Increase in Deaths Caused By Non-Communicable Diseases

first_imgMinister of Health, Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that over half of Jamaica’s deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, a situation that is threatening the country’s economic and social development. In explaining the impact of the shift in Jamaica’s morbidity profile, the Health Minister, said these illnesses cost much more to treat, with punishing results for the victims and their families.  He stated that NCDs are responsible for 56 per cent of Jamaican deaths, of which 20 per cent are caused by cancers. Dr. Ferguson made the disclosure while delivering the opening address on Friday January 25, at the 11th Annual Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium and Workshop, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.  The event takes place from January 24 to 27. “Chronic non-communicable diseases alone cost the Ministry of Health over US$170 million to treat annually, and while the ministry is committed to providing the level of care required, there is a serious disparity in terms of the opportunity cost of treating these avoidable illnesses and their complications,” he stated. Quoting statistics which shows the growing scale of the increase in non-communicable diseases in the country between the year 2000 and 2008, Dr. Ferguson equated non-communicable diseases to poverty, adding that they both create a vicious cycle. He informed that surveys have shown that men and women are affected differently by the risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases. “NCDs cost throw persons into poverty, who are just on the edge, and now impacts significantly on all levels of health services, health care cost and the health workforce, as well as national productivity in both emerging and established economies,” he stated. The Health Minister added that there are “a host of other debilitating economic effects of NCDs, which includes the effects of premature mortality, which reduces the labour supply and productivity and weakens the return on investments in human capital such as education”. He stated that it will take a concerted effort from government and the society to put policies in place to solve the problems caused by the NCDs in a cost effective way.last_img read more

Pacific Basin Reaps Fruit from Improved Market Conditions

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping is reaping the fruits of the recovery of market fundamentals in the dry bulk sector which pushed up time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings in the first quarter of 2017.This has been a result of improved market condition after seasonal dip around the Chinese New Year, especially in the Pacific which started the year weaker than the Atlantic. By the end of the quarter, Pacific rates were at their highest in over two years.The company’s Handysize and Supramax daily TCE earnings stood at USD 7,460 and USD 8,030 in the first quarter of this year, compared to USD 5,900 and USD 5,800 in the same period of 2015, respectively. This represents an improvement of 26% and 38% year on year.As of March 31, 2017, Pacific Basin secured cover for the remaining three quarters of 2017 – 37% of its 29,520 contracted Handysize revenue days at around USD 8,520 per day and 65% of the firm’s 11,210 contracted Supramax revenue days at around USD 10,090 per day.The company said that its Handysize and Supramax capacity has increased year on year due to Pacific Basin’s larger fleet of owned ships complemented by ships on shorter-term charters.During the quarter, Pacific Basin took delivery of six new vessels, with one remaining newbuilding scheduled to join the company’s fleet in the second quarter. The delivery in May will increase the company’s owned fleet to 100 ships.In early 2017, the company purchased a secondhand Supramax and sold an older, smaller Supramax. Additionally, Pacific Basin bought a seven-year old Handysize vessel in March.Pacific Basin pointed out it “will continue to look for opportunities to purchase quality vessels and to assess attractive fleet renewal opportunities.”“While we believe the worst of the current dry bulk market cycle is behind us, the market improvement year on year was from a very low base and both supply and demand factors remain uncertain.”“The orderbook is shrinking, but the global fleet is still growing and lingering oversupply, the risk of new ordering and the potential for increased ship operating speeds remain negative factors. More patience, scrapping and lack of ordering are required for a more fundamental market balance to be sustained.”last_img read more

Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Issues 50th Grant

first_imgThe Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first anti-bullying foundation, today announced it has issued its 50th grant, coinciding with the organization’s third anniversary.The Foundation is a registered 501c3 grant-making non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom. The 50 grants have been given across both countries.Partnerships between non-profits and for-profit ventures are increasingly important and powerful in creating sustainable funding models to bring about social change.“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this important milestone so quickly in our history,” said former rugby star Ben Cohen, MBE, founder and chairman of the Foundation. “Our mission is to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and to fund those doing real-world work to stop it. I feel like we are making real progress, thanks to those who support our work.”The Foundation is funded through individual donations, corporate support and a share of income from the StandUp commercial brand. The commercial brand, which is the largest contributor to the Foundation, distributes products created in partnership with consumer favorites, such as Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Nike.Income to the Foundation to-date totals $890,000 (US and UK). Grants given total $358,000, including distributed and committed amounts as of March 2014. These figures do not include $200,000 in funds the Foundation manages and administers on behalf of the LGBT Sports Coalition, which are generated through sales of Nike’s #BETRUE brand.“Our early days required a good deal of investment to build the structures and processes of an international Foundation. Now, we are able to give more of every dollar, which is our key metric of success. With startup expenses behind us, the Foundation operates very efficiently today, and 100 percent of our staff are volunteers,” said Alison Doerfler, executive director of the Foundation.“Partnerships between non-profits and for-profit ventures are increasingly important and powerful in creating sustainable funding models to bring about social change,” said Patrick T. Davis, chief executive officer of Ben Cohen Worldwide, which manages the StandUp brand. “Knowing that the work is doing good in the world makes the intense efforts of coming to market worth it.”The list of grantees can be found here.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement YouTube was in its infancy, just two years old, when Bieber started posting videos of himself performing covers of Lil Bow Wow, Sarah McLachlan and Alicia Keys. While the platform was growing in viewership and hours of uploads — in 2007, approximately six hours of footage was being uploaded every minute; a 2015 study indicated that the number had by then ballooned to more than 400 hours per minute — YouTube wasn’t a place to land a record deal. Advertisementcenter_img It’s a story that feels like the standard nowadays: an unknown artist uploads a clip of themselves performing on a social platform, which soon goes viral and catches the attention of not only music fans, but the gatekeepers of the music industry — managers, producers, record label execs. The result is immediate superstardom. That is, to varying extents, the origins of some of today’s biggest artists: Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Tori Kelly and 5 Seconds of Summer.That model of discoverability feels like the new normal now, but that wasn’t the case in 2007 when a young boy named Justin Bieber from Stratford, Ont., uploaded his first video onto YouTube with the help of his mother, Pattie. The clip was grainy and Bieber’s tiny frame (he was only 12 years old at the time) was a mere silhouette moving around a dimly lit church stage. But the quality of the video didn’t matter; the real star of the video was Bieber’s voice, big and bellowing as he reached for the high notes of R&B star Ne-Yo’s song, “So Sick.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Justin Bieberlast_img read more

Abhishek fires salvo at BJP warns them against creating disturbance

first_imgPurulia: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee warned BJP not to create further disturbance in the district and instructed party workers to gherao the houses of local BJP leaders if any of their party colleagues get killed.He was addressing a mammoth rally at Moutai Football ground in Raghunathpur Block II here on Thursday afternoon. “If our party colleagues get killed then gherao the houses of the BJP leaders and I will come from Kolkata to lead the movement,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said after winning some seats in the three-tier Panchayat election in Purulia, BJP leaders including its national president Amit Shah have said that Trinamool Congress is losing ground in the district. “They live in a fool’s paradise. Eight of the BJP candidates who had won in the election have joined Trinamool Congress and seven more will join soon,” he said. He maintained that BJP is trying to create disturbance in the area by inciting one community against the other. “This will not work in Purulia and people will defeat BJP democratically,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDrawing a comparison between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee, he said Modi speaks lies and lies only. “Before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he had said that ‘acche din’ will come to India and every Indian will get Rs 15 lakh in their bank account. Have you got a single paisa in your bank account? This is a blatant lie,” Banerjee added. On the other hand, before coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee had said that peace will be restored in Jangalmahal and she actually did it. “People could not come to Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Jhargram because of the Maoists. She visited Jangalmahal several times, won the confidence of people and carried out comprehensive development work in the area,” he said, adding that a multi-crore water supply project has been taken up to supply piped water to the drought-prone areas and once the project is completed, water scarcity in some pockets of the district will be a matter of the past. He urged the people to attend the Brigade Rally scheduled to be held on January 19, 2019, in great numbers. “Leaders from all political parties will come to strengthen the hand of Mamata Banerjee and oust BJP from the Centre. The recent results in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have sounded the beginning of BJP’s end,” Banerjee said. Trinamool Congress will hold a rally from Park Circus Maidan to Howrah on January 10, to garner support for the mega Brigade rally scheduled on January 19. Two other rallies will also be held from Joka to Thakurpukur 3A bus stand and from Mahabirtala to Karunamoyee. “The dates for these two rallies will be finalised later,” said Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee.last_img read more

Mamata interacts with tea garden workers

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday spoke directly with some workers of a tea garden at Rohini, while coming down from Kurseong to Siliguri. Banerjee was returning after addressing a public meeting at Kurseong in the afternoon.She enquired whether the workers are properly getting their daily wage of Rs 176 per day and whether they are getting food grains from the ration shops. She further asked them whether their children are going to school or not. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was informed that the school in the area houses students upto the eighth standard and children have to travel a reasonably long distance to Kurseong, for studying in Class X or beyond. Banerjee told them that she would look into the issue. “Interacted with the workers of a tea garden at Rohini today. Despite non-cooperation from the Centre, our government in #Bangla has been working for the welfare of tea garden workers since 2011. It was a pleasant experience talking to these women workers. Women are the backbone of the society. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page, sharing a small video of her interaction. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that all working and non-working families residing in the tea gardens (enrolled under Antyodaya Anna Yojana), are getting 35 kg food grains per month at only 47 paise per kg. The more needy beneficiaries are getting foodgrains completely free of cost. She also shared a video of her fondling a baby during her journey to Siliguri. Banerjee also asked the baby’s mother its name and came to know that his name was Jeevam. Sharing her experience, the Chief Minister wrote on her Facebook page: “Came across this beautiful bundle of joy, Jeevam. Children are the future of the society. I wish him a bright future. We have several schemes for the welfare of people, for every stage of life. I hope Jeevam will also benefit from them.”last_img read more