Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 5th 2014 Contents TEHRAN---The Iranian government has started
handing out food packages for millions of its citi-
zens both to help those with low income and to try
to lower inflation on food, local news media re-
ported on Monday.
Across the capital, Tehran, and in the rest of the
country, long lines of people waited in govern-
ment-owned department stores, where the food is
being distributed. President Hassan Rouhani has
said the handouts are intended to "ease the pres-
sure" on Iranians and demonstrate some of the
immediate benefits from the recent interim nu-
clear agreement with world powers.
All government employees and citizens making
less than 5 million rials, or $170, a month are eligi-
ble to receive the food package, which contains
more than 20 pounds of rice from India, two
frozen chickens from Turkey, three dozen eggs,
more than two quarts of vegetable oil and two
packs of cheese. Over 15 million families will re-
ceive the free food, the reformist newspaper
Shargh wrote on Monday.
---New York Times
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The globe is facing a "tidal wave" of
cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and
sugar need to be considered, say World
Health Organization scientists.
It predicts the number of cancer cases
will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but
half could be prevented. The WHO said
there was now a "real need" to focus on
cancer prevention by tackling smoking, obe-
sity and drinking.
The World Cancer Research Fund said
there was an "alarming" level of naivety
about diet s role in cancer.
Fourteen million people a year are diag-
nosed with cancer, but that is predicted to
increase to 19 million by 2025, 22 million
by 2030 and 24 million by 2035. The devel-
oping world will bear the brunt of the extra
Chris Wild, the director of the WHO s
International Agency for Research on Cancer,
told the BBC: "The global cancer burden is
increasing and quite markedly, due pre-
dominately to the ageing of the populations
and population growth.
"If we look at the cost of treatment of
cancers, it is spiralling out of control, even
for the high-income countries. Prevention
is absolutely critical and it s been somewhat
For most countries, breast cancer is the
most common cancer in women. However,
cervical cancer dominates in large parts of
Africa. The human papillomavirus (HPV)
is a major cause. It is thought wider use of
the HPV and other vaccines could prevent
hundreds of thousands of cancers.
One of the report s editors, Dr Bernard
Stewart from the University of New South
Wales in Australia, said prevention had a
"crucial role in combating the tidal wave
of cancer which we see coming across the
Dr Stewart said human behaviour was
behind many cancers such as the sunbathe
"until you re cooked evenly on both sides"
approach in his native Australia.
He said it was not the role of the Inter-
national Agency for Research on Cancer to
dictate what should be done.
But he added: "In relation to alcohol, for
example, we re all aware of the acute effects,
whether it s car accidents or assaults, but
there s a burden of disease that s not talked
about because it s simply not recognised,
specifically involving cancer.
Dr Jean King, Cancer Research UK s direc-
tor of tobacco control, said: "The most
shocking thing about this report s prediction
that 14 million cancer cases a year will rise
to 22 million globally in the next 20 years
is that up to half of all cases could be pre-
"People can cut their risk of cancer by
making healthy lifestyle choices, but it s
important to remember that the government
and society are also responsible for creating
an environment that supports healthy
"It s clear that if we don t act now to
curb the number of people getting cancer,
we will be at the heart of a global crisis in
cancer care within the next two decades."
2 out of 3 adults in England
overweight or obese
LONDON---More than 60 per cent of adults in
England are overweight or obese, according to new
figures by the national public health agency.
The figures were released yesterday. Experts have
previously predicted England's increasing obesity
epidemic could mean half its population will be obese
by 2030. People who are heavy have a higher risk of
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
To fight bulging waistlines in Stoke-on-Trent in the
West Midlands, authorities are trying a new approach.
Overweight people can sign up to get frequent text
messages encouraging them to move more and eat
One text says: "Maybe walk to the shops or use the
stairs more often." Officials described it as a "cheap
and effective nudge" to take action before obese
people need expensive medical attention. (AP)
Report: Colombian army unit
spied on negotiators
BOGOTA---Colombian officials say they are ordering
an investigation into a report by the country's leading
news magazine that members of an elite army cyber-
unit spied on the digital communications of the
government team negotiating peace with FARC rebels.
Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri said yesterday in a
radio interview that President Juan Manuel Santos'
government did not authorise the espionage.
Semana magazine late Monday posted a story
online saying the collection of e-mails as well as text
and Blackberry messages from government
negotiators in the Havana talks began in September
2012 and ended in October.
The story says voice communications were not
intercepted but e-mail accounts and cellphone PINs
were hacked. (AP)
Swine flu kills 24 across Egypt
CAIRO---Egypt's Health Ministry says swine flu has
killed 24 people across the country over the past two
months. At a news conference yesterday, the
ministry's head of preventive medicine, Amr Qandeel,
said 195 people have been hospitalised with the virus
since December 1, 2013. He added that so far the cases
had been spread out through several areas, particularly
the Nile Delta and Cairo. He encouraged those
suffering from flu symptoms to seek medical attention
The ministry says that children and young adults are
particularly vulnerable. Qandeel also says that two
doctors had contracted the illness but that no medical
personnel were among the dead. (AP)
Money short to fly people from
Central African Republic
SENEGAL---Humanitarian officials are warning
they only have enough money for a few more
flights to take migrants from embattled Central
Jan de Wilde, the officer in charge of the
International Organization for Migration in the
country, said yesterday that flights will be
discontinued unless funding improves.
The organisation said it has helped nearly 5,000
people escape the country's spiraling violence,
repatriating foreigners to Chad, Cameroon, Mali,
Sudan, Niger and Senegal.
Central African Republic has been in chaos since a
March 2013 coup and the violence that erupted in
December has increasingly targeted civilians of
Muslim origin. (AP)
Iran giving food away to millions for relief
wave on horizon'
Charles sits on a
garden bench on a
as he travels through
yesterday. The royal
pledged a £50,000
donation to help
flood victims in the
thousands of acres
villages have been
under water for a
month. AP PHOTO
The WHO's World Cancer Report 2014
said the major sources of preventable
Obesity and inactivity
Radiation, both from the sun and
Air pollution and other environmental
Delayed parenthood, having fewer
children and not breastfeeding
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