In Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIn Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited the Reading Health System and the Wright Center for Primary Care to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities.”The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.During phase one, the Department of Human Services implemented 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence by utilizing the $10 million in behavioral health funding. After working with its actuaries to analyze the impact of adding medication assisted treatment on Medicaid managed care rates and subsequently negotiating 2017 rates with managed care organizations, DHS has determined that they can implement 25 additional centers with the $5 million in state Medicaid funds and $5.4 million in federal funds. The additional 25 COEs announced will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals.“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”“Reading Health is proud to be designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in the fight against opioid abuse,” said Reading Health President & CEO Clint Matthews. “Our interdisciplinary team of providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all members of our community and our designation as a COE will help provide the necessary treatment and resources to those in need.”“The profession of medicine must humbly recognize that, although unintentionally, our pain prescribing patterns in a fragmented, ineffective care delivery system have contributed to our national opiate public health crisis,” Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO of The Wright Center.   “We must acknowledge our role in this devastating debacle not with shame, fear or discouragement but with intentional, passionate commitment to responsively and responsibly help generate and lead collective solutions. Every stakeholder needs to get involved in America’s ‘Turn the Tide’ initiative lead by Secretary Burwell. We need to build our care delivery and IT infrastructure and our community resource networks to be more effective, while we deliberately change culture and develop skillsets of current and future workforce to promote recovery and resilience. The Wright Center is privileged to be selected as a Pennsylvania Center of Excellence and we are absolutely committed to coming out of our organizational comfort zone to learn and best steward the allotted public dollars to ensure more effective care for the patients, families and communities we serve that are struggling with addiction.”The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: September 01, 2016last_img read more


first_imgAustria: Knorr-Bremse is taking a 49% shareholding in door specialist IFE.Great Britain: GEC Alsthom Signalling Ltd has moved to new offices at Trafford Park, Manchester.India: Konkan Railway Corp plans to establish a subsidiary to tender for railway construction projects overseas; revenue from this business will help with international loans taken out to fund construction of the Konkan line.Iran: Wagon Pars Co is seeking to build under licence 60 trainsets and 80 trams.Latvia: The government has sold a 50·1% stake in Riga Carriage Works to Latek, a joint venture of Latvian and Ukranian companies for US$4·67m. Other shares are to be offered to staff and the public. USA: On June 12 Tenera Technologies signed an agreement for Halcrow Transmark to market internationally its MCP¨ maintenance management software.last_img read more

Character filled Queenslander ripe for restoration

first_img Your very own castle on the sand “I really like the lounge room with the fireplace, old cedar cupboards, high ceiling and sash windows.” The house has two generously sized bedrooms off the main hallway as well as a large living space with fireplace. There is a second living area at the end of the hallway with a third bedroom, bathroom and utility room with toilet opening off the space. The big eat-in kitchen features an original brick fireplace.Ms Muller said from what she has been able to work out, the home was one of the original houses in the area. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe original fireplaces are still in the home. Picture: supplied.“The property was originally 50 acres when it was purchased from the crown in 1863,” she said. “It has been owned by seven lots of people including the Jacksons and Buchbachs and it was a Methodist Manse for a while. “I’ve spoken to some locals who used to attend Sunday school there at one point. “Everyone seems to know the home but there seems to be conflicting stories.” Ms Muller said while the time had come to sell the home, she was still working with local historians to find out the true history of the home. “It would be great if we could at least get an old photo of the house,” she said.The property is on the market through Tony Pennisi of The Property Hub. Character home with sea breezes and dual livingcenter_img The Queenslander at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh. Picture: supplied. This heritage listed home is one for those keen to undertake a restoration project. The circa 1910 Queenslander sits on a 1012sq m block at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh and has plenty of character features including a wraparound veranda, high ceilings, original fretwork, Australian cedar cupboards, VJ walls and an original double-sided fireplace. Owners Juanita Muller and Matt Horan are hoping to pass the home on to someone who will appreciate its history. “I’d love to see it restored into a beautiful grand house,” Ms Muller said. “Most of the house is in pretty good condition. The actual structure of the home is pretty solid and it has such a nice feel to it. Inside the living room at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh. Picture: supplied. RELATED: Rare seaside estate hits the market last_img read more

Gallery: 20,000 TEU COSCO Shipping Virgo Delivered

first_imgChinese container shipping major COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of its fifth 20,000 TEU containership, COSCO Shipping Virgo.Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the ship is 399.8 meters long and 58.6 meters wide. It boasts a deck area equivalent to almost four standard football fields and can achieve a speed of 22.5 nautical miles per hour.COSCO Shipping Virgo has a maximum carrying capacity of 20,119 TEU, and it is equipped with 1,000 reefer sockets.The giant boxship was classed by both DNV GL and China Classification Society.According to COSCO, the ship’s fuel consumption and energy-efficiency have been optimized through latest energy-saving rudder and propulsion systems.  In addition, the ship is equipped with intelligent ship management systems and allows for one-man bridge operation.It is worth USD 122.95 million, based on the valuation from VesselsValue.The delivery of COSCO Shipping Virgo comes on the back of four 20,000 TEU boxships delivered since the beginning of this year.COSCO Shipping Taurus, also built by SWS, and COSCO Shipping Aries, built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) were delivered in January this year.COSCO Shipping Leo and COSCO Shipping Gemini followed suit in March and April respectively.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Cosco Shippinglast_img read more

Small Business Association of Dominica focuses on Agricultural Entrepreneurship

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 54 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Small Business Association of Dominica focuses on Agricultural Entrepreneurship by: – September 12, 2011 Share President of the Small Business Association, Mr. Oliver Joseph.Cassava production, manufacturing, processing and marketing will be one of the targets of the Small Business Association of Dominica.President of the Association, Mr Oliver Joseph says the Directors have taken a decision to subdivide their members into seven key sectors, to ensure that too much focus is not being placed on one particular sector.The Association is now made of the cooperatives, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, arts and craft and micro entrepreneur sectors.The Association is currently facilitating programmes for cassava farmers.“We have evidence that the majority of the private sector small business is involved in agriculture. For this agricultural sector, we are going to be focusing on one particular program which is Cassava production. We have been working the Ministry of Agriculture for some time on a program aimed at facilitating the production and processing of this commodity”, he said.Mr Joseph says the Association is also working with the Ministry of Agriculture to integrate rural and urban sub-sector groups into their private sector national agenda.“We are now trying to establish contact with some of the main producers, hoping that we can establish a sector that can be the representatives for this area. We are hoping that we will be able to have this to be a part of a bigger cassava program that we hope to center in the north and the east”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ma, son nabbed over slight physical injury rap

first_imgMelanie Delos Reyes, 41, and her18-year-old son Kevin face a slight physical injury charge. The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the Sara police station. ILOILO City – A mother and her son werearrested in Barangay San Antonio Yusay, Sara, Iloilo. They were nabbed on the strength of anarrest warrant around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a police report showed. The court recommended a P5,000 bail bondeach for their temporary liberty./PNlast_img

FA studies Fellaini ‘spit’

first_img Footage on YouTube has emerged appearing to show Manchester United midfielder Fellaini spitting near to Zabaleta’s head while the City defender lay on the floor following a clash between the pair. The FA is aware of the clip and is now considering whether it should charge Fellaini for misconduct. Press Association The Football Association has confirmed it will look into claims that Marouane Fellaini spat at Pablo Zabaleta during the Manchester derby on Tuesday.center_img It is understood referee Michael Oliver did not mention the alleged spit in his match report, but the FA can retrospectively punish Fellaini if it thinks he is guilty. The FA will request clearer footage of the incident from broadcasters Sky before making a decision on the matter early next week. The FA banned Hull’s George Boyd for three matches after he spat at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart earlier this month. Oliver booked Fellaini moments before the alleged spit towards Zabaleta for an elbow on the Argentinian full-back. After the 3-0 win, Zabaleta claimed Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch. “I was elbowed by Fellaini. It was a red card,” he said last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018, Day-10: Manjit Singh wins GOLD medal in 800 metres finals; Jinson Johnson wins silver

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On day 9, India stole the limelight at the 2018 Asian Games with Neeraj Chopra, a 20-year-old Haryana lad, harvested another record-smashing gold in the javelin throw to continue India’s impressive show at multi-event meets. To add glory to the occasion, India’s track and field athletes delivered a clutch of medals on the day 9 of Asiad. While Sudha Singh grabbed a silver medal in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase, Dharun Ayyasamy and Neena Varakil bagged another couple of silver in the men’s 400 metres hurdles and women’s long jump respectively. Talking about Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal settled for bronze in the women’s singles semifinals while PV Sindhu advanced to a historic final on a glorious day for India. Interestingly, Sindhu is the first shuttler to make it to the Asian Games badminton singles final.With this India’s overall medal count has been propelled to 44, including 9 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze. Meanwhile, day 10 also has a series of exciting matches lined up and the fans are definitely in for a treat as Indian athletes aim to push the prestigious medal tally up at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.Read | Meet Neeraj Chopra, who brought home Asian Games javelin throw gloryHere are the highlights on Asian Games 2018, Day 10:# 06:20 pm: 800m Finals – Manjit Singh clinches Gold medal in 800m finals; Jinson Johnson wins silver# 05:30 pm: 200m –  Indian sprinter Hima Das has been disqualified from 200m semi-final due to a false start. Dutee Chand qualifies for the finals.# 01:20 pm: Table Tannis – India men’s table tennis team win bronze# 01:00 pm: Badminton –  Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu wins silver medal after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in Women’s Badminton Singlespp# 11:42 am: Archery – India win silver in Archery Women’s Compound Team match after losing to South Korea.# 10:15 am: Heptathlon – India’s Swapna Barman is on top of the chart after a successful attempt in High Jump. Purnima Hembram, on the other hand, finishes fifth.# 10:05 am: Cycling – India’s Deborah and Sonali Chanu fail to qualify for the next round in Women’s Keirin repechage.# 10:00 am: Squash – India beat Thailand 3-0 in women’s team pool match.# 09:40 am: Squash – India lead 2-0 against Thailand in women’s team Qualification match.# 08:22 am: Athletics – India’s Hima Das and Dutee Chand enter Women’s 200m semi-finals. Though Hima finished fourth in heat she qualified by times.# 08:15 am: Cycling – India’s Deborah finishes fourth Heat 1 of Round 1 of Women’s Keirin to enter repechage round.# 07:48 am: Boxing – Sonia Lather and Pavitra will be in action as they will try to fetch two more medals for the country.# 07:43 am: Archery – Indian men and women’s team enter compound finals, which assure two medals for India.# 07:40 am: Badminton – PV Sindhu will fight for the historic gold, which will gift her the title of first Indian shuttler to clinch a gold at Asian Games. Even a Silver medal for Sindhu will be a history for India. The badminton ace will play against Taiwanese player Tai Tzu Ying. last_img read more

Costa Rica clinch World Cup berth with 1-1 draw against Honduras

first_imgSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AFP) – Kendall Watson’s header deep into injury time gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw with Honduras last Saturday and a berth in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Eddie Hernandez had headed Honduras ahead in the 66th minute, and it appeared that Costa Rica would have to put their Russia plans on hold.But five minutes into stoppage time, Watson rose in the centre of the area to head in Bryan Ruiz’s cross and spark joyful celebrations at the national stadium in San Jose, where the match was postponed from Friday due to the effects of Hurricane Nate.Costa Rica had a golden chance to take the lead in the 60th minute. Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escober had pushed a shot back into the middle of the area, only for Marcos Urena to fire over the empty net.Six minutes later, Romell Quioto sprinted down the wing and crossed into the box where Hernandez connected with a thundering header to put the visitors in front.Costa Rica, with 16 points, joined Mexico (21) in advancing from the North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region with three final matches to play today.Three CONCACAF teams advance directly to the finals in Russia, with a fourth to play off against either Syria or Australia for a berth.The United States moved into third place on 12 points on Friday with a 4-0 romp over Panama.Panama are on 10 points in fourth and have the advantage on goal difference over Honduras, also on 10.CONCACAF’s six-nation final round of qualifying concludes today Tuesday, when the United States travel to lowly Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras host Mexico, and Panama host Costa Rica.Costa Rica will be playing in their fifth World Cup finals. They were quarter-finalists in Brazil in 2014 and reached the knockout stage in Italy in 1990. The Ticos also played in 2002 and 2006.last_img read more

AFA Sports: Changing the Face of African Sports

first_imgThe simple brand name AFA Sports means “Africa for Africa” and they say it represents a concept that highlights Africa’s sports development and national pride. They started with the simple desire to meet up with the huge kit demands of the Continental Basketball League and its ancillary set up but then the Nigerian national basketball team D’Tigers had a major kitting challenge going into the AfroBasket 2017 competition and this had a turnaround effect on AFA and their expanding foothold on the continent.“The truth is that the major world brands are not interested in developing anything on the continent. AFA represents African sports and pride, it was established to showcase the pride and interest of the continent and this forms the core of the brand.“The AFA brand was created to give the Nigerian and the African sports industry the attention and quality it deserves. And we are doing this by creating a range of products that have been adapted to the climate, kinetics and colours that are unique to African social context,” says Udezue, the Chief Executive Officer of the expanding African brand.“The big names we all know of today are not interested in the lower teams or any team going down the ranking. Africa has to fight its own cause. We have hardly received any kit or equipment from Europe or America basically developed solely for the need of the continent and this is part of what we want to change.“Can we fully quantify how the landscape is changing with the arrival AFA? Within this short time a lot of jobs have been created both at the upscale and lower levels. And this is part of what AFA is all about. We want to empower a lot of people; hugely as many as we can.“We can boldly say that in the last two years AFA Sports have steadily been designing concepts that are unique to Africa; and unique in every sense of the word. We have also been creating a whole new market and industry that was non-existent before we came on board in terms of being huge or small scaled. The energy AFA has put this untapped market, has helped in the creation of jobs and opportunities for Africa and also major investments in the media and content development.“A lot is happening in the marketing line especially. And there are others who have developed their own products along the line or have re-engineered and improved upon their earlier and original concepts working along with AFA. So the whole deal is for help us and chat a more developmental and financial rewarding system for African sports.”In 2017 AFA Sports launched Africa’s first Active footwear designed and engineered in Nigeria to underline their beliefs. And as inscribed on its soles, the active wear shoes were designed to showcase the pride of Africa. The name “LIV (54)” represents the 54 countries on the African continent.“LIV (54) is tailored and customized to the African physiology, kinetics and environment. It is lightweight and has the perfect combination of grip, comfort, durability and bounce,” AFA brand expert told THISDAY.“The features of AFA Sports premier active wear shoes include Contoured Traction Grip (CTG) technology with advanced arch support and rubber outsole borrowed from the multi movement patterns of the Sahara Desert. It also has a micro mesh knit that gives the shoes comfort and breathability in warm climates. It is also fitted with multi gel areas for force deflections.”But the rating doesn’t end there. The AFA Sports 54’s is classic. It can be worn to make a fashion statement or to elevate the user’s basketball game. And it has been widely tested and accepted.Apart from delivering the continentally-customised designs of the AFA brand, it is also the goal of the big African brand to establish sports programmes and encourage sports development in these countries. Extra attention is on the table for the countries adjudged neglected and marginalized due to lack of investment from the developed areas.The CBL tournament is one of such designed to change the African sporting landscape. In the closed season clubs from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Gabon featured. The clubs were made up of players from various African countries and across the world. A high number of the players were Africans in the Diaspora and African-Americans. In the barely two seasons that the league has held, fans of the game of basketball on the continent agree on a fact – that level of the competition is by above the various domestic leagues of the participating countries.Experts of the game in Nigeria, for instance, are very optimistic that over time the CBL system will rub off positively on the Nigeria Premier League and effectively help raise the standard. Only very few of the best from the domestic leagues are able to meet the requirement for the CBL. The packaging and ambience of the CBL is unrivalled on the continent.Udezue added, “If we have quality leagues on the continent in terms of the games on the court and what the players take home, then less of these young players will run abroad ill prepared. When we say these things, we speak from experience because some of us landed in America unprepared for what we saw.“Many of the system out there are basically designed for everyone on the court to enhance the system and help the economic system. Most times the Africans barely get the best opportunity and can hardly get integrated into the system as soon as they can’t play anymore. At CBL we want to change all that. We want to keep quality talents here, make them earn good money and give them the opportunity to play in front of their parents, families and friends. It is also very important that these players are playing with the kits and equipment that were designed and engineered here. This is the kind of opportunity many of these young can’t get in America.”It is hoped that by the next tip off, more basketball teams would have joined the system. More clubs are expected from Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Mali and Central African Republic to get aboard.Indeed the combination of AFA and CBL is changing the way the Nigerian basketball is being viewed by the ever sceptical society – scepticism developed over the years because the quality of services available hitherto. The games and the clothing have attracted the old, young and upwardly mobile in the society. It is now so easy for those in the ever growing Nigerian film industry and music icons in Nigeria and across a larger part of Africa to identify with the game of basketball based on what is seen on the court; the ambience around the entire competition and of course the various clothing designs put out by AFA that easily meet the taste of these socialites.Until the start up of CBL, the little contacts across the borders were basically limited to the teams themselves travelling to play club competitions with little or no travelling fans accompanying. CBL has changed all that. Now we have fans travelling across the borders purely to watch this level of competition never witnessed on the continent of Africa in the past. It is believed that a lot more travelling across the continent would be seen as soon as the CBL gets into the next stage. From the high number of passengers made up of players, officials, the media and fans that move around with the games, the pan-African airlines will top the list of beneficiaries of the AFA-CBL ventures. Most of the journeys made so far have seen the league doing chartered flights or taking up 75 per cent of the seats available. The next group on the list of beneficiaries is the hospitality sector. Since 2015 when the league tipped off, hotels and catering services in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon have enjoyed the boom. The expansion of the franchise to more African countries will naturally produce more number of spectators, travellers and investors and ultimately a plus for the tourism industry.Apart from the level of competition in the leagues, the entertainment value and the ambience has made the Continental Basketball League games quite attractive to celebrities. The Nigerian domestic run by the Nigeria Basketball Federation is watched free-of-charge all over the country except in a centre like Kano but the spectators are usually a handful. Comparatively, the CBL charges fees, considered exorbitant by some people, but still the halls are practically filled up before any games. The only reason why spectators would abandon a free game for an “expensive one” given the economic realities on ground is because of the value for money factor. People are desirous to get quality entertaining sports like the American NBA and the only platform closest to that in the whole of Africa is the CBL.There’s hardly an end to the drum beats of war in Nigeria, Africa and truly across the globe but CBL has not only continually encouraged shared love in Nigeria but has seen the growth of friendship amongst the African countries with the cross border plays. The league has also encouraged the exchange of players using their draft system.There are so many other projects. In 2017 the Nigeria Volleyball Federation came into the AFA expanding network as the national team was handled by the Organisation. There are similar plans for neighbouring Republic of Benin’s national team. AFA Sports is already working with the Liberian Basketball Federation to help revive their league and teams. Hockey and others are already lined up. There are also great plans to develop quality playing arenas in Nigeria and other places.“This project is not for us; it is for Africa. And those that will benefit more are not the players on the court now but the younger players who will join when the system is far in the auto pilot and cruising form,” Udezue who sits in the organisational headquarters in Lagos assures Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeWhen a group of young men assembled in the USA to develop basketball concept for the continent of Africa they had a lot on their minds. They wanted an African league with the base in Nigeria that would be highly professional and profitable to the players, teams and with their sights set quality facilities development.Their bet was on the fact that a high net income league would save African players from the agony of loitering in the USA after college or hanging around just any team in Europe and Asia in the name of playing professional basketball. What was not really on the table was becoming sports merchandise manufacturers that would cater for types of African sports. It is the kit merchandising that has taken up the energy of this team led by Ugo Udezue. That was how the AFA Sports concept was born and they are gradually sweeping through the continent with this unique item.last_img read more