Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills Into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today signed two bills into law. The following pieces of legislation are now law:Act 48 — House Bill 823 sponsored by Rep. Greiner clarifies training requirements and other technical aspects of Act 164-2014, which makes continuing education training for elected tax collectors mandatory.Act 49 – Senate Bill 925 sponsored by Senator Rafferty makes the necessary amendments to Title 75 (Vehicles), relating to the issuance of a commercial learner’s permit and commercial driver’s license. Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills Into Law October 22, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse defense preserves late lead as Orange upsets No. 3 Maryland

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — As Syracuse held the ball, nursing a one-goal lead with less than two minutes remaining, Brett Queener shouted to his defense.‘One more stop,’ the SU volunteer assistant coach yelled to the unit, even though there was no certainty Maryland would regain the ball.But when Orange attack Alyssa Murray cranked a shot in a one-on-one opportunity with more than a minute left, Terrapins goaltender Brittany Dipper made the save. The Syracuse defense would have to make one more stop.‘For some reason I had that feeling that it was going to come down to those last 10 seconds,’ SU goaltender Alyssa Costantino said, ‘and it did, but we handled it well.’With 31 seconds left, Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann drew a foul on SU defender Becca Block about 13 meters away from the net. Schwarzmann’s shot flew wide of the net and out of bounds, and the SU defense held on. The No. 5 Orange picked up a monumental 10-9 victory over the defending national runner-up Terrapins in front of 1,453 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park. Syracuse’s 0-11 all-time record against the No. 3 Terrapins was gone, as was Maryland’s 36-game home winning streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Maryland has ended our seasons before, so it’s a huge rivalry between us,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘We just realize that we’re really freaking good and that we needed to come out on top.’With just 3:18 to play, Maryland midfielder Beth Glaros bounced a free-position shot past Costantino’s right leg to cut the deficit to one.But SU midfielder Kirkland Locey won the ensuing draw to Tumolo, who came charging through a pack of players to scoop up the loose ball. The Orange then had an opportunity to run out the final three minutes of the game.After doing just that successfully for two minutes, Murray found herself with an open shot. Rather than holding back to try and save the lead, she took it.‘We’re going to play to win,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. ‘If you get a one-on-one with the goalie you say take it.’The strategy is a testament to Gait’s faith in the Orange defense.Entering the game, the Terrapins were 14th in the country with 14.67 goals per game. Through 56 minutes, SU held them to nine in an excellent team defensive effort. Gait had faith in his team’s ability to stop Maryland’s attack.‘I could probably say 11, 12 girls that stood out,’ Queener said. ‘And I could also say 30 girls because our entire sidelines gave us energy the entire game.’The defense’s stellar play was never more evident than during the final 20 minutes of the first half.After allowing a pair of goals in the first nine minutes, the Orange defense tightened up and held the Terrapins scoreless for nearly 22 minutes between the 21:16 mark of the first half and the 29:18 mark of the second.During this stretch, SU scored five unanswered goals — creating a deficit the Terrapins could never fully recover from.But it was the defense that sparked that rally. Without a 22-minute scoreless stretch, five goals in one half may not have been enough for one of the nation’s premier offensive machines.‘We just tried to stick to our game plan,’ Gait said. ‘Take advantage when we get opportunities and give our defense a chance to rest because there’s a lot of pressure when (Maryland) gets the ball and I thought our players did a great job of keeping their composure.’The Terrapins battled back and cut the Orange lead to one on four separate occasions after that stretch, but each time the Orange had an answer.When Schwarzmann cut the lead to 6-5 with 22:40 to play, SU attack Devon Collins answered with a free-position goal less than three minutes later. When Maryland attack Bria Phillips cut the lead to 7-6, Tumolo answered, and when Maryland midfielder Kelly McPartland cut the lead to 8-7, Tumolo answered once again.The only time the Orange didn’t respond offensively, it did so on the defensive end to hold on for the victory. The Syracuse bench poured onto the field to mob Costantino in celebration after her role in orchestrating an extraordinary defensive effort.‘It’s really encouraging towards us to show us we can do what we want to do,’ Costantino said, ‘and that’s win the national championship.’[email protected] Published on March 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Race for Dan kicks off this weekend

first_imgThe County Senior Hurling Championship gets underway tomorrow with a total of 14 games down for decision between Saturday and Sunday. With the Tipperary Senior Hurlers finished their League campaign for this year and with a few weeks to go before the opening clash of the Munster Championship all eyes in the Premier County will now turn to club action. And its a bumper weekend of games in the hunt for the Dan Breen Cup.  One of the more highly anticipated matches will be that of reigning county hurling champions Thurles-Sarsfield who are out to defend their title – They play Borrisoleigh on Sunday afternoon in Templemore at 3.30.. while another that will draw in the crowds will be the clash of neighbours Drom-Inch and Upperchurch Drombane in Boherlahan at 2.Elsewhere and newcomers Clonakenny who were promoted from the Intermediate ranks last year take on Ballingarry in Leahy Park Cashel while another cracking encounter is likely to be the game between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Clonoulty Rossmore in Dolla.There are 14 matches in all – 5 evening games on Saturday with 6.30 throw in’s and a further 9 across the day on Sunday – Several of the games were expected to be double bills but this plan had to be scrapped given the recent poor weather conditions and the possible impact on pitcheslast_img read more

Jayson Tatum, Joe Harris, Hamidou Diallo win titles at NBA All-Star Saturday

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Steph Curry won the first round with 27 points, making his last 10 shots. Hield was second with 26 points, and Harris finished with 25 to grab the last spot in the final. And on a weekend when the Curry family – Dell Curry is a former Charlotte star, Steph is a three-time NBA champion, Seth is in the league and mother Sonya beat them all by making an underhand half-court shot Friday – was celebrated, the trophy finish didn’t happen.“I would have loved the storybook ending – Steph comes home and wins in his native Charlotte,” Steph Curry said. “That’s how I had it in my head anyway.”Steph Curry went a combined 37 for 50 in the two rounds, the best of anyone in the event. But Harris’ timely makes of the moneyballs put him over the top.“It’s been an honor for me to be here, for me to participate in this weekend,” Harris said. “And it’s certainly something that I’ll remember for a long time.”Same goes for Tatum.The night started with the Skills Challenge, and Tatum edged Atlanta rookie Trae Young in the final by making a shot from just past the midcourt stripe. Young was ahead of Tatum in the competition where players have to execute some passes, a layup and then a 3-pointer. So fearing that Young would make his 3 before Tatum could even get one off, he let it fly from about 50 feet.“I didn’t want to give Trae a chance,” Tatum said. “I honestly didn’t know I was going to hit the shot, but I had to give myself a chance and throw it up there. It worked out for the best.”When the Skills Challenge and 3-point contest cleared the floor, that left the dunkers. The slam dunk contest field of four – New York’s Dennis Smith Jr., Oklahoma City’s Diallo, Charlotte’s Miles Bridges and Atlanta’s John Collins – was pared to Diallo and Smith for the final.Related Articles Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Bill Russell and Julius Erving attend the 2019 NBA All-Star Saturday Night on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum celebrates winning the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Atlanta Hawks Trae Young participates during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMemphis Grizzlies Mike Conley works during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, speaks with Dominque Wilkins, left, as former player Bill Russell is seen at right, during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Dever Nuggets Nikola Jokic moves down the court during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Los Angeles Lakers Kyle Kuzma speaks with Luka Doncic, of the Dallas Maverics during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum participates during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Dell Curry and son’s Stephen Curry and Seth Curry are interviewed during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Dell Curry and son’s Stephen Curry and Seth Curry are interviewed during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Dallas Maverics Luka Doncic runs during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, speaks with Dominque Wilkins, left, as former player Bill Russell is seen at right, during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Actor Chris Tucker, left, speaks with a fan at court side during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Actor Chris Tucker, left, speaks with a fan at court side during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Sacramento Kings Buddy Hield reacts to making his 26th basket during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Portland Trail Blazers Seth Curry watches players shoot during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry celebrates making baskets during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry celebrates a series of baskets during the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Brooklyn Nets Joe Harris holds the champion trophy after winning the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Brooklyn Nets Joe Harris holds the champion trophy after winning the NBA All-Star 3-Point contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Atlanta Hawks John Collins heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)New York Knicks Dennis Smith Jr. heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City’ Hamidou Diallo hangs from the rim after leaping over Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Pool)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)New York Knicks Dennis Smith Jr. dunks during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Pool)Atlanta Hawks John Collins dunks the ball during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Pool)Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo reacts to his dunk during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Atlanta Hawks John Collins leaps over a model airplane during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Pool)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: Dennis Smith Jr. jumps over J. Cole at the 2019 NBA All-Star Saturday Night on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)New York Knicks Dennis Smith Jr. dunks over Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Pool)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Bill Russell and Julius Erving attend the 2019 NBA All-Star Saturday Night on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum celebrates winning the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)NextShow Caption1 of 39Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum celebrates winning the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)ExpandCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Boston’s Jayson Tatum got his game-winner from midcourt. Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O’Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn’s Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State’s Steph Curry a storybook ending in his hometown.Say this for All-Star Saturday Night: It had flair.Tatum won the skills competition, Diallo put on a show for the league’s annual slam dunk title, and in easily the most anticipated part of the night Harris held off the Warriors’ shooting star for the win in the 3-point contest.Harris made 12 straight shots in the final round and went a staggering 15 for 18 on moneyballs – the shots worth the most – to win the 3-point title. He finished with 26 of a possible 34 points in the final round, beating Curry by two. Sacramento’s Buddy Hield was third with 19 final-round points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Obviously, it’s incredible,” Harris said. “Steph is the greatest shooter of all time. But, again, shooting off of the rack for a minute is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don’t want anybody to get it twisted at all.”And the runner-up left a winner, too.Steph Curry and his brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers had a bet where the winner of the 3-point contest – they were both entrants – would have to pay for tickets for the family over the rest of their careers.Seth Curry didn’t get out of the first round. He said even though his brother didn’t win, he’d pay up.“It stands. He got that 27 in Round One and that’s impressive,” Seth Curry said. “He deserved to win the bet and I have to do what I got to do.” Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round – dunking over Shaquille O’Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a “Superman” shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at basically rim level, putting him in control after Smith failed to make a dunk in his debut try of the final.Smith leapfrogged Miami’s Dwyane Wade and took a lob from Steph Curry to give himself a chance with his last dunk, getting a perfect score from the judges – and a round of boos from the crowd, many of whom weren’t that impressed.That left Diallo as the night’s final participant. Diallo pulled rapper Quavo out of the crowd, put the ball in his hands, then grabbed it as he went airborne for the slam that sealed the title.“Atmosphere was great,” Diallo said. “Just came out and gave the crowd what it was looking for.” Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Record number of Irish passports issued in 2017

first_imgA record number of 779,000 passports were issued in 2017 according to Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney.Of the 785,026 passport applications received by the Department, 779,184 were issued.494,297 of these were issued to adults, with 284,887 issued to children. Brexit is thought to be one of the leading reasons for the surge in applications. One in five passports were issued to applicants from Northern Ireland and Great Britain (20%).The highest amount of passport applications outside Dublin came from New York, where 6,345 people applied for Irish passports.This was followed by Canberra (5,077), San Francisco (4,336), Sydney (2,990), Pretoria (2,913), and Ottawa (2,826).The world-first Passport Card, introduced in 2016, continued to grow in popularity in 2017, with over 38,000 Irish citizens availing of the convenience of travel to all EU, EEA countries plus Switzerland with a credit-card sized passport. The Online Passport Renewal Service, which was launched in March of this year, continues to grow in popularity as well. This service means that Irish citizens renewing their passport can do so online anywhere in the world at any time. In only 9 months of operation to date, over 100,000 passports have issued following online applications. Online turnaround times are currently well ahead of the target of 10 working days plus postage.The Department has also revealed the most popular baby names in 2017 based on passport applications. The top five boys names are Jack, James, Conor, Daniel and Adam. The top five girls names are Emily, Emma, Aoife, Grace and Sophie.Commenting on the surge of applications, the Tanáiste says:“This is the highest number of Irish passports ever issued in one year. It represents an increase of over 6% compared to 2016 (itself a record-breaking year), and an increase of over 15% since 2015.“The Online Passport Renewal Service has been a particular success. From Cork to Costa Rica; from Meath to Mozambique; and from Sligo to Singapore – Irish citizens all over the world have availed of the option to renew their Irish passport online, with no requirement for forms, witnesses or printed photos. ““For those Irish citizens choosing to apply through Irish Embassies and Consulates during 2017, the Irish Consulate in New York retained its distinction as the location with the highest demand for passports, followed by Canberra, San Francisco, Sydney and Pretoria.“We will continue to work hard in 2018 to offer the most efficient and user-friendly service possible to Irish citizens worldwide.”Record number of Irish passports issued in 2017 was last modified: December 31st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:department of foreign affairspassportsimon coveneylast_img read more