Story Highlights Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica. Hundreds of runners are expected to converge at the Stadium East, Kingston, on Sunday, November 24 for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) annual ‘Run for your Heart’ event.The 5K run/walk, which gets underway at 7:00 am, is aimed at raising funds for the HFJ to continue offering affordable heart testing, care, and rehabilitation, among other services to the general public. As part of the event, there will be workouts sponsored by popular gyms, other physical activities, and give-a-ways.Speaking at the official launch on Tuesday, October 29, at the Emancipation Park, New Kingston, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, urged Jamaicans to support the event and embrace healthier lifestyles in order to significantly reduce cardiac-related illnesses other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“Often times, we deal with the curative aspect of these diseases. But we need clearly to deal with the risk factors, which include physical inactivity, inappropriate diet, excessive use of alcohol, and tobacco use,” he said.For her part, HFJ Executive Director, Deborah Chen, informed that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica.She noted that the Jamaica Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows that 7.9 per cent of the population has diabetes; 25.2 per cent hypertension; 35.3 per cent, pre-hypertension; 11.7 per cent, high cholesterol; while 51.8 per cent are overweight and obese.Mrs. Chen highlighted the role physical activity can play in reducing the figures.“There are many people, who think if you suffer from a heart attack, then you have to be very careful of what you do and you’re not able to move around; but that is not the case. Under supervision, in the early stages, you can return to a full lifestyle and as a matter of fact, you can be fitter than you had been before,” she noted.Participants in the event are asked to collect funds on behalf of the foundation via sponsorship forms, which they can collect, upon registration, from the HFJ’s offices at 28 Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. Persons can also contact the HFJ by calling 926-4378,926-6492, 929-3195 or 906-9407; fax – 754-6441; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also available on the HFJ’s Website – www.heartfoundation ja.org.Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the 5K event, teams that collect the most money through sponsorship, and the team that has the most participants. There will also be spot prizes for runners on the track.Former World Sprint Champion, Yohan ‘the Beast’ Blake, will also be on hand to sign autographs.The Minister endorsed the event by taking the first symbolic walk around the track at Emancipation Park with the main sponsors and students.‘Run for your Heart’ is a part of a $10 million fund raising drive to raise funds towards the Foundation’s Cardiac Rehabilitation centre and purchase medical supplies and equipment. The 5K run/walk, which gets underway at 7:00 am, is aimed at raising funds for the HFJ. The Jamaica Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows that 7.9 per cent of the population has diabetes.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has entered into commercial agreements for the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on fifty percent of its Capesize fleet.Namely, the company has signed deals to equip five of its Capesize bulk carriers with scrubbers before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulfur emission cap regulations.The vessels in question are the M/V Partnership, M/V Lordship, M/V Premiership, M/V Squireship and M/V Championship.Upon completion of the installations scheduled for the second and third quarters of 2019, the bulkers will commence index linked period employment with three leading dry-bulk charterers ranging in durations between three and five years, Seanergy Maritime explained.The company has secured the scrubber equipment from Korean manufacturer Hyundai Materials and has reserved retrofitting slots at a dry-dock facility in China. The total investment, to be covered by the charterers, is expected to exceed USD 12.5 million, including equipment and installation costs.“This significant investment by our charterers, in combination with innovative charter agreements, is expected to increase the market value of the subject vessels without our Company incurring additional debt or diluting our shareholders,” Stamatis Tsantanis, Seanergy’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that, upon implementation of the new IMO regulations, “all of Seanergy’s fleet will be fully compliant with the new rules.”Under the charter agreements, Seanergy’s M/V Partnership and M/V Lordship would be chartered out to a European utility company for a firm period of 33 to 37 months plus one additional period of 11 to 13 months at charterer’s option.M/V Premiership and M/V Squireship received deals to work for a multinational commodity trading and mining company for a firm period of 36 to 42 months plus two additional periods of 11 to 13 months at charterer’s option. While Seanergy signed a sale and leaseback and a five year time charter with a large international commodity trading company for the M/V Championship, for a firm time-charter period of 60 months plus an additional 18 month period at charterer’s option.As part of the time charter agreements, the charterers will cover 100% of the equipment and installation cost for retrofitting the vessels with scrubbers.