first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Grand Bahama – The World Customs Organization (WCO) has over 177 Customs Administration members of which Bahamas Customs has been a member since 1974 and has benefited from technical expertise and advice.  Gregory Jones, Assistant Comptroller of Customs with responsibility for the Grand Bahama District, said, “This year we will celebrate our International Customs Day, under the theme “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development.“According to the World Customs Organization Secretariat, ‘secure’ means an environment that is enabling, safe, fair and sustainable, all wrapped into one.“Members of the WCO are encouraged to look at how they can create an environment for businesses that will foster their participation in cross-border trade, and ultimately, how they can best serve the people, and empower entrepreneurs.”In Grand Bahama, the Customs Department will host the 3rd Northern Bahamas Long Service Awards and World Customs Organization Certificate of Merit Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday 24th January 2018, at 7pm at A Social Affair Convention Center off East Sunrise Highway, Freeport, Grand Bahama.Among invited guests will be Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, and Comptroller of Customs Dr. Geanine Moss.Topping the list for World Customs Organization Certificate of Merit Awards 2018 are:Chief Customs Revenue Officer – Deborah BootleCashier – Joan Scott Topping the list of 16 Officers and Non-Uniformed Staff who will be honoured for long service: “March 1st 2018 – Session with licensees who are Contractors, Manufacturers/or Custom’s Brokers associated with them. Senior Customs/Revenue Officer – Pamela Williams – 30 yearsSenior Customs/Revenue Officer – Miriam Fernander – 30 yearsSenior Customs/Revenue Officer – Renia Predelus – 30 yearsSenior Customs/Revenue Officer – Carnetta Farrington – 30 yearsSenior Customs/Revenue Officer – Robert Julian – 30 yearsSenior Customs/Revenue Officer – Linda Brown – 30 yearsCustoms/Revenue Officer II – Ellarese ThompsonCustoms/Revenue Officer II – Terence FergusonCustoms/Revenue Officer II – Verdell RussellSenior Customs Guard – Herbert RahmingSenior Executive Officer – Cheryl WhymnsExecutive Officer – Ann Francis – 30 yearsChief Registry Clerk – Gwendolyn Henfield – 30 yearsCustoms/Revenue Officer I – 20 years Janell HeildCustoms/Revenue Officer I – 20 years Keva Powell –WilliamsTelephonist I – 20 years “February 28th 2018 – Sessions for Couriers and Shipping & Airline Agents, Customs Brokers, 4pm-6pm, Room #3 C.A. Smith Complex. By: Simon LewisPhoto caption: Gregory Jones, Assistant Comptroller of Customs with responsibility for the Grand Bahama District is pictured seated centre along with other members of the planning committee as they announced plans for the 29th International Customs Day Celebrations on Grand Bahama during a press conference at Customs Headquarters in the C.A. Smith Complex on Monday, January 22, 2018.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) 19th February  – second community service will be at the Genesis Academy Trip Circle between 11am – 11pm where some of the male officers will assist with mentoring the young men there, and Customs Revenue Officer II Wenito Bootle will give a brief motivational speech. Other visits will follow. Mr. Jones said Bahamas Customs is also mindful of the need to ensure safety within the business environment.   “But some threats come from within the trade itself, such as shipment of illicit goods, invoice fraud and smuggling of goods into the country to evade customs and taxes. “Further, to enhance our relationship with our stakeholders, particularly, the couriers and licensees, we will commence with two fora and others as needed. 16th February – Customs Staff will engage in Community Services by donating cleaning supplies and provide lunch and interact with the Senior Citizens at Home Away from Home Center for the Aged, located on 30 Amberjack Street, Caravel Beach between 11am – 2pm. He concluded: “On behalf of the Comptroller of Customs, the Executive team and entire staff of Grand Bahama and Walker’s Cay, we take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders including members of the public for their support and the media for their presence and coverage of this occasion and the other activities to follow.” Other activities will include: 28th January – Church Service at Calvary Temple, Clive Avenue at 10am. “Once again we thank all of you and we pray that 2018 be a great year for the Customs Department and our stakeholders,” he said. Chief Customs Revenue Officers Marsha StubbsCustoms/Revenue Officer II Equianna JohnsonCustoms/Revenue Officer II Keva DamesCustoms/Revenue Officer II Latonia CashTrainee Customs/Revenue Officer Alexander Burrows IISenior Accounts Clerk Monique RampersadRegister Clerk Karon DeveauxAssistant Cashier Claudine Lightbourne “To ensure that our staff speak with one voice as they relate to the customs laws we will engage our staff in seminars and frequent briefings,” said Assistant Comptroller Jones. “Despite some of the challenges, concerns and criticisms that may come from our stakeholders, the Customs Department remains committed to resolving problems that may arise. After all we want to partner with our stakeholders to ensure that customs laws, regulations and policies are explained and understood before implementation,” he stated. Mr. Jones noted: “According to the WCO Secretariat, Evidence-based research, recognized internationally, clearly shows that Customs can contribute to making the business environment more ”enabling”, or in other words, more stable and predictable by, for example, streaming procedures, tackling corruption, enhancing, integrity and facilitation of legitimate trade.” Jan. 29th – Feb. 2nd — A Customs Digital Exhibition will be held in the foyer of C. A. Smith Complex from 10am – 3pm. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mr. Jones also offered special thanks to the committee that is responsible for organizing the Customs International Day Celebrations namely: Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgNearly 20 per cent of people receiving treatment for hypertension may not actually have a problem, according to a new Canadian study which found that people are often misdiagnosed due to use of manual devices to measure blood pressure.Researchers at the University Of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) found that more than half of family doctors in Canada are still using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a dated technology that often leads to misdiagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAutomated measurement has the advantage of eliminating what is known as white-coat syndrome, which refers to artificially high blood pressure resulting from the stress of being in a doctor’s office and human interaction.The researchers believe that clinicians should adopt these devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure.Blood pressure is defined as the pressure that the blood exerts on artery walls. Blood pressure is influenced by cardiac output, total peripheral resistance and arterial stiffness and varies depending on situation, emotional state, activity, and relative health/disease states. High blood pressure may not have any symptoms and so hypertension has been labeled “the silent killer.” If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for including : – Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSevere headacheFatigue or confusionVision problemsChest painDifficulty breathingIrregular heartbeatBlood in the urinePounding in your chest, neck or earsObesityHowever, longstanding high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney (renal) disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis), eye damage and stroke (brain damage). When we talk about health, we can’t skip over the subject of high blood pressure. Go for any doctor appointment; be it with a GP or a medical specialist, along with body temperature, respiratory rate and pulse rate, blood pressure is one of the four main vital signs routinely monitored by the healthcare providers. It is not surprising that modern medicine attributes so much importance to healthy blood pressure levels. Measured in the arm artery, it is expressed in two numbers – the value when the heart contracts (systolic blood pressure) and the value when the heart relaxes between two contractions (diastolic blood pressure). Blood pressure is considered normal when systolic pressure is below 140 millimetre of mercury (mmHg) and diastolic pressure is below 90 mmHg. Above these values, a person is said to have high blood pressure (hypertension).The technology behind tensiometers or sphygmomanometers, the devices used to measure blood pressure, has changed a great deal over the last 20 years, researchers said.Today, automatic electronic measuring devices, known as oscillometric devices, are available.In 2016, The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) Guidelines recommended that electronic measurement is preferable to manual measurement.An increasing number of medical clinics are equipped with automatic electronic devices. Janusz Kaczorowski, a medical sociologist from CRCHUM, conducted a survey among Canadian family doctors – 52 per cent of the 769 respondents indicated that they used a manual tensiometer to measure blood pressure. Only 43 per cent used an automatic device.According to Kaczorowski, clinicians should adopt these automatic devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. “They are more expensive but more precise because they take several measurements. Manual measurement is acceptable if it is properly done, but that is often not the case. To take blood pressure the right way, a 12 to 15 minute period is required. We know that the average visit to a family doctor lasts 10 minutes.””We have to rethink how patient visits are organised so that the patient can be left alone in a room while the measurement is taken,” Kaczorowski said. The study was published in the journal Canadian Family Physician.The researchers also suggested that modifying health-related behaviours is an efficient way of preventing and treating high blood pressure and of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is possible to lower blood pressure through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption, reduced intake of dietary sodium, avoidance of exposure to tobacco products and stress management.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more