“Press freedom set back ten years in ten days” after coup in Myanmar

first_img February 10, 2021 “Press freedom set back ten years in ten days” after coup in Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out more Pro-democracy demonstrators face riot police on an avenue in the capital, Naypyidaw, on 9 February (photo: STR / AFP). News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedExiled media The situation is worsening by the day. A journalist with the news Yangon-based agency Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), who is not being named, was arrested yesterday while covering demonstrations in Mandalay, in the centre of the country, where martial law was imposed three days before. Ten days after the coup by the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s armed forces, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has taken stock of the difficulties encountered by journalists on the ground, which include threats, intimidation and censorship. Myanmar is back where it was ten years ago, before the disbanding of the junta in February 2011 allowed a free press to emerge. With the state media limiting themselves to relaying military propaganda, social media have become a leading source of news. But people have had to use VPNs (virtual private networks) to circumvent the blocking of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram since 2 February. Also yesterday, a reporter for the Mizzima News website, Than Htike Aung, was wounded by rubber bullets fired by police while covering a protest in the capital, Naypyidaw. Outside the country, journalists have been extremely active in their coverage of the situation in Myanmar. Media outlets that have their headquarters abroad, such as the US broadcaster Radio Free Asia, can ignore the censorship imposed by the new junta, but this is not the case for local media. News “Media based inside the country, such as the Standard Times or those that are part of the Eleven Media group, cannot report the real situation,” a journalist based in Yangon, the economic capital, told RSF on condition of anonymity. “They cannot take the risk. They are sitting on the fence. If they go too far in reporting the truth, they will definitely end up in jail.” On the day after the 1 February coup, reporters began hearing from a confidential source close to the military that a “blacklist” of journalists earmarked for arrest is being circulated. “What with censorship, threats and intimidation, press freedom has suddenly been set back ten years in ten days,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on the Tatmadaw’s commanders to allow journalists to freely cover the big peaceful demonstrations. This is the best way to ensure they don’t degenerate into violence. The military need to understand that the people of Myanmar are now used to a free press. A sudden return to the past is clearly out of the question.” May 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts “During the past few days, we’ve been covering this historical moment with a great deal of fear,” said a freelancer, who also asked RSF not name him. “But I continue to cover the news as it happens because it’s so important to provide real reporting from the field.” News Myanmar is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The desire to cover what it is happening right now is posing a dilemma for many journalists. The military junta that had been in power for half a century was disbanded exactly ten years ago, in February 2011. Dozens of journalist and bloggers were freed under an amnesty a few months later. Shortly thereafter, prior censorship was abolished for all media outlets, which until then had been obliged to submit any story about politics or religion for approval by the authorities. The new junta says it wants to establish a “disciplined democracy” but has yet to tell the media how it intends to handle them. “We’re working with a lot of uncertainty,” she added. “We have no idea whether we will be allowed to cover events openly or not.” May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Sitting on the fence Impossible retreat “Every night we hear different rumours about arrests of journalists,” said another Yangon-based journalist. “Every morning when I check the news, I’m worried that I will see a report that someone I love was arrested overnight,” she said. After being on a blacklist that prevented it from visiting Myanmar for 25 years, RSF published a report entitled “The Burmese Spring” in January 2013 that examined the hopes raised by these developments and their limitations. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedExiled media US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en News Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

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Limerick projects benefit from development fund

first_img TAGScouncildevelopmentFundinglocal authorityNewspolitics Linkedin Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Print NewsPoliticsLimerick projects benefit from development fundBy Bernie English – July 29, 2017 1253 Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick Jazz in the running for Best FestivalNext articleLimerick news briefs fuel allowance, tourism, need to diversify Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email Advertisement PLANS to allocate €2 million to Limerick projects from the fund paid into by property developers were welcomed by members of Limerick City and County Council this week.But one councillor raised concerns that the fund has dwindled by €1 million.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The total spend from this year’s Development Levy fund is €2 million and this will go towards projects including community facilities and measures to make Limerick an age-friendly city.Projects that will receive the biggest allocation include €226,000 for an athletics track in Newcastle West and €200,000 for the Murroe sports facility.Cllr Cian Prendiville (Solidarity) welcomed the allocations, but said he is “concerned the amount available has collapsed. We had €3.3 million in total development levies fell due last year – that has fallen to €2 million this year”.“It is sad to see bus lanes, cycle lanes and other projects getting the axe because of this. Disability playgrounds, city centre wi-fi were all in the five year plan for this scheme,” he said.Cllr John Sheehan (FG) said he was “glad to see the new scheme is angled towards recreation and tourism,” adding that he is delighted with the funding for the Newcastle West project.He noted that the council is very often “the first port of call for such groups and we have provided seed funding for so many projects”.Councillors were told that the fund was the amount of money expected to be collected for the year in development levies but that adjustments could be made if this figure changes or any of the projects allocated funds experience delays.If you would like to read similar stories, visit the Limerick Post Politics section. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year last_img read more

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Teenager charged in drive-by shooting

first_imgLocal News Teenager charged in drive-by shooting Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleoat060519 Hitch_T20190531.jpgNext articleJUNETEENTH: Danny R. Wright Basketball Tournament set to begin Digital AIM Web Support Johnathen Sanchez A teenager was arrested after he reportedly fired multiple shots at an ex-classmate during a drive-by shooting. Johnathen Sanchez, 17, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. The reported assault happened at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Snyder Street, an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed. The complainant identified as 17-year-old Luis Armendariz stated his residence was shot by a known individual, the affidavit stated. Armendariz stated he has had an ongoing confrontation with his ex-classmate, Sanchez. Armendariz stated Sanchez reportedly shot at him with a firearm. Sanchez was reportedly driving a white Chevrolet Malibu during the shooting. OPD officers found six discharged casing and two vehicles with bullet holes, the affidavit stated. A neighbor stated seeing a male in a white Chevrolet Malibu fire multiple times in the direction of Armendariz’s residence. Officers made contact with Juan Sanchez and stated his nephew, Johnathen Sanchez, lived at his residence in the 600 block of Fitch Avenue, the affidavit detailed. Juan Sanchez watched his video surveillance cameras and stated he saw his nephew exit the residence with a handgun with an extended magazine prior to the shooting on Snyder Street. Juan Sanchez also stated Johnathen Sanchez left his residence in a white Chevrolet Malibu. Johnathen Sanchez was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has one bond totaling $50,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show.center_img Twitter TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Donegal Road Safety Working Group launches Christmas campaign

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/brianod.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleGovernment must provide LIS funding for access roads – CopeNext articleJoma are Finn Harps new kit sponsor admin WhatsApp Donegal Road Safety Working Group launches Christmas campaign Google+ Facebook By admin – December 15, 2016 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Twitter The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has launched its annual Christmas Drink Driving Campaign.Last year, there were 665 arrests nationwide for driving under the influence during last year’s campaign.Gardaí are also warning that they will be increasing the number of mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints around the county over the next six weeks.Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council is Brian O’Donnell…….. Homepage BannerNews WhatsApplast_img read more

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Crane collapses on Dallas apartment building leaving 1 dead, 6 injured: Police

first_imgABC News(DALLAS) —  A crane collapsed on a Dallas apartment building and parking garage on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring six others, according to rescue officers.The crane tore through multiple floors of the five-story Elan City Lights residential building near downtown Dallas at around 2 p.m., Dallas Fire and Rescue officials said, as severe weather touched down in the area.Officials did not offer details on those who were injured, but officers said they were being treated at two area hospitals.Two victims were listed in critical condition and three others were listed in “serious,” condition, rescue officials said. Jason Evans, public information officer for Dallas Fire and Rescue, said the ongoing investigation was extremely fluid.“The situation is still ongoing and circumstances are still developing, so a lot of what I give you may, in fact, change by the time we depart the scene,” Evans said during a press conference near the accident.He said the building suffered multiple collapses in different parts of the structure to include residential spaces as well as the parking garage.“Right now our number one priority is the living area on the eastern-most side of the building where it appears that all five stories at some point inside the structure have collapsed,” Evans said. “This is the same area in which the deceased person was discovered.”He signaled that the number of victims could increase as the investigation progresses, noting that some areas were far too dangerous for officers to inspect.“Right now, every single level of the parking garage, in part, has collapsed. We have multiple vehicles reported inside that collapse zone,” he said. “Of course, we have no idea at this point whether any people were in those cars or in that parking lot general.”“We have areas where we were not able to conduct primary or secondary searches on out of concerns for safety for our first responders,” he added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Best practice: Customer service

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. PersonnelToday’s monthly series reveals how managers deal with business problems toenhance performance. In this issue, Eddie O’Reilly, head of service quality atAIB Retail Bank Support, explains how the bank changed its approach to customerservice, making it a cornerstone of its long-term business strategyTheAIB Group is Ireland’s leading banking and financial services organisation. Itoperates principally in Ireland, Britain and the US. The group employs over31,000 people worldwide in more than 1,000 offices and 5,000 people in its 300outlets in the Republic of Ireland. Three years ago, alocal initiative by a region in AIB and sponsored by that region’s generalmanager led to staff there setting out on a journey to consider how servicequality could contribute to the management and growth of the business. The mainfocus of the work has been to motivate staff to maximise the value of customerrelationships, with the first step being to build a reputation fordependability, accuracy and getting the basics right. The initial impetus toimplement changes came as a response to customer feedback. Good customerservice is an understood “good business practice”; however staffsought to address finding ways of making that principle meaningful. AIB had,for many years, taken regular customer assessments to gauge the level andstandard of service in the bank. Historically, customer responses resulted inaction plans being drawn up by management to improve the areas highlighted bythe surveys. Despite initial enthusiasm for the suggested changes, it was easyfor the plans to be left by the wayside as new priorities took their place. How we implemented thechangeThe bank needed tofind a way of improving – and maintaining – its customer service, so invitedMartin Reddington of Irish Quality Centre to help on a consultancy basis.Martin suggested that the bank actually ask staff what they thought thebarriers to good customer service were. This was a crucial step. Instead oftelling staff they needed to improve their level of customer service and whatto do, they were to be included in the whole process.It became obviousstaff had seen the results of the customer surveys as simply adding to theirworkload and not always as an opportunity to identify where AIB needed toimprove in order to develop the customer perception.Asking staff what theythought the problems were also highlighted issues management had been unawareof. In many cases forexample, the problem lay not with the bank, but with its suppliers (ie, theirinternal support departments). By improving communication at this level,frontline staff could deliver a better service. Service Level Agreements wereput in place with the key supports, and these involved two-way commitments.Branch personnel undertook to complete applications and correspondence to adesired standard, and in return, the support departments then committed to aspecific response time, together with a quality delivery.Staff were asked wherethey thought mistakes were being made, and in most cases the problemsidentified matched those cited by customers. It soon became obvious that it wasthe front-line staff, dealing with these problems daily, who had the best ideaof how the bank was performing on customer service. Having identifiedthese areas, standards were put in place to achieve a level of consistency inall outlets. These standards are referred to as “Quality Standards”,an example being that “customer-written enquiries need to be responded towithin 24 hours.” The next area toaddress was the daily work practices of staff and management, and to identifyareas of duplication and non-value. Flip charts were used for this exercise,and were placed in an area of the branch where staff could write down theirideas.Over 300 ideas weresuggested and implemented in the first year, the majority of which were ideasand best practice that could be implemented locally. Some other ideas, whichwould involve higher-level policy or technology changes, were routed to therelevant department and work is continuing to implement these.Items such ascentrally generated reports, or procedures that were in place for many years,were challenged, and in many cases, changed. This gave a clear message to staffthat they could influence the way their work was organised, and they could feelempowered to challenge “the way it has always been done”. Any time that wasfreed up was re-dedicated to the benefit of the customer, and importantly,enabled staff to meet the “quality standards” they were settingthemselves.Standards around theimage of the branches were introduced, with the emphasis on “everything inits place and a place for everything”. By looking at the branch throughthe eyes of the customer, items such as signage, customer waiting areas andqueuing areas were improved. A branch image audit template was developed foreach branch, which worked to meet a 90 per cent  standard. Staff discovered the best approach was everyone takingresponsibility for their own work area, and this teamwork approach led to manycreative and innovative ideas.Positive outcomes forthe businessWhat started as asmall initiative at a branch level has now been developed into an almostnation-wide programme, and service quality has now become one of the five keyfunctions in AIB Retail Bank.As a continuingprogramme of improvement, AIB has also embarked on a comprehensive trainingschedule to ensure staff have the skills to meet the various standards beingasked of them. A need was identifiedto “drill down” into individual competencies, and having done this,AIB realised there was a need to provide a focused and effective trainingprogramme. The bank is already feeling the benefit of this strategy, withskills levels having risen by an average of 25 per cent.The area of the bankwhere the improvement scheme has been initiated came out as number one in”accuracy” in the subsequent customer survey. The most recent customerfeedback showed that the branches involved in the programme filled eight out ofthe top 10 positions in the retail bank. Implementing the changes at AIB hasgiven staff new motivation, secure in the knowledge that their opinions andsuggestions will be listened to and asked for. TopTips: Generating excellence in customer service–Ask frontline staff, they will know what the problems are.– Don’t forget toprovide training/mentoring/coaching to address the basic skills of staff.– Make sure you get tothe very core of the problem with your research and think about what can bechanged on a local level first before trying to change an entire company– You must have solidmanagement commitment to the improvementsTheBest Practice ClubThebest professional network you will ever join.The Best Practice Clubis a professional knowledge network, pooling the ideas and advice gleaned froma diverse and global membership which spans manufacturing and serviceindustries as well as the public and private sectors. Through a combination ofeducation and shared experience, members are able to identify and adopt bestbusiness practices.For a full informationpack, contact 0800 435399 or visit www.bpclub.comContactsMartinReddingtonIrish Quality CentreTel: + 353 1 6762701e-mail: [email protected] Comments are closed. Best practice: Customer serviceOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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The influence of UV-B radiation on light-dependent photosynthetic performance in Sanionia uncinata (Hedw.) Loeske in Antarctica

first_imgPhotosynthetic activity of the moss Sanionia uncinata (Hedw.) Loeske was investigated on Léonie Island (67°35’S, 68°20’W, Antarctic Peninsula) in response to short-term changes of UV-B radiation. The UV-environment of natural mat formations dominated by S. uncinata was altered using filter screens. Two filter experiments were conducted in the Antarctic summers 1998 and 1999. A third filter experiment was conducted during springtime ozone depletion in October 1998. Photosynthetic activity of S. uncinata was mainly determined by photosynthetically active photon flux density (PPFD). Light response of relative electron transport rate through photosystem II (rel ETR=DeltaF/Fm’×PPFD) remained unaffected by ambient summer levels of UV-B radiation. The same was found for net photosynthesis and dark respiration. In October 1998, S. uncinata was mainly metabolically inactive due to low temperatures. No significant levels of DNA-damage measured as cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) were induced by ambient summer levels of UV-B. Artificially enhanced UV-B radiation supplying a Setlow-DNA-dose of 8.7 kJ m–2 day–1 UV-B led to formation of 7±3 CPD (106 nucleotides)–1. It is concluded that current ambient summer levels of UV-B radiation do not affect photosynthetic activity in S. uncinata.last_img read more

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Ginobili’s Spurs jersey retired during emotional ceremony

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRonald Cortes/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — There was likely not a dry eye at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday night. The Spurs held an emotional ceremony to retire Manu Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey after the team’s 116-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.During the ceremony, former Spurs players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Fabricio Oberto joined coach Gregg Popovich to give speeches in celebration of the future Hall of Fame guard’s career, according to ESPN.For his own part, Ginobili, 41, delivered a speech partially in English and partially in Spanish, ESPN reported.“I’m telling you, I’m one of the lucky ones,” Ginobili said during Thursday’s heartfelt ceremony. “I’ve been dealt amazing cards. I just had to play them OK. That was all I had to do.” March 29, 2019 /Sports News – National Ginobili’s Spurs jersey retired during emotional ceremony Picture perfect #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/dIBP79r3Dt— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 29, 2019Fans from all over the world, former teammates and coaches all packed into the arena to witness the celebration for Ginobili. At breaks in the game, highlights of Ginobili’s 23-season career were played on the scoreboard.Ginobili, whose achievements included four NBA titles, an Olympic gold medal for Argentina and a EuroLeague MVP award, announced his retirement via Twitter last August.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bylast_img read more

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Students protest Brendan O’Neill’s Oxford visit

first_imgStudents gathered on the High Street this evening to protest the invitation of political commentator Brendan O’Neill to a dinner held at Queen’s College.The protesters, who were largely made up of members of Oxford SU campaigns, said they were speaking out against the “hate speech” spread by O’Neill.O’Neill, editor of Spiked and a regular columnist in The Spectator, was in Oxford to attend a dinner with the Addison Society at Queen’s College. The student-run society, open only to members of the college, invites speakers to have a formal dinner with them “before sharing their thoughts on a topic of their choice”.O’Neill told Cherwell that he planned to “criticise the ideology of transgenderism” and “make the case for freedom of speech in all matters of life” at the event.A statement issued by the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ campaign, who helped to organise the demonstration, said that O’Neill’s invitation was “tantamount to an endorsement of his violently transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic and ableist views by the Addison Society and the Queen’s College.”Katt Walton, the incoming SU Vice-President for Women and former co-chair of the ‘It Happens Here’ campaign, said: “This protest is exercising students right to free speech and response. We are calling Brendan O’Neill out for his comments and actions, which aren’t controversial or political, they are hate speech.“Brendan O’Neill defends himself through the veil of free speech, but we know that the law in this country does not and will not extend to free hate speech.”The LGBTQ+ campaign said that, in additional to attacking the rights of transgender people, O’Neill “espouses harmful views against many other structurally oppressed groups”, including other members of the LGBTQ+ community, survivors of sexual abuse, and disabled groups. In the past, O’Neill has suggested that victims of abuse by Jimmy Savile should “keep it to themselves”, and has derided the increased acceptance in Western countries to homosexuality as “queer imperialism”.O’Neill was unimpressed by the protest (Photo: Daniel Hall/Cherwell)Speaking outside the event, O’Neill told Cherwell: “I think [the protest] is pathetic, [the protestors] should grow up. There’s far more important things to protest in the world than me giving this speech in Oxford.“The only hateful speech I hear around university campuses these days actually comes from student activists who casually demonise and libel anyone who disagrees with them. That’s a far more hateful form of speech than anything I plan to say tonight”.President and vice-president of the Addison Society, Robert Holbrook and Paddy Hannam, told Cherwell: “We do not see the invitation as tantamount to an endorsement, any more than we do any of the other invitations we have given this year.“Indeed, it would be pretty hard to endorse both Brendan O’Neill and, say, the Corbynite journalist Anna Minton who we invited earlier this year, considering their many points of disagreement.“The dinners are not celebrations of the speakers we have, but a chance to hear from them and ask questions of them, should guests wish to. The assumption that we must agree with Brendan is patently absurd.”They added: “It can be difficult to draw the distinction between hate speech and free speech, but it is important to keep the boundaries as wide as possible to ensure that nobody is silenced who has been wrongly accused.“We do not see Mr O’Neil as a hate speaker, certainly not in the legal sense of the word, a testament to which is that fact that he has never been prosecuted for hate speech.“Brendan’s speech clarified his position regarding the right of trans people to exist, which rebuts the main charge by the protesters regarding his views constituting hate speech.”Last week, the Queen’s College JCR Equalities and Welfare teams warned students not to attend the event.In an email to undergraduates, they said: “Brendan O’Neill is recognised for his controversial opinions, many of which have sparked accusations of transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.“As the Equalities Team we do not endorse the views held by Brendan O’Neill and express serious concern for the impact his words may have for members of the JCR.“Whilst we support debating and discussing ideas, we believe that a formal dinner fails to provide an appropriate or adequate platform to discuss and challenge contentious political views.”The Addison Society’s president wrote in an open reply to the Equalities and Welfare committees’ email: “We decided to invite Brendan O’Neill to the Addison Society because he is a stimulating and thought-provoking speaker, and because we understand inclusivity, at least in part, to be about giving representation to varied political positions, and giving the opportunity to members of the JCR to engage with and challenge them.“These necessarily include opinions which many members of college, including ourselves, may at times find disagreeable or offensive.”last_img read more

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Dr. Bucshon Meets at White House to Discuss Solutions to Opioid Crisis

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare On Tuesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. participated in a discussion at the White House on solving our nation’s opioid crisis. The discussion was led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been selected by President Trump to chair the recently announced President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.“We are facing an epidemic that reaches every corner of this country.  If left unchecked, it will continue to devastate communities and families across the nation.  President Trump has recognized the importance of solving the opioid crisis by creating this commission. I’m honored to have been able to share with Governor Christie my experience as a physician and the experiences of my constituents who are on the front lines of this fight,” said Bucshon. “At today’s meeting, I conveyed to Governor Christie the critical importance of building on our work to pass comprehensive addiction treatment legislation, exploring the development and approval of non-opioid alternatives for pain management, and implementing reforms that strike the right balance between proper pain management and addiction prevention. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Christie and the commission as they develop positive solutions to the crisis.”Opioid abuse disorder and drug addiction have impacted every community in the nation, reaching across socioeconomic and geographic lines.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 American lives are lost every day from an opioid overdose.Southern Indiana is bearing the brunt of the epidemic.Last week, Vigo County suffered four suspected overdose deaths and authorities have responded to 16 opioid or heroin induced overdoes already this year. Vanderburgh County saw 29 deaths from overdose in 2016, which is a fourfold increase from the prior year and a rate the County Corner expects to rise in 2017.Tuesday’s meeting comes on the heels of an announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide $485 million in grants to states to combat the growing opioid crisis. In particular, the state of Indiana is set to receive $10.9 million in funding provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in 2016 with the help of Bucshon.During his time in Congress, Bucshon has made drug addiction a legislative priority.Last year, Bucshon was deeply involved in crafting and passing the Comprehensive Addition Recovery Act (CARA), the most significant drug addiction legislation to be signed into law in recent history.  Bucshon authored an integral portion of the law which expanded access to medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment, ensured patients have access to a wider range of comprehensive, evidence-based treatment options, and minimized the potential for drug diversion.  His work on the legislation was recognized by the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose.In an effort to see that progress through, Bucshon led a bipartisan letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. earlier this month urging full implementation of CARA, specifically the addition treatment portions of the law.When the White House announced the commission in late March, Bucshon praised the movetweeting, “Encouraged @POTUS is launching a new commission to help put an end to the opioid epidemic, which as greatly impacted the Hoosier state.” He went on to say, “I look forward to working with @POTUS and the new commission to build on the progress we’ve made to help our communities and patients.”last_img read more

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