Regional health care to be improved with establishment of CARPHA

first_img Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle Regional health care to be improved with establishment of CARPHA by: – July 5, 2011 Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) – The 32nd annual meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St Kitts and Nevis culminated with the Bureau of Heads agreeing that it was a focussed meeting with positive outcomes, as the region observed CARICOM Day.Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and incoming chairman of CARICOM, Denzil Douglas, said at the closing ceremony that the summit dealt decisively with key issues including health, climate change, agriculture, and transportation.Douglas, who has lead portfolio responsibility for human resource development, health, and HIV/AIDS in the quasi-Cabinet of the CARICOM Conference Heads of Government, disclosed that the new Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is now a legally established entity, following the signing of the inter-governmental agreement on July 2. This, he said, is a “fitting tribute” to the community.CARPHA was the third and final component of the 2001 Nassau Declaration to be realised by the Community; the other two being the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).This agency is expected to improve the quality of health care delivery in the region by merging the core functions of the five regional health institutions (Caribbean Epidemiological Research Center (CAREC), Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), and the Caribbean Drug Testing Regional Laboratory (CDTRL).Douglas highlighted the significant role of the Community in the impending United Nations high level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and noted that this issue was given priority attention as the region prepared its high-level delegation for that special session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) in September.One of the major issues that the Community wants to include on the agenda of the high level meeting is the formulation of appropriate policies to address risk factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, diet and lack of physical exercises in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among its peoples.The Community has been deemed the front-runner in the fight against chronic NCDS, since its first ever Summit in NCDs in 2007, and was largely instrumental in lobbying for the resolution that spawned this special meeting to address the pressing health problem of NCDs, which cause an average of over 70 percent of the deaths, globally.With regards to climate change, an issue that Guyana has played a leading role in advocating, Douglas said that it will be included on the agenda of the 2011 Summit of the Americas as a matter of priority, in light of the susceptibility of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to this natural phenomenon.The conference had reviewed the region’s capacity to respond to hurricanes and underscored the role of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) as facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force for the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in all participating States.Referring to the link between agriculture and transportation, Douglas underscored the importance of preserving food security in the region as well as the need to transport adequately, people and goods across the Community. He said that decisions were made to engage and involve the private sector and the academic community in these two priority areas.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

Bishops Get Earful at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit

first_img Tweet 28 Views   no discussions Share Share FaithLifestyle Bishops Get Earful at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit by: – February 14, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Priests pray during a Feb. 7 penitential vigil at St. Ignatius Church in Rome to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse. (CNS/Paul Haring)Though a four-day summit in Rome on the sexual abuse crisis was, in a sense, directed at everyone, its primary audience was composed of approximately 100 bishops and superiors of religious orders from around the world, who face a Vatican-imposed May deadline to submit their anti-abuse policies.As it turns out, those church potentates got an earful.First, they were told, if you come from a place where you think sexual abuse of children isn’t a problem, think again. Experts said child abuse occurs at roughly the same high levels in every region of the world, so that if the clerical abuse crisis has not yet exploded someplace, it’s only a matter of time.Second, the bishops were warned, if you drop the ball on handling abuse charges, be ready to face the music. There seems to be a new determination in the Vatican and across the Catholic world to use the tools of church law to hold bishops accountable.Those were among the highlights of a Feb. 6-9 symposium titled “Toward Healing and Renewal,” held at Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, and cosponsored by a variety of Vatican departments.The warning about the global dimension of the crisis came from American Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, former director of the St. Luke Institute, a facility in Silver Spring, Md., that treats abuser priests.“Church leaders around the world began by saying, ‘This is only an American problem,’ ” Rossetti said. “Then, as more cases surfaced in other countries, they said, ‘This is an English-speaking problem.’ Then, as the circle of abuse cases widened, they expanded it to: ‘This is a Western problem.’“Each time, church leaders said, in effect, ‘It doesn’t happen here.’ ”Rossetti said data show this is a global problem, with no reason to think that the Catholic church in any particular part of the world would be immune.“If there are people in the church today who are thinking that this is not a problem in their country, I urge them to speak to those who work with children,” Rossetti said. “Contact those who generously run programs for abused children or staff child abuse hotlines. Find out what is being said behind closed doors.” Cath Newslast_img read more

Popes to be declared saints in April

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 64 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Popes to be declared saints in April by: – September 30, 2013center_img Tweet Share John Paul II (left) is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is a hero for progressive CatholicsPope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.The Pope said in July that he would canonise his two predecessors, after approving a second miracle attributed to John Paul.Polish John Paul, the first non-Italian pope for more than 400 years, led the Catholic Church from 1978-2005.Pope John was pontiff from 1958-1963, calling the Second Vatican Council that transformed the Church.The decision to canonise the two at the same time appears designed to unify Catholics, correspondents say.John Paul II is a favourite of conservative Catholics, while John XXIII is widely admired by the Church’s progressive wing.‘The good pope’John Paul stood out for his media-friendly, globetrotting style. He was a fierce critic of communism, and is credited with helping inspire opposition to communist rule in eastern Europe.John Paul has been on a fast track to sainthood since his death, when crowds in St Peter’s Square chanted “santo subito” (“sainthood now”).During his own papacy he simplified the process by which people are made saints, and created more of them than all previous popes combined.John XXIII is remembered for introducing the vernacular to replace Latin in church masses and for creating warmer ties between the Catholic Church and the Jewish faith.He has a big following in Italy, where he is known as Il Papa Buono, the good pope.The BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome that Pope John was in many ways similar to Pope Francis, a humble, down-to-earth man with a fine sense of humour.Two living popes are expected to be present at the canonisation ceremony: Francis, who will officiate, and Pope Benedict, who retired earlier this year.The double canonisation will be the first in the Church’s history.MiraclesTwo miracles have been officially attributed to Pope John Paul II – the number usually needed for canonisation.The first miracle was the apparent curing of a 49-year-old French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, the same malady which afflicted the pope himself in his later years.The second miracle came on the day of John Paul II’s beatification by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. A Costa Rican woman reportedly made an “inexplicable recovery” from a serious brain illness, and the only explanation was believed to be the fact that her family had prayed for John Paul II’s intercession.Pope John XXIII was beatified by John Paul II in 2000, and Pope Francis took the unusual step of waiving the requirement of a second miracle in his case.BBC Newslast_img read more

Caribbean Airlines to end London route

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! BusinessInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegionalTravel Caribbean Airlines to end London route by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 11, 2015 Tweetcenter_img PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it will be ending its three weekly flights to London early next year because it is not profitable.In a statement, CAL said in addition to stop servicing the route in the first quarter of 2016, it would also be retiring the Boeing 767s from its fleet.The London service was launched in 2012, however the route performed below expectations. CAL said that the Boeing 767-300s would be returned to the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).The airline, which registered a loss of US$60 million last year, said it is taking measures to suspend loss-making routes and optimise its fleet and so far this year returned two Boeing 737-800s, with two more to be removed soon, reducing the fleet size to just 12 of that model.CAL said the move will allow it to reduce operational costs while focusing on its North American prime routes – Fort Lauderdale, New York and Toronto and allowing it to compete harder for the budget-wise leisure travellers on these routes.Since 2013, CAL has been competing with increased competition from low-budget airlines such as Jet Blue and increased flights by US mainline airlines.In February, Finance Minister Larry Howai told legislators that the unaudited accounts showed a loss of US$60 million and that the airline had developed a strategy plan which envisaged it breaking even by 2017.Howai said the transformation of CAL would take three to four years following a consistent company strategy to achieve identified objectives with major milestones targeted during this period. He said this strategy plan was recently developed and completed towards the end of last year. Share 128 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

BVI Government to Distribute Land for Marijuana Production

first_img Share Share 85 Views   one comment BusinessLifestyleNewsRegional BVI Government to Distribute Land for Marijuana Production by: – January 16, 2020 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! (LoopTT)  The British Virgin Islands has taken a somewhat unconventional approach to action its medicinal marijuana initiative.Premier Andrew Fahie said his government will distribute half-acre lots of land to approximately 100 citizens, for the cultivation and production of medicinal marijuana.During a recent interview on the Honestly Speaking radio show, hosted by Claude Skelton Cline, Premier Fahie said the government hopes to have the marijuana programme fully on-stream by May of this year.We’re looking at Paraquita Bay for 50 acres of land, to empower 100 Virgin Islanders, 100 Belongers and we are doing it by districts. The Territorial members will also be able to include some youngsters, so at least the minimum of 10 persons per district for each of the nine districts,” he said.Premier Fahie said this land distribution exercise will empower the lucky recipients, allowing them to captain their own ship and eventually secure their financial independence.He said the government is working on incentives that would attract potential investors. The aim he said, is to have at least one investor set up shop in the BVI.He said “We have other areas that we are looking at in terms of how do we get more major companies to bring their established companies — or one of them — in here to function. We have some of them we are already speaking to, to bring in their innovation, and that is going to open up the BVI tremendously.”During the Premier’s First District Annual Report and New Year’s Party which was held recently, he asked those against the marijuana initiative to consider all the positive opportunities the new venture will bring to the territory.“I would understand people who object to the medicinal marijuana, but while we are here fighting to see if we should move forward, others are getting ahead of us. But that wouldn’t happen under this government,” he said.Premier Fahie who is also the Minister of Finance, believes this initiative will pave a path for additional career opportunities for the people of the British Virgin Islands.He said opportunities for product development, processing, marketing and research are currently being explored.last_img read more

No new taxes, says St Kitts-Nevis PM

first_imgLocalNews No new taxes, says St Kitts-Nevis PM by: – July 27, 2011 Tweet Share Share 6 Views   no discussionscenter_img St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas has reiterated that the home-grown US$84 million or EC$226 Stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) do not include any tax increases.“This programme is not associated in any way with any taxes whatsoever,” said Douglas to Chamber President Michael Morton.“So again, you have nothing to fear,” said Douglas as he addressed 28th Annual Private Sector Banquet on Saturday.Douglas said that over the past three years, the Ministry of Finance has designed and implemented a programme of fiscal management aimed at reducing the unsustainable debt level.“This is a home-grown set of policies and programmes that have been implemented. As a member of the International Monetary Fund, we have gained their financial support for a programme that they fully endorse,” said Douglas, who added:“As we work this programme, and leverage the positive aspects, taking into account the ECCB Stabilization Plan in which we participate, we shall sustain an environment that is supportive and attractive for foreign investment capital that is required to join forces with local entrepreneurs and investors in helping to grow our economy and develop our nation.”He said St Kitts and Nevis is poised for much greater levels of development, and “we must not let difficult challenges block the progress.”“Rather, we must be assertive and visionary in resolving such difficulties, not only at the domestic level but within the context of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) of which we play a dominant role,” Douglas said.He noted that on Friday, after consultations between the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Banking Sub-Committee of the Monetary Council of the ECCB, that the ECCB assumed control of the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Bank (ABIB).“This course of action was taken based on the on-going effects of the global recession; the fallout from the CLICO/BAICO issue; the critical importance of financial stability in the Currency Union, and the earlier successful rescue of the Bank of Antigua in which our own St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank was called upon to play a dominant role as the largest and most stable of the indigenous Banks in the Currency Union,” said Douglas, who is also chairman of the Sub-Committee on Banking.“We face some very serious challenges at this time and the Monetary Council has established several institutional arrangements to address these issues in the financial system.”Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Severin McKenzie wants manufacturers to be treated differently from merchandisers

first_img Share Share 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LocalNews Severin McKenzie wants manufacturers to be treated differently from merchandisers by: – August 5, 2011 In photo: Emerald Touch, a locally manufactured bathroom tissue. Photo credit: visitdominica-wordpress.comSeverin McKenzie the Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Manufacturers Association, wants manufacturers to be treated differently than merchandisers.Mr. McKenzie reported to the media after a situational analysis workshop held for the members of the Manufacturers Association, that the Government should view manufacturers differently as manufacturing has the ability to assist in developing the country.“You cannot treat a manufacturer the same way that you treat somebody who imports finished products and just put it on a supermarket shelf. There is a very big difference and there is a very high risk in fact that manufacturer’s take. A manufacturer for example goes into the process of purchasing machinery, purchasing raw materials converting those raw materials, paying for the location whether it is rent or whether it is a mortgage that you have on the venue, transportation, workers, utility, you just name it and at the end of the day the only thing that you have is the final product that you are going to sell.Mr. McKenzie also highlighted the significant risk which manufacturers take when beginning this venture, as the success of the business depends on whether the consumers like the product or not.“God forbid that when you end up with that finished product the consumers say that they do not like it. A situation like this arises and then it could just throw your business into a precipice, because this is almost a point of no return. So it is a very big risk that the manufacturer takes, so you cannot treat a manufacturer who goes into this level of investment the same way as you treat somebody who sees something on the internet, brings it in, goes to the Customs clears it, puts it on the shelf, multiplies it by five and then sells it to the consumers,” he said.Mr. McKenzie noted that “there is a very big difference in merchandizing and importing finished products as opposed to manufacturing.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

PM Skerrit clears the air about new insurance act

first_img Share LocalNews PM Skerrit clears the air about new insurance act by: – March 9, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has responded to claims by the United Workers Party that there was not enough public consultation on the recently passed insurance bill in parliament as inaccurate. Leader of the United Workers Party Edison James issued a statement last week, asking government to delay the submission of the new insurance bill to the president for assent.Photo credit: mcwaldenbailey.comHowever the prime minister in a statement this week said consultation on the bill commenced since 2005. He explained that the CLICO and BICO debacle brought into sharp focus, the urgent need for the enactment of more up to date legislation to strengthen the regulation and supervision of the insurance industry in the entire ECCU.According to the prime minister, the additional provisions are meant to protect the public against financial loss arising out of malpractice, incompetence or dishonesty of persons engaged in carrying on insurance business in Dominica.“The value of an asset in an insurance company must exceed its liabilities by at least two million dollars for local company, five million for a foreign company or 10% of its policy long term insurance liabilities or 20% of its premium income in its last preceding financial year for general insurance business, whichever is the greater,” he added.The requirements for insurance companies to significantly increase their minimum insured share capital and statutory deposits and for the establishment of insurance trust funds to cover policy holder liabilities are all aimed at having sound insurance companies operating in Dominica.Additionally, the prime minister indicated that clear perimeters have been laid out for establishing insurance funds to cover policy holder liabilities.He said an insurance fund shall only be invested in prescribed assets and they are to be placed in a trust created by trust deed and administered by a trust company or license financial institution, approved by the registrar.“With these provisions, resources will be more readily available to meet the need of a policy holder, should an insurance company experience financial difficulties. The Act gives the registrar the power to intervene at anytime, in the affairs of the registered insurance company to protect policy holders against the risk of inability to meet obligations to policy holders,” he explained.The Act, he continued, also empowers the registrar to apply to the court for an insurance company to be placed under the judicial management where the registrar is of the opinion that it is necessary or proper to do so.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Roseau Mayor proposes an increase in environmental levy

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 86 Views   6 comments Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Roseau Mayor proposes an increase in environmental levy by: – June 21, 2012 Mayor of Roseau, Cecil JosephMayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, has proposed that the government should increase the environmental levy tax rate with a view to ensuring that Dominica maintains its “nature isle of the world” slogan.He suggested that this should be increased to $7000.00 per vehicles because reconditioned vehicles produce carbon monoxide, which could be responsible for the increase in heat which has been affecting the country.“My reason for saying that is when we look at the ozone layer, persons are complaining of the increased heat that they are now getting and the depletion of the ozone layer….one of the things that deplete the ozone layer is increase in carbon monoxide. We have a pristine country, a pristine city that we all dub the nature isle and nature does not deal with carbon monoxide because it is a dangerous gas”. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless toxic gas which can threatened the health of individuals when exposed to it.The symptoms of this exposure include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue which are often mistaken for the flu. “We have seen an increase number of people complain about migraine headaches, an increased number of people suffering from cancers. If we really take some time off and make research, we can maybe come to a conclusion that it might be because of an increase number of vehicles that we have in Dominica that would give us quite a bit more carbon monoxide”.According to him, many of these reconditioned vehicles were not made for our shores and it might be more a better decision health wise to purchase a new vehicle. He believes that if his suggestion for the increase is implemented, it may lead to a reduction in several illnesses currently affecting the country’s population.“What it would do is make people evaluate between purchasing a new vehicle and a reconditioned vehicle. A reconditioned vehicle has less of life span than that of a new vehicle and I believe that if you’re increasing the cost of the environmental levy, I am almost sure it will bring it close as possible to the cost of a new vehicle”. The government implemented an environmental levy nearly eight years ago on vehicles which were manufactured after 2005. Vehicles less than five years pay a rate of 1% while those older than 5 years pay $3000.00.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

FA Cup: Arteta warns Arsenal players ahead of Leeds clash

first_img The new Gunners boss oversaw his first win against Manchester United last time out in the Premier League, and is looking for consistency from his side. Leeds go into the match at the Emirates as the Championship leaders and boss Marcelo Bielsa looks set to play a full-strength side.Arteta explained to his players he wants 100 percent commitment from them when he replaced Unai Emery at the helm.And the Spaniard has once again reminded his squad what it means to play for a club with a rich history of winning trophies.“When you take the fans to Wembley they are all proud of you,” explained the Gunners boss.“It’s a special day for everyone, they all travel with their families looking for success. Read Also: Ex-Arsenal striker offered to Premier League strugglers“The history of this club means they are used to winning trophies and when you do that it generates something special. So if we can get connected with the fan-base again, that will be a powerful weapon.“It’s in our own hands. If we can give the supporters what they want, I am sure they will give us even more.“When we know the fans are behind us, we have to pinch the players to react to them and use them to have a better performance and create more fear for the opponent.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Mikel Arteta has instructed his Arsenal stars to “create more fear” ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup clash with Leeds.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more