Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in the City of Philadelphia to fly at half-staff starting tomorrow to honor fallen City of Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau.“We are mourning the tragic death of Lt. Matthew LeTourneau from injuries received battling a significant fire over the weekend,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge all Pennsylvanians to join me in keeping his family, his colleagues and all our first responders in your thoughts. His sacrifice for his fellow citizens will not be forgotten.”Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau passed away on January 6th from injuries sustained while working in the line of duty.The Commonwealth Flag shall be lowered from sunrise on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 through sunset Saturday, January 13, 2018. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to participate in this tribute.The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute. January 08, 2018 Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Firefighter Matt LeTourneau SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
West Brom striker Anelka is facing a minimum five-match ban for his ‘quenelle’ salute, unless he can prove his case, after being charged by the Football Association with performing the allegedly anti-Semitic gesture after scoring against West Ham on December 28. The 34-year-old has until 6pm on Thursday to formally reply to the charge, which he appears certain to contest as he insists he is neither anti-Semitic nor racist. Press Association Anelka, however, believed he had the backing of a Jewish community leader in the battle to clear his name. Roger Cukierman, the president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France), initially appeared to side with Anelka in an interview with Le Figaro. The quenelle has been described as an inverted Nazi salute and was created by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. Anelka is a friend of Dieudonne’s, and the player has insisted his salute was a gesture aimed at the French establishment. Cukierman said in a video interview with Le Figaro the quenelle could not be regarded as anti-Semitic in the context it was performed in. That prompted Anelka to write in a statement on his Facebook page: “I therefore ask the English FA to kindly remove the charge made against me. And I repeat, I am not anti-Semitic or racist.” In the video, Cukierman said the gesture only had anti-Semitic connotations if made in front of a synagogue or a memorial to the Holocaust. But in a statement on the CRIF website, Cukierman has clarified his earlier views, and made clear Anelka’s actions were disappointing. “The ‘quenelle’ is a Nazi salute reversed, there’s no doubt in my mind because this is the will of the one who created and popularised it for purely ideological ends,” said Cukierman. “My statements in Le Figaro are no denial or renunciation on this subject, despite the interpretations that were made. “However, I wished, perhaps too quickly, to demonstrate that it was important to show discernment, restraint, to avoid being drawn into a spiral that was difficult to control. “It is clear the gesture of the ‘quenelle’ has dangerously spread among our citizens and especially youth. “They don’t realise the severity and scope. They are doing this gesture for provocation rather than anti-Semitism, at least I hope so. “Should we be hard on them? Definitely, as it glorifies crime against humanity, but we must also teach the youth who are manipulated by Dieudonne and his followers. “It is up to teachers to do that, but also public figures from the worlds of culture and sport. “This is why I was disappointed with the attitude of Anelka whose behaviour is the opposite of what a top athlete must show the youth of our country. “I was troubled by the fact the public man he is – a symbol for some of the youth of our country and so must therefore be perfect in his behaviour – can make this gesture ‘to show his friendship to his friend Dieudonne’, whose motivations are without a doubt anti-Semitic.” Nicolas Anelka’s hopes of pointing to the support of a prominent member of the French Jewish community in a bid to clear his name have received another blow.
Clint Hill insists QPR cannot make excuses for their lowly league position.Rangers are in the bottom three and on course for a return to the Championship despite major spending in the transfer market.QPR have won only one league game since Mark Hughes became manager.Their plight worsened after Saturday’s controversial defeat at fellow strugglers Bolton, where they were denied a first-half goal despite Hill’s header having clearly crossed the line.AdChoices广告The defender, however, says Rangers only have themselves to blame after a dismal run of results.He said: “You do look at everything – every decision, mistake, missed tackle or opportunity – and think ‘if only that had gone our way’.“But at the end of the day, you’re there because of the games you’ve played. The league table doesn’t lie. We haven’t been good enough for whatever reason.“We’re going to have to do it the hard way now. We’ve got some big teams coming up, and if we do manage to escape it will be one hell of a season.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Guyana has been named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany.The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and puts Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations, such as Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.The announcement was made on Thursday evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Brian T Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian T Mullis and Nicola Balram pose with the prestigious award“Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practices into all aspects of its strategy, planning and programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism,” said Mullis. He continued, “It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognised globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco- and sustainable tourism.”Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travellers. With daily non-stop flights already available from New York, Miami and Toronto and direct routes available from Europe through sister Caribbean countries, and it being the only English-speaking country in South America, travellers can experience vibrant Indigenous culture, rich history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know best. Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standards.When asked about Guyana’s selection as number one in the “Best of Ecotourism” category, Albert Salman, President of the Green Destinations Foundation said “The Top 100 Awards Jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by the Guyana Tourism Authority for the Top 100-nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa.Both these eco lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and Indigenous traditions. The Jury also liked that Guyana has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment.’”