Gov. Wolf: Paying Tribute to the Fallen is our Duty on Memorial Day

first_img Flag Order,  Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As Indiantown Gap National Cemetery prepares to host its 2019 Memorial Day ceremony, Governor Tom Wolf today offered his gratitude for and remembrance of those who have sacrificed all for our commonwealth and our country. The governor also has ordered the commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Pennsylvania to fly at half-staff immediately and through the Memorial Day holiday in honor of deceased servicemembers.“Far too often we forget that we enjoy lives of freedom because our men and women in uniform are always there, protecting us, with many giving their lives, sacrificing all,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why it is our duty to pay tribute to their bravery and their sacrifice, to lay poppies on their graves, to attend parades and marches, to sit quietly and remember their service, to commemorate them in our own special ways.“The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs demonstrates every day its support for our veterans and this Memorial Day commemoration at the country’s largest veterans’ memorial in a national cemetery is a fitting tribute to those who gave all.”The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) invites everyone to attend the event and show their respect at the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Lebanon County. The memorial stands as a lasting tribute to those who served our nation in times of war and peace. The annual Memorial Day service is 2 p.m., Sunday, May 26, rain or shine.“This memorial is full of symbolism of those who gave so much for our freedom and this weekend is to honor and remember our fallen and their families,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “We hope that all Pennsylvanians take the time this weekend to show their appreciation to the families of our fallen and our veterans. We are also grateful to the many generous donors to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund. It is through this kindness that we are able to preserve this beautiful symbol of incredible sacrifice.”Carrelli said 100 percent of the donations go towards routine upkeep such as landscaping, lighting, and fountains as well as needed maintenance for structural and cosmetic components throughout the memorial.The memorial design is intended to evoke “the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity.” Its architecture is peaceful and harmonious, containing the elements of air, land and water representative of the battlefields where our veterans fought for our freedom. A tomb for all fallen soldiers, known or unknown, is strategically placed, mindful of the sacrifices shared by veterans in the cause of freedom. It serves as an active living memorial to the ideals and principles for which veterans have served, battled and died.Anyone interested in supporting additional veteran’s causes can visit donate.dmva.pa.gov to consider contributing to the Veterans’ Trust Fund, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program or any of the six Veterans Homes Resident Welfare Funds.For information about any of the DMVA’s services or programs for veterans, visit veterans.pa.gov or call 1-800-547-2838.FLAG ORDER: Please note that the commonwealth flag shall remain lowered until sunset on May 29, 2019, in honor of fallen Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Donald C. Brackett. The United States flag should also be flown at half-staff on Memorial Day until noon per the United States Flag Code. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. May 24, 2019 Gov. Wolf: Paying Tribute to the Fallen is our Duty on Memorial Daycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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NFF Commends LMC, Clubs, Other Stakeholders on Successful NPFL Season

first_img“I look back and there are so many things to be happy about in the just –concluded season. I was there in Kano during the opening match of the season in which Kano Pillars defeated Enugu Rangers with a late goal. Football has returned to Maiduguri – which people thought would not be possible – and we have had a number of fascinating Friday Night matches. I can boldly say this League Season has gone well with huge improvements all round and we had the best team winning.“A few matches were troubled by security breaches and some referees did not cover themselves in glory. But at the end, it was a season to be proud of and we can only put in place reforms to make things better in the coming season.”On refereeing, Pinnick elected to elaborate on what the NFF will be doing to improve things.“We have been doing a lot to improve refereeing, including taking dozens of them to the United Kingdom for capacity enhancement, as well as hosting FIFA Member Association courses to ensure our referees get better.“Now, the NFF leadership has identified the shortcomings and will initiate positive reforms of the refereeing management process to ensure more effectiveness and improved professional delivery.”The first reform, according to the NFF President, which is aimed at guaranteeing independence and strict compliance to the rules, would be to divide referee management into three professional and independent committees: Training, Grading and Appointment; Assessment and; Performance Review and Compliance, including sanctions for erring referees.“The last two committees (Assessment and Performance Review and Compliance) would be headed by independent and credible personalities to ensure fairness and prompt actions,” explained Pinnick.The NFF supremo gave kudos to LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, who is also the NFF 2nd Vice President, stating that the latter’s work ethic and vision alongside LMC CEO Nduka Irabor and the COO Salihu Abubakar have taken the NPFL to new heights.“It is not only in the work they do that they have excelled; they have also been there for the other Leagues: NNL, NWFL and the NLO. The solidarity payments they have made to these Leagues as well as the Players’ Union have helped to stabilize the football structure.”The 2015/2016 NPFL Season was brought to a glorious end on Sunday with one of the nation’s biggest traditional Clubs, Enugu Rangers winning the League trophy for the first time in 32 years, after amassing 63 points from their 36 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation has heaped plaudits on the League Management Company (organizers of the Nigeria Professional Football League), all the participating Clubs, the media as well as football fans for a highly –successful 2015/2016 Season that came to an end on Sunday.NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who personally presented the League trophy to Enugu Rangers FC captain Okey Odita at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium (now nicknamed The Cathedral) as the Flying Antelopes won their first title in 32 years, lauded the efforts of the LMC and indeed all stakeholders in ensuring a fabulous season.“It is no gainsaying that it has been a fabulous season in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Everyone has contributed immensely: the LMC, all the Clubs, fans, the media and other stakeholders of the League. We must also not forget the contribution of Supersport Television.last_img read more

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MLAX : 3 keys for Syracuse to advance past Duke in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Strong play from Bobby Wardwell in netEvery game Bobby Wardwell starts in goal for Syracuse, he gets a little better. And for Wardwell, that’s a good thing because he’s about to start the biggest and most important game of his young career.The freshman started off his SU career with a rocky performance in a 10-9 win over Princeton. He allowed three straight goals in the opening eight minutes before settling in to make nine saves the rest of the way.That was back on April 7, and since then, Wardwell has gone from an experiment to a force in the net.Wardwell has allowed an average of six goals in his last three starts and is coming off a superb seven-save performance against St. John’s, where he shut out the Red Storm in the first half and allowed a stingy three goals in 54 minutes of action.On Saturday, he will be starting in a game that will either extend the Orange’s season or send it home. He’ll be relied on for a strong performance in Durham, N.C., against a Duke attack that averages just more than 11 goals per game. The Blue Devils are loaded with offensive weapons. Four different players have scored at least 27 goals this season.Wardwell needs to step up, and he has to find his comfort zone immediately. Giving up early goals will put Syracuse in a hole that will be tough to climb out of. If he’s able to avoid early blunders, he’ll give the Orange confidence and momentum that could propel it to a win and the quarterfinals.Win the faceoff battleAll year long, Syracuse head coach John Desko has said his team has a chance to win if it can win 50 percent of a game’s faceoffs. The Orange was demolished in the faceoff X in five of its seven losses this season – going just 66-of-158 (41.8 percent) – and allowed its opponents to dominate possession time. In all, Desko has tried seven different players at the X in search of some consistency.SU finally seems to have found an answer to its lingering problem late in the season. The Orange edged both Villanova and St. John’s by one in the faceoff battle last weekend at the Big East tournament. With an advantage on draws and ground balls in both games, Syracuse blew away both teams by a combined score of 27-10 to win the conference tournament championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.The Orange will need to stay hot at the X to have a chance to upset No. 3 seed Duke. SU outworked the Blue Devils on draws by three in one of its most impressive performances of the regular season, despite falling 12-10 at the Big City Classic on April 1. Faceoff specialists Ricky Buhr and Chris Daddio combined to go 14-of-25 that day to help the Orange play the Blue Devils down to the wire. And they have played a large part in Syracuse’s turnaround, winning 22-of-39 draws in SU’s run through the Big East tournament. If Buhr and Daddio can hold their own in the faceoff battle Saturday, the Orange has a chance to pull off the upset. But if they revert to their old ways, it will be an uphill battle at Koskinen Stadium.Stay hot offensivelyJohn Desko could do nothing but praise the Syracuse attack following two must-win victories in the Big East tournament last weekend. The Orange used a balanced offensive effort, featuring 11 different goal scorers, to blow out Villanova and St. John’s to claim the inaugural Big East tournament championship.Attack Tommy Palasek set the tone for the offensive explosion, notching four goals and six assists, while midfielder Bobby Eilers scored four goals in SU’s 15-6 win more than the Wildcats and another two in the championship game.The recent success will need to continue if the Orange hopes to upend No. 3 seed Duke when the teams square off in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils yield more than nine goals per game but boast an offense that scores more than 11 goals per contest. Syracuse will need a sound performance from its attack to stay in the game.When the Orange squared off against Duke on April 7 in MetLife Stadium, two slick saves by Blue Devils goaltender Dan Wigrizer on Palasek and attack Collin Donahue in the final quarter were arguably the difference in a 12-10 SU loss.In the Big East tournament, the Orange attack had its way. Desko lauded his offense’s near-flawless execution. The two decisive victories were a breath of fresh air for the SU head coach following an up-and-down regular season from the offensive unit.And if Syracuse maintains that efficiency in the attacking zone against the Blue Devils, it will be in position to battle Duke into the fourth quarter once again.-Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports stafflast_img read more

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