Education, Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf was joined today by Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney; Dr. Ray Feroz, Chair of the Clarion University Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences; PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, and PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Program Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, to announce Clarion University’s online Opioid Treatment Specialist certificate program.The program, the first of its kind in the state, is the university’s response to the growing epidemic in the state.“Fighting the ongoing battle against heroin and opioid abuse in the state is a top priority of my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m proud to announce this new curriculum with Clarion University because education is a powerful force in this fight and it is my sincere hope that people take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about opioid addiction and what part we can each play in this effort.”First offered in the fall 2017 semester, the 12-credit, four-course certificate program is available to anyone. There are no prerequisites, but the university advises that the program might be most beneficial to professionals who want to strengthen their credentials or to current students who want to graduate with stronger job prospects.“Clarion continues to align its academic programs to the needs of the commonwealth,” said Dr. Karen Whitney. “Through Clarion University online, and with our new College of Health and Human Services, we have the ability to equip students and professionals locally, regionally, and even nationally with the tools they need to better respond to the opioid epidemic. This program will save lives.”“The certificate was developed to educate treatment professionals in prevention and treatment of opioid abuse and addiction,” said Dr. Ray Feroz. “It is one way Clarion can aid in combating the statewide and nationwide opioid crisis.”The certificate is designed to be offered across two consecutive semesters with all four courses in seven-week formats, so a certificate can be earned in one academic year, beginning in either the fall or spring semester.For more information, including estimated costs, visit www.clarion.edu/opioidspecialist, or call Clarion Admissions at 800-672-7171, ext. 1. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 12, 2017 Governor Wolf, Clarion University Announce Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate
Rampant Ireland will go for the Triple Crown against England at Twickenham in two weeks’ time after leaving Welsh hopes of achieving an unprecedented RBS 6 Nations title hat-trick hanging by a thread. Ireland’s emphatic 26-3 success leaves them with a 100 per cent record after two games, and Wales could have no complaints after being horribly outclassed in every key department. Flanker Chris Henry’s first-half try, plus 14 points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton and a late Paddy Jackson touchdown that he also converted, meant midfield talisman Brian O’Driscoll could enjoy a sweet victory against Warren Gatland-coached Wales. Press Association Williams’ exit meant wing George North was switched into midfield – the centre position he filled to great effect when Northampton stunned Heineken Cup rivals Leinster at the same ground in December – with Liam Williams going on as a replacement. Ireland enjoyed the better of the close-quarter exchanges, with O’Mahony prominent, and wing Andrew Trimble almost broke the try deadlock 12 minutes before half-time through a weaving run that Wales frantically, but successfully, defended. The action was fast and furious, yet Wales’ set-piece struggles had to have an impact at some stage, and Ireland duly punished them through a 32nd-minute try. Lock Devin Toner won a close-range lineout, and an irresistable drive ended with Henry claiming his first Test try. Sexton added the conversion, and Wales found themselves in a considerable state of strife, desperately needing half-time to arrive so they could regroup. There was no sign of Ireland letting up, though, as they continued to win most 50-50 scraps for the ball, leaving Wales facing an uphill second half struggle against a side that were the only team to defeat them in last season’s Six Nations. Sexton got the second half scoreboard moving through an angled penalty, leaving Wales 16 points adrift and in dire need of inspiration as they faced a first Six Nations away defeat since March 2011. Munster forward O’Mahony continued to be the game’s dominant figure, outplaying Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton at the breakdown, and Ireland’s forwards followed his stirring example. Halfpenny opened Wales’ account with his first shot at goal after 56 minutes, yet that was quickly cancelled out through another Sexton strike which ensured Ireland maintained a comfortable advantage entering the final quarter. Wales, traditionally strong finishers, rallied as the clock ticked down, and substitute prop Rhodri Jones went close to scoring before Ireland gained a penalty and cleared the danger. Ireland then spent closing the stages in Wales’ half, their job done as they confirmed outstanding Six Nations title credentials with Jackson’s converted 79th-minute touchdown. It was seven months ago that 2013 British and Irish Lions boss Gatland controversially dropped O’Driscoll for a Test series decider against Australia in Sydney. The Lions won 41-16, but there was no dream script for Gatland this time. His ineffective team never threatened Irish dominance, with Leigh Halfpenny’s second-half penalty their only scoring contribution on an afternoon when the Irish forwards built an imposing victory platform. Wales, despite fielding several of Gatland’s Test Lions, showed poor technical discipline and they had no answer to Ireland’s workaholic flanker Peter O’Mahony, who emphatically bossed the breakdown. Ireland’s control probably deserved an even bigger margin of victory, and there is no doubt that new coach Joe Schmidt has already made his mark with players who look refreshed and reinvigorated. But while England now stand between Ireland and a Triple Crown, it is back to the drawing board for Wales ahead of hosting France in 13 days’ time, when a win would keep them in the title mix, but a loss leaving them staring at mid-table mediocrity. Wales suffered an immediate injury scare when prop Gethin Jenkins, recalled to the team for his 102nd cap, needed treatment inside two minutes, but the visitors soon settled and shaded early possession. Ireland, though, went ahead through an eighth-minute Sexton penalty as the breakdown area lived up to expectations with both teams contesting it fiercely, but it proved just as physical in midfield, with O’Driscoll laid low by a crunching Scott Williams tackle. A winded O’Driscoll resumed following a short delay, yet Williams was not so fortunate, departing after 17 minutes with shoulder trouble just before Sexton kicked his second penalty for a 6-0 advantage.
Several damaged wells to be rehabilitatedSethi Ferro Fabrik, a company mining scrap metal in Yekepa, Nimba County, is embarking on constructing over 250 hand pumps and rehabilitate several others in the area and other parts of Nimba, as part of a social initiative toward the citizens.According to Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Mr. Railey Myers, the company decided to undertake the projects, so as provide safe drinking water to the locals.He said a feasibility survey had already been conducted in the areas, where the pumps will be installed or rehabilitated.Concern has been mounting in Nimba, since Sethi began mining the scrap in 2017, as to what benefit will accrue to the county as a result of the company’s activities there.Mr. Myers explained that heavy drilling machines will be used to drill the wells and where the heavy equipment cannot reach, due to road condition, the company will provide what they term as “magic bucket”, which will purify water for residents in those hard-to-reach areas.According to a survey conducted, each well will serve at about 500 persons.“Already, they have begun the drilling in the mining area of Yekepa and will spread to other parts of the county gradually, he said.In the 2018 County Council Sitting, US$3 million was projected to be used to tackle developmental initiative in the county. Of the projected amount, Sethi Ferro Fabrik is expected to provide over US$1 million for the next next 10 months of scrap mining activities, while the rest will come from ArcelorMittal, Northstar (another scrap mining company) and the County Development Fund, among others.It is not clear when the next agreement with Sethi Ferro Fabrik will be reached, because it is almost 10 months since the pronouncement was made at the County Sitting in September 2018.However, the Fiscal Affairs Superintendent Mr. Saye Musah has disclosed that the Government has released about US$600,000 to the county from Sethi, while additional funds are expected to be released soon.He explained that the County needs at least half of the US$3 million projected budget so as begin implementing the development initiative in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pearson, the mother of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader, joined other parents in voicing distrust for the Hart district. They claim Hart promised to keep their children at West Ranch until a high school is built in Castaic – a plan delayed two years until 2010. Castaic students attended Valencia until West Ranch opened three years ago. “I was stunned at how we as a board were treated during this whole process,” board member Steve Sansone said. Taking the heat for the Hart district, board member Dennis King said it was unfortunate that promises were made that couldn’t be kept. Castaic High was expected to open in 2008, and the two-year delay would have resulted in unmanageable overcrowding at West Ranch, Hart officials said. “When we passed the recommendations, that was the best plan, and it was based on being able to open Castaic High School by 2007-08,” King said. “All boundaries are subject to changes in what develops. There’s never any guarantees.” firstname.lastname@example.org CASTAIC – Surveys were sent home Thursday with Castaic Middle School students to determine how many would opt to attend Valencia High over West Ranch High if open enrollment were offered. The plan to poll families came at a morning meeting Thursday when parents and Castaic school officials gathered to air complaints. Their target was the Hart High School District, which voted last week to change boundaries in the fall, sending Castaic students from West Ranch to Valencia to ease overcrowding. The board of the K-8 Castaic Union School District urged parents to drop ideas of suing the Hart district or recalling Hart board members, but it prodded them to remain vigilant and organized in their drive to keep their options open. “I am so disheartened today,” said a tearful Laura Pearson, Castaic school board member. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!