Governor Wolf: Washington Republicans Continue to Ignore Bipartisan Governors

first_img Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the latest version of a health care bill in Washington:“Washington Republicans continue to ignore the concerns of Pennsylvania families and ideas proposed by bipartisan governors. The proposed cuts and caps for Medicaid continue to cause terror for recipients, including seniors, families, and people with disabilities, and are putting states financially at risk. The federal government cannot turn its back on us. These tweaks do little to address how these proposals will lead to increased costs, especially for many older Pennsylvanians who could be charged five times more for worse coverage by gutting consumer protections, even for some people with private insurance. The proposed changes have even been rejected by insurance companies.We can find common ground on fixing the individual market, as governors of both parties have proposed. Washington should abandon this reckless path and focus on fixing what isn’t working – rather than creating more problems and concerns for families and individuals, especially those most in need of our help.”Last month, Governor Wolf joined his bipartisan colleagues from Ohio, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Louisiana to express concern over Washington’s approach on health care, particularly the prospect of deep cuts in federal funding to states for Medicaid. Governor Wolf: Washington Republicans Continue to Ignore Bipartisan Governors July 13, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Premier League bosses lament Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea exit

first_img “He’s a great manager, a great personality and he’s a big loss to the league. You want foreign players to be coming into this country and you want the best foreign managers to be coming into this country. It makes it the best league in the world. “When I have met him and spoken to him he has got a great sense of humour. He is a different person than the person you know when the cameras are rolling. “There’s a lot of people who talk a good game and get away with underachieving but he has always achieved and over achieved. He is one of the great managers. “The quality he has and the record he has, it won’t be too long before he is in work again. If he wants to be in work quickly.” West Ham boss Bilic admitted he expected Chelsea to give Mourinho more time to arrest the club’s poor form. Mourinho accused several of his players of betraying him after Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester, but Bilic insisted he has never seen top-level players purposely underachieving. “Betrayal? I don’t know,” said Bilic. “It is a difficult word. Those players were the same players that were doing the job for him and for the club and for themselves, that was one of the biggest qualities of Chelsea. Not only the skill of the players but the way there were doing that. “I don’t believe that any player would deliberately have bad training let alone a bad game, they are all professional, top class players, so I don’t believe in that story. Especially not with him, when it is really well known that he is great with man-management.” Tottenham boss Pochettino claimed the Premier League will be all the poorer without Mourinho. “I was very surprised and sad – it is a big loss for the Premier League. I have a very good relationship with him and it is a difficult moment for him,” said Pochettino. “It is difficult for me to give my opinion about a different club, I can only say I am very sad and shocked because it was a big shock for me and I think for all.” “I was surprised and disappointed,” said Howe. “I always says when anyone loses their job it is a sad occasion, and especially for the Premier League because he has to be regarded as one of the greatest managers of his generation. “I think it is a loss to the league that he is no longer part of it at this present moment.” Mourinho guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, but nine defeats in 16 matches this term forced the 52-year-old out of the club. West Brom’s Tony Pulis, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino all echoed Howe’s state of shock at Mourinho’s exit. Pulis claimed Mourinho will not be out of work for long, with many managers looking on nervously now the decorated Portuguese is available. “I was surprised and disappointed in some ways,” said Pulis. “He is and has been one of the top managers in the world without question. Press Association Bournemouth boss Howe encapsulated the collective shock among Mourinho’s peers, with rival managers all admitting sadness at the colourful Portuguese’s exit from English football. Bournemouth’s 1-0 win at Chelsea on December 5 proved the penultimate clash of Mourinho’s second Stamford Bridge spell, but Howe insisted managers cannot dwell on victories that do damage to rivals. Eddie Howe was “surprised and disappointed” at Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea exit despite inflicting one of the defeats which triggered his Stamford Bridge demise.last_img read more

Sykes’ entrance, Roberts’ dunk stand out in Orange Madness festivities

first_imgThe Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced at Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome on Friday night, and here are the highlights of the event.Best entrance — Brittney SykesBoth teams, the women’s and then men’s team, were introduced individually before their respective scrimmages, and Sykes stole the show.Amid a lot of subpar dancing and blaring introduction songs, Sykes mixed it up. The leader of the women’s team, who is recovering from an ACL and meniscus tear at the end of last season, busted a few moves before leaping onto the scorer’s table and pumping up the crowd. Her ACL didn’t look so bad and she followed her jump onto the table by getting all of her teammates into a circle for a synchronized dance.During the men’s team introductions, Michael Gbinije tried to change things up with a dunk. But his attempt clanged off the back rim and out, handing the “entrance point” to Sykes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest walk-out song — Christian White, Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”Props to Christian White for deviating from the rap and hip hop and going with a country song. Everyone loves an outlier.Biggest disappointment — Selfie booths Throughout the night, the hosts advertised the selfie booths where players, coaches and basketball alumni would be available for the fans. Once the scrimmages and dunk contest ended, fans funneled onto the football field to take seflies, but most posed a few feet away from the players and coaches and had someone else take pictures for them. Selfie booths were the new attraction that disappointingly led to few, if any, selfies at all.Best scrimmage performance — Rakeem ChristmasNo players on the men’s and women’s teams were playing particularly hard — and for good reason — but Rakeem Christmas flashed some athleticism while leading the white team to a win.Christmas had a mid-range jump shot rim out and couldn’t convert a jump hook after an up-and-under, but was active on the boards and as a shot blocker. And twice, Christmas gathered a loose ball and took it c0ast-t0-coast before dunking in transition. It’s worth noting that no one really got in his way, but the ability to dribble from end to end and gather himself around the rim was a good sight for the Orange.Best play — Terrence Roberts buzzer-beating dunk to win the alumni game With the score knotted at 25-25 and time winding down in the alumni game, Terrence Roberts collected a pass and flushed a one-handed, left-handed dunk to give his team the win. Some of the best plays of the night came in the alumni game, with John Wallace throwing down a two-handed dunk and back-to-back long-range 3s, and Mookie Jones getting a hot in the second half. But Roberts’ clutch jam takes the cake, and that should tell you something about the men’s and women’s scrimmages.Best moment — Nick Trivelpiece layupWith 15.5 seconds left in the men’s basketball scrimmage, 10-year old Nicholas Trivelpiece checked into the game to an ovation from the Dome crowd. Trivelpiece has been around the men’s basketball team since 2009 as a part of a program that pairs kids with pediatric brain tumors with high school and college athletes. He was around during media day on Friday afternoon, was interviewed by Trevor Cooney, made his way into the team picture and walked into the Dome with Rakeem Christmas at the start of the night. But then he got his on-court opportunity.Trivelpiece got the inbound and dribbled down the court but had a layup rim out. Cooney gathered the ball and handed it to him, and Trivelpiece rolled in a layup right before the buzzer sounded. After it did, the team lifted Trivelpiece up and showered him with high-fives. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Džeko keen on Bundesliga return

first_imgManchester City forward Edin Džeko has denied claims he has held talks over a move to Borussia Dortmund but confirmed he would love to return to the Bundesliga.Džeko, who won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, has long been linked with a move back to Germany after failing to fully establish himself in the first-team at City.In an interview with kicker magazine, the 26-year-old said: “I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don’t know is when.”In recent weeks, there have been reports that Dortmund are leading the race for his services as speculation persists that Robert Lewandowski will depart the Westfalenstadion.However, Džeko dismissed claims he had met with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and club officials at a hotel outside the German city recently.“That’s not true,” he said. “There is a lot of talk and a lot is written. If you believed every word, I’d be playing at FC Bayern or AC Milan by now.”Even so, Džeko did little to hide his admiration for Dortmund and is tipping Klopp’s men to reach the Champions League final.The German champions, who took four points from City as they finished top of Group D, are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after securing a 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their second-round tie.“I knew Borussia from the Bundesliga,” he said. “Essentially, I knew nearly everything about the team but, all the same, they managed to impress me.“Borussia showed how strong they are. They lost Shinji Kagawa [to Manchester United] ahead of the season, but now they have Marco Reus, who might be even better. Dortmund are a top club. Everyone in Europe was able to see that. With Jurgen Klopp, they have a great coach working there. This team can go a long way.“I am convinced Borussia will make it into the final. That’s my wish for the club. Anyone who comes out on top of a group with Real Madrid in such fashion can beat anyone.”The BiH international also said he was flattered to have received praise from Klopp in the past.“When it comes from one of the best coaches in Europe, I’m delighted, of course,” he said.Speaking to Sky on Sunday, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke also tried to cool the Džeko rumours and claimed there were 100 to 150 Bundesliga players to look at, adding he would not comment any names.last_img read more