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National Issues, Paris Attacks, PSA, Statement Updated: November 14, 2015, 11:36 AMPosted: November 13, 2015, 7:40 PMHarrisburg, PA – In the wake of the attacks last evening in Paris, the Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.There remains no known imminent threat to the commonwealth or its citizens. However, the Office of Homeland Security advises that police in Philadelphia have announced increased security for the weekend and citizens may experience increased security in other areas of the commonwealth as a result of the attacks. Pennsylvanians should be vigilant, remain patient and be respectful towards law enforcement.Pennsylvania State Police are encouraging the public to report suspicious activity to 1 (888) 292-1919 or email@example.com. Additionally, State Police also have a smartphone app to help citizens report suspicious activity. The “See Something, Send Something” app is available at no cost for iPhone and Android users.If any citizens feel like they are in imminent danger or emergency, they should always call 9-1-1 immediately.# # #Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the attacks in Paris:“On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the French people and all those affected by these horrific acts of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims of this heartbreaking tragedy and their families.“At this time, law enforcement reports no credible or increased threat to Pennsylvanians. The Pennsylvania State Police and Office of Homeland Security are in communication with the FBI and other federal agencies regarding the attacks in Paris and are continuing to monitor the situation for any changes.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 13, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter UPDATED: Governor Wolf Statement on Attacks in Paris; Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to be Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity
Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.“The only way prices jump down is supply, where supply is higher than demand or at least at an equilibrium,” he said. “Housing affordability is simply based on supply and demand.”Mr Gurner said of the three councils he’d dealt with (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), “Brisbane is the one that’s trying (the most)”.The FV project – which has 651 apartments, 1,860sq m of retail space and 2,000sq m of luxury communal amenity including four pools, a moonlight cinema, VIP areas and a commercial size gym – began construction in April 2015.“Strategically Brisbane remains a strong component of our portfolio and we have a number of future landholdings here with the view to develop further projects in the short to medium term,” Mr Gurner said. Property developer Tim Gurner in a wet Fortitude Valley Wednesday evening, outside his $600m “FV” development. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianBRISBANE apartment supply is expected to dry up in the next two to three years – and that’s “a good thing”, according to the man behind a $600 million Brisbane inner-city residential development.Melburnian Tim Gurner, founder of development firm Gurner was in Brisbane Wednesday night to “top out” his FV project’s Flatiron and Valley House buildings.“We did the project expecting the market to change … The market dictates itself. Last year Brisbane decided it was time and developers pulled back. There were 200 apartments sold in 2017. I think that’s a really good thing for the market,” he told The Courier-Mail. Artist’s impression of the view from Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago The building can also be accessed off Alfred Street in Fortitude Valley.He said the Brisbane market had matured in the last year to 18 months, with apartments “a real affordable option for first home buyers” now.“When we first came up here the market was dead, nothing was happening at all. People were surprised we were going in for a big project but we brought product to market quickly and sold out quickly. It was an incredible response.”He said the First Home Buyers grant was “a positive thing”, helping put first-timers in the same playing field as others. But he warned that much more was needed to really help get more young people on the property ladder. Artist’s impression of the FV Private Club in the Flatiron building, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.
De Jong also pointed out a lot of uncertainty around the implementation of the new contract still remains. It is still unclear what method will be used to convert existing defined benefit (DB) pensions to the new contract, and whether further pension cuts can be averted until 2026 when the new system is expected to be in force.Most large pension funds currently have funding ratios far below the required 100%. Social Affairs Minister Koolmees refused to rule out pension cuts during the transition phase to the new contract, which will last until 2026.In principle, pensions must be cut if funding ratios are below 100% for more than five consecutive years. For this year, this limit was temporarily reduced to 90%.Solidarity reserveThe real purpose of the so-called solidarity reserve, a rainy-day buffer that was introduced in the new contract to please trade unions, is also still shrouded in mystery. It is supposed to be filled using excess returns and a maximum of 10% of annual pension premiums.Two pension experts told the daily De Volkskrant this week they suspect the solidarity buffer will “most likely” be used to provide indexation to pensioners, potentially flaring up the conflict between generations the pension reform was supposed to end.According to the reform outline published last month, pension funds have discretionary powers on the rules on how to fill and use the solidarity reserve.While Koolmees was not able to shed any more light on the issues that remain, he promised to investigate the potential consequences on the labour market of one of the most contentious elements of the pension reform: the decision to allow current DC schemes to continue operating plans with progressive pension premiums for existing employees, while introducing equal contribution plans for new hires.MP Pieter Omtzigt of coalition partner CDA noted this could possibly have “enormous effects on the labour market”, as it discourages older employees who currently enjoy high pension contributions from their employers from switching jobs.On the other hand, the proposed set-up incentivises young workers to quit their jobs and be rehired to profit from higher pension contributions from their employer, Omtzigt added.Koolmees conceded the chosen set-up was “not ideal” as it could make it less appealing for the one million or so affected workers to change jobs. “But people should realise changing jobs could affect their pension too,” he said, adding that his chosen solution is “the least bad option”.Fossil fuel divestmentSeparately, an opposition motion to ask Dutch pension funds to divest from fossil fuels was narrowly defeated. The motion was supported by coalition parties ChristenUnie and D66, the party of minister Koolmees.The minister, however, said he believed pension funds were already “doing enough” to reduce investment in fossil fuels.The Cabinet will now resume drafting legislation to implement the proposed pension changes, which will be put to parliament early next year and expected to come into force on 1 January 2022. In the meantime, Koolmees will have to find answers to at least some of the questions that remain.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Despite heavy opposition resistance against “breaking down the world’s best pensions system”, the Dutch parliament agreed yesterday to the switch to a new defined contribution (DC) contract which includes a lifecycle system and personal pension pots. However, many questions on implementation remain.The debate in parliament last night followed the agreement on the new pensions contract between the Dutch cabinet and social partners last month.During the debate, several opposition parties introduced motions calling on the pension reform to be scrapped or delayed, which were defeated.Referring to the Melbourne Mercer Global pension Index 2019, which places the Netherlands as the world’s best pensions system, Léon de Jong of the populist Freedom Party (PVV), the largest opposition party, said: “It’s a huge scandal this reform is not improving the world’s best pension system, but is instead doing away with it.”
Halfwave has secured four contract wins for subsea inspection in the first half of 2019, marking a period of success for the company. The contracts will see its ROV mounted ARTEMIS tool utilized on major oilfield projects around the world.The tool, which utilities Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART) to provide wall thickness inspection of subsea assets, has been deployed offshore in the Gulf of Mexico by a multi-national operator. It is used to inspect an unpiggable 8” coated pipeline situated in ultra deep-water of 2,400 meters.In two further wins, it has been used in Norwegian waters to inspect a 12” piggyback pipeline for AkerBP and will be used to inspect a concrete coated pipeline for an Australian operator.Finally, ARTEMIS will carry out a re-inspection of 6”, 10” and 14” subsea flowlines for its client DOF Subsea in Australia, where the data collected will be used to extend the expected life of the field.Paul Cooper, Halfwave, CEO said: “We are delighted with our strong head start for 2019, these major contracts show Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART) is fast becoming the preferred technology for pipeline inspection. It is the most cost-effective method of inspecting coated, unpiggable, risers, flowlines pipelines, and the high accuracy of the results is proven to be vital for operator that intends to extend the operational life cycle of their pipelines.”Cooper continued: “The integrity and efficiency of pipeline operations is absolutely fundamental to this industry and ARTEMIS provides our clients exactly that.“In all four of these instances, we provided a unique value propositions in terms of viability of inspection and best in class operational excellence. Cost effective and speedy inspection are no barrier to safe and reliable operations, and the reassurance we provide clients is second to none in terms of our accuracy and reliability.”
Reuters 9 June 2016Family First Comment: Unbelievable – and sickening. But it adds some weight to the recent warnings about bestiality being normalised! “People who sexually abuse animals are sometimes linked to sexually abusing children as well, as the accused did in this case,” (Animal protection group) said. “That’s a really good reason parliament needs to act.”Canada’s bestiality law only bans sexual acts that involve penetration, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, a blow to advocacy groups who argued animals should be afforded the same protection from exploitation that humans are given. Supreme Court judges ruled 6-1 in favor of a man from British Columbia in western Canada convicted for sexual assault and bestiality after he involved the family dog in the abuse of his two stepdaughters.The man, known only by the initials “D.L.W.” to protect his stepdaughters’ identity, successfully appealed his bestiality conviction in a provincial court, arguing that according to the law, the offense of bestiality requires penetration, which his actions did not involve.Justice Thomas Cromwell, writing for all concurring judges, said in the decision that penetration has always been required to secure bestiality convictions and courts do not have the power to rule otherwise.“Any expansion of criminal liability for this offense is within parliament’s exclusive domain,” he wrote.Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the lone dissenter, wrote bestiality is ambiguous under the law, which she says intends for all animal sex acts to be illegal.READ MORE: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0YV1QXKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
NZ Herald 11 April 2017Family First Comment: When they talk about decriminalising marijuana, the flow-on effect is a green light to harder drugs. They go hand-in-hand. Remember that when groups like the Drug Foundation and the Greens say criminalisation doesn’t work. It will be chaos without the legal sanction. #saynopetodopeEastern District Police have made 12 arrests in a large meth and cannabis operation on the East Coast.Today officers concluded a 10 month operation to prevent the ongoing supply of methamphetamine and cannabis in Wairoa and Gisborne communities.The undercover operation, which started in June 2016, culminated today with search warrants executed at six properties in Wairoa, and one in Gisborne.Police said 12 people – male and female – have been arrested and between them are facing a combined total of over 100 charges, including possession for supply of methamphetamine and cannabis, supplying methamphetamine and cannabis and selling and manufacturing cannabis oil.Those arrested range in age from 20-60 years-old and will appear in Gisborne District Court tomorrow.Eight will have their bail opposed.As a result of today’s search warrants Police have also seized a sum of cash and cannabis from the addresses.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11836484Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Jose Pablo Biaco, lineman of the Capiz Electric Cooperative, sustained burns on the body as he was fixing an electrical line in Barangay Malocloc Sur, Ivisan, Capiz yesterday. GLENN BEUP/PN The 31-year-oldJose Pablo Biaco of Dumalag, Capiz sustained burns on the body, according toCAPELCO general manager Edgar Diaz. “Gin unlocked niya iya safety belt para kay-uhon iya position kabangdanan na outbalance siya kag natandog niya ang live wire sang kuryenteresulta nga nahulog siya sa poste,” Diaz told Panay News. He was rushed tothe Saint Anthony Hospital here where the attending physician declared him“dead on arrival.” ROXAS City – Alineman of the Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO) got electrocuted inBarangay Malocloc Sur, Ivisan, Capiz. Biaco was fixingan electrical line when he accidentally touched a live wire around 3 p.m. onTuesday, said Diaz. “It’s quiteunfortunate that this incident happened. Kungsa diin ga patapos na kami energize samga lugar didto pa nga may ara kami casualty,” said Diaz./PN
There are still some things left in baseball that are not controlled by electronic devices. Of course, we have the instant replays and the strike zone rectangle shown on TV so we can complain about balls & strikes that the umpires miss. In some ways, it is nice to know that they are still doing some things the old fashioned way. One of these is that someone in the dugout figures out what the next pitch is going to be by how the pitcher fidgets before he throws the ball to the plate. They relay the signal either directly to the batter or to one of the base coaches. An example would be how the hand is placed in the pitchers glove.Yu Darvish apparently did this during the World Series because the Houston Astros blasted him when he was pitching for the Dodgers. After the series, Darvish was a free agent and was given a huge contract by the Cubs. Based on what he is doing this year, he is apparently still “tipping” his pitches because he has not won a game yet this year.Major league baseball teams actually hire people to pick up any kind of advantage that will win a game. I wonder what these guys are paid? I might like that job.
With Tuesday’s Los Angeles mayoral primary over, runoff candidates Councilmember Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel must seek endorsements, experts said during a weekly political panel on Wednesday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Debrief · Media Relations Director Thomas Waldman (left to right), College Democrats President Aaron Taxy, Civic Initiatives Vice President Sam Garrison and College Republicans member Andrew Murcia emphasized the need for both candidates to secure Latino votes. — Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanThe Student Talk Back discussion, hosted by the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute, the USC Price Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and the USC Price Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise, featured four panelists and was moderated by local political strategist Matt Rodriguez and Daily Trojan News Editor Yasmeen Serhan. Tuesday’s election resulted in Greuel and Garcetti advancing to the run-off election on May 21. Garcetti won 33 percent of the primary election vote and Greuel garnered 29 percent of the vote.Panelists said Garcetti and Greuel’s must appeal to undecided voters in the next 11 weeks of the campaign. USC College Democrats President Aaron Taxy said that both Garcetti and Greuel will must vie for voters who previosly supported James Kevin and Jan Perry.“Thirty-three percent of the electorate is undecided,” Taxy said. “Endorsements from Perry and James will be very important in determining who ultimately becomes the next mayor.”All panelists agreed that endorsements — not issue positions — would be the deciding factor in the mayoral race.“As we move forward, voters aren’t going to be as concerned with where Garcetti and Greuel stand on the issues, largely because they share many of the same positions,” said Communications and Media Relations Director for the Los Angeles Unified School District Thomas Waldman. “What matters now is who will be supporting whom, and whether you like that candidate or not.”Waldman said an endorsement from outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be a distinctive factor in Garcetti or Greuel winning the election.“If I were one of the candidates, I would be actively trying to get the mayor’s endorsement,” Waldman said. “He’s leaving office fairly popular and, as the first Latino mayor, that endorsement would be huge.”The group also acknowledged the importance of reformed fiscal measures, education and public safety in their discussion. Sam Garrison, vice president of civic initiatives for Caruso Affiliated, a Los Angeles real estate developer, said that whoever becomes the city’s next leader will face a $220 million budget deficit.“Both Garcetti and Greuel have managed to avoid answering a lot of the questions on that issue so far,” Garrison said. “The next 11 weeks should get interesting.”Panelists also discussed the low voter turnout on Tuesday. Barely 16 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls, a reality that some attributed to “voter fatigue” following the 2012 presidential election.“With such low turnout numbers, the defining characteristic of the rest of this campaign will be which candidate is better able to identify his or her base and get them to show up on election day,” said Andrew Murcia, a USC College Republicans member.Laura Coholan, a junior majoring in political science, responded positively toward the expertise on the panel.“It was helpful to hear from the panelists because now, as I hear about who gets what endorsements, I’ll have a better sense of how the race is going to turn out,” Coholan said. “Hopefully, the runoff election will feature a greater turnout … even 20 percent would be nice.”