Welcoming the New Year and Celebrating our Accomplishments

first_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Welcoming the New Year and Celebrating our Accomplishments December 31, 2016 2016 In Review,  The Blog,  Videos,  Year in Review center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Today as we close out 2016, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year’s day and look back at what we’ve achieved in the past 12 months.I’ve traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to listen to you and your neighbors about how state government can get back on track and make real progress for working class families. I have heard your voices loud and clear: We need to reform state government, make schools better for our kids, and create good-paying jobs that support our families.So that’s what I did.We’re all tired of Harrisburg ignoring the working and middle class —which is why I’ve fought to increase wages and make investments in programs and projects that will create good, family-sustaining jobs.I’ve secured an additional $640 million in funding for education to restore the cuts made in the previous administration and implemented a fair funding formula to make sure all of our children are getting the education they deserve, no matter what their zip code is.I’ve also expanded health care access for nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians and secured funding and bipartisan legislative reforms to fight the opioid and heroin crisis.We’ve legalized medical marijuana and ride-sharing across Pennsylvania. We’ve reformed our liquor system for the first time since Prohibition – making wine available in your grocery stores and six-packs available at your local gas station to increase customer convenience.So today, I’d like to wish all Pennsylvanians a very happy New Year’s Day and let you know that in 2017 and beyond, you can count on me to fight for you.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

SU Athletics : Practice policy restricts media coverage

first_img Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Liz: egsawyer@syr.edu | @3sawyer Comments After Bernie Fine was accused of sexual abuse in November, Syracuse University athletics department officials said they have continued to handle media inquiries for the men’s basketball team on a case-by-case basis. But not all media outlets have been granted entry to the team’s practices, signaling a shift from previous policy.Practices were closed to all media for approximately two months after the Fine allegations surfaced, said Pete Moore, director of athletic communications. The program took this step to protect the basketball players, who were being approached by reporters staking out Manley Field House and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Moore said.In early January, when Fine-related news began to subside, Moore said he informed some reporters who continued to make interview requests that they could discuss attending practices.All media inquiries have always been dealt with on an individual basis, and reporters are required to notify him in advance with the specific story idea they’re working on if they would like to attend a practice, Moore said.‘We did reach a point where there were a number of inquiries from the media about being able to come to practice again,’ Moore said. ‘At that time, I talked to coach (Jim Boeheim) and the situation was different than it had been in November, primarily because people were no longer camping out. So at that time he was all for adjusting what we were doing.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore said the athletics department does not consider there to have been a policy change, as the policy is flexible depending on what Boeheim, the SU head men’s basketball coach, has in mind.Boeheim could not be reached for comment.Since January, The Post-Standard has attended practices regularly and filed stories with reporting from watching those practices during a record-breaking season for the team. Other media outlets, including The Daily Orange, have not been allowed to attend.Jason Murray, sports editor at The Post-Standard, confirmed beat writers from the paper returned to men’s basketball practices in early January and that they currently have access to practices. However, Murray would neither confirm nor deny whether they were required to contact Moore with specific story ideas before showing up.WAER and CNY Central did not return multiple messages left by The Daily Orange.Ron Lombard, the news director at Your News Now, released a statement on behalf of the network to The Daily Orange. Lombard said YNN was not aware of any major change in the SU Athletics policy and valued its relationship with the athletics program.‘Some basketball practices are open to our cameras and reporters and others are not. I believe that’s the way it’s always been and we work within those rules,’ Lombard said in an email.However, in the recent past, reporters from local media organizations were able to attend practices on a regular basis. Game notes from SU Athletics were phrased differently before the Fine scandal and included no mention of a need for media members to report for a specific story.In November, the game notes read: ‘Most Syracuse men’s basketball practices are open to attend but not to conduct interviews. …’Current game notes now read: ‘Syracuse men’s basketball practices are currently closed. When practice is open, REPORTING ON INJURIES OR GAME STRATEGY IS PROHIBITED. Contact Pete Moore to obtain the practice schedule and site, to learn if the practice is open, and to notify him if you plan to attend.’Dara McBride, editor in chief of The Daily Orange, said men’s basketball beat writers have attended practices in the past without intending to write a story. Although the sports department has not contacted Moore with a specific story idea in mind since the scandal broke, it was never made clear that writers needed to communicate an idea to Moore before going to practices, she said. They were only told practices were closed.Tyler Dunne, former men’s basketball beat writer and former managing editor at The Daily Orange, said he attended practice about every week during his time at SU to see what was new with the team and make his face known. Dunne said he would regularly contact Moore to see where practices would be located, but rarely had a specific story idea in mind.‘I remember multiple times going in and just standing on the sideline and maybe blogging something here or there, and it wasn’t an issue at all,’ said Dunne, a 2010 graduate who now works as a Green Bay Packers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Because it is a standard practice for credentialed media to have equitable access to practices, Michael Anastasi, president of Associated Press Sports Editors, said he would urge those responsible for the decision to reflect on the mission of their university and what it stands for.Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said because SU is a private institution, the athletic department can legally admit and deny whoever it wants to practices. But he said the policy goes against the traditional system for most major college athletic programs.‘The common practice at any major college athletic program is to let all local media attend practices,’ LoMonte said. ‘That’s a widespread standard because that’s the way journalists get access to the coaches and players.’egsawyer@syr.edu center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rogers prepares to follow in sister’s footsteps, make name for herself at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2014 at 12:16 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Another Tuesday night meant another long night for Lisa Rogers.The Irondequoit (N.Y.) High School standout packed up her lacrosse bag and made the hour and a half drive from Rochester to Syracuse with her father.While Lisa’s sister Lindsay was leaving an imprint at SU as one of the program’s all-time great defenders, Lisa was just trying to get some reps in at the Syracuse women’s lacrosse Tuesday night clinic.“I’ve always looked up to my sister, she’s my hero,” Lisa said. “So it’s really great just to be like where she was, and have the same opportunity she did.”Now a sophomore at her sister’s alma mater, Lisa is trying to make a name for herself at the same program her sister will always have a lasting legacy at. After suffering an injury to her ACL before her freshman season, Lisa was forced to sit out, but has had a strong start to her first season on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe’s scored three goals on just four shots through the first six games, including a crucial first-half goal to extend SU’s lead over then-No. 9 Virginia on Feb. 23. She’ll have another shot to get on the board when the No. 2 Orange (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 3 Maryland (6-0, 1-0) in the Carrier Dome on Monday at 7 p.m.“It’s always tough coming off an injury,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Taking an entire year off then having to come back and get up to speed and I think she’s done a great job. She’s working hard, and you wouldn’t know she was ever hurt.”Lisa was able to recover so smoothly because of the support she had from Lindsay, who bookended her Syracuse career with ACL injuries, as well.Lindsay was on the team from 2007–11, but didn’t play her freshman season and missed the majority of her senior year. She also had an ACL injury in high school, so she was able to relate when Lisa went down.“The biggest thing is that the little things make the difference,” Lindsay said. “Working hard throughout rehab. Of course you want to get back and run, but you’ve go to take care of the little stuff first.”Lisa had seen her sister come back and not only be good, but star for Syracuse. In Lindsay’s second year, she was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.Now, like she’s done her whole life, Lisa’s following in her sister’s path.When Lindsay first picked up a lacrosse stick in fifth grade, Lisa, who was in kindergarten, did so as well. When Lindsay started tossing a ball around on the backyard field their father Larry made, Lisa followed her out there.“In my family it’s always kind of, ‘You’re going to do your own thing,’” Lindsay said. “But at the same time everyone hopes that she does bigger and better things than I did. That’s what my belief is, too.”Now though, it isn’t Lisa following Lindsay, instead it’s the other way around. Lindsay, who attended SU’s win over Towson on Sunday said she’d likely be able to come to six games this year.The most important one, though, has already happened.After the Orange’s home-opening win over Canisius, the two met outside the locker room following the game and started joking around. Lindsay, who is an assistant coach for the Golden Griffins, got to see her sister’s first home game in the Carrier Dome, a place where she made a name for herself.It was Lisa who got the last laugh, though, as the Orange won handily. But after the game, none of it mattered.“She’s like my second half so seeing her on that field is an awesome feeling,” Lindsay said. “I wish I could have cheered her on a little bit more, but I did after the game.“It’s everything that my little sister has worked for.” Commentslast_img read more

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS MAN DIES IN DONEGAL GARDA STATION

first_imgA man has died in Garda custody in Buncrana.It is not clear yet why he was in custody.A full investigation is expected to be carried out by the Garda Ombudsman. The man is believed to have been checked in the early hours of the morning and was found dead by Gardai.It’s understood he died from a suspected heart attack on the ombudsman inquiry is a matter of routine.   INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS MAN DIES IN DONEGAL GARDA STATION was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana Garda stationdeathlast_img read more