Parents Still Use Spanking as Punishment, Study

first_imgFox News 5 Dec 2011Australian parents who smack their children are afraid to admit it because it has become socially unacceptable, even if it is still legal, according to an Australian report out Monday. Experts insist corporal punishment is counterproductive to discipline, however an investigation for The Advertiser revealed many parents smack their children, but are loath to tell anyone. And an online poll for the newspaper showed 89 percent of parents have at some time smacked their child, compared to seven percent who have never done so and four percent who said they had only done so when danger was present. read more

Less Partner Abuse, Substance Abuse and Post-Partum Depression Among Married Women

first_imgScience Daily Dec 13 2012Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. Unmarried women who lived with their partners for less than two years were more likely to experience at least one of the three problems. However, these problems became less frequent the longer the couple lived together. The problems were most common among women who were separated or divorced, especially if the couple parted less than 12 months before their child was born. Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, said that as more children are being born to unmarried parents, he wanted to delve deeper into the risks and benefits of not just single vs. cohabitating parents but the various kinds of relationships. The results of his study were published today in the American Journal of Public Health.What is new in this study is that for the first time we looked at the duration of unmarried cohabitation and found the shorter the cohabitation, the more likely women were to suffer intimate-partner violence, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of conception, pregnancy and delivery,” Dr. Urquia said. “We did not see that pattern among married women, who experienced less psychosocial problems regardless of the length of time they lived together with their spouses.” read more

Assisted Suicide: Is there a suicide contagion effect?

first_imgAlex Schadenberg 11 November 2014It is well established that a single suicide can encourage other suicides, which is called a “suicide contagion.” If the additional suicides use the same method, they are “copy cat” suicides. Moreover, as explained below, this encouragement phenomenon is relevant to Compassion & Choices’ media campaign.A famous example of a suicide contagion is the suicide death of Marilyn Monroe, which inspired an increase in other suicides. This encouragement phenomenon can also occur when the inspiring death is not a suicide. An example is the televised execution of Saddam Hussein, which led to suicide deaths of children worldwide. An NBC News article begins:“The boys’ deaths – scattered in the United States, in Yemen, in Turkey and elsewhere in seemingly isolated horror – had one thing in common: They hanged themselves after watching televised images of Saddam Husseins’ execution.”Groups such as the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have developed guidelines for reporting suicide to prevent suicide contagions. Important points include that the risk of additional suicides increases “when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage.”Please consider the following:● Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law went into effect in 1998.● By 2000, Oregon’s regular suicide rate was “increasing significantly” See (“After decreasing in the 1990s, suicide rates have been increasing significantly since 2000”).● By 2007, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 35% above the national average.● By 2010, per the most recent report, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 41% above the national average.Margaret Dore is an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. She is a former Law Clerk to the Washington State Supreme Court. She is President of Choice is an Illusion, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. Choice is an Illusion welcomes everyone opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia regardless of your views on other issues. See and read more

With Winston Peters as kingmaker, could the anti-smacking law be overturned?

first_imgNewsHub 28 September 2017Family First Comment: “The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by New Zealanders. The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals.”With Winston Peters in a position to decide the next Government, Family First is looking forward to a repeal of – or at least a referendum on – the so-called ‘anti-smacking law’.The conservative lobby group says New Zealand First is “now in a position to be able to protect good parents and put the focus where it should be – on rotten parents and actual abuse”.“The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by New Zealanders,” says director Bob McCoskrie.“The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals.”Passed in 2007, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 removed the defence of ‘reasonable force’ for parents and caregivers being charged with assaulting children, and made it illegal to use smacking for correctional purposes.Introduced by then-Green MP Sue Bradford, the Bill was set to fail, until then-Opposition leader Sir John Key reached a compromise that would allow police to use discretion in decided when to prosecute.It eventually passed 113-8, with support from four of NZ First’s seven MPs.READ MORE: read more

Oluremi Sonaiya, the only female presidential candidate in Nigeria

first_imgOluremi Sonaiya is the sole female candidate in a field of 14 contestants who will battle it for presidency on 28th MarchShe is not only one of the main candidates in the Nigeria presidential race but Oluremi Sonaiya is the sole female candidate in a field of 14 contestants who will battle it for presidency on 28th March.Professor Oluremi Sonaiya is the presidential candidate of the KOWA political party.Many see her as an underdog in a contest dominated by incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) and his arch-rival, Muhammadu Buhari of the opposition party, APC (All Progressives Congress).Regardless, Sonaiya has been a loud advocate for drastic change and the radical overhaul of the country’s political system.She has run a campaign  mostly on the  social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter because she lacks funding, an area in which the two big parties have totally outdone her and the KOWA party she represents.Professor Oluremi Sonaiya believes Nigeria really needs, the uphill journey towards that change and the role Women need to play in solving the socio-political challenges facing the country.Why she thinks she is the better candidateWhy Oluremi thinks she is the best candidate for president in Nigeria is in her slogan which is: The Right Choices. The Right Choice. She says Nigerias need to make the right choices for a better nation.Remi  is 60 years old and is not very well know in political circles as she is known in academic circles. She became a professor of French Language and Applied Linguistics in 2001.This is what she thinks of the current situation in Nigeria:”Nigeria is a nation at a crossroads. It is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but the right choices need to be made to turn them into health, wealth and progress for all its people. Poor leadership over much of the past 50 years has wasted time and opportunity to make that progress. We can not afford 50 more directionless years.The obvious challenges Nigerians face are not difficult things to fix, it is only the will to do them that has been lacking. Electricity, water and roads are not the challenges of the 21st century; they’re the solved problems of the twentieth! She says there’s need for leadership with vision, prepared to ask difficult questions of themselves and of us, and then chart a bold path toward a bright future.We need to secure the lives and property of all Nigerian citizens. We need to revitalize dormant industries and encourage the birth of new ones. We need to restore our institutions to world standard-and then raise the standard. We need government that works. We need to make merit and excellence the global reputation of Nigeria. We need to aggressively educate, prepare, train and engage our youth. They are our future.”last_img read more

‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’

first_img Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle ‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’ by: – May 12, 2011center_img Share Share A record number of new “legal highs” were reported across Europe in 2010, with four times as many found in the UK than any other country, figures show.The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said there were 41 new substances, of which 16 were first reported in the UK.The drugs were appearing at an “unprecedented pace”, as 24 were found in 2009 and 13 in 2008, it said.The UK is introducing legislation to temporarily ban untested drugs.The monitoring centre, which records drugs use across the continent, said 2010 saw the largest number of new substances ever reported across Europe in a single year.The list includes synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones and synthetic derivatives of well-established drugs. Their names include MDAI, iso-ethcathinone, 4-MBC and DMAA.A further 15 derivatives of the compound on which banned drug mephedrone is based, cathinone, were detected during the year, and two from ketamine.Experts say the drugs are developed by people who examine scientific literature about drug compounds.Legally-sourced chemicalsIf these are banned they develop a legal variant which then gets manufactured, often in China, and then sold in the UK as drugs.Not all of these drugs are banned under UK law.The UK government is introducing legislation to temporarily ban new “legal highs” until they are proven to be medically safe by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).A Home Office spokesman said the government was “committed to tackling emerging new drugs and stopping them gaining a foothold in this country”.“We have among the most effective systems in Europe for identifying new psychoactive substances,” he said.“Just because a drug is advertised as legal does not mean that it is either legal or safe.”Drugs advice charity Drugscope said there was now an “ever greater interaction between the illicit and non-illicit pharmaceutical markets”, with legally-sourced chemicals being sold as replacements for illicit psychoactive substances.Toxic to humans“The make-up of these new substances may bear little relation to a user’s expectations,” said chief executive Martin Barnes.“Head shops (outlets selling drug paraphernalia) and online sellers, often buying in large batches from overseas, cannot be certain what they are purchasing and selling on.”Dr John Ramsey, head of drugs database unit TicTac Communications at St George’s University of London, said the drugs presented a major public health risk.“The core of the problem is that none of these drugs have been properly tested to see how toxic they are to humans. If they will cause long-term health problems such as cancer or birth defects, would we know about that?”He said he feared the government’s plan for deferred legislation would not work, as the ACMD would not have the resources to do risk assessments for the number of substances which were emerging each year.“What we have got to do is stop kids from buying them. Would you buy a research compound from an iffy website for £30 and take it? Quite how we change this I don’t know, but there is always going to be something new on the market.”The European monitoring centre’s director, Wolfgang Gotz, said that “given the speed at which new developments occur in this area” it was important to anticipate emerging threats.He said: “This could be addressed by actively purchasing, synthesising and studying new compounds and by improving our capacity for investigative forensic analysis and research at European level.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Rabbit Festival a big success despite bad weather.

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Rabbit Festival a big success despite bad weather. by: – May 3, 2011 Share 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Dominicans braved the rain on Sunday to attend what organizers say was successful National Rabbit Festival.Events Coordinator for the annual event Jeffers Parillon said the committee will be meeting on Thursday for a post mortem on the activity.He said however despite bad weather conditions, the pubic patronized the event.“We had a lot rain but the festival went well. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves. While we didn’t make money, we proved what we knew that it is beneficial to the people of the community,” he said.Parillon said the committee will be meeting on Thursday and a decision could be taken about the possibility to host the event twice a year.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! OAS Secretary General Mr. José Miguel Insulza. Photo credit: usoas.usmission.govPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, where he will participate in a forum on trade and investment in the Caribbean.During his stay in Port of Spain, Insulza will meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and with various representatives of government and other agencies.Likewise, Insulza expects to meet with the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, Brigadier General (ret.) John Sandy, and will speak with President George Maxwell Richards as well as the leader of the opposition, Keith Rowley.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago by: – June 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Public Works Minister declares Matthieu Dam a disaster zone

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Public Works Minister declares Matthieu Dam a disaster zone by: – July 28, 2011 Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. Photo credit: GIS NewsPublic Works Minister Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore says the Matthieu Dam has been declared a  disaster zone and pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution.Blackmoore was speaking on the heels of a major disaster which occurred this morning, when the Matthieu Dam collapsed, rushing flood waters down the Layou River, partially washing away in the bridge and affecting several businesses and home owners in the process.“We have been told that the Dam has not yet disposed of all its water into the river so the potential for secondary flooding exists,” he said.According to Blackmoore, officials who are investigating the matter have been advised that they should wait before they attempt to access the Dam.He says however the Government is doing all in its power to deal with the matter.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cancer survivors encourage men to get screened early

first_img 43 Views   one comment Share Tweet LocalNews Cancer survivors encourage men to get screened early by: – October 11, 2011 Patrick Henderson Members of the Dominica Cancer Society, three of whom are cancer survivors, are encouraging men to get screened early in an effort to avoid dying from prostate cancer.The month of October is being observed in Dominica as Cancer Awareness Month and this year the Dominica Cancer Society is placing emphasis on prostate cancer as statistics indicate an increased number of deaths from the disease.A founding member of the Men’s Support Group and a cancer survivor Patrick Henderson explained that he was spurred by the death of his brother to get himself checked and while the biggest fear for men is the rectal examination it can save them from aggravation and pain in the long run.“We have a duty as cancer survivors to keep encouraging our men to get tested. It does not take much, it could save you a lot of aggravation in the long run; the earlier that you can catch it, the better for you; don’t be scared of the rectal examination. This is the biggest fear I think of our men now the rectal examination, most men you talk to have difficulty with it, it takes less than a minute and it is a little uncomfortable but it’s nothing to be concerned about,” he said.According to Henderson, he is focused on a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as informing is friends and other men about the disease.“I have focused a lot on healthy living, healthy lifestyle enjoying life to the fullest, not giving up on my sports and also trying to talk to friends and men that I meet about getting checked. I remember going to a game in Riviere Cyrique and meeting some former basket ballers and I had not seen them in a while and we were chatting and I said you know I had surgery for prostate cancer and they said boy, and I said you must get yourself checked. They said boy I don’t want anybody to put their hand in my behind you know,” he said.Mr Henderson further appealed to men who are cancer survivors to join the Men’s Support Group and help them overcome the challenge of prostate cancer.“I also ask that our men out there who are cancer survivors that they join the cancer society and that they join the men’s group because we’ve been trying to get men to come forward and do something about prostate cancer but it seems to be a big challenge.”Henderson also admonished all men “to come forward, get tested, get more information about prostate cancer; visit your doctor, talk to your doctor and get the rectal examination done, get the p.s.a checked and do whatever it takes to ensure that you are on top of your prostate health.”Meantime, another founding member of the Men’s Support Group as well as a cancer survivor Neville Graham he is testimony to the fact that early detection can save lives.He also encourages all men to get screened and be more concerned about their health.“I can testify to the fact that early detection does save lives because I am here today as a cancer survivor because of early detection. Generally men are careless with their health and I say to my friends that life normally hands you a number of choices right, you can be a macho man and die at forty, fifty or you could be a real man and live your three score and ten and more,” he said.The Cancer support group meets every Thursday at the Princess Margaret Hospital to offer support to cancer patients who are receiving treatment as often many of them do not have family members to remain with them at the hospital during treatment. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more