Legislation needed to target sex buyers

first_img Previous articleAssault claim resolved as Dundon moves on appealNext articlePrison redevelopment tenders sought Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WITH increasing pressure to tackle the areas of Limerick city that are swathed in prostitution, local TDs are now being urged to push for the relevant provisions to be made in legislation to end abuse, exploitation and trafficking of young women to the Irish sex industry.Doras Luimní, the Limerick based migrant support group are challenging TDs to use the new Dáil term to introduce laws targeting sex buyers in order to end abuse, exploitation and trafficking.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The call by group follows a unanimous recommendation from the Oireachtas Justice Committee for such laws after an extensive process which attracted 800 written submissions and public hearings.As part of one of the 68 strong organisations forming the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, Doras Luimní is seeking the new laws and has the support of trade unions, employers, emergency workers, survivors of prostitution, farming groups, human rights organisations and many more.Karen McHugh, CEO, said: “A milestone has been reached in the efforts to shut down the pimps and traffickers whose actions have brought organised prostitution to every part of Ireland, including our local communities here in the Mid West.“It is now well over a year since the Government announced a review of the laws on prostitution. Since then the Oireachtas Justice Committee has examined the issues involved in detail and has come to the unanimous conclusion that the way forward is to introduce laws targeting the buyers of sex,” added the group’s CEO.In December 2011, over two dozen men were brought before the courts for soliciting under cover gardai for the purposes of sex. But the group and the members of the TORL campaign are looking for legislators to go one step further and enact laws that will target the buyers of sex on the street.“That recommendation is a tribute not only to our partners in the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign but also to the many local people who as individuals have joined us in calling for change. Throughout this time however, the criminals have continued their work.“We know this is a fact given that 19 children discovered in Irish ‘commercial sex’ during 2012 and escort websites advertise an average of 800 women for sale online every day.”Ms McHugh continued: “The issues involved have been debated and the recommendation has been made. It is time now for the politicians to act on the cross party support which has been achieved. We are calling on all our local TD to ensure there is no further delay and to seek the introduction of legislation as a matter of urgency.Last week, unknown pranksters posted signs on three street corners in the city highlighting areas of a “Red Light District” and supposed hours of operation.This met was met with anger amongst the business and residential community in the affected areas.The Doras CEO is urging that “It is also important that local people continue to call for the ending of this crime in our communities and we are asking them to add their voice to the campaign through www.turnofftheredlight.ie/action.There is an opportunity for real change and Ms McHugh said there is a “chance to offer hope to hundreds of women currently trapped in prostitution. If we let it slip by then many more will end up at risk of a life of threats, abuse and violence.”via Legislation needed to target sex buyers (556) | Limerick Post Newswrite. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLegislation needed to target sex buyersBy Staff Reporter – August 23, 2013 559 Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Email Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Meditation may relieve IBS and IBD

first_imgA pilot study has found that participating in a nine-week training program including elicitation of the relaxation response had a significant impact on clinical symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body’s response to stress.The report from investigators at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), both Harvard affiliates, is the first to study the use of the relaxation response in these disorders and the first to investigate the genomic effects of the relaxation response in individuals with any disorder. The report was published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.“Our results suggest exciting possibilities for further developing and implementing this treatment in a wider group of patients with gastrointestinal illness,” said Braden Kuo of the gastrointestinal unit in the MGH Department of Medicine, co-lead author of the report.“Several studies have found that stress management techniques and other psychological interventions can help patients with IBS, at least in the short term; and while the evidence for IBD is less apparent, some studies have suggested potential benefits. What is novel about our study is demonstration of the impact of a mind/body intervention on the genes controlling inflammatory factors that are known to play a major role in IBD and possibly in IBS,” said Kuo, who is also a Harvard Medical School assistant professor of medicine.Both IBS and IBD are chronic conditions that produce related symptoms, including abdominal pain and changes in bowel function such as diarrhea. But while IBD — which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — is characterized by severe inflammation in all or part of the gastrointestinal tract, no inflammation or visible abnormality is present in IBS. Stress appears to exacerbate both conditions, and since the symptoms themselves can increase stress in patients, finding ways to break that vicious cycle could have significant clinical benefits.The relaxation response — a physiologic state of deep rest induced by practices such as meditation, yoga, and prayer — was first described more than 40 years ago by Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute and a co-author of the current paper. Many studies have shown that regular practice of the relaxation response not only alleviates stress and anxiety but also directly affects physiologic factors such as blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen consumption. In reports published in 2008 and 2013, Benson, along with Towia Libermann and Manoj Bhasin — both of the BIDMC Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center — described how elicitation of the relaxation response in healthy individuals affected the expression of genes in pathways involved with the body’s response to stress, inflammation, and energy metabolism. Libermann is co-senior author and Bhasin is co-lead author of the current study.The current study was designed to investigate whether a relaxation-response-based intervention could improve the quality of life in patients with IBS or IBD and to analyze the intervention’s effects on inflammatory markers and gene expression. The study enrolled 48 adult participants — 19 of whom had been diagnosed with IBS and 29 with IBD — who participated in a nine-week group program focused on stress reduction, cognitive skills, and health-enhancing behaviors. Each of the weekly sessions included relaxation response training, and participants were asked to practice relaxation response elicitation at home for 15 to 20 minutes each day. Along with aspects featured in other group programs offered at the Benson-Henry Institute, this program included a session specifically focused on gastrointestinal health.Study participants were assessed at the outset, midway through, and at the end of the program, and then three weeks later. The assessments used standardized tools for measuring symptoms common to both disorders, assessing anxiety and pain, and determining the effects of the disorders on participants’ quality of life. Blood samples were taken at baseline and a week after the study period’s conclusion for purposes of profiling gene expression and measuring known inflammatory factors.Both in patients with IBS and those with IBD, participation in the mind/body program appeared to have significantly improved disease-related symptoms, anxiety, and overall quality of life, not only at the end of the study period but also three weeks later. While there were no significant changes in inflammatory markers for either group of participants, changes in expression were observed in almost 200 genes among participants with IBS and more than 1,000 genes in those with IBD. Many of the genes with altered expression are known to contribute to pathways involved with stress response and inflammation.“In both IBS and IBD, the pathway controlled by a protein called NF-κB emerged as one of those most significantly affected by the relaxation response, which confirms the findings of our previous genomic studies,” said Libermann. “Indeed the relaxation response reduced the expression of a number of genes directly linked to the key inflammatory processes of IBD. While the mechanisms behind IBS are less well-defined, they most likely involve stress response, which also could be improved by relaxation response practice.”Co-senior author John Denninger of the Benson-Henry Institute at MGH noted, “One interesting clinical impact was a decrease in both IBS and IBD patients in what is called pain catastrophizing — a negative cognitive and emotional response to pain or the anticipation of pain. In other words, participants became more resilient in the face of the pain they were experiencing. But before we can offer a program like this to patients with these disorders, we’ll need to conduct a longer, randomized trial with a control group and enough participants for statistically significant results.”last_img read more

West Palm Beach man arrested for sex trafficking

first_imgThe Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that the have arrested a 23-year-old man who reportedly offered two teen girls payment for sexual favors.Cheridon Tyler Edgar was arrested earlier this week after the two victims told authorities Edgar had been offering them “things of value” in exchange for sex.According to the report, Edgar offered one of the victims an iPhone 11 and vape pens but when the teen no longer wanted to have sex with him, he reportedly threatened to return the phone and then sent her a video of himself with guns in his waistband. Edgar then allegedly began sending sexually explicit text to the girl’s father and her sister.The second victim told investigators that Edgar gave her $150 for sex but then kept pressuring her for sex until she paid him back the money. The teen says when she tried to cut off all communication with Edgar, he became angry and then threatened to harm her and her family. Once the girl’s mother became aware of the threats, she contacted the police.Edgar has since been arrested and is facing two counts of human trafficking and two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.last_img read more

Kurt Okraku pleased with performances of clubs in the FA Cup

first_imgManagement Committee Chairman of the MTN FA Cup, Kurt Okraku has expressed delight over the performances of clubs in this year’s competitionThe round of 32 stage recorded intriguing results with as many as five Premiership clubs ousted in this stage.For Okraku, this an indication of how competitive the league is.“I am very pleased with the performance of the various clubs and I am happy the we have ended the round of 32 successfully.”“We have registered some very interesting score lines from Thursday through to Sunday just to ensure that we spread the mileage available our sponsor which is MTN our proud sponsor.”“For now we are on track and we will meet on Tuesday as a committee and plan for the next agenda.” The teams to have qualified for the round 16 stage are: Asokwa Depotivo, WAFA, Wa Rocket, Smartex FC, Kotoko, Liberty Professionals,True Democracy, Storm Academy, Mighty Royals, R. T. U, Emmanuel FC, Okwawu United, Hasaccas, Bechem United, Elimina Sharks and Wa All Stars.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

FIXTURES: Mourinho to Bournemouth, Guardiola hosts Sunderland

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |Jose Mourinho faces a trip to the seaside in his first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United as they face Bournemouth in the Premier League fixtures unveiled on Wednesday.His bitter rival from his days in charge of Real Madrid in Spain, former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola now in charge of city rivals Manchester City, will host Sunderland, who just escaped the drop last season.Current Italy coach Antonio Conte faces a highly-charged first game in the dugout for Chelsea as he has a London derby with Slaven Bilic’s West Ham. — Premier League (@premierleague) June 15, 2016Another of the influx of top class continental European coaches, Jurgen Klopp, will begin his first full season in charge — having replaced Brendan Rodgers in the middle of last term — by taking his Liverpool outfit to face French veteran Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.Champions Leicester have a gentle start away at newly-promoted Hull, but then have their credentials tested to the full when they host the Gunners, who finished runners-up, the week after.Two former Southampton bosses will trade blows on the pitch as Ronald Koeman’s first taste as Everton manager will be to host Spurs, coached by his predecessor at Saints, Maurico Pochettino.Only a year ago Koeman criticised Pochettino for ditching Southampton before his contract was up — only for Koeman to do the same thing when he took the Everton job on Tuesday.Share on: WhatsApp #DidYouKnow you can get the 2016/17 Premier League fixtures in your calendar ??Download: https://t.co/RKfubeLoOH pic.twitter.com/olmIG1ec2Klast_img read more

Wolves complete permanent record deal for Jimenez

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Raul Jimenez “We’ve had some good moments, some bad moments; but the best ones have been so good and I’m very happy for that.”The signing of the 27-year-old takes Wolves’ spending to around £164 million since Chinese owners Fosun took charge of the club in 2016.“The impact Raul has made during his short time at the club has been fantastic and we’re delighted that he’ll be part of the club’s long-term future,” said Kevin Thelwell, Wolves sporting director.“Raul’s permanent signing shows the ambition of this football club and the determination to make sure the future is an exciting one.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wolves broke their club transfer record on Thursday to ensure top scorer Raul Jimenez remains at Molineux on a permanent deal worth a reported £30 million ($39 million) from Benfica.The Mexican has scored 15 goals in his debut season in England as the Midlands club have enjoyed a fine first campaign back in the Premier League.Nuno Espirito Santo’s men beat Manchester United for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday to remain seventh in the Premier League and face Watford in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.Jimenez scored in the first of those victories over United and was also on target in memorable wins over Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.“Since I’ve arrived here it’s all been so good,” Jimenez told the club’s website.last_img read more

WDFW Closes Kalaloch Beach for Razor Clamming January 19-21

first_imgFacebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeDue to the federal shutdown, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has rescinded three razor clam digs at Kalaloch beach that were set to occur January 19-21.“We are closing Kalaloch beach to razor clam digging in response to a request by Olympic National Park,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Olympic National Park staff are not available to help ensure a safe and orderly opening in the area,” he added. WDFW and the Park will consider alternate days to make up for this loss of harvest opportunity following the current federal shutdown.Digs at three other beaches, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis, will proceed as planned, said Ayres. State shellfish managers with WDFW approved those digs on evening low tides last week after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The following beaches, dates, and evening low tides remain open to razor clamming: January 17, Thursday; 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors January 18, Friday; 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors January 19, Saturday; 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks January 20, Sunday; 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis January 21, Monday; 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksDan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.“Diggers should always keep an eye on the surf and come prepared with good lighting devices for the digs that occur after dark,” Ayres said.Ayres said the department has also tentatively scheduled a dig in early February, pending the results of another round of marine toxin tests. If those tests are favorable, that dig will run Feb. 1-3.More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.last_img read more

Harry Carson Leads Concussion Discussion Among High School Athletes

first_imgBy John Sorce |RED BANK – Former National Football League (NFL) linebacker and lifetime New York Giant Harry Carson, 63, led a discussion on concussions among high school athletes at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library at Two River Theater on Wednesday, May 3.“This is an issue that is very much near and dear to my heart,” Carson said. “I played during an era in which you just kind of shook it off when you saw stars and got back on the field.“I didn’t realize what was going on until two years after I left football. I went to my doctor for my yearly physical. At the end he said everything was fine, but he asked if I had anything else going on. I told him about my issues with bright lights and loud noises. I went down the list of issues I was dealing with and he referred me to a specialist. I went and got tested and the diagnosis came back as mild post-concussion syndrome.”A sports-related concussion is defined as traumatic brain injury induced by bio-mechanical forces. They may be caused by either a direct blow to the head, face or neck or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head. Keane noted that the new guidelines are in the British Journal of Medicine and can be downloaded for free.There has been an estimated increase from 1.1 to 1.9 million sports and recreation-related concussions occuring in children 18 or younger annually. Kids are more involved in sports and playing more frequently on travel teams, and that added exposure is what Keane believes is leading to this increase.Despite popular opinion, extended rest is not recommended for concussions and may actually prolong symptoms. “The whole idea is you give the brain rest and time to recover. But we don’t know how much or how long, or if that’s even doing anything,” Keane said. “We want to get the kids right back to school in some way. When we prescribe rest for long periods, we are actually creating more problems.”Regardless of the modern enhancements the game of football is trying to provide to protect its players, Stephanie Reynolds, D.O., chairman of Emergency Medicine at Riverview Medical Center, stated there is nothing that can be done when it comes to protecting the head. “Helmets are only as good as the brain that’s inside. I always tell parents there is no helmet that will protect their child’s brain,” she said. Carson wants coaches, athletic directors, trainers and especially parents to know what children are getting themselves into before they sign up. “Every parent needs to understand the neurological risks before allowing their kids to play football,” Carson said. “Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of people who have played at the high school level who are now in their twenties and they are dealing with some serious behavioral problems that can be traced back to the hits that they took when they played contact sports in high school.” Kristine Keane, Psy.D., System Wide Clinical Director of Hackensack Meridian Health, began the event by explaining the dif ferent concussion recommendations. The Zurich pediatric concussion guidelines, which originated in 2001, were “more like a consensus statement.”These guidelines were expanded and renewed in 2008 and again in 2012 before the Berlin guidelines were discussed in October 2016 during the fifth international conference on concussion in sport. The Berlin guidelines were released this year.That switch is what brought Old Bridge High School athletic trainer Ralph Di Iorio to the event. “I want to continue to update my knowledge for concussion evaluation and treatment,” Di Iorio said. “They talked about the new guidelines that came out. Knowing those changes are going to help us stay current with our treatment and evaluations of concussions at the high school level.” If Carson was never diagnosed, he does not know where he would be today. “I was very fortunate in retrospect to be diagnosed because what I was dealing with was something that I kept to myself,” he said. “There were times where I thought I was literally going crazy because I really didn’t know what was going on.”Carson owes a lot to the game of football. He had a 13-year career in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl nine times, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He does not want his grandson to suffer from football’s side effects. “If I knew then what I know now, I would be very hesitant to play the game again,” Carson said. “I don’t want to be a ‘Debbie Downer’ here, but this issue of concussions is very real. When my grandson, who is seven now, was two or three years old, I made a decision then that he will not play football. He can play any other sport, but he knows he’s not playing football.”Reynolds noted she never negotiates with her kids; she strictly lays out the facts. At the end of the day, the parents have a difficult decision to make. But for Reynolds, the choice is clear. “If you decide that your child’s brain is not as important as a $50,000 [scholarship], that’s on you.” she said.This article was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Wranglers clinch 2016 Keystone Cup with OT victory

first_imgCole Zimmerman scored at 2:35 of overtime to spark the 100 Mile House Wranglers to a 3-2 victory over AGI Insurance Quakers of Saskatoon to capture the 2016 Keystone Cup Sunday in Regina.The victory is the second in three years for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the title in 2014.100 Mile House trailed 2-0 after the first period before scoring twice in the second to even the game. Ryan Friesen and Zimmerman, on the power play, tied the game for the KIJHL champs.AGI out shot the Wranglers 40-32, but after the first period could get nothing by winning goalie Zane Steeves.The game was the second in as many days the two teams played.Saturday, the Quakers defeated the Wranglers 6-4 in the final round robin game.However, 100 Mile House, finishing the round robin with a 3-2 record, earned a spot in the final over Regina Capitals after the two teams finished tied in points.100 Mile House had a better goal average.After defeating Kimberley in the KIJHL Championship, the Wranglers advanced to the Keystone Cup by posting a 5-4 victory over host Victoria Cougars in the Cyclone Taylor Championships in the Provincial Capital.last_img read more

Hammers want Chelsea keeper – report

first_imgWest Ham want Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.The Belgium international, 20, is due to return from a loan spell with Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.It is suggested that the Hammers are keen on Courtois but Chelsea may look to him to become Petr Cech’s successor.The Daily Mirror say Chelsea are bracing themselves for an FA misconduct charge in the aftermath of Sunday’s controversial clash with Manchester United.The paper suggest Chelsea could be in hot water after referee Mark Clattenburg was confronted in his dressing room after the game at Stamford Bridge.FA rules stipulate a manager has to seek permission from the match official before being allowed in and can only approach him after 30-minute ‘cooling-off’ period.Boss Roberto Di Matteo, his assistant Eddie Newton and midfielder John Obi Mikel reportedly all went to speak to Clattenburg 15 minutes after the match over an alleged racial slur and are said to have been joined by Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay.Clattenburg is believed to have included information in his statement to the FA detailing the incident.Meanwhile, The Sun report that Real Betis are looking to sign QPR’s Esteban Granero on loan in January.The Spanish club supposedly want Granero to replace star midfielder Benat, who has been linked with a move.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more