SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 24, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Flash Flooding in Washington and Clearfield Counties Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare disasters in Washington and Clearfield counties after two separate flash flooding events earlier this summer.“Flash flooding causes incredible devastation in such a short amount of time,” said Governor Wolf. “The availability of low-interest loans will make it possible for residents and businesses to get back to normal more quickly, and we are grateful that the SBA is making this assistance available.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the July 14 flooding in Clearfield County, as well as neighboring counties Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Elk, Indiana, and Jefferson may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the July 29 flooding in Washington County, as well as neighboring counties Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene 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 Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. Applicants may visit any DLOC location that is convenient to them. The DLOCs will be open at the following location and times:Clearfield County:Glendale Area Public Library961 Forest St.Coalport, PA 16627Open: Friday, Aug. 25 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.Closed: Saturday, Aug. 26Open: Sunday, Aug. 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Open: Monday, Aug. 28 – Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Last Day: Thursday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Washington County:Salvation Army – Washington County60 E. Maiden St.Washington, PA 15301Open: Friday, Aug. 25 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.Open: Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, Aug. 27Open: Monday, Aug. 28 – Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Last Day: Thursday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 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.For both flooding incidents, the filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 23, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is May 23, 2018.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers began searching for 10 sailors from USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), missing since the guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC collided early on August 21, 2017.Equipped with surface supplied air rigs, divers will access sealed compartments located in damaged parts of the ship. Additionally, they will conduct damage assessments of the hull and flooded areas, the Navy explained.While diving proceeds, ships and aircraft from the Royal Malaysian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy continue to provide search and rescue assistance along with two U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopters from amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). Those search efforts are focused on an area east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore where the collision occurred as McCain was transiting to Singapore for a routine port visit.John S. McCain and America arrived at Changi Naval Base on Monday after shipboard damage control efforts by the crew had halted further McCain flooding. While both ships are in Singapore, America is providing meals, berthing and other support to McCain crew members and supporting damage control efforts on board which are focused on dewatering the ship and restoring auxiliary systems.Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Handalan and two coastal patrol craft Petir (12) and Pang Alang (39) as well as two Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency vessels are assisting in the search, as are Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships Noble Pearl (PCG 54) and Noble Knight (PCG 56).Several diving units are supporting search efforts, including Navy divers from Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka and Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific as well as Marine divers from 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on America.Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000.The incident will be investigated to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.
Ex-Black Stars player, Charles Kwablan Akunnor, is set to be appointed the new head coach of the senior men’s national team according to several unconfirmed sources.Although the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is yet to announce a successor to Kwesi Appiah whose contract expired in December 2019, C. K Akunnor has emerged as the front runner for the Black Stars job several sources indicate.It is expected he will be offered a two-year contract which would see him take charge of the Black Stars’ AFCON 2021 and World Cup 2022 qualifying campaigns.He was a member of Kwesi Appiah’s technical team that recorded wins over South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe, in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.The 45-year-old is reported to be deputized by former Black Meteors coach, Ibrahim Tanko.Akunnor has picked up some good experience following stints with Accra Hearts of Oak, Dreams Football Club, Ashanti Gold Soccer Club, Sekondi Eleven Wise and most recently, Kumasi Asante Kotoko.Charles Kwablan Akunnor featured for the country 41 times and scored 12 goals in the process.His most recent appointment as head coach was Kumasi Asante Kotoko, guiding the team to win the GFA Normalization Committee Special Competition in 2019.Other names that have popped up to succeed Kwesi Appiah include Didi Dramani, Otto Addo, and David Duncan.