China baby hatch forced to close

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint China baby hatch forced to close by: – March 17, 2014 Share Share 53 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! More than 20 baby hatches have been opened across ChinaA baby hatch in southern China has been forced to suspend work after hundreds of infants were abandoned, overwhelming the centre, its director says.More than 260 children had been left at the welfare home in Guangzhou since 28 January, director Xu Jiu added.Staff will continue caring for babies already at the welfare home, all of whom suffer from illnesses, Mr Xu said.China introduced the centres so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.Supporters say the baby hatches save lives, but critics say they encourage parents to abandon their children.Mr Xu announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that 262 babies had been left at the centre since the scheme began in January.“I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre faces,” Mr Xu told Xinhua news agency.“We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre.”Baby hatches generally contain an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bedThe centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.However, it currently houses 1,121 babies and young people, with another 1,274 in the care of foster families, Guangzhou’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau said.All the abandoned infants had illnesses, such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease, the bureau added.It is thought that many parents abandon ill babies because they fear they cannot afford the medical care required.Abandoning children is illegal in China. However, authorities believe that the hatches give the infants a better chance of survival than if they were left in the street.A total of 25 baby hatches have been established in 10 provincial regions in China, Xinhua reports.Under China’s strict population control policies, most couples have only been allowed to have one child and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.In December, China’s top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.Provinces are now determining when to relax their restrictions at a local level, with some acting already.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

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16 people found in lorry bound to Irish port

first_imgAccording to Stena Line, the 16 peoplewere discovered around 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 21 during a “routine inspection” ofthe vehicle deck.(BBC) IRELAND – Sixteen people werediscovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port ofRosslare.    Irish police said all 16 peopleappeared to be “in good health” and have received medical treatment. Sixteen people were discovered in a lorry on a ferry travelling from France to the Irish port of Rosslare, Ireland on Nov. 21. PA The vessel left Cherbourg on Wednesdaynight around 21:00 local time. The police were investigatingpotential breaches of immigration legislation and the immigration status of the16.  They were found in a “sealed trailer”on a Stena Line, sailing from Cherbourg to Rosslare in County Wexford, Ireland.last_img read more

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Men’s hockey: Young Badgers drop weekend series to No. 12 Notre Dame as power-play struggles continue

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-10-4, 4-4-4 Big Ten) continued their challenging Big Ten schedule Friday and Sunday as they faced No. 12 Notre Dame (13-8-2, 6-6-1), the third-ranked team in the Big Ten.The Badgers dropped the first competition 6–4 at the Kohl Center, a place they have had considerable success this season, before drawing the second competition 2–2 at the United Center in Chicago. The Irish ultimately secured the extra point in the Big Ten standings Sunday by winning the 3-on-3 overtime period. Despite the results, this young Badger team proved it can keep pace with a top-ranked team as it continues to improve down the stretch.Friday’s game was a competitive one, with the score tied at three entering the final period. The Badgers put together one of their best offensive nights of the season thanks to goals from K’Andre Miller, Will Johnson, Roman Ahcan and Tarek Baker, but fell short due to two Notre Dame goals in the final 13 minutes of regulation.Friday’s game was memorable for goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. Despite allowing six goals to the visiting team, the freshman’s assist to Miller on a UW power-play marked the first assist by a Wisconsin goaltender since Dec. 2012. Miller’s goal added to his team-leading 18 points in only 20 games played.Women’s Hockey: Badgers maintain No. 1 ranking heading into final third of regular seasonThe top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team (20-2-0, 10-2-0 WCHA) fell to the No. 5 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (15-7-0, 9-5-0) Read…After the game, Head Coach Tony Granato praised the performance of his team.“Sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve,” Granato said. “I think there were parts of the game that we looked like we were in control of it but we just didn’t stay with it enough. That team beat us three times last year in similar games where you felt like you were in control of the game.”Friday’s game marked the first time since Oct. 27 that the Badgers netted multiple power-play goals. Wisconsin has struggled on odd-man advantages this season, so their breakthrough Friday was a positive sign heading into Sunday’s rematch in Chicago.The Badgers got off to a strong start Sunday, scoring two goals in the first period — one coming from sophomore Roman Ahcan with one second left on the clock. After the first period, however, the Badgers were unable to capitalize on offense and ended up drawing the contest 3–3.The Badgers’ power-play struggles continued yet again Sunday — UW failed to capitalize on five power play opportunities, while the Irish netted one power-play goal on just two advantages.Much like Friday, the Badgers came out fresh but were unable to find the back when they needed it most. The Badgers finished with 35 shots on goal — 19 coming in the second period — compared to 30 from the Irish.A look back at the fall semester in Wisconsin sports: Moments we’ll remember, others we’d like to forgetThis fall in University of Wisconsin sports has been filled with plenty of surprises, some pleasant and some not so Read…Despite failing to gain a point in the overtime period, Granato was pleased with how the young Badgers competed against one of the best teams in the country.“Every weekend I’ve been happy with how our team competes, plays and battles,” Granato said. “I see a lot of progress, young players continuing to grow, and there are things to be excited about, so I’m excited about our team.”For the players, it was a memorable experience playing in the United Center, the home of the Chicago Blackhawks. Senior Peter Tischke, a Chicago native, explained how he felt playing on his favorite team’s ice.“It was a surreal experience,” Tischke said. “It is always fun to come here and play in front of family and friends and in the arena of the team I watched growing up. It’s cool to experience the NHL-feel for a day.”The Badgers hope to bounce back this weekend as they travel to Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota Friday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. for both games.last_img read more

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Klopp leaves Borussia Dortmund

first_imgJurgen Klopp has announced he’s leaving Borussia Dortmund but doesn’t know where he’s going next.Klopp has asked for his contract to be terminated at the end of the season but says he will not take a year off and wants to work again straight away.Dortmund have had a sub-standard domestic season, but under Klopp they won the Bundesliga twice and were Champions League runners-up in 2013. Manchester City are expected to make a move for Klopp following a disappointing season under Manuel Pellgrini.last_img

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