Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Extending Mail Ballot Deadline in Six Counties to June 9

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 01, 2020 Press Release,  Voting & Elections Amid a surge in mail-in ballots, the COVID-19 public health emergency and civil disturbances in six counties, Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election offices in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail to 5 p.m. June 9, 2020. The ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The deadline to hand deliver absentee or mail-in ballots remains 8 p.m. June 2, 2020.“This is an unprecedented time for Pennsylvania and our nation as we face a major public health crisis and civil unrest during an election,” said Gov. Wolf. “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and I want to ensure that voters can cast their ballot and that it is received in time.”The six counties included in today’s executive order are part of a disaster emergency declaration the governor signed Saturday in response to civil unrest to provide all necessary assistance to the municipalities.While the vast majority of counties have been able to process their applications and mail their ballots, the volume of applications in the six counties caused by the COVID-19 crisis combined with the recent civil disturbance make it necessary to extend the deadline for the counties to receive completed civilian absentee and mail-in ballots. Curfews, travel restrictions and other unforeseen circumstances have made returning ballots more difficult in these counties. The extension will help to ensure that voters in those counties are not disenfranchised through no fault of their own.Mail-in ballots are new to Pennsylvania under Act 77 of 2019, which Gov. Wolf signed last year as part of the state’s most sweeping election law improvements in 80 years. The law created the option of mail-in ballots with no excuse needed, along with later deadlines for voter registration and for returning mail-in and absentee ballots.Nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvania voters have applied for a mail ballot since the onset of COVID-19.Due to the COVID-19 crisis, in March the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed and Gov. Wolf signed Act 12 of 2020, which rescheduled the primary election from April 28, 2020, to June 2, 2020, to reduce crowding at polling places and encourage voters to use mail-in ballots.The last time an executive order was utilized to extend the deadline to return absentee ballots was in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.View the governor’s executive order here.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Extending Mail Ballot Deadline in Six Counties to June 9last_img read more

UK government unveils mass overhaul of tax regime for DC pensions

first_imgThe UK government has announced plans to overhaul the tax treatment of defined contribution (DC) pension funds and the way savers can begin the decumulation of pension pots.Following in the footsteps of the Australian DC market, the UK government has removed the tax surcharge for DC members wishing to withdraw their full savings, charging only the normal income tax rate.Previously, savers wishing to access their full DC pot were subject to a 55% tax charge, with only 25% of the value of the pot allowed tax-free.The government, which previously had capital rules in place on allowing savers to access retirement products other than annuities or capped drawdown, has also removed these restrictions. It said the new system would offer consumers greater flexibility to choose between retirement options of annuities or drawdown, or to use a combination of the two.However, it also said it recognised expanding the choice meant consumers might struggle to navigate retirement finance markets, and committed to providing a guarantee for all DC savers to receive free, impartial guidance at the point of retirement.The government is also set to consult with the UK pensions industry on whether the flexible and more open at-retirement reforms should be extended to members saving in defined benefit (DB) vehicles.It admits it will need to proceed on this option with caution and that, in most cases, DB savers are likely to benefit by remaining in their scheme.Budget documents said the government expected little impact on the investment strategy of DC schemes, but it added that the stock of assets held by DB schemes would be affected if members were permitted to transfer.“Given that the stock of defined benefit liabilities and assets exceeds £1.1trn (€1.3trn), even relatively small changes to this stock could have a significant impact on financial markets,” it said.“The government is concerned that a large-scale transfer (or anticipated transfer) of members of private sector DB schemes to DC schemes could have a detrimental impact on the wider economy.“Whilst the government would, in principle, welcome the opportunity to extend greater choice to members of private sector defined benefit pension schemes, it will not do so at the expense of significant damage to the wider economy.”With any impact on DB schemes still to be determined, the government said it would also consider legislating to remove the right for DB members to transfer into a DC scheme entirely, barring exceptional circumstances.The UK chancellor, George Osborne, announced the reforms in his annual Budget speech to Parliament.He said the transformation of DC tax treatment would bring it into the modern world, and rejected the argument that UK pensioners could not be trusted with their own savings.“There will be consequential implications for defined benefit pensions upon which we will consult and proceed cautiously, so the changes we announce will not today apply to them,” he said.“Pensioners will have complete freedom to draw down as much or as little of their pension pot as they want, any time they want.”The reforms will require an Act of Parliament, which will be presented before the next general election and be in place by April 2015, the Chancellor confirmed.last_img read more

‘Arsenal must offload Aubameyang with Man Utd’s £100m’

first_img Loading… “If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to sign for United, I would take that. It will make them better, that is why they would pay big. Arsenal were the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are. If Man Utd offer £100m for Aubameyang, sell him. If Arsenal were to do such a deal, then Mikel Arteta could be given the funds to reinvest in his squad. The Spaniard may also seek to get Mesut Ozil’s lucrative contract off his books, with Nicholas of the opinion that the Gunners can force their way back into the Premier League elite if they carry out the right business. Nicholas added: “My preference would be to offer Aubameyang what he wants. “Everyone will flag up his wages. I have been told differing scenarios, especially with Mesut Ozil. Is it possible Ozil could move on? Could this then help fund wages for Aubameyang and others? If they get him off the wage bill without getting anything for him, it will not be too bad. “Arteta wants five or six out and he wants that money to rebuild. If nothing more is in the pot, sell to rebuild. read also:Real Madrid make inquiry about Arsenal captain Aubameyang “If you are doing that as a financial package, you are not buying to replace Aubameyang. You can get rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out on loan. This will all help to filter through, so there are easy things to do. Give him what he wants, get rid of dead wood, you have the kids, and it would not cost £200m to challenge for the top four once more.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney Princesses7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Arsenal should be looking to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Manchester United table an offer of £100 million ($125m), says Charlie Nicholas, with £200m ($249m) required to make the Gunners top-four contenders again. The Gunners have so far been unable to get their club captain tied down on a new contract. As he is approaching the final 12 months of his current terms, those at Emirates Stadium have a big decision to make on Aubameyang’s future. Having seen the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey run down their deals towards free agency in the past, Arsenal cannot afford to see the value of another prized asset diminish. Aubameyang is said to be attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United, with Nicholas of the opinion that a deal could be done with the Red Devils despite Old Trafford not being the best destination for a proven frontman. The former Gunners frontman told Sporting Life: “I do not see the glamour and appeal of joining Man Utd. Would he win the title with United in the next few years? I don’t think so. He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join. What is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type. “[Robin] van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Man Utd are not the same calibre as what they were. Would he be the cutting edge to them? Man Utd have other issues to address like Arsenal.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-6)

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #3-Friday  (9-6)East Central  10     Harrison  7  (OT)Oldenburg  26     Edinburgh  12Lapel  20     North Decatur   15    Indy Tindley  47     South Decatur  20    Switz. County  40     Trimble County  22Knightstown  52     Union County  7     Bedford North Lawrence  50     Jennings County  21     Seymour  49     Madison  7last_img

Torres keen on Chelsea stay

first_img “I want to stay, I want to honour the contract I signed, keep winning titles and I’d like to be the best in my position,” he said in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS. “There is no better place and better conditions than with Mourinho at Chelsea.” The Spain striker has struggled to justify his £50million price tag since his move from Liverpool in 2011. Torres has been linked with a return to La Liga, but he insisted he wants to impress the new man at Stamford Bridge. Press Associationcenter_img Fernando Torres has emphasised he wants to stay at Chelsea under new boss Jose Mourinho.last_img read more

Timeline for track restoration still unknown

first_imgELLSWORTH — A plan for restoring the track on Forest Avenue by the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School won’t be known until next week.After the April 7 storm tipped the bleachers over onto the track, the manufacturer/installer and an engineer assessed the damage last week.Ellsworth High School Athletics Director Josh Frost said the manufacturer/installer and engineer will take a second look at the stands sometime next week to determine whether the bleachers will be repaired or replaced.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Douglas, Browne put Hikers in final against Ambris’s Breakers

first_imgCMC – Windward Islands batsman, Dillon Douglas, struck an 18-ball half-century to fire La Soufriere Hikers into the final of the inaugural T10 Vincy Premier League here Saturday.The 21-year-old, who played a single game for Volcanoes last November during the Super50 Cup in Trinidad, smashed two fours and seven sixes in an unbeaten 58 as Hikers, sent in at Arnos Vale, tallied 150 for two from their allotted 10 overs in the second semi-final.Opener Salvan Browne, who played the last of his two first class matches for Windwards 11 years ago, top-scored with an astonishing 70 from 28 deliveries.He counted eight fours and four sixes, posting 65 for the first wicket with Dean Browne (13) and a further 79 for the second wicket with Douglas.In reply, Jeremy Haywood picked up four for 15 to restrict Botanical Gardens Rangers to 117 for seven, earning Hikers a 33-run victory.Kenneth Dember struck 33 and Hyron Shallow, 26, the pair posting exactly 50 for the first wicket off 24 deliveries. However, once they were separated, the innings slipped into decline.In the opening semi-final, Test player Sunil Ambris failed with one but his Salt Pond Breakers overcame that disappointment to beat Grenadine Divers by five wickets.Ambris has been a standout performer in the tournament with 259 runs at an average of 43, while picking up nine wickets with his unpracticed off-spin.last_img read more

CAF CONFEDERATION CUP: Rangers Win in Egypt, Fail to Qualify for…

first_imgHowever, the victory was not enough to guarantee the Flying Antelopes qualification for the quarter final. Al Masry 1-0 victory over Nouadhibou of Mauritania effectively eliminated Rangers from progressing to the last eight stage.The lone goal scored by Ifeanyi George in the 73rd minute was however the first time any club will beat the Egyptian team on home soil at the Air Defence Stadium. It was  also the first time ever that the Flying Antelopes have won a match in Egypt.Ifeanyi George latched onto a long pass from Msonter Shimaga to skip past his marker and beat the advancing keeper in the 73rd minute.The hosts were guilty of squandering some easy chances, including a glaring one from Ghanaian striker John Antwi with the goal at his mercy and a close-range header from Mohamed ElGabbas that was brilliantly denied by Nigerian keeper Nana Bonsu.After securing the top spot of this group with 12 points from their previous four matches, Pyramids FC Coach Ante Cacic rested several of his key players such as skipper and schemer Abdallah El-Said, winger Islam Eissa, midfielder Emad “Dunga” Nabil and defender Ali Gabr.Enugu Rangers are now third in the group with five points, four points  behind Egyptian side Masry defeated  FC Nouadhibou of Mauritania later yesterday.Rangers’ last match will be at home against Al Masry.Nigeria’s other team in the second tier continental competition, Enyimba FC  were held 1-1 by Hassania Agadir of MoroccoThe People’s Elephant however remain in contention for the quarter final. Their chances were brightened by the goalless draw Paradou of Algeria played with   FC San Pedro of Cote d’Ivoire late last night. They just need to avoid defeat in their last game with the Ivorians next Sunday to berth in the Quarter final.In Group B, Morocco’s RS Berkane hammered ESAE of Benin Republic 5-1to qualify for the quarter finals even with a game to spare. Zambia’s Zanaco needs just a point from their last group game to also berth in the quarter finals.In Group C, Horoya of Guinea defeated Bidvest of South Africa 2-1 to lead the group. The battle for the second ticket from the group is between Djoliba of Mali and Al Nasir  SC of Libya. Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers ended the four-match unbeaten run of fast rising Egyptian team, Pyramids FC in the CAF Confederation Cup Group A with a 1-0  away victory yesterday evening. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ReplyForward *Enyimba on course for Last EightDuro Ikhazuagbelast_img read more

Easy, breezy, sustainable: USC alumna founds eco-friendly company

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Michelle WolzingerJust months after graduating from USC last spring with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Michelle Wolzinger already has a startup under her belt. Before transferring to USC from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Wolzinger was involved in a program called “Lemonade Day.” Participation in the program was required of every student to major in business administration. Its goal was to teach kids how to start their own businesses, culminating in a “Lemonade Day,” where each child would operate their own lemonade stand.As a sophomore, Wolzinger noticed that the program did not exist at USC and took it upon herself to bring it to campus. Through the program, mentors from USC were able to visit local schools and teach kids how to start their own businesses. “I was inspired by working with these kids [my freshman year], Wolzinger said. So when I transferred and realized that there was no Lemonade Day program, I realized that it would be the perfect opportunity to create another connection between USC and the neighboring communities.”Upon graduating, she decided to commit to this idea, building a website in two months and gathering all of the vendors to set their products up on her website. Her start-up, Radiant Roots, is a one-stop shop for all things related to sustainable beauty. “I am hoping that this is [where people can] find their products that they would normally buy in the drugstores because there are so many products that are horrible for your skin and filled with toxins,” Wolzinger said. “When you use 100 percent natural skincare ingredients, they are nurturing your skin and they make your skin radiate. I’ve seen a huge difference in myself and other people who use these products and want people to make the switch to be conscious consumers, and I’m hoping Radiant Roots can be a part of that movement.” If there’s anything a current USC student hears a lot, it’s about the Trojan Family. For Wolzinger, it’s no different. As a recent alumna, she’s had a lot of resources that have helped her along the way in launching her first business, including everything from programs like Blackstone LaunchPad, which is designed to support and mentor entrepreneurial students, to personal relationships with faculty and peers. “Some of my professors are like mentors now, still helping me in real time,” Wolzinger said. “They’re doing everything they can to help me work towards my goals. You can’t get that at any other school; the USC family is especially supportive. The Trojan Family is just so massive and important and incredibly impactful.”As a young entrepreneur, Wolzinger has fresh advice for Marshall students, or any students seeking to start their own business. “Be awake,” Wolzinger said. “Be very active in your classes and your community because every single person sitting beside you is your network.”To Wolzinger, the hardest part of entrepreneurship was simply starting out.“A lot of people sit on ideas and don’t act on them and regret it later,” Wolzinger said. “You have unbelievable resources from USC right at your fingertips, and all you need to do is push yourself to start. Don’t do it alone, and use the advice from everyone around you to help you along the way.”last_img read more

USC set to begin WNIT play

first_imgA year ago, USC coach Michael Cooper declined a chance to have the USC women’s basketball team play in the WNIT after finishing the season 19-12.But this year, after his team was once again left out of the NCAA field with the same record, Cooper decided to accept a bid to the postseason tournament.“I think it’ll serve us right this year,” Cooper said. “Obviously, the [NCAA tournament] is what we wanted to be in, but [the WNIT] will give us a chance to play together more as a team … We’ll use this as a springboard to hopefully get us going for next year.”The Women of Troy, appearing in the WNIT for the first time since 2002, will try to start a run through the tournament on their home court tonight against the Gauchos. Despite the disappointment of being denied the chance to play in the NCAA tournament two years in a row, the players are maintaining a positive mindset.“Coming that close to making the NCAA tournament is a bummer,” said sophomore forward Christina Marinacci. “It’s going to be hard to get over that. But my mindset is … [to try] and win the whole thing, and show the committee that we deserved to play in the NCAA’s.”The Gauchos (19-11), regular season champions of the Big West conference, enter the WNIT after being upset by Pacific University 49-45 in the first round of the Big West tournament.UCSB is led in scoring by junior guard Emilie Johnson with 13.6 points per game. The Gauchos also have senior center Mekia Valentine, a University of Wake Forest transfer who averages a double-double with 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.USC is 11-13 all-time against UCSB, with its last matchup coming in November 2008 that resulted in a 62-53 win.If the Women of Troy defeat the Gauchos, they could face a couple familiar conference rivals that could act as roadblocks in the team’s march towards a WNIT championship. Arizona, who holds a 2-1 edge over USC this season, could face off against the Women of Troy as early as the third round.Defending WNIT champion California awaits the Women of Troy following that game in the quarterfinals. The teams split their two matchups this season, each winning on their own home court.Tonight’s game marks the fifth straight game that USC will have played at the Galen Center, where the team went 12-4 during the regular season and Pac-10 tournament.Tip-off is at 7 p.m.last_img read more