Groups seek to join euthanasia case

first_imgNZ Herald 21 April 2015The Human Rights Commission and two other groups want to join a legal challenge by a terminally ill woman seeking the right for a doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution.Lecretia Seales, 41, is dying from brain cancer and believes it’s a “fundamental human right” to be able to choose to end her life with medical assistance, if she wants to, before her suffering becomes intolerable.In a legal first in New Zealand, the senior legal and policy adviser at the Law Commission filed a statement of claim in the High Court seeking a ruling to determine whether her GP could lawfully administer a lethal dose of drugs.Assisting suicide is a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison but Ms Seales’ case relies on the provisions in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act that protect the rights to not be deprived of life or subjected to cruel treatment.If successful, the bid would allow the doctor to euthanise Ms Seales because of her specific circumstances and would not set a precedent. But a favourable High Court ruling would allow others to follow suit and potentially send a signal to Parliament for further law reform.The case, Seales v the Attorney-General, has been set down for a one-week hearing in the High Court at Wellington next month.But three other parties – the Human Rights Commission, the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand and the Care Alliance Trust – are seeking to join the case and have their say in court.Voluntary Euthanasia supports Ms Seales’ position, while the Care Alliance is opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia.Asked whether the Human Rights Commission supported or opposed Ms Seales’ bid, a spokeswoman said the case raised important human rights issues with implications for many people.“We believe it is important the court has the benefit of an independent perspective on human rights principles and the legal framework which applies in cases like this.” read more

The highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world

first_imgStuff 16 October 2016Family First Comment: Shocking – and tragic.New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world, an OECD report reiterates.Despite the alarming information the report revealed nothing new.New Zealand continuously ranked among the worst in the world for our levels of teen suicide.In a normal week two teenagers or two children kill themselves, Youthline director Stephen Bell says. About 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.This was New Zealand’s shame, he said. If suicide was a contagious disease, Bell said the country would have demanded action.READ MORE: read more

Burundi President skips EAC leaders meeting over political Crisis

first_imgLeaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) bloc are today expected to meet in Dar es Salaam on Monday to yet again try and resolve the political crisis in Burundi.At least 70 people have been killed in two months of protests there, sparked by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third term.Burundi’s electoral commission is yet to release results from the recent,parliamentary elections, boycotted by the opposition and internationally condemned as not being credible.The Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries will be considering the Report of the working visit of the Ministers of EAC Partner States plus the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Burundi, and the Report of the Joint International Facilitation Team comprising the EAC, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union, and the United Nations.Meanwhile Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza, skipped the regional talks aimed at brokering a deal to end weeks of unrest in the country, choosing instead to campaign for his controversial third term.“President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend the summit,” said spokesman Gervais Abahiro, adding that Foreign Minister Alain Aime-Nyamitwe would take his place.Mr Nkurunziza will instead lead his presidential campaign in Burundi’s central Mwaro and Gitega regions.he crisis in Burundi surrounds Mr Nkurunziza’s bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term in office, a move branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that brought an end to years of civil war in 2006.More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed coup attempt, with almost 144,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring nations.Parliamentary and local elections held last Monday were boycotted by the Opposition.The UN electoral observer mission said the polls took place “in a tense political crisis, and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation”. Parliamentary elections have just concluded in Burundilast_img read more

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Promises ‘Five More Years of Peace’

first_imgBurundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday promised to deliver “five more years of peace” if he is re-elected next week, in the climax of a campaign marked by deadly street protests and an attempted coup.Addressing hundreds of supporters in northern Cibitoke province and protected by large numbers of police and troops, the president said only his ruling party delivers stability and promised the region new roads, a hospital, electricity and schools.“If you choose the CNDD-FDD you are sure of five more years of peace,” he told the gathering of at least 1 500 people in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of next Tuesday’s elections, in which he is almost assured of victory due to an opposition boycott.The crisis in the impoverished, landlocked country began in late April when Nkurunziza announced his intention to stand for a third consecutive five-year term, despite a constitutional two-term limit, sparking months of turmoil and a failed coup in mid-May. Opposition groups say another term would violate a peace deal that paved the way to end a dozen years of civil war in 2006. There are fears the current crisis could plunge the impoverished, landlocked country back into civil war.Around 100 people have been killed in more than two months of protests, with over 158 000 refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, according to the UN.Rebel Burundian soldiers involved in the coup have also said they have been engaged in a recent spate of battles with the army in the north of the country, posing the threat of a full-scale armed rebellion following the election.Regional states have been trying to mediate between the government and the opposition, although talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni this week ended without a deal, and fresh talks were held on Friday with Ugandan Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga as mediator.But sources said the talks remain tense, with the government pushing ahead with its plan to go ahead with the polls on July 21 and ignoring demands for a delay.“If the government continues like this, there doesn’t seem to be any point in negotiating,” said opposition leader Charles Nditije, accusing the government of “pushing the country into an even deeper crisis.”Nkurunziza’s ruling party scored a widely-expected landslide win in parliamentary polls held on May 29, but these were boycotted by the opposition and condemned internationally as neither free nor fair.last_img read more

Gambia frees more than 200 prisoners including past coup plotters

first_imgGambia released more than 200 prisoners on Friday, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials said.Hundreds of cheering and weeping friends and relatives gathered outside the Mile 2 prison in the tiny West African country’s capital to greet them.Those linked to a failed attempt to oust Jammeh in December remain imprisoned although their family members, including the elderly mother of the alleged ringleader, were freed, officials said.Former inmates, some of whom were jailed for 15 years, took turns to express gratitude for their release, announced by Jammeh in a speech on Wednesday to celebrate 21 years since his accession by military coup. Three Dutch citizens, a German and an Australian who had been jailed on drug charges were among 49 foreigners released, the officials added.last_img read more

Special Olympics Dominica Wants More Athletes

first_imgSpecial Olympics Dominica hopes to recruit more athletes this year.Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year.Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sports for children and adults with disabilities.Head of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish disclosed that the association is prepared to begin its recruitment drive.“We want to around the country in our three [districts], Kalinago Territory, Portsmouth and Roseau and recruit more volunteers and more people with challenges to get involved. This is a big thing internationally and our number of active athletes has dropped from 60 to 35.”He further relayed that training is scheduled to resume in preparation for upcoming games. “There should be a Caribbean game in Guadeloupe in 2021 and the world games in Germany will take place in 2023. We want to make sure we have a good athletic base and structure to participate,” Irish said.He assures, “The board will meet soon to look at the challenges and the prospects for the way forward.” 67 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Special Olympics Dominica Wants More Athletes by: – January 6, 2020center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

DBBL not looking on job cuts, says General Manager

first_img Tweet Workers at the Dominica Brewery and Beverages Limited (DBBL) should not fear losing their jobs in the face of ongoing economic challenges, the company has said.DBBL General Manager Lynford Gutherie said Tuesday the company is looking beyond the challenges and has its eye on ways in which staff can retain their jobs.“We are not looking on job cuts right now, definitely not. We’ll be having an executive meeting and rather than looking on job cuts we’ll be looking at some strategy as to how to remain focused and to keep our employees employed,” Gutherie stated.Meanwhile the Brewery Limited in Dominica’s Caribbean neighboring Antigua has announced a decision to close its production facility in Antigua and shift production to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The company said the pronouncement was based on financial problems. It means that up to 42 workers will be sent home.Photo credit: dominicaweekly.comDominica Vibes News LocalNews DBBL not looking on job cuts, says General Manager by: – June 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 51 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Public health message alerting general public of Acute Respiratory Infection

first_imgPhoto credit: stanford.eduThe Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that there is an increase of Acute Respiratory Infection referred to as the Flu.The general public is advised to maintain good hygiene and follow these instructions in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as influenza like illness.•If you are experiencing flu like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chill and vomiting) seek medical attention at your nearest health centre/facility.• Observe good hygiene practices to help stem the spread of the illness. • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer after using the toilet, before preparing food and drinks and before breast feeding or handling infants, children or the elderly.• School children, the elderly, and day care owners should take special care as the flu is most likely to spread in crowded areas If you are having flu like symptoms please observe the following;• Avoid being in crowded place and close contact of others.• Use clean tissue to cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing• Place used tissue in a garbage bin after single use• Wash your hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer often.• Do not take aspirin for feverThe Ministry of Health advises everyone to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family and the general public from contracting the Flu. Press ReleaseHealth Promotion Resource Centre, Ministry of Health 6 Views   no discussions LocalNews Public health message alerting general public of Acute Respiratory Infection by: – February 15, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Paradise lost for prospective Caribbean vacation-home buyers

first_img Share Share Share 25 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Paradise lost for prospective Caribbean vacation-home buyers by: – March 1, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet A recent Wall Street Journal article outlined the predicament of Mike Carretta who paid a deposit of US$1.4million at the Temenos resort in Anguilla.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday March 1, 2012 – Would-be Caribbean vacation-home buyers have paid about US$300million in deposits for vacation homes at six resort projects whose developers ran out of funds during construction as the economic downturn took its toll.The stalled projects include the Four Seasons in Barbados, the Westin Roco Ki in the Dominican Republic, and the Ritz-Carlton in the Turks and Caicos Islands. A seventh resort, the Viceroy Anguilla, was completed but foreclosed upon before villa sales closed.The would-be buyers, many of them from the United States, have been learning an expensive lesson: deposits in most Caribbean countries can be spent on construction rather than locked away in escrow. While acknowledging that the practice of using deposits for construction was highlighted in most sales contracts, buyers said they didn’t expect the projects to grind to a halt.Buyers, moreover, will not get their money refunded by the major hotel companies whose names are associated with the projects because the companies brand and manage the hotels, while developers sell the residences.Representatives for Four Seasons and Westin parent company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. have indicated their disappointment at the status of the projects. Starwood Hotels noted that hotel operators are not responsible for the overall development. The Four Seasons representative added that in order to protect its brand and any buyers of Four Seasons-branded residences, the company has set new conditions for prospective developers to meet.Buyers hope that the cash-strapped developers obtain new financing, or that a new investor steps in and returns their deposits, but Matt Norton, an attorney specializing in Caribbean resorts for U.S. law firm K&L Gates LLP is not optimistic.“Most villa buyers are hoping that a white knight will show up and finish their villa,” Norton says. “But the reality is that, with most of these guys, the money is gone.”Complicating matters, many of the developments have deteriorated, making restarting them expensive. Other considerations include the difficulty of obtaining debt financing and the fact that some of the developments are tied up in legal battles.These troubled projects have cast a pall over the business model that spurred one of the Caribbean’s largest resort development waves in recent years. “That model is dead for the next three to five years,” said Rick Newton, founding partner of Resort Capital Partners LLC, an investment advisor specializing in Caribbean lodging.The issue was brought into focus in a Wall Street Journal article that also outlined the predicaments of Mike Carretta and Richard Cichanowicz who paid deposits of US$1.4million at the Temenos resort in Anguilla, and US$675,000 at the Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort in the Dominican Republic, respectively.Carretta, a New Jersey advertising executive, said: “I had never purchased an island home before and should have been more careful.”Cichanowicz, a Virginia program manager, said: “We had visions of family vacations and inviting friends there. All of that has just been put on hold, seemingly indefinitely.”By Valerie JonesCaribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Sports enthusiasts to be awarded for contribution to sports

first_imgLocalNews Sports enthusiasts to be awarded for contribution to sports by: – May 2, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 7 Views   no discussions Photo credit: epthinking-blogspot.comSeveral sports enthusiasts will on Wednesday be awarded for their contribution to the development of sports in Dominica when the Sports Division hosts its 6th Annual National Sports Awards.The Annual event which has as its theme, “Spurring on Sporting Achievement through National Recognition” will commence at 7pm at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.The main feature of this award ceremony will be the declaration of the Sportsman and Woman of the Year for 2011. Other notable awards will be the Male and Female Youth Athletes of 2011.A total of 34 awards will be presented to deserving sports persons and organizations. Addresses at the function will come from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Sports Minister Justina Charles along with other government officials.The National Sports Awards is the Ministry’s way of showing due recognition to sports personalities and organizations for their steady contribution towards sports development. Dominica Vibes News have been reliably informed that Prime Minister Skerrit will use the forum to announce an additional title for Dominica’s off spinner Shane Shillingford who made history here last week by capturing ten wickets.He has already been named a goodwill ambassador and will receive a diplomatic passport.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more