17 Oct

BLOG: Thank You for Supporting Federal LGBT Non-discrimination

first_imgBLOG: Thank You for Supporting Federal LGBT Non-discrimination May 20, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  The Blog We want to extend our thanks to the U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania who stood with U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) in support of federal LGBT non-discrimination.Though the U.S. House of Representatives this week ultimately voted down a measure sponsored by Rep. Maloney that would have amended a military construction and veterans affairs spending bill to uphold the Obama Administration’s executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, the following U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania supported Rep. Maloney’s measure:Rep. Brendan BoyleRep. Bob BradyRep. Matt CartwrightRep. Ryan CostelloRep. Charlie DentRep. Michael F. DoyleRep. Chaka FattahRep. Mike FitzpatrickRep. Pat MeehanGovernor Tom Wolf is fighting for non-discrimination legislation in Pennsylvania that ensures people throughout the commonwealth – regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity – are treated equally under Pennsylvania law.In April, Governor Wolf signed two executive orders that expand protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for state employees and, for the first time, employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth.Governor Wolf’s non-discrimination executive orders are an effort to explicitly and decisively end discrimination based on sexual orientation in the executive branch of our state government. But while these executive orders apply to commonwealth employees and employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth, we need the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians and makes it clear to the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone.We need to ensure that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

16 Sep

3 things Syracuse said before hosting Fordham in NCAA Tournament 1st round

first_imgNo. 3 seed Syracuse (24-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hosts an NCAA tournament game for the second time in four years when it welcomes No. 14 seed Fordham (25-8, 13-3 Atlantic 10) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman and players spoke about hosting the matchup, the return of freshman Emily Engstler and more topics relating to the big dance. Here are three takeaways from Friday’s media availability.Homebodies Jim Boeheim Court looked different than it has at other points this season on Friday afternoon. Branded on the court in sleek, black-lettering was “NCAA” instead of the customary “ACC.”Last Monday, when ESPN leaked the NCAA women’s tournament bracket hours ahead of the scheduled selection show, a text was fired among SU’s team group chat, star point guard Tiana Mangakahia said. A celebration kicked off early as Hillsman’s season-long goal to be a top-four seed was fulfilled. SU now has a “premium” advantage, Hillsman said, for at least the first weekend of the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our goal in the beginning of the year is to be sitting where we are today and hosting the first two rounds of NCAA tournament…we are very excited for tomorrow.”The last Syracuse team to host in the first round went to the Final Four. In 2016, SU faced Army and held the Black Knights to a 36.4-field goal percentage and 6-of-22 from deep. Many opposing teams have been asked about the Dome’s depth effect and it continued on Friday. No. 11 seed Quinnipiac redshirt-senior forward Jen Fay said shooting is “very hard” in the Dome. Edel Thonrton senior guard said the experience can be “overwhelming.” SU guard Isis Young said earlier this season that the Carrier Dome depth effect can be jarring. But sitting in her locker on Friday, Young stretched her legs and mocked eating in the comfort of her own bed later tonight. She said she’s “excited” to stay in Central New York for at least the first part of the tournament.Syracuse owns a 10-3 home-record this season, only losing to eventual No. 1-seed Notre Dame and three-seeds Miami and North Carolina State. SU hasn’t dropped a game in the Dome’s confines in four years, losing to Arizona State in 2015. If the Orange are to proceed to next weekend, it’ll have to take care of home court. “We are very excited to play at home and we understand that this is the path we took to get to the championship,” Hillsman said. “Play our style” Hillsman’s message has been the same all season. And in last week’s ACC tournament, Syracuse’s margin-based offense carried it to the two wins it needed to solidify its seeding. Multiple players felt that the 92-85 quarterfinal win against Miami featured the offense at its best. SU connected on 14 3s, forced 15 turnovers and totaled 15 offensive rebounds. Young applauded SU for overcoming many multi-possession deficits and Engstler noticed how energetic the team looked. After an eventual semifinal loss to Notre Dame, SU had a couple days off, players said. Since they’ve returned, the team hasn’t watched film on Fordham’s top-10 scoring defense, Mangakahia said. Instead, the focus has been on the Orange’s shooting ability. Hillsman said that SU would need to execute its season-long gameplan on Saturday. “We need to score the ball,” Hillsman said. “If we can score then we can get into our pressure and then we’ll speed the game up. … They do a really good job of defending so we need to do a good job of putting the ball in the basket.” Back in action During the stretching-portion of SU’s practice on Friday, Engstler side-shuffled, back-peddled and joked with forward Digna Strautmane. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary. Engstler was back, prepping to play in her first game in nearly a month. Comments Engstler’s “roller-coaster” first season hit a roadblock when she didn’t travel with the team to Florida State on Feb. 28. The freshman didn’t go into much detail about what specifically caused her brief dismissal, opting to stay say in “in the past” and “taken care of now.” Earlier this year, Engstler was benched multiple times due to hustling issues and Hillsman said she “responded.” In 27 games played, she’s averaged just under 15 minutes per with 5.1 points and 4.6 boards an outing. Working with the guards on Friday, she drove the lane and featured the versatility that highlights her potential. She said she watched SU’s first two conference tournament games between exams and watched the third with her mom before rejoining the team after spring break. “At this point she’s back,” Hillsman said. “She’s a good player and we are looking forward to getting her into the lineup and her contributing right away.” Published on March 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more