Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Bryan Westfall

first_img Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Adams County to fly at half-staff to honor Bryan Westfall.Bryan Westfall, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee, died on Thursday, August 18, 2016, while performing his job duties.Flags shall be lowered to half-staff and remain lowered until sunset on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Bryan Westfall August 18, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Model gay adoptive ‘fathers’ sexually abused 6-year-old for years

first_imgLifesiteNews 3 July 2013Police in Australia have described as “depraved” the case of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his adoptive homosexual “fathers” and other men who were part of an international child-porn syndicate known as the Boy Lovers network. Authorities in Australia and the US worked together to arrest and charge the men after it emerged that the boy had been offered to men in Australia, the US, France and Germany for sexual exploitation and the production of child pornography from a very young age. Last week one of the men, an American named Mark J. Newton, 42, was jailed in the U.S. for 40 years and ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the child, while the other, Peter Truong, 36, from New Zealand, awaits sentencing in his home country.…. Adam was handed over to Newton and Truong five days after his birth in 2005. Australian media covered Adam’s arrival home, describing the two men as happy, loving fathers. In a case of bitter irony, in one article Mark told a reporter that authorities had questioned he and Peter at length when they first brought Adam to Australia, and that he was sure that they were under suspicion of pedophilia. But, he said, “We’re a family just like any other family.” On July 14, 2010, when Adam was 5 years old, ABC Far North Queensland broadcast a story titled “Two dads are better than one” which stated that “becoming parents was hard work for gay couple Pete and Mark, but they’d do it all over again if they had to.” dads are better than oneABC 14 July 2010… What followed was two and a half years of bureaucracy before the child received permanent Australian residency and another year before he got citizenship. On arrival in Australia customs quizzed Mark and Pete for hours. Police were also sent around to their house on a Sunday morning to investigate. “When people see two guys together, you know it’s like, ‘Where’s his mother?’ We’ve had a lot of people ask that,” Pete said. “I think that even if one of us was a woman, we wouldn’t have had the same suspicions and problems that we went through.” Thinking back to the police visit, Pete said the police seemed to want reassurance that the situation was ‘right’. They checked if the couple had equipment to raise a child like a bed, clothes and bottles. Mark said he’s sure that they were under suspicion of paedophilia. But despite the difficulties, he said the couple would do it again with no hesitation. “We’re a family just like any other family,” he said with pride. read more

Syracuse displays ‘lack of energy’ in 5-2 loss to Cornell

first_imgSyracuse captain Nicole Ferrara found herself on the right hip of Cornell goalie Marlene Boissonnault midway through the second period, with the puck a few inches away. Ferrara tried to poke the puck toward goal but was instantly swarmed by Big Red defenders.Boissonnault ended up with the puck in her glove, while Ferrara ended up in a shoving match with defenders that had to be broken up by the officials.“We have to find a way to get the puck to the net,” sophomore Stephanie Grossi said. “Find a way to get (a good) quality of shots regardless of if they’re going to be physical or not.”The frustration showed by Ferrara encapsulated the feeling of the entire offense after Syracuse (5-7-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) was unable to execute well in its 5-2 loss to Cornell (2-4-1, 1-2-1 Ivy) at the War Memorial Arena.Syracuse started off slowly. After averaging over 10 shots per game in the first period this season, the Orange only managed to get off five shots on target in the opening stanza.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Paul Flanagan cited a lack of energy and team readiness for the overall struggles. He couldn’t pinpoint why exactly his team came out as flat as it did.“I thought that we hadn’t played a home a game in awhile (so) we’d have more energy,” Flanagan said. “… Lack of energy, lack of mental focus, we just weren’t ready, and that falls on my shoulders.”Opportunities picked up for Syracuse a bit in the second period.At one point, junior forward Morgan Blank got the puck on the left side of the ice close to the goal with no defender in front of her. But her shot was promptly snatched out of midair by Boissonnault’s glove.Later in the period, seniors Melissa Piacentini and Ferrara were weaving passes to each other through the Cornell defense. Ferrara ended up with the puck down the right sideline but fired a shot wide right.For the most part, Flanagan thought his offense wasn’t executing as well as it could have. The SU head coach said that in the last two games — including Tuesday’s loss to Clarkson — his team has been shooting too many shots directly into the chest of the opposing goalie which results in easy saves for the other team.“To me, that’s players, you’re not finishing your play,” Flanagan said. “ … Goalies in today’s world are dropping to their knees, (then) you gotta pick a corner.”The Orange offense managed to break through twice in the third period. Sophomore Stephanie Grossi jetted down the right side and kept the puck low as she poked it toward the back left corner to cut the Cornell lead down to 3-1.Later on in the third — after Cornell took a 4-1 lead — the Orange capitalized on a power play when junior Alysha Burriss slapped a shot to the top left corner of the goal.Still, neither goal-scorer was happy with the team’s performance. The bench — which in past games has erupted whenever the Orange scores a goal — congratulated its teammates in a much more halfhearted manner.“I think we just need more energy … that killer instinct and having that fire in your eyes … and I think that’s just something we all need to work on,” Burriss said. Comments Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more