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Things in the right hands

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first_img 89 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Things in the right hands by: – July 30, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: hubpages.comPut a cricket bat in my hands, it remains little more than a polished piece of wood. I know how to make show of trying a few shots, but that’s about it.  Put it in the hands of someone like Lara or Tendulkar, and you have an instrument of elegance and record. Put a trumpet in the average person’s hand. When he or she starts to blow, people would scamper for cover. Put it in the hands of Miles Davis, and you would be immediately entranced. Put a paint brush in the average person’s hands, they wouldn’t know what to do beyond giving something ‘a first coat.’ Put it in the hands of Picasso, and you couldn’t pay for the result.It makes a difference when you put things in the right hands. That’s certainly a crucial lesson at the heart of this well-known miracle. Put limited resources in God’s hands, and you cannot foresee what will issue from so doing. Out of scarcity and lack what may often surprise you is abundance.Putting things in the rights hands doesn’t come easily. Most of us are the sort of people who like to see in advance how things will work out before we commit ourselves. Imagine, for instance, that you’re at a crossroad in life, you wonder about taking a different job, for example, or striking out on your own, or deciding whether to marry this person rather than that.If you are the kind of person who has to know how things will turn out before you do anything, you will never know what stepping out on faith means. It does not mean, of course, that you make no prudential assessment before you set out – faith is no substitute for thoughtlessness ; but even after all such assessments are made, faith means that you step out in trust.Philip’s response is the typical response most of us would have made under the circumstances. How could you ask me to provide bread for all these people? Months of salary like mine couldn’t pay for it, and you want me to do it just like that?”  It never occurred to Philip to say something like: “Feed all these people?!!! You know what that means???!! Anyway, you’re the boss, and if you say so, let’s see how we go about organizing…” But Phillip said the opposite, and we too would have said the same, if we were in his shoes. In trying situations, all we see are the trying circumstances, in situations of dilemma, all we see are the dilemmas. We want God to rid us of the burdens of perplexity and solve our problems even before we do any assessment ourselves.Faith is not calculation; it is trust. It is not God wishing away our burdens or our difficulties; it is God asking us to trust him through them. And very often, as we sometimes experience, we come through it in a way we don’t anticipate, in a way perhaps that we never dreamed.I have myself felt the force of much of what I say. I have the same hesitation, which sometimes amount to a sort of near paralysis.  I will just share something along other lines, thought the dynamic is really much the same. Every preacher has to contend with difficult texts. Sometimes you have no insight, no thoughts; you don’t know where to go with certain passages or statements.  My experience is that the most difficult passages sometimes produce the most unexpected results, not so much from the point of view of my dealing with them, as from what people get from them. I am sometimes quite amazed at the surprising results of what are, as I think, pretty awful performances. No doubt I will in the future still find some texts hard and certain passages difficult, but what I ought to remember is that the outcome of struggling with them does not depend on how I anticipate the outcome. That’s calculation, not faith.  My hands are not finally the place where these and other things are properly left. Struggle and effort remain necessary, but more necessary than that is the trust required to leave things – and keep leaving them – in the right hands.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

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Is It EVER OK To Date a Friend’s Ex?

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first_imgLifestyleRelationships Is It EVER OK To Date a Friend’s Ex? by: – September 26, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img You’ve finally met the perfect guy. Too bad he’s already dated your friend! So is he totally off limits? Or is there a way to turn “sloppy seconds” into a real relationship that even your friend can support?We asked Jennifer Oikle, Ph.D., relationship psychologist, dating coach, and founder of MySoulmateSolution.com what you need to consider before dating a friend’s ex. The number one rule, she says, is respect.“Men may come and go, but friendships are rooted in trust. So whether or not it’s cool to date your friend’s ex is entirely dependent on your relationship with her and how she feels about it.”First, she suggests, ask yourself what kind of relationship this guy had with your friend. Was it just a quick fling or were they planning to walk down the aisle? Also, what’s your personal interest level going in? Do you think he could be “the one” or are you just looking to have some fun?Next, have a conversation with your friend–and let her know your intentions. Dr. Oikle says if it’s just a casual friend, you might simply inform her you plan to date her ex. But a close friend requires a little more. “I feel like if you are good friends, then permission should be obtained because you already have a real relationship with her–you just hope for a relationship with the guy. So, the first relationship should take precedence–getting the respect it deserves.”Of course, don’t be surprised if she doesn’t approve. “Some people think it’s never OK for a friend to date their ex, others think it’s fine, others think it depends,” says Dr. Oikle.In any case, avoid the temptation to sneak around behind her back. “Because she is always going to find out–and the feelings of being betrayed are always worse and more difficult to forgive and get over than whatever the behavior was to begin with,” she insists. “They might have been OK with you dating him, but can’t forgive your dishonesty–because that changes the whole level of trust and respect in the relationship.”It may just be a matter of time–waiting until your friend feels “over” her ex, “when they can think and talk about him without triggering a reactive emotional response.” If not, and she still has feelings, “it may be just way too painful to continue the friendship, even if she agrees for you to go ahead from her logical side.”One thing to keep in mind–breakups have ups and downs–which means she could feel “over him” one day and not the next.“The most important thing is to stay sensitive to your friend and stay empathic to her feel Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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NCDS fight must be more data driven, says PAHO Caribbean coordinator

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first_img Share Tweet 22 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle NCDS fight must be more data driven, says PAHO Caribbean coordinator by: – December 14, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Dr. Ernest Pate. Photo credit: caricom.orgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Dr Ernest Pate, PAHO Caribbean programme coordinator has asserted that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must be more data driven in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He also called upon CARICOM heads of government to “move” their commitment from principle to practice, noting that adequate resources were an imperative to fighting NCDs. Pate was delivering the feature address at the 2nd Annual Conference of NCDs focal points and chief medical officers in Port of Spain Trinidad on Sunday. The conference is organised by CARICOM in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This meeting was convened to discuss the implications for the Caribbean of the outcome of the United Nations high level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs held in New York on September 19-20, and to examine the progress and challenges in key components of the Port-of-Spain Declaration, and outline priority actions and relevant support necessary to implement those actions. Pate singled out two major challenges – financial resources and insufficient data – which he stated were sticking points in government’s efforts to combat the diseases. Many countries, he explained, did not have accurate mortality and surveillance data on NCDS and consequently, could not do proper planning. To date, lifestyle related diseases such as heart diseases, respiratory illnesses, cancer, diabetes, and risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure are the leading causes of death in the Caribbean and account for 60-70% of deaths globally. There is a perception that NCDs are more concentrated in higher income countries, but Pate argued that the data did not support that perception. On the contrary, the data pointed to an increase in the incidence of NCDs in middle and low income countries. This, he explained, required a review of the economic costs of this burden to include “out-of-pocket costs” which were not born or measured by governments. Those costs, Pate warned, were so exorbitant that they could drive citizens and countries to poverty. The PAHO Caribbean programme coordinator acknowledged that the Caribbean had made significant inroads in fighting NCDs but argued that much more interventions needed to be made at the point of prevention. For this to happen, he added, Caribbean governments must make tangible commitments to support the prevention and treatment programs including primary health care services, which he stated needed re-vamping. “If those resources are not in place then we are unable to tackle the epidemic. Our plans need to be supported by financial sources,” Pate stressed, adding that government financing for NCD initiatives must be “topped-up” by the private sector and International Development Partner (IDP) resources. In addition, Pate firmly believed that there was a need for a comprehensive approach to tackling NCDs; and noted that successes were reported in countries such as Finland where a comprehensive approach had been adopted. In moving forward, Pate was of the opinion that the Community’s priorities must of necessity include translating policies into action, increasing funding to keep pace with the epidemic; increasing advocacy and awareness especially among policy makers; adopting a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach; strengthening surveillance and monitoring thus providing evidence for policymakers and highlighting the impact of NCDs on development. Dr Rudolph Cummings, CARICOM Secretariat’s programme manager, health sector development, who chaired the opening session, reminded participants of the Port-of-Spain Declaration and pointed to the pivotal role played by the Community in planting NCDs on the global agenda. He underscored the Community’s contribution to the United Nations high level meeting (UNHLM) in September, not only in lobbying for the event, but also in drafting the political declaration which was the major outcome of the UNHLM. Cummings urged participants to devise creative ways of sustaining the gains already made in NCDs. He applauded PAHO for supporting the Caribbean’s efforts and acknowledged the support of UWI and IDB for the meeting. In his opening remarks, Professor Samuel Ramsewak, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, St Augustine, expressed concerns for the high rate of childhood obesity in the Caribbean, noting that it had tripled in the last 10 years and stressed the need for this to be contained. He acknowledged the work of his institution in initiating the surveillance project and expressed pride in the sustained and steady course of what he called the “ship that is NCD Prevention and Control.” In his estimation, the size of the region was immaterial; it was the size of the influence that the Region wielded that was important. Against this background, he commended CARICOM for its work, lauded the partnerships that had been forged – expressing pleasure that the UWI was considered a partner – and urged participants to keep NCD’s at the forefront of their work. The three-day conference is attended by 30 CMOs and focal points, an unprecedented representation from PAHO Washington, New York, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, other private sector stakeholders and NGOs including CARICOM’s partner – Healthy Caribbean Coalition. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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100 percent success in HIV prevention among children born from infected mothers

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Share Head of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit, Julie FramptonDominica is said to be making significant strides in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention.Head of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit, Julie Frampton disclosed on Friday, that the country has achieved a 100 percent “success rate” in the prevention of HIV/AIDS among children born from infected mothers.According to Frampton, since the introduction of anti-retroviral medication in 2004, all pregnant women treated have given birth to healthy babies.“This is good news. Records show that over the past years since we introduced the medication on a regular basis, all the infants are negative. We hope we can continue with that,” she said.Frampton also noted that over 95 percent of pregnant women are accepting to do the HIV test during pregnancy.“We want to see 100 percent because HIV testing is voluntary but with education people understand why they have to test,” Frampton said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews 100 percent success in HIV prevention among children born from infected mothers by: – November 24, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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10 signs you’re with the person you should marry

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first_img Sharing is caring! 230 Views   no discussions Share We all know it’s common to “kiss a lot of frogs” before finding the right partner. The good news? It’s all worth it, because once you do find your match everything else begins to fall into place. Last year, I was insecure about having a serious boyfriend when I didn’t have full-time employment. I thought I had nothing to offer without a cool job, but the man I adore ended up helping me get to where I need to be career-wise, and the individual you’re meant to end up with will do the same and more. You may not immediately know that your significant other is going to be your spouse someday, but here are some signs that you two are bound for life.10. You have similar long-term goalsThis doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the same line of work. That can be good too, but wanting the same things long-term — whether it’s having kids, a house, or lots of vacations — will help you through any obstacles you may face.9. You like each other’s familiesIt’s true that you don’t just marry your soulmate, but his/her family as well. Many people complain about the in-laws and this doesn’t indicate your union is doomed, but life is so much easier when everyone gets along for the most part. I’m lucky my current beau’s parents and sister are awesome, but a former flame’s dad was unkind and distrustful of me, so I figured out pretty quickly that I hadn’t met the right guy yet.8. You miss him/her when you’re apartWanting to be with the person you love all of the time doesn’t make you needy or annoying. It shows you cherish that person deeply and understand every experience — whether big or small — is better with him/her around. I enjoy watching The Simpsons in bed, but I always laugh harder at Homer’s antics when my S.O. is there cackling with me. Alone time is healthy, but so is wanting to giggle and chat with your favorite person in the world after a rough day at work.7. You’re always thinking about how your decisions affect each otherConsidering a new job? You’re also thinking about how it would fit with your S.O.’s schedule and needs, especially if you live together and share finances. This works both ways, so if he’s mulling over a drastic career change and wants to move to the other side of the world or country, he should also want to take you with him.6. You don’t want any secretsFor the longest time, I was scared to stay over at my boyfriend’s house because I had a major sleeptalking/walking problem that had been going on for years. I was embarrassed about doing something ridiculous in the middle of the night but he assured me he wouldn’t judge my behavior — he just wanted me there. Sure enough, I was so relaxed with him that my sleep yelling/walking issues went away in his presence. I’m glad I explained my hesitation up front so we could find a solution.The closer you are to someone, the more important things you’ll reveal about yourself — from your salary to your family history. The more they know, the more they understand you. The less-than-appealing stuff is important, too. The right person wants all of you, not just his/her idealized version of you, because that’s not real.5. Other people comment on how great you are togetherIf parents, friends, siblings and relatives can see how happy you make each other, you know it’s going to last. On that note, how cute are Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield? You don’t need to know them to understand what an awesome pair they make. These two should get married TODAY.4. You’ve survived tough times and blowoutsAs much as I admire couples who claim they never fight over anything, I think there’s something to be said about having productive arguments. Life partnership isn’t all snuggles and kisses, so it’s important to know you can get through disagreements before you tie the knot. There will be many rough days when you’re exhausted, chasing screaming children around the house and having unpleasant conversations about money and taxes, but if you can get through the fighting and awkward discussions without too many tears, you can handle marriage.3. You don’t have to look nice for each other all the timeThough you still like to dress up and surprise the other person with a pretty outfit, you two can be messy and lazy around each other and not even think twice about it.2. You’re a good teamTo paraphrase my former D.C. mentor Matt Lewis, it’s crucial to choose a partner with whom you can go to battle. As earlier stated, life presents us with plenty of battles, and the person you marry should be willing and able to fight them alongside you. That person should also be like a good reliable teammate. This may sound unromantic, but having someone who is there for you day in and day out, for better or worse, is as sweet as it gets.1. You already know what you’d say during your wedding vowsWhen it comes to the other person, you can always articulate what makes him/her so amazing and why you’ll be there for them forever. Whether you’re “engaged to be engaged” or just having fun dating, you know you’re going to love this person until the very end. You want everyone to recognize how lucky you are to have this person in your life.Hello Giggles LifestyleRelationships 10 signs you’re with the person you should marry by: – August 28, 2014center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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National Bank GM says his nationality should not be an issue.

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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews National Bank GM says his nationality should not be an issue. by: – May 7, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 19 Views   no discussions General Manager of the National Bank of Dominica, Micheal Bird says his nationality should not be an issue when it comes to handling the affairs of the bank.The Jamaican national says what is important is his ability to confidently handle the affairs of the bank.“I personally don’t think so. I think it is more on does the person have the ability to do the job and does the customer base, the shareholders and staff trust that person to do the job? Thats what really drives it. Now I would think that one is firstly from the region because you can appreciate how business is done. Some of the things that we do aren’t necessarily in, they’re slightly different from how things are done in Europe or in North America. So I think having a lot of experience in the region adds a lot to that equation. It would be nice I presume but I as a non-national I have to think what can I bring to the company? The experiences that I have gained working in the region I think adds a little credence to that.”Click here to listen to audio: Mr. Bird also said that will be leading a customer centered approach to management of the bank as customer satisfaction has a major role to play in the success of the bank.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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NCCU presents scholarships to twelve lucky students

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first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary NCCU presents scholarships to twelve lucky students by: – August 19, 2011 Tweet Share Share 45 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Scholarship recipientsThe National Cooperative Credit Union Limited has awarded  twelve students with scholarships to assist them with their Secondary School education when academic year 2011/2012 commences in September.The presentation was made yesterday at an award ceremony at the National Development Foundation of Domiica’s conference room.There are six scholarship programmes namely; the NCCU Ltd Merit Scholarship, NCCU Ltd Scholarship, Edward Elwin Scholarship, Ambrose Cuffy memorial Scholarship, Myrtle Hilton Scholarship and the Vernice Bellony Scholarship.The  recipients are as follows:NCCU Ltd Merit ScholarshipKyrene Dodie GeorgeNCCU Ltd ScholarshipSahyda Lawuni Pemberton-RoseauKernillia Helen Adams-Tarish pitTiara Letang- EgglestonJahreed Isaiah Jules-La SaletteEdward Elwin ScholarshipsShayeda Zebla Royer-Bellevue ChopinShanice Jasmine Carbon-Morne ProsperJayslyn Stuart-PichelinKyla Winston-Wotten WavenAmbrose Cuffy Memorial ScholarshipDarwin Jovon Jno Baptiste-Riviere CyriqueMyrtle Hilton ScholarshipAkima u O Edmond-MahautVernice Bellony ScholarshipHallie Jahaira Bruney-TrinidadDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Hunting season closed: forestry officials say illegal hunters will be prosecuted

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first_img Tweet Photo credit:island-images.dominica-weekly.comThe Forestry and Wildlife Division says it is concerned about ongoing activities which regards to hunting of wildlife and fishing in fresh water streams. Acting Director of Forestry Ronald Charles said the hunting season is closed but reports indicate that some persons are breaking the law.He says it is an offence and persons should refrain from hunting outside the season.“The 2011 season for hunting and fishing is not yet opened. We want the public to remember that the season is still closed unless advised otherwise by the forestry division; we want to ask the pubic to resist the temptation and to refrain from taking wild life and or fishing without a permit,” he said.Charles says he is also concerned about the illegal killing of turtles on the island.“Turtles still come on the shore to lay their eggs and we have been receiving reports that they are being killed, particularly in the west coast this time of the year. The public is asked to be careful and to assist the division in the management of the country’s resources,” he said.Charles said it is the responsibility of every Dominican to protect our wildlife. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Hunting season closed: forestry officials say illegal hunters will be prosecuted by: – September 16, 2011center_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Haiti may join ALBA as full member

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first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Haiti may join ALBA as full member by: – January 13, 2012 25 Views   one comment Share President Michel Martelly of Haiti. UN Photo/Logan AbassiPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (ACN) — Haitian President Michell Martelly announced on Wednesday on the TeleSur television network that he is assessing the possibility of his country joining the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) as a full member, instead of being an observer.TeleSur special correspondent in Port-au-Prince, Madelein Garcia, also reported that, when asked if this decision would affect Haiti’s relations with the United States, Martelly assured that it is not an ideological matter but about the reconstruction of his country, the Cubadebate Web site reported.“They’re fraternal peoples and we’re going to work with them,” stated the Haitian leader. Martelly’s statements were made in an exclusive interview with TeleSur after a press conference, in which the head of state announced that, thanks to the help of Canada, it will be possible to relocate 20,000 families living in improvised camps since the 2010 earthquake.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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New youth radio program to be launched

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first_img Share 53 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews New youth radio program to be launched by: – February 2, 2012center_img Tweet Share A new radio programme geared at developing leadership skills among the youth and hearing what affects them will be officially launched in Dominica today.L.I.S.T.E.N which means Lessons Impacting Students to Empowerment Now, the brainchild of Rhoda St. John of the Generations of Opportunities Organization is geared towards highlighting the positive image of young people.St. John told an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News that more often than not only the negative things which young people do are highlighted in society, particularly in the media and she believes that the LISTEN programme is one way to change this trend.“Many times we hear everything that is negative where the youth are concerned is always quick to hit the media, everything bad is always quick to hit the media but when it comes to the positive things it doesn’t hit the media. What we are trying to do is to get the positive image of our young people, the positive voice that they have to offer we would like to get that into society; we would like to get that across the Caribbean.”The program which will be hosted by four young people on Vibes Radio, Dominica’s newest internet radio will be simultaneously aired by 12 Caribbean radio stations including Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, St. Thomas and GuyanaSt. John explained the reason for partnering with other radio stations across the Caribbean for this youth programme.“We have to understand that when one island is destroyed all the others feel it. There’s no reason for us to pretend that it is not our concern for as we cherish and protect our individualities remember we are all called islands of the Caribbean. Anything that affects one island affects all the islands and therefore so we figure it is in the best interest to have a youth radio programme across the entire Caribbean so that the young persons can share their views, share concerns and let their voices be heard.”LISTEN will be aired every Saturday from 3 to 4pm on Vibes Radio and will feature several educational discussions including managements, saving, a tourism essay competition among others.According to St. John, “Our leaders of tomorrow are our youth of today and we need to train them now, they have a voice and they are the change; we are going out and they are coming in and they are our change makers”.The official launching will take place at the Fort Young Hotel from 3pm and will be broadcast live on http://www.vibesradio.dm and the 12 other radio stations across the Caribbean and includes.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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