PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pogoy, who also led the Texters with 28 points in a 127-89 demolition of Blackwater last week, was forced to limp out of the floor with 8:44 left after a physical play for a looseball. The Texters were able to carve out the dominant win even with just one other player–Troy Rosario with 15 points–finishing in twin digits and franchise player Jason Castro shooting just eight.With a sweep of their remaining two games in the eliminations, the Texters can avail of the quarterfinal bonus via the backdoor by dragging the No. 2 team into a playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe loss was the third straight for the Aces, who have labored hard all-conference long because of manpower woes. With a 3-5 slate, Alaska would need to sweep their last three games to entertain thoughts of making the playoffs without a hitch. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESRR Pogoy came up with a sharp offensive effort on Friday, leading TNT KaTropa to a 92-78 victory over Alaska as the Texters stayed in the running for a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.Missing just four of 13 field goal attempts for 24 points in just over 20 minutes on the Cuneta Astrodome floor, Pogoy was hot for the second straight outing for the equally sizzling Texters, who won a fourth straight game and rose to 6-3 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A look at the teams in the Champions League quarterfinals Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Tobacco Bill for National Assembly imminent – Public Health Minister

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton has disclosed that the tobacco control legislation will soon be moved to the National Assembly after Cabinet’s next sitting.Dr Norton in a telephone interview with Guyana Times disclosed that he is confident that had he not missed Cabinet thrice, the Bill would have been finalised and moved to Parliament.”I am certain it would have been on the order paper.”His comments comes after Opposition Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony lambasted the Government on World Tobacco Day, May 31, for not putting effective measures in place to curb tobacco smoking, notably the laying of the draft Tobacco Control Bill in the National Assembly.This Bill is intended to clamp down on the usage of tobacco, which has been scientifically proven to be dangerous to the health of persons using it, as well as the third party’s around who are breathing in the exhaled smoke.The draft legislation is seeking to make all enclosed spaces, public places, work places and public transportation smoke-free areas; ban tobacco promotion and sponsorship; ensure clear graphic warnings are on all tobacco products with the warning picture being 50 per cent of the cigarette package; and ban the selling cigarettes by and to minors among other measures.According to Norton, “it is not the smokers who are opposing this anti tobacco bill; it is the business people that are the opposing it. It must be stated clearly that all of the limitations and changes we are making is in the interest of the general health of the population, inclusive of consulting with them before we make these decisions.”The Demerara Tobacco Company (DEMTOCO) – a member of the British American Tobacco (BAT) Group – is urging Guyana’s Government to ensure balanced regulation before approving the legislation.Last year, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) made calls for Guyana to pass tobacco control legislation, citing it as a top priority.According to PAHO, each year, tobacco kills six million people: 5.4 million active smokers and 600,000 non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. It is the single legal consumer product that kills up to half of its users when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer, costing the global economy an estimated US$200 billion each year.The Health Organisation had posited that the legislation was intended to protect present and future generations from the “devastating harms” of tobacco use, exposure to tobacco smoke and specifically to prevent tobacco use among youths. The legislation would also seek to ensure that the public is protected from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry, while preventing the illicit trade in tobacco products.In fact, it was the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings who had outlined in April of this year that Government planned to pass legislation altering the use of tobacco in the country.With tobacco being one of the drugs that has lasting effects on its users, Dr Cummings had said that health practitioners were the ones who were left with the responsibility of having to nurse persons back to life. As such, the passing of the legislation will prove effective in improving the lives of the country’s population as well as reducing the strain on the Government and medical personnel.She also noted that “having the legislation passed does not mean that the drug will be banned, but rather laws associated with the usage will be altered so that the drug is not readily available for purchase in an instant.”last_img read more