Statement from Wolf Administration on ChildLine Audit

first_imgStatement from Wolf Administration on ChildLine Audit May 24, 2016 Human Services,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – The following statement can be attributed to Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s Press Secretary:When Governor Wolf took office, his administration inherited a ChildLine program that was not being implemented properly, and was an absolute mess.Despite the law mandating that calls be responded to in 14 days, due to the high volume of calls, the total number of days reached as high as 26 days. The governor and Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas immediately went to work to fix the problem, and as a result of changes made, including new leadership to oversee the program and additional staffing and resources provided, the Wolf Administration:Reduced the number of response days from 26 to 2.Increased the number of calls responded to in a timely manner from 47 percent to 100 percent.Reduced the number of abandoned calls from 43 percent to 12 percent.The Administration is currently working to reduce this percentage to 4 percent, but additional funding is necessary. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Wolf Administration began fixing the implementation of the program more than a year before the Auditor General began his audit, and while many strides have been made, there is more work to do.We are committed to continuing our work with the legislature to implement the law and to finding ways to direct additional resources to ChildLine, and we are pleased the Auditor General is now involved in the process and has highlighted the need for more funding and additional staffing.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Bengals beat Broncos; clinch playoff spot

first_imgRookie running back Jeremy Hill is a 1,000-yard rusher. (Image: Cincinnati Bengals/ NFL)CINCINNATI – The Bengals finally win a game on prime-time television. They also clinch a playoff spot.Quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled in nationally televised games as an NFL starter with a 2-6 record prior to the Monday Night Football matchup against the Denver Broncos.Cincinnati had a 20-7 lead at the end of the first half. A few mistakes were enough to give Peyton Manning & Co. a 28-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.Bengals kicker Mike Nugent knocked in a 23-yard field goal for a 30-27 lead. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted a Manning pass and ran the ball into the end zone with 2:50 remaining in regulation. It led to a Bengals 37-28 win.On Monday, rookie running back Jeremy Hill hit the 1,000-yard mark on the season. Cornerback Adam Jones played a crucial role in the game on special teams and on defense.Update (3rd quarter)The Broncos have responded in the third quarter taking a 28-27 lead as the fourth quarter gets underway.Both squads displayed their special teams talent as the second half began.The Broncos returned the first kickoff to the Bengals 21 yard line and a rushing touchdown brought the score to 20-14.Bengals returner Adam Jones responded with a 72-yard kickoff return. Andy Dalton connected with Giovanni Bernard with a 22-yard pass to net a Bengal touchdown. Bengals led 27-14.Denver then marched up the field in ten plays to score a touchdown netting the score at 27-21.A Bengal fumble led to a Broncos TD to take the lead. Cincinnati has ball possession as final quarter begins.First Report (first half)Andy Dalton has struggled in prime-time games as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback.Fans hope the trend changes as the Bengals host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.The Broncos scored an early touchdown but the Bengals have bounced back to score 20 consecutive points in the first half.Cincinnati’s first half scoring highlights include an 83-yard run by rookie running back Jeremy Hill in the first quarter.A win tonight will secure a playoff spot before the team has a Week 17 showdown in Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Switzerland County football player continues recovery

first_imgPhoto: GofundmeVevay, In. — Switzerland County football player Colton Shirmer continues his recovery after a game injury suffered on October 6 in Decatur County.During the first quarter of the game against North Decatur Schirmer was blocking on a kickoff return when he was hit causing a serious neck injury. The freshman football player was flown to Riley Children’s Hospital for immediate surgery after his fourth and fifth vertebrae were fractured as a result of the contact.Officials say Schirmer was conscious but could not feel anything below his neck when he was removed from the field.After spending 10 days in intensive care he now undergoes daily physical therapy and is improving.An account has been established to help family with medical and travel expenses. Donations can be made here.last_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez And Antoine Griezmann Inspire Barcelona To Thumping Win

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona’s ‘MSG’ strike force is finally clicked into gear as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in a ruthless 3-0 victory over Eibar on Saturday. Griezmann’s place in the newly-formed attacking trident has not been secure but the Frenchman opened the scoring at Ipurua before teeing up Messi and then playing the crucial pass for Suarez to make it three. “There will be good and bad days but we are getting to know each other and bit by bit we will do even better,” said Griezmann.  An authoritative Barca display thrust them to the top of La Liga, for a few hours at least before Real Madrid play Real Mallorca. They moved three points clear of Atletico, who drew 1-1 at home to Valencia.The victory also dismissed suggestions their players might be affected by Friday’s postponement of next Saturday’s Clasico due to protests in Catalonia. Violence in Barcelona and disruptions at El Prat airport meant Ernesto Valverde’s side altered their pre-match routine and embarked on a 589-kilometre bus trip to the Basque County on Friday.  All the while, discussions continued over the Clasico against Real Madrid, which is now expected to go ahead in December. “It is fashionable not to agree on political issues but at least let’s agree on the date of the Clasico,” Valverde said afterwards. “It doesn’t seem to me that difficult.”Perhaps chaos off the pitch inspired Barca to unite on it. This was their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions, a sequence which is swiftly erasing memories of a stumbling start to the season. The resurgence has coincided with Messi’s return from injury yet it was the fluidity and cohesion of the front three, rather than the Argentinian’s familiar solo brilliance, that will have been most pleasing for Valverde. “Great players always understand each other,” Valverde said.  “With time and matches they will understand each other even more.”   Four for Griezmann  Griezmann has four goals since joining Barca from Atletico Madrid last summer but a series of underwhelming showings led to Ousmane Dembele starting against Sevilla before the international break. There was good news too for Barcelona in defence, where Samuel Umtiti came through 90 minutes in what was his first appearance of the season. Umtiti, who has been out with a foot injury, replaced the banned Gerard Pique.The only blot on the result was an injury to Sergi Roberto, who hurt his left knee and was replaced at half-time. He will be a doubt for the Champions League game away at Slavia Prague on Wednesday.  The visiting fans chanted in support of the nine Catalan leaders imprisoned last week for a failed independence bid in 2017. Griezmann’s finish clipped the inside of the post and found the net after 13 minutes. Messi should have made it two before half-time but was denied one-on-one by goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic. Suarez’s goal was ruled for offside. Barca made it two just before the hour as Frenkie de Jong’s incisive ball was collected by Suarez. As he lost control, Griezmann took over, flicking left to Messi, who made no mistake.  The third involved all three again. Griezmann’s superb reverse pass set Messi clear and he generously slipped the ball left for Suarez who was left with an open goal. Atletico lost ground as they were undone by a late Dani Parejo free-kick against Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano, where both sides finished the game with 10 men.Also Read | Lionel Messi Scores For First Time In La Liga Season, Barcelona Thrash SevillaDiego Costa scored a first-half penalty. In a mad final 10 minutes, Joao Felix limped off with all three of his team’s substitutes already used, Parejo struck in the 82nd minute and Valencia’s Lee Kang-In was sent off in injury-time. Felix’s fitness will be a concern ahead of Atletico’s Champions League game at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Los Angeles Clippers are getting together for workouts while the NBA season is suspended — via video conference calls. Up to 10 players at a time tune in to do workouts led by the team’s performance staff since the league shut down practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve also been using workout equipment tailored for each player and provided by the team. Coach Doc Rivers says that’s led to trash talking while watching each other work out.— Many professional athletes are doing their bit to boost public health during the coronavirus pandemic. There has been an explosion of athletes offering free online fitness classes and tips to an audience isolated at home. It helps others keep fit and it’s a way for sports like track and field to stay relevant in a year without the Olympics. The governing body of track and field has been left with an empty schedule as meets around the world have been canceled. It is filling the gap with a range of online exercise tips and educational resources.— Southampton has become the first Premier League soccer club to announce an agreement with players to defer part of their salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The English team’s players and coaches won’t be paid their full salaries during April, May or June. Southampton also says it will not be placing non-playing staff on the British government’s job retention scheme. That allows businesses to put workers on furlough and receive 80% of their salaries from the government up to a maximum of $3,000 a month.— Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28. The NRL has been suspended since March 23. The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series. Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”— The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar. The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers. The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 9, 2020 The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player Chauncey Billups; WNBA great Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The event will be pre-recorded.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation. Among the charities are the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army, and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.— Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp says that officials believe a 13-game college football schedule would be possible even if the start of the season were delayed until October because of the new coronavirus. Sharp added Wednesday that there are many unknowns about football season because of the pandemic that has killed thousands and shut down sports across the globe. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSHORSE tournament to be streamed on ESPN’s appUNDATED (AP) — Fans longing for basketball will have something to watch this weekend. The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app.center_img Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

NPFL: Mayhem in Katsina as Two Fans Feared Dead

first_imgThe Match-day 15 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between hosts Katsina United FC and neighbours Kano Pillars at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina ended in crisis thursday with two fans of the Kano club feared dead.Although details of what led to the crisis remain sketchy as at press time, Kano Pillars’ players and officials sought refuge inside the stadium dressing room to prevent them from receiving injuries from rampaging Katsina fans shortly after the one-all draw with the hosts.Outside the stadium, there was however free for all fight with all manners of weapons freely used. Several fans of the Kano team were however inflicted with several life-threatening injuries even as there were speculations that two fans were killed in the mayhem. However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, denied knowledge of any death within or outside the stadium.“No one was killed but we are aware that two fans sustained minor injuries,” stressed Gambo.He admitted that the police in Katsina got hint of plans to create crisis at the match.“We got hint that there would be violence after the last game between both sides in Kano. Katsina fans wanted a revenge for what happened during their team’s away match to the Sai Masu Gida.“So, the CP (Commissioner of Police in the state) requested for more personnel to be drafted in for effective control.“It was while were trying to safeguard the Kano Pillars players and their officials that violence broke out among the fans,” concludes the police spokesman.There was no official statement from the League Management Company (LMC) as at last night.An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were waiting for the Match Commissioner’s report about the game before any decision can be reached on the matter.Katsina United and Kano Pillars’ fans have long history of soccer hooliganism. Since 2016, both Pillars and United’s fans have been fined variius sums of cash as well as banishment from their bases.Similarly fines and likely banishment are likely to be imposed again to serve as punishment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC’s appeal of sanctions scheduled for Saturday

first_imgUSC officials, headed by athletic director Pat Haden, will appeal to the NCAA Infractions Appeal Committee on Saturday in Indianapolis.President C. L. Max Nikias, Vice President for Athletic Compliance David Roberts and the university’s lawyers will join Haden.The NCAA cited USC for “a lack of institutional control” in June, the verdict coming after a four-year investigation.Expecting the worst · Because of changes made to NCAA bylaws in 2008, athletic director Pat Haden has publicly stated on multiple occasions that USC’s chances for a successful appeal remain rather bleak. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan The ruling came after the NCAA determined that Reggie Bush, a Heisman-trophy winning running back from 2003-2005, and O.J. Mayo, a standout shooting guard who attended USC for the 2007-2008 season, received improper benefits.The NCAA put USC on probation for four years. The football program got a two-year bowl ban, a reduction of 30 scholarships over three seasons and was forced to vacate 14 victories in which Bush participated after he started receiving benefits.The USC basketball program imposed a one-year postseason ban on itself before the ruling, so the NCAA took no further action against it.USC wants Haden and company  to request that parts of the football team’s punishment be cut in half. They want the two-year bowl ban to be cut to one and the loss of 30 scholarships to be reduced to 15. The Trojans, who finished 8-5 in 2010, already served the first year of the postseason ban.USC will not dispute other parts of the NCAA punishment, which include returning Bush’s replica Heisman trophy, taking down any image of Bush or Mayo around campus and the vacation of 14 wins in football.If USC’s appeal is successful, the Trojans could be eligible for a bowl game at the end of the upcoming season and will lose only five scholarships per season over the next three years.Haden has said the University’s primary goal is to recover some of the lost scholarships, according to ESPN.USC must demonstrate that the punishment was excessive to the point that it “constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA, rather than that the punishment was wrong according to the evidence. The “abuse of discretion” requirement, which makes it much harder to win an appeal, has been in place since the NCAA changed its bylaws in 2008. Since that time, only one appeal out of 11 has been successful.Because of the controversial rulings made by the NCAA in favor of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, however, USC might still have a shot at winning the appeal.But the NCAA released statements last month emphasizing that none of the rulings have anything to do with one another, which means the Newton or Pryor rulings might not technically be taken into account in deciding USC’s appeal.It is unclear when the results of the appeal will be announced.last_img read more

Delaney wants swift replacement of Blatter

first_imgIt’s thought fresh elections might not happen until December, after Mr Blatter announced his resignation yesterday.Unconfirmed reports in the US claim he’s now being investigated by the FBI.FAI Chief Executive Tipp Town’s John Delaney would like to see UEFA President Michel Platini replace Mr Blatter, and he thinks the process should be completed more quickly.last_img

Broderick in action today

first_imgAt the same time Irish diver Oliver Dingley is in action in the semi-finals of the 3m individual springboard.His total score of 399.80 last night saw him finish in 13th position in the field of 29, with the top 18 competitors progressing. Tipperary’s Greg Broderick and his horse MHS Going Global compete in the second round of the individual jumping competition which gets underway at 2 this afternoon.The Thurles native was one of 60 to make it through from the opening round on Sunday – he’s on 8 faults.45 go through to tomorrows 3rd round with 35 to qualify for Fridays final.last_img

Riding Club Commends Multichoice for Boosting Cycling Race

first_img“‘MultiChoice through its SuperSport channel has done a fantastic job in providing broadcast coverage for the competition. Inspite of the short notice, the SuperSport crew were on ground to cover the tournament.”According to the Marketing Manager, DStv, Chioma Afe, MultiChoice’s decision to partner with the Cycology Riding Club is based on its commitment to provide quality sports content to its subscribers in Nigeria and Africa. While noting that MultiChoice gave similar support to Copa Lagos Beach Soccer championship which has become a world class recognized beach football championship, Afe, said it was a great opportunity to support the maiden edition of the cycling competition.Proof of the company’s commitment to sport development can be seen through the sponsorship of the DStv Premier Basketball League, the revival of boxing in Nigeria through the GOtvBoxing Night competitions and the continuous support of the Nigerian Football Premier League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Lagos Criterium Cycling Championship have commended MultiChoice Nigeria; Nigeria’s leading video entertainment provider, for supporting the maiden edition of the cycling competition in Nigeria.Speaking at the end of the cycling competition which attracted over 200 cyclists across the country, Ladipo Soetan, Captain of Cycology Riding Club said MultiChoice’s immense support to the competition is a clear indication that it’s an organisation committed to sports development in Nigeria.last_img read more