USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017

first_img View post tag: Northern Edge Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017 Authorities USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017 The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) arrived in Homer, Alaska, April 29 for a scheduled port visit prior to their participation in Exercise Northern Edge 2017.Northern Edge is a biennial training exercise conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which includes the area within the Gulf of Alaska, as well as land and airspace within the state.Northern Edge includes participation from several commands, including Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, U.S. Army Pacific, and others.The exercise is planned to involve approximately 200 aircraft at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, along with Hopper, USS O’Kane (DDG 77), and USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200).USS Decatur (DDG 73) was the last ship to visit Homer in June 2011, while O’Kane visited in June 2006 and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in July 2004.Alaskans have objected to this exercise because of the impact the drills could have on the ecosystems. Alaskans fear that sonars used by the Navy during exercises might endanger the region’s commercially viable species of fish.The U.S. Navy did not comment on the ecological impact of the exercise but mentioned that during the 2015 edition of the drill, approximately $13 million was brought into the state of Alaska due to the additional military personnel, support contracts, and port visits.Hopper is a multi-mission surface combatant, capable of anti-air, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare missions. It can operate independently or in support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups. Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Hopper May 1, 2017last_img read more

Wolf Administration Approves Luzerne County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Production

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 31, 2017 Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Standard Farms, LLC in White Haven, Luzerne County, to grow and process medical marijuana, keeping the program on track to deliver medical marijuana to patients next year.“Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is one step closer to becoming fully operational,” Governor Wolf said. “We remain on track to provide medical marijuana safely and effectively to Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions sometime in 2018. In the coming weeks, the Department of Health expects the rest of the grower/processors to be approved to begin production.”In order to become operational, Standard Farms underwent several inspections from the Department of Health. The facilities also are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. The grower/processors will now be able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.“We are working with patients, caregivers and physicians to make sure they are ready to participate in the program,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Patients are our first priority, and we want to get medication to them as safely and efficiently as possible.”The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 300 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries physicians and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Approved three training providers for physician continuing education;Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients; andContinue to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational within six months.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to [email protected] Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img Wolf Administration Approves Luzerne County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Productionlast_img read more