State Agencies Coordinating Response, Monitoring Conditions at PEMA

first_img July 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter State Agencies Coordinating Response, Monitoring Conditions at PEMAcenter_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With heavy rain and the threat of flooding continuing Wednesday for much of eastern Pennsylvania, state agencies are monitoring conditions to respond quickly to keep citizens safe.“Heavy rains caused flash flooding overnight and forced people from their homes and we understand this weather is difficult for many Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “We want people to be safe: help your local first responders by keeping an eye on conditions, checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly, limiting unnecessary travel, and being prepared to leave if you must.”The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was fully activated this morning at PEMA with staff from: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and the American Red Cross.Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.State agencies continue to monitor the forecast for bands of heavy rain that could quickly produce dangerous flash flooding. Many small creeks and streams have flooded, causing road closures and evacuations in multiple counties, but no major roads are currently closed. While only minor Susquehanna River flooding is expected at this time, anyone with river interests should keep an eye on conditions as forecasts will continue to change.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.last_img read more

Renovated five-bedroom Mount Ommaney home hits the market

first_img2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyMore from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019She said because her husband was a builder, the renovation did not take too long. “The longer we lived in the property, the more we loved the home as it sits on a generous 1549sq m block of land, and there is plenty of space for the whole family,” Mrs Goulmy said.“We love the privacy that the home offers at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The modernisation has been completed, retaining the home’s seventies charm and character with all new modern fittings and finishes. “The original brick fireplace in the lounge room is a perfect spot to curl up with a book during the colder months.” 2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyVanessa and Stephen Goulmy bought their five-bedroom home, at 2 Mitchell Court, Mount Ommaney, last year and renovated the property from its original condition. Mrs Goulmy said the quality of construction as a Griffin and Knowlman home, built in 1972, was appealing to them as a perfect home to improve on. “The elevation, city glimpses and the lovely established gardens were all stand-out features for us when we were looking to buy,” Mrs Goulmy said. 2 Mitchell Crt, Mount OmmaneyThe couple redesigned the living and dining areas to be open and accommodating, using timber and brick accents to perfectly complement the architect-designed kitchen with Tasmanian oak cabinetry and Caesarstone benchtops. Upstairs is a parents’ retreat with city views, a large walk -in wardrobe and ensuite. The rest of the home consists of four other bedrooms – all with built-in wardrobes plus one ensuited room. Mrs Goulmy said the entire house was full of natural light thanks to the large windows and the elevated position. Reuben Packer-Hill, from McGrath Estate Agents Paddington, is selling the property with a price guide of $975,000-$1,050,000.last_img read more

British Airways sues trustees over additional indexation offer

first_img“We regret that the trustees have not heeded concerns expressed by both ourselves and the Pensions Regulator.”APS trustee chairman Paul Spencer said the trustee board’s approach to additional indexation was prudent and that its estimated cost of £12m over the lifetime of the scheme was affordable.He added: “We are naturally disappointed that BA has taken the step to test our decision to grant an increase in court but remain convinced that we have acted in the best interests of the scheme members and are pleased that the extent of our powers will now be clarified for the future.A statement from the trustees added that the 0.2% additional increase was only half of the difference between the CPI and retail prices index (RPI) – the measure employed until recently to offer statutory indexation.The airline said it did not believe the long-term security of benefits should be put at risk “for the advantage of retirees who already enjoy more generous pensions”.“In these circumstances, we are left with no alternative but to pursue legal action with the objective of preventing the additional increase going ahead.”APS noted that the court proceedings would not affect the 2.2% increase in benefits, but that the additional increase would only be applied once the case had been resolved. British Airways is suing the trustees of one of its pension funds over their decision to grant additional indexation, despite the scheme’s £680m (€813m) deficit.Trustees of the £7bn Airways Pension Scheme (APS), the older of the UK flag carrier’s two DB arrangements, said they had decided to increase benefits by 0.2%, in addition to the 2.2% indexation already offered to members, in line with the UK consumer prices index (CPI).However, the scheme sponsor said it was “concerned” by the precedent set by offering further benefit increases.The airline said in a statement: “If allowed to stand, this decision can only add to the scheme’s liabilities and make resolution of the deficit more difficult.last_img read more

Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye in France to seek cure for hamstring woes

first_img Press Association Manager Tim Sherwood revealed the Senegal international is seeing a specialist after being sidelined for Villa’s last two games. He is also set to miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup derby with Birmingham after a set-back in his recovery from the injury – which he suffered on international duty this month – on Friday. “He’s gone back to France to see a specialist he knows there who he’s confident with, we’re waiting to hear from him today and hopefully he’ll give us some positive news,” said Sherwood. “We thought he was going to play on Saturday (a 1-0 defeat to West Brom) but he got injured again in training on Friday with a re-occurrence of the hamstring injury. “It is disappointing because, out of all the players we have brought in, he is the most outstanding one who has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.” Jores Okore (knee) and Adama Traore (ankle) are also expected to be sidelined while Rudy Gestede could start at Villa Park. Villa have not played Sky Bet Championships side Birmingham since 2011 and are unbeaten in their last four home games against their rivals, and Sherwood has impressed on his squad how vital the game is. He said: “I’m telling them it’s not a normal game. It means an awful lot to the fans and an awful lot to us in the dressing room because we need to experience that winning feeling again. I’m not used to losing as many football games as I actually have. “You need to keep focused and keep to your plan and make sure you impose yourself on a very organised Birmingham side. It’s going to be blood and thunder and we expect that but we need 11 players on the pitch at the end of the game.” center_img Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye has flown to France in a bid to cure his hamstring troubles.last_img read more

Fire Officials Rescue Driver from Car in Canal on I-95

first_imgPalm Beach Fire Rescue divers found an adult male inside a car that fell into a canal along southbound I-95 in Jupiter Sunday afternoon.Firefighters say they searched the inside of the car, and did not find anyone else. The man who was rescued has been taken to an area hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.87 Cmd *update* @PBCFR #RescueDivers have located 1 patient, paramedics transporting to local hospital— PBC Fire Rescue (@PBCFR) June 30, 2019 The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m., near Indiantown Road on the off-ramp of exit 87B. That caused authorities to close the right lane of the off-ramp, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.That lane has since reopened. Vehicle in Canal Near the Southbound I95 exit ramp to Indiantown Rd @PBCFR on location, 1 vehicle in the water, rescue divers are in the water checking for occupants, 87 Cmd— PBC Fire Rescue (@PBCFR) June 30, 2019last_img read more

Cricket News I made a mistake, forgive me: Danish Kaneria

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Banned Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria Thursday said he finally confessed to spot-fixing after years of denial to get closure for the mistakes he made but the country’s cricket community reacted with shock to his admission.“I just want the cricket board, my fans and the Pakistani people to understand my situation and forgive me. I made a grave mistake in associating with a bookmaker (Anu Bhatt)  and not reporting it to the concerned authorities and I have paid the price for it,” Kaneria told PTI.Read | Bigg Boss12: Surbhi Rana calls Sreesanth mentally unstableBut Pakistan’s cricket community was left “shocked and betrayed”.“I am gutted because in the early days when Danish’s case came up. I met with the Pakistan Cricket Board officials with his case documents to convince them that he (Kaneria) should be heard by the PCB. I believed he was innocent,” Pakistan’s former Test captain Rashid Latif said.Latif said Kaneria’s confession in an interview to Al Jazeera channel was a big let-down for the Pakistan cricket community. Kaneria is serving a life ban since 2012 for indulging in spot-fixing in English county matches. The ban was imposed on him by the English Cricket Board.“…you can’t help feel being betrayed by him,” Latif said.Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said Kaneria’s confession was a big blow to the image of Pakistan cricket.“God knows what these players think about. We get publicity for all the wrong reasons, spot-fixing and doping cases. I am really sad today to hear about Kaneria’s confession after he lied to all of us for six years,” Qadir said.Also Read | Keira Knightley to star in Miss World pageant comedy drama MisbehaviorFormer Test opener, chief selector and national team coach Mohsin Khan said he felt let down but was also sympathetic.“But I also think Kaneria has done the right thing now even after six years. I think his conscience was bothering him. He is already serving a life ban since 2012.“Perhaps the authorities can talk to him and try to reduce his ban because worst has happened in Pakistan cricket,” he said.Read More | Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegationsAfter denying for six years, Kaneria dropped a bombshell this week when he told Al-Jazeera network that he his relationship with Anu Bhatt led to illegal acts during the English county matches in 2009/2010.The ECB banned the leg-spinner for life and also sent his Essex teammate, Mervyn Westfield to jail for his involvement in the matter.Mohsin said he had known Kaneria since he started playing junior cricket.“I just think there is a need to make anti-corruption laws more tough and through legislation all cricket boards should make it a criminal offence to fix matches or moments in matches,” Khan said.Read | Dussehra 2018: Easy cocktails to make at homeKaneria also played his last Test on the tour of England in 2010 after which the PCB withdrew him from the squad after it was reported the English Cricket Board was investigating the leg-spinner for fixing in county matches.It was on the 2010 tour of England, that Pakistan’s then captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were also found involved in spot-fixing and later banned for five-years each.The trio completed there bans in 2016 and are back playing cricket. While Aamir has made a comeback to the Pakistan team, Butt and Asif are playing regular domestic cricket.Last year the PCB also launched an investigation into spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League and and as a result of the inquiries, batsmen, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed were banned for differing periods.   last_img read more

Head coach Dover sees competitive game against Martinique on Tuesday

first_img…Charles Pollard honoured to be named Assistant Coach“IT’s a privilege anytime you’re called up to represent your country, this time it is no different. It was an honour when I got the phone call to be assistant to Wayne Dover…it’s only fitting that I give him my support,” said Charles ‘Lilly’ Pollard, the newly-appointed assistant coach said.Golden jaguars trained yesterday morning for their InternationalFriendly against Martinique.Pollard was called to the position following Dover’s appointed as interim national head coach for the International Friendly against Martinique on Tuesday at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground (MSC), Linden.The soft-spoken assistant coach who has been an outstanding former national defender and captain, has been coaching for approximately four years. While he currently coaches Club Sando, a Trinidadian professional club, he began his coaching career at Slingerz FC in Guyana.“I’m still learning the game as a coach. I was excellent as a player but coaching is a different factor…I’m enhancing my education,” Pollard,who represented Guyana for approximately 17 years stated.In commenting on coaching players who were youth players and sometimes teammates during his years as a player, Pollard said: “I think it will be easier. I think we have the relationship from then to now. They’ve always respected me when I used to play, the transition was easy. I think some of the guys here have not experienced football at the highest level and need some support. That’s where I come in, to share my knowledge and nurture them.”Looking ahead, the coach who played professionally in Trinidad and USA,noted that while the current national team has a good blend of youth and experience with a good attitude, the mental game needs to be improved. However, he is interested in sharing his talent and experience: “I’m positive, I would not want to be a part of something I’m not sure of or won’t be successful at. Guyanese are a very competitive type of people physically,but if we work on the mental part, we could do a great lot.”Assistant coach Charles Pollard works with some of the Golden jaguars defenders during yesterday’s training.Meanwhile, the Golden Jaguars continue intensive daily training sessions at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora,as they prepare for the International Friendly on Tuesday.In an invited comment, Interim head coach Dover said it will be a competitive game and he is working assiduously to give the nation a good result: “Martinique is preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and they’re coming with an extremely strong team. We’re looking forward to the challenge, we know it will be a challenge but we will work diligently to ensure that we build the squad into a unit that will go out there and play so we can get as positive result. We will not approach timidly, we want to give a good showing especially to our fans so that they can go away feeling satisfied based on the result of the night.”While most of the squad have arrived, Marcel Barrington, Samuel Cox and Warren Creavalle are expected in the country today. The team will be shortlisted on Monday.Patrons are encouraged to wear yellow.Admission to Tuesday’s game is $1,500.last_img read more

Shock, Anger Greet Killing of 3SC Player in Bayelsa

first_imgTHISDAY correspondent in Bayelsa reported yesterday that the incident has heightened tension in Okakhi, the community where the deceased footballer hailed from with restive youths expressing anger over the killing.Eyewitness account reported that the soldiers were said to have been on a raid of some parts of the community in search of suspected militants when the encounter led to the death of the central defender who moved from Bayelsa United Football Club to the Ibadan-based 3SC took place.THISDAY further learnt that Izu who helped Shooting Stars retained their NPFL status, died after he was shot three times by the soldiers.“He was an easy going person loved by many in the area. He owned a house in this community,” a friend of the late footballer recalled monday.It was learnt that the shooting incident threw the community into panic, while soldiers shot into the air intermittently to keep residents indoors.Another friend of the deceased footballer, who identified himself as Nyieye, said the deceased along with an unidentified number of friends in the community were shot dead in retaliation as some of the community youths “angered” the troops a day before the incidence.“Though Okakhi community is known for hosting some bad boys, they are not militants. They smoke and drink in the area but do not take part in the militancy prevalent in the Niger Delta region.“As an established footballer from the community, many of the youths usually hang around him anytime he was in town from his base in Ibadan and he would reciprocate by buying them drinks.“We gathered that some of the youths had the previous days angered some soldiers with Operation Delta Safe and they choose to strike when Izu Joseph was hanging out with his people. He was shot three times before the soldiers left him for dead. Other youths also died in the shooting but we only heard about the case of Izu,” Nyieye confirmed to THISDAY.Deputy Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of OPDS, Lt. Cmdr Thomas Otuji, denied knowledge of the incident but said he would investigate and make a position known soon.“We are just coming out of a meeting and nothing of such was mentioned. I am just hearing it from you and I am going to investigate and let you know the outcome”, the joint task force spokesman stressed in a reply to THISDAY enquiry.Police Spokesman in Bayelsa State, Mr Asinim Butswat, told THISDAY that Okakhi though around the border between the two states, fell in the jurisdiction of the Rivers State Police Command, noting that he couldn’t make any official comment on the issue. Okakhi is located in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.In his reaction, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, was much grieved when he learnt of the incident, and immediately put a telephone call through to the father of the late footballer, who agonizingly narrated the tragic circumstances in which the young Joseph was killed.Pinnick said afterwards: “I am sorely distraught with what has happened. It is a most unfortunate incident that has brought sorrow to the Nigeria football family, barely a week after we were celebrating victory in a World Cup qualifying match.“What has happened is most painful. I want to appeal to our football players to always be mindful of the company they keep and the places they go at all times, because they are special assets. At the end of the day, each and every one of us will die, but we don’t want to be losing footballers in the manner Izu Joseph has died.”The NFF boss prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Izu Joseph, while also praying that God will give the family he has left behind, the Shooting Stars Sports Club and the Nigeria football family the fortitude to bear the loss.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Addeh in YenagoaSoldiers attached to the Joint Military Task Force (Operation Delta Safe, OPDS), have allegedly shot dead Shooting Stars defender, Izu Joseph.The player who was on vacation in his home town of Okakhi, a border town between Bayelsa and Rivers states after the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season was shot dead last Sunday.last_img read more

Messi-Ronaldo: A Rivalry Like Never Before

first_imgThe football world has witnessed several rivalries between players – from Gianluigi Buffon versus Iker Casillas to Ruud Van Nistelrooy versus Thierry Henry; from Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira to Diego Maradona versus Pele. Not one of these however, comes close to the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. There are now 10 FIFA Best Player awards between the two, as the Portuguese star scoops the latest award on Mondaynight. Kunle Adewale reportsCristiano Ronaldo overcame competition from rivals Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. to claim the Best FIFA men’s player of 2017 for the second year running in London, on Monday. It was presented to him by footballing greats Diego Maradona of Argentina and Brazil’s Ronaldo de Lima.“Thank you for voting for me,” said Portuguese international Ronaldo. “I want to mention Leo (Messi) and Neymar for being here. I want to thank Real Madrid for their support all year. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I’m so happy, thank you very much and have a good night!” Ronaldo, however, believes his rivalry with Messi has plenty of distance left to run after scooping the Best FIFA Men’s Player award in London.Including the years when FIFA’s individual award was merged with the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo and Messi have now been labelled best player’s in the world five times apiece.The Portugal captain has come out on top in four of the past five years, with Messi in second place on each occasion.Yet, Messi has been in a rich vein of form for club and country over recent months, firing Barca to the top of La Liga with 11 goals in nine matches and securing Argentina’s place at the 2018 World Cup with a majestic hat-trick against Ecuador.Considering they’re the all-time leading scorers for their respective clubs and countries and the two leaders in both La Liga and Champions League history, debate over who is superior out of will remain for some time to come.Speaking to reporters at London Palladium, Ronaldo initially sought to play down the rivalry before apparently laying down a long-term challenge to the 30-year-old Messi, whom he swapped cordial greetings with as they sat alongside each other during the ceremony.“I don’t compete with Ronaldo,” he said. “He is a player, who is in the same era. He won five times. I won five times too — individual awards for the best in the world. So things are as they are.“Obviously, I am happy because, as I said before, I am at the best club in the world. I have had the opportunity to demonstrate that I am at a very high level during the last few years. And I am still physically very well.“So, I am very quiet. I will see what’s going to happen tomorrow, but at the moment I have to enjoy this nice moment of my life because you never know what will happen next.”But, asked whether Ronaldo versus Messi was over, the 32-year-old added: “It didn’t finish yet… it is just starting.”When the Barcelona forward beat the Real Madrid talisman to the Ballon d’Or last year, with the pair having shared the award for the previous eight years, Real boss Zinedine Zidane maintained that the former Manchester United star was the better player, but also admitted their personal duel was positive for the sport.Zidane said, “Messi the best player in the world? Cristiano Ronaldo is the best. Many things are said about Cristiano, but deep in his heart, he is a good person. Messi is his rival and that rivalry is good for football. That’s what people want to see.“Ronaldo can–maybe–play longer than me. This does not mean that I did not take care of myself, but him, he gives the impression that he takes more care of himself and it shows. He is 32 years old but physically he’s a monster. I think he can continue to play for several years more and I hope it will be at Real Madrid.”However, Messi has insisted that he was not in competition with Ronaldo despite the superlative duo being consistently pitted against each other in the media. He rejected the idea that having Ronaldo around in the same era and the same league for the last eight years has helped him to improve.“These are things that people say. I don’t compete with Cristiano and I suppose he would not compete with me. What I want is the very best for my teams and that’s what I am working for.”Messi and Ronaldo’s perceived rivalry has existed since Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Los Blancos in 2009. As a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, Messi has only ever played for the Catalan club at a senior level, and he has won every title going, including eight La Liga triumphs and four Champions Leagues.When asked whether he could envisage himself playing in another league, he did not rule it out as a possibility, “I don’t want to look too far ahead. I live for the moment and at this moment I am with Barcelona in the Spanish League where I have made my living and where I live very well.”Messi and Ronaldo have dominated that discussion in recent years, while many viewed Neymar’s record breaking $222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain as an attempt to emerge from the Argentine’s shadow at Barcelona.Former Argentina international Ossie Ardiles, who won 52 caps for his country in the 1970s and 80s, thinks this competition motivates players to constantly reach new heights — particularly in the case of Messi and Ronaldo.“The two of them have had a great, great season. It’s great the two of them are playing in the same era because if one of them wins the other feels a little upset so he trains to improve his game. I always thought that Pele would be the best player ever, and no one would be better than him, and then Maradona came and he was the very best and we thought no one would surpass him. And now we have Messi or Ronaldo. I’m sure we will have the same thing again,” he told CNN World Sport.So, the big question is: Can it be any more spectacular than what it’s already been? Not only are the two competing for the Ballon d’Or every single year, the two also play for teams that have arguably the greatest and grandest rivalry in the history of sports. Since Ronaldo’s move to Madrid, Messi and Ronaldo’s stats have been alarmingly close. Both are making an argument to be the greatest in the world, and will continue to do so until they hang their cleats in modest retirement.However, whichever side of the divide one belongs to, the fact remains that we are living in an era where the two greatest players in the world are going head to head as foes. All we need to do is enjoy the show.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Swiss Casinos to continue success story through Playtech partnership

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Shimon Akad – PlaytechPlaytech Plc has launched its regulated market services for Switzerland, acting as the lead digital systems supplier for Swiss Casinos Group.The FTSE firm is one-of-four technology incumbents allowed to service online casino provisions for approved land-based  operators under the remit of the new ‘Money Gaming Act’’- established by Switzerland’s Federal CouncilPlaytech has secured its systems permit in partnership with Swiss Casinos’ Pfäffikon (canton of Zurich) property.Stating its intent to lead the market, Playtech has launched its full-suite casino jackpot games and live casino content, which allows Swiss Casinos to develop a true omni-channel proposition.Shimon Akad, Group COO, Playtech, said: “Live casino is a hugely exciting growth area for Playtech, and we’re proud to partner with Swiss Casino on Switzerland’s first venture into this space. They are the ideal company to introduce Live to the country given their leading market position in Switzerland.“This kind of partnership, opening up a new sector in a newly regulated market, is a perfect example of our strategy in action. We look forward to a long, successful partnership with Swiss Casinos.”The development sees Swiss Casinos become the first operator in Switzerland to launch both a Live Casino offering and jackpot Casino games for the market.Playtech will support Swiss Casinos operations and cross channel dynamics through its flagship ‘Playtech One’ platform, delivering its comprehensive IMS player management system and deeper data-driven intelligence.Marc Baumann – Swiss CasinosMarc Baumann, CEO Swiss Casinos Group, added: “The new Money Gaming Act has given casinos in Switzerland the opportunity to enter the online market for the first time. Swiss Casinos has successfully established itself as the market leader for landbased casinos in Switzerland. Choosing the partner for the online platform then was our top priority and we are delighted to partner with Playtech.“Through our partnership with Playtech, we want to continue the success story of Swiss Casinos in the online market as well. The outstanding offer, the high competence of the team and the flexibility in adapting to the regulatory requirements have laid the foundation for successful and long-term cooperation.” Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more