NZ Herald 9 Dec 2011New Zealand’s poor child abuse record has been laid bare in a major international study. It has been named as one of six countries and states where there is no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades. The study, led by Professor Ruth Gilbert from the University College London Institute of Child Health (ICH), used three types of child maltreatment indicators; violent deaths in children, hospitalised injuries related to maltreatment, and involvement with child protection agencies. The indicators were gathered from health and child protection agencies, and compared trends in children aged under 11 across New Zealand, England, Sweden, the USA, Western Australia and Manitoba in Canada. The study found large variations in the frequency of involvement with child protection agencies, but little difference between the rates of maltreatment-related injury or violent death. Contributing author and Otago University research fellow Dr Pauline Gulliver said it was concerning there had been no apparent change in child maltreatment rates in New Zealand.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772101READ the report http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61087-8/fulltext
Redstate.com 10 May 2012For decades, supporters of abortion on demand have insisted on two completely unproven assertions concerning what would happen if abortion were made generally illegal in this country. First, they have asserted, somewhat counter-intuitively and again without any proof, that such a law would not work, and women would continue to get abortions. Second, based on the first unfounded assertion, they insist that therefore women would be forced into “back alley abortions” which would presumably always be performed with a dirty coat-hanger, thus leading to massive maternal mortality.Of course, these assertions have been from day one based on fabrications generated by the abortion industry. As Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL, admitted:We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law.“Another myth we fed to the public through the media was that legalizing abortion would only mean that the abortions taking place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1500% since legalization.Enter Dr. Elard Koch, an epidemiologist from the Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Chile. Chile provides a somewhat unique opportunity to study the issue of the effects of making abortion illegal. In recent history (in particular since a number of advances that have overall reduced maternal mortality worldwide), most countries that have changed their abortion laws have made abortion more widely accessible, not less. Chile, on the other hand, has moved in the opposite direction. Before 1989 in Chile, abortion was largely legal, but in 1989, Chile banned all “therapeutic” abortions, thus providing an actual laboratory in which we might study the question, “What happens when abortion is made illegal?”The study by Dr. Koch and his team is vitally important and should be read in its entirety. Most importantly, the study conclusively showed that a) outlawing abortion is remarkably effective at reducing the number of abortions that take place in a country, including clandestine ones, and b) there is absolutely no link between making abortion illegal and an increase in the number of deaths from clandestine abortions.http://www.redstate.com/leon_h_wolf/2012/05/08/chilean-study-proves-that-outlawing-abortion-does-not-lead-to-coat-hanger-deaths/
NZ Herald 27 August 2015Details have been confirmed for an inquiry into voluntary euthanasia, to be carried out by Parliament’s Health Committee.Supporters hope the inquiry will be an important step towards a law change.In releasing the terms of reference, National MP Simon O’Connor, the health committee chair, said the subject would concern many New Zealanders and as such deserved a thorough examination.Today’s announcement comes after a petition from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society by supporters including Matt Vickers, the husband of the late Lecretia Seales.Its inquiry will cover:• The factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life.•The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives.• The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one’s life, and the current legal situation.• International experiences of the issue.Mr O’Connor said the committee wants to hear from all interested groups and individuals.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11503795Euthanasia inquiry to start at select committee3News 27 August 2015Kiwis are being encouraged to speak up about voluntary euthanasia and whether it should become law in New Zealand.A select committee’s begun an inquiry after a 9000-signature petition was presented to Parliament.Family First believes euthanasia will send a “dangerous message” to society about the suicide and the value of life.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/euthanasia-inquiry-to-start-at-select-committee-2015082716#axzz3jzQGkJe2
NewsHub 9 March 2018Family First Comment: An excellent commentary – and a rebuke to the recent comments of ACT’s David Seymour…“Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.”OPINION: Three days after the submissions process for the EOLC Bill has closed, the numbers have already exceeded 25,000. Many thousands will express deep opposition to what David Seymour is proposing.Can we be clear about Mr Seymour’s approach here: he is a master of spin, and is already stating that the numbers against euthanasia are not important. Nevertheless, contrast this: Mr Seymour says “Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has received 220 submissions on the Government’s Bill that bans foreigners from buying houses and most of them strongly oppose it.”So 220 opposition numbers are crucial for the foreign ownership bill, while thousands of opposition submissions are irrelevant when it comes to euthanasia? To dismiss serious opposition to this Bill, just because it doesn’t suit Mr Seymour’s case, is arrogant and patronising.Mr Seymour says that it is the quality of argument that matters, implying that the submissions in opposition are poorly argued, but not the pro-euthanasia ones. His presumption is staggering. Submissions to the Health Select Committee in 2016 were 80% opposed to euthanasia. They included people from all walks of life and levels of education.The key elements of this complex and difficult discussion were presented: the question of autonomy; our societal responses to suffering; the outworkings of true compassion; negative implications for disability; to name a few. Some of it came from highly educated people, with nuanced and compelling engagement (including the New Zealand Medical Association and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, both of whom are opposed).Some of it was expressed simply and plainly. People who have worked at the coalface of palliative care for decades were included, as were ordinary concerned citizens with no professional involvement. It is simply unacceptable to dismiss out of hand the views of a vast range of New Zealanders, some of whom have more personal involvement with the intricacies of this issue than he has ever had.Mr Seymour: deciding on a bill that will fundamentally alter the relationships between doctors, patients, family, and the State is no small matter. At the very least, take the complexity and democratic process seriously. The many thousands of people who have made submissions do.Mr Seymour calls this a progressive bill, but progressive to what end? Progress is, in one sense, just a direction. And the direction of this bill emerges out of, and plays to, people’s fears: fear of a bad death; fear of becoming a burden; fear of losing physical and mental capabilities and social relationships.Worse, it implicitly affirms that people are right to be afraid. It emerges out of compassion, but it is a misguided compassion that has surrendered to counsels of despair. It is within our power to overcome these challenges if we devote sufficient leadership and resources to them.Peter Thirkell is the Secretary of Care Alliance, an advocacy group aiming to “nurture better conversations about dying in Aoteroa.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2018/03/peter-thirkell-david-seymour-needs-to-listen-to-nz-about-euthanasia.html
WebMD 6 June 2018Family First Comment: “These findings fly in the face of the Big Marijuana argument that somehow fewer young people will use marijuana if it is legalized. These data are clear. As more states move to commercialize, legalize and normalize marijuana, more young people are going to use today’s super-strength drug,” said Kevin Sabet, founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.www.saynopetodope.nzOne in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds.That rate — the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey — likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States, researchers said.Broken down, about 15 percent of 12th graders said they would try marijuana if it was legal. And about 10 percent of current users said they would use it more often.“These findings fly in the face of the Big Marijuana argument that somehow fewer young people will use marijuana if it is legalized,” said Kevin Sabet, founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.“These data are clear. As more states move to commercialize, legalize and normalize marijuana, more young people are going to use today’s super-strength drug,” he said in a news release from the organization.READ MORE: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180606/more-teens-than-ever-would-try-marijuana#1
The United Nations has denied having tried to bury confidential report on alleged sexual abuses by French troops in Central African Republic.This follows accusations from several non-governmental organizations.Several NGO’s slammed the United Nations for the suspension of a UN officer who leaked the report to French authorities.The organizations accuse the UN of attempts to bury the potential scandal.The UN has denied the claimsRupert Colville a spokesman for , OHCHR was quoted saying: “First, this does not concern UN peacekeepers. French force in CAR was not under the umbrella of the UN. This pegs the question why would have Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights / OHCHR (OHCHR) or indeed the wider UN tried to protect French troops accused of such odious acts against children by sitting on such information, I just pose that question to you.”The UN also says the leak of an unedited report constituted a serious breach of protocol. The circulation of report with the names of victims, witnesses and investigators also puts them at risk.“As a concrete illustration of this concern, and why really it is a life concern, we know for a fact that at least one of the individuals, named in this document, has been contacted by a number of different media organizations within the last few days. This is very worrying. And I repeat, the core issue here is that the protection of witnesses and victims and investigators and whether or not this was compromised. And indeed is still being compromised if names are circulating,” added Colville.Anders Kompass is the UN staffer who leaked the report to French authorities. He has since been suspended French President Francois Holande has promised to take action against anyone who will be found guilty
In Uganda, a group of young Rap artists is bringing a different touch to the way TV news is delivered.They read news as though they are rapping, the Hip Hop style.The ‘Rap news” is currently aired on a local Television station in the country in different local languages including English.CCTV’S Isabel Nakirya with details.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlAu1QdMwoU
Somalia has fined a private company 10, 000 US Dollars for hiring 27 Kenyans Illegally.The case – the first to be tried in the once lawless nation is an indication that the country’s immigration department has the teeth to bite.CCTV’s Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
African and Chinese leaders are preparing to meet on Friday in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg.Ahead of that summit, ministers have been engaging in talks.South Africa’s International Relations Minister has praised China for its continued investment in Africa.
Tweet CoronavirusLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Agriculture Unveils Coronavirus Food Production Plan for Food Security by: – April 1, 2020 Share 388 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Ryan Anselm A Coronavirus Food Production Plan is being used by the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that locals will continue to have access to fresh produce although much of the country is closed.The Government of Dominica spent EC$162,000 to procure seeds and produce seedlings and planting materials to be distributed island wide.The plan with guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment concentrates on food production as an apparatus to prepare, mitigate and respond to and recover from the COVID19 pandemic with special emphasis on national Food Security.Technical Officer for Projects and Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ryan Anselm detailed, “We are propagating seedlings at our agricultural stations and we are also producing some of the food.”He says at the Laplaine Agricultural Station, crops like corn, beans and sweet potatoes are being grown for use by the essential services including the hospitals and prison.Some of those seedlings are being propagated at the One Mile Agricultural Station in Portsmouth which has the capacity to produce hundreds of thousands of plants.The Chinese Agricultural Mission has been based at that station and is providing support to that project.A greenhouse has been retrofitted at the Botanic Gardens for the purpose of growing seedlings.“We’ve started sowing tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkin and cucumber,” Anselm revealed. “We are doing 10,000 lettuce and cabbage seedlings and 5,000 sweet peppers, tomatoes and pumpkin.”Farmers with the capacity to propagate their own seedlings will be provided with seeds to do so.Farmers are encouraged to contact their extension officers but the Ministry is putting together a mechanism for distribution.Backyard gardeners and hobbyists will also form part of the process upon completion of distribution of commercial and subsistence farmers.– / 7 Share