Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to Be Opened Soon

first_img It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors. These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models. The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Story Highlights The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors.These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models.Come January 30, the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, with a host of local and international government leaders and officials, including Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participating in the proceedings.First announced during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism in St. James in November 2017, the centre, which is the first of its kind, will be tasked with creating, producing and generating toolkits, guidelines and policies to handle the recovery process following a disaster.The centre will also assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, explained that the centre is to provide a repository of knowledge, information and expertise to assist global communities in responding to, tracking and managing global disruptions.“These disruptions are growing fast and furious, so there is the need for resilience, the need to build capacity to respond to them, and to be able to manage, grow and thrive after they have happened,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that several universities have expressed an interest in the centre, with plans of forging partnerships.They include the University of the West Indies; Queensland University, Australia; Hong Kong Polytechnic; Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; and George Washington University, United States of America.“In the year, we have had relationships forged with a number of global and regional groupings, such as the Mediterranean Tourism Federation, which will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the launch to become an associate,” the Minister informed.He added that partnerships are also being explored with Harvard University; University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Southhampton; Boston University, the United States of America and the International University of Japan, to look at global projects relating to tourism resilience and climate change.Major partners in the centre include United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); World Travel and Tourism Council; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).last_img read more

National Strategy for Development of Statistics to be Ready Mid-2019

first_imgThe National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which is being prepared by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), is expected to be ready by mid-2019.The National Strategy will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data and is intended to facilitate greater harmonisation among agencies that produce statistics, reducing duplication, and enabling the national statistical system to better respond to the increased demand for information.“So, the plan is to create a coordinated framework with harmonised concepts, definitions, methodologies, standards and classifications,” Director General at STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.She said the coordinated approach will improve production and dissemination of quality data in a timely manner, making information more readily available.The NSDS will contain a detailed action plan for the production and dissemination of statistics over a five- to 10-year period, including capacity development needs and required institutional and infrastructure improvements.It will provide the country with a vision for the development of statistics consistent with Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan.STATIN is receiving technical assistance from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) in preparing the NSDS.PARIS21 is a global partnership of national, regional and international statistics experts and policymakers seeking to improve evidence-based decision-making in developing countries.“One of its (PARIS21) core programmes is to support developing countries in the design, implementation and monitoring of statistics, and this will allow developing countries like Jamaica to better respond to the increased demand for data,” Miss Coy told JIS News.The Director General informed that already, representatives from PARIS21 have partnered with STATIN to facilitate two workshops with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government involved in the production and dissemination of statistics.The workshops, which also included persons from academia, the private sector and other major users of statistics, were aimed at discussing matters and concerns regarding preparation of the NSDS for Jamaica.“So, we are building a framework for action as we create this blueprint for the development of statistics in Jamaica, and once we have developed this (document), then we have to get the buy-in from other data producers and users before we move forward in carrying it to Cabinet,” Miss Coy indicated.She added that “coming out of this, we can move forward in the production of statistics, so that Jamaicans can have more information in order to make more decisions based on data and not on judgement”.last_img read more

Tim Hortons falls to 67th in reputation rankings by Reputation Institute

first_imgTORONTO – Tim Hortons has seen its ranking take a hit in another study tracking Canada’s most reputable companies.Research firm Reputation Institute says the company has fallen to 67th from 13th place in one of the largest moves down of all 250 companies it analyzed this year, but the brand is still considered to have a “strong reputation.”The study is based on ratings from 27,000 Canadians, who are asked to score companies on their products, innovation, workplace governance, citizenship, leadership and financial performance.Google, Lego and Rolex topped the list, while Canadian brands MEC, Jean Coutu and Canadian Tire all cracked the top 20. Shoppers Drug Mart, Home Hardware, Cineplex, Roots and Sleep Country Canada all made appearances in the top 50.The study comes after similar rankings were released in April by research organization Leger, which ranked Tim Hortons in 50th spot, down from fourth place.The moves follow a public spat between Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International and the Great White North Franchisee Association, which claims to represent more than half of the brand’s franchisee owners.In recent months, they have fought over cost-cutting measures made at some franchisee’s locations in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hike, RBI’s alleged misuse of a national advertising fund and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up restaurants.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

Manitoba Hydro boss announces retirement says the time is right to leave

first_imgWINNIPEG – The president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro has announced he is retiring less than three years after joining the Crown corporation.Kelvin Shepherd, who joined the utility in December 2015 after a five-year stint at MTS Inc., says in a release that he will be stepping down Nov. 16.Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors, citing an inability to work with the provincial government, resigned en masse in March.Premier Brian Pallister said the dispute stemmed from a multimillion-dollar deal, which was quashed by the government, between the utility and the Manitoba Metis Federation.The deal was designed to forestall opposition to future power-related projects and the agreement’s demise prompted the federation to pursue court action.Weeks later, the province’s Public Utilities Board rejected Manitoba Hydro’s request to raise electricity rates by almost eight per cent at a time the Crown is building northern power stations and a transmission line to bring electricity south.During his tenure, Shepherd oversaw the elimination of hundreds of positions through voluntary departures that were expected to save the company more than $90 million a year in operating costs.Shepherd said in a release that it’s been a privilege to lead the hard-working people at Manitoba Hydro and that it was a difficult personal decision for him to leave.“Like any job, the position of CEO comes with both good and bad that one must accept and manage,” he said. “I have done my best to lead our company through both the challenges and opportunities we have faced, but I know in my heart that now is the right time to move on to a new stage in my life.”Marina James, the recently appointed chair of the Manitoba Hydro board, said Shepherd is leaving the corporation with a stronger senior leadership team.“Kelvin has been an invaluable asset and he has played an exemplary role as the CEO of this company,” she said.A search for a new president and CEO is already underway.last_img read more

Detroit show has SUVs horsepower but electric cars are few

first_imgDETROIT — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production.Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb.So how credible is the industry’s pledge to move toward fuel-efficient vehicles when it keeps cranking out more lucrative trucks and sport utilities?Some environmental groups contend that companies aren’t really interested in efficiency because they’re making tons of money from the sales of less-efficient SUVs and pickup trucks. These groups also say that without government fuel economy requirements, automakers won’t make progress toward electric vehicles that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Auto executives, however, say they’re already moving to more fuel-efficient trucks and SUVs, some now coming with gas-electric hybrid power systems. Soon there will be many electric SUVs, they say.“Every one of our SUVs has hybrids somewhere in the future, hybrids or electrified vehicles of some sort,” says Craig Patterson, Ford’s SUV marketing manager.Patterson will help show off a new version of the Ford Explorer big SUV at the auto show starting Monday, and it will have an optional hybrid power system. It is Ford’s first hybrid SUV in six years, and the company also has plans for a fully electric SUV based on the Mustang sometime next year. Seven battery-powered vehicles are planned for the U.S. by 2022, even a hybrid pickup truck.General Motors plans a Cadillac electric vehicle in 2021, and more than 20 that run on batteries or hydrogen in four years. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, wants to increase the number of electric models from six to over 50 by 2025. Other brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche and Jaguar are rolling out electric vehicles.But in December, almost 72 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were SUVs and trucks, up from 49 per cent at the end of 2012. Because of the shift, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are cancelling some or all of their sedan lines. At the same time, they are hedging their bets by planning electrics and hybrids to give people fuel-efficient SUV options should gas prices rise from the current national average of around $2.24 per gallon.Design work on the Explorer and other vehicles being introduced at the North American International Auto Show began more than three years ago, when automakers thought their new vehicle fleet had to average about 36 miles per gallon by 2025 under U.S. fuel economy standards. That’s about 10 mpg more than the current standards.But the Trump administration has proposed freezing those standards at 2020 levels, a move that will spark a court challenge and a fight with California, which can set its own gas mileage and greenhouse gas standards. A decision on freezing the standards at around 30 mpg is expected later this year.Simon Mui, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council who works on clean vehicles, said if the standards are frozen, years of improved efficiency will come to a halt.“I tend to treat these automaker promises to roll out electric vehicles kind of like New Year’s resolutions,” he said. “There’s often a gap between what they promise and what they actually deliver.”The government requirements are needed to make sure each automaker does their part, Mui said. Stable requirements bring down technology costs, and consumers benefit from using less fuel, he said.But auto executives say they’ve been working to squeeze more efficiency out of the internal combustion engine, to the point where there isn’t much else they can do except add electric power.Ford’s Patterson says even though gas is cheap, the company will sell the higher performance of hybrids, with gas engines boosted by instant electric power for acceleration. Consumers, he says, will be willing to pay for that. Also, due to technology breakthroughs, Patterson says hybrids no longer cost much more than standard engines.Ford plans to keep working as if the government won’t freeze fuel economy standards because it doesn’t know what will happen. “You have to meet it at some point, and you’re going to have to build (for) California,” he said.Still, selling hybrid and electric vehicles is tough in an era of cheap gas. In the U.S., fully electric vehicles amounted to less than 1 per cent of new vehicle registrations through August last year. Yet globally, Navigant Research predicts huge growth in the next seven years, from just over 1 million sales this year to 6.5 million by 2025. The surge is expected because of government incentives in China.Even so, automakers could get stuck with slow-selling electrics in the U.S. because of concerns over their limited range, and because it will take three to five years for battery and other costs to fall to about the same as gasoline engines, said Asutosh Padhi, senior partner and co-leader of the automotive unit at the McKinsey management consulting firm. U.S. consumers always want more utility and performance for less or the same price, he said.Another problem is a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles is starting to expire for some automakers, Padhi said.“It’s yet another headwind for electric vehicles in the near-term, until the performance picks up, until we get to cost parity,” he said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

High levels of bacteria found in raw meat dog foods

first_imgFeeding your pooch with raw meat could pose potential health risks as they contain high levels of bacteria, researchers have warned. A study by researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden showed that many raw meat products contain enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of faecal contamination and hygiene standards. Such food products can also cause health risks to people, particularly infants, elderly and those with poor immunity, the study said. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA raw meat-based diet has become increasingly popular with dogs in recent years because it is seen as a “healthier natural alternative” to the widely available commercial products. But unlike commercial feeds, raw meat products are not heat treated or freeze dried to pasteurise, the research team added. For the study, published in the journal Vet Record, researchers took samples from 60 packs of raw meat samples that were analysed for bacteria, including enterobacteriaceae species – clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter. Nearly 31 samples (52 per cent) contained bacteria levels that exceeded the 5,000 bacteria per gram maximum threshold set by the European Union regulations, said the study. Escherichia coli was found in about a third of the samples. Clostridium perfringens, another marker of faecal contamination and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30 per cent).last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey looking to pick up points in final series

OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-17-2, 4-8-2) is preparing for its final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center and is looking to take advantage of a struggling Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3) team.The last-place Badgers arrive in Columbus on a four-game winless streak; their last win was back on Jan. 30 in Madison, Wisconsin, against Alaska. Their lone Big Ten victory was a 3-0 result against Michigan State in December.The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Badgers this season. In their two games at the Kohl Center in early January, the Scarlet and Gray grabbed a win and a tie.“We’ve got a ton of respect for Wisconsin. They’re as good as anybody. Their record doesn’t show it, neither does ours, but at times people like as us say, ‘Jeez, they play some really quality games,’” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Wisconsin’s kind of in that same boat. Watching the video over last weekend, they probably deserved to win two games and ended up not winning either one.”Rohlik played for Wisconsin from 1987 to 1990, where he was a two-time captain and hoisted the 1990 NCAA championship trophy with the “C” on his jersey. He was also an assistant coach for the Badgers during the 1990-91 season.Senior forward Tyler Lundey, a Wisconsin native, said he is hoping to carry the momentum from last Saturday’s victory over Penn State and look past the blowout loss the night before.“It was definitely a big win Saturday night at Penn State. We learned our lesson Friday night. Wisconsin is one of those teams that are always going to come at you. They’re going to work hard,” Lundey said. “It’s kind of our game plan too. Work hard, stick together, play as a team, and get ready to play some playoff hockey.”Tale of two goaliesRohlik might have a bit of a decision to make between the pipes this weekend. His junior goaltenders, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins, started Friday’s and Saturday’s games, respectively, against Penn State. While Tomkins fared much better against the Nittany Lions, Rohlik said he remains confident in both of his netminders heading into the series.“We always talk as a staff like today here after practice and kind of put our whole lineup together for the games. (Pulling Frey) I did more or less that just to get our team spark going there on Friday night. Wasn’t really necessarily his fault,” Rohlik said. “I just figured (Tomkins) has been practicing hard and deserved a chance to get in there and play, so we’ll evaluate and see what happens here.”Frey leads the Buckeyes’ shot stoppers in save percentage with .920 in 17 games played, while Tomkins has posted a .892 percentage in 13 games.“We score a lot of goals”The Buckeye offense will have to pile on the shots against a determined Badgers defense. Coach Mike Eaves’ men continue to be one of the top teams in the nations in blocked shots. Wisconsin ranks 16th in the country with 14.07 blocks per outing. Senior defensemen Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze are ranked nationally at sixth and 13th, respectively.“They do a really good job blocking shots,” Lundey said. “We score a lot of goals from the hash marks and ends, so our goal is to score relatively close. A big part is getting shots on net initially, getting pucks through, and then cleaning them up.” Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple said he isn’t too worried about the defense having to contribute more on offense, but rather playing to each position’s strengths.“As a defenseman, and all the other defensemen on the team, we kind of always want to chip in on the scoresheet at the end of the day, which is always nice. I don’t think we’re really going to change our type of play,” Dalrymple said. “When there are chances, the defensemen are going to jump up into the play. If we kind of go out of our element, we can run into trouble.”The Scarlet and Gray will look to junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey to continue his fine form. Schilkey was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Tuesday after a conference-best five-point performance last week, with a goal and four assists against Penn State.The Buckeyes will also face another staunch penalty-killing opponent in the Badgers. Wisconsin sits 14th in the nation with a kill ratio of .849. OSU, on the other hand, is one of the country’s best power-play converters, coming in at 12th nationally with a .214 conversion rate.Senior night at the SchottWith the team entering the final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center, Saturday’s game will mark its senior night. Dalrymple, Lundey and forward and co-captain Anthony Greco will be recognized prior to the matchup.“Every year, you know it’s coming. It’ll be fun. It’ll be important to enjoy it and have fun and hopefully get the win,” Greco said.Rohlik hailed his senior members and said he hopes the rest of the squad can follow their examples.“Find me anybody in that locker room, you want to play for each other, but you also want to give a little extra for those three guys,” Rohlik said. “Someday, some of those other guys will be sitting in those same shoes, and you want everybody to give their best effort.”Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and  at 7 p.m. the following evening. read more

Ohio State mens basketball faces judgement week against No 3 Michigan No

When Thad Matta was coaching at Xavier in 2004, the Musketeers had a three-game stretch against Mississippi State, Texas and Duke. Each of those teams was ranked in the top 11 of the Associated Press poll, with MSU (No. 4) and Duke (No. 5) placed in the top five. Those contests came in the NCAA Tournament, as Matta led Xavier to its first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight before losing a close one to the Blue Devils, 66-63. “It was crazy,” Matta said Monday, who left Xavier after that season to coach Ohio State. As treacherous a task as that was for Matta and his team, his current Buckeyes squad is staring down a two-game trek that might be even tougher than the one Xavier faced in 2004. OSU will play two top-three teams in a six-day span this week. And these upcoming bouts will come in the regular season, not in March when consecutive battles against elite programs are commonplace. OSU, ranked No. 10 in the most recent AP poll, is set to take on No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor Tuesday night. After squaring off against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes return home Sunday to play the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana. “It’s another week,” Matta said so sarcastically he cracked a smile before finishing the sentence. Matta’s players weren’t as light-hearted in talking about the venture ahead. “It’s why you come to Ohio State and play in a conference like the Big Ten, for weeks like this,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, agreed, saying he “loves a challenge.” “I’m hyped,” the junior forward said, who leads the conference in scoring at 20 points per game. At 7-2 in the Big Ten, OSU is a game back of the Hoosiers, who are all alone in first place. The Buckeyes share a tie of second with Michigan and Michigan State. OSU is 1-1 against those teams this season, beating Michigan at home but losing to the Spartans on the road. Every team in the Big Ten plays 18 conference games, so no two-game stretch at the midway point is going to decide the league champion. But if OSU wants to stay alive and well in the race for a fourth consecutive regular season title, winning at least one game this week might be necessary. Thomas would love to win both. “It’s going to mean a lot for this team, especially if we get two wins against Michigan, they’re highly ranked. If we get a win against IU, we know we got to go down there and it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be big if we can get these two wins,” he said. This week also represents a turning point in the season for the Buckeyes. OSU (17-4) is exactly halfway through its conference schedule, and they’ll likely be tested much more in the second half of the year than they were in the first. During their first nine Big Ten games, the Buckeyes played five of the worst six teams in the league, and only three of the six best. OSU’s second half includes two games against No. 1 Indiana (20-2), trips to No. 3 Michigan (20-2) and unranked Wisconsin (15-7), and home games against No. 12 Michigan State (18-4) and No. 18 Minnesota (17-5). In his ninth year coaching in the Big Ten, Matta said the league is as competitive as he’s seen it. “I think that probably from top to bottom it’s as good – and we haven’t seen everybody yet – but seeing on tape, seeing scores, seeing the standings, I would probably agree (it’s as good as ever),” Matta said. For now, though, OSU is just focusing on the Wolverines. The Buckeyes gave Michigan its first loss on Jan. 13 with a 56-53 win, also preventing the Maize and Blue from ascending to a No. 1 national ranking. “To be honest, we haven’t even talked about Sunday’s game,” Matta said. “Obviously the mindset is on tomorrow night’s game, knowing that they have a great team.” Michigan, ranked No. 1 last week, dropped in the polls after losing at Indiana Saturday night. Add in the fact that OSU beat the Wolverines the first time around in Columbus, and Michigan will be ready Tuesday night, Craft said. “There is no way we can try to look past this game in any way,” Craft said. Getting out to a fast start in Ann Arbor will be crucial for the Buckeyes, Craft said. In Michigan’s two losses this season, they fell in a big hole early and couldn’t recover. OSU, 3-3 on the road this season, probably needs to at least stay even with the Wolverines (undefeated at home) early to have a chance for an upset. Doing that will require solid defense, something OSU has relied on all season. “Defensively I think we’re pretty sound,” Matta said. “We’re trying to get our guys to have a prideful mentality in terms of getting stops. We want to continue to get them to understand we have to have that for 40 minutes.” That won’t be easy against the Wolverines, who are led by a National Player of the Year candidate and Columbus native Trey Burke. The sophomore point guard has potentially the country’s best sidekick in junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who averages 15.6 points per game. Two freshmen, guard Nik Stauskas and forward Glenn Robinson III, also average double figures in points. OSU has played three teams this season currently ranked in the top 12 by the AP in No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas and No. 12 MSU, not including Michigan. The Wolverines are likely the toughest team the Buckeyes have had to defend. “With the number of people they can put out there, the number of people that can score the ball, it’s really tough to play normal defense when you’re worried about the number of shooters they have,” Craft said. Defending Michigan’s shooters is just one of the many challenges OSU is facing in the week ahead. Matta said his team is as close to being ready for the daunting task as he’d like them to be. “We had two good practices. I’ve never had a team exactly where I wanted it. I do think we’re making strides. We just have to continue to find that consistency and every night we take the floor, we need our guys to play the best that we can,” the 45-year-old coach said. OSU and Michigan are scheduled to tipoff at 9 p.m. Tuesday night in the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes then take on Indiana at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Belgium boss Messi is a great player to watch

first_imgBelgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Lionel Messi is one of the best players to watch in footballThe Spaniard, who led the Red Devils to a best-ever finish of third at the World Cup in Russia, revealed his admiration for Messi during for the futsal Champions League in Belgium.“Whatever is said about Leo Messi, there’s nothing new,” Martinez told the club website. “He is a player you can really enjoy,”“When he is out on the field, and he’s at a level like the one he showed in England, that’s something everyone can appreciate.”Messi has continued his fine performances for Barcelona this season with 11 goals and five assists in 11 games across all competitions.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Manager Ernesto Valverde is determined to ensure that the Catalans do better in the Champions League this time around following their shock quarter-final exit at the hands of AS Roma last season.And things have got off to a strong start for Barcelona with convincing wins over PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham in their opening two games of Group B.“Barça, as well as other teams, are candidates to win it all. There aren’t too many teams around the world that are built to win it. They hope to compete for everything, and that doesn’t change with one good or a bad match,” said Martinez.“Every year the Champions League competition gets more and more difficult. It’s very difficult to find a team to win three years in a row, but this year it’s pretty balanced, and I think we will see one of the best competitions we’ve seen in recent years.”last_img read more

Jamaicas Minister of Health urges regular health checks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minster of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is advising Jamaicans to get  regular health checks, whether or not they are seeing signs and symptoms of illness.“Remember now, you don’t have to be sick to go to your doctor.   That’s what a lot of Jamaicans do, but then by that time it is too late. So, you must know your health status from early so that your doctor can say to you ‘boy your blood pressure is a little bit too high, cut out the salt’, or ‘you are overweight for your body and your age so cut out the sugar and the fats’ – that sort of thing,” he said.“Once you know your health status, then you will know how to live in order to remain healthy and to have longer and better living,” he pointed out.The Minister’s words of advice came during his address to residents of Black River, who had congregated in the town square on, Friday (October 27) for the Jamaica Moves road show.   He re-emphasised the need for Jamaicans to engage in physical activity in order to prevent and combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.“A lot of Jamaicans are dying because of lifestyle diseases, meaning diseases you get from what you eat and physical inactivity – a lack of exercise.   So what the Ministry of Health has done is to develop this programme called Jamaica Moves, which is taking you around the country, that is firstly encouraging all Jamaicans to know their health status, to do their check-ups,” he explained.   Dr. Tufton said as Minister of Health, he has been trying to lead by example.“You notice that I have shed a few pounds because I have been exercising, not only for myself but hopefully to set an example for all of us,” he told the audience, which included school children and adults.The Jamaica Moves Campaign is a response by the Ministry of Health to the prevalence of NCDs among Jamaicans.   It encourages persons to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and a balanced diet.The Black River leg was the fifth staging of the campaign’s road shows, which are to be taken to all 14 parishes.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more