Month: December 2019

Parents using religion to avoid kids’ shots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Do I think that religious exemptions have become the default? Absolutely,” said Dr. Paul Offit, head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and one of the harshest critics of the anti-vaccine movement. He said the resistance to vaccines is “an irrational, fear-based decision.” The number of exemptions is extremely small in percentage terms and represents just a few thousand of the 3.7 million children entering kindergarten in 2005, the most recent figure available. But public health officials say it takes only a few people to cause an outbreak that can put large numbers of lives at risk. “When you choose not to get a vaccine, you’re not just making a choice for yourself, you’re making a choice for the person sitting next to you,” said Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division. All states have some requirement that youngsters be immunized against such childhood diseases as measles, mumps, chickenpox, diphtheria and whooping cough. Twenty-eight states, including Florida, Massachusetts and New York, allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons only. Twenty other states, among them California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio, also allow parents to cite personal or philosophical reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia allow exemptions for medical reasons only. From 2003 to 2007, religious exemptions for kindergartners increased, in some cases doubled or tripled, in 20 of the 28 states that allow only medical or religious exemptions, the AP found. Religious exemptions decreased in three of these states – Nebraska, Wyoming, South Carolina – and were unchanged in five others. The rate of exemption requests is also increasing. For example, in Massachusetts, the rate of those seeking exemptions has more than doubled in the past decade – from 0.24 percent, or 210, in 1996 to 0.60 percent, or 474, in 2006. In Florida, 1,249 children claimed religious exemptions in 2006, almost double the 661 who did so just four years earlier. That was an increase of 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent of the student population. Georgia, New Hampshire and Alabama saw their rates double in the past four years. The numbers from the various states cannot be added up with accuracy. Some states used a sampling of students to gauge levels of vaccinations. Others surveyed all or nearly all students. Fifteen of the 20 states that allow both religious and philosophical exemptions have seen increases in both, according to the AP’s findings. While some parents – Christian Scientists and certain fundamentalists, for example – have genuine religious objections to medicine, it is clear that others are simply distrustful of shots. Some parents say they are not convinced vaccinations help. Others fear that the vaccinations themselves might make their children sick and even cause autism. Even though government-funded studies have found no link between vaccines and autism, loosely organized groups of parents and even popular cultural figures such as radio host Don Imus have voiced concerns. Most of the furor on Internet message boards and Web sites has been about a mercury-based preservative once used in vaccines that some believe contributes to neurological disorders. Unvaccinated children can spread diseases to others who have not gotten their shots or those for whom vaccinations provided less-than-complete protection. In 1991, a religious group in Philadelphia that chose not to immunize its children touched off an outbreak of measles that claimed at least eight lives and sickened more than 700 people, mostly children. And in 2005, an Indiana girl who had not been immunized picked up the measles virus at an orphanage in Romania and unknowingly brought it back to a church group. Within a month, the number of people infected had grown to 31 in what health officials said was the nation’s worst outbreak of the disease in a decade. Rachel Magni, a 35-year-old stay-at-home mother in Newton, Mass., said she is afraid vaccines could harm her children and “overwhelm their bodies.” Even though she attends a Protestant church that allows vaccinations, Magni pursued a religious exemption so her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, who have never been vaccinated, could attend preschool. “I felt that the risk of the vaccine was worse than the risk of the actual disease,” she said. Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, one of the leading vaccine skeptic groups, said she discourages parents from pursuing religious exemptions unless they are genuine. Instead, Fisher said, parents should work to change the laws in their states. “We counsel that if you do not live in a state that has a philosophical exemption, you still have to obey the law,” she said. Even so, Fisher said, she empathizes with parents tempted to claim the religious exemption: “If a parent has a child who has had a deterioration after vaccination and the doctor says that’s just a coincidence, you have to keep vaccinating this child, what is the parent left with?” Offit said he knows of no state that enforces any penalty for parents who falsely claim a religious exemption. “I think that wouldn’t be worth it because that’s just such an emotional issue for people. Our country was founded on the notion of religious freedom,” he said. In 2002, four Arkansas families challenged the state’s policy allowing religious exemptions only if a parent could prove membership in a recognized religion prohibiting vaccination. The court struck down the policy and the state began allowing both religious and philosophical exemptions. Religious and medical exemptions, which had been climbing, plummeted, while the number of philosophical exemptions spiked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Sabrina Rahim doesn’t practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool. She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses. Some of these parents say they are being forced to lie because of the way the vaccination laws are written in their states. “It’s misleading,” Rahim admitted, but she said she fears that earlier vaccinations may be to blame for her son’s autism. “I find it very troubling, but for my son’s safety, I feel this is the only option we have.” An Associated Press examination of states’ vaccination records and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that many states are seeing increases in the rate of religious exemptions claimed for kindergartners. last_img read more

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Editorial: Water crisis needs leadership

first_imgBetween Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E, California voters have agreed to nearly $10billion in water projects. But state leaders haven’t gotten around to spending that money. Only about 14 percent of the Proposition 1E water bond, approved by voters last year, has been appropriated to specific projects. And barely a third of Proposition 84 funds have been designated. The reason, apparently, is political bickering and red tape. Meanwhile, the drought could lead to water rationing. And state leaders may ask voters for another $10 billion worth of bonds for water projects in 2008. But until the state demonstrates a real plan, a sense or urgency and a commitment to getting this important work done, that’s going to be a tough sell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want 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

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Sunny weather to lead to rain

first_img“We’ll probably do what we typically do, increase engine companies because of red-flag weather conditions,” said Ron Haralson, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “With the winds expected – increased Santa Ana’s – that definitely poses a threat, so we want to be ready for that.” A cool-down is expected to begin Wednesday. Temperatures will drop to about 79 degrees, with lows in the mid-40s, Seto said. On Thursday, forecasted highs are about 66 degrees. The Valley will see temperatures between 59 degrees and 61 degrees through the weekend, Seto said, adding that he expects some rain by Friday. “A storm is approaching us,” he said. “That’s bringing in colder air and that’s basically going to start dropping the temperatures. “This looks like one of the best rain storms of the season so far.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHighs are expected to be around 86 degrees today, with a fire-weather warning expected to be issued in the morning through the afternoon for the Los Angeles mountains, Seto said. This is a significant warm-up from weather over the last few days, he said. On Saturday, it was about 47 degrees in San Gabriel. That dropped to 39 degrees on Sunday, he said. Offshore winds and high pressure are likely behind today’s warmer temperatures, Seto said. As a result, fire officials say they will be stepping up staffing. Temperatures are expected to warm up about 10 degrees today as a cold front approaches the San Gabriel Valley. The area will likely see at least an inch of rain this weekend when a new storm moves into the region, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist out of the National Weather Service’s Oxnard office. But not before a sunny reprieve, he said. “This week is going to vary quite a bit,” Seto said. “We got a pretty good spread on the temperatures.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS

first_imgA Donegal woman has become an unlikely hero after taking her baby on a protest march.Aer Lingus cabin crew member Anne Gillespie was pictured in several national newspapers taking her young child in a buggy during the action at Dublin Airport.Ms Gillespie was part of more than 300 crew who walked to the airline’s head office where a letter was handed in to the airline’s chief executive, Christopher Mueller, on behalf of staff. Staff are furious after new working rosters were introduced across the board at the company.The airline has sent more than 140 letters to cabin crew warning them that those who refuse to co-operate will be sacked.In the letter to management Aer Lingus staff said they were loyal to the company but were also loyal to their families.They say the new working rosters will simply make it impossible to have a normal family life. EndsDONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS was last modified: January 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS TO BE UNVEILED AT INFO MEETING IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgPromoted PostLocal entrepreneur Dereck Walker is planning to get the good news of his wheatgrass product out there.Kellys of Mountaintop.Kellys of Mountaintop in Letterkenny is holding an information and sampling night in their diner this Tuesday night from 7-8pm. On the night there will be information on the benefits of wheatgrass and how to prepare it for use.Garvin Walker, local fitness instructor, will also speak about the positive effects wheatgrass has when training and share his experience of using itFinally every person attending will get a FREE sample to take home with them  BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS TO BE UNVEILED AT INFO MEETING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wojciech Szczesny in limbo as Arsenal demand £15m from Roma for goalkeeper

first_imgArsenal have informed Roma they will have to stump up £15m if they want to secure the signing of Wojciech Szczesny on a permanent deal.The Poland goalkeeper spent last season on loan at the Serie A club and enjoyed a beneficial spell in Italy, making 42 appearances and keeping nine clean sheets.Szczesny has admitted he would be open to continuing at Roma next season, while Arsenal are also open to extending his stay there for another year before having him back in north London to compete with Petr Cech for the No 1 spot in 2017/18. But Roma are only interested in signing Szczesny on a permanent deal and it is understood the club have been put off by Arsenal’s £15m asking price.Roma are willing to try and negotiate a lower offer with Arsenal – thought to be around £10m – but if the two clubs fail to reach an agreement then the Italians will switch their attentions to signing Brazilian ‘keeper Alisson from Internacional. 1 Wojciech Szczesny in action for Roma last_img read more

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Leeds transfer boost! United given free run at attacking target Anthony Limbombe

first_img 21-year-old Belgian forward Anthony Limbombe 1 Leeds have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Anthony Limbombe after it emerged that Club Brugge could drop their interest in the striker.Limbombe is a target for Leeds boss Garry Monk following the 21-year-old’s two impressive seasons at NEC Nijmegen.However the Elland Road club faced competition for his signature from Club Brugge who were reportedly ready to launch a bid of their own for the forward.But, according to Voetbal Primeur, Brugge are having second thoughts about signing him having been put off by NEC’s £2m asking price.Leeds attempted to sign Limbombe last year and it now seems as though the path has been cleared for them to finally complete the purchase.last_img

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There’s gold in them there hills of Donegal

first_imgThe Connemara Mining Company plc has discovered gold in Donegal after drilling operations in the county.The Irish zinc and gold explorer has announced plans to drill holes in Donegal later in 2017 to follow the high grade veins found in 2016.Current prices of gold are over $1,200 an ounce. Connemara is a pure explorer focused on zinc and gold in Ireland holding 35 prospecting licence. The company holds 11 licences with potential for gold in Donegal.The company tapped into a revival of interest in gold recently and acquired 5 new licences in April 2015 in Inishowen where they found significant gold potential. Shares soared in 2016 on the discovery of gold at one of its licences in Co Donegal.Connemara also holds licences to the west of the Dalradian Resources Curraghinalt deposit in the Stranorlar area.  There’s gold in them there hills of Donegal was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Connemara Mining Company plcGoldInishowenlast_img read more

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LAST RESIDENT OF DONEGAL ISLAND PACKS HIS BAG AND LEAVES FOR LAST TIME

first_imgA man who has lived on a remote Donegal island for the past 20 years packed his bags and left for the last time this morning.Musician and poet Barry Edgar Pilcher, 70, moved to the island of Inishfree in 1993 with his wife Eve and daughter Alice.Eve and Alice left some time later but Barry decided to stay on and has lived alone on the island since then. For the past number of years he has lived a life of solitude, playing his saxophone and taking a boat to Burtonport once a week for supplies.There are some holiday homes on the island but Barry was the only year-round resident.Barry, who is originally from London, revealed a number of months ago that he was leaving the island as his wife was in ill health and he wanted to spend more time with his brother.This morning he began the journey to leave Donegal and to start a new chapter in his life back in England. And his wife and family were there to meet him at Burtonport when he left Inishfree this morning.Barry admitted that he had to be hardy to lead an island-life for the past two decades.He joked it was difficult to order a curry and kept in touch with friends and family through Skype.“You have to be tough to live out here,” he said. “I’ll be glad when I can move on in life.”His island cottage has served as the island’s polling booth as well, though other islanders who voted there maintained their principal residence on the mainland. Mr. Pilcher said he will miss certain aspects of island life.“It is very magical out here,” he said. “There is no street lighting so you can see the stars at night and things like that.”LAST RESIDENT OF DONEGAL ISLAND PACKS HIS BAG AND LEAVES FOR LAST TIME was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Barry PilcherdonegalInishfreeislandlast_img read more

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COUPLE ENJOYING THEIR ‘DOGS LIFE’ AFTER FOSTERING 154 PETS!

first_imgYou could say that Sean has his hands full after 154 foster dogs!Sean and Kate Standing’s home life has literally gone to the dogs.The Churchill couple took in their first rescue dog just 18 months ago.But since then the big-hearted dog-lovers have fostered a staggering 154 displaced dogs. Putting the dogs to sleep is simply not an option for Sean and Kate.Sean gets plenty of affection from his dogs.They have even been forced to build kennels at their home to cope with the growing numbers.Sean, who works closely with Donegal Pet Rescue, said they have always loved dogs.“We just love dogs of all kinds and we’re just happy to be able to help. “We obviously didn’t think we would foster so many dogs but the need is obviously there,” said Sean.The couple operate a strict adoption policy which includes a home visit by Donegal Pet Rescue to see if a family suits the needs of the dog.The dogs will also be micro-chipped and have their vaccinations before being handed over to their new owners.Sean and Kate have built kennels to look after their foster dogs.Despite the huge number of dogs passing through their hands, the Standings have only adopted one dog.Finn, a Scottish Deerhound, has become part of the family. He even has his own Facebook pages which documents his trials and tribulations everyday.“He was in such a poor state when we got him and he came on so much that we simply couldn’t part with him,” said Sean.Ryan McCauley of Donegal Pet Rescue says they would simply not be able to operate without the help of people like Sean and Kate.“We have a number of people who foster but Sean and Kate are very special. “They have saved so many dogs and they really go out of their way to help the dogs and to look after them.“We would be lost without them,” he said.COUPLE ENJOYING THEIR ‘DOGS LIFE’ AFTER FOSTERING 154 PETS! was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChuchillDonegal Pet Rescuefoster dogsSean Standinglast_img read more

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