Obesity Can Erode Health and Economic Gains – Dr. Tufton

first_img It is for this reason, he noted, that the Government is looking at fiscal measures to prevent obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with a focus on sugar-sweetened beverages. He argued that while the population is conscious of the dangers associated with stroke, heart disease, cancer and other related ailments, not enough attention is paid to obesity “which is the most important underlying cause of death in Jamaica.” Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says obesity among adults in Jamaica is increasing by one per cent every year, contributing to illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says obesity among adults in Jamaica is increasing by one per cent every year, contributing to illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.He said if left unchecked, obesity and its consequences can retard and erode health and economic advances made over the last decade.It is for this reason, he noted, that the Government is looking at fiscal measures to prevent obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with a focus on sugar-sweetened beverages.Dr. Tufton was delivering the opening address at a scientific symposium, staged by the University of Technology (UTech) on Thursday (Jan. 11), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He argued that while the population is conscious of the dangers associated with stroke, heart disease, cancer and other related ailments, not enough attention is paid to obesity “which is the most important underlying cause of death in Jamaica.”He noted that the Government is particularly concerned about children, as the risk of diabetes is several times greater in obese children, than those who are non-obese.“Overweight children also have an increased risk of later becoming obese adults,” he added.Minister Tufton pointed out that diet is central to the prevention of obesity and its consequences.He said the major contributors to the disease are excessive calories from sugar and fat and attempts should be made to reduce consumption of these items and switch to healthier options such as water, root crops, fruits and vegetables.The symposium looked at regulatory measures globally to reduce NCDs; the cost of obesity/NCDs in Jamaica; the University of the West Indies study on ‘Trends of sugary drinks in Jamaica (2000-2017)’; and the use of fiscal policy to enhance public health; among other topics.last_img read more

New Ministers and State Ministers Sworn in

first_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on newly appointed Ministers to work “collaboratively” in the execution of the policies and programmes for Jamaica. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on newly appointed Ministers to work “collaboratively” in the execution of the policies and programmes for Jamaica.The Governor-General, who spoke at King’s House, today (March 27), at the swearing in of two new Ministers, and two State Ministers, said their appointments are about “service to all Jamaicans.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has appointed Member of Parliament for North West St. Andrew, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as the new Minister of Finance and the Public Service, while Hon. Fayval Williams, who previously served as a State Minister, is now Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance.Others sworn into office were Hon. Alando Terrelonge, as Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Hon. Xavier Mayne, State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.“By accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation, you are indicating your willingness to commit yourselves to service for all Jamaicans, and to assist with the realisation of the policy, programmes and objectives of the Government,” he told them.The new Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is Hon. Audley Shaw, who was the Minister of Finance and the Public Service. Hon. Karl Samuda is now Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, a role previously performed by Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who is now the Minister of National Security.Hon. Robert Montague, former National Security Minister, has been relocated to the Ministry of Transport and Mining, while Hon. Mike Henry is now Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister. He was the previous Minister of Transport and Mining.Hon. Rudyard Spencer, who previously served as State Minister at Finance and the Public Service, is now in the Ministry of National Security, and Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. has moved from the Security Ministry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Other members of the Cabinet previously appointed remain in their respective portfolios. “By accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation, you are indicating your willingness to commit yourselves to service for all Jamaicans, and to assist with the realisation of the policy, programmes and objectives of the Government,” he told them. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has appointed Member of Parliament for North West St. Andrew, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as the new Minister of Finance and the Public Service, while Hon. Fayval Williams, who previously served as a State Minister, is now Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Elon Musk Breaks Down His Plan for Mars in Reddit AMA

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now October 24, 2016 Last month, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk spoke at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, about his plan to get humans to Mars, and beyond possibly starting as early as 2024.Though the cost is high — $10 billion to make the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) and $500,000 to get a seat on the ship — not to mention the inherent danger of traveling to and aiming to live on another planet, Musk is characteristically undeterred in achieving his goal, and took to Reddit over the weekend for an AMA to answer any questions people might have about becoming a “spacefaring civ.”Most of his answers were focused on the logistics, mechanics and minutia involved in building the rockets. He revealed that he anticipates releasing details and mockups about the habitable passenger portion of the ship within the next couple of years.When asked if there was any aspect of the technology that SpaceX had “nailed down” thus far, Musk answered, “not sure that we’ve really mastered anything yet. Maybe starting engines.”Related: Elon Musk Says We’re Likely Living In a Video Game. Are We?He also broke down his plan for building up a sustainable city on Mars. The first step is sending Dragon rockets on scouting missions “to figure out the best way to get water for the CH4/O2 Sabatier Reaction.” The Heart of Gold spaceship will go to Mars with the tools and equipment to set up the fuel plant. A crewed mission will follow to assemble the base and the plant and the last step is “to try to double the number of flights with each Earth-Mars orbital rendezvous, which is every 26 months, until the city can grow by itself.”In talking about the specs of the 42 engines of the reusable ITS rocket, Musk revealed himself to be a fan of the late science fiction writer Douglas Adams when he joked that “it had to be 42 for important scientific and fictional reasons,” before getting down to specifics. In Adams’ The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is discovered to be the answer to “what is the meaning of life?” 2 min readcenter_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more