JCS has pledged its full support of the ban on smoking in public places The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) has pledged its full support of the ban on smoking in public places, which came into effect on Monday, July 15.Addressing the 2013 staging of the Relay for Life Awards Ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on July 16, Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said the Government must be commended for its commitment to safeguarding the health and wellness of Jamaicans, through the ban on public smoking.According to Ms. Gordon, the Cancer Society believes the legislation is of great importance, as it promotes a healthy environment, a healthy people and a healthy nation.“The passing and implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Regulations) 2013 is a step in the right direction,” she said, noting that most of the cancers are clinically linked to tobacco use.“Let us challenge the people around us – our families, our co-workers, our friends, the lady from whom we buy our fruits and vegetables, the people at the service station, and people at the hair dresser – to uphold this ban on smoking,” Ms Gordon urged.The Executive Director noted that the incidence of cancer has been increasing in Jamaica and that there is no longer a narrowed focus on breast and prostate cancers.Ms. Gordon said there has been a steady increase in lymphoma, cancer of the head, neck and throat, and colon cancer, and that most of the cancers are heavily linked to lifestyle habits.She is imploring all Jamaicans to start engaging in healthy lifestyle practices, which include physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day as well as the maintenance of a healthy diet.Established in 1955, the Jamaica Cancer Society is a not-for-profit organisation which has been instrumental in increasing public awareness in Jamaica, in an effort to fight and defeat cancer in all its forms. The Executive Director noted that the incidence of cancer has been increasing in Jamaica Story Highlights
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Yard Global Shipowners’ Associations have reaffirmed commitment to the Hong Kong Convention and the need for a global solution for environmentally sustainable ship recycling.A group of leading international shipowners’ associations, including the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), BIMCO, ECSA, ICS and INTERTANKO, met in Hong Kong on May 14 to consider the next steps to take in bringing the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally-Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC) into force.Noting the expected increase in demand for ship recycling in 2018, particularly in the tanker sector, and after reviewing the increasing need to expand the number of Hong Kong Convention compliant ship recycling facilities around the world, the joint industry meeting agreed that the “entry into force of the HKC was critical.”To be able to bring the HKC into force however, it is essential that the ship recycling states commit to improving the standards of ship recycling and ratify the HKC. In this regard, the participating associations said they would:– Encourage member associations to approach their respective governments to hasten the process of ratification of HKC;– Encourage national associations to request their respective governments to include ratification of the HKC as an agenda item when having an opportunity to talk with officials of the ship recycling states;– Encourage all ship recycling states to ratify the HKC; and– Encourage IMO and its member states to establish a team for early enactment of the HKC under IMO which would act as a focal point for activities of the concerned stakeholders including governments, recyclers, workers, shipowners and observer organisations.The participating associations also reviewed the status in Europe of the European Union Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR) and the EU List of Recycling Facilities. It was noted that there is expected to be a lack of facilities on the EU List when the Regulation enters into force on December 31, 2018 as well as the fact that until now no non-EU ship recycling yard is included in the EU list.In this respect, the shipowners associations urged the European Commission to increase the recycling capacity on the EU List with the inclusion of facilities outside of Europe.
Everton manager Marco Silva says Southampton deserved to win and slammed his side for not being aggressive enough in their 2-1 loss at St Mary’s on Saturday.After a goalless first half, James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring to give Southampton the lead in the 50th minute.The hosts doubled their advantage 14 minutes later through Lucas Digne’s unfortunate own goal.Gyfil Sigurdsson reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but it was too late for the Toffees to find the equalizer and the game ended 2-1.“To be honest they deserved the three points,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They scored a fantastic goal when we started the second half better. We had a big chance before them in the second half, but they deserved it because they were more aggressive during the match.“When something that happens like that and you’re playing against teams that are fighting to really get out of the danger zone, we have to put in the same levels of aggression as them.“After that comes the quality above because, in that moment, we can show quality but before we have to be as aggressive as them and we didn’t do that this afternoon.“Of course we can speak about how they scored the goals. Maybe in one moment, we were better than them in the second half but they had some chances in the first half to do that.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s bold plan to supply 100 percent of the state’s electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2045 has been embraced by residents, the state’s major utility and one key stakeholder — the military.DOD installations have been striving to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for more than a decade, so it’s hardly surprising the military supports Hawaii’s initiative. The state’s plan can be expected to reinforce the Pentagon’s drive to reduce its vulnerability to interruptions in the commercial grid, especially since about 50 percent of the electricity generated in Hawaii is used to power military installations, reports the Nation.One specific risk the state’s shift to renewables should address is the danger posed by tsunamis and rising sea levels stemming from climate change. All of the state’s energy plants are located on the islands’ coasts, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, told the audience at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit in Honolulu this week.The planned 50-megawatt, biofuel-capable, power generation plant at Schofield Barracks would be Hawaii’s only energy plant built inland, Simpson said. The department also is hoping to partner with the state and entrepreneurs to develop new technologies that will ease the adoption of renewables, according to the story.