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Governor Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Aid for March Snowstorm

first_img Latest News,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to the President, requesting federal disaster aid for Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Northumberland, Pike, Wayne and Montour counties to help offset the financial burden of a record-breaking snowstorm that crippled much of the northeastern part of the state in March.“This snow storm required the resources of all state and local snow removal capabilities, including state and local road crews and equipment, and countless hours of staff time to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public and property. The closure and slowing of mass transit then caused a ripple effect in the lack of access to critical facilities,” Governor Wolf said. “The severity and magnitude of this storm stretched our commonwealth resources well beyond their limits, which is why supplemental federal assistance is now necessary.”The major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency would provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for the eligible 48-hour time period. Eligible expenses can include but is not limited to: costs associated with paying overtime, repairs to damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials.The overall total costs associated with this request, as validated by the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by PEMA and FEMA, are $7.2 million: May 02, 2017 Wyoming County$248,957 Luzerne County$2,640,384 Montour County$114,796 Susquehanna County$328,926 The governor signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which is a required step in order to request federal aid, for this storm on March 13.The full text of the letter is below:Dear Mr. President:Pursuant to the provisions of section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.36, I request that you declare a major disaster for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth), as a result of  Winter Storm Stella, a severe snow event, that impacted Pennsylvania during the period of March 13 through March 16, 2017.  I have determined that the disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the Commonwealth and that supplemental federal assistance is necessary.  I am specifically requesting a major disaster declaration for a snowstorm, including all categories of work available under the Public Assistance program for the counties listed below.  The Commonwealth is also requesting Hazard Mitigation, for the affected counties.  The Commonwealth reserves the right to add additional counties to this request.For this request, the following counties in Pennsylvania are core counties that have met record, or near record snowfall totals pursuant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, Appendix H:  Snow Assistance (FEMA Snow Policy) and have met the per capita threshold: Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Susquehanna and Wyoming.The following county is contiguous to the above listed core counties that have met the required record snowfall totals pursuant to FEMA Snow Policy and the per capita threshold:  Wayne.I. STATE OF EMERGENCYOn March 13, 2017, I declared a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to the impending effects of the severe snow event.  As part of this proclamation, I directed that appropriate response action be taken, and that the Commonwealth’s emergency operations plan be executed.The following counties within Pennsylvania also declared disaster emergencies: Berks, Carbon, Chester, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Perry, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wayne.The snow event resulted in damages of approximately $7,200,000, to date.  This snowstorm produced heavy snowfall across the entire northeast corner of the Commonwealth, prompting the National Weather Service to issue blizzard warnings for much of eastern Pennsylvania.  The storm consisted of high winds and strong gusts creating periods of near-blizzard conditions accompanied by very cold air and sub-zero wind chills.  The storm was rated a Category 3, or Major storm, on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS) scale.  These severe weather conditions generated significant transportation issues including preemptive road closures, numerous accidents, disabled or stranded vehicles, which caused the closure of portions of the Commonwealth’s major transportation corridors, including Interstates 81, 80, 84, 380, and portions of the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  An avalanche closed a vital auxiliary route between 2 of the affected counties for the duration of the event.  The conditions 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; transportation of emergency workers; and effective communications.  Significant delays were also realized in truck service, mass transit, and some regional and international airports.  Continued state assistance, support and monitoring were required as the snow event continued.  The severity of the snow storm depleted financial resources for many of the municipalities located in the affected counties, including one already designated a financially distressed city pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act of 1987, P.L. 246, No. 47.II. RECORD OR NEAR RECORD SNOWFALLBased on our analysis using historical weather snowfall records provided by National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), current snowfall data also provided by the NECI, and the National Weather Service per FEMA Snow Policy, 8 core counties experienced record or near­ record snowfall for either one or two day periods, and one county met requirements to be considered a contiguous county.  Nine counties met the snow threshold and have estimated public assistance costs, including snow assistance costs within a 48-hour period, that meet the county per capita cost threshold required for a major disaster declaration.In addition to generating record or near-record levels of snowfall throughout significant portions of the Commonwealth, the storms negatively impacted road conditions, accessibility and mobility. These conditions provided major challenges to the public safety community in supporting basic and event-related emergency services as well as disaster response needs at the municipal and county levels.  The conditions also created major public safety situations in many areas of the Commonwealth.  It required the mobilization and deployment of a variety of local, state, volunteer and private resources to address emergency needs and public safety issues associated with the event.  As previously stated, portions of the Commonwealth’s major transportation corridors were closed for extended periods of time, placing additional demands on other segments of the system.  Basic access along the Commonwealth’s transportation system had to be maintained to ensure the capability of providing essential emergency services and resource support to the required areas.Given the characteristics and associated impacts of this event, snow removal assets at the local and state levels were primarily dedicated to maintaining access to and along major roads and highways to the detriment of snow removal on secondary, residential, and municipal roads during the period of March 13, 2017 through March 16, 2017.  Continued work was required to conduct snow removal operations on these secondary roads to ensure that basic emergency services could be provided during this event.III. IMPACT ON THE COMMONWEALTHThe impact on the Commonwealth from this severe winter snowstorms can be examined from different perspectives, for example, human resources and infrastructure.A. Human ResourcesThis snow storm required the resources of all state and local snow removal capabilities, including state and local road crews and equipment, and countless hours of staff time to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public and property.  The closure and slowing of mass transit caused a ripple effect in the lack of access to and staffing of critical facilities.In addition, Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (VOAD) provided resources and conducted activities in response to this disaster. For example:American Red Cross provided continuous Agency Representatives (AREPS) to the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC for coordination of possible sheltering operations and other unmet needs.Pennsylvania VOAD executive committee maintained communications and interagency coordination between the CRCC and member organizations for delivery of emergency assistance.State, county and volunteer services provided hospitals with transportation assistance for patients and staff.VOAD members provided material and personnel support to Emergency Support Function 6 (Mass Care) and Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health).B. InfrastructureThe Commonwealth’s infrastructure was also greatly impacted by the snow event.  Local governments and public schools were closed for multiple days.  The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport remained open, but had limited runway availability, restricted air operations, and suffered cancellation of many flights, which led to delays, loss of revenue, citizen confusion, and additional taxing of emergency management efforts at state and local levels.Some state and regional bus services were cancelled or delayed and other mass transit systems, if not cancelled or delayed, ran significantly behind schedule.  Authorized waivers were issued to facilitate transportation activities, and to mobilize employees.  Pennsylvania counties used crews from local public works departments, which incurred additional costs and severely depleted local supplies of road treatment materials.IV. STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSE TO THE DISASTERThe CRCC was activated on March 13, 2017.  This activation included pre-positioning PEMA personnel in the three area offices located in the east, west and central portions of the Commonwealth.  PEMA coordinated with the National Weather Service, local jurisdictions and state agencies on March 13, 2017, concerning the severe winter storm forecasts and potential impacts associated with the level of snowfall and high winds.  The CRCC fully activated all Emergency Support Functions on March 14, 2017, and did the following: monitored the storm and interfaced with localities and state agencies projected to be impacted by the storm; disseminated the necessary public information and guidance to the public; responded to media inquiries; mobilized and pre-staged resources to effectively respond to local and regional requests for assistance; and responded to requests for assistance, as required.The CRCC logistics section coordinated resource requests for unmet needs, conducted the procurement of assets and supplies; and supported CRCC operations with information technology services, communications, provision of meals, security and safety.After response operation subsided, PEMA reviewed and evaluated Preliminary Damage Assessments received from affected localities and state agencies.  Historical snow totals were provided by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).  The event snow totals were compared with the NCEI historic snowfall record database.  Damage costs were compared with per capita thresholds.  All data that was consistent with the FEMA Snow Policy, and met per capita thresholds was provided to FEMA Region III for review, which served as a partial Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) conducted statewide snow removal operations for interstate highways and other roadways.  District incident command centers were activated and roads were closed, including: Interstates 81, 80, 380, 84 from below Interstate 80 to the New York State line.  During the storm, PennDOT monitored road conditions; reduced speeds on designated roads; coordinated the closure of designated roads; activated variable message signs (VMS) with emergency messages; and responded to accidents and emergencies.A waiver of the federal motor carrier hours of service regulations was implemented by PennDOT for the period of March 15, 2017, through March 20, 2017.  This waiver ensured that carriers delivering essential food, dairy products, pharmaceuticals to food distribution, retail and wholesale food establishments, as well as transportation and distribution of agricultural feed.The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission conducted statewide snow removal operations on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; assisted stranded motorists; and set up detours when accidents closed portions of the Turnpike.Nine hundred and forty-five (945) Army National Guard personnel were activated to perform multiple statewide missions that included: transporting emergency medical personnel and patients; assisting with highway closures; transporting citizens to warming centers; transporting cots to shelters; transporting Pennsylvania State Police troopers to police incidents; supplying food, water and other necessities to stranded motorists.  Over 25 Humvees, or other high profile vehicles were utilized in the response efforts.  In addition, the National Guard, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Transportation coordinated personnel to transport a critically ill child from East Stroudsburg to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville during the height of the storm.  This trip was well over eighty miles one way.The Pennsylvania Department of General Services monitored all Commonwealth owned facilities and equipment; researched Commonwealth equipment to determine if resource requests could be filled; advised on the need for Commonwealth Agency Office closures due to the severity of the weather; and provided for the utilization of any requisite emergency procurement and contracts.  All Commonwealth Agency Offices in the central, northeast and southeast part of the state were closed on March 14.  Commonwealth Agency Offices were again closed on March 15 in the northeast, and delayed in central and southeast Pennsylvania.The Pennsylvania Department of Aging monitored emergency meals provided by the Area Agencies on Aging, and ensured contact was made with citizens to verify their condition and well­being.The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources utilized four-wheel drive vehicles to transport CRCC personnel to and from PEMA in central Pennsylvania, and assisted in snow removal activities in the most severely impacted counties in the Northeast corner of the state.The Pennsylvania Department of Health monitored emergency medical response statewide to determine if allocation of emergency response equipment would be necessary and verified one fatality in Susquehanna County with the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.The Pennsylvania State Police responded to police incidents, assisted with highway closures, and established detours around closed roads.  The Pennsylvania State Police also conduct life-safety checks to stranded motorists throughout the counties affected by the snow event.The Pennsylvania Game Commission also assisted in snow removal activities in Luzerne County, utilizing available heavy equipment that was brought to the affected counties from other areas of the Commonwealth.V. RECENT DISASTER HISTORYOver the last twelve months, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has declared 2 proclamations of disaster emergency.  In October of 2016, the Commonwealth experienced heavy rain and flooding that resulted in a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster.  Some of these areas are again directly impacted by this snow event totaling $540,823 in damages.During this event, the Commonwealth experienced severe winter storms and resulting effects to warrant a Governor’s proclamation of disaster emergency.  The March 2017 winter storm warranted the Commonwealth’s supplementation of county and municipal efforts, and included direct assistance from the Commonwealth valued at approximately $467,000.VI. CURRENT DAMAGES – 2017 WINTER SNOWSTORMPreliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) were conducted with local governments, authorities, counties and state agencies.  These PDAs provided cost information to PEMA from the local governments, authorities, counties, state agencies and eligible private, non-profit entities.  The information contained in the PDA included, but was not limited to equipment costs, force account labor costs, material costs, and other information that is consistent with the FEMA Snow Policy.Finally, I have designated Mr. Jeffrey Thomas (Mr. Thomas) as the State Coordinating Officer for this request.  Mr. Thomas will work with FEMA to provide further information as needed on my behalf.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorGovernor’s Declaration Request to President – Winter Storm Stella by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Aid for March Snowstorm Northumberland County$420,817 State Agencies$67,940 Lackawanna County$2,022,195 CountyCosts Wayne County$470,254 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter TOTAL$7,215,651 Pike County$360,559 Bradford County$540,823last_img read more

PPF’s in-house management decision not motivated by costs – CIO

first_imgGreater control over asset selection, rather than cost concerns, was the main driver behind the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) decision to in-source asset management, according to the scheme’s CIO.In its strategic plan published earlier this year, the UK’s £20bn (€28.6bn) lifeboat fund gave weight to ongoing efforts to reduce the number of external asset managers, citing the spiralling cost of its contracts.The PPF provides a safe-haven for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes whose sponsoring employers have become insolvent.It uses a number of external asset managers, while running manager selection and asset allocation itself. However, Barry Kenneth, the fund’s CIO, said control would be the “first and foremost” reason to in-source any management, given the team’s understanding of the portfolio’s risk exposures.The PPF has previously said fund manager fees were expected to increase by one-third, or £38.6m, over the 2015-16 financial year.The increased costs – in total, £120.1m for 2015-16 and rising to nearly £133m by 2017-18 – would be due to the growing exposure to alternative assets.While Kenneth backed the earlier position of only in-sourcing where the scheme could reduce costs, he denied it would be the basis of any decision.“We know our framework better than anyone else, so, by definition, we should be able to manage it, knowing everything else within the fund, and do so in a more controlled fashion,” he said.“That is the main desire to bring assets in-house.”A number of the fund’s asset managers have been granted discretionary mandates controlling asset selection, with the PPF only vetoing investments over a certain value.By bringing management in-house, the fund’s team would be able to react to market events while accounting for the impact on other portfolio investments.“We know what we want and how we are thinking about the fund,” Kenneth said.“Effectively, when [external managers are] adding assets, we probably have a view on how that fits in.”However, he added: “If we do not think we can do it better and more efficiently, we will not do it for the sake of it.”The PPF had previously said it would not build up in-house competence in areas where it did not expect to invest for the long term.At the end of March 2014, the PPF had more than £15bn in debt instruments and was building up a 12.5% allocation to “hybrid” assets – which provide liability-matching income streams combined with asset growth – such as long-lease property.Kenneth said the fund would be unlikely to ever take 100% of any asset class in-house, as his team would still need a benchmark to measure against.“We always want to learn, so if there are managers we interact with, we need to be able to bounce ideas off them,” he said. “It is also good for the board to see how we perform against others.”He said managing assets would be the next evolution for his team, one he has led for two years, given that asset class decisions were not even made in-house prior to his arrival.“We will do this bit by bit and in a logical manner and ensure the risk to the board and investment team is kept to a minimum,” he said. “We are not under time pressure – doing it properly is more important.”last_img read more

Danica sees more business potential in Sweden, Norway

first_imgBut Klitgård said the result from the company’s insurance operations increased by 9% to DKK1.34bn before tax.“The performance,” Danica said, “was adversely affected by the financial market turbulence experienced in the third quarter but favourably affected by improvement in the health and accident business.”Investment returns were down sharply compared with last year, with the net return on customer funds for the with-profits Danica Traditionel pension plan just 0.6% in the nine-month period after 10% in the same period in 2014.However, Danica said that, after it made a change to additional provisions, the return for Danica Traditionel was 3.2% compared with 5.5%.Returns for the unit-link products Danica Balance and Danica Link came in at between 0.5% and 2.1% for the first nine months.This is down from average returns for the two products reported at the half-year stage of 4.5% and 7.5%.Overall, premiums rose to DKK22bn between January and September from DKK20.3bn in the year-earlier period.Within Denmark alone, premiums fell slightly to DKK14.4bn from 14.8bn.In Sweden, premiums were up 44% to DKK6.2bn, while in Norway premiums rose 10% to DKK1.4bn.In both of these countries, the increases had been due to higher single premiums as well as a stronger inflow of new corporate customers early in the year.It said it worked more closely with its parent Danske Bank in the two Nordic countries on selling pensions and comprehensive products to personal as well as business customers.It also said it continued implementing its new investment strategy in the reporting period, aimed at generating long-term returns “at the top end of the market”.The strategy includes more direct investment in companies and more alternative investments, including property.Danica Pension’s total assets came to DKK355bn at the end of September 2015 from DKK353bn at the same point last year.Danica is the country’s second-largest commercial pensions provider after PFA Pension. Denmark’s second-biggest commercial pensions firm Danica Pension witnessed a 44% surge in premiums in its Swedish business in the first nine months of this year and 10% growth in Norway, and said it expected to make still more out of these markets.Announcing interim figures for January to September, Per Klitgård, chief executive of the Danske Bank subsidiary, said: “We see further potential in both markets in the short as well as in the long term.”He described the growth notched up by the two Nordic subsidiaries as a continuation of a positive trend.At DKK1.49bn (€200m), Danica Pension’s pretax profit was below the DKK1.51bn figure reported for the same period last year.last_img read more

DB consolidator Clara unveils trustees ahead of first deal

first_imgClara-Pensions, one of two emerging defined benefit (DB) consolidators in the UK, has picked the former chair of the country’s pension trade body and two other senior pension professionals as the first trustees of its independent governing board.The formation of the government board was the first in a series of developments for the company as it planned to take on its first pension scheme – and thereby formally launch – later this year, according to a statement.The trustee board will be responsible for governing the occupational pension scheme trust that Clara will set up to execute its stated purpose – to serve as a bridge to the insured market.Incoming schemes would each become a section with the trust. Commenting on the trustee appointments, Adam Saron, CEO of Clara-Pensions, said: “As Clara gets ready to welcome its first pension schemes and members, establishing our independent board of trustees is a key milestone.“The collective experience of these trustees greatly enhances our ability to put members on a more secure path to a fully-insured future,” he added.Alan Pickering, a well-known figure in UK pensions, has been selected as Clara’s first chair of trustees. He is the chairman of BESTrustees and a trustee of multiple pension schemes. Pickering is a former chair of the UK pensions trade body, when it was still called the National Association of Pension Funds, and has also served as a non-executive director of The Pensions Regulator.Pickering said: “It is an honour to be asked to take this role since I have spent most of my life helping to fulfil pension promises. I now have an opportunity to help members and employers in a new way by delivering these promises clearly and cost-effectively.”The other two trustees are Michael Chatterton and Frank Oldham.Chatterton is managing director at Law Debenture, representing the firm on eight pension schemes. Previous roles include head of settlement solutions at what was Watson Wyatt, and chief executive of Black Mountain Group.Oldman is client director of Independent Trustee Services (ITS) and a trustee director of the Marsh & McLennan Companies UK Pension Fund. Before joining ITS he was at Mercer, most recently as global leader of DB risk consulting and solutions.The other DB consolidator in the UK market, The Pension SuperFund, recently lost its first CEO and head of origination. In a statement announcing their departures, the company said it expected to imminently announce the composition of its trustees and a range of senior appointments.last_img read more

Trojans And Tigers Split Volleyball Games

first_imgEC Volleyball JV and Varsity traveled to Lawrenceburg for an EIAC match-up tonight. EC JV came out on top, but varsity lost a tough match in 5.Varsity scores: 24-26, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, and 15-10.East Central Varsity VB vs Lawrenceburg (9-3)‘We never got into a groove. We managed to pull through in games one and two, but even then we weren’t doing the little things right. We just made fewer mistakes to pull out the win. I don’t want to take anything away from Lawrenceburg. Staci did a great job keeping the girls focused on the task at hand. However, when it came down to it, we were our own worst enemy tonight. You can’t win a match with 50 unforced errors, especially against a disciplined team.  In the end, we played not to lose rather than playing to win. Doing that will get you the loss every time. We can take a lot from this, and we will. I truly believe that they will bounce back and grow from this. These girls are strong and love the game. Those two things can’t be taught.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 7-6 (4-1 in EIAC). Next match is Tuesday at Rushville for JV and Varsity.EC Volleyball traveled to Lawrenceburg tonight where JV won 25-11 and 25-15.‘Lawrenceburg is one of our tougher teams and they showed up to win today. Both games started point by point until that mid-way point where EC stepped up their intensity. Our serving intensity makes a big difference and lead the way to finish the match in 2 games.’Courtesy of Trojans Coach Bernice Rosemeyer.last_img read more

Bulldog And Pirate EIAC Track Results-Trojans Boys & Girls Champs

first_imgComplete Results can be found on stuartroadracing.comCourtesy of Pirates Shawn Ruble. Next up for the varsity is Sectionals!  The girls will travel back to Franklin County Tuesday and the boys will compete on Thursday at East Central.  The JV squad will finish out their season tomorrow as they will compete in their conference at South Dearborn staring at 10am.  Good Luck everyone!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Lady Pirates Track and Field team traveled to Brookville last night for the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference Meet of 2019. The Greensburg girls placed 4th overall out of the 8 teams of the EIAC.It was a big night for sophomore Brenner Hanna as she earned MVP honors by scoring 31.75 points for the night with 3 individual championships and a relay team 4th place. Hanna won the 800 with a school record breaking time of 2:23.46. She broke the previous school record she set last season as a freshman. Hanna also won the 1600 in 5:28.60 and the 3200 in 12:24.06. In the 3200m relay Hanna ran a 2:26.6 split to help the team of Emily Mangels , Emma Hatton, and Sophie Nobbe finish in 4th with a season best 10:36.29. Mangels and Hatton both ran personal record split times helping the team run the 8th fastest relay time in school history. Another EIAC Champion of the night was Senior Lily Grimes in her two throwing events. Grimes defended her EIAC Championship titles in both shot put and discus. Grimes tossed 40’11 in shot and threw 110’2 in discus.Freshman Elizabeth Mitchell also had a big night as the EIAC Runner Up Champion in both 100 hurdles and long jump. Mitchell placed 2nd in the hurdle event in 16.01 making her the 4th fastest Lady hurdler in Greensburg history. Mitchell also placed 2nd in long jump with a PR of 15’11.25″. Mitchell ran another personal record time in 300 hurdles with a 7th place finish in 51.01. Another freshman scorer of the evening was Emily Mangels. Not only did she help the 3200m relay team in their finish but she also earned an individual 4th in the 3200 and 6th in the 1600m run.Official results are posted on stuartroadracing.comThe Lady Pirates will compete again at Sectionals on Tuesday night at Franklin County.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.The EIAC Conference Championship was Thursday night at Franklin County High School, and the Pirates placed 5th overall. Daimon Austin is the EIAC Long Jump Champion, with his jump of 20’6 ¾” The 4×100 team of Daimon Austin, Vincent Pavy, Jalen Woods, & Joey Woods finished 2nd with a time of 44.75 which is the second fastest time in school history. The Batesville Track and Field team traveled to Franklin County last night to compete in our conference meet.  Although there was a little bit of rain on and off towards the beginning of the meet, the skies cleared and it ended up being a pretty good night for a track meet. Both the boys and the girls team came in a strong 3rd as the meet came to an end with the East Central Trojans crowned champions in both.On the girls side, East Central again showed their depth as they scored an incredible 154 points.  The Bulldogs and the Franklin County Wildcats battled for the 2nd place title with the Wildcats nudging past them by 2.5 points scoring 95 points to Batesville’s 92.5. Greensburg took the 4th spot at 84 points, followed by Rushville with 70, Connersville-58, South Dearborn-40.5 and Lawrenceburg-30.On the boys side, the Rushville Lions challenged the Trojans, but came up just 4.5 points short as East Central scored 125 to Rushville’s 120.5.  Batesville had 108 with a solid third.  Franklin County was 4th with 80, followed by Greensburg-65, Connersville-57.5, South Dearborn-34 and Lawrenceburg-32.Batesville did have several Conference Champions, dominating from the 400 on up.  Starting off the night, the boys 4 x 800 relay team of JJ Kuisel, Johnathon Lynch, Benjamin Moster and Adam Moster were named conference champions as they ran a 27 second personal best at 8:23.07! Joshua Myers won the 1600m run (4:42.15). JJ Kuisel held on to the victory in the 400m dash by .21 seconds (52.46). Adam Moster beat the rest of the field in the 800m run by almost 8 seconds cruising through at 158.79 claiming the 800 championship.  After battling a foot injury since the end of the indoor season, fighting to return, Ean Loichinger proved that being determined to stay in top shape by cross training and doing whatever he could do to be ready when he got the clear from the doctor, amazed the crowd, beating the competition by almost 11 seconds at 10:10.97 in the 3200m run for his first race of the outdoor season. And our final champion for the night was Kent Meyers in high jump at 5’10”.  Congratulations Conference Champions!Conference Runners up for the night were:Lily Pinckley-3200m runGabe Gunter-high jumpGirls 4 x 800m relay: Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Trysta Vielring, Katie OlsenBoys 4 x 400m relay: Adam Moster, Tyler Myers, Johnathon Lynch, JJ Kuisel3rd place finishers:Liz Loichinger-1600m runStephnie Nobbe-100 and 200m dashJohnathon Lynch-800m runGirls 4 x 100m relay-Gabby Gibbs, Lily Meyer, Callie Main, Stephanie Nobbe4th places were:Carley Pride-400m dashKatie Olsen-800m runGabby Gibbs-high jumpStephanie Nobbe-pole vaultLily Meyer-long jumpGirls 4 x 400m relay: Katie Olsen, Liz Loichinger, Gabby Gibbs, Carley PrideBoys 4 x 100m relay: Isaiah Riffle, Justin Heiser, Tyler Myers, Sam Haskamp5th place:Trysta Vielring-1600 and 3200 m runSam Haskamp-100m dash6th place finishers were:Liz Loichinger-800m runKatie Bedel-long jumpGabby Gibbs-shot putBenjamin Moster-1600m runJoshua Myers-3200m runKent Meyers-pole vault7th place:Katie Bedel-pole vaultLily Meyer-100m dashTyler Myers-300m hurdlesAnd finishing out the scoring in 8th place:Carley Pride-high jumpKatie Bedel-discusAdam Moster-long jumpThere were several personal bests for the evening and they were:Discus-Katie BedelPole Vault-Katie BedelHigh Jump-Gabby Gibbs1600m run-Liz Loichinger, Trysta Vierling and Benjamin Moster4 x 400m splits-Katie Olsen4 x 800m splits-Adam Moster, Benjamin Moster, Johnathon LynchBoth 4 x 800m relay teams: Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Trysta Vierling, Katie Olsen and  JJ Kuisel, Johnathon Lynch, Benjamin Moster and Adam MosterCongratulations to all!center_img Individual ResultsEIAC ChampionDaimon Austin- Long Jump (20’6 ¾”)2nd Place4x100m (Daimon Austin, Vincent Pavy, Jalen Woods, Joey Woods) 44.753rd PlaceJoey Woods- 100m (11.47)Collin Springmeyer- 110H (16.29)4x800m (Hunter Butz, Nick Zapfe, Kole Stephens, Jonathon Ralston) 8:50.734th PlaceMatt Boone- Shot (44’3”)5th PlaceHunter Butz- 800m (2:10.10) & 1600m (4:49.21)Kaden Redelman- Shot (41’2”)6th PlaceKole Stephens- 800m (2:12.40)4x400m (Hunter Butz, Nick Zapfe, Sage O’Mara, Jonathon Ralston) 3:58.147th PlaceAndrew Johnson- 3200m (11:03.68)Adam Koester- High Jump (5’6”)8th PlaceSawyer Sanders- 3200m (11:12.64)John Redelman- Discus (109’3”)last_img read more

Pardew wants one more signing

first_img Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle: “If it doesn’t (happen), like anything in life, we’re going to have to get on with it with what we’ve got. We’ve still got a very good team with Remy on top of it. “We lost Demba (Ba) and got the other guys in in January. I still think one more would be the perfect scenario.” He added that new blood could be the perfect boost after Monday’s mauling by City. “I think a player does that to the group. A big player coming in boosts the group as well as the fans,” he said. “I’m not going to say something that I don’t think is true and say ‘oh, it’s not affecting them’. “I think they’d like to see another striker come in the door. That’s something that hopefully will be done before the window shuts.” Meanwhile, former Newcastle skipper Steve Howey believes Pardew has been let down by the club’s top brass. Magpies owner Mike Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear to oversee transfers but so far Remy’s loan move has been the only signing. Howey told talkSPORT: “Pardew looks fed up, he’s on his own. It looks as though he’s being hung out to dry. The owner is basically saying ‘It’s my team, I own the club, you get on with it’ and whoever is in that situation will really struggle. “His hands have been tied and if Alan Pardew does get the sack it would be horrendous for Newcastle. He doesn’t really have a say in what goes on at the club at all, apart from picking the team.” Newcastle have been linked with Lyon’s striker Bafetimbi Gomis and midfielder Yoann Gourcuff with Pardew watching the French club play Real Sociedad on Tuesday. The Magpies are braced for the likely departure of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has been the subject of a bid from Arsenal, and are bottom of the fledgling Premier League after their 4-0 thrashing by Manchester City in the first match of the season. Although Pardew is looking at possible replacements for Cabaye and another striker to add to Loic Remy – who has joined on a season-long loan from QPR – he is taking nothing for granted. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted that a big signing could breathe new life into his squad but has conceded it may not happen.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

US Coast Guard seized $26 million in cocaine, marijuana

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard seized nearly $26 million in cocaine and marijuana at Port Everglades, according to a news release.The drugs were offloaded Wednesday by crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, Winslow Griesser and Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal. The agency said the haul included about 3,900 pounds of marijuana and about 1,100 pounds of cocaine.The Coast Guard seized the drugs from suspected drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean Sea as part of a counternarcotics operation.“The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys Offices in districts across the nation,” the Coast Guard said in the news release.The U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs on April 1, the release said.Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.The Winslow Griesser is a fast response cutter based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Legare, a medium endurance cutter, is based in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the USS Shamal is a Cyclone class coastal patrol ship based in Mayport, Florida.last_img read more

Saints coach Payton says he tested positive for coronavirus

first_imgSaints coach Payton says he tested positive for coronavirus March 19, 2020 “I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky,” Payton told ESPN. “Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”Payton said he felt it was important to be particularly vigilant in Louisiana and the New Orleans area because of international tourist traffic, especially around recently concluded Mardi Gras festivites.“So our parents, and those that are more susceptible to this virus, deserve everyone doing their best to combat it,” Payton said. “There are hundreds of people right now in tough predicaments, fighting for their lives. Let’s be part of the solution, not the problem. We can easily help reduce the numbers of those impacted. We have to do our best to beat this.“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton said. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. “Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact. Associated Press center_img ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton learned Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, he told ESPN.Payton is the first employee of either an NFL team or the league to make such a diagnosis public. He told the network that he came forward to motivate people to educate themselves about what they can do to help fight the pandemic.Payton said he took the test Monday after he began to feel ill a day earlier, but also said he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough. The 56-year-old coach said he has been resting comfortably at home, where is in in self-quarantine.last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgCrimes against a personAt 7:23 p.m., on June 25, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained a black eye when he bumped heads with another player while playing basketball. The officers examined the student and offered to request an LAFD RA unit to provide medical treatment, but he declined and was released to seek it on his own.At 7:33 a.m., on June 25, a student reported that her boyfriend shoved her and punched her in the face when she tried to stop him from leaving her apartment due to his being intoxicated. The boyfriend was subsequently arrested by LAPD officers for a traffic related incident and LAPD detectives were advised of the connection to the student’s report.Crimes against propertyAt 10:09 a.m., on June 25, a suspect used an access card to gain entry to the Clinical Science Center and an emergency key to gain entry to an office. The suspect opened a secured safe and removed currency and two laptop computers.At 10:16 p.m., on June 22, a non-USC male flagged down DPS officers and requested assistance in locating his iPad, which he had left inside a shopping cart at Superior Grocers. The male activated a tracking device and the officers subsequently found the iPad in possession of a store employee at a nearby bus stop. The employee claimed he intended to return the iPad the following day and the male did not desire criminal prosecution of the matter. The iPad was returned to the male without further incident.At 10:31 a.m., on June 22, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect driving a vehicle near 29th Street and Normandie Avenue that was identified as stolen by the license plate recognition system. LAPD officers were requested for assistance and the suspect and a passenger were detained for investigation when they parked the vehicle. The officers confirmed that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The suspect and the passenger were arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 3:01 p.m., on June 23, a staff member backed a university vehicle into a concrete column inside the parking structure at the LAPD’s 77th Station, causing minor damage to the vehicle.At 6:34 p.m. on June 22, DPS officers detained a suspect who was observed drinking from an open container of alcohol in public and a subsequent check of his name revealed an outstanding warrant. The suspect was then arrested and transported for booking. The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, June 22, and Monday, June 25.last_img read more