Gains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied

first_imgRelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Gains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Health & WellnessFebruary 16, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Mr. Michael Tucker, says the agency has been successful in heightening awareness of the dangers of substance abuse, through its intervention programmes, which target children as young as five years old.“You have to start to give them the information and appropriate messages, about the negative consequences of substance abuse, and, therefore, enable them, even at that stage, to differentiate between drugs and medicine, what they should or should not do. ..what their parents should be doing around them.what is good and bad.what is healthy living and what isn’t.. to. ensure that they are aware,” he stated.Speaking at a recent Think Tank held at the JIS’ Half-Way-Tree Road head office, Mr. Tucker pointed out that recent research into the incidence of substance abuse in Jamaica showed that the age cohort experimenting most with drugs ranged between 15 and 20 years.“They are (the) most adventurous. They feel that, at that age, they are invincible, (and) nothing can harm them. They are very curious and, because they haven’t developed the various skills, like coping and resistance. they are (easily) influenced by peer pressure and the hype, often, that surrounds drug use. So that is the group that we have to focus on,” he stated.Informing that the NCDA is working with some 200 youngsters in inner city schools, he said that the teachers are brought in to be part of the sessions because it has been found that the children will “tend to obey the teacher over the parent,” due to the awe and respect with which they regard them.The guidance counsellors are also part of the meetings, while sessions are held with the parents, “so that the message that is being given is a universal. one. We (are) actually reinforcing with the parents, the examples that they need to set with the children. We are reinforcing with the children, too, that they need to remind their parents about the effects of, say, second-hand smoke on them, drinking alcohol and driving them in their cars. (So) it’s a two-way thing, the parents reinforcing the children’s behaviour and the children, often, reinforcing the parents’ behaviour. We have to ensure that there aren’t mixed messages,” Mr. Tucker explained.He also pointed to community programmes, which have heightened individual awareness of the dangers of drugs such as cocaine and heroin and have kept the usage of these at a minimum.“We have used culture and people’s non-acceptance of (the) foreign influence (of) cocaine and heroin and injecting that to our advantage in the education that we do. Where ganja is concerned, we have had struggles, especially since a lot of .artistes that the young people adore and look up to, will promote the use of (it),” Mr. Tucker said.“But, still, we have been able to sensitise youngsters about smoking generally and, included in that message, the negative consequences of ganja. Alcohol is a significant challenge, because of the culture. But, more and more, the message is getting out there about the negative consequences of all drug use, both. legal and illegal,” the NCDA head added.Even with the gains made, Mr. Tucker said that “a lot more needs to be done,” to address the substance abuse problem.“Unfortunately, in our environment, some parents will use their children to peddle drugs for them. That happens in schools.it’s well known in the education system that some parents will give their children (ganja) ‘spliffs’ to carry to school to sell.“Sometimes, too. the parents. give the children alcohol, saying it’s a part of the initiation into manhood (and) they may (also) encourage smoking because they think it’s good. They may give them ganja because they say it supposed to make them smarter.give them ganja tea.things like that. Because it is part of the myth(s) that exist in our culture, unfortunately,” he lamented.He also pointed to the need for a “lot more resources” to be put into the work that we do. A lot more support should be given at the very top level. Lives are being lost. (and) destroyed. Families are being destroyed. a lot of productive people’s lives. At our level, certainly in Jamaica.(and) at the CARICOM level.all of us need to put in more and ensure that our region is a more healthy, more focused (one),” Mr. Tucker said RelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfiedcenter_img RelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Advertisementslast_img read more

People’s United Bank acquires LEAF Commercial Capital

first_img“We are pleased to welcome the talented team at LEAF Commercial Capital to People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “LEAF is a highly-scalable commercial lending platform with attractive risk-adjusted returns and a complementary expansion of our existing specialty finance businesses.  At closing, our equipment finance units will have approximately $4 billion of assets and rank as the 16th largest bank-owned equipment finance entity in the country.”   Since 2002, LEAF has financed over $5.8 billion for more than 243,000 customers nationwide and provides expertise and equipment finance solutions to a wide variety of vendors and end users.  LEAF has nationwide reach with approximately 250 employees and a call center in Orange County, CA as well as a sales and servicing facility in Moberly, MO.  “LEAF offers creative lease and loan programs to drive the sales of its vendor partners,” said Jeff Tengel, Senior Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at People’s United. “These programs are delivered through a business process automation platform that combines efficiency with an outstanding customer experience.””We are confident in our ability to maintain and accelerate our growth potential within People’s United,” said Crit DeMent, Chairman and CEO of LEAF Commercial Capital. “Given the Bank’s extensive experience in successfully operating leasing and equipment finance platforms, they are uniquely positioned to be a valuable partner for our clients and employees.”  DeMent and Miles Herman, President and Chief Operating Officer, will remain with the business.    Under the terms of the agreement, People’s United will acquire approximately $730 million of net investment in leases and loans and retain approximately $250 million of securitizations.  Remaining LEAF borrowings are expected to be repaid at close and the acquisition will be immediately accretive to People’s United earnings.  The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017.J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to People’s United Bank.  Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.   About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank(link is external), N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $40 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MOand Orange, CA, is one of the leading equipment leasing and finance companies in the U.S. Through its highly automated origination platform, it facilitates the equipment needs of small, mid-sized and enterprise businesses. LEAF serves these needs both directly and through referral relationships with manufacturers, distributors and dealers of essential-use equipment and software in a variety of business sectors, including office products, telephony, technology, medical and light industrial. Learn more at www.LEAFnow.com(link is external).SOURCE: BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — People’s United Bank People’s United Bank,Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank, NA announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.  Based in Philadelphia, PA, LEAF is one of the largest, independent commercial equipment finance companies in the U.S., with approximately $500 million of annual originations.last_img read more

Bonk Breaker Fig unwrapped with new Team Bonk Breaker sponsorships

first_imgBonk Breaker, which was recently named the official energy bar for all US Ironman events, has created an energy bar ‘bursting with gooey fig’. Bonk Breaker Fig is designed to help athletes go the distance and fuel anyone in search of a nourishing treat made from all-natural ingredients free from dairy, gluten and soy.Fig is the ninth flavour introduced by Bonk Breaker, which was named ‘Best Nutrition Product’ of 2011 by Road Bike Action magazine. Rich in fibre, figs are naturally fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free. Adding power to Bonk Breaker Fig is chia seed, a ‘superfood’ regarded as one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, niacin, fibre and antioxidants.“Every Bonk Breaker flavour that we introduce has to be something special and unique,” explained Bonk Breaker founder Jason Winn. “For Bonk Breaker Fig, we’ve incorporated the flavour we all love into a great tasting gluten-free, dairy-free energy bar. Because of the incredible response we received when we launched the Bonk Breaker Apple Pie energy bar last fall, we’ve once again added super food chia seed to our ingredients for Bonk Breaker Fig.”“Fig has been a classic in the endurance sports world for as long as we can remember and even evokes childhood memories,” added Bonk Breaker co-owner Chris Frank. “With that as our inspiration, we spent the last nine months developing Bonk Breaker Fig. It’s a flavour we’ve all been eating since we were kids, and we think we’ve created the perfect balance between great taste and nutrition.”New Team Bonk Breaker sponsorshipsBonk Breaker sponsors professional and amateur athletes, and teams throughout the sporting world. The athletes use Bonk Breaker bars in competition and while training, and provide feedback that helps with new product creation and innovation.Joining the Team Bonk Breaker sponsorship roster are professional triathletes Mac Brown and Lesley Paterson. A four-time USA Triathlon All-American and a two-time Inside Triathlon All-American, Brown finished a career best third at Ironman Wisconsin last year. Competing all over the globe on the British and national Scottish triathlon teams since the age of 14, Paterson left the roads in search of fresh challenges by competing in XTERRA off-road triathlon. She won five races last year on and off the road, but none larger than her victory at the XTERRA World Championships.Paterson said, “Bonk Breaker is the premiere energy bar on the market without a shadow of a doubt. Who would have thought that a totally natural, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free bar could taste so good?”“We’re excited about adding Mac and Lesley to Team Bonk Breaker,” added company co-owner Chris Frank. “They are long-time Bonk Breaker fans and advocates, and both are sensational competitors and wonderful people.”www.bonkbreaker.com Relatedlast_img read more

News Scan for Jun 20, 2014

first_imgSaudi Arabia reports another MERS-CoV caseSaudi Arabia reported one new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case today, raising the country’s official total to 706 cases.The latest patient is a 45-year-old expatriate who is hospitalized in Riyadh, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in today’s update. He has no preexisting conditions and is not a healthcare worker. The ministry gave no information about how he was exposed to the virus.Today’s case is only the fourth in the past week, as the rate of reported new infections continues to be far below what it was in April and part of May, when hospital-related outbreaks sparked hundreds of cases. The previous week, Jun 6 to 13, brought nine cases.With no deaths reported today, the fatality toll in Saudi Arabia remained at 290. Forty patients are still being treated, the MOH says.Jun 20 Saudi MOH statementMOH coronavirus page with case count Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to feeder rodents declared overA Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to feeder rodents has grown to 41 cases in 21 states but is now likely over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a final outbreak notice.The total reflects four new cases and three new affected states since the CDC’s previous update on May 20. Colorado, Missouri, South Carolina, and Virginia all reported new cases, and the cases were the first for all those states but Missouri, which now has three. California confirmed the most cases: seven.Illness-onset dates range from Jan 11 to May 17, with patients ranging in age from younger than 1 year to 19 years. Of 37 patients with available information, 6 (16%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.”Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings linked this outbreak of Salmonella infections to contact with frozen feeder rodents packaged by Reptile Industries, Inc.,” the CDC said in its notice.”Feeder rodents” are those fed to pets such as snakes and birds of prey.The Food and Drug Administration said to dispose of any Reptile Industries’ Arctic Mice brand frozen rodents bought from PetSmart stores from Jan 11 through May 21 by placing the product in a sealed container in the trash, the CDC said. Reptile Industries is based in Naples, Fla.Earlier this month Canadian officials announced 20 Salmonella Typhimurium cases linked to snakes and feeder rodents. It’s not clear whether the two outbreaks are related.Jun 20 CDC notice Jun 3 CIDRAP News scan on Canadian outbreak Study: 7% of deer ticks harbor both Lyme, babesiosis pathogensDeer ticks (Ixodes scapularis, also called blacklegged ticks) sampled in upstate New York simultaneously harbored the pathogens that cause Lyme disease and babesiosis at almost twice the expected levels, according to a study in PLoS One.Researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES) in Millbrook, N.Y., and elsewhere in the United States measured the infection prevalence in 4,368 “questing” nymph ticks (young ticks seeking to feed) that were gathered in the field in Dutchess County, N.Y. They tested for Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia microti, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis, and human granulocytic anaplasmosis, respectively.The investigators found that almost 30% of the questing nymphs were infected with B burgdorferi, and a third of those were also infected with at least one other pathogen.Specifically, 6.7% of the questing nymphs (292) were infected by both B burgdorferi and B microti, a rate 83% higher than would be predicted by chance alone. Infections with all three pathogens occurred in only 0.52% of ticks, and co-infection of A phagocytophilum with either of the other two pathogens was also low (0.53% and 2.4%).”People in tick-infested parts of the United States, such as the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Upper Midwest, are vulnerable to being exposed to two or three diseases from a single tick bite,” said senior author Felicia Keesing, PhD, in a CIES press release. “And, of course, that risk increases when they’re bitten by more than one tick.”Jun 18 PLoS One study Jun 19 CIES press release Meta-analysis shows benefits of antibiotics for choleraAntimicrobial drugs substantially improve clinical and microbiologic outcomes in patients with cholera, according to a meta-analysis published yesterday in the Cochrane Library.The research team, based at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), reviewed 39 randomized and quasi-randomized controlled clinical trials that encompassed 4,623 patients, both adults and children.From a clinical perspective, the drugs shortened diarrhea episodes by a day and a half compared with placebo or no treatment. Antimicrobial treatment also halved stool volume, cut the amount of rehydration fluid by 40%, and shortened the duration of fecal bacteria extraction by nearly 3 days.Researchers found variation in the size of the antibiotic benefits, which they said probably related to differences in antibiotics, trial methods, and outcome assessments. They noted, though, that benefits were seen across a range of disease severity.No obvious differences stood out in drug head-to-head comparisons, but indirect comparisons seemed to show tetracycline had greater benefits than doxycycline, norfloxacin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and single-dose azithromycin shortened diarrhea by a day when compared with ciprofloxacin and by a half day when compared with erythromycin.Lead author Ya’ara Leibovici-Weissman from Tel Aviv University said in an LSTM press release that, for Vibrio cholerae infections, quick and accurate diagnosis is key, but the results of the study show antibiotics yield substantial improvements. “Our results also point to the likelihood that azithromycin and tetracycline may have some advantages over other antibiotics.”Jun 19 Cochrane Library abstract Jun 19 LSTM press releaselast_img read more

Skate park design input sought

first_imgCommunity members are invited to provide input on the design of the proposed new Beaconsfield Skate Park at a workshop…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img