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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 14, 2015 Remarks,  Videos Capitol RotundaHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:What a great time of year. The holidays bring with them many of life’s best things.It’s a time to spend time with family.It’s a time to think about our blessings.It’s a time to share those blessings with others.And for those who celebrate Christmas, it’s a time to gather around a big tree.And that’s what we’re doing here today.Let me talk about this magnificent Christmas tree, about Christmas around Pennsylvania, and then let talk about what this tree symbolizes.Let me start with the tree. Isn’t it beautiful?The tree was donated by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. It is a 22-foot Douglas Fir grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. We believe that the idea of the Christmas Tree began with German Lutherans in the 17th century and spread to Pennsylvania around 1820 after they began to immigrate to this area. Since then, the Christmas Tree has been a key part of the Christmas celebration.It’s certainly a big deal around Pennsylvania.Here are some of the many places Christmas has a special place here in Pennsylvania:There’s the ice skating at PPG Place in Pittsburgh or at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia.There’s the light show at the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s in Philadelphia.There’s the shopping at the Christkindlmarkt in MifflinburgThere are decorations at Candylane at Hershey Park and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, downtown decorations in Bethlehem, and Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe.And who doesn’t watch Pennsylvania’s own Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life?This Tree reminds us of all the different ways Pennsylvanians celebrate Christmas around the state.Finally it also reminds us of what Christmas means to so many Pennsylvanians.It is after all a quiet and elegant symbol of the season.It evokes the values that are central to our lives and it reminds us of the things that are best about the human condition.It reflects the joy and happiness of this time of year. It makes us think about life and renewal.At a time of year when days are short and – too often – gloomy.It reminds us of the good things in life:Of families gathered together.Of generous spirits.Of precious memories of the past.Of hope for the future. It evokes the better angels of our nature.It encourages us to dream about what might and could be. It makes us glad to be human.That’s a lot to hang on a tree and it’s a lot to hang on a season. But that’s what Christmas is all about.And that’s what this tree is all about.So as I light the lights on this tree — and as I’m also lighting the lights on the trees in Soldiers’ Grove and on the Third Street Steps — let’s light the spirit of Christmas in our hearts.And shine that light on our fellow human beings.Let’s make the generous, humane qualities we celebrate – and encourage – at this time of year a part of everything we are.A part of everything we do throughout the year.Merry Christmas!center_img Remarks by Governor Wolf at the Capitol Christmas Tree Lightinglast_img read more


first_imgThis luxurious home at 36 Dickson Tce in Brisbane just sold for over $10m.“Demand for truly exceptional properties in sought-after positions have outweighed the supply coming to the Brisbane market, including new builds,” she said.“Retirees continue to downsize and look for properties that offer high security while they travel abroad and low maintenance living with an array of amenities, including technology.“The prestige market is well-placed in Brisbane not only from an ageing population looking for higher amenity, but families and couples looking for prestige living well-priced when compared to other East Coast cities.” HOUSE THAT SKASE BUILT GOES FOR A SONG It comes as it was revealed the lavish Brisbane mansion built by disgraced businessman Christopher Skase has been sold for $10.138 million and Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is now the owner of an $18.5 million property on the Brisbane River. GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M DIGS This historic Hamilton Hill home in Brisbane recently sold for just under $6m. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.Perth also made the list for the first time, while Sydney and Melbourne stayed in the top 10 — even though the rate of gain at the top end of the two markets slowed.Seoul topped the list, due to a near-25 per cent gain in premium property over the year to March.The overall index gained 4.8 per cent in the year to March, down slightly from December’s 4.9 per cent gain but stronger than the 4.3 per cent gain of a year earlier. Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, 1Q 2018. Source: Knight Frank.That rate of gain was below the 4.2 per cent recorded a year earlier, but it was enough to put the city on the international list due to changing circumstances, such as higher borrowing costs, in many global markets. Knight Frank’s Australia head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said that while Brisbane still faced the challenge of new stock and a hangover from the end of the resources boom, the premium market was benefiting from the growing demand of downsizers looking for well-located and easy-to-maintain homes. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agocenter_img Demand for prestige property in Brisbane is growing, according to Knight Frank.DEMAND for prestige property from cashed-up downsizers has propelled Brisbane into a global list of top-performing cities for the first time.The Queensland capital appears for the first time in the seven -year history of the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, which measures the top 5 per cent of any given city’s housing market by value.Top end residential properties in Brisbane gained 3.6 per cent in the March quarter from a year earlier to place the city in 19th position.last_img read more


first_imgThe Swiss trade union federation has called for the country’s central bank to “return” to pension funds the money it has made from its negative interest rates.ASIP, the country’s pension fund association, has said it supports the call in principle, while the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has pointed out that it does not impose negative interest rates on pension funds and cannot therefore make any refunds to them.The trade union organisation – SGB in its German acronym, USS in its French – made the appeal in the context of its annual press conference earlier this year.It said the Swiss National Bank (SNB) should pay some CHF1.2bn (€1.1bn) – the money it says it has collected from negative interest rates – to the country’s pension funds. It suggested this be done via the insolvency protection fund for the second pillar, the Sicherheitsfonds.This would somewhat alleviate the pressure on pension funds, according to the trade union organisation.It also called for the first-pillar social security fund (Compenswiss) to be fully exempt from negative interest rates.In a statement, an SNB spokeswoman told IPE this was already the case, although the SGB’s chief economist then noted it was only exempt up to a certain threshold. In February 2015, the SNB introduced a negative rate of 0.75% on deposit account balances held with the central bank.The country’s pension fund association, ASIP, has on several occasions called for an exemption from the negative interest rates for pension funds, but these calls have gone unheeded.Pension funds do not hold accounts at the central bank, but, in addition to being under pressure from the low-yield environment, they are affected by the negative interest rates to the extent that banks pass on the costs to them. The trade union federation’s suggestion is a new twist on calls for relief for pension funds from the central bank’s negative interest rates.ASIP has said the trade union’s proposal for a reimbursement is generally welcome.However, it said there were open questions about the amount of “any additional financing source” and that the proposal also ultimately failed to address the main problem pension funds have to contend with – namely, the low-interest-rate environment in general, rather than negative interest “on liquidity”.The association also said it would need to be seen how such a payment transfer could be implemented, and whether doing so via the insolvency protection fund would be the most effective route.It said every reimbursement was helpful but suggested this would need to be balanced against the implementation cost and the amount to be distributed.SNB, in turn, told IPE that, because it does not impose negative interest rates on Pensionskassen – as they do not have accounts with the central bank – these cannot be returned.It also said the earnings from negative interest, largely paid by banks, go towards the SNB’s general accounts and that a separate payout is not possible under the law.In 2015, the SNB made CHF1.2bn from negative interest, and over the first three quarters of 2016 the amount was CHF1.1bn.A portion of any profits made by the SNB is distributed to the Swiss government and the cantons.The central bank has provisionally calculated that it will make a profit of more than CHF24bn for the 2016 financial year.It foresees making a dividend payment of CHF15 per share to investors, while the Confederation and the cantons will get CHF1.5bn; this is the regular payment of CHF1bn plus a top-up.last_img read more


first_imgBAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School athletics department is searching for junior varsity coaches in tennis and volleyball. For more information about the positions, or to apply, contact athletic director Bunky Dow at (207) 461-9042.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staff Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest Postslast_img


first_img___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:______ The Latest: English soccer authorities still waiting April 1, 2020 Associated Press center_img A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended. English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___ The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more