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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:10pm
The use of tobacco accounts for an alarming number of deaths worldwide, even surpassing the quota of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined every year.Eshwar Raghunath made this disclosure recently. Raghunath, a Project Officer involved in a programme geared at tobacco control, highlighted the fact that although tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, Jonnu Smith Jersey, more than five million people die from the effects of the addictive drug every year.“If the current trends continue, probably by 2030 we will have about eight million persons per year. Tobacco is also a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death around the world.”And according to him there has been an intensified drive by tobacco companies to recruit a new and younger generation of smokers.He related that as a result, the companies are shifting towards developing countries because First World countries have implemented strict restrictions and regulations when it comes to tobacco.According to Raghunath, based on research, at least 80 per cent of the people who will die as a result of tobacco will be in the developing countries.Half of all smokers will die from tobacco-related diseases and second hand smoke will harm everyone who is exposed to it, he added.“Tobacco companies are spending more and more money to get new clients as they try to keep their old users who have already become addicts.“They are trying to replenish their market so they need kids they want to addict them. Research has shown that once you try tobacco at a young age it is likely that you will develop the habit.”Aided by advertising and promotion campaigns, including the use of carefully crafted package designs, Raghunath pointed to the reality that the industry continues to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products.It is for this reason he noted that efforts must be made to address the impact that the tobacco has on the society, a venture Guyana and a few other Caribbean countries have already embraced.The World Health Organisation (WHO) through a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control obligates more than 160 countries to require “health warnings describing the harmful effects of tobacco use” on packs of tobacco and their outside packaging.It also recommends that the warnings contain pictures. WHO through its tobacco Free Initiative department is working to help the countries involved to meet their obligation by providing technical and other assistance.According to Raghunath it has been proven that health warnings are an effective method to reduce tobacco appeals to those who are not yet addicted.Before the end of this year, Guyana is expected to put in place health warnings, which will constitute visual displays of the impact of tobacco on cigarette packages. The health warnings Raghunath said will be implemented by the Guyana Bureau of Standards as the acceptable Standard for cigarette sales locally.
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By Alex WayneA talented Guyanese group is headed to neighbouring Brazil early next month to showcase local art work, craft and culture.‘Continental Destiny’ is trying to establish a cultural outreach forum to showcase Guyanese culture, via visual and performing arts, even as they interact with Brazilians and embrace their culture.This is made possible by a collaborative effort between the Guyana United Arts and the Crystallite Dance Company and exhibitions to that effect will take place at Arte Santo, Salva-e-Blanco Avenue, Recife-Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, while the performing arts will be showcased at Tropicana Hotel in Brazil.While the group will enjoy a three-week stay in the beautiful and exotic Brazil, Authentic Russell Westbrook Thunder Jersey, Brazilian artistes Ohomero Amazonas and Fedson Scantlebury are slated as part of the entertainment package.The Guyanese group also expects to foster and promote good international relations between the two countries. They also hope to create a positive impact and showcase the diversity of Guyanese artwork. The ‘Continental Destiny’ will also visit Colombia and Ecuador in the near future.As expected, sponsorship to make their intended trip a reality is of vital importance and entities or individuals interested in contributing can do so by calling phone number 615-2570.For four consecutive years The Guyana United Artist Association has exhibited at the Centre of Brazilian Studies. These exhibitions are part of a series intended to foster and promote good international relations among Guyana and its South American neighbors, namely Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname and the Nation States of the Region.It is true that cultural affinity has often been the inspiration for the regional event, and the way forward could be by capitalizing on those unifying features already present in our diverse cultural patterns.The Guyana United Artists (GUA) first exhibited together in 1992, on the initiative of Desmond Alli, joined by fellow sculptors Linden Jemmott and Vincent Griffith, and Ohene Koama, then a second year student at the Burrowes School of Art.From its inception, and, as its name implies, the group’s preoccupation has been the display of unity among the Guyanese peoples and the ways in which this could be reined in through messages from artists and their work.Their first exhibition took place at the National Museum in November 1992, titled ‘Resistance’. A second exhibition, ‘Unity in Diversity’ was hosted at the same venue in December.In 1995 Alli made and installed his ‘Monument to National Unity’, the centerpiece, a Monument to Regional Integration, on the lawns of Castellani House, donating it to the nation and dedicating it towards ‘the promotion of peace, justice, racial harmonious relations between Guyana, the people of the Caribbean and the Americas.The unity was later promoted in the GUA’s ‘Unity Marches’, walks for national unity, which members undertook, between June 1996 to December 1997.Earlier in the year, in January, the exhibition was moved to the National Gallery. It was a period, which marked the launching of the group and the adoption of the exhibition’s title as their motto. They again exhibited at Castellani House in July 2002. The artists are to be commended for the consistency of these ideas, which they have tried to promote through simple means and methods in challenging personal times and surrounding social and economic circumstances.In the current exhibition, a number of religious and philosophical sources, ideas and figures are referred to as moral forces and guides for man, and interpreted in a range of techniques and forms. Desmond Alli, working since the 1980’s and influenced by his travels in South America and his exposure to architecture and artifacts of the region’s indigenous culture, reflects this in the stepped, perpendicular blocks of his relief carved structures. His paintings, from as far back as 1999, have been influenced by his readings of the Bhagavad Gita and Hindu scriptures, and are abstract essays into the symbolism of color and form.Linden Jemmott by contrast has produced small scale, highly finished figurative sculptures which are celebratory portraits of individuals (the late President Dr. Cheddi Jagan) or the (Caribbean Pan Man&rsquo ;). He combines abstract and figurative elements in his ‘Armagel Warriors’, which won the Newcomers Award at the National Visual Arts Exhibition of and figurative and geometric forms in his paintings.Sculptor Gary Thomas, who first came to national prominence with his National Visuo Award for sculpture in 1974, always reveals strong figurative references in his work through the apparent abstraction of his shapes and forms. The current works show a range of powerful expressiveness allied to emphatic and confident physical forms, handled with dexterity.Graphic artist and Painter Roy Fiffee paints precise black and white portraits of Caribbean and national figures, and uses a bright and pure palette for his scenes of Georgetown.Ohene Koama, a 1994 graduate in sculpture, paintings and graphics from the Burrowes School, has painted in a straight forward, figurative style combining symbolic and surreal elements to comment on social and political issues in Guyana.The artists are joined by Stacia Pitt, a trained art teacher and graduate of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), and Carlesta Sutton, also trained at CPCE and a teacher of Charity Secondary School, Essequibo, both currently at the University of Guyana’s Arts Division, who contribute painted and printed textile to the exhibition.
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They say God works in mysterious ways … well apparently so does the Ministry of Public Works too, said Denise Hilliman, the owner of a house and business place that were demolished Tuesday by the Ministry.Her property was on Government reserve at Mandela Avenue. However, the demolition raised questions because while her property was targeted, 12 other structures also standing on the same reserve were left untouched.Hilliman explained that no formal notice (letter) was given to her in advance of the demolition exercise but she was cognizant that her structure was on the Government reserve.She said that half hour before the demolition commenced two men in a Ministry of Public Works vehicle instructed her to remove all her belongings as they were mandated by the Minister of Transport and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn, to demolish the structure.The woman recounted that she immediately went to meet Minister Benn at his Kingston Office, and confirmed her belief that she was being targeted, when he said that he did not order anyone to demolish any structure.However, a source at the Ministry said that three weeks ago, an engineer was sent to inform squatters of their removal. The source added that the agreement between the Ministry and squatters was that no new addition to structures, particularly for vending purposes, would be allowed.It was emphasised that Hilliman’s structure was newly constructed and served as a business entity. In the past, persons were killed dodging traffic to purchase items from businesses on the reserve.It was noted that Hilliman’s structure was demolished years ago and the then President Janet Jagan sent her with a letter to the Ministry of Housing for land in Sophia.To her dismay, Terrell Owens 49ers Jersey, the Ministry allocated her plot of land to another woman and the matter is at the High Court. She emphasised that she is willing to relocate but Government should find alternative living accommodation.The source explained that in light of the anticipated expansion of the Mandela Avenue to four-lane, the squatters would be relocated south of the National Gymnasium.Hilliman, who is a single parent, occupies the structure with her three children and two grandchildren. The business which is attached to the front of her home and faces the road is the only means of survival for the Hillimans.
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Guyana has still not been officially notified by Venezuela about the mysterious killer disease in the neighbouring country, which is said to have killed at least 38 indigenous people.Earlier this month, there were reports of the mystery illness and health officials are still to officially confirm what the illness is. Some researchers are of the belief that it may have been from rabies caused by bats. The disease is said to have occurred in a specific tribe called the Warrau, which is a close province to Guyana.Speaking with Kaieteur News yesterday, Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said that to date, Venezuela has not informed Guyana of the incident, as is stipulated in the National Health Regulations. As such, Minister Ramsammy has written to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Minister of Health in Venezuela and the focal point for International Health Regulations as it relates to the incident and is awaiting a response. Minister Ramsammy said that the incident has still not been confirmed, and it is not yet known if these people are dead for sure. However, not taking chances, Dr. Ramsammy said that strict monitoring and surveillance are still being done at the border between Guyana and Venezuela and in Region One, Barima/Waini. He noted that monitoring is being done by the health officials for rabies, something which he says has not been reported in that area for years. Minister Ramsammy said that as for long as the incident remains unconfirmed, the HealthMinistry will continue to monitor the situation. Symptoms of the mystery illness include fever, malaise, thirst, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, tingling in feet, followed by gradual paralysis, convulsions and stupor, and finally death. All of these are connected with rabies.
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The use of alternative energy in a world threatened by Global Warming was theTain Primary's winning Manually- powered sprinkling systemcentral theme at the Region Six Science, Mathematics and Technology Fair held this week.The two-day annual event, the prelude to the big National Science Fair to be held in April, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, came to an end on Thursday at the JC Chandisingh Secondary School at Port Mourant, with several Primary and Secondary Schools vying for the top positions in the categories in which they had entered.Each school had exhibits that stressed the importance of taking care of the environment. The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Unlocking Potential for Greener Societies”.Port Mourant Secondary School’s exhibit focused on cheap, clean, and harmless sources of energy.The JC Chandinsingh Secondary exhibit, the Energy Efficient House, utilised LED Lights to conserve energy. Their argument was that the ozone layer is being destroyed due to the excessive consumption of fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gases.St. Aloysius Primary of New Amsterdam’s “Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming” addressed the warming of the earth head-on, noting in their exhibit thatJC Chandisingh Secondary's Energy efficient housean increase in the amount of greenhouse gases causes an increase in the average global temperature of about one degree Celsius to four degrees Celsius. Their project sought to prove the rise in temperature, using five ml of white vinegar to calcium bicarbonate and switching on table lamps at the same time and shining them on the box containing the vinegar.The temperatures were then recorded at various intervals.Number 68 Primary’s exhibit of a beach with mangrove trees tried to demonstrate the importance of mangroves to protect the coastline from erosion and flooding. Skeldon Primary’s Restoration of Combat Global Warming proved to be one of the popular exhibits as well. Their booth linked mangrove restoration with the combined responsible action of humans which can definitely reduce the effects of global warming. Crabwood Creek Primary, in their booth, demonstrated a model of a school to help students grasp the concepts of measurement and angles through discovery learning.School of the Nations’ home-made barometer was aimed at helping persons in the  home and students to predict weather conditions based on the atmosphericVryman's Erven Secondary's Oil Refineryconditions.Tain Primary, which emerged the winner in the Primary category, with its manually- powered sprinkler system, sought to develop a simpler system to assist farmers to irrigate their fields, while using less water at the same time.They observed that a significant amount of residents of Tain on the Corentyne, depend on farming for their livelihood and utilise lots of water.This activity, they noted, results in a high use of electricity and labour which is very costly and contributes to global warming. By using their manually powered sprinkler system, many of those tasks can be done simultaneously and without using electricity.Scimatech was the title of the project from the New Amsterdam Multilateral Senior Secondary School which called for the utilisation of renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar, biogas. JC Chandisingh promoted the production of ethanol from paddy shells and the preparation of gasohol as alternative fuel solutions.The Vryman’s Erven Secondary School’s Oil Refinery Plant, the very first for Guyana, and one built to the strictest environmental regulations, sought to show the economic benefits of refining crude oil here rather than overseas.And School of the Nations Secondary School project, the Spirometer, aimed at measuring the capacity of students’ lung capacity so that they can know the levels of their performance in physical activity. They recommended that every school be equipped with a spirometer.Students, they suggested, will be able to be trained accordingly in their respective sporting events.In the end, Tain Primary came out on top in the primary category, followed by School of the Nations, Number 68 Primary, St Aloysius and a tie between All Saints and Skeldon primaries.Tutorial Academy was the top secondary school followed by JC Chandisingh in the Integrated Science category (Lower), while in the Upper level, Port Mourant Secondary ranked top, followed by Black Bush Secondary and Canje. New Amsterdam Multilateral School (NAMS) topped in the Environmental Science category followed by Skeldon Line Path and School of the Nations.NAMS also gained first place in the Home Economics Category. In the Agricultural Science category, Black Bush Polder and Tagore tied for first place followed by Berbice High School (BHS).In the Physical Education Category, School of the Nation’s Spirometer reigned supreme. Corentyne Comprehensive High won in the Compost Biology category, while JC Chandisingh’s Gasohol exhibit won in the Chemistry category.In Maths, BHS ranked first while in Physics, JC Chandisingh, NAMS and Corentyne Comprehensive were winners respectively.JC Chandisingh Secondary won the Industrial Technology category, followed by BHS, while the Sixth Form category was won by NAMS followed by School of the Nations.The winners will move on to represent the Region Six area in the National Science Fair to be held at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute in April.
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