first_img July 20, 2016 By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know? Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook:   SHARE  TWEET DNC,  The Blog Whoever coined the saying, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue your happiness. You have to catch it yourself,” didn’t say there was anything wrong with providing a few friendly suggestions on where it might be found.With the 2016 Democratic National Convention just around the corner (July 25–28), I am thrilled to share some resources to make your visit — or a future visit! — even happier.Getting to PhiladelphiaDriving to the City of Brotherly Love? We have a road trip for you!Regardless of where your journey begins, we want you to follow wherever joy leads you. Check out our website for unique and unexpected things to see and do during your time in Pennsylvania.Is Amtrak more your speed?Visit PA Trips by Train for special packages and deals.Events and Activities During the DNC and Throughout the SummerPhilly FeastKicking off the DNC, this food truck festival includes local food, live music, and a slate of Philly-centric retail vendors will bring together convention attendees, volunteers, and Philadelphia residents for the tastiest party in town.PoliticalfestPoliticalFest is a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history, government, and the road to the White House.Donkeys Around TownDonkeys Around Town is a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C., and Democrats Abroad.#DNCDealsLooking for unique and exclusive deals or specials that Philadelphia-area businesses are offering during the DNC? Just search for the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media.DiningPhiladelphia was recently ranked among the top food cities in the country by Travel + Leisure. Explore the city’s diverse and flavorful restaurants and dining option.Things to DoPhiladelphia was recently named the first World Heritage City in the United States. With so much to see and do, use the resources below to help you explore this one-of-a-kind city:50 Must-See AttractionsShoppingMuseumsTop PicksSafety and HealthBefore you travel into the city, check out the road closures and any city service updates that might be happening before the event and/or the day of the DNC.Also, stay up-to-date on changing traffic conditions and information about street closures and restrictions by checking out The site is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.Pennsylvania’s Presidential HistoryAll roads lead to history! From our iconic buildings and battlefields to museums and memorials, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to delve into our nation’s past and learn more about our presidential ties.Be sure to share your selfies with us via #PAHappySnaps for a chance to be featured on our website.In Pennsylvania, happiness is our keystone. Whether you find it in the rugged beauty of our wilderness, the artistic spaces of our cultural centers, the hallowed grounds of our historical sites, or the welcoming small towns tucked away in our rural countryside, we invite you to Pursue your Happiness!To stay-up-to-date with the DNC coverage and learn more about the great places to travel in PA, visit our website and follow along on our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.last_img

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first_imgKatainen expects the retirement age to go up by two years from 2017 but noted the finer details of the reform will be known by autumn next year. “Rather than focusing on the additional years in working life, it is more important to tie retirement age to life expectancy. As we live longer now, it is common sense also to work longer,” he added.Finns currently retire at 60.9 years on average, although the official retirement age for a national pension is 65 years and between 63 and 68 for an earnings-related pension. The life expectancy of a 60-year-old Finn is forecast to increase by five years over the coming forty years, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK).Jukka Rantala, managing director of ETK, agreed that the most pressing reason for an increase in retirement age is the strong growth in life expectancy.“It is possible to guarantee a sufficient level of pensions only if years in working life increase hand-in-hand with life expectancy. The retirement age should depend on the birth year of the employee. The increase should not be too great in the first instance and the starting point for the reform should be known by citizens well in advance,” Rantala told IPE.There is consensus that labour market organisations will present pension reform proposals by autumn 2014. Parliament will receive a list of the necessary legislative changes after the general election of April 2015, and the reform will come into force by 2017. The retirement age in Finland is likely to increase by two years from 2015, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said last week. Speaking on the current affairs television programme A-Studio, Katainen said Finland’s ageing population structure is one of the main reasons for the reform.“The crucial thing that has changed in Finland is that we have fewer working-age people paying taxes and more elderly people who deserve proper care and services. Expenditure no longer matches funds so further cuts will have to be made,” Katainen said.In the last week of November, Finland introduced a budget saving programme for 2014, which included cuts and tax increases worth €5.5bn. Services to feel the cuts include libraries and care for the elderly.“We will have to introduce further cuts in important areas to make savings. Another alternative would be to ignore the situation and let Finland’s debt grow, which would lead to uncontrollable chaos,” Katainen said.last_img

first_img AFTER: The custom made stair case is a visual feature. Photographer: Kristian Van Der Beek. Suppled: a nod to a burgeoning remote workforce, the office is accessible from the street.“There are a lot of people coming from down south to the Gold Coast who have decided they can work from home. We wanted to appeal to that market,” Mr Snell said. Mr Snell worked closely with Havendeen design consultant Tui McKinnon, whose selection of high end fixtures and finishes put a refined spin on the modern coastal aesthetic.Mrs McKinnon chose extra large format Brazilian tiles to enhance the sense of space throughout, while Smeg kitchen appliances, Reece tap ware and flawless trade finishes complete the quality build. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Architect Joe Snell was a judge on House Rules for four seasons.The project was led by Havendeen Constructions, who engaged architect Joe Snell, of Studio Snell, to come up with a showstopping design.A former judge on Seven Network’s House Rules, Mr Snell designed a stunning new build for Guy and Jules Sebastian in Sydney before quietly slipping into Queensland with his family last year. Having settled temporarily in Southport, the mammoth makeover at 88 Clear Island Road is Mr Snell’s first complete concept to market project on the Glitter Strip. BEFORE: The original kitchen, prior to renovation. AFTER: The newly renovated kitchen. Photographer: Kristian Van Der BeekWith the Gold Coast emerging as a safe haven during the COVID crisis, Mr Snell said an influx of new residents created an exciting opportunity to develop architecture in the city. “The Gold Coast has enormous opportunity to lead and I’d like to be part of that,” he said. “One of the things I’ve struggled with on the Gold Coast is that so many houses feel like they could be anywhere. They’re just big boxes that have been plonked down with a little bit of fenestration on the front and everyone’s saying that’s good enough. “Both new residents coming to town and knowledgeable locals are demanding more.” AFTER: The renovated residence as viewed from the water. Photographer: Kristian Van Der Beek. Suppled: black framed windows and doors open up the rear of the house to sky, sunlight, water and city views. Vertical voids further enhance the indoor-outdoor feel while a ‘garden room’ opens to the front yard, directing interest beyond the canal. AFTER: The renovated lounge and kitchen areas. Photographer: Kristian Van Der Beek. Suppled: design, build and finishes have not gone unnoticed – an expat couple signed a contract as the house hit the market last week.“I don’t think people were expecting such a transformation,” said Mr Snell, whose design set out to capitalise on the location for resale. “A lot of people have been comparing it to a new build. It was already a big, solid house so there was plenty worth saving there.” BEFORE: 88 Clear Island Road, Broadbeach Waters before renovation in 2019. A custom-made staircase is a hero moment in the centre of the house; a mobile crane was used to lift the 1.1 tonne steel structure into place. The renovated result at 88 Clear Island Road, Broadbeach Waters. Photographer: Kristian Van Der Beek. Suppled: dramatic makeover has redefined renovation goals on the Gold Coast.In the space of a year, an original yet solid house has been transformed into a refined modern coastal residence, listed for offers over $3 million. BEFORE: The original dining and lounge zones. AFTER: The ‘garden room’ opens onto the front court yard. Photographer: Kristian Van Der Beek. Suppled: Reid Real Estate – Broadbeach Waters agent Kurt Reid said the property had attracted phenomenal interest, locally and interstate. “I think buyers have been waiting for something this exciting to hit the market,” he said. “People create homes of this standard for themselves, but they rarely renovate to this standard for resale.”last_img

first_imgWHEN Guyana men’s team took on a team from Guernsey in round five of the ongoing 42nd Chess Olympiad, Candidate Masters Taffin Khan and Anthony Drayton constructed their first wins, to end with 2.0 and 1.5 points respectively, yesterday, in Baku, Azerbaijan.Guyana’s Su Haifeng, rated 1800, ended his match against the higher-rated Candidate Master, Andrew Hale, 1940, in stalemate, picking up another 0.5 point to take his total up to 2.5 points and keep him in the lead of the men’s team.Khan (1877) is just behind Haifeng, picking up his last point when he triumphed over Peter Rowe (1966), who played the black pieces.All of the men found themselves pitted against higher-ranked players, with the Guernsey side boasting a full four-man team of CM, while Guyana had only three CM.Guyana’s other player for the team, Ronuel Greenidge, lost his fourth match in the competition, this time bowing out against Toby Brookfield. The men are scheduled to play a team from Malta tomorrow.Women Candidate Master (WCM) Maria Varona-Thomas continues to lead in points on the Guyana’s women’s team, where she has three points after five matches. In yesterday’s game, Varona-Thomas faced off against fellow WCM Aisha Al-khelaifi and played to a draw, as the Guyana women played Qatar.Sheriffa Ali was able to keep Kholoud Al-Khelaifi somewhat at bay and earn a draw in her match, taking her up to 2.5 points after four matches.Players Jessica Clementson (1233) and Yolander Persaud (1151) have one point each. Clementson failed to increase her points standing after losing against Fatima A. Al-khulaifi (1584), while WCM Alshaymaa Safar (1603) made the first move in her match where she conquered Guyana’s Julia Clementson. Julia is an unrated player.Julia has still failed to gain any points, losing both matches she has played thus far. Persaud did not play in this round of the competition, where only four out the team’s five players can play per round. The women’s battle continues when they come up against a team from Chinese Taipei, also set to take place tomorrow.last_img

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