Governor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection

first_imgGovernor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 21, 2016center_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“In his acting capacity and throughout his career, Patrick has been a dedicated steward of the environment and a leader in advancing Pennsylvania’s energy development in a responsible way,” Governor Wolf said. “I trust Patrick to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in a way that protects our commonwealth’s land, water and air and ensures the department continues to make progress in the areas of innovation, responsible development and working with legislators, industry and advocates in a collaborative and productive way.”Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Garry Monk sad to leave Swansea but backs the club to turn it around

first_imgGarry Monk has expressed sadness at his departure from Swansea, insisting it will not be long before the players are producing again and the club will be on the rise. Press Association “It’s with great sadness that I am leaving this special club,” said Monk, who joined Swansea as a player in 2004. “I believe that whenever you join a football club, the supporters deserve your blood, sweat and tears. I can say for sure I gave all those things and more. “The transition from player straight to manager in the biggest league in the world is never an easy challenge, but it is a challenge that I have relished and immersed myself in. “I have always tried to improve the principles and values that we have built at this club on and off the pitch on a daily basis.” Monk succeeded Michael Laudrup in February 2014 with Swansea two points above the bottom three with 13 league games left. But the interim manager steered the club away from relegation danger to earn a full-time deal and then guided Swansea to an eighth-placed finish with a record Premier League points total. Swansea built on that to be in the top four after beating Manchester United at the end of August, but that was only the prelude to a dramatic slide down the table which eventually cost Monk his job on Wednesday. “I have no doubt whatsoever that these players will start to show their true quality again very soon, and the club will be looking upwards once more,” Monk said. “I feel truly proud of all we’ve done during my 22 months in charge. “I would have liked to continue because I strongly believe we would have come through this period together and stronger, but I will now use my time to reflect and improve, ready for my next challenge.” Swansea favourite Alan Curtis is set to take charge of team affairs against Manchester City on Saturday as club chairman Huw Jenkins continues his search for a new manager. Curtis has been asked to stand in after assistant manager Pep Clotet and first-team coaches James Beattie and Kristian O’Leary followed Monk out of the Liberty Stadium door on Thursday morning. Jenkins said on Wednesday that he hopes to “appoint a replacement as soon as possible” and Press Association Sport understands the chairman is willing to look towards Europe after initial interest in bringing former manager Brendan Rodgers back to Swansea was rebuffed. But reports linking former Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham manager Avram Grant, the current coach of Ghana, to the post were dismissed by the Israeli’s agent, Saif Rubie. “On the record just to say as Avram Grant’s agent that he is happy as the coach of @ghanafaofficial Blackstars. @SwansOfficial not in touch,” Rubie wrote on his Twitter account. “Everything can change in football however at this moment nothing new with Avram has been discussed and he is on official leave currently.” Rangers manager Mark Warburton has also been heavily favoured by bookmakers to succeed Monk, but he brushed aside the speculation at a Glasgow press conference. “It’s a compliment to the players,” said Warburton, the former Brentford boss who was linked with taking over at managerless Fulham last week. “Any manager only gets linked to jobs – and it’s always flattering – if you are winning games of football. “But I’m just going to repeat what I said last week. I surely can’t go down this path again.” Unless Jenkins makes a permanent appointment in the next 24 hours or so, first-team coach Curtis will take charge of a squad which has taken only six points from the last 33 on offer. Curtis, who played over 350 games in three different spells at Swansea and has held various coaching positions there during the last two decades, will be assisted in the dug-out by goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts and performance psychologist Ian Mitchell. Monk, in a statement released by the League Managers Association, spoke about the end of his 22-month tenure and how he wanted to remain in charge of the Barclays Premier League club. But the 36-year-old, who last season guided Swansea to a best-ever Premier League finish, admitted he had run out of time after a run of only one win in 11 games left the Welsh club precariously perched a point above the relegation zone. last_img read more

Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta title fight in Featherweight Grand Prix and Lyoto Machida-Gegard Mousasi rematch set for Bellator 228

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Bellator 228 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearFreire (29-4) made history at Bellator 221 in May when he stopped Michael Chandler in 61 seconds to add the lightweight title to his collection. The Brazilian comes in on a four-fight winning streak, a victor in eight of his last ten and looks to defend his belt for the third time.Archuleta (23-1) is on a tear, winning 18 consecutive fights, including five since he joined Bellator in March 2018. Most recently, “The Spaniard” viciously knocked out former bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas in the second round at Bellator 222. The 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix begins at Bellator 226 on September 7th, but Freire vs. Archuleta is the first confirmed matchup. This is the third tournament the promotion has done. The Heavyweight Grand Prix was won by Ryan Bader, and the welterweight tourney is still ongoing with champion Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima squaring off in the finals later on in 2019. Machida (26-8) and Mousasi (45-7-2) first met at UFC Fight Night 36 in February 2014 with the former winning by unanimous decision. Ever since then, Mousasi has accused Machida of being on performing-enhancing drugs.The sentiment among pundits was that Machida and Mousasi would battle for middleweight gold. “The Dragon”, who looks to extend his win streak to five, held up his end of the bargain, stopping Chael Sonnen in the second round at Bellator 222 and sent him into retirement. Mousasi failed on his end, losing his title in a narrow decision to  Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 223. The winner is expected to challenge Lovato next as Machida, and Mousasi are the two biggest names in the 185-pound division. Bellator officials announced on Thursday afternoon that Bellator 228 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., live and exclusively on DAZN. And the event is already shaping up nicely with two significant bouts.The main event features the opening round of the Featherweight Grand Prix, as 145-pound champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire puts his title on the line against Juan Archuleta. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida rematches former Bellator 185-pound titleholder Gegard Mousasi in a middleweight affair.last_img read more