No child should be vaccinated without parents’/guardians’ consent

first_imgDear Editor,I recently heard reports of staff of the Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Education Ministry, vaccinating underage children with the anti-HPV vaccine without first obtaining parental permission. In some areas, parents/guardians who do not want their child/children to get this vaccine are being tasked with writing and sending letters to the authorities – the ‘opt-out’ approach; otherwise their child will get vaccinated. Especially troubling, are reports from the hinterland regions about parents only receiving information about this vaccine after their children have already been vaccinated. This is a clear violation of both child and parental rights, as well as a potentially very dangerous approach – children’s medical histories, potential allergies, etc, are not being taken into proper consideration. It is important to have this information as it can determine whether or not the child should receive the vaccine and alert caregivers to potential negative side effects.The fact is that every drug/medicine/vaccine has side effects, some more serious than others, depending on each individual’s genetics, medical history, etc. Gardasil, the anti-HPV vaccine, is no exception. While most of the reported side effects have been relatively minor thus far, some more serious effects have been reported. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would inform people – including the adults and guardians of underage children – of these, allowing them to make an informed decision. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would also follow up and provide treatment for side effects that children may experience. It is not clear that this is being done in Guyana, especially in the hinterland areas. This vaccine is a relatively new one, and although some amount of safety testing has been done by its manufacturer, research is still being conducted. Some side effects may not show up immediately but after some time; when side effects aren’t tracked properly, the long-term safety of the vaccine becomes questionable.Vaccine side effects and safety concerns aside, the issue of consent remains. Consent is, theoretically, a very simple concept – giving permission, saying yes or no to things affecting you. In sexual matters, not getting consent from someone equals rape. Consent is something we train youth – and adults – to ask for and obtain, as responsible and ethical persons. This is especially necessary in a nation like ours that’s suffering from an epidemic of sexual abuse. Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is also a very important right of indigenous people in particular. It has been recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and highlights the importance of respectful inclusion of indigenous people in decision making on issues affecting them. Key to FPIC is not being coerced, threatened, or manipulated, and of being informed before any decision is made. Administering the anti-HPV vaccine to underage children – indigenous and non-indigenous – without parental permission is a clear violation of FPIC, as well as potentially dangerous, health-wise.This action of the Public Health and Education Ministries needs to be stopped immediately. Parents/guardians of children nationwide, but especially in the hinterland regions where indigenous languages – not Standard English – often predominate, must not be forced to write ‘opt-in’ letters to the authorities. All information about potential vaccine side effects must be provided to parents/guardians and no child should be vaccinated without their parents’ free, prior, and informed consent. To do otherwise is to disrespect child and parental rights, and potentially harm children. Surely this is not what the caring authorities intend.Sincerely,S Nageerlast_img read more

Saudis suspend WCup referee over bribery

first_img0Shares0000Saudi referee Fahad al-Mirdasi has been banned for life for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RCMP believe Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky remain in the Gillam area

first_imgThen on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.We’ve just been stopped at another road block by police out of Gillam who specialise in negotiating – they tell us officers are searching an abandoned building with 600 rooms.@9NewsAUS @TheTodayShow pic.twitter.com/C4WTH89ytq— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 25, 2019Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.Advertisement Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 23.Advertisement GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have confirmed there have been two sightings of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in the Gillam area.Both of the sightings were before the discovery of the stolen vehicle and police believe they are still in the Gillam area.  The RCMP also confirmed Thursday that there had been no reports of any other stolen vehicles attributed to the suspects.There continues to be a heavy police presence in the Gillam area. The RCMP have deployed our Emergency Response Team & Crisis Negotiation Team. The RCMP Major Crime Unit is involved, as well as RCMP North District resources.- Advertisement -Over the last 48 hours, the RCMP has received over 80 tips about these suspects.  If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.On Tuesday the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Advertisementcenter_img As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.RCMP canine unit and other teams gearing up to head out. pic.twitter.com/RYgtakk12W— Crystal Goomansingh (@cgoomansingh) July 25, 2019last_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Vardy, Firmino and Kenedy named in best XI

first_img 11 11 5. Left back: Kenedy (Chelsea) – The Brazilian may have gone slightly unnoticed this weekend given the dramatic results elsewhere, but the youngster put in an excellent performance for the Blues. It was a shock that Jose Mourinho dropped Cesar Azpilicueta for the clash against the Canaries, with Kenedy’s first team experience limited. He wasn’t fazed by the occasion, however, and could feature more often. 6. Right midfield: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Firmino scored his first goal for Liverpool, with his combination play with Philippe Coutinho leaving supporters drooling with excitement as the season heats up. The Brazil international looks to be relishing life under Jurgen Klopp, which is promising news with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke also hoping to return to full fitness. 3. Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alderweireld is one of many Spurs players excelling under Mauricio Pochettino, and it was another impressive display from the Belgium international against the Hammers. The 26-year-old has added some much needed discipline to Tottenham’s back line and is surely one of the first names in the starting line up. 11 2. Right back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England international is enjoying a superb season in a Spurs shirt after returning from injury, and his 250th appearance for the club was one to remember. Walker was not only solid in defence, but scored a fine goal with the outside of his foot. 7. Centre midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – After disappointing last season, Barkley looks to be back to his best this term. Following his brace against Aston Villa, the England international now has five goals and four assists. With his confidence high, expect this tally to continue to rise. 11. Left wing: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – This was a no-brainer. Vardy is in the form of his life and simply cannot stop scoring. He now has 13 goals this season, with his last equalling a record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games that had been held for 12 years by Ruud van Nistelrooy. The England striker certainly won’t be looking to ease up, and will be out to break the record in the Foxes’ next game against Manchester United. 11 11 11 11 11 8. Left midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – The Brazilian now has four goals in his last three games for the Reds, as the playmaker is finally beginning to show consistency in his performances. Coutinho is one of the in-form players in the Premier League, and he could only get better under Klopp. 11 4. Centre back: John Stones (Everton) – The England international is one of the classiest centre backs in the Premier League, with his ability and desire to surge forward a rarity in the modern game. He was his usual calm self as his stock continues to rise. 1. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – to find out who else makes the team, click the arrow above – The Spaniard made a number of key saves to keep Watford at bay, including one spectacular stop to deny a shot that deflected off the head of Chris Smalling. It’s clear to see why Louis van Gaal stubbornly refused to give in to the demands of Real Madrid in the summer window. 9. Right wing: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – After a disappointing start to the campaign, there were concerns that Kane may have been a one-season wonder. The England international, however, has rediscovered his goalscoring boots, and is proving that such doubts wrong. 11 11 The Premier League made its long awaited return after the international break this weekend, and it arrived with a bang. Manchester United kicked things off at Vicarage Road, with David De Gea making some spectactular saves to ensure that Louis van Gaal’s men took home the three points.The weekend, however, belonged to Jamie Vardy.The Leicester City striker’s fairytale continued, as he scored his 13th goal of the season to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12-year record of scoring in 10 consecutive games in England’s top flight. But who else stood out?Take a look at talkSPORT’s team of the weekend by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  10. Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – The Belgian looks to be improving with each game this season, and if he can continue to find the back of the net regularly, he could even challenge for the Golden Boot. There are few powerful centre forwards like Lukaku in the Premier League, and his performances continue to prove a joy to watch. last_img read more

At 72, Morca still has passion for flamenco

first_img“I somehow knew that this is where I should be at this time in my life,” said Morca, who starts each day with prayer and meditation. Although she left security, her students and family members behind in Seattle, Morca says, “I knew that this was the place for me to be and it certainly has proven to be right.” The Nov. 4 show, “Fuego Flamenco,” will incorporate music, singing and dance. Juan Talavera, also a well-known flamenco dancer, will partner with Morca. The show also will feature singer Jesus Montoya and guitarists Kambiz Pakandam and Alejandro Diaz. “There’s a variety of dancing and a variety of moods,” Morca said of the show. “We have happy, playful, solitary, a romance … lots of drama.” Morca said that Alva’s is the “most artistic” venue she has worked at. She currently teaches two flamenco classes, and is looking forward to expanding that for her budding students. “They get as much joy and enthusiasm as I do from teaching,” she said of her students. She recommends that flamenco beginners “take it slowly and develop as it comes along, and build up your inner feelings from the dance.” rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Well-known dancer Maria Morca will take the stage in San Pedro on Nov. 4 and prove that doing what she loves has kept her “full of life.” “I love the passion,” the 72-year-old Morca said of the flamenco, her favorite form of dance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She hopes that her passion is conveyed to her audience and students at the Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery. “To live life at the fullest is probably the most wonderful way to be, and I hope they take away that desire to live more fully,” Morca said, noting that doing what she loves has “kept me young and kept me healthy.” Morca started dancing at the age of 4, thanks to her show business family. She trained in ballet, ethnic and interpretive dance forms, and became a professional dancer at 19. She performed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, in clubs and on stage. Morca estimates that she has been in over 200 films or television shows, from “I Dream of Jeannie” to “Mission Impossible.” She established the Academy of Dance Arts in Toronto, and later established another studio by the same name in Seattle. Last year, she returned home to Southern California. last_img read more

Chelsea close to £33m Michy Batshuayi deal – WATCH some of his best bits

first_imgChelsea are on the verge of landing Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.The Premier League giants are understood to have agreed a £33million deal with Marseille for the striker, who is currently on Euro 2016 duty with Belgium.Batshuayi scored 17 goals in Ligue last season and has also attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Tottenham.But the 22-year-old is now heading to Stamford Bridge to become Antonio Conte’s first signing as Blues boss.Chelsea are keen to get the deal finalised before Euro 2016 ends and, according to the Guardian, have already sent medical staff to Belgium’s training camp in Bordeaux to conduct initial tests on Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored in Belgium’s last 16 victory over Hungary and is line to feature in their quarter-final against Wales on Friday.Check out some of his highlights below and let us know whether you think he would be a good signing for Chelsea…last_img read more

Man United and Barcelona rivals in race to sign Portugal starlet

first_img Sousa (far right) has been capped by Portugal at various youth levels targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST 2 RANKED Latest transfer news Both Barcelona and Manchester United, according to O Jogo, are interested in the teenager and would love to sign him.The pair have reportedly scouted Sousa in action and made initial enquiries to Porto and his agent. TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Sousa, however, is keen to assess all his options before he commits to putting pen to paper on new termsThe teenager is regarded as one of the biggest talents to come through the Porto academy for years and he is in high demand. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Barcelona and Manchester United are fighting it out for Porto starlet Afonso Sousa, according to reports in Portugal.The 18-year-old midfielder currently has just one year to run on his contract at the Estadio do Dragao, and talks are underway over an extension. IN DEMAND moving on REVEALED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Sousa is being tracked by Barcelona and Manchester United Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sousa is yet to make a senior appearance for Porto, but he has caught the eye representing their Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.Able to play in both central or right midfield, Sousa has also been capped by Portugal from Under-15 level up to Under-18, making two appearances so far in his current age group. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Night Including Dunk Competition Announced For Jan. 30

first_img Drake Relays Night Tickets When the Drake University men’s basketball team hosts SIU Jan. 30, it will also serve as Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Night at the Knapp Center, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Tuesday. The evening will celebrate the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, reward its loyal all-session ticket holders and recognize the officials that have made the Relays ‘America’s Athletic Classic.’ One of the highlights of the evening will be a halftime dunk contest featuring elite Relays’ competitors judged by a panel of local celebrities.”We are excited to take some of the world’s finest athletes from the Blue Oval to the Knapp Center hardwood to entertain our great fans and showcase these tremendous athletes in a different environment,” Boldon said. “We know they’ll put on the type of performance we’ve been accustomed to and we look forward to the excitement they’ll bring to the Knapp Center in what will be a special evening for Relays fans, officials and committee members.”The field assembled by Boldon for the competition is incredibly diverse and will pit the raw strength and power of shot putter against the explosiveness of a long jumper and the multi-dimensional talents of a decathlete.Filling those roles are Ryan Crouser, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and Olympic record holder in the shot put, Jarrion Lawson, the 2017 World Championship silver medalist in the long jump and Devon Williams, the United States’ top ranked decathlete.Crouser, who stands an impressive 6-8 and 310 pounds, is sure to rock the Knapp Center rims while Lawson has jumped more than 28 feet horizontally and will aim that momentum vertically to challenge for the title. Williams, one of the world’s most versatile athletes was a 2017 World Championship finalist in the decathlon and the NCAA Champion in the heptathlon.    Those three top-ranked Americans will be judged by a panel including Casey Blake, a Relays Champion and former Major League Baseball star, KCCI sports director Andy Garman, Drake women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk and Drake director of athletics Brian Hardin.In addition to showcasing the tremendous caliber of athlete Relays’ fans have come to cherish, Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee night will also spotlight the Relays tremendous ticket holders by offering two complimentary tickets and an invitation to an exclusive pregame reception if they renew their Relays tickets by Jan. 19. Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Night also marks the start of all-session ticket sales to the general public.All Drake Road Races participants that have registered are also eligible for an exclusive ‘buy one, get one free’ ticket offer to the men’s basketball game against Southern Illinois on Jan. 30. Free Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee posters will also be available while supplies last.This special evening combining Drake basketball and the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee will also honor the Relays Committee and its tireless officials with on-court recognitions throughout the game.The 109th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is scheduled for April 25-28 at historic Drake Stadium. For ticket information for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, visit DrakeTix.com. Story Links Drake Relays Tickets Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

MAJOR TOURISM BOOST AS THREE HUGE CRUISE LINERS TO VISIT DONEGAL

first_imgThe Oriana cruise ship can take 1,900 passengers.Some of the biggest ever passenger ships are to visit Co Donegal in 2015, it has been revealed. The ships, which are part of the P&O/Carnival line, will pull into Killybegs in what is seen as a huge boost for tourism in the area with thousands of passengers on board.The Killybegs Information Centre received confirmation through Sinbad Marine Services that three visits to the port have been scheduled in. The vessels will come to Killybegs under the P&O Cruises flag will be the largest passenger ships so far to use the port.P&O Cruises is a member of the Carnival Group which also owns such famous cruise brands as Cunard, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, P&O Cruises Australia, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruises, AIDA and Costa.The MV “Adonia” is due in port on June 17 next and will return for a second visit on July 21. A second P&O Cruises vessel, the MV “Oriana”, which is twice the size, is due to berth on June 26.The P&O Cruises confirmations means that already, with a total of eight vessel visits confirmed for 2015, the number of passengers visiting Killybegs next year is greater than in the 2014 season, itself a record. The “Adonia” is registered at more than 30,000 tonnes, with a length of 180.45 m (592 ft). By comparison, the “Oriana” is over 69,000 tonnes with a length of 260.00 m (853.02 ft).The “Adonia” has a capacity for more than 800 passengers. The “Oriana” has a maximum capacity of more than 1,900 passengers with a crew of just under 800 (794).Anne Dorrian of the Killybegs Information Centre, said “This is great news and we hope it will lead to even bigger vessels visiting Killybegs in the future.“The ‘Adonia’ is a pathfinder ship, exploring ports which the larger ships of today had not previously considered. Hopefully, her visit will pave the way for some of the most splendid ships in the Carnival fleet to come to beautiful County Donegal.”Mrs Dorrian added: “Between 2009 and 2014, there have been 52 visits by cruise ships to Killybegs with over 22,000 passengers and more than 6,000 crew. In 2015, the eight ships confirmed will bring an estimated 6,300 passengers to the town. Carnival Cruise Lines is a British-American owned company, based in Florida.It is one of ten cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & plc. The company has the largest fleet in the group, with 24 vessels currently in operation that account for more than 21% of the worldwide market share.MAJOR TOURISM BOOST AS THREE HUGE CRUISE LINERS TO VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cruiserdonegalFRRYKillybegsP&OSHIPStourismlast_img read more

McGUINNESS SAYS MANAGING IN THE PREMIERSHIP WOULD BE A GOOD CAREER MOVE!

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA boss Jim McGuinness says managing in the Premiership would be a good career-move!Jim McGuinnessThe Glenties man appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night With Miriam show and discussed life after managing his county team.McGuinness was asked by host Miriam O’Callaghan if he would one day like to manage the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd or Arsenal. And he admitted that when the wages in the Premiership were taken into account, it would be a “good career move.”But the transition from Ballybofey to the Barclay’s Premier League may not be as pie-in-the-sky as some may think.The Donegal All-Ireland winning boss revealed he is starting his soccer coaching badges, will be working directly with the Celtic Under 16 team and is getting one-on-one advice from Celtic’s coaches including John Collins, John Kennedy and Stephen Woods.“Everyone has been drip-feeding me and that has been very beneficial and I will get the chances to work with the under sixteens this summer,” he said. He admitted that he didn’t miss managing Donegal as he had moved on but he admits that it was the best five years of his life including the season managing the Donegal U21s.McGuinness tried to explain his plan for a revamp of the All-Ireland Championship to the RTE host.However, it appeared that Miriam was a little confused by Jim’s plans to make the championship more inclusive for some of the smaller counties.McGuinness paid tribute to his wife Yvonne, who was in the audience, and revealed how some of the couple’s five children attend school in a 23 pupil school outside Glenties.Miriam also remarked what a beautiful place Donegal was and how it must be a wonderful place to bring up children in. McGUINNESS SAYS MANAGING IN THE PREMIERSHIP WOULD BE A GOOD CAREER MOVE! was last modified: July 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMIriam O’Callaghan ShowRTElast_img read more