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

Warriors scout prospective No. 1 draft pick, who is ruled ineligible by the NCAA

first_imgWit and wisdom from Grandma Part II:Grandma said that when she met Grandpa, it was love at first sight. So dumbstruck was Grandpa that Grandma told him, “When your eyes get full, use your pockets.”Here’s hoping the Warriors brass who embarked Tuesday on a roadie to scout James Wiseman in Portland packed their pockets. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Wiseman? He is a 7-1, 240-pound center, a specimen and a half who is the …last_img

14 days agoMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blow

first_imgMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blowby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool.Indeed, United medics fear he could be sidelined until at least the end of October, says the Daily Mail.The France midfielder is in Dubai to complete a warm weather rehabilitation programme at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in hope of accelerating his recovery from a foot injury.Pogba, though, is almost sure of missing the visit of league leaders Liverpool in a game that could have a significant bearing on United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s future.He will report back to the club’s Carrington HQ next week where United medics will have a clearer idea of the Pogba may be able to return. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Prahalis careerbest scoring helps Buckeyes beat Badgers

Senior guard Samantha Prahalis scored a career-high 34 points to lead the No. 11 Ohio State women’s basketball team to a 72-58 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers (8-15, 4-7 Big Ten) Monday night. The senior said she was unaware of her accomplishment until she was taken out of the game with less than three minutes left.  “I didn’t know until I got to the bench and they asked me what my previous high had been, and they told me I beat it,” Prahalis  said. Monday’s victory comes after the Buckeyes (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten) suffered their second loss of the season against Minnesota. The loss motivated Prahalis to assert herself into the next the game she played. “Today I made it a point to be more aggressive from the start,” she said. “My shot felt good, so I was kind of in a flow in the game.” She also had five assists, which puts her at 863 for her career. Prahalis needs 30 more to overtake Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly for the all-time career record in the Big Ten. Even the opposing coach was impressed with her performance. “With a kid like that on your team, you have a chance to do something special and they probably will,” said Wisconsin coach Bobby Kelsey. In the loss, the Badgers scored 36 of 58 points from behind the arc. “They were great from the three-point line,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “That’s the way they play and they’re very good at it. I give them credit.” OSU kept the lead for the entire evening, but the Badgers found ways to battle back into the game. In the second half, the Badgers went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three with 11:58 in the game. The next possession saw sophomore center Darryce Moore answer with a layup, which sparked an 11-3 OSU run, and eventually, an OSU victory. Following Prahalis, junior guard Tayler Hill had 18 points and four rebounds. Going into the game, Hill was leading the Big Ten with 22.5 points per game. Monday’s win gives the Buckeyes two straight victories against the Badgers this year. OSU defeated Wisconsin, 77-61, in December. Following this win, OSU travels to Illinois to face the Fighting Illini on Thursday. The Buckeyes defeated the Illini, 96-84, earlier this season. Although OSU proved resilient after its defeat against Minnesota, Prahalis said the team understands the intensity of the competition during the final month of the season. “Every game’s going to be a dogfight, and we got to bring it,” said Prahalis. The Buckeyes return home Sunday against the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2). Tip is at 5 p.m. read more

Keown believes that Mourinho has to win against Swansea

first_imgMartin Keown is certain that José Mourinho’s career is on the edge and the Portuguese will have to win the upcoming match against Swansea to save his job at Manchester United.The results haven’t been good for José Mourinho lately as his team were eliminated from the Champions League by Sevilla and are without chances of winning the title as they are trailing by 16 points on Manchester City.The former Arsenal defender spoke about his José Mourinho’s side situation as he said that he simply has to win considering the situation has been very tense during the international break, according to The Sport Review:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“This is quite a defining game for Mourinho against Swansea.”“There was some harsh talk before the international break. He was critical of his players.”“Let’s see if there will be a response from those players. Can they win convincingly in the true traditions of Manchester United?”last_img read more

Ferdinand spoke about Ronaldos beginnings

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has been one of the best players of this decade but back in 2003, he was just an unknown teenager at Sporting Lisbon where Sir Alex Ferguson discovered him for Manchester United.Rio Ferdinand opened up on this experience as he remembers that the Red Devils played a friendly game against Sporting and Ronaldo stunned everyone – and within just one week, United managed to sign him.The former United centre-back spoke about his former teammate as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“I first saw him up close when I was playing for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly to mark the opening of Sporting Lisbon’s new stadium in 2003.”“It was plain that this was a potential superstar. An 18-year-old Ronaldo ran the show as we lost 3-1.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We were on the bus for ages afterwards waiting for chief executive David Gill and the boss Alex Ferguson.”“We were just willing them to sign Ronaldo. Within a week he was our player.”“From the very start in training, you could see he was supremely talented.”“He had all the skills but what really stood out was his work ethic. This was no show pony.”“He wanted to be out there afterwards with the ball improving, learning to use both feet.”last_img read more

NorthWynn Fills Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies Sail

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Carl Wynn 1947The late Carl Wynn was a man who sought to enrich the lives of those in need, and to preserve wildlife and their habitat, according to the foundation that bears his name. NorthWynnCenter for Alaskan Coastal Studies Executive Director Beth Trowbridge: “There is birds and little scenes that are scattered throughout that give it a special touch.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-northwynn-fills-center-for-alaskan-coastal-studies-sail.mp3VmDorene-on-northwynn-fills-center-for-alaskan-coastal-studies-sail.mp300:00RPd Wynn didn’t have the opportunity to Pick.Click.Give with his Permanent Fund Dividend check like recipients do now, so instead, his family donated a unique property to support Kachemak Bay wildlife conservation and education. On a trip to Alaska, a chance visit to Homer led to a legacy that recently was left to the Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies. Beth TrowbridgeCenter for Alaskan Coastal Studies Executive Director Beth Trowbridge: “He really loved the outdoors. He really loved the wildlife, and that was one of the reasons why he really loved being up on the hill, and also one of the reasons why he donated the property to the Center For Alaskan Coastal Studies – so we can protect it.” Trowbridge says a the work of a local trompe l’oeil artist is featured making the decor memorable. Trowbridge says they hope to use the property for educational purposes in the future. Wynn toured the world peddling a high functioning lubrication oil that help set speed records on land and in air, and was prominently featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “The Birds.” The Center has it available for rent on VRBO to help raise undesignated funds for its programming. In their comments most guests seemed to appreciate it’s proximity to the  Wynn Nature Center, 140 glorious acres crossed with five miles of hiking trails overlooking Kachemak Bay. NorthWynn was built by local mastercraftsmen out of cedar logs floated up from Southeast. The 2,900 s.f. three-story features large amounts of local stonework fronting fireplaces in each of the four bedrooms, and keeps it retro-50s charm.last_img read more

Turkey to receive Russian S400 missiles amid US sanctions threat

first_imgErdogan claimed that the decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missiles is for the purpose of strengthening Turkey’s military capabilities and denied violating NATO norms.”As we defend the rights of our country and our friends in the international arena, we see that the embargoes that we are exposed to in the defence industry increase,” Erdogan said at a graduating ceremony at the National Defence University in Istanbul.”Turkey adds value and strength to NATO, too, and expands its vision and scope,” he added, reported AP.According to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) 2017 law, the US has the power to impose sanctions on any country that participates in trade or defence deal with Iran, North Korea and Russia.The US-India bilateral relations also suffered major setbacks in the past month after Indian authorities denied scrapping the defence purchase of S-400 missile systems. Similar to the situation with Turkey,  the US threatened India of triggering CAATSA sanctions if it didn’t abort the deal with Russia. Close Trump Signs Executive Order Imposing New Sanctions On Iran IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:43Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Russian S-400 air defence mobile missile launching systems drive during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2015.REUTERS/Grigory DukorThe delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defence systems to Turkey will begin in a few days, according to a statement issued by the Russian authorities on Friday, July 5. Turkey is likely to face US sanctions for cooperating with ‘adversaries’ under a 2019 federal law. In the recently concluded G-20 summit in Japan, US President Donald Trump showed support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to buy S-400 missiles saying. Trump said, “It’s not his fault, citing Turkey’s role in the US economy by paying a tremendous amount of money for the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.”However, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo had threatened to halt the purchase of the fighter jets if Turkey decides to not halt its Russian defence purchase.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia’s decision to ignore the cold-war treaty is alarming, reported Associated Press. He said “we didn’t see any sign of Russia being willing to come back into compliance” with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.Signed on December 8, 1987, the treaty requires the United States and the Soviet Union to annul all nuclear and ballistic arms with ranges of 500 to 5,000 kilometres.last_img read more

Man beaten dead by police in Joypurhat

first_imgjoypurhatA man was beaten to death allegedly by police at Harunga village of Kalai upazila early Monday.The deceased was identified as Saidur Rahman, son of Ashraf Ali, a resident of the village.Belayet Hossain, additional superintendent of Joypurhat police, said that a team of police locked into an altercation with Saidur around 5:00am when they went to the village to arrest his nephew Shapla, accused in a case filed in connection with sexual harassment.At one stage, Saidur suffered a brain stroke and died on the spot, the police official said.However, the family members claimed that Saidur was beaten to death by police.Police sent the body to Joypurhat Modern Hospital for an autopsy.A tense situation was prevailing at the village following the incident.Later, the additional superintendent of police went to the spot and brought the situation under control.Meanwhile, four policemen, including two sub-inspectors of Kalai police station, were withdrawn from their posted station.last_img read more

Philippine cops kill 32 in single day during antidrug raids

first_imgPhilippine police killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila, in the single deadliest day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting war on drugs.About 109 petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan province from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon, said provincial police chief, Romeo Caramat.“We have conducted ‘one-time, big-time’ operations in the past, so far, the number of casualties and deaths, this is the highest,” Caramat told a news conference.He defended police action and said the deaths were during shootouts, and were not executions, as activists have often alleged.“There are some sectors that will not believe us, but, we are open for any investigation. All we can say is that we don’t have any control of the situation. As much as possible, we don’t want this bloody encounter.”Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte’s signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 last year, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighborhoods.The intensity of the crackdown has alarmed the international community, and activists and human rights groups say police have been executing suspects and planting drugs and guns at crime scenes. Police and the government officials reject that.Police also deny involvement in thousands of murders by mysterious gunmen, blaming them on gang turf wars, drug dealers silencing informants, or vigilantes targeting drug users.“There were 32 killed in Bulacan in a massive raid, that’s good,” Duterte said in a speech.“Let’s kill another 32 every day. Maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”Police conducted 49 sting drug operations in Bulacan that resulted in about 20 armed encounters, Caramat said. Ten other gunfights ensued when police tried to serve arrest warrants to suspects who fought back.He said 93 of those held were wanted for other crimes, as well as drugs offences.Bulacan has been a major target in the drugs war, with some 425 people killed and 4,000 offenders arrested, according to Caramat, making it the second-biggest hot spot in the crackdown outside of the Manila area.Political opponents of Duterte have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the president and top aides of crimes against humanity, arguing they failed to address allegations of widespread police abuses that have been brought to their attention.Duterte has welcomed the ICC complaint, and said he was willing to rot in jail to protect Filipinos.He has often complained about human rights groups criticizing and undermining his campaign and on Wednesday said he would instead investigate them, or worse.“If they are obstructing justice, shoot them,” he said.last_img read more

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