JAMAICA Nurses Charged to Play Greater Role in Promoting Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 1, 2018 – Kingston –  Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has charged the nation’s nurses to prepare to play a greater role in promoting and protecting public health.  He noted that nurses, given the regular and frequent contact they have with people, are in a unique position to promote healthy lifestyles and advise persons against habits that can endanger their health.“The nursing profession has to prepare itself… (for nurses) to be greater advocates for the cause of public health and wellness in our society,” he said.The Minister was addressing the launch of Nursing Now, a global campaign aimed at promoting the profession, held on Tuesday (February 27) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew.  The initiative is geared at, among other things, raising the status of nurses globally, and maximising the contribution that nursing makes to universal health coverage and women’s empowerment and economic development.Its key partners are the World Health Organization (WHO), International Council of Nurses, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Burdett Trust for Nursing, and nursing organisations across the globe.Minister Tufton, in endorsing the campaign, said it is going to reinforce the value of the nursing profession to public health locally, in the region and internationally.  He noted that the impact of nurses is greatest at the level of primary healthcare; the preventative side of health, which is a major thrust of Governments globally.“It is a good time to highlight, to reinforce that importance, in order for us to take note and to do more to promote the interest, role and the contribution of a very crucial sector in the delivery of public healthcare,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the initiative will enable “greater empowerment of our nurses and provide them with the ability and the capacity to prepare themselves to provide greater leadership, as an important response to the public health challenges the country faces”.last_img read more

Official vanishes with Tk 140m

first_img*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam. A civil servant named Setaful Islam has disappeared allegedly after embezzling Tk 140 million meant for compensation for the people affected by the government’s land acquisition, reveals an investigation.Setaful Islam, an administrative cadre officer of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), was posted as land acquisition officer at Kishoreganj deputy commissioner’s office.With sacks and vehicle, Setaful Islam went to the Sonali Bank in Kishoreganj branch in December to withdraw the huge sums of cash, witnesses told investigators. Once the matter came to the notice of the authorities and his colleagues, Setaful Islam disappeared from the scene.He could not even be reached over phone for comments as his cell phone remained switched off.The cabinet division, in a letter, asked the immigration department to halt Setaful if he tries to flee the the country.Setaful Islam embezzled the money, instead of distributing it as compensation packages among the respective people, shows the investigation.It says a total of Tk 50 million was allocated for land acquisition purposes in Kishoreganj in recent times.However, a cheque of the said amount signed by the accounts officer was deposited as salaries for employees of the land acquisition section of the district on 5 December.Record shows, Setaful Islam withdrew a total of Tk 49.40 million in two phases — on 6 and 7 December.The rest Tk 600,000 was sent to an organisation named Tapan Industries.In cheque books, the recognition of the cheque recipients was not found, according to the investigation. Some 13 cheques went missing. Instead of distributing cheques among the land owners, these were given to unnamed persons. In this way, he has allegedly embezzled over Tk 88.60 million more.He prepared a cheque to embezzle Tk 100 million more. As the matter was exposed, he fled, said the investigation.Auditor supers SM Jaman and Golam Haider of Kishoreganj district accounts office, accounts officer Sirajul Islam and a section of officials at Kishoreganj branch of Sonali bank are also responsible for embezzling the money.Dhaka additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said the money was embezzled in collusion with the bank officials and the district accounts office.”How did the bank give so much money in Setaful’s name?” Nurunnabi questioned.Denying the allegation, bank manager Md Mahbubul Islam Khan said, “The money was given as the land acquisition officer was delegated power to operate the account. We are bound to give the money as he submitted the required documents.”When asked, the bank manager said Setaful along with car, a few companions and sacks came to the bank and took the money.District accounts officer Sirajul Islam also denied the allegation.”I have properly verified the cheque. He was supposed to give details after the disbursement of compensation money. I could not anticipate that he would do such an act of disbelief,” the official said.Additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said, “I think the bank is involved in the incident. The district accounts office can’t approve the cheque.”Dhaka divisional commissioner M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury, in a letter, asked the public administration ministry to take departmental, legal and administrative actions against this officer.”I have never seen such a dreadful and dishonest person in my whole career. I have requested the Anti-Corruption Commission to file a graft case against him,”Dhaka divisional commissioner’s office and Kishoreganj district administration have investigated the case of Setaful’s money embezzlement.Land was acquired for implementing different development projects. The land ministry is assigned to accomplish this task. Affected people are to be compensated for land acquisition and cheques of compensation money are sent to the district administration in advance.On 3 December 2017, Setaful Islam was transfered to Pirojpur. Later, he was tranfered as aditional deputy commissioner to Sherpur. After lobbying, he was able to cancll his transfer order. As per his choice, he was transfered to Pirojpur as land acquisition officer.He could not be traced in Kishoreganj or in Pirojpur.Speaking to Prothom Alo, deputy commissioner of Pirojpur Abu Ahmed Siddique said, “Setaful Islam was not seen after his joining in Pirojpur.””I have heard he was appointed as ADC of Bhola,” Siddique added.”I have seen the appointment of Setaful in a circular on the website, but not practically.”last_img read more

Snap Taps Amazon Exec Jeremi Gorman HuffPost CEO Jared Grusd

first_imgIn addition to these two executive additions, the company also announced a slate of additional hires on Wednesday:Jean Gonié, director of EU policy (previously director of public policy at Amazon) (started in October)Alston Cheek, director of platform partnerships (previously partnerships manager at Apple) (started in October)Steen Strand, director of product design – Snap Lab (previously COO and president at ICON Aircraft) (started in October)Ted Suh, head of music partnerships (previously VP digital music at ByteDance) (started in August)Kristin Southey, VP of investor relations (previously senior VP of finance and investor relations at Athene) (started in late July)Snap has been under fire from investors for its inability to grow its user base in the face of ever-growing competition from Facebook. The company lost 3 million daily active users in its most recent quarter, but has seen ad sales accelerate. It’s stock traded below $7 on Wednesday, which translates to a market capitalization of around $8.75 billion. Popular on Variety Snapchat corporate parent Snap has poached Amazon advertising executive Jeremi Gorman as its new chief business officer while also appointing former Huffington Post CEO Jared Grusd as its new chief strategy officer.The two executives are effectively replacing Snap’s outgoing chief strategy officer Imran Khan, who had announced his departure in September.“I’m proud to have Jeremi and Jared join our team, where they will play an important part in shaping the next chapter for Snap,” CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in an email to Snap employees.Gorman had been with Amazon for close to seven years, and most recently led the e-commerce giant’s global advertising sales. Before that, she worked in ad sales for Yahoo and Variety.Grusd had been leading HuffPost as CEO for the past three years. Before that, he worked for four years as Spotify’s general counsel and global head of corporate development. Other previous stints included executive positions at AOL and Google.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more