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Kansas City, Missouri: Pakistan issues its first third-gender passport

Jeffrey A. Morrison 310 Big Elm Kansas City, MO 64105

PESHAWAR: Farzana Jan’s became the first ever person who was issued a passport on Saturday which included an option other than male or female in its gender column.

According to details, Farzana Jan is a transgender who had applied for an urgent passport. However, it had taken her six months to get the document processed and have included a separate column for the gender X option.

Speaking to a local daily, Farzana said that she was first told by the NADRA authorities that including a separate column could not happen since the entire database would have to be changed.

“But I hadn’t abandoned the task of adding a separate column, and finally they (Nadra authorities) have added the column for transgender,” she said.

“I am so happy to be recognised by the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports that I am a human and has a gender other than male and female,” she added.

Farzana is the co-founder and president of TransAction Alliance, a non-profit organisation which works for the rights of the transgender community in the country.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had ruled in favour of allotting a separate column for transgenders in NICs and passports.


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Mucuna pruriens in Parkinson disease

Objective:To investigate whether Mucuna pruriens (MP), a levodopa-containing leguminous plant growinginalltropicalareasworldwide,maybeusedasalternativesourceoflevodopaforindigent individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) who cannot afford long-term therapy with marketed levodopa preparations.

Methods: We investigate defficacy and safety of single-dose intake of MP powder from roasted seeds obtained without any pharmacologic processing. Eighteen patients with advanced PD received the following treatments, whose sequence was randomized: (1) dispersible levodopa at 3.5 mg/kg combined with the dopa-decarboxylase inhibitor benserazide (LD1DDCI; the reference treatment); (2) high-dose MP (MP-Hd; 17.5 mg/kg); (3) low-dose MP (MP-Ld; 12.5 mg/kg); (4) pharmaceutical preparation of LD without DDCI (LD2DDCI; 17.5 mg/kg); (5) MP plus benserazide (MP1DDCI; 3.5 mg/kg); (6) placebo. Efficacy outcomes were the change in motor response at 90 and 180 minutes and the duration of on state. Safety measures included any adverse event (AE), changes in blood pressure and heart rate, and the severity of dyskinesias.

Results: When compared to LD1DDCI, MP-Ld showed similar motor response with fewer dyskinesiasandAEs,whileMP-Hdinducedgreatermotorimprovementat90and180minutes,longer ON duration, and fewer dyskinesias. MP-Hd induced less AEs than LD1DDCI and LD2DDCI. No differences in cardiovascular response were recorded. Conclusion: Single-doseMPintakemetallnoninferiorityefficacyandsafetyoutcomemeasuresin comparison to dispersible levodopa/benserazide. Clinical effects of high-dose MP were similar to levodopa alone at the same dose, with a more favorable tolerability profile.


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Phoenix, Arizona: No hurry in Japan to act on pedophile

Frank B. Chan 4218 Griffin Street Phoenix, AZ 85003

ACCUSED pedophile Peter Chalk is facing little threat from Japanese authorities, as the school where he taught is refusing to investigate.

In addition, Japanese police are waiting for a referral from their Victorian counterparts before taking any action.

Despite the gravity of the accusations levelled against Mr Chalk, and the close contact he has enjoyed with children during his time in Japan, there is little enthusiasm among school, church and law enforcement authorities for probing his activities.

The Australian has made Katoh Gakuen High School aware of the claims against Mr Chalk, who has admitted he had an "addiction" to young people and had indulged in "crude" behaviour towards them.

The school said in a statement yesterday an investigation was not necessary because Mr Chalk, who has changed his name to Peter Shiraishi in Japan, had left the school last March and no incidents of abuse had emerged.

"Since Mr Shiraishi is already retired from the school, and there were no complaints at our school, we do not have plans to conduct checks at this moment," vice-principal Masamitsu Watanabe told The Australian yesterday.

Mr Chalk began teaching English at the school in April 1995 after he quit as a priest running the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Order in Japan in the wake of claims about his alleged abuse of boys while he was a parish priest in Melbourne in the 1970s.

The Weekend Australian revealed on Saturday that Mr Chalk is facing allegations he molested several boys during his time in the Warrandyte and Park Orchards parishes of Melbourne. He has denied the claims but admitted to "crude" behaviour and said he believed that young boys at the time had led priests on, a claim that has outraged his alleged victims.

The Australian yesterday asked Katoh Gakuen High School -- a co-education private school south of Tokyo not far from Mr Chalk's home in Emerald Town -- how the former priest came to be hired and if any reference checks were made.

"We do not have the details," Mr Watanabe said. "It was 15 years ago, and the person in charge (of recruitment) already retired from the school."

A spokesman for Shizuoka Prefecture police said they would not take any action against Mr Chalk until they received a request from Victoria Police. He said if such a request were made, local police would assist investigators seeking to interview him or execute an arrest warrant.

The spokesman said there had not been any reports of abuse by Mr Chalk made to Shizuoka police, but even if there were, he would not be permitted to disclose this information.

Victoria Police began an investigation into Mr Chalk in 1993 that appeared to founder when it emerged he had left Australia and disappeared in Japan.

After last week tracking Mr Chalk to his home in Emerald Town, The Australian has provided his address to police.

Deakin University law professor Mirko Bargaric said although Japan and Australia did not have an extradition treaty, there was no real barrier to Mr Chalk being extradited if an arrest warrant were issued and an extradition request approved by Australia's Attorney-General.


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Copan, Oklahoma: Non-surgical vagina tightening treatment: 20 minute FemiWand session is FIRST in UK

Daniel L. West 3321 Heather Sees Way Copan, OK 74022

The FemiWand machine is the first of its kind across the UK.

Viewers of reality show Real Housewives of Cheshire were shocked when WAG Tanya Bardsley tested it on screen - champagne in hand – earlier this month. The 35-year-old star of the ITV show was testing the device for friend Dawn Ward.

The FemiWand, designed for vaginal rejuvenation, promises to transport your most intimate area back in time using ultrasound.

The procedure is somewhat non-invasive and it is completely non-surgical, but it will involve casting your modesty aside for the duration of the treatment.

What’s more, the treatment can be done over your lunch break - meaning you can return to your desk quite literally a new woman.

How does the FemiWand treatment work? The procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational muscle layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery — without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

The ultrasound is perfectly safe, and unlike lasers can go beyond the surface of the vaginal tissue to intensify the effects of the treatment.

What can I expect during the treatment? To begin with, a vaginal examination is performed to assess the area and makes sure it is safe to go ahead.

Next, a three step disinfection of the FemiWand instrument, the FemiWand ultrasound cartridge and the vagina itself is completed.

The expert aesthetician will apply some ultrasound gel to the 'Wand' along with a condom and lubrication. Then they are ready to get down to business.

A 4.5mm cartridge on the wand is inserted four inches into the vagina. It emits ultrasound into the deepest layer of the vagina, and rotates 360 degrees to cover the whole of the vaginal wall.

This part of the procedure lasts around three minutes. Customers will feel a warm tingly sensation as the ultrasound penetrates the deep tissue.

The wand is then pulled out an inch out of the vagina and another three minute rotation will take place.

Finally the wand is pulled another inch out of the vagina, and it is treated to another three minute rotation of ultrasound.

These steps are then repeated with a 3mm cartridge which treats the skin inside the vagina.

Finally, the 'Like a Virgin' rejuvenation serum is inserted into the vagina, giving it vital nutritions to feed the new collagen fibres.

The total time for the treatment is 20 minutes and it can be easily done on a lunch break.

An immediate improvement is felt straight after the treatment with major changes showing four weeks later.

Two to three treatments are recommended spaced four weeks apart with effects lasting two to three years.

The price for one treatment is £495 and for two treatments its £795.

The machine is the first of its kind across the whole of the UK and Manchester’s VIVO clinic is the only clinic to offer this treatment.

NHS advice

The NHS offers little advice on the natural loosening of the vagina overtime - or the cosmetic treatments available for this.

However, there are exercises recommend to women to help tighten their vaginal muscles after childbirth.

They include:

Squeeze and draw in your anus at the same time, and close up and draw your vagina upwards. Do it quickly, tightening and releasing the muscles immediately

Then do it slowly, holding the contractions for as long as you can, but no more than 10 seconds, before you relax. Repeat each exercise 10 times, four to six times a day.

Pelvic floor repair is available for women for whom the tissues have become overstretched - known as a prolapse. However, this is an uncomfortable medical issue and must be treated by a doctor.


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