Vaccinations are to protect everyone

first_imgThe June 2 article: “Bill would ease path to exemption … Religious objection to student vaccines would become easier to claim” is so light on the science that it buries the very reason to vaccinate.The article describes the plight of parents who, for religious reasons, don’t want their children vaccinated. The lone single-sentence quote about the science is vague and doesn’t even mention the concept of herd immunity – the main point. That is, a certain percentage of a population must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. For this concept, a picture is worth a thousand words, so google it.An unvaccinated child could transmit a disease if she or he is in the incubation stage or has mild symptoms and goes to school. A classmate who is being treated for or recovering from cancer or a transplant, or perhaps has an inherited immune deficiency, could contract such an unchecked infection and die. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The vaccine for chickenpox was developed decades ago. For years before it became publicly available, it was given to protect kids who had leukemia. To get a sense of the angst, anger and terror that refusing to vaccinate a child can cause, read a pediatrician’s account in Mother Jones, “To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed My Family to Measles.” His child has cancer.Sen. James Seward stated in the article, “We should respect the religious beliefs of others, as well as parental rights.” And we should care that parents he’d heard from “have been treated unfairly by administrators.” Really? I think we should respect the rights of children to attend school without risking contracting a preventable infection. “Do unto others” shouldn’t include passing along pertussis or measles or chickenpox.If a parent, religious or not, and a school system allow an unvaccinated child to attend school and an infection passed in a sneeze, wipe, or held hand kills another, that’s murder. It’s not “respecting religious beliefs.”Ricki LewisGlenvilleThe writer is a PhD geneticist and writes textbooks health care professionals use.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Slow growth in black rhino numbers cause for hope: Conservationists

first_imgThe black rhino has three subspecies, one has recovered enough to be classified as “near threatened”, from “vulnerable”, while the other two remain critically endangered.Africa’s more numerous white rhino — targeted by poachers partly because it has larger horns — has continued to suffer losses.The Southern White Rhino subspecies declined by 15 percent between 2012 and 2017, from an estimated 21,300 to 18,000 animals, according to the IUCN, largely due to extensive poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The other subspecies, the Northern White Rhino, remains listed as critically endangered, possibly extinct in the wild.In February, Botswana said at least 46 rhinos had been slaughtered there in 10 months — reducing the country’s population of the protected animals by almost ten percent and prompting the government to warn that they could be wiped out in the southern African country by 2021.The increase in black rhino numbers was dependent on continued robust law enforcement measures and efforts to encourage populations to reproduce by moving some rhinos to new locations.But the IUCN, which released the statement as part of its Red List of 116,177 species, of which 31,030 are threatened with extinction, warned that the costs of keeping rhinos safe could hamper progress.It said around half of white rhinos and some 40 percent of black rhinos were now conserved on private or community managed land and warned the trend towards rhinos being increasingly viewed as costly liabilities could threaten to limit or reverse the future expansion of the species’ range and numbers.Black rhinos first suffered from hunting by European settlers. Later, poachers largely wiped them out, with the population declining from an estimated 37,807 in 1973 to a low of 2,354 in the mid 1990s.Topics : “While Africa’s rhinos are by no means safe from extinction, the continued slow recovery of Black Rhino populations is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries the species occurs in, and a powerful reminder to the global community that conservation works,” said Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of IUCN in a statement.”At the same time, it is evident that there is no room for complacency as poaching and illegal trade remain acute threats.”Thousands of rhinos that once roamed Africa and Asia have been culled by poaching and habitat loss. Very few are found outside national parks and reserves.Poaching is fuelled by a seemingly insatiable demand for rhino horn in Asia, where people pay huge sums for a substance — coveted as a traditional medicine — that is composed mainly of keratin, the same substance as in human nails. The tentative recovery of Africa’s black rhino population was hailed by conservationists on Thursday as a cause for hopes that ambitious protection efforts could overcome the “acute threat” of poaching.The International Union for Conservation of Nature said the number of black rhinos, which were once plentiful across sub-Saharan Africa, increased at a “modest” annual rate of 2.5 percent from 2012 to 2018, from an estimated 4,845 to 5,630 animals in the wild.It said the population was expected to continue its slow increase for the next five years.last_img read more

Gary Neville delivers his verdict on Watford captain Troy Deeney’s sending off against Arsenal

first_imgDeeney protested his innocence after catching Torreira in the face (Getty Images)‘He’s trying to lead but it’s just a stupid thing to do,’ Neville said on Monday Night Football. ‘The linesman’s got a great view of it, he’s thrown his forearm into the face of Torreira.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think 15 years ago you’d probably say he’s not done a lot wrong, in the 2019 Premier League he’s got nowhere to go.’Deeney has been a vocal critic of Arsenal and in particular, their mentality in the past, stating after a 2-1 win for Watford against them in October 2017 that they lacked ‘cojones’.The long-serving Watford striker has also previously said: ‘Whenever I play Arsenal, I’ll go up and think, ‘Let me whack the first one and see who wants it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNeville believes that Deeney’s past comments about Arsenal might have influenced the referee’s decision by suggesting that they are savvier to footballer’s comments in the modern game.He added: ‘These referees now are aware of previous confrontations, previous statements that had been made ‘you just have to whack them, you just have to do this’.‘I think Troy Deeney’s gone out with the intent that he’s going to mess these centre halves about, mess this Arsenal midfield about, they’ve just conceded a goal and he basically oversteps the mark.‘It’s a fine line between being a leader and just going over the line.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 9:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link413Shares Advertisement Troy Deeney was shown a red card just 11 minutes into Watford’s game against Arsenal (Getty Images)Gary Neville believes that Troy Deeney overstepped the mark after the Watford captain was dismissed against Arsenal for flinging his arm into Lucas Torreira’s face after just 11 minutes.Less than a minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given Arsenal the lead, Deeney was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson after appearing to catch Torreira with his forearm.Deeney was furious with the decision and made his feelings known to the fourth official as he made his way down the tunnel. However, Neville sided with the referee’s decision and stated it was ‘stupid’ from the 30-year-old. Comment Advertisement Gary Neville delivers his verdict on Watford captain Troy Deeney’s sending off against Arsenallast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing new Arsenal contract

first_imgAubameyang set an Arsenal record during the victory over Norwich City (Picture: Getty)‘But also he will be asking questions of the club. “What’s your recruitment strategy going forward? Which players are coming in to play alongside me? Can I compete for titles at Arsenal?”‘He will want to know those things before signing a new contract.’Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal thumped doomed Premier League relegation-battlers Norwich City 4-0 on Wednesday night.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking after the win, Martin Keown added to BT Sport: ‘Arsenal would expect to beat Norwich. They played okay in the second half but Aubameyang was just too good.‘Can Arsenal really afford for him to leave? That [his contract stand-off] is going to run and run. They’re obviously desperate for him to sign a new contract.’Arsenal are currently seventh in the Premier League – eight points below Chelsea – and travel to Wolves on Saturday.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Hector Bellerin hails Aubameyang for breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal recordMORE: Dennis Wise warns Chelsea about Willian signing for rivals Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jul 2020 5:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link919Shares Advertisement Rio Ferdinand explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing new Arsenal contract Rio Ferdinand has explained why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract (Pictures: Getty / BT Sport)Rio Ferdinand has revealed the two reasons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract.Aubameyang, who became the fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 Premier League goals this week, is being strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates, with his current deal expiring next summer.Despite hinting he may be ready to put pen to paper on a contract extension, Aubameyang is yet to commit his future to Arsenal and has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe.Ferdinand says Aubameyang is essentially playing a ‘game of chess’ with Arsenal and has explained why he is stalling over signing a new deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a game of chess,’ the former Manchester United and England defender told BT Sport when asked about Aubameyang’s future.‘He wants to get as much value for himself as possible and Arsenal will want to drive that down a bit.‘If he shows his hand too early then the club know he wants to stay and then they don’t need to go as far financially. Advertisementlast_img read more

Double-storey family home new to the market in Wakerley

first_img85 Foxwood Circuit is new to the market in WakerleyA HOME built for family and entertaining is new to the market in Wakerley. Danny and Sharon Cooper built the property at 85 Foxwood Circuit six years ago and live at the address with their two sons, Mitchell, 16, and Josh, 13. “We built the home to be spacious and to have room to entertain,” Mr Cooper said. “It’s family friendly and suits a family with growing kids.“If our boys have friends over, they can all disappear upstairs to their own area and the adults can relax downstairs.“We definitely needed that kid friendly area so they could have their PlayStations and whatever else kids have.” The kitchen at 85 Foxwood Circuit, WakerleyUpstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with shower and dual basins.The three other bedrooms have built-in robes and there in a main bathroom, separate toilet and a family room. The property has a double lockup garage, solar panels, ducted airconditioning and a water tank. Mr Cooper said the neighbourhood was family friendly and a great place to raise children. The swimming pool at 85 Foxwood Circuit, WakerleyThe Coopers are selling the Wakerley home to tackle a renovation project. “We want a new challenge,” Mr Cooper said. The property is being marketed by Dave Shorey from Harcourts Green Living. “When you walk into this house you can immediately feel a warm welcome. It’s been loved by the same owners for the whole of its life,” he said.center_img The outdoor entertaining area at 85 Foxwood Circuit, WakerleyMr Cooper said the open plan kitchen, dining and living area, which opened to the outdoor patio area, was great for entertaining. “We have friends and family come over and we can just relax outside by the pool,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“And we’ve had traditional Christmas dinners here and Christmas in July celebrations too.” The Wakerley home also has a media room, a separate lounge, a study, a powder room and a laundry on the ground floor. last_img read more

Brisbane house with 3200-bottle cellar is worth toasting

first_img MORE Brisbane’s Hollywood-style mega mansion with a heli pad Ipswich house comes back to life Jawdropping riverside home “We just like wine,” she said. “We designed the cellar with a table in it, because we love wine and we love entertaining. We often host dinner parties with friends down there. It’s a lot of fun. The pool sinks into the lower level of the house.“Luckily our two children are not yet of an age where we have to worry about bottles going missing,” Caroline laughed. While the cellar is definitely for adults only, there are plenty of architectural additions in this contemporary home, which is spread over three levels, to keep younger family members entertained. Keeping to the underground level, alongside the cellar is a pool room, gym and media room affectionately known as the “man cave”. From here the Duffys can watch a film while keeping an eye on their children, Sophia, 8, and The kitchen is the heart of the home.Johnny, 5, swimming in the pool above. How? The pool recedes into the space below.“Often times the kids will jump in the pool and we’ll wave to them from down below. They love it and it actually acts as a kind of skylight, letting a lot of light into the room.”Take the stairs up one level and you will find yourself at the heart of the home. The living spaces flow seamlessly from inside to outside the house.It’s a huge area taking in the kitchen,a guest bedroom and several living spaces with a large fireplace to keep the house warm when the winter evenings close in.When it’s time to turn in, the Duffys head to the upper level which contains four bedrooms, one master with a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite, along with further living spaces.The layout of the property appears seamless, but this is no accident.Troy is a developer and has a love for architecture so was very involved in designing the house. The pool as viewed from the lower-ground cinema room.Caroline says it has been a dream home for the family, who have lived in the Ascot area for many years.“Before we moved here we were living down the street in a beautiful Queenslander. At that time the kids were really little and the house was just too small,” Caroline says.“We built this house to withstand a growing family. We wanted it to be a space that we could share together, but not be living on top of one another,” she says. The owners wanted a house where family members could live without being on top of each other.“We have the tennis court out the front, where the children can play soccer, play netball, ride their bikes and, because the house is really open, I can stand in the kitchen and watch them from there, or I can watch them playing in the pool. If they, or we, want to get away from each other, there are three TV rooms we can escape to. An fireplace heats the space in winter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“It’s been a great house for our lifestyle. This is an easy way to live.” Caroline says the house has been her salvation during lockdown.“I’m counting my blessings. It’s such a great place to be during lockdown because there is always something different you can do away from each other. Surviving lockdown would be far more challenging otherwise.”The time has come for the family to move, on to a house in nearby Sutherland Avenue, which The kitchen leads on the outdoor entertaining space.Caroline says she has dreamed of owning for more than 15 years.“We would always drive past it and think owning that would be an absolute dream,” she says.The property recently came on to the market, so Caroline said they had to snap it up.While this left them with the prospect of selling their home at Palm Avenue during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the couple are not concerned. The outdoor entertaining area.“We’re finding there’s a lot of interest in the house. And private inspection mean you’re only getting interested buyers coming through,” Caroline says. “I feel confident that the market is strong enough, and there still are buyers for a house of this calibre.”Until then the Duffys reman in situ at Palm Avenue. “We’re making the most of it, having some lovely meals and drinking champagne by the pool.It could be worse.”The property on a 1265sq m block is open to expressions of interest through Matt Lancashire and Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm. The owners have 3200 bottles of wine in their cellar.Nestled beneath this five bedroom family home at 9 Palm Avenue in Ascot is a wine room that would make any oenophile envious.Homeowners Caroline and Troy Duffy have over the years collected 3,200 bottles, and despite it being a collection some could only dream of, Caroline swears the couple are far from connoisseurs.last_img read more

Who should I vote for? Drug policy at a glance

first_imgNewsHub 28 August 2017Family First Comment: Only 2 parties make the grade – consistent with what we reported in http://www.valueyourvote.nzThe regulation of marijuana is slowly changing across the world, with many countries moving to legalise both recreational and medicinal cannabis.In New Zealand, there have been recent adjustments to allow access to medicinal cannabis – though it is tightly controlled. At the moment in our Parliament a bill before the House proposes to legalise cannabis for medicinal use, and at least two political parties are in full support of the legalisation of recreational cannabis through a regulated market.Here’s where the parties stand on drug policy, and in particular cannabis:Liberalisation of cannabis law is opposed by New Zealand First – unless there is first a referendum. The party’s justice policy supports “Attitudes which encourage rehabilitation rather than attack the abuse of drugs and alcohol.” In terms of legalising medicinal cannabis the party is supportive, but has not yet taken a position on a bill before the house to legalise it. The party intends to decide after it has heard submissions to the bill. Read NZ First’s policy.National does not support the legalisation of cannabis. It’s unclear whether the party will support a current bill before the house to legalise medicinal cannabis. While in Government National made an adjustment to the law to allow access to medicinal cannabis oil to be prescribed through medical practitioners, and Bill English has said he’d worry that legalising medicinal cannabis would lead to increased recreational use. The Government’s national drug policy statement sets out an intention to minimise drug-related harm and promote health and wellbeing.The Māori Party supports the legalisation of medicinal cannabis but would want to see a more robust discussion about the legalisation of recreational cannabis. The party supports a less punitive approach to drug use and more focus on rehabilitation, and an increase in kaupapa Māori drug residential treatment centres. The party would invest in more respite care bed for P addicts and more programmes for drug addiction in prisons. Read the party’s policies.ACT‘s sole MP David Seymour intends to vote for Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s bill to legalise access to medicinal cannabis for those suffering a terminal illness or debilitating condition. He said while cannabis prohibition is failing, there’s not enough broad public support for full legalisation. ACT wants the Government to officially and closely study places that have legalised cannabis to assess the costs and benefits.The Opportunities Party (TOP) supports the full legalisation of cannabis. People would be permitted to grow no more than two plants at home but other than that it would be illegal to grow or deal cannabis outside of the regulated market. The age of use would be 20, but the recommendation would be not to use cannabis under the age of 25. TOP estimates the cannabis market would generate $150 million in tax revenue, to be used to fund drug and alcohol education and rehabilitation. Read the party’s cannabis reform policy.The Green Party also wants to legalise cannabis for personal use – including possession and cultivation – with a legal age limit. They would establish a licensed, regulated market with a minimum age requirement to be confirmed through the legislative process. Green MP Julie Anne Genter has put forward a bill to legalise medicinal cannabis and allow any person with a terminal illness, chronic or debilitating condition to grow, possess or use cannabis and cannabis products for therapeutic purposes. The party wants drug laws to be based on promoting health, rather than punishing users. Read the Green party’s drug policy.Labour supports the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, but leader Jacinda Ardern said the legislation of recreational cannabis would be a conscience issue and the party is not campaigning on it. Labour is in favour of treating cannabis use as a health issue, and dealing with it through the drug court. Ms Ardern was concerned about youth accessing the drug and believes it is harmful for young people, and hasn’t commented on what position she would take in a conscience vote to legalise cannabis.http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/08/who-should-i-vote-for-drug-policy-at-a-glance.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lampard thrilled with new deal

first_img Press Association He added: “I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he’s done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived. The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted.” The England midfielder joined from West Ham in 2001 for £11million and built a reputation as a goalscoring midfielder of the highest calibre. Confirmation of his new deal caps a stunning week for Lampard, who last Saturday scored twice in the Barclays Premier League win over Aston Villa to surpass Bobby Tambling’s 43-year-old mark as Chelsea record goalscorer. Lampard has scored 17 times this season to take his total Chelsea tally to 203 goals. He follows England left-back Ashley Cole in signing a contract extension and his stay will likely heighten speculation that former boss Jose Mourinho is in line for a return to Stamford Bridge as successor to interim boss Rafael Benitez. Lampard blossomed under Mourinho, who is currently head coach of Real Madrid, and has praised the Portuguese as the world’s leading manager in recent weeks. Chelsea captain John Terry, another member of the spine of the team under Mourinho, will be the next to face contract discussions, with the defender this summer entering the final 12 months of his current deal. After a season of uncertainty over the midfielder’s future, the Blues confirmed Lampard will remain at Stamford Bridge next season. Lampard, who will be 35 next month and captained Chelsea in Wednesday night’s Europa League final win over Benfica, will stay on for a 13th campaign after the impasse over his future came to an end. “I couldn’t be happier,” Lampard said on www.chelseafc.com. “I’m absolutely delighted. Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We’ve been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.” center_img Frank Lampard has expressed his love for Chelsea and his gratitude towards owner Roman Abramovich after signing a new one-year contract to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

O’Connor: Ill-discipline cost us

first_imgLeinster head coach Matt O’Connor was adamant his side was not complacent as Northampton dented his side’s chances of a home Heineken Cup quarter-final. “It gives us hope and it is still great to be in the competition with something to play for and it sets us well for the next few weeks in the Premiership. “It is definitely one of the good wins. You don’t get many wins away from home in the Heineken Cup. You certainly don’t get many wins against a quality side like Leinster. And they are still a quality side. Just because we beat them doesn’t put them down in my estimation.” His opposite number O’Connor believes his team are still where they want to be with their destiny in their own hands. “We’ve got two really tough games, one against Castres away and then we got Ospreys at home. You’ve got to win those two games. “They were games that we would have looked at at the start of the group and would have said we wanted and had to win those. It hasn’t changed dramatically. We just have to make sure we are at the very top end of our game whenever we play.” “We were inaccurate. We didn’t look after the ball as well as we would have liked,” admitted a disappointed O’Connor. “We certainly didn’t look after it as well as we did last week. That let Northampton into the game. They went out in front (leading 7-3 at half-time) and to be fair they played the upper hand quite well. “They were playing for pride for a large part of it. We understood that. We knew they would come back at us and I think the defence at the end (from them) summarised the massive effort throughout the game. “They kicked it into the corners and drove and made it hard for us to get any field position in the game and off the back of our ill-discipline and penalty count they had opportunities to do that. “That was our fault. We didn’t control possession and didn’t get field position and we probably didn’t put them under enough pressure. We talked a lot about that during the week but there wasn’t a complacent edge to us. We were just inaccurate off the back off their commitment.” Samu Manoa, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day and Tom Wood all had big games up front for Northampton who twice had their lead cut to a single point – 7-6 and 10-9. A Kahn Fotuali’i drop goal and Elliott’s intercept try in injury-time sealed the victory and with Saints now four points behind leaders Leinster, their director of rugby Jim Mallinder feels there is still plenty to play for. “It gives a little bit of life to the group. It’s not sort of dead and buried. We still got two tough games, but Leinster have got that as well,” he said. Saints held the Irish province tryless in front of a big home crowd at the Aviva Stadium, as tries from George North and Jamie Elliott spurred them to a deserved 18-9 Pool 1 victory. It came just a week after Leinster thrashed Northampton 40-7 at Franklin’s Gardens and their first European defeat of the season leaves them with a sour taste the the mouth entering a busy Christmas period of league fixtures. Press Associationlast_img read more

Limerick calls precautionary inspection

first_img The track has endured 22 millimetres of rain since declaration time but is currently raceable, with the ground heavy. The feature is the Grade Two Shannon Airport Novice Chase, with Avant Tout and Outlander among the leading contenders. Limerick is also due to race on Sunday. No problems are anticipated for the meetings at Leopardstown and Down Royal. The main fixture is at Leopardstown where the first of four fine days of racing features the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase. Conditions look like being testing. “Leopardstown was the same as it was on Thursday – soft, heavy in places,” said Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone. Press Associationcenter_img Officials at Limerick will hold a precautionary inspection at 8am for the St Stephen’s Day fixture.last_img read more