SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvanians’ Healthcare, Managing State Finances, Urging Ban on ‘Bump Stock’ PA has a responsibility to our institutions of higher ed. The legislature must act to fund them — our students are counting on us. pic.twitter.com/IfkmtpdcYs— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 The Blog, Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf called on the state legislature to pass legislation that would require employers to cover contraceptives at no-cost. The governor’s call for the mandate follows the announcement that the Trump Administration would be allowing more employers to deny coverage for birth control.On Friday, Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s latest effort to destabilize the Affordable Care Act, which would cause health insurance rate increases in 2018.This week, Governor Wolf continued to manage state finances and announced more action to meet commitments to fund schools, health and human services, and other government entities. The governor also traveled to Erie on Wednesday to rally support for a shale tax and urged the legislature to pass funding for state-related universities.“I’m here to make clear that I am managing the budget, but the General Assembly still has work to do: fund our major state universities and pass a commonsense tax on shale,” said Governor Wolf. “The fairest and simplest solution to the current budget challenge is a severance tax on natural gas production.”After the tragedy in Las Vegas, Governor Wolf joined in supporting commonsense bipartisan proposals to ban ‘bump stock’ accessories for military style-weapons.“Bipartisan legislators are rightfully sounding the alarm that these devices should not be legal in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Given the bipartisan nature, this should be commonsense for the General Assembly to swiftly pass to protect Pennsylvanians.”Governor Wolf’s Week, October 8 – October 14, 2017Sunday, 10/8/17Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ServiceMonday, 10/9/17Governor Wolf Calls on Legislature to Make Birth Control Coverage a MandateGovernor Wolf Announces More Action to Manage State Budget and Meet Commitments to Schools, ProvidersTuesday, 10/10/17Governor Wolf Urges Swift Passage of Bipartisan ‘Bump-Stock’ BanGovernor Wolf Announces Relocation of Royal Industries International, Inc. Into Pennsylvania, Creating 80 JobsWednesday, 10/11/17Governor Wolf Signs Legislation Authorizing “Right to Try,” Allows Terminally Ill Patients to Seek Experimental TreatmentsGovernor Wolf Announces $217 Million in GO-TIME Savings in 2016-2017 Fiscal YearGovernor Wolf Urges Support for Shale Tax, State-Related UniversitiesThursday, 10/12/17Governor Wolf Announces Google to Invest in Workforce, Business DevelopmentGovernor Wolf Nominates Acting Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Acting Commissioner of Insurance to Serve PermanentlyFriday, 10/13/17Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Statement: Washington Sabotaging Pennsylvanians’ Health InsuranceGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Hears From North Central PennsylvaniaHighlights from The BlogDid you know you can find The Press Office on Twitter?Highlights from TwitterExcited to be with @Google to announce their new initiative that will help more Americans prepare for jobs, find jobs & grow their business. pic.twitter.com/LE3tGkA5R0— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf October 13, 2017
Peter Crouch’s early header secured Tottenham’s first win in five matches as they edged out Blackburn and kept the pressure on the top four.Crouch nodded home Rafael van der Vaart’s cross in the third minute and the visitors defended their lead well.Heurelho Gomes made smart stops from Junior Hoilett and Mame Biram Diouf as Rovers rallied after the break.Jermain Defoe then fired straight at Paul Robinson before Christopher Samba missed a late chance to rescue a point.Tottenham’s fifth clean sheet of the season, and the first achieved without key centre-back Michael Dawson, keeps them three points behind Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.The visitors were nowhere near their buccaneering best and were indebted to Gomes for a string of saves in the second half, but manager Harry Redknapp will be delighted with the gritty display from a side missing several of its best players. It was also the perfect response to the north Londoners’ humiliating 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Fulham three days earlier, which had threatened to send Tottenham’s hugely promising season off the rails.Much had been made of Spurs’ burgeoning treatment table before the match, with Redknapp naming two goalkeepers on the bench, but it was one of the beneficiaries of Tottenham’s injury problems who opened the scoring.Only three minutes were on the clock when Crouch, recalled to the starting line-up, rose above Samba and directed Van der Vaart’s pinpoint cross past Robinson to score his second Premier League goal of the season.The gangly hitman’s other strike was also against Blackburn back in November, and added to the double he scored at Ewood Park in Tottenham’s victory there last season.Rovers responded well to falling behind with the pacy Hoilett twice going close, first having a shot blocked by Vedran Corluka and then seeing Gomes tip his effort wide. The visitors withstood the burst of pressure and the half soon descended into a scrappy affair as Spurs showed little inclination to add to their lead and Rovers, while enjoying plenty of possession, failed to trouble Gomes.The closest they came was a fizzing David Dunn drive that flew narrowly wide and Ryan Nelsen’s attempt to convert a Dunn free-kick, also off target.The home side fashioned a better opportunity just after the restart, Diouf beating the offside trap and forcing a good stop from Gomes.But the chance failed to herald an increase in the tempo of the match, which ambled along uneventfully until it was momentarily ignited by two fine pieces of play from Aaron Lennon.The Tottenham winger made a surging 60-yard run from just outside his own box to the edge of Blackburn’s area, where he slid the ball to Defoe whose effort was charged down well by Robinson. Lennon then created a chance for himself, cutting inside from the left before unleashing a fierce right-footed strike that ex-Tottenham keeper Robinson did well to tip over.It sparked Rovers belatedly into life, with Gomes called into action three times in a five-minute Blackburn bombardment.The Brazilian keeper first turned Hoilett’s 20-yard strike wide with a fingertip save, then made an even better stop to deny Diouf from 12 yards, before standing firm to beat away a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick.Spurs then appeared to be closing out the match comfortably until injury time, when Samba’s goalbound header from Hoilett’s cross was diverted just over the bar by a vital touch from Jermaine Jenas.And there was still time for Keith Andrews to fire an effort straight at Gomes as Spurs clung on for a scrappy, but significant, victory. Source: BBC
Whichever nation emerges victorious of the African Youth Championships will swerve a potentially explosive group of death in the World Youth Championships to be played in June.The draw for the tournament, to be played in Turkey from June 21, has been held. It saw twenty-four (24) teams picked from the pots and placed in their respective groups to see their opponents in the opening round.Local Organising Committee (LOC) president Servet Yardimci and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke conducted the draw together former Turkey national team Fatih Terim and Mustafa Denizli, who teamed up with former world-class striker and Turkey’s all-time top scorer Hakan Sukur, and ex-keeper Rustu Recber.The tournament will feature some very unfancied sides like Cuba and El Salvador but regular participants Brazil and Argentina missed the boat for this year’s edition.Spain, Mexico and Portugal will be in Turkey to continue their rich history of participating and showcasing some of their best youth players to the rest of the world.Here is the full draw: GROUP A (Istanbul, Kayseri): France, CAF representative, USA, Spain.GROUP B (Kayseri, Istanbul): Cuba, Korea Republic, CAF representative, PortugalGROUP C (Trabzon, Rize, Gaziantep): Turkey, El Salvador, Colombia, AustraliaGROUP D (Gaziantep, Trabzon): Mexico, Greece, Paraguay, CAF representativeGROUP E (Antalya, Bursa): Chile, CAF champions, England, Iraq GROUP F (Bursa, Antalya): OFC Champions, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, CroatiaNote: For the definition of the three positions called CAF representative, a separate draw will take place at the conclusion of the CAF African Youth Championship on 30 March in Oran, Algeria, to determine which group the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams from CAF will play in.