Gov. Wolf Calls for Paid Sick and Family Leave for Workers August 31, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Press Release As Pennsylvanians continue to fight the health risks of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for the General Assembly to pass legislation for paid sick and family leave for workers who need to miss work for an illness or to take care of a loved one.“Pennsylvanians are working hard, especially during this pandemic, and they should not have to choose between losing a day’s pay or going to work sick,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s time for the General Assembly to stand up for Pennsylvania’s workers and protect the health of all Pennsylvanians.”Paid sick leave can be used to recover from an illness, such as COVID-19, for medical appointments, to care for a family member, or to seek help from abuse or violence.“Pennsylvania workers have waited long enough, and the pandemic has made the need for paid sick leave more urgent,” said Gov. Wolf. “All employees should have healthy and safe workplaces. There are many paid sick and family leave bills in the legislature, and I’m committed to working with the General Assembly to finally get workers the earned leave they deserve.”Enacting a paid sick leave law would help an estimated 400,000 Pennsylvanians, particularly low-wage workers who are forced to work when ill, risking their health and the employees and customers around them. Providing paid sick leave would improve public health and help to prevent more people from getting sick.The governor was joined for a press conference at andculture, a Harrisburg design firm that supports paid sick leave, by Senators Vincent Hughes, Maria Collett and Pam Iovino and Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Steve Malagari.“Working people deserve employer-paid sick leave so they can attend to the health and wellness of themselves or their families when necessary,” said Sen. Vincent Hughes. “Whether we are in a pandemic or conducting business as normal, the lack of paid sick leave is an overwhelming stressor on our low-income workers, our health care system, and public health in general. Employer-paid sick leave is already working in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The General Assembly must prioritize protecting hundreds of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians who stand to benefit from adopting paid sick leave across the commonwealth.”“Even before COVID hit, Pennsylvania’s families were in trouble,” said Sen. Maria Collett. “As a prime sponsor of SB 580, the Family Care Act, I was painfully aware that more than 80 percent of hardworking Pennsylvanians had no form of paid leave to care for themselves or a sick loved one without fear of losing their jobs. Over the past few months, we’ve been putting Band-aids on bullet holes to help families and small businesses try to survive. But bigger, systemic changes are required, and I am glad to see Governor Wolf stepping up and supporting programs like paid leave that are both widely supported and long overdue.”Rep. Mike Schlossberg added, “We’ve heard a lot of talk about essential workers in the last six months. Opponents of sick leave will argue that every worker is essential. That’s a perfectly valid argument to make if it’s one backed up with policy. You can’t tell a worker they are essential and then tell them their health is irrelevant.”“No employee should ever have to choose between taking care of a sick family member and keeping their job; and no employer should have to choose between the health of their business and loyalty to their workers,” said Sen. Pam Iovino. “That was true before the pandemic hit, but now, as working families and businesses in my district and across Pennsylvania persevere through this challenge, paid family leave has become an absolute necessity for the health of our families and our economy. I am committed to working with my colleagues on getting a bipartisan bill to Governor Wolf’s desk.”“Paid parental and sick leave provides stability and peace of mind to both businesses and working families, especially at times of uncertainty,” said Rep. Steve Malagari. “Paid leave reduces staff turnover and makes financial sense for businesses. If you truly want to support family values, and if you want to support our economy, then you need to support paid leave for our hardworking families.”Eight states and Washington D.C. have approved legislation to create paid family and medical leave insurance programs. The loss of productivity in the United States economy from illness in the workplace is $160 billion annually, mostly due to employees coming to work while sick, according to the Main Street Alliance. An estimated $1 billion is spent on health care costs due to lack of paid sick days, the Alliance concluded.Today, the governor also announced that the commonwealth’s new paid parental leave policy will take effect Oct. 15. Commonwealth employees will be eligible for up to six weeks of paid parental leave to care for a child after a birth, adoption, or foster care placement. The new policy is separate from any accrued sick or paid time off that the employee may have earned.Expanding opportunities for new parents to spend time with children following a birth, adoption or foster placement helps to build connections and strengthen families, which is critical to health and development.Paternal leave also helps to bridge the gap to child care programs that often require newborns to be at least six weeks old to enroll. If parents have paid family leave, they can spend time with their baby without having to worry about a paycheck. Paid parental leave is also a valuable benefit to attract new employees and encourage experienced employees to return to work and resume their careers following the welcoming of a new child to their family.Ver esta página en español.
103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, sold in April for $11.6 million.IT’S long been known as Millionaire’s Row for its stunning mansions and the A-listers who live in them, but now it has a new claim to fame.Hedges Ave at Mermaid Beach has been dubbed the Gold Coast’s best street in a vote by the city’s leading real estate industry identities.The Bulletin asked 20 prominent agents to nominate the best five streets on the Glitter Strip.They were then rated from one-five with the top picks achieving five points down to the fifth choice getting one point.Using this method, the beachfront street came out tops with 63 points and 16 votes.Monaco St at Broadbeach Waters was second; followed by Commodore Drive in Surfers Paradise; Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach; and Admiralty Drive, Surfers Paradise. 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, sold in March 2017 for $9 millionJohn Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson rated Hedges Ave the best street.“It’s probably the most well-known street in Queensland,” he said.“There’s a lot of high-profile identities that live on the street and a lot of the properties have been under the same ownership for decades.”Mr Henderson said it was the street’s prominent beachfront location with easy access to restaurants and cafes that made it so popular.He thought Albatross Ave would have been rated higher than Monaco St and Commodore Drive for this reason.“One thing that diversifies the Gold Coast from Brisbane and Toowoomba is the beach,” Mr Henderson said.“My view is that the beach is certainly more a destination location than the river.”Kollosche Prestige Agents managing director Michael Kollosche rated Hedges and Albatross avenues equal best, mainly because of the beachfront lifestyle they offered. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago185/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise, sold in March 2018 for $2.6 million“It’s also a low-density suburb which means they don’t have significant high-rises, which some other beachside suburbs do,” he said.“It’s an area that’s always going to remain tightly held.”However, he argued the riverfront lifestyle of Monaco St, which he voted second best, also had a lot to offer.Ray White Surfers Paradise chief executive Andrew Bell chose Monaco St as his top pick.“I think it’s a magnificent street with some of the best homes on the Gold Coast,” he said.“They’re really quite different architecturally. None of them are the same.”He argued that the properties were what made Monaco St so popular, which wasn’t necessarily the case with Hedges and Albatross avenues.“It’s lifestyle that drives property values and demand,” Mr Bell said.“It’s the beach that drives Hedges Ave, not the houses.”He wasn’t surprised with the results of the vote but said there were plenty of other areas that would rival them in coming years.“It’s wonderful to see the city is getting greater diversity, that there are now more and more up-and-coming streets that are offering people fantastic properties,” Mr Bell said. Gold Coast top five streets: 1. Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach2. Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters3. Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise4. Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach5. Admiralty Drive, Surfers Paradise
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August 4, 2020 “To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”___Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July.The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened. The Sun Belt Conference will keep its eight-game league football schedule and allow its members to play up to four nonconference games this season.The conference’s 10 members had 12 games scheduled against Power Five conference opponents, but with those leagues eliminating almost all of their nonconference games, Sun Belt schools have lots of holes in their schedules.The conference said it plans to start playing league games over Labor Day weekend and members can begin nonconference games as soon as Aug. 29.Texas State already has announced it has moved its home game against SMU in San Marcos, Texas, to Aug. 29.___ The Madrid Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament, has been canceled.Organizers say the tournament will not take place at its rescheduled slot in September “following strong” recommendations made by local authorities “in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19.” The event was originally scheduled to be played in May. ___The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The new league-wide calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA rules. From Aug. 7-16, teams are allowed to conduct up to 14 hours weekly of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.Starting Aug. 17, they can hold 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time. Coaches must allow two days off each week until game week.___Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns.Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. The Latest: Marlins a late arrival for 1st game in 9 days ___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Miami Marlins are scheduled to end an eight-day hiatus with a game at Camden Yards, although getting to that point has not been easy. A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.” A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus.Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities.The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. Associated Press Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons.Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.___The start of Southeastern Conference football practices has been pushed back 10 days to Aug. 17.The league announced a new preseason practice schedule on Tuesday after previously announcing that SEC teams would play only league games and pushing the season start back to Sept. 26. Tuesday night’s game is a makeup from July 29, which was supposed to be Baltimore’s home opener. The Orioles instead played the New York Yankees.— Reporting by Steven Wine in Miami.___The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative. The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions.___ Major League Baseball released a statement around three hours before the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start Tuesday, saying the game “may be delayed as we await the final test results clearing the Marlins to resume play.”The Marlins finally got cleared to play and arrived at the ballpark after 5 p.m, but by 6:15 the teams still had not agreed on a starting time.When he woke up, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t certain if the game would be played at all.He said, “I got word there were issues with the test and we were going to be put on hold.”Miami hasn’t played a game since July 26. After that series against the Phillies, the Marlins’ season was suspended because of a coronavirus outbreak on the team. At least 18 players, and 21 in the traveling party, tested positive. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck.Players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to notify teams if they’re choosing to opt out.A fourth-round pick in 2016 from Baylor, Billings sat out his rookie season with a knee injury but he’d been one of Cincinnati’s most consistent interior linemen the past three years.The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.___ Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.___Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus.NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to say they are skipping the season. Nearly 50 players have done so.