Quitting smoking ‘reduces anxiety’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Quitting smoking ‘reduces anxiety’ by: – January 2, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Researchers followed nearly 500 smokers attending NHS stop smoking clinicsSmokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards – despite the belief that smoking relieves stress, researchers say.The British Journal of Psychiatry study followed nearly 500 smokers attending NHS stop smoking clinics in England.It found a “significant” decrease in anxiety levels among the 68 smokers who had quit after six months.The effect was greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those that smoked for pleasure.The researchers – drawn from several universities including Cambridge, Oxford and Kings’s College in London – said the findings should be used to reassure smokers attempting to quit that concerns about increased anxiety levels were unfounded.WithdrawalHowever, the study did suggest that a failed attempt to seemed to increase anxiety levels by a modest degree among those who had mood disorders. For those who smoked for pleasure a relapse did not alter anxiety levels.The researchers said it seemed that smokers – particularly those that smoked to cope – were more likely to have a cigarette soon after waking up to stave off withdrawal symptoms, which include anxiety.By quitting, they removed these repeated episodes of anxiety and felt less anxious as a result, they added.It comes as the government has launched a graphic anti-smoking advertising campaign, which features a cigarette with a tumour growing from it, and as many smokers prepare to quit as part of their new year resolutions.BBC News 17 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Secondary school competition to mark World No Tobacco Day today

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsSecondary Secondary school competition to mark World No Tobacco Day today by: – May 31, 2011 Sharecenter_img 45 Views   no discussions Tweet Twelve secondary schools on the island are expected to participate in a quiz competition today, in observance of World no Tobacco day.The event is organised by the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit and targeted 1st formers on the island.Head of the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit is Jacinta Bannis.The 1st and 2nd place winners from each competition will move on to participate in the National Anti Drug quiz competition on June 23rd in observance of International Day against drugs and illicit trafficking.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Doctors’ education and license, concern for Medical Professionals

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Doctors’ education and license, concern for Medical Professionals by: – June 6, 2011 Share 178 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS NewsMedical professionals here have underscored the education of doctors, and their code of ethics must be addressed.They met at Fort Young Hotel Monday at a consultation on the medical professional bill, agreeing that the practice of medicine in Dominica must be adjusted to address existing problems.“We now seem to have to legislate the code of ethics for registered medical professionals,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr David Johnson, as he listed “critical issues” that have to be dealt with.Among them are post-registration, education and training of doctors, qualification to practice, “duration of registration, and license to practice, specialist registration, complaints of the public, misleading signage, advertisements or persons holding out themselves to be what they are definitely not, false assumption of title of specialist,” Johnson disclosed.The medical legislation, under review, was developed in the 1930s.Ophthalmologist Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts has spoken out against a deficiency in the number of medical consultants here.“The deficiency at the consultant level is filled by foreign medical doctors on technical assistance. These doctors do not participate in administration and management level activities… and they do not participate in the various positions required of the medical practitioners on the medical boards…this has resulted in the few Dominican consultants being overworked.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Windward Basketball Tournament Cancelled

first_imgSaturday – 8.00pm – Gatorade Blazers vs. Dragon Stout Blazers at Massacre. Share NewsSports Windward Basketball Tournament Cancelled by: – August 26, 2011 Tweet Meanwhile the semi-final games in the Domlec Premier Division of the Lime National League will continue tonight and Saturday, see below Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img In other news the Dominica Basketball the association has suspended the Division 1 finals in the Lime National League to investigate and receive reports from the referees and game commissioners on the incident which occurred during the second semi-final game between Goodwill Starz and Pichelin Pistons. Friday – 8.00pm – Sign Man X-Men vs. No Look at the Lindo Park Coaches of the four teams at last year’s Windward Islands Tournament. Photo credit: Mickey JosephAfter much effort the Dominica Amateur Basketball Association (DABA) had no choice to cancel the tournament schedule for September 7th 2011.  The reason for the cancellation is as a result of St Lucia and St Vincent indicating they would not be able to participate in this years tournament.The association hopes that after much work by the Grenada Association to revive this tournament after a dormancy of ten years was not in vain. The Association also decided that Dominica would not offer to host the tournament in the future unless we have a proper basketball facility. 26 Views   no discussions Game 2  for the Domlec Premier Division will continue on Wednesday at Lindo with two games next week. The DABA will also be welcoming a Club team (Big Banana Express) from Antigua to play a series of games against the National Team and Club team from Thursday September 1, 2011. By: Mickey Joseph Dominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img read more

Dominica State College assisting students in making appropriate career choices

first_img Share Share Share 46 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dominica State College assisting students in making appropriate career choices by: – September 2, 2011 Director of Student Services Department of the Dominica State College, Mr Edgar Hunter We have all heard of students being at secondary school and not knowing what career choice they may want to pursue.But what do you tell a college freshman who has no idea as to what career path they wish to take?The Dominica State College is now placing more emphasis on their ‘advising programme’ to better assist college students in making the right subject choices to fall in line with their preferred career choice.Director of the Student Services Department of the Dominica State College, Mr Edgar Hunter says the programme is now mandatory before admissions at the learning institution.According to him, this programme will ensure that students do not waste time and money pursuing subjects that they are not going to utilize in their future careers.He noted however, that some odd cases students still take decisions to change their major from one field to another, which the institution has absolutely no control over.“We are doing advising. The students will meet the advisor and tell the advisor what their interests are and they will guide them as to which courses they should choose in order to meet these career goals. The thing is some of the students are not really sure what they want to do so we also guide them in that.” Mr Hunter believes that students should also have an open mind when choosing their careers. According to him, in deciding their future careers they need to think ‘outside the box’ and dream big.“The other thing is that we also want them to think bigger than just being a doctor, lawyer and the normal business-man career. For example, in Dominica we have a serious problem with allied health professionals, so we want our science students to think of not just being doctors and nurses but getting involved in the allied fields; we want them to do whatever they want to be. If they want to be in sports, we want to provide that avenue and environment for them to do sports because sports also have a lot of opportunities. Whatever their dream is, we want to guide them and help them to reach those goals,” said HunterWhile the registration process is still ongoing at the Dominica State College, the institution has already confirmed the attendance of over seven hundred students.Admissions and advising will be concluding this week in preparation for the 2011-2012 academic term; scheduled for next week.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Taxi drivers support moves to designate Trafalgar Falls as premium site

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 72 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Taxi drivers support moves to designate Trafalgar Falls as premium site by: – September 9, 2011 Share Carnival Cruise Ship. Photo credit: marineinsight.comDominican taxi drivers are supporting moves by the authorities to designate Trafalgar Falls a premium site when the new cruise ship season officially opens next month.Public Relations Officer of the Combined Taxi Association Jenner Guiste says this move will be beneficial to both the drivers and the cruise ships.“The authorities are intending to designate the Trafalgar Falls for the tourist season and we are happy about that. We want to support it. Discussions are currently ongoing with the tour guides and vendors so we hope they can understand. We are happy because we have no ships in the off season and tied with that is that we hope the Transport Board could make the prices available to government so they could make it law,” he said.He says taxi drivers are well prepared for the upcoming season.“Preparations are ok. We underwent some training in customer service. We are all prepared and ready to go. Though we have less calls in this cruise ship season, we are hoping that the training will assist the taxi drivers to meet their full potential,” he said.The 2011/2012 cruise ship season will officially open in October.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

President Liverpool wants OECS countries to support the CCJ

first_img 22 Views   no discussions LocalNews President Liverpool wants OECS countries to support the CCJ by: – July 18, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share President Dr. Nicholas Liverpool (file photo). President of Dominica, Dr Nicholas Liverpool, has made an appeal to member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, to lend their support to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), instead of fighting against its approval.The Caribbean Court of Justice was established in 2001 by the judicial institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to replace the Privy Council which is headquartered in England, as the court of last resort. It was established with two jurisdictions; in its original jurisdiction, it serves as an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, while in its appellate jurisdiction, it serves as the court of final resort in both civil and criminal matters from those member states which have ceased to allow appeals to the Privy Council.The agreement was signed in February, 2001 by Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, and the court was inaugurated in 2005. While addressing the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament at the House of Assembly in Roseau on Tuesday, the President noted that the CCJ should be implemented in all countries as the Privy Council has “long lost interest in its role as their final court”. He lamented that almost half a century after the court was first mooted, Caribbean countries “are yet to take collective action, to bring this noble aspiration to reality”. The President went further in dispelling suggestions that judges who sit on the CCJ would not be able to maintain partiality.“Apart from the age old tendency of the resistance of human beings to change, some of these concerns continue to be repeated….Considerable care has been taken to ensure selection and appointment of the judges is as thorough and transparent as it could possibly be… The independence of a judge is a personal matter which is to be addressed by the conscience of the individual judge but his vulnerability to political manipulation is institutional”.He explained that Caribbean judges have a reputation of being “vigilant” and would be able to exude partiality and fairness in their decisions.“The reported cases throughout the Caribbean have revealed that Caribbean judges are vigilant and willing to hold the line between individuals and the state, and are also careful to assert and protect the rights of individuals in matters which come before them for adjudication. In the final analysis therefore, the critical element for consideration should be, whether a particular judge satisfies known criteria based on intellectual ability, integrity, a capacity for hard work and soundness of character”.True independence of mind and spirit, he noted, “cannot be dictated in any written document” but must come from “the strength of character of the individual judge, exemplified by a burning desire to be impartial and to do justice to all under all circumstances”.Although the court consists of eleven judges who are appointed by a commission and a president who is appointed by the heads of government of the participating states on the recommendation of a commission, to date, only seven have been appointed.“The judges are governed by a code of conduct which imposes a duty upon them to observe high standard of judicial conduct, uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary and contribute to the establishment, maintenance and enforcement of high standards,” the President continued.He also informed that a trust fund has been established from a US$100 million loan to meet the expenses of the Court in perpetuity, which will be managed by an independent board of trustees. In making a case for the implementation of the court, he noted that it “has been functioning satisfactorily for over seven years and its decisions have been published for public scrutiny”. He proposed that Caribbean governments should do more to educate the public on the purpose and necessity of the court and take steps to ensure that it functions. Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Suriname are among Caribbean countries who have replaced the Privy Council’s appellate jurisdiction with that of the CCJ.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Solskjaer hunts for answers to save Man Utd campaign

first_img Maguire’s arrival has not had the same galvanising impact that Virgil van Dijk’s signing had at Liverpool, with United recording just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Norwich and Tottenham have had fewer. Solskjaer did not sound over-confident that the January transfer window would yield obvious solutions. “We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said. “If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.” Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester midfielder James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, have all seen their names linked with a move to Old Trafford. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea reacts after conceding the third goal in the League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City at Old Trafford. Read Also: Inter Milan make move for Man United defender The problem is that January is a notoriously difficult time to persuade clubs to part with their best players. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said nobody he wants to keep will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month. Alongside the constant speculation over Pogba’s future, Solskjaer may have another headache, with reports that veteran defender Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan. “We can’t weaken ourselves. We’ve got to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen,” Solskjaer said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United’s demoralising defeat against Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final laid bare their desperate need for reinforcements if they are to salvage anything from their stuttering season.United conceded three first-half goals in a match at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 on Tuesday in their chastening 3-1 first-leg loss against Pep Guardiola’s men.Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge task on his hands to turn around the club’s fortunesBernardo Silva’s wonder strike, Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish and an own goal from Andreas Pereira put City well on course for a third straight final before Marcus Rashford gave the hosts faint hope for the second leg on January 29.The defeat was another stark reminder that United are light years behind the standards set by Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and defending champions City.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there would be no easy solutions as United attempt to claw their way back to the top of English football.“I’ve said before it is not going to be a quick fix and the two teams you are talking about are probably two of the best teams in the world,” he said. “That’s the task we have ahead of us, it’s something that we’ve started. You can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.” The problem is that the shoots of recovery are hard to decipher, with United short of technical quality and fight against City. United have had some impressive performances this season – including a 2-1 victory at City in the league last month, wins against Chelsea and Spurs and a draw at home against Liverpool. But they have stumbled badly against sides they would expect to beat, losing to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Ham, and face a tough battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. – United flaws – There are problems for Solskjaer to solve all over the pitch. Rashford’s recent form has helped paper over United’s lack of depth up front after they opted not to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan in August. United’s midfield looks desperately short of creativity in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba and with Jesse Lingard struggling to find his best form. Scott McTominay is also currently sidelined with a knee injury, depriving the side of steel. And despite boosting their defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window at considerable cost, United do not look like a cohesive unit at the back.center_img Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

Treñas to civil registry head: explain alleged irregularities

first_imgILOILO City – City Civil RegistrarRomeo Cesar “Juncae” Manikan has been issued a show cause order over allegedirregularities in the registration of marriages. Mayor Jerry Treñas gave him three daysfrom Sept. 19 to answer. As to the solemnization of marriage, Manikan said such is already beyond his office’s mandate./PN “Basta ang place of marriage is within Iloilo City kag complete ang (marriage) certificate, register gid ina,” he told Panay News. According to the complainant, therewas connivance between certain city hall employees and Hall of Justice employeesto make money from fake marriages (unauthorized solemnizing officer). “Failure to answer in writing thisShow Cause Order shall be considered as waiver on your part to be heard andthis case shall be decided on the basis of the documents on record,” read partof Treñas’ order. The complainant further claimed:“These marriages have not registered through the marriage bureau of the Hall ofJustice, and has not paid the solemnization fee required.” Reached for his comment on Friday last week, Manikan said he would submit his reply on Monday (today, Sept. 23). “The role of the civil registry office is purely ministerial when marriage certificates are presented for registration,” he said. He already denied the alleged irregularities in recent interviews. Attached to the mayor’s order was aletter complaint dated July 1 from a certain “Juan Dela Cruz” asking themayor’s office to investigate the Local Civil Registrar.last_img read more

Families of victims in Iloilo Strait mishap receive financial aid

first_imgOCD regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez saidsimilar assistance was extended to immediate families of victims from Cebu andGuimaras.  He added that the turnover completed theprovision of aid to 26 passengers who died in the sea tragedy.  “It’s all in the book. The problem is with theimplementation. So this task force will have an impact on Western Visayas,”headded. The assistance for the remaining fivefatalities from other regions was processed by their families.  Marcelino Java from Iloilo City receives two checks from Civil Defense Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez (3rd from right) as financial assistance on Thursday. Java lost his wife Adora and grandson Jhairus James Alejado during the Aug. 3 sea tragedy off Iloilo Strait. PERLA G. LENA/PNA “I came up with this task force to giveattention to practices that we need to adopt especially in terms of fasterresponse,” he said. center_img ILOILO City – The Office of the Civil Defense(OCD) turned over financial assistance to family members of 10 victims, whoperished in a sea mishap off Iloilo Strait last Aug. 3. Nuñez sought to finalize the creation of theVisayas Maritime Response Task Force before the year ends. He emphasized thatthey should not wait for more disasters to happen in the region.  The distribution of checks worth P20,000 foreach fatality was held during the third quarter regular full council meeting ofthe Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council here on Thursday. Nuñez, meanwhile, lamented the incident inBoracay Island on Wednesday were seven paddlers of the Boracay Dragon ForceTeam lost their lives after their boat capsized.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more