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Hampton Direct donates to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

first_imgHampton Direct, Inc.,Hampton Direct, Inc, an award winning Williston Vermont-based company that develops, brands and markets innovative products for the Direct Response industry, has teamed up with the United Way to provide much-needed assistance to fellow Vermonters who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene. For each Hampton Direct employee that donated at least $10 to assist the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, Hampton Direct matched that with an additional $100 corporate donation. The end goal raised $4,438 for the cause.Hampton Direct sells to retailers globally, and its brands include Twin Draft Guard®, Wonder Hanger®, Total Pillow®, Furniture Fixâ ¢ and PajamaJeans®.last_img read more

Faster mortgage closing time leads to portfolio growth

first_imgNorthwest Federal Credit Union’s management team was in need of a compliant and efficient mortgage lending solution due to its growing portfolio. CUES member Joe Talmadge, the credit union’s VP/mortgage lending, led the charge. After looking at multiple options, Northwest FCU, Herndon, Va., concluded that D+H’s Mortgagebot solution was the right choice, meeting the CU’s business requirements and providing the necessary support.For the deployment, Northwest FCU elected to supercharge its effort by adding D+H’s MortgagebotLOS™, MortgagebotPOS™, and LaserPro®, creating a fully integrated end-to-end solution.A Speedy Ascent to LeadershipNorthwest FCU, with $3.1 billion in assets and 200,000 members, has become an industry leader for speed in mortgage loans. The combination of MortgagebotPOS, MortgagebotLOS, and LaserPro shortened time-to-close for first-time mortgage loans to less than 30 days, more than 30 percent lower than the industry average.This is a huge competitive differentiator for Northwest FCU, as borrowers seek out lenders that can close loans quickly. The CU’s speed has drawn in thousands of new customers from outside its immediate geography. Real estate agents, which also place a major emphasis on speed, have become passionate advocates for Northwest FCU, and a leading referral channel for its mortgage lending business. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pillar keen to buy Chartwell retail portfolio

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Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis

first_img  SHARE  TWEET August 19, 2016 By: Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog The prescription opioid and heroin crisis is the most significant public health crisis facing Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association 2015 Report on Overdose Death Statistics, 3,505 Pennsylvanians died as a result of drug poisoning. That is an astonishing 10 deaths a day. In Pennsylvania, more people die of drug overdose than car accidents.This crisis affects urban areas, suburban areas and rural areas of our state. While younger white males continue to be the most at-risk demographic for opioid overdose, deaths from prescription painkillers among women have increased more than 400 percent since 1999.How the Opioid Crisis DevelopedThe etiology of this crisis is the perfect storm of factors. In the 1990s and early 2000s, there was an increased focus by federal regulatory agencies on the diagnoses and treatment of pain by medical professionals. At the same time, there was the development of long-acting, powerful and, unfortunately, highly addictive opioid pain medications. These medications became widely prescribed.In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Additionally, there was the influx of cheap and plentiful heroin from Central and South America. This confluence of factors have contributed to the crisis of substance use disorder and opioid overdose we currently face.What We’re Doing to Combat the Opioid CrisisSubstance Use Disorder is a disease. It is not a moral failing. The disease is complex and complicated. The state’s response is interagency and multi faceted, including prevention, treatment and recovery. This includes training current and future medical providers. We are working with all of the medical school deans to improve student education. We have published seven evidence-based specialty-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. This includes guidelines for obstetrics and gynecology providers and the treatment of substance use disorder in pregnant patients.We have also partnered with Pennsylvania Medical Society and other specialty organizations to produce continuing-education modules for medical professionals. All of the modules are free on the PA Medical Society website until the end of 2016. Starting this month, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will be available. This critical online tool will support clinicians in identifying patients who may be struggling from the disease of addiction and help connect them with treatment services.To save lives and give individuals a chance to get into treatment, the state is focused on increasing access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdose. In April 2015, I signed a standing order prescription that allowed first responders, like municipal police and fire departments, access to the medication. Since then, law enforcement has saved at least 1,200 lives with naloxone. Then, in October 2015, I signed a standing order prescription for the public. This allowed any Pennsylvanian to walk into a participating pharmacy and secure naloxone for themselves or a family member under my standing order prescription.Once reversed by naloxone, the patient must go to the emergency room and then be transferred to treatment. This process is called a warm handoff for treatment. The Wolf Administration is focused on increasing access to substance abuse treatment, with an emphasis on medication-assisted treatment. By October 1, 2016, 20 new Centers of Excellence will be available for Medicaid patients with substance use disorder.This crisis is complex and requires all hands on deck. The public are important partners in our response. For more information about this crisis and the state’s response, visit www.health.pa.gov. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Auction clearance rate nosedives, with Brisbane lowest of capitals

first_imgBrisbane’s auction clearance rate from June 2015 to this past week. The clearance rate has nosedived to 30.7 per cent, its lowest level in two years. Picture: CoreLogicIt came as clearance rates across Australia’s capital cities continued to trend below 70 per cent, with preliminary results sitting at 69.1 per cent.Not only was the number of auctions across the capitals down (2,323 compared to 2,444 the previous week), but Mr Kusher expected auction success rates would also continue to fall as the financial year wound down.“With results still being collected, it is likely that the final clearance rate this week will revise even lower again.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe situation wasn’t as dire for Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, where the clearance rate for the week was higher than the same time the previous year, with Brisbane and Adelaide bearing the brunt of the drop-off. AUCTION CLEARANCE RATES (Week to Sunday June 25): Auctioneer Justin Marsden in action on Saturday at one of the few homes to sell under the hammer this past week – a three-bedroom home on a 933sq m block at 253 Fairfield Road, Fairfield. Picture: Adam HeadBRISBANE’S clearance rate has nosedived to its lowest level in years – after pulling the weakest weekly performance of all mainland capitals.The preliminary clearance rate for Brisbane plunged to 30.7 per cent, latest figures show, meaning less than one in three houses that went under the hammer was sold.And CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher expected the figure to drop even further as more auction results were reported.“The preliminary clearance rate in Brisbane this week was 30.7 per cent, down from 46.4 per cent over the previous week. Auction volumes were lower this week with 129 auctions held, down from 151 last week. Meanwhile, across the Gold Coast, 31.8 per cent of the 22 reported auctions were successful.” Melbourne 71.9 per centSydney 73.1 per cent Brisbane 30.7 per cent (Gold Coast, 31.8 per cent) Adelaide 67.6 per centPerth 36 per centCanberra 73.9 per cent (Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Members of Congress Oppose Seismic Testing in Atlantic

first_imgCongressman John Rutherford, along with Congressman Don Beyer, led a bipartisan letter from more than 100 members of Congress to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke voicing concerns with a proposal to issue seismic testing permits for the Atlantic Ocean.In April, the Trump Administration announced that it is reevaluating opening the Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas to oil and gas exploration and drilling, including off of the Atlantic Coast.Seismic testing, which is the prerequisite to opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling, poses a direct threat to the costal economies dependent on healthy ocean ecosystems for fishing, tourism, recreation, and the numerous businesses that rely on these industries.Congressman Rutherford said, “Traveling through my district I have heard from countless business owners and residents along the North Florida coasts who are concerned about the risks of seismic testing to our healthy ocean fisheries. While future offshore drilling activities in the Atlantic would put our communities at risk down the road, seismic testing threatens our fragile coastal economies today. Our coastal economy should not be put at undue risk at a time when our booming oil and gas production is more than enough to meet our current energy needs.”“Reps. Rutherford and Beyer should be applauded for their leadership in working to protect the Atlantic from loud and dangerous seismic airgun blasting,” said Nancy Pyne, campaign director at Oceana.“Seismic airguns create one of the loudest manmade noises in the ocean and are of special concern to marine life that depe nd on sound for communication and survival. Currently, 126 East Coast municipalities, more than 1,200 local, state and federal officials, and an alliance representing over 41,000 businesses and 500,200 fishing families from Florida to Maine, publicly oppose seismic airgun blasting and/or offshore drilling. The risk to marine life, coastal communities and economies is just too great,” she added.last_img read more

‘I could no longer breathe on my own’: striker reveals virus battle

first_img Loading… Former Drogheda United striker Lee Duffy has revealed the dire nature of his time battling against coronavirus, and hopes it will be a warning to those not taking it seriously. The 28-year-old had to spend eight days in hospital ‘hooked up to oxygen’ because he ‘could no longer breathe on his own.’ All Irish league games are currently suspended until at least April 4. ‘As some of you may or may not know, I tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago,’ Duffy said in a tweet. ‘I spent 8 days in hospital hooked up to oxygen as I could no longer breathe on my own, scared not knowing what was going to happen. Luckily I got through it and I’m starting to feel a lot better now. ‘My advice to everybody is to not take this lightly, it is very serious.’Advertisement Ireland has over 1,000 cases, with four deaths so far. People are being advised to work from home where possible and practice social distancing of two metres. Drogheda United striker Lee Duffy: I could no longer breath on my own In the UK, the government has said that it may be forced to take tougher action if the public does not follow current advice over self-isolating. Duffy has played for Drogheda United, Warrenpoint Town, Newry City, Longford Town, Wexford, and Shelbourne during his career. Apart from top flight leagues across the world being on suspension, dozens of players cutting across the leagues have either tested positive to the virus or are observing self-isolation because of the dreaded virus. Read AlsoCOVID-19: Ronaldo teaches his children how to properly wash their hands While end of April has tentatively been fixed as resumption date for most leagues, club managers have indicated that further extension may be announced should the virus continue its ravaging effect after beyond April. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘UPV constituents have right to self-expression’

first_imgThe nearly 18-minute video of theperformance showed the Skimmers tackling national issues such as the drug war,West Philippine Sea and human rights, among others. “While we may not all agree with oneanother in our ideas and modes of expression, I am personally committed todefend the rights to self-expression of all UPV constituents,” also stressedUPV chancellor Dr. Ricardo Babaran. ILOILO City – The Office of theChancellor of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) reaffirmed thepremier state school’s commitment to promote and defend academic freedom andfreedom of speech. According to Babaran, UPV has remainedand shall always be true to its mandate of ensuring the safety and welfare ofall its constituents, especially the students. “Be very circumspect in issuingstatements in any platform which could have personal repercussions,” saidBabaran./PN Following the uploading of theperformance on social media, the Skimmers began receiving threats; they werealso red-tagged (linked to communist rebels). Pagbutlak, the official studentpublication of the UPV College of Arts and Sciences, also condemned the attackson Skimmers. The UPV University Student Council, ina statement along with local college councils and other student organizations,“condemned the blatant acts of harassment, targeting members of the Skimmers.” Babaran’s office issued an officialstatement regarding the viral video of a recent UPV cheering competition wherecontingent Skimmers – composed of students from the Division of Humanities,College of Arts and Sciences – had a satirical performance critical of theDuterte administration. The Chancellor added that he hadissued a memorandum encouraging everyone in UPV to exercise discretion andsobriety, especially on social media. But “because we have armed ourstudents with critical minds to speak, we trust them to fight their battles especiallyin social media wherever they are located in the social and politicalspectrum,” stressed Babaran. However, he emphasized that theircapacity for physical protection is limited within the campus only; it couldnot go beyond its boundaries. At one point, the Skimmers shouted,“Let’s kill this President…Charrrot!” to the delight of spectators.last_img read more

Price: Chapman Will Remain In Bullpen

first_imgReds Pitcher Aroldis Chapman will remain in the bullpen, Reds manager indicates.The Cincinnati Reds plan to keep Aroldis Chapman as their closer for the 2014 season.For the past couple of off-seasons, speculation has risen whether Chapman will be utilized from the bullpen or as a starting pitcher.“I am certainly a believer after one more year in the bullpen, Chapman is a really strong closer,” Reds Manager Bryan Price told WRBI.“My fear is that going into starting, that there would be a transition period on a team that is ready to win now,” Price added. “It changes the entire layout of our starting rotation and our bullpen.”Price, along with other club officials, traveled to Florida this week for the 2013 Winter Meetings.last_img read more

US Army to halt basic training

first_imgThe U.S Army says it will briefly stop sending new recruits to basic training in an effort to slowdown the occurrence of the coronavirus in the military.The announcement was made Monday despite the Pentagon’s fears that the decision could potentially affect their ability to field forces for months or even years to come.The decision comes after military officials came under criticism for their slow response to the coronavirus threat in the military and for not testing incoming troops and trainees.Gen. Paul Funk who is the Commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters that the pause on new recruits would last two weeks. At that point, the decision will be reassessed and officials will determine whether to began sending the new recruits to basic training or to continue with the pause.“It’s actually going to be conditions-based,” Funk said. ” The first set is two weeks, and we’re  going to continue to assess the environment and go from there.”Funk also maintained that the pause would not affect soldiers already enrolled in the various levels of basic training. Drill instructors will continue to train those soldiers while initiating social distancing practices.Troops who then complete basic training will wait two weeks, in which time they will be monitored for symptoms before moving on to their next assignment.last_img read more