Heavy police presence in ParisParis is pouring police into the streets this weekend for what the French people hope will be back-to-back celebrations — Bastille Day and, they’re crossing their fingers, a World Cup title.Paris police chief Michel Delpuech says 12,000 officers and 3,000 rescue workers will be mobilised in Paris and its suburbs for France’s national day today, marked by a military parade down the Champs-Elysees Avenue, and tomorrow when France plays Croatia in the World Cup final at a stadium in the Russian capital.Should France win, revelers will pack the Champs-Elysees to celebrate. Tens of thousands can watch the match from screens in a fan zone near the Eiffel Tower.The fun will be mixed with high tension for security authorities: Delpuech says a “real terrorist threat” exists.No DopeFIFA has reported no doping cases from almost 4,000 samples taken since January in a testing programme for the World Cup finals.The last World Cup doping case involved Argentina great Diego Maradona at the 1994 tournament in the United States.The 2018 testing programme includes 626 samples taken during the competition, including two players from each squad drawn to give samples after games. A total of 108 of the samples were collected on non-match days.Some players from the four teams still playing in Russia have been tested eight times this year, football’s world body said.Unruly England fansFIFA has opened a disciplinary case against England’s Football Association over misconduct by fans at the World Cup semi-final.FIFA says the investigation is into reports of offensive chants and discriminatory behaviour by a small group of fans at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.England took an early lead before losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time in its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.FIFA holds member federations responsible for fan behaviour at stadiums.Football’s international governing body is working at with anti-discrimination group Fare, which places expert monitors in stadiums.
It is well known that tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s top health challenges with nine million new cases and nearly 1.5 million deaths each year. Over 95 per cent of TB deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, poor communities and vulnerable groups.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while there has been significant progress in the fight against TB, with more than 43 million lives saved since 2000, the battle is only half-won as over 4000 people lose their lives each day to this leading infectious disease.At a recent international forum, which was organised to help complement the functioning of, and assist in capacity building among, national TB laboratories, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings boasted that Guyana was currently winning the war against TB. She said that in spite of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causing a spike in the number of TB cases dealt with last year, the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) and the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) were working round the clock to heighten the Isoniazid Preventative Therapy in citizens living with the deadly disease.Even though Guyana still has a far way to go, this country can boast of tremendous progress made in its fight against TB; and all efforts must be made to ensure these gains are not reversed. It could be recalled that the actual number of new TB cases diagnosed by the National TB Programme (NTBP) rose steadily throughout the 90s. However, with some key interventions by the previous Administration, such as the implementation of the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) programme (2002-2007), annual cases declined from 2008 and stabilised for four years thereafter due to further DOTS expansion.Based on official statistics, the case notification rate over the past five years decreased from 92 per 100,000 in 2012 to 70 per 100,000 in 2017. This is quite an achievement and kudos must be given to all the stakeholders that are working to further reduce TB cases in Guyana.Some years ago, the DOTS system was successfully implemented in all the regions of the country and has been essential to ensuring case detection, standardised treatment, with supervision and patient support. That said, the national rate is still below the target for the WHO’s END TB Strategy 2025 of 90 per cent.According to recent analysis by the WHO of the TB epidemic, “momentum is growing at country and community levels – including in the 30 countries with the highest TB burden (over 85 per cent of the global burden). A number of countries are strengthening the strategic agendas of their TB programmes, by adopting newer tools, extending access to care and linking with other parts of Government to reduce the financial costs borne by patients. Other countries are partnering with researchers to speed development of diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines, and to improve delivery”.However, despite these advances, formidable challenges remain including fragile health systems, human resource and financial constraints, and the serious co-epidemics with HIV, diabetes, and tobacco use.Ending TB will only be achieved with greater collaboration within and across governments and with partners from civil society, communities, researchers, the Private Sector and development agencies. This means taking a whole-of-society and multidisciplinary approach, in the context of universal health coverage.Funding also remains a crucial component. All partners can help take forward innovative approaches to ensure that everyone suffering from the disease has access to TB diagnosis, treatment and cure. Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) may have the best ideas to tackle TB, but it makes very little sense if there are inadequate financial resources to ensure their effective implementation.The authorities here must continue to build on the gains made over the years regarding efforts to reduce TB cases in keeping with the WHO targets.
Dear Editor,Commissions of Inquiries (CoIs) are usually set up to find or uncover facts that were once hidden and bring them to light. That is why in some places like the South African hearings, it is called a Truth and Reconciliation Commission – these inquiries are designed to get to the bottom of things with a firm view to bring closure and healing to the affected parties and the nation as a whole. With this principal thought in mind, let us take a closer look into the most recent of CoIs held by the Government, that is, the Lindo Creek massacre. Was this Commission set up to get the facts or is it really a sham inquest? Or is it another one of those attempts to whip up hate for the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) who was in power at the said time? In either case, the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition is not on a quest to know the truth but, are headlong on a mission to substantiate a rumour. Ultimately, the PNC is hoping that they can get back that much needed support from its own power base. The PNC is cognisant of the fact that support from its constituencies is dwindling – talk to the common man on the ground and you will get the real picture – so there is serious urgency to regain ground. So, any plausible mechanism that can be employed, would be employed to regain lost territory, this CoI is one of them.The way the Commission’s directors are going about their duties is that they would like the hearings to go in a certain direction but sadly things are not turning out the way they would like it to be.The PNC is not interested in getting to the truth, they would rather settle for a substitute for the truth no matter how ludicrous it may be.This became a clear fact in their meticulous, painstakingly detailed handling of Arokium’s hearsay testimony.Lindo Creek was meant to be the smoking gun of all inquiries set up to unearth all the deadly corrupt practices of the PPP/C during their tenure in office.When a CoI is set up purely on the basis of a rumour, no good can be the result, in fact, by so doing the PNC have exposed themselves to be a shameful political entity before the entire world.Respectfully,Neil Adams
0Shares0000Eden Hazard celebrates a goal for Chelsea in a past match. PHOTO/FILE.LONDON, April 25 – Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has revealed that midfielder Eden Hazard will not be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Hazard has not had much of an impact this season as he scored his first two goals of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign in Chelsea’s 4-1 rout of AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain or Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, but Hiddink made it clear that Hazard will be staying put.“It’s important that [Hazard] is here next year,” Hiddink told reporters. “He has some more years to go on his contract. And what I do know is that he is very happy with everything at Chelsea, and everything around Chelsea.“He is very important and if he is fit he will be very important again next season.“He’s very light, very fresh now in training, he’s been enjoying it and making jokes. He’s playing free with no doubt in his mind and no frustrations, so this is a good sign for me. Now he can go on for the whole season.“He’s not fully fit yet, so without taking any risks in the upcoming days he can regain that. And then of course the mental fitness will go accordingly.”Hiddink also admitted that he has been disappointed by Hazard’s performance this season as the Belgian has only scored four goals and notched up eight assists. Last season, Hazard was in exceptional form as he finished with 19 goals and 13 assists.Despite Hazard not being up to par thus far, Hiddink believes it is only a matter of time before the midfielder finds his groove.“It’s been a very bad season for him, we don’t like to neglect the facts,” he said. “It’s difficult for a talented, high-quality player like Hazard. I think this season he had a difficult season, falling into injuries, coming back, nearly getting back then getting injured again.“When you come back properly you’ll be back well, and he showed that. When he is fully fit physically and mentally then he is one of the best. And I think he can regain the [PFA] award. He has the capacity to gain it back in coming years.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the Premier League season approaching its conclusion, the Coral spokesman looks ahead to the 2016/17 campaign.Pep Guardiola will become Manchester City boss in the summer and his appointment has seen City installed as the 6/4 favourites to win next season’s title.Arsenal and Chelsea, who will also have a new boss in Antonio Conte, are next in the betting at 4/1, while Manchester United are 7-1 and Liverpool and Tottenham are 9/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
TODAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors should meet in the main lobby. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at the Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call for information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM 2 getty David de Gea is set to sign a new long-term contract at Manchester United worth an estimated £117million three-way race That form continued with his club side as he conceded 54 goals for United net last season – De Gea’s worst ever season of his career.And former Crystal Palace owner Jordan can’t understand the logic behind why he is now being made one of the highest-paid players in English football.“This is a lack of football savvy, this is laziness,” he said on Monday evening’s Kick Off on talkSPORT.“If you look at De Gea’s performances, he’s in decline.“He made only saved 69 per cent of the shots he faced last season, which puts him in the bottom-half of the Premier League goalkeepers.“He’s in an average team, sure, but there are averages teams that have goalkeepers who are performing at a better level. “I think this is Manchester United, this is Ed Woodward saying: ‘I don’t need a goalkeeper problem, i can’t be bothered with that. We’ve got problems with Pogba, problems with Lukaku, I’ve got a manager I think might be fit for purpose but I’m taking a fly on him…’“I think Woodward is being lazy and would rather say, ‘I’ll do something with other people’s money’.“I’m not saying De Gea is in full decline, but what I am saying, when you look at the statistics, is where else do you get a reward for going backwards?”Listen back to a clip of Simon Jordan on Kick Off above Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST 2 REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND RUMOURS Simon Jordan has blasted Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for his ‘lazy’ decision to hand David de Gea a new £117million contract.The straight-talking talkSPORT pundit says the goalkeeper is ‘in decline’ and has slammed the Premier League giants, saying: ‘Where else do you get a reward for going backwards?’It is understood Spanish goalkeeper De Gea is set to sign a new six-year deal at Old Trafford worth an estimated £375,000-a-week. David de Gea was slammed for his form at the World Cup Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The new terms would remove any doubt over the player’s future at United, having been consistently linked with a move away from the club over the last few years.But his bumper contract also comes after his worst season in a Manchester United shirt.De Gea has not been the same player ever since last summer’s World Cup, where Spain were dumped out by Russia in the first knock-out stage.The 28-year-old left the tournament with the worst statistics of any goalkeeper for 52 years – of the seven shots on Spain’s goal, six of them ended up in the net and he failed to stop any of Russia’s penalties as they won their last-16 meeting in a shoot-out.
Ryan Wilson started with wing Rory Hughes coming onto the bench as Townsend abandoned his original plan to pack the replacements with forwards.The Scots began brightly, however, with captain John Barclay breaking to set up an attack that ended with Russell kicking a simple penalty, soon levelled by former Scots age-grade fly-half Tommaso Allan.Townsend’s troops were being frustrated but they did get Visser through to the line before Paul Williams, the referee, ruled he had been helped by a block.When they did break through, however, it was spectacular – scrum-half Price launched the attack with a tap penalty and had the pace to round the remaining defence and score. Gregor Townsend began his reign as Scotland head coach with a 34-13 victory over Italy in Singapore.Four tries in a spectacular 10 minutes helped Townsend’s cause while fly-half Finn Russell produced two moments of magic that made sure of the result.Ali Price, Tim Visser, Ross Ford (two) and Damien Hoyland scored tries for Scotland, with Duncan Taylor and Peter Horne adding a conversion apiece and Russell on target twice from the tee.The start had been anything but the one Scotland wanted, with flanker John Hardie hobbling out of the pre-match warm-up with a back problem. Russell missed the conversion but he twice played vital roles in setting up a try straight from the kick-off.The playmaker chipped across the field for wing Hoyland to take Scotland into the 22 and then repeated the little kick for Visser to take it on the full and stretch out to reach the line.Russell got hurt in the process so the kicking duties went to Taylor, standing in at full-back, who duly slotted the conversion to give his side a 12-point lead at the break.Scotland soon increased that when hooker Ford, winning his 108th cap, was driven over from a maul.The fourth try was sensational, with Russell offloading twice and producing an overhead flip that sent Ford rumbling over for his second try – doubling his Test try count – one match before he equals Chris Paterson’s cap record.Italy did claim one back when flanker Maxime Mbanda intercepted on halfway and found Michele Campagnaro to run in the score.However, Scotland were not going to surrender that lead and hit back with clever hands from Taylor, giving Hoyland his first Test try on his third cap.Italy had the final word with Angelo Esposito latching onto a long pass to score as time ran out, but it did not take much gloss off for Townsend.
Jason Quigley sees Thursday’s NABF middleweight title fight as a chance to put his name in the division’s shop window – and the title’s history suggests he’s right.BY CHRIS MCNULTY IN INDIOFellow Irishman Andy Lee went on to win the WBO middleweight crown after holding the NABF crown in 2011, when he scored a UD win against Alex Bunema in Illinois. David Lemieux and Kelly Pavlik have been NABF middleweight winners, as have world middleweight contenders Curtis Stevens and Fernando Guerrero.“This is a very prestigious belt,” Quigley, pictured by Lina Baker of Instantboxing.com, says.“It’s a great belt to have to climb the rankings and to get the name out there. That puts more on the line.“A lot of people who have held it in the past have gone on to win world titles. “This brings another sense of determination and will power in me.“I can’t get carried away with the belt. It’s a big fight. I have to stay focussed and take it one round at a time.”Interestingly, the previous holder of this belt was Ievgen Khytrov, the Ukrainian whom Quigley defeated on his way to winning a European Gold in 2013 when the pair were amateurs.Quigley will headline the first in the ‘Golden Boy on ESPN’ series on Thursday when he clashes with Tapia – and the Ballybofey man feels ready for the big stage.He said: “Golden Boy look at me as one of their top prospects and they’re putting a lot of faith in me. “It gives me great confidence when Golden Boy give me this kind of opportunity and putting me on this kind of stage.“Ask any boxer what it’d be like to win a belt. This is what it’s all about, collecting the belts, lifting the straps and getting as many of them as possible.”The Quigley-Tapia weigh-in will be streamed on RingTV.com from 9pm tonight.Jason Quigley: NABF middleweight title a ‘prestigious belt’ and chance to lay down a big marker was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fantasy SpringsGlen TapiaGolden Boy PromotionsJason QuigleyNABF middleweight titleSheer Sports Management
Sligo hurlers are virtually assured of a league final place in the Division 3B of the Allianz Hurling League following Sunday’s emphatic 4-19 to 2-5 win against Cavan at windy Kent Park in Ballydoogan.Daithi Hand’s side, aided by a strong wind at their backs, took control of proceedings early on and established a 3-12 to 1-0 lead by half-time.Cavan added a second goal early in the second-half but, otherwise, Sligo were rarely troubled.Sligo manager Daithi Hand’s spoke with Liam Maloney after the game:Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Sligo-Daithi-Hand-17022019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Yeats County sit top of Division 3B with six points and, barring an unlikely set of results in the final series of league games, are set for a place in the league final.Their likely opponents are Longford who beat Martin Cunniffe’s Leitrim on Sunday by 2-18 to 0-16 at Glennon Pearse Park.In Division 2B, Donegal are set for a relegation play-off. Lee Henderson scored 0-10 for the Tir Chonnaill men but that couldn’t prevent Wicklow from recording a 2-13 to 0-15 win at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny. The result leaves Donegal pointless after three matches.