CSJPS Substance Misuse Treatment Programme aims to address crime in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 7, 2017 – Kingston – Crime prevention is a key factor driving the implementation of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s (CSJP) III Specialised Substance Misuse Treatment Programme, which involves collaboration with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).Under the partnership, persons flagged for drug use through the CSJP’s Community Case Management programme are referred to the NCDA for a special treatment course before they transition into the vocational- or job-training features of the CSJP.Communications/Social Media Coordinator, Patrice Nephew, addressing a recent JIS Think Tank said the initiative leads to improvements not just on an individual level but also contributes to cohesiveness in the family structure as well as the wider community.She said self-efficacy, self-actualisation and a greater sense of well-being achieved by individuals due to reduced or no drug use after completing the treatment programme, leads to more peaceful communities.“Once there is that productivity and they are ready for the workforce, we will see more legal commercial activity taking place, and we will see persons who are rising above their circumstances and being able to provide for their families and to help inspire other members of the community. It’s a multiplier effect,” she noted.Mrs. Nephew said the programme, the first tranche of which has been successfully implemented, also teaches appropriate social skills, enabling persons to more amicably resolve conflicts, thereby reducing the likelihood of violence.“We see where social capital is built and all of those positive social gains are actualized.   These are skills that our youth would be equipped with once they have gone through the programme,” she said.Social Worker with CSJP Western, Desmond Stewart, further noted that with improved employment or educational prospects from eliminating drug use, individuals will be gainfully occupied, and, as such, have less opportunity to be involved in criminal activity.“When they overcome the substance addiction and become gainfully employed or get involved in skills training, this reduces the amount of idle time they have. When occupied with positive things, that, in itself, will lead to a reduction in crime,” he pointed out.The CSJP’s strategic objectives are embedded in the wider Ministry of National Security five-pillar strategy, specifically that which speaks to achieving crime reduction through social development.Mrs. Nephew, meanwhile, said the results of the partnership, which started in July 2016, have been very encouraging, and gave commendations to the NCDA for its expertise and use of creative means to reach the youth.The CSJP referred more than 150 individuals to the NCDA, which conducted 541 individual sessions and 80 group sessions and workshops.Workshops were also done in communities and schools to sensitize adults and children about marijuana use and to train community volunteers to identify symptoms and persons in need of referral.Release: JISlast_img read more

Trade And Economic Tensions Loom Over G7 Summ

first_img Ludovic Marin Trade And Economic Tensions Loom Over G-7 Summit In France by NPR News Shannon Van Sant 8.24.19 2:58pm President Trump arrived in France for the annual Group of Seven summit, with the flagging global economy and ongoing trade war with China framing his visit, and the meeting potentially further exposing deep rifts between the U.S. and other countries over trade and climate change. Just before leaving Washington, D.C., on Friday, Trump increased tariffs on Chinese imports and threatened to force all American companies to leave China. Upon arriving in Biarritz early Saturday, Trump said via Twitter that he had the authority to do so. Trump cited the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, writing, “For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!” Trump has previously threatened to invoke the same act to impose tariffs on Mexican goods.The increasing trade tensions with China loom over Trump’s visit to France, where he will meet with leaders of the world’s major economies. The G-7 comprises the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. On Friday, before leaving for France, Trump also threatened to impose levies on French wine. The threat was in response to a French proposal to tax U.S. technology companies. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said, “Frankly I don’t want France going out and taxing our companies … And if they do that … we’ll be taxing their wine like they’ve never seen before.”On Saturday, Trump had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron who said the two would discuss “a lot of crisis.” Top of the agenda would be the “economic global situation,” Macron said, and how to “decrease tensions and fix the situation in terms of trade.”Macron said that the two also would talk about Libya, Syria, Ukraine, North Korea and Iran and that climate change would be another “hot topic” on the table. Trump said he anticipated the lunch would go well. “We actually have a lot in common, Emmanuel and I. We’ve been friends for a long time. And every once in a while, we go at it just a little bit — not very much. But we get along very well,” Trump said. After the lunch Trump tweeted, misspelling Macron’s name and including a link to a parody Twitter account for Macron, “Just had lunch with French President @EmanuelMacrone. Many good things are happening for both of our countries. Big weekend with other world leaders!” The tweet was later corrected with the link to Macron’s official Twitter account. Upon arriving in France, Trump said the Group of Seven would accomplish a lot this weekend, but what he calls the U.S. “spat” with China may dominate his meetings. Global markets tumbled Friday after Trump’s tweets about new tariffs on Chinese goods. On Saturday night, Trump will attend a dinner for leaders at a lighthouse overlooking Biarritz. Formal talks are set to begin Sunday morning.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Engaging space and material

first_imgThe show is a discourse between the  artistes spanning two different generations and their unique way of engaging with space and material, unbound by conventional art practice or the preconceived language of academic expression. Kolleri’s works in copper wire weave together, lost and found objects with a history and archaeology, being assembled in a new time and space to have a different contextual meaning and value. Puneet on the other hand, weaves in different materials to create an autobiographical work – personal, viscera and stirring. Meshing together materials unconventionally, they create a new value to the final product and it is one of the main preoccupations of both the artistes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They share a passion for the material they engage with and rejoice in the process of creation, allowing the material to master them and in the process procreate a form that is abstracted from the materials themselves. This new character of the work is the artistes’ intense involvement in the process of creation.The shape that things will take is at once, abstract and primordial. As Valsan puts it ‘Knowing is in action’. For both artistes, Puneet in his act of blending, sewing and amalgamating different materials and Valsan, in his process of weaving in and out of spaces and wires, the process of manual creation becomes the aim and the resultant artwork, only a consequence. Kolleri has participated in solo and group shows and lectured throughout India, Europe and the United States.Kaushik, who lives in New Delhi has conducted a wide variety of art workshops in India, Paris, California, Singapore, Dubai, Japan and the most recent one being at Stuttgart, Germany .When: 22August -30 September Where: Gallery Espace, 16, Community Center, New Friends Colonylast_img read more

Of war unsung heroes

first_imgCommemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, American Centre in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organising a two-day Civil War  Film Festival, commencing on June 5. Five films (docu-fiction) that tells the stories of civil war will be screened during this festival. The opening day of the festival will screen two films – Glory and Lincoln. Glory starring  Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwe  is about the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both its own Union army and the Confederate.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The next film to be screened is  Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis that showcases America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. The second day of the festival will show films like Gettysburg by Ronald F Maxwell and The Red Badge of Courage. Gettysburg shares experiences of the war drama, which depicts one of the biggest events of the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film, which showcases the truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane’s novel about a Civil War Union soldier, who struggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. The closing film of the festival is an epic war drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella called Cold Mountain. The theme of the festival is the war between the States, also known as Civil War. By the time it ended with Confederate surrender in 1865, the Civil War proved to be the costliest war ever fought on American soil. The different films to be screened at the festival will help the audience understand the history from different perspectives of film makers.  Discussions on Civil war history will follow the screenings where themes highlighted in the film will be talked about. A quiz on the civil war will also be organised based on the films screened for the audience to win exciting prizes sponsored by the American Centre. Entry to the festival is free.When: June 5 – 6     Where: The Amercan Centrelast_img read more

Face Your Fears New Video Game Offers HeartPounding Experience Literally

first_img Register Now » 3 min read “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous line would be an appropriate tagline for a video game called Nevermind. Invented by entrepreneur Erin Reynolds, players attach heart monitors and their experience changes depending on the player’s level of anxiety.The game is an adventure-horror game where the player has to enter the subconscious minds of psychiatric patients at a fictitious “Neurostalgia Institute” to help them uncover their darkest secrets. The secrets of these haunted patients, though, will attempt to “corrupt and destroy” the player.The bio-feedback component of the game is that if the player’s heart rate increases — measured by the monitor strapped to chest of the player — the game becomes harder. If the player stays calm, and therefore the heart rate stays low, the game becomes more manageable.“The game knows when you are scared, when you get stressed,” says Reynolds, in a video where she explains her visions and creative direction. “The game is going to react dynamically to how you are feeling internally. You need to learn how to calm down to make the game easier, otherwise it is going to be really difficult to through.”Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video GamesRenyolds says her goal with the game, aside from entertaining, is to teach people stress-management techniques. She created the initial version of the game for her thesis project at the University of Southern California’s Interactive Media Program in 2012.Nevermind has raised over $50,000 from more than 1,100 backers with its Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $250,000. With the end date of March 7, she has a ways to go. The current prototype can only be played on PCs, but the game will be expanded to Macs, according to the Kickstarter campaign.This is not Renyolds’s first video-game rodeo. She and her colleagues from USC were recognized by Michelle Obama’s program “Apps for Healthy Kids” for their video game called Trainer, one that motivates kids to move around and exercise. In the game, kids have to take care of creatures with specific food and health needs. When a creature needs to do a particular physical activity to keep healthy, the player has to perform that same activity. Kids have to work out to play the game.Related: Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell on Gaming and Business Growth (Video)Reynolds’ philosophy about gaming, as evidence in both Trainer and NeverMind, is that video games can be a tool for personal development and improvement beyond the screen.“The game knows more about you than you know about yourself. That not only makes a better game play experience, but also helps you become a better person so that you can grow from it,” said Reynolds about NeverMind. “You can learn about yourself and become stronger, while also having a really great time.”    Want to see the Reynolds’s full description of Nevermind? Check out the video below.Related: Transforming the Video Game World Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img February 17, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

SHANNON McDonnell made a great start to his Saints

first_imgSHANNON McDonnell made a great start to his Saints career on Friday when he bagged a brace in the 40-16 win over Wakefield Wildcats.The 27-year-old pulled on the Red Vee for the first time in the victory and is keen for more.“It’s good to be back as it has been a long year,” he said. “I played at Rochdale and really enjoyed that. It meant I was more comfortable coming into the game and it paid off.“I knew the atmosphere would be great as I’ve played here before. The fans are passionate and the boys have made it easy for me to come here and do what I have to do. I couldn’t ask for anything more.“I have been around for a while at fullback so I wasn’t really under any pressure. In fact it was easier wih the style of football we play to fit in. Playing off the back of the halves we have here has made it easier too.”Shannon scored two tries in the match and whilst he was pleased to get over the line, he was quick to praise his teammates.“The first one was fluky I suppose!” he continued. “There was a kick, I chased it and at times like that you hope for the best, put yourself in right place and right time and hope one comes off. I put my head down, kept the legs going and it came off in front of the fans.“The second one – there was a great lead up from the boys and I was lucky enough to get on the back of it.“Of course I’m hoping for more. I’m just training hard and hoping for the best. I just want to contribute to the great year Saints are having in any way I can.“Long term I’d love to pull on the Red Vee here. I’ve not spoken about next year yet. Hopefully this is the start of something.“I would love to stay on here beyond this season, especially after how easy it has been to come in and the culture of the club.”last_img read more