LEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.
– as Govt launches ‘Health Expo 2018’The Public Health Ministry on Wednesday launched its inaugural Health Exhibition aimed at sensitising the public of the services being offered within the public health sector, as well as encourage a more health-conscious citizenry.Prime Minister Nagamootoo speaking at the launching of Health Expo 2018 while Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence (fourth from left) and other officials from the Health Ministry are seated at the head table‘Health Expo 2018’ is an inter-ministerial and multi-sectorial meeting and will also focus on developing synergies between the Ministry and healthcare providers as well as the public. The exhibition, which is the first of its kind to be hosted by the Ministry, will be held at the Sophia Exhibition Centre between May 30 and June 2, under the theme “Reaching for a better life with good health.”The expo was officially launched at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Providence, East Bank Demerara, by acting President Moses Nagamootoo, who himself recently underwent triple bypass heart surgery.According to Prime Minister Nagamootoo, while Government has taken certain steps to ensure that the necessary health services are available for citizens, they too should be health conscious and more proactive in taking care of themselves.“Health is not only the function of the Government; we have also, as citizens’ functions, choices to make whether we would like to live long, whether we would like to live healthy, whether we would like to live a productive life and here, I believe, that we have to deal with some reality that if we don’t make those choices while we are young and when you have time to do that… life could be cruel to you, life could be cut short, life could be brutal and you could be exposed to those very things that the health system is set up to look into,” Nagomootoo said to the gathering that was packed with students.A section of the gathering at the Ramada Princess Hotel on Wednesday when the inaugural ‘Health Expo 2018’ was launchedThe health-conscious Prime Minister, who made his first public appearance since resuming work after his February surgery, went on to urge Guyanese to read the labels of food products before purchasing so that they are aware of the contents/ingredients and the quantity. He noted that companies have a way of trapping consumers with their attractive packaging and ‘all-natural’ or ‘0-sugar’ labels when the products contain ingredients such as concentrates.To this end, Nagamootoo posited that a forum such as the ‘Health Expo’ will not only educate the public on what to look for and how to read the content tables but also inform companies as to what Government is looking for in products, especially with regards to dietary contracts such as the School Feeding Programme.Also encouraging healthy diets as part of a larger drive to promote a healthy society was Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence. She said, “We hope to make citizens health conscious and take care of their own health. We want to remind people that they are living in a country that’s blessed with an abundance of food that will ensure we not only live long but healthily.”Lawrence further posited that in addition to making Guyanese more health consciousness, the expo is also aimed at informing the public of the various health services that are available.The Public Health Minister further noted that too often persons end up seeking services within the public health sector only after they would have expended large sums of monies at private institutions for services that are being offer free at public institutions.“There are too many persons within our society who are not au fait with the services provided by the Ministry of Public Health and so this expo is to ensure they are acquainted with the services that are provided and about those services that are provided not only at our local health facilities but also at our primary and tertiary health facilities,” she stated.According to the Minister, the expo will also provide an interacting platform for the public to give feedback on the public health services and how they can be improved on.Moreover, during the four-day exhibition period, there will also be a host of activities such as seminars, workshops and a career fair. The latter will aim at closing the human resources gap within the public health sector.