Teaching through a computer gameTo do this Aggarwal and his UGA colleagues developed a Windows-based computer game with funding from the USDA Marketing Service. It’s not likely to be a hit with the Game-boy crowd, but producemanagers who are new to the job should love it.”We wanted to provide an entertaining approach to learning aboutfresh produce retailing,” he said. In the “peach” game, the player (produce manager) assumes therole of a retailer who is striving to minimize inventory withoutrunning out of an item. It also teaches the keys to inventorymanagement, how to deal with delays in produce delivery anddetermining shelf life. The peach game is based on a similar game developed at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Consumer demand can be random and there are obstacles along theway,” said Aggarwal. “If they order too much for the demand, they have to clearancethe produce. The store loses money,” said Deepak Aggarwal, anagricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “Or if they order too late for aparticular holiday season, such as greens for New Year’s Day,they miss the demand completely.”Retail produce managers need proper training to understand thelinks involved in the supply chain, he said. Prussia introduced the game at the Food Distribution ResearchSociety meeting last year in Miami, Fl., and found a new market. Selling the idea to the industry”The next step is to pitch the game at the corporate level tosupermarket chains,” said Stan Prussia, a CAES agriculturalengineer who helped develop the game. “For the game to be useful,we need them to support the project and implement it in theirstaff training programs.” The peach games teaches the same principles. It uses peaches asthe primary product, but the concepts would work for any fruit orvegetable. Players either earn or lose money based on thedecisions they make as fictitious produce managers. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaHave you ever bought a bunch of ripe bananas for your family andfound that nobody’s in the mood for bananas? Wasted. Well,imagine how hard it is for supermarket produce managers toconsistently guess what and how much their consumers want withoutwaste. A new University of Georgia computer game shows the way. He said these obstacles teach producer managers how to deal withunexpected events and how and when to discount produce. Ultimately, decisions made by produce managers determine thequality and the availability of fresh produce for your family atyour grocery store. www.griffin.uga.edu/ageng/programs/peachgame.exe. Stellasoftware is also required to run the peach game and can beobtained at www.hps-inc.com. Advice from a proEm-Orn Savage, produce manager of Kroger’s in Griffin, Ga., hashelped the UGA team by playing the game and giving the teamfeedback.”I don’t represent a typical player, though,” she said. “I don’twant to cut myself too short and I just try and play safely so Idon’t run out.”She sees the new peach computer game as a tool that would beuseful to produce managers who are new in their jobs.”The key is to keep a close eye on your inventory and you won’tgo wrong,” Savage said. “Teachers from California, Ohio and Maryland showed interest inthe game as a teaching tool for their business classes,” he said. “And food science students here at UGA have played the game andsay it helps them better understand the complexities of the fooddelivery system.”The peach game can be downloaded from UGA at
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre’s maiden five-wicket haul in first class cricket engineered a dramatic Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse and lifted Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a comprehensive innings and 16-run victory inside three days here Saturday.The hosts were seemingly cruising towards a large total having reached 86 without loss before losing 10 wickets 51 runs to be all out for 137 in their second innings at Warner Park.Pierre, 26, in his seventh first class match, finished with five for 44 after going wicket-less in the first innings while leg-spinner Imran Khan claimed four for 17 to follow up his three wickets in the first innings.Paired with his unbeaten 84 on Friday, Khan was voted Man-of-the-Match.Montcin Hodge top-scored with 54 and his left-handed partner Chesney Hughes got 42, but number nine Jeremiah Louis, with 17, was the only other player to make it into double figures.Resuming the day on 60 without loss faced with a first innings deficit of 153, there was no sign of the collapse to follow, when Hughes and Hodge pushed on nicely.While Hodge faced 198 balls in 3-1/2 hours at the crease and counted four boundaries, Hughes stroked five fours and a six in a 96-ball knock.The breakthrough came, however, when Hughes missed a wild pull at off-spinner Bryan Charles and departed bowled off-stump.Hodge added a further 22 for the second wicket with Akeem Saunders who made nine before playing back and falling lbw to Khan.The rot then set in quickly. Khan curled a leg break around Devon Thomas’s defensive push and knocked over his off-stump before the right-hander had scored and Terrence Ward (1) and Shane Burton fell in successive deliveries to Pierre, to leave Hurricanes tottering on 111 for five.Jahmar Hamilton, short of runs this season, saw his poor form continue when he missed a sweep at Khan and was lbw for two and captain Rahkeem Cornwall perished for five at 119 for seven, missing a pull at Pierre.Hodge’s long innings came to end when he was eighth out, bowled after Pierre got one to spin past his defensive prod.HURRICANES 1st Innings 207Red Force 1st Innings 360Hurricanes 2nd Innings(overnight 60 without loss)M Hodge b Pierre 54C Hughes b Charles 42A Saunders lbw b Imran Khan 9D Thomas b Imran Khan 0T Warde c and b Pierre 1S Burton b Pierre 0+J Hamilton lbw b Imran Khan 2*R Cornwall llbw b Pierre 5J Louis c Ramdin b K Pierre 17E Berridge lbw b Imran Khan 0S Berridge not out 1Extras (lb2, nb4) 6TOTAL (all out, 67.4 overs) 137Fall of wickets: 1-86, 2-108, 3-108, 4-111, 5-111, 6-114, 7-119, 8-120, 9-127, 10-137.Bowling: Primus 3-1-18-0, Webster 7-3-15-0, Charles 21-5-41-1, Pierre 26.4-11-44-5, Imran Khan 10-4-17-4.
Conor McGregor says a fight against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would be his priority ahead of a bout with Jorge Masvidal.The Irishman returns to the Octagon against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 18. A rematch against lightweight world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is also on McGregor’s agenda further down the line.But if he gets past Cerrone, then the prospect of becoming a three-weight champion will be more appealing to former featherweight and lightweight titleholder McGregor than a meeting with Masvidal.”I’m not going to 170 just for Jorge,” McGregor said to the Mac Life about Masvidal, who defeated Nate Diaz last year when their fight was stopped due to a cut.”I’d face Jorge. He hasn’t really got anything. I wasn’t really that happy with how that bad motherf—er thing ended. “I think it’s unfinished [with Diaz]. In my opinion, that bout is unfinished. It was only getting into a good bout, I believe. We were robbed of Rounds 4 and 5 in that bout.”But I like that welterweight belt. I liked that welterweight title fight that was on at the weekend, I liked the look of that. I liked the look of Kamaru Usman. I liked the look of Colby [Covington]. “I’m open to it all at 170. Gold and I’d say silver because that bad motherf—er belt is a silver one, it’s not the best-looking belt. “I don’t really care about that, I want the gold. I’m after the gold, 155 and 170. They’re the belts I am chasing now.”The angle you’ve never seen beforeFollow @TheNotoriousMMA into the Octagon as he made history #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/tWqLXjqp9i— UFC (@ufc) January 3, 2020Usman, who has only lost once in 17 fights, was unimpressed by McGregor’s suggestion.The Nigerian responded on Twitter, writing to McGregor: “My man, please just go in there and take your L from Cowboy. Don’t even dream of this WW strap because that dream can turn into a nightmare fast.”Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White said he thinks it is “a bad idea” for McGregor to chase a fight with Masvidal.Masvidal challenged McGregor in November, while Khabib has mocked his former foe’s meeting with Cowboy, calling it a “minor league” fight due to the pair’s lackluster recent records.But McGregor thinks his skills are being overlooked because of his inactivity, having lost to Khabib in his only UFC contest since knocking out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. “A lot of people forget about my skill base,” he said. “I’m going to go in there and remind them. I don’t feel these people are on my level when I am committed. I have not been committed for a while, up until about a year ago when I really started committing myself. “I look forward to showcasing my skills to the people.”
Among the changes, Infinity Ward was planning to introduce ever-popular “Call of Duty” character John Price as a playable character for its online modes.The Captain is reporting for duty.Join Price in the Season Four fight kicking off June 3 in #ModernWarfare and #Warzone. pic.twitter.com/ojtOvyk6DC— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) May 27, 2020Also to make an appearance is Price’s teammate Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, also of “Call of Duty” lore. There are also rumors of new weapons, stories and add-ons in its “Warzone” game mode.Activision has yet to release a new release date for the delayed season. For those waiting for the new season of “Modern Warfare,” you’ll have to wait a bit longer.Originally supposed to drop into Verdansk and all platforms on Wednesday, June 3, the latest season with the newest updates to “Modern Warfare” and “Warzone” have been delayed inefinitely amidst the civil unrest in the United States and around the globe. The “Call of Duty” brand Twitter handle released a statement on June 2 explaining the decision:pic.twitter.com/8uNhuhDGAp— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 2, 2020The statement in its entirety:”While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone and Call of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time,” the statement reads. “We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates.”Right now it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard. We stand with you.”The duos game mode was reintroduced to the the wildly popular “Warzone” in late May, and per usual, the developers were planning to release more content in its newest season, by way of maps, weapons and updates to “Modern Warfare” multiplayer and the free-to-play “Warzone.”
The decision was made Friday after the daily COVID infections rose to a record-shattering 8,942 new cases from the previous record of 5,508 cases two days ago.Florida now has a recorded 122,960 positive cases and a death told of 3,366.Officials have attributed the rise in cases to the reopening of bars and the lack of social distancing that has been going on in those establishments when alcohol is being consumed.Bars were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity on June 3rd and were allowed only to serve seated customers, however, Friday’s order rolls back that decision. Officials with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have suspended the consumption of alcohol in bars all across Florida.
Derbyshire’s Terry Kirby is about to make history as the first wheelchair golfer to become a club captain, certainly in England and probably worldwide.Terry will take office at Tapton Park Golf Club, Chesterfield, in February, almost exactly 25 years after a tumour in his spinal cord cost him the use of his legs.“Then, I was thinking that’s it, I’ll never play golf again and it was a total change in my life. But 25 years later I’m captain of a golf club,” said the 63-year-old.He’s taking on the role as a golfer: “I have never been treated any different from anyone else within the club. When I first started some people thought they had to give concessions but I soon put a stop to that! I’m just treated as any other golfer. That’s how I want it.”He added: “I rock up and have a laugh and a joke and get the mickey taken out of me, just like anyone else.”But his story is both inspirational and highlights the work of the charity for wheelchairs golfers, the Handigolf Foundation, which he chairs.Handigolf, which is supported by England Golf, not only organises competitions but hires buggies to wheelchair users who want to get back on the fairway, or take up golf.Terry came across Handigolf when his physiotherapist spotted a flyer for a taster day. He went along and four weeks later was playing in his first disability competition. He returned the next year and won it!Terry enjoys all aspects of the game, but particularly the competition. He’s held a handful of national disability titles and has been a European title runner-up.“There are other wheelchair sports,” says Terry. “But I always say golf is a sport for life, once you are into it, that’s it.“To be perfectly honest, golf has really kept me going. It’s been the mainstay of my life over the last 25 years.”He plays off a handicap of 26, saying “Not bad for one arm and sitting down!”Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager, commented: “Congratulations to Terry and best wishes for a fantastic year as captain. It has been great to work with Terry over the past five years and see his passion for the game.“His captaincy will raise awareness of disability golf and the opportunities for people who previously played, but might have stopped due to injury or illness. Terry is proof that there is a way to adapt to make the game for all.”You can find out more about why Terry plays and how he plays on the England Golf YouTube channel https://youtu.be/Yjk6koHfbGITo find out about ways to return to golf please email [email protected] find a course near you use England Golf’s Find and Play service Tags: Disability Golf, Handigolf Foundation, Tapton park Golf Club, wheelchair golf 30 Jan 2019 Wheelchair golfer Terry is set to make history
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians will open their 2019 Evergreen Premier League season on Saturday, May 4, the first of five regular season home games to be played at Black Hills High School this season. In preparation for the upcoming outdoor season, the Artesians are hosting open tryouts on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at Black Hills.May the 4th be with you! The Artesians kick off the season against the Seattle Stars on Star Wars Day and will be celebrating the day and start of the season all game long. The home slate continues Saturday, May 11th when Yakima United comes to town. The only Sunday home game of the season will be played on June 19 against Bellingham United. Then Oly Town will return home for their last two games starting with a matchup with Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday, July 6 and wrapping up with a visit from PacNW FC on Saturday, July 13.Here is the Artesians’ full 2019 EPLWA regular season schedule. All times TBA:Saturday, May 4 – vs. Seattle Stars – Black Hills HSSunday, May 5 – @ Bellingham United – Location: TBASaturday, May 11 – vs. Yakima United – Black Hills HSSunday, May 19 – @ Tri-Cities Alliance – Location: TBASunday, June 9 – vs. Bellingham United – Black Hills HSSaturday, June 15 – @ Oly-Pen Force – Location: TBASaturday, June 29 – @ Yakima United – Location: SOZO SportsSunday, June 30 – @ Seattle Stars – Location: TBASaturday, July 6 – vs. Tri-Cities Alliance – Black Hills HSSaturday, July 13 – vs. PacNW FC – Black Hills HSThe EPLWA welcomes PacNW FC as the league’s tenth team. That means that the league will split into two conferences of five teams. Each team will play eight games against conference opponents (four home, four away) and two non-conference games (one home, one away). The names of the new conferences will be chosen in a Name The Conferences contest conducted by the EPLWA and the Artesians’ conference includes Bellingham United, the Seattle Stars, Tri-Cities Alliance and Yakima United. The top two teams in each conference make the playoffs.The Artesians and Head Coach Matt Herrera will host Open Tryouts on Saturday, March 16 and March 17 on the turf at our lovely home field at Black Hills High School. Tryouts begin at 11:00 AM on both days and players are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for registration and warmup. There is no fee to tryout this season.The team is finalizing their 2019 preseason schedule and will announce that soon. Stay up to date with the Artesians as they make more announcements heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
Image Courtesy: Getty/redgol.clAdvertisement p9x8nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7ao80Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ektp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3700Would you ever consider trying this?😱48vmj1Can your students do this? 🌚5wRoller skating! Powered by Firework “Hiannick Kamba” might not be a name that any usual football fan has ever heard, but for the supporters of Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04, the name recalls back to four years. Hiannick Kamba, the Congolese right back who is the ex-teammate of Manuel Neuer, was announced dead after a car accident four years ago. Strkingly, it has been revealed that the footballer is perfectly alive and well!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/redgol.clOn 9th January 2016, when he was playing for German eighth-tier football league Oberliga Westphalia side VfB Huls, Kamba was announced to have been killed in an accident in his home country.However, the bombshell of a news was announced by German sports outlet Sport Bild, who investigated the case and found out that the former footballer, now 33 years old, is alive and is currently working as a chemical technician for a power plant company in Gelsenkirchen.Advertisement It also came to light that Kamba had approached the German embassy of Kinshasa, Congo two after after he was announced dead from the accident. He had revealed to the officials that he was abandoned by his friends after the car accident, and was without any documents, money or a mobile phone. The footballer returned to Germany in 2018.However, the reason behind Kamba’s death leads to his ex-wife, who is now accused for document forgery to fake the death and earn a six-figure monetary compensation as life-insurance.Advertisement His ex-wife, who is 39 years old, has a 10-year old son with Kamba, and is currently under investigation by German officials. However, she has denied the charges of producing false funeral documents and a ‘Congolese death certificate’ to get the insurance money.The proceedings are ongoing, and Kamba has been called as a witness for the trial.Nonetheless, the unfortunate news of Schalke youth academy player’s demise back in 2016 was shocking for the German football fan base.‘He represented the ideas and values of our club like few others. His demise will leave a big gap. Hiannick is undoubtedly a bitter sporting loss for us, but primarily we will miss it as a fellow human being,’ VfB Huls had lamented in a statement after the news four years back.Considered a talented full back, Kamba had also played for Zweckel, Borken, Recklinghausen, Vestia and Hassel.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-India’s own Lionel Messi: Kerala kid nails wondershot into top corner and celebrates like Messi!Imperfect 10: Bundesliga confirms 10 players positive for Covid-19 Advertisement
A well-oiled Prince Charles Comets teams waltzed into the Hangar during the weekend and left with the L.V. Rogers Bombers Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Title Saturday in Nelson.The Comets opened up a 20-3 first quarter lead en route to a 44-28 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the championship of the six-team tournament.Matty Hills let the high-powered PCSS attack with 17 points while Mark Armstrong added 10 points.Karssey Leung had 10 points for the Hawks, which advanced to the final on a tie-breaker.Crowe finished in a tie with Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar and Grand Forks Wolves.However Hawks gained the upper hand on the points-for-and-against tie-breaker.Host LVR Bombers finished sixth after losing 53-26 to the Rockers. Marvin Archer led the Rockers with 17 points, 12 of the points coming in garbage time with the game already decided. Mike Zarikoff led the Bombers with eight points.Max Spielmal added six points for the Bombers.LVR opened the tournament Friday losing 54-18 to Creston.Kale Plotnikoff led the Comets with 11 points.Zarikoff and Jairo Mangapot each had six points.The Bombers then dropped a tough 56-42 decision to Mount Sentinel Wildcats of South Slocan.Bombers opened a 10-1 lead, but watch the Cats claw back into the contest to lead 22-16 at the half.Josh Sookerukoff lead the Cats with 17 points.Thomas Baxter led the Bombers with 17 points.In the third/fourth game, Grand Forks dumped Mount Sentinel.
Cannabis, mandrax, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and nyaope, which contains heroin, are the most prevalent drugs in South Africa. (Image: Paul Buckley)• Peter UckoThe Central Drug Authority+27 82 454 [email protected]• South Africa’s justice system • SA’s youth can beat drugs • Keep our youth drug-free • Lean times for drug traffickers • South Africa gets tough on substance abuseRomaana NaidooOver the past few years, the legal system, with the help of police and special task teams and units, have come down hard on drug syndicates forcing their way into South Africa.Just a few days ago, the Hawks – the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – confiscated 40 kilograms of heroin, with an estimated value of R48-million, in southern Johannesburg. The Hawks were established to tackle organised crime as well as deal with economic crime, corruption and other serious transgressions.The drugs were found in the boot of a car belonging to a 42-year-old man, believed to be part of an international syndicate. Heroin is the key ingredient in the local street drug, nyaope, which is thought to contain HIV antiretroviral drugs.In February, convicted drug lord Glenn Agliotti was slapped with a final order to sequestrate his estate. This followed an order for provisional sequestration by the South African Revenue Services of Agliotti’s property made in November 2013. He owes the tax man more than R70-million in income tax and value-added tax obligations between 2003 and 2008, with interest.In August last year, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court forfeited a Pietermaritzburg drug kingpin’s five properties and car. Joyce Komane acquired the assets through her illegal sale of drugs. According to Judge Rishi Seegobin, she was at the top of the syndicate and supplied dealers and runners, who sold to the public. Komane was convicted of racketeering and drug dealing, but these were overturned on appeal in October 2010. However, the state persisted in an application for the forfeiture of her assets which, it alleged, were the proceeds of her drug dealing between 1996 and 2005. Seegobin ruled that they were indeed.Another Pietermaritzburg drug dealer was arrested in 2012 at King Shaka International Airport after flying from Brazil via Dubai. She was allegedly found with 540 grams of pure cocaine with an estimated street value of about R500 000 in her luggage. She was said to be at the top of a syndicate. Also in 2012, the Hawks recovered R142 600 in cash and other items in Limpopo after arresting an alleged drug kingpin.With the crackdown on drug dealers and their suppliers, the government is taking a proactive stand to rid the country of its vices, through applying policies and practices to create and reinforce healthier lifestyles.The government takes a standThe Central Drug Authority (CDA) was formed as an advisory body in terms of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act with the mandate to assist in the fight against substance abuse.As part of its responsibility, the CDA has been tasked to implement the National Drug Master Plan (2013-2017), which was approved by the cabinet on 26 June 2013. This plan serves as a guideline for preventing and reducing alcohol and substance abuse. It received the go-ahead from the cabinet on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.The CDA works with all government departments as well as Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China South Africa) and their security cluster, the South African Police Service with Interpol, and the African Union. The authority’s Peter Ucko says: “Drugs and syndicates are simply criminal and greed. It is unlikely that it will stop. Our objectives are ‘reduce supply’ (busts do that) and ‘reduce demand’ (through education programmes). Also, the busts reduce supply which increases prices. Higher prices lead to drugs being less affordable which reduces demand.”As part of an international community entangled in the world drug problem, South Africa has taken a firm approach to dealing with all forms of substance abuse, be it alcohol, over-the-counter medication or illicit substances such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin. It places emphasis on four pillars: prevention, early intervention, treatment, and after care and reintegration.The president speaks outAt the opening of the second Biennial Anti-Substance Abuse Summit in 2011, President Jacob Zuma stressed the calamitous consequences of substance abuse. He explained that the government was concerned with promoting social cohesion and stable communities, and that reducing substance abuse was key to achieving that goal.During Youth Month in 2013, Zuma said that “alcohol and drug abuse in particular are slowly eating into the social fibre of our communities”. “Drug and substance abuse have serious implications for the millions of citizens because they contribute to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other forms of social problems.”He added that the government was implementing an Anti-Substance National Plan of Action. There are already more than 215 local drug action committees around the country.In a crackdown in the southern Johannesburg suburb of Eldorado Park about a year ago, people were arrested and 20 drug dens, also called “lolly lounges”, were closed down. A week earlier, Zuma had visited the region and said he would assemble a steering committee, including national departments and provincial and local government, to implement an anti-drugs strategy in Eldorado Park that could act as a pilot project for a national strategy. He visited the suburb in response to a letter from resident Dereleen James who spoke about a spiralling drug problem, inefficient policing and a lack of facilities for young people in the community battling drug addiction.The steering committee set up a joint operation centre, closed down 20 “lolly lounges”, and assigned 10 metro police officers to each ward in the area and an additional nine social workers to the area. A “lolly lounge” is a buildings used by dealers to lure young women into using drugs and sometimes prostitution. They get their name from the lollipop-shaped pipe used to smoke the drug tik.According to Ucko, cannabis, mandrax, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and nyaope, which contains heroin, are the most prevalent drugs in South Africa. “Heroin was shown in the World Drug Report as about 0.4% of the population usage. In South Africa, it was almost zero. The quality of heroin in South Africa was relatively poor. Recently sea patrol confiscations and other busts show a better quality of heroin entering South Africa. This is an indicator of possible increasing injection use.” Heroin is the key ingredient in the local street drug, nyaope, which is thought to contain HIV antiretroviral drugs. (Image: jellymc)National Drug Master Plan“The impact of alcohol and substance abuse continues to ravage families, communities and society. The youth of South Africa are particularly hard hit due to increases in the harmful use of alcohol and the use and abuse of illicit drugs,” reads the National Drug Master Plan.“The revised National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017 and the work done by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse seek to address these challenges. The Inter-Ministerial Committee has worked on policies, laws and strategies that seek to reduce the supply and demand for alcohol and illicit drugs.”The plan states that the government “further displayed its commitment through the leadership of the president when intervening in the challenges faced by the community of Eldorado Park. A special intervention plan was developed in line with the pillars prescribed in the National Drug Master Plan 2013-2017.”It is intended to help realise the vision of a society free of substance abuse so that more attention can be focused on raising the quality of life of the poor and vulnerable and of developing the people to achieve their true potential. “In comparison with the National Drug Master Plan 2006 – 2011, the revised plan focuses more on the delivery of evidence-based strategies that are designed to meet the defined needs of communities. It also strengthens prevention, which is the most important leg of this programme.”The new plan offers a balanced approach to collaboration on drug control and should help South Africa fight substance abuse and “set the country firmly on the road to creating a healthy nation”.International legislationInternationally, new laws have been put in place to deal with people who help crime lords, such as lawyers, accountants and financial advisers. They are already in effect in the United States, which has its anti-mafia “Soprano’s law”, and will soon come into effect in the United Kingdom.Assistance given to drug lords and the like, which help them evade the law by not getting their hands dirty, will now also get people jail time. South Africa’s equivalent laws are the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998 and the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004.Anonymous tip-off lineSouth Africa established Crime Line for people to make anonymous tip-offs regarding suspected crimes. The organisation scooped two awards at the 34th Annual Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Conference in Barbados in October 2013.Head of Crime Line and CSI vice-president Yusuf Abramjee serves on the board of directors together with Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo and Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The team represents Crime Stoppers Southern Africa, which so far includes Crime Line and Crime Stop.There have been significant reductions in crime in CSI member countries that have set up dedicated anonymous tip-off lines. The lines have also helped to serve, strengthen and improve relations between the public, the police and the media.Crime Line co-ordinator Marisa Oosthuizen notes that initiatives such as Drug Watch, a Crime Line partnership with the SAPS, Lead SA and the Community Police Board of Gauteng, show the effectiveness of tip-offs and police action. Over 27 000 arrests have been recorded in Gauteng since the initiative was launched in June 2013, she says.The latest SAPS figures puts the number of Drug Watch arrests at 35 422, while over R14.2-million worth of drugs have been seized.People can send detailed anonymous tip-offs to Crime Line’s 32211 SMS service, at a cost of R1 per SMS; call Crime Stop on 08600 10111; or submit tip-offs online at www.crimeline.co.za.