Pennsylvanians Urged to Use Caution for Strong Storms Friday and Flooding through the Weekend

first_imgPennsylvanians Urged to Use Caution for Strong Storms Friday and Flooding through the Weekend April 19, 2019 Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today asked residents and travelers in Pennsylvania to be vigilant in paying attention to weather conditions throughout the afternoon, overnight and when traveling during this holiday weekend as storms could bring damaging winds and flash flooding in the central and eastern parts of the state.“With strong storms forecast for Friday into the night, roads may flood and rivers and streams could rise quickly,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want everyone to have a safe holiday weekend and so I ask all residents and travelers to monitor the weather before heading out and to never drive through standing water. We must always put safety first.”The National Weather Service is forecasting rain beginning this afternoon with heavy pockets of rain continuing overnight. The heavy rains present an ongoing threat of flash flooding. Streams and waterways will then rise through the weekend in response to the rain, with additional flooding possible. In addition, strong winds or an isolated tornado may produce additional damage Friday.In preparation for possible flooding, the Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA HART) is on standby today starting at 6 p.m. PA-HART is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAANG), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and PEMA along with credentialed civilian rescue technicians. This highly trained aerial search-and-rescue team provides an air asset to respond to natural and manmade disasters incidents. Team members use both helicopters that are hoist-capable and boats to rescue people from flood waters.“PEMA staff will be working closely with our county emergency management partners to ensure that any state resources that are needed will be made available,” said PEMA Executive Deputy Director Jeff Thomas. “We’re asking that you do your part by making sure you can get weather alerts and being vigilant for severe weather and flooding, so that you and your loved ones are safe.”PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because even shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water. And never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.Fines for going around a barricade are $250; if emergency responders need to perform a water rescue or have a vehicle towed, the fine increases to $500 plus two points on the driver’s license.Anyone planning to travel through the holiday weekend should closely monitor weather conditions along travel routes.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Free emergency preparedness information is available online at You can download free emergency kit checklists and family emergency plans.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder rematch not until 2020

first_imgTyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder is unlikely to happen until 2020, according to the British fighter’s U.S. promoter Bob Arum.Join DAZN to watch Joshua vs. Miller and 100+ fight nights a year Fury made his return to the big stage in December’s heavyweight title bout against Wilder in Los Angeles, the lineal champion getting up from two knockdowns at Staples Center.A split decision after 12 rounds produced a controversial draw, and a rematch was ordered by the WBC for 2019.However, the pair were unable to agree a deal to meet again, and both have different opponents lined up this year.Wilder will put his strap on the line against Dominic Breazeale in May, and Fury will face Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas in June. Getting Wilder and Fury back in the ring together remains the plan, but Top Rank’s Arum says fans will have to wait a little longer.”Assuming he [Fury] wins this fight [with Schwarz], he’ll have another appearance in the United States,” he told World Boxing News.”Then hopefully next year in February he’ll end up fighting Wilder.”last_img read more

Nelson Bantams host Castlegar in game one of WK playoffs

first_imgThe Nelson Bantam Reps open the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League playoffs Saturday against Castlegar at the NDCC Arena.The game is the first in the first-team-to-four-point series.Game time is 5:45 p.m. The Reps earned the home-ice advantage in the three-game set after edging out the Sunflower City gang by two points in league standings.Nelson finished the season with a 7-5 record while Castlegar was 6-6.Spokane won the league with a 9-3 record but does not qualify to play in B.C. Hockey Provincial playdowns.Game two of the series goes Tuesday in Castlegar at 7 p.m.Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for the NDCC Arena on February 16.last_img read more

How will Warriors stay motivated in 2018-19 season?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors’ latest championship banner will be raised. The Warriors’ latest ring will be presented. And so before their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, the Warriors will have a visual reminder of what drives this franchise.“I’m going to soak it all up,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “It’s going to be fun.”How long will that fun last? Perhaps from October to June. Once again, the Warriors are projected to win another NBA …last_img read more

South Africa possible new BRIC member

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma could soon be sharing the stage with (from l to r) Presidents Dmitry Medvedev, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Hu Jintao, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (Image: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlatsi MmineleDepartment of Foreign Affairs media liaison+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432 RELATED ARTICLES • SA-China trade ties to strengthen • India-South Africa trade booming • South Africa-Brazil cement ties • SA, Russia sign uranium deal• China deal: a new day for AfricaJanine ErasmusSouth Africa may be poised to join the BRIC group of nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – after both the Russian and Indian heads of state expressed their support for the move.The BRIC group, also known as the Big Four, is a powerful economic alliance of the four fast-growing nations, two of which have the biggest populations of any country on earth.At a function in South Africa earlier in August 2010, held to mark the Indian day of independence on the 15th, India’s newly appointed high commissioner to the country, Virendra Gupta, said that his government desired the development of more opportunities for close collaboration with South Africa.Such collaboration, he said, would strengthen the two countries’ already close ties. Besides being home to one of the largest Indian communities off the subcontinent, South Africa also exports vast amounts of coal to India, recording an export increase of 74% in July 2010.Precious stones, steel, minerals and fertilisers are also highly sought-after commodities. Incoming goods include computer software, pharmaceuticals and textiles.The two countries also share a strong historical link. Indians first arrived in South Africa in November 1860, 150 years ago, and their descendants have played an important part in the country’s sporting, legal, social and economic development as well as in the fight for freedom. The renowned Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1915.“As important developing countries, we have much to talk about; much to consult about and coordinate,” said Gupta. “The Indian government attaches a high priority to very close connections, both at bilateral level and at the regional multi-lateral level, that is, in the G20 forum and in the IBSA forum.”He added that the Indian government hoped that “South Africa will be able to join BRIC in the not too distant future”.Russian supportHis sentiments were echoed by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who voiced his support for South Africa’s inclusion during South African President Jacob Zuma’s Russian visit in August. The South African president was accompanied by a high-level delegation of business and political leaders.It was Zuma’s first official visit to the northern country since his inauguration in 2009. The president is an avid campaigner for South Africa’s BRIC membership, and visited Brazil in April and India in June 2010. At the time of writing he was wrapping up his BRIC crusade with a visit to China.At a press conference Medvedev said that South Africa’s participation in BRIC proceedings would be advantageous, since the group is an alliance of fast-growing nations, of which South Africa is one. Russia is the world’s biggest producer of gas, and South Africa is the most powerful economy on the African continent.The two leaders discussed the situation at a meeting before speaking to the media.We are prepared to develop various forms of cooperation with our South African partners, including in the BRIC format,” said Medvedev, but he cautioned that this would not happen unless the views of all BRIC members were in accord.While South African trade with Russia is nowhere near the levels of that with India and China, the latter being South Africa’s biggest export destination with trade in 2009 valued at US$16-billion (R119.7-billion), a stronger liaison between the two countries would boost economic exchange.India, Brazil and South Africa also make up the IBSA group. However, it is unlikely that the two groups would merge. Earlier in 2010 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that IBSA and BRIC were two entirely different entities.“IBSA has a personality of its own,” said Singh in April. ”It is three separate continents, three democracies. BRIC is a concept devised by Goldman Sachs.”Powerful allianceEconomist Jim O’Neill, of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, coined the BRIC acronym in 2001.The Brazil, Russia, India and China group contributes a massive 16.5% to the global GDP and together cover 25% of the earth’s land area. Nearly half the world’s population – 43% – call these countries home.A recent Goldman Sachs projection states that China has the potential to supersede the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2027. In this scenario the US would be second on the list, followed by India, Brazil and Russia.By 2050, according to Goldman Sachs, the economies of the BRIC powerhouse could be greater than the combined economies of the world’s current richest nations.The Goldman Sachs BRIC report may be downloaded (PDF, 3.4MB).The first official BRIC summit took place in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, with a second meeting in Brasilia in April 2010.last_img read more

Ateneo ‘a better team’ than last year heading into finals rematch vs DLSU

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t have time to ponder over the Blue Eagles’ hard-fought Final Four duel against Far Eastern University.After overcoming the Tamaraws in overtime in their do-or-die, Baldwin said he immediately turned his attention to the defending champions, whom the Eagles will face in a best-of-three finals for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Baldwin is raring to get back at La Salle after it swept Ateneo last year.“We’re a better team [this season],” said Baldwin after his Blue Eagles topped the elimination round with a 13-1 card. “We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long.” “La Salle, what else would I be thinking about?” said Baldwin after Ateneo pulled off an 88-84 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to move on. I think the coaching staff has to set the tone and we got to come down the cloud pretty quick.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to put our focus on the next game because we didn’t play this season just to win in the semis. We played this season to go as far as this team is capable of going.”La Salle is already in the championship round after scoring a controversial 82-75 win over Adamson University that saw the three referees, who officiated the game get suspended for four games. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tendulkar and Dravid move up in ICC Test rankings

first_imgSenior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid gained a place each in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, which is being headed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.While Tendulkar improved from fifth to fourth, Dravid rose a rung to ninth from tenth position.Among Indian bowlers, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan gained a place to be at sixth despite being ruled out of the recently concluded four-match Test series between India and England after sustaining hamstring injury on the very first day of the opening match at the Lord’s.As England claimed the title of number-one Test side in the world with a 4-0 series victory, four of their batsmen made it to the top-10, with Ian Bell being the most notable.Bell and Alastair Cook have jointly claimed the second position after Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara slipped three places to fifth after scoring only 10 and 17 in the recently completed Test against Australia.Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott are other batsmen in the top-10. England now boast of four bowlers and equal number of batsmen in the top 10.Australia’s Shane Watson and Ryan Harris, Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq have achieved career-best rankings in the latest list, which was released after the completion of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia and the one-off Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.The player rankings will now be updated after the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, which starts on Thursday in Pallekele, while the Test Championship table will be updated after the conclusion of the third and final Test between the two sides which starts in Colombo on 16 September.advertisementlast_img read more

India most successful ODI team since 2015 ICC World Cup: Tracing Team India’s journey

first_imgIndia’s recent success in the one-day international series in New Zealand saw them take the numero uno position in the list of teams with the most victories in ODIs in the last four years.India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui on Monday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The last two wins also saw India overtake England to register the most wins in the format since the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.India has become the most successful team since the showpiece event with 53 wins in ODIs and has the best win percentage of 67.09. England is second on the list with 51 victories (with a 66.23 win percentage) followed by South Africa (41), New Zealand (39) and Pakistan (35).Interestingly, world champions Australia, who will be defending their World Cup title in England later this year, are placed 7th on the list with 29 wins, even behind Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have 30 managed wins each since the 2015 World Cup.Finishing touches courtesy @DineshKarthik & @RayuduAmbati after half centuries from @ImRo45 & @imVkohli takes #TeamIndia to a 7-wicket win in the 3rd ODI. 3-0 #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 28, 2019During this four-year time period, India has defeated South Africa and New Zealand 8 times, Australia and Sri Lanka 7 times, West Indies and Zimbabwe 6 times, Bangladesh 4 times, Pakistan and England 3 times and won against Hong Kong once.India’s convincing win over New Zealand in the third ODI saw the team register its 14th ODI series win in this period. It was also the team’s third successive series win after West Indies (3-1) and Australia (2-1) while they also won the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.advertisementAnother Trophy in the cabinet. 2-1Jai Hind #TeamIndia #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 18, 2019Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan, India has won 10 one-day bilateral series with just the one loss coming against England last year.The superb form that the team is in right now has translated in a lot of success for Virat Kohli as captain. The 30-year-old now has the second highest win percentage among captains who have led in a minimum of 25 ODIs.Kohli has won 47 out of the 63 matches he has lead in and has a winning percentage of 74.60, which is only behind West Indies legend Clive Lloyd, who had a win percentage of 76.19 with 64 ODI wins out of 84 as captain.Kohli, who has been rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series against the Blackcaps, also became the fifth Indian batsman to hit a minimum of 100 fifty-plus scores in List A cricket (domestic and international 50-over matches) on Monday.DO NOT MISS: @imVkohli speaks about his fondness for Kiwi land, the simple things he loves to do off the field and his memorable meeting with tennis legend @rogerfederer at the @AustralianOpenFull Video (@BCCI) January 26, 2019Kohli joins an elite list of cricketers, which includes four other Indian batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar is on top of the Indian list with 174 50-plus scores in List A cricket. Rahul Dravid (133), Sourav Ganguly (128), and MS Dhoni (101) are part of the list.Kohli hit a 74-ball 60 in India’s successful run-chase of 244 against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.The skipper, who walked into the middle after the early dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan, stitched a 114-run stand with vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who also became the 10th Indian batsman to score at least 10,000 runs in List A cricket.Back to back fifties for Hitman @ImRo45 brings up his 39th ODI half-century off 63 deliveries. #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 28, 2019Rohit, who will be leading the team in Kohli’s absence now in New Zealand, became the fourth fastest (260 innings) after Kohli (219 innings), Sourav Ganguly (257 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (260 innings) to get to the milestone.During his knock of 62 runs off 77 balls, Rohit hit two sixes which saw him equal MS Dhoni’s record for most sixes for India in one-day internationals. Though MS Dhoni has hit a total of 222 sixes in 337 ODIs, only 215 of those have been hit for India. Rohit now has 215 sixes in 199 ODIs.Also Read | Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series winAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference, says ShamiAlso Read | Tough to swallow defeat but India have been far too good, says Ross TaylorAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comebackadvertisementlast_img read more

Trump says hell push tariffs despite pressure from GOP

first_imgWASHINGTON – Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Trump appeared unmoved, declaring, “Trade wars aren’t so bad.”The president said he planned to move forward with special tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, contending the U.S. has long been “mistreated” in trade deals.“We’re doing tariffs on steel. We cannot lose our steel industry. It’s a fraction of what it once was. And we can’t lose our aluminum industry,” Trump said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.Hours later, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, who has opposed the tariffs, announced his plans to depart the White House, another signal that the president intends to go through with the penalties.The president’s pledge for action, which would be in line with a one of his campaign promises, came after House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called for a “more surgical approach” that would help avert a potentially dangerous trade war. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said there was concern Trump’s plan could lead to such disruptive turmoil.“We are urging caution,” McConnell said.Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, who opposes the tariffs, said after meeting Tuesday with White House chief of staff John Kelly that the administration was willing to consider his views. “Absolutely. There’s an openness now,” Perdue said.“I think there’s been a step back,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. “I don’t think he’s reconsidering, but I think he’s trying to figure out what his best step is forward.”But those views sounded more like wishful thinking after Trump’s news conference, in which he reiterated his plans to impose the tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminum imports. He said he’d respond to unfair treatment by foreign countries and huge trade deficits. “We’re going to straighten it out and we’ll do it in a very loving way,” Trump said.The president also reaffirmed the possibility that Canada and Mexico might not face the tariffs if they are willing to offer more favourable terms under the North American Free Agreement, which is being renegotiated.Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and staff from the State Department and National Security Council will be meeting Wednesday with Mexico’s president and foreign minister in Mexico City.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Trump was trying to balance protections for beleaguered steel and aluminum producers while “making sure that we don’t do undue harm to the economy.”“We are not looking to get into trade wars. We are looking to make sure that U.S. companies can compete fairly around the world,” Mnuchin said at a House hearing.Trump has been keenly aware of how the tariffs may play in a March 13 special House election in western Pennsylvania, part of the nation’s steel belt, White House officials have said. The president is headlining a Saturday rally in support of Rick Saccone, who is battling Democrat Conor Lamb in the Republican-leaning district.The dispute over tariffs has exposed a rift between advocates of free trade, who have long dominated GOP circles, and a president who has railed against China and pushed for more protectionist trade policies.Internally, White House officials who oppose the blanket tariffs have urged the administration to limit the countries that would be affected and to impose time limits. This would help the president say he delivered on his promise and still try to avoid possible negative consequences, said Stephen Moore, a former campaign adviser and now an economist with the conservative Heritage Foundation.Republicans in Congress and within Trump’s administration say industries and their workers who need steel and aluminum for their products would be hurt by Trump’s threatened tariffs. They say Americans will face higher costs for new cars, appliances and buildings if the president follows through on his threat and other nations retaliate.Trump has said the tariffs are needed to preserve the American industries and protect national security. But he has also tried to use them as leverage in the current talks to revise NAFTA.Business leaders are mobilizing against the tariffs. The Aluminum Association, a trade group representing 114 member companies with more than 700,000 U.S. jobs, told Trump in a letter Tuesday that it was “deeply concerned” about the effects of the planned tariffs and urged him to seek alternatives such as targeting China and other countries with a history of circumventing trade rules.Ryan said Trump was correct to focus on the problem of the dumping of steel in the U.S. at lower prices. But he said the administration’s approach was “a little too broad and more prone to retaliation.”“What we’re encouraging the administration to do is to focus on what is clearly a legitimate problem and to be more surgical in its approach,” Ryan said.Republicans have suggested they may try to undercut the tariffs if Trump goes ahead with them. But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he was doubtful the GOP majority would be able to muster the votes to pass legislation to block the special taxes.Flake said it was tough to dissuade Trump because the president “keeps coming back like a homing pigeon on trade deficits.”Mnuchin defended the possible tariffs, telling lawmakers that Trump “loves farmers and the farm community.” Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, responded, “It doesn’t seem so with some of the policies that are coming out.”Mnuchin said the administration hopes to release details on the tariffs this week. “He does understand the potential impacts it has on the economy and I think we have a way of managing through this,” he said.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Kevin Freking, Martin Crutsinger and Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at read more

Frustration continues to build as more mills announce closures

first_imgWith these announcements, the B.C. Liberals say Premier John Horgan has been ignoring their calls for his Government to take action on this growing issue.According to the Liberals, Finance Minister Carole James announced that the Government would not be providing any new funding to the forest sector but only offer their sympathies to the affected workers.The Liberals blame the NDP for the closures because of the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.Local Conservative M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he, along with other Conservative M.P.’s from B.C., has been briefed on the situation.Zimmer adds that the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments are not doing enough when it comes to supporting the industry and its workers.“In these uncertain times, it looks as though this may just be the beginning, which is why I, along with other Conservative Members of Parliament from British Columbia, have been briefed on these closures and curtailments and possible next steps. It is clear that both the federal Liberal government and provincial NDP government are simply not doing enough to support this important industry and its workers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frustration continues to build within the B.C. Forest industry as more mills announce closures and curtailments.To date, there have been about 50 sawmills and plants that have announced curtailments or closures this year.Most recently, the Peace Valley OSB Plant announced that it will be closing this summer and the Taylor Pulp Mill has issued more production curtailments. Last week, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, said his Government will be sending a Community Response Transition Team to assist those affected by the closure.last_img read more