Budget News, Efficiency, Government That Works, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit are those suffering from substance use disorder. Currently, PDA, DDAP, DOH, and DHS have all been critical to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. For example:DOH launched a prescription drug monitoring program and has been raising awareness of the naloxone standing orderDDAP has led the effort to increase the availability of naloxone and drug take back boxesDHS has created 45 centers of excellence to coordinate treatment for those suffering from substance use disordersPDA has led prescription drug take back efforts among the senior population encouraging proper use, storage, and disposal of unused prescription medicationsBy creating a single organization that is structurally better able to support and coordinate these efforts, individuals in desperate need of substance use disorder treatment will be able to access services through one agency with an integrated data and delivery system.It’s important to note that the creation will not result in a loss of services for those suffering from substance use disorder. In fact, just today Governor Wolf announced that his proposed 2017-2018 budget will include $10 million to provide live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state to help save lives and get people into treatment.Governor Wolf is continuing to make battling the opioid and heroin crisis epidemic a top priority which is why there will continue to be a cabinet-level position in his administration that will be dedicated to battling this public health crisis.Additionally, the new HHS will serve as the single state authority for Medicaid, substance use, and mental health purposes enabling the commonwealth to maximize available federal dollars and offset state costs for staff and services.By streamlining services and getting rid of unnecessary red tape, Pennsylvania will be able to provide additional, high-quality services to those suffering from substance use disorder so we can stem the tide of the terrible disease of addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder
Stockland acting Queensland general manager for residential, David Laner, said eight sites at the Quay Precinct at Newport came as the construction of the first lakeside home started. Affordability key to region’s growth Mr Davey said they hoped to be in their five-bedroom home, which they had designed with an indoor-outdoor living aspect to take full advantage of the water views over the lake, by December. RELATED: New 22ha lake to form part of Newport community “Our latest release of eight premium home sites within the Quay Precinct has generated high interest among home buyers, with four of the lots sold,” Mr Laner said.“These premium lots are perfectly positioned on or near the water’s edge and cater to home buyers seeking to build their dream home in an exclusive neighbourhood that offers an exceptional lifestyle. “The Quay precinct offers a stunning streetscape for residents and all homes are required to be built to the highest standards, with a minimum of 250sq m of floor space. “The precinct will include some of the largest lots ever to be offered at Newport.”He said the 22ha lake, now well over halfway through construction, would be the centrepiece of the Newport community, providing residents with an idyllic outlook and an abundance of water-based recreational opportunities right on the doorstep including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoMr Laner said the latest release was launched in response to demand, and within walking distance of the future town centre. Mathew and Tanya Davey with their sons Josh and Issac.Mathew and Tanya Davey are the first buyers to start construction on a lakeside block at Quay at Newport. MORE: Strong demand for new house and land near North Lakes Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 Newport, Redcliffe, developed by Stockland.A handful of “premium” land sites at Stockland’s $590 million Newport community has been released to the market. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<
The Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer Team won a 1-0 battle against The Greensburg Pirtaes.The Batesville JV also posted a 4-0 victory.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Fox.
Unikrn, the dedicated esports bookmaker and creators of UnikoinGold (“UKG”) the crypto token has partnered with Dash Radio to launch Unikrn Radio. The channel, Unikrn Radio, will focus on cryptocurrency and esports content that comes from Unikrn. The show will go out weekly with 60-minute segments and will get underway on January 29th, at 2pm PT. The series will be hosted by Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood and Kingsley Edwards, the VP of Business Development at Unikrn and a long-time Bitcoin advocate and user. Each week the two will be joined by special guests and experts and will ask members of the Discord community to contribute questions when and where required. The Dash Radio listeners will also become eligible for UKG giveaways, as well as exclusive first-access to “news and a cornucopia of content” for crypto and esports enthusiasts. Rahul Sood, Unikrn’s CEO and the first show’s co-host, said, “Whether it’s letting gamers earn UnikoinGold by playing the world’s best competitive video games or creating the world’s greatest esports brand, we are obsessed with exceptionalism. We dive deep into everything we do, which is why we are amplifying our reach through Dash Radio’s considerable listenership. We want everyone to know what’s happening in crypto and esports. What excites me most is knowing that nobody else could do it like Unikrn can, and it’s pretty damn awesome to be working with Dash to blow it up.”DJ Skee (Scott Keeney), Dash Radio founder, said, “Dash radio was created with the vision to bring the best curated listening and discovery experiences to fans without radio towers or subscription fees. These aren’t soulless computer playlists, it’s the content you need, brought to you by the selectors you love. We’re excited for Unikrn to extend this offering to their audience of esports fans and UnikoinGold users, and we’re proud to bring their expertise to our millions of listeners — many of whom have requested a show just like this!”The list of eligible devices for Dash Radio includes: Amazon Alexa, iOS, Android and Amazon Fire mobile devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Pluto TV, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, AT&T Drive, MirrorLink, aftermarket products from Pioneer, Bosch, Clarion, Harman and cars from most of the world’s major manufacturers such as GM, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Acura, Chrysler, Honda, Maserati, Mazda, Porsche, Scion, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia, Buick, Jaguar, Land Rover and more.Esports Insider says: Interesting move from Unikrn as they move onto radio. IT’s clear that the team are busy adding a lot to their content and other elements of the portfolio. Congratulations to both parties – we’ll make sure to have a listen.
Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with some Christmas crafts and letters to Santa at the North Peace Arena. At 6 o’clock the parade will start from 110 Avenue and 98 Street, then head south on 100 Street before reach its conclusion on 96 Avenue.People are encouraged to go to Centennial Park at 7 p.m. for free hot dogs and hot chocolate and opening ceremonies from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The official lighting of the Christmas tree will also take place and there will be a bonfire and various forms of entertainment.- Advertisement -Those wanting to get to know the Fort St. John Huskies will have the opportunity to do so from 8 o’clock-9:30 p.m. as the Skate with the Huskies will be held at the North Peace Arena.For more information on the evening including the parade route click here.
On an otherwise bright day in New Delhi, Indian democracy passed through what was perhaps the darkest phase of its 60-year-old history as three parliamentarians from the opposition right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party emptied a bag full of currency notes worth Rs 10 million ($250,000) onto the main table in the House. The money, they claimed, was an advance for a Rs 90 million bribe offered to them by leaders of the centrist ruling coalition – including Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s senior aide -to secure their abstention from voting, and thus facilitate the government’s victory. Media reports pegged the “market rate” for the horse-trading at $750,000 for an abstention and $9 million for a cross-vote.The repeated television images of the “note-bomb”- MPs waving the wads of currency before a packed House – stunned the nation. Of course, we all knew it happened under wraps. Plus, corruption in the Indian polity has not escaped detailed media scrutiny since the early and mid-1990s (after the advent of cable-TV news channels in the country) when exposes became easier with advanced snooping technologies like hidden cameras:• In the famous Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Bribery Case (1993) four JMM MPs were penalized for accepting cash worth Rs 16 million to shore up the minority Congress government of Prime Minister P.V.Narasimha Rao from toppling.• Sukh Ram, a communications minister in that same administration, grabbed the headlines three years later when Rs 36 million of unaccounted-for cash was unearthed from his house.• The Big Bull Harshad Mehta, prime accused in the largest securities scam of the Indian stock market, claimed he had bribed then PM Narasimha Rao with a suitcase containing Rs 10 million.• BJP President Bangaru Laxman was trapped in a 2001 television sting operation accepting money from investigative reporters posing as defence contractors.• Eleven MPs were exposed after a similar sting operation a couple of years ago showed them taking cash for asking questions in parliament.But what set apart last month’s cash-for votes-scam apart from the previous exposes was its setting. Despite frequent reports of unruly scenes in the state legislatures, the Indian Parliament commands a measure of awe and respect in the average citizen. The gloom that descended on the country the day it was attacked in 2001 was almost palpable. Indians by and large would readily discount the integrity of their law-makers, but the semi-circular tall-pillared edifice of the Parliament somehow remains – or remained till July 22 – a majestic and revered symbol of people power. Bandying around tainted money on its floor was nothing short of desecrating a temple’s sanctity.This trust-vote had another significance. Never in recent memory has a political event revealed so much about ourselves as a people, crystallized and brought into sharp focus so many hitherto tentative or blurred equations, and served to expose the murky underground of Indian politics once and for all – while seeming, on the surface, to merely endorse an administrative status quo.The vote firmed up Dr.Manmohan Singh in the prime ministerial saddle, but also showed us what life in the hurly-burly of realpolitik can do to a political innocent. By taking charge of his party’s managerial reins and guiding it to victory in the trust-vote, Singh has traversed that fiction-character arc from egghead academic through strait-jacketed technocrat to savvy politician. Is the good doctor now writing his own scripts?For a person who until recently was meek and shy to the point of shunning media publicity, the so-called puppet PM surprised all with his pro-active body language and his willingness – particularly in the days preceding the debate over the trust-vote – to flash V-for-victory and thumbs-up signs to television cameras and even walk up to reporters of his own accord to make statements and answer questions. And with his uncharacteristically personal counter-attack on BJP’s Lal Krishna Advani in his closing speech before the voting.The vote, without actually saying so, has cleared the way for the nuclear deal with the US government. It sealed India’s commitment to the 123-Agreement as the deal is officially called, and has now tossed the file back onto the Bush administration’s table for further action.This indirect but no less emphatic clearance of the deal has taken the sting out of the Left Front’s tail. And rendered the Front – which sought to bring down the Singh government on the issue of the N-deal – irrelevant at least until the general elections early next year. With the Front off his back, Singh can push for further open-market reforms. That’s something India’s stock market eagerly anticipates, as evidenced by a sizable post-vote bull-run.During the trust-vote debate, Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Bihari strongman and the administration’s resident clown, whose antics have served to camouflage his less innocuous irregularities, further needled the Left party leaders for badmouthing the US government in public and then sending their kids to American schools and nursing a quiet penchant for American-made wrist-watches!The American connection showed up in another, even more eagerly-awaited speech. In a Reaganesque twist, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party’s PM-in-waiting and a Harvard alumnus, introduced the story of Kalawati, a real-life widow whose farmer-husband had killed himself because of insurmountable debts. The link however was too far-fetched: one needs an awfully big leap of faith and foresight to be convinced that the nuclear-power deal (with its “more electricity, so more development, so less poverty” logic) would see Kalawati through her present problems. The Nehru-Gandhi family scion couldn’t have asked for a better moment to make his mark in Parliament before a nation-wide television audience. He squandered it.The vote has resulted in the reworking of political equations across ideological divides, rendering party labels meaningless. And if, as some observers believe, ideology has been dead in Indian politics for some time now, the vote simply issued its death certificate. Imagine the Left willing to vote with the Right, and politicos affiliating with parties they had been denouncing ad nauseam. But the reworking also betrayed a silent caste prejudice. Analysts are unwilling to dismiss the allegations by Dalit (low-caste) leader Ms. Mayawati that the BJP leadership, sensing that she would emerge as a consensus candidate for the post of Prime Minister if the Singh government fell, actually colluded with the latter to ensure its victory and survival. Look out for Mayawati to make waves in the next general election.The vote also brought to the fore the all-round trivialization of politics by the country’s media. When the Times of India, considered to be a newspaper of record rather like the New York Times, front-pages stories comparing the build-up to the confidence-motion vote in terms of a T20 cricket match, other media commentators could be forgiven for calling Omar Abdullah’s debate speech “stirring and inspirational,” because he began on an impassioned note, saying he was a Muslim and an Indian and found no difference between the two. The media, one suspects, failed to recognize the nuanced distinction between a parliamentary debate and a political rally.The final straw came during the final voting. The Parliament’s electronic vote-registering system failed to register as many as 54 of the total 541 votes. (They were later counted manually.) Turned out that this was the combined result of a snag in the system as well as the inept handling of the buttons by parliamentarians. Think: Nearly 600 million Indians cast their votes on electronic voting machines in every parliamentary election with little or no fuss, while one in every ten of those they elect can’t find the right button to press in a historic trust-vote. Think: India boasts of the world-class techies it produces, while its premier law-making institution struggles with a sub-standard electronic voting system.A sad casualty of the trust-vote was Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s 40-plus-year-old association with his party. Chatterjee, whose Santa Claus-like figure and deep stentorian voice, as much as his stature as a veteran parliamentarian, have for long helped in maintaining order in the House, was expelled from primary membership by the Communist (Marxist) Party’s politburo, because he refused to step down from the Speaker’s post to vote with his party against the Singh government. The law – which treats a Speaker as a neutral in such trust-votes except in the case of a tie – was clearly in favor of Chatterjee, himself a Constitutional expert. But his party bosses weren’t impressed. Barely hiding his rage, Dada (as he’s fondly called) later told reporters: “I am a small man, only big in size.”That’s precisely how the nation felt about itself on that sleazy cash-for-notes day in July. Related Items