Private citizen launches non-profit cancer foundation

first_imgIn light of World Cancer Day 2018, a non-profit organization took the opportunity to launch its services to the general public. The Sar and B Non-profit Foundation aims to combat and reduce the effect of cancer on the Guyanese population by providing treatment and screening for citizens.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine, with the help of her close relatives, friends and medical colleagues, launched the organization after experiencing first-hand the effect that cancer can have on patients and their families.Mrs Sheonarine expressed that the organization was founded in honor of her parents — Sarifan Amjad Yusuf and Mohamed Yusuf, and her mother-in-law Mangri Sheonarine, who all passed away due to varying types of cancer.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine (centre) is flanked by members of the Sar&B FoundationShe explained that whilst on a volunteer mission distributing clothing to Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, she noticed that citizens of the other two countries seemed carefree, but a lot of Guyanese citizens told stories of being affected by cancer. As a result of this, she said, she felt compelled to leave her home in California to return home and start the organization.Specifically, the Sar and B Foundation is working to provide cancer screenings, mammograms and pap smears for citizens around Guyana. The foundation has already begun doing outreaches, providing pap smears for women. At the moment the foundation has 50,000 pap kits on order, to continue this type of outreach.Speaking at the intimate gathering of the launching of this foundation, Dr Narindat Sooknandan spoke about the struggle it has been to get accessible treatment and testing for patients.“We never had radio therapy, we never had chemotherapy, now we have all this,” he said.He expressed gratitude at being part of such an initiative, where he could be of service to those in need.To date, the Sar and B Foundation, with the assistance of Dr Sooknandan has done approximately 97 pap smears in areas on the West Coast of Demerara and in Berbice; and is looking forward to working with Government, hospitals, private doctors, businesses, and like-minded entities to bring a halt to cancer in Guyana.last_img read more

China: Flood damage reaches $1.2 billion

first_imgMore than 40 miles (70 kilometers) of dikes are in danger of overflowing in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2 billion in losses, authorities said on Monday as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains.Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters.The level of Lanjiang river has now hit 110 feet (34 meters), the highest since 1966, the headquarters said.Several sections of the dikes in Lanxi city are barely holding, Zhao said. More than 20,000 people could be affected if the dikes are breached, he was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.The province’s flood control headquarters advised Lanxi officials to evacuate all residents near the dikes that are at risk of overflowing, and to repair them immediately.Recent flooding has destroyed 600,000 acres (241,600 hectares) of farmland and caused 1,846 companies to stop production in Zhejiang, incurring 7.69 billion yuan ($1.19 billion) in direct economic losses, the province’s flood control agency said on Monday. Of these, 3.4 billion yuan were agricultural losses. Coastal Zhejiang is one of China’s richest provinces and its economy grew 11.8 percent in 2010.Flooding in eastern and southern China has triggered landslides, cut off power and telecommunications and left more than 180 people dead or missing. Another five people were killed on Sunday and one remains missing after surging floodwaters swept them away in their southwest villages, Xinhua reported on Monday.China’s minister for water resources said on Sunday that the country was entering a crucial period for flood control as severe floods triggered by heavy rains threaten southern areas.advertisementIt is likely that more frequent and more intense downpours will continue, Chen Lei told a meeting in Beijing to discuss flood-control measures, Xinhua reported.He urged local authorities to improve weather forecasting and ensure dikes, reservoirs and dams are safe. China’s national weather agency said Monday that torrential rains will continue in southern and eastern areas for the next three days.However, while the deadly flooding continues, a persistent drought is still plaguing five provinces in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It has left 630,000 people without safe drinking water and affected 11.9 million acres (4.8 million hectares) of farmland, Chen said.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Organizers taken aback by demand for women’s World Cup tickets Heather Guino-o topscored with 17 points to power FEU which is on the verge of pulling a big reversal over Ateneo which has dominated all season.The Lady Tamaraws could only score one in attacks in the opening set but came back stronger to even take a two-sets to one lead. But the Lady Tamaraws once again lagged behind in the fourth, allowing the Lady Eagles to force a fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut with the Lady Eagles ahead, 5-3, the Lady Tamaraws unleashed a 12-3 windup to force the rubber match on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University survived a turbulent opening set to repulse Ateneo, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, Saturday night to force a Final Four decider in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Marching to its own beat against the top semifinalists, the Lady Tamaraws leaned on scrappy plays and determination to come to just within a win of making it back to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more