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first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden called on Americans to come together and heal Saturday in his first speech since winning the presidency. “This is the time to heal in America,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware that capped off a day of celebrations and impromptu parades nationwide. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket … and we’re seeing all over this nation, and in all cities in all parts of the country, indeed across the world, an outpouring of joy.” Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses supporters at an election rally, after news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.Andrew Harnik | Reuters Biden said his first priority will be to bring the surging coronavirus pandemic under control. “On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021.That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern,” he said. “I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.”This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. Biden reached out to those voters who supported President Donald Trump, telling the crowd of supporters. “They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.” “I will work to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. I won’t see red states and blue states, I will always see the United States.”“Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end, here and now,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored eight outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”The 2019 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Sister Rosemary Donley (Pittsburgh), Angela Duckworth (Philadelphia), Carmen Febo-San Miguel (Philadelphia), JoAnne Fischer (Philadelphia), Vanessa German (Pittsburgh), Marci Hamilton (Philadelphia), Shubhra M. Shetty (Scranton), and Leslie Stiles (Philadelphia).“Tom and I are proud to honor these incredible women for their profound contributions to the people and communities of Pennsylvania,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Our commonwealth is a better place because of their selfless dedication and hard work, and we cannot thank them enough.”Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 to honor women who have shown distinguished service through a professional career and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be natives of Pennsylvania but must have lived in the commonwealth at some point.The 2019 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include:Sister Rosemary DonleySister Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAAN, a Sister of Charity of Seton Hill, is a professor and the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne University School of Nursing. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she has served as President of several national nursing organizations and currently chairs the Board of Directors of CGFNS. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a living legend in the American Academy of Nursing. Her selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow shaped her knowledge of policy structures and the legislative process. At Duquesne University, she teaches seminars in health policy and finance and social justice. She also plans national symposia on social justice for vulnerable populations. The tenth annual symposium: Social Justice, for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Person who is Homeless, will be held on October 17-18, 2019.Angela DuckworthAngela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit that provides actionable advice to parents and teachers, based on science. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Previously, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2018, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a public school math and science teacher. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, an MSc in Neuroscience from Oxford University, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.Carmen Febo-San Miguel, M.D.Carmen Febo-San Miguel received her M.D. from the University of Puerto Rico (1973). For four decades she worked as a Family Medicine Specialist providing comprehensive medical care, and as Medical Director in settings that included Germantown Family Medicine Associates and the Naranjito Health Center in Puerto Rico (1980 to 1984) until she retired from medicine in 2014. This town in the central mountains of Puerto Rico declared her “Hija Adoptiva” (Adoptive Daughter). Locally, Carmen is primarily recognized for her work with Taller Puertorriqueño, as Chair of the Board from 1984-1999 and as Executive Director since then. Under her leadership, the organization has developed completing and moving into a new $11.5 million, state of the art center in the heart of North Philadelphia’s Latino community in December 2016.JoAnne FischerAs Executive Director of Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) from 1989-2018, JoAnne oversaw the agency’s growth from a neighborhood project to a statewide organization, from a staff of three to over 150, a budget of $116,000 to over $12 million and with groundbreaking initiatives to address maternal mortality and incarcerated pregnant women. She has served in the leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Among her many awards, she is proud to have been recognized by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change. She attended all three UN Conferences on Women in Mexico (1975), Nairobi, Kenya (1985), and Beijing, China (1995).Vanessa GermanVanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German ’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood. Her work is in private and public collections including Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. German’s fine artwork has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Flint Institute of Arts, Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2018 United States Artist Grant and most recently the 2018 Don Tyson Prize from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.Marci HamiltonMarci Hamilton is the Fox Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamilton is the Founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA, www.childusa.org, a nonprofit academic think tank dedicated to evidence-based research to improve laws & public policy to end child abuse and neglect. Prof. Hamilton is a leading and influential critic of extreme religious liberty and the author of “God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty”. Hamilton is also the leading expert on clergy sex abuse and child sex abuse statutes of limitation and authored “Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children”, which advocates for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. Professor Hamilton is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, B.A., Pennsylvania State University, M.A, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D.Shubhra M. Shetty, M.D.Shubhra Marwaha Shetty was born in India, attended medical school at the Armed Forces Medical College, then served in the Indian Armed Forces. She trained in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the early ’90s, during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which led to a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In 1999, Dr. Shetty joined the faculty of The Wright Center in Scranton PA, where she established the first Ryan White Care clinic in northeastern PA, providing comprehensive care to people with HIV. She serves as a Regional Dean at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Shetty is committed to delivering humanistic, high quality care, while maintaining provider morale and professional satisfaction, and mentoring medical students and residents.Leslie StilesLeslie Stiles is currently Board President of the PA Conference for Women, an event she initiated in 2003, which draws thousands of participants annually. This day of personal and professional development has become the premiere event for women in the Commonwealth. Leslie also served as Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Appointed by Governor Rendell, she acted as state government’s advocate for all issues as they impacted women and girls. Notable board affiliations include the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Leslie is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women. Among numerous awards she has received are the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s Pink Tie Award, Komen’s Woman of Power Award, and the Women’s Law Project’s Myrna Bradwell Award. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 8 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2019 Distinguished Daughterscenter_img September 25, 2019last_img read more


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first_imgThe home at 3 Leopardwood St, Runcorn sold at auction for $630,000.THIS four-bedroom property on 616sq m looks like a typical project-home, but marketing agent Adrian Graczyk, of Graczyk Thompson Real Estate, said the open-plan layout had potential buyers lining up during its four-week marketing campaign.“We had over 40 groups through, which equated to roughly 10 per Saturday — which is great for a half an hour open home,” he said. “On top of that we had private viewings during the week as well, so that just shows the demand for housing is there.”Come auction day, three bidders fought it out for 3 Leopardwood St, Runcorn but tenacity paid off for the eventual buyer with a contract exchanged at $630,000.“As soon as the auctioneer opened it up, the successful bidder was the first in,” Mr Graczyk said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020With this one buyer remaining, the auctioneer sought the vendor’s instruction.It was declared, “on the market” and sold at the reserve price.Mr Graczyk said the sellers were motivated to find a buyer, and opted for auction rather than a private treaty process.“The owners had a contract on another property and they were subject to sale, so obviously there was a very strong sense of urgency,” he said. Mr Graczyk said the majority of buyers in Runcorn continued to come from the established Asian community in the suburb and its surrounds.As such, many of the open homes became a family affair.“A lot of the people actually brought along their sons and daughters so they could translate for us,” Mr Graczyk said.last_img read more


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first_img“We will not allow the rebels to sow fear,” assures Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. “We will not allow the rebels to sow fear,” assures Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. “We will not allow the rebels to sow fear,” assures Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. PNA PHOTO RA 11479 is being questioned even by those from the legal sector and the academe over some of the alleged provisions that violate the 1987 Constitution, especially on the Bill of Rights. These killings and use of indiscriminate force in armed conflict, according to Pasaporte, were direct violations to the international human law.He also slammed the rebels for violating the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. “We deployed our troops to conduct pursuit operations against NPAs together with our counterparts in the [Philippine National Police],” Pasaporte said.The top Army official assured that government forces in Negros Island are in control of the situation. “We will not allow the rebels to sow fear to the communities despite the crisis brought by coronavirus disease 2019,” he said. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 303IB commander, said a series of shooting incidents staged by NPA insurgents in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental resulted to the deaths of several civilians.   BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGAcenter_img President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month signed the anti-terror law despite opposition from various sectors over some the provisions that allegedly violate human rights. At least 10 petitions have already been filed before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law./PN BACOLOD City – The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (303IB) based in the town of Murcia, Negros Occidental denounced the New People’s Army (NPA) for supposedly violating the controversial Republic Act (RA) No. 11479, or the Anti–Terrorism Act of 2020.last_img read more


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first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas – Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center maintains a very visible role while backing both IMCA SportMod divisions this year. In addition to returning as title sponsor for the Southern SportMod class for a fourth consecutive season, the Lubbock, Texas, GM part retailer, Chevrolet engine dealer and certified engine rebuilder is part of the national decal program for Southern and Northern SportMods. SDPC will provide a portion of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in na­tional stand­ings for Southern SportMods; this is the company’s third year of partnership in regard to the na­tional decal program.Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in Novem­ber or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Southern and Northern SportMod driv­ers are required to display two Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. “What we like best about our partnership with IMCA, number one, is that we sell a lot of sealed engines to a lot of the same customers who come to us for parts,” said Keith Wilson, SDPC outside sales and business development manager. “The Southern SportMod point fund is one way for us to return that support.”“Second is brand promotion,” he continued. “We can reach out through IMCA to drivers who don’t know us currently.”More information about parts and engines available from fourth generation and family-owned SDPC is available by calling 800 456-0211, on Facebook and at the www.sdparts.com website.Jesse Baldwin of Aztec, N.M., was the 2015 Southern SportMod national champion. Taylor Florio of Copperas Cove, Texas, was national rookie of the year, the first female driver in any IMCA divi­sion to earn that award. Southern SportMods make their Boone Speedway debut on opening night of the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Sept. 5. “We’ve really grown comfortable with the partnership with Scoggin-Dickey and their professionalism is really top flight,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “There are lots of new developments at SDPC that will continue to leverage them as one of the best sources for IMCA engines in the country.”last_img read more


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first_imgTrenton R. Thornburg, age 25 of Franklin, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Born January 8, 1995 in Muncie, Indiana, he is the son of Susan Moeller Bohman and Mark Thornburg. He was an HVAC Technician for Lennox National.Trent enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. He was a great listener, genuinely caring and generous individual who always put his friends and family first. It was not uncommon for him to ‘pay it forward’ if he felt the other person was in need. He found joy in the simple things in life and only saw the good in others. Trent is survived by his mother Susan Bohman of Batesville; father Mark Thornburg of Albany, Indiana; stepfather Dale Bohman of Hamburg; sister Kayla Bork of Petersburg, Michigan; brothers Branson Thornburg of Monroe, Michigan, Devin Childers of Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew Thornburg of Batesville, Joseph Bohman of Hamburg; grandparents Patricia and Richard Moeller of Hamburg, Regina and Willard Williamson of Muncie, Indiana; step grandparents Paula and Richard Bohman of Hamburg as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Richard Thornburg and step grandmother Barbara Thornburg.Trent will be cremated. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until Noon Wednesday, June 10th, at the Weigel Funeral Home. Attendees will need to observe social distancing while in the funeral home and masks will be respected. A memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. officiating. Burial will be at a later date. The family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Riley’s Children’s Hospital. For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more


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first_imgLONDON: There will be no replays during the 2020/21 season of the FA Cup, England’s Football Association said on Thursday while announcing the schedule of the tournament for next season. “In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season,” said the FA in its statement. The preliminary rounds will begin on September 1 after which the qualifications will begin on September 22. The first round of matches will be played on November 7. The final is scheduled for May 15, 2021. “The list of accepted clubs and round exemptions have also been released, while the early draws for the extra preliminary and preliminary rounds will be released on Tuesday 18 August,” said the FA. IANS Also Watch: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Condemns Attack in Zubeen Garglast_img read more


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first_imgBEIJING: The 2020 China Badminton Super League will run from August 27 to September 14 in Chengdu, the Chinese Badminton Association announced on Monday.Eight clubs, including 2018-19 Super League champions Zhejiang Nengyuan, will participate in the mixed team league that will run in a knockout competition format this year. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all games will be played in empty arenas, with all players, coaches and other staff required to take nucleic acid tests before the tournament. IANS Also Watch: Assam Guv Bats for Good Governance in BTADlast_img


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first_imgGLOBAL  SOCCERFormer Super Eagles ace, Osaze Odemwingie, made an unceremonious exit from Rotherham United via a text message to his manager after a short spell at the English club. On Monday, he was unveiled by an Indonesian club, Madura United. Many are worried about Odemwingie’s new port of call. Does this mean he may never play top flight football again, Kunle Adewale writes Osaze Odemwingie on Monday joined Indonesia’s top-flight club, Madura United, to help them navigate League 1. The former Nigerian international who had featured for La Louvière, Lille, Lokomotiv Moscow, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City, Stoke City, Bristol City and Rotherham United now joins the likes of Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Obafemi Martins that are plying their trade in Asia.Call him the journeyman of Nigerian football and one would not be far from the obvious. Since his breakthrough from the then Nigerian Premier League side, Bendel Insurance to Belgian club, La Louviere, Odemwingie had gone on to play for seven other European clubs. It was therefore no surprise to many when Osaze turned his attention to Indonesia.The 35-year-old Nigerian winger will be tested first in a few exhibition matches in Cilacap, Central Java and Yogyakarta.“The agreement with the player is 99 per cent complete as we’ve agreed on the pre-contract conditions,” Madura United team manager, Haruna Soemitro, said via the club’s social media accounts.“Odemwingie’s quality conforms to the team’s current needs, yet we need to see his performance during the pre-season matches in Cilacap and Yogyakarta next week,” Soemitro added.When Odemwingie signed a short-term contract with Rotherham United after an uneventful stint with Stoke City, many saw the move as new lease of life for the Beijing Olympics silver medalist to rediscover his form but it was not to be as loss of form and indiscipline characterised his stay with the Millers.With offers not coming from main stream European clubs, speculation about his next port of call had been a subject of discussion, with many of the opinion that it might be another “missionary journey” this time to the Far East or United States, which are generally considered as the retirement haven for players.Paul Okuku, in a telephone chat with THISDAY from his base in the United States noted that it was not totally over for the former Bendel Insurance player as far European football was concerned, but he admitted that age was no more on his side to contend with the physical and tactical nature of European football.“Though I have to admit that age is not really on his side and injury had not really helped matters, with determination and right frame of mind he can still play in top flight European football. He however has to be in the right shape to contend with the physicality of European football.“After all, we’ve seen players play at the highest level at age 35 and above. Luigi Buffon is still playing in the World Cup qualifiers for Italy even at the age of 39, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is above 35 and still doing well for Manchester United. So, Odemwingie could still play at the top level in Europe if he conditions himself well.“However, if he feels it’s time to have a stint in the Far East; it’s still not a bad idea. After all, there are players in the league in these countries that are still representing their countries very well,” Okoku said.Odemwingie was born in Tashkent, Uzbek, to a Nigerian father (Peter Odemwingie Snr.) and a Russian mother (Raisa), both of whom were medical students. He moved with his family to Nigeria when he was two years old before returning to Russia to complete his secondary education. Whilst living in Russia, he played in the youth teams at KAMAZ and CSKA Moscow. At the age of 17, he moved back to Nigeria and after spending a short time with amateurs AS Racines Lagos, he became a professional with Nigeria Premier League side, Bendel Insurance.After an unsuccessful trial with Anderlecht, he signed for La Louviere in 2003 and made his mark by helping the club to win the Belgian Cup in his first season, which also earned the club qualification into the UEFA Cup.Scoring nine goals in 44 appearances attracted the attention of the French Ligue 1 side, Lille and before long, he was a starter in the first team playing for the French side. Famous for his technique and pace, the Nigerian player was monitored by a number of prestigious European clubs.In 2007, he signed for Lokomotiv Moscow for a reported fee of US$14 million on a four-year contract. In three seasons for Lokomotiv, Odemwingie became the driving force of the attack and one of their most important players. During his time there he managed 21 goals in the Russian Premier League from 75 games.In 2010, Odemwingie signed for English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract, with the option of a third year in the club’s favour. Later in August, it was announced that Odemwingie had signed a new three-year agreement with West Bromwich Albion, after a £4,000,000 bid from Wigan Athletic was turned down by the club.In 2013, Odemwingie signed a two-year contract with Cardiff City for £2.25 million. Speaking after the move Odemwingie stated that he was eager for a fresh start in his career.He developed a good relationship with manager Malky Mackay who stated that Odemwingie “is a joy to work with.” However Mackay was replaced with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2014 and Odemwingie fell out of favour.In January 2014, Odemwingie joined Stoke City on an 18-month contract in a player-exchange with Kenwyne Jones, a move he described as a “step forward”.A knee ligament injury however ruled him out for most of the season, managing eight appearances. After struggling for playing time with Stoke in 2015-16, Odemwingie joined Championship side Bristol City on loan in March 2016. He played seven times for the Robins scoring twice. He was released by Stoke at the end of the 2015–16 season.Odemwingie represented Nigeria at the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Nations Cup. In 2008, he was selected as an over-age player for Nigeria at the Beijing Olympic, scoring in the quarter-final against Côte d’Ivoire as the team earned the silver medal after losing the final to defending champions, Argentina,Odemwingie was also part of the Nigeria team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but dispute with Stephen Keshi cost him a place to the 2013 AFCON, which Nigeria won. He was however named in the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which may as well be his last appearance in the colours of Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more