Avalanche kills 2 snowmobile riders in Washington state

first_imgKings County Air Sheriffs Support(SEATTLE) — On Saturday, an avalanche in the mountains of Washington state killed two snowmobile riders and left a third seriously injured.A search and rescue team responded to the area and retrieved all the victims from the mountain, according to a statement released by the Kittitas County Police.Zach Roundtree, 27, and James Larson, 41, were killed after the avalanche fully buried them in the snow. Kyle Ottwell, 26, was also buried in the snow, but survived.Ottwell was air-lifted flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries and was listed in satisfactory condition according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.A fourth snowmobile rider, Ryan Journey, 27, was partially buried, but said he was able to free himself. He suffered minor injuries.Roundtree’s father, Curt, said his son loved the freedom of being on a dirt bike or a snowmobile.“Zachary was a kind, gentle, loving, caring young man. You know, he’d give you the shirt off his back. He’s just a great kid,” his father told KOMO-TV. “He’s going to be greatly missed.”The other victim killed, Larson, was a 14-year veteran of the Bonny Lake police department. On Sunday, a memorial was held outside the station for him, according to KOMO-TV.The avalanche happened near Esmeralda Peak, about an hour-and-a-half east of Seattle.Avalanche dangers remain high in the area. Five avalanche deaths have been listed in the last seven days, KOMO-TV reported.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Former Yugoslav warship scuttling almost turns fatal

first_imgFormer Yugoslavian Navy command ship ‘Vis’ was scuttled last week some 250 off the Croatian coast, with two men still on board, in the Kvarner Bay to make an artificial reef for scuba diving.Croatian media amply reported about the “first intentional scuttling” in the country’s history. However, it took the video editors some time to realize that the scuttling almost turned into a tragedy.Namely, two persons were still on board the ship when the explosive charges were detonated and the ship started sinking. It would seem that the organizers underestimated the undertaking; it was predicted that the ship would take an hour to sink and it sank in little more than four minutes.Videos show two men standing dangerously close to explosive charges and later rushing to the stern to be saved by surrounding ships which rushed to pull the two men from the water.The two men walked away without injuries and later told local newspapers that they didn’t consider their adventure to be “a big deal at all”. Judging by the footage from the event, it would seem that the men narrowly escaped serious injury or even worse.‘Vis’ was built in Pula, Croatia in 1956 as a passenger ship and later equipped with military communications and armament and turned into a command ship.The 57-meter ship displaced 662 tonnes and could accommodate 35 officers in addition to the crew. Former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito was a frequent guest aboard the ship.A Croatian businessman bought the ship in 2002 with the intention of turning it into a luxury yacht. However, the poor condition of the ship and the extent of investment required for the refurbishment prompted the owner to scuttle the ship and turn it into a diving attraction.Video: (Stefano Kliba) Norco-6-1/YouTube View post tag: Croatia June 1, 2016 Former Yugoslav warship scuttling almost turns fatal with two people stuck on the sinking ship Authoritiescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Former Yugoslav warship scuttling almost turns fatal with two people stuck on the sinking ship Share this article View post tag: scuttlinglast_img read more

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Hudson Catholic’s Quinerly simply a cut above…

first_img ×Hudson Catholic junior point guard Jahvon Quinerly And remarkably, Quinerly was just set to enter his junior year at the school on McGinley Square.“You think he’s much older,” Hudson Catholic head coach Nick Mariniello said. “Because he’s been around so long now, you don’t think he’s only a junior.”Quinerly, the sweet moving, sweet shooting point guard, has been terrorizing Hudson County opponents for the last two years, starting when he was a freshman. He helped the Hawks to championships in the Hudson County Tournament the last two years, the fourth and fifth consecutively for the school.But Quinerly had one goal in mind.“Winning the state championship has definitely been the main goal,” Quinerly said. “We want to beat St. Anthony [in the NJSIAA Non-Public B North] and win that state championship. I like that idea.”So Quinerly set off on his magical mystery tour of the nation last summer with the main goal in mind.“I definitely think it helped with all the competition I faced,” Quinerly said. “I had to be ready to play every game all summer. I think that helped to translate to the high school season. I focused on being a leader and doing the things I needed to do to get ready for this season.”Quinerly is already one of the most coveted players in high school basketball across the nation. You name the big named school and chances are that they’re already in the middle of the Quinerly recruiting war.“He has a laundry list of colleges that are after him,” Mariniello said.The coach rattled off schools like defending national champion Villanova, Kansas, Virginia, California, Stanford and Seton Hall that are already in hot pursuit of the 6-foot point guard.“He’s an honors student as well,” Mariniello said. “He’s the whole package. He’s being recruited as a point guard. They’re prioritized him as a point guard.”Mariniello has been impressed with the way Quinerly has performed this season.“He came back to school after his summer with a sense of confidence,” Mariniello said. “He was laser focused on winning a state championship. As talented as he is, he’s really embraced his role as a leader. Mentally, he’s in a good place. He’s more mature and he’s comfortable where he is right now. And I feel more comfortable with him.”Recently, Quinerly has had some brilliant games. He had 20 points and eight assists in a win over North Bergen, had 28 points and six assists in win over rival St. Peter’s Prep, had 19 points and six assists against Hoboken, had 16 points and six assists against Bayonne and had 25 points and five assists in a win over St. Anthony of Texas at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts.While Quinerly has averaged 17.8 points and 4.3 assists per game, his totals over the last five games have been flawless, averaging 20 points and six assists.And for his efforts, Quinerly has been selected as The Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week for the past week.Quinerly is also just a few points shy of the 1,000th point of his career. Quinerly and teammate Luther Muhammad are close to the milestone and could reach the mark in the same game, much like Justin Davis and Tyshon Hanberry of Hoboken hit the milestone in the same contest last week.Mariniello is most impressed with Quinerly’s demeanor.“As talented as he is as a player, he’s more valuable to us as a leader,” Mariniello said. “He’s like a coach on the floor and in the locker room. He’s more mature now and a lot more vocal. He leads by example. That’s almost expected with being a point guard.”Quinerly said that he needed to assert himself more this season.“It’s what the college coaches are telling me,” Quinerly said. “It’s what I have to do to excel at the next level.” As for the recruiting process with all the coaches calling and coming to see him, Quinerly seems unfazed.“I’m enjoying the process,” Quinerly said. “I’m blessed to have all these schools interested in me. I’m just humbled by the whole thing.” Quinerly possesses a deadly jump shot. If he pulls up anywhere from 15 to 28 feet away, one should just simply know it’s going down, a la Terry Dehere in his prime. With his ability to handle the ball, there should be no stopping Quinerly, straight through whatever college he chooses and into the NBA. A lot of it depends on his ability to stay healthy and in step with teammates and he will be fine, straight toward a career in pro basketball.It’s not said or written often in these parts, but Quinerly is pro material.“That’s a great compliment,” Quinerly said. “I’m just lucky and blessed to be in the position I’m in. I’m going to use that as motivation moving forward.”Quinerly said that there are some things he needs to work on.“One of them is consistency shooting the ball,” Quinerly said. “That’s one of the things I’m working on the most. Some games, I can hit five or six 3’s and the next, I hit maybe one. I’m working on that consistency. I feel like I’m stronger than before. I feel like my shot making ability has improved. But I have to be consistent.”Quinerly knows that there’s a lot to his game that he can improve before the next level.“I play defense pretty well, but I can always be better,” Quinerly said. “The college coaches are preparing me for the next level. I have to come in as a leader.”“It’s consistency as well,” Quinerly said of the 11-2 Hawks. “I think we’ve been playing pretty well as a team. Some nights, we all come to play and it’s awesome. It’s like clockwork. That’s what we need all the time.” “He’s a very good pure shooter,” Mariniello said of Quinerly. “The way he has that change of pace and change of direction. He’s smooth with the ball. It’s like he has the ball on a string. I think when he gets to college, you’ll see a tremendous elevation of his game, because he will have more time to work on his game.”Right now, the way Jahvon Quinerly is playing, there’s not much more he needs to work on.“But I can’t become complacent,” Quinerly said. “I have to work hard.”Fair enough. It just looks like he has the perfect handle right now on everything – basketball, school work, his importance to his team. He’s well on his way, maybe the NBA. – Jim Hague Hudson Catholic junior point guard Jahvon Quinerlycenter_img It was almost like a tour of a rock band. Jahvon Quinerly spent the summer traveling the country, playing AAU basketball, getting notoriety and recognition at every stop. He got to play in Las Vegas on national television. There was another televised showcase from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Needless to say, it was an incredible showcase for Quinerly, the Hudson Catholic basketball standout.last_img read more

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Finedon Mill directors face charges over HGCA levies

first_imgFinedon Mill directors John Lister and Charles Garavan are being prosecuted in relation to breaches of the 1965 Cereals Marketing Act. The case comes after Finedon Mill called in administrators on July 12, 2005, after its remaining asset, a mill at Finedon was sold to Rank Hovis on June 28, 2005. The company was once a shareholder in New Rathbones, which went into administration on April 1, 2005.The directors of Finedon Mill are personally charged with breaching the Act by not registering Finedon Mill with the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). An HGCA levy is payable by all processors of UK cereals. A preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday, February 28 at Bristol magistrates court, in the case brought by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on behalf of the HGCA. The case was adjourned to April 3, and may then be transferred to a Crown Court. The defence argument is understood to centre on whether DEFRA has the right to prosecute on behalf of the HGCA.It is believed Finedon Mill Ltd is alleged to owe the HGCA a six-figure sum for around nine years unpaid levies. The company was set up in July 1993 but only started trading around 1996 or 1997. Annual levies would be around £20,000 a year from then. As a company, Finedon Mill Ltd has already been fined £750 plus £1,500 costs, after pleading guilty to failing to register with the HGCA, at a separate hearing at Bristol magistrates court on February 14. This sum has been added to the list of unsecured creditors’ debts, held by Finedon Mill’s administrators Baker Tilly. Recovering the unpaid levy is subject to a separate legal process.HGCA finance director Gordon Bennett told British Baker that this is a landmark case, adding a cereal processor’s failure to register with the HGCA is “a bit like not registering for VAT”.last_img read more

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Katerva Award Nomination

first_imgAgriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, but a growing population’s increasing demand for drinking water means farmers need to know how to grow more with less water.A nationwide team of researchers — including scientists, engineers and economists from University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, Cornell University, University of Maryland-Center for Environmental Science, Antir Software and Decagon Devices — is developing a new method to make agricultural water use much more efficient. Their work has attracted international attention, resulting in a nomination for a Katerva Award. Katerva promotes and recognizes collaborative approaches to solving global problems, and has recognized these researchers’ collaboration to develop hyper-efficient irrigation systems. The Smart Farm project was not chosen for the last round of the competition, but the researchers felt honored to have been one of just a few dozen projects nominated.The research and development team from UGA includes horticulture professors Marc van Iersel, Matthew Chappell, Paul Thomas and John Ruter; technician Sue Dove; and UGA doctoral students Mandy Bayer and Alem Peter. They have studied how to best use soil moisture sensors for irrigation control. On-farm testing at Evergreen Nursery in Statham, Ga., and McCorkle Nurseries in Dearing, Ga., has shown water savings of up to 83 percent, while saving labor and improving plant quality. “Being nominated for this award is a great honor and shows that our team has done outstanding and important work” says van Iersel. The team developed an economically viable system that uses remotely accessed soil and weather sensors to help farmers decide when and how much to irrigate their crops. The sensors relay information to a website that farmers can use to adjust their irrigation plans and schedules based on actual crop water needs, rather than timers or other less precise irrigation control methods. The group developed the precision irrigation concept with the help of a $5.1 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative, along with a $5.1 million in matching contributions from the collaborating institutions, companies and horticulture industry. Seed grants from the Horticultural Research Institute, American Floral Endowment and the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation helped pay for much of the early work. Their system is currently being tested in eight greenhouse and nursery operations in Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. While the initial trials are on a small scale, the system is designed to be scalable, so that growers can easily expand it. “By making the system scalable, growers can try it out in a small area,” said John Lea-Cox, a nursery industry research and Extension specialist with the University of Maryland “If they decide they like it, it will be easy to implement it on a much larger scale.” Decagon Devices partnered with the Smart Farm project to develop commercially available hardware and software systems to help the horticulture industry implement this new irrigation approach. According to the non-profit, “Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game entirely.” Katerva was founded as a British non-profit in 2010 to promote and recognize innovative ideas for solving global environmental and humanitarian issues. The international news organization Reuters has called the Katerva Awards “the Nobel Prizes of sustainability.” Those looking for more information about the Smart Farm project can visit www.smart-farms.net. For more information about the Katerva Awards, visit www.katerva.org.last_img read more

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The disconnect between adding new accounts and increasing revenue

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to Call Report data, between 2012 and 2015 the number of credit union checking accounts rose from 46,612,471 to 57,135,397 – an increase of 23 percent. This says a great deal about the level of trust and value consumers place in credit unions. However, this increase in checking accounts is actually masking a serious decline in fee income per account for many institutions. Overall, fee income only increased by six percent over the same time period, meaning that credit unions actually lost $1.70 per account per month in fee income; making the loss to the industry a staggering $1.168 billion. This number does not include the increased expense of servicing the new accounts.As the financial services industry continues to struggle with low interest rates, along with decreasing income-producing opportunities – such as the potential loss of interchange income – and the rising costs of technology and maintaining compliance, simply acquiring more member accounts doesn’t automatically translate into generating the revenue necessary to thrive. In fact, it can cost you in terms of staffing, data processing and facilities. continue reading »last_img read more

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Thaler discusses status of CHOICE Act, presses credit union action

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, in a new NAFCU Today video, discusses the current state of the House Financial Services Committee-passed Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), the regulatory relief efforts expected going forward and the need for credit unions to engage with lawmakers to build support.In the video, Thaler notes NAFCU’s support of the bill, which makes many changes to the Dodd-Frank Act and other financial regulations. Of great significance to the credit union industry, the CHOICE Act includes a NAFCU-backed provision that would repeal the Durbin interchange amendment.The bill also makes significant reforms to the CFPB – reshaping the bureau as the new Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and limiting its powers, including its authority to address unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP). The CHOICE Act also would provide credit unions regulatory relief in areas such as mortgage rules, examination reforms, and better tailoring and cost-benefit analyses of new regulations and capital rules.last_img read more

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Kelly will make city prosperous and green

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This November we choose a new mayor, and I’ll be voting for Meg Kelly. Her priorities, her vision for the city, and her commitment to making real progress on our most pressing issues have sealed my vote. As I listen to her speak and read her platform, it’s clear to me that she has thought deeply about real policy solutions to issues that matter most to Saratoga Springs residents.On the question of open spaces, she plans to build trails and bike paths that will draw tourists and revenue for local businesses, even as the city preserves our open spaces. On the question of housing, she understands that we need creative solutions and new partnerships to address affordability.On downtown development, she knows that we must be more than a city of parking garages, and champions smart planning for mixed-use developments that make our city walkable, functional and prosperous.Saratoga Springs is my home, and my future is here. This November, I’ll be voting for the candidate whose vision of that future is prosperous, inclusive and green. Vote with me, and let’s build the future together.Eddy AbrahamSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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Vale Indonesia increases revenue despite falling production

first_imgPublicly listed nickel producer PT Vale Indonesia has recorded higher revenue and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) last year as nickel prices went up in the second half of 2019.Despite booking a 5-percent year-on-year (yoy) decrease in nickel sales to 72,044 tons of nickel in matte last year, the company’s sales grew by 1 percent to US$782 million.“The increase nickel prices clearly had a positive impact on our financial performance, compensating for the lack of production in the first semester of 2019,” Vale Indonesia president director and CEO Nico Kanter said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Realized nickel prices in 2019 averaged US$10,855 per ton, 6 percent higher than in 2018, the company said in the statement.However, its cash and cash equivalent went down by $52.1 million to $249 million in 2019 as capital expenditure (capex) skyrocketed by 99 percent to $83.8 million.The Indonesian government has been compelling miners to build smelters and process raw materials domestically prior to exporting through a ban on nickel ore exports to support the downstream industry.Read also: Mining investment expected to reach five-year highDespite the lower cash, Vale Indonesia managed to lower its cost of revenue to $665.5 million, down 1 percent yoy from 2018’s $672.9 million. As a result, the subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale SA booked an 8-percent yoy increase in EBIT to $89.1 million.“Despite our lower production last year, we could still manage our costs carefully,” Nico said, adding that the company was optimistic that it could maintain the production rate this year while continuing to maintain cost efficiency.  Topics :last_img read more

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La Administración Wolf da a conocer el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” con recomendaciones y pasos a tomar para que el estado y los proveedores se informen sobre el trauma

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Como compañero de las medidas implementadas por el Gobernador Tom Wolf en múltiples organismos y de la iniciativa antiestigma, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters (Su salud mental importa), la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma (OAR, por sus siglas en inglés) presenta el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” para guiar al estado y a los proveedores de servicios en todo el estado sobre lo que significa estar informado sobre el trauma y centrado en la sanación en Pennsylvania.Este plan es producto de cuatro meses de trabajo de la OAR y del grupo de expertos avocado al plan Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma, formado en febrero. El grupo está compuesto por 25 expertos elegidos de comunidades urbanas, suburbanas y rurales de todo el estado y representan los campos de la psiquiatría, psicología, las fuerzas del orden público, el gobierno del condado, el clero, el trabajo social, el asesoramiento, la conciencia plena, el desarrollo comunitario, la educación, la recuperación de las víctimas de violencia sexual, la recuperación de las adicciones, los servicios de violencia doméstica, las soluciones al maltrato infantil, la enfermería, la salud pública, la medicina pediátrica, la reinserción social de expresidiarios y la filantropía.“Gracias a la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma y a los miembros del grupo de expertos por este plan innovador y vital sobre cómo estar informados sobre el trauma, algo con lo que muchos residentes de Pennsylvania no están familiarizados, pero ese puede ser un principio rector para nuestras iniciativas constantes para apoyar y proteger a los habitantes de Pennsylvania más vulnerables y a todas las personas en nuestro estado”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf.“Cuando me sumergí por primera vez en este trabajo en enero y comencé a conceptualizar el grupo de expertos y el proceso para desarrollar el plan, pensé que esta era la clave para convertirnos en un estado más próspero”, dijo Dan Jurman, Director Ejecutivo de OAR. “Pero con el golpe de la COVID-19, y posteriormente con las protestas por la violencia policial relacionadas con George Floyd, supimos que nuestro trabajo sería crucial para sanar a la población en medio de múltiples traumas y estrés crónico”.Sanar y prevenir el traumaEl plan se centra en seis áreas clave:1. Asegurar que la cultura del estado de Pennsylvania esté informada sobre el trauma a través de la capacitación universal2. Garantizar que todas las políticas y prácticas de los organismos estatales estén informadas sobre el trauma y más centradas en la prevención y la sanación3. Exigir que todas las entidades habilitadas y financiadas pasen a estar informadas sobre el trauma4. Construir y apoyar las medidas a nivel comunitario o basadas en la comunidad para que lleguen a estar informadas sobre el trauma en cada rincón del estado5. Reconocer y sanar los traumas de crisis importantes como la COVID-196. Prevenir y sanar traumas raciales, comunales e históricos, ya sean individuales o sistémicosDentro de estas seis áreas hay 43 recomendaciones que se promulgarán a partir de este año. Esas recomendaciones van desde la construcción de una red de Pennsylvania en la plataforma de Internet de Conexiones de experiencias adversas en la niñez (ACE, por sus siglas en inglés) para conectar todos los movimientos comunitarios centrados en las ACE y en el trauma, hasta la reforma de las regulaciones y las políticas que pueden retraumatizar a los niños y a las familias que reciben servicios del estado.Próximos pasos“Nuestro grupo de expertos incluyó expertos y profesionales que han estado trabajando para estos fines durante años”, agregó Jurman. “En especial, queremos agradecer al Procurador General Josh Shapiro y a su oficina por su trabajo para hacer de Pennsylvania un estado informado sobre el trauma y por sus contribuciones a nuestras recomendaciones sobre la aplicación de la ley”.Si bien se ha agradecido al grupo de expertos por su trabajo y se lo ha disuelto, sus miembros han sido invitados a unirse a representantes de organismo estatales para formar un nuevo equipo de liderazgo de Pennsylvania informado por el trauma, que guiará a los equipos de acción cuya tarea es priorizar las recomendaciones, definir objetivos a corto y largo plazo y asignar rendiciones de cuentas para hacer realidad las recomendaciones. Además de los 25 miembros del grupo de expertos, también se ha invitado a otros 70 expertos en trauma de todo el estado para que se unan a estos equipos de acción. También se espera que todos estos equipos continúen avanzando para asegurar que Pennsylvania no solo se mantenga al día con las últimas ciencias y tendencias en la sanación y prevención de traumas y experiencias adversas en la niñez, sino que comience a marcar el nivel para la nación.“La ciencia del cerebro nos muestra que el trauma no tratado tiene efectos negativos y costosos no solo en la salud física y mental de una persona, sino también en su capacidad de aprender, mantener relaciones saludables y alcanzar su máximo potencial”, dijo Jurman. “Desde la atención de la salud hasta el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, desde las fuerzas del orden público hasta los servicios humanos y el desarrollo comunitario y económico, si realmente queremos prosperar como estado, entonces tenemos que sanar lo que está en el centro de nuestros desafíos y no solo tratar los síntomas, responder a la crisis interminable y encarcelar. Las personas heridas hieren a otras personas, y si consideramos que el 38% de todos los residentes de residentes de Pennsylvania han sufrido abuso infantil, hay muchas heridas por ahí. Es hora de romper el ciclo colocando a las personas en el camino hacia la verdadera sanación”.Vea el plan completo de “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma”, que incluye fotos, ubicaciones y afiliaciones de miembros del grupo de expertos.View this information in English. La Administración Wolf da a conocer el plan “Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma” con recomendaciones y pasos a tomar para que el estado y los proveedores se informen sobre el trauma July 27, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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