Thousands of Children Rescued From Work in Tanzania Gold Mines

first_imgMore than 12,000 children have been rescued in the past three years from gold mines in northern Tanzania, according to children’s rights groups who fear thousands more youngsters are being forced to work in hazardous conditions for a pittance.Plan International said the children from Geita region in northern Tanzania are being identified and reintegrated back into school as part of a donor-funded initiative to clamp down on child labour involving children as young as eight. Police, government social welfare officers and NGO workers were all involved in the mission to rescue the children.The children’s charity Plan said thousands of boys and girls are lured to work in gold mines in northern and western Tanzania every year in the hope of a better life – but many find themselves stuck in a cycle of poverty and despair.Their health is also put at risk by direct exposure to mercury used to process gold ore and girls often end up selling sex which exposes them to the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.Tanzania has laws prohibiting child labour in gold mines but critics say the government has not done enough to stop small, illegal mines from exploiting children.last_img read more

A look at how Boko Haram continues to affect lives

first_imgBoko Haram continues to affect the lives of people across the Lake Chad region.CCTV’s Sophia Adengo met one community struggling to deal with the impact of the militant group.She filed this report.last_img

Would You Sign a Singles’ Prenup?.

first_img Tweet 57 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleRelationships Would You Sign a Singles’ Prenup?. by: – April 26, 2011 Jewel Landers and her boyfriend Chuck have been a committed couple for 23 years. They live together and have a financial routine.“Chuck pays the household bills. He pays the mortgage. I pay for the cell phone bill and everything that comes into the house, except for the big-ticket items, like a refrigerator, the washer, the dryer,” says Jewel.But the deed to the house is only in Chuck’s name. It’s something that concerns Jewel. She doesn’t want to end up in court if they go their separate ways.Jewel’s relationship is going strong, but a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  (AAML) revealed a 48% increase in the number of couples duking it out in court. Now, a growing number are choosing to sign cohabitation agreements. They’re legally binding documents for couples that share a home, but aren’t hitched.“It outlines their expectations for their relationship and also what happens in the event that the relationship ends, either by death, or by simply deciding they’re not going to live together anymore,” says Linda Lea Viken, President of the AAML.Agreements can range from simple to complex, covering everything from medical decisions and health insurance to payment of debt and division of property. It really depends on the couple.“What happens if you buy a house together? If I contribute to your house, that is, it’s in your name, but I add to it. I remodel it and I put in $20,000. Do I get that back if we break up?” asks Viken.You can even divvy up your pets. The American Academy of Matrimonial Layers says it should all be discussed. That’s because, depending on the state, an unmarried couple can be treated as legal strangers. Cohabitation agreements not only prevent this, they prevent the financial and emotional turmoil that often results from heading to court.  Relationship coach Dr. Anne-Renee Testa says these agreements are a sign of the times. Over the past two decades, the number of unmarried couples living under the same roof has increased by more than 85%.“Any couple that is interested in being intelligent about their relationship should do something like this because it absolutely clears the air. It creates an openness about their relationship.”That’s why Dr. Testa believes a cohabitation agreement shouldn’t be viewed as a “negative.” She says it’s not about control, or about feeling as though the romance has been zapped.“If you know things up front, then you’re ahead of the game and you’re being smart and savvy. If anything, go out and have a glass of champagne afterwards and celebrate!” says Dr. Testa.Jewel says Chuck hasn’t opened up to the idea of a cohabitation agreement yet, but she hopes he’ll change his mind.“I think you need to protect yourself just in case something happens,” she says.By: By Kerri Winick, GalTime.comlast_img read more


first_img Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews NEW IMAGE AND LOGO FOR DSWMC by: – May 13, 2011center_img 293 Views   no discussions Share Mahaut Primary School student; winner of the Sensay Se Pa Zordiz DSWMC Carnival 2011The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation unveiled a new logo and mascot, as symbols of its new image for 2011 and beyond.At a press conference held Thursday, 12th May, 2011, at its office in Goodwill, the first prize winner of the logo competition Miss Nari T. Royer, received an Acer, laptop sponsored by CIS Ltd.Acting General Manager of the DSWMC Mr. Bristol Lawrence says: “The new logo depicts the future of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation with an image of a green Island encompassed with the words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Composting.“The logo creates the mental image of exactly what we aim to achieve as a Corporation. On this note we would like to congratulate Miss Royer for a job well done. This demonstrates once more the effectiveness and importance of having the collaborative efforts of the Corporation and the community. “The Mahaut Primary School which emerged winner of the Sensay Se Pa Zordiz DSWMC Carnival 2011, opening parade competition, performed a startling skit onthe separation of garbage in a home setting.  The School received a prize voucher valued at $1,200 from J Astaphans and Co. The Sensay Mascot will be used to change mind sets in schools across Dominica, during the Corporation’s education programmes. “Your support and continued involvement in the affairs of the Corporation holds a direct relation to the success of our operation.”  Mr. Lawrence stated in his address. “For this reason very soon we will be rewarding some of our outstanding customers and communities with high quality household garbage bins, as part of a greater plan to see every household posses a garbage bin which in turn would reduce most of the public health risk related to garbage disposal.“To keep the dazzling green that we showcase in our logo and to preserve our environmental integrity, the Corporation must take the leading role in the collection of the waste most harmful to our environment and people. This includes used lead acid batteries, used oil (cooking and engine oil) tires and metallic waste. Used lead acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste, it cause cancer, birth defects, and present an eminent threat to both human and the environmental life.”As of Monday May 16th, 2011 the Corporation will offer $5.00 for each used lead acid battery brought to the Landfill. In addition the Corporation will waive all tipping charges on the disposal of used oil, tires and metallic waste. The charge of $5.00 a gallon will be waived on used oils. All garages, hotel and restaurants are encouraged to separate and store their used oil for collection, by the Corporation.The Corporation very soon will be carrying out a coordinated collection of derelict and metallic waste from the communities which support the beautification program carried by government. Work with the village councils to cleaning up all old, broken down equipment and derelict vehicles from communities will continue. The Corporation can now be found on Facebook and its website:“Our environmental, Our responsibility, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The logo says it all.” He said.By Jeno Jacob/ PRO/ DSWMClast_img read more

Planned Parenthood Association concerned about domestic violence

first_img Tweet LocalNews Planned Parenthood Association concerned about domestic violence by: – July 19, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 43 Views   no discussions The Dominica Planned Parenthood Association has said that one of their main concerns in relatation to gender-based violence is the issue of domestic abuse, reported by both male and female partners.President of the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, Dr Damien Dublin said the association is putting strategies in place to address this issue.‘We have seen over the years that there is an increased awareness of domestic violence. We are seeing that there is an increase level of intolerance bewteen partners which most times result in verbal abuse, leading to domestic violence’, says Dublin.Dr. Dublin was speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Family Planning Association last weekend, which the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association hosted.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Public Expenditure Review Commissioner says Government should review its social assistantance spending.

first_img 221 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Public Expenditure Review Commissioner says Government should review its social assistantance spending. by: – August 19, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Public Review Commissioner, Swinburne Lestrade. Photo credit: thedominican.netPublic Expenditure Review Commissioner Swinburne Lestrade says the Government of Dominica should review its Social Assistance spending as during the period 2005 to 2010 the amount has tripled. Mr. Lestrade made this observation while addressing a meeting to engage member territories in discussions with a view to sensitizing them on public finances and to make recommendations on the way forward last night.“The fact is we have to take note of what’s happening; one of the things that’s happening is that between 2005 to 2010 social assistance spending more than tripled. Again, that’s not necessarily a criticism there may be very good reasons for that. I think we all live here and we know the demands that are made and are placed on the system, on the Government for support of various kinds.”Mr. Lestrade said the commission has observed the increase which is a red flag that the Government needs to address.“So it is certainly a red flag that there to which I think we are compelled to pay attention. I’m suggesting it’s not an accident it’s a deliberate policy of the Government, it’s one that could be justified but I think even the Government itself may need to take a sit back and take a cold hard look at a distance as to what is happening,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Opposition Leader calls for road repair money for Salisbury

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Opposition Leader Hon. Hector John. Opposition Leader Hector John wants government to allocate funds towards road repair works in his constituency among other projects. On Wednesday, Parliament approved a loan in the amount of EC$20 million dollars from the National Bank of Dominica required for financing of government expenditure.John told the debate on the matter that roads in his constituency have been in a deplorable state for far too long.“We have been seeking an audience with the minister on the matter, to see how we can dialogue and move forward in reference to repairs of the roads but he has disrespected us,” he told Parliament.John said some of that money should also be put towards repairs of the Coulibistrie Primary School.“The roof is in serious problems. We haven’t gotten any response from the minister. We want definite dates. How soon are you going to repair the roof of that school to make it safe for the children? That will go a long way in improving the lives of the children and the lives of the people living there,” he added.The Opposition leader also addressed the recent incident which occurred at the Dominica Grammar School where a student attacked a teacher.He said what happened at that learning institution should never repeat itself.According to John, proper security at the school should now be placed on the front burner of government.“Security at every school is important. I saw the fencing of the primary school in Salisbury and the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in St Joseph. I must commend government for that but every school on the island must be secured,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Opposition Leader calls for road repair money for Salisbury by: – February 23, 2012 Share 26 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Caribbean islands fingered in Croatian drug ring.

first_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Caribbean islands fingered in Croatian drug ring. by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! 63 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Martinique and the Dominican Republic in Croatian drug network as 11 suspected cocaine smugglers are arrested.FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique – Nine Croatians, one Serb and a Columbian have been arrested in police raids on Martinique and in the Dominican Republic as the net closed on an international drug ring last week.The major bust took place on Martinique where the drugs were hidden in packages of mustard and coffee on a yacht rented by the Croats in Martinique.In all, 11 people suspected of smuggling 174 kilos of cocaine from Columbia to Europe were arrested in a multi-state international police operation according to media reports.It was the first major cocaine smuggling operation masterminded and carried out by Croats, Dinko Cvitan, the head of Croatian anti-drugs agency, was quoted as saying.Croatian, Dutch, Italian and French police and the US anti-drug agency DEA were involved in the bust following investigation that opened in October 2011 at the behest of the Croatian police.The cocaine, estimated to be worth eight million euros, was destined for three potential buyers in Europe, whose identity wasn’t revealed, the reports said.Cvitan said the suspects were known to possess property whose value far exceeded their legal earnings, and which will be confiscated if they are found guilty.The Balkans has become a major route for cocaine smuggling from South America to Europe in recent years, a business mainly involving Serbian and Montenegrin citizens.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Boxing: Joshua,Hearn hold talks with Usyk’s agent in London

first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Joshua is currently choosing whether to fight Usyk – mandatory challenger for his WBO belt – or Kubrat Pulev – mandatory challenger for his IBF belt – but the latestpictures would suggest the 30-year-old is leaning towards a match with the Ukranian. Joshua, who holds four world heavyweight titles, posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram story with the caption: ‘Good to catch up with Eddie Hearn, AlexanderKrassyuk and 258 management. Talking all things boxing #JoshuavsUsyk.’However, Pulev appeared to confirm he will face Joshua at Beskitas’ Vodafone Arena stadium in Istanbul in May by posting a fight poster on his Facebook page on Thursday. Joshua’s situation is complex. He has been given until the end of the month to agree terms with the Bulgarian and will be stripped of his IBF belt if he fails to do so. Similarly, Joshua was ordered to fight Usyk by the WBO within 180 days of his December victory over Andy Ruiz Jr and will be stripped of the organisation’s belt if he refuses to comply.Advertisement Read Also:Anthony Joshua has until January 31 to agree terms to fight Pulev But while Joshua and Pulev have history, Joshua and Usyk are both attached to Hearn’s promotional company Matchroom Boxing, theoretically making a fight easier to arrange. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 British heavyweight, Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn have been pictured in London with Oleksandr Usyk’s manager Alexander Krassyuk.center_img Loading… Sportsmail understands that nothing has been signed despite reports claiming the fight with Pulev has already been agreed. Joshua and Pulev were due to meet at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium back in October 2017 but the Bulgarian was replaced by Carlos Takam at late notice after being forced out of the fight due to an injury.last_img read more

Oct. 19 not a nonworking holiday in Bacolod anymore

first_imgBut Republic Act (RA) 11146 signed byPresident Rodrigo Duterte last year moved to June 18 the Bacolod City CharterDay and made it a special nonworking holiday. The mayor said RA 11146 corrected theRA 7724 that erroneously identified Oct. 19 as the date of the Charter Day ofBacolod. BACOLOD City – Today is no longer anonworking holiday in this city. Leonardia said the city’s Charter wassigned on June 18, 1938 and Oct. 19 was just the inauguration of the firstofficials of Bacolod as a city./PN Previously, this city celebrated itsCharter Day every Oct. 19 and observed it as a nonworking holiday. According to Mayor Evelio Leonardia,June 18 was the day President Manuel Quezon signed and approved into effectCommonwealth Act 326 that created the city of Bacolod. Cong. Greg Gasataya filed House Bill7044 upon the request of Leonardia to correct RA 7724.last_img read more