Governor Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in the Lehigh Valley

first_img January 12, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Silgan Containers, LLC, a manufacturer of steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food, will expand their operations into Pennsylvania and create 29 new manufacturing jobs in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County.“From day one, I’ve made manufacturing one of the top business priorities of my administration by expanding workforce development programs, eliminating burdensome business taxes, and proactively working with manufacturers to help them grow and thrive right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “This project will bring 29 good-paying manufacturing jobs to Lehigh Valley workers and their families. I applaud Silgan Containers for choosing Pennsylvania as their new hub on the east coast.”Silgan Containers is expanding into a facility that will enable it to meet its growing east coast customer requirements. The company is investing $15 million into the project, which will include the purchase of equipment and the training of its employees. The project will create 29 new jobs over the next three years.Silgan Containers received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $120,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $13,050 WEDnet grant for employee training, and $87,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with assistance from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).“The Silgan Containers development in the Lehigh Valley is an example of the synergy of how manufacturing and product distribution grow together,” said Don Cunningham, president and CEO of LVEDC. “Silgan and its product is an important part of the supply chain of Nestle Purina and other products being made and distributed from the Lehigh Valley.  The region’s emergence as a major industrial and manufacturing in Pennsylvania continues to create more jobs here.”Silgan Containers officially became a company in 1987, acquiring its first can operation from Carnation Company. Besides producing containers for human and pet food, it also produces metal, composite, and plastic closures for food and beverage products, containers for personal care, health care, pharmaceutical, household, and industrial chemical, agricultural, automotive, and marine chemical products.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in the Lehigh Valleylast_img read more

Omnibus bill an imperfect win for ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Congress moved forward with a FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would fund government through the end of this fiscal year and bring the U.S. into compliance with the World Trade Organization on Country of Origin Labeling.The congressional omnibus spending and tax extender bills will benefit agriculture greatly if passed, the American Farm Bureau said. Farm Bureau said the bills would provide relief to America’s farmers and ranchers, but is disappointed that Congress failed to stop the Waters of the U.S. rule.“This tax extender package gives farmers and ranchers critical tools to help them reinvest in their businesses,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “Tax provisions like Section 179 small business expensing and bonus deprecation free up cash flow for farmers and ranchers to put their money to work. New provisions will let our members make important upgrades that reduce costs, increase efficiency and help make their businesses sustainable for generations to come.”A provision to stop the EPA’s unlawful Waters of the U.S. rule was surprisingly missing from the package, as was language that would have set a nationwide standard for labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Congress’s failure to act will bring the heavy cost of a patchwork of state labeling mandates to farmers and consumers as early as next month.“We are truly disappointed that Congress did not include legislation to stop implementation of WOTUS,” Stallman said. “The courts have already expressed serious legal concerns about the rule, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office has concluded that EPA broke the law with its covert propaganda campaign to drum up ill-informed support for it. We remain committed to working with Congress to stop EPA and help America’s landowners, businesses and state and local governments avoid years in court to overturn the rule. This measure undeniably resulted from an illegal and deceptive process. Defeating WOTUS remains a priority of Farm Bureau. We will explore all avenues to ditch the rule.”AFBF also supports omnibus provisions to repeal of country-of-origin labeling requirements, which would effectively prevent Canada and Mexico from initiating retaliatory actions.“Farm Bureau supports COOL programs that are in line with world trade rules,” Stallman said. “Current COOL programs, unfortunately, risk serious retaliation by Canada and Mexico now that the World Trade Organization has approved more than $1 billion in tariffs against American beef, pork and other U.S. commodities if COOL is not changed.”last_img read more

GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pride and joylast_img read more

Wimbledon set for huge expansion

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? On Thursday, the All England club announced a vote had gone in its favor, and that the transfer, pending court approval, would go through on December 21.A statement said it was “an important and exciting step” for the club and the future of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favor of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and the Championships,” said All England club chairman Philip Brook.“We have achieved what we set out to do many months ago in having certainty in our planning for the future.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Top of the wish list will be moving the Wimbledon qualifiers from their current Roehampton home to the main Wimbledon site, in keeping with the other three Grand Slam events.“Over time, we plan to migrate the qualifying competition onto the land in order to elevate the event to world-class standards,” the statement added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Britain’s Andy Murray poses for a selfie after a training session at Wimbledon tennis club in southwest London on July 1, 2017, prior to the start of the tennis tournament on July 3. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)Wimbledon’s expansion plans have taken a huge step forward after the neighboring golf club in London voted to sell its land.The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made an offer, reported to be £65 million ($82 million), to buy Wimbledon Park Golf Club’s land in a move that would see its estate roughly triple in size.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion GALLERY: 2018 PBA Rookie Draft Combinelast_img read more

Smriti Mandhana turns 21: ‘Happy Birthday to a rising star’

first_imgIndia women’s opener Smriti Mandhana turns 21 today and wishes poured in for her on the social media from the top Indian cricketers like Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina.Sehwag took to Twitter to wish the charming batswoman and called her ‘a rising star’. Sehwag also made it a point to wish her all the best for the ICC Women’s World Cup semi-finals, which will be played between India and Australia on July 20.Mandhana is often compared to Sehwag due to her fearless cricket, a brand of cricket that Sehwag was famous for.Happy Birthday to a rising star @mandhana_smriti . May you continue the rise. Best wishes for the semis ! Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 18, 2017Suresh Raina, who is currently on the sidelines and waiting to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team, also wished the India opener on Twitter.Happy birthday ??? @mandhana_smriti ??????have a Good one ?????? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 18, 2017Mandhana began the Women’s World Cup campaign with a brilliant 72-ball 90 in the opening match against hosts England, which India went on to win by 35 runs.In the very next game, Mandhana came out all guns blazing and made sure to not miss out on her well-deserved century this time. Against West Indies, the India opener smashed an unbeaten 106 to help India chase a modest target of 184.Since then Mandhana has not had a good run and she hasn’t been able to contribute much with the bat.Of the 30 ODIs that Mandhana has played in the Indian colours, she has scored 927 runs at an average of 31.96 and a strike rate of 76.80.advertisementThere is plenty of talk around 19-year-old Rishabh Pant and how he could possibly succeed MS Dhoni once the legend calls it a day. Mandhana, who is already scorching the international scene does not get half the attention. But that does not reduce her appetite for runs nor does it diminish her sense of occasion.Happy Birthday to India Women opener, and star of their shock victory over England at #WWC17, @mandhana_smriti! ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2017Here’s wishing @mandhana_smriti a very happy birthday! BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 18, 2017last_img read more

Australia Wins Trans Tasman Trophy

first_imgIt was a great day for the Australian teams, winning all four matches and retaining the Youth Trans Tasman Trophy. The 18’s Boys locked up their series at one game-a-piece, with the all important decider to be played at 10.00am tomorrow morning. The 18’s Girls, 20’s Girls and 20’s Boys all won their respective second games, and in doing so won their respective series’. 18’s GirlsAustralia has fought back to win the second 18’s Girls game and therefore claim the division on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. New Zealand started the game strongly, with Cassandra Engler scoring the opening touchdown of the game. Due to the heat, the game was split into 10 minute quarters, with New Zealand going to the first break and the half-time break leading 1-0. Whatever Australian coach, Craig Morrow said at half-time worked for the team, with the Aussies coming out firing in the second half. Four touchdown in the first 10 minute stanza to Jemma Mi MI, Emma Sykes, Madi Crowe and Steph Maiolo saw the Australians take a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes to go. The Aussies further extended their lead through Shenae Ciesiolka in the opening set of the quarter to take a four touchdown lead. The score remained that at full-time, with the Australians winning game two and the series. You can watch the third game live at 9.00am here –’s BoysThe Australian 18’s Boys team has kept the series alive with their game two win in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. After coming agonisingly close in game one last night, the Australians led from the early stages of the match.Tristan Broadbridge scored first for the Aussies in the seventh minute, before beautiful footwork by Kalyn Ponga gave the Australians a 2-0 lead. Touchdowns to Kai Simbolon and Jackson Mills in the final minutes of the half, before Hauriri Harvey scored the Kiwis to bridge the gap to three touchdowns at half-time, 4-1.  The teams traded touchdowns early in the second half, before the Australians continued their scoring spree to lead by eight touchdowns at one stage. Australia’s Jackson Mills showed the commitment of the team to win the game with an incredible chase down the sideline to stop the Kiwis from scoring during the half, with the Australians taking the win 11-4. The win sees the series go to a third and deciding game, one that will no doubt live up to expectations. You can watch it live here at 10.00am – 20’s GirlsThe Australia 20’s Girls have continued their dominance of the 20’s Girls division, winning game two 15-3 and claiming the series title on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The girls got out to a blistering start, not too dissimilar to yesterday’s game, and went to the half-time break with a 7-1 lead. First half touchdowns were scored by Yasmin Meakes, Sammy Rodgers, Toni Well and first half doubles to Kimberley Sue See and Laura Peattie gave them a 7-1 half-time lead. The Aussies further extended their lead in the second half, with Laura Peattie finishing with four touchdowns for the match, to run away with a 15-3 win and the series title for the 20’s Girls division. The third and final game will be played at 11.00am Sunday, you can watch it live here –’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys have continued their impressive form on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series, with a strong performance in game two to claim the series 2-0 with one game to go. A first half hat-trick to Paddy Coelho helped the Aussies to a 7-1 half-time lead. They further extended their lead in the second half, taking the game 10-2 and taking a 2-0 series win with one game remaining in the series. The 20’s Boys win meant that Australia retained the Youth Trans Tasman Series trophy. The 20’s Boys will play their last game at 11.00am on Sunday, you can watch it live here – LinksYTT Day Twolast_img read more

TMC CPI NCP defend natl party status before EC

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI, TMC and the NCP on Monday urged the Election Commission not to take away their national party status, saying they should be given a fresh opportunity to improve their electoral performance.The three told the Commission that they are old parties and have played a key role in national politics. Hence, their status should not be based on recent electoral performance only. The parties had appeared before the Commission for a personal hearing on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier, responding to a show cause notice, the three had told the poll panel that their national party status should not be revoked based on their performance in the Lok Sabha elections this year. The Election Commission had earlier issued them notices asking why their ‘national party’ status should not be revoked following their performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The CPI is learnt to have said that after the Congress, it is the oldest party in the country which had been the principal opposition party in Lok Sabha. The Left party said though it may not have fared well in the recent Lok Sabha elections, it has been in power in several states and has played a key role in strengthening the Constitution. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe TMC is learnt to have said that it was given national party status in 2014 and it should be allowed to continue with it at least till 2024. The CPI, BSP and the NCP were facing the prospect of losing their national party status after their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well. However, they got a reprieve when in 2016 the EC amended its rules, whereby national and state party status of political parties are to be reviewed every 10 years instead of five. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which won 10 Lok Sabha in the last parliament polls, and some assembly seats, does not face the possibility of losing its national party status now. According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognised as a national party if its candidates secure at least six per cent of votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections, and, in addition, it has at least four members in Lok Sabha. As of now, the Indian National Congress (INC), BJP, BSP, CPI, Communist Party of India (Marxist), TMC, NCP and the National People’s Party of Meghalaya have national party status.last_img read more

This Pays You 3X More Retirement Income

first_imgThis Pays You 3X More Retirement Income Self-made millionaire reveals how investors could collect up to 3 times more income than traditional income investments. It’s from a storm proof investment that could keep you cash-rich for the rest of your life. Click here for all the details. — — Confessions of a Billionaire Broker (And why he left Wall Street…) Teeka Tiwari’s confidential connection – known only as the “Billionaire Broker” – discovered a controversial stock selection system when he worked in an investment bank on Wall Street. In a nearly 3-decade historical trial, his system produced an average gain of 2,418% over the top 150 plays held since 1990. That’s enough to turn $100 in each play into over $360,000. The Billionaire Broker will reveal his identity – and how you can take advantage of his stock selection system – on June 14th. Make sure you don’t miss it… Recommended Link Recommended Link • Silver is money… The word literally means “money” in dozens of languages. And that’s no accident.It has preserved wealth for centuries. And it’s survived every financial crisis imaginable.This makes silver an excellent store of value. It’s why we recommend owning it for the long haul.That said, we’re also speculators here at Casey Research. We love opportunities to make massive gains in short periods of time. We especially like to speculate on resources that other investors hate.And that’s the case with silver right now…• Sentiment towards silver is awful… We know this by looking at the Commitment of Traders (COT) report. This is a report issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It shows the positions major traders have taken in certain securities and commodities.In April, the COT report showed a net short position of 40,000 contracts by speculative traders. That’s an all-time high. This means that silver has never been more hated.Now, I know that might seem like a reason to avoid silver. But you must understand something.Trades often get crowded like this just before the trend changes. We saw that happen with the VIX earlier this year. In other words, extremely negative sentiment like this can be a contrarian buy signal.Not only that, all this negative sentiment could turn into buying power if silver starts rising. And that’s because traders don’t own a security when they short it. They borrow it. That said, they must buy that security they’ve shorted when they go to close their position.In other words, all these people who are shorting silver could soon be forced to buy silver if it rises enough. And that would act like rocket fuel for the price of silver.• In closing, silver may be on the verge of a massive “short squeeze”… So consider speculating on silver if you haven’t yet.You can do this by buying the iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which tracks the price of silver. That makes it an easy way to bet on higher silver prices.You could also bet on silver miners. These companies are leveraged to the price of silver, which means their shares would soar if silver makes a big move higher.Just remember that mining stocks are highly volatile, so treat them accordingly. Don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And take profits along the way.Regards, Justin Spittler Cusco, Peru June 13, 2018P.S. Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker just uncovered another reason why silver’s set to rally. This is something you probably haven’t considered, so be sure to check out his brand-new video presentation on it right here.You’ll also discover how you can access E.B.’s top silver miner to take advantage of this opportunity. Click here to learn more.Reader MailbagToday, high praise for Doug Casey and his new book Totally Incorrect Volume 2:Justin, thanks so much for holding my copy of Totally Incorrect! Can’t wait to read it! Mr. Casey sounds like a REAL American man—too few of those around now! I am honored to have a “place on his list!” I already feel as if I spent an afternoon with my late father, and now I have more time! Again, thank you for your time and trouble. —Jean Doug’s new book is a must-read around our office. It’s Doug’s most controversial book yet… and you can get it for free. This book is not available anywhere else right now. Learn how to get your copy right here.If you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Why is it that some connected Wall Street insiders always seem to be in the right place at the right time just before a stock shoots up?They’re not lucky… or smart…Instead, they know something that the rest of us don’t… The man they’re calling the “Billionaire Broker” reveals the truth tomorrow night. Details here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchImagine losing $4 million in the blink of an eye.It’s painful to even think about. But that’s how much money one trader lost earlier this year by making an all-or-nothing bet against volatility.He wasn’t alone. Countless traders made similar bets on low volatility, only to get smoked.If you’re a regular reader, you know what I’m talking about. If not, here’s a rundown…• Last year was the least volatile year ever for U.S. stocks… The markets were so calm that many investors were lulled to sleep. They threw caution to the wind. Some people even shorted (bet against) volatility.You can see why that was such a bad idea in the chart below. It shows the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), or what most people call the “fear index.” This index measures how volatile investors expect the market to be over the next 30 days.This chart shows what the VIX has done over the past three years. When this index is high, it means traders expect a lot volatility. When it’s low, it means they’re less fearful. An extremely low reading can even mean that traders are complacent.You can see that the VIX was in a clear downtrend for years…That’s a long time… but nothing lasts forever.And as you can see, the VIX skyrocketed in January. This crushed traders who shorted volatility. At the same time, it rewarded traders who took the other side of this bet. And that’s why I wrote this essay…• A similar opportunity is staring us in the face right now… Only this time, it’s in the silver market.In a minute, I’ll show you how to set yourself up for major gains. But first, let me tell you why this is such a great speculative opportunity.The chart below shows the CBOE Silver ETF Volatility Index, which you can think of as the VIX for silver. It measures how volatile traders expect the silver market to be going forward.As you can see, the CBOE Silver ETF Volatility Index has been in steady decline since 2011. Last year was an especially calm year for the silver market.This is important because, as I showed you earlier, markets are often calmest just before explosive moves.In other words, silver could be on the cusp of something very big. Now, there’s no way to know if it will “break out” to the upside… or head lower.But my money is on the former.There are a couple reasons for this, which I’ll get to in a second. But let me address something important.last_img read more

The Sackler familys 13 million donation to the

first_imgThe Sackler family’s $1.3 million donation to the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery will not go ahead as planned, as both sides say they’re concerned that allegations of opioid profiteering against the family could overshadow the gift and become a distraction. “It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work,” a spokesperson for the Sackler Trust said. “The allegations against family members are vigorously denied,” the spokesperson’s statement said.The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the company that has made billions of dollars off of OxyContin and is accused of pressuring doctors to prescribe the opioid while also misleading the public about its dangerous addictive qualities.”The Sacklers are major donors to museums, galleries and theaters in the U.S. and Europe,” NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports. “Artists and activists are putting pressure on those institutions to stop taking their money.”Purdue Pharma has previously admitted to committing a felony and paid millions of dollars in fines, and it’s currently facing numerous lawsuits. But one suit in particular, from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, seeks to implicate eight members of the Sackler family, accusing them of trying to maximize their profits even as they knew the painkiller was causing deadly overdoses.Since December, the Massachusetts lawsuit has added new details about the allegations, portraying former Purdue Pharma Chairman and President Richard Sackler as being “obsessed with profits in Massachusetts and the rest of the country,” as member station WBUR reported in January. More revelations emerged after heavy redactions were lifted from Healey’s 274-page complaint last month, showing Purdue Pharma had hired a consulting firm to help its sale reps target “high-prescribing” doctors, as WBUR reported. The lawsuit says that between 2008 and 2016, the painkiller company paid Sackler family members more than $4 billion. In response to the suit, Purdue Pharma said Healey’s conclusions are wrong, and that the company is being used as a scapegoat for America’s opioid crisis.Oxycodone — the semi-synthetic opiate whose forms include OxyContin and other brand names — was the No. 1 cause of overdose deaths in 2011, in cases where at least one specific drug was mentioned. Since then, heroin and fentanyl have become the top overdose threats in the ongoing opioid crisis. But through at least 2016, oxycodone’s overdose rate also rose slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Sackler family’s donation to the National Portrait Gallery in London has been in limbo since 2016, when the Sackler Trust presented it as a way to help pay for a construction project. Since then, the BBC reports, “The gallery had been mulling over whether to accept it.”The Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery announced the gift’s withdrawal in a joint statement, with museum officials repeatedly saying the decision had come from the family. “We understand and support their decision not to proceed at this time with the donation,” National Portrait Gallery Chair David Ross said. A gallery spokesperson added: “We fully respect and support the Sackler family’s decision.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more