Trump administration reverses ICE policy on student visas

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Trump administration rescinded the policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which the agency announced a week before, that would have expired student visas and forced international students out of the country if their university operated exclusively online for the fall semester.The decision came after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the policy with the support of multiple colleges and universities across the nation, including Notre Dame. The federal district judge in Boston, who was to preside over the oral arguments for the case, said that at the start of the Tuesday hearing, the parties had come to a resolution.Jenkins made a statement Tuesday regarding the reversal of the policy.“I was heartened to learn that the government has abandoned plans which would have resulted in the deportation of foreign students enrolled at certain American colleges and universities,” Jenkins said. “Their presence enriches us all. They should be welcomed, not threatened or sent home.”Tags: ICE, student visas, trump administration, University President Father John Jenkinslast_img read more

Editorial: Federal Coal-Lease Policy Should Reflect Marketplace Changes

first_imgEditorial: Federal Coal-Lease Policy Should Reflect Marketplace Changes FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the (Salt Lake City) Deseret News:A public hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to put a three-year moratorium on new coal leases as it considers adjustments to leasing policies drew several hundred coal industry workers, many of whom condemn the plan as a campaign to appease powerful environmental interests. But the government would be negligent if it failed to recalibrate its policies in light of the trends toward lower coal demand.That trend is clearly influenced by the upsurge of both supply and demand for solar power, which in Utah has resulted in significant increases in industrial generating capacity, as well as in the use of household rooftop systems. The state anticipates new solar generation systems will add 850 megawatts of additional capacity next year. In the last six years, the number of tax credits processed for household rooftop solar installations increased from about 150 to more than 3,000.It should be noted that the solar industry in Utah now employs about 2,700 workers, compared to the 1,600 who work in coal mines. Those numbers should not be viewed as a metric of victory or defeat for either side of the issue, which is not a contest of coal versus solar. Coal will remain a significant contributor to the energy grid for a substantial period of time, but we are clearly seeing a surge in solar power and other renewable energy sources that will continue to relegate coal to a lesser place in the energy pantheon.Government policy should reflect marketplace changes and allow them to evolve without unnecessary obstruction. The government’s actions to adjust mining lease policies are more of a reaction to market forces than an effort to control them. Those forces will, by nature, wreak havoc on parts of the market while elevating others, which we now see happening in Utah with increasing speed and impact.Full item: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairslast_img read more

Bar rules proposals to be filed

first_imgBar rules proposals to be filed August 1, 2005 Regular News The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby gives notice of filing with the Supreme Court of Florida, on or about September 15, a petition to amend selected portions of rules 3-5.2 and 3-7.2 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. These proposed amendments are submitted at the request of the Supreme Court of Florida. The full text of the proposed amendments is printed below. These items were favorably recommended by the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation and the Disciplinary Procedure Committee of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. A copy of this submission may be requested by contacting Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300; e-mail to rscott@flabar.org or call (850) 561-5781. The Bar’s customary submission of suggested rule amendments developed over the past year should be filed with the court in January 2006. That consolidated package of proposals will be similarly noticed at least 30 days prior to its filing. Members who desire to comment on the currently proposed amendments to these two rules may do so within 30 days of the filing of the Bar’s petition. Comments should be filed directly with the clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida, and a copy must be served on the executive director of The Florida Bar. Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, governs these proceedings. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR *** RULE 3-5.2 EMERGENCY SUSPENSION AND INTERIM PROBATION (a) Initial Petition for Emergency Suspension. On petition of The Florida Bar, authorized by its president, president-elect, or executive director, supported by 1 or more affidavits demonstrating facts personally known to the affiants that, if unrebutted, would establish clearly and convincingly that an attorney appears to be causing great public harm, the Supreme Court of Florida may issue an order imposing emergency conditions of probation on said attorney or suspending said attorney on an emergency basis. (b) Petition for Interim Probation. On petition of The Florida Bar, authorized by its president, president-elect, or executive director, supported by 1 or more affidavits demonstrating facts personally known to the affiants that, if unrebutted, would establish clearly and convincingly that conditions or restrictions on an attorney=s privilege to practice law in Florida are necessary for protection of the public, the Supreme Court of Florida may issue an order placing said attorney on interim probation, the conditions of which shall be provided in rule 3-5.1(c). ( b c ) Trust Accounts. Any order of emergency suspension or probation that restricts the attorney in maintaining a trust account shall, when served on any bank or other financial institution maintaining an account against which said attorney may make withdrawals, serve as an injunction to prevent said bank or financial institution from making further payment from such account or accounts on any obligation except in accordance with restrictions imposed by the court. ( c d ) New Cases and Existing Clients. Any order of emergency suspension issued under this rule shall immediately preclude the attorney from accepting any new cases and unless otherwise ordered permit the attorney to continue to represent existing clients for only the first 30 days after issuance of such emergency order. Any fees paid to the suspended attorney during the 30-day period shall be deposited in a trust account from which withdrawals may be made only in accordance with restrictions imposed by the court. ( d e ) Filing of Formal Complaints. The Florida Bar shall file a formal complaint within 60 days of the emergency order and proceed to trial of the underlying issues, without the necessity of a finding of probable cause by either a grievance committee or the board of governors. ( e f ) Motions for Dissolution. (1) The attorney may move at any time for dissolution or amendment of an emergency order by motion filed with the Supreme Court of Florida, a copy of which will be served on bar counsel. Such motion shall operate as a not stay of any other proceedings and applicable time limitations in the case and, unless the motion fails to state good cause or is procedurally barred as an invalid successive motion, shall immediately be assigned to a referee designated by the chief justice. The filing of such motion shall not stay the operation of an order of emergency suspension or interim probation entered under this rule. (2) The referee shall hear such motion within 7 days of assignment, or a shorter time if practicable, and submit a report and recommendation to the Supreme Court of Florida within 7 days of the date of the hearing, or a shorter time if practicable. The referee shall recommend dissolution or amendment, whichever is appropriate, to the extent that bar counsel cannot demonstrate a likelihood of prevailing on the merits on any element of the underlying complaint. (3) Successive motions for dissolution shall be summarily dismissed by the supreme court to the extent that they raise issues that were or with due diligence could have been raised in a prior motion. (4) Upon receipt of the referee=s recommended order on the motion for dissolution or amendment, the supreme court shall review and act upon the referee’s findings and recommendations. If the court continues the order of emergency suspension or probation in any manner, The Florida Bar shall file a formal complaint, if one has not yet been filed, within 60 days of the continuance and proceed to trial of the underlying issues, without the necessity of a finding of probable cause by either a grievance committee or the board of governors. A continuance of the emergency suspension or probation dissolves the stay of other proceedings. ( f g ) Hearings on Formal Complaints. Upon the filing of a formal complaint based on charges supporting an emergency order, the chief justice shall appoint a referee to hear the matter in the same manner as provided in rule 3-7.5, except that the referee shall hear the matter and issue a report and recommendation within 90 days of appointment or, if the attorney has filed an unsuccessful motion for dissolution or amendment after the appointment of the referee, within 90 days of the supreme court=s continuance of the emergency order. This time limit shall apply only to trials on complaints in connection with which an emergency suspension or interim probation is in effect. If the time limit specified in this subdivision is not met, that portion of an emergency order imposing a suspension or interim probation shall be automatically dissolved, except upon order of the supreme court upon showing of good cause, provided that any other appropriate disciplinary action on the underlying conduct still may be taken. ( g h ) Proceedings in the Supreme Court of Florida. Consideration of the referee’s report and recommendation shall be expedited in the supreme court. If oral argument is granted, the chief justice shall schedule oral argument as soon as practicable. ( h i ) Waiver of Time Limits. Respondent may at any time waive the time requirements set forth in this rule by written request made to and approved by the referee assigned to hear the matter. RULE 3-7.2 PROCEDURES UPON CRIMINAL OR PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT; DISCIPLINE UPON DETERMINATION OR JUDGMENT OF GUILT OF CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT (a) Definitions. (1) Judgment of Guilt. For the purposes of these rules, “judgment of guilt” shall include only those cases in which the trial court in the criminal proceeding enters an order adjudicating the respondent guilty of the offense(s) charged. (2) Determination of Guilt. For the purposes of these rules, “determination of guilt” shall include only those cases in which the trial court in the criminal proceeding enters an order withholding adjudication of the respondent’s guilt of the offense(s) charged , those cases in which the convicted attorney has entered a plea of guilty to criminal charges, those cases in which the convicted attorney has entered a no contest plea to criminal charges, those cases in which the jury has rendered a verdict of guilty of criminal charges, and those cases in which the trial judge in a bench trial has rendered a verdict of guilty of criminal charges. (3) Convicted Attorney. For the purposes of these rules, “convicted attorney” shall mean an attorney who has had either a determination or judgment of guilt entered by the trial court in the criminal proceeding. (b) Determination or Judgment of Guilt , Admissibility; Proof of Guilt. Determination or judgment of guilt of a member of The Florida Bar by a court of competent jurisdiction upon trial of or plea to any crime or offense that is a felony under the laws of this state, or under the laws under which any other court making such determination or entering such judgment exercises its jurisdiction, shall be admissible in proceedings under these rules and shall be conclusive proof of guilt of the criminal offense(s) charged for the purposes of these rules. (c) Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt Institution of Felony Criminal Charges. Upon the entry of a determination or judgment of guilt against a member of The Florida Bar by a court of competent jurisdiction upon trial of or plea to any offense that is a felony under the laws applicable to such court, such convicted attorney institution of a felony criminal charge against a member of The Florida Bar by the filing of an indictment or information, the member shall , within 30 10 days of such determination or judgment the institution of the felony criminal charges notify the executive director of The Florida Bar of such determination or judgment charges. Notice shall include a copy of the order(s) whereby such determination or judgment was entered document(s) evidencing institution of the charges. If the state attorney whose office is assigned to a felony criminal case is aware that the defendant is a member of The Florida Bar, the state attorney shall provide a copy of the indictment or information to the executive director. (d) Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt by Courts of the State of Florida of Felony Charges. (1) Trial Judge . If any such determination or judgment is entered by in a court of the State of Florida, the trial judge or clerk thereof shall transmit , within 10 days of the date on which the determination or judgment is entered, give notice thereof to the Supreme Court of Florida and the executive director of The Florida Bar and shall include a certified copy of the order(s) whereby document(s) on which the determination or judgment was entered. (2) Clerk of Court . If any such determination or judgment is entered in a court of the State of Florida, the clerk thereof shall, within 10 days of the date on which the determination or judgment is entered, give notice thereof to the executive director and shall include a certified copy of the document(s) on which the determination or judgment was entered. (3) State Attorney . If the state attorney whose office is assigned to a felony criminal case is aware that the defendant is a member of The Florida Bar, the state attorney shall give notice of the determination or judgment of guilt to the executive director and shall include a copy of the document(s) evidencing such determination or judgment. (e) Notice by Members of Determination or Judgment of Guilt of All Criminal Charges. A member of The Florida Bar shall, within 10 days of entry of a determination or judgment for any criminal offense, notify the executive director of The Florida Bar of such determination or judgment. Notice shall include a copy of the document(s) on which such determination or judgment was entered. ( e f ) Suspension by Judgment of Guilt (Felonies). Upon receiving notice that a member of the bar has been determined to be or adjudicated guilty of a felony, the bar counsel will file a “Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt” in the Supreme Court of Florida. A copy of the document(s) on which the determination or judgment is based shall be attached to the notice. Upon the filing of the notice with the Supreme Court of Florida by The Florida Bar and service of such notice upon the respondent of a notice of determination or judgment of guilt for offenses that are felonies under applicable law, the respondent shall stand suspended as a member of The Florida Bar on the eleventh day after filing of the notice of determination or judgment of guilt unless the respondent shall, on or before the tenth day after filing of such notice, file a petition to terminate or modify such suspension , as defined in rule 3-5.1(e). ( f g ) Petition to Modify or Terminate Suspension. (1) At any time after the filing of a notice of determination or judgment of guilt, the respondent may file a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida to modify or terminate such suspension and shall serve a copy thereof upon the executive director. The filing of such petition shall not operate as a stay of the suspension imposed under the authority of this rule. (2) If such petition is filed on or before the tenth day following the filing of the notice, the suspension will be deferred until entry of an order on the petition. (3) If such petition is filed after the tenth day following the filing of the notice of judgment of guilt, the suspension shall remain in effect pending disposition of the petition. Modification or termination of the suspension shall be granted only upon a showing of good case. (g) Response to Petition to Modify or Terminate Automatic Suspension . The Florida Bar shall be allowed 20 days from the filing of a petition to modify or terminate automatic suspension to respond to the same. Bar counsel will oppose all petitions to modify or withhold an automatic suspension on a notice of determination or judgment of guilt unless the designated reviewer recommends and the executive committee concurs in not opposing such a petition. (h) Appointment of Referee. Upon the entry of an order of suspension, as provided above, the supreme court shall promptly appoint or direct the appointment of a referee. (1) Hearing on Petition to Terminate or Modify Suspension . The referee shall hear a petition to terminate or modify a suspension imposed under this rule within 7 days of appointment and submit a report and recommendation to the Supreme Court of Florida within 7 days of the date of the hearing. The referee shall recommend termination or modification of the suspension only if the suspended member can demonstrate that the member is not the convicted person or that the criminal offense is not a felony. (2) Hearing on Sanctions . In addition to conducting a hearing on a petition to terminate or modify a suspension entered under this rule, the referee shall hear argument concerning the appropriate sanction to be imposed and file a report and recommendation with the supreme court in the same manner and form as provided in rule 3-7.6(m) of these rules. The hearing shall be held and a report and recommendation shall be filed with the supreme court within 30 days of assignment as referee. The respondent may challenge the imposition of a sanction only on the grounds of mistaken identity or whether the conduct involved constitutes a felony under applicable law. The respondent may present relevant character evidence and relevant matters of mitigation regarding the proper sanction to be imposed. The respondent may not contest the findings of guilt in the criminal proceedings. A respondent who entered a plea in the criminal proceedings may be allowed to explain the circumstances concerning the entry of the plea for purposes of mitigation. The report and recommendations of the referee may be reviewed in the same manner as provided in rule 3-7.7, of these rules. ( h i ) Term of Suspension . Appeal of Conviction. (1) Maximum Term of Suspension . Unless the Supreme Court of Florida permits an earlier application for reinstatement, the suspension imposed on the determination or judgment of guilt shall remain in effect for 3 years and thereafter until civil rights have been restored and until the respondent is reinstated under rule 3-7.10 hereof. (2) Continuation Dur ing Appeal. A final termination of the criminal cause resulting in the affirmance of a determination or judgment of guilt shall continue the suspension until expiration of all periods for appeal and rehearing. (3) Continuation of Suspension Until Final Disposition. If an appeal is taken by the respondent from the determination or judgment of the trial court in the criminal proceeding, the suspension shall remain in effect during the appeal. and If, on review the cause is remanded for further proceedings, the suspension shall remain in effect until the final disposition of the criminal cause unless modified or terminated by the Supreme Court of Florida as elsewhere provided. ( 4 j ) Termination and Expunction of Suspension. A final disposition of the criminal cause resulting in acquittal will terminate the suspension. Upon motion of the respondent, the Supreme Court of Florida may expunge a suspension sanction entered under this rule when a final disposition of the criminal cause has resulted in acquittal or dismissal. (5) Effect of Expunction . A respondent who is the subject of a disciplinary history record sanction that is expunged under this rule may lawfully may deny or fail to acknowledge the sanction s covered by the expunged record, except when the respondent is a candidate for election or appointment to judicial office , or as otherwise required by law. (i) Separate Disciplinary Action . (1) Initiation of Action . The Florida Bar may, at any time, initiate separate disciplinary action against the respondent. (2) Conclusive Proof of Probable Cause . A determination or judgment of guilt, where the offense is a felony under applicable law, shall constitute conclusive proof of probable cause and The Florida Bar may file a complaint with the Supreme Court of Florida, or proceed under rule 3-7.9, without there first having been a separate finding of probable cause. (3) Determination or Judgment of Guilt as Evidence . A determination or judgment of guilt, whether for charges that are felony or misdemeanor in nature, shall be admissible in disciplinary proceedings under these rules, and in those cases where the underlying criminal charges constitute felony charges, determinations or judgments of guilt shall, for purposes of these rules, constitute conclusive proof of the criminal offense(s) charged. The failure of a trial court to adjudicate the convicted attorney guilty of the offense(s) charged shall be considered as a matter of mitigation only. (k) Waiver of Time Limits. The respondent may waive the time requirements set forth in this rule by written request made to and approved by the referee or supreme court. ( j l ) Professional Misconduct in Foreign Jurisdiction. [no change]center_img Bar rules proposals to be filedlast_img read more

Budgeting for digital

first_imgHow much of your credit union’s marketing budget goes to digital channels?Consider that nearly 53 percent of a person’s digital life is spent on a mobile device, according to the Nielsen Comparable Metrics Series Report, Q4 2016. Does your marketing budget align with this?“Evaluate your channels with strategic goals in mind and allocate dollars according to the channels your members predominantly use,” advises Karen McGaughey, VP/client services, principal for CUES Supplier member Weber Marketing Group, Seattle. “For example, if 25 percent of your advertising budget is allocated to print, yet print consumption is closer to 7 percent, you’re missing the boat. Your audience has moved, consuming greater volumes of content digitally on a device. Digital marketing is nimble and quickly adaptable. Use this to your advantage—experiment, measure performance, optimize execution based on success factors and repeat.”James Robert Lay, founder and CEO of Digital Growth Institute, Houston, recommends organizing your plan and budget in 30-, 60-, and 90-day increments. Like a marathon, condition yourself to adapt and change your plan as needed. He recommends allocating at least 35 percent of your budget to digital and has seen as high as 90 percent.You can also use your budget to find the right talent. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NYSEG donates $50,000 to Southern Tier Food Bank

first_imgThey also have a portal where you can see what steps they are taking to assist customers affected by COVID-19. “We’re here in the community, we are part of the community,” says President and CEO of NYSEG Carl Taylor. “We’ve been here for over 150 years and we think we have an obligation to help the community and those in need and this is a way of showing that,” Taylor said. One of those food banks was the Southern Tier Food Bank who received $50,000, an equivalent of 150,000 meals. Its apart of a bigger $2 million commitment by NYSEG’s parent company, AVANGRID, to support national and local programs that assist those who have been effected by the COVID-19 outbreak. In March, NYSEG and its sister company, RG&E, donated 17,700 N95 and surgical masks to assist health care workers on the front lines. VESTAL (WBNG) — NYSEG donated $275,000 to food banks across New York State.last_img read more

District supports lack of respect for flag, country

first_imgIf the district administration condones eliminating the national anthem from a schoolwide event, what will be eliminated next, the “Pledge of Allegiance?” I read quotes of “We support our students,” but does the district support the United States? I am beginning to wonder.The district says “we teach respect,” yet the administration allows students to disrespect our nation, our flag, our anthem and our soldiers by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. If these students could have served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea or Nazi Germany, perhaps they would have a greater appreciation for the country they live in.How can a school district such as this be trusted to run a taxpayer supported, multi-million dollar school budget? It’s very discouraging to see the culture of hypocrisy and denial that the Niskayuna school district administration and Niskayuna school board operates in. That is a culture that I will “take a knee” to and not support at the budget vote in May.I will “take a knee,” too, and not support at the budget vote in May.Lonsdale WalkerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was greatly concerned as I read about the elimination of the national anthem from the Niskayuna High School fall pep rally. It was also disheartening to learn that certain school athletes are “taking a knee” when our national anthem is played at sporting events.Then, to make matters worse, I read of the public support that Niskayuna High School principal (and NFL recruiting agent) John Rickert, district Superintendent Tangorra, and the Niskayuna school board have given in to these less-than-admirable students.last_img read more

Premier League agrees new broadcast deal in China with Tencent

first_imgBroadcasters due rebate The deal will come as some relief to the English top-flight, which is already facing huge losses due to coronavirus.Domestic and international broadcasters are due a rebate worth £330 million ($425 million) for the 2019/20 season failing to finish on time, while the new campaign has started with all matches still played without spectators.The Premier League has tried to encourage large tech companies to enter the market for its rights in recent years.Amazon bought rights for the first time in the 2019-2022 domestic deal, showing all 20 games of two rounds of fixtures.However, the Premier League added that it is still looking “to explore opportunities for free-to-air broadcast coverage in China for the 2020/21 season.”With a 1.4 billion population and the world’s second-biggest economy, China is a prime growth market for the Premier League. Along with the NBA, it is the most-watched foreign sports competition in China.”There are all sorts of things to take into account, reach and value are two of them, but I think really it’s about choosing the right path forward in a very big market, a crucial market to the Premier League,” Masters told the BBC earlier this month on finding the right deal to replace the PPTV contract. Topics : The Premier League announced on Thursday that it had agreed a new broadcast deal in China for the rest of the season with Tencent Sports following the termination of its previous agreement.Viewers will have access to all the remaining 372 matches of England’s top-flight football league via Tencent’s digital platforms from Saturday.More than half of all matches will be available for free to fans in China, with the remaining fixtures available on Tencent Sports’ membership service. The Premier League, which restarted last weekend after a seven-week break, terminated its contract with Chinese broadcaster PPTV earlier this month after a dispute over a missed payment.PPTV had agreed a reported $700 million deal for the right to broadcast all 380 Premier League matches per season from 2019 to 2022.However, the first season of that deal was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with a three-month shutdown between March and June, before the campaign was completed behind closed doors.PPTV reportedly failed to make a payment due in March for coverage of the 2019/20 season. “We are excited to have agreed this partnership with Tencent ensuring our supporters in China can enjoy following Premier League action throughout this season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.”We and our clubs have an extremely passionate fanbase in China and are looking forward to working with the team at Tencent to engage with fans in new ways over the coming season.”Through the partnership with the social media and gaming giant, clubs will be able to share in-game clips during matches with supporters and the Premier League will launch an official channel including videos and features.Tencent Sports general manager Ewell Zhao said: “The Premier League is one of the world’s most popular sports competitions and has many fans in China.”In collaboration with the Premier League, Tencent Sports hopes to leverage its platforms and technology to bring the drama of Premier League matches to fans and share with them the passion and excitement of football.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Hosts First Opioid Command Center on the Road in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Hosts First Opioid Command Center on the Road in Southwest Pennsylvania Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today hosted the first regional meeting of the Opioid Command Center at the Southwestern PA Human Services Inc. Care Center in Washington, as part of his continuing 90-day heroin and opioid disaster declaration.“Taking the Opioid Command Center on the road is the logical next step for this ongoing battle against the heroin and opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “During the first 90 days and continuing into the second 90, we have been focused on data collection and initiative implementation, so now we are able to go into various regions of the state to share what we’ve collected about that region and listen to the needs and efforts unique to this area.”The governor was joined by representatives of the Southwestern PA Human Services Inc. Care Center, Command Center members, including Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Department of Health; Rick Flinn, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; Ellen DiDomenico, Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Derin Myers, from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; and Major William Teper of the Pennsylvania State Police, and various stakeholder groups from Washington, Allegheny, Greene and Fayette counties.The governor highlighted progress on several initiatives introduced over the past 90-plus days:Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed a naloxone leave-behind standing order. Several local agencies, including the City of Pittsburgh EMS, Fayette County EMS, and the Bucks Country Emergency Health Services Department are already participating in the leave behind program.Expanded access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to other commonwealth departments for clinical decision-making purposes. Numerous local and state departments have already gained access to the database, and neighboring states are now connected to Pennsylvania’s PDMP.Waived fees for birth certificates for individuals with opioid use disorders, allowing them faster access to treatment and benefits. To date, more than 80 birth certificates have been expedited through this process to help get people into treatment faster.Added non-fatal overdoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as reportable conditions. More than 60 percent of hospitals and birthing centers in the state are now reporting cases of NAS.Waived annual licensing requirements for high-performing drug and alcohol treatment facilities and have already seen over 50 percent of eligible facilities apply for and receive two-year licenses, ensuring continued, high-quality treatment for OUD sufferers.Another major initiative was the creation of the Opioid Data Dashboard to help the public gain access to information about what resources are available locally, and where those resources need to be deployed. The dashboard can be viewed here.Since the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program went into effect, Washington County has 15 percent less prescriptions for opioids, reducing the number of individuals with opioid-use disorder due to over-prescribed opioids. In 2016, almost 5,000 individuals in Washington County with opioid-use disorder were covered by Medicaid and 3,000 of those individuals were covered by Medicaid due to expansion, meaning that for many people this is the first time they were able to access treatment for addiction.“I am pleased with our progress under the disaster declaration, but there is much more work to be done,” Governor Wolf said. “I look forward to continuing these regional meetings, so we can continue to learn, gather data, and do all that we can with our various partners across the state to end this scourge.”More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and how people suffering from this disease can get help is here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 02, 2018last_img read more

Gold Coast land prices jump 9 per cent as demand for masterplanned estates surges

first_imgResearch reveals 2218 blocks of land — ranging from 140sq m to 1000sq m — sold on the Gold Coast in the past 12 months.AVERAGE land prices on the Gold Coast jumped 8.6 per cent in the past 12 months. The average 450sq m block of land now costs $265,000, but new research shows it could be higher if more was released. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoResearch from Oliver Hume shows 2218 blocks of land — ranging from 140sq m to 1000sq m — sold on the Gold Coast in the past 12 months. In 2003, there were 3253 sales. “While both volumes and prices increased in the year to June the growth could have been far greater if there were more supply coming to market,” Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath said. “We remain well below long-term average for both price and volume and should be doing more to bring product to market.”Mr Keath said masterplanned communities were experiencing a surge in demand due to buyers seeking new, affordable homes close to services and facilities. The Oliver Hume research showed the number of lots approved in the 2017 financial year fell 20 per cent to 1684, while the number of lots coming to market was down nearly 30 per cent, to under 2500. At the end of June, Oliver Hume there was just 218 lots on the market across the whole of the Gold Coast.last_img read more

Whelan wants Stoke to build on wins

first_img The Potters secured successive Barclays Premier League victories for the first time this term by following up their 1-0 Boxing Day triumph at Everton with a 2-0 home defeat of West Brom on Sunday, Mame Biram Diouf notching both goals. The Staffordshire outfit – currently 11th – found some impressive form in the second half of last season that saw them finish ninth, their highest final position since their promotion in 2008. Press Association And with a similar achievement the target for this campaign, Whelan has stressed the need for Stoke to get some consistent success together once again. “We all said after (the West Brom game) that we’ve played better and got beaten,” the 30-year-old said. “We weren’t particularly good at times but we were able to grind out a result 48 hours after the Everton clash, which was always going to be difficult. “We’ve got 25 points now but everyone will hold their hands up and say it’s been a bit stop-start. “If we can get it going like we did in the back half of last season hopefully we can push up the table to where we want to be. “The last couple of games have been great. Two massive wins and two clean sheets, so let’s kick on from there.” Stoke’s next match is the New Year’s Day home clash with Manchester United – a fixture they won 2-1 in February last season. center_img Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan hopes the club can develop some real momentum heading into the second half of the season after rounding off 2014 with back-to-back wins.last_img read more