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Germany hits rock bottom

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Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Leaders Announce Pennsylvania REAL ID Extension

SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 19, 2017 Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Leaders Announce Pennsylvania REAL ID Extension National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Real ID,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania has been granted an extension until June 5, 2017 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fix state law to allow for federal REAL ID compliance after Governor Tom Wolf and bipartisan leaders including Senators Scarnati, Corman, and Costa, and Representatives Turzai, Reed, and Dermody, wrote to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this month.The extension will allow the Wolf administration, including the Pa. Department of Transportation (PennDOT), to work with the General Assembly to resolve Pennsylvania’s non-compliance during the current legislative session. DHS told state leaders that additional extensions may be granted, as necessary, once the commonwealth can commit to meeting all REAL ID requirements.“I thank the leaders in both chambers for making this commitment to fix state law to allow for us to come into compliance so that no Pennsylvanians, from delivery drivers to air travelers, will be inconvenienced by the current provisions barring PennDOT from completing certain requirements,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration will continue to work with the General Assembly and the federal government to come into compliance and ensure we can resolve this in an efficient and timely manner before residents face any additional challenges.”This extension means that on January 30th of this year, Pennsylvanians will no longer face immediate access issues when entering federal facilities. The letter from Pennsylvania leaders to Sec. Johnson can be downloaded here (see this file as a PDF), along with the federal government’s response here (see this file as a PDF).“We are appreciative that DHS has provided an extension in order to preserve the ability of all Pennsylvania residents to have access to federal buildings,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman. “This added time allows us to work together to ensure the Commonwealth becomes compliant in a way that is easy for residents and cost-effective.”“Pennsylvania has done much to make our licenses secure, the federal REAL ID law mandates more,” said Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and House Majority Leader Dave Reed. “While many legislators have concerns about REAL ID, we will work with the Senate, Wolf Administration and our Congressional delegation to ensure compliance in a reasonable and cost-effective manner to make sure Pennsylvanians have continued access to federal buildings and air travel.”“Without this action the freedom and mobility of millions of Pennsylvanians would be at risk,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “We are working to fix this through a bipartisan effort of the legislature in partnership with the governor.”“I couldn’t be more pleased with the extension granted today by DHS,” State Senator Jay Costa said.  Moving in this direction was the right thing to do, and gives us time to assure that we’re making the changes necessary to ensure the privacy of personal information is protected while allowing for compliance with current law.  I look forward to a swift resolution to the REAL ID issue on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, who more than anything, deserve the right to travel and visit federal facilities freely and without complication.”The Wolf administration and legislative leaders have been communicating about how to resolve Pennsylvania’s non-compliance due to Act 38 of 2012 and have looked at ways in which Pennsylvania can become compliant in the most cost-effective and straightforward way possible.“We at PennDOT are grateful to Governor Wolf and the leaders of the General Assembly for their bipartisan cooperation that opened the door to this needed extension,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said. “It delivers relief to our citizens who need access to federal facilities. We also are gratified that the Department of Homeland Security continues to acknowledge the security advances PennDOT has delivered in its driver license.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

European Court throws out UK challenge to financial transaction tax

first_imgThe European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed a case brought by the UK government challenging the 11 countries looking to implement the financial transaction tax (FTT).The UK took the case to Europe’s highest court after arguing that the implementation of the tax, which will not be levied within the UK, would still affect the City of London’s activities.Eleven countries, led by Germany and France, have been pushing for the FTT, also known as the ‘Tobin Tax’, which is being promoted by the European Commission and Parliament.The UK used its veto on tax regulation in the European Union, as the 11 supporters of the tax, known as the EU11, formed an enhanced cooperation agreement allowing implementation in their respective economies. The UK then went to the ECJ looking to annul the European Council’s decision to allow the enhanced cooperation agreement, over fears of an impact on investments in London.However, the ECJ today dismissed the case, arguing that to annul the Council’s move would be irrelevant, as all it allowed was the cooperation.It added that the impact of the tax could not be understood until details were created. “[The case] does not contain any substantive element on the FTT itself,” the court said.“The contested decision contains no provision on the issue of expenditure linked to the implementation of enhanced cooperation. That issue can, therefore, not be examined before the introduction of the FTT.“That being the case, the Court considers that the two arguments put forward by the UK are directed at elements of a potential FTT and not at the authorisation to establish enhanced cooperation, and consequently those arguments must be rejected, and the action must be dismissed.”The UK Treasury said that despite the case’s dismissal, it could still challenge the final proposal for the FTT.However, it runs the risk of not being able to do so without this initial challenge. A UK government spokesman said: “The government is determined to continue to ensure the interests of countries outside the single currency but inside the single market are properly protected as the euro area continues to integrate.”Responding to the decision, a spokesman for the European Commission said it was always confident its case was “legally sound” and gave legitimacy to the EU11.“The Court’s decision gives full legitimacy for the decision to allow 11 member states to proceed with the FTT,” she said.“We carried out a thorough analysis to ensure all the conditions were met [for the cooperation agreement], among which are no negative impact on the rights of non-participating member states.“We have already confirmed the UK would not be negatively affected by a common FTT.”The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds argued that the FTT was ”not the best way to reduce excessive risks or tackle bad behaviour in the markets”.The organisation’s policy lead for EU and international matters, James Walsh, added that the UK government was right to challenge the legality of the proposed tax.He added: “The ECJ is not saying the UK’s challenge is wrong, only that it is premature because the details of the tax are not year clear.  By challenging the FTT’s legality now, the UK Government has protected its right to make a more detailed challenge later, once the full proposal is available.”The FTT has been a hotly contested issue in recent months, with the Commission and the EU11 frustrated by delays to the formation of the tax through blockages.European tax commissioner Algirdas Šemeta, in a speech earlier this year, urged Parliament to push on with the tax and fight interventions from “vested interest groups”.last_img read more

The end of the financial year means its time to take stock of the local property market

first_imgNow is the time to take stock of the local property market, a according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Chair for the Cairns region, Tom Quaid. Picture: Brendan Radke.LIKE Christmas, the end of financial year seems to sneak up on many of us (or me, at least). While I can’t imagine many local home sellers getting on the EOFY sale bandwagon, it is at least a good chance to stop and reflect on the (financial) year that’s passed thus far and what it has meant for property.Moving into this financial year, there had been significant promise in the air, buoyed by the (eventual) commencement of earthworks on the first stage of Nova, the first major CBD project to be released in almost a decade. Swift construction works across the Crystalbrook Collections’ three City projects and an overall tightening of supply across both the rental and sale markets. At this point, that promise still seems to be floating ahead but hasn’t yet translated to quite the market we expected to see. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoStock levels remain tight across most sectors of the market, with buyers generally seeing less choice than they might have 12 months ago. Absent real motivation to purchase however (be it job change, relocation, downsizing or upgrade), buyers seem happy to wait for the right property to come up rather than accept what is available, meaning sellers still need to be sharp both in their presentation and pricing. Bucking this trend, we are seeing more choice emerge at the upper end of the market, with an increasing number of transactions $2 million and above enticing more owners to bring their own properties to market. With two such sales completed in our own office over the past 12 months and more opportunities ahead, we’re encouraged to see this kind of confidence in the market (but would love to see it trickle down to other price points). At the other end of the spectrum, the reduction in the First Home Owners Grant has yet to eventuate in the last-minute run we might have expected as people look to lock in the existing $20,000. It will be interesting to see if the reduced incentive leads buyers back to more affordable existing homes at a wider range of price points though only time will tell. For now, we continue to look ahead with optimism but make sure it’s backed up with plenty of hard work in the meantime. Tom Quaid is the REIQ Far North zone chairmanlast_img read more

Large townhouses aimed at families to be built near shops, schools

first_imgAuriance Gardens is currently under construction and will include 27 townhouses priced from $520,000.Professionals and young families are among the first buyers to a boutique development in Sunnybank. Auriance Gardens is currently under construction at 371 Beenleigh Rd, and will include 27 townhouses priced from $520,000.Sales agent Gary Gaurav, of Ray White Aspley, said the three and four-bedoom townhouses were due for completion around the end of November. COUPLE FIND THE PERFECT PENTHOUSE BRISBANE LION BUYS HOME FOR AROUND $1M Check out the spacious living and dining areas at Auriance Gardens.Developed by JAM Group, Auriance Gardens offers two-storey townhouses with three bedrooms or three-storey townhouses with four bedrooms plus a media room.“The four-bedroom terrace homes are quite unique,” Mr Gaurav said. “They span three storeys, which is very rare, with the ground floor accommodating the garage, media room and powder room, while the middle floor has the kitchen, living area and spare bedroom, and upstairs there is the master bedroom and additional rooms.”Townhouses start at $520,000.center_img Auriance Gardens will include 27 townhouses with some offering four bedrooms over three storeys.Buyers have mainly been owner-occupiers and included couples, young families, and the parents of international students.Mr Gaurav said location and amenity were among the major drawcards of the project, along with the small-scale size of the development and its bespoke design.“Sunnybank is one of the high-end suburbs on the southside,” he said.“It’s not too far from the city and is close to everything, with freeway access to both the CBD and Gold Coast.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“There’s also a childcare centre around the corner from Auriance Gardens, and the location is based near good schools and educational institutions.” MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS:last_img read more

Just give it to me in a chip

first_imgDid you take your meds today? At the right time? All of them? Following your doctor’s orders can be cumbersome, especially if you’re supposed to take more than one pill a day.That’s why scientists are working to develop microchips that can be preloaded with medications and implanted in our bodies, programmed to administer drugs at a given time, interval and/or dose. A doctor would theoretically be able to adjust the dose, or stop the drug altogether, by remote control.Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers Robert Langer and Michael Cima started working on this idea with John Santini in the 1990s. Langer and Cima are on the board of directors of MicroCHIPS, a company trying to make the idea a reality.In a 2012 study, they implanted a chip under the skin below the waistlines of eight women with osteoporosis. Over four months the device delivered regular doses of an osteoporosis drug normally given by injection. The study showed this method was safe and effective.Since then the device has improved considerably, says Robert Farra, MicroCHIPS president and chief operating officer. The current version is about the size of a Scrabble tile and can deliver more drugs than before.The company is aiming to release its first product to the public in 2017, which will likely be a hormonal contraception device that can be turned on and off wirelessly and releases a consistent daily dose. It will have the ability to offer progestin and estrogen together, like a combination birth control pill.The first version of this device will likely last five years, but it’s possible to create one that could remain in the body and effectively deliver drugs for up to 16 years.“The MicroCHIPS implantable drug delivery device is the greatest advancement in delivering medicine since the first tablet pill was developed in 1876,” CEO Bradley Paddock says.Another device is being developed for other chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis. It may even lead to new therapies, Langer says, because the device protects unstable drugs.The device could also transmit data to hospitals and doctors so “you could have permanent records of exactly what you took when.”Further down the line, the chip could serve as a rescue device, releasing medications for heart attack, stroke or allergic reaction in at-risk patients.CNN Health Share Share Tweet 47 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Just give it to me in a chip by: – April 24, 2014last_img read more

Mendy in self-isolation amid coronavirus fears

first_imgManchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy, was at the centre of a coronavirus scare on Thursday night. A relative of Mendy is understood to have suffered respiratory problems at the player’s home, with the player himself now having been told to self-isolate. Mendy will now be ruled out of City’s Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, which is going ahead, despite their Champions League tie against Real Madrid next week having been suspended. A City spokesman said: “The club is aware that a family member of a senior men’s team player is in hospital with symptoms of a respiratory illness “He has undergone tests at hospital, one of which is for Covid-19. Until the results are known, the player in question in self- isolating as a precaution.” A member of Real Madrid’s basketball team tested positive for Covid-19 leaving the football team to self-isolate. It comes after three Leicester players have shown symptoms of the coronavirus and are self-isolating as a precaution.Advertisement Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed the news in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at Watford . Leicester subsequently released a statement in which they said the unnamed trio were first-team players who had “presented with extremely mild illness” in recent days. The club said the players had been advised by the NHS that their symptoms were “consistent with common seasonal illness” and that a seven-day period of self-isolation was appropriate, with there having been no recommendation that further testing would be necessary. Leicester added that the players’ symptoms “remain mild and self-manageable”. Rodgers said: “We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus). “We’ve followed procedure and they have been kept away at this moment from the rest of the squad and then we’ll see how that develops.” Read Also:Mendy eyes long run at Man City after injury nightmare The Northern Irishman, who confirmed it was three players involved, added: “This is about health. This is more than football, this is players and their families and children, so any risks that are there for their health and everyone else’s, we have to mitigate against that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Incredibly Looking Albino AnimalsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This Loading… last_img read more

DCMH Holding Holiday Blood Drive

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Decatur County Memorial Hospital will be holding a Holiday Blood Drive from 2 to 7 PM on Thursday December 8.The hospital asks anyone who is eligible to sign up to give back this holiday season.Blood donations typically slow down during the Holidays, but the need for blood doesn’t.A single pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.Anyone interested in donating blood can easily sign up for a donation appointment online at donations are also welcome.last_img

O’Shea aware of Austrian importance

first_img “It will be on us as the home side, but we are not going to be too silly and go gung-ho because they have got lots of attacking threats.” The phrase “gung-ho” is simply not in manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s vocabulary, and not just because of his limited English. Trapattoni is a man for whom results mean everything, and while he too knows the game is a must-win affair if Ireland are to stand a chance of making it to the finals in Brazil next summer, he will look to defensive solidity to provide a platform for what happens at the other end of the pitch. He was delighted with what he saw at the Friends Arena with goalkeeper David Forde making his competitive debut and Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clark and Marc Wilson lining up alongside O’Shea at the back. O’Shea said: “The more consistency the team can get with selection, I suppose, the better, and also the confidence from Seamus and Marc as an attacking threat also joining, it was good to see the other night. “But the manager obviously balanced that out with Paul Green covering across, so the tactics the other night worked to a treat and we will wait and see what we have up our sleeve for Tuesday night, I suppose. But we have to make sure we can cause Austria more problems maybe than we did the Swedes. “But look, it’s an international game of football. Generally at the moment, there is very little between teams, so if we can do a bit more with our set-pieces also, we will be able to cause them lots more problems.” Ireland will face the Austrians at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening knowing victory would leave them in second place in Group C behind leaders and favourites Germany. However, O’Shea is equally aware that all the hard work which secured a 0-0 draw in Sweden would be wasted if they launched an all-out assault and forgot about their defensive responsibilities. The 31-year-old said: “If we can start on the front foot, like we did against Sweden, and have the pressing, cohesive unit that we had the other night and stop Austria playing, then we can build our attacks from there. But let’s wait and see how they decide to approach the game as well. John O’Shea has warned Ireland they cannot afford to risk their chances of World Cup qualification by losing their heads against Austria.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse’s young defense adjusts ahead of country’s, ACC’s best

first_imgAnytime Syracuse’s young defenders take a bad touch, junior Taylor Haenlin encourages them to stick with the play. She constantly gives pointers and answers any questions they may have about defending.Freshmen Jessica Vigna, Alana O’Neill and Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian are adjusting to the Orange’s new, sometimes risky 3-5-2 formation. And though Haenlin is the most experienced in the unit, the individual development and collective communication of the freshmen is what will determine the success of the defense.SU (3-2-3) and its young defense will open Atlantic Coast Conference play at Louisville (3-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Lynn Stadium, which begins a stretch of games against the conference’s, and nation’s, best and fastest forwards.“The young players, they’re thrust into an environment that is very, very difficult,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “If you look at the other teams we’re playing against, they’re top-quality teams.”In eight games, the Orange has allowed just nine goals. But Wheddon said that the nonconference games were designed to prepare the team for tougher opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s defense has played frantic at times this season. Wheddon said he hopes it can settle down and play more organized. The 3-5-2 is adding another wrinkle for players to adjust to. SU used to play a 4-4-2 formation, which meant it had four defenders on the field at all times. With the 3-5-2, three players share the responsibility of covering the middle of the field while each individual is also responsible for covering one-third of the field.“I think it means talking more and being more focused on where to move positionally because you always have to watch your back and then watch someone else’s back, too,” O’Neill said.Though the three central defenders must cover more ground, the outside midfielders come back on defense and shift into a defender’s role. For example, the weak-side outside midfielder turns into an outside defender  — or wingback — and it’s as if there are four true defenders. Vigna had never played a three-back system before and said she was “iffy” about it at first, but has since changed her stance.“We defend like we have four,” Vigna said of when the midfielders tuck in on defense. “So now only having three in the back, we have more in the attack so it’s great. I like the three-back system.”Though the SU freshmen say they believe they’ve adjusted well thus far to the college level, their play in conference games, which begin on Friday night, will prove how much progress they’ve made.“Being such a young team, we’ll make mistakes,” Wheddon said. “We know that and we’re aware of that, but hopefully we grow and we peak at the right time, which should be around mid-October.” Comments Published on September 18, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more