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Tag: 上海龙凤419 Open letter to Margaret Chan, WHO director, about the contaminated milk powder scandal

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information October 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Margaret Chan, WHO director, about the contaminated milk powder scandal June 2, 2021 Find out more The latest developments in the Chinese contaminated milk powder scandal show very clearly that the system of censorship imposed by the government has had a disastrous impact on the health of tens of thousands of new-born babies in China and other countries to which its milk products are exported. Reporters Without Borders urges Margaret Chan to intercede with the authorities in Beijing as quickly as possible on this matter. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Dr. Margaret ChanDirector-GeneralWorld Health OrganisationAvenue Appia 201211 Geneva 27SwitzerlandParis, 1 October 2008 RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img News to go further Dear Director-General,You have often spoken publicly of the importance of the free flow of information about public health issues. The latest developments in the Chinese contaminated milk powder scandal show very clearly that the system of censorship imposed by the Chinese government has had a disastrous impact on the health of tens of thousands of new-born babies in China and other countries to which its milk products are exported. Many babies have been poisoned because journalists and researchers were unable to publish their information.An official in your organisation has stressed to the media the importance of a “culture of openness and rapid reporting” in this kind of crisis. For your part, you have said Asian woman should breast-feed rather than use powdered milk products, but that does not seem to be an adequate response to this tragic situation.How can you accept that the World Health Organisation was not notified until 11 September of the toxicity of these products although information had been circulating since December 2007? As early as last July, He Feng, an investigative journalist with a weekly in southern China, had gathered detailed information on a wave of hospitalisations of babies. But the Chinese government, through the Propaganda Department, imposed a ban on publishing negative information about food scandals before and during the Olympic Games. So He Feng’s editor decided not to publish his information for fear of being punished by the authorities.Just before the Olympic Games, the Propaganda Department sent a list of 21 banned subjects to the news media. One of them (point 8) was food safety. “All subjects linked to food safety, such as mineral water causing cancer, are off-limits,” the directive said.The authorities have even suppressed a blog entry by Fu Jianfeng, He Feng’s editor, who did not dare publish what they had learned. “I sensed that this was going to be a huge public health disaster,” Fu wrote in the censored post.We thought the Chinese authorities and the WHO had learned the lesson of the SARS crisis, which the authorities covered up for several months by censoring the press.To our great regret, the highest authorities in Beijing continue to impose censorship on public health subjects. We urge you to speak out publicly against these repressive and dangerous practices as they are harmful to the health of both Chinese citizens and the population of neighbouring countries.Your organisation has published figures that show the scale of the harm cause by the tainted milk scandal: more than 54,000 children have been treated, 12,000 have been hospitalised and at least four have died.At the same time, the WHO has publicly congratulated itself on its ability to react to this crisis and has hailed the cooperation it has been receiving from the Chinese authorities in all areas, including its “regular updates.” Should not a sterner comment have been made to the Chinese government for continuing to prioritise news control at the expense of its citizens’ health?As we know you are committed to press freedom, we urge you to intercede with the authorities in Beijing as quickly as possible on this matter.I look forward to your reply.Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General April 27, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 Press release: Multi-million pound fund to train more educational psychologists in schools

first_imgThousands of children across England will benefit from mental health and special needs support, as funding worth £31.6 million is announced to train more Educational Psychologists.The Department for Education has today (20 March) outlined plans to support more young people with additional educational needs by launching a procurement exercise for experts to come forward and kickstart specialist training for more Educational Psychologists. The multi-million pound fund will see over 600 Educational Psychologist trainees receive free tuition and grants.It follows the Education Secretary’s announcement in December last year to expand funding to increase the cohort of Education Psychologists from 160 to 206 each year. At the same time he announced an additional £350 million for high needs.Research published today shows that over two-thirds of councils surveyed in 2018 faced difficulties recruiting to fill vacant Educational Psychologist posts. In response to pressures faced by schools and councils, increasing the number of free places to train as an Educational Psychologist will ensure a steady flow of new entrants to the workforce and vary the geographical spread of training availability.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: This is a welcome step in the right direction – building on the enormous amount of work already under way to support children and young people’s health and wellbeing from an early age. We know that people will need additional support from time to time and so rightly the NHS Long Term plan is investing in earlier support, through the introduction of mental health support teams, school nurses and now with this announcement more educational psychologists ensuring people get the everyday support needed to really thrive. Every child deserves to be happy, healthy and have the best chance of fulfilling their potential. Educational Psychologists play an important role in making sure that this is no different for children with additional needs, by providing tailored support and helping families and teachers when there are challenges to overcome. We said that we would train more Educational Psychologists to help meet increasing demand for their services – and today we are confirming funding over £30 million to make this happen. We are launching three new training rounds from 2020 which will see over 600 psychologists trained. New research published today tells us that too many local authorities have struggled to fill vacancies for Educational Psychologists. This new funding for additional psychologists will mean many more children, their schools and their parents feel well supported to tackle what can often be complex difficulties. It is great to see this funding come forward to train more Educational Psychologists, which will have a big impact on our profession. The new research backs up what we’ve been hearing from our members. We know that there is an ever-growing demand for our services, including contributing to an increasing number of Education, Health and Care Plans as well as providing specialist support for a wide range of children and young people with SEND and advice on mental health and wellbeing. A recent survey of our members indicated that over 85% of respondents had seen their workload increase significantly over the past 5 years. As a profession, our capacity to meet this demand is limited, especially taking into account our pivotal role in the new mental health support teams. We were delighted when the Education Secretary announced last year that the number of training places would be increased, something we have campaigned for over a number of years. This announcement will make a significant difference to our ability as a profession to meet the needs of children and their families in the future.center_img To make sure every child is able to learn in the most effective way, Educational Psychologists are critical in identifying special educational needs and are required to contribute to a young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). They also provide tailored support and outreach to teachers and families, through new support strategies when the complex needs of a child are not being met.Schools and teachers are supported by the specialist advice and practical interventions Educational Psychologists bring to create a conducive learning environment for children who are otherwise likely to fall behind. Aside from the operation costs for the training provider, the funding will contribute towards university tuition for Education Psychologist trainees with an additional bursary grant for their first year of study.Kate Fallon, General Secretary of the AEP said: Increasing recruitment forms part of wider efforts to promote children’s mental wellbeing, as Educational Psychologists play a pivotal role in mental health provision in schools and will play a key role in supporting the new mental health support teams being introduced in 25 trailblazer areas.Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health said:last_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 South Okanagan’s Vandeweghe dominated short course — Nelson’s Locke, Maly finish in medals

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsKirk Vandeweghe of Penticton usually cooks with the longer distance racers at the Nelson Cyswogn’Fun.However, the South Okanagan triathlete decided his sprint distance needed a little fine-tuning.After blazing over the Cyswogn’ Fun short course in near record time Vandeweghe can head back to the longer distance after capturing the short course title at the 2011 Nelson Cyswogn’Fun Sunday.Vandeweghe cruised over the 500-meter swim, 22-kilometer cycle and five-kilometer run in a time of one hour, eight minutes and 29 seconds. “I actually like to do a whole mix of triathlons,” Vandeweghe said from near the concession stand at Lakeside Park.“I think sprint really boosts your fitness. So I do tons of sprints, Olympics, half’s . . . they all sort of prepare for the next race.”Vandeweghe was almost six minutes in front of Nelson’s Peter Lock and eight ahead of Anthony Maley.I was really happy (with second),” Locke, using the Cyswogn’Fun as a cross trainer to prepare for another season on the cross-country ski scene as an elite racer.“This is only my second time ever racing triathlon so I’m very happy with my result.”Vandeweghe was first out of the water, first in the cycle before coasting home in second to capture the overall men’s short-course crown.“I think this is an incredible course,” Vandeweghe explained. “To think you can ride across the (Big Orange) bridge and run across the bridge twice is pretty cool.”For Locke, leaving the water in 13th spot, it was the cycle to Six Mile that allowed the Nelsonite to win the silver medal.Locke finished second behind Vandeweghe to edge up the leaderboard. He then pushed himself on the run to grab second.“I’m not as good at running so the final stage was the toughest for me,” Locke said. “And it’s tough to switch from biking to running because your legs are pretty tired, but it was a fun race.”A key for Locke in 2011 was learning the course layout. A glitch during his previous race cost the Nelsonite dearly.“Last year I went the wrong way and was disqualified, so this year made it to the (Saturday’s) meeting so that helped,” Locke said with a chuckle.Maley, first in the men’s 30-39 division, was seventh in the swim and bike stage before blazing the five-kilometer run in a first-place time of 20:54.Chad Badry of Nelson was seventh with other Nelsonites Shawn DeGroot 15th and Pierce Sharelove 16th.Allison Schlosser was the top Nelsonite in the short course, finishing 18th overall. Schlosser was sixth overall in the female category.“I had a good race,” said Schlosser. “I’ve never done a sprint distance before . . . I’ve only done the Olympic or Half, so it was really good.”“I thought I do something a little shorter where speed is a factor so things went really well,” she added.Stacy Bie of Quesnel won the women’s short course title in a time of 1:18.17.Darci Miller of Fort McMurray was second with Nikki Jomha of Victoria third.Karen Cambaliza of Calgary was fourth with Susanne Fraser of Rossland rounding out the top five.Swimski trio tops long courseTeam Swimski took the long course male crown with Last Minute Louie’s first in the long course mixed team race.Our Civic Duty was first in the long course female race.Short course team title went to McDucs Wedding Team with Team DeVries second and The Pickles [email protected]last_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 Brentford v QPR line-ups: Bees star passed fit, both teams make changes

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford striker Lasse Vibe has been passed fit for the derby against QPR, who welcome back captain Nedum Onuoha.The Bees make five changes, with Maxime Colin, Nico Yennaris, Sergi Canos, Yoann Barbet and keeper Dan Bentley returning.Rangers boss Ian Holloway, still without the injured Grant Hall, has made four changes.As well as Onuoha, there are starting places for Conor Washington, Matt Smith and Sean Goss.Brentford: Bentley, Colin, Dean, Barbet, Henry, Sawyers, Woods, Yennaris, Jota, Canos, Vibe.Subs: Bonham,Jozefzoon, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, Clarke, Egan, Shaibu.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Mackie, Goss, Luongo, Freeman, Washington, Smith.Subs: Ingram, Wszolek, Ngbakoto, LuaLua, Furlong, Sylla, Manning.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss

first_imgInjured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games New York then led by 26 in the fourth quarter.The game was tied at 20 after one quarter, but the Knicks opened a double-digit lead late in the half after a 9-2 spurt and were ahead 56-44 at the break.“In the first half we weren’t moving the ball. One pass or no passes and the guys were shooting it,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Once we got into passing the ball and moving it from side to side, then we ended up with 20 assists in the final 32 minutes and that’s pretty good.”The Clippers traded Chris Paul in the offseason and the search for reliable guard play remains. Austin Rivers was 1 for 9 for two points, Lou Williams came off the bench to shoot 2 for 8, and rookie Jawun Evans shot 2 for 8.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won five straight at Madison Square Garden. … Clippers assistant Mike Woodson was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Los Angeles, on April 25, 2012.Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. played with a sore left foot and scored 13 points. He had been listed as questionable but Hornacek said Hardaway felt better after rest. … Enes Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds.STREAK SNAPPEDThe Clippers’ 10-game winning streak over the Knicks was their longest active streak against any opponent. Now it’s seven in a row against Portland and Orlando.STARKS WITH THE “STEAL” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in more than five years.“Bottom line, we just can’t sustain anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now we get it going a little bit and one thing happens and it just implodes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDoug McDermott added 16 points for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer that swung the momentum for good midway through the third quarter.“I got in there, had to bring some energy because we got off to a little slow start to start the third quarter,” McDermott said. Doc Rivers was talking to reporters before the game when former Knicks teammate John Starks walked by.“Can you bring my wedge back?” Rivers yelled out. “Guy stole my wedge and didn’t give it back.”Rivers said he had been without his golf club, which Starks contended that Rivers had left in his bag, for about two months.“You know, when someone allegedly leaves a club in your bag, the right thing to do is mail it back to them,” Rivers said. “That’s all I’m saying. At some point, it’s stolen.”UP NEXTClippers: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.Knicks: Host Toronto on Wednesday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans (1) and New York Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn (9) fight for control of the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can’t even beat the Knicks anymore.Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles’ losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Griffin scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 18, picked up a technical foul and fouled out with 4:46 remaining. The Clippers (5-11) still haven’t won since Nov. 1 at Dallas, when they improved to 5-2.“Tonight was not a good showing,” Griffin said. “We have to put together 48 minutes rather than playing in spurts. We know as a team that this is not going to be the end.”Patrick Beverley returned after missing five games with a sore right knee and had nine points and six rebounds. But the Clippers are still without fellow guard Milos Teodosic and the rest of their backcourt play was mostly dismal.The Clippers fell behind by 17 early in the third quarter before running off 15 straight to cut it to 66-64 midway through the period. But McDermott hit a 3-pointer in transition and added another during a 12-0 response by the Knicks that gave them a 78-64 advantage with 4:11 remaining in the period.“I thought that was disheartening,” Rivers said. “I thought that took the spirit away but it shouldn’t and that’s where we’re at right now. When you lose nine games in a row, you’re in a losing streak, you start feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go right and you can’t do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tag: 上海龙凤419 Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season.The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot.ADVERTISEMENT The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm, agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas confirmed to the AP on Friday.Colas said that the deal was done Thursday in discussion with deputy NBA commissioner Mark Tatum, who has been serving as the interim WNBA President. This was after Seattle and Stewart mutually agreed on the suspension. Seattle offered to keep Stewart on the roster and pay her full salary, but the 24-year-old said she wanted to help the team be the best it could be by not taking up an active roster spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The Storm made the decision independently to suspend her because of the injury,” Tatum told the AP at the New York Liberty game Friday night. “After they made the decision, we at the league office said ‘What a great opportunity to have the reigning MVP promote the league’. I spoke with Lindsay and then got on the phone with the team after they made the decision. What Stewie wants to do is help us grow and promote the league. It’s a great thing for the WNBA.”Colas was happy that the league was willing to think outside of the box. US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup “The league delivered on the idea that they need to invest in their stars and be collaborative with the players. They understand Stewie’s value to the business,” Colas said. “I applaud them being entrepreneurial. This is a good thing for everyone. We are excited to pilot what I hope will be a model for how stars can work with the league and its partners to engage fans and drive interest year round.”The Storm also lost Sue Bird indefinitely to a knee injury this week, meaning they would have started the season with only 10 healthy players. There is a clause in the current CBA that if a team gets below 10 healthy players, they can sign a replacement player until they get back above 10.The union, which was informed of the Stewart decision, is interested some kind of change, whether it’s in the form of an injured reserve list or a roster expansion.“We thought it was a great idea and encouraged the league to think of other players that would make great ambassadors,” said Terri Jackson, who is the executive director of the WNBPA. “We wanted to see how it develops as the concept and plan rolls out. This league is represented by many great players.”It will definitely be a big topic of discussion around the CBA, which expires after this season because the players opted out at the end of 2018 season.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “That’s definitely something that would help the league grow,” Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike, who is the president of the players’ union, said in 2017. “It’s all about resources and talking about the logistics of everything. Looking forward, we’d like to spark that type of change.”The league had an injury list from 1997-2005. Players had to sit out a minimum of three games from the date they were placed on the list. Then, the WNBA had a two-person inactive list from 2006-08 before rosters were reduced to 11 in 2009. Rosters are back up to 12 now.Chiney Ogwumike missed 2015 and 2017 because of two separate injuries. In 2015, she had microfracture surgery on her knee and the Connecticut Sun kept her on the roster all year, costing them a spot. Although Ogwumike couldn’t play, she was still the face of the franchise while making appearances.Two years later when she hurt her Achilles tendon, the Sun suspended her, freeing up the roster spot and not having to pay her.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 10 months agoSouthampton defender Targett admits Huddersfield six-pointer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Targett admits Huddersfield six-pointerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton fullback Matt Targett says Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield is a six-pointer.Saints lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Arsenal, but remain just two points ahead of the Terriers, who are second bottom.Targett said: “It really is a massive game.”It’s nice to beat a top club because we haven’t done it in a while, so that is massive for us.”That shows the mentality of our side, but this week is our six-pointer.”We need to continue working hard and take on the new challenges.”If you look at fixtures, we are targeting the next two games.”We have to take maximum points, so we have to go to Huddersfield and work as hard as we did against Arsenal.” last_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson: We want to intimidate opposition

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: We want to intimidate oppositionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson admits they want to start intimidating the opposition.The Reds face Manchester City on Thursday.The full-back is not sure whether Liverpool carry that aura just yet, though when asked if it is something they hope to achieve, he said: “Of course. If teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage.”But it only works to our advantage if we make it. Today we did that by going behind (against Arsenal) and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good.”If people are worrying coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.” last_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner admits relegation battle consuming him

first_imgHuddersfield boss Wagner admits relegation battle consuming himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner admits their relegation battle is consuming him.Wagner says he spends every waking moment trying to work out how to save them, even when he is supposed to be relaxing at home with his wife and daughters.“There’s no chance to switch off, no chance,” said Wagner. “It’s always in your head. Sometimes at the front of your head, but always in your head.“But this is the case over the whole season, not just because of this period. Even if you have a good period, your football club, your team, your backroom staff, all the employees, all the supporters of this football club are always in your head.”He admits he isn’t great company for his family, but joked they are used to him by now.“You would have to ask them!” he smiled. “I don’t think it’s the most enjoyable period for them! But they are used to it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tag: 上海龙凤419 PM Says Country Well Positioned to Capitalise on Health and Wellness Tourism

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says health and wellness tourism is a growing market on which Jamaica is uniquely poised to capitalise. The Prime Minister said the UNWTO conference will offer the forum where Jamaica will be able to highlight how far it has come in the area of health and wellness and its ability to now use it as a strategic marketing tool. The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has a competitive edge as it relates to medical tourism, pointing to “the availability of quality professionals, the island’s strategic location, increasing diagnostic facilities, and, importantly, Government’s support to facilitate growth in this market”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says health and wellness tourism is a growing market on which Jamaica is uniquely poised to capitalise.Addressing the official opening of the GWest Medical Centre in Fairview, Montego Bay, on November 2, Mr. Holness said the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference in Montego Bay from November 27 to 29 offers the perfect opportunity for the country to showcase the world-class medical facilities and services it now has at its disposal.“The global growth in the flow of patients, health professionals and medical technology across national borders has made medical tourism a thriving sector,” Mr. Holness pointed out.“Jamaica is ideally poised for this growing market, which was valued at approximately US$20 billion in 2016. It is now estimated that it will reach approximately US$47 billion by 2021,” he added.The Prime Minister said the UNWTO conference will offer the forum where Jamaica will be able to highlight how far it has come in the area of health and wellness and its ability to now use it as a strategic marketing tool.“The conference will focus on a larger scale what GWest is in fact showcasing. It will be bringing ideas and capital together to create a valuable offering which will stimulate economic growth, job creation and profitability,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister also noted that Jamaica has a competitive edge as it relates to medical tourism, pointing to “the availability of quality professionals, the island’s strategic location, increasing diagnostic facilities, and, importantly, Government’s support to facilitate growth in this market”.“Jamaica must continue to diversify and expand our tourism product in order to meet emerging market demands. Travellers today are more discerning. In some cases, due to ageing and complex health conditions, the availability of world-class health facilities is considered when making decisions to travel for vacation, business or to return home,” he pointed out.The Prime Minister, however, said that even with the best of intentions and all the best-laid plans in the world, unless the crime situation is brought under control, everything, going forward, will continue to be a challenge.“The business community here in Montego Bay is especially sensitive to this reality. I want to say to the business people that we hear your concerns, and we are doing all that we can and more to ensure that we bring the situation under control very quickly,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that with the help of the business community and other stakeholders in Montego Bay, “we are serious about effecting sustainable, positive transformation”.“Earlier this week, with unwavering support in Parliament, we were able to secure the extension of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations for a further 60 days,” Mr. Holness said.“This will give more space to our law-enforcement teams to continue their security work and for the Social Intervention Committee to actually start the social-intervention projects that will see to a long-lasting sustained peace in those areas where the zones are implemented,” he added.The GWest Centre was established by a group of Jamaican medical and business professionals. It is housed in a modern multipurpose commercial complex and provides a wide range of high-quality medical services in the same location.last_img read more

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