Gov Wolf: $50 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 08, 2020 Expenses for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of equipment and property or other expenses incurred to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.Program funds must be utilized for eligible expenses initiated on or after March 6, 2020 and completed on or before December 30, 2020 to be considered as eligible for this grant program.Grant recipients should expect to receive further communication from OSFC in the coming weeks. A full list of fire companies receiving grant awards, along with the recently updated federal guidance, can be reviewed online by visiting OSFC’s website. Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) will be awarding $50 million worth of grant funding to fire, rescue, and EMS across the commonwealth to offset expenses related to COVID-19.“Our fire, rescue and EMS are the first responders often on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “All these professionals – some working as volunteers – give selflessly to support neighbors and communities. These CARES Act grants can assist in supporting them and their ongoing efforts to keep their neighbors and communities protected and safe.”“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office has remained open to provide the necessary resources that our fire service and EMS personnel need to fulfill a critical public safety role throughout the Commonwealth,” said Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “Departments have been exceptionally patient during this process, as our office has worked through changing federal guidance dictating how these dollars can be spent.”The purpose of this funding is to provide some much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19. Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies.As stated in Act 26, the money must be used for operational and equipment expenses. Eligible expenses include:Operational Expenses – such as but not limited to:UtilitiesInsuranceApparatus Repairs/FuelPersonal Protective EquipmentLost Revenues due to Pandemic Restrictions Gov Wolf: $50 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19last_img read more


Schutt, Healy star as Australia seal ODI series sweep over Windies women

first_imgMEGAN Schutt has made history with a one-day international hat-trick as Australia women claimed an ODI clean sweep against the West Indies in Antigua.Schutt became the first Australian woman to take an ODI hat-trick when she cleaned up the Windies tail with three wickets from the final three balls of the innings.Needing 181 for a 3-0 series sweep, the tourists were well on track in the chase with a 27-ball half-century from Alyssa Healy before Meg Lanning (58 n.o.) and Ellye Perry(33 n.o.) saw Australia home with eight wickets in hand in the 32nd over.It stretched the No.1 ranked Australian’s ODI winning streak to 15 matches, as Meg Lanning’s team completed a fifth-straight unblemished series.Schutt’s hat-trick, her second in international cricket, was the icing on the cake of another strong bowling display from Australia, who were sent into the field after captain Lanning – who returned to the XI after missing the second ODI due to back spasms – lost the toss.Healy’s outstanding series continued when she struck a rapid-fire 61 from 32 deliveries, to finish with 241 runs at 80.33 across the three matches.Her whirlwind knock featured 11 fours and one six and while her departure in the eighth over brought temporary relief for the West Indian attack – as did the departure of opener Rachael Haynes for 19 – Lanning and Perry ensured the result was never in doubt.Lanning’s 13th ODI half-century also saw her bring up a special slice of history, with her 47th run taking her to 6 222 runs across all international formats, surpassing Karen Rolton to become Australia’s greatest female run-scorer.Earlier, Perry took just four deliveries to strike with the ball, becoming just the second Australian woman to take 150 ODI wickets when Reniece Boyce departed for one.Slow and steady was the approach taken by West Indian pair Kyshona Knight and Britney Cooper in the face of a disciplined start from Schutt and Perry, with just 18 runs scored from the first 10 overs.Knight looked the more comfortable at the crease while batting partner Cooper – a late addition to the squad in place of the injured Kycia Knight – battled her way to 16 from 51 deliveries before being undone by the leg-spin of Georgia Wareham in the 17th over.West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor joined Knight as the pair put on 41 for the third wicket to frustrate the Australian attack, but the introduction of left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen reaped immediate rewards – Knight bowled for a 72-ball 40.The hosts were relying on Taylor – their most decorated one-day player with more than 4 500 runs and five centuries to her name – to bat through the innings, but she managed just 23 runs from 50 deliveries when she holed out off the bowling of Ashleigh Gardner.In just her second international match, it was again No.8 Sheneta Grimmond who showed up her top-order with an aggressive display, dispatching Wareham over the boundary twice during a 24-ball 34.She put on 64 for the seventh wicket with Chinelle Henry (39 off 58) before being bowled by Jonassen, lifting the West Indian total towards 200.But their hopes of reaching that milestone were thwarted with a superb final over from Schutt, who took three wickets with her final three deliveries to become the first woman to claim two hat-tricks in international cricket.The Australian spearhead had bowled well without reward through her first 9.3 overs before striking the triple blow to have the hosts bowled out for 180.First, she bowled aggressive all-rounder Henry for 39 with a slower delivery, before a canny change in the field – placing fielders on the ropes at long on and long off – achieved the immediate result when Karishma Ramharack plucked out Perry on the boundary next ball.With one delivery remaining in the innings, Schutt again produced a slower ball to deceive Afy Fletcher and strike the top of off stump.Her efforts were backed up by those of Jonassen, who finished with the superb figures of 2-8 from 7 overs, including two maidens.With the one-day internationals done and dusted, the Australian and West Indian squads will fly to Barbados today where the first T20I will be played on Saturday at 19:00hrs local time (09:00hrs Sunday AEST).Twenty20 InternationalsSeptember 14: First T20I, Kensington Oval, BarbadosSeptember 16: Second T20I, Kensington Oval, BarbadosSeptember 18: Third T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbadoslast_img read more


“Losing against Oly was not an option” – Kotoko’s Obed Owusu

first_imgKotoko attacker Obed Owusu says they had no option than to win their game against Accra Great Olympics in their match day-18 encounter at the Accra Stadium Sports stadium on Wednesday.It was a huge sigh of relief for the Porcupine Warriors as they recorded their first win in the second half of the season. After suffering back to back defeats to Heart of Lions and New Edubiase, Dauda Mohammed opened scoring for the Reds in the 22nd minute before Olympics levelled four minutes to half time.Ahmed Toure missed a penalty getting to the end of the first half but quickly redeemed himself with a goal to end the first half 2-1. Olympics pulled level in the 58th minute through Daniel Appiah before Toure scored his second to make it 3-2 in favour of Kotoko.“We were under pressure to win the game after losing our first two matches, so we had no other business than to win this game,” said Obed Owusu at the post match conference “The league is still ongoing and it is all not lost so i believe we can turn things round and record good results going forward so we can defend our title.“We need to continue working hard to change the current situation we find ourselves.”Kotoko, who before the game flirting with relegation, have now moved into the 7th position while Olympics are 15th on the log.Kotoko’s next game is against Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindolf Park this Sunday.–last_img read more


NFL referee assignments Week 11: Who are the officials for every game this week?

first_imgRun plays: Watches tight end for illegal blocking or defensive penalties.Pass plays: Watches tight end for illegal use of hands or defensive interference; rules on whether a receiver made a legal catch; determines who recovered a fumble.Special teams: Rules on fair catches; lines up under goal posts to rule on whether field goals and extra points are good. Each week, the NFL announces its referee assignments for its slate of games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Each referee is tied to his crew of six other officials, including the umpire, line judge, side judge, back judge, field judge and down judge.MORE: Lions-Packers fiasco illustrates NFL’s officiating issuesNFL referee assignments Week 11The NFL has released its roster of referees and officials for Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. Here are the assignments for every game.Steelers at Browns referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeClete Blakeman12 yearsUmpireJeff Rice25 yearsLine judgeTom Symonette16 yearsSide judgeJimmy Buchanan11 yearsBack judgePerry Paganelli22 yearsField judgeJoe Larrew18 yearsDown judgeJerry Bergman18 yearsTexans at Ravens referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeAlex Kemp6 yearsUmpireRich Hall16 yearsLine judgeJeff Bergman28 yearsSide judgeDale Shaw7 yearsBack judgeSteve Freeman19 yearsField judgeJohn Jenkins6 yearsDown judgeMike Carr3 yearsCowboys at Lions referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeTony Corrente25 yearsUmpireBill Schuster20 yearsLine judgeTim Podraza12 yearsSide judgeBoris Cheek24 yearsBack judgeTodd Prukop11 yearsField judgeAnthony Jeffries2 yearsDown judgeDana McKenzie12 yearsBroncos at Vikings referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeClay Martin5 yearsUmpireFred Bryan11 yearsLine judgeGary Arthur23 yearsSide judgeGreg Gautreaux18 yearsBack judgeGreg Wilson12 yearsField judgeNate Jones1 yearDown judgeJerod Phillips4 yearsSaints at Buccaneers referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeBrad Rogers3 yearsUmpireTony Michael18 yearsLine judgeJulian Mapp11 yearsSide judgeDon Willard2 yearsBack judgeGreg Steed17 yearsField judgeAaron Santi5 yearsDown judgeKent Payne16 yearsFalcons at Panthers referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeAdrian Hill10 yearsUmpireRoy Ellison17 yearsLine judgeMark Stewart2 yearsSide judgeJim Quirk10 yearsBack judgeGreg Meyer18 yearsField judgeLand Clark2 yearsDown judgeDavid Oliver3 yearsBills at Dolphins referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeScott Novak6 yearsUmpireRamon George4 yearsLine judgeWalt Coleman IV5 yearsSide judgeChad Hill2 yearsBack judgeTerrence Miles12 yearsField judgeMike Weatherford18 yearsDown judgeDerick Bowers17 yearsJaguars at Colts referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeShawn Hochuli6 yearsUmpirePaul King11 yearsLine judgeGreg Bradley11 yearsSide judgeJames Coleman15 yearsBack judgeRich Martinez6 yearsField judgeTom Hill21 yearsDown judgeEd Camp20 yearsJets at Redskins referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeJerome Boger16 yearsUmpireCarl Paganelli21 yearsLine judgeRusty Baynes10 yearsSide judgeJonah Monroe5 yearsBack judgeTony Steratore20 yearsField judgeDavid Meslow9 yearsDown judgePatrick Holt1 yearCardinals at 49ers referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeWalt Anderson24 yearsUmpireRuben Fowler14 yearsLine judgeByron Boston25 yearsSide judgeRick Patterson24 yearsBack judgeKeith Ferguson20 yearsField judgeLee Dyer17 yearsDown judgeTom Stephan21 yearsPatriots at Eagles referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeBill Vinovich14 yearsUmpireBruce Stritesky14 yearsLine judgeMark Perlman19 yearsSide judgeGary Cavaletto17 yearsBack judgeSteve Patrick6 yearsField judgeMearl Robinson3 yearsDown judgePhil McKinnely18 yearsBengals at Raiders referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeShawn Smith5 yearsUmpireBryan Neale6 yearsLine judgeBart Longson5 yearsSide judgeDave Hawkshaw1 yearBack judgeDino Paganelli14 yearsField judgeDyrol Prioleau13 yearsDown judgeMark Hittner23 yearsBears at Rams referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeJohn Hussey18 yearsUmpireAllen Eck4 yearsLine judgeCarl Johnson16 yearsSide judgeJabir Walker5 yearsBack judgeBrad Freeman6 yearsField judgeAllen Baynes12 yearsDown judgeKevin Codey5 yearsChiefs vs. Chargers referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeBrad Allen6 yearsUmpireBarry Anderson13 yearsLine judgeBrian Bolinger3 yearsSide judgeJimmy Russell1 yearBack judgeGreg Yette10 yearsField judgeSteve Zimmer23 yearsDown judgeJim Mello16 yearsNFL officials assignments, responsibilitiesEach of the seven NFL officials on the field in a given NFL game have specific roles, watching different areas of the field and looking out for different kinds of penalties on a given play.Below are the responsibilities of each official, via NFL Operations.RefereeLining up 10-12 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the offensive backfield, the referee is the white-hat wearing leader of the crew who signals all penalties and is the final authority on all rulings. Below are the referee’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches nap; follows QB until action moves downfield; then follows runner to determine forward progress and position of the ball; determines first downs or if a measurement is necessary.Pass plays: Shadows QB from drop to release; drops back as the play starts and monitors offensive tackles; turns attention solely to QB as defense approaches; watches for roughing the passer; rules on intentional grounding; makes the decision whether a loose ball is a fumble or incomplete pass.Special teams: Watches for running into/roughing the kicker.UmpireLining up next to the referee 10-12 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the offensve backfield, the umpire primarily watches for holding and blocking fouls. He or she also reviews player equipment, counts offensive players on the field and marks off penalty yardage. Below are the umpire’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special teams-plays.Run plays: Watches for false starts on offensive line; watches for illegal blocks by the offense or any defensive fouls at the line of scrimmage.Pass plays: Watches for false stars on offensive line; on screens, turns attention to intended receiver to make sure he is able to run his route; watches for blocking penalties.Special teams: Watches for any penalties.Down judgeLining up on the sideline and looking directly down the line of scrimmage, the down judge directs the chain crew, informs the ref of the down and rules on sideline plays on the nearest half of the field. Below are the down judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches for offside or encroachment; monitors sideline; determines when/if a runner is out of bounds; marks runner’s forward progress.Pass plays: Watches nearest receiver for first seven yards of his route until he is clear the point of legal contact for defensive backs; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Watches for offside and encroachment; rules on penalties involving blockers and defenders on trick plays.Line judgeLining up on the sideline opposite the down judge and looking directly down the line of scrimmage, the line judge has similar duties without the chain crew direction. Below are the line judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches for offside and encroachment; watches blockers and defenders on nearest side for penalties.Pass plays: Watches for offside and encroachment on nearest side of field; follows nearest receiver for seven yards downfield; moves into offensive backfield to determine if pass is forwards or backwards; makes sure passer is behind the line of scrimmage when he throws the ball.Special teams: Stays at line of scrimmage on punts to make sure only players on the ends of the line move downfield before the kick; rules on whether the kick crosses the line of scrimmage; watches kicking team for penalties.Field judgeLining up on the same sideline as the line judge but 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield, the field judge counts defensive players and watches wide receivers/defensive backs on the nearest side of the field. Below are the field judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches widest receiver’s blocking and looks for illegal use of hands or holding; determines if/when a runner on nearest side of the field goes out of bounds.Pass plays: Watches widest receiver on nearest side of the field and makes sure he is able to run his route without interference; rules on whether a pass to nearest side of the field is incomplete; rules on whether a receiver is in or out of bounds when he makes a catch; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Rules on blocking during punts; lines up under goal posts to rule on whether field goals and extra points are good.Side judgeLining up on the same sideline as the down judge but 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield, the side judge backs up the clock operator, signals to the ref when time expires for each quarter and counts defensive players. Below are the side judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches widest receiver’s blocking and looks for illegal use of hands or holding; determines if/when a runner on nearest side of the field goes out of bounds.Pass plays: Watches widest receiver on nearest side of the field and makes sure he is able to run his route without interference; rules on whether a pass to nearest side of the field is incomplete; rules on whether a receiver is in or out of bounds when he makes a catch; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Watches punt returner and any action around him; joins umpire in defensive backfield on field goal and PAT attampts; watches for penalties along the line of scrimmage.Back judgeUsually lining up on the tight end’s side, the back judge is positioned 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield. The back judge keeps track of the play clock and all TV breaks, counts defensive players and focuses on tight ends and all the players on the end of the lines. Below are the back judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays. As always, the goal for NFL officials who are assigned to NFL games in Week 11 of the 2019 season is for observers not to care who’s assigned to what game. If nobody’s talking about the officiating, that generally means those calling the games are doing a good job.Of course, in 2019, chatter around NFL officiating has been as loud as ever, leaving referees to explain questionable calls made by their crews after most games. With the addition of pass interference to the NFL’s replay review system this year, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron’s performance is also under the microscope.last_img read more