December 24, 2015 By: Frances Wolf, First Lady First Lady Frances Wolf, Holidays, The Blog This Christmas, families across Pennsylvania will gather at dining tables, in churches, and around Christmas trees; we will join grandparents, cousins, neighbors, and friends; we will bake cookies, sing carols, and enjoy the holiday… each in our own special way. As Pennsylvanians we come together through each of our own traditions. Read more about Wolf family Christmas traditions in this PennLive article.Check out this video from the annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence earlier this month.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter In the Wolf-Donnelly family, we have come to cherish our Christmas traditions. They are nothing fancy, exotic, or spectacular — but they are our own, and I look forward to them every year.This year, we are blessed to have our daughters, Sarah and Katie, as well as Katie’s husband Jamie and their 10-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, at home in York County. They will come in from Brooklyn and San Francisco to spend Christmas with us.Sarah and Katie handle the baking each Christmas. Their Christmas cookies of choice are simple but delicious: classic chocolate chip, of course, and peanut butter with — what else — Hershey’s Kisses on top. On Christmas Eve, our family joins us at our home in Mount Wolf, and the girls and Jamie will exchange their gifts. But they have to wait until the next morning to receive their presents from Tom and me. Tom will turn on Handel’s Messiah, and we will take a look at what Santa brought that night. Later on Christmas Day, we visit Tom’s parents, and continue our celebrations there.While the cookies, the music, and the tree make our holiday bright and cheery, what is most important to me each year is being together.Merry Christmas from all of us in the Wolf family. May your holiday be filled with love, peace, and happiness. BLOG: Wolf-Donnelly Family Christmas Traditions
INTRO: IR operates around 29000 all-steel lightweight vehicles to a common basic design. Now the Rail Coach Factory is poised to launch an up-to-date inter-city coach under a technology transfer deal with Linke-Hofmann-Busch. R C Acharya reports on IR’s inter-city business that handled over 404million passenger train-km in 1995-96IN A BID to upgrade passenger coach designs to the latest international standards, Indian Railways has signed a co-operation agreement with Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Salzgitter in Germany covering supply of 24 coaches at a cost of Rs1·4bn. A fleet of 21 air-conditioned day coaches and three generator cars will be delivered by the end of 1998, with technology for further production transferred to IR’s Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala in the state of Punjab. RCF has produced over 6200 coaches to date, with current production levels of 1000 vehicles a year matching capacity at the Integral Coach Factory near Chennai. To be deployed initially on 160 km/h inter-city services, the LHB vehicles have been designed for a maximum speed of 225 km/h and are 2m longer than IR’s standard 21·5m ICF coach. With a ride index of 2·5 to 2·75, the new design is expected to be kinder on track and passengers than the ICF design with its ride index of around 3·5.Screw couplings and side buffers will give way to H-type centre buffer couplers, and the LHB coaches will have air-operated disc brakes and wheelslip control. The generator cars will each be equipped with two IR-standard 250 kW diesel sets, produced locally. Scheduled maintenance of the new-generation coaches will be undertaken by workshops and depots at locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.Local input, export potential IR has already established a high-level team to monitor the technology transfer process. This includes not only the design and manufacture of bodyshells, but also local production of interior fittings and equipment. A vigorous programme has begun to identify local suppliers that will develop these components. Several Indian companies have already expressed keen interest in being involved in future coach production. This could include a major export drive in the short-term; in addition to producing a wide range of coaches for IR, metro cars for Calcutta and EMUs for IR’s suburban operations, ICF has already exported 400 vehicles to Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria, Mozambique and Tanzania. A healthy market Rail remains the preferred mode of long-distance transport at all levels of Indian society, thanks to low fares at one end of the market and comfortable overnight accommodation at the other. Fully air-conditioned inter-city services, with sleeping compartments in first class and reclining seats in second, first appeared in the 1950s under the Deluxe Express banner on IR’s prime Delhi – Bombay and Delhi – Calcutta corridors.Complementing the network of 130 km/h Rajdhani (capital) services linking Delhi with most state capitals from the 1970s, Shatabdi (century) expresses were introduced in 1985 to cover the short-haul daytime segment of the inter-city market. Each train comprises 12 air-conditioned Executive (first class) and Tourist (second) reclining-seat coaches with power supplied from separate generator cars.In place of the separate pantry car on a Rajdhani service, each Shatabdi coach has its own mini-pantry equipped to boil water for tea, heat pre-cooked food and store cold drinks. Shatabdi trains have proved popular with businessmen travelling at short notice as they offer an alternative to uncomfortable and unreliable road transport. They are now the market leader on many routes, including Delhi – Chandigarh and Bangalore – Mysore where city centre to city centre times of around 3h compare favourably with air and road. Over 30 cities, including major business and industrial centres, are now served by Shatabdi expresses, which provide the airlines with serious competition. With the last section of the 760 km Konkan Railway from Rohato Mangalore due to open last month for through passenger traffic, it is likely that business traffic in Goa and the coastal region of Karnataka and Kerala will witness a significant shift from overnight buses to rail. oCAPTION: The advent of air-conditioning has made generator cars a regular feature of modern Shatabdi and Rajdhani expressesCAPTION: Below left: The latest second class day coaches are fitted with airline-style face-to-back seating with fold-out trays for on-board meal serviceBelow: First class sleeping accommodation on AC trains is provided in four-berth compartments
215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.ONE of the few beachfront cottages left on the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row has changed hands in a $4.9 million deal.The Mermaid Beach property at 215 Hedges Ave – which was owned by the same family for 60 years before it sold – was snapped up within 18 days of hitting the market.The Agency agent, John Natoli, who marketed the property with Ryan Ward, said the buyers did not want to risk losing it to someone else.215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.“The strength in the sale is because it was a corner block,” he said.“There’s not many to begin with but of those 29, only seven blocks are ones that can be improved.“I think the buyer recognised that and decided to act very quickly.“They’re from interstate and will use the home as a holiday home for a few years.”Mr Natoli said it was a “bitter-sweet” time for sellers Brian and Janette Gibson, who were reluctant to list the property.MORE NEWS: Raising the bar for luxury livingMORE NEWS: Live on the EdgeMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Gibson’s late mother Barbie bought it in 1958 for a few thousand pounds, then passed it down to her three sons before the couple bought out Brian’s brothers in 1985.“She (Barbie) and her husband had a property in Surfers Paradise but as far as she was concerned, Surfers was getting too busy and noisy,” Janette Gibson told the Bulletin when the property hit the market in December.Brian and Janette Gibson have lived at 215 Hedges Ave since 2002. Brian’s mother originally purchased the property in 1958. Pic John GassVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59“Then she saw this Mermaid Beach property. At that stage there were only gravel roads.”The Gibson family used the house as a holiday home throughout the 1960s to the 90s.“Our children and grandchildren have known it all their lives as a house for holidays,” Ms Gibson said.“It was always a lovely family area and that was why everybody loved it.”Brian and Janette took up residence in the property in 2002.They said they could never have imagined what Mermaid Beach, and particularly Hedges Ave, would become.The property was initially listed with a $5.3 million price tag.
Dutch salvage company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been appointed as the salvor for the Frontline and BSM tankers that were hit on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman in a suspected attack.Shortly after the incidents the insurers of both vessels appointed Boskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage to salvage the vessels and their cargo.“The situation of the Front Altair with a cargo of naphtha is still worrisome. The crew was able to safely leave the ship and the fire was extinguished yesterday afternoon. A salvage team was flown in to execute the salvage operation on site with accompanying specialist equipment,” Boskalis said.The company further said that the Kokuka Courageous, with a methanol cargo on board, is now in a stable condition. A towing connection was established yesterday afternoon and the crew was able to return to the vessel. The tanker is currently being towed to a port in the Gulf region.Boskalis said that the salvage operations are being carried out in close consultation with the relevant local authorities, including the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center (MEMAC).Related:Frontline, BSM Tankers in Suspected Attack in Gulf of OmanFrontline Denies Reports of Front Altair SinkingBSM’s Kokuka Courageous Being Towed to Khor Fakkan, UAE
Indianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator Jack Sandlin from Indianapolis that would clarify the rights of police officers passed the Senate by a vote of 44-5.Senate Bill 79 would add provisions to Indiana code that would establish minimum due process and personnel rights for full-time members of the police department who are under internal investigation – separate from a criminal investigation.“SB 79 would create a clear course of action for Indiana police departments to follow during internal investigations,” Sandlin said. “This would ensure that both the officer in question and the public are aware of the process, creating transparency in an area that is often unclear.”SB 79 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Rampant Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the English Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck twice in an emphatic 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester City. The victory was inspired in large part by attacking right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who created three goals and scored one himself. With Firmino deadly in front of goal and Liverpool in total control throughout, it was a performance that suggested the title race is all but over at the half-way stage. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of his team’s intense schedule but the European champions showed no signs of any adverse influence from their trip to Qatar. There they had won the Club World Cup. A trip to Leicester, who went into the game unbeaten at home this season, was the toughest test of the season. But Klopp’s men passed the test with barely a hint of drama. It will now take an extraordinary slump for them to fail to win their first title of the Premier League era. “We played really good football after all the travelling and intense period. Yes, it is the best performance of the season and we controlled it. To get four goals is something to be proud of,” said Alexander-Arnold. “You don’t really think you will be 13 points clear, but we are happy to be in this position and we won’t take it for granted. This is the Premier League and anything can happen,” he added. Popping up in the inside-left position, Alexander-Arnold floated a pinpoint cross to the backpost for Brazilian Firmino to head Liverpool into the lead in the 31st minute. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel then produced an outstanding close-range save to foil Sadio Mane and Liverpool would have been disappointed to go in at half-time with only the solitary goal. Liverpool were utterly dominant but had to wait until the 71st minute to extend their lead when Alexander-Arnold’s corner kick struck the left arm of Caglar Soyuncu. Substitute James Milner slotted home the penalty kick with his first touch of the ball. Firmino then made it 3-0, collecting and firing home a powerfully-struck low cross from Alexander-Arnold. Then the 21-year-old England international rounded off the rout, hammering a low shot into the far, bottom corner at the end of a swift counter-attack. Liverpool have 52 points from 18 games, with Leicester on 39 points from 19 matches and Manchester City 14 points behind the leaders before their game at Wolves on Sunday. “It’s one of many successful nights so far this season,” said Milner. “We are not even halfway. So much can change and happen. The strength of this team is we tale it one game at a time.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLeicester CityLiverpoolRoberto Firmino
Press Association “We need to make sure that we are all together, players, staff, fans, make sure that we are very strong to make sure that we can win football games.” Poyet, of course, left Brighton under something of a cloud during the summer and has his own reputation as a combustible character, although he is perhaps not in the same league as his predecessor in that respect. However, he has very firm ideas about how he wants a Sunderland side, which played with little confidence or organisation during the latter days of Di Canio’s tenure but improved significantly under temporary boss Kevin Ball, to operate. He said: “I am a very honest person, very honest. I believe that football should be played in one way, which is caring a lot for the ball. “That way of playing football needs to be adaptable to the players. If you want to play football, but you don’t have the players, it’s not going to work, so you need to work, convince, use the ability of the players. “We like to give the players the possibility to perform at their best, to play in the position where they want to play. They can perform, there are no excuses, they can go on the pitch and feel comfortable. “Apart from that, we will help them, explain things that they need to listen to in the next few days. “But the sooner they get it, the better for everybody.” Di Canio, under the guidance of director of football Roberto De Fanti, signed 14 players during the summer as the club embarked upon a radical overhaul of the playing staff. That investment has paid limited dividends to date, but Poyet is convinced there is enough talent within the dressing room to achieve the results required. He said: “That’s why I am here. If there were no talented players, if there were no quality players, the challenge would be practically impossible. “I am convinced that the players are good enough.” Asked if he had a message for the club’s supporters, he told SAFSee: “Trust me, believe, connect with the team. We are all together in this, we are all together, so it is important that we stick together. “It’s a big, big challenge, but I am really excited. I thought I would have an opportunity in the Premier League and now I have got it. “I need to make sure that I prove they picked the right man to get us from the situation we are in, so I am absolutely delighted.” Poyet inherits a team which is yet to win a Premier League game this season and has managed to collect just a single point from seven attempts to date. He will look to address that situation for the first time at Swansea next Saturday before heading into his opening match at the Stadium of Light, a derby clash with Newcastle which has now taken on added significance for a man who twice guided former club Brighton to FA Cup victory over the Magpies. Asked what his priority would be, he said: “Well it is to address the problems quickly, make sure we train and we convince the players to get better, and slowly that will make us pick up points. “The sooner we win, of course, the better, but the idea is to make sure that we understand the way that we would like them to play football. “We think it’s the best way, so there has to be very good communication with the players, understanding, trust – we need to commit as a group. The 45-year-old Uruguayan has been handed the task of lifting the Black Cats from the foot of the Barclays Premier League table following his appointment as Paolo Di Canio’s successor on Tuesday. Having signed a two-year deal, Poyet is confident he can repair the damage wrought during the Italian’s ill-fated reign and ease them out of the relegation zone. New Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has urged the fans to trust him as he attempts to drag the club out of trouble.
Thibaut Courtois has suggested he would be looking for a Chelsea exit if, like Petr Cech, he was second choice. Cech earlier this week said his future is entirely in the club’s hands after he was displaced as first-choice goalkeeper by Courtois following 10 years as the Blues number one. Belgium goalkeeper Courtois told Sky Sports: “As a goalkeeper you want to play. If I was in that situation and I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too. Press Association “I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.” Cech has been linked with a number of the world’s leading clubs, including Paris St Germain and Real Madrid, but still has 18 months to run on his current four-year deal. The 32-year-old has made four starts for the Blues this season, two in the Champions League, as manager Jose Mourinho bids to persuade him to stay and apply pressure on Courtois for the number one position. Despite leading the Premier League and being eight points clear of defending champions Manchester City, Mourinho is continuing to fine tune his squad. Andre Schurrle this week played down reports he is set to exit after a disappointing start to the season following his summer World Cup win with Germany. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is another who has struggled to make an impact this term and has been linked with moves elsewhere.
DESPITE India not touring till early 2018, South Africa will play a Boxing Day Test. CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat confirmed his organisation is in the process of securing an opponent for the festive season fixture.“We will have content for Boxing Day but we’re not yet in a position to announce that. We need to secure it first,” Lorgat said.Lorgat also said a Test match is preferred over other formats for the last week of the year. “First prize is a Test match. We would love Boxing Day and New Year to remain as Test content. I know in the past there have been one-day matches and there has been discussion internally to consider one-dayers, but personally I would love to see a Test match played.”Though the Boxing Day Test – which has switched between Durban and Port Elizabeth in recent years – is fairly poorly attended, it is still a popular television event. When CSA chose to play T20s over the same period in 2012, there was an outcry over their breaking with tradition. The Boxing Day Test has been held every year since.CSA were thought to be interested in inviting Pakistan for a one-off match over that period but with their series in New Zealand starting early in the new year, that seems unlikely. Instead, it looks increasingly like Zimbabwe could make their first Test appearance in the country since 2005, and may also be persuaded to play in their first pink-ball match.There is talk of a day-night Test at St George’s Park, which will have newly-installed floodlights by December, which will be a first in South Africa. West Indies are the other team available during that period, unless CSA reach out to Test newcomers Afghanistan or Ireland.Should the fixture be finalised, South Africa will play an 11-Test home summer with two matches against Bangladesh starting later this month, one over Boxing Day, four against India and four against Australia. Despite India’s tight time frame, CSA are confident the tour will not be reduced from its original itinerary, and hope to be able to announce match dates soon.“We are pretty close to closing off with India. I’m hoping we can make some announcements towards the latter half of this week. It’s less than ideal – we would have loved that schedule to have been announced a long time back but it is what it is,” Lorgat said. (ESPN Cricinfo)
KOLKATA, India, (CMC) – All-rounder Andre Russell says there is a renewed hunger to represent West Indies in the upcoming World Cup, especially with his current batting form.The 31-year-old has played only a single One-Day International in the last four years but was named in the Caribbean side’s World Cup 15-man squad last week.He was recalled for the last two matches of the recent five-match home series against England but was subsequently kept out due to a knee injury.“I’m so hungry now to represent the West Indies,” the Jamaican said.“The last time I joined the West Indies team was recently, when I had taken two injections to better my knee and it flared up again. I was so upset. I was watching the game against England and couldn’t do anything about it.“But as I said, I’m so hungry right now to represent the West Indies and smash sixes and do what I’ve been doing here and score hundreds.”Russell has been on fire with the bat in the ongoing Indian Premier League where he has plundered 486 runs at an average of 69 with four half-centuries, to top the Kolkata Knight Riders batting charts.Though there has been less emphasis placed on his medium-fast bowling, the right-armer has already claimed 10 wickets at an average of 22 and economy rate of nearly nine.Despite his absence from the ODI side in recent years, Russell said his selection for the May 30 to July 14 showpiece in England was not unexpected.“I wasn’t surprised that I was a part of the World Cup squad,” Russell explained.“I’ve been doing well. I’ve been back and forth with the selectors and the coaches back home. I know once I’m doing my work here and performing, that will lead to national duties.“I wasn’t really focused on the World Cup. I was just trying to make sure that whatever happened here, I did my best and put my best foot forward.”New interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer, said last week that Russell’s current form in the IPL had weighed heavily in the decision by selectors.“He’s shown that he has tremendous striking ability – look at his stats in the IPL, he’s been doing very, very well,” he pointed out.Russell averages 28 from 52 ODIs and has taken 65 wickets.