Governor Wolf Statement on Leader Reed’s Decision to Hold Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill

first_img Medical Marijuana,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding House Majority Leader Dave Reed’s decision to hold a vote on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania:“I want to thank Majority Leader Dave Reed for addressing medical marijuana in the House of Representatives so we can finally provide much needed relief to families and children. As I have said for years, I support the legalization of medical marijuana and I believe it is long past time to provide this important medical relief to patients and families across the commonwealth. I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation since taking office. Additionally, my administration pushed forward with a program to expand research into the use of Cannabidiol for the treatment of children with intractable seizures. It is time to legalize medical marijuana because we should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy. I urge quick action by the legislature to legalize medical marijuana.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 25, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Statement on Leader Reed’s Decision to Hold Vote on Medical Marijuana Billlast_img read more

Ellsworth cheering squad edges Hermon for second at state championship

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School cheerleading squad edged five-time defending state champion Hermon for second place in the Class B state championship on Saturday in Bangor.Both teams finished with 79.9 points, but Ellsworth earned the runner-up title from the technical scores that serve as a tiebreaker. Old Town won with 81.3 points, narrowly beating its two regional rivals for the team’s first state championship since 2000.Medomak Valley — the Class B South champion — came in a close fourth with 77 points. Presque Isle placed fifth with 70.2 points, and John Bapst took sixth of 12 schools with 64.3.Members of the Ellsworth squad include Belle Albert, Hailey McCabe, Emily Young, Victoria Page Jackson, Carlotta Osanna, Danielle White, Maya McCabe, Piper Hardison, Lindsay Bland, Madisyn Harmon, Gabriella Morse, Olivia Robidoux, Molly McCarthy, Kristen Omlor and coaches Melanie Omlor-Fox and Kathryn Dickens.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso for Hancock County, Sumner took seventh with 61.1 points in the Class C competition, and Deer Isle-Stonington finished sixth with 53.2 points in Class D.Find photos of this event here.last_img read more

CFO of Tesla speaks to students

first_imgDeepak Ahuja, the Chief Financial Officer of Tesla Motors, spoke about his role at the company and the lessons he has learned from working there to kick off the Trojan Scholars Society’s Distinguished Lecture Series in Tutor Campus Center on Monday night.Top gear · Deepak Ahuja, the chief financial officer of Tesla Motors, spoke to students as part of the Trojan Scholars Society Distinguished Lecture Series at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Monday night. — Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojan“Tonight we hope to begin to develop what will be a full year long distinguished lecture series,” said Austin Reagan, a junior majoring in political science and environmental studies and co-chair of Trojan Scholars Society.Tesla Motors is a company co-founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of creating fully electric cars. Ahuja was recently was named a 2014 CFO of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times.After receiving a master’s degree in materials engineering at Northwestern University and a master’s in business administration at Carnegie Mellon University, Ahuja worked at Ford Motor Company until 2008, when he was asked to be the CFO at Tesla.“At that time it was a very small company with about 200 employees,” Ahuja said. “They had yet to sell a single car.”Ahuja spoke about his first interaction with Musk.“Interestingly, he already had a reputation not as a great innovator, but more of a ruthless leader,” Ahuja said. “When I spoke with him, it just blew my mind. He was an incredible person, an amazing innovator, and had the vision and the guts to change the automotive industry in a way no one could imagine.”The switch from Ford to Tesla was a life changing decision for Ahuja. He and his family left Michigan to begin work and school in Palo Alto, California at Tesla headquarters. One of Ahuja’s daughters is a current junior at USC. Ahuja explained the impact this decision had on him.“I was doing very well at Ford, living a very comfortable lifestyle and could see myself retiring from Ford and life would have been just fine,” Ahuja said. “On the other hand, I could go down an uncharted path, take a huge risk, and it was a tough call but I decided to take a leap of faith in Elon.”For Ahuja, working for Tesla has led him to focus on developing relationships.“To be a good CFO, one has to build very strong relationships with the executives to see how to effectively give them direction on things to do better and differently and to guide them to stay aligned with the organization,” Ahuja said.Ahuja credited his engineering background for the foundation of his success as CFO of Tesla.“Engineering gives me sufficient basis and also the mindset of how I think, but as I look back, it is the combination of all these things that ultimately prepared me to be the CFO of Tesla,” Ahuja said.Students who attended the event said they were inspired by Ahuja.“I think his experience makes him a lot more qualified than most,” said Andrew Morris, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and natural sciences. “I was inspired by the fact that he was really comfortable with his job and he decided that he was inspired to do something different, because a lot of people, I think, ignore that inspiration, or don’t think it is worth pursuing.”Ahuja pointed out the quality of students at USC.“You all will go on and make amazing careers with your lives,” Ahuja said. “It is indeed a pleasure to be here with you. You all should be very proud of being here.”last_img read more

Sarkisian needs to improve strategy

first_imgJake Davidson is a sophomore majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays. Saturday night’s loss to Boston College was miserable. After three and a half quarters, it was just shocking. The last eight minutes, however, elevated it to another level of agony because the second half of the fourth quarter demonstrated why USC should have won the game.USC could have given up 600 yards on the ground, and the Trojans still should have won. Fleet-footed Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy could have elevated his game from Ell Roberson impersonator to the second coming of Vince Young and the Trojans still should have won. The USC team could have shanked even more punts and muffed even more squib kicks, and the Trojans still should have won.The reason is simple: Boston College’s secondary couldn’t handle USC’s wide receivers if they knew the plays ahead of time. They are a hapless bunch to say the least. The Trojans should have hung 70 on them. Those last eight minutes proved as much, when Coach Steve Sarkisian was finally forced to abandon the run and commit to the short passing game.The result? Two crisp, beautiful drives down the field that shredded the BC defense. Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler channeled his inner Drew Brees, marching the Trojans down the field with quick, accurate passes letting his arsenal of athletic receivers, tight ends and running backs work in space. The only thing that could have stopped USC on Saturday night was what ultimately did them in: Coach Steve Sarkisian’s stubborn insistence on running the football.Kiffin bubble screen, meet Sarkisian run up the middle. In theory, I’m all for Sarkisian’s power running scheme. In a year or two, I have no doubt that his vision of an up-tempo power running attack will be a force to be reckoned with. It worked against Fresno State, and I’m sure it could conceivably work wonders in more games this year.And yet, it had no hope of working against Boston College. That much was evident by halftime. Sophomore running back Justin Davis was a revelation last year before an ankle injury ended his year prematurely. He still hasn’t recaptured the burst that made him so dangerous last year. Even with a hobbled Davis, a worn-out Allen and an offensive line splitting like the Red Sea, Sark insisted on running up the middle. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, and that was the USC offense in a nutshell.Every glimmer of hope –— a brilliant pass call to senior tight end Randall Telfer, a quick throw to freshman receiver JuJu Smith as he muscled his way to a first down — was soon dashed as USC’s stable of running backs were engulfed by a sea of Boston College defenders play after play. If I squinted at precisely the right angle, I probably could have seen Washington State defenders on the TV, camped out and waiting on Marqise Lee as he caught a bubble screen for negative yards.As this exercise in futility progressed, every USC couch coach in the country was saying the same thing: throw the ball. Lo and behold, with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Kessler’s leash was finally taken off. Who would have thought that the most sought-after skill position players in the country would make plays with the ball in their hands. That revelation is surely one only the brain surgeons at the Keck School of Medicine could have dreamed up.USC punted the ball eight straight times. If they had run their offense the way they did on their last two possessions drives, it is not out of the realm of possibilities to think they would have scored on anywhere from three to six of those drives.Sure, the argument could be made that USC tried to pass in the first three quarters and Kessler often missed high in the first half and got sacked on four straight third downs in the third quarter. Those first half calls, however, are not where Kessler excels, and even Peyton Manning struggles when his head is repeatedly bashed into the turf.Quick methodical throws to the plethora of athletes at Sark’s disposal is not a novel concept. It’s the same thing that works at the park. Superior talent generally triumphs in one-on-one matchups. Sometimes, the easy thing works, especially against an inferior defensive squad like the Boston College Golden Eagles.Sarkisian is a brilliant offensive mind and a tremendous recruiter, but so was Lane Kiffin. Kiffin’s downfall was a healthy dose of arrogance accompanied by a refusal to alter his game plan and adapt. So far, Sark has shown flexibility in every facet of coaching besides actual in-game adjustments. I hope this disturbing loss was a wakeup call. USC can still be a team to be reckoned with. They have the most explosive receivers in the country; all it takes is getting them the ball.There are plenty of other issues with the team, namely a defensive scheme that gets gassed and then gashed with a thin, beleaguered front seven. That’s not Sark or Justin Wilcox’s fault, that’s the NCAA for you. Even if the defense resembled a Monte Kiffin special on Saturday, USC should have won in a shootout. They had the ability to score at will, if Sark had just gotten out of his own way.To his credit, he took full responsibility after the game. I know Sark is going to build an unbelievable dynasty at USC in the future. In the here and now, however, great coaches make adjustments to fit their current team. Plain and simple. Without Tre Madden, this isn’t a power running squad. It’s an explosive offensive, brimming with talent at the wide receiver and tight end positions. The minute USC starts to realize that identity is the minute games like the one played Saturday become a relic of a woebegone transition era.last_img read more

Venezuelan blackout blamed on electromagnetic attack

first_imgVenezuela has been plunged into darkness for the fourth time this year with another nationwide blackout hitting the country, in something that Venezuelan officials are calling a hostile “electromagnetic attack”.    The blackout has taken most of the country down including the capital Caracas, with close to 94% of the Venezeulan telecommunications infrastructure affected. Internet connectivity in the country has dropped to 10% nationwide, which means we’re not hearing much out of the country and whatever comes out, is in drips. The Venezuelan government released a statement on Twitter saying the blackout was “an electromagnetic attack” but didn’t point any fingers in who did it. Officials are working around the clock to restore power and internet cconnectivity, while working on supplies like food and water, as well as health services and transportation. Power went down at just after 4PM local time (20:00 GMT) which had immediate attacks as the blackout took place right on peak hour traffic, so traffic lights going out of operation saw traffic come to a stand still — in complete darkness. Authorities admitted after 3 hours that the blackout was caused by a hostile electromagnetic attack on a series of dams in southern Venezuela.  Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez said in a statement on TV: “Those who’ve systematically attacked the noble people of Venezuela in all kinds of ways will once again be confronted with the mettle and courage that we, the children of our liberator Simón Bolívar, have demonstrated in the face of difficulties”.last_img read more