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PA National Guard Put on State Active Duty in Northwestern PA

PA National Guard Put on State Active Duty in Northwestern PA

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PA National Guard Put on State Active Duty in Northwestern PA December 26, 2017center_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf this evening announced that 21 Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) troops have been put on State Active Duty in northwestern Pennsylvania after a record amount of snow fell across the area over the last several days.“Our National Guard members are trained to assist the citizens of our commonwealth during severe winter storms like Erie is experiencing right now,” said Governor Wolf. “We are very fortunate that they live and work in our communities and are able to mobilize on short notice in order to provide the manpower and equipment needed in northwestern PA.”The PNG is providing a number of high clearance all terrain military vehicles to aid local agencies with medical emergency and law enforcement response, assisting with safety and wellness checks, transporting essential emergency services personnel, and assigning a liaison to the Erie County Emergency Operations Center.Pennsylvania has the third largest National Guard in the country with approximately 20,000 members located in more than 80 armories and readiness centers statewide.last_img read more

Ten-year ban for rider Ahern

Ten-year ban for rider Ahern

first_imgGroup One-winning jockey Eddie Ahern has been disqualified for a total of 10 years following the conclusion of a British Horseracing Authority corruption hearing. Ahern, 35, was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to the laying of five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. He was also found in breach of intentionally failing to ensure Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011, and of passing information for reward. Former West Bromwich Albion footballer Neil Clement has been disqualified from the sport for a total of 15 years. He faced charges relating to the five races Ahern rode in and also the laying of Hindu Kush, who he then owned, when that horse finished last of six at Kempton in February 2011. The 34-year-old was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, of placing a lay bet on Hindu Kush and of a failure to provide phone records. Ahern’s solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said his client intends to appeal both the BHA disciplinary panel’s findings and the severity of the suspension. Stewart-Moore said in a statement issued to Press Association Sport: “Eddie Ahern is absolutely devastated by the BHA Panel’s findings. He did not breach the rules of racing as found by the panel or at all and he will be appealing both the findings as well as the very harsh penalties imposed on him.” Ahern’s counsel, Jonathan Harvie QC, feels his client had been “hard done-by”, saying: “I am reflecting on it that no doubt if you are counsel for somebody you have a more sympathetic view on it than the tribunal. I just happen to think he was hard done-by. You have to have got through the hearing to have framed a view about the merits. “They took one view, and Christopher Stewart-Moore and I took a slightly different view. Justice is an imperfect thing because people decide. Some people say one thing, some people say another, and a decision is reached. History is littered with imperfect decisions. “I’m not for a moment criticising the tribunal. They came to a decision in no doubt good faith. I happen to think that there might have been a different view. There might have been a better view. But it’s not for me to impugn the judgement of the tribunal. He wants to appeal.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Got an answer for me?

Got an answer for me?

first_imgAfter 20-plus years on this earth, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are a fair amount of things I will just never understand. For instance, the current craze of girls with oversized sunglasses. Ditto for the giant gold purses. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get it.Here’s another one — how can George Feeney be so inspiring and full of wisdom? I mean, seriously, where would Cory and Topanga have ended up without him? OK, seriously, enough with ABC Family Channel.Why doesn’t Bucky Badger ever wear pants? I’m pretty sure if I showed up to work with nothing but a striped shirt on, the reception wouldn’t be too good.But, to get on topic, there are some random questions in the sports world lately that are just as vexing.Question No. 1: How is the National League West so bad?This division just drives me insane. Maybe it’s the fact that the Milwaukee Brewers, at 79-79, would be on their way to a playoff berth. Heck, the NL West is so bad the Cubs would be in the title hunt.The Swinging Friars of San Diego have a four game-lead over the San Francisco Giants with a record of just 78-79. First off, the Padres have far too much talent to be mired in their current spell of mediocrity. And secondly, the Giants have no business being in any playoff hunt, regardless of how many home runs Barry Bonds can hit on one knee.If none of the five major league teams in this division (well I guess you could say four, eh Colorado Rockies fans?) can manage to crack the .500 mark, there is no way any of them should participate in the playoffs. I say take two wild card teams, and leave either of these floundering clubs at home in Cali.Question No. 2: How do the Braves keep doing it?Fourteen straight division titles. From Lonnie Smith to Ryan Langerhans, somehow, some way, Atlanta just continues to win. The model of a well-run ball club, the Braves simply replace the players they cannot afford (Gary Sheffield) with a new generation of stars (that would be you, Mr. Francoeur). Or, in Julio Franco’s case, they have found a way to stop the natural cycle of life. Their personnel strategies continue to work like a well-oiled machine, and general manager John Schuerholz deserves plenty of the credit.Most impressive is the fact that the Braves have racked up this streak in a division chock full of talented clubs, a great contrast to the previously discussed NL West.Question No. 3: Was Javon Walker that important to the Packers’ offense?Green Bay averaged 27 points and 397 yards of offense per game a year ago. This season, the Pack has only managed a little over 14 and 309. For a team that entered the year with a pretty suspect defense, that is not a welcome sign. So what’s the big problem?Sure, Javon Walker had himself quite a year in 2004, catching 89 balls for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. But Brett Favre and the Packers’ passing offense have replaced go-to receivers in the past (yes, that would be your cue to hit the bricks Antonio Freeman).Green Bay is also trying to fill the voids left by free agents Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle. And as of now, the new line isn’t gelling too well. Favre has been running for his life and Green Bay has no balance on offense. Ever hear of showing a commitment to the running game?Question No. 4: When is the NHL-hating going to stop?Professional hockey + shootouts = great entertainment. Throw in the league’s newest messiah on the ice (Sidney Crosby) to go along with its greatest player of all time (Wayne Gretzky) making his coaching debut, and you have a pretty intriguing year. Yet, there is absolutely no hype for the return of the National Hockey League.Player movement usually mixes things up as well, so that should work in the league’s favor. Gosh, it seems like every player of any substance has changed teams. Paul Kariya in Nashville … who knew?Nope, mainstream sports fans still don’t seem to care. Poor Outdoor Life Network.last_img read more

Biting back

Biting back

first_imgAfter years of quietly enduring harassment and intimidation at the hands of animal-rights extremists, the city of Los Angeles finally has started to fight back – and not a moment too soon. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has filed conspiracy charges against the Animal Defense League-Los Angeles, charging that the group’s “protest” activities have veered into the realm of the criminal. The group, Delgadillo says, has engaged in a campaign of harassment against city workers and has condoned acts of violence and destruction. It’s about time the city took action. Although ADL-LA denies responsibility, it’s clear that some animal-rights extremists have been participating in unconscionable behavior, threatening city workers and smoke-bombing the home of ousted Animal Services Director Guerdon Stuckey. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Moreover, just last week the animal-rights extremists scored a major victory when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa agreed to fire Stuckey. The decision may have been right on the merits, but it no doubt emboldened some into thinking that intimidation is a good way to achieve their political ends. Being charged by Delgadillo should disabuse them of that belief. To be sure, there are good, law-abiding people who are rightly passionate about improving the Los Angeles Animal Services Department. But the extremists are giving them a bad name, and their quasi-militant, uncivil ways are disrupting city government. City Hall officials must work in good faith with the activists who want to pursue their cause in the decent and legal way – and crack down on those who won’t. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more