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Governor Wolf Announces More Aid to Puerto Rico, Calls for Swifter Federal Action to Help Americans

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces More Aid to Puerto Rico, Calls for Swifter Federal Action to Help Americans September 27, 2017 National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said more Pennsylvania resources are headed to Puerto Rico and that the state is ready and willing to fulfill federal aid requests. Governor Wolf called on the federal government to act with greater urgency to assist millions of residents in the American territory facing a humanitarian crisis.“The images of Americans in Puerto Rico facing this humanitarian crisis and desperate for aid are unconscionable, and there is absolutely no good reason that the executive and legislative branches are not acting more swiftly to protect these American citizens,” Governor Wolf said.“The President can’t wait to send Congress another disaster-spending request until mid-October. The time to act is now. Lift the Jones Act to allow foreign shipping vessels into Puerto Rico to deliver desperately needed fuel and supplies. The more than three million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico deserve so much better.”Pennsylvania is monitoring requests for assistance from Puerto Rico and the federal government for resources, as it did with Texas and Florida. Most recently, Pennsylvania fulfilled a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for two helicopters and crews, a request filled by the Pennsylvania National Guard. In addition, several members of PA-Task Force 1 are providing incident support on the ground in Puerto Rico through the National Urban Search and Rescue system.“While we understand the need to initially assess the situation, the time has long passed for determining how to get the most basic needs such as electricity and water to the people of Puerto Rico. For the federal government to do so little is inhumane.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dallas Stars dismiss Jim Montgomery as head coach due to ‘unprofessional conduct’

first_imgPrior to his NHL tenure, Montgomery coached at the University of Denver for five seasons and the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints for three — winning two championships. Among the players, he coached was current New Jersey Devil Will Butcher at Denver and Johnny Gaudreau and Zemgus Girgensons at Dubuque.Bowness’ NHL coaching experience dates back to 1984 where he served as an assistant coach for the Winnipeg Jets. He was the Jets head coach for 28 games in the 1988-89 season. He has served nine seasons as an NHL head coach with the Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes with five of them being shortened due to mid-season replacements. His longest-consecutive run was in Ottawa where he served as bench boss for 235 games with a 39-178-18.Montgomery now joins Mike Babcock, Bill Peters and John Hynes as coaches who have been fired this season. Assistant coach Rick Bowness has been promoted to interim head coach, effective immediately. Derek Laxdal, who was the head coach of the AHL’s Texas Stars, also receives a promotion to the NHL as an assistant coach in Dallas.MORE: Gary Bettman outlines new policies, changes following recent abuse allegationsThe move comes one day after Gary Bettman announced changes requiring NHL teams to “immediately [advise]” the NHL office if they “become aware of an incident of conduct involving the NHL personnel on or off the ice that is clearly inappropriate, unlawful or demonstrably abusive, or that may violate the League’s policies.”TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that “the NHL was aware of the situation with Jim Montgomery even before Gary Bettman met the media here last night to announce the league’s 4-point plan, but that Montgomery’s dismissal does not fall under the auspices of that plan. Not related to it apparently.” While TSN’s Darren Dreger added that the firing was not related to any abuse allegations but was a necessary move.Another source familiar with the situation says the Dallas Stars really had no choice and also says this is non abuse related. https://t.co/RzHHC26icp— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 10, 2019Montgomery first took the reigns in Dallas prior to the 2018-19 season. The Stars have gone 113-60-43 under Montgomery and made the playoffs in his only complete season as an NHL head coach, losing in Game 7 of the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. On Tuesday morning, the Dallas Stars announced the dismissal of head coach Jim Montgomery stating, “The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization.”This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.”last_img read more

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