Quick Recap: Grizzlies Fall in the City of Angels

The Memphis Grizzlies returned to the same arena on Sunday night, following a huge win on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. A back-to-back with the city of angels teams, could Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers slow down the streaking Grizzlies? Or, could Memphis continue their quick start to the season?

First Quarter:

The Memphis Grizzlies jumped on the Lakers right off the tip at Staples Center. Memphis jumped out to a 10-4 lead on Los Angeles early in the first quarter. For Memphis, their frantic pace in some cases led to missed opportunities as the first quarter went on. The Lakers rallied towards the end of the first quarter. Carmelo Anthony came in for Los Angeles off the bench providing a spark, and boosting the Lakers to a 29-24 lead over Memphis at the end of one quarter.

Second Quarter:

The Grizzlies energy as a whole was low throughout most of the second quarter. At one point, you could see Head Coach Taylor Jenkins yelling and clapping at his guys. Memphis was just being out hustled. Sloppy defense was leading to stagnant offensive possessions for the Grizzlies. Fortunately for the Grizzlies, Ja Morant and Desmond Bane shot the ball really well from beyond the arc in the first half. The Grizzlies only trailed 62-56 heading to the half at Staples.

Third Quarter:

The third quarter Memphis came out of the locker rooms with great energy. Specifically, Ja Morant, who is without a doubt the Grizzlies engine. Morant scored 10 points in the third quarter alone, and captivated the opposing crowd at Staples Center — finishing around the rim, with circus shots, and oozing with energy. Following a halftime deficit, the Grizzlies rallied to retake the lead heading to the fourth quarter at 90-87.

Fourth Quarter:

The Grizzlies dug their feet into the mud throughout the fourth quarter. Despite certain things not going the Grizzlies way, they continued to fight. Every Grizzly that took the floor in the second half fought until the final buzzer. The Grizzlies would fall to the Lakers in the final seconds at Staples Center in Los Angeles 121-118.

Final Stats:

  • Ja Morant – 40 points, 10 assists, 13-21 FG
  • Desmond Bane – 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists
  • Steven Adams – 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists

The Grizzlies will be back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers at 9:00 P.M.

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Hurricanes basketball hoping transfers can make quick impact

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami’s new point guard is playing for his fourth different team. He’s the shortest guy on the roster, yet is known for his toughness, and was immediately asked to be a leader on his new squad.

In Miami Heat terms, that describes Kyle Lowry.

In Miami Hurricanes terms, that describes Charlie Moore.

The Hurricanes’ hopes this season might hinge in large part on Moore, a 5-foot-11 guard who has already started games for California, Kansas and DePaul in his college career and now has signed with Miami — his fourth school, in his fourth different major conference. No player on the Miami roster has scored more college points than Moore, one of six Hurricanes newcomers this season.

“We’ve both been to a lot of places,” Miami guard Kameron McGusty said. “He’s been in and played in two different conferences. He’s played in three conferences, actually; this will be his third.”

Not quite. This will be his fourth.

Moore has already been in the Pac-12, the Big 12 and the Big East. Now, he’s taking a shot at the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he and McGusty — who transferred from Oklahoma in 2018 — will be among four sixth-year seniors on the Hurricanes’ roster.

“We just try to use our knowledge that we’ve gained throughout our six years and use all the things that we’ve seen from different teams and different conferences and just help our team prepare and try to help our young guys get on track so they’re ready to help us contribute this year,” McGusty said.

Miami went 10-17 overall and 4-15 in the ACC last season, the Hurricanes’ third consecutive year finishing below .500 in both categories. That followed a three-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Hurricanes, one that tied the longest such stretch in school history.

But with three starters back, plus talented new arrivals like Moore, Miami expects improvement. Leading scorer Isaiah Wong (17.1 ppg last season) returns, along with McGusty (13.3) and Anthony Walker (9.6). Moore and fellow transfer Jordan Miller (13.0 ppg in 69 games at George Mason) are among the new faces that will be asked to help from the first tip-off of the season.

“We had a couple of kids transfer out, so we recruited a couple of transfers ourselves,” Miami coach Jim Larrañaga said. “Charlie Moore and Jordan Miller have transferred in to the University of Miami, both great kids, and I think have a very bright future at the University of Miami. They fit in very well with our returning players.”


Between redshirt years and the 2020-21 season not counting toward anyone’s eligibility under NCAA rule because of how much the pandemic affected matters, the Hurricanes’ 10 players with previous college experience have combined to play 45 seasons. Miami also has four freshmen on the roster.


Wong was the fifth-leading scorer among ACC players last season, plus ranked fourth in free throw percentage and 12th in field goal percentage.

“Playing more minutes and getting more playing time, it just got easier and easier, adjusting more to the game,” Wong said. He averaged 7.7 points in about 21 minutes per game as a freshman, then averaged about 35.5 minutes as a sophomore.


There won’t be a farewell game for retiring Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski at Miami this season; the Hurricanes play the Blue Devils only once, and it’s at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Larrañaga reflected on what the ACC will be like this season without now-retired North Carolina coach Roy Williams and the pending departure of Krzyzewski.

“You’re talking about two of the great leaders of college basketball, role models who really set the example of how to run a program, how to develop your players and prepare them for life after basketball,” said Larrañaga, entering his 38th season as a head coach, 36th at the Division I level and 11th at Miami.


FanDuel Sportsbook has the Hurricanes as one of the longest shots on their board to win the national title, with opening odds of 200-1. Of the 30 teams with the best odds according to FanDuel, seven — Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Virginia — hail from the ACC.


Miami starts with five of eight games away from home, then closes with eight of its last 12 — all ACC games — on the road as well. At least the early travel won’t be too daunting, with 13 of Miami’s first 15 games to be played in Florida. The Hurricanes’ Dec. 1 game at Penn State in the ACC-Big Ten challenge will have an emotional tie; Adam Fisher, entering his first season as Penn State’s associate head coach, went back to his alma mater after coaching the last eight seasons at Miami.


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A quick guide for those traveling to Michigan football games

We often get asked about putting out some sort of guide for Michigan Wolverines fans that are coming to town for games, whether it be the first trip or a return visit. For whatever reason, we have not been able to get to it, but that changes today!

Below are some tips and tricks for people looking to maximize their time in Ann Arbor this fall. These are the takes and opinions of someone who has spent a decent amount of time around campus in the seven years of operating this site, so put into that what you will.

Without further ado, here would be my tips for your Michigan experience in town and around the stadium.

Note: MnB is not being paid or endorsed for any of these. We are simply sharing friendly tips!

Where should I stay?

This one is tough for me to answer given I live close enough to drive in, but I would suggest Residence Inn in Downtown Ann Arbor if I were planning a trip for you. The reviews are pretty positive and it puts you into the thick of where some of the good bars are restaurants are. It is about a mile down the road from the stadium and about a 25 minute or so walk down Main Street. If you need a break, there are plenty of bars and restaurants on the way to dip into.

Where should I park?

A move of mine in the past has been to park downtown and make the long walk. When the weather sucks, there are usually Ubers or Lyfts around that will get you pretty close, or at least a lot closer than the mile walk would.

But if you’re coming into town to take in a game, the U-M golf course or Ann Arbor Pioneer High School are your two best bets. It puts you right across the street from the stadium and throws you into the thick of the tailgate scene. It will be your priciest option at around $40-$50 a game. You can also park on someone’s lawn in one of the neighborhoods and pack a few travel beverages in a cooler and check out the tailgates for yourself.

What are some bars or eateries I should check out?

Whether enjoying a drink and an appetizer before or after the game or finding a place to partake in some adult beverages on your way to the stadium, there are plenty of options. Three of my favorites are The Pretzel Bell, Jim Brady’s and Pizza House. The first two are on the Main Street walk that we referenced earlier, while Pizza House is closer to campus on Church Street. The Brown Jug is another favorite of mine and is located over by Pizza House.

There are plenty of coffee shops in Ann Arbor being that it is both a college town and extremely hipstery. My favorite is RoosRoost, which has a location downtown on Liberty Street and another closer to the golf course off of Industrial Hwy.

How should I spend my pregame time?

Spend as much time around the stadium and at tailgates as you possibly can. There is nothing like a college sports tailgate, especially one that surrounds one of the cathedrals in college sports. There is plenty of stuff around the stadium for both families and kids. Your little ones (and let’s be honest, yourself as well) are going to be begging you for merch. MDen will have a pop-up location and there are usually a few other tents selling shirts, hats and more around the stadium.

Make an effort to get over to the East side of the stadium to see the band enter the Big House if you can. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to do, but everyone should probably check that out at least once.

How early should I get into the stadium?

The gates open two hours before kickoff. That’s a little early to get there as a fan, but if you’re the type that likes to settle in, find your seat and then take in the stadium a bit, that’s as early as you can get in. I would recommend getting in sometime within an hour of kickoff. It gives you enough time to see warmups, the band’s pregame performance, the team running out to touch the banner and more.

What should I do during the game?

Cheer on your squad and have the time of your life. Don’t be a jerk. Be mindful of the people around you. With that said, Michigan has a reputation for having older fans that want you to sit down. Just be respectful, but also be sure that you’re being able to bring the energy to the game that it requires. You’re allowed to cheer and go nuts when good things happen. Don’t be a jerk, though!

Other than that, have fun! Enjoy your Big House experience.

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Expo 2020 off to quick start in Dubai | News

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and south-Asia region is off to a great start, with Expo 2020 Dubai welcoming 411,768 ticketed visits in its first ten days.

Expo 2020 opened its doors on October 1st, and figures up to and including October 10th show that visitors belonged to 175 nationalities – not far off the 192 countries that are participating in the event, each with its own pavilion.

One in three has come from abroad, with this proportion expected to increase as international travel ramps up.

Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said: “Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening week has undoubtedly been a success.

“The numbers we are seeing are very encouraging and demonstrate the global desire for people to reconnect with each other and to imagine a better future.”

A number of ticket options are open to visitors, with multi-day and season passes proving popular.

One in five visitors have already visited expo more than once, demonstrating that one day is not enough to enjoy the diverse and dynamic array of activities and entertainment on offer.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We are very happy with this wonderful turnout.

“The numbers achieved in the first ten days reflect the enthusiasm of the world to attend Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The coming days and weeks will be full of special events offering a visitor experience that will be rich, purposeful and entertaining, and we look forward to welcoming many more people from around the world.”

The figures include all physical ticket-holders.

They exclude representatives, delegations and guests of international participants, partners and other stakeholders, as well as expo staff.

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on … Providing Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations | Epstein Becker & Green

With the United States in the midst of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, there has been focused attention on the rollout of vaccines approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the actual number of individuals being vaccinated. Presently, 250 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered and individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.  Now, in an effort to get more people vaccinated, employers are being encouraged to provide paid time off for employees who have not yet been vaccinated against the virus.

Federal Tax Incentives to Provide Paid Time Off

With the opportunities for employees to schedule or receive vaccinations generally limited to within business hours, employers have experienced an increased number of requests for leave from work in order to obtain a vaccination.  With more than half the adult population in the United States having been vaccinated, but the rate of vaccinations slowing by the day, there is an increasing push for employers to do more.  What is an employer to do?

To encourage employers to provide their employees with paid time off to be vaccinated, the federal government has provided certain employers with a tax incentive.  Specifically, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) extends federal tax credits for private employers with less than 500 employees in the United States that voluntarily decide to provide paid sick leave or family leave for each employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and for any time needed to recover from the vaccine through September 30, 2021.  For example, if an eligible employer offers employees a paid day off in order to get vaccinated, the employer can receive a tax credit equal to the wages paid to employees for that day (up to certain limits).  For more information about the tax credits, the IRS has published guidance for employers. On the federal level, while employers are not required to provide employees paid leave, there is a tax benefit to doing so.

State and Local COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave Laws

While the paid leave requirement under the federal ARPA is voluntary for employers, employers need to be aware of legislative developments at the state and local level that require employers to provide paid leave.  In California, for instance, employers with more than 25 employees are now required to provide up to 80 hours of paid supplemental sick leave (in addition to other available paid leave under state sick leave laws) for employees unable to work or telework for qualifying COVID-19-related reasons.  Those reasons include (i) the employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19, has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis; (ii) the employee is caring for a family member who is either subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19, has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 on the premises; and (iii) the employee is attending a vaccine appointment or cannot work or telework due to vaccine-related side effects.

The law is retroactive to sick leave taken beginning January 1, 2021, and prevents employers from requiring employees to use other paid or unpaid leave available before using the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.  The law expires on September 30, 2021.  For additional information, see 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave FAQs.  Note, Massachusetts is proposing a COVID-19-related paid sick leave law.  On a local level, Philadelphia has enacted similar legislation.  See COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave resources.

Should an employer in California require its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), having recently updated its Guide to COVID-19 Related Frequently Asked Questions to include wage and hour issues and vaccinations, has indicated that employers must pay for their employees’ time, including travel time as well as any time employees spends waiting to receive the vaccine.

State and Local COVID-19-Related Paid Vaccination Leave Laws

While California has provided for expansive COVID-19-related leave, New York has enacted more narrowly-tailored legislation requiring all employers to provide a paid leave of absence for a “sufficient period of time,” not to exceed four hours (unless otherwise authorized by the employer), for employees specifically to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  Employers are required to provide such leave per COVID-19 vaccine injection.  The paid leave is in addition to any other paid leave benefits employees are entitled to, and cannot be charged against such other leave.  Unlike the law in California, the paid benefits are not retroactive and only cover the employee.  The law does not prevent an employer from requiring proof of vaccination.  However, employers should caution employees not to reveal any confidential medical information.  The law expires on December 31, 2021.  For more information, see Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

New York is the only state presently to require employers to provide paid leave for the express purpose of obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.  However, several municipalities are enacting similar laws.  Chicago, for example, passed an ordinance that prevents employers from requiring its employees to be vaccinated only during non-working hours, whether vaccination is voluntarily sought or employer-required. For those employers requiring employees to be vaccinated, the ordinance requires the employer to compensate the employee at the employee’s regular rate of pay for the time spent to get vaccinated, up to four hours per dose.  Ordinances in several cities in California also require employers to provide up to four hours of paid leave to attend COVID-19 vaccinations.

Many states and municipalities of course have had paid leave laws providing preventive care prior to COVID-19 that can be used for vaccination-related purposes as well as recovery from vaccination side effects.  In fact, to promote health and safety in the workplace, guidance from states, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon, explicitly confirms employees may use this leave for vaccination-related purposes.  Employers need to be mindful of these state and local requirements.

Non-COVID-19-Related Wage and Hour Considerations

Where there are no leave laws requiring employers to provide paid time off to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the facts and circumstances in each case will determine whether time spent traveling to and from a vaccination site, or waiting for and receiving a vaccine, will be deemed hours worked for purposes of calculating minimum wage and overtime.  Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whether time spent by an employee to receive a vaccination must be treated as compensable likely depends on when the vaccination occurs and whether the vaccination is required by the employer.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has not offered specific guidance on this issue.  However, in the context of an employer requiring COVID-19 testing, similar to requiring receipt of a vaccination, the DOL has indicated that the employer is required to pay employees for time spent waiting for and receiving medical attention at their direction, or on their premises during normal working hours.  See COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers.

Myriad legal issues arise, at both the federal and state level, related to an employer implementing a mandatory vaccination policy, which is beyond the scope of this blog piece.  In addition to wage and hour laws, employers need to consider other potential legal issues including but not limited to employment discrimination and retaliation, family and medical leave, privacy, genetic information, workplace health and safety, collective bargaining, and workers’ compensation.  At present, it appears that most employers are choosing to encourage, and not require, employees to obtain their COVID-19 vaccinations.

What Employers Should Do Now

  • Review state and local paid sick leave requirements to determine whether and how they may apply to COVID-19, and be on the lookout for any legislative developments;
  • Consider adopting a written vaccination policy in order to ensure employee awareness and consistent practices;
  • Prohibit retaliation against employees for taking leave for COVID-19-related reasons including receiving the vaccination and provide training to HR personnel and managers to ensure compliance.

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Quick Recap: Grizzlies fall to Knicks 118-104

The Memphis Grizzlies came into this game against the New York Knicks (one of the hottest teams in the league since April Fools Day), looking to avenge a bummer loss against the Orlando Magic. The Grizzlies entered this contest losing 3 of their past 4 games, something that’s not encouraging in the midst of a playoff push. However, could they turn their fortunes around against a Knicks team playing Thibs minutes off a back-to-back?

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The Grizzlies fell victim to a hot game from Julius Randle and Derrick Rose, as they combined for 53 points on 8-13 shooting from deep.

The Grizzlies also got hit with a parade of technicals, as Taylor Jenkins and Ja Morant got 2 and the ejection — while Dillon Brooks got one too.

Here are takeaways.

The flashes of Jaren Jackson Jr.

If there was any bright spot in this game to take away, it is Jaren Jackson Jr.’s path back to normalcy. In the first half, he flashed the skillset that makes him such a tantalizing prospect — perhaps a unicorn.

He found his rhythm from outside, and he was taking Julius Randle off the dribble. Jackson was even doing a solid job of defending without fouling the probable All-NBA big man.

Granted, was there times he showed his youth? Sure, but for a young player that hasn’t played basketball in 9 months, you take the flashes.

New York Knicks v Memphis Grizzlies

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More flashes? Yup, with Desmond Bane.

Desmond Bane came into this game in a mini-slump from downtown. However, he came out and flashed the upside that made him such a draft darling with NBA Draft Twitter. He put the ball on the floor to make plays for himself and others. He also connected on 2 in-rhythm 3’s to bring some energy into a lifeless FedEx Forum.

When looking to achieve sustainable success, you take the flashes you get from your young players, especially ones of Bane’s skillset. It’s tough to find players of his skillset. The more comfortable he looks, the better for the team’s short-term and long-term success.

Quick Hitters

  • Dillon Brooks is unbothered. Dillon Brooks does not care what’s going on in the game — slump, run, big leads or deficits, whatever. He’s going to play his tail off from tip-off to the time the final buzzer hits. He was really the only starter to have any sort of offensive flow, using a big 3rd quarter to keep the Grizzlies in the mix. Put some respect on his name.
  • Smaller rotation? Xavier Tillman, Tyus Jones, and De’Anthony Melton all totaled 9 minutes — barely getting any run in the 2nd half. None of them lit the world on fire in the 1st half, but the shorter 2nd half rotation is a development to monitor down the playoff push.
  • Fatigue. Their defensive attention and the offensive struggles could be credited to fatigue. You can see it.They’re in a stretch of 40 games in 68 days, coming off a long road trip, and they’re working pieces together. It’s a grueling schedule, especially for the youngest team in the league.

The Grizzlies will travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves Wednesday.

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Woman suing surgeon after ‘quick fix’ mesh operation

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her children, she is now suing her surgeon after a rectopexy operation left her in pain. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her children Kiera and Jack, she is now suing her surgeon after a rectopexy operation left her in pain. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths may have expected some level of discomfort when she woke up from an operation to correct a prolapsed bowel. But as the anaesthetic wore off, the married mother-of-two describes the sensation as “the most immense pain I’ve ever been in”.

“The nurses kept telling me that it was caused by the way they had positioned me in surgery,”’ says Griffiths, 39, from Herefordshire. 

“But I was in agony and they couldn’t control it, even with morphine and paracetamol. Childbirth was more manageable. This pain was like a burning sensation, all through my sacrum (the base of the spine) and despite the medication, it continued for around six weeks.”

Since Griffiths underwent a rectopexy operation she has suffered almost constant, debilitating pain. (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Since Griffiths underwent a rectopexy operation she has suffered almost constant, debilitating pain. (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Unfortunately for Griffiths, this intense pain was far from a one-off incident.

Since the rectopexy operation in April 2013, Griffiths now lives in almost constant, debilitating pain caused by the controversial ‘mesh’ technique used in the surgery. 

She has been forced to quit her job as an associated nurse practitioner due to ill-health. Her mother is now her carer and she requires crutches to walk and a wheelchair to travel any further than 20 yards.

Griffiths’ case is far from unique. The Rectopexy Mesh Victims And Support Group on Facebook has nearly 700 – mostly female – members. 

Read more: I Didn’t Even Know What Prolapse Was Until It Happened to Me


The Sling the Mesh campaign for other victims has nearly 9,000 members but those figures are thought to be the tip of the iceberg.

“Nobody really knows how many are suffering because the NHS and the regulatory body the MHRA has not kept a database of how many women have had the operation and how many are suffering,” says Sling the Mesh’s founder Kath Samson. 

“A third of women in the support group have experienced mesh erosion – where it has sliced through the vagina walls and cut into bowels, bladders, wombs and urethras. 

“Some women now have stomas and colostomy bags where they have had to have organs removed – and all this for what was supposed to be a 20-minute simple operation to fix an embarrassing health problem.”

Watch: Mesh scandal: ‘Truth is traumatic’

Griffiths’ story began in 2012 when, after years of suffering from constipation, she was told she had a bowel prolapse. 

“My consultant said there was this new ‘quick fix’ where mesh is attached to the sacrum with pins and that’s attached to the vaginal wall to hold it into place,” she says. 

“I’d never heard of it before but I trusted the consultant and wasn’t warned of any complications or adverse effects.

“After the initial six weeks of pain after waking up from surgery, I was well for about a year but then the pain returned. 

“At first, it was manageable but eventually it became so uncomfortable that I went to see a gynaecological consultant who put it down to ‘female problems’ and told me to lose some weight.”

“But by 2017 – the year I got married – I was having to take time off from work because I was in so much pain. 

“I would get severe bloating where I’d look nine months pregnant. When Jason and I went on a cruise to Madeira, I woke one day and I couldn’t walk for the pain. My back and legs were burning. I knew it couldn’t just be ‘female problems’ and I even went back to my original surgeon who examined me and said that everything seemed to be fine with the surgery. I was at my wits’ end.”

Read more: Menstrual cup misuse ‘may trigger pelvic organ prolapse’

Claire Griffiths with her husband Jason. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths with her husband Jason. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

It wasn’t until Griffiths spotted a news report that everything changed. 

“I was watching television and heard about other women suffering from mesh surgery and I broke down in tears because I realised it wasn’t just me suffering with this pain,” she says. 

“I went back to my GP and told her I thought it was the mesh causing the problems and she prescribed low level pain medication.

“But I knew I needed further help. I was lucky as my parents paid for me to see private surgeons who examined me and said my insides are a mass of adhesions and mesh. 

“My bowel is tucked to my uterus, the mesh in incredibly tight and that’s where the pain is coming from. I have burning in my legs, no feeling in the tops of my legs, nerve damage to my stomach and rectum. I couldn’t open my bowels for six weeks so last July I had to have a stoma fitted and I have to self-catheterise seven times a day. 

“At some point in the future I will have to have an operation which will close up my anus, rectum and colon. 

“It’s too risky to remove the mesh as my tissue has grown around it so now I’m with a pain consultant who is looking at infusing lidocaine to take some of the pain away.

The surgery has not only these horrific physical but also mental scars.

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her family, feels immense mum guilt due to all the things she now can't do due to the pain (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her family, feels immense mum guilt due to all the things she now can’t do due to the pain (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

“The mum guilt about not being able to do things like shopping with my daughter or watching my son play football is huge,” says Griffiths. 

“And seeing my mum care for me when she should be enjoying her retirement is very upsetting.

Griffiths is now suing the surgeon with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.  

“Some women who have had mesh surgery have killed themselves because of the pain and although there have been times where I feel fed up of fighting to be heard, I am strong and I need to stay here for my husband and children,” she says.

 “Hopefully, I’ve got a long life ahead of me and if the pain can be managed better, I can have a better quality of life.”

Watch: Medical safety review into medical interventions such as pelvic mesh is a ‘wake-up call’

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Spain holidays: UK to be ‘one of first to return’ to Majorca after quick vaccine rollout | Travel News

Spain holidays: UK to be ‘one of first to return’ to Majorca after quick vaccine rollout | Travel News | Travel » TechnoCodex

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G Adventures boss says rapid tests are key for quick return to travel

Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, predicts rapid Covid-19 tests will be a ‘game-changer’ for the swift return of travel this summer.

Alongside the deployment of vaccines, he said the “number one thing we need” is rapid testing.

Speaking on a Travel Weekly webcast, he said rapid home kits that are currently being developed will enable holidaymakers to be tested during trips, ahead of their return home and at airports.

“The technology does exist. It’s just not being manufactured and being mass produced and available right now,” he said.

“I think we’re going have it in the next couple of months, according to what I’m reading. They’re starting to manufacture home tests.”

He also hopes that quarantine periods for returning travellers will get shorter to encourage more bookings.

“I do believe that travel is going to go come back quicker than people think,” he said.

“It’s not going be back to normal numbers but there are early adopters and a lot of people that want to travel before crowds start again.

“There is going to be a lot of people that are motivated to travel early as soon as they can. We’re seeing that already.”

G Adventures is currently operating group tours in Tanzania and passengers are “absolutely loving it”, he added, as there are no crowds.

“Once we get this whole vaccine sorted out, I think that confidence is going to come back quicker than people think,” he said.

“There’s just so many doom-and-gloom people right now saying there are no travellers till 2022. I don’t believe that.

“We were seeing a very strong case to say that we’re going to get significant travellers this summer.”

He said the operator saw “green shoots” of a return to travel last year as it was able to run European tours in September and October, then tours to destinations such as Tanzania, Maldives and Costa Rica later in 2020.

“It is great to dip our toe in the water again, and there are a lot of positive attitudes on our communication channels internally now that we’re running trips again,” he said.

The operator is liaising with governments around the world to keep updated with restrictions and plans for a return to travel.

It is working with the Peruvian government to run test trips with officials on the Inca Trail, to ensure new protocols are effective.

He also highlighted how Japan – which hopes to host the Olympics – has advanced plans for the safe return of travellers.

“We want to be part of that, before and after the Olympics,” he said.

“We want to be in the forefront of convincing people to start travelling again.”

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