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Every human society ever studied was based on the notion of “family”. While there were doubts of its existence during the “Stone Age” a burial site in Germany with two adults and two children genetically related suggest that even then, the nuclear family was present. Because humans are born with very few instincts and cannot immediately fend for themselves, the actions necessary for survival have to be taught; at least by the mother of children. Even bands of apes show tendencies of living as “families”.While in the “hunting and gathering” stage small tribes might have been the dominant mode of organisation, “society” as we know it only arose as humans transitioned into a settled mode of living when they turned to farming for securing food supplies. At that stage, the earlier nuclear family structure with mother, father and children solidified as areas demarcated for farming would have been most effectively cultivated by families that needed a very minimal level of organisation.This does not mean that modern “property relations” had to be present. In the Caribbean islands and in Guyana, before the coming of the Europeans, the farming plots were communally commingled and villagers would simply harvest for their daily needs. But the nuclear family was strong.When individuals from Africa were captured and brought here as slaves, they also came from societies in which families were strong but with polygynous marriages – meaning one man had several wives. But in the Caribbean, those bonds were torn asunder as those who made themselves “owners of chattel” imposed social relations that were best for production of sugar. The plantation society reverted to one in which the mothers were the centre of the family and fathers had “visiting” relationships. The planters even “breaded” enslaved people to produce individuals they felt might be better workers.This was the beginning of the destruction of the family unit in the African Guyanese community but with the inculcation of Christianity, the nuclear family ideal has been painstakingly recreated into the present where it remains a work in progress.The other large community that was imported over 79 years (1838-1917) from India came from a society in which the extended family was the norm. This was changed on the plantations because of the scarcity of women brought into the colony during Indentureship and the allocation of living quarters in the “logees” to nuclear families.While after the abolition of indentureship the Indians gradually recreated elements of their societal relations of village India, the extended family and the tight network of relationships that sustained such communities were never the same.One of the major effects predicted when such bonds are sundered and the society becomes increasingly atomised is a feeling of “anomie” will develop in individuals and social pathologies such as higher rates of suicide, domestic violence and alcoholism become more prevalent. This is the reality in the Indian Guyanese community.In 1993, recognising the importance of families to the maintenance of viable societies, the UN declared April 15, “International Day of Families”. The theme of this year’s observance focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 3 of the 17 to be achieved by 2030: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.While the form of the family may differ – nuclear, polygamous, extended, single family, same sex, etc. As the UN advises: “Families remain at the centre of social life ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socialising children and youth and caring for young and old. From a policy perspective, taking families into account in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals has a potential to speed up the achievements of many targets relating to individuals’ well-being.”While the last exhortation may be directed at governments, ultimately it is the members of the society that have to seize the initiative to create stable families that can be the base of stable societies.
Worldwide, maternal mortality rates are still unacceptably high and no doubt more strenuous efforts are needed by international development partners, governments and policy makers to ensure that countries make progress in reducing these rates.According to recent statistics released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Improving maternal health was one of 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the international community in 2000.Under MDG 5, countries committed to reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Since 1990, the number of maternal deaths worldwide has dropped by 43 per cent.Seeing that it is possible to accelerate the decline, countries have now united behind a new target to reduce maternal mortality even further. One target under Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 births, with no country having a maternal mortality rate of more than twice the global average.According to WHO, the high number of maternal deaths in some areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services, and highlights the gap between rich and poor. Almost all maternal deaths (99 per cent) occur in developing countries.Here in Guyana, despite achieving progress during the last decade, this country continues to experience one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at around 121 per 1000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1000 live births.The media have reported several cases of maternal and child deaths over the past few years and several investigations were launched to determine what contributed to these deaths. In many cases the findings of the probe brought into question the conduct of healthcare professionals and the entire system as a whole.The bottom line is that too many of our women have lost their lives during child birth and too many babies have died due to various complications in the very early stages of their lives. On several occasions before we had called for the authorities to take immediate action to ensure that maternal and child death rates continue to decline steadily.Now that Guyana will have access to an US million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana, much of the crucial programmes we had called for over the years to reduce these deaths could be implemented.According to the IDB, given that about 93 per cent of deaths in children less than one year of age occurred in the neonatal period, the programme will support and improve maternal and child health care with a focus on improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to and quality of reproductive and maternal health services.It is also expected that more would be done to improve the vaccination programme and to incorporate new vaccines.Additionally, under the Maternal and Child Health Programme it is expected that all mothers are registered with a clinic and are examined during the course of their pregnancy. This will greatly reduce the chances of maternal deaths as well as creating environments for pregnant mothers towards having a healthy pregnancy.The WHO has underlined the fact that all women need access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth.To avoid maternal deaths, it is also vital to prevent unwanted and too-early pregnancies. All women, including adolescents, need access to contraception, safe abortion services to the full extent of the law, and quality post-abortion care.To improve maternal health, barriers that limit access to quality maternal health services must be identified and addressed at all levels of the health system.The fact is that most maternal deaths are preventable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known.
Dear Editor,An ongoing opinion tracking poll that started in July and being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) reveals that the public wants Minister of the Presidency Joe Harmon to be next Chair of the People’s National Congress (PNC). The poll, conducted by this writer, finds that Harmon commands the most support among the party’s membership for the position in the party’s internal executive elections slated for August 19.The chair is the second most powerful post in the party after the leader. The leader, David Granger, who is also President of Guyana, is running unopposed. Other posts are also up for grabs.There are three nominations for the position of chair – Joe Harmon, who is Minister of the Presidency; Volda Lawrence who is the Public Health Minister; and incumbent Basil Williams, who is the Attorney General. Both Lawrence and Harmon are rising in opinion polls based on NACTA poll findings while Williams is struggling. Harmon is more popular and likeable than the other two candidates with respondents saying he is the best among the three to prepare the party for future challenges.As for preference for chair among the general population, Harmon leads by a mile. Respondents say he is more affable and congenial than the other two, with strong support among party members.Respondents note that Lawrence is well liked among PNC rank and file supporters, but her base is more among the women’s arm. However, recent issues pertaining to the management (scandalous corrupt deals, in particular) of the Health Ministry has hurt her image badly, causing her to lose support. She also has limited appeal across the racial divide.People feel Minister Williams continues to make mistakes and blunders at the Legal Affairs Ministry although the “victory” at the CCJ, knocking PPP’s Bharrat Jagdeo off the ballot, has earned him some kudos among party supporters. Still party members and supporters say he is not easily accessible. It would take a miracle for him to retain the position.Harmon is praised for his leadership style and bringing people together. He has mass appeal across the political divide. Party supporters say they can work with Harmon. His supporters say he has had a long history of grounding with the membership and credit his organisational skills for helping the party to recapture the base in 2011 and helped it to return to office in 2015 after 23 years in Opposition. People view him as someone who can get things done efficiently. They note he is a hard worker and he is approachable. And he has wisely made himself accessible to party supporters and has been visiting communities. People across the divide say Harmon delivers on promises and he has been expanding the party’s membership beyond the traditional base. The public at large also notes that Harmon comes across as someone with a “soft image” who has wide appeal across the country and across the divide. His mass appeal and ground campaign is helping him gain support to wrestle the chair from Williams.On national support, more PNC party members, party supporters, and the public at large express a preference for Harmon over the other two nominees for chair. Asked who they want or prefer to be chair, 58 per cent said Harmon, 23 per cent said Volda Lawrence, and five per cent Basil Williams; with 14 per cent not having a preference or not offering a response.Asked who they feel will win the PNC chair position, 78 per cent said Harmon, seven per cent responded Volda Lawrence and two per cent Williams; with 13 per cent responding they don’t know.In the party’s internal elections for executives, only delegates (not members) vote. So winning over delegates who are selected by party groups and the membership is critical. Harmon is well ahead in that count. Based on the preference of party supporters and members, the latter that choose the delegates who will vote at the convention, Harmon has the advantage in ground support to triumph over the other two by a big margin. Party groups and members say more delegates favour Harmon than the other two candidates combined. With the contest days away, anything could happen.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
…as Sharma blames Private Sector for increasesIt’s VAT and VAT and VAT everywhere!” Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira exclaimed as she moved her motion in the National Assembly calling on Government to repeal the new Value Added Tax (VAT) regime, which comes into effect today (February 1).The motion, which challenges Government’s decision to eliminate zero-rated VAT items and extend the list of VAT exempt items, had the full support of otherJunior Finance Minister Jaipaul SharmaOpposition parliamentarians, some of whom contributed to the lengthy debate on the issue.Teixeira highlighted how almost everything, even down to the dead, would be subjected to VAT, as she called on the Government to put an end to this unnecessary burden on the people of Guyana.“Not even the dead can live in peace!” she remarked, noting that funeral services, which were previously zero-rated, would now attract VAT.Teixeira outlined that services in the health sector, the cost for over-the-counter drugs, educational materials, religious books, sports gear, as well as local products, are now attracting 14 per cent VAT – making it even more challenging for the average man to rid himself and his family of poverty.Teixeira also argued that VAT on basic items such as educational materials, health purchases and sports gear went against promises made by the Government to reduce school drop-outs, to solve the Maths problem facingOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeirastudents, to encourage youth from turning to crime and to foster a healthy nation.She explained if basic items such as erasers and geometry sets now attracted VAT, then it becomes increasingly difficult for struggling families to keep their children in school.On the other hand, Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma explained that Government’s new tax regime was to facilitate equal wealth distribution and the Private Sector was to be blamed for the increases passed on to the poor.Sharma argued that the switch from zero-rated items to exempt should not come at a cost to consumers, but it was the businesses who were taking advantage of the change to exploit the spending public.“In both cases, where it is zero-rated and exempted, there is no VAT to be put on that bill. You will not be seeing any VAT on that receipt…so this issue of persons paying VAT is a misnomer,” he explained.He argued that businesses should not be charging consumers VAT if the items are exempt.“The businesspeople have to be responsible. So you give the onus to the businessman if he want to charge additional cost, but it will not show as VAT… I went around, I was shopping in the supermarket and guess what? The price for commodities increase. What was the explanation for the price increase? I am buying 5 gallon of water and the people increase the water. What is the explanation? VAT is not effective until February 1. The business community is taking advantage of this Administration,” he stated.BenefitsFurther, Sharma said the new VAT regime was aimed at benefiting the Private Sector.“These measures basically benefit the businesspeople. Just imagine a businessman at the end of every month would have to prepare to submit his VAT returns for refunds. That is more work for the businessman… the businessman don’t have to have a big team of people preparing a list to send to the GRA for VAT refund,” he insisted.He contended too that this measure would make “life easier” for the GRA staff as they would no longer have to expend time, energy and resources facilitating the VAT refunds.Sharma also contended that the new VAT regime would benefit the poor.“The measures that we took here is (for) the benefit of the poor. The poor was crying…they were saying that they were treated like the rich man. So the measures with the VAT are to ensure the rich is treated one way and the poor is being treated another way, a way that is less penalty to them,” he explained. Sharma posited that “the poor man must see that the rich man paying VAT and he is not paying VAT so he gonna feel some way that this government is fair in how they are distributing the income and the wealth. If you want to eat fancy food, you pay the VAT. The poor man don’t eat fancy food,” he reasoned.
0Shares0000Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas (right) shakes hands with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after the Austraian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 9, 2017SPA, Belgium Aug 25- Lewis Hamilton believes Sebastian Vettel has no interest in becoming his team-mate at Mercedes as it would not be as comfortable as life at Ferrari.Vettel is out of contract at the end of this season and is still in negotiations with Ferrari over a new deal. There is a question mark over the length of the new contract, with the four-time World Champion possibly wanting to keep his options open for 2019. Hamilton, though, feels Vettel will never join the Silver Arrows as long as he is there because it is a rivalry that the German would not want to get involved in.“I think it is highly unlikely that he will be here (at Mercedes), and I don’t think he wants to be my team mate,” Hamilton told reporters ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.“I know he doesn’t want to be my team mate.“He would not be in the position he is now in his team, in terms of how the team operate, if he was here.“I’m always game to race whoever it is, and racing against the best drivers is always a great thing.”It is believed that Vettel would stay at Ferrari for next season at least on the understanding that Kimi Raikkonen, who he has dominated this campaign, would also be retained.Ferrari announced a new one-year deal for the Finn on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Machine and Blad tied 12-12 at the 78th minute in what looked like a match headed to sudden death but Asina kicked in from the half-line to hand Machine the trophy.Lionel Ajeliti scored all 12 points for Blad through two drop goals and a penalty while Aaron Otieno went for Machine who were also given a line out.To reach Varsity League final, Blad beat Catholic Monks in last week’s semis while Machine required penalty goals to defeat Egerton.At Impala, Machine triumphed 12-9 over USIU in a thrilling encounter.Eliud Mulakoli put USIU ahead off the boot with a successful penalty. Machine’s Charles Kinyanjui however cancelled the lead out with a try putting his team on a 5-3 lead into the break.Eliud Mulakoli would again reduce the deficit for USIU and put them on a point lead with a successful penalty, scores at 5-6 in their favor.Charles Kuka would ace a drop goal and extend the lead to 9-5. The lead would however be cut shot with Paul Kiluke landing a try with Eric Muthama adding the extras to have Machine at a 12-9 lead with thirty minutes to play.Additional Reporting by Raga House0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000At Impala, Machine triumphed 12-9 over USIU in a thrilling encounter.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – University of Nairobi (UoN) rugby side Mean Machine celebrated double delight on Saturday winning the Impala Floodies Universities category while the junior team clinched the inaugural Varsity League at their University backyard.At UoN, fullback Trevor Asina kicked in a last-minute penalty goal to help Machine beat Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad 15-12 and win the inaugural Varsity title.
0Shares0000LONDON, May 26 – Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff had to wait until he was 40 to win the World Cup, proving that age is no barrier to success in the sport’s most prestigious competition.Here are five players hoping to roll back the years and make an impact at this year’s tournament in Brazil: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)Born – March 11, 1978For all the achievements of his glittering eight-year spell with Chelsea, two-time African Footballer of the Year Drogba, 36, has never tasted success on the international stage. Captain of the Ivory Coast since 2006, Drogba scored his country’s first ever World Cup goal at that year’s tournament in Germany. But he has twice seen his side beaten on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations final. “Competing at the previous two (World Cup) tournaments was very difficult,” said the Galatasaray striker, whose side were hindered by unfavourable draws in 2006 and 2010. “We have a realistic chance to do better in Brazil and get past the first round.” Drogba has scored more than 60 goals for his country.Steven Gerrard (England)Born – May 30, 1980After a superb season in which he excelled in a new, deep-lying midfield organiser role with Liverpool, England captain Gerrard will attempt to put several years of international heartache behind him at almost certainly his last World Cup. The Liverpudlian, who turns 34 this week, will be playing at his sixth major tournament. He has never previously got further than the quarter-finals though. “It would be very stupid and naive of me to stand here and say we’re going to win it,” he said. “What I can guarantee is that we will go there and give 100 percent.” Gerrard scored his first international goal in a 5-1 win over Germany and has scored 21 in 109 international appearances.Miroslav Klose (Germany)Born – June 9, 1978Klose, 35, could not want for more motivation as he heads to Brazil for his last World Cup. Already the only player to have scored at least four goals at three different tournaments, the spring-heeled Lazio striker needs just one goal to tie Ronaldo’s all-time goal-scoring record of 15. “I can’t say that (the record) doesn’t interest me,” he admitted to Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung recently. “I’m too ambitious for that, but the team always comes first.” Klose has scored 68 goals in 131 appearanaces for Germany and needs just one more to become his country’s top all-time scorer.Andrea Pirlo (Italy)Born – May 19, 1979Pirlo’s career appeared to be on the wane when he was allowed to leave AC Milan in 2011, but he has inspired Juventus to three successive Serie A titles. It is now eight years since Pirlo played a pivotal role in Italy’s triumph at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but although he is now 35, his extraordinary passing range and laser-guided set-piece ability still set him apart. As the former Juventus midfielder Zbigniew Boniek once remarked: “To pass the ball to Andrea Pirlo is to hide it in a safe.” Has played 108 games for Italy with 13 goals.Xavier ‘Xavi’ Hernandez (Spain)Born – January 25, 1980One of the architects of Spain’s consecutive successes at the 2008 European Championship, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2012 European Championship, 34-year-old Xavi will once again be the heartbeat of Vicente del Bosque’s side in Brazil. After a season of disappointment with Barcelona, the player who incarnates the ‘tiki-taka’ passing style more than any other will be doubly determined to prove that reports of the demise of possession football have been greatly exaggerated. Has played 130 games for Spain, scoring 13 goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
– From staff reports After a week of near-record heat, temperatures in the San Gabriel Valley are expected to drop steadily through the weekend. Following Whittier’s predicted high temperature of 90 degrees for today, the National weather Service is forecasting that high temperatures will drop to 88, 86, and 84 degrees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively. A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cooling station has been opened at the Covina YWCA Intervale Senior Services Center, 915 N. Grand Avenue, said County Supervisor Michael Antonivich’s spokesman Tony Bell. The center will be open for the elderly and others who face heat-related health issues Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., said Bell. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney David Ginola believes a big-money switch to China would be a good career move for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.A host of top names have joined the football revolution in the mega-rich Chinese Super League in recent weeks, and Rooney is the latest superstar to be linked.It was claimed on Friday that the Red Devils are open to selling the England striker after receiving a huge offer from China – with some reports suggesting the fee could be the first to rise to £100million.And after 12 years at Old Trafford, former Premier League star Ginola believes there is every chance the 30-year-old could seek a big-money move abroad.“Should Wayne Rooney move to China? I don’t see why not,” the Tottenham and Newcastle legend Ginola told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s done everything he can for Manchester United and for the England national team and if he moves to China he’d be on £500,000-a-week, £2million-a-month!“Players go to the United States to play in the MLS, to Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, so why not China too?”The Chinese Super League has emerged as football’s newest super power in recent months after a huge cash injection, with China’s government announcing a goal to ‘create a domestic sport economy worth $850bn by 2025.’The money received by Chinese clubs from broadcasters also multiplied by more than 20 times from 2015 to 2016, rising from $9m to $200m as part of a five-season package worth $1.25billion.And former France international Ginola believes the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and the rest of the world’s top leagues should be wary of the revolution in the Far East.The ex-midfielder added: “Arsene Wenger said last week that the Chinese Super League will probably be the first league to spend £100million on a player.“And if they CAN put £100million on the table, I see the Chinese league as a real threat to the football world.”Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi became the latest European-based player to head to China earlier this week, when he joined Hebei Fortune in a £23.5m two-year deal, while Liverpool lost out on signing top target Alex Teixeira when he instead chose a £38million move to Jiangsu Suning.The likes of Colombia winger Jackson Martinez and former Premier League players Ramires, Paulinho, Gervinho, Nikica Jelavic, Mohamed Sissoko and Asamoah Gyan are other notable stars who currently play in the 16-team Chinese Super League, where the new season begins on March 4.