Austria will deny entry to people coming from Italy, Chancellor Kurz says

first_imgAustria will deny entry to people arriving from Italy and ban indoor events of more than 100 people, drastically stepping up measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.The announcement comes a day after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the whole of his country was being placed under lockdown until next month, an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to beat coronavirus in Europe’s worst-affected country.”The utmost priority is to prevent the spread and thus the importing of the illness into our society. There is therefore a ban on entry for people from Italy into Austria, with the exception of people who have a doctor’s note [certifying they are healthy],” Kurz told a news conference. Kurz and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer announced other measures, including a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 people. University lectures will stop on Monday at the latest and companies are being asked to let their staff work from home.Austria had previously said it would introduce spot health checks at its border with Italy on Tuesday, targeting vehicles with Italian license plates in particular. It also said last week it was banning direct flights to the Italian cities of Milan and Bologna, as well as to Iran and South Korea.Austria has had 157 confirmed cases so far and no deaths, compared with more than 9,000 cases in Italy and 463 deathsTopics :last_img read more

Belgium appoints Europe’s first transgender deputy PM

first_imgA transgender woman was sworn in as deputy prime minister in Belgium’s new government on Thursday, becoming the most senior trans politician in Europe.Petra De Sutter, a gynecologist and Green party Member of the European Parliament, became one of seven deputy prime ministers in Belgium’s coalition government, ending a 16-month deadlock after an inconclusive election.”Incredibly grateful for the confidence I have received from my party!” De Sutter wrote on Twitter. “Now I can do whatever it takes to relaunch our country and work on a new future for all Belgians together with that government!” With LGBT+ rights becoming more accepted worldwide, gay and trans politicians have gained greater prominence in recent years, with Pauline Ngarmpring becoming Thailand’s first trans candidate for prime minister last year.In the United States, more than 880 openly LGBT+ candidates have appeared or will appear on ballots across the country this year, nearly double that of 2018, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute, which supports LGBT+ candidates.Belgium has been without a fully-fledged government since December 2018, when a four-party coalition collapsed.On Wednesday, seven parties agreed to form a coalition headed by Alexander De Croo to replace the caretaker administration appointed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. De Sutter, who is also minister for public service and public enterprises, was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 representing the Flemish Green party, Groen.Prior to that, she served as a senator for the Groen party in Belgium’s upper house of parliament for five years from 2014.LGBT+ rights groups welcomed De Sutter’s appointment as an important step forward for trans politicians.”We are delighted that a member of the trans community has been appointed to this senior political post,” Matt Beard, executive director of international advocacy group All Out, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”Petra’s appointment is a calling and an inspiration to governments across the world to increase trans representation in senior positions.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Secures Keurig Dr Pepper, 378 New Jobs at Shuttered Lehigh Valley Site

first_imgWolf Administration Secures Keurig Dr Pepper, 378 New Jobs at Shuttered Lehigh Valley Site September 16, 2019 Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Delivering on the administration’s promise to find a new employer for the shuttered Kraft-Heinz site in the Lehigh Valley, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) will expand its presence in Pennsylvania to a new facility and create 378 new full-time jobs at the site.“My administration has been committed to finding the right company to utilize this site, and we are proud that Keurig Dr Pepper has agreed to expand its operations and create new jobs in the commonwealth,” said Gov. Wolf. “Today’s announcement is great news for the Lehigh Valley region.”The company’s new state-of-the-art facility will provide additional capacity for existing and new brands and will help optimize logistics in the Northeast by providing large-scale warehouse operations. The 1,541,280 square-foot manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facility will be located in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. The project includes leasehold improvements, building infrastructure costs, acquisition of equipment, computer equipment and software, furniture, and training. The company has pledged to create at least 378 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and will invest at least $219.7 million into the project. KDP will begin accepting applications later this month at www.keurigdrpepper.com/careers.“KDP is focused on building an integrated, best-in-class manufacturing network that supports the production of all beverages in all categories,” said Fernando Cortes, KDP Chief Supply Chain Officer. “Our new facility in Allentown and additional supply chain investments in existing facilities support our vision for providing a beverage for every consumer. We are excited to become part of the Allentown community as we continue to invest in new and exciting opportunities for growth.”KDP received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $1.5 million Pennsylvania First grant, $170,100 in WEDnetPA funding for worker training, and $1.134 million in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“We welcome Keurig Dr Pepper to the large cluster of national food, beverage, and pet food producers that call the Lehigh Valley home,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “With the growing demand in the Lehigh Valley market, we had little doubt that the Kraft property would be quickly reused after its closure due to the Heinz merger. We are grateful for the support of the state, the township, and the Lehigh County Authority to help make the deal possible.”KDP, formed with the 2018 merger of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, is a North American beverage manufacturer with dual headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts and Plano, Texas. The company holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to House the Erie Center for Arts and Technology in the Old Wayne School Building

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to House the Erie Center for Arts and Technology in the Old Wayne School Building August 14, 2020 Economy,  Press Release The renovated structure will provide job training, health services and more Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group has completed a New Markets Tax Credit transaction of $9.5 million with the Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) to transform the mostly vacant Wayne School building into a new resource for the community. The renovated building will become a community hub for job training, health care, social services and the arts through a mixed tenant base.One of the anchor tenants will be the Wayne Primary Care Clinic operated by Primary Health Network (PHN), which offers medical treatment with payment on a sliding scale for low-income patients in Erie County. The clinic will be expanding its footprint in the building from 4,200 to 17,000 square feet. This will allow the addition of expanded primary health care services, specialty medical offices and a pharmacy.Another 17,000 square feet will be used by ECAT to provide expanded high school classes in photography and digital arts, as well as adult job training programs. ECAT will be the second anchor tenant in the building.A 2,500 square foot gymnasium and gallery space will host community events and art exhibits, and it will be available for rent. The remaining 17,000 square feet will be available for commercial lease to social service providers offering services requested by the local residents. United Way of Erie County has already committed to having offices in the building.“The Erie Center for Arts and Technology is proposing an exciting and innovative plan for taking a vastly underused space and transforming it into a community resource of real value,” said Gov. Wolf. “The programs and services that will be offered there will greatly benefit people by offering much-needed education, job training and health care.”ECAT works to provide visual arts programming for high school students and job training to adults living in the city who are unemployed or under-employed. ECAT’s training and development classes will be offered at no cost and be selected based on local job needs identified through discussions with local employers in industries including advanced manufacturing, health care and business. ECAT will leverage existing relationships with employers to assist with job placement and job retention for its students.“There is a tremendous need for job training in Erie, and this renovated building will provide an ideal location for getting that done,” said Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “By dividing the space in the building among various tenants providing different services, the Erie Center for Arts and Technology makes the project more financially feasible while smartly meeting local needs.”This project is expected to create 32 temporary, full-time construction jobs. Following construction, the various employers in the building are expected to create 29 jobs and retain 38 jobs paying between $20.75 and $23 an hour. The MIT living wage for Erie County is $12.15 an hour. According to economic estimates, the project’s construction costs will support eight indirect jobs, and employers in the renovated building will support seven indirect jobs.“ECAT is excited to launch this extensive renovation of a landmark building on Erie’s eastside, and we look forward to working closely with neighbors and residents of the area to meet their needs,” said Daria Devlin, executive director of the Erie Center for Arts and Technology. “We are extremely grateful to PHFA, CCG and all of our lending partners for making this project possible.”About the Erie Center for Arts and TechnologyECAT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based educational arts and career training facility. It is an affiliate of the National Center for the Arts and Technology. ECAT presents two platforms for engagement with Erie’s at-risk youth and adults. First, visual arts-based education offered during out-of-school time for high school students who are most at risk of dropping out. This includes photography, ceramics, digital and design arts intended to grow 21st Century skills. Second, industry-driven workforce training in middle skills, middle wage jobs for unemployed and under-employed adults in Erie County.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Mill 19 at Almono in Pittsburgh, the Susquehanna Health Innovation Center in Williamsport and Eastern Tower in Philadelphia. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Classic design features help attract family buyers

24 Highcrest Avenue, Wavell Heights.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019But an auction result of $855,000 on June 10 showed purchasers will compete for a beautiful home and its classic features. “It was built in the 1950s and it’s been in the same family since that time … they were very sad to see it go as a family, but the result made them feel better,” she said. 24 Highcrest Avenue, Wavell Heights sold at auction.The three-bedroom home is on an elevated 627sq m with a detached double garage and outdoor entertaining.Ms Dallimore said the property sold to a very excited family.“They’re going to do a few little bits and bobs to the house … but they’re going to maintain the original character,” she said, noting there was lots to admire. “I think the room there is out the back for extensions, the ability to lift the house and capture city views, the terrazzo floor in the bathrooms,” she said. 24 Highcrest Avenue, Wavell Heights sold at auction.When Kylee Dallimore, an agent with Ray White Albion, first listed 24 Highcrest Ave, Wavell Heights, she wondered if the large, elevated block might attract a buyer looking to demolish the house. 24 Highcrest Avenue, Wavell Heights sold at auction.Meanwhile the Wavell Heights market is humming along nicely, she said. “Buyer activity on most of the properties I’m listing … has been hectic,” Ms Dallimore said. read more

Immaculate renovation sets a price benchmark

first_img45 Ardoyne Road, Corinda It was a great result for the owners of 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda, with the property going under contract just 24 hours after it passed in at auction.The home was an immaculate renovation of a classic colonial – and the owner’s hard work paid off to the tune of $1.56 million on June 19. Place New Farm marketing agent Ann-Karyn Fraser said it was a pleasure to sell.An elegant dining room, complete with piano.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“For that pocket (of Corinda), it’s an absolute record sale,” Ms Fraser said. The two-level, five-bedroom home was filled with detailed finishes – a loving restoration from an owner that was very sad to leave.Sleek and simple.“They put everything into it – rewired, replumbed, travertine floors throughout downstairs … magnificent chandeliers, the whole bit,” Ms Fraser said. “It was above the finish you see in many renovations in Queensland.”She said the home also had river glimpses and views out to Mt Coot-tha, and the new owners were clearly smitten.“They were nearly in tears when they secured it,” Ms Fraser said.An inviting spot for an alfresco dinner.“They were looking for that ‘family home’ – the Queenslander with all the bells and whistles – the big swing set, the garden all retained and beautiful.”last_img read more

One Nation identity puts unit block back on the market

first_img This block of units in Yeppoon, owned by James Ashby, is back on the market.It had previously been listed for sale with another agency for $425,000 earlier this year, and before that, $455,000.The new listing describes the property at Raymond Terrace as “designed and built to capture the sea view and sea breezes” and “perfect for first entry level buyers, investors and buyers hoping to downsize”. This block of units in Yeppoon, owned by James Ashby, is back on the market.“The units have always had long term reliable tenants and have been well maintained and cared for over the years”. Inside one of the units in the complex in Yeppoon, owned by James Ashby, which is back on the market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe complex consists of three, two-bedroom townhouses with open-plan living and kitchen areas, and one, one-bedroom townhouse on the ground floor. The kitchen in one of the units in the complex.The building is situated on a quiet street with accommodation for two cars and within walking distance to town and the beach.The staffer recently made headlines again when it was reported he was suing the Commonwealth for $3.67 million in costs incurred in litigation against former speaker Peter Slipper for alleged sexual harassment in 2012. The bathroom in one of the units in the complex in Yeppoon. Senator Pauline Hanson and political advisor James Ashby.CONTROVERSIAL political adviser James Ashby has embarked on a renewed push to sell his investment property in the central Queensland coastal town of Yeppoon.The block of four townhouses, which is owned by the right-hand man to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, is back on the market with a new asking price of offers over $440,000 with Harcourts Yeppoon. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIconic riverfront estate in Brisbane02:10last_img read more

Family First slams free contraceptive idea

first_imgRadio NZ News 1 July 2015Otago University researchers want contraception to be freely available to teenagers before they become sexually active.The health lecturers said it should be up to the girls to opt out if they did not want the birth control.However, Family First’s national director Bob McCoskrie said free contraception was not the answer because it would lead to early sexual activity, which was not healthy.“We do know that early sexual activity can be associated with emotional and mental issues (and) academic performance and can give them a false sense of security.“So that’s why I think teenage girls deserve to get all the facts and also parents and families should be involved in that process.”Mr McCroskrie said while long-acting reversible contraception dealt with unwanted pregnancy, it did not prevent sexually transmitted infections.He said making it free and more accessible would continue to alienate parents from the role they should have.“What we should be asking is, ‘why are young teenagers becoming sexually active, what messages are teens receiving about sexual involvement, and what messages do parents actually want their children to receive?’ ”http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/277635/family-first-slams-free-contraceptive-idealast_img read more

Mrs. Estene (Cole) Leap

first_imgMrs. Estene (Cole) Leap, age 95, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on January 17, 1923, in Ohio County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Ottie and Lelia (Sigmon) Cole. She was raised in Switzerland County most of her life where she attended the Vevay High School. Estene was united in marriage on July 3, 1939, in Carrollton, Kentucky to the late, Joseph E. Leap. This happy union was blessed with five children, Myra, Cleo, Rita, Gerald and Larry. Estene and Joseph shared nearly 40 years of marriage together until he passed away on March 4, 1979. Estene was a former employee for the Historical Society at the Museum in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years and for Brad’s Furniture in Vevay, Indiana, for five years. She was a member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary, Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary and the Switzerland County Historical Society. She attended the New Life Fellowship Church in Vevay, Indiana, Long Run Baptist Church in Moorefield, Indiana and the Concord Community Church in Patriot, Indiana. Estene will be remembered for her love of gardening, reading, raising birds, genealogy and spending time with her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. Estene passed away with her loving family by her side at 9:10 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana. Estene will be deeply missed by her daughters, Myra Spoores and her husband: Larry of Vevay, IN, Rita Griswold and her husband: Steve of Madison, IN and Cleo Detmer and her husband: Albert of Patriot, IN; her son, Gerald Leap and his wife: Norma of East Enterprise, IN; her grandchildren, Jennifer Sproles, Cassie Baker, Calvin (Crystal) Leap, Dale Dixon, Jr., Tony (Anna) Spoores, Allen (Michelle) Detmer), Angela (Mike) Rutledge, Keith (Nicole) Black and Chris Tobias; her great-grandchildren, Amanda, Laura, Joe, Kathe, Codey, William, Patrick, Logan, Allison, Alisha, Amber, Sage, Gage, Jessica, Megan, Moriah, Tyler, Ciera, Cassandra, Caleb, Coren, Alyssa, Kohen, Kendall, Desiree, Timothy and Baxter; her great-great-grandchildren, Akiria, Kayia, Ethan, Sadie, Joryden, Ryliegh, Jayden, Emmet, Brayson, Malaya, Domani, Sadie, Addison and Avery; her sister, Cleo Tichenor of Connersville, IN and her nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ottie and Lelia (Sigmon) Cole; her husband, Joseph E. Leap, died March 4, 1979; her son, Larry Leap, died January 11, 2001; her grandson, Mark D. Leap, died January 27, 2005 and her brothers, Lloyd, Theodore and Ulia Cole.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:00 pm, by Pastor Larry Spoores at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission announces DST service hours

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission announced that it will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday, November 3, 2019, to continue until 3:00 a.m.Because Daylight Savings Time changes clocks to 1:00 a.m. at 2:00 a.m. on November 3, alcoholic beverage outlets will have one additional hour during which they may serve or sell alcoholic beverages on this date. Pursuant to Indiana law, they must cease sales at 3:00 a.m.last_img