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Massachusetts report shows decline in opioid overdose deaths

first_imgA new Massachusetts Department of Public Health report showing a decline in the number of opioid overdose deaths for the first half of 2017 is encouraging news for health officials who hope the state is starting to make inroads on the opioid epidemic. Many health experts believe the number of deaths from the epidemic in the U.S. will continue to rise for at least the next several years, according to an Aug. 22, 2017 WBUR CommonHealth article.The August 2017 report showed about a 5 percent drop in overdose fatalities — or 53 fewer deaths — for the six months of this year compared to the same timeframe in 2016. The number of opioid prescriptions written by Massachusetts doctors was found to have declined 27 percent since early 2015.“I wouldn’t be surprised if Massachusetts started to turn the curve first because we’ve also been one of the most aggressive states in pursuing a wide range of policies as soon as possible,” said Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He cautioned, however, that “There’s no reason to start declaring victory or slow down our efforts. We don’t know when the peak is going to come.”Read the WBUR’s CommonHealth article: State Officials ‘Encouraged’ By Drop In Overdose DeathsListen to an Aug. 11, 2017 NPR interview: From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency DeclarationsLearn morePhysicians???? opioid prescribing patterns linked to patients’ risk for long-term drug use (Harvard Chan School release)Overcoming the opioid crisis (Harvard Chan School news)The Opioid Crisis  (The Forum at Harvard Chan School)Broad support for limiting opioid painkiller prescriptions (Harvard Chan School news) Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Integrated Data Protection for VMware Environments: Storage and Data Protection for Today, a Cloud-Ready Foundation for Tomorrow

first_imgDigital Transformation has changed the landscape of what data is to organizations. As a result, the essential functions of modern-day data protection products and their relationship to users must be addressed. As more users adopt virtualization, Dell EMC’s deep integration with VMware’s products and technologies have never been more important.The Dell EMC portfolio of data protection products provides the best experience for VMware users, with automation and orchestration across the entire VMware stack – on-premises and in the cloud. Integrated Data Protection Appliances, or IDPAs, provide a converged platform that combines compute, storage, and networking together with backup and replication software to create a complete data protection solution.  The IDPA family also extends data protection to the cloud and enjoys built-in cost and performance efficiencies with no additional hardware.Automated Data Protection for the Modern Data Center VMware has been at the forefront of the modern software-defined data center (SDDC).  More recently, VMware has expanded its offerings with virtualized storage, networking, and data center automation solutions (i.e. vSAN, NSX and vRealize Suite) that enable their customers to transition their data centers to the cloud. Similarly, Dell EMC data protection solutions, which are architected for the modern SDDC, deliver scalability and faster performance, ensuring that organizations entire VMware environments are protected and can scale easily as the amount of data needed to be protected inevitably continues to increase.The IDPA family, which combines Dell EMC backup storage with Data Protection Software, works efficiently with the SDDC. IDPAs automate the data movement from vCenter to protection storage and across the entire data protection stack, including VM backup policy, deploying and configuring virtual data movers/proxies, and directing data from VMs to backup storage.Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 is a converged platform that combines compute, storage, and networking together with backup and replication software to create a complete backup and recovery solution. Ideal for mid-sized organizations and remote/branch offices, the DP4400 is easy to deploy, can scale from 24TB to 96 TB with no additional hardware purchase needed, and is multi-cloud ready for long-term retention and cloud disaster recovery. It is optimized for VMware, protecting up to 5x more VMs in a single 2U appliance. Backups and recoveries are also faster – up to 2x faster backups, up to 7x more backup streams, and has built-in NVMe Flash for instant access and restores.  Networking and capacity are also more efficient with leading deduplication and bandwidth utilization with an average deduplication rate of 55:1 and up to 98% less bandwidth.Cloud-ReadyNative Cloud Disaster Recovery is available across the entire IDPA family, enabling customers to cost-effectively failover to the cloud with end-to-end orchestration—3 clicks to failover and 2 clicks to failback. Current support includes AWS, Azure and VMware Cloud™ on AWS.Cloud Tier, an integrated capability of IDPAs, provides long-term retention to the cloud, permitting customers to backup up to 2x the usable capacity of their on-premises IDPA to the public or private cloud.  Cloud Tier supports AWS, Microsoft Azure, Dell EMC Virtustream, Dell EMC ECS Cloud, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, and CEPH, among others.In addition, Cloud Tier enables more efficient cloud capacity management for long-term retention with its free-space estimator tool. This free utility shows the amount of on-premises IDPA storage that will be saved if data is moved to Cloud Tier for long-term retention, enabling efficient capacity management between on-premises and cloud environments that helps reduce storage costs.Dell EMC Data Domain 3300 (DD3300)For small and mid-sized organizations and remote/branch offices that are not looking for a converged solution, Dell EMC also offers the Data Domain DD3300, which, similar to IDPA DP4400, provides backup storage in a 2U form factor. The DD3300, combined with Dell EMC Data Protection Software, provides a complete end-to-end data protection solution that is cloud enabled and provides fast and efficient backup and recovery.  DD3300 is also compatible with data protection software from other vendors.VMware OptimizedThe family of Dell EMC IDPAs (as well as Data Domain appliances with Dell EMC Data Protection Software) is VMware optimized, delivering a simply powerful converged data protection solution for VMware environments on-premises – and in the cloud. To learn more, please visit www.dellemc.com/IDPA or www.dellemc.com/VMwareProtection.ResourcesStorage and Data Protection for Today, a Cloud-Ready Foundation for TomorrowIntegrated Cloud Disaster Recovery Offers Midsized Organizations New OptionsTop Reasons Why IPDA DP4400 for VMware Videolast_img read more

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Siena Poll: 49 Percent Say To Keep NY PAUSE Restrictions Beyond May 15

first_imgPhoto: CDCLOUDONVILLE – In a poll released by the Siena College Research Institute on Monday, 49% of residents say the New York State ‘On PAUSE’ restrictions should remain in place beyond May 15.However, 39% say they believe it will be safe to gradually open.52% of those that worked outside of the home prior to the pandemic are very confident that their businesses will take the steps to keep employees and clients safe from the virus. While 81% are somewhat confident, only 27% are very confident.Related | Siena Poll: Majority Of Voters Trust Cuomo Over Trump On NY Reopening According to the poll, in order to feel safe going to work outside of the home, the workforce said the following is necessary:workers are provided with masks (75%)a treatment for the virus is available (71%)workplaces are sanitized daily (72%)both diagnostic (64%) and antibody (61%) testing is availableworkplaces are set up for social distancing (61%) Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anika Larsen on Her Life-Saving Surgery and the BeautifuI Show That Made Her Love Acting Again

first_imgAbout the author: When Broadway.com asked Anika Larsen to write an essay about her experience playing songwriter Cynthia Weil in the new Carole King bio musical Beautiful, we expected a lighthearted piece from one of NYC’s most winning musical comedy performers. After all, as Larsen cheekily notes on her personal website, she’s the only actress who can boast of having appeared in the original casts of both Xanadu and Zanna, Don’t! What we got, however, was a lot better: Larsen’s honest and very personal story of landing her current role at a pivotal moment, and the medical crisis that almost took the opportunity away. Read on, then get tickets to see Anika Larsen where she belongs, at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where Beautiful opens on January 12. Now, in our home at the Sondheim Theatre, I feel dizzy with good fortune. We are having a gorgeous time. I spend a sizeable chunk of each day there laughing freely, onstage and off. And if I had to go through some awful times this past year to be able to fully revel in this experience, I think it might have been worth it. Anika Larsen Then, day four of rehearsals, I started getting stomach pains. I kept them to myself because I assumed they were gas-related. By the middle of the night I was in the ER being told my colon had twisted on itself and was obstructed, and they would need to remove part of it as soon as possible or it would burst and I would die. Say what, now?! View Comments But when I woke up after the surgery, my first thought was, “Oh, hell to the no, I am not losing this part!” Soon, all the doctors and nurses in the surgical ICU knew they had to help save my Broadway show. They sprang me earlier than they wanted to, so that six days after they took out eight inches of my colon (and my appendix as a sweet bonus), I was back in rehearsal with a belly full of staples and a binder around my waist holding my abs in. My heart feels full to brimming just writing about this now, but the wonderful people of Beautiful rallied around me and made it possible for me to heal on the job. The producers got a car service to take me to and from rehearsal. Even though I said I could work full days, the creative and stage management teams called me two hours late or released me two hours early every day. So when I got the call to play Cynthia Weil, a role I knew would be a sassy joyride, it seemed too good to be true. And indeed, the first three days of rehearsal were charmed. No one wanted to go home at the end of them. The cast, crew, and creative and producing teams were the loveliest, most talented, bright, shining people. The show was in terrific shape, helmed by folks determined to keep making it better through true collaboration. And I was extra grateful, because before this high I had been so low. I thought of Beautiful—how much rehearsal would I miss? Anxiously I asked how long it would take to recover. The doctor said up to eight weeks, and I thought, “I guess it was too good to be true.” The day before I got cast in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, I had decided to quit the business. After 17 years of the relentless hustle, I simply couldn’t bear it anymore. I shared this story with a Beautiful stage manager, and now my name is written like that on my dressing room door. I mean, really. My gratitude cannot be measured. My cup runneth over. My partner in crime, Jarrod Spector [who plays Cynthia’s husband, Barry Mann], made sure there was a chair next to me at all times so I could sit as soon as we were done working a scene. Everyone bore with me as I couldn’t produce much sound without real use of my abs, and they tried not to be funny around me because they knew it hurt to laugh (they were not real successful). Everyone checked in with me constantly to see how I was doing, and told me every day how much better I looked than yesterday. The love and support I felt from this group of people, most of whom had only known me for four days before this happened, was overwhelming. Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical As they wheeled me off to the operating room for my surgery, my mom and dad started crying, and my dad put his arm around my mom, which I haven’t seen since they split up 20 years ago. I started to cry, too, which I knew I could not do, because if the floodgates opened, they would not re-close, and I needed to somehow keep it together. In my stressed-out, sleep-deprived, morphine-influenced state I thought, “Don’t cry. Say something funny. These might be your last words. Be funny, Larsen.” So I dorkily blurted out, “Hey, Mom, Dad, when I come out the other side, I’ll have a semi-colon!” One sleepless night in the ICU I figured out that spelling my name “An;ka” is pretty dope.last_img read more

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Tonya Pinkins & More Set for New CSC Season

first_imgOscar winner F. Murray Abraham and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins are on board to appear in Classic Stage Company’s 2015-16 off-Broadway season. The lineup kicks off in August with a festival highlighting classical Greek theater and will also include Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, featuring music by Duncan Sheik, and a John Doyle-helmed production of Henrk Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.Following the Greek Festival, Rachel Chavkin will direct a production of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, translated by Anne Washburn. The play tells the story of King Agamemnon, who, when stranded on the isle of Aulis, must sacrifice his daughter to gain the wind that will bring his ships to Troy.In December, Brian Kulick will helm Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. The production will star Pinkins, who most recently appeared on the New York stage in Rasheeda Speaking, and will also feature a score by Tony winner Sheik (Spring Awakening, the Broadway-bound American Psycho). The production will transport the timeless story of Mother Courage to the Congo in modern day.Abraham will star in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s Nathan the Wise beginning in March 2016. Kulkick will direct the production, featuring a translation by John Christopher Jones. Abraham, an Oscar winner for Amadeus and currently appearing in Broadway’s It’s Only a Play, will play Nathan, a Jewish merchant in 1192 Jerusalem who must confront the fragile truce between Muslims, Christians and Jews.Doyle will direct Peer Gynt in May 2016. The Ibsen play follows the titular boy from childhood in Norway to outcast, adventurer and industrialist.The season will also include The Fragments, a look at plays by Sophocles and Euripedes from contemporary playwrights Ellen McLaughlin, Charles L. Mee and Mac Wellman, as part of the company’s Staged Reading Series. The lineup also features an open workshop of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, directed by Jonathan Vandenberg, an open rehearsal series focusing on Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and a production of Shakespeare’s Othello by The Young Company.Casting, dates and creative team for each of the mainstage productions will be announced later. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Mother Courage and Her Children View Commentslast_img read more

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Lawyers in the Legislature

first_imgLawyers in the Legislature Quiñones works for compromise Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Culture shock jolted 14-year-old John Quiñones when his family moved from Puerto Rico to the Orlando area in 1979 searching for a better quality of life and education opportunities.“While I could read and understand English, I still had that difficulty in communication and going through school my first few years. I had to adapt and that was challenging,” said 40-year-old Quiñones, a Republican state representative and attorney from Kissimmee.So one of the first bills he was proud to back when elected to the House in 2002 was giving students a chance to move on to higher education in community college, even if they do not pass the FCAT test. They must meet other high school requirements and scores on the SAT or ACT may be considered as alternative assessment exams.“Because of that legislation, my son is in college,” Quiñones still hears from parents.“That opened doors for a lot of students, students who might have had difficulties in language, such as myself,” said Quiñones, who received his bachelor’s at the University of Central Florida, while working at Disney World, and his law degree from St. Thomas University in 1992.“Honestly, I was not the best high school student. When I started to pay for college, I got smarter. I wasn’t going to waste my money,” he said with a laugh.The son of a lawyer who directed the workers’ compensation office in Puerto Rico, Quiñones’ own training as a lawyer comes in handy at the legislature. During a House Justice Council debate on repealing joint and several liability in negligence cases, his first instinct was to flip open a Florida statute book and ask the bill’s sponsor lots of questions before voting in favor of the bill with reservations.Quiñones voted for the bill, along with 92 others, on the House floor on March 16.But he said his experience as a family law mediator helps him even more as a lawmaker.“Similar to what we do in mediation, you have to listen to both sides and try to understand both sides of an issue and try to reach a positive compromise. There’s a lot of that in politics,” Quiñones said.Asked whether it is frustrating to chair the House Claims Committee when it is well-known that Speaker Allan Bense does not like to pay claims bills, Quiñones said what has been most exasperating was last year’s experience.“We have heard all claims bills in the House and the Senate has chosen not to hear one single claims bill,” he said.After a recent meeting with Bense and his staff, Quiñones said: “I am hopeful this year. I think there is a mood that we want to get some of the claims out of the House. Unfortunately, we need to get the same cooperation out of the Senate.”The House Claims Committee did an interim study that reviewed House and Senate claims bill procedures and recommended how to streamline the process. The findings that have been made into a successfully approved committee bill (PCB CLAM 06-02). Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, is sponsoring the proposal in the Senate (SB 2088).“A lot of objections the Senate president raises are that the process is controlled by lobbyists, and there is frustration that the claimant won’t get money at the end,” Quiñones said. “The bill we have established would get rid of that objection. It creates a joint committee and prioritizes those claims on any given year. We are looking at how to make the claims bill more effective and get moving on some reform.”Moving favorably through the legislature so far this year are identical bills in both chambers that would do away with the deadline on post-conviction DNA testing. Quiñones and Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, are co-sponsors of HB 61 CS (from the Governmental Operations Committee), and Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, is the sponsor of SB 186.Quiñones invites the lawyers of Florida to communicate more with legislators.“The things they face on a day-to-day basis, the application of the law, and flaws in the law, it’s a good idea for them to keep us abreast,” Quiñones said. “They are the ones in the trenches. We hear from lobbyists a lot on this and that. We don’t hear enough from lawyers. Attorneys need to be more involved in the political process.“I am not saying every legislator should be an attorney. We need a myriad of experiences. But I think, predominantly, there should be an attorney-oriented legislature so we can understand the laws and debates.”Quiñones is one lawyer-legislator untroubled by the new lobbyist reform that insists lawmakers pay their own way.“We can’t accept gifts and go to fancy dinners. That’s fine with me. It gives me a lot more time to spend with my family.”Because he got homesick for his family, last year Quiñones and his wife, Jacqueline Mattson, decided to live in Tallahassee during the session and have enrolled 9-year-old Natalia and 7-year-old Alexander in a Tallahassee school during those months. Lawyers in the Legislaturecenter_img April 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces 207 Jobs With New Hudson’s Bay Company Facility in Schuylkill County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), parent of Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and Saks OFF 5TH, will establish a new facility in Foster Township, Schuylkill County. The move will result in 207 new, full-time jobs.“This is the nineteenth jobs announcement that my administration has made with the Governor’s Action Team this year, securing commitments for the creation of thousands new jobs all across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Each announcement is another boost to Pennsylvania’s economy and the addition of HBC’s new facility in Schuylkill County means 207, new, full-time jobs for Pennsylvanians.”HBC will move into an existing distribution facility in Foster Township. The company will establish an e-commerce fulfillment center and develop a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fashion photography studio. The company has committed to making an investment of at least $50 million in the project and has committed to creating 207 new, full-time jobs and retaining 391 positions over the next three years.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation.“We are grateful to Governor Wolf and the Governor’s Action Team, and excited to become part of the Pottsville community,” said Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer. “At HBC, we are laser-focused on our all-channel strategy, and this investment leapfrogs us to the forefront of internet distribution technology. As we execute on our digital strategy, we continue to invest in innovation that enables us to serve our consumers seamlessly, lead the evolution of trends in the retail industry, and expand our business which creates new job opportunities and investment in the community.”HBC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $500,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, $93,150 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training, and $414,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.“There is no issue more important in Schuylkill County than good-paying jobs,” said state Sen. David G. Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks. “I want to congratulate Governor Wolf and his team, as well as Frank Zukas at SEDCO and Rep. Goodman and all of our local economic development advocates on a job well done. The interstate and international competition for jobs of this kind is very intense and I am very pleased by the result today.”“I’m thrilled that Hudson’s Bay Company has chosen to bring hundreds of family-sustaining jobs to my legislative district and to invest $50 million into this project,” said state Rep. Neal P. Goodman, D-Schuylkill. “Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest growing department store retailers in the world, and its e-commerce fulfillment center in Highridge Business Park will help the company and Schuylkill County to continue to move forward.”“Today’s announcement is great news for the economic future of Schuylkill County given the excellent reputation of the Hudson’s Bay Company as an innovative retailer and e-commerce leader with iconic brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor included in their family of companies,” said Frank Zukas, president, Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation.Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s leading North American banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena. The company has more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newpa.com.MEDIA CONTACT: d – d# # # Governor Wolf Announces 207 Jobs With New Hudson’s Bay Company Facility in Schuylkill Countycenter_img April 28, 2016last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Proposes Job Licensing Reform to Cut Red Tape, Strengthen Workforce

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 14, 2018 Economy,  Efficiency,  Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Plains Township, PA – Building on his commitment to make state government more responsive to Pennsylvania’s growing economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reforms to several job licensing boards and the licensing requirements to remove barriers to employment so skilled workers can enter the careers of their choice, strengthen the workforce, and grow our economy.“Pennsylvania must be a place where people can put their skills, experience and education to work,” said Governor Wolf. “Requiring a government license to work in certain jobs helps to keep all of us safe, but those requirements should be fair.“We must cut the red tape, reduce the bureaucracy and ensure overly burdensome rules and fees do not block hardworking people – especially our military spouses – from getting a good job, supporting their families and growing our economy.”Nationwide, the share of workers needing a license has grown five-fold since the early 1950s, with most of the increase occurring as states require more professions to be licensed. Today, one in five Pennsylvania workers needs a government license to do their job, representing more than one million workers.Over-licensing makes it harder for skilled workers to get into a profession, reducing their career opportunities and lowering their pay, while increasing costs to consumers. After decades of expanding licensing, there is a national awareness of the need to modernize job licensing to reduce restrictions while protecting consumers and benefiting workers.Last year, Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order directing the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Department of State to conduct a review of job licensing to compare Pennsylvania with our regional states. The governor’s proposals are the result of the final report.Eliminate 13 Job LicensesThe governor called on the General Assembly to repeal 13 job licenses and replace them with less restrictive requirements that protect the public for the following:Auctioneers, only require registration and bonding.Barbers, only require certification from a licensed barber school, passage of examination, minimum hours of training, and registration with the State Board of Barber Examiners.Cemetery Broker/Cemetery Salesperson, only require passage of relevant examination, 60 hours of instruction and registration.Campground Membership Salesperson, only require registration with the State Real Estate Commission.Natural Hair Braiding License, eliminate this license.Orthotic fitter/Orthotist/Pedorthist/Prosthetist, only require credentialing, passage of an education program, training, and minimum hours of training.Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, maintain existing, but separate acupuncturist licensing requirement to protect public health and safety.Rental Listing Referral Agent, only require registration with the State Real Estate Commission.Vehicle Factory Representative, only require registration with the State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, and Salespersons.Ease Relocation for Military SpousesLicensing requirements can make it harder for workers to move across state lines, particularly for military spouses who have burdens transferring their license to Pennsylvania. The governor will work with the General Assembly to streamline the process for military spouses and pass legislation allowing licensing boards to seek reciprocity agreements with other states and grant licensure through endorsement.“Military spouses serve our country with their selfless support of their loved ones in uniform, and they face numerous challenges along the way,” said Col. Edwards S. Little, Jr., representing the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “In Pennsylvania, one of those challenges is license portability, making it difficult for many military spouses to find employment. That is why the governor’s initiative to break down employment barriers by supporting the Military Spouse License Portability Act in our commonwealth is so important.”Balance Education and Training RequirementsWhile continuing education has benefits to workers and consumers, over-regulating through unnecessary training can create undue burdens and costs. The governor is directing each licensing board to amend its continuing education regulations to levels established in state law. Additionally, the governor will work to enact legislation reducing training requirements for cosmetologists from 1,250 to 1,000 as recommended by the Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition, the national organization representing students, licensed stylists, salon owners, manufacturers, distributors, and cosmetology schools.Provide Second Chance ReformTo level the playing field compared to our regional states, the governor is calling for a repeal of the automatic 10-year ban on licensing for anyone convicted of a drug felony. Instead, the 13 boards with the statutory ban could consider criminal history, but it would not be conclusive of a person’s fitness for a job. Removing this barrier encourages people to work, which reduces crime and recidivism, making our communities safer.Speed Up Occupational License ProcessThe Governor’s Office of Performance Through Excellence will review the licensing applications process to reduce reviews to no more than 10 days, absent extenuating circumstances.center_img Governor Wolf Proposes Job Licensing Reform to Cut Red Tape, Strengthen Workforcelast_img read more

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Agent desperate for more listings in Mermaid Waters

first_img24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.14 million. Supplied.AN agent selling property in Mermaid Waters says there is not enough stock to meet demand with buyers lining up for properties.It follows the sale of a Mermaid Waters home for $1.14 million through Harcourts Coastal agent Christine Tucker.The property at 24 Cadence Ave is on a 898sq m block in a cul de sac.It features four bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as open plan living and dining spaces that flow out to a covered entertaining area and pool.“A local has bought it as an investment property that he will eventually move in to,” Ms Tucker said.“He loved the aspect and the potential for the house as well as how close it is to the beach.” 29 Arcadia Drive, Mermaid Waters sold for $900,000.The median house price in Mermaid Waters is $751,000.While that figure has dropped less than one per cent over the past three months, the median price is up 27 per cent over five years.Other sales reported by Ms Tucker include 11 Apia Ave, Clear Island Waters which sold for $850,000 and 42 Dipper Drive, Burleigh Waters which fetched $925,000. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.14 million. Supplied.It follows a successful few months for Ms Tucker who also sold 29 Arcadia Drive, Mermaid Waters for $900,000.“Mermaid Waters is just so central,” she said.“We’ve got the new Pacific Fair and plenty of public transport – it’s just convenient to everything.“It’s hard to get stock so the supply and demand issue is still pushing the prices up.”last_img read more

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Developers are scrambling to secure contracts before home grant ends

first_imgFirst-home buyers are the winners as developers scramble to secure their contracts before the end of financial year.FIRST-home buyers are coming out the winners, as developers scramble to secure their contracts.Villawood Properties is offering a $40,000 kick start for first-home buyers at its newly launched Sequana community.For those that secure a contract before June 30, on top of the State Government’s $20,000 grant, home buyers could also be eligible for a $5,000 boost from the developer plus add $15,000 in updates and inclusions from the estate’s partner builders. Villawood Properties Executive Director Tony Johnson said financial and value-add incentives offered first home buyers an edge when considering land in high demand locations.“We know it can be difficult to make the leap from renting to owning and the lack of affordable land options in desirable areas is a real concern,” Mr Johnson said.“Property values in the Logan Reserve school catchment zone increased by 40% in the past 12 months as demand for affordable land options in the booming region continues to grow.“At Sequana, we are offering $5,000 to first home buyers to give them the extra top-up they need to get into the property market now.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBCM real estate HOME: Villawood Properties has announced its $55 million riverside community at Logan Reserve set to be home to 950 residents.In addition to financial incentives, Sequana’s partner builders — Simonds, Metricon Homes and BOLD are offering upgrades and inclusions valued at a minimum of $15,000, giving first home buyers even more reason to buy and build now.Adam Minisini from Metricon Homes said offering value-adds allowed first home buyers to get the home they want without compromising on inclusions and quality.“Many owner/occupiers think they need to hold off on certain items for their first home because the majority of their cash is locked up in the deposit,” Mr Minisini said.“Gifting first home buyers’ upgrades to finishes and appliances means they can afford luxury extras like a pool or an additional bedroom.“This might see them stay in their home for longer even when their circumstances change.”Sequana partner builders Simonds, Metricon Homes and BOLD offer a range of homes designed with Sequana’s homesites in mind, with house and land prices starting from $390,400.Sequana is Villawood Properties boutique $55 million riverside community at Logan Reserve.last_img read more

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