By Dialogo June 10, 2011 The largest solidarity travel plan ever implemented by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the “Travel Plan” for the 5th Military World Games, which will take place in July in Rio de Janeiro, includes 295 athletes from 49 benefiting countries. Another 205 individuals from 29 countries will also be able to compete in Brazil thanks to this support. The travel plan unites the efforts of CISM, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Brazil, and three other countries: the United States, Canada, and Italy. “We are gathering all available means with a view to reaching 110 countries registered for the Games. We are still working to achieve that mark. We help countries in difficulties to increase their delegation, thereby helping high-level athletes not to lose the opportunity to compete,” affirmed Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi, a CISM deputy sports director. Brazil has made available two Air Force planes with 140 seats each, which will land in four African cities – Bamako (Mali), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Johannesburg (South Africa) – where passengers from several countries will be gathered. “For the first time in history, a country is supporting a continent on this scale and with this level of involvement,” the lieutenant colonel added, referring to Brazil’s action in Africa. Italy and the United States are also cooperating with seats on their military planes. The Italians have made available forty seats for Eastern and Southwestern European countries, while the Americans will support delegations from North America and the Caribbean. Canada has made available 50,000 Canadian dollars to help in buying plane tickets, while CISM has made available 70,000 euros, and the IOC has made available 30,000 dollars. “Our preliminary data indicate that 30 countries are participating in the 5th Military World Games exclusively due to this action of solidarity. Another 19 are receiving support to transport part of their respective delegations,” Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi explained, noting that this information is subject to change. The Solidarity Travel Plan has the goal of reaching the mark of 110 countries that participated in the Rio 2011 Games. The soccer teams from Kenya and Cameroon, for example, will travel to compete in Rio de Janeiro thanks to this support. The same is true of the Romanian aeronautical pentathlon team, already confirmed on the Italian plane. Number of confirmed countries in the Travel Plan (as of May 30th) On the Brazilian planes: 24 countries On the Italian plane: 10 countries CISM and IOC resources: Africa – 2 countries, Asia – 4 countries, Europe – 9 countries Total countries supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 49 To be confirmed: 29 Approximate total personnel supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 295 To be confirmed: 205 (172 on the U.S. plane)
BLOG: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes, Governor Wolf Prepared to Sign SB 3 into Law (ROUND-UP) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 14, 2016 Medical Marijuana, Round-Up, The Blog Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed SB3, answering the Governor Wolf’s call to send the medical marijuana legalization bill to his desk. The Governor is proud to sign this bill, which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.Members of both parties in the House and Senate have at last come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and thousands of advocates have fought tirelessly for this cause.“Today the House passed SB3, sending the medical marijuana legalization bill to my desk. I am proud and excited to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause. I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation since taking office, and it is encouraging that the hard work of these families has resulted in historic legislation.”The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill into law at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 17, 2016.As Governor Wolf prepares to sign this historic legislation into law, take a look at the additional coverage below:Philly.com: Marijuana as medicine is coming to PennsylvaniaGov. Wolf, who has always supported the initiative, said he would sign the bill into law Sunday in the Capitol Rotunda. Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to approve medical cannabis. The 149-46 vote followed a whirlwind legislative session and the near-collapse of the bill – which passed the Senate earlier this year but was revised by the House, tweaked by the Senate, and again returned to the House.The Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers OK medical marijuanaPennsylvania will become the 24th state to legalize marijuana for people suffering from various diseases, ailments and terminal illness. A 149-46 vote in the Republican-controlled House came at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday after less than an hour of debate. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to sign the measure into law.Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania poised to OK medical pot billThe House approved the bill after a relatively short debate. Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland, urged his colleagues to send the legislation to the governor. “The people of Pennsylvania have been waiting long enough,” he said. “Our most vulnerable residents and citizens will be helped by this legislation.”TribLive: Pennsylvania House Oks medical marijuana bill, Gov. Wolf will sign itGov. Tom Wolf said he will sign a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania after the House on Wednesday approved legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan margin.PLS Reporter: Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become lawWith the final vote in the House Wednesday coming in at 149 in favor and 46 opposed, legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is set to become law.PennLive: Gov. Tom Wolf ‘proud and excited to sign’ medical marijuana billGov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he is “proud and excited to sign” legislation that would create a system for the legal use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditionsAssociated Press: Pennsylvania set to OK medical marijuana; Ohio could followThe House vote, 149-46, set off cheers in the ornate chamber and capped several years of door-to-door lobbying by parents. It’s more than a year and a half since the state Senate first approved a medical marijuana bill in 2014. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, calling Wednesday’s legislation historic, said he will sign it Sunday.Philly Voice: Medical Marijuana bill passes Pa. House; Wolf to sign into lawMedical marijuana in Pennsylvania is now all but a foregone conclusion. After amended legislation passed the state Senate on Tuesday, the state House voted on the bill Wednesday. It passed by a vote of 149-46. Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – A senior British government official ended a visit to the British Overseas Territory urging Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith to “expedite the recovery” of the hurricane battered island.A government statement said the director for the Overseas Territories in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ben Merrick, ended a visit here after “a full program of meetings and visits” including holding talks with Smith, the opposition as well as members of the private sector.Merrick’s visit followed an earlier one by Lord Ahmad in July “to assess the progress of recovery following the devastating hurricanes of 2017”.The island was among several Caribbean countries battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria when the storms hit the Lesser Antilles last year, causing deaths and widespread damage.The statement said that Merrick’s visit was also to discuss recent international requirements on the financial services industry and the long-term vision, and to ascertain the progress on implementing the governance measures to which the government has committed itself.Merrick said had “the privilege to meet many committed people during my time in the Virgin Islands and have been struck by both the beauty of the Territory and the determination and resilience of its people to work towards its reconstruction.“I am humbled by the commitment of the many public servants who continue to work and live in very difficult conditions, whilst they work towards rebuilding the Territory. The extent and breadth of the work needed to rebuild the Territory cannot be underestimated.“There are though evidently many challenges which remain, and I have urged the premier and his Cabinet to expedite recovery,” Merrick said, adding that the United Kingdom “remains ready to support the Virgin Islands through the £300 million (One British Pound =US$1.29 cents) loan guarantee.”Merrick said the Parliament giving approval to the Recovery and Development Plan, he hopes that “we will see rapid progress as the government tasks the Recovery and Development Agency to implement the Government’s priorities as outlined in the Recovery and Development Plan”.He said he was also pleased “to see the government’s progress towards transparency and accountability.“Publication of Cabinet decisions had been an important first step,” he said, welcoming Premier Smith’s commitment to publishing a new Ministerial Code before the end of the month.“This would show the Virgin Islands leading the way,” the statement said, adding that he was welcomed the positive engagement of business leaders and the financial services industry and their commitment to the Territory’s economic development.