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

In Other News Local Officials Hope to Rename NAS Corpus Christi after

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Texas Rep. Michael Cloud (R) has drafted legislation to rename Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in honor of President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30. Bush enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and earned his wings at the air station in June 1943. “I can’t think of anyone that I would rather support than the 41st president of the United States, and it would be a great honor for us to do it, and for the family — I know the family would appreciate it,” Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal said last week. “I’m looking forward to helping [Cloud] do that.” The Navy’s preference is to name its bases after places rather than people, however, notes the Corpus Christi Caller Times. … The city of Concord last month released the proposed scope of the environmental analysis for the reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California. Following a comment period, the city will prepare an environmental impact report for the project, along with a range of alternatives, according to the document. The reuse plan covers 2,327 acres and calls for the development of a series of “clustered villages” in five phases. At final buildout, the plan would encompass 13,000 housing units, 8.4 million square feet of commercial, campus and institutional space; and an emphasis on sustainable transportation options. The project, led by FivePoint Holdings, will rely on ‘smart city’ concepts such as smart parking, electric charging stations and smart street lighting.Illustration courtesy of FivePoint Holdings LLClast_img read more

OBITUARY Edward J Hayes 80

first_imgNORTH ANDOVER, MA — Edward J. Hayes, 80, a long time resident of North Andover, Mass., and Seabrook Beach, NH died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, April 14, 2018.Hayes was born in Lawrence, Mass., the son of the late George E Hayes, former Lawrence City Treasurer and Alice Morrissey Hayes, and brother of the late Barbara A. Hayes. His survivors include his wife, Kathleen Twomey Hayes, his daughters Julie Hayes Bresnahan and her husband Jack of South Hadley, Mass., Rebecca Hayes and her husband, James A Pappas, Jr., of South Boston, Mass., and Ellen Hayes and her husband, Anuj Ralhan, of San Francisco, California: his grandchildren, Theodore Arthur Pappas, and Anna Hayes Ralhan, three step grandsons, Dan, Scott, and TJ Bresnahan: dear sister and brother-in-law Anne Twomey Hubbard and Kenneth W. Hubbard: a niece Kristen Hubbard Artínano and her husband Javier: grand niece Sarah and, grand nephew Max: sister-in-law, Marylee Houle Twomey: two nephews, Duffy Twomey and his wife Kate Van Orden, and Michael L. Twomey: dear cousin Maryann J. Barraclough, and many wonderful friends.A Lawrence native and longtime resident of North Andover, and parishioner of St. Michael’s Parish, Ed was born on December 25, 1937. Educated in the Lawrence Public Schools, graduated Great Distinction from Lawrence High with the class of 1955, a Perkins Prize recipient, Sports Editor of the Lawrencian, and always spoke of his four years at Lawrence High School with great fondness and appreciation. He was an alumnus of Boston College with the class of 1959. Ed served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and began his insurance career with Liberty Mutual in Andover, Mass. as a Claims Adjuster, and then moved to business sales in Boston. He held the position of Business Sales Manager in Lexington, and then joined the Cornelius J. McCarthy Insurance Agency in Wilmington, Mass. and retired as a Vice President in Business Sales. Ed was a Eucharist Minister at St. Michael’s Parish, a communicant at St. Elizabeth’s Church at Seabrook Beach, and a parishioner at St. Ann’s Parish in Naples, Florida. He served as President of the Arbor Lakes Condominium Association at Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club, enjoying treasured friends and many rounds of golf. He participated in many of his children’s activities: serving as treasurer for Family Kindergarten in North Andover and volunteering at the Brooks Summer Tennis and Swim Club. He was a tennis partner to each of his daughters as they learned and played over the years at North Andover High School, Brooks, Cedardale, and Old Colony. He enjoyed his own singles matches with best friend and brother-in-law, Ken for over 20 years. Ed loved his home on Brentwood Circle, as well as Seabrook Beach and was grateful for all our dear friends for over 40 years. He loved jazz music, movies, Boston College Football, the Boston Bruins, the Red Sox, Patriots, and was a member of the Friends of Northeastern Hockey, the 2018 Beanpot Tournament Champions. The love of his life was Kathleen, married 54 years this July 2018. The joy of his life came to be his two beautiful grandchildren, Theo and Anna.Ed and his family are grateful for the care and kindness shown to him by the Hematology, Nursing, and Medical Staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital. May he Rest in Peace.Visiting Hours: In lieu flowers, the family suggests a donation in Ed’s name to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Michael’s Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845 Or St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Elizabeth and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, 289 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842.Calling hours are on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, NORTH ANDOVER, MA. Funeral Mass will be on Friday April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM St. Michael’s Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA.Edward J. Hayes(NOTE: The above obituary is from Conte Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Dorothy Sylvia Lowry, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

How This Light Bulb Makes It Easier for You to Stream Music

first_img 4 min read Enroll Now for Free Astro is putting a fresh, new twist on the “smart” light bulb — the ability to stream music directly through a connected light via Apple AirPlay. No extra hardware, “smart” home hub or Bluetooth connection required. All you need is a Twist, the New York City-based startup’s innovative LED light-bulb-and-speaker hybrid launching today.    To play tunes through the small, white flat-top bulb from any screw-in lighting fixture, you simply choose a song or a playlist from your iPhone, iPad or Mac laptop or desktop computer, and AirPlay and Twist do the rest. Thanks to the two technologies’ Wi-Fi capabilities, unlike Bluetooth-enabled speaker light bulbs, you can stream music to Twist from anywhere in your living space. That includes from other rooms or, Wi-Fi connection-willing, even from outside.Related: Samsung’s Bluetooth-Only ‘Smart Bulb’ Is a Bit DimShaun Springer, founder and CEO of Astro, says he and his 9-person team of designers, among them alums from Warby Parker and Birchbox, designed the Twist for urban renters living in small apartments who want high-end lighting and sound but can’t afford expensive, hard-wired multi-room “smart” home systems.“I wanted to have great lighting and streaming audio speakers throughout a tight living space all in one product,” Springer says. “So we packaged all the necessary tech that would otherwise be messy, complicated and out of reach into an aesthetically superior light bulb that simply screws in and instantly delivers. There’s no setup and everyone can understand and use it.” Well, everyone except for Android users for now.Springer launched Astro from his Bed-Stuy flat in April last year and put the upstart through the rigors of Techstars’ R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator program. The 30-year-old engineer first waded into entrepreneurship in college at the age of 21, when he bootstrapped a company from his University of Buffalo dorm room that produced hardware and software for paintball guns (which he prefers to call paintball “markers”).Related: Lighting That Adjusts as You Watch TV? It’s Happening.But let’s get back to shedding light on Springer’s latest invention, the Twist, which doesn’t just double as an AirPlay speaker. The sleek, Internet-connected light bulb also automatically changes color temperatures throughout the day (cool white in the morning to a buttery yellow in the evening). The transitions happen based on your location, local weather conditions and the time of day. Think warm, soft techie mood-lighting and you’re there.To adjust the bulb’s brightness, to turn the light on or off, or to activate the nightlight feature, you can use the coming free Twist iOS app or the included companion dimmer remote.      Twist is notably far from the first “smart” light bulb to double as a speaker, but Springer claims it’s the first to feature AirPlay connectivity. As of today, his company is accepting pre-orders for the bulb on its website, with the aim of raising $50,000 to fund the production of its first batch. Springer says he forwent Kickstarter and Indiegogo, opting instead to self-host Twist’s pre-order campaign with the goal of “building a community around the experience and owning it from start to end.”Related: What Americans Want From a ‘Smart’ Home (Infographic)Springer says the first bulb shipments are slated to begin “early next year.” Priced at $249 each, Twist packages aren’t cheap, but you get quite a bit for your buck. They include one speaker LED, two non-speaker-equipped LEDs and one dimmer. Or, if you don’t want the bundle, you can buy one individual speaker LED for $129 or two no-speaker LED bulbs and a dimmer switch for $129.  As for what’s up next for Astro, which Springer named after the family dog in The Jetsons, he’s mostly remaining mum. However, he says his team is working on “some really awesome lifestyle accessories to compliment our lighting and audio experiences.” Perhaps video camera integration? We’ll have to wait and see.   In the meantime, to see Twist in action, check out the promo video below:Related: Crowdfunded Smart Home Device Canary Lands at Big-Name Stores June 24, 2015center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Uber Will Test Its Flying Taxis in Melbourne

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Uber has chosen the third test city to join Dallas and Los Angeles for its flying taxi trials: Melbourne, Australia. The third location was supposed to be Dubai, but negotiations fell through and prompted the company to look for another site for trials outside the U.S. Uber considered Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Tokyo and Sydney. In the end, Melbourne won.Susan Anderson, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, told Reuters that it’s because the Australian government “adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology.” Melbourne, in particular, has a “unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and technology” that make it perfect for the trials.The ride-hailing service plans to start testing UberAir’s electric vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicles in 2020, three years before the service’s expected launch. Melbourne’s test flights will take passengers from one of the Westfield shopping centers to the city’s main international airport. That’s a 12-mile journey that typically takes 25 minutes or so by car — with a flying taxi, it’ll only take 10 minutes. Passengers will be able to book flights through the Uber app like any other ride for prices comparable to UberX’s, though they have to be cool with making their way to and from landing pads called “Skyports.”Uber is currently working with a number of companies to design its flying vehicles. It also working with NASA to create an air traffic control system to manage its flying taxi fleet. June 12, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more