Solutions to pornography lie in society, not Govt: PM

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first_imgNZ Catholic News 30 August 2017Family First Comment: Wrong! It’s both.Prime Minister Bill English said it is society not Government that will decide how it would deal with pornography.Speaking at the Forum on the Family, Mr English said his Government is not setting out to have an independent inquiry on the subject as lobbied for by Family First NZ. The forum was held at the Life South Centre in Manukau on July 7.“If you are looking to Government to be the arbiter of morality, you are going to be constantly and consistently disappointed,” he told Family First national director Bob McCroskie during an on-stage interview.“What drives, in my view, constructive social behaviour is our families, iwis, churches and communities,” he added.He noted the proposition of an outright ban on pornography, but admitted the Government does not have a simple solution to the problem.“In the broader context, the challenging bit with this is what you do about it,” he said.“I just don’t want to mislead you that the Government has got some simple answer to this energised mix of the Internet and everyone having access to it and the sheer volume of material.”The discussion, Mr English said, should not be with a “bunch of experts” but “with our parents and children about how they deal with the fact that they always got the choice 24 hours a day to be viewing and influenced by pornography”.In the same forum, Australian author and advocate for women and girls Melinda Tankard Reist attributed the rise in violence against women to the proliferation of pornography.“We cannot make a dent in the epidemic violence against women if we don’t address the issue of pornography,” she said.Ms Tankard Reist said while society is quick to condemn violence against women, it is hesitant to acknowledge the driver of such violence.Citing studies done in the UK, she said porn is basically everywhere and children are having access to it at a much younger age which distorts their view of sex as “physical and casual rather than affectionate and relational”.She said a Catholic primary school principal in Sydney showed her a picture collage submitted by a five-year old boy as his school project showing scantily clad women with the little boy’s face in the centre.“We are to blame. We have engaged in an unprecedented assault on the healthy sexual development of our children and young people by what we have allowed,” she said.Ms Tankard Reist, however, said anyone can do something about this if they only take the time.“My one complaint to the Australian Communication and Media Authority means rape simulation games are banned in Australia. I took ten minutes out of my time, wrote a complaint and now Australia is the only country in the world to ban rape games,” she said.She also encouraged New Zealanders to join their group, Collective Shout for a World Free of Sexploitation.Those interested can sign up at www.collectiveshout.org .“We’re trying to build a collective shout movement here in New Zealand. We’re here to empower people to take action,” she said.https://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/2017/08/30/solutions-pornography-lie-society-not-govt-pm/last_img read more

Dutch court approves euthanasia in cases of advanced dementia

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first_img“A doctor can carry out an (earlier) written request for euthanasia from people with advanced dementia,” the Supreme Court said in a summary of its decision. Doctors would need to take care that the other criteria of unbearable suffering with no hope of recovery were also fulfilled.The ruling came after prosecutors brought a criminal case against a nursing home doctor carried out a mercy killing of a 74-year old Alzheimer sufferer, who had a living will confirming she wanted euthanasia. The euthanasia was carried out with the support of the patients’ family.READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/21/world/europe/21reuters-health-euthanasia-netherlands.html The Guardian 22 April 2020Family First Comment: “The ruling means doctors cannot be prosecuted even if the patient no longer says they want to die”#slipperyslopeprotect.org.nzDoctors in the Netherlands are able to carry out euthanasia on patients with severe dementia without fear of prosecution even if the patient no longer expresses an explicit wish to die, the country’s highest court has ruled.The supreme court’s decision followed a landmark case last year in which a doctor was acquitted of wrongdoing for euthanising a woman in 2016 with severe Alzheimer’s who had requested the procedure before her condition deteriorated.The case caused controversy in the Netherlands because the unnamed woman had to be restrained by her family as she was euthanised, having been given a sedative in her coffee beforehand.Prosecutors accused the doctor of going through with the euthanasia without properly consulting her client, saying the 74-year-old woman might have changed her mind about dying.Lower Dutch courts acquitted the doctor of wrongdoing and prosecutors dropped the charges. The case was referred to the supreme court for a legal clarification “in the interest of the law”.The Hague-based court ruled: “A physician may carry out a written request beforehand for euthanasia in people with advanced dementia.”READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/dutch-court-approves-euthanasia-in-cases-of-advanced-dementiaDutch Supreme Court Expands Euthanasia Laws for Dementia PatientsThe New York Times 21 April 2020The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that doctors could legally carry out euthanasia on people with advanced dementia who had earlier put their wishes in writing even if they could no longer confirm them because of their illness.center_img The ruling is a landmark in Dutch euthanasia legislation which up to now had required patients to confirm euthanasia requests. This had not been considered possible for mentally incapacitated patients like advanced dementia sufferers.last_img read more

Inaugural Super Nationals BBQ Championship to determine another best at Boone Speedway

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first_img“This is the best race in the United States, where you have drivers, fans and track owners from across the country,” said Bartz. “I want to see them enter barbecue from Oklahoma, from North Carolina and Minnesota, from all over. It would be great to get together while we’re there for the racing and do something else enjoyable.”  Contestants can prepare as many as three forms of meat (pork ribs, pulled pork and/or chicken) and must prepare enough food for five judges. Entry fee will be $25 regardless of how many forms of meat are prepared. This year, Jacob Bartz hopes to get barbecue masters attending the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s to square off and determine a champion of their own.  The overall winner earns 40 percent of the money paid in for entry fees, with 20 percent going to each of the three individual meat winners. “This is something we’ve been thinking about doing,” he said. “We put it out there on Facebook and it just exploded, then Jerry (Boone Speedway announcer Vansickel) offered to get judges.” “Turn-in containers should be picked up at VIP campsites numbers 31 and 32. Contest entrants will also turn in their entry fee at this time,” Bartz said. “They can start their food preparation before that time but that is the designated time and location to make that exchange. We do not currently have a judging site in place yet but if need be we will use the same campsites.” center_img Meat(s) can only be turned in before noon on Saturday. Judging will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will be based on taste and tenderness.  Bartz has organized the first annual Super Nationals BBQ Championship, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7. BOONE, Iowa – Every September, drivers from coast to coast and border to border converge on Boone Speedway to determine a champion at IMCA’s biggest event.  Bartz will be attending Super Nationals for the seventh straight year. He bought a smoker for him­self two years ago and describes his boss at his home track in Wisconsin as a novice pitmaster. last_img read more

Joseph H. Martin

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first_imgJoseph H. Martin, age 77 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019 at St. Andrews Health Campus.   The son of Robert and Ethel (nee: Jackson) Martin was born on March 19, 1942 in Middletown, Ohio.Joe served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965.  On Mar 27, 1967 he married his love Ruth Thies in Enochsburg, Indiana.  He was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna in Enochsburg, the American Legion Post #271 and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461 in Batesville.  Joe worked in maintenance for KB Foods in Greensburg, IN for many years.  Most would agree, Joe was an outdoorsman.  He liked spending time chopping wood and of course, he loved to hunt, especially deer hunting.  Joe liked to play cards too and was always ready for a good round.  The proud veteran and dear grandfather will be missed by his family.He is survived by his children Brad (Martina) Martin of Batesville and Stacy (Brian) Fullenkamp of Oldenburg; 4 grandchildren, Gwen Martin, Anthony Martin, Katelynn Fullenkamp and Blake Fullenkamp; and his sisters Dorothy Werner and Joanie Budd.In addition to his parents, his wife, Ruth preceded him in death along with his siblings Bob Martin, Margaret Jones and Rosie Martin.Visitation will be Friday, October 4, 2019 from 4:00-7:00pm. Followed by 7:00pm funeral services all at Meyers Funeral Home. Rev. Shawn Crisman officiating. With military honors immediately after by the Ripley County VFW Post 3183 and Prell-Brand American Legion Post 271.Memorials may be given to St. Andrews Health Campus c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

Tree City Fall Festival adds to list of canceled events

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first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Tree City Fall Festival has been added to the long list of events that are canceling for 2020.  President Mark Carman stated that after careful deliberation with top City officials, and out of respect for all those affected by the virus, that this was the best course of action to take.last_img

Defoe scores in rare Sunderland win

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first_img Johnson picked out Gomez with a sweet cross-field pass and the former Wigan man in turn split the Burnley defence to put Van Aanholt in with Defoe responding in predatory fashion to dispatch the Dutchman’s pull-back. A similar combination within two minutes of the restart very nearly killed the game off with Johnson picking out Van Aanholt and Defoe shooting straight at the keeper from the defender’s cross. The game rather sipped into a lull after the initial flurry at the beginning of the half with Burnley enjoying a greater share of the possession, although they gradually started to pin their hosts back and Barnes saw a 58th-minute attempt from Ings’ lay-off deflected wide before Scott Arfield blazed across the face of goal. Sean Dyche, who had fielded the same starting XI for the ninth successive league game, replaced George Boyd and Ings with Ross Wallace and Lukas Jutkiewicz in the search for inspiration, but Larsson went close to cementing victory for Sunderland with a 75th-minute free-kick which curled just over Heaton’s crossbar. Poyet decided it was a case of job done for Defoe and Wickham with 15 minutes remaining when he replaced them with Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham with the points safely banked. The January signing struck from close range 34 minutes into the game to leave visitors Burnley, who were already trailing to Connor Wickham’s 20th-minute header, with a mountain to climb, and it proved to be one they were incapable of scaling as the Black Cats cruised to a 2-0 victory. There were boos from the home fans at the Stadium of Light a week ago after Poyet’s men limped to a 0-0 FA Cup fourth round draw with Sky Bet Championship Fulham which left their Uruguayan head coach pleading for patience. However, the bulk of the 44,022 who turned up on Saturday afternoon left more than satisfied with a dominant performance and a win – their only other three-point haul on home soil in 12 attempts came against Stoke on October 4 – which eased the club’s fears of being dragged into another survival battle. That, however, remains a very real possibility for the Clarets, who have now tasted victory only once in seven league outings and never really looked like addressing that run on Wearside a day after moving to deny that star striker Danny Ings could move to Liverpool and be loaned back to them ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Poyet abandoned the three-man defence he had employed in a bid to provide Defoe with support, reverting instead to a back four protected by holding midfielder Liam Bridcutt and asking Adam Johnson, Sebastian Larsson and Jordi Gomez to line up behind the two frontmen. The ploy was to prove hugely successful with the security provided by Bridcutt allowing full-backs Anthony Reveillere and Patrick van Aanholt to get forward at regular intervals, and to good effect. However, the home side were fortunate not to be behind within 18 minutes when Ashley Barnes climbed to meet a David Jones free-kick, only to head wastefully wide from close range. But other than that, and a speculative long-range effort which saw goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon collide with the post as he fielded it, the visitors produced little of note, and Sunderland gradually established a momentum which ultimately proved irresistible. They broke the deadlock with 20 minutes gone when Larsson slid the ball inside full-back Ben Mee for Reveillere to cross to the far post, where Wickham rose unopposed to plant a firm header past keeper Tom Heaton. Wickham, who has played much of his football on Wearside out of position on the left side of midfield, was clearly relishing a more orthodox striking role, although it was his sidekick who extended the lead 11 minutes before the break. Jermain Defoe’s first goal for Sunderland helped to secure just a second home win of the Barclays Premier League season for a delighted Gus Poyet. Press Associationlast_img read more

Local Man Accused of Killing Woman After His Jail Release for Different Crime

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first_imgA local man is accused of killing a woman just after he left jail late last year on a domestic battery charge.West Palm Beach Police say they charged 55-year-old Leon Fitzgerald Thomas with second-degree murder on Friday.On October 26, 2019, police took a 911 call from a woman who had been unable to contact the victim for several days.Police went to the woman’s home, where they found her body wrapped in a tarp and comforter in a bedroom.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeThe body had ice packs around it. Investigators also found pools of blood throughout the house.Thomas told police that he had a heated argument with the woman and pushed her head into the wall.According to the arrest report, the medical examiner determined that the woman suffered blunt force injuries to her head and neck.The suspect had bonded out of the Palm Beach County Jail on October 25, following his arrest domestic battery in a separate case.Authorities have not released the woman’s name and age.last_img read more

Walker’s injury makes Packer brass look smart

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first_imgSo I was thinking last week, I know I’ve only been with The Badger Herald for a couple of weeks now, but I must admit, I think my performance over that time has been exceptional. So great, in fact, that I started thinking holdout. I mean, I’ve got a bit of experience and, currently just a lowly associate sports editor, deserve the same pay and recognition as the sports editors.Who cares if I have just a few years of sports-writing experience? I had an outstanding year last year — so great, I might add, that I got a duo of promotions with an exponential pay raise. But that’s not enough. I had just as good a year as Adam Parks and Tom Ziemer last year, and I want more money.I took my demands to the top — to the editor in chief — and you know what he said?He apparently thinks I need to have one more great semester to earn a new contract.What, you think I need to prove I’m consistent, that I can have more than just one standout, injury-free year? Blasphemy.I’m good. The world knows it, I know it. Now show me the cash.Well, unfortunately, my efforts went unrewarded, and the Herald informed me Friday that they would not renegotiate my contract. So there began my holdout.It didn’t last long, however, because as news got around of my “selfishness,” I started to take some heat in the eyes of my peers. I decided I didn’t want my street cred to take a hit, so I showed up for work yesterday.All went well until, lo and behold, it hit me. I went down like a ton of bricks. At first we were hoping that it was just writer’s block, but further examinations revealed our worst fears — I had a severe case of carpal tunnel and would be out the rest of the semester.You are probably sitting there shaking your head, and I hope you are. By now I also hope you realize that, no matter how far out I’ve taken this, I’m referring to the situation of Packers’ wide receiver Javon Walker.I want to preface by saying that I am not a Packer fan and never have been. I also happen to think, based on hearing him in interviews, that Walker is a pretty nice guy. But when he went down Sunday with a torn ACL, he made the franchise look pretty smart — pretty depleted, but pretty smart.One phenomenal season should not garner a major contract renegotiation. Many said it when he first held out, and now that’s been proven true.After all, the Packers did pay him for a rookie season that saw him catch 23 balls for merely 319 yards. They didn’t sit down with him and ask him to take a pay cut. One average season and one great season later, why should it have been his right to ask for more?It’s not like he’s Hines Ward, who has spent seven loyal years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, gaining more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last four years. Yet he still had to battle before finally getting the contract extension he deserved last week.We’re talking one fantastic season here, and I don’t care that he’s playing a sport that could see his career end any day. He knew that when he signed his rookie deal worth nearly $7.5 million over five years. When it comes down to it, football is a business. Everybody knows that, and this is just another part of the business.I understand the players’ desires to restructure deals immediately for fear of injury. But they are the ones who signed their original deals, and the fear of injury is just as much the right of the football teams.If Green Bay had signed Walker for tens of millions of dollars and then he tore his ACL in week one, they would be in a bind right now and would be second-guessing themselves — kind of like they should be second-guessing themselves for letting go of offensive linemen Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle. … But that’s a different story altogether.I wish nothing but the best for Walker. After seeing Lee Evans suffer the same injury, I hope that the Florida State grad will make a similar recovery.I want to see him perform again like he did last year. I want him to be outstanding and get a great contract. But I want to see him do it the right way, by earning it, and hopefully he gets that chance.As for me, my contract calls for me to achieve sports-editor status next semester despite my injury. I negotiated the deal I deserved from the get-go. Unfortunately for the Herald, it looks like they’re stuck with me.last_img read more

Mo Farah Makes History by Winning 10,000m Gold

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first_imgMo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals as he retained his 10,000m title with a thrilling victory in Rio.The 33-year-old overcame a mid-race fall and powered clear of the field in the final 100m to win in 27 minutes five seconds.Kenya’s Paul Tanui took silver, with Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola in third.Farah returns to the track on Wednesday as he begins the defence of the 5,000m title he also won at London 2012. “I’ve won an Olympic gold for three of my children,” he said. “Now I’d like to win the 5,000m gold for my little boy.”Should he win that race, Farah will become the first man since Finland’s Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two Olympic distance titles.He has already achieved the world double-double, having successfully defended his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.Farah looked comfortable at the back of the field in Rio, choosing his moment to pick his way through the pack.His hopes briefly looked in danger when he was accidentally tripped by training partner Galen Rupp with 16 laps to go, but he recovered to surge past Tanui on the home straight.“I wasn’t going to let it go,” he said. “I got up quickly. I thought about my family. It made me emotional. I thought ‘get through, get through’. I believed in myself.”Farah’s compatriots Andy Vernon and Ross Millington finished 25th and 31st respectively.Farah will match the achievement of Lasse Viren if he retains his 5,000m Olympic title next weekOlympic silver medallist and former world champion Steve Cram: “The manner of his victory was a familiar one, but this takes him into a place where no other British athlete has been.“It was simply wonderful distance running from Mo Farah. He tripped up, fell, and still won and did it the only way Mo Farah could do.”Former British 10,000m Olympic bromze medallist Brendan Foster said: “The plan that we’ve read about and listened to the Kenyans talk about didn’t unfold, Mo was tested in the latter stages of the race but that was absolutely brilliant.“The greatest distance runners of all time – he is now keeping them company.”“However this man, who joins the most select of elite groups in successfully defending an Olympic 10,000m title, refuses to be beaten – by a rival ahead with 150m to go, by a fall, by anyone in a global final in eight attempts. And there may yet be more to come.”Medal standingsCountry G S BU S A 25 18 18China 13 11 17Britain 11 14 7Germany 8 5 3Russia 7 11 8Italy 7 7 5Japan 7 3 14Australia 6 7 9S’Korea 6 3 4France 5 8 7Hungary 5 3 3Netherlands4 2 3Spain 3 0 2N’Zealand 2 6 0Canada 2 2 8Kazakhstan 2 2 3Switzerland 2 1 2Belgium 2 1 1Thailand 2 1 1Croatia 2 1 0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Don’t Let the Excitement or the Votes be Suppressed

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first_imgIf voters have no other option but to mail in the ballot, this should be not later than mid-October, to prevent expected bottlenecks and delays at post offices which could delay the ballot being submitted by Election Day. Following public outcry regarding the removal of drop-off mailboxes, mechanical sorting machines from post offices around the country, the firing of senior postal workers, and canceled overtime for postal workers, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been forced to reverse course, at least until after the November elections. The measures were seen as a blatant attempt to frustrate and suppress mail-in votes. With deliberate obstacles being placed in the way of voters, we appeal to every voter to not let their excitement and motivation to vote be deterred, and instead plan carefully. Although there isn’t absolute consensus, the Harris pick within a few days have further boosted Biden’s chance of winning the presidential election. This is especially so in states with combined large Caribbean and African American voters, like Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, California, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. As the election draws near, there are signs of that those against changing the status quo…those intent on preventing the election of the Biden/Harris ticket, are blatantly making attempts to suppress the votes of Democrats. This plan must involve voting early by mail or in person. Most states are expected to have ballots for the 2020 elections ready to be mailed by mid-September. Those planning to vote by mail should, therefore, begin making requests for their ballots.  When the ballots are received, they should be completed, signed, and placed securely in the envelopes provided by the SOE. Where possible, the ballots should be returned directly to the SOE offices. If that isn’t possible, the ballots can be held until early voting begins, which should be around mid-October, and dropped off at an early voting site, or dropped off at the designated polling site on November 3. Voters should be aware they are able to track if their mail-in ballot is received and counted on respective SOE websites. After dropping off or mailing their ballot they can check with the SOE to make sure there are no problems with their votes. Despite the excitement of having Kamala Harris on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket, the election won’t be won and the increasing threat of Americans being subject to dictatorial rule won’t be overcome unless people turn out to vote in droves. Voters who are skeptical of mail-in voting are advised to take advantage of early in-person voting which begins in most states by mid-October. Long lines, and risk of COVID-19 can be avoided by voting between mid-morning and mid-afternoon and wearing masks. Biden’s once uninspiring campaign, as some Caribbean American voters viewed it, has gotten a jolt of excitement with the selection of Harris, whose father is Jamaican. People who usually display little interest in voting in U.S. elections are ready to roll. This excitement is seen not only among Jamaicans—some who have been jovially posting White House menus with Jamaican dishes like jerked pork and oxtail on social media—but throughout the larger Caribbean American and African American populations in Florida and other states. Voter Turnout is Key Too many people paid too high a sacrifice to let obvious efforts to suppress the vote succeed. The key is to vote heavily and early whether by mail or in person. If this is done successfully the results of this election should be known on November 4, 2020. The Caribbean-American community—specifically the Jamaican-American community—is highly excited and motivated by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential nominee for the November 3 general election. The prospect of substantial mail-in voting has been met with opposition from the Trump administration, which has touted the unsubstantiated claim that it will result in massive voter fraud. What’s worse is that by weakening the United States Postal Office (USPS) it will become incapable of coping with processing the anticipated high volume of mail-in ballots—therefore actively suppressing votes. With the existing fear of contracting the coronavirus, it’s anticipated voters will be reluctant to risk contracting the virus by voting in person in November. There’s evidence, certainly seen in Florida’s recently concluded primary elections, that more voters are choosing the option to request their ballots from respective supervisor of elections (SOE) offices and returning the completed ballots by mail.   By careful planning, by people educating and helping other voters, the excitement currently felt with Kamala Harris on the Democrats presidential ticket, can be channeled in a victory on Nov 3. Harris’ unique ethnicity encompasses three groups, Caribbean American, African American and South Asian American. Her Indian ancestry through her late mother also endears her to the large, but often little mentioned, Indian American voting bloc in America.last_img read more