BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up)

first_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Historic Liquor Reform Bill (Round-Up) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Liquor Reform,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed a historic liquor reform bill that will provide greater convenience and satisfaction to Pennsylvania customers. The bi-partisan supported bill is the most significant step in reforming the commonwealth’s liquor system in 80 years.“I want to commend leaders and members from both parties in the House and Senate for coming together to pass this legislation and I am proud to have signed it into law,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania and this reform package finally brings Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.”The bill includes improvements such as allowing grocery stores that currently sell beer to also sell wine, direct shipment of wine to consumers’ homes, permanent gas stations’ ability to six packs, restaurants and hotels to sell bottles of wine for take-out, and flexible pricing to allow state stores to offer special discounts and sales.Take a look at the additional coverage below Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf signs into law bill expanding liquor sales in state“This bill is truly historic,” [Governor] Wolf said. “[It] will improve the customer experience, make pricing more competitive, make the purchase of products more convenient, and bring more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It shows once again that Democrats and Republicans can work together. It shows we are changing a system people in Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time.” It’s the law: Wine to be sold in Pa. grocery storesBarely a day after it sped through the House and unexpectedly landed on his desk, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday signed a law to let hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores sell wine…”For the last 80-some years we have not been able to do this, so this truly is historic,” Wolf said in an afternoon signing ceremony.Morning Call: Wolf signs law making alcohol sales easier“This bill will improve the customer experience, this bill will make pricing more competitive, it will make the purchase of these products more convenient and it will produce more revenue for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” [Governor] Wolf said. “It will also show, once again, that Democrats and Republicans can work together.”Associated Press: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery storesDemocratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Wednesday allowing wine sales in grocery stores and making other changes to how alcohol is sold. The new law lets licensed groceries and restaurants sell up to four bottles of takeout wine per customer. The measure also puts into law convenience store sales of beer that have begun as a result of court cases.York Dispatch: Wolf signs wine, beer sales reform billThe most wide-ranging reform of Pennsylvania’s wine and beer sales in decades was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday. “This bill will improve the customer’s experience,” Wolf said during a signing ceremony, noting the bill will increase revenue for the stateCBS Philly: Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Allowing Wine Sales In Grocery Stores“We are changing a system that the people of Pennsylvania have wanted to change for a very long time,” said Gov. Wolf. Gov. Wolf said he was fulfilling a campaign promise to modernize the current system — making it easier and more convenient to purchase beer and wine without selling off or privatizing the state store system.PennLive: Pennsylvania’s first major liquor reform bill since Prohibition becomes law[Governor]Wolf emphasized the collaborative effort that took place to see those changes to fruition as a contingent of lawmakers from both parties stood at his side. As he signed the bill, he was flanked on his right by two of the plan’s architects — Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny County, and Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks County — and on his left by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, the bill’s sponsor whose blessing allowed it to come to a vote on Tuesday.Times Leader: Wolf signs bill allowing wine to be sold in grocery storesThe governor said “truly historic” changes will help consumers and generate new revenue for the state. “I have every confidence that this is a good thing for Pennsylvania,” Wolf said, flanked by lawmakers as he signed the bill in his Capitol offices a day after it passed the House with bipartisan support.Reuters: Pennsylvania governor signs law expanding wine sales to private storesPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed into law new measures to expand the sale of bottled wine to certain private stores, a move that could generate millions in state revenues through taxes and licensing fees. Pennsylvania is one of just two U.S. states, along with Utah, with full control over its liquor sale system – owning and operating retail and wholesale operations.PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf signs House Bill 1690 for liquor modernization“I promised to modernize our state store system when I ran for governor and this bill delivers on that promise,” said Gov. Wolf House Bill 1690 allows the purchase of wine in groceries stores with a select license. “It will be available in those grocery stores that have the restaurant license,” said Gov. Wolf. “It will also be available in certain restaurants and the idea is that people will be able to access this.” June 09, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Andrea Foster –an aspiring Olympian

first_imgTHIS week’s Noble House Seafoods’ Personality-of-the-Week is 19-year-old Andrea Foster, a national athlete, who has represented Guyana numerous times both regionally and internationally, and has acquired several medals under her belt.Andrea is a multiple CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and gold medallist at the Hampton International Games, while she was also once selected to represent the prestigious World Championships.An aspiring Olympian, Andrea is currently a student of the Essex County College, thanks to her athletic ability. Andrea was offered a sports scholarship to study for an Associate Degree in General Science at the college after her continuous outstanding performances.Andrea is a middle distance athlete, specialising in the 800m and 1500m distances, though she never shies away from the challenge of also contesting in the 3 000m and 10km distances in events.fosterShe describes athletics as “her life”. Though she now confidently speaks of her dreams of representing Guyana at the Olympics, Andrea was not always enthused at the idea of being an athlete. As the daughter of former national sprinter, and current bodybuilder Alisha Fortune, many thought Andrea would have a natural inclination for sport, but she actually did not.It was not until she was continually prodded by her teachers in high school for having an athletic mom and not being an athlete that Andrea finally gave in. And so it was in 2011, after dabbling in debating as an extracurricular activity, she decided to also do athletics.“It was my teachers that got me to run. They said my mom can’t be an athlete and I’m not,” she recalledSo goes the tale of another athlete, who got involved in sports through influence at school. Representing her school Bladen Hall Multilateral, Andrea advanced through the different levels of the National Schools Championships, or Nationals as we’ll call it, in 2011 and continued every successive year.In 2012, she had her first chance to represent Guyana regionally at the CARIFTA Games, and on her first time out she won a bronze medal for her efforts. Then in 2013 she was again on a national team among those who represented Guyana at the Tri-nation Inter-Guiana Games.Last year, her local performances were enough to see her selected to represent Guyana at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.For this year, she has won another two bronze medals at CARIFTA Games in her 800m and 1500m events. She later won gold in both these events at the Hampton International Games. She also continued her dominance at the local level.But then she departed Guyana in August for the USA, where she now represents Essex and continues her training and hopes of perhaps representing the Golden Arrowhead at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

Insurgents kill dozens after crash detours traffic into roadblocks

first_img In the southern city of Basra, two American civilians were killed in a roadside bombing. They worked for the Texas-based security company DynCorp and were training Iraqi police. A third American was seriously wounded in the attack, the U.S. Embassy said. The killings occurred as a joint American-Iraqi investigation was under way to find Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old American journalist who was abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. The freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor was seen in a video aired Tuesday by Al-Jazeera television. Al-Jazeera said the silent 20-second video included a threat to kill Carroll in 72 hours unless U.S. authorities release all women detainees in Iraq. U.S. officials said eight women were in security detention and none had been freed as of Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – The horror began after American and Iraqi forces cordoned off part of a highway north of Baghdad following the deadly crash of a U.S. helicopter. With traffic directed onto narrow dirt roads, insurgents turned the area into a killing field. They set up makeshift checkpoints, grabbed motorists and slaughtered about 40 over a two-day period, police said. A local tribal leader, Mohammed al-Khazraji, told The Associated Press he saw “dozens of corpses” strewn over the ground Wednesday, victims of the insurgents’ culling. Two pilots died in Monday’s crash of the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter near Mishahda, 25 miles north of Baghdad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Hundreds of people were detained by the militants and many were killed all because of a helicopter crash that killed two Americans,” al-Khazraji said. Thirty people were dragged from their cars Wednesday and shot dead execution-style in farming areas in Nibaei, a town near Dujail, about 50 miles north of the capital, said police Lt. Qahtan al-Hashmawi. “Most of the victims were Iraqi policemen, soldiers or commandos,” he said. An additional 11 men were killed in similar fashion Tuesday and dumped about a mile from Nibaei, said another policemen, Capt. Ali al-Hashmawi. The killings marked an increase in violence as authorities prepare to announce the results this week of the Dec. 15 election. U.S. and Iraqi officials expect more attacks as religious and ethnic groups jockey for power in the new government. last_img read more


first_imgIn the trailer for the forthcoming The Handmaid’s Tale television series, Toronto plays a city in the Republic of Gilead. Of course, Toronto’s used to taking on various new identities in a slew of popular movies and TV shows.Two weeks before The Handmaid’s Tale premieres on Hulu, however, a new digital series will start streaming on It’s called Save Me and it follows a group of paramedics responding to 9-1-1 calls throughout Toronto. Twitter Creator and director Fab Filippo (who appeared in Queer as Folk, Guidestonesand Buffy the Vampire Slayer) describes Save Me as a sort of anthology. Aside from the main cast (the paramedics), it features new characters each episode. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more