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TV reporter released on bail after six weeks

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts RSF_en Farhan Ahmed Bangash, a Royal TV reporter who had been held on terrorism charges in connection with his coverage of clashes in Kohat district, near Islamabad, since 20 November, was finally released on bail by a Peshawar high court on 1 January.“We are relieved but we regret that this decision came so late,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is wrong for a journalist to be arrested so arbitrarily in connection with his work. We condemn the arbitrary treatment Bangash received from the police, who destroyed his professional equipment.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We disturbed by the reinforcement of the anti-terrorism law on the pretext of protecting lives, and its use to arrest journalists. If the government is sincere, why doesn’t it take measures to end the cycle of violence against journalists and to end the impunity that surrounds this violence?”Seven charges were brought against Bangash, including “inciting violence” under the anti-terrorism law, in connection with his coverage of clashes on 15 November in Kohat, in which ten people were killed. He was even accused of participating in the clashes, which he covered for Royal TV.Bangash told Reporters Without Borders he was mistreated psychologically by the authorities, who held him for two weeks in a room with 17 other people. His camera was destroyed along with the photos it contained, showing police fleeing the scene of rioting and clashes between two clans in Kohat.Bangash, whose first request for release was rejected, has been supported by his TV station but had to pay his lawyer’s fees and his bail himself.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News News Organisation center_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV reporter released on bail after six weeks News April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistanlast_img read more

Hamas journalists seize union headquarters in Gaza

first_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes October 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas journalists seize union headquarters in Gaza Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on Palestinecenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the forcible seizure of the Gaza headquarters of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) on 11 October by several dozen journalists affiliated to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. As police looked on without intervening, the journalists took over the premises, evicted employees and confiscated their mobile phones.Proclaiming themselves as the union’s new leadership, they said they wanted to hold internal elections within six months.Reporters Without Borders regards the move as a threat to the independence of journalists in the Gaza Strip.In a statement, the PJS described this “attack on journalists” as an attempt by Hamas to gain control over the union and stressed the fact that many members of the security forces had been present when it took place. The PJS also pointed out the Hamas government has been trying to restrict the activities of journalists in the Gaza Strip.The “Journalists’ Block”, a group affiliated to Hamas, applauded the occupation but denied having anything to do with it. It also criticised the PJS leadership for failing to keep its promise to hold internal elections.The Palestinian Women Journalists’ Club said the takeover had not respected the “the most elementary principles of journalists’ work” and stressed its readiness to support all efforts to create a journalists’ union through dialogue. News News News Organisation last_img read more

California Wildfires: Housing Damages Top $5 Billion

first_img HOUSING mortgage wildfires 2017-12-12 Nicole Casperson Home / Daily Dose / California Wildfires: Housing Damages Top $5 Billion All of these factors contribute to the Thomas Fire, making it difficult to contain. If the wind slows for a period of time, firefighters may be able to get the upper hand. However, current weather predictions don’t seem to indicate a dramatic slowing of the Santa Ana winds. It may actually require precipitation (rainfall) to occur before the tide will turn on containing this fire. Other large wildfires in the west have only been fully contained after snow or rain has helped to tamp down the burn. Since conditions can and do change multiple times during the day, it remains unknown how long this fire will burn, but it could last for several more weeks, if not longer.How much damage are the citizens going to face?More than 1,000 structures have been lost in the Southern California fires thus far. Not all of them are homes since outbuildings such as barns or detached garages are counted among the structured total. There have been some very high-value homes damaged or destroyed in and around Los Angeles, and there will be lesser value homes within the mix as well. It is too early to say what the total value of the destroyed and damaged structures will be since we will need to identify the individual addresses that were affected, and that is only possible after the fires have been fully contained. There are still thousands of homes at risk from the Thomas Fire, so it is certainly possible that damages could reach $1 billion or more by the time it’s over.What’s causing a wildfire like Thomas to expand so quickly?Specifically, the fuel, the current humid conditions, the terrain and the wind are combining to allow Thomas to continue expanding. The terrain makes fighting the fire more difficult. There is a large volume of fuel that has built up over the last six years of extreme drought conditions, along with the new growth vegetation that sprang up after the rains in California last fall and spring. The lack of precipitation during this current fall, as well as continuing low humidity and dry conditions, have made these dead and dry fuels much more susceptible to burn. Finally, the strong and sustained Santa Ana winds enable the fire to move much faster than it normally would and for longer periods of time. It is much more difficult to get personnel and equipment in front of the fire when it continues to move quickly not just for hours, but day after day. The difficulty of applying resources (personnel and equipment) on the ground when the terrain is rugged and there is minimal road access. That’s the case for parts of the Thomas Fire which is running through mountainous terrain.High and variable winds that not only push the fire along the ground very quickly but also lift burning embers that are dropped out ahead of the flames and start additional fires beyond the fireline.Dry and abundant vegetation (fuels) that enables the fire to burn very hot and very fast across the ground, making it difficult to stay in front of the fire.Low humidity that enables fuels to ignite quickly and burn very readily. December 12, 2017 2,471 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post About Author: Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Homeowner Perceptions in Sync with Appraisers Next: Ginnie Mae: Outstanding Principal Balance Edges Closer to $2 Trillion Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage wildfirescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago One week—that’s all it took for the Thomas Fire, a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to rage into the 5th largest wildfire in modern California history, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.Hitting ground on December 4, 2017, the wildfire is only 20 percent contained. And according to CAL FIRE’s latest data—at over 230,00 acres of damage, it is also ranked the 10th most destructive California wildfire in recorded history, but that is subject to change.However, Thomas isn’t the only fire destroying homes—more than 86,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are at risk of damage from the Rye and Creek Wildfires, according to data from CoreLogic. Currently, there are six wildfires in total in the state.Of the total at-risk homes, 13,526, or 16 percent, with an estimated reconstruction cost value of more than $5 billion are at significant risk of damage, falling in CoreLogic’s “high” and “extreme” risk categories.In a recent article by Realtors, their Chief Economist Danielle Hale said the wildfire damages on homes could really exacerbate an already challenging market for buyers. “People will probably look more toward apartments,” she said. “But there aren’t enough affordably priced rentals to go around either.”Although the majority of homes, 72,716, or 84 percent, are at “low” or “moderate” risk of damage, wildfires can easily expand to adjacent properties and cause significant damage even if a property is not considered high risk in its own right. This expansion is evident, according to CNN the fires have expanded to a size larger than New York City and Boston—combined.According to commentary exclusively provided to DS News, Dr. Tom Jeffery, Senior Hazard Scientist at CoreLogic provided the latest updates on the status of the wildfires in this Q&A:How long could the wildfires last? As of today, only the Thomas Fire remains largely uncontained. The Creek, Rye and smaller fires in Southern California are now fully or nearly fully contained. The Thomas Fire is at 234,000 acres and only 20 percent contained. This means that it is capable of burning for days, if not several weeks. Containment is a complex process that involves: Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save California Wildfires: Housing Damages Top $5 Billion Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Enda Kenny agrees to meet families of those killed in the Omagh bomb

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal The Taoiseach has agreed to meet representatives of those who died in the Omagh bombing.Enda Kenny was asked for the meeting during his address to the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.Michael Gallagher, who lost his son in the Omagh bombing, had previously said Enda Kenny’s refusal to meet the Omagh bomb families as ‘soul destroying’At the MacGill Summer School, Mr Gallagher directly asked the Taoiseach for a meeting:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Enda10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Previous articleProtestors gather in Glenties ahead of Enda Kenny visitNext articleTaoiseach Enda Kenny compares “small Glenties protest” to “Welsh choir” News Highland Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 24, 2015 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Enda Kenny agrees to meet families of those killed in the Omagh bomb 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Blizzard warning issued for Midwest as storm moves into Northeast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong storm system is producing lots of wind and snow in the Central U.S., with a blizzard warning issued for five states, from Minnesota to Missouri.Already Friday morning up to half a foot of snow has fallen in Iowa and winds have been gusting at 60 to 80 mph from the Dakotas to Oklahoma.As the storm is expected to move into the Northeast, snow alerts have been extended into upstate New York and New England.Friday morning, 20 states are on alert for wind and snow from the Dakotas down to Texas and east to New York.This Friday, the storm system is sitting in the western Great Lakes and throwing wind and snow from Minnesota to northern Missouri, with wind effects extending all the way to Texas.Friday night, part of the same storm system hitting the Midwest now will move into the Northeast with heavy rain for the I-95 corridor, from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston.One to two inches of rain are expected along the I-95 corridor and some road flooding is possible.Further north, in upstate New York and into New England, a winter storm watch has been issued. Heavy snow (6-8 inches) is expected Saturday and Sunday.The heaviest snow over the weekend will be in the Northeast, where a foot of snow is possible in upstate New York and northern New England.In the Southwest, the issue is not snow but dry, gusty winds that actually helped spread a brush fire Thursday night near Los Angeles.The brush fire was burning near Thousand Oaks, where some evacuations had to be issued.The fire burned 250 acres, but firefighters were able to contain it overnight.More gusty Santa Ana winds are expected in Southern California, where red flag warnings and wind alerts have been issued.Winds could gust at 40 to 50 mph, with isolated gusts near 60 mph in the mountains.Humidity will be at less than 10% in some areas, which will only fuel the fires.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Akoh has 25 points as Montana knocks off Weber St. 75-68

first_imgJerrick Harding led the Wildcats with 22 points and Cody John added 14. Associated Press The Wildcats (13-7, 7-2 Big Sky) had won four straight and eight of their last nine games before encountering Montana Saturday. Weber State’s only conference loss was to Southern Utah 90-82 in overtime on Jan. 5. Written by Weber State closed to 73-68 after Kendal Manuel split a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining. Sayeed Pridgett, who finished with 12 points, made two free throws in the final seconds to complete the scoring. January 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Akoh has 25 points as Montana knocks off Weber St. 75-68 Montana (14-6, 7-2), the defending conference champs, never trailed in this one. The Grizzlies, who have won four straight games, were leading 40-26 at the break and held off the Wildcats in the final half of the second period when Akoh scored 12 consecutive points to help the Grizzlies stretch their lead to 63-51 with 9:10 remaining in the game. Tags: Big Sky/Weber State Wildcats Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 25 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to help Montana knock off Weber State 75-68 on Saturday night.last_img read more

DrieM machine

first_imgIf you remember the amazing voice of the late, great Roy Orbison, singing “dream, dream, dream” in his famous song aptly entitled ’Dreams’, you’ll know how to pronounce the name of new company DrieM.It’s not just the name that is new. The novel design of the company’s sheeted dough line has just been patented and the machine will make its debut at IBA. But British Baker has had a peek at the plans and met Henk Hoppenbrouwer (sales and accounting) who, together with Nigel Morris (technology and sales) and Jan Vermeulen (engineering and project management), formed DrieM in January of this year.They put their plans to the Kaak Group in the Netherlands, which was impressed enough to back them and make DrieM one of its subsidiaries. And if the name Nigel Morris sounds vaguely familiar, his father and uncle ran bakery and food processing equipment company European Process Plant before they retired.Morris married a Dutch girl, settled in the Netherlands, and DrieM is the result of combining three different people with diverse talents, who make up the new DrieM company. Hoppenbrouwer says: “The Dutch word for three is Drie and we felt like the three ’musketeers’ with this pioneering project, hence ’Drie M’.”Knowing that, readers will not be surprised to learn the name of the new dough sheeter: D’Artagnan. Hoppenbrouwer says: “Before proceeding with our design, we sat down with key buyers and asked what is important?”The end-result is an automated dough sheeter, designed to process up to 3,200kg of dough per hour for artisan-style breads – ciabatta, baguettes, bloomers, pain de campagne and pizza bases. A key attribute is that a wide range of viscosities can be processed, ranging from a fine to an open structure.The thickness of the dough is set by the gaps between three sets of rollers, but in the DrieM system, the centre set of rollers can be offset to help control flow, thus minimising stress damage. A ’dynamic system’ moves back and forth to maintain consistent dough flow. Importantly, all dough levers are cantilevered, with horizontal mounting of the reduction rollers, so bakers can directly see the action.Cleaning prioritisedAlso noteworthy, says Hoppenbrouwer, is the construction, because hygiene and ease of cleaning have been prioritised. Separate doors open, which stops the line, and there are no screws to loosen. Hoppenbrouwer says that, normally with bread doughs, fouling goes everywhere, which causes downtime.Hoppenbrouwer adds: “The D’Artagnan is aimed at quality-conscious manufacturers who want to make straight-end or rounded-end artisanal-style products. French regions prefer an open and uniform dough, whereas the Spanish prefer a more open and random style; with this machine you can choose. Customers wanting round-shaped loaves can integrate a Benier rounder, with Kaak Group being the only known company to offer both technologies separate or integrated.”He adds that the machine is simple to set up, and calibrate via a PC panel. The operator only needs to change the cutting rollers and guillotine blade.The final dough sheet is 600mm wide. A non-fraying Ameraal belt transports the dough and there is a modem connection for remote diagnostics.The three ’musketeers’ are naturally hoping that DrieM’s new dough sheeting line will cut a swathe through the existing market. Make up your own mind at IBA or contact UK supplier David Marsh at Benier UK, to see it in action at Kaak Group’s headquarters.last_img read more

Watch Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyle Rap, Guided By President Obama

first_imgOne of the biggest buzzworthy productions on Broadway right now is Hamilton, a biographical work about Alexander Hamilton performed with hip hop music. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the brains behind the operation, both writing and starring in Hamilton. The musical is so popular, even Phish went to go see it after their New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. While putting together the musical is no easy feat, Miranda was faced with his biggest challenge yet, face-to-face with President Barack Obama. The White House just recently shared a video of Obama and Miranda, featuring Miranda’s performance of a flowing freestyle rap. The lyrics are guided by Obama, who held up cue cards featuring government-themed words as a drummer provided the beat. Choices like “POTUS” and “Carbon footprint” had Miranda on his toes, but the result is beyond impressive.Check out the clip below:  Wait for it…last_img read more

Panel discusses ‘The Hunting Ground’

first_imgCNN’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” was shown at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., accompanied by a panel discussion after both screenings.“The Hunting Ground,” which focuses on sexual assaults on elite college campuses across the country, prominently features Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.In particular, the film highlights the case of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, a former first-year student at Saint Mary’s, who committed suicide after an alleged sexual assault by a member of the Notre Dame football team. Lizzy’s father, Tom Seeberg, was interviewed in the film, along with two other former Saint Mary’s students and former NDSP officer Lt. Pat Cottrell.The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) previously sponsored a showing of the film April 9 at Saint Mary’s, which College president Carol Ann Mooney attended and sat in the audience during the panel discussion that followed the screening.After the Friday night showings, panels of three individuals representing faculty, staff and students sat down to speak and answer questions from the audience. Jim Collins, professor and chair of the department of film, television and theatre, moderated both panels.After the 9:30 p.m. showing, student body president emeritus Lauren Vidal, associate director of gender studies Abby Palko and director of the Gender Relations Center (GRC) Christine Caron Gebhardt discussed their reactions to the film and fielded questions.One student inquired as to whether the University had a comment on the recent Huffington Post article detailing a Title IX discrimination lawsuit filed against the University. University spokesperson Dennis Brown, who was not on the panel but spoke from the audience, said the lawsuit did not have to do with the film’s topic of sexual assault.“What they were reporting on is a discrimination and harassment complaint that was made to the office of civil rights,” Brown said. “It has nothing to do with a sexual assault complaint. The Huffington Post article paired it with ‘The Hunting Ground’ as if it was a sexual assault complaint, and it was not.”Several audience members expressed their concern that no members of the University administration were sitting on the panel. In response, Gebhardt stated she is a member of the administration as director of the GRC and said the panel was constructed purposefully.“We could have had 20 people [on the panel], and we didn’t necessarily want to do that. [Notre Dame’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator] Melissa [Lindley] is more than willing to address questions, and other folks are here willing to address questions,” Gebhardt said.Junior Brett O’Connell asked the panel what they thought could be done about the lack of adequate communication between students and the administration. (Editor’s note: Brett O’Connell is a Sports writer for The Observer.)“There is a clear adversarial relationship between administration and students, both portrayed in the film and apparently the question panel that follows the film … I want to engage with how we can broaden the channels of communication between students, faculty, staff and administration in order to allow a more cooperative environment for us to work in,” O’Connell said. “What kind of ideas do you guys have that might allow us to not function as adversaries and to really pursue a more creative, more inventive solution as a community of college students, academics and staff?”Vidal answered that she felt the solution would require work from not only the administration but also from the students.“I think that this feels as though I’m an administrator sitting on this panel, but I’m a student,” she said. “I think it starts at the ground level. Students need to be willing to have the conversation — to email administrators, to email the faculty, to come to the student government office.“I get caught up in my assignments and my daily life, so when things happen — these big conversations blow up on our campus — everyone looks retrospectively and thinks, ‘Why didn’t we have this conversation sooner? Why didn’t we make connections sooner?’ and I think it’s our responsibility to draw those lines of communication, but I would encourage the faculty and administrators to continue to reach out to students, to open up these town hall meetings and to create more of an environment for conversation.“You can’t put the responsibility just on students or just on faculty and staff — I think it needs to be a unified effort, and that’s what tonight is about. It’s about acknowledging this very large question, this very large and upsetting conversation, and opening the floor.”Many members of the audience said they felt the process for reporting sexual assaults on campus is unclear and inadequate and lacks enough support for victims or information about their options.“When a report is made, there is an investigation, and that is done by a third-party attorney who then does fact-finding related to the victim or the survivor, who makes the complaint, the respondent and the witnesses, and then it comes back to the Title IX office,” Gebhardt said in response. “And then Melissa [Lindley] sits down and says to the victim, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to go forward to the Office of Community Standards? Do you want to stop?’“I think it’s really important that students know the choices that they have; for some students, they want to tell their story to somebody confidentially. Others, they want to tell their story publicly. And I hope we’re creating a culture where students can share their stories through things like ‘A Time to Heal’ dinner and Take Back the Night, but I would say that the reporting process is the way in which, if a students wants it investigated, there will be an investigation.”Gebhardt later commented that she had not had any students pursue criminal charges against their assailants.“When I sit down with a survivor or victim, they are notified that they have the option to go through the criminal process, and then oftentimes they will not want to do that,” she said. “NDSP does send over the reports to the prosecutor’s office, and the prosecutor’s office decides whether it will take it up or not.“And I think one of the questions we have to ask is that if people don’t use the criminal process, why do they not use it? Do they feel the criminal process is an option for them? We try to make it clear that it is an option for them to pursue.“They can do that either simultaneous with a Title IX, [or] they can put off our Title IX in order to pursue the criminal [process]. I would definitely say that we encourage that. I have not had anyone take us up on that,” she said.One audience member pointed out “The Hunting Ground” also contains statistics on the numbers of reported sexual assaults relative to expulsions at several universities, but those figures do not include Notre Dame. When asked whether she had information about that statistic at the University, Gebhardt said she had not seen the relevant numbers.“I don’t have those. That should be in the NDSP Clery Report that gets sent to you every year,” she said. “… But [the report] doesn’t have the expulsion rate, and I don’t have that information. … I can’t speak on behalf of the University and say [the statistics are] never [available], but I’d be happy to bring that forward and say that something folks were wondering about tonight was about expulsions.”Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Saint Mary’s College president Carol Ann Mooney sat on the April 9 panel following a screening of “The Hunting Ground” at Saint Mary’s. Mooney attended the screening and panel discussion, but was not a member of the panel. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: DPAC, gender relations, GRC, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

Disaster Recovery Center opens in Newport

first_imgA mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Newport to assist individuals, households and businesses with disaster-related damage caused by late spring storms and flooding in Vermont.  The DRC is staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance. The mobile unit is located at: Newport City Hall Gymnasium222 Main StreetNewport, VT 05855 The center will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Disaster officials ask that before visiting any DRC, people first register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external) or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Multilingual registration assistance and help is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).Once someone is registered, staff at a center can quickly review and update applicant information and provide specific answers to individual questions and concerns. Center specialists can also identify possible help from voluntary agencies or provide disaster-related information to reduce future damage risks.Other DRC locations: Mallett’s Bay Fire Station                                                  Barre Municipal Auditorium844 Church Road                                                               16 Auditorium HillColchester, VT 05446                                                        Barre, VT 05641 Swanton Industrial Park10 Precision LaneSwanton, VT 05488 FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call  1-800-621-3362 FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).last_img read more