SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 27, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania 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 email@example.com.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.
LETHEM: Paiwomak Warriors FC prevailed over Tabatinga FC by a 3-2 margin following kicks from the penalty spot, to be crowned champions of the Rupununi Football Association (RFA)/Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) U-13 Championship last Saturday at the St Ignatius ground, Lethem.At the end of the allotted 20-minute match and 10-minute extra-time, the teams were tied one-all with goals from Matrim Martin for Tabatinga FC and Glensford Peterson for Paiwomak Warriors, after which penalty kicks had to be taken.Final scorers for Paiwomak Warriors were Peterson, Josh Glasgow and Guy Moses while Martin and Reyes Williams made their mark for Tabatinga FC.The finals followed the two semi-final action matches between Tabatinga FC and Basin FC, and Paiwomak Warriors FC and Gladiators FC with Tabatinga FC and Paiwomak Warriors FC each winning by a 2-0 margin.Scorers in the first semi-final were Reyes Williams in the 15th minute and Matrim Martin in the 18th minute while the second semi-final saw Nathan Alcides scoring an own goal in the 12th minute giving Paiwomak the lead and Glendsford Peterson extending that lead in the 16th minute for the eventual victors.The results of the preliminary matches were as follows:1st match: Tabatinga FC 3-0 Kanuku Warriors Scorers: Stephon Sprosta 16th, Matrim Martin 12th, and Reyes Williams 5th2nd match: Basic FC 1-0 Titans FC Scorer: Deago Dookram 6th3rd match: Paiwomak Warriors 3 – 0 Shiriri FC Scorers: Nicodemus Sandy 6th, Glensford Peterson 7th & 9th4th match: Gladiators FC 1-0 Flash FC Scorer: Nathan Alcides 17th
In this April 2 photo, U.S. defenseman DeAndre Yedlin (2) moves down field against Mexico during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Glendale, Ariz. Yedlin was named to the current 23-man roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann two weeks ago, doing so after spending his amateur years as a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy team. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri, File)Tab Ramos, then just 15, remembers walking off the field after what he thought would be his last practice with the under-20 United States soccer team.Ramos was only training with the older players because of his state coach’s national-team ties, and he thought his weeklong visit was over. But the youngster had opened the eyes of the national team coaches.“I basically just got lucky,” said Ramos, now an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s national team and the head coach of the under-20 team. “It was a complete surprise for me, because I didn’t even think it was a tryout. I thought I was just playing.”Ramos’ fortunate discovery out of the New Jersey high school ranks in the early 1980s was a sign of a U.S. development system in desperate need of an overhaul.Ramos played in three World Cups, and the American team has qualified for seven straight. But those teams were put together without a centrally organized scouting system to identify and train the best teen players. In 2006, tired of counting on good fortune to put the players with the most potential in front of national coaches, the U.S. Soccer Federation began to study its development system in earnest.What it found was “a little bit of a free-for-all,” said Tony Lepore, the U.S. director of scouting. In addition for the need for better scouting, the top players weren’t getting the best training techniques.“Our elite players were playing way too many matches, and all of them were win-at-all-costs and not about development first,” Lepore said.After studying youth development programs across the world, the U.S. began to implement its revamped system in 2007 — modeled heavily after soccer powers such as Spain and Germany.The overhaul was based on having a number of soccer academies across the country, all under the umbrella and watch of U.S. Soccer and tasked with developing and eventually feeding elite players to the national team.The effort started with 63 clubs, a number that’s since grown to almost 100. More than 6,000 youth players, beginning at the under-13 level, now train with and play against other future national-team hopefuls 10 months out of the year — doing so under uniform rules of play and training.And they all do so with a clear path to the national team right in front of them, thanks to a network of scouts focused on the progress of talent in the academy system.“A huge part of the academies is that’s where all the top players migrate to, if they are serious and motivated,” Lepore said. “If they want to reach their potential, they need to be with an academy club.”Most of the current U.S. squad that’s headed to Brazil for this year’s World Cup predates the current academy system, but the national team is starting to reap the rewards of the revamped model.DeAndre Yedlin, 20, was named to the current 23-man roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann two weeks ago, doing so after spending his amateur years as a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy team.The defender earned his fourth cap for the U.S. in a 2-1 win over Turkey last weekend, and he’s likely on his way to becoming a national team stalwart after being named a Major League All-Star last year.Another future national team hopeful — and academy product — is Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp. The 21-year-old Trapp made the Crew’s academy team as a freshman in high school, later going on to play collegiately for two seasons at Akron and for the under-20 U.S. national team.Trapp managed to play two years with his high school team in Gahanna, Ohio, unlike some players who live and train on site at different academies. He said the high school and academy environments were far different, though he enjoyed both.“You were in a completely different situation (at the academy), where there’s national team scouts at every game,” Trapp said. “It’s just a different level.”In addition to his time with the senior national team, Ramos is also the coach of the under-20 U.S. squad.Ramos believes the academy system will be a key for U.S. team in the near future.“When we came up at 17, 18, 19 years old 25-30 years ago, we were basically clueless about the game,” Ramos said. “We were just kids playing soccer. Now we have at 17, 18, 19, now we have soccer players coming up, not kids playing soccer.”
Germany Low expects Neuer back by March Alex Fisher 01:33 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Germany World Cup Bayern München Bundesliga With the World Cup on the horizon, the Germany boss is confident his No.1 will be fit to lead defending champions in Russia Joachim Low expects Manuel Neuer to resume training in February or March and be ready in time to lead Germany at the World Cup.Neuer has not featured for Bayern Munich or Die Mannschaft since September, the goalkeeper having undergone surgery to correct a broken bone in his left foot.The 31-year-old remains on crutches as he continues his rehabilitation, but has previously stated he is confident of making it to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That optimism is shared by national team head coach Low, who believes his number one will be back in action well ahead of the tournament.”The plan is that he can train sometime in February, March, that he certainly needs more time [to recover],” he told Radio B5.”He is the best keeper in the world, our captain and we absolutely need him.”