Health groups blast govt for minimal progress in revised tobacco regulation

first_img“Strengthening regulations to control [tobacco] consumption is imperative,” said Sally, noting that the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases was increasing, primarily in connection with high tobacco consumption in the country.Read also: Indonesia fails in tobacco control measuresEchoing Sally, Feni Fitriani Taufik of the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) urged the government to step up its tobacco control efforts, pointing out that several countries had banned tobacco sales and imports during the pandemic.According to chairman Aru Sudoyo of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation, cigarette consumption was the leading cause of the high incidence of lung cancer among Indonesian men, with 19.4 cases per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, the overall mortality rate for both men and women in Indonesia was 10.9 cases per 100,000 population.“The Health Ministry does not seem to take the situation seriously,” said Indonesian Teachers Association chairman Unifah Rosidi, blasting the regulation for its lax control of cigarette consumption “while our children have very [poor knowledge] on the dangers of smoking”.Separately, Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI) chairman Esti Nurjadin said that the foundation had sent a letter urging President Joko Widodo to push for the revised regulation. She added that the YJI’s letter to the President also expressed appreciation for the 2020-2024 RPJMN, which promoted public health.Green Crescent Indonesia president Era Catur Prasetya underlined that regulatory policies on advertising, tobacco sponsorship, large pictographic warnings, pricing and underage sales bans  in many countries had proven effective in reducing tobacco consumption.“The PP revision is also important so the [public] has access to skills empowerment and smoking cessation programs,” he said.Representing the Alliance of Cigarette Victims at the webinar, Zainuddin, a survivor of laryngeal cancer from passive smoking, said that the revised regulation would help prevent “suffering” among young Indonesians.“Our request is simple. We don’t want the younger generations to suffer like we have. We don’t want more victims like us. […] Minister, you have a very large role to play in saving future generations,” he said.Topics : The Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Ministry has also asked the Health Ministry to review the regulations on online cigarette advertising and controlling the consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as vaping devices.The revised PP on addictive tobacco ingredients appears in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which includes a plan to completely ban cigarette advertisements, enlarge the health warning pictographs, strengthen smoking cessation services and reduce child smokers by 0.4 percent.“The slow revision process shows the government’s lack of awareness about the urgency of controlling high cigarette consumption in Indonesia. The Health Minister should immediately complete his homework,” said Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC).Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine (PAPDI) chairman Sally Aman Nasution stressed that stronger control of tobacco consumption was even more urgent during the COVID-19 health emergency, given that smokers were more vulnerable to contracting the disease.  Several nationwide medical and health organizations have urged the Health Ministry to accelerate the revisions to Government Regulation (PP) No 109/2012 on the safety of addictive ingredients in tobacco products.The organizations said during a webinar on Monday that the draft revision that began in May 2018 should have been completed in a year, but that the drafting process seemed to have slowed down after eight interministerial meetings.In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 9/2018, the draft revision targets the pictographic health warnings on tobacco products.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania is Prepared for Widespread Winter Weather Impacts

first_img Do NOT call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Those calls take dispatchers away from other emergencies and can also slow a storm response because you’re not talking directly to the utility.Tips to help stay safe until power is restored:Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns for emergency lighting. Do not use candles or other potential fire hazards.If you use a generator, do NOT run it inside a home or garage. Also, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator, not your home’s electrical system, which could shock or injure utility crews working on nearby power lines.Turn off lights and electrical appliances (except for the refrigerator and freezer). When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment.After you turn the lights off, turn one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs who might need additional assistance.Electric power outages can affect gas furnaces and other appliances. If they do not function properly when power is restored call a professional for service.If you smell natural gas, get everyone out of the building immediately. Leave the door open and do NOT use phones, switch lights or turn appliances on or off, or take any other action while inside the building. After you are safely outside, call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or neighbor’s home.“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Governor Wolf said. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With winter weather forecasted to impact much of Pennsylvania Thursday morning through Friday morning, Governor Tom Wolf said state agencies are prepared and is asking all Pennsylvanians to prepare, too.“While weather forecasts are calling for varied types and levels of precipitation across the commonwealth, we must be prepared for all possible weather scenarios,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania’s state agencies are geared up to ensure resources and staff are prepared and ready to help.”The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Commonwealth Response Coordination Center will be activated with extra watch officers staffing PEMA overnight and the situation awareness and logistics units beginning at 8:00 AM tomorrow; PennDOT area command will be active at PEMA beginning at midnight tonight. All other agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, are on alert.“PEMA is in close contact with county emergency management teams to ensure each has what it needs to help locally,” PEMA Executive Deputy Director Jeff Thomas said. “We conduct calls as needed to hear from each county – for a status report and to attend to any unmet needs. But, let me stress that our counties are prepared and ready to handle any need.”PennDOT urges motorists traveling during winter weather to make sure their gas tank is full, and they pack an emergency kit, which should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel, and warm clothes. Remember also any special needs, such as baby food, pet supplies or medications.“We have been preparing for winter since the last one ended, and we’re calling on the public to be our partners in safe travel,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Drivers should check travel conditions before they leave home, allow plenty of time, and drive according to conditions, not their schedule.”Motorists should make certain their vehicles are weather-ready with working windshield wipers, adequate wiper fluid, and snow tires or tires with adequate tread depth for ice and snow.PennDOT is prepared with plow trucks, materials, and other equipment ready. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.With the varied types of precipitation expected with the storm, PennDOT is pretreating roadways where conditions warrant based on anticipated precipitation and road temperatures.PennDOT anticipates reducing speed limits as necessary throughout the storm, and while no vehicle restrictions are planned at this time, they could be implemented if conditions warrant.Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths – when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.Motorists can check conditions and snow-plow locations on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission provided the following tips for consumers to prepare and stay safe:Pre-Storm:Write down, print or save toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or your natural gas utility, which are listed on your monthly bills and posted on the PUC website.Save the website address for your utility’s outage reporting system, which can provide updates on repair and restoration efforts. Those electric utility outage sites and natural gas company websites are available on the PUC website.Keep your cell phone charged, so you can contact your utility company, other emergency services and family members during any power outage.Secure necessary food, medicine and other supplies, including batteries for flashlights.Should you lose power during a storm, consider the following:Call your utility hotline to report outages – do not assume that the utility already knows about your outage or that others have already called.Do NOT touch or approach any fallen lines. If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, call 9-1-1 and then contact your utility.Stay away from objects or puddles in contact with downed power lines.Do NOT try to remove trees or limbs from power lines.Pre-charge cellular phones or keep a portable cell phone charger on hand. Plan to use a corded phone, cordless phones won’t work without electricity. November 14, 2018 Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania is Prepared for Widespread Winter Weather Impactslast_img read more

Ajax crash out of Champions League

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Ajax Amsterdam have been eliminated from the Champions League following their 1-0 loss to Valencia on Tuesday. The Dutch league champions, whose remarkable run to the semifinals last season ended dramatically to eventual runners-up, Tottenham Hotspur, will now participate in the Europa League’s last 32. Rodrigo’s goal in the 24th minute sealed Ajax’s fate, while also ensuring the Spanish side win Group H and advance to the Champions League knockout round. Ajax entered the matchday at the top of Group H, but the loss coupled with Chelsea’s victory over Lille, sees them finish third in the group with 10 points. Valencia and Chelsea go on with 11 points, while Lille finish last with one point.Tags: Ajax FCTottenham Hotspur FCUEFA Champions LeagueValencialast_img read more

Mayo players vote ‘no confidence’ in management team

first_imgPat Holmes and Noel Connelly led the side to an All Ireland semi final replay defeat to Dublin earlier in the month. But this hasn’t prevented a “significant majority” of the football panel voting to see them replaced. Last night, County Board secretary called news of the vote a “bombshell” and that their relationship with the players remains good.last_img

Crusader preview: 10 things to know about the volleyball team…

first_img5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 26 2 Rylee Vargas12 4 teams Clearwater Tues., Oct. 6 5 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 3 Rose Hill 8 teams Mulvane 5 p.m. Tues., Oct. 6 6 p.m 5. Shuck’s style of play: Shuck said she is planning to run a 6-2 offense with two setters. “We have two really consistent outside hitters as well as a bit of height for blocking in the middle and right side,” Shuck said.  6. Crusader strengths: “Right now our strength is a positive culture and willingness to play their role,” Shuck said. “The girls may be switching from position to position depending on the performance and team we are playing.”7. Crusader weaknesses:   “We are working really hard to get consistency with our sets and also getting more swings rather than free balls,” Shuck said. 8. Key stretch for you: Wellington plans to focus on one game at a time and grow throughout the season, Shuck said. “We also plan to focus on the process and keeping our culture positive,” she said. “We had a lot of talent on the team this year so we are working on putting the girls in the right position at all times. 9. The schedule: McPherson 9 a.m. Time 5 p.m. Tues. Sept. 8 5 p.m. Tues., Sept. 15 El Dorado quad 9 a.m. Wellington #No.PlayerGrade Tues. Sept. 29 Tues., Sept. 15 Tues., Sept. 1 Mulvane 7 teams Tues., Sept. 1 Circle 5 p.m. Circle Sat. Sept. 19 Wellington quad Sat. Oct. 24 Andale Sat., Sept. 19 Tues. Oct. 20 McPherson Collegiate Wellington quad Winfield Cheney Tourn. McPherson quad Home opponent 17Keelie Cunningham11 7 teams 4 teams Thurs., Oct. 8 5 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 17 Thurs. Oct. 1 4 teams Varsity volleyball Garden Plain Tourn. Andale 4A Sub-state Augusta quad Chaparral Tourn. 6 p.m 5 p.m. Buhler 5 p.m. 4 teams TBD 18Brecken Lawrence12 JV volleyball 6 p.m Rose Hill 6Shayland French11 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Tues. Oct. 13 Collegiate Andale Rose Hill Tues. Sept. 29 Collegiate 23Tayland French12 Collegiate Tues., Sept. 22 5Reese Heasty10 5 p.m 6 teams Sat. Oct. 10 Circle 5 p.m 5 p.m. 5 teams Vallen Center Tourn. Tues. Oct. 20 Sat., Aug. 29 5 p.m. 8 a.m. C team volleyball 5 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 14/99Kira Hills12 Clearwater 9Jenna Rausch11 Wellington Winfield Wellington Thurs. Oct. 15 7Adrienne Norris10 Winfield Mulvane 6 p.m 16Jillian Wiley11 Chaparral Tourn. 4 teams Tues. Oct. 13 Sat. Oct. 3 Tues., Sept. 22 Thurs., Sept. 10 The 2016 Wellington varsity volleyball team.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School volleyball team:1. The essentials: Head coach: Hannah Shuck, first year. Record last year: 19-20. Notable accomplishments: Qualified for the state tournament for the first time in its history. 2. The new coach: Shuck is a Wellington High School graduate embarking on her first year as head coach of the varsity Crusaders. She had spent three years at Wellington Middle School before embarking on the varsity team. 3.  No. of returning starters: 1. Tayland French was a starter last season. 4. The varsity roster: Shuck did not want to designate a list of starters. There are four returning varsity planers from last season as well as eight other girls who stepped up this season. The varsity roster is as follows: Buhler 5 p.m. Winfield Winfield Tournament Circle 4 teams 11 teams 5 p.m. TBD Tues. Sept. 8 Thurs., Sept. 24 Clearwater 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 26 Wellington McPherson Tourn. 9 a.m. 4 teams 9 a.m. 27Chloe Wilson10 Clearwater 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Collegiate quad 10 teams Rose Hill 22Gracie Fink11 Augusta quad 2nd opponent Andale The intangibles: “We are striving to be the hardest working team in the league as well as bring all the energy and effort we can every day to practice as well as to game days,” Shuck said. “Practices are important because that is where we can learn how to work together as a team and build that strong culture.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Mulvanelast_img read more