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IN BRIEF

Published: February 8, 2012 (Issue # 1694)


Measles Outbreak

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) St. Petersburg is facing a measles outbreak, with almost 90 cases having been registered in the city by Tuesday afternoon, RIA-Novosti reported.

The majority of those affected are children. Out of the 87 reported cases, 67 are children under 14 years old.

Cases have been registered in 10 city districts, primarily in the Krasnoselsky and Kirovsky districts. At least 92 percent of those infected had not been vaccinated against measles, RIA-Novosti reported.

The measles outbreak began in Childrens Hospital #1. The first reported case was a 15-year-old boy hospitalized in mid-January with a suspected case of viral pneumonia, which later turned out to be measles.

The citys Health Committee has given the order to vaccinate all unvaccinated medical personnel and has asked hospital pediatricians to raise awareness among parents about how important it is for children to get the vaccine.

In Russia, most infants are first vaccinated when they turn one year old, and get a booster at age six.

Finns Admit Mistake

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) Finnish ombudsman Jussi Pajuoja has acknowledged that Finnish authorities acted illegally when they took Russian citizen Inga Rantalas son Robert into care, Interfax reported.

Rantalas son was taken from her after he told people at school that his mother spanked him.

Social services in the Finnish town of Turku removed Robert from his family and placed him in a shelter. They also stripped his mother and Finnish father Veli-Pekka Rantala of their parental rights.

Social services cited conditions in the family as being a danger to the child.

Following this, Roberts parents left for St. Petersburg with the boy and now live in the city. However, in December of last year the Finnish Prosecutor demanded that Russia extradite the boys mother to attend a court hearing for allegedly beating her son.

Pajuoja said he believes that the situation with the child is very complicated and that his being taken from his family was unnecessary and against the boys interests, as well as a violation of Finnish law, Interfax reported.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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