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Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 10, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf
December 17, 2018 National Issues, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog On Thursday, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) announced a recent study of state responses to the opioid epidemic showed Pennsylvania had made “considerable progress” toward curbing substance abuse disorder in the commonwealth.“We conducted this analysis because it’s essential that policymakers know what is working, and where additional progress can be made,” said Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, AMA president-elect and chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. “There is long way to go to fully end the epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation, but it’s clear that Pennsylvania’s policymakers are employing multiple strategies that are showing promise.”The recognition came amid Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now week, a multi-agency effort to stopping overdoses through a week of events. On Thursday, the Wolf Administration distributed more than 6,100 naloxone kits across the state.For more details on AMA and PAMED’s recognition of the Wolf Administration’s opioid effort or Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now week, see below for excerpts of articles and op-eds from across the state.Take a look at the coverage below: By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: From lagging to leading: Doctors group says PA is now a trailblazer in opioid response“As Pennsylvania gave away the overdose reversal drug naloxone at dozens of locations across the state Thursday, its response to the opioid epidemic won praise from the American Medical Association in a first-of-its-kind report.The state announced Friday that 80 sites distributed a total of 6,105 kits of naloxone Thursday, including 926 in Allegheny County, which trailed top-giver Philadelphia by just 101 kits. Beaver County distributed 42 kits, Butler 66, Westmoreland 127 and Washington 57.It was a day that would have been hard to imagine as recently as 2016, when Pennsylvania lagged behind in almost every conceivable measure in addressing the issue. Now, just two years removed from having neither an effective prescription drug monitoring program nor any official prescribing guidelines, the state is being lauded as a trailblazer.Officials from the AMA and the Pennsylvania Medical Society deemed the state a model in its approach to increasing access to treatment for addiction, enhancing access to naloxone and providing comprehensive care to patients with pain.”The Tribune-Democrat: State’s response to opioid crisis could be model, AMA finds“Pennsylvania has become a national leader in getting insurers to make it easier for people with addiction get access to treatment.That’s the conclusion of an American Medical Association (AMA) report analyzing the state’s response to the opioid epidemic released Thursday.”The Erie Times: Our View: Wolf’s Opioid Leadership Stands Out“It is not exactly a traditional holiday giveaway. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is stepping forward not with turkeys or toys, but with a sobering gift that could prove lifesaving.”Associated Press: Thousands of anti-overdose kits handed out in Pennsylvania“Pennsylvania officials say thousands of kits of the anti-overdose medication naloxone have been distributed in a statewide effort designed to prevent opioid deaths.The Health Department said demand for the handouts at government offices on Thursday caused dozens of locations to run out of the drug.”Chambersburg Public Opinion: Health centers distribute free naloxone supply in 4 hours“More than 40 locations where the state distributed free naloxone Thursday ran out of the overdose reversal medication halfway through the eight-hour distribution period.The Chambersburg location ran out within two hours.”The Daily Item: Free naloxone just part of next step“In another attempt at slowing the raging drug epidemic in Pennsylvania, state officials have designated this week Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week. Among the projects highlighted this week is a plan to hand out free naxolone kits — a medication that has proven effective in reversing the effects of opioid overdoses — to anyone who wants one on Thursday.” Experts Say Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Response Could Be National Model (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Thorn Security has completed a contract to install a CCTV secure access system for the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal. More than 50 cameras give complete surveillance, including pan/tilt cameras with motorised zoom lenses, and facilities to monitor trains entering or leaving the site.Polish State Railways has installed a Weighline in-track vehicle weighing system to monitor and speed up handling of cross-border freight shipments. Railweight supplied four Weighline transducers, together with HS2 electronics, wheel sensors and a printer to PKP, which had specified an operating speed of up to 30 km/h.Factair has introduced a lightweight air compressor, designed to ease access to trackside locations. Weighing 117 kg, the RailAir 504P compressor produces up to 12·7 litres/sec at 6·9 bar from a rotary vane compressor driven by a small petrol engine.Ansaldo Signal subsidiary Union Switch & Signal has combined its Microlok vital control system, Genisys 2000 non-vital logic controller and the Microtrax coded track circuit into a single wayside control system. Microlok II provides vital interlocking control, train detection, signal lighting, coded track messaging, non-vital control and indications via a code system, cab signalling and event recording.Reader Enquiry NumbersThorn Security 141 Factair 143Railweight 142 Union Switch & Signal 144
The €48bn metal scheme PMT is to launch an online “participants panel” following a steep fall in trust as a result of its 6.3% rights cut last year.The online panel will provide the pension fund with participants’ opinions as well as feedback for improvements on communication, according to Annemieke Biesheuvel, PMT’s head of communications.Speaking during the IIR congress on pensions communication in Amsterdam, she conceded that last year’s rights cut had been “disastrous” for the scheme’s image.“Participants’ confidence in PMT is now lower than their faith in insurers and banks,” she said. “The results of the panel could help us to win back our participants’ trust and loyalty.” Biesheuvel stressed that the pension fund was reluctant to apply a second rights cut.“The applied discount triggered so much emotion that we sometimes had to hire security during meetings with pensioners,” she said. “Many participants and pensioners consider us as thieves.”PMT’s funding was 0.2 percentage points short of the required minimum at year-end.However, the pension fund believes it should be allowed to forgo a second cut, due to additional recovery measures and the fact its funding increased to the required level in January.According to Biesheuvel, several surveys have suggested PMT’s participants need “verifiable transparency”, additional information about the pension plan and the specific effects of the rights cut.They also demand more information on pensions from their employer, she added.She said 1,000 participants would be asked to discuss specific subjects on the online panel, which will be incorporated into PMT’s website.PMT – the largest pension fund in the market sector – is responsible for the pensions of more than 400,000 active participants and deferred members, as well as more than 172,000 pensioners. The €32bn metal scheme PME is also planning to set up a similar panel, meant to increase pensions awareness, according to Gerda Smits, the pension fund’s spokeswoman.She said the plan would be developed jointly with PMT to save costs.However, she stressed that the idea was still in its infancy.Last year, PME had to cut pension rights by 5.1%, and it announced a second discount of 0.5% earlier this week, in order to achieve its required funding level.PMT and PME are both serviced by the €90bn pensions provider and asset manager MN.
Aside from some further technical work to be done, the political agreement wraps up a process that started in 2017, when the Commission proposed amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), rules introduced in 2012 in response to the 2007-08 financial crisis.Eugen Teodorovici, Romania’s finance minister, said: “In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the EU put in place a solid and effective framework for bringing more transparency and reducing systemic risk in the derivative markets.“Today, we agreed targeted adjustments that will preserve all the core elements of the reform, while simplifying the rules and making them more proportionate.”In December 2017 EU member states endorsed the proposal put forward by the Commission, but the European Parliament took a different stance on the length of the extension of the exemption.The timing of the start of negotiations between the EU institutions led to concerns that pension schemes would face a legal gap surrounding their central clearing obligations. The so-called trialogue started in the summer, which did not leave enough time for any pending agreement to enter into force before the exemption was due to expire in August.The European securities markets regulator intervened to tell national supervisors not to prioritise enforcing EMIR rules on pension funds during the temporary gap in the exemption’s applicability. The pension industry has expressed hope that the final legal text would make clear that any trades carried out after the August deadline would be retroactively exempt from having to be centrally cleared. Last month the €215bn Dutch asset manager PGGM said it would start carrying out part of its repurchase agreement transactions through central clearing. It said it had picked Eurex Clearing as central counterparty for its derivatives, providing it with an additional channel for cash as collateral for interest rate swaps. The European Parliament and EU member states have reached an agreement on extending pension schemes’ exemption from an obligation to centrally clear derivatives.This means large pension schemes will be exempt from the requirement for another two years, with the possibility of two one-year extensions if insufficient progress is deemed to have been made on solutions to deal with what is sometimes referred to as “the cash collateral problem”.To centrally clear derivatives, pension funds would need to hold cash to post as collateral, but they typically do not do so because this eats into returns. Exemptions from the central clearing obligation have been granted to allow time for the market to implement solutions to allow the transfer of non-cash collateral to use as “variation margin”.The European Commission said progress towards these clearing solutions would be “carefully monitored”.
The Maltese bulker Vitaspirit, which crashed into a historic waterfront mansion on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul on Saturday, is facing seizure following a court order.“For now, a seizure warrant has been ruled for the ship related to the USD 50 million [cost]. Currently, the relevant notices are being made to the port authority and coastal safety authorities for the seizure of the ship,” the Hurrieyet Daily reported, citing lawyers Nazlı Selek and Erdal Gökçe on behalf of the mansion owners.The owners of the Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi mansion applied to Istanbul 17th Commercial Court of First Instance on April 9, according to the daily, asking for a lien to be enforced until they are compensated for the extensive damages the facility suffered.The 74,200 dwt ship lost control and smashed into the historic building due to a technical failure in the vessel’s engines while crossing the Bosphorus, en route from Russia to Saudi Arabia.The waterside building suffered extensive damage to the roof and upper floors, while its basement sank into the water. The work to determine the extent of the damage is underway.Following the incident, Vitaspirit was towed from the crash site to an anchorage in the Marmara Sea where an investigation was to be undertaken.World Maritime News Staff
Demand growth from Asia to the Middle East topped 26% in the first quarter of 2018, but freight rates continue to fall because of chronic over-capacity, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.After a long period of stagnation, the Asia to Middle East container trade went into overdrive in the past few months.Saudi Arabia, the second largest Middle Eastern importer of Asian containerised goods, increased its first quarter inbound volume by 26% to 227,000 TEU. The second largest contributor in terms of additional container imports from the Far East was Qatar, which saw its container imports from Asia nearly triple in the first quarter of 2018 to 62,000 TEU.Other countries to post double-digit growth in the period were Iraq, Iran, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. The biggest importer, the UAE, increased its volume from Asia by 8% to 275,000 TEU, while traffic in war-torn Yemen decreased by 21% to 8,700 TEU.Trade from Asia to South Asia has for the most part been much brisker than to the Middle East over the past three years, although a relatively poor showing in the second half of last year reversed the trend. Westbound container traffic to South Asia lagged behind the soaring Middle East for the third consecutive quarter in 1Q18, but it did still register very healthy growth.However, the resurgence in South Asia container handling may be short-lived as stevedores across 12 major Indian ports are planning to go on an indefinite strike at the end of this month in a dispute over wages, pensions and working conditions, Drewry said.Robust demand from Asia to South Asia and the Middle East has seemingly encouraged carriers to add more capacity to both trades, despite the fact that both were already over supplied and struggling with ever-decreasing freight rates.“The demand outlook is brighter for the Middle East currently as labour issues could hinder growth in South Asia. Outside of fuel-related increases, neither trade can expect spot rates to improve until chasm between supply and demand is addressed,” Drewry concluded.
Another body was found in a car inCabasse and two people were found dead in Tanneron, the police added. A 77-year-old man has been missingsince Saturday morning in Saint-Antonin-du-Var. One person was found dead near Muyafter falling off a rescue boat late on Saturday, the police said. Waves flood the street in Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France on Nov. 23 in this still image obtained from a social media video. BRICE RODIERE/VIA REUTERS PARIS – Four people were found deadafter massive flooding hit southeastern France since Friday, local authoritiessaid. Interior Minister Christophe Castaneron Sunday met with the victims and rescue workers as rain continued to fall inthe region.(Reuters)
The Batesville JV received their first win of the year winning 56-39 over Jac-Cen-Del.Shane Belter led the team with 15 points including 6-6 from the FT line. Peyton Meyer added 10 and Daylan Caplinger added 9. The team’s record is now 1-1.They will play at home Friday night at 6pm vs Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Eric Feller.