Small Businesses Look for Help on Health Care CoverageBURLINGTON, VT, June 16, 2008 – Most Vermont small businesses see it as their responsibility to provide health coverage to employees, but all are struggling with the rising cost, according to a survey report released today by AARP Vermont. AARP conducted an independent telephone survey of some 400 Vermont business owners with 50 or fewer employees. Clearly, the study exposes a group that is buried under the escalating costs of health care and being forced out of the market, while battling high energy costs and an economy in recession. The survey reveals a better understanding of what Vermont’s small business owners have been experiencing due to increasing health coverage costs, their opinions surrounding the issue and whether the Catamount Health Plan would appeal to them if made available.The findings showed that most small employers offer health coverage because they need it for themselves and because they feel a responsibility to do so, not for competitive or bottom-line reasons. Some 57% of respondents offer coverage, with larger employers more likely to provide the benefit, and nearly all say the premiums have risen over the past several years. In response, a significant number of businesses (48%) have changed to high-deductible plans which require employees to pay premiums and satisfy a hefty deductible before receiving any coverage. Other responses to rising costs include increasing employee contributions (27%), reducing benefits (26%) and even dropping plans altogether (16%). This pattern does not serve the interests of Vermont consumers and burdens the health care system itself. Nevertheless, it is likely to continue with more and more organizations reporting they will have to take similar actions in the next few years as premiums continue to rise.Catamount Health – the new, affordable, comprehensive insurance plan available to uninsured Vermonters – is currently not open to small businesses. If made available, affordably, to small businesses and the self-employed, the majority are likely to consider enrolling in the plan, according to the survey results. Of those not currently offering any health coverage benefit, fully 80% would consider enrolling in the plan if they could while 60% of those already offering insurance would look at switching to Catamount.AARP worked closely with lawmakers and others in pushing for the development and passage of the Catamount Health Plan. As the organization now works toward enrolling more uninsured Vermonters in the plan and improving plan provisions, it has become clear that smaller employers – the bulk of the business community – are a key in getting coverage to many residents with no coverage or costly high-deductible plans. Furthermore, hundreds of Vermont small business owners and sole proprietors are AARP members and are very concerned about the crisis in health care costs.”We ask our elected leaders in Montpelier to open the doors to affordable health insurance to small Vermont businesses – the backbone of our business community,” said Jim Leddy, AARP state president and one of the architects of the state sponsored plan. “The status quo is no longer acceptable. The only alternative for these businesses can not be to reduce, drop or not offer health insurance at all,” he said. “Quite simply, offering the Catamount Health Plan to small businesses, their employees and the self-employed is part of the solution to covering the uninsured and dealing with the rising cost of health care.”Leddy explained that AARP and the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security are working to bring small businesses together to speak for themselves on the issue. It is expected that a proposal will go before the Legislature next session to approve a version of Catamount Health for small businesses. “We want to give voice to the thousands of small business owners struggling to take care of their employees. We hope these findings will help inform the debate in Montpelier,” said Leddy.AARP is part of a coalition representing the voice of Vermont small businesses and sole proprietors. It encourages those who want to help push for an expansion of Catamount to small businesses to contact Heather Riemer at the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security at 1-802-343-1705.The survey interviews were conducted by Woelfel Research, Inc. in late March and early April of 2008 with a random sample of Vermont businesses as compiled by Dun & Bradstreet.AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 128,000 members in Vermont and 39 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50. ###
By Felipe Lagos/Diálogo May 17, 2018 The Chilean Navy will take on the role of Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) in the 26th Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC) exercise. The world’s largest multinational maritime exercise, hosted by the U.S. Pacific Fleet, will take place June 27th–August 2nd, around the Hawaiian Islands and its waters. With the designation of CFMCC, the Chilean Navy becomes the first non-English speaking navy to head a component of the combined RIMPAC task forces—an important milestone for Chile and Latin America. U.S., Canadian, and Australian navies previously filled the role. “Leading RIMPAC 2018 means being part of the group of officers responsible for commanding the task groups that constitute the multinational force, said to Diálogo Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Pablo Niemann Figari, head of the Navy Training Center located in Valparaíso. “In my case, being commander of the maritime component [of RIMPAC] means properly responding to [U.S. Navy] Vice Admiral [John] Alexander, [Combined Tasked Force commander,] during maritime training activities and military operations in the course of the exercise.” Large-scale exercise The goal of the biennial exercise, first held in 1971, is to improve the interoperability among the armed forces of countries in the Pacific basin—as well as others outside of the region—to foster stability in the vast expanse of water. The exercise also promotes cooperation among participating countries, strengthens capabilities, and establishes trust and friendship to ensure the safety of maritime routes. The large-scale mock scenarios include maritime interdiction, ship boarding, and inspection operations, as well as antisubmarine and aerial defense exercises. Participants also increase their diving capabilities and practice rescue tasks and humanitarian disaster relief operations. They also conduct live-fire maneuvers, amphibious landings and attacks, free-fall parachuting, and test cutting-edge technology, among many other activities. “RIMPAC is an exercise with a long history,” said Rear Adm. Niemann. “In this context, preparations for the exercise are made following a very extensive and complex schedule of planning activities, given the size and number of participants.” Equipment and troops The Chilean Navy frigate Almirante Lynch (PFG-07) will participate in the exercise and join the task group of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The crew aboard the Almirante Lynch—the ship is 133 meters long and has a beam of 16.1 meters and antisubmarine and anti-surface capabilities—will account for the majority of the hundreds of members of the Chilean Navy to be mobilized for RIMPAC 2018. “More than 300 men and women from the Chilean Navy will participate,” said Rear Adm. Niemann. “We will also have a platoon of marines performing amphibious operations and 52 members as part of the General Staff of the CFMCC. Twelve service members from the Army and two from the Air Force will also participate.” Under the command of Chilean Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Ernesto Iribarne, 36 troops from the 21st Marine Corps Battalion Miller will join RIMPAC landing forces. For the first time, Chilean marines, who previously participated as observers, will play an active role in the exercise. “To have the opportunity to operate alongside the [U.S.] marines meant completing an intense training process to have the capacity to carry out the necessary actions involving land and amphibious combat in war and peace operations,” said 2nd Lt. Iribarne. “It fills us with pride.” Professional execution The members of the Chilean Navy to be deployed for RIMPAC were selected based on their professional backgrounds and English proficiency. The service members will put the capabilities gained during regular training to the test and increase interoperability with the navies and marines of world powers. The anticipation of the Chilean service members is almost palpable—and perhaps more so for those participating in the exercise for the first time. Such is the case for Chilean Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Cristian Rodríguez, an officer aboard the frigate Lynch, who told Chilean Navy magazine Vigía that he felt “very eager to stand out in the eyes of other countries.” For Chilean Navy Petty Officer Third Class Danysa Ortiz, head of transmissions on the frigate Lynch, optimizing her English skills is essential. The officer prepared by studying the ship’s procedures manuals, which are in English. “I also watch films without subtitles in my spare time,” said Petty Officer Third Class Ortiz. Great pride and responsibility Chile first participated in RIMPAC in 1996 and has participated in every exercise since, only abstaining in 2010. In 2014 and 2016, the country served as second-in-command of the maritime component—first under the Royal Canadian Navy, then the Royal Australian Navy. “In 2016, at the end of the 25th RIMPAC exercise, the Chilean Navy expressed its interest to the organizing committee in taking on the role of CFMCC in 2018,” concluded Rear Adm. Niemann. “The Chilean Navy receives this designation with great pride and responsibility. We have prepared in advance and with professionalism, knowing that the success of the exercise depends in great measure on how well we run the operations.” More than 25,000 navy and marine troops from 29 countries will participate in RIMPAC 2018. The exercise will involve around 50 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and some 17 land forces. Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam will take part in RIMPAC 2018 for the first time.
Dec 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Bangladesh said today that they have detected another H5N1 avian influenza outbreak on a farm, the country’s fifth one since the virus reemerged in poultry flocks in October.Salahuddin Kahn, livestock department spokesman, said the outbreak occurred on a farm in Kurigram in the northern part of the country and that 100 birds were culled to control it, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP).Kahn told AFP that Kurigram is the fifth district to be hit by the virus since October. Two states in western India that share borders with Bangladesh—Assam and West Bengal—have also battled recent H5N1 outbreaks.Also today, a report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said an H5 avian flu outbreak was detected on two farms in northern Belgium. The report, citing Belgian media as its source, said the virus is not the lethal form of H5N1 and is not dangerous to humans, but it did not list the N (neuraminidase) number.Tests on Dec 19 detected the virus in ducks and geese in Bocholt, which borders the Netherlands, and also on a farm in Buggenhout in East Flanders province, the story said. The government ordered control measures, including the culling of 5,000 birds and indoor confinement of all birds within 1 kilometer of the affected farms.Elsewhere, agriculture authorities in Taiwan recently confirmed an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza at a farm in Kaohsiung, on the southwestern part of the island, according to a Dec 20 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak involved chickens, AFP reported on Dec 21.Of the 18,591 birds at the farm, the virus killed 230 and sickened another 290, according to the OIE report. It said the remaining birds were destroyed.Officials have not determined the source of the virus, but have disinfected and tested 76 poultry flocks in the area, the report said. Taiwan’s last H5N2 outbreak occurred in March 2004, according to the OIE. That outbreak involved a commercial poultry farm.In other developments, veterinary officials in Denmark are investigating a suspected avian flu outbreak on a chicken farm in a southwestern area, Reuters reported today. Routine blood tests revealed evidence of infection, though the report did list any details about the suspected pathogenicity or subtype.Officials said they expected to have test results in a few days, according to Reuters.Denmark’s last avian flu outbreak, which occurred in April, involved a low-pathogenic H7N1 strain, according to a previous report from the OIE.See also:Dec 20 OIE report on Taiwan outbreakApr 29 OIE report on previous Danish outbreak
Topics : Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, was arrested in Malaysia on July 30 in a planned operation by the National Police.He was previously at large for 11 years after fleeing Indonesia a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution.The National Police had also removed three high-ranking officials from their posts for aiding Djoko Tjandra while on the run, including Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo for allegedly issuing a travel letter for Djoko.Responding to Pinangki’s arrest, Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman said the case saddened him because as a law enforcement official, Pinangki did not set a good example to the public.“We hope the AGO can develop this case and find the parties who provided the funds and promises to Pinangki,” Boyamin said in a video release. (syk) Hari said investigators arrested Pinangki at her residence and the suspect was cooperative during the arrest.“For the time being, she is being detained at the AGO’s Salemba Detention Center. Later, she will be transferred to a women’s detention center in Pondok Bambu [in East Jakarta],” he said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: AGO looks into possible crimes in prosecutor’s alleged meetings with Djoko Tjandra abroadDeputy Attorney General Setia Untung Arimuladi had removed Pinangki from her post as an official in the planning bureau under the AGO’s junior attorney general for development. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has arrested prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari for allegedly accepting bribes in connection with graft convict Djoko Tjandra, who was arrested late last month after being on the run for years.Investigators at the AGO’s junior attorney for special crimes (Jampidsus) made the arrest on Tuesday night after naming Pinangki a suspect in a bribery case. AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono said that Pinangki had allegedly accepted about US$500,000 in bribes, but did not specify who she got it from.The AGO’s supervisory unit previously said that Pinangki had committed an ethics violation by going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019 without permission, allegedly to meet with Djoko, who was still at large at the time.
UEFA suspends Champions League and Europa League fixtures Comment Advertisement UEFA has suspended next week’s Champions League fixtures (Getty Images)UEFA has suspended next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.Manchester City’s match against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium had already been postponed along with Juventus’ second leg against Lyon in Turin.But UEFA has now taken the decision to halt all games that were due to be played next week.Barcelona were due to host Napoli at Camp Nou, while Chelsea were set to travel to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENTMeanwhile in the Europa League, eight fixtures were scheduled to be played next Thursday, including Manchester United vs LASK and Wolves vs Olympiacos. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement Manchester United’s return fixture against LASK next week has been postponed (Getty Images)UEFA has also confirmed that next week’s draws for the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals have been cancelled.AdvertisementAdvertisementA statement from UEFA read: ‘In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.‘Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.‘As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf anuncia 10 sitios más de realización de pruebas en áreas con acceso limitado June 15, 2020 Español, Press Release, Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que a partir del miércoles 17 de junio, se abrirán nueve sitios más que realizan pruebas de COVID-19 sin bajarse del automóvil en los estacionamientos de Walmart en todo el estado, lo que eleva a 19 el total de sitios en las ubicaciones de Walmart. Quest Diagnostics y Walmart están trabajando con el departamento para proporcionar pruebas sin costo a los residentes que viven en áreas donde hay menos sitios que realizan pruebas. También se ha sumado otro sitio de realización de pruebas en el condado de Venango, que previamente solo tenía un sitio, lo que eleva a 10 el total de nuevos sitios de realización de pruebas.“Continuamos agregando sitios que realizan pruebas en lugares que resulten convenientes a los residentes de Pennsylvania y aumentamos la capacidad del estado de realizar pruebas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “No queremos que ningún residente de Pennsylvania que necesite una prueba tenga dificultades para encontrar un sitio cerca de su casa que realice pruebas gratuitas”.“Apreciamos el trabajo arduo que realizan los sistemas médicos, las farmacias, los Centros Médicos con Calificación Federal (FQHC, por sus siglas en inglés), las clínicas médicas y otras entidades que realizan pruebas de COVID-19 en todo Pennsylvania”, dijo la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine. “Cuando establecimos nuestra estrategia de pruebas, queríamos que las pruebas fueran accesibles, adaptables y que estuvieran disponibles y estamos trabajando para cumplir ese desafío. Toda persona que crea que tenga síntomas de COVID-19 puede hacerse la prueba hoy en Pennsylvania”.A partir del 17 de junio, estos sitios estarán abiertos los lunes, miércoles y viernes de 7:00 a.m. a 9:00 a.m. para evaluar hasta 50 pacientes registrados cada día. Se requiere el registro con un día de anticipación. No se realizan pruebas de COVID-19 dentro de las tiendas Walmart o los Centros de servicios al paciente de Quest Diagnostics.Los sitios de realización de pruebas que abrirán el miércoles incluyen:Estacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 1887 Elmira St, Sayre, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 1665 N Atherton St, State College, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 108 Washington Towne Blvd N, Edinboro, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 2501 W State St, New Castle, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 1566 W Main Street Ext, Grove City, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 9300 State Route 61, Coal Township, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 980 N Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 120 AJK Blvd, Lewisburg, PAEstacionamiento de Walmart Supercenter, 1169 South Main St, Mansfield, PA“Luego de la prueba, tiene la obligación de regresar a casa y aislarse”, dijo la Dra. Levine. “Si los síntomas se presentan o agravan mientras espera los resultados de su prueba, hable con su médico. Si sufre una emergencia médica, busque atención inmediata”.Las personas que se registran serán notificadas de un sitio de prueba dentro de un radio de 50 millas de su vivienda y los horarios disponibles. Los pacientes agendarán un horario para las pruebas, imprimirán un comprobante y llevarán el comprobante al sitio al momento de realizarles las pruebas. Los pacientes recibirán un correo electrónico con los resultados de su prueba dentro de las 24-48 horas, y los médicos llamarán a los pacientes que tengan resultado positivo.Además de estos sitios de realización de pruebas, UPMC Northwest abrió un sitio que realiza pruebas de COVID-19 en el condado de Venango, donde actualmente solo hay otro sitio más. El nuevo sitio está ubicado en 1671 Allegheny Blvd, Reno, PA, y está abierto cada semana, de martes a viernes de 11:30 a.m. a 3:00 p.m., únicamente con cita previa. Para programar una visita en este lugar, llame al 1-833-559-7680.Las pruebas son accesibles para los residentes de Pennsylvania mediante el trabajo de varias entidades. Como Rite Aid, CVS, Patient First, Walmart y otros ofrecen pruebas para personas sintomáticas y asintomáticas, ha permitido además que los residentes de Pennsylvania se realicen las pruebas cerca de sus hogares. Agregar estos sitios a los que ya ofrecen los hospitales, sistemas médicos, FQHC, clínicas médicas y otras ubicaciones amplía significativamente la red de pruebas en el estado.Se puede encontrar más información sobre estos y otros sitios que realizan pruebas, incluido un mapa de los sitios disponibles en Pennsylvania, en el sitio de Internet del departamento.El plan de realización de pruebas del departamento sigue siendo adaptable. Esto incluye los esfuerzos para garantizar que todos aquellos en un centro de cuidado prolongado puedan realizarse la prueba, trabajar para garantizar que los condados que actualmente no tienen sitios que realicen las pruebas puedan realizarlas, y otros esfuerzos basados en la ciencia y en los datos más recientes relacionados con la COVID-19.Los síntomas de la COVID-19 pueden incluir:FiebreTosFalta de aliento o dificultad para respirarDiarreaEscalofríosTemblores recurrentes con escalofríosDolor muscularDolor de cabezaDolor de gargantaNueva pérdida del sabor u olfatoLos síntomas pueden aparecer en tan solo dos días o hasta 14 días luego de la exposición. Los casos de enfermedad reportados han variado desde personas que presentan pocos síntomas o ningún síntoma hasta personas gravemente enfermas y moribundas.Hasta las 12:00 a.m. del 14 de junio, se registraron 78,798 casos positivos de COVID-19 en todo el estado en 67 condados y un total de 6,215 muertes confirmadas. La mayoría de los pacientes hospitalizados tienen 65 años o más, y la mayoría de las muertes se han producido en pacientes de 65 años en adelante. Encuentre más información disponible aquí.Para obtener la información más reciente para personas, familias, empresas y escuelas, visite “Respuesta a la COVID-19” (Responding to COVID-19) en pa.gov.La Administración Wolf destaca el papel que juegan los residentes de Pennsylvania para ayudar a reducir la propagación de la COVID-19:Lávese las manos con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos o use desinfectante para manos si no dispone de agua y jabón.Cubra la tos o estornudo con el pliegue del codo, no con las manos.Limpie las superficies con frecuencia.Quédese en casa para evitar propagar la COVID-19, especialmente si no se encuentra bien.Si tiene que salir por un motivo de soporte vital, use una máscara.Enlaces actualizados sobre el coronavirus: Comunicados de prensa, fotos del laboratorio estatal, gráficosInforme diario sobre la COVID-19Comunicados de prensa sobre el coronavirusÚltima información sobre el coronavirusotos del laboratorio del estado en Exton (para descargar y usar)Coronavirus y gráficos de preparación (ubicado en la parte inferior de la página)Preparación de la comunidad y materiales sobre procedimientosMapa con el número de casos de COVID-19Se alienta a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a inscribirse en AlertPA, un sistema de notificación por mensajes de texto sobre la salud, el clima y otras alertas importantes como las actualizaciones sobre la COVID-19 de las agencias estatales. Los residentes pueden registrarse en Internet en www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.View this information in English.
Custom-built Mirror TVs from Electronic Living are gaining traction with interior designers and architects. See them at The Home Show, proudly supported by The Sunday Mail, running from September 8-10 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.INTERIOR designers are jumping on board new technology that turns your television into a stylish mirror.Electronic Living managing director Damian Cavanagh said the Mirror TV was penetrating the high end market, but due to manufacturing now being done on home soil the mid-range market was also starting to adopt the new trend.“The cost five years ago of Mirror TVs was exponentially greater, we imported the entire product from Germany, which was very expensive,” he said.The company now imports the glass from Europe but manufactures the rest of the product in Australia.“Basically it’s a conventional LED TV and then we custom build the frame and mirror over it,” he said.The technology allows the TV to be hidden behind reflective glass, as you turn the TV on the mirror becomes clear.The assembly time is around two weeks from order and the cost starts at around $4,500 for a 32 inch television, including the mirror.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoCustom-built Mirror TVs from Electronic Living.Mr Cavanagh said the Mirror TVs were gaining in popularity because as TVs had become thinner, people had been buying larger models.“So it’s taking up a larger surface area on your wall and people are investing a good amount of money in interior design, so they don’t want the TV to be the dominant feature in the room,” he said.“Architects and designers are in love with it, but end consumers probably haven’t been exposed to it enough yet.“It’s also a great way to display family photos or digital artwork and is good for bedrooms, kitchen splashbacks and bathrooms as well.”Mr Cavanagh said the alternate concealing options were a TV motorised to come out of a cupboard or down from the ceiling, but both options were more expensive than the mirror.“A lot of people are building feature piece fireplace’s in their living spaces, so putting the Mirror TV above the mantel provides a nice mirror look,” he said.Electronic Living specialise in custom technology solutions for homes, with their aim to create a functional smart home, with the technology hidden away.Electronic Living will be exhibiting at The Home Show. The Home Show, proudly supported by The Sunday Mail, runs from September 8 — 10 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
NZ Herald 27 May 2018Family First Comment: “I do not want New Zealand to become a country where vulnerable dementia sufferers or disabled people are not valued and become even more susceptible to pressure from society to end their lives prematurely. I share in the concerns of Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero, who said the bill “undermines the position of disabled and vulnerable members of our community. It devalues their lives and poses significant risk to them.””www.protect.org.nzAs deputy chairwoman of the justice select committee, I’ve been listening to some very well considered submissions on the controversial euthanasia and assisted suicide bill before Parliament.There were 36,000 individuals and groups who wrote to Parliament with their views on the End of Life Choice Bill. Ten per cent have indicated that they would like to be heard in person, which the committee has promised to do.So we have extended the reporting deadline from September to next March. While I will listen attentively and respectfully to everyone’s viewpoint, I remain concerned at the lack of adequate safeguards to protect our most vulnerable.A troubling aspect emerging from the public discussions is the large number of people who say they are in favour of the bill but who admit that they have not actually read it, claiming they don’t care about the detail, they just want to have the option.Have you ever heard of anyone who did not want to die with dignity or be treated with compassion? Rather than being lulled by the wording around this poorly drafted bill, I’ve been urging people to delve deeper – it’s vital to know the details when stakes are so high and protections for the vulnerable so low.Many incorrectly assume the law only applies to the terminally ill, but it would actually licence doctors to end the life of anyone with a “grievous, irremediable condition”.That vague phrase is not an accepted medical or legal one and leaves the door open for coercion and abuse, and could potentially extend to include people with long-term conditions such as arthritis, dementia and diabetes as it has in other countries that have opened the door to euthanasia.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=12059324Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Egypt is working hard to attract Chinese tourists. Several conferences and events were organised to facilitate the procedures to send Chinese to Egypt. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim highlights Egypt’s efforts to increase its share of the chinese market
Sharing is caring! 26 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet LocalNews Dave Bruney’s appointment challenged by cabinet ministers. by: – April 8, 2011 Share Photo credit: GIS NewsMembers of the Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Dominica have commenced a legal challenge to the appointment and swearing in of Mr. Dave Bruney as member of the Integrity in Public Office.In their letter dated 8th April, 2011 through their attorneys, the appointment has been categorized as a “blatant, grave and serious threat to the purpopse, integrity and impartiality of the commission.”In giving reasons for the challenge, Attorney Alick Lawrence on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers indicated; “Mr. Bruney does not and cannot meet the statutory criteria and requirements of section 4 (3) of the Integrity in Public Office Act 6 of 2003. Simply put he is not a person of high public standing”Secondly Mr. Bruney’s appointment “concerns section 5 (d) of the Integrity in Public Office Act 6 of 2003. As recently as April, 2011 Mr. Bruney and the United Workers Party represented to the world that Mr. Bruney was the Media Coordinator of the United Workers Party.”The attorney for the Cabinet of Ministers threatened that they “will seek injunctive relief to prevent Mr. Dave Bruney from acting as a Member or having access to confidential records, information or documents.”Click here to read the documents issued: Letter to the President re. Dave Bruney-1 , Letter to the Chairman Integrity Commission re. Dave Bruney-1Dominca Vibes News will bring you updates as the story unfolds.