Photos: Gov. Wolf Arrives in Poland after Visiting PA Troops, Honoring Tree of Life Victims in Lithuania

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf crossed over from Lithuania to Poland this morning, beginning the second leg of his journey to visit with Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) troops, and meet with business and government leaders. Next, in Poland, the governor will visit more than 500 PNG troops and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, where he will again honor the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue attack.Photos for media use from the governor’s trip are posted to his Flickr account.“The partnership built over the last 26 years between Pennsylvania and Lithuania is culturally and strategically important,” said Gov. Wolf. “It was rewarding to talk with our troops who have spent months preparing for their training here, as well as Lithuanian soldiers who have visited Pennsylvania through the exchange. Our guard members care deeply about their Lithuanian counterparts and our shared strategic priorities, and it is important for our ability to build strong business, political and cultural relationships with the country.”Gov. Wolf became the first American governor to visit the base in Pabrade Training Area, in Lithuania, where thousands of PNG troops train alongside the Lithuanian armed forces as part of Pennsylvania’s 26-year military partnership with Lithuania. Earlier today, the governor watched several military demonstrations, including ordnance explosions, then joined soldiers for an on-base lunch of traditional Lithuanian food.The PNG troops who participate in the partnership rotate through two-week visits to Lithuania, where they engage in training exercises. Lithuanian troops also make two-week visits to PNG headquarters at Fort Indiantown Gap. Most of the PNG members who participate in the program have full-time jobs and families in Pennsylvania, and many have been deployed to conflict areas abroad or domestically to assist with storms other emergencies.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to thank our troops for their sacrifice and for their willingness to step up and assist with emergencies across Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “I also asked them for feedback on what we, as leaders, can be doing to help them in return. I encouraged them to make use of the Pennsylvania GI Bill, which I signed into law earlier this year. Many of these troops have young families or plan to have families down the road. The GI Bill will ease the burden of paying for higher education. Taking one worry from these troops is the least we can do to thank them for their service.”The governor also visited the Paneriai Memorial and Museum, which sits on the site of the Ponary massacre, a Holocaust atrocity in which an estimated 70,000 Jews, 20,000 Poles and 10,000 others were murdered. He laid a wreath sent by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh at the base of a memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims and signed the names of the 11 victims of the October 2018 antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in the memorial’s guest book.“The memorial sits within a quiet, peaceful forest but the large stone pits where people were killed, and bodies were burned, are haunting reminders of the horrors that took place,” Gov. Wolf said. “While traveling in Lithuania, we saw neighborhoods that had been designated Jewish ghettos during World War II. While these neighborhoods are rebuilt and modern, the history of the Holocaust is not lost. It reminds you that hate can exist anywhere, and we must remain vigilant in eradicating it, always.”Gov. Wolf also met with numerous business and political leaders during his first two days in Lithuania, including one business owner who surprised him by asking him to sign a toy Jeep. The governor sought to encourage Lithuanian business owners to expand to Pennsylvania, which would create jobs and build customer bases beneficial to both countries. He also provided advice on strategies to boost the economy in both rural areas and cities.“Lithuania shares many characteristics with Pennsylvania, including our strong agriculture industries and our positions as gateways to larger regions,” said Gov. Wolf. “We want our economic relationships here to be as strong as our military partnership.” September 12, 2019 Photos: Gov. Wolf Arrives in Poland after Visiting PA Troops, Honoring Tree of Life Victims in Lithuaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Liverpool’s title presentation plans unveiled

first_img Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has been talking about the summer transfer window and could not resist a veiled dig at Man City. The Athletic claim that City’s escape “threatens Liverpool’s entire model” and Klopp had another snipe at their rivals when quizzed about transfers. The German coach referred to “real money” when he was asked about their summer spending plans. “Every team has a chance but it means it will be more difficult,” Klopp said. “Strengthening the squad you talk about like it is something I just have to ask for and somebody opens the well and away we go. “To strengthen the squad you need money and these are uncertain times. Obviously, uncertain times means for some clubs we cannot do what we would do in non-uncertain times. read also:Klopp makes strong season refusal after Liverpool defeat to Arsenal “Ask me can we develop the squad and it is probably possible, but only with real money. We have talents ourselves, big talents, and players who can make big steps in our squad. “But buying now? Just go out and there and name whoever you want, whatever the player is, go for it? That is really difficult. It was always difficult.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sir Kenny Dalglish will be part of the presentation when Liverpool receive the Premier League trophy at Anfield next week. The Scot, a club great as both a manager and a player, was in charge the last time Liverpool won the title in 1990 and the Premier League has granted approval for him to hand out the medals and the trophy. He will be joined by Richard Masters from the Premier League. The ceremony will come after the match against Chelsea at Anfield on July 22 in what will be the Reds’ last home league game of the season. The playing squad and staff will collect the Premier League trophy and their winners’ medals on a special podium built at the centre of the Kop surrounded by fan banners. Captain Jordan Henderson and the players have helped coordinate proceedings with Henderson the man to lift the trophy. Sky will broadcast the match and presentation on their free-to-air Pick channel. No fans will be in attendance to mark the occasion, with matches behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. And the club and the Premier League are asking fans to stay at home to enjoy the ceremony. Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Woman The Whole Muslim World Is Proud OfBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even More8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 101-59 victory over South Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Syracuse jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished against South Carolina State on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The No. 18 Orange (4-0) defeated the Bulldogs (1-3), 101-59, thanks to a well-rounded offensive display that saw six players reach double-digits. S.C. State entered the game ranked as the 320th-best team in Division I and SU picked it apart as the game progressed.Here are three takeaways from the contest.Tyler Lydon shows versatilityIn the first three games of the season, Lydon went 2-for-8 from deep. On Tuesday night, he went 4-for-5 from long range. His fourth put Syracuse over the 70-point mark, before fans cheered for ‘Taco Time.’ Throughout the game, he found open spots on the perimeter and cashed in.Lydon finished with 14 points, three shy of his season-high 17 against Holy Cross. He also recorded 10 rebounds, good for the Orange’s first double-double performance of the year. (Frank Howard and Tyler Roberson also recorded double-doubles against SCSU, the first time three SU players did such a feat since March 2008.)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaurean Thompson returnsAfter leaving Syracuse’s last game with about two minutes remaining, Thompson returned with another decent performance. He landed awkwardly against Monmouth and didn’t put any pressure on his left foot as he was helped off the court. Five minutes into Tuesday’s game, Thompson checked in.He scored 12 points in 24 minutes. His most emphatic play came with just under five minutes to play in the half. He backed down his defender, spun toward the center of the court and threw down a one-handed dunk to put Syracuse up by 17.After Friday’s game against Monmouth, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he wasn’t encouraged by Thompson’s play. He scored 12 points but missed several rotations on the defensive end.In the second half on Tuesday, Thompson knocked down a mid-range jumper to push the Orange’s lead to 21. He held his follow-through as SU was well on its way to victory.The press still needs some workSyracuse got off to a 15-3 lead but cooled off from there. The Orange went to its press defense but the Bulldogs repeatedly used cross-court passes to move the ball up the court. Ten of S.C. State’s 31 first-half points came on the fast break.center_img South Carolina State hit only five of its 27 attempted 3-pointers. The Bulldogs had chances to expose the Orange but couldn’t knock down their shots.South Carolina State finished the game with 18 of its points coming on fast breaks. But that number could have been much higher considering how often the Bulldogs broke the Orange’s press. Commentslast_img read more

Men’s lacrosse roundtable: Inconsistent offense, thinning defense and the Tar Heels in town

first_imgNo. 7 Syracuse (6-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) fell 13-8 to No. 9 Cornell (8-3, 3-1 Ivy), breaking its three-game winning streak. The Orange, which has already locked in the No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament, looks to close out an undefeated regular season in conference when it hosts North Carolina (6-6, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.On Tuesday against Cornell, Syracuse’s offense was held to fewer than 10 goals. Was it just a blip on the radar?Charlie DiSturco: This is just an inconsistent Syracuse offense where youth will show up at times. Cornell’s goalie Caelahn Bullen had a handful of point-blank saves that made a huge difference in the opening half. The offense began to figure itself out as the game wound down in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. It’s interesting because SU finally seemed like it was in a groove and would walk out with a win against Cornell.But this offense is far too talented that scoring under 10 goals will be a trend. It was just a night where Syracuse couldn’t figure out much and it lost. I wouldn’t read too far into the offense’s woes because its numbers were relatively similar to the Big Red’s. SU just got the short end of the stick.Josh Schafer: It’s hard to call this a blip on the radar as it’s the third time in four losses Syracuse has been held under 10 goals. Syracuse’s offense just didn’t finish. SU junior attack Nate Solomon said as much post game, remarking that “the shots were there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe main concern here for the Orange is the variety of ways its offense has struggled. Against Albany and Rutgers it couldn’t possess the ball. On Tuesday against Cornell it couldn’t score despite notching the same amount of shots on goal as the Big Red. Yes, Bullen was a brick wall, but that’s how lacrosse is sometimes. If SU wants to make a tournament run its offense can’t stall like that moving forward.Matt Liberman: We’ve seen an inconsistent Syracuse offense all season. SU scored just three goals against Albany but then poured 15 in against Duke. One of the problems that SU has dealt with in a few of its losses have been turnovers such as against Rutgers, when SU had 22.Other times the offensive issues have come from an inability to win the faceoff, as was the case against Albany and Johns Hopkins. Against Cornell, SU’s kryptonite was simply an outstanding performance in the cage from Bullen.Across all those games, though, the offense disappeared at times. If Syracuse wants to advance far this year, it can’t go silent offensively for minutes on end. This has happened even in their wins. I’m not smashing the panic button, but this has been more than just a blip on the radar.Does Marcus Cunningham’s injury bring down a defense that was exceeding expectations?C.D.: We don’t know the severity of the injury yet, but even if Cunningham is out for a long time, I don’t think it hurts the defense on a level that losing Nick Mellen would, or the effect Tyson Bomberry being out had. Cunningham is a physical third defender, but he isn’t normally guarding opponents’ best attacks.Syracuse’s defense is also very deep, which makes the cause for concern even smaller. Brett Kennedy stepped up in Bomberry’s absence and was not only solid, but a big reason for SU’s win against Virginia. Nick DiPietro has also battled with Cunningham since last year for the third spot and is a solid bench option. The defense will be just fine and if there’s any difference, it’s minimal at the most.J.S.: Losing Cunningham hurts from a chemistry perspective. The last four games, arguably Syracuse’s best defensive stretch of the season, began with the return of Tyson Bomberry. The junior defender had missed several games before that, two of which were losses. With Syracuse’s defense at full force, it held Notre Dame and Hobart to season lows and Cornell, the nation’s top offense, to two goals below its season average.DiPietro filled in for Cunningham in the final moments against Cornell and could potentially be a replacement. Brett Kennedy, who is second on SU in groundballs, could also be an option for the Orange. While both are strong players, they won’t have the rapport Cunningham had with his defensive partners.M.L.: Certainly anytime you lose a starter it hurts, especially when he is coming from a unit that has been inconsistent this season. I think it is a bigger deal than Charlie thinks and I agree with Josh that for this team, there is no argument that there is a lack of talent defensively. Heading into the season we all predicted SU would be a top-five defense because of who was on that line.Yes, Kennedy has filled in nicely and is capable of doing so again. But with how the defense had been playing recently, especially on the man-down units where communication and chemistry is key, this injury is bigger than people think. He isn’t Mellen or Bomberry, but Cunningham brings solid defense to every game with minimal mistakes. That will be missed.How does Syracuse go undefeated in the ACC and beat North Carolina on Saturday?C.D.: It’s easier said than done, but SU should play like it has all season long against conference opponents. Sophomore faceoff specialist Danny Varello will need to have success at the faceoff X and the offense will need to revert back to old form, unlike Tuesday’s loss to Cornell.The defense has been playing great — it held a Cornell team averaging more than 20 goals in its last four games to 13 — and will likely keep that up against an unusually weak UNC team.Syracuse’s offense is young, but will definitely be more amped to get another signature win and secure the regular season ACC title, and we’ve seen the potential the offense has. North Carolina is on a six-game slide and has struggled in most areas. Syracuse, on the other hand, just needs to hone in on slowing down its offense and making smarter decisions. The defense will be just fine and likely limit UNC like it has its previous opponents.J.S.: There’s an easy answer to this question: score more goals. I’m slightly kidding, but Syracuse needs its offense back. In every one of its ACC wins the Orange has played efficiently on offense. That includes its second-largest offensive output of the season: 15 goals against Duke.After scoring fewer than 10 goals for the third time this season against Cornell on Tuesday, Syracuse can’t afford that kind of offensive dud. And SU’s previous three conference games don’t point to one.M.L.: North Carolina may be the most banged up team in all of lacrosse. The Tar Heels will be without 13 players come Saturday — not a great start for trying to pull an upset. I talked with UNC head coach Joe Breschi and he said he thinks his team is capable of winning if it wins 50 percent of its faceoffs and makes 15 saves. But there hasn’t been a single game where UNC has made 15 saves, and the Tar Heels have one road win this season. As long as Syracuse takes care of its possessions, I see SU rolling. Comments Published on April 11, 2018 at 11:07 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more