Lifestyles' bites

CNC report from Beijing
Added On May 18, 2013

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The world famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro received the last inspection of general-secretary of FIFA, Jerome Valcke on Wednesday, before the kick-off of next month's Confederations Cup.

Accompanied by former Brazilian football stars Ronaldo and Bebeto, Valcke visited the internal space and stepped on the pitch of Maracana, which was inaugurated early on April 27 with a test event.

These days the stadium that is usually called the Temple of Football is in its final phase of renovation project and will be completely ready in the final days of this month, less than 20 days before the kick-off of Confederations Cup.

Among the three matches that Maracana will host during the Confederations Cup, there will be a Tahiti against Spain. For a tiny island country with no football tradition like Tahiti, playing in this huge stadium will be a large excitement.


The Ghana Police Service announced on Wednesday that it would continue to enforce the motor law that gave them legal backing to arrest and prosecute Ghanaians using motorbikes for commercial purposes.

This move aims to reduce the motorcycle related crashes.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Kweku Obeng at the Motor Transport and Traffic Unit of the Police Service, said the new law is to ensure maximum safety and also help reduce preventable crashes and its associated motorcycle related crash-injuries, deaths and damage.
The motorbike business has become a means of survival for most unemployed youth, whose livelihood depend heavily on the proceeds made from the trade.

The transportation of fare-paying passengers on motorbikes from one point to the other, popularly known as "Okada" has taken deep roots in Ghana in recent times.

Until July, 2012, there was no law to legally arrest and prosecute people who used motorbikes for commercial transportation purposes in Ghana.

Intensified calls by the public who disapproved of the practice due to increasing crashes and fatalities by the riders, however, led to the promulgation of a law which now makes it illegal for motor riders to carry fare-paying passengers.
The DSP Obeng assured Ghanaians that the security agency will sustain its enforcement of the motor traffic laws and hope all road users and owners of motorbikes will comply with the law.

A recent British study finds that moderate exposure to the sun helps relieve blood pressure.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh believe that ultraviolet rays in the sunlight cause nitrogen stored in the body to be released into the blood system.

This helps relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure.

But experts also warned the public against spending too much time in the sun unprotected, as excessive exposure to UV light is known to be a major cause of skin cancer.


Australia's Sea World in the state of Queensland has welcomed its first polar bear cub, the second born in captivity in the country.

The baby is just 15 centimeters long, weighing 600 grams.

Mother Liya gave birth to two cubs this time, but only one survived.

Since its birth four days ago, the bear has stayed in a darkened den, created to mimic the ice caves where polar bears give birth in the wild.

Newborn polar bears have high mortality rates but signs of this cub have so far been positive.

There are about 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears living in the wild in the world.

Scientists say the birth of this cub could be instrumental in the conservation of the animal.