Wolf Administration Officials Provide Update on Opioid Emergency Initiatives (Round-Up)

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Public Health,  Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Since Governor Tom Wolf declared a 90-day opioid disaster declaration on January 10, the Opioid Command Center has overseen events to announce initiatives set forth in the declaration and held a media availability with command center agencies to provide an update on progress. Officials from 10 state agencies spoke with the media and answered questions about the actions that are being taken to combat the opioid crisis.Initiatives discussed include a naloxone leave-behind program, resources for health care workers to better diagnose and report neonatal abstinence in newborns of addicted mothers, and a new tool to collect data from coroners on overdose deaths from opioids and other drugs.Governor Wolf also continued the fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration.“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority,” Governor Wolf said. “And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”Take a look at the coverage below: February 07, 2018 WITF: Command center opens to coordinate PA opioid relief effortsAlmost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week.WGAL: New updates on Governor Wolf’s opioid disaster declarationState agencies say they are already seeing a difference since Governor Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration. Differences have included: A Command Center established at the PEMA building, naloxone is being left with those suffering with addiction, a body scanner added to Wernersville Prison, and data that shows opioid prescription had decreased up to 13% in the last year.Post-Gazette: PA opioid command center up and runningThree weeks into Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a disaster emergency, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running, and the administration is pushing for new legislation.YourErie: PA officials announce ‘Opioid Command Center’ through PEMAThe state is revealing new details today on how it is addressing the growing opioid problem. Numerous state officials laid out what they’re doing currently and what their plans are in the future to combat the crisis. Currently, there is an opioid command center through PEMA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, that coordinates ten state agencies and works to enhance communications among those agencies to find what tools are most needed.The Intelligencer: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declarationPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declarationPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.Ellwood City Ledger: Officials pleased with progress on opioid disaster emergency initiativesPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. The officials represent 10 health and public safety agencies working together on the initiatives as part of an Opioid Operations Command Center, which has been up and running since the Jan. 16 declaration.WHYY: Command center opens to coordinate Pa. opioid relief effortsAlmost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications Wolf Administration Officials Provide Update on Opioid Emergency Initiatives (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Problem students illegally suspended

first_imgStuff.co 19 August 2013Principals are using illegal suspensions to get rid of troublesome students, putting extra pressure on other schools forced to take them in.The practice, known as a Kiwi suspension, takes place behind closed doors and is not recorded on a school’s official disciplinary record.It involves an informal meeting between a principal and a student’s parents where it is suggested that they withdraw their child before they are suspended or excluded.The Ministry of Education says it has no evidence to suggest the illegal practice is a problem, but Waikato principals say that, despite it being hard to prove, it is still being used to remove difficult students.“I know some schools use them extensively and we use them very, very rarely,” Melville High School principal Clive Hamill said.“It’s one of the challenges that the competitive environment brings.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9057958/Problem-students-illegally-suspendedlast_img read more

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Neva Mae Hinners

first_imgNeva Mae Hinners 100 of Milan passed away May 3, 2018 at St. Andrews in Batesville. Neva was born March 4, 1918 in Pierceville the daughter of Earl and Rose (Lewis) Knowlton. She married Arthur Hinners March 1, 1941 who preceded her in death in June 12, 1991.  Neva worked at Seagrams and retired at US Shoe. She was a member of the Pierceville United Methodist Church and Napoleon VFW Auxiliary 9987.Neva is survived by sons: Tom (Rita) Hinners of Seymour and Mike (Carolyn) Hinners of Pierceville; 4 Grandchildren: Sonya (David) Forwalt of Holton; Brian (Melissa) Hinners of Batesville; Karen Conway of Aurora; Bobby Hinners of Washington state;   12 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and twin sister: Eva Mess.Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday May 5, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Donald Buck officiating.  Burial will follow in Craven Cemetery south of Milan.  Visitation will also be Saturday 10-12Noon at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the St. Andrews activity fund. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St., Box 243, Milan, In. 47031.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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John Allen Orem

first_imgJohn Allen Orem, 53, of Milan, IN passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.  John was born October 27, 1964 in Lawrenceburg, son of the late Halstead K. and Mary M. (Plummer) Orem.  He grew up in Elrod and graduated from Milan High School in 1983.John worked for the State of Indiana Security Force at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville.  He was a Sargent.  Previously he worked for Muscatatuck State Developmental Center.  He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, and was a great cook.  He was involved in Scouting as a leader.   He loved spending time with family and friends.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.John married Darla Willoughby, April 17th 2001 in Elrod.  They had grown up together in Milan schools. She survives, along with sons Kenneth, of Lawrenceburg, Jesse, of Milan, Clay, of Sunman, John, of Milan, and daughters, Athena, of Milan, Breonna, of Fontana, California, Shelby and Mary, of Milan, and a grandson on the way.He is also survived by his brother Jim and sister-in-law, Terri Orem, of Milan, sister Nancy Mylar, of Odum, Georgia, sister-in-law, LeAnn Orem, of Aurora, mother-in-law Gracie Willoughby, of Milan, brother- and sister-in law LeRoy and Karen Willoughby, of California, sister-in-law Freda Evans, of Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Orem and brother-in-law Rudy Mylar.Visitation will be on Friday, September 21st from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 422 N. Township Line Road, Batesville, followed by funeral service at 12:30 at the Church. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.  Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.Memorials may be made to the family.  Online condolences www.meyersfunealhomes.com.last_img read more

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Jerry A. Welke, age 72, Brookville

first_imgJerry Anthony Welke, age 72, of Brookville, Indiana died late Friday evening May 3, 2019 at Veterans Administration Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born November 8, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the son of the late Verna Hauser Welke.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served two tours of active duty during the Vietnam conflict.  On November 21, 1969 he was united in marriage to the former Wanda Wells, and she survives.Jerry was retired, having worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  He was a member of the St. Joseph Post #464 of the American Legion, St. Leon; and along with his wife Wanda had been active with Franklin County E.M.S. for over 20 years.  In his leisure time he enjoyed Baseball, and coaching his sons teams.Besides Wanda, his loving wife of nearly 50 years, survivors include three sons, Jerry (Sheri) Welke of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Andrew Welke and Timothy Welke both of Brookville, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, Kevin Singer, Robbie Welke, Ally Welke, Evan Welke, Ethan Welke, Jared Welke, Adam Welke, Aubrey Welke, Kylie Welke, Chloe Welke, and Alivia Harvey; two great-grandchildren; as well as dear friends Mike & Melody Johnson of Laurel, Indiana.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Welke who died in 2013 and Daniel Welke who died in 2016.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial with full military graveside honors by the St. Joseph Post #464 of the American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Welke family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Roach can achieve more if he manages workload properly, feels Walsh

first_imgKINGSTON: Legendary West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh feels if Kemar Roach can manage his workload properly, he can easily get to 300 Test wickets. Roach will spearhead West Indies’ bowling unit when they begin the three-Test series against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from Wednesday. “Workload management is something that they can look at. I don’t think he has played a lot of shorter versions of the game. But it’s up to him as an individual as well to set the standards, set the goals he wants to achieve,” Walsh told ESPNcricinfo. “He will get 300 quite easily once the workload management is good and he is playing consistent cricket. What you don’t want to happen to him is that every time he comes back he starts all over again.” Walsh, 57, is also impressed by Roach’s work ethic and patience. “… his patience shows he will stick around, and he knows what to do and how to go about achieving that. To me that is what has got him to be as consistent as he is now. His work ethic has gone up as well and he’s doing all he can do to be one of the greats. “He’s a genuine great. His achievement shows that. What I like about him is his mannerism: he’s always cool and collected and he’s prepared to work.” Walsh also hoped Roach could get to 200 wickets in the opening Test of the three-match series. The 32-year old currently has 193 wickets to his name from 56 Tests. “Hopefully, if he can get it out of the way in the first Test match, it’ll be perfect as he could then relax and enjoy the rest of the series,” said Walsh, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests. “He has to have someone like I had Curtly (Ambrose). He needs to have someone in this team who can probably give him a smile or something different to take your mind away from it. And that in itself will help him to relax,” Walsh said. IANS Also Watch: Rs 1.30 Lakh Fine Collected For Lockdown Violations in Kokrajharlast_img read more

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Badgers look to extinguish Flames in midweek matchup

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin softball team (12-12 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) takes a brief hiatus Wednesday from its Big Ten slate to travel to Chicago, Ill., for the first game of a home and home series against the University of Illinois-Chicago (the Flames will travel to Madison May 4). The Flames (25-16 overall, 3-0 Horizon) have been the cream of the Horizon league for the better part of the last decade, winning the conference championship in six of the past seven years and are currently in first place in the conference standings.The Badgers and Flames are quite familiar with each other, as Wednesday’s game will mark the sixth meeting between the two teams since 2001, with UIC holding a 3-2 series edge. In the home and home set last season, the two teams split the pair of games, with each team winning on the road. “We have a big week coming up this week against UIC, always a very competitive team for us, and then going into this weekend against probably the two best Big Ten teams,” Wisconsin head coach Karen Gallagher said, referring to the team’s two-weekend series against No. 1 Michigan and No. 18 Northwestern.Illinois-Chicago is a dangerous offensive team, with eight different players posting double-digit RBI numbers thus far. Five Flames are also all batting above the .300 mark, with senior outfielder Cameron Astiazaran leading the way. Astiazaran’s .458 batting average is among the nation’s best and her 21 doubles, seven home runs, four triples and 27 RBI all are team highs.Illinois-Chicago’s pitching has been the team’s Achilles heel thus far, as the Flames have been prone to giving up offensive outbursts en route to accumulating a team ERA of 3.64, almost a full run over Wisconsin’s 2.69 team ERA. The Flames have allowed eight runs or more in six contests this season.Wisconsin will likely see either junior Brittany McIntyre or freshman Mercedes Lovato take the mound for the Flames. McIntyre is 9-8 on the year with a 3.61 ERA, but has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, having given up 14 home runs so far this year. McIntyre has also posted four shutouts on the year. Lovato has posted a 14-6 record and an ERA of 3.44 to go along with a pair of shutouts.Wisconsin will enter Wednesday’s game fresh off of taking three of four games in their first Big Ten weekend of competition.Gallagher’s squad will be looking to get off to a hot start against the Flames, something it has struggled with thus far. UW needed come-from-behind efforts in all three of their wins last weekend against Ohio State and Penn State. “I don’t know what our deal is,” shortstop Kris Zacher said with a laugh. “I don’t know if we like the pressure or just want to scratch back, but whatever it is, it is good motivation, I guess. It would be nice for the pitchers to have a little bit of breathing room and insurance runs, but I think we have done a good job that when we do dig ourselves a little hole, we have come back. It would be just as fun to run away with it, though.”Wisconsin will be looking to reverse its trend of starting slow against Illinois-Chicago, especially with a pair of ranked Big Ten opponents coming to Madison this weekend in Michigan and Northwestern.“We can’t come from behind in every game,” Gallagher said. “We need to play better from the beginning, but you like to see that never-give-up attitude we have shown.”last_img read more

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Annenberg center researches smart watches

first_imgSmart watches are probably not the next big thing in technology, according to the Center for the Digital Future, a research institute under USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, whose researchers have been following the same group of people for 13 years.  According to the study, only 3 percent of those surveyed use smart watches.Back to the Future · The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a hotspot for student and professors conducting research. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanAccording to Phys.org, the annual study, which “has given the think tank long-range insights into changing consumer behavior,” has also shown that smart watches may not have the same appeal as smartphones hold for the younger demographic.The sale of smart watches is expected to grow from 1 million to 36 million in the next five years, according to a Juniper Research report. The report described the devices as “a smart wearable appcessory that can be worn on a user’s wrist, offering a range of smart functionalities in conjunction with an external platform, such as the smartphone or tablet.” Companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google have plans to enter this growing market.According to the Los Angeles Times, the results of the smart watch study align with other market research surveys. Statistics show that consumers are largely uninterested in gadgets such as Nike’s Fuel Band, Google Glass and smart watches.The study made note of millennials’ aversion to smart watches in particular.“A lot of the millennial behavior is transitory … But as people age, they still are not wearing watches, and we’ll begin to find out next month if that behavioral change is transformational,” Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future, told Los Angeles Times.Many students said they would rather have a smartphone than a smart watch, supporting the study’s findings.“I don’t think I would want that around my wrist. You use [a watch] for time, but most people use it as an accessory function. It’s for fashion,” Yu Jin, a junior majoring in communications and international relations, said.Some students, however, think a watch might be more practical than a phone.“I would wear a smart watch. It’s a lot more convenient than carrying a phone around,” Omar Nasir, a junior majoring in business administration, said. “People wear watches anyway, and to have a watch that you can use as a phone is even better.”As the Annenberg study shows people have differing opinions on whether or not the smart watch has the potential to surpass the smartphone. One of students’ main concerns was how much a smart watch would be accessible in classrooms.“The screen is too small which gives it limited use. It’s not accurate. It could also get damaged when doing stuff. If you go to school, they’ll make you take it off,” Minh La, a senior studying computer science, said.Others believe schools might give a little more leeway to the watches.“It does seem very practical. However, it makes me wonder how to use our phones in class, but what can they do to students when we are wearing a watch? I can’t imagine them banning a watch,” said Ayisha Emerson, an undecided sophomore. Follow Madisen on Twitter @maddykeavylast_img read more

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Bennett set for second Tour de France

first_imgThere are two Irish riders in this year’s field.Tipperary’s Sam Bennett will be appearing in the tour for the second time when he lines-out for the Bora-Argon 18 team from Germany while Dan Martin is the one of the team leaders for the Belgian out-fit, Etixx-Quick Step.last_img

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Lakers eyeing Dwight Howard after DeMarcus Cousins’ injury, report says

first_imgThe Lakers are reportedly eyeing veteran center Dwight Howard as the team looks to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins’ torn ACL.The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Sunday morning that there is “mutual interest” between Howard and the Lakers. Howard was acquired by the Grizzlies in a trade with the Wizards early last month, and was expected to be waived or traded. The Lakers must receive permission from the Grizzlies to talk with Howard. Andrew Wiggins has shoes, luggage stolen from Los Angeles home, report says Spurs setting jersey retirement date for Tony Parker The Lakers are expected to request permission soon to speak to Dwight Howard and there’s mutual interest between the eight-time All-Star and L.A. in wake of DeMarcus Cousins’ torn ACL, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 18, 2019Charania mentioned free agent Joakim Noah as another veteran center the Lakers might be checking out.Howard, an eight-time All-Star, played in only nine games with the Wizards last season due to injuries. But the 33-year-old center scored 16.6 points and grabbed 12.5 rebounds in 2017-18 with the Hornets. Related News Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while working out in Las Vegas last week. He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2019-20 season.last_img read more

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