President Trump Denies Disaster Declaration Request for Northeast PA Counties Hit Hard in March Storm

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that President Donald Trump has denied his request for a federal disaster declaration to help offset the financial burden of a record-breaking snowstorm that crippled much of the northeastern part of the state in March.“This disaster declaration would have provided much-needed financial assistance to hard-hit communities in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “I want to thank county and local emergency managers and responders for all of their hard efforts in responding to this storm and helping us make our case for this disaster declaration request.”In his request letter sent to the Trump Administration, Governor Wolf cited: costs to local municipalities that significantly exceeded their snow removal budgets; transportation issues such as preemptive road closures including major interstates; record-breaking snowfall in nine counties; and storm conditions that generated significant life-safety issues requiring a variety of critical resource and support needs, such as rescue and evacuation of stranded motorists, wrecker service with recovery staff, generators and transportation of emergency workers.The governor made the request earlier this month in order to provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Northumberland, Pike, Wayne and Montour counties through the Public Assistance program. The program provides reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for the eligible 48-hour time period. President Trump Denies Disaster Declaration Request for Northeast PA Counties Hit Hard in March Storm SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 11, 2017last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Carbon County Battle Blight

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Carbon County Battle Blight SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Lansford, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state Senator John Yudichak and other officials in Lansford, Carbon Country today to outline Restore Pennsylvania, the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations. The governor’s proposal will help communities in Carbon Country to address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.“My vision for Lansford and other communities is to have a vibrant downtown that will attract new opportunities,” said Governor Wolf. “For many towns and cities that means dealing with empty and decaying buildings. It’s time to invest in these communities to remove blight and create a bright economic future for residents and businesses. Unfortunately, with declining federal investments, many communities lack the resources for these projects. We need an aggressive plan to get us back on track.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced Restore Pennsylvania, an ambitious infrastructure initiative funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs.Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Lansford, the governor joined Sen. Yudichak for a tour starting at the former Panther Valley Middle School on East Bertsch Street and continuing to East Ridge Street. The governor highlighted how Restore Pennsylvania could help revitalize the commonwealth.“Restore Pennsylvania is a bold bipartisan plan to invest in Carbon County’s efforts to eliminate blight in communities hard hit by an aging housing market and abandoned businesses,” said Sen. Yudichak. “By enacting a responsible severance tax, we will be investing in our communities and creating economic development opportunities that will benefit Carbon County and all Pennsylvanians.”Restore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.center_img March 25, 2019last_img read more

Two new faces to join board of UK’s oil and gas regulator

first_imgHisnon-executive director and advisory experience is extensive and includes arange of companies involved in the energy sector like Cabot Energy,CO2DeepStore, and Blaze Manufacturing Solutions. Sarah Deasleyis a director of Frontier Economics, one of Europe’s largest economicsconsultancies, where she focuses predominantly on the energy sector. She isalso a trustee of Sustainability First. “The COVID pandemic, the global oil price fall, and the need to help solve the climate crisis present the Industry with a combination of unprecedented challenges. The OGA is committed to doing everything we can to assist the industry, the supply chain, the government and the wider community at this extraordinarily difficult time”. Following anearly career in audit and consultancy, he undertook senior finance roles severalcompanies including serving as group finance director for FirstGroup and as CFOof PowerGen International, as well as being the CFO at Faroe Petroleum. The UK’s oil and gas industry regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), has named two new non-executive directors to its board. OGA’s chairman, Tim Eggar, said: “I am delighted to welcome Iain and Sarah to the board, they bring with them outstanding experience and the balance of skills that we need to continue to support the UK’s oil and gas industry at this crucial time in its history.center_img Lanaghan is currentlya non-executive director of Scottish Water and the UK Government’s DefenceEquipment & Support Agency (DE&S). OGA said last week that Iain Lanaghan would take his place on the board at the end of April 2020 and that Sarah Deasley would join the board in October 2020 following the retirement of Robert Armour at the end of September. Sarah Deasley (L) and Iain Lanaghan (R); Source: OGA Before joiningFrontier Economics, Sarah worked for PwC and the Office of ElectricityRegulation – now OFGEM. Sarah brings a wealth of experience of the energysector, including its regulatory processes and the opportunities presented bythe challenge to achieve Net Zero in the UK by 2050.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in August

first_imgOscar Pistorius released from prison Oscar Pistorius parole blocked South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius may be released from prison on parole in August after serving only 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.“Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August,” a Pistorius family member who asked not to be identified told Reuters Monday. Pistorius started his five year sentence in October last year.South African prison officials have recommended Pistorius be released from prison on Aug. 21 to go under house arrest. Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise says that a prison committee recommended Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence. A decision by the parole board is pending.Modise said the committee made the recommendation on the basis of the double-amputee Olympic athlete’s good behavior in the jail in the South African capital, Pretoria.Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the conditions of Pistorius’ house arrest won’t be made public.Pistorius was acquitted of murder last year for killing Steenkamp in 2013 by shooting her multiple times through a closed toilet door in his Pretoria home. The runner claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a nighttime intruder. Meanwhile, Pistorius’ case will go in front of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in November, the court said Monday, when prosecutors will challenge the decision to acquit him of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Pistorius would again face the possibility of a murder conviction and a minimum of 15 years in prison if a panel of judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal overturns the original decision in his murder trial.Relatedcenter_img Oscar Pistorius parole release to be ‘reviewed’last_img read more

Hospitals impose visitor restrictions to reduce virus spread

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Area hospitals are taking a extra steps to minimize the spread of germs as flu and the whooping cough cases are on the rise.Margaret Mary Health is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective December 15. The hospital is among others in the Tri-State announcing similar regulations.The restrictions include no visitors with respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, aches or stomach virus symptoms, as well as no visitors under the age of 14. Exceptions will be made for newborns’ siblings but they will be screened before visiting.The hospital recommends all siblings of newborns receive the flu vaccine at least seven days prior to visiting. For information on where you can get the flu vaccine, contact your doctor’s office or the Margaret Mary Wellness Clinic at (812) 934-0699.“If you are sick or simply not feeling well, please refrain from visiting patients in the hospital,” said Rachel White, Infection Prevention Coordinator at MMH. “Although it’s difficult for family members and friends to stay away from loved ones in the hospital, we know visitors wouldn’t want to spread illness to our patients.”last_img read more

Call for projects is open in the Community Crossings grant program

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the next call for projects is open in the Community Crossings grant program for shovel-ready local road construction projects. Community Crossings is part of Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Roads program, a 20-year, fully funded plan to enhance Indiana’s highways and local roads.“Our transportation infrastructure plays a crucial role in ensuring Hoosier residents and businesses reach their full potential,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Community Crossings is a partnership between the state and local communities to make meaningful investments in transportation to catalyze economic growth, add jobs, attract and retain talent, all while promoting safety on every mile.”Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.Projects submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.“Community Crossings is a tremendously valuable tool to cities, towns, and counties as they build and maintain their local transportation assets,” Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation said. “Local roads are the first and last mile of the state’s transportation system. Because of that, INDOT is committed to partnering with communities to make local roads stronger and safer.last_img read more

AITA Tennis Tournament From Monday

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls under 16 years age group will start from June 10 at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex, Chachal, Guwahati. The qualifying round matches of the boy’s event will be held on June 8 and the finals will be held on June 14. There will be no qualifying round matches in the girl’s event. The tournament will be organised by All Assam Tennis Association (AATA).Also Read: LOCAL SPORTSlast_img

Prime Minister Holness hails `global hero’ Bolt at film launch

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has praised Usain Bolt as a ‘global hero’ and says the sprint star has given Jamaica a new level of international visibility.Holness was speaking at the regional premiere of the film ‘I Am Bolt’ which documents Bolt’s life and rise to stardom in track and field.“Usain Bolt is now Jamaica’s biggest ambassador. His personality, his ability to draw people to him (and) his showmanship have really given a boost to Brand Jamaica,” Holness said.“His achievements on the field, tied with his personality and being able to do this while remaining clean (of performance-enhancing drugs), puts him way above the rest, and he is truly not just a Jamaican hero, but a global hero.”The 30-year-old Bolt is a multiple-time Olympic gold medallist, and is widely regarded as the greatest-ever sprinter. He has won the 100 and 200 metres at three successive Olympics and has added another three gold medals in the sprint relay, to bring his tally to nine.He still holds the World records in both the 100 and 200 metres.Holness said Bolt was the ideal example of what could be accomplished through hard work and commitment.“(Usain) is a national treasure, an asset for us and a great ambassador, but he is also a great representation of what we can do as humans by working very hard, being committed and maintaining principles,” the country’s leader stressed.Holness was one of several government officials, in addition to political and business figures who attended the premiere of the film at the National Indoor Sports Centre.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said Bolt remained central to Jamaica’s international marketability.“At the centre of Brand Jamaica is Usain Bolt,” she said.“Usain Bolt is a legend and it is something that we have to cherish and we have to recognise and we have to say thanks for.”last_img read more

Cricket News Inzamam-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan chief selector

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down as the chief selector on Wednesday but was open to take up any new assignment from the Cricket Board.The under-fire chief selector told a press conference in Lahore that he would not seek an extension or renewal of his contract, which expires on July 31.“After more than three years as chief selector, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” the former skipper said.“With the ICC World Test Championship due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring in new ideas and fresh thinking.“I spoke to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan on Monday and conveyed my decision to them separately. I also thanked them for backing and supporting the selection committee since taking over the reins of Pakistan cricket,” Inzamam, the most capped Test player, said.A veteran of 120 Tests came under severe criticism as the chief selector for being uncertain about some selection decisions and poor planning ahead of the World Cup, where Pakistan failed to qualify for the knockouts.Chief selector since mid-2016, Inzamam headed the selection committee that also included Wasim Haider, Tauseef Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti.His decision to rest captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and five other players for the one-day series against Australia in UAE before the World Cup was slammed by former stalwarts, critics and fans alike.Inzamam claimed that the national team had come a long way since the retirements of stalwarts like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan in May 2017 and now the youngsters have grown in experience and stature.“They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats. It has been a pleasure to see these players grow and make names for themselves in international cricket.“I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take the Pakistan cricket team to greater heights,” he said.Inzamam did admit that the team could have done better during his tenure and the players have more potential than their results reflected.“The team could have performed better during my time than the results reflect and I may have inadvertently overlooked some potentially deserving players, but I have always had the best interests of Pakistan cricket foremost in my heart. I hope the passionate Pakistan cricket fans will understand and can see this in my decisions.”Inzamam insisted that he, along with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur had worked well as a group, stayed together in difficult times and continued to collectively move in the same direction. Inzamam, meanwhile, made it clear that he was ready to take up any new job that the PCB offered him.The 4192nd ODI witnessed was one of the greatest clashes in the history of the One Day International Game. In 11 World Cup editions, the closest victory margin was seven runs by Australia against England in 1987 at Kolkata. Now, England, with the pain of three World Cup final losses and New Zealand, the 2015 final losers, clashed against each other. It was already 6:45 AM in New Zealand.100 overs later, a New Zealand-born cricketer playing for England almost hurt the Kiwis. Ben Stokes blasted 83 but the match ended in a tie and for the first time in World Cup history, the title would be decided on the super over.Trent Boult leaked 15 runs and New Zealand needed 16 runs. James Neesham blasted a six off Jofra Archer, who came into the England side as a man of destiny having just qualified to play for the national side. Two runs were needed off one ball. Martin Guptill, who had endured a nightmare World Cup, had a chance for glory.However, when he turned for a second, Guptill was run-out. The super over was tied. England had won the World Cup due to a bigger boundary count. Read that again: England won the World Cup because the boundary count was higher. 22 by England as compared to 16 by New Zealand.(With inputs from PTI)  last_img read more

Former Provost Elizabeth Garrett dies at 52

first_imgFormer USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett died on Sunday, a month after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Garrett, 52, was serving as the president of Cornell University, the first female to ever hold that position.After announcing her diagnosis in early February, Garrett began intensive treatment at Weill Cornell Medicine and was released following surgery on Feb. 19. She died at her home on Sunday night, less than one year after starting her new role at Cornell.Previously, Garrett served as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC for five years, assuming her role in 2010. Before becoming provost, she served as a professor for seven years and was named the Frances R. and John J. Duggan professor of law, political science, finance and business economics and public policy.“Beth served on my senior leadership team for over a decade, and proved herself to be a remarkably dynamic leader with a singular gift for inspired, innovative thinking,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “So many of us recall her remarkable energy, her tenacious commitment to her work, and her deep passion for our community.”In her role at USC, Garrett recruited administrators, expanded the strength and diversity of undergraduate classes, and expanded the University’s residential and online professional master’s degrees. She also played a key role in expanding the University’s postdoctoral programs and programming new academic buildings.Outside of her administrative duties, Garrett was a dedicated professor and researcher of law. The author of more than 50 articles, book chapters and essays, she studied legislative processes, the design of democratic institutions and the federal budget process and tax policy. She was also the co-author of what is considered to be the most influential casebook on legislation and statutory interpretation. Her work, both administrative and academic, left a considerable impact on the Trojan community, according to Nikias and fellow administrators.“Beth’s legacy at the University of Southern California is both exceptional and assured,” Nikias said. “Beth worked tirelessly on our behalf, and her accomplishments will continue to benefit the Trojan Family for generations, as we watch our faculty produce even more transformative work, and as our students achieve even greater successes around the world. Many of these contributions will have their roots in Beth’s stellar leadership, and for this we should all be grateful.”last_img read more