Office of National Drug Control Policy (USA) 3 February 2020Family First Comment: 3 superb goals:* preventing initiates to drug use,* providing treatment services leading to long-term recovery for those suffering from addiction,* aggressively reducing availability of illicit drugs in communities Contrast that with the liberalisation and ‘soft’ approach to drugs by our government Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll released the Trump Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the President’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use.“The 2020 National Drug Control Strategy maintains focus on President Trump’s overarching goal from day one – reducing the number of Americans dying from drug overdoses. While the Trump Administration has made significant progress in preventing substance misuse before it starts, getting more people into treatment and long-term recovery, and curbing the flow of deadly drugs into our communities, now is not the time to rest on this success,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said.“Rather, we must build on our momentum and accelerate our efforts to strengthen communities and families across America. Through our continued whole-of-government approach, this Strategy lays the groundwork to continue reversing the pattern of addiction in our country.”Accompanying the National Drug Control Strategy is the release of the Performance Reporting System, the Data Supplement, and the first ever National Treatment Plan for Substance Use Disorder.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/white-house-releases-2020-national-drug-control-strategy/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
23 January 2006Africa’s aviation regulators are set to take action against airlines and operators on the continent that violate air safety measures, says African Civil Aviation Commission head Tshepo Peege.A global air safety audit recently identified safety problems at 181 African airlines and operators, while several air crashes in 2005 put the spotlight on air safety on the continent.Peege, president of the African Civil Aviation Commission – an African Union aviation regulator – told journalists in Pretoria last week that the commission would reassess the standards of these airlines and operators and help them put safety measures in place.“We are going to take strong action against airlines that violate civil aviation safety initiatives, not to embarrass or shame them but to say: ‘put your house in order’,” Peege said.The commission will revisit the 181 airlines and operators before an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) meeting in Montreal, Canada in March, where global aviation bosses are to map out a plan to improve safety worldwide.World air safety, particularly in Africa, came under scrutiny in 2005 after a number of aircraft crashes resulted in the deaths of thousands of passengers. There were two crashes in Nigeria alone last year.Ageing aircraft, lack of maintenance and technical faults were among the factors blamed for the crashes.Peege said that to improve aviation safety in Africa, more money had to be invested in aviation infrastructure and the training of staff. “Funds that are generated from aviation have to be invested back in aviation infrastructure,” he said.He urged smaller airlines and countries that lacked the necessary expertise or capability to regulate and oversee civil aviation to forge alliances with and seek assistance from others.“We are saying to smaller countries and airlines that if you do not have the capability and ability to provide safe aviation services, seek help from neighbouring countries,” Peege said.More focus would also be placed on Western-built aircraft, Peege added, as most of the aircraft involved in the accidents were Soviet-built.Source: BuaNews read more
Barbara Mallinson is the founder and chief executive of Obami. (Image: Barbara Mallison)• Barbara [email protected] [email protected]• New African energy projects leapfrog outdated technologies • One million solar lamps light up Africa • Robots that can save miners’ lives • Toilet extraction system is a world first • Fifteen amazing facts about MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre ArrayRomaana NaidooTwo South African women have made their marks as leading powerhouses in the technology industry, earning a place on the respected Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch in Africa list.Barbara Mallison and Annette Muller have flourished in Africa’s largely male dominated tech scene, after spearheading successful, innovative companies that set a new standard on a local and international front.Mallinson is “hugely excited to make the Forbes list, especially to be featured amongst all the other women on the list – each of whom who are doing really great things in Africa”.“I’ve been interested in tech since I was very little – I spent a lot of time playing computer games, using simple design applications, learning basic code… It’s very difficult to imagine life without it all now. But the thing that I get hooked on is the potential for technology to disrupt entire industries that would otherwise remain pretty stagnant.”She believes that “technology is a great enabler and it won’t be long before we start to see how the power of tech can transform lives, communities and our economy. But given our infrastructure limitations and the ridiculous cost of data, we aren’t really reaching the full potential of what technology can do for us as a nation.”Obami founderMallinson is the founder and chief executive of Obami, a social learning platform being used by hundreds of schools across Africa, Europe and the United States. Obami was recognised as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Technologies in the World in 2011 by Netexplo, Unesco and partners, and was identified as one of the Top 20 Start-ups in Africa by Forbes a year later.Over the past three years, Mallinson has presented her views on social media, social learning and social entrepreneurship across the globe. In 2010, she took part in Old Mutual’s Do Great Things campaign and was also identified as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young People to Take to Lunch. In 2011, she was named an IT Hero and one of Cape Town’s top 10 Women in Business by the Cape IT Initiative. She has contributed to the Unesco Courier as one of 21 young people changing the world and has been recognised as one of the top entrepreneurs and African women in business by the likes of IT Web Africa, CNN, Forbes and the Financial Mail.Mallinson is the only African on the advisory board of Mobile World Capital, a global initiative driven by the city of Barcelona and the GSMA. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Obami was born as a generic social network. Mallinson says she wanted to venture out of the corporate world and believed that social media – as a trend – would only grow and grow. “It didn’t take long to realise how competitive the generic space was, and I was forced to pivot from the generic site to something more niche.”She was living in the United Kingdom at the time and was homesick for South Africa, where she saw a gap in the market– schools were great at creating these real-life networks, but they weren’t making use of these amazing online tools to take that further – and the rest, she says, is history. Obami was born as a generic social network.The platformObami is a community learning platform that combines social networking tools – things like profiles, profile pictures and newsfeeds – with a learning management system so that teachers, pupils and parents can connect to each other, access educational resources or create and share their own, and sit and submit digital assignments, worksheets, quizzes, tests, exams and questionnaires.It has a number of features that helps support and engage learning, from resource folders that host online content to portals – mini websites that even seven-year-olds can create – and messages, blogs, media galleries and more. “One of our most comprehensive tools is our online assignment application, which allows educators to create and set digital assignments for their learners to undertake.“We used the same application to digitise three years’ worth of past [National Senior Certificate] and [Annual National Assessment] papers, enabling South African learners to go online and sit and submit revision papers in preparation for their upcoming exams,” she says. “We are the first and only African company to be doing this.”In terms of Obami as a platform for improving education, “we believe that it really can make a difference. It increases accessibility to resources, engagement through digital content and the connections users can make with each other, and of course relevance, where data can be analysed across a school, class or individual learner.”It has about 35 000 users, with about 400 registered organisations. The audience is predominantly South Africa, but Obami has users in more than 15 African countries, as well as in the United States and Europe. Obami, which operates on a software-as-a-service model, has formed partnerships with organisations from Ghana, Namibia, Kenya and other countries in Africa.Mobile educationMallinson recently launched mobile tutoring. With this, any pupil looking for Grade 7, 8 or 9 English or maths tutoring aligned to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement can log in to Obami and subscribe to the service at a comparatively lower rate than face-to-face tutoring. “We recruited a bunch of high-quality tutors who have been rigorously trained up – from using the platform to the best of their abilities, to asking the types of questions that suit digital (as opposed to face-to-face) tuition,” she explains.“We’re really excited about this and can already see it not only grow within the South African curriculum, but across other countries, and into mentoring and professional development too.”The tutoring sessions differ from the more traditional kind. “Face-to-face tutoring requires a weekly meet up, which is often quite a hassle for parents in terms of carting kids around. While we also operate on a periodic basis, with weekly assignments being set and detailed feedback being issued in response to each assignment, Obami Tutor allows a learner to carry out their work as and when it suits them, via their mobile. It strikes the cord of convenience, affordability and engagement given the medium that it is facilitated through.”Education boils down to a few major components, Mallinson says, namely content, in support of a curriculum; collaboration, in terms of teacher-pupil, or pupil-pupil, interaction; and assessment, for monitoring and evaluating,“Education technology – particularly via mobile – is going to be pretty massive across the continent. A huge percentage of Africa’s population has been severely limited in terms of access to resources and a network of quality teachers. Mobile changes everything – we can deliver these services at really affordable rates… It’s a win-win for everyone, and we’re certainly going to see major growth in the sector over the next five years.”A report by Ambient Insight, an international market research firm, states: “Africa is the most dynamic elearning market on the planet. The growth rate for self-paced elearning in Africa is 15.2%. Revenues reached $250.9-million in 2011 and will more than double to $512.7-million by 2016.” Annette Muller’s DotNxt contributes to technology in South Africa . (Image: Annette Muller)DotNxt makes a contributionAbout making it on to the Forbes list, DotNxt founder Muller says: “At first I was a little shocked. I didn’t expect it at all – maybe something I was aiming for a couple of years from now, but then reality kicked in and I couldn’t help but feel excited and inspired. And of course a tad of pressure – being listed as ‘to watch’ is rewarding, but more so motivating to keep innovating, deliver and create opportunities.”Her company is a strategic innovation management firm in Cape Town that was established to bridge the gap between strategy (consulting) and delivery (project management) on a range of digital, mobile, social and next-generation branding projects. “Our unique ability is to make things happen – do you know how many times I hear, ‘Such a good idea, and we really want to do it, we just don’t know how or have the team or resources available right now to focus on new innovations,’” Muller points out.“Everyone has a technology, digital or some new innovative project they need to deliver. Sometimes they just need someone external, seeing things from a different perspective, to steer the purpose and make it happen. That is where we step in, from idea generation to strategically putting all the pieces of the project puzzle into place at the exact right time, cost and with the best people (teams, vendors, etc.) so that you can deliver faster and smarter.”In a nutshell, she says, it is about the working environment. “We spend so much time at work I wanted to create a working environment that was flexible, entrepreneurial and exciting, enable more people like myself to be a part of something great, something big, something that can make money and working alongside the greatest minds, inventors, innovators and technology experts on the African continent.”DotNxt contributes to technology in South Africa in a couple of ways, she adds. “Hopefully every day inspiring and educating clients and people we get in touch with to understand the potential of technology. We also help to grow and build technology companies and individuals freelancing, as we are sourcing partners, suppliers and extraordinary solutions on a daily basis for a range of projects. We operate on an outsourced model and every sale we make, someone else makes money as well. Lastly, through idea generation, we unlock potential for new technologies to be developed, companies to be formed and funding to be invested in sustainable businesses.”It is all about the ecosystem of innovation, Muller explains. “The more we inspire large organisations in South Africa to innovate, the more we unlock potential for innovative suppliers along the supply chain. The more we successfully manage and deliver, the lower the risk and the better returns we provide to brands, companies and investors funding projects and investing in technology providers.”The benefits to her clients include inspiring innovative thinking, vendor sourcing and selection, delivering projects in time and on budget, as well as ongoing monitoring. “Like with any business it evolves over time, but the idea to start an ‘innovation company’ has been with me for the last seven years,” says Muller. “I have always wanted to work in innovative environments on exciting projects that will make the world a better place, but I could not find that anywhere – consulting was too, well theoretical, agencies too marketing orientated, start-ups too one-product focused, corporates too slow, and then I stopped searching and decided to create.”DotNxt was initially inspired and influenced by companies such as Fjord www.fjordnet.com, Ideo www.ideo.com, Continuum Innovation www.continuuminnovation.com, and Frog Design www.frogdesign.com, in combination with the Sequoia Capitals of the world www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/sequoia-capital. It has recently launched a new division called Digital Training, which is seta accredited and will focus on training in companies large and small in new technologies, new ways of thinking, working and how to successfully launch innovation projects.“Thinking big, managing big and complex, soon DotNxt is going to manage projects that takes us to the moon, provides education for all of Africa or systems that enables global health care. And hopefully it won’t just be with specialised organisations, but brands, governments and high net worth individuals that step out of their comfort zones and start making things happen,” Muller adds.The government is also taking steps to grow technology in South Africa. Its Research and Development Strategy was launched in 2002 with the aim of enhancing the National System of Innovation. This involves a cluster of interacting public and private organisations dedicated to nurturing and developing science and technology, with the specific aim of accelerating economic growth.It has a respected and world-class science and technology community, and the country has been at the forefront of numerous projects involving globally significant and successful new ideas, techniques and technologies.The Department of Science and Technology, the government body responsible for the sector, budgeted R16.6-billion in its Medium Term Expenditure Framework for it. Of this, R4.96-billion was allocated to the 2012/13 financial year. The allocations to department public entities rose from R2.6-billion in 2012/13 to R2.9-billion in 2014/15 at an annual average growth rate of 5%. read more
MS Dhoni became the highest individual tax payer in the Bihar and Jharkhand region Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has paid Rs 20 crore income tax in 2013-14 to retain his pole position as the highest individual tax payer in the Bihar and Jharkhand region, a senior Income Tax official said on Friday.Dhoni has paid an income tax worth Rs 20 crore in 2013-14 to emerge as the highest tax payer in individual category in Bihar and Jharkhand region for sixth consecutive year, Principal Chief Commissioner, Patna, RK Rai told reporters.On the dip in the I-T paid by Dhoni this fiscal as compared to Rs 22 crore he paid last year, Rai said that the drop may be due to reduction in the Team India captain’s income from various sources.Dhoni’s income from advertisement sources might have come down this year, Rai said. read more
In recent years Touch SA has traveled up to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands in the North West of South Australia to introduce the sport of Touch to the indigenous people living there.Andy Crawford, a Development Officer from Touch SA, recently traveled to the region again, to conduct “introduction to Touch’ clinics throughout the schools in the region.His team traveled to Indulkana, Mimili, Fregon, Ernabella (Pukutja) and Amata snaking North West through the lands.They covered the only school in each community, with each school having 50-70 students. While each school had its own special moments, one highlight of the entire trip was the clinic held in Amata. As there was no school for the day, the only mode of advertising was word of mouth amongst the community. The group started with just 5 participants and over the course of the 2 hour clinic, another 35 people joined in, culminating in a game of 12 on 12 in the vacant area behind the school. The older members of the community came to investigate the noise and excitement, and ended up staying, cheering or trying to participate. (The photo is of the clinic at Amata.) The next stage of the plan for introducing Touch to the region is the Croc Festival in Port Augusta in early September. The aim of this is to further the awareness of Touch in the Aboriginal communities and isn’t exclusive to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands but is for the majority of the South Australian Indigenous population. The starting of a local affiliate in Port Augusta is in the planning stage which will allow opportunities for the students in the area to use their newly acquired skills.South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania all run tours such as this, using government funding designated for Indigenous Sports Programs. The programs are fantastic opportunities to bring Touch to all regions across Australia and to continue to improve opportunities for all to be involved with the sport. read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Great to see Skipp earn his chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed the team’s character for their late, late win over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.”That character is so important – and belief and the faith,” said the manager. “That is what pleased me the most. To see Oliver Skipp making his (full) debut or Ben Davies playing centre-back with Toby, it’s fantastic news for the team, playing one way or another, with different names. “Keeping the belief is so important and we’re so pleased with that. I celebrated at the end of the game because we knew it was going to be very tough and the three points mean a lot for us. These three points are so important for us to keep a very good position in the table.” read more
Grealish: Smith and I big Aston Villa fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa captain Jack Grealish enjoys playing for manager Dean Smith.The manager and captain are both lifelong fans.Grealish told The Sun: “It’s massive. The manager sees what it means because he is a Villa fan.“Everything I have done in my life, coming up, watching every game, going as a kid — he’s done all that as well.“With Dean, all you have to do is watch after the game and see how much family he has there.“He has about 40 of them at every single game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
N’Djamena: At least 37 people have been killed in fighting this week between rival ethnic groups in Chad, President Idriss Deby said on Friday. “The intercommunal conflict has become a national concern,” Deby said at a press conference to mark the country’s independence day. “We are witnessing a terrible phenomenon.” He said that in just three days, 37 people were killed in the eastern province of Ouaddie, a strategic area on the border with Sudan. Eastern Chad is in the grip of a cycle of violence between nomadic camel herders — many from the Zaghawa ethnic group from which Deby hails — and sedentary farmers from the Ouaddian community.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Melanie Joly was beaming like a proud parent on Tuesday morning as she stood in the foyer of the House of Commons and introduced Catherine Tait as the new president and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.Joly had reason to be pleased: After announcing last summer that every Canadian with access to the internet and a smidgen of chutzpah could apply for the top CBC job – it was democracy in action! – the Liberal government had managed to sift through the online chaff to pluck a winner who was actually worthy of the position.Better yet: Joly had found a kindred spirit. Tait, 60, was one of the first TV producers of her generation to move into digital production as a creator of early web series. So she was speaking from experience as she moved through the lines of her prepared speech and noted the ways in which the broadcasting industry has been disrupted. “Never before has content been in such demand on a worldwide basis, and never before have Canadians had the power to choose from such an abundance of content, to be accessed on any device, and to be viewed or listened to at any time,” she said. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement read more