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<b>Thursday 25 September:</b> School rejects cervical cancer vaccine, council rejects Ithaca late licence and black cabs in flames

Published on September 25th 2008.

A ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL in Prestwich is refusing to allow female pupils to have the cervical cancer vaccine. Governors at St Monica's High School in Prestwich said they had concerns about the possible side effects of the injections. Health bosses have responded saying the decision is disapointing and not justified. Experts believe the vaccine could save hundreds of lives in the UK each year.

ENGLAND'S BIGGEST WIND FARM is up an running after years of planning objections. Residents and local councils opposed the 26 turbines, which now stand more than 300ft (91m) high on Scout Moor, between between Rossendale and Rochdale. The government decided the £50m project should go ahead despite the controversy. It will produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes.

ITHACA has had plans to extend it's opening hours rejected by the council. Manchester's historic Hidden Gem church (St Mary's) has fought a two-year campaign against the attempt to extend the opening hours of the restaurant/bar on John Dalton Street to 4am. A 5,000-signature petition against the plans was presented to the council.

FORTY-TWO black cabs have been taken off the streets of Greater Manchester because of fears they may catch fire. Drivers and owners of TX4 vehicles with 56 plates have been told to have their cabs checked by their supplier as soon as possible after eight taxis burst into flames in London. A spokesman for London Taxis International said it was working hard to identify the cause of the fires.

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GarySeptember 25th 2008.

The Prestwich schools decision over the vaccine is an utter disgrace. The Governors should all be dismissed, and the school forced to bring in common sense. The real reason - before press releases were changed - was that the school felt it was promoting sexual promiscuity. If the school (and the Catholic Church) feels that a human life is less important than a rediculous very vague tie-in to sexual behaviour it has no right to look after our children.

Jimmy ChooSeptember 25th 2008.

Gary, the catholic church still tell people worldwide that using condoms is a sin, regardless of the fact it can stop the spread of STD's and prevent people ruining their lives. They're about control, fear and doctrine. Antiquated and out of touch - religion has no place in any school.

LesleySeptember 25th 2008.

Gary is right. The original take on this from the school would be that it would promote Sexual promiscuity. I live literally around the corner from this school and as a School Governor at school that isn't mired in the dark ages, I just wanted to take a walk up and berate them. But, when you are dealing with people with closed minds, prejudices and limited intelligence there is only so much you can do without resorting to violence: ) Seriously though, can they be made to do it?

JohnSeptember 25th 2008.

Lets face it things done in the name of religion cause more suffering , hate and war than anything else on the planet

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