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Polio: Virus found in London prompts misleading vaccine claims

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesClaims are spreading online about what the detection of the polio virus in London sewage means.UK health officials believe the polio they found in sewage samples may have been brought to the UK by someone who was vaccinated abroad with a live form of the virus.But misleading posts, shared on Twitter and on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, are suggesting that vaccines in general can cause disease outbreaks.Many of these come from people who have been campaigning against Covid vaccines.Here's what we do know. Can vaccines "shed" and infect people?There are different types of polio vaccine which are safe and highly effective at protecting people against polio. The one currently given in the UK uses an inactivated or dead virus, meaning it cannot infect anyone or spread.But some countries, which still have polio, give people live oral polio vaccines (which the UK used in the past) because they are particularly useful in dealing with current outbreaks. They contain a safe, weakened version of the polio virus. That does mean small traces of live virus can be shed from the gut of the person who has been vaccinated. In rare cases, that can be passed on to others - although it shouldn't make them ill, particularly if they have already been vaccinated themselves, according to Prof Beate Kampmann, an immunologist and vaccine expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It's estimated that 6.5 million children would have been paralysed by wild poliovirus in the last decade without the oral vaccine."One-off" traces of polio are spotted in sewage a handful of times a year, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and they don't normally need to be acted on. In this latest UK situation though, the virus has been detected repeatedly over the course of a few months. This suggests it has also been spreading between a few people, Prof Kampmann, says, but adds that none are known to have actually become ill.What is polio and how can you protect yourself?A spokesperson for the World Health Organization's Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said this shouldn't be described as an outbreak.Renewed claims about Covid vaccinesAs Covid vaccines were rolled out, some groups began to spread the false belief that the vaccine could have a broad range of effects on unvaccinated people, in a process they described as "shedding".Recent posts have tried to claim that this belief has been vindicated by the detection of polio shed by a vaccinated person.None of the Covid vaccines contain live virus and, according to experts, there is no way any of them could shed or lead to health problems or changes in unvaccinated people.Fact-checkers have suggested the rumour about Covid vaccine shedding may have started from a generic disclaimer within Pfizer's vaccine trial documents, which the company says is a "standard protocol measure" appearing on any drug trial in case it should contain a live component. So the fact we are seeing so-called shedding from a live polio vaccine (a well-known phenomenon) doesn't prove those accounts were right about Covid vaccine shedding.Did the polio vaccine cause a mutation? Some posts have questioned why polio vaccines are being recommended as a solution to a problem they see as being caused by the vaccine - but that's not really the whole story. The weakened virus in the live vaccine is extremely unlikely to cause any problems. The concern is it might - over time as it is passed from person to person - become more like the original wild polio virus that causes disease. "The vaccines do not cause mutations", says Prof Kampmann. It is generally only in under-vaccinated populations that it spreads for long enough periods to evolve in worrying ways, Prof Paul Hunter, a public health and infectious diseases specialist at the University of East Anglia, explains.With high vaccine coverage, the spread of live virus from a vaccine will relatively quickly "fizzle out without causing any harm," he says. London has lower vaccination rates than the national average - especially in certain areas - and experts believe this may have allowed the weakened version of the virus from the vaccine to spread and evolve. But it doesn't seem to have caused illness in anyone so far, Prof Kampmann says.She acknowledged it might be confusing to some people that a vaccine was the solution to tackling a strain of polio that came from a vaccine. But, she explains, these vaccine-derived polio viruses "can only happen if there is poor immunity against polio in the community".Remember, the jab given in the UK - which health leaders are recommending people check they are up-to-date with - is not live and cannot infect anyone.The false claims about purging toxinsIt's become a regular tactic from some accounts and social media groups to jump on any news of illness and link it to Covid vaccines.One post suggested both the detection of polio and a monkeypox outbreak were actually, "the symptoms of detoxification as the body tries to purge the toxins" from the Covid vaccine.Scientists have been able to test for and examine the genetic material of both polio and monkeypox - distinctive viruses which many decades of science have allowed researchers to become familiar with. "These are definitely polioviruses, which have been around for millennia : nothing to do with Covid or Covid vaccines," a GPEI spokesperson said, and confirmed that there is no biological mechanism by which the Covid vaccines could be causing these completely different viruses.Additional reporting by Shayan Sardarizadeh, BBC Monitoring

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Oslo attack: Two people killed & multiple others hurt in shooting at gay nightclub

AT least two people are dead and multiple injured after a shooting at a gay bar in Oslo, Norway last night.Ten people were rushed to hospital, with three of them in a serious condition. Another 12 victims were being treated at the scene, police said. 2Two people have died when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in OsloCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 2The London Pub, a popular gay bar, was the scene of a fatal shooting on early Saturday morningCredit: Google Maps The police were notified of the shooting at the London Club at 01.14am. The attack came hours before the city’s scheduled Pride events. Police have confirmed they've arrested a person near the scene shortly after the incident. Oslo’s police Twitter account posted: “Several shots were fired at a nightclub in the center... There are injured people. "Several people shot. Two people have been confirmed dead in the shooting episode. "There are several seriously injured. The police defined the mission as a PLIVO incident." Witnesses said the bar was packed with revellers and there were between 10-20 shots. One witness told local media: “I saw a man come in with a bag, he took out a weapon and started shooting.” Norway's BNN Newsroom tweeted: "The police ask people in the area to move away, to make room for ambulances." Most read in The Scottish Sun Oslo University Hospital has been put on red alert as a result of the incident, VG reports. Pictures showed bloodied clubbers receiving treatment in the street. Unverified footage believed to be from the scene of the incident shows paramedics treating a man with a head wound. The man winces as the medic shifts his hair to access his wound, which has led to bleeding across his face. Other images show streets surrounding the club blocked off by police cars and ambulances and officers appearing to survey the area for evidence. Cops said an alleged gunman was under arrest last night.  There is no word on a motive at the moment.

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Alison Hammond looks slimmer than ever in glam backstage pic from This Morning

ALISON Hammond has been spotted looking slimmer than ever in a glamorous backstage picture from This Morning. The presenter struck a series of poses for the camera as she sat on the sofa of the ITV set - wearing a matching blue two-piece set. 2Alison looked glam in the new Instagram snapsCredit: Instagram 2She showed off her figure in the matching blue two-piece setCredit: Instagram Alison, 47, who has been showing off the incredible results of her recent weight loss, looked glowing in the Instagram stories posts. She paired her matching blue outfit with a multi-coloured jacket, as she opted for a straightened hair do and glamorous makeup. Alison sported false eyelashes and a nude lip gloss, finishing her look with gold hoop earrings and a silver watch. She smiled wide for the two snaps from behind-the-scenes of This Morning, which she presented alongside Dermot O'Leary. The two photos were posted by her makeup artist, before Alison reposted them to her own fans, writing: "Happy Friday". On Friday, Alison and her co-star Dermot were left gobsmacked after a man revealed he’s been held hostage in his home by a SEAGULL. Martin Green from Devon opened up about the bizarre situation on the latest instalment of the ITV programme. He recently tried to fix up his garden, but the bird has made it clear he's not happy with him being outside. Unfortunately the seagull has taken a disliking to Martin. Most read in TV Martin told Alison and Dermot: "He doesn’t bother my wife in the slightest. But she is very sort of Yorkshire. "On one occasion he looked down and sort of fixed her as if he was about to launch himself and she just drew herself up to her full five feet tall, looked at the seagull and said ‘don’t you dare’. "The seagull gave an apologetic cheap, ruffled his feathers, and went back down again." Alison and Dermot couldn't contain their shock - as fans at home took to social media to say they didn't believe the story. Earlier this week, Alison opened up about how she feels she still doesn't "trust" men after growing up without a dad. Her late dad Clifford, who split from mum Maria, was a drug-smuggler in Jamaica. It made Hammond strive to “be in charge” in relationships. But she told Big Issue magazine she is trying to be “more trusting”. The mum of one, 47, who revealed last week she is in a relationship, said: “The fact I didn’t have my father in my life shaped the way it’s gone. “And it shaped the way I interact with men in relationships. I always want to be in charge. I don’t trust men because my dad wasn’t ever there. “I’m working on that now in my forties. I’m more trusting.”

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Alison Hammond looks slimmer than ever in glam backstage pic from This Morning

ALISON Hammond has been spotted looking slimmer than ever in a glamorous backstage picture from This Morning. The presenter struck a series of poses for the camera as she sat on the sofa of the ITV set - wearing a matching blue two-piece set. 2Alison looked glam in the new Instagram snapsCredit: Instagram 2She showed off her figure in the matching blue two-piece setCredit: Instagram Alison, 47, who has been showing off the incredible results of her recent weight loss, looked glowing in the Instagram stories posts. She paired her matching blue outfit with a multi-coloured jacket, as she opted for a straightened hair do and glamorous makeup. Alison sported false eyelashes and a nude lip gloss, finishing her look with gold hoop earrings and a silver watch. She smiled wide for the two snaps from behind-the-scenes of This Morning, which she presented alongside Dermot O'Leary. The two photos were posted by her makeup artist, before Alison reposted them to her own fans, writing: "Happy Friday". On Friday, Alison and her co-star Dermot were left gobsmacked after a man revealed he’s been held hostage in his home by a SEAGULL. Martin Green from Devon opened up about the bizarre situation on the latest instalment of the ITV programme. He recently tried to fix up his garden, but the bird has made it clear he's not happy with him being outside. Unfortunately the seagull has taken a disliking to Martin. Most read in TV Martin told Alison and Dermot: "He doesn’t bother my wife in the slightest. But she is very sort of Yorkshire. "On one occasion he looked down and sort of fixed her as if he was about to launch himself and she just drew herself up to her full five feet tall, looked at the seagull and said ‘don’t you dare’. "The seagull gave an apologetic cheap, ruffled his feathers, and went back down again." Alison and Dermot couldn't contain their shock - as fans at home took to social media to say they didn't believe the story. Earlier this week, Alison opened up about how she feels she still doesn't "trust" men after growing up without a dad. Her late dad Clifford, who split from mum Maria, was a drug-smuggler in Jamaica. It made Hammond strive to “be in charge” in relationships. But she told Big Issue magazine she is trying to be “more trusting”. The mum of one, 47, who revealed last week she is in a relationship, said: “The fact I didn’t have my father in my life shaped the way it’s gone. “And it shaped the way I interact with men in relationships. I always want to be in charge. I don’t trust men because my dad wasn’t ever there. “I’m working on that now in my forties. I’m more trusting.”

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Celebs launch first ever annual Celebration Day to remember loved ones we have lost

STEPHEN FRY and Dame Prue Leith are among celebrities encouraging us to remember those we have lost in a new annual day of thanks tomorrow.The first ever Celebration Day gives everyone a chance to reflect on, remember and honour those who are no longer with us but continue to shape our lives. 1Stephen Fry is urging the public to take part in Celebration DayCredit: Getty That could mean family, friends or people who have had a positive impact on us. Actor and TV host Stephen Fry, 64, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Celebration Day to remember and celebrate our loved ones no longer here.” Great British Bake Off judge Dame Prue, 82, added: “This is a joyous day to remember people who have inspired you or who you loved but are no longer here. Light a candle “You can do this in any way — maybe listening to music you shared, looking through photos or simply being with friends and family and raising a toast.” Celebration Day was created by a group of friends, to honour the many who lost their lives during the pandemic. One of the founders is Julia Samuel, a London-based psycho-therapist specialising in grief, who has spent around 30 years working with bereaved families. She said: “We’ve been discussing this idea for a number of years now and, given the past couple of years with the pandemic, now felt like the right time to launch Celebration Day, to celebrate the legacies of those we’ve loved and who we miss. “When someone dies, the love and the memories we have continue. In a non-stop world, keeping as con- nected as we might like to the lives of those no longer with us can feel increasingly difficult. We all see Celebration Day as a remedy to this.” It is backed by the Cruse Bereavement Support. The charity’s Andy Langford, says: “We know how crucial it is to commemorate and celebrate the death of someone close. Most read in The Scottish Sun “Celebrating someone’s life is a way to remember the happiness they brought, rather than just the sadness of death. Family and friends don’t always want to talk about the person who died but our helpline and online chat is there so anyone can share stories, because this is an important part of grieving.” Those joining in Celebration Day are encouraged to do what they wish, from calling a loved one to share memories or inviting them for a meal, through to playing music, lighting a candle or looking through a photo album. Go to celebrationday.com for stories and films of people talking about how they will celebrate. On the right, Stephen Fry, Dame Prue and other celebrities reflect on loved ones they have lost, or just the experience of bereavement. Celeb tributes Stephen Fry: “When you see a lost friend’s number in your phone you never want to delete it. You keep it there and keep them close. We should celebrate their lives and the luck in having them.” Dame Prue Leith: “I will remember my beloved brother Jamie on Celebration Day, with a heartfelt toast to the best of brothers.” Line of Duty actor Lennie James, 56: “I’ll be celebrating my Aunty Norma, who we lost last year. I will take myself out to our terrace, look up to the sky and blow a kiss. She was my mum’s best friend. They looked out for each other when they first arrived in England as nurses from Trinidad.” The Specials guitarist Lynval Golding, 70: “I’ll be celebrating Bob Marley, whose music has inspired me. I will listen to his song Get Up Stand Up.” Ska king Lynval will also remember his band’s drummer, John Bradbury. Telly doc Radha Modgil, 42: “Celebrating those we have lost helps us process our emotions and reduces our sense of being alone. We acknowledge them and all they brought to our lives, and still do with their legacy.”

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唐津市長「緊急事態」 5カ月間に職員の不祥事7件、今度は不法投棄

小浦雅和2022年6月25日 8時47分 佐賀県唐津市は23日、税務課の男性職員(51)が、私物のごみを市内の山中に投棄していたと発表した。廃棄物処理法違反の疑いがあり、処分を検討している。市職員の不祥事の発表は2月以降7件目で、事態を重く見た市はこの日、緊急のコンプライアンス部長・副部長会議を開き対応の協議を始めた。 市によると、税務課の男性職員は、課長から机の下の私物を整理するよう指示を受けていた。4月2日に段ボール箱二つにまとめて自家用車で運び出し、同市七山馬川の山林に投棄したという。中身は小型ファンヒーター、漢和辞典、文庫本、未使用の手帳、タオル、チラシなどだった。 今月12日、地区住民が現場周辺で美化活動をした際に、男性職員の所属や氏名が書かれた書類がごみの中から見つかり、不法投棄が発覚した。男性職員は「人目につかない山中ならいいとの考えがよぎった」と投棄を認めているという 唐津市では、2月以降、タイヤの不法投棄、アルコール臭がする状態での消防訓練参加、無断欠勤、生活保護費申請処理の怠りなど不祥事の発表が相次いでいる。23日午後1時から市役所で開いた緊急会議には、60人ほどが出席。法令順守について職員一人ひとりに周知を図ることや、自己チェックシートの配布といった再発防止策を話し合った。 峰達郎市長は24日の定例記者会見で一連の不祥事について、「緊急事態と受け止めている。『(対応が)甘いんじゃないか』といった市民の指摘も踏まえて信頼回復に努める」と話した。(小浦雅和)

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Harry Gration – remembering the York legend in 30 photos

He may have been the face of Look North for almost 40 years - but he was more than a just a TV presenter to the people of York. From charity champion and City football fan, to panto side-kick and devoted father, who only had his last child in 2019 at the age of 68, Harry has been a regular face in the pages of The Press. He even once had a column for the paper. Our photo archive has hundreds of photos of Harry - mostly carrying out good deeds for the community. We are sharing 30 of these photos here in our own tribute to Harry. Harry Gration with BBC weatherman Paul Hudson The former pupil of St Peter's School in York had a career as a sports reporter - but was sporty too. One of our photos shows him raising a York City scarf above his head as the club took on Oxford United at a play-off match at Wembley in 2010. Harry wasn't just a bystander - rarely a 10K or marathon took place in York without Harry taking part and raising money for charity. And, alongside many of his colleagues at Look North, Harry did a series of physically-demanding challenges for charity, including transporting a version of Look North's red sofa 100 miles across the region, visiting 50 places en route, to raise money for Sport Relief in 2018. Harry training for the Yorkshire Marathon Harry not only loved sport but was a great sport too - as fans of York's famous panto at York Theatre Royal will know only too well. For years, Harry took part in Berwick Kaler's legendary panto, appearing in a colourful array of different costumes and happily willing to be the butt of Berwick's jokes. His annual appearance - often in the film section of the show - became one of highlights of each year's performance. Harry shared his family life with readers too - and photos too of his family in York, with wife Helen and children, twin boys Harvey and Harrison, and baby Hamilton, who was born in September 2019. His death at the age of 71 will be mourned by many and our condolences go to all his family and friends. If you would like to leave a tribute to Harry, please fill in our online book of condolence, below.

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