Dear Editor,On Saturday, November 25, 2017, I saw a large contingent of Guyanese and a few foreigners who took to the streets of Georgetown for the annual AIDS awareness walk. Interestingly, there was little or no hype about this activity and, yet, it attracted a large turnout.There was no senior functionary of the Public Health Ministry to demonstrate strong political will and leadership, especially to those who are living with the deadly virus which was detected in Guyana for the first time in 1987.The national AIDS Programme must be commended for a great job well done to bring people from all walks of life to make this event a successful one and it was great to see members of the LGBTI community and Persons Living with AIDS contributing to the large attendance without the politicians.Congratulations to the NAPS for a job well done.Sincerely,Brian Singh
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Arizona ended Washington’s home winning streak at 32 games, and seven days later Washington State won in Seattle. Cal also beat up on UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins lost at home for the first time in nearly two decades to Washington, and Stanford turned around and crushed Cal. It’s called parity, or parody, and it’s not good for the Pacific-10 Conference. “I think it hurts the conference’s chances of NCAA play if everyone is jumbled right there together,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “I think someone needs to step up.” With so many teams looking alike, and a conference battling for respect after non-conference losses to the likes of UC Davis, Montana and UC Irvine (see Stanford), Utah Valley State (see Arizona State), Houston (see Arizona), Portland (see Oregon and Oregon State), Eastern Michigan (see Cal), Tennessee Tech and Northwestern State (see Oregon State), and Oral Roberts (see USC), a bunched-together league does not bode well come NCAA Tournament time. “There were some losses in the early season, to non-conference teams, that I think is really going to hurt our conference,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. Granted, it is only three weeks into the Pac-10 season, but the trend is disturbing. The league’s three best teams – Washington, Arizona and UCLA – cannot defend their home courts, going a combined 4-5 at home. The conference RPI is seventh, well behind the Missouri Valley Conference, and with mostly conference games remaining there isn’t time to change the nation’s beliefs. “They can say it doesn’t matter, but I know this, it does,” Washington State coach Dick Bennett said. “The talking heads, the major ones, particularly on ESPN, influence, I believe, so much when they talk about strength of conference and who’s playing well. “I am concerned for the welfare of our league in getting teams into the tournament. That concerns me greatly.” It’s exciting for USC, Washington State and Oregon State to already have three conference losses yet be able to pretend they still have a chance to finish near the top of the league. But the absence of one or two powerhouses in the conference creates other problems. How will a team add an impressive conference win to its resume late in the season when there isn’t a WOW-type win available? How will the all-important RPI of a team improve when each weekend includes a loss, and there are only two teams (UCLA and Washington) in the top 25? “At some point in time, three, four, five teams have got to establish themselves as to who they are,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Maybe when it’s all said and done, people on the outside can look and say, ‘Boy, that was a grueling, competitive conference race they had out there,’ as opposed to saying the Pac-10 is down because there’s maybe not one or two teams dominating. “It’s never been like this before. There’s always been that one superior team to everybody else, and that’s just not the case (this season). We’re all just really good basketball teams that kind of look alike, play alike, and that’s what’s making all the games so close.” Injuries have played a factor in some instances. UCLA has lost guard Josh Shipp for the season, center Lorenzo Mata for six to eight weeks, centers Michael Fey and Ryan Hollins for a few weeks and wing Cedric Bozeman for six games so far. Power forward Alfred Aboya also missed time with a knee injury. Washington played nine games without Mike Jensen, Cal lost Rod Benson for a month after knee surgery and Washington State, which used 11 starting lineups already, is without point guard Derrick Low. “I don’t know if there’s ever been more key players missing games than this year,” said Oregon State coach Jay John, a former Arizona assistant. “The adjustments you have to make at the last second, or at times in the middle of games, that creates some things that happen that are disruptions.” And it also creates bad losses. Making history: When Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina all lost Saturday, it marked the first time in history that each of the three schools lost at home on the same day. But for Kentucky, it was particularly messy. It was the Wildcats’ third straight loss. To avoid the embarrassment of a fourth straight loss, which would have been Kentucky’s first four-game losing streak since 1989, coach Tubby Smith called on a sports psychologist to speak with his team. The result was a 69-54 win at Georgia. “When you’re struggling to win games, you’re looking for all sorts of answers,” Smith said after the game. “We wanted to get things out in the open as a team. Sometimes you need someone to let you know that you are good.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Weather Service forecasts show that Clark County communities are expected to see little to no snowfall Friday morning despite winter weather at higher elevations in outlying areas.For the Vancouver area, forecasters say rain showers with thunderstorms are possible after 11 a.m., and some of the storms may produce small hail. Up to an inch of rain could drench the city, according to the weather service. North in Battle Ground, a mixture of rain and snow is falling, but that should all shift to rainfall by noon. Further north in the county in Woodland, the forecast calls for rain and only rain.The Camas School District says Mt. Livingston’s buses on are snow routes. No other school districts have listed closures or changes to their morning routines.Conditions are expected to change Friday night, with rain and snow showers forecast for the Vancouver area. Still, little to no snow accumulation is expected.For each of the three mentioned communities, snow is likely through Sunday, although rising temperatures during the day means none of the snow should stick, according to the weather service.