Archive for July 5th, 2010

The truth about drugs

| 05/07/2010 | 8 Comments

On the International Day Against Drugs this year (26 June) Mark Scotland, the minister with responsibility for health said, “Teenagers and young adults are particularly vulnerable to using illicit drugs. Many times they are subjected to strong peer pressure to experiment with illicit drugs. Moreover, young people tend to be either misinformed or insufficiently aware of the health risks involved in using drugs.”

To some extent, he is correct. Yes, teenagers and young adults are sometimes steered in the wrong direction to use illicit drugs by their peers and responsible adults should take heed in getting them on the right track. However, it’s not because young people don’t know the health risks and consequences of drug abuse.

Young adults are very knowledgeable about the various risks and effects that come with using or distributing drugs, maybe more than some adults do, that is why they do them. It’s the whole idea of taking a risk that intrigues them.

Of course it is wrong to think that misuse of any kind of drug should be acceptable by any means, but it is also wrong to think that teenagers will not experiment.

Acceptance amongst peers plays a big part on today’s young people. It seems as though if you are not skipping class, doing drugs, having sex or in a gang, you’re an outcast. Nobody wants to be going through adolescence alone. That being said, teens will do almost anything to become popular knowing the risk but having an “I don’t care what it takes, as long as I still have friends and a worthwhile reputation I’ll do it” attitude.

Sure, acceptance and peer pressure are problems, but that stems from a group of people. What about those who lead the crowd? What or who influenced them?

Parents/guardians play a major role in how their children behave and conduct themselves around others. If you grow up and are subjected to seeing violence and drug abuse, who’s to blame them for following in the same direction? Yes, they are being taught to be different and “say no”, but let’s face it, that is easier said than done.

Although some of Cayman’s youth can deal with a dysfunctional household as a character building method by being determined to strive for a better lifestyle, most times that is not the case and teens become disheartened. They begin to think that nothing good can come from their life and the path they are on cannot change. Where is the family support?

Even if my opinion on this topic doesn’t count for anything, I know what it’s like as a young person growing up in these times and it’s not easy avoiding what’s in front of your face. I strongly believe that people should stop preaching and shoving information down teenagers throats and look around at what’s really happening.

Stop and think, “Maybe we shouldn’t focus on the statistical side of the situation at hand. Let’s talk with the young people about it and get their ideas and what they think we could do to help.”

The government should not try to advise the public straight away based on some statistics from a survey which half of the young people probably lied on anyway. Instead, they should listen to what the young people already know and their views and opinions on drug abuse. Then they respond in a way which won’t feed them the same “say no”, “drugs will kill you” and “be above the influence” speeches all the time.

Reaching out to the public by going to schools, homes and even offices will show that the government is interested in what goes on. Conducting surveys obviously isn’t helping to get involved or reaching out.

This generation will lead the next, and if this method of “awareness” isn’t working now, it won’t work in the future. It is time for a change.

AshleighHydes is a 15-year-old student at John Gray High School who spent her work-link placement with CNS.

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Technology firm leaves as mining firm arrives

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(CNS): After 10 years domiciled in the Cayman Islands, Seagate Technology, the world’s largest hard-drive maker by sales has moved to Ireland while Frontier Mining plans to re-domicile its company from Delaware in the US to Cayman. Seagate said it expects to minimize its tax burden and benefit from the "extensive network of tax treaties" in Ireland. While Frontier’s board said incorporation in Delaware is no longer efficient from a commercial or financial perspective and now, as it shifts focus to mining in Kazakhstan, it believes the Cayman Islands to be the most suitable place to incorporate its new company.

Last month, the company began the construction of the open pit mine at its Benkala copper project in Kazakhstan, where initial production is targeted for the first half of 2011. Frontier said in a release that when it initially incorporated the company in Delaware, in 1998, it planned to make acquisitions and establish operations in the United States, as well as the greater C.I.S. region.   However, it has since refocused its strategy and now intends to develop by expanding its operations in Kazakhstan.  
The company said being incorporated in Delaware it share dealing in London is restricted which could potentially limit access to future opportunities.
 “The board has carefully considered several options and believes the Cayman Islands to be the most suitable place to domicile the group’s holding company together with the enhanced tax efficiency resulting from the incorporation of intermediate holding companies in the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands,” it said.

The change will be effected via a merger, involving a share exchange with a new Cayman Islands company. The new Cayman Island incorporated company will subsequently be admitted to trading on AIM.


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Protocol office teaches kids social niceties

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(CNS):  Basic dining and toasting skills, how to offer a proper handshake and how to dress for different social occasions were just some of the social niceties that officials from the Protocol Office were teaching over eighty primary school children from John A. Cumber recently at an etiquette workshop. Chief Protocol Officer Virginia Madison said the skills are often taken for granted until people make mistakes in public. School Counsellor Elysia Murray explained it was an ideal time to introduce the students to the social skills. “We wanted to ensure that our senior students are awareof appropriate social behaviours,” she said.

“This is a great time to expose them to these skills since we believe they’ll continue to refine them as they move to and through high school.  We’ve already seen the benefits and are hoping to repeat next year,” she added.

During the final workshop session the students participated in activities designed to enhance cultural awareness and to convey the significance of the national flag and symbols.
“I was happy to do the workshop,” Madison said. “Too often we take these skills for granted until we do something incorrectly that leads to embarrassment.”
Year 5 student Deajon said he enjoyed the workshop and plans to use his newly acquired skills at his brother’s birthday party, while his classmate Venice said she was eager to show off what she had learned during her next trip overseas.

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Young Cayman model wins TV deal in contest

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(CNS): Twenty-one year old Caymanian Adrianna Christian won the Face of Shebeau 2010 model competition at the Hilton Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados recently. Winning a one-year contract as a television host with CaribVision, Adrianna has also got an open casting call with Trump Model Management.  Adrianna showcased the creations of fashion designer Vinnette Glidden on the runway. Included in the pieces that Adrianna modelled was the Miss Heritage piece that won the Cayman Design Award at Fresh Cayman Couture 2010 during this year’s Cayfest.  

Donna Reid, Director of Face the Future Model Search, says the competition was very stiff but Adrianna “was a real star” and brought home the title.


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Local weather system may become tropical storm

| 05/07/2010 | 1 Comment

(CNS) Although the National Hurricane Centre in Miami has downgraded the probability of the local weather system in the western Caribbean developing into a tropical storm it said there was still a 40% possibility of the system near the Cayman Islands becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.The system is slowly moving westwards away from Cayman but storms are still predicted for the next five days with a small craft warning still in place for today’s holiday Monday. The forecast calls for Cloudy skies with light showers of rain and some thunder this morning decreasing to partly cloudy skies with isolated showers and possible thunder from this afternoon.

Winds over the open sea are expected to be southeast 10 to 15 knots today, 5 to 10 knots tonight, sea states are moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet.

“A tropical depression could still form over the next couple of days as this system moves northwestward,” the NHC said.

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Man killed on wave-runner

| 05/07/2010 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Updated Monday —  Police are now appealing for witnesses to the jet ski accident which happened yesterday afternoon. Police have confirmed that a 20-year-old man had been killed on Sunday (4 July) in a wave-runner crash. The young rider from George Town is believed to have crashed into the concrete pier in South Sound at around 3:45pm. He was transported to the George Town hospital by ambulance with severe head injuries, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Police were unable to confirm with certainty if the rough seas or poor weather conditions prevailing around Grand Cayman on Sunday had contributed to the accident and are now asking anyone who may have information to come forward.

Anyone with information should call George Town police station on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

CNS note: The family of the victim of Sunday’s accident has requested the removal of the comment box, which we have done out of respect for those grieving. However, to join a general discussion on the use of personal watercraft, which does not specifically reference this tragic event, can be found in the CNS Public Forum.

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