First Year of Medical Marijuana Helps 83,000 Pennsylvanians

first_imgFirst Year of Medical Marijuana Helps 83,000 Pennsylvanians February 15, 2019 Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that in its first year the state’s medical marijuana program has helped 83,000 Pennsylvanians access this vital medication, which was dispensed nearly 600,000 times at approved dispensaries across the state.“The first year that the state’s medical marijuana program has been operational tells us that this program is working to help Pennsylvanians in need of this medication,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Patients are realizing the benefits and there has been steady, positive progress that I am pleased to report.”In addition to patients, nearly 1,000 physicians are now approved to certify patients to participant in the program. More than 1,460 physicians have registered to be certified.“Our goal for the next year and beyond is to increase the number of grower/processors and dispensaries operating, to register even more physicians and to continue the growth of our scientific, medically based program,” Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.The medical marijuana program has permitted 25 grower/processors and 50 dispensaries, the maximum allowed under the law. All Phase I grower/processors are operational, and 45 dispensary locations are operational and dispensing product.More than 116,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program. The approximately 83,000 who have purchased medical marijuana at a dispensary already have their identification cards.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Gov. Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed temporary regulations to enact the program;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved six training providers for physician continuing education;Approved four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Registered more than 116,000 patients and issued more than 83,000 identification cards;Validated nearly 600,000 dispensing events;Issued 25 grower/processors permits, 12 of which are operational;Issued 50 dispensary permits and approved 45 locations to begin operations; andCertified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers.The program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under an approved practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Medical marijuana grossed more than $132 million in total sales one year after the official start of product being sold. The commonwealth collected more than $2 million in tax revenue to date from grower/processors.For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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TenneT Issues Dutch Offshore Platform Contract Call

first_imgDutch offshore grid operator TenneT TSO B.V. has issued a call for competition for the construction, transport and installation of an offshore platform for a Hollandse Kust offshore wind zone.TenneT will develop at least 3,500MW of offshore connections by 2023; all with a standardised concept of 700MW per connection. The platforms will connect offshore wind farms to the onshore grid by HVAC sea cables.The platforms within one area will be connected by means of a 66kV cable. The platforms are to carry high-voltage switching and transformation equipment as well as auxiliary facilities.Intake power from the wind farms will be 66kV, export power from the platform will be 220kV. The scope of the intended contracts includes design, engineering, production, delivery, transport and installation of topside and jacket, TenneT said.Source: TenneTThe Hollandse Kust zone is divided into two areas: The 1,400MW Hollandse Kust (South) and the 700MW Hollandse Kust (North). TenneT has awarded Petrofac with a contract to build the Hollandse Kust (South) Alpha and the optional Hollandse Kust (South) Beta platform.The 700MW Hollandse Kust (Noord) platform is yet to be tendered.Further information on the contract notice can be found here.last_img read more

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NegOcc drops Panaad amid COVID-19 threat

first_img“We promise to bring you the best Panaad sa Negros Festival in the future.For now, stay healthy and keep safe everyone!” they added. “Despite the initial preparations, the health, safety and well-being ofall Negrosanons are still the priority,” Lacson said. The organizers of the said festival already posted on their officialFacebook page the cancelation of the event. At that time, the provincial government said they will continue workingon the preparations for Panaad 2020 since the COVID-19 spread may no longerexist in April. “We are all excited for Panaad sa Negros Festival 2020. However, thehealth and safety of our fellow Negrenses are our top priority,” the organizerssaid. They added, however, that they are willing to cancel or postpone thefestival if the need arises in order to not sacrifice the health of its people.(With a report from PNA/PN) Municipal and city mayors of Negros Occidental meet with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer during the Negros Association of Chief Executives assembly in Talisay City on March 16. They unanimously agreed to cancel the staging of the 27th Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 20 to 26 amid the 2019 coronavirus disease outbreak. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTALcenter_img BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental provincial government hascancelled the staging of the 27th Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 20 to 26amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Dubbed as the “Festival of All Festivals,” Panaad sa Negros showcasesthe 32-themed pavilions of each city and municipality of the province. They aredesigned either as replicas of their own municipal or city hall, or it can evenbe their famous products. The top provincial officials and the local chief executives unanimouslyagreed to cancel this year’s edition of the festival. This year’s edition of the Panaad Festival – supposedly the first underthe leadership of Lacson and Ferrer – was launched on Feb.11 with the theme,“The Future is Now!” The decision was made after Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov.Jeffrey Ferrer met with the mayors of the towns and cities during the NegrosAssociation of Chief Executives assembly in Talisay City on March 16.last_img read more

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Goals

first_imgNot everyone who ever runs track will be a sectional champion. Very few even become conference champions, so what keeps them going? What are their goals? I am sure all of them start out dreaming of those big wins, but reality sets in so they have to reset their goals. The good coaches need these kids to keep a program going, and they need these runners in reserve when someone is injured. Most of these young athletes will set a realistic goal for themselves and work their tails off to achieve that goal. In doing so, they may even go above that goal because they worked so diligently. Some of my fondest memories are of just such kids. One girl worked four years to reach a personal time record for herself in the 3200-meter run. In her last meet as a high school student, she not only broke the time she had set for herself but got a ribbon as well. I can guarantee that ribbon meant more to her than almost any other ribbon won that day or maybe that season. Not only did she run four years for me, but her attitude rubbed off on other runners with more talent than she had, and they reached levels they probably would not have reached on their own. Oh, yes, I gave her a letter because she truly earned it! The world would be so much better if everyone had such an attitude and used it in their every day activities.last_img read more

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Enrollment Begins Next Week For Health Insurance

first_imgIndianapolis- Hoosiers have less than a week until open enrollment begins for the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace. The Indiana Hospital Association and the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Inc. are preparing to help uninsured Hoosiers learn about and apply for the new health care coverage program operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Beginning Oct. 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace will allow eligible Hoosiers to compare health insurance options and enroll in a plan that meets both their needs and their budget. The six-month open enrollment period will run from Oct.1 until March 31, 2014, with the official launch of healthcare coverage through the marketplace beginning Jan.1, 2014.Eligibility is generally available to middle-income people under age 65 who are not covered for health care benefits through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare. All plans must cover doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care and prescriptions, and no one can be denied coverage if they have a pre-existing condition. Low-cost plans and financial help is available to Hoosiers based on annual income through tax credits.According to IHA President Doug Leonard, numerous statewide organizations have been aligning resources to help prepare for the enrollment.“Hospitals and other groups throughout the state are looking for ways to educate people as we move forward with enrollment over the course of the next six months,” said Leonard. “A clear understanding of the resources available to the public is of the utmost importance so that Hoosiers can select an insurance plan that best meets their budget and their health care needs.”Approximately 880,000 Hoosiers under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, an alarming fact that groups like the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Inc. are hoping the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be able to address.“This is a critical time for statewide organizations to join in a collaborative effort to assist Indiana residents in achieving affordable health care, while improving the overall health and well-being of our state,” said Philip Morphew, CEO of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Inc. “Any organization – big or small – can play an important role in encouraging patients to enroll in new coverage options made available by the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace.”To enroll in the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace beginning Oct. 1, or for more information about Indiana health care eligibility, Hoosiers can access healthcare.gov.last_img read more

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Decatur County commissioners name new full-time EMA director

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Commissioners have unanimously selected Brad Speer to serve as the full-time Decatur County Emergency Management Director. Speer steps in for Rob Duckworth who had been serving as part-time interim director since 2011.Speer has served as a Clarksburg volunteer firefighter and is currently the chief he has also been a member of the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency advisory council. For the last six months, Speer has worked as the deputy director of the agency.Duckworth will remain with the agency during the transition period.last_img

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Special event, Super Nationals awards in TomCat’s IMCA contingency plans for 2016

first_imgMOORESVILLE, N.C. – Special event and Super Nationals awards comprise the TomCat Performance IMCA contingency program again this season.Feature winners at 80 designated specials, covering all eight sanctioned divisions, and Modified heat winners at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will receive quick disconnect throttle rod assemblies.Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office after special results are received, and beginning the week after the Sept. 5-10 Super Nationals.A six-year IMCA marketing partner, TomCat Performance is the wholesale division and inhouse brand of Carolina Racing Supply in Mooresville, N.C.“TomCat has been a big proponent of providing racers with quality products and we’ll help facilitate that again this year with their throttle linkages,” promised IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Winning a big race is a great accomplishment and the TomCat program helps recognize that.”More information is available by calling Carolina Racing Supply at 704 662-8299, on Facebook and at the www.carolinaracingsupply.com website.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Come Up Short Against Trojans

first_imgBatesville @ Sunman Dearborn-Middle School Track results from 4/18.Girls: Sunman Dearborn  67, Batesville 52Shot Put-2 Veronica King (24’1”)Discus-2 Lilly Grigg (55’2”)High Jump-2 Kaylie Raver (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (14’2”)  3 Elena Kuisel (12”5”)Pole Vault-1 Nadine Davis (7’)  2 Jada Day (6’)100M Hurdles-2 Cora Deputy (19.2)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (12.9)  3 Elena Kuisel (13.8)200M-2 Lizzy Nobbe (29.58)  3 Elena Kuisel (29.1)400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:04)  3 Ava Hanson (1:09)800M-2 Jada Day (2:57)  3 Kaylie Raver (3:00)1600M-2 Kaylie Raver (6:23)  3 Jada Day (6:24)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (55.3)Boys: Sunman Dearborn  81, Batesville  38Shot Put-3 Blake Hon (31’9”)Discus-2 Eli Loichinger (88’7”)Long Jump-1 Evan Williamson (16’6”)  2 Seth Pierson (16’6”)110M Hurdles-2 Trenton Kincade (18.6)100M-2 Evan Williamson (12.2)200M-1 Evan Williamson (25.1)400M-1 Will Sherwood (1:00)800M-1 Eli Loichinger (2:28)1600M-1 Eli Loichinger (5:28)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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Wisconsin men’s soccer team loses 7th straight contest

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team (4-9-0, 0-3-0) lost a tough second-half battle Friday night at the hands of two-time defending national champion Indiana (8-1-3, 2-1-1) 5-2. Despite heading into the break with the score tied 2-2, the Badgers could not shut down the No. 8 Hoosier arsenal in the second half.”[Indiana is] a good team,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “They’re obviously ranked where they are because of their performances and the team that they are. I’m happy that we could show them that we could compete for 45 minutes, but I’m also a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t compete for the whole 90 minutes.”Indiana opened the scoring with a questionable penalty call in the 15th minute. After a low cross was sent in from the right flank, junior striker Jacob Peterson was slightly taken down just outside of the six-yard box, resulting in a Hoosier penalty kick.Freshman forward Lee Nguyen stepped up and secured the lead for Indiana with a clinical finish into the lower left corner.Six minutes later the Badgers responded with a penalty kick of their own following some clever footwork on the right channel by redshirt freshman Victor Diaz.Following several stepovers, the Spaniard lofted the ball onto the foot of sophomore Sho Fujita, who was viciously tripped up eight yards from goal. Diaz sent Indiana keeper Chris Munroe the wrong way and slotted home the equalizer from the spot.It didn’t take the Hoosiers long to regain the lead, however, as senior midfielder Brian Plotkin answered just four minutes later with a swerving 30-yard blast into the right side of the net with his left foot. The goal marked Plotkin’s fifth of the season.Wisconsin’s bench provided a huge spark for the Badgers going into halftime when substitute Nick Caronna whipped in a cross onto the head of fellow substitute Matthew Jelacic. Jelacic then flicked the ball right onto the path of a streaking Reid Johnson who was able to hammer the ball past Munroe into the lower left corner to tie the game in the 43rd minute.After scoring only one goal in their past five matches, the Badger players knew the scoring had to come eventually, and they were all delighted to break the slump.”It felt really good,” Johnson said of his goal. “I’ve just come off of an injury, so it was just exciting to be out there and playing at full strength again. I knew we were going to score tonight because we’ve been struggling lately and everyone’s been really busting it at practice — I think everybody knew we were going to score today.”Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the scoring surge ended at two and the Badger goal was the target of a Hoosier offensive assault throughout the entire second half.In the 52nd minute, Indiana defender Greg Stevning sent a defense-splitting through pass to Jacob Peterson who needed only to cut past Wisconsin keeper Jake Settle for the game-winning goal. Six minutes later, Peterson scored his seventh of the season and second of the match making it 4-2.Indiana’s Jordan Chirico rounded out the scoring for the Hoosiers in the 64th minute of play.Although Rohrman was thrilled with the return of goalscoring for the team, he was also frustrated with the team’s defensive breakdown in the second half.”I thought in the second half, for whatever reason, we just didn’t put it together,” Rohrman said. “We gave them too many soft goals tonight. I thought the last one that Chirico scored was a good goal, but aside from that, I thought they were goals that we gave up instead of making them earn them.”While the defeat marks the seventh-straight loss for the Badgers, Rohrman and his squad are not worrying about the past, but are instead preparing for their next match Wednesday with Marquette University.”In college soccer, you can’t dwell on one game or one setback,” Rohrman said. “We’ve struggled a little bit finding the goal, and now tonight we got two, so we should feel good about that. I thought we created some good things going forward, so there are some positives to take from there and hopefully we can sure up some things on the defensive side and come out and play for 90 minutes on Wednesday.”last_img read more

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After slow start, Jackson shows improved conditioning, jumper in win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With the sound of his yell drowned out by the thunderous noise of the crowd, Rick Jackson released his hold on the rim. The Syracuse forward had forced a turnover and jammed home a putback on the ensuing fast break. The Carrier Dome crowd was on its feet. ‘He’s the heart and soul of this team,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘He’s our senior, he’s our leader, and we’re going to follow him.’ Moments earlier, with Syracuse attempting to separate itself in the second half against Canisius, Jackson emphatically put back another dunk over 7-foot-3 Marial Dhal. It, too, brought the SU bench and the rest of the Dome jumping to its feet. After what Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim described as a first half of ‘missed opportunities’ for Jackson, the Orange’s lone senior dominated inside during SU’s second half separation from Canisius. Whether it was a big dunk, controlling the boards or finding a cutting teammate with a pass to the basket, Jackson was the inside compliment to the backcourt duo of Jardine and Brandon Triche.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The Philadelphia native finished with 17 points, a career-high 13 boards, four blocked shots, three assists and a pair of steals while leading SU to an 86-67 win Sunday over the Golden Griffins. ‘He kind of started off slow, but he picked it up,’ Jardine said. ‘He’s finally able to play his game and do the things that he can do. … This year, he’s playing free. He’s in a lot better shape, and he’s becoming the beast that I know he can be.’ After the game, Jackson cracked a smile when reporters hovered around his locker. This is why he put in so much work this summer. For games like this. Teammates raved during the preseason about the 30 pounds Jackson shed during the offseason. They gushed about the extended range on his jump shot. Until Sunday, it was all just talk. Against the Golden Griffins, Jackson flew up and down the court on the break. He was active inside defensively, and he was able to do things that even he didn’t think he could do a year ago. ‘When you lose that much weight, you move better, you feel mobile,’ Jackson said. ‘I don’t get as tired as I used to, and Coach can leave me in longer. Losing weight was key.’ With SU leading by just three at the intermission, Triche and Jardine jump-started Syracuse in the second half. The two pushed the break and made key shots down the stretch. But it was Jackson who took care of the dirty work down low. When defenders left him alone to shoot open 12- to 15-foot jumpers, Jackson gladly unveiled the stroke he had been working on all summer. ‘I’m sure people are thinking that he can’t make that shot,’ Boeheim said. ‘He hasn’t been able to, but he made two. … He played at a high level in the second half.’ During pickup games this summer, that jump shot is what Jardine remembers winning games for Jackson. It’s something he has honed and something he’ll rely on this year. With so many unproved freshmen, Boeheim reiterated Sunday that it will be especially important for the veterans to carry the load for SU this season. With Jackson running the floor, being more active and hitting jump shots, perhaps the only thing left is for him to continually perform at a high level night in and night out this season. With a cast of young big men, he’ll be relied upon to do that more than ever. But if Sunday’s performance is any indication, Jackson has evolved as a player with a variety of abilities. The jump shot. The agility. The mobility. It’s all there. ‘Those are some things he added during the summer,’ Triche said. ‘Other than losing weight, he’s added other dimensions to his game. Whatever it took to get better, he did it.’ aljohn@syr.edu Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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