Saturday, 30 November 2013

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The work begins for new JCA prez Billy Heaven + The NCDA this month marks a major milestone

THE MAN FOR THE JOB: "I am grateful and I look forward to working with my team and all those who want to see cricket grow and develop. It's a lot of work, but we are committed to the task and hope to hit the ground running with our planned policies and programmes as soon as possible." That coming from newly-elected president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, W. Billy Heaven, who scored a landslide victory at the polls (over key rival Milton Henry) on Thursday at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The new executive will serve a two-year term. Heaven, a former executive director of the National Foundation of Jamaica (NFJ), currently serves the CHASE Fund as its Chief Executive Officer. 

THAT TIME OF YEAR: On the local calendar, November remains one of the most significant months, as far as special occasions of national import are concerned. This year, in particular, the month marks the Observance of National Youth Month, Drug Awareness Month, and the 30th anniversary of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). "Over the years, what we have done is to highlight most of the negatives that are associated with the council," explains Nordia Henry, a substance-abuse officer with the council. "This year, we wanted to put a spin on it, so basically what we have done is [to highlight] all the protective factors that are available to our young people."

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