Tobacco Control Council finally launched

first_img2 years after legislationAlmost two years after Guyana passed legislation to regulate the sale and use of tobacco products, the Government has finally assembled a council which will be responsible for enforcing the law.Dr Shamdeo Persaud has been named Chairman of the 9-member council, and Attorney Cassandra Alves as the council’s Legal Officer. Other councillors are Mahadeo Ramjag from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Shailendra Rai from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS); Desiree Edghill, Executive Director of Artistes in Direct Support; Melissa Del-Richards, Assistant Director of Sports; Dr Mayon Amsterdam, Technical Officer at the Public Health Ministry; Dr Latoya Gooding from the Giving Hope Foundation; and Chronic Diseases Coordinator Dr Kavita Singh as the council’s secretary.The mission of the council has been influenced by the Public Health Ministry’s framework of the Health Vision 2020, which is a post-Millennium Development Goals agenda for Guyana through expanding universal health coverage and enabling health-enhancing behavioural and cultural changes in and through the delivery of improved health services.The council was established following the mandate of the Tobacco Control Act, which stipulates that a council be established with the important role of advising the Minister on matters related to tobacco control and the administration and enforcement of the Act.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has said the council would play a pivotal role in how the ministry addresses non-communicable diseases.“It is my strong belief that you (the council) are well positioned to do the things that are required of you, because you represent all sectors of our community and you can interface with our citizens in our community groups — of the entertainment sector, of social media, our religious organisations etc — to spread the message of how important it is of us kicking that habit of smoking,” Lawrence asserted.The council’s Legal Officer, Cassandra Alves, told the gathering that Guyana is the first country in the Caribbean to implement a Tobacco Control Council. She, however, outlined the hard road ahead, as several regulations need to be implemented and enforced.“In accordance with the regulations passed last year, the tobacco industry had to start complying with the rules on the 25th of February this year, and they have started. We still have some problems with compliance; some people have stretched out the image too much, some have opted to not put certain things, some have put things on the package that they were not supposed to put there.“The tobacco industry cannot even put on the package a health message that they have made up, but only those that are prescribed by the regulations,” Alves explained.The Tobacco Control Bill was passed in the National Assembly on July 27, 2017. At that time, Guyana had the third highest prevalence rate of smoking in the world. However, in 2018, Guyana received the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) World No Tobacco Day Award for the passage of the bill.The bill bans smoking at all indoor workplaces and certain outdoor places, such as in any waiting area or queue in a public place, including but not limited to any public transport stop, bus stand or bus park.The legislation will be enforced by the application of several penalties in the form of fines and prison sentences for ‘certain transgressions’. These range from a fine of $200,000 along with 6 months’ imprisonment for persons who breach the new regulations, to fines for business entities of up to $9 million dollars.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence (sixth from right) along with the Tobacco Control Council memberslast_img read more

Job Vacancies: Kelly’s Toyota launch exciting team expansion

first_imgKelly’s Toyota has announced two vacancies in their professional, motivated and innovative team in Co. Donegal.Management at the leading dealership are hiring a Service Manager for the Mountcharles branch and a Qualified Mechanic in Letterkenny.Service Manager – MountcharlesImmediate start in our Mountcharles branchSalary commensurate with experience Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in Service Management and working as a member of a Service Department within a busy dealership.Over 18 years of age. Experience essential.The primary functions of the Service Manager are as follows:Monitor/manage workshop loading systemMonitor/manage job card systemMonitor/manage service reception to maximise booking efficiencyRegularly monitor workshop productivity, profitability and financial performance and take corrective actions if necessaryAssign work to relevant employeesAdvise on diagnostic problemsDevelop and maintain relationships with distributors, suppliers and other relevant contactsMonitor equipment use and maintenanceManage all warranty related paperwork and procedures in accordance with company and/or distributors policyMonitor estimating systemEnsure accurate and up to date invoicing Promote associated products and services including VHC and ServicePlanManage workshop Health and SafetyMonitor quality customer service programme and improve overall customer service levels within the Service DepartmentTo Apply:Forward CV: by post or by email to Kelly Sales & Service, Drumbeigh, Mountcharles, Co DonegalClosing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2019Qualified Mechanic – LetterkennyWe are looking to hire a qualified motor mechanic to join our team in Letterkenny.The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of vehicle servicing, diagnostics and be capable of producing quality work in a fast paced environment.Applicants will ideally: Be fully qualified as a motor mechanic.Will have experience in all aspects of vehicle serving and diagnostics.Be capable of producing quality work in a busy environment.Work well under pressure, while maintaining efficiency and productivity.Hold a full driver licence.Have a flexible approach to work and be willing to work overtime if required.Be computer literate.Key Tasks & Responsibilities:To service & repair vehicles.To make written and verbal reports on service and repair activity to work shop foreman.Perform work as outlined on the job card with efficiency and accuracy.Maintaining a clean and neat workspace and adhering to all company policies, procedures and safety standards.To Apply: Forward CV: by post or by email to hr@kellystoyota.comKelly Sales & Service, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Closing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2019Job Vacancies: Kelly’s Toyota launch exciting team expansion was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Job VacanciesKelly’s ToyotaletterkennyManagerMECHANICMOUNTCHARLESservicinglast_img read more