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GO-TIME: Labor & Industry Space Optimization Project Saving $250,000 Annually

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, as part of its multi-phase space optimization initiative, has realized a net savings of more than $250,000 for the project’s first phase.This first phase included analyzing the changing office space needs in several of the department’s Harrisburg-area office locations, including 651 Boas Street and 333 Market Street.For many years the Treasury Department occupied 12,700 square feet of space in L&I’s Boas Street building, but over time and as Treasury operations shifted from manual to computer-based, less space was needed. Labor & Industry renovated Treasury’s footprint, reducing it to 3,600 square feet.In turn, the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, which rented space in 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, was able to move into the vacated 9,100 square foot Treasury space, saving more than $250,000 annually in rent to the Department of General Services, which owns both the Market Street and Boas Street buildings.“Part of our charge – every day – is looking for efficiencies in our workplace,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino. “With more than 5,000 employees in 191 offices around the state, space utilization and optimization are simply common sense initiatives to save money and create a positive, productive work environment for our staff. This GO-TIME project is a perfect example of an ongoing effort to keep efficiency and innovation top-of-mind at all times.”Subsequent phases of L&I’s space optimization GO-TIME initiative involve consolidating space in two additional Harrisburg office buildings and one storage facility in Scranton.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 07, 2016center_img GO-TIME: Labor & Industry Space Optimization Project Saving $250,000 Annuallylast_img read more

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Pennsylvania to Honor Victims of Sri Lanka Easter Bombings at State Capitol

first_imgPennsylvania to Honor Victims of Sri Lanka Easter Bombings at State Capitol April 22, 2019 Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – In honor of the victims of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced victims will be honored at the State Capitol where the Main Capitol Building will be lighted orange and green tonight.Gov. Wolf also ordered the Commonwealth flags on all Commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attacks.“Frances and I are horrified by the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka on such a holy day for Christians around the world,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families today. In the last few months, we have seen far too many attacks targeting communities of faith. Instead of allowing fear to divide us further, we need to come together to support those grieving and stand in solidarity with all those facing persecution. We must stand united against hatred and protect the rights of all people to express their beliefs and peacefully assemble.”“Gisele and I share the horror expressed by the Governor and First Lady,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “Our hearts are so heavy for the communities stunned by these horrific attacks. We must come together as people of one world and reject the hate and terror that targets any group.”“As with New Zealand, Squirrel Hill, and all other attacks on our communities, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs deplores this senseless violence against our Sri Lankan and South Asian Christian communities,” Executive Director Mohan Seshadri said. “We all deserve the right to live, work, and come together as a community without fear and without assault; for the target to once again be people joining each other in worship — in a celebration of life, no less — makes yesterday’s events all the more tragic. We reject any attempts to let this hate divide us or to let fear rule us and dictate our responses to these tragedies.”The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered until sunset on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. The United States flag should remain at full-staff.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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The Brisbane property market ticks most of the boxes for future price growth: CoreLogic

first_imgHouse values are performing better in Brisbane than unit values.THE Brisbane housing market ticks most of the boxes for future price growth — but the question is when.CoreLogic figures to be released on Tuesday are likely to reveal Brisbane has experienced a very small drop in values in the past month.Values went down by 0.3 per cent during the first 27 days of July.CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said the Brisbane market had remained fairly flat so far this month.“The soft result across Brisbane is nothing new, but it does imply that housing market conditions across Brisbane are yet to fire up despite a trend towards higher interstate migration, improving jobs growth and a substantial affordability advantage over the larger capitals,’’ he said. “When we see the full results on Tuesday next week it will be interesting to see if there is still a drag down effect from a weak performance across the apartment sector.’’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 investor2 hours agoMr Lawless said there was now a substantial gap in Brisbane between how the house market and the unit market performed. According to Tim Lawless Brisbane has the fundamentals for future price growthHouse values had grown in the past year, while unit values had dropped.Mr Lawless said the Brisbane housing market ticked most of the boxes to suggest growth conditions should improve.“Housing prices are very affordable relative to Sydney and Melbourne, rental yields are substantially higher which should be attractive to investors, jobs growth has shown consistent signs of improving and higher population growth is providing more demand for housing,’’ he said.“The wildcard remains the inner city unit market where high supply levels could become more problematic as projects that are under construction approach settlement.’’Mr Lawless said the house market was better placed for price growth, particularly houses within a reasonable distance to the city or transport routes.last_img read more

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Serene Aloomba property to go under the hammer

first_img69863 Bruce Highway, Aloomba, is going to auction in September.THIS tranquil tropical oasis, surrounded by World Heritage rainforest just south of Cairns, is a site to behold.On more than 32ha, the three-bedroom home will soon be going under the hammer.With a freshwater lake and established orchard, the property has been the apple of Paul Helyer’s eye since 2009.“I was living in Singapore but had long held an attachment to Cairns; I brought my kids up while living at Yorkeys Knob and Woree,” he said. “I bought this property on the internet after I came into some money from finishing off a big project.“We flew in, checked it out and made the deal – we thought it was just a special place.”Every year the 63-year-old, who lives with his wife on an Indonesian island, makes the “pilgrimage” to the Aloomba property for his birthday.“Invariably I will bring a big crowd of like-minded people with me,” Mr Helyer said.“I like sharing the property and entertaining has been such a big factor here.”A short drive from the highway, the property feels as though it’s in a world of its own.Views of a private lake can be enjoyed from the sweeping veranda, which is one of several large entertainment spaces.“It is such a pristine place; if you want to live in the tropics because of the environment, then this home is the perfect representation of North Queensland,” Mr Helyer said. “About 40 per cent of the property is an orchard, and to be able to live among it has been special.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe property is being auctioned on September 13.The “luxurious” master bedroom looks over the lush grounds, while an open-plan living and dining area catches the breeze.Other notable features include a multipurpose studio, powered machinery shed and two water licences for irrigating the commercial orchard.Now retired, Mr Helyer said choosing to sell his beloved property had been tough.“I was thinking the other day that soon I won’t be part of this any more, and there’s certainly a bit of reluctance there, but I need to get over it,” he said. The home will be auctioned at RE/MAX Cairns’ Whitfield premises on Wednesday, September 13 at 5.30pm.Mr Helyer said he would remain in the region until the property sold, and was confident a good result would be reached at the auction.Ray Murphy of RE/MAX said the Aloomba property had received “strong interest” from across Australia.“It’s so secluded but also so close to town, just a short commute to the Cairns CBD,” he said.“This is a sensational lifestyle block with endless opportunities.”Mr Murphy said he had been promoting the home to participants of this week’s RE/MAX Asia Pacific Conference 2017, held on the Gold Coast.last_img read more

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Bankpension criticised by regulator over investment stance, treatment of members

first_imgThe Danish financial regulator Finanstilsnet has criticised pension fund Bankpension, insisting it must be more explicit about its investment stance and prioritise treating scheme members in a fairer way.In a report following a regular inspection, Finanstilsynet said: “The management board needs to be more explicit about its stance on investment, and in some respects, needs to have greater focus on a more equitable treatment of policyholders.”In one of its criticisms, it ordered Bankpension to return to individual accounts some of the customer savings it had added to the collective bonus pool.The savings in question related to pension products with conditional guarantees that applied only to part of the contributions. In its report, the regulator said: “In the FSA’s opinion it is not possible to agree on a division of pension between a guaranteed portion and a collective portion without hedging the guaranteed portion in full.”It said the fund must change the technical basis of this operation and return the pension contributions that had historically been transferred to the collective bonus potential.Bankpension responded by saying it was returning the amount charged to members’ deposits, and that this principle would be taken into account for subsequent distributions.The regulator also issued Bankpension with a warning, as it was concerned that its very high number of external investment managers required a significant level of scrutiny.The high number meant in an increased risk of lacking oversight and inadequate risk management being in place, it said.It its response, Bankpension said its board had already decided — independently of the inspection — that the number of portfolio managers had to be cut for administrative reasons.“This process has been initiated,” it said.Regarding investment, Finanstilsynet issued an order for Bankpension to set investment frameworks and limits for interest rate risks for each individual risk profile.It ordered the pension fund to set guidelines that ensured there was no disproportionate reliance on a particular type of asset, investment market or a particular investment.While Bankpension responded by saying it would deal with this at its next board meeting, it also countered the criticism, saying that more detailed frameworks would not lead to the board receiving reports of risks it had not been aware of or monitored previously.This was because the reporting undertaken already contained more information than was laid down in the frameworks, it said.last_img read more

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Historic home given a modern lift

first_imgExecutive features include ducted airconditioning, back-to-base security system, an automatic hydraulic gate entry with video and internet uplink, three-phase power and three water tanks.With an in-ground pool, lavishly manicured gardens and grounds, trees more than a century old and a sand pit, Dr Bennett says the property is perfect for families and was incredibly peaceful.“There’s nothing I look forward to more after a long day than coming back to this home, it’s been an absolutely spectacular place to live,” he said. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register.Just a tiny glimpse of this 130-year-old majestic property over a fence was all Penelope Bennett needed to see to know it was the house she wanted to raise her children in.Dr Yale Bennett said his wife fell instantly in love with the Victorian-era, seven-bedroom home known as Como, and has never stopped loving it. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.“During our 26 years here we have raised five happy and very successful children and several will be devastated to see us sell, as will my wife. We’ve held five twenty-first birthday parties here and many memorable Christmases,” Dr Bennett said.Taking pride of place in the acreage property, the 1889 home was designed by renowned architect, Alexander Brown Wilson.Wilson was behind the design of many of Brisbane’s most iconic residential and commercial properties, and died in 1938.Dr Bennett said the previous owners had been in the house for 50 years meaning it’s only changed hands twice in 76 years. Four of the remaining bedrooms are located in a separate but connected house extension and all have built-in storage and are serviced by a bathroom. “There were two families living here before us, the parents and their daughters, so they added the second house in the 1960s beside the original house,” Dr Bennett said.Several of the ceilings have been raised and recladded with beaded VJ to match the originals. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoDuring renovations Dr Bennett noticed many of the original features of the home had been plastered over, including the original timber door to the outside of the house.“I could see this from up in attic looking down and couldn’t wait to get the plaster off them. A stove had also been shoved where a fireplace entrance used to be. The lounge room also had wallpaper to cover the beaded VJs, they had put hessian on to cover the four or five different set of tacks.“We had 50,000 tacks taken out of the walls and once the hessian was removed the bare timber had aged beautifully, like an old chardonnay.” “The first thing we did after we moved, well apart from build a treehouse for my children, was to restump the place, it was like a rollercoaster. We also replaced a lot of the wiring and have replaced the roof as it has needed it, with more than half replaced to date,” he said.The original homestead features three bedrooms, two sun rooms, a separate lounge, dining, library, office and a bathroom with vintage fixtures and large bathtub. The kitchen has granite benchtops, 2 pac cabinetry and premium appliances, beside this is the laundry and large rumpus room. The master has direct access to the enclosed veranda.Boasting 12-foot ceilings, polished timber floorboards and beaded VJ walls, a further sense of grandeur is created by handpainted leadlight windows, a crystal chandelier, hand-decorated lighting fixtures, custom-built timber joinery and three open fireplaces. Como has been listed on both the National Trust and Queensland Heritage Register, and its 4247 sqm of landscaped grounds are complete with lush lawns, manicured garden beds, and a variety of hundred-year-old trees, including a camphor laurel, queen palms and hoop pine. 88 Kadumba St, Yeronga.last_img read more

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Inter win delights Moses

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Victor Moses donates N10m to Wigan Victor Moses was delighted to be part of Inter Milan’s 2-0 defeat of Udinese. The on-loan Chelsea wing-back featured as Romelu Lukaku struck both goals on the day. Moses said later: “We worked hard, we knew it was a difficult trip. “We approached the game very well, we gave everything and in the end it is the victory that came, thanks to great team work. “Juventus’ victory could have put pressure on us, but we won by persevering with our work culture. “That will help us win many other matches. “I am settling in very well. “I knew (Ashley) Young, Lukaku … “Inter is like a family for me. “We are close at all times, and this is the most important thing. “If we want to win, we have to work hard.”Tags: Antonio ConteInter MilanRomelu LukakuUdineseVictor Moseslast_img read more

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Garcetti leads Greuel in LA Times/Price poll

first_imgCity Councilman Eric Garcetti has moved into a double-digit lead in the Los Angeles mayoral race over his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, according to a new USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times poll.The poll, which was distributed to 500 likely voters in the general election, indicates that Garcetti boasts a 10-point lead with the support of 50 percent of voters compared to Greuel’s 40 percent. The general election will be held on May 21.Though Greuel would be the first female mayor of Los Angeles, if elected, the poll finds that she is trailing Garcetti among female voters. Garcetti has the support of 50 percent of female voters and 51 percent of male voters, compared with Greuel’s 41 and 38 percent, respectively.“Greuel may be suffering from a Hillary Clinton problem,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Price/L.A. Times Poll and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a statement to the press. “Clinton emphasized her qualities of strength and toughness to such a degree that it mitigated her gender advantage. The difference is that Greuel might still have the time to fix it.”The poll also found that Garcetti leads among young voters, as well as white and Latino voters. Though the poll indicates that black voters are leaning toward Greuel, the poll acknowledged its sample size of black voters was too small to draw any firm conclusions.The poll indicates that Greuel’s support from organized labor may also be hurting her election chances, as many voters view her as being tied to labor unions. When asked who the phrase “Cares more about unions representing city employees than Los Angeles as a whole” describes more, 46 percent of polled voters said Greuel, whereas only 26 percent said Garcetti.Garcetti also won among voters as someone who represents all of Los Angeles, can make tough decisions and has a strong vision for L.A.On the issues, voters trusted Greuel more to handle the budget and education but trusted Garcetti to handle crime, jobs and mass transit.The poll also indicated that reforming pensions for public employees is a major concern for voters, with 34 percent of voters reported saying that it should be “one of the most important priorities” for the new mayor and 45 percent saying it should be “important, but not at the top of the list.”“Pensions are important and can be indicative of a candidate’s values,” said Amy Levin, vice president of Democratic polling firm Benenson Strategy Group who conducted the poll, in a statement to the press. “But with an election at this level, it’s much more about voters and what is going on in their daily lives and what they want for their families than about city budgets.”last_img read more

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Audit tests USC sustainability

first_imgIn an effort to increase environmental awareness on campus and promote behavioral change within the community, students in the class “Spatial Sciences Practicum” led a Green Room Certification Sustainability Audit on Tuesday at the Spatial Sciences Collaborative Classroom in the Allan Hancock Foundation Building.The class’ professor Darren Ruddell said that the event, which was held in honor of Earth Day, was organized and spearheaded by the students in the class.“It’s all student-generated,” Ruddell said. “I’m just more of a facilitator.”The aim of the audit was to obtain more information about sustainability practices throughout the campus, according to Monty Hasan, a junior majoring in geodesign.“We’d like to learn which departments on campus are doing a better job of being sustainable, [as well as] which departments need better awareness of their current practices,” Hasan said.He added that with this data, the community can work towards finding alternative, more sustainable practices in order to create less of an impact on campus energy and water use, among others.“The plan is [to] compare the department’s first, and then from there, in the future, give them some recommendations about how they can improve their practices,” Hasan said.After a few minutes of discussion, the students split up and began their investigations of different buildings on campus, such as the campus bookstore, EVK, Ground Zero and Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall.According to Griffin Kantz, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development, the sustainability of some buildings, specifically Ground Zero Performance Café, was remarkably high.“I didn’t expect anyone to get 100 percent or close to 100, since these categories are very high-end green strategies like [having] all CFL lightbulbs, or the water refilling stations instead of water fountains,” Kantz said. “I was surprised that some of us got pretty high, [nearly] 80 percent.”At the same time, however, Kantz said he was also surprised by the inefficiency of some buildings that were expected to be more sustainable.“One of the surprising things was this particular building, Ralph and Goldie Lewis Hall, actually underwent a project called the Smart Group Project in the early 2000s, where the whole electrical grid and their building occupant use patterns were observed to really minimize energy consumption and the water waste,” Kantz said. “But it only got around 60 percent on the survey.”In the case of buildings like these, Kantz said there may be technology that has been developed over the past 10 years that may be more efficient. At the same time, he added that the problem may instead lie with the categories and standards themselves.“This project was actually award winning,” Kantz said. “The chief architect on it actually got an award for top 15 projects in an architecture magazine, so I was really surprised that it got only 60 percent.”With the information gained from this audit, Ruddell hopes his students will learn to apply and identify sustainable practices not only on campus, but also in their personal lives.“I hope they can learn some new things about being sustainable, not just where they go to school and spend their waking hours, but also [bring] it home, practice it at home, share it with roommates and family [and promote] more sustainable practices,” Ruddell said.For Hasan, it is important that the community will begin to understand exactly what goes into becoming more sustainable through the results of the audit.“You need to constantly reach out and involve the whole community,” Hasan said. “It’s not just a one-person thing, it’s a group effort. It’s really about spreading education and awareness.”last_img read more

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Betsson partnership sees GIG Comply maintain its tier1 status

first_imgShare Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Ronni Hartvig, BetssonStockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB has become the latest industry incumbent to integrate Gaming Innovation Group’s ‘GIG Comply’ provisions across its digital marketing operations.Updating stakeholders, Betsson details that it has integrated the industry’s most sophisticated ‘compliance screening tool’ to support its ongoing multi-brand marketing campaigns.Helping operators adhere to diverse marketing compliance standards across multiple jurisdictions, GiG Comply is able to scan +30,000 web pages daily referencing operator brands/domains.Ronni Hartvig, Chief Commercial Officer at Betsson Operations, said: “We are looking forward to working with the GiG Comply product to reinforce Betsson Group’s existing compliance processes. The product will support us in guaranteeing that affiliate activity and marketing is compliant and sustainable.”Betsson details that its group marketing will benefit from GIG Comply provisions by reducing ‘laborious manual checking of partner websites’ and gaining deeper oversight on compliance reporting to maintain standards and help avoid potential future conflicts.Richard Brown – GIGPublishing its H1 2019 results, GIG governance highlighted its compliance tool as one of the fastest-growing divisions of the company, which has secured ten tier-1 clients since its launch.Richard Brown, Chief Operations Officer at GiG, added: “We are excited to add Betsson Group to our growing number of partners and to support them in protecting their brands and end-users. Our leading marketing and compliance technology will allow Betsson Group to keep even more control of its affiliate marketing.” Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020last_img read more

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