Simona Halep of Romania reacts during the second round match against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic at the WTA Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen, in China’s southern Guangdong province on January 4, 2017. AFP PHOTO“Frustrated” fourth seed Simona Halep said she was struggling with a knee injury as she fell at the first hurdle for the second year in a row at the Australian Open on Monday.The out-of-sorts Romanian, who called for medical attention after losing the first set, went down 6-3, 6-1 to American Shelby Rogers on day one in hot conditions on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ LATEST STORIES Almagro denies money-grab after 23-minute match But a confident Rogers broke in the third game of the second set to go 2-1 ahead before quickly reeling off the last four games.Rogers’ reward is a second-round clash against either Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty or Germany’s Annika Beck.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Halep was playing the first match of the tournament on the centre court, and she became the first major casualty.It was a case of deja vu for the right-hander, who was sent packing at the same stage last year by Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai.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 returnHalep is one of the fastest movers on court but she was missing her usual zip against the 24-year-old American, who reached the French Open quarter-finals last year.“I had pain at my knee,” she said, adding that she first felt the tendon problem in October at the WTA Finals in Singapore. “There are no easy matches at this level so I am happy to get through and I take a lot of confidence from today.”‘I’m good enough’She added that making the last eight at Roland Garros had given her the belief that she can beat the top players.“The biggest thing I took away from that was just that I can compete with the top players in the world and I’m good enough,” she said.“So I have definitely carried that away from the French Open and just been enjoying it a little bit. There has been a lot of positive feedback, which has been nice. I’m just trying to keep that going.”Playing the first match of the tournament on centre court, Rogers held serve first up when Halep sent a backhand wide as both players adjusted to the conditions.As sweat quickly started dripping off them, it went with serve to 2-2 in a close-fought contest as Halep was forced to save two break points to stay at level pegging.Rogers, coming off a run to the quarter-finals at the Hobart International, finally got the break in the sixth game to lead 4-2 when Halep smashed a volley into the net.The sluggish Romanian saved two set points on her next service game but Rogers wasn’t to be denied and she wrapped up the set 6-3 in a gruelling 46 minutes. The usually tenacious Halep was clearly struggling and she called for the trainer at the changeover. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ “For me, in the second set, was difficult to move anymore, but she deserved to win. She was aggressive, and she hit very strong.”Asked about crashing out in the first round once again, she replied: “I’m a bit frustrated, but you cannot change much. “I’m okay. Just looking ahead. It happens, and I just want to be well with the knee. And then I will think about the game.”Rogers, in only her second Australian Open appearance, was ecstatic at claiming such a big scalp, having missed last year’s tournament to focus on a lower-level ITF Tour event in Florida after injury problems.“It’s pretty incredible, I played really well today,” said the American, ranked 52 in the world.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Lady Chiefs dedicate crown to mourning coach Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study “It was very evident in this game,” Austria said of his Beermen’s Game 4 fire. “We didn’t play with that, we had very low energy in the last two games and we lost. I told the players that you need to exert all your effort and match their intensity and we can win.”Larry Fonacier scored 15 points and Jason Castro 13 for the Texters, who never got going the way they did in Game 3 Sunday night and dropped into a hole they never got to climb out of.Austria, though, refuses to buy suggestions that his team is now back playing the favorite, a tag the Beermen were given after coming into the series with an 11-game winning streak dating back to the elimination round.“We don’t look at it that way,” Austria said when asked if San Miguel will be the favorite in Game 5. “I just know that this is a game of adjustments. They will plot things against you for the next game, try to anticipate your adjustments.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte MOST READ San Miguel coach Leo Austria is wary of how the rest of this series will go and wants his boys to do what they did in Game 4, which he thinks is their best chance to bundle out the Texters.“We are both powerhouses,” Austria said after getting 31 points from Chris Ross and double digits from four others. “But this is a chess match, with each (coach) looking for an advantage (against the other). We have to play our game, like we did today.”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 returnThe Texters played their worst game of the series and got beaten early, when Ross scored 18 of his total in the third to boost the San Miguel juggernaut that had the Beermen taking a 60-38 lead.Ross’ effort did not escape Austria, who praised the entire team for “playing with the sense of urgency” after they had come into the game staring at a 1-2 deficit following two straight TNT wins. LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town PBA IMAGESShowing up with the energy and intensity that champions are made of, San Miguel Beer went out for blood Tuesday night and nearly sucked TNT KaTropa dry, scoring a 97-86 victory that leveled their Final Four series in the PBA Philippine Cup at 2-2 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.After leading by as large as 22 points in the third quarter, the Beermen played with defending champions’ form and clearly grabbed the momentum and psychological edge going into Game 5 of this bruising series on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments
Tey Teodoro continued his solid play as Jose Rizal U trounced University of the East, 67-62, for its second straight victory, while Ateneo and La Salle evened their records in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup in San Juan on Sunday.Teodoro, the stocky left-handed guard from San Juan, fired 20 points, while John Grospe chipped in 10 points as the Heavy Bombers followed up their impressive win over the Green Archers on Saturday by bringing down another UAAP squad at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT With Teodoro and Grospe on the firing end and Mark Dela Virgen providing the spark, the Heavy Bombers built enough cushion in the third period to weather a late uprising by the Warriors, who dropped to 1-1.“I like what I’m seeing from the team,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses. “We’re moving the ball well. We’re sharing the ball and that’s why we were able to beat the press.”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 returnMeneses hopes his team can sustain its disciplined play that has highlighted its first two games.“The consistency on offense is there and the effort on defense,” said Meneses. “But we also want to grow as a team. We’re not that talented where we can beat anybody by scoring. This year, our defense is our best offense.” The Blue Eagles slipped past the Letran Knights, 78-76, for their second win in four outings, while the Archers whipped the Perpetual Help Altas, 94-71, in the third game.Tyler Tio, who sat out last season due to eligibility issues, fired 17 points, while Thirdy Ravena contributed 15 points for Ateneo, which scored its second straight win while spoiling Letran’s debut in the pre-season tournament.Ben Mbala exploded for 30 points as the Archers took the fight out of the Altas early before rolling to their first win in two games. La Salle led by 20 points heading into the final period as Perpetual struggled to cope with the Archers’ firepower that saw eight players scoring at least six points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte KaTropa a tough match for Beermen Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo during the Batang Pier’s game against the Alaska Aces on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo is often criticized for his hero-ball mentality, but with GlobalPort’s season on the line, it was the super scorer’s score-first mindset that won it for the Batang Pier on Sunday night.With GlobalPort down by a point, Romeo took matters into his own hands and drilled a killer trey to beat Alaska for the last quarterfinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “My thinking was I know we have to play one more game. It didn’t cross my mind that we’re going to lose,” he said. “Every time I shot the ball, even though I was missing, I was reminding myself that I have to make it and I want to contribute to the team.”Romeo scored 26 points on 9-of-20 from the field that went with five rebounds and three assists.However, the Batang Pier would need more than that from Romeo against top seed Ginebra, which enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.“I still haven’t thought about Ginebra. All I want is to go on practice tomorrow (Monday) and prepare. Whatever happens on Tuesday, all I want is for us to be prepared,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “It’s a gutsy move. It takes one great player to be willing to take that shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya (he’s never shy in taking the shot),” Batang Pier head coach Franz Pumaren said with a smile after his team escaped the Aces, 107-106.Romeo joked that he just did what Pumaren used to do during his heyday.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 ground“I told him in the dugout that perhaps, back in his heyday, he’d end up doing what I did. He’s also not scared when it comes to taking the big shots so I just did what he’d do,” Romeo said in Filipinio.Romeo shared his will to win roots from his desire to carry GlobalPort into the playoffs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batang Pier brace for series vs Kings View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC):Head coach Dennis Lawrence has blasted the referee’s decision not to award Trinidad and Tobago a second-half penalty during their 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica in the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualifiers here, on Tuesday.Jamille Boatswain went down in the area in the 51st minute under a challenge from a Costa Rican defender, but the referee waived away appeals for the penalty.With neither side able to score in the second half, the 2-1 half-time scoreline remained, leaving T&T with their fifth defeat of the campaign and closer to elimination.”First and foremost, I’m going to be careful with how I deal with the situation because I am not really happy,” Lawrence said following the game.”Congratulations to Costa Rica. In terms of our boys, I think we gave a tremendous effort tonight and I don’t think the result reflected the actual result.”I’ve got to question the penalty because I think the only people on the football pitch that did not believe it was a penalty were the officials.”
Liverpool has conceded 16 goals in nine league games its worst start in 53 years to sit 12 points behind leader Manchester City in eighth place. Tottenham, though, is on the up after a sluggish start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side is only behind second-place Manchester United on goal difference and within five points of City. Tottenham is finally looking at ease at its temporary Wembley home, but few opponents will be as easy to pick apart as Liverpool. Few EPL players will be as brittle in defence as Dejan Lovren, who was hauled off after a half-hour. By that stage, Tottenham was already 2-1 up after going in front after only four minutes through Kane, and then Son Heung-min netted in the 12th minute. Liverpool had not threatened when Mohamed Salah scored in the 24th, but it would only prove a consolation. Dele Alli restored Tottenham’s two-goal cushion in first-half stoppage time and Kane was on target again 11 minutes into the second half. English Premier League Table Pos Club Pl GD Pts 1 Man City 9 +28 25 2 Man Utd 9 +18 20 3 Spurs 9 +13 20 4 Chelsea 9 +7 16 5 Arsenal 9 +5 16 6 Watford 9 -2 15 7 Newcastle 9 +2 14 8 Burnley 9 -1 13 9 Liverpool 9 -2 13 10 Southampton 9 -1 12 11 Huddersfield 9 -3 12 12 Brighton 9 -1 11 13 West Brom 9 -3 10 14 Leicester 9 -2 9 15 Swansea 9 -4 8 16 West Ham 9 -9 8 17 Stoke 9 -10 8 18 Everton 9 -11 8 19 Bournemouth 9 -7 7 20 Crystal Palace 9 -17 3 WORST START LONDON (AP): Final score: North London 9, Merseyside 3. Liverpool and Everton endured a miserable Sunday in the English Premier League (EPL) as they were torn apart by Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively. Arsenal had five different scorers in a 5-2 victory that further weakened Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s job security. Harry Kane scored twice in front of a record Premier League crowd of more than 80,000 as Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley Stadium. The statistics are bleak for Koeman in his second season in charge: Everton has no wins in its last five matches, two victories in the last 13, eight points from nine games and only six league goals. Everton, which finished seventh in the EPL last season, is bottom of its Europa League group with one point from three games. “I am responsible for this team,” Koeman said. “The final result is really poor, but all these kind of decisions (about my future) is not in my hands.” Although Wayne Rooney put Everton in front, that was as good as it got for Everton. Nacho Monreal equalised just before the break with further goals coming from Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette after Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off and Aaron Ramsey. Substitute Oumar Niasse pulled one back, thanks to poor defending, but Alexis Sanchez had the final say with the last kick of the game as Arsenal eased to a first away win of the season. Despite around £150 million (US$198 million) being invested in new players in the summer, Everton is now in the relegation zone. “The team is underperforming, it is in a difficult situation mentally and struggling for confidence. That is what we need to change,” Koeman said. “I still believe I can change the whole situation, but everybody knows how it works in football. That is all I can answer about this situation. I told the players that I believe the players, I believe in the commitment of the players.” Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp hopes to deliver Liverpool’s first league title since 1990. Some chance, now, in his third season.
The rules for the three-round contest – organised by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo – were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match. Mayweather said: “Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still, undefeated.” Mayweather has won all 50 of his pro fights, while Nasukawa has an undefeated record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. “It’s all about having fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight, praising Nasukawa as a “young, hungry lion”. The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout culminated an evening of more than a dozen fights, streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the US Fuji TV was the broadcaster in Japan. Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa. “I told Tenshin to ‘hold your head up high,'” Mayweather said. Nasukawa said after the bout that he was grateful for the experience and that he had learned a lot. Fans – and possibly Nasukawa himself – appeared taken back that Mayweather showed little mercy in the exhibition. “He is first-class,” Nasukawa said. SAITAMA, Japan (AP): It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve. Nasukawa’s father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round yesterday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up. It was a quick and definitive victory for the 41-year-old American. Mayweather was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him “still a great champion”. Nasukawa, however, barely landed a clean punch against the vastly more experienced Mayweather. STILL UNDEFEATED
By Ryhaan ShahNo one is optimistic about Guyana’s future. The country has careened through 51 post-independence years, bouncing along and threading its way through a divide, with two large groups of citizens on opposite sides of the path that should have led us to peace and prosperity.But poor political leadership is not the only reason for our despair and continued lack of progress. The will always belongs to the people, and we are the ones who continue to fail ourselves and our children’s future. We have not yet risen above party politics, nor have we graduated from drinking the partisan Kool- Aid that continues to kill us.Many felt the PPP/C Administration was corrupt and arrogant, and should be let gone. Whatever machinations occurred in the 2015 elections to ensure this, the Coalition came in with great promises of positive change. We have watched it all come to naught as PNC authoritarianism moved in; and that without any effective protest or deterrence from any quarter.The PNC has always had command of its thug element, along with its kith-and-kin support in the police and army, which are all part of its political arsenal. With these it had rammed its way into power in the 1960s with the full backing of the US and its allies. PNC attempts to do the same during the 23 years of PPP rule were destructive, but never achieved the desired goal.The U.S. had invested too heavily in restoring Guyana to democratic rule; and, in a post-Cold War era, there was no good reason for political meddling. Then came oil, and everything changed. Securing an oil future is to everyone’s advantage — especially for the U.S. and its allies, with their manufacturing and industrial sectors to feed.The PPP/C Administration’s insistence on respect for Guyana’s sovereignty and its infamous feral blast did not help its relationship with the diplomatic community. With Guyana still dependent on aid, we are not in a position to call the shots, and many continue to believe that the party’s uncouth conduct scuppered its chances of winning the 2015 elections.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is astute enough to understand the need to mend fences with our international partners, but this might be too little too late.By all appearances, boat done gone ah falls, even if the PPP senses a 2020 victory because of the many corruptions and faux pas being committed by the Granger Administration. The economy is in free fall; the stink of Government’s corruption is high; democratic parliamentary processes are sidelined, as is the rule of law; and with Justice Franklyn Holder’s recusal from the Carvil Duncan case, the Judiciary appears compromised, whether through intimidation or because of party/racial solidarity.These add up to the abuse of Executive powers that accompany authoritarianism, and President David Granger is still to name a successor to the GECOM chair — an absolutely crucial position if the PNC’s plan to stay in government come 2020 is to succeed. The pesky AFC 11% appendage will have to go; PNC rule will not be dependent on Indian Guyanese votes.The moves to erode democratic processes should have set off alarms within the diplomatic circle, given their strident criticisms in regard to the PPP/C Administration’s alleged corruption. Instead, there are notably affable relations with what is an openly corrupt Government.Granger was able to go and take a photograph with the Queen of England; and he appears quite delighted with the shiny objects being presented to him, including little Hess toy trucks and a presidential arch complete with the cacique crown, gifted by favoured Trinidadian business partner ANSA McAL, who is $605 million richer for the corrupt pharmaceutical supply deal it was handed.If everything goes according to plan – the Nassau Plan? – the 2020 elections will be the last electoral manipulation the PNC might need. The openly racist policies that target Indian Guyanese economically and culturally will succeed in their goal. As Indians continue to flee, the demographics will shift and Africans will become the majority Guyanese people.Guyana’s First Nations need to be vigilant about the fatuous claim being made about African indigeneity. If this claim gains any legitimacy, the First Nations could well find themselves disempowered and dispossessed.Not everyone wants to see Guyana go down the road of PNC authoritarianism again; but, unfortunately, we have no best selves that will act for the common good and in our country’s interests. We prefer to watch the boat plunge headlong over the falls onto the rocks below.Oil will not save us; neither will another PNC dictatorship. But is there any will and unity to turn the boat around?
– spreading the joy that is gorgeous lingerieIt is clear that lingerie is more than sensuous undergarments for Sarah Ibrahim of the Lingerie Shop – although she confesses that she loves fashion and “all things beautiful”— it’s about building women’s confidence and empowerment.“I’m the eldest of four girls, and it was a constant headache to find quality undergarments,” she said, reminiscing on what prompted her to open the store.“No matter what you wear, I think all women can agree that what’s underneath matters…makes you feel comfortable, confident, and sexy,” the entrepreneur declared when questioned about the seemingly incongruity of her faith and owning a lingerie store. Noting that she has faced this question many times in all the years she has had her business, she later added wryly, “Because I dress modestly, a lot of people think I have no idea about sex or what is sexy.”“I am a woman and I know what women want. I’m also married with children and know our husbands love us looking and feeling beautiful and confident. More women need to realise lingerie is for home and we should always look amazing for our spouses. And for ourselves.”Her one-of-a-kind store is filled with wonderful diaphanous and cotton pieces and offers make-up and other body products as well, because she believes in “taking care of yourself”. “We have wonderful customers who have realised that our service and quality and prices are unmatchable. We have regulars as well as new people discovering the store every day,” Ibrahim says of the response the store has received over the years.For the stylish businesswoman, determination is key to running the business that has been providing exquisite underthings for women for 17 years. The East Bank Demerara resident says it is the most important quality an entrepreneur can possess.“…without determination, you’re just an idea. You have to go out there and make your dreams a reality.”Through all the ups and downs, including a fire last year that destroyed the building that housed the Lingerie Shop, betrayal by trusted staff members that damaged the store’s reputation and almost cost her the business, Ibrahim, with the support of her husband, has persevered – “at the end of it all, there’s a silver lining to every rainy cloud” – rebuilding the brand and moving to a new location.Asked what keeps her going through all these setbacks, she said simply: “We are Muslim and our faith has a lot to do with how we handle unimaginable situations. We have looked at each setback as a stepping stone. Determination to succeed, to not let anyone or anything affect our success.”Her advice to young entrepreneurs is “believe in yourself and prepare your mind that the road to success rarely is an easy one. Remember to save, be humble and be kind. You never know what the other person out there is facing maybe your smile is the one that brightens someone’s day”.“And always, never think you are too big to take advice or correction.”Contact: 146 Regent Street, Georgetown, Guyana – two buildings from Alexander Street in the top flat of the Techsource; 225-0578; www.facebook.com/saytlsgy/
World TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.The occasion is used as an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.This year’s theme is “Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind”, and 2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will place a special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave No One Behind”, including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalisation and overcome barriers to access care.The Sustainable Development Agenda embraces the principle of ensuring no one is left behind in an effort to transform the world and improve people’s lives for the better. Addressing the health needs of the disadvantaged, the marginalised, and those out of the reach of the health system will mean improving access to health services for everyone. This is essential in order to reach the target of ending TB by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO End TB Strategy.Last year, the WHO reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2015, making it the top infectious killer worldwide. This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited. While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalised, and other vulnerable populations.According to the Public Health Ministry, tuberculosis is identified as a priority health concern in Guyana, and through its DOTS programme, the Ministry has been able to expand TB services to the 10 Regions of Guyana.The increase of DOTS coverage reflects the strong commitment of the Public Health Ministry to lay the basis for a sound and sustainable fight against tuberculosis all over the country. In observance of the occasion, the Ministry in collaboration with PAHO will be hosting a multi-stakeholder meeting to launch the WHO END TB Strategy in Guyana.This is a forum for affected persons and communities, civil society organisations, health-care providers, collaborating partners and others to discuss and plan further interventions to fulfil the promise of reaching all people with quality TB prevention and care services, as well as enabling TB prevention through multi-sectoral development efforts. According to information released from the Ministry, over the past four years, the TB epidemic has shown some form of stability, while it has acknowledged that the fight against the disease in Guyana has been a long and difficult battle.TB control in Guyana still has some major challenges of which the most critical is the HIV epidemic within the population. This has been identified as one of the biggest concerns and the most important causes underlying the increase in both TB morbidity and mortality. Other challenges include the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and the access of isolated hinterland communities. The Public Health Ministry has partnered with key agencies over the years to expand TB services across the country, from one TB site in 2000 to 18 TB sites currently. In her message released on the occasion, subject Minister Volda Lawrence pointed to the fact that it was more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. It is also imperative for persons to get educated about the disease and to share that knowledge on how TB is transmitted, diagnosed and treated.