Odfjell Stable Despite Challenging Chemical Tanker Market

first_imgDespite a challenging chemical tankers market, Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell delivered a stable underlying operational performance with EBITDA of USD 46 million compared to 48 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2016.Odfjell’s revenue slowed slight improvement in the first quarter of the year, reaching USD 243 million, up from USD 238 million seen in the previous quarter.The company said that it was challenged by limited shore tank capacity in several markets which again affected its port efficiency, adding that, at the same time, the top line grew with 4.4% in the quarter.Odfjell Terminals delivered an EBITDA of USD 9.4 million in first quarter, against a USD 10.7 million reported in the previous quarter. The occupancy rate of commercially available capacity was 93%, compared to 94% last quarter.“We expect 2017 to remain challenging, but our underlying operational performance is stable. Over the past two quarters we have taken crucial steps in renewing our core fleet at a very low point in the price cycle,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, said.The company added that it expects the second quarter 2017 time-charter results to be marginally lower than in the first quarter of the year. In a long-term perspective, Odfjell believes the markets to be “fairly balanced and to gradually improve.”last_img read more

GFA President visits Black Meteors in camp

first_imgThe newly elected President of the Ghana Football Association Kurt E.S. Okraku has called on players and technical team members of the Black Meteors at their camping base in Accra.Accompanied by some members of the newly-formed Executive Council of the GFA, the FA President told the players that the visit was to reassure them of the unflinching support of the GFA and the football fraternity.The national Olympic team has not played at the Olympic Games since 2004 in Athens, and the new GFA boss urged them to remain committed to the national cause and end the 15-year-old Olympics jinx.“You have an opportunity to make history and make a man for yourself, your family and most importantly your country,” the GFA President told the Black Meteors.Mr. Okraku adviced the players to remain focused on the task ahead, as well as heed the advice of their coaches.Members of the Executive Council who accompanied the President; Messrs Mark Addo, Nana Oduro Sarfo, Samuel Anim Addo and Randy Abbey, also advised the players to remain focused on the task ahead.Head Coach of the team, Ibrahim Tanko, on behalf of the technical team thanked the President and his delegation for visiting them.“Your visit means a lot to us. This is your first official day in office and we are really happy and encouraged that you have remembered us with this visit.”“We can assure you that we will go to Egypt and fight for the nation. We don’t want to just go and qualify; we want to go there and win the trophy for our country Ghana, in shaa Allah.”The Vice Captain of the side, Kwame Baah, also thanked the President and his team and also assured them of the team’s commitment to the task ahead in Egypt.The Black Meteors will take part in the African Under 23 Championship in Egypt for one of Africa’s three slots for the 2020 Olympic Games in Egypt. Ghana is in Group A with Egypt, Cameroon and Mali.last_img read more

Tuesday December 17th Local Sports

first_img— AP Boys Basketball PollCLASS 4A Rec Pts1. Waukee (4) 3-0 862. Ankeny Centennial (4) 4-0 843. Iowa City West (1) 3-0 814. Dubuque Hempstead 4-0 495. Sioux City East (1) 5-0 446. Waterloo West 3-1 387. West Des Moines Dowling 3-1 318. (tie) Cedar Falls 2-1 28.. Cedar Rapids Prairie 3-0 2810. Council Bluffs Lincoln 5-0 15Others receiving votes: Iowa City Liberty 13. North Scott 11, Ankeny 8, Waterloo East 8, Dubuque Senior 7, Linn-Mar 6, Urbandale 5, Johnston 4, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 3, Des Moines Lincoln 1. MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board Monday night approved making an application for membership in the Northeast Iowa Conference. The district’s athletics and activities director Barry Andersen says one of the biggest considerations in possibly leaving the Central Iowa Metropolitan League is the amount of travel time currently logged by student-athletes.  “Four schools are within an hour and 25 minutes of Mason City, and three are  under an hour. When you look at what we’re currently driving, two hours, two hours plus every time we go down to Des Moines,  that wears on kids and it lends itself to a much larger travel budget. By reducing that cost, it could be close to a 50% reduction in transportation costs, would definitely help out our budgets.”Andersen says Mason City already plays a number of Northeast Iowa Conference schools in non-conference contests. “There’s some tough competition. That’s one thing when I was looking for what the best fit for Mason City would be, along with looking at the geographical area, the Northeast Iowa Conference made the most sense as far as a conference that’s already set and that has a long tradition of excellent athletic teams. I know several of the athletic directors, so that led me to have some unofficial conversations with them, and then I had met with all of the Northeast Iowa Conference ADs after our Northeast Iowa AD convention this past fall just to gauge where everyone was at and to let them know that we were interested.” Andersen says all the conversations he’s had with the athletic directors in the Northeast Iowa Conference have been positive.  “I know there’s some skepticism as far as Mason City would be the largest school in the conference. Mason City has changed, our demographics have changed over the last 10 years, we have become a smaller school. Not a lot of kids are out for athletics, and hopefully we’re trying to get those numbers to rise. But by and large, I think people need to stop and think, and if they haven’t followed Mason City athletics, or haven’t followed when we play some of these schools in sports, know that there is a competitive balance in the sports that we play.” Andersen says just because Mason City would be the largest school in the NEIC if the application is approved wouldn’t mean the Mohawks would automatically be dominant in every sport.  “The Northeast Iowa Conference has very good athletic teams, boys and girls, and just because Mason City has a lot of kids to choose from doesn’t mean that all those kids go out for sports. I think by adding Mason City to the to the Northeast Iowa Conference would create a competitive balance across the board in all of our activities.” Five of the seven superintendents of the Northeast Iowa Conference schools would have to approve Mason City’s application. Andersen says if the application is NOT approved, they will look over different options.    “I enjoy working with the other ADs within the CIML, they’re great guys, it is the best competition in the state bar none. But I also listen to the coaches that I work with, the families that I work with, the administrators I work with, and other constituents, because there are other factors that fall into play as well. When they say ‘why are we still here?’ and they give me their reasonings, I just can’t just dismiss all that stuff too. We will cross that bridge when we get to it and we’ll go from there, but I do have a Plan B, and when that happens, I will look at that Plan B and then we will move on.” The NEIC’s current membership from largest to smallest schools includes Waverly-Shell Rock, Decorah, Charles City, Crestwood, Waukon, Oelwein and New Hampton. Andersen says he’ll submit Mason City’s application Tuesday, with the NEIC superintendents likely to act on it sometime in January. You can hear our full conversation with Andersen about Mason City’s application to the NEIC by clicking on the audio player below.  IOWA CITY — Iowa’s December 27th Holiday Bowl game against USC will conclude one of the best five year runs in program history. Ranked 16th in the College Football Playoff Poll the Hawkeyes take a 9-3 record against the 22nd ranked Trojans.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. A win in the Holiday Bowl would be their 19th over the last two seasons.It was the 2014 season that finished 7-6 after a blowout loss to Tennessee in the Gator Bowl that served as a reboot for the program. Since then the Hawkeyes have averaged more than nine wins.Kickoff of the Holiday Bowl game on Friday December 27th is scheduled for 7 o’clock Iowa time, with the pre-game starting at 5 o’clock on that day on AM-1300 KGLO. A special bowl-game edition of Hawk Talk will take place at 6:30 on Thursday December 26th on KGLO. CLASS 1A Rec Pts1. Remsen St. Mary’s (7) 4-0 862. Algona Garrigan (2) 5-1 633. Montezuma 4-0 584. (tie) West Fork 5-0 52.. Easton Valley 5-0 526. (tie) WACO (1) 5-0 38.. Avoca AHSTW 6-0 388. Lake Mills 2-1 199. Janesville 4-0 1610. Mount Ayr 4-0 13Others receiving votes: Siouxland Community Christian 12, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 11, East Mills 10, CAM 8, Madrid 8, Bedford 8, Burlington Notre Dame 8, Alburnett 8, Newell-Fonda 8, South O’Brien 7, Don Bosco 6, MFL Mar-Mac 6, Nodaway Valley 3, River Valley 3, Wapsie Valley 2, South Winneshiek 2, Martensdale-St. Mary’s 2, Grand View Christian 2, Edgewood-Colesburg 1. IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Makenzie Meyer was named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Honor Roll, the conference announced Monday.Meyer earned the Hawkeyes’ second honor of the year and her first Big Ten Weekly honor. Senior Kathleen Doyle earned the Hawkeyes first honor on Nov. 25.The Mason City, Iowa, native averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game with a .632 field-goal percentage last week in the Hawkeyes’ wins over in-state rival Iowa State and North Carolina Central.Meyer and the Hawkeyes host Drake on Sat., Dec. 21 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Newman vs. Rockford — girls 6:15, boys followAM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake vs. Webster City — girls 6:15, boys follow  CLASS 3A Rec Pts1. Winterset (3) 4-0 872. Davenport Assumption (3) 5-0 733. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (3) 3-0 594. Norwalk 3-1 555. Carroll 4-0 526. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-0 507. Mount Vernon 4-0 378. Harlan 4-0 339. (tie) Algona 4-0 24.. Glenwood (1) 4-1 24Others receiving votes: DeWitt Central 23, Gilbert 9, Marion 6, Mount Pleasant 6, Clear Lake 6, Grinnell 3, Webster City 2, Denison-Schleswig 1. — other boys basketball from MondayNorthwood-Kensett 54, North Union 49 (OT)Lake Mills 74, Central Springs 43Nashua-Plainfield 66, St. Ansgar 63 CLASS 2A Rec Pts1. Dyersville Beckman 5-0 802. Treynor (5) 5-0 733. North Linn (2) 4-0 644. Camanche (2) 4-0 595. West Sioux 5-0 546. Aplington-Parkersburg (1) 5-0 367. Pella Christian 4-1 348. Iowa City Regina 3-1 209. (tie) Osage 5-0 18.. Northeast 5-0 18Others receiving votes: East Sac County 16, Boyden-Hull 12. Dike-New Hartford 11, Des Moines Christian 9, Panorama 9, Van Meter 9, Monticello 8, South Central Calhoun 7, Tri-Center 5, Orange City Unity Christian 5, Albia 3. MASON CITY — The NIACC men dropped to fourth in the latest junior college Division II poll. NIACC split their two games at the Johnson County Community College Classic over the weekend, falling to 7th-ranked Johnson County but beating formerly 19th-ranked Highland of Kansas. North Central Missouri is the new #1 team in the men’s poll, followed by Niagara County, Milwaukee Area Tech, NIACC and DMACC in the top five. Kirkwood out of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference is ranked 12th. The NIACC women stayed at #2 in the Division II poll released on Monday. Conference foe Kirkwood remains #1. Kansas City Kansas is ranked third, Lincoln Land of Illinois is ranked fourth while Johnson County is ranked fifth. NIACC is off until December 28th when they face 13th-ranked Bryant and Stratton of Wisconsin in the first round of the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament. IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior guard Jordan Bohannon will undergo season-ending hip surgery (left) Thursday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Recovery from this procedure is typically 6-9 months.Bohannon had the same procedure successfully performed on his right hip this past May and played in 10 games this season. During the course of the last couple months, pain developed in his left hip that ultimately resulted in the decision for additional surgery. Bohannon (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) played in 10 games, averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 assists per game. — other girls basketball from Monday#3/2A West Hancock 65, #15/2A Emmetsburg 53#10/1A St. Ansgar 62, Nashua-Plainfield 34Lake Mills 50, Central Springs 47North Union 58, Northwood-Kensett 25 URBANDALE — Urbandale outscored Mason City 18-6 in the third quarter on their way to a 68-60 win in girls basketball last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Anna Deets led the Mohawks with 23 points, Jada Williams added 13 while Jaeda Whinter had 10. Mason City drops to 5-2 on the season with the loss.== The Urbandale boys broke away from a two point halftime lead, outscoring Mason City 43-22 in the second half for a 65-42 win, as you also heard on KGLO and kgloam.com. Brandon Shipman had 15 points off the bench to lead the Mohawks, with Avery Mellman and Austin Richardson each having nine. Mason City is 2-3 on the season. Both Mason City girls and boys teams will host Southeast Polk on Friday.last_img read more

Suicide Prevention Begins with Ending the Stigma

first_imgReferences:2010 Washington Healthy Youth Survey. (n.d.). Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/160-193-HYS-AnalyticReport2012.pdfCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/FastStats: Leading causes of death. (2014, July 14). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htmNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (n.d.). Suicide risk factors. Retrieved October 27, 2014, from http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/riskfactors.aspxPublic Broadcasting Service. (n.d.). Depression out of the shadows. Retrieved from http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/depression/pdf/dep_stats.pdfStop A Suicide Today! (n.d.). Suicide facts. Retrieved October 28, 2014, from http://www.stopasuicide.org/facts.htmlSuicide. (n.d.). Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved October 27, 2014, from http://www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/2900/DOH530090Suic.pdf Submitted by Good TherapySuicide is a worldwide public health concern that crosses all economic, race, religious, gender, and sexual orientation barriers. According to the most recent data available, suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers are even more concerning in Washington state, where suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death for residents of all ages, and the second-leading cause among residents ages 15-24.In 2009, the suicide rate for the U.S. was 12 suicides per 100,000 people. In the same year, Washington experienced a rate of 14 suicides per 100,000. In Thurston County, the rate was even higher than the state average at 15 suicides per 100,000. All of which begs the question: how can we work to effectively prevent suicide?GoodTherapy.org, an online therapist directory and leading psychology resource located in downtown Olympia, and several other local organizations—including The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (based in Seattle)—are working diligently to reduce the high rate of suicide affecting our community.The Key to Preventing Suicide Is Understanding Risk Factors and Warning SignsSuicide prevention starts with the family and friends of those contemplating suicide. Identifying the risk factors and warning signs of suicide is the first step in getting the person experiencing suicidal ideation the help he or she needs. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Stop A Suicide Today!, these are common risk factors that make it more likely for an individual to consider, attempt, or die by suicide:Studies show that more than 90% of people who die by suicide were experiencing a mental health issue at the time of their death.Approximately 25% of people who die by suicide are abusing alcohol or are dependent on alcohol.Approximately 50% of people who die by suicide had alcohol in their system at the time of death.A history of trauma or abuse increases the risk of suicide.Nearly 20% of people who commit suicide have made at least one prior attempt.Clusters of suicides locally increase the risk of suicide because of a “copycat” effect.A friend or family member experiencing job loss, a relationship ending, or the loss of a family member or friend can increase the risk of suicide, especially if coupled with a mental health concern.Approximately 70% of people who commit suicide communicate their intent before going through with the act.Many of suicide’s biggest risk factors can be mitigated or removed with a combination of support, compassion, and seeking the help of a qualified mental health professional. Mental health intervention helps individuals work through and overcome many of the underlying concerns that contribute to a person’s decision to end his or her life. Why, then, do approximately half of those who commit suicide go without seeking psychiatric help?A Resource in Our Community Working to End the Stigma of Mental Health Treatment GoodTherapy.org launched its website in 2007 with a mission of reducing harm from unethical therapy practices and helping communities overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment.GoodTherapy.org hosts an online therapist directory that carefully vets its members to ensure they meet certain ethical criteria. In addition to being able to find therapists on the site, visitors can call GoodTherapy.org’s member support team for assistance finding a therapist to meet their individual needs. The site also hosts a popular blog that releases content daily about therapy news, stories submitted by readers, and articles written by practicing therapists.In addition to helping people find qualified mental help, GoodTherapy.org participates in several community events each year. For example, GoodTherapy.org sponsors Love Our Local Fest and recently participated in and was the largest local donor to the Olympia Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.A recent study shows that people are 12 to 20 times more likely to commit suicide if they are experiencing a mental health condition that affects their mood, such as depression or bipolar. Yet studies also show that depression is one of the most treatable mental health concerns, with approximately 80% to 90% of people reporting relief after seeking mental health treatment. Despite the fact depression increases the risk of suicide and evidence suggests it’s a highly treatable condition, the Public Broadcasting Service estimates that 80% of people experiencing depression never receive mental health treatment.In the U.S., the problem is not a lack of therapists or counselors or a lack of resources. The problem is a stigma that surrounds mental health treatment, keeping many people who would otherwise benefit from treatment from seeking help. GoodTherapy.org is working to combat that stigma and, in the process, help people contemplating suicide to find the help they need.**Click here to read a story about local advocate Olivia Salazar de Breaux making a difference in the fight for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0center_img About GoodTherapy.org:Founded and launched in 2007 by Noah Rubinstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist, GoodTherapy.org is an association of therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals from more than 30 countries working to promote ethical therapy practices and reduce harm in therapy.GoodTherapy.org individually verifies each new member to ensure they meet strict educational, licensure, and philosophical guidelines. GoodTherapy.org is approved by American Psychological Association to provide online continuing education for mental health professionals. This service is offered at no extra charge to members. Visitors use the website to search for a therapist more than 1.5 million times per month. The website provides educational content for consumers about mental health topics that are written by practicing therapists. On its popular blog, GoodTherapy.org also publishes reader-submitted stories, mental health news, and an index of information pertaining to psychology called PsychPedia.last_img read more

Virgin Mobile targets South Africa

first_img8 December 2005South Africans will soon see a new player in the cellular industry.Local telecommunications company Cell C and Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile are to launch a joint venture in the first half of 2006: a Virgin Mobile branded service over Cell C’s network.The joint venture, which will launch in the first half of 2006, will be known as Virgin Mobile South Africa.‘Key market’“South Africa is a key market for Virgin and a country that I personally love very much,” said Virgin Mobile president Sir Richard Branson.“I am looking forward to coming to South Africa to launch this exciting new business next year.“Our partnership with Cell C will bring a new approach to the mobile market and will be a refreshing alternative from the bland offerings of other players,” he said.Enhanced competitionCell C CEO Talaat Laham said his company was “pleased to be bringing an international brand of the stature of Virgin Mobile to further enhance competition in South Africa.“Cell C constantly seeks to introduce new products and services into the South African market. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Virgin.”Virtual networkBoth companiss are newcomers in their respective markets.Virgin began operating a virtual network in 1999, offering comunications services over T-mobile’s cellular network. The company has almost five million customers in Britain.Cell C was the third South African cellular operator to be granted a licence, and began operating in 2001.The Cell C-Virgin Mobile announcement comes only a month after another British cellular company, Vodafone, announced its intention to increase its stake in the South African market.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

10 months agoShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!

first_imgShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Misconceptions about Marijuana Must be Dispelled- Dr. Tufton

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children.“Dispelling those perceptions means all hands on deck. It means public education, it means (those) in the court system or are providing counselling, being aware. You have to give that lecture almost every time you have to deal with that problem, until it seeps through, until it gets into the minds and the mind set and the psyche of the society,” he said.He was speaking at a Children’s Drug Treatment Programme seminar at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Saturday (June 17).The Minister noted however, that he is mindful, given cultural practices and other factors, that it will be difficult to change persons’ views about the substance.“In Jamaica, we have culturally accepted as a norm, the consumption of certain types of substances, marijuana of course, being almost a part of us in terms of general acceptance, availability and so on,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the administration is concerned about the health of the public who use such substances which has the capacity to create negative side effects on the person and the society in general.He noted that by “relaxing” the regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allowed for the decriminalization of ganja for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes, persons interpreted that as a “free for all” where it is now acceptable to have it in their possession, as well as smoke it freely.Under the Act, the use of ganja is not legal. It is now a non-arrestable but ticketable offence to possess small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less. This attracts a fine payable outside of the court, but will not result in the person having a criminal record.The legislation also prohibits the smoking of ganja in public spaces, subject to specified exemptions.The Health Minister lamented that under existing local and international regulations, there is no clear distinction between those who smoke for pleasure and those who are seeking medical relief, and is a concern Jamaica has voiced to the World Health Organization (WHO).“WHO classifies marijuana as a narcotic and we have said to them, you need to reclassify with the evidence that is supporting it as a medicinal raw material and establish clear guidelines to guide the global health fraternity as to how we go about relaxing laws to benefit from what benefits there are, but at the same time, protect our society from the obvious challenges particularly among the most vulnerable – children,” he said.Dr. Tufton therefore welcomed the staff seminar for the Children’s Drug Treatment programme which will help to provide information and to support the enforcement of the law.State Minister for National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., also highlighted the importance of the seminar in “advancing us forward in building the capacity and exposing ourselves to the kind of information and training that will allow us to properly put together a strategy to solve the problems (relating to drug abuse)”.For her part, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla noted that the Drug Treatment Court for children which started as a pilot in September 2014, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court is “one of the many success stories that have emerged from our court system”.She noted that previously, the drug treatment programme only catered to adults from its inception in 2001, but was extended to children after the Kingston and St. Andrew Court expressed the need for such a programme.This, as it was found that children who come before the court, whether for criminal activities, in need of care and protection or are uncontrollable, are sometimes addicted to drugs.“(There was) a recognition of awareness that some of our youths are at risk of becoming hardened criminals and drug addicts at younger and younger ages unless there is some urgent and fundamental intervention,” she said.Mrs. McCalla further informed that so far, eight children graduated from the first programme and there are now some 30 participants in that system.“St. James has also established a children’s drug treatment programme and that is ongoing,” she said.Additionally, five adult Drug Treatment Courts have been established across the island to date.The Drug Treatment Courts were designed to provide judicial supervision to drug dependent offenders who have consented to participate in the programme. They benefit from a course of treatment and regular monitoring by the court to ensure that they abstain from drugs.The courts also receive assistance with evaluation of the offenders under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Community Empowerment and Transformation Project, Phase 2 (Comet II).The Children’s Drug Treatment Programme Seminar was intended to engage and equip individuals and agencies affiliated with the well-being of children, especially court practitioners from the family courts and children’s courts from across Jamaica. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children. Under the Act, the use of ganja is not legal. It is now a non-arrestable but ticketable offence to possess small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less. This attracts a fine payable outside of the court, but will not result in the person having a criminal record. He noted that by “relaxing” the regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allowed for the decriminalization of ganja for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes, persons interpreted that as a “free for all” where it is now acceptable to have it in their possession, as well as smoke it freely.last_img read more

Doctors in staterun hospitals to write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali

first_imgKolkata: In state-run health care establishments, doctors will now write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali, thanks to an initiative by state government that makes life easy for numerous patients. This apart, e-prescription has been recently introduced in the Bidhannagar Sub Divisional hospital.As dosages are being written in Bengali, the patients or their relatives do not have to ask the pharmacists to clarify them. It may mentioned that many doctors practicing privately are already writing dosages in Bengali. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe doctors at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital said for the convenient of the pharmacists the generic names of the medicines have been written in English while the dosage are written in Bengali. The doctors said many patients, even those who are educated, fail to understand prescriptions and call up doctors and medicine shops to know details about the dosages. Citing examples, they said OD is one time a day while BD is twice daily. Similarly, TDC is thrice daily. AC means before meal and PC means after meal and HS is before bed time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhenever the doctors of the state-run hospitals will write the dosage as OD or BD, it will be automatically translated into Bengali in case of e-prescriptions. Along with the Bidhannagar Sub divisional hospital, e-prescriptions will be shortly introduced in Calcutta Medical College, Burdwan Medical College, Bankura Samelani Medical College and R Amhed Dental College. Slowly it will be introduced in all the state-run health care establishments in the state. The doctors felt it would be excellent to write the entire e-prescription in Bengal but this would be not easy as the Bengali spellings of many diseases written on the left of the prescriptions will be difficult. It may be mentioned that it was very difficult for both patients and pharmacists to follow the handwriting of Dr BC Roy. For the convenience of the patients, Dey’s Medical had engaged a person who used to read Dr Roy’s prescriptions and to provide the dosage to the patients.last_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives application for nonmedical cannabis retail store

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has received an application for a non-medical cannabis retail store.West Coast Retail Holdings is seeking approval for a license to operate a store in Fort St. John.The proposed store is to be located at 9831 – 98 A Avenue and is located in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 Zone for a cannabis retail store. City Staff is recommending that Council approves the application as there are no concerns to it operating in the proposed location.Within the application, the applicant is seeking to operate the store from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.The hours of operation are within the timeframe permitted under the CannabisLicensing Regulation, 202/2018.The application was filed to the City on February 5, 2019.Council will decide approval of the store at the next Council Meeting on March 11.last_img read more