Manic Science (Manic Focus + Break Science) Release Debut Single, ‘You Gotta Move’

first_imgManic Science, the new collaboration between Manic Focus and Break Science, has just released their debut single, “You Gotta Move.” The dreamy track marks the start of this project’s seemingly unlimited potential, as these three musicians blend together perfectly. Check it out below:The Manic Science collaboration brings the bassy-electronic music sounds of John “JmaC” McCarten to the rhythm fueled fury that is Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch, the Break Science masterminds. The single was released in advance of the BRKTHRU Break Science tour, which will see Manic Science performances on specific dates. Check out the full tour date listing below:BRKTHRU TOUR DATES:9/18 @ The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *! 9/19 @ Belly Up – Aspen, CO *! 9/20 @ Barkley Ballroom – Frisco, CO *! 9/21 @ The Roxy – SSMF Music Festival – West Hollywood, CA 9/24 @ Zydeco – Birmingham, AL + 9/25 @ Bourbon Street Bar – Auburn, AL + 9/26 @ Republic – Nola, LA + 9/27 @ Kress Live – Biloxi, MS (w/ Galactic) 10/2 @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX *+ 10/3 @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX *+ 10/5 @ Official ACL Late Night – The Parish – Austin, TX *+ 11/5 @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD *+ 11/6 @ Mr Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA *+ 11/7 @ Soundgarden Hall – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Minnesota) 11/8 @ Pearl Street – NorthHampton, MA *+ 11/12 @The Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *+ 11/13 @ Orpheum – Tampa Bay, FL *+ 11/14 @ Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak, FL*Manic Focus | + Space Jesus | ! Project Aspectlast_img read more

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Vote for your favorite race at USA Today’s 10Best.com

first_imgEveryone knows how thrilling a NASCAR race can be, but which race is the best?USA Today’s 10Best.com wants to know. The website is asking fans to vote for their favorite race among all motorsports — which includes F1, IndyCar, endurance and NASCAR races. They’ve narrowed it down to 20 races, six of which are NASCAR races.Among the NASCAR nominees:Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington RacewayDaytona 500 at Daytona International SpeedwayFord EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayGo Bowling at The Glen at Watkins GlenSTP 500 at Martinsville SpeedwayMonster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayVoting ends Monday, July 15 and the winner will be announced on 10Best.com on July 26.Check out the current leaderboard — and start voting!last_img read more

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The Original Nth Power Reunites For Justice Comes Alive Performance [Watch]

first_imgOn Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including The Original Nth Power, who reunited remotely for a run through “Only Love” featuring an interlude of Bob Marley‘s “War”. The audio for the segment was mixed by Bassy Bob and the video was edited by Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident).While The Nth Power has spent the last few years touring as a stripped-down power trio comprised of drummer Nikki Glaspie, guitarist/vocalist Nick Cassarino, and bassist Nate Edgar, the outfit made its bones as a soulful quintet featuring keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall (who now plays with Lettuce) and lauded percussionist Weedie Braimah.In 2019, The Original Nth Power reunited at the Blue Nile in New Orleans for the band’s traditional Jazz Fest ‘Last Hoorah’, their annual send-off on the Monday following the ten-day live music marathon each spring in the Crescent City. With this year’s Jazz Fest canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, the Justice Comes Alive performance by The Original Nth Power felt like a much-needed consolation prize.Even beyond full-band performance, the members of the OG Nth Power had their fingerprints all over Justice Comes Alive. Both Nikki Glaspie and Nigel Hall served as co-hosts of the event, conducting enlightening conversations about race relations in the U.S. with the likes of Karl Denson, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge, Patrice Rushen, Eric Krasno, and more. Nikki even conducted a stimulating conversation with Original Nth Power bandmate Weedie Braimah, who also showed off some of his deep-rooted djembe prowess with a solo performance and an appearance on Everyone Orchestra‘s remote improvisation session. In addition to co-hosting duties, Nigel Hall performed on the stream with Terence Higgins & The NOLA Krewe and Lettuce while Nikki Glaspie played some protest music with her all-female outfit, The OGs. Nick Cassarino also offered up a performance with Erin Boyd and his parents as well as a clip of a collaboration with Jennifer Hartswick and Christian McBride.Relive The Original Nth Power segment from Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the Justice Comes Alive performances and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.The Original Nth Power – “Only Love” > “War” (Bob Marley) > “Only Love” – Justice Comes AlivePresented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.On Saturday, May 30th, The Nth Power also took part in Justice Comes Alive’s precursor, Quarantine Comes Alive, a 15-hour virtual music festival that raised over $150,000 for a slew of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. For their Quarantine Comes Alive segment, The Nth Power offered up a never-before-seen video from their late-night tribute to Nirvana at One Eyed Jacks during Jazz Fest 2018. Check out the clip below:The Nth Power Presents: Nth Utero ft. Skerik –”Radio Friendly Unit Shifter/Scentless Apprentice” – 4/28/18last_img read more

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Obergefell examines the role of courts and his marriage

first_imgCourtesy of Katelyn Ringrose Jim Obergefell speaks at the McCartan Courtroom of the Law School on Wednesday. Obergefell was the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges.“John and I decided that for us, if we’re gonna get married, we will do it only when it carries legal weight — only when our government will say, ‘John and Jim, you exist. We see you. You matter,’” he said.Obergefell said he was at the hospital with Arthur, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, when news of the decision broke.“Here was this moment in time we had always hoped for,” he said. “I leaned over, hugged and kissed John, and said, ‘Let’s get married.’”The two married that July, Obergefell said. A few days later, Al Gerhardstein, an Ohio-based civil rights attorney, reached out and asked to meet with them about pursuing a lawsuit against Ohio. He said since the state still had a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, their marriage would not be recognized on Arthur’s death certificate and Obergefell would not be identified as his surviving spouse.“As you can imagine, hearing that news broke our hearts,” Obergefell said. “But I think, more importantly, it made us angry.”With Gerhardstein’s encouragement, the two decided to file a discrimination lawsuit against Ohio and Cincinnati.“For us, it was simply the right thing to do,” Obergefell said. “There was no reason that our lawful marriage should be allowed to be completely disregarded by the state of Ohio — the state where we file taxes, the state where we were productive members of society.”A mere 11 days after getting married, Obergefell and Gerhardstein appeared in court before federal judge Timothy Black to present their case. “I got to talk to [Black] about what John meant to me — what our marriage meant to each of us,” Obergefell said.But gaining Cincinnati’s support posed a formidable challenge, Obergefell said. In 1993, the city approved an amendment to its charter stating, “No special class status may be granted based upon sexual orientation, conduct or relationships.” The city maintained its stance against gay marriage long after, appealing the amendment in 2004 only to ban same-sex marriage later that year.“We were known as the ‘Town Without Pity’ — the most gay-unfriendly city in the country,” Obergefell said.To his surprise, he said, the city sided in his favor. “The city solicitor stood up in the courtroom and said, ‘Your Honor, the city of Cincinnati agrees with John and Jim,’” Obergefell said. “‘Their marriage deserves to be recognized.’”The court followed suit.“At 5 [p.m.] that day, Justice Black, in a sentence that started with, ‘This is not a complicated case,’ ruled in our favor,” Obergefell said.Arthur died three months after the ruling, Obergefell said.“He died knowing his death certificate would be accurate,” he said. “He died knowing the most significant relationship of his life — of our lives — would exist on his last record as a person.” Obergefell said the state of Ohio soon filed for an appeal, however. Obergefell, along with six same-sex couples, appeared before the Sixth Circuit.“Our legal team would say … ‘Don’t hold your breath on this one. Sixth Circuit — pretty conservative,’” he said.As expected, Obergefell said, the team lost at the Sixth Circuit, which ruled the marriage bans were constitutional. With so many conflicting rulings, however, the case culminated in a Supreme Court review with over 30 plaintiffs — including Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon.Bourke said he and DeLeon, residents of Louisville, originally filed their lawsuit calling for marriage recognition against the state of Kentucky. The two married in 2004 in Ontario, but were unable to share legal custody of their children because of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. “We did it because at that time nobody else in Kentucky wanted to do it,” Bourke said. “And because we needed to do it for our children. … For 14 years, I had to think about the fact that if something happened to my husband, I would really have no legal rights to claim our children.”Because of Kentucky’s conservative culture, however, the case fell through.“When we filed our lawsuit, it was just not well-received,” he said. After their loss at the district level, they decided to join as plaintiffs in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that overturned the Sixth Circuit decision, Bourke said.“It was an absolutely beautiful moment in that courtroom, when it sunk in that we did actually win,” Obergefell said.Tags: Gay Marriage Debate, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage, Sixth Circuit Court Three plaintiffs from the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, shared their story in front of a full audience in the Law School’s McCartan Courtroom on Wednesday. Jim Obergefell said the lawsuit began soon after he and his husband, John Arthur, decided to marry in 2013, when the civil rights case United States v. Windsor ruled in favor of tax breaks to same-sex married couples.last_img read more

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Bush says city to benefit from federal relief

first_img He said federal funding here would include regional dollars for homeowner assistance, buyouts and eventually for local infrastructure needs, which will include such things as roads, bridges and pipelines.He said Bush was impressed that of the dozens of Southeast Texas counties he’s visited, Port Arthur was most prepared in its longterm vision for post-Harvey relief. He said Texas is seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel,” at least in that regard.But Bush, charged with disbursing much of federal funding for Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, is still reviewing local plans and said “the bill remains to be determined” for repair costs and how Harvey relief money will be divvied up.Part of the reason he was in Port Arthur, he said, was to review this area’s post Harvey housing plans and to communicate with Mayor Derrick Freeman, who he said has emerged as “a statewide leader in Harvey recovery.” By Ken Stickneyken.stickney@panews.comLand Commissioner George P. Bush said Wednesday many flood-affected Texans are repairing their homes and returning to them and that only about 2,000 Texans remain in Federal Emergency Management Agency transitional housing arrangements, perhaps 300 outside of Houston.center_img Bush met at Port Arthur City Hall with Freeman, city and regional officials to talk about this city’s plans and promised “Port Arthur will benefit” from the $5 billion approved by Congress for Harvey relief. He also while the focus in on housing relief now, the focus will turn later to infrastructure needs. He said he was impressed with how Port Arthur has performed since Harvey destroyed or damaged some 80 percent of local housing last August.The meeting lasted some 75 minutes. Bush said after the meeting that Port Arthur’s importance as an energy center and its strategic importance for national security are well known on state and national levels.He noted that Harvey was the “most impactful storm” in history, which has complicated government response.Freeman said later that Port Arthur is still trying to get people housed through new construction or through a variety of repair or buyout programs.“We have the state’s attention,” Freeman said. “We have their ear. We look forward to a successful relationship with them.”last_img read more

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Jefferson County Indictments 5-9-19

first_img Jules Abdul Mitchell, 44, of Beaumont was indicted for aggravated assault.Earl Wayne Domeaux, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault.Lewis S. Cornish, 19, of Humble , was indicted for robbery.Brayveon Edward Murray, 17, of Houston, was indicted for robbery. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 64 cases Wednesday. The cases are as follows: Jamirious Jantrel Gardner, 17, of Beaumont, was indicted for murder.Tristan Ka’Von Jackson, 32, of Beaumont was indicted for murder.Dion Lenoire, 36, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault. John James Cook, 18, of Beaumont, was indicted for murder. Damuntrey D. Nunn, 18, of Spring, was indicted for robbery.Karina C. Silva, 20, of Humble, was indicted for robbery.Jonah Gerrald Martin, 41, of Port Arthur, was indicted for assault-FV/choking.Jeffrey Wayne Davis, 56, of Port Arthur, was indicted for burglary (habitation).David Keith Manuel Jr., 20, of Beaumont, was indicted for felony theft.Jaylin Jevonte Womack, 21, of Beaumont, was indicted for felony theft.Tavis William Smith, 20, of Nederland, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Catherine Ann Shipley, 36, of Nederland, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Jarvis W. Hurst, 36, of Missouri City, was indicted for credit/debit card abuse.Ricky Murphy, 43, of Evadale, was indicted for credit/debit card abuse.James Berry Grantham, 56, of Beaumont, was indicted for aggravated assault.Tyler Millian Shevchedk, 30, of Bradenton, Florida, was indicted for arson.Freddy Ray Arline, 52, of Beaumont, was indicted for assault-FV/choking.Mark Bradon Gaspard, 43, of Port Arthur, was indicted for burglary (building).Adonis Evans, 26, of Beaumont, was indicted for evading arrest/ detention use of a vehicle.Jabbar Alexander Bell, 26, transient, was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle.Jason Corey Schmidt, 43, transient, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Jarron Mitchell Marcel, 24, of Houston, was indicted for prohibited substances in correctional facility.Ashley Rae Turner, 35, transient, was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP)).Randy Shane White, 28, of Vidor, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Tommy Lynn Woodcock, 59, of Del Valle, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).Tammy Shirlene Brown, 44, of Nederland, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).David Villanueva Gallegos, 26, of Beaumont, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).last_img read more

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Slesnick receives Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

first_img DON SLESNICK, right,the former mayor of the City of Coral Gables, received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from U.S. Southern Command Gen. Douglas Fraser, which recognizes private citizens who have demonstrated exceptional public service on behalf of the nation’s military. “[Mr. Slesnick’s] consistent superior leadership within the community of South Florida has been exceptional and reflects his unwavering support of United States Southern Command and all military service members,” Gen. Fraser said. The medal honors Slesnick for his contributions to the Team Miami project which worked to save Homestead Air Reserve Base after its destruction by Hurricane Andrew, direct involvement in the Southern Command’s relocation from Panama to South Florida, and leadership in the community. May 1, 2012 Regular News Slesnick receives Outstanding Civilian Service Medallast_img read more

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Scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain

first_imgLinkedIn The study was published on June 24 in the journal Science.All the SameWhile parts of the cerebral cortex look different under a microscope–with different cell shapes and densities that form cortical layers and larger regions having functional roles called “Brodmann Areas”–most researchers treat neurons as a fairly uniform group in their studies.“From a tiny brain sample, researchers often make assumptions that obtained information is true for the entire brain,” said Chun.But the brain isn’t like other organs, Chun explained. There’s a growing understanding that individual brain cells are unique, and a possibility has been that the microscopic differences among cerebral cortical areas may also reflect unique transcriptomic differences–i.e., differences in the expressed genes, or messenger RNAs (mRNAs), which carry copies of the DNA code outside the nucleus and determine which proteins the cell makes.To better understand this diversity, the researchers in the new study analyzed more than 3,200 single human neurons–more than 10-fold greater than prior publications–in six Brodmann Areas of one human cerebral cortex.With the help of newly developed tools to isolate and sequence individual cell nuclei (where genetic material is housed in a cell), the researchers deciphered the minute quantities of mRNA within each nucleus, revealing that various combinations of the 16 subtypes tended to cluster in cortical layers and Brodmann Areas, helping explain why these regions look and function differently.Neurons exhibited anticipated similarities, yet also many differences in their transcriptomic profiles, revealing single neurons with shared, as well as unique, characteristics that likely lead to differences in cellular function.“Now we can actually point to an enormous amount of molecular heterogeneity in single neurons of the brain,” said Gwendolyn E. Kaeser, a UC San Diego Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program student studying in Chun’s lab at TSRI. Kaeser was co-first author of the study with Blue B. Lake and Rizi Ai of UC San Diego and Neeraj S. Salathia of Illumina.Many New QuestionsInterestingly, some of these differences in gene expression have roots in very early brain development taking place before birth. The researchers found markers on some neurons showing that they originated from a specific region of fetal brain called the ganglionic eminence, which generates inhibitory neurons destined for the cerebral cortex. These neurons may have particular relevance to developmental brain disorders.The enormous transcriptomic diversity of single neurons was predicted by earlier work from Chun’s laboratory and others showing that the genomes–the DNA–of individual brain cells can be different from cell to cell. In future studies, the researchers hope to investigate how single-neuron DNA and mRNA differs in single neurons, groups and between human brains–and how these may be influenced by factors such as stress, medications or disease. Share on Twitter A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc., has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal “transcriptomes.” Their research reveals a surprising diversity in the molecules that human brain cells use in transcribing genetic information from DNA to RNA and producing proteins.The researchers accomplished this feat by isolating and analyzing single-neuronal nuclei from the human brain, allowing classification of 16 neuronal subtypes in the brain’s cerebral cortex, the “gray matter” involved in thought, cognition and many other functions.“Through a wonderful scientific collaboration, we found an enormous amount of transcriptomic diversity from cell to cell that will be relevant to understanding the normal brain and its diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and depression,” said TSRI Professor and neuroscientist Jerold Chun, who co-led the study with bioengineers Kun Zhang and Wei Wang of UC San Diego and Jian-Bing Fan of Illumina. Sharecenter_img Email Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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FLU NEWS SCAN: Resistant H1N1, H5N1 in Indonesia

first_imgAntiviral-resistant H1N1 virus in Australia didn’t spread farAn oseltamivir-resistant 2009 H1N1 virus that spread in one Australian community in 2011 apparently did not escape to a nearby large city, according to a report published in Eurosurveillance yesterday. Researchers previously reported the community spread of a resistant 2009 H1N1 virus in the Newcastle, Australia, area from June through August of 2011, the report notes. The authors of the new study looked for signs of the resistant strain in Sydney, the nearest major city to Newcastle, 120 kilometers away. They ran genetic assessments of H1N1 viruses from 143 patients who had not received oseltamivr and from 23 patients who had been treated with it. Only 2 (1.4%) of the 143 isolates from untreated patients carried the resistance mutation (H275Y in the neuraminidase), indicating a low prevalence of the resistant strain and “no convincing evidence” of its spread from the Newcastle area. The resistance mutation was found in 3 (13%) of the 23 samples from treated patients, a significantly higher proportion, which is consistent with previous findings that resistance usually emerges in response to drug selection pressure, the authors say. They add that their findings show continued genetic evolution and antigenic drift in 2009 H1N1 viruses in Australia.Jul 5 Eurosurveillance reportRelated May 7 CIDRAP News storyWHO confirms Indonesian girl’s H5N1 deathThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the H5N1 avian influenza death of an 8-year-old Indonesian girl, citing information from the country’s health ministry. The girl from West Java province got sick on Jun 18, and then traveled to Singapore, where she was seen on Jun 20 by a doctor and treated for pharyngitis, the WHO said. When she returned to Jakarta on Jun 24 her symptoms worsened, and her family took her to a local hospital. Her condition continued to worsen despite treatment in an intensive care unit, and she died on Jul 3. Her H5N1 infection was confirmed by the health ministry’s National Institute of Health Research and Development. An investigation revealed that she had had contact with poultry at a live market and had been present when a chicken was killed there, the WHO said. The girl’s infection, first reported in the media yesterday, raised Indonesia’s count of H5N1 infections to 190 and its death toll to 158. The girl’s case raises the global H5N1 total to 607 cases, including 358 deaths.Jul 6 WHO statementWHO global H5N1 case countlast_img read more

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CARICOM Heads renew commitment to tackle NCDs

first_img Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have given a renewed commitment to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries. The matter was raised by  Prime Minister Mitchell during the closing press conference of the  38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada. In speaking to the issue, Prime Minister Mitchell  highlighted that it had been 10 years since the historic Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs. Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan Sep 30, 2020 Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM HarrisBasseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11. Prime Minister Harris…July 12, 2017In “Anguilla”Regional statistics strategy preparation gets nod from CARICOM Heads[su_pullquote]”We believe that the Region’s Strategy for the Development of Statistics will embody a huge basket of activities and will respond to the statistical needs of the CARICOM Region…” -CARICOM Chair, Dr. Keith Mitchell [/su_pullquote]As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to take steps to ensure that its decision-making is underpinned…July 10, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… The Grenadian Prime Minister said the Heads were aware that the Region had  fallen behind in the battle against these deadly diseases and also in fulfilling the goals of the declaration.  He said one of the most alarming signs was the high incidents of childhood obesity, a major risk factor for NCDs “We simply cannot afford to continue the lifestyle and food consumption patterns which are literally killing us”, he said. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who also spoke at the media briefing, expressed similar concerns to those raised by Prime Minister Mitchell. He said these diseases were of concern in Jamaica. He reiterated his country’s support for the various efforts being taken in the Region, particularly as it relates to smoking, sugars and the consumption of sweetened drinks. Prime Minister Holness disclosed that the Heads discussed the issue of using fiscal measures such as taxation to address the problem. He also advised that Jamaica has adopted a programme called ‘Jamaica Move’ which encourages citizens to engage in a more active lifestyle. Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, reiterated his stance that each citizen of the Region had a responsibility for his/her health. “We can put our rules and regulations, we can put our tobacco labeling we can enforce taxes on sweets and so on, but everyone of us has a responsibility for our lives as well. We do! We are the ones who feed ourselves; we are the ones who consume saturated fats, and we are the ones who are contributing to our own ill health”. He said Member States would continue to do what they have to do including embarking on more public education and utilising a holistic approach to address the issue. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, receives a Blood Pressure Apparatus from Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele, Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI, and CARICOM Programme Manager, Health Sector Development, Dr. Rudolph Cummings CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales, Grenada Foreign Minister, Hon. Nicholas Steele and Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI You may be interested in…last_img read more

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