first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team hosts BYU in a midweek contest on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. MT. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.The contest is the second of four that the Utes and Cougars will play this season. Utah dropped the first game back on March 20, 7-6 in 10 innings. The Utes rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning with four runs to push the contest to extras. The remaining two games are on Tuesday, April 24 in Provo and Tuesday, May 8 in Salt Lake City.The overall winner of the four contests will earn three points towards the Deseret First Duel rivalry series. Utah leads 18.5-10.5 with women’s tennis, softball and baseball remaining for nine total points. Utah has scored points this year in football, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s soccer.The Utes are coming off a Pac-12 series win over Oregon State, which came into the weekend ranked No. 1 in the nation. Utah is 6-7 in its last 13 games after starting the year 0-13.Utah (6-20, 3-3 Pac-12) is fifth in the Pac-12 in batting average (.267) and hits (240). The Utes are tied for second in the league in stolen bases (26) and tied for third in triples (7). Utah leads the Pac-12 in double plays (24), is tied for second in assists (269) and is fourth in fielding percentage (.976). The Utes are first in the league with nine pickoffs.DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., is on a 12-game hitting streak and is seventh in the Pac-12 in batting average (.367), tied for second in doubles (10), leads the league in doubles per game (0.48) and is 11th in slugging percentage (.532). Wade Gulden is tied for fourth in the league in triples (3). Oliver Dunn and Chandler Anderson are tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with five stolen bases. Dunn is tied for third in the league with 19 double plays and 70 assists. Trenton Stoltz is third in the Pac-12 with 15 appearances. Brett Brocoff is one of seven pitchers who has not allowed a home run this year.BYU is 2-2 in its last four games, dropping two out of three to Pepperdine over the weekend. April 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Hosts BYU on Tuesday Written bycenter_img Robert Lovelllast_img read more

first_imgIn recent years, a good deal of ink has been devoted to the idea that a vibrant arts scene makes a community a better place to live. Best-sellers such as Richard Florida’s “The Rise of the Creative Class” have argued that cities can thrive by attracting creative types. And Americans themselves, as repeated Gallup polls have found, say that the variety of social offerings — primarily arts and culture — is the most important factor in keeping them attached to the place they live.But as many artists and cultural groups know all too well, public money hasn’t always followed public sentiment. With that in mind, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations is launching a multiyear project to analyze links among funding, participation, and the vitality of the arts in six U.S. urban centers, starting with Detroit and the San Francisco Bay area. The hope, its leaders say, is to use hard data to develop bold policies to support the arts at the local and national level.In the United States, “the arts are treated as a public good and funded as a private good,” said Jim Bildner, a Hauser Center senior research fellow and an adjunct lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), at a panel discussion launching the new Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America. “The arts community needs to recognize both realities. There may be some public support going forward, but we have to figure out where our audience is, and how to reach them in a cost-effective way.”In launching the initiative, also known as SustainArts, the Hauser Center hopes “to have as broad a conversation as we can with as many stakeholders as possible,” Bildner said.That ambition was echoed during Thursday’s event at HKS, “Are Arts Relevant in a 21st Century World?,” which drew an overflow crowd. If the makeup of the audience — equal parts students in the Graduate School of Education’s Arts in Education program and veterans of the local scene — was any indication, the issue has captured the attention of arts lovers across generations.The arts have an important role to play in revitalizing communities, said Carol Coletta, president of ArtPlace, which in the past two years has awarded $29 million to 80 projects in 46 communities, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Little Rock, Ark., to Miami Beach, Fla. The foundation is primarily interested in how the arts make a community more diverse and vibrant; to that end, she said, ArtPlace gauges a project’s impact on a particular place by measuring its effect on factors like walkability and cellphone activity in the area.A vibrant cultural scene won’t transform a community on its own, Coletta said, but the arts should be a part of a “portfolio of strategies” to transform communities. Increasingly, arts lovers don’t distinguish between nonprofit and for-profit cultural organizations, she added.“People don’t make those distinctions when they’re thinking about what makes a great place,” she said. “In some cases they’re not making a distinction between the great coffee shop and the art gallery — it’s all part of the same thing.”As America’s demographics change, it’s also important for arts organizations to broaden their ideas of how people engage with the arts, the panelists agreed.Traditional Western arts such as opera and ballet may be losing out to technologically democratic art forms like photography and film, but that doesn’t mean communities can’t create targeted programs to draw patrons to the arts, whether through discounts for the opera or “random acts of culture” that bring art to the people. (The discussion paused at one point so the audience could watch a group of opera singers stage a moving rendition of an aria from “Carmen” in the shoe section of a department store in Miami’s Dadeland Mall.)“If you can make [the arts] important enough to people, they will come,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for the arts at the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit funding organization. “But you have to create an atmosphere where you can look around and say, ‘It’s not just me and blue-haired ladies.’ You have to create a scene.”Also, “The idea of a national arts policy won’t originate from the Beltway,” Scholl said. “It’s going to originate from the grassroots communities that we all live in. It’s going to originate block by block, person by person, where people demand it. That’s only going to happen when arts organizations become parts of their community.” (As the speakers noted, the National Endowment for the Arts, the single largest federal funder of arts programs, has a relatively paltry budget of $146 million, a figure that has declined by more than 10 percent since 2010.)Now may be exactly the right moment to address the need for stronger public arts policies, Scholl said. With the larger economy hurting municipal budgets, he said, mayors can no longer “throw money” at companies to keep employers and commerce in their cities. As a result, leaders are looking for cheaper, more creative solutions to help their communities thrive, like promoting a robust cultural scene.“They’re starting to look for other ways to make a place where people want to be,” Scholl said. That may be more important than ever, he added, as recent studies have shown that Millennials decide where to live before they decide what kind of job they’re looking for.Ultimately, what the country needs to ask itself, Scholl said, is whether it considers the arts a vital national interest.“We have a national defense policy, a housing policy, a transportation policy, a commerce policy,” he said. “We don’t have a cultural policy, we don’t have an arts policy. Are we the poorer for it?”The Hauser Center’s initiative aims to answer that question with a mix of data and advocacy. In each city it plans to study — the Detroit project is under way — SustainArts will draw on collaboration with a number of research partners and funders to map the local “arts ecology,” providing data visualization tools that will allow planners to see how people participate in the arts and what drives participation.Detroit, for example, added a small tax last summer to fund its arts programming. Residents grumbled before the tax was passed, Bildner said, but attendance at the Detroit Institute of Arts has skyrocketed. It’s an example of the kind of incentives that organizations should be studying as they look for ways to make citizens feel like stakeholders in the arts.“The arts and culture sector, by its nature, has many voices and lots of opinions about why things are the way they are, but there’s very little factual basis to ground that conversation,” Bildner said after the event. “We’re hopeful that we’ll give communities a basis of facts to influence how they respond to change, and that we’ll enable communities to take responsibility for their arts and culture organizations.”last_img read more

first_imgby: David McMillinDo you remember when writing checks at the grocery store was normal? Can you recall those drives to the bank branch to transfer money to your savings? How about those times you had to call to check your account balances?Banking looks very different today. From new technologies to new compliance regulations and security threats, account holders have adapted to plenty of changes in the banking industry.However, the evolution is just beginning. As a new year approaches, it’s clear that being a bank account holder will come with new surprises. Here are five ways your banking experience might change in 2015.Get ready to swipe a more secure cardThroughout 2014, news of data breaches at major retailers such as Target and Home Depot worried banking customers. In 2015, financial institutions are working toward easing those fears with new EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) debit cards. EMV technology uses a microprocessor chip to encrypt transaction information. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) applauds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for moving quickly to implement the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities (HELP) Act. The rule, which became effective March 31, represents a victory for credit unions, and as mentioned in a letter sent to the CFPB Thursday, will help credit unions provide more credit to consumers in rural and underserved areas.“Thank you for making these changes to the Regulation Z mortgage rules, which will allow more consumers to achieve the American dream of home ownership,” reads CUNA’s letter. “CUNA believes this interim final rule is an excellent example of how exemptions to regulatory requirements can be provided for responsible lenders such as credit unions, and we look forward to future efforts by the CFPB to focus its rulemakings on the problem actors in the industry.”CUNA’s 360-degree advocacy was deployed through a number of channels to inform the CFPB of the credit union perspective and the need for reduced regulatory burden. CUNA’s legislative advocacy efforts led to the highway funding bill that includes the HELP Act being signed into law, and once passed, CUNA’s regulatory advocacy informed the CFPB of needed changes.Specific CUNA-advocated changes include:Credit unions only need one covered transaction originated in a rural or underserved area to qualify for the small creditor exemption. CUNA pushed for this threshold specifically, and though the CFPB could have chosen any numbers up to 49% of covered transactions, it chose CUNA’s advocated position; continue reading »last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Pence did all of this for the usual reason: power, and the certainty that loyally holding Trump’s pants up for four years as Trump rampaged around the place would inevitably lead to Pence’s own nomination as Republicanism’s next presidential contender.Sucker. Now Donald Trump’s contemplating running again in 2024 (if the Secret Service eventually tosses him from the building), and where does that leave Mike Pence? Screwed. It leaves him on the corner of Boned and Screwed, down the street from a crematorium and real close to the sex toy shop.- Advertisement – What does Mike Pence have to show for it now? Not much. He won’t be able to run for president anytime soon, that’s for sure. He might be able to wrangle his way into a Celebrity Apprentice cameo, if that’s what it takes to pay the bills. For now, though, Trump is moping. Multiple reports suggest Trump has completely given up on his day job of being president. CNN reports that “he has thrown relatively few angry fits,” which is how we judge American presidents these days, but is despondent, pouting, and weighing the conflicting advice being given to him by Uday and Qusay Trump, who want him to press his coup-like position because they crave power, and Ivanka, who wants him to pack things in while his (her) brand still has cash value to it. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has no interest in a lame duck agenda or any other presidenting, no matter how much his staffers jingle those keys.The odds that Trump can successfully pull off a coup remain near zero. Eventually he is going to be pried from the building and, realistically, the only face-saving measure available to him will be to claim he will win the next election for sure. Probably. Maybe. For whatever length of time he remains unindicted.In the meantime, take a moment and pour one out for Mike Pence. Mike Pence was a good fascist. Mike Pence protected Trump even when it was long past obvious Trump was not only incompetent at the job, but recklessly incapable of fulfilling it. Even as Trump slid into delusion after delusion, Mike Pence backed him. Even as he committed impeachable acts, Pence was by his side. Even as Trump’s indifference killed a quarter million Americans, Mike Pence took to the podium to make damn sure Trump was able to do it slickly and with minimal interference.- Advertisement – The New York Times gives a bit of an inside look at the Mike Pence team, although to be honest the whole thing could have been written in advance. Mike Pence has been predictable as a sunrise through the Trump years. He wants to “distance” himself from the current completely batshit insane and dangerous thing Donald Trump is doing so as to protect his own ambitions. He also intends to support Trump in doing the insane and dangerous thing to whatever extent he has to in order to keep Trump’s favor. Pence will enable Trump to the end, but Trump has no such loyalty.It is exceedingly likely that Trump is going to announce he will be running in 2024, whether he truly intends to or not. He is obsessed with his cheering rally crowds. He needs the donations to keep flowing—donations that he may not be able to spend with total freedom, but that continue to be aggressively siphoned off to pay Trump’s gargantuan legal bills. He needs to be famous, and not just the kind of famous that allows a person to slap their name on mail-order steaks for pocket change.Whether he follows through with it or not, that means every Republican who has devoted themselves to Trump for the last four years now has their own presidential ambitions on hold, full stop—or they will be considered an enemy of Trump and Trump’s base. Mike Pence can’t run for president until Donald Trump gets out of the way, and nobody has ever, in history, been able to pry Donald Trump out of the way when Donald didn’t want to go. The man is willing to kill off his own relatives out of spite; he would relish the chance to immolate Mike Pence as he did Marco Rubio.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgSingapore’s tally of cases is still inching up but it’s no longer the worst-hit nation outside of China after South Korea saw an over 30-fold increase in a week. Italy, with at least 400 confirmed cases, has now become the epicenter in Europe while Iran has reported an alarming jump in numbers of those infected and dead.“There seems to be more of a willingness to place the community and society needs over individual liberty and that helps in a public health crisis,” said Kent Sepkowitz, an infectious disease control specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.A man wearing a protective mask looks at his mobile phone as he walks through the Marina Bay business district in Singapore, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg/Ore Huiying)‘Not hesitate’ Singapore was aggressive out of the gate and has continued to be. It was one of the first countries to impose restrictions on anyone with recent travel history to China and parts of South Korea. It has a strict hospital and home quarantine regimen for potentially infected patients and is extensively tracing anyone they may have been in contact with.It’s charging a couple who gave false information on their travel history and taking away residency status from a person who breached his quarantine, among other punitive actions.Singapore “will not hesitate to take strong action” against rule breakers, Law Minister K. Shanmugam said in a statement Thursday. “The deliberate breaking of the rules, in the current situation, calls for swift and decisive response.”The consistently forceful posture is in contrast to other Asian nations, who despite being closer geographically to China, have been slower to act. Japan and South Korea are both facing criticism for lax and delayed containment measures that has led to mounting virus cases.As the epidemic that emerged from China threatens to become a global pandemic that could wipe off $1 trillion from world’s gross domestic product, Singapore used its early infections to establish an advanced contact tracing system.It’s now using a new serological test developed by Duke-NUS Medical School that can establish links between infected cases, which will allow authorities to map out the chain of transmission and therefore try to break it. Local researchers had earlier successfully cultured the novel virus within a week of Singapore confirming its first case.A historically “very strong epidemiological surveillance and contact-tracing capacity” in Singapore led to a high detection rate initially, according to a yet to be peer-reviewed study published by researchers at the Harvard University.Past experienceThe country’s experience with the 2003 SARS outbreak in which 33 people died in Singapore, and the 2010 swine flu known as H1N1 where an estimated more than 400,000 people were infected, meant that precautions were already in place. These included ready-made government quarantine facilities and a 330-bed, state-of-the-art national center for managing infectious diseases that opened last year.To be sure, few other countries can recreate Singapore’s circumstances. It’s a small, rich nation without a hinterland or health-care shortages. It’s been ruled by one political party for its nearly 55 years of independence, and local media outlets carry the government’s messaging without questioning, from washing hands to staying at home if someone is not feeling well.In a recorded address earlier this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reassured Singaporeans that the city had enough supplies and that the virus didn’t appear as deadly as SARS, meaning that most people would likely experience a minor illness even if they contracted it. The population has been noticeably calmer since.A pedestrian walking a dog passes a group of people work out in a field at the Marina Bay financial district in Singapore, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg/ Ore Huiying/)Business hubFresh infections in Singapore may still break out given the virus’s long incubation period and lack of symptoms in some carriers. Authorities have tested more than 1,300 people while the Ministry of Health has imposed two-week quarantines on 2,887 close contacts of infected patients. Singapore is also a regional business hub with a large flow of overseas visitors.After a local business meeting was tied to a cluster that spread to countries in Asia and Europe, officials said earlier this month they were investigating residents who attended the meeting to prepare for the possibility of fresh confirmed cases. Three infected people have recovered and no fresh cases related to this meeting have emerged.But what Singapore is showing the world is that when all the stars are aligned, the virus may not be as uncontrollable as feared.The situation “tells you a lot about Singapore’s health care system and their confidence,” said Sepkowitz. As the novel coronavirus starts to gather speed in Europe, the Middle East and the US, there’s one place it is seemingly being contained: Singapore.With no reported virus-related deaths despite 96 cases, and a slowing rate of infection that’s been outpaced by recoveries, the Asian city-state is emerging as a litmus test of whether the deadly pathogen can be, if not contained, then neutralized.The answer is maybe, and perhaps only with the unique combination of factors that Singapore brings: a top-notch health system, draconian tracing and containment measures, and a small population that’s largely accepting of government’s expansive orders. Few other countries battling an outbreak that’s now infected 82,000 globally and killed over 2,800 can replicate these circumstances.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWhile a number of large manufacturing companies are adapting to the shifts in demand toward health equipment and basic necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread layoffs and furloughs have still been seen with small and medium-sized manufacturers struggling.Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said the industrial landscape was changing during the pandemic with some industries thriving and others suffering while the government was looking to strike a balance between keeping the economic engine running and curbing the spread of COVID-19.“We’ve provided stimulus packages and support to keep the manufacturing sector running because it’s the largest contributor to the national economy with a 19 percent share,” Agus told reporters during an online press briefing on Tuesday. According to the ministry’s data, 60 percent of manufacturers have been hit hard by the pandemic, while the rest have seen moderate or high demand. Demand has increased for personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, pharmaceutical products and food and beverages, while the petrochemical sector has also seen moderate demand.A recent survey by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum found that 85 percent of respondents were washing their hands more frequently, while 46 percent said they were taking vitamin supplements, indicating a shift in consumer behavior. The survey findings were in line with retailers’ reports of a hike in demand for hygiene products.The changes in demand have pushed manufacturers to shift their production lines to make high-demand products.Plastic part producer PT Yogya Presisi Tehnikatama Industry (YPTI) and robotics company PT Stechoq Robotika Indonesia have joined hands with Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta to produce 600 high-grade ventilators per month. The consortium plans to start production in May. State-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad, electronics producer PT LEN and airplane producer PT Dirgantara Indonesia have also joined forces to produce ventilators. The three companies worked with the Bandung Institute of Technology to produce 10,000 emergency ventilators by mid-April, according to Industry Ministry data.Textile companies have also been quick to adapt to changes in demand by producing much-needed PPE and masks.“With 28 textile companies that have switched their production lines to produce PPE, we can now produce 1.8 million pieces of PPE per week. We can also produce 20 million medical-grade masks per week,” the Industry Ministry’s chemical, pharmaceutical, and textile industry director general, Muhammad Khayam said.While some companies have been able to adapt, Agus said not all industries would be able to weather the crisis unscathed.“In the textile sector, large producers can shift from producing garments to producing PPE. However, not all companies can shift their lines of production so quickly,” Agus said.In the textile sector, he said, four large companies had been able to export US$3 billion in products during the pandemic. However, 1.5 million workers have still been furloughed, with the majority having worked for small and medium-sized textile companies.“The majority of the industry is suffering, but things are worse for small and medium-sized manufacturers. We will start collecting data on the number of layoffs and coordinate with the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister to provide workers with preemployment card benefits,” he said.Around 2.8 million people have lost their jobs so far, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).Meanwhile, IHS Markit announced on April 1 that Indonesia’s PMI, the gauge for manufacturing activities, had slumped to 45.3, the worst in the survey’s nine-year history. An index reading above 50 reflects an expansion, while a value below 50 indicates a contraction.The situation could get worse as Indonesia’s economy is projected to see sluggish growth, Agus said.“If our economic growth reaches 2.4 percent, then our [industrial] growth could hover around 2.5 to 2.6 percent. However, if our economy only grows by 0.5 percent, we will adjust the manufacturing industry growth projection to around 0.7 to 0.8 percent,” he said.The government projects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year under a baseline scenario and even contract 0.4 percent under a worst-case scenario. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently slashed its projection for Indonesia’s GDP growth to 0.5 percent, which would be the lowest growth rate since the 1998 financial crisis, from 5.1 percent in its October projection.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMore than 75 countries have expressed interest in joining the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, the GAVI vaccines alliance said on Wednesday.The 75 countries, which would finance the vaccines from public budgets, will partner with up to 90 poorer countries supported through voluntary donations to GAVI’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), the alliance said in a statement.”COVAX is the only truly global solution to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Seth Berkley, GAVI’s chief executive, said in a statement. “For the vast majority of countries, whether they can afford to pay for their own doses or require assistance, it means receiving a guaranteed share of doses and avoiding being pushed to the back of the queue, as we saw during the H1N1 pandemic a decade ago.”Together, this group of up to 165 countries represents more than 60% of the world’s population and the interest is a vote of confidence in efforts to secure global access to COVID-19 vaccines, GAVI’s statement added.COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the World Health Organization and the CEPI Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Its aim is to deliver 2 billion doses of effective, approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.The shots will be delivered equally to participating countries proportional to their populations, GAVI said, and deployed initially for healthcare workers. GAVI said last month it had raised $567 million from international donors towards an initial goal of $2 billion to buy vaccines via the COVAX Advanced Market Commitment.More than 100 potential COVID-19 vaccines are in development, with at least 20 in human clinical trials, as scientists seek ways to protect people against infection with the pandemic disease.AstraZeneca, which is developing a potential COVID-19 shot known as AZD1222, has agreed to supply 300 million doses to COVAX if the vaccine proves effective and is licensed.Berkley said that even for countries already pursuing bilateral deals with drugmakers, the COVAX scheme could help reduce their risk if one or more vaccine candidates fail. Topics :last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 04, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Bill Signing Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed the following bills into law:Act 145 (Farry) – Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law, amending the title; & providing for eligibility of firemen of airport authorities, firemen employed by Commonwealth & EMS personnel of cities.Act 146 (Boback) – Amends Title 40 (Insurance), in regulation of insurers and related persons generally, providing for retroactive denial of reimbursements.Act 147 (Miccareli) – Amends the act entitled “An act to establish a Board of Wardens for the port of Philadelphia, & for the regulation of pilots & pilotages, & for other purposes therein mentioned,” further providing for fees.Act 148 (Miccareli) – Amends act entitled “A further supplement to an act, entitled ‘An act to establish a board of wardens for the port of Philadelphia’ & for regulating the rates of pilotages & number of pilots” providing for rates & charges.Act 149 (Gabler) – Act providing for student protection during the transition of a postsecondary education institution to new accreditation.Act 150 (Folmer) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in consolidated collection of local income taxes, providing for the definition of “farming” & further providing for declaration & payment of income taxesAct 151 (Raferty) – Amends the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act, in general provisions; for defs.; in TRID creation & location; TRID planning study; land development powers; for development or redevelopment; for public meeting.Act 152 (Argall) – Amends Recorder of Deeds Fee Law authorizing an additional fee to be imposed and used for demolition; and making an editorial change.Act 153 (Vance) – Amends the Public Welfare Code, in human services block grant pilot program, for defs.; for human services block grant, for powers & duties, for allocation, use of funds, appeals, limitations & construction & editorial changes.Act 154 (Blake) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in general provisions, further providing for definitions.Act 155 (Hutchinson) – Amends the Second Class County Code, in fiscal affairs, further providing for limits on counties of the second class.Act 156 (Hutchinson) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities), in consolidated county assessment, further providing for limitation on tax increase after countywide reassessment.Act 157 (Browne) – Amends CPA Law further providing for defs., for requirements for issuance of certificate, for certificates issued by domestic reciprocity, for licenses to practice & licensing of firms and for peer review.Act 158 (Rafferty) – Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in burglary and other criminal intrusions, further providing for burglary; and, in sentencing, providing for sentencing for burglary.Act 159 (Mensch) – Act designating a portion of State Route 663 in Montgomery County as the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway; various other road & bridge designations.Act 160 (Baker) – Amends Underground Utility Line Protection Law further providing for expiration.Act 161 (White) – Amends an Act further providing for electronic funds transfers; providing for defs.; for consumer protections; payroll card accounts; and making editorial changes.Act 162 (Wagner) – Amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), in creation, alteration & termination of condominiums, for amendment of declaration; in cooperatives, for amendment of declaration; &, in planned communities, for amendment of declarationGovernor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 245 PN 4110 (Dunbar) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in local taxes, further providing for defs., payroll tax, payment of tax, and withholding tax; for tax collection committees, powers of DCED, for penalties & costs of collection, local services & taxes.View Governor Wolf’s veto message below: Governor Wolf Acts on Legislationlast_img read more

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThis five-bedroom house at 17 Orchard Rd, Fairfield, NSW, has a price guide of $850,000. Manly, QLD For sale: A three-bedroom house at 33 Gordon Parade is available for offers over $649,000House price median — $780,000Unit price median — $515,000Distance from CBD — 15kms This four-bedroom beach house at 89 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach, NSW is asking for $2.35 million.In the Brisbane suburb of Fairfield though, you could pay more for a unit than in the Sydney suburb of the same name, with the median unit price sitting at $468,000, compared to $419,975 in Sydney.And the median house price in Queensland’s Windsor is nearly $200,000 more than that of Windsor in NSW, which sits at $670,000. Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at Realestate.com.au, admitted Queensland had it over NSW in the property stakes — despite living in Sydney herself.“Brisbane is far cheaper — more than 50 per cent of homes in Sydney have a median of over $1 million,” Ms Conisbee said.“A lot of the most liveable suburbs in Australia are in Brisbane because of traffic congestion and travel times — it’s a far easier city to get around.”She said the closest suburb comparison was Paddington, with the suburbs of the same name in both states being highly desirable, close to the city and in high demand.“They have similar characteristics, but when it comes to pricing, that’s where you’re getting more bang for your buck in Paddington in Brisbane,” she said. This three-bedroom house at 52 Rosemount Tce, Windsor, QLD, is listed for $849,000. Windsor, NSW For sale: A three-bedroom house at 55 Hawkesbury Valley Way is on the market for between $880,000 and $920,000House price median — $670,000Unit price median — N/ADistance from CBD — 45kms This four-bedroom house at 51 Domitia Avenue, Seven Hills, QLD, is accepting offers in the mid $700,000s Seven Hills, NSW For sale: A three-bedroom house at 24 Nevis Crescent is listed with a price guide of $740,000 to $790,000House price median — $785,000Unit price median — $670,000Distance from CBD — 27kms This three-bedroom house at 33 Gordon Parade, Manly, QLD, is available for offers over $649,000 Manly, NSW For sale: A three-bedroom apartment at 12/29 Marshall Street has an auction price guide of $2.4 million House price median — $3.205 millionUnit price median — $1.315 millionDistance from CBD — 9kms This four-bedroom house at 1 Sycamore Place, Palm Beach, QLD, is available for $949,000. The sellers of this three-bedroom townhouse at 8A/6 Ranley Grove, Paddington, are asking for $699,000+ Paddington, NSW For sale: A two-bedroom unit at 409/176 Glenmore Road is listed with a price guide of $825,000House price median — $2.3 millionUnit price median — $960,000Distance from CBD — 3kms This three-bedroom house at 24 Nevis Crescent, Seven Hills, NSW, is listed with a price guide of $740,000 to $790,000 Windsor, QLD For sale: A three-bedroom house at 52 Rosemount Terrace is listed for $849,000House price median — $851,500Unit price median — $490,500Distance from CBD — 4kms Inside the two-bedroom unit at 409/176 Glenmore Rd, Paddington, NSW. Palm Beach, QLD For sale: A four-bedroom house at 1 Sycamore Place is available for $949,000House price median — $820,000Unit price median — $450,000Distance from CBD — 83kms Tiffany Thayer and Mike Ricketts posing at their rental in Newport, Brisbane. They moved up from Sydney 12 months ago for cheaper house prices. Picture: AAP Image/Josh WoningNOTHING heats up a bit of interstate rivalry more than the State of Origin.As NSW and Queensland prepare to go head to head to battle it out for the crown of rugby league glory, it’s not just on the playing field that one state proclaims their superiority — the competition extends to the housing market.Some Sydneysiders couldn’t bear the thought of living anywhere other than the heart of their beloved city — and they pay a princely sum for doing so.But venture north to Brisbane and things are decidedly more attractive for property buyers who want a little more bang for their buck. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE When it comes to value for money in the property market, there is an overall clear winner, with the median house price in Sydney more than double that of Brisbane.But when you compare property prices in the suburbs of the same name but different origins, it becomes more of a competition.In the trendy suburbs of Paddington in both states, the median house price is above $1 million, but the median house price in Paddington, NSW, is double that of the Brisbane suburb of the same name.In Paddington, NSW, you can get a tiny two-bedroom unit at 409/176 Glenmore Road for around $825,000. A three-bedroom apartment in this complex at 29 Marshall St, Manly, NSW, has an auction price guide of $2.4 million.State of Origin tragic and Belle Property Wynnum Manly agent Haydn Meyer said there was no comparison between the two Manlys when it came to lifestyle and affordability.“For a third of the price (of a property), you get warm winters and balmy summers, ocean and tropical island views, with the southern hemisphere’s largest marina at your fingertips,” Mr Meyer said. “Plus, we have a train — they don’t, so you don’t have to get wet or seasick going to work.”In Palm Beach, QLD, you can pick up a four-bedroom house for more than half the price of a similar property in the suburb of the same name in NSW. This three-bedroom house at 55 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor, NSW, is for sale for between $880,000 and $920,000.(Source: CoreLogic, realestate.com.au) The view from a three-bedroom house at 33 Gordon Pde, Manly, QLD, which is available for offers over $649,000. Inside the three-bedroom apartment at 12/29 Marshall Street, Manly, NSW. Paddington, QLD For sale: A three-bedroom townhouse at 8A/6 Ranley Grove is asking for $699,000+House price median — $1.1 millionUnit price median — $517,500Distance from CBD — 3kms This four-bedroom house at 1 Sycamore Place, Palm Beach, QLD, is available for $949,000. Palm Beach, NSW For sale: A four-bedroom beach house at 89 Bynya Road is asking for $2.35 millionHouse price median — $2.62 millionUnit price median — $1.425 millionDistance from CBD — 31kms This four-bedroom beach house at 89 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach, NSW, is asking for $2.35 million. Seven Hills, QLD For sale: A four-bedroom house at 51 Domitia Avenue is accepting offers in the mid $700,000sHouse price median — $950,000Unit price median — $422,000Distance from CBD — 4kms The kitchen in this two-bedroom unit at 409/176 Glenmore Rd, Paddington, NSW, which is listed with a price guide of $825,000.For over $100,000 less, you can buy a three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse at 8A/6 Ranley Grove, Paddington, QLD, complete with a big deck and within walking distance of the suburb’s restaurant strip.In the waterside suburbs of Manly, both about 10-15km from the CBD, the affordability factor is even more pronounced. ● WESTPAC PREDICTS TOUGH TWO YEARS ● SAM RILEY’S HOUSE FOR SALE ● RICH SUBURBS SHUN SOLAR POWER Expect to pay $2 million for an apartment in the Sydney suburb of the same name — and that won’t even necessarily buy you a view.But in the Brisbane suburb of Manly, you can pick up a three-bedroom house on 650sqm with breathtaking views of Moreton Bay for around a quarter of that price. This three-bedroom house at 138 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield, QLD, is asking for $749,000 Fairfield, NSW For sale: A five-bedroom house at 17 Orchard Road has a price guide of $850,000House price median — $805,000Unit price median — $419,975Distance from CBD — 23kms REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.Michael Ricketts and Tiffany Thayer made the decision to move to southeast Queensland after finding out just how little they would get for their money in Sydney.For around half the price of a shack down south, the couple is building a four-bedroom, two-storey house with a pool and home theatre on the Redcliffe Peninsula.Mr Ricketts and Ms Thayer, who both work in sales, have bought a 400 sqm block of land in Stockland’s Newport development.They are working with builders and designers on their new home and hope to start construction soon. 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