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Christchurch teens increasingly violent towards parents

first_imgNewstalk ZB 14 May 2013Christchurch teenagers are said to be increasingly violent towards their parents – and the earthquakes are being blamed.Staff at the Womens Refuge have noticed an increase in mainly male teenagers domestically abusing their family members – and it seems mothers are the first to cop it.Additional staff have had to be recruited due to increased demands like this at the refuge.Spokeswoman Julie McCloy says the increase has been over the past two years.“Perhaps what we’ve seen is just that accumulation of stress and maybe see young people who have grown up in a difficult or abusive environment and you add that extra stress to it, they don’t know how to handle their emotions.”Ms McCloy says it’s a worrying trend.“Over probably about 25 percent of the police reports we get there’ll be incidents where a young person is involved as a perpetrator of violence so that’s significant.”She says the youngest they’ve seen was 14-years-old.They’re not expecting the boom to drop off anytime soon.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/wellington/news/regch/1804940486-worrying-trend-amongst-christchurch-teenslast_img read more

Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one status

first_imgAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament.The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand. Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long.Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one statusEurosport UK1 hour agoAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament. The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand.Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long. The American, who served a total of 18 aces, had two chances to break back in the following game as he opened up a 40-15 lead.Murray saved the first with a routine volley after managing to lob his 2.08-metre opponent, and forced Isner to bury a backhand into the net on the second.He bagged the opening set with an unreturned serve having made only four unforced errors.Isner earned three break points thanks to a splendid drop shot followed by a forehand winner. Murray saved them all, the last one with a second-serve ace, and staved off another one to stay level.In the tiebreak, Isner went 4-2 up when Murray double faulted, and the American closed it out with a booming forehand winner to send the contest into a decider.last_img read more

Productivity Most Pressing Development Issue – Minister Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Five Teams to Represent Country in 2018 IBMC

first_img Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11. The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate. Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC. Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11.Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC.Queritel will be joined by first and second runners-up, Eco-Structures and Pneulyfe, representing the UWI and Northern Caribbean University (NCU), respectively.The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate.This year’s record number of NBMC entrants results from Jamaica securing four of the 12 coveted spaces offered in the IBMC’s highly competitive ‘At Large Round’, a feat never before accomplished.The DBJ’s Jamaica Venture Capital Programme Project Coordinator, Audrey Richards, who coordinates the NBMC, describes this as a “tremendous achievement”.“It endorses the work our universities are doing in building future business leaders. It is an endorsement of the quality of the judges at our competition, and it sends a signal that the work we, the Development Bank of Jamaica though the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme, are doing with our universities and, indeed (towards) the development of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, is on the right path,” she says.There is great anticipation of Jamaica doing well again in the upcoming IBMC, to replicate and even surpass impressive performances recorded by teams entering since 2014, when the country sent its first representative.Jamaican teams have consistently finished in the top 10, despite competing against thousands of participants from over 40 colleges and universities across the world.The 2014 NBMC winner, Herboo Enterprise, placed eighth; 2015 champion, JarGro Enterprise, reached the semi-finals; 2016 winner, Guardana Inc, which received honorary mention – sixth; and 2017 champion, Natsima Nutraceuticals – fourth.The replication or surpassing of these placements would cap a record-breaking year for the NBMC, which saw the UWI, through Queritel, winning the competition for the first time and, in the process, breaking NCU’s dominance of the initiative since its inception.The competition, which is designed to encourage and promote the creative and innovative thinking of students, facilitates local entrepreneurial skills and enhances collaboration and communication between stakeholders in the private sector and academia.According to Querital’s Vice President for Marketing and Operations, Kedonne Martin, “originally the idea for Queritel was (to name the entity) Research Aid Plus, which came up after realising that students on campus needed research work done and they needed help with this… so they came to us”.“After working with this idea for a year and pitching it, we realised that it made more sense to (market it) to entrepreneurs, who would be more willing to pay for this service. So, we pivoted to Queritel and, since then, we have had over 120 customers and made over US$6,000 in revenue, and it has been amazing. Winning this competition is another form of validation for us, and we are so happy for it,” he says.The members of Querital copped the winning prize of $2 million, plus an all-expense paid trip to the IBMC, slated for the prestigious Utah Valley Convention Centre and the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Centre.Prizes totalling $4 million were up for grabs in this year’s NBMC, which was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, through the Multilateral Investment Fund; PanJam Investment; Restaurant Associates, through its flagship brand, Burger King; Musson Foundation; NCB Foundation; Sagicor Group; Scotiabank; GK Capital Management; and the PetroCaribe Development Fund.The IBMC is sponsored by the Kevin and Debra Rollins Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, headquartered in Provo, Utah.The entrepreneurship programme at the Marriott School, which has campuses/students across the United States and in 105 other countries, is consistently ranked among the top such offered, annually. 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