The Marcus King Band Releases New Song, “Goodbye Carolina”, From Upcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgThe Marcus King Band recently announced a new album, Carolina Confessions, due out on October 5th via Fantasy Records. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the new album showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. The studio band features drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, saxophonist Dean Mitchell, and keyboardist DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander. The Marcus King Band has released the album’s final instant grat track, “Goodbye Carolina”, following the release of “Where I’m Headed”,  which premiered in September, and “Homesick” and “Welcome ‘Round Here”, in late August.About the new album, Carolina Confessions, King told Billboard:I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself.” King describes the ten-song catalogue as “the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what’s on my mind and kind of a way to explain that — just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That’s how writing is and making music is for me.Listen to the newly released track, “Goodbye Carolina”, below:You can also watch Marcus King Band’s performance of “Where I’m Headed”, from their television debut on CONAN.The Marcus King Band – “Where I’m Headed” – 8/28/2018[Video: Team Coco]See below for a full tracklist, as well as Marcus King Band’s extensive tour schedule. For more information, head to The Marcus King Band’s website.Carolina Confessions Tracklist:“Confessions”“Where I’m Headed”“Homesick”“8 a.m.”“How Long”“Remember”“Side Door”“Autumn Rains”“Welcome ‘Round Here”“Goodbye Carolina”View Full Tracklist The Marcus King Band Tour Dates9.22 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN9.23 @ Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH**9.25 @ The Vogue in Indianapolis, IN**9.26 @ Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL**9.27 @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN**9.28 @ Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA**9.29 @ Kilbourn City Live in Wisconsin Dells, WI**9.30 @ Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI**10.5 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.6 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.10 @ La Cigale in Paris, France10.11 @ Café Charbon in Coulanges-les-nevers, France10.12 @ Arcadium in Annecy, France10.13 @ Avignon Blues Festival in Avignon, France10.15 @ Santeria Social Club in Milano, Italy10.16 @ Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich, Switzerland10.17 @ Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany10.18 @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany10.19 @ Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany10.21 @ Knust in Hamburg, Germany10.22 @ Paradiso Noord in Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands10.23 @ Doornroosje in Nijmegen, NL10.25 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom10.26 @ Islington Assembly Hall in London, United Kingdom10.27 @ Night & Day Café in Manchester, United Kingdom10.28 @ Stereo in Glasgow, United Kingdom11.7 @ Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN*11.8 @ Songbirds South in Chattanooga, TN*11.10 @ Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN*11.12 @ Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA*11.13 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ*11.15 @ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA*11.16 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY*11.17 @ Pearl Street in Northampton, MA*11.18 @ The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA*11.21 @ Aura in Portland, ME*11.23 @ Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT*11.24 @ Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY*11.25 @ Iron Works in Buffalo, NY*11.26 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON*11.27 @ The Club at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA*11.29 @ The Loft in Lansing, MI*11.30 @ Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI*12.1 @ St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI*12.2 @ Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, IN*12.4 @ Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY*12.6 @ 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.*1.20 @ Island Exodus 10 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica**w/ Bishop Gunn*w/ Ida MaeView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

2019 Saint Mary’s Class Council reviews

first_imgSenior Class CouncilThe Senior Class Council representatives are Kassandra Acosta and Michelle Lester, and they are tasked with planning Senior Week, which includes a formal and a trip to a Chicago Cubs game. Neither Acosta nor Lester responded to multiple requests for further information, and none was readily available when The Observer searched for it.Junior Class CouncilJunior Class Council representatives Meg Hemmert and Morgan Greene said they have enjoyed this past semester and have learned valuable lessons that will help them moving forward with the Council.“It was a fun semester because we got to help out with Senior Dads Weekend, which was a lot of fun and good to learn what we want to do for next year,” Hemmert said.Hemmert and Greene are currently planning another event for juniors, set to take place before the end of the fall semester, and have already begun planning for the spring.“We’re going to bring everybody together to de-stress before finals, and then we’re also just getting started on official plans for Junior Moms Weekend,” Hemmert said. “It’s very exciting.”Hosting a town hall to survey juniors on what they would like to see in 2020 Junior Moms Weekend proved to be extremely fruitful, Hemmert said.“We had a town hall to talk more about Junior Moms [Weekend] and to kind of get people’s opinions on what they would like to see,” she said.Hemmert said she and Greene have not faced any major challenges this past semester, and most events have received strong attendance.“My favorite event that we did this semester was a welcoming event for the first years we had in Haggar,” she said. “It was their first week of school, and they were really excited and really nervous. They just came over, we had pizza and they could tie-dye shirts. It was just nice getting to talk to all the first years about how their time had gone so far and also what their plans were for this semester. We were just talking to them about what they were worried about, kind of reassuring them that they were in the right place and that everything would all work out. So that was really fun to be able to talk to them and to see where they were at and how we could help them.”Sophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council representatives Sydney Hutchinson and Abigail Pinnow said they were happy to see so many students respond positively to their events.“This has been a delightful semester for the class of 2022 Class Council,” Pinnow said in an email. “It is always so much fun to see our class come together and take part in whatever activity my co-rep Sydney and I have planned.”The Sophomore Class Council representatives have hosted two events this semester and plan on sponsoring two more in the upcoming spring semester, Pinnow said.“My personal favorite event was our recent end-of-the-semester Christmas Celebration event that we held on Dec. 3,” she said. “We had ornament decorating and Gigi’s Cupcakes for the second year in a row. It is a great way to relieve some of the stress of the upcoming finals week.”Pinnow said she and Hutchinson are working towards even greater attendance in the next semester.“We have some very exciting activities and giveaways planned for the spring, so we hope to see even more SMC sophomores at these events,” she said. First-Year Class CouncilFirst-Year Class Council representatives Jane Alexander and Abby Maday said they have enjoyed helping plan events for students on campus as well as getting to meet and bond with upperclassmen.Though the first event hosted by the first-year representatives, a Christmas-themed social with hot chocolate and ornament making, is Wednesday, Alexander said she and Maday joined other Class Council representatives in preparing for Senior Dads Weekend.“Our first event for our class is this Wednesday, but everyone on Class Council worked for Senior Dads Weekend, and it went really well,” she said.Thus far, Alexander said the only challenge has been planning events for a date and time that fits varying student schedules.“There hasn’t been anything considerably difficult, but it has been challenging to figure out a date for our events that is optimal for student participation,” she said in an email.Students returning to campus for second semester can expect to see more events scheduled, Alexander said, as well as more opportunities to meet other students within the first-year class.“Next semester we plan to organize more events and philanthropic opportunities,” she said.Tags: Saint Mary’s Class Council, Student Government Insider 2019last_img read more

Trail Mix: Trampled By Turtles Visits the Blue Ridge with New Material

first_imgWinter isolation is nothing new for the members of Trampled By Turtles, but recording sessions for the innovative string band’s new album, Wild Animals, were beset with an additional challenges beyond the hard work of crafting new songs. While holed up last January in their home state of Minnesota at Pachyderm Studio—the place where Nirvana made In Utero—members of the quintet started passing around the flu.Despite fighting contagious illness, the group managed to craft the most sonically stimulating album in its decade-long run.“I think the fever brought something out in the playing,” says banjo player Dave Caroll, who was one of the flu-stricken. “Sometimes when you’re sick, you’re in a different state of mind, and good things can come out of that.”Trampled By Turtles formed in the small North Country city of Duluth back in 2003 and, like most independent bands, earned its audience with relentless road slogging. While armed like a back-porch bluegrass outfit, the band’s sound is hardly traditional. The group is in fact best known for pouncing on its strings with reckless abandon, riling up crowds with a punk ethos on acoustic instruments. But juxtaposing the foot-stomping rowdiness are introspective quiet songs, delivered through rustic aching vocals by band frontman and main songwriter Dave Simonett.On Wild Animals, the band leans on mellow material, crafting an effort that mixes experimental folk with primal pop instincts. Lead single “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” (performed by the band on the Late Show with David Letterman in July) shines with a sweet hook and vintage Wall of Sound glaze, but deep within Simonett’s lyrics is an emotional isolation in tune with the late Townes Van Zandt.The theme runs through the group’s latest and seventh studio release, as Simonett, who relocated from Duluth to Minneapolis, grapples with missing the more remote setting of his former home. “Solitary time in a nearly untouched landscape is my version of church, so I think there is a bit of loss of religion in a lot of my work these days,” Simonett said in a release about the new album. “I’ve always been a little obsessed with our struggle to stay connected to our simple animal side, the part of our nature that lived off the earth, hunted live game, worshipped trees and mountains.”The sentiment is felt right away in the opening title track, which flows with an ethereal, cinematic shiver. The mood can be attributed to producer Alan Sparhawk. Best known as a member of longstanding indie rock outfit Low, Sparhawk helped push the Trampled members beyond the conventions of their strings.Fresh off a sellout of Colorado’s venerable Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the group is heading to the South this month with stops at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn., on September 7 and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va., on September 9.In planning set lists, Caroll says the band is careful to mix in the new material with more aggressive old favorites.“The slow songs can allow us to explore our instruments a little bit more,” he says. “There’s not as much going on, so subtle elements can go a long way. But we’ve learned how to gauge a crowd and know when they’re looking to get rowdy.”last_img read more

Peru Receives Emergency Assistance from Colombia

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo April 26, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces sent four helicopters to Peru, logging 200 flight hours over 12 days, as they carried out 30 aeromedical evacuations, shipped 42 tons of aid, and rescued more than 1,000 people. Natural disasters in the country have left more than 100,000 homeless and another 650,000 affected to a lesser extent. As for infrastructure, nearly 2,500 kilometers of highways and 281 bridges were destroyed, as well as 28,000 hectares of crops. In March 2017 alone, 106 people in this Andean nation went missing from mudslides caused by at least six coastal rivers overflowing their banks. These floods, which have impacted Peru and Ecuador, are due to the “Coastal El Niño,” an atmospheric phenomenon characterized by unusual warming of the sea along the coasts of those countries. The humidity caused by the warming led to heavy rains, causing mudslides and flooding that have impacted various communities in both countries. Peru was the country hardest hit. Partner nations always ready The state of emergency spurred the Colombian Armed Forces to come to Peru’s aid and provide the necessary support. From March 21st to April 1st, the military conducted a joint effort coordinated by Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD, per its Spanish acronym), the firefighter corps, and the Foreign Relations Office. The support plan for Peru consisted of making available 42 search-and-rescue team members, including officers and non-commissioned officers, a Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) Boeing 727, as well as UNGRD personnel and search-and-rescue and satellite equipment. On the other hand, the Colombian Army provided one ton of humanitarian aid and two helicopters to aid victims in the region of San Pedro, Trujillo, which had been cut off from the rest of the department after the collapse of the Virú bridge. Over the course of 59 flight hours, they served as an air bridge, transporting 762 stranded people, and delivering 31 tons of aid. In turn, the FAC dispatched two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Piura, where they transported 318 people, carried out 21 air medevac missions, and shipped 42 tons of aid over 83 total flight hours. “Colombia is a country that has also suffered terribly from the whims of the weather. Various communities across the country are frequently impacted by floods and that’s why, in addition to the responsibility we have to aid our neighboring countries, we feel called upon to come to Peru’s aid,” stated Major General Juan Carlos Salazar, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Armed Forces. “Colombia has broad experience in rescue operations carried out in the harshest conditions – at night, in the jungle, and under fire. The capabilities that our men and women have acquired, and our specialized aircraft and equipment, enable us to respond effectively to floods, fires, and earthquakes, among other natural disasters that are common in this country,” he said. Operating in Peru Following Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s request for aid from Colombia to cope with the flood emergency, the Colombian Army activated its international interoperability protocol. These kinds of coordinated operations are possible thanks to the joint training carried out by the two nations as part of their cooperation agreements. Moreover, there is an active Peru-Colombia emergency system that is used in these kinds of situations. According to Colonel Juan Carlos Forero, Colombia’s military attaché in Peru, President Kuczynski requested four helicopters from the Colombian Ministry of Defense to respond to the emergency. The following day, the helicopters departed for the neighboring country with expert crews and aid aboard. “The first workdays consisted of coordinating our special rescue operation and our aeromedical evacuation of the sick and injured, the transport of people who had been stranded, and serving as an air bridge between communities, among other duties that were carried out successfully, free of accidents,” Col. Forero said. The terrain in the northern part of Peru made operations difficult. For one thing, the region has sandy desert landscapes that do not easily retain water from heavy rainfall, giving rise to mudflows that devastate everything in their path. In Peru, these mudflows are called huaicos. “When the mud dries, it turns into a dust that is hard to deal with, and it gives off a rather intense odor. Clearing it away is exhausting work. When the huaicos come down, they leave an indelible mark,” Col. Forero said. “Operations were performed at 12,000 feet, an altitude that involves a high level of risk because those communities are close to the sea and are known for having crosswinds that demand a higher level [of experience] from the crew,” Col. Forero said. “Fortunately, the Colombian Armed Forces has had the necessary training to cope with these kinds of conditions and we were able to share those skills with our military peers in Peru through our teamwork,” he concluded.last_img read more

Hempstead House Explosion Rocks Neighborhood

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A home exploded in Hempstead on Wednesday. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)A house explosion rocked a Hempstead neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, collapsing the structure on itself and damaging two homes next door.Hempstead village police and firefighters from surrounding areas responded to the scene on Perry Street near the corner of Cedar Street at about 2:30 p.m.Officials at the scene said the house appears to have been vacant at the time but are searching the rubble to be sure.“I thought a car hit my house,” said Joseph Berrouet, 65, who was awakened when he felt his home rattle a block away. “It was a terrible noise.”A National Grid spokeswoman told reporters that the initial investigation revealed no signs of a gas leak, although neighbors reportedly smelled gas in the days leading up to the blast.The Nassau County Fire Marshall’s investigators are continuing the probe while construction equipment was brought in to sift through the debris.last_img read more

Ex-NYPD Cop Gets 6 Years for Long Island Burglary Spree

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-New York City police detective was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for his role in a burglary ring that stole more than $10 million in cash and property from Long Island homes and businesses over a four-year span.At Central Islip federal court in 2014, Rafael Astacio, 43, of Copiague, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and filing a fraudulent tax return.“By victimizing the very same people he took an oath to serve and protect, the defendant compounded his criminal acts,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Astacio was arrested four years ago as part of a five-man team that broke into 10 homes and three dozen businesses during their spree between 2009 and 2012, authorities have said.The crew used sledge hammers, wire cutters, blow torches and crowbars, as well as police scanners and cell phone jammers, authorities explained. In addition, the crew staked out potential victims to determine when they would be out of their homes and businesses. Astacio’s assignments were to be the lookout, to monitor a police scanner and to transport the stolen merchandise across state lines so it could be sold on the black market.In handing down the ex-cop’s sentence, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco also ordered Astacio to pay nearly $2 million in restitution to his victims.Nassau County prosecutors worked with federal authorities on the case.“While most police officers serve with integrity and honor, former Detective Astacio broke his oath and the law when he conspired with others to steal millions of dollars’ worth of property and cash from homes and businesses in our area,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local and federal law enforcement partners, this crooked cop was caught and successfully prosecuted, and he will never tarnish the badge again.”last_img read more

Ithaca Police investigating backpack found with one-pot meth lab

first_imgNo more information has been released from the police department at this time. The police department says they were dispatched just before 8:00 a.m. to a railroad bridge behind Agway in the 200 block of S Fulton Street. They say an individual found the backpack while walking around.  Police officials say once officers examined the bag, it was determined to be an active one-pot meth lab. ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Ithaca Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to a railroad bridge for a suspicious backpack on Saturday. Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245 Police Administration: (607) 272-9973 Police Tipline (607) 330-0000 Email: [email protected] Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ithacapolice  Twitter: https://twitter.com/ithacapolice Anyone who has information involving this investigation should contact the Ithaca Police Department: The police department also says the New York State Police Contamination Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded and assisted. Police also say they were assisted by the Ithaca Fire Department. last_img read more

Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans. Trump objects

first_imgTrump has faced criticism for playing down the outbreak in its initial stages. He said early on that the virus was under control and repeatedly compared it to the seasonal flu.Last week he argued the time was right to re-open the US economy, complaining that the cure was worse than the problem and setting a goal of economic rebirth by Easter on April 12.On Sunday he announced that he had ditched that plan after Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, convinced him that projections showed more than 2 million people in the United States could die without further stringent measures.But after a few days of adopting a more somber tone, the president on Thursday seemed chagrined that Birx was focusing on areas where those measures had not been followed sufficiently rather than on states in which the virus had not taken off.”It’s hard to blame flat-liners for not doing a good job,” Trump said, sparking Birx to express with emotion, “No, no, I don’t want to say that!”Trump made clear he did not want headlines suggesting that not enough was being done, and he went on to explain repeatedly what he believed Birx meant as she remained standing on the stage.”She wasn’t talking about the average of everything, she was talking about an individual state,” Trump said.”Our states, generally speaking – it’s like lots of different countries all over – we have, many of those ‘countries’ are doing a phenomenal job. They’re really flat, and I think that’s what you meant.”Birx responded simply: “Thank you, sir.”She went on to say, nonetheless, that not all US states had followed the guidelines.”We know what can be done. And others are doing it and most of the people in the United States are doing it. It’s our communities, it’s every American that has to make these changes,” she said.Trump weighed in again.”We’ve done, I think on average, really phenomenally as a country.”The US death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, stood at 5,821 by Thursday evening, with more than 241,000 positive cases across all 50 states.  Topics : “When we said that, now over 16 days ago, that was serious,” Birx said, noting that the people who were now becoming sick would have gotten the virus after the guidelines first went out.But the president, standing near the White House podium where Birx was speaking, interceded.”Deborah, aren’t you referring to just a few states, because many of those states are dead flat,” Trump said, referring to states where the virus had not taken off dramatically and pushed up the national “curve” of deaths.Birx responded that it was true that some states were flat but that an outbreak in a new city would spoil that.center_img Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House task force on the coronavirus, had a message for Americans on Thursday: do better at social distancing. President Donald Trump didn’t like the message.At what has become a daily briefing by the president and his advisers, Birx, a highly respected expert in global health, has served the role of explainer, walking journalists and the public through the data behind federal recommendations designed to slow the virus’s spread.Just a couple days into a new, 30-day extension of the guidelines, Birx said data showed not enough people were following them. The recommendations, first unveiled on March 16, encourage people not to gather in groups larger than 10 and to avoid dining in restaurants or bars.last_img read more

Experts, House factions suggest lower presidential nomination threshold

first_imgSeveral factions at the House of Representatives as well as political experts have suggested lowering or eliminating the vote threshold for political parties to nominate presidential candidates.Article 222 of the 2017 Elections Law states that a political party or coalition of parties must have secured at least 20 percent of the seats at the House of Representatives or 25 percent of the popular vote in the 2014 elections to nominate a presidential candidate in the 2019 elections.The same type of provision has been included in a draft dated May 6 to revise the Elections Law in preparation for the next elections. The draft was prepared by House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, and the House Expertise Board.During a hearing by the commission on Wednesday, some experts recommended a reduction of the threshold to facilitate more presidential candidates.Political expert Valina Singka Subekti of the University of Indonesia questioned the draft for maintaining the threshold. She suggested that the House eliminate it altogether, as the Constitution only mandated that political parties endorse presidential and vice-presidential candidates, with no mention of a threshold.“Indonesia has a presidential nomination threshold while many other democratic countries do not,” she said. The presidential nomination threshold in Indonesia was introduced in 2004, when the figure was set at 15 percent, equal to 20 percent of House seats. Five years later, the House raised the bar to 20 percent of the seats or 25 percent of the popular vote.Valina said the 2004 presidential election was the ideal presidential election, with five candidate pairs running: Wiranto-Salahuddin Wahid, Megawati Sukarnoputri-Hasyim Muzadi, Amien Rais-Siswono Yudo Husodo, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Jusuf Kalla and Hamzah Haz-Agum Gumelar.”We have experienced a presidential election in which many pairs were participating. This is nothing new. At that time, the political parties and constituents were happy, as they could channel their aspirations and promote their best candidates,” she said.Read also: Civil group challenges legislative threshold at courtCentre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte echoed Valina’s concern, calling on the House to reduce the threshold.He went on to say that a higher threshold had resulted in polarization among the people, as seen in the presidential elections of 2014 and 2019. A survey found that Indonesians became more polarized than ever based on their preferred presidential candidates as they only had two candidate pairs.Philips suggested that the election should have “at least three or four candidate pairs.”Parties in the government coalition are divided over the threshold, with the NasDem Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the United Development Party (PPP) suggesting a lower threshold. They are the three parties that garnered lower shares of the popular vote than the other members of the coalition in the 2019 election.“We’re sure that we will have two pairs running head to head again if it’s 20 percent. If it’s 15 percent, four to five [candidate pairs] may participate. More pairs means more options for the people,” NasDem House faction chairman Ahmad Ali said.On the other hand, the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Golkar Party, which were in the first and third position in last year’s election, endorsed the same threshold. Meanwhile, the runner-up in the 2019 election, the Gerindra Party, remained undecided.Three parties outside the ruling coalition expected the threshold to be between 10 and 15 percent. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) proposed a lower threshold, although it later stated that it was fine with keeping the current threshold.PKS House faction chairman Jazuli Juwaini said a lower threshold could allow for greater diversity of ideas during the presidential election. “We hope there are at least three pairs, [so there will be] no polarization, like in the 2019 election.”Commission II chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia said the draft was still very much open for change, because factions were still divided over it. He went on to say that the draft, including the provision on the presidential nomination threshold, might change to accommodate several opinions.“The experts’ opinion will also be one of our considerations in formulating the bill,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

In Montgomery County, Governor Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Community Health & Dental Care, a center of excellence, to discuss his administration’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic. The 2016-2017 budget included $20.4 million for Centers of Excellence which serve as central, efficient hubs around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders through the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. That’s why I delivered a joint address to the House and Senate about taking legislative action to address this public health crisis.”“Community Health and Dental Care of Pottstown is honored to have received the Centers of Excellence award for Montgomery County,” said Community Health and Dental Care CEO Bridgette McGivern. “Our health center, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Recovery Center and other collaborative partners, is fully committed to combating the opioid epidemic that is afflicting our communities.  Our health center continually strives to make a difference in the lives of our patients and this initiative will positively impact those efforts.”In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf’s desk. During his joint address, Governor Wolf said that he hopes to pass legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, improve and increase education about opioid use disorder, limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients and minors, require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids, and establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 10, 2016 In Montgomery County, Governor Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemiccenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more