Dominica reviewing tobacco legislation

first_img Share Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica reviewing tobacco legislation by: Dominica Vibes News – June 19, 2017 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 193 Views   no discussions Share Dominica is reviewing draft legislation which could lead to restricting smoking in public places, the minister for health and the environment has confirmed.The decision to formulate legislation regarding smoking in public places is based on advice from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the framework convention on Tobacco control.Minister Kenneth Darroux informed Dominica Vibes on Friday 16 June 2017 that a PAHO consultant was on island two weeks ago to assist with the revision of draft legislation for this tobacco legislation.Dr Darroux added that Dominica has received draft legislation regarding tobacco legislation from other CARICOM countries and “the hope is that we’re going to revise all of this draft legislation and see which of these are pertinent to Dominica”.According to PAHO and WHO, the most cost-effective tobacco control measures includes higher tobacco taxes, elimination of tobacco advertising and promotion, smoke-free environments and strong, graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging.In support of the framework convention, an increase in tax was applied on Tobacco products from 45% to 75% in the 2013 fiscal budget here.“I’m really hoping that pretty soon that we can take this to Parliament,” Dr Darroux added as “this is also going to be a tremendous achievement and assist us, and it’s also going to look good on our resume as it pertains to combatting CNCD’s”.“We know the cause of CNCDs, a lot of these are lifestyle related, alcohol and smoking etc., so as the Minister for Health I think that it would be quite a big feather in my cap if I could take this to Parliament soon,” he continued.He indicated that following the consultant’s review of the draft legislation, it will be forwarded to Cabinet for review “until Cabinet satisfies itself that all the provisions within the law are going to be conducive, [and that] there are no controversial issues”.This is essential because while smoke-free environments are implemented to protect nonsmokers and result in reduced consumption and quitting by smokers, it is important that government does not interfere with people’s rights.“We also have to respect people’s rights when we do these things and respect people’s lifestyles. And while we can legislate certain things, we also have to be careful that in legislating things that we think are going to help us fight CNCDs and other health issues, that we don’t violate people’s fundamental and basic human rights,” Dr Darroux emphasized. Three regional countries, Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica, have already implemented this tobacco legislation and banned smoking in public places.last_img read more

COVID-19 cases continue to be on the rise locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 582 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Monday. A total of 68,433 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 775,482 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 5 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,780 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 465 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 4 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 314 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 1 new case), Franklin County has 224 positive cases and 10 deaths (up 19 new cases), and Ripley County has 188 positive cases and 7 deaths (no change). This is an increase of 24 new positive cases locally.last_img

Men’s basketball: Wisconsin to host UW-Stout for second exhibition game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will host UW-Stout at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon, for the second of three exhibition games.The Badgers take on another school in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in a preseason duel each year.Sunday’s duel against the UW-Stout Blue Devils will be played in support of cancer awareness, following Wednesday night’s exhibition game against Northern Iowa. The UNI game was a fundraising initiative for Team Rubicon, an organization that deploys response teams to natural disasters, providing relief to Houston, Puerto Rico and California.In Sunday’s Cancer Awareness Game, the UW Athletic Department will recognize doctors, researchers, survivors and families, in partnership with Garding Against Cancer. Garding Against Cancer supports cancer research in Wisconsin, and was founded by head coach Greg Gard in honor of his late father who passed away from brain cancer.After the game, all attendees will be invited to practice their hoop skills on the Kohl Center court. Fans will also receive a Wisconsin men’s basketball official 2017-18 poster, sponsored by the UW Credit Union.This preseason exhibition game will help the Badgers develop a flow before they begin regular season play Nov. 10, as junior Ethan Happ is the only starter returning to the team. Happ is already leading the Badgers as he contributed 17 points in a closed scrimmage against Missouri Saturday, when the Badgers clinched a win with a score of 74-66.Not only will the natural disaster relief efforts and cancer awareness benefit from the extra exhibition games in the preseason, the Badgers will too. Being adaptable and ready for various kinds of play is advantageous, especially for a young team.Tip-off of the Wisconsin system matchup will take place in the Kohl Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, and the game will be available to stream on BTN Plus.last_img read more

IB Applauds ‘MoneyGram Essay’ Contest Winner

first_img(From left) Sister Mary Laurene Brown displays the symbolic IB Liberia prize check with winner Welleh Cooper and an official of IB Liberia. -Presents US$1,000.00 young scholarThe International Bank Liberia Limited (IB) has congratulated the winner of MoneyGram Liberia’s Inaugural Essay Competition, student Welleh Cooper of the Spiritan Academy for emerging first place.Ms. Cooper, who is a 12th grader at the elite school run by one of the country’s most respected educators, Sister Mary Laurene Brown, applied to the MoneyGram essay competition through IB, and came first place out of 59 entries from Montserrado County.In recognition of her selection, Money Gram International has awarded the 12th grader with a prize of US$1,000 in school materials and US$500 in personal school support.In her essay, the inspiring writer and scholar mentioned that her school (Spiritan Academy) is supporting a reading room project in Gbarpolu County. In support of this reading room project and in recognition of her selection, IB has donated an additional US$1,000 worth of school materials to the Spiritan Academy.The presentation was made Wednesday on the Spiritan School campus during devotion with the administration, staff and students, appreciating IB for the gesture.“We want to congratulate winner Cooper and all the participants in the essay competition,” the bank said in a statement. “We therefore remain committed to supporting Liberia’s educational system in ways that will help enhance not only quality education but build and support a future Liberia and a well-rounded citizenry.”Sister Mary Laurene, the founder and principal of the school, lauded IB for the initiative, noting that it is good way to motivate students in the country.The veteran educator, who is also the president of the Stella Maris Polytechnic, indicated that she will continue to ensure that kids get the best of education at the school.Meanwhile, IB has granted student Cooper a full year scholarship — for this academic year 2018-2019 as she is already in terminal class.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more