October 16

Gov. Wolf Eager to Sign PA GI Bill to Support Military Families

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commended the General Assembly for its work to advance the PA GI Bill to provide post-secondary educational credits for Pennsylvania Guard members’ families. HB 1324 was voted unanimously out of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee today and is another step closer to coming to the governor’s desk.“The General Assembly is close to making sure our Pennsylvania National Guard members are receiving the support they deserve through this important bill to support military families in their post-secondary education pursuits,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to this bill making its way to my desk soon.“Thank you especially to Reps. Steven Barrar and Chris Sainato, and Sens. Mike Regan and Lindsey Williams, prime co-sponsors of the legislation and the chairs of the respective House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees, for their commitment to this legislation.”The PA GI Bill is another name for the PA National Guard Military Family Education Program, a program to provide a benefit that National Guard service members can earn to transfer to their spouse or children if the service member reenlists for service.The benefit will provide assistance for up to 10 semesters or five years’ equivalent of the in-state rate of PA State System of Higher Education schools.This bill will enable the National Guard service members to transfer education benefits or defer the benefit by designating eligible beneficiaries up to the time that they complete their Guard service. Spouses will be eligible to use the educational benefit immediately or up to six years after the service member separates from the Guard.The current education assistance program supports 2,212 National Guard members in over 161 educational institutions in the commonwealth, with over 42 percent attending PASSHE schools.“I commend the committees for moving forward with this important piece of legislation to help our military families,” Gov. Wolf said. “The military often states that ‘we recruit soldiers and airmen but retain families.’ The PA GI bill demonstrates that the commonwealth is committed to both and I look forward to signing it into law.” Gov. Wolf Eager to Sign PA GI Bill to Support Military Families June 18, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 24

#Djokovid: tennis star mauled over coronavirus ‘horror show’

first_img However, criticism was swift and heavy, with many voicing concerns over attempts to restart professional tournaments in August, including the US Open Grand Slam is which is scheduled to begin on August 31. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive after taking part in the Adria Tour, where players embraced across the net, played basketball and even danced in a nightclub. “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” Djokovic, 33, said in a statement. His wife Jelena also tested positive after attending the “philanthropic” tour in the once war-torn Balkans. World number Novak Djokovic tests positive to COVID-19 along with other players during an exhibition tournament in Zadar, Croatia.As the mocking hashtag #Djokovid circulated online, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, so often in the crosshairs for his own on-court indiscretions, said the incident was pure “stupidity”.“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake,” tweeted the world number 40.Britain’s Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner who has known Djokovic since their junior days, said: “I don’t think it has been a great look for tennis.”Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was one of the players to criticise Djokovic“In hindsight, it’s not something that should have gone ahead,” Murray told reporters.“It’s not surprising how many people have tested positive after seeing some of the images of the players’ party and the kids’ day. There was no social distancing in place.“Some people have said maybe this has put the US Open in doubt –- which it may well do. But the measures and the protocols they have in place at the USTA (United States Tennis Association) are different to Serbia and Croatia. No fans for a start.”– PR disaster –Djokovic is unbeaten this year, a run that includes winning his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, but COVID-19 has been a public relations disaster for the eccentric Serb.Social distancing was minimal at Adria Tour eventsEven before the Adria Tour, he was criticised for breaking lockdown rules to train in Spain, and he then raised eyebrows by insisting he wouldn’t be prepared to vaccinate against the coronavirus.Djokovic also described limits on players’ entourages at the US Open as “extreme” and “impossible”, again putting him at odds with much of public opinion.His latest misstep has caused some to question his presidency of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals, or men’s tour) Player Council, which advises the ATP board.Tennis has been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions because it is a global circuit with players from all over the world.“I think there’s a lot of his peer group who are scratching their heads,” celebrated coach Paul Annacone told Tennis.com.Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, both tested positive“I was totally anxiety-ridden and very disappointed because the restart, or the reimagining of how we can start (tennis) is just about eight weeks away. And with all these opportunities to try to start in a progression, to me, it felt like they skipped about 15 steps.”Martina Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, tweeted: “Yikes… this is not good and it’s a pattern… What now, US Open? Roland Garros? We have a lot of work to do.”Read Also: Video: Messi lucky to escape red card during Barca vs Athletic clubBrazil’s Bruno Soares, a doubles player who sits on the Player Council, called the Adria Tour a “horror show”, while ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said it was a lesson for other tournaments.“It’s a little bit like when you tell your kids when they try to learn to ride the bike to wear the helmet,” Gaudenzi said. “It’s ‘no, no, no’.”“And they ride the bike, they fall, and then they wear the helmet.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World number one Novak Djokovic was widely condemned on Wednesday for hosting a tennis exhibition where he was one of four players to test positive for the coronavirus, a lapse that sent shudders through a sport struggling to get back on its feet. Novak Djokovic apologised for organising the Adria Tour tennis exhibition series The Serbian star said he was “deeply sorry” in an unstinting apology for the now-cancelled Adria Tour, where social distancing was minimal and matches were played in front of thousands of fans.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

September 23

Carrell tops IMCA Modifieds at Mark Howard Memorial

first_imgMark Carrell was the $2,600 winner of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Mark Howard Memorial Nation­als main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GOVE, Ore. (July 23) – Mark Carrell led the last 22 of 52 laps in winning Saturday’s Mark Howard Memorial Modified Nationals at Cottage Grove Speedway.The $2,600 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory put Carrell on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Craig Hanson took the lead on the opening circuit and stayed in front until lap 16 when Collen Winebarger finally found a way around.The mandatory caution flew at lap 25 for refueling and Winebarger continued to set the fast pace after the restart, followed by Carrell and Craig Hanson.Carrell made the pass around Winebarger and set a wicked pace, but a caution with five laps to go bunched everyone up for one final shot at the leader.Carrell kept all challengers in check, however, and held on to win the Howard Memorial for the first time. Winebarger was second, followed by 24th starting Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson and Craig Hanson.Feature results – 1. Mark Carrell; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Nick Trenchard; 4. Jesse Williamson; 5. Craig Hanson; 6. Brian Poppa; 7. Derrick Young; 8. Grey Ferrando; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. John Campos; 11. Bricen James; 12. Steven Sturdevant; 13. Justin Dittman; 14. Kyle Casson; 15. B.J. Wild; 16. Tyler Smith; 17. Curtis Towns; 18. Kevin Roberts; 19. Eric Ashley; 20. Shane Mille; 21. Kreg Britton; 22. Ethan Landers; 23. Jake Mayden; 24. Dustin Cady.last_img read more