Trump appears at Veterans Day event

first_imgMr Trump has yet to concede the election to his Democratic rival. US President Donald Trump has made his first official public appearance since the election was called for Joe Biden.He attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Veterans Day.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Governor Wolf: More than 10,000 Patients Registered for Medical Marijuana Program

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced that 10,135 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with 1,188 certified by a physician to participate.“Patients have started to receive their medical marijuana identification cards, bringing us one step closer to getting medication to patients in the next four months,” Governor Wolf said. “Our grower/processors are well underway, and our dispensaries are approaching the point where they will be ready to open their doors.  Patients who are desperately waiting for this medication will soon find relief.”To date, the Department of Health has approved eight grower/processors to begin operations:Cresco Yeltrah, Jefferson County;Franklin Labs, Berks County;GTI Pennsylvania, Montour County;Ilera Healthcare, Fulton County;Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, Lackawanna County;PurePenn LLC, Allegheny County;Standard Farms, Luzerne County; andTerrapin Investment Fund, Clinton County.In order to become operational, the grower/processors underwent several inspections from the Department of Health. The facilities also are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. The grower/processors will now be able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.“We have four grower/processors in the final stages of their inspection process,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We have been working with them to make sure they are meeting all of the standards set out by the regulations and their facilities are safe and secure. At this time, we do not foresee any issues with the remaining facilities that would prevent them from becoming operational.”Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 550 have registered and of those, nearly 250 have completed the training to become certified practitioners. A fifth continuing education provider, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been approved.“Physicians play a critical role in this medically-focused program,” Dr. Levine said. “The response has been encouraging from the medical community as more doctors are becoming educated on how medical marijuana can help their patients.”The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 300 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Approved four training providers for physician continuing education;Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched the Patient and Caregiver Registry; andContinued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational within six months.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Governor Wolf: More than 10,000 Patients Registered for Medical Marijuana Programcenter_img December 27, 2017last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch architects transfers property into Achmea funds

first_imgThe scheme transferred its stake in a retail centre with parking garage to Achmea’s Dutch Retail Property Fund.According to Van Vledder, the Pensioenfonds voor de Architectenbureaus will receive preference shares in the investment funds. He added that it concluded a three-year contract with the asset manager.The chairman of the investment committee said the pension fund wanted to reduce the “relatively large” proportion of direct real estate in its 8% property allocation.Previously, it placed 40% of its property holdings in the two Syntrus Achmea funds, including several retail objects.Van Vledder said the architects’ scheme planned to divest the three remaining office assets with a combined value of €20m in its discretionary property portfolio.He added, however, that the Pensioenfonds voor Architectenbureaus was still keen to increase its holdings in residential property, as the prospects for direct and indirect returns in this segment were improving.The scheme’s overall returns on real estate have been flat over the last two years.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance said its Residential Fund managed €670m in assets, its Retail Property Fund €600m. The €4bn pension fund for architects’ staff in the Netherlands has placed €95m of its discretionary property holdings in Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance funds to reduce the complexity of its portfolio and increase the liquidity of its assets. Roeland van Vledder, chairman of the scheme’s investment committee, said: “Moreover, this allows us to improve control and spread our risks.”He made clear the main aim was not to increase results, “as the stake in the investment funds would generate comparable returns”.He said the pension fund placed 14 residential housing objects and a retail asset – valued at €85m in total – in Achmea’s Dutch Residential Fund.last_img read more

Veritas, Estonia’s LHV back new €70m Baltic private equity fund

first_imgShe added that Veritas did not usually back inaugural fund launches, but that Livonia was “very well connected within the local economies.”She added: “Building regional champions instead of country-specific winners makes a lot of sense. Economic growth in the Baltic region is among the strongest in Europe and the fundamentals are in good shape.”Kristo Oidermaa, portfolio manager at LHV Pension Funds Oidermaa added that the fund commitment fit well into its existing strategy, allowing it to benefit from growth in the Baltic market.“Our investment strategy has a small home bias and we regard all three Baltic countries as our home markets,” Oidermaa said. “Over the last few years, we have considerably increased our allocation of alternative assets, with commercial real estate and timber and now private equity funds.”Kaido Veske, co-founding partner of Livonia Partners, said that the fund would focus on mature companies with a track record of up to 5 years and an annual turnover starting at €5m, but up to €40m.He added that the fund is looking for companies with an export focus and which were undercapitalized, and that while earnings volatility in the region would still be higher than elsewhere in Europe, the countries in question also boasted higher growth than Europe as a whole. Finnish pensions insurer Veritas and LHV Pension Funds, Estonia’s second largest pension fund manager, are among six investors committing €70m to a pan-Baltic private equity fund.Domiciled in Latvia, the Livonia Partners-managed fund will invest €3-15m of equity and mezzanine capital per investment in up to 12 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active largely in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The first investments will be made in the next few months, with the possibility that firms in adjacent countries could also receive funding.Livonia Partners Fund I will acquire a blend of majority and minority stakes, acting as a hands-on investor and holding the stakes for around 5 years. Though it has a generalist mandate, the fund’s initial focus will be on manufacturing, business services and consumer companies, reflecting the management team’s experience.The €2.8bn Veritas has committed €5m from its private equity allocation. Ilona Karpinnen, portfolio manager, private equity, Veritas, told IPE: “Livonia fits well into our private equity portfolio, as European small and mid-market buyouts are the backbone of our private equity programme.last_img read more

Burundi Refugees: More Than 110,000 Have Fled Burundi over Past Few…

first_imgBurundi: the United Nations refugee agency has said that over 110- thousand people have fled Burundi over the past few weeks. The refugees are said to have crossed into Rwanda , Tanzania and the DRC. Outbreaks of malaria and cholera though have been recorded in some refugee camps. This has led to worries over whether the countries can cope with the influx. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu with more.last_img

Results of the LIME DABA 2011 League Finals

first_imgKubuli/Vita Malt Division 1 FinalsIn the second game of the best of 5 series between the defending Champs, Wesley Raptors and the Goodwill Starz, the Goodwill Starz, who were down 0 – 1 in the series, informed the DABA just before tip-off time of their decision to forfeit the game, citing injuries and unavailability of keys players in addition to their suspended players. Although they would have been able to field a team of 7 seven players, they decided against playing the game and Wesley Raptors were awarded the win and now lead the best of 5 series 2 – 0. The Goodwill Starz will look to bounce back in game 3, when all their suspended players are due back into their line-up.Domlec Premier Division FinalsIn game 2 of the best of 5 series between the Gatorade Blazers and No Look, the Blazers were looking to go 2 games ahead after a hard fought game 1, which saw them victorious by 6 points. No Look had other things in mind and in game 2 on Friday night they took a commanding lead of 49 – 31 going into halftime. It was during the halftime break that there was a heavy downpour of rain, and this forced the DABA to postpone the second half of the game to Saturday night weather permitting. The game continued as planned on Saturday night, and No Look continued their dominance in the 3rd quarter, taking a commanding 64 – 41 lead going into the final quarter. The game looked like it was all over, however, a resilient Blazers team showed why they are perennial former Champions and stunned both the onlookers and the No Look team by battling back into the game with an array of 3 pointers and full court pressure defense leading to easy fast break baskets. With about 30 seconds left to play, the Blazers cut No Look’s lead to 5, but they were unable to convert on a series of 3 point attempts in their next possession, which pretty much sealed the win for No Look, who went on to win the game by the exact score of the first game 77 points to 71. Top scorers for No Look were Garth Joseph who scored a game high 30 points, Bernard Mills with 20 points, and Ken Leslie with 12 points, while Thomas Felix scored 21 points, Rickey Toussaint scored 13 points, and Lester Langlais and Jeff Jeremie each scored 10 points in a losing effort for the Blazers. Basketball fans can expect an exciting and tense game 3, as both teams will be trying to gain the advantage in the best of 5 series.Game 3 of both the Division 1 and Premier Division Finals will take place at the Lindo Park Hard court on Wednesday starting at 7pm sharp.Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Association Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Share NewsSports Results of the LIME DABA 2011 League Finals by: – September 19, 2011last_img read more

MMH accepting scholarship applications

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Margaret Mary Health announced they are now accepting applications for its scholarship program.To qualify, applicants must be pursuing a degree in the heath care field, be a full-time student, and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.Recipients will receive an initial award of $3,000 and $1,000 each year up to three years.Completed applications must be returned to Human Resources by March 17.You can pick up an application at the hospital, or by clicking here.last_img read more

CMHC wants you to stay mentally and emotionally well

first_imgDuring a time of crisis such as an infectious disease outbreak, everyone may show symptoms of stress, including older people and those with chronic illnesses which could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19; children and teens; responders to the crisis such as doctors, nurses, other hospital personnel, emergency services personnel, police officers, firefighters, and emergency management personnel; and people who have mental health conditions, including individuals with substance use disorders.Symptoms of stress reaction may include fear and worry about your own health and the health of loved ones and friends, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or difficulty sleeping or concentrating among other symptoms.  “This crisis has greatly impacted all of us. We are all vigilant and concerned,” said Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc. “Doing self-care is very important for us. Try to know yourself, read your body, understand how to self-regulate, know when to give yourself a break. CMHC’s mission – Partnering for Wellness: Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy Life. – helps us stay focused on this.”There are a number of steps you can take to help you cope with the challenges of this crisis:Try to limit your exposure to news of the crisis, including on social media. Hearing constant and repeated news about the crisis can be upsetting. Use reliable sources, such as the CDC website and the Indiana State Department of Health website, to seek news and health information.Take care of yourself. Try to maintain your normal eating and sleeping habits, if at all possible. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and exercise regularly. Avoid consuming alcohol and drugs.Be sure to relax when you can. Do some favorite activities that you enjoy and that help you feel good, such as reading or watching a favorite TV show.Connect with others. We are continuing to discover ways to reach other online: through social media, teleconferencing, chat groups, etc. Talk with people who you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.Maintain and practice mindfulness and spiritual wellness. Make time for practices that enhance your sense of connection to self, nature, others, and your belief in a higher power. Such practices may include prayer, meditation, and reflection.“We are all learning new ways to cope with and how to function in our world in the midst of a great upheaval. Be kind to yourself and others. Understand that it is important to embrace hope as we move into the future,” said Talbot.CMHC provides behavioral health and substance use disorders services in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. CMHC is continuing to maintain some services during the COVID-19 crisis, as behavioral health and substance use disorders services have been declared essential by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.For information about services, please phone the following numbers: Lawrenceburg – 812-537-7375; Batesville – 812-934-4210; Brookville – 765-647-4173; St. Leon – 812-576-1600, and Vevay – 812-427-2737. You also may contact 812-537-1302 to get information about available services. This number provides access to Emergency Services, as well, as does our 24-hour toll-free crisis line at 1-877-849-1248.last_img read more

McCarthy cool over price tag

first_imgJames McCarthy is confident the tag of being the most expensive Scottish-born footballer will not weigh heavily on his shoulders. Press Association The 22-year-old completed his move from Wigan to Everton for an initial £13million late on Monday evening, in the process eclipsing the £9.5million Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady and even the £12million Wolves collected from Sunderland in return for Steven Fletcher, although he was born in Shrewsbury. However, the former Hamilton midfielder, who is currently on international duty with Ireland, insists his fee will bring no added pressure. center_img He said: “No, not at all. I am looking forward to it. It’s a new challenge and as I say, I am really looking forward to it. “I have had a few people on my case about it, and it’s one I’m going to need to take in my stride. “Hopefully I can make the step up to a big club at Everton, and it’s one I’m looking forward to. “Obviously I am delighted to be back in the Premier League. It’s a real excitement and a new challenge for myself.” McCarthy was given permission to delay his departure for Ireland as he attempted to tie up his move, but even then he had to wait literally until the 11th hour. He said: “It was hectic. It wasn’t nice to be waiting about, especially as it took until 10.50pm when we got confirmation that it was going to happen. “It was just a relief, to be honest, and such an excitement to go to such a brilliant place like Everton.” last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Mourinho

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger hit back at Jose Mourinho for the Portuguese’s “silly, disrespectful remark” as the war of words between the two managers escalated over the weekend. The Frenchman claimed his comments were not aimed at Mourinho and following his side’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool on Sunday he slammed his rival for his controversial riposte. “I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark,” Wenger told BT Sport. “I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start. “The only thing I know is it’s more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.” Wenger and Mourinho endured a fractious relationship during the Portuguese’s first spell and a fragile truce was eroded on Friday. “I’m embarrassed for him, honestly,” Wenger continued. “I’m not interested in the subject at all. That is really genuine. “I love football – and I’m sorry to disappoint you – what’s interesting for me is what happens on the pitch.” Mourinho had further to say on the subject following Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City on Saturday as well, with the 51-year-old pointing the finger of blame at “Monsieur polite” Wenger for their current spat. The former Real Madrid boss was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “The only thing I feel is that I was very quiet in my place and somebody spoke not in a nice way about us. “After that, I don’t accept that one is always ‘Monsieur polite’ and the other one is always the bad guy. I don’t accept, I’m sorry.” Mourinho on Friday described Wenger as “a specialist in failure” – referring to Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought – after the Gunners boss implied the Premier League title was Chelsea’s to lose. Wenger insisted his comments stating any team which says they are not in the title race – as Chelsea manager Mourinho has done countless times this season – does so out of fear of falling short of their ambition. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more