first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP fends off NU, climbs to fourth Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA IMAGESIn what could be his final PBA game, Chris Tiu may have just saved his best for last after leading a shorthanded Rain or Shine side over NLEX, 107-101, in the 2018 Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tiu, a genuine class act on and off the court, delivered a career-game with 30 points as the Elasto Painters won despite playing without an import and with several of their key players in Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan out.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “We were not favored to win this game. For me, just play hard and if we lose it’s okay because we’re undermanned, we had no import. There were no expectations to win that’s why I’m proud of my teammates especially to the guys who don’t usually a lot of minutes and to coach Caloy of course,” Tiu said.“Everybody fought hard today and played with a lot of heart,” he added.The former Ateneo star played close to 33 minutes and also had four rebounds, five assists, one steal and a block.Jewel Ponferada added 13 points while Dexter Maiquez and Norbert Torres scored 12 points apiece for Rain or Shine, which ended their season with a 3-8 mark.Aaron Fuller had 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the quarterfinals-bound NLEX (5-6), which blew a 16-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our bigs played well but at the end of the day, Chris played his heart out and like you said, maybe he’s retiring but I don’t know, with 30 points he shouldn’t retire,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia.The 33-year-old Tiu, who was a member of the original Gilas team formed in 2009 before he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the Elasto Painters in the 2012 PBA Draft, said he is still uncertain of his future at this point, although, the game indicated otherwise with his teammates and coaching staff embracing him as he went to the bench with 25.4 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ll see. My contract is expiring I think in November or December this year. I have to talk to our bosses Raymond and Terry, see what they have in mind and then, make the announcement maybe,” Tiu told reporters during the post-game press conference.Tiu eclipsed his previous career-high of 24 points at the 8:23 mark of the fourth quarter with three free throws that gave the Painters a 94-78 lead. He hit a triple less than a minute later before making two more freebies for his final points that momentarily stopped the Road Warriors’ big run with 2:33 remaining. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMembers of Parliament on Thursday used the escalating rates of suicide and the urgent need to curb it as a political ball to criticise either side of the House when the motion was moved by Dr Vindhya Persaud. The motion was defeated.Persaud, an Opposition Member of Parliament, stated that the motion gave the National Assembly an opportunity to work together to curb the rising rate of suicide in Guyana.Dr Vindhya PersaudJunior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen CummingsCurrently, Guyana is infamously known as the suicide capital of the world, with a rate of 44.2 per every 100,000 persons. It is estimated that some 200 persons die on average from suicide every year in Guyana.Although suicide may be disguised as a culture, Persaud indicated that Guyana should not become complacent with the sporadic rises of suicide, rather it should consistently educate persons on valuing their lives.She stated that suicide is ranked as seventh of the 10 major causes of death in Guyana and the leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24; and third leading cause of death among ages 25 to 44 years. She lamented that it appears as though suicide was happening every day in Guyana.Dr Persaud estimated that suicide costs the Public Health Ministry about $600 million to $900 million annually, exclusive of the loss of life, family income and the emotional and psychological grief for the family members. Thus she argued that there is more room for research on suicide and an urgent need to change the law which criminalises it.She wasted no time pinpointing the deficiencies in the public health sector, which, she says, are contributing to the rise in the epidemic. “The mental health services are inadequate to meet the demand, with only three full time psychiatrists (based in Georgetown and New Amsterdam), insufficient hospital beds and trained personnel in the National Psychiatric Hospital, and no day treatment or community residential facilities, and, inadequate numbers of counsellors, to help and treat patients.”Further, she stated that there is a scarcity of counsellors in the educational system to provide support to students of all ages. She said accessibility of poisons, especially in rural agricultural communities, also heighten the situation, making it the easiest method of committing suicide in Guyana.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan scoffed that the Opposition members would had the audacity to deride major efforts undertaken by the Government on the fight against suicide.He chided the Opposition, stating that they never saw it fit to implement any of the measures proposed in its motion during its tenure in office. Moreover he stated that the motion is an attempt to pilfer the works the Government, since it included several of the ideas already being carried out by Government ministries.However, he did agree that the fight against suicide requires a collaborative effort and that he is willing to work along with the Opposition to curb it. Nevertheless, he still casted his vote against the motion, stating that he could not support it in its original form.Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings griped that the increase of suicide rates did not happen overnight, but has been rising significantly over the last decade and that nothing tangible was administered to deal with it.She stated that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has the largest population of attempted suicides, mounted at 36.8 per cent and although the highest numbers of suicide cases occurred in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the prevalence rate is highest in Region Two.According to Dr Cummings, a mental health unit within the Public Health Ministry has been launched and is manned by a director and staff qualified to deal with the issue.Meanwhile, Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony stated that if the Government is smart, it would prioritise its interventions to focus on these high-risk groups. He stated that it should pay attention to the geographical location of the problem.“The Government’s plan has rightfully identified Region Two as having the highest suicide rates (52.7 per 100,000), followed closely by Region Six (50.1 per 100,000) and Region Three (37.3 per 100,000). Yet, the Government’s suicide interventions have been a one size fit all, instead of a custom made solution base on the regions peculiarities and specificities. This must change, to obtain meaningful impact,” he opined.Similarly, he stated that some efforts have been made to establish a mental health unit, with responsibility for suicide but the unit is housed in a dilapidated building in Quamina Street.He also lashed out that there is no National Poison Control Centre with a database of information on all toxic chemicals and poisonous substances used in Guyana that will recommend protocols for medical management of these cases.He added that the criminal prosecution and the imposition of custodial sentences on those who attempted suicide is an insult to human dignity. Decriminalisation is more enlightened and humane way of dealing with the problem, he noted. Thus, he called for the law to be reviewed. Dr Anthony stated that for every case of suicide, they many more people who attempt it. The National Suicide Prevention Plan has estimated that in Guyana for every case of suicide there are 20 to 25 attempted suicides while actual suicide in Guyana varies from year to year but it is estimated that there are about 180 to 200 cases per year. “This I contend is quite high. The truth is I don’t think the Ministry of Public Health has real numbers and this is just a guesstimate,” he said, suggesting that to prevent this from happening in the future the Ministry or some other relevant part of the Government need to establish an attempted suicide registry.last_img read more