Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing The final will be in Stockholm on May 24. The winner gains entry to the Champions League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (center back to camera) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second from right) and other teammates during a Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Saint Etienne and Manchester United at Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint Etienne, France, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by LAURENT CIPRIANI/AP)NYON, Switzerland — The risk of fan violence looked high in the last 16 of the Europa League after Friday’s draw produced a volatile matchup between Manchester United and Rostov.Russian and English fans clashed in Marseille last year during the European Championship. United and Rostov are followed by firms of hardcore fans.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The draw also pitted Gent against Genk, only the second all-Belgian matchup in the history of UEFA competitions.French side Lyon will be up against Roma, and there will be an all-German showdown between Schalke and Borussia Moenchengladbach.Lyon advanced to the last 16 by thrashing AZ Alkmaar 11-2 over two legs, the second biggest aggregate in the competition’s history. Lyon and Roma met in the 2007 Champions League round of 16, when the Italian side prevailed 2-0 on aggregate.Also, it was: Celta Vigo vs. Krasnodar, APOEL vs. Anderlecht, Olympiacos vs. Besiktas and Copenhagen vs. Ajax.The first legs will be on March 9, and the return legs a week later.ADVERTISEMENT According to UEFA coefficients, Rostov is the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament but it finished second in the Russian league last season and beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage last November.United, the only remaining English club, is a three-time European champion but has never won the second-tier tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It will be a nice experience, we will have the chance to play at Old Trafford,” said Rostov midfielder Andrei Prepelita. “They have top players and a top coach, but we’ve had good results and we beat Bayern. It is good to play the first leg at home and I hope the cold weather will be on our side.”United manager Jose Mourinho said it was a “bad draw in every aspect,” pointing to Rostov’s quality and the distance United needs to travel for the first leg on March 9. The two legs will be played either side of United’s FA Cup quarterfinal match at Chelsea on March 13. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the third practice session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. APSAKHIR, Bahrain — Fernando Alonso must already be counting down the days until the Indianapolis 500, given how frustrating Formula One has become for the Spaniard.The two-time F1 champion is making his IndyCar debut on May 28, and it probably can’t come soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Under race rules, drivers are allowed four engines per season before they incur penalty points, and this is already Alonso’s second one heading into the third of 20 races.Alonso — whose last win was four years ago in Spain — will actually need to start getting some points before having any to lose.His best chance would have been at the Monaco GP next month, where the tight, winding street circuit greatly reduces speed and overtaking, thus neutralizing some of the advantage the faster cars have.Alonso was fifth there last year, having started 10th on the grid, in McLaren’s best result of the season.But the ambitious Alonso, who has won 32 GP races, is skipping Monaco, which is on the same day as the Indy 500.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Alonso’s engine failed early into qualifying on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for the Bahrain Grand Prix, pushing him to 15th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.Neither Alonso nor his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne won a point in the first two races of the season. With the Belgian driver two places behind Alonso on the grid, that is unlikely to change here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It will be a long, hot and difficult one for both our drivers,” McLaren’s race director Eric Boullier said. “But that’s the hand they’ve currently been dealt, and they’ll play it as best they can.”McLaren struggled all of last season after switching back to Honda engines, finishing sixth in the constructors’ championship and with no podium finishes for the once-dominant team. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Alonso had looked reasonably secure in the first part of qualifying, and was about to start the second part on Saturday — known as Q2 — when he climbed out of his car and called it quits.“It was already a hard race, but this makes it even harder,” the 35-year-old Alonso said. “We have to change the power unit and without the chance to calibrate the engine a bit we will probably not run the race with all the power available, which is already little.”Alonso’s engineers face a difficult task in getting the car in decent shape.“The first lap the engine gets will be the formation lap, so it won’t get any warm-up. We won’t get any laps to tune it, and we’ll probably therefore have an even tougher race than we’d expected,” Alonso said. “The guys in the garage work day and night to prepare the car, there are parts we keep changing, we keep testing the updates.“There’s hard work behind every weekend, but we don’t have a competitive power unit to fight at the front,” he added. “It’s not the ideal situation, but there’s nothing we can do just now.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Messi scores brace as Barca rebounds before Juve, Madrid games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government
Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ferrer, Wright join Gilas training “Honestly, I just want to help the team win no matter what happens. I trust my teammates and the reason why I rebound a lot is because I just want to find a way to contribute,” said the second-generation star.The 21-year-old churned out his best game to date on Thursday as he racked 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ game against Batangas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundHowever, those efforts went for naught as AMA absorbed its fourth straight defeat, a 95-76 loss to the Batangueños, to remain as the lone winless squad this conference.Paras couldn’t hide his disappointment following another setback as he noted that the Titans have been doing everything it could just to claim that elusive win. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “It’s frustrating for all of us. We give our all and do our best in defense and offense, but sometimes, that’s basketball. We don’t know what’s the problem because we do everything to get the win, but that’s not what’s happening for us,” he said.The 6-foot-4 slotman, though, acknowledges that there are still facets of his game that he needs to finetune to be of better help for AMA.“I’ve been averaging five fouls per game and I’d like to defend myself na I try my best to stop the ball. If I could lessen it, it would really help a lot,” he said. “Also, hopefully I can improve my three-point shots because everytime I’m on the outside, I need to make an adjustment, whether I hand-off the ball or pass it to someone. It would help if I can shoot the three.”And Paras wishes that his teammates can also pick up the slack if the Titans aspire to end their losing skid soon.“I hope I can inspire my teammates. If everybody does the same hustle, I’m sure, the deficits will go down and we’ll be able to get leads in the future,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Andre Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndre Paras said that all he’s thinking about is helping AMA Online Education nab victories in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.Paras has been averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks in the three games he has suited up for coach Mark Herrera.ADVERTISEMENT Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit A dream fulfilled for Christian View comments
We’re just a week away from football’s biggest sporting spectacle and the most watched event in TV history, the FIFA World Cup. While everyone will be glued to their TV sets and devices to watch the stunning displays from June 14 to July 15, we’ve all had some memorable moments, and some that were completely heart-wrenching. This week, I’ll recap some of the most disappointing World Cup moments, purely based on what I’ve watched. This means, of course, no mention will be made of Maradona’s 1986 ‘Hand of God’ which was as controversial as his entire career; nor will you hear how England strangely lost the 1966 World Cup trophy which was later found, miraculously, by a wandering dog. Here are my three most disappointing World Cup moments which, mind you, start at 1994, when I first fell in love with football. Football is a matter of life or death for some people, just ask the Colombians! Colombia were one of the dark horses of the 1994 World Cup with an excellent run during qualifications. They had an amazing team that had lost only one match in 26 outings on their way to the World Cup. Colombia had historically beaten Argentina 5-0 in 1993. Many, including PelÈ had listed the team as one likely to win the 1994 title. Miraculously, the team failed to deliver at the 1994 World Cup and the final straw for Colombian fans was when their captain, Andres Escobar, scored an own goal against the USA. Sadly, Escobar was gunned down in Colombia a month later. Andres Escobar & Colombia Usually, having home advantage in the World Cup can go a far way. As far as to the trophy! This has actually happened on six previous occasions with Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina, and France all winning the World Cup in front of their massive home crowds. Ironically, Brazil, the only country that can boast all of five World Cup titles, has actually never won on home soil. The year 2014 was their chance to do so, but with an injury to Neymar, many gave Germany the nod to win the semi-final encounter in front of a capacity 64,000 with included mostly Brazilians! While many tipped Germany to win, nobody expected a massacre! Germany first scored in the 11th minute, then went on to hit the back of the net with rapid succession in the 23th, 24th, 26th, and 29th minute. The onslaught continued as Germany scored all of seven goals in 79 minutes. The humiliation was already sealed by the time Oscar pulled one back for Brazil in the 90th. As a Brazil fan, it was heart-wrenching! Sadly, it wasn’t the worst moment I’d experienced watching the World Cup. That’s reserved for the 1998 World Cup Final! It was 1998, and the world’s biggest football sensation was Brazil’s Ronaldo de Lima and Brazil were into the World Cup final against France, a country that had never won a title. Ronaldo had already experienced a World Cup final when Brazil won in 1994, as he was a part of that squad at just 17 years old. By France 1998, the 21-year-old was already a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year. In the final against France, something inexplicable happened. Ronaldo, and Brazil, looked disoriented and made their worst showing all tournament. France went on to win the match 3-0 and lifted the Jules Rimmet Trophy in front of a capacity home crowd. But football fans were left flabbergasted as to how a Brazilian team, that had made such a remarkable run to the final had such a lacklustre final. One still wonders what happened to Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998. Some said that he had an epileptic fit minutes before the final and thus the team was disoriented. Others suggest that even though he was unwell, he was forced to take to the pitch anyway. None of these reports have ever been confirmed. Whatever happened remains one of the biggest mysteries in World Cup history and certainly my most disappointing moment. Hopefully, all goes well in 2018 for Brazil! One Love. – Tanya Lee is a marketer, author and sports publicist. Brazil lose to France, 1998 Germany whip Brazil 7-1
Today’s games – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Portmore United – Prison Oval – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Humble Lion – Royal Lakes (St Catherine) – 7 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Mona Bowl At the end of today’s start of the second round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Harbour View and, specifically, coach Ricardo Gardner, will be hoping that they are in better standing. Currently, the former champions and one of the standard-bearers in the 12-team league, sit in 11th position, a point below Montego Bay United and Reno FC – the teams within striking distance. A point against Tivoli Gardens should see them climb out of the relegation zone if the games of their nearest rivals play true to form. Portmore United are expected to get the better of Reno away while home comforts should see Arnett Gardens stop Montego Bay United. “We are upbeat. We have one more training session this evening and will finalise our preparations. “We are coming off three very good results, and I think it could be better, but there are a lot of positives to take from them,” Gardner said ahead of today’s game against the tough Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium. Among the positives would have been the return to fitness and action of Peter Lee Vassell and Deshane Beckford, who have added punch to their attack. The all-round play of the team has also seen improvement, according to Gardner. “I think we are beginning to understand our functions and how they serve the team, and this is important to the end product,” Gardener said. This improvement he expects to continue even against today’s tough opponents. – 8:35 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Cavalier – Drax Hall Sports Complex (St Ann) DIFFICULT PLACE Tomorrow’s game “Tivoli Gardens is always a difficult place to go to, especially based on what they have and how they are playing, but we are confident in ourselves,” said Gardner, who is sweating about the fitness of midfielder Kemar Bennett and defender Christopher Harvey. As far as Tivoli Gardens are concerned, they, too, have their issues to sort out as fifth place is not where they think they belong, and coach Omar Edwards has made his dissatisfaction clear to the players to give more. “We want to start maximising on home advantage,” Edwards declared. “We want to start the second round on a positive note. Since this season, we have not done as well as we are supposed to. In order to win the league, we have to be consistent, concentrate for 90 minutes, and have to ensure that we maintain a solid defensive unit. “Harbour View are a decent unit, even though they are not doing so well right now, and we have taken that into consideration as well,” added the man who has rejuvenated the Tivoli Gardens unit. Edwards has also challenged his players to give the supporters something to cheer about. “We are asking the players not just to turn up, but turn up with their ‘A’ game, and give the spectators something to smile about and something that will see them going home satisfied,” stated Edwards. Like Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens could be without key players as captain Barrington Price will miss the game due to an accumulation of cards, and the veteran Jermaine Johnson is nursing an injury. At Royal Lakes, Dunbeholden will be hoping to have a better day against Humble Lion than they did last week when they lost in added time to leaders Portmore United. Another loss could see them lose more ground to the rest of the pack.
…for pelf and powerAt the Labour Day get-together – which was billed as a “love fest” because the two Labour factions would be marching to the National Park hand in hand after decades – Prime Minister Nagamootoo struck a discordant note. Even as he swayed like Michael Jackson breathlessly crooning “We are the world”, his upraised hands clutching the labourites’ belting out “Solidarity Forever”, he just couldn’t help himself.Komal Chand, his old comrade from his PPP days, reminded Nagamootoo – who was representing Prezzie, so he had more outriders than usual – that he and his Government had abandoned the “collective bargaining” approach that any self-respecting working-class Government utilises with the trade union movement. Chand also reminded him how Wales’d been closed and its workers thrown into the streets without even a “sorry” from the Minister of Agriculture. Nagamootoo allowed all that to roll off his back.However, when Lincoln Lewis made the same point about “collective bargaining”, Nagamootoo snidely carped that Lewis was stuck like a broken record and was senile. “I know he had been doing that speech for the past 20 years, so the day has come that he rocks to the motion…” Well! But what was it about Lewis’ delivery that drew this low, mean retort?Well, Lewis placed his “collective bargaining” call within the context of how the APNU/AFC regime in general – and Nagamootoo in particular – had shafted Government workers on their promised “significant” salary increase. Lewis mocked the notion that Ministers – he didn’t call Nagamootoo’s name!! – had to get a 50% increase not to succumb to “corruption”. While Government workers got zilch!“Give Government workers 50% and we ain’t gon tek no bribe,” Lewis shouted as he stared meaningfully at Nagamootoo. Well, Brother Bob did say “who the cap fit, let them wear it!” And man did Nagamootoo pull on that cap of “salary as bribe” real quick! The truth of the matter is Nagamootoo has stopped saying the things he’d been preaching for the last 20 years, not because he’s had an epiphany and seen the light. The sordid truth is he’s succumbed to the monthly .7M salary, the SUVs and the AC’d big house – not to mention jetting off into the blue yonder at the drop of the aforementioned cap!Nothing’s changed about the “working class” Nagamootoo had written and spoke about when he was in the PPP with Dr Jagan. What has changed is Nagamootoo – who won’t even speak up when he’s been neutered.Someone said maybe he’s gotten to like Larwah. But it wasn’t Lewis – it was an old comrade from back in the day!…over crime alarmReacting to concerns that citizens are scared witless about crime, the Police said it’s all a tempest in a teacup. “Don’t worry, be happy…crime’s down” they assured all and sundry. Well, “all and sundry” just aren’t buying it. Even the PSC – not known recently for any radical anti-government stance – immediately fired off a missive to Prezzie demanding he’d better intervene with this latest police resort to statistics.This has become a regular routine with these younger officers who went to UG where they imbibed the mantra, “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh*t”!! Hey… why the heck compare last year’s first-quarter’s crime rates with this year’s? Do those numbers compare the INTENSITY of the new crimes? Do those numbers tell about the BRAZENNESS of armed gunmen attacking a casino smack next to a police station?Was a prison riot that claimed SEVENTEEN lives and left 1000 seething hardened convicts and remand prisoners in the centre of our capital city, in those figures?Please Mr Police statistician…go take a hike.…over Indian ArrivalThe way your Eyewitness sees it…if folks other than Indian-Guyanese wanted to observe their “arrival day”, they’d have asked for it, nuh?Why not follow TT and bow to the inevitable?
…and BurnhamPressie, in his role as Leader of the PNC, along with his General Secretary, Basil Williams; other stalwarts of the party; and, most interestingly, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, vowed to continue the legacy of the Founder-Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham. It was the 32nd anniversary of the death of the man.So, the question arises as to what exactly is that “legacy” that’s gonna be unfolding. Well, politically, there’s the “Declaration of Sophia” by Burnham in 1974. This created a political system in which the PNC was declared “paramount” over the state. If there are some today who’re quibbling about the Executive favouring its “perceptions” of the Constitution over the opinion of the Judiciary, they should ponder this: under the “paramountcy of the party”, the PNC flag flew over the Court of Appeal!!On the legacy of “democracy”, there was also the routine rigging of elections in 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 — so the other political parties, like PPP and WPA — were so much window dressing. Is this what we’re to expect in 2010?On the economy, about which the speakers all extolled Burnham’s moves to “remove poverty”, what are the facts?In 1989 the McIntyre Report announced that, from being one of the more developed countries in the Caribbean, we were now just above Haiti in the rankings. The entire country was living in general poverty, with Guyana classified as a “Highly Indebted Poor Country”.By 1992 the UN-conducted Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed 43.2% of the populace living below “moderate” poverty, and 28.7% were in “extreme” poverty! And this was AFTER Desmond Hoyte worked for FIVE YEARS to undo Burnham’s economic follies!With the way the present lot’s handling the economy, they’re already well on their way to fulfil the legacy of Burnham in this area!But what was most troubling about the speeches extolling Burnham’s “greatness” was that no one even mentioned the circumstance under which he’d assumed office. It was described (most kindly) as a “coup on the cheap” executed by the CIA for just US.5M. But its cost to the Guyanese nation was much more expensive — a virtual civil war between the two major ethnic groups that left 176 dead, communities split, and a massive ethnic cleansing from the Bauxite mining villages that were soon designated as a “town” and named after Burnham – Linden.Hey! What the heck?But one thing your Eyewitness won’t disagree with is the claim that Burnham removed “inequality” from Guyana. He certainly did THAT by the time he died in 1985. He made all of us EQUALLY poverty stricken!!…and GuySuCo’s employment costsThe Government’s complaining about GuySuCo’s employment’s costs outstripping revenues. Well, Duh!! What’d they expect when they officially close Wales Estate, produce NO sugar, and then have to pay 1,700 workers severance pay?? And simultaneously shut down Skeldon factory, because they didn’t fix some boilers and obviously don’t produce any sugar – but have to pay the workers. But that’s not all. They go out and hire ten geriatrics — average age 80 years!! — and pay each of them over $1million a month to be “Interim Managers” in their Central Staff at Head Office! The mega salaries of the latter, such as marketing etc, are lumped in “employments costs”. When GuySuCo complains about this, it pretends it’s all for the 17,000 field and factory workers.They don’t let on: some 300 Central Staff rake in about 1/3 of what 17,000 estate workers earn!!But we all know what this narrative is all about, don’t we? Sugar workers must learn that the wages of not supporting the PNC is being on the breadlines!!…Broadcasting LicensesThe Muckraker complained their boss wasn’t “given” a broadcasting licence because Jagdeo didn’t follow the law in his allocation of the spectrum. But it’s OK now for Nagamootoo to break the law to now take away licences and award one to him!
Satiricus dreaded going over to the Back Street Bar. It wasn’t that he’d found religion or anything and became scared of “demon rum”; he just knew he’d be getting some good “tantalizing” from the fellas. “And why not?” he mused ruefully. Hadn’t he been promising them all month that something big was going to happen this Valentine’s Day from the KFC?“OK…OK…fellas,” said Satiricus, who’d decided a good offence was better than a weak defence. “The Valentine Day announcement from my KFC leaders didn’t come out the way I was told.”“Really? Na worry Sato,” said Bungi, who knew his friend very well. “Jus’ tell abee wha’ happen, na?’“Well, like I told you chaps, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat told us this will be their last stand,” said Satiricus. “They had drawn a line in the sand with the Pee-an’-See: no more pushing around.”“Abee know da,” said Cappo impatiently. “So wha’ happen dat dem ben’ ova and leh de Pee-an’-See pee pan de line?”“From what I heard through the grapevine,” said Satiricus. “Nagga Man tell everybody he was satisfied with the perks. He didn’t want to make any waves.”“I always figured Nagga Man would do that. No backbone!” said Hari. “Maybe they’ll insert one in the US?”“But wha’ ‘bout Rum Jhaat?” asked Bungi. “He na guh get wan fat penshan fuh throw back like “Nagga Man.”“Budday, he’s so scared of Grain Ja, as soon as the man said there’s no reason to change the agreement, he said, ‘Yes sir!’” admitted Satiricus.“Well, me nah even aks ‘bout Trat Man,” said Cappo. “He done sell out since ‘e bin get Speakah wuk!”“Suh wha’ yuh guh do, Sato?” asked Bungi. “Yuh guh still suppo’t de KFC?”“Well fellas, I still have hope, you know!” said Satiricus.“Hope in what?” demanded Hari.“Well, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat now see how scampish the Pee-an’-See people are,” replied Satiricus. “Their eyes are clean.”“And wha’ dem guh do diff’rent?” demanded Bungi.“They’ll work from within!” said Satiricus. “To change the Pee-an’-See.”His friends all shook their heads in resignation.
World Cancer Day 2018 was observed on Sunday. The Public Health Ministry partnered with several NGOs to host a ‘Teal Walk’, which was also held in commemoration of the conclusion of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.In the Caribbean and South America, there are 96,000 women who die every year from breast cancer and 36,000 who die of cervical cancer. According to officials the Cancer Institute of Guyana, because of these high numbers, a myriad of programmes has been adapted and are being implemented in partnership with regional and international organisations, the main purpose of which is to eliminate cervical cancer by 2025.Recent statistics reveal that Afro- Guyanese are mostly affected by cancer in terms of absolute numbers, accounting for 44.4 percent of all cases. This was followed by Indo-Guyanese, who accounted for 37.5 percent; and mixed group accounting for 7.8 percent of cases.Based on data collection published by the Ministry of Public Health in ‘A profile for Cancer in Guyana’ from 2003-2012, Cervical Cancer accounts for 22.2 percent of deaths among females. Guyana recorded 6,518 new cases of cancer for the period 2003-2012, of these, 2561 (39.9 percent) were males. It was also revealed that prostate cancer accounts for 1/3 deaths in men.According to PAHO/WHO, in 2012, cancer accounted for 1.3 million deaths, 47% of which occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The number of cancer deaths in the Americas is projected to increase from 1.3 million to 2.1 million between 2012 and 2030.When the Public Health Ministry released a Cancer Surveillance Report in 2015, which highlighted the recorded state of cancer over the period 2003-2012, it was revealed that in excess of 6,000 individuals were diagnosed with cancer.It was reported then that while on a global scale lung cancer was deemed the leading cause of cancer deaths, breast cancer was responsible for the highest number of cancer-related fatalities in Guyana. Cervical cancer has reportedly since taken the lead.The Cancer Surveillance Report also revealed that there were 1,090 cases of breast cancer over the period under consideration in the report. Following the prevalence of breast cancer was cancer of the cervix, which accounts for 1,014 cases; prostate (865 cases); colo-rectal (440 cases); uterus (325 cases); stomach (240 cases); lung (233 cases); liver (219 cases); ovary (212 cases) and lymphoma (136 cases).Data out of the Cancer Registry, drawn from both public and private medical institutions, suggest that since access to treatment has been near non-existent, more than half of those inflicted with the disease died.There have been many successes as a result of partnerships with other regional Cancer Organisations; in addition, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Public Health Ministry also have several successful progammes underway. These initiatives ensure that Guyanese are screened and that they have access to the necessary treatment, many times at subsidised costs.The Public Health Ministry is finalising a comprehensive cancer prevention and control programme for the country. This will aid in ensuring that common risk factors for cancers, such as tobacco and alcohol use, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets, are addressed.However, many health care professionals have expressed concern that if these and other efforts to battle the dreaded disease are to be successful, there needs to be more partnerships and collaboration with corporate Guyana. Additional funding is needed to offset the cost of early diagnosis programmes and to provide access to better treatments for those who need them.This enhanced collaboration and increased support from business will then ensure that a wider percentage of the population can access health care.In short, programmes need to be funded in order to save more lives.
We are currently in the height of the festive season and, as expected, there would be merry-making at the various workplaces, at people’s homes, or other social gatherings. Due to the numerous parties, it is also a time when some persons would increase their level of alcohol intake. Like in everything else though, it is always wise for one to exercise good judgement when he/she is indulging since there can be serious consequences for behaving irresponsibly.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), alcohol kills a whopping three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined. WHO’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018 presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. According to the WHO, the alcohol death rate for Guyana is 5.95 per 100,000 (globally ranked 70).Even more worrying is that just recently at an event, Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Resident Representative in Guyana, Dr William Adu-Krow disclosed startling statistics about the prevalence of children using alcohol on a regular basis here. He pointed to a recent survey which revealed that of the scores of 14-year-old students interviewed, 39.2 per cent of them reported that he/she consumed at least one alcoholic beverage within a 30-day period.A whopping 79 per cent of the students who participated in the survey stated that they had consumed their first alcoholic beverage before the age of 14. Additionally, the survey shows that even among adults, the statistics focused on alcohol consumption are soaring 36 per cent.The negative effects of drinking too much alcohol can be divided into short-term and long-term effects. The short-term effects of drinking too much alcohol are loss of judgement, loss of coordination, blurred vision, slurring of speech, and loss of balance. These negative effects can cause one to make bad decisions while being under the influence. The long-term effects include loss of brain cells, liver failure, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer, epilepsy, nerve damage, and heart failure. If the abuse of alcohol does not cause immediate problems, then excessive use over a period of time can cause major problems down the line.Further, alcoholism contributes to a range of social problems, for example, there has been an increase in cases of domestic and other forms of violence in our society. Official statistics show that one in four Guyanese women have been physically abused in a relationship. In addition, alcoholism contributes to suicide, which has been and continues to be a major social problem in Guyana. Official statistics show that suicide deaths average between 150 and 200 annually.Also, one cannot ignore the countless number of road deaths in recent months. The newspapers’ pages are splashed almost daily with reports of fatalities and injuries due to reckless and irresponsible behaviour of motorists, some of this is due to driving under the influence of alcohol.The effects of alcohol abuse are well known. Citizens should, therefore, be encouraged to make a better judgement in every situation in the interest of one’s self, family and community. While it is not our intention to place the blame on all our problems on alcohol, one cannot dispute the fact it is indeed a contributory factor to some of the social ills we face in our country today.We urge all stakeholders to redouble their efforts and step up the campaign to spread more awareness and education about the dangers of alcohol abuse. While the Government must play a crucial role in designing the relevant programmes and policies and putting in place the necessary legislative framework aimed at addressing the harmful use of alcohol, this burden must also be shared by other stakeholders too, such as religious groups, the private sector and other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), etc. The statistics referred to above are very alarming and should be used as a wake-up call for the authorities to take the appropriate action.