How President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration impacts CUs — Coopera’s Miriam De Dios explains

first_imgWe’ve all heard about President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration, which will have a huge effect on millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. This move will obviously impact the country in many ways. But bringing it closer to home — credit unions, what does it mean for us? continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

How safe is Gardasil for young girls?

first_imgMercatorNet 4 May 2015The safety studies: main concernsNo-one can say at this point that Gardasil has or has not caused POF in these young women, says Dr Little. There is simply not enough information available. But it cannot be ruled out, since her research shows there are serious shortcomings in the testing and approval phases of the drug.From studying laboratory information and clinical trials in adolescent subjects, these are her main findings and concerns:* No “normal saline placebo” was ever used — although reports stated otherwise — for the young girls’ safety studies. The vaccine was only ever compared with parts of itself in safety studies. This contravenes placebo definitions and requirements. More importantly, it means the prescribing information is incorrect. “Product Information” wrongly states that saline was used as a safety study placebo. The US FDA also misrepresents the younger girl placebo as “saline”. Neither inform the recipient or the prescriber of the correct placebo, which was made up of multiple HPV vaccine components. When prescribers are misinformed, patients cannot give informed consent.Both the multi-chemical placebo and the HPV vaccine contained a substance whose toxicity to rat ovaries is established at all doses tested, over a tenfold range. There is no dose-response curve to tell us when the injected “polysorbate 80” dosage level begins to have an effect on the mammalian ovary. (It does not begin to have these effects after oral ingestion until it comprises a whole fifth of the rats’ total intake, possibly due to its breakdown by gastric juices).The TGA tells doctors like Dr Little that, since this substance is present in some foods, it cannot possibly be ovary-toxic when serially injected into young girls. “This is alarmingly unscientific,” she told MercatorNet. “Unfortunately, however, it does represent the level of evidence available to reassure us about its safety for our daughters’ ovaries. Informed consent requires more than un-evidenced reassurances.”* Masking effects of the Pill. The majority of young women in the safety studies were using hormonal contraception at the time, which masks period changes. They were required by the study to use contraception until seven months after their first vaccination.* Limited definition of “adverse events”. In safety studies, new medical conditions which arose in girls after seven months from their first vaccination were not recorded as vaccine adverse events.Only reactions defined as “Serious Adverse Events” were recorded for longer time periods in safety studies. These do not, by definition, include menstrual problems because they are not life threatening and will not land you in hospital.* Safety studies focus on hospital cases. The principal safety studies done since marketing began in 2007-2008 have focussed on hospital presentations and hospital admissions. These studies have no capacity to detect ovarian failure, says Dr Little, noting that she has never yet hospitalized a girl for missed periods. Another post-marketing safety study has looked for pre-specified diagnoses in records of vaccinated girls, but ovarian damage was not included in the specifications of diagnoses to look for.* Too few girls in the target age group were studied. There were only ever a few hundred young girls in each of the two safety studies which looked at the vaccine target age group. In one of these two studies more than half of the girls had been lost to follow-up 12 months later, leaving only 240 girls; and in the other, it is not recorded how many had begun to menstruate when they were studied, since the mean age was 11.9 years.* Boys are under-studied. Although boys get HPV too, and pass it on, only a couple of hundred boys were studied, and most of them were also lost to follow-up at 12 months, leaving only 205 in total. One died suddenly of no apparent cause. With nothing found on post-mortem, the investigators were sure it wasn’t the human papillomavirus vaccine.* Virgins are more vulnerable but under-studied. Reported “systemic” (unwell) adverse events experienced after Gardasil vaccination are more common and more severe in those not previously exposed to the virus strains — namely, virgins. This is the state of the target group, which is under-represented in safety studies. (This disparity was less marked in the placebo group.)These are just the most obvious concerns in the evolving story of inadequate research on Gardasil. Japan has withdrawn the vaccine from routine school administration. Dr Little’s research raises questions about the probity of industry-sponsored safety research. It also puts a question mark over prescribing the Pill in the absence of a diagnosis. As she points out, premature menopause in adolescence is easier to diagnose without the presence of hormonal contraception.Is vaccination of girls worth the risk when screening gives good results?Vaccination always involves a calculation of risks and benefits. In this case the risks of mass vaccination of pubescent and pre-pubescent girls should be weighed against the incidence of and deaths from cervical cancer in Australia before the HPV vaccine was introduced.Following the introduction of a national cervical screening programme, these rates more than halved in the decade prior to 2000 in the 20- to 69-year age group in Australia, and 578 new cases were diagnosed in 2000. The incidence was highest in remote areas, with the risk of death from cervical cancer for an Indigenous woman in Australia six times that of a non-Indigenous woman.In 1989 it was estimated that screening could prevent 90 percent of malignancies. By 2002, the Australian incidence of cervical cancer was 6.2 per 100 000 women and the mortality rate 1.7 per 100 000 women. In 2011 in Australia, there were 229 deaths from cancer of the cervix. Some 72 percent of women diagnosed with cervical cancer survive for at least five years.In any case, vaccination is not a free pass: up to 30 percent of cervical cancer may still occur in vaccinated individuals so pap smears are still necessary for sexually active women until they reach 70 years of age.In the light of these facts it is up to the drug companies producing the HPV vaccine and the authorities that approve it to ensure that, in the effort to lower cervical cancer rates more rapidly, they are not putting healthy girls at risk of ovarian damage. Women, if not the licensing authorities, should be demanding comprehensive ovarian research on a drug that could render some of them infertile. read more

Kemar Roach fit enough to get 250 or even 300 wickets, feels Courtney Walsh

first_imgMANCHESTER: Legendary West Indies fast-bowler Courtney Walsh believes Kemar Roach is capable of taking 300 Test wickets after the seamer crossed the 200 mark on Day 2 of the third Test against England here.Roach became the first West Indies bowler since the legendary Curtly Ambrose 26 years ago to go past 200 Test wickets. After going wicketless for nearly 11 months of Test cricket, Roach broke the duck in the second Test and picked four during the England innings in the third. He ended the innings with figures of 4/72. Speaking on the Sky Sports’ Cricket Debate, Walsh said: “It is a tLegendary West Indies fast-bowler Courtney Walsh believes Kemar Roach is capable of taking 300 Test wickets after the seamer crossed the 200 mark on Day 2 of the third Test against England here.emendous achievement for him to get there.”It shows hard work and dedication pays off. I think he is fit enough to get to 250 or even 300. “Just below him is the legendary Wes Hall – he was the daddy, the leader of the pack. When I started they called him ‘The Chief’ because he was chief wicket-taker. “So it is a tremendous list for Roach to be on and he must be feeling chuffed.” Speaking to BBC, Roach said: “I guess I had that landmark on my mind a little bit too much, I had a few restless nights,” the fast-bowler, who is playing his 59th Test, said. “It’s good to get past that barrier now and see how many more I can get. 300 would be great. I’ll work hard to get there and we’ll see how many I can go past 300.” Roach is just one wicket away from equalling the great Andy Roberts’ record of 202 wickets. If he does get to 300, he would have gone past names like Gary Sobers (235), Michael Holding (249) and Joel Garner (259). IANSAlso watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Chanderpaul century halts Yorkshire progress

first_imgSHIVNARINE Chanderpaul hit a ton to help Lancashire fight back in the Roses match with Yorkshire at Old Trafford.The Tykes began the day 421-7, and Jack Brooks soon scored the six singles he needed to complete his maiden first-class ton before ending unbeaten on 109 as Yorkshire declared at 448-8.Ryan Sidebottom (2-41) then struck twice as Lancashire slipped to 68-4.But Chanderpaul (106) and Ryan McLaren (63 not out) helped Lancashire reach 264-6 at stumps, 184 runs behind.However, the dismissal of Chanderpaul by Ben Coad with fewer than five overs left in the day will reignite Yorkshire’s hopes of forcing victory if they can clean up the tail on the fourth morning.It is also not yet certain whether James Anderson will bat, the 34-year-old England fast bowler having had to leave the field of play on day one with a tight groin.Chanderpaul’s knock, the 75th first-class century of his career and his fourth for Lancashire, came off 199 balls, including 11 fours and one six.He and McLaren shared 112 for the sixth wicket as the Red Rose endeavoured to frustrate the visiting bowlers.Earlier in the day, 32-year-old seamer Brooks reached three figures for the first time in his career, having passed his previous best score of 53 the previous day.Lancashire’s Shiv Chanderpaul told BBC Radio Manchester:“It was hard work out there. We lost some early wickets and someone had to dig in and lay the foundation. Ryan batted really well, as did Dane Vilas.“Hopefully Ryan can push on and get us beyond the 300-mark and put some more bonus points on the board for us. If we get to 300, we are in a good position to not have to bat again in this match.“I couldn’t believe that I missed that ball and got out. I was really looking forward to batting on tomorrow. I was looking at the scoreboard to see how many overs were left and trying to see out the evening. But that’s the way cricket goes.”last_img read more

Badgers fail to earn sweep at home

first_imgMinnesota came to the Kohl Center this weekend looking for their second straight sweep of a No. 1 team. Minnesota (6-3-1, 4-3-1) previously swept then-No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, and showed no fear against the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team this weekend.The Badgers (9-2-1, 5-2-1 WCHA), however, split the series this weekend, winning 3-0 Friday and losing 3-2 Saturday. Both games had a similar start, with the winning team leading 3-0 at the end of the first period in both games.In front of 2,404 fans Saturday — the fifth-largest crowd for a women’s hockey game in Kohl Center history — the Badgers gave up two goals in a mere 48 seconds.Minnesota senior Jenelle Phillipczyk recovered the puck off a face-off, and sent a backhand past Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter for the first goal of the game at 11:08.Forty-eight seconds later, Gophers freshman Jen Schoullis sent another backhand past Vetter, which put the Badgers in an early 2-0 hole.“They just sniped me backhand,” Vetter said. “Backhands are tricky to read, and they had good backhands which went to the upper corners.”The Gophers tallied a third goal — which proved to be the game-winner — in the final minute of the first period. Minnesota was on a power play and junior Rachael Drazan fired a shot which trickled through Vetter’s five hole.Even though the Badgers were down 3-0, they didn’t panic heading into the locker room.“Better to be down 3-0 in the first period, then in the second or third,” junior Erika Lawler said. “I was thinking we have plenty of time to come back and get a couple goals. I guess our way of thinking was we still have time left, rather than ‘uh oh, we are down three goals.’”The Badgers got their chance to come back when the Gophers’ Dagney Willey was given a five minute checking-from-behind major penalty. The Badgers capitalized on this chance when Lawler fired a shot on goal and sophomore Meghan Duggan scored on the rebound 57 seconds into the third period.“I think we rallied a little bit in the third period,” Duggan said. “We had some tic-tac-toe plays and we were moving the puck. I think it was good to get our team fired up, but we fell a little bit short.”The Badgers comeback continued 17:18 into the third, when Duggan fed Lawler, who found the back of the net for the Badgers’ second goal of the game.With 1:02 left in the game, the Badgers pulled Vetter and the crowd rose in anticipation of a game-tying goal. It was not to be, however, as Wisconsin ran out of time and Minnesota won 3-2.Friday, the Badgers were put on their heels early with two penalties in the first five minutes. Minnesota had numerous opportunities to score during those two power plays, but Vetter turned away three shots and the defense blocked many others, as the UW penalty kill frustrated Minnesota.“We did a great job killing those penalties,” Vetter said. “Those were huge and I think that turned the whole game around. We didn’t allow Minnesota to set up in our zone, and we kept it in their end.”According to UW head coach Mark Johnson, killing off the early penalties went a long way in helping his team secure a win.“We responded well, and we killed them off,” Johnson added. “We could have been down 2-0 if they score in both of those situations, and then it is a totally different game. The girls did a nice job of controlling the puck, and we managed to get out of it.”Wisconsin sophomore Kyla Sanders scored the Badgers’ first two goals — at 10:04 and 16:28 — to take the momentum away from Minnesota.“The people I was playing with, [Jasmine Giles] and [Kelly] Nash, are really good players,” Sanders said. “Today we worked really well as a line, and had some success.”UW junior Angie Keseley added the final goal of the game 18 minutes into the first period.Even though UW led 3-0 after the first period, Minnesota had outplayed Wisconsin, and the Badgers considered themselves lucky to be up 3-0.“I don’t think we played very well in the early part of the game,” Johnson said. “As I told the team after the game, some nights you just have to figure out how you are going to try and win a hockey game. I thought we did a good job of killing penalties, and when we did break down, Jessie was there when we needed her.”The teams were matched pretty evenly the rest of the game, as Vetter made 22 saves for her fifth shutout of the season.last_img read more

USC makes additions to the Social Events Policy

first_imgThe university has implemented a revised Social Events Policy for activities involving alcohol or loud noise, effective Jan. 1.According to the university’s new official policy, the revisions are being implemented “in an effort to enrich the academic experience while maintaining the importance of safety and security within the campus community.”In its release, USC Student Affairs notes that the previous policies did not prove to be adequate solutions.“Social event policies are intended to offer guidance and ensure safety, but at times the previous version of those policies may have hampered efforts to provide healthy outlets for students to socialize,” the new policy says.Several student leaders and administration members alike signed the new policy, including Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry and Chief/Executive Director of DPS John Thomas. USG co-signed this updated policy under President Christian Kurth.USG expressed optimism in the revisions laid out for the updated policy.“At USG, we believe the new Social Events Policy is going to take great strides towards clarifying for everyone how programming and social events work both on and off campus,” said Olivia Diamond, Senior Director of Communications for USG, in a statement.Diamond notes the policy was significant for its successful collaboration between student groups and administration.“This specific policy was unique and monumental because it was the first time students and administrators were able to collaborate and speak candidly about social life at USC,” Diamond said.Under the new policy, any university-recognized social gatherings must be organized according to the university’s new procedures. The hosts must receive the necessary clearances from the university in order to proceed with their event.The time allotted for events to take place is now dependent on whether or not alcohol is present. Social events that are not serving alcohol may take place any day of the week, but alcohol-related events are limited to Thursday until 12 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 2 a. m.Along with the revised time restraints, the university requires that the events offer non-alcoholic drinks and food in “sufficient quantities,” as well as enforce a strict no-alcohol policy to those under 21. All of those in attendance of social events must observe federal, state and local laws, which most notably includes not serving alcohol to minors.In addition, music and recordings cannot be louder than 90 dBA 50 feet from the source of the noise in order to reduce local disturbances and social events cannot occur on university-designated study days and final days.Student reaction to this new social policy seemed negative.“I don’t think ending parties at midnight on Thursday will really help because if people know the party is ending at midnight they will just get drunk earlier,”  said Jennifer Marr, a junior majoring in international relations global business.Jonathan Marty, a junior majoring in history, believed the new policy was unjust.“The social policy isn’t really fair because transports happen at every college. They should just educate people better.”Others, however, were just happy for the catering.“I love the food part, but that’s just because I like eating,” said Cara Madrid, a sophomore majoring in fine arts. “I feel that’s kind of smart because a lot of people don’t eat anything and that’s why they get more drunk.”last_img read more

USC star turning her dreams into reality

first_imgJennifer Song dreams of playing in the Masters Tournament.She insists it was just one of those extravagant dreams she had as a kid and, with some of the biggest names in women’s golf being turned away from Augusta National, it seems almost impossible today. But what’s surprising isn’t the fact that Song might just have the ability to make this a reality; it’s the fact that she has any time to dream at all.It’s 5:30 in the morning. Nothing is moving outside and, other than the yellow-jacket security staff, there are few signs of life around campus.This is the time that Song’s alarm rings. She’s up before the birds, the sun and her classmates. The USC sophomore has to be at the course at 6:45 a.m., so she gives herself time to eat and gets in her car.Golf has constantly been a driving force in Song’s life. It needs to be if she wants to get up most days at an hour many college students don’t even know exists. Don’t worry, she gets to sleep in on Tuesdays and Thursdays — until 8 a.m.Such is the life of a soon-to-be professional golfer. After enjoying unparalleled success last year — when she became the second woman in history to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships in the same year — Song decided she would turn pro at the conclusion of this season.It’s a decision that had been in the making since her elementary school days in Ann Arbor, Mich. She would tag along with her dad to a driving range in a golfing dome. Often bored, restless and curious, she picked up the clubs and figured out how to swing them.Her dad was so impressed with her swing that while she was in third grade, he entered her in two local golf tournaments “as a joke,” as Song puts it. Song would not only win both of those tournaments but did so with power and precision, winning the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions as well.Those are two of her tools she refines every morning at the course. But after spending all morning on the links, Song has to hurry back to campus for class from noon-6 p.m. She’s constantly moving from golfer to student. It’s tiring, but she gets through it with the same disciplined and focused demeanor she displays on the fairway.Rarely does she even have time to smile. Rules officials have noticed. When accepting the trophy for her win at the US Women’s Amateur, the officials finally caught a glimpse of that grin.“One rules official came up to me and said it was great to see me smile because they said I had a poker face out there,” Song said. “They saw no facial expressions from me out on the course.”Song was so focused on winning, she forgot about everything else around her. She’s been winning ever since those tournaments in Michigan. After moving to Korea in fourth grade, Song played everything, from basketball to soccer to volleyball, and beat all her challengers. In middle school, she was recruited to play on the high school varsity basketball squad, but her headmaster wouldn’t allow it.These challengers weren’t limited to girls either.“I beat all the other guys in middle school,” Song said. “My brother didn’t like playing sports with me because I was better than him when I was growing up and he didn’t want to lose to a girl.”Perhaps this is where the Masters dream was born.But Song’s passion laid in the middle of the fairway. She played golf straight through high school and during her first two years at USC. She’s played a round with Cristie Kerr, and Lorena Ochoa actually asked Song if she could eat lunch with her. For those of you keeping score, that’s a total of eight LPGA major top 10’s in the last two years at one table.That number could soon be 11. Because of her success, Song has been invited to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major, in April.Although she’s “really psyched” to play with the best players in the world, there’s another aspect of the tournament that speaks to the fact that Song is still a teenager at heart.“I hear they have a lot of crackers and junk food there,” Song said. “I’m still a little kid because I get excited for those kinds of things.”There are very few moments in Song’s day that allow her to be a kid. Those come at about 10:30 p.m., after class, working out, showering, tutoring and dinner — usually with her teammate and roommate Inah Park at a local Korean place. Before sitting down to study, she finally gets to be a normal college student and procrastinate by playing Solitaire, checking Facebook or satisfying her addiction to movies. Finally, at 1:30 a.m., Song gets to go to sleep. She’ll be up again in four hours, hustling through the day. She’ll barely have time to dream, but she has so much time to turn those dreams into realities.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article visit or e-mail Kenny at read more

Lyon Hopes to Limit Messi’s Influence Tonight

first_img“Nabil Fekir is our captain and technical leader. We will have to do more to compensate for his absence,” Genesio told reporters yesterday.“We will have to reduce Messi’s influence.”Despite Messi having scored more than 100 times in the Champions League, Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has confidence in his teammate Mendy to control proceedings at the Groupama Stadium.“I think that Ferland Mendy is ready to face Messi,” he said.“We are confident in the qualities of our squad.”Aouar’s enthusiasm may yet be dented as Lyon are also sweating on the fitness of defender Jason Denayer and midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.The French side geared up for Tuesday’s clash with a hard-fought 2-1 Ligue 1 win against Guingamp on Friday while Barca needed a Messi penalty to beat Real Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga on Saturday.Lyon are the clear underdogs but they have already shown they can rise up to the big occasions, inflicting Paris St Germain’s only Ligue 1 defeat of the season a couple of weeks ago. They also beat English champions Manchester City in the Champions League group stage in September.TODAYLiverpool v B’MunichLyon v BarcelonaWEDNESDAYAtletico v JuventusSchalke 04 v Man CityShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUEOlympique Lyonnais will be out to ‘reduce’ the influence of Lionel Messi when they host Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first leg without their talisman and captain Nabil Fekir tonight.Fekir will be suspended for the game, limiting Lyon’s striking power as Bruno Genesio’s side will rely on defender Ferland Mendy to contain Argentine forward Messi and French striker Ousmane Dembele.last_img read more

NLD Watch: Tottenham Receive Triple Boost Ahead Of Mammoth Clash

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have been handed a triple boost ahead of their North London Derby (NLD) clash with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.Three key players namely Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all took part in training on Thursday morning to boost preparations ahead of the game at the weekend.The three England internationals were called up for the recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil before injuries sustained ahead of and during their last English Premier League (EPL) fixture with Crystal Palace forced them to withdraw from the squad.Leading goalscorer Harry Kane missed the England games with a knee injury while midfielder Harry Winks also sat out those games with an ankle trouble.On his own part, Dele Alli missed the Palace game with a hamstring injury and that forced him out of the England games. RelatedDele Alli Extends Contract With Tottenham Until 2024October 30, 2018In “England”Another Nigerian-Born Player Joins England Senior TeamNovember 10, 2017In “England”Dele Alli Emerges As Serious Doubt For Panama ClashJune 23, 2018In “England”last_img read more

PL on Citi: Youngsters secure Chelsea’s first victory of the season against Norwich City

first_imgAfter fighting back in the first half, Norwich’s energy appeared sapped and they could not muster a third equalizer of the afternoon to deny Lampard his first taste of victory. Tammy Abraham hit his first Premier League goals as Chelsea edged a thrilling encounter at Norwich to give manager Frank Lampard his first win.Academy product Abraham started and finished the scoring as the visitors secured a 3-2 victory in East Anglia.Abraham scored his first-ever competitive goal for Chelsea and later added a secondTodd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki twice equalized for the hosts during a breathless 45 minutes after Mason Mount had restored Chelsea’s advantage with his second of the season.But Chelsea was more dominant after the break and another smart finish from Abraham proved enough for Lampard to claim his first three points.He was the last manager to leave Carrow Road with a league win after his Derby side won a seven-goal thriller in December.This victory was nearly as exhilarating as Abraham stepped up to deliver the goods for a Chelsea team which was already without the injured N’Golo Kante before Pedro suffered a hamstring issue in the warm-up.Despite those setbacks, Chelsea was ahead from their first attack, Cesar Azpilicueta getting forward on the overlap and crossing to Abraham, who finished with aplomb.Mason Mount made it two goals in two games and was later chosen as man of the match by talkSPORT’s Dean AshtonWith the attack on top, it was little surprise that Norwich got themselves back level before half-time, with Pukki again on the score sheet.Cantwell’s clever flick set Emi Buendia away and he rolled a perfect pass into the feet of Pukki, who converted from a tight angle, although Kepa Arrizabalaga should have done better in the Chelsea goal.A clever short free-kick routine almost had Norwich ahead for the first time, but Kepa pushed clear Buendia’s shot before holding Grant Hanley’s effort from the rebound.Chelsea was still enjoying more of the ball in dangerous areas but the sides went in level at the break.Lampard’s men dominated after the restart, all but camped in the Norwich half without really crafting a clear-cut opening to regain the lead.They were denied a penalty just after the hour-mark, the video assistant referee siding with Martin Atkinson after he opted not to penalize Marco Stiepermann after a coming together with Azpilicueta.Chelsea would eventually find their way through soon after, Mateo Kovacic sliding a pass into Abraham, who fired past two defenders and into Krul’s net, the Norwich goalkeeper clearly unhappy at his failure to keep it out.last_img read more