The America East will not allow spectators at competition through January 1. It will be reevaluated as the season gets underway. VESTAL (WBNG) — With basketball season approaching, Binghamton Athletics will offer fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts to be placed in the Events Center crowd during the season. Cutouts can be purchased at this link for $75. Binghamton’s home opener for conference play is December 19. If an order is made after that date, cutouts will be in place for the following game. Binghamton games will be broadcast on ESPN+ or ESPN 3. Cutouts will be placed in sections (101, 102, 103) that will be visible on TV.
Governor Wolf Applauds Approval of Oil and Gas Regulations after Bi-partisan Agreement Reached with Legislature June 15, 2016 Environment, Government That Works, Press Release, Public Health, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the legislature’s approval of the unconventional Chapter 78a Environmental Protection Performance Standards at oil and gas well sites. This follows several weeks of work between the Wolf Administration and the legislature that culminated in a bi-partisan agreement that will modernize and strengthen environmental protections at oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania. The Office of the Attorney General will now review the regulations. The governor also announced that his administration will work with the legislature to draft conventional Chapter 78 regulations to which all sides can agree.“I am pleased to have reached bi-partisan agreement with the legislature on the unconventional oil and gas regulations, which will better protect the health of our environment and our residents,” said Governor Wolf. “These new safeguards further my goal of improving the protection of water and public resources, as well as public health and safety, and also address landowner concerns, enhance transparency, and improve data management. These regulations have been under development for more than five years, through three separate administrations and have benefited from an unprecedented process of engagement and public participation. I would like to thank both Democrats and Republicans for working together with me, and for the commitment both sides showed to ensuring our environment and our people are safe.”These regulations aim to assure the protection of public health, safety, and the environment, and were developed after extensive engagement with the industry and unprecedented public participation including:20 Advisory Board and Committee meetings.2 public comment periods.135 days of public comment opportunity.12 public hearings.Nearly 28,000 comments received.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has fought for stronger environmental protections and taken measures to fight climate change. Governor Wolf announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and has been implicated in health risks, and he previously signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
City fans organisation 1894 Group have been vocal in their criticism of such bans and unfurled a banner at the Etihad Stadium last week which read, ‘Closing grounds punishes innocent fans’. A spokesman for 1894 Group said: “City fans are penalised once again – however it could have been any innocent set of fans penalised here. “UEFA has had its head in the sand for years dealing with racism at European stadiums. Banning innocent fans is not the answer. “In the 70s and 80s in England we didn’t shut whole stadiums down. We targeted the minority and removed them. “By closing down a whole stadium the trouble-causers feel they have achieved something. It actually gives them publicity. “What UEFA is doing does not solve the problem. They (UEFA officials) need to come out of their bubble and start talking to fans groups.” City fans have no great love for UEFA, as shown by their regular booing of the Champions League anthem prior to home games. There are numerous reasons for the protests, including the Financial Fair Play penalties imposed on City, but most of the ill-feeling stems from the game in Moscow in October last year. A number of supporters had already made travel, visa and accommodation arrangements when CSKA were punished and they felt they were unfairly treated. Their frustration was exacerbated when it appeared around 650 CSKA fans attended the game having acquired tickets from sponsors’ allocations. Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, said: “If UEFA sticks to its rules that it is going to be played behind closed doors and nobody is going to be in the stadium, that should become an advantage to City. “However, we City fans have previous with UEFA, when we played CSKA Moscow in a game that was supposedly behind closed doors. Lo and behold there were quite a few CSKA fans in the stadium under this umbrella of UEFA guests. “City fans and the club, I am sure, will be watching this one with interest to make sure UEFA follows through its rules.” The attendance for Kiev’s match against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, the first behind closed doors, was recorded at 475. The situation for City supporters this time is slightly different given that they know in advance no tickets will be made available. And Parker said: “I think a lot of City fans would have struggled to get to Kiev anyway. I think we already knew before the draw certain airlines wouldn’t want to be flying to Ukraine, so some of the companies that would have chartered flights for supporters might have struggled. “In terms of the draw itself it is not so bad. Dynamo Kiev will not be easy but we wanted to avoid Paris St Germain and, after that, of the teams we could have got, it was much of a muchness.” The match on February 24 will be the second of two the Ukrainian club have been ordered to play behind closed doors by European governing body UEFA for the misbehaviour of supporters. Offences included racist chanting during their group match against Chelsea on October 20. City supporters have been similarly prevented from watching their team before, after CSKA Moscow were hit with a stadium closure last season. Manchester City fans have expressed their frustration after learning they will not be able to attend the away leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev. Press Association
USC basketball is already off to its best start in more than 20 years though Thursday’s crosstown showdown at the Galen Center could prove to be a monumental night for the direction of the program when it comes to pitting itself against its perennial rivals. At the surface, the Trojans have a chance to capture a season series over UCLA for the first time since 2010, which would mark only the fourth time they have accomplished that feat since 2000.A second win over the Bruins in 2016 would not only give the Trojans the temporary title of the collegiate basketball team that runs L.A, but it could also signal an unofficial changing of the guard of the program that holds this distinction moving forward.This notion has come into fruition relatively quickly and even more unexpectedly — UCLA was an NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, while the Trojans lost all but three conference games. The difference in just a year is obvious. What it has come down to, though, is the overall cohesion of each team’s young talent.The ultimate difference has been the contrasting offensive styles for both teams. The Trojans play like more of a unified front, spreading the floor and finding each other for open shots in third-year head coach Andy Enfield’s run ‘n gun system. Meanwhile under Steve Alford, the Bruins seem to rely more on isolation play from its top scorers. This was apparent in the teams’ first meeting at Pauley Pavilion earlier this season when USC dominated the Bruins on its way to an 89-75 victory — a possible indicator of things to come.Taking a step back and looking at the Trojans and Bruins’ current rosters side-by-side, both teams are incredibly young and feature only one graduating senior — USC’s Strahinja Gavrilovic and UCLA starting center Tony Parker. The rest of their rosters feature a group of juniors that are expected to be back next year, along with a fresh bundle of established freshmen and sophomores.Accordingly, it appears that both programs are at similar points in the life cycle of a college basketball program, but their respective directions are not quite the same.It’s a known fact that the Trojans are on the rise. They’ve won 13 consecutive home games to start the season, recently jumped back into the national rankings for the first time since 2008 and currently sit in the top three of the Pac-12 standings. Even with a skilled group of young players, UCLA’s future doesn’t seem as discernible as USC’s. The Bruins resume this season features a road victory at Gonzaga and quality wins at home over Kentucky and Arizona, which are ranked 19th and 20th, respectively, in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They have struggled, however, to find a groove in conference play, falling into the bottom half of the standings halfway through Pac-12 play.Remember that both Enfield and Alford arrived at their respective Los Angeles-based programs at the same time. Their first two years were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but by bringing in some top recruits and simply by being patient, it’s now Enfield that has given his program the more promising feature. USC’s core group of players just seem to gel better than those of the Bruins and that’s a positive sign moving forward, as the Trojans try to continue to assert their superiority in hoops — for now.Don’t get me wrong, neither school is going to forget its roots. USC will always be a football-first school and UCLA will always pride itself on its rich basketball history.Every now and then, though, the tides change. Before this past season, UCLA had USC’s number on the gridiron, winning three consecutive crosstown rivalry games to start making people think that the Bruins are now becoming the “football school” in Los Angeles.USC still has a long way to go before actually becoming the go-to basketball school in Los Angeles, but a win on Thursday night will solidify its dominance for the time being.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.