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Group backs HPV shot recommendation for boys

first_imgReuters 27 Feb 2012Boys 11 years and up should get Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Monday.“What we are hoping will come out of this is that we can push this as a cancer vaccine,” said Dr. Michael Brady of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “We now have the ability to interrupt the transmission and the development of cancer.”The new statement leans on recommendations released last year by U.S. vaccine advisers and updates the previous stance of the AAP, which until now had only backed routine vaccination for girls.HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least half of all sexually active people will catch genital HPV at some point.The infection usually doesn’t cause any symptoms and goes away on its own. But certain types of the virus may cause genital warts and, rarely, cancer.It’s estimated that HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for 7,000 cases of cancer in men every year in the U.S. and 15,000 cases in women, most of them cervical cancers.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/27/us-hpv-shot-recommendation-boys-idUSTRE81Q0NZ20120227last_img read more

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Divorce Etiquette 101

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Divorce Etiquette. Image via: Heike Kampe/ThinkstockThere’s no denying that divorce is hardest on the couple and their children. But its effects can ripple out into the splitting spouses’ social spheres as well, often causing disruptions when friends and family members aren’t sure about what they should say or do when it comes to interacting with the now-split couple. Why is divorce etiquette so tricky? “A lot has to do with our own emotional reaction to a close friend or family member’s divorce,” says Margot Swann, founder and director of Visions Anew, a nonprofit divorce resource for woman. “We don’t like the picture changing, which makes us feel awkward.” Plus, she adds, it might bring up uncomfortable feelings about our own marriage (If it can happen to them…) Here, nine issues that often arise when someone you know divorces, and how to handle them with grace.A good friend just told you that she’s getting a divorce and you don’t know the right way to respond.The best thing you can say in this situation is simply, “I’m here for you.” In a way, supporting a divorcing friend is not unlike supporting a grieving friend, because divorce—even if she wanted it, even if it’s relatively amicable—evokes similar feelings of loss. “She needs your support and friendship more than anything else,” says Swann. The easiest way to provide support is to take your cues from her: If she wants to just spend time with you without talking about her ex, do that. If she needs a few late-night sessions to vent and work through her grief, be there for her. If she just wants a little company, offer to take her along on your morning walks or to the gym; come by with coffee (or a bottle of wine!) if she can’t get a sitter. Don’t forget she may need practical help, too: Offer to drive her kids places or ask your husband to help out with chores like mowing the lawn or getting the oil changed in her car, suggests Swann.Your sister is getting a divorce, but you think she’s making a mistake.In truth, you don’t know—and never will know—if her divorce is truly a mistake because none of us really understands what goes on behind closed doors. Even if you are aware that she had an affair, for example, you still don’t know what caused her to stray. Keep in mind, too, that just because the news comes as a shock to you, the same might not apply for her; she may have been thinking about it, and discussing it with her spouse, for years before the announcement. One thing that is certain: Berating her for making a mistake won’t help, says Swann. However, you might want to ask if she’s tried couple’s counseling, says Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, a former attorney who’s now a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of the forthcoming Codependency for Dummies. “Even if they don’t ultimately reconcile, counseling can help the couple work through their divorce.” The bottom line: “Steer clear of offering advice that’s not asked for. Stick to support,” says Lancer.The couple you and your husband always go on double dates with is now divorcing and you two don’t know whose side you should be on.Presuming that the four of you are all friends, try your best not to choose sides or leave either of them out in the cold. “Divorcing spouses often find they lose friends and are excluded from events they normally attended, which is a shame,” says Swann. Remember, it’s not your job as a friend to take sides as much as it is to support and be there for her and him. If the female half of the couple is asking you to drop her ex from your friend list, tell her—as kindly as you can—that you’re there to be her friend, but you’re not actually angry with her ex, says Lancer. By the same token, be sensitive to both of their feelings by not telling either of them about the time you may have spent with the other person and ensure both of them that anything discussed when you are with them will always be confidential.Your brother is getting a divorce but you’ve grown close to your former sister-in-law and want to remain friends with her.There’s no reason why you can’t stay pals with a friend’s or family member’s ex, but the social etiquette can get thorny. Whereas before, you’d hang out with your sister-in-law at family functions, now it’s better to plan a girls’ night out for just the two of you—away from your brother and other family members. Swann also notes that you’ll likely have to alternate invitations while the divorce is still a sensitive subject, by having your brother and the kids over for a big family BBQ one weekend and then asking his ex to come over with the kids for a play date the following weekend, for example. If your brother is upset that you are still friendly his ex, be respectful of his feelings. “You can say, ‘I’m sorry you feel that way, but I still enjoy spending time with Jane. I hope you understand,’” suggests Swann. If he’s adamant about you breaking it off, you may have to decide if the friendship is worth risking your relationship with your brother, adds Lancer.Your best friend has become sensitive about the topic of money post-divorce; instead of discussing the subject, she avoids making plans with you.You may find that your friend is in tighter financial straits immediately after her divorce, particularly if she was a stay-at-home mom during the marriage, or has had to move because she could no longer afford the mortgage. This sudden change in lifestyle may make her retreat a bit more from her social life. If she declines to go out, try to be sensitive to her situation and generous when you can, says Swann. Dream up different things to do together that don’t involve spending cash, such as nature walks, free concerts and dinners at home. If there are group outings that you know she would love to go to—like dinner with a group of your girlfriends—“offer to pick up the tab now and then,” says Swann. “You don’t want her to feel isolated right now.” Family friends are getting a divorce and all the kids involved have a lot of questions about it.If your families have always been close, you may find yourself in the position of being your friends’ kids’ confidant. “Their children may talk to you before they talk to their own parents,” notes Swann. Reassure them that their parents still love them, and that the divorce is absolutely, positively not their fault (often a child’s biggest fear or suspicion). But resist trying to answer specific questions about “what happened.” The truth is that you don’t know the details. Your own kids may also be full of questions, such as why their friends’ dad (or mom) isn’t living at their house anymore or whether you’re on the road to divorce, too. Answer their specific questions as they arise (“Yes, Jen and Joe’s dad lives in a different place now, but he still loves them very much”) without trying to over explain. Saying something like, “Sometimes, families have problems that mean the mom and dad can’t live together anymore, but it has nothing to do with how much they want their kids to be happy and loved” goes a long way, says Lancer.A divorce amongst your circle of friends is leading to a lot of ugly gossip about the separating couple.Do your best to not go there. Whether your husband wants to share the “ex’s side,” your friend is prodding you for dirt on her ex or a mutual friend wants to dish about everyone involved, firmly opt out, says Lancer. It’s just never a good idea to indulge in negative divorce gossip, for everyone involved (particularly the couple’s children). Say to people other than your friend that you’d rather not be caught in the crossfire of any gossip for fear it’ll come back to you (He said that you said…). While it’s natural that your friend will want to talk about her divorce, because you care about her and are concerned about her emotional wellbeing, avoid the urge to tell her the latest rumors about her ex or trash talk him. “Say to her, ‘I don’t think talking to you about Frank is good for you, and it’s not good for our friendship, which I value,’ and change the subject,” says Lancer. If you truly can’t resist telling someone or feel you need to relieve the pressure of knowing too much, share your news with a disinterested third party so no one gets hurt.Your recently divorced friend is dating again—and you think it’s a terrible idea.Hold your tongue, at least at first, even if you think it’s too soon or that she’s making a mistake—because who’s to say if it is a mistake? Not you! Swann notes that sometimes newly divorced people like to feel desirable again and getting back into the dating pool is the easiest way to do this. She may just be testing the waters, flexing her dating muscles or looking to have a bit of fun. Even if you’re convinced she’s making a mistake (by dating someone who is totally inappropriate, for example), “She’s not going to listen to you, anyway,” says Lancer. Instead of (fruitlessly) trying to dissuade her from dating, be supportive and positive. “Emphasize how dating in this period of her life is, or should be, a way to learn more about herself and what she eventually wants from a new relationship,” says Lancer.You have big relationship news but aren’t sure if you should share it with a friend who’s going through a divorce.As long as you’re not rubbing your good news in her face—for example, calling her every day with updates on your wedding plans—a good friend will want to know what’s going on with you. Even if she can’t be a cheerleader for love and romance, she will at least be happy for you. Plus, she may feel isolated or left out if she discovers you’ve hidden something from her. With news like an engagement, approach the friend sensitively and don’t feel slighted if her reaction is muted. Be upfront, suggests Swann: “Say, ‘I know this may be hard for you, and I’d be so happy if you’d come to my bridal shower, but I understand if it isn’t something you feel up to right now.’” That gives her the option of congratulating you one-on-one without having to share in the public celebration.By Denise SchipaniWoman’s Day Share Sharecenter_img LifestyleRelationships Divorce Etiquette 101 by: – October 7, 2011 Tweet 176 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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‘High-value’ target falls in drug bust

first_imgAlfredo Vista, 41, of BarangayJinalinan, Bugasong was caught around 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 5, police said. ILOILO City – Police arrested a mantagged as “high-value” target in a drug buy-bust in Barangay Guija, Bugasong,Antique. Prior to his apprehension, Vista sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P8,000. When frisked, Vista yielded nine moresachets of suspected illegal drugs. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the municipal police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img

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Deeney backed to find scoring form

first_img Press Association Pulis is confident the Venezuelan striker will quickly adapt to the Premier League and said: “It’s about fitness more than anything. “I thought he was very bright when he came on. When Rondon and James McClean came on we had a different threat to us – we had better legs up top. “We could stretch the game ourselves and I thought the two of them helped us to get on the front foot.” Albion’s defensive tactics drew criticism from some of the away support but centre-half Jonas Olsson was unrepentant. “We defended well, we stuck to our game plan,” he said. “That’s what we built on last season when the gaffer came in, I think we had 10 clean sheets out of 18 games in the Premier League with this gaffer last year. “We did well and it’s just facts, if you keep clean sheets you get points.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has backed Troy Deeney to open his Premier League goal account soon. Hornets skipper Deeney has hit 77 Championship goals in five years at Vicarage Road and last term became the first Watford player to score 20 or more in three consecutive seasons. The 27-year-old striker turned down the chance to join Premier League clubs in the past and has instead finally reached the top flight with the Hornets. But he has yet to find the net in their opening two matches and at times cut a frustrated figure during Saturday’s goalless draw at home to West Brom. And Flores admitted: “Troy is involved but it was difficult (for the other players) to get connected with him. “There were a lot of players around Troy which is why we tried to play down the sides and put crosses in. “West Brom put a lot of players inside the box but Deeney is connecting with the team. He is one of the leaders of the side. “I have no doubts about Troy and I would not be surprised if he scored in the next game.” But while Deeney may have toiled, he and his team-mates did bring at least the occasional save out of visiting keeper Boaz Myhill. Albion, by contrast, did not register a single shot on target – although Saido Berahino missed the chance of the match with a wayward header 10 minutes from time. Manager Tony Pulis had by then thrown on £12million record signing Salomon Rondon, who immediately showed his potential with a powerful run towards goal only to lash his shot high and wide. last_img read more

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Anderson suffers groin injury ahead of England’s Test summer

first_img(REUTERS) – England pace spearhead James Anderson faces a battle to be fit for the opening Test against South Africa in July, after scans confirmed he had suffered a tear to his right groin when playing for Lancashire in the county championship.Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker, limped off midway his sixth over on Friday against Yorkshire at Old Trafford and did not bowl again in the match.The 34-year-old will miss Lancashire’s return fixture against Yorkshire starting June 2, as he will be assessed by England’s medical team to understand the extent of the injury.Anderson, who missed four of England’s last 10 Tests with a shoulder injury, could still feature in three county matches in June to prove his fitness ahead of the international season.England host South Africa in the first of four Tests starting on July 6 at Lord’s before welcoming West Indies in a three-match series to wrap up the Test summer in August and September.last_img read more

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Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka in World Cup

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed the skipper for the one-day squad for the upcoming World Cup, the country’s cricket board announced yesterday.The 30-year-old will lead the team while playing his first one-day game since 2015.Karunaratne’s leadership was praised after Sri Lanka won a two-match series against South Africa in February to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.Sri Lanka Cricket said Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Sports, Harin Fernando.Karunaratne has not played a one-day international since the 2015 World Cup, but was tipped to take over from fast bowler Lasith Malinga who led the side in a 5-0 thrashing in the ODI series against South Africa following the Test triumph.He also answered his critics with a string of impressive performances with the bat during the recent domestic one-day tournament, scoring 165 runs in four matches at an average of 55.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests and 17 one-day games for Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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India U-19s clinch tri-nation tournament

first_imgINDIA cruised home in the final of the tri-nation Under-19s tournament in Hove, with eight balls to spare, a win set up by their top order comprising Yashasvi Jaiswal, Divyaansh Saxena, and Priyam Garg, who all struck fifties chasing 262.Openers Jaiswal and Saxena made 50 and 55 respectively, stitching together a 104-run stand in 22 overs that laid the platform for captain Garg to capitalise on with a 66-ball 73.(Scores: india Under-19s 264 for 4 (Garg 73, Jurel 59*, Saxena 55, Jaiswal 50, Rakibul 2-55) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 261 (Joy 109, Emon 60, Mishra 2-33, Tyagi 2-49) by six wicketsAfter the opening pair fell within three overs of each other – both to left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan – and No. 4 batsman Pragnesh Durgesh Kanpillewar departed for 2, Garg took charge of the chase, hitting four fours and two sixes en route to his second successive half-century.Garg top scored for his side and was ably assisted by wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel, who chipped in with a 73-ball 59 not-out, adding 109 runs for the fourth wicket with his captain. Garg departed with India U-19s only 27 shy of victory, leaving Jurel to shepherd their side to the target in the company of Tilak Varma, who sealed the chase with a four.Bangladesh Under-19s put up 261 after opting to bat, the bulk of the run-scoring done by first-drop batsman Mahmudul Hasan Joy and opener Parvez Hossain Emon. Emon was involved in two fifty stands to take his side past 120, before falling to left-arm pacer Sushant Mishra for a 64-ball 60 in the 23rd over.Mishra also took out Towhid Hridoy – for a duck – in the same over and not long after Bangladesh U-19s lost another pair in quick succession as Shahadat Hossain and captain Akbar Ali departed for single-digit scores in the 32nd and 33rd overs respectively.Much of the repair job thereafter was shouldered by Joy who made 109 off 134 balls – studded with nine fours and a six – before falling off the final delivery of the innings. Shamim Hossain’s 32 at No. 7 was the only other noteworthy contribution from the Bangladesh U-19s line-up, while Mishra and right-arm pacer Kartik Tyagi’s figures stood out among the India attack, both taking two wickets apiece. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Rio All-Stars optimistic of claiming $1M first prize

first_imgTROY Lambert, head coach newcomers Rio All-Stars, is confident that his charges will make the grand final of the inaugural Rio Indoor Streetball Championship on December 14 at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.This was disclosed via an official press release from tournament coordinators Three Peat Promotions.  Formerly the head-tactician of Bent Street, Lambert said that while the tournament is highly competitive, his side possess the required abilities and experience to earn a place in the coveted final.He added, “It’s a very open tournament, but we are very confident in our skills and will be coming to play football. We are here to take over Streetball and looking to win championships starting with this tournament. We just want to be the best in Georgetown and in Guyana.”Rio would faceoff with Future Stars in the quarterfinal on Saturday, December 7. A win will earn them a date with either Bent Street or Back Circle in the semi-final round. In the other two quarterfinal matches, Sparta Boss will oppose BV and Gold is Money will tackle Leopold Street.Asked about the impact of the tournament on the growth of Streetball, he declared, “This is a big impact towards the communities from the standpoint where the teams normally don’t have executives, they just come out and want to play. Now they have a chance to play for cash prizes of one million dollars. I really see this is a plus and I want more sponsors to come in and improve street football so it can grow further.”“You never know that another sponsor might come and award more money to the players. Streetball at the moment is it; everyone wants to play Streetball, even the Elite League players. As a player you are getting more playing time and earning more. It is like a salary, when you ask players if they are playing in the year-end tournaments, their response is ‘my office is in the gym’.”According to Lambert, “Tournaments such as this have elevated Streetball, it’s about the organisers and coordinators. I wish Rio can continue to invest in Streetball and host more tournaments. The talk is that Rio should take over and be an integral part of the Streetball community.“It’s great for Streetball they are on board, it’s comparable to when Alpha United and Slingerz were around and what they did. Other individuals and businesses might come on board and host events and form teams and improve the quality.”He further affirmed that Streetball has grown exponentially due to lack of the politics and infighting that have plagued the traditional format, “Streetball doesn’t have a leader; it’s about the communities and players. That has allowed it to grow and be supported by many. There is no politics involved. This tournament is a massive plus for the format and going forward I want to see more tournaments and sponsors involved in Streetball.”The tournament continues on Saturday at the National Gymnasium with the quarterfinal round.last_img read more

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Valtteri Bottas stuns team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the 2019 Australian Grand Prix

first_imgBy the virtue of this win, Bottas got his revenge against Hamilton for what had happened at last season’s Russian Grand Prix. He had to surrender his lead to Hamilton as he was no longer in the championship fight while Hamilton on the hand was in red hot form. He has indeed made a strong statement in the opening race of the season by winning his fourth Grand Prix.The 29 -year old Finnish is confident about being in the fight for the World Championship. However, in order to make it happen, he will need to get the better of his team-mate and current World Champion Lewis Hamilton on a regular basis.READ: K T Irfan Becomes First Indian From Athletics To Qualify For Tokyo Olympics SUBSCRIBE TO US Karthik Nair COMMENT Last Updated: 24th June, 2019 16:03 IST Valtteri Bottas Stuns Team-mate Lewis Hamilton To Win The 2019 Australian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas gets the better of team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the opening Grand Prix of the season 1 year ago Arjun Kapoor just summed up Malaika’s stunning picture in three words and we couldn’t agree more! 1 year ago ‘It took us eight years to be at the same point’: Samantha Akkineni opens up on her relationship with Naga Chaitanya First Published: 17th March, 2019 18:15 IST The 2019 Formula One Grand Prix is off to a great start as Valterri Bottas of Mercedes has stunned his team-mate as well as five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to win the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.Mercedes has been dominating the F1 circuit for a long time. The ‘Silver Arrows’ have won five consecutive World Constructor’s Championships in a row and with Bottas getting the better of Hamilton, it will only boost their morale heading into the next race.WATCH | ‘Our Aim Is To Win The Trophy’, Says Delhi Capitals Player Ishant SharmaBottas started his F1 career in 2013 with Williams. He was roped in by Mercedes during the 2017 season to team up with Hamilton after Nico Rosberg had announced his immediate retirement post his Driver’s World Championship triumph in the previous season.  He obliged his employers by finishing at the third position in the season’s first race i.e. the Australian Open Grand Prix.  As the season progressed, he went on to register three Grand Prix wins for Mercedes in Russia,  Austria and Abu Dhabi respectively. Bottas was so amazed after his Australian Grand Prix win that he was left completely speechless and had no idea about what had happened. At the same time, he also mentioned that it was his best race ever.He also took to Twitter to express his happiness post his convincing win. LIVE TV 1 year ago Salman Khan gives Ranveer Singh top billing, mentions him in the same league as SRK, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more

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Maprik to host Sepik Challenge of CCIC

first_imgCoordinator of the Sepik Challenge and former Agmark Gurias player, Bradley Simon, said he received the confirmation yesterday from Enga Governor Peter Ipatas and CEO of the CCIC, Timothy Lepa.Simon said this is the first time one of PNG’s biggest off-season rugby league competitions is coming to East Sepik, and also the first for the Sepik Challenge to be inlcuded in the CCIC.The Sepik Challenge will start on Febuary 17, 2017, and will be held at the Maprik field, which will be converted from a soccer field into one big rugby field.“We are expecting 8-10 teams coming from Aitape, Vanimo and Wewak. The Sepik Challenge will run for 3 days with the winner to get the one golden pass up for grabs and advance onto the next stage of the CCIC.“This is a big step up for rugby league in the East and West Sepik. Maprik is setting the standard for Sepiks,” said Simon.last_img read more

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