Governor Wolf’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee Convenes First Meeting

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Maternal Mortality Review Committee held its inaugural meeting at the Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday to begin work on finding ways to decrease maternal deaths across Pennsylvania.Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 24 of 2018 earlier this year establishing the committee as a first step to address the serious issue of increasing maternal mortality across the commonwealth. The committee is tasked with developing programs, policies, recommendations and strategies based on collected data to prevent maternal deaths and protect Pennsylvania mothers.“With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, this committee is now taking the first steps to determine the reasons for this phenomenon and, more importantly, establishing how the commonwealth can help develop prevention recommendations,” Governor Wolf said. “Thanks to the members of the committee for their willingness to bring their time and expertise to the task with a shared goal of determining how to address the growing concern of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.”“Conducting this meeting is the first step toward reducing maternal mortality in Pennsylvania,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “As a committee, we will review other maternal mortality review committees’ processes to ensure we are taking the best steps to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s mothers. Together, we will take immediate action to reverse the increasing trend of maternal deaths.”Representative Ryan Mackenzie, who sponsored the bill that became Act 24, attended the meeting to thank the committee for coming together and for their time and effort in helping to address the issue of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.From 2012-2016, there was an increase in maternal deaths with 11.4 deaths per 100,000 live births in Pennsylvania. For black women, that rate is more than double at 27.2 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Pennsylvania’s rate, while increasing, is below the national rate of 18.0 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births. Nationwide, the pregnancy-related mortality rate for black women was 40.0 deaths per 100,000 live births.The CDC presented this national data, as well as other information that constitutes the national perspective on the issue, to the committee. They also discussed what lessons other states have learned and presented a report from nine maternal mortality review committees from across the United States.For more information about maternal and family health, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee Convenes First Meetingcenter_img October 31, 2018last_img read more

ATP rebounds in Q2 with 6.7% first-half return, boosted by DONG investment

first_imgDenmark’s ATP reported a 6.7% return from its investment portfolio for the first half of this year, representing a big leap from the meagre 0.4% it was able to generate in the first quarter after it was boosted by a one-off profit from its private equity investment in DONG Energy.In its interim report for January to June, the statutory pension fund said its total assets had now increased to DKK800bn (€107billion) from DKK705bn at the end of December.Carsten Stendevad, chief executive of ATP, said: “ATP’s investment portfolio posted a strong return in 2016, driven mainly by bonds, alternative investments and private equity, including the investment in DONG Energy.”In absolute terms, the return on the investment portfolio was DKK6.9bn, with DKK2.9bn of this relating to the return ATP made on its investment in the Danish energy firm.  In the second quarter alone, ATP said returns from the investment portfolio stood at DKK6.4bn.DONG Energy’s June IPO yielded a big profit for ATP on the investment it initially made in 2014. The pension fund said it had made and aggregate return of around DKK4.0bn on the private equity investment, including the DKK2.9bn relating to 2016.ATP’s assets are divided between an investment portfolio which consists of the fund’s bonus reserves and is invested on an absolute return basis, and a much larger hedging portfolio composed on long-dated fixed-income instruments, designed to back the pension guarantees it makes.Despite the return it made in the first half, the investment portfolio shrank by the end of the first half to DKK96.9bn from DKK101.2bn at the end of December, largely because DKK9.9bn was transferred from the portfolio to the hedging portfolio in provisions for a greater-than-expected increase in life expectancy.The transfer is almost three times as much as the DKK3.7bn of extra provisioning the pension fund made during the whole of 2015 as part of its life expectancy update.The hedging portfolio grew to DKK703.2bn at the end of June from DKK604.0bn at the end of December.This was despite the portfolio of long-term hedging strategies used to protect against inflation increases, which consists of swaptions, suffering the biggest loss in the investment portfolio in the first half, losing DKK3.5bn. ATP said this was due to long-dated European swap rates having finished the reporting period lower than they had started it.In the first half of 2015, ATP made a 12% return on its investment portfolio, and went on to produce a 17.2% return for the full year 2015.In the first half, the hedging portfolio generated a return of DKK92.3bn after tax, while due to falling interest rates in the period, ATP’s provisions for its guaranteed pensions, rose by DKK93bn, the pension fund said.The result of the hedging portfolio in total, therefore, was a loss of DKK700m, ATP said, adding that this was “considered satisfactory” given that it was less than 0.1% of the guaranteed pensions.Within the investment portfolio, bonds generated a return of DKK3.9bn, listed Danish equities made a loss of DKK100m, listed international equities lost DKK700m, and private equity produced a return of DKK3.0bn.Credit investments returned DKK1.5bn, ATP said.last_img read more

Pieter van Oord Speaker During Offshore WIND Conference

first_imgOffshore WIND Conference is proud to confirm Pieter van Oord, the Chief Executive Officer of Van Oord, as one of the speakers during this year’s conference held at Amsterdam RAI on 9 and 10 October. “There are ample opportunities in accelerating energy transition; we should think bigger and go faster,” said Pieter van Oord.Van Oord will be joining speakers from, among others, Siemens Gamesa, DONG, TNO Energy, European Committee of the Regions and Bladt Industries.The 8th annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC), part of the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector over the next ten years and beyond.For more information on the program and other speakers head to www.offshorewindconference.bizlast_img read more

Lady Pirates Defeated By Ranked Lady Knights

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to EIAC foe and #16 class 2A ranked South Dearborn Thursday evening and lost 15-0.It took the host Lady Knights only 50 seconds to open the scoring as they slashed to 8 first half goals. Quick movement, cut-back dribbling, solid spacing and crossing runs, passes lead to success throughout the evening for the home squad. Despite the score, improvement was shown for the Lady Pirates as they forced 8 offsides calls and had better positioning on the evening. Emily Lowe made 19 saves in the contest and Abby Easley recorded the only shot of the evening while the Lady Knights had 45 total shots, 34 were on goal.In the JV half, the host squad won 4-0. The Lady Pirates will travel to Union County Saturday morning for a 10 AM kickoff.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Weather advisory for tonight

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for southeastern Indiana for tonight into the Friday morning hours.  Light snow is expected tonight into Friday morning with hazardous travel during the Friday morning commute possible.  Light snow will continue into Friday morning.last_img

Guus Hiddink confirmed as Chelsea boss until end of season

first_img He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.” Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach. Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley. Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. Mourinho was axed after Chelsea followed up their title win last term with nine defeats from their opening 16 games. But the Portuguese, who released statement through the agency which represents him, is ready for a new challenge. “He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward,” CAA said in a statement. “Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. The Dutchman, who had a previous spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009, succeeds Jose Mourinho, who on Thursday paid the price for the club’s disastrous start to the season. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.” “During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. “Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.” Blues chairman Bruce Buck used his programme notes to shed some light on the events of the past few days after owner Roman Abramovich’s patience finally ran out. He wrote: “On Thursday the difficult decision was made for Jose Mourinho to leave the club. I can assure you it was not a decision we took lightly “Nor was it a spur-of-the-moment decision; Mr Abramovich and the board anguished over it for some time. The decision was made for no reason other than to do what we believe is in the best interests of this club. “We will not forget what Jose achieved here during his two spells as manager. “But the start of this season has come as a major disappointment to the owner, the board and Chelsea fans everywhere and I think it is fair to say nobody expected us to be in the position we are in the Premier League just before Christmas. “Now we have to look forward and, in order to make the most out of what remains of this campaign, we believed a managerial change was needed.” Captain John Terry, meanwhile, attempted to shoot down rumours that Mourinho was axed due to the influence of the players at the club. In his captain’s notes, the defender wrote: “We are aware there have been rumours of player power at the club but I want to make it clear that is not the case. “We leave all decisions to Mr Abramovich and the board, and know that our job, as players, is to focus on getting results on the pitch. “We players have to look at our performances and take responsibility for where Chelsea sit in the table right now. The manager going doesn’t change that we are responsible, and to be 16th in the table is not acceptable from us.” Mourinho wasted little time in reappearing in a football stadium, attending Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Saturday for their noon Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough. Press Association Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their new manager until the end of the season.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja show helps Saurashtra beat Railways

first_imgRajkot: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja helped Saurashtra beat the Railways on the final day of Round 2 of the Ranji Trophy at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.Chasing 186 to win on the final day after Railways put in a solid effort for 331 in their second innings, Saurashtra were in a spot of bother at 65/4, but Jadeja scored an unbeaten 48 to take his team home with three wickets in hand.Jadeja first combined with an 86-run stand with Sheldon Jackson (54) to put Saurashtra on course and then, despite, losing two more wickets, used all his experience to see his team through.Earlier, it was Jadeja’s 178 not out in the first innings that had propelled Saurashtra take a 148-run lead over the Railways.The Railways were skittled out for 200 in the first innings with Jadeja bagging four wickets.However, in the second innings, the Railways batted well and scored 331 riding Harish Tyagi’s 93 and Anureet Singh’s 44. Jadeja again got three wickets in the second innings.In reply, chasing 186 for victory, Railways’ Avinash Yadav dented Saurashtra claiming the first four wickets to fall, before Jackson and Jadeja put their team on course for a victory. Yadav finished with 5/88.The win takes Saurashtra to nine points and to the top of the table for the time being.In another Group A game, Manprit Juneja came good for Gujarat to help the side draw with Chhattisgarh.Gujarat bagged three points to consolidate its position in second place in Group A after a first-innings lead proved crucial. Gujarat, who had defeated Baroda by nine wickets in the opening round, are neck and neck on nine points with table-toppers Saurashtra, sitting with a higher net run-rate.In Nagpur, left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith’s nine for 103, his best bowling figures in first-class cricket, helped Karnataka bag three points against defending champions Vidarbha on the final day of their Group A game.At the Motibaug Cricket Ground in Vadodara, Baroda bagged their first three points owing to a first-innings lead against Maharashtra.In Group B, left-hander opener Aryaman Birla cracked his maiden first-class hundred to help Madhya Pradesh salvage a draw following on as Bengal had to settle for three points in their first home match of the season.Scion of the Birla family, Aryaman was unbeaten on 103 in his third first-class match, while Shubham Sharma gave him fine support with an unbeaten 100 on the final day.Bengal, who had a first innings lead in their last match in Himachal Pradesh, now have six points from two matches. Having taken a first innings lead over Tamil Nadu in the last match, MP now have four points.Himachal Pradesh‘s Nikhil Gangta and Rishi Dhawan halted Delhi on the fourth and final day at the Feroz Shah Kotla to ensure a draw. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Cricket News Justin Langer terms India’s aggression ‘brilliant’, calls Virat Kohli-Tim Paine confrontation ‘hilarious’

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Perth Test witnessed a huge war of words between India cricket skipper Virat Kohli and Australia cricket captain Tim Paine. Both players went after each other on days three and four, with Kohli starting it all when he reminded of how one mistake from Australia could cost them the series. In response, Paine called Kohli ‘Big Head’ and in one interaction which was picked up by the stump microphone, Paine told Murali Vijay, “I know he is your captain but can you seriously like him as a bloke?” The confrontation between Kohli and Paine was only part of the larger circus as Australia won the match by 146 runs to level the four-match series 1-1 heading into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on December 26.However, Justin Langer, the coach of the Australian cricket team, has said the aggression shown by India was simply brilliant. “As the two captains and they’re trying to stamp their authority on the game and I don’t think at any point there was any abuse or any real aggression to it.In fact there was a bit of humour and there’s been a lot of talk about banter. There’s got to be some in a Test match. It’s a great part of the game, and there was actually a bit of humour, a bit of Aussie humour as well.  That’s what we pride ourselves on. We’ve got a bad reputation in a lot of ways, but when there’s a bit of humour in it I thought it was a good exchange,” Langer told Fox Cricket.Read More | Mitchell Johnson slams Virat Kohli, calls his behavior ‘disrespectful’During the face-off, there was also a time when Kohli and Paine got close to each other and nearly made physical contact. Langer said there was nothing malicious in that act. “I think the days of Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad are gone. I think Andrew Symonds did it to a spectator one day, it was one of the best shirt-fronts you’ve ever seen in your life, but I can’t ever imagine that in the environment we’re now in with so many cameras. It’d be absolutely silly for that to happen. That’s not cricket. They (Paine and Kohli) got close, but in a lot of ways it’s not a contact sport. We get that, but it was all part of that theatre of Test cricket,” Langer added.Read More | Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis script unique history in draw against NZLanger added that Australia have copped a fair bit of flak ever since the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town and the team felt more relieved after securing their first Test win since that scandal. The left-hander said getting the wicket of Rishabh Pant made the team more relaxed.“That was the first time in about 16 hours that I relaxed. I just had this sneaking suspicion – he’s a very dangerous player, when he got out I thought ‘ok now we can maybe enjoy it. I remember my first Test hundred, if you go to my house there’s the bat I had, and it’s just a relief after all that time. It’s probably eight years, and that was the emotion. In a lot of ways, that’s the emotion now, relief to get the result. A lot of them (Australian cricketers) have been bashed for nine months. Now they can sit back and enjoy it,” Langer said. last_img read more

Cricket News Afghanistan shatter records in Twenty20 International clash against Ireland

first_imghighlights Afghanistan registered the highest team score in Twenty20 Internationals.Hazratullah Zazai’s 162* is the second-highest individual score in T20Is.Zazai and Usman Ghani shared a 236-run stand, the best partnership in the format. New Delhi: The Afghanistan cricket team have made giant strides in the game ever since they first featured on the big stage in the ICC World T20 in 2010 in the West Indies. The team has players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi who have dazzled on the world stage with their exploits. However, in the second Twenty20 International against Ireland played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Dehra Dun, Afghanistan created history as they topped the Twenty20 charts in a brilliant exhibition of hitting which showed their prowess. Afghanistan were boosted by a brilliant knock of 162* from Hazratullah Zazai as they reached 278/3 and they managed to defeat Ireland by a massive margin of 84 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.In the process, there were plenty of records broken. Afghanistan’s 278/3 is the highest Twenty20 International score by a country, breaking the previous record of 263/5 set by Australia against Sri Lanka in the 2016 encounter in Pallekele. This is the fourth time that Afghanistan has gone past 200 in Twenty20 Internationals. In addition to the score in Dehra Dun, Afghanistan smashed 233/8 against the same opposition in 2017 in Greater Noida. Afghanistan hit 215/6 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in 2016 while their first 200+ score was against Scotland in Edinburgh in 2015.The score of 278/3 would not have been possible without the efforts of Hazratullah Zazai, the 20-year-old batsman from Paktia. Zazai smashed 162* off just 62 balls and the knock included 11 fours and 16 sixes. His knock is the second-highest in the history of Twenty20 Internationals behind Australia’s Aaron Finch who smashed 172 against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2018. Overall, in Twenty20s, Zazai has the joint-third highest individual score, behind Chris Gayle’s 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. Finch’s 172 and Hamilton Masakadza’s 162* for Mountaineers against Eagles in Bulawayo in 2016 are the highest individual scores in this format. He notched up his century off just 42 balls, which is the third-fastest century in this format. David Miller and Rohit Sharma smashed centuries off just 35 balls against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2017.Zazai’s tally of 16 sixes in an innings is the most by a batsman in the history of Twenty20s, going past Finch’s mark of 14 sixes which he set against England during his knock of 156 in 2013. In Twenty20s, he is level with Graham Napier of Essex and Dasun Shanaka of Sri Lanka. Gayle tops the charts when he smashed 18 and 17 sixes in an innings in the Bangladesh Premier League and Indian Premier League.Zazai and Usman Ghani shared a 236-run stand for the first wicket and it is the best partnership for any wicket in this format. In Twenty20 Internationals, Zazai and Ghani overtook the record of 223 set by Finch and D’Arcy Short in the 2018 clash against Zimbabwe while in other T20s, the duo broke the 229-run stand stitched by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for RCB against Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL. Zazai’s 16 sixes helped Afghanistan smash 22 sixes in the innings, which is the most by a team in T20Is.Ireland ended on 194 to lose by 84 runs but the match aggregate of 472 runs is the third-most in a T20I match, behind the 489 runs set by India and West Indies in the Lauderhill thriller in 2016 and Australia’s record-breaking chase of 245 against New Zealand in Auckland as the match saw 488 runs being scored.Afghanistan will be hoping to sweep Ireland in the three-match T20I series, having won the first game by five wickets.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: In Heart-Felt Post, King Remembers ‘Parathas’ Days

first_img“Tell Dad you love him. A lot. Tell him today. Tell him tomorrow. Tell him more often.” Prem Kohli was 54 when he died following a stroke, and his son, who would one day become the world’s best batsman, was 18. It is well documented that a day after performing the last rites, Kohli turned up to score 90 odd runs and save his state team Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game.Now an incredibly successful cricketer, ranked No.1 in both Tests and ODIs, Kohli, again going back in time, knows that he will have to face failures at some point. “You will fail. Everyone does. Just promise yourself that you will never forget to rise. And if at first you don’t, try again.””What I will tell you is that life has big things in store for you Virat. But you need to be ready for each and every opportunity that comes your way. Grab it when it comes. And never take what you have for granted. “You will be loved by many, and will be disliked too. By some who won’t even know you. Don’t care about them. Keep believing in yourself.” New Delhi: Going back in time on his 31st birthday, Virat Kohli told his 15-year-old self to shower his late dad with lots of love, giving his warm hugs precedence over his refusal to buy the dreamy-eyed son a pair of shoes. And Kohli also tells the same West Delhi boy to savour those “parathas”, for he knows they will become “quite a luxury” in the years to come. And luxury they did become. These were among a plethora of thoughts that crossed his mind as Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday. The batting maestro penned a letter addressed to his 15-year-old version, dedicating quite a bit of its content to his late father Prem Kohli.”I know you are thinking about those shoes dad did not give you today. They mean nothing when compared to the hug this morning or the joke he cracked about your height. Cherish this,” Kohli wrote in the letter he shared on his social media page. On his father, the India captain continued, “I know he can seem strict at times. But that’s because he wants the best for you. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more