Up to 100,000 women in Britain have undergone brutal sexual mutilations and medics in this country are offering to carry out these illegal operations
Here in Britain FGM is illegal and carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years. FORWARD, a charity that campaigns against FGM reveals that an estimated 100,000 women in Britain have undergone FGM. A further 24,000 girls are thought to be at risk of this agonising and dangerous procedure. Victims are often left in agony, open to infection, and sometimes struggling to walk or stand properly.
Waris Dirie, a former model who was mutilated as a child and is now a United Nations Ambassador for the abolition of the practice, said: ” If a white girl is abused the police come and break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, nobody takes care of her. This is what I call racism.”
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Football – yes the Beautiful Game and a sport that’s captivated me for many many years. I love football. It’s the lifeblood of the nation isn’t it? But cast your eye over the back pages of the redtops recently and there you will read about a catalogue of refereeing and officiating disasters…..red cards given unfairly, yellow cards given for no contact, goals wrongly allowed, goals wrongly disallowed and the offside rule re-interpreted.
Yes referees need eyes in the back of their heads. They are human and fallible and they miss things. So where is the technology we see in tennis or rugby? Why all the dragging of the feet? I blame FIFA first and the FA second. The FA won’t stand up to FIFA and FIFA are in the dark ages. It amused me that last time the FA advertised for a new Chief Executive they specified that a knowledge of football was not a requirement. Indeed it wasn’t, they ended up with someone from the Royal Mail and he had about as much luck organising the football as he’d had in getting the post delivered on time.
I passed the FA online exam in rules of the game so I know as much as some of the referees do – come on Football Association, give the refs a helping hand, bring in the necessary technology from August 2012 and do us all a favour. Oh while you’re at it, please bring in an appeals system for yellow cards as well as red cards and please put in an upper age limit for referees. Please stop kow towing to FIFA and help keep the beautiful game beautiful. The journos will still fill the back pages and we will still shout at the ref but justice will be done.
As I write this I am in lying in bed because I feel acute muscular pain and extreme tiredness. I feel like this most of the time. I used to be a very active person but not now.
These symptoms are probably caused by hypoparathyroidism, an illness which is very rare amongst the general population but it is common amongst people who take Lithium, the drug routinely prescribed to people with bipolar disorder.
I have been taking Lithium for 26 years. I was never warned of the risks of hypoparathyroidism. For myself I would like to discuss this with my doctors but they refuse to talk. I would also like some way to get the message out to other people who take Lithium that they need to be aware of this risk. They should know the symptoms and they should be tested for hypoparathyroidism on a routine basis. Their doctors also need to keep a watch for this illness. This is a known side effect.