Trump is doing right by U.S. economy

first_imgThis government does not have a problem with collecting enough in taxes. It has a spending problem. The deficits Reagan ran up were dwarfed by Obama.Lowering corporate tax rates won’t “just benefit the rich.” Right now, corporations set up headquarters overseas in countries with lower corporate rates than the United States and they do not pay corporate taxes here, but in countries more friendly rates. Twenty percent of something is more than zero percent of nothing. It’s basic math.Finally, even if you do not have big stock holdings, if you have a 401K that is invested in a mutual fund or other market based securities, you benefit from corporations moving back to the United States.President Trump has done more for our economy in one year that Obama did in eight years.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Nov. 24 letter, “Give tax cuts that help middle class”: Without knowing how Mr. John Dworak voted, I could tell by his comments on tax cuts. His letter was far from factual, but had plenty of Democrat dogma.His anger regarding the Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United is so typical. Citizens United stated that corporations have the right to donate unlimited amounts to a candidate, just like unions can. I bet Mr. Dworak has no issue with CSEA or PEF donating unlimited amounts to Democrats. Now both parties can benefit, whereas for years only the Democrats would get huge sums from one source – unions.Regarding the tax cuts, President Reagan lowered the taxes, and the amount of taxes the federal government collected almost doubled. Look it up. It’s a fact, not a lie. The deficits Reagan faced were not from cutting taxes; they were from rising spending.last_img read more

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Come Shell and high water

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Transport: Trains, planes, no automobiles

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It’s gym life, but not as we know it

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Property Company of the Year

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Petchey losing Newport hold

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PREMIUMSouth Korea to open consulate in Bali in mid-2020

first_imgForgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here South-Korea South-Korean-visa bilateral-relations Consulate-General For some foreigners living in Indonesia, getting consular services from their country’s mission might be burdensome even if they have been living in the country for years, as there are limited services available.This is especially true for those who do not reside in the capital or other big cities.This kind of inconvenience was faced by Joo, 26, a South Korean citizen who has spent most of her life in Indonesia. She and her family moved to Indonesia when she was 2 months old and they lived in Bali until she was 18.“I had to go to Jakarta or South Korea to extend or register for a new passport [while still living in Bali],” Joo told The Jakarta Post recently, explaining the challenges she had to overcome due to the absence of a South Korean mission on the island.However, such struggles might go away if the South Korean government’s plan to open a co… Topics : Googlelast_img read more

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“All is well.” In Italy, triage and lies for virus patients

first_imgAs the COVID-19 epidemic expands and the disease progresses, these beds are in increasing demand, especially because of the breathing problems the illness can bring. Every time a bed comes free, two anesthesiologists consult with a specialist in resuscitation and an internal medicine physician to decide who will occupy it.Age and pre-existing medical conditions are important factors. So is having a family.”We have to take into account whether older patients have families who can take care of them once they leave the ICU, because they will need help,” says Marco Resta, deputy head of Policlinico San Donato’s Intensive Care Unit.Even if there is no chance, he says, you have to “look a patient in the face and say, ‘All is well.’ And this lie destroys you.” The fight against death pauses every day at 1 p.m.At that time, doctors in the intensive care unit of Policlinico San Donato phone relatives of the unit’s 25 critically-ill coronavirus patients, all of whom are sedated and have tubes down their throats to breathe, to update the families. Lunchtime used to be for visiting hours at this Milan hospital. But now, as the country grapples with a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people, no visitors are allowed in. And no one in Italy leaves their homes anymore.When the doctors make the calls, they try not to give false hope: They know that one out of two patients in intensive care with the disease caused by the virus is likely to die. The most devastating medical crisis in Italy since World War Two is forcing doctors, patients and their families to make decisions that Resta, a former military doctor, said he has not experienced even in war. As of Monday, 2,158 people had died and 27,980 been infected by coronavirus in Italy – the second highest number of reported cases and deaths in the world behind China.Resta says that 50% of those with COVID-19 who are accepted into intensive care units in Italy are dying, compared with a usual mortality rate of 12% to 16% in such units nationwide.Medical workers in protective suits monitor a coronavirus patient who is being transferred in an ambulance from the intensive care unit of the Gemelli Hospital to the Columbus Covid Hospital, which has been assigned as one of the new coronavirus treatment hospitals in Rome, Italy, March 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Handout/Gemelli Policlinico)Doctors have warned that northern Italy – where the universal healthcare system is ranked among the world’s most efficient – is a forerunner of crises that the disease is bringing around the world. The outbreak, which hit the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto first, has crippled the local network of hospitals, putting their intensive care units under colossal strain.Over three weeks, 1,135 people have needed intensive care in Lombardy, but the region has only 800 intensive care beds, according to Giacomo Grasselli, head of the intensive care unit at Milan’s Policlinico hospital, which is separate from San Donato. Grasselli coordinates all the state-run intensive care units across Lombardy.Such dilemmas are not new in the medical profession. When treating patients with breathing difficulties, intensive care doctors always evaluate their chance of recovery before intubation – an invasive procedure that involves inserting a tube into the mouth and down the throat and airway.But these high numbers mean doctors must choose more often, and more quickly, who deserves a greater chance of survival – a triage that is particularly wrenching in a Catholic country that does not allow assisted dying, and where the population is, according to statistics agency Eurostat, the oldest in Europe with nearly one person in four aged 65 or older.”We are not used to such drastic decisions,” says Resta, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist.A priest blesses the Columbus Clinic, where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were moved from Spallanzani Hospital, in Rome, Italy March 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Remo Casilli)Take a chanceItalian doctors say that so many elderly COVID-19 patients are showing up with breathing problems, they can’t take a chance on those who have a slim hope of recovery.Alfredo Visioli was one such patient. When he was diagnosed, the 83-year old from Cremona was living a busy, active life, at home with a German shepherd, Holaf, that the family had given him. He cared for his 79-year-old wife, Ileana Scarpanti, who had suffered a stroke two years ago, said his granddaughter Marta Manfredi.At first, he only had intermittent fever, but two weeks after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he developed pulmonary fibrosis – a disease resulting from lung tissue becoming damaged and scarred, which makes it harder and harder to breathe.Doctors in the hospital at Cremona, a town of about 73,000 in the Lombardy region, had to decide whether to intubate him to help him breathe.”They said there was no point,” said Manfredi.She would have liked to hold her grandfather’s hand, she said, while he was in a morphine-induced sleep before he died.Now Manfredi is worried about her grandmother. Ileana also caught COVID-19 and is now in the hospital, though she is responding well to a mouth respirator that is helping her breathe. No-one has told Ileana her husband is dead.Lombardy intensive care coordinator Grasselli said he believed that, so far, all patients with a reasonable chance of recovering and living an acceptable quality of life had been treated.But he added that this approach is under strain. “Previously, for some people we would have said, ‘let’s give them a chance for a few days.’ Now we have to be more stringent.”Medical workers in protective suits push an isolation stretcher in front of the Columbus Clinic, where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were moved from Spallanzani Hospital, in Rome, Italy March 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Remo Casilli)Reorganized hospitalsThis triage is happening outside of hospitals, too.On Friday, the mayor of Fidenza, a city just outside the Lombardy region, shut access to the local hospital for 19 hours. It was overcrowded with COVID-19 patients and hospital staff had worked 21 days without a break. While the closure was aimed at keeping the hospital going, it meant some people “died at home,” said the mayor, Andrea Massari.The new coronavirus first appeared in Italy in January, but the outbreak took off in February in the small town of Codogno, around 60 km southeast of Milan. Some medical experts believe it may have been introduced by someone who travelled to Italy from Germany.Rome moved quickly to isolate the north of the country, at first locking down 10 towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto. But that didn’t stop the virus. Within a week, 888 people had tested positive for the disease and 21 had died. Cases grew exponentially. Small towns were hit first, putting an immediate strain on small hospitals.Since last week, Italy has entered complete self-isolation. It has closed all schools, offices and services and ordered everyone without a compelling and authorized reason to stay home. The measures, which are being followed by other European countries, are aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.Italy’s authorities are particularly anxious to slow its onset in southern Italy, which has a far less well-funded system than the north.Private hospitals are usually reserved for paying patients. But the government has ordered them to offer free medical care to COVID-19 sufferers. Policlinico San Donato, which is privately held but licensed to work with public sector clients, dispatched teams of anesthesiologists and other specialists to the worst-affected towns. Fourth and fifth-year medical students were called into hospitals to help. Cardiologists were enlisted to help in emergency rooms and COVID-19 wards.Now, nearly all operating rooms in the Lombardy region have been converted into intensive care units, said Grasselli, the intensive-care coordinator. Hospital staff work overtime. Some are substituting for infected colleagues. Patients are being transferred across regions.According to Grasselli, the ratio of nurses to patients in the region’s intensive care units is normally one to two. Now, it’s one nurse for every four or five patients. “We have totally reorganized our hospital system,” he says.A patient is seen sitting inside the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy March 13, 2020. ( REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo)‘Greater life expectancy’All infected people who arrive at a hospital struggling to breathe receive oxygen, Grasselli says. The issue is to what extent – and for how long – to keep them artificially respirated.Those with lighter breathing problems are connected to an external machine with a mask or, if the patient doesn’t respond, a face-covering helmet. If their condition deteriorates, doctors must decide whether to admit them to intensive care, where they would be intubated.But there’s a problem: Intubating can be taxing on the body, especially for older patients, says Grasselli. Even if elderly people survive, many can develop other problems, like trouble walking or cognitive difficulties. Even so in the past, doctors tended to try intubating even older patients, generally because they had the resources to do so, he said – adding that he would never intubate his 84-year old father.Before the coronavirus broke, “we more often had the luxury to try to intubate patients who were at the limit,” said Mario Riccio, head of anesthesiology at the Oglio Po hospital near Cremona.Now that’s changed. Italy’s Association of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care published new guidelines on March 7. Because it expects a “huge imbalance” between the clinical needs of the population and intensive care resources over the next few weeks, it told those on the front lines: Give priority to those with “greater life expectancy.”Men in protective masks transport a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), into a cemetery in Bergamo, Italy March 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo)‘Let me die at home’Italy’s mass quarantining of its population adds emotional stresses to the suffering. Family members are not allowed to travel in ambulances with relatives, and coronavirus units are closed off to anyone who is not a doctor or a patient.Some patients who are not at the point of needing intensive care feel imprisoned in overrun wards.”Take me away from here. Let me die at home. I want to see you one more time,” Stefano Bollani, a 55-year-old warehouse worker texted his homemaker wife, Tiziana Salvi, from the pre-intensive care unit of Policlinico San Donato, where he is being treated for pneumonia after contracting the virus.The couple have not seen each other since she dropped him off in their car outside the Milan hospital nearly two weeks ago. All she knows, she says, is that his condition seems to have improved in recent days. “These are things a husband shouldn’t (have to) write to a wife who is outside, who can’t see him,” she adds.And some older patients have resisted going to hospital. Carlo Bertolini, a 76-year-old agronomist in Cremona who had made a name for himself locally with a detailed history of the town’s past vineyards and taverns, was initially very reluctant to seek help, his daughter said.Bertolini, who lived alone, started feeling sick at the beginning of March. Eventually, his best friend called an ambulance, which took him to the town hospital. When he spoke to his daughter on the phone from the hospital, he described the huge numbers of patients and the cacophony of the ward. “I feel like I’m in a war,” he said, according to his daughter, Mara Bertolini.Carlo was then transferred to the intensive care unit of a bigger hospital in Milan. Mara and her sister were able to visit dressed in hazmat gear – masks, gloves, white coat – to look at him through the window of the intensive care unit. “They told us he was the one with the most serious condition in the ICU,” she said.A man plays the guitar and sings from a balcony to raise morale on the sixth day of an unprecedented lockdown across of all Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus in Milan, Italy March 15, 2020. ( REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo)‘Stay home’The former military doctor Resta says the situation in Lombardy feels worse than the 1999 war in Kosovo, where he served in the air rescue team flying patients from Albania to Italy.Whenever a patient with coronavirus is accepted into his hospital, he says, the staff write an email to their relatives assuring them that their loved ones will be treated “like family.” He says the hospital is trying to activate a system of video-conferencing, so that patients can see their relatives during the 1 p.m. call.A doctor, not a relative, is often inevitably the last person a dying COVID-19 patient will see. Loved ones can’t even approach coffins for fear of catching the virus.The last Mara Bertolini heard of her father Carlo, the wine historian, was when someone from the morgue called another family member to say they had his body.She holds no grudge against the hard-worked doctors, she said.What struck her most about her father’s last week of anguish was the look on the doctor’s face when she met him.”I couldn’t tell whether it was worry or sadness,” she said.”All he said to us was, ‘Stay home.'”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Mourinho to take Spurs training via video amid coronavirus lockdown

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff will put players through their paces from home starting Monday as the club holds live video training sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic.Spurs’ players are in self-isolation with Britain in lockdown and the Premier League suspended until at least April 30.The players so far have been working through their own individual training programs designed by the coaching and sports science teams, and England midfielder Harry Winks said they were still adjusting to the new routine. “It’s a bit strange for all of us, but I’ve got my head around it,” Winks told the club’s website.”We’ve all been given a schedule, but it’s flexible, we can do it in our own time.”So, for instance, I might have a lie in one day, but then I’ll work later. The important thing is to get it done.”On Sunday, the club said it gave Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min permission to return to their home countries. Son flew to South Korea for personal reasons, while Bergwijn returned to the Netherlands ahead of the birth of his child.Tottenham said both forwards will continue their individual rehabilitation and training programs during their time away.Bergwijn is recovering from an ankle injury picked up against Burnley earlier this month, while Son sustained a broken arm last month. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Beaches open in Barcelona as Spain decides on next steps of lockdown exit

first_imgThe government has loosened the terms this week, with people allowed to take exercise and small businesses like hairdressers receiving clients with restrictions to allow social distancing.Under the next stage, bars, restaurants and places of worship will be able to open with limited capacity.In the fourth and final phase, expected around the end of June, beaches will open for sun-bathing and restrictions on shops and restaurants will be further loosened.  The Spanish government will decide on Friday in which regions bars, restaurants and places of worship will open under the next phase of a gradual exit from the coronavirus lockdown, although it looked likely that Madrid and Catalonia would not move forward.In a sign of life returning to normal, Barcelona beaches opened for a short window from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday to allow people to swim and jog. People paddled on boards and swam in the water under the supervision of police.”This is freedom,” said smiling swimmer Marta Torrents, speaking on the beach dressed in a wet-suit. “To be able to go out to sea and swim – for me, this is perfect.” Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries globally from the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 26,000 fatalities. The regions of Madrid and Catalonia, home to Barcelona, account for around half of all recorded infections.The government will decide which regions will move to the second phase of its four-stage exit on Friday and the results will be officially published on Saturday. The country is aiming for a return to normality by end-June.”There are two areas more severely hit by the epidemic – Madrid and Barcelona – and it is perhaps reasonable that in these two areas the exit goes at a slower pace,” Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said in a radio interview on Friday.Spain is emerging from a strict lockdown now in its eighth week, which has battered the economy and led to hundreds of thousands of job losses.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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South Grogol subdistrict head dismissed for issuing e-ID card to fugitive Djoko Tjandra

first_imgAnies condemned the incident and urged officials to obey the law. “It is a must to give the best and fast service, but don’t violate the procedures or ease the requirements, especially on the matter of citizenship administration,” he said. Read also: Indonesia will be ‘ashamed’ if it is ‘made a fool of’ by fugitive Djoko Tjandra: MahfudAccording to Jakarta inspectorate head Michael Rolandi, Asep was personally involved in the issuance of Djoko’s e-ID, having met with the fugitive’s lawyer Anita Kolopaking at his official residence in May.  Michael claimed Asep had merely asked his subordinates to check on Djoko’s citizenship status based on Anita’s request.“The e-ID issuance request was only based on the file picture of Djoko’s old ID and family card stored in Asep’s personal mobile phone,” the inspectorate’s report said.  “The Civil Registration Agency operators on duty issued the e-ID by ignoring the proper procedures because of their deference to the subdistrict head.”Djoko was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in 2009 for embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis.After being at large for more than a decade, Djoko has reportedly returned to Indonesia to file a review of his case, but his whereabouts remain unclear. He was absent from the first hearing for his case review last week.Topics : The Jakarta administration has dismissed South Grogol subdistrict head Asep Subahan for alleged misuse of authority after issuing an e-ID card for high-profile corruption convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed Asep’s dismissal, calling his misdeed a “fatal” violation that should never have happened.“The inspectorate has completed a report and it clearly shows that [Asep] violated e-ID card issuance procedures,” Anies said in a written statement on Sunday. “He has been dismissed and there will be a further investigation into the matter.”last_img read more

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ASEAN’s youth learns financial resilience during pandemic

first_img“For students, I think it is to be expected that they use online learning, but workers were also willing to learn new skills. It really shows a growth mindset among ASEAN youth,” Sathirathai said.However, he added that 69 percent of respondents said that they found it difficult to work and learn from home, including 7 percent of whom said it was impossible. The study noted that the main reasons were poor internet quality, high internet cost and household distractions, among other problems.People who are living outside the capital city and those with a below-college education were also far more likely to face difficulties with remote working or studying remotely during the pandemic.In Indonesia, 29 percent said that they found the internet expensive, but 43 percent said they had a good quality connection. Meanwhile, the survey pointed out that young people in the Philippines and Vietnam experienced the most difficulties.Sathirathai added that young entrepreneurs and youth working in the gig economy faced funding constraints caused by COVID-19.According to the survey, only 33 percent of those who faced funding constraints said they relied more on bank loans, while 31 percent relied on government support and 23 percent turned to online financing.“This is an opportunity for a public-private partnership to solve the funding gap. Youth need the funds to pay for their education, for taking care of their families and for entrepreneurs, to strengthen their businesses,” Sathirathai said.Similarly, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community deputy secretary-general Khung Poak said that member states needed to roll out government support or stimulus programs especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).He also suggested community-based learning to tackle education inequality during the pandemic especially in areas where people did not have stable access to the internet.Meanwhile, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that Indonesia still needed to finish its middle and last-mile internet connectivity infrastructure to provide stable and quality internet connections throughout the archipelago.“However, such a task needs large investment and time to be completed,” he said. “One short-term solution to provide better connectivity is to use the existing telecommunications satellites, but the government needs to ramp up frequency slots to do so.”Studying from home has become an increasing burden for students, teachers and parents alike especially in remote places in the country, which threatens to exacerbate the already endemic education inequality in Indonesia.Topics : He went on to say that 31 percent of respondents also found new business models and new ways to improve income. The trend is especially true for entrepreneurs aged 26 to 35.Young people are the fastest growing investor group as the number of investors aged 18 to 25 grew by 338.61 percent from 2016 to May 2020, according to data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI). Meanwhile, the number of investors aged 26 to 30 grew by 204.97 percent.The WEF survey, which was conducted in June, also found that 64 percent of full-time students and 38 percent of active workers used online educational tools more actively during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young people in Southeast Asia are learning about personal financial management and ways to increase their incomes in order to stay resilient against the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shown.The study, COVID-19 – The True Test of ASEAN Youth’s Resilience and Adaptability: Impact of Social Distancing on ASEAN Youth, showed that 58 percent of people aged 16 to 35 years old had learned better budgeting. Meanwhile, 56 percent learned about the value of emergency savings and 31 percent learned how to increase their income.“It is a tough time and people want to be prepared to face the uncertainties. So, they learn more about conserving and managing cash, as well as ways to save for rainy days,” said Santitarn Sathirathai, group chief economist from Sea, a Singapore-based global consumer internet company that conducted the study along with the WEF.last_img read more

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Australian state to deploy military, impose hefty fines to enforce virus isolation

first_imgAustralia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing tough new fines.Victoria earlier this week imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s daily movements and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of coronavirus.But nearly a third of those who had contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Topics : Andrews said 500 military personnel will this week deploy to Victoria to bolster enforcement of self-isolation orders, with fines of nearly A$5,000 ($3,559.00) for breaching stay at home orders. The only exemption will be for urgent medical care.”There is literally no reason for you to leave your home and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne .Victoria on Tuesday reported 439 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Andrews said 11 people had died from the virus since Monday. In total, Australia has recorded nearly 19,000 COVID-19 cases and 232 fatalities, far few than many other developed nations.last_img read more

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Novavax ties up with SK bioscience to boost supply of potential COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgAs part of that deal, Novavax has committed to supply its vaccine to COVAX, a scheme that aims to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines across the globe.The deal with SK bioscience would help it increase the supply to meet those commitments, Novavax said.SK bioscience will start producing the antigen at its vaccine plant in South Korea this month, the two companies said, adding that they had also signed a letter of intent with the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare to make the vaccine available for its people.Novavax is also gearing up to deliver 100 million doses to the United States by January after it was awarded $1.6 billion to cover testing and manufacturing of its potential vaccine in the country.In an early-stage trial, Novavax’s vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, produced higher levels of antibodies in healthy volunteers after two doses than those found in recovered COVID-19 patients and the vaccine was “well tolerated” overall.The vaccine uses a technology known as recombinant nanoparticle to produce antigens – molecules that are designed to spur the immune system into action. Novavax Inc said on Thursday South Korea’s SK bioscience would manufacture a component of the US drug developer’s experimental coronavirus vaccine in a bid to boost its supply.Shares of Maryland-based Novavax rose nearly 7% in morning trade.Novavax has received $2 billion in funding so far for its coronavirus vaccine, including $384 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Topics :last_img read more

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Sumatran elephant found dead in Aceh

first_img“The BKSDA’s medical team has been dispatched to the location. We are awaiting the examination results to learn the exact time and cause of the elephant’s death,” Agus said on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.Agus added that the elephant had sustained an injury to its right leg. However, he could not say if the injury was the cause of the animal’s death until the results of the examination were known.The elephants, which are found in the wild only on the island of Sumatra, are a critically endangered species.The Aceh BKSDA urged the public to preserve the elephants’ habitat by refraining from destroying the forest. “Destroying elephant habitat could lead to conflict with humans. This conflict could cause financial losses and the deaths of the animals and humans involved,” Agus said. (dpk)Topics : A Sumatran elephant was found dead on Wednesday at a community plantation in Pidie regency, Aceh.Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Agus Arianto said he did not yet know the cause the elephant’s death.last_img read more

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Several patients contracted COVID-19 despite ‘never leaving home’: Task force

first_img“They then became carriers [of the SARS-CoV-2 virus] that eventually infected the other family members,” Doni said during a webinar on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads: StudyThe retired army general urged people to strictly adhere to health protocols, such as by wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance from others, to prevent contracting COVID-19.On Friday, at least 1,929 COVID-19 patients were receiving treatment at the Wisma Atlet hospital, according to data from the task force. Around 1,000 others were in self-isolation at Tower 5 of the complex, which served as the athletes village for the Asian Games.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said he had ordered joint forces of military and police personnel to monitor the enforcement of health protocol across the country.Luhut had been tasked by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with suppressing COVID-19 transmission nationwide amid the recent increase in the number of confirmed cases. (vny)Topics : Health authorities suspect that several patients currently in treatment at the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 hospital in Jakarta contracted the coronavirus from family members, because they had mostly remained at home since the outbreak began.National COVID-19 Task Force head Doni Monardo said around 7 percent of patients told medical personnel that they had rarely or never left home prior to their treatment at the provisional hospital.He added that medical workers suspected they had caught the virus from family members going about activities outside of their home without properly protecting themselves.last_img read more

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Ian Wright says Arsenal should already be looking to replace Unai Emery regardless of Leicester result

first_imgAdvertisement Ian Wright says Arsenal should already be looking to replace Unai Emery regardless of Leicester result Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2045018/This 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.‘They’ve got to be looking at candidates now. I can’t see how all of a sudden from now, coming up against Leicester, I can’t see how it’s going to get better.‘You’ve got to be thinking Arsenal are looking for people, and if not why not?‘It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a Gazidis appointment the way things have worked out.‘If Arsenal don’t make the Champions League, which they won’t do the way they are playing at the moment, he’s got to go and the sooner the better.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery, himself, admits tonight’s match against Leicester, who have won eight of their last night matches, represents a must-win scenario for his side who have blown leads in their last four matches.‘This a very big opportunity. After two matches at home that we drew, tomorrow is a very good opportunity. Yesterday the players worked and trained very well with a good spirit and they give me confidence,’ said Emery.‘The most important is our mentality and going there thinking: ‘We are Arsenal.’ And we will go there with confidence and also strong in our mentality to be together to go to work against them.‘The circumstances – Ozil, Kolasinac, the Laurent Koscielny circumstances and if he was still here then he would still be captain and there would be no problem. But the team inside now, they are strong. ‘Is this must-win? Yes. But in our mind, for each match it is only to win.’Will Arsenal beat Leicester?Yes0%No0%It’ll be a draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans for Arsenal, says Alan SmithMORE: Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka might not play for Arsenal again ahead of Leicester clash Ian Wright believes Unai Emery is facing the sack at Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s result against Leicester (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright believes Arsenal should already be sounding out replacements for Unai Emery, regardless of Saturday’s result against Leicester.The Spaniard is facing mounting criticism following a mediocre run of results which has seen the Gunners claim just one victory from their last six fixtures.Defeat at the King Power would leave Arsenal nine points adrift of the top four heading into the international break and with Champions League qualification essential to their hopes of keeping star players, including the likes of new club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wright fears his old club must act ruthlessly.‘Arsenal, the management side of it, should be at least starting to feel people out,’ he said.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If you look at he stats from Emery to Wenger it’s not improved at all, it’s regressed if we’re honest. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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William Saliba to be allowed train with Arsenal after loan spell expires

first_imgSaliba signed a five-year deal with Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman will be able to maintain his fitness levels with Arsenal and get to know his new team-mates ahead of the 2020/21 campaign when he is permitted to travel to the UK.If the new season’s start date has to be postponed, Saliba will be made wait to make his official debut for Arsenal.Saliba signed a five-year deal when he joined Arsenal last summer and has been hailed as a massive talent in France.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are facing a difficult period after the football shutdown caused financial issues at the club.The Gunners have already asked their first team players and Arteta to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut for the next 12 months and there is unlikely to be any big signings in the next window.Saliba could be one of a few arrivals, as Arsenal focus their efforts on bringing in free agents and convincing clubs to engage in swap deals.MORE: Neymar backed to ‘take over’ from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by former Arsenal and PSG manager Unai EmeryMORE: Former Man Utd hero Jaap Stam rates Arsenal transfer target Orkun KokcuFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment William Saliba to be allowed train with Arsenal after loan spell expires Coral BarrySaturday 2 May 2020 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Advertisement Saliba has been playing in France (Picture: Getty)William Saliba will reportedly be permitted to link up with the Arsenal squad, but the centre-back cannot represent the club if the 2019/20 season resumes.Premier League chiefs are aiming to play postponed games this summer and have devised ‘Project Restart’ which will see the campaign finished behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA have advised clubs to extend loan spells to reflect the new finish date of the season and Saliba has been at Saint-Etienne for the last year.Arsenal signed the talented defender last summer for £27million in a deal which saw Saliba loaned straight back to his former club, Saint-Etienne.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut after the remainder of Ligue 1’s season was voided, it was unclear when Saliba would join Mikel Arteta and the rest of the Arsenal squad.French outlet RMC Sport claim Saliba will be allowed to train with Arsenal and the 19-year-old will be free to link up with Arteta’s squad, although lockdown is yet to be lifted in the UK and non-essential travel is banned.Saliba struggled with injuries during his loan spell in France, but had managed to regain full fitness before the health crisis forced football to stop. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wilfried Zaha opens door to ‘amazing’ Arsenal transfer

first_img Comment Wilfried Zaha wanted to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has opened the door to a move to Arsenal after admitting it was ‘amazing’ to hear of the Gunners’ interest last summer.The Ivory Coast forward was heavily linked to a move to the Emirates last summer but Palace were unhappy with Arsenal’s valuation of Zaha and turned down two bids in the region of £40m for the winger.Peculiarly, Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe for £72m after failing to come to an agreement with Palace and Zaha stayed at Selhurst Park against his wishes after failing to land a move to Everton late on in the window.AdvertisementAdvertisementZaha’s failed to recapture his form this term but Palace are unlikely to demand the £75m they were demanding 12 months ago if clubs come calling this summer.ADVERTISEMENTAnd the winger has appeared to open the door to an offer from Arsenal by admitting it was ‘amazing’ to hear off their interest and that he’s desperate to win trophies. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Jun 2020 6:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.7kShares Wilfried Zaha opens door to ‘amazing’ Arsenal transfer Zaha was keen on leaving Crystal Palace last summer (Picture: Getty)‘It was nice. Supporting them and having them wanting you at the same time, leaves you thinking: ‘this is amazing’,’ Zaha told Rio Ferdinand. ‘But things never worked out so you just have to move on as quickly as possible. I was thinking this may happen and my family was saying ‘wow it’s Arsenal,’ but yeah it just didn’t work out.‘I’m 27, trophies is what it’s all about. If there’s opportunities for me to win trophies then 100 per cent’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to be handed a modest budget this summer and that could be impacted further if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.The Spaniard’s primary objective is dealing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future.The Gabon international has less than 13 months to run on his deal at the club and he’s intimated that he will not sign a new deal.Arsenal must therefore decide if they’re to cash in on the forward this summer or allow him to walk away on a free in 2021.MORE: Anthony Joshua speaks out on knee injury after attending Black Lives Matter protest on crutches Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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At Governor’s Residence, Governor Wolf Joins Cabinet Members, Experts, Community Leaders to Discuss Strategies for Combating Opioid Crisis

first_imgAt Governor’s Residence, Governor Wolf Joins Cabinet Members, Experts, Community Leaders to Discuss Strategies for Combating Opioid Crisis May 04, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor’s Residence,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined members of his cabinet, local officials, law enforcement, health care professionals, emergency responders and stakeholders at a panel today to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting events statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. The Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these conversations in order to hear more about the challenges these officials are facing, as well as the strategies they have built to address this crisis.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “The community leaders here today work diligently every day to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis. This panel is an opportunity to discuss how we can work more collaboratively with the folks on the ground of this crisis.”In attendance at the Governor’s Residence were Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree Blocker.After speaking about administration efforts to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic, Secretary Tennis moderated a panel of issue area experts to discuss their insights and strategies for fighting back against this public health crisis. Panelists included Deputy Secretary of Health Innovation for the PA Department of Health Dr. Lauren Hughes, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, President of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania Deb Beck, Director of Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services Cheryl Dondero, and Director of Community Health Solutions for Adapt Pharma Stephanie Galica.Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “Law enforcement is fighting the scourge of opioids every day, in every county, and on every street across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This problem starts with prescription drugs and then rapidly converts into heroin addiction.  We have become a society that is reckless, promiscuous, and careless when it comes to prescribing opioids.  Until we address this problem, our children remain at risk.”President of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania Deb Beck added, “With nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians dying annually of drug overdoses, we are grateful to the Administration for helping bring focus to the issue.”Director of Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services Cheryl Dondero said, “As a woman in recovery, a mother and a professional with experience fighting this epidemic at both the state and county level, I am extremely honored to be a part of this panel.  The effectiveness and positive impact of any federal or state initiative to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic is dependent on counties’ ability to adapt it to meet the unique needs of their local communities.  County drug and alcohol agencies, with leadership and advocacy from DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis, are uniquely positioned to ensure that happens at the local level.  In Dauphin County, we are realigning most everything we do and how we do it as we move toward being an initial and continuing resource for all residents in our county, regardless of funding source or insurance coverage, for information, education and assistance in accessing drug and alcohol treatment, prevention, intervention and recovery support services.”“The Department of Health is committed to being part of the solution to the statewide crisis that is opioid addiction,” said Dr. Lauren Hughes. “The fight against heroin and prescription drug abuse is a top priority for the Wolf Administration and finding solutions to this devastating addiction will take a comprehensive, collaborative effort from both the government and private sector.”“Pennsylvania is among the most impacted states facing the opioid epidemic, but we are also a leader in how we have chosen to respond to and tackle this issue,” said Thom Duddy, Executive Director, Adapt Pharma. “As a Philadelphia-area-based company, we are grateful for the work Governor Wolf, Physician General Dr. Levine, and Secretary Tennis have done to improve access to immediate-acting tools, such as NARCAN® Nasal Spray. Over the past six months, we have had the opportunity to partner with community leaders, such as the police and school systems, in order to educate, increase naloxone access, and offer support to on-the-ground harm reduction efforts to help Pennsylvanians in their battle with addiction. It is through these efforts and the legislative initiatives of leaders like Governor Wolf that we are hopeful for the wellbeing and future of the Commonwealth.”The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specialty specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is developing the “warm hand-off” process “warm hand-off” process, whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider, as well as Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This program helps communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions at any of the 400+ police station locations across Pennsylvania. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Voting in PA: Absentee Ballots 101

first_imgVoting in PA: Absentee Ballots 101 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott and Darwin Paz October 20, 2016 Innovation,  The Blog,  Voting & Elections If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. You must be already registered to vote to receive an absentee ballot.If you’re unsure, confirm your registration.Here is a straightforward guide on how to find out if you’re eligible to vote absentee and how to apply for an absentee ballot.Who can vote by absentee ballot?A voter needs to have a reason or an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. People who may vote by absentee ballot include:College students.People whose work or vacation take them away from the municipality where they live.People with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place.Members of the military.People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday.Get an absentee ballot mailed to youIf you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the reasons listed above, there are now multiple ways to apply for an absentee ballot.Apply OnlineRegistered voters can now apply online for an absentee ballot with a valid PA driver’s license or photo I.D. from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDot).Note: This option will be available to military and voters overseas by 2020. Until then, military and overseas voters who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day can apply for an absentee ballot by mail.Apply by MailDownload and complete a paper absentee ballot application. Be sure to mark the reason why you cannot get to the polling place on election day.Mail your completed absentee ballot application to your county election office. Try to have it mailed by October 18.Apply in PersonStop by your county election office to apply in person.You received your absentee ballot, now what?Fill out your ballot.Once complete, place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope.Note: Be sure to sign the form, or your ballot may not count.Mail your completed absentee ballot to your county election office. Try to have it mailed by October 25.Deadlines to keep in mind for the November 5 election:In order to make sure you can get your ballot mailed to you and submitted in time, take these steps as soon as possible.October 18: Suggested deadline to mail absentee ballot applications.October 25: Suggested deadline to mail voted absentee ballot.October 29 at 5 p.m:  Deadline for your county election office to receive your absentee application — whether applying online or by mail.November 1 at 5 p.m: Deadline for your county election office to receive your filled out voted absentee ballot.Note: Postmarks do not mean “received.”To learn more about military and overseas voter options or how to apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot, visit the Voting by Absentee Ballot webpage by Department of State.If you have any questions, you can also contact the Department of State by phone (1-877-VOTESPA).last_img read more

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Support Local Small Businesses by Shopping Small Tomorrow

first_img November 25, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf Nearly 1 million small businesses and 2.4 million workers currently call Pennsylvania home, and owe their prosperity to welcoming communities, flourishing main streets, state support and assistance, robust higher-education programs, and a large dose of Pennsylvania pride. In fact, we often hear from owners that running a small business in Pennsylvania is the key to working smart and living happy— traits that stand out among our neighboring states.A nationwide initiative, Small Business Saturday encourages citizens to support local businesses and celebrate the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners.Small business owners can testify to the many personal benefits of entrepreneurship— the ability to pursue a passion, the opportunity to work alongside family, and the means to operate with creative freedom and flexibility are just a few.Small businesses are essential to Pennsylvania’s economic diversity — they commercialize innovative technologies, employ nearly half (46.9 percent) of our private-sector workforce, and account for more than 98 percent of all employers in the Keystone State.The upcoming holiday season offers an excellent opportunity to support the commonwealth’s hardworking business owners. I encourage you to shop local, eat local, and play local — on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 — and beyond. If you’re not sure where to start, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office can help.Pennsylvania is full of incredible small towns and main streets that offer something for everyone, no matter your passion — or your gift list. Visit the world’s oldest bookstore, Moravian Book Shop, on Main Street in Bethlehem. Travel to Byers Choice, Ltd. in Chalfont for your Christmas gifts and ornaments. Choose a bed and breakfast like the Inn at Jim Thorpe instead of a chain hotel for a more hometown experience. The Pennsylvania small business options are nearly endless.Join the conversation on Nov. 26 and post a photo of your small business support on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #SmallBizSat and #PASmallBiz.Thank you for joining us in support of our one million local small businesses this November. Economy,  Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img   SHARE  TWEET Support Local Small Businesses by Shopping Small Tomorrow Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf firma el Proyecto de ley 841 del Senado para brindar flexibilidad a los gobiernos y empresas locales

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf firma el Proyecto de ley 841 del Senado para brindar flexibilidad a los gobiernos y empresas locales SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 20, 2020center_img Bill Signing,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Wolf firma el Proyecto de ley 841 del Senado para brindar flexibilidad a los gobiernos y empresas localesEl Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó hoy el Proyecto de ley 841 del Senado que ayuda a las comunidades y empresas locales a responder a la emergencia por la COVID-19 y proteger al público. El proyecto de ley brinda flexibilidad en los plazos de los impuestos sobre los bienes inmuebles, permite las reuniones públicas y la certificación notarial de documentos de manera remota para que puedan reanudarse las ventas de vehículos en Internet.“Esta legislación bipartidista otorga a los gobiernos y a las empresas locales opciones adicionales para ayudar a quienes pagan impuestos por bienes inmuebles y abordar diversas necesidades”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La COVID-19 sigue siendo una amenaza muy real y cada uno de nosotros necesita continuar haciendo su parte para reducir las interacciones físicas. Esta nueva ley es una manera medida y segura de brindar alivio al tiempo que continuamos monitoreando la propagación del virus”.El proyecto de ley establece lo siguiente:Reautoriza el Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council y exige que estudie la manera en que la COVID-19 afecta a los hospitales y a los sistemas de salud.Permite a los gobiernos locales realizar reuniones públicas de manera remota.Brinda alivio para los impuestos sobre los bienes inmuebles al permitir que los distritos fiscales renuncien a las tasas y penalidades por los impuestos sobre los bienes inmuebles pagados de aquí al 31 de diciembre de 2020.Permite a los distritos escolares renegociar los contratos con los proveedores de servicios con el fin de garantizar el pago del personal y los costos fijos durante el cierre de las escuelas.Permite la certificación notarial de documentos de manera remota.El gobernador vetó el Proyecto de ley 613 del Senado.Ver esta página en inglés.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Signs Budget to Sustain Education, Support Communities Amid Pandemic

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 29, 2020 Bill Signing,  Budget News,  Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health As Pennsylvania continues to address public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state budget that will provide 12 months of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels and makes important investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the economy.“Education must remain a priority even during a pandemic and this budget provides schools with the stability to continue building on the progress we have made to prepare our children for a successful future,” said Gov. Wolf. “Reaching an early budget agreement under these challenging circumstances is encouraging as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.“While this is an encouraging step in the right direction, more needs to be done to ensure Pennsylvania has the resources it needs to protect key programs and investments.”The $25.75 billion General Fund budget in HB 2387 includes an additional $2.6 billion in federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act. The budget sustains funding at current year levels for Pre-K Counts and Head Start, basic and special education in K-12 schools, and higher education. The budget also provides $300 million from the CARES Act to make up for a decline in gaming revenue that annually supports school property tax relief for homeowners.To help communities to recover, the budget provides $420 million to assist nursing homes with COVID-19-related costs, $50 million to help Pennsylvanians with food insecurity and $225 million for grants to small businesses through the Department of Community and Economic Development.The budget also provides $625 million to counties through block grants to help address the disruption to their budgets from the pandemic. The funding will assist counties with the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment, help local governments, and provide grants to small businesses, among other options.“As the state’s economy begins to reopen from the public health emergency, there are still unanswered questions about the state’s finances, but this agreement is an important step to stabilize our schools and put Pennsylvania on a path to recovery,” said Gov. Wolf.The governor also signed HB 1083, HB 2441, HB 2442, HB 2443, HB 2444, HB 2445, HB 2467, HB 2468, HB 2469, HB 2470, HB 2471, HB 2472, HB 2473, HB 2474, HB 2475, HB 2510, SB 166, SB 1108 and SB 1122. The governor vetoed SB 1027 and HCRRR#1.Read the veto message for SB 1027 here.Read the veto message for HCRRR#1 here.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf Signs Budget to Sustain Education, Support Communities Amid Pandemiclast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses

first_imgGov. Wolf: Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 26, 2020center_img Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today reminded all Pennsylvania residents and businesses that masks are mandatory when visiting a business.“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It’s that simple and that important to continue to safely reopen the state and keep our case counts on the decline.”Multiple state government agencies sent a communication to Pennsylvania businesses this week outlining mask requirements:Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me.No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine.Find PPE to protect your workers. Masks and other PPE can be hard to find given the high demand. But we’ve got you covered. Check out our online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. Remember, the virus travels in the droplets we breath out when talking or laughing, not just when we cough or sneeze. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements.The state’s restaurant industry guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements specific to restaurants.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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Local buyers snapping up cost effective terrace homes in Murarrie

first_imgPark Hill Village at Murarrie is offering large terrace homes, filling a gap in the housing market.LOCAL buyers who understand the convenience of living in Murarrie are snapping up terrace homes in Park Hill Village.Marketing manager for the project, Maurie Infanti, said with 22 out of 34 already sold in stage one, it was fair to say that sales were travelling well.“There has been a lot of interest from the local area, with local buyers who know and appreciate the area for what it is,” he said.Location is a huge attraction in Murarrie, and coupled with home-sized terrace homes, the developer has hit on a winning combination.“Proximity to the city and the Gateway motorway is a big attraction, with only about seven kilometres as the crow flies to reach the CBD,” Mr Infanti said.“Then there is the nearby train station and it’s also only about a 14 minute drive to the airport as well. “There are some really good schools in the area, and if you head further south in only a few minutes you’re at Carindale shopping centre.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoPark Hill Village at Murarrie offers views, location and space.Owner occupiers are buying in, loving the benefit of having home-sized living but with the convenience of also having a pool, gym and picnic area without the upkeep.“It’s a nice way to have all of those facilities without the ongoing costs,” Mr Infanti said.He said more people were moving towards terrace homes rather than building their own home.“To build a brand new home on a block of land at Murarrie is very expensive, so this fills a void in the market,” Mr Infanti said.The homes are three or four bedroom, each with two car accommodation and on an elevated position with city and suburban views.To get a feel for what you would be buying, the developer has built not one, but two full sized terrace display homes.“It’s a number one drawcard because people can see the high ceilings and spacious living areas for themselves,” Mr Infanti said.Developed by Juxgold pty Ltd, stage one homes start at $599,000, with stage two set to be released soon.last_img read more

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‘Diamond in the rough’ hits the market for first time in 52 years

first_img21 Oakey St, Stafford Heights.Ms Matthews described the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home as “a diamond in the rough”.“This suburb is really hot, property wise,” she said.“I’d love to see someone put some love into it.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 2019“I won’t be broken-hearted if someone knocks it down and rebuilds.“We know people want to come here because it’s so green and lush.” The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 21 Oakey St, Stafford.She said because her mum had spent a lot of time in the kitchen, they decided to renovate it and also gave the bathroom a makeover.Ms Matthews remembered many good times running and riding around Oakey St.LJ Hooker selling agent Dean Hamilton said there was presently an offer on the property. 21 Oakey St, Stafford Heights.Ms Matthews said the home had “good bones” and needed a lovely coat of paint.“I can’t wait to see the future of this property,” she said.“It would be nice for someone else to have new beginnings here.” 21 Oakey St, Stafford Heights.For Karen Matthews and her sisters, the sale of their parents’ home will be bittersweet.Their parents died in November, only days apart from each other.Ms Matthews said their family home at 21 Oakey St, Stafford Heights, was being offered for sale for the first time in 52 years.“We all grew up here — the four of us girls,” Ms Matthews said.“My eldest sister used to live next door. “She passed away about 10 years ago.“It just means a lot to us. I live in the area as well. It’s like my stomping ground.” 21 Oakey St, Stafford Heights.She said her mum and dad were always about providing for the family.“Mum was a great cook and a fantastic dressmaker, and we always had family gatherings and dinners here,” she said.last_img read more

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Quality that can surely be banked on

first_img2/24 The Strand, North WardListing agent Michele Hyde from RE/MAX Excellence said the property was bigger than most homes yet came with all the convenience of apartment living.“Spacious understates the proportions of this magnificent apartment,” she said.“Perched on our finest and most established hill, just above the marina and Strand, the residence enjoys remarkable privacy and seclusion, yet it’s just a short stroll to the CBD, restaurants and entertainment. “This is a never-to-be-repeated combination of fine luxury, total functionality and the very best lifestyle imaginable.” 2/24 The Strand, North WardMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Number two, the complex’s penthouse, and the home of Norm and wife Jill for the past 11 years, has now come on to the market as the couple is ready to downsize.“It’s been a really great home and we’ve made many wonderful memories here,” Mr Linthwaite said.“Our kids essentially grew up here and we always enjoyed the location and how close we are to the city and The Strand.” 2/24 The Strand, North Ward“A full 7m of beautiful two-pak cabinetry houses the cocktail bar, sound control, display cupboards as well as heaps of storage, and a fifth bedroom or theatre room could easily be partitioned off.“This special combination of fine finishes, space, privacy and central location can never be repeated.” 2/24 The Strand, North WardSpanning across 400sq m of living space and an additional 60sq m of an exclusive use garden, entertaining large crowds will be easily managed. “To ensure easy access throughout, all corridors are wide enough for a wheelchair, and everything is on one level,” Ms Hyde said.“Of course, there’s ducted air conditioning throughout, vacuum-maid, Cbus, Clipsal lighting and NBN as well as lofty 2.8m ceilings to add to the sense of premier living.center_img 2/24 The Strand, North WardRETIRED banker Norman Linthwaite has always been a numbers man. So when the opportunity arose to buy one of Townsville’s most promising blocks of land, he knew value for money was in arm’s reach.Known as “Banking Hill”, 24 The Strand in North Ward is undoubtedly one of Townsville’s most desired addresses with the highly secure apartment complex home to some of the city’s most prominent movers and shakers who live in the six apartments.Commissioned for construction by Mr Linthwaite in 2003, the property is a rare offering with a rich history. 2/24 The Strand, North Ward“The original deed holder of the land was Harold Aplin who, in 1861 granted the land to the Bank of Austral Asia, now known as ANZ.“In 1988/89, Jill and I bought the block of land, so we’re essentially the third owners of the land in 156 years.“There used to be an old Queenslander on the site but the bank knocked it down in 1974 and built a block of units.“That again was knocked down in 2004 after we purchased the land and we built the current block of apartments that are here today.”last_img read more

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Helensvale is hot property with big sales results on Gold Coast

first_imgillawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said a high proportion of buyers were already Helensvale residents who are looking to upgrade or downsize“The Surrounds has clearly struck a chord with those who love living in this part of the Gold Coast, but want to be able to better tap into the Gold Coast’s famous lifestyle and amenities.“While many buyers have come from further afield, a high proportion are already Helensvale residents who are looking to upgrade or downsize.” Lorraine and Joe Passeri have lived in the Helensvale area for the past 30 years and were looking to downsize, but didn’t want to move out of the area. They bought at The Surrounds.Buyers Lorraine and Joe Passeri have lived in the Helensvale area for the past 30 years and were looking to downsize, but didn’t want to move out of the area. “We wanted something smaller than our large acreage home — something that we could manage ourselves well into the future — but everything we need is close by in Helensvale,” Ms Passeri said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoRender of Helensvale’s The Surrounds.Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the sales proved demand for quality land on the Gold Coast remained strong.“With construction of the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail well underway, Helensvale is continuing to transform as a thriving suburb.center_img Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the sales at The Surrounds proved demand for quality land on the Gold Coast remained strong.GOLD Coasters have snapped up more than 100 land lots at The Surrounds since developer Villawood Properties launched its $500 million Helensvale community less than 12 months ago. The sellout sales result has prompted the developer to fast-track future land releases and push on with the construction of the display village and $4 million leisure centre.last_img read more

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Hundred-year-old Queenslander has style to spare

first_imgWhat a beauty. Take a look at 10 Markwell St, Auchenflower. 10 Markwell St, Auchenflower.McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington selling agent Alex Jordan said the circa 1908 Queenslander was flawlessly refurbished and redesigned to offer an idyllic lifestyle.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The manicured 844sq m north easterly facing block is close to The Wesley Hospital and elite schools. 10 Markwell St, Auchenflower.The property was marketed as being on the high side of the prestigious street.The home’s hallway leads to a spacious open-plan living/dining area and features within the home include pressed metal ceilings and a fireplace for winter. 10 Markwell St, Auchenflower.A four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Auchenflower has sold for more than $1 million.The property at 10 Markwell St fetched a sale price of $1.3 million on September 4. Enjoy having a feast at 10 Markwell St, Auchenflower.The entertaining deck spills onto a child-friendly level lawn.The front porch captures city glimpses and there is plenty of storage underneath the home to use.The Auchenflower home is only 4km to Brisbane’s CBD and a stone’s throw away to shops, cafes and a local patisserie.last_img read more

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University, TAFE student rental surge pushes vacancy rate down across the capitals

first_imgStudents in Queensland are now in week 1 of classes at university while those down south in NSW are in the midst of O Week including Clarice Campos, 34, studying a Masters of Accounting, Xi Chen, 29, studying a Master of Accounting, and Mahreen Othai, 19 studying a Bachelor of Accounting.THOUSANDS of students converging on universities and tertiary institutions have helped push vacancy rates down across the capitals, latest data has found.Nationally, vacancies fell to 2.3 per cent in January, down from 2.5 per cent in December — with the number of vacancies dropping to 74,113, according to SQM Research data out today. Brisbane was the second best place for students and workers to be househunting for rentals in January of all the capitals, with 11,505 vacancies. Only Sydney had a greater number of properties vacant in the month (15,775). Brisbane posted a 0.2 percentage point drop compared to December, falling to 3.6 per cent — the same as it was last January.SQM Research head Louis Christopher said the tighter rental markets in most capital cities was to be expected in the first month of the year.“We’ve seen falls across all cities, as students prepare for their first semester of study and lease new homes, and workers also secure new rentals,” he said.Pity the students trying to find accommodation in Hobart which was the tightest of all rental markets with a vacancy rate of 0.4 per cent, up slightly from a record low of 0.3 per cent in December. Canberra was also tight at 0.9 per cent, along with Adelaide 1.5 per cent, Melbourne 1.8 per cent.Sydney’s vacancy rate was 2.3 per cent, with Darwin on 3.1 per cent but the best place to seek out rental deals was Perth, which posted the highest vacancy rate of the capitals at 4.4 per cent in January — down 0.7 per cent compared to the same time last year.“We are seeing very tight rental conditions in Hobart, which is putting strong upward pressure on rents,” he said. “While Sydney’s vacancy rate has dropped, it is still well up on levels this time last year. If the vacancy rate holds at this level in coming months, Sydney will be more of a tenant’s market in 2018 and rental growth could continue to ease.” CAPITAL CITY RENTAL VACANCY: Hobart 0.4 per cent: 126 vacanciesMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago Canberra 0.9 per cent: 569 vacanciesAdelaide 1.5 per cent: 2,793 vacanciesMelbourne 1.8 per cent: 9,744 vacanciesSydney 2.3 per cent: 15,775 vacanciesDarwin 3.1 per cent: 941 vacancies Brisbane 3.6 per cent: 11,505 vacancies Perth 4.4 per cent: 8,909 vacancies National 2.3%: 74,113 vacancies FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Modern designs on large blocks are keenly sought in Salisbury

first_img124 Golda Avenue, SalisburyMODERN homes on large blocks sell fast in Salisbury because they are so few and far between, a local real estate agent says.Mark Ward Property principal Mark Ward said it was generally an older housing market so contemporary homes were hard to come by.He recently sold a modern two-storey home on a 600sq m block for $850,000, making it the top sale in the Southern Star region to the week ended February 26.“We would have had 30 groups through (at inspections) and we had multiple offers,” Mr Ward said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020124 Golda Avenue, Salisbury“It was a bit unusual to have a contemporary home on a big block.“Homes like that don’t normally come up often on the market in Salisbury.”He said the size was what ultimately attracted buyers to the property.“The size was number one – there’s just so many different living areas,” Mr Ward said.Despite a lack of more modern homes, Mr Ward said there were still plenty of people looking to buy in the area.“The last couple of years in Salisbury have been really strong,” he said.last_img read more

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Beach house sells for $4m discount, still setting a record for the Sunshine Coast region

first_imgThis mansion at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $18 million.A SUNSHINE Beach trophy home has sold for $4 million less than it was advertised for, but the $18 million sale price still sets a new record for the entire Sunshine Coast region.In one of the biggest real estate deals in Queensland in recent years, the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion at 21-23 Webb Road was listed with an eye-watering $22 million price tag, but records have revealed it actually changed hands for $18 million on March 16. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The view of the pool from the home at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Paul Smith. This property at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $18m. Picture: Paul Smith.The Webb Road property features 44m of beach frontage, a hotel-style glass swimming pool and a domestic and commercial kitchen.It also includes­ private self-contained guest ­accommodation, with ocean views from every room. Inside the property at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach. Picture: Paul Smith.Mr Russell also reportedly recently snapped up cricket star Shane Warne’s grand Victorian home in Melbourne’s Brighton, in a deal worth close to $20 million. The sale price of the home of tennis great Pat Rafter has been revealed as $15.2m. This property at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, was listed for $22m but sold for $18m. Picture: Paul Smith.It is understood the home was bought by a company associated with Singapore-based David Russell, co-founder and owner of private equity group Equis Energy.Selling agent Nic Hunter of Tom Offermann Real Estate told The Courier-Mail Mr Russell “fell in love” with 21-23 Webb Road after just a two-hour inspection. MODERN MANSION SETS NEW RECORD More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago HOW TO MAKE $100K IN 9 MONTHS PAT RAFTER LOSES MILLIONS IN PROPERTY DEAL Cricket star Shane Warne recently sold this home in Brighton, Melbourne.The Webb Road absolute beachfront estate is only streets away from where tennis great Pat Rafter sold his beachfront home, with the sale price recently revealed as $15.2 million — a $2.8 million discount on what the Rafters had forked out to develop the property.last_img read more

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Gold Coast harbour front villa hits market for first time in 20 years

first_imgThe villa at 5604 Harbour Tce, Sanctuary Cove.THE privacy and position of this Sanctuary Cove harbour front villa are what makes it so special.Owner Cassandra Dean-Rankin said the marina vistas and peaceful surrounds made it the perfect escape from a busy lifestyle.It was what made her buy the rundown, Tuscan-inspired property 20 years ago. The open living, dining and kitchen area is sleek as ever. Could get used to lazing by the pool. Check out those views!center_img Black and white gives it a sophisticated style.“The bones of the property are very good (but) I’ve made it so you can walk away and not have to maintain it,” Ms Dean-Rankin said.“My favourite part is the front courtyard. “It’s going to be sad to say goodbye.”A new kitchen, the master bedroom’s private balcony, a fireplace and courtyard overlooking the marina with outdoor bar, barbecue and pool are standout features of the home. Cocktail by the pool anyone?More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoShe figured it would be relatively easy to improve the two-storey home’s style but said the position couldn’t be beaten.“I lived in Hong Kong and came back and thought, ‘I really want to buy one of those harbour front villas’,” Ms Dean-Rankin said.“I’m right in the curve of the horse shoe so I’m very protected.”While she changes the home’s style regularly, Ms Dean-Rankin said a renovation had brought its design up to a more modern standard.last_img read more

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