Break the Silence: PM’s chief science adviser releases report on youth suicide

first_imgNZ Herald 28 July 2017Family First Comment: Lots of important debate on youth suicide at the moment – but here’s a key point from science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman “The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”. He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.A change in family structure and child-rearing practices. Yep.The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser today released a report on youth suicide.The evidence-based discussion paper analyses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and includes potential approaches to reduce New Zealand’s rates – which are among the highest in the developed world.“What’s different about this report I guess is the topic,” chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman told the Herald.“It’s a topic that is an important one and it’s a bloody complicated situation. There are multiple factors and there are people who think they may know the answer, but the whole situation is much more complex,” he said.Gluckman’s report was released during the middle of a major New Zealand Herald series that questions why we have the highest rates of youth suicide in the developed world and asks if we are doing enough to help our vulnerable children.The series has included 45 stories over the past four weeks with four major investigations. They uncovered an unprecedented and unreported youth suicide cluster in 2012; how New Zealand schools have been gagged from discussing suicide in classrooms; the rising numbers of suicidal children being turned down from our mental health services; and how almost half of our teenagers are self-harming before they leave school.Also today, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced he would extend funding for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee.“Our suicide rate is too high, particularly the rates for youth and specifically Maori and Pacific young people,” Coleman said.“Although wider interventions and support have been made available, there is always more we can do.”The committee will provide vital knowledge about patterns of suicide that will help guide new suicide prevention activities, Coleman said.The evidence-based discussion paper released today was prepared by Gluckman, together with departmental science advisers from the health, education, social development and justice sectors. The paper was sent to ministers this week and it can be read here.Gluckman told the Herald he first started working on a mental health report last year, but he was asked to target his research towards youth suicide in a request from Education Minister Nikki Kaye in May.The real problem with youth suicide, Gluckman said, was “you can’t predict it at the individual level”.“There are an awful lot of arguments and an awful lot of failed approaches in youth suicide,” he said.“That’s why we’re emphasising we need to be very careful with any intervention we do.”The research paper states youth suicide is “more than simply a mental health issue and that, with what we know at present, the focus must also include an emphasis on primary prevention starting from very early in life”.This means promoting resilience to emotional stress and building self-control skills in early childhood and primary school years. It also means raising mental health awareness and “ensuring that there are competent and adequate adult and peer support systems in secondary schools”, he said.New Zealand’s rate for teen (aged 15-19) suicide was the highest in the developed world in 2010, said the paper.It said in the two years between July 2014 and June 2016, there were a total of 238 suicides by those aged 12-24 years.However, the rates of hospital admission for self-harm are about 50-100-fold greater. Today the Herald published an investigation uncovering how almost half of our teenagers will self-harm before they leave high school.The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”.He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.“Compared to previous generations, youth face many more choices at an earlier age, but at the same time may have less clarity as to their path ahead,” Gluckman said.“The pace of these sociological and technological changes is unprecedented and it is not surprising that for many young people, particularly those with less psychological resilience, it can leave them with a growing sense of dislocation.”There is no “definitive solution” to this issue, Gluckman said.However, he pointed towards developing resilience to the stressors of growing up, reducing access to alcohol and enhancing the skills of young people for living in a digital world.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11895287last_img read more

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Ateneo, Adamson try to create buffer as UAAP’s top four teams collide

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Superliga named finalist in ‘Oscars for sports’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Ateneo and powerhouse Adamson seek to gain a cushion against their closest pursuers as the Top 4 teams take the floor on Saturday in UAAP Season 81 seniors basketball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Carrying a 6-2 record, the Blue Eagles battle the Far Eastern U Tamaraws at 4 p.m., after the Falcons, who share top spot with Ateneo, clash with the resurgent La Salle Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo will be without star wingman Thirdy Ravena, who will serve a suspension for an unsportsmanlike foul that was upgraded into a disqualifying foul upon review in their match against the University of the Philippines.Ravena’s suspension bars the star wingman, an MVP contender, from winning any individual award, this season. The incident stemmed from a punch that Ravena threw at Paul Desiderio of UP last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tamaraws are also playing without power forward Arvin Tolentino, whose disqualifying foul on University of Santo Tomas’ Zach Huang was his second infraction of the season. The league has slapped a two-game suspension on Tolentino, who will also miss the duel against UP on Tuesday.The Falcons and Archers are actually meeting just one week after La Salle prevailed over Adamson, 79-78, in overtime at the close of the first round last week. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I guess everybody is itching to get even with them which, I guess, is a good sign,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, whose team started the season on a five-game winning run. “But we’re playing our third game in a week. It’s nice to hype up the game, but if we’re playing another school, it’s still a must win for us. Bottom line is we want to maintain where we are now and get the [twice-to-beat] incentive.”The Archers, who, like the Tams own a 5-3 record, go to battle on the back of two straight victories against Adamson and University of the East.last_img read more

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HAY SIR, IS THAT YOUR NEW TRACTOR? FARMER BALES OUT!

first_imgHay – did you see this car?!It’s tough times for Donegal farmers.So instead of fuelling up the tractor to fetch a bit of hay, this farmer decided to take things on the hop.The car was parked outside Foy’s Home Decor in Letterkenny this week. We’re not sure if the driver was getting a lick of paint or some curtains for the car, but hay, it was a bit of craic. HAY SIR, IS THAT YOUR NEW TRACTOR? FARMER BALES OUT! was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DVD scheme to help poor schools

first_imgMathapelo Mothapo is a Grade 12 pupilfrom Soweto. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Lead SA, the new nation-building campaign, has set up a scheme to distribute educational DVDs to 100 schools in some of South Africa’s underprivileged areas.The syllabus revision DVDs, worth about R1-million (US$135 352), will be donated to public school matriculants in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces. Pupils will use them to prepare for their upcoming final examinations.Lead SA was established in early August 2010 by Primedia and Independent Newspapers, and has a broad focus – including wildlife protection. On 23 August it hosted a summit to help fight rhino poaching in the country.Produced by Primeducation, a subsidiary of Primedia, the DVDs cover six key study subjects: physical science, mathematics, mathematical literacy, life sciences, accountancy and English.By watching the DVDs, pupils will be able to grasp and revise contents from past lessons, said Lead SA.“Primeducation aims to positively influence and uplift the standards of education in South Africa by utilising digital technology that provides learners and educators with new, innovative and affordable learning as well as teaching materials,” said Issie Kirsh, Primeducation chairperson.“By collaborating with Lead SA, we hope to reach this goal, to support the forthcoming matric examinations.”Primeducation has also produced study DVDS for local universities such as the University of Cape Town, the University of South Africa, Wits University and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The Department of Basic Education will distribute the DVD sets, including teacher training booklets, to the schools. “These DVDs are certainly going to make a difference to both learners and teachers,” said Terry Volkwyn, CEO of Primedia Broadcasting.The public and other companies have been called in to expand the educational programme, and take it to the remaining provinces in the country. “There are so many schools that need this kind of material, so we really appeal to corporates or individuals or any institution that can help,” said Talk Radio 702 station manager Pheladi Gwangwa.Countdown to exam timeIt’s less than two months before South African matric pupils begin their final national examinations, and the Department of Basic Education has already released a timetable. The exams will start on 25 November and end on 3 December.The department said the schedule will not be changed, but the examinations could be delayed due to an ongoing, nationwide public workers’ strike – which has kept government teachers away from schools for more than two weeks.Although it’s no replacement for classroom learning, the department is distributing revision material through radio stations, television, the internet and newspapers to help matriculants and other pupils prepare for their exams. It started doing this before the strike started.The stay-away has not yet been called off, but schools remain open across the country and some pupils have even formed their own study groups to ensure they don’t fall too far behind. Teachers who are not part of the strike have also been working.Despite the instability, the Western Cape government announced that the September preliminary exams will go ahead as planned. “I am determined to ensure that the September exams continue as scheduled. I encourage parents to continue to send their children to school, especially Grade 12s, at this critical stage of the year,” said the province’s Education MEC Donald Grant.last_img read more

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How Alibaba Could Disrupt Amazon In The U.S.

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now bernard lunn 11 Main is owned by two e-commerce ventures recently acquired by Alibaba—Auctiva and Vendio. This fits with the indirect model sensitive to wooing innovation: Let American e-commerce entrepreneurs take on Amazon, backed by Alibaba’s cash and clout.Here’s what we know about Vendio from its Crunchbase profile:Founded in 1999, Vendio Services, Inc. (www.vendio.com) helps small to medium-sized merchants (SMM’s) succeed by offering them an integrated solution to manage their sales seamlessly and cost-effectively across multiple online sales channels including their online store, Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Shopzilla, and more. Each year over 80,000 merchants use Vendio’s award winning multi-channel platform and applications to sell nearly $2 billion in merchandise. The company also operates Dealio (www.dealio.com), a shopping and coupons site for consumers.That doesn’t seem to present not much threat to Amazon on the surface. Amazon already sells products from partners. Vendio offers merchants access to multiple channels—not just Amazon—and that was probably the appeal to Alibaba, but that alone does not look disruptive.Auctiva, meanwhile, mostly seems to offer tools to help people sell their wares on eBay. Its “about us” page, however, adds this:Auctiva was acquired in August 2010 by Alibaba.com, providing users integrated access to low-cost product sources through AliExpress—a global wholesale platform geared for smaller resellers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods.AliExpress, by the way, is—in the words of Slate’s Lily Hay Newman—”Alibaba’s hilarious, deeply bizarre, factory-outlet marketplace.”Finally, on the 11Main site itself, you can piece together the following description of the type of merchants the site is looking for:The Best Address For Your BusinessBuild a following of customers inspired to buy from you again and again.Connect With Customers11 Main is a shopping destination where hand-picked shop owners connect with customers in a stylish and professionally merchandised marketplace.On 11 Main, customers know who you are and can easily visit or follow your shop.Build one-to-one relationships with customersAttract new customers with special offers—some funded by 11 MainReceive promotional placement in 11 Main targeted marketingShare Your StoryAs an 11 Main shop owner, your brand identity is associated with every item you sell. Every connection with a customer is a personal one.Customers love to hear shop owners describe their journey, passion and point of view. Your identity shines through in your shop at 11 Main, and in your story.Simple, AffordableWe keep it simple and affordable, so we’ll always be the right place for your business. You’ll be able to offer your great items at great prices, and keep your customers coming back. Request an invitation to sell at 11 Main and we’ll tell you more.Is 11 Main Right For You?We hand-pick shop owners who:Sell interesting, quality products in 11 Main’s key categories Sell successfully onlineProvide great customer serviceDisplay clean, detailed images and write clear, original descriptionsOffer fast, reasonably-priced shipping, originating from within the U.S.Where you won’t find any information about 11 Main, however, is in Alibaba’s IPO prospectus. In 325 pages, 11 Main is mentioned exactly zero times.Putting The Pieces TogetherSo here’s how Alibaba can make all that work:Main Street merchants never quite got over being “Amazoned.” (Hey, it might be a funny story in the blogosphere, but when your family business goes bankrupt it ain’t funny). Groupon and other deal marketplaces claimed to ride to the rescue, but big discounts and promotions turned out to be a losing proposition for many retailers. American e-commerce entrepreneurs are not exactly winning Main Street’s popularity contest. An American store backed by a Chinese e-commerce entrepreneur might stand a better chance.Selling Chinese goods in the U.S. is clearly not the way to go. If Alibaba wants to position 11 Main as an American brand, it needs to sell a lot of made-in-America products.The open space is “artisanal”; it include exclusive fashion and other low volume, high price goods. It’s a wide-open territory that Amazon doesn’t dominate—and that it may have difficulty attacking effectively. This is the unclaimed market that Alibaba could win.Small merchants are more agile than behemoth retail chains; that’s why many of them moved into artisanal goods before e-commerce entrepreneurs spotted the trend. Big box stores have to get to WalMart scale to survive, but millions of mom-and-pop merchants are finding ways to thrive with differentiated merchandise, a friendly local vibe and an increasingly savvy digital presence.11 Main retailers could also act as local hubs in the supply chain. Order from 11 Main online, and it delivers your shipment for pickup at an 11 Main retailer near you. As a consumer, you get cheaper delivery, and small stores get foot traffic. This is the truly disruptive play for Alibaba.All this levels the playing field with Amazon, as Alibaba won’t have to build massive warehouses and a small air force of drones. And it could provide Alibaba with a ready-made and sympathetic PR line: It’s creating entrepreneurial jobs in America!Of course, neither Amazon nor its rivals will be standing still. Amazon’s recent “#AmazonCart” deal with Twitter, for instance, is geared toward helping it capture sales of such artisanal goods. And there will be more more where that came from.It should be an interesting fight. May the best store win.Lead image by Flickr user F.D. Richards, CC 2.0 Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has gotten lotsofattention thanks to its pending multi-billion-dollar U.S. IPO. It seems to have no immediate plans to expand in the U.S.—but that’s likely just a matter of time. And when it does, Amazon had better watch out, because Alibaba has a host of ready allies: the legions of mom-and-pop retailers that Amazon has left stranded in its wake.Let’s start with some background from Alibaba’s perspective. The company controls 80% of the Chinese e-commerce market, which means it needs new markets in order to grow. Its current model—acting as an e-commerce middleman that connects buyers and sellers—might translate well to some big emerging markets, but Alibaba will need to take a more subtle approach in America for three reasons:Culture clash: Alibaba is a Chinese consumer brand and Amazon is an American consumer brand managed by an incredibly smart and aggressive company. Guess which brand will win over American consumers? Jeff Bezos’s attitude to price wars has been “bring it on,” so Alibaba cannot expect to win on price alone.Trade friction: Things got ugly between Cisco and Huawei, and some people are already muttering about Alibaba in the U.S. as well (for instance, complaining that the Chinese company will get access to American consumers’ credit card information”). Alibaba will need to avoid getting drawn into the narrative of U.S.-China trade clashes; it would be a major PR fail. It badly needs a fan base among American consumers, not just among investment bankers.Tapping innovation: America is still the innovation capital of the world. New concepts get traction in America first and then make their way elsewhere. Innovation isn’t susceptible to brute force, frontal assaults; you have to woo it.The smart thing for Alibaba would be to take an indirect approach. Think of the way Microsoft won over developers in order to take over the PC market—a strategy emulated by countless startups since then. In the case of Alibaba, this means winning over Main Street merchants in the U.S.It’s probably no coincidence that Alibaba’s first online storefront for the U.S. is branded 11 Main.Sussing Out The Alibaba StrategyThe 11 Main site today is a placeholder, and Alibaba isn’t saying much about 11 Main on the record. What little we know, however, appears targeted more at entrepreneurs than consumers. Here’s the PR soundbite: “Alibaba is run by entrepreneurs and firmly believes in supporting entrepreneurs with great vision and a strong sense of mission for their companies.” Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#11 Main#Alibaba#Amazon#AmazonCart#artisanal retail#Auctiva#e-commerce#IPO#Vendio last_img read more

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THE FINAL DAY FROM THE COACHES BOX

first_imgFROM THE COACHES BOX – FINAL DAY ” Congratulations Boys you’ve done everything we’ve asked and 10% more – we’ve reached the highest rung and we’re taking the trophy home – go and get a soft drink, I don’t think your parents will have too much trouble shouting you one after that effort.” -NSW 12 Years Boys Coach John Clune in the victory huddle yesterday with his players. “We said the rides at Dream World made us nervous, but excited nervous, that’s how we should feel about the nerves we have when playing today’s final.” -Qld 12 Years Girls Coach Evan Willis explaining how the undefeated Qld team handled the weight of expectation on them to keep Queensland’s domination in this division going. “Beaten by a better team, but the Boys gave it all they had, can’t knock the effort level” – Qld 12 Years Boys Coach Jason Boyd reflects on the 4 -1 loss to NSW. “Take your time and make BIG signals – oh and have fun out there.”- Diminutive 12 year-old Kingaroy Junior Referee Daniel Ensor explains what he learnt from refereeing at the tournament. The ever-smiling Daniel has quite a few of his own `Billy Bowden’ type signals – his 10 metres is a classic. “Yeah, the Boys did well it’s a great way to win, NSW were pretty tough, they put it on us and that’s what you expect – but we had what it took to get there in the end… David Briggs and Josh Costello were great in attack and Dwayne Conlon thoroughly deserves his Player of the Series Award…. thanks to Dave Kirby, Simon Horsley, and Peter Bell for all their help as well.” -Qld 15 Years Boys Coach Dan Parker giving us his thoughts on the 15 Years Boys Grand Final. “The girls were fun to coach – it was a bit like `Bruce Reid with only sticky tape holding him together’ scenario – but we got there in the end and got the chocolates and I’m proud of them.” – Qld 15 Years Girls Coach Craig Slavin talking about winning the title and his team’s casualty ward of injured players. “Good to win, the girls got on great and Slavo and Sharon were fantastic – loved it, despite all the injuries I think we showed a lot of determination to get the win.” – Qld 15 Years Co- Captain Sam Hopkin after the win in the Grand Final. ” Look it’s Scott Sattler, dare you to challenge him to a game of `Run at me’.”- Two 12 Years Boys players after spotting Scott Sattler at the finals yesterday – the game they’re talking about involves one person saying `Run at Me’ and the other running straight at them in an effort to get past them – perhaps they should have just asked Scott to re-enact his famous cover tackle from the 2003 NRL grand final – that would be safer! “No worries, yell at you anytime.” – QSST’s Peter Bell in response to a `thank-you’ from Qld 15 Years Girls player Ash Cook for his help with Qld’s line defence. “It’s Boom Boom Banks.” -Tournament staff giving me heaps after I accidentally pumped up a touch ball for a young boy too much and it burst – Apologies for giving people in the vicinity near heart attacks.. Look, the kid only cried for a little while… don’t worry, I replaced the ball. “Bursting with enthusiasm aren’t you.” -Tournament Director Greg Norman to me a little while later, everyone’s a comedian…I’m tired!!! “Victoria scrapped past us with 10 lucky touchdowns, it’s fair to say the game was in the balance until the ref blew time on…seriously the Boys learnt heaps and gave it their all – had a ball, great tournament.” Who else? – Pete Hampson Tasmanian 15 Years Boys Manager whose ‘fit as racing snakes’ team will be back to do it all again next year along with all the other teams. Compiled by Karley Banks 31 October 2004last_img
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10 months agoArsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defence

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says manager Unai Emery’s defence isn’t good enough.Petit claims that Arsenal’s biggest weakness is their “average defence’ and ultimately that will undermine Emery’s chances of success this season.He told Paddy Power: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors. Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.”But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool. You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.” last_img read more

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Technology Minister Lauds JC Old Boys’ Association in New York

first_img Dr. Wheatley was the recipient of the Association’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award, which was presented to him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the Jamaica College Old Boys ‘Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) for its significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the diaspora and Jamaica. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the Jamaica College Old Boys ‘Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) for its significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the diaspora and Jamaica.“I welcome the focus of your organisation on implementing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programme for national development. There is no doubt that Jamaica College (JC) is the home for robotics innovation,” he said, at the Association’s third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser, at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Saturday, June 9.The Minister described the JC’s robotics team winning the prestigious Inspire Award at the first Tech Challenge in New York as a remarkable achievement by the students.Dr. Wheatley was the recipient of the Association’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award, which was presented to him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.The Minister also commended the association for its project team work, which is geared towards upgrading Jamaica’s national workforce with a target of 30,000 students with 21st century skills by 2030.For his part, President of the Association in New York, Carl Bennett, described Dr. Wheatley as a beacon of hope for a nation in need of direction towards competence, science and technology.“Your achievement as an academic, researcher, innovator and public servant has improved the lives of untold thousands of Jamaicans,” he told the Minister.During the event, the Association also recognised and presented awards to several individuals, including Dr. Robynne Chupkan and Vanessa Nole, who both received the Woman of Distinction Award; and Wenford Patrick Simpson, who received the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award.The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to four past students – Businessman, Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, and Drs. William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams.The screening of Trevor Rhone’s iconic film, ‘Smile Orange’, was the headline entertainment for the evening. “I welcome the focus of your organisation on implementing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programme for national development. There is no doubt that Jamaica College (JC) is the home for robotics innovation,” he said, at the Association’s third Annual Griffin Award and Fundraiser, at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Saturday, June 9. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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