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

Reniva Day

first_imgReniva Day, of Brookville, was born on September 12, 1924 in Kings Creek, Kentucky, the daughter of James and Lula Cox Roark. She married Kelly Day on March 20, 1943 in Jeffersonville, and he preceded her in death on January 24, 2007. She was a homemaker most of her life but also cooked for Whitewater School. Reniva attended Old Regular Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking and baking pies. She had a fondness for gardening, especially planting and growing flowers, and liked to eat at Skyline Chili. On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the age of 92, Reniva passed away at Fort Hamilton Hughes Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio.Those surviving who will cherish Reniva’s memory include her children; Kelly Darrell (Linda) Day of Connersville, Janet (Don) Lohrey, Jenny Luking, and Paul (Debra) Day, all of Brookville; 7 grandchildren, Derrick Day, Shane Day, Tina Ferriell, Todd Lohrey, Lowell and Kelly Luking, and Stephanie Day Rusterholz; 4 great-grandchildren, Hunter Day, Cooper Day, Erin Ketchum, and Drew Simmermeyer, and one brother, Warren Roark of Freetown. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Bill Halcolm from the Old Regular Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ohio will lead the funeral service on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to Maple Grove Cemetery association or to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for the family of Reniva Day.last_img read more

September 17

Patterson stretches zone, opens interior in Pittsburgh’s near upset

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Lamar Patterson held his hands wide and stared down the Syracuse student section. He flexed and curled his arms in front of him, arched his head back and let out an incoherent roar.The Pittsburgh senior forward had just drained his third 3-pointer in three possessions, bringing the Panthers back from 10 points down to just three with 13:09 to play.The Orange tried to stretch its 2-3 zone. Instead, it snapped.“They got momentum, we kind of stretched out more and that’s when they killed us on offensive rebounds,” Syracuse forward C.J. Fair said. “If we don’t let him get that, I think we can win this game easy.”But for the still undefeated No. 2 Orange (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast), its 59-54 win against No. 22 Pittsburgh (16-2, 4-1) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday was anything but easy down the stretch. The stout defense that held the Panthers to just 10-of-28 shooting through the first 25:43 lost control of Patterson. The man who missed five of his first seven shots forced SU’s guards to rise, opening up the high post and leaving the Orange back line exposed on the glass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse escaped, thanks in part to the clutch play of freshman point guard Tyler Ennis, but Pitt senior center Talib Zanna and Co. gave the Orange all it could handle in the final minutes.“It’s the first time that’s happened this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We just didn’t rebound for a long stretch and it could’ve cost us the game.“And it will cost us a game if we don’t correct that.”All it took for the Panthers to deny the Orange its put-away run was three flicks of the wrist.First, Patterson answered an Ennis 3 with a triple from the right wing. After a Rakeem Christmas jumper, Patterson connected closer to the top of the key. Then, following a Jerami Grant missed jumper, Patterson struck from the point.The scoreboard blurred from 37-27 to 39-36 in 79 seconds. The 30,046 that filled the Carrier Dome fell silent and the Panthers were all of a sudden within three.“(Patterson)’s really worked hard,” Boeheim said. “He’s improved his shooting. I don’t remember him his freshman year being able to make a shot.”Over the next 4:33, Pitt grabbed six of seven rebounds and rallied ahead to a 49-48 lead with 5:59 left.The broad-shouldered Zanna dominated the paint during that span, scoring six of his 12 points and handling Christmas on the boards.He played a large part in the Panthers scoring 19 second-chance points, 14 of which came in the second half.“We just weren’t getting better position than them,” Christmas said.As the minutes waned, the Orange continued to have trouble rebounding. Even after Ennis’ go-ahead layup, Pitt guard Michael Young was left alone to snare a Patterson missed 3-pointer with 1:14 to play.Then James Robinson hauled in another Patterson missed 3 with five seconds left.The difference on those plays was that the Panthers couldn’t capitalize. Rebounds deflected out of bounds and in that last instance, Fair committed a foul to avoid another game-tying opportunity for Pitt.But with Patterson at the line having missed his first of two free throws and the Orange leading 57-54 with three seconds left, Christmas grabbed arguably the biggest rebound of the game.“I tried to get (Zanna) a little earlier than normal and the ball didn’t come off real hard so I came down with it,” Christmas said.For Syracuse, the scare serves as a lesson. If you leave a shooter open, a balanced team can tear your defense apart.And there will be plenty more shooters to face during the ACC season.Said Fair: “They made us work in the zone. You get used to playing that style and then you’re going to play other teams with that style.“It kind of helps us out.” Commentslast_img read more

September 17

USC to receive master lease for Coliseum

first_imgLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum officials acknowledged Wednesday that they anticipate a modified lease between the Coliseum Commission and USC to be released within the next week.The proposed lease, once finalized, will be subject to a final vote at the commission’s next monthly meeting on May 2 or at a later date.Control · Coliseum Commissioners Barry Sanders (left) and Zev Yaroslavsky (right) discussed the proposed master lease of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. – Adrian Hoffmann | Daily TrojanUSC has been in negotiations with the Coliseum’s nine-member governing body since September in an effort to obtain operational control of the state and federal landmark, which has been run by the commission for the last 88 years.The university has been a tenant of the Coliseum since 1923, with the Trojan football team playing a majority of its home games at the 93,000-seat venue in Exposition Park.“We hope that through these negotiations the parties can agree upon a long-term lease that allows the Coliseum to be restored to its former glory and ensures its viability for many generations to come,” said Thomas Sayles, USC’s senior vice president for university relations, in a statement released to the Daily Trojan. “Our goal is to make the Coliseum a proud landmark and gathering place for all Angelenos. We support public disclosure and discussion of all lease terms before any deal is approved.”According to a lease draft obtained by the Los Angeles Times, USC would be responsible for staffing the facility, along with day-to-day management, event scheduling and other obligations over the next 42 years. It would also have the opportunity to manage the adjacent Los Angeles Sports Arena or to demolish the facility to construct a soccer-specific stadium or parking lot.David Israel, president of the Coliseum Commission, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the Coliseum Commission, declined to comment on the proposed lease draft or the negotiations.Under the proposal, the university would receive naming and advertising rights, which would provide a source of revenue needed to fund stadium renovations that are expected to cost several million dollars.In June commission acknowledged that it could not afford to make the necessary improvements to the facility, as required by the existing 25-year lease, signed in May 2008.USC will be expected to cover the costs of the new video board and sound system, as well, according to the Los Angeles Times.City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, a member of the Coliseum Commission and City Council Representative for the 8th District, said he has concerns about the potential of the Coliseum, a public facility, being run by a private entity, such as USC.“It looks like ’SC wrote the lease and we just nodded,” Parks said.USC has attempted to obtain the master lease before, lobbying in 2007 for operational control of the publicly owned venue before agreeing upon its current lease.“It sets a precedent in the fact that folks are trying to work themselves out of a job,” Parks said. “They’re so intent on saying, ‘Well, USC is going to fix this, so let’s just give it to them.’ I think we’re losing sight of what the meaningfulness of the park and the facility is to the community, and they’re not taking that into account at all. The community deserves a bit more sensitivity.”If USC obtains operational control of the Coliseum, public events could still be held at the facility, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration, but the university would be given the option of limiting the number of events to eight per year, as outlined under the proposal.USC would also have first-refusal rights if an NFL team were to want to use the facility while a stadium in Downtown Los Angeles is being constructed.last_img read more

September 16

No. 10 Virginia Tech steamrolls Syracuse, 78-56, in SU’s worst loss since 2016

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech fanbase, clad in Hokies maroon and burnt orange, packed into the bleachers of a sold-out Cassell Coliseum, where they’re now 11-0 this season. They rallied around the Hokies with every basket. Every forced turnover. Every forced shot clock violation. They looked for any reason to cheer, growing louder as the game wore on, and the Hokies lead extended further and further out of Syracuse’s reach.A collective gasp followed every near-takeaway. The Hokies’ high-pressure man-to-man defense forced four shot-clock violations. Guard Justin Robinson freed himself up to go 9-for-13 from deep — shattering a program record for single-game made 3-pointers. They carved into the 2-3 zone with a mix of lights-out 3-point shooting, inside-out ball movement and a bevy of cuts to the rim.The Orange entered Saturday night winners of three-straight, but they played maybe their worst basketball against one of the conference’s best teams. The 10th-ranked Hokies (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) handled Syracuse (14-6, 5-2), 78-56, by moving the ball with ease and creating chaos on the SU perimeter. It’s the Orange’s worst defeat since they lost to St. John’s at the Carrier Dome in 2016.“Their defense was really, really good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We did a very poor job of finding Robinson. Our offensive struggles bled over into our defense, and we don’t do a very good job of locating him. They passed it out more than most teams, and we didn’t react to it.”The loss slows a surging SU team that came to Blacksburg in pursuit of a second top-10 road win in a 12-day span. Syracuse had altered the trajectory of its season. The Orange hobbled to four nonconference losses, then lost by 14 at home to one of the ACC’s weakest teams in Georgia Tech. Road games at Duke and Virginia Tech loomed. Yet SU put up 95 points in an overtime victory over the then-No. 1 Blue Devils on national TV, and all of a sudden every game on the schedule became winnable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen came Virginia Tech. On numerous possessions, the Hokies left Syracuse with no room. They doubled pick-and-rolls. They were all over SU junior shooting guard Tyus Battle when he touched the ball, largely cutting off any room for him to run. He finished with just 10 points on 10 shot attempts. With the perimeter in gridlock, Syracuse didn’t find much offensive rhythm.Ideally, when a team doubles the ball handler in high-screen situations, the big bumps toward the basket. A dump-off pass is the desired outcome, Boeheim said, but that puts the onus on senior center Paschal Chukwu, who finished with two points and didn’t alter shots defensively.“Some nights, he has nothing,” Boeheim said. “Tonight, he had nothing.”The 43-24 halftime deficit seemed to jolt the Orange. For as much as Virginia Tech pressured the ball on the perimeter, gaps opened inside. The backdoor was there. The high post, mainly sophomore forward Oshae Brissett’s territory, had points written all over it. He finished with a team-high 16 points. The Orange exploded out of the half to an 11-0 run. The arena went quiet, and Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams called a timeout.The Hokies shot back with a 14-1 run: In time, a Virginia Tech 3-pointer pushed the SU deficit to 15. Assistant coach Allen Griffin leaned back in his chair. After Brissett missed a layup near the left block, the Hokies marched back and connected on an alley-oop to push the lead to 18. Rapid ball movement inside and out left an open Ty Outlaw on the perimeter. His shot swished. SU senior point guard Frank Howard stood still. The arena got loud, and the Hokies never looked back, pushing the lead to as much as 25.When Robinson drilled 3 after 3, the Orange could not respond. When the Hokies stripped the ball loose and pushed the ball up court for a transition score, they could not respond then either.“We knew that we had to get the ball to the high post and let the high-post guy operate,” said Robinson, who also broke the program’s career assists record. “We made great decisions in the high post, and everything just opened up. In a zone like that, they converge in the middle. So, who are you going to guard on the outside?”The options VT had on the perimeter — always at least three shooters on the floor at once — haunted SU. Boeheim said he didn’t elect to counter their 3-point approach by inserting freshman sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim because VT’s defense was perimeter oriented. Boeheim also said it didn’t help that the Orange had only one day to prepare for the Hokies, while the Hokies had four days. Their preparation time allowed them to develop a plan against the SU 2-3 zone, he said. Generally, Boeheim wants at least two days to prepare for an opponent.Over the past week, the Orange handled Pittsburgh and Miami with ease. With a second top-10 road win, Syracuse had a chance to propel itself near the top of arguably college basketball’s top conference. But the Orange ran into a wall of a Hokies defense that combined with a relentless offensive attack to keep SU at bay.“They made it tough,” said Battle, who added two rebounds and a pair of assists. “They were swarming the pick-and-rolls, clogging passing and driving lanes.”At the under-eight timeout, Syracuse trailed by 15. At the under-four timeout, the VT lead had swelled to 25. “Let’s go Hokies” boomed through the arena as dozens of Syracuse fans filed for the exits. When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, the Orange filed into the locker room, their minds trying to make sense of the program’s worst loss in two-plus years. 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August 29

NC Special Tier II: Hearts edge past Uncle T Stars in 6-goal thriller

first_imgHearts of Oak made it through to the Round of 16 of the NC Special Tier II Competition with a hard fought 4-2 win over lower division side Uncle T Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium. Hearts Head Coach Kim Grant put out probably his strongest eleven, but they struggled to break down a very resilient Uncle T, and went behind a few minutes to the break, against the run of play. Hearts however hit back almost immediately as Joseph Esso headed home through a precise cross from Christopher Bonney, to make the score level at halftime.Hearts, after the restart, began to knock on the door in search of the lead, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping let them down.Bonney eventually gave Hearts the lead after 60 minutes, converting coolly from the spot, after a foul on Fatawu Mohammed in the box. The lead didn’t last long though, as Uncle T found the equalizer, just two minutes later after a mistake from Hearts goalkeeper Richmond Ayi. Hearts continued to search for the winner, and found the back of the net after 80 minutes, when Kojo Obeng Jnr headed home from  Bonney corner. Substitute Kofi Kordzi finally put the game beyond doubt with a well taken finish from close range to make the score 4-2 to the Phobians. Hearts join rivals Kotoko and AshGold in the next round, with Karela and Aduana bowing out after respective first round defeats.last_img read more