Governor Wolf Statement on State Budget Progress

first_imgGovernor Wolf Statement on State Budget Progress SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement regarding progress in ongoing budget negotiations between his administration, and both the House and the Senate:“Over the weekend, I spoke with House and Senate leaders to try to finalize a budget that protects investments in critical programs important to the people of Pennsylvania. We made progress, and with more work, I believe we can reach a compromise in the coming days.“It will take all sides, including both chambers and my administration, working together and considering all ideas to get this done.  And if a compromise is reached, there is a commitment from all involved to put up a vote before October 1st.“It is urgent that we finish our bipartisan work on a consensus, responsible budget immediately or we will face a credit downgrade and further disruption in important programs and payments.“I continue to be eager to resolve this process in a responsible way and hope we can bridge whatever differences that remain in the coming days.”center_img September 18, 2017last_img read more

Swim advisory to remain in effect for River Park Marina

first_imgHealth officials are reporting that the no swim advisory issued for River Park Marina-North Fork will remain in effect due to the continued high levels of bacteria found in the water.The Florida Department of Health says they have detected extremely high levels of enteric bacteria which is typically found in the intestinal tracts of both animals and humans in the water ways. Officials say the presence of enteric bacteria indicates that there is fecal pollution in the water.The advisory was initially put into effect on June 4th but health officials say the advisory will remain in effect until bacteria levels return to normal.The latest samples of water were collected on July 13th and another sample is set to be conducted on July 27th.Results from that sample will be available on July 3oth.last_img read more

Syracuse’s 2nd-best turnover margin key in providing extra possessions

first_imgAfter Syracuse’s 85-80 loss to No. 7 Notre Dame, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman sat in the post-game press conference with a reassuring look on his face. His initial statement didn’t criticize his team, nor did it start with how well UND All-American Brianna Turner played.“We just wanted to actually win the turnover margin, and we did,” Hillsman said. “That’s the big thing, you want to make sure you get enough possessions so then you can beat them.”Hillsman strives for his team to be plus-20 in the turnover margin department every game. After a plus-four showing against the Fighting Irish on Sunday, No. 20 SU held onto its spot at No. 2 in the nation in turnover margin. The Orange (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) is second only to Lamar, and SU’s plus-8.33 mark is the highest in program history.From the onset of the season, it has been apparent the kind of defense SU attacks opponents with. A stifling 2-3 zone, stretched far beyond the 3-point line, with a 6-foot-4 center at the bottom to clean up any action that penetrated from the top only helps the cause.Hillsman compliments the zone with a full-court press that pressures opposing defenses into turning the ball over or making poor decisions with the ball. The Orange has forced 605 turnovers on the season and average 22.41 per game, also second-best in the nation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we more-so practice and preach about applying pressure and applying our defense,” fifth-year guard Brittney Sykes said. “Because our defense starts our offense, and we get that confidence.”Sykes said when the Orange force early turnovers, it’s playing 12-second spurts of defense as opposed to 30-second spurts. It rushes the other team to make smart decisions with the ball before it can be taken out of their hands.Forced turnovers and fewer offensive giveaways come as a result. Assistant coach Tammi Reiss said the Orange’s 14.1 turnovers per game, ranked No. 59 in the nation, is mostly thanks to senior point guard Alexis Peterson.“If you were to break down the amount of time the ball was in (Peterson’s) hands compared to someone else,” Reiss said. “… The only time the other players have the ball in their hands is when they’re shooting.”Peterson plays like a contemporary of Allen Iverson, Reiss said, and her pullback and go is crafty, just as the famed Philadelphia 76er was when he played in the NBA.Reiss said Peterson’s ability possess the ball, while also distributing to open teammates while still finding space to average 23.4 points per game, is a primary reason SU keeps turnovers to a minimum.“Obviously, we pressure and turn people over, and people notice that because it’s dynamic,” Reiss said. “But you don’t notice Peterson taking care of the ball every possession, because that’s just a given. You shouldn’t turn the ball over.”Only three other ACC teams are in the top-50 nationally in turnover margin — Florida State, Duke and Louisville. A postseason run depends on the Orange’s ability to force turnovers and hold onto the ball.“When you combine turning them over, taking care of the ball, and offensive rebounds, we put a great emphasis on all three things,” Reiss said. “Equality throughout those three things, do them really well and usually we come out with a (win).” Comments Published on February 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more