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Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Isn’t it awesome that spring arrived on March 20 but the next few days were not that springing?
Happily, the dodgy heat seemed here to stay.
It’s too soon for Minnesotans to clink their alcoholic glasses in bars, restaurants or in the comfort of their homes over the state’s decision to lift the ban on alcohol sale on Sundays which has been on for over two decades.
Well, it won’t be far from now when the ban will be lifted on July 2 and no one would “stop the carnival” but would let the carnival go on.
But in the meantime, a report this week highlighted that “just two cans a day of energy drink can kill and should be avoided at all cost.”
Energy drink widely promoted as products that can increase alertness and enhance physical and mental performance is being marketed as a “replacement for alcohol” deceiving their young minds that they are drinking adult drinks.
These drinks contain ingredients that are far higher than their body can handle.
Next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American teens and young adults.
Males between the ages of 18 and 34 years consume the most energy drinks and almost one third of teens between 12 and 17 years drink them regularly.
A growing trend among youth adult and tens is mixing energy drinks with alcohol.
About 25 percent of college students consume alcohol with energy drinks and they binge drink significantly.
In 2014, over 5000 cases of young children were reported to have poisoned themselves after becoming sick from ingesting energy drink according to the American Heart Association.
A kid who claimed to have downed four cans of energy drink a day for 10 years died on his way to school from  kidney disease while another died from cardiac arrhythmia after consuming two cans of energy drink every day for three years including the day he died.
What a way to go.
Limitations live only in our minds. If we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
One upcoming event which is vastly picking up speed is the Annual Africa Unite Now Festival to celebrate Dr Keane Nkrumah’s birthday to run from September 22-24.
The festival will focus on investment on the continent wide private sector, pooling the financial resources of immigrant Africans and the historical African diaspora.
All peoples of Africa who are descendants of survivors of enslavement genocide will be invited to participate and a prominent African leader will give the keynote address.
By Rod Mac-Johnson
Tuesday March 28, 2017.

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