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Manx photographer’s Rolling Stone cover ‘a dream’

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Shooting with emerging artists for Rolling Stone UK was “truly a dream”, a Manx photographer has said.

Images taken by Jack Alexander, who is originally from Douglas, feature in the magazine’s Future Of Music list for 2024.

A shot of singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri was selected as a digital cover for the publication.

Mr Alexander said there had been “so many legendary stars and covers” it was “really cool to say actually I did that”.

The 32-year-old said he “really enjoyed” the session with the performer, which lasted no longer than 20 minutes, “as she knew how to move”.

The former Ballakermeen High School student also worked with artists Barry Can’t Swim and Big Special for the compilation.

He said: “To see that iconic logo on top of images I took is truly a dream”.

“It’s amazing to say I’ve photographed for such an institution in my career – even if its just once – but I hope its more.”

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Jack Alexander grew up on the Isle of Man

The photographer has also worked with presenters Ant and Dec, and performers Little Mix and Liam Gallagher.

Mr Alexander said the Isle of Man was like a “photographer’s playground” as there was “so much can do and so many settings”.

He said he “honed his skills” on the island, as there was “so much to play with”.

“I was always out in different places, on the cliffs or on the beach… its just so versatile,” he said.

Mr Alexander also praised the kindness of “complete strangers” who gave him permission to shoot in places for free to build his portfolio, which still includes images of the island.

The Isle of Man “gave me everything I could possibly need to get started… I couldn’t have asked for a better canvas”, he said.

Mr Alexander’s photograph features on the April and May digital edition of the publication.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine

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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape

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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup

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NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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