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Statewide Disaster Relief Approved for Pennsylvania Farms

first_img March 25, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today notified farmland owners in 61 Pennsylvania counties that they are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture.“Statewide disaster relief assistance is a vital resource that helps farmers overcome challenges caused by unpredictable weather and conditions outside of their control,” said Governor Wolf. “The past year was particularly challenging for Pennsylvania agriculture, so I encourage all eligible producers to apply for this assistance ahead of the next growing season.”Eligible primary counties include Adams, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York counties.Eligible contiguous counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Forest, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, and Wayne counties.The statewide disaster funding will help with losses caused by the extended rainfall that occurred during the 2018 crop year. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at Statewide Disaster Relief Approved for Pennsylvania Farmslast_img read more

Offshore Wind Growth Partnership Offers First Project Funding

first_imgThe Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has issued its first funding calls for projects that have an aim of improving the UK offshore wind supply chain.OWGP is allocating GBP 400,000 in two calls for projects that aim to improve the competitiveness of the existing UK supply chain and encourage the development of new products and services for the offshore wind sector.The first call seeks submissions that identify potential cost reductions from advanced manufacturing or fabrication techniques, with an aim to encourage and support UK companies to explore new manufacturing methods and techniques that could improve productivity.The second call focuses on developing advanced sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) and communications solutions, supporting companies to expand their range of products and services to meet future sector needs and is aimed at SMEs exploring innovative technologies, products and services to improve communications at next-generation offshore wind farms.“Since launching the programme in June, I have been keen to ensure OWGP makes an impact as soon as possible and I am delighted to see OWGP has hit the ground running,” said Martin Whitmarsh, Chair of OWGP.“These calls will directly support up to 16 companies and this is just the start of a long-term £100m programme to capitalise on the UK’s leading position in offshore wind deployment.”To remind, the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) launched the OWGP in June. Delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, it has a budget of GBP 100 million over a ten-year period and promotes closer collaboration across the supply chain and facilitates shared growth opportunities between developers and the supply chain.last_img read more

Grenada opposition calls for full investigation into beating death

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Grenada opposition calls for full investigation into beating death by: – January 4, 2012 Share 66 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Mr. Tilman Thomas. Photo credit:caribbeanelections.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The opposition New National Party (NNP) in Grenada has called on Prime Minister Tillman Thomas to immediately launch a full investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding the alleged beating of Grenadian-born Canadian resident Oscar Bartholomew in police custody over the Christmas holidays and, in so doing, ensure that justice is not only done but seen to have been done.“Given the present state of the economy and the negative publicity the country has been receiving both locally and regionally in the past few months, this incident could further damage its image as a tourist destination creating road blocks and unnecessary challenges for the already difficult task of removing the economy from its present state of malaise,” the NNP said in a press statement.“To the beloved family and friends of Mr Bartholomew both here at home and abroad, our hearts go out to you in this time of great loss. We are aware of the tremendous pain death brings, more so in this tragic circumstance. We want to assure you the entire party mourns with you; also, our prayers are with you,” the statement continued.“To the Grenadian population, we could only take courage from the knowledge that as Grenadians we have the capacity, as demonstrated many times in the past; to transcend every challenge which confronted us. Let’s continue to join hearts and hands in the true spirit of brotherhood to help ease the obvious pain that the family is enduring at this time. May the Peace of God continue to be with us all during this very difficult period,” the statement concluded.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Estafa rap sends woman to jail

first_imgResident Fatima Salgado was taken to theRoxas City police station, where she was detained. ILOILO City – A 52-year-old woman facingestafa charges was arrested in Barangay Tanque, Roxas City, Capiz. Salgado’s apprehension on Feb. 12 wasstaged on the strength of an arrest warrant. center_img The court recommended a P60,000 bailbond for her temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Pochettino: Shaw is not for sale

first_imgLuke Shaw does not want to leave Southampton and manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that the club will refuse any offers for the teenager. Press Association The 18-year-old left-back has already made 43 first-team appearances for Saints and is expected to become an England international sooner rather than later. Shaw’s impressive displays for Southampton have seen him become one of the hottest properties in English football, with Chelsea among a host of top European clubs linked with a move. Pochettino welcomes such interest and column inches, but made his stance crystal clear before the January window opens: Shaw is not for sale. “It is a very clear situation,” the Saints boss said. “The player wants to stay, the club is not willing to sell. “What we also need to consider is that he is an 18-year-old player, that he is still maturing, still progressing. He is still learning how to be an experienced player. “We need to be very calm about the situation. It has taken his some time to mature as a player and I think all these rumours and all this speculation around him is not beneficial for him. I think it is negative for him. “I think it is very clear what the project here at Southampton is. Our project is about young players and Luke Shaw is a prime example of someone who has come through the ranks at this club. “Again, the player is just not for sale. Again, he wants to stay, so there is no Luke Shaw case.” Speculation has mounted about Shaw’s future despite celebrating his 18th birthday by signing a new five-year deal in July. Growing increasingly frustrated by the ongoing talk, the England Under-21 starlet last month moved to reiterate his long-term commitment to Saints. Shaw said he was “not even thinking about moving” and Pochettino has been impressed by the way the full-back, and many of his team-mates, have adapted to new external pressures. “I think many of our players have recently been in the spotlight,” the former Argentina international said, referring to the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez. “I think all of these players, all of my players, are going through new experiences that they have to adapt to, have to get used to. “They have to live with these new experiences, new situations. We need to be able to manage the situation. This is also part of football, not just playing. “We need to assimilate, need to adapt. We are going through a bad run of results of late (six matches without a win), but again with calm and work we need to get back into how we know we can play and perform.” last_img read more

Anelka set to learn fate

first_img Press Association “Whatever he meant by the gesture, the apology should have been forthcoming immediately,” Powar said. “The first rule for a player who does something that causes such offence like this is that they should apologise and accept that it might have caused offence. To hide away is just the wrong approach.” Powar joined fellow anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out in condemning the FA for taking so long to decide on whether to charge Anelka. “We have been disappointed to see the delay in the announcement from the FA,” Powar added. “It feels like it has taken too long really. I don’t know why it has taken so long.” The FA has appointed an expert to advise its governance board on the case. Albion have refused to comment on a report in Friday’s Marketing Week which claimed shirt sponsors Zoopla will pull out of its deal if Anelka plays against Everton on Monday. Zoopla, a property website which is co-owned by a Jewish businessman, also refused to comment. It was brought to prominence by the French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism, and the salute has been described by opponents as an inverted Nazi salute. The Football Association said last week that a decision on whether to charge Anelka would be made by January 20 at the earliest. Powar, the executive director of the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) network, thinks Anelka can have no defence for his actions and he wants to see the FA implement its new rule of a five-match ban for racism. “The rules are clear. It is now a minimum five-match ban for any player involved in things related to race or religion,” Powar said. “We do a lot of monitoring across Europe and we know about the dangers of the far right who are very active in football across the continent. “In Germany it’s quite a dangerous term and if we tolerate this then it’s just a means of division and going back to almost an era we have seen before and it is dangerous and wrong.” Anelka has promised not to repeat the gesture again, and he said he views the quenelle as “anti-system”, rather than anything to do with religion. That did not stop a host of critics, including the French sports minister, from attacking the former Chelsea man, though. Powar has been surprised and disappointed by the lack of an apology from Anelka. Anelka infuriated members of the Jewish community when he performed the gesture after scoring in the Baggies’ 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28. The quenelle – which translates literally as “dumpling” in English – is a straight-arm salute with one arm pointing downwards and the other hand across the chest. A ruling is expected on Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture on Monday, and leading anti-racism campaigner Piara Powar has no doubt the West Brom striker should be hit with a five-match ban.last_img read more

No guarantees from Van Gaal

first_img Press Association “But I have full confidence they can.” Van Gaal complained last year that United’s midfield lacked steel and dynamism. In Schweinsteiger he appears to have ticked both of those boxes. The 30-year-old cut a far more physically imposing figure than any of the three men sitting beside him at the press conference at the team hotel in Bellevue on the outskirts of Seattle. Another box he ticks is that of born winner. “I want to win titles,” said the German, who spent 17 trophy-laden years at Bayern Munich prior to joining United. “I am used to winning titles and so are United and that is my goal.” Those words will have gone down well with the United fans whose only midweek cup action last year came against MK Dons, Cambridge, Stoke, Burnley and Newcastle. This season, United could be facing the likes of Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona – providing they come through a Champions League play-off in August. That United have completed the transfers of Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Darmian and Memphis Depay before the start of their tour has gone down well with Van Gaal. “I only buy players who can make a contribution – we are not buying just for buying,” he said. “The difficulty is to get these players. It is not so easy and I am very proud that (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward has done that. “When United come in, (teams) always ask for more money. “I am very happy they are here before the tour, so we can prepare. “Memphis is also here. It is much better than last year.” United have wasted no time in getting rid of the players Van Gaal deemed surplus to requirements. Robin van Persie will join Nani at Fenerbahce once a fee has been agreed and Van Gaal candidly revealed Victor Valdes will be sold after claiming he refused to play for the reserves last season. Rafael, who has been left out of the 26-man party for the four-match tour of the US, will also be sold. Van Gaal feels Darmian, a £12.7million signing from Torino, is more capable of defending than the Brazilian. “I always want a player who can defend in the first place,” he said about the signing of the Italian. “When you are a right full-back, you must defend and cooperate with your fellow defenders.” Given his limited English, Darmian could only offer a brief explanation of his ambitions. “I am here to work hard and do my best,” the 25-year-old said. Van Gaal knows Schweinsteiger well, having managed the player for two years at Bayern Munich, but that seems to count for little in the Dutchman’s eyes. The Germany captain may be one of the most decorated players in the game but he still has to fight for his future and the same goes for Van Gaal too, it seems. “In top sport, no position is secure – even my position,” the United boss said. “The players have to fight – Morgan has to fight with Schweinsteiger, (Michael) Carrick and (Daley) Blind to play in midfield. “Matteo has to fight with (Antonio) Valencia.” Schweinsteiger, an eight-time Bundesliga winner, may be the most high-profile addition but Van Gaal expects £24million man Schneiderlin to adapt to his surroundings quicker than any of his new team-mates. “Morgan can cope with the Premier League,” said Van Gaal, who saw Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao flop in their first year in England last term. “The question with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian is whether they can prove it. Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian were unveiled as United players on Wednesday night at a press conference in Seattle. Sitting alongside the trio was Van Gaal, who wasted no time in reminding his new players that much hard work lies ahead for them in the coming months. Louis van Gaal has warned Bastian Schweinsteiger and his other summer signings they will have to fight hard to nail down a first-team place at Manchester United. last_img read more

2019 World Athletics | Lord Coe won’t ‘gag’ protesting athletes

first_imgIAAF president Lord Coe says he is “not in the mood to gag the voices” of athletes should any protest at the 2019 World Championships, which start in Doha later this month.Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar while an Amnesty International report has raised concerns over the treatment of migrant workers in the country.Coe said: “We’re a sport founded on being profoundly anti-discriminatory.“We’re very clear about that so I will cross that bridge when I get to it.”He told BBC Sport: “There is a time and place to make your views clear but I’m not in the mood as a federation president ever to gag the voices or the instincts of athletes.”Lord Coe has also defended the choice of Doha as host for the championships, saying it is important athletics heads to new places to ensure the sport’s growth while simultaneously highlighting any issues in those territories.“I’ve never known a situation where sport going into a fresh and new type of territory hasn’t actually flicked the dial both socially, culturally and politically in a very positive way,” he added.“Sometimes people like me in positions of responsibility in a sport can raise issues that politicians tend to either ignore completely or tiptoe around.“I do think sport and these organisations need to work as closely and as collaboratively as they can because actually sport has the ability to shine a spotlight on many of these issues“That’s not to say we’re oblivious to the fact we will be taking our event into places of challenge.“But we do want to take the sport globally and we can’t just sit there going back to the nine, 10 same cities if we are really true to our word about wanting to expand the global foot print of athletics. I’m very keen to do that”Speaking earlier this month, race walker Tom Bosworth, an openly gay athlete, insisted he would “go there and be myself” when he travels with the rest of the Great Britain squad to the Gulf state.“I’m sure when the IAAF awarded Doha the competition, they took all of this into consideration and they would have been naive not to,” he said.“There was quite a lot of criticism and fears for supporters going to the Russia football World Cup but it was fantastic event and hopefully Doha will use this to show they are a country that welcomes all, and put on a great show.“I’m not going to start running down the road with rainbow flags and demanding equality but it is certainly a stage where we can be ourselves.“If I can do some good without criticising anybody else’s country, hopefully countries might learn by hosting competitions like this and develop from it.”Russia decision due on MondayMeanwhile, Lord Coe said a decision on whether Russian athletes could compete at the Championships under their own flag would be made on Monday, insisting that all the outstanding issues must be addressed for that to happen.Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics competed under the Olympic flag because Russia was banned from the Games following the scandal over state-sponsored doping.We don’t do deals in our sport, we have a criteria, it’s really clear and for me the philosophy was simple and important,” he said.“We need to know that the federation that is responsible for their journey through the sport is fit and in shape to be able to reinstate its own responsibilities”.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Dixon earns ACC Co-Specialist of the Week honors

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Syracuse punter Riley Dixon was named an Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Specialist of the Week on Tuesday after throwing the game-winning touchdown pass on a fake-field goal in Syracuse’s win on Friday night. The senior shares the honor with Louisville’s Corvin Lamb.In the second overtime against Villanova, Dixon rolled to his left and hit tight end Kendall Moore to put the Orange ahead for good. Dixon also punted five times during SU’s 27-26 win for 217 yards, an average of 43.4 yards per punt. Two of his punts traveled further than 50 yards and two were downed inside the 20-yard line.The Specialist of the Week honor is the first for Dixon, who has been on the watch list the past two seasons for the Ray Guy Award for best punter in the country.Lamb, a running back, returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 31-13 victory over Miami on Monday night. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

RIGAN Games Kick off Today in Ota

first_imgThe Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBBRI) Ota will from this this morning as the 16th Edition of the Research Games Association of Nigeria, RIGAN games festival tagged Ota 2019.Over 25 research and Development Institute from across the country are already in Ota for the biennial games.About 1500 participants will compete in 13 events,including, football, volleyball, athletics among others. The Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu is expected to declare the games open.Addressing newsmen ahead of the opening ceremony, the President of RIGAN,Prof Rabiu Adamu commended the host institute for the level of preparation that have been put in place for for the games. He expressed delight at the quality of sporting facilities , acccomadation and other logistics put in place for the games.This years will also feature Veteran games. The Veterans will feature in tennis, athletics, badminton and 5-aside football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more