After nearly a year battling a nagging knee injury, Olympic gold medalist in 800 meters David Rudisha has fully recovered and has shaped his season towards the world championships in Beijing, China. CCTV’s Saddique Shaban filed this exclusive report
Uganda secured a 35-11 win over Mauritius in Wednesday’s round of play in the Confederation of African Rugby Tier 1B championship keeping alive their hopes of gaining promotion. The six team championship will see the group winner progress to Tier 1A. CCTV’s Leon Ssenyange reports.
Ghanaian judicial council says it has suspended 22 judges and magistrates allegedly implicated in corrupt practices.The suspended are reported to have been captured on video receiving the bribes.The council also said that it is probing the conducts of 12 high court judges and several other court officials who had been mentioned in the videos that were recorder by undercover agents.Reports have emerged that a local investigative journalist had captured over 180 officials receiving bribes and went ahead to publicise some of those clips, petitioning President John Mahama to remove the judges from office.Following this expose, the Judicial Council held an emergency meeting and recommended that the 22 junior judges be suspended as part of an investigation process.Ghana has been riddled with cases of massive corruption over the years
Share Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Are Couples Getting Married too Young?. by: – May 7, 2011 677 Views no discussions Scarily-high divorce statistics show that nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, and that 60% of all couples who marry between the age of 20 and 25 divorce. This leads to a few questions: Are we not taking marriage seriously enough? Are couples getting married too young?As we grow up, most of us are taught that marriage is a stable union between two people who are deeply committed to each other and to building a life together. It is a wonderful journey for two people to embark on – and this is true. Marriages should be full of love, companionship, trust, support and laughter.However, when we are young and developing is also the time to be free to develop fully as individuals – to pursue a career choice, to travel, to be independent. These are things which you can do in a couple, obviously, but will definitely be limited once you start a family. When we are younger and in our 20s, sometimes we don’t have a strong sense of who we are as an individual. This makes it easy sometimes to lose ourselves in our relationship. Most couples who marry young face divorce because of emotional immaturity and limited life experiences.A couple who started as 16-year-old high school sweethearts may feel that marriage is the next step in their early 20s. While this can work, it is also important to recognize that some issues may arise. For example, if you have not dated around because you have always been with the same person since high school, you may find yourself wanting to meet new people or to learn what it’s like to be with other people as you grow older. It is important to date around — that way, you can really appreciate your partner when you learn that the grass is not greener on the other side.It is also important to have financial security. Weddings can be expensive, and things like buying a home and starting a family require significant amounts of money. When we are younger, we can get around without spending much money, but once you are committed to being with someone else, it is important you are both financially stable. There is nothing worse than fighting about money, or living from paycheck to paycheck. It can build resentment or lead to stress and can cause a strain on relationships. As we get older, we learn how to budget and how to finance the personal lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to, making it easier to manage money. As crass as it may sound, financial dependence can be a huge relationship strain on couples.If you look at what a commitment marriage is, you should never want to rush into it. Divorce is hard. All breakups are, but divorce can become a lot messier, especially if there are children involved. There should never be a rush to get married. Yes, it is a wonderful step, a declaration of love to and for each other, but it does not protect you from infidelity, it does not provide more security, and it cannot help salvage a relationship. It is a serious commitment and should not be entered into lightly. When we are still young and evolving so much as individuals, it may be better to save the next step of marriage until we are older, more mature and stable both financially and emotionally, both individually and as a couple.By Davina Dummer, BounceBack Editorial Staff Share Tweet
Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Canadian had knife in back for years by: – March 28, 2013 A lump over the blade burned and irritated McNeelyDoctors in Canada have removed a knife blade from a man’s back more than three years after he was stabbed in a fight.Billy McNeely of the Northwest Territories told local media he had suffered itching and minor pain but did not know the blade was still embedded.This week, his nail caught the tip of the 7.5cm blade and uncovered it.“I’ve done some jail time in the past,” he said. “The guards rub over you with a metal wand detector, and every time it hit my back… it went off.”In April 2010, McNeely got into a fight after an arm wrestling match and was stabbed five times, he told the Canadian Press news agency.Doctors at the local accident and emergency room stitched him up but never took an X-ray, he said. Seeking subsequent treatment for the lingering discomfort, he was told he had suffered nerve damage.But this week, McNeely, 32, was scratching his back as usual when his fingernail caught on something. His girlfriend took a look.“I told Billy: ‘There’s a knife sticking out of your back.’ I was scared. I was ready to pull it out with tweezers,” Stephanie Sayine told CBC News.McNeely is considering whether to file a lawsuit against the local health department.BBC News Tweet Share 21 Views no discussions Share Share
Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Increased purchase of ‘Pill 72’ worries pharmacist by: – July 3, 2013 A local pharmacist has expressed concern about the increased purchase of emergency contraceptives among the youth.Pharmacist Carlton Lanquedoc said in an interview with members of the media on Wednesday, 3rd July, that he is concerned about the purchase of morning after pills on a daily basis. Morning after pill or Pill 72 is an emergency contraceptive which can be bought without a prescription. It can be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.Pharmacist Carlton Lanquedoc said while morning after pill is ideal, persons should also guard against sexual transmitted diseases, as the increased purchase of the pill means that these people are engaging in unprotected sex. “It’s not that we have a problem in selling the morning after pill, but basically what it is saying to us is that lots of people are having unprotected sex and that’s of concern for us as medical professionals,” Mr Lanquedoc said.Morning after pill or Pill 72 is an emergency contraceptive which can be bought without a prescription.He noted that one of the things people tend to concentrate more on is the risk of pregnancy, however they should know that they are at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).Mr Lanquedoc said further that several persons have been coming forward to treat sexual transmitted infections cases. “Not only HIV/AIDS as pronounced on the media, but also the Chlamydia, the Syphilis, the Human papillomavirus (HPV), we are seeing cases of bacterial cystitis, Gonorrhea; all of this we are seeing cases of frequently,” he said. Mr Lanquedoc, who is employed at a local pharmacy, said on a daily basis between 6-10 morning after pills are sold his establishment. “I’m sure if we were to tabulate with our two stores it might increase a bit more. It’s generally young people; most of these young people are slightly below the age of forty which is usually the same catchment age that you would see with HIV/AIDS in terms of the prevalence. So it is a concern from a health perspective,” he said. Mr Lanquedoc has called on the general public to be more conscious of their health and protect themselves against diseases. Dominica Vibes News Share Share 137 Views 8 comments Sharing is caring! Share
43 Views no discussions Share Share Share Tweet Electronic cigarettes turn nicotine into a vapour that can be inhaledScientists say that if all smokers in the world switched from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, it could save millions of lives.In the UK there are currently about 100,000 deaths per year attributable to smoking, worldwide it is estimated to be more than five million.Now researchers are hopeful that an increasing use of e-cigarettes could prevent some of these deaths.But some groups warn that e-cigarettes could normalise smoking.An estimated 700,000 users smoke e-cigarettes in the UK, according to Action on Smoking and Health. Some users combine “vaping”, as it is often called, with traditional cigarettes while others substitute it for smoking completely.E-cigarettes have also recently be found to be just as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit.Future hopeRather than inhaling the toxic substances found in tobacco, e-cigarette users inhale vaporised liquid nicotine.Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London, told delegates at the 2013 E-Cigarette Summit at London’s Royal Society that “literally millions of lives” could be saved.“The big question, and why we’re here, is whether that goal can be realised and how best to do it… and what kind of cultural, regulatory environment can be put in place to make sure that’s achieved.“I think it can be achieved but that’s a hope, a promise, not a reality,” he said.A revolutionThis view was echoed by Dr Jacques Le Houezec, a private consultant who has been researching the effects of nicotine and tobacco.He said that because the harmful effects of its main comparator, tobacco, e-cigarette use should not be over-regulated.“We’ve been in the field for very long, this for us is a revolution.There is concern over the lack of regulation of e-cigarettes“Every adolescent tries something new, many try smoking. I would prefer they try e-cigarettes to regular cigarettes.” Dr Le Houezec added.Many are now calling for the industry to be regulated. An EU proposal to regulate e-cigarettes as a medicine was recently rejected, but in the UK e-cigarettes will be licensed as a medicine from 2016.Konstantinos Farsalinos, from the University Hospital Gathuisberg, Belgium, said it was important for light regulation to be put in place “as soon as possible”.“Companies are all hiding behind the lack of regulation and are not performing any tests on their products, this is a big problem.”Prof Farsalinos studies the health impacts of e-cigarette vapour. Despite the lack of regulation, he remained positive about the health risks associated with inhaling it.Healthy ratsE-cigarettes are still relatively new, so there is little in the way of long-term studies looking at their overall health impacts.In order to have valid clinical data, a large group of e-cigarette users would need to be followed for many years.Seeing as many users aim to stop smoking, following a large group of e-smokers for a long period could be difficult.But in rats at least, a study showed that after they inhaled nicotine for two years, there were no harmful effects. This was found in a 1996 study before e-cigarettes were on the market, a study Dr Le Houezec said was reassuring.Concern about the increase in e-cigarette use remains.The World Health Organization advised that consumers should not use e-cigarettes until they are deemed safe. They said the potential risks “remain undetermined” and that the contents of the vapour emissions had not been thoroughly studiedThe British Medical Association has called for a ban on public vaping in the same way that public smoking was banned.They stated that a strong regulatory framework was needed to “restrict their marketing, sale and promotion so that it is only targeted at smokers as a way of cutting down and quitting, and does not appeal to non-smokers, in particular children and young people”.Ram Moorthy, from the British Medical Association, said that their use normalises smoking behaviour.“We don’t want that behaviour to be considered normal again and that e-cigarettes are used as an alternative for the areas that people cannot smoke,” he told BBC News.But Lynne Dawkins, from the University of East London, said that while light-touch regulation was important, it must be treated with caution.She said that e-cigarettes presented a “viable safer alternative” to offer to smokers.“We don’t want to spoil this great opportunity we have for overseeing this unprecedented growth and evolving technology that has not been seen before, We have to be careful not to stump that.”BBC News HealthLifestyle E-cigarettes ‘could save millions’ by: – November 13, 2013 Sharing is caring!
LocalNews Kelver Darroux supports call for a Grammacks Museum and Music School for Jeff Joe by: – November 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 14 Views no discussions Legendary Jeff Joseph during his performance at the 15th World Creole Music Festival in Dominica last monthParliamentary Representative for the St Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux is supporting calls to construct a Grammacks Museum and Music School in memory of the late Jeff Joseph.Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador and musical icon Jeff Joe died last week Wednesday in Martinique and reports indicate that there are discussions to set up a museum and music school in St Joseph in his memory.Darroux said that the construction of these two facilities in St Joseph will leave a lasting impression of Jeff Joe, an individual he says that has contributed significantly to nation building.“As the member of parliament for St. Joseph, whatever venture or avenue used to promote and leave a lasting impression of Jeff Joe will always have my support. He was a guy I had a lot of respect for and the idea of having such an initiative in this community is one that will get my fullest support,” he said.Darroux explained that many time Dominicans fail to support their local heroes.“I believe that when we have our heroes and they are alive sometimes we do not show a lot of appreciation and after they have gone, if there is anything they can do to highlight their work and appreciate them, we should do it,” he explained.He also noted that St Joseph currently has a lot of young potential musicians and that could assist them as well.“This initiative will auger well in the community of St. Joseph. We have a lot of musically inclined people in St. Joseph and an initiative like that will assist them and positively impact the youths of the community. Over the years St. Joseph has produced a number of musicians and we will see more young persons engaging all that energy into music,” he added.Dominica Vibes News
Share Share 44 Views no discussions LocalNews Cuba wants Dominica to continue their support towards two causes by: – December 13, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Cuban Five. Photo credit: internationalist.orgThe release of the Cuban Five and the lifting of the United States trade embargo on Cuba will not be put to rest until these matters are resolved.That is according to an official at the Caribbean Section of the International Relations Department Juan Pozo who paid an official visit to Dominica recently.The “Cuban Five” were jailed in September 1998 for reporting on violent schemes by far-right anti-Cuban groups based in Miami and then convicted in 2001 by a Florida court on alleged espionage charges. The Five were given excessively long sentences, put in separate jails in different parts of the country with periods of solitary confinement, and routinely denied visits by their family members, who are residing in Cuba.Pozo said Dominica should continue to stand in solidarity with Cuba as long as it takes.He says one of the Cuban five members René González, was recently released from jail under probation and must remain in the state of Florida for a period of three years.“For us he is still in jail because the US claims that he is in some supervised freedom. He is at more risk because anything can happen to him now”, he explained.He said Dominican has been supporting Cuba and “we are grateful, we will continue to fight these causes,” he added.Dominica Vibes News
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 9 Views no discussions Tweet Anderson Emmanuel (FP)SOBBING LOUDLY that he did not want to go to prison, Barbados’ boxing star, Anderson Fitzgerald Emmanuel, was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds yesterday when he appeared in court charged with committing robbery.The 26-year-old heavyweight boxer, who was the National Sports Personality 2006, was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge that on July 24, he robbed Russell Whyte, of four bracelets valued $4 500, two rings valued $8 400, a chain valued $2 000 and $3 000 in cash, when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Graveney Bannister.Emmanuel, a Commonwealth, CAC and Pan Am medallist, resides at Fairway Gardens, Christ Church. In October he secured a Pan Am bronze medal for Barbados.Prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Alleyne objected to bail for Emmanuel on the grounds that the offence was of a serious nature; that Emmanuel had recently been taken into police custody; another person was being sought and that if he was given bail the possibility existed that he would interfere with the virtual complainant; and he might not turn up for his trial. (MB)Nation News NewsRegional Boxing star remanded by: – December 20, 2011