PA Task Force One Returns to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment for Harvey and Irma Response

first_img September 20, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hurricane Harvey,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that members of PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force returned to their home station in Philadelphia after several weeks on federal deployment to assist first responders after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma hit Florida.Five members remain deployed as part of a federal Incident Support Team currently stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in anticipation of significant impacts from Hurricane Maria. Their mission is to coordinate operations of federal resources currently on the ground there.“The men and women of Task Force One make tremendous sacrifices in time away from their loved ones in both training and actual deployments,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re proud that we can help our fellow Americans during the incredibly difficult response and recovery process.”The team has the capability to conduct water rescues and consists of highly trained personnel in search and rescue such as heavy rigging and structural specialists, hazardous materials, specialized communications, medical personnel and canine handlers, as well as staff who will aid the team with ground support once they arrive on site.It is not known how long deployed members will remain in Puerto Rico. PA TF1 US&R is just one of numerous task forces from multiple states to receive federal activation orders.center_img PA Task Force One Returns to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment for Harvey and Irma Responselast_img read more

Five highlights of Gerald Ankrah’s reign as Hearts General Manager

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak Managing Director, Gerald Ankrah, has resigned from his position with the club after 15 months.The former Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association boss was ushered into Hearts during a colorful ceremony to unveil the new signings ofthe club for the 2015 season.But after taking the club to the last 16 in the CAF Confederations Cup and helping the team to escape relegation, Gerald Ankrah has resigned from his position.JoySports takes a look back to some of his memorable moments at the club.    1.    TRANSPORTING STRANDED FANS BACK TO GHANA ON TEAM BUSWhen Hearts fans defied all odds to follow the team to Benin, little did they know that they would need another route back to the country after their bus broke down in Cotonou. But they made it in time to watch Hearts earn a good draw with AS POLICE with Soulama Abdoulaye saving a penalty on the day. However, matters got worse for the fans after the match when they were told their bus, which had carried them from Accra to Cotonou could not make the return trip. A number of the fans had no choice but to sleep at the Cotonou Stade De l’Amitie. Again, their worst fears became a reality when they were told that their bus would need three more days to be able to return to Accra. Gerald Ankrah ensured that a number of the fans and journalists joined the team bus, and a Ford wagon carrying the team officials, back to Accra. 2. HE WAS NO CHARLATANUnlike a number of people who find themselves in big positions and go heaven and earth to convince us that they were made for hegemony, Ankrah conceded on several occasions that he was not a “football person”. The honorable admittance is a first in recent football administration. Ankrah made it known, without the slightest hint of pride what his weakness and forte were. He had succeeded in GIBA, but Hearts was his biggest challenge yet. Yet, he did not cower. He tried several times to get sponsorship on board but due to circumstances unbeknownst to us, he could not succeed.3.   OVERSEEING TWO VICTORIES OVER ARCH-RIVALS ASANTE KOTOKOHearts had gone seven games without a win over Kotoko in the league, but on the new managing director’s first attempt under the tutelage of coach Herbert Addo, the Phobians ended that run, winning by a solitary goal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium last February. It’s also under Gerald Ankrah’s stewardship that Hearts, again with coach Herbert Addo, defeated Kotoko on penalties in last year’s President’s Cup. The Phobians will go on to lose to Kotoko in the second round of the league but Ankrah will leave office with a 2-1 head-to-head record over the old enemy. 4.    HEARTS EXECUTIVE GROUP:The Hearts Executive Group was launched under the stewardship of Gerald Ankrah. Although the group has gone dormant, the idea behind its formation was a good lead for many Ghanaian clubs.5.  HONORABLE THING BY RESIGNINGNo Hearts Managing Director has experienced the two extremes of football management like Gerald Ankrah. The former Hearts Managing Director witnessed his side go all the way in the CAF Confederation Cup, enjoying the highs of victories over AS Police, Olympique Ngor, and AC Djoliba, before a humbling defeat at the hands of Esperance de Tunis that virtually ended the Phobians’ run in the last 16 of the competition. Again, the Phobians flirted with relegation and their league status was confirmed on the last day of the season. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more