JCSA and JET Join Forces to Clean Beaches in Discovery Bay

The Brown’s Town Chapter of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), in St. Ann, will join forces with the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) to remove garbage from three beaches in Discovery Bay, as part of International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 21. The Brown’s Town Chapter of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), in St. Ann, will join forces with the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) to remove garbage from three beaches in Discovery Bay, as part of International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 21.The global initiative is aimed at reducing marine pollution, with JET being the national coordinator of International Coastal Clean-up Day in Jamaica.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank, at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 9, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, said the coastal clean-up initiative forms part of the Association’s centennial anniversary celebrations.The JCSA beach clean-up, dubbed ‘Public Sector Link-up Day’, will focus on the Scenic View, Old Folly Fisherman’s and Red Cross beaches in Discovery Bay, St. Ann.“We want to make this a signal event for the Jamaica Civil Service Association. We are doing a number of events that will highlight the work and role of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, not just in matters of industrial relations but in the wider communities within which we serve.The St. Ann chapter of the JCSA is leading the organisation in its effort to participate in the international beach clean-up day,” Mr. Grant said.The JCSA President said that up to 75 people are expected to participate in the beach clean-up activities.He argued that with the impact of climate change on Jamaica’s environment, the JCSA sees the need to promote proper waste management and environmentally safe practices.Mr. Grant also highlighted that the beach clean-up initiative “is a way of showing awareness of our civic pride”.St Ann Hi-Tech Farmers Group Limited has also partnered with the JCSA on the clean-up activities.Several entities are sponsoring the beach clean-up initiative, including Minott Chemicals, Icon Importers and Distributors Limited, Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, Guardsman Group Limited and the Ocean Conservancy. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank, at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 9, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, said the coastal clean-up initiative forms part of the Association’s centennial anniversary celebrations. Story Highlights The global initiative is aimed at reducing marine pollution, with JET being the national coordinator of International Coastal Clean-up Day in Jamaica. read more

Graphic warnings on tobacco packages can save lives says UN health agency

29 May 2009The United Nations health agency today called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every year. The call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) comes ahead of World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, which this year focuses on decreasing tobacco use – the leading preventable cause of death – by increasing public awareness of its dangers. Studies reveal that even among people who believe tobacco is harmful, few understand its specific health risks, WHO noted in a news release. Despite this, health warnings on tobacco packages in most countries do not provide information to warn consumers of the risks. WHO added that effective health warnings, especially those that include pictures, have been proven to motivate users to quit and to reduce the appeal of tobacco for those who are not yet addicted. “Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ala Alwan.“But they only work if they communicate the risk. Warnings that include images of the harm that tobacco causes are particularly effective at communicating risk and motivating behavioural changes, such as quitting or reducing tobacco consumption.”Studies carried out on the use of warnings employing both pictures and text in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand reveal “remarkably consistent” findings on their positive impact.But, according to WHO, only 10 per cent of the world’s people live in countries that require warnings with pictures on tobacco packages.“In order to survive, the tobacco industry needs to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products,” said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative. “It uses multi-million dollar promotional campaigns, including carefully crafted package designs, to ensnare new users and keep them from quitting.”“Health warnings on tobacco packages can be a powerful tool to illuminate the stark reality of tobacco use,” Dr. Bettcher added. read more