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  • Calls to revise T&T abortion laws in response to ZIKV

    first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Calls to revise T&T abortion laws in response to ZIKV by: Caribbean Media Corporation – April 4, 2016 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT) Monday called on the government to revisit its position on abortion to ensure access to safe abortion services for women who have Zika infection and might wish to have an abortion because of fear of microcephaly.“Research has shown that unsafe abortions continue to be a major public health problem for many women in this country. The law of Trinidad and Tobago related to termination of pregnancy was inherited from Section 58 of the 1861 UK Offences against the Person Act, as it was in much of the Commonwealth.“This law has been changed in the United Kingdom and revised in many Commonwealth countries, including inter alia Barbados, Guyana and St Lucia,” the FPATT said in a statement.It said that the announcement on April 1 this year that a 23 year old pregnant woman is now affected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus “will no doubt contribute to fear in the national community and amongst other women who may be pregnant”.FPATT said it was now joining with the rest of the local public health community in responding to the Zika virus outbreak, particularly as it affects women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and pregnancy outcomes.“FPATT is calling particularly on the Ministry of Health to engage with us as well as other professional health associations to ensure that prevention and preparedness planning includes adequate sexual and reproductive health and rights responses.”It said that in Trinidad and Tobago where a significant proportion of all pregnancies are unplanned; where sexual and gender based violence is prevalent; where there are a number of myths regarding emergency contraception and where the abortion law is often misinterpreted making women doubtful about their rights, any suggestion to women to delay pregnancies will be difficult to achieve.“It is important that we protect and preserve women’s right to decide on the timing of pregnancy, independent of the status of the Zika epidemic. Asking women to avoid pregnancy without expanding access to contraception, education and safe abortion services is not sound public health policy,” FPATT said.FPATT, said like its parent body, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, it supports a comprehensive, integrated response to Zika, ranging from mosquito control to local and regional health education campaigns to improved access to contraception, safe abortion, prenatal care, and support for parents of babies should they be born with microcephaly.“We strongly recommend strengthening family planning programs and access to safe abortion services.Pregnant women and those who opt to get pregnant must be provided with the necessary support and guidance in relation to reducing their risk of Zika infection, ensuring appropriate care and management during pregnancy, and caring for babies born with microcephaly.”center_img 144 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

  • Cricket News Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan Test: Rahmat Shah Becomes First Afghan To Score Test Century

    first_imghighlights Chittagong: Batsman Rahmat Shah on Thursday became the first Afghanistan cricketer to score a Test century, helping the minnows start strongly against Bangladesh on the opening day of the one-off match. Shah made 102 and put on a crucial 120-run fourth-wicket stand with Asghar Afghan, batting on 88, to counter the Bangladesh spin attack at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.Afghanistan were 271 for five at stumps with Afghan and Afsar Zazai, on 35, putting together a 74-run partnership in the final session of play. But it was Shah and Afghan who ensured that Afghanistan fought their way back in to the contest after being in trouble at 77 for three at lunch.”It is a proud moment for me. I am the first person who has the first half century (in a Test) for the country and now the century,” Shah told reporters after the opening day’s play.”I had the dream to become the first centurion for Afghanistan. So naturally I was very upset when I got out scoring 98 against Ireland. Today I got the chance and scored the century,” he said.Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan took two wickets each to hurt Afghanistan after the tourists elected to bat first in just their third five-day game.The war-torn nation had a bruising introduction to Test cricket after India outplayed them inside two days in 2018.Standing Ovation Afghanistan registered their first Test victory against Ireland early this year with Shah scoring two fifties in the game including a 98 in the first innings.The top-order batsman extended his prolific run of form as he reached his hundred with a boundary off Hasan, raising his bat to a standing ovation from the crowd and the dressing room.His celebration though was shortlived as Hasan got the batsman, who hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 187-ball knock, out on the next ball.Hasan struck again with his off spin three balls later in the same over, rattling the stumps of Mohammad Nabi for nought as Afghanistan slipped to 197 for five.Afghan, who survived a reprieve on 42 by TV umpire after being given leg before out off Mehidy Hasan, struck three fours and two sixes so far in his second Test fifty.In the first session Taijul bowled opener Ihsanullah Janat for nine with his left-arm spin and became the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach 100 Test wickets.Taijul, who finished the day with 2-73, also became the third Bangladeshi bowler after Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Rafique to achieve such a feat in the longer format in his 25th match.Off-spinner Mahmudullah chipped in when he forced Hashmatullah Shahidi to give a catch to Soumya Sarkar at slip for 14 in his first over.Bangladesh fielded an all-spin attack without picking a single pace bowler while Afghanistan handed a Test debut to Ibrahim, Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan.Afghanistan skipper Rashid became the youngest ever Test captain at the age of 20 years 350 days with the toss, overtaking the record of Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu, who made his debut as Test captain just eight days older than Rashid in 2004.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Afghanistan had registered their first Test victory against IrelandShah had scored two fifties including 98 in that win this yearRashid Khan became youngest ever Test captain at 20 years 350 days last_img read more

  • As season begins, Clippers relying on defense, chemistry to chase a playoff berth

    first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years last season, the Clippers hope playing well now – which will require effective contributions from the current roster – could help attract free agents.“We have to work hard and play hard and do it together,” Rivers said. “I think the ‘together’ word may be more important than the ‘work hard.’ Because you can work hard and lose. But if you work hard together, I think you’ll win a lot of games. That’s who we have to be. We can’t come into a night and think one guy is going to score 30 for us.”After they face Denver, which came within one game of making the playoffs last season, 12 of the Clippers’ next 13 games are against 2018 playoff teams.So perhaps the Clippers’ chemistry will be tested early, or maybe their togetherness will be what helps them withstand forthcoming trials?“Chemistry is always good when your record is 0-0,” forward Tobias Harris said Tuesday, when the NBA schedule featured its first two games. “It’s when you’re tested that your chemistry is really gonna come into play. So it’s easy to say it’s good right now – and it’s a good sign at the same time.”Another positive sign: The Clippers were the league’s eighth-most efficient offensive team last season. Despite a rash of injuries that necessitated the use of 37 starting lineups, they ranked sixth in pace (or the number of possessions a team uses per game).Lou Williams, who returns, helped the offense hum. He was awarded the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year after he became the first player since 1985 to start fewer than a third of his team’s games and lead his team in scoring (averaging 22.6 points).They were not among the league’s elite defensive units, giving up 107.7 points per 100 possessions, which ranked 19th in defensive efficiency.This season, the Clippers intend for their defense to be on par with their offense. They’ve even introduced a fresh moniker, “Clamp City,” coined by Patrick Beverley, half of the Clippers’ experienced, defensively dogged starting backcourt.Both Beverley and Avery Bradley (who arrived from Detroit with Harris and Boban Marjanovic in January as a part of the Blake Griffin trade) were in the Clippers’ camp a season ago, but they were among the injured. Beverley played just 11 games and Bradley clocked in for only six.Related Articles PLAYA VISTA — On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA season, and just a few hours after Steve Ballmer learned of the death of friend and fellow NBA owner Paul Allen, the Clippers owner gathered with his team for an emotional dinner Monday evening.Preparing for challenges that await in the coming months, an already collegial group of guys opened up, their coach said, sharing stories he found heartfelt and revealing.“We do it where we have each guy get up and talk,” Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday at the Clippers’ training facility. “Yesterday took on a life that it’s never taken on. Probably because Steve had to go first.“It was really nice. Steve got up and talked about Paul Allen, so he was very emotional. It set the tone. My dad always said, ‘Everyone has a story.’ Last night, I heard things and was like, ‘Wow. Jeez.’” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img If the trust seems strong, that’s a good thing for the Clippers, who tip off against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.The Clippers enter the season healthy, deep and overlooked in a city where the Lakers added LeBron James to their marquee.Without a superstar to bail them out on any given night, they believe they’ll have to play well together if they’re going to attain their goal, which is not so simple in the brutally competitive Western Conference: They want to make the playoffs.That’s the front-of-mind focus, but there’s another aim evident on the periphery in the form of 2019 free agency, when the Clippers will have the salary cap space to chase two potentially franchise-altering free agents.“Next year we’re going to have a lot (of salary flexibility) and the year after that we’re going to have a ton,” Rivers said recently. “But we’re still gonna be good. We want to be a team with flexibility and a team that competes as well.” Offensively, the Clippers will continue to push the pace and rely heavily on Williams and the forward pairing of Harris and Danilo Gallinari, who seemed to be fine complementary offensive pieces during the preseason (when the Clippers went 5-0, unbeaten for the first time in team history).“They play off each other, they create switches on their own defensively, or offensively,” Rivers said. “And it creates problems for other teams.”The Clippers also will utilize a diverse trio of big men. That includes 6-foot-11 veteran Marcin Gortat (the proficient pick-setter who arrived this offseason from Washington via a trade for Austin Rivers), 6-8 Montrezl Harrell (an energetic spark and sneaker fashion-setter who signed a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason) and 7-3 Marjanovic (the fan favorite who had 18 points in 15 minutes in a victory over Denver last season).After shining in summer league, long-limbed rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also impressed in the preseason. Rivers said the 20-year-old will be a regular rotation player. Entering the season opener, Clippers veterans have readily commended Gilgeous-Alexander and fellow lottery pick Jerome Robinson for their work ethic.“You work for this moment your whole life and it’s going to be here tomorrow,” Harris said. “Be ready to play and have fun.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Bookstore gives unknown authors a boost

    first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER San Pedro’s Under the Bridge Bookstore and Gallery will be holding books signings the next two weekends to celebrate unknown authors. Charlotte Natale, who co-owns Under the Bridge with her mother, Rachel Leonardo, said that the events are a chance for locals to expand their literary horizons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“They’re not obligated to buy the book,” Natale explained. “It’s a chance to meet exciting people and hear stories. It’s a chance for people to get a taste of authors they would otherwise not even pick up.” Today, books will be signed and read by Eduardo Santiago, author of Tomorrow They Will Kiss; Rosa Lowinger, author of Tropicana Nights; and Reyna Grande, author of Across a Hundred Mountains. Santiago and Lowinger will also have a discussion about Cuba, as both were born there and discuss the country in their books. Santiago tells the story of three different women who grew up in Cuba and now ride the bus to work together in New Jersey. Lowinger looks back at the history of the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. Grande examines illegal immigration through the story of a Mexican girl searching for her missing farmer father. All three authors are self-published and presenting their first books. “It’s sort of a noble accomplishment,” Natale said. Next Saturday, Jeff Dwyer will sign and discuss Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Los Angeles, which Natale thought was a good Halloween book. It reveals where to seek out paranormal experiences from Hollywood to Long Beach. Natale believes that the signings are also a chance for writers to learn more about being published. “Before this I would have never known that people self publish,” she said. “That gives them hope.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more