Challenges in Bridging the Idea and Practice

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.One year passed. A fruitful year! Last year at this time I was very busy in Iran with developing the idea to take part in Ashoka’s online competition. Fortunately, I was selected to participate in the Young Champions Program and now I am in my fourth month at the Joyce Fertility support centre in Uganda. I am experiencing a Christmas day in a Christian country and missing Norooz which is the first day of the Persian year. I am missing many other things and of course gaining the other ones to practically turn my idea into reality to bring change in the way of education in maternal health.I based my idea for maternal health on the educational program in the Iranian context where there is no shortage of health providers and no difficulties in access to health centers and hospital facilities. However, on implementing the idea I am in the Ugandan context where I find the opposite. Here I see a lack of midwives, transportation and hospital facilities in heath systems and many other things. Sometimes the differences in these two different contexts challenge me severely. On one hand we are educating women to go to the health centers, and on the other hand there are health centers without midwives that have little availability.So far we have introduced our project in two districts. We had 2 sessions with district health committees. The meetings were interactive. However, we learned from this session that the perspective of the health committee in one of the districts doesn’t match with the real conditions of the district. They told us they don’t have any problems regarding maternal health!But we had earlier visited 2 health centers in this area and we observed:An active health centre with a closed maternity ward because the midwife was on maternity leave without a replacementRefills in the drug store without the health centre supervisor’s input about the required drugsHigh antenatal care coverage but women were not coming back to give birth in the health centresWomen that came to the antenatal unit in their fifth month of pregnancy or laterDoctors and nurses not considering the privacy of pregnant women during their visits (part of their exams were being done in front of a group of people)Doctors holding the educational sessions in which the subject was inappropriate to participants needs (the educator was advising the clients about the importance of starting antenatal care at first month of pregnancy while most of the clients were at late month of pregnancy or postpartum period, so it was obvious to see most of the learners not paying attention to the educator)These days we are now trying to find ways to solve these challenges which have been valuable learning points for us through our activities.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Nick Good

first_imgIn the ninth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Nick Good, speaks about how it feels to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influence on his Touch Football career. Name: Nicholas GoodNickname: GoodyAge: 19Affiliate: Penrith PanthersOccupation: Studying primary teaching, currently working as a special education aide.Position: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and 2010 for Men’s Open.Career highlights so far: Penrith Vawdon Cup 2009, 2010 Men’s Trans Tasman, captaining both Youth Australian teams in 2009 and 2011, captaining my Penrith Men’s team in 2010. How you got involved in Touch Football: Through my parents.Favourite player: Jason Zabielo.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: A great deal, words honestly cannot justify the privilege of wearing the Australian jersey.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Dave Collins– He has a tremendous Touch brain and gave me a chance at an early age. His belief in his players is unreal.Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury’s gold medal at Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.What do you know about Scotland: Cold and cold! Any superstitions: Nil.Funniest Australian teammate: Anthony Ziade and Steve Roberts.Favourite quote: Winners make a habit of doing those things which losers don’t like to do – Vince Lombardi.Any travel plans for after World Cup: A 10 day adventure with Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley. Visiting London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 45 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 read more

Wine Rules A Success

first_imgClose to 3,000 people embarked on Elwood Park in Melbourne for a good cause on Sunday, taking part in the 2012 Wine Rules event. 25 teams as well as plenty of spectators attended the event, which raises funds for the St. Mary’s House of Welcome, who support Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged. The Brash Higgins team from Adelaide was the highest team fundraiser, followed by the De Bortoli team, raising over $5,000 between them and each gaining two Victorian representative players in their team for the event. There was plenty to do for those who weren’t taking to the field either, with a winning spitting competition, silent auction, bands and a kids area. To view some photos of the day, please visit the Touch Football Victoria Facebook and Twitter The third of the charity events, Touch Football Vinnie-Yard, will be played on Saturday, 24 November at Viking Park in Canberra. The event will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers, plenty of food, children’s entertainment and a social Touch Football competition. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event is set to be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region. For more information, please visit the following Related Links2012 Wine Ruleslast_img read more

BC Ferries Suspends Mill-Brentwood Bays Service

first_imgzoom British Columbia’s ferry owner and operator BC Ferries said it would suspend its service between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay.The temporarily suspension is set to last from April 13 to June 10, 2015 while the MV Klitsa undergoes a scheduled major refit.The vessel is scheduled to be drydocked to renew coatings, service main engines and propellers and general cleaning and maintenance.During the suspension of service, transportation between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay would be switched to available road routes as there will be no replacement vessel available.“As part of a mandatory regulatory requirement, the MV Klitsa is removed from service every four years for a major refit and is expected to resume service on Thursday, June 11, 2015,” the company said.last_img

Montreal suspends pit bull ban will consult before reworking bylaw next year

first_imgMONTREAL – Pit bulls are once again allowed in Montreal as the Projet Montreal administration follows through with an election promise to do away with the controversial bylaw that banned them.Coun. Craig Sauve, the executive committee member in charge of animal services, said Wednesday the ban will be suspended, as will several specific sections of the city’s animal control bylaw pertaining to the breed such as mandatory muzzling and special permits.“The pit bull-style dog will no longer be considered a dangerous breed in Montreal,” Sauve said. “We’ll have a global approach that includes all dogs and I believe it’s the right approach for Montreal.”A new bylaw will be introduced in the first half of 2018 after extensive consultation.All current dangerous dog provisions for animals that bite remain intact, minus the elements of breed-specific legislation which “discriminate against owners who have been good owners,” he said.Sauve said the city will consult scientific and animal-behaviour experts as well as dog-owners and people who don’t have dogs.Projet Montreal has said the breed-specific nature of the previous bylaw was based on bad science and that it would proceed with a more humane one focusing on dog-owners and education.Ex-mayor Denis Coderre’s administration passed the controversial bylaw in 2016 and cited the security of citizens after a Montreal woman was mauled to death in her backyard by a neighbour’s dog.Coderre’s party, which is now called Mouvement Montreal, said it is “disappointed” with the suspension of the bylaw.Leader Lionel Perez said the city’s own data suggests the number of dog bites related to pit bulls accounted for 40 per cent of the total bites reported in 2016 and 2017, even though they represent just three per cent of canines in the city.Under the previous set of rules, new pit bulls weren’t allowed on Montreal territory and those already on the island had to abide by more stringent rules.“What the administration is doing today is removing the series of additional protections that the bylaw gave Montrealers, particularly the one that required the absence of a criminal record for owners of pit bulls,” Perez said.Separately, Quebec has tabled its own law to ban dangerous dogs but it’s unclear whether it will become a dominant issue with a provincial election coming in October.The pit bull ban was a key election issue during Montreal’s municipal campaign this year, and Projet Montreal promised to repeal it.“I don’t think it’s responsible for us to wait until the next election to see what the situation is,” Sauve said.Mayor Valerie Plante said Wednesday she is in favour of a global approach in dealing with dog bites and that her administration has a responsibility to avoid creating a false sense of security among the population.“What we want is to make sure Montrealers are safe (and) we want to prevent dog bites,” she said.“We don’t want to target one breed in particular. What we’ve seen in recent months is the complexity in identifying pit bull-type dogs.”last_img read more

Trudeau says he is talking to premiers about Trans Mountain pipeline battle

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he talks to premiers regularly about the need to get a western pipeline expansion built, but stopped short of agreeing to intervene in an emerging trade war between British Columbia and Alberta.Speaking to reporters before the weekly Liberal caucus meeting today, Trudeau says he is working with the provincial governments and will stand up for getting the pipeline built, but did not say anything about what exactly he will do to make that happen.Trudeau is facing more and more pressure to intervene to get construction started on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which will triple capacity of the pipeline carrying oil from Alberta to a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.Trudeau’s government approved the expansion more than a year ago, saying it was in the national interest, but opponents have managed to delay construction and last week B.C., moved to possibly halt it entirely with proposed regulations to ban increased flows of oil pending research into how a spill could be cleaned up.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley responded first with legal threats and then, on Tuesday, cut off imports of $70-million in wine from British Columbia in retaliation.It is the latest chess move in the ongoing fight between the NDP governments in B.C., and Alberta as the former campaigned on a promise to stop the pipeline and the latter needs to get it built if it has any hope of getting re-elected next year.Pipeline proponents are pushing Trudeau to act to get construction started.last_img read more

BC looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak health minister

first_imgTORONTO — The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday.Such a system would be aimed at boosting the proportion of residents in the province who are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, he said.“While there are some people who are expressing opposition to immunization, and others who can’t be immunized for medical reasons, some people simply fall through the cracks of the system,” Dix told reporters.“We want to make it harder for that to happen. So action is coming.”Dix stopped short of saying a plan is in place or when it might be announced, but he noted that some of the groundwork has already been done: the idea of a vaccination records registry had been contemplated after an outbreak of 343 cases of measles in B.C.’s Fraser Valley region in 2014.In the meantime, said Dix, “the message is for parents to immunize (their children).”There have been nine confirmed cases of measles in Vancouver in recent weeks, including eight at two French-language schools in Vancouver, a cluster that began after an unvaccinated B.C. child contracted the disease during a family trip to Vietnam. The other case is unrelated.   Measles is nothing to sneeze at: complications include blindness, ear infections that can lead to deafness, pneumonia and encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The disease can also be fatal. In 2017, there were 110,000 measles deaths, most among children under age five, the World Health Organization says.Infection with the virus begins with a high fever, coughing, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a blotchy rash that spreads from the face and neck to the rest of the body. The virus is spread through air-borne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes.Public health officials say the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the most effective way to prevent infection.However, some people — infants, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy — cannot be vaccinated and must rely on high vaccination levels within their community in order to be protected from infection by so-called “herd immunity.”Dix said Ontario’s system makes it more difficult for those eligible for vaccination to miss getting their shots — and he wants to see B.C. with a similar model.In Ontario, vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella is required by law for all children attending school, although parents can seek an exemption on religious or conscientious grounds. The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires parents or guardians to provide proof of vaccination before their child can attend school.Earlier this week, 33 children and staff at the two measles-affected Vancouver schools were ordered to stay home until at least March 7 because they either hadn’t been vaccinated or weren’t able to provide proof of immunization.Dix said that provincial medical officers of health have the authority to exclude children and adults without vaccination proof from schools. Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

India U23 team bows out of AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

first_imgTashkent: The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here on Sunday. Daler Yodgorov’s 30th minute strike and Solehov’s 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six. The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia could have surged ahead into lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golui’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound. After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIndia’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box. Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line. India’s quest for the equaliser kept them on their toes and soon after the second half restarted, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box. Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who headed wide a Vinit Rai free-kick. India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence.last_img read more

UN to set up fund to support families of staff killed in

Speaking in Copenhagen, at the XIII Olympic Congress, Mr. Ban said the details of how the fund will operate are still being determined, but the funds raised will go to the relatives of staff killed as they performed their official duties in humanitarian and peace operations worldwide.“We have so many United Nations [personnel], international or national, who are unfortunately [killed in action]. They need your help,” he said.Mr. Ban and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge today signed a soccer ball – made from paper and wrapped up in plastic bags and tied with strings gathered from a slum in Kenya – that will be auctioned at an upcoming fundraising event hosted by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a UN Messenger of Peace.That fundraiser is being held for the benefit of families of national UN staff members killed in action.Each year the UN pays tributes to the efforts of staff by observing World Humanitarian Day on 19 August – the date of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people. 3 October 2009A fund will be established to help support the families of United Nations personnel who have been killed in the line of duty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he unveiled plans for the first event to raise money for the cause. read more

Vasu calls Ranil a pakaya in Parliament

Parliamentarian and former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a “pakaya” in Parliament today.This was after the Prime Minister attempted to prevent Nanayakkara from raising a point of order during Parliament proceedings today. A heated exchange of words then took place between Nanayakkara and the Prime Minister even as the Speaker kept insisting that Nanayakkara should be allowed to speak.Nanayakkara told the Prime Minister to respect Parliament and he also questioned the Speaker if the Prime Minister can be allowed to behave in such manner. Nanayakkara accused the Prime Minister of not knowing what a point of order is or what standing orders in Parliament are. The Speaker then warned the members of parliament saying students who were watching the proceedings in Parliament will take the behavior of the MPs as an example. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Do you think you can make me sit down? Pakaya,”  Nanayakkara said. read more

Greece deports four Lankans under controversial deal

Greek authorities said a total of 191 men and 11 women were sent back. Those included 130 people from Pakistan, 42 from Afghanistan, 10 from Iran, five from Congo, four from Sri Lanka, three from Bangladesh, three from India, one each from Iraq, Somalia and Ivory Coast, and two Syrians who had asked to be sent back. Greece has deported four Sri Lankans under a controversial deal which saw 202 migrants from two Greek islands being shipped back to Turkey.A controversial European Union plan to curb migration and smash smuggling rings in Turkey began today as 202 migrants from the two Greek islands were piled onto boats and shipped back to Turkey, the Associated Press reported. A second vessel motored in from Lesbos and a third from the nearby island of Chios later today.Those who arrived from Lesbos were sent to “reception and removal center” in the northwestern Kirklareli province on the Black Sea, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. It said the Syrians would be placed in refugee camps and other migrants would be deported.In an address to police officers in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged them to show “compassion’” to the returning migrants and said Syrian refugees from camps in Turkey would be sent to Europe. (Colombo Gazette) The first vessel from Lesbos was escorted into the Turkish port of Dikili by the Turkish coast guard as a helicopter hovered overhead. The migrants were taken to red-and-white tents for registration and health checks.About a dozen people stood at the port holding a banner that read “Welcome refugees. Turkey is your home.” That sentiment came in sharp contrast to protests over the weekend by locals who feared that Dikili would turn into a warehouse for refugees. Under heavy security, authorities on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios deported people from 11 nations — the first in a plan that has drawn strong criticism from human rights advocates but is seen by some European nations as the only way to resolve the continent’s migration crisis. read more

UNbacked meeting to focus on ways of creating peoplecentred cities

Known as “CITYNET,” the Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements is co-organizing the meeting from 29 October to 2 November under the theme of “People-Centred Cities in a Globalizing World.” To be held at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, the Congress is also backed by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.Both ESCAP and CITYNET view people-centred cities as “economically productive, socially just, ecologically sustainable, globally connected, politically participatory and culturally vibrant.” Over 200 mayors, deputy mayors, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations are expected to participate in the event, which will be inaugurated by Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.The meeting will tackle issues through an innovative “Bazaar of Ideas” involving symposia by such organizations as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), ESCAP and the European Union. Participants will also decide on future CITYNET programmes at its Fifth General Council Meeting, which will be held as part of the Congress. CITYNET was established and run as an ESCAP project from 1989 to 1994. Now fully independent with its own secretariat based in Yokohama, Japan, CITYNET maintains close links with ESCAP and other UN organizations. read more

Rupert Everett Oscar Wilde was better than Jesus

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rupert Everett as Oscar WildeCredit:The Happy Prince “He got so grand that he thought at one point ‘the working classes are behind me to a boy’. And he was wrong.”The Happy Prince tells the story of Wilde in his final days, living in exile about public disgrace after his imprisonment for “gross indecency”.The Telegraph awarded the film three stars, with critic Tim Robey calling Everett’s performance as Wilde “an uncompromising feat of empathy in the role he’s made his own more than any other”. Oscar Wilde “For me, the most exciting part of Wilde’s life is after prison and the idea of this fallen star living in cheap hotels, cadging drinks on the boulevard, toothless, smelling of sweat and pee a little bit – the last great vagabond of the 19th century – it’s an amazing story,” he said. Oscar Wilde was “better than Christ” because he was more convincingly human, the actor Rupert Everett has said.Everett, who plays Wilde in his new film The Happy Prince, said the he found the weaknesses of the late writer “tremendously appealing and touching”.Asked about Wilde’s reputation as a “gay Christ figure”, Everett said: “For me, he’s better than Christ because he’s half God with his talent, and his human side – which Christ never quite pulled off except having his feet washed by Mary Magdalene – is very human.“Greed, ego, vanity, snobbery. All the things that brought him down, I find tremendously appealing and touching, because most of us have all these qualities and most of us get away with it.”Speaking on the Andrew Marr show as he publicised the film, Everett described Wilde as one of the earliest celebrities, “famous for being famous” before enduring a very public downfall. Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde “One sees celebrity nowadays going to amazing extremes. And he was the first – or maybe the second after Byron – person who was famous for being famous, that people looked out of windows to see them pass by. read more

Gunmen trailed robbed woman at salon on West Coast

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCornelia Ida family traumatized as bandits invade their homeOctober 27, 2016In “Crime”Bandits creating havoc at Vreed-en-Hoop …several businesses targeted over the past few weeksSeptember 28, 2016In “Crime”Mother, 2 children escape WCD fireOctober 19, 2017In “Crime” A mother of one was on Sunday afternoon trailed and eventually attacked by two armed and unmasked bandits while conducting business on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).Bhavana Samtani is now left counting her losses which add up to approximately $900,000.According to information reaching INews, Samtani, accompanied by her son, had just cashed a cheque at a bank in Parika, and while going about her business within the area, she was being tracked by the robbers.Shortly after the woman boarded a bus destined for a salon in Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD; upon arriving at her destination, Samtani was pounced upon by the armed men.While speaking to this publication, the still shaken mother relayed that she had just made her way into the H&S Beauty Salon and while enquiring how long she may have to wait, the two men barged into the business establishment.She told Inews that one of the men got down at her feet and started fumbling with her handbag.“At first, I thought it was a prank,” explained the woman, but after glimpsing the man’s face, she quickly realised that she was being robbed.Samtani went on to say that, “One of them was tugging on my bag and I wasn’t going to let loose. It wasn’t until he pulled out the gun that I let go.”The bandits caught on camera while entering the salonAfter being held at gunpoint by both of the men, fear for the lives of her son and others present in the salon at the time led the woman to surrender her handbag carrying about $800,000 cash, a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone, her Passport and other important documents as well as other valued possessions.Clutching the stolen prize, the unmasked bandits then made good their escape in a dark grey Toyota Premio, heading in the direction of Georgetown.The terrifying incident occurred around 13:30h and lasted for about five to seven minutes.Samtani, in an attempt to recover her valuable documents, chased after the escaping robbers, but lost track of their vehicle a short distance away from the salon.However, it was after launching a personal investigation that she realised she was being trailed all the way from Parika.CCTV footage from a few stops along the way revealed the duo was tracing the woman’s every move following her transaction at the bank that afternoon. They were even seen stopping moderate distances away from the bus to enquire whether she and her son had disembarked the minibus.However, while revisiting the market square at Parika, the woman was informed by vendors that the men were seen chasing after her. One vendor even relayed that when she asked what they were shopping, one of the men responded, “We are shopping guns.”The CCTV footage managed to capture a clear shot of the two men while their car was also seen in the distance.The suspects were described as both of African descent and were believed to be in their late 20s.The CCTV footage, along with a detailed report of what had transpired, was handed over to the Police and as such, investigations are ongoing. However, ranks have not yet zoomed in on the suspects and as such, an arrest is yet to be made. (Ashraf Dabie) read more

Fighting fire with fire The drug that can block addiction

first_img Short URL Often parents who know what I do ask me what’s they should do when they’re worried about their children’s relationship with drugs and alcohol.In Gallagher’s experience most of his patients are looking to treat cannabis or alcohol addictions.Accepted addiction Source: Shutterstock/Axel BueckertYoung to middle aged women with relatively normal problems in their lives, maybe some problems in their marriage.What happens is something that creeps up on them, and they begin drinking at the weekends, to having a bottle during the week, to more than a bottle during the week.And some husbands wouldn’t even be aware that there’s a problem because it often happens after the kids and their husband go to bed – it becomes more secretive. Then there’s the compulsion to drink, and cravings for alcohol.He says that there is a problem in Ireland around the perception that alcohol is something to be protected and preserved in society.“People say to me that you could take a bus loads of their friends for treatment for dependence on alcohol. And that’s because from early childhood to our teenage years, that binge-drinking culture exists. Fighting fire with fire: The drug that can block addiction “It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience when you’re dependant on a substance.” Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 7:20 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/David Smart Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 14th 2017, 7:20 AM They took cannabis or alcohol, and thought this really hits the spot, and something clicked in their brain.The clinic admits more women than men for alcohol addictions; 70% of patients treated for alcohol addiction are women, and 80% of those treated for opioid addiction are men.Family circlesBut progress is almost impossible without support from family and friends.Gallagher says that it’s most difficult to make positive changes if your social circle revolves around that substance, as well as added pressures from society.He says that this is where the government could pave the way, by resisting intense lobbying from the industry, and make alcohol less available and increase the minimum pricing.“It’s not going to destroy people’s lives by bringing it in, but quite the opposite. Those measures can make a real positive change.”He says that education around drugs for students and parents is one solution, particularly for men, who tend to be more averse to accepting help. 13 Comments center_img Image: Shutterstock/David Smart If you get implants of the blocker, which would last a few months, it means the job of taking the blocker is out of your control and it can get you past the cravings for the drug.Recently, this treatment is being used in America to treat prison inmates of their various addictions.But the blocker alone won’t cure addiction – it’s more of a springboard.Where it begins Source: Shutterstock/Marjan ApostolovicWhat goes along with the physical dependence of addiction is the history of why the addiction began in the first place.History of mental health problems and the general family make-up, as well as various experiences of the person can together help stop a person falling back into an addiction. Share Tweet Email3 18,621 Views IN THE BOOK The Outrun published earlier this year, Amy Liptrot delves into the world of addiction. She speaks about her childhood, her life in London, and how social drinking and a fast-paced city life swamped her.She soon found herself sitting in a rehab centre struggling to tackle her addiction and trying to build a normal life again.The more interesting part of this book is the overwhelming sense that she’s constantly in recovery mode – even after she’s been sober for months, she feels as though she’s an addict for life.Even when you’ve refrained for years from substance abuse, you’re constantly living in fear that your addiction will come back to drag you down.But what if you could stop the physical dependence on a substance just long enough to make a start at recovery?NaltrexoneDr Hugh Gallagher from the One Step Clinic treats addiction a bit differently. His clinic uses a substance called ‘naltrexone’ to treat patients by stopping them from getting pleasure from the drugs they take.The chemical works by blocking the receptors that are stimulated by drugs, so that the person doesn’t get a euphoric boost from the drug. It’s been used since the 1970s to treat addictions to opioids like heroin, and effectively removes the euphoric element of drug abuse – the entire reason that they’re taken.More recently, it’s being used for alcohol addictions to reduces cravings and block the parts of the brain that get pleasure from excessive drinking.The drug can be taken in oral form, implant form, or an injection, which is much more expensive. The oral substance isn’t exactly cheap though, costing €80 per packet of 28 tablets.The frequency of tablets depend on your addiction: Gallagher mentions taking “one a day”; or, as they are quite long acting, “taking it when tempted”.When asked about the ethics of replacing one drug with another, he says that naltrexone “doesn’t give any high, it’s not addictive, but people can get drowsy.” Other side effects include nausea, headaches, anxiety and withdrawal symptoms from the opioid. It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience with the people I meet. Domestic violence, bullying in school, which is extremely common, is usually what leads to dependence on a substance. It’s a cultural thing we almost pride ourselves on is a recipe for disaster really.He says that the changes to that behaviour aren’t about people having less fun, and that people don’t realise what they’re missing out on by binging on alcohol.“Getting wasted on a Friday night means you waste the weekend, and spending a day on the couch recovering cuts you off from the rest of the world.“Whereas drinking less frequently means we’re more happy, we feel better career-wise and work-wise, we participate more in society – it’s about getting up getting out and doing something.”Read: 500 people die of alcohol-related cancer in Ireland every yearRead: Drug-related deaths: 62% increase in fatalities over ten-year periodlast_img read more

Man arrested after gardaí discover pint of Guinness next to him in

first_img Image: Gardaí Feb 22nd 2019, 11:38 AM Image: Gardaí Friday 22 Feb 2019, 11:38 AM Man arrested after gardaí discover pint of Guinness next to him in car The man was stopped by gardaí at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint on Wednesday night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55,946 Views No Comments Share379 Tweet Email9 Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald A MAN WAS arrested Wednesday night in Meath after he was stopped at a checkpoint with a pint of Guinness next to him in the car.The man was stopped by gardaí at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint on Wednesday night.Gardaí found a pint glass about a third of the way full with Guinness next to him. There were also six cans of Guinness next to the man on the passenger seat. He was arrested and charged and is due to appear at Drogheda District Court.The Checkpoint was on the R132 at Gormanstown.“Man arrested at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint last night took drink driving to another level,” gardaí said on Facebook. last_img read more

Internet Explorer 9 disponible en version bêta

first_imgInternet Explorer 9 disponible en version bêtaÉtats-Unis – Attendu, Internet Explorer 9 est disponible en version bêta depuis lundi. La dernière ébauche du navigateur historique est concluante selon les spécialistes.Internet Explorer était attendu au tournant après les évolutions apportées par la concurrence à Firefox, Chrome ou Opera. La première bêta du neuvième opus du navigateur de Microsoft a convaincu sur certains points. Mais dans la rubrique reproches, on peut déjà citer la non sollicitation de Windows XP. Premier OS utilisé chez les particuliers, XP n’entre plus dans les plans de Microsoft. IE 9 est en revanche entièrement compatible avec Vista et bien sûr avec Windows 7. Un choix discutable.  Côté design, cette nouvelle version rappelle Opera avec des onglets tout en haut de l’écran et un menu qui disparaît. Concernant la rapidité, Internet Explorer 9 n’a rien à envier à la concurrence mais se trouve être extrêmement gourmand en matière de mémoire vive, si bien que 4 Go de Ram sont conseillés pour l’utiliser. Enfin, en travaillant directement avec la carte graphique, les pages chargent rapidement et plantent rarement.Le 16 septembre 2010 à 14:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Here Are The Contenders For Best New Artist 60th GRAMMYs

first_img Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Best New Artist Contenders: 60th GRAMMY Awards here-are-contenders-best-new-artist-60th-grammys Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 28, 2017 – 5:30 am Best New Artist Nominees | 60th GRAMMY Awards RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Khalid Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images News John Legend Lil Uzi VertWith a rapid-fire series of mixtapes starting in late 2015 and stemming across 2016, Lil Uzi Vert carved himself a noticeably standout niche into the exploding cloud rap genre. With a sound often meandering between rock and hip-hop stylings, Vert’s music has been sometimes called “emo rap,” though the 23-year old artist strives hard to avoid genre labels.Released in August, his debut album, Luv Is Rage 2, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.During his recent sit-down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Vert was quick to stir the pot when Lowe tried to nail down a name for his sound, summing himself up saying, “I think it’s [unidentifiable] … I just pulled up in a UFO, that means I’m an alien. [laughs] That’s all I can say.”Lil Uzi Vert is also nominated alongside breakout trap trio Migos for his feature verse on their summer smash hit “Bad And Boujee.”Julia MichaelsPrior to stepping into the solo spotlight with her breakout debut single “Issues,” Julia Michaels had already built an illustrious songwriting resume packed with writing credits for top-tier artists including Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld, Linkin Park, and Justin Bieber.Speaking to the Recording Academy about “Issues,” Michaels revealed that the song was originally written over two years previously with the intent of giving away to a songwriting client, but she felt it too personal to give up, and sparked her decision to make the jump into becoming a performing artist. Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music “I just thought, ‘I can’t do that. I can’t give this song to somebody’,” Michaels explained.  “That was my very first feeling of wanting to sing my own words.”Michaels is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards this year, with “Issues” bringing the singer/songwriter an additional nod for Song Of The Year.SZASZA began stirring up underground buzz as early as 2012, with her self-released debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which caught the attention of independent hip-hop label Top Dawg Entertainment, which signed her in early 2013.After releasing a pair of acclaimed EPs over the next two years, Top Dawg kept a tight lid on any and all details about SZA’s eventual debut album, Ctrl, which was eventually released this past June. Though the album’s success — gold certification and a No. 3 peak position — has resulted in somewhat of a whirlwind for the singer/songwriter, it’s given her a new perspective on her fans. Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA are officially the 60th GRAMMY nominees for Best New ArtistBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2017 – 5:36 am The Best New Artist category for the 60th GRAMMY Awards is positively stacked with talented creators who have built names for themselves on their own terms. Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 11, 2017 – 4:44 pm SZA’s “Drew Barrymore” Connection Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards SZA See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Email Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music MusiCares Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Alessia Cara Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John Legend Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Some are songwriters who broke into the business penning hits for big-name artists before transitioning into their own solo careers; others are independent phenoms who leveraged their social media followings and artist amplification platforms such as SoundCloud to build a grassroots critical mass that made it impossible for the industry to ignore them.All five will surely be names to watch in the coming years. Here’s a closer look at this year’s Best New Artist nominees:Alessia CaraAlessia Cara’s debut single, “Here,” became a sleeper hit in early 2015, and was dubbed by MTV as the “new song for everyone who secretly hates parties.”Her debut album arrived soon after, with the third radio single “Scars To Your Beautiful” becoming a chart hit late last year when it climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100Leaving no doubt that the Canadian singer has officially arrived, in 2017 she was tapped for some impressive marquee collaborations on Zedd’s “Stay” and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” The former is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while the latter is up for Song Of The Year.KhalidSinger/songwriter Khalid’s explosive viral success with self-released tracks on SoundCloud saw the young artist tapped for numerous “artists you need to know” lists by publications such as Billboard and Rolling Stone just months after his high school graduation.His first official single, “Location,” released before the end of his senior year. The video collected more than 17 million plays on YouTube by the time his debut album, American Teen, dropped last March, and he promptly sold out every tour date of his 2017 summer tour.Khalid is also featured alongside Alessia Cara on Logic’s Song Of The Year and Best Music Video-nominated “1-800-273-8255.”The 19-year-old is nominated for a total of five GRAMMY Awards this year, with his Best R&B Song-nominated “Location” and Best Urban Contemporary Album-nominated American Teen rounding out his nods.Polls Who will GRAMMY voters choose for Best New Artist for the 60th GRAMMYs? Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Here Are The Contenders For Best New Artist | 60th GRAMMYs Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineupcenter_img Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Lil Uzi Vert Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: MusiCares These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.Read more Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic MusiCares Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Facebook Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Choices RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Julia Michaels KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images John Legend Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Twitter Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ “Being noticed on a very different end of the spectrum is very intense, but it makes me feel like I have a responsibility because I feel like every person that I’m meeting at a meet-and-greet or at a show — or that’s listening to my album or that I’m seeing on the internet — I see that they’re genuine reflections of me,” SZA told with her Best New Artist nod, SZA has also drawn a Best R&B Song nomination this year for “Supermodel.” Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music More 60th GRAMMY Awards News Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 26, 2017 – 1:09 pm Julia Michaels On Writing “Issues” (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Prev Next Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Iran seeks 25 billion to modernise its oil tankers

first_imgIran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, the managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying Saturday by state news agency IRNA.Iran emerged from years of economic isolation after crippling sanctions were lifted in January in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions.Reuters reported last month two Chinese firms were pushing for multi-billion-dollar deals with Iran to modernise its shipping fleet and build a high-speed railway.”To expand Iran’s oil tanker activities, $2.5 billion will be invested in it,” said Ali Akbar Safaei, managing director of NITC.NITC has around 70 tankers, but many of them are ageing and require valid insurance, testing, inspection and certification — known as ship classification — to be able to ply international waters again.Safaei said NITC was the first Iranian company that managed to rent its ships to foreigners after the lifting of sanctions.last_img read more