Governor Wolf’s Week, August 7 – August 13, 2016

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Week, August 7 – August 13, 2016 August 12, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: The Blog,  Weekly Update This week Governor Wolf continued his tour of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence across Pennsylvania and discussed the significant investment made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the state. Joined by Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, Governor Wolf hosted press conferences at Crossroads Counseling in Williamsport and Montgomery County Recovery Center in Montgomery County.Continuing to fight the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf administration. On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced through his GO-TIME initiative that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs enabled nearly $3.5 million to be spent on drug and alcohol treatment-related services in fiscal year 2015-16 by working with the Department of Human Services to expedite the processing of Medicaid applications for offenders entering residential drug and alcohol treatment.Also this week, Pennsylvania’s bipartisan liquor reform law took effect. The new liquor laws are the largest reform package passed since the end of prohibition 80 years ago and enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction.Governor Wolf’s Week, August 7 – August 13, 2016Monday, August 8, 2016Governor Wolf Announces Simplex Industries, Inc. to Expand Operations in Scranton Creating 40 New JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Cerner Corporation Expansion to Create 250 New JobsIn Williamsport, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid EpidemicTuesday, August 9, 2016After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to StableGovernor Wolf Announces 250 New Jobs with Company Expansion in Franklin CountyWednesday, August 10, 2016GO-TIME: Expedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment ServicesIn Norristown, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Harold “Don” WhippleThursday, August 11, 2016GO-TIME: Digitizing Personnel Records Saves Space, Improves Efficiency and AccessFriday, August 12, 2016Pennsylvania Restores Scholarship Funding for 1,000 Early Child Care ProfessionalsHighlights from The Blog:Pennsylvania’s Historic Liquor Reform Takes EffectPennsylvania to Highlight Importance of Preventing Elder AbuseIndia Day 2016: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Cultural Diversity6 Ways State Employees are Helping Gov. Wolf Save PA MoneyGovernor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Discusses Investment 2016-17 Budget Made in Combating Opioid Abuse (Round-Up)Check out the 94 PA Liquor Stores That Will Now Be Open on Sundaylast_img read more

FIFA Passes the Ball to Qatar for 2022 World Cup

first_imgRussian President, Vladimir Putin, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, took part in a ceremony to hand over the role of FIFA World Cup hosts from Russia to Qatar on Sunday in Moscow.The trio gathered in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace and, in place of a baton to symbolise the changing of the Host Nation, they used the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia knockout rounds, the adidas Telstar Mechta. Mr Putin himself took it down from the podium and handed it to the Emir of Qatar.Russia 2018 came to an end on Sunday, as France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the Final at the Luzhniki Stadium to become world champions for the next four years. The next World Cup will be held in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. According to the Russian President: “Today is a ceremonious occasion as Russia passes the FIFA World Cup torch to the state of Qatar. The World Cup is coming to an end in Russia. We are proud of what we’ve managed to achieve for fans of this wonderful sport.“The whole country has taken enormous pleasure from interacting with the world of football and the fans who have visited us from all over the planet. I am sure our friends from Qatar will manage to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup just as exceptionally.“It goes without saying that we are ready to share the experience we’ve built up hosting the World Cup with our Qatari friends. We will do everything to ensure football can carry out its amazing and humanitarian role of uniting people, countries and continents,” concludes Putin.FIFA President also spoke highly of the exceptional show put up by Russia:“Dear Mr President, Your Highness, I am a happy person today. Welcome, dear friends,” the head of the world governing body said in English, Russian and Arabic. “These words have accompanied us for this entire month and will accompany us further over the next four years.“It’s a huge honour to be in such a special place, the Kremlin, to celebrate the end of the 2018 World Cup and pass on the torch to the organisers of the 2022 World Cup.“Football is all about passion, emotions, love, family and unity – we have experienced this fully in Russia and now we’re handing it over to Qatar. I am sure that in four years we will see the same energy, the same positive influence in Qatar as we have seen in Russia. I can certainly say we have fallen in love with Russia. And I’m sure that in four years we will all love Qatar. This is already happening. We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!” stressed Infantino with optimism.Emir of Qatar also gave assurance to emulate the good hosting put up by Russia: “Mr President, allow me to congratulate you and the Russian nation on a fantastic World Cup, which we hope to host just as successfully.“I’d also like to express my gratitude to the members of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, who are helping our colleagues from the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee. We look forward to continuing to work alongside our friends from Russia.“I would like to thank Mr Gianni Infantino and congratulate him on a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup. We hope to enjoy a fruitful partnership until 2022.“Staging the 2022 World Cup in our country is a really important event in the history of Qatar. I remember that when our country was awarded the right to host the World Cup, it was a huge celebration for the whole Arabic world. I invite all of our friends to come as guests.We really hope our national team will repeat the success of Russia and maybe even go further. We will try to at the very least!” conclude Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more