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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Former SA captain Trevor Goddard dies aged 85

first_imgFORMER South Africa allrounder Trevor Goddard died aged 85 on Friday night. He had been in poor health for some time.Goddard’s career spanned 41 Tests between 1955 and 1970; he scored 2516 runs and took 123 wickets. His only century came against England in 1965, while his economy rate of 1.64 remains the third best of all time.Goddard captained South Africa on their tour to Australia in 1963-64, a series they drew. He also played in the 1969-70 series, won by South Africa at home, but his career came to an abrupt end after the third Test. By then, Goddard had announced his unavailability for the upcoming tour of England and with the series won, he was left out.In all, Goddard played 179 first-class matches, largely for Natal, and scored 11289 runs at an average of 40.60 and took 534 wickets at 21.65 apiece.After his cricket career, Goddard became an evangelist priest. He was severely injured in a car crash in 1985 but recovered and continued his religious work.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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‘Blushgate’ maybe good after all

first_imgIn the early days of the Chris Gayle “Blushgate” I agreed that his comments were unprofessional and cringe-worthy and supported the fine from his employers.Chris behaved similarly in the past and simply got away with it.The response of his employers this time ensures (in my mind) that he will refrain from making similar gaffes in the future.I really do believe that every human being, unless severely mentally retarded, works out the cost/benefit of his actions prior to committing them. Therefore, Chris WILL NOT make a similar gaffe again. More than a week later, I still have the same sentiments.However, on reflection, I took a look at the phenomenon known as T20 cricket, the format that has transformed this enthralling game, cricket, which originated in England and which was played mainly by Commonwealth countries until very recently.This form of the game has attracted sponsors, expanded television coverage, and most important, new fans. It features music, cash incentives for fans, dancing girls in form-fitting outfits (or skimpy outfits), and a liberal, consistent supply of alcohol.NO PLACE FOR weaknessThe game thrives on the raw power of the participants, and ‘mamby-pamby’ players who don’t understand the ‘formula’ are soon discarded and replaced by those who are prepared to bang the ball around the ground.Christopher Henry Gayle is by far the world’s best T20 player. His services are in demand worldwide. His presence ensures a massive gate for the promoters, and he wins matches and breaks records. Most importantly, he is rich and willbe richer every time he signs another contract.Media houses cannot wait to interview him, and prime ministers are prompted to ensure that he stays in the game and in the limelight. As a result, when he is not playing cricket, he is photographed and quoted at all the hot spots of the ‘glitterati’. Women can’t wait to be photographed with him, and he wears garments (T-shirts) that have recently portrayed an attitude to women that is acceptable to some and repugnant to most.With this background and his previous interview with a female reporter in Antigua being ‘pooh-poohed’ by the media and society at large, can we really blame Chris?Isn’t Christopher Henry Gayle rewarded (handsomely) for portraying the persona that revealed itself in a worldwide television interview?RAW POWERThe game of T20 encourages free-flowing alcohol, skimpily dressed women, and raw power on show. The players who hit the ball all over (and out of) the ground are hired to promote this triumvirate. This is, whether we like it or not, where the money is.”Blushgate’ has now escalated into calls for a lifetime ban from cricket for Gayle. That won’t happen. However, I do think that this is the time for us as a people to take a long, hard look at T20 cricket and how it is promoted to see if this form of the game, the saviour of the game of cricket, can continue its successful path without the free flow of alcohol and the portrayal of women as sex objects.That revolutionary move would minimise the possibility of similar occurrences, where women at the game are treated with the respect they deserve.The United States of America has pioneered and been very successful at promoting this triumvirate but now finds itself having to deal with the very backlash that we are seeing in cricket, where some of the participants – rich, handsome, and strong – are forced or encouraged to treat women with the respect that they deserve.’Blushgate’ may be the start of something good.last_img read more

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Hawking Hola

first_img9 September, 2004A beverage packaging company has come up with a unique way to market a new cheap soft drink to lower-income earners – and it’s partnering with a street hawkers body to do it.Beverage Packaging South Africa (SA), which packages wines and a range of hip energy and alcoholic drinks, has launched a carbonated soft drink, Hola, together with the African Chamber of Hawkers and Informal Business (Achib).Hola will retail for R2.99 for a 340ml can – some 64c cheaper than the supermarket price of a can of Coke. BPSA says it expects to compete for 3% of the non-alcoholic beverage market in its target market, in and around Soweto and in Johannesburg’s CBD.There are an estimated 15 000 spaza shops and 25 000 hawkers operating in the target area.The company has already signed up 5 000 hawkers to sell the product.BPSA says its partnership with Achib will allow wholesalers to make at least 20% profit from the sale of the drinks to street vendors. Distributors (or “runners’) to the vendors will be able to make R4 on a case and effectively R400 a load – considered better than other deals runners get for distributing soft drinks.Hawkers are expected to make a 20% mark up profit, selling the drink at just under three rand. They should make at least make R1 on every can sold.The company says while costs are usually added for the transit of the products from manufacturing to the wholesaler then to the retailer, Hola will come straight from manufacture to the hawkers.It says it expects to sell about 25 000 cases in the first month.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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10 months agoRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd job

first_imgRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose surprise candidate for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg coach Marco Rose is a candidate for the Manchester United job.The Sun says Rose is the shock name on Manchester United’s managerial shortlist in case Mauricio Pochettino rejects them.The list also includes Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Although Pochettino remains first choice of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United are putting together a list of alternatives in case the Spurs boss turns them down.Rose, 42, is admired within the United boardroom after leading Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first season.The club also made it to the semi-final of last season’s Europa League after beating Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in the knockout rounds. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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Baseball Ohio State looking for surprise in Arizona against pair of heavyweight

Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe past weekend was a tale of two halves for the Ohio State baseball team. They combined for 21 runs in the two victories, only to falter in their final two games with a combined four runs. Now looking ahead to the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU (2-2) will have to find the bats again if it hopes to have success against No. 5 Oregon State (4-0) and the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes (2-1) in Surprise, Arizona.Despite the daunting task ahead of the Buckeyes, OSU coach Greg Beals said he’s excited to lead the team to the Grand Canyon State for the first time in 20 years and play some high-quality competition.“We’re heading out to Arizona for the first time — site of Spring Training, we’re going out and playing in a Spring Training facility. Excited for that to take our guys to a Major League complex,” Beals said. “To play teams from the Pac-12, that west-coast style baseball, I think it’s important for us to see different styles and have to be prepared to compete against a different style of baseball.”Scouting Oregon StateEntering the season, expectations were high for an Oregon State team that showed a lot of promise last season, finishing 35-19 (16-14 Pac-12). The NCAA’s consensus rankings placed the Beavers as the No. 6 team in the country. After an undefeated opening weekend, they have risen in the rankings.Pitching was the strength of this team last season and it appears this will be their backbone once again. In the first series, the Beavers’ pitching staff had surrendered a total of six runs (only three earned) with 37 total strikeouts, only 11 walks and 23 hits (.177 opponents’ batting average).Oregon State’s offense does not stand out, but can score runs when necessary. The team owns a collective .270 batting average with 22 runs scored, two home runs and three stolen bases so far on the season. Beals knows that Oregon State operates under a different style of play and that if the Buckeyes are going to come away with a win, they will have to force the Beavers to play a higher-scoring game. “They’re going to play a smaller game that they like to bunt, to run and they really emphasize their pitching and defense and play lower-scoring games is their ideal way of playing out there,” Beals said. “Our goal is to shape the game where we can get out and score some runs and force them — if we can get out a couple runs — force them to have to play for more than just one run at a time”Ratcliff emerging as power threat in final collegiate seasonRedshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff has never registered more than 100 at-bats in a single season for the Buckeyes and, prior to the weekend, he had never hit more than two home runs in a single season. After just the first weekend, he has already matched that single-season home run total. In last Saturday’s game against Delaware, Ratcliff blasted two home runs — one in the second inning and another in the fourth.Ratcliff has been given an opportunity to serve as the regular designated hitter for OSU in his final season of eligibility and, so far, has been making the most of it. He attributes his newfound success in large part to the work he put in over the summer with Beals and assistant coach Matt Angle.“This summer — when we got back to work with coach Angle, coach Beals — we kind of tore my swing down and worked from the ground up and made a few adjustments, just to kind of simplify everything,” Ratcliff said. “It’s obviously paying off early so, hopefully, I can keep things rolling.”OSU will face Utah on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday with games against Oregon State coming on Friday and Sunday. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer season ends with 20 loss to Michigan State

Senior defender Sage Gardner misses a penalty kick during a match against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.Credit: Elizabeth Dickey / Lantern photographerFor the fourth consecutive season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-8-5, 1-3-2) fell in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.After a scoreless first half, the Michigan State Spartans (11-4-3, 3-2-1) scored two goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory over the Buckeyes.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team was well aware of the level of difficulty the Spartans brought into Wednesday’s match.“We knew that we were in for a difficult game and Michigan State is a very good team,” Bluem said. “We had to be at our very best to get a result tonight and we fell a little bit short of that.”The Spartans’ first goal came in the 57th minute when redshirt-senior midfielder Brent McIntosh scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards out.The Buckeyes had a chance to tie just three minutes later after Buckeye freshman forward Danny Jensen earned a Buckeye penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Spartan penalty box. Senior defender Sage Gardner took the shot for OSU, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and went out of bounds for a Spartan goal kick.Bluem said the missed penalty and the pressure of being down a goal was too much to rebound.“The first goal we made some bad mistakes and allowed them a goal,” Bluem said. “Then we have a chance to get back into it and unfortunately, Sage hits a great penalty but it’s an inch too much to the left. That kind of took the wind out of us.”In the 69th minute, the Spartans added to their lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Sean Conerty. He scored after he received a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and volleyed it off the far post outside of Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s reach.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said the pressure from the second goal distracted the team from performing their original game plan.“We didn’t keep the ball as much as we wanted to,” Ivancic said. “They’re a good team. They put us under a lot of pressure.”Ivanov recorded nine saves in the game, bringing his total for the season to 110, good for fifth in program history for single-season saves.Bluem said the play of Ivanov throughout the season kept the team alive in some difficult times.“Ivy (Ivanov) has had a brilliant season,” Bluem said. “Without him, things could have been worse. He had a great year.”The Spartans ended the match with a 20-16 advantage in shots.The Buckeyes have been playing all season with a majority of younger players, having 10 freshmen, two walk-ons and five transfers. Ivancic said the inexperience may have played a role in the loss.“We’ve been playing with that (inexperience) all year and we found a stride in the last five games of the season,” Ivancic said. “But I think (inexperience) might have a little to do with it. They’re an older team and physicality showed a bit today.”Following the loss, other OSU players declined to comment. read more

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Man City 31 Everton Jesus double sends hosts top

first_imgManchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 after a Gabriel Jesus braceAfter suffering their first league defeat of the 2018/19 campaign last weekend at Chelsea, Manchester City have bounced back to reclaim top spot from Liverpool in the standings.Things got off to a slow start at the Etihad Stadium with Richarlison coming closest to opening the scoring for Everton after volleying over Lucas Digne’s cross.The visitors nearly scored an own goal when defender Michael Keane almost put Ilkay Gundogan’s cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.However, Everton soon conceded when summer recruit Yerry Mina gave the ball away while attempting a back pass that enabled Leroy Sane to set-up Jesus for City’s opener.The pair teamed up again for City’s second with Sane’s cross enabling Jesus to head the ball past Pickford just five minutes after the break.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In the 65th-minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton by heading in Digne’s cross.But Raheem Sterling, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November, sealed the win with City’s third of the game just moments after coming on.The victory moves City back into first-place in the Premier League for the time being with Liverpool to play Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Team Line-UpMan City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Lapotre, Delph, Bernardo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez (De Bruyne 75′), Sane (Sterling 66′), Jesus.Everton (5-4-1): Pickford, Coleman (Walcott 57′), Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson (Davies 81′), Bernard (Lookman 57′), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlisonlast_img read more

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