Shumlin announces approval of federal farm disaster assistance for every county

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin announced today that the US Department of Agriculture has approved the administration’s request for natural disaster declaration assistance for farmers in all 14 counties in Vermont (Lamoille, Washington and Windham were named as contiguous disaster areas) to help with damage costs from storms and heavy rainfall that began in April. ‘I appreciate Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approving this request, and hope farmers who lost crops and equipment in the spring and summer storms will move quickly to seek emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency,’ the Governor said. The Governor also thanked Vermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch ‘ who helped secure storm-related federal assistance for farmers and communities from the spring storms and Tropical Storm Irene. The spring flooding forced many farmers to delay planting, and early season crops were flooded.  Eligible farmers can apply for two types of assistance. First, farmers have eight months to apply for the federal loans through the Farm Service Agency, which will be available immediately with an interest rate of below four percent. The loans can be used to restore or replace essential property, pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the farming operation; and refinance certain debts. Second, the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program will provide assistance in 2012 to farmers who meet certain loss qualifications (a 10 percent production loss affecting one crop of economic significance due to a disaster on a farm in 2011 in a disaster county).  There are other requirements to qualify, and sign-up dates have not been announced yet. Farmers should contact the USDA Farm Services Agency for both emergency loans and supplemental revenue assistance. ‘This is wonderful news about the declaration ‘ it’s another piece of the puzzle to help Vermont farmers comes back stronger than ever,’ said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, who spent the day touring the state with Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ‘It’s great to be with Deputy Secretary Merrigan, who knows Vermont well from her time with Sen. Patrick Leahy and is now visiting our state,’ he added. The declaration reflects damage that began during heavy rain on April 1. Eleven counties were deemed natural disaster areas, with three others also eligible for aid as contiguous disaster areas. Governor’s office. 9.26.2011last_img read more

Cricket News Patience could be key in fickle English weather, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgBirminghan: India’s attack will have to show patience to take 20 wickets and in the fickle English weather, it could be a virtue for the batsmen as well, Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Monday.The five-Test series starts with the first match in Birmingham on Wednesday.“There is always help for bowlers in England, but that doesn’t mean it is easier for the bowlers. They need to be patient and bowl in the good areas. They have to back their own skills instead of trying to take wickets from both ends” Rahane said.During a media interaction two days prior to the series opener, the batsman added, “If one bowler can play the support role well then it will lead to wickets. To bowl patiently and on spot is crucial to success.“It is a great opportunity for the bowlers to prove that we can take 20 wickets in a Test match consistently, like we had done in South Africa. Nobody expected us to take 20 wickets in all three Test matches.“At the same time they should not put extra pressure on themselves and they should just look to enjoy the moment. They need to back themselves and believe that our bowling unit is the best in the world.”As far as his team’s bowling attack was concerned, Rahane was brimming with optimism, despite the absence of strike bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.“Our pace bowlers are very experienced. Mohammed Shami and Umesh were here in 2014 as well. They’ve been doing so well for us, not only in India but outside as well. In South Africa, we got all 60 wickets (during the Tests) and our fast bowlers bowled really well.“It is a challenge to bowl in England but I am really confident about them – not only Umesh and Shami but also Ishant, who came here and played some county games.“We have Jasprit Bumrah as well. We have an attack that can disrupt opponents. But yes, it will be a challenge for them to bowl patiently and bowl in the right areas for a long period of time,” he added.India had an intense practice session at Edgbaston after their extra practice session on Sunday was washed out owing to heavy rains. Rahane said that they have had ample practice and the rest will come down to mindset.“In England, patience is the key. It depends on the weather—if it’s sunny it’s good to bat, but if it gets cloudy then definitely it’s good for the bowlers. As a batting unit, I feel that challenging yourself and backing your own game rather than copying someone else is important.“If you’re set, try to play a big innings. If the weather changes, it’s important for the batsman to hold back, respect the bowler and respect the conditions. If you’re set here, you should really make it count,” he said.With his team aiming to win their first series in England since 2007, Rahane stressed on the need to have better communication.“You have to communicate well. In this weather, in these conditions, communication will be very crucial. If someone is really set, batting on 70 or 80, they will have to hold back if the weather changes.“They will have to respect the conditions and bowlers. From both teams, bowlers are going to bowl well. As a batsman you should respect that. Acceptance will be the key.”The Indian vice-captain had enjoyed the tour of England in 2014, when he had scored a match-winning hundred on a green top at Lord’s and finished with 299 runs in five Tests with two other half-centuries.“We were here in 2014 and we know what it takes to play good cricket here. For us, we want to play good cricket rather than think about the result. If you think about the result you put pressure on yourself.“This time we just want to express ourselves. Guys are in good shape. Personally I enjoy those challenges of playing abroad. You know here in England the ball does a bit, in Australia there’s bounce, and again in New Zealand the ball does a bit.“My mind is in the present, one match at a time. I’m really looking forward to this series,” he said.India have a few selection calls to make with Kuldeep Yadav making a strong case during the limited-overs’ leg for inclusion in this Test.“We are not worried at all as both are really quality batsmen. It just takes one good innings to get into your rhythm. We all back them. Ultimately the coach and the captain will take the decision.“As far as I’m concerned they both are really quality batsmen and are batting really well in the nets. It just takes one innings,” Rahane said.“I’m not sure about the combination,? he said, talking about Kuldeep.“He is definitely an x-factor in our team. He bowled really well in the ODIs and T20Is. We will have to see how the wickets will be like tomorrow and day after.“We don’t have to forget R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They’ve been doing really well for us. Ashwin especially with his batting and bowling, he’s been doing really well,” he added.Last but not the least, there has been a lot of debate about leg spinner Adil Rashid’s call-up to the England squad for this first Test. Rahane said that they fully expected his inclusion.“No not at all (surprised). He bowled well against us in the ODIs. He’s a very good bowler. Wrist spinners, we all know, they are wicket takers. When we played our practice game, it was like playing in Mumbai or Chennai.“He’s a quality spinner. We don’t want to take anyone lightly, be it Adil or Moeen Ali or any of their fast bowlers. We want to focus on our game,” Rahane signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo awarded with European Golden Shoe trophy for record fourth time

first_imgJust when you thought there was no room left on Cristiano Ronaldo’s mantelpiece, the Real Madrid superstar has been handed another trophy.On Tuesday, Ronaldo attended a ceremony in Madrid where he was awarded with the European Golden Shoe.The award recognises the top scorer in Europe’s domestic leagues and Ronaldo’s tally of 48 goals in 35 Liga appearances last season saw him collect the prize.He was joined at the ceremony by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Rafa Benitez.”I want to thank everybody who has come here; the Portuguese ambassador, my manager, my president, the institution of Real Madrid, the fans,” he said. “This is a beautiful moment in my sporting life. Receiving a fourth Golden Boot in an honour and a privilege.”This trophy is very important for me and I want to thank my team-mates and all the people who have helped me. It’s a special moment. I’m not satisfied yet though; I still want to be more. I want a fifth and a sixth if it is possible. I know it will be difficult. “We want to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. We’ll see each other again next year, I hope.”It is the third time Ronaldo has won the Golden Shoe at Madrid after previously collecting the trophy for 20101-11 and 2013-14.He also won in 2007-08 with his 21 goals for Manchester United and is the only player to have won it four times.Great rival Lionel Messi is the only player to have won the award three times, with greats such as Gerd Muller, Eusebio and Thierry Henry only managing it twice.Madrid president Perez said: “Just a few days ago he became the highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 324 goals. Cristiano is the only player to win four Golden Boots, though his talent, his devotion and his love of having the ball. He is an undeniable legend of the football world. “His profile is enormous and his statistics confirm the dimension of this player. He has won every title and nobody should forget that Cristiano still wants much more. He has never let these awards allow him to slip into complacency and that is in line with the identity of Real Madrid.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more