SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 25, 2018 Governor Wolf Signs Employer Statement of Support for National Guard Members Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a U.S. Defense Department Employer Statement of Support for the more than 1,300 Pennsylvania National Guard members and reservists who work for the commonwealth, thanking them for their service and pledging to offer support as these Guard members and reservists fulfill their military service duties while under the commonwealth’s employ. The governor was joined by the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Maj. General Anthony Carrelli, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col (ret.) Gregory Parish and George Mentzer from the Employer Support for Guardsman and Reservists Program.“I am proud to be here today to officially sign the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statement of Support for National Guardsmen and women across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This statement pledges our cooperation and support to our employees who need to take time away from their commonwealth duties to serve the people of Pennsylvania as members of the National Guard.”The intent of the Employer Statement of Support for Guardsmen and Reservists program is to increase employer support by encouraging them to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees. Pennsylvania currently has 31,000 actively serving Guard members and reservists.“I urge all commonwealth employers to sign similar letters of support to ensure that, when duty calls, Guard members know that they can go without having to worry about responsibilities left behind at work,” Gov. Wolf said. “And so they can focus on their larger responsibility to the people of Pennsylvania. Their sacrifice, their bravery, and their willingness to do anything and go anywhere in service of their fellow Pennsylvanians is an inspiration.“It is because of the work that our Guardsmen and women do that Pennsylvania has the finest National Guard in the nation, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”More information on the Employer Statement of Support Program, here.
Southampton’s match-winner Dejan Lovren had more than one reason to smile as he left Anfield having scored the only goal and escaped with not conceding a penalty. That incident aside, however, Liverpool did not create nearly enough chances for a team who began the day top of the table. On this evidence the return of the watching Luis Suarez, sitting out the final match of his 10-match ban, has come not a moment too soon. Rodgers’ sprang a surprise in his line-up by experimenting in defence by selecting four centre-halves – arguably the strongest area of his squad – after naming Kolo Toure on the right and Mamadou Sakho on the left either side of the returning Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel. Neither options at full-back looked a success in the first half, failing to supplement their defensive duties with anything approaching the usual attacking roles expected of that position. Saints’ right-back Nathaniel Clyde got forward more than the pair of them in 45 minutes in which his side did not have the majority of possession but were not afraid to commit men to attack. Sakho, on only his second appearance after a less-than-convincing outing in central defence in the 2-2 draw at Swansea on Monday, is seen as the long-term option in the middle but being broken in at left-back seemed almost like the Reds boss was accommodating the £16million signing from Paris St Germain for the sake of it. The watching Jamie Carragher, who patrolled central defence so brilliantly for so many years for Liverpool before his retirement last season, will no doubt have left with plenty of ammunition for his new role as a television analyst. Sat close to Carragher was Suarez, enduring his last punishment for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April. The Croatia international struck in the 54th minute to end Liverpool’s 12-match unbeaten league run spanning this season and last. However, the Saints – the last team to defeat the Reds in March – may not have won 1-0 had referee Neil Swarbrick had the benefit of television replays which showed the defender had brought down Daniel Sturridge in the first half. He looks set to return for the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United so this was Iago Aspas’ last real chance to impress following his summer move from Celta Vigo. The Spaniard scored 12 goals last season but has yet to score in five league games for his new club and the fact he lasted only 45 minutes told its own tale. Liverpool created two real chances in the first half in addition to the penalty shout, a paltry return by anyone’s standards. Goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s brilliant one-handed save denied Gerrard’s curling free-kick after Aspas had been fouled by Jose Fonte before Sturridge, who after scoring in first four league matches had been unusually quiet, thought he had won a spot-kick. He cut back on the angle of the penalty area Luke Shaw and Lovren, who made contact with the striker but not the ball. Victor Moses carved out his own chance when he collected Gerrard’s throw down the left, cut in past a couple of defenders only to see Boruc turn his shot behind. Southampton had probed in the first half without properly testing goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who created his own problems by coming for a ball Skrtel had covered and could only watch as Adam Lallana volleyed over the open goal. Chances seemed to be a premium for strikers at both ends as Southampton’s England international Rickie Lambert had one sight of goal, from Gerrard’s miscontrol, but sliced a gentle looping shot into the arms of Mignolet. Raheem Sterling’s introduction for Aspas at half-time should have injected some life into Liverpool’s attack but it was the visitors who struck first in the 54th minute. Lovren beat Agger to Lallana’s corner to head down and past Gerrard on the goalline. It was a goal you sensed had been coming for a while. The boost in confidence that gave Southampton was evident in Shaw’s driving run from halfway which saw Mignolet brilliantly stop both his shot, the rebound off Sakho and then get up to prevent substitute Steven Davis poking home. Lovren then produced a timely intervention at the other end, diverting Sterling’s low cross from the byline destined for Henderson. In the final 20 minutes Liverpool were back to two regulation centre-backs as Agger and Skrtel were replaced for more attacking options but it did little to change the outcome. Press Association
(REUTERS) – Argentina’s World Cup-winner Diego Maradona returned to Naples this week to regale audiences with memories of his heroics in helping Napoli win the 1987 Italian league title and took a pot-shot at fellow football great Pele.The 56-year-old Maradona hosted his two-hour show ‘3 Volte Dieci’ or ‘Three times ten’ at the venerated Teatro di San Carlo opera house on Monday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Napoli’s first Serie A championship.Maradona quit Spanish giants Barcelona to sign for Napoli in 1984 and became their captain and record scorer with 115 goals.“With this shirt I dreamt a dream,” he told the crowd while holding a Napoli shirt.“When I came to sign for Napoli (then vice-president of Barcelona, Joan) Gaspart told me: ‘Do not leave. I will give you five more years, with twice the money you are earning at the moment’. I told him: ‘No. No. I will follow my heart.”Maradona left Napoli in 1992 after failing a drugs test but is still revered by the club, where he also won the UEFA Cup in 1989 and another Serie A title in 1990.The Argentine, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, said he had priced tickets for his show at 300 euros (259.38 pounds) so they were more expensive than those to see Brazil’s 76-year-old three-time World Cup-winner Pele.The pair have long sparred over the moniker of football’s greatest-ever player.