Kenya makes major security reshuffle

first_imgKenya’s government on Wednesday announced major changes in its administrative and security personnel, with a clear focus on tackling the worsening insecurity linked to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab rebels.Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said the changes will “strengthen efforts to combat the threat of terrorism and the creeping threat of violent extremism, bring an end to the menace of cattle rustling and enhance the campaigns against illicit alcohol, drug trade and substance abuse.”The reshuffle is “crucial to responding effectively to the current security threats facing us,” he added.The movements bring in a new Nairobi police chief and county commissioner, as well as the county commissioner and other key positions in the counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa, which border Somalia. A new police chief was also appointed in the restive port city of Mombasa, where police are struggling to tackle both a Shabaab recruitment drive in the Muslim-majority coastal region – something which has dented the key tourism sector – as well as a worsening drugs problem.Nkaissery was appointed interior minister in December last year, after his predecessor Joseph Ole Lenku was sacked following a wave of attacks and massacres carried out by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab rebels.Kenya has been battling an upsurge in cross-border attacks by the Shabaab, which have seen the militants carry out several massacres with apparent ease – including the mass murder of 148 people, most of them students, at Garissa university earlier this year.The Shabaab also killed at least 67 people in the September 2013 suicide assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.The upsurge in cross-border attacks and the emergence of Kenya-based Shabaab cells is now seen Kenya’s number-one security headache, and a strategic blow given that Kenya deployed troops into southern Somalia in 2011 in the hope they would serve as a buffer and protect the long, porous border.last_img read more

10 Tips to True Happiness.

first_img Tweet Share What really makes you Big bank accounts? A clean bill of health? Love? Brian Johnson, spiritual guru and author of A Philosopher’s Notes, offers the 10 Principles of Optimal Living.1. OptimismIt all starts with Optimism. If we can’t tame those gremlins in our minds and learn to shape the contents of our consciousness, the rest of this stuff doesn’t matter.Optimism isn’t helplessness and the results of a disempowered mindset can be depression/anxiety and ick. There are a range of great teachers who have a lot to say on how to Get Our Optimism On—from Marcus Aurelius and the classic Stoic philosophers to Buddha and modern Zen teachers plus Viktor Frankl, Byron Katie, Esther & Jerry Hicks and Positive Psychologists. De-gremlin-ify your mind and Rock Your Optimism!2. PurposePurpose. All the great teachers talk about it. Confucius tells us that an army can lose its commanding officer but even an average person is in trouble without a purpose, while the Bible, the Gita, the Stoics and everyone else echoes the sentiment.I encourage people to explore Maslow’s need to self-actualize and his directive that “What one can be, one must be!” along with Deepak’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success—the Law of Dharma—and have fun discovering your Highest Goal, holding the Dynamic Tension between your ideals and your current reality and celebrating both your Being and your Becoming. Good times!3. Self-AwarenessIt’s hard to figure out our Highest Purpose without a deep sense of Self-Awareness. As Socrates says, we’ve gotta know ourselves, eh? Several transformative journaling exercises can help you reach a greater understanding about yourself.Imagine your 110 years old and able to talk to your current self, what would you say? Write down the 10 of THE Most Powerful Questions You Know. It’s time to Know Thyself, yo! Socrates would be proud.4. GoalsGoals. Goals. Goals. Whether it’s living with love/appreciation/joy/ kindness/generosity/and-all-that-goodness or starting a business, competing in a triathlon or creating financial freedom, Goals are (super!) important.And so are Intense Desires (minus the attachment, of course). Compare Rat Racers vs. Hedonists vs. Nihilists vs. Happy Peeps, revisit your Highest Goal then go on a little Goal Bonanza. Imagine all the things you want to Be, Create, Do and Have (in that order). Create a Treasure Mapl! Oh, yah. Remember that Outcomes Are By-Products of consistently rockin’ it. Which brings us to…5. ActionAs the Greek guru Nike tells us, at some point it’s time to just do it, eh? Indeed it is. Spend a lot of time thinking about how to best Diligently, Patiently, Persistently and Playfully crush it as you create the life of your dreams.It all starts with Commitment and Re-Commitment, Consistency on the Fundamentals, knowing that 99% Is a B*tch & 100% Is a Breeze, Acting As If, developing Blissipline, taking One Small Step (then another and…), practicing Kaizen and a bunch of other goodness. You shall be an Action Superhero by the end of this.6. EnergyWe’re gonna have a hard time living at our Highest Potential if we have a hard time getting out of bed, eh? That’s why we’ve gotta create Radiant Mind/Body/Spirit Health so we’ve got the mojo to rock it! Four key categories for Energy Optimization: 1. Exercise + 2. Nutrition + 3. Rejuvenation + 4. Money. Exercise can be just as effective as Zoloft in treating depression (why isn’t that every other commercial on TV?). Nutrition and lifestyle choices affect our well-being (or destroy it).Meditation is a good thing and so is having the consciousness that attracts wealth of all kinds into our lives. Ye shall be an Energizer bunny if you keep up this mindset!7. WisdomWisdom. Wisdom. Wisdom. (Wisdom. Wisdom!!) Wisdom is all about taking what we know and making that the essence of who we are and what we do.We’re going to explore The Power of Mastery, the moment-to-moment choice of Stepping Forward Into Growth or back into safety (and the consequences of those choices on our destiny) plus Positive Negativity (it’s a good thing to see when you’re off course!), Higher Highs + Higher Lows, Pain Bodies & Concrete Gardens, turning Shoulds into Coulds, and the Spiritual Farts you’re gonna be stinking up your life with if you don’t actually live what you know to be true! (You will also be officially ordained a Philosopher (aka a “Lover of Wisdom”) at the end of this section!8. CourageDid you know the word courage comes from the Latin word for “heart”? Yep. Just as the heart is the organ that pumps blood to all the other organs, Courage is the virtue that vitalizes all the other virtues.Fact is, without the Courage to fully express ourselves and live our ideals we’re powerless. We’re going to look at The Source of Fear (it all comes down to expectations!) and my #1 most effective way to address it. We’re also going to recognize that everyone we admire experiences their own set of fears and how it’s not about getting rid of the fear but developing the Courage to move forward in sprite of the fear! (Aristotle will also make a guest appearance and tell us about his Virtuous Mean and where Courage fits in to his philosophy.9. LoveAh, Love. All of the above is great but without love? Not worth a whole lot. We’re going to explore two key themes here:We’ll get our Love on by learning to say the “I” in “I love you,” doing some tricks with the Magic # of Love, Retiring from Shadow Boxing, Mining the Goldmine of Golden Rules, honoring The Platinum Rule and writing Love Letters to our ideal partners and our ideal selves. Sweet!10. en*theosSpirit. God. Divine Intelligence Universal Mind. Whatever you call that ineffable force that beats our hearts and keeps the planets in line, it’s a (very) good idea to align with it.In fact, that’s what the previous sections are all about—helping us more fully Connect To and Express the Divine within us. When we do that? God (theos) is within us (en) as we shine with a Radiant Enthusiasm that lights up our world! And that, ultimately, is what Optimal Living is all about, eh?By Brian JohnsonSource: Yahoo Shine Share Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleRelationships 10 Tips to True Happiness. by: – April 4, 2011 Share 89 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Tomato Phyllo Tart.

first_img Tweet Directions:Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 17 1/2-by-12 1/2-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay one large sheet of phyllo on the prepared pan. (If using the smaller size, slightly overlap two sheets on the pan to form a rectangle.) Keep the remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap or wax paper and a damp kitchen towel.Lightly coat the phyllo surface with oil using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon breadcrumbs. Repeat this step, layering the remaining phyllo on top. Brush the final sheet with oil. Carefully roll about 3/4 inch of each side toward the center to form the outer rim of the tart.Using the same brush, paint pesto evenly on the surface of the tart. Sprinkle about half of the crumbled feta cheese over the pesto layer. Arrange tomato slices, alternating colors, over the pesto layer; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.Bake the tart until the crust turns brown and crispy, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.To serve, lift the parchment paper and slide the tart onto a cutting board or large platter. Scatter basil leaves on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.Thaw frozen phyllo in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight before preparing the recipe.Recipe source: Tomato Phyllo Tart.This colorful tomato tart will surely impress friends; no one has to know how quickly it comes together. Basil adds a fragrant finishing touch.Recipe NutritionPer serving: 145 calories; 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 5 g mono unsaturated fat); 9 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 324 mg sodium; 109 mg potassium.Ingredients:12 14-by-18-inch or 24 9-by-14-inch sheets phyllo dough1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon plain dry breadcrumbs2 tablespoons prepared pesto3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 ounces)1 large red tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices1 large yellow tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to tasteFreshly ground pepper to taste10-12 small basil leaves Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Food & DiningLifestyle Tomato Phyllo Tart. by: – August 23, 2011 37 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

COVID19 Updates: 100 Students and More Cruise Workers Are on Their Way Home, 1086 Tested at Home…

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Key Notes Share Tweet Repatriated cruise workers tested before arrival1,0 86 tested in community surveyTwice daily visits by Environmental Health DepartmentFood Handler Applications by AppointmentsTwo flights will bring 100 students home tomorrowSecond group planned arrival after June 24thMore students now indicating interested in returning homeNineteen more cruise workers to arrive todayAuthorities to update this week on lifting all other reasonable restrictions BusinessEducationLifestyleLocalNews COVID19 Updates: 100 Students and More Cruise Workers Are on Their Way Home, 1086 Tested at Home… by: – June 6, 2020 Share 302 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Sour Sour is Road March King For 2011

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Sour Sour is Road March King For 2011 by: – March 9, 2011 With only two days to decide who would be the 2011 carnival road march King, it was clear to any and everyone that Charles “Sour Sour “ Issac would have claim that  crown long before it was time to judge.Sour Sour who came out this year with the song “No name. No warrant” although whom had some competitors like Gwo Pwel from “Unwanted” , send Me from Dice,  Old Speaker from Peter Prosper was unbeaten for the Road march crown.By: Grace HendersonPhoto Credit: Numusiczone/Authentic Dominican Music Sharecenter_img Share 72 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

Faith based organization take action to address CNCD

first_imgLocalNews Faith based organization take action to address CNCD by: – April 26, 2011 20 Views   no discussions Photo credit: Picsfrom.comThe Cottage Pentecostal Church has described as a “big success”, a session on Chronic-Non Communicable Diseases (CNCD) which formed part of their church service changing the normal trend of their services.Mr. Morrison Azille, administrator of the church and organizer of the event said, that he was becoming very concerned since he realised from various discussion forum that many church members were not keen on getting a check up on their health especially the men. He said he realized that the church needed to address this problem and he wanted to assist members in improving their health to prevent these chronic diseases.Mrs. Helen Royer Coordinator of Health Promotion and Focal Point for CNCD in the Ministry of Health facilitated the program and applauded the church for having taken the stand to fight against CNCD.The activity highlighted the rising prevalence of CNCD in Dominica and the role of faith based organization, community and individuals in addressing this growing epidemic and stated that this was a very good approach since health should take  a holistic approach which would see the individual as not only being spiritual but having a body that is also doing well. She made reference to the scripture in John 3:2 which states that God wishes above all that we should prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospersCoordinator of the event and Pastor of the church both stated that this was one of the many health activities they would like to undertake for the church and communityMrs Royer committed to assisting in the planning and implementation of future programs.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Marinor Blasters qualifies for the Quarter Finals in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League

first_imgNewsSports Marinor Blasters qualifies for the Quarter Finals in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League by: – May 16, 2011 Photo credit: theoriginsofcricket.comMarinor Blasters blasted out Morne C Fond when they won by 76 runs in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League at Dublanc last Saturday.Morne C Fond won the toss and decided to field. Marinor Blaster had an opening stand of 150 partnership between the two opening batsmen with Elton Mark scoring just over a half century at 68 and Anderson Burton just missing the century by 8 runs with 92 not out.The Game which was played in 30 overs for each side allowed Marinor to score 190 runs all out with Kimon Cuffy for Morne C Fond taking 7 wickets for 24 runs in 5 overs.Morne C Fond replied with 114 all out in 22.4 overs with Kimon Cuffy being their only top scorer with 52 runs.The game at Dublanc between Marinor Blasters and the Morne C Fond qualifies Marinor Blasters to the quarter finals of the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominca Vibes News Tweet 25 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Portsmouth man bailed $9000.00 for beating police officer

first_img Share Share LocalNews Portsmouth man bailed $9000.00 for beating police officer by: – October 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 33 Views   no discussions Share Court gavel. Image via:lazytechguys.comBertist Jeffers of Glanvillia, Portsmouth was this morning bailed $9000.00 on four charges including beating a police officer at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.Jeffers was charged for beating a police officer, resisting arrest, malicious damage to a camouflage cap belonging to the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force which costs $53.00 and malicious damage to a Ray Ban sunglasses which costs $212.00 on the 27th day of October, 2011 at Roseau during the LIME’s Creole in the Park event.The defendant having pleaded not guilty to all four charges; was told by Magistrate Ossie Lewis that he is charging him a “meager $9000.00” for these offences.Bertist Jeffers was bailed by his father Berti Jeffers of Portsmouth who told the Court that he is a truck driver. The trial is scheduled to commence on the 7th of February, 2012 and disclosure of evidence and witness statements to be made on or before the 15th of December, 2011.The accused was represented by Attorney Gina Dyer-Monroe.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Calibishie Lodges and Hide-Out Cottages offer special rates for Caribbean Tourism Month

first_img Share Calibishie Lodges. Image via: GISRoseau, Dominica – November 18, 2011 – In observance of Caribbean Tourism Month, November 2011, Calibishie Lodges, Calibishie and Hide-Out Cottages, Geneva, Grandbay are offering special rates, for the month of November. Calibishie Lodges’ rates are US $65 per room per night for locals and US $99 per room per night for other Caribbean residents, inclusive of breakfast. Hide-Out Cottages offers two wellness packages; Hide-Out Wellness at US$650 for two persons inclusive of airport/ ferry pickup, 4 nights accommodation, 4 Caribbean style breakfasts and 2 tours and Hide-Out Wellness Plus at US$990 for two persons inclusive of airport/ ferry pickup, 6 nights accommodation, 6 Caribbean style breakfasts and 4 tours.Hide-Out Cottages in Geneva, Grand Bay. Image via: dominica-hotel.comFor Calibishie Lodges information please visit and for Hide-Out Cottages please visit For information on Caribbean Tourism Month please visit ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Calibishie Lodges and Hide-Out Cottages offer special rates for Caribbean Tourism Month by: – November 18, 2011 Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Dominica to host Tanzania Parliamentary Association

first_img Share Share Speaker of the House Alix Boyd-KnightsThe Commonwealth of Dominica House of Assembly will host six members of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch of the United Republic of Tanzania commencing Wednesday.Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights says the main objectives of the visit are to foster ties between the two branches, learn how the Dominica branch organizes CPA activities and exchange views on different parliamentary practices that exist between the two branches.The delegates will arrive this afternoon and will be met by the Clerk of the House of Assembly.“They will be hosted at a reception tonight and they will meet members of parliament and a few other persons from various communities. On Thursday they will meet with members of Parliament and taken on a tour around Dominica. Some of the places include the Cabrits. They will also meet members of the Opposition at some point. They will visit the markets. THey specifically asked to see our market place. They will be doing that on Saturday morning,” she explained.The officials will leave the island on Sunday.Dominica has had visits from two branches of the United Kingdom and from individuals from various branches.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica to host Tanzania Parliamentary Association by: – November 23, 2011 13 Views   one commentlast_img read more