Banning pets from bill hearings? All in favor say meow.

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, were among several pets that appeared on screen during Wednesday’s House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting. Later, a colleague later passed along a message from the committee’s Republican chairman that pets are prohibited going forward. But Rep. John Hunt said later he didn’t ban pets, he simply asked whether it was appropriate to have them on screen.last_img

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

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