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Weekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Creating Jobs, and Promoting Skills Training

first_imgWeekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Creating Jobs, and Promoting Skills Training [email protected]‘s case has brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. I again call on the PA legislature to pass reforms to our criminal justice system. More: https://t.co/hgbFL5aVyU https://t.co/tee4bd2Vzo— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 24, 2018 The Blog,  Weekly Update,  Workforce Development Gun SafetyLast Monday, Governor Wolf joined Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick to urge passage of commonsense gun safety legislation, including background checks on all gun purchases in Pennsylvania.“I am calling on the legislature to take up additional commonsense gun reform bills that will help us close dangerous loopholes and keep weapons out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to Pennsylvania’s citizens,” said Governor Wolf.In addition to universal background checks by State Police, the governor urged the House to pass Senate Bill 501, which would prevent domestic abusers with protection from abuse orders against them from owning or possessing guns.Jobs that PayOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that IRIS USA will create 95 new jobs in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. He also announced on Tuesday that USSC Group will create more than 240 new jobs in Chester County. Announcing these jobs builds on the governor’s Jobs that Pay initiative, which has made significant investments in 21st century manufacturing and strengthening the middle class.Opioid CrisisOn Thursday, Governor Wolf announced new executive action to continue addressing the opioid crisis and the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids within the Workers’ Compensation system. For a full list of these actions, click here. Earlier that day he announced that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Protection’s PA Get Help Now helpline fielded 1,700 more calls in the first quarter of 2018 than the final quarter of 2017. This increase in calls resulted in 846 more people in the first quarter of 2018 getting directly connected to treatment that can lead toward recovery.Governor Wolf was also able to announce on Wednesday that Pennsylvania received $26.5 million in federal funding to continue our fight against the opioid crisis.“The opioid and heroin crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard and this crisis doesn’t discriminate – it hits every age group, every creed, color, and income level,” Governor Wolf said. “Leftover opioids can be sold or misused by family members, leading to even more people affected by their presence. That’s why I strongly encourage all Pennsylvanians to look through your medicine cabinets and take the proactive step to keep your homes and your loved ones safe.”Fighting the opioid crisis remains one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities, and the steps taken this week will build on his initiatives. Learn more about Governor Wolf’s action plan to combat the opioid epidemic and use the administration’s guide to learn how to treat and prevent opioid addiction.PAsmartOn Friday, Governor Wolf toured Monroe Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) to announce a $510,000 grant, and discuss his first-of-its-kind PAsmart proposal, which will invest in a highly skilled workforce for the 21st century economy. As part of the governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal, PAsmart would invest $50 million to help workers get the skills and education for jobs in growing industries. More information on the PAsmart program is available here.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 22–28, 2018Monday, 4/23/18First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils Governor’s Residence Rain Garden During Annual Earth Day CelebrationGovernor Wolf Urges Commonsense Gun Safety, Background Checks on All Gun PurchasesWolf Administration Previews 2018 Northeastern Region Construction Season, Highlights Recycled Asphalt Paving ProgramTuesday, 4/24/18Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of USSC Group, Creation of More Than 240 Manufacturing Jobs in Chester CountyWolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights ProjectsWednesday, 4/25/18Governor Wolf Announces IRIS USA Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating 95 New Jobs in Luzerne CountyGovernor Wolf Announces Second $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Continue Fight Against Opioid and Heroin CrisisGovernor Wolf Applauds Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives LegislationThursday, 4/26/18Governor Wolf, PHRC and Governor’s Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs Issue Statement Condemning Racial Discrimination in Places of Public AccommodationGovernor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Curb Overprescribing of Opioids in Workers’ CompensationGovernor Wolf Applauds Victims, District Attorney on Conviction of Bill CosbyFriday, 4/27/18Governor Wolf Highlights PAsmart Workforce Proposal at Monroe Career and Technical InstituteGovernor Wolf: Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back DayGovernor Wolf: Medicaid Expansion Has Helped Local Economies, HospitalsHighlights from TwitterI’m calling on the legislature to close loopholes in Pennsylvania gun law that allow the private sale of long guns like an AR-15 without a background check. Universal background checks are one of the best ways we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. pic.twitter.com/pLlvF9j4aT— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 27, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 30, 2018last_img read more

Saina Nehwal enters second round; HS Prannoy ousted in Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona: Veteran shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the women’s singles second round of the USD 170,000 Barcelona Spain Masters as Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki N Reddy also recorded victories in their mixed doubles first round match here on Wednesday. Saina beat Germany’s Yvonne Li 21-16, 21-14 while Pranaav and Reddy prevailed over Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje 10-21, 21-16, 21-17.But HS Prannoy suffered a defeat at the hands of Malaysian Daren Liew 18-21, 15-21 to bow out of the meet.Saina is keen to keep her Olympic hopes alive after enduring a rough 2019 and a bad start to this year.Also Read: Saina Nehwal is in kind of a tight situation: Parupalli Kashyap on Olympics qualificationAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

FIFA meet to set date for vote on Sepp Blatter’s replacement

first_imgThe leadership of crisis-hit world football governing body FIFA gathered at their Zurich headquarters on Monday to set a date for the vote to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.Blatter and other top officials from around the world began an extraordinary executive committee meeting to set the timetable for a congress to vote on their next leader. Also on the agenda are early plans for reforms in response to corruption scandals which have rocked FIFA.Blatter and his general secretary Jerome Valcke will address the media following the meeting – the first time the president has faced the press since announcing he would stand down.The organisation was left reeling before it’s May congress after a dawn raid at a five-star Zurich hotel where seven officials, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested. On Saturday in New York, Webb pleaded not guilty to a range of charges including racketeering, money-laundering and fraud and was released on a $10 million bail.FIFA is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice as well as Swiss authorities, and also faces growing pressure from top sponsors, such as Coca Cola and McDonald’s who have urged major changes.The organisation insists it is taking the need to reform seriously and is co-operating with investigators, but for many critics those claims will be greeted with scepticism until the man who has ruled the body since 1998 is replaced. Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term at the congress but then announced on June 2 that he would lay down his mandate at the ‘extraordinary elective congress’ which will likely be held between December and February. The 79-year-old has repeatedly said that he will not stand again and while he has reneged on that promise before, saying his election in 2011 was his last before changing his mind, it would be a major surprise if he made another u-turn.With FIFA rules stating candidates need to announce their intention to run four months ahead of a vote, the focus will quickly turn to who intends to run for the most powerful job in world soccer.In May’s vote Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein was beaten by Blatter but he has yet to indicate if he will run again, while it remains unclear if UEFA’s French president Michel Platini will stand.Pressure groups such as Transparency International will be keen to learn about FIFA’s reform plans on Monday having urged them to allow an independent, third-party, commission to handle the process.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley takes the victory as Olympian O’Neill looks onLondon 2012 Olympian and defending middleweight champion Darren O’Neill is out of the IABA Elite Championships after dropping a countback decision to Finn Valley’s Jason Quigley on Saturday night.Both boxers were tied at 13-13 at the end of a cracking 75kg quarter-final, but Quigley’s hand was raised in victory on accepted scores (49-38).The current European U/23 champion took the first two rounds to lead 9-7 going in the third, but O’Neill, who beat Quigley in the 2010 and 2011 Elite finals, claimed the final frame 6-4 before losing out on a countback. O’Neill’s fellow London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan convincingly beat Petru Ursu in tonight’s curtain raiser.Ursu, to his credit, shared the last round 6-6 with the Bray BC southpaw, but Nolan held a 14-4 advantage going into that stanza.Brian Brosnan and Illies Willie McLaughlin also won, McLaughlin taking the early route to victory versus Elite Championships debutant Phil Moloney.Beijing 2008 Olympian John Joe Joyce turned on the style in the final three minutes to secure victory over Steven Donnelly, while Conrad Cummings beat Christy Joyce by a seven-point margin.  BOXING: DONEGAL’S JASON QUIGLEY STUNS OLYMPIAN O’NEILL IN IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BOXING: DONEGAL’S JASON QUIGLEY STUNS OLYMPIAN O’NEILL IN IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPSfinn valley boxing clubillieslast_img read more