Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Message to Legislature: Now is the Time to Take up Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis

first_img Economy,  Press Release Focusing on the benefits of restorative justice and revenue generation, Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman again today called on the legislature to take up legalization of adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue.Wolf and Fetterman stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.Lt. Gov. Fetterman has long led the charge for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, something that can save money and change the path of the lives of people previously convicted of these low-level crimes.“In 2019, nearly 22,000 people in PA were arrested for having a small amount of marijuana,” Lt. Gov. Fetterman said. “We can better devote the time and resources we spend prosecuting these Pennsylvanians for doing something that most of us think shouldn’t even be illegal.”Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman were joined by Lehigh Valley NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) executive director Jeff Riedy. NORML hosted “Planting A Seed for Freedom; Let Our People Grow,” an awareness event on the Capitol steps today.“We welcome the inclusion of cannabis legalization into Governor Wolf’s legislative agenda, which doubles-down on his commitment to support statewide legalization,” Jeff Riedy said. “NORML chapters across the commonwealth endorsed the Wolf/Fetterman ticket back in 2018. With two robust legalization bills already written, lawmakers could act tomorrow.”The clear message of the day was urgency and how acting now to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis can have immediate benefits for those most adversely affected by criminalization and legalization now can have long-term benefits for the state and all of its residents.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.”Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Message to Legislature: Now is the Time to Take up Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis September 16, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fixer-upper lures renovators to Deception Bay

first_imgThe home at 9 Sandra Ct, Deception Bay.A THREE-bedroom home in need of work has sold under the hammer in Deception Bay for the bargain price of $265,000. Professionals Caboolture marketing agent, John Dunne, said 9 Sandra Ct, a family home with a pool, was a mortgagee repossession.The brick house had been stripped of doors and floor coverings and was in need of some paint and renovations. The 784 sqm property was fully fenced and had an in-ground swimming pool, solar hot-water, split-system airconditioning and security screens. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 9 Sandra Ct, Deception Bay.Mr Dunne said the auction of 9 Sandra Ct attracted nine registered bidders and a crowd of about 40 onlookers. He said five bidders spoke up at the auction and it was an investor who bought the property. “We had interest across the board from investors and owner-occupiers,” he said. “They were all interested in doing some work on the house. “They saw the house was in a good area and it had a pool. It was a property they could do something with.” According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Deception Bay is $345,000.last_img read more

Perfect gem for family on offer in Northgate

first_imgThe home at 14 Nansen St, Northgate.IT was a labour of love for the owners of this Northgate house, transforming it into the solid family home it is today.The house at 14 Nansen St was bought by Guy and Sandra Gardner in 1984. According to Mr Gardner, it was built around 1923 and had been rented out for many years before they bought it.While it was in fairly poor condition then, it was liveable and they set about a long-term project of renovating to suit their changing needs. The home at 14 Nansen St, Northgate.“It (the block) had an original Queenslander on it and we have spent the past 30 years renovating and maintaining it,’’ Mr Gardner said.When they first bought it, Mr Gardner said it appealed as it was affordable and it was something they were young enough to put their energy and creativity into restoring.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019They changed it over the years from a two-bedroom house with a sleep-out to a four-bedroom home with a sleep-out and entertainment areas. The home at 14 Nansen St, Northgate.“It was a lovely sort of original home (when we bought it), it was liveable, and over the years we have completely redone it.”Mr Gardner said they were selling now to downsize. “The house needs a family,’’ he said.He said it had been a great family house for them — “party central’’ – but now, with their children gone, it was too big.One of his favourite parts of the home is the kitchen area.center_img The home at 14 Nansen St, Northgate.“We actually got rid of one of the original bedrooms upstairs and made it into one large kitchen and sort of dining area,’’ he said.The two-level home has high ceilings, VJ walls and polished timber floorboards.The lower level has living areas as well as a large bedroom and new bathroom.It has been recently painted and has established gardens and a pool.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion sells for multimillion-dollar price

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago32 Midshipman Court, Paradise Waters.Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents took over the marketing two months ago and found a buyer for the waterfront home. “We reduced the (listed) price to $4.79 million and sold it within two weeks,” Mr Kollosche said.Sellers Anthony and Linda Maunder described their waterfront home as a place of serenity. The couple bought the 780sq m property in 2012 and renovated the home — it now channels an elegant and modern design. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home features a glass-foyer with a pivot door that opens into the study and courtyard. 32 Midshipman Court, Paradise Waters. 32 Midshipman Court, Paradise Waters sold for $4.6 million.THE big sales keep coming on the Gold Coast with a Surfers Paradise mansion settling for $4.6 million this week according to CoreLogic. The property at 32 Midshipman Court, Paradise Waters, had been on the market since May, 2016.center_img 32 Midshipman Court, Paradise Waters.Mr Maunder said the home held great memories. “The kids would invite the children next door over and they would be in the pool until it got dark. We have a white sandy beach at the back and the kids would swim there as well.”last_img read more

Robina home with heated indoor pool hits the market

first_imgNicole Marino is selling her Robina home at 5 Julatten Drive. Picture Glenn HampsonIF you want to be able to swim all year round then this sprawling Hamptons-inspired mansion is the property for you. The two-storey waterfront house at 5 Julatten Drive, Robina, comes with a luxury indoor heated pool and spa, completely protected from all weather elements. 5 Julatten Drive, Robina. Nicole Marino is taking her Robina home at 5 Julatten Drive to auction. Picture Glenn Hampson Vendor Nicole Marino and her husband Ben said the indoor pool had been great for their four daughters — Chelsea, 8, Georgie, 5, Leila, 3, and Sienna, 3.“Because it is heated they have been able to swim all year round, day or night and we don’t have to worry about the harsh Gold Coast sun either,” she said.“It’s a nice bright and breezy room so we’ll quite often relax in there while the kids have an afternoon swim.”The back deck was another favourite feature with more than 40m of water frontage.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We enjoy entertaining guests on the expansive deck out the back,” Ms Marino said.“It gets a great afternoon breeze there and it’s quite relaxing enjoying a couple of drinks overlooking the water.” 5 Julatten Drive, Robina. Picture Glenn Hampson From the front, the house stands out with its white facade paired with charcoal roof, palm trees and manicured gardens.“Although the house has quite a presence in the street, I really love the fact that once you are inside it offers complete privacy from the outside world,” she said.As soon as you step inside, the grand double staircase takes centre stage with open plan living centred around a void.There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, open plan living and a suspended slab on all upper levels. Ms Marino said the house was perfectly positioned to experience all that the Gold Coast had to offer.“Robina Island offers an exclusive family orientated community with several parks and water access within short walking distance, while the home itself feels like a hidden retreat, offering complete privacy from the outside world,” she said.Renee Morgan of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is taking the 1450sq m property to auction next month and said the house offered a unique opportunity for prospective buyers.“While the market is becoming uncertain in some of the major cities around Australia, the Gold Coast remains a great investment for interstate buyers as well as locals, and Robina Island in particular has received record prices in recent months,” Ms Morgan said.center_img Nicole Marino is selling her Robina home at 5 Julatten Drive. Nicole with her children Georgie, 5, and Chelsea, 8. Picture Glenn Hampson The back deck overlooking the water. Picture Glenn Hampson 5 Julatten Drive, Robina. 5 Julatten Drive, Robina. 5 Julatten Drive, Robina.last_img read more

P59.3-M Antique road projects up for completion

first_imgOfficials of a team composed by Department of Interior and Local Government and the provincial Engineering Office inspect the progress on the Inabasan-Bugarot in San Jose, Antique. PNA DILG RegionalQuality Assurance Engr. Job Vicente Arungayan encouraged the provincialgovernment of Antique during theProject Exit Conference to not only focus on the completion of the project, butto ensure that the required technical specifications are followed byimplementing mechanisms of quality assurance. The PEO wasalso advised to require the contractors to have full-time personnel that wouldconduct close monitoring and quality control of the project, as well as updatenecessary documents in compliance with the approved plans, specifications andcontract provisions set by the implementing unit. The DILG ofthis province also urged the contractors and the program implementers to fasttrack the project implementation and to submit documentation of rectificationworks. SAN JOSE,Antique, – Two road projects in this province under the Conditional MatchingGrant to Provinces (CMGP) amounting to P59.3 million are up forcompletion. The inspectionresults showed that the road in Pandan is at 54% completion, while the one inSan Jose is at 69% as of Jan. 2020. The roadprojects are the Candari-Malumpati-Sto.Rosario Road in Pandan amounting to Php46.4 million and the Inabasan-Bugarot Road here in San Jose costing P12.9million.The funds provided are for the repair, rehabilitation and improvement of theroads. They were alsorequired to submit a report on actions taken based on the requiredrectification, and with proper documentation. Recently, ateam composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG)assurance engineers and a representative from the Provincial Engineering Office(PEO) inspected the road projects. The findingsand observations of the on-site inspection, interview, validation andassessment of the CMGP projects were discussed with the representatives of thecontractors during the exit conference. The two roadprojects are expected to be finished by March of this year.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Kane looking for more of the same

first_img Press Association Tottenham striker Harry Kane hopes to build on his impressive campaign last term in the forthcoming Premier League season. Spurs’ season starts at Manchester United, who were rumoured to be chasing Kane’s signature after his tally of 31 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions last term. The 22-year-old earned England recognition, scoring on his debut against Lithuania, and aims to prove he was no one-season wonder. center_img Kane told CNN World Sport: “I can take a lot of confidence into this year, knowing that I can do it against the big teams and anyone in the Premier League. “So I’ve got to try and keep working hard and keep trying to improve, and take that into the games and hopefully keep scoring.” Kane also spoke of Spurs’ desire to break into the Champions League places. “Who’s the top four?” he said. “The top seven or eight teams can all fight for Champions League spots. “We came fifth last year which was a good season for us. We had a cup final in there as well. For a young team that is a great experience. “We have set a building block now that we will try and improve on this year. We are really looking forward to next season and seeing how far we can go.” Kane has been tipped to lead England in attack for years to come and had an interesting take on the much-debated 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is likely to take place in winter. “I think we will be a lot fitter that time of year compared to the end of a long season. It could be beneficial for us,” Kane said. “It will be another experience, something new, and it will be something to look forward to.” last_img read more

President Trump Greeted by Throngs of Supporters during Jupiter Inlet Visit

first_imgJUPITER, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday made his first visit to Palm Beach County since March and spoke about protecting Florida’s environment during a visit to the Jupiter Inlet.During a speech in front of the iconic red the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, the president announced he’s extending a moratorium on offshore oil drilling along Florida’s gulf coast, and expanding the ban to Florida’s Atlantic coast all the way north along the east coast to Georgia and South Carolina.“With fracking, the shale revolution, and the tremendous surge in American energy production, we’re showing that we can create jobs, safeguard the environment, and keep prices low for America and low for our citizens,” Trump said.The president touted several other of his administration’s environmental policies, including $100 million to fight red tide and toxic algae in Florida, more than $500,000 to fix the aging Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee, and more than $38 billion in improvements to drinking water infrastructure.“I’m committed to ensuring the United States has the cleanest air and cleanest drinking water on Earth,” Trump said. Just months ago, Donald Trump was planning to allow oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida.Now, with 56 days until the election, he conveniently says that he changed his mind. Unbelievable.You don’t have to guess where I stand: I oppose new offshore drilling. https://t.co/oxfQNIymBh— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 8, 2020last_img read more

J-D, CBA girls tennis earn key league wins

first_imgAuburn countered by winning three doubles matches in straight sets, but Riya Sharma and Lana Wisniewski secured J-D’s clinching point as they defeated Claire Diffin and Alexandra Vitale 7-5, 6-1.Before this, J-D handled Fulton 7-0. Farah, Gajra and Sharma each won singles matches in straight sets, and just seven games were dropped in the four doubles matches.A point was dropped against Cortland a day later, but J-D still prevailed 6-1, with Reid, one game from defeat, rallying to edge Emma Hutchings 3-6, 7-6, 10-6 as every other point was earned in straight sets. Tags: Bishop GrimesCBAgirls tennisJ-D Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story By that same 6-1 margin, J-D handled Oswego on Thursday in its fourth match in as many days. Cline’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat to the Buccaneers’ Sonja Anderson was made up by singles wins from Gajra and Reid as the doubles matches were swept.As for CBA, it was undefeated going into last Thursday’s match against Cazenovia, where it turned back the Lakers’ challenge and prevailed by a 6-1 margin.In first singles, Julia DelPino beat Nova Berger 6-1, 6-2, while Maddie Tallman handled Baylee Pierce 6-2, 6-3. The only point was dropped when Lily Geneocco lost to Julia Knutsen 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.Gieselle Vlassis and Grace DelPino paired up in doubles and claimed a 6-3, 6-4 clash over Alex Galle and N ina Royer. Grace Catalano and Aubrey Mills blanked Clare Douglas and Emma Schwartz 6-0, 6-0.Annie Kilmartin and Isabella Mead worked their way to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Regan Dauenhauer and Mae Sayre, with Sophie Schultz and Schutie Zirath beating Katie Pavelchak and Emma Thornton by those same scores.CBA had also surrendered a point in last Tuesday’s match with Phoenix, but still won 6-1 as it lost just six games in eight sets of doubles, while Vlassis and Julia DelPino rolled to singles points.Bishop Grimes gained doubles points from Homer last Monday in a 5-2 defeat. Olivia Coppola and Maggie Eallonardo topped Madelyn Cotterill and Charlotte Wallis 6-4, 7-6, while Sarah Falgiatano and Sofia Ziankoski beat Alina Heyer and Allison Thompson 6-3, 6-4.Grimes then lost to Cazenovia by that same 5-2 margin on Wednesday, with Katie Knittel prevailing in singles 6-1, 6-1 over Clare Douglas as Michela Marturano won  7-5, 6-3 over Baylee Pierce.To wrap up its week, Grimes fell 7-0 to Skaneateles on Friday afternoon. Two of the singles matches went to three sets, Knittel falling 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to Kenna Ellis as Falgiatano had a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 defeat to Lily Miller. Girls tennis teams from Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy both remained atop their respective leagues with critical league victories.Amid its busiest stretch of the regular season, J-D faced a key test last Wednesday when it faced Auburn, and the Red Rams’ strength in singles, plus enough contributions in doubles, turned back the Maroons 4-3.Tara Pollock, in first singles, topped Makayla Huntley 6-2, 6-0, with Mona Farah routing Rosalia Bartolotta 6-0, 6-1 as Inika Gajra earned a 7-5, 6-3 decision over Erin Calkins.last_img read more

A look back at the fall semester in Wisconsin sports: Moments we’ll remember, others we’d like to forget

first_imgThis fall in University of Wisconsin sports has been filled with plenty of surprises, some pleasant and some not so much. While on one hand Badger football had one of the most disappointing seasons in program history, Badger basketball appears back on track for a return to the NCAA Tournament and possibly more. Volleyball and women’s soccer have already made impressive tournament runs. And early on, the women’s hockey team picked up right where they left off as the No. 1 team in the country while the young men’s hockey team continues to grow.Needless to say there’s been a lot to talk about in Wisconsin sports this semester, but here are a few of the highlights:Football: A season lostExpectations were sky high for Badger football as they came into the season as College Football Playoff hopefuls and the No. 4 team in the country. The season began to unravel in a disheartening loss to unranked BYU at home in Camp Randall, which sent them down 12 spots in the AP poll from No. 6 to No. 18. The Badgers held par until week eight when the team got crushed by Big Ten rival Michigan 38–13 in the Big House.Injuries and inconsistent play at the quarterback position by both Alex Hornibrook and backup Jack Coan defined the rest of the season. Hornibrook, who sustained a concussion in the win versus Illinois week nine, was unable to suit up in a critical game versus Northwestern essentially decided the Big Ten West champion.Star running back Jonathan Taylor was contained for only 46 yards in the game and head coach Paul Chryst did not seem ready to give Coan reins of the offense yet, leading to a 31–17 defeat. After sustaining another head injury versus Rutgers, Coan would fill in once more versus Penn State. In the game, the Badger offense couldn’t move the ball at all outside of a breakout 71-yard touchdown.Lost in disappointing year for Badger football, Jonathan Taylor ready to finish historic seasonIf I told you before the season began that Jonathan Taylor would be entering the Badgers’ bowl game with 1,989 Read…Though the team had an exciting comeback win in triple overtime versus Purdue, the nail in the coffin for Wisconsin’s season was their loss to rival Minnesota for the first time in 15 years in a crushing 37–15 defeat.With Hornibrook healthy the whole game the Badgers were out of excuses. Looking back at their schedule the Badgers were only competitive in one of their losses to BYU and had it not been for a few close wins versus Purdue and Iowa, the team would not have even been bowl eligible.Hopefully, Wisconsin football can turn the page on this forgettable season starting with their matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 versus Miami.Men’s basketball: The Trice is rightOne team that has turned the page after a disappointing year has been the 2018-19 Badger men’s basketball team. The Badgers have made a dramatic turnaround just one year after failing to extend their 19 season NCAA Tournament streak.With starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice and freshman guard Kobe King returning from season-ending injuries in 2017-18 the team’s offensive chemistry has taken a dramatic step forward. Trice is currently leading the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage and King has been a solid contributor off the bench.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin faces Savannah State Thursday following overtime loss to MarquetteThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be back on the hardwood this Thursday as they take on the Read…The main difference from this year to last on the team has been the ability to space the floor for star forward Ethan Happ.Though Happ has excellent post moves and is a great facilitator for a big man, the senior’s lack of a jump shot has hindered Wisconsin’s potential in the past. Nate Reuvers, Aleem Ford, Brad Davison and Trice fill the Badgers starting lineup with shooters. Along with a solid bench highlighted by King and Brevin Pritzl, Wisconsin probably has their strongest offensive lineup since 2015 when current NBA players Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker led the program.On the defensive end, both Happ and Reuvers have continued to develop as defenders on the perimeter and in the post while Khalil Iverson is one of the best perimeter defenders in the Big Ten coming off the bench.After their win over No. 22 Iowa Nov. 30, Wisconsin tied themselves for the national lead in power five conference victories. Even after an overtime loss to Marquette last weekend, the Badgers seem poised to maintain or build on their current level of play.Volleyball and women’s soccer: Tourney time in MadisonWisconsin celebrated two NCAA tournament teams this fall — the volleyball team and women’s soccer team.Led by the 2018 first team All American Dana Rettke, the Wisconsin volleyball team continued their record of excellence with a sixth straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.Volleyball: No. 6 Badgers fall in Elite Eight heartbreaker to No. 3 IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s season ended Saturday night after losing to No. 3 Illinois in the Elite Read…The Badgers’ made national notice in the beginning of the season after taking down No. 2 Texas 3-1 on the Longhorns’ own turf. Other impressive wins in the regular season came against conference foes No. 16 Purdue, No. 7 Illinois and No. 5 Nebraska.But the team also had their share of struggles, getting swept by rival No. 6 Minnesota and losing in a rematch versus Illinois.When tournament time came, though, the Badgers were ready for the challenge, breezing through their first three rounds without dropping more than a set. Wins came against UW-Green Bay, Pepperdine and San Diego.Unfortunately, Wisconsin fell to Illinois for the second of three times this season with a 3–1 loss in the Elite Eight.The women’s soccer team experienced similar levels of success this season, ending the year as the No. 15 seed and reaching the Sweet 16 after victories over Memphis and Hofstra.Some notes from the season were the Badgers ability to score on offense while forward Dani Rhodes was recovering from injury and slumping early in the year. Lauren Rice, Cameron Murtha and Emily Borgmann all combined for 17 goals in 2018.On the other hand, once Rhodes heated up she completely took over on the attack for Wisconsin, scoring eight goals in the final seven games of the season, including a record-setting four-goal performance in the NCAA Tournament against Hofstra.Women’s and men’s hockey: Greatness and potentialThe women’s hockey team has left off right where they started last season. After losing in the Final Four, this team appears to have a chip on its shoulder and currently holds the No. 1 ranking in women’s hockey. Wisconsin leads the nation in wins with 18 to just one loss on the year to No. 2 Minnesota.Though the Badgers have dominated their schedule so far, No. 6 Princeton and Minnesota were the only two ranked teams Wisconsin’s faced in the young season, winning three of those four contests by a combined 11–5 margin.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers wrap up year with dominant sweep of St. Cloud StateThe top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned two more commanding victories over the weekend, defeating the St. Cloud Read…The forward duo of Annie Pankowski and Abby Roque has been the core of this team. Pankowski leads in goals with 14 while Roque leads in assists with 19. Freshman Sophie Shirley has also been an integral part of the offense with 11 goals and eight assists on the year.On the men’s side, the early season results were more mixed. The team is 8-7-3 and is currently just outside the top 20 rankings.This could very well be the result of growing pains. The top four combined goals and assists leaders on the team are either freshman or sophomores, with defender K’Andre Miller leading the group as a freshman.Also a freshman, goalkeeper Daniel Lebedeff has taken over in the net for junior Jack Berry. Lebedeff has performed well with a .911 save percentage and a 5-3-2 record.The team is also heating up of late, coming off a sweep versus conference foe Michigan State last weekend.While football may have put a cloud over the fall season for some Badger fans, many other teams on campus took significant steps forward in 2018. All things considered, the future of Wisconsin sports looks bright next semester and beyond.last_img read more