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Zimbabwe to seek extradition of Palmer

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first_imgZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITION Related Nigerian farmers seek more incentives TALK AFRICA: Zimbabwe Looks East South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years. Fears are now emerging that the United States department of justice may decline Zimbabwe’s request for the extradition of the American man behind the killing of Cecil the lion.Legal experts have cautioned that legal technicalities and international perceptions on the record of Zimbabwe’s justice system, may just help Walter Palmer get away with what some have termed an open and shut poaching case.last_img

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CAR Interim President reshuffles cabinet ahead of general elections

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first_imgCentral African Republic interim president Catherine Samba-Panza had reshuffled her cabinet, less than two months before the country holds its general elections.Samba-Panza replaced the ministers for defence, rural development, youth, pubic security and justice.Her decision to reshuffle the cabinet came after two weeks of consultations in the wake of the inter-religious violence that killed at least 77 people in the capital Bangui in late September.In the shake-up announced late Thursday, Joseph Bindoumi, head of the Central African League of Human Rights, replaces Marie-Noelle Koraya as defence minister.Chrysostome Sambia, a general in the gendarmerie, will serve as public security minister, while Dominique Said Paguindji, who previously held that post, becomes minister of justice.last_img read more

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Religious women use contraception regularly, report says

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first_img Share 28 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Religious women use contraception regularly, report says by: – April 14, 2011 Share Most sexually active women use contraception, regardless of their religious beliefs, says a report from the Guttmacher Institute, an organization working to advance reproductive and sexual health  in the U.S. and worldwide.“Regardless of religious affiliation, the majority of women use highly effective contraception methods, so any efforts to restrict access to these methods is going to impact these populations,” said Rachel K. Jones, the lead author.The report was based on a U.S. government survey that represented the nation. The data came from 2006-2008 interviews of over 7,000 women aged 15-44.It found that 69% of sexually active women from any denomination were using highly effective birth control methods including sterilization, the pill or other hormonal method, or an intrauterine device (IUD). In addition, almost all have reported contraceptive use at some point, a figure that is similar among Catholic women.Another key finding was that 68% of Catholics use one of the highly effective methods, but only 2% rely on natural family planning. That number is comparable to 73% of Mainline Protestants and 74% of Evangelicals.“A lot of times, religion is either not associated with contraception at all, or, in the case of the Catholic church, being against contraception.” Jones added. “In the real world, women who have religious beliefs and who attend church also use contraception.”In addition, male or female sterilization was most common in the Evangelical church; more than four in 10 women of this denomination use the method.And marital status did not change things.“Across religious denominations, married women are using highly effective contraceptive methods,” she said.Said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, “These findings show yet again that birth control is a common practice — and a common need — for women of different faiths and backgrounds.“As Congress considers yet another effort to bar Planned Parenthood from providing family planning services through federal health programs, it should listen to the message these findings convey.”CNN Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Tax evasion law “could cost big banks $100 million”

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first_img 213 Views   no discussions MILAN (Reuters) – A U.S. law aimed at curbing tax evasion by citizens using foreign accounts could cost large multinational banks as much as $100 million apiece to implement in one-off systems costs, a top asset manager and a tax lawyer told a conference on Friday.The overall costs of implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), could approach the more than $8 billion FATCA is due to raise over 10 years, he said.FATCA was introduced after high profile tax evasion cases.“With FATCA there is a cost on us in Europe but benefits in the U.S.. The benefit is $8.5 bln over 10 years … for multinational banks I have seen estimates of $100 million (each, in one-off costs),” said James Broderick, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for JP Morgan Asset Management.“It would be easier to just write a cheque to the IRS (U.S. tax authority)”, he added.The $100 million figure is with regard to the costs of implementation for the banking systems of large, multi-jurisdictional banks, and not for an asset manager, he said.Speaking at the same conference, organized by Italy’s asset management association Assogestioni, tax expert Keith Lawson said he had also heard the $100 mln figure.Lawson, Senior Counsel Tax Law at ICI, the U.S. national association of U.S. investment companies, said aspects of FATCA were “draconian” but a repeal would be very difficult given the amount it would raise.Broderick said banks and wealth managers had to accept that FATCA, which starts coming into force in June 2013, would be implemented and they may have to change their business models.FATCA has drawn wide criticism from abroad, with banks and business people saying the new law turns them into agents of the IRS.Writing by Nigel Tutt; Editing by Greg MahlichYAHOO News Tweet LifestyleMoney Tax evasion law “could cost big banks $100 million” by: – November 18, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Walnuts ‘improve sperm health’

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first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Walnuts ‘improve sperm health’ by: – August 16, 2012 Could two handfuls of walnuts a day keep the fertility doctor away?Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests.Sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped sperm development. It is not known if this would help improve male fertility. About one in six couples are infertile, with 40% of these due to a male factor. Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield said: “It would be relatively easy to poke fun at studies like this, but there is increasing evidence to show that aspects of a man’s diet can affect the number and quality of sperm produced by his testicles.”The researchers say the next step is to work with couples who are attending infertility clinics to determine if placing sub-fertile men, with poor semen quality, on a walnut diet results in better success conceiving. It is thought that infertility in men may be a result of too few sperm being made, or that the sperm have poor swimming ability, size or shape. Walnut supplementThis study involved 117 men between the ages of 21 and 35, who were divided into two groups. One group added 2.6 ounces (75 grams) of whole-shelled walnuts to their daily diet. The other group continued their usual diet but avoided eating tree nuts. Both groups ate a typical Western-style diet.Lead author, Prof Wendie Robbins from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health said: “We found a significant improvement in sperm parameters in the group that consumed the walnuts.Healthy sperm“The men who ate no tree nuts saw no change.”Sperm quality improved in terms of concentration, vitality, movement, shape and chromosome abnormalities.Dr Pacey said: “The study has been well executed and my only criticism would be that the men in the walnut-eating arm of the trial could have altered other aspects of their behaviour to give the results shown in the paper. “A better trial would be to produce tablets of walnut extract that looked identical to a placebo so that the study was completely blind. “In spite of this, the results of the study show a small but statistically significant improvement in sperm health.”These benefits may be down to the fatty acids in the nuts. Co-author Catherine Carpenter, from the UCLA Centre for Human Nutrition said: “Walnuts provide a particularly rich source of a-linolenic acid, a natural plant source of omega-3, which we suspect may have been responsible for the improvements we observed.”The walnuts for the study were supplied by the California Walnut Commission and the study was funded by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health.BBC News Share Tweetcenter_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Royal Priesthood to host Women Empowerment forum

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first_img Share 265 Views   no discussions Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Royal Priesthood to host Women Empowerment forum by: – August 12, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! Share Royal Priesthood will be hosting its first event aimed at empowering women on August 21-22 2014 at the Living Hope fellowship in Massacre. The event is being held in collaboration with Hilly Leon Ministries from Virginia in the USA. Women Empowerment 2014 will be held under the theme “MAD- Make A Difference”. The first session themed Life in a Fishbowl is targeted at the wives of pastors and elders The focus will be to help these women to handle scrutiny ,the expectations and public opinions. They will be expose to ways of making life in a fishbowl more enjoyable. Women will be better able to understand the importance of developing and maintaining close, trusted and supportive friendships.The second night will be for all women and will be held under the theme Get out of the Boat. Women will be challenged to experience the joy, freedom and miracle of being a child of God.The session will explore reasons why people choose to stay in the boat and what to do if they start to sink. Women will be exhorted to get out of the boat, get powered up through prayer and keep their eyes on Jesus and take a step of faith.The two nights of services will focus on helping the women to leave their well defined, secure comfort zones and get out of the boat so they can experience the miracle of walking on water. Women will be encouraged to get out of the boat in the area of their comfort zones and learn to trust others as well as let others get to know them. They will be challenged to reach out past their social comfort zones and make a difference in the lives of others. It is the hope that after the sessions women will develop a deeper spiritual relationship with God through prayer and reading of the word and will desire to have a more intimate relationship with The Lord.For more information you can contact Beverly Leblanc at 2753662 or Bernadette Jean Jacques at 4498593last_img read more

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New Study Claims People Who’ve Had More Sexual Partners Report Unhappier Marriages

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first_img Share LifestyleRelationships New Study Claims People Who’ve Had More Sexual Partners Report Unhappier Marriages by: – August 25, 2014 Tweet A widely reported new study claims that people — especially women — who have multiple sexual parters before tying the knot, report unhappier marriages down the line.The study comes to us from The National Marriage Project, based off research from two University of Denver professors, Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley, who looked at relationship data collected from 2007 to 2008 of 1,000 unmarried Americans ages 18 to 34. During the following five years, 418 of the participants got married.Rhoades and Stanley took a closer look at those marriages to see if factors, including participants’ sexual past, played a role in current marital quality.Couples’ relationship quality was measured using a four-item version of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, focusing on relationship happiness, thoughts about separation, frequency of confiding in one another, and a general item about how well things are going (the full scale, however, contains 32 items).According to researchers, the 23 percent of participants who only had sex with their spouse prior to getting hitched reported higher quality marriages versus those who had other past sexual partners as well.They claim this finding is especially true for women, writing in the report, “We further found that the more sexual partners a woman had had before marriage, the less happy she reported her marriage to be.”On top of that, researchers say that participants who lived with an S.O. — who did not become their future spouse — also reported unhappier marriages.So why would more sexual or relationship experience be associated with worse outcomes later on?Rhoades and Stanley hypothesize in the report that “more experience may increase one’s awareness of alternative partners.” In other words, people who have a number of prior relationships may become dissatisfied more easily.But isn’t that another way to say they might be more aware of a bad relationship? Isn’t that a good thing?Indeed, while the data presented in The Marriage Project’s 418-person study is legitimate, experts say that the conclusions drawn from it — especially those which cast judgement on one’s sexual history and incite sentiments of slut-shaming — may not be entirely accurate.Researchers in this field, who were not involved with this particular study, told The Huffington Post that these findings should be taken with a grain of salt.“There are a wide variety of reasons that may lead people to have multiple partners before marriage and, independent of how many partners they have, also be less satisfied in marriage,” Dr. Jim McNulty, a social psychology professor from Florida State University who has published a plethora of research on the topic, wrote in an email.“For example, people who tend to avoid commitment in general may have more sexual partners and be less happy when they settle down. It’s not the fact that they have more sexual partners that leads them to be less happy, it’s the fact that they don’t really like commitment. I would be very surprised if having multiple sexual partners before marriage, independent of any other factor, has a direct causal influence.”In other words, correlation should never be confused with causation.“We cannot make any conclusions about cause-and-effect,” says Justin Lehmiller, PhD, sex educator and researcher at Purdue University, adding, “Could it be that multiple premarital partners impacts marital happiness? Maybe. But it could also be that people who have more partners have different personalities or different attitudes toward marriage or relationships.”Beyond that, Lehmiller says there may be flaws in the way data was analyzed — the way in which good marriages were separated from bad marriages was “rather odd” he says. “Even the authors admit that they were ‘arbitrary’ in their report. They defined ‘higher quality marriages’ as those in which individuals scored in the top 40 percent … Why the top 40 percent?”McNulty also points out that though the authors are respected researchers, the study was not reported by an academic journal nor was it peer-reviewed.Huffington Post 199 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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Mas Domnik 2020- Play d Riddim, Play Mas!

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first_imgEntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Mas Domnik 2020- Play d Riddim, Play Mas! by: – November 21, 2019 Share 201 Views   no discussions Tweet The 2020 Mas Domnik Calendar of events will feature a vast array of events to include calypso tents, calypso monarch competitions, village carnivals, princess shows, traditional “ole” mas festivals, pageants, street jump ups and private fetes and parties. This year’s Carnival celebrations will see the return of International Artiste Night the weekend before Carnival as wellas Kiddies Carnival on the Sunday immediately before the street jump up days. Share Share A much anticipated part of the Carnival celebrations is the National Queen Pageant which is scheduled for February 20, 2020. Seven young ladies will vie for the title of Miss Dominica 2020. They are Kimra Charles and Kadisha Joseph of Fond Cole, Primrose Angel David of Massacre, Melanie Charles of Goodwill, Elnarrah Emmanuel of Kingshill, Shannon Connor St.Hilaire of Soufriere, and Savahnn James of Roseau. Following the media launch of Mas Domnik 2020 on November 7, 2020, the Dominica Festivals Committee has revealed the official theme for Mas Domnik 2020. Mas Domnik 2020 will be celebrated under the theme “Play de Riddim, Play Mas” from the official opening parade on January 18, 2020 until the Carnival street parades onFebruary 24 – 25, 2020. Sharing is caring! Mas Domnik 2020 promises to bring an explosion of music, pageantry, lyrical melody and creativity. Join us for Mas Domnik 2020 – January 18, 2020 to February 26, 2020.last_img read more

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United Insurance Under 20 Finals at Botanic Gardens.

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first_img Share Tweet 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img NewsSports United Insurance Under 20 Finals at Botanic Gardens. by: – March 16, 2011 Share The United Insurance Under 20 Cricket 2 day finals competition commenced yesterday at the botanical Gardens between the Dominica State College and the St. Mary’s Academy. The DSC won the toss and chose to bat.After almost 45 overs the DSC are 238/5 with Emanuel Peter scoring 79 runs, Kaven Hodge 69 runs, Kyle James 23 runs and Denis Belle at 30 not out.The St. Mary’s Academy have been trying to hit back with Devon Pacquette taking 3 wickets for 38 runs after 9 overs and Ian Lewis with 2 wickets for 76 runs after 17 overs.The United Insurance Under 20 Cricket 2 day competition will continue today and we  will have the final scores later this afternoon.By Grace Hendersonlast_img read more

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Kalinago people to debate on the presence of Afro-Dominicans in their community

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first_imgLocalNews Kalinago people to debate on the presence of Afro-Dominicans in their community by: – September 21, 2011 92 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring! Kalinago Chief Mr. Garnet Joseph. The Indigenous People of Dominica are in limbo regarding whether Afro-Dominicans should be allowed to reside in the Kalinago territory.They will hold discussions on Thursday of this week to decide whether this law should be kept or whether it should be changedKalinago Chief Garnet Joseph says the law of the land indicates that Afro-Dominicans cannot reside permanently in the territory.He says however, while laws should be upheld, they ought to be reviewed periodically.“The law of the land says persons who do not normally reside in the territory cannot reside there. This has raised concerns over the years because it is felt that if Kalinago go out and marry another person’s outside of their race, then they should move from the reserve. It’s a misunderstanding of the situation but this is what the law says and it should be held,” he said.He says the laws are geared at protecting the Kalinago people from bad influences.Joseph says it is believed that the introduction of Afro-Dominicans in the Kalinago Territory could negatively impact the lives of the indigenous people.“How much can you let in is a big question and what impacts it will have on the community. It is felt that some of the people coming in do not bring in much. They do not have skills, they don’t want to do manual work and they bring hard drugs in the territory. It is felt that this is having a negative impact on the indigenous people,” he said.The discussion will take place from 7pm at the Bataca Community Hall.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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