Dangerous paedophiles to be caged indefinitely

first_imgNote – loaded heading by Dominion PostDominion Post 11 May 2012Dangerous child sex offenders are to be caged indefinitely in purpose-built pens behind the wire, after Cabinet gave the green light to new public protection orders. The move comes as the Government yesterday introduced tough new bail laws to fulfil National’s pre-election law and order pledges. Justice Minister Judith Collins said Cabinet had signed off on public protection orders, and she expected to introduce related legislation to Parliament at the end of the year. Under the proposals, authorities would apply to the High Court for an order – and offenders would be able to ask for a review. The proposals would apply to a small number of “incredibly dangerous” sex offenders – estimated at between five and 12 in a decade – assessed as being at risk of sexual or violent reoffending. Ms Collins said extended supervision orders – by which an offender on release would be monitored 24 hours a day – were not adequate.……Officials were working on proposals likely to see the offenders housed in “something like a flatting situation … in one of our prisons where there is large amounts of land”, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6900603/Dangerous-paedophiles-to-be-caged-indefinitelylast_img read more

Curb funding for violent music videos on TV says researcher

first_imgNZ Herald 13 March 2015A researcher is calling for curbs on taxpayer funding of music videos that contain violence after his group found “high levels” of violence in the music videos shown on TV.Associate Professor Nick Wilson and colleagues at Otago University recorded two weeks of the Juice TV music channel in 2010 and found that 24 per cent of the 353 individual videos portrayed violence.He said the video of the Eminem/Rihanna hit Love the Way You Lie is a good example of the themes the researchers were concerned about: “It has violence, sexuality and alcohol – all mixed in together.”In today’s New Zealand Medical Journal they say: “We found that by including violence, weapons, antisocial behaviour, death themes, suicidal behaviour and Goth culture themes, 39 per cent of videos watched had at least one of such themes (average of 1.6 such themes).“These high levels of violence in music videos are despite the fact that they were broadcast during a time that adolescents are most likely to be watching.“There is evidence – albeit not fully conclusive – that exposure to violence in the media contributes to violent behaviour in children and adolescents.”The researchers found that 15 per cent of videos in which a New Zealander was the main artist contained violence, significantly lower than for non-New Zealand artists, 27 per cent.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/television-industry/news/article.cfm?c_id=260&objectid=11416411last_img read more

Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz

first_imgPublic Discourse 5 April 2018Family First Comment: An important analysis….“I Am Jazz contains a large number of glaring and very troubling omissions.Omission #1: The authors fail to mention that Jazz suffers from depression.Omission #2: The suicide rate of transgender individuals is alarmingly highOmission #3: Jazz is currently being given hormone blockers to stop him from going through normal pubertal development. These powerful hormones arrest the normal development of boys into fully developed men and of girls into fully developed women. In other words, Jazz is now a teenager who has not been allowed to go through puberty.Omission #4: Jazz will need to have his child-sized penis surgically destroyed to create a false vagina.Omission #5: Jazz currently suffers from sexual dysfunction and will likely have permanent damage.Omission #6: Jazz will very likely be rendered permanently infertile.Omission #7: There is a high level of substance abuse among people who identify as transgender.Omission #8: There are a number of serious health risks associated with taking cross-sex hormones.Omission #9: The mortality rate of those who identify as transgender is three times higher than that of the general population.”Recently, a group of parents asked me to review the book I Am Jazz to determine whether, from a medical point of view, it is suitable for children to read. They also asked this for the benefit of their school district, given that the topic of childhood gender dysphoria would be discussed at their upcoming school board meeting. I have read the book I Am Jazz and examined the book’s relationship to childhood gender dysphoria and its implications for adolescence and adulthood. I am a board-certified physician in Rocklin, California specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Broadly, endocrinology is the study of hormones and glands and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving these hormones and glands. The following essay is a detailed presentation of my findings regarding this important topic.Children with gender dysphoria deserve our compassion and deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness, just like all other children. Their unique condition makes integrating in the school a challenge. Particularly when dealing with bathrooms and locker rooms, it would be advantageous for schools to have a comprehensive policy to address children with gender dysphoria. To some degree, children who share a class with a gender-dysphoric child will need to be educated about what that means and how to address that situation. This should be done by parents and guardians primarily, but ideally in cooperation with teachers and staff.Unfortunately, I Am Jazz actually works against educating children about gender dysphoria.Factual Inaccuracies in I Am JazzInaccuracy #1: About a quarter of the way through I Am Jazz, the author states: “I have a girl brain in a boy body.” Jazz later goes to the doctor and relates: “Afterwards, the doctor spoke to my parents and I heard the word ‘transgender’ for the very first time.”Inaccuracy #2: According to Jazz, “I have a girl brain but a boy body. This is called transgender. I was born this way!”Inaccuracy #3:  Jazz says: “I have a girl brain.”Troubling OmissionsI Am Jazz contains a large number of glaring and very troubling omissions.Omission #1: The authors fail to mention that Jazz suffers from depression. Omission #2: The suicide rate of transgender individuals is alarmingly high Omission #3: Jazz is currently being given hormone blockers to stop him from going through normal pubertal development. These powerful hormones arrest the normal development of boys into fully developed men and of girls into fully developed women. In other words, Jazz is now a teenager who has not been allowed to go through puberty. Omission #4: Jazz will need to have his child-sized penis surgically destroyed to create a false vagina. Omission #5: Jazz currently suffers from sexual dysfunction and will likely have permanent damage. Omission #6: Jazz will very likely be rendered permanently infertile. Omission #7: There is a high level of substance abuse among people who identify as transgender. Omission #8: There are a number of serious health risks associated with taking cross-sex hormones. Omission #9: The mortality rate of those who identify as transgender is three times higher than that of the general population.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/04/21220/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=388c11bc87-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-388c11bc87-84094405last_img read more

Drugs that look like candy confiscated; police worry there’s more

first_imgUSA Today 24 September 2018Family First Comment:  This is what happens when you invite Big Marijuana into a country. “Officers on Friday seized suspected cocaine and marijuana plus a cache of cannabis lollipops and pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me that a kid might mistake for sweet and sour candy.” #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzDrugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids  — especially with about a month to go before Halloween — investigators said Monday.…Officers on Friday seized suspected cocaine and marijuana plus a cache of cannabis lollipops and pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me that a kid might mistake for sweet and sour candy, Hapeville Police Department officials posted on Facebook.“Our concern is these pills look like candy,” department officials said Monday in response to a message from USA TODAY on Facebook. “Small children might ingest these items mistaking them for candy. Teens may see these drugs as less of a danger based on their looks.”Hapeville, a city of about 6,500 residents that sits northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and has had about a dozen drug arrests in the past six months, according to incident reports posted on CrimeReports.Friday’s seizure, which occurred after a suspect ran from the scene of car accident with injuries but left behind his computer bag, was not listed among incidents reported from March 28 to Monday. The department did not release the name of the suspect arrested but added a comment Monday to its post saying that charges so far included leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, possession of a stolen gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.READ MORE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/24/drugs-disguised-candy-found/1410677002/last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s minister pledges to reform wildlife industry

first_imgZimbabwe’s environment minister has pledged to introduce “serious reforms” in the wildlife industry after the killing of dozens of elephants in Hwange, although she maintains that there have been “worse killings” elsewhere.Oppah Muchunguri told the Sunday Mail that there are not enough rangers patrolling the Hwange National Park, and that the few that do, live in deplorable work conditions.She said thatmore resources should be given to the communities that live close to the park, where most of the 60 elephant poisonings took place in October, so that they donot harbour poachers.Zimbabwean Police have arrested three journalists following a story alleging the involvement of a top police officer in some of the poironings.The three, Mabasa Sasa, Tinashe Farawo and Brian Chitemba, all from the Sunday Mail have been charged with publishing falsehoods and face a fine or 20 years in jailed if found guilty.last_img read more

Parents ‘bypassing GPs’ for non-urgent child treatment

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsFever was one of the 10 common problems parents sought help forRising numbers of parents are bypassing GPs and taking children to hospitals’ A&E departments for medical treatment, researchers say.Attendance for 10 common medical problems, including fever and rash, rose 42% in a decade at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, they said.Difficulty accessing out-of-hours GP care may be to blame, they say in the Emergency Medicine Journal.The government said it was developing a strategy for out-of-hours care.It said it wanted to deliver high quality, urgent care services around the clock.During the past 10 years, the way the NHS provides care for common medical problems at night and at weekends has changed.GPs are no longer obliged to provide out-of-hours care and advice to worried parents, with large private companies now generally contracted to provide this instead.John Heyworth, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, says this has caused some confusion for patients and, in some instances, has made it harder for them to access care.“Parents have found in the last few years that accessing primary care is more difficult than previously.”He said more and more patients were turning to A&E departments.“We’ve been recognising this. Attendances are going up by between eight and nine per cent a year.”‘Shortcomings’In the study spanning a decade, the number of patients attending the children’s emergency department at Queen’s remained similar, but the number attending with common medical problems had risen by 42%.A total of 39,394 children were seen in 2007-8, of whom 14,724 had medical problems. This compared with 38,982 children seen overall in 1997, of whom 10,369 had medical problems.Dr Heyworth said the findings highlighted the shortcomings in the way services were currently organised.He said: “We need to have more integrated care rather than the confusing, expensive system we have currently.“It is very patchy and the public are frankly getting a raw deal.”The college is calling for GP services to be co-located next to A&E departments to deal with people who need to see a GP.A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Our vision is to replace the ad-hoc, uncoordinated system that has developed over more than a decade, and has been characterised by poor quality and too much variation.”Meanwhile, a study in the same journal reveals most UK hospital A&E departments are ill-equipped to treat children with serious head injuries.A confidential enquiry found 87% of hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and Isle of Man could not care for a critically ill child on site.The authors say transferring these sick children some miles to other hospitals could harm their survival chances as treatment delays can prove fatal.Around 210,000 children with head injuries attend hospital every year, and around 34,500 are admitted. A few children with serious head injuries will require emergency surgery and intensive care.But the way services are currently organised – with centralised intensive care services – means some patients need to be transferred to get the care they need. HealthLifestyle Parents ‘bypassing GPs’ for non-urgent child treatment by: – May 25, 2011last_img read more

Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the relationship between the Catholic Church and the state could never be the same.Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has launched an unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church in parliament.He said the recent Cloyne Report into how allegations of sex-abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up showed change was urgently needed.Mr Kenny said the historic relationship between church and state in Ireland could not be the same again.He said the report exposed the elitism, dysfunction, disconnection, and narcissism that dominated the Vatican.“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’,” the taoiseach said.‘Unprecedented’“The revelations of the Cloyne Report have brought the government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture.”Opposition leader Michael Martin said that when he met the Papal Nuncio after the Murphy report into the cover-up of abuse in the Dublin diocese in 2009, he told him the government expected the full cooperation of the Vatican into the Cloyne inquiry.However, he said, the Vatican chose to focus on the interests of the church rather than the children abused by its clergy and shielded by its leaders.During the debate, the church was called upon to publish the audits currently being sent to every Catholic diocese in the country.Sinn Fein spokesperson on health and children Caoimhghin O’Caolain said the government should consider coordinating with the Northern Ireland Executive on any future inquiries – particularly as four of the Catholic dioceses straddle the border.BBC Newscenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican by: – July 20, 2011last_img read more

Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO by: – January 19, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share The Guttmacher Institute’s Gilda Sedgh on the WHO study into abortionA rising proportion of abortions worldwide are putting women’s health at risk, researchers say.The World Health Organization study suggests global abortion rates are steady, at 28 per 1,000 women a year.However, the proportion of the total carried out without trained clinical help rose from 44% in 1995 to 49% in 2008.The Lancet, which carried the report, said the figures were “deeply disturbing”.Unsafe abortion is one of the main contributors to maternal death worldwide, and refers to procedures outside hospitals, clinics and surgeries, or without qualified medical supervision.Women are more vulnerable to dangerous infection or bleeding in these environments.Maternal mortalityIn developing countries, particularly those with more restrictive abortion laws, most abortions are unsafe, with 97% of abortions in Africa described this way.In comparison, 95% of abortions in Latin America were deemed unsafe, falling to 40% in Asia, 15% in Oceania and 9% in Europe.To compile the figures – often a difficult task in countries where abortion is illegal – the researchers used surveys, official statistics and hospital records.They concluded that while the abortion rate had fallen since 1995, that drop had now levelled off, and overall, the rise in world population meant that there were 2.2 million more abortions in 2008 compared with 2003.In the developed world, the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion fell from 36% in 1995 to 26% in 2008.Countries with restrictive abortion laws did not have a corresponding decrease in abortion rate – in some cases, the reverse was true.Professor Beverly Winikoff, from Gynuity, a New York organisation which pushes for access to safer abortion, wrote in the Lancet: “Unsafe abortion is one of the five major contributors to maternal mortality, causing one in every seven or eight maternal deaths in 2008.“Yet, when abortion is provided with proper medical techniques and care, the risk of death is negligible and nearly 14 times lower than that of childbirth.“The data continue to confirm what we have known for decades – that women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies will seek abortion at any cost, even if it is illegal or involves risk to their own lives.”Dr Richard Horton, the Lancet’s editor, said: “These latest figures are deeply disturbing. The progress made in the 1990s is now in reverse.“Condemning, stigmatising and criminalising abortion are cruel and failed strategies.”Kate Hawkins, from the Sexuality and Development Programme at the Institute of Development Studies, said: “Whether it is legal or illegal, women will seek abortions and obtain abortions. “This study showed that in 2008, 86% of abortions took place in developing countries and that nearly half of all abortions worldwide were unsafe in 2008.“That women continue to die in significant numbers because of unsafe abortion is a scandal and is an issue that the development sector should take seriously.”The UK Department for International Development part-funded the study, and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP said it was a “tragedy” that the number of “back-street” abortions was rising.“Women should be able to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children to have – but for many this is not a reality as they have no access to family planning.“Over the next four years, British aid will give 10 million women access to modern contraception, which will prevent millions of unintended pregnancies.”BBC Newscenter_img 42 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times

first_img Sharing is caring! National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul RickettsPatients who suffer from diabetes are being advised to ensure that they wear proper foot gear which is soft, closed shoes at all times.Diabetes Mellitus is a disease of the pancreas which is an organ behind your stomach. Normally, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin that helps your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat.One local doctor has admonished diabetic patients to pay special attention to the shoes they wear as statistics indicate that there are an increasing number of amputations on the island.National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts noted that amputations are an issue and are increasing at a media breakfast meeting last week.“Individuals who are diabetic need to understand and we need to work with them to ensure that their blood sugar levels are adequately controlled. The less control you have the more likely you are to develop problems with your feet. In addition to that diabetics need to understand that they have to take care of their feet to avoid some of the trauma that goes on and which then predisposes them to develop infections in the feet which could ultimately lead then to amputations.”According to Dr. Ricketts most patients do not wearing proper shoes which can protect their feet against abrasions or injuries which could lead to amputations.“I have a difficult time trying to convince patients to that they need to wear protective foot wear at all times. I tell them you need to wear a soft close up shoe, once you get up and start walking around make sure you have shoes on; you’re coming to Roseau, you’re coming to the doctor make sure you have proper shoes on but u know what happens? Many people feel well they want to wear stylish shoes or they feel their foot is too hot in the sneakers.”Of importance is that many diabetic patients loose sensation in their feet and often innocently knock their feet while walking around in their homes and do not realize it, the foot then “becomes infected and that’s where the beginning of a cascade of events end up”.He said many times some patients do not fully grasp the situation which they are in but he is “absolutely positive” that amputations are done in the patient’s best interest.According to him patients have to understand that while they may not want to lose an entire limb, by refusing to amputate may lead to them losing their lives. “So we ought to choose which do you prefer? Do you prefer to lose a toe or do you prefer an entire limb or do you prefer to lose your life?”Dr. Ricketts also announced that the Ministry of Health has undertaken a Foot Care Program in which they offer training for the health care workers which will enable them to detect “that something is going wrong early and therefore refer on to a specialist for further treatment or intervention”. They are certain medications available as well which may improve circulation in the feet and the Ministry is also promoting these medications to assist patients with circulations challenges. Dr. Ricketts also acknowledged that “a lot needs to be done in terms of educating and promoting proper foot care; awareness by patients, also the need which we are addressing for more skills in identifying and managing foot problems as well as treating those individuals who develop problems that may be threatening the survival of that limb”. Dominica Vibes News Share 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times by: – February 14, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Major symposium on violence gets underway today

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 8 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Major symposium on violence gets underway today by: – April 20, 2012 A local male network will today host a major symposium geared at tackling the issue of crime and violence on the island.CariMAN; the Caribbean Male Action Network Dominica Chapter Inc, an affiliate of the regional Caribbean Male Action Network aims to create an avenue for boys and men to discuss issues that affect their lives. At today’s symposium, government officials, managers of local business organizations, representatives of clubs and village councils among others will gather at the Public Service Union to discuss an action plan to reduce crime and violence.The climax of the symposium will be a panel discussion; the panelists are Rev. Marcus Francis, Inspector Claude Weekes, Josephine Dublin-Prince, Dr. Francis Severin and Thomas Holmes. CariMAN has expressed great concern about the increase rate of criminal and violent behavior within society and have organized the symposium with a view to finding a resolution to the problem.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more