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Month: October 2020

Man drives car into Seattle protest crowd, shoots bystander: Police

first_imgThe incident was in contrast to the mostly peaceful weekend protests sparked by the death of George Floyd last month while in Minneapolis police custody.  Topics : A man drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Seattle on Sunday, then shot and wounded a demonstrator who confronted him as he came to a stop, according to police and eyewitness video.Seattle police said firefighters took the man who was shot to the hospital and that he was in stable condition. No one else was injured, the police said.The suspect was seen in the video exiting his car as protesters began to surround it. He brandished what appeared to be a gun, dashed through the crowd and turned himself over to police.last_img read more

COVID-19 cases surge in Oklahoma, other states ahead of Trump’s Tulsa rally

first_imgSeveral US states including Oklahoma reported a surge in new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, days before a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa that would be the nation’s largest indoor social gathering in three months.An uptick in coronavirus cases in many states over the past two weeks, along with rising COVID-19 hospitalizations, reflected a troubling national trend that has seen daily US infection numbers climbing after more than a month of declines.Oklahoma reported a record 259 new cases over the previous 24 hours, while Florida reported more than 2,600 new cases and Arizona more than 1,800 – the second-highest daily increases for those two states. Topics : In Arizona, where doctors, nurses and health administrators called for making face coverings mandatory statewide in public places, Governor Doug Ducey said he would let local officials decide whether to impose such rules and how to enforce them.”If you do go out, wear a mask. It’s the smart thing to do,” he said.Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego immediately tweeted that a vote on a proposed ordinance to require face masks outdoors in the nation’s fifth-largest city would go on the agenda for the city council’s next meeting.Texas reported 3,100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its biggest single-day tally yet, along with another all-time high for COVID-19 hospitalizations – nearly 2,800 patients. That marks the sixth straight day in which the number of patients currently admitted for the highly contagious respiratory virus has reached record numbers in Texas.center_img While Texas has not reported how many of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients are admitted to intensive care units, 1,500 ICU beds are available statewide, a state website https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83 said.The daily count of infections also hit a new benchmark in California, with more than 4,000 cases recorded statewide on Wednesday. Los Angeles County alone reported its largest daily increase, over 2,100 new cases, though several hundred were attributed to a backlog in test results released all at once.Trump’s political team, meanwhile, forged ahead with plans for a campaign rally on Saturday in Tulsa, his first such event since stay-at-home restrictions were imposed across much of the country in March to fight the coronavirus.Public health experts worry that assembling thousands of shouting, chanting people inside an arena – particularly if many aren’t wearing masks – could turn the rally into a coronavirus “super-spreader event.” Trump, in a Fox News interview on Wednesday, repeated an assertion he has made in the past that the coronavirus, with or without the advent of a vaccine or new effective treatment, is “fading away.””It’s going to fade away, but having a vaccine would be really nice, and that’s going to happen,” he added.Trump’s campaign advisers see the rally as a chance to rejuvenate his political base after a string of national and state opinion polls showed the president trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden.Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said during a briefing on Wednesday that state officials were doing their utmost to ensure that the event is “safe as possible.”Oklahoma health officials recommend anyone attending the rally to get tested for the coronavirus before arriving, then to self-isolate afterward and get tested again. The health commissioner urged those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – senior citizens and people with chronic underlying health conditions – to stay home.Biden accused Trump of “surrendering” to the coronavirus pandemic and failing to stay prepared for a resurgence that could put a US economic recovery at risk.Hospitals fillingIn most of the states where cases are spiking, COVID-19 hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. Unlike increases in new infections, rising hospitalizations cannot simply be attributed to greater testing.In Arizona, 83% of intensive care beds are occupied, a record high, according to a state website https://azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php. The outbreak has alarmed the hard-hit Navajo Nation. The Navajo reservation – overlapping parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico – reinstated a weekend-long curfew that closes even essential businesses like grocery stores and gas stations.In Florida, some of the increase has been linked to newly reopened bars, making for easy virus transmission. In one case, 16 friends who celebrated a birthday at a bar without wearing masks all tested positive, according to media reports.Texas has also pointed to bars as one cause of its current outbreak. In Oregon, over 200 new cases were tied to events at a single church.For the United States as a whole, more than 2.1 million people are known to have been infected to date, including 117,000 who have died from COVID-19, by far the most of any country in the world.last_img read more

Sent off for a cough? FA issues guidelines to referees

first_imgPlayers who deliberately cough at opponents or referees can be shown red or yellow cards under new guidelines issued by England’s Football Association (FA) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The instructions to referees taking charge of games when COVID-19 restrictions are in place will come into force immediately and be applied at all levels of the game.The FA document file for referees said action should be taken when “the referee is certain someone deliberately, and from close range, coughed into the face of an opponent or match official…” It added that the offense would fall under the category of “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.”If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, a caution could be issued for ‘unsporting behaviour – shows a lack of respect for the game’.”The document added that referees must not look to punish “routine” coughing and should remind players to avoid spitting on the ground, although it is not an act of misconduct.Topics :last_img read more

Tears and anguish as Melbourne sinks further into lockdown

first_imgWhen Katherine Reed heard Melbourne’s virus-inflicted lockdown would be tightened and extend for six more weeks, she began to cry. The 32-year-old lives alone and has been working at home since March, when the southern hemisphere summer turned to autumn. Like millions of others living in Australia’s second city she now faces at least another six weeks of winter isolation.  On Monday, as curfews loomed and authorities ordered non-essential businesses to close, book store manager Bill Morton witnessed his normally “vibrant, lovely” patch of the city transform into a “ghost town”. Melbourne’s tram bells seem to ring out louder and longer, a reminder that the streets are nearly deserted of the city’s almost five million residents. “People are pretty demoralized,” Morton told AFP.  “Pretty well everything is closed around here. So it’s a very strange, quite eerie atmosphere.” During the day, the few masked walkers out for an hour-long window for exercise cautiously maneuvered around each other, conscious of social distancing rules. The feted theatres, live music venues and buzzing restaurants of Australia’s premier cultural hub have fallen silent, with their staff and owners facing more months of uncertainty. From Wednesday evening offices and most businesses will be closed, and a complex set of rules will dictate when people can leave home and where they can go. Bar owner Andrew Park has stayed afloat so far during the pandemic by scaling back to cocktail deliveries, but he is now more worried than ever. “Foot traffic will be completely gone,” he told AFP, predicting that a curfew after 8pm will see customers cocoon, even if food and drink purchases are still allowed in the daytime. “My fear is people will just altogether stop ordering from local, small businesses.” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews warned it could take the state, which includes Melbourne, “years to recover”. Maggie May, who owns a gift shop with her husband, had adapted during an earlier lockdown. She sold items online for the first time, a challenging but ultimately positive learning experience. “You’re constantly trying to pep yourself up (because) if you sink into an anxiety hole then nothing is going to get done and at the end of the day you’re just going to get more anxious,” she told AFP. The country’s hardest-hit state has recorded almost 12,000 of the roughly 18,000 cases in Australia and more than half of the 221 fatalities from COVID-19. Morton said the book store had seen revenue drop to around 25 percent of pre-pandemic levels, leaving the 50-year-old business heavily reliant on government support schemes and rent deferrals. “We can hang in for the time being but operating at the reduced revenue that we are, we can’t do it indefinitely,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of concern for a lot of the businesses around here, whether they’ll be able to see it through,” adding that many had already closed down permanently. “This virus, this pandemic is taking a heavy toll”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday, acknowledging that many in Victoria will have “reached breaking point”. He announced disaster payments for anyone forced to isolate for 14 days, as the authorities try to urge the infected to stay at home after many were caught flouting the rules. The best people in Melbourne can now hope for is that case numbers are brought under control and, in six weeks’ time, they can cautiously celebrate a reopening in spring. Topics :center_img “I understand the increased lockdown,” she said, lamenting “cruel and misguided” rules that allow partners, but not friends to visit. From the start of this world-enveloping pandemic, experts had warned there would be bad times and good, setbacks and advances in bringing the virus to heel. But that has not made the new stop-start existence any less strange or any less difficult to bear. Australia had appeared to have the virus in hand, but a few clusters quickly turned into hundreds of cases a day, forcing the country’s most restrictive lockdown yet. last_img read more

Arsenal want to lure Joe Aribo from Charlton in summer transfer

first_imgArsenal have been impressed with the midfielder (Picture: Getty)Aribo has only ever played for Charlton and has 84 appearances for his boyhood club.In those matches Aribo has scored 12 times and provided 12 assists, but six of those strikes have come this season, marking him out as one of Charlton’s star performers this campaign.Arsenal are on the hunt for bargains this summer as Emery is unlikely to have a significant transfer kitty to spend.If Emery’s side miss out on Champions League football again this campaign then Arsenal’s transfer budget could be just £40million.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal want to lure Joe Aribo from Charlton in summer transfer Aribo is out of contract in the summer (Picture: Getty)Joe Aribo is wanted by Arsenal and could be the Gunners’ first summer signing, reports say.The Charlton star has caught the attention of Arsenal after helping his side push for a play-off spot in League One.Aribo’s six goals and presence in midfield has convinced Arsenal to go after the 22-year-old when the summer transfer window opens.The Londoner will be a free agent once the campaign is over and turned down a revised contract offer from Charlton last summer.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCharlton had to half their original wage offer and Aribo is set to move on from the club once his contract expires.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Mirror claim Arsenal are confident they can bring Aribo to the Emirates as Unai Emery’s first signing this summer.Arsenal would need to pay a compensation fee to Charlton and see off competition from German side Eintracht Frankfurt and Portugal giants Benfica. Advertisement Coral BarrySunday 24 Mar 2019 5:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link326Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League

first_img Comment Advertisement Robin van Persie has picked out the most likely teams for Europa League success (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie has avoided controversy among his former clubs by naming Manchester United and Arsenal as favourites to win the Europa League this season.The Red Devils and the Gunners resume their Europa League campaigns on Thursday night with the first legs of their last 32 ties.United only have a short trip to Belgium to take on Club Brugge, while Arsenal are in Greece to face Olympiakos.Both sides have struggled badly for consistency this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side seventh in the Premier League while Mikel Arteta’s men are four points behind in 10th.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Van Persie has still backed two of his former sides as favourites to lift the trophy in May, while the Dutchman also views Ajax as likely challengers for the title.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal and Manchester [United] are certainly favourites to win the competition,’ the 36-year-old told Omnisport.‘Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League in a hard way, which is also part of football, unfortunately.‘They also have a chance to win the Europa League, they have a very good squad.’The bookmakers do not necessarily agree with the former prolific striker, with Inter Milan and Sevilla available at shorter prices to win the Europa League than Manchester United, Arsenal or Ajax.Inter take on Ludogorets Razgrad in the last 32, while Sevilla take on CFR Cluj and Ajax meet Getafe.Scottish sides Celtic and Rangers are both still involved in the competition, but are significant outsiders for success, with the Bhoys up against FC Copenhagen next and the Gers playing Braga.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard accepts the mammoth task ahead of his side against Braga, but feels his side have what it takes to cause an upset.‘We know we are playing the best team in Portugal right now, the form team,’ he said. ‘This is a team that has just beaten Porto in a cup final, just beaten Benfica away and also beaten Sporting Lisbon of late.‘They are the form team and one we have a lot of respect for. But having watched them and analysed them, there are areas of their game where we believe we can go and hurt them.’MORE: Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal players to show courage in Europa League clash with OlympiakosMORE: Graeme Souness hits out at Manchester United over failed Erling Haaland transfer – and mocks striker’s father Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 10:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kSharescenter_img Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown

first_img / Comment 1 min. story Coral BarryThursday 5 Mar 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link879Shares Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown Skip Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta off handing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a massive new deal with the Arsenal striker’s contract set to expire next summer.Arsenal have been working on convincing Aubameyang to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal amid relentless transfer speculation about their top goalscorer.The Gunners continue to find themselves in tricky contract situations, with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey running down their deals and demanding massive wage boosts to sign new contracts.Arsenal gave in to Ozil’s demands, but allowed Ramsey to leave the club on a free transfer last summer.ADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Read More Top articles ‘I wouldn’t want to see him go, but they don’t want to be held to ransom either.‘You could argue with Ozil that’s what happened because at the time [Alexis] Sanchez and Ozil were two big players and they didn’t want to lose both so they invested heavily in Ozil.’Ozil penned a reported £350,000-per-week deal just months before his deal was due to expire, while Alexis Sanchez was sold to Manchester United mid-way through the season.Despite investing heavily in Ozil, the German has failed to deliver consistently on the pitch for Arsenal and reports claim the London club have repeatedly tried to offload the playmaker.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta spoke about the future of Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham this weekend and confirmed he wanted his and Lacazette’s contract talks concluded quickly.‘We will have to do that [contract talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure,’ Arteta said.‘We will see the intentions that we have, his intentions, and where we are sitting at that moment.‘I think it’s difficult to predict that context right now.‘For me, it’s very easy, I want to keep him in any circumstances.’MORE: Arsenal keen on Jonathan David as potential Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacementMORE: Arsenal begin talks to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun KokcuFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Full Screen SPONSORED Read More With Alexander Lacazette’s deal also nearing it’s expiry date, Keown urged Arteta to consider offloading both his strikers.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],’ Keown told Goal.‘Are they going to stay or not? Do Arsenal have to face up to the prospect of perhaps losing Aubameyang? Coming Next 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Video Settings Read More Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to Arsenal

first_img‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to Arsenal Ceballos enjoyed working with Arteta last term (Picture: Getty)Ceballos became a fan favourite with his performances in Arsenal colours, particularly towards the end of last season, and he admits the love and appreciation he’s received from supporters played a major role in his decision.‘I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch,’ Ceballos continued.‘The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending messages asking me to come back and saying they needed me here.‘I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I’m back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season. When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.‘I feel proud that the club, the coach and, most importantly, the fans wanted me to stay, I didn’t doubt it for a second.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta says he’s ‘delighted’ to have Ceballos on board again as the Gunners prepare for their opening Premier League clash away at Fulham on September 12.‘Dani was an integral part of our team last season and finished the season in excellent form,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. ‘We’re all delighted to welcome him back and we look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd cult hero Rafael da Silva fires dig at Alexis Sanchez over Arsenal claimMORE: Kai Havertz reveals the major role Frank Lampard played in him joining Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 12:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Advertisement Ceballos turned down offers in Spain to return to north London (Picture: Getty)Ceballos had several alternative options back home in Spain but insists a return to Arsenal was always his favoured move this summer. ‘It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me,’ he added.‘I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I’d been really happy with what Mikel [Arteta] had built at the club since I came in.‘I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.’ Comment Real Madrid have loaned Dani Ceballos to Arsenal for a second successive season (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos says there was ‘never any doubt’ in his mind about wanting to come back to Arsenal, despite offers from Real Madrid and other La Liga sides to stay in Spain for the forthcoming season. The 24-year-old midfielder impressed after being loaned from Madrid to Arsenal last season and made no secret of his desire to return to north London ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Zinedine Zidane made Ceballos wait over his future before sanctioning a second successive temporary move to the Emirates this week and the Spain international is clearly delighted to be back with the Gunners once again. The Spaniard was adamant about wanting to return this summer (Picture: Arsenal)‘I’m very pleased to be back with Arsenal where I had such a good time last season,’ Ceballos told the club’s official website after his second loan was confirmed on Friday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m very happy to have come back to a club where I feel important.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Early Education Investment

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Early Education Investment Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera to announce the proposed early education funding levels for the 2016-17 budget. Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads, and Governor Wolf is proposing a clear path for a promising future in the commonwealth. The governor’s proposal includes a $60 million increase in high-quality early childhood education. This funding increase builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 additional children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.“We have a choice in Pennsylvania. We must choose a path that funds our schools, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track,” said Governor Wolf. “I believe that Pennsylvania should be among the many states that provide universal pre-kindergarten for children and I will work to make this a reality.”Governor Wolf has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education funding cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensure students are college and career ready. The governor continues to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code.In 2003, Pennsylvania joined the ranks of states that offer full-day pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds. Currently, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs. Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates, and earn more throughout their working lives compared to peers that do not have access to early learning programs. Additionally, children who were previously enrolled in Pre-K Counts outperform their economically disadvantaged peers in third-grade math and reading.“Access to high-quality early childhood education is critical to students and families, but also to the future of Pennsylvania,” Secretary Rivera said. “Governor Wolf’s leadership in expanding access to these proven programs will have sustained, positive impacts on the commonwealth’s families, schools, workforce, and economy.”“I thank Governor Wolf for his leadership on this important issue,” said Mayor Kenney. “Pre-K is the single most important and cost-effective investment we can make in our city and our state’s future, impacting our schools, our public safety and our economic development. In conjunction with our local efforts on pre-k, this investment from the state would break the cycle of poverty for thousands of families.”This 2016-17 investment is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement. Failing to enact this compromise will put Pennsylvania on yet another path that abandons all bipartisanship, causing our schools to lose an additional $1 billion that would double the amount cut from education under the previous administration.“It is time for us to finish the job and restore Pennsylvania’s shaken faith in their government,” said Governor Wolf. “It is time to fund our schools. It is time to face financial reality. It is time to give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves.”Governor Wolf will deliver his 2016-17 budget address on February 9 at 11:30 a.m. A livestream of the budget address will be available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/live/Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img February 04, 2016last_img read more

BLOG: MAP: A Look at the Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Outreach

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: MAP: A Look at the Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Outreach Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Over the past few months, Governor Wolf, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and other members of the Wolf Administration, have made 27 stops to discuss the importance of battling the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania and to advocate for $34 million to fight the opioid crisis in the final budget.Take a look at the map of their stops here:In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.Governor Wolf and other members of his administration, including Secretary Tennis, Dr. Levine, Secretary Wetzel, Secretary Dallas, and Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown, have held bipartisan roundtables throughout the state to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration and these events have been an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.In addition to the governor’s community roundtables, Dr. Levine has been stopping at pharmacies in order to remind Pennsylvania residents and pharmacists that a doctor’s prescription is not needed to obtain the life-saving opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone. Last October, Dr. Levine signed a standing order that makes it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone.center_img June 21, 2016 By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistantlast_img read more