Porn ‘one of the great, unaddressed issues of our time’, commissioner says

first_imgStuff 6 December 2019Family First Comment: All this shows is that it’s no longer an option to have an expert inquiry to come up with solutions – rather than more surveys which really tell us nothing new.But the politicians don’t want to go near it. For some reason.www.PornInquiry.nzThere is a tsunami of porn washing over New Zealand children.It is R18 stuff about “step” children and “step” dads. It is about teenagers. It is increasingly less about consent. It is about choking and strangling. But curiously, in the oft-criticised industry, more videos show affection than physical aggression. But any restriction to adults-only is token at best.“Pornography is clearly a fact of life for many young New Zealanders,” chief censor David Shanks says.“While porn is supposed to be restricted to adults, our research shows a significant number of young people watch it to.”There was in fact more porn out there than anyone would know what to do with. For the Breaking Down Porn report, staff at the Office of Film and Literature Classification watched 196 of the most popular videos in New Zealandover 46 hours.The videos came from popular Canadian-owned PornHub, which research shows is most popular for those aged 16 to 18. They were the videos most watched by New Zealanders on September 13.READ MORE: read more

Countries pledge $4.3bn in funding for child vaccines

first_imgBy Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsMany developing countries cannot afford life-saving vaccines for childrenCountries have pledged an unprecedented $4.3bn (£2.6bn) to help vaccinate children against preventable diseases like pneumonia.The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation says this funding milestone will save more than four million lives in the next four years.The donations exceeded expectations – GAVI asked for $3.7bn.The UK promised $1.3bn, and Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates said he would give $1bn to the campaign.Other donations announced at the London summit included $677m from Norway and $450m from the US.Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and The Netherlands also promised to contribute.The UK has already committed more than any other nation – £2bn over 30 years.The extra £814m comes on top of the UK’s existing commitment of £680m between 2011 and 2015.‘A promise’Prime Minister David Cameron said there was a “strong moral case” for keeping pledges Britain had made to the developing world, no matter the economic circumstances at home.“Today we come together because we have the chance to save another four million lives.”He said the idea of children dying from pneumonia and diarrhoea should be “unthinkable” in 2011.“To those who say fine but we should put off seeing through those promises to another day because right now we can’t afford to help: I say – we can’t afford to wait.”Two million under-fives die from pneumonia alone each year despite the existence of a vaccine to protect them.It is estimated that three times as many children aged under five die from pneumonia and diarrhoea than from malaria and HIV/Aids combined, despite new vaccines being available to help prevent such deaths. However, many developing countries cannot afford them.‘Make-or-break’Drugs company GlaxoSmithKline last week agreed to sell a vaccine for diarrhoeal disease at cost price to poorer nations, and some other firms have since made similar moves.GAVI has already rolled out a range of vaccines to children in 72 countries but the organisation says it needs the extra money to vaccinate even more children against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus.Resources will also be spent on trying to reach millions of the poorest children who are missing out on basic vaccines against diseases such as measles, whooping cough and tetanus.GAVI is a health partnership of governments, businesses, and bodies including the World Bank, Unicef and Mr Gates’ personal foundation.The philanthropist Mr Gates said: “I just want to thank everybody for this incredible milestone. Four hours is a long time but if you can save four million lives in four hours it’s well worth every minute.“For the first time in history, children in developing countries will receive the same vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia as children in rich countries.”BBC News Share HealthLifestyle Countries pledge $4.3bn in funding for child vaccines by: – June 13, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 9 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Call to measure duration of obesity

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Call to measure duration of obesity by: – August 23, 2011 Doctors need to start counting “obese-years”, say expertsExperts say the health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately.Risk calculations have focused on severity of weight gain alone and not how long it persists.Latest research suggests every additional decade of being obese more than doubles death risk.The researchers told the International Journal of Epidemiology a new measure is needed – the “obese-year”.Similar to the “pack-year” used for smoking, it gives a further quantification that can be used to help estimate the associated health risks.Growing problemA quarter of UK adults are overweight.And one in 10 children younger than 11 in England are obese.The government says that if the current rate of growth continues, three quarters of the population could suffer the ill effects of excess weight within 10 to 15 years.But Dr Asnawi Abdullah, from Monash University in Australia, and colleagues believe the toll is larger than this because estimates have failed to factor in duration of obesity.Their work shows that duration of obesity or “obese-year” has a direct effect on death risk, independent of other factors like age or how severely overweight a person is.They looked at the health of 5,036 people living in the US who enrolled in a large study – the Framingham Cohort Study – that tracked their health every two years over decades.Among the participants, death risk went up by 7% for every additional two years of being obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more).Being obese for between 15 and 25 years more than doubled death risk compared with those who were never obese.And death risk was tripled for those who were obese for even longer than this.The researchers say this needs to be taken into consideration when assessing overweight patients.“Our study demonstrates that for every additional 10 years lived with obesity, the risks of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality more than doubled, implying that the risk of mortality associated with current obesity in adults might be significantly higher than in previous decades.”They warn that obesity is occurring at younger and younger ages which will mean today’s children can expect a shorter life expectancy compared with past generations.‘Scare tactic’“Today the average age of onset of obesity is likely to be more than 10 years earlier than in previous decades.”Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, agreed: “Obesity is starting to become a problem at supremely young ages. We could see people dying before their parents because of obesity.”He said the findings could be a much needed wake up call for some.“If the GP can say ‘You have got to do something about your weight otherwise you will die at 65 rather than 75’ that could be a useful scare tactic.”But he doubted if that would be enough to motivate all.“Many people struggle to lose weight no matter how many times they are told to or how many times they try.”A Department of Health spokesman said tackling obesity was a priority for government. He said doctors follow the current guidelines that say body mass index (weight in relation to height) and waist measurement are the best ways to assess obesity and health risks.Will Williams at All About Weight said: “It’s never too late to get the benefits of weight loss. At any age, losing weight and keeping it off, is likely to extend your life and reduce your risk of disease.”By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Teen Splash to Bring Awareness on H.I.V

first_img Sharing is caring! 50 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Teen Splash to Bring Awareness on H.I.V by: – April 15, 2011 Share Well –known Dj and entertainer Erdyington “DJ Mystic” James in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the H.I.V Unit, Planned Parenthood and other private institutions under the theme “Abstinence is the best choice” has joined together to plan the activity Teen Splash.The event which will take place from 4pm this afternoon, at the Krazy Koconuts will focus not only on entertainment but also abstinence as the best  protection against H.I.V but other sexual transmitted infections and diseases.Speaking in an interview on Q95 Fm’s “Hot Seat” with DJ Mystic, Judy Frampton of the H.I.V unit this morning said that is was refreshing to see a young person come out with that idea to support abstinence and the unit saw it fit to pledge it’s support.She said that 72% of males are affected with H.I.V and that the working age group of 19 – 44 was the ones who get infected.She further stated that persons may think that they are talking about H.I.V and AIDS again however, there will only be a behavioral change if the unit and other persons like DJ Mystic speak out.At the event persons will see the performances from Colton T, Nicole Christian, Nayee, Tasha P, Benji N 2 O and the Bouyon Pioneers the WCK band.News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Poree Playing Field, Pointe Michel South vs. South West

first_imgSouth won the toss and batted, scoring 137 for 8 wickets in 25 overs.Josiah Stuart – 42Shervon Bellot – 22Bernard Henry – 17 not outBowling for South West:Anakym Moreau – 3 for 11South West – 85 all out in 13.3 oversTahj Tavernier – 24Zidane Fontaine – 16Bowling for South:Jesse Benjamin – 2 for 9South won by 52 runsDominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 36 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share NewsSports Poree Playing Field, Pointe Michel South vs. South West by: – June 24, 2011last_img

Dominica’s prime minister wants compensation from US based economist for deformation of character

first_img Share Share LocalNews Dominica’s prime minister wants compensation from US based economist for deformation of character by: – November 22, 2011 Share Senior Counsel Anthony AstaphanAttorneys representing the prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, have written to United States based economist Dr. Thompson Fountain to compensate their client $250,000 for defamation of character.They claim in their letter that Dr Fountain has caused damage and distress to the prime minister by allegations that he has been involved in the sale of passports and caused a notorious terrorist to be in possession of a Dominican passport.Senior Council Anthony Astaphan says Dr. Fountain should not repeat these allegations and is also calling for a retraction and an apology within fourteen (14) days.“The critical reason why the prime minister has decided to take legal action is because he believes these attacks on him are an attack on the integrity of Dominica and the national security of Dominica. The allegations that somehow the prime minister has been selling and distributing and giving passports to notorious criminals in violation of procedure for due diligence is not going to be tolerated,” he said.According to Astaphan, “enough is enough. The prime minister will not tolerate Thompson Fountain seeking to destroy his reputation and the reputation of the country and integrity of the Dominican passport by an un-sustained pack of lies and misinformation about him or in relation to him, or the way in which his government handled the economic citizenship program”.He is also defending the demands made to Thompson Fountain before the matter goes to Court.“In any matter relating to defamation you must make a demand and if the demand is not met then you are going to be sued. It is improper to pick up one day and sue somebody without giving them the opportunity to apologize and pay damages. This is precisely what the prime minister had done,” he explained.He said further that there are a number of judgments that has come out in St Lucia for allegations that are far less than what has been uttered in this case.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Barbadian family and attorney conduct own investigation into fatal police shooting!

first_img Share Tweet Share 183 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Barbadian family and attorney conduct own investigation into fatal police shooting! by: – May 16, 2012 Share Lawyer and social activist David Comissiong pleaded for anyone who might have seen or heard anything related to the matter on the night of Tuesday April 03 to contact him.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday May 16, 2012 – In a landmark move in Barbados, a bereaved family and an attorney-at-law are conducting their own investigation into the death of a man fatally shot by a police officer.In a public announcement, lawyer and social activist David Comissiong and the mother of 27-year-old Jamar Maynard, shot by police on April 3, said they no longer had confidence in the Royal Barbados Police Force investigating its officers, since no such case had ever led to an officer standing trial.They also reported the evidence was clear that Maynard had been shot from behind, which was enough to demand that the shooter account for his or her action in court.Accompanied by Maynard’s mother Deborah Maynard and Marguerita Maloney, mother of I’Akobi Maloney, who died following an incident involving police four years ago, Comissiong told the media that an independent investigation seemed prudent.“Faced with a situation of the Royal Barbados Police Force investigating itself, we felt it prudent that Jamar’s family should seek to carry out their own independent investigation, and so we have taken it upon ourselves to try to ferret out eyewitnesses and to get statements from persons who might have seen anything related to the shooting of Jamar,” he said.The attorney pleaded for anyone who might have seen or heard anything related to the matter on the night of Tuesday April 03 to contact him.“We are appealing to you to make contact with us, come in to see me at my law office on Crumpton Street and give us a statement.  We assure you that any statement given will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and will be sent directly to the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.Stating that Maynard had been shot in his upper arm and had run from the scene, Comissiong said so far he had interviewed two eyewitnesses who said the man was shot while running away.“We also witnessed the autopsy and I can tell you that the wound I saw on Jamar Maynard’s body suggests that he was shot from the rear,” he added.“We are of the opinion that once there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Jamar Maynard was shot while he was running away, that the person who did that shooting should be called upon to account for his or her actions before a judge and jury in a court of law,” Comissiong continued.“Our police force is a small and intimate institution where everybody knows everybody else.  So that clearly is not the most healthy situation, and I’m not seeking to cast aspersions on the persons running the Jamar Maynard investigation.  I’m not personalizing it.“I’m simply saying the system that obtains of having the police investigate themselves is flawed,” said Comissiong, an attorney for over two decades.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Dudus’ day – Former Tivoli don faces sentencing in NY court

first_img Tweet COKE… described by witnesses as a ruthless murdererNEW YORK, USA — Two years after waiving his rights to an extradition hearing and after several appearances in a Manhattan courtroom here, and a number of postponements of scheduled sentencing, convicted Jamaican drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ is to be sentenced today.During an interview with the Jamaica Observer last month, defense attorney Stephen Rosen said that even if the defence presents evidence to rebut that given by prosecution witnesses during an evidentiary hearing, Coke would be “sentenced on June 8”.The final chapter in the long-running saga follows two days of damning testimony by two prosecution witnesses during the evidentiary hearing last month.The former Tivoli Gardens strongman is facing a maximum of 23 years behind bars under a plea bargain arrangement reached between prosecutors and his defense team last August.He was originally facing 40 years to life after being indicted on drugs and weapons charges. Coke eventually pleaded to the lesser charges of conspiracy under the plea bargaining arrangement.Judge Robert P Patterson ordered last month’s evidentiary hearing after agreeing with Coke’s defense team that prosecutors had not presented sufficient evidence to support their request that the maximum sentence be imposed on Coke.That ruling was interpreted as a major victory for the defence. But after the damming testimonies by the two witnesses — one of whom accused Coke of murders, drug and weapons smuggling — there are some in legal circles here who feel the move may have hurt Coke’s chances of a reduced sentence.Whatever the outcome, Judge Patterson is also likely to consider time served by Coke who has been incarcerated since the middle of 2010.Jamaica Observer Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Dudus’ day – Former Tivoli don faces sentencing in NY court by: – June 8, 2012center_img Share Share 20 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Learning from Lewandowski is a ‘dream come true’ for Bayern’s Singh

first_img – ‘Lots of hard work’ – Singh still has much to learn in his quest for more game time in the senior team. An over-zealous tackle earned him a straight red card in a reserve team match just before Christmas. He says Bayern’s Germany stars Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich, both still only 24, have helped him feel at home, but the main difference is the attention to detail expected at one of Europe’s top clubs. “I have learned to be a professional. At this level, it’s not easy – these guys didn’t become what they are without lots of hard work,” he said. “Everything is a lot more specific, you know what you need to do, what to eat. “To enhance your performance, you have to do everything right off the pitch, so I am always looking to try to improve my body. “Watching them play, and playing alongside, these guys is a dream come true, but I have to push and compete with them and try to add all that to my game.” He joined the German giants’ reserve team in July for 650,000 euros ($717 ,216) with the left-footed attacking midfielder signing a three-year deal. The plan was for him to bulk up and settle in, but after scoring four goals and creating seven more in 15 games for Bayern’s reserves, he was promoted to the senior squad in December and his German league debut followed. “My footballing journey has been a crazy one so far, but I have enjoyed the ride,” he said. With Robert Lewandowski on hand to improve his shooting technique and Philippe Coutinho helping perfect his passing, New Zealand’s Sarpreet Singh is relishing learning from some of the world’s best at Bayern Munich since he made history on his Bundesliga debut. Sarpreet Singh became the first player of Indian descent to feature in the Bundesliga last month The 20-year-old New Zealander, whose parents hail from a village in the Punjab region, became the first player of Indian descent in the Bundesliga with a second-half cameo in Bayern’s 6-1 thumping of Werder Bremen last month. Having also been an unused sub in the Champions League home win over Tottenham a few days earlier, it was his first appearance at Munich’s imposing Allianz Arena stadium. “It was a dream come true for someone from an Indian background, who grew up in New Zealand,” he told reporters at a media event in Munich. “It was a special moment and hopefully I can inspire the next generation of kids to work hard and hopefully push on to bigger and better things.” Singh’s journey to Munich started as a child playing football at Auckland’s Onehunga Sports club. His raw talent was spotted by Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand’s only professional club in the Australian league, so he moved to the capital at the age of 15 to join their academy. After progressing through the ranks, Singh eventually helped Phoenix reach the A-League play-offs last season. His eye-catching performances for New Zealand at May’s Under-20 World Cup in Poland, where the junior All Whites reach the last 16, attracted Bayern’s scouts. Singh is hoping for more Bundesliga minutes after making his brief league debut in December’s home win against Bremen.Read Also: Bundesliga: Bayern’s Boateng, Goretzka in training ground scuffle; reports Singh says he pays particular attention to Bayern’s record-scoring Polish striker Lewandowski, who has 21 goals in 19 league games this season, and Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona. “He (Lewandowski) is an absolute goal-scoring machine and I am able to learn about what part of the foot he uses, at what time,” said Singh. “It comes down to minor details and it is all about decision making. “If I am looking at Coutinho, I am watching what he does in tight spaces and how he gets out of them. “As a Number 10, so there is no one better than him to learn from.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Panelo tells riding public: Be creative to avoid traffic

first_img“Kailanganwalong oras pa rin ang tulog mo. Kaya ang ginagawa ko, iyong kulang na oras sagabi, tinutulugan ko ‘pag nasa sasakyan ko,”Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo accepts the challenge to use public transportation on his way to work on Friday. Panelo said there is no mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila as he believed the Filipino riding public can easily adapt to the “hostile” situation. ABS-CBN NEWS Panelo said there is no masstransportation crisis in Metro Manila as he believed Filipinos can easily adaptto the “hostile” situation.  “Talagangmagigising tayo dapat nang maaga, dahil nga may problema tayo sa traffic, we have to give ourselves allowance, dalawang oras at least o tatlo pa nga. Otherwise, hindi ka talaga aabot sa pupuntahan mo ngisang oras,” he said. “Everyone who commutes or drivessuffers everyday but solutions to solve it are not insuperable, and thisadministration is doing its best to provide not just immediate but alsolong-term solutions,” added Panelo./PNcenter_img Panelo took jeepney and motorcyclerides for his nearly four-hour commute from Marikina City to the Palace, whichwas in response to the challenge by militant groups for him to take publictransportation. MANILA – Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo told the riding public to be creative in avoiding traffic,after accepting the challenge to use public transportation on his way to workon Friday. “Angsinasabi ko lang, ang punto ko lang doon,we are very creative people. When we are confronted the situation, a hostilesituation we adjust to it – iyon angpagkamalikhain ng mga Pilipino,” Panelo added.last_img read more