John Mayer And Bob Weir Discuss Their Decision To Form Dead & Company

first_imgBefore there was Dead & Company… before there was even a Fare Thee Well… there was just two, really good guitarist jamming out on a late night television program. Back in February 2015, John Mayer took over as an interim host on The Late Late Show, where he welcomed Bob Weir on and joined him for a performance. Mayer was a burgeoning Deadhead, and the two clicked on a musical level. The rest, as they say, is history.Watch Bob Weir And John Mayer Jam On ‘The Late Late Show’As Weir recently explained to Radio.com, “We were going to do, like, two songs… And we did a sound check that lasted about an hour and a half and touched on those two songs briefly and then just went and kept going. And [CBS] finally had to unplug us, they had a show to produce. And so, the idea came up to put together a band.”Mayer then spoke about what he needed to do to make Dead & Company a reality. “I took most of 2015 off from touring and even recording… I knew that it could be done, but not without a really, really large amount of time to do it, in terms of learning all the songs, and also figuring out sort of that really subtle combination of what is absolutely inherent and native to the music, and what can be changed, so that whatever I’m doing seems really authentic to me.”Weir spoke about the timing for deciding to formulate this group. “Well actually, we had decided previous to the Fare Thee Well concerts that we’re going to do [this],” Weir explained. “At least we were going to run it up the flagpole, because I played with John, like I said, in January of last year. And it became apparent to us that this was a rabbit that we wanted to chase. And so we were already talking about it. And we brought Mickey and Bill into the conversation. And Phil is getting older, and has less than limited interest in hitting the road anymore. So we knew we were looking in a different direction there. And so we got to talking. We had already, by the time we hit the Fare Thee Well concerts, we had already auditioned some bass players, and had a pretty solid notion of what we were up to. But we were loath to talk about it at the time, because there was still way too much undecided about it, and it really hadn’t much taken shape, and besides, you don’t want to be talking about your next project [when you’re on a current project]. We were just sort of feeling our way into Dead & Company without putting a lot of thought to it, while we were concentrating on the 50th.”Mayer then spoke about his preparation for the band, saying “There were songs I knew; there were songs I didn’t know. And so I kind of built this assembly line in my head of learning the songs that I knew, and really listening hardcore to the songs that I didn’t. For the most part, I was just going on the same ride that every other Deadhead goes on, where they discovered the music, one song at a time. So it’s what I call sort of ‘shaking the big Polaroid’ with this music. It was a lot of learning of songs, and then it was a lot of really trying to get the combination right, like I said.”It’s certainly nice to hear how dedicated Mayer was to the craft. However, the guitarist did worry about how he was going to be received by the band’s loyal legions of fans. “Certainly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received at all, but I knew that in the nucleus of it, that there was some authenticity. There was a lot of authenticity. Musically, it’s exactly what I was hoping it would be; it’s exactly what I thought it would be. And in terms of the way it was received, it was absolutely what I was hoping it would be. So it couldn’t have been better for me.”With Dead & Company going so well, Mayer hasn’t really put much emphasis on his solo career as of late. While he was in the studio working on a John Mayer Trio album not too long ago, it seems that Mayer is in no rush to release it. “I feel like I’m at this point where the shape of my career is sort of in line with the shape of who I am as a person, which is a little broader than just having a solo career. I’m really, really thankful for the solo career, giving me the opportunity to be able to leave the solo career, and then come back to it, and have it still be there. So I feel like I have the best job in music right now. It’s a little bit boundless.”He continues, saying “It’s not necessarily a guy trying to make a record to go to number one to continue to keep that machine going. It’s really me now. And I thank Bob and Mickey and Billy and Jeff and Oteil for the opportunity to really open the door and walk outside. It’s very difficult to  get the strength to decide to put something aside that’s become sort of your life. It’s what you know. It is the routine to make a record and tour, make a record and tour, make a record and tour, in terms of just keeping this sort of world domination scheme going. But the music that these guys make, the music of The Grateful Dead, made this [opportunity] such a no-brainer in terms of me understanding exactly why it was I wanted to put a [solo] record on hold. And it just is like another – it’s just another badge on the sort of musical lapel, you know?”And, “Most people [who] are solo artists: the solo [career] is the very top of the pyramid. And interestingly for me now, the solo [career] is underneath the top of the pyramid, and the top of the pyramid is just ‘musician.’ And that is so freeing and beautiful. I’m not held to any record cycle. I’m not held to any pop cultural demand right now. And to be this many years into a career and still be discovering how to play the guitar is, I think, the sign that I’m really on the right path, in terms of being a musician. And it’s hard to commit to being a musician when you become successful; you want to keep so many other balls in the air. So to be more sort of practical in the answer, I put [my solo] record aside last April, and just started to learn all this music, and came back to the album in January, which was actually really good to take time to step away from it and listen back to it again, and decide what are the songs that have stood the test of time. And so now, I’m back in the studio making the record. I’ll finish it by the end of the year. And this year will have been a year that I was both in this band touring, and finishing my record, so that next year will be a solo artist sort of a year. But I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever. And I think as long as there’s a desire to do it, I know how to carve time out. I think it’s always going to be worth doing. I will do Dead & Company as long fans want it, and as long it still feels like there’s something left on the table to try and play and get right and explore. So for me, I couldn’t be happier as a musician and a career artist now.”The remainder of the Radio.com piece talks about the band’s future plans. The quotes were pulled from a round table conference call interview, so they appear very similar to the ones listed in the Billboard piece about the possibility for writing and recording new music. They also mention Weir’s discussion about the late great Merle Haggard, which was also previously published.Dead & Company tour kicks off June 10th, but the band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge, joined a very special “Fu & Phriends” benefit for Bernie Sanders with us earlier this week. Check out video coverage here.last_img read more

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Eggleston & Cramer welcomes Barbara Ripley

first_imgBarbara G. Ripley has joined the law practice of Eggleston and Cramer, Ltd in Burlington. Ripley has experience in both public and private law.She previously served the State of Vermont as Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources and Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry. Over the past 4 years, Ripley has been an attorney at Wilson & White in Montpelier, where she focused on environmental and land use matters as well as stakeholder process facilitation and mediation.At Eggleston and Cramer Ms. Ripley specializes in assistance with environmental and utility regulatory and government relations; and negotiation, collaboration, and problem solving in environmental, municipal, and nonprofit affairs.last_img read more

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Colombian Armed Forces Disrupt Illegal FARC Mining Sites

first_imgIn fact, the Colombian Penal Code associates at least 21 crimes with illegal mining, ranging from environmental contamination to extortion, money laundering, human trafficking and slavery. People working in the mines seldom receive a fixed income. Rather, they depend on what FARC guerrillas call the “happy hour”: a couple of hours every week or every other week in which FARC or whomever is running the mines allows the workers to keep whatever they find. At other times, miners are forced to work in brutal conditions in order to gather enough to survive. “The FARC is an illegal mining organization,” said Navy Counterintelligence Captain Edwin Gómez. The mines — largely located in protected areas in the departments of Guainía and Vichada — were a major financial venture for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Eastern Bloc, generating almost $8 million a month in profits for the organization. Indeed, illegal mining has become one of the main sources of income for the FARC and other criminal organizations, said Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. The Unit of Information and Financial Analysis (UIAF) estimates that the illegal mining business accounts for approximately $4 billion a year; by comparison, drug trafficking accounts for about $12 billion. Troops who participated in Operation Anostomus found evidence of the economic mistreatment of people who work in the mines. A local store, for example, accepted kilograms of rock from the mine instead of paper currency.. One kilogram could be exchanged for the same weight in pasta or rice, a block of butter, toothpaste, or a pack of maxi pads. A watch could be bought for five kilograms of rock, a lollipop for two, and a large thermos bottle for 15. Military and law enforcement authorities used eight planes and eight Army helicopters to transport Special Forces units and about 600 Troops and police officers to remote sites in the middle of the Colombian jungle. There, the security forces captured 59 men and destroyed nine camps. They also demolished eight laboratories, which were used to process gold and tungsten, two of FARC’s principal sources of illegal revenue. Indeed, illegal mining has become one of the main sources of income for the FARC and other criminal organizations, said Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. The Unit of Information and Financial Analysis (UIAF) estimates that the illegal mining business accounts for approximately $4 billion a year; by comparison, drug trafficking accounts for about $12 billion. Illegal mining is more profitable than drug trafficking “Given what we’ve managed to establish, and the work of the Attorney General Office’s Technical Investigation Corps (CTI, for its Spanish acronym), the FARC are heavily involved with illegal mining,” Brigadier General Adelmo Orlando Fajardo, commander of the Army’s 8th Division and head of the operation, said May 11th. “They are the ones carrying out extortions and they are the owners of many of these businesses.” “We are analyzing the situation in this region,” Brig. Gen. Fajardo said. “We are trying to secure medical and institutional support in order to bring progress [to the area]… to assist the community with this criminal mining program, with this human trafficking and environmental problem that is causing a lot of damage.” It’s not clear why the army, navy and police, with so much experience and a wealth of weapons and several hundreds of thousands of trained men have not been able to beat the enemies of the Colombian people and we’re subjected to any kind of mistreatment that comes to them. What is going on? The Santos administration shouldn’t be negotiating peace with the FARC terrorists, since all the FARC does is to sow violence, evil and many deaths in the country. We need a strong standing government like the Defense Minister who is stepping down, last name Pinzon. Communism, I say they are behind the power; that’s why they don’t surrender their weapons. They’re preparing even more to put an end to whoever crosses their path. Santo needs to come down from the clouds because the guerrilla forces are like wolves who come down from the mountain to attack the sheep. The government knows where they’re hidden, and they don’t put an end to this plague. All the environmental damage the FARC do and are they too protected by the tax man’s alternative sentences? NO CORRUPTION IN THE HIGHER COMMAND, THE MILITARY FORCES ARE OUR PRIDE. STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO ALL OUR HONEST COMPATRIOTS. War is for the poor, the rich rest, peace is the way. AS LONG AS HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT EDUCATED TO TAKE CARE OF THE ECOSYSTEM, ALL THE FIREMEN IN THE UNIVERSE WON’T BE ENOUGH, Governments of the great civilization are destroying the planet with this all over the world already half the planet is formed by a great layer of cement which is blocking the earth’s ability to breathe they put an end to oxygen which leads to the glacier polar caps melting and soon all material and food will end because all the earth will be a layer of cement and not earth From Bolivia I too work in the mines congratulations to the president of Colombia and to all the forces who participate in this operation. Working in the mines under those conditions is of great concern. Many thanks to the El Tiempo publishing house for its efficient communication of the news to all the world, it’s our beloved newspaper at all times.We speak of peace and want to achieve it, peace depends on you. We value our Armed Forces who are our great support. MAY THE GOOD GOD OF PEACE BLESS US. I ask you to please tell me the news regarding Mr. Luis Waldo Guarin to please communicate with his sister Carolina urgently, urgently, it’s a matter of life or death. Thank you It’s very good the police capture the criminals Angelo…People just talk but don’t understand that our planet is being destroyed. The fauna disappear kilometer by kilometer each year and no one does anything to avoid dramatic deforestation…if we don’t avoid all of this in time our children will be the ones who will suffer global catastrophe…. As long as this corruption that has infected every branch of government in my Colombia doesn’t end, and we ask God for the wisdom to elect good leaders this will continue as is and worse Why do they still have to come from the U.S. and you can’t do it????? Because it’s not in the best interest of the gentlemen running the war Sadly, dark evil forces have infiltrated administrative structures which they use to give uncouth indications against the public forces when it takes action against those with no state. IT’S GOOD ALREADY THAT THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER. THE FARC HAVE DONE WHATEVER THEY PLEASE WHENEVER THEY PLEASE. THEY KIDNAP, KILL, ENSLAVE, RECRUIT, LAUNDER MONEY, ETC. War and more war Colombians keep in mind that the war is fought with more jobs, more education, more opportunities…not with rifles or bombs .. How many children of Colombian families are in the FARC and ELN out of necessity more than out of an ideal that has them take up weapons? Colombia, think about it. IT’S VERY GOOD RELEASE ALL THE BIRDS HELD IN CAPTIVITY. GOOD FOR YOU ARMY Good for them in a joint effort by our Armed Forces. We will put an end to that group of narco-terrorists who steal from the people to use the profits to destroy the country and assassinate left and right. Together we will defeat the evil brought on by those bandits. Tell us about a mass murder that happened in CANADA to know what happened. Thank you very much I think it is very good that they release the caged birds and much care is had with the trees they are the ones who purify the air we breathe each instant. As if it were easy to overcome these things regarding the wild and fauna I would like you to report on everything that happens in Putumayo. It’s not the poor little animals’ fault they’re so beautiful. Who would like their child put in a cage just because he or she is cute? Let us not buy animals to have them tied up or in cages and you’ll see how the business dies. Very good This is a lawless government. They want to do whatever they please. I’m going to criticize you, since you write so much on military matters What a good article. too long Not very interesting Producing a kilogram of gold, meanwhile, costs about $16,000; the kilogram of gold could be sold for about $35,000, yielding a profit of $21,000. That profit difference is why the problem of illegal mining is escalating, Capt. Gómez said. Apart from the financial exploitation, Capt. Gómez said, miners suffer from several health problems caused by working with or drinking water polluted by chemicals such as mercury, a known carcinogen. Clinics are nonexistent in the illegal mining areas, so mortality rates are very high; landslides and accidents are common. “We are analyzing the situation in this region,” Brig. Gen. Fajardo said. “We are trying to secure medical and institutional support in order to bring progress [to the area]… to assist the community with this criminal mining program, with this human trafficking and environmental problem that is causing a lot of damage.” Illegal mining is more profitable than drug trafficking In fact, the Colombian Penal Code associates at least 21 crimes with illegal mining, ranging from environmental contamination to extortion, money laundering, human trafficking and slavery. People working in the mines seldom receive a fixed income. Rather, they depend on what FARC guerrillas call the “happy hour”: a couple of hours every week or every other week in which FARC or whomever is running the mines allows the workers to keep whatever they find. At other times, miners are forced to work in brutal conditions in order to gather enough to survive. The organization has turned to illegal mining to fund its terrorist operations because that enterprise is far more lucrative and not as dangerous as drug trafficking, Captain Gómez said. In 2013, organized crime groups spent about $540 to produce a kilogram of cocaine. That kilogram could be sold for around $2,580, guaranteeing a profit of about $2,040 per kilogram. Producing a kilogram of gold, meanwhile, costs about $16,000; the kilogram of gold could be sold for about $35,000, yielding a profit of $21,000. That profit difference is why the problem of illegal mining is escalating, Capt. Gómez said. Illegal mining is not only risky for miners, but the practice can also have disastrous effects on the environment: it causes soil and water contamination, land erosion, deforestation, and the loss of fauna and flora. Consequently, authorities are determined to put a stop to the practice. Military and law enforcement authorities used eight planes and eight Army helicopters to transport Special Forces units and about 600 Troops and police officers to remote sites in the middle of the Colombian jungle. There, the security forces captured 59 men and destroyed nine camps. They also demolished eight laboratories, which were used to process gold and tungsten, two of FARC’s principal sources of illegal revenue. The Colombian National Army, in cooperation with the Navy, the Air Force, the National Police, and the Attorney General’s Office, intervened in 63 illegal gold and tungsten mines in support of early May’s Operation Anostomus. “The FARC is an illegal mining organization,” said Navy Counterintelligence Captain Edwin Gómez. Troops who participated in Operation Anostomus found evidence of the economic mistreatment of people who work in the mines. A local store, for example, accepted kilograms of rock from the mine instead of paper currency.. One kilogram could be exchanged for the same weight in pasta or rice, a block of butter, toothpaste, or a pack of maxi pads. A watch could be bought for five kilograms of rock, a lollipop for two, and a large thermos bottle for 15. Those businesses were the target of Operation Anostomus, named after a small fish that lives in the rivers of eastern Colombia. The result of a three-week interagency coordination effort, the mission focused on Cerro Tigre, Campo Alegre, and the Serranía of Naquén — three areas where FARC’s Acacio Medina Front, the 16th Front, and the Urias Rondón Mobile Company controlled illegal mining hubs. The mines — largely located in protected areas in the departments of Guainía and Vichada — were a major financial venture for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Eastern Bloc, generating almost $8 million a month in profits for the organization. The FARC’s 29th Front, for example, was earning around $50 million a year through a series of illegal mines in the department of Cauca until March; then, another joint operation disrupted their business. Those businesses were the target of Operation Anostomus, named after a small fish that lives in the rivers of eastern Colombia. The result of a three-week interagency coordination effort, the mission focused on Cerro Tigre, Campo Alegre, and the Serranía of Naquén — three areas where FARC’s Acacio Medina Front, the 16th Front, and the Urias Rondón Mobile Company controlled illegal mining hubs. By Dialogo June 05, 2015 Apart from the financial exploitation, Capt. Gómez said, miners suffer from several health problems caused by working with or drinking water polluted by chemicals such as mercury, a known carcinogen. Clinics are nonexistent in the illegal mining areas, so mortality rates are very high; landslides and accidents are common. Illegal mining is not only risky for miners, but the practice can also have disastrous effects on the environment: it causes soil and water contamination, land erosion, deforestation, and the loss of fauna and flora. Consequently, authorities are determined to put a stop to the practice. “Given what we’ve managed to establish, and the work of the Attorney General Office’s Technical Investigation Corps (CTI, for its Spanish acronym), the FARC are heavily involved with illegal mining,” Brigadier General Adelmo Orlando Fajardo, commander of the Army’s 8th Division and head of the operation, said May 11th. “They are the ones carrying out extortions and they are the owners of many of these businesses.” The Colombian National Army, in cooperation with the Navy, the Air Force, the National Police, and the Attorney General’s Office, intervened in 63 illegal gold and tungsten mines in support of early May’s Operation Anostomus. The funding those profits provide for FARC isn’t the only problem associated with illegal mining — it also leads to a wide range of other criminal activities. Financial exploitation and health problems The organization has turned to illegal mining to fund its terrorist operations because that enterprise is far more lucrative and not as dangerous as drug trafficking, Captain Gómez said. In 2013, organized crime groups spent about $540 to produce a kilogram of cocaine. That kilogram could be sold for around $2,580, guaranteeing a profit of about $2,040 per kilogram. The funding those profits provide for FARC isn’t the only problem associated with illegal mining — it also leads to a wide range of other criminal activities. Financial exploitation and health problems The FARC’s 29th Front, for example, was earning around $50 million a year through a series of illegal mines in the department of Cauca until March; then, another joint operation disrupted their business. last_img read more

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Address lost revenue and improve member service at your credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As credit unions continue to look for ways to be successful, there are many challenges – both old and new – that must be addressed to meet financial and service initiative goals. Depending on your situation, these may include selecting the right mix of technology offerings for your members, assessing the potential effects of rising interest rates, or staying abreast of on-going legislative and regulatory uncertainty.In many cases, the ever-changing business and regulatory environments require institutions to rethink how time and resources are focused. However, maintaining consistent strategies that have a positive impact on performance and providing reliable financial services to account holders continue to be essential to long-term success.Overdraft Services Fill Ongoing Needs of Credit Unions and MembersYears ago, in an effort to meet the needs of members and help improve revenue, credit unions across the nation turned to third-party providers to help implement a compliant and successful overdraft program. Institutions soon discovered they were not only providing a valued service to their members, they were enhancing their revenue streams as well. continue reading »last_img read more

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Explainer: What you need to know about Hong Kong’s national security law

first_imgThe crimes of secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and colluding with foreign countries and external elements will face penalties of up to life in prison.The reach of the law has stunned some legal scholars, who say that even peaceful actions such as the pro-democracy Occupy protests of 2014 could now bring 10 years jail if foreign links could be proven.It also provides for more active state management and oversight of foreign groups, organizations and media based in what for decades has been China’s freest and most international city.In a move certain to rile democracy activists in the run-up to crucial legislature elections on September, it also demands disqualification for elected politicians who breach the law. Topics : China’s sweeping new national security law for Hong Kong took effect in the global financial hub at 11 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) – the same moment the city authorities published the law. It is expected to mark the biggest change in the freewheeling former British colony since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.Just how far does it go?Early assessments of the law, whose content was kept secret until it took effect, suggest that some elements are stronger than many feared, both in scope and penalties.center_img The law confirms, however, that it will not be applied retroactively against crimes committed before it was implemented.Both Hong Kong and Chinese central government officials have said the law is vital to plug gaping holes in Hong Kong’s national security defenses – deficiencies exposed in the months of sometimes violent protests that rocked the city in the last year.What is most likely to cause concern?The first official presence of mainland Chinese security and intelligence agents in Hong Kong and powers granted to them that go beyond local laws represent a major threat to the city’s liberties, according to security experts, diplomats and some politicians.The law allows them to take enforcement action from a new base at a mainland security commission in the city. The Hong Kong government will have its own commission, backed by its own special police unit. The law stipulates, for example, that the mainland agents cannot be detained or inspected by local authorities while carrying out their duties.Is anything still unclear?As earlier stated by Beijing, the law allows for Hong Kong’s chief executive to appoint judges for national security cases – a move lawyers’ groups have said imperils the city’s rule of law traditions.But it also allows for mainland courts to hear serious and complex Hong Kong cases in certain situations – including those allegedly involving collusion with foreign forces – a major change and one that is likely to be intensely debated in coming days, including how suspects will be taken to the mainland without formal extradition arrangements.It was not immediately clear whether the city’s foreign judges would be excluded from national security cases.Up until now, Hong Kong has boasted a proudly independent judiciary and separate, common law-based legal system that have long been deemed key to its success as a global financial center.What comes next?The big issue will be enforcement. Many in the city are waiting to see if action will be swift or whether authorities will wait to test their new institutions and cautiously build cases.Some high-profile democracy and independence activists have said they expect to become the first to be detained under the new regime, and disbanded their groups.Within two hours of the law being announced, the government revealed that special local police and justice department prosecution units had already been formed to enforce the law.For weeks now, Hong Kong and Chinese officials have repeatedly said that only a tiny number of people will be targeted by the new laws and that the rights and freedoms of ordinary people will not be affected.But fear has been building in some political, activist, academic, religious and business circles and some predict that, beyond high-profile cases, the law will chill the openness that they have taken for granted. Some say privately they are questioning whether they should leave Hong Kong.last_img read more

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How the Wolf Administration is Battling Prescription Opioid Abuse (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Jeffrey Sheridan, Press Secretary Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos The prescription opioid crisis is the most significant public health crisis facing Pennsylvania.These are the facts:According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. have quadrupled since 1999.In 2014, U.S. physicians wrote 240 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers.Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014.This epidemic is affecting people all across the commonwealth – young and old, rural, urban, and suburban. We need everyone – government officials, medical professionals, and the recovery community – to work together to ensure that we prevent others from falling victim to substance use disorders.Learn more about prescription opioid abuse from Temple University Center for Substance Abuse Research leaders:Governor Wolf has made battling the opioid epidemic his top priority. Here are some of the recent steps the Wolf Administration has taken to make sure we are doing everything we can to reverse this trend:Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramLast week the Pennsylvania Department of Health went live with the newly re-designed Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will allow prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom. The goal of the prescription drug monitoring program is to assist health care professionals with prescribing and dispensing medications safely and referring identified patients to treatment.Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe administration recently announced new prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids in order to reduce the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse. These guidelines will help fight back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin. These guidelines have been adopted by the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry, the State Board of Geriatric Pain, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the State Board of Ob-Gyns.Prescription Drug Take-Back ProgramUnder the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Centers of ExcellenceIn addition, the 2016-2017 budget provided funding to implement 45 centers of excellence (COE) throughout the commonwealth that will treat nearly 11,000 people with substance use disorder. These centers will work with the victims of SUD to make sure they get the comprehensive, holistic treatment they need to beat their disease. These centers will be the first stop for people looking for adequate and effective treatment.Substance use disorder affects people all across the commonwealth and that is why the search for effective solutions enjoys broad bi-partisan support. Governor Wolf will continue to fight to make sure Pennsylvanians have the resources we need to get our arms around this crisis. How the Wolf Administration is Battling Prescription Opioid Abuse (VIDEO) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 31, 2016   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

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Downsizing from this beach suburb appeals to Brisbane lawyer and property industry identity

first_imgPeter MacGregor is downsizing from his Casuarina home.While Mr MacGregor reckons it will be hard to part with the home he said it was time for them to downsize.“Our children have now grown up and are starting families of their own and have work commitments interstate, so it’s time for us to move on and let another family start creating memories in this beautiful home.’’Mr MacGregor is currently working with developers the GPT Group and Metroplex on Metroplex Westgate – a business district in Wacol. 4 Eclipse Lane, CasuarinaBRISBANE lawyer and property industry identity Peter MacGregor – is selling his beachfront home at Casuarina Beach.Mr MacGregor and his wife Leonie built the home at 4 Eclipse Lane, which is about 50 metres from the ocean.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe two level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house is being marketed by Lorna Savage Properties, with an asking price of $2.1 million.It was designed by architect Adam Pope and has three separate living zones which includes a self contained ‘unit’ on the upper level.last_img read more

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Maersk Invests in Its First Portuguese Startup

first_imgShipping major Maersk has decided to invest in the technologic startup Huub, marking the first ever investment made by the Danish multinational company in a Portuguese startup.Huub, that defines itself as a “360º brand accelerator”, announced the raise of the new investment round carried out by Maersk’s Corporate Venture unit Maersk Growth.With this new round, the startup closes its early-stage investment cycle with a total of EUR 4.35 million, the biggest funding ever to be registered in Portugal. This represents more than the double average seed on the USA and surpasses the European average by four times, according to the company.This recent capital will allow Huub to follow its strategic plan, that includes tripling the current number of brands, expanding European logistics operations and improving effectiveness and competitiveness, before the next investment round.Through its integrated logistics platform, Huub manages end-to-end interactions from suppliers to final customers on both B2B and direct to consumer in over 125 markets.HUUB foresees closing the year of 2019 with a revenue of EUR 3.5 million, which represents a growth of around 200% when comparing to the previous year.last_img read more

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Registration for Backyard Gardening Programme on Hold

first_img Tweet LifestyleLocalNews Registration for Backyard Gardening Programme on Hold by: – May 16, 2020 299 Views   no discussions Share The Division of Agriculture says the requests for backyard farm support have been so overwhelming that it has put registration on hold just to provide for the 2,774 local residents who have indicated interested in growing their own food.The Ministry also plans to make the project a long-term one.In April, the Ministry for the Blue and Green Economy and Agriculture launched its Coronavirus Food Security Programme to provide seeds and seedlings to large scale farmers to feed the island during this pandemic.Shortly after that, the ministry included a backyard farming component to this programme to include families, primarily those considered vulnerable like single parent family and seniors.The Division of Agriculture has said that the objective is to ensure that Dominicans are eating balanced and nutritious meals. This is why the seedlings packages are diverse with plants rich in vitamins, minerals, starch and protein.Dr Almario Casimir is Coordinator of the Disaster Risk Management Project in the Division of Agriculture.“We have not gone past the 2774 participants. One of the reasons for the temporary closure of the programme is that the requests were coming in and the demand on the agricultural stations for production of seedlings was tremendous,” he said adding that the Ministry has had to hire two private nurseries to increase propagation.The Agriculture Ministry plans to establish the backyard gardening programme as a long-term intervention primarily for households considered vulnerable.At least 10-15% of the total number of households in Dominica were targeted for this programme, based on data from the Ministry of Social Services.Dr Casimir described this goal as “very ambitious.”“The central objective is to target vulnerable groups and single-headed households. We will work in collaboration with the Ministry for Social Services to look at a sustained and more-in depth programme.”The Division does emphasise that those who have registered so far will be supplied with seedlings as distribution and propagation is ongoing.Dr Almario Casimir, Coordinator, Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, Division of Agriculturecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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COVID-19: China FA proposes minimum 30 percent pay cut

first_img Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar is one of the best-paid players in the world on an estimated $27 million a year. Temporary wage reductions in football are a hot topic with clubs facing financial challenges because of the pandemic, which has seen most leagues indefinitely suspended. Arsenal became the first English Premier League club to agree a pay cut on Monday with manager Mikel Arteta and players accepting a 12.5 percent reduction in salary. The Chinese Football Association has proposed clubs slash wages of players and coaches by at least 30 percent to cut costs because of the coronavirus, state media said Tuesday. Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar is one of the best paid players in world football on a reported $27 million a year The People’s Daily said that the CFA is now awaiting feedback from teams in the top-tier Chinese Super League (CSL) and the two divisions below. The CSL season was supposed to begin on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed after coronavirus emerged in central China in December, before spreading worldwide. “After the opinions are collected and revised, the Chinese Football Association will report to FIFA and other relevant departments,” the state-run newspaper said. “It is understood that the target of the Chinese Football Association (wages cuts)… does not include youth players and ordinary employees with relatively low salaries,” People’s Daily added. The CSL has enticed foreign coaches and players in recent years with vast pay packets.Advertisement Read Also: Scottish First Minister wary of football behind closed doors Clubs in Europe’s other top leagues, including Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, have similarly cut wages. There is still no confirmed start date for the CSL but there are claims it could now begin in late June or early July. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locationslast_img read more

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