Tips to safely eat fesikh

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Egyptians celebrate Sham el-Nessim each year by eating fesikh, herring, and salted fish, being one of the manifestations of the day’s celebrations. However, doctors have again warned against eating excessive salted fish, especially for people suffering from chronic diseases.

Al-Ahram website quoted doctor Mohamed Khairy, an obesity and nutrition consultant, as saying that eating too many meals which surpass the individual’s daily needs of sodium chloride, especially for people suffering from chronic diseases, exposes the person to health damage in the long term, including high blood pressure and kidney failure and sometimes it leads to a burst of blood vessels.

He recommended adding to salted fish lemon, lettuce and cucumber, in order to avoid the high acidity level in the stomach.

Khairy also advised washing fesikh and sardines with diluted vinegar and lemon juice to reduce the salt levels in the fish.

He explained that fesikh poisons are only deactivated after being exposed to high temperature for ten minutes by frying in oil. Herring is a safer alternative to fesikh due to being cooked and exposed to high temperatures, unlike fesikh, he added.

Khairy recommended eating large quantities of vegetables such as green onion, lettuce and thermos because it helps in getting rid of salt.

Vegetables absorb excess salt and expel it in the feces, Khairy mentioned.

He stressed the need to wash these vegetables well using vinegar to avoid hepatic infection.

He advised contacting a doctor or taking anti-toxins if symptoms of food poisoning, including diarrhea, respiratory or neurological symptoms.

Eating parsley, oranges, bananas and potassium-rich cantaloupe helps to remove excess salt from the body.

Hibiscus and parsley help the body with urinary incontinence. Additionally, herbs such as green tea with mint, thyme or cinnamon can help cleanse the stomach.

Khairy also advised not to eat excess fesikh specifically to avoid health problems. An individual should not eat more than 150 grams of fesikh in one meal. Children and pregnant women should not eat salted fish because it has a double negative effect on their health, Khairy said.


Source :  Egypt Independent

Police deny reports that extremist targeted Obour church

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An official security source in the Ministry of the Interior denied reports that an extremist had attempted to attack a church in the city of Obour, stressing that the arrested suspect was beggar mot linked any extremist groups.

The security services assigned to provide security for the Church of Mar Boullus in Obour, Qaliubiya, reported that ‘Mohamed S. G.’, 21, from Sharqiya governorate tried to enter the church with a black plastic bag containing some clothes.

The source explained that the man simply wanted money from church-goers.

According to investigations, the suspect and his family are known for begging and are not associated with any extremist activities.

Some news websites circulated incorrect news about the attempt of an unknown person to place an explosive device inside the church, the source added.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent

Gulf of Guinea Security : Consultations On Common Strategies

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 Prime Minister, Philemon Yang and the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Florentine Adenike in an audience on April 6 discussed a unified revitalisation process. 

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is a serious impediment to development within countries in the sub region. As part of measures to finding lasting solutions, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang and the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Florentine Adenike Ukonga in an audience on April 6, 2018 talked on directed strategies to be adopted within the affected countries.

Speaking after the audience, Florentine Adenike Ukonga said the meeting was to exchange with the Prime Minister on the revitalisation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission given that Cameroon was represented in the last summit held in Abuja.

« It was even the Cameroonian delegation that proposed that we should go and sensitise the Presidents of our member States on the revitalisation process in the Gulf of Guinea and that is exactly what we are doing. The revitalisation process entails our plan to actively involve member countries in finding solutions to the maritime problems in the region, » she stated.

The Nigerian diplomat condemned several issues happening within the area that negatively affect development in the Gulf of Guinea which needs to be tackled together. « We have sea crimes, illegal fishing, drug and human trafficking, immigration, and degradation of the environment which are severe issues affecting the region. We therefore want to implicate member States in the revitalisation process.

We do not want it to be decisions taken only by the Gulf of Guinea Commission. Our plan is to use the successes of other countries towards handling these challenges. For example, if we see a country succeeding in the fight against pollution, we simply walk up to them and ask them what their strategies are and we exchange with member countries to adopt same method, » she said.



No Gain For Cameroon

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News about the liberation of hostages in the locality of Moungo-Ndor in the Nguti Subdivision of the Kupe Muanenguba Division of the South West Region on 2 April, 2018 came as a sigh of relief to many. In the presence of cabinet ministers, officials of the Italian and Swiss Consular services where citizens were involved in the incident were present at the ceremony organised in the Ministry of External Relations to present the 12 hostages; seven from Switzerland and five from Italy.

In the presence of news reporters, the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary announced that the tourists were liberated from the hands of secessionists by the anti-terrorist unit of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR after a fire exchange with the terrorists which led to the arrest of some assailants, while three members of the defence forces, including an officer, sustaining minor injuries.

Details of the official statement even pointed to steps by the terrorists to kidnap the tourist who were on their way to the “Twin Lake” to an unknown destination beyond the frontiers of the country. The five ministers who attended the ceremony to hand over the tourists to their respective embassies advised them to always ask for protection from security services before moving to localities considered as risky in the country.

However, in spite of the details presented at the press briefing on 3 April, 2018 on the circumstances of the liberation, there has been much controversy of late, with some foreign media institutions curiously quoting an interview with a Swiss hostage saying they were never the object of kidnapping in the South West Regions. Such a situation has led to several questions.

How government could be telling lies of such magnitude when there are measures being taken by the State to ensure that the entire national territory is safe for those who want to visit any part of the country? Could anyone wound a soldier and use such wounds to fake information about hostage taking?

Elements of the BIR have demonstrated their worth in the fight against the Boko Haram in the Far North Region as well as in the high seas against pirates and it appears strange that someone should accuse them of faking a hostage situation to gain popularity.  Answers to these and other pertinent questions are obviously blowing in the wind.

It is common knowledge that the situation in the North West and South West regions is a major concern to the government. Taking steps to ensure that normalcy returns and putting in place confidence-building measures to get tourists and Cameroonians feel at home in all parts of the country are constant concerns which the Head of State has continued to address. Consequently, it would appear strange if government should in anyway be seen as instead working contrary to the instructions of the Head of State.

Faking any information about the arrest of foreigners in any part of the country cannot be considered as good news for any citizen of this country.  As such, those who fuel the hullabaloo over the taking of hostage in the country, and particularly in the North West and South West Regions, at a time when all efforts are geared toward restoring peace and stability can be sure that they are promoting a counter-productive venture which only goes to tarnish the image of Cameroon.

The Head of State has repeatedly urged Cameroonians to focus on issues that can help restore the rule of law while pursuing the development endeavours aimed at making Cameroon an emerging country by 2035. Moving out of this spectrum to introduce uncalled for controversies cannot be considered as a way of fostering the development agenda of Cameroon because such digression will not only derail the people, but will hold back the country from going after the noble goals put in place by the Head of State.

Source :  Cameroon-Tribune

Retour sur la récente libération de 12 touristes occidentaux : inutile polémique

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Difficile de comprendre les ressorts de la polémique qui enfle ces jours-ci dans les médias et réseaux sociaux autour de la libération, le 2 avril dernier, de 12 touristes expatriés – sept Suisses et cinq Italiens – dans la localité de Moungo-Ndor, arrondissement de Nguti, département du Kupe Muanenguba, région du Sud-Ouest.

Tant les faits relatés le lendemain, 3 avril 2018 par le porte-parole du gouvernement au cours d’un point de presse tenu au ministère des Relations extérieures sont constants.

Selon des sources concordantes, ce 12 avril, 12 touristes, à bord de sept véhicules tout terrain, entrent régulièrement au Cameroun par la localité d’Ekok. Après s’être soumis aux formalités d’immigration en vigueur, ils décident de visiter les « Twins Lake » situés à Moungo-Ndor.

Pendant qu’ils se dirigent vers ces lacs, ils sont interpellés par une bande d’individus armés et cagoulés et conduits dans le village où les terroristes procèdent à leur identification, confisquent les clés de leurs voitures et documents officiels.

Alors que les malfrats planifient comment conduire leurs otages vers une destination au-delà des frontières nationales, ils son surpris par la prompte réaction des commandos d’élite de l’armée camerounaise qui patrouillaient dans les environs. Plusieurs terroristes sont neutralisés, d’autres fondent dans la nature.

Un officier et deux soldats de nos forces de défense sont légèrement blessés. Les touristes libérés sains et saufs sont conduits le lendemain à Yaoundé et remis à leurs chefs de mission diplomatique respectifs.

D’où vient-il donc que le gouvernement soit accusé dans certains organes de presse et réseaux  sociaux de travestir ou de dénaturer les faits ? Que gagnerait Yaoundé à faire croire que les touristes occidentaux ont été pris en otages sur son territoire ?

S’agissant de ce qui est dit au sujet des forces de défense et de sécurité du Cameroun, il convient également de marquer un arrêt et de se poser des questions. De quelle efficacité pourrait être une initiative gouvernementale destinée à « doper la réputation » de nos forces de défense et de sécurité ? On sait au demeurant que de nombreux pays amis sollicitent régulièrement l’expertise de ces hommes et femmes au professionnalisme avéré, depuis la tenue du sommet sur la sécurité dans le golfe de Guinée tenu du 24 au 25 juin 2013 à Yaoundé.

Est-il besoin à cet égard, de rappeler que nos soldats ont déjà mené plusieurs campagnes particulièrement éclatantes du côté de Sambissa, le bastion jusque-là considéré comme imprenable de Boko Haram au  Nigéria ? Qu’ils ont eu à libérer des otages pris en mer par des pirates?

Au total, la polémique en cours est incompréhensible. Le Cameroun, pays en développement n’a aucun intérêt à inventer des faits qui contribueraient à faire fuir les touristes et autres opérateurs économiques dont il a tant besoin pour contribuer à la relance de son économie.

Par ailleurs, son armée qui a fait ses preuves n’a pas besoin de publicité, elle va continuer à garantir la paix et la sécurité de tous, à travers l’ensemble du territoire national. Avec la collaboration des populations qui entretiennent un lien indissoluble avec les forces de défense et de sécurité. Dans l’optique d’un pays uni, indivisible, et résolument tourné vers le développement et un progrès partagé.