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Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schools

first_img February 01, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to increase statewide access to the naloxone drug, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Adapt will provide a free carton of Narcan Nasal Spray, one brand of naloxone, to all Pennsylvania public schools.Governor Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and State to praise the partnership as another crucial step to combat the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.“I am thrilled to announce my administration’s next step in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing another way to save Pennsylvanian lives. It is our responsibility to give these struggling individuals another chance at life.”Pennsylvania is the first state to implement this program, sponsored by Adapt Pharma in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an Initiative of the Clinton Foundation. Pennsylvania public high schools will also have access to new educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses as part of the program.Under this program, Adapt Pharma and the Clinton Foundation are offering every public high school in the country one free carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray. The distribution of the cartons will be facilitated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through school nurses. Adapt Pharma has provided a grant to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support their educational efforts around opioid overdose in schools. The grant will allow NASN to develop and disseminate educational materials to the nation’s school nurses and the students and families they work with every day.“We understand the crucial role schools can play to change the course of the opioid overdose epidemic by working with students and families,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma. “We want every high school in the country to be prepared for an opioid emergency by having access to a carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray at no cost. We look forward to working with our partners to implement these initiatives, which build on the significant progress being made by legislators and community groups.”The Wolf Administration has made the fight against heroin a top priority. Some of the administration’s initiatives 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; and training Pennsylvania Capitol Police to administer and carry naloxone.In addition to these actions, the Wolf Administration is currently working to develop the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction. This program was the recipient of two federal grants last year: the 2015 federal Harold Rogers grant for $409,000 and a CDC grant of $900,000 to enhance, maximize, and support the implementation of ABC-MAP.“Opioid addiction is the most pressing health threat in Pennsylvania today and the availability of naloxone is a critical component in our broad effort to address it,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “This generous donation will ensure that all public schools across the Commonwealth have access to naloxone. As a result many more lives will be saved and those young people, with their futures ahead of them, will be able to receive the treatment they need.”“This partnership will educate and equip our schools’ trained medical professionals to use this lifesaving tool,” said Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “Trained professionals in our schools can reduce response time and allow them to provide swift treatment to any individual overdosing in a school.”“In rural areas, it may take longer for emergency first responders to reach patients,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “Thus stocking this medication on school grounds can prevent many unnecessary deaths. We need to ensure that anyone who might be in a position to encounter an opioid overdose has access to this lifesaving antidote.”“The Department of State licenses and regulates 447,593 professionals in the health fields,” said Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés. “We are distributing information to the Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy on the dangers of opioids as part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schoolslast_img read more

​Eurosif concerned over tax amendments to Shareholder Rights Directive

first_imgThe binding vote on executive remuneration was at the heart of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal and hailed as a step towards a greater focus on long-termism by then-commissioner Michel Barnier.In a position paper, Eurosif added that it was aware of the argument CBCR could be “burdensome and onerous” if imposed on all listed companies. “We therefore recommend policymakers think about ways to focus to alleviate such burden and make recommendations in that direction,” it said. It also argued that it would be preferable to amend accounting regulation, rather than the Shareholder Rights Directive, as a means of introducing CBCR.Eurosif said the rationale for institutional investors backing CBCR was one of managing reputational risk.It noted that the distinction between illegal tax evasion and legal tax avoidance had “dissolved in the eyes of governments, NGOs and citizens”.It added that aggressive tax practices risked undermining a company’s sustainability strategies, and that the short-term gains or profits achieved by such tactics could fall away as a result of the medium to long-term impact of reputational risk.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Eurosif position paper on Shareholder Rights Directive Eurosif has questioned attempts by the European Parliament to introduce greater corporate tax transparency by amending the Shareholder Rights Directive.The sustainable investment association stressed that it was wholly supportive of the introduction of country-by-county reporting (CBCR) for all listed companies but said that agreeing an “ambitious” text for the Shareholder Rights Directive was a priority.European parliamentarians recently voted on an amended draft of the directive, which proposed the introduction of CBCR, currently only mandated for banks and extractive industries.But they watered down a pledge for a binding vote on pay by leaving it to individual member states to decide if shareholders should be granted one.last_img read more

Vår Energi joins carbon capture and storage partnership in Norway

first_imgOil and gas company Vår Energi has entered into a partnership with the Norwegian Carbon Capture & Storage Research Center (NCCS) to enable fast track CCS technology development and deployment.Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Source: Vår EnergiVår Energi said on Friday that the agreement has a total value of NOK 30 million ($3.5 million) over a six-year period and is part of an industry-driven and science-based innovation effort.“This partnership complements Vår Energi’s research and development portfolio. The company is committed to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases through CCS technology development,” said Oddvar Ims, R&D Manager in Vår Energi.Vår Energi will contribute by investing 5 million NOK every year for a period of six years. The joint industry project started in 2017 and will continue until 2025.“NCCS’ main objective is to become a world-leading CCS Center by enabling fast-track CCS technology development and deployment by addressing major barriers in industry projects,” Vår Energi said.“It is a proud moment for NCCS to welcome Vår Energi to one of the largest CCS R&D efforts worldwide. Personally, I am sure Vår Energi will bring enlarged momentum to the center,” said Mona J. Mølnvik, NCCS director and Research Director at SINTEF.CCS is considered to be one of the most promising solutions to effectively reduce emissions of greenhouse gases on a global scale, as a means of limiting atmospheric CO2 emissions. The NCCS consortium comprises several oil and gas companies, CCS technology vendors and users in the private and commercial sector. The joint industry project also consists of institutions such as SINTEF, NTNU, UiO, NGI and others.“Our objective is to further minimize environmental impact in our operations, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key element in our mission. The Vår Energi-operated Goliat field in the Barents Sea demonstrates this commitment by being mainly electrified with power from shore, making it one of the lowest CO2 emitting fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. All initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint are positive, and CCS deployment is an effective measure. We hope that our contribution in addition to others, will further enable NCCS’ progress,” Ims added.This partnership supports the Norwegian full-scale CCS project. In addition to this, the center also supports its industry partners in developing the necessary knowledge for large scale CO2 storage in the Norwegian part of the North Sea basin.“Supported by the Research Council of Norway and the partnership, NCCS will contribute to the development of cost and energy efficient CCS technologies, smart business models, and CCS deployment at large scale in Norway, Europe and globally,” said Mølnvik.last_img read more

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana hits perfect marks

first_imgColumbus, IN—Our Hospice of South Central Indiana received perfect survey results from both State and Federal organizations. On a three-year cycle, on-site surveyors spend up to a week looking at all aspects of operations such as caregiver satisfaction scores, documentation, medical records, care delivery practices, and procedures. Our Hospice was recently reviewed in four areas including a State Survey, a State Licensure Renewal Survey, a Federal Medicare/Medicaid Survey, and an Emergency Preparedness Survey.“We are extremely happy to share that Our Hospice received zero deficiencies on each of these four surveys,” said Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President. “A perfect score on four simultaneous surveys is very uncommon and we are proud to bring such high-quality care to patients with a terminal illness.”Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is a not-for-profit, community-based hospice providing care to individuals with a life-limiting condition and their families since 1980. It serves patients and families in 16 counties from offices in Columbus, North Vernon, and Greensburg.last_img read more

Pentagon: Iran Shot Down Plane By Mistake

first_imgU.S. intelligence officials say it appears Iran accidentally shot down a commercial airplane killing all 176 soles using a Russian anti-missile system.Multiple media reports say the Boeing 737 plane bound for Kiev crash was an accident.The crash happened a few hours after Iran launched missiles to Iraq to attack bases that host U.S. troops.It’s Russian built surface-to-air missile-defense system was likely active in case the U.S. decided to retaliate.Most of the people on board were either Iranian or Canadian.last_img

Record ticket sales for Windies-India T20s

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has reported almost sold-out tickets for the upcoming two T20 Internationals between West Indies and India, which will be played in the U.S.The two MyTeam11 Twenty20 Internationals between the sides will be played on August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in the American city of Lauderhill, located in Florida.Cricket West Indies ticket solutions provider, Zoonga, reported record gross ticket sales for a single West Indies match over a 24-hour, online sales period.Tickets for the India Tour of the West Indies 2019 – sponsored by MyTeam11 and co-powered by Skoda – went on sale to the public last Monday.“Nearly all of our premium seats and mound access seats have been sold with over 8 000 tickets sold across the two T20Is in just over 24 hours,” said CWI commercial director Dominic Warne.“Such has been the demand that we’re releasing almost another 5 000 tickets for each day’s play, with 4 600 additional covered and uncovered bleacher seats on sale today. We’ve also extended the mounds area to fit in another 300 places.“Fans will continue to have the opportunity to buy a double-header bundle for the two matches at a 10 per cent discount to individual day tickets.”last_img read more

Gallinari, Schroder score 20 each as Thunder beat Dallas

first_imgLast Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:01 IST Gallinari, Schroder Score 20 Each As Thunder Beat Dallas Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each scored 20 points, Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-101 on Tuesday night. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:01 IST COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each scored 20 points, Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-101 on Tuesday night. Paul scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who have won seven of their last eight games to move into seventh place in the NBA’s Western Conference standings. The Thunder (18-15) are three games above .500 for the first time this season. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but he and Maxi Kleber each missed a potential tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds. Dallas played without usual starters Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed the game due to injuries. Dallas led by as many as 12 points in the first half thanks to 23 points by Doncic, who was listed as questionable to play after he suffered a left wrist sprain and back contusion after taking a hard fall on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.But the Thunder closed to within 51-50 by halftime and twice led by six points in the third quarter before Dallas took a 78-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Dallas led 99-92 after a 3-pointer by Doncic with 2:56 left, but Oklahoma City took a 102-101 lead when Paul hit a 17-foot jumper with 40.9 seconds left. Gallinari poked the ball away from Doncic at the other end, leading to two free throws by Schroder with 19.9 seconds left. After Kleber and Doncic both missed their 3-point attempts, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sealed the win with two free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. DALLAS STARTERS OUT One of the Mavericks’ usual starting guards, Hardaway, missed the game due to a left hamstring injury he suffered in the loss to the Lakers. Coach Rick Carlisle said before the game he doesn’t know when Hardaway will be ready to play again. Jalen Brunson replaced Hardaway in the starting lineup and scored seven points. Porzingis also missed the game due to right knee soreness. His absence was unexpected, as he had been listed in the starting lineups that were delivered to the media and scorers before the tipoff. Kleber started in place of Porzingis and played well, finishing with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. TIP-INS Mavericks: Dallas hit 15 of 51 3-point attempts, the 21st straight game in which the Mavericks have made at least 10 3-pointers. … Doncic’s 17 first-quarter points tied for the most by a Thunder opponent in a quarter this season. D’Angelo Russell had 17 in a quarter for Golden State on Nov. 9.Thunder: Guard Hamidou Diallo played for the first time since hyperextending his right elbow on Nov. 22 against the Lakers. He scored four poits. … The Thunder won despite making only 6 of 27 3-point attempts … Centers Steven Adams (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Nerlens Noel (12 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double. UP NEXT Mavericks: Start a season-long six-game homestand on Thursday against Brooklyn.Thunder: Begin a four-game road trip on Thursday at San Antonio. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The Brink

first_imgStandings:1. Belgium 25 points2. Greece 16 points3. Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 points4. Estonia 11 points5. Cyprus 10 points6. Gibraltar 0 pointRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe” Former World Cup winners France are on the brink of booking their place at next year’s tournament in Russia after they recorded a slim 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Group A.Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal of the game for the visitors as early as the third minute to hand the French team their 6th win in the qualifiers. They just need a win against lowly Belarus at home in their final qualifier to seal a spot at the World Cup.Still staying with the Group, three-time finalists Netherlands are in danger of missing out despite beating Belarus 3-1 away from home. The Oranje as they are fondly called are currently three points adrift of the playoff place and they next face Sweden, who occupy the playoff spot.The 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cup finalists need to beat Sweden at home on Tuesday by at least 7 goals to have any chance of booking their place in Russia 2018 via the playoffs.In Group B, Switzerland only need a draw in their final qualifier against hosts Portugal on Tuesday to book their ticket after a dominant 5-2 win over Hungary with Arsenal star Granit Xhaka getting one of the goals for the home side.On the other hand, Portugal will need to beat Switzerland in the aforementioned game to qualify for Russia 2018 automatically and condemn the Swiss to the playoffs. Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva scored for the European Champions in a 2-0 win at Andorra to put them in that position.Group A:Sweden 8-0 LuxembourgBulgaria 0-1 FranceBelarus 1-3 NetherlandsStandings:1. France 20 points2. Sweden 19 points3. Netherlands 16 points4. Bulgaria 12 points5. Belarus 5 points6. Luxembourg 5 pointsGroup B:Switzerland 5-2 HungaryFaroe Islands 0-0 LatviaAndorra 0-2 PortugalStandings:1. Switzerland 27 points2. Portugal 24 points3. Hungary 10 points4. Faroe Islands 9 points5. Andorra 4 points6. Latvia 4 pointsGroup H:Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 BelgiumCyprus 1-2 GreeceGibraltar 0-6 Estonialast_img read more

UKGC strengthens its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share An article published in the Times on Sunday 8 October accusing online betting operators of using cartoons to ‘lure kids to online gambling’, has caused the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to reaffirm its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm.The article claimed that gambling operators utilised flaws in the guidelines enforced by the UKGC and promoted games that appeal specifically to children. The article, which also expressed concerns that many of the games don’t require age-verification from players, evoked Tim Miller, executive director, corporate affairs and research for the UKGC, to write an open letter to the newspaper expressing that the regulatory body is “committed to using our powers and our expertise to play our part in creating a safer internet”.He went on to say: “Parents will understandably be concerned to read about the risks of children being exposed to gambling online.“Protecting children from being harmed or exploited by gambling is a clear priority for the Gambling Commission.“Our rules require strong age verification checks to prevent underage gambling; where businesses fail to protect vulnerable people, especially children, we have and will continue to take firm action.“Our current powers to regulate online gambling have been in effect for just a couple of years; however, the online world is fast moving meaning we constantly monitor the approach we take.“Earlier this year, we announced that we had commenced a wide ranging review of online gambling.“At the same time our expert advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, are examining the wider relationship between children and gambling.“Together these will give a clear picture of where further action may be necessary.“New technology brings both opportunities but also new risks; earlier this year we successfully prosecuted two YouTube users who were exploiting the FIFA computer game to provide illegal gambling which was accessible to children – the first regulator in the world to bring such action.“This clash between the world of computer games and the world of gambling is just one example of the need for continuous vigilance when keeping children safe online.”last_img read more