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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

Football craze hides its dark side

first_imgIn two days, the New England Patriots will play the Denver Broncos, and the Arizona Cardinals will face the Carolina Panthers for the right to play in the Super Bowl. Once again, an insane amount of Americans will gather around their television sets to participate in the weekly ritual of watching Sunday afternoon football.It’s a little funny sometimes, the fact that a sport scientifically linked to brain damage remains undoubtedly the most popular and highest-rated of the four major American sports.We are too quick to forget and ignore, and all it takes is something as simple as another spectacular Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary or Blair Walsh brutally missing a chip shot to lose a playoff game. Moments like these are what make sports great and keep us tuning in for game after game.That’s not the problem. The problem is the strange hypocrisy that watching football presents: we know that there is a link between the sport and brain disease, yet we still come out in droves to drive up ratings and buy tickets, jerseys and other merchandise, supporting a league that has been unbelievably incompetent in addressing a potentially life-threatening issue.Last September, a Boston University study found that 131 of 165 brains of deceased football players contained chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. And while the general public has become somewhat more vigilant in the harm of playing football since such studies have been released, the overall response has been underwhelming.Take, for example, the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian doctor who first discovered CTE when he conducted an autopsy on Pittsburgh Steelers’ star Mike Webster. The film had all the makings of a potential game changer in terms of changing public perception: a megastar playing the main role, a made-for-Hollywood plot in the incredible journey of Omalu and the takedown of a big corporation in the NFL. Trailers for the movie were everywhere, even airing during football games.It turns out the film was far from a blockbuster. In its opening weekend, Concussion only finished seventh in box office returns, accruing just $11 million and finishing behind movies like Daddy’s Home, a comedy with a 30 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – yes, even Alvin and the Chipmunks. More people paid to watch a movie about animated rodents than the NFL ignoring a degenerative brain disease in its sport.Why is that? Do we just simply not care? Perhaps football has been too deeply embedded in American culture that it will take much more than a movie or scientific studies to reverse its popularity.The Bengals-Steelers playoff game a couple of weeks ago serves as proof. The Steelers won a narrow, thrilling, violent contest that featured $145,000 worth of fines for several altercations and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, most notably Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict leveling a dangerous hit to the head of a defenseless receiver in the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, which knocked Brown unconscious and concussed him. Yet, we kept watching because it was a close game in the playoffs, fully aware that Brown could have very well suffered brain damage as a direct result of that hit.Sports Illustrated columnist Richard Deitsch penned this perfect reaction to the game: “It was equal parts compelling, dirty, unwatchable, violence-filled, magnificent … and you could not take your eyes off the screen … I felt both enthralled and guilty at the same time as I watched the carnage in front of me. I wanted to look away. I could not look away.”I like football as a form of entertainment because it is exciting and intense, as any sport should be. But I watch it with a grain of salt. Instead of “oohing and aahing” at a big hit like I used to, I wince and wonder if that hit will have lasting ramifications on that player’s long-term health.Smith, a well-known Eagles fan, feels the same way after portraying Dr. Omalu in Concussion.“I haven’t seen a whole game,” he said to Yahoo!. “It’s really stressful now. It definitely created a conflict for me. It’s still beautiful, it’s still America’s favorite game. That doesn’t change at all. It just has another side, that once you see and once you know and once you understand, you can’t not see.”That is the quandary I face whenever I watch a football game. I know I am supporting an industry that has repeatedly denied and tried to cover up its link to traumatic, life-altering brain disease. Yet, as the hypocrisy goes, I can’t turn away. So when the Patriots and Broncos kick off on Sunday at noon — Brady vs. Manning, anyone? — and when USC football opens its season this fall in a primetime matchup against reigning national champion Alabama in Arlington, I will be watching, along with everyone else.Eric He is a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Betclic nets first Polish partnership with Lechia Gdansk

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Betclic aims for highest French profile with Ligue 1 betting partnership July 1, 2020 Merkur Sportwetten increases stake in Belgium’s Betcenter August 4, 2020 Betclic launches first interactive show keeping Portugal busy April 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Share French betting group Betclic has confirmed its first-ever Polish football sponsorship becoming a principal partner of Ekstraklasa league football club Lechia Gdansk.The partnership will see the Betclic brand replace German betting group Merkur Sportwetten Polish market subsidiary Totolotek on the back of Lechia’s matchday shirts.Entering 2019, Betclic governance confirmed that it would launch its sportsbook services for the Polish marketplace, which had seen a number of European bookmakers withdraw from the market following the introduction of a 12% turnover tax.Furthermore, Poland’s Ministry of Finance requires all licensed betting firms to maintain an active presence within the country in order to operate online gambling services.The stringent requirements see Betclic and Czech betting group Fortuna Entertainment as the only licensed international bookmaker, competing in a marketplace of fifteen incumbents licensed by Poland’s Ministry of Finance.Meeting regulatory demands, Betclic has established its Polish operational offices in the Southern city of Katowice.Commenting on market developments, Bartłomiej Płoskonka Betlic Country Manager for Poland stated that the French betting group was actively seeking sports sponsorships to expand its profile, with ‘further advancements to be announced shortly’.last_img read more

College Football Playoff rankings: Plotting six scenarios, from chalk to chaos

first_imgThe next-to-last set of College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday in advance of Championship Weekend, and those rankings were as you would expect.  No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Georgia took the top four spots, followed by No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State. Those are the six teams most likely to make up the four-team Playoff unless unmitigated chaos breaks out. Yes, we’ll talk about No. 8 UCF, too.   We have a scenario for that. In fact, we break down the six possible scenarios that will unfold this weekend and who will make the four-team Playoff as a result:  MORE: Championship Weekend picksScenario 1: Chalk wins 1. Alabama (13-0)  2. Clemson (13-0)  3. Notre Dame (12-0)  4. Ohio State (12-1) or Oklahoma (12-1)   What happens: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all take care of business in their conference championship games, which leaves the committee with a debate between the Buckeyes and Sooners that began earlier this week.  Who gets left out? We think the Buckeyes get the last spot over the Sooners, but the perception from how those games could tilt the balance back toward Oklahoma. It’s a true toss-up that will add to the TV drama and is almost too close to call.   Reception: One school will go home unhappy, but that has been the CFP’s M.O. Scenario 2: Alabama loses  1. Clemson (13-0)  2. Notre Dame (12-0)  3. Georgia (12-1)  4. Alabama (12-1), Ohio State (12-1), Oklahoma (12-1)  What happens: Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC championship game, and that locks the Bulldogs in along with Clemson and Notre Dame. The committee adds the Crimson Tide to the debate with the Buckeyes and Sooners. The committee also could put Georgia and Alabama in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, but we don’t see the idle Irish dropping. Who gets left out? If the Crimson Tide don’t get blown out, then they will make the Playoff with one loss. The committee won’t have to choose between the Buckeyes and Sooners.  Reception: Two SEC teams and Notre Dame? Leaving three conferences out will increase the outcry for an eight-team Playoff.  Scenario 3: Clemson loses  1. Alabama (13-0)  2. Notre Dame (12-0)  3/4. Oklahoma (12-1), Ohio State (12-1), Clemson (12-1)  What happens: The Tigers, who are heavy favorites against Pitt in the ACC championship game, lose in spectacular fashion. Ohio State and Oklahoma win.  Who gets left out? Clemson will get left out, and the committee can pump up the value of the conference championship game. Alabama-Ohio State and Notre Dame-Oklahoma will draw big ratings, too.  Reception: Don’t be surprised if that increases the angst between ACC fans and Notre Dame, given the Irish do not have to play in a conference championship game and have an annual five-game arrangement with the conference.   What happens: Underdogs win all four conference championship games, which basically resets the entire board.  Who gets left out? Two-loss Ohio State and Oklahoma are out. The committee has never taken a two-loss team. UCF would have a case, but the committee would almost certainly choose one-loss Alabama and Clemson instead.  Reception: If UCF beats Memphis, then expect a full-fledged Twitter campaign by the Knights, the AAC and the entire Group of 5. It would make for a fun weekend, but the upsets would tilt the balance back to the favorites.center_img Scenario 4: Clemson and Alabama lose  1. Notre Dame (12-0)  2. Georgia (12-1) 3/4. Alabama (12-1), Clemson (12-1), Ohio State (12-1), Oklahoma (12-1)  What happens: Alabama and Clemson — teams that have combined for seven College Football Playoff appearances — both lose their conference championship game.Who gets left out? Georgia is in no matter what, and Clemson is probably out. We think the committee will find a way to give Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma each a Playoff berth based on those championships. Still, Alabama could bump the Buckeyes or Sooners. The Tigers wouldn’t be as fortunate. Reception: Alabama and Clemson combined for a 24-0 record in the regular season. If this happens, then expect Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney to become really vocal about the value of the conference championship games. Scenario 5: Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma lose  1. Alabama (13-0)  2. Notre Dame (12-0)  3. Clemson (12-1)  4. Georgia (11-2), Ohio State (11-2), Oklahoma (11-2), UCF (12-0) What happens: Alabama wins but the other heavy favorites lose.  Who gets left out? Oklahoma and Ohio State would be eliminated. Clemson probably would be safe but not a sure thing. Georgia would probably have the drop on the Buckeyes and Sooners given this week’s rankings, and it would have a good chance. This would be the only scenario in which UCF would have a shot — and a great argument — if it wins the American Athletic Conference championship.  Reception: If UCF wins and doesn’t get in with this scenario, then the Group of 5 will have to consider other alternatives, like its own playoff. It would be interesting to see the reaction to two-loss Georgia getting in over undefeated UCF. A lot of fans wouldn’t like it. Scenario 6: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma lose  1. Notre Dame (12-0)  2. Georgia (12-1) 3. Alabama (12-1) 4. Clemson (12-1)  last_img read more

ONE Championship partners with Global Citizen to fight poverty

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “As I’ve said before, in ONE, we are more than just having amazing fighters and athletes. These guys are heroes not only to their country but to the world,” said Sityodtong in a press conference at City of Dreams Manila.“And we’re going to use our platform and we’re going to use it to change the world for the better. That’s why we have partners like Global Citizen and amazing heroes like Brandon Vera, Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang, whom our children look up to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkVera, Lee and Folayang, three of the most popular ONE fighters were named Global Citizen ambassadors for the Philippines and Singapore.“I’m so excited to be a Global Citizen ambassador. I can’t wait to get started and really learn more about this awesome program and movement,” said Lee, the women’s atomweight world champion. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPEyeing to make an impact on a much bigger scale, ONE Championship on Monday launched a partnership with Global Citizen, a non-government organization which aims to provide a better life for everyone.The team up is only fitting as ONE, the biggest MMA organization in Asia, adheres to the advocacies of Global Citizen with Chatri Sityodtong, ONE chairman and CEO, reaffirming that part the promotion’s responsibility is to contribute into easing out conflicts in the society.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I can’t wait to take action and really spread the word about it. I think it’s so important that they’re going across Asia and across the world and I think it’s a great partnership and I’m happy to be a part of it.”Wei Soo, co-founder of Global Citizen and managing director, also expressed his excitement over the partnership, knowing the kind of impact ONE can create with its growing popularity particularly in Asia.“I think ONE championship and its fans can have massive impact in terms of its reach of billions throughout the region and throughout the world and particularly to the values that they espouse and talk about. The values in martial arts which is crucial to the region,” Soo said. “And those are also the values that we want.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum dumps Batangas-EAC by 37 pointslast_img read more