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, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Manchester United triumphed in Louis van Gaal’s first home match as manager as substitute Marouane Fellaini’s late goal saw them defeat Valencia 2-1 at Old Trafford. Fellaini, introduced with just under 15 minutes remaining for his first appearance of pre-season, capitalised on a mix-up in the Valencia defence to turn the ball home in stoppage time. The Belgium midfielder, not previously involved under Van Gaal this summer having been rested due to his involvement in the latter stages of the World Cup, struggled last term and has been linked with a move to Napoli. Amid reports linking United with Sporting Lisbon’s Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, Van Gaal named a starting XI showing two changes from that which had lined up for their last friendly, the 3-1 win over Liverpool that concluded their tour of the United States. The adjustments saw 20-year-olds Tyler Blackett and Reece James coming in for Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia – both out with injury. Van Gaal once again used the 3-4-1-2 formation he has done in every pre-season game so far and Rooney, skipper again as he had been against Liverpool, was paired with Javier Hernandez up front, Juan Mata operating just behind. The game was played at a fairly pedestrian pace in the early stages, with the visitors doing any probing there was. At the other end, Mata saw goalkeeper Diego Alves smother a free-kick just before the half-hour mark. The Spain forward – a former Valencia player – then delivered a corner which came to Phil Jones, whose header made for an easy catch for Alves. A minute later, Ander Herrera met an attempted clearance first time outside the box and volleyed wide. The tempo seemed to be increasing slightly and the away side called David de Gea into action as Sofiane Feghouli fired low at the United stopper from the edge of the area. Valencia skipper Dani Parejo sent a free-kick off-target and his counterpart Rooney then did likewise, albeit going closer, moments before earning the penalty as he jumped to meet an Ashley Young cross. Referee Jon Moss adjudged that it had been a foul from Antonio Barragan that sent Rooney sprawling to the turf while the ball came over, and pointed to the spot. But the England striker could not convert the opportunity, seeing his shot – possibly helped on its way by the faintest of touches from Alves, who had dived the correct way – crack against the upright. United made the breakthrough shortly after the restart as Young’s corner came out to Fletcher, who saw his side-foot effort loop over Alves off a Valencia defender. Rooney found himself in the clear moments later, but failed in his attempt to tee up a team-mate, and Van Gaal then made a raft of substitutions. James remained on the field and saw a deflected effort loop in Alves’ arms, but it was Valencia who struck two minutes later when Rodrigo, once on loan at Bolton, responded sharply as the free-kick sailed in his direction via Cleverley and rifled into the roof of the net at the back post. Pablo Piatti then missed from close range before Hernandez cleared a fierce strike off the line. But Fellaini and compatriot Adnan Januzaj – another making his pre-season bow after the World Cup – were thrown on in the 76th minute and soon made an impact. Januzaj fed Rooney, who missed from the edge of the box with a turn and shot. United subsequently survived a scramble when De Gea spilled a shot, and having cleared up on that occasion, Blackett then delivered a long ball in the last few seconds which sent Alves colliding into one of his defenders. The loose ball fell to Fellaini, who made no mistake. Press Association It will be interesting to see how his United career develops from here as Van Gaal takes the club forward. Rodrigo Moreno, making the most of ponderous United defending, had earlier made it 1-1 by firing in from close range in the 71st minute when the ball was inadvertently sent his way from a free-kick by the outstretched leg of Tom Cleverley. Darren Fletcher’s deflected 49th-minute strike put the Red Devils in front after their captain-for-the-night Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the first half, hitting the post. It was a far from vintage display from United, who may well count themselves fortunate not to have been beaten by their Primera Division opponents. But they head into Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener against Swansea at the same ground off the back of an impressive pre-season record. Prior to this game, United had emerged victorious from each of the other five friendlies Van Gaal had been in charge for, beating Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan (on penalties), Real Madrid and Liverpool. And in contrast to the gloom of last term, there is a definite sense of renewed optimism growing at United since the Dutchman took charge. That was certainly apparent in the warm reception a waving Van Gaal received from the stands as he headed for the dugout just prior to kick-off.
A local select side, named the ‘Dream Team’ will host CAF Champions League finalists TP Mazembe at the Accra Sports Stadium to battle for the African United Cup.The match will be played to climax the Mo Ibrahim Annual Governance Weekend.It is expected that former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah as well as ex-internationals Laryea Kingston, Godwin Attram and John Mensah will all feature for the Dream Team.The three day event will see Primeval Media as the main organizers of the football match after being contracted by the Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.“It is going to be a three-day event which starts on the Friday 20th of November, then there will be a musical concert on the Saturday before the match on the Sunday,” Chief Executive Officer of Primeval Media Larry Opare Otoo said at the launch of the football match on Tuesday.Dreams FC and former Black Stars captain C.K Akunnor will head the technical team of the Dream Team with the organizers in advanced talks with the various league clubs to secure the services of their players for the match. Fans will be entertained before, during and after the match from leading Ghanaian artistes Gasmilla and Shatta Wale with the renowned DJ Black on the turntables.Players Selected for Dream Team:Soulama Abdoulaye (Hearts of Oak), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars), Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Tijani Joshua (AshGold), Lawrence Lartey (AshGold), Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko), Robin Gnagne (Hearts of Oak), Ahmed Adams (Asante Kotoko), Eric Kwakwa (Medeama), Kadri Mohammed (AshGold), Zakaria Mumuni (WAFA), Joseph Gordon (Medeama), Kennedy Ashia (Liberty Professionals), Latif Anabila (New Edubiase), Kofi Owusu (Berekum Chelsea), Joel Fameyeh (Asokwa Deportivo), Samuel Tetteh (WAFA), Latif Blessing (Liberty Professionals), Eric Opoku (AshGold), Bright Lukman (Ebusua Dwarfs) and Dan Darkwa (Aduana Stars).