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'Idiocy!' WHO sparks fury for urging women of childbearing age to be BANNED from alcohol

Its latest Global Alcohol Action Plan lays out how countries should pay “appropriate attention” to the prevention of drinking among children, expectant mothers and women of childbearing age. The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) says females between the ages of 15 and 45 fall into this category.

A draft of the WHO’s plan caused alarm among the drinks industry who quickly condemned the advice.

In it, health experts warned of the list of conditions associated with frequent drinking of alcohol.

They said poor mental health, violence, a reduction in productivity, strained relationships and disease were all linked to poor drinking habits.

Babies developing in the wombs of mothers who consume alcohol run a higher risk of slow growth, issues with learning and behaviour and distinct facial features.

The report adds: “One of the most dramatic manifestations of harm to persons other than drinkers is prenatal alcohol exposure and the development of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.”

Experts suggested that the harmful effects of alcohol on women could be publicised through a global “world no alcohol day/week”.

It added: “Appropriate attention should be given to the prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and protection of people from pressures to drink.”

However, industry figures hit out at the proposals.

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Mr Lambert said: “We are extremely concerned by the WHO calling on countries to prevent drinking among women of childbearing age in their latest action plan.

“As well as being sexist and paternalistic, and potentially restricting the freedoms of most women, it goes well beyond their remit and is not rooted in science.

“It is wrong to scaremonger in this irresponsible way and associate women’s alcohol-related risks with those of children and pregnant people.”

The WHO’s draft action plan covers the years from 2022 to 2030.

Christopher Snowdon, the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, branded the advice “idiocy”.

He said: “This is classic World Health Organisation idiocy.

“Not content with repeatedly dropping the ball on Covid-19 and dishing out awards to politicians for banning vaping, it now thinks most of the world’s women should abstain from alcohol.

“The idea that it is unsafe for women of childbearing age to drink any alcohol is unscientific and absurd.

“Moreover, it is none of the WHO’s business.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

CDC Cites Rise in Hospitalizations in Urging Teen Vaccinations

The CDC director is urging parents to vaccinate their teenagers against COVID-19, citing a study that shows increasing hospitalizations rates for adolescents.

“I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the number of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said in a statement.

While urging teenagers to wear masks and take precautions around others, she asked “parents, relatives and close friends to join me and talk with teens about the importance of these prevention strategies and to encourage them to get vaccinated.”

Walensky referred to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that showed adolescent hospitalizations peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, then dropped to 0.6 per 100,000 in mid-March.

Alarmingly, hospitalizations rose to 1.3 per 100,000 in April, and a number of teens required serious interventions.

“Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation,” the report said. No deaths occurred.

The study looked at 376 adolescents aged 12 to 17 who were hospitalized and tested positive for coronavirus. Of that group, 204 were hospitalized for COVID-19 and the other 172 were hospitalized for reasons not directly related to COVID-19.

Of the 204 hospitalized for COVID-19, 70.6% had an underlying medical condition such as obesity or chronic lung disease.

The study noted that children and teenagers have lower hospitalization rates and generally show less severe symptoms than older people.

Possible causes for the rise in adolescent COVID hospitalizations include the arrival of variants, the growing number of children returning to in-person education, and the changes in mask-wearing and other safety precautions, the study said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said that as of May 27, 4 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with about 34,500 new child cases reported for the week ending May 27.

The AAP said children have represented 14.1% of total cases since the pandemic began, but for the week ending May 27, children represented 24.3% of new reported weekly COVID-19 cases.

On May 10, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be given to children 12-to-15 years old. Previously, the FDA had authorized the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and up, whereas the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people and up.

“Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic,” Walensky said in her statement. “I continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line.”


CDC: “Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH.” “Hospitalization of Adolescents Aged 12–17 Years with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1, 2020–April 24, 2021.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Children and COVID-19: State-Level Data Report.”

FDA: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents in Another Important Action in Fight Against Pandemic.”

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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John McDonnell gives explosive speech urging protesters to IGNORE Israeli ceasefire

Labour’s former shadow chancellor John McDonnell has urged thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in London to ignore the Israeli ceasefire in Gaza. Those among the Labour left have continued to stoke Palestinian tensions despite Israel declaring a ceasefire in the conflict on Thursday. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in central London earlier today in solidarity with the people of Palestine in the wake of the conflict.
Mr McDonnell, who is a prominent figure in the radical Labour left, called on activists to continue pushing the boycott, disinvest and sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Speaking on a stage in Hyde Park to thousands of supporters, the Labour MP said: “Yes, a ceasefire has been negotiated and we welcome a ceasefire.

“But let’s be clear, there will be no ceasefire in our campaign to boycott, disinvest and sanction the Israeli apartheid state.

“The message is clear, we will not cease our campaign in solidarity until there is justice.

“So let’s make it clear, no justice, no peace.”

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The crowds reacted with delight to the speech, as protesters set off fireworks and coloured smoke in response.

Demonstrators in London could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag.

The protest, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), saw a large crowd block traffic and shutdowns roads near Victoria Embankment on Saturday afternoon as dozens of police officers watched on.

Protesters called for an “urgent” resolution to the ongoing conflict.

The left-wing Labour grouping, the Socialist Campaign Group Rally, released a statement following the ceasefire demanding the UK Government “imposes sanctions on Israel for its repeated violations of international law, place an embargo on arms sales and end trade with illegal settlements.”

It also called for “full support for the International Criminal Court’s opening of an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.”

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as John McDonnell, Richard Burgon, Diane Abbott and Ian Lavery all signed the statement.

At least 230 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes that raged for 11 days.

It is believed 12 have also been killed in Israel following rocket strikes by the terror group Hamas.

Hours after the ceasefire came into effects, the first convoys of humanitarian aid arrived in Gaza.

Palestinian officials warn that tens of millions of dollars will be needed to rebuild the region already hit hard by COVID-19.

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Piers Morgan details text from Sarah Ferguson urging him to 'get back out there' after GMB

Piers Morgan was told to “get back out there” by the Duchess of York this week, one month after quitting Good Morning Britain. The 56-year-old TV star detailed the encouraging text message from the royal in his newspaper column today.
Piers left the ITV breakfast show last month, in the wake of his comments following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sarah Ferguson said his presence on the programme was greatly missed.

The Duchess, known to many as Fergie, was married to the Queen’s son Prince Andrew until 1996 and is mum to Harry’s cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

She urged Piers, who fronted GMB with Susanna Reid for almost six years, to get back on television.

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“Perhaps we should start a new breakfast show together,” he went on to offer, “‘Morgy and Fergie in the Morning’, anyone?”

Yesterday, it was announced that the Duchess’ YouTube series, which features daily storytime reads, would be cancelled for a week following the death of Prince Phillip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, her former father-in-law, passed on Friday at Windsor Castle.

The Instagram post read: “Storytime with Fergie and Friends and Little Red News will be put on hold for a week, recommencing on Monday 19 April, due to the sad passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Piers also paid tribute to the Queen’s husband this week, admitting that Prince Philip’s death had “hit him hard”.

Earlier today he was called out by a Twitter user who shared some of Piers’ previous comments about the royal online.

“The thing is about being Piers Morgan is his words go far and deep but they will always come back to haunt him!”(sic) the tweet read.

Sharing the post with his 7.9 million followers, he added: “I stand by them all.

“Philip was amusingly rude to me when I met him because he hated the press, & he could be offhand, insensitive and arrogant – but that doesn’t mean I can’t also recognise & respect his many great qualities too.

“All the people I most admire are imperfect,” he continued.

‘You’re embarrassing’: US TV personality slammed after urging boycott of Masters golf, linking it to slavery in voting row (VIDEO)

Democrat-loving Keith Olbermann, who has more than a million Twitter followers, has divided viewers by linking the Masters golf to slavery and urging sporting events and TV networks to follow baseball’s lead by shunning Georgia.

Over the course of the weekend, Olbermann, who left ESPN late last year, has posted one particular video several times.

It came as a response to baseball officials choosing to move their All-Star Game from Georgia following the passing of voting legislation that increases ID requirements for absentee voters and prohibits poll staff from offering food or beverages to those waiting in line to cast their ballots.

Costing the region over $ 100 million in lost revenue, the decision has been lamented by both the state’s governor, who has vowed to fight it, and the mayor of Georgia’s biggest city, Atlanta.

“Great. Now boycott the Masters,” Olbermann wrote on Twitter.

“Yesterday, the MLB pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to protest Georgia’s new racist voting laws. An outstanding first reply to the war the racists declared on America. Next? A golf tournament starts in Georgia on Thursday.

“You think the term ‘The Masters’ was applied to a golf tournament in the former slave state of Georgia by…coincidence?” he asked later.

“After baseball moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, The Masters, its sponsors, and its tv networks are next.”

Olbermann has received some support for the video, although he has copped criticism from some quarters.

“Shut. Up.” he was told by former ESPN colleague Matt Barrie, who also pointed attention to the ‘Central Park Penthouse’ that he claimed the screen veteran was posting his rant from.

“Took me two seconds to find this on google you gurgling fool,” wrote a radio host, with a link to a Sports Illustrated piece on the real origins of the tournament’s name. 

Even those usually on Olbermann’s side of the fence had to point out his error.

“Keith, as a fellow Dem, I’ve gotta check you on this one. You’re embarrassing yourself and all of us. Knock it off.” demanded one follower.

Republican Kambree Kawahine Koa joked: “My friend’s last name is Masters. Do I boycott, cancel or try to ruin their lives too, like a woke liberal?”

Former professional golfer Kyle Thompson called Olbermann a “complete moron”, but others were fully supportive of his outspoken views.

“A boycott is not enough,” said one. “All companies who advertise must be boycotted.

“It’s too late this year, but [there should be] pressure on [broadcaster] CBS to break the TV contract in 2022. And if the tournament is played, the ‘limited number of patrons’ who choose to use their tickets should be exposed.”
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Amanda Mealing details Charles Venn's passionate calls urging her to not to leave Casualty

Amanda Mealing’s alter ego Connie Beauchamp will exit Casualty tomorrow night. Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine today, the actress detailed how Charles Venn urged her to “reconsider” taking a break from the show.
The 53-year-old said the Jacob Masters actor, 47, organised a virtual goodbye party for her.

It came after his “passionate calls”, asking her to stay in the medical drama.

The small screen favourite has played Connie for 18 years and has no plans to return at the moment.

She first announced she was taking a break on March 1, saying it had been the “most remarkable privilege” to star in the show.

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In an interview with Lorraine Kelly, Amanda said Charles really did not want her to bid farewell.

Fans will know her character recently suffered the trauma of her break up with Jacob.

When asked about exiting quietly and telling very few about her decision, she said her on-screen ex made sure she had a good send off.

“Once he [Charles] knew, quite passionate calls from him, asking for me to stay and whatever, and reconsider,”(sic) she stated.

“An hour later they said, ‘And finally, there’s someone hear to say goodbye to you’, and it was Paul O’Grady.”

Amanda and comedian Paul, 65, are good friends, with the latter being godfather to her two sons.

She is mother to Milo, 22 and Otis, 18, who she shares with her husband of 23 years Richard Sainsbury.

Amanda first starred as Connie back in 2004, reprising the role on and off since then.

Speaking about her decision to take a break, she said it had been a “tough year” for her like many others.

Amanda stated: “I think being on the show for a long time and a character that is inevitably in every scene, the work schedule is quite gruelling.

“I direct as well and obviously with the schedule the way it is with Casualty I don’t have any time to do other things, so I can only do those when I have annual leave or anything like that.”

Casualty continues tomorrow at 8.20pm on BBC One, while Lorraine returns Monday at 9am on ITV.