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By Devina SamarooJust as increasing taxation on tobacco products is aimed at reducing smoking among a population in order toFormer Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammypromote healthier lifestyles, so too will be the result by increasing taxes on soda.Since soda and other sugary beverages are a major contributor to poor diets across the world, former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy is urging all governments to implement a soda tax to encourage healthier diets among its citizenry.Just as the tobacco industry did with cigarettes, soda companies go to great lengths to target vulnerable populations. Research show that a great amount of soda advertising is aimed at children and teenagers as well as low-income communities.Soda is one of the most consumed beverages in the United States, second only to water.Soda’s connection to the obesity epidemic is so intertwined, Harvard researchers have calculated each additional soda consumed increases the risk of obesity 1.6 times.Incessant soda consumption eventually leads to increased risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, reproductive issues, heart diseases, kidney issues, among other negative health dangers.Dr Ramsammy in a statement pointed out that poor diets today is a bigger problem than hunger.He said while less than 800 million people go hungry every day, more than 2 billion people consume diets that are making them sick.“More than 2 billion people around the world are overweight and obese. For the first time in human history there are more overweight people than underweight people in the world,” he remarked, noting that Guyana is no exception from the growing number of people slipping into that category.Dr Ramsammy noted that for years he has been talking about the need to implement heavy taxation on soda but despite his sound rationale, very few paid attention to the call.Charging heavy taxes on soda will pressure distributors to pass the cost along to businesses and consumers. Should they increase the price of their products – and this is the straightforward effect – the additional cost could reduce soda consumption by encouraging people to select healthier, cheaper options.Additionally, a taxed industry will act as an “anti-soda” public health campaign since people tend to understand that product-specific taxes are only levied when a substance can cause harm.Observers noted that such a shift occurred with tobacco when countries around the world implemented the tobacco tax.The spotlight of soda taxes is heightened today because it has become the newest policy disagreement between the two Democratic Party candidates for the US Presidency. Hilary Clinton has endorsed a soda tax while Bernie Sanders contends it is anti-poor.Dr Ramsammy said that Sanders’ anti-poor argument in rejecting the implementation of a soda tax is shocking because poor diet is contributing to an explosion of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, among all people, but particularly poor people.The former Health Minister said Sanders’ argument that the soda tax will make soda less affordable for poor people is exactly the argument Big Food uses to resist any effort to implement a soda tax, whether it is in America or in any other part of the world. Big Food sacrifices people’s health at the altar of Big Profit. In rejecting the soda tax, Sanders is protecting Big Food’s Big Profit agenda.“The latest controversy over the soda tax is because Ms Clinton supports the Mayor of Philadelphia who has piloted a bill to increase soda tax in his city and use the revenues to support pre-school and kindergarten programmes. This seems like a programme designed to benefit poor people, not an assault on poor people,” he counter-argued.He noted that there are many good examples of soda taxation around the world that demonstrate the effectiveness of its implementation and the benefits accrued to poor communities.“Take the California city, Berkeley which passed a soda tax in November 2014. It was a victory for health, for communities of colour and their kids, and for people-powered democracy against one of the biggest global industries – Big Soda expended $US2.5 million to fight the tax. Berkeley took on the soda tax campaign because of a serious health crisis: 40 per cent of the children were on track to become diabetic in their lifetime unless something changed. The link between soda and diabetes is undeniable. Berkeley’s soda tax is a penny-per-ounce tax paid by distributors of sugary drinks, like soda, energy drinks, and sugary coffee syrups. As of March, 2016, Berkeley’s soda tax has generated $1.5 million for community nutrition & health efforts, including school garden programmes,” he pointed out.Dr Ramsammy further explained that all nations can learn from the Mexico soda tax case whereby its implementation resulted in the purchase of soda decreasing by an incredible 12 per cent within a year. Dr Ramsammy asserted that by introducing soda taxes, governments will ultimately be helping poor communities who can least afford the healthcare that will be demanded by the diseases such as diabetes and obesity. He posited that any objection against soda tax is an assault against poor people.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom has donated two checks totaling ten thousand British Pounds (£10,000.00) to assist the Liberian Government in its fight against the spread of the deadly EBOLA virus in Liberia.The money is intended to purchase essential medical supplies and protective gears for medical practitioners who have dedicated their time and efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus.Making the presentation at a special ceremony in London over the weekend, the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in the United Kingdom, Rafiq Hayat noted that the health situation in Liberia is of grave concern to his association, especially at a time when the country is undertaking a massive rebuilding process.According to a dispatch from Minister Counselor Anthony K. Selmah of the Liberian Embassy’s Public Affairs section in London, Mr, Hayat said the amount is his association’s initial contribution and efforts being made to galvanize more support from other Ahmadiyya communities.The checks were presented to Ambassador Rudolf von Ballmoos, who subsequently turned them over to a representative of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association in the United Kingdom, Dr. Kokulo Waiwaiku, and the president of the Union of Liberian Organizations in the United Kingdom, Prince Taylor.The associations have already commenced the purchase of intended medical supplies which will soon be airlifted to Liberia.The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community currently operates an 11-bedroom health center in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was constructed in 2007 at the cost of $US70, 000.00 to buttress government’s health care delivery system. The clinic was dedicated by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two Liberian clergymen have emphasized forgiveness and gratitude as virtues that Christians need to adapt to in their daily living.Rev. Dr. George W. Zorbah and Rt. Rev. John Kunkun in their separate statements on this year’s Thanksgiving Day in Monrovia, said for God’s intervention to come to Liberia, Liberians must learn to live by these virtues because God instructed His followers to show gratitude and forgiveness.Rev/Dr. Zorbah, who serves as president of the National Grass Root Pastors Association, spoke first and stressed that many Liberians, though claiming to be Christians, find it difficult to forgive their compatriots.Liberia’s unforgiving culture, he said, is leading some to call for the establishment of a war crime court in the country, which would only target certain people, leaving out many more.According to him, the Liberia war was fought by all Liberians, directly or indirectly, stressing that those who did not take up arms to fight supported fighters to kill other Liberians.Biblically backing his statement, Rev. Zorbah said Jesus Christ, to whom Christians pray, urged his followers to forgive 70 times seven times, which according to him, makes forgiveness to be infinite.Regarding “justice,” he said the Christian bible stresses it to be acceptable to God. He said justice is also forgiveness because if one does wrong and seeks pardon from the victim, the victim needs to demonstrate forgiveness as Jesus prayed, “… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”He said many Liberians were glad to see former Liberian President Charles Taylor incarcerated in the United Kingdom following his trial in The Hague, yet, they have made no changes in their own lives since Taylor was incarcerated.He said the unforgiving spirit in Liberia is a curse that could serve as a driving force to the prevalence of catastrophe diseases including Ebola, noting, “Liberians claim to be Christians, but they are so wicked and envious. This is what sparks up God’s anger to punish people with plagues.”For Rt. Rev. Kunkun of the City of Light Church of God, the need to show gratitude to people when they do good cannot be over emphasized.Citing an encounter Jesus had with the ten lepers, Rev. Kunkun said that among them only one person returned to thank Jesus.Comparing it with the attitudes of Liberians, he said they are good at complaining and seeking favor, but when favor is shown them, they quickly forget those who have met their needs.“Liberians are good at seeking God’s intervention in times of crisis, but when the crisis is over, they draw far away from God and engage in things that will please their bodies. During the Ebola crisis, they were much close to God and promised to always serve Him, but as Ebola is gone now, churches are no longer packed as they used to be,” he said.He said showing gratitude brings “wholeness,” adding that for wholeness to come “upon Liberia,” citizens must learn to appreciate what God has done for them before asking for future needs.He also called on Liberians to show gratitude to people who show them favor, stressing that it serves as encouragement for them that are fond of well-doing.Meanwhile, the National Thanksgiving service held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday was specially organized to memorialize Ebola victims.Clergymen and members of their congregations used this year’s Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to God and pray for the government, neighboring countries and Ebola survivors.Yesterday’s ceremony attracted government officials, among them Vice President and Mrs. Joseph N. Boakai, Senators Jewel Howard Taylor and Prince Johnson, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shinoyin, a representative of the Muslim community and Christians from various denominations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Venezuelan national Luis Marques, who came to Guyana and stole money from a businesswoman of Port Kaituma in Region One, has on Friday been jailed for six months by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly.Marques admitted that on July 1, 2018, at the Port Kaituma Waterfront, he stoleJailed: Luis Marques$410,000 from Sabrina Johnson.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that Marques had gone to the woman’s shop to purchase a backpack on July 1. Someone had then called the businesswoman, and she went outside the building, leaving Marques alone inside. When she returned, Marques paid for the backpack and left.The businesswoman later discovered that the money was missing from her shop, and she reported the matter to the Port Kaituma Police Station. Marques was subsequently arrested, and the money was found on his person.In his defence, Marques told the court he had taken the money to buy clothes for himself.Marques will be deported after serving the six-month sentence.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson recently issued statements via his Facebook page to clarify statements made in an article published on Saturday, August 11, in the Guyana Chronicle newspaper.According to the article titled “Chinese contractor granted permission to import stone”, it states that at least two local contractors have complained of not receiving orders to supply stone for the East Coast of Demerara road widening and improvement project, which is being undertaken locally by CHEC, despite having the capacity to do so.The Minister’s post described the entire article as the result of “the untruthfulness” of the local suppliers who expressed concern as well as poor journalism.”According to a report by the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Minister further expressed his disappointment in light of providing a comment to the reporter prior to the publishing of the article, yet the said article was written without context which he sought to provide through his Facebook post.Given the nature of funding for the project, the Minister said it is essential that delays and cost overruns be avoided hence, the decision to allow the import of stones by the Chinese contractor given the fact that adequate supplies were not available locally.“To finish on schedule, the project required at least 15,000 tonnes per month, at best the suppliers whose product made the specifications were only supplying about 6000 tonnes monthly, additionally the project needs about 250,000 tonnes overall,” Minister Patterson explained.He assured that local stone producers were engaged prior to his permission being granted to the contractor for the stone import.“It must be noted that while there are seven stone producers countrywide, only three had the capability at that time to produce the specified stone; of the three, the largest producer’s stone did not make the specifications (stone specifications do not only have to do with density but also size, moisture content, etc). Interestingly, it was agreed by ALL, based on a recommendation by the stone producers to allow the contractor to import 50,000 tons of stones over a three-month period; this would have allowed the local producers to up their production (if possible) and seek to have their stone meet the required specifications (if possible), it would also allow the contractor to continue working without delay,” Minister Patterson further explained.Currently, contractors are on schedule to complete the expansion project.In an earlier interview, Technical Services Manager at the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine informed DPI that the extension of the four-lane section from Better Hope to Annandale is now 60 per cent complete. He also said the plan is to complete the four-lane section by the end of the year and proceed with the upgrade of the two lanes from Annandale to Bellfield subsequently.“Ongoing works include the extension of the bridges, construction of drains which is about 90 per cent complete; the construction of 400 metres of revetments at Triumph of which 250 metres have been completed as well as the extension of the culverts to accommodate the four-lane road,” Erskine explained.When completed, the four-lane section will have a median in the centre equipped with streetlights. Sidewalks will be built along populated villages, seven bridges and 12 culverts will be widened, and 11 traffic signals will be installed at busy intersections along the roadway. The approximately eight-inch finished surface will comprise asphaltic concrete and have road safety features including warning signs, road markings and pedestrian crossings.
0Shares0000Juventus’ captain admits the team felt a bit bruised after losing to Barcelona © AFP / LLUIS GENEMILAN, Italy, Sep 15 – Battered Italian heavyweights Juventus and Napoli turn their focus back to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend after opening-round flops in the Champions League.Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suffering a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Roma’s goalless draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point between them from the first round of games in the elite European competition. “We’re still feeling a bit bruised, as you might imagine. When you’re used to winning and being the best team on the pitch most times you play it’s pretty annoying to come back after a game like that,” Juventus skipper Gianluigi Buffon told the club’s website.“It’s a good thing to feel annoyed, though. Great teams and great men prove themselves by coming though tough times.”Six-time defending champions Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan are all unbeaten in Serie A this season with a maximum nine points from three games.And the trio look set to add another three points to their tally as Juventus travel to struggling Sassuolo; Inter visit lowly Crotone and Napoli host tailenders Benevento.Roma — last season’s runners-up — return to domestic duty at home against Verona after last week’s trip to Sampdoria was postponed due to torrential rain in Genoa.“The match against Sassuolo on Sunday is an opportunity for us to get going again with renewed confidence, togetherness and Juve mettle,” Buffon continued.“The Milan sides are on the rise again, Napoli are still Napoli and Roma have changed tactics and probably have a different philosophy too now with a new sporting director.“It all points to it being an evenly balanced title race, but we’ll find that out at the end. Last year we won the league by a smaller margin than in previous seasons after all.”– Europa League boost –Italy are riding high though in Europa League with Atalanta, AC Milan and Lazio all securing wins in the first round of group games.Atalanta — returning to Europe after a 26-year absence — romped past English side Everton 3-0 and next travel to Verona club Chievo.Andre Silva hit a hat-trick for Milan in a 5-1 victory at Austria Vienna to calm nerves after a 4-1 loss last week against Lazio. The Chinese-owned Milan club next host mid-table Udinese.“It was important to play as a team after Sunday’s defeat,” said Milan’s Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. “We’ve found our team spirit again.”Lazio earned a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and next play at Genoa.Fiorentina want to build on their 5-0 win over Verona against Bologna on Saturday ahead of a midweek trip to Juventus in Turin followed by Atalanta the following weekend.Torino, who are fifth, take on Sampdoria on Sunday with promoted SPAL hosting Cagliari.Fixtures (1300GMT unless stated)SaturdayCrotone v Inter Milan, Fiorentina v Bologna (1600), Roma v Verona (1845)SundaySassuolo v Juventus (1030), AC Milan v Udinese, Napoli v Benevento, Torino v Sampdoria, SPAL v Cagliari, Chievo v Atalanta (1600), Genoa v Lazio (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Gor Mahia players walking out of the pitch during half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Kenyan giants Gor Mahia have been drawn in Group D of the CAF Confederation Cup where they will face Yanga (Tanzania), Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and USM Alger (Algeria).To reach the Group stage for the first time since the introduction of the new CAF era, K’Ogalo eliminated South African side SuperSport United on away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate. Gor will kick-off the first leg against Rayon of Rwanda on May 16, a team that is coached by former AFC Leopards tactician Ivan Minnaert with Gor striker Meddie Kagere having played for the side in 2013-14 season.Rayon got to the group stage after their historic qualification as they knocked out Costa do Sol of Mozambique 3-2 on aggregate in the play-off round.GroupsGroup A: Asec Mimosa(Ivory Coast), Raja Club Athletic (Morocco), AS Vita (DR Congo), Aduana Stars (Ghana).Group B: El Masry Club (Egypt), Rennaissance Sportive de Berkane (Morocco), Deportivo Do Songo (Mozambique), El Hilala (Sudan).Group C: Williamsville Athletic Club ( Ivory Coast), Club Athletique Rennaissance Aglons (Congo), Djoliba AC de Bamako (Mali),Group D: Rayon Sports (Rwanda), Yanga SC (Tanzania), Gor Mahia (Kenya), U.S.M Alger ( Algeria).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Jose Fonte Jose Fonte admits captaining Southampton in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Vitesse Arnhem will be one of the proudest moments of his career.The Saints’ rapid ascent from League One to the Europa League in just four years culminates in their third qualifying round encounter at St Mary’s – Southampton’s first in Europe since 2003.In that time, the club have plummeted to the third tier and verge of liquidation, only to rise again and last season achieve their best ever Premier League finish.Fonte was part of the side promoted from League One and remains an integral member four years on, making Thursday’s first leg against Vitesse particularly sweet for the Portuguese.“It’s definitely one of the proudest moments in my career,” he said.“We have been together for a long time and through all the dark, tough years, and now to be leading the team hopefully tomorrow will be a very proud moment.“I am extremely happy and want the game to come as soon as possible.”Southampton have added six new signings this summer and Fonte has been impressed by the new boys and believes they are capable of filling the void left by Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne and Toby Alderweireld.“First, we didn’t let as many players leave as last season which is very important,” the Portugal international said, referring to last summer’s talent drain.“We lost quality players but the replacements were the same quality. We are in a good place, everybody knows each other.“The new guys showed already they have a lot of quality so I am really relaxed on that aspect.”
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