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Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Those Affected by Huntingdon County Fire


first_img Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Huntingdon County after a devastating fire earlier this month destroyed dozens of apartments and one business.“To lose one’s home to a fire, particularly during a pandemic, is almost incomprehensible,” said Governor Wolf. “These low-interest loans will help those affected replace what they’ve lost and get back on their feet.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the fire in Huntingdon County, as well as neighboring counties Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata and Mifflin 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.In accordance with health precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SBA will not establish a physical Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in the community to assist survivors. However, SBA will continue to provide first class customer service and conduct outreach virtually with webinars, skype calls, phone assistance and step-by-step application assistance.To this end, SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application.Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)Open: Monday – FridayHours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Closed: Saturdays and SundaysEmail: FOCE-Help@sba.govPhone for Individuals & Businesses: (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016It is important to note that this information applies only to the fire in Huntingdon County. It is not applicable for any COVID-19-related SBA assistance.Those who want to apply for an SBA loan should contact the Customer Service Representatives at (571) 422-1925 or (571) 422-6016 to schedule an appointment for immediate one-on-one assistance in completing their applications. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be obtained by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov. The SBA will conduct extensive outreach to ensure that all impacted by the disaster are afforded the opportunity to seek assistance.Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.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 local 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 July 21, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Feb. 22, 2021.Ver esta página en español. May 26, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans for Those Affected by Huntingdon County Firelast_img read more


Shoah scholar discusses genocide, ‘postmemory’


first_imgHirsch, the president of the Modern Language Association and a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, presented different artistic mediums, such as poetry and drawings, as “small acts of repair,” or ways in which today’s generations can begin to understand the experiences of those who have died in mass genocides throughout history.The presentation was prefaced by the story of a young girl, Sonja Jaslowitz, who wrote poetry at the age of 16 while a prisoner in a Jewish ghetto.“She did not survive to have her history recorded, but we have her testimony in the form of her poems,” Hirsch said. “But what are we to do with them?”Hirsch also spoke about the lack of archived information and public knowledge of the Romanian Holocaust and specifically on Transnistria, a large Romanian region where dozens of ghettos and concentration camps existed during World War II. Nearly 300,000 Jews died in Transnistria during the Holocaust.“For many of the Jewish and non-Jewish survivors of Romanian displacement and horrible violence, the suffering of the warriors remained open wounds,” Hirsh said. “Neither justice nor historical accounting had in any sense been served.”Though Transnistria was given to Romania as a token of gratitude from Adolf Hitler for the country’s support of the Nazi regime, the Nazi party held ultimate power of the region and Nazi officers often visited on what they called “special missions.”“Transnistria became a dumping ground, as everybody came to call it,” Hirsch said. “Prisoners were forced to suffer from mass starvation, deprivation of water and poisoned food, yet its presence in Holocaust history remains relatively unknown.”To this day, remains of the site are largely unidentified and neglected, its history unknown to even local inhabitants.“As a student at USC and an educated person, I can’t believe I hadn’t even heard of it,” said Hayden Furey, a junior majoring in business administration. “It really makes you wonder how much history has never been told before, and how much we really don’t know about our ancestors.”Adrienne Liu, a freshman majoring in political economy, echoed Furey’s thoughts, saying it was fascinating to learn about a little-known aspect of such a major historical genocide.“It was really eye-opening that this facet of the Holocaust has been largely omitted from history,” Liu said. “I had never even heard of it before.”In addition to reading the poems, Hirsch also played a short video clip from the archives of the Shoah Foundation that presented testimony of one Romanian Holocaust survivor, who recalled looking out her window one evening and seeing a mass shooting of prisoners.Hirsch closed the lecture by expressing her hope that such art forms can continue to preserve and honor these little-known stories. Marianne Hirsch, named the USC Shoah Foundation’s 2013 Yom Hashoah scholar-in-residence, educated an audience of 40 students and faculty at Doheny Memorial Library Thursday about her concept of “postmemory,” or the younger generation’s responsibility to remember trauma such as the Holocuast, suffered by their elders.Memory · Marianne Hirsh discusses Thursday the concept of postmemory to an intimate audience in Doheny Memorial Library. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more


Minnesota woman arrested after trying to use phony money to pay for Worth County hotel room


first_imgNORTHWOOD — A Minnesota woman has been accused of using counterfeit money to pay for a Worth County hotel room as well as drug charges after she was found hiding out at a nearby gas station. Authorities say they were called on Tuesday morning to the Holiday Inn Express near the Diamond Jo Casino on the report that the suspect used phony money to pay for her hotel room. The suspect was later located at the Jo’s Stop gas station, hiding in a bathroom and she tried to dispose of a coat she was wearing. Authorities say baggies containing drugs were found in a trash can in the bathroom. 38-year-old Shuntel Stephens of Walters Minnesota has been charged with forgery, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s being held in the Worth County Jail on $5000 bond. She’s due in court for her preliminary hearing on October 31st.last_img read more


Qantas employs new GM in Asia


first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Qantas has announced this week that Benjamin Tan has been appointed as regional general manager Asia, and will be based in Singapore.Benjamin Tan has previously been the Group’s head of sales at the Jetstar Group, will now steer the commercial, financial and operational performance for Qantas across its Asian markets.In taking up the new position, Mr Tan said he is looking forward to progressing Qantas’ commitment to Asia.“Asia is an incredibly important market for Qantas. Over the last two years, we’ve redesigned our Asia network to strengthen our position in the region,” Mr Tan said.“We’ve opened new lounges in Hong Kong and Singapore, are introducing a new inflight dining experience in Economy, and continue to expand our reach with our airline partners, providing greater access across Asia than ever before.”Benjamin Tan brings extensive experience working internationally in Beijing and Tokyo, across the technology and aviation sectors.Most recently, Mr Tan was responsible for worldwide revenue, market share and business expansion across the Jetstar-branded group of airlines.Nick McGlynn, former regional general manager Asia, has returned to Australia to take up a new role as head of global sales and network at Qantas Freight.last_img read more