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

Iceland Won’t Change Approach in Clash with Eagles

first_imgWhen Iceland suffered its biggest loss in nine years in a competitive match, going down 5-2 to France in the UEFA Euro quarter finals, it had 47 per cent possession, higher than its average over recent years. When the team has achieved its best results in recent times, against Argentina, England, Austria and Portugal, it averaged scarcely 27 per cent.“We knew (Argentina) would have the possession, they have many of the best attacking players in the world. But we have a team that is at its best when we have the opposition in front of us, and we have clinical attacking players when we attack,” Icelandic keeper Hannes Halldorsson said after the draw against Argentina. “We were happy with that match. It was not a thundering offensive display, but we knew how the game would unfold and we were ready to defend for 90 minutes. The boys did that well.”If the Icelanders want to get results against a highly talented Nigerian side on Friday here in Volgograd, they have to stick to their game plan. Lie deep, close spaces, let the Nigerians keep most of the possession, and be clinical on the counter.Coach Hallgrimsson elaborated on this strategy. “We look at everything with the mindset that we have found a formula that works for us today (last Saturday). And we try to get everybody to follow it. We’ve tried to find what kind of playing style, what kind of characteristics this Icelandic team needs to have, and what identity an Icelandic national player needs to have. And this is the way for Iceland to be successful.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iceland’s status as the underdog team has gradually been fading away after the team’s performances in recent years. The Vikings narrowly missed the chance to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil after a playoff loss against Croatia, but have since then qualified for two consecutive tournaments, the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and now Russia 2018, for which they topped their qualification group.After Iceland’s draw against two-time World Cup winners Argentina, one might think that this tiny island in the North Atlantic is not an underdog any more, and will not be considered as such in its upcoming match against Nigeria, even though the latter country has 556 times the population of Iceland, and players that play in more well-known teams and leagues around the world.“We are not of the opinion that we are at all better than Nigeria. We know our strengths, and need to make the best of them,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson told FIFA TV here in Russia.But even if this underdog reputation is fading away, how will Iceland cope with their new role? Will they take control of games, and look to keep possession? If we look at the team’s average possession in 26 competitive matches from 2014 to 2018, the Icelandic team has had 44 per cent possession on average, a little over 45 per cent when it wins and 47 per cent when it loses.last_img read more