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Baltimore, Maryland: Capital Punishment - Primate berates Amnesty International

Robert S. Jackson 2041 Harron Drive Baltimore, MD 21202

ABUJA – PRIMATE, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has berated Amnesty International (AI) for condemning Edo State government over the recent execution of death sentence on four inma-tes in Benin. The primate who urged the Federal Government not to allow itself to be gagged by anybody, also called for the imposition of capital punishment on perpetrators of crimes, including rape and killing. In June, after their death warrants were signed by the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the inmates— Osaremwinda Aigbuohian and Daniel Nsofor—whose lawyers have been struggling to obtain a stay of execution on the death sentence; and two other convicts whose identities are yet to be ascertained were hanged in Benin, the action that generated criticism by both local and international bodies.

Okoh who was speaking at a press conference in Abuja noted that the human rights body had no justification to cri-ticize the government’s action, as they were neither directly nor indirectly affected by the action of those inmates. He warned that the government should not allow anybo-dy or organization to teach it what morality is, insisting that, “the law of capital punishment for those who rightly deserve it should be enforc-ed”.

Painting a scenario, where a victim of armed robbery was brutalised, raped and finally killed by the gang, the primate rhetorically asked “where is the human right of this woman? Meanwhile, the armed robbers involved had been executed, and people are crying for the human rights of the armed robbers. “What I am saying is that the Federal Government should not allow people to teach them morals. For me, anybody who has degenerated to the level of depravity deserves capital punishment and it should be enforced. “It is not true to say that punishment does not deter crime! It does. The difference bet-ween our society and society outside is that, we have laws which are not enforced.

Nigerians outside obey laws, but as soon as they come back here, they feel above the law because if they contravene the law and law enforcing agents approach them, they will say ‘do you know who I am’? “So, punishment must be effected and that is the essence of government, the Bible supports it, and the government cannot abdicate from punishing crime in the name of Amnesty International,” he said. On insecurity, Okoh maintained that insecurity persists in Nigeria because politicians are playing politics with it. “We must not play politics with our security. Its never done any where in the world.

We need to ensure that our security organisation is well organised.” Okoh also advised young ladies to avoid indecent dressing and nudity in order to avoid being sexually harassed, calling on religious leaders to emphasise the teaching of morality. He said, “Rape is becoming an embarrassing situation in this country and as religious leaders, we must continue to preach against deviant behaviours. We must continue to support marriage in order to build a decent society. Tendency to glorify nudity is not part of our culture and we must intensify moral teaching in the Church and at home”.

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Bottineau, North Dakota: Herbal remedies from mint leaves

James S. Mitchell 4655 Courtright Street Bottineau, ND 58318

Known for its own subtle flavour and aroma, mint is one of the oldest and most popular herbs grown around the globe and is used in a variety of cuisines. Mint leaves are rich in minerals and vitamins. They contain calcium, phosphorus, Iron, good amount of Vitamin C, D and E and small amount of Vitamin B Complex. It is a perennial herb. Its fragrant smelling aroma is transmitted by its fresh green leaves and oil. Mint has a number of medicinal properties and numerous vital benefits – Mint leaves eliminate toxins from the body and when included in the diet on a regular basis, eliminates bacteria and fungus from the body. The aroma of fresh mint is very effective in relieving respiratory congestion. It can also help to overcome cough. The strong, sharp flavor and scent of mint is used for common cold.

Mint Oil is used as an environment friendly insecticide for its ability to kill common pests like wasps, hornets, ants and cockroaches. It is a stimulant. It restores the normal tone of tissues as a tonic. Mental fatigue, stress, depressive states and headaches can be ameliorated if mint oil is applied over the temples and backhead. Consumption of mint leaves balances vata and kapha. Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes. Mint tea is also a strong diuretic and is used as an anti-pruritic, especially in insect bite treatments.

Crushed mint leaves helps in teeth whitening if used twice a week. A refreshing mint scent is a powerful medicine to treat nausea. Mint leaves are used in teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, candies and ice-creams. Mint acts as a cooling sensation to the skin and helps in dealing with skin irritations such as acne, heat bumps and burns. Powder of mint leaves, when applied on face regularly, can do magic to lighten acne scars very naturally. Mint leaves are also used as a main component in aromatherapy. During summer, preparing sherbet and chutneys with mint leaves, helps to relieve problems associated with gas.

Mint essential oil and menthol are extensively used as flavorings in breath fresheners, drinks, antiseptic mouth washes, toothpaste, chewing gum, room fresheners, shampoos and mint chocolates. The antifungal properties associated with mint helps in curing asthma and other allergic conditions. Mint juice is a good appetizer. It soothes the digestive track in stomach ache. It acts as an expectorant. Promotes the oral ejection of mucus by spitting. Mint is found to be effective in the treatment of gall bladder disorders, vomiting, menstrual cramps, bleeding diseases, and diarrhea.

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Sex worker found dead near Balkapur nala

Ricardo C. Clark 389 Lords Way Jackson, TN 38301

Hyderabad: A 35-year-old woman was found dead next to Balkapur nala in Shaikpet on Sunday. During probe, Golconda police came to know that the victim is a sex worker who frequented the toddy compound at Dargah near Shaikpet. "There were no external injuries on the victim's body and we suspect she may have been smothered. Only after receiving the post-mortem report, can we confirm the cause of death. A suspicious death case was registered," police told TOI.

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