October 17

Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 91 – House Bill 777, sponsored by Rep. Grove, allows for additional prescription drug assistance programs for seniors (PACE and PACENET) cardholders to retain benefits, which they would otherwise have lost as a result of Social Security cost-of-living increases.Act 92 – House Bill 1322, sponsored by Rep. Kaufer, makes various amendments to the Public Welfare Code, including changing the name of the Public Welfare Code to the Human Services Code.Act 93 – House Bill 1332, sponsored by Rep. Godshall, makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.Act 94 – House Bill 1603, sponsored by Rep. Watson, brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).Act 95 – House Bill 1735, sponsored by Rep. Maher, amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act (TPMA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers.Act 96 – House Bill 1736, sponsored by Rep. Krueger-Braneky, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (TSSAA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers and the taxes collected on cigarettes sold without a tax stamp. Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law December 28, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

October 6

A standard project home has been tweaked with a touch of Hamptons-style

first_img32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.The hallway opens up to reveal an open-plan formal lounge room with gas fire place, Calacutta marble bench tops in the kitchen and dark oak timber floors. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.“This wasn’t an ordinary design for Metricon and they hadn’t done anything like this in Queensland yet so we didn’t really know how it would turn out,” Mr Russell said.“There were a few similar designs in Melbourne so we flew there for a weekend to walk through a few of the homes there to get a better feel of what it would look like completed.“It is stylish to say the least,” he said. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.“We looked at this home as a design adventure and made a lot of alternations, especially with the kitchen.“We wanted a hotel flair in the bedrooms so we chose more bold colours and features.”Aegean honed limestone on the floors and a Arabescato marble vanity top combine with a freestanding bath in the ensuited main bedroom.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Kadel said the house was not a typical Metricon designed home with a sweeping Hamptons-style staircase, purple carpeted bedrooms and a custom kitchen. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.A lion head door knock opens to an impressive view of the foyer which flows down a hallway of bedrooms and a floor-to-ceiling glass garden atrium.“We created the home so it had a bit of green and instead of walking down the hallway and just looking into bedrooms we wanted something interesting to break it up with,” Mrs Kadel said.“Russell and I also work from home so it was very important to have an environment that aide you feel good. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland. FEAST your eyes upon endless style in this Hamptons-inspired home.By using the bones of a Metricon Home and taking out everything in between, Homeowners Bernii and Russell Kadel decided to be different by adding their own touches to a standard design. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.“The design was originally a project home which was a good starting point but we ended up changing it quite a bit,” Mrs Kadel said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Finding the Hamptons style03:56 Related videos 03:56Finding the Hamptons style02:45Hamptons Mansion listed for $91 million02:34Showing off your home in the best light02:18Hamptons house bowls over market01:47Holiday in style, for only $US2.5 million02:02Interior design awardsThe Gold Coast couple bought the property almost five years ago and said the design took six months to get onto paper and council approved.“I have always had a passion for interior design, I used to buy a lot of home design magazines and really had an eye for American architecture,” Mrs Kadel said. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.Georgio Impala marble tiles and a handmade brick feature wall features in the outdoor room and over looks gardens and tree lined parklands. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.Tinted windows, a crystal chandelier, manicured rose garden and solar system are other standout features in the 540sq m home. 32 Riverbreeze Crescent, Maudsland.“In the afternoons we really enjoy sitting in the outdoor room with a glass of red and watch the birds, Maudsland is an area which is wrapped in wildlife and we have been lucky enough to see 26 bird species from our backyard.”last_img read more

August 26

Angels send Rene Rivera to the DL, making room for Jose Briceno’s debut

first_imgANAHEIM — The Angels placed René Rivera on the disabled list with right knee inflammation on Sunday and recalled catcher José Briceño for his first time on a major league roster.Briceño, a 25-year-old from Venezuela, was acquired in the Andrelton Simmons trade in 2015. Briceño had hit .183 in Class-A before the Angels acquired him, so the fact that he reached the majors at all is a positive development. This season he was hitting .261 with six homers in 23 games at Salt Lake City.“Over the last couple years we’ve seen a young catcher grown from a guy that you would consider a major league skill set of tools to a guy who is refined now to understand what he needs to do to help a pitcher through a game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.When Martín Maldonado was placed on the bereavement list earlier this month, and the Angels just needed a backup for three days, they called up Juan Graterol. This time, needing a catcher to start a few games, they went with Briceño. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles ALSOMatt Shoemaker played some light catch before Sunday’s game, the first time he had done so since his throwing program was stopped two weeks ago. Shoemaker said he’s returning to St. Louis to see the nerve specialist again on Monday, but the doctor wanted to evaluate him again after some activity. Shoemaker said he’s hoping that they are getting closer to diagnosing and treating his injury, which has remained something of a mystery. …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) said he is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday at Triple-A. He said the back-to-back outings should be the final test before he’s ready to be activated…Jaime Barria, who was optioned after a dominant start against the Houston Astros earlier this week, was scheduled to pitch on Sunday at Triple-A. He would be in line to return to the Angels’ rotation on Saturday in New York, the next day they will have an open spot in their rotation.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Briceño was not on the 40-man roster, so the Angels cleared a spot for him by moving Keynan Middleton to the 60-day disabled list.PARKER’S BACK?Blake Parker, the closer at the end of last season and the start of this one, recorded his first save since Mar. 30. He worked a scoreless ninth to extend his streak to nine consecutive scoreless outings. After a rough start to the season, Parker has lowered his ERA to 2.78.“We’re coming up on midseason, so you’d like to be in midseason form coming up to midseason,” Parker said. “It feels good to finally be back a little bit and command the zone better than I was early on.”The Angels have not had a consistent closer for much of the season, and the only pitcher who was consistently working the ninth — Middleton — is now out for the season.“I was excited for my name to be called,” Parker said. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 17

Lonzo Ball and Rondo to sit Thursday night for Lakers; Ingram to play point guard

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“As much as we all want him back and as close as he is, it’s just us being safe,” he said. “We know how valuable he’s going to be to us this year so we’re probably being those hovering parents but we want to make sure that he is 100 percent ready go to and he’s gotten enough reps, he’s gotten all that rust off as far as his body and things like that.” EL SEGUNDO — Introducing Los Angeles’ new starting point guard: Brandon Ingram.That’s the strategy the Lakers will take in Thursday night’s preseason game with the Sacramento Kings, with Lonzo Ball missing his third straight contest and Rajon Rondo held out for rest.It’s not an unusual role for Ingram, who started 10 games as the team’s point guard last season. The 6-foot-9 forward has the handles to capably run the offense, and the ball will also likely spend a lot of time in LeBron James’ hands.In short, the Lakers aren’t concerned. Walton said he learned Thursday morning that Ball wouldn’t be able to play, and he and the Lakers continue to be patient for him to return to game action for the first time since March. Related Articles The Lakers will be host a Pride Night promotion for the game, which will include an appearance from former NBA player Jason Collins. As for Rondo, Walton joked he told him “he’s getting old.” It’s a standard rest game for the 12-year veteran. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Kyle Kuzma will get into the starting lineup at power forward alongside JaVale McGee and James, while Josh Hart will start again at shooting guard. The point guard duties will be divvied out for Ingram in the first unit and Lance Stephenson and Alex Caruso in the second and third units.“Lance is really good with the ball in his hands, so we’re obviously asking him to play a style where if you don’t have your shot, move it on,” Walton said. “But we also know what his strengths are from what he’s done in his career and we want to give him more opportunities where the ball is in his hands and he’s able to run some pick-and-rolls as well to help give him what he does really well more opportunities of it.”James said he expected to play only in the first half for a third straight game, his second at Staples Center. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

August 14

LeBron James: Sporting News NBA Athlete of the Decade

first_imgPlenty of bold statements have been made about LeBron James over the past decade. He can spark discussion unlike any figure in recent NBA history, whether it’s coaches, teammates, rivals or blathering TV analysts doing the talking.But the most pertinent statement as it relates to this particular exercise comes from Amy Schumer, who wrote James into her 2015 comedy “Trainwreck.” James plays a (very cheap) version of himself alongside “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader, and he steals the scene just about every time he’s on screen. There is something poetic about James eventually passing the baton to a kid who idolized him growing up. It speaks to both James’ impressive longevity and Doncic’s unrivaled ability for a player of his age.”You never know who you can inspire along your path,” James told ESPN’s Doris Burke after that victory over the Mavs. “And you hope that you can inspire the next generation. And for me, by me playing the game the right way, always getting my teammates involved and playing for the purity of the game, I was able to inspire a kid that wasn’t even in America. And that’s pretty special.”Obviously we see what he is capable of doing. His ability to make plays, not only for himself, for his teammates, the rebounding, just play for the pure love of the game. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” “I wrote LeBron’s name into the script because he was the only basketball player I knew,” Schumer said.Whether for his off-court exploits or on-court accomplishments, LeBron James is known everywhere, and he had the single biggest impact on his sport of any athlete during the 2010s. There was only one option for Sporting News’ NBA Athlete of the Decade.SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENFL | NBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAAfter infamously announcing during 2010’s much-maligned “The Decision” special that he would be taking his talents to South Beach, James captured two championships over four seasons with the Heat, beginning a run of eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. That streak, a perfectly balanced four and four with Miami and Cleveland, put him in a category that had been reserved for Celtics players from the 1950s and ’60s, including Hall of Famer Bill Russell.His finest moment, however, occurred on the other side of the country in Oakland, Calif., when LeBron’s Cavaliers clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit against the mighty Warriors and won the 2016 NBA title. Game 7 of that series will always be remembered for James’ iconic block of Andre Iguodala, a highlight difficult to comprehend years later.And yet, despite all his basketball accomplishments, James may have changed the business of the NBA more than anything. That ill-fated “Decision” helped turn the league into a year-round spectacle and opened the door for athletes to control their images and how to disperse the messages they wished to send to the public. His use of specific contract lengths in free agency offered him maximum flexibility and pressured front offices to continue improving the roster around him. He didn’t wait to team up with other stars and chase a ring in his final seasons like those before him — James left Cleveland for Miami, then Miami for Cleveland, then Cleveland for Los Angeles while still in his prime.The irony in all of that? Others utilized his strategy to stop him. Kevin Durant joined the Warriors and bested James’ Cavs two years in a row. Kyrie Irving demanded his way out of Cleveland and James’ shadow. Kawhi Leonard left Toronto after winning a championship and Finals MVP to form a juggernaut with Paul George in LA and fight with James for Staples Center supremacy. MORE: SN’s NBA All-Decade teamLeBron created the blueprint to reach the peak of hoops existence, and others followed it and pushed him back down the mountain.James isn’t done just yet, though. In Year 17 with Anthony Davis by his side — the result of a trade request announced by James’ agent and longtime friend Rich Paul — James is playing at an MVP-level and defying the typical aging curve. He is breaking new ground with the Lakers, on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time in his career. He has a real shot to capture a fourth title, and maybe more.But even if he never wears another Finals patch on his jersey, James’ legacy is secure, a legacy that he largely built in the 2010s. This league is an incredibly tangled web, but start at any key point, and it’s not hard to trace your way back to one man.If you didn’t know anything else about basketball this past decade, you knew LeBron.By the numbers3 NBA championships3 NBA Finals MVP awards4 NBA MVP awards15 All-NBA selections15 All-Star selections6 All-Defensive selections33,000-plus career points (fourth all time)*6,911 career playoff points (most all time)8,900-plus career assists (10th all time)*87 career triple-doubles (fifth all time)*27.6 player efficiency rating (second all time)**As of publish dateWhat they’re saying:”LeBron is one of the best players now and his intelligent combination of team leadership, brawny layups, dominating rebounding and surgical passing is elevating the game to its next level. Just as Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and others did.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”It’s just beautiful to watch him play. It’s just fun how he rallies everybody. He’s like a magnet and everybody, it’s just beautiful to see him think three or four plays ahead. … When you play with someone great every day, that makes you better.” — Magic Johnson”No one has ever before seen a player quite like LeBron. He’s a five-tool player, fundamentally sound and able to do practically anything on the court. As the NBA continues to evolve, I think he is the model other players ought to emulate. … I also admire him for continuing to improve his command of the game and his basketball IQ, year after year, instead of coasting on his athleticism.” — Oscar Robertson”He’s been able to dominate this era. … In my lifetime, I’ve never seen this. And I’ve played against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played against Michael Jordan. I don’t think any of us have ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing.” — Isiah Thomas”He’s one of the all-time greats. If he doesn’t slow down, like I said before, he’s going to end up one or two [on the all-time scoring list].” — Dirk Nowitzki”[LeBron] has already put himself on that Mount Rushmore. He’s proven to be the greatest player of this generation. I don’t like getting into comparisons and who’s the GOAT and who’s the best. I think it’s stupid. I think it’s impossible to do. I just know that he’s doing some amazing things.” — Grant HillThe next decade belongs to: Luka Doncic, guard, Mavericks”You’re a bad motherf—er.”Those were James’ words to Doncic after the Lakers defeated the Mavericks in one of the most entertaining games of the 2019-20 NBA season. There isn’t a bigger stamp of approval than that.At just 20 years old, Doncic has already worked his way into the MVP conversation by nearly averaging a triple-double and regularly posting lines only Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson can match. The Slovenian wunderkind hits deep 3-pointers off the dribble like James Harden and passes with flair like “Pistol” Pete Maravich.Most importantly, he isn’t filling the box score with empty stats — he is helping the Mavericks win. Dallas should earn a postseason berth in 2020 following a three-year playoff drought, and with the right team around Doncic, the Mavs could quickly become an annual contender.last_img read more