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Governor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly July 16, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, and USDA at a Harrisburg site populated with Spotted Lanternflies to view the treatment being conducted across the commonwealth.“Although Pennsylvania had the unlucky fate of being the first state in the nation to be visited by the Spotted Lanternfly, we faced that challenge head-on and have made incredible strides in containment and control,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a team effort and all hands are on deck, committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s agricultural products, preserving our quality of life, and keeping commerce flowing here in the commonwealth.”Under the governor’s PA Farm Bill – a package of legislation designed to expand and protect agriculture infrastructure – the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account will provide $3 million toward the containment of the Spotted Lanternfly. This is the second year in a row the governor has allocated funding in the state budget to increase spotted lanternfly detection, control, and eradication efforts. Over the past few years the administration has allocated more than $10 million to protect Pennsylvania business and agriculture. Additionally, USDA recently dedicated more than $6.2 million in new funding to Pennsylvania’s efforts.This May, PDA introduced the Spotted Lanternfly permit system to train businesses and employees on recognizing the life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Since then, the department has issued more than 900,000 permits to businesses that travel in and out of the quarantine area. Additionally, PDA and USDA teams continue to assess and treat high-risk properties, with survey teams scouting for insects across the state after receiving reports of sightings outside of the quarantine area. Penn State has taken the lead on conducting outreach and research.“Pennsylvania’s progress in controlling the Spotted Lanternfly is due in part to the historic partnership we’ve made with USDA and Penn State and the critical funding we received through the state and federal budgets,” said Sec. Redding. “However, it’s important that Pennsylvanians remember that they play a significant role in this fight. They can treat their property with approved sprays, band their trees, or even use something as simple as a fly swatter to help control populations right in their own backyard.”Businesses can obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training. Homeowners with questions about treatment, including approved sprays, can learn more through Penn State Extension at http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Franklin County native played history in Women Suffrage movement

first_imgFranklin County, IN—Ida Husted Harper was born in Fairfield township in Franklin County, Indiana.  She was an American author, journalist, columnist, and suffragist, as well as the author of a three-volume biography of suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony at Anthony’s request. Harper also co-edited and collaborated with Anthony on volume four of the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage and completed the project by solo writing volumes five and six after Anthony’s death. In addition, Harper served as secretary of the Indiana chapter of the National Woman Suffrage Association, became a prominent figure in the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S., and wrote columns on women’s issues for numerous newspapers across the United States.last_img read more

US Open: Top Seed Pliskova, Kvitova, Kerber Move into Round 2

first_imgAlso through are ex-Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.German 17th seed Kerber, playing her first match since January’s Australian Open, beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-4.Czech sixth seed Kvitova overcame Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2, hitting 23 winners in an assured performance.Other women in action on day one at Flushing Meadows – where the tournament is being held behind closed doors – include Japan’s 2018 champion Naomi Osaka and American teenager Coco Gauff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seed Karolina Pliskova made a confident start to her US Open campaign with a 6-4 6-0 win over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina in New York.The Czech, 28, recovered from dropping serve in the first game to later string together eight games in a row, needing just 21 minutes to take the second set.Pliskova, top-ranked in the absence of Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, faces France’s Caroline Garcia next.last_img read more

Ireland and Scotland set for battle in Euro 2016 qualifier.

first_imgIreland will hope to maintain their unbeaten start to Euro qualifying Group D when they take on Scotland tonight.A win for Martin O’Neill’s men would move them 6 points clear of the Scots and in a strong position to qualify and the manager feels last month’s heroics in Gelsenkirchen have boosted the squad.In the absence of James McCarthy, Derby’s Jeff Hendrick is in line for a start in midfield for the game in Glasgow. Kick off at Parkhead is at 7.45At the same time, Germany play host to group minnows, Gibraltar in Nuremburg. While at 5 o’clock Poland are away to Georgia.last_img read more

Tom Brady’s ageless act carries Patriots QB to new best-of-all-time discussion

first_imgIn the aftermath of the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53, New England quarterback Tom Brady was asked what’s next.”Monday,” Brady said to assembled media in Atlanta. “And some rest. I’m looking forward to some rest.” Seriously, this has been going on for 20 years.So, yes, get some rest Monday.We’re talking to Brady. Everybody else better be working if they want to catch him. In other words, there is still more where Sunday’s result came from before the QB retires. Brady, who turns 42 in August, made it clear in the week leading up to his sixth Super Bowl victory that he was not ready to end his career just yet.But for how long is he going to do this?MORE PATRIOTS:Gronk’s greatest moment | Why No. 6 mattersWith Super Bowl 53 tied in the fourth quarter, Brady showed one more time why there is no need for an expiration date. He completed all four passes for 67 yards on the go-ahead touchdown drive, a vintage Brady possession that included two downfield connections with Rob Gronkowski, a dart over the middle to eventual Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and a checkdown to Rex Burkhead. Sony Michel scored what would be the game-winning touchdown with a two-yard run.”Just do your best every day,” Brady said when explaining how the Patriots keep their dynasty alive. “Coach makes it a challenging football environment. The pressure is always on for moments like this, because you have to rise to the occasion.”But, seriously, for how long is he going to keep doing this?When the pressure is highest, Brady continues to get the job done, and there are too many examples to count. He did it in Super Bowl 51 against Atlanta. He did it in Super Bowl 36 against the Rams. He even did it in college with a 10-play, 77-yard drive that broke a tie between Michigan and Ohio State.That was in 1999. This has been going on for 20 years. Brady’s age-related accomplishments are even more impressive when compared to those of other Hall of Fame QBs, past and future. Drew Brees just turned 40. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers hits 36 next season. Brees has some regular-season records over Brady, and Rodgers might have superior raw talent, but Brees and Rodgers have won a combined two Super Bowls.Brett Favre, Warren Moon and Johnny Unitas played into their 40s, but they were exceptions. Otto Graham retired at 34. The stars of the 1970s, Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, were done at 35 and 37, respectively. Joe Montana, John Elway and Dan Marino all retired at 38. Manning was done at 39.Brady is still going strong at 41, and that might be his most amazing accomplishment of all. Brady could retire after next season, or he could play three or four more years. Either scenario seems possible. And every time it looks like the dynasty is over, Brady ends up hoisting another Lombardi Trophy.MORE: The greatest dynasties in sports historyNow Brady enters is 20th NFL season with everyone else still chasing the Patriots. Now with nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl championships, including three titles in the last five years, Brady has distanced himself from the greatest QB of all time discussion and barged into the greatest athlete of all time discussion, which includes legends such as Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. One can try to negotiate Brady out of that debate, but he or she would be wrong in doing so.The only question now is how much longer Brady wants to play. His post-age-40 success is already greater than that of the aformentioned legends.Federer is 37. Ali and Jordan both retired for good at 39. Woods, 43, last won a major tournament at the 2008 U.S. Open. Brady’s accomplishments at 40 or older are in the realm of Jack Nicklaus, who won The Masters at 46.Barry Bonds was 42 when he broke Hank Aaron’s home-run record, but there is an asterisk that will forever be affixed with that milestone. Critics will want to do the same with Brady, considering the Spygate and Deflategate scandals that impacted his career. But unlike Bonds, Brady will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.last_img read more

Pochettino eyes new record for goal-machine Kane

first_img“After having a wonderful start, we are back on dangerous ground with our results and it’s our responsibility to get results, not wait to see if other teams have lost.”Allardyce added: “It was a very difficult day for (new signing) Cenk Tosun on his debut today, a very difficult day for us all in the end.“But if we can get him a better service that he likes and get him holding the ball up, hopefully he’ll do for us what he’s done for Besiktas in their league and in the Champions League.”Share on: WhatsApp “Harry is fantastic and I congratulate him one more time,” said Pochettino after Kane equalled and then surpassed Teddy Sheringham’s previous record of 97 Premier League goals for the north London club.“He can do anything because of his mentality and how professional he is.“He can achieve all that he wants because of his willingness to work. He’s always thinking and trying to improve, improve, improve and score goals.”Pochettino added: “What is really important to explain to everyone is that although he scores lots of goals, his mentality is always to work for the team and that is what makes him such a special player. In his mind, he always tries to help and play for the team.”Victory left Spurs level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool, who face runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, in a competitive race for a place in next season’s Champions League.“That is our challenge and our target, to reach the Champions League, but we know that it is difficult to play at this type of level for a long period,” Pochettino added.The manager was also full of praise for Son Heung-Min, who scored Tottenham’s opening goal, hit the post and helped to set up one of Kane’s goals as well as that of Christian Eriksen.The South Korea star was just happy to have a full-time role this season, saying: “I love playing now. I want to keep going scoring but we all played well today, not just me. “It’s impossible to beat Harry. He’s one of the best strikers and one of the best players. He works so hard for the team. He’s younger than me but I’m learning from him.”– ‘Shocking’ Everton –While Spurs maintained their recent surge in form, Everton slumped to their heaviest defeat under new manager Sam Allardyce.“We’ve seen the inconsistent Everton today,” said Allardyce. “Last week we were very unlucky to get beaten at Liverpool in the last five minutes and this week we got thrashed in the second half.“Obviously it’s something I have to address now. I didn’t expect to see it. I’ve seen it and now I have to address it as quickly as possible.“It was a shocking second-half performance. I saw some of the good sides of the players last week and I saw some of their worst sides in the second half today, which is massively worrying in terms.“I can’t excuse our capitulation after we went 2-0 down… West Brom becomes a massive game next week so that we don’t get dragged back into that relegation zone.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Premier League single-season scoring record of 34 goals is under threat from Harry Kane after the striker grabbed two more in a 4-0 victory over Everton at Wembley.Kane made it 10 goals in his last six games in all competitions to become Tottenham’s record scorer in the Premier League and, after Saturday’s match, the England forward’s top-flight tally for the season stands at 20 with 15 league games still to play.last_img read more

Palm Beach County school year will be delayed

first_imgThe school year is currently slated to start in Palm Beach County on Monday, Aug. 10 The 2020-2021 school year in Palm Beach County will be delayed, according to Dr. Donald Fennoy, the superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County.On Thursday morning, the school board voted 7-0 to start the 2020-21 academic year with distance learning for all students.“The board’s will and pleasure right now is to delay it, and it will be delayed,” Fennoy said.WATCH SUPERINTENDENT INTERVIEW:last_img read more

Duquesne player who nearly died earns degree

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Fittingly, Sam Ashaolu was standing on the court at a pregame shootaround, wearing his Duquesne University basketball sweats, when he received the best news of his life.The former player who has inspired a college campus with his determination to graduate despite being the most seriously wounded of the five Duquesne basketball players shot in September 2006 was going to receive his college diploma Dec. 17. Ashaolu nearly died of head wounds in the horrific shootings that followed a dance, rocking an urban campus that had just been chosen as one of the nation’s safest.He needed multiple operations to save his life, endured seizures and recurring hospital stays and, months after his recovery was under way, was told he couldn’t play again because it was too risky to remove bullet fragments lodged in his brain.“At any given moment, I was told, I could go to sleep and not wake up,” Ashaolu said Dec. 16.Many athletes might have become angry, given up, quit school and begun their adult life with a grudge that would last a lifetime. Instead, Ashaolu told Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio and coach Ron Everhart he wanted to stay with the team in any role and return to as normal a college life as possible.Then, remarkably, he did exactly that.“If somebody would have told you while he was in that hospital bed, battling for his life, that he would have a college degree in three years, most people would have said that’s not possible, that’s unbelievable, that can’t happen,” Everhart said. “It’s a modern-day miracle.”Another player who was seriously wounded, Stuard Baldonado, left school without playing. Two others, Shawn James and Kojo Mensah, turned pro before their senior seasons in 2008-09 and didn’t graduate. Ashaolu and Aaron Jackson, who received a minor wound, became close friends and helped turn around a Duquesne program that was 3-24 in 2005-06.Jackson did it on the court as an all-Atlantic 10 guard who led the Dukes to a 21-13 record last season, the A-10 championship game and the NIT, where he scored 46 points during a double-overtime loss at Virginia Tech.Ashaolu did it off the court, serving as a team manager, a teammate in pickup games and a role model for every college player who has experienced adversity.“I overcame a lot,” said Ashaolu, a 6-7 power forward who played at Lake Region State College in North Dakota before transferring to Duquesne. “I hope it inspires some other kids who go through the same thing I went through to keep fighting.”Everhart and Amodio said every new Duquesne student quickly learned about Ashaolu’s relentless commitment to graduate. He went to school in the fall, spring and summer, rarely missed class, worked daily with speech therapists and at the school’s learning lab, and nearly became like a son to assistant director of student services Kevin Deitrick.“He’s so resilient, so determined,” Everhart said.Jackson, now playing in Turkey’s top pro league, said Ashaolu’s perseverance made him realize the minor problems in his own life were exactly that—minor.“It’s remarkable seeing the things he does, seeing him wake up and take his medicine and go to class, come back, take his medicine and then go to night class,” Jackson said. “It makes you want to pray to God, ‘Thank you for giving this man another chance and everyone another chance.’ It’s going to be truly remarkable to see him walk across that stage and get that degree. It’s going to be a lot of tears, a special day.”Deitrick and Amodio gave Ashaolu big hugs upon delivering the news at about 3 p.m. EST last Wednesday that he had passed his final class and could take part in Duquesne’s winter commencement 24 hours later.Ashaolu and his family sued the university 15 months ago in a still-unresolved case, saying better security should have been offered to prevent the shootings, yet he never considered transferring. And Duquesne never took him off scholarship.“You talk about somebody who’s overcome the ultimate obstacle,” Amodio said. “A little over three years ago, we didn’t know what the future held for Sam.”That future could be in—yes, basketball. Ashaolu, whose older brother, John, is the director of basketball operations at East Carolina, wants to stay in the sport and work with youngsters. He will travel to his Toronto home for the holidays—he turns 27 on Christmas—but will return to Pittsburgh after Jan. 1 to begin searching for a job and to follow the Dukes.“I’m close to a lot of the guys,” Ashaolu said.Those Dukes players—and their coach—look to Ashaolu as a source of motivation.“It’s the biggest win of my basketball career,” Everhart said. “I can’t think of many things in my life that have been a whole lot more special than Sam handling the adversity that he’s had to handle through the shooting, and putting himself in a position now to graduate. I think that’s about as good as it gets.” AN INSPIRATION—Sam Ashaolu, one of five Duquesne University basketball players shot in September 2006, sits in the school gymnasium as the team goes through some drills during practice at the A.J. Palumbo Center Dec. 16. last_img read more

Windstar, A Sculpture By Ross Matteson, Wins People’s Choice Award

first_imgSubmitted by City of OlympiaWindstar by Olympia artist Ross Matteson is the popular winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award, and will be purchased by the City of Olympia following exhibition on Percival Landing. A public vote was held July 21-August 31, 2012, with voters indicating their top choice among the exhibition of loaned sculptures along Percival Landing.  A total of 485 votes were received during the voting period, up from 313 in 2011.  With 140 votes, Windstar by Ross Matteson was the lead by quite a distance, with runners up The Healer by Seattle artist Leon White, and Sound from the Ends of Time by Olympia artist Grey Brogdon, coming in with 74 and 66 votes, respectively.  The remainder of the votes were distributed among 11 other sculptures. Comments regarding why Windstar appealed to voters include the elegance of the sculpture, the relationship between bird and nature, the framed view, quality of craftsmanship, and what quite a few took to be the concept of freedom with the bird escaping through a window.The winner was announced at the Olympia City Council meeting on October 2, 2012.  The exhibition of loaned sculpture will remain on Percival Landing through next spring.  Following that exhibition, Windstar will be permanently installed in a new home in Olympia.  Members of the Art in Public Places Committee are actively looking for a visible, accessible location with strong ties to the natural environment. A site has not yet been determined and a recommendation will be brought back to Council at a later date. Facebook13Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Spotlight on small business development

first_img7 September 2012The 37th International Small Business Congress, taking place in Johannesburg from 15-18 September, will help to chart the way for small business development in South Africa, with a particular focus on emerging industries.Briefing journalists in Cape Town on Monday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the congress would provide a platform “to benchmark and draw lessons from both the developed and developing countries with a view of sharpening policy development and high impact programmes in the South African SMME sector”.It will be the first time that the congress is held on the African soil, and more than 1 000 international delegates are expected to descend on the Sandton Convention Centre to discuss the future and role of SMEs in the global economy.International Small Business Congress president Catherine Swift will be joining speakers from South Africa, Canada, England, Nigeria, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Cameroon, Japan, France, Mauritius, Sierra Leone and India.The theme of the congress will be “Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide”.Davies said this theme was “of particular importance to South Africa, especially as we widen the market for South African goods and services through stronger focus on exports to the region and other economic groupings such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).“The theme is also important as we advocate for a diversified economy and we venture into activities geared towards greening the economy. Based on the latter, there are new opportunities for new enterprises, and this congress will provide for a learning platform in these areas.”Davies said the South African government hoped to learn from other countries how it could improve its SMME support policies, as “we have not achieved the impact in terms of small business development that we wanted to achieve”.While incubation programmes had proven to be the most successful of the government’s small business initiatives, Davies said, mentoring small companies in this way was a slow process, and the government would therefore be calling on the private sector to help sponsor programmes.The congress will be hosted in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg, the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (Nafcoc), the Small Enterprise Finance Agency, the Small Enterprise Development Agency, the Industrial Development Corporation, MTN Business, Absa Bank and Shanduka Black Umbrellas.Nafcoc president Lawrence Mavundla welcomed the initiative taken by the government in bringing the congress to South Africa, saying that small businesses “have always been a main driver for employment in South Africa, and with this congress a lot of jobs can be created.”Bobby Malabie, the chief executive responsible for retail and business banking at Absa, said that entrepreneurship and small business had been proven globally to be the primary creators of jobs in any economy, and that South African entrepreneurs would benefit immensely from exchanging ideas with their counterparts from other parts of the world.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more