you can do about it. Worrying doesn’t do any good. They have to learn how to play.’ To Boeheim, it’s just a matter of silly freshman mistakes. The two freshmen — Melo and Moussa Keita — have to learn how to play smarter. That means staying away from unnecessary foul situations in the first few minutes of the game. That means always squaring up on defense and not getting lazy. ‘We have two big guys, fortunately,’ Boeheim said. ‘And then we still have Rick (Jackson) to go back on, so I think we have more than enough in there. They’re going to get into foul trouble. It’s just part of learning how to play college basketball. It takes time, and it’s normal for freshman big guys.’ Melo and Moussa Keita are already getting the message. It was not more evident than in Melo’s postgame reaction to his third foul, which he called a ‘stupid freshman mistake.’ He picked up his third foul of the contest with 7:45 remaining in the first half, an off-ball, silly foul that Boeheim preaches against. Boeheim went with one of the changeups in lineups after that foul, subbing Jackson back in to play with Fair, Jones, Southerland and Dion Waiters. ‘I thought he would be mad off my third foul,’ Melo said of Boeheim. ‘But he just said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just play smart the next play.” Playing smart is something Syracuse’s big men will have to do to avoid similar sticky situations against opponents like Northern Iowa. To Moussa Keita, who played 17 minutes Tuesday without registering a foul, it’s that simple. ‘We just have to play smart,’ Moussa Keita said. ‘We’re trying to weed out the foul trouble. I’m trying to do that, too.’ bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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From the archives: Game to be televised nationally

first_imgOriginal Date of Publication: Sept. 18, 1951SC and the National Broadcasting company have combined to achieve television history with the announcement yesterday that the Trojan-Notre Dame football game, Dec. 1 in Memorial Coliseum, will be televised coast-to-coast over the new microwave relay system.The “live” telecast will be the first to emanate from Los Angeles over the permanent west-to-east transmission channel.KNBH, channel four, will air the game locally while other viewers throughout the country will watch the famed intersectional battle over local NBC outlets.The announcement, made jointly by Willis O. Hunter, director of Intercollegiate athletics, and officials of, Notre Dame and NBC states that the game rights have sold for sponsorship to Westinghouse Electric company.It also mean that Coach Jess Hill’s Trojans will be viewed coast-to-coast twice during the 1951 season, the national telecast of the SC-Army game from New York, Nov. 3, having already been announced, NBC will also carry that game.Both games will be televised as part of the National Collegiate Athletic association’s experimental television program which involves a series of “controlled telecasts.”The coast-to-coast telecast will also open the Trojan-Irish series, which has drawn a total audience of 1,712,015 fans since its beginning in 1926, to a far greater national audience.Under the permanent transmission system of the American Telephone and Telegraph company, the program will go from Los Angeles to San Francisco and then to Chicago by the microwave network. From Chicago it will be sent on to New York and other eastern points by the present coaxial cable connections.Although this game will be the first sports event to go from west to east it will not be the first such program carried on the new relay. Earlier the new system will bring the world series to the east coast from the west.last_img read more

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Syracuse drops 1 place to No. 7 in Tuesday’s coaches poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Syracuse dropped one spot to No. 7 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings, released Tuesday.The one-spot slide comes a week after Syracuse (8-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped from No. 3 to No. 6. On Saturday, SU dropped an overtime bout to then-No. 7 North Carolina, 3-2. The Tar Heels now hold the No. 5 ranking, receiving one first place vote.Connecticut remains undefeated and holds the top spot, and No. 2 Duke stayed put from last week. Virginia and Penn State flipped spots, with the Cavaliers jumping the Nittany Lions for the third spot.Seven ACC teams are ranked, with five in the Top 10. Duke is the highest at No. 2, followed by UVA at No. 3 and UNC rounding out the Top 5. No. 9 Boston College is the last ACC team in the Top 10. Louisville (No. 12) and Wake Forest (No. 13) are the other two ranked ACC teams.Syracuse next plays at No. 12 Louisville on Friday, followed by a Sunday game at J.S. Coyne Stadium against No. 16 Princeton.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Manchester clubs in Champions League action

first_imgIf City top their group they’ll avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the last 16.Both matches will kick-off at 7:45. The Reds are just one point ahead of PSV Eindhoven who host CSKA Moscow.Manchester City have an outside chance of winning their group tonight.City need to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad and hope that Juventus lose away to Sevilla.last_img

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How the Reds’ Luis Castillo uses YouTube to help grow his confidence

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNCastillo was born in Baní, about an hour southwest from Martinez’s hometown of Manoguayabo, and years ago he started watching old Martinez starts on YouTube as a part of his pregame preparation. Castillo wants to remind himself before every start to emulate the way Martinez carried himself on the mound.“[He] was always competing, never giving up no matter what the situation was,” Castillo told Sporting News. “I study his pitching a lot, and he seems to me like every time he came and pitched in the big leagues, year by year, he comes with more mound presence, more confidence in himself, so I tried to copy that.”Watching Martinez every five days helps to remind Castillo that every pitch, every inning and every batter is a battle he needs to win. Tucker Barnhart, who has caught most of Castillo’s starts not only this season but since he came up two seasons ago, saw right away the supreme mound presence Castillo had, even as a rookie.Barnhart made his debut with Cincinnati in 2014, when he was catching a staff of Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. Guys who had been there, done that already. They had seen any sort of scenario possible on a baseball field and carried themselves accordingly. Surprisingly, Barnhart said, Castillo was the same way from the moment he came up.“For a guy that hasn’t been in those situations at all at the big league level to be able to just basically roll out of bed and be that way was really cool,” Barnhart said. “The one thing for me that’s always been extremely impressive about Luis is that nothing seems to really rattle him. That’s kind of stayed constant from the moment he got to the big leagues.“He just seems to say, ‘The hell with it, I’m going to get the next guy.’ It’s really impressive and it’s really fun to catch.”MLB DRAFT 2019: Complete, round-by-round resultsThis season, Castillo is using that confidence to put together a Cy Young-caliber season. Through his first 13 starts, he has a 2.38 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. His strikeout rate is way up from 2018 and his ERA way down, and this is without a significant change to his mechanics or approach. Castillo’s pitch mix is tweaked from last year, a change that’s also at least partially due to greater self-confidence.In 2018, Castillo used his changeup about 26 percent of the time, and so far this season he’s upped that to nearly 31 percent.“That has been my pitch since I came up,” Castillo said. “That’s my best pitch. And I just, I don’t know, I just feel better throwing it down in the zone or more often, and it’s been working fine.”His changeup has a slightly higher whiff rate this year, up to about 29 percent from 26.8 percent a season ago. And opposing hitters, who have never done well against Castillo’s best pitch — they batted just .198 against it in 2018 — are doing even worse than before. So far this season, they’re managing a meager .145.“It gives guys another thing they have to worry about. He’s been able to pitch up in the zone more than he has in the past,” Barnhart said. “Using it more in fastball counts, which makes it even more difficult for guys to pigeon-hole him into a fastball.”Castillo’s slider has gotten better and his command of his fastball has developed as well, Barnhart said. As a result, he’s been able to tweak how he uses his other pitches as well. For instance, he’s more comfortable working higher in the zone. In 2018, Castillo threw 62 pitches, or about 2.2 percent of the total he threw for the year, in the area just above the strike zone, according to Statcast. This year, that’s up to 6.6 percent. It’s still a relatively small difference, but it matters because it affects how hitters have to gameplan. They are less able to eliminate an area of the zone when he’s more willing to put his pitches there.“Last year, we were using the fastball up but not as much as this year,” Castillo said. “Having different spots in the zone where you can make your pitches better makes you better.”It’s also helped that Castillo has a full year of experience. He took some lumps in 2018, sure, but there’s a lot to be said for getting to run the course of a full season in the majors. Players get a chance to see more of what baseball might throw at them and learn how they have to respond. Succeeding at the highest level of any professional sport demands confidence. But sometimes, having it has to be preceded by success.Luis Castillo has always had it. Or, at least, he’s done a good job of coming across that way. His on-the-mound demeanor has impressed his teammates since he debuted with the Reds in late June 2017. To some extent, Castillo’s confidence has come from being very good at what he does, but he also attributes his mound demeanor to watching and learning from fellow Dominican and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. “It helps a lot having the experience I had last year, pitching all year here in the big leagues, and it makes it easier for me because you can know more of who you’re facing,” Castillo said. “And that prepares you better to come this year and do the job that I’m doing.”Castillo will have some competition for the Cy Young in the National League — the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu has one of the strongest cases so far — but there’s no doubting his growth as a pitcher. Castillo is the ace of a staff that added veterans Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark to the mix, but it’s not just because of his performance. Castillo’s confidence, learned in part from watching Martinez on YouTube, carries weight with the other pitchers in Cincinnati. When asked where his strong sense of mound presence comes from, reliever Robert Stephenson couldn’t help but chime in from his locker.“Tell him because you’re nasty,” Stephenson said.last_img read more

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