Condom Use Remains Constant UncategorizedFebruary 11, 2008 RelatedCondom Use Remains Constant RelatedCondom Use Remains Constant RelatedCondom Use Remains Constant FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The level of condom use in Jamaica has remained constant over the last six to 10 years, with 70 per cent of men and women reported using condoms when last having intercourse.Speaking to JIS News, Behaviour Change Communication Officer for the National HIV/STI Programme in the Ministry of Health and Environment, Carla Moore said that this was a “good thing,” as there has been no fall off throughout those years.However, she admitted that while the level of use has been high, there was a realization that the remaining 30 per cent required targeted interventions. “We have to be addressing what we need to do to really get these persons to use condoms. The first thing you have to do is figure out who they are,” she noted.Miss Moore disclosed that there was an increase in the number of persons requesting HIV tests, which she remarked was “really excellent,” as this was one of the main steps of stemming the spread of HIV. “Having persons know their status so that they can take the necessary steps, whether it may be treatment or otherwise, helps to reinforce the need to practise safer sex,” she pointed out.It is against this background that Safer Sex Week (February 11 to 16) will be observed under the theme, ‘Condom is a mus’. Know yu’ status’.According to Miss Moore, the theme reflected a two-part focus, which is to continue to promote correct and consistent condom use and also to promote HIV testing. Another focus, while not reflected in the theme, is empowerment, which is a continuation of the emphasis on last year’s World AIDS Day in December.For this year, the national activities will be confined to Portmore, St. Catherine and this involves community outreaches. On February 14 and 15, personnel from the Ministry of Health and Environment will be in Gregory Park and Braeton, from noon to 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., respectively.“At these events we will offering free HIV testing, in addition to inviting empowerment organizations such as HEART Trust/NTA, Women’s Centre, Children First and National Council on Drug Abuse. These are organizations that offer tangible services that persons can use to empower and better themselves,” she informed. Miss Moore said that over the years, the observation of the week has been very effective in promoting condom use and safer sex, as it includes Valentine’s Day, which happens to be a day when persons are particularly amorous with one another. Observation of the week was first started in 1994, because the Ministry of Health saw the need for increased emphasis on the message of protection during sexual activity. By dedicating a week of activities, the Ministry has been able to reach a large number of people with the message of safer sex. Advertisements
The body representing amateur clubs in Cameroon (ACFAC) have lodged two cases against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the loss of the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).Cameroon were stripped of the rights to host the 2019 AFCON on 30 November 30 by CAF due infrastructure and security concerns.“We have two cases at CAS, first to over CAF’s decision to increase the participating countries from 16 to 24 and a second to contest the decision to strip Cameroon of hosting rights,” ACFAC explained.In 2014, when Cameroon were awarded the rights to host the finals, it was set to be a 16-nation tournament but that was increased to 24 teams in July 2017.“Things were going to be difficult for Cameroon. CAF should shoulder the blame and this is why we have decided to take legal action against CAF,” said the ACFAC president Henri Claude Balla Ongolo, who spoke to BBC Sport.“We are viable as hosts. We are five months away and a lot of things can change.”CAF has said that Cameroon has will now host the 2021 Nations Cup finals instead of Ivory Coast, who were originally awarded the rights for that tournament.The confederation has confirmed that Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has officially accepted the chance to host the 2021 event.The confirmation came despite some executive committee members saying that no formal decision had been taken by them.Ivory Coast have also lodged a complaint with CAS against CAF over the apparent decision to ask them to host 2023 rather than in 2021.Egypt and South Africa have both submitted bids to CAF to replace Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 AFCON, with a decision expected on January 9, 2019, when the Executive Committee meet in Senegal.Related
A single fragment of cargo crime reflects just how big supply-chain issues are becoming for retailers. The battle with cargo thieves is as long as human history. The theft of yesteryear involved pirates attacking merchant routes—and it’s no different now. Trucks have simply replaced wooden ships and horse-drawn stagecoaches. International crime syndicates are today’s marauders.Indeed, if you contemplate everything that shipments of retail goods go through—the threats they must avoid, the obstacles to overcome, the roadblocks to navigate—it can seem downright miraculous that packages ever get to where they’re supposed to go. Risk is a cargo shipment’s constant companion, whether it’s sailing on seas, flying in the sky, or traversing the roads and rails.Previously, we peeked behind the curtain of supply-chain risk management, taking an overview of the myriad activities related to sourcing, procurement, conversion, and logistics—and the risks inherent in all of them. Here, we undertake a similar look-see into one extremely small segment of supply-chain risk: cargo crimes against domestic ground shipments while in transit.- Sponsor – Cargo relates to shipments via rail cars, planes, or trucks from the point of origin to final destination. If any merchandise is stolen in between—at a storage facility, terminal, warehouse, wharf, truck stop, or highway—then it is called cargo theft. Theft related to cargo during ground transport is perhaps the risk we’re all most familiar with, and yet—as with the supply chain more broadly—the closer you look at the risks, the more complicated security seems to be.Data provides useful intelligence, certainly. By demonstrating that most cargo theft occurs on weekends, for example, extra precautions can be taken during that time frame.But the risk picture is also a little murky. A complete and accurate understanding of cargo crime is hamstrung by limited reporting by the transport industry, fuzziness over exactly who is the “victim” when shipments are stolen, and by the absence of law enforcement systems to ensure consistency in reporting and tracking. While we know a lot about cargo crime—the when, where, and how—there is much we don’t know, especially exactly how often it occurs and how much value is lost because of it.Cargo crime mirrors the broader supply-chain network in another way. Just as the supply chain is growing ever more intricate and fragmented, the tentacles of cargo crime continue to spread. A retailer’s risk today, for example, more frequently extends beyond the 53-foot trailer, and is now reaching all the way to the doorsteps of customers.An Evolving ProblemThe danger starts as soon as a load of cargo is loaded on a truck. It’s at risk from curtain slashing, pilferage, hijacking, vehicle theft, theft of full or partial truckloads, and last-mile courier problems. It’s even at risk during loading, in the guise of deceptive pick-up. Cargo endures additional risk because carriers often sub-contract with multiple other transportation providers, and it’s multiplied because shipments aren’t typically able to be received 24/7. Economic losses include those related to insurance, re-order costs, administrative costs, claims, and most noticeably, top-line sales.While the universe of risk to ground cargo is expansive, the locations of crimes are rather narrow. The bulk occurs within relatively few geographic areas—typically near big ports and in states that are a logistic hub. Data show a vast majority of cargo thefts occur in a handful of states: California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. Most theft of cargo takes place within the first 250 miles from the point of origin or destination, and two-thirds of it has traditionally occurred on weekends.The risk of theft is changing, however, along with the evolution of cargo delivery. Less-than-full truckload theft now comprises a larger slice of the theft pie. Trucking is becoming more regional as omni-channel matures the value of more numerous, smaller distribution centers that can get products into customer’s hands more quickly. Shorter transportation runs are taking up a greater share of the time that cargo is on the road and midweek thefts are creeping up. It’s one reason why a truck driver with a full belly and a full tank of gas are often a cargo load’s best fried.Have a Winning StrategyDistance and route planning are only parts of the equation when assessing the risk to cargo in transit. The type of shipment, including its value and exposure (such as whether it’s to be transported on an open flatbed truck) should directly impact carrier selection. Do you need a basic carrier with decent insurance and safety programs? Something more? Will the carrier be using sub-contractors? Just how many layers are in the transportation network?Carrier selection is a key component of minimizing risk in ground transportation, which includes asking the right questions, and critiquing training programs and hiring standards of transportation partners. Properly assessing vulnerabilities requires identifying not only direct risks but risks to other entities, as well as those caused by the transportation linkages between them.Contracts, too, require review from an LP perspective. Executives can help their companies ensure that carriers don’t just have the right insurance coverage but also the right security protocols; that they aren’t just available and cheaper, but are also appropriately risk adverse.Of course, domestic ground cargo isn’t only vulnerable in trucks. There are bridges, including a handful in dominant rail spur areas, that are famous for providing easy access to rail shipments. Seals do often provide some level of deterrence at this point, but the volume of shortages in rail shipments is still both massive and frequently uncounted.Ultimately, however, the impact of last-mile issues might dwarf those from security disruptions in trailer and rail shipments. When customer packages are late or stolen, companies can suffer losses and lose customers. Additionally, the potential for loss due to fraudulent claims of non-delivery can have a material impact on a retailer’s business. Today, competition more frequently takes place at the level of distribution—rather than at the level of production—and the winners will be companies that can satisfy the demands of legitimate customers without allowing fraudulent ones to eat away the benefits.Today’s supply chain networks are growing in structural complexity. It’s making transport and logistics operations more vulnerable to many types of risks, including that of theft in ground transportation. The solutions are, naturally, as varied as the modes of transportation themselves, but they are often best derived in pursuit of common goals: collaboration and visibility.In order to keep better control cargo shipments, companies have started to implement more layered and collaborative strategies across their networks. Shared visibility allows for appropriate mitigation by all parties, measures that can curb theft risk across transportation networks to the benefit of all stakeholders. From enhancing safety and security for those knights of the highway who crisscross the country on our behalf, to helping retail transportation and logistics teams sleep at night—with at least one eye closed. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
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This article was written by Andrew Webster from the Sydney Morning Herald.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/midas-touch-merger-tees-up-golden-future-for-the-game-20130808-2rkor.html#ixzz2bNmWqwQHFairfax Media can reveal a merger between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will be announced early next week – making it the largest strategic alliance between two sports in Australia.It comes after two years of negotiations, which have intensified in the past six months since the appointment of Dave Smith as NRL chief executive, and brings together the sports after they effectively split 40 years ago.”It’s a family that should be together,” a senior NRL official said on Thursday. ”It allows us to bring the game to so many people, in so many different ways, from touch to tag to tackle. It’s a phenomenal move for us strategically.”Touch has been responsible for unearthing some of the game’s biggest names.Wests Tigers superstar Benji Marshall, who represented Australia in the sport, is the most notable. Shaun Johnson and Matt Moylan are also products, while Darren Lockyer and Johnathan Thurston represented Queensland at touch football on their way to their rugby league careers.The alliance is a strategic masterstroke in the NRL’s battle with the AFL because it provides a non-contact version of the sport under its own banner.Touch has more than 500,000 participants, across 324 local competitions, and is played by age groups from five to 70 years – all year round.Rugby league has more than 536,000 players, making the combined total of the two codes more than a million.”This allows us the ability to come in touch with a more diverse group of people who participate in league or a non-contact version of rugby league,” one league official said. ”It allows people to be involved from a contact or non-contact perspective, all year round from ages of five to 70. We want more people to be involved in our game, and this is actions speaking louder than words.”There is a small hitch to the new relationship, though, with the popular OzTag – which has more than 130,000 participants – failing to reach an agreement with the NRL.It is understood the NRL refused to pay the asking price OzTag operators wanted to take over the commercial rights to their sport. The NRL version of tag football is the lesser-known version of the code called ”league tag”.Nevertheless, the benefit for touch football is enormous, especially for a sport with such a strong presence at the grassroots level.”We’re very happy with the alliance,” one senior TFA official said. ”Joining the NRL means we can broaden our appeal, profile and reach as part of a bigger business. It gives us more opportunities than ever before for our sport. It’s been a long process to get this far, but a worthwhile one. Touch grew out of rugby league in the mid-1960s and the sports have been separate since then. But this will allow us to take touch into new markets.”This article was written by Andrew Webster from the Sydney Morning Herald.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/midas-touch-merger-tees-up-golden-future-for-the-game-20130808-2rkor.html#ixzz2bNmWqwQHRelated LinksMidas Touch
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: Players must be honest with themselvesby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding better from his players after defeat to Chelsea.Hasenhuttl has laid down a challenge to his entire squad to lift their levels after three Premier League defeats in a row heading into the October international break.He said: “We only have a chance to turn around if you see clear and be very honest and say ‘ok, this is not enough, we must do it much better’, and then we have to work on it.“If we are as a team more committed than we are at the moment then we have chances to take something.“At the moment the work against the ball is not really in the net we normally do it and in one against one situations we know they are always very strong.“When you see Willian in a one against one situation you know he is very strong and you cannot stop him but with three guys maybe you can do it.“We have time now, two weeks, to work on this and then we must play better than at the moment.”
There were a number of interesting Twitter conversations between former student-athletes during last night’s ACC Tournament title game, but none was more entertaining than the one between former Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix and former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. Nix clearly had the last laugh, since his Fighting Irish prevailed to win their first conference tournament [email protected]— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 15, [email protected] You are who we thought you were.— lOUIS NIX III (@1irishchocolate) March 15, [email protected] lol please we play yall my junior year.. That don’t happen in football @IamTJJones13 yeah I said it— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 15, 2015 @Ebron85 @IamTJJones13 Feeling Carolina Blue? 🙁— lOUIS NIX III (@1irishchocolate) March 15, [email protected] @IamTJJones13 better than feeling like that green— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 15, [email protected] @IamTJJones13 You mean ACC Champs? OK!— lOUIS NIX III (@1irishchocolate) March 15, [email protected] @IamTJJones13 goodbye— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 15, 2015 Point goes to Nix – though it’s hard to lose when your team wins.
In an aim to improve our customer experience, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) wishes to advise all our stakeholders that we have revised our Record Updating application forms and usage has commenced WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. Story Highlights In an aim to improve our customer experience, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) wishes to advise all our stakeholders that we have revised our Record Updating application forms and usage has commenced WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.In the interim, the RGD will continue to accept all old application forms submitted by our customers.However, we ask our customers to observe the following timelines:As at the 1st of May, 2019, only the revised application forms will be available on the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jmAs at the 1st of October, 2019, all old applications forms will be phased out. This means the Agency will no longer be accepting the old application forms.For further information visit our website at www.rgd.gov.jm; send us an email at [email protected]; or at facebook.com/rgd.jamaica; contact the Marketing and Planning Department at 876 619-1260 Ext. 6111-3 and 6104 In the interim, the RGD will continue to accept all old application forms submitted by our customers. However, we ask our customers to observe the following timelines:As at the 1st of May, 2019, only the revised application forms will be available on the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jmAs at the 1st of October, 2019, all old applications forms will be phased out. This means the Agency will no longer be accepting the old application forms.
TORONTO – A growing number of Canadian businesses are providing programs and services geared toward autistic people, but some adult members of their target audience want more of a say on how the offerings are developed.Organizations from movie chains to airports to blood services labs have designed programs geared toward addressing the needs of people with sensory sensitivities or cognitive disabilities.The programs range from digital apps laying out steps of common activities that take place at a business to special “sensory friendly” events with features such as brighter lighting and lower sound.Many of the companies involved in the growing trend say they’re committed to supporting an underserved population, adding that members of the autistic community have had a say in the development of their programs.But some autistic adults, while welcoming the focus on better accommodation, say they need a more prominent seat at the table as they have perspectives to offer that may not be available from some high-profile autism advocacy and support organizations.They say many of those organizations are led by therapists or parents of autistic children and may not be equipped to accurately convey the needs of adults with direct experience living with autism.Their input, they say, could do much to ensure current and future programs are inclusive for people in the autistic community and beyond.“There is a need for inclusive services. I’m very glad that there is this shift and focus on providing accommodations, not only in schools, but in the places we go to in our everyday lives,” said Vivian Ly, president of Canadian Autistics United (CAU), an advocacy group led by adults with autism. “However, we have not been consulted on a lot of them.”Ly, who asked to be referred to by gender-neutral pronouns they/them/their, said it’s common to see businesses turn to advocacy groups led by non-autistic people for advice on how to develop services for people who are not considered “neurotypical.”When CAU has offered to consult on new business offerings, Ly said they are often congratulated for their work but not ultimately included.Ly said all parties have a legitimate stake in discussions around autistic-specific programs, but said adults with autism should have a larger share of the conversation.For instance, Ly said, they’d have advice to offer on initiatives such as the “Serving Clients with Autism” program at blood services provider LifeLabs.The company’s chief executive, Sue Paish, said the program that’s designed to make the blood collection process less overwhelming for autistic patients was inspired by a parent concerned about having to sedate their child in order to perform a basic blood test.After consulting numerous groups, including at least some prospective patients, Paish said the company has at least one person trained to administer the program in each of its more than 300 facilities across British Columbia and Ontario.“Some of the things that we naturally do in a customer-service organization to make customers feel welcome are the opposite of what these patients need and want,” Paish said, adding staff are trained to have in-depth conversations with all patients to determine their individual needs. “That’s why the focus is on connecting and understanding.”Ly, who has used the service, said LifeLabs is very much on the right track. But, Ly added, staff should be more proactive when establishing patients’ personal comfort level around touch.“It would be great to have health-care professionals not put the onus on us to clarify that we don’t like to be touched unless we’re warned.”Maggie Dimock, a former Winnipeg resident currently living in the U.S., said entertainment companies catering to neurodiverse audiences could also benefit from more direct feedback from adults with autism like herself.She cited companies such as Cineplex who offer periodic “sensory friendly” movie viewings.Those events are almost exclusively geared toward children, with animated films and other age-appropriate offerings scheduled to air in mid-afternoon timeslots that often aren’t accessible for adults, she said.Cineplex did not respond to a request for comment, but its website said it is working on expanding screenings to “be geared towards teens and young adults as well.”Sensory friendly shopping events also tend to be offered during compressed time windows, Dimock said. Extending those hours would allow businesses to accommodate more people, reduce crowd sizes and offer an additional benefit to those uncomfortable in large groups, she said.Addressing individual comfort levels is one of the main goals of Magnusmode Ltd, a Waterloo, Ont.-based company that works with other businesses to provide how-to guides for the autistic public.Founder Nadia Hamilton said she was inspired to develop the company’s signature MagnusCards app after witnessing how much her brother Troy would benefit from step-by-step instructions on various tasks.The app features digital card decks on tasks ranging from banking to ordering food to navigating an airport, due in part to collaborations with companies including CIBC, Tim Hortons and the operator of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.Drawing on her past career as a support worker, Hamilton said she consulted with her brother, other autistic people and autism organizations to develop her products.“I saw an opportunity … to build a bridge from the couch to the community. These individuals are usually relegated to a lifetime of being observers of the world. We wanted to create something that would help them to participate and be part of it when and how they wanted to be.”Hamilton said the app also allows individuals and caregivers to design their own decks for tasks best suited to their circumstances.Calgary resident Riki Entz said, however, that some may feel products like the MagnusCards app suggest autistic people must change to suit society rather than the other way around.“Nowhere in this process does anyone else have any responsibility,” Entz said. “I do not feel safer because I do not trust that people at (those) places would know how to best treat an autistic person.”