Scotland has the highest rate, per capita, of cocaine use in the world, according to the United Nations’ World Drug Report 2014. Hamilton Academicals hosts regular meetings for recovering addicts, giving away hundreds of tickets for the families of those affected, advertises Cocaine Anonymous as well as providing meals for the homeless.
While Celtic, the giant of Scottish soccer attracts 50,000 spectators to a game and has sponsors paying millions, the Academicals average 1000 fans and promote a driving instructor
Scottish Club Hamilton Academical Combines Soccer and Sobriety – “… this season, after an unlikely ascent to the Scottish Premier League, Hamilton Academical, or the Accies as it is known, had risen as high as first place. The club moved up to the top of the league with a surprise 1-0 victory over nearby Celtic … About 10 years ago a group of local businessmen bought the club for £1 (about $1.60) and committed to building a team with young players that was intimately connected to the community. McGowan vowed to use the club to help overcome what he saw as the biggest problem facing Hamilton — and, more broadly, the country. “I’m a co-owner of the football club, but I’m also an alcoholic and a drug addict,” he said. “I’ve been in recovery for 31 years. I don’t forget the pain and suffering I caused others. I’m putting a wee bit back in.” … Hundreds of addicts have come through the club, he added. Not every case is a success. “Some relapse, some die, some take their own lives,” he said. “There’s always going to be casualties. But it’s the ones that make it.”
The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Tracker status remains at El Niño WATCH level. The current observations and model outlooks indicate the chance of a weak to moderate El Niño remains at least 50%, meaning there is double the average likelihood of an event occurring by early 2015.
Warm tropical Pacific Ocean, but ENSO remains neutral – The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports: “The existence of warmer-than-average water in the tropical Pacific sub-surface supports a continuation of the current near-El Niño conditions. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggest that warmer-than-average tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures are likely to persist. Three of eight models reach El Niño thresholds in January 2015, and two remain just shy of thresholds. Australian rainfall and temperature patterns show some El Niño-like impacts, with the country generally warmer and drier than usual over recent months. Warmer central tropical Pacific waters late in the year typically result in warmer and drier weather for parts of eastern Australia, an increase in bushfire risk in the south, and average to below-average numbers of tropical cyclones in the Australian region.”