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_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2019 at 12:37 am Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder center_img At the far end of the Tennity Ice Pavilion bleachers, Jill Harrington stood and yelled, “Go ‘Cuse.” It was the championship game for the Syracuse club men’s ice hockey team. Standing next to her, the Orange’s women’s ice hockey head coach, Paul Flanagan, was at the game to watch his son. He asked Harrington which of the players her son was.“Oh, he’s the one with the bowtie there in the penalty box doing the PA announcing,” she said. Harrington’s son, Michael Kuruc, was the team manager.The head coach noted Kuruc looked “in charge,” she said. Flanagan was looking for a director of hockey operations, he continued, and he told Harrington to have Kuruc call him.Now a senior, Kuruc is in that role while also being a video coordinator for Syracuse (10-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America). Kuruc’s job hasn’t changed much in his three years with the team, he said. He “tags” plays during games, making it easier for players to go back and watch film specific to them, and he helps put together film packages for pregame scouting. His prep will help the Orange as they begin the CHA Tournament against Lindenwood in the first quarterfinal on Wednesday.“He’s been a three-year player,” Flanagan said. “Really, he’s part of the family. We’ve gotten to know him, he’s buddies with the kids but he keeps it professional.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorKuruc hopes Syracuse is the first step to an eventual Division I head coach position. He likely won’t be staying with the Orange after graduating at the end of this semester, and he has reached out to other schools, including New England College and Castleton, mainly regarding graduate assistant and director of hockey operations positions.After working multiple internships to fulfil a dream of becoming a minor league baseball general manager, he worked with SU and realized coaching is a better fit for him. Through his video coordination, Kuruc sees his hand in the product on the ice.“I feel more connected to the team itself, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted,” Kuruc said. “Wherever I went, I always wanted to be a part of the team.”The fights initially drew Kuruc to hockey, he said. When he was about 5 or 6 years old, Binghamton, where he grew up, was awarded an American Hockey League franchise affiliated with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. His family bought season tickets to the minor league team’s inaugural season.At the time, the late Ray Emery was the Binghamton Senators’ starting goalie, and Kuruc remembers seeing Emery get into a fight one night.“Do they let kids do this?” Kuruc asked.“Yeah, there’s a youth hockey organization in town,” Harrington replied.Kuruc wondered: “How quickly can I go out and do this?”In high school, Kuruc played hockey and had three head coaches in four years. There was no structure in the team, he said. His junior year, he became the starting goalie, and with best friend Alex Kashani, Kuruc became a vocal leader for the team.He said he didn’t want to be “mean” or “pushy,” just a “positive influence.” In Kuruc’s senior year of high school, the head coach “lost the team,” Kashani said. At times, it seemed the coach didn’t know what he was doing, Kashani said, and some of the younger players became worried about playing time and why some players were getting more play time than others. Kuruc helped the players “keep their heads up” in the middle of long losing stretches. Kuruc took the time to point out positives, even in losses, such as when a player scored a nice goal or had a big hit.“He’s such a positive guy in all situations,” Kashani said, “and that’s the type of person that I would want, personally, leading my team.”Courtesy of Jim ParkerThe pressure of guarding the goal endeared him to the position, Kuruc said. It’s one of the only positions on the ice that can effectively change the outcome of the game. When Kuruc played Little League Baseball, he had the same idea, Harrington said. Kuruc always wanted to be the pitcher or catcher, the two roles with the most focus on them.In coaching, it’s different. A coach can draw up a play that, if executed correctly, would fool the defense completely, Kuruc said. His mentality carried into his work with the men’s and women’s programs at SU, where he wanted to “help everybody out as much” as he could.Kuruc has observed the Orange coaching staff similar to how he took notes on goalies in Binghamton growing up. The coaches at Syracuse also have connections in the hockey industry which can be invaluable to Kuruc as he searches for a job. Assistant Brendon Knight in particular has offered Kuruc advice on how to deal with players in difficult situations and given insight on what life on the road as a coach can be like.“You have to teach them everything that they need to know to do … in order for it to be successful the way that you looked at it in your mind,” Kuruc said.Before working with the women’s ice hockey program, Kuruc had no idea about video coordinating. He had no idea about being a director of hockey operations. He didn’t even know these positions really existed. Now, he said he couldn’t have envisioned the experience any better.“It’s been a hell of a ride, for certain,” Kuruc said.last_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_imgForeclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company said Thursday. A total of 223,538 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from 112,210 in the same month a year ago, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. The number of filings in September was down 8 percent from August’s 243,947, the firm said. Despite the sequential decline, the September figure represents the second-highest total for filings in a single month since the company began tracking monthly filings two years ago. “August was an extraordinarily high month for foreclosure activity, so some falloff was almost predictable,” said Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s vice president for marketing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The filings include default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions. Some properties might have received more than one notice if the owners have multiple mortgages. Typically, borrowers must be 60 to 90 days past due on their mortgage payments before their lender will consider them in default, the first stage of the foreclosure process. If a homeowner can’t find a way to get current on payments, the home is then often put up for auction, and if it doesn’t sell, it eventually goes back to the bank. In all, 39 states saw a decline in foreclosure filings, the firm said. Sharga noted that there was a spike in the number of bank repossessions in August that did not occur in September. It’s likely that the sequential decline in foreclosure activity between August and September was just a blip, not a bellwether of lessening foreclosure filings. “We don’t see September as the beginning of the end in this cycle of foreclosures,” Sharga said. The foreclosure rate for the nation in September was one foreclosure filing for every 557 households, the firm said. The U.S. housing market has seen sales decline and home prices fall or remain flat, making it harder for homeowners who can’t afford to make mortgage payments to sell their homes or seek refinancing. Many of those troubled homeowners were among those who took on adjustable-rate mortgages that are now adjusting to a higher interest rate, translating into payments they cannot afford to make. The rising delinquencies and foreclosures this year have led the mortgage industry to tighten lending standards, further narrowing options for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Nevada, Florida and California had the highest foreclosure rates in the country last month, the firm said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more