Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

first_imgGov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day May 14, 2020 Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.“Our law enforcement officials work around the clock to protect us and provide public safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “Now, more than ever, we should honor their commitment to our communities, which has given us a sense of security during this global pandemic.”Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to, and shall remain at, half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvanians are additionally encouraged to shine blue lights to honor law enforcement officials on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

SEA-LNG study: LBM and LSM to push LNG as marine fuel

first_imgThe multi-sector industry coalition SEA-LNG released a new study analyzing the availability and costs of Liquefied Bio Methane (LBM) and Liquefied Synthetic Methane (LSM) and the potential to contribute to future decarbonization for the shipping industry. The biomass resources from which LBM can be produced are globally available. The availability of LSM will be dependent on the future build-out of renewable electricity capacity and therefore relies on investment within this space. This will also be a key driver within the development of other synthetic fuels reliant on renewable electricity, such as green hydrogen and ammonia. The study concludes that both could become available in sufficient quantities to make a contribution towards future decarbonization for the shipping industry and that the costs need not be significantly higher than those of other low- and zero-carbon fuels. “In combination, the studies we have commissioned definitely proves that, through LBM and LSM, LNG offers a clear pathway to net zero-carbon emissions from shipping while also future-proofing ship owners’ investments,” Keller said. “The shipping industry faces unprecedented challenges if it is to meet the IMO’s decarbonization targets,” commented Peter Keller, chairman, SEA-LNG. Further, the growing LNG-fueled fleet could use LBM or LSM without requiring major modifications, and the existing supply infrastructure will remain fit for bunkering purposes with either fuel. The production costs of LBM and LSM could be broadly comparable to other renewable fuels like green hydrogen and ammonia. Analysis of the global sustainable biomass resource shows that biomethane from energy crops, agricultural residues, forestry products and residues could significantly exceed the global total energy demand of the maritime sector. The sustainable potential for LBM could be substantially higher in 2050 compared to 2030, even when excluding aquatic biomass, which has the potential to play a dominant role in the long term. Dagmar Nelissen (CE Delft), said, “Based on an extensive review of the global availability of biomass, and the maturity of technologies to produce biomethane and synthetic methane, we conclude that, in principle, sufficient amounts could be produced to fuel the shipping sector. However, other sectors are also likely to demand methane, and there needs to be significant investments in production capacity.” The study explores the potential availability and cost of LBM and LSM produced from renewable electricity with the aim of providing industry-leading, timely, and proven analysis to support the growing case for LBM and LSM in driving forward LNG as a decarbonization solution towards 2030, 2050, and beyond, SEA-LNG said. Compared to those fuels, LBM and LSM have the advantage that they can be transported, stored and bunkered, utilizing existing and technically matured LNG infrastructure. The study was conducted by independent research and consultancy organization CE Delft and commissioned by SEA-LNG. He further noted that by investing in LNG-fuelled vessels now, ship owners can realize immediate GHG benefits – up to 21 percent on a Well-to-Wake basis and 28 percent, Tank-to-Wake, including the impact of methane emissions. These LNG-based assets can use non-fossil fuel methane such as LBM and LSM with little to no modifications. As LBM and LSM become available at scale, the carbon-free future will become reality. The findings are that both LBM and LSM are scalable solutions for the maritime sector, with estimated sustainable global supplies potentially exceeding the demands of shipping in the future, and likely to be commercially competitive relative to other low- and zero-carbon fuels. Image courtesy of MANlast_img read more

Lakers’ Steve Nash officially announces retirement from NBA

first_imgScott advised Lakers fans to “take a look at everything he’s done over his career and judge him that way, not by what ended up happening here.”“It didn’t work out the way he planned or the way he wanted or the way the organization wanted,” Scott said. “But fans also have to look at the fact that the guy did everything possible to get on the court.”Scott envisioned his veteran point guard playing between 15 to 20 minutes per game while mentoring the team’s backcourt in Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price and Clarkson. Instead, the Lakers ruled Nash out for the rest of the 2014-15 season after appearing in only two exhibition games. The criticism Nash faced went beyond his injuries.He remained mostly absent from the team, other than mentoring Clarkson periodically for the past two months. “There’s been a lot of negativity online, but in my nearly three years in L.A., I’ve never met anyone who didn’t show me anything but love and support for my efforts,” Nash said. “There’s a lot of class in Lakerland, and the organization and staff have given me unwavering support.”Nash’s prolonged absence concerned some in the organization. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Scott publicly supported Nash.“He needed time to start focusing on the next phase of his life,” Scott said. “Guys need that peace away from the game to get their head right.” • MORE COVERAGE: Lakers gush about Nash’s career, defend himNash’s retirement seemed inevitable after the Lakers ruled him out for the 2014-15 season. But the Lakers asked him to delay his retirement so they could trade his $9.8 million contract before the Feb. 19, 2015 trade deadline. Without any suitors, the Lakers will still owe Nash his full salary. The Lakers acquired Nash from the Phoenix Suns in 2012 in a sign-and-trade worth $28 million for three year, a deal that involved sending two first and second-round draft picks. But Nash played in only 65 of a possible 164 regular-season games amid overlapping nerve issues with his left knee, back and hamstrings. Nash also averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 assists through two seasons, a stark drop from his career averages of 14.4 points and 8.5 assists. Perhaps Nash’s only highlight entailed his last assist in April, 2014 against Houston, which surpassed Mark Jackson on the NBA’s all-time assists list. ◘ PHOTOS: Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announces retirement“When I signed with the Lakers, I had big dreams of lifting the fans up and lighting this city on fire,” said Nash, who played for Phoenix (1996-98, 2004-12) and Dallas (1998-2004). “I turned down more lucrative offers to come to L.A. because I wanted to be in the ‘fire,’ and play for high risk and high reward in my last NBA chapter.” The tributes gushed out as quickly as Steve Nash led his team on a fast break.Lakers coach Byron Scott called Nash a “modern-day Bob Cousy” after collecting two NBA most valuable player awards, climbing to third place on the league’s all-time assists list and revolutionizing the NBA’s fast-paced play. Lakers backup center and fellow Canadian Robert Sacre noted how Nash had “always been that guy that Canadians have always looked up to” after he became the first NBA star from that country. Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson recalled idolizing Nash growing up for “making passes people couldn’t see” and expressed gratitude for his personal mentorship.Nash has not played in the past five months because of chronic back problems. But the Lakers (19-50) spent very little talking about Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers (17-52) at Staples Center. Instead, the Lakers focused on the 41-year-old Nash officially announcing his retirement in an essay released Saturday morning on “The Players Tribune” website. “The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much,” Nash wrote. “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Anthony Davis scores 50 to lead Lakers past Timberwolves

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) goes to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) and Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) drives to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) celebrates with teammates Dwight Howard (39) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) after making a 3-pointer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) fight for a ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie (20) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — “Well, you know, we’re confident,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel surmised before Sunday’s 142-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.“We’ve been putting up some big numbers. And obviously the plan of having two superstars offensively that are both willing passers, putting shooting around them and lob threats at the rim so far is working for us.“But,” Vogel concluded, in his best coachspeak, “it all comes down to the defensive end.”Turns out, even when the Lakers are not at their sharpest defensively, and even when LeBron James gets himself in foul trouble early and their other floor general Rajon Rondo is out with a tight hamstring — having Anthony Davis counts for a lot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe counted for 50 on Sunday.Davis’ 39-point effort Friday at Portland was just an appetizer for Sunday, when he enjoyed the fourth 50-point game of his career and his first as a Laker, making his first six shots to put his new squad on his back before carrying them the rest of the way with another sterling performance.“My teammates kept giving me the ball,” said Davis, who said they were urging him to go for 50 at halftime. “I was still trying to play the right way, but I was being ultra-aggressive.”Davis delivered what Vogel termed an “old-school, smash-mouth” performance. The Lakers’ 6-foot-10 superstar finished 20 for 29 from the field and 10 for 10 from the free-throw line, where fans serenaded him with “M-V-P” chants.He added seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block in 39 minutes (the most this season with the exception of the Lakers’ overtime win Nov. 1 in Dallas). Every time the Lakers (21-3) needed to turn the tide, Davis was there to spin past defenders for a bucket, to throw down a lob, to flick a shot rimward or to back up and bury a jumper.“He’s great,” James said. “I mean, there’s nothing more you can say than that.”Davis’ prolific, proficient output — combined with James’ 32 points in 28 minutes — mitigated a productive night offensively by the Timberwolves, who shot 51.8 percent, had eight players score in double-digits and needed only until the start of the fourth quarter to exceed opponents’ 103.7 points-per-game scoring average against the Lakers.“I yelled at them for giving up 125 points tonight,” Vogel said. “I don’t think anybody really heard me. But, we gotta do better than that at that end of the floor — or if we score 142 points, we don’t.”After trailing by as much as 11 points early, Minnesota took their first lead with 5:46 to play before halftime, 52-51, on a 3-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.And when the Lakers built a 19-point lead in the third quarter, again the T-wolves surged, cutting it to 105-95 with 2:25 to go in the period.But Minnesota never got closer than 112-105 early in the fourth, as the Lakers outscored their guests, 32-22 in the final period. It was the Lakers’ fourth consecutive victory and Minnesota’s fourth straight defeat.James also recorded 13 assists despite being limited by four first-half fouls. He picked up No. 4 when he was called for a block on a Robert Covington drive, returning to the bench because of it with 2:27 to go in the first half.That event might have felt foreboding, especially without Rondo’s services available — except, you know, Davis.Minnesota didn’t score again in the first half after James went to the bench, as the Lakers launched on an 11-0 run — with Davis contributing six of his 27 first-half points in that span. L.A. went into the break in front, 73-65.“Tonight we had a challenge because our two primary quarterbacks, Rondo and LeBron — in foul trouble — were out,” Vogel said. “So we had to figure out how to impact the game, and obviously AD impacted the game on the defensive end, helping us get stops and get out on the break, and then the other guys stepped up. We know how to play through AD when we need to. That was a critical stretch in this victory.”Alex Caruso came off the bench to score 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting, Danny Green had 12 points and eight rebounds and And Dwight Howard celebrated his 34th birthday with eight points, two rebounds.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sumner Newscow Weekly Poll: The Donald Sterling Question

first_imgThe NBA just banned L.A. Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life. What best reflects your view? Great decision. This guy was a racist. I agree with the judgement; but I worry about its ramifications with free speech The fact he was secretly tape recorded and set up bothers me greatly Donald Sterling was exercising his First Amendment Rights and should not be punished. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 328 weeks ago http://abcnews.go.com/US/naacp-forgive-clippers-d… I find this amusing. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CrusaderCountry · 328 weeks ago The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law abridging the freedom of speech. It in no way protects a person from suffering personal or professional consequences from their speech. Since the NBA is not a law making body, their decision has absolutely nothing to do with the First Amendment. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 328 weeks ago Nearly two-to-one. Stay classy, Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Not a sheeple · 328 weeks ago The man is going to be laughing all the way to the bank. Bought the team in 1981 for $17 million dollars and today their estimated to be worth between $600 million and $1 Billion dollars. He only owns them for a tax write off and now the NBA is forcing him to sell. What a joke so many damn people in America keep letting a few jerk their chains and manipulate facts. How come some of you can not understand what is going on in AMERICA with all the RACE CARDS being played by the current administration to focus attention else where instead of whats going on in DC. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 328 weeks ago It is now a fact he knew he was being recorded. What should be patently obvious is that “free speech” claims are specious. Dude committed no crime. No one is trying to send him to jail. No evidential standard need be met for this reason. No one wishes to prevent him from making such statements whenever and to whomever he pleases. The government is not involved here. In business, particularly owners of franchises, you can’t just say whatever you want and expect that there should be no repercussions– unless you went to the Sarah Palin School of Constitutional Law. If you embarrass your franchisors, then you can expect to lose franchisee rights. If you alienate your consumers, you have no right to insist that they should buy your product anyway and that they are violating your rights if they don’t. I am sure that, in part due to their own secretive tolerance of his known racist behavior, the NBA will be quick to cut ties and blame it all on him, and thus minimize their enabling actions (or inactions) of the past. Nobody is more “outraged” by the “shocking” actions of subordinates than superiors who are complicit. Report Reply 6 replies · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 328 weeks ago Okay I read the article and it is a whole lot of he said, she said. after I read it, sounds like her lawyer is trying to cover her ass. I don’t see this a concrete evidence that he knew it was recorded. With that said, they are all a said bunch of people, and sorry to say there are just as many minorities doing the same towards others and they are given a pass. Too many other real problems going on in this world right now and nothing is getting done. it is all sad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Dorothy from Kansas · 328 weeks ago He can say what he said again today. He can say it tomorrow. He can shout it from the town square. The First Amendment is safe. However, the First Amendment does not protect you from others exercising their First Amendment rights. Actions have consequences. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 328 weeks ago It doesn’t protect being stupid. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 326 weeks ago So did he not know the Anderson Cooper interview was being taped? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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