first_imgBLOG: Thank You PA National Guard, For Keeping Us Safe During The Storm January 25, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety One motto of the Pennsylvania National Guard is “Always Ready, Always There.” This weekend was no exception for the 326 Soldiers and Airmen who were called to state active duty in support of Winter Storm Jonas. As a result, several hundred people were rescued from the elements, sheltered, fed, and provided emergency medical care. These heroic men and women are what we call “citizen soldiers,” and protecting our citizens here in Pennsylvania is their number one duty. For that, we are extremely grateful.PNG #Blizzard2016Of the 326 troops activated over the weekend, 87 deployed to assist hundreds of stranded motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This emergency occurred after several tractor trailers were unable to climb through the mountains toward the Allegheny tunnels between Bedford and Somerset, causing a backlog of vehicles. Due to that backlog, emergency crews could not get heavy-duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the trucks – leaving over 500 vehicles with nowhere to go. As the Turnpike worked with other state agencies to clear the backlog, the National Guard deployed with shovels, food, water, and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.When buses arrived later in the day, the soldiers began helping people out of their vehicles to get them to warming shelters in Bedford. Over the course of this emergency situation, our troops delivered 4,000 meals to those in need.Statewide, a total of 19 PA National Guard missions were performed during the 72 hour operation. Duties included:Assisting stranded motorists with food and waterTransportation of medical personnel to patients in need of emergency servicesTransportation of Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement officers to their assigned duty locations and emergency callsMoving doctors, nurses and other essential medical personnel to and from public hospitalsDriving emergency operations center staffs to and from EOCsThe response to this historic winter storm by our men and women in uniform is just another example of why we are so proud of our Pennsylvania National Guard, and their commitment to our commonwealth.  Thank you for your hard work and selfless service.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident his best-laid transfer plans will come off over the summer – and joked there will always be room for Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane should he ever leave Real Madrid. Spurs have produced some progress under the Argentinian coach this season, reaching the final of the Capital One Cup where they lost to Chelsea. However, the north London club failed to sustain a challenge for the top four in the Barclays Premier League, and are currently sixth heading into the final three games which continue at Stoke on Saturday. Press Association Pochettino believes the 25-year-old can become a major player at the Bernabeu once he has fully acclimatised. “If he is not comfortable in Madrid, we keep his place warm back here. We are open for him!” the Spurs manager joked. “It is, of course, not easy when you arrive at a huge club like Real Madrid, and the way they play. “Gareth Bale has the quality to make a success, he just needs time. “When (Zinedine) Zidane went to Real Madrid, the first season was very difficult for him, with a lot of critics. He needed time to adapt. “The cultures are very different between England and Spain. It is very difficult for English players to arrive in Spain, there is a Siesta, you eat later. “It is better when you come from Spain to England, when you go there, you need one or two seasons to adapt. “I think here it is better to develop your passion in your job as a player or manager, but in Spain, for the weather, for the culture, it is difficult to adapt when you come from England. He just needs time.” Pochettino, who took charge following an impressive spell at Southampton, is confident Spurs’ scouting work will pay dividends in the summer. “We have worked very hard in the last six months to identify our targets, to have a clear idea and picture, we analyse and assess all the situations to deliver in the summer,” said Pochettino, who must resolve the futures of fringe players such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Aaron Lennon. “You know you do not have much time to decide, the holidays are coming and we need to be ready to take the decisions. “We have three games left and when we have finished the season, then in this moment we can explain our plan.” Pochettino added: “We have a plan and we have a target, but the most important thing is we have to deliver and move forward.” Pressed on transfer speculation which also include goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Pochettino added: “This is not the moment to explain the individual cases, or rumours about different players.” Bale joined Real Madrid from Spurs for a world-record £85.3million in 2013. The Wales international, however, has gone through a testing campaign in Spain, with his agent hitting back at comments from television pundit Roy Keane criticising the winger’s performance in Madrid’s midweek Champions League defeat to Juventus. last_img read more

first_imgAP Preseason All-America Team Associated Press August 25, 2020 Linebackers — Chazz Surratt senior, North Carolina; Nick Bolton, junior, Missouri; x-Paddy Fisher, senior, Northwestern.Cornerbacks — Patrick Surtain II, junior, Alabama; y-Caleb Farley, junior, Virginia Tech.Safeties — x-Jevon Holland, junior, Oregon; Trevon Moehrig, junior, TCU.Punter — x-Adam Korsak, junior, Rutgers.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe 2020 AP Preseason All-America Team (x-team not scheduled to play in the fall; y-opted out of season):FIRST TEAMOffense Punter — Max Duffy, senior, Kentucky.SECOND TEAMOffenseQuarterback — x-Justin Fields, junior, Ohio State.Running backs — Najee Harris, sneior, Alabama; Kenneth Gainwell, sophomore, Memphis. Quarterback — Trevor Lawrence, junior, Clemson.Running backs — Chuba Hubbard, junior, Oklahoma State; Travis Etienne, senior, Clemson.Tackles — x-Penei Sewell, junior, Oregon; Alex Leatherwood, senior, Alabama.Guards — x-Wyatt Davis, junior, Ohio State; Trey Smith, senior, Tennessee.Center — Creed Humphrey, junior, Oklahoma.center_img Ends — x-Kayvon Thibodeaux, sophomore, Oregon; y-Gregory Rousseau, junior, Miami.Tackles — Marvin Wilson, senior, Florida State; y-Jaylen Twyman, junior, Pitt.Linebackers — y-Micah Parsons, junior, Penn State; x-Hamilcar Rashed Jr., senior, Oregon State; Dylan Moses, senior, Alabama.Cornerbacks — Derek Stingley Jr., sophomore, LSU; x-Shaun Wade, junior, Ohio State.Safeties — Richard LeCounte, senior, Georgia; Andre Cisco, junior, Syracuse. Tight end — x-Pat Freiermuth, junior, Penn State.Receivers — Ja’Marr Chase, junior, LSU; DeVonta Smith, senior, Alabama.All-purpose player — y-Rondale Moore, junior, Purdue.Kicker — x-Keith Duncan, senior, Iowa.DEFENSE All-purpose player — Jaylen Waddle, junior, Alabama.Kicker — Gabe Brkic, sophomore, Oklahoma.DefenseEnds — Carlos Basham, senior, Wake Forest; Quincy Roche, senior, Miami.Tackles — y-Jay Tufele, junior, Southern California; x-Levi Onwuzurike, senior, Washington. Tackles — Samuel Cosmi, junior, Texas; x-Cole Van Lanen, senior, Wisconsin.Guards — x-Nolan Laufenberg, senior, Air Force; x-Alijah Vera-Tucker, junior, Southern California.Center — x-Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa.Tight end — Charlie Kolar, junior, Iowa State.Receivers — Tylan Wallace, senior, Oklahoma State; y-Rashod Bateman, junior, Minnesota. More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

first_imgIn his remark, the Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Mr. Sola Fijabi explained that the partnership was shaped by shared values of authenticity and innovation, and a genuine belief in youth empowerment and development. “These values will drive the partnership to change the game beyond the pitch, pioneering new ways to push forward the university communities, teams, and development while also bringing students together at both local and national levels”.He went on further to emphasize the sponsorship as laudable and beneficial especially as it concerns the sustenance of the league.“HiFL is getting bigger and better. We sincerely appreciate Stanbic IBTC for demonstrating commitment in this regard. They have laid a good example for other companies in terms of fuelling their passion and supporting the aspirations of the Nigerian youth.“PACE and NUGA remain committed to partnerships that will ensure the sustainability of HiFL as one of the most veritable platforms for grassroots football development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole”, Fijabi enthused.The Higher Institutions Football league (HiFL) is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited (PSEM) in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The 2019 edition which is billed to start in June, will involve 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions.The teams will play over a period of 21 weeks in a return leg elimination format after the group stage to determine the finalists.The Super Four to determine the winners will hold at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. UAM Tillers from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi won the 2018 edition of the league after defeating the UNICAL Malabites from the University of Calabar 5-4 on penalties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni As preparations for 2019 edition of the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL) heat up, Stanbic IBTC and league organizers, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited have announced the signing of a five-year deal that will see Stanbic IBTC continue in its role as one of the marquee sponsors of HiFL.Speaking on the historic partnership, Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni, elaborated that the sponsorship is in tandem with the company’s determination to help grow and develop a vibrant and productive youth populace in Nigeria.Sanni further stated that “So far, we have been impressed with the organisation of the league. The inaugural edition in 2018 set a standard that we as an organisation are proud to be associated with. At Stanbic IBTC, one of our core objectives is to engage the youth through initiatives, which will contribute to talent-molding and character-building. We have committed in long term to this project because we sincerely believe that its course is aligned with our strategic vision”.last_img read more

first_img EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Submit Maarten HaijerMaarten Haijer, Director General of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), has urged European Union policymakers to push for the development of a common rulebook on online gambling protections, standards and safeguards.Writing a guest post on EU news source Politico.eu, Haijer reaffirms EGBA’s position that a reported +12 million European online gambling consumers are being underserved by inconsistent online gambling policies.“The challenges are obvious: The internet has no national borders, which means Europeans can easily play on gambling websites based in countries other than where they live,” said Haijer. “But the quality of national gambling regulations in the EU varies significantly and there is no consistency between them.”Detailing inconsistencies, Haijer points to research undertaken by the University of London which outlined that only Denmark had implemented European Commission policies and safeguards on online consumer protections, instructed by the EU in 2014.The EGBA points to major gaps in customer safeguards against problem gambling, detailing that half of EU member states have yet to implement player self-exclusion registries.Furthermore, the EGBA details major member state failings in underage age gambling protections, as well as customer record keeping and identification.Haijer added: “These are major failings in the effort to keep Europe’s citizens and gamblers safe online — and they could easily be avoided. Even some basic safeguards are not available everywhere in the EU.That is why the EGBA calls for more common EU rules and safeguards to better protect Europe’s more than 12 million online gamblers. A common rulebook would establish the strong and consistent safeguards needed to protect Europe’s citizens, particularly vulnerable groups, such as minors and problem gamblers.”In 2017, the ECJ detailed that it would no longer enforce EU laws on gambling sector regulations, detailing that national policy, standards and legislations would be ultimately determined by member state governments.“It is 2019: if the EU is really serious about making the digital single market work for its consumers, there is no reason why online gamblers living in one member country should be less protected than those living in another. It is time to act.” Related Articles Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgThe management of Voltic (GH) Limited, producers of Ghana’s leading water brand, has congratulated the winners of this year’s Accra Milo Marathon for their display of hard work and endurance during the 42.2 kilometer event.The event saw Alhaji Mohammed Kassim of the Ghana Air Force beating into second place last year’s winner from Kenya, Alex Kimeli, and Elizabeth Bortsor, 22, a police officer, successfully defending her title in style.Voltic (GH) Limited, which was a co-sponsor of the event, in a statement noted with pride the successful organization of this year’s marathon.Brands Manager of Voltic (GH) Limited, Ms. Ama Armah stressed that the 27th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon will go into the history books as the best organized event by the Dansoman Keep Fit Club and Nestle Ghana Limited and that Voltic was very proud to be associated with it.Ms. Armah said Voltic decided to sponsor the marathon because “the human body survives on water and doctors recommend regular water intake to keep the body hydrated at all times. Drinking water contributes to a healthy lifestyle; ensuring this water is of the highest quality and purity takes on added importance for a marathon performance.  Voltic (Gh) Limited co-sponsored the marathon because we wanted to be there for all runners, ensuring that dehydration did not rob them of their dreams.  Voltic’s natural mineral content provides pure and highly effective hydration for athletes.  It is these natural minerals that make Voltic different from other brands on the market.”According to Ms. Armah, as a corporate institution, Voltic believes that it is important to give back to a society that patronizes its products, and therefore take delight in sponsoring a wide range of activities and projects that are important to communities.   The Accra Milo Marathon is no doubt one of the most anticipated events on the Ghanaian sporting calendar.  “The success of this year’s edition has justified our desire to maintain Voltic’s ongoing support of the Accra Milo Marathon” Ms. Armah added.Voltic’s sponsorship package comprised a supply of water for all the athletes before, during and after the event.  The company also gave prizes to selected winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd) in each of the four categories.  The prize package included Voltic souvenirs and a year’s supply of Voltic Natural Mineral water with varying quantities for each category.  Guests and invited dignitaries were also refreshed with Voltic Natural Mineral Water during the awards ceremony.last_img read more

first_imgKaepernick later filed a collusion case against the NFL, alleging that the NFL and teams have made a coordinated effort to keep him out of the league because he initiated protests of social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Related News LeBron James has been an outspoken supporter of Colin Kaepernick in the past, and he reminded everyone of that Friday with a fashion statement.James sported a black jersey with Kaepernick’s No. 7 as he got off the team plane ahead of the Lakers’ game against Golden State. #LakeShow touching down. 🛬 pic.twitter.com/BdU6bJvb8P— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 2, 2019Kaepernick has been one of the storylines heading into Super Bowl 53. Several high-profile entertainers, including Rihanna and Cardi B, turned down opportunities to perform during halftime as a show of support for the former 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick, of course, has been unable to find a job since opting out of his contract in March 2017. View this post on Instagram Jay Gruden says Redskins aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick: I think we’ll go in a different directioncenter_img The quarterback has become a civil rights icon for some since he began his protests. Warriors star Kevin Durant is among those donning a black “#ImWithKap” jersey this week as a show of support. Kaepernick thanked Durant on Instagram, saying, “Thank you to my Brother @easymoneysniper for rockin with me, especially this week!” Shunned Colin Kaepernick still working out, wants to play, report says Thank you to my Brother @easymoneysniper for rockin with me, especially this week! 📸: @1johnpapiA post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Feb 1, 2019 at 9:43am PSTKaepernick is expected to have a hearing in his collusion case early this year in Philadelphia.last_img read more

first_imgDiario As announced on its website yesterday that John Guidetti was one step away from playing on loan at Hannover 96 and the Vitorian entity made it official a few minutes ago through its social networks. When the club was questioned this morning about the number that Camarasa was going to wear on his shirt, it was said that “you had to wait for movements during the day to know it since, once registered, it would be the one for the whole season”. Well, it will take 10. The one that until now had the Swedish striker, who dreams of playing the Eurocup with his country’s squad. Guidetti arrived on loan to Alavés in the winter market a few years ago and left very good feelings for what the Vitorian club paid to Celta about 4 million euros to close his transfer. After several years in Vitoria, he has gone from less to more and now he hardly counted for Asier Garitano. Its withdrawal will be inconsequential in the day-to-day competitive of the albiazul group. The news has come almost at the same time that Diario As has advanced the landing of Roberto Jiménez, from West Ham. It will also be on loan, as Guidetti. El Alavés trusts Aritz, the subsidiary’s goalkeeper who travels with the team at 6 in the afternoon heading to Valencia to play tomorrow against Levante, but has never hidden that he was looking for a goalkeeper with more travel in the market.last_img read more

first_imgFancy winning the wedding of your dreams worth €15,000.Then the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey, in association with a number of the top wedding suppliers in the North-west are hosting a dream wedding competition. One lucky couple will prevail as the winners of an amazing prize of an all inclusive wedding with a reception for up to 150 guests, to the value of €15,000 to be held at the Villa Rose Hotel.To enter the competition, couples will go head to head in a “Mr & Mrs to Be” style competition, with heats taking place in January 2013.Finalists from each heat will then proceed through to the grand final which will determine the overall winners of this amazing prize. The competition is limited to approximately 40 couples so anyone entering will have a one in forty chance of winning.The prize package consists of: Wedding Reception sponsored by the Villa Rose Hotel; Bridal Gown from the Bridal Rooms at McElhinney’s Department Store; Men’s Suit Hire from Evolve Menswear; Bridesmaids Dress by Celebrationz; Wedding Photography by Gerard McHugh; Wedding Cars by Gerard McGirr; Wedding DVD by Arthur Lynch; Cake by Heidi’s Creative Cakes; Wedding Entertainment from DJ John Bosco & Mr Majestic; Flowers by Ballybofey Florist; Drinks Reception by Findlater & Febver. This package is valued at €15,000 and will be an excellent start to married life for the lucky winners.The competition is open to anyone wishing to enter; however terms & conditions state that any couple who have already booked with another venue are strictly prohibited from entering.In order to enter simply contact The Villa Rose Hotel on 074-9132266 for an application form or email weddings@villarose.net for further details. WIN THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2012 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) Tags:000competitionVilla Rosewedding€15last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – It’s been called “the skiddiest of all Skid Rows”: 50 square blocks of run-down hotels, abandoned factories, burned-out storefronts, dingy bars and seedy liquor stores, interspersed among hundreds of makeshift homes, most of them built with discarded cardboard boxes and stolen shopping carts. Located an easy walk from City Hall, police headquarters and other downtown seats of power, this last stop for the destitute has been a fixture of the nation’s second-largest city for nearly a century. Folk singer Woody Guthrie called it “the skiddiest of all Skid Rows” in his 1943 autobiography “Bound For Glory.” Poet Charles Bukowksi said it was populated by “people who are mutilated and almost dead … creeping, crawling, uncared for creatures.” These days the area has been getting a less poetic though equally hard look. With a burgeoning real estate market bringing luxury apartments and condos to the edge of Skid Row, city leaders are torn between letting gentrification roll over the area or trying to make it a more hospitable environment to get help with homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and other troubles. Among other measures: Police have conducted drug stings, making more than 5,000 arrests during the first three months of the year, including one in which actor Brad Renfro was caught trying to buy heroin. Authorities tried to keep thousands of people from sleeping on the streets, but a federal appeals court stopped the effort until the city provides adequate beds to house all of its homeless. The City Council placed a yearlong moratorium on demolition of about 240 Skid Row flophouses while officials try to balance affordable housing needs against the conversion of older buildings to apartments that can rent for more than $1,000 a month. If all of the projects now under development are completed, the number of housing units in downtown could more than double to nearly 40,000 in five years. Some of the estimated 14,000 homeless people on Skid Row fear they could be shuffled off to the suburbs to make room for those projects. An ambitious plan by a group called Bring L.A. Home proposes the use of temporary shelters throughout Los Angeles County. “They don’t want to get rid of homeless people, they just want to move them around to where people won’t see them,” said Franklin Smith, a homeless man who can often be found perched on a shopping cart outside a small toy store along Skid Row. Steve Van Zile, an executive with SRO Housing Corp., which refurbishes old buildings and rents apartments for as little as $66 a month, said the housing boom is a concern for his nonprofit organization. “Finding properties is always the issue for us,” he said. “It is getting harder and harder,” as the price of real estate rises. Estela Lopez, who lives in the area, says the boom shouldn’t be blamed for Skid Row’s dilemma, although it may have focused more attention on a place she says has been in need of fixing for years. “In my lifetime, the area has gone from being the Skid Row for people who were down and out, down on their luck and needing help, to an area that is violent, an area that is taking people’s lives through illness and disease and drug addiction or through stabbings and fights,” she said. As executive director of the Central City East Business Association, a pro-business and property owners group, Lopez helps lead nighttime walks through Skid Row as part of her group’s efforts to take back the streets. “You’d be surprised how few people take us up on that offer,” she said, noting only four did on a recent walk. One of those who didn’t was Smith, a former dispatcher for a trucking company. Dirty and disheveled but surprisingly articulate after seven years on the street, he spends much of his time outside the toy store. The owners don’t run him off when he asks passers-by for spare change and allow him to stow the wooden box he uses as his portable toilet behind the building. Like more than half of those on Skid Row, drugs and mental problems appear to be his enemies. Although Smith said he’s never been in trouble with the law, he holds a lighter in one hand and a marijuana cigarette in the other as he speaks, quickly flicking away the latter when officers in a passing police cruiser give him the onceover. He talks repeatedly of a government conspiracy to keep him from getting his relief checks and says he shuns homeless shelters because they want to search his shopping cart before they’ll let him in. Instead, he lays his blanket down on the sidewalk near a local police station, saying it’s safer there. He is one of about 3,000 people who sleep on Skid Row streets each night, according to Don Spivack, deputy director of the County Community Redevelopment Agency. About 8,000 live in hotels that range from dirty flophouses with little more than a cot and a hot plate, to clean, recently renovated buildings like those run by SRO Housing Corp. Another 3,000 live night-to-night in area shelters. The unfunded plan released last month by Bring L.A. Home proposes spending $12.4 billion to create 50,000 units of low-cost housing and a handful of shelters throughout the county. “The idea is to make it a stable neighborhood, as much as you can for the population that you’re dealing with,” Spivack said. ——— Inside Homeless immigrants among L.A.’s poorest, both on and off Skid Row. / A5 Homeless say safety, drugs are big worries along Skid Row. / A5160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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