Holcomb Signs Bills To Attack The Drug Epidemic

first_imgHolcomb Signs Bills To Attack The Drug EpidemicGovernor Eric J. Holcomb took decisive action today in combating the drug epidemic by signing his three legislative agenda bills into law as well as the bill to expand Indiana’s On My Way pre-k pilot program. These four bills were key items included in his Next Level legislative agenda.Attacking the Drug Epidemic“The opioid crisis is negatively impacting the lives of Hoosiers, their families, our communities—even our economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I commend lawmakers for supporting my initiatives and delivering a package of legislation that provides a holistic framework for us to attack this epidemic.”Since 2000, deaths from drug overdoses have increased 500 percent, and Indiana ranks 15th in the country in overdose fatalities. On his first day in office, Gov. Holcomb created a new position, the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, and appointed Jim McClelland to lead the effort. His legislative agenda included three bills designed to address the crisis in a coordinated and comprehensive way, and he signed all three into law today:SEA 226:  Limits the amount of opioids that can be prescribed during a doctor’s first opioid prescription to a particular patient. This reduces the risk of addiction and reduces the phenomenon of “doctor shopping,” when drug addicted patients go to multiple doctors for opioid prescriptions.HEA 1438:  Allows local governments to approve and establish syringe exchange programs to stop the spread of dangerous infectious diseases.HEA 1540:  Elevates the level of felony that can be assessed for robbing a pharmacy or pharmacist under varying circumstances. PrekindergartenGov. Holcomb also signed House Enrolled Act 1004 (HEA 1004) to expand Indiana’s On My Way pre-k pilot program from five to 20 counties and increase funding for early education programs by $10 million per year. This bill is a key component of the governor’s Next Level agenda to prepare a skilled and ready 21st century workforce.“My goal this session was to double the number of low-income students who have access to quality prekindergarten programs,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s a joy to sign this bill that gives more students a great start to their educational journeys.”Additionally, Holcomb signed 21 other bills. Visit the 2017 Bill Watch webpage to view these and other bills the governor has signed into lawFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New Model for Coastal Louisiana

first_imgAs coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline.Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland.The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.“Coastal Louisiana is losing a lot of its wetlands — about a football field every hour,” said Jaap Nienhuis, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. “It’s really, really fast.”The Mississippi River has been leveed to prevent occasional flooding. But the levees have also prevented sediment from coming through and building land to offset the subsidence and land loss.Engineers and coastal experts have been looking at ways to make small cuts in the levees to allow for some of that sediment to flow through. The idea of a sediment diversion has been around for a long time, but figuring out how much land will be built or how long it will take has been a challenging issue.That’s where Nienhuis’ model comes in to play. He and his fellow researchers created a simulation that took several factors into account to see how long it would take to build land under a variety of scenarios. They looked at water and sediment discharge, root strength and soil consolidation.The effectiveness of sediment diversions vary depending on wetland characteristics. When determining the best way to build land in these at-risk areas, researchers or engineers could plug the relevant data into Nienhuis’ model to sketch out potential outcomes.“We wanted to know what kind of wetland or what kind of diversion would be most conducive to land building,” he said. “It really is a very delicate balance looking at the sediment concentration, what vegetation is there and how much. It requires a lot of very good data.”In the “sweet spot,” Nienhuis said that, engineers could potentially build 30 to 40 square kilometers of land within a few decades. However, in areas where there might not be as much vegetation or too much sediment or water is allowed in, the areas could wind up eroding more sediment and causing land loss instead of land gain.“We can use models like this to tell civil and environmental engineers what is important for land building and what’s not,” he said.Nienhuis added that his model is relatively specific to the Mississippi Delta, but it could potentially be applicable to other areas as well.Other authors of the study are Torbjorn Tornqvist and Christopher Esposito of Tulane University.last_img read more

Student Athletes

first_imgI know you have read several blogs about the academic achievements of local athletes.  Two-time state champ, Curtis Eckstein, was one of the top graduates recently at Oldenburg Academy.  Mary  & Sarah Poltrack were top students at BHS as well as record breakers in track and cross county.  If you read the Herald Tribune’s tribute to Batesville, East Central, and Oldenburg Academy’s top students, you will notice that a lot of them not only excelled in the classroom but on the athletic field as well.For many years Batesville High School, a 4-star scholastic school system, has had more Academic All-State athletes per student population than any other high school in the state of Indiana.  Too many media outlets want to jump on athletes who get in trouble.  It is much nicer to write about those who quietly go about excelling in everything they do.last_img read more

Anelka: No meaning to celebration

first_img “There should be no room for such intolerance and racism in sports and we expect that the English Premier League officials as well as the police will give Anelka the appropriate punishment. “We know that English football officials have a very low tolerance for racism at football matches and we hope that all concerned will abhor and show zero-tolerance for this hateful Nazi salute.” Kantor, describing the ‘quenelle’ as “merely a lesser known Nazi salute”, added: “Furthermore, we hope that this gesture is banned in all places of Europe where Nazi salutes are banned. “Merely inverting the traditional Nazi salute should not allow anti-Semites to spread and display their hate with impunity.” West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing played down the prospect of disciplinary measures immediately after the match. Downing said of Anelka: “He is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it.” Press Association Sport understands the Football Association will be looking into the matter, while anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out has offered its assistance to the national governing body. Earlier this month FIFA handed Croatia international Josip Simunic a 10-match international ban for leading fascist chanting following his team’s World Cup play-off victory over Iceland. The defender was captured leading songs with associations to Croatia’s former pro-fascist regime. West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has denied his goal celebration at West Ham on Saturday had any racial or anti-Semitic connotations and asked people not to be “duped by the media”. The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker caused a storm in his native France by performing the ‘quenelle’ salute made famous in his homeland by comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala after scoring the first of his two goals at Upton Park in the 3-3 draw. The gesture has been linked to anti-Semitism in France and The European Jewish Congress has demanded action, claiming Anelka should be subjected to the same punishment handed out to those who perform a Nazi salute. Press Association French minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron also condemned the gesture as “shocking” and “disgusting”. But Anelka is adamant it was nothing more than a “special dedication to his friend Dieudonne”. He expanded on Twitter: “I do not know what religion has to do with this story. “This gesture is a dedication to Dieudonne. With regard to the ministers who give their own interpretations of my quenelle, they are the ones that create confusion and controversy without knowing what the gesture really means. “I ask people not to be duped by the media. “And of course I am neither racist nor anti-Semitic.” Dr Moshe Kantor, president of The European Jewish Congress, believes Anelka should be punished, however. “It is sickening that such a well-known footballer would make such an abusive and hateful gesture in front of tens of thousands of spectators,” Kantor said. last_img read more

In which part of the body fever is best measured, according to age

first_imgFor example, think about when you calculate the temperature with a thermometer. You use your mouth for it, right? And it is that the mouth is undoubtedly one of the most recommended places to calculate the temperature, but for this we must not drink cold food or drinks for 10 minutes prior to the measurement. Of course, in the case of children it will always be advisable to use another place. Another of the most recommended areas to measure body temperature is to use the armpit, certainly one of the classic parts when we talk about thermometers. Unlike in the mouth, the armpit is perfect for measuring the temperature in children. Same case for the ear, one of the methods used for both adults and children. Finally, we will also mention the rectal area, optional in the case of the elderly but nothing recommended for the little ones in the house. Also mention that in cases of hemorrhoids or bleeding in that area, we should completely advise against this area. Now that you know the different recommended body parts to measure body temperature, you can calculate this much more accurately without resorting to the forehead. Depending on the age it is recommended to use one area or another The mouth is one of the most recommended areas to measure the temperature Image: iStockcenter_img When we think we have a fever or ask to have our temperature measured, we usually go to the forehead, either with the lips or the hand. But is it really the best place to calculate it? Contrary to what we can think of as a more extended area, the forehead is not the best place to take body temperature well.last_img read more

Maggette is holding no ill will

first_imgWhen the Clippers acquired Corey Maggette from the Orlando Magic in June 2000, he heard the news in a place full of video games, talcum powder and automatic ball returns. “In my first year, I didn’t have an agent, and the way I heard I got traded was on the radio,” Maggette said. “I was in a bowling alley, bowling with my dad, and all of sudden, I hear, ‘The Magic trade Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling to the Clippers.” So it’s like, this time I knew something was going on. I felt better about it.” This time, Maggette was not traded, but at least he was keyed into the Clippers’ dealings with the Indiana Pacers in an attempt to acquire controversial forward Ron Artest. Maggette says that after meeting with coach Mike Dunleavy on Saturday, he understands what transpired with the near deal and has no hard feelings about it. “This is a business,” he said. Maggette’s six years with the Clippers make him the current player with the longest tenure. He said he loves Los Angeles and tried not to get “emotionally twisted in the head” about the possibility of leaving. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Instead of bowling with his dad in Orlando, Maggette heard the trade was close to being to completed on Thursday. But the Pacers hadn’t officially signed off on the deal. In earlier negotiations, the Pacers said they wanted Maggette for Artest, but the Clippers only offered Chris Wilcox and draft picks in a three-way trade that included the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Harrington. On Wednesday, Harrington told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expected Maggette and Artest to be swapped, meaning that he was out of the deal with the Clippers offering Maggette for Artest. With knowledge of the rumors and possibilities, Maggette went to see the movie “Underworld: Evolution” with teammate Shaun Livingston on Thursday afternoon. In the movie theater, Maggette’s cell phone repeatedly buzzed, and he saw that his agent Rob Pelinka called him multiple times. Maggette had a hard time resisting the urge to pick up the phone, but didn’t answer the phone and simply watched the action-adventure flick. While all of this was happening, his family and friends were full of questions, wondering if he were being traded. center_img To start training camp, Maggette did not practice for the first week because his mom, Marguerite, underwent emergency surgery after being diagnosed with an aneurysm in her aorta. She was emotional about what was happening. “That’s the crazy thing about it all my family and my friends,” Maggette said. “I was more worried about my mom. She loves basketball, and when she was hearing about it, she was like, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?” That’s the biggest thing I was worried about, mainly my mom, and how she would take it.” As it turned out, the Pacers nixed the trade because they said they could not give the player medical clearance. Maggette is out with a separated ligament in his left foot, is expected to be out of a cast in three weeks and may play in six weeks. He is expected to heal completely and likely will not need surgery. “This is almost a billion-dollar business, so stuff will change,” Maggette said. “Stuff will happen, but at the end of the day, I still will be playing. I still will be getting paid. It’s still good. You can’t get uptight about it. You just have to handle it. At the end of the day, I love that I’m still playing on the NBA level, looking on my jersey and seeing Jerry West on it. You’re a select few who get to do that, and I fully appreciate it.” Joe Stevens can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more