Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 12, 2016center_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag in the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in Dauphin County lowered to half-staff in honor of Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp, a United States Army Air Forces soldier declared missing in action 71 years ago in World War II.Halfpapp’s remains were recently identified and will be returned to his family today in Middletown and he will be laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.Flags shall remain lowered until sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 20 Small Business Projects in 13 Counties, Supporting More Than 1,100 Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 20 Small Business Projects in 13 Counties, Supporting More Than 1,100 Jobs February 07, 2018 PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for 20 small business projects in 13 counties across the commonwealth that will help create and retain more than 1,100 jobs statewide.“One of the best ways we can encourage businesses to grow and create jobs is by providing access to capital for acquisition of property, construction, or purchase of equipment and machinery that businesses need to expand,” Governor Wolf said. “The projects approved at today’s meeting will create jobs and move our economy forward.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $8.4 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $8 million in private investment and supported 331 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total approximately $15.3 million in fixed, low-interest loans to projects in Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, and Philadelphia counties.The following loans were approved:Berks CountyRicky and Miriam Manwiller were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund for the construction of two 31,500-square-foot poultry houses on their Heidelberg Township farm. Each poultry house can raise 36,000 birds per flock, and the Manwillers anticipate being able to raise up to 5.5 flocks per year.Zahncroft Dairy, LLC was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund for construction of a 37,377-square-foot, free-stall barn with 217 stalls, a milking parlor with a double 12 parallel milk house, and a two-stage manure storage pit on their dairy farm located in Womelsdorf.Targeted Solutions, LLC was approved for a $180,000, 5-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund to assist with the purchase of a Ryobi 755 five color press to be used at their direct mail production facility in Mohnton. The project will enable to company to retain 77 existing full-time jobs.Radius Corporation was approved for a $1,430,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Greater Berks Development Fund to relocate into a new, larger manufacturing facility. The new facility is a multi-story building formerly operated as a silk mill that will undergo extensive renovations and improvements to provide a better manufacturing layout, inventory warehousing, and office space. The project will enable the company to retain its 28 full-time employees and to create 14 new full-time positions in the next three years.Blair CountyEast Freedom Surgical Associates, LLC was approved for a $350,000, 5-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation for the purchase of new and used medical and surgical equipment needed for a new ambulatory center in Duncansville Borough. The equipment is necessary for licensing and certification as a stand-alone surgical center. The project will retain the company’s six existing employees and enable to company to create four additional positions.Bradford CountyPrinciple Enterprises, LLC was approved for a $1,125,000, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission for the acquisition of a 68,885-square-foot building on 14 acres in Canton Township. The project will enable Principle Enterprises to retain 125 jobs and create 75 more over the next three years.Bucks CountyRushabh Instruments, LLC / SPS Investment Holdings, LLC was approved for a $199,900, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation to assist with the acquisition of a 7,813-square-foot facility in Northampton Township. The proposed acquisition will provide Rushabh Instruments the necessary space for its expanding operation, and SPS Investment Holdings, LLC will own the real estate to be acquired. The project will enable the company to retain three existing employees and create two full-time jobs within three years.Chester CountyHoward and Sandra Reyburn were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Chester County Economic Development Council for the construction of two 20,212-aquare-foot hog finishing barns on the Reyburn’s existing farm located in Oxford, Upper Oxford and Lower Oxford Townships, Chester County.Crawford CountyThe Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County was approved for a $479,850, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate for the construction of a 22,000-square-foot building in the Keystone Regional Industrial Park located in Cochranton. The site will be marketed as a multi-tenant facility, and the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County anticipates two tenants occupying the building, with each tenant occupying approximately 11,000 square feet of the building. The project is expected to create 25 full-time jobs, ranging from manufacturing to administrative support.Cumberland CountyAmish Country Bakehouse, LLC was approved for two separate loans totaling $850,804 at a 2 percent fixed rate through Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation for the purchase of machinery and equipment and the acquisition and renovation of a 23,917 square-foot building on 2.36 acres located in Carlisle. The project includes demolition of approximately 1,340 square feet of the existing building, construction of a 2,310-square-foot addition for manufacturing space, a new dock and cooler, and other new equipment. The project will enable the company to retain 16 existing full-time employees and create 20 full-time jobs within three years.Dauphin CountyMold-Base Industries, Inc. was approved for an $874,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Capital Region Economic Development Corporation for the acquisition of the 71,565-square-foot building complex situated on 4.99 acres of real estate in Swatara Township. The company will also transition to a newly-formed employee stock ownership plan in which its employees will take over the ongoing operations of the company. The project will enable Mold-Base Industries to retain its 55 employees.Fayette CountyFay-Penn Economic Development Council was approved for a $1,373,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate for the renovation and expansion of their existing 35,000-square-foot facility  located in Georges Township. The building is occupied by a single tenant, NiSource, Inc. The expansion will accommodate more space for NiSource Inc.’s customer call center operation. The project will enable NiSource to retain 310 employees and create 35 additional jobs in the next three years.Huntington CountyKulp Family Dairy, LLC was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation for the acquisition of two separate parcels totaling over 303 acres of land located in Warriors Mark and Franklin Townships. Used historically as farm land, it will reduce Kulp Family Dairy, LLC’s reliance upon leased ground and purchased feedstock to support its herd.Lackawanna CountyPasqualichio Bros., Inc. was approved for two separate loans totaling $2,780,182 at a 2 percent fixed rate through Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company for the acquisition of a 4.91-acre lot located at the Valley View Business Park in Jessup Borough. The project will also include the construction of a 32,000-square-foot building due to the company outgrowing its current business operation located in downtown Scranton. The project will enable the company to retain 60 full-time jobs while creating 15 additional new jobs in the next three years at the new site consisting of laborers, line-workers, drivers, and a foreman.McAulliffe Chiropractic P.C. was approved for a $15,800, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed interest rate through the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance to finance the purchase of a digital x-ray machine to be installed at the company’s office location in Clarks Summit. The digital x-ray machine will replace an aging plain film x-ray machine, reducing energy consumption usage and the environmental footprint from chemicals and film that are used in the process of making x-rays.Lancaster CountyGlick Fire Equipment Company, Inc. was approved for a $1,284,250, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the acquisition of two of the three current locations of Glick Fire Equipment Company from original founders David and Susan Glick, continuing the transition of ownership of the company to David and Susan’s children. The two facilities are located in Lancaster and Butler counties. The project will enable the company to retain 63 existing full-time employees and create three full-time jobs within three years.Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co. L.P. was approved for a $2 million, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the construction of an 82,600-square-foot addition to the company’s warehouse in Mountville. This expansion project will help the company accommodate their continued growth at one location. The project will enable the company to retain 220 full-time jobs.Mitchell and Heather Shellenberger were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the expansion of the Shellenberger’s farming operation through the construction of a 101-foot x 262-foot hog-finishing barn. The new construction will add an additional 3,300 hogs to the farm’s production cycle.Brubaker Run Farms, LLC was approved for a $362,500, 15-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the acquisition of a farm from the father of one of the company’s principals, Robert Brubaker. The farm is located in Manheim.PhiladelphiaTriple Bottom Brewing Company was approved for a $400,000, 6-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through PIDC Financing Corporation to establish a craft brewery located within the Spring Arts District of Center City Philadelphia. The company will be retaining 2 full-time employees and creating 14 full-time jobs within three years. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Provides Update on Opioid Epidemic Progress to PA Orthopaedic Society

first_imgGov. Wolf Provides Update on Opioid Epidemic Progress to PA Orthopaedic Society SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on the state’s progress in battling the opioid epidemic during the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society’s Fall Meeting and Symposium. Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine joined the governor on the opioid panel discussion.“Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis has been called ‘a model for the nation’ by the American Medical Association,” Gov. Wolf said. “While accolades are nice, action and results are better, and we are pleased with the work and the results we’ve seen so far in this ongoing battle. While the state experienced a decline in overdose deaths last year, we have more work to do.”Gov. Wolf signed a heroin and opioid epidemic disaster declaration in January 2018 to focus commonwealth resources and departments in a concerted effort to address this crisis. He has renewed the declaration every 90 days and the Opioid Command Center, created through the declaration, now involves 16 state agencies and the Attorney General’s Office with a focus on expanding efforts, listening to third party stakeholders and providers and breaking down government siloes to collaborate, idea-share, educate and develop new programs.Dr. Levine focused on the state’s progress with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and drafting of opioid prescribing guidelines, both of which have led to more responsible opioid prescribing.“Opioid stewardship is such an important part of the progress we have made in combatting the opioid crisis,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Through resources such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, opioid prescribing guidelines and continuing education for physicians, opioids are being used more judiciously in the treatment of pain.”The commonwealth’s initiatives Gov. Wolf highlighted during the panel include:Since 2018, more than 11,000 individuals have been engaged in warm hand-off through emergency rooms throughout Pennsylvania. Of those individuals, more than 6,000 individuals have been directly connected to treatment.The Wolf Administration worked with seven major commercial insurers to eliminate prior authorization for most forms of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and covering it on the lowest patient cost-sharing tier of the pharmacy benefit. The agreement also expanded access to naloxone and mental health care, while also working to make these services more affordable.Pennsylvania increased access to treatment by:Waiving birth certificate fees for those with opioid use disorder, helping more than 3,300 people gain easier entry into recovery programs.Expanding Medicaid, providing 125,000 more Pennsylvanians with coverage that includes substance use disorder care.Launching PA LEAD with Attorney General Shapiro, a collaborative law enforcement initiative aimed at connecting individuals suffering from substance use disorder with local treatment resources.Expanding the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program in Pennsylvania’s state correctional facilities. The Get Help Now Hotline received more than 28,000 calls during the disaster declarations, with nearly half of all callers connected directly to a treatment provider.Pennsylvania has received more than $141 million in federal funding for its opioid response over the past two years. One of the unique uses of funding was to provide $15 million for housing for those with opioid use disorder in high need areas, such as Philadelphia. By removing one barrier to treatment – lack of housing – the state can help people get and stay in treatment.“From increasing access to care, collaborating with multiple partners, increasing access to and the use of naloxone, and many other thoughtful, innovative programs, Pennsylvania is seeing positive results,” Gov. Wolf said. “My thanks to the members of our Opioid Command Center for their tireless work in determining what needs to be done and then making it happen.”Get more information on The Wolf Administration’s action plan for battling the opioid crisis. November 08, 2019last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf y los líderes religiosos recomiendan el uso de maneras alternativas para las reuniones religiosas

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf y los líderes religiosos recomiendan el uso de maneras alternativas para las reuniones religiosas April 04, 2020center_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Actualización de la orden de quedarse en casa para reflejar la necesidad de limitar las reuniones religiosas en personaEn medio de la pandemia de COVID-19 y a medida que se acercan importantes fiestas religiosas en las próximas semanas, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y los líderes religiosos de todo el estado están alentando el uso de maneras alternativas para realizar reuniones religiosas.El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria del Departamento de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, actualizaron la guía de la orden de quedarse en casa para reflejar la necesidad de brindar una mayor orientación sobre las reuniones religiosas.La guía actualizada señala que si bien la orden de quedarse en casa no debería afectar el funcionamiento de las instituciones religiosas, “Se alienta a los líderes religiosos a encontrar alternativas para las reuniones en persona y evitar poner en peligro a sus miembros de la congregación. Las personas no deben reunirse en edificios u hogares religiosos para los servicios o las celebraciones hasta que se levante la orden de quedarse en casa”.“Sé que nos acercamos a varias fiestas, incluidas las fiestas religiosas más importantes como Pascua y Pascua Judía”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Recomiendo encarecidamente a los líderes religiosos que estén organizando una celebración festiva que consideren una alternativa que no reúna a las personas de manera física”.“Como persona de fe, entiendo lo importante que es adorar, y que congregar, ya sea para un servicio o una cena de Séder, puede estar en el centro de la fe. Pero también entiendo la importancia de ayudar a los vecinos, y la mejor manera de ayudar a nuestros vecinos en este momento es no congregarse. La mejor manera de ayudar es quedarse en casa”.Los líderes religiosos de Pennsylvania se unieron a Wolf para instar a otros líderes a adoptar maneras alternativas de culto.“Los cristianos de todo el mundo se preparan para entrar en la semana más sagrada del año”, dijo el Reverendísimo Nelson J. Pérez, Arzobispo de Philadelphia. “Este año, la Semana Santa llega en un momento en que el coronavirus ha alterado abruptamente nuestras vidas. Por el bien común y para la preservación de la salud de todos nosotros, es esencial que los residentes de Pennsylvania respeten el llamado del Gobernador de no reunirse en grandes grupos. Debemos abrazar nuestra responsabilidad común y frenar la propagación del virus. Estamos bendecidos con los dones de la tecnología y las redes sociales que nos permiten experimentar la riqueza de estos Días Santos de manera virtual”.“Al comenzar esta temporada de renovación y celebración de una nueva vida en la que los cristianos generalmente se unen en mayor cantidad de lo habitual, lamentamos que la crisis de la COVID-19 imposibilite nuestra capacidad de hacerlo en persona”, dijo la Rev. Sandra L. Strauss , Directora de Defensa y Alcance Ecuménico, Consejo de Iglesias de Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Council of Churches). “Lo más amoroso que podemos hacer por nuestros vecinos es mantenerlos a salvo. Por lo tanto, seguimos impulsando a nuestras congregaciones a explorar y participar en maneras creativas de reunirse y compartir, como la transmisión en vivo, Zoom y la conexión mediante las redes sociales”.“En más de 2000 años, la Iglesia ha enfrentado y sobrevivido a muchas adversidades, que incluyen dos guerras mundiales, La Gripe Española y La Gran Plaga”, dijo el Pastor Franky Rodríguez, CDA Community Church, Philadelphia. “¡La iglesia no va a desaparecer porque nosotros, el pueblo de Dios, somos la iglesia! En tiempos de problemas, la iglesia se acerca, no se aleja. No se trata de una cercanía física sino de una cercanía espiritual. Aunque no estemos en el mismo lugar físico, tenemos la tecnología para compartir la palabra de Dios. En esta Pascua, la Iglesia está unida como en cualquier otra Pascua, con acción de gracias, oración y súplica por los habitantes del mundo. Entonces, seamos responsables y estemos juntos estando separados”.“Es un momento excelente para que todos recordemos que la iglesia no es un edificio, sino las personas que forman la congregación”, dijo el Pastor Principal Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., iglesia Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal, Philadelphia. “Debemos hacer todo lo posible para salvar las vidas de aquellos a quienes fuimos llamados a cuidar en nuestro rebaño. Si eso significa transmitir en vivo los servicios religiosos y realizar el Estudio Bíblico en las salas de video chat, que así sea. Apoyo totalmente el esfuerzo del Gobernador Wolf para mantener a salvo a los residentes de Pennsylvania y la iglesia Mother Bethel AME se une a la lucha para disminuir la propagación y aplanar la curva”.“En nuestro Séder de Pascua Judía este año, habrá muchas respuestas a la antigua pregunta: ¿Por qué esta noche es diferente a todas las otras noches?, dijo el rabino Jeffrey Astrachan, Temple Beth Israel en York. “Este año, bajo ninguna circunstancia reunirse en la casa de otro es lo correcto. Quédense en casa. Utilicen la tecnología para realizar reuniones en Internet y recuerden, como la Hagadá nos enseña: ¡Que el año próximo seamos libres!”“El judaísmo nos enseña que el mayor valor es salvar una vida, no solo la nuestra, sino también cómo nuestro comportamiento afecta la vida de los demás, su libertad y su salud”, dijo el Rabino Aaron Bisno en Rodef Shalom en Pittsburgh. “Lo mejor para todos es practicar el distanciamiento social, por lo que buscamos nuevas maneras de reunirnos, apoyarnos y celebrar. Tenemos la obligación, el mandato religioso, de reconocer la responsabilidad que tenemos con la comunidad en general. Nuestro deseo de estar juntos no anula nuestra responsabilidad de estar separados hasta que la amenaza haya pasado”.“Paradójicamente, el aspecto más difícil del distanciamiento social para la comunidad judía es a la vez el motivo por el cual es tan importante”, dijo el rabino Daniel Swartz, líder de Temple Hesed en Scranton. “El judaísmo se practica en comunidad porque todos somos responsables de mantenernos seguros y saludables. De hecho, se nos ordena violar el Sabbath para salvar aunque sea una sola vida. Por esto debemos practicar el distanciamiento social mucho más, incluso en nuestro culto, ya que hacerlo protege no solo nuestra propia vida, sino también la vida de los miembros de toda la comunidad. Para mí, creer en Dios significa que todos estamos juntos en esto”.“En la época del mal tiempo, el Profeta Muhammad (que la paz y las bendiciones sean con él) solía ordenarle al muecín (la persona que llama a la oración) que cambiara el llamado de “ven a orar” por “ora en tu hogar”, dijo Imám Idris Abdul-Zahir, Imám residente de Masjidullah. “Esto se debía a que el Profeta estaba preocupado por el peligro con el que sus seguidores se podrían enfrentar al ir a la mezquita para orar en condiciones potencialmente peligrosas. Durante esta época, aliento a todos los líderes religiosos a examinar este mal invisible, el virus que produce la COVID-19, en su localidad y recomendar medidas que mantengan a sus congregaciones fuera de peligro. Porque está escrito en el Corán que salvar una vida es como si hubieras salvado a toda la humanidad”.Pennsylvania tiene más de 10,000 casos y 136 muertes desde que se anunció el primer caso el 6 de marzo. El Gobernador Wolf ha desplegado una serie de esfuerzos de mitigación medidos y determinados para salvar vidas y detener la propagación, que incluyen la orden estatal de quedarse en casa.“Sé que los residentes de Pennsylvania son fuertes, resilientes y que se preocupan por sus familias, amigos, vecinos y su comunidad, incluidas sus comunidades religiosas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Todos debemos continuar cumpliendo nuestra parte para detener la propagación de este virus mortal”.Puede acceder a los comentarios del Gobernador Wolf sobre las reuniones religiosas y otros esfuerzos recientes de mitigación aquí o en Facebook aquí.Vea la guía actualizada de la orden de quedarse en casa en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver esta página en inglés.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia que 13 condados pasarán a la fase amarilla de reapertura el 15 de mayo

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf anuncia que 13 condados pasarán a la fase amarilla de reapertura el 15 de mayo Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de hoy, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que 13 condados de Pennsylvania pasarán a la fase amarilla de reapertura a las 12:01 a.m. del viernes 15 de mayo. Esos condados incluyen Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington y Westmoreland.El 1 de mayo, el Gobernador anunció los 24 condados que pasan en la fase amarilla de reapertura a partir de hoy. Asimismo, anoche, él y la Secretaria de Salud, la Dra. Rachel Levine, firmaron nuevas órdenes: una para la fase amarilla de reapertura y otra para extender hasta el 4 de junio la orden de fase roja de quedarse en casa de ciertos condados que iba a expirar anoche. La extensión de la orden de fase roja de quedarse en casa no significa que otros condados no pasarán a la fase amarilla antes del 4 de junio.“El plan de reapertura prioriza la salud y el bienestar de los residentes de Pennsylvania al usar una combinación de factores para determinar cuánto movimiento puede tolerar un sitio antes de que el nuevo coronavirus de 2019 se convierta en una amenaza”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Me gustaría enfatizar que este plan no es una ruta que va en una sola dirección. Supervisamos detenidamente a los 24 condados en la fase amarilla y volveremos a imponer restricciones si surge el peligro”.El Gobernador Wolf recordó a los residentes y dueños de empresas que el amarillo significa precaución y que es necesario que todos sean conscientes de sus acciones y de la manera en que los afecta no solo a ellos mismos sino también a sus familias, amigos y comunidad.“Cada contacto entre dos personas es un nuevo eslabón de la cadena de la transmisión potencial”, dijo Wolf. “Y si el recuento de casos nuevos comienza a aumentar en un área, será necesario imponer restricciones para evitar que los centros médicos locales se saturen. Por consiguiente, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben continuar tomando buenas decisiones”.Las fuerzas del orden público siguen centradas en lograr el cumplimiento voluntario a través de la educación, pero es posible que se multe a los infractores en base a las circunstancias específicas de una investigación.Además de las posibles sanciones penales impuestas por las fuerzas del orden público, puede haber consecuencias adicionales respecto de la licencia para los infractores, en parte, a través de las quejas presentadas por los empleados en el portal del Departamento de Salud que permite que todo empleado que sienta que su empleador no brinda un entorno de trabajo seguro complete un formulario en Internet.El Departamento de Salud analiza las quejas y las investiga internamente o envía la queja al organismo estatal correspondiente para su investigación. Por ejemplo, las quejas sobre restaurantes son manejadas por el Departamento de Agricultura, que inspecciona esas instalaciones; las quejas sobre los hogares de ancianos son manejadas por el Departamento de Salud, que inspecciona y autoriza esas instituciones. Otros organismos involucrados son los departamentos de Estado y de Trabajo e Industria.Las inquietudes sobre la reapertura de una empresa que puede estar en infracción a las órdenes de quedarse en casa o fase amarilla deben hacerse a los números locales que no son de emergencia de las fuerzas del orden público o a un funcionario electo local.Lea el plan del Gobernador Wolf para PA aquí.Lea la guía empresarial aquí.Lea la guía de los CDC para centros de cuidado de niños aquí.Lea las preguntas frecuentes aquí.Vea la herramienta de apoyo a la toma de decisiones basada en los riesgos de la Carnegie Mellon University aquí.El 1 de mayo, el Gobernador anunció los 24 condados que pasan en la fase amarilla de reapertura a partir de hoy. Asimismo, anoche, él y la Secretaria de Salud, la Dra. Rachel Levine, firmaron nuevas órdenes: una para la fase amarilla de reapertura y otra para extender hasta el 4 de junio la orden de fase roja de quedarse en casa de ciertos condados que iba a expirar anoche. La extensión de la orden de fase roja de quedarse en casa no significa que otros condados no pasarán a la fase amarilla antes del 4 de junio.Ver esta página en inglés. May 08, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Outlines Impacts of Ending Disaster Declaration

first_img June 10, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Legislature Cannot End Disaster Declaration UnilaterallyDisaster Declaration is Separate from Secretary of Health Business Guideline OrdersToday, the Wolf Administration outlined the potential impact of ending the March 6 disaster declaration while clarifying that the legislature cannot end it unilaterally. The disaster declaration aids in speeding up the state’s response to the pandemic and provides protections for businesses, workers and residents. Importantly, ending the disaster declaration would not end any orders issued by the Secretary of Health that set guidelines for business operations.Last night, the General Assembly voted to end the disaster declaration with many members claiming their actions ended the business guideline orders. That is not true. Not only does any concurrent resolution need to come to the Governor for approval or disapproval, but the disaster declaration is separate from the orders signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine under the Disease Prevention Act that include provisions for business reopening and for worker and building safety. Those orders remain in place. The legislature did nothing to end those.Rather, the legislature chose to attempt to end the disaster declaration – a measure that would ostensibly end protections passed for businesses, workers, and residents.If the declaration were to end, these protections would go away:Burdensome eligibility requirements for more than a million Unemployment Compensation claimants would immediately go back into effect, and employers across the commonwealth would no longer receive relief from charges.Certification requirements under the public-school code and child protective services law would end.A school meal eligibility waiver, which has allowed more than 300 meal sites to open for distribution of food to school-age children in need, would end.Telehealth and other health care services provided by out-of-state providers for Pennsylvanians would end.Utility assistance for thousands of families and individuals would end, leaving people without water or electricity.Hospitals and alternative care sites would no longer be able to add capacity or repurpose facilities (i.e., beds) without having to abide by the 60-day notice requirement.License renewal and training requirement suspensions for health care professionals, child care workers, direct care workers, direct support professionals, among other professional groups who provide life sustaining services to our children, seniors, and vulnerable residents would end, meaning all of these workers would need to choose between not returning to work until those credentials could be renewed or trainings completed and the option of returning to work with the understanding that they are practicing out of compliance with Pennsylvania law and regulation, very well opening themselves up to personal liability.PennDOT waivers for commercial motor vehicle weight limitations and permitting requirements for the transport and delivery of agricultural feed, food, and dairy products, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies to assist in supply chain challenges would end and motor carriers would be restricted in their ability to directly assist in supporting emergency relief efforts necessary to respond to the pandemic.Mortgage foreclosure and eviction moratoriums that offer protection to vulnerable Pennsylvanians at risk of losing their homes during the pandemic would end.In addition to these immediate waiver and legislative enactments being removed, ending the disaster declaration also would remove many practical aspects of the state’s response to this disaster, including the authority to activate the National Guard to help with nursing homes; deploying commonwealth personnel, services and distributing supplies and equipment; implementing emergency funding; suspending rules and regulations that would hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency; and using all available resources of the commonwealth government and its political subdivisions to deal with the emergency.The state could also lose federal public and individual disaster assistance, and any additional state funding sources available through transfer of unused General Fund dollars.During a state of emergency declared by the governor, commonwealth agencies and departments may implement their emergency assignments without regard to procedures required by other laws pertaining to performing their work, entering into contracts, purchasing supplies and equipment, and employing temporary workers.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Outlines Impacts of Ending Disaster Declarationlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Manufacturer to Move Headquarters From New Jersey to Lehigh Valley, Creating 105 New Jobs

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced that A.P. Deauville LLC, a manufacturer of health and beauty products, will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in New Jersey to Forks Township, Northampton County, investing $16.7 million and creating 105 new jobs in the Lehigh Valley region.“The Lehigh Valley is a region historically known for its manufacturing strength and we are pleased that A.P. Deauville is relocating its operations here,” Gov. Wolf said. “The need for A.P. Deauville to more than double its production space to keep up with consumer demand is a testament to the company’s growth, and it will result in a significant and long-term investment and 105 new well-paying manufacturing jobs for Pennsylvanians.”A.P. Deauville, which manufactures Power Stick® brand of anti-perspirant, body wash, body sprays and men’s grooming products, has reached full capacity at its New Jersey manufacturing facility. The company will purchase and renovate a 180,000-square-foot facility in Easton, doubling its manufacturing capacity, to continue selling its brands to major retailers. The company has pledged to invest $16.7 million into this competitive project.“A.P. Deauville is excited to start the next phase of growth in Pennsylvania and could not have made this move without the help of the Governor’s Action Team, which helped us secure significant statewide tax incentives and grants that made it a very easy decision for us to relocate to Pennsylvania,” said Frederick Horowitz, CEO of A.P. Deauville LLC. “We look forward to creating manufacturing jobs in a great state where business is welcomed as a productive partner of government and a positive member of the community.”A.P. Deauville received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs and $50,000 in funding for job training. The company has been encouraged to apply for a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan and may also be eligible for DCED’s Manufacturing Tax Credit program. 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.“We are thrilled to welcome A.P. Deauville to Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “It’s encouraging to see growth continue in the region’s economy — and manufacturing sector — despite the coronavirus pandemic. A.P. Deauville is a high-quality manufacturer that joins a thriving sector that employs 35,000 people in the Lehigh Valley. The company’s relocation to Pennsylvania and Northampton County would not have been possible without the engagement of state and county leadership. Northampton County, Northampton County Industrial Development Authority, and the Commonwealth worked together aggressively during these difficult and challenging times to help make this project happen.”“I am pleased to welcome A.P. Deauville to Northampton County,” says Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. “Their new manufacturing center will bring 105 good quality jobs and an important industry to Fork’s Township. This is the kind economic development we want in Northampton County.”“This is exactly the kind of project NCIDA exists to support: one that creates high-quality, high-paying jobs in a key target sector for the Lehigh Valley economy,” said Marilyn Lieberman, chair of the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority. “We’re so pleased we could play a role in helping bring this company to Northampton County and to support their future growth and success here in the Lehigh Valley.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.Ver esta página en español. Governor Wolf: Manufacturer to Move Headquarters From New Jersey to Lehigh Valley, Creating 105 New Jobs July 30, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

A 12 month plan is the way to go when selling a home for retirement

first_imgPlanning your retirement lifestyle is the key to a smooth transition.PLAN at least 12 months ahead if you are looking to downsize and move into a retirement village is the sound advice from a real estate agent in the know. Harcourts Pinnacle Aspley agent Marilyn Davies has a passion for helping elderly homeowners sell their home to move into a better lifestyle fit.With a background in retirement villages, having helped many people make the transition into a retirement village and set up the sales training division of a large retirement village chain, Ms Davies understands what her elderly clients are going through when it comes to make the move out of their family home.“I loved working in the retirement village and have a passion on focusing my real estate business in that direction,” Ms Davies said.“When looking at retirement villages a lot of people are very fearful and wondering if this is the end of the line for them, is this their last move?“Retirement villages aren’t nursing homes. A lot of people do think that so there’s a huge fear factor involved in that move and they feel they are leaving their independence behind.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“The reality is that in a retirement village they are buying lifestyle, independence, facilities and community with like minded people.” Harcouts Pinnacle Aspley real estate agent Marilyn Davies is passionate about helping elderly residents enjoy a great retirement.Ms Davies said it was wise to plan ahead and get ready to make the move while you were able to enjoy all of the facilities on offer and able to make the choices yourself.“The mistake a lot of people make is they leave it until it’s too late to deal with it well,” Ms Davies said.“You don’t want your family to have to pack you up and move you, it’s better to feel in control.”Ms Davies said it was advisable to secure a place in a retirement village and then put your house on the market not the other way around, with villages often giving their prospective residents three months to sell their homes.“In Brisbane you can often get a contract in the first week of a house being on the market, so it’s better to know where you want to move to before putting your house on the market.”Plan at least 12 months out before you are planning on moving. Get some advice on how to declutter your home and prepare it for sale for the best possible outcome and know where you might want to move to, is the advice from Ms Davies.last_img read more

RBA to hold rates at record low

first_imgUniversity of Queensland School of Economics’ Clement Tisdell said some areas of concerns for the RBA would be that wage growth was slow and the “exchange rate needs to be lowered somewhat”. Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke agreed “the high Australian dollar is a potential area for concern, as highlighted by the panellists, but it’s not enough to drive a rate change just yet”.Concern over escalation in real estate prices had also eased, with LJ Hooker’s Mathew Tiller confirming “property markets have seen prices begin to soften, thanks to an increase in listings and a moderation in investor demand”. The RBA is expected to keep interest rates on hold at an all time low of 1.5%. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.HOMEOWNERS can expect another month of record low mortgage charges with the Reserve Bank widely predicted to sit on its hands in March.The RBA board meets Tuesday for its monthly monetary policy meeting where members were expected to continue the record low rate run, keeping the cash rate at 1.5 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAll 33 experts in the finder.com.au Economic Sentiment Tracker were unanimous in the hold position, with many pointing to wages, business confidence and the Aussie dollar as factors that set to twist the RBA board’s arm.Queensland University of Technology’s Noel Whittaker put it succinctly: “Property prices falling — our dollar weakening — no reason to move”. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee who said the “economy (is) still not strong enough to start increasing”. Metropole Property Strategists’ Michael Yardney said even if overseas interest rates rose in the next few months, RBA Governor Philip Lowe had made it clear that “Australian rates don’t need to be in lock step with overseas rates”.last_img read more

Aged care gets the royal treatment

first_imgPortofino Hamilton has been mistaken for a hotel. Pic Mark Cranitch.The creme de la creme in aged care is the Royal Suite, a 54sq m residence with two private balconies, a spacious ensuite and a private kitchenette. It also comes with a royal price tag – a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) of $1.2 million, or a combination of RAD and Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). The maximum DAP rate is currently $189.69.Portofino manager Ian Byron said the Royal Suite, which has yet to be snapped up, was like no other aged care residence.“You honestly wouldn’t even think it was aged care,” he said.“It is spacious, luxurious. There is room for a grand piano if you want one.”Mr Byron said they had received a “fair bit of interest” in the Royal Suite, mostly from children looking to set up their ageing parents. And facilities manager Ian Byron (pictured in the Imperial Suite) is keen to show it off. Pic Mark Cranitch.Senior Living two-bedroom apartments start from $1 million (maximum RAD), and include a well-appointed kitchen, open plan living room and a generous balcony.Shared facilities include a public cafe, an internal piazza with open air large screen TV, a gym, a hairdresser, onsite medical centre, heated mineral pool, a theatre, a recreation and activities room, lounges and libraries, a private dining and meeting room.Additional add-on services can include 24/7 nursing care, laundry services, additional menu choices, pay TV, and lifestyle activities.Mr Byron said Portofino’s design had been consumer driven, saying they wanted to move away from the traditional aged care model. Pic Mark Cranitch.“It is not healthcare as such, but customer service,” he said. “If you drive past the building, it looks more like a hotel.“We have actually had a few people come in wanting to book a room.“One of our apartment residents, she is never in the building. We check the car park to see if she is here. She is always out socialising.”Mr Byron said many residents needed zero or minimal care, but they felt secure knowing they could access services as they needed them.“We are happy to do tours. We are happy to show off Portofino,” he said. It is in fact just one very flash aged care and senior living facility. Here is a bedroom in one of the four penthouses. Pic Mark Cranitch.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoBut if the royal treatment is out of your budget, Portofino has a range of aged care suites and senior living apartments available, starting from $550,000 (maximum RAD) for an aged care classic suite.The Classic Suite is a specialist care suite (dementia) and is a single room with a private ensuite and kitchenette. Each suite also comes with a flat screen TV, microwave, fridge, nurse call buzzer and built-in robe, with residents granted full access to a protected outdoor area including activities room.“It has all of the amenities of the Royal Suite, just on a smaller scale,” Mr Byron said.To date, about 50 per cent of the standard aged care suites and 60 per cent of the specialist aged care suites have been occupied. For those wanting more independence, there are still some apartments available. One of the four penthouses at Portofino Hamilton. Pic Mark Cranitch.Getting older doesn’t have to mean scrimping on luxury. At Portofino Hamilton, you can live like royalty.The aged care and senior living community, which opened in December, has 100 aged care suites and 50 two or three-bedroom aged care and senior living apartments, including four penthouses. last_img read more