Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come

first_img Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. Also Read: Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. Also Read: Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come “With more than 500,000 electric cars now on UK roads, this will help to increase this number even further as drivers continue to make the switch to cleaner, greener vehicles,” transport minister Rachel Maclean said. Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. Also Read: Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come Millie Turner ‘Range anxiety’ has curbed the uptake on EVs in the UK, with many families worried they would run out of charge before reaching their destination. Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. “With just a few months left until COP26 we are delighted to have been able to bring forward such a crucial enabler of the Prime Minister’s green recovery ambitions,” chief executive of Energy Networks Association, David Smith, said. Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. Also Read: Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come “This £300m down payment is just the start of building back a greener energy network which will see well over £40bn of investment in Britain’s energy networks in the next seven years,” Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley said. Monday 24 May 2021 10:27 am David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: Delivered over the next two years, the investment forms part of an estimated £40bn investment plan to bolster the UK’s EV infrastructure while maintaining secure supplies of electricity. In the bid for net zero, the non-ministerial government department has put money behind the electric vehicle sector, to instal 1,800 new charge points across motorway service areas and key trunk road spots. “The payment will support the rapid take up of electric vehicles which will be vital if Britain is to hit its climate change targets. Drivers need to be confident that they can charge their car quickly when they need to,” Brearley added. While electric car ownership is on the rise, Ofgem research has found that 36 per cent of households that do not intend to get an electric vehicle are put off making the switch over a lack of charging points near their home. whatsapp Delivered by Britain’s electricity networks, the network investment marks a firm bid in the UK’s climate commitments ahead of hosting the UN’s flagship climate conference, COP26. Tags: Climate change COP26 Electric cars Share The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, also known as Ofgem, has invested £300m into expanding the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network today, to push the pedal on the country’s low carbon future.   whatsapp The UK’s electric infrastructure needs a considerable upgrade to support the heightened demand for EV transport. “Delivering a green recovery for seas, skies and streets, over £300m of electricity distribution network investment will enable wide-ranging projects which help tackle some of our biggest Net Zero challenges, like electric vehicle range anxiety and the decarbonisation of heavier transport.” Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points, with £40bn more to come The investment will triple the current network, Ofgem said. Meanwhile, a further 1,750 charge points will be backed in towns and cities. Show Comments ▼ “In the year that Glasgow hosts the COP26 climate summit, the energy networks are rising to the challenge and working with us and partners to accelerate projects that can start now, benefiting consumers, boosting the economy and creating jobs.” Ofgem has attempted to combat this by pinning a network of motorway charging points, as well as in cities like Glasgow, Kirkwall, Warrington, Llandudno, York and Truro. The investment also covers more rural areas with charging points for commuters at train stations in North and Mid Wales and the electrification of the Windermere ferry.last_img read more

States Compete for Military Retirees

first_imgAging | Economy | MilitaryStates Compete for Military RetireesAugust 10, 2015 by Elaine S. Povich, Stateline Share:Retired Army Reserve Lt. Col. Philip Kowzan of Spokane, Washington, plays taps at a military honor funeral. States are competing to lower income taxes on military pensions to attract retirees. (AP)Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan roared into office this year ready to cut taxes, including exempting all military pensions from the state’s income tax. Despite a budget deficit and having to compromise with a Democratic legislature, he succeeded in doubling the exemption to $10,000 in annual income.Connecticut, also facing a budget shortfall, increased taxes on its wealthiest corporations but found room in the budget to get rid of its income tax on military retirement pay, joining 14 other states that do not tax the pensions.Maryland and Connecticut are part of a growing competition among states wanting to attract and keep military retirees, who are some of the best-educated, best-trained and youngest retirees around. Active military members are generally eligible for retirement after 20 years of service. The majority then get civilian jobs, turning their military training into skills for the private sector. As a result, they pay income taxes, sales taxes on everything they buy, and possibly business taxes, boosting the economies of the states they live in.Most veterans have lived in many places. Plenty of websites—with titles like Best Places for Military Retirees—can help them weigh the fiscal pros and cons of where they choose to live. While decisions on where to live might not be based only on tax rates, they’re a factor—and states know it.Nine states have no income tax. Of the 41 that do, 14 of them—Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—exempt all military pensions from taxation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Another 20 provide a partial exemption, as does the District of Columbia. Seven states—California, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Virginia—provide no exemption.“It’s a no-brainer,” said Rep. Bob Dettmer. The Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee in Minnesota is fighting for tax-exempt military pensions. “Most of them [retired military vets] are in their 40s. They are going to buy homes, they are going to buy vehicles and buy groceries. They bring economic value to your state. The skills they have learned through 20-plus years in the military can be transferred into civilian jobs.”But David Brunori, deputy publisher of Tax Analysts, a specialty publication, says any tax exemption of retirement income is bad policy.“Exempting military pensions from tax is good politics—everyone loves veterans,” he said. “But it is not targeted [to low-income people]. Some veterans go on to make a lot of money in the private sector and end up pretty well off. There is no reason in the world to exempt their income from tax.”Nationally, about 2.1 million military retirees are receiving pensions, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.Non-disabled military retirement pay is taxed by the federal government like any other income, unlike Social Security income, which is only taxed for higher-income earners, on a sliding scale. Only 13 states have a tax on Social Security income.Dashboard 1 Competition Between the States While veterans are represented in every state, some states attract more than others. Maryland, home to the U.S. Naval Academy and many defense contractors, is one of them.Maryland had 54,641 military retirees in 2014, 51,195 of them got pensions, totaling $1.5 billion annually or about $29,140 a person, according to the Defense Department. Before the governor and the legislature acted this year, only the first $5,000 of military retirement pay was exempt from the state’s income tax.Under the compromise reached with the legislature, the amount excluded from income tax doubled to $10,000—not nearly the exemption Hogan wanted, but one his spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver-Churchill called a “first step in a longer process of eliminating taxes on all retirement income in Maryland.”The state estimated the expanded exemption would cost $2.7 million in fiscal 2016 and about $3 million annually in subsequent years. Local taxes, which are tied to the state tax, would decrease by $2 million annually.In Connecticut, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and the legislature agreed to increase the exemption for military retirement pensions from 50 to 100 percent. That is estimated to cost the state’s treasury $10 million over the next two fiscal years. The loss will be more than covered by an increase in business taxes expected to bring in $1 billion.Rep. Matthew Lesser, chairman of the General Assembly Banking Committee, called the tax cut for military veterans popular. The only opposition came from those who questioned whether the state could afford it. It also put the state in a better position to compete for veterans with its neighbors—Massachusetts fully exempts military pensions and New Hampshire has no income tax.Rhode Island considered exempting military retirement pay, but instead chose to exempt Social Security payments for single recipients with up to $80,000 in adjusted gross income and $100,000 for joint filers, starting Jan. 1, 2016. The tax break will cost the state an estimated $9.3 million in revenue in fiscal 2017.A Matter of Fairness?Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called the tax break for Rhode Island retirees an effort to create a “friendly environment for our residents” and a “matter of fairness,” because Maine and Massachusetts don’t tax Social Security benefits. (All but 13 states provide some tax relief for Social Security income.) A proposal to also exempt military retirement pay from taxation proved to be too much, he said.In Minnesota, Dettmer’s effort to exempt military pensions from the income tax passed the Republican House this year but wasn’t approved in the Democratic Senate. He said Minnesota needs to provide the break to compete with its neighbors.“The states that border us don’t have that tax,” he said, “and I know a lot of retired military live just across the river in Wisconsin—and they work in Minnesota.”Share this story:last_img read more

State health officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine despite ‘extremely unlikely’ November timeline

first_imgCoronavirusState health officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine despite ‘extremely unlikely’ November timelineSeptember 8, 2020 by Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media Share:COVID-19 diagnostic panel. (Public domain photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is prepared to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as early as November, according to Alaska’s Immunization Program Manager, Matthew Bobo.Last week the federal government asked states to be ready to distribute a vaccine by November, but advisors in charge of the federal government’s vaccine development say it’s extremely unlikely a vaccine would be available by then, according to NPR.Alaska’s state health department has put together a working group to determine how to deploy the vaccine to Alaskans. It will go out in three phases, Bobo said Friday during a news conference with reporters.“We expect during phase 1 and phase 2, the supply will be constrained, so limited doses available,” Bobo said.Essential workers will have access to the vaccine first, then high-risk individuals and then the rest of the population.Bobo said he expects the federal government will release the vaccine under an emergency use authorization, or EUA. States do have the ability to require vaccinations, but under an EUA that isn’t possible.“Under an EUA you cannot make the vaccine required,” Bobo said. “So it would need to be licensed by the FDA before it can become a requirement by an employer, school, state, etc.”The vaccine will only be available to adults. A COVID-19 vaccine for children or pregnant women will not be available until next year or later, Bobo said, depending on clinical trials.The state has seen a decline in orders for other vaccines, which could be a concern, Bobo said. Since the first health mandate was issued in March, the immunization program saw a 69% decrease in total doses ordered compared to last year, and a 48% decrease in the total doses administered. Bobo said the decrease is most evident in older children, adolescents and adults.Bobo said up-to-date immunizations are still required for children in all school settings even though classes are being held in a variety of formats. He also said getting a flu vaccine, which is not required, is still a good idea and “extremely important this year” to help preserve medical resources for fighting the pandemic.“We don’t want an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease like measles during COVID-19,” Bobo said.Share this story:last_img read more

Promising study results thrust Viking Therapeutics into race for lucrative fatty liver disease treatment

first_img An experimental pill from Viking Therapeutics (VKTX) reduced liver fat in patients with early signs of fatty liver disease, according to results from a mid-stage clinical trial announced Tuesday.The promising clinical trial results thrust Viking into the mix of companies racing to develop new treatments for NASH, the commonly used acronym for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a chronic disease in which fat accumulates in the liver. GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags biotechdrug developmentSTAT+ What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] Biotech Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. @adamfeuerstein center_img Promising study results thrust Viking Therapeutics into race for lucrative fatty liver disease treatment Adobe Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Adam Feuerstein Sept. 18, 2018 Reprints Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints What’s included? Adam Feuersteinlast_img read more

NIH hospital’s pipes harbored uncommon bacteria that infected patients

first_imgHealth What’s included? GET STARTED By Ike Swetlitz Dec. 26, 2018 Reprints NIH hospital’s pipes harbored uncommon bacteria that infected patients NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. NIH Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Patients were infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria living in the plumbing of the National Institutes of Health’s hospital in Bethesda, Md., contributing to at least three deaths in 2016.A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that, from 2006 to 2016, at least 12 patients at the NIH Clinical Center, which provides experimental therapies and hosts research trials, were infected with Sphingomonas koreensis, an uncommon bacteria. The paper, written by NIH researchers, suggests that the infections came from contaminated water pipes, where the bacteria may have been living since as early as 2004, soon after construction of a new clinical center building. Tags government agencieshospitalsinfectious diseaselast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: President-elect Joe Biden introduces key foreign policy & national security nominees

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Joe Biden AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Florida minimum wage could increase to $15 even sooner once Biden takes office January 19, 2021 Here’s a schedule of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day events January 20, 2021 Advertisement Security increases around the state in preparation for the Biden Inauguration January 20, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. from Wilmington, DE., to introduce key foreign policy and national security nominees.WATCH LIVE: WATCH LIVE: 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day Coverage January 20, 2021last_img read more

Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised

Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By David Power – 25th April 2018 Facebook Rugby Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised WhatsApp Twitter TAGSConcernLaois Pinterest Home News Community Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised NewsCommunity WhatsApp The contribution of Laois people towards Concern Worldwide’s work over the last 50 years will be celebrated at a special event in Portlaoise on Thursday evening.Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency marks its 50th anniversary this year and will launch its ‘50 Years Of Your Concern’ roadshow in Portlaoise on April 26.The evening, which aims to recognise the contribution of local volunteers, will be held in the Portlaoise Parish Centre at St Peter and Paul’s Church from 8pm and will include a discussion about Concern’s work past and present.Concern Worldwide was established in the Dublin home of John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy in 1968 in response to a devastating famine in Biafra, with people all over Ireland raising the equivalent of €4 million to send a shipload of vital aid to the war-torn country.The organisation now works in 26 countries, providing emergency response and working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives.Concern’s pioneering role in the Irish aid sector was recognised by President Michael D Higgins with a presidential reception at Áras an Uachtaráin last month, with several long-serving Laois volunteers in attendance.Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley will be joined for the discussion by local woman Alice Culliton, who worked for Concern overseas for several years.Susan Finucane, a niece of founding members Fr Aengus and Jack Finucane and Concern’s Desk Officer for Burundi and Rwanda, will also be in attendance on the night.“Local communities have always been at the heart of what we do and we’ve been very lucky to have many loyal supporters in Laois who have been exceptionally generous over the years,” explained Richard Dixon, Director of Public Affairs with Concern Worldwide.Special“This event will give us a chance to recognise the special role that these volunteers play within Concern Worldwide and share stories that show the impact that those contributions have made all over the world.”The ’50 Years Of Your Concern’ event is open to all and those wishing to attend can secure their place by calling Luke Kavanagh on 01-4791309 or emailing [email protected] ALSO – Two Laois secondary schools scoop prestigious Mental Health Awards Previous articleGolden Car Wash in Laois Shopping Centre offers great deals for car wash service and valetNext articleFootpaths in local cemetery make it ‘dangerous to carry a corpse’ David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Community read more

New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for regeneration strategy for the town

first_img New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for regeneration strategy for the town Facebook The move to set up a new business association in the town comes as Laois County Council have issued a tender request for the provision of an urban regeneration strategy.“Portarlington Town Centre is a historic place with its own distinct identity tied to the Market Square and the Market House,” said Laois County Council on the etenders website. “Laois County Council has recently taken a lease on the Market House and wish to use this position to catalyse the heritage led regeneration of the historic core of Portarlington. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic Home News Business New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for… NewsBusiness A new Portarlington Business Association is to be set up, spearheaded by local Kildare South TD Cathal Berry who has an office in the town.The inaugural meeting of the Portarlington Business Association will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 25, at 7pm in Portarlington Enterprise Centre on the Canal Road in the town.The invitation is open to all business owners in the town but because of the current Covid-19 restrictions, places will be limited.It’s understood that new members will be able to be facilitated on a Zoom call also.Anyone wishing to attend can contact Karen Healy in Cathal Berry’s office by emailing [email protected] TAGSCathal BerryPortarlingtonPortarlington Business Association “Tenders are invited from suitably qualified and experienced companies to prepare a heritage-led urban regeneration Strategy for Portarlington  that will develop and deliver a vision for the future of the town supported by an action plan with a clear framework for delivering those actions(Layout, form and design).“The heritage led Urban Regeneration Strategy for Portarlington needs to consider a number of key components to ensure the proper planning of a successful strategy for the town centre of Portarlington.These components are:• A vision for the public realm and the historic Market Square, Main Street, Spa Street and French church street detailing how these can be central to the regeneration of the historic core of the town, leading to urban regeneration in the surrounding modern areas;• Appropriate conservation of the Market House (a protected structure RPS 113, NIAH 12900209) and its setting in the Market Square Area;• The creation of linkages from the Market Square and Main Street to adjoining amenities (e.g. River Barrow, People’s Park, Leisure Centre and playgrounds)and the possibility of links between the town centre and Derryounce Bog – Trails and Lakes and the Barrow Blueway;• Traffic management including proposals to look at potential for pedestrianisation within the town centre;• Connectivity with the Train Station and the development of the walking and cycling infrastructure within the town centre;• The potential for provision of enterprise and economic development within the town centre;• The area improvements which need to be created both in the built environment and in the hard and soft landscaping.SEE ALSO – Activity begins to return to Laois property scene with 60 homes recorded as sold in July By Alan Hartnett – 24th August 2020 Previous articleHeavy rain and strong winds forecast as second storm in a week poised to strikeNext articleGAA cancel all ‘Club+ Season Tickets’ and issue refunds Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. News Pinterest WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

2014 Catalyst Canada honours champions announced

first_img Access to capital, low trust in banks cited as barriers to Black entrepreneurs James Langton Additionally, Howard Wetston, chairman and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission, receives Special Recognition – Board Diversity Champion for his work advancing women to board leadership. “A long-term advocate of inclusive workplaces, he has been the driving force behind the OSC’s proposed rule amendments regarding the representation of women on boards and in senior management,” Catalyst Canada notes. Earlier this year the OSC proposed rule amendments that would require TSX-listed issuers (and other non-venture issuers) to provide disclosure of their policies regarding the representation of women on the board, their process to consider women when selecting directors and executive officers, the number of women in board and executive positions, and their targets for for female representation. The comment period for those proposals closed in mid April. Moore has supported and developed women and minorities at all levels of Chubb Canada, most recently bringing women’s representation in leadership up to 56%. Hirji has primary responsibility for implementing RBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Her accomplishments include the establishment of a Global RBC Diversity Leadership Council, oversight of the first RBC Diversity Blueprint, and creation of the Diversity Dialogues Reciprocal Mentoring Program, an innovative model that positions mentors and mentees as partners in learning about diversity. The five will be honoured for her commitment to advancing women and diversity and inclusion at The 5th Annual Catalyst Canada Honours dinner on Wednesday, October 8, at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Keywords Awards,  Women,  DiversityCompanies Catalyst Canada Providing funding and inspiration for Black entrepreneurs Catalyst Canada will honour five Canadian corporate leaders for their ongoing leadership in advancing women and minorities in business, the nonprofit organization said Thursday. Marking the fifth anniversary of its awards, Catalyst Canada announced the 2014 Champions: Dean Johnson, president and CEO, Sodexo Canada; Ellen Moore, president and CEO, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada; Sharon MacLeod, vice president, personal care, North America, Unilever; and Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer, Royal Bank of Canada. center_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Feds should be ‘cautious’ and avoid overstimulation with upcoming budget: RBC CEO Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Education Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission

first_imgRelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has announced that the Ministry will be establishing a Parent Support Commission which will liaise with substance abuse intervention institutions to provide information and support to parents whose children are victims of substance abuse.Mr. Holness was speaking on Thursday at the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) Public Forum on Substance Abuse and Youth at Eden Gardens,St Andrew. The Minister said that the intervention is part of a new thrust of his Ministry to ease the stress on parents whose children are trapped by substance abuse and who need help in coping.“The parents out there under stress. They don’t know how to identify the signs of drug abuse; they don’t know how to identify when their child requires special attention; and even when they are able to identify these signs, they don’t know where to go for help,” Mr. Holness observed.He added that through the Parent Commission an institutional framework would be established to deepen the network between Government and non-Governmental organizations involved in substance abuse intervention.“We have to put the institutional framework in place to use Government funding to partner in an effective and meaningful way with the agencies that are already on the ground. We also have to take advantage of the synergies and skills in these areas to tackle this problem”, the Minister said.Mr. Holness expressed alarm at the statistics coming from various surveys conducted by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) in the island’s schools. A 2003 survey showed that 72 per cent of those interviewed had experimented with alcohol, while 26 per cent had smoked cigarettes, with 17 per cent smoking ganja.A 2006 survey indicated that children as young as eight were smoking cigarettes, with 28 per cent of adolescents also confessing to smoking cigarettes.The Minister told the gathering that he was eager to learn more about the problem plaguing the nation’s youth with a view to making a meaningful contribution to its containment. Also addressing the forum was the Executive Director of the NCDA, Mr. Michael Tucker, who disclosed that in the coming year, the NCDA would be focusing its efforts on increasing the provision of primary treatment services in communities, generating quantitative and qualitative data to inform the agency’s work and increasing its advocacy work for greater national awareness and intervention on substance abuse control. He also said the Agency would be re-establishing the community group network as a way of re-engaging communities in the fight against substance abuse.The Forum, which wraps up National Drug Awareness month, was held under the theme: “Monitoring the Future – What Jamaica’s Parents must do about Substance Abuse.” RelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission Education Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission UncategorizedDecember 2, 2007center_img Advertisements RelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commissionlast_img read more