Governor Wolf Highlights Restore Pennsylvania Plan to Help Columbia County with Flood Protection

first_imgGovernor Wolf Highlights Restore Pennsylvania Plan to Help Columbia County with Flood Protection March 07, 2019 Infrastructure,  Restore Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state Representative David Millard and other Columbia County officials today to highlight the need for additional funding to improve flood protection and disaster recovery in Bloomsburg and throughout the region.“We’ve seen the damage that flood waters can do here in Bloomsburg and in communities across Pennsylvania. Each time the waters rise there is enormous costs to repair homes, businesses and lives,” said Governor Wolf. “Each disaster is a painful reminder that our old infrastructure must be updated to handle changing weather and new development. Communities like Bloomsburg are struggling to fund the high cost of flood control projects to keep people safe.“My Restore Pennsylvania plan will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and take other steps to combat flooding. Restore Pennsylvania will also help homeowners put their lives back together after severe storms by establishing a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that FEMA will not fund.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Bloomsburg, the governor joined Rep. Millard for a tour of flood prone areas in the community, then meet with local leaders at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. The governor highlighted how Restore Pennsylvania could help the community’s efforts to protect more homes and businesses from the risk of flooding.“Restore Pennsylvania represents the most comprehensive approach to flood control and stream restoration in years for Columbia County,” said Rep. David Millard. “This is a tremendous opportunity to invest more state funding into projects that prevent flooding so we can protect more of our homes and businesses and potentially save lives.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Japan’s Fukuhara announces marriage to fellow Olympian Chiang

first_img(REUTERS) – Japan’s Olympic medallist Ai Fukuhara and fellow table tennis player Chiang Hung-chieh of Taiwan announced their marriage yesterday.Fukuhara, 27, began playing table tennis at the age of three and gained fame as a child prodigy in Japan, but her popularity extends far beyond her own country.Her fluency in Mandarin and participation in China’s Super League have won her numerous supporters there and in other parts of East Asia, where she is often referred to as the “Japanese Doll”.“I proposed to her after the Rio Olympics when I got a chance,” the 27-year-old Chiang, who also competed in Rio, told reporters in Tokyo.“With regard to the way I proposed, I actually gave her a key and hoped that she would be an owner of our home.”Fukuhara, now 27, competed in her first Olympics in 2004 when she was 15 years old.At the Beijing Games in 2008, she carried the flag for the Japanese delegation and in London four years later was a member of the team who won their first silver in table tennis.The pair showed off their custom-made wedding rings, engraved with table tennis balls, which were designed by Chiang.“I was overwhelmed when he proposed, so I don’t remember what I told him in response,” said Fukuhara, who won a bronze medal in Riolast_img read more

Photos: Awal Mohammed seals three-year Raja deal

first_imgRaja Casablanca have finally signed Ghana defender Awal Mohammed in a free agent deal.The Moroccan giants finally landed their man after a protracted transfer dealing which spanned for almost a month. Sources had revealed that the former Maritzburg United’s initial preference for a deal with an unnamed MLS side to the Moroccan League.Raja’s Dutch coach, Ruud Krol, had personally recommended the signing of the 27-year-old centre-back subject to medicals but initial feet-dragging saw the club try out Nigeria’s Kunle Odunlami and Senegal’s Somare but both defenders failed to impress the manager.Raja made headways with Awal’s camp as he finally arrived to have his medical last Thursday ahead of a three-year understands the deal nearly broke down when it was detected the Black Stars defender was suffering from a knee problem. According to sources, Raja were convinced it was not much of a problem withnthe club insisting a termination clause should Awal be sidelined for a long period due to the knee complication during the contract period.Awal signed his three-year ccontract in the presence of his London-based agent Kwame on Saturday and will have the chance to join his new teammates for their July 31 – August 10 pre-season tour of Turkey. Awal was sold to Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab by Maritzburg in January but the tall defender terminated his contract with the club three months later over non-payment of his entitlements.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more