December 08, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Light the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree Holidays, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf joined hundreds of people in the state Capitol Rotunda today to celebrate the holidays with the 2017 Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony.“The Capitol Christmas Tree is a beautiful reminder of all that the holiday season gives to us across our commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Let us all take the time this year to reflect on our own blessings and enjoy everything the holidays have to offer.”The tree is a 22-foot Douglas Fir from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. It is decorated with more than 900 LED lights and more than 1,600 hand-made ornaments from senior centers throughout the commonwealth coordinated by the PA Department of Aging and Pre-K/Head Start students through Pre-K for PA.The Governor and First Lady were joined by Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper and Rev. Carl Tancredi D.Min, Catholic Chaplain York College of Pennsylvania. The Susquenita Middle and High School Choirs provided musical performances and Santa Claus made an appearance.In addition to the Rotunda Tree, there is a 22-foot Douglas Fir on the Capitol Steps and an 18-foot Douglas Fir in Soldiers’ Grove.The Rotunda tree will be lit daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the Capitol Steps and Soldiers’ Grove trees will be lit daily from 5 p.m. to midnight. All trees will be lit daily through the week of January 8, 2018.
The president of Ligue 1 club Toulouse believes in-demand midfielder Etienne Capoue is poised to join Tottenham. Press Association Capoue, who plays as a defensive midfielder but can slot in at centre-back, scored seven goals in 34 league appearances for Toulouse last season. Reports in France suggest Spurs will have to pay 11million euro (£9.5million) plus two million euro (£1.7million) in add-ons to land the Frenchman, who could sign a four-year contract after passing a medical in north London. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has already signed Brazilian playmaker Paulinho, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli and Spain striker Roberto Soldado while Spurs look to fend off Real Madrid’s advances for Wales midfielder Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old France international has already been linked with Barclays Premier League club Cardiff and Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid but, in an interview with French radio station RMC, Olivier Sadran appeared to suggest Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals. When asked about Capoue’s departure to White Hart Lane, Sadran is quoted in L’Equipe as telling RMC: “He will go there.”
Canceled in 2017, the popular Jamaica Festival Song is to be held in 2018 following an official launch on November 30. Plans are under way for the 2018 staging of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, which is scheduled to be launched on November 30.Last week, commissioners and senior officers at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) met with songwriters and producers to discuss the plans.The talks focused on the vision for the competition, criteria for the selection of the winning song, incentives for winners, and increasing participation from the local music fraternity.Interim Executive Director of the JCDC, Orville Hill said that the meeting was important in order to hear the views of the producers.“The conversation was important so as to get some of the ideas from the producers, who are critical to the Festival Song and as part of the process for it to be more inclusive,” he said.He noted that the ideas that came out of the talks will be examined “to see to what extent we can incorporate them in the plans for the Festival Song 2018”.He said the decision to launch the competition in November is to mobilize singers, writers and producers, “to get them to start creating a product that will ultimately be satisfactory to the Jamaican people”.He said the early launch will also help to generate public interest in the contest before the submission of entries.Entry forms are available here.