Governor Wolf Signs Employer Statement of Support for National Guard Members

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 25, 2018 Governor Wolf Signs Employer Statement of Support for National Guard Memberscenter_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a U.S. Defense Department Employer Statement of Support for the more than 1,300 Pennsylvania National Guard members and reservists who work for the commonwealth, thanking them for their service and pledging to offer support as these Guard members and reservists fulfill their military service duties while under the commonwealth’s employ. The governor was joined by the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Maj. General Anthony Carrelli, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col (ret.) Gregory Parish and George Mentzer from the Employer Support for Guardsman and Reservists Program.“I am proud to be here today to officially sign the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statement of Support for National Guardsmen and women across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This statement pledges our cooperation and support to our employees who need to take time away from their commonwealth duties to serve the people of Pennsylvania as members of the National Guard.”The intent of the Employer Statement of Support for Guardsmen and Reservists program is to increase employer support by encouraging them to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees. Pennsylvania currently has 31,000 actively serving Guard members and reservists.“I urge all commonwealth employers to sign similar letters of support to ensure that, when duty calls, Guard members know that they can go without having to worry about responsibilities left behind at work,” Gov. Wolf said. “And so they can focus on their larger responsibility to the people of Pennsylvania. Their sacrifice, their bravery, and their willingness to do anything and go anywhere in service of their fellow Pennsylvanians is an inspiration.“It is because of the work that our Guardsmen and women do that Pennsylvania has the finest National Guard in the nation, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”More information on the Employer Statement of Support Program, here.last_img read more

Rogue tenants force renovation in inner Brisbane suburb

first_imgThe house on the cover of the City North News after it was trashed by tenants.THEY were called ‘losing the bond’ parties, but when university students dragged couches on to the roof of their Hendra rental house to watch Brisbane’s Riverfire fireworks, they lost the bond and the house.“The house had been trashed; it was uninhabitable,” owner Michael Pinter said of the 2009 incident.BEFORE: Some of the broken tiles on the roof of 1 Dora St, Hendra after one of many wild parties.“My wife had no idea until one of the day care mums handed her a copy of the front page of the (local) paper.”The City North News story, headlined: “Out of Control”, revealed how residents in the exclusive inner city address were living in fear from rogue tenants who had caused major damage to the house with countless all-night parties.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESHome of toilet brush pioneer to fetch $12 millionRental vacancies tighten across QueenslandBrisbane home values to jumpVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBuyer’s agent reveals her biggest horror stories02:21“A while back one of the parties got out of hand and a huge fire erupted all over the street,” one neighbour was quoted as saying at the time.BEFORE: The house was uninhabitable.Michael Pinter and Vanessa Edwards had bought the property in 2005 and lived there until 2008 when they moved to Nundah and turned it into a rental. The property was managed separately and Mr Pinter ‘stayed at arms length’.WHAT’S FOR RENT IN HENDRA RIGHT NOW“The timing was post-GFC, we were in a bind and needed to rent it out, and they did pay the rent. But this was the tipping point … the end of that illusion.”Broken tiles and smashed beer bottles littered the roof and damage resulted in water ingress inside the house.BEFORE: Water damage in the house.Plans to renovate and return to Hendra were brought forward and an extra $50,000-$100,000 was added to the $750,000 renovation cost.BEFORE: A built-in cabinet in the main living room, with broken glass.“It was my biggest renovation to that point,” Mr Pinter, who runs his own Linear Design and Construct building company, said.“It was my ground zero moment.”BEFORE: 1 Dora St, Hendra in 2009.A new roof and all new internal linings were additional costs in the 10-month renovation of the 1920s Queenslander, which was also raised and built in underneath.AFTER: 1 Dora St, Hendra gets a new lease on life.“They were pretty fortunate,” Mr Pinter said of the rooftop partygoers. “There was quite a bit of damage up there. How no-one fell through is anyone’s guess. If they’d stood in the wrong place, they would have gone straight through.”All the horsehair plaster was water-damaged and had to be removed and smashed windows replaced. The terracotta tiled roof, which was initially going to be restored and regrouted, could not be salvaged and was replaced with metal roof sheeting.“We bit the bullet and did it all. We wanted to make everything uniform throughout,” he said.The house, on an 814sq m block, was pushed forward and raised.“It’s on a slight slope so we used a cut and fill arrangement with the site,” he said.The finished house has main living areas downstairs with an oversized kitchen, scullery, dining and living area and a rumpus.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAFTER: The built-in ground level has open-plan living.There is a guest bedroom with an ensuite and a home office at the front of the house with a separate powder room and laundry.The upstairs has four bedrooms including the master with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and a separate main bathroom.AFTER: The upstairs ensuite with plantation shutters.The original lounge room has been cut out to make a 6.5m atrium at the entrance.“We’ve kept the actual configuration of upstairs to minimise changes and I’ve repurposed the rooms, the kitchen has been converted into a bedroom, and the sunroom is an ensuite.”In keeping with the character of the street, the original facade has been restored, to the delight of the neighbourhood.AFTER: A picture perfect entrance.“Everyone knows this house, it has a bit of notoriety, but now the house stands on its own merits. I think everyone is more than delighted with how it’s finished.”The renovation was completed in 2011 and the couple, whose twin daughters are now aged 11, have lived in the home ever since.AFTER: Looking towards the kitchen and outdoor terrace.“We did the lion’s share in 2010 but we couldn’t afford it all at that stage and we finished the last part, the pool and landscaping probably 12 months ago,” he said.“There’s still a little bit more to do. Mainly in landscaping, tiling, paving, things like that, and I wouldn’t mind an outdoor barbecue area. That would be nice.”FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Dominica promotes health and wellness through daily yoga classes

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica promotes health and wellness through daily yoga classes by: – June 17, 2011 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: healthyoga.comWhile many persons may say that Dominica has shifted its dependence on agriculture to tourism, focus is now being placed on promoting health and wellness to visitors and locals alike.This statement came from yoga instructor, Miss Charity Robinson, who has been conducting yoga classes at the fort young hotel for the past three months.The yoga classes which have been endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, seeks to give locals and visitors an opportunity to experience wellness in Dominica’s pristine environment.Classes are being conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm, Tuesdays from 6am to 7:15am and Fridays from 7am to 8:15am.Miss Robinson says the sessions are divided into various segments.Miss Robinson says that the sessions cater to people of all ages and has received positive feedback from its participants.As of late, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Dominica as one of the prime locations in the world for health and wellness, where yoga, health eating and beauty therapy takes precedence.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more