Pennsylvania’s Governor Calls For Legal Adult Cannabis Use

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageHARRISBURG – Saying generated tax revenues would strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the state legislature to legalize taxable adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The state and federal mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue, Wolf said. Wolf stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Yes, it is a natural plant. Alcohol has to be made and look what crimes happen when alcohol is in the picture. LEGALIZE ITlast_img read more

Contract worth HRK 47 million signed for the construction of a marina in Vela Luka

first_imgDubrovnik-Neretva County has signed a concession agreement with the director of Ovalis Nova doo Ivo Šegon from Vela Luka, by which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County gives the concession holder the right to economic use of the special purpose port – nautical tourism port – marina in Vela Luka. On the same occasion, the director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority, Boris Žuvela, signed a contract with the representative of the concessionaire, Ivo Šegon, for the execution of works on public infrastructure.By signing these contracts, the project of arranging and building a marina in Vela Luka with a capacity of up to 200 berths will start, and the value of the project is HRK 47 million, while the concession fee is HRK 285.285, increased by an average of 4,1% of annual revenue.It is interesting that the project takes place in two phases, one of which worth 31 million kuna involves the construction of the marina, and the other involves the reconstruction of the area under the local Port Authority, so the investment in the port area of ​​about 15 million kuna, which is necessary for the marina, remains for use by the Port Authority. “With the decision to grant a concession to the company Ovalis Nova doo, which was passed by the County Assembly, we continue a series of concessions on the maritime domain. Namely, we recently signed contracts for the marina in Lumbarda, we are preparing the same for Blato, and I hope that the state will soon complete the procedures for the marinas in Ploče and Lastovo, since the marinas over 200 berths are under their jurisdiction.. “, Said the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić. He added that he believes that in this way we will make the best use of the maritime domain, which is our great resource: “As before, we will take this most seriously and make a responsible concession, we achieve the highest fees in the whole of Croatia, which are divided into three parts – for the county, for local self-government and for the state.. “Director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority Boris Žuvela expressed satisfaction with the signing of these contracts and stressed that the implementation of this project is very important for the entire municipality of Vela Luka and that the marina will certainly contribute to the development of tourism, small and medium enterprises. The director of Ovalis Nova doo, Ivo Šegon, spoke about the significant impact of this project on the development of the municipality and the economy in the area of ​​Vela Luka, as well as the entire island. He also said that he was glad that this lengthy concession award procedure had finally been completed, so that concrete work could be done on the project of a new marina.Nautical tourism port – Marina Vela LukaThe project is extremely important for the municipality of Vela Luka. The construction of the marina in the central part of Vela Luka will increase the number of nautical tourists, which will significantly affect the increase in total income from tourism and related activities. The central position in the very center of the town will encourage the dispersion of boaters’ consumption to the existing and future catering and other offer.For the realization of this project, the realization of the breakwater project at the entrance to the marina is important. The breakwater can be realized as an integral part of the marina or as part of the operational shore that will remain under the management of the County Administration or as part of the seaport.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Reminds License, ID Card Holders That Organ Donation Can Save Lives

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA –  With April marking National Donate Life Month, today Governor Tom Wolf reminded driver’s license and identification card holders that they can easily help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering online as an organ donor.“Potential donors considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or identification card do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” said Governor Tom Wolf.  “There are steps that you can take today to become an organ donor and potentially save a life.”To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card today, visit www.dmv.pa.gov and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they must carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew or replace their driver’s license or identification card. There is no charge for adding the designation to your driver’s license or identification card.More than 47 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.7 million Pennsylvanians. Nearly 8,000 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants.Driver’s license and identification card holders, as well as registered vehicle owners, can also support organ donation programs by donating $1 to the Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund at the time of application and/or renewal. Proceeds from the fund are used to educate and promote awareness of the organ donor program through non-profit organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the Gift of Life Donor Program. Pennsylvanians have generously donated nearly $14 million to the fund to date.Additionally, Governor Wolf called on the General Assembly to take up proposed comprehensive reforms to the Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Program (OTDAP) to bring the program in line with best-practices. Pennsylvania was among the first states in the nation to establish an organ donation program in 1994 and the program remains a national example of effective government leadership to promote organ and tissue donation and save lives. However, the law has not been updated in more than twenty-years to keep pace with developments and best practices in the field.Last year, modernization bills were debated in both chambers of the General Assembly, but no agreement on a comprehensive update was reached. The governor looks forward to working with the General Assembly on a bill to modernize OTDAP so that it can continue to effectively serve the more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.“There are some badly-needed changes that almost every other state has adopted that would modernize the donation process, potentially saving many lives,” said Governor Wolf.More information on organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania can be found at http://www.donatelifepa.org/. April 04, 2017center_img Wolf Administration Reminds License, ID Card Holders That Organ Donation Can Save Liveslast_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards $10 Million to 23 Entities to Develop Effective COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies

first_img August 27, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Awards $10 Million to 23 Entities to Develop Effective COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapiescenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced that 23 awardees will receive $10 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies (CV-VTT) program to support the rapid advancement of vaccines, treatments and therapies by qualified biotechnology entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We know that the only way we can get back to our normal lives is by developing a robust testing and tracing infrastructure combined with effective, safe and affordable treatments and vaccines,” said Gov. Wolf. “The funding awarded today will jumpstart a number of promising projects that would help Pennsylvania overcome this devastating global pandemic, setting us on a path to recovery and protection both now and in the future.”Of the 23 projects, $6.8 million was awarded to 12 vaccine projects, nearly $1.2 million was awarded to five therapy projects, nearly $1.6 million was awarded to five treatment projects, and $430,000 was awarded to a project that will support the build out of physical infrastructure, advancing the development of leading edge innovations in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.Projects awarded funding include those that will study the use of cancer medications on COVID-19 patients; the development of a research and training space to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 treatment development; the acceleration of vaccine development efforts; and the development of a protective antibody for at-risk individuals, including the elderly, among other innovative and promising new ideas.The full list of grant recipients can be found here.The program, announced last month, was made available to Pennsylvania-based entities that demonstrate both a financial need and a well-defined pathway to the accelerated commercialization of a new vaccine, treatment or therapy in direct response to fight against COVID-19.Funding for the program was appropriated from the Act 2A of 2020, known as the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2019, to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), to be administered through a Notice of Subgrant by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Office of Technology and Innovation.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

RakeTech executes M&A growth strategy acquiring BetXpert & Turtle Gaming

first_img Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Michael HolmbergIndustry affiliate marketing and player acquisition specialist RakeTech Group (RakeTech) has confirmed that its undertaken two corporate acquisitions, purchasing sports betting platform provider BetXpert and affiliate network Turtle Gaming.Confirming its ‘undisclosed sum’ purchases, RakeTech management detailed that it had acquired BetXpert for its ‘high-quality’ sports content, online betting competencies and live score/data capabilities.The acquisition of Turtle Gaming, sees RakeTech continue to expand its affiliate marketing presence within its core Nordic market. Turtle Gaming operates a number of high coverage affiliates portals including leading Finnish websites TurtleBet.com and Nettikasinot.Casino.Michael Holmberg, RakeTech Group CEO commented on the acquisitions: “The acquisitions of BetXpert and Turtle Gaming has advanced our position as a leading provider of gaming affiliate content in Europe. BetXpert is a well-known brand who are renowned for quality journalistic content and an objective view of the gambling industry. The Turtle Gaming acquisition provides us with multiple high-quality online gambling media websites, that will further enhance our position in Finland.”Updating the market, RakeTech management detailed that the acquisitions form part of the firm’s recent €70 million investment dedicated towards M&A and infrastructure growth.Confirming the sale of BetXpert, Tue Lumbye  Founder and CEO of the company : “BetXpert has come a very long way since we launched back in 2003. RakeTech’s plans for the future are really impressive and will help strengthen our longstanding position as Denmark’s leading sports betting media platform.”Mika Levaniemi, Founder and CEO of Turtle Gaming Group said: “I’m very pleased that Turtle Gaming will be joining the RakeTech family, becoming part of a great company and office culture, that I have heard so many good things about.” Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020last_img read more