Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 27, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvaniacenter_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Fayette County after significant wind, flood and in some cases, mudslide damage to homes and businesses from severe storms and a tornado in February.“These storms damaged property and disrupted lives,” said Governor Wolf. “Low-interest loans will go a long way in helping those affected by the storms.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the Feb. 15-17 storms in Fayette County, as well as neighboring counties Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Fayette CountyUniontown City Fire Department84 N. Breeson Blvd.Uniontown, PA  15401Opening: Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m.Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed SundayClosing: Thursday, April 5, 3:30 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is May 29, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 27, 2018.last_img read more

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Cardiff chief nears debt solution

first_img Tan revealed he has held talks with Hammam, who he invited to Cardiff’s home game with Bolton in April to witness the club receiving the Championship trophy, and is hopeful a deal can be struck soon. Should negotiations conclude successfully the Malaysian said he would convert the substantial amount he is owed by the club into equity. “We are talking to Sam Hammam to try to resolve the Langston issue,” Tan told a press conference at the University of South Wales in Treforest, where he received an honorary doctorate. “I have been talking to Sam. We have been friendly, talking. I like to regard Sam now as my friend and we will come around and resolve this. We are, I think, days away from an agreement.” Tan added: “We are days away from an agreement and then we can convert all the loans to equity. That will make us much more secure and hopefully debt free, which is good. That’s my goal – to make the club debt-free, so that the club won’t be under any threat and after that we just have to manage it prudently, run it like a business.” Tan, however, was also critical of a section of the club’s support. Some fans remain unhappy at the move to change the colour of the club’s home shirts from blue to red. The Malaysian has called on all supporters to get behind the club, but suggested he would be willing to walk away if enough fans opposed his running of the club. He said: “I want to be here for as long as I am very welcome. If too many fans show we are not welcome, maybe you will have a new owner. But right now my experience is we are very welcome. We need the fans to support us and not be negative or disruptive or unnecessarily criticise us too much.” He added: “I’m disappointed that after 51 years of not being in the top-flight that there are still some fans who don’t think we have done a good job. I may say maybe they are not grateful so that part is disappointing. But like anything in life in democracy you won’t have 100 per cent support.” Tan also confirmed Cardiff have reached an agreement with FK Sarajevo of Bosnia to work together to develop young players, talks over a similar link-up are also reported to have been held with Croatia’s HNK Dubrovnik. The debt to Swiss-based financial company Langston, of whom former Bluebirds chief Sam Hammam is a representative, was taken out in 2004 and is believed to be worth £24million. Cardiff’s most recent financial figures showed the club are £83million in debt. Press Associationcenter_img Cardiff owner Vincent Tan claims he is close to reaching an agreement with creditors Langston Corporation which could help the club become debt free.last_img read more

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RB Grassroots Relief Group Grows Larger with Each Day

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnRED BANK – What began as a small group of friends and colleagues getting together to help their neighbors has grown in less than one week’s time to something they hope will become a national, perhaps an international, relief agency.Sounds to Go, 21 E. Front St., Red Bank has been the headquarters for Rebuild, Recover, a grassroots relief agency formed Nov. 1 in the aftermath of the storm.It was Thursday, Nov. 1 when Mike Hernandez, owner of Sounds to Go at 21 E. Front St., got together with David Cruse, Luke Ditella, Melissa Dilger, Anthony Setaro and Ashley George and decided that they needed to help those around them recover from the devastation that hit the area in the form of Super Storm Sandy.By Tuesday, they had accepted mountains of donations and dispatched them to the hard-hit areas where warm clothing, water, food, toiletries, pet food and other items were most needed.The group’s founders have deemed the effort “Rebuild, Recover.” They are working on their network of friends and contacts in the music business and other areas of entertainment to gather supplies and support. Several fundraisers were being planned.Tuesday afternoon, the group was preparing to post its first public service announcement from Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Ditella said.“It’s getting bigger and bigger each day. It’s gone far beyond what we could imagine,” said Hernandez, who called it “an eye-opening experience.”“Basically, it started with the six of us wanting to bring supplies where they were needed,” Ditella said. “After the first three hours, it grew to 40 volunteers … Every day it has grown about 1,000 percent. Now celebrities and large corporations are contacting us to send things.“That instinct for humans to help one another isn’t as gone as people think it is,” he said.They also have gone in less than a week from making large truckload drops of donated goods to a more pinpointed system of getting specifically needed goods to specific groups of people or individuals. They have outfitted people, who have requested certain sizes, with clothing, including a man who was photographed carrying his few belongings out of Sea Bright immediately following the storm. His photo was on the cover of the Nov. 2 edition of the Two River TimesTM, Hernandez said.A sign on the business’ huge windows, affixed to the glass with bright blue tape, says “Hurricane Relief Donations Accepted Here.”The operation is set up in the Sounds to Go storefront on East Front Street. Since it opened, a steady stream of cars has pulled up to the curb. The donors are met by a greeter on the sidewalk and volunteers quickly unload the vehicle. The items are brought into the store, sorted in the front by another crew and then packaged in black plastic bags for immediate distribution by volunteers with trucks or cars.They are being assisted by the Surfers Environmental Alliance, Clean Ocean Action and scores of young volunteers who contact different area social service agencies, emergency management offices and other organizations to see what those who have lost their homes and livelihoods need. They also have partnered with Move for Hunger.The front reception desk of Sounds to Go is populated by people with laptops who were spreading the word about the effort and enlisting the aid of those who can help through social media.The use of social media has been an important tool to assist in letting people know about Rebuild, Recover. The founders have received messages from across the country, as far as Hawaii, and around the world from Australia.The founders are continuing to help those in the region but also are looking forward to widening their reach and eventually establishing a national or even global relief operation.They hope to become a registered nonprofit charitable organization.“When your heart is in the right place, this is what can happen,” Ditella said.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Seeds advance at Klash in the Kootenays

first_imgThe seeds are heading down the tournament trail for a Saturday afternoon faceoff following opening round games at the Klash in the Kootenay women’s flat track roller derby championships at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.And the host Kootenay Kannibelles are right in the thick of the run to the final after posting a win over Okanagan/Shuswap Raggedy Rollers Friday.The Kannibelles play Red Deer Roller Derby Association Belladonnas at 4 p.m. while top seeded Terminal City plays E-Ville at 2 p.m.The winners advance to the championship final Sunday at 11:30 a.m.In action Saturday morning, the Oil City Derby Girls of Edmonton topped the 200-point total against Deathbridge of Lethbridge.The Oil City Derby Girls play in the five-six consolation game at 6 p.m.Klash in the Kootenays at the NDCC Arena promises to be a big hit for the fans and playersIt’s probably the fastest growing sport in North America and now fans of women’s flat track roller derby can see the best Western Canada has to offer this weekend in Nelson at the Klash in the Kootenays.“The teams coming to this tournament are the tops in Western Canada,” said Michelle Sylvest of the organizing committee and president of the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League.“So fans won’t get to see better action anywhere.”The eight-team seeded tournament begins at noon Friday in the NDCC Arena with the host Kannibelles meeting the Okanagan/Shuswap Raggedy Rollers.In the only meeting this season between the two rivals, the Kannibelles skated away with a lopsided victory.Roller Derby has been on a rise in the West Kootenay for both fans and players. The success of the Kannibelles is the reason why region is playing host to the Westerns.“Our team had a pretty good run last year at the Best of the West (in Kelowna) so we got asked to host the event this year,” said Sylvest, adding the Kannibelles are led by National team player Beretta Lynch.The Kannibelles enter the tourney as the second seed behind top-ranked Terminal City Roller Girls of Vancouver.Terminal City meet Deathbridge of Lethbridge at 2 p.m.Red Deer Roller Derby Association Belladonnas meet Calgary Roller Derby at 4 p.m. before the final contest between Edmonton rivals, E-Ville and Oil City Derby Girls goes at 6 p.m.“This is going to be one exciting game,” Sylvest said. “Both teams are from Edmonton and there’s a strong rivalry between them.”“Fans won’t get to watch a better game than this (Friday),” Sylvest adds.Each team is guaranteed three games.Semi finals are set for Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. — if the Kannibelles advance, the host squad will meet the winner of Red Deer and Calgary at 4 p.m.The two semi final winners meet in the tourney final at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The consolation final is set for 9 a.m. Sunday.The winner represents the western provinces at the National Tournament in the spring of 2013.Sylvest invites the public to attend any of the games.Tickets are available for the entire tournament or for single days.For more information check out the tournament website at http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/Oh, and did we say they’ll be an influx of players, coaches and spectators in Nelson for the weekend?“We expect to see about 300 extra people in Nelson with most of them derby girls,” Sylvest explains.last_img read more

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