GOP civil war erupts between Georgia senators and state officials as runoffs loom

first_img“The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state. Georgians are outraged, and rightly so,” the GOP senators said of the state’s GOP-led election in which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden appears to have flipped the state blue. The Republican secretary of state, they said, “has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down.”Oh, and by the way, Georgia GOP voters, please come on back to the polls in two months to be disenfranchised all over again.- Advertisement – In the meantime, Georgia Republicans have devolved into a civil war of finger-pointing and recriminations as they gear up to motivate their voters back to polls in a last-ditch effort to save their Senate majority. Carry on. The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.Here’ McConnell placing self over country, as always:x Wow—the GOP unity is so palpable, it brings tears to the eyes.From the Senate floor Monday, GOP Leader Mitch McConnell also threw his weight behind Donald Trump’s delusions of fraud, saying Trump was “100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”So just in case anyone wondered whether McConnell would be concerned enough about the implications of Trump purging his national security team to prioritize country first—forget it. As expected, the only thing McConnell cares about is the only thing McConnell has ever cared about: his own raw power, whatever the cost to the country.- Advertisement – In reality, there’s zero credible proof of any voter fraud in Georgia, but that’s apparently the Republican gambit now—they simply have to fire up Donald Trump’s base, even at the risk of depressing other Republican voters. Meanwhile, GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger met the senators’ call for his resignation with a one-finger salute. “Earlier today Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for my resignation. Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” Secretary Raffensperger said at the outset of a lengthy statement, calling the election process a “resounding success” even though Republicans are upset by its outcome. Raffensperger called the assertion that the elections hadn’t been transparent enough “laughable,” and said the biggest problem standing in the way of administering local elections was federal law.“Now that Senators Perdue and Loeffler are concerned about elections, hopefully they can fix these federal laws,” Raffensperger said. As for the Republicans maintaining their Senate majority, he added, “I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

PREMIUMUnsafe on the streets: Female pedestrians face flashers in Greater Jakarta

first_imgLog in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google N, a woman from Depok, West Java, was left shocked after a motorcyclist flashed his genitals as she closed the front gate to her home after returning from a nearby store. “At that time, my neighborhood was very quiet, nobody else was around. I was carrying my child at that time. If I was not carrying my child, I would have screamed at him, I would have chased and hit him,” N told on last week.A month prior, a 21-year-old identified as CA witnessed a man conducting a similar act from his car on the sidewalk of Jl. Gatot Subroto, South Jakarta, one of the busiest roads in the capital. The man, CA said, opened his car window and exposed himself while masturbating.Enraged by the indecent act, CA took a video of the man and posted it on social media.“I took the video on purpose, so that people like him could go vi… Linkedin Jakarta-administration exhibitionism exhibitionist psychology Sexual-assault sexual-desire sexual-behavior Facebooklast_img read more

Wolf Administration Approves Eight Universities as Certified Medical Marijuana Academic Clinical Research Centers

first_img Human Services, Medical Marijuana, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved eight universities as Certified Academic Clinical Research Centers in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, signaling the first step towards clinical research to commence in the commonwealth.“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “Today, medical research is so limited by the federal government that only a few doctors can even have access to medical marijuana. Pennsylvania’s premiere medical schools will be able to help shape the future of treatment for patients who are in desperate need not just here, but across the country.”The eight universities include:Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia;Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia;Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey;Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia;Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh;Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie; andPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia.Additionally, the Department of Health developed temporary regulations to implement the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, which appeared in the May 12 Pennsylvanian Bulletin. These temporary regulations take effect on May 17.“We have expanded the number of serious medical conditions to include neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and opioid-use disorder,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important to note that medical marijuana is not a substitute for proven treatments for opioid-use disorder. In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana will be available to patients if all other treatment fails, or if a physician recommends that it be used in conjunction with traditional therapies.”Pennsylvania is the first state to add opioid-use disorder separately as an approved condition for medical marijuana patients.“By adding opioid-use disorder as an approved medical condition under the program, we not only give physicians another tool for treatment of this devastating disease, but we allow for research to be conducted on medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treatment,” Dr. Levine said. “Only approved conditions under the law can be studied through our research program.”Other recommendations include:Revising the serious chronic pain definition to no longer require patients to use opioids before using medical marijuana;Permitting medical marijuana to be dispensed in dry leaf or plant form, for administration by vaporization;Allowing physicians to opt out of the public-facing practitioner list while remaining in the Patient and Caregiver Registry; andRequiring patients to pay the $50 medical marijuana identification card fee once in a 12-month period.More than 37,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with over 16,000 who have received their identification cards and received medical marijuana at a dispensary. 1,000 physicians have registered for the program with more than 600 certified as practitioners.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients, laboratories, and academic clinical research centers and clinical registrants, all of which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued Phase I permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved six training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered more than 37,000 patients for the program;Dispensed more than 31,000 medical marijuana products;Approved 23 dispensaries and 12 grower/processers to begin operations;Continued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational; andIssued permit applications for Phase II of the program for grower/processors and dispensaries.The Medical Marijuana Program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.For more information about the Department of Health, visit or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter. Wolf Administration Approves Eight Universities as Certified Medical Marijuana Academic Clinical Research Centers May 14, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 2020 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 2020 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across Pennsylvania August 13, 2020 Economy, Press Release Nearly 2,000 Pa. Households Will Get Housing Help Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. The governor named 214 housing and community development initiatives in 67 counties that will share a portion of the total $45.79 million in PHARE funding. The PHARE fund, which is sometimes referred to as the state Housing Trust Fund, is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.“The PHARE program is successful due to its flexibility and its ability to leverage local partnerships and leadership to effectively address broad housing needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “It encourages local organizations and elected officials to come together and jointly decide the best way to enhance their community’s housing stock. PHARE is making a positive difference across the state.”Funding for the PHARE program comes from three main sources. Since 2012, the program has received a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in the state with the goal of addressing the housing shortage caused by the impact of drilling. That is supplemented with two other funding sources that include a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund.Today’s PHARE funding is expected to impact nearly 2,000 Pennsylvania households through a variety of efforts funding:Rental/utility assistanceDown payment/closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyersBlight remediation initiativesRental housing preservation and rehabilitation, andOther innovative projects and programs“The current pandemic has demonstrated just how important affordable housing is and why we need more of it,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “Since its start in 2012, PHARE has proven to be an invaluable funding source to help communities address their most urgent housing needs.”At least $32.4 million of the $45.79 million allocated today will be used to fund housing projects benefiting households with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income. That represents 71 percent of the awarded funding.A list of the proposals receiving PHARE funding is available at See the sixth bullet for “Funding Announcements.”About PHFAThe Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $14.8 billion of funding for more than 179,850 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 136,215 rental units, distributed more than $109.2 million to support local housing initiatives, and saved the homes of more than 50,300 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swiss institution tenders Swiss bond mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgThe mandate involves investment-grade bonds only (AAA/Aaa to BBB-/Baa3).For bonds rated higher than BBB+, the maximum allocation is 5% per debtor, and 3% per debtor where the rating falls between BBB+ and BBB-, except where there is more in the benchmark.Higher allocations of up to 100% are allowed for sovereign bonds, up to 10% for canton-issued bonds and 25% for bonds issued by Pfandbriefinstitute.The investor listed various types of bond investments that would not be allowed in the mandate, including convertible bonds and units in collective investment schemes.Knowledge and experience with Swiss institutional funds or institutional clients would be an advantage in the competitive tender, the investor said.Within responses, performance data should be supplied to 31 August, gross of fees.The final closing date for responses is 22 September.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email An unnamed Swiss institutional investor has launched a manager selection process for a Swiss bond mandate involving at least CHF250m (€230m) of assets, according to a search on IPE Quest.Applicants should have at least CHF2.5bn under management in the same strategy – Swiss bonds – across different funds or mandates, as well as a track record of at least five years.The mandate should be managed using an active style, with the manager being able to adapt to market conditions.The benchmark is to be the SBI Domestic AAA-BBB TR.last_img read more

Guv rallies Guimarasnons to meet challenges head on

first_imgGuimaras saw a consistent increase intourist arrivals since 2013 but this changed following the Iloilo Straittragedy, said Gumarin. GUIMARAS – In his sixth State of theProvince Address (SOPA) yesterday, Gov. Samuel Gumarin paid tribute to hisconstituents’ resilience which he said was a major factor in the islandprovince’s continuing development. This adversely affected the operationof motorboats, which in turn discouraged tourists from going to Guimaras, saidGuimarin. The August tragedy, he said, created“ripple effects in the socioeconomic status of Guimaras and its people.” Challenges, he said, only madeGuimarasnons “rise up immediately and return to our normal lives.” “With cooperation and unitedleadership, we will be stronger,” he added. Guimaras’ economy improved in recentyears due primarily to its booming tourism industry and mango exports. Gumarin,however, said this year was particularly challenging. This was compounded by the inclementweather, according to the governor. Gumarin titled his SOPA “RisingTogether for a Brighter Future.” Guimaras Manggahan Festival, on theother hand, was a grand winner (Best Booth) during the Philippine Festival inJapan. Traders, workers and students, amongothers, had a hard time crossing the Iloilo Strait, he added. Jaypee Kein Entredicho was alsorecognized as Hall of Fame awardee (Best Performing Information Office since2017). He also reported on theaccomplishments of his administration. Among these were the awards the provincereceived – Best Performing Information Office in Western Visayas for theGuimaras Public Information Office; first place finish for Butlak Guimaras, an agency newsletter, and Guimaras Now as special publication. center_img The challenge now “is to be strong andresilient,” said Gumarin. Lack of food, capital for business dueto logistical problems and stocks delivery were the other top three problems,said Gumarin. “Under the tourism sector, averageincome per week massively decreased to 87 percent,” he lamented. Major challenges had not deterred Guimarasnonsfrom marching to progress, said Gumarin, citing as examples the massive oilspill in August 2006 and more recently, a maritime tragedy – the capsizing ofthree motorboats in Aug. 3, 2019 at the Iloilo Strait that killed 31 people. “From Aug. 3 to 31 records showed a 74percent decrease in tourist arrivals and 77 percent decrease in touristreceipts as against the previous year’s data,” according to the governor. The Public Employment Services Office(PESO) of Guimaras was also hailed as best PESO in Western Visayas on Oct. 9,2019. Gumarin reported on the continuingrise in mango production, too, from 10,137 metric tons in 2013, this rose to11,487.68 metric tons in 2018. The coastguard and Maritime IndustryAuthority imposed strict safety measures such as reducing the passengercarrying capacity of motorboats, ordering an early stop to boat trips (no morelate night trips) and taking down of the trapal(boat canvas roofs) thereby exposing passengers to the elements. Gov. Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras delivers his sixth State of the Province Address at the provincial capitol of Guimaras on Dec. 18, 2019. IME SORNITO/PN He further cited the “consistent peaceand order” in Guimaras for the past five years – the crime volume had beendropping from 1,111 in 2014 to 786 in 2018. “We have been challenged. But we willnever falter. Let us continue to rise together for a brighter future,” saidGumarin./PNlast_img read more

Super Five

first_imgThe top 5 college conferences recently informed the NCAA that they were going to compensate athletes for certain aspects of their collegiate athletic play. The Big Ten, Pac 12, SCC, SEC, and the Big 12 conferences are those involved. The NCAA didn’t fight the inevitable.I am sure that all of you have some opinion as to what this may lead to in the future. As far as I am concerned, I think these 5 conferences failed to look far enough down the road as to what they might be getting themselves into. They are basically only considering football and men’s basketball in this move. These are the two revenue sports for the colleges.Have they thought about what the other college sports are going to want to demand? Have they forgotten about Title IX this quickly? We all know how difficult it was for a lot of the colleges to meet the Title IX requirements, and those (I am sure) were simple problems compared to what this decision might eventually create. If I am a collegiate rower, I am going to consider myself just as important to the athletic program as the star quarterback. What is my compensation going to be?last_img read more

Ball State, YMCA partnership repurposes Muncie school into early childhood education and family center

first_imgMuncie, In. — A closed elementary school in the heart of Muncie’s Halteman Village neighborhood will be repurposed into a child care center for infants to age 5, thanks to a new partnership between Ball State University and the YMCA of Muncie.Ball State will soon begin renovating the former Mitchell Elementary School. When renovations are finished this August, the facility will house programs currently offered by the YMCA’s Apple Tree Child Development Center and Ball State’s Child Study Center.“The innovative integration of these two programs will benefit the entire community, particularly in preparing children for kindergarten,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Reimagined as the Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center, the facility will be a model for child care centers.”Expanding early childhood options and actively promoting kindergarten readiness is in the Muncie Action Plan, and the subsequent BY5 Early Childhood Initiative, as one of the most important factors in the health of the local community’s economy.“The creation of the new child care center is a major step forward for the community, providing a state-of-the-art facility for Muncie’s youngest residents,” said Chad Zaucha, president and chief executive officer of the Muncie YMCA.“This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance our programming in a modern facility,” he said. “We look forward to partnering with the Ball State Teachers College’s Child Study Center, which will provide our families with additional opportunities to help foster the next generation of local residents.”The Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center will capture the essence of the Apple Tree Child Development Center and Ball State’s Child Study Center in a new, innovative approach.Highlights of the partnership include:Model environment for child care centers.Developmentally appropriate, Reggio-inspired, whole-child focused curriculum.Professional development and practical experience for future educators as student-teachers engage in the classrooms with children.Family engagement support and resources.Opportunities for Ball State faculty and student research.Ball State faculty support from the Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies in the Teachers College.Complimentary YMCA family membership for enrolled families to focus on building healthy spirit, mind, and body.Enrollment in the programs is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with financial assistance available to those families that qualify. For more information about the partnership, visit in the coming weeks.Mitchell Elementary School was closed in 2017 by Muncie Community Schools (“MCS”) as part of an effort to financially stabilize the district. Ball State acquired the school and other MCS properties in 2018.last_img read more

Aston Villa turned down Ighalo before Man U move

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Aston Villa reportedly rejected the chance to sign Odion Ighalo 24 hours before the Shanghai Shenhua striker completed a move to Manchester United. United were linked with a host of attackers throughout deadline day before finally agreeing a deal for Ighalo, who will join on loan until the end of the season with the option to make that move permanent this summer. However, Sky Sports News reported that the 30-year-old was offered to Aston Villa on Thursday night, one day prior to sealing his return to the Premier League with United. Villa were in the market for a new forward this month after losing Wesley to injury for the remainder of the campaign, but they instead opted for Mbwana Samatta from Genk before completing a deadline day deal for Borja Baston. United is understood to have paid a £4 million loan fee for Ighalo in addition to agreeing to pay a third of his £300,000-a-week wages. Ighalo spent three years at Watford from 2014 to 2017, helping them to promotion in his debut season at the club before netting 16 times in 55 Premier League appearances.Tags: Aston VillaBorja BastonGenkManchester UnitedMbwana SamattaOdion IghaloShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Leinster too good for Treviso

first_imgLeinster moved into the top four of the Guinness PRO12 table with a comfortable 27-3 bonus point victory over Treviso in Italy. The Irish side welcomed back their international stars following the World Cup, with fly-half Johnny Sexton making his first appearance after his return during the summer from Racing Metro. Leinster made the ideal start when Jack McGrath went over after only three minutes, with Sexton adding the conversion. Press Associationcenter_img But the Ireland star was then sin binned for an off-the-ball tackle after Jayden Hayward had scored what proved to be Treviso’s only points with a penalty. Treviso could not capitalise, though, and Fergus McFadden made it 10-3 with another penalty before Isa Nacewa’s try on the stroke of half-time extended Leinster’s lead further. It was a fine end to the week for Nacewa, who was confirmed as Leinster’s permanent captain on Friday. A flowing move in the 56th minute led to a third Leinster try scored by Jack Conan and Treviso’s hopes of ending a 12-match losing streak were hampered further by a yellow card for Ludovico Nitoglia. Leinster did take advantage, Ben Te’o grabbing their fourth try and the bonus point, and it was third time lucky for McFadden as he kicked the conversion to complete a first away win of the season. last_img read more