Governor Tom Wolf Encourages Pennsylvania Senators to Pass 21st Century Cures Act

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Following the United States House of Representative’s bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act last week, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey encouraging them to swiftly pass this legislation.This legislation will help develop and deliver effective treatments and cures to millions of Americans suffering from chronic diseases and disabilities and fast track the availability of new treatments for patients suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and substance use disorder.“On behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am writing to express my strong support for H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, and encourage Congress to act swiftly to pass this legislation that will have immediate positive effects on Pennsylvania and the nation,” wrote Governor Tom Wolf. “It is my understanding that Congress will consider H.R. 34 this week. I applaud your leadership and would welcome the opportunity to serve as a resource on this issue, of such importance to Pennsylvanians.”During the fall session, the Wolf Administration made real progress in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.Additionally, the Wolf Administration was successful in securing $15 million in state funds to open 45 Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence that are delivering person-centered, holistic care coordination services to more than 11,000 individuals suffering from opioid use disorder.“While we have made investing in solutions to the heroin use and opioid abuse epidemic a priority in Pennsylvania, this legislation would allow us to bolster those efforts by infusing desperately needed federal funds into research, design, and evaluation of these programs,” said Governor Tom Wolf.To view the full text of the letter, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Tom Wolf Encourages Pennsylvania Senators to Pass 21st Century Cures Act SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 06, 2016last_img read more

Susie O’Neill’s riverfront property sold for 15pc more than she paid

first_imgThe new owners plan to build their own dream home on the site. Suzie O’Neill at her Yeronga riverfront home which sold under the hammer last night. Picture: Mark CallejaTHERE were tears of joy last night as eight-time Olympic gold medallist Susie O’Neill’s massive riverfront property sold for $3million under the hammer.Ms O’Neill and husband Cliff Fairley had bought the property nine years ago with plans to build their dream home on the site – even going so far as to have an architect draw up the plans. Susie O’Neills property drew 200 groups at house inspections.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoMs O’Neill told The Courier-Mail that seeing the property go to auction would be “quite emotional” for her family. But she may yet be able to visit a dream home on the site, with the successful bidders ending up being close friends of hers.Her agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said 200 groups had gone through inspections of Ms O’Neill’s property through the month-long campaign and about 300 people attended the mass auction last night. Ms O’Neill’s home was built in 1955 and still has all its original features. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen“There were five registered bidders for the property. Bidding started at $2m and went rapidly. It was hotly contested, and finally sold to a local buyer for $3m. It was just amazing.”The new owners, who paid 15 per cent more than Ms O’Neill had for the home, revealed after they won the auction that they knew the former national swimmer.“The buyers fell in love with the property the moment they saw it,” Ms Rudolph said. “They had been been back eight times during the campaign. It literally was tears of joy when they bought it. Susie had no idea. The new owners are looking forward to having them over for Sunday lunch some day.” The home is a double cavity red brick building. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen Susie O’Neill’s Yeronga property is a massive 1,325sq m. The property looks out over a bend in the river known as Canoe Reach.“They are looking forward to following through with Susie’s dream and intend to build their own dream property on the site.”Ideas being floated were to move the existing home and build a statement house of natural materials that blends into the landscape.last_img read more

EC unveils eagerly awaited consultation on ESAs

first_imgThe ESAs – which comprise the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the European Banking Authority (EBA), and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) – welcomed the consultation, saying that “the time is now ripe” for such an assessment.In a joint statement they said: “The European Commission’s consultation raises important issues on the powers of the three authorities, on possible improvements in their decision-making processes and on a much needed review of their financing frameworks.“An open discussion on these issues is key to ensure that the ESAs are able to effectively contribute in building the Capital Markets Union, to further progress towards supervisory convergence, and to enhance consumer protection and stability in the internal market.”PensionsEurope has been eagerly awaiting the consultation and was pleased by its scope, Matti Leppälä, its chief executive, told IPE.“We had some concerns that the focus would be on funding but for us it also important to address questions about the governance of the ESAs and how much own initiative it should be allowed to take, as many pension funds claim EIOPA has overstretched its remit,” he said.“The consultation looks broad, which is good. This is an opportunity for creative ideas about the ESAs’ structure, powers, governance structure, and more.”The consultation asks for stakeholders’ thoughts about the ESAs’ tasks and powers, governance, supervisory architecture, and funding.The commission said the issues being consulted on “are mostly well known to stakeholders”.They include the aforementioned concerns about EIOPA overstepping its remit, concerns among the ESAs themselves about their resources, and calls from some quarters for a merger of the supervisory authorities.In one way or another these issues were touched on in the consultation.For example, it noted that there were concerns that the ESA guidelines “are increasingly expansive and go beyond their originally intended function”. It also asked whether there was merit in merging EBA and EIOPA, and invited comments on whether the ESAs should be funded by industry – fully or partially – as opposed to the existing public contributions-based arrangement.The consultation is open until 16 May. It can be found here. The European Commission has launched a long-awaited consultation on the future operation of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs).The consultation had been expected in the second half of last year.The commission’s aim is to “identify areas where the effectiveness and efficient of the ESAs can be strengthened and improved”. Legislation could be put forward if deemed necessary.“More coordinated and integrated supervision will be increasingly important in future, notably to develop and integrate EU capital markets through Capital Markets Union,” said the commission.last_img read more