A seven-year-old Indian girl faces cruel taunts of ‘frog’ and ‘alien’ from other children because she has a rare condition which causes her eyes to bulge.
Shaili Kumari suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Crouzon syndrome – which occurs when bones in the skull fuse prematurely.
Abnormal growth of these bones leads to wide-set, bulging eyes and vision problems caused by shallow eye sockets, and eyes do not point in the same direction.
The bullying means Shaili does not go to school. Despite this, she has dreams of becoming a doctor one day so she can help other children with her condition.
‘I feel bad when I see myself in the mirror and wonder if I’ll ever be like my brother and sister but I keep myself busy singing and dancing so that I do not think about it,’ she said.
‘I really want to study and become a doctor so that I can help people like me.
‘I know I’m not normal. I want to be treated so that I can start going to school and live my life.
‘I’m not afraid of doctors, actually I love seeing them because they give me hope of getting better.’
Most children have surgery before they are 18 months old to separate the skull before it fuses together but Shaili has been taken to doctors near her home who have been unable to help.
Her father Pintu Kumar, 33, who earns £40 a month as a security guard, says he feels ‘completely helpless’ to stop the mean taunts.
‘Both children and adults get scared and run away when they see my daughter,’ he said.
‘It is hurtful for us as they believe she is not normal.
I know I’m not normal. I want to be treated so I can start going to school and live my life
Shaili Kumari, seven
‘Her eyes started getting huge gradually over the years and now we cannot allow her to go out alone fearing she will be mistreated.’
Shaili, from Patna, in Bihar, eastern India, was born with eyes that appeared larger than normal but her problems did not escalate until her third birthday.
She began to suffer epileptic seizures and even though doctors gave her medicines to treat the seizures, they said there was nothing they could do for her facial condition.
‘Some doctors could not diagnose; some did not know the treatment since they’d never seen such a case, and many did not entertain us knowing our poor financial status.
‘They only treated her for what we could afford which were anti-epileptic medicines.’
Shaili’s mother Chandni Devi, 26, does not leave her side and says she tries ease her daughter’s symptoms.
‘When her eyes began to grow noticeably large I used to apply heat packs for the pain but that would only last a few seconds,’ she said.
‘There is nothing that eases her pain now. She complains of pain in her eyes, headaches and poor eyesight.
‘I feel terrible that she’s in this condition and when children make fun of her my heart cries.
‘It’s tragic as a mother that she asks me if she’ll ever be like other children and I have no answer to give her.’
Shaili is one of three children but her eight-year-old sister Saloni, and three-month old brother, Anmol.
She has always been desperate to go to school but the slightest knock could damage her eyes further.
And even though her father sent her to school when she was young the bullying and name calling – such as ‘alien’, ‘frog’ and ‘ghost’ – was so severe she couldn’t continue.
‘She has a lot of interest in studying but she’s not enrolled in any school at the moment.
‘Whenever Saloni gets ready for school, Shaili gets ready too and begs to go with her, but we have to make her understand her condition.
‘Even a small injury widens the size of her eyes.
‘But she’s so desperate to learn we’ve now started home schooling for her. She keeps saying she wants to be a doctor so no one else will suffer like she has.’
Shaili sees her big sister Saloni as her best friend.
Pintu added: ‘Wherever Saloni is Shaili is not far behind. Saloni is very protective of her and when we had to shave Shaili’s head for some tests one time, Saloni also shaved off her hair.
‘It helped Shaili feel better about herself.’
Now, Shaili is waiting to see doctors at one of India’s top hospitals the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital in Delhi.
Utpal Dutt, 34, founder of a charity called Try, said: ‘Somebody posted information about Shaili on a social network site and we approached the family to try and help.
Both children and adults get scared and run away when they see my daughter
‘I was so touched to see Shaili’s happy personality.
‘She is full of life and very cheerful. No child should be left like this so we took her to a local hospital for a consultation free of charge.’
Dr Ashish Sinha, a physician at Ruban Hospital, in Patna, said: ‘In spite of her genetic disorder, she does not have any chest related issues, which is common in congenital issues.
‘This is a rare case and treatment will be done after genetic testing. We have referred her to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, in Delhi, where the family will get the help they deserve.
‘But only a specialist doctor will be able to help her as the problem is very complex relating to both her skull and eyes.’
The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria
Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.
This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.
However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.
Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.
The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.
Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?
The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.
Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.
Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.
Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.
As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.
Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.
With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.
Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.
Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:
One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.
Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.
This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.
It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.
The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:
As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.
The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.
The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.
This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.
With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.
If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.
Wrapping It Up:
We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.
Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!
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Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content.
- Latest Sports News (SportyNews)
Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news.
- Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)
Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores.
- Game Stats (SportyLive)
Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.
- Chat System (SportyChat)
Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.
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What Is The Entourage Effect?
The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.
Why The Entourage Effect is Important
Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.
Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.
Research On The Entourage Effect
Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.
Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.
The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.
Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.
THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.
Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:
- Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
- Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
- Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
- The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.
The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.
Not All Products Are Alike
Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.
Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.
Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.
While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.
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