first_imgSunday Star Times 10 Feb 2013There are  growing calls for women to be able to buy the contraceptive pill over the counter. Thousands of women face the costly chore of visiting their GP for a pill generally considered safe by health professionals. Pharmacists already provide the morning-after pill without prescription, leading some women to ask why this could not be extended to the oral contraceptive pill. Even conservative lobby group Family First does not object to the idea, though it said a line should be drawn, barring teenagers from being granted easier access to birth control. Currently women must return to a GP every six months for a prescription for the birth control pill.…. Taranaki DHB is due to make a decision this month on whether the morning-after pill should be available at pharmacies to girls as young as 12. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie slammed the idea as “morally bankrupt” and medically flawed. He also came out swinging against the idea of offering teenagers the oral contraceptive over the counter, but did not object to easier access for adults. “The issue is not contraception per se. The issue is making it free to teenagers without parental permission.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8283585/Calls-for-pill-to-be-over-the-counterlast_img read more


first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Clico policyholders will get another day in court on February 1.PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Thursday January 12, 2012 – Yesterday (December 11) a group of CLICO policyholders went again before the court to challenge government’s refusal to pay them the full amount due on their Executive Flexible Premium Annuities (EFPA). When the United Policyholders Group and four other applicants went before the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, they were granted a judicial review application to challenging the state’s refusal to act on a promise to pay CLICO EFPA holders’ their full sum is expected to be heard on February 1.The policyholders, represented by attorney Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and Peter Knob, QC, had prior to the court hearing held a meeting at Centre Pointe Mall in Chaguanas, in which Maharaj had said he was optimistic that ruling will be made in the policyholders’ favour.They were seeking an interim court order that Government give details of the assets of CLICO which has been sold and how the proceeds of the sales were applied. Maharaj said the lawsuit also sought to compel Government to give details of the EFPA policyholders who have been paid in full since January 2009.Maharaj said he hoped the matter should be resolved by March. “The EFPA policyholders are very upbeat. They want to get their full compensation but they have indicated if the government decides to enter into discussions to resolve the matter, they are prepared to give and take so the government can get some concessions from the EFPA policyholders.”The matter was heard in the Hall of Justice, Port of Spain, where Justice Joan Charles, who is presiding over the matter, ordered that all submissions be filed by January 27. Queen’s Counsel Allan Newman has been retained to appear on behalf of the Government alongside, Deborah Peake, SC, and Kelvin RamkissoonCaribbean 360 News NewsRegional CLICO policyholders challenging TT government for EFPA pay by: – January 12, 2012last_img read more


first_imgStatewide—In the most recent executive order signed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, it allows retired and inactive EMS professionals to join the fight against COVID-19.The executive order permits retired and inactive EMS professionals to provide supplemental health care services in Indiana during this public health emergency without reinstatement or approval by the Indiana EMS Commission if they work under the supervision of a licensed EMS or health care professional.Under the executive order, retired and inactive EMS professionals are also allowed to provide primary patient care for patients as part of emergency response, transports and facilities with a temporary certification or licensure from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.last_img


first_img Nowell’s experience at full-back should bolster England’s positional play in the back three, with Bath’s Anthony Watson also as comfortable at 15 as on the wing. Ireland’s confident march to nine consecutive victories since their 13-10 defeat to England in last year’s Six Nations has been built entirely around supreme tactical nous. Half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton seize territory first, then seek to dictate the tempo: Nowell’s inclusion is a clear bid to counter the Irish’s kicking-game acumen. Zebo believes England will not suffer for the loss of Brown, who was voted last year’s Six Nations player of the tournament. “I don’t think it will weaken them, to be honest,” Zebo said. “The two guys who are coming in are quality operators and have played a lot at the highest level as well. “I don’t think it will take away from their back three. “The threats of pace, aerial ability and finishing are all still there, so we’ll have to be on top of our game to nullify their attack.” Press Association Munster wing Zebo has warned Ireland to guard against Goode’s ability to join the line as an auxiliary playmaker when Joe Schmidt’s side take on England in Dublin on Sunday. Saracens full-back Goode will replace Brown in England’s last line of defence, after the Harlequins flyer failed to recover from concussion suffered in 47-17 victory over Italy. Alex Goode will spearhead England’s counter-attack threat and ease the loss of Mike Brown for the pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown with Ireland, according to Simon Zebo. Ireland are fully expected to bombard England’s re-jigged back three with an aerial assault in the Aviva Stadium Grand Slam eliminator, but Zebo remains wary of Goode’s attacking qualities. “We’ve played Saracens a lot in the past couple of years, and he has probably some of the best footwork I’ve ever seen attacking the line at pace and still being able to change direction,” Zebo said of Goode. “It’s a very exciting back three for them, and we know how dangerous they are, so Alex Goode, his counter-attacking ability will probably lead the line for them. “So we’ll be doing well to keep him quiet. “I suppose it’s a big blow to lose Mike Brown in one way, but Alex Goode is a top-quality player if he comes in. “We’ve seen his attacking ability and prowess at full-back at Heineken Cup-level consistently, so for him to come in, in our opinion as a back-three player, he doesn’t take away anything from their threats out wide.” England boss Stuart Lancaster has dropped Jonny May as expected, after the Gloucester speedster botched a straightforward try-scoring opportunity against Italy. Exeter’s Jack Nowell is primed for his first Test action in a year after recovering from long-term knee trouble and regaining top club form. last_img read more


first_imgLuke Holthouse is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and policy, planning and development. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays. To call the women’s volleyball team’s match against Washington today a rivalry game is a bit of an understatement. Though UCLA certainly still occupies the spot of Public Enemy No. 1 for Trojan sports in general, this battle between the Huskies and the Women of Troy is sure to be a particularly emotional one considering the last time these two teams met.USC was hosting Washington in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Division I national championship tournament. The No. 3 seed Huskies had just won the Pac-12 with an 18-2 record in conference play and had won both regular season matchups against the sixth-seeded Women of Troy, who finished 16-4 in the Pac-12. If the usual playoff atmosphere wasn’t enough, Washington was hosting the final weekend of the NCAA tournament in Seattle, meaning a third win against USC would earn the Huskies a chance to play for a national championship in their home gym.With so much at stake, and the pressure clearly on Washington, the Women of Troy were obviously going to come out motivated. Sure enough, the match had the perfect conditions for an upset as the Women of Troy took the first two sets and needed just one more to steal a spot in the semifinals.I vividly remember reading the updates from the official volleyball team Twitter account during the game. I put a lot of thought into making the short walk from my dorm room in Pardee Tower to the Galen Center to watch it, but the match was right in the middle of final exams, so I spent the night studying and tweet watching instead.I’m not sure if my lack of loyalty had anything to do with it, but the Women of Troy couldn’t finish off the Huskies. Washington stormed back and took the next three sets to win the match, dramatically ending the Women of Troy’s national championship hopes.I don’t think the timing of USC’s trip up to Seattle could have been better, because USC is in need of a big game. A team that was expected to look a lot like last year’s national quarterfinalist, if not better, has instead looked far from that. But there’s still plenty of time for the Women of Troy to get back on track, and a win in Washington would do just that.The Women of Troy came in as the No. 5 team in the country according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll, one spot behind Washington. Though the Huskies have hung tight at No. 4, USC has slipped all the way down to No. 19 according to the most recent poll, after losing five of six matches, including all four matches the team has played at home this year.The rough patch began with a 3-2 loss to then-unranked Texas A&M, then a 3-0 loss to then-No. 10 Florida at home. After dropping a 3-1 match to then-No. 4 Wisconsin then beating an unranked Maryland team in straight sets on the road, the Women of Troy lost in three sets to No. 20 UCLA and in four sets to then-No. 19 Arizona State at home.The sweeps to Florida and UCLA are not as bad as the set totals would indicate. Florida won 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 and UCLA won 25-23, 25-13, 27-25. So save for one set against the Bruins, the Women of Troy were right in those two deceptive losses. Though a little more back-and-forth with a 25-23, 15-25, 25-27, 25-13, 16-14 score, the Texas A&M match is another one that so easily could have been a victory.The 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 loss to Wisconsin was not as close as the other three, but the fact that USC can get a set off of last year’s national runner-up is a good sign. It’s harder to find a silver lining from the loss to the Sun Devils, so I’ll chalk that up to the frustration and disappointment from the other four losses snowballing into a fifth one.There are some deeper problems as I look at the stat sheets from the five defeats, and stats can reveal if poor performance is linked to a high number of unlucky mistakes or to more endemic problems.There are plenty of different things to look at, but I’ll focus on hitting percentage. It’s no surprise that USC has had a lower hitting percentage in all five losses, the closest being .318 to .273 against Arizona State  and the worst being .320 to .173 to Wisconsin. What’s surprising and somewhat discouraging is that there hasn’t been a huge disparity in attacking errors.Besides against Texas A&M, when USC had 28 attacking errors to the Aggies’ 15, the difference in errors has been marginal, if not positive. The edge was 15 to 13 against Florida, 16 to 15 against Wisconsin and an even 17 to 17 against UCLA. USC actually had fewer errors than Arizona State, when the Women of Troy had 17 and the Sun Devils had 22.Essentially, it doesn’t look like the team is making a bunch of mistakes early on that will balance out over the course of the season; it just seems like the team is getting outplayed on offense and defense.Underperformance doesn’t necessarily mean this team is less talented than everyone thought. In fact, the Women of Troy are still ranked higher than two of the teams they lost to, so the AVCA voters must think the team potential but just hasn’t meshed yet.It’s a very young team, with 11 underclassmen and five upperclassmen. The best of the bunch is yet to come as chemistry continues to grow, and the team just needs some energy to get over this rough patch.That’s why this trip to Washington is so well-timed. It will be impossible for the Women of Troy to walk into the Huskies’ gym without being motivated to avenge last year’s heartbreak. Plus, unranked Washington State should not pose much of a problem on the second match of the trip and USC should come home on a winning streak even if the Huskies prove to be too strong.But I’m feeling good about Washington. Call it blind faith, but faithful is one of the five traits of a Trojan, so what else would you expect from the student newspaper? I didn’t have faith last year and the team suffered a heartbreaking defeat, so here’s to some faith resulting a huge turnaround.USC in five.last_img read more


first_imgThe Wolfsburg striker gave team officials sobering concerns, when he injured his shoulder when the Flying Eagles engaged the Olympic team in a friendly match in Abuja last Friday.Though the Under-20 team doctor promptly tended to the shoulder joint injury, the fitness of the striker has continued to bother Coach Emmanuel Amuneke as Nigeria bids to defend the African title in Zambia next year.Flying Eagles camp sources disclosed last night that the medical team has placed Osimhen on a regime of painkillers to mitigate the pains to the affected shoulder and ensure that he features in the match against the East African side.The player, who holds the FIFA U-17 World Cup goal record, is very instrumental to Amuneke’stactics which makes him the links-man in a three -prong attacking formation made up of Funsho Bamgboye and Samuel Chukwueze.The team which holds the African record of seven wins in U20 championships, will travel to Bujumbura tomorrow for the first of the two- legged encounters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram U-20 NATIONS CUP QUALIFIEROlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria Under-20 medical team has continued to sweat on the fitness of Victor Osimhen who had been placed on painkillers ahead of this weekend’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifying encounter against Burundi in Bujumbura.last_img read more


first_imgBlack Meteors head coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has admitted that the team has weaknesses in its backline and those issues have bothered the team during the U-23 AFCON in Egypt.So far, the Meteors have conceded 6 goals in the four matches they have played. In two of those matches, they gave away 3 to Egypt and 2 goals to Cote d’Ivoire respectively.The trend has bothered the followers of the team and that concern is not lost on Tanko.After the defeat to Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday in the semi-final, Tanko agreed with the notion that the defence was not operating at its best level.“We have a problem in the defence as we have all seen. We do not have some key players and we do not have the quality to replace them and that is the truth. We do not have the player we used in the qualifiers.The players we have keep making new mistakes and these young players will have to learn from them. It is painful for them to make such mistakes at such crucial moments but it is no excuse at all.”The Meteors face South Africa on Friday in the 3rd/4th place playoff of the tournament and the winner will get a place in the 2020 Olympic football tournament in Japan.last_img read more


first_imgSorry tales of rich footballers who have neglected their relatives are not new phenomena especially in Africa.Recently, Ghana’s own Michael Essien was in the news when his father allegedly told the media about his poor state of life and health due to his son’s lack of concern.The latest player who has been accused by his family of neglect is Togo and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor.The 26 year old who guided Togo to the 2006 World Cup is said to have sacked his family from the house he rented for them and has recently failed to give his mother money for her upkeep.His elder brother Peter Adebayor told Joy Sports the family was quite close and each time Adebayor was playing in a match every member of the family will be the stadium to give him moral support.Peter said things started to take a different turn when his brother returned from the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He claimed the Real Madrid star attempted to beat up their mother in the presence of his friends but he (Peter) resisted the attempt and defended their mother and infuriating Adebayor in the process.He said following that fight, Adebayor sacked him from the house and refused to support him.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more


first_imgPlaying one game for the Dodgers in June then being sent back to Triple-A, Schebler said, “makes you hungry. Because you’ve been up here, you’ve seen what you get to play in front of, who you get to play with, who you get to play against — it just makes you really, really hungry.”The night air in downtown San Diego was kind to hitters on both sides. Carl Crawford, Justin Ruggiano, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley also homered for the Dodgers, who set a season high with five home runs in one game. Matt Kemp, Jedd Gyorko and Brett Wallace homered for the Padres. The eight total home runs tied a Petco Park record.Mike Bolsinger (6-3) got the win in his first major league start since July 29. He lasted five innings, walked two batters and struck out six. He pitched his way around a few mistakes – a performance that would’ve been typical during his solid three-month run earlier this season.Starting one day after trade-deadline pickup Mat Latos struggled against his former team, Bolsinger made a noteworthy case to replace Latos in the Dodgers’ September rotation.Will he at least get another start?“We’ll see,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ll talk about it. We don’t have to make that decision now.”Mattingly stacked his lineup with lefties against the right-hander Shields. The only left-hander on the bench Friday was Ethier, who appeared briefly in the on-deck circle in the sixth inning with a right-handed pitcher, Marcos Mateo, on the mound.But when the Padres replaced Mateo with left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, Mattingly subbed the right-handed hitting Ruggiano in for Ethier, who never saw a single pitch.Ruggiano came through with his first home run as a Dodger, a two-run blast that broke a 3-3 tie. The Dodgers scored three more runs in the sixth inning and never trailed again.Combined with the San Francisco Giants’ loss earlier in the day, the Dodgers took a 7 1/2-game lead in the National League West, their largest of the season.The Dodgers scored seven of their eight runs as a result of home runs. For the season, 46.8 percent of their runs have come as a result of homers, which is narrowly behind the 1956 Cincinnati Reds (47.1 percent) for the highest rate in National League history.Schebler got to keep his home run ball, which he says he’ll give to his father.It would take a special set of circumstances for Schebler to make the Dodgers’ postseason roster, particularly since right fielder Yasiel Puig is expected back by the time the playoffs begin. Schebler is at least making a strong case to remain on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster into next season and steal some at-bats against right-handed pitchers down the stretch.“As a lefty off the bench – you saw eight lefties in our lineup and you don’t have one sitting there — you’d like to still have one sitting there,” Mattingly said. SAN DIEGO >> A recent issue of Baseball America magazine sat on a table inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Petco Park on Friday. The cover declared 2015 the “Year of the Prospect,” and the only prospect pictured was 21-year-old Dodgers infielder Corey Seager.Rookie outfielder Scott Schebler, like Seager, was brought up to the Dodgers’ major league roster this week. Schebler hit his first career home run in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday, and also stole his first two bases.Unlike Seager, Schebler isn’t on any magazine covers. He even managed to dart over to his locker briefly, then dart out, without being approached by a reporter after the game.“I’d much rather have it that way,” Schebler said of his under-the-radar ascent. “Corey deserves everything he gets. I’m fine with it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Schebler almost wasn’t in the starting lineup.Andre Ethier fouled a ball off the inside of his right knee on Wednesday and finished out the remainder of that game, but couldn’t even taking batting practice the next day.On Friday, Ethier eventually made his way into the batting cage at Petco Park to take some hacks. Ultimately he never appeared in the game except for an appearance in the on-deck circle, and now has missed two straight games with a bruised knee.So Schebler started in right field for the Dodgers instead, his second appearance on a major league lineup card. His 444-foot solo home run off James Shields (10-7) gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the third inning. He added a hard-hit single in the seventh inning, giving him three hits in nine at-bats to start his career. Not bad for a player who was hitting .241 at the time of his recall from Triple-A Oklahoma City.last_img read more


first_imgHyun-Jin Ryu, the “Korean Monster,” got his first look Monday at the giant left field wall at Fenway Park, the “Green Monster.” Ryu’s initial reaction? “It’s very tall,” he said through his interpreter.Ryu will take the ball in Game 2 of the World Series opposite Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price. It is the first World Series start for each pitcher. Price’s only World Series experience came in 2008, when he made two relief appearances for Andrew Friedman’s Tampa Bay Rays.The Dodgers will likely deploy another all right-handed starting lineup for the second straight game. That means bench roles for Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson.When: Wednesday, 5:09 p.m. THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (7-3, 1.97 ERA in regular season)vs. Red Sox: 0-1, 7.20 ERAat Fenway Park: He has never pitched there beforePostseason career: 2-1, 3.56 ERAHates to face: Ian Kinsler, 2 for 3, double, two walksLoves to face: Eduardo Nuñez, 0 for 3RED SOX LHP DAVID PRICE (16-7, 3.58 ERA in regular season)vs. Dodgers: 0-1, 2.25 ERAat Fenway Park: 26-7, 3.08 ERAPostseason career: 3-10, 5.04 ERAHates to face: Manny Machado, 12 for 41, five HRsLoves to face: Chris Taylor, 0 for 4, two strikeouts, two walksRelated Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Where: Fenway ParkTV: Fox/Ch. 11THE LINEUPS: Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more