Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Year-In-Review: Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis December 14, 2016 2016 In Review, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Year in Review Throughout 2016, Governor Wolf traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to learn how the opioid and heroin crisis was affecting families and communities. He sat with parents who lost their children and people in recovery and pledged Pennsylvania would make progress against this epidemic.He worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to fund treatment for 45 Centers of Excellence for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities.In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to call for legislation that would battle the disease of addiction, and on November 2nd, Governor Wolf signed five bills that combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, including:Senate Bill 1202 strengthens the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.Senate Bill 1367 and House Bill 1699 restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or emergency rooms patients.Senate Bill 1368 establishes education curriculum on safe prescribing.House Bill 1737 creates more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.Governor Wolf also announced more than 2,000 opioid overdoses were reversed with Naloxone thanks to a standing order his administration established, and launched Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program to cut down on over-prescribing of powerful opioid painkillers. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary YEAR IN REVIEW SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Czech Republic: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed an Ecu200m loan towards upgrading the Czech section of the Warszawa – Wien corridor between Ostrava and Breclav.France: District de l’Agglomération de Montpellier has received a Fr375m loan from the EIB to fund construction of its planned 15 km light rail line; a further Fr430m will be raised to complete the project.Hungary: MAV has received government approval to seek loans of Ecu100m from the EIB for infrastructure improvement, and Ecu40m from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development for rolling stock modernisation.Japan: The transport ministry is seeking a reduction in interest charges from the finance ministry on the former JNR debt, to facilitate its eventual settlement.Romania: The World Bank is to loan US$120m and the EBRD another US$97m to Sncfr for upgrading projects including modernisation of 900 km of track.Spain: Siemens has proposed a public-private finance plan for the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line. The state would fund infrastructure – 60% of the total cost – with electrification, signalling and ICE3 trains funded by a consortium led by Siemens.USA: On July 10 South Dakota was awarded a $6·4m grant to repair flood-damaged railway infrastructure, including $3·9m for the state-owned Aberdeen – Mitchell line.The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority is to draw the first US$140m of a US$400m federal loan (p610) by the end of this month. On July 14 design contracts worth almost US8m were approved.
Swansea City player Andre Ayew has backed his younger brother Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa to come good in the English Premier League.Andre has almost always grabbed the headlines after each Swansea City game since joining the Welsh club form Olympique Marseille in the summer.The situation has however been different for Jordan Ayew who struggled to get his debut goal and has since scored twice for relegation threatened Aston Villa.Black Stars vice-captain Andre Ayew in an with RMC said when asked if he was worried about brother Jordan Ayew who is not playing much at Aston Villa:“No, he is playing, he has started 4 or 5 games. He has scored 2 goals. It is true that his debuts were difficult, a new coaching staff, a new team, a new country. “He needed a bit of time but he is really starting to throw himself into it and when I speak with him he seems at ease, at home and it is good because I really think that he has the ability to explode in this league. I hope that one day, if we can, we will play again together in the same club.”Jordan Ayew who used to play together at Olympique Marseille with Andre joined FC Lorient before transferring to English Premier League side Aston Villa in the summer.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays ‘not being offered top tier prospects’ for Marcus Stroman The Royals (39-65) have already been active in the trade market, sending starter Homer Bailey to the Athletics and catcher Martín Maldonado to the Cubs. MLB trade rumors: Twins eye Jays’ Daniel Hudson as well as Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles According to the report, a source said the Royals “could be getting closer” to dealing Diekman, who will be a free agent after the season. Related News Diekman also has postseason experience, with the Rangers in 2015 and 2016. The Dodgers and Braves are both pursuing Royals reliever Jake Diekman, according to MLB.com.While he’s not a marquee relief target akin to Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates or the Giants’ Will Smith, Diekman could be useful down the stretch for a contender. The left-hander has a 4.75 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 48 appearances this season. He’s striking out a career-high 13.6 batters per nine innings this season, which is good, but also walking 5.0 batters per nine, which is a scary number for a reliever.
“I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m back as quickly as possible,” added the 24-year-old.“However, all this pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling.“My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has been denied appearances at international tournaments by knee injuries in the past, missing Euro 2016 having failed to play at the 2014 World Cup after suffering an injury in a warm-up match.“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England,” Liverpool said in a statement on their website.Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen a stuttering career revitalised under Jurgen Klopp since moving to Liverpool last summer and his injury is a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.The former Arsenal man scored a stunning goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 quarter-final, first-leg Champions League win over Manchester City and was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in Russia on June 15.Klopp’s men looked certain for the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane’s strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury soured Klopp’s mood.“The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox,” said Klopp following his side’s win at Anfield, anticipating that his player had been badly hurt.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said on Wednesday he was “devastated” to be ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, but that it “pales in comparison” to the attack on a Liverpool fan before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Roma.Oxlade-Chamberlain was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the 5-2 semi-final first-leg victory over Roma.“Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season,” tweeted Oxlade-Chamberlain.“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.”Liverpool’s win was marred by the news that supporter Sean Cox, 53, was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in an assault by Roma fans before kick-off.Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking Cox, who had travelled from Ireland along with his brother for the match.Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent a scan on Wednesday that revealed ligament damage, although the club are not putting an exact timeframe on how long he is likely to be out for.
NOTES: The winning owners are David Bienstock and Charles Winner of Los Angeles. JOCKEY QUOTES BRICE BLANC, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “I speak to him in French, it must work!“He’s been working really, really well and I think he cares for this course as well. He ran really well for me last fall and he just didn’t get a chance to run during Del Mar, the race didn’t go; the patience has paid off, though. There was plenty of pace to run at today, which I think is great because he seems like once he settles down, he can finish up and really make a nice run. He has a tremendous turn of foot when he uses it and I think he’s got a lot of back class.“This was a tough bunch on paper, quite a few nice horses. I think the mile and an eighth helped me and it didn’t help some of the others.” PADDY GALLAGHER, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “Maybe Brice speaks the same language. (Flamboyant was bred in France and jockey Brice Blanc is from Lyon, France). We gelded the horse (April 25, 2015), but ever since Brice has ridden him, he’s done everything right, so whatever language he speaks, it must be working.” JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, SECOND: “He was doing it so easily today, that was a tough loss. I had a lot of horse turning for home. That’s the slowest he’s been in a while so I was glad he was able to relax. It’s just a tough beat but he definitely handled the distance well.”TRAINER QUOTES PHIL D’AMATO, OBVIOUSLY, SECOND, AND BIG JOHN B, EIGHTH: “He (Obviously) got beat by a neck, but he ran a great race. He just got outrun.” DAVID BIENSTOCK, CO-OWNER, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “This is a great way to start the New Year. I told Chuck (Winner) we’re going to start the year with a winner and we did. When you could see him gaining incrementally, it was really exciting. Brice rode him great.” CHUCK WINNER, CO-OWNER, FLAMBOYANT & CHAIRMAN, CHRB: “Early on I was a little concerned because I thought he’d be up closer to the lead, but Brice knew what he was doing. Going into the far turn, I saw he was full of run and when he started moving I thought, ‘We got a shot.’ This all worked out because my wife is French, the horse is French and the jock is French. It’s the French Connection!”