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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Parents of picky eaters take heart: new research
suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over,
although in a small portion of kids it may signal
emotional troubles that should be checked out.
Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective
about what they eat, and dislike even being near
certain foods, are more likely than others to have
underlying anxiety or depression, the study found.
But only three per cent of young children studied
were that picky.
Less severe pickiness, dubbed "moderate selected
eating" in the study, was found in about 18 per cent
of kids. These are children who will only eat a narrow
range of foods. Kids with either level of pickiness were
almost two times more likely than others to develop
anxiety symptoms within two years, the study found.
More typical pickiness, including kids who just
refuse to eat their vegetables, is merely a "normal
dislike," said eating disorders specialist Nancy Zucker.
These are the kids who typically outgrow their pickiness
as they mature.
The study focused on about 900 children aged two
through five who were recruited from primary care
doctors affiliated with Duke s medical centre in
Durham, North Carolina. Researchers did in-home
interviews with parents to evaluate kids eating habits
and any mental health issues. Follow-up evaluations
were done two years later in almost 200 children.
Compared with children who aren t fussy eaters,
depression and social anxiety were at least two times
more common in kids with severe pickiness; attention
deficit behaviour and separation anxiety symptoms
were more common in moderately selective kids.
Severe selective eating described in the study is
akin to a condition called avoidant/restrictive food
intake disorder, added in 2013 to the latest edition of
a widely used psychiatric manual, the study authors
said. It can occur in all ages; some of those affected
are extra-sensitive to food tastes, smells and textures.
Zucker said severe pickiness may be the first clue
Most picky eating
for parents that a child is experiencing anxiety or
depression and that they may want to seek help from
a mental health specialist.
Moderate pickiness is less concerning but affected
kids can make family meal-times a battleground, she
said. To avoid that, Zucker suggests that parents try
introducing new foods at random times during the
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
A computer-based brain-training game could
improve the daily lives of people with schizophre-
nia, say University of Cambridge researchers. Tests
on a small number of patients who played the
game over four weeks found improvements in
memory and learning. This could help people to
get back to work or studying after a diagnosis.
Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that
causes a range of psychological symptoms, from
behaviour changes to hallucinations. Many patients
also experience cognition problems, which affect
their memory and ability to function independent-
ly. Designed and developed by researchers at Cam-
bridge with the help of patients, the brain-training
game has a wizard theme with various levels of dif-
ficulty. It asks players to enter rooms, find items in
boxes and remember where they put them, testing
their so-called episodic memory.
Prof Sahakian said treating the cognitive symptoms
of schizophrenia was important, but slow progress
was being made towards developing a drug treat-
ment. She added that the memory game could help
where drugs had so far failed---with no side-effects.
Although the results are promising, the research
team said more research was needed on larger groups
of patients to confirm the findings. (BBC)
Brain game 'improves lives
of schizophrenia patients'
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
The National Food Action Plan (2012-2015) developed by the Ministry of Food Production has identified cocoa as a strategic crop to be
developed because of its global potential and Trinidad and Tobago's comparative advantage as an exclusive producer of fine or flavour
cocoa beans. The country's reputation for this premium crop has been cemented through its success at the International Cocoa Awards
and the premium price it fetches on the market. The Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (CDCTTL) is a special
purpose state company set up under the Companies Act, Chap 81:01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago to provide support for the devel-
opment of the cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Its goal is to make cocoa production in Trinidad and Tobago a financially viable activ-
ity, contribute to economic diversification by integration and development of the cocoa value chain whilst increasing cocoa production,
maintaining our premium quality. The CDCTTL also functions as an umbrella agency for cocoa by linking with various stakeholders, sup-
port and research agencies to improve R&D and to market Trinidad and Tobago's cocoa beans in international niche markets contributing
significantly to economic development and job creation.
Title: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Reporting to:Board of Directors.
• Building, organizing and leading a team of professionals towards the development of the cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago.
• To plan and achieve the goals and objectives of the Company as mandated by the Board of Directors.
• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
• Foster effective team work within the organisation.
• Build relationships with key stakeholders for the purpose of the development of the sector.
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• To advise the CDCTTL Board and develop strategies to promote and market Trinidad and Tobago fine or flavour premium quality
credentials under a suitable brand to local and international clients.
• Oversight and responsibility for the development of programmes and projects to increase the production and productivity of
cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago.
• Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the Company.
• Promote a productive work atmosphere that will promote high standards of staff performance.
• Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements to help achieve the goals of the organisation.
• To development and implement an effective quality management and traceability systems to secure favourable niche
marketing opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago cocoa.
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues affecting the organization.
• To ensure the development and oversee the implementation of operational plans for each department within the organisation.
• To position the CDCTTL as the entity to provide vision and direction to the sector.
CONTACTS AND/OR RELATIONSHIPS:
• Internal: Members of the Board of Directors, departmental managers and general staff.
• External: Government Ministries, participating stakeholder agencies along the cocoa value chain including farmers and farmers
groups, line Minister, Permanent Secretary, regional and international counterparts in the cocoa sector (buyers, chocolatiers and
KNOWLEDGE, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
• Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint).
• Sound comprehension, analytical ability, communicative and interpersonal skills and excellent research skills.
• A highly motivated, solution oriented individual with emotional intelligence.
• A sound understanding of the policy, legal, institutional and operational framework in which the Company operates.
• Strong organizational skills, project management skills and time management.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Masters' in Business Administration (MBA) from a recognised University.
• The incumbent should have a minimum of ten (10 years in senior management).
• Experience in the agricultural sector would be a desirable, but not mandatory.
The incumbent will receive an attractive compensation package (in TT dollars) commensurate with his/her qualifications and
level of experience.
SEND APPLICATIONS TO :
Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited
17 Yard Street, Chaguanas
Deadline date for submission of application: 14TH AUGUST 2015
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