Gov. Wolf Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protests

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Proclamations,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon amended his May 30 disaster emergency declaration to add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties to provide all necessary assistance to these counties as they respond to the escalation of protests. These counties join Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dauphin counties, which were in the original declaration.“People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it’s unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy property,” Gov. Wolf said. “I amended this declaration to add more counties affected by the violence that erupted after peaceful protests in Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties over the weekend.”The declaration authorizes the commonwealth and its agencies to assist municipalities in their response to de-escalate violence and ensure public safety.On Saturday, Gov. Wolf announced the expanded activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). That activation, combined with this declaration, authorizes PEMA to direct emergency operations in these six counties, allocating all resources and personnel as deemed necessary to cope with the situation.In addition, the original declaration allocates $2 million in unused appropriated funds to PEMA for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, and transfer up to $4 million in unused appropriated funds, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, to the PEMA for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. Any unused funds will be returned to the General Fund.The declaration authorizes the Adjutant General of the PA National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner to activate personnel and use resources as necessary to alleviate the danger to public health and safety caused by this emergency.Read the amended declaration here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protestscenter_img June 01, 2020last_img

Duterte fires oil exploration chief

first_imgAquino was allegedly asked to resign due to a deal he inked this year with state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft Oil Company and Hong Kong-based Pionaire Finance Limited without the knowledge of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the chair of PNOC-EC. “The President’s order is still in line, and pursuant to his anti-corruption campaign in the government, and underscores once again that there are no sacred cows under this Administration,” he added. Panelo, meanwhile, reiterated Duterte’s directive to all government workers to resist temptation of corruption or risk getting fired. Aquino had been PNOC-EC’s president and CEO since 2012. He was appointed as its chairman of the board in 2007. He also served as its senior vice president from 1993-2008. President Duterte has been vocal in his fight against corruption and he has fired several government officials since assuming the presidency in 2016 due to corruption links./PN “All government officials are directed to undertake actions which are only pursuant to what the law provides in the performance of their official functions and desist from committing any act that are — or may appear to be — irregular, illegal or dishonest,” Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said in a statement that Duterte asked Philippine National OilCompany-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) chief executive officer Pedro Aquinoto resign as the President has lost confidence in him. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO MANILA – Still true to hisadministration’s war against corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte fired the country’soil exploration chief. last_img

Pirates Crossbones Relays Results

first_img6th Place4x400M Relay (Hunter Butz, Jonathon Ralston, Sage O’Mara, & Nick Zapfe) 3:57.6Courtesy of Pirates Coach Shawn Ruble. The Pirate boys’ team were able to capture three 1st place medals, and were within an inch from breaking a meet record in the long jump that was set in 2005. 3rd Place4x800M Relay (Hunter Butz, Nick Zapfe, Sage O’Mara, & Jonathon Ralston) 8:54.6Shuttle Hurdles (Matthew Stewart, Jalen Woods, Adam Koester, & Collin Springmeyer) 1:13.7Pole Vault (20’0”) team of Matthew Stewart 10’0” & Charlie Pumphrey 10’0”Throwers 4x100M Relay (Blaine Schroeder, Kaden Redelman, John Redelman, & Matt Boone) 57.1 2nd Place4x100M Relay (Daimon Austin, Adam Koester, Jalen Woods, & Joey Woods)  45.9Sprint Medley Relay (Daimon Austin, Adam Koester, Joey Woods, & Nick Zapfe) 1:41.9Shot Put (77’7 ¼”) team of John Redelman 39’7 ¾” & Kaden Redelman 37’11 ½” 1st PlaceLong Jump (37’9”) team of Daimon Austin 19’11” & Joey Woods 17’10”High Jump (10’6”) team of Collin Springmeyer 5’4” & Adam Koester 5’2”Shot Put (80’11 ¾”) team of Matt Boone 44’0” & Jalen Woods 36’11 ¾” 4th PlaceDiscus (209’8 ½”) team of John Redelman 113’6” & Blaine Schroeder 96’2 ½”Distance Medley Relay (Hunter Butz, Sage O’Mara, Nick Zapfe, & Sawyer Sanders) 11:58.13High Jump (10’4”) team of  Daimon Austin 5’2” & Jalen Woods 5’2” Greensburg Track and Field hosted the annual Crossbones Relays on Saturday. Columbus North, Greenfield Central, Franklin County, Madison, Milan and Rushville all participated in the non scored all relay event.edit (2)edit (3)The Lady Pirates had a lot of great performances starting with the Champion Relay Team of Lily Grimes and Allison Ralston winning the Shot Put event. The duo of Grimes and Ralston were also Runner Up Champions of the Discus event.Other Relay Championships came from the distance ladies. Brenner Hanna, Emily Mangels, Emma Wilmer and Sophie Nobbe won the 3200m Relay. Mangels, Kayla Haycock, Emma Hatton and Hanna also won the Distance Medley Relay.Other top finishes include:3rd PlacePole Vault – Koregan Kidd4th Place400m Relay – Emily Million, Hilary Ernstes, Koregan Kidd, Mary West800m Relay – Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock, Koregan Kidd, Mary WestSprint Medley Relay – Mary West, Koregan Kidd, Kayla Haycock, Hilary Ernstes1600m Relay – Brenner Hanna, Emily Mangels, Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock5th PlaceHigh Jump – Emily MangelsCourtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.Pirate Track & Field hosted the annual Crossbones Relays over the weekend. Columbus North, Franklin County, Greenfield Central, Madison, Milan, & Rushville all competed in this unique meet. Athletes in the field events compete with a partner and their best performances are combined from their overall distance.last_img

Trailer a total loss after I-74 fire

first_imgNew Point, IN—On Thursday evening a little before 5 pm, a trailer caught fire on I-74 near the 141-mile marker.  New Point Community Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire along with assistance from the Greensburg Fire Department. New Point Fire Chief Mark Baldwin stated that after speaking with the driver, the cause of the fire so far has been determined to have initiated from the truck’s brakes.  The driver reported seeing smoke and then flames once it began to spread.  The driver was able to disengage the semi-truck from the trailer to avoid additional damages.  The trailer contained furniture from 3 family’s homes.  Chief Baldwin said the trailer is a total loss.   I-74 was shut down for roughly 3 hours for clean up and investigation.last_img

Shri Narayanan named inaugural Nikias Chair in Engineering

first_imgProfessor Shri Narayanan of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering received the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering. This honor is the first formal recognition in Nikias’ name.Narayanan is a professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and pediatrics. He has served as director of the Ming Hsieh Institute of Electrical Engineering since 2010, and director of the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab since 2005.Nikias recruited Narayanan nearly two decades ago, when Nikias was a Viterbi professor.“One of my most enduring and heartfelt achievements while at USC Viterbi was to help recruit Shri,” Nikias said to USC News. “Seventeen years ago, one could not overestimate his towering intellect and creativity.”Narayanan’s lab focuses on                human-centered technologies. By using data scientific approaches to understand human cognition, aspects of human behavior are explored further. In the context of this, Narayanan wants to bring greater understanding to mental health. “We are trying to find more objective ways of diagnosing autism, as well as understanding changes in behavior in response to the treatment,” he said.Additionally, Narayanan’s work spreads to media studies, particularly focusing on unconscious biases and their representation in media and the effect this has on society.                                                                                                         Narayanan’s work is unique in that it brings mathematics and computer science into the equation. “These subjects traditionally have been dealt with very qualitatively,” Narayanan said. “We try to combine multiple perspectives from different fields like engineering, psychology and linguistics.”By bringing objective quantitative analysis to psychotherapy, Narayanan hopes to better understand the mental condition of patients in addiction therapy and counseling.Nikias presented the award to Narayanan on Feb. 15 at Tutor Hall.“I feel very honored and excited, because [Nikias] is a leader in the field I’ve worked in,” Narayanan said. “He’s also one of my mentors. It’s very meaningful for me on both a personal and a professional level.”last_img

USC instates GPA and unit requirements for Greek recruitment

first_imgVice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry released a letter to the USC community on Friday officially instating new Greek recruitment standards, which require a minimum USC GPA of 2.5 and 12 completed units. It will be effective beginning in Fall 2018.The new requirements, which apply to organizations in the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, essentially restrict first-semester freshmen and new transfer students from joining Greek organizations in the fall, as they have not yet completed the necessary units with the University and do not have a GPA. The decision comes after intense debate over whether fall recruitment placed too much stress on first-year students who had to balance the recruitment process with their first week of classes at USC.Carry said that the new standards, which the University had been discussing since this past summer, were created to allow students a semester to adjust before participating in Greek recruitment.“This is the toughest year of the transition to college as students experience the most social and academic challenges,” the letter reads. “A number of our peer institutions have implemented policies that support first-year students by allowing them time to acclimate to the university’s academic and social climate before participating in Greek-letter organizations.”According to the letter, Carry took many opinions and perspectives into account before reaching a final decision, including those of leaders of all USC Greek councils, individual council presidents, Undergraduate Student Government, parents, alumni and students. Carry said he also read statements from the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which opposed the new standards.“In weighing these considerations, the University has concluded that the benefit of allowing new students one semester to acclimate to USC academics and social life far outweigh the benefits of not making this policy change,” Carry wrote in the letter.Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Monique Allard will assemble a task force to discuss how to best implement the new standards and address concerns, according to the letter. The task force, which will begin meeting in early October, will include the Greek Council, Undergraduate Student Government and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership.Carry recognized the importance of Greek organizations and their various contributions to student life, such as providing a community of brotherhood and sisterhood, academic support and philanthropy.“Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of the campus community and can have a positive impact for members and non-members,” Carry wrote. “These organizations have been an instrumental part of the USC experience dating back to 1889. We believe it is important for us to have a healthy and thriving Greek community as part of our student-life experience.”In response to Carry’s letter, Panhellenic Council President Jamie Kwong said in an email to the Daily Trojan: “The Panhellenic Council is ready to work closely and openly with the administration to ensure the implementation of the change in eligibility does not detrimentally affect the well-being of our active members, new members, potential new members, or chapters.”IFC leadership released a letter Friday opposing the administration’s decision, and presenting a three-fold proposal for addressing the new recruitment standards including a public meeting with administrators and non-binding mediation. “Unilaterally implementing policy that limits a first-year student’s freedom of association with no meaningful input from student leaders is contrary to everything this university stands for,” the letter said.The Interfraternity Council did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.EDITOR’S NOTE: this post has been updated to reflect the Interfraternity Council’s letter responding to the University’s decision.last_img

USC to open postseason at Galen Center

first_imgAfter a disappointing start in Pac-10 play, the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team rebounded in the second half of the year to finish fifth in the country’s toughest conference, and will host Oklahoma in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.The bracket, announced Sunday afternoon, pits the Women of Troy (21-9) against the Sooners (18-11) Friday evening at the Galen Center. If USC wins, it will host either No. 12 Hawaii (27-2) or New Mexico (20-9) in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.Lead by example · Sixth-year senior Jessica Gysin set the tone for the Women of Troy in their final two victories of the regular season. – Ian Elston | Daily TrojanUSC coach Mick Haley said he knew his team was going to face tough opponents early in the tournament and feels fortunate that the NCAA committee chose his team to host the first two rounds. The Women of Troy have only lost two matches at home all season.“We get to host, and that’s a really good thing,” Haley said. “We’ll take it one team at a time. Right now, the focus is on Oklahoma.”USC defeated the Sooners, 3-1, in an early season tournament in 2008.The Women of Troy are riding a six-match winning streak heading into the tournament. The team’s most recent two wins were against Arizona State and No. 19 Arizona this weekend at the Galen Center.Led by the inspired play of All-American senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin on Senior Day, the Women of Troy defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 36-34, 25-23), in a tight conference match to end the season.Gysin had a career-high 23 kills and 16 digs to help lead her team to victory. Haley said he was proud of the way the sixth-year senior ended her season and said Gysin has been a captain who has led by example all year long.“She’s constantly giving everybody encouragement,” Haley said. “It’s hard not to come in here and play hard when you see your captains playing hard everyday. That kind of culture breeds success in the matches.”Haley also said he was very impressed by the way Gysin stepped up in the close match Saturday against the Wildcats.“The other team did about everything they could to try to stop her and still couldn’t. Hopefully, there’s more left in the tank,” he said.Senior captain libero Alli Hillgren recorded 34 digs — two off her career best —­ in the victory. Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman recorded career-highs with 62 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter had 23 kills with 13 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Lauren Williams had 12 kills against one error.Outside hitter Tiffany Owens led Arizona (19-10, 8-10) with 22 kills and 14 digs, while outside hitter Whitney Dosty had 20 kills and 10 digs with four block assists. Setter Paige Weber posted 59 assists for the Wildcats.With the match tied 1-1, USC won a draining third set 36-34 when Jupiter slammed two kills to finally put Arizona away. Riding the momentum, the Women of Troy closed the door on the Wildcats in the fourth set to finish their season on a high note.“It was really close the whole way,” Haley said. “You can’t have a better finishing match and come out on top than that.”USC also defeated Arizona State on Friday night, 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18), behind the strong play of Jupiter, who posted 25 kills, 15 digs and hit .340 in the match.Bateman tallied 59 assists with two kills and eight digs. Williams finished with 14 kills and four block assists, while Gysin had 15 kills and 10 digs. Junior Audrey Eichler had nine kills without an error and six blocks (three solo).Outside hitter Sarah Reaves led Arizona State (13-16, 3-14) with 16 kills and 11 digs. Outside hitter Camri Zweisler had eight kills in two sets, while outside hitter Sofie Schlagintweit and middle blocker Erica Wilson had seven kills each for the Sun Devils.last_img

I am focused on developing football not CAS ruling – Kurt Okraku

first_imgPresident of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku says he is not bothered about the pending verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in relation to the case between the FA and Wilfred Osei Palmer.Wilfred Osei Palmer dragged the FA to CAS over what he deemed unfair disqualification from contesting the 2019 GFA presidential election which Kurt Okraku won.The verdict was initially expected to be announced on July 17 but CAS pushed the date to August 4.In an interview on Max FM, the GFA boss said he is rather focused on how soon football will be brought back in the midst of all the challenges around it than the pending verdict by CAS.“I am not bothered about CAS’ verdict concerning the case presented by Palmer, I am rather focused on how soon football will be resumed. So I am not concerned about the case at all.As today marks another milestone in SWAG, I am glad about the euphoria around it and I am even glad about the step taken by him [Wilfred Osei Palmer]. He saw a problem and he took to it to a higher body to seek for redress, I see that as his right.So we leave things as it is since CAS stated they will issue their verdict tomorrow. So we are all waiting for tomorrow. We just have to be patient and in the end, football will be the ultimate winner”.When asked if he was privy to the result of the ruling, he stated he has no prior information to the verdict by CAS. “It is true that the verdict is first presented to the parties first but for now I cannot share any information with the effect.I will not comment on whatever Palmer has posted on twitter concerning the case. If CAS has given its verdict, I don’t think I have to go ahead of them to say anything.What my focus is on is the repositioning of Ghana football and we all know how difficult things have been. We will need a lot of effort to bring back the love so I think we shouldn’t be overly focused on one case, there are a lot of issues to focus on.So whatever the decision of CAS will be, football must continue to develop in the country.”last_img

OVERTIME 9-4

first_img:10 It’s Labor Day, which means “No Labor.” Go figure. Anyway…this will be a “No Labor” edition. So shut-up and take it like a man…or woman!:09 The NFL will split $765 million with more than 4,500 former players with concussion problems. That’s about $5 million each. Hell, for $5 million somebody can hit me again!:08 Sitting on 63 straight wins, the longest in the nation, the Clairton Bears look to extend the record with a new crop of players. It’s not going to be easy, but I say they’ll get it done.:07 I would break down the Steeler game from last Thursday night, but the Steelers didn’t play … no really, the Steelers didn’t play!:06 Back out on that limb that Kevin Cameron refuses to go out on. I got the Pirates sweeping St. Louis. By the time you read this, the deed will be done.:05 The Florida State Seminoles will come to town Labor Day Monday. I am going all in. Pitt in the upset. It’s a new day in Panther town.:04 Tiger Woods says his back is fine. That said, I got him winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. (I don”t know. I am just feeling good about it.):03 Alison Riske of Peters Township advances to the third round of the U.S. Open. Bring home the gold girl. That’s how we roll round here. Sorry Serena. Step off on this one.:02 I want to say good bye to my “Special Cousin” Mrs. Shirley Grogan who passed away this past week. Far too soon. She was without question, the nicest and most beloved woman you could ever want to meet. Always a smile on her face and always the giving, caring, sharing person that we all wish we could be. To the entire Grogan family, may God Bless you all and may only wonderful things come your way. To my “Favorite Cousin” Darlene (smile) and Reece, keep the family tight and move forward. Shirley, we love you and you will be missed.:01 Tyler DeShon Carter … it’s quite possible that if you don”t know the name, you’re the only one. But trust me, the rest of the country does and it won’t be long before he’s a household name. He, of the Penn Hills Eagles Track Club under the direction of Coach Chaz Carter and Bruce Schifino, recently participated in the Regional Junior Championships where he became champion in the long jump, triple jump, 110 hurdle and 400 hurdles and was ranked No. 1 nationally in the triple jump. Credit also has to go out to his hurdles coach Jerimey Ward, where some serious work has been invested. While at the Nationals, Carter finished 5th in the triple jump and was proud to excel in competition that included more than 8,500 athletes. But here’s the important thing. Clearly winning matters, but what matters even more as his coaches explain, is that he is an intelligent, hard working and highly respected young man. Those are the real skills that will eventually take him to Olympic Gold. Represent Tyler… Represent!! Go Eagles! Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img

Foran out of World Cup

first_imgThe NZRL confirmed Foran’s new club, the Canterbury Bulldogs, have made him unavailable for the World Cup so he can recover from a quad and back strain he played through for the majority of the 2017 season with the Warriors.The Kiwis co-host the World Cup alongside Australia and Papaua New Guinea.The tournament kicks off at the end of next month.last_img