Heads put spotlight on tackling scourge of NCDs

first_img Oct 9, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda You may be interested in… Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater The Region’s on-going challenges with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) came before the Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Grenada on Thursday. This year is the tenth anniversary of the 2007 signing of the Port-of-Spain Declaration through which CARICOM Heads committed to tackling the scourge of NCDs. On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… center_img Oct 6, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Oct 15, 2020 CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater As a signal of the Region’s commitment to stepping up the fight, each Head was given a Blood Pressure Apparatus, and a symbolic presentation was made to CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Banking sector challenges and Zika in spotlight as CARICOM Heads begin 27th Inter-sessional MeetingThe threat to the Region’s banking sector and the response to the Zika threat are expected to engage the attention of CARICOM Heads of Government as they go into day one of their 27th Inter-sessional meeting in Placencia, Belize on Tuesday. Heads will, among other things,  review recommendations from a meeting…February 16, 2016In “Belize”Action being taken on health to safeguard CommunityChairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Wednesday that the issue of health was of major concern to CARICOM Heads, particularly as it related to non-Communicable Diseases. The CARICOM Chairman was speaking at a press conference at the conclusion of…July 7, 2016In “Anguilla”COTED, COHSOD Focus on Reducing NCDsThe Region’s non-communicable disease (NCD) burden and the threats posed by excessive consumption of salts, sugars, trans fats and alcohols, will come under scrutiny 19 November, at a joint meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD). Stakeholders in…October 30, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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A 16 year old’s view on Brexit

first_imgIf I could have voted in the EU referendum, I would have been tempted not to.The conflicting statistics made it very difficult to pick a side and the sheer number of variables affected by a possible Brexit made my opinion on the matter seem rather irrelevant and under informed. I felt all this without the pressure of actually picking a side. Before the vote, the right choice was not clear at all. I would have been among those who made their minds up at the door of the polling station.With hindsight, obviously, I would have voted Remain. The pound falling to its lowest rate since 1985, employers threatening to move jobs out of Britain, political unrest, including an ongoing Labour party coup, and calls for a second referendum demonstrate the fallout of such a decision.I would have been among those who made their minds up at the door of the polling station.Although these outcomes were predicted, I wasn’t aware of them as I was too busy revising for my exams. Once the predictions came true I was not fazed in the slightest: the world of markets and sectors feels too far away to warrant any worrying from me.The economy seems to be nose-diving, as predicted, which isn’t a positive for myself and my generation.The Leave campaign was backed by right-wing populists, like Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen. These kind of supporters were enough to dissuade many young people away from Leave, including myself. The victory displays a growing popularity of right-wing populists and the calls for referendums across Europe are almost exclusively being called for by nationalist parties.The interest in Brexit among young people spiked after the vote. Before, I only noticed a few of my peers displaying interest. This could be because most young people, myself included, expected Remain to win and because the result came through just after everyone’s exams had finished – my last exam was at nine in the morning on the day after the vote.After the outcome of the vote was revealed, the majority of young people (who cared) overzealously raved about the negative effects leaving would have on the country, branded all Leave voters as xenophobes and shared the petition for a second referendum on social media. Many of the people who were outraged by the result had not been particularly political before.Many argued that the voting age should have been lowered to 16 and the whole decision was ‘undemocratic’ as the people who would be affected the most in the long term were not able to vote. However I do not agree with this view. The referendum should not have been held at all in the first place: decisions this important should not be decided by the quality of rhetoric of politicians.Just like people who can vote, the opinion among younger people is divided. However, there’s a higher proportion of people who simply don’t care.Sajjan Sivia is a student doing work experience at Building magazinelast_img read more

Globalink secures Iraq pipe shipment

first_imgThe Globalink team chartered 12 vessels to transport consignment, and its staff were on the ground at the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq, to coordinate each vessel’s discharge.Globalink ensured cranes were in place to handle the oversize pipes, while it processed all the Customs clearance formalities. The pipes were then reloaded onto trucks for oncarriage to the final jobsite.Due to political instability in the region, Globalink arranged for a security convoy to accompany each shipment; in total just under 5,500 truck loads were delivered without a single incident.  www.globalinkllc.comlast_img

Supreme Court allows appeal in Prest v Petrodel

first_imgA seven-strong Supreme Court has unanimously allowed an appeal by an oil tycoon’s former wife and ordered him to hand over assets held by his companies. In Prest v Petrodel Resources Limited & Others [2013] UKSC 34, the court, led by Lord Sumption (pictured), used trust law rather company law to declare that the seven disputed properties are in the particular circumstances of the case, held on trust for the husband. In commercial cases, there is a long-established principle that a company is independent of its shareholders and that ownership of a company will not entitle piercing of the corporate veil in legal proceedings to get at assets unless there has been fraudulent or dishonest use of the company. Family judges traditionally take a more liberal view, especially where companies are owned and controlled by one spouse, there were no third-party interests and the companies were used during the marriage as vehicles for the family’s lifestyle. In this case, the court ruled that the ‘most plausible inference’ from the known facts was that each of the properties was held on trust for the husband. The trial judge found that the husband had deliberately sought to conceal the fact in his evidence and failed to comply with court orders and disclose evidence. Alison Hawes, of national firm Irwin Mitchell, said that the ruling ‘is a very useful one for people – usually wives – worried about hidden or protected assets’. It means that business people cannot deliberately hide assets in businesses and corporate structures to protect them in future in the event of a divorce, she said. ‘For more than 20 years family law judges have argued that where it appeared necessary they could tap into the resources of businesses in the interests of awarding a fair settlement. ‘The law will no longer be drawn as widely as that, but today’s ruling provides clarity on the circumstances in which the courts can lift the corporate veil,’ she said.last_img read more

Deprivation of liberty safeguards scheme ‘increasingly unsustainable’

first_imgSafeguards covering people detained under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are ‘increasingly unsustainable’, the government has acknowledged.Responding to the Law Commission’s extensive review of the act and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS), health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said the current system may divert resources from frontline care ‘at a time when the system is coming under increasing pressure’.Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) are a set of protections for adults who lack the mental capacity to consent to being accommodated in a hospital or care home. The safeguards also enable the family or patient to challenge any such deprivation.Earlier this year, the commission said the safeguards were ‘overly technical and legalistic, and too often fail to achieve any positive outcomes for the person concerned or their family’.The commission proposed ‘liberty protection safeguards’ which would ‘dispense with the current carousel-like process in which, for example, a local authority makes a decision to place the person in a care home, the care home applies to the local authority for authorisation of the resulting deprivation of liberty and the local authority then decides whether to authorise a deprivation of liberty that they have already arranged.’In her letter to Law Commissioner Nicholas Paines QC, Doyle-Price said the government will engage with stakeholders to understand how the changes could be implemented. It wants to hear from carers and families of those who have been deprived of their liberty and have first-hand experience of how the current system works.Government officials are also working with the Ministry of Justice and Department of Health to consider ‘how best to take forward’ the commission’s recommendations on mental capacity law relating to all children, changes to the best interests test, advocacy provision and the judicial body for determining challenges to deprivation of liberty authorisations.Commenting on the government’s response, Law Society president Joe Egan said safeguards ‘should ensure that people can challenge measures that are overly restrictive or abusive’ and must be straightforward so care homes, hospitals and local authorities can comply easily. Penalties for non-compliance must be enforced more consistently than they currently are, he added.The government will publish a final response to the commission’s report next spring.last_img read more

How Facebook Marketing May Help You Reach Highly Targeted Leads

first_imgOnline ads have come a long way in the last few years. Gone are the days of needing an expensive ad agency to create effective ads for your business. Ad networks like Google Adwords and Facebook marketing have helped lower the barrier for creating profitable ads.You, dear business owner, could create an ad in 15 minutes that could generate actual leads for your business. The best part is that, with Facebook marketing, you can test this process for as little as $5 a day.The Power of Facebook MarketingFacebook marketing had a significant impact on the advertising game with their highly-targeted native ads. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars each day to run a website ad for every visitor. You’re merely having your ads shown to exactly the people you want, and you only pay when someone clicks your ad.When it comes to Facebook marketing (or any other marketing, for that matter), you have to be incredibly specific when targeting an audience. A big mistake many people make with Facebook ads is not being specific enough with who they want to reach with their ads.Many business owners want to make the most impact from their money, so they try to show their ad to as many people as possible. This can work against you. When it comes to Facebook marketing, more is not necessarily better. The social media platform can give you incredibly fine-grained control when it comes to targeting. This audience specificity drives down cost. Facebook rewards ads that are efficient and effective by lowering the cost per click (or action).Step 1: Get in Your Ideal Customer’s HeadBefore you start thinking about crafting your ad, it helps to figure out your core demographic first. You can make a quick list of the attributes of your ideal customer:What do they read?What websites do they visit?How old are they?What products do they buy?Where do they shop?What other Facebook pages do they like?Answering these questions (and more if you can) can help as you start shaping what your ideal customer will look like. You can use these attributes to help show your ad to the perfect people using Facebook marketing.Step 2: Define the Specific ActionNow that you know who you’re making the ad for, it’s time to figure out what they’re going to do. What action is your ad going to have them take?This can be a problem with Facebook ad campaigns: They lack a specific call to action. Businesses can often underestimate the motivation needed to actually click an ad.If you’re trying to get a lead’s email address, you may want to send them to a subscribe form or lead magnet. If you want people to buy a product, consider sending them to the product page. (Though Facebook ads are generally suited better towards an offer like a coupon or an email signup than selling products.)You may want to avoid just sending them to your homepage. The idea is that once people click on your ad, they’re sent to a page that a) matches the offer they saw in your ad and b) has a clear action for them to take.Step 3: Create an Irresistible OfferIn order for people to click on ad, they need some sort of benefit for clicking it. What are you providing for them? How are you making their lives easier? How are you making them happier?Many businesses believe that people will click on their ads because they like them or find them interesting. Consider this: How many Facebook ads have you clicked on in the last week? Probably less than one.Great ads have an offer that people can’t pass up on. Oftentimes a great offer has an incentive like a coupon or a price break, or when it is a time-sensitive offer.Using Facebook Marketing to Create Your AdNow head on over to Facebook Ads website, and you can start building your ad. (Note: Because Facebook often changes the actual steps and process for ad creation, you should follow along with Facebook’s own documentation while creating the ad. This article is meant to give you higher-level concepts rather than the actual ad-creation process.)Ad settings. Once you’ve told Facebook your desired objective, you’re going to start telling Facebook who you want to reach. This is where you’ll use the data that you collected earlier when describing the attributes of your ideal customer.If you’re a local business, you’ll want to give a radius around your business for the location. If you’re not a local business or your operate mostly online, then you may want to just target English-speaking countries (or countries that you ship to). You could also use Facebook’s Local Awareness Ads if you want to reach people who are physically near your business.Ad targeting. For the rest of the targeting options:Gender: You’ll probably want to specify a gender, and craft the tone of your ad accordingly.Age: Age is important too, so fill in the ideal age of your customerInterests: Here is where your hard work earlier will pay off. Start plugging in all of those attributes of your ideal customer. Where they shop, what they do for hobbies, other Facebook pages they might like, etc. Remember to be specific, and stay away from generic suggestions that Facebook will try to give you, like “Cars.”Potential reach. As you’re filling in these details, you’ll see on the right sidebar an “Audience Definition” heading. Under that, you’ll find “Potential reach.” You’ll want to keep this between 500,000 and 1 million. (If you’re a local business, don’t worry if this number is much lower.)Other settings. Set your budget to $5 a day, or even lower if you need. The goal is to just get data. I’d also recommend setting a schedule so that your ads aren’t running at 3 a.m., unless that’s when your ideal customers are going to be awake.Building Your Facebook AdRefer to Facebook’s documentation for building the ad. It consists of supplying a URL, an image, headline and description.If you don’t have any good graphics for your ad, you can use Canva, which has pre-built social media images for free. Make sure the image stands out. If the image has text on it, the text can’t cover more than 20 percent of the image.Because you’re just getting started, I would recommend using every placement available—in the Facebook feed or right column—just to get some initial data. You can always turn specific placements off later if they don’t convert.That’s it! Now the important part: sit tight and don’t touch anything. Facebook will learn over time the best potential people to see your ad, and it takes a little time for it to figure it out. Consider letting the ad run for at least a few days before you start changing things.You can try split tests of different ads by copying the original and changing only one thing at a time: the title, the picture, the description. Once you start getting data back on what is working, you can eliminate sections of people that aren’t clicking, and optimize for the ones that are. This can help drive costs down and conversions up even more.After you start seeing some success, you could start using Facebook’s retargeting to reach people who have clicked your ad, but didn’t finish the objective.If you want to increase your daily spend, consider only increasing by 20 percent every day. Raising your daily spend from $5 a day to $500 could negatively affect Facebook’s algorithm for showing your ad to the right people.Setting up a Facebook ad is fairly straightforward and doesn’t require a huge ad budget or an entire ad team. You can set them up yourself for a few dollars a day. If the ads are profitable, then you can invest more time and money into the process.last_img read more

Tanzania’s chimpanzees are fast diminishing- experts say

first_imgChimpanzees may soon join elephants and rhinos as the most threatened wildlife species in Tanzania due to their fast falling population, wildlife experts have said, The Citizen reports.“The animals face extinction in many parts of Africa. A hundred years ago, there were probably two million but now only 150,000 to 200, 000,”the report quotes Dr Anthony Collins, a baboon researcher at Gombe Stream National Park say.Collins said the animals face a threat due to the destruction of their natural habitats, illegal hunting and captivity for export where they are used for medical research.  He called for their protection.last_img

Nigeria’s sick Chibok girls struggle with school in dispute over medical…

first_imgNaomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014. Image courtesy: Orijo Reporter Naomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014. Image courtesy: Orijo ReporterFor the past three weeks, Kolo Adamu has slept on the floor beside her daughter Naomi’s hospital bed in northeast Nigeria, unable to afford the surgery she needs for a kidney condition.Naomi, 27, was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, and among the 82 girls freed by the jihadists in May, adding to 24 others who were released or found last year.After months of counselling and medical care in the capital, Abuja, as part of a state rehabilitation program, the government sponsored the girls to start a special catch-up course in September at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola.Naomi and five of her Chibok classmates enrolled at the AUN are suffering due to injuries inflicted during their time in captivity – from shrapnel in their bodies to fractured bones – said Yakubu Nkeki of the Chibok parents’ association.Yet the government and the university are passing the buck on paying for their healthcare, according to the girls’ parents – mostly farmers – who say they are unable to cover the costs.“The school said that they are not responsible, that the government is supposed to take care of everything,” Naomi’s mother Adamu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.“At first, the hospital gave her drip and medicine, but for the past four days they haven’t given her any because they said the medicine is finished,” added Adamu, who said she feels helpless and cries every time her daughter screams in pain.“The doctor has not shown up. I am confused.”A spokeswoman for the ministry of women’s affairs said the school fees paid by the government include medical bills.“The federal government has handed over the girls to their parents after paying their school fees and everything,” said Suleiman Dantsoho. “The school should take care of her (Naomi).”The AUN could not immediately be reached for comment.“This is not the reality we arranged with President Buhari,” said Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok parents’ association.“They said they will take care of our daughters … make sure that they don’t suffer again,” he added.“BURDEN”The pain in Naomi’s abdomen began in captivity, but a doctor kidnapped by Boko Haram treated her with medicine, she said.Naomi was referred to a government hospital in Yola last month after a scan at the AUN’s clinic revealed that she had a kidney condition, and the school’s doctor recommended surgery.“The pain is too much. Anything I eat, I vomit,” Naomi said over the phone, her voice weak and barely audible.Their three weeks together in hospital is the longest period Naomi and her mother have spent together since the abduction, which sparked an international outcry and a viral campaign on social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.But each day has been fraught with pain and tears.Sometimes, the pain in her abdomen is so intense that Naomi rolls about on the floor or soaks herself in cold water.“She told me that if she knew her health would be such a burden on me, she would have stayed back in the forest,” said Adamu, who had to rely on donations to pay for the five-hour journey from Chibok to Yola. “That statement pained me so much.”Naomi worries about her mother, and tries to console her.“If they will not pay my medical bill then they should allow me back in school, so that she can go back to Chibok,” she said.last_img read more

New rule would require stopping for pedestrians at Farmington crosswalks

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by A proposed Farmington city ordinance will change the rules for pedestrians and motorists navigating crosswalks throughout the city.The ordinance would require motorists to stop when pedestrians are at the crosswalk, even before they step into the street. The state’s Uniform Traffic Code requires them to stop only when a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, in their lane.Public Safety Director Frank Demers said during a Monday city council meeting that changing signage in crosswalks city-wide would cost $1,550 to $1,800.Demers said he reached out to other communities about their experiences and received a call from an Ann Arbor officer, who advised against the move. She suggested simply changing “yield” to “stop” for pedestrians already in the crosswalk.Demers pointed out that Ann Arbor has hundreds of crosswalks, so the comparison is “apples to oranges.” But the idea of requiring vehicles to stop for people who are waiting to cross a street also made council member Maria Taylor a little uncertain.She asked how an officer would determine when someone was ready to cross, and pointed out that drivers who haven’t heard about the change may not see or understand the new signs.“I think you have to rely on the old common sense,” Demers said. “If there is somebody at the crosswalk, and the driver is approaching, they should be able to determine in a short period of time that the person might want to cross, and they should prepare to stop.”He said the pedestrian also has a responsibility to not step out into oncoming traffic.Council member Joe LaRussa raised a question about the inclusion of “unmarked crosswalks” in the new ordinance. City attorney Thomas Schultz said his office would clarify the definition before the ordinance is presented for second reading and adoption at a future council meeting.Mayor Steven Schneemann stood behind the idea of stopping for pedestrians before they enter the crosswalk. He cited an experience in Sutton’s Bay, where four lanes of traffic come to a halt when pedestrians are at the curb.“I think this is a huge win for pedestrians and pedestrian safety in downtown Farmington,” he said.Watch the full discussion in the Facebook video below, starting around the 1-minute mark.last_img read more