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Gains Of Ballet Dance …For Kids And Adults

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When a child expresses
interest in dance, then enrolling her in a ballet class is no less a noble idea. For children between the ages of four and fourteen, appropriate ballet instruction can be very beneficial.
Like all dance forms, ballet is very instrumental in promoting physical strength and agility as it has also the capability of boosting concentration, understanding of music and rhythm as well as generate a love of movement.
Although ballet is physically intense, Rebecca Lake of Livestrong.com cities of Colorado School of Dance website says ballet has what it takes to improve muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion.
As children start ballet dance early in life, experts say there is every assurance of improved body awareness and physical self control.
A combination of jumping and leaping becomes an added advantage as increased heart rate can improve endurance, stamina and overall cardiovascular health.
It has become common of late to have schools, especially the private primary and secondary schools, showcase pupils and students who display some levels of mastering in ballet dance as part of ceremonial activities.
This is not without the understanding that ballet can help to improve children’s mental and emotional health.
Apart from the afore-mentioned, as more and more children and teenagers pick and indicate interest in ballet, regular classical ballet training instills in them a sense of pride and accomplishment which boosts self exteem. Brighton Ballet Theatre website asserts it also opines that as children improve and master more challenging movement, combination, they feel more self-assured which can spill over into other areas of their life.
Now I understand why the choice of this dance is a worthy hobby. Dance training no doubt, can also be a great way to relax and use excess energy, productively after school, even as it also boosts coordination and balance while correcting poor alignment.
Somehow, the social content of this all-significant body movement cannot be down played under the guise of ignorance. Experience has shown that regular practice of the ballet dance can help children to make new acquaintance, overcome shyness and awkwardness in a social situation, while reducing the fears associated with being in a group performing before a distinquished audience. This is corroborated in the claims of the National Dance Education organisation as cited by Rebecca Lake that “ballet and other dance forms help foster teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation.
For adults whose desire favours longer and leaner muscles, Rebecca wirtes that a ballet class might have more appeal than the local gym.She advises that irrespective of the initial difficulties, with time, ballet can help to improve one’s fitness profile, which extended impact could be felt on the soccer field, running track, hockey rink and tacqet ball.
Ballet exercises boost strength throughout your body, from the small intrinsic muscles of the feet to the larger muscles of the back, glutes and calves. Classical ballet technique involves rising unto the balls of the feet or toes, turning out the leg at the hip socket and sustaining high leg extentions to the front, side and back.
According to Rebecca, constant repetition of these exercises builds considerable strength in specific areas, most notably in the hip, lower leg, ankle and foot.
However, of all the strength stories of ballet dance, training alone isn’t sufficient to protect participants from injury,
The need to attend private classes and engage in other muscle building activities to beef up upper torso, core and upper leg strength is imperative.

 

Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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