Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania Violence Data Dashboard

first_img August 03, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Health has launched a violence data dashboard to collect data on the scope, frequency, geography and populations affected by violence in Pennsylvania. The creation of the dashboard was a mandate in the governor’s 2019 Executive Order to Reduce Gun Violence.“The executive order I signed last year included tangible actions to reduce gun violence in our commonwealth and this dashboard is one that under the leadership of the Department of Health will work collaboratively across multiple agencies to collect data we need to determine the scope, location and factors that contribute to gun violence in our state,” Gov. Wolf said. I encourage every Pennsylvanian to view the dashboard for information that can inform policies and initiatives in their own communities.”The governor’s executive order set forth to establish a Violence Data Dashboard that will collect and provide data on the scope, frequency, locations, and populations affected by violence, including data on the number of victims of gun violence, rates at which gun violence occurs in locations, and contributory factors. The Department of Health will coordinate with and collect data from the Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania State Police, PCCD, and other commonwealth entities to populate the dashboard.“Violence is a significant public health issue that affects many people each and every year,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This dashboard will assist in providing information on the scope of violence in Pennsylvania, and the populations affected by it. Working alongside a number of state agencies, we are committed to taking steps to reduce the impact violence has on an individual’s health and way of life.”Gun violence in the United States and within the commonwealth has resulted in the tragic loss of human life, with more than 1,600 individuals losing their life to a firearm death in Pennsylvania in 2018.The violence data dashboard includes data looking at death cause and hospital discharge summary statistics. Hospital discharge data is from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). Data is also available by gender, race/ethnicity, age group and geography.For more information on violence from a public health perspective, visit www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania Violence Data Dashboardcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Councillor slams people “dumping sh*te anywhere they want”

first_imgIndependent Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has slammed the illegal dumping of waste at a recycling site in Gaoth Dobhair.Disgusted by the illegal dumping, he asks “why do people think they have a right just to dump their sh*te anywhere they want?”People have been blaming holiday makers for the rubbish over the Bank Holiday weekend, however Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig tells Donegal Daily that responsibility must be taken for the fact that even during off-peak seasons, illegal dumping also occurs. “There’s scrap thrown over our bogs and hills as well, there is a social responsibility to clean up.“When notified, Donegal County Council do move very fast to clean it.”“We all have a responsibility to clean up – it’s up to everyone and not just the State or the Council.”A wider debate to be probed is the privatisation of waste management, which when coupled with poverty, inflames the issue of illegal dumping. “Austerity and poverty are a huge part of this. If you’re on a tight income and are faced with being charged over €10 for a bin tag or putting food on the table, you have to make decisions.“With a good tax system, the bin services should be paid via Donegal County Council.”It has also been argued that Donegal County Council should provide plastic, cardboard, and paper banks as well as glass and bottle banks in order to encourage people to recycle.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig explains that he has been pushing for a reform in waste management for the past number of years.“Donegal County Council needs to look at other waste management models across the country and they need to invest more into it.” Moreover, he says that manufacturers also have a responsibility to reduce packaging.“Packaging is over produced to make products attractive and glossy, but responsibility has to be taken for the amount of litter it produces.”One of the most wasteful products in terms of packaging is milk, says Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig, due to the amount of plastic used to manufacture the containers.“We could think outside the box when it comes to this. We could bring our own bottle to the shop and fill up whatever we need, like vegetables where we only buy exactly what we’ll use. “There are possible and easy steps to reduce plastic production.”Donegal County Council is the first port of call for complaints from members of the public regarding littering and illegal dumping of waste through the Council’s Call Centre on 074 91 53900.Outside of Council office hours, or to complain directly to the EPA confidentially you can call the 24/7 Dump the Dumper Hotline on 1850 365 121.Councillor slams people “dumping sh*te anywhere they want” was last modified: August 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GOATH DOBHAIRillegal dumpinglast_img read more