September 30, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today praised the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence for 2019 and thanked all state employees for their dedication to public service.“Today, we are recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of commonwealth employees in service to their fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “They have demonstrated innovation, work ethic, self-sacrifice, and compassion for others at the highest levels. The positive impacts of their efforts will be felt for many years to come.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their exceptional contributions.”Twenty-one state agencies submitted a total of 124 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and six group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Corporal Adam Kirk – Pennsylvania State PoliceFor extraordinary bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty. Corporal Kirk was shot in the chest while conducting a welfare check at a residence in Tioga County in December 2019. Despite being severely wounded, Corporal Kirk and two Troopers maintained a perimeter outside the residence until back up and medical assistance arrived, preventing the assailant from fleeing and possibly harming others.Troop A Community Enforcement Team – Pennsylvania State PoliceTrooper Anthony Arbaczewski, Corporal John Isoldi, and Trooper Zachary Del SordoFor conceiving and developing new tactics to combat the opioid crisis and keep illegal guns and weapons out of communities. By proactively cultivating investigative leads and building relationships with other law enforcement agencies, the team has been instrumental in multiple homicide investigations, fugitive apprehensions, and heroin/fentanyl seizures.Greene County Fire Recovery Team – PennDOTWilliam Baird, William Gipe, Christopher Inman, Tamie Kiger, Timothy Mankey, Ryan Medvitz, Terrence Pearsall, Jack Rice, Tammy Tedesco, and Leslie WynnAfter a fire destroyed their offices and maintenance garage, the team mobilized to quickly resume operations from alternate locations and plan for the construction of a new facility, all while continuing to serve the traveling public.Sarah Baker – PennDOTFor leading the effort to make REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and photo ID cards available to Pennsylvanians. She made sure PennDOT’s program complied with applicable laws and regulations, coordinated the construction of five new driver’s license centers, contributed to the design of IT infrastructure to support the program, and conducted extensive research to provide an optimal customer experience.Unemployment Compensation Chat Service Team – Department of Labor and IndustryCharles Ballard, Geoffrey Lanning, Garrett Malick, Ryan Miscavige, Jerrie Lee Moyer, Wendy Peters, Richard Plesnarski, Jennifer Poorman, and Shawn PriceFor developing, testing, and implementing a live chat feature to serve Pennsylvanians contacting unemployment compensation service centers, allowing staff to provide better customer service to claimants, expedite claims processing, and reduce call volumes. Since its launch in July 2019, the chat feature has hosted more than 300,000 UC Live Chats with claimants.Community HealthChoices Team – Department of Human ServicesWilmarie Gonzalez, Jennifer Hale, Michael Hale, Randolph Nolen, Daniel Sharar, Jill Vovakes, and Kristen WiermanFor leading the largest phase of implementation of Community HealthChoices, a program for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities. Their carefully planned coordination and communication with participants, stakeholders, advocates, local officials, and managed care organizations, as well as health care, home care, and long-term care providers, resulted in a successful roll out with no disruptions in care or services.Patient Advocacy Program Team – Department of Health and Office of AdministrationCraig Costigan, Colleen DiVittore, John Krahel, Stanley Murzynski (OA), Tamara Seiler, Jared Shinabery, and Carrie Thomas GoetzFor establishing the Patient Advocacy Program within the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to assist patients who lose access to care due to the arrest of a provider, surrender of a DEA license, or closure of a clinic. They have provided rapid response for 11 events affecting large patient populations and direct outreach to over 1,060 individuals. They also disseminate alerts to counties when there is an unusually high numbers of drug overdoses.Adam Overmiller – Department of HealthFor developing an innovative geographic information system mapping tool that captures and shares data on the languages people speak. The tool can target communications tailored to populations that lack proficiency in English, allowing agencies to improve their outreach and achieve better outcomes for all Pennsylvanians.Ruffed Grouse Preservation Team – Pennsylvania Game CommissionScott Bearer, Robert Blystone, Jeremy Diehl, David Gustafson, Clayton Lutz, Timothy Hoppe, Daniel Jones, and Lisa WilliamsFor pioneering new strategies to restore habitats essential to the reversal of declining populations of Pennsylvania’s state bird, which has been devastated by the West Nile Virus. By identifying areas capable of supporting ruffed grouse that are also at low risk for the virus, the commission is better able to target its habitat restoration efforts where they are most likely to be successful.Daniel McIntyre – Department of CorrectionsFor implementing multiple innovations in corrections, parole, and reentry. They include using virtual reality technology to help juvenile offenders reentering society after lengthy sentences, working with mentally ill and hospice inmates, and training staff. He also led the use of GPS for low-level drug offenders as an alternative to incarceration or community corrections centers (CCCs) and created job placement and transportation services for reentrants residing at CCCs.Tyler Banas – Department of AgricultureFor stepping in to assist when a non-profit responsible for providing food access to 1.3 million low income Pennsylvanians in Southeastern Pennsylvania suddenly went out of business. Tyler helped the new provider get up to speed with its responsibilities as a distributor, as well as the proper handling of perishable items, all while fulfilling his regular job duties. Governor Wolf Honors 49 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Eden Hazardâ€™s penalty Saturday secured Chelsea the FA Cup for the eighth time as they beat Manchester United in what could be Antonio Conteâ€™s final match in charge. Hazard sent goalkeeper David de Gea the wrong way at Wembley, having won the kick when brought down by Phil Jones.United, having offered minimal attacking threat in the first half, were much better in the second. Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for straying just offside – referee Michael Oliver using VAR to confirm the call. Thibaut Courtois later denied Marcus Rashford, before Paul Pogba headed wide with a clear chance from a corner. Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, who had both been doubts for the final because of injury, appeared as substitutes for the final 17 minutes, but United were unable to find an equaliser.Conte has been widely tipped to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, teasing the media when asked about his future on Friday.Victory in the cup final provided a positive antidote to a disappointing Premier League season, with Conteâ€™s side failing to qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth.For securing the trophy, last seasonâ€™s Premier League champions can thank Hazard, who has cast doubt over his own future at Stamford Bridge in recent days. The Belgium forward, making his 300th appearance for the club, was the gameâ€™s key player, shrugging aside United manager Jose Mourinhoâ€™s attempt to nullify him by using Ander Herrera in a man-to-man marking role.That plan had worked to perfection when United beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League in April 2017, but Hazard responded at Wembley by dragging Herrera back towards Unitedâ€™s defensive line, unbalancing Mourinhoâ€™s side in the opening 45 minutes. Herrera was nowhere to be seen in the build-up to the winner as Hazard ran clear on to Cesc Fabregasâ€™ through pass, and was brought down for a penalty by Jones, who was shown a yellow card.There was plenty of debate on social media after Oliverâ€™s decision to show a yellow card to Jones for conceding the penalty.The refereeâ€™s decision was dictated by a law change in 2016 that was intended to abolish â€˜triple punishmentâ€™ in such circumstances.Before the change, any denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity inside the area resulted in the offender receiving a red card and a suspension, as well as conceding a penalty.Under the amended Law 12, which relates to fouls and misconduct, a player judged to have made a genuine attempt to win the ball is shown a yellow card instead.The law states: â€œWhere a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goalscoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned if the offence was an attempt to play the ball.â€œIn all other circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.) the offending player must be sent off.â€ Mourinhoâ€™s side threw off their defensive shackles after half-time, and may well have saved the match had they been more ruthless in front of goal.Sanchez was judged – correctly – to have strayed just offside as he turned in the loose ball, after Courtois had saved Jonesâ€™ header from a Rashford free-kick, and the Chelsea goalkeeper was alert to beat away a Nemanja Matic shot.Yet it was Pogba, perhaps, who had the best chance to equalise, putting his head into his hands in frustration after nodding wide from just seven yards following a set-piece.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
2020 has not brought Benzema goals, at least for now. The French striker, the main white scorer resource, is going through his first drought in a season in which he was demonstrating the regularity that was almost always missed during his ten previous seasons in the team: he has not seen a door since December 15, when he scored in the last breath the draw of Madrid against Valencia in Mestalla (1-1) in LaLiga. He did not participate in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia by a bruise on his left leg, but still enjoyed enough opportunities in these 41 days without seeing goal. In Salamanca, much of the encounter was shy, but he left two good chances at the end of his contest, without success. He will look for that guy tomorrow in Valladolid, where he will lead the white attack again, probably with Rodrygo. An opponent against whom he has a good record: five goals in eight games against the Spaniards. Better yet in Zorrilla, where he has seen the door three times in three duels, two in the win by 1-4 last year, in which it was the last game of Santiago Solari in front of Madrid; the next day the return of Zidane became official. He has played five games and 364 minutes since his last target: 90 ’against Barcelona, 90’ against Athletic, 81 ’in Getafe, 28’ against Sevilla and 75 ’in Salamanca against Unionistas. There are 364 minutes in which he has shot 14 times, eight of them between the three sticks; a ratio of auctions in those five games of 2.8 per game (against Sevilla, he did not try once), below the 3.33 that has been averaging this course. The generation of opportunities is not Benzema’s problem: He is the player who has made the most shots both in total (66) and between clubs (35). Messi already sees Benzema in the rearview mirrorThe drought that Benzema is going through is a new phenomenon for Madrid this season: before it, it had not chained more than one match without scoring in LaLiga (in September it was two days, but did not dispute one of them). Not surprisingly, he has made 16 of the 58 goals of Real Madrid this course, almost 28%; what whites are missing is a squire in the attack that accompanies Benzema. Rodrygo has six goals, but has not scored since December 11 (in Bruges) and in LaLiga, since October 30; Bale has barely made three goals, Vinicius two, Jovic (with whom the minutes are played) one …That white dependence on the goals of the French took him to the top of the provisional classification of Pichichi during the first leg of the course: he made 12 goals in his first 16 league games. But Messi, who missed five of the first seven days due to injury, already looks at him in the rearview mirror: the Argentine has 14 goals, two more than Benzema. And with a much smaller participation: the culé scores a goal in LaLiga every 90 minutes; Benzema has fallen to 133 ’, or what is the same, you need a match and a half to score a goal.With his numbers at the beginning of the season, Benzema planned to sign his best League since he is in Madrid; the record has it set in the 24 goals he scored in 2015-16, at the orders of Benítez first and Zidane later. It is time to fix it, but right now it plans to stay in 23 targets. Although Madrid does not care about the drought of its ‘nine’, which enjoys all the confidence of Zidane: The renewal is already underway with him until 2022. The agreement will be announced at the end of this course.Near the 500 clubIn Salamanca, Benzema played his 491 game with the Real Madrid shirt; He is the 15th player with the most matches played in white and approaches the club of the 500 matches, which today has only 12 members, of which only Roberto Carlos is a foreigner (although Marcelo, with 499, is at the gates to enter) He has won 335 duels (68%) and has scored 238 goals.