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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie Dent

first_imgPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie Dent SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2018center_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today thanked U.S. Representative Charlie Dent for his service to the country and commonwealth following his announcement that he would resign from Congress in May.“Charlie Dent is a voice of reason and civility that breaks through the chaos and partisanship of Washington and he will be missed,” Governor Wolf said. “I thank Representative Dent for his service to our country and commonwealth. While we do not agree on everything, Charlie has always been approachable, and he has always put his constituents above partisan politics. I am proud to have worked with Representative Dent to make improvements in the Lehigh Valley and advance our constituents’ shared interests in Washington.”Once Governor Wolf receives an official resignation notice with an exact date, he will make a formal decision regarding scheduling the date of a special election.Pennsylvania’s Election Code requires the governor to issue a writ when the vacancy occurs during a session of Congress or if the vacancy occurs at a time when Congress shall be required to meet any time prior to the next general election. The governor must issue the writ within 10 days of the vacancy to set the special election date. The date of the election must not be sooner than 60 days after the governor issues the writ. Candidates would be nominated by the parties in accordance with party rules. Political bodies may nominate by circulating and filing nomination papers. The winner of the special election fills the balance of term.last_img read more

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Govt, business join climate fight

first_img18 October 2005A partnership between the government and Business Unity South Africa to address the challenge of climate change was formed at the National Climate Change Conference in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.The newly formed partnership is expected to create a system for monitoring and reporting on the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa.“At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, South Africa led the way in highlighting the ‘triple bottom line’ of business – economic, social, and environmental concerns,” said Business Unity SA (Busa) President Patrice Motsepe.“This agreement gives further content to that approach. Busa understands the importance of economic growth that does not mortgage our future for the sake of short-term profit, and we will work with government to ensure that we address the challenges of climate change together.”The mining magnate also referred to the increasing number of South African companies that were exploring investment opportunities presented by the Clean Development Mechanism.Environmental Affairs Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the government hoped to extend the partnership with business to other interventions, “especially those which will help our rural and agricultural communities adapt to the impacts of climate change through the diversification of the rural economy.”Investment in scienceScience Minister Mosibudi Mangena opened the science session of the conference with calls for greater investment in the science of climate change and African research and development.Stating alternatives for energy use, Mangena said nuclear power was one of the options, alongside wind and solar technologies.“Climate change research requires global observation of numerous characteristics of the earth system over a long period of time,” the minister said.“Scientists need to ensure that reliable data is collected by a whole suite of observing systems – from satellite to surface stations to ocean buoys operated by various countries and agencies.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa builds hi-tech periscopes

first_imgSource: BuaNews South Africa recently acquired three new submarines. The first, the SAS Manthatisi, arrived at Simon’s Town naval dockyard in 2006. The SAS Charlotte Maxeke arrived in South African waters in April 2007, and the SAS Queen Modjadji in May 2008. Carl Zeiss Optronics has a long history in the development and manufacturing of periscopes. “This will strengthen the capacity of the South African Navy to protect the country’s coastline against intruders,” he said. Advanced manufacturing capacity Fast surveillance and observation In addition, the periscope is fitted with an advance gyro stabilising system that enables it to perform optimally in the roughest sea conditions. Speaking at the unveiling of the periscope, Carl Zeiss Optronics CEO Kobus Viljoen said South Africa was one of the few countries in the world with the know-how and advanced manufacturing capacity to produce high-quality periscopes for modern submarines. He said the production of the periscope demonstrated the company’s ability to design, develop, manufacture and deliver world-class optronics that could be used by navies across the world. 13 September 2011 More than 15 South African companies are involved as suppliers of parts and services in the production process, creating more than 100 jobs. The fully assembled periscope weighs more than 850 kilograms and has a superb direct-view optical channel. More than 70 different components of lenses, mirrors and prisms are used in a periscope optical channel. Rear Admiral Higgs said Carl Zeiss Optronics’ ability to maintain and upgrade the local submarine periscopes ensured that the most advanced technology for fast surveillance and observation remained readily available. The new periscope is designed to offer a price-competitive solution for clients who require upgrades to their existing fleet of submarines. Carl Zeiss Optronics is able to manufacture four to six periscopes per year. The 12-metre tall periscope is being manufactured in a specially designed building, which was officially opened last week by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Robert Higgs. A new generation of periscopes for conventional attack submarines is now being designed and manufactured at Carl Zeiss Optronics in Centurion, south of Pretoria, establishing South Africa as one of the few countries worldwide with such an advanced manufacturing capacity.last_img read more

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Andhra-Telangana divide does not impact cricket

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is one of the best cricketers that Andhra Pradesh state has produced.It is a happy occasion that the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh state will have no impact on cricket administration. Unlike when Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh states were split, there is no need to form new associations to administer the game in the newly-formed states.The reason for this cool situation is that, quite interestingly, the cricket associations in the new states – Telangana and Andhra – already have exactly the same districts in which the new governments will have jurisdiction. And these associations have been in existence for many decades. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) came into being in 1934 while the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) was formed in 1953, after it separated from the Madras Presidency on the basis of linguistic.ACA secretary G. Ganga Raju said that it was satisfying that cricket won’t be hit by the split. “As far as ACA is concerned, we separated long back. ACA consists of 13 districts while the HCA largely concentrates on the city. But I cannot talk about the HCA,” Raju told Mail Today. “The 13 districts under ACA are Anantpur, Chittoor, Cuddapa, East Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, Nellore, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagram, and West Godavari, while HCA comprises 10 districts,” he said. The districts that come under HCA are Adilabad, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Ranga Reddy, and Warangal.Former HCA secretary P. Man Singh explained how the ACA was formed 19 years after the HCA had come into existence. “In 1950s, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru reorganised the states of the country on the basis of linguistic, and the Telugu-speaking areas of the Madras Presidency were merged with the Nizam State and thus ACA was formed,” Man Singh, who was manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team, told MAIL TODAY from Hyderabad. “At the time of the realignment of the Telugu-speaking population, the HCA was already existing. Now, when the state has been divided into two, cricket would not suffer as the areas under the jurisdiction of the HCA and ACA are already distinctly marked,” said Man Singh, who has written the history of cricket in the state.advertisementThe situation in Andhra Pradesh is a stark contrast to what happened when Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were split into two states each in November 2000. Jharkhand was carved out of the southern part of Bihar while Uttarakhand was born out of the north-western districts of Uttar Pradesh. Following the split in Bihar, the BCCI controversially gave recognition to the newly-formed Jharkhand Cricket Association while ignoring Bihar’s legitimate claims. Soon after the creation of the Jharkhand state, as many as five cricket associations in Bihar staked claims for recognition from the BCCI, with each one claiming to be the genuine representative of the state.Fourteen years later, the Bihar issue is still hanging fire amid a host of court cases that have been fought – some are still going on.In the case of Uttrakhand, too, there have been several claimants for the official recognition. This state too hasn’t got the BCCI nod, though it has allowed its women players to represent Uttar Pradesh in tournaments.Another new state, Chhattisgarh, was born by carving out a portion of Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and its teams have been competing – and performing well – in junior tournaments recognised by the BCCI. The application for recognition by the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) is with the BCCI. Of the three states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand – CSCS appears closest to getting BCCI’s recognition and competing in the Ranji Trophy and all other senior level tournaments in near future.last_img read more

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150 District Constables to be Recruited

first_imgSome 150 District Constables are to be recruited as part of efforts to strengthen community policing.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, explains that the recruitment will fill the vacancies being created by 150 District Constables who are now participating in training to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force.Speaking in the House of Representatives on October 3, Mr. Montague said focus will be placed on recruiting persons who are 50 years and over.“We believe that these persons who are over 50 are stable and well established in the community, and persons will engage them with information. We (will be) targeting the hotspots,” he noted.The Minister said the District Constables will be deployed in their communities to enhance the relationship between citizens and the police.The training of district constables is part of the move to drive effective policing, one of the five pillars of the crime-reduction strategy being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.last_img read more

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