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Sedentary lifestyle is taking over Guyana – FAO representative

first_img…new Food Based Dietary Guidelines launchedThe revised Food Based Dietary Guidelines were on Thursday launched at the National Exhibition site, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, with the aim of sensitising the public on how to lead healthier lifestyles.FAO Representative, Reuben Robertson addressing the gathering on the alarming disease rates of the RegionAt the event, it was noted that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has contributed for over 80 per cent of deaths in the Region, followed by the increase in sedentary lifestyles.In light of this occurrence, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) partnered with the Public Health Ministry to spread awareness on the issue.Reuben Robertson at the launch stated “There are math incidences of non-communicable diseases; the cancers of all types, hypertension, diabetes, kidney failures and strokes affecting people of all ages including children”.“The data has shown some disturbing facts. It has shown that the excellent strides that we made for over two decades in health and food and nutrition security in the Region are now being reversed,” he added.Robertson related that the introduction of these guidelines would be an ideal asset in providing a standard policy that all can follow, so as to be on the path of a healthy lifestyle. The results of following the guidelines will achieve food and nutrition security, which will shrink the number of NDC cases and sedentary lifestyles.“FAO sees food and nutrition security as being multidimensional [and] issues which are intricately linked to good health and therefore require multidimensional, multi-sectorial and multidisciplinary approaches.”He noted that these alarming statistics are as a result of poor consumer choices and the lack of fresh foods in the daily diets of many Guyanese.Additionally, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Karen Campbell related that the surveys that were conducted for the guidelines revealed that there is an increase in the number of obese and malnourished persons. This is due to the lifestyle changes which require a different input into our bodies.“We have to change our eating habits to meet our new lifestyles. If you had to simply remember how to change the way you eat, I would say turn the traditional dinner plate upside down.”Furthermore, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence explained that the most workable way of tackling this issue would be to ensure that consumers purchase locally grown and manufactured products that are available on the local markets.“We have to ensure that we use what God has given to us and the good thing about it is that when these particular fruits and vegetables are in place, you can get them at very cheap prices.”Meanwhile, the guidelines will seek to promote healthy living by advising everyone to reduce their carbs, sugar, alcohol and salt intake while increasing the use of fresh fruits and vegetables.Visits have been planned by the Ministry, whereby representatives will be dispatched to all the regions of Guyana to educate individuals on the newly revised guidelines which will assist in the lowering of the disease rate.The 2002 guidelines were revised at the end of 2017 and it was changed from seven guidelines to nine.last_img read more

3 Berbicians robbed after arriving from US

first_imgThree Berbicians were robbed of cash, jewellery and other valuables in excess of $3 million, shortly after arriving in Georgetown, having travelled from the United States.Reports are the three travelled from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and went to a Chinese restaurant on Albert Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, at about 12:00h on Wednesday. Guyana Times was told that the three were among persons whose luggage were delayed which forced them to wait at the airport to collect their belongings.This newspaper was told that while dining, the items were left in a minibus which the trio used to transport the items from the airport. The trio spend about 20 minutes in the restaurant and to their dismay, when they returned to the vehicle, it was discovered that one of the windows were forced opened.Upon further investigation, two passports were seen on the seat of the bus and three bags containing the valuables were missing.Fereeza Ramberly, 29, who was returning with her husband and brother-in-law, explained that she had three diamond rings and a pair of diamond earrings in her hand bag which was missing along with other gold jewellery. She said the diamond jewellery is worth more than $1.6 million.The bag, which valued US$120, also had items she bought as gifts for relatives which were worth in excess of US$500. Five cellular phones including an iphone 10 and a Samsung Galaxy Edge were among the items in her handbag.Meanwhile, her husband, Vicky, 33, had a large quantity of jewellery in his haversack which was also stolen. Ramberly’s brother-in-law, who also had a haversack in the bus, lost his medication and US$1000.After an alarm was raised, persons in the area went to the trio’s aid and assisted them with surveillance footage, which showed a lone man entering the bus and spending less than two minutes before exiting. During that time, the man who was wearing a hood, went through the bags.Despite a search of the area, Ramberly’s permanent resident card and passport were not found. However, sometime after, a car passed the scene and a passenger threw something out the window. Upon checking, the green card and a boarding pass were discovered on the parapet. Police were called and have since arrested a man fitting the description seen on the surveillance footage. Members of the group told this publication that the investigators told them that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Andrew Carmichael).last_img read more

Palmdale suspect sought in beating death, toilet stash

first_imgPALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies have a warrant for the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a man whose body was found earlier this month in a portable toilet in east Palmdale, authorities said. Deandre Jackson, 20, of Palmdale is accused of beating Juan Carlos Velasquez, 35, to death and stuffing the victim’s body in a portable toilet on a construction site at 10th Street East and Avenue Q-6, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Ty Labbe said. Jackson is an active member of a Los Angeles-based street gang with a violent criminal history, Labbe said. Velasquez’s body was discovered by a construction worker about 9 a.m. May 2, authorities said. He was likely killed the previous night, Labbe said. “A victim is dishonored in any homicide, but by all means, the way (his body) was placed makes this even more brutal,” Labbe said. “It’s very dishonoring.” Anyone with information about Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-550 or their local sheriff’s station. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Who is Arsenal’s new signing Nicolas Pepe?

first_imgSecuring the flamboyant 24-year-old is an impressive coup for Arsenal given Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Napoli were reportedly interested in his signature.Pepe’s record switch to the Premier League comes after a breakthrough season with Lille that saw him named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.He was behind only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring charts as Lille finished second to qualify for the Champions League.And Lille manager Christophe Galtier has no doubts Pepe will prove a big hit at Arsenal as the north London club try to return to the Champions League themselves.“He amazes me, he amazes us,” Galtier said in February, “He’s certain to become a world-class player because he knows how to do everything.”Pepe was one of only two players with 20-plus goals and 10-plus assists in the top five European Leagues last season, alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.While Ligue 1 lacks the quality and depth of the Premier League, Pepe’s presence should add firepower to an Arsenal attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette score 50 goals between them in all competitions last season.Pepe was at his best playing on the right side of the Lille attack, cutting back onto his stronger left foot, and Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who often played a 3-5-2 formation last season, might have to change to a 4-3-3 system to accomodate his three star forwards.– Lethal weapon –Arriving at one of the Premier League’s top clubs must seem like a dream come true for France-born Pepe after his long journey to the big time.Growing up in Mantes-la-Jolie, outside of Paris, Pepe had a humble childhood, with his father working as a prison guard while his mother was a housekeeper.While at amateur club Solitaires Paris-Est, Pepe even played in goal for a whole season as the club did not have anyone else to fill the role.His father moved his family 200 miles (322 kilometres) south to Poitiers when Pepe was 14, starting his son’s progress through the lower leagues.Pepe first made his mark with then fifth-tier Poitiers before a move to Angers.Pepe’s stock continued to rise during a loan spell at Orleans, where he won promotion from the third tier, before Lille snapped him up two years ago on the advice of then boss Marcelo Bielsa.Bielsa played him as a central striker with little success, but after Galtier took over last year Pepe started to thrive on the flanks and helped save the club from relegation in 2017/18.Pepe’s blistering pace became a lethal weapon and his skill earned comparisons to Belgian star Eden Hazard, who also made his name at Lille.He finished last season with 22 goals and 11 assists, winning Lille’s player of the season award before playing for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.Renowned for posting eye-catching social media photos featuring himself and his friends and family in extravagant clothes and poses, Pepe has shown an inclination to flaunt his personality.Now Arsenal’s new prize possession has the chance to shine in the spotlight at the Emirates Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe has joined Arsenal from Lille © AFP / DENIS CHARLETLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Nicolas Pepe has taken a winding road to the top, but Arsenal’s club-record signing is unlikely to be fazed by his new-found fame and fortune.Pepe became Africa’s most expensive footballer on Thursday after the Ivory Coast winger completed his blockbuster move from French club Lille for a reported £72 million ($87 million).last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Bournemouth sign former Leeds forward

first_img1 Bournemouth have announced the signing of Max Gradel from St Etienne, subject to Premier League approval and international clearanceThe former Leeds United forward has signed a four-year contract with the Cherries for an undisclosed fee, becoming Eddie Howe’s seventh summer signing as the manager prepares for the club’s first ever Premier League campaign.The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international is already familiar with life at the south coast club, having spent two loan spells with Bournemouth during the 2007-08 season, while he also has previous experience of working with Howe during his time as a coach at Leicester.Gradel returns to the Cherries on the back of a successful season in France, scoring 17 goals in 23 starts to help St Etienne finish Ligue 1 in fifth place and qualify for the Europa League. New Bournemouth signing Max Gradel last_img read more

Carving out family from foster care

first_imgVALENCIA – When you walk into the living room of the Coudsy home, it’s pretty clear that kids rule. An inflatable Disney princess chair dominates the floor. Storybooks are scattered on the floor and pictures on every possible surface reflect a happy family with lots of different faces. Susan and Khalil Coudsy said they “stopped counting” after at least 30 children crossed their threshold, all looking for safe harbor from difficult circumstances. As foster parents, they welcomed each young spirit, loved him or her as long as they could, then made sure the youngsters were strong enough to be reunited with their birth parents. Four of those children became permanent residents when they were adopted by the Coudsys. “One of the things we learned about were glass houses,” Susan said. “That’s what they call it when you have everybody, doctors, social workers and schoolteachers all looking over your shoulder.” Justin said that none of his schoolmates has a problem with him being adopted, but Susan said some strange questions have come from adults. “They have this perception that foster children were damaged in some way,” Susan said. “I never think of my children like that.” Dannai asked an interesting question when the family moved from one Valencia neighborhood to another. “Is this a school for all foster kids?” she asked Susan when she started classes at James Foster Elementary, named for a former schools superintendent. While their family of six is comfortable, Susan and Khalil still welcome short-term foster children and provide respite foster care for others who need a break or cannot take children with them when traveling. “You’re doing what’s right,” Khalil said. “It might be a lot of work, but these kids are looking for security and you’re able to give them something they’re not used to. “Sure, they might test you and be rebellious, but they’re just making sure you’ll still be there. Once they know that, they stop.” The Children’s Bureau is one of the contract agencies that works with the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services and holds foster parent and adoption orientation in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. The next session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. “There are several people who start out as foster parents that become adoptive parents if the children can’t be reunited with their families,” said Marcia Morris, spokeswoman for the Children’s Bureau. According to DCFS spokesman Stuart Riskin, there are 20,793 children living “out of home” or in foster homes, the lowest number in several years. For information on foster parenting, call the Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996 or the county’s Foster Parent Recruitment Hotline at (888) 811-1121. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBen, a vibrant 6-year-old eager to share pictures of all the babies and playmates who have come and gone, was 3 days old when he was adopted. Next came siblings Dannai and Justin, respectively 13 and 10. Mikayala, 3, the princess of the group, was their “surprise” addition. “I feel with these four children, our quiver is full,” Susan said. “I love kids and always wanted lots of them. I used to dream of living on a ranch and having kids all over the place.” Khalil, a retired Glendale firefighter, is a bit more philosophical. “When we were unable to have children ourselves, the Child Share organization came to our church and talked about foster parenting,” he said. “We thought what a wonderful opportunity this would be, not just to have children in our home, but to give them a change from the lifestyles they came from.” They jumped into foster parenting in 1998, taking training classes from the Children’s Bureau, another nonprofit agency. last_img read more

‘The last time Ed Woodward chased Ronaldo, Man United ended up with Fellaini’

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo, if reports are to be believed, could push for a return to Manchester United this summer.The Sun recently stated that Ronaldo has told his agent, Jorge Mendes, to do everything in his power to make the move happen.So what’s being said about this potential transfer, which would be the standout deal of the incoming transfer window?We’ve collected the comments of pundits and ex-professionals – read on to find out their thoughts and understanding.Ramon Calderon, who signed Ronaldo while president of Real Madrid (2006-2009), told talkSPORT earlier today that while Los Blancos should do everything to block his exit, the Portuguese superstar can be very persuasive when it comes to his future.Calderon said: “He is very strong-minded and when he decides something he goes through with it. The point now is whether he really has decided to leave.“He likes Manchester United – that is something we all know. One year before he was going to come, he told me that he was really grateful to Manchester United, the fans, the people there, his teammates – everything in the city.”There’s also been plenty of discussion on Twitter over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu – check out what others ‘in the know’ have been saying below.Also see:Six possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer12 players who were denied exits after handing in transfer requestsCould Cristiano Ronaldo overtake Wayne Rooney as Man United’s record goal scorer?last_img read more

Seven Chelsea first-team stars set to be out of contract within the next year

first_img 1 3. Gary Cahill (32 years old)Chelsea’s current captain regained a place in the side at the back end of the 2017/18 season and would likely look to sign a new deal with the club if possible. 1 7. Willy Caballero (36 years old)For years Chelsea struggled with the Ross Turnbull as their goalkeeping number two and when Petr Cech left it appeared they may find trouble again. However, Caballero has come in and been a solid fixture when needed. Whether he stays beyond next season remains to be seen 5. Cesc Fabregas (31 years old)Fabregas joined Chelsea on the opening day of the 2014 World Cup and His five-year deal is now almost up. Given how the Spaniard’s performances have worsened over the past few seasons, it is far from a certainty that the club’s hierarchy would sign him up again. 1 Chelsea are set to lose seven key members of their first team squad at the end of next season.Multiple star players are now entering the final year of their contracts and so will be free to move away from Stamford Bridge after the 2018/19 campaign.One of the most high profile is first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with whom the Blues have failed to agree a new deal.Scroll down to see the seven first team squad players Chelsea could lose next summer.1. Thibaut Courtois (26 years old)As mentioned above, talks for a new contract with the Belgian have broken down and he could leave even sooner than next summer should Chelsea look to get big money for their keeper. 1center_img 2. David Luiz (31 years old)The Blues re-signed Luiz on a three-year deal in 2016. He has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte, but could yet sign a new agreement and be restored to the side depending on who is manager at Stamford Bridge next season. 1 6. Olivier Giroud (31 years old)The Blues agreed an 18-month deal to take Giroud from Arsenal in January. He was seen as a stopgap second-choice striker, but displaced Alvaro Morata last season. While many fans were sceptical when he first joined, most wouldn’t now be averse to him sticking around at Stamford Bridge. 4. Pedro (30 years old)When Pedro arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2015, he signed a four-year deal which is now set to expire. His inconsistency has been an issue and seen him rotated regularly with Willian on the Blues’ right wing. 1 1last_img read more

PSG contact Ousmane Dembele’s agent over potential move – reports

first_img REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED LATEST targets Paris Saint-Germain have joined Arsenal in the race for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in Spain.The 21-year-old moved to the Spanish champions last summer from Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal worth an initial £96.8m. moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland That fee could, however, rise to £135.5m over time and in doing so it makes the France international one of the most expensive players of all time.But, despite Dembele’s hefty price tag, he has struggled during his time in Spain and reports have claimed he could leave Barcelona.Arsenal are interested in the French forward and are monitoring his situation closely in case he asks to leave.Gunners boss Unai Emery is a big fan of Dembele and would love to work with him at the Emirates. 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News center_img LIVING THE DREAM Dembele was part of France’s World Cup winning squad this summer Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets However, according to Mundo Deportivo, strong competition has now emerged from PSG.The French champions have been alerted to Dembele’s situation and they have reportedly made their interest known to his agent.last_img read more

TAXPAYERS PICKS UP €58M BILL BANKS REFUSED TO PAY – DOHERTY

first_imgYou’re picking up the bill for the banks – againSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the taxpayer is plugging a €58m hole in the cost of financial regulation.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “In a follow up letter in reply to questions I raised at a recent Finance Committee the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has confirmed that of the regulatory cost of €128m a full €57.9m was unrecovered from industry.“The time has come for Minister Noonan to tell the financial services industry that it must pay for its upkeep. “This effectively means the taxpayer is picking up the tab for regulating the financial industry. That is an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated.“The Governor goes on to list sectors that only contribute 50% of the regulatory costs. These include Insurance Undertakings, Securities and Investment Firms, Investment Funds and Investment Fund Service Providers and Moneylenders. We are talking about some businesses with turnovers in the millions if not billions.” TAXPAYERS PICKS UP €58M BILL BANKS REFUSED TO PAY – DOHERTY was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:financial regulationPearse Doherty TDtaxpayerslast_img read more