Photo: JIS PhotographerExecutive Director of the Washington, D.C., Board of Medicine, Dr. Jacqueline Watson, addressing a forum at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, on June 17, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the Washington, D.C., Board of Medicine, Dr. Jacqueline Watson, says Jamaica can establish and operate a thriving health tourism industry, mainly in the area of health care.Making a presentation on June 17, at a forum exploring the diversity of Jamaica’s tourism product, at the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Dr. Watson pointed out that the services generally sought by Americans for health care include orthopaedic surgeries, hip replacement, and dental surgery.“Health and wellness integrated care, that is where Jamaica has a distinct advantage, and we have to start the medical tourism development from a health perspective,” she told her audience.She urged the country to prepare for the new US health care plan slated to come on stream during 2015, as Jamaica could attract many persons who will then have health insurance.“People travel, and the main reason they are travelling is for health reasons, and they choose an attractive destination. Depending on the services you are offering, it can certainly be a boom to the economy,” Dr. Watson said.Explaining the concept of health tourism, she described it as the movement of people from a “highly developed area of the world for medical health care, usually to find treatment at a lower cost.”Dr. Watson pointed out that over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry, adding that Jamaica would be an ideal destination, given the fact that medical training in Jamaica is in keeping with standards in the US and the United Kingdom.For his part, Vice President at JAMPRO, Claude Duncan, told the forum that many persons from abroad, including the Caribbean are currently utilizing health facilities in Jamaica.He said that insurance companies in those countries encourage persons to travel overseas for medical procedures, as it is less costly to them, while increasing earnings for the host country.Meanwhile, noted Jamaican Scientist, Professor Henry Lowe, said the investment opportunities in health are enormous, and persons should seize them.Contact: Garfield L. Angus RelatedStudents Receive Scholarships to Study Medicine in Cuba RelatedNBTS Gets Bus to Boost Blood Collection Jamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism Industry Health & WellnessJune 20, 2013Written by: Garfield L. Angus Jamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism IndustryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedECG Machines Donated to St. Ann’s Bay Hospital Advertisements
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland – Danny Willett won his third European Tour title after a one-shot victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in the European Masters on Sunday. The 27-year-old, who tied sixth at the British Open on Monday, shot a 5-under par 65 to finish on 17 under overall. Willett made five birdies in a bogey-free final round unlike Fitzpatrick, who bogeyed the first and 11th holes. Sergio Garcia finished seventh on 11 under after carding a six-under par 64 for his final round. Elsewhere, Patrick Reed was 16th on six under. England’s Lee Westwood finished tied 37th on three-under after closing with a two-over 72 that included a 10 on the par-5 14th hole.
Nearly three weeks after it was closed by a massive wildfire, all 50 miles of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road are open.Glacier National Park officials announced Friday that the east side of the road between Logan Pass and St. Mary would be open daily with limited access from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The decision to reopen the entire route comes as the Reynolds Creek Fire continues to burn near St. Mary. As of Friday morning, the fire was 4,311 acres in size and 67 percent contained.Visitors will not be able to drive the road at night or stop along the road between the St. Mary Campground and Siyed Bend. The Rising Sun area will have limited concession operations. Smoke may be visible at and may reduce visibility, so visitors are required to drive slowly. Active fire may be visible from the road, and visitors should watch for falling debris such as rocks and tree limbs, as well as fire-weakened trees. Almost 500 fire-weakened trees have been removed from along the road. If anyone sees or encounters debris or fallen trees on the road, do not attempt to remove it, but please report it to a ranger or closest visitor center.Bicycle travel is not allowed in the fire areas, but cyclists may transport their bikes via the park shuttle system. The park shuttle service will operate as normal, although there will be no shuttle stops in the fire area. The only shuttle stops on the east side at this time will be Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend.The Glacier Boat Company will resume boat tour operations at Rising Sun. The Rising Sun Camp Store operated by Glacier National Park Lodges will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m daily. The Rising Sun Motor Inn and the Two Dog Flats Grill will remain closed at this time.The Rising Sun Campground is anticipated to be closed most of the season.Access to trails on the east side of the park along the Going-to-the-Sun Road is limited. All trails within the fire perimeter are closed. The Piegan Pass Trail from Siyeh Bend is open for hiking to the north, but not accessible to the south. The Siyeh Pass Trail is only open to Siyeh Pass, and is closed in the Baring Creek. The Gunsight Pass Trail remains closed from the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Gunsight Pass. Trails accessing St. Mary, Virginia, and Baring Creek Falls are closed.As of Aug. 7, nearly 300 firefighters are still battling the Reynolds Creek Fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but early evidence suggests it was human caused. Since July 21, the fire has burned 4,311 acres of land in the park and cost $10.1 million. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
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THE McKinnons created history last Saturday when husband and wife, Ryan and Vidushi, emerged 1st place winners in their respective divisions in the Inaugural Dental Imports Guyana (DIG) Inc.’s Tier 1 Steel Challenge match.At the Timehri Ranges, Ryan picked up the Limited class win and Vidushi picked up the Production class.Shooters competed against each other in 3 stages: Smoke & Hope, Showdown and Roundabout.Competition was particularly high in the Limited Division with the CZ Shadow 2s showing their prowess.After the smoke cleared, the local Steel Challenge champ McKinnon secured the win once again, finishing more than 6 seconds ahead of the blazing young John Phang, who worked himself up the rankings this match, to pass Pravesh Harry by just over 2 seconds.In the end, Ryan racked up a winning time of 47.20 seconds, ahead of Phang (53.86) and Harry (55.09 seconds). In the Production class, Vidushi (73.81 seconds) won ahead of Rajiv Latchana (85.51 seconds)Dr Harry in the closing ceremony reiterated his pleasure at being able to sponsor a Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation’s Steel Challenge match and indicated DIG’s commitment to the GSSF and Safe Sport Shooting activities.DIG Inc., recently established by Dr Pravesh Harry and Dr Kevin Jodah, is a local, efficient, and reliable dental supplies company.The main focus of the company at this point is to supply dentists in and around Guyana with a wide range of dental materials at competitive prices. The executive hopes that the company will become a popular name among dentists.The GSSF would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to the Commissioner of Police, Guyana Police Force, Mr Guy Nurse, OC TSU and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU.Additional thanks are extended to Brigadier Patrick West and the GDF for the use of their range facility at Timehri.