Ashquay seeks Newport deal

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KF loses work as staff defect

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Governor Wolf Celebrates Drug Take-Back Box Success, Announces Philadelphia Police Naloxone Funding at Visit to Walgreens

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Wolf was joined by Acting Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith, Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Gary Tuggle, and executives and staff of Walgreens to celebrate the success of the prescription drug take-back box program and to formally announce additional funding to provide the Philadelphia police with naloxone.“The opioid and heroin abuse crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard and this crisis doesn’t discriminate – it hits every age group, every creed, color, and income level,” Governor Wolf said. “We know that one of the leading causes of opioid availability, which can lead to a crippling and life altering addiction, is over prescription of these powerful drugs.“Leftover opioids can be sold, or abused by family members, leading to even more people affected by their presence. That’s why I am proud to be here to celebrate one of the key steps my administration has taken to combat this crisis.”In collaboration with partners such as Walgreens and local law enforcement, Pennsylvania has created over 580 drug take-back locations in its 67 counties.“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Pennsylvania stores, and offering naloxone without requiring a prescription, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Kim Treece, Walgreens regional vice president in Pennsylvania. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”Addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose is a major component of Governor Wolf’s commitment to fighting the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, has worked to install secure and permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in communities across the state. Walgreens has participated in the drug take-back box program in Pennsylvania since late December.Since 2014, Pennsylvania communities and their partners have properly disposed of and destroyed over 118 tons of prescription drugs.In 2016 across Pennsylvania, 124,335 pounds, or almost 62 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected and destroyed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the DEA. Last October, during its fall National Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA and its partners collected more than 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites.To find a take-back box location for the disposal of prescription drugs, visit https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/PillDrop.aspx.While at Walgreens, Governor Wolf also formally announced the award of $200,000 in funding from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for approximately 5,000 naloxone kits to be purchased by the Philadelphia and SEPTA police.“In 2016, there were more than 900 overdose deaths in Philadelphia and making naloxone more available to Philadelphia City and SEPTA police is key to reversing overdoses and saving lives,” said Jen Smith, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “DDAP continues to be proactive in our fight against dangerous opioids and additional funding will help in this proactive initiative and reduce the number of heroin and opioid overdose deaths.”The number of opioid overdose deaths in 2016 is expected to be higher than 2015 when 3,500 people died from overdoses.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. Governor Wolf Celebrates Drug Take-Back Box Success, Announces Philadelphia Police Naloxone Funding at Visit to Walgreens May 11, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Skytower unit price cut by $40K in almost complete tallest building

first_imgThe building was “architecturally unique”. Picture: Realestate.com.auMr Christopher said what was happening in Brisbane’s CBD was asking prices had dropped 4.4 per cent over the 12 months while rents were down 0.1 per cent in the same period.“Gross rental yield sits at 5.66 per cent for two bedroom units in postcode 4000 and the current vacancy rate is 5.2 per cent, marginally down from June’s rate of 5.25 per cent.”According to the Realestate.com.au listing, the unit was “only a walk away to QUT”.“This is an ideal investment opportunity to secure a tenant who studies full time. Current median rent for two bedroom apartments in Brisbane city is sitting at $595pw.”When completed in December, the building was expected to be a 274m skyscraper with 90 storeys topped by an infinity pool. The tower is being developed by Sydney firm Billbergia and AMP Capital, and built by Hutchinsons Builders. 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000. Picture: Realestate.com.au The type of view developers expect to provide in Skytower. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe unit was being marketed at investors targeting upmarket university renters. Picture: Realestate.com.auSQM research head Louis Christopher said this particular unit price had dropped from $520,000 in August to $480,000 now.The reason given for the unit at 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City being on the market now was “the vendor’s circumstances have changed and they need to sell the apartment”.Mr Christopher said the Skytower building was “considered architecturally a unique and modern design that stands out from the rest”.“The level 19 apartment has one bedroom plus study or second bedroom, 68sq m internal floor space, state of the art finishes and is north facing with fantastic views,” he said.This unit doesn’t have any parking, but does have access to “luxury living with resort style pools, gym, health club and spa”. Common spaces were expected to have breathtaking views. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img Not a bad place to burn some calories. Picture: Realestate.com.au 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000. Picture: Realestate.com.auEAGLE-EYED buyers can expect to see some major discounts peep through the Brisbane CBD as developers look to clear all stock in massive apartment towers nearing completion.A brand new two bedroom 68sq m unit in Brisbane’s Skytower skyscraper has been slashed in price by $40,000. The building’s settlement date looms before Christmas when buyers who’d put deposits down in 2015 were due to pay up the full price.last_img read more

Swiss central bank washes hands of role in pension funds’ woes

first_imgSustainable retirement provision, he added, would enable monetary policies to continue to have “full effect in future”.Jordan also took pains to point out what he saw as a disconnect in the perception of the Swiss system.“On the one hand, our three-pillar system is praised for its balance and resistance to crisis,” he said.“On the other, there is a broad consensus that the current system must be adjusted to the realities of demographics and the financial markets.”The SNB’s president also cited the AV2020 reform package as one of several possible ideas for the system’s future, and named the dean of Lucerne’s economics department, Christoph Schaltegger, as one of the experts who presented alternative concepts.In an interview with the Notenstein La Roche private bank at the end of June, Schaltegger argued that, while the “right questions” had been asked during the AV2020 consultation phase, there was now a “lack of courage to take the right steps”.Together with his colleague Lars Feld, Schaltegger called for an increase in retirement age, as well as boosting contributions to the AHV, either via salaries or VAT.But he also warned about cross-financing between active and retired members in the second pillar, citing studies showing that every new retiree’s pension portfolio is around 20-30% short of full funding.Jordan, in a speech marking the opening of Lucerne’s economics department, called on “all students, teachers and researchers” to help solve the problems in the retirement system. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has downplayed the impact of its policies on the country’s beleaguered pension funds, arguing that a “major part” of the system’s problems were of a “structural nature”. SNB president Thomas Jordan, speaking at a University of Lucerne event earlier this week, said the true cause of the Swiss pension system’s woes were “regulation, the real economy and demographics”.   “Central banks cannot solve such problems,” he said.He said the SNB was aware that the current investment environment – “keyword, negative yields” – was “difficult” for Pensionskassen, but he argued that the central bank’s monetary policy of prioritising price stability had contributed to a “strong foundation” to build “economic growth and prosperity”.last_img read more

​Informed consumers give up returns for sustainable funds, study finds

first_imgJake Reynolds, executive director, sustainable economy, at CISL, said: “The study shows that people want more from their capital than returns. Given the right information they will avoid investments which harm people or the environment.”In the real world, he said, most savers were not given that information so they were unable to make positive choices.“Given what we know about climate change, destruction of nature and high levels of inequality, that needs to change,” said Reynolds.‘No significant effect’ from income, gender and education Participants in the study – a sample of 2,000 US citizens – were asked to choose between pairs of differently-specified funds. CISL said that in order to simulate real investing behaviour, they knew they had a chance of receiving a $1,000 investment in a fund of their choice.The results were analysed to show how decision-making was affected by the presence of environmental and social information on fund fact sheets alongside traditional financial data.The Investment Impact Framework, developed by CISL and the ILG, was used as the model to present the social and environmental information.The study also found under-35s to have a stronger preference for sustainable investment than other age groups, while income, gender and education had no significant effect on choices.It also showed people had a stronger preference for avoiding funds rated poorly for sustainability than for actively choosing funds with high sustainability.The study report can be found here. A new study conducted in the US has shown that when given the enabling information, consumers much prefer to put their money into sustainable investments and are willing to accept give up returns of up to 2-3% to do so. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in conjunction with the Investment Leaders Group (ILG), carried out a “virtual investment experiment” to analyse the extent to which the investing public valued sustainability.CISL and ILG said the experiment was different because rather than asking people for their opinion, the researchers observed how they behaved in practice when making fund choices.The experiment – which used “a unique, science-based rating formula” developed by CISL to communicate the social and environmental impact of funds – revealed a strong preference for sustainable investing even when returns of up to 2-3% points were sacrificed.last_img read more

Builder helps ease Townsville housing crisis

first_imgTropical Homes general manager Will Porter with new tenant Jess Lacaze as Jess and her family have been affected by the recent floods and needed a new home. Picture: Zak SimmondsA TOWNSVILLE builder is renting newly built homes ­instead of selling them to help ease the city’s housing crisis following the floods.Tropical Homes build spec homes, which are then listed for sale to cater to people who want to buy a brand new house without having to wait for it to be built.They have made 15 of those houses available to renters to help flood-affected families get accommodation; however, they are all now either been rented or have applications pending. They have partnered with Daring and Young Property to rent out the houses, which have been receiving up to 25 applications for a single property.Jess Lacaze and her ­husband Ryan are renting one of the houses in Cosgrove ­Estate and plan to move in today after the Idalia house they had owned for the past 15 years was one of the worst-hit by the floods.Mrs Lacaze said they were forced to self-evacuate with their two dogs after the water became waist high.“We were about two streets back from the Ross River so now everything in our house has to be ripped up,” she said.“After the initial shock and clean-up we started looking for a place to live.”Mrs Lacaze said she saw an advertisement for the houses and attended the open home on Sunday, where she put in an application.More 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 2020“The next day we got a phone call that we had the house and it was such a relief,” she said. “We had been living with friends who had taken us in.”Tropical Homes general manager Will Porter said they were working to have more houses available.“There were spec homes that were for sale but now they are being used as rentals,” he said. “We’ve got a couple more homes coming through the system that we’re trying to get ready but they are being snapped up before they are even ready.”Since the floods the ­Department of Housing has received hundreds of calls for emergency housing assistance following the floods.While updated vacancy rates following the flood are yet to be released, agents are reporting the number of available rentals has dramatically dropped. On Thursday the REIQ announced they have partnered with the REA Group who own listing portals realestate.com.au and flatmates.com.au to try to help more displaced families get housing.Flatmates.com.au is waiving listing fees for people in Townsville opening their homes rent free to anyone in need of short-term accommodation.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the website could be used to list spare rooms suitable for tradespeople who were in town for a short period of time.“The displaced locals whose homes have flooded and the hundreds of workers who have come to the area to start on repairs place a strain on available accommodation.”last_img read more

Gondan delivers third LNG-fueled tug to Østensjø Rederi

first_imgImage courtesy of GondanSpain’s Gondan Shipbuilders said that Audax, the third LNG-fueled tug has been delivered to its owner Østensjø Rederi, following the completion of sea trials. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, Dux, was delivered by the company last May, and the second one, Pax, was delivered in July.Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan, these vessels, with 40.2 meters length will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north Hammerfest LNG terminal located at Melkøya under severe weather conditions.Built to withstand harsh environments, the vessels are shaped specifically to grant full operational availability at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero while using LNG in most of their operations.Among their duties, they will conduct approximately 300 LNG ship escorts annually, will assist with berthing operations and will be maintained in readiness for emergency services such as long line towing, firefighting, and oil spill response.last_img read more

Smacking law has criminalised parents – top lawyer

first_imgNZ Herald 17 November 2014Leading public lawyer Mai Chen says New Zealand’s 2007 changes to smacking law have criminalised “good parents”.A legal opinion signed by Ms Chen for the lobby group Family First says case law since Section 59 of the Crimes Act was changed have confirmed that is now illegal for parents to use force against a child for the purpose of correction, even if the force is “reasonable”.“Therefore, in our opinion, statements made by politicians to the effect that the new Section 59 does not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect of Section 59 and the application of that section in practice,” the opinion says.Ms Chen and her firm Chen Palmer declined to comment on the opinion, but Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the law should be changed again, in line with the Australian state of Victoria, to clarify that “light smacking” should be allowed as long as it did not involve either the use of implements or hitting a child’s head or neck.“We are calling for the decriminalisation of light smacking. Eighty-eight per cent of New Zealanders called for that in a referendum [in 2009],” he said.Police reviews show that police investigated 143 alleged cases of “smacking” and 435 allegations of minor acts of physical discipline, such as slapping and hitting children, in the first five years of the new law up to June 2012.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11359923last_img read more

Good palliative care could avoid need for euthanasia debate – expert

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 February 2016Family First Comment: “If palliative care was consistently high quality, accessible and saw more money spent on research for end of life drugs and services, New Zealand would likely not need to have the assisted suicide debate, he believed.” ExactlyIf palliative care was consistently of high quality, and fully available, New Zealand would likely not need a debate on assisted suicide, an expert believes.ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill is currently before Parliament’s health select committee, following a period of submissions which closed on February 1.Dr Michael Downing said for a small percentage of the population it was extremely important to appoint their own time of death, but he asked if that was a good reason to change the law.“To what extent do you modify the law for a very small but important percentage?”The Canadian-born doctor has been the palliative care medical lead for the South Canterbury District Health Board for two years.He saw the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 1999, and in his homeland of Canada in February 2015. He said he was now hearing the debate in New Zealand.A broad sector of the population supported legislation for assisted suicide here, with 71 per cent wanting a law change in a 2015 New/Reid research poll.Based on other countries’ experience, however, only a few would follow through with it if legalised.“It’s an interesting mismatch.”If palliative care was consistently high quality, accessible and saw more money spent on research for end of life drugs and services, New Zealand would likely not need to have the assisted suicide debate, he believed.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/76850162/Good-palliative-care-could-avoid-need-for-euthanasia-debate-expertlast_img read more