Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the following bills passed by the General Assembly: House Bill 863 and Senate Bill 530. June 29, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Irish in action at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

first_imgIn the continued absence of Rory McIlroy, world number two Jordan Spieth will start as favourite at the Firestone Country Club, where there’s over 1.5 million dollars on offer to the winner.Lowry will be the first of the Irish players to tee-off shortly before 3pm this afternoon.last_img

Jamaicans attribute poor health to sugary drinks

first_imgA post-obesity-prevention campaign survey has found that most Jamaicans attribute their poor health to sugary drink consumption.Ongoing talks with drink manufacturersHealth Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton speaking at the release of the ‘Are You Drinking Yourself Sick?’ survey results, said discussions have already started with manufacturers with who distribute drinks to schools about the steps to be taken to reduce the sugar content before the implementation of the new policy in January 2019.According to the survey, seven out of 10 Jamaicans attributed negative health impact to sugary-drink consumption and that approximately eight out of 10 respondents were concerned about the effects of sugary drinks on their children’s health.Easy access to sugary drinks at schoolsThe survey found that there was also evidence indicating that children had easier access to sugary drinks at school, when compared to their homes or other places outside of their homes.The survey also found that approximately 54 per cent of respondents agreed that children had most sugary drinks at school with approximately 83 per cent of them strongly supported policies on the provision of healthy food and beverages in schools.Tax on sugary drinks supportedApproximately 71 per cent of Jamaicans interviewed support the imposition of a tax on sugary drinks with eight out of 10 persons agreeing that the tax revenue should be spent on programs that reduce obesity, especially among children.Warning labelsAt least 91 per cent of respondents agreed that there should be clear warning labels on the front of food and beverage packages to alert consumers when products are high in sugar, salt or fats.Tufton said manufacturers were key stakeholders that the government wants to see producing juices that are more fruit-based and healthy for children.“There are three months to go (before the policy is implemented in January). In the meantime, we have been having discussions with a number of the critical stakeholders, including manufacturers.“I think it’s important that the dialogue continue. I think its key for the behavioral change that we seek to include all concerned, because this campaign, this public advocacy, is not just about behavioral change for our children, our teachers, our vendors and our policymakers; it’s also about behavioral change for those who supply the goods that we would like to consume,” Tufton said. He  also said he is encouraging manufacturers to embrace the approach the Ministry of Health has been taking, as the goal is to reduce obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among children. “It is good business to say to your consuming public that we have a product that’s good for you, and frankly speaking, a drink that contains four times the daily recommended amount of sugar cannot be good for you.”last_img read more

WCQ: Keshi dares Ghana, Ivory Coast, others

first_imgSuper Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has declared that his team is ready to face any of the other nine countries for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.The Big Boss at the post match conference at the U.J Esuene in Calabar said he is not in any way afraid of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt or any of the other top countries still in the run for one of the five slots allocated to Africa at the next Mundial.No preference-I don’t have any preference for any of the teams left, whoever we are paired to face, we are ready to face them, the target is to be in Brazil 2014 and that is what we are pursuing as a team, stated the Big Boss.The Eagles will be clear on the next hurdle to be crossed in the run to the 2014 World Cup as CAF will be conducting a draw for the remaining 10 teams who will now play themselves in a two-legged tie to determine the final qualifying teams.last_img read more