Bill to promote a healthy lifestyle

first_img7 May 2008The Parliament’s portfolio committee on health is to hold hearings on amendments to the Tobacco Control Act, in an effort to further enhance the control of tobacco products and promote healthy lifestyles.Addressing a Social Cluster briefing on Monday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said amending the Bill was part of the Department of Health’s “healthy lifestyles” campaign, which seeks to encourage South Africans to adopt and practice healthy lifestyles as part of decreasing the burden of disease facing the country.The hearings, which will take place this week, seek to amend the Act to be in line with the international standards set in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Tshabalala-Msimang said the amendment Bill included “strengthening sections which prohibit advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the regulation of smoking in public places”.She said the amended Bill would also introduce picture-based health warnings as well as the removal of misleading descriptions such as “mild” and “light”, which carries a fine of R1-million.“The Bill increases the penalties so that they become a real deterrent against contravention of the Act,” she said. “The fine for the owner of a public place or employer who fails to ensure that there is no smoking in a smoke free area has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000.”The penalty for selling tobacco products to a minor (persons aged under 18) has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000, while the penalty for advertising and promotion has been increased from R200 000 to R1-million.Also included are new offences such as failing to protect employees from tobacco smoke pollution, selling tobacco products in a health institution and retailer not complying with point of sale conditions.This was part of the department’s approach in dealing with comprehensive healthcare, which looks at health promotion, reduction of communicable and non-communicable diseases and the unnatural causes of death such as accidents and injuries.Besides the amendments to the Tobacco Control Act in its drive toward healthier lifestyles for all South Africans, the department was also increasing the number of health promoting schools from 3500 to at least 5000 schools.These schools have initiated the programmes to prevent tobacco use, development of food gardens and sports participation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

U.K.’s Architype Wins Ashden Award for Commitment to Sustainable Design

first_imgBy at least one estimate, the buildings U.K. architecture firm Architype has designed since its inception 25 years ago have produced 35% less carbon dioxide than comparably sized structures built to code.And while some Architype designs incorporate renewable-energy installations, the superior performance of its buildings derives largely from an emphasis on airtight shells, thorough insulation, passive solar gain, and natural ventilation – essential precepts of Passivhaus design. That approach, and the firm’s longtime commitment to the use of sustainable materials, earned it a 2009 Ashden Award during a ceremony in London last month.Architype, with offices in London and Hereford, was one of two finalists in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy’s business category, and won a prize of 15,000 pounds (about $24,000 U.S.). Awards also were given to charities, schools, and local governments for sustainable-energy achievements, and in international and outstanding-achievement categories.Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are intended to both publicize the work of green-building advocates and practitioners and help them further develop that work.As noted in an Ashden Awards press release, Architype hasn’t stopped trying to improve the performance of the projects it works on: the buildings in its portfolio that are scheduled for completion in the next two years are expected to be 65% more energy efficient and generate 75% less CO2 than they would if they were built to code.last_img read more

JRU gets first streak, clobbers St. Benilde by 28

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ervin Grospe topped the balanced attack for JRU with 14 points and five assists, while Tey Teodoro added 13 markers on a 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.Jed Mendoza also added 12 points and four rebounds, Abdul Sawat chimed in 10 markers while playing assistant coach Gio Lasquety did the dirty work with three points, seven boards, seven assists, and four steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAbdulwahab Abdul Razak also imposed his presence in the frontline as he hauled in 18 rebounds on top of his six markers.JRU’s defense shut down St. Benilde in the second quarter, limiting the Blazers to just seven points as the Heavy Bombers jumped to a 38-19 halftime lead which even ballooned to 31 late in the game. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games With JRU winning two straight games, Meneses is hopeful that his players would realize that the difference between success and failure boils down to consistency.“If they play with hustle and energy, it’s easy for us to get a basket. But in turn, if we don’t have that, it will be hard for us because we’ll play sluggish,” he said.Carlo Young paced St. Benilde (2-6) with 14 points and three rebounds, while Edward Dixon fired 13 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:JRU 81 – Grospe 14, Teodoro 13, Mendoza 12, Sawat 10, Dela Virgen 8, Poutouochi 7, Bordon 6, Abdul Razak 6, Lasquety 3, David 2, Mate 0, Sibangan 0, Castor 0.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University ended its roller coaster campaign and crushed St. Benilde by 28 points, 81-53, for its first winning streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“Finally, we’re able to win back-to-back,” said coach Vergel Meneses as the Heavy Bombers moved up to 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT ST. BENILDE 53 – Young 14, Dixon 13, Sta. Maria 8, Naboa 6, Leutcheu 4, Johnson 4, San Juan 2, Castor 1, Pili 1, Velasco 0, Bunyi 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 17-12, 38-19, 70-44, 81-53. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Jason Perkins hits winner, Phoenix rallies past Magnolia

first_imgPaul Lee nearly won it for the Hotshots after his three-point play gave his team an 87-85 edge with 33.4 ticks to go. Lee and Mark Barroca paced Magnolia with 16 points each.The Hotshots’ woes continued as they took their fourth loss in five games. They are currently in last place after coming off a championship run in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “This is the kind of win that we want to see where we show our character,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas in Filipino.The sweet-shooting forward got free in the right corner after the Hotshots opted to double Matthew Wright in the right wing. Wright, who had given the Fuel Masters their first taste of the lead with under a minute remaining after trailing by 17 in the second period, saw his open teammate and set up the game winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPerkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Wright had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.Calvin Abueva, who just bagged the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation, continued his stellar play with game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which climbed to 8-1 and moved a win away from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Cherry Rondina’s calmer approach works in UST win over La Salle LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit the game-winning triple as league-leading Phoenix rallied to stun Magnolia, 89-87, and close in on a top two spot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, 88-87, in front of his team’s bench with 19.1 seconds left to complete the Fuel Masters’ comeback from 17 points down.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more