Earth Day, 2018

first_imgEarth Day, 2018 Environment,  Proclamations WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s 2018 Earth Day theme is “Everyone Plays a Part in Keeping Pennsylvania Clean,” which acknowledges the commonwealth’s commitment to raising awareness and encouraging Pennsylvanians to examine their personal impact on the environment; andWHEREAS, the first Earth Day was enacted in 1970 and engaged over 20 million Americans to advocate for a cleaner environment; andWHEREAS, Earth Day now has become a world-wide event and has highlighted some of the most critical environmental issues on the world stage; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Fish and Boat Commission, and Game Commission have an enormous responsibility to the citizens of the commonwealth, and work year-round to ensure Pennsylvania’s water, air, and land are protected; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania is blessed with a wealth of bountiful woodlands and waterways, often most visibly showcased in our 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forests, and other public lands that enrich the lives of both residents and visitors alike, providing irreplaceable habitat for countless flora and fauna, sustainable natural resources, and many scenic recreational opportunities; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s commonwealth agencies challenge every resident of the commonwealth to help in conserving and protecting the environment via green activities, such as recycling, water and energy conservation, tree planting, and active education about environmental issues; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania supports projects that demonstrate and encourage energy conservation, sustainability, and the usage of renewable energy; andWHEREAS, special Earth Day events are offered throughout the commonwealth to encourage residents to identify what they can personally do to protect the environment and make Pennsylvania a cleaner and greener state.THEREFORE, in special recognition of the efforts and dedication of the commonwealth’s state agencies and volunteers, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2018, as EARTH DAY. I encourage all citizens to become engaged in their local communities and join efforts to help maintain and improve Pennsylvania’s urban and rural environments.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this fifteenth day of March, two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF. Governor Wolf Proclamation — Earth Day 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd April 05, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

2022 World Cup: Don’t take things for granted,ex-Eagles midfielder warns Nigeria

first_img “The draw will always present its challenges but the most important thing is that players we have now and Coaches aren’t doing bad; our team is good,” said the 2006 AFCON bronze medalist. “Every team in Africa is improving, we may not be the same Super Eagles from years ago, that could defeat teams with 5-0, 4-0 scorelines, but this team is growing and I believe in them.” Obodo, who featured for Nigeria 21 times since making his debut in 2004, did insist on the need for the team to keep improving. He urged fans to support the young Eagles. Read Also:Former Super Eagles midfielder Survives Auto Crash “They can do better though, we need to support them and give them the confidence they need; and we will always back them with prayers.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Loading… center_img Former Super Eagles midfielder, Christian Obodo, has warned Nigeria not to look down on other teams in their group to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo battles against Brazilian player during the international friendly According to him, the Super Eagles will have to successfully navigate their way past Liberia, Cape Verde and Central African Republic, in the second round of qualifiers before a final two-legged tie against one more opponent to reach Qatar. “Nigeria has a good team capable of making it all the way to the 2022 World Cup finals in spite of the obvious improvement in the quality of teams on the continent,’ Obodo told Brilafm. However, while he considers the current side to be a work in progress and lacking the ‘killer instincts’ of previous sets of the Eagles, Obodo insists there are reasons to believe the Gernot Rohr-tutored side will come good.Advertisementlast_img read more

CARICOM Nations Divided Over US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s Visit…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is expected to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, January 21, for a two-day visit. While Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith have welcomed the visit, the governments of other CARICOM islands are skeptical of Pompeo’s visit and have warned against the United States’ effort to divide the Caribbean.While in Jamaica, Pompeo will attend several meetings including bilateral talks with Prime Minister Holness at Jamaica House, a sit-down with regional officials and a policy discussion presentation in New Kingston.According to numerous local reports, Pompeo will use his trip to consolidate regional support for the US stance on Venezuela. The United States does not recognise the Government of President Nicolás Maduro and is seeking Caribbean votes for the re-election of Luis Almagro as general secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the election set for March 20.Holness is expected to add to the agenda the recent decision of the US State Department to cancel the visitors’ visas of several government ministers. Sources say Holness will also initiate discussions with Pompeo on further support from the US to disrupt the flow of illegal guns into the island.Last Friday, at a meeting of the OAS, Pompeo said he was looking forward to meeting with leaders from across Caricom during his visit to Jamaica. “I’ll travel to Jamaica, a good friend of America… I’ll gather at an important meeting with many Caribbean leaders to discuss how we can all work together to promote our common democratic values and prosperity for all of our people. I’m looking forward to a fantastic set of meetings,” said Pompeo.He will participate in a round-table discussion with the foreign ministers of Bahamas, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia while in Jamaica.Officials of the US State Department have also been reported as saying that Pompeo’s visit is to advance the common interests of the US and Caricom in, “security, prosperity, development cooperation, and the promotion of democracy and human rights, and to commemorate our strong relationship with Jamaica as a partner and ally”.Prior to Pompeo’s visit, Minister Johnson-Smith reassured the public that the meetings will not be within a CARICOM context. “All countries, large and small, have a sovereign right to engage bi-laterally with any other country, beyond any regional or hemispheric arrangements. This happens across the world even in the political unions which CARICOm indisputably, is not”, she said in a press release.WHY THE “DIVISION”? With only six of the 15 CARICOM countries invited in the meetings with Pompeo, speculation is swirling of the United States’ attempt to divide the region, on matters specifically regarding Venezuela.In 2019, CARICOM had voted to accept the nomination of Gustavo Tarre as the OAS Ambassador. St. Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti and The Bahamas voted to accept Tarre, while Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Suriname and St. Vincent stood with Venezuela and voted against the measure. Other CARICOM states abstained from voting while Belize was absent from the vote.The four countries (along with three others) that voted to accept the nomination of Tarre, who is backed by US President Donald Trump, were all invited to meetings with Pompeo.Over the weekend prime minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, who is also the chairman of CARICOM, warned of an attempt to cause a rift in the regional grouping. “As chairman of CARICOM, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with anyone to which members of Caricom are not invited. If some are invited and not all, then it is an attempt to divide this region,” Mottley said.The governments of Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda have expressed solidarity with Mottley, stating that CARICOM countries should stick together.Grenada was the second country to express disinterest in Pompeo’s visit. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that Grenada’s position on Venezuela is well known as he confirmed that his country will not be represented at the meeting with Pompeo.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, Chet Greene, also stated that Antigua and Barbuda wasn’t among those invited, but they wouldn’t have attended the meeting even if they were. “We stand with and fully endorse the pronouncement of the CARICOM Chair, Prime Minister Mottley. We really hope that the Caribbean will continue to see the value of working together in promoting Caribbean civilisation and Caribbean values. As a bloc we have common interests and common challenges, so we must also find common solutions,” he said.Prime Minister of Trinidad, Dr. Keith Rowely also echoed similar sentiments, in support of Mottlley’s position.“PM Mottley has the full support of the government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago in outlining our principles and vision of Caribbean unity. In the expectation of Caribbean unity, the Prime Minister of Barbados speaks for Trinidad and Tobago,” said Rowley.Rowley has repeatedly stated that Trinidad and Tobago stands “on its proud history of fairness on the world stage, ranging from opposition to apartheid in South Africa to opposing the US invasion of Grenada”.At their summit in St Lucia last July, CARICOM leaders agreed to maintain their position of non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela. To this end, Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley says St Kitts-Nevis does not regard the move by the United States to invite some regional countries to a meeting in Jamaica with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as a means of division.“Well, the secretary of state for the United States has extended an invitation to St Kitts-Nevis at the foreign minister-level and we are carefully looking at that because we have some very important bilateral issues with the United States. It is very likely that we will seek to attend …unless something would change,” Brantley said in an interview.He said while it is not for him to respond to Mottley’s statement, “I think that each country has bilateral interests. “I was not aware that Caricom was involved at all. It is to my mind not a Caricom meeting, as far as I have been told, but rather an opportunity for those who have been invited to meet and discuss, bilaterally issues with Secretary of State Pompeo (and) certainly that’s the interest St Kitts-Nevis would have”.Brantley said he does not regard such a meeting as being “divided or divisive” adding “all of us have our own domestic interests and our own path that we are taking in order to leverage diplomacy for the benefit of our people”.last_img read more