Christian girls basketball team backs out of tournament due to male on opposing squad

(LifeSiteNews) — A Christian high school withdrew from a state basketball tournament rather than face a team with a transgender player.

The Mid Vermont Christian School Eagles (MVCS) girls basketball team pulled out of the Vermont Division IV state tournament on February 21 after learning that their opponents’ team would include a biological male. The head of the school, Vicky Fogg, said in a statement regarding the decision to forfeit that including men in women’s sports was a bad sign for the future of women’s sports.

“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” Fogg said. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”

Mexico’s president calls Peruvian counterpart a ‘puppet’ amid row

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has hit out at his Peruvian counterpart, Dina Boluarte, describing her as a “puppet” of oligarchs in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Relations between Mexico and Peru have been strained since December’s removal of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo. On Monday, Lopez Obrador continued his criticism of Castillo’s arrest and imprisonment, calling the situation a “total farce” and a “great injustice”.

He speculated that the “end goal” of Castillo’s removal is “an oligarchy plundering the country’s natural resources”.

“They need to have a puppet, a dummy governor of their own,” Lopez Obrador told a news conference.

Castillo was removed from office by legislators late last year after he attempted to dissolve Congress. He was replaced by his then-vice president, Boluarte.

On Friday, Boluarte announced the “definitive” withdrawal of Peru’s ambassador to Mexico after Lopez Obrador branded her government as unconstitutional. She also decried what she called Lopez Obrador’s interference in “Peru’s internal affairs and his repeated unacceptable questioning of the constitutional and democratic origins” of her government.

Boluarte said the two countries’ relationship would continue at a business-only level.

Earlier on Friday, the Mexican president said his country “will continue to support [Castillo] who was unjustly and illegally removed from office”.

On Saturday, Mexico’s foreign ministry said it regretted Peru’s decision to bring its ambassador home from Mexico.

The diplomatic spat started soon after Boluarte took office, with Lopez Obrador denouncing the impeachment and imprisonment of Castillo, who is in pre-trial detention for 18 months on charges of conspiracy and rebellion. Castillo has denied the charges.

Peru declared Mexico’s ambassador to Lima “persona non grata” in December after Mexico granted asylum to Castillo’s family.

Castillo’s removal also sparked weeks of protest that have left some 60 people dead and calls for Boluarte’s resignation. The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency to deal with the demonstrations, amid criticism from rights groups.

A former teacher and union leader from a small town in northern Peru, Castillo faced allegations of corruption and two prior impeachment attempts in less than two years in office. But he has maintained a strong base among rural voters and disenfranchised Indigenous groups.

In Mexico City, Lopez Obrador faced protests against his own government on Sunday as thousands gathered to denounce a law that would cut the budget for the country’s electoral agency.

Critics say the measure threatens election integrity and democracy in the country, but the president has defended the law as a push to cut costs for taxpayers.

Mexico will hold its presidential election next year, but Mexican presidents are limited to a single, six-year term by the country’s constitution, so Lopez Obrador will not be running.

CORONAVIRUS/Family of girl who died after receiving BNT vaccine to receive NT$3.5 million

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) The family of a girl who fell into a coma and died after getting a second Pfizer-BNT (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine dose will receive NT$3.5 million (US$114,111) after she was named on the list of relief fund recipients who suffered adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccine shots unveiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) on Sunday.

According to Central Epidemic Command Center spokesperson Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), only 10 of 118 applicants were considered qualified to receive payouts by the MOHW’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), including the girl who died after receiving her second BNT vaccine dose.

The girl, who was in the 5-11 age group, fell into a coma three days after receiving her second BNT vaccine dose, and was diagnosed with fulminant myocarditis after having an ultrasound scan before she died, Lo said.

Lo said fulminant myocarditis is usually caused by a viral infection, but the BNT vaccine is classified as an mRNA vaccine, which is not likely to induce the disease.

Though there was no pathological evidence to prove the girl died from receiving the BNT vaccine, Lo said the possibility could not be excluded due to the timing of her death, given the fact that having two BNT vaccine doses increased the possibility of gettingfulminant myocarditis that could lead to her death.

As a result, VICP awarded her family NT$3.5 million for her death plus NT$300,000 for funeral costs.

In addition to the girl’s family, three Moderna recipients were awarded compensation ranging from NT$5,000 to NT$500,000, five AstraZeneca (AZ) recipients will receive amounts from NT$20,000 to NT$250,000, and one Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) recipient will get NT$300,000.

The BCG recipient was a baby who received the vaccine at five months of age and developed osteomyelitis at 3, Lo said. The VICP considered it eligible for the payouts as evidence showed that the child might have contracted the disease as a result of receiving the BCG vaccine.

According to the CECC data, about 4.5 boys per one million aged 5-11 who receive the BNT vaccine develop myocarditis or pericarditis, whereas the number for girls of the same age group is about 4.8, both of which are close to international data.

(By Shen Pei-yao and Chao Yen-hsiang)


Canadians seek Charter damages against Feds for ArriveCAN Enforcement


TORONTO- The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom announces that a lawsuit was filed on behalf of Canadians who were fined or forced into quarantine for refusing to disclose vaccination status via the federal government’s ArriveCAN software. The lawsuit alleges that the federal government breached the rights of the plaintiffs as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that they are owed monetary damages as a result.

ArriveCAN was initially launched in April 2020 as an alleged pandemic management tool. The federal government claimed that it would streamline the border-crossing process by allowing travellers to upload their quarantine details. Eventually, ArriveCAN’s use became mandatory for air and land travellers and by July 5, 2021; the federal government required all travellers to disclose their Covid-19 vaccination status using the software. Travellers failing to use ArriveCAN could potentially face a maximum fine of $750,000 or be imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both.

While some of the plaintiffs were willing to disclose their vaccination status through other means, they all shared privacy concerns with respect to ArriveCAN potentially sharing their collected personal medical information widely with other government departments and agencies, police forces and even other countries. The Plaintiffs also share concerns with respect to having their vaccination status searched upon entry to Canada and being required to use software, in order to freely enter their own country without fine and quarantine.

One of the Plaintiffs, Ms. Joanne Walsh a retired Canadian, who resides in Burlington, Ontario travelled to the US on a short trip in the summer of 2022 to take advantage of the re-opened border. Upon her return to Canada, she presented a vaccine certificate to the border agents. The agents refused to accept this certificate and demanded Ms. Walsh use the ArriveCAN app. When she refused, border agents issued her a ticket and ordered her into 14-day quarantine, despite the fact she was a “vaccinated traveller” (see video of incident here. Video source: True North). Thereafter, the Public Health Agency of Canada sent agents to her residence during this period to check her compliance with quarantine.

“Privacy of Canadians is one of the fundamental rights which our Charter protects”says Hatim Kheir, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs. “ArriveCAN’s disclaimer that Canadians’ private information could potentially be widely shared is a serious concern to the Plaintiffs and should be for all of us. With the introduction of this unprecedented requirement upon Canadians to enter Canada in order to allegedly address the pandemic, it is vitally important that the health of our rights and freedoms are examined in the process”.

The lawsuit will proceed in the Federal Court.