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Governor Wolf Requests Federal Aid to Assist Residents, Businesses for October Flooding in North Central PA

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced he has requested disaster declarations through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the President for Bradford, Centre, Lycoming and Sullivan counties and through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Lycoming and Centre counties. The requests were made in response to significant flooding in north-central Pennsylvania on October 21 that reached $33.2 million in damages, according to estimates.“After my trip there right after the flooding, I understood that the devastation in North Central Pennsylvania is more significant and wide-spread than we have seen recently in the commonwealth. These two programs are the best options available to provide financial assistance to both local governments and citizens who have been impacted by this flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “We’ve worked closely with local, county and state partners on multiple damage assessments, and we are confident that we meet the federal criteria for both declarations.”The major disaster declaration through FEMA will provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. The funds will reimburse costs associated with the response to and recovery from the flooding.  Eligible expenses include but are not limited to, costs associated with paying overtime, repairs to damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals, materials, search and rescue operations, and opening and operating shelters. That data was then relayed to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which tracked and totaled the costs to present to the Governor.The overall estimated total costs associated with the major disaster declaration request are $33.2 million, which exceeds the commonwealth’s federally-established threshold of $18.1 million. It is important to note that total costs may fluctuate as applications for assistance are reviewed at both the state and federal levels. It is not known when the President will decide to grant or deny disaster assistance.If the Governor’s request is approved, applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses.The SBA declaration would provide low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses with uninsured losses of 40 percent or more of their estimated fair market value. The SBA criteria of at least 25 potential applicants that sustained such losses was met in Lycoming and Centre counties.Governor Wolf signed a state proclamation of disaster emergency, which is required to request federal aid, on Nov. 16.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Requests Federal Aid to Assist Residents, Businesses for October Flooding in North Central PA SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 16, 2016last_img read more

Fugitive ex-Mexican guv nabbed in Miami

first_imgMIAMI/MEXICO City – Police in Miami on Wednesday arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, U.S. and Mexican officials said. César Duarte fled Mexico in 2018 after being accused of embezzling millions to fund a lavish lifestyle. LATINUS The Mexican attorney general’s office said Duarte faced extradition back to Mexico. Its statement came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the White House. (Reuters)center_img Duarte, who governed the northern border state from 2010 to 2016, has been accused by Mexican authorities of misappropriating public funds.last_img read more

Monk eyeing further progress

first_img Monk has managed to keep key players like skipper Ashley Williams, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter signing a new four-year deal on Thursday amid reported interest from Serie A giants Roma. He also did his summer transfer business early with international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 defender Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt integrated into the Swansea squad at the start of pre-season. “We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,” Monk said. “The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan. “It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players. “We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on. “We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve. “We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature. “That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.” Monk has had no joy against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the past, losing every one of their three previous meetings with the most recent being a 5-0 thrashing at the Liberty Stadium in January. “We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,” Monk said. “There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them. “But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league. “He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch. “They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.” Monk has valid reason to curse his side’s start away to champions Chelsea on Saturday evening – “I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,” – as 12 months ago Swansea started their campaign at Manchester United. But Swansea spoiled Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford bow that day by winning 2-1 and, while many observers feel Monk has his work cut out to repeat last term’s eighth-placed finish and 56-point haul, the 36-year-old feels the current squad is in a healthy place. Press Association Garry Monk feels Swansea are in good shape to build on last season’s best Premier League finish and record points total.last_img read more

Thirty-eight and no: Wisconsin moves on to national championship game with stunning win over undefeated Kentucky

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to do something no other team has done all season.No other team this season had beaten the Kentucky Wildcats but Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, in perhaps the biggest game in program history on the game’s biggest stage, Wisconsin found a way to stop the Wildcats pursuit of a perfect 40-0 season dead in its tracks.And by doing so, the Badgers are moving on to the national championship game for the first time in 74 years and just the second time in program history as Wisconsin knocked off Kentucky 71-64 Saturday night.Wisconsin (36-3) will take on the No. 1 seed in the South Region, Duke (34-4), on Monday in the national title game.“I think that loss last year motivated us through the off-season so we could get back here,” Wisconsin senior forward and AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky said. “Once the season started, we had our own goals in mind. It’s great we had a chance to play a good team along the way and come out on top.”After a back-and-forth first half, Wisconsin was able to take the lead for the majority of the second half before going on an untimely 6:08 scoring drought in the middle of the half. Kentucky (38-1) came back during that stretch to take a 60-56 lead with 6:36 left in the game. It was Wisconsin’s largest deficit of the half.But Wisconsin then locked down on defense, forcing Kentucky into three straight shot clock violations before Sam Dekker hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave the Badgers the lead back, 63-60, with 1:42 remaining.“Those shot clock violations were big for us,” Wisconsin junior forward Sam Dekker said. “Gave us confidence on the defensive end and maybe hopefully drained a little bit of their confidence on the offensive end.”Dekker turned right around on defense after the three and drew perhaps the biggest charge of the season with 1:25 remaining as Kentucky’s Trey Lyles was called for the offensive foul.“Him being down low, Sam saw the opportunity of him trying to bully his way to the rim. He made a great play for us,” Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes said of Dekker’s charge.Wisconsin got the ball back after the Kentucky offensive foul and Dekker converted a free throw on the other end to extend the Badgers’ lead to four at 64-60 with 1:06 left in the game.Aaron Harrison answered for Kentucky with a jumper but Wisconsin closed the game out by going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line over the final minute of play. One last 3-point attempt from Harrison that would have kept Kentucky in the game missed everything with five seconds left and sealed the Badgers’ school record 36th win and a matchup with Duke on Monday in the national title game.Kaminsky led Wisconsin on Saturday scoring a game-high 20 points (7-for-11) with 11 rebounds while Dekker added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting.Michael Reaves/Kentucky KernelKnown for being one of the best rebounding teams in the country, Kentucky was outrebounded by Wisconsin 34-22 including a 12-6 advantage on the offensive glass. The Badgers turned those 12 offensive rebounds into 13 second change points.“We just tried to do whatever we could to stay into them,” Kaminsky said. “We know if they get another offensive rebound, they get another chance to score. They’re such a good offensive team, if they get buckets that way, it’s going to be a long night.”Karl-Anthony Towns paced Kentucky with 16 points and nine rebounds while Andrew Harrison (13) and Aaron Harrison (12) rounded out the Wildcats in double figures on Saturday night. All-American Willie Cauley-Stein scored only two points on 1 of 4 shooting for Kentucky.After shooting 60 percent (15-for-25) in the first half, Kentucky shot only 37.9 percent (11-for-29) in the second half. Wisconsin shot 47.9 percent (23-for-48) for the game and went 7-for-17 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc.But like they’ve grown accustom to, the Badgers never wavered when they saw their lead switch into Kentucky’s favor. It’s arguably the most important reason why Wisconsin will be playing for its second championship in program history on Monday.“We know the type of team we have,” Dekker said. “We know the type of coaching staff we have. We know that whatever is going on in the game, we’re not going to change.“Whether we’re down six or up 20, we’re going to be us and we’re going to play our game.Michael Reaves/Kentucky KernelAnd with just a day separating Saturday’s win and Monday’s game, the celebration time will be short as Wisconsin will prepare to defeat a Duke team who it previously lost to this season in an 80-70 defeat at the Kohl Center in December.“It’s not over. We have nothing to celebrate,” Wisconsin fifth-year senior Josh Gasser said. “We obviously won a great game, it’s a huge accomplishment making it to the national championship game, but it wasn’t our goal to make it to the national championship. So we celebrated for a good five, six seconds and then we have to move on.”last_img read more