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. PA Task Force One Returns to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment for Harvey and Irma Response
A FIFA task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar be held in November and December of that year.European leagues and clubs were in favour of a May start for the tournament.It’s thought the tournament would begin on November 26th, with the final on December 23rd. FIFA’s executive committee will vote on the issue next month.
Ghana survived a difficult away fixture against Morocco in Rabat to seal their place in next year’s 2013 African Youth Championship.The Black Satellites qualify on a 5-4 aggregate scoreline despite losing the game on Sunday 3-1. Ghana won the first leg 4-1 a fortnight ago.After a taking a 2-0 first half lead, Francis Narh pulled one back for Maxwell Konadu’s side in the second half.As the game headed into the finals minutes, the Atlas Cubs were awarded a penalty which they converted.Buoyed on by the late goal, the Moroccans pushed to score again and send the tie into penalties but despite playing 10 minutes of added time, Ghana’s team stood resolute to hold on and pick their spot at the Championship to be hosted by Algeria.Ghana and six other teams will make it from the qualifiers and join hosts, Algeria, in the finals next year.
EL SEGUNDO — To welcome in the next decade, the Lakers shed their purple and gold for a night, opting for black-tie suits instead.They were all over each other’s social media feeds, dancing and smoking cigars on Monday night as LeBron James celebrated his 35th birthday.Because the Lakers play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, New Year’s Eve celebrations are expected to be significantly toned down. James said he only decided three days before the big night that he would have a party at all, which his wife Savannah helped assemble on the short turnaround. It wasn’t just a birthday, but a turning of the page on the year as well.“I was able to kill two birds with one stone, get my teammates there, coaching staff, my family, my friends, people that’s been around for quite a while and we had a heck of a time,” he said. “So it was another opportunity for us to bond, which we did. And if it brings us closer, then fantastic. That’s what it’s all about for me, bringing us closer to family as possible.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers warmed to the challenge of their tough schedule last month, playing a host of teams bound for the playoffs. The concern, Vogel acknowledged, is that over a third of the way in against less-than-stellar competition, complacency can sneak in.“It’s a different sort of stretch right now,” he said. “I think we begin to enter the dog days of the NBA season, which is like now until All-Star break where it gets a little monotonous and there’s a little bit of a grind and hopefully we can get through that stretch. And then once All-Star break hits, you’re in the home stretch after that.”One of the factors the Lakers feel is in their favor is chemistry. Multiple players have cited the 1-through-15 chemistry on the roster as a strength, and James’ birthday party was the latest event where the Lakers have largely shown up off the court as a group.James pointed to his youth league days as a model: When he was a young player, he and his teammates would go to parks or malls and play video games together.“Not only did it influence the way I play on the court, having an effect on how I play today, it also had an influence of how I grew up with my friends, too, and having that brotherhood,” he said. “If you know anything about my childhood, the guys that I grew up playing ball are still around, they’re still like my best friends.”The same concept is important to his NBA teams, James said, which is among the reasons everyone was invited. The feeling of the Lakers is that off-court chemistry will help form on-court bonds that can help them in competitive games.It also leads to some nice post-party texts.“The best thing about it is that my teammates said how much of a time they had,” he said. “My family and my friends had a heck of a time. Got a lot of messages this morning saying how much fun it was, how much love was in the air. So that’s what makes it cool for me. The people around me had a good time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers ended 2019 pretty tight-knit, with a strong body of work behind them. Leading the Western Conference standings and finishing a challenging December slate at 9-5, some of their hardest work is behind them even though the bulk of the schedule remains.The year wrapped on an upbeat note with wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. After that second victory, Coach Frank Vogel had a chance to look at the footage of his team holding the No. 1 offense in the NBA to just 95 points – to his surprise, he saw some opportunities where his defense (104.8 defensive rating, No. 7 in the NBA) could be even better.That’s the Lakers’ 2019 resolution: They’re still looking for the perfect performance.“It’s just reason for optimism that we still have a long way to go and a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “It’s exciting what we can be.”A big part of that has been success against the teams they are supposed to beat: The Lakers are 17-0 against teams under .500 this season. They’ll have an opportunity to extend that perfection with upcoming home games against Phoenix, New Orleans, Detroit and New York.