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Sport blamed for Pacific teens’ drinking

first_imgNZ Herald 31 March 2012About a third of Pacific Island high school students binge-drink and many say they started after joining a sports team or club. A study published in the NZ Medical Journal yesterday looking at binge drinking and alcohol-related behaviours among Pacific youth surveyed 974 Pacific students aged 13 to 17 from around the country. A total of 31.6 per cent of students were identified as binge drinkers, having answered questions about their drinking habits. The study found that those teens who participated in sports teams or were connected to a sports club were more at risk of binge-drinking. And it has since surfaced that a number of parents in South Auckland are refusing to sign their children up to local sports clubs as they don’t want them caught up in a drinking culture.In the study, 47 per cent of students said they consumed alcohol “to get drunk” and 45 per cent said they drank “to relax”. About 36 per cent said they drank because of boredom while 23 per cent said they did so “because my friends do”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795691See also: The UK takes action on alcoholThe Lancet 31 March 2012Bold policy moves to promote public health have not defined the current UK Coalition Government. Last week, however, saw signs of a new approach to alcohol that could finally make health professionals breathe a sigh of relief. The government’s latest alcohol strategy states that a minimum unit price for alcohol will soon be introduced in England and Wales (it is already poised for introduction in Scotland). £0·40 per unit has been mooted as the price but the government will consult on the level in the coming months with “a view to introducing legislation as soon as possible”. Additionally, the government will consult on a ban on multibuy promotions in shops, clamp down on alcohol marketing deemed unacceptable by regulators, and work with regulators to ensure alcohol advertising is not shown during television programmes with high appeal to people younger than 18 years of age.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960491-7/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=Public%20Healthlast_img read more

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School ditches rules and loses bullies

first_imgStuff.co.nz 26 January 2014Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don’t cause bedlam, the principal says.The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment.“We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should be able to fall over.”Letting children test themselves on a scooter during playtime could make them more aware of the dangers when getting behind the wheel of a car in high school, he said.“When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult’s perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don’t.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9650581/School-ditches-rules-and-loses-bullieslast_img read more

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Kiwis’ opposition to euthanasia outweighs support in select committee report

first_imgTVNZ One News 2 August 2017Family First Comment: “Outweighs”?Yeah – by 4 to 1.#gameoverAfter spending more than two years hearing submissions and public opinions on assisted dying, parliament’s health select committee has released its findings without a single recommendation.Four in five people who contacted the committee during an investigation of public attitudes toward euthanasia legislation were opposed to the idea.The committee received more than 21,000 submissions while investigating public views toward assisted dying for the terminally ill and those with irreversible conditions, based on a petition by former Labour MP Maryan Street. In a report released today, the committee chaired by Simon O’Connor, concluded no recommendations would be made and any decision on the issue would generally be a conscience vote. “This issue is clearly very complicated, very divisive, and extremely contentious,” they said.center_img The report comes as Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill is expected to come before parliament, though it’s unlikely to have its first reading before parliament rises in three weeks ahead of next month’s election.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kiwis-opposition-euthanasia-outweighs-support-in-select-committee-reportlast_img read more

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One in four who meditate regularly have a bad experience, study suggests

first_imgIndependent 10 May 2019Family First Comment: So should we be concerned about Mindfulness and its effect on children? Seems so.More than a quarter of people who regularly meditate have had a “particularly unpleasant” psychological experienced as a result, a new survey suggests.The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, involved 1,232 participants who had at least two months’ meditation experience answering an international online survey.Participants were asked to answer the question “Have you ever had any particularly unpleasant experiences (e.g. anxiety, fear, distorted emotions or thoughts, altered sense of self or the world), which you think may have been caused by your meditation practice?”.In the survey, meditators also reported how long they had been practicing meditation, the frequency of practice, whether they had ever attended a meditation retreat, and what form of meditation they practiced (attentional, constructive, or deconstructive). They also completed measures of repetitive negative thinking and self-compassion.The study was conducted by researchers at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.The results from the survey showed that more than one in four respondents (25.6 per cent) said that they had previously encountered “particularly unpleasant” meditation-related experiences.READ MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/meditation-how-to-bad-experience-retreat-a8906811.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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LEGALISING ABORTION: Which MPs voted most consistently for life, science & biology?

first_imgIt appears that the majority of MPs who supported legalising abortion and removing any legal recognition of the unborn child also wanted an extreme radical abortion law that has very little restriction.Sadly, they got their way,And our children, women & families (and society) will suffer for it. When the abortion bill was looking likely to pass (as was always likely with the current parliament that we have), attempts were made by pro-life MPs during the Committee stage to ‘soften’ the harms of the bill and to take the extreme aspects away from this flawed bill.Below is a record of how the MPs voted on the key votes that happened during the abortion debate – including the final vote. As you will see, most pro-abortion MPs voted against all and any attempts to have provisions included in the law relating to foetal pain, born alive abortions, parental notification and late-term abortions, amongst others.It is also disturbing to note that some MPs eventually opposed the bill, but also opposed any attempts to remove the extreme elements of this already-dangerous bill.The proposed amendments that were all defeated (and are recorded in our voting record sheet in order of the list below) were:* BORN ALIVE: requirement that a qualified health practitioner who performed an abortion that results in the birth of a child after an attempted abortion has a duty to provide the child with appropriate medical care and treatment, no different than the duty owed to provide medical care and treatment to any other child born. Because of international experience here, here and here, it was vital to have an express provision in the abortion legislation to reinforce this obligation.* SEX SELECTION: explicit ban on sex selection abortions which do happen both here and and overseas* DISABILITY: explicit ban on disability discrimination abortions* PARENTS: parental involvement – abortion for minors treated like other health procedures. In all other health contexts, the health practitioner is required to assess the child’s capacity prior to a medical procedure and, where capacity is lacking, obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. Why can parents be deliberately excluded from this procedure?* FOETAL PAIN: requirement for abortion procedures post-20 week to ensure that foetus does not feel pain (as per the Animal Welfare Act which requires vets to ensure that animals don’t feel pain!)* LATE TERM: abortions post-20 weeks only for extreme circumstances* CONSCIENCE: keeping conscientious objection standards the same as they currently are (the bill currently weakens the protections)* REFERENDUM: a referendum so that we all get a say on this crucial issue, similar to euthanasiaclick on the charts below to see the full voting recordlast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao sued after shoulder injury claims

first_imgManny Pacquiao has been sued by two boxing fans for millions of dollars after claiming that the boxer and his team had failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to his May 2 match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as required by law.The lawsuit, filed by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran,”on behalf of all persons who purchased tickets; purchased the pay per view event or who wagered money on the event,” claims damages for those who “were victimized by the Defendants’ failure to disclose his injuries before  his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) says Pacquiao, 36, did not declare the injury on a pre-fight questionnaire.But the fighter says he was transparent and a treatment plan had been agreed. Pacquiano has been sued for 5 million dollars.The lawsuit comes on the heels of a Monday report by the Associated Press that said Francisco Aguilar, Chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission , was investigating why Pacquiao checked “no” when asked to disclose if he was injured.Koncz later shouldered the blame saying, “I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake.”Meanwhile, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather has said that he is willing for a rematch against Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer gets treated for a shoulder injury.Mayweather won last weekends richest boxing world title showdown, before Pacquiao disclosed that a shoulder injury hampered his performance.Pacquaio and Top Rank released a joint statement Tuesday regarding the shoulder injury, but said nothing regarding the lawsuit. Manny Pacquiao has been sued for 5 million dollars for allegations of lying about his shoulder ijurylast_img read more

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South African CEO’s slept on the streets to raise money for…

first_imgCelebrities Brave Icy Water to Raise Money More than 240 CEO’s in the country braved the winter cold in Sandton and spent the night out on the streets as part of the international CEO SleepOut campaign. The participants said they have been overwhelmed by the experience which aimed to raise awareness about the plight of people living in poverty. CCTV’s Susan Mwongeli reports Related EU Elections Raise Concern in African Nations South African initiative seeks to keep children off the streetslast_img read more

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Indian Tribunal Orders 2 Sisters Raped As Punishment For Brother’s Elopement

first_imgTwo sisters in India – one aged only 15-years – are to be raped as “punishment” for their brother running away with a married woman from a higher caste in the latest caste to shock the country.  Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, and her younger sister, will then be paraded naked with their faces blackened through the streets, according to a ruling from the all-male village council.The sisters have petitioned the country’s Supreme Court to be protected from the so-called “eye-for-an-eye” ruling from the village council in Uttar Pradesh state, 30 miles from the capital Delhi. The family are from the Dalit caste, historically known as “untouchables”. However, the brother fell in love with a woman from the higher, Jat, caste.The woman was forced into an arranged marriage in February with a man from her own caste despite her relationship, according to Zee news, citing the elder sister Meenakshi. The couple eloped in March, but returned to the village after the man’s family were allegedly tortured by police. The village council then made its ruling that the Dalit family should be dishonoured to “avenge” the brother’s supposed crime.Meenakshi and her sister ran away to the capital after the ruling was handed out and were able to submit their petition for protection for their family at the Supreme Court. However, they are still facing the punishment when they return home.last_img read more

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Dominican women to celebrate Women Lord’s Day on Sunday

first_img Tweet 93 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyleLocalNews Dominican women to celebrate Women Lord’s Day on Sunday by: – June 18, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: turnbacktogod.comAll female members of the Roseau, Layou, Portsmouth, Clifton, Calibishie, Wesley and Marigot Methodist Churches in the Dominica Circuit will be celebrating MCCA Women Lord’s Day on Sunday June 19, 2011.Women Lord’s Day is celebrated in June of every year around the Connexion. The MCCA Women is the umbrella organization for all women’s groups and organizations in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA).Its objective is to enable women in the MCCA to deepen their personal commitment to Jesus Christ, and to enrich fellowship, training and service. The event seeks to foster among Methodist Women, such relationships as are consistent with these objectives.On the day of the event, women will occupy the pulpit in all seven congregations around the island.Later in the day, all Methodist women will gather at the Layou Methodist Church for the Women’s Rally to be held at 3:30pm.The theme for the rally is “ A people available to God: Women availing themselves in God’s Vineyard.” The Guest speaker will be Sis. Doris Langlais from the Mt. Wallis (Portsmouth) Congregation.Also, women within the Circuit will be recognized for their valuable and dedicated service to women’s work, church and community. One MCCA woman and one Women’s Group will be recognized and receive the Georgina Liburd and Neva Edwards Awards as the MCCA Woman and MCCA Women’s Group of the year.The highlight of the rally is the presentation on women in the bible. Groups were encouraged to research any woman and make a presentation in either dance, song, choral speech or dramatic presentation.According to the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission, Romualda Hyacinth, the day will be an awesome one not only for Methodist Women, but for all Methodists.“We are mandated to spread scriptural holiness and I think this is a good start. I hope that we’ll just go from step to step to greater heights,” she said.“I think we are all willing and able to do anything God puts in our way to make a difference and I am really thrilled that the women will make this day a success,” she added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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