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Governor Wolf Reminds Pa. Beer Customers of Improved Convenience Now in Effect

first_imgGovernor Wolf Reminds Pa. Beer Customers of Improved Convenience Now in Effect Free The Six-Pack,  Liquor Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded beer consumers in Pennsylvania that Act 166 of 2016 is now in effect, allowing for even greater customer convenience for purchasing beer from distributors.“Pennsylvanians waited decades to bring their beer and wine systems into the 21st century,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I’m proud to have worked with Republicans and Democrats to significantly modernize our liquor laws for the first time since Prohibition and ensure that the commonwealth is more inviting for customers and businesses. These reforms build on Act 39 and Act 85, which revolutionized consumer convenience in Pennsylvania’s liquor system by expanding hours for Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, right locating state facilities, allowing direct-delivery of wine to Pennsylvanians, and making wine available at grocery stores.”The new customer conveniences allow for distributors to sell beer in any amount, including six packs,  growlers and even single bottles or cans. Act 166 was the second significant liquor reform measure passed last year. Act 39, signed in June and in effect starting in August, significantly overhauled the sale of wine and beer, while also creating increased economic opportunity for Pennsylvania distillers, breweries and wineries.Changes now in effect under Act 166 include:Allowing distributors and importing distributors to sell malt or brewed beverages in any amount to a unlicensed customer for off-premises consumption. The sales do not be in the manufacturer’s original configuration and can be sold in refillable growlers that can be resealed.Allowing retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. instead of 11:00 a.m., and removing the requirement that a licensee must offer a meal beginning at 9:00 a.m.Allowing a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of 192 fl. oz. of beer to be delivered to a customer per month; however, only 96 fl. oz. of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident.Allowing beer and liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events and consumed outside the club seating and restaurant area, as can be done at performing arts events or other entertainment events.Clarifies that a brewery does not need a brewery pub license to sell the products of other licensed breweries, limited wineries, limited distilleries and distilleries.Act 39 included these reforms, among others:Removed Sunday and holiday restrictions for Fine Wine & Good Spirits store hours;Enabled Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores to sell Pennsylvania Lottery ticketsAllowed grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and hotels (anyone with a restaurant license) to apply for a permit to sell up to four bottles of wine to go;Granted the PLCB common retail marketing abilities including pricing flexibility, a customer relations management program and couponing opportunities.Allowed for direct shipments of wine to people’s homes;Authorized the PLCB to auction restaurant liquor licenses that have expired since 2000, in order to accommodate increased market demand for licenses; andMade permanent gas stations’ ability to obtain liquor licenses to sell beer (and wine) to go. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 17, 2017last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINS RETURNMarlins return to play after virus outbreakBALTIMORE (AP) — The Miami Marlins are set to resume play in Baltimore following an outbreak that left 21 members of their traveling party infected with the coronavirus, including 18 players. The team has not played since July 26. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.NFL-JAGUARS-MINSHEW Minshew off of COVID listJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list.Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list. Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Associated Press — Oakland left-hander Jesus Luzardo will make his long-awaited first turn in the A’s rotation when they open up a three-game series against Texas. Just shy of his 23rd birthday, Luzardo will be the youngest starter for the A’s since Brett Anderson in 2010. Luzardo made six appearances as a September callup last season and made two appearances out of the bullpen this season.— Angels star Shohei Ohtani will be shut down from throwing for four to six weeks with a right forearm strain near his surgically repaired elbow. With only about eight weeks left in the season, Ohtani might not pitch again until 2021. Ohtani reported discomfort in his arm Sunday after struggling through his second start since having Tommy John surgery in 2018. The two-way sensation is traveling with the team to Seattle and is day-to-day as a hitter.— The Dodgers could be without Mookie Betts for a second straight game as they continue a series in San Diego. Betts sat out Monday with swelling on a finger on his left hand that manager Dave Roberts described as substantial. Betts was potentially available to defend Monday, but not to hit. TENNIS-MADRID OPENMadrid Open canceled because of virus spike August 4, 2020center_img MADRID (AP) — The Madrid Open in September has been canceled because of a new spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The joint men’s and women’s tournament was originally scheduled in May, but moved when Spain became a hotbed for the virus. Its new slot in September allowed it again to be a major lead-in event for the rescheduled French Open at the end of that month. But organizers last weekend were advised by local authorities not to stage the tournament due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. NFL-OPT OUTSThursday deadline set to opt-out of the seasonUNDATED (AP) — NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MINNESOTA-BATEMANGophers star Bateman skips season amid virus worry, goes proMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He won the Big Ten Conference’s receiver of the year award. DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACHFormer coach gets 90 days in connection with Nassar caseLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university sports doctor Larry Nassar. Sixty-five-year-old Kathie Klages was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation. Klages said in a tearful statement that she did not remember being told about abuse and apologized to victims if the conversations occurred. Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.In other NFL news: — Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy is entering his 12th NFL season. He has started 141 of 160 career games, rushing for 11,071 yards and 73 touchdowns. He also has been effective in the passing attack, with 503 receptions for 3,797 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. McCoy added a Super Bowl title to his resume as a backup with the Chiefs last season.— The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden. The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on their leader in sacks last season. Golden’s contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million. Golden had 10 sacks in 2019, more than twice the total of any other Giants defender. The 29-year-old is entering his sixth season. Miami is replacing sidelined players with prospects, along with veterans the organization scrambled to acquire. Manager Don Mattingly said he has never spoken with some of the players joining the team.Right-hander Pablo Lopez will start against the Orioles. The pitching staff was especially hard hit by the outbreak and will rely heavily on newcomers.Elsewhere in the major leagues: — Cleveland’s Shane Bieber has 27 strikeouts through two starts, matching a big league record, and he’ll face Cincinnati in his third start of the year. Bieber tied the mark set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954, fanning 13 Twins last Thursday after punching out 14 Royals on opening day. — Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer makes his third major league start on his 24th birthday at Wrigley Field. Singer, who was selected by the Royals in the first round of the 2018 amateur draft, is still looking for his first big league win after pitching well in a pair of no-decisions this year. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs.last_img read more

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LA Clippers need to regroup on defense after recent lapse

first_img“We did not do much defensively tonight, and that has been the key to turning our season around,” guard J.J. Redick said following Monday’s victory. “Since that second Golden State game (a 124-117 loss Nov. 19), I believe we have had a top-five defense. That has really been the key to our success over the last six to eight weeks.“Going forward, Cleveland has a lot of matchup problems. They are a great team. They are a great offensive team. This is a very, very hard trip for us. We play five really good teams, four teams that are currently in the playoffs and New York that is currently trying to make the playoffs.”The trip continues Friday in New York (21-22), followed by Toronto (26-15) on Sunday, Indiana (23-19) on Tuesday and culminating Wednesday in Atlanta (25-17).Griffin’s returnBlake Griffin has missed 11 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. Griffin is expected to return on this trip and Redick would love it to be against Cleveland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One of the themes behind the recent surge by the L.A. Clippers has been better defense.During their recent 10-game winning streak, the Clippers allowed opponents an average of only 96.6 points while the Clippers averaged 108.2 on offense. That’s an impresssive differential of 11.6.The defense has since taken a couple of hits. The Clippers gave up 110 points to the Sacramento Kings in a loss Saturday that broke the Clippers’ winning streak, and they gave up 132 during their overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday — and 122 of those came during regulation.The Clippers (27-14) realize that can’t continue, especially on this five-game East Coast swing that begins Thursday night at Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland.center_img “Hopefully we get 32 (Griffin) back on this trip,” he said. “That is what we are looking forward to. We have a good test coming up Thursday night in Cleveland.”Griffin as an All-StarWhen Griffin recently spoke the reporters for the first time since his injury, he was asked if he believes his inactivity was hurting his standing in the All-Star voting.“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe.”He was asked if he cares.“No,” he said. “No, I don’t.”The most recent voting numbers were shared by the NBA on Jan. 14. Griffin was in fifth place among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. Chris Paul was third among backcourt players. The starters will be announced at 4 p.m. Thursday during a one-hour special on TNT.Scouting the CavaliersCleveland was walloped 132-98 by the high-flying Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Cavaliers took a 28-11 record into their game Wednesday at Brooklyn.LeBron James leads Cleveland with a 25.2 scoring average, which is fifth in the league. He also leads the team with a 6.0 assists average. Point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Rapinoe conquers critics, doubters, haters, the Netherlands — and the planet

first_imgImmediately after the final whistle blew on a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands to signal the United States had claimed its record fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title, there were moments in which Megan Rapinoe could share the thrill with her teammates. The greatest would come later, when the trophy was presented and lifted and then bathed in a shower of confetti.The instant that summed up the 2019 Women’s World Cup, though, came in between. Rapinoe had marched twice through the handshake line of dignitaries and onto the makeshift stage at Lyon Olympic Stadium, first to accept the Golden Boot presented to the tournament’s leading scorer and then to accept the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. With a hunk of gold in each hand, Rapinoe stood alone in front of the TV cameras and the still photographers and the full audience of fans and raised her arms skyward in a “V.” She had backed it all up — as well as anyone could.MORE: 10 crazy facts from the USWNT’s victory in the Women’s World CupRapinoe became the Namath for the 21st century.“We’re crazy. That’s what makes us special,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports on the field. “We just have no quit on us. We’re so tight. And we’ll do anything to win.”The attention on her when the tournament began hadn’t been extraordinary. She was a key veteran on the left side of coach Jill Ellis’ 4-3-3 formation, one of the truly excellent players in American soccer history. Rapinoe was expected to perform, but no more so than Alex Morgan in the center or Tobin Heath on the right.Rapinoe had had her moment of controversy in 2016, when she chose to kneel for the national anthem as one of many athletes who had followed the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But U.S. Soccer wisely — and rightly — insisted a player who is wearing the U.S. crest ought to stand for its anthem, and that was that.We were in a very different place as the tournament ended.The day the U.S. played Spain in the round of 16, the website “The Hill” published an exclusive quoting president Donald Trump as saying, “No, I don’t think so,” when asked if Rapinoe should “protest during the national anthem.” Which was kind of interesting, because she wasn’t really protesting. Not singing? Not putting her hand over her heart? That’s not a protest, sorry.From that misleading article came the result that might have been expected. Many of the president’s supporters became fans of whatever opponent the USWNT faced on their run through the World Cup gantlet: Spain, France, England and ultimately, Sunday against the Netherlands.When a six-month old clip was released of Rapinoe responding to a question during a magazine photo shoot about whether she would visit the White House if the U.S. won the World Cup, the noise around Rapinoe grew cacophonous. To be fair, her rejection of the suggestion should not have included a profanity, especially given that it modified not the word “going” but “White House,” which is why her eventual apology was worthwhile and necessary.It wasn’t accepted, though, not widely by those now mounting against her.MORE: Megan Rapinoe explains United States’ celebrations in face of criticismShe kept her cool in the face of this sudden notoriety. It almost seemed to fuel her. She did not hide from the commotion. She spoke to the media at every opportunity: eloquently, insightfully, defiantly, honestly, brilliantly. She did so two days before the final, and at the official matchday-minus-1 presser in Lyon, Rapinoe was the player chosen to accompany Ellis to the podium.Over the course of the past two weeks, Rapinoe handled questions about her political disagreement with the Trump administration, about her political disagreement with FIFA. A lesser athlete, a lesser person, might have been overwhelmed by the imposing burden she helped to fashion for herself.However, when Morgan was kicked in the shoulder by Netherlands center back Stefanie van der Gragt in the 58th minute of a tense final Sunday, and when it was decided after a three-minute video review that Morgan had earned a penalty, Rapinoe stood behind the spot and prepared herself for the decisive play of the 2019 World Cup. She’d already scored twice on penalties, so goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had a book on Rapinoe. What could Rapinoe do that would deceive the keeper at this point?The answer: disguise. Rapinoe did not even hint which direction she would strike the kick as she approached. There was no tell. When Rapinoe was on the ball, van Veenendaal felt she had to do something, so she threw her weight to her right. And then she realized Rapinoe had shot to her left. Sure, van Veenendaal could have thrown herself to the ground to make it look like she’d just guessed wrong. Instead, she just stood and watched over her shoulder as Rapinoe’s mastery ripped into the net.Rapinoe, 34, had become the oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup. And the U.S. had the game-winning goal.Midfielder Rose Lavelle’s individual brilliance, fueled by a perfect interception from left back Crystal Dunn, will go down as the game-clincher and the most artistic U.S. goal of the 2019 World Cup.“That was what she was missing, just that little bit,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports. “All tournament, she’s been on the dribble, so dangerous for us. She’s opened up everything for us. For her to get that reward tonight on the biggest stage that you possibly can — I’m so proud of her. She’s a superstar — not even in the making. She’s a straight-up superstar at this point.”Becky Sauerbrunn’s 90 mountainous minutes in central defense, Julie Ertz’s best international game ever as a defensive midfielder, Dunn’s dominance of the left and Ali Krieger’s one half filled with crucial interventions on the right in relief of concussed Kelley O’Hara were keys to earning a shutout. “It’s unbelievable, just to know all of the people in our group who put in so much work,” Rapinoe said. “I don’t know how to feel right now.“It’s ridiculous.”There will be some who say this without smiling. Rapinoe, though, also conquered them.last_img read more

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first_imgGardai are investigating an incident in which a couple called to a family’s home claiming to be from Donegal County Council demanding €1,400 in rent arrears.Coupe demanded €1,400 in rent arrears from council homeowner.The incident, which happened last Friday night, in a rural part of the Letterkenny Electoral area.The couple demanded that the cash be handed over immediately but no money was handed over. The bogus callers callers then left empty-handed.Last week’s incident is the latest in a series of such bogus attempts to get cash from the public.Last month a bogus couple also called to a business premises in Lifford last month demanding rates payments.The couple had a Donegal County Council-headed letter on it but no official identification. No money was handed over on that occasion either and it is not known if the incidents are connected.A spokesman for the council said “As it turned out the person was not in rent arrears at al and no money was handed over.“We would just like to tell people that it will rarely happen that our staff will call to private homes.“If they have to then they will have official identification and will arrange to call in advance.”“We are asking all householders and business owners to be vigilant of this type of activity.” COMMUNITY ALERT: BOGUS COUPLE DEMAND €1,400 IN RENT ARREARS SCAM was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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