Governor Tom Wolf on Coming Together to Combat Addiction SHARE TWEET October 21, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Videos Together, we have taken important steps to stop this crisis in Pennsylvania. But we have more to do.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.Visit on.pa.gov/opioids to learn more about how the Wolf Administration is working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.
In his analysis on Guyana’s geopolitical state and its security, United States analyst and author, Dr Evan Ellis, has documented the fact that persons have complained about the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and its witch hunt against People’s Progressive Party members.US Analyst and State Department employee, Dr Evan EllisAccording to Ellis, in his publication Journals of America, 3rd edition, SOCU was originally formed as one of the highest-profile elements of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate persons who were flagged by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).“SOCU has been criticised, however (particularly by the PPP), for focusing its investigations almost entirely on senior PPP-affiliated functionaries of the previous Government and their business partners without, to date, producing any convictions,” Dr Ellis said.He cited the March 2017 detention of senior People’s Progressive Party (PPP) officials, including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, and former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud, all with the media present.Special Organised Crime Unit“Those more sympathetic to SOCU would say the focus was driven by (allegations of corruption), and that the reason for the lack of convictions has been the inability or unwillingness of the Director of Public Prosecution (chambers) to take cases forward”.Ellis, a research professor and author at the Institute of Strategic Studies of the US Army War College, stated that SOCU is supposed to be supported by the FIU, which is tasked with monitoring financial transactions and flagging any suspicious ones. However, Ellis observed that there have been complaints that the work of the two agencies overlap.“Operationally, while the work of the FIU under the current Government is well regarded, some complain that its work sometimes overlaps with the SOCU and that it focuses too heavily on politicians who are presumed to receive payoffs or otherwise benefit from illicit activities rather than the criminal leaders who actually conduct them,” Ellis added.Guyana is slated to be evaluated in 2022 by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and FATF. It will be the fourth round of evaluations, with Guyana having been removed from the global watch list in 2016.The state of SOCU, Guyana’s main money-laundering investigation arm, has been a source of concern, however, ever since the information came to light that a probe into the unit being conducted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had unearthed irregularities that included falsified records and missing documents.According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged that his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.In the fal out from this case, then Head of SOCU, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, was forced to proceed on administrative leave while investigations were carried out. Althea Padmore consequently took over.Sections of the media recently quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as saying that James would not be coming back. In addition, the Police recently reopened further investigations into him after advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). However, James’ absence has done little to help secure convictions for the beleaguered agency.
Callum Wilson netted a fine hat-trick to lead Bournemouth to their first ever Premier League win, with the Cherries edging a seven-goal thriller against a ten-man West Ham.Eddie Howe’s side dominated the first-half at Upton Park and looked to be cruising to a historic three points when striker Wilson netted twice inside 30 minutes.But the hosts came roaring back after the break, with Mark Noble’s 48th minute penalty and Cheikhou Kouyate’s close-range finish in the 53rd minute pulling the Hammers level.Bournemouth, though, showed fight which will stand them in good stead this season, and they soon reclaimed the lead as Marc Pugh fired in before Wilson completed his hat-trick from the spot.Carl Jenkinson was the guilty man, the on-loan Arsenal defender conceding the penalty and earning a red card for a clumsy last-man challenge on Max Gradel, and while Modibo Maiga reduced the deficit again just three minutes later, battling Bournemouth managed to hold on to secure a 4-3 victory.Meanwhile, Sunderland halted their nightmare start to the season as Jermain Defoe’s second-half strike rescued a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light.Despite the Black Cats dominating the opening exchanges, it was Swansea who broke the deadlock against the run of play, Bafetimbi Gomis netting his third goal in three games on the stroke of half-time.Sunderland fans have been raging at their side after beginning the campaign with dismal back-to-back defeats, but there were signs of fight as they pressed for the equaliser and it deservedly came on the hour mark when Defoe, played in from Jeremain Lens’ perfect through ball, coolly slotted home.Both sides had chances to snatch victory on, but Sunderland were ultimately indebted to Costel Pantilimon for their first point of the season, the goalkeeper saving fierce strikes Jonjo Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson before showing lightning reflexes to claw away a late Gomis header.On-fire Leicester City continued their brilliant start to the season with a 1-1 home draw with an average-looking Tottenham, which sees the Foxes climb back to the top of the Premier League table.Supporters were forced to sit through a tame encounter at the King Power Stadium. The sides created few clear-cut chances, with Spurs taking the lead in the 81st minute through youngster Dele Alli’s first Spurs goal.But the hosts mustered an immediate response as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal of the season; the Frenchman curling the ball home past Huge Lloris on 82 minutes to claim a deserved point.Elsewhere, Bakary Sako scored a late winner on his Crystal Palace debut to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Selhurst Park.In another tight encounter, Palace had a goal disallowed before finally breaking the deadlock on 71 minutes through Scott Dann’s towering header from a well-worked corner.Villa were level just six minutes later courtesy of Pape Souare’s unfortunate own goal, but the tide turned late on as a mistake from the visitors proved costly. Jordan Amavi gifted possession to Dann in a dangerous position, and he duly passed to Sako who put away his shot with aplomb to secure victory.Finally, Norwich City came from behind to seal a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.Mame Biram Diouf headed in debutant Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick to put Stoke in front in the 13th minute, but Canaries defender Russell Martin shot through the legs of Stoke keeper Jack Butland to level the scores before half-time. 1 Bournemouth’s hat-trick hero Callum Wilson celebrates