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Governor Wolf Announces More Aid to Puerto Rico, Calls for Swifter Federal Action to Help Americans

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces More Aid to Puerto Rico, Calls for Swifter Federal Action to Help Americans September 27, 2017 National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said more Pennsylvania resources are headed to Puerto Rico and that the state is ready and willing to fulfill federal aid requests. Governor Wolf called on the federal government to act with greater urgency to assist millions of residents in the American territory facing a humanitarian crisis.“The images of Americans in Puerto Rico facing this humanitarian crisis and desperate for aid are unconscionable, and there is absolutely no good reason that the executive and legislative branches are not acting more swiftly to protect these American citizens,” Governor Wolf said.“The President can’t wait to send Congress another disaster-spending request until mid-October. The time to act is now. Lift the Jones Act to allow foreign shipping vessels into Puerto Rico to deliver desperately needed fuel and supplies. The more than three million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico deserve so much better.”Pennsylvania is monitoring requests for assistance from Puerto Rico and the federal government for resources, as it did with Texas and Florida. Most recently, Pennsylvania fulfilled a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for two helicopters and crews, a request filled by the Pennsylvania National Guard. In addition, several members of PA-Task Force 1 are providing incident support on the ground in Puerto Rico through the National Urban Search and Rescue system.“While we understand the need to initially assess the situation, the time has long passed for determining how to get the most basic needs such as electricity and water to the people of Puerto Rico. For the federal government to do so little is inhumane.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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The perfect downsizer units are right in the middle of retail heaven

first_imgEight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.The latest Urbis Market Outlook for Chermside reveals the current population is forecast to grow by 7,695 new residents between now and 2036.“Strong population growth coupled with increasing employment is expected to continue to drive residential dwelling demand in the Chermside catchment,” Mr Honeycombe said.Ray White City Precinct director of project and investment sales Elisa McMahon said she was expecting the project to particularly appeal to downsizers.“Eight on Thomas is a project that presents downsizers with the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of apartment living without compromising space, comfort and high quality finishes,” she said.“Being only 45 metres to the Chermside bus interchange and just 90m from the Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre, Eight on Thomas really does make for the perfect location.”Eight on Thomas has a resort-style landscaped pool and a residents-only recreation deck and private lounge. The grand opening is taking place today at the Eight on Thomas Sales and Information Centre from 10am to 4pm, at 8 Thomas Street, Chermside. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.“Chermside offers a wealth of lifestyle amenity and connectivity, the area is one of the largest employment nodes on the north side and, being situated only 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, it’s the ideal location for both first home buyers and downsizers,” Mr Honeycombe said.“Honeycombes prides itself on being innovative and reacting to market conditions. At Eight on Thomas, we identified a gap in the market for a two-bedroom plus multipurpose room apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Not only did we include this unique apartment type in our mix, but when inquiry and demand for it spiked we reconfigured the project to offer more.”The complex is directly across the road from Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre which is undergoing a $355 million redevelopment set to make it the largest shopping centre in Queensland. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today with downsizers in their sights.THE market is talking and developers are listening with the launch of Eight on Thomas at Chermside today, offering two and three-bedroom plus size apartmentsDeveloped by Honeycombes Property Group the 12 storey complex offers 104 one, two and three-bedroom apartments above a ground floor and mezzanine retail level, with construction expected to start midyear.Honeycombes Property Group managing director Peter Honeycombe said the project ticked all of the boxes, including location, generous apartment sizing, resident amenity and quality finishes.last_img read more

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Venezuela Sues Jamaica Over Takeover of Petrojam Shares

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith confirmed, on June 16, that the board of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, has filed a lawsuit against the Jamaican government in relation to their “forcible takeover” of its 49 per cent stake in local oil refinery Petrojam.Just hours before the lawsuit, the PDVSA board appointed by Juan Guaidó, recognised as interim Venezuelan president by more than 50 countries, warned Jamaica to refrain from selling the shares owned by PDVSA in Petrojam.“The legitimate Government of Venezuela is defending the interests of the subsidiary of PDVSA, before the expropriation carried out by the Government of Jamaica of the shareholding of PDV Caribe in Petrojam,” the board said in a statement published on Sunday by Guaidó’s.Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, in January, invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate. He has been recognised as the rightful leader by over 50 countries including the United States, but Jamaica is not officially recognized Guaidó as the rightful leader of Venezuela.Legislation Passed in JamaicaIn February of this year, the Jamaican Senate passed legislation clearing the way for thegovernment to retake PDVSA’s 49 per cent stake in Petrojam acquired in 2006 as part of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s energy diplomacy efforts in the Caribbean. Thus, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is adamant that the Jamaican Government now owns 100 per cent of the refinery and, therefore, would not accede to the request to not retake its shares.In a statement made by Minister Johnson Smith, she explained that “The Government of Jamaica now owns the shares in Petrojam in its entirety. We passed legislation in order to give this effect. It was not a negotiated agreement. We passed legislation and the shares have now vested. Forty-nine per cent which was previously owned by PVD Caribe is now held by the Accountant General of Jamaica.Fifty-one per cent remain owned by PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica). So there is no question about completing a transaction. The shares are now owned by Jamaica.”However, according to the statement published by Guaidó’s team, the controversial leader also wrote formally to Prime Minister Andrew Holness in which he stressed that “only the legitimate Government of Venezuela, under the control of the National Assembly, can represent the interests of PDVSA in Jamaica”.The fact that Jamaica has yet to recognise Guaidó as the official leader of Venezuela seems to be the underlying issue, as both countries prepare to make their next moves.The Jamaica Petrojam Strategic Review Team has submitted a report to the Cabinet for review, Venezuela has hired popular Jamaican attorney Michael Hylton, QC, to represent PDVSA.last_img read more

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