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My Hubby Can’t Satisfy Me – Lusaka Woman

A 33- year-old Lusaka man told the Lusaka Boma court that his wife wants to divorce him because she claims he does not sexually satisfy her.

Victor Phiri told the court that his wife Miriam Phiri 21, has been refusing to have sex with him saying he is not man enough.
“She tells me that there real men who know how to make love,” Phiri said.
He was speaking before senior court magistrate Mary Namangala in a case in which he was sued by Miriam of chawama for divorce.

They got married in 1998 and have four children.

Phiri further said that he at one time found his wife been caressed by a man in September last year but did not take any action.
‘She ran away from home the first time I caught her with a man who was caressing her.
She later changed her mind and started sleeping with her clothes on,” he said.
Phiri said his wife’s sister told him that he was not suitable for her sister and that her sister would soon leave him for another man.
In her statement earlier, Miriam told the court that she wants her marriage dissolved because her husband beats her and squizzes her neck every time they have a quarrel.
She said Phiri has been threatening her and he has no respect for his mother-in-law.
Mirriam told the court that he has been an irresponsible husband and father to their four children as he has not been providing for his family for the 12 years they have been married.
She said both his and her father are tired of sitting them together because of his irrational behaviour.
The court however dismissed the case because Phiri did not pay dowry.






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Woman, 80, accidentally swallows $5G diamond at Florida charity event

Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. – The idea behind the Tampa Women’s Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.
Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prized diamond, donated by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, was placed in the last.
The problem? Eighty-year-old Miriam Tucker accidentally swallowed it.
Tucker told local news media that she didn’t want to put her finger in the champagne, so she drank a bit. While laughing with women at the table, she realized she swallowed it.
Embarrassed, she had to tell jewelers who were frantically searching for the winner.
Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.

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CHECK JAMAICA-JTA tells members to avoid violent fights between students


TEACHERS who opt to break up fights between students in schools do so at their own risk.
The issue has again come to national attention after police from the St Andrew South Division criticised the inaction of teachers and other adult staff at Penwood High School when 16-year-old student Nario Coleman, otherwise called ‘Two Face’ of a Balcombe Drive address, was stabbed to death during a brawl with another male student on April 11.
Head of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Clayton Hall, told the Jamaica Observer that educators have been warned not to get physically involved in an effort to break up fights… for their own protection.
“We ask that teachers seek to prevent or stop these occurrences by giving clear instructions. There have been cases where teachers have tried to break up fights physically and have had the law come at them. So we have asked that teachers, unless they think they can physically do so, not to get involved in any physical altercation,” Hall said.
Coleman was involved in a fight with another student for about six minutes but no adult responded. He was stabbed multiple times in his upper body.
In 2008, another student was stabbed and seriously injured during a fight at Penwood High School.
Hall said that teachers who sustain injuries during any attempt to break up violent confrontations have no insurance and may only get recourse through the court system.
“There is technically no insurance plan outside of the National Insurance Scheme that would assist teachers if they get injured on the job,” he said.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said that in light of the violent nature of some schools, the ministry was moving to have deans of discipline enlisted as district constables in the constabulary.
“A dean of discipline is an officer with special responsibility and that’s why I am moving to have them sworn in as district constables so they can have powers of restraint. A citizen has a common-law right to repel violence but no teacher has the power to do that. In schools, physical restraint may be needed and I am in discussion with guidance counsellors to make them able to do so without fear of legal repercussions,” Thwaites said.
Head of the Professional Studies Department at the Mico University College Lynelga Beckford said although teachers are sensitised to expect confrontations between students, there is little, including in their training curriculum, to prepare them to physically break up fights.
“They are sensitised to the social problems and experiences at all levels of the education system and students are sometimes sent out into the field to study these things, but they are not taught like the police and others in the security areas to deal with that exactly,” Beckford told the Sunday Observer.
But for Garfield Dennis, who teaches construction at BB Coke High School in Junction, St Elizabeth, his experience with an unruly student has had a devastating effect.
Dennis was stabbed in the back after he reprimanded a male student and was hospitalised for about a week as a result of his injuries.
“I was speaking with some female co-workers when the boy came in front of me and said ‘dutty boy chi chi beard’. I simply touched him in the forehead and told him that we were not companions, and walked away. The boy stabbed me in my back and ran off. I was taken to a doctor in Junction, who referred me to the hospital. My lungs almost collapsed due to internal bleeding. I was rushed into emergency surgery,” Dennis said.
One female teacher who wished not be named, told of her ordeal when a female student became violent after she attempted to reprimand her for disrupting her class.
“It was a typical day. I went to class and they were being noisy. I spent about 10 minutes trying to get them calm. Eventually they became calm, but this one student insisted on talking to someone. I went over to her and patted her on her shoulder and before I could ask her to be quiet she pushed me to the ground. I got up and pushed her back and she grabbed at me, tearing my blouse open. It was a good thing I had my register as I had to use it to protect myself from exposure,” the teacher said.
Eventually the skirmish was broken up as other students intervened, but that did not stop the enraged student from hurling threats and expletives at the teacher.
The teacher was forced to quit her job, after being told by school administrators that she was not suited for that type of environment.
The offending student was also expelled.
“People stay on the outside and think that teachers are the problem. They have no clue what we go through. These students are something else. They come from different backgrounds and some have no idea what civil norms are. They curse loudly in class and although we try to counsel them and give them a positive outlook, it is very difficult,” the teacher said.
She blamed the lack of proper parenting for the indiscipline in schools and the wider society, and said that while she felt empathy for the slain student’s loved ones, she could not blame her colleagues at Penwood High.
“I cannot support the argument that the school is to be blamed,” she said. “Parents need to monitor their children and don’t allow them to leave home with weapons and other contraband.”
Another teacher has sworn that she would not take a beating from any student and would fight back, even at the expense of her job.
“I am not putting myself in harm’s way and part fights involving students, especially when knives and scissors are involved, but if a student attacks me, I am going to put down my chalk, register and duster and fight back. Teaching is not a safe job anymore, and we have to protect ourselves from these disrespectful students,” she said.
In April 2012, five students of Aabuthnot Gallimore High School in St Ann were charged with wounding with intent and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm after they attacked the dean of discipline, Gavin Myers.
Myers was stabbed several times and his left leg was broken.
The five boys were all on suspension but had turned up at the school during a ‘Girls Day’ function.
Myers attempted to remove the boys from the compound when he was attacked and mauled.
The boys all had behavioural problems and were suspected of involvement in intimidation, robbery, and extortion at the secondary institution.
In April 2008, teachers at Pembroke Hall High School wore black to register their disgust at what they described as the ‘indecisiveness’ of the school board which failed to expel three male students who had ganged up and beaten a male music teacher.
The teacher was beaten after he attempted to retrieve a chair that was removed from the music room. During the fight, the boys took turns holding the teacher while he was being kicked and punched. The fight was broken up by a member of the ancillary staff.
The three students were given five-day suspensions as punishment.


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