Health Minister Hails UTech Healthy Eating Campaign

first_imgHealth Minister Hails UTech Healthy Eating CampaignJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has hailed the University of Technology’s (UTech) healthy eating campaign as a welcome fillip to the Government’s efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle among Jamaicans in order to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD).“It augurs well and it is well aligned with the policies and objectives of my Ministry,” he said at the launch on Wednesday, July 21, at UTech’s Papine campus in St. Andrew.UTech’s ‘Healthy Eating in Jamaica’ campaign is designed to empower citizens to make more informed and healthier food choices.The initiative, which involves partnership with Nestlé Jamaica Limited and the Consumer Affairs Commission, aims to reverse the trend of improper nutrition, which is a major contributing factor to ill health among Jamaicans.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the partnership was signed by the parties at the launch.“I am particularly pleased that the institution and its partners have identified healthy eating as a major area of focus. I’m extremely happy that we are united to confront this challenge, as unhealthy diets are among the four major behavioural risk factors for NCDs,” Dr. Fenton Ferguson said.He noted that 70 per cent of adult Jamaicans are dying annually from NCD for which tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are the major risk factors.He informed further that low and middle-income countries like Jamaica are witnessing the fastest rise in overweight persons, particularly children.Citing statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Ferguson noted that 38 million people die each year due to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and almost three-quarters of all NCD deaths occur in low and middle-income countries such as Jamaica. Additionally, 16 million NCD deaths occur before the age of 70.“These statistics are staggering and the situation is no different here in Jamaica.  Non-communicable diseases remain very high within the population and may be increasing,” he said.Dr. Ferguson said the Government has stepped up its drive to educate citizens on healthy lifestyle choices and influence behavioural change.In addition, through initiatives such as the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease 2013-2018, the Government is targeting a 25 per cent reduction of NCDs by 2025.The plan outlines strategies to address food security, the provision of healthy food in schools and other public institutions; promotion of fruit and vegetable intake; addressing industrially produced trans fats in foods; and the control of advertising of unhealthy food to children.In addition, the Minister noted that the health promotion budget for this financial year has been increased from $20 million to $200 million, to focus aggressively on a sustained public education programme and to move forward with the implementation of the strategic plan.The Government also recently launched the Food-Based Dietary Guidelines, which seek to provide consumer information that will improve nutritional well-being and food consumption for improved health.Acting President of UTech, Ambassador Hon. Burchell Whiteman, noted that the UTech shares the concern relating to nutrition-related health problems, particularly obesity and non-communicable lifestyle diseases.“As a nation, we must do everything to educate our citizens and encourage healthy choices,” he said.The campaign was prompted by research conducted by the College of Health Sciences, to determine the importance of food cost in securing a healthy diet to combat NCDs.The MoU will also serve to facilitate student capacity building and further research. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Mark BellMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson (second left), is greeted by Acting President of the University of Technology (UTech), Ambassador Hon. Burchell Whiteman (second right) when he arrived at the UTech St. Andrew campus today (July 21), to participate in the launch of the institution’s healthy eating campaign. Also pictured (from left) are: Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, UTech, Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle; and Country Manager, Nestlé Jamaica Limited, Jürg Blaser. Story HighlightsMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has hailed the University of Technology’s (UTech) healthy eating campaign as a welcome fillip to the Government’s efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle among Jamaicans in order to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD).UTech’s ‘Healthy Eating in Jamaica’ campaign is designed to empower citizens to make more informed and healthier food choices.The initiative, which involves partnership with Nestlé Jamaica Limited and the Consumer Affairs Commission, aims to reverse the trend of improper nutrition, which is a major contributing factor to ill health among Jamaicans.center_img RelatedHealth Ministry Continues to Focus on Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy RelatedNHF Improves Access to Health Cards RelatedJamaica Making Strides in Reducing HIV/AIDS Stigma Health Minister Hails UTech Healthy Eating Campaign Health & WellnessJuly 22, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Mobile gaming in Asia: One size does not fit all

first_imgMobile gaming in Asia: One size does not fit allAppsFlyer VP Ronen Mense offers perspective on what western mobile publishers need to know about AsiaRonen MenseFriday 6th November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareYou’ve done really well in the US with your latest title, cracking the top 25 on the Google Play and Apple Store in the RPG category. You have over 300,000 DAUs and your game is monetizing very well. A few tweaks and your release in the European continent continues the wave of success. Your boss is happy, your boss’s boss is happy, and they collectively say, “Let’s take Asia now!” So you start a pan-Asia release, kick back, and wait for the dollars to roll in.But a few days into the Asia launch the numbers aren’t good. The success of your game in the US and Europe isn’t being replicated. All the studies out there forecast that the global gaming market is on its way to becoming a $100 billion industry, and half of that will come from Asia. So why isn’t your game performing?The reality is that Asia is complex, and navigating your way across the region is far from easy. Each country has its own set of challenges and overcoming them will require great attention to detail. Let’s take a look at a few of the hurdles you will have to overcome.ChinaThe glorious middle Kingdom, where there are more active smartphone users than anywhere else on the planet. Why didn’t you get any traction in Google Play when there are so many Android users? For one, Google Play does not officially exist in China yet. But don’t worry, there are almost 200 app stores in China available (talk about fragmentation). To get a decent cut of distribution, you’ll need to align with the top 10 Android markets, which represent about a 60 percent share. Baidu, Qihoo, Tencent, 91 and Wandoujia are some of the leaders right now. To tap into another 20 percent of the market, go with device branded stores like Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei. Now that you have great distribution partners it’s clear sailing from here on out, right? Unfortunately, no. There is a lot more to tackle here. You still have to worry about billing, collection, localization, acculturation, and protecting your IP. But don’t despair. It can be done, and it can be done successfully. The road that many take is to find a strong and reliable partner that can do all this for you and save you the embarrassment of failing on your own. Stat: China overtook US as the number one rank for App downloads on iOS in Q1 2015.JapanIf there is any market you want to be big in, it’s Japan right? Let’s set the stage for you early – 70 percent of the revenue generated in Japan comes from two titles; Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike. This duopoly has flip-flopped the number one and two top grossing positions for almost two years now! The harsh reality is that Japan is dominated by Japanese players, so the usual suspects like Kabam, Supercell, Machine Zone, etc. are competing just to stay in the top 10 on the app store charts.Reality check stat: In Japan, from 2001 to 2013, the number of foreign-made video games titles in the top 100 was 0.Since this article is about navigating your way to Asia, one piece of advice is to be ready for the long haul. Understand that it takes more than giving your characters an anime-style face lift and putting a token dragon into your game. While distribution is straightforward with the App Store and Google Play as the dominant channels, you will have to “Gachify” (play off gacha) your game and probably use a local partner to work on your Japanese build to achieve success. Elsewhere in AsiaKorean gamers expect updates as often as every two weeks for a minor update, four weeks for a major update and two months for a new build – in other words, they like to keep things fresh. This can take up a lot of your resources to keep up so prepare yourself. Taiwan is all about Traditional Chinese, not to be mistaken for Simplified Chinese that you used for China. Don’t be fooled by this small island either; it consistently is a top 20 gaming market when it comes to revenue generation. You will be going up against heavyweight competitors from China, Korea, and Japan in this highly lucrative market. Make sure you bring your “A” game and quality game play, and utilize a mix of local traffic sources to reach quality users.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Indonesians spend a whopping 29 percent of their time playing games vs. the global average of 15 percent – so expect heavy usage but low monetization. With a population of 250 million people and counting, there are enough eyeballs to get, and it’s one of the markets where international titles can get traction with little localization.Thailand, the king of Southeast Asia, reigns supreme when it comes to actually making money, driving close to $500 million in annual revenue. It also ranks in the top 10 for number of Facebook, Instagram and LINE users globally. Local developers have found little success competing with the global players who take the time to localize their casual titles for the Siam Kingdom.As you can see, the landscape is not picture perfect but with three of the top five global gaming markets in Asia, success will bear fruit in many shapes and sizes. You need to understand the complexity of the region as a whole, and the nuances of each market, and you must localize to monetize.Ronen Mense is VP Asia at AppsFlyer, a mobile attribution and marketing analytics company.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 15 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 19 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

MEDIC Regional Blood Center has critical need for several blood types

first_imgKNOXVILLE, TN (WLAF) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center is now at the critical level for O Positive, O Negative and A  Positive blood types.WHO:             MEDIC Regional Blood CenterWHAT:            MEDIC Regional Blood Center is now at the critical level for O Positive, O Negative and A Positive blood types.WHEN:           Immediate NeedWHERE:         MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers (Downtown Knoxville, Farragut, Athens and Crossville)                   Location Hours and Directions and Mobile Blood Drive List:                        Note: MEDIC is requiring donors at community drives (mobile buses, churches, businesses or other community organizations) to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. MEDIC is strongly encouraging donors who give at donor centers to wear a mask or face covering.                        Appointments can be made online at using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.MEDIC is allowing walk-in donors as well. WHY:              MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and is currently experiencing a critical need.                    MEDIC continues to follow social distancing guidelines and will continue wellness checks upon entry at all locations and drives.Donors are strongly encouraged to make appointments to donate. Additionally, they are encouraged to wear their own mask when onsite.As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.          OTHER:        Through June, all donors are entered to win one of the following:$500 E-Gift CardFree Month of Mosquito Protection from Preferred PestFood City Gift CardHard Knox Pizza Gift CardWEBSITE:       www.medicblood.orgSOCIALMEDIA:          Facebook: @medicbloodTwitter: @medicbloodInstagram: @medicbloodcenter(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/04/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Dunbeholden’s ‘Pleasant’ surprise

first_img The coach said they came into the game as underdogs and praised his players for what he described as a gutsy performance. “We are orphans as the other teams have mothers and fathers,” Cohen said, alluding to the other three teams’ financial support. “We will take it one game at a time because everyone competing in the play-off are champions, so we respect the other teams.” “Our next game is away, so the focus is now on that one. We missed some chances, especially in the second half, but I am pleased, 100 per cent, with the fighting spirit of the team today,” Cohen shared. Mount Pleasant’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, said it was a hard loss due to mistakes at the back. “It was a tough loss. Nobody wants to lose their opening game, but it was on the road, so we will go back home and get ready for the next game,” Davis, a former national senior team striker, said. “We gave up two silly goals quickly after taking the lead and never recovered from that. We could not find any momentum, and it became difficult. We kept on making errors, and it cost us the whole game. We will just have to work on that for the next game,” he added. GUTSY PERFORMANCE Dunbeholden FC demonstrated resilience when they had a come-from-behind 2-1 win against the highly fancied Mount Pleasant Football Academy in the Magnum/Charley’s JB/Jamaica Football Federation promotion play-off series opening round at the Dunbeholden Sports Complex in St Catherine yesterday. Mount Pleasant came out on the front foot and took the lead when striker Kesslan Hall fired past Dunbeholden’s goalkeeper, Geovanni Smith, in the 20th minute. However, the home side fought back with two goals inside two minutes. Kevin Reid found the equaliser in the 26th minute, and the outstanding Jerome Wedderburn got the winning goal in the 28th minute. South Central Confederation champions, Dunbeholden started slowly but picked up momentum. Mount Pleasant, who won the Eastern Confederation, were shabby in defence and paid the price. The margin of victory could have been wider had it not been for faulty shooting, especially from Lorenzo Dubidad. Dunbeholden was the better-organised team and deserved to win the game. Coach of Dunbeholden Michael ‘Richie’ Cohen described the victory as “overwhelming”. “It is an overwhelming feeling to win our first game in the play-off series. We represented well. The team started slowly and went behind but found the equaliser and winner,” Cohen told The Gleaner immediately after the game.last_img read more


first_imgANOTHER year of declining enrollment in Los Angeles Unified School District has prompted much hand-wringing over what the loss of thousands of students might mean. This is particularly true in the San Fernando Valley, which is being hit hard as new schools in other neighborhoods mean fewer kids are bused in. The result is that Valley schools will shrink, teachers will be let go and there will be a harder push than ever to turn some schools into charters. And this is bad … why? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile these realities might be another headache for school officials still involved in a futile attempt to fight off the mayor’s takeover, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for education when schools get smaller or switch to charter formats. If anything, this situation shows that the behemoth school district has a tough time responding to the immediate needs and trends of the community, which is why the district ignored climbing enrollment for decades and found itself in severe need of schools. Now that enrollment is on the move again, the LAUSD is still set in its course, building the mega schools it planned years ago. And that’s something worthy of hand-wringing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gandhi’s South African legacy

first_imgAn unconfident Mahatma Gandhi landed in Durban in 1893. Ten years later a much changed man stepped off a train at Park Station in Joburg, well on his way to developing a philosophy that would touch the world.By the time he left South Africa for his native India in 1914, at the age of 46, Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha was fully realised.Satyagraha is the philosophy of non-violent (or “passive”) resistance famously employed by Gandhi in forcing the end of the British Raj – but first wielded against racial injustice in South Africa.This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the Satyagraha movement, based on a philosophy which originated in September 1906, born out of Gandhi’s experiences while living in Johannesburg with his family from 1903 to 1914.Gandhi’s JohannesburgGandhi left his gentle footprint around Johannesburg: from the house in Albermarle Street in Troyeville, where he and his family stayed in the early 1900s, to Victory House in the CBD, where he was refused entry to the city’s first lift, to the Old Fort prison where he served two terms of several months each in 1908.But perhaps the most significant site was the Empire Theatre – long demolished but originally on the corner of Commissioner and Ferreira streets – where the Satyagraha movement was born.Birth of SatyagrahaOn 11 September 1906, Gandhi chaired a meeting of more than 3 000 people there. The town’s Indians were protesting against the Transvaal Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance, Eric Itzkin writes in Gandhi’s Johannesburg, birthplace of Satyagraha.The ordinance required all Asians to obey three rules: those of eight years or older had to carry passes for which they had to give their fingerprints; they would be segregated as to where they could live and work; new Asian immigration into the Transvaal would be disallowed, even for those who had left the town when the South African War broke out in 1899 and were returning.The meeting produced the Fourth Resolution, in which all Indians resolved to go to prison rather than submit to the ordinance.Itzkin, Johannesburg’s deputy director of immovable heritage, quotes Gandhi as saying: “Up to the year 1906 I simply relied on appeal to reason. I was a very industrious reformer … But I found that reason failed to produce an impression when the critical moment arrived in South Africa.“My people were excited – even a worm can and does turn – and there was talk of wreaking vengeance. I had then to choose between allying myself to violence or finding out some other method of meeting the crisis and stopping the rot, and it came to me that we should refuse to obey legislation that was degrading and let them put us in jail if they liked. Thus came into being the moral equivalent of war.”‘Passive’ resistanceDespite Satyagraha, the ordinance became law in 1907, and non-violent resistance was used by the Transvaal’s Indians to oppose discrimination.In 1913 it spread to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), where Indian coal miners downed tools.The African National Congress (ANC), founded in 1912, was also influenced and used the philosophy up until the 1960s, when they switched to a policy of armed struggle to overthrow apartheid.Satyagraha was also used by Martin Luther King in the US who, according to Itzkin, “accepted Satyagraha as the only morally sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Line-ups: Napoli-Atalanta

first_imgNapoli rely on Hirving Lozano, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne in the face-off for third place with Atalanta, who have Josip Ilicic as a False 9. It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 18.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this evening’s SEVEN Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG. This is a head-to-head for position, as a victory would put Napoli level on 20 points with Atalanta in third place. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are proving to be no mere flash in the pan, as after securing third last season and their first ever Champions League qualification, they are doing even better in Serie A this time around. They went into the midweek round just three points off leaders Juventus and have shattered records with 28 goals in the opening nine games, thanks also to last week’s 7-1 thrashing of Udinese. Napoli, meanwhile, have impressed in Europe, but already lost two Serie A games and missed an opportunity to close on the leaders when held by SPAL on Sunday. Kevin Malcuit suffered a season-ending knee injury, while Kostas Manolas, Elseid Hysaj and Faouzi Ghoulam are also still out, leaving a shortage of defenders. Nikola Maksimovic returns just in time, with Mario Rui not fully fit after his injury, so Sebastiano Luperto is moved over to left-back. Insigne and Jose Callejon take the traditional wide roles, with misfiring Hirving Lozano given another chance over Dries Mertens, the Mexican partnering Arkadiusz Milik up top. Atalanta are still without Duvan Zapata but, just as with Manchester City, Luis Muriel is not used from the start, preserved to make an impact off the bench. Instead, Ilicic becomes the False 9, supported by Papu Gomez and Mario Pasalic, while Jose Luis Palomino and Andrea Masiello return in defence. Only Manchester City (12) have won more away fixtures in the top five European leagues than Atalanta (10) in 2019. Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Luperto; Callejon, Allan, Fabian, Insigne; Milik, Lozano Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic, Gomez; Ilicic Ref: Giacomelli Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Queensland All Schools- That’s a wrap!

first_imgThe world’s biggest touch tournament has come to a close for the 33rd year. A massive 5 days of touch saw some hot weather and even hotter talent- with over 400 teams and 5,000 students competing on the fields at the Whites Hill Touch Complex, Brisbane.Over 1180 games were played with teams battling it out for the 13’s, 15’s, 18’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Mixed titles.Peter Bell, founder of the All Schools Event, was excited about the event this year, and the talent that was on display. “On a personal level, I was extremely proud to witness what this event has become. I was present at the first Queensland All Schools in 1983, where 18 teams competed. It is a true honour to be present at the 33rd tournament and witness the impressive growth of the event. Not only has participation grown to over 400 teams, but the calibre and prestige of the event and every team is extremely excited and proud to win. “What hasn’t changed is the spirit of the tournament- the kids just absolutely love it to death. This year, I saw parents who played a kids and schools teachers who started their All Schools journey as students”, Bell told us. Congratulations, from Bell and TFA, to all teams who competed and special congratulations to those who took out the titles. All results can be viewed on the official Queensland All Schools website here.  Related LinksAll Schools Finalslast_img read more

10 months agoEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Marega

first_imgEverton, West Ham to try again for Porto forward Moussa Maregaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto forward Moussa Marega remains on the radar of Premier League clubs.Marega is again being linked with Everton, with Correio da Manhã stating he is on the January radar.Marega has netted 11 goals and created a further six in 19 appearances for the Primeira Liga this term and West Ham are also interested.The 27-year-old is valued at around £35m and was also linked with the Blues a year ago.Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to boost his attack next month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Zealand crews to reenter mine 8 years after 29 killed

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand’s government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.The announcement Wednesday by Justice Minister Andrew Little was greeted with jubilation by family members of workers killed at the Pike River mine, who for years have lobbied for the move.The mine was sealed soon after the November 2010 explosion.New Zealand’s previous conservative government concluded the mine remained too unsafe to re-enter. But after winning power a year ago, liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to re-examine the issue.The plan calls for the mine to first be flushed of methane and crews to re-enter by about February.The Associated Presslast_img read more