first_img By: Jeffrey Sheridan, Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Pension Reform Saves Taxpayers Money and Reduces Risk June 16, 2016center_img The Blog In recent months, Democrats and Republicans in Harrisburg have come together to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana, which allows individuals access to a life-saving drug, as well as a fair funding formula, ensuring Pennsylvania was no longer one of only three states without one, and just last week, Governor Wolf signed a bi-partisan bill making the most significant reforms to our state’s liquor system in 80 years.Earlier this week, people on both sides of the aisle in the House came together again to overwhelmingly pass a pension reform compromise that Governor Wolf praised and urged the Senate to pass. This reform will save billions of dollars while also reducing risk to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.More specifically, this pension reform compromise will:Save Pennsylvania taxpayers $5 billion.Savings for SERS are estimated at $4.05 billion and savings for PSERS are estimated at $1 billion.Reduce the risk to Pennsylvania taxpayers by 35 percent.This plan provides that if the systems’ investments do not meet their assumed rates of return, meaning they do not generate the amount anticipated, the employee’s contribution will increase to help make up the difference.Establishes a 401-K style plan for future employees, similar to plans available in the private sector.For SERS employees entering service on January 1, 2018 or after, and for PSERS employees entering service on July 1, 2018 or after, any amount of salary above $50,000 would be covered by the 401-K style, or defined contribution plan, which enables participants to have more control and to make investments that fit their needs.In the coming weeks, Governor Wolf will continue to work with legislative leaders and members from both parties to reach agreement on a final budget that is balanced and fixes the deficit, invests more money in education and includes much-needed funding to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis, our worst public health epidemic in history. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFlorida International University infectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty told 850 WFTL that the coronavirus affects men and women differently. She says men are harder hit by the symptoms of COVID-19 and this fact could potentially skew results of testing on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine at VA Hospitals. average, men are not as medically sound as women. They die younger and are at more risk of life-threatening ailments, especially heart disease and many forms of cancer.The Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus seems to follow the same pattern. In all six of the countries that, up to 20 March, had sex-specific records of deaths from Covid-19, the proportion of men was higher than women. For four of those (China, France, Italy and South Korea), male mortality rates were more than 50% greater than female rates.This proven fact may explain why are recent study, based on an all-male sample, found Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with or without azithromycin (AZ) did not lower the need for mechanical ventilation, according to a retrospective study of Veterans Affairs patients hospitalized with COVID-19.The study posted on April 21 has not been peer reviewed and it also showed an increased risk of death associated with COVID-19 patients treated with HCQ alone.The current analysis included data from all 368 male patients hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 and treated at Veterans Health Administration medical centers in the United States through April 11.Some doctors who stand behind the therapeutic benefits of HCQ say it is not meant as an “end stage” treatment. These proponents say that trials finding no benefit are flawed in that the drug is given too late.last_img read more

first_img Related Stories CNY product Shay shapes Yale’s formiddable, aggressive defenseConroy, Palasek suspensions to continue after violation of team rulesGetting to know YaleONE DOWN: Syracuse overcomes early deficit, woes at faceoff X to beat Bryant in first round of NCAA tournamentDeep Syracuse attack proves overwhelming for Bryant in second half Published on May 16, 2013 at 12:46 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse-Yale pits strength against strength.The Orange offense has spent the better part of the season dissecting, and eventually obliterating the defenses standing in its way. Limited possessions have been a mere speed bump as SU’s repeatedly shown that, for this team, some possessions can be enough possessions.The Yale defense runs down its opponents, attacking with small, quick defenders and hardly hesitating to double team. The Bulldogs have frayed their opponents’ nerve this season, allowing the fewest goals per game (8) and causing the second-most turnovers (8.69) out of the eight remaining teams in the NCAA tournament.“They’re smaller poles, but they’re really fast and very aggressive,” SU attack Kevin Rice said. “They like to go for a lot of stick checks and take the ball away from you.”So when Syracuse (14-3) meets Yale (12-4) in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md., it will be a clash of two of the nation’s best units. Yale’s defense, coupled with its ability to control the faceoff X could create a perfect storm of sorts against the dominant SU attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile many Syracuse players have faith in Chris Daddio and the rest of the faceoff unit, they’re also used to playing with limited possessions. Better still, for SU, the very defensive aggression that makes Yale so dangerous, may play right into the Orange’s hands.“Our offense works better against teams that are more aggressive,” Rice said. “We’re going to spread them out, we’re going to use our middies to try and go by their shorties and try and create some slides and attack the back side.”Unlike most teams, though, when Yale defenders slide to help, they stay there, creating a double-team instead of dropping back to recover. Rather than allowing both teams to regroup, they swarm.That will put the Orange’s offensive spacing under the microscope. So the SU coaching staff is emphasizing the need for an outlet pass on either side of whoever has the ball.“Some teams play position defense, and then slide to you, and then recover,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “This team slides to you and as the guy covering you is checking you and checking your hands and trying to take the ball away.“So your focus at that point is just trying to get away from him so you can make a pass, and then all of a sudden the double-team comes.”This week in practice, the Orange’s scout defense including Bobby Tait, Chris Swanson and Mike Messina is simulating Yale’s defense.The real Bulldogs defense will feature two-time All-Ivy League defender Peter Johnson and second-team All-Ivy defender Michael McCormack. The duo will likely draw the assignments of Rice and midfielder JoJo Marasco.Rice and Marasco will scout both players this week, Desko said.Still, to get them opportunities, the Orange is going to have to hold its own at the faceoff X. Yale is winning 59.2 percent of faceoffs this season, led by specialist Dylan Levings. SU attack Derek Maltz said Levings is hardly a step down from Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who won 22 of 23 faceoffs against SU in its NCAA tournament opener last Sunday.“I think our coaches, and the rest of our team is really still confident in Daddio and the faceoff guys that we have there,” Maltz said. “… In pressure games like this, that’s when Daddio plays his best.”A nightmare scenario still exists for the Orange, one that features SU struggling to get the ball, and running into a buzzing, energized defense when it does. But if the Orange spreads the field, pressing Yale defenders will be playing with fire.“We’re going to make them pay when they come out on us,” SU midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “Forty yards – we have forty yards to beat them to the goal.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgEmergency crews remain onsite at the Kilbuck campus in Bethel after flames broke out early this morning, demolishing the school.Download Audio“The actual immersion school is flat. The immersion school itself k-6 is not standing.”CREDIT DEAN SWOPE / KYUKJoshua Gill is with the Lower Kuskokwim School District. The immersion school is a charter elementary Yup’ik school.Also destroyed are the operation and maintenance sections of the campus and the lockers holding the students’ school supplies.The Bethel fire department received a call at 3:46 a.m. that sewer pipes outside the building were smoking. They responded immediately and attempted to contain the fire, but it had spread inside the building.CREDIT DEAN SWOPE / KYUKExcavators tore through the building, ripping the structure in half to isolate the flames to one wing of the school.Backhoes also ripped sections away from the front part of the building to prevent flames from spreading to the adjacent armory, which stands intact.Also standing is the wing housing the media center- containing Yup’ik artifacts and hundreds of Yup’ik elder interviews, though heavy smoke and water damage is expected.But Gill says the Yup’ik instructional materials are lost:“There was a lot of age in those materials and a lot of personal blood, sweat and tears put into them that we’re definitely not going to be able to replace. But until we get in there and assess, we really don’t know. That was all created in-house here in LKSD with our folks.”CREDIT DEAN SWOPE / KYUKThe Kuskokwim Learning Academy school and dorms are standing but inoperable because of smoke and water damage. KLA is a residential, alternative high school.Students evacuated the KLA dorms around 3:45 this morning after a fire alarm sounded. Most exited wearing pajamas.Personnel transferred the students to a school district building where social workers are offering counseling.Meanwhile, the Bethel community has mobilized. Organizations are gathering supplies for donations and offering buildings to serve as temporary classrooms. And the community pool opened its doors to the displaced students for the day.Emergency efforts are ongoing. No injuries are yet reported.last_img read more