Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall

first_imgPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall Papal Visit,  Remarks For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today welcomed Pope Francis at the airport and attended Pope Francis’ mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at Independence Hall for the Moment of Religious Freedom event, Governor Wolf delivered the following remarks:Thank you very much, Father, and welcome, everyone. What a joyous day. Welcome to Pennsylvania. All of you back there, too. Welcome. I am so proud to welcome all of you to this great commonwealth, and I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for coming here for these two days to Pennsylvania. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values that this place symbolizes.Behind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom. It is also a place of welcome.The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded, as the mayor said, by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people who wanted to escape the oppression of the Old World.It was a place that welcomed people looking for somewhere to worship God in their own way and Pennsylvania grew as a result.We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy.Pennsylvania’s economy flourished as a result and so did its religious institutions. This place, Pennsylvania, became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. As the mayor said, John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his 1861 inauguration. And in fact, as the mayor pointed out, he spoke from that lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here in 1863.This is an important neighborhood too. The National Constitution Center is back there. The African American Museum is over here . The National Museum of American Jewish History is over here. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is right here.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history and significance. But more than that, it is a place of strong values, high ideals and values that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness, and welcome.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most exalted ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us that we should govern ourselves according to those very same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is potentially very, very noble precisely because it is made up of ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded should aspire to that same nobility.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be better, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you to Pennsylvania and the Holy Father, too. This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania, and I know it is a big event for all of you.In a few moments, Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and justice and welcome, and he will reaffirm the commitment each of us must make, as he did this morning at mass, to the better world it is our job, individually, to build. *These remarks have been slightly edited for clarity.For updates on Governor Wolf’s WMOF weekend, follow @GovernorTomWolf on Twitter.For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.### September 26, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Heitinga turns down Hammers

first_img Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had spoken optimistically about the prospect of tying up a deal for the 30-year-old Holland international, who has made only two appearances for the Toffees – both in the Capital One Cup – so far this season. But in a statement released by his agents Sport Promotion on Thursday Heitinga said he had not been convinced that transfer would be right for him and had therefore called it off. Press Association He added that he was confident, with the interest being shown in him, that he would be able to join another club before the end of the January transfer window. “At my age it is important to make the right choices,” Heitinga, whose current Everton contract runs out at the end of the season, said. “Then it is not just about money, because that was not a problem at West Ham United. “You must be convinced that you are making a right step and that (thought) was with me, so I cancelled (the move to) West Ham and we now await the interest of other clubs. “There is some, so I’m confident that I can find another club before January 31.” The statement by Sport Promotion made reference to the fact that West Ham are currently 19th in the Barclays Premier League table. It also said of Heitinga: “His future may lie in England, but he is also open to a departure to another top league in Europe.” And the player spoke about his desire to play for his country at this summer’s World Cup. “I want to play in every game again, because I still have a huge appetite for the ball,” Heitinga said. “I am fit and, as a footballer, in the prime of my life. “Moreover, I would like later to go to the World Cup in Brazil. “I know that coach Louis van Gaal more or less has the condition that the players he selects are playing every week. “This is not happening at Everton, so I’m looking at other options for a successful continuation of my career.” Heitinga, capped 87 times by Holland, joined Everton in 2009 from Atletico Madrid and had previously played for Ajax. He made 30 appearances for the Toffees last season, when they were still managed by David Moyes, who was succeeded by Roberto Martinez over the summer. Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has turned down a move to West Ham.last_img read more

Badminton looking forward to getting sport into schools

first_imgGETTING the sport more integrated into the school system, through the distribution of kits to the 14 teachers who participated in the shuttle time programme last year, is high on the agenda of the Guyana Badminton Association as it enters its 2018 season.Describing 2017 as a very successful year for badminton, president of the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), said, “The shuttle time programme that we did with the 14 schools was a successful thing.. We had an international tutor come in and we introduced badminton at the simple level to PE teachers from 14 different schools.“We did a two-week training programme, theory and practical and they all got certified along with four tutors,”“We will now donate the 14 kits to the teachers, and when we give them the equipment they can start it up in the schools, which we’ll now start from January.”The shuttle time programme was just one of a list of things that Ramdhani said made 2017 a very prosperous year for the sport, noting that, however small, the sport saw improvements in almost every area.“I think it was very, very successful. Our goal really was to attend the Caribbean Games and do well and we did. We came back with 8 medals. At the Caribbean Games for the last 7 years we’ve been medalling so we try to keep that up,” Ramdhani noted.“We were able to get into the Pan Am Hope Challenge for the seniors and juniors. And we had a lot of successful local tournaments.The biggest achievement of the year, however, was the development displayed by the players in their skills.“Our players are improving faster in the training. We improved on the international level. The players improved. They medalled better, compared to 2016. They are paying more attention and coming to practice.“Narayan played in the Vancouver tournament in 2016 he got bronze, in 2017 he played and got gold. For Priyanna when she went to the South American Youth Games she beat players who had beaten her in 2016.”last_img read more

GVC’s stand-out online division offsets inevitable UK retail decline

first_img Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Citing market share gains across all operating territories, FTSE250-listed GVC Holdings has backed its underlying corporate strategy to navigate regulatory complexities both home and abroad. Publishing its full-year 2019 results, GVC has recorded a pro-forma net revenue increase of 3% to £3.65bn (FY2018: £3.57bn) driven by the strong growth of its online division and European retail portfolio. Despite competing against tough 2018 comparatives, GVC has marked its online division as the stand-out performer, recording a 14% increase in NGR to £2.17bn (FY2018: £1.91bn).Delivering key technology integrations resulting in ‘real-time CRM and improved gaming cross-sell techniques’, GVC’s online division recorded an underlying EBITDA of £522m (FY2018: £486m).“Online once again delivered the stand-out performance, with proforma NGR growing 13% to £2,170.7m,” said Group CEO Kenneth Alexander. “The Group achieved double-digit pro-forma NGR growth across all of its core online markets and continued to grow share. “Online pro-forma sports NGR was up 16% despite the tough comparison against 2018 which was boosted by the FIFA World Cup.”GVC has retained confidence in its UK retail unit, which absorbed a year of significant shocks including adjusting to the new £2 FOBT stake limit – enforced on 1 April 2019.Despite recording a 3% uplift in OTC wagers to £3.18bn (FY2018: £3bn), Ladbrokes Coral’s retail division reported operating declines across all core metrics, as UK retail NGR dropped 15% to £1.12bn (FY2018: £1.32bn). In its overview of the division’s performance, GVC detailed that Triennial Review measures had forced it to close 245 UK shops during the year, with the company anticipating a further 200 closures during Q1 2020.   Alexander added: “The impact of the Triennial Review is estimated to have reduced UK Retail EBITDA by £118.0m in 2019, and we expect it to remain broadly at that level as further lost revenue from the annualisation of the new measures is offset by cost mitigation and competitor closures.” Absorbing both UK retail adjustments and significant enlargement costs related to its Ladbrokes Coral acquisition, GVC has seen its group-wide EBITDA decline 10% to £678m (FY2018: £755m). Closing its 2019 accounts, GVC governance has declared pro forma underlying profits of £490m, 20% lower than 2018’s corresponding £610m. The FTSE betting group has booked £710m of costs related to ‘separately disclosed items’, having recorded after-tax losses of £140m (FY2018: £56m).  “GVC has a truly global online footprint with licenses in 24 territories,” Alexander concluded. “This diversification provides GVC with a significant competitive advantage and enables us to spread the risk and allocate capital and resource to those markets with the most attractive opportunities. In addition to entering and growing in newer markets, the Group continues to take share in its more established markets.” Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more