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Having Sisters Make People Happy

This is from todays BBC Health News; you can read the entire article by clicking on the blue type.

(Here’s to you, Sparkle and Big Diamond! I am so glad I have you for sisters!)

Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe.

Researchers quizzed 571 people aged 17 to 25 about their lives and found those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced.

The Ulster University team said having daughters in a family made people more open and willing to discuss feelings.

They said the influence of girls was particularly important after distressing family events such as marital break-ups.

. . .

Lead researcher Professor Tony Cassidy said:”Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families.

“However, brothers seemed to have the alternative effect.

“Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families.”

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Community, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Social Issues | 13 Comments

Over 45’s Risking Sexual Infections

This is from BBC News but similar news is coming out of the USA – one of the fastest rising rates of STD’s is in the nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, among the elderly.

Many over-45s ‘ignore STI risks’

STI rates have been increasing among people over 45

Many middle-aged people are continuing to take an irresponsible attitude to their sexual health, say experts.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain polled over 2,000 adults.

Nearly a fifth of those polled aged 45 to 54 said they had had unprotected sex with someone other than a long-term partner in the past five years.

There is a misconception that their risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is “next to nothing”, says the RPSGB.

Sexually transmitted infections have doubled in under a decade in people over 45 and have been rising at a faster rate than in the young, recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show.

Older people are increasingly likely to be single or undergoing relationship changes and are less likely to consistently use condoms, perhaps because the risk of pregnancy no longer exists, experts have observed.

The RPSGB’s survey of 2,258 UK adults – half who were aged 45 plus – found older generations were flippant about the risks of catching an STI.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Aging, Character, Community, Family Issues, Health Issues, Hygiene, Interconnected, Mating Behavior, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Clever Solution: When Men Refuse to Salute Women

That gives me a huge grin – for every subordinate who refuses to salute a female superior officer, she gets an extra KD50 in her paycheck! This is a very clever solution.

Kuwaiti policemen refusing to salute female officers
Published Date: April 02, 2009

KUWAIT: Only shortly after the graduation of the first batch of female police officers, a large number of their male colleagues have put the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in an awkward position by insisting that they will refuse to salute any female officer, no matter how superior her rank to their own. The male officers cited local social values, cultural norms and traditions to justify their stance, reported Al-Jarida.

The ministry must now decide whether to strictly implement the law and force these officers to perform their duties in a professional manner or to take the policemen’s concerns into account and accept their refusal. A recent fatwa issued by Dr Ajil Al-Nashmi which stated that saluting a woman is contrary to local and tribal traditions, is believed to have aggravated the situation, making the male officers’ determination to accept no compromise on the issue even stronger.

One MoI official said that the ministry is considering the options of paying female officers an additional KD 50 on top of their wages for every salute which male colleagues refuse to give them or imposing administrative penalties on the male police officers in question.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Cultural, Interconnected, Kuwait, Law and Order, Leadership, Living Conditions, Women's Issues | 13 Comments

56,660 Kuwait Car Accidents: 2008

This is a totally breathtaking statistic. Kuwait just isn’t that big. That is more than one thousand car accidents, every week, in Kuwait.

We had three accidents in front of my house this morning. One included a school bus. Thank God, there were no children on board.

I would love to see a statistical breakdown on age groups, nationality, whether speed was involved, and whether the person was using a mobilephone while driving when the accident occurred.

One of my readers reported she had been in a car accident shortly after her arrival in country. A car going too fast rear-ended them. In almost every country in the world, if someone hits you from behind, they are charged, immediately, with following too closely and inattentive driving. You are supposed to be driving carefully enough to anticipate the car in front of you slowing down. Here, after six months, and several trips to the police station, it was determined that her husband was at fault. Unbelievable.

She adds that thanks be to God, no harm came to the infant traveling in the front seat of the car that hit them, on his mother’s lap, or they would have been liable for that, too. Unbelievable.

56,660 car accidents in 2008 alone
Staff Writer Al Watan

KUWAIT: Head of the Traffic Safety Department Bader AlـMatar has warned that the number of annual traffic accidents is on the rise. An estimated 56,660 car accidents and 410 cases of accident related fatalities occurred in 2008. AlـMatar added that the United Nations reports that car accidents claim more than 1,300,000 fatalities around the world each year, most of whom are young men.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions | 3 Comments