Tuesday, 28 August 2012

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IRIN Africa | MADAGASCAR: Sex for survival

ANTANANARIVO, 28 August 2012 (IRIN) - About one in seven residents of Madagascar’s main port city of Toamasina are sex workers.

In less than 20 years, the number of registered sex workers in the city of about 200,000 residents has climbed from 17,000 in 1993 to 29,000 in 2012. The increase has been driven by rising poverty levels as well as the city’s proximity to the recently opened Ambatovy nickel mine.

Construction of the mine, coupled with recent improvements to the port, saw an influx of thousands of foreign workers. The billion-dollar investments also resulted in an escalation in living costs and the collapse of traditional commercial activities like the collection and sale of cloves and coffee, pushing more young women into sex work.

“Girls come from the countryside to work as maids. Then, when they have a problem with their employer, other girls from their region introduce them to prostitution,” Germaine Razafindravao, the president of the local sex worker collective FIVEMITO (‘Fikambanaina Vehivavy Miavotena Toamasina’ or Women’s Future), told IRIN...

Cannabis found to lower IQ of young

Cannabis found to lower IQ of young

Cannabis can lower the IQ of young teenagers and may cause permanent mental impairment, research has shown.

The most persistent users suffer an average eight-point decline in IQ between adolescence and adulthood, according to the study of more than 1,000 participants.
Scientists believe smoking cannabis from the age of puberty may disrupt developing and vulnerable brain circuits...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

First steps to a rewarding future via @independent_ie

First steps to a rewarding future via @independent_ie

More students than ever before -- mostly successful Leaving Certificate candidates, but also thousands of others who have entered the system in a variety of ways -- have received offers of places in third-level education from the Central Applications Office this year.


Unquestionably this is very good news, an indication of our country's social health and economic hope. It is also good news that according bonus points for mathematics has helped to generate a record number of applications -- and that there are sufficient places for all those who have qualified...

Thursday, 16 August 2012

UK fury as Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange via @independent_ie

UK fury as Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange via @independent_ie

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador after taking refuge in the country's embassy in London.

The announcement will increase tensions between the UK and the South American country, which has been warned that the situation could have "serious implications" for diplomatic relations.
Assange sought sanctuary in the embassy in London’s Knightsbridge in an effort to avoid deportation to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault charges...

Taylor to decide within weeks on professional boxing career

Taylor to decide within weeks on professional boxing career

OLYMPIC GOLD medallist Katie Taylor has said she will decide within weeks whether to turn professional or remain an amateur boxer.

Her father Peter confirmed he is meeting US and UK promoters today to discuss his daughter’s future.
Speaking after a civic reception in Dublin city centre yesterday, Taylor confirmed she will continue boxing until at least 2016, when the next Olympics are staged, but said she was still undecided about a move into the professional game...

UK 'threatens to arrest' Assange

UK 'threatens to arrest' Assange

The diplomatic standoff over Julian Assange has escalated after Ecuador claimed Britain threatened to raid its embassy in London if Quito did not hand over the WikiLeaks founder, who has been taking refuge there for two months.  The Ecuadorean government said such an action would be considered a "hostile and intolerable act" as well as a violation of its sovereignty.

"Under British law we can give them a week's notice before entering the premises and the embassy will no longer have diplomatic protection," a Foreign Office spokesman said. "But that decision has not yet been taken. We are not going to do this overnight. We want to stress that we want a diplomatically agreeable solution."...

Monday, 13 August 2012

Plaudits pour in for McIlroy after win

Plaudits pour in for McIlroy after win

Rory McIlroy’s second golf major success in winning the US PGA tournament in South Carolina at the weekend has earned plaudits from senior politicians on both sides of the Border.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the 23-year-old’s victory was confirmation of the golfer's enormous golfing talent and a signal that he has the "potential to become one of the greats of the game". ...

Thursday, 2 August 2012

What can athletes with ADHD teach us about the condition?

Michael Phelps, hailed as the greatest Olympian ever, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Can his, and others', success be used help inspire younger people?

One has acquired more Olympic medals than any other athlete in history. The other was knocked out of the Games after just 250 seconds. But Michael Phelps and Ashley McKenzie, the 23-year-old British No 1 judoka, have one thing in common: both have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as does another high-profile Olympian, British gymnast Louis Smith, who this week helped win the first British men's gymnastics team medal for a century...

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Male genital mutilation a gross breach of baby's bodily integrity

Male genital mutilation a gross breach of baby's bodily integrity

RITE & REASON: THE MUSLIM-JEWISH alliance of religious ‘leaders’ who condemned the recent German court ruling in Cologne on male circumcision stands as a testament to the need for secularism. The court had decided that the right of individuals to freely express their religious beliefs did not extend to the ‘right’ of parents to mutilate their children’s genitals.
It was an entirely sensible and long-overdue assertion of individual liberty by a European court in favour of society’s most vulnerable and voiceless members: its children....