Governor Wolf Honors Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Anniversary

first_imgGovernor Wolf Honors Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Anniversary Press Release Philadelphia, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf today joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Dwight Evans, and community officials and leaders to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Reading Terminal Market.“Reading Terminal Market is so much more than just a farmer’s market. It is a true example of the best of Philadelphia,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s a location for tourists to come to see what Philadelphia has to offer, a provider of quality, local foods to our citizens, a place for people to congregate, and the opportunity to engage with their food providers. Reading Terminal Market is a bastion of the Philadelphia community and I am proud to honor this major milestone.”Today’s event, 1893 Day, serves as the kick-off of a year-long celebration that will include a series of special events and programming showcasing the Market, and will offer visitors the chance to experience Reading Terminal Market as it was when it first opened, including special 1893 prices. Following the formal remarks, the governor took part in a ribbon cutting as a symbolic “grand opening” of the Market.“The Market has withstood more than a century of transition in Center City, and today remains a vital piece of Philadelphia’s civic fabric and the most visited site in the region,” said Anuj Gupta, General Manager of Reading Terminal Market. “It is an important source of fresh food for Philadelphians and an authentic showcase of our city for national and international visitors. We encourage our customers, community members, and everyone who loves Reading Terminal Market to join us in 2018 as we begin a year of special programming that will memorialize our past, celebrate our present, and chart our future for the next 125 years.”One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Reading Terminal Market offers an incredible selection of farm fresh produce, meats, and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, confections, flowers, kitchenware, cookbooks, jewelry, and crafts. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img February 22, 2018last_img read more

Moyes wants video for diving

first_img Referee Jon Moss immediately brandished a yellow card at the United man, who later did win a spot-kick when he was bundled over by the same player, who was sent off. Moyes felt Moss handled the situation perfectly this weekend. However, he does feel the use of post-match video is the best way of sorting out the problem, which even he is powerless to stamp out completely. “I can never be sure it won’t happen again,” said Moyes. “I have had a word with him (Young) privately. I’ve said for many years we should have retrospective video for diving. That would help referees no end. “Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn’t change my views on that because it is really difficult at times.” Palace chairman Steve Parish has gone even further, claiming diving should be treated in the same harsh manner as preventing goalscoring opportunities. “If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also,” Parish told BBC Radio 5 Live. Having made his feelings known on the subject during his Everton days, Moyes presumably did not expect to be confronted with it quite so early in his United reign. But the Scot has spoken with Ashley Young over the winger’s conduct on Saturday, when he deliberately initiated contact with Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, then toppled over looking for a penalty. Manchester United manager David Moyes has called for the use of retrospective video action to stamp out the curse of diving. Press Association “The only player in the incidents that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he’s sent off and banned for the next match. “Ashley Young’s dive and the appeal before put pressure on the referee to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn’t even a foul. “Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game. “(It) Might have cost us a point that might keep us up. (We) need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive.” Yet, as Rio Ferdinand pointed out, the situation is not quite so straightforward. For, in other parts of the world, what is regarded as a heinous crime in England is just part of the game. “It’s weird,” he said. “It’s got to happen across Europe and the world, not just in our league. “You go into the Champions League and you have been told in the Premier League you are not meant to dive, then you get players from other countries who simulate.” And Ferdinand is also aware the current trend is more towards an acceptance of players going down if there is the slightest contact. “As a defender, you don’t want people trying to con the referee, but if there is contact, the player has the right to go down,” said Ferdinand. “It has become a part of our game that, as defenders, we are used to. You have got to defend with your head and think how you are going to combat the forwards. “They are cute and know how to deal with this type of stuff. “It is such a difficult thing for referees to say someone dived or there was contact. Retrospective viewing and punishments may be the way to go.” last_img read more

USC enacts security reforms in wake of student murder

first_imgWhen police officers found Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old student, dead at his home in City Park Apartments last month, it was the third high-profile violent incident to occur on or around the University Park Campus in fewer than three years.On guard · Following the murder of graduate student Xinran Ji, the university has extended deployment of private security ambassadors so that their numbers remain constant throughout the year. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanJi, a second-year graduate student studying electrical engineering, had been studying the night before. Ji was walking home in the early morning, at 12:45 a.m., when police believe he was attacked with a baseball bat during an attempted robbery. After the assault, the international student from China staggered back to his apartment, where he was later discovered by his roommate.Following two high-profile incidents in 2012 — the off-campus slaying of two Chinese students in April and a non-fatal on-campus shooting in October of that year — the incident has recast a spotlight on USC’s safety program.In the weeks following the assault, an online petition calling for more security year-round, as well stricter monitoring of the cameras installed around University Park campus, had received more than 1,700 signatures.The incident left the school’s Chinese community, still recovering from the losses of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were murdered in 2012 while sitting in a car off-campus, particularly on edge.In response, USC announced several new security measures on Aug. 8 geared toward educating international students on safety procedures and reconciling differences in security during school year and during the summer, when fewer students are on or around campus.“It’s an ongoing process for safety measurements like that,” said Yuanzi Xie, a public administration graduate student who helped set up the petition. “But it is good to see the quick response from [the Dept. of Public Safety] and the university.”Because emergency calls slow down in the summer, DPS has not contracted additional off-campus security in the past, as it does during the school year, said DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle.“That has already changed,” he said.Other changes include an increase in nighttime patrols, enhanced analytics for video camera monitoring, the speeding up of the rollout of a mobile safety app and the expansion of Campus Cruiser coverage, which will bring wait times to 15 minutes or less.Undergraduate Student Government President Andrew Menard said he believes security was not adequate at the time of the incident. Menard has spent two summers at USC and feels that security during the break should be the same as during the school year.“For the most part, in the summer, people have felt safe,” Menard said. “When something like this happens, it just goes to show that you never can predict what’s going to happen. And you always have to be ready and you can never get complacent.”According to Jeff Zisner, head of Los Angeles-based firm AEGIS Security & Investigations, it’s not uncommon for security to reduce its operations based on circumstantial considerations, such as time of day or year.“[For] every business that uses security, their daytime security team is going to be significantly larger than their nighttime security team,” Zisner said.He noted that USC’s public safety program is “relatively robust” and said it could best be improved through greater awareness and education.As part of the upgrades USC announced in early August, the university is in fact doubling down on safety training for students. Beginning this fall, the university will require “extended safety education” for its nearly 8,000 international students — 40 percent of which are Chinese.Xu Yuan, a graduate student and president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, said the training presents an opportunity to address cultural differences between the United States and China. For instance, he said Chinese students might come to the United States with the false expectation that urban cities are safe late at night.“Chinese students don’t know,” he said. “It’s a different culture.”By 2015, the university plans to mandate continuing safety education for all students.“We have more students and citizens than we have police,” Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry said in an interview. “We really want to build a culture of bystander responsibility and shared responsibility.”He stressed the importance of reporting even minor incidents, noting that the data improves DPS’s ability to make strategic choices about where to deploy its resources.USC’s action is not the first occasion on which the security has increased on or around the university following a high-profile violent crime. After the murders of Qu and Wu, LAPD added 30 police officers and a detective to the division that includes USC. The university also added security cameras and expanded its area of coverage. In November 2012, following a non-fatal shooting outside an on-campus Halloween party, the university restricted access to campus after 9 p.m.The enhancements have been effective in reducing crime, Carry said, pointing to a fence along the campus perimeter that has significantly decreased bike theft. Carry said the university must balance new measures with the effect on student life, but that public safety considerations typically outweigh such costs.“There are some random things that are going to happen that we can’t prevent and can’t predict,” he said. “But I think our conversation about balance is always trumped with [whether new security] will help save a student’s life.”Some continue to worry, however, that even with the upgrades, USC is sending the wrong impression about safety in the university’s surrounding areas. The parents of Qu and Wu, who filed a wrongful death suit that was later dismissed in court, have urged their government to issue a safety warning to Chinese parents, the Los Angeles Times reported.“USC needs to be truthful to the reality that the surrounding area is just not safe,” Daniel Deng, a lawyer serving as a voluntary spokesman for the parents, told the L.A. Times after the new measures were announced.Deng did not respond immediately to a request for comment.Despite the high-profile incidents, DPS reports that crime on campus is trending down.“We feel our security measures were a significant factor in that decline,” Carlisle said in an email. “But the decline is completely overshadowed by the loss of our student.”Xie, who helped create the petition, said he was more concerned about the university’s emotional response to Ji’s passing than any discussion about security. About USC’s memorial for Ji, he said the verbal translation from English to Chinese was “unprofessional” and riddled with mistakes that included the pronunciation of Ji’s name.“We have communicated to the family our deep regrets for the translation,” Carry said. “The challenge with the entire scenario was people were working under extreme conditions during those days.”Since the family was available for only two days, he said much of the service had to be planned in one day. Carry also said that the translator did not receive an advance copy of the memorial speeches and had to translate on the spot.“I think those who were disappointed by the delivery are well within their rights,” he said. “If I were sitting in their seat, I would have a similar reaction to that.”The most recent security measures came from discussions with law enforcement, parents, alumni and Chinese student organizations.“We looked at everything that we had in place and said, ‘How do we enhance it, how do we take it to the next level?’ That was our primary evaluation,” Carry said.Yuan, the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, met twice with administrators before the improvements were announced. He said he felt officials genuinely wanted to hear from students. Still, he warned that it’s too soon to determine whether the new security upgrades will work.“Time will tell whether the campus is safer or not,” Yuan said.last_img read more