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AT&T expands mobile broadband coverage to Barre and Montpelier

first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of new 3G cell sites in Barreand Montpelier that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.”Vermonters welcome AT&T’s introduction of 3G capabilities to the capital region of the state,” said Sen. Ann E. Cummingsof Montpelier, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “It is critical that we offer them the latest technologies and services, and AT&T’s investment in a more robust wireless network here and in other areas of Vermont will help attract business and strengthen the state’s economy.”The new cell sites are part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. In December 2009, AT&T launched its 3G network in a number of Vermontcities and towns, including Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland, St. Albans and White River Junction. These expansions are part of AT&T’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them. Additional 3G investments in Vermont will be announced later this year.”Our goal is pretty simple: we want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail, download a song or video, or surf the Internet on your AT&T device,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England. “We’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this.”AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation’s fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews(link is external).*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world’s most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation’s fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation’s leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com(link is external).© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.SOURCE AT&T Inc. MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

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Colombian Rebels Free 11 Oil Workers

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2012 On March 6, leftist rebels freed 11 oil workers who were taken captive last month near Colombia’s border with Venezuela, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The ICRC said the group of workers, who were employed by contractor Consorcio Casanare Avanzada, were turned over by members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN by its Spanish acronym, in a rural area of the department of Arauca. “We have undertaken this operation at the direct request of the armed group and the families,” said Michael Kramer, who heads the ICRC delegation in Colombia. The workers were involved in the construction of a 960-kilometer (600-mile) pipeline for Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol when they were taken captive by rebels on February 28. With an estimated 2,500 fighters, the ELN is the second largest guerrilla group in Colombia after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has some 9,000 combatants, according to the Colombian government.last_img read more

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Jesse Kinch: Long Island’s Rising Star

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Seaford-native Jesse Kinch stepped out onto the stage on ABC’s new singing competition “Rising Star” on June 22, the world took notice. There’s something different about Jesse. At just 20 years old, he brought a lifetime of raw emotion to his performance of “I Put a Spell on You” on the series premiere, earning a standing ovation from an audience that included three music experts: Ludacris, Kesha, and Brad Paisley. Though those artists represent very different genres of music from Jesse—rap, pop, and country—they responded universally to the phenomenon that is Jesse Kinch. He received the highest audience response of the night, exploding into the hearts of America with his take on old-fashioned rock n’ roll.Billed as a “complete reinvention of the traditional singing competition,” “Rising Star” is the latest in this genre. Viewers download an app that allows them to vote in real time to decide who gets to stay in the competition–and who gets booted. Though there are celebrity experts, the only judges are the ones at home. Each show features a live performance from the competitors, who play their own instruments. Instead of contrived notion of what producers believe will be the nest in pop stardom, individuality is praised here. No one exemplifies that more than Kinch, who takes on classics from the 60s and 70s and invokes them with his own brand of raw talent and understanding. And the audience loves him.Kinch has demonstrated precociousness when it comes to music since the first time he picked up a guitar at age six and was able to tune it by ear. By seven, he was performing in a NYC rock club. At 10, he competed against adult performers in the Sam Ash Guitar Competition where he finished in third place. By the time he took the stage on “Rising Star,” he’d had a headlining gig at the “Rock for Haiti” concert, appearances on “Good Day New York,” News 12 Long Island, and Channel 55 News, and airplay of his original songs on both WBAB and Q104.3NY behind him.“First of all, he was born with perfect pitch,” said Fred Guarino, president of Tiki Recording Studio in Glen Cove, who has been working with Kinch since he was 13 years old. “But the big influence on this kid, which is so special, is that his father, who’s a big fan of poetry and music and lyrics– taught Jesse at a very young age. He said to him, ‘Don’t sing this song unless you feel every single lyric. You have to perform the words as if you’re living them. Bleed for those lyrics.’”You can see that influence when he takes the stage. He doesn’t perform music; it overcomes him in a stunning transformation that gives rise to gooseflesh on the arms of his audience.“When I get up onstage to sing a song, something happens,” Kinch told the Press during a phone call between rehearsals in Los Angeles. “There’s a change. An emotional change. And it’s like subconsciously I don’t even know that I’m doing it. I’m breaking down this whole song. I know the song so well. It’s like I am the song. “When his father recognized his son’s penchant for music, he introduced him to his record collection. Whenever Kinch expressed interest in a song, he and his dad would go over the lyrics, breaking down every line, discussing their meaning. Under this kind of tutelage, Kinch developed a love for rock songs of the 60s and 70s, a time, he says, where “there were really no boundaries. It was poetry and music combined. And I think people really put their heart and soul into the music. People really wrote songs that they felt, not just to impress a record company.”That authenticity that Kinch admires is the hallmark of what makes him an exceptional performer. Besides having amazing talent with the guitar and a killer voice, there’s an extra element that resonates beyond his musical technique. His deep connection with each song fosters a connection across time and space with those who are lucky enough to hear him. And his fans count among them, Ludacris, Kesha, and Brad Paisley, who could barely contain himself after watching his premiere performance. “I think you gave someone at home a seizure,” he proclaimed. “Are you a lead guitar player, too? I want to see that. We’re gonna get you an amp.”And you can bet that during the week after that performance, Brad Paisley invited Kinch to jam during his rehearsal, where another surprise awaited him.“Oh my god,” Kinch burst out. “We went to the Capital Records building in Los Angeles. That’s where I was going to meet all the experts–Ludacris, Brad Paisley, and Kesha. And so I was going to sing my song in front of them and who’s microphone is there in front of me? It’s Frank Sinatra’s microphone. The history behind that microphone–I can’t even believe it.”He is truly living something he’d never conceived of in his wildest dreams. In fact, singing competitions like Fox’s “American Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice” were never really his cup of tea. But the trajectory of his life changed a few weeks ago when “Rising Star’s” producers, after discovering YouTube videos of his performances, contacted him and urged him to audition for this brand new show.“The thing that really really got me on board is how the producers of the show, they really respect individuality, which was strikingly awesome to me,” he said. “I’m not singing pop songs, I’m singing rock n roll songs. Songs that I love. “Guarino, the president of Tiki Recording Studio, finds that to be the most exciting part of Kinch’s adventure. “I think it makes a statement that it’s really okay to be yourself,” he said. “It’s okay to do what you like as long as it’s from your heart. And if you do it well, people are going to like it, as opposed to commercially calculating what’s popular. Jesse doesn’t operate that way and that’s why I’m proud of him. He stands on his own two feet.”So what’s next for this Long Islander?“All I can tell the people on Long Island is keep watching the show. Keep rockin’ and rolling and keep real music alive,” Kinch said. It’s so important to support that genre and thank you for all the love and support. It means the world to me.“I promise you one thing. Each night I’m up on stage, I’m going to pour my heart and soul out. I’m going to put everything I have into it.”You can catch Jesse and the rest of the performers on Rising Star on Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC.last_img read more

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Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019

first_img“Politics plays a role,” said Brian Levin, a professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and the director of the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Hate crimes in the United States rose to their highest level in more than a decade last year, while more murders motivated by hate were recorded than ever before, the F.B.I. said on Monday.The sharp rise in homicides driven by hatred — there were 51 last year, according to the F.B.I. — was attributed in large part to the mass shooting in El Paso in August 2019. In that shooting, the authorities say a 21-year-old gunman motivated by hatred toward Latinos stormed a Walmart and killed 23 people and injured many more.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The death toll in the El Paso attack more than doubled that of 2018’s deadliest hate-motivated crime, the mass shooting targeting Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.Over all, the F.B.I. collected data on 7,314 criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race or ethnicity or gender identity in 2019. It was the third straight year the metric surpassed 7,100 incidents and it was the highest number since the F.B.I. reported 7,783 incidents in 2008. Experts say the F.B.I. data likely undercounts the number of hate crimes in America, both because many victims fail to report incidents and local agencies are not required to report hate crime data to the F.B.I. “It’s important to note that, because of the nature of hate crime reporting, the F.B.I.’s annual report vastly understates the real level of hate crimes in the country,” the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said on Monday.The S.P.L.C. noted that the rise in hate crimes in recent years has come as the number of white supremacy groups has surged. According to data collected by the S.P.L.C., the number of white nationalist groups grew 55 percent between 2017 and 2019.The upswing in hate crimes last year underscored the upward trend in bias-motivated crimes during the Trump era, and the harsh rhetoric against Latino immigrants was seen as motivating the gunman in the El Paso shooting.- Advertisement – For example, last year only 2,172 agencies reported hate crime data to the F.B.I., out of a total of more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies around the country, according to the F.B.I.’s report. (Notable omissions from the data in recent years have included the death of a protester in 2017 during a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.)- Advertisement – “The president’s rhetoric has been identified in a series of actual attacks,” Mr. Levin added, “but moreover the day-by-day ticks of F.B.I. hate crimes shows there are increases after sustained and fervent remarks by the president that enter into an online feedback loop that also ends up in other discourses, both at the water cooler and on television.”The overall increase was fueled by a rise in attacks, in particular, against Hispanics and Jews. The F.B.I. reported 953 anti-Semitic hate crimes last year, a 14 percent increase from the previous year and the most since 2008, according to a report by California State University, San Bernardino, that analyzed the latest F.B.I. report and was published on Monday.Hate crimes directed at Latinos rose almost 9 percent, to 527 incidents last year from 485 incidents in 2018. At the same time, hate crimes against Black people fell to the lowest portion of all hate crimes since such data started to be collected by the F.B.I., although Black people were still far overrepresented in the statistics, according to Mr. Levin’s report. Last year, hate crimes targeting Black people fell slightly, by less than 1 percent.“Blacks are still the No. 1 target, at twice the level they represent in the American population,” the report said.In examining preliminary data from 2020, Mr. Levin found overall declines in hate crimes, which he explained as a result of social distancing measures and business closures from the coronavirus pandemic, except in three cities: Los Angeles, Houston and San Antonio. He has also found increases in bias crimes this year against two groups in particular, transgender people and Asian-Americans; the latter, he said, was most likely affected by anti-Asian animus provoked by false claims about the pandemic.last_img read more

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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

first_img“I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be about getting control of this outbreak,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the “TODAY” show after Moderna’s announcement, calling the company’s vaccine data “quite impressive.”Excellent. Memo to my broker: expect a package soon containing $200.39 cash, three Burger King coupons, a $5 savings bond and my grandmother’s hearing aids. Put it all on Moderna and make me rich.JEERS to the hunchback of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Forty-seven years ago today, in 1973, floundering President Richard Nixon uttered his immortal words: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.  Well, I’m not a crook.”–And to prove he wasn’t a crook, Gerald Ford shielded him with a “full and unconditional pardon” after Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment for crooky things like high crimes and misdemeanors.  Trust me: the less you think about it, the more it makes sense.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to fakers in high places. You remember how social media exploded when Trump appointed some unqualified hack to be “acting” Director of Homeland Security, even though he never went through a proper vetting process and was, essentially, making decisions on things like DACA illegally? Remember how we were all like, “Why doesn’t someone do something about this trespasser in public office?” Finally, someone did, and there was rejoicing across the land:A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation.Immigration rights activists hold a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 12, 2019, as the Court hears arguments about ending the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. - The US Supreme Court hears arguments on November 12, 2019 on the fate of the "Dreamers," an estimated 700,000 people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay and work under a program created by former president Barack Obama.Known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, the program came under attack from President Donald Trump who wants it terminated, and expired last year after the Congress failed to come up with a replacement. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)And thanks to Judge Garaufis, here they’ll stay.“DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote. “Therefore, the actions taken by purported Acting Secretaries, who were not properly in their roles according to the lawful order of succession, were taken without legal authority.”Karen Tumlin, an attorney who represented a plaintiff in one of two lawsuits that challenged Wolf’s authority, called the ruling “another win for DACA recipients and those who have been waiting years to apply for the program for the first time.”To make matters worse, Wolf also has to replace all the pudding cups he stole from the break room fridge, the result of a separate suit filed by Mable in accounting.JEERS to today’s edition of Toscanini Fail. And a’ one and a’ two…This has been today’s edition of Toscanini Fail.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 18, 2009CHEERS to a bouncing baby bill!  The tones were hushed in the Capitol last night as Harry Reid brought out the infant healthcare reform bill wrapped in a swaddling hospital gown and gently laid it in a bed of cotton balls, where it cooed and gurgled and coiled its tiny fingers around its—my goodness—rather robust (if opt-out-able) public option.  And no sign of Stupak syndrome, says Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:“While this bill is not perfect, the anti-choice measure that was included in the House bill is not contained in the Senate bill.  The House’s Stupak amendment would have resulted in grave risk to women and girls, particularly to low-income women. Denying a full range of reproductive services is not only discriminatory, but also dangerous, and puts the lives of women and girls at risk.Now comes the hard part: raising it to adulthood without dropping it on its head.  Which is easier said than done.  They don’t call it the “Butterfingers Chamber” for nothin’.–And just one more…CHEERS to that people-powered dude. Since I know you appreciate being made to feel old, here’s a fun fact: when Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign—the catalyst for bringing so many of us here to Daily Kos—was shifting into high gear, he was but a lad of 56. Today he finds 72 candles on his birthday cake. The former Vermont governor (first in the nation to sign same-sex civil unions into law—a quaint milestone, but groundbreaking at the time) became the loudest 2004 candidate to rail against the warmongering Bush II regime at a time when too many Democratic leaders were still searching for their spines. (His 2003 speech in Sacramento remains one of the most influential barn burners in modern political history.)PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) reenacts his Iowa Caucus "Dean Scream" moment during closing remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Happy Birthday, Howard.Of course, we all know Governor Dean met his Waterloo after he uttered “Yeah” in Iowa at a higher volume than is allowed in polite political society. He then went on to become the chairman of the DNC, unleashing a radical strategy that would give the Democratic party a robust presence in all 50 states, and remains forever a proud card-carrying Kossack. So when you’re pouring your first drinky this morning (may we recommend a cocktail made with pure Vermont maple syrup?), hoist it and send a happy birthday toast to ol’ Doc Dean. And you should also get together and bake him a cake. After all, YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour…!Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“If Cheers and Jeers were posted anywhere else, our State Department would be issuing grim reports about the future of that country’s kiddie pool. But that country is this country—it’s happening here.”—Chuck Todd– Democratic organizers in Georgia say they’re pumped and primed to bring Jon and the good Reverend to the Senate, and financial support from the rest of us will help ‘em get it done. Daily Kos has an Act Blue page for Ossoff and Warnock here. And we’d be guilty of political malpractice if we didn’t also lend our support to Stacey Abrams’ group Fair Fight, which was so important in taking Joe Biden across the finish line November 3rd and sealing Trump’s doom—click here for that link. As always, keep an eye on Daily Kos, especially the Elections Team, for updates and calls for action. Many thanks and fresh peaches to you all.- Advertisement – Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine Covid-19, focusing on an update on the federal response in Washington, DC, on September 23, 2020. (Photo by Graeme JENNINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) And now, our feature presentation…–Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 17, 2020- Advertisement – Days ’til the start of Hanukkah: 24Number of the record-breaking 117 women elected to the 117th session of the House who are women of color: 48Number of Black women Missouri has sent to the House besides Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, who was elected this year: 0Percent of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition staff who are people of color and women, respectively: 46%, 52% Height and weight of this year’s Happy Holidays tree at 30 Rockefeller Center: 75 feet, 11 tonsCost to buy the 40th anniversary edition of Nintendo’s Game & Watch console: $49.99 Current ocean temperature off the coast of Portland, Maine: 51F–Puppy Pic of the Day: Reverend Warnock speak, you listen…–CHEERS to personal POTUS pronouncements put to parchment. That earthquake you felt this morning was the tremor caused by Part I of Barack Obama’s memoir landing in e-readers and on bookstore shelves around the globe:A Promised Land…chronicles the future president’s childhood and political rise, before diving deeply into his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office. Obama dedicates hundreds of pages to the fights and characters that colored his tenure, from his work to pass Obamacare in 2010 to the complexities of dealing with a slate of world leaders and finally his decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.ObamabookAPromisedLand.jpgA presidency worth all that paper and ink.Throughout, Obama casts his presidency as comprised of hard choices, sometimes made more difficult by internal disputes, mismanagement by the previous administration and obstructionism by Republicans, which he suggests was rooted in an attempt to appeal to anxieties about the first Black president.Yet he also acknowledges his own shortcomings on a range of topics, like calling his failure to pass immigration reform “a bitter pill to swallow” and acknowledging that the economy “stank” as he headed into the 2010 midterms, where Republicans reclaimed the House of Representatives on the back of the Tea Party movement.Fair warning: it’s nearly 800 pages long. Lift with your knees.CHEERS to happy little stabbies. Send out the town criers: “We have another vaccine! We have another vaccine!” And at 94.5 percent effectiveness, this one by Moderna appears poised to leave the one announced last week by Pfizer—at a paltry 90 percent—rotting on the shelf like yesterday’s meatloaf. (I kid—we need all the vaccines we can get, and I plan to inject them all along with my usual morning gallon of bleach.) Even better, unlike Pfizer’s vaccine this one it doesn’t need to be stored up Mr. Freeze’s tuchus to remain stable. Naturally, I never sink my personal fortune into anything without consulting human prospectus Dr. Anthony Fauci first, so the next words I read will be crucial:center_img Voting for both Georgia Senate seats starts December 14th—twenty-seven days from today—and ends on January 5. Our candidates are the excellent Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. They’re facing a confused and calcified curmudgeon, and a female Donald Trump. Some important dates and two links:Georgiarunofdates.jpg Note: It’s Random Drug Test Tuesday! Pick a random drug from the bowl and give it a shot. First one to smell sounds and taste colors wins Kos’s Tesla. Good luck. —Mgt. –By the Numbers:happy-hanukkah-typographic-illustration-vector.jpgStarts in 24 days!!!- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis Can Lead to Economic Gains and Restorative Justice for Pennsylvanians

first_img October 13, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform,  Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf visited The Mountain Center in Tobyhanna, Monroe County today to talk about the economic growth potential and restorative justice benefits of legalizing adult-use cannabis, something the state General Assembly has not yet done despite multiple requests from the governor and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman to take up legislation this fall.“This year, I again went to the General Assembly and asked them to make legalizing adult-use cannabis a priority for the fall as we work to find ways to overcome the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “To date, there has been no movement to advance legislation. So, I’m here today to ask again, and to focus on two particular benefits of legalization – potential economic growth and much-needed restorative justice.”The governor described how legalizing adult-use cannabis offers the same potential for economic growth that the historic farm bill of 2018 did for hemp farming after decades of government prohibition of the industry.Hemp was once a widespread crop in Pennsylvania, cultivated in the commonwealth for more than 250 years and grown for seeds, fibers and extracts. Though they look similar, the governor was quick to point out that hemp is not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the same plant species, but hemp does not contain high levels of THC, the chemical that makes marijuana a controlled substance.“Much of our knowledge about how to grow, process and use hemp was lost after industrial hemp was regulated and banned along with marijuana in the 1930s,” Wolf said. “And Pennsylvania lost the benefits of an industry with a long history of providing jobs and resources here in the commonwealth. When hemp and marijuana were banned, we didn’t just lose jobs, we lost decades of research opportunities, innovation and economic growth.”The governor was joined by Representative Maureen Madden and hemp farmer Eric Titus White.White described how his hemp farm has provided him with economic opportunities along with a chance to literally put down roots in his home state of Pennsylvania.“The cannabis plant is capable of stimulating our economy, healing our soil, and bringing the focus back to natural medicine and natural farming,” White said.“I fully support the administration’s efforts to introduce the legalization of adult recreational cannabis in such a way that invests much-needed financial resources in our underserved communities and enacts restorative justice programs throughout the Commonwealth,” Rep. Madden said.Monroe County Senator John Blake offered his support for adult-use cannabis legalization.“I appreciate the work of the Governor and the Lt. Governor to gauge public support for the legalization of adult use cannabis and also to weigh the potential economic benefit of legalization in PA,” Blake said. “Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has proven to be among the best in the nation and I believe strongly that many of the protocols, regimens and controls could be replicated to ensure positive economic benefit and proper regulation of adult-use cannabis in our Commonwealth.”Along with stressing that legalizing adult-use cannabis will create economic growth opportunities, the governor focused on how cannabis criminalization laws have disproportionately harmed minority communities in Pennsylvania, and contributed to economic harm and trauma in historically disadvantaged areas of the state.“Every year in Pennsylvania, another 20,000 people get cannabis-related criminal charges that can keep them from getting the jobs and housing they want,” said Lt. Gov. Fetterman. “It’s time we stop ruining people’s futures over something that’s already legal in several states and something that most Pennsylvanians don’t even think should be illegal.”“We are taking steps to reverse the injustices caused by marijuana criminalization,” Gov. Wolf said. “In 2018, I signed the Clean Slate bill, which allows for the sealing of records for certain low-level offenses if a person has been free from convictions for ten years. That law can be applied to certain marijuana-related offenses, and the Board of Pardons has expedited pardons for low-level marijuana offenses. But there is much more that needs to be done to reverse decades of injustice. And we need to start by decriminalizing cannabis and legalizing it for adult use.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf: Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis Can Lead to Economic Gains and Restorative Justice for Pennsylvanianslast_img read more

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Peru ships first October LNG cargo

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Peru LNGPeru’s only liquefaction facility at Pampa Melchorita dispatched its first liquefied natural gas cargo in October.According to the data released by the state-owned Perupetro, the Methane Nile Eagle tanker capable of transporting 145,598 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas departed the terminal on October 7, and set course for Spain.This is only the third time Methane Nile Eagle has loaded a cargo at the Pampa Melchorita facilityIn total, the export plant shipped 422 cargoes since it started operations in June 2010.The 4.45 million tons per year gas liquefaction plant is located 170 kilometers south of Lima and receives gas via a 408-kilometer pipeline built across the Andes.last_img read more

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Pa, son nabbed in Cadiz house raids

first_imgAccording to authorities, Ronald hasexpired license for his .45-caliber firearm. BACOLOD City – A man and his son werearrested in separate house raids in Barangay Jerusalem, Cadiz City, NegrosOccidental.      Armed with a search warrant, thepolice raided the house of barangay councilor Ronald Leonoras around 7 a.m. onSaturday, a police report showed. An M16 armalite rifle with 24 livebullets and two empty magazines; and a .45-caliber pistol with six live bulletsand a magazine were recovered from Ronald’s house, the report added. A .45-caliber pistol with one magazineand seven live bullets was confiscated from Ernesto’s house, police said.    center_img Meanwhile, the police also raided thehouse of Ronald’s son and barangay councilor Ernesto. Firearms and bullets recovered from barangay councilmen Ronald Leonoras and his son Ernesto in separate house raids in Barangay Jerusalem, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental on Saturday. ROGER GUTIB/DYAG/SAGAY CITY The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of the Cadiz City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and AmmunitionRegulation Act./PNlast_img read more

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Marriott becomes 10th, final XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour winner

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Hunter Marriott enjoyed more dividends from a season devoted largely to competing at IMCA’s top events Saturday night. Marriott became the 10th different winner in as many XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season, earning $2,000 for his checkered flag efforts in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series finale at Farley Speedway. The victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Marriott on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “I really didn’t think we were that good from the get-go,” admitted Marriott, who started sixth, took the lead before halfway and beat 24th starting Troy Cordes across the stripe by a comfortable margin. “But I changed my line right before the first caution on lap 10 and just kept turning it up.” Cordes had taken a provisional and started 24th; Cayden Carter, Brian Mullen and Scott Hogan completed the top five in the 40-lapper. Forty-nine Modifieds were entered at Farley. Mike Van Genderen wrapped up the tour championship with his 10th place finish. His share of the series point fund is $600.Just a week removed from qualifying for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s for the first time, Marriott turned some heads again in his career third visit to Farley.“We didn’t race weekly this year. We hit the big shows, trying to make ourselves better,” he said of this approach to the 2014 campaign. “That worked pretty good for us. We’ve got a lot of confidence right now. Everything is working pretty good for us.”Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 3. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 5. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 6. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 7. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 8. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 9. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 10. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 11. Levi Nielsen, Mason City; 12. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 13. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 14. Jed Freiburger, Dubuque; 15. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 16. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 17. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 18. Doug Nigh, Maquoketa; 19. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 20. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 21. Bruce Hanford, Davenport; 22. Brad Diercks, Clarence; 23. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 24. Darin Duffy, Urbana. 1st heat (top two qualify) – 1. Duffy; 2. Rust; 3. Less; 4. Ryan DeShaw, Dyersville; 5. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 6. Jason Seegmiller, Dubuque; 7. Dakota Hayden, Rose Hill; 8. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Ill.; 9. Dugan Thye, Burlington. 2nd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Freiburger; 3. Madigan; 4. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 5. Jeremy Gengler, Lancaster, Wis.; 6. John Campbell, Dubuque; 7. Steve Vannatta, Platteville, Wis.; 8. Milo Veloz, Colona, Ill. 3rd heat – 1. Schulte; 2. Van Genderen; 3. Nigh; 4. Zogg; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Josh Barta, Cedar Falls; 7. Brian Woodruff; 8. Cordes.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Schroeder; 3. Hanford; 4. McClain; 5. Eric Barnes, Colona, Ill.; 6. Ben Carpenter, Olin; 7. Kaleb Bentley, Fairbank; 8. Timothy Petitgout, East Dubuque, Ill. 5th heat – 1. Carter; 2. Mullen; 3. Diercks; 4. Waterman; 5. Derek Thompson, Monroe, Wis.; 6. Jake Bowman, Maquoketa; 7. Sean Rupp, Cuba City, Wis.; 8. Dennis Betzer, Central City.6th heat – 1. Gansen; 2. Hogan; 3. Schueller; 4. Nielsen; 5. Buddy Weber; 6. Dustin Smith, Taylor Ridge, Ill.; 7. Keith Pittman, Waterloo; 8. Bryce Carey, Nashua. 1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Hanford; 2. Less; 3. McClain; 4. Kostenbader; 5. DeShaw; 6. Barnes; 7. Hayden; 8. Woodruff; 9. Petitgout; 10. Carpenter; 11. Seegmiller; 12. Bentley; 13. Thye.2nd “B” feature – 1. Waterman; 2. Madigan; 3. Diercks; 4. Rupp; 5. Thompson; 6. Maitland; 7. Campbell; 8. Betzer; 9. Vannatta; 10. Veloz; 11. Bowman; 12. Gengler.3rd “B” feature – 1. Schueller; 2. Zogg; 3. Nigh; 4. Nielsen; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Cordes; 7. Smith; 8. Carey; 9. Woodruff; 10. Barta; 11. Pittman; 12. Weber.Provisional starters were Lauritzen, Nielsen and Cordes.XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 338; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 281; 3. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 280; 4. Jeremy Mills, Garner, 270; 5. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 265; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 258; 7. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, 252; 8. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 221; 9. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 201; 10. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 200; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 163; 12. Mike Jergens, Plover, 156; 13. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 149; 14. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 146; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 144; 16. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 142; 17. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, 140; 18. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 116; 19. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, 114; 20. Scott Hogan, Vinton, and Todd Shute, Des Moines, both 110.last_img read more

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Allen makes his mark in China again

first_img Allen never looked back from winning the first four frames and eventually won at a canter even though his his Welsh opponent narrowed the deficit back to 7-4 in the evening session. The Northern Irishman became the first person to win a world ranking tournament in successive years since John Higgins, whom Allen beat in the semi-final, triumphed in the Welsh Open in 2010 and 2011. Mark Allen retained his Haikou World Open crown after thrashing Matthew Stevens 10-4 in the final in China. Press Associationcenter_img “I’m very happy to win and retain my title, to win the same tournament two years in a row is a great achievement,” Allen told worldsnooker.com. “The snooker wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I didn’t get into a rhythm and I didn’t score very heavily. The scoreline was flattering, it wasn’t as one-sided as that. “But the result is all that matters. My form has been good for the last few months so I’m relieved, more than anything, to finally get a win. Hopefully I can push on now and win more.” Allen won the first three frames thanks to breaks of 48, 52 and 93. Stevens led 55-0 in the fourth frame only to see his opponent respond with a clearance of 58 but any thoughts Allen would storm to victory – like he did when he thumped Stephen Lee 10-1 in last year’s final – were put on the backburner when his Welsh opponent reduced the deficit to two frames with breaks of 67 and 112. However, 27-year-old Allen regained a four frame advantage, which included a break of exactly 100 to go 6-2 ahead. Stevens, competing in his first final in five years, ended the session on a high note by winning the last frame and keeping his hopes of a fightback in the evening session alive. And the 35-year-old appeared set to narrow the deficit further but poor positional play in the 10th frame cost him dear, with Allen snatching it following a brilliant long pot on the blue. A century break brought Stevens back to within three frames, but Allen made 55 and 68 – in-between a scrappy frame which the Antrim cueman also won – to clinch victory. last_img read more

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