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In Indiana, Governor Wolf and Majority Leader Reed Host Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 06, 2016 Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Indiana, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by House Majority Leader Dave Reed and Senator Don White, as well as local officials, law enforcement, and health care professionals, at a roundtable in Indiana today to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting roundtables statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. The Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these local conversations in order to listen to local officials about the challenges that they are facing.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.”Governor Wolf was joined by a number of other state and local leaders at the event at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, including IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll, Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess, Indiana County Commissioner Mike Baker, Indiana County Sheriff Robert Fyock, and Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty.“Lives are being lost to drug addiction, and not just in inner cities, but our Indiana County communities, too,” said Majority Leader Reed. “It’s going to take all of us working together—law enforcement, lawmakers, and community members alike—to find a solution. It’s good that the governor has recognized the gravity of the issue and is willing to work with us as colleagues to help confront this challenge head on.”“I genuinely appreciate Governor Wolf spending time in my district to discuss a grave matter that knows no political, economic or social bounds,” said Senator White. “Drugs are ravaging communities across the country and our region is not immune. We must take immediate steps to provide the education and rehabilitation services necessary in the community to combat this scourge.”The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specialty specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is developing the “warm hand-off” process “warm hand-off” process, whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider, as well as Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This program helps communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions at any of the 400+ police station locations across Pennsylvania. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img In Indiana, Governor Wolf and Majority Leader Reed Host Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemiclast_img read more

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Largest pension funds in Netherlands facing rights cuts next year

first_imgThe €357bn ABP reported a 3-percentage-point drop in its current funding to 88.2% at the end of February, whereas the trigger level for rights discounts stands at 90%.A coverage of 88.2% at year-end would entail a 1.8% rights cut for its 2.8m participants and pensioners.The discount, however, could be spread out over a 10-year period.PFZW’s coverage at February-end came out at 87% – its trigger level – following a decrease of 3 percentage points.Van Ek pointed out that the trigger level depends largely on the scale of a pension fund’s securities allocation and can range between 85% and 100%.“The larger the allocation combined with a cost-covering contribution, the lower the critical funding is, as the better return prospects for securities weigh heavier than their risks.”According to the actuary, the trigger level for most large schemes is approximately 90%.PMT closed February with a funding of 89.6% after a drop of 2.6 percentage points.Since the start of the financial crisis, the €62bn metal scheme has had to reduce pension rights a couple of times.The same goes for its €41bn sister scheme PME, which saw its coverage fall by 2.2 percentage points to 89.2% last month.With a funding of 102.4% as of the end of February, BpfBOUW, the €48bn scheme for the building sector, is the only large pension fund in the Netherlands managing to avoid the danger zone. Four of the Netherlands’s five largest pension funds have conceded they are facing rights cuts next year if their funding at year-end fails to improve relative to the end of February.Over the last month, civil service scheme ABP, healthcare pension fund PFZW and metal schemes PMT and PME saw their coverage ratios fall below the critical level.Whether they will be required to cut pension rights, however, remains uncertain, as funding has increased by 3-4 percentage points on average in the meantime, according to Mercer.Dennis van Ek, an actuary at the consultancy, pointed out that the MSCI World Index had improved by 4 percentage points over the past two weeks, while the 30-year swap rate – Dutch schemes’ main criterion for discounting liabilities – increased from 1% to 1.2%.last_img read more

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Port of Rotterdam’s H1 Throughput Down 2.2 Pct

first_imgThe rise in container handling in the first half of 2018 did not offset the fall in the throughput of wet and dry bulk at the Port of Rotterdam.Hence, the port reported a throughput of 232.8 million tonnes, a drop of 2.2 percent in total throughput year-on-year.The decline in bulk goods was mainly seen in the throughput of coal, crude oil and mineral oil products such as fuel oil.“Coal transshipment fell because of, among other things, the closure of coal-fired power plants, lower energy production by plants that were still in operation and a reduction in the flow of cokes for the steel industry. Striking growth segments were LNG and biomass, which more than doubled by comparison with throughput volumes in the same period last year,” the port said.The financial position of the Port Authority remained almost unchanged with the result before taxation reaching EUR 126.1 million (USD 146.8 million).Nevertheless, the net result was strongly influenced by a one-off gain as a result of the fiscal opening balance sheet, a consequence in turn of the Port Authority’s tax liability.Commenting on the geopolitical strains between world trade blocks, the port added import tariffs and trade quotas interfere with global trade and are therefore bad for the global economy.“In addition, it is uncertain whether negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom will lead to a new trade agreement after Brexit. Both developments are rendering the prospects for the further growth of world trade uncertain. The fluctuations in volume in the Port of Rotterdam would not, for the time being, seem to be caused by recent trade restrictions, the impact of which will be felt only after some time,” the Port of Rotterdam Authority said.last_img read more

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‘Barcelona interest in Neymar is real’

first_img Loading… Former Barcelona vice-president Emili Rousaud – who resigned from his position last week – has confirmed the club are trying to negotiate a return for Neymar.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now In a messy situation at the hierarchy of the club, Barcelona are seeking legal action against Rousaud after he claimed that individuals involved were seeking to use the club for personal profit. “A return for Neymar is possible,” Rousaud told L’Equipe, via Diario Sport. “The coronavirus is going to cause a deflation of the market and most of the clubs are going to have financial difficulties.“Barcelona wish in effect to guarantee the return of Neymar. It will be necessary to analyse if this operation fits within the finances of the club but the interest is real, even if it is complex.“There are three parties involved: Barcelona, ​​PSG and the player. IF all three seek an agreement, they will find the solution: A fractional payment, for example. Everything will depend on the good will of each one and, especially, on Neymar’s demands.”It follows a report in El Mundo Deportivo, with the front page of the newspaper at the start of the month saying that Lautaro is a ‘priority’ signing while Neymar is seen as ‘strategic’.The reason for the difference is an economic one – Barcelona could more than treble Lautaro’s current €2m per annum salary at Inter, while Neymar’s wage in Paris is said to be around €36m.A report in Diario Sport last month claimed that Neymar ‘is being held against his will’ by Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari ownership, who are insistent on not selling the star attacker, in spite of the player’s wishes of returning to the Camp Nou.Neymar is said to be in love with the idea of returning to the Catalan giants this summer and is said to be prepared for another tense summer of a standoff between the clubs with a transfer saga likely.It is also a key factor that the former Santos star has a close personal friendship with his former Blaugrana teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, with whom he is keen to play alongside once more.Read Also: Only Messi, two others safe in Barcelona clear-out – reportThe former Santos forward left the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for a world record €222m fee, but reports continue to suggest he may be open to a departure from the Parisians.Neymar has continually been linked with a return to Spain since his departure with the Catalan giants and Real Madrid said to be keen on a future transfer.Neymar has been derailed in the French capital by injuries – he has been involved in just 52 of a possible 103 Ligue 1 matches since his switch in the summer of 2017, in which he has netted 47 goals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Joe Madden

first_imgThe Chicago Cubs replaced Rick Renteria with Joe Madden this past week as manager.  Everyone wondered why Madden opted out from his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.  In less than two weeks, we found out the reason.Madden led the Rays to three play-off seasons during his stay in Florida.  He is regarded as a good manager because he seems to turn a losing franchise into a winning one wherever he goes.  He will have to do this in Chicago also since the Cubs have not had a winning season since Dusty Baker was their manager.The Cubs have put together a fine group of young baseball talent, and it is expected they will be competitive very soon.  The Cubs upper management evidently didn’t feel that Renteria would be able to do this.  There will be a lot of questions on the ethics of such a move by other major league franchises.  The 60-year old Madden is expected to complete his managerial career in Chicago.last_img read more

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Cyclists Anthony, Hinds did Guyana proud in French Guiana

first_imgTHE duo of Michael Anthony and Orville Hinds did local cycling proud last Sunday when they competed in the 12th edition of the du Grand Prix Boulangerie Albert.According to reports, Anthony placed fifth in the elite category and first in the category 3, while Hinds finished in the bunch.Hinds was very aggressive and midway into the race he, along with Teddy Ringuet, had over three minutes on the chasing peloton, but Hinds sat up due to becoming dehydrated and the two breakaway riders were then caught by a charging peloton.Thereafter lots of attacks occurred. From a group of nine riders Theybyne Ludwig of ECG was victorious.Patrice De Nays of VCG and Zephirin Jairus of USLM placed second and third respectively.The report stated that Anthony and Hinds rode brilliantly on the toughest race to date in French Guiana. It was a gruelling 134km race into the mountains of Cacao with gradients of 10 to 14 %.The race got underway with 75 starters and only 30 riders completed the event.last_img read more

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The Latest: Postponed Belgian Cup final now set for Aug. 1

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season. May 28, 2020 The Latest: Postponed Belgian Cup final now set for Aug. 1 Associated Press Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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FADAA to Host All for Florida: A Recovery Project Community Listening…

first_imgIn observance of National Recovery Month, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), in partnership with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition and the Palm Beach County Community Services Department Substance Abuse Program, will hold a community listening session on September 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Children’s Services Council, Rooms A & B, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach. One of eight communities Palm Beach County has been selected as one of eight communities in Florida to host a community listening session, which is part of FADAA’s All for Florida: A Recovery Project, a three-year initiative funded by the Aetna Foundation with the broad goal of building recovery groups into sustainable recovery community organizations (RCOs). RCOs use certified peer recovery specialists to enhance support services within the local recovery network consistent with the guiding principles of a recovery-oriented system of care.    “Mental and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide,” said Ginny LaRue, director of A Recovery Project at FADAA. “The National Recovery Month observance continues to work to help people achieve long-term recovery. We provide support to communities around the state of Florida and cultivate recovery champions that work toward improving the lives of those affected by mental and/or substance abuse disorders.” Change the way substantive abuse is seen “We want to change the way we look at the substance abuse crisis that exists in Palm Beach County,” said Micah Robbins, director of special programs at the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. “Palm Beach County has been innovative in addressing the heroin and opioid crisis, and we look forward to continuing our efforts and providing resources to assist those who suffer from addiction.” This event is intended for persons in recovery, community allies, professionals in the criminal justice and medical fields, faith-based organizations, and in-patient recovery housing entities. For more information about the Community Listening Session, please contact Micah Robbins at (561) 374-7627. To learn more about All for Florida: A Recovery Project, contact Ginny LaRue at (386) 868-8459 or visit www.fadaa.org/page/Rec_communities. About FADAAThe Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), incorporated in 1981, is a nonprofit membership association representing substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, managing entities, and community anti-drug coalitions. FADAA’s mission is to serve its members by advancing addiction and co-occurring treatment, prevention, and research through communications, professional development, and public policy leadership.last_img read more

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Jamaica Customs cross borders to reach Jamaican Diaspora with online forum…

first_imgIn its thrust to expand its scope and reach its stakeholders in the Diaspora more effectively, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will on Monday, March 11, 2019, host the inaugural staging of ‘Customs Meets the Community – The Diaspora Edition Online’. Online townhall meetingThis stakeholder engagement will take the form of an online town hall meeting, to be driven by a network of online users from across the Diaspora (United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada), who are being invited to join the discussion through online platforms provided by the Gleaner and Nationwide 90FM. These platforms can also be accessed at the Jamaica Customs Agency website: www.jacustoms.gov.jm.A number of border regulatory agencies and government entities, including the National Education Trust (NET), Health for Life and Wellness Foundation, and the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), will also be part of this online forum.Agenda items Matters to be discussed include clearing items for charity for the health and education sectors, as well as the concessions available to Jamaicans returning home permanently. La Donna Manning, Director of Public Relations and Customer Services at the JCA, said that “while the Agency has previously undertaken live streaming of some events, this online meeting will specifically target stakeholders in the Diaspora, in an effort to provide information and clarity, and importantly, garner their feedback.”In May 2017, the JCA started its public education series ‘Customs Meets the Community’, an initiative which has allowed the Agency to better connect with, and reach stakeholders at the parish level, as encapsulated in the tagline ‘Reaching Our Customers Where They Are’.  Since then, the Agency has left footprints in the parish capitals of Santa Cruz, Spanish Town, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Savanna-La-Mar and May Pen. The Customs team will make its next stop in the ‘Sunshine City’ of Portmore, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The JCA continues to invite customers both home and abroad, to contact its Customer Service Representatives at Telephone: 876 922-5140-8; Toll Free: 888-287-8667; or by Email: public.relations@jacustoms.gov.jm, if they require clarity on any Customs related matter.last_img read more

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