Support Move to Ban Public Smoking – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, is urging members of the public to support the Government’s move to impose a ban on smoking in public spaces.Speaking at an exposition at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston on Tuesday, May 7, Dr. Ferguson said the effort is aimed at protecting the health of citizens, especially since surveys show that the nation’s children are partaking in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking.“The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse indicates that 40.4 per cent of youth age 13 to 15, has smoked at least once and at least 19.4 per cent of those who have ever smoked were under 10 years old. In addition, 70 per cent of the students surveyed indicated that they are exposed to second hand smoke,” he said.He informed that six million persons are dying annually around the world from smoking and some 600,000 are dying globally from passive smoking, by just being in the presence of smokers. Dr. Ferguson said the World Health Organization (WHO) also indicates that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.“The Ministry of Health continues to stress the importance of health promotion and actions to counter the effects of lifestyle diseases. Exercise, good dietary practices, reduction in alcohol intake and a cessation of smoking are among the lifestyle choices that will produce the results that we want,” he stated. The Health Minister reminded the children that smoking is neither “cute nor cool”, and appealed to them not to partake in the practice.Dr. Ferguson said that his position on the matter is not an anti-smoker stance, noting that as Minister of Health, he has a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of Jamaicans.The Government is seeking to put in place a Tobacco Control Act that will protect citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco smoking, by prohibiting its use in public areas and work places. The legislation is in the draft stage and is expected to be brought to Parliament this financial year.Dr. Ferguson also urged the children to desist from partaking in alcohol consumption, pointing out that this is another unhealthy lifestyle practice.The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2008 indicates that 65 per cent of Jamaicans aged 15-75 years old, consume alcohol. The Jamaican Youth Risk and Resiliency Behaviour Survey 2006 reports that almost 50 per cent of youth used alcohol, with 10.4 per cent of males and 5.8 per cent of females reporting drunkenness.The Minister said these behaviours can have negative long-term effects on health and wellness and may also indicate a need for some kind of social intervention and guidance for these children.“I urge parents to be more involved in the life of their children. You have to support the work of the school and the Ministry. We cannot do it alone, strongly established partnerships with the family are needed to improve the current situation,” he stated.The exposition was staged under the theme: ‘Get Educated…Eat Healthy…Live Wealthy’.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Stand Up To Cancer American Airlines Marvel Studios Avengers Infinity War Join

first_imgToday, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), American Airlines and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War announced a powerful collaboration as they team up in the fight against cancer.Stand Up To Cancer – Avengers: Infinity WarThe inspiring initiative and public service announcement (PSA) features beloved Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War heroes, esteemed SU2C researchers and American Airlines team members who have personally fought cancer. To raise funds, awareness and further Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to bring groundbreaking therapies and treatments to patients as quickly as possible, this first-of-its-kind collaboration comes to life in print, radio, digital and broadcast PSAs with a powerful call-to-action and additional campaign elements to come.“Our team members are true service super heroes and are at the forefront of everything we do at American Airlines. The team members featured in this campaign represent all American team members who are currently fighting or have fought this terrible disease, and we are humbled by their fortitude,” said Elise Eberwein, executive vice president – People & Communications for American. “This innovative campaign takes a serious issue and presents a powerful reflection of the resiliency of the human spirit. We stand proudly with the Stand Up to Cancer and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War teams to underscore the importance of raising funds for more widely shared cancer research quickly to save lives now.”The print PSA includes Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War cast members Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America, standing alongside SU2C Scientific Advisor Dr. Phillip A. Sharp and American Airlines LAX-based Customer Service agent team member and three-time breast cancer survivor, Shandra Fitzpatrick. The broadcast PSA will feature footage from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and of SU2C’s Scientific Advisor Dr. Lee J.Helman, as well as Shandra. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman are featured in the voice-over portion of the broadcast piece.“It’s an honor to bring these worlds together,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vice president of Global Partnerships & Marketing. “Our Super Heroes are often placed on pedestals as the ultimate paradigms, so we’re excited to shift the spotlight onto the real-life heroes who battle against this terrible disease every day. On behalf of the entire studio, we acknowledge their bravery, resilience, and the example they’ve set for all of us. And, most importantly, we stand with them as they continue the fight.”The PSA campaign not only raises awareness for the cause, but also encourages American Airlines AAdvantage members to donate to Stand Up To Cancer. For every dollar donated, American Airlines AAdvantage members will receive 10 American Airlines AAdvantage miles with a minimum $25 donation. Learn more at addition to American Airlines’ Shandra Fitzpatrick,the PSA campaign includes LAX-based Aviation Maintenance Technician Anthony MacGilfrey; LAX-based flight attendant, Michelle Ballard; Miami-based Fleet Service crew chief Juan Barquero; Chicago-based Captain Ron France; and DFW-based, customer care manager Lynnae Stripling.“This incredible campaign represents Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to encourage collaboration across unique partners in an effort to flip the script on cancer and save lives now,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Rusty Robertson. “American Airlines has been a tremendous supporter of SU2C, and we are so grateful to their courageous team members who are sharing their heroic, personal journeys in this PSA.”“With the magic of Marvel Studios, we’re proud to bring real heroes — our SU2C scientists and the American team members — together with fictional ones, to help save lives and enable our innovative work to soar to greater heights while empowering new audiences to join the movement,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Sue Schwartz.The PSA campaign will launch early April 2018 with more elements from American Airlines to follow later this month. This year, both Stand Up To Cancer and Marvel Studios each reach their 10-year marks. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters April 27, 2018.Stand Up To Cancer researchers featured in the campaign include Chair of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Philip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Institute Professor, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; SU2C SAC Member Lee J. Helman, M.D., The Saban Research Institute and Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Vinod P. Balachandran, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and principal investigator in the SU2C Convergence initiative; Marcela V. Maus, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, an SU2C 2017 Innovative Research Grant recipient; and Kimberly Stegmaier, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, a 2009 SU2C Innovative Research Grant recipient. Additionally, Poppy White, a 10-year-old patient who is currently being treated for leukemia at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, also joins the Marvel Studios heroes, AA Team Member cancer survivors, and SU2C researchers in the PSA campaign.The PSA campaign was developed and created by LA, a creative advertising agency located in Hollywood, CA. The broadcast PSA was directed by Tamra Davis, who recently directed episodes of Star, You’re the Worst and Younger.Please visit to learn more about the campaign.last_img read more

First Lady to participate in Early Childhood Education Project

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGeorgetown, Guyana – (June 3, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, participated in the Guyana Early Childhood Education Film Project, which is aimed at encouraging parents and guardians to participate more in recreational activities with their children, particularly in the area of reading. The filming was done at State House.Ms. Quenita Walrond, Nursery Technical Coordinator for the Guyana Early Childhood Education Project within the Ministry of Education, in an invited comment, said that from the inception of the project, Mrs. Granger has been a staunch supporter.The project, Ms. Walrond said, looks at how the gaps can be closed in children’s performance in the public school system; children from the hinterland as compared to the performance of children from the coastland.“We found that there were certain key areas where we could work to help our children and families from the hinterland to improve those education outcomes and literacy and numeracy specifically. So the project has three actionable components, one of which includes a mass media campaign that is targeting all parents and caregivers across Guyana that says parents and caregivers spend the most time with their children and so they are their first and best teachers. And that is where the First Lady comes in,” she said.Mrs. Granger, who has always been a firm believer in early childhood education, said she was happy to participate in the project, noting that it is education which will ultimately lead to a nation’s growth and development.last_img read more

TCI Crime Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:  Arson AttemptProvidenciales Police are investigating an attempt to set fire to a dwelling, with persons inside.  The incident was reported to 911 at 4:32 a.m., on March 1st, 2018.  The complainant reported to police that someone threw a gas tank through her apartment window on the Leeward Highway.  The apartment was occupied by a woman and children. Investigation continues into this matter.Anyone with information that can assist in the detection of any crime is asked to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. Arrests A Police Constable was arrested on Thursday 1st March 2018, on suspicion of a serious sexual assault and has since been placed on USD$5000 bail.  The Officer is currently on administrative leave. On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, Police on Providenciales arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of Burglary of the International Primary School in Leeward Gates.  The man is currently in Police Custody.center_img Burglaries Police on Providenciales are investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, at a home in The Bight.  According to the police report, a number of electronic items are said to be missing. One black 42in Viva Television valued USD$250, a locked Sprint black Apple iPhone 5 valued USD$450, one white and silver Samsung Galaxy J7 valued USD$200, one Black Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued USD$100 and one Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued USD$350.Police are also investigating a burglary that took place at the TCI Middle School.  The incident was reported on March 1st, 2018.   Missing were a translucent storage bin with a grey lid value unknown, 12 ten-inch Grey Acer Aspire Cloud laptops, valued USD$200 each and 12 eleven-inch White HP XP360 laptops valued USD$270 each.Grand Turk Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred on March 1st, 2018, following a report of a building at a construction site broken into.  Upon arriving at the work site, the building owner discovered the front wooden door lock broken off.  Missing were 12 sheets of sheetrock, valued USD$360 and 8 pieces of metal strap. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – This is the Crime Update from the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force for March 2nd, 2018.last_img read more

Charlize Theron raising her 7 yearold son as a girl actress defends

Charlize Theron at Cannes Film Festival 2017Getty ImagesCharlize Theron just made a shocking parenting move and not many people will agree with what the actress is doing. “The “Long Shot” actress is reportedly raising her seven-year-old son Jackson as a girl.Jackson was adopted by Charlize when he was a baby. Photographs have appeared online showing the child wearing dresses and long-braided hair. Charlize spoke to MailOnline, where she said: “Yes, I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, “I am not a boy!”Charlize Theron is adamantly defending her parenting choices, she says, Jackson is every bit as much a girl as her three-year-old sister, August. “So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”  Charlize TheronReutersThe gender debate is a hot topic among celebrities, but raising a seven-year-old boy as a girl may be pushing it. The David Reimer case comes to mind, where David Reimer, a man was raised as a girl after a failed circumcision. David Reimer became the subject of a study that became known as the John/Joan case in the 60s and 70s. His mother said she was still angry with the Baltimore doctor who persuaded her and her husband, Ron, to give female hormones to their son and raise him as a daughter.Charlize Theron might be trying to make a statement about gender, but using a seven-year-old child to do so is not only irresponsible but also dangerous. The actress will appear alongside Seth Rogen in “Long Shot”, where she plays a Presidential candidate. The movie is set to hit theatres on May 3 2019. read more