Health Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food Labels

first_imgHealth Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food Labels Health & WellnessJanuary 29, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedAccess to Quality Health Care Advanced in 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNew Health Centre Opens in James Hill, Clarendon RelatedEmergency Security Talks at KPH Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson (left), greets Chief Executive Officer, Island Grill, Thaila Lyn (right), on his arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday (Jan. 28) for the press launch of HEART Month 2014 activities. Sharing the moment is Executive Director, Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen.center_img Advertisements Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is encouraging Jamaicans to read the nutritional content of food labels, in order to make healthier choices, and eliminate the risk of diet-related illnesses.He argued that once persons are able to identify the specific calorific value of the food they consume “this will make a significant impact in their lives”.The Minister was addressing Tuesday’s (Jan. 28) press launch of HEART Month 2014 activities at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He said that discussions last year, regarding a proposed cess on the fast food industry, were aimed at raising awareness about healthy eating.“I know there were some persons panicking but it is not about a cess, it is really about getting us to begin to accept labelling…to get persons to be able to make good choices,” he said, while commending Island Grill as one restaurant that has eliminated the use of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their food preparation.He said that as part of a healthy lifestyle it is important for persons to know their “numbers.”“Jamaicans need to know what a normal blood pressure reading is, and what their reading is. The same goes for cholesterol, which can lead to clogged arteries and a multitude of problems. Let us not forget blood sugar and waist measurement,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson, in his address, reiterated the Government’s commitment to reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent by 2025, stating that “we intend to do everything in our power to meet that target.”He noted that while billions of dollars have been spent over the years in putting in health infrastructure and providing treatment, more focus needs to be placed on the preventative side and dealing with the risk factors associated with NCDs.“While we are fixing structures and establishing centres of excellence in primary care, we must deal with the risk factors and diet, excessive use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and the worse of them all, tobacco use,” he argued.Statistics from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey of 2007/08 indicated that 25 per cent of Jamaicans had hypertension and almost half of that number, or some 25,000 persons, had a stroke.Approximately 12,000 persons suffered a heart attack; 65 per cent of women and 38 per cent of men were overweight, while 86 per cent of persons with high cholesterol were unaware of their disease status.HEART Month, a project of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, will be observed throughout February under the theme: ‘Know Your Numbers’. Activities to mark the month include a medical symposium, three outside broadcasts, and visits to 22 health centres islandwide.The Heart Foundation was established in 1971 by the Lion’s Club of Kingston in an effort to minimize the incidence of death from heart disease in Jamaica.The institution offers heart screening in-house, and through its mobile programme at health centres, supermarkets, health fairs and corporate offices.In 2012 alone, over 88,000 Jamaicans from all walks of life used the services of the Foundation. Health Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food LabelsJIS 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 fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsJamaicans urged to read the nutritional content of food labels, in order to make healthier choices, and eliminate the risk of diet-related illnesses.Discussions last year, regarding a proposed cess on the fast food industry, were aimed at raising awareness about healthy eating.Twenty-five per cent of Jamaicans had hypertension and almost half of that number, or some 25,000 persons, had a stroke.last_img read more

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U.S. Park Police Helicopter Crew Talk about Rescues

first_imgWASHINGTON (WUSA9) – On Monday morning, as SWAT teams swarmed the Washington Navy Yard from the ground, U.S. Park Police helicopter Eagle 1 circled the scene from above.On board was a four-person crew with skills perfectly suited for an active shooter situation. They’re police officers, rescue technicians, and paramedics, and Monday was the mission they’d prepared their entire careers for.“I’d say yesterday was a challenging flying day for all of us,” said U.S. Park Police Sargent Ken Burchell, the pilot.For nearly four-hours, he flew Eagle 1 low-to-the-ground and dangerously close to buildings.“We’re flying close so we can look for anything out of the ordinary,” said Burchell. “Certainly if we can find a shooter or something that doesn’t look right, we’re calling it out to the units that are inside.”But inside was also a gunman, and the crew of Eagle 1 knew that they could be his next target. Officer Michael Abate hung from the helicopter with an M-16 rifle to provide cover.“I was making sure that there’s a rifle pointed downrange if the suspect were to pop out,” said Abate.As Officer Kelvin Dyson communicated with the teams on the ground, Sargent Dave Tolson operated the Coast Guard Rescue Basket that was used to extract four people from the rooftop of Building 197.“We work together as a team, so you depend on the other folks in your team to provide safety while you do your job,” said Tolson.One of the people that Eagle 1 rescued from the rooftop was a woman that had been shot in the shoulder.“That was probably one of the most gratifying moments of my career, being able to get that poor lady off the roof and into the aircraft and to the hospital,” said Tolson.“We felt good that we were able to get those people off the roof. Those people were in a bad situation and that’s what we do – get people out of bad situations,” said Burchell.last_img read more

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ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 06, 2017

first_imgOur weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansAntimicrobial use in Danish animals drops for 3rd straight yearTotal antimicrobial consumption in Danish food and companion animals has fallen for the third consecutive year, according to the annual DANMAP report that is based on 2016 data. It’s from researchers at Statens Serum Institut and from the National Veterinary Institute and the National Food Institute, both departments at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).In 2016, total antimicrobial consumption in kilograms was down about 5% in Danish animals, compared with a drop of 4% in 2015 and 2% in 2014. And overall antimicrobial use has declined 10% since 2013, which is the equivalent of 12 tons of drugs, according to a DTU National Food Institute news release yesterday.The 2016 reduction was substantially driven by a 4% reduction in antimicrobial use in swine production compared with 2015, as pig production in Denmark constitutes about 85% of the country’s meat production and about 75% of veterinary-prescribed drugs.After 2 years of much higher than normal drug use in poultry because of serious outbreaks in poultry, antimicrobial use in that industry dropped 36% from 2015 levels. And use in aquaculture was at its lowest in a decade in 2016, the report noted.Antimicrobial use in pets increased slightly from 2015 to 2016 but has generally decreased in the past 5 years, especially regarding the consumption of third- and fourth-generation cephalosporins.”A reduction in the use of antimicrobials is necessary if we are to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistant bacteria,” division head Flemming Bager with the National Food Institute said in the release. “The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has in recent years implemented several initiatives to limit consumption, and it is positive to see that the downward trend in consumption continues.”Oct 5 DTU National Food Institute news releaseOct 5 DANMAP report Scientists develop rapid susceptibility test for urinary tract infectionsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 4California researchers have developed a rapid test to detect antibiotic susceptibility in urinary tract infections (UTIs) in less than 30 minutes, which could allow patients to be diagnosed and prescribed effective antibiotics during just one healthcare visit, according to a study today in Science Translational Medicine.The team of scientists used an ultrafast single-molecule DNA amplification and quantification method called digital real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification (dLAMP), which directly counts bacterial genomes in urine samples instead of relying on lab cultures, which can take days. The researchers diluted and incubated the samples for 15 minutes before dLAMP testing, which takes about 7 minutes. The dLAMP analysis calculated the ratios of DNA concentration between untreated samples and those treated with antibiotics to determine susceptibility and resistance levels among UTI pathogens.The researchers validated the test using 51 clinical samples that had already been confirmed as either susceptible or resistant to ciprofloxacin or nitrofurantoin.UTIs, which almost always are treated with antibiotics, account for about 8 million primary care visits a year, and antibiotic resistant infections are a growing threat, the authors note.They conclude, “Here, we solved three problems to determine phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility in clinical samples within 30 min. First, we used digital quantification of a DNA marker to reduce the antibiotic exposure time to 15 min. Second, we showed that dAST [digital antimicrobial susceptibility testing] is robust to the presence of commensal bacteria and clinical urine matrices. Third, we developed and optimized a rapid, high-resolution measurement method for quantifying NA [nucleic acid] targets that shortens the measurement step to less than 10 min.”Oct 4 Sci Transl Med abstract Acute kidney injury tied to combo antibiotics in hospitalized kidsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Oct 3Researchers from Philadelphia and Cincinnati yesterday reported a potential tripling of the risk of acute kidney injury in children administered intravenous (IV) vancomycin combined with piperacillin/tazobactam, according to their study in JAMA Pediatrics.The retrospective cohort study included 1,915 children hospitalized for 3 or more days and prescribed IV vancomycin plus one other antipseudomonal beta-lactam combination therapy at six large US children’s hospitals from Jan 1, 2007, through Dec 31, 2012. Patients with underlying kidney disease or abnormal serum creatinine levels on hospital days 0 to 2 were excluded from the analysis.Of the 1,915 patients, 157 (8.2%) had antibiotic-associated acute kidney injury. After adjusting for various potential confounders, the investigators determined that the adjusted odds ratio for sustaining such injuries after receiving IV vancomycin plus piperacillin/tazobactam was 3.4 compared with IV vancomycin plus other beta-lactam combo therapies.The authors conclude, “Pediatricians must be cognizant of the potential added risk of this combination therapy when making empirical antibiotic choices.”Oct 2 JAMA Pediatr studylast_img read more

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The social value of good building

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Aztec fans riled up by Boylen

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The plays didn’t affect the outcome of the game, but a couple of sideline incidents involving Utah coach Jim Boylen got the crowd riled up at Cox Arena on Saturday afternoon.The first happened midway through the second half with San Diego State leading 47-38. Lorrenzo Wade stole the ball on Utah’s half of the court, but as he tried to corral the ball on the north sideline, he ran into Boylen — literally.Boylen appeared to have been crouched down about a foot onto the playing surface and as Wade came toward him, he stood up and backed away as the ball hit him. The officials awarded the ball to Utah and the Aztec crowd went crazy, as did SDSU coach Steve Fisher.”I was kneeling down out of bounds and the ball hit the line and I caught it,” Boylen explained afterward. “That’s what they called.”The crowd disagreed with the call and, for the rest of the game, the SDSU student section taunted the Utes’ coach, chanting, “Off the court!” whenever he stepped across the sideline.Then with 5:11 left and the Utes trailing 57-48, Boylen walked a couple of feet onto the floor to protest a call by another official, and official Larry Spaulding signaled a technical foul on the Utah coach. The crowd approved of this call.When asked why he got the T, Boylen said, “I don’t know — standing on the floor, I guess.”The Aztecs made one of two technical free throws and two free throws from the previous play to push the lead to 60-48, their largest of the game. NEVILL NEUTRALIZED: Luke Nevill had been named Mountain West Conference player of the week for two weeks running and was coming off a pair of games where he scored 29 points against Wyoming and 23 against LSU.The Aztecs did a much better defensive job on the Ute big man Saturday, though, and although Nevill ended up nearly matching his season averages for points and rebounds, it didn’t come easy.SDSU coach Steve Fisher explained the strategy against Nevill, saying, “We bumped him, got him off the block and made it hard for him to feel comfortable.”Nevill said, “They crowded me and were swarming me when I got the ball. They were kind of creating a protection around me and I wasn’t able to do anything. In the second half, I tried to play through contact because they were fouling me every time I had the ball.”After getting just three points in the first half, Nevill finished with 17 points on 4-of-6 field-goal shooting and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line.UTE NOTES: Thanks to Nevill, the Utes shot 84.6 from the free-throw line for the game, higher than their season average of 78.0, ninth-best in the nation. Only one other Ute, Lawrence Borha, had free throws, and he made 2-of-3. … Carlon Brown, who has the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team, had five turnovers after getting six in the previous game against LSU. … The Utes were credited with just seven assists for the game, with Brown getting two. … Kim Tillie had eight rebounds and no points. … The Utes and Aztecs meet in Salt Lake on Feb. 11. E-mail: [email protected] Aztecs down Utes, 72-63center_img Relatedlast_img read more

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Galway V Donegal – 2014 NFL Meeting

first_img7 points saw the difference between Galway and Donegal in February 2014, during Round 2 of the Allianz Football League. Donegal where the dominant team throughout, leading 1-06 to 0-4 at half time. In the second half, Galway posed questions of Donegal’s resolve, with Eoin Concannon sending three points over the bar. But Donegal were quick to find answers, and with subs like Paddy Mc Brearty, where soon able to pin Galway back once more with a final scoreline of 1-16 to 0-12. Galway will meet Donegal this Sunday in Letterkenny for Round 2 of the Allianz Football League. Galway will be hoping to continue on from their fantastic win over Tyrone and overcome the Donegal side they lost to in the Allianz League of 2014. Galway: M Breathnach; D O’Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; S Denvir, J Duane, P Varley (0-01); P Conroy (0-03), T Flynn; G Sice (0-02), S Armstrong (0-01, f), G Bradshaw; M Martin (0-01), E Concannon (0-03), J Kavanagh.Subs: A Tierney for Hanley (13 mins), G O’Donnell for Denvir (33 mins), D O’Connell for Bradshaw (51 mins), D Cummins (0-01) for Martin (54 mins), D Comer for Sice (64 mins).Donegal: P Durcan; K Lacey, N McGee, R McHugh (0-01); F McGlynn, L McLoone, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; M McHugh, C Toye, O MacNiallais (0-01); C McFadden (1-04, 3fs), M Murphy (0-04, 2fs), D Molloy (0-02).Subs: N Gallagher for Kavanagh (36 mins), P McBrearty (0-03) for Toye (43 mins), H McFadden for Molloy (49 mins), M Reilly for MacNiallais (65 mins), D Walsh (0-01) for Lacey (69 mins), L Keeney for McElhinney (70 mins).Referee: F Kelly (Longford)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Leafs rock Nitehawks in Murdoch Final opener

first_imgNelson finished the game outshooting Beaver Valley 35-29. The Leafs were 1-for-9 on the power play while the Hawks went scoreless.Nelson pitched a shutout for the second consecutive game in the playoffs. Tenzin Mint stopped all shots last week as the Leafs shutout Spokane Braves 3-0 to clinch the Murdoch Division Semi-Final Series in the Lilac City.Kootenay Ice to the rescueNelson was missing defenceman Ryan Quinn Nielsen-Webb for Game one of the series against Beaver Valley. The Kelowna player is serving a suspension for a Game Misconduct in the final 10 minutes of Nelson’s Game four win over Spokane.Nelson called up Kootenay Ice affiliate player Dallas Maximick for the contest.Quinn Nielsen-Webb is eligible to play when the series shifts back to Nelson Thursday for Game three.Nitros, Grizzlies, Posse take 1-0 leads after opening night winsKimberley Dynamiters edged Columbia Valley Rockies 4-3 in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Division Final Monday in the Bavarian City.Former Nelson Leaf Ryan Piva scored an unassisted marker at 7:17 of the first overtime period.Kimberley, trailing 3-2 in the third period, tied the game with one second remaining in the third period to force overtime. The Rockies outshot the Nitros 32-30 in the game. Game two is Tuesday in Kimberley.Meanwhile, in the Okanagan Conference Revelstoke Grizzlies and Princeton Posse each grabbed 1-0 leads in their respective Divisional Finals.Revelstoke shutout 100 Mile House Wranglers 3-0 while Princeton upset Kelowna 2-1. Each series resumes Tuesday. The Nelson Leafs made a strong statement during Game one of the Murdoch Division Finals.The Green and White blasted the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 6-0 to take a one game lead in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff Series Monday night at the Fruitvale Arena.Shawn Campbell and Reid Wilson each scored twice and Leaf goalie Anderson Violette stopped all 29 shots to give Nelson a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Division Final.Game two is Tuesday night in Beaver Valley before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday.It didn’t take long for Nelson to turn the tables on the hometown Hawks. Seconds after Brady Miller was sent to the penalty box for slashing, Campbell beat Hunter Young in the Beaver Valley nets to give the visitors the early lead less than three minutes into the game.Nelson’s leading scorer Reid Wilson added to the lead four minutes later before Brandon Costa made it 3-0 less than 12 minutes into the contest.Nelson scored three times in the second, Wilson, David Sanchez and Campbell — the final tally coming on the power play with only five seconds remaining in the period — to assume complete control of the game.In the third Nelson kept up the pressure on the deflated Hawks, as the defence only allowed six shots on Violette in the period.last_img read more

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Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 23, 2016 – Just minutes after the announcement that the government was working with TCI Olympian, Delano Williams on a return home this Thursday and the string of activities for his hero’s welcome, the plans were cancelled.  The unnamed tropical depression which is by the day gaining strength, just as forecast has power – power enough to force the postponement of that DW Celebration.Williams was to return to TCI via British Airways this coming Thursday with a welcome reception, motorcade, press conference, Cadet escorted entry into the World Famous Island Fish Fry and remarks of praise coming from as high up as the Governor of the territory.  But no more, at least for now, Delano posted on his Facebook page that he will no longer return on Thursday due to the coming bad weather. The Minister had warned that it was possible and she spoke about how it felt to be watching Delano at the Olympic Stadium in Rio. “We equated it that the joy we had watching Delano run, and cross the line and hand the baton over first,  was probably more joyful than when we heard that we won the election, and I think that just shows the amount of…..like just thinking about it now i’m welling up with emotion, because it was just indescribable, and looking at the pictures and the videos from events that were here, there was an event at Danny Boys, there was an event at Opus, there was one in Grand Turk, and I understand the Vix was packed and somewhere else was packed.   Just looking at the pictures of the country standing still for forty seconds, because I was screaming so much, I was able to actually capture a quick snap of his mother and the look on her face, the joy on her face,  the joy on Rita Gardiner’s face.” – DP Akierra MissickHaiti proved a stellar partner for the Turks and Caicos, as its Athletic Association worked to get Delano’s mother, his mentor Rita Gardiner, the Minister Akierra Missick and Sports Director, Judith Robinson official access and special seating to watch DW make history as the first TCI to compete at the Olympics level. “Haiti wrote back almost immediately saying we would assist in having you and the Director of Sport be part of our official delegation so that you would have access to the games, access to the games hotel, and access to whatever meeting sites that would be on the site.” – DP Akierra MissickDelano’s mother is Haitian; his father Turks and Caicos Islander and he has a twin sister Ashley, whom he calls his best friend.  The trip for the TCI sports officials could already be reaping results for stronger focus on widening sports offerings as there were recommendations, said Minister Akierra from the International Olympics Committee or IOC.  “Another thing that was shared with me by the IOC during our meeting is that root programs need to be in place in order for them to consider having us even as an associate member because they want to see how sport is running from zero to Olympic qualifiers, because it’s about the growth and the continuous development of the individual sport.” – DP Akierra MissickThe Minister also shared that the TCI will work toward associate membership of the IOC in time for the 2020 Olympics which are set for Tokyo, Japan.  Delano Williams on Friday August 19th ran a flawless second leg in the men’s 4x400m relay, as the youngest member of Team Great Britain.  The team ran the third fastest time in the heats, but was disqualified and was unable to advance to the finals.  Needless to say, it was a catastrophic blow to the Olympic dreams of Williams, who wanted and seemed poised to medal, with his team in the event. Recommended for you Related Items:celebrations put on hold due to weather, delano williams, DP Akierra Missick speaks of watching Delano run at the 2016 Olympics Motorcade for TCI first OLYMPIAN!! Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympianlast_img read more

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Chula Vista has homeless shelter crisis State of California to send millions

first_img Dan Plante Chula Vista has homeless shelter crisis; State of California to send millions of dollars Dan Plante, September 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 6:16 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – The Homeless Crisis in the San Diego region has finally trickled up to Sacramento. As a result of people dying in the streets from Hepatitus A, millions of dollars will be sent to the region to help out.“Every city in Southern California has a homeless issue. This grant money will help those considered to be ‘chronic homeless’, says Gordon Walker, CEO of Regional Task Force on Homeless. Chronic homeless is anyone on the streets for more than a year.For the first time, the City of Chula Vista will apply for some of that money. During the last homeless count, there are 367-people living on the streets of Chula Vista.That’s not a big number, compared to San Diego with thousands of homeless people. “But if you’re the person on the streets, one person is too much”, says Walker.As a result, cities and towns who want grant money will have to declare a “Shelter Crisis”. City leaders in Chula Vista will do just that at tonight’s council meeting.“In order to get the money, they have to declare”, says Walker.Right now, there is almost $19-million dollars available for the San DIego Region. Chula Vista is hoping to get a piece of the pie. The money could be used for everything from ‘rental assistance’ to “medical care”.The homeless issue may not be overly apparent to the average observer in Chula Vista, but city leaders are getting aggressive in their efforts to help all of them. Posted: September 25, 2018last_img read more

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