PS calls for drug abuse campaign targeted at teens

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With statistics showing that more teens are abusing drugs, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jean Dixon, says that a wide ranging public education campaign, targeting the age group, must be undertaken to increase awareness on the ills of drug abuse.“I foresee an anti-drug campaign that targets parents, teens and the society at large that is open and frank about the (harms) of drug usage,” she said in a statement delivered by Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Dr. Maureen Irons Morgan, at a Drug Awareness Month workshop today (November 4) at the Terra Nova hotel in St. Andrew.Dr. Dixon informed that research showed that the number of youths experimenting with drugs is increasing at a significant rate and that they are starting at an even earlier stage in life.Statistics from the Jamaica National School Survey (2006) showed that of the youth population ages 11 to 17, over 70 per cent have used alcohol, 27 per cent have used tobacco, 24 per cent have used marijuana, and 3.1 per cent have used cocaine or crack.Executive Director, Drug Abuse Secretariat, Michael Tucker (left), is in discussion with Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Maureen Irons Morgan; Deputy Chairman of the National Council on Drug Abuse, Steve Ashley (2nd right); and Disease Prevention and Control Advisor, Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation, Dr. Jean Marie Rwangabwoba. Occasion was the Drug Awareness Month workshop at the Terra Nova hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (Nov. 4).“This is worrying, considering the devastating impact it can have on their performance at school, such as missing classes, becoming violent towards fellow peers and teachers and becoming a school dropout,” the Permanent Secretary lamented.She said the implementation of a public education campaign is therefore critical as information can serve as a powerful tool for behaviour change. “In an age of technology that is being fully utilised by youths, especially the Internet, we must seize this opportunity to target teens and tailor prevention messages that will have a huge impact,” Dr. Dixon stated.She noted also that ways must be found to “harness the intensive influence that people have on each other through social networks and social media, which is a relatively cheap and effective tool for promoting public health.”She said that youth participation in the development of evidenced-based prevention programmes is a “very important strategy as they have thoughts, ideas and the creativity that can be used effectively to achieve the desired results.”Even while focus is placed on teens, Dr. Dixon said drug abuse is a real concern for all Jamaica, as data indicates that approximately 187,000 persons have drug-related problems.She said the health sector spends on average close to $2 billion on trauma-related injuries, which included injuries as a result of drug use, and gang-related violence that is associated with the drug trade.Dr. Dixon said she strongly believes that through local, regional and international collaboration, the Ministry of Health will be able to bring drug abuse under effective control.She called on private and public sector agencies to support the Ministry’s drug awareness efforts, “so that our work will not be in vain, but will be a beacon of hope to further our endeavours to achieve our targets.”“While the government can implement a national strategy, we cannot deliver everything and so we need the input from other organisations to help drive the process,” she stated.Drug Awareness Month is being observed in November under the theme: ‘Stop and Think.Drugs not the Link’. Thursday’s workshop was organised by the National Council on Drug Abuse in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and focused on policy review, epidemiology and standards of care. RelatedPS calls for drug abuse campaign targeted at teens RelatedPS calls for drug abuse campaign targeted at teens PS calls for drug abuse campaign targeted at teens Health & WellnessNovember 5, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedPS calls for drug abuse campaign targeted at teenslast_img read more

Flying Stars win Unity Cup

first_imgAFTER weeks of intense softball action, Flying Stars were crowned winners of the Unity Cup when the tournament concluded on Sunday at the Uitvlugt Centre ground.Flying Stars defeated Farm X1 by five runs after the final was reduced to five-overs a side due to the inclement weather.Batting first, Flying Stars reached 36-8, with Martin Singh contributing a top-score of 15. In reply, the Farm X1 batsmen panicked from the start and fell short of the target by five runs. They eventually reached 31-8.In the female final, Queen of the Boundary scored 29-1, beating All Stars who scored 18-3, by 11 runs.In the Male Open semi-finals, Farm X1 defeated Omesh X1, while Flying Stars beat Cane Grove.The one-ball winners were Romel D’Aguar, Khaled Mohammed and Chavez AgedayThe most consistent batsman was Sachin Jagnarine (Cane Grove), while the award for most wickets went to Narine Shaw of Crossbreed.The tournament, which was organised by the Guyana Softball League, attracted some 79 teams and lasted just over one month. The goal of the tournament was to resuscitate the sport in various areas. To some extent this was achieved.last_img read more

County Football Championship results

first_imgCounty Senior Football ChampionshipGroup 1Arravale Rovers 2-8    Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun 1-11Group 2JK Brackens 2-8         Ardfinnan 0-9 County Intermediate Football Championship Group 1Golden-Kilfeacle 3-13  Loughmore-Castleiney 1-10Group 2Cashel King Cormacs 1-12  Borrisokane 2-6last_img

IMCA Modifieds race for big checks during I-30’s Ed Jordan Memorial Weekend

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A pair of 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events fill the card for I-30 Speedway’s Ed Jordan Memorial Weekend.The Friday, July 21 Preliminary feature for IMCA Modifieds pays $1,500 to win and a minimum of $150 to start while the Saturday, July 22 Ed Jordan Memorial pays $2,500 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be given both nights.If paid by July 19, the $125 entry fee for the weekend includes the driver’s pit pass for both nights.Grandstand admission for adults is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Kids ages 6-12 get in for a buck when accompanying a paid adult and youngsters five and under are free both nights.Pit passes are $25.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. both nights. Wheel packing is at approximately 6:40 p.m. with the drivers’ meeting and racing to follow.More information is available by calling promoter Tracey Clay at 501 455-4567 or by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Illicit Drugs Caught in River Gee

first_imgThe River Gee Detachment of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested a woman with a huge quantity of chemical substances mixed with glucose used in the preparation of precursor used to mix illegal drugs. It is one of the substances involved in the production stages of toxic chemicals, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.River Gee DEA Detachment Commander, William Martins, identified the suspect as Satta Walker, a notorious drug importer.The suspect is said to have been trading in harmful drugs in the county over the years.DEA Director-General, Anthony K. Souh, confirmed to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday that his agents are deployed all over the country. Director Souh, however called for the implementation of the drug law to help curb the proliferation of various harmful substances including cocaine and heroin in the country. He said if those caught in possession of dangerous drugs are not prosecuted, the country will lose many of its youthful population to drug addiction.The DEA County Commander for River Gee put the street value of the 400kg drug at L$200,000. The drug was tested in the presence of the peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Team in River Gee.Major Martins pointed out that Satta was arrested in Joquiken, a gold mining area where the use of narcotic drugs is widespread.Meanwhile she has been charged with illegal possession of unlicensed manufactured controlled drugs or substances under the country’s new drugs law that was approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on October 11, 2014.The suspect Walker has been sent to the Fishtown Magisterial Court for trial.Since the destruction of a huge quantity of drugs on June 26, during celebration of International Drug Day in the county, this is the first major arrest of drugs the DEA Office has made in River Gee County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cameron Davis wins Australian Open golf

first_img0Shares0000Davis tees off during the final round of the Australian Open © AFP / William WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Nov 26 – Australia’s Cameron Davis shot a brilliant final round of seven-under-par 64 to win the 102nd Australian Open after a wild finish to the tournament Sunday.Regarded as one of Australia’s most promising young players, the 22-year-old charged home to beat his more experienced rivals and capture his first professional title. With the blustery conditions testing the nerves and skill of all the players, Davis birdied the last hole to finish at 11-under-par and win by one stroke from Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and compatriot Matt Jones, the 2015 champion.Cameron Smith, the only Australian to win on the PGA Tour this year, finished fourth at nine-under after closing with a 68, while overnight leader Jason Day faded to fifth at eight-under after shooting a 73.“It’s obviously a little bit disappointing to come out and not finish it, but I’ve just got to kind of look back on it and see what I need to do for next time,” Day said.“You can’t be perfect all the time. I played three terrific rounds actually, the first three rounds, and I just didn’t put it together on Sunday.”In a thrilling final round which saw four different players hold the lead at various stages, Davis timed his run to perfection to claim victory.Day led from the outset but slipped back down the leaderboard when he hit his second shot from a fairway bunker on the ninth hole into the water for a double bogey.Day’s playing partner Lucas Herbert briefly took over as leader but made three bogeys and a double in his last 10 holes to fall out of contention and eventually finish tied for sixth.Blixt recovered from a double bogey on the ninth to reel off four birdies in five holes and join Davis in a share of the lead, but missed a 15-foot putt on the last to force a playoff.“I haven’t been in this position (for a while), so it was kind of fun being in it,” Blixt said.“I felt really comfortable the last four holes and tried to make a run at it and it didn’t happen.”While his rivals all struggled in the wind, Davis made six birdies in his final round and a spectacular eagle-2 on the 12th, when he found the hole from the middle of the fairway.Davis, the 2015 Australian Amateur champion, turned professional after helping his country win the Eisenhower Trophy last year. But he has been struggling to make his mark while playing on the Canadian PGA Tour.Best known as one of the few ambidextrous players in golf, Davis joined the honour roll of champions to get their name engraved on the Stonehaven Cup for winning the Australian Open, one of the world’s oldest tournaments.He also earned himself a place in his first major, at next year’s British Open.Defending Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth eagled his final hole to end a disappointing week on a high and finish eighth at six under.“It was a great finish, it was nice,” Spieth said.“I found a nice trigger and I was getting through my putts a lot better than I was at the beginning of the week. And had that happened the whole week, I would definitely have been in contention.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Instagram expands shoppable organic posts to 8 more countries

first_imgLast year, Instagram launched shoppable organic posts for businesses in the US, giving brands the ability to add e-commerce links within their Instagram organic posts. Users can purchase without leaving the app.Today, the Facebook-owned photo and video app is expanding its shoppable experience for brands to eight more countries: the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Spain.“With easy access to pricing and product details, shoppers can tap on a tagged post within their feeds or through the shop button on a business’s profile to take the next steps to learn more,” says Instagram.According to the company, about half of its daily active users in the US follow a shopping business account, and more than 200 million users visit one or more Instagram business profiles daily. Lulus, one of the brands that participated in the shoppable posts beta, says it has seen “tremendous” value and growth since testing began.“Since launch, shopping on Instagram can be directly attributed to over 1,200 orders and over 100,000 sessions,” says Lulus Vice President of Marketing Noelle Sandler. A marketing manager for the hair product company TYME says website traffic from Instagram has increased 44 percent since using the shoppable organic posts.Businesses can make their organic posts shoppable by tagging a product in the app in the same fashion as tagging a person in a photo.From our sponsors: Instagram expands shoppable organic posts to 8 more countries HomeDigital MarketingInstagram expands shoppable organic posts to 8 more countries Instagram expands shoppable organic posts to 8 more countriesYou are here: Posted on 20th March 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Machine Learning Becomes Mainstream: How to Increase Your Competitive Advantage

first_imgFirst there was big data – extremely large data sets that made it possible to use data analytics to reveal patterns and trends, allowing businesses to improve customer relations and production efficiency. Then came fast data analytics – the application of big data analytics in real-time to help solve issues with customer relations, security, and other challenges before they became problems. Now, with machine learning, the concepts of big data and fast data analytics can be used in combination with artificial intelligence (AI)Opens in a new window to avoid these problems and challenges in the first place.So what is machine learning, and how can it help your business? Machine learning is a subset of AI that lets computers “learn” without explicitly being programmed. Through machine learning, computers can develop the ability to learn through experience and search through data sets to detect patterns and trends. Instead of extracting that information for human comprehension and application, it will use it to adjust its own program actions.So what does that mean for your business? Machine learning can be used across industries, including but not limited to healthcare, automotive, financial services, cloud service providers, and more. With machine learning, professionals and businesses in these industries can get improved performance in a number of areas, including:Image classification and detectionFraud detectionFacial detection/recognitionImage recognition/taggingBig data pattern detectionNetwork intrusion detectionTargeted adsGamingCheck processingComputer server monitoringIn their raw data, large and small data sets hide numerous patterns and insights. Machine learning gives businesses, organizations, and institutions the ability to discover trends and patterns faster than ever before. Practical applications include:Genome mappingEnhanced automobile safetyOil reserves explorationIntel has worked relentlessly to develop libraries and reference architectures that not only enable machine learning but allow it to truly take flight and give businesses and organizations the competitive edge they need to succeed. In fact, according to a recent study by Bain[1], companies that use machine learning and analytics are:Twice as likely to make data-driven decisionsFive times as likely to make decisions faster than competitorsThree times as likely to have faster execution on those decisionsTwice as likely to have top-quartile financial resultsMachine learning is giving businesses competitive advantages.In other words, predictive data analytics and machine learning are becoming necessities for businesses that wish to succeed in today’s market. The right machine learning strategy can put your business ahead of the competition, reduce your TCO, and give you the edge your business needs to succeed.Background on Predictive Analytics and Machine LearningYou already know that machine learning is essentially a form of data analytics, but where did it come from and how has it evolved to become what it is today? In the past couple of decades, we have seen a rapid expansion and evolution of information technology. In 1995, data storage cost around $1000/GB; by 2014 that cost had plummeted to $0.03/GB . With access to larger and larger data sets, data scientists have made major advances in neural networks, which have led to better accuracy in modeling and analytics.As we mentioned earlier, the combination of data and analytics opens up unique opportunities for businesses. Now that machine learning is entering the mainstream, the next step along the path is predictive analytics, which goes above and beyond previous analytics capabilities.The Path to Predictive AnalyticsMachine learning is a part of predictive analytics, and it is made up of deep learning and statistical/other machine learning. For deep learning, algorithms are applied that allow for multiple layers of learning more and more complex representations of data. For statistical/other machine learning, statistical algorithms and algorithms based on other techniques are applied to help machines estimate functions from learned examples.With predictive analytics, companies can see more than just “what happened” or “what will happen in the future.”Essentially, machine learning allows computers to train by building a mathematical model based on one or more data sets. Then those computers are scored when they may make predictions based on the available data. So when should you apply machine learning?There are a number of times when applying machine learning can give you a competitive advantage. Some prominent examples include:When there is no available human expertise on a subject. Recent navigation to Pluto relied on machine learning, as there was no human expertise on this course.When humans cannot explain their abilities or expertise. How do you recognize someone’s voice? Speech recognition is a deep-seated skill, but there are so many factors in play that you cannot say why or how you recognize someone’s voice.When solutions change over time. Early in a rush-hour commute, the drive is clear. An hour later, there’s a wreck, the freeway comes to a standstill, and side streets become more congested as well. The best route to getting to work on time changes by the minute.When solutions vary from one case to another. Every medical case is different. Patients have allergies to medications, multiple symptoms, family histories of certain diseases, etc. Solutions must be found on an individual basis.These are just a few of the uses that you’ll find across industries and institutions for machine learning. Not only is the demand for machine learning growing, though, but there is now an evolving ecosystem of software dedicated to furthering machine learning and giving businesses and organizations the benefits of instantaneous, predictive analytics.An evolving ecosystem of machine learning software*In this ecosystem, Intel is the most widely deployed platform for the purposes of machine learning. Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ CPUs provide the most competitive and cost efficient performance for most machine learningOpens in a new window frameworks.Challenges to Adoption of Machine LearningThere are a few barriers to adoption of machine learning that businesses need to overcome to take advantage of predictive analytics. These include: Understanding how much data is necessary. Adapting and using current data sets.Hiring data scientists to create the best machine learning strategy for your business.Understanding potential needs for new infrastructure vs. using your existing infrastructure.With the right machine learning strategy, the barriers to adoption are actually fairly low. And, when you consider the reduced TCO and increased efficiency throughout your business, you can see how the transition can pay for itself in very little time. As well, Intel is dedicated to establishing a developer and data science community to exchange thought leadership ideas across disciplines of advanced analytics. Through these articles and information exchanges, we hope to further help businesses and organizations understand the power of predictive analytics and machine learning”.What is your opinion and how do you apply data analytics and machine learning? Let us know what you think!Co-written by Ronald van LoonOpens in a new window , Director of Advertisement[1] http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/big_data_the_organizational_challenge.aspx[2] http://www.mkomo.com/cost-per-gigabyte-updatelast_img read more

Pele’s son sacked as coach of Brazilian club

first_imgOne of the sons of football legend Pele has been sacked as coach of Brazilian second tier club Mogi Mirim after just four matches in charge.Edinho, 44, was told the news by Mogi Mirim president and Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo on Sunday, just hours after the club’s 0-0 draw with Oeste, reports Xinhua.”Unfortunately, professional football is about results,” Rivaldo said in a statement.”Edinho showed qualities in his day-to-day work but the team hasn’t performed as we’d hoped. I believe it’s necessary to make the change now so that we don’t regret anything later.”Edinho led Mogi Mirim to two draws and two losses. The club is currently second last in Brazil’s 20-team Serie B standings.Before accepting the Mogi Mirim job, Edinho was an assistant coach for Santos, where his father scored 1,091 goals from 1,116 matches from 1956 to 1974.last_img read more

ATA ANNOUNCE NEW APPOINTMENTS

first_imgThe ATA has identified the need for an expansion in it’s high performance program with the role of National Coaching Director now focusing on development of the sport at grass roots level. A specific High Performance position has been created as well as a role to service local level. As a result of this, the ATA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Stanley as National Performance Analyst and Dennis Coffey as National Coaching Director. The position of National Performance Analyst comes from a review of the ATA’s High Performance programs through events such as the World Cup, Youth World Cup and also discussion with the national coaches. Ian Stanley’s primary role will be to assist in the improvement of the performance of national level players and coaches in Touch and to assist in developing and implementing ATA’s high performance strategies and programs. He will also provide leadership for players and coaches within the national teams regarding opportunities, performance improvement and strategy. The National Coaching Director role stays with the ATA’s Board of Directors desire to increase assistance to the grass roots level coaches. The major focus for Dennis Coffey in this role will be to assist in the growth of the sport. This will include updating and reviewing coaching policies, coaching resources and park level education. He will also be involved with training and dealing with coaches beginning their careers at a community level. Dennis is keen to hear your views on community coaches issues so please feel free to voice your opinions to Dennis through the ATA, by emailing [email protected] The ATA are confident that these appointments will have a positive effect on Touch and the Australian Touch Association. “Both positions will be enormously beneficial to coaches and players of Touch in Australia,” said ATA’s National Game Development Manager, Peter Topp. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more