Governor Wolf Applauds New Department of Labor Regulations Governing Overtime Pay

first_img May 18, 2016 Governor Wolf Applauds New Department of Labor Regulations Governing Overtime Pay SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor for extending overtime pay eligibility for 4.2 million Americans. This new regulation will affect 185,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf released the following statement:“I applaud the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor for extending overtime pay eligibility to millions of hardworking Americans. This new rule will help 185,000 Pennsylvanians, and as I have said, no one who works 40 hours per week or more should have to struggle to pay rent, put food on the table or provide for their family. This rule will put more money in the pockets of middle-class workers and provide future protections and clarity. For too long, large sectors of our workforce have not been treated fairly or compensated appropriately for their work, and this action will provide the necessary economic security. This is an important step, but here in Pennsylvania we must do more, which is why I look forward to working with the legislature to increase the minimum wage to support workers and local businesses, create new jobs and boost state revenue by more than $60 million annually.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Sherwood development hot property with six sales in one day

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoM25 at Sherwood apartments.Lacey Developments has $30 million worth of work in the pipeline but for the time being they are focusing on the Sherwood area just 9km’s from the CBD.The developer is also the builder of M25, giving buyers the advantage of efficiencies in design and delivery, cost effectiveness and a singular vision.DUKE Realty director Sam Patterson said M25’s address was a huge lure for both owner-occupiers and investors.Mr Patterson recorded six M25 apartment sales in the first weekend of its launch.“For buyers who missed out on 9SW, this is their opportunity to secure just as great a product in a fantastic location,” he said.“Sherwood is one of Brisbane’s more established and beautiful suburbs on the Brisbane River.“Residents can walk to fantastic local cafes and restaurants on Sherwood Rd, and are just minutes to public transport.”Pricing for a two-bedroom residence at M25 starts at $475,500, with construction expected to be completed by December this year. M25 at Sherwood apartments are proving popular with six selling in just one day.SIX sales in one day makes M25 at Sherwood one of the hottest apartment developments in Brisbane.With construction now underway, the six-storey development is set to replicate the developers sold-out project at a neighbouring site called 9SW.Lachlan Lacey of Lacey Developments said M25 had a similar design and layout to its popular 9SW development but with higher specifications.“The quality of the apartments is reflected in the exposed brick interior, timber flooring, stone benchtops, high ceilings and broad windows,” Mr Lacey said.“Buyers can have confidence in the product simply by looking at what has been created 100m away at 9SW.”last_img read more

Gold Coast apartment changes hands for $1.55 million

first_imgWhat a view!A GOLD COAST sub-penthouse with stunning views stretching across the Broadwater has changed hands for $1.55 millionAna Tulloch of LJ Hooker Broadwater negotiated the sale of this two-bedroom Labrador residence.The apartment is on the 21st floor of the Lumiere Residences and offers spectacular Broadwater and Hinterland views.2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador. 2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.“Quality in Lumiere Residences is unquestionable with minimalist & homely style that embraces the concept of light, space and natural airflow in its design complete with timber flooring and outstanding floor to ceiling glass walls to take in the best views the Coast can offer,” the listing states.“Never to be built out this 223sq m Sub Penthouse sits on the fringe of lush parkland opposite the glistening Broadwater with views that have to be seen to be believed.”2102/230 Marine Pde, Labrador.last_img read more

EIOPA approach to sponsor valuation ‘inconsistent, arbitrary’, says USS

first_imgThe Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has warned that the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) proposed approach to valuing sponsor support risks being arbitrary and applied inconsistently.The £38.6bn (€45.2bn) pension fund, the UK’s second-largest, also said evaluating the support of its higher education sector sponsors would require a “very significant” use of resources, and urged the regulator to conduct further work on potential methodology.In its eight-page response to EIOPA’s discussion paper on sponsor support technical specifications, seen by IPE, USS said it was unclear how the proposals would “deliver any extra insight” on sponsor stability compared with the existing system.“It could be argued that the alternative approach is overly simplistic and mechanistic,” the response said, echoing concerns by lobby group PensionsEurope. “The assessment of sponsor support should rely on the judgement of the trustees supported by their professional advisers, so a broad principles-based approach, rather than calculating a single number, should be adopted that would reflect the variety and diversity of IORPs,” the response continued.It also rejected proposals by EIOPA to adopt asset or income covers – which the regulator argued in the discussion paper were already successfully deployed by banks to assess creditworthiness – as a means of gauging sponsor strength.Citing the example of a technology company where its value stemmed from intellectual property and brands, USS said: “The asset cover would be low, and sponsor support may be identified as weak.“This would not reflect the real value of the business and could lead to actions that would be damaging for the sponsoring employer and IORP. Similar weaknesses may be identified in respect of income cover.”The fund further warned about the practicality and cost involved in assessing covenants for multi-employer schemes such as USS, which caters to nearly 400 institutions.“The time and resource required to collect and collate the data needed to value sponsor support under the alternative approach would be very significant, especially given the arbitrary nature of any formulaic output.“If EIOPA does wish to proceed with this type of approach, a great deal of further work would be required on the above areas,” it said.Its concerns were echoed by the National Association of Pension Funds, which in its own discussion paper response said it would be “impossible” to operate the sponsor valuations in the non-profit or multi-employer sector – both labels applicable to USS sponsors.The NAPF said it would prove ”completely inappropriate” to apply a methodology based around credit ratings and data derived from corporate bonds and credit default swaps to the non-profit sector.The UK lobby group also said EIOPA would be “well advised” to discontinue work on sponsor support – and, by extension, the holistic balance sheet – until the revised IORP Directive with new governance and disclosure guidelines had passed.“Many IORPs do not have the resources to consider both sets of issues, and there is a risk the debate on sponsor support and the holistic balance sheet will distract attention from securing the best possible outcomes on governance and disclosure,” it said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to National Association of Pension Funds discussion paper responselast_img read more

Improvised gun puts man behind bars

first_imgPrior to his arrest, Parayao allegedlythreatened to shoot his wife after a heated argument ensued between them.Parayao’s wife reported him to the police, which resulted to hisapprehension around 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 14. ILOILO City – Police nabbed a man for illegalpossession of firearm in Barangay Pasil, New Lucena, Iloilo. Alex Jesus Parayao, a resident of thevillage, was taken to the New Lucena police station. The suspect was detained, facing chargesfor violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms andAmmunition Regulation Act will be filed against him./PN Responding police officers were ableto seize from Parayao an improvised 12-gauge shotgun. last_img read more

Remi Garde acknowledges Arsene Wenger’s longevity in demanding Premier League

first_imgAston Villa boss Remi Garde has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for the way he has managed to remain at the top of club football for almost two decades. It will be the apprentice against the master on Sunday when Villa host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League – 19 years on from Garde becoming Wenger’s first signing as Gunners manager. During a week in which Garry Monk became the latest managerial casualty following his sacking by Swansea, Garde believes Wenger’s reign deserves huge credit. Press Associationcenter_img On Wednesday Arsenal qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the 16th successive season and they will arrive at Villa Park with the opportunity to go top of the Premier League, and Garde believes Wenger is as hungry for success now as he was when he played under his fellow Frenchman. “I’ve got a lot of admiration because I realise how tough this job is in the Premier League, how difficult it is to keep a job and get results,”said Garde. “This is the first side (of the job) and then I remember the club at Arsenal 20 years ago without training facilities without a modern stadium like they have today. All this has to be credited to Arsene. “A football club is not only the results you get today but also how you will build for the future for yourself or for another manager for or another chairman or owner. “It’s part of the credit you have to be given to see where was the club when you got the job and where is it now. Not only in terms of trophies. Of course trophies are the main target all the managers have but also to get trophies in the long term and to build a solid club you have to build other stuff. For that Arsene has done brilliantly. “I think you have to dedicate all your life to football and I’m not sure that Arsene had long holidays or many days off since he took the job at Arsenal. And then you have to be completely focused and more than focused, you have to live for football and your football club. “For some characters and personalities it is more difficult than for others. Arsene has always lived for football and he has been rewarded for that. “For me he still has the spirit to get trophies and he probably still feels strong enough to get trophies.” Jack Grealish will be back in the Villa squad against Arsenal after t he 20-year-old midfielder was overlooked for first-team duty against Watford and Southampton following a breach of club discipline. Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede came off injured against Saints but will be fit for Sunday, although captain Micah Richards is still struggling with the knee problem which ruled him out at St Mary’s. last_img read more

GFF hosts Child Protection Workshop for coaches

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) held a half-day workshop last Friday with National and Academy Training Centres (ATCs) coaches in observance of Child Protection Week, which was observed under the theme: ‘Promoting Social Change to Stop the Violation of Children’.The workshop, held at the GFF boardroom, was facilitated by Senior Child Protection Officer Ms M. Woodroffe and the Agency’s Legal Officer Ms. T. Williams.Woodroffe outlined the objective of the workshop: “It was done to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse and to have proactive involvement of key stakeholders in enabling the safety, protection and preservation of the rights of children. This includes changing mind concepts, attitudes and behaviours towards children.”In opening comments at the session, GFF president Wayne Forde said education about child protection issues is vital for coaches and will become part of coaches’ continuous education.“As football administrators, we have a moral duty to protect children from those who may betray their trust and take advantage of them. It is therefore important that we educate everyone who will come into contact with players on what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Coaches will now have to undergo Child Protection training each year in order to retain their coaching licence.”In an invited comment, Woodroffe added that “the forum also enabled the strengthening of collaborative efforts and initiatives for the support of children, families and communities in promoting social change.”Child Protection Week was observed from September 22 to 28.last_img read more

Badgers set to take on Duluth

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter facing off against three WCHA cellar dwellers during its last three series, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will finally play a top opponent this weekend as No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth will visit Kohl Center this weekend.”The games against Duluth are always competitive games,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said in his Monday press conference. “They bring both teams’ level of play up.”Returning to their home ice after two road series, the top-ranked Badgers hope to use their strong puck movement and quickness to their advantage.”Skating well and passing the puck well are good signs heading into this week on the bigger sheet of ice,” Johnson said.It will take a strong effort in net by Bulldog goalies Kim Martin and Riitta Shaublin if the Bulldogs are to have a chance at slowing the Badgers prolific offensive attack. Both goalies boast a goals-against average of fewer than two per game and have been the backbone of the Bulldog squad all season.Slowing the Badger offense is a task easier said than done as Sara Bauer and Jinelle Zaugg, still ranked first and second in the country in scoring, lead an attack that is averaging 4.60 goals per game.Badger goalies Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour will have their own issues to worry about, however, as the Bulldogs are also averaging more than four goals per game. Led by senior forward Jessica Koizumi, the Bulldog offense has six players already with double digits in points.The much-needed competition that Duluth will undoubtedly bring this weekend has the Badgers excited to defend their stronghold on the conference standings and the distinction as the nation’s top team.”When you compete against one of the top clubs in the country, it’s a fun week of preparation,” Johnson said. “The players get excited about playing UMD maybe a little bit more than other teams.”Unbeaten streak reaches 26With two wins over Bemidji State last weekend, the Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to 26 consecutive games. Despite the impressive feat, Johnson continues to avoid focusing on the streak, instead worrying more about individual games and continuing to improve as a team.”I don’t look at it,” Johnson said of the streak. “I’m not big on looking at numbers or streaks. I try to look at the bigger picture and how we’re playing as a group. I think that once you start looking at individual or team numbers it sets you up for disaster. Your preparation has to be consistent over the season.”Instead of recognizing the team’s remarkable feat, and their dominance over opponents this season, Johnson continues to put team goals as his top priority.”My challenge to [the team] is to try and get better every day individually, and collectively as a team to be better than we were the previous weekend,” Johnson said.Tia Hanson returns to the lineupAfter off-season knee surgery, sophomore Tia Hanson finally returned to the lineup last weekend against Bemidji State, scoring a goal in her first game since last season’s National Championship. Her return to the team will add even more firepower to one of the best offensive teams in the country.”It adds more depth. Tia had a very good season last year, especially in the second half,” Johnson said. “We have a healthy team, and we’ve added more depth to our forward position.”Last season, Hanson spent a lot of time playing on a line with Zaugg and Bauer, but with freshman Kyla Sanders playing in that spot this season, the unit has had a lot of offensive success.”As she continues to get stronger and get more playing [time], we’ll be deeper than we were,” Johnson said. “It’s a good situation to be in. The challenge becomes now where I do put her in the mix.”last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson has dominated tiebreakers to move up rankings

first_imgOn Sunday, Gabriela Knutson was in a familiar place. Tied at six apiece in the third set against Wake Forest’s No. 36 Emma Davis, No. 11 Knutson was entering her seventh tiebreaker in as many matches.Most tennis players feel anxious or stressed out during tiebreaks, Knutson said. But she feels “at ease.”Knutson took the first point of the tiebreaker on a forehand slice against Davis and didn’t relent, winning the tiebreak 7-5 and the match 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).“I wish I had a recipe (to win tiebreaks),” Knutson said, “I just have a lot of confidence down the stretch.”After facing five-straight ranked opponents and posting a 4-1 record during that time, Knutson has relied on tiebreakers to help lead her to an 11-1 season record in singles, the best mark on SU (11-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast). She’s won six of the seven tiebreaks she’s played this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson’s knack for controlling tiebreakers first showed itself on Feb. 24 against Brown’s Alyza Benotto. After dropping the first set against Benotto, 2-6, Knutson fought off a 5-6 deficit to force her first tiebreaker of the season. The junior, who had only dropped two sets at the time, was entering uncharted territory for the season.Despite the early setbacks in the match, Knutson took the set on a 7-4 tiebreak and swept the third set to remain perfect on the season.“If you know you are the better player,” Knutson said the week after defeating Benotto, “you’re going to get it done.”A week after a first set tiebreak helped lead Knutson to a 7-6 (7-6), 6-1 victory at Harvard, Knutson split two tiebreakers against Virginia Tech’s then-No. 61 Natalie Novotna to help lead her to a win in three sets.Against North Carolina’s then-No. 8 Alle Sanford, Knutson faced first and second set tiebreakers and eased through both of them. After it was announced that Knutson was ranked No. 11 in the nation on March 6, the highest ranking in SU women’s tennis history, she gave some credit to her play in tiebreakers as a factor for the rise.Though Knutson prefers to not trail in a match, she said she “knows she can win any match” the moment it enters into a tiebreak.“It’s a lot of pressure,” Knutson said, “You have to focus on every single shot and everything you do. You just have to lock in and assert your dominance from the start.”Syracuse has eight matches remaining this season, all in conference. Six of its eight opponents are ranked in the top-50 in the country, and as Syracuse faces one of the toughest stretches of its season, Knutson knows her consistency at first singles will be key. Five of the upcoming opponents feature a singles player in the top 54 in the country — probable opponents for Knutson.“The ACC is one of the best conferences for tennis,” head coach Younes Limam said on Feb. 15. “When we play in conference, we know we’re facing the best.”As competitiveness rises in conference play during the final month of the season, tiebreakers will be key to Knutson’s success against ranked opponents, she said.“I have won all the tiebreaks before,” Knutson said, “so I just have to be like, ‘You know what, I got this.’” Comments Published on March 20, 2018 at 9:44 am Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Remembering Lowell Hawthorne – ‘The Patty King’

first_imgSouth Florida extends its condolences South Florida Diaspora Extends Condolences  By Garth Rose & Kathy Barrett There has been no shortage of tributes following the sudden tragic death of Lowell Hawthorne, the chief executive officer and founder of the renowned Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill and many in the South Florida Diaspora have joined in mourning the top business mogul.Dr, Rupert Rhodd, FAU professor Dr. Rupert Rhodd, FAU economic professor and co-chair of the Coalition of Jamaica Alumni Associations in Florida, says Hawthorne’s legacy will live on in South Florida. “Although he was known for the business of baking patties and Caribbean pastries, he was also known as someone who we could talk to about community movements and growth,” Rhodd told CNW.“He was (also) always willing to look at the best side of human beings. I’ve never heard a negative word from him about anyone.”Rhodd said he knew Hawthorne through the University of the West Indies (UWI), Alumni Association, where he was a benefactor. “He had a very giving, very generous spirit and personality. Although he did not attend UWI, he was passionate about helping current students,” Rhodd added.Norma Darby – Folklorist Among Hawthorne’s community outreach, was his support for the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Reading Festival.   Norma Darby, the chairperson of the committee that operates the organization in South Florida, extended “heartfelt condolences to the Hawthorne and Golden Krust family” and offered prayers for comfort and strength, during this difficult time.Consul General Franz HallFranz Hall, Jamaica’s Consular General to the Southern USA, also expressed sympathy. In a statement to CNW, he extended “deepest condolences” to the family who is now grieving, noting: “May this stalwart son of Jamaica rest in peace.”Lauderdale Lakes mayor Hazelle RogersOne of the region’s more prominent elected officials, former Florida Representative and current Mayor of Lauderdale Lake, Hazelle Rogers also offered her condolences.Although admitting she didn’t know Hawthorne “all that well” personally, she is well aware of his “business strength and contribution to the community.”Mayor Rogers expressed special condolence to Hawthorne’s sister, Cassandra, who heads Golden Krust’s operation in South Florida and the rest of his family. “My heart goes out to Cassandra and all the Hawthorne family, immediate and extended, during this tough time,” she added.Ambassador Audrey MarksJamaican Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks, also weighed in, adding: “Words are still not able to fully convey my utter sense of shock, disbelief, and sadness since receiving the tragic news about the passing of one of our most visible member of the Jamaican and Caribbean-American community.”Patty KingHawthorne has been hailed as a “remarkable man,” the “Patty King” and a “Jamaican Ambassador” by those who had the privilege of knowing him, and by others who have marveled at the story of his success.From humble beginnings in Jamaica, Hawthorne landed on US soil in 1981 in pursuit of the American dream. And the consensus is that he defied all odds to achieve it!His impact on the Caribbean community in South Florida is evident in the chain of restaurants scattered across the state – 16 of them in Broward and Miami Dade counties alone.The meteoric rise of Hawthorne has been nothing short of extraordinary.The son of a baker from the parish of St. Mary in Jamaica, Hawthorne, along with his wife Lorna and four siblings, opened the first Golden Krust retail location in Bronx, New York in 1989. Today there are over 120 restaurants in nine U.S. states.Hawthorne was the recipient of several local, national and international awards for his business success and philanthropy. With such a success story, it is no wonder his demise sent shock waves across the United States and the Caribbean.Hawthorne succumbed to a self -inflicted bullet wound on the evening of December 2nd at his main office in the Bronx, NY. According to NY police reports, Hawthorne, 57, was found dead shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in his office at the company factory at 3958 Park Avenue in the Bronx, NY. Investigators recovered a handgun and a note but the contents were not revealed.“Our hearts are broken, and we are struggling to process our grief over  this tremendous loss,” Golden Krust said in a statement on Sunday. “Lowell was a visionary, entrepreneur, a community champion and above all a committed father, family man, friend and man of faith.”last_img read more