May 31

DeMonico, Drapkin win at Marlboro Autumn Amble

first_img By tim morris Staff Writer JEFF HUNTLEY Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin crosses the line as the women’s winner of the first Autumn Amble on the grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday. The inaugural Marlboro Autumn Amble had a familiar winner, South River’s Dave DeMonico. DeMonico picked up where he left off two weeks ago at the Bayshore 5K Classic in Holmdel when he captured the Marlboro Autumn Amble on Saturday. It added to the already impressive list of area road race victories for the busy South River runner. The Marlboro Autumn Amble was a 5K run through the picturesque grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, off Route 520. DeMonico was not seriously challenged in this cross-country type race, taking the lead early, as is his m.o., and cruising to the win in 16:12. Former Marlboro High School runner Josh Lunde was DeMonico’s nearest pursuer, taking second place after a 17:07. Third place went to Mike Simonetti of Old Bridge (17:58). Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin was the women’s champion, turning in a 21:22. Like her male counterpart, DeMonico, Drapkin’s win was decisive. Nina Gutkowski of Princeton was second (22:04), just ahead of former Manalapan High School runner Maya Levy (22:05). Age group winners among the men were: 12 and under, Ben Forrest, Jackson (21:51); 13-17, James Coomber, Marlboro (18:53); 23-27, Michael Krot, Union Beach (21:47); 28-32, Bob Reilly, Morganville (20:37); 33-37, David Johnson, Madison (18:46); 38-42, Swidam, East Brunswick (18:19); 43-47, Samuel Lawrence, Newark (18:59); 48-52, John Scherf, Scarsdale, N.Y. (21:14); 53-59, Rich Marino, East Brunswick (20:31); and 60+, Mike McDonnell, Middletown (22:25). Age group winners among the women were: 12-and-under, Lisa Picascia, Holmdel (22:21); 13-17, Staci Myfield, Forked River section of Ocean (24:07); 18-22, Kelly Kuntz, Edison (27:50); 23-27, Denise Wepprecht, Holmdel (24:17); 28-32, Leslie Grider (23:44); 33-37, Kim Machkin (26:14); 38-42, Susan Arendt, Ocean (22:43); 43-47, Bonnie Kabajra, Lake Hopatcong (27:07); 53-59, Bunny McDonnell, Middletown (24:12); and 60+, Gloria Baggley, Basking Ridge (32:17). Local finishers included Marlboro’s Nick Reed (21:38), third in the 13-17 division; Fair Haven’s Jim MacPhee (22:46) and Aberdeen’s Maurice Wehller (26:04), second and third in the 28-32 division; Colts Neck’s Paul Pierre (19:40) and Matawan’s Patrick Applegate (20:34), second and third in the 33-37 division; Englishtown’s Jim Jensen (23:17), third in the 48-52 division; Colts Neck’s Jon Kopko (23:00), third in the 53-59 division; and Morganville’s Jim Sullivan (24:18), third in the 60+ among the men. The other local women were: Marlboro’s McKenzie Reed (26:54) and Matawan’s Karen Zahray (41:40), second and third in the 12-and-under division; Sayreville’s Gina Gilandrillo (27:39), third in the 13-17 division; Monroe’s Kelly Perkins (27:30), third in the 23-27 division; Port Monmouth’s Mary Fisher (26:33) and Howell’s Pam Cavcino (27:04), second and third in the 33-37 division; Holmdel’s Antonetta Picascia (27:23), second in the 43-47 division; and Hazlet’s Panse Geer (25:27), second in the 53-59 division. In the racewalking section the winner was Betsy Moore (35:41). The Jersey Shore Running Club and the New Hope Foundation coordinated the Roadrunners Club of America-certified event. Proceeds from the race benefit the New Hope Foundation programs for fighting drug and alcohol abuse.last_img read more

May 14

Kane and Southgate promise England will bounce back against Bulgaria

first_imgGareth Southgate and Harry Kane vowed to bounce back from England’s shock defeat to the Czech Republic by getting their Euro 2020 qualification campaign back on track in Bulgaria.After 43 unbeaten matches stretching across a 10-year period, the Three Lions finally lost a European or World Cup qualifier as the Czechs capitalised on the visitors’ surprisingly lacklustre performance in Prague.Ponderous in possession, poor at the back and toothless in attack, England missed the chance to seal qualification in the Czech Republic – and can only do so on Monday if they beat Bulgaria and Kosovo fail to win their match.Southgate could not hide his disappointment after Friday’s loss, nor could he on the eve of the Group A encounter in Sofia.“I think we have a very honest group,” the England boss said. “They are very self-reflective.“They know, they don’t need me to tell them when they haven’t played at the level they can.“The key is always, OK, we have to recover quickly from the result. There’s no point us moping around and feeling sorry for ourselves.“We all are responsible for the result.“I am the manager, I take the ultimate responsibility and then we have to move forward and be prepared for the game tomorrow.“Slightly different sort of test but, yeah, it’s a sort of different challenge for everybody because this young team hasn’t really experienced a night like that, where we’ve had a performance and a result that was unexpected.“I don’t think defeats harm teams. If the reaction is good, then what you learn from defeats, what you gain in resilience from defeats, are an important part of a player’s career and a person’s life.“Maybe we were all focusing a lot on next summer, talking a lot about next summer, answering questions about a home tournament and I’ve always maintained that the first thing is we have to qualify.“We haven’t secured that qualification yet, so our focus tomorrow is to get the performance and the result that we need.”Kane echoed his manager’s sentiments at Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, having called the loss to the Czechs a “wake-up call” immediately after the game.“Yeah, obviously it was a disappointing performance,” the England captain said. “We know that.“We have had a lot of praise over the last two or three years and it is the first time we haven’t performed at a high level in a game we were expected to win.“We definitely know there is stuff to improve on. It’s important to keep the energy high, spirits high because we have another game tomorrow night.“If we win, we’re still in a fantastic position going into the last two games, so for sure, as players, you always reflect on your own performance, and the team performance: how can I do better, how can I help my team?“And I think we’ve all done that, and the only way to show that is going out there tomorrow and putting in a good performance.”England will be hoping that concerns over possible racism do not become reality in Sofia, where Danny Rose will be replaced by Ben Chilwell with the Tottenham left-back suspended.Attention will be on the Three Lions’ defence, which looked shaky when shipping five goals in their last two matches, leading Southgate to ponder a return to a back three.“I think that we’re always looking at every aspect of the game,” the former England defender said.“We train specifically and have meetings specifically about every area of the performance, so of course there’s always additional focus when things in a certain area of the game aren’t going so well.“In terms of tactical adjustments, we’re always thinking about what’s the best way to play to get the best players on the field – to be the most dangerous, to get the best out of our strengths, but hide our weaknesses.“We’ve always done that over three years, so we’ve tried various formations.“We tried something in the first half the other night (by going to a 4-2-3-1). In hindsight, because of the result and the performance that didn’t work but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right decision to have a go at it.“If we don’t ever think about evolving and trying those things, then we’ll never progress as a team.“We will always continue to make those assessments and the priority is to give a good performance.”last_img read more

February 10

Cruz, Rain or Shine cool off Phoenix to gain solo 2nd place

first_imgWe are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter PBA IMAGESRain or Shine made a huge push in the second half as it downed Phoenix, 97-82, to gain solo second place in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jericho Cruz and Ronnie Matias teamed up in the third period to help the Elasto Painters run away with the game with their biggest lead up to 21, 66-45, thanks to a pair of freebies from Mike Tolomia with 6:37 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Alab Pilipinas beats Kaohsiung Truth anew, improves to 3-2 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports RAIN OR SHINE 97 – Cruz 21, Chan 12, Yap 10, Tolomia 9, Trollano 9, Washington 9, Matias 8, Ahanmisi 8, Tiu 6, Ponferrada 3, Belga 2, Maiquez 0.PHOENIX 82 – Wright 26, Intal 10, J. Wilson 10, Alolino 8, Baguio 8, Borboran 7, Torres 5, Enciso 3, Hayes 3, Caperal 2, W. Wilson 0, Lanete 0.Quarters: 30-20, 53-45, 78-61, 97-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia01:05Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Despite missing the services of Raymond Almazan (left calf) and Gabe Norwood (sore eyes), the Elasto Painters still got significant contributions from their reserves, leading to 56 bench points.Rain or Shine also dedicated the win to top supporter Margaret “Mommy” Yu, who passed away late last year.Wright led Phoenix with 26 points, but needed 29 shots to reach that mark.JC Intal and John Wilson had 10 markers each off the bench as the Fuel Masters dropped to joint fifth at 4-4, together with Blackwater.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthew Wright still kept the Fuel Masters fighting, getting to as close as nine, 81-72, midway in the fourth before Cruz stepped on the gas anew and drilled three straight treys to put the game away for good.Cruz topped Rain or Shine with 21 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from threes, alongside eight rebounds, while Jeff Chan added 12 markers, three boards, and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngJames Yap also chipped in 10 points in the victory, which improved Rain or Shine to a 5-2 card.“I told the players that we have to start the year with a win. If you look at the standings, the records are close and every game is important,” said coach Caloy Garcia. “Credit goes to the players because they stepped up, especially Ronnie Matias and Don Trollano.” View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Commuters accuse bus operators of exploitation

first_imgOn the backdrop of what has been described as a “sluggish economy”, many commuters, especially those journeying home from work have been encountering unwelcomed fare hikes especially at nights.Investigations by this publication have uncovered that the present situation transcends bus routes.The Route 32 bus park during the dayEast Coast DemeraraMany East Coast residents have complained of being bullied into paying exorbitant fares in the evenings. While the Route 44 fare from Georgetown to Ann’s Grove is $200, operators are said to be demanding $300 in the evenings.In fact, passengers are normally told they must pay this fare upon entering the minibuses. If not they are refused entry. A 22-year-old Guyana Defence Force officer told this publication that he does not think it’s a good move for bus operators to be “overcharging” passengers.While the $300 fare represents a 66.7 per cent daily increase, calculations would show that passengers are being exploited of $2000 on a monthly basis if a five-day work-week is taken into consideration only.One passenger going home to Enmore told Guyana Times that although the fare is $160, some bus operators would charge $200. The woman who was on her way home from work said commuters would hardly complain as “people want to go home.”Route 31Commuters in West Demerara also complain of exploitation. Recently, minibuses who ply the Route 31 West Bank Demerara have started to engage in the phenomenon of charging $200, up from $160 after 21:00h. This increase comes in spite of shorter distances whether it be to La Grange (normally $120) or Stanleytown (normally $140).The same can be said for commuters who travel to the La Parafaite Harmonie Housing Scheme where their fares can jump from $140 to $200 at nights.This publication was told this occurrence normally takes place when passengers pay with $500 or $1000 bills. The lack of street lights in this community has added to the problem of passengers not being able to properly check their change.Route 32To De Kindren, West Coast Demerara, the fare from Georgetown ranges from $160 to $200 on a normal basis but $300 would be demanded at nights. Georgetown to Vreed-en-Hoop is much of the same as fares increase from $120 to $200 from early in the evenings.Reports have come from Windsor Forest, where the fare of $160 can be increased to as much as $500 at nights.Similar reports have also come from commuters on the East Bank Demerara.Commuters across the various communities have stated that they feel helpless since they have no other choice because they want to go home. Many have also complained of touting of passengers. For years, commuters have been complaining about exploitation from bus operators and have wanted regularisation of the public transport system.last_img read more

January 17


first_imgIn this fifth and final article of the series centered on the necessity and strength of community engagement the focus is on how to sustain community engagement. It is one thing to begin many a good thing and another to sustain it. Decision makers in Liberia, past and present, are known for initiating good programs and policy implementation such as only three persons in the back of a taxi, removing marketers from selling by road sides (sometime literally on the roads), and coming up with new transport fares and threats to enforce them but a few weeks later everything goes back to square one! How then may the essential policy of community engagement and ownership so helpfully tried and proven to be key to the defeat of the Ebola Virus Disease be sustained and promoted throughout the length and breath of this country? Let us explore in brief below. The fourth article on the indispensable roles of influential and opinion leaders of communities observed the following points:This kind of communication should bring on board everyone in the community. The drawing in of everyone is best done when the influential and opinion leaders of the community catch the vision. They in turn can spread and involve those they influence. Therefore chiefs, zoes, pastors, imams, teachers, leaders of the women, men, and youth, and heads of motorcyclists and wheelbarrow boys associations are to be involved in formulating the vision of whatever the community wants to do and in motivating everyone to come on board.The chiefs and zoes are the leaders of the people and what they say and do carries a lot of weight. Community members are likely to listen to them more than outsiders. Likewise religious leaders (pastors and imams) wield a lot of influence. Through their preaching, teaching and other forms of ministry (service) they engage members of the community at different levels on daily or at least biweekly basis (most likely on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Their members believe them and often do what they say and do.Teachers too influence what their students think and do. The kids listen and trust them more than their parents and others. Motorcyclists, wheelbarrow boys and leaders of the women, men and youths also can influence those who make use of their services. They all are to catch and drive community vision, projects and help solve problems and challenges that inevitably come from time to time. They all must play their parts if the community is to attend to its problems and make progress. They ought to help the community generate its own solutions and drive development. The importance of each one of these opinion leaders must be recognized and tapped into if communities are to see themselves as responsible for their own problems and coming up with visions for its own betterment.Community engagement is best sustained when it is practiced often and on a regular basis. It must not be a one off undertaking like fighting and defeating Ebola out of Liberia but must be practiced in attending to the numerous challenges that will inevitably come to every community and engaging seriously to overcome them, and in realizing the dreams and aspirations of communities. There is some truth to the common saying, “Practice makes perfect”. Community ownership must become second nature to communities through constant, all inclusive and continuous practice.Community engagement should be used now in helping communities to get their children vaccinated against measles, polio, and worms. The training of so many community actors (chiefs, teachers, pastors, imams, leaders of youths, women and men) during the Ebola crisis should now be employed to attend to common communal problems.Many Liberians and foreign observers alike know that Liberia needs a change in mind and attitude if it is to progress and be what it was meant to be, a beckon hope to the rest of Africa. The problems of lack of patriotism, entrepreneurial spirit, negativity towards self and everything Liberian, and repeating terrible mistakes of the past including the most recent of civil war and the Ebola crisis require a fundamental mental and attitudinal change. And such a change can best be achieved through community ownership. When community leaders and opinion leaders catch the vision and engage the communities then the needed change can come about quicker and easier than when it comes from central government down. Community ownership is sustained when it is used as often as possible in different situations of community and national needs and in improving the lot of the community and the nation.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 17

Rafael Nadal advances to Rogers Cup quarterfinals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian “I cannot deny that I got a little bit crazy,” Khachanov said. “But I’m really a bit disappointed … with the crowd as well. I don’t have anything against when they cheer for Felix. It’s normal. He’s the home favorite, especially from Montreal. I wish they could cheer the same way in Russia for me. But still, not when I miss or not wishing me to miss, screaming during the points. It’s disrespectful.”Second-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 6-4. Coming off a victory on clay in Austria for his third title of the year, Thiem will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Cristian Garin of Chile.Tenth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and No. 16 Gael Monfils of France won late matches to set up the final quarterfinal. Bautista Agut edged Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 7-5, and Monfils beat Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Suspect in NBA player’s death gets 16 years on gun charge With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Rafael Nadal, of Spain, serves to Guido Pella, of Argentina, during the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 in the wind Thursday night.“A tough day in terms of wind. But we are used to playing like this,” Nadal said. “When we play on outdoor courts, that’s part of the game, too. Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind.ADVERTISEMENT “At the same time, it is beautiful to play under tough conditions because then the player who has different options to play has better chances to survive these kind of days. It’s about adapting and being focused mentally. Of course, I prefer to play without these conditions, but in some way I enjoy.”The winner last year in Toronto for his fourth title in the event, Nadal won his 379th ATP Masters 1000 match to break a tie with Roger Federer for the record. Nadal has 82 singles victories, winning the French Open in June for his second title of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the quarterfinals, the 33-year-old Spanish star will face seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy. Fognini beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.“He’s having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best,” Nadal said. “I need to be playing well. I think today I played better than yesterday, so I hope tomorrow I continue with this improvement. That’s what I need if I want to keep having chances to be through.” TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest MOST READ Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia beat Montreal teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 in the afternoon at windy and raucous IGA Stadium.Celebrating his 19th birthday, Auger-Aliassime was undone by 12 double faults and a series of mistakes. After the match, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Auger-Aliassime, while a video featuring fellow pros also passing on their greetings played on the big screens.“For sure frustrated because it was a big occasion,” he said. “There was a lot of expectations, pressure, you name it. It’s tough to see it slip away, but there’s reason for that. It just means that I still have things to improve to win these type of matches and to deal better with these type of moments.”Khachanov set up a quarterfinal match against third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (5) winner over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tied 7-7 in the tiebreaker, Khachanov sent a shot into the net on serve and then fired another ball over the second deck and out of the venue in frustration at the crowd cheering his mistakes, which led to loud boos.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

January 15

BanKo Perlas strengthens semifinal bid, trips Motolite; BaliPure avoids Chef’s Classics upset

first_imgThe win also solidified the Perlas Spikers’ quest for a semifinal berth as they upped their mark to 7-5 while snapping a two-game win run by the Motolite Spikers, who fell to 7-4.In the second game, BaliPure frustrated Chef’s Classics, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 17-25, 17-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Grace Bombita knocked in 27 points for the Water Defenders who, like the winless Red Spikers, were already out of contention even before the game began.BaliPure improved to 3-10, while Chef’s Classics sank to 0-13. With Olympic hopes quashed, Blu Girls set sights on SEAG LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees BanKo Perlas boosted its semifinals stock after beating Motolite even as BaliPure avoided becoming the first and only victim of Chef’s Classics on Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Perlas Spikers relied on veteran Dzi Gervacio to bring down Motolite, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21, and break a two-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio topscored with 20 points for BanKo Perlas, which needed to stave off a late-charge by Motolite in the third set.University of the Philippines stars Isa Molde and Tots Carlos tried to carry the cudgels for the Motolite Spikers, scoring four points between them as they trimmed a four-point deficit to just 22-20.But a succession of unforced errors ended the fight for Motolite. —MARC ANTHONY REYESADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunacenter_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’ PLAY LIST 03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View commentslast_img read more

January 13

NCDs take up 70% of public health budget – Dr Cummings

first_imgA call for healthy habitsNon-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are said to be laying a heavy burden on the budgetary allocation to the Public Health Ministry, and Junior Minister, Dr Karen Cummings is pleading with persons to take better care of themselves.Dr Cummings was part of a panel including Public Health Minister Dr George Norton and Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud, at the Ministry’s year-end press briefing, last Friday.Dr Cummings explained that the Chronic Disease Unit (CDU) has been addressing the top four causes of premature death in Guyana:  cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.According to Minister Cummings, NCDs carry a huge cost to families and caregivers of those suffering from the diseases as well as Government.“Currently, about 70 per cent of the Ministry’s budget is being spent on NCDs. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop healthy lifestyle choices and practices early so as to avoid falling prey to NCDs,” she stressed.The Minister outlined that the Unit performed creditably in 2016 when compared to previous years.  She said there was much optimism that the new year will bring additional achievements that would further promote the work of the Unit.In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Guyana Country Office, the Unit has completed the first leg of the implementation plan for the years 2016-2018 in sync with the Integrated Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Disease Strategic Plan 2013-2020. Moreover, the Unit has worked unremittingly to ensure it achieved all the activities programmed for 2016.Dr Cummings said the Unit continued to ensure that capacity building occurred in the regional facilities. Between October 17 and 28, 10 new providers were trained and placed in the healthcare sector to ensure that screening for cervical cancer continued. The training also produced a new provider in the Charity area, signalling the launching of a new site for VIA screening. There are now 20 sites located across Guyana with a total of 33 VIA certified providers. A new cohort of 17 doctors and nurses from all six regions of the country where there are Regional Diabetic Foot Centres were trained in Diabetic Foot Care and Management.She noted that the Ministry, late last year, met with members of the Guyana Business Coalition on Health Awareness and a Memorandum of Understanding was developed, which would see the Private Sector companies allocating funding towards chronic Non-Communicable Diseases. The funding will cover focal point nomination, support groups, training, screening, and purchasing of gym materials to allow for more physical activities in workplaces. The entities also agreed to enforce the no smoking policies in their work environment.Junior Public Health Minister Karen CummingsThe Unit also developed a training course and manual for community personnel to become more actively involved in sensitising their peers on Non-Communicable Diseases. The programme, entitled “Community Leaders in Health”, is a conglomeration of all the essential services offered by the Ministry which are essential in combating NCDs. Two training sessions were held in August and November where a total of 51 persons from communities in Region Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and 10 were trained.Partners and stakeholdersAccording to Dr Cummings, the Chronic Disease Unit works collaboratively with a number of international partners and stakeholders, including PAHO, the Guyana Diabetic Association and the Caribbean Public Health Agency.Early last year, the Coordinator of the Chronic Disease Unit attended the First Global Meeting for NCDs programme managers and directors. This meeting saw Guyana opening discussions relating to free trade and innovative approaches towards combating Non-Communicable Diseases. The launch of the National Commission on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases was an idea, which met the unreserved approval of the forum. Dr Cummings said her Ministry intended to make this Commission a reality in 2017.last_img read more

December 27

Manchester City prepared to walk away from chance to sign Alexis Sanchez

first_imgManchester City are prepared to walk away from a deal to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Press Association Sport understands.The Premier League leaders feel the overall price for signing the Chile forward this month – transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands – is currently too high and must come down.City are not concerned if this stance opens up a route for another club, even arch-rivals Manchester United, to step in.Sanchez has long been a target for City and they offered £60million for the 29-year-old, without success, last summer. They would now hope to do a deal for a fee of around £20million but are understood to have been quoted £35million. City have been convinced of Sanchez’s desire to work with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola again for some time but they were prepared to wait until his contract expires in June.A knee injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus on New Year’s Eve had the potential to change thinking and bring forward a potential deal, but the Brazilian’s problem is not as bad as feared.With assessments suggesting Jesus could be back in training within three weeks, City have no urgent need to bring in another forward this month.City understand Sanchez is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium in the current transfer window but they will not be pressured into overpaying by the player’s representatives, Arsenal or by the interest of any other club.Reports emerged on Thursday that United were keen to enter the race for Sanchez but there has been no confirmation from Old Trafford.City boss Guardiola refused to discuss the matter at a press conference to preview his side’s clash with Liverpool this weekend.Guardiola said: “I understand completely this question, I understand you are doing your job, but you know my answer.“I am not going (to speak about it). I’m focused on Liverpool, believe me. Alexis – everyone knows how good he is, but I am not going to answer about Alexis or other players.”And Mourinho did little to quash any potential move from United when asked about their possible interest in Sanchez.“I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez,” he said.“At the general level, what I can say is that myself and the Manchester United board, we don’t believe a lot in the January market. We don’t believe in signing players just to sign a player, just to do something. We don’t believe in that.“What we believe really is that there are some players in the football world, if you have a chance to sign them, it doesn’t matter if it is in January, March or July you have to try.“But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is the same word that everybody says, he’s a phenomenal player.“Apart from that, (he’s an) Arsenal player, I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has stressed that Sanchez will only be allowed to leave the north London club this month if a replacement is found.The Gunners, who maintain they have not yet received an approach for Sanchez, have been linked with Bordeaux’s Brazilian forward Malcom.Wenger said: “Of course I want a quick resolution.“Is he (Sanchez) replaceable in the way that we find exactly the same player? Certainly not, but there’s always a way to find a different balance.“Alexis is an exceptional football player, he’s a world-class player and if that happens (he leaves) we have to find a different balance in the team.“I have had many conversations about him and we talked about the fact that people are always observing you with a microscope when you’re on a short-term contract, but I’ve never questioned his professional attitude when he’s on the football pitch.” The Sky Blues offered Arsenal £60million for the forward last summer 1last_img read more

December 25

‘Gordon Banks – The Man Behind the Save’ – Special tribute show

first_img Gordon Banks is considered one of the best goalkeepers to have ever played the game You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.With thanks to Matt Lorenzo for providing clips of Gordon Banks used in his film, Bobby, about the life of Bobby Moore. Current Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland pays tribute to Gordon Banks at the Britannia Stadium 2 2center_img He was capped 73 times for his country and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions, while he also had notable success at club level with Leicester and Stoke.Banks made his name as one of the Football League’s best keepers during his time with Leicester, and won the first of his England caps while playing for the Foxes.He won the 1964 League Cup and repeated the feat eight years later during his time at Stoke. While he remains the only English goalkeeper ever to get his hands on the Jules Rimet trophy, Banks’ most defining moment came four years on from the glorious ‘66 triumph, at the World Cup in Mexico.Defying the laws of physics, he made a spectacular stop from a Pele header in a group stage clash with Brazil. It is regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time.It is rumoured the following exchange took place after the incident:“I thought that was a goal.” (Pelé)“You and me both.” (Banks)“You’re getting old, Banksy, you used to hold on to them.” (England captain Bobby Moore)On talkSPORT this Sunday at 9pm, Ray Stubbs will host a special tribute show, ‘Gordon Banks – The Man Behind the Save’.Using archive clips – some of which featured in the film ‘Bobby’ – you can hear Banks’ memories of his remarkable life and career.He recalls the infamous clash with Argentina in ‘66, reveals his surprising preparations for the World Cup final, discusses how he played on despite losing his sight in one eye and explains just how he made THAT save.You can listen to the show through the radioplayer below or by clicking here. Gordon Banks sadly passed away this week, at the age of 81.England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper of 1966, Banks was one of the greats of his generation and enjoyed a truly remarkable career.last_img read more