Governor Wolf Honored by Libre, Humane Society for Actions Taken to Increase Animal Protection

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Animal Welfare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined animal advocates, legislators, and Libre for a rally on the Capitol steps to celebrate exceptional humane leaders in the commonwealth. At the rally, the governor was honored by the Humane Society of the United States with the Humane Legislative Leader Award for his steadfast support for animal issues in Pennsylvania.“I am proud of the bipartisan work that we’ve accomplished during my first term to improve Pennsylvania’s protections for animals,” said Governor Wolf. “Despite these successes, there’s still more we can do to help animals and I look forward to working with the legislature to build on the momentum we have for this critical issue.”Over the past four years, Governor Wolf signed several important laws to increase protections for animals including:• Animal Fighting Paraphernalia (2015): Made it a misdemeanor if someone knowingly owns or possesses animal fighting paraphernalia.• Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul & Libre’s Law (2017): The five key components of the legislation are improved tethering stipulations and conditions for outside dogs, added protections for horses, increased penalties for animal abuse, ensuring convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelter, and civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.• Animals in Distress (2018): Empowered law enforcement to take action to prevent the needless suffering of dogs and cats left unattended in cars.Because of these efforts, Pennsylvania has received national recognition by the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Defense Fund for its marked improvements for animal protection laws. April 29, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Honored by Libre, Humane Society for Actions Taken to Increase Animal Protectionlast_img read more

Marrone takes blame for slow start; Pugh to return against Pittsburgh on Oct. 5

first_imgThere’s no mistaking where Doug Marrone wants to place the blame for Syracuse’s disappointing start to the season.“Realistically, I’ve been here for four years now,” a melancholy Marrone said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “I have to do a better job. The outcome of what’s going on in the program is not satisfactory for the standards that I have.”Marrone said penalties and turnovers are the two most critical areas where Syracuse has struggled, and that’s a reflection of the structure and discipline in his program. The head coach is looking for a way to reverse his team’s mistake-prone play as it heads into a bye week.The Orange committed 10 penalties for a loss of 79 yards and turned the ball over four times in Saturday’s 17-10 loss to Minnesota. SU is tied with South Florida with an average of 8.75 penalties per game, placing it 110th in the nation out of 120 teams.  The turnover margin is just as ugly. The Orange ranks 111th in the country with a margin of -1.5 per game, tying it with Connecticut and Troy.Too often, the penalties and turnovers have hurt Syracuse in key situations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s been pockets where it’s been good, and there’s been pockets where it’s been very costly for our football team where we haven’t been able to overcome,” Marrone said during the teleconference. “So at the end of the day, and I’m not being a martyr, it’s truly on me and I have to do a better job.”It’s a message Marrone has repeated throughout his four years at the helm, but he’s never been as adamant as he is now. The loss to the Golden Gophers clearly stung Marrone and the Orange.Marrone said he needs to get better at managing his team’s inefficiency on the field, but the head coach said he would keep his exact plan to improve private.Following Syracuse’s first two losses to Northwestern and Southern California, Marrone remained optimistic. After Saturday’s loss to Minnesota, his tone has taken an unquestionable turn.The message of staying positive has been replaced as he accepts the blame for an underwhelming first four games.“There’s really not a lot of excuses out there. I’m fortunate to be in a profession where we don’t make a lot of excuses,” Marrone said. “It’s a lot of pressure when you feel you’re letting players, coaches and a lot of people around you down.”Just-In TimeLeft tackle Justin Pugh will return to the field against Pittsburgh on Oct. 5, Marrone said Monday. Pugh was limited during training camp and hasn’t played this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason.Pugh’s return is a significant upgrade on the offensive line. He started every game for Syracuse the last two seasons and was named All-Big East first team in 2011.“Arguably, he’s been our best player as far as performance per position,” Marrone said.Marrone said that Sean Hickey, who filled in for Pugh on the left side through the team’s first four games, will slide over to right tackle and take the position from Lou Alexander.It’s a role Hickey will be accustomed to since he’s practiced at right tackle during his career at Syracuse.Alexander did little to prove he should keep his job in Saturday’s game, getting beat twice by Minnesota defensive ends to allow sacks of Nassib. He also committed a costly false-start penalty in the fourth quarter that put the Orange in a third-and-17 situation that killed the drive. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2012 at 2:31 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Tewaaraton award 2015: Kevin Rice, Kayla Treanor fall short of prestigious title

first_img Published on May 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus WASHINGTON D.C. — Kevin Rice stood on stage with his hands folded in front of him as the men’s Tewaaraton award winner was announced.Just minutes earlier, as the women’s winner was announced, Kayla Treanor instantly flashed a smile and laughed with Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan standing next to her.Neither Rice nor Treanor took home the Tewaaraton at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. University at Albany’s Lyle Thompson took home the men’s Tewaaraton and Maryland midfielder Taylor Cummings won the award for the women.“It would mean a lot (to win),” Rice said before the ceremony. “It would be certainly a validation of my career, but even if I don’t win it it’s still an honor to be here.”Rice and Treanor were among the five finalists for each award — one for the men and one for the women — given to the nation’s top player. Denver attack Wesley Berg, Duke midfielder Myles Jones and Notre Dame attack Matt Kavanagh rounded out the men’s group. Florida attack Shannon Gilroy, Boston College midfielder Sarah Mannelly and Sullivan were the other finalists on the women’s side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRice led the second-best scoring offense in the country with 84 points and won the Jack Turnbull Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding attack, beating out Thompson. The Orange suffered a disappointing 16-15 loss to unseeded Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, despite coming in as the No. 2 seed.“I didn’t really play at all as freshman and you know just every year keep developing and my role increased to be a captain this last year was extremely exciting for me,” Rice said before the ceremony.He would have joined former Syracuse attacks Michael Powell and Mike Leveille as the only SU players to win the Tewaaraton.Thompson put up 121 points for Albany this season, second in NCAA history to the 128 he put up last year when he shared the Tewaaraton Award with his brother, Miles. He’s the first back-to-back men’s Tewaaraton winner since the award was first given out in 2001 and the first repeat winner since Powell won it in 2002 and 2004.“I’m just proud to represent my team in Albany,” Thompson said. “ … We changed the look on lacrosse — all of lacrosse around the world. “On the women’s side, Treanor’s 60 goals were the most for the SU and her 91 points were tied for first on the team with attack Halle Majorana. She earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row and is fourth all time in points, assists and goals for the Orange, despite having and up and down year in which she recorded zero points in three games.SU battled through a tumultuous season marked with eight losses to win the ACC championship, but lost to Cummings and Maryland in the final four.“It’s just about being here,” Treanor said before the ceremony. “You don’t focus on winning these kind of things. It’s just about the event.”Cummings put together a similar campaign to last season, en route to her second straight Tewaaraton Award and national championship. She finished first in the nation in points and fifth in draw controls this season, including 11 points in the national championship and semifinal games.A women’s player from Maryland has won the Tewaaraton each of the past four years, with Cummings and Katie Schwarzmann each winning it in back-to-back years. Cummings became the first female sophomore to win the award last year.“Individual awards are great, but it wouldn’t happen without (my teammates),” Cummings said during her speech.Also at the event, Oren Lyons, a former All-American goalie for Syracuse and faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of Onondaga Nation, was given the Spirit of Tewaaraton award.Former Syracuse midfielder Brad Kotz was honored with the Tewaaraton Legend Award, given each year to a player who played before 2001 when the award was first created. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers guard Jose Calderon (hamstring) out 2-4 weeks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Beyond Huertas, Walton does have options at point guard. However, elevating Lou Williams or Jordan Clarkson to the starting lineup would mean breaking up the successful second unit, which leads the NBA in bench scoring.After jumping out to one of the NBA’s most surprising starts, the Lakers have recently struggled to stay healthy. Starting guard Nick Young is out two to four weeks due to a strained Achilles tendon. Forward Larry Nance Jr. missed Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies with a knee contusion. The Lakers are suddenly thin at point guard after the Lakers announced Monday veteran Jose Calderon will join D’Angelo Russell on the sidelines and will miss two to four weeks with a strained right hamstring.Calderon, 35, started the past eight games — and nine of the past 10 — while Russell sat with knee pain. The Lakers (10-12) are 3-6 with Calderon in the starting lineup. He averaged 6 points and 3.7 assists as a starter in 17.2 minutes per game.Russell received a platelet-rich plasma injection, a minimally invasive procedure, on his knee Nov. 23. At the time the Lakers said he would miss a minimum of two weeks. The second-year guard averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.Calderon left Saturday’s loss at Memphis due to the hamstring strain. Marcelo Huertas started the second half in his place.last_img read more

NCAA adjusts targeting, overtime rules for upcoming season

first_imgThe NCAA announced some changes and adjustments to several hot-topic rules within college football.Perhaps the most controversial rule in recent years, the penalty of targeting can no longer “stand” as called on the field. Instead, referees must either confirm or overturn the ruling, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Alabama coach Nick Saban to return to work ‘in the very near future’ after hip surgery Florida football staff member arrested on stalking charge, placed on leave If there are elements of targeting in the blind-side block, the targeting penalty will be added in, as well.Lastly, the organization also opted to get rid of the two-man wedge formation on all kickoffs for player safety.All new rules and changes will be implemented at the start of the 2019 season.center_img “If any element of targeting cannot be confirmed, the replay official will overturn the targeting foul,” the NCAA stated.Another change added is if a player commits three targeting penalties in a season, he will be subject to a one-game suspension. Related News Games that use the halftime review process will continue to do so, with no changes in that regard.The overtime rule also is being tweaked, but only in extreme circumstances. Should a game reach a fifth overtime, the plays will change so that both teams will run alternating two-point plays instead of starting at the opposing team’s 25-yard line.The purpose of this is to make play go by faster and end the game quicker. That means no more seven overtimes and nearly five-hour games (looking at you, LSU and Texas A&M).Texas A&M won that game, 74-72, in the longest game in FBS history and the highest-scoring SEC game ever.There will also be a two-minute rest period between the second and fourth overtimes should a game reach that point.Blind-side blocking techniques also will need to change, with the NCAA banning players from being able to use “a blind-side block by attacking an opponent with forcible contact.” Teams with players who do so will be given a 15-yard penalty. last_img read more