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


first_imgLETTERKENNY LADIES GOLFThe Ladies Club would like to wish Captain, Catherine- Cooke Harkin a very enjoyable and successful captain’s week. A very popular captain, she is looking forward to a good week, fine weather and lots of golf for the members.On Saturday, 16th Aug. the ladies play in Day 2 of Captain Catherine’s prize with the aggregate of Day 1 on Tuesday 12thth competition and Day 2 producing the winning score. There are many prizes to be won from the main competition and from the following competitions during Captain’s week. On Thursday, 14th, there is a step aside scramble with glitz and glamour the theme and beginners are especially invited. Friday is the traditional mixed foursomes. There is also a non qualifiers section, so plenty of golf for all categories.On Sunday17th and Monday18th, Lady Captain’s prize to the juniors will be played.Currently, the junior boys and girls are playing their matchplay competitions.Lady Captain Catherine is also the Junior Convenor and takes this workload in her stride alongside her role as Lady Captain. She also travelled to Temple Patrick in Belfast on Sunday to support the Junior Team, captained by Marian O’ Sullivan, who was narrowly beaten by Malone Golf Club.The panel of players were, Tracy Spence, Veronica Mc Ateer, Angela Bradley, Mary Murray, Cynthia Furey and Anne Cannon. They have enjoyed very competitive matches and are to be congratulated on reaching the Ulster semi final of the competition in only their second year of entering. The August Medal winner was Celine Bradley. 72net, Runner Up, Pauline Curley, 74net and 3rd was Tracy Spence, 76net. These medal winners along with next best 7 scores played in Lady Captain’s shoot out last Friday in glorious sunshine. The players and supporters, dressed in Lady Captain’s County Galway colours were an impressive sight on the first fairway. The golf was a very high standard with many ladies needing tie breakers to continue or not to the next hole. The final 4 players of Veronica Mc Ateer, Jackie Ireland, Angela Kilgallen and Sandra McMonagle played great golf but alas there can be only one winner. Angela Kilgallen, who played superbly for 9 Holes, making no mistakes, was faced with a downhill putt on the 12th green to make par. Sandra Mc Monagle, with a drive and a pitching wedge to reach the 12 th green had the comfort of 2 putts to make par, making her the winner in a very friendly and competitive shoot out. No doubt, this will become an annual event in Lady Captain’s week.Last Thursday, the 18 Hole Club Competition was won by Monica Mc Donagh with 37pts. Two players on the Junior Team played in the final of the Ladies Matchplay last Thursday, Marian O Sullivan and Mary Murray. The match went to the 20th Hole to reach an outcome; again such is the high standard of golf that we have come to expect from Letterkenny Ladies. A birdie putt on the 20th hole secured victory for Marian O Sullivan. Congratulations to both players for reaching the final.Lady Captain, Catherine would like to wish the ladies good luck for her prize and for the competitions this week and she is looking forward to a great night on Saturday. GOLF NEWS: MONICA MC DONAGH ON TOP FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more