By: Kate Landis, Deputy Digital Director BLOG: Watch the Wolf Administration’s Facebook Town Hall on PA’s Opioid Crisis June 21, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Videos Yesterday, Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, and Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis held a Facebook Town Hall on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.Facebook users across Pennsylvania asked questions about what the Wolf Administration is doing to improve treatment programs, where the funding will come from to fight Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, and how we can overcome the stigma attached to addiction.If you missed the live stream on the governor’s Facebook page, watch this recording of the Facebook Town Hall below — and find out more about what the Wolf Administration is doing to combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.
Non-regulated rental property in the Netherlands requires considerable investment in particular, he said.Also during the conference, Nortbert Bol, managing director at Grontmij Capital Consultants, argued that there was room for Dutch institutional investors to increase their infrastructure allocations.He pointed out that, worldwide, the target allocation of “mainly large investors” was 5%, while this figure was just 3% in the Netherlands.He suggested smaller pension funds could also invest in infrastructure as a diversifier and overcome potential barriers, such as a lack of expertise, through co-operation.He said he expected demand for sustainable-energy infrastructure investments to grow, “as this would generate proper returns whilst contributing to the social goal of fighting climate change”.Responding to Bol’s presentation, Loek Sibbing, chief executive at the new Dutch Investment Institution (NLII), suggested political risk for investments in infrastructure projects could be mitigated by concluding “clear long-term agreements” with the government.He said institutional investors had already committed approximately 50% of the required assets to the NLII’s recently launched investment funds for subordinated loans for small and medium-sized companies (ALF) and for corporate loans (BLF), before any actual loan had been placed.The loans – to be distributed through banks – are expected to return 450 and 275 basis points in excess of the swap rate, respectively, according to the NLII.Sibbing also indicated that the NLII was currently assessing 40 projects, including sustainable housing, thermal grids and schools, on their suitability to be placed together in €500m investment funds.The NLII was established last year with the aim of attracting pension funds to invest in the local economy by linking supply and demand. Care property as an asset class is to become as significant as the office and retail real estate sectors in the Netherlands, according to Dick van Hal, chief executive at the €6.7bn property investor Bouwinvest. Speaking at the recent annual conference of IPE sister publication PensioenPro, van Hal said demand for high-quality real estate in the care sector far outstripped supply, and that there were still relatively few investors active in the market.Previously, Bouwinvest – property investor for BpfBouw, the €53bn pension fund for the Dutch building sector – indicated that care property had “enormous” growth potential and said it had received a €300m investment mandate from BpfBouw.Van Hal also noted that the market for rental residential property was becoming “very hot” on the back of a “race to catch up after the serious slowdown of building activity during the financial crisis”.
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Stuff.co.nz 13 January 2014Conservatives party leader Colin Craig has as good as confirmed a change to the anti-smacking law will be a bottom line if his party finds itself in a position to prop up the Government.Craig also admitted to smacking his child on occasion, in an interview with RadioLive this morning.“I occasionally do it right now. Like two thirds of other parents in New Zealand, I am not putting the good raising of a child behind a silly law.”Craig acknowledged he was breaking the law, but he still expected to get votes.“They [parents] like me, know this law is a stupid law and it’s not doing anything curb the abuse of children in this country.”Craig said he was not calling it a bottom-line at this stage because the election had not yet happened and he was not in a position to call the shots.But if he found himself in that position come election time, it would “absolutely” be on the table for review.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9603791/Smacking-law-is-stupid-Colin-Craig
NewsHub 5 October 2018Family First Comment: “Education, promoted as the only strategy by the industry, is not a cost-effective, or even effective, solution.” We could have told them that. In fact we did – during the submission process in 2012. But John Key’s government grovelled to the alcohol industry. Time to strengthen the law to protect families and communities from alcohol abuse.Law changes aimed at preventing alcohol harm aren’t working, a new study suggests.Researchers at the University of Otago interviewed patients at Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department in 2013 and 2017, to see if the “harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol” was being “minimised”, as according to the wording of the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012.They found no change in the number of people being hurt as a direct result of recent alcohol intoxication – around one admission in 14.The only significant change was in purchasing habits – in 2013 only 41.7 percent had bought their booze at a liquor store – that increased to 56.1 percent in 2017; and while two-thirds had bought their drinks at any off-licence in 2013, by 2017 that had gone up to 79.1 percent.“Most of the people had bought the alcohol they drank from off-licence locations, like liquor stores and supermarkets. In most cases they had actually had their last drink in a private location.”Most patients’ last drink before ending up in the emergency department was consumed at a private location, not a bar. It is generally much cheaper to buy alcohol at an off-licence than at a licenced venue.Around a quarter of patients under the influence of alcohol had drunk 15 or more standard drinks. Eighteen percent had consumed at least 20.Patients ranged in age from 14 to 87.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/10/alcohol-law-changes-ineffective-at-reducing-harm-study.htmlStay-at-home drinkers outnumber pub-goers at EDStuff co.nz 5 October 2018 It’s a familiar stereotype: the partygoer who heads into town, gets drunk, comes a cropper and ends up in an emergency department as an entirely avoidable health statistic.It happens every weekend across the country and is considered an unnecessary drain on the system.It is, but it turns out the stay-at-home version of that problem drinker may be an even bigger issue.Researchers at the University of Otago studied alcohol-related attendances at Christchurch Hospital emergency department (ED) for a three-week period in 2013 and again last year and found most people had taken their last drink at home: just under 70 per cent in both cases.Only 26 per cent of patients in the 2013 study had drunk most recently at a pub or club, and that dropped to 20 per cent in 2017.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/107601912/chch-hospital-ed-crowded-by-three-times-as-many-stayathome-drinkers-as-pubgoersAlcohol to have mandatory warning labels after move backed by transtasman health ministersStuff co.nz 11 October 2018 Warning labels advising pregnant women about the dangers of drinking alcohol will become mandatory in New Zealand and Australia, answering the pleas of health professionals.Members of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met in Adelaide on Thursday to vote whether alcohol manufacturers would be forced to put warnings on their products stating that it was dangerous to drink while pregnant.New Zealand Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor announced the labels would become mandatory.“While the alcohol industry has been voluntarily including warnings on some products for the past six years there is no consistency in the type, colour, size and design, reducing the effectiveness of the message,” O’Connor said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/107758390/alcohol-to-have-mandatory-warning-labels-after-move-backed-by-new-zealand-and-australian-health-ministersKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Authorities in Ripley County seized nearly a pound of marijuana and arrested a man after a traffic stop Wednesday night.An ISP Officer pulled over Stephen Huntington, 29, of Holton, on U.S. 50 near the Versailles State Park for a traffic violation around 11:35 p.m.During the traffic stop, police say the officer became suspicious after smelling an odor of marijuana coming from Huntington’s 1997 Hyundai.A search of the vehicle revealed just under a pound of marijuana located on the floorboard, according to police.Huntington was booked into the Ripley County Jail under suspicion of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute, a class D felony.“This incident is a good example of how simple traffic violations can result in much more serious charges,” reported ISP Sgt. Noel Houze in a public news release.
Normally at the Kentucky Derby you get the exception rather than the rule. This has not been the case for the past 3 derbys. This year the top 4 horses were the actual top 4 picks by the bettors when the race started. Nyquist, at 2-1 odds was the winner. This undefeated 3-year old was ridden by Jockey Gutierre, trained by Doug O’Neill, and owned by J Paul Reddam. Exaggerated finished second 1 1/4 lengths back and Gun Runner finished 3rd. He was 4 1/2 lengths behind the winner. My pick would have been Gun Runner to Show.This was the second largest crowd in attendance on a day in which the rain held off for the big race. Now we will have to wait and see if we have another Triple Crown winner this year.
Richard Lee Day, 68, of Aurora, passed away on August 20, 2016 at Batesville, IN.He was born on March 1, 1948 to the late,James and Edith (Armstrong) Day at Munich, Germany. Richard worked as a Line Operator for Pri-Pak for over 15 years. Richard was a Past Master of Hopewell Lodge #80 F&AM, and an honorary member of several other lodges in the area. He was loved and will be missed by all of his lodge brothers. He also enjoyed woodworking, leather working, amature Hamm Radio, and black powder guns. He was a major jokester. He loved making everyone laugh and could remember a vast array of jokes. Richard’s family was his most precious gift and he will be greatly missed.Richard is survived by his loving spouse, Pam nee Peterson; children, Deborah Deckard(Chris Westerfield), Dennise Donaldson (Steven Watkins,) Dennis Donaldson Jr., Daniel (Kelly) Donaldson; Siblings, James (Sheri) Day, Wilma (Mike) Gardiner, Mary Day, Terry (Teresa) Day; grandchildren, Katelin (Tommy) Allen, Brooke(Daniel) Murray, Sarah Donaldson, Dennis Donaldson III, Conner Donaldson,Cameron Donaldson, Sadie Donaldson, Shelby Donaldson and Savahanna Donaldson.He was preceded in death by his parents.Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana. Masonic Services will be held at 7:30 pm.Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Funeral Home.Burial will take place in the Union Cemetery, Moores Hill, IN.Memorials are suggested to the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge, Hopewell Lodge #80. If unable to attend, please call the funeral home office at 812-926-1450 and we will notify the family of you donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com.
Aston Villa will take on Major League Soccer opposition as part of a two-match pre-season tour of the United States in July. “The facilities are really good, the weather will be warm as well and a lot of teams in the Barclays Premier League go to the US now for pre-season, so it will be good for us. “The Premier League is world-renowned and everywhere you go people know what it’s about. They’re getting into it now in the US, too, and it’s good for us to tap into that interest and to attract new fans to the club.” Villa will face FC Dallas at the Toyota Stadium on July 23 and Houston Dynamo at the BBVA Compass Stadium on July 26. Villa boss Paul Lambert said: “It’s a good place to go and play football. Press Association
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, maintains that the modernising and reforming of Cricket West Indies (formerly West Indies Cricket Board) remains a concern for the regional body.LaRocque was at the time speaking at a press briefing on Monday in the lead-up to the 28th Intersessional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference, which will be held today and tomorrow at the Secretariat.“The position of the community is very clear on the need for modernising and reforming the administration of West Indies cricket, which remains a concern, notwithstanding the instances where performances may have improved from time to time. By and large there is a problem that we need to look at and we continue to peruse that,” the Secretary-General stated.The current Cricket West Indies administration, led by Dave Cameron, has drawn a lot of criticism over the last two years.Incidentally Cameron is posed for a third term, when the organisation stages its Annual General Meeting next month, but his popularity outside the board has dipped, ever since CARICOM cricket review panel in November 2015 termed the board’s governance structure as “antiquated,” “obsolete” and “anachronistic”, and has recommended the WICB be dissolved and all current members resign.“The Heads of Government have established a mechanism for continuing to look at the issue and that will continue,” LaRocque disclosed.The CARICOM panel was appointed by the Prime Ministerial Committee on the Governance of West Indies Cricket in the wake of the crisis that engulfed the board after the BCCI suspended bilateral ties and slapped $41.97M as damages following West Indies’ decision to pull out midway their India tour in 2014.