Gov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response

first_imgGov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response May 18, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health When it comes to a crisis, preparedness is everything, and today Governor Tom Wolf stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in coordinating the state’s preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA National Guard Colonel Frank Montgomery.“Pennsylvania has a great team working behind the scenes to coordinate our response to the coronavirus,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want to reassure all Pennsylvanians that we are in good hands with the teams at PEMA and the National Guard. The training and planning that they do year-round is tested during exercises, and all of that experience is being acted upon now.”Along with the Department of Health (DOH), PEMA has been monitoring the virus since January, establishing the DOH’s operations center at PEMA before the virus was first detected in the United States.PEMA’s Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC), typically used only during weather emergencies, stood up full operations just a few weeks later, supplementing planning and coordination efforts with staff from dozens of state and federal agencies, and partners.PEMA works with emergency management agencies in each of the state’s 67 counties to identify and eliminate potential issues by providing the necessary guidance and support to execute their unique, local emergency plans, including coordinating the community-based testing sites in Montgomery County and more recently in Luzerne County in the northeast with the PA National Guard.“These sites serve a critical role in testing of symptomatic individuals to get a better understanding of the virus spread, especially in the hardest hit areas of the state,” PEMA director Randy Padfield said. “This is just one example of the coordination efforts PEMA manages. We remain committed to assisting the Department of Health, other state agencies, and counties with responding to the COVID-19 crisis and to mitigating the secondary and tertiary effects of such a long term and complex crisis.”The governor emphasized PEMA’s role in obtaining the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System in Delaware County from the federal government. The free service to decontaminate certain N95 masks is helping health care providers and first responders stretch PPE by being able to safely reuse these masks. The governor encouraged more facilities to take advantage of this service.The PA National Guard, present in the CRCC every day, has been working to provide support to mass testing sites and the state’s nursing homes that require more help than can be provided with facility staff. To date, the Guard has assisted 10 nursing facilities in the state, including Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.Col. Frank Montgomery provided details on the Guard’s role at Brighton and other facilities.“Teams were built to include physician assistants, nurses, medics and general purpose forces to provide staffing assistance as well as any training on use of PPE, don and doff procedures, and decontamination measures as needed,” said Colonel Frank Montgomery, director of Military Support for the Pennsylvania National Guard. “It’s an honor for us to work side by side with other long-term care staff to serve this vulnerable population. To date, we have provided over 3,500 days of staffing support to 10 long-term care facilities, and are currently still supporting five facilities.”PEMA works hand-in-hand with the Pennsylvania National Guard on its missions, which in addition to nursing home aid, vary from food distribution to establishing mass testing sites.“Pennsylvanians haven’t had to worry that we’ll miss out on federal disaster aid, they haven’t had to worry about 9-1-1 centers becoming overwhelmed, and they haven’t had to worry that other emergencies won’t be taken care of during the pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s all because PEMA efficiently and effectively does its job.”Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Defense struggles to contain BG’s Jacobs

first_imgWisconsin defensive coordinator Bret Bielema knew his defense was in for its fair share of headaches Saturday afternoon. The dominating exploits of the Falcons’ Heisman hopeful, quarterback Omar Jacobs, were well noted heading into the contest — 4,002 yards, 41 touchdowns, four interceptions. Jacobs’ 2004 statistics were stellar by any stretch of the imagination and, Saturday, he lived up to that billing.Thriving in head coach Gregg Brandon’s fast-paced, multi-set offense, Jacobs scorched the young, inexperienced Badger defense, slinging 30 completions for 458 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.“They’re a very unique offense,” Bielema said. “Especially the first two series, there [were] a lot of things we didn’t even prepare for. But we knew that. They came out with two backs in the backfield, something that wasn’t a high priority for them a year ago.[Jacobs] is a good football player. He makes good decisions. He can throw the long ball, the short ball and he has good poise in the pocket.”When asked to compare Jacobs to another quarterback, UW free safety Roderick Rogers compared the Falcon gunslinger to another great spread-offense quarterback, Purdue’s Kyle Orton.“Omar — he’s something special,” Rogers said. “I think he’s more like a Kyle Orton, but he’s real steady out there, a great quarterback.”Rogers, who was tagged for a pair of pass-interference calls, was just one of several victims in the secondary Saturday. Playing perhaps as much as 85 percent of the game in a nickel defense, according to Bielema, the Badgers struggled to stop the Falcons’ receiving corps, especially in the first half.Bowling Green’s Charles Sharon, Steve Sanders and Corey Partridge shredded a UW defensive backfield that used at least eight different players, including a pair of freshmen. The Falcon trio combined for 22 catches, 403 yards and four touchdowns. All three receivers also showcased their big-play abilities, each posting at least one catch of more than 40 yards.“We just can’t let people behind us — that’s the big one,” Bielema said about Bowling Green’s ability to get behind the UW defensive backs. “The play before the end of the first half just absolutely killed me, internally, but also hurt us very much from a game perspective.Those are things you can’t let happen. I knew they were going to get a chunk of yardage, but we have to be able to keep the ball in front of us and make them earn every yard. We can’t just give up a play.”But the Badger defense clearly came out with a renewed vigor in the second half. Wisconsin held the Falcon defense to a paltry one yard on 10 plays in the third quarter, and made an impressive goal line stand just seconds before the final whistle blew to halt Bowling Green’s last-second comeback attempt.“We did respond well in the third quarter,” Bielema said. “We switched up some stuff, we played a lot of different stuff today. I knew we were going to have to try to give them some different looks, try to get in Jacobs’ head a little bit and get him out of rhythm.”Though Jacobs looked in control for most of the game, those different looks, including several varying blitz packages and line stunts, resulted in four Badger sacks and several hurries. Bielema was pleased with the pressure, especially when considering Jacobs was sacked just 10 times last season.“We never want to be a reactive defense. We want people to react to us,” Bielema said. “So what we tried to do was put him in a situation where he had to make a decision right away based on the pressure he saw. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t. But I don’t remember them getting a big play on us based on the pressure.”last_img read more

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Dodger fans warned about Opening Day parking restrictions, illegal ticket sales

first_imgDodgers links2019 Dodgers season preview: Piling up NL West titles has yet to yield a World Series crown2019 Dodgers season preview: Position by position2019 Dodgers regular-season scheduleDodgers’ Cody Bellinger ready to put 2018’s platoon days behind himJulio Urías sticks to the plan in Dodgers’ exhibition rout of Angels Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Fans headed to opening day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 28, 2019, are being warned by the Los Angeles Police Department about temporary tow away and no-parking restrictions.Strict enforcement will be in effect. No parking signs will be at the following locations between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.:Avenue of the Palms, also known as Stadium Way, between Scott Road and Academy RoadAcademy Road between Morton Avenue and Stadium WayScott Avenue between Boylston Street and Elysian Park DriveOfficers will also be patrolling the area to enforce the zero-tolerance policy for drinking in public and parks around the stadium, according to a statement from the LAPD. Fans were also reminded there is no tailgating in Dodger Stadium’s parking lots.Police warned fans who drive to the game and buy tickets near the stadium to be aware of scalpers who may sell fraudulent tickets. Undercover officers will be in the area enforcing illegal ticket sales in the hours leading up to the game.last_img read more

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NFL Draft 2017, revisited: Why Bears picked Mitchell Trubisky, let Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson fall to Chiefs and Texans

first_imgHere’s quick look back at how it went down.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Three quarterbacks selected in first roundWhy the Bears drafted Mitchell TrubiskyThen third-year general manager Ryan Pace was the driving force behind the Trubisky selection. With 49ers GM John Lynch in attendance for Trubisky’s pro day at North Carolina, they looked like the team most interested. Instead, Chicago made San Francisco an offer it couldn’t refuse to trade up from No. 3 overall to No. 2: that pick, two third-rounders over two years and a fourth-rounder.There were different questions about Trubisky, Mahomes and Watson going into the draft. For Trubisky, those concerns were mainly about his limited college starting experience. In terms of arm, pocket awareness, accuracy and athleticism, Trubisky checked the most boxes with his tape and workouts. Mahomes had the bigger arm. Watson had the championship-winning pedigree.The perception was Mahomes was a bit raw coming out of Texas Tech. The knock on Watson was that he needed to become more consistent, related to his delivery and accuracy. Some teams also were uncomfortable catering to his running ability. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2e/b9/deshaun-watson-111416-getty-ftrjpg_c66ivfzxg1631vn6umwtpn9m3.jpg?t=1668423848&w=500&quality=80 The Chiefs had the luxury of already having a playoff team and a strong veteran QB solution with Alex Smith. They were aggressive, too, in trading up to get Mahomes, giving up the No. 27 overall pick, a third-rounder and a 2018 first-rounder to move up all the way to No. 10.In recent drafts, quarterback boards have varied from team to team based how they feel a particular player can fit their offensive system and philosophy, rather than a pure ranking of QBs. The Bears’ and Chiefs’ front offices simply were called to different QBs.In reality, the Bears didn’t pass on Mahomes because he didn’t really get the consideration Trubisky did. Had the Chiefs been the ones picking first, Mahomes would have gone ahead of Trubisky.Why the Texans drafted Deshaun WatsonThe Texans had an affinity for taking players from Clemson (DeAndre Hopkins, first round in 2013) and South Carolina (Jadeveon Clowney, first overall in 2014) high in recent drafts. Late team owner Bob McNair was a native of North Carolina and went to South Carolina.Watson got plenty of attention for dominating in the Palmetto State, leading Clemson to the 2016 national championship and having a stellar individual college career that fell just of a Heisman Trophy. The Texans also aggressively traded up to No. 12 by giving up No. 25 and a 2018 first-rounder to the Browns to make sure they got Watson. Bears coach John Fox was a big presence at Watson’s pro day, where Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sold Watson as “Michael Jordan.” But between signing Mike Glennon to a big deal as a bridge QB and a real debate on whether Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson or Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer was the best QB prospect in the class, Chicago wasn’t seen as a team locked into addressing the position so early.Pace, knowing the Bears’ recent revolving-door history at quarterback, wanted the stability with which he became familiar while working as the Saints’ director of player personnel. Trubisky was impressive enough in the most ways at the time for Pace to think he could as efficient as Drew Brees.Fox was headed toward being replaced after one more season, so the near future won over the immediate present. Glennon, as expected, proved he was badly overpaid. Trubisky started 12 games, hinting at his promise despite a shaky supporting cast.​MORE: Why Trubisky will stay in Chicago in 2020Mahomes enjoyed a meteoric rise up the draft boards, and there was a boom-or-bust feeling with him. There was sound reasoning for the Bears to go with Trubisky as their “safest” pick between a few unknown quantities.The Bears made the 2018 offseason all about lifting Trubisky, as they hired Matt Nagy to replace Fox and then invested free-agent and draft capital into significantly upgrading the receiving corps. Pace backed up his Trubisky pick as Sporting News’ Executive of the Year. Trubisky passed and ran the Bears to a division title, but it was overshadowed by Mahomes becoming the runaway NFL MVP in his first season starting in Year 2.​​Trubisky and Nagy have not meshed, and for some reason, Trubisky reined in his running skills to his detriment in 2019. He is now facing a make-or-break fourth season to determine his status moving forward in Chicago.Why the Chiefs drafted Patrick MahomesNagy was still in Kansas City as Andy Reid’s offensive coordinator during the 2017 draft. John Dorsey was still the GM before being fired later in the offseason. Brett Veach, before being promoted to replace Dorsey, was the co-director of player personnel.That four-man combination made the Chiefs the team the most enamored with Mahomes.Dorsey once saw the rifle of Brett Favre work for him in Green Bay, and Mahomes’ arm proved to be comparable. Veach vouched most for Mahomes after warming up to his massive pro-ready talent early in the draft process. Reid accepted how Mahomes could master his offense with his accuracy and his athleticism. Like Mahomes, Nagy was a confident, prolific, high-volume downfield college passer at Delaware. The stars aligned for Mahomes to get his shot in Kansas City.MORE: Projecting Mahomes’ record contract with Chiefs (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/49/1d/patrick-mahomes-100715-getty-ftr_1ut4cu18gst4z13ds5t0zcb3e9.jpg?t=1133000240&w=500&quality=80center_img Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are in the NFL playoffs for the second consecutive season, playing against each other in the AFC divisional round. While the Chiefs and Texans won their divisions again, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears didn’t qualify for a return to the playoffs, finishing behind both the Packers and Vikings in the NFC North.All three quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. As time goes by and Mahomes and Watson increasingly look like much better NFL players, the question remains: How did the Bears take Trubisky (No. 2 overall) over both Mahomes (No. 10 overall) and Watson (No. 12 overall)? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5/c4/mitchell-trubisky-041017-getty-ftrjpg_4fy74hcnjr971bb8ksx4ufvm1.jpg?t=1482386947&w=500&quality=80 Now former GM Rick Smith was all over scouting Watson and what the QB could bring to Houston with off-the-charts intangibles to go with a special skill set, much like Veach was with Mahomes and Pace was with Trubisky. Coach Bill O’Brien buying into Watson as a potential prized pupil was huge, because we know what has happened since Watson as a rookie quickly displaced Tom Savage as starter. Knowing what we know now about all three QBs, 20-20 hindsight says the order would have been Mahomes, Watson, Trubisky. Because NFL drafting is an inexact science based on prospect projections, the Bears did their best based on the information they had.The bottom line: Between quarterbacks like Mahomes, Watson, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson, NFL teams thinking outside the box and more about upside has rewarded them. There’s no such thing as a safe pick at the league’s most important position.last_img read more

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