Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best football player in the world for the second year running at Fifa’s The Best awards gala on Monday.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’or five times, and Paris St Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.The Best Fifa Men’s Player award and the Ballon d’or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success.Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper.The Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women’s national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team’s triumph at Euro 2017.
Diamond hospital’s maternal deathThe father of Carol Chuniram, who died at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (East Demerara Regional Hospital)Carol Suniramon Tuesday, during surgery to remove a dead foetus that she was carrying inside her womb for five days, is holding the hospital responsible for her death.“Which hospital would send home a woman with a dead baby inside her for five days…that is unacceptable. I don’t trust what the doctor is telling us,” Chuniram’s grieving father, Danraj Beharry told Guyana Times on Wednesday.He remarked that over the weekend his daughter started complaining about pains in her chest and numbness in her feet. “These were all signs that something was wrong, but they did nothing…when she asked if she could go to the Georgetown hospital, the doctor told her they would send her back right here…they are lying,” he lamented.Chuniram, of Cinema Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, had suffered a miscarriage last Friday and was prescribed pills by a doctor at the hospital to pass out the foetus.On Wednesday, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton stated that Chuniram, who was a mother of four, had 10 pregnancies. He stated that when she went to the hospital on Friday, the doctor noticed that the foetus was dead and so he ordered medication for her to force a delivery.Dr Norton stated that she was asked to return to the hospital on Tuesday for surgery. “During the procedure, she had a cardiac arrest…they might have succeeded in resuscitating her once, but she eventually died,” he related.The Health Minister stated that Chuniram’s death was regrettable. “Our goal is to reduce maternal deaths from last year’s figure. But we are into half of the year…and with an extra death reaching that goal does not appear favourable,” he said, adding that the sector is worried about the September-October period when the maternity wards would be filled.Only on Monday, the Minister had said Guyana’s maternal mortality rate was declining. Recently, a United Nations report disclosed that Guyana was among five countries in the Region with the highest maternal mortality rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.Chuniram’s death would mark Guyana’s seventh maternal mortality for the year.