first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Mayor Kenney to Announce City’s Opioid Task Force Report Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as the mayor announced the city’s Opioid Task Force Report, completed to provide a path forward on the ongoing battle of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Philadelphia and around the state.“The task force report, and the recommendations it contains, align with the efforts that we have made at the state level to give our local municipalities and cities, our first responders, our law enforcement officials, and all of our citizens the tools they need to save the life of a loved one – and get them into quality and proven treatment programs,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud the mayor and the task force for the commitment to fighting this epidemic that is a scourge on our state and the City of Philadelphia.”The mayor’s task force was charged with developing a comprehensive and coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence and overdose in Philadelphia and draft a report of findings and recommendations for action to the mayor. The 23-member task force, co-chaired by Dr. Evans, Philadelphia Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), and Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, met semi-monthly for two-hour meetings between January 11 and March 22, to produce the final report announced today.“The opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of Philadelphians across the city,” Mayor Kenney said. “This report and its recommendations offer a roadmap as to how, together, we can take action and adequately address this problem to reduce use and the devastating loss of life this epidemic is causing.”The task force also included five subcommittees focused on:Data Analysis and SharingPublic Education and Prevention StrategiesJustice System, Law Enforcement, and First RespondersService Access, Best Practices, and Treatment ProvidersOverdose Prevention and Harm ReductionFor more information on the task force report, visit May 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAn investigation into what is being described as ‘classified information’ to the Daily Observer newspaper in respect to an imminent strike action to be staged by officers protecting the lives and properties of the judicial branch of government began yesterday at the Temple of Justice.The judicial source hinted to this paper that the investigation was ordered by Court Administrator, Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson.The hierarchy of the judicial security is overseeing the investigation into the leak, with help from other court administrators’ offices.They are mandated to investigate how classified information of LRD3000 monthly entertainment benefits found its way into the media.According to the source, the investigation could not take place yesterday because the investigators decided to include all 62 officers, instead of the initial three officers they targeted to probe.Surprisingly, the head of the Judicial Security, Col. Paul Tuazama, who initially confirmed the information regarding LRD3000 entertainment benefits, is the person heading the investigation.“A full investigation has been launched into the purported leak,” a source told this reporter, indicating that the term of reference of the committee is to establish whether or not protocol governing the management of classified information at the judiciary was breached.“It is illegal, in terms of the judicial classification protocols, to disclose information of such a nature and such leaks undermine the credibility of the judiciary,” the source quoted Cllr. Nelson as angrily telling her investigators.She noted with concern media reports about the contents of classified intelligence reports belonging to the judiciary, the source further quoted the former NEC chair as saying.“The leaking of information on operational details of the judiciary’s security entertainment benefits, is condemned in the strongest terms,” she was reported to have said.The Daily Observer last Tuesday reported on an imminent go slow action to be staged by judicial officers at the Temple of Justice allegedly due to the failure of the Judicial Branch of Government to supply them with tea and sugar, especially officers serving on the night shift.The go-slow information along with the 2015 US$19.3m judiciary budget was gathered from an interview held with Col. Paul Tuazama, head of the judicial security.The Daily Observer report said that out of the over US$19million, the lawmakers allocated US$763,279 for the upkeep of the offices of the Chief Justice and US$1,524,625 for the four Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.The night shift officers even alleged that they are exposed to cold and harsh weather conditions and therefore need the supplies requested.The report also named lack of medical aid and the failure of the Justices to include some of their colleagues on the government payroll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDMG Motors in Donegal Town are hosting an amazing Škoda Open Event for a limited time only.From 12th-31st October 2019, Škoda are giving their best-ever offer of 0% finance across the entire range of new 201 cars.Whether it’s the SUV Range, Karoq, Kodiaq or the incredible all new Superb, the offer spans across every model. Plus, get a three-year fixed price service plan of only €12.99 per month. The new ŠKODA SUPERBThis 0% finance special is for a limited time only, and with just over two weeks left, there has never been a better time to visit DMG Motors, the leading Škoda dealer in Donegal, and view the impressive range.Here, General Manager Stephen McCaul talks about the super offers and servicing deals available on new Škoda cars this October:To book a test drive call DMG Motors on 0749721396 or call into the showroom at Clar Road, Donegal Town. Visit: www.dmgmotors.ieWatch: Best ever offer for limited time at DMG Motors Škoda Open Event was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:201 carsDMG MOTORSmotoringSkodaskoda open eventSUPERBvideolast_img read more

first_imgMark Hughes, part of the Manchester United team famously thrashed 4-1 by QPR 20 years ago, has told his players that they too can cause a massive upset at Old Trafford.Dennis Bailey’s hat-trick gave Rangers an unforgettable victory in front of a live television audience and stunned a United side that were chasing the title.R’s boss Hughes remembers that day all too well and insists the current team must believe that history can repeat itself.Top scorer Heidar Helguson is back in the QPR squad for Sunday’s game.“You can’t legislate for it and you never know when those type of results will happen,” Hughes declared ahead of Sunday’s encounter.“I was in the United team that day. It was New Year’s Day and everyone thought we’d been out all night. In fairness we probably would have played better if we had been.“We didn’t see that result coming, but it can happen and this year as with any other year results will pop up that people don’t expect.“I’ve taken Blackburn there and got positive results. It can be done, but we need to catch them on an off-day and play exceptionally well.“Teams can go there and cause an upset and we certainly have enough talent to do that.”And Hughes has pledged that Rangers will look to attack United rather than try to get men behind the ball.“Old Trafford isn’t a place you can go to and be timid,” he said.“You have to front up and say ‘Listen, this is what we’re about and we’re going to come here, give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us’.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new Ohio law affects farmers that plan to use certain utility vehicles this planting season, including Gators, Mules and other utility vehicles with a bed designed to transport cargo. The new law is part of the 2018-2019 transportation budget, formally known as House Bill 26. HB 26, which goes into effect on June 30, 2017, permits vehicles to travel on any public road or right of way — other than a freeway, when travelling from one farm field to another for agricultural purposes.Under HB 26, utility vehicles are now expressly required to display a triangular Slow-Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem. Previously, it was up to local law enforcement to interpret the law and decide whether a utility vehicle should have a SMV. The new law also clearly allows utility vehicles to travel on public roads between farm fields, whereas the old law required farmers to know whether the county or township allowed utility vehicles on the road. Utility vehicle operators can read more about the old law in our previous blog post on APVs, ATVs, and four-wheelers here.What qualifies as a “utility vehicle?” Farmers should be aware that this law only covers what it defines as “utility vehicles.” This means that the law only applies to vehicles designed with a bed, for transporting material or cargo related to agricultural activities. Not all ATVs and APVs will be included in this definition.The law is good news for farmers who plan to use utility vehicles this season. If farmers plan to use a utility vehicle on the farm, they should know the following before taking the vehicle out:In order to use a utility vehicle on a public road, a driver must be traveling from one farm field to another farm field for agricultural purposes.Utility vehicle drivers must display a SMV on any utility vehicle used on a public road as it travels between farm fields.Ohio Revised Code Section 5589.10 prohibits the placement of earth, mud, manure, or other injurious materials on a public highway. Therefore, farmers should avoid leaving such debris in the roadway or clean up the roadway if a utility vehicle leaves mud behind.More information on HB 26 is here, under Sec. 4511.216 on page 328 of the bill.last_img read more

first_imgWhen to save old windowsOne of the most wonderful aspects of our local architecture is its historic windows with their characteristic divided lite panes and historic glass. They are not only visually appealing, but their design and craftsmanship make them worthy of preservation. Unfortunately, because they are single-glazed and often in disrepair, they are also one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter and a major source of heat gain in the summer. The windows alone can be responsible for 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes!… There is a point when the condition of the window clearly indicates that a replacement is necessary. When considering replacement windows, it is important to not only consider their energy efficiency, but also their appearance in terms of the pattern of the proportions of their frame and sash, the configuration of the window panes, muntin profiles, types of wood and characteristics of the glass. Search for a replacement that retains as much of the character of the historic window as possible. Juli MacDonald is an architect and accredited LEED professional who worked in Chicago for 20 years before relocating to the East Coast and eventually opening her own firm in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 2007.Later that year she started writing the GreenBridge blog. It’s named after her firm, which concentrates on residential additions and remodels.GreenBridge Blog is a mix of project descriptions, “sustainability and efficiency” entries, which covers such topics as insulation, home office planning and green roofs, and a shorter travelogue section that details places she’s visited or conferences she’s attended.There’s nothing stiff or pedantic about the entries. MacDonald writes just enough about herself and her family to provide personal context, but does not wander so far afield we wish she’s get back on topic.The project list isn’t huge, but there are some interesting entries, including one called the “Garbage Garage.” The handsome building looks conventional, until you get into the details and find out its lower walls are rammed-earth tires, and that light in the upper gable ends comes from glass bottles laid up like cordwood and mortared in place. A visiting team from Guatemala called Long Way Home took part in the project.Another is Lamorna Cottage after a 1880s farmhouse that MacDonald and her family seem to have bought this past summer in Rockland, Maine. We’ll be traveling along as they bring the house back into livable shape.There also are links to companies that might be of interest to anyone building in New England, including Andros Energy (renewable energy systems), the Green Cocoon (insulation), and JF Jewett Farms & Co. (cabinetmakers).Here are a few excerpts: Why we should talk about toiletsWhen I first started working as an architectural intern in Rockford, Illinois, Larry, the curmudgeonly head draftsman, loved teasing me about my main job of drawing toilet rooms. He didn’t let me say ‘bathroom,’ insisting that I say ‘toilet.’ He was right – we were working on commercial toilet rooms and nobody was taking baths there… Well, it’s been a lot of years, and now I’ve got a lot to say about toilets – Do you want your toilet in a separate room? Do you like an elongated bowl for comfort? What do you think of the water-saving dual-flush models? Do you have young sons?Discussing the toilet still isn’t my favorite part of the bath design process, but it’s important, because habits and details make all the difference in a successful bathroom. I resolveOn December 12th [2009], my family lost my Grandmother, Eleanor Phillips, who lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I was lucky enough to be able to spend some precious time with her during her last days in the hospital. During part of that time, my cousins and I pored over Grandma’s various journals, letters and photos, and we got a wonderful sense of the fullness of her life and the way she lived and adapted throughout her 88 years.In one letter to her sister written in the 50s, she talked about ripping down discarded clothing to make braided rugs. Her journals and autobiographies described her huge love of gardening and enjoyment of the harvests. She was a farmer’s daughter, one of 6 children who knew what sharing and making-do meant, and who also knew to not leave the table without asking one sibling or parent to guard her plate. Her fondest memories of her mother included her ability to whip up the most amazing donuts for the family and to make a dress for my grandmother the night before she wore it to a dance.It was clear that she had a happy childhood – she carried a 80-year-old snapshot of a family Sunday picnic in her wallet, and in her writing she often described her many memories of her parents hugging and kissing, and her father’s desolation when her mother died at a very young age. She remembered her and her siblings’ excitement at seeing their single gift and one orange next to their plates Christmas morning.So, my resolution? To continue to carry my grandma and her lessons with me. Embrace simple and good living, enjoy family and seek happiness in the smallest things. She didn’t live her life with the intent of being ‘green’ or ‘sustainable,’ but her way of life was what so many of us strive for today. Reuse and salvageOne of my fondest memories of living in Chicago was ‘shopping’ in the alleys. My quickest walk to the train was down our 3 block alley: on one side were condo buildings and the on the other were single-family homes. It worked this way – if you didn’t want something anymore, you left it in the alley, NEXT to the garbage, sometimes with a note, and it was usually gone in a few hours. Through the years I collected a great variety of treasures. Among them: lamps, a desk, many, many chairs, my now favorite cookbook. My goal wasn’t to be green, but it really was an efficient (cheap!) and practical system.Now I use Freecycle. If you haven’t checked them out, give them a try – it is basically a local list-serve where members post items they want to give away or items they’d like to receive. It works similarly to shopping in the Chicago alley, but is a bit more civilized.In construction, the act of restoring or remodeling a home is a form of reuse and salvage. Preservation instead of demolition and new construction saves in energy and materials consumption and reduces demolition landfill. There is a great opportunity in salvaging and reusing materials for remodeling and even new construction projects, if you are aware and know where to look.last_img read more

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Google#Motorola Google’s downsizing of Motorola continues.According to a report from the Associated Press, Google will cut another 1,200 jobs from the Motorola division, which it acquired in August, 2011 for $12.4 billion. Google announced in Aug. 2012 in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would lay off 4,000 of Motorola’s employees and close a third of its 90 worldwide facilities. The layoffs are a continuation of Google’s streamlining of Motorola. We noted last week that Google has had two longstanding goals with its struggling smartphone division: clear the rubble and build for the future. Here is more rubble to clear. Google has run up $1.1 billion in operating losses with Motorola since the deal was completed in May 2012, according to reports. The only smartphones that the MotoGoo combination have released since the acquisition became final have been three lackluster Droid Razr devices – HD, Maxx HD and M – that fell flat in the holiday shopping season against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy devices and Apple’s iPhone line. What Lies AheadIn 2012, Google began the arduous process of cleaning up Motorola’s supply chain, a bloated and complex environment built up over decades of hardware manufacturing. Google’s plan was to simplify the supply line by using less key components (processors, etc.) by paring back the amount of devices that Motorola made. That included getting out of the feature (dumb) phone business and producing only one distinct series of smartphones. That goal is still in progress, but Motorola has cut back its entries into the market to just the Razr devices. As mentioned last week, Motorola still has about six months or more of product its pipeline to clear out before it can really focus its attention on creating next-generation smartphones inspired by Google’s software and aesthetics. As such, Google has replaced most of Motorola’s top executives and replaced them with their own hand-picked people such as former DARPA whiz Regina Dugan and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki.As has been Google’s motto since it was founded, the company is collecting as many top minds as it possibly can and setting them on a task. This time, the task is not creating a better search engine or organizing the world’s information, but rebuilding a once-powerful brand that had become bloated and stagnant. It is a different type of problem for Google. Instead of building from a blank slate, it has to dissemble a mammoth organization while also keeping an eye out for the near term and long term future.It is hard to tell what type of device will come of the clear-and-build project. Knowing Google and Motorola’s particular strengths, it will likely be very thin, have a long battery life and be extraordinarily intelligent with Motorola’s “smart actions” (introduced with the last round of Razrs) and Google Now baked straight into the Android operating system.With all of Google’s amassed talent, it is hard not to get kind of excited about the first true release of a MotoGoo phone. But first, Google has to clear away the rubble. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgThe performance by Indian athletes at the Asian Games, India’s best in two decades, caused much celebration that died down quickly with the announcement that distance runner Sunita Rani had tested positive for dope.The athlete from Punjab was stripped of her gold and bronz e medals and her records and returned home in disgrace. It’s not a new scenario for Indian sport which has for several years now been ridden with accusations of a widespread and sustained campaign of doping.In the past four months, three Indians including Rani have tested positive in major competitions. Dope-control procedures in India are very lax as they are conducted by a laboratory in Delhi that is not certified by the International Olympic Committee.Athletes cleared by the Government for overseas competition have to clear tests before departure. When they then test positive abroad, it indicates that there is more than a rogue athlete acting on his or her own. It indicates that there is official connivance in a sustained and supervised doping programme. Indian athletes who test positive are punished and usually left to cope with humiliation on their own.The accessories to the “crime”-officials, doctors, coaches- continue in their jobs. The presence of “sports medicine” doctors from the old Soviet states hired to help Indian athletes may have coincided with improved results in athletics in the past two Asian Games, but coincidentally so has the bad news about the use of performance – enhancing drugs.In Rani’s case a compromised and corroded sporting system has caught up with one of India’s brightest athletic hopes. The argument that doping is a self-evident truth in international sport will not help put her athletic career back on track.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid to use Bale to beat Man Utd for Pochettino dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale as a bargaining chip in talks with Tottenham for manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Star says Spurs want £45million at least in compensation for Pochettino, who is also a top target for Manchester United.Sources close to Real suggest they will give Spurs the first option to buy back the Wales international on the cheap – if it paves the way to lure Poch to Madrid.Certainly, the prospect of Bale, 29, returning to the club he left five years ago for a then-world record £85m would be a tempting one for Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.Re-signing the three-time Champions League winner – even at a reduced price – would be a significant statement going into their first full season at the new White Hart Lane. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more