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first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sunday 5 July 2015 10:25 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap The UK’s largest companies are planning to loosen their purse strings and fund expansion plans according to a survey of top finance chiefs published today.Expanding into new markets or introducing new products and services was seen as a strong priority for the next 12 months by 41 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs), the report by financial services giant Deloitte said.The figure marks a healthy gain on the 28 per cent of CFOs that said expansion was a priority at the start of the year.The survey, which gauged the views of 122 CFOs from the biggest 350 UK companies, found that 66 per cent of them expect UK businesses to up their capital expenditure over the next year. An uptick in hiring is expected by 70 per cent of finance bosses. The plans are the result of a greater appetite for risk taking among major companies.“Risk appetite is on the rise, uncertainty has fallen and CFOs enter the second half of the year in expansionary mode. Our survey suggests the UK recovery is regaining momentum,” said Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte.Interest rate hikes this year in the UK and the US, as well as a potential eurocrisis, are the biggest concerns for companies over the next 12 months. Finance chiefs were also heavily in favour of staying in the EU, but did not rate the referendum on EU membership as a major risk.EU membership has boosted the UK’s export performance, according to 91 per cent of CFOs. However, 57 per cent say its regulatory and compliance rules are a burden for businesses. Overall, finance chiefs are optimistic on the scope for reforming the UK’s relationship with the EU.“CFOs are more relaxed about the referendum than they were before May, perhaps a sign they believe the vote will endorse continued membership,” said David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte. [custom id=”21″] Express KCS whatsapp Share Top companies readying plans for expansion Tags: employment and wages UK jobslast_img read more

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first_imgSunday 12 July 2015 10:13 pm The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) has slammed new HMRC debt recovery powers which they said “fly in the face of Magna Carta”.Under the new direct recovery rules, which were announced in the 2014 Budget and are yet to come into force, HMRC would have the ability to seize funds directly from bank accounts. In a report commissioned by the TPA, barrister Francis Hoar said the proposed legislation is “flawed”, and the proposal itself is “objectionable in principle”. “The greatest legacy of the Magna Carta is the principle that the executive is subject to the law as much as the people, and yet the direct recovery legislation places the Crown in a superior position to individuals and businesses,” he said. “Most dangerously of all, it treats individual property as the property of the state once the state has determined it so.”A spokesperson for HMRC said: “The direct recovery of debt provisions tackle only a small number of people who simply refuse to pay the tax due even though they are well able to. It is not about forcing money out of those who have cashflow problems.” Express KCS Tags: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Show Comments ▼ New HMRC debt recovery powers that allow direct access to bank accounts slammed by taxpayer group as “flying in the face of Magna Carta” Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapTop 10 Fried Chicken Spots in the U.S.GayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapAdrian Grenier Agrees That Nate Is the ‘Real Villain’ in ‘The Devil WearsThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe Wrap’In the Heights’ Stars Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace on Nailing ThoseThe Wrap whatsapp Share whatsapplast_img read more

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first_img By Alex Lennane 04/07/2018 © Peerayut Chanaium Nippon Cargo Airlines is to resume operations, with one aircraft, tomorrow.The first service since the carrier grounded all its aircraft last month will fly from Narita to Shanghai.NCA said that the remainder of its aircraft would come back onstream in sequence, as each completes safety checks. It did not specify when this would be.The carrier suspended its operations on June 17, following concerns over maintenance records for its 11-strong fleet.center_img According to some sources, air freight rates rose on transpacific routes owing to the sudden decrease in capacity. Atlas Air, which has a contract with NCA, helped support the stricken airline’s customers with charter flights.The carrier said today: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and worries that we caused our customers. We will do our utmost to check safety for resuming operations as quickly as possible.”Meanwhile, ANA today announced it would cancel 113 domestic flights between July 6 and July 12. It has ongoing problems with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on its 787s.An issue with the compressor on Trent 1000 ‘C’ engines has already led to British Airways, Virgin and Air New Zealand having to ground aircraft. But now the same problem has been found on ‘B’ engines. ANA, which has the world’s biggest 787 fleet,  said 136 of its engines were affected.last_img read more

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first_imgWhy? He wanted them to share stories about the patient — his likes and dislikes, what made him special, and other information that would help his caregivers know and relate to the person behind the prostate cancer diagnosis. It was a small gesture that had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the patient and his family.A lightbulb went off for me and I followed suit. I asked my patient permission to email her family members. Her husband revealed the nugget about her Pink Floyd fandom, a fact she hid from even her closest friends.I took the same approach with my next patient. Her family wrote that she was a gospel singer in her church choir. So we played gospel music in the operating room before her surgery, making the sterile and uninviting room less ominous. Her tension and fear dissipated.It was then that something magical happened. The surgical team wanted to know what was up with the different music being played. I explained how it wasn’t about the music but making a human connection. Inquiries about the emails followed. The team members wanted to read them, too. Related: Doctors need to regain patients’ trust. Nurses can help them do that By Benjamin Schwartz May 16, 2019 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. She’s worn both a hospital gown and a white coat. Now she wants to change how doctors perceive their patients Luca Bravo/Unsplash As a surgeon who specializes in gynecologic cancer, I have performed thousands of operations over my two-decade career. But the ones my team and I have done since the beginning of this year have been the most fulfilling. The reason? A simple yet remarkable adjustment in how we prepare for surgery has forever changed the way we now practice medicine.The first of these “new” operations started when I asked to have Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” — a title so dripping with irony that it was impossible for the team not to notice (more on that later) — playing over the sound system as a patient entered the operating room. Although she was understandably tense, nervous, and frightened about having surgery, she relaxed upon hearing the music. I could see that from the smile on her face and the way her shoulders eased.The transformation wasn’t so much due to the soothing nature of the music or the state of relaxation stressed in the lyrics (though I’m sure that contributed to it), but her understanding that the individuals operating on her knew enough to play her favorite music.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Months before I had been working with a mentor, a “career coach” who was guiding me along the peaks and valleys of my career. During one of our conversations, he revealed that he had prostate cancer and that his physician, Dr. Ash Tewari, had done something quite surprising: Tewari had asked to meet with him and his family, and then asked the family members if he could email them.advertisement This changed our approach to surgery. Our standard protocol had been to take a pre-surgical pause to prepare before a patient entered the operating room. It’s a scripted process in which we discuss important elements of the case. Following the pause, we apply our skills to the person lying before us — often without knowing who they really are.Now we know who they are. Long before surgery is scheduled, we send emails to patients’ family members. Immediately before the surgery, we pause and read the email responses. In a recent case, Daniel, a patient’s 13-year-old grandson, wrote about his grandma’s special meatballs at their Sunday dinners and how he was terrified he’d never see her again or have her be part of those special dinners. “Please do your best today,” he wrote to us. It was a touching tribute — there wasn’t a dry eye among the surgical team. We went from that lump-in-the-throat moment to an adrenalin surge that resulted in a hyper-sense of focus. To a person, our attitude was, “We have to do an amazing job today.”The power of an individual’s story is so strong that it can’t help but focus us on the humanistic side of medicine. It puts us in touch with our collective humanity. Sadly it is something that is most definitely at risk in the way health care is provided in the United States.Technology may advance professional and personal pursuits, but it can also dehumanize us. We become comfortably numb and immune to a very real and damaging byproduct of the ongoing technological evolution. While “process” is paramount to every surgery, the patient — who should always be at the center of care — sometimes disappears. It can happen subtly in ways that surgical teams or other health care providers may not even notice. First OpinionConnecting with patients can keep physicians from becoming ‘uncomfortably numb’ Privacy Policy Tags patientsphysicians Related: What our patient may have perceived as a thoughtful gesture didn’t occur by happenstance. About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Benjamin Schwartz We need to reiterate the intricacies of the surgical procedure, the prognosis, the expected outcomes and recovery times, but we also need to learn about Daniel’s grandmother, her Sunday dinners and amazing meatballs. We need to guard against dehumanization by learning about our patients’ amazing, individual lives and the impact they have on so many others’ lives, rather than knowing them only as “the gallbladder in room 302.”The power of an individual’s story prevents us from becoming comfortable and focusing only on process. It brings out our best. It’s a reminder that a loved one’s note contains special words that enable us to make the human connection — the very thing that got us into medicine in the first place.Benjamin Schwartz, M.D., is chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwell’s Southside Hospital and regional director of the OB-GYN service line for the health system’s eastern region.last_img read more

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first_img Ed Silverman Adobe PharmalotWorld Health Organization says its Covid-19 vaccine program has secured 2 billion doses Emergency use authorization of Covid-19 vaccines could hinder global access to them Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. After months of effort, a World Health Organization program has reached an agreement to obtain nearly 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines and expects to begin distribution in the first quarter of 2021, which means shots can start reaching dozens of low and middle-income countries that must rely on patronage for supplies.The move is a notable step forward for the program, which is known as COVAX and was launched in hopes of closing a widening gap in access to Covid-19 vaccines. Over the past several months, wealthy nations have struck bilateral deals with different vaccine manufacturers, raising alarm that the poorest countries will be unable to effectively combat the pandemic.COVAX is attempting to pool purchasing power and line up funding so that vaccine makers agree to participate. So far, a total of 190 countries have signed on, but financial targets have not yet been met. The program has raised $2 billion, but needs another $6.8 billion next year for research and development, advanced market commitments and delivery support.advertisement Nonetheless, the COVAX organizers touted the newly achieved commitments for obtaining 2 billion doses, a goal that was targeted when the program was launched several months ago. COVAX cleared that hurdle by signing an advance purchase agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) for 170 million doses and a memorandum of understanding with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) for 500 million. As a result, COVAX expects to distribute at least 1.3 billion doses to 92 low and middle-income countries next year. Ultimately, the program hopes to provide enough vaccine doses to cover up to 20% of the population in each of those countries by the end of 2021. Overall, COVAX has secured first right of refusal of 1 billion vaccine doses.“The arrival of vaccines is giving all of us a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a statement. “But we will only truly end the pandemic if we end it everywhere at the same time, which means it’s essential to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries.”COVAX already struck a deal with the Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing vaccines for Novavax (NVAX) and AstraZeneca and its development partner, Oxford University. Serum agreed to supply 200 million doses, with options for up to 900 millionmore of either vaccine. COVAX also has a statement of intent for 200 million doses of a vaccine from Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). By Ed Silverman Dec. 18, 2020 Reprints “Securing access to doses of a new vaccine for both higher-income and lower-income countries, at roughly the same time and during a pandemic, is a feat the world has never achieved before – let alone at such unprecedented speed and scale,” said Seth Berkley, who heads Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which handles COVAX procurement and delivery, in a statement.advertisement Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints Related: @Pharmalot Leave this field empty if you’re human: As of earlier this week, high-income countries have reached agreement to purchase more than 4 billion doses, while upper middle-income countries are on tap to buy nearly 1.1 billion doses, according to the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. All totaled, 10.1 billion doses were reserved before any of the Covid-19 vaccine candidates reached the market.On its face, the latest announcement is good news, but there are caveats to consider, such as the extent to which the vaccines COVAX hopes to purchase prove to be sufficiently safe and effective, according to Kenneth Shadlen, a professor of international development at the London School of Economics, who studies pharmaceutical pricing, patents and access issues.The frontrunners in the vaccine race — Pfizer (PFE) and its partner BioNTech (BNTX), as well as Moderna (MRNA) — have not yet signed on to the COVAX program. Meanwhile, the two vaccines these companies have developed have demonstrated roughly 95% effectiveness and which regulators have said appear safe.Shadlen also questioned how COVAX has described some of its arrangements. For instance, COVAX has not made clear which vaccines are covered by a first right of refusal and has also not explained what is covered by either a memorandum of understanding or statement of intent. “My reaction is that its good news, though how good the news is, of course, depends on lots of details and unknowns,” he wrote us. [email protected] Tags CoronavirusVaccineslast_img read more

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first_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Lifestyle Entertainment BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2018 acts announced LifestyleEntertainment TAGSElectric Picnic Facebook Pinterest Community Pinterest Council The Electric Picnic 2017 festival will take this September in Stradbally After months and months of waiting, the announcement many of us have been waiting for is here.The Electric Picnic have made their first line up announcement for the 2018 festival and it includes some real humdingers.Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack and N.E.R.D. have been confirmed this morning as the headline acts.Other acts confirmed are: Dua Lipa, Ben Howard, St. Vincent, King Krule, George Ezra, The Kooks, Jungle, Wolf Alice, Chvrches, Nina Kraviz, Cigarettes After Sex, Friendly Fires, Garbage, Dermot Kennedy, Benjamin Clementine, Sigrid, Jessie Ware, Jorja Smith, Mount Kimie, Tom Misch, The Blaze, Stefflon Don, Peggy Gou, Yxng Bane, Field Music, Alexis Taylor, Sevdaliza, Lucy Dacus, La Femme, Inne Circle, Jordan Rakei, Raye, Gang of Youths, Nilufer Yanya, Scarlxrd, Yellow Days, Hak Baker and Tom Tripp.The festival takes place from August 31 to Septemeber 2 this year in Stradbally Hall – the estate owned by the Cosby family.And it is sure to once again be the highlight of the summer for thousands of music, comedy, arts and dance lovers of all ages.The final round of weekend tickets went on sale at 9am last Saturday morning for those who still haven’t managed to get their hands on some.Weekend camping tickets are still available online but are expected to sell out very quickly.While Sunday tickets are now completely sold out.The Electric Picnic is highly beneficial to the people of Laois.A study last year found that it generated €8 million for the county.And almost half of that was said to have been spent in Stradbally.SEE ALSO – Mick O’Dwyer’s house in Portlaoise is up for sale BREAKING: Electric Picnic 2018 acts announced Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Previous articleHelp sought to find man missing from near AthyNext articleElderly man loses life in tragic farming accident Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 15th March 2018 Rugby Twitter WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister Golding Responds to Opposition Leader OppositionDecember 22, 2009 RelatedPrime Minister Golding Responds to Opposition Leader RelatedPrime Minister Golding Responds to Opposition Leader Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has written to Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, advising that he will address the changes to the tax package in a national broadcast tomorrow evening and for a debate in Parliament early in the new year, on the details of the proposed IMF programme. The national broadcast will be aired on mainstream television and radio stations at 9:00pm on Wednesday (Dec 23).Responding to a December 21st letter from Mrs. Simpson Miller, the Prime Minister had this to say:“I propose to address the nation through a national broadcast tomorrow evening in which I will outline the changes to the tax package as announced last Thursday. Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on the majority of the Jamaican people who we know are already burdened by the impact of the global recession. It is to be recognized however, that the widening gap between our revenues and expenditure must be cauterized. This is an essential prerequisite for an IMF programme and the support of the other multilateral institutions which is contingent thereon.Critical to the IMF programme, as well is the implementation of the new tax package as of January 1.As I indicated to you on Thursday, we will facilitate a debate in Parliament early in the new year not only on the details of the proposed IMF programme but on the medium term economic strategy and performance targets as well as the policies to be pursued to stimulate economic growth and job creation”. RelatedPrime Minister Golding Responds to Opposition Leaderlast_img read more

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first_imgOvernight closures of Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge From: Canada Border Services AgencyDue to overnight closures of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is recommending commercial drivers and travellers entering or exiting Canada use either the Thousand Islands Bridge or the Seaway International Bridge.Ottawa, OntarioDue to overnight closures of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is recommending commercial drivers and travellers entering or exiting Canada use either the Thousand Islands Bridge or the Seaway International Bridge.As announced by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, as of Sunday, June 6, 2021, they will be closing the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge to all traffic, including pedestrians, every Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. These closures, which are expected to last until October 16, 2021, are due to construction by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority on the United States span of the bridge.The CBSA port of entry at Prescott will remain open with minimal staffing for administrative and security purposes and to ensure a CBSA presence in the event of any unforeseen emergency related to Canada’s safety and security.There will be no overnight closures on the following days:Canada Day – Thursday, July 1, 2021Independence Day – Monday, July 5, 2021Labour Day – Monday, September 6, 2021Thanksgiving Day (Canada) & Columbus Day (U.S.) – Monday, October 11, 2021Travellers are encouraged to manage their crossing by checking border wait times using the CanBorder App and to cross at the least busy port of entry in the area. While the CBSA will not compromise safety and security, every effort will be made to minimize processing times.As a reminder, non-essential travel restrictions between the United States and Canada are still in place. Travellers entering Canada are subject to strict requirements for mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation; the use of ArriveCAN to submit pre-arrival information; and COVID-19 testing before, upon and after arrival. Please visit Canada.ca for details and the list of exemptions.Quick factsBe aware that delays are sometimes unavoidable or out of our control when situations arise such as traffic surges, enforcements actions or motor vehicle accidents.For the latest information on the closures, visit the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority website (www.ogdensport.com). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Border, Canada, covid-19, Emergency, Government, isolation, Ottawa, PM, quarantine, Safety, security, staffing, testing, travel, United States, vehicle, websitelast_img read more

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first_img By Glenis Rose JIS REGIONAL OFFICE,  MONTEGO BAY RelatedPM Opens Captain Hook Adventures RelatedPM Opens Captain Hook Adventures FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — Captain Hook Adventures, Jamaica’s latest tourist attraction, was officially opened yesterday (July 30) by Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding. The attraction, located at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny, is described as the most exciting, authentic pirate dinner show in the Caribbean, featuring live cannons, sword fights, and dance with a true Jamaican flavor.   In his addresses at the opening, the Prime Minister said that Jamaica has been blessed by God with a multiplicity of natural attractions and beautiful year-round  weather, of which we must take advantage for the growth of the tourism sector. “We are in a very competitive industry where people have so many choices…and therefore, we have to be constantly positioning ourselves so that when they (tourists) roam through the brochures and stumble on Jamaica, they must stop there and decide that this is where I want to go,” he said. “We must have a menu of options that continues to expand,” he stated, noting that Captain Hook Adventures is an important part of that thrust. He commended the operators for their creatively in designing an exciting attraction, which captures a period of Jamaica’s history. “In creating this attraction, they could have chosen any of a number of themes and yet they chose a story that is so much a part of us and our culture and where we are coming from.  For us to see that sort of creative mind going to work, to take a part of us and to reproduce it and to showcase it in the way that this has been done, is something that I think is truly remarkable and I want to express our thanks to you for having that insight,” he said. “It is genuine Jamaican history and Jamaican culture and I want to pay tribute for that,” the Prime Minister added. He also commended Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett and his team for noticeable achievements in tourism. PM Opens Captain Hook Adventures TourismJuly 31, 2011 RelatedPM Opens Captain Hook Adventures Advertisementslast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, addressing the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD), held on August 22, at the University of Technology (UTech), in St. Andrew. Consultation Before Proposed Alcohol Policy Health & WellnessAugust 25, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedHealth Ministry Hosts Meeting With WHO on Tobacco Control RelatedNew Project to Improve Care for Expectant Mothers and Newborns Consultation Before Proposed Alcohol PolicyJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img The proposed alcohol policy will not be enacted without consultation with industry players, says Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.“We will be consulting with various stakeholders, including the alcohol industry. We understand that this is a business, and we are really referring to the type of drinking that is detrimental to health and has negative consequences,” the Minister explained.Dr. Ferguson was addressing the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD), held on August 22, at the University of Technology (UTech), in St. Andrew.“I have stated over and over that this is not about reducing the production of alcohol, or putting in sanctions to the alcohol industry and their core business, or stopping consumers from purchasing alcoholic products. I am simply concerned about the health effects of irresponsible drinking,” the Minister said.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that a control mechanism must be put in place to protect health, as alcohol abuse causes many challenges to family members when they develop several of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and when it results in road accidents.“We know of some of the road crashes that force our health institutions to be cancelling one out of three surgeries, because of these emergencies, many of which are driven by alcohol use,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Ferguson told the forum that the Ministry is also partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to tackle obesity, as it contributes significantly to NCDs, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.“The matter of unhealthy diet will have to be addressed through partnership with a number of stakeholders, including JAPINAD. It is imperative that we chart a way forward with definitive steps as to how we tackle the effects of unhealthy diet on our population,” the Minister said.He pointed out that work has started on the diet issue, including meetings with the food industry, and ensuring that information is provided on labels, such as the number calories, portion sizes and nutritional value, to allow consumers to make informed choices. Story HighlightsThe proposed alcohol policy will not be enacted without consultation with industry players, says Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that a control mechanism must be put in place to protect health, as alcohol abuse causes many challenges.Dr. Ferguson told the forum that the Ministry is also partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to tackle obesity, as it contributes significantly to NCDs, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. RelatedUHWI Gets Fully Equipped Ambulance From Turkey FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

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