PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica

first_imgRelatedGovernment to Explore All Economic Opportunities at Diaspora Conference RelatedForeign Affairs State Minister Confident of Uptick in FDI RelatedAmbassador Vasciannie Meets with Diaspora Groups Ahead of June Conference FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has committed to continue its support of the Government’s efforts to reduce tobacco use in Jamaica. This assurance comes from PAHO/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, who says the organisation stands ready to assist the administration in its quest to, among other things, advance the passage of Tobacco Control Regulations. “PAHO/WHO strongly supports the Government of Jamaica in its efforts to protect and safeguard public health by reducing exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco use, not least, through the passing of new Tobacco Control Regulations,” she said in a message marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31, which was read by PAHO/WHO Health System and Services Development Advisor to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda, Marilyn Entwistle, at a National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) forum at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. Ms. Sköld noted that the proposed legislation aims to institute safeguards against unwanted tobacco exposure. Further that it is expected to form an integral part of the government’s bid to address the economic and social impact which the heightened prevalence of non-communicable diseases, partly consequent on tobacco use, currently poses. She advised that the move to initiate the legislation is consistent with obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which Jamaica ratified in 2005. In welcoming the forum’s staging, Ms. Sköld said the event provided stakeholders and other participants with an opportunity to deliberate over practical solutions aimed at reducing tobacco use; improving the health and welfare of persons affected by non-communicable diseases, while seeking to reduce the incidence of these; and stimulating sustainable economic development. Meanwhile, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the government is mindful of the fact that tobacco smoking “remains the most avoidable cancer risk.” As such, he assured that the administration continues to pursue policies and programmes that will reduce tobacco smoking and protect the health of the population. These, he pointed out, include instituting tobacco legislation, “which we are assiduously working on completing.” “Soon, I expect that we will have the legislation in place to ban smoking in public spaces,” the Minister said. On May 31 each year, countries affiliated with the WHO observe World No Tobacco Day, which highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use, and provides a platform advocating effective policies to reduce its consumption. This year’s global theme: ‘Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship’, stems from Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which requires a comprehensive ban of all advertising, promotional and sponsorship activities, that would result in a reduction in tobacco products consumption. The local theme focused on the nation’s young people, and was aptly coined: “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Save Our Youth’. According to the PAHO/WHO, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats globally. It kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than five million are users and ex users, and over 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Data shows that at least one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, and that this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDScenter_img PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica Foreign AffairsJune 3, 2013 Advertisementslast_img read more

Questions from the Other Side: Daily Northwestern’s Ben Pope

first_imgQuestions from the Other Side: Daily Northwestern’s Ben PopePope reports on the Northwestern football and men’s basketball teams. Drew CoveNovember 18, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Evanston, Illinois to face the Wildcats. We talked to Ben Pope, who covers football for the Daily Northwestern. Pope is a reporter for the Wildcats’ football and men’s basketball teams.How has the season been overall for the Wildcats?After a slow start, partially because of having to play Wisconsin and Penn State. The first two conference games, they’ve really come around [and] found their groove. Five-straight wins now, including becoming the first team in FBS history to win three straight in overtime. It’s really been a product of improvement on both sides of the ball. The offensive line, which was a big issue earlier in the season, has improved tremendously, which has helped with the passing and running game. Defensively, the Cats have become one of the strongest teams in the country against the run. Improvement across the board has gotten this season back on track to finish 8-4, [or] 9-3, which is about where people expected coming into the season.The five-game winning streak, did you see it coming, and how much different have they looked in the last five games vs. the first five?I think it was fair to say that every realized the schedule got easier after those first two conference games, so maybe, to some extent, you could see it coming, but I don’t think anyone expected the Cats to win all five of these games. I think the biggest concern was how poorly they played in the Duke game — the second game of the year. They were dominated across the board, looked completely inept especially in the passing game. I think once the schedule got a bit easier, once they got the confidence of the win over Iowa, it’s really just snowballed from there.How has quarterback Clayton Thorson improved since the Duke game, and how has he looked generally this season?If he is facing a steady pass rush, getting sacked a lot, it really shakes his confidence and affects his throws, even on plays when he’s not facing a strong pass rush. When he’s getting good protection, which he has over these last five games, he’s one of the more experienced and poised quarterbacks in the conference. He can make plays with his legs, he has maybe four or five rushing touchdowns this year, and he has a good arm. He’s working with a bit of an inexperienced receiver group this year, but they do with what he has.Minnesota really relies on the run to generate offense, what do you think Northwestern’s situation is going to be against them, and how has the run defense improved this season?It comes down to the defensive line. The nose tackle, Tyler Lancaster, is wearing the No. 1 jersey, at Northwestern that’s the thing that’s awarded at the beginning of each season voted on by the players to basically the guy they want to represent the face of the team. For it to go to a defensive lineman is a pretty big deal. They’ve continued to be virtually unstoppable against the run, they were talking about this in a team [press conference], that opponents seem to just abandon the run by halftime every game, and just turn to passing exclusively. The problem could be against Minnesota that the Cats don’t have a great track record against running quarterbacks. I think that’s going to be one area of concern that the Cats could have a bad matchup against Minnesota.What’s the most effective position group on the offense?Running backWhat’s the most effective position group on the defense? Defensive lineWho’s the best offensive player?Justin JacksonWho’s the best defensive player?Joe GazianoWho is a player flying under the radar?Garrett DickersonEnd of season record prediction?9-3Score prediction for the game on Saturday?Minnesota 21, Northwestern 24.last_img read more

Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2020 – free bike check & helmet!

first_imgKMSB organises Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2019–Ads– Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) organised their annual Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign located at the Sungai Besi Toll Plaza (Southbound) the whole of today from 9am to 6pm. It’s their fourth year in organizing this safety campaign at the location where their message is always to promote safety on the roads through proper riding gears as well as bike maintenance.The event was officiated by YB Kamarudin bin Jaffar, Deputy Minister of Transport together with Mr Wee Hong, Chairman of the Malaysia Motorcycle and Scooter Dealers Association (MMSDA), Mr Ahmad Faez Tan Sri Yahaya, Executive Chairman of KMSB, and Dato’ Jeffrey Lim, Managing Director of KMSB.If you happen to pass by the area, Kawasaki is giving complimentary 16-point bike checks for all brands and models conducted by trained technicians from the Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre (KESC). Kawasaki owners can also take the opportunity to grab their latest Kawasaki Genuine Oil (KGO) engine lubricants at a discounted price.Like previous years, the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2020 saw the support from several organisations like JPJ, KKR, PLUS, PDRM, JKJR, Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia) Berhad, AEON Credit Service, KHI Helmet, Bridgestone and many more. Got a worn-out helmet? KHI will happily trade yours in and offer a brand-new helmet in return (terms & conditions apply while stocks last).last_img read more