Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that the Holiday Season is the Perfect Time to Give in Support of Those Who Gave

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 08, 2017 Holidays,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that, in the spirit of the holiday season, this is the perfect time to support programs administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.“We should remember to honor our veterans every day, not just on Veterans Day,” Governor Wolf said. “This is the time of year when many of us look for ways to share our good fortune and donate to a worthy cause, and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ programs that support our veterans and those currently serving are a wonderful way to give to those who have sacrificed so much for us.”The four tax-deductible programs administered by the DMVA are:Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): The MFRAP provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control. This program is made possible by generous donations from taxpayers who designate all or part of their Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax refund to support Pennsylvania military personnel and their families, and by those who make a donation online, or privately by mail.Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF): The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. The grants are funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo identification card and renewing a motor vehicle registration, from proceeds generated by the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate, and through private donations by mail.Residents’ Welfare Funds: Resident’ Welfare Funds at the DMVA’s six veterans homes help to keep the residents active and healthy by providing activities, trips and entertainment. Donations are made online or through private donations by mail.Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial: Located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, and maintained by the DMVA, the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the first in the commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward and it is the largest veterans memorial located in any of the national cemeteries. Donations are accepted online or by mail to help fund the maintenance and repair of the memorial.“There is no better feeling than to know you have helped a service member during an unexpected financial crisis, provided a disadvantaged veteran with basic life needs, given a State Veterans Home resident an opportunity for a special outing or activity, or helped to preserve our veterans honored memories by maintaining a memorial for future generations to visit,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “That is what a tax-deductible donation to programs administered by the DMVA accomplishes every day for thousands of Pennsylvania’s active military, veterans, and their families.”When an online donation is made, donors may choose to enter honoree information and a plaque in their honor will be displayed on the Virtual Donor Wall. Online plaques will show that donations have been made: ‘in honor of,’ ‘in memory of,’ or ‘on behalf of’ someone.“The online Virtual Donor Wall serves as a meaningful and visual tribute to those who made a donation as well as those who are being recognized,” Carrelli added.To make a donation online or by mail for any of these four tax-deductible programs, or to learn more about each one, go to Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that the Holiday Season is the Perfect Time to Give in Support of Those Who Gavelast_img read more

Gasser’s opportunistic shooting leads way past PSU

first_imgJosh Gasser led the team against Penn State, hitting three consecutive 3-pointers en route to a 15 point performance. Gasser also nabbed five rebounds Sunday afernoon.[/media-credit]Overshadowed by rookie seasons from Wisconsin’s frontcourt contributors and by the steady presence of Jordan Taylor, Josh Gasser has played his way through a relatively quiet sophomore season.Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center, however, Gasser provided the No. 15 Badgers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) a considerable spark with a 3-for-6 shooting effort which netted a team-high 15 point points in a 65-55 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-16, 4-11 Big Ten). Most of Gasser’s baskets came from three-point range, and he added six points from the free throw line.With the emergence of Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren as viable offensive weapons in the post, Wisconsin’s backcourt has often taken on a secondary presence on the stat sheet aside from Taylor’s team-leading totals in points and assists.But as head coach Bo Ryan asserted following the Badgers’ second win in four games, Gasser was never intentionally forced into a lower-profile role.“He was open [Sunday],” Ryan said. “He’s never been told not to shoot when he’s open. He has a different trigger than some guys; he knows he doesn’t have the quickest release, but it’s not the slowest. He found himself in position to make some things happen.”Ryan also labeled Gasser as “opportunistic,” a trait that was noticeable in the first half Sunday, where the Port Washington, Wis., native scored 11 of his 15 points. Beginning at the 9:33 mark with the Badgers nursing a 15-9 lead, Gasser nailed three consecutive three-pointers that had Wisconsin leading 24-11 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.His final two points of the half came from the free throw line in the seconds leading up to halftime, which UW entered holding a 35-21 lead.“You’re worried about [Taylor], you’re worried about [Evans],” PSU head coach Pat Chambers said of his team’s defensive approach. “When you have Gasser and [Mike] Bruesewitz and Berggren hitting shots, they’re a tough team to beat.”All four of Gasser’s second-half points came from the free throw line, which the Badgers seemed to make a collective effort to reach more frequently than in recent games. After getting to the line only 17 times combined in its last two losses against Michigan State and Ohio State, Wisconsin shot that many free throws Sunday against Penn State, hitting 14 (82.4 percent).For a team that’s proven its willingness to live and die by perimeter shooting – consequently limiting the likely number of free throw attempts – a more aggressive approach seemed to benefit the Badgers against the Nittany Lions.“Coming into the game, I was really trying to be more aggressive offensively and just trying to make plays, whether it was for myself or my teammates,” Gasser said. “I just found myself open. Those are shots I know I’m going to have to take because those are probably going to be the best shots we’re going to get in the possession.“I was fortunate enough to knock them down, and I’ve just got to keep playing with that aggressiveness going on and it’ll help our team.”With Gasser leading Wisconsin’s offense Sunday, Taylor, Evans and Berggren were able to slide into more secondary roles. Taylor finished with 11 points and four assists, while Evans added 11 points himself and nine rebounds. Berggren finished with 13 points and six rebounds, and the Badgers also received seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists from Bruesewitz.The balanced scoring effort paid dividends in a game where Wisconsin was in control throughout, leading by as many as 20 points midway through the second half. Penn State did not fold easily, however, coming within five points of the lead with just under six minutes to go.But with several Badgers finding their stroke in an effort that stymied Chambers’ defensive approach, the game never fell out of control.“Any time you can have multiple weapons out there who can score, it’s going to help your team,” Gasser said. “I think the games that we’ve played our best offensively have been games where it’s been pretty spread-out scoring. We’ve had multiple guys in double figures, and any time that can happen it takes a lot of pressure off [Taylor] and [Berggren].”last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Mali and Guinea coaches criticise Africa Cup of Nations lottery

first_imghe coaches of Mali and Guinea on Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals scored.Who advances to face Ghana in the quarter-finals will be decided Thursday by drawing lots in a Malabo hotel.Two balls, with the name of one team inside each, will be placed in a pot. An African Football Confederation (CAF) official will then pick one ball from the pot and the team inside it secures a last-eight place.Mali coach Henryk Kasperczak said: “You have to respect the rules, we have no choice. We are going to be nervous, Guinea also. We must find a more sporting way, fairer,” he said.“We have to solve the problems of qualification … without a drawing of lots. This does not correspond to a sporting spirit.” Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said: “I would be disappointed but it’s hard for any team. No one deserves to be eliminated.“Mali didn’t lose a game — they played very well in the tournament. They do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not.”Drawing lots was last needed at the Cup of Nations in 1988, with Algeria progressing to the knockout stage at the expense of Ivory Coast in Morocco.Kevin Constant put Guinea ahead and Modibo Maiga equalised after Seydou Keita missed a Mali penalty.Meanwhile, Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said the real Africa Cup of Nations started now for his team after Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Cameroon took them into the quarter-finals. The Elephants can look forward to a last-eight showdown with Algeria after Max-Alain Gradel’s first-half strike secured a 1-0 win against the Indomitable Lions and clinched first place in Group D.“For a team like this, the Africa Cup of Nations begins in the quarter-finals because to go out before is a failure,” said the Frenchman, whose team survived where other fancied sides such as Cameroon and Senegal have failed.“If you don’t get through with a team like Cameroon or the Ivory Coast or Senegal you get the finger pointed at you.“The Algeria game will be very difficult — another one after a really tough group — so there you go the competition begins now.”The Elephants have improved after a sluggish start that saw them play out 1-1 draws with both Guinea and Mali, and Renard added: “I said before this game that it’s not necessary in a Cup of Nations to start too quickly because it’s a very difficult competition and, with players like this, they are ready to compete and they love games like this. “When you play Cameroon you don’t have to try to find motivation especially when we lost 4-1 to them in September [in qualifying].”Renard saw captain Yaya Toure come off late on after taking a knock in the second half and will hope the Manchester City man recovers in good time for the meeting with an Algeria side considered by many as favourites ahead of the competition.He added: “I think we showed everything you need to win a competition. All the teams in the last eight will want to get to the final — we are only three steps from the title.“We do this job to win. We won’t be happy if we lose in the semi-finals or even in the final, because if that happens it will always come into your mind for the rest of your life.”Against Algeria, the Ivorians will be looking for revenge for a dramatic 3-2 defeat after extra time when the sides met in the last eight in Angola in 2010. And for Renard it will be a special occasion after he spent time coaching leading Algerian club USM Alger in 2011.“I had 10 great months in Algeria with them. Their fans will of course not be behind the Ivory Coast but I say hello to them and their president and now I’ll try to make them cry,” he joked. Results & standingsAfrica Cup of NationsWednesday’s matches Group DIvory Coast 1 Cameroon 0Guinea 1 Mali 1StandingsTeam P W D L F A Pts Ivory Coast 3 1 2 0 3 2 5Guinea 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Mali 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 3 2Note: Drawing of lots to decide whether Guinea or Mali finish runners-up and qualify for quarter-finalslast_img read more