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

Is marijuana legalization driving increases in violent crime?

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first_imgThe Hill 19 February 2019Family First Comment: “States beginning to consider full legalization would be wise to take a critical look at the increased rates of violent crime in Colorado, Washington, and the District of Columbia.”The legalization of marijuana has not resulted in a reduction in crime, as we were told it would. The numbers show the results have been quite the opposite.In 2012, Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use and possession of marijuana and eight states and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Other states have tiptoed into the foray by either decriminalizing possession of small amounts or legalizing use or possession of the drug for medicinal purposes. Proponents have pushed the idea that legalization would eliminate the underground, illicit market for marijuana and eliminate, or at least reduce, violent crime related to the illegal sale of the drug. But has legalization delivered on its rosy promise of peace and harmony, or has it just fueled a spike in violence?A review of the crime statistics cast doubt on proponents’ claim that legalization reduces violent crime; to the contrary, homicides have generally increased in pro-marijuana jurisdictions. In Denver, the homicide rate has steadily climbed from 36 in 2013 to a peak of 67 in 2018. Seattle had 19 homicides in 2013, then the rate increased every year except 2016, reaching a peak in 2018 of 31 cases. Even the District of Columbia has experienced a resurgence of violence — reaching 160 homicides in 2018 after seeing a historically low 116 homicide cases in 2017. Though too early in the year to make a meaningful projection, homicides spiked more than 100 percent in January 2019, as compared with January 2018.The oft-cited justification for legal marijuana, reducing drug-related violent crime, is not materializing.It turns out that legalization of marijuana doesn’t eliminate the illicit black market, but may actually increase competition among rival factions of black-market dealers. State regulation, taxes, cultivation, and supply chain logistics force prices much higher for legal pot than its illegal and unregulated competition. The illegal market persists because most users aren’t inclined to pay premium prices just to avoid committing a very low-level transgression that police are increasingly being asked to ignore.Downward pressure on prices of illegal pot in legalized states is explained by reduced police enforcement of marijuana laws. The “risk premium” that artificially inflates prices of prohibited substances has been virtually eliminated. At the same time, it’s likely that demand for pot has increased in legalized states because users’ fear of adverse legal consequences has subsided and users from prohibition states flock to legalized states for legal or lower cost marijuana. It’s not surprising, given these market dynamics, that there would be increased competition among illegal dealers. And any cop who has worked in narcotic enforcement will tell you that market force disruptions that increase competition often lead to increased violence among and between market participants.READ MORE: https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/430551-is-marijuana-legalization-driving-increases-in-violent-crimelast_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

Cannabis referendum: how legalisation could change access for medicinal cannabis patients

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first_imgStuff co.nz 4 August 2020Family First Comment: A puff piece to persuade people that the referendum is about medicinal cannabis – which it’s not! But at least they quote us….“Say Nope To Dope campaign spokesperson, Aaron Ironside, said medicinal cannabis campaigners’ “deafening silence” after the drawing out of the ballot of National MP Dr Shane Reti’s medicinal cannabis private members bill, which sought to improve access for patients, showed the “true agenda” of campaigners. “This is evidence that their campaign is fraudulent,” he said.”Many medicinal cannabis patients say they’re “holding out all hope” for recreational cannabis to be legalised, so they have safer, more affordable options, and can stop turning to the illicit market.In September, New Zealanders will vote on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which has been written to give Kiwis an idea of what the law for recreational cannabis might look like.If the bill is passed and brought into law after the election, what would change for medicinal cannabis patients?New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis regime officially took effect on April 1, 2020, but thousands of Kiwis are still relying on the illicit market, due to the limited and extremely high cost of accessing cannabis-based prescriptions.For those who have gone down the legal route, their only option is to pay hundreds of dollars each month for a handful of approved but non-funded medicines.Say Nope To Dope campaign spokesperson, Aaron Ironside​, said medicinal cannabis campaigners’ “deafening silence” after the drawing out of the ballot of National MP Dr Shane Reti’s medicinal cannabis private members bill, which sought to improve access for patients, showed the “true agenda” of campaigners.“This is evidence that their campaign is fraudulent,” he said.“If they supported this bill, it would undermine their ultimate goal of legalising cannabis for recreational use.”He said it supported further quality research into the prescribed medicinal cannabis, for delivery via non-smoked forms, and had called for campaigners to “drop the facade” of helping patients.“Their focus is purely on the right of people to use drugs for recreational reasons.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cannabis-referendum/122247529/cannabis-referendum-how-legalisation-could-change-access-for-medicinal-cannabis-patientsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Sierra Leone Grave-diggers pay a heavy price for their work

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first_imgAfrica’s fight against Ebola has produced hundreds of unsung heroes. Many of them have given their lives in the past few months. In Freetown, Sierra Leone a special group of workers has faced death on a daily basis. CCTV’s Robert Nagila reports Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown Related Sierra Leone faces setback in Ebola fightlast_img

Brita recalling children’s water bottles

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first_img Share WASHINGTON (AP) — Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children’s water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points.Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported.The recalled bottles include a violet bottle with Dora the Explorer, a pink bottle with Hello Kitty, a blue bottle with SpongeBob Square Pants and a green bottle with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Each bottle has a Brita logo and white lid.The bottles are 6 inches tall and hold 15 ounces of liquid. They have fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the straw below the lid.The removable plastic wrap on the bottle at time of purchase has model number BB07. The following UPC codes were used: 60258-35883 on the Dora the Explorer, 60258-35914 on the Hello Kitty, 60258-35880 on the SpongeBob Square Pants and 60258-35882 on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Associated Press Sharing is caring! 67 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Brita recalling children’s water bottles by: – August 19, 2014last_img read more

Cuba expands services in health tourism

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first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 106 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Cuba expands services in health tourism by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 6, 2015 Tweet HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – Cuban health officials have announced plans to expand services in the area of health tourism in an effort to compete with similar centres in the region.Director of the Cira Garcia health centre, Joaquin Garcia, says the services will be expanded “not only in terms of space, but also in our attention to capacity.”The Cira Garcia health centre was established in the 1980s to offer health services to the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana. In the 1990s the facility began to assist not only foreign residents here, but also those who came for medical attention in Cuba.In Cuba health care is free of charge for the Cuban people, but the system counts on a group of facilities that charge services to foreigners.The Havana health care centre offers services in all clinical and surgical specialties, along with pediatrics and gynecology.last_img read more

Thousands face US travel misery after visa glitch

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first_imgInternationalLifestylePrintTravel Thousands face US travel misery after visa glitch by: Associated Free Press – June 18, 2015 Share WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Thousands of travellers may face frustrating delays in visiting the United States in coming weeks because of a technical failure that halted US visa processing around the world.A team of about 100 computer experts is working to resolve a hardware failure which emerged at a State Department facility in the US on June 9, but State Department officials have acknowledged that full service will not be resumed this week.About 50,000 applications for a US visa are received daily by American embassies and consulates around the world.And while the summer vacation time is busy, the system cranks up into overload towards August when tens of thousands of students begin to flood to US shores.“We don’t expect that the system will be online before next week. I can’t give you any more specific detail with respect to timing on that,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday.“This is a global issue and we’re working around the clock to fix it.”The hardware failure is preventing the “processing and transmitting the mandatory security-related biometric data checks,” Kirby added.While the US regretted the inconvenience “this is very much a security issue and that’s why we’re taking it so seriously.”Some solutions are being worked on and on Wednesday about 250 Mexican workers “urgently needed to help with the harvests” and who had already been given visas in the past were issued with the right permits to enter the country, a senior State Department official told AFP.“We anticipate that several hundred more will receive visas this week,” he added.Last summer a different technical glitch related to a software patch also hit the US visa processing system. Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 80 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Ms. Dominica places 2nd runner up in Miss. Caribbean World Pageant.

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first_img Share 172 Views   no discussions Tweet Share EntertainmentLocalNews Ms. Dominica places 2nd runner up in Miss. Caribbean World Pageant. by: – May 23, 2011center_img Share Ms. Jacintha Fagan reigning Ms. Dominica. Photo credit: Mr. John F. Black of Team Fotoshop. Dominica has not retained the winning spot in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant but it did secure a position in the event.Reigning Ms. Dominica Jacintha Fagan obtained the second runner up position on saturday at the competition held in Tortola.She won the awards for Best Evening Wear and Miss Photogenic in her first regional pageant since being crowned Ms. Dominica. For the past two years Dominica has won the Miss Caribbean World title; 2009  Ms. Marah Walter and 2010 Ms. Dominica Ms. Marcia Baptiste got the titles.This year Ms. Teryssa Thomas of St. Kitts and Nevis won the title as well as Best Talent. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Phenomenal Caribbean Women Symposium rated a tremendous success

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 32 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Dr. Valda Henry. Organizer of the third annual Phenomenal Caribbean Women’s Symposium has rated the event as a tremendous success.Last weekend VF Inc in collaboration with the Gender Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Gender Affairs held a women’s symposium last weekend to provide an avenue to celebrate the successes of Caribbean Women by allowing them to tell their stories of success, triumph over adversity, challenges, pain, joy and blessings. The symposium was also organized to inspire women to determine, re-discover and achieve their life’s purpose as well as to demonstrate that achieving one’s life purpose is possible, hence the theme; “What you conceive you can achieve because God has the power to deliver what He promises”.Chief Executive Officer of VF INC Dr Valda Frederica Henry in an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News said most of the 120 participants have given positive reviews on the Symposium by informing her that they felt inspired and refreshed.According to Dr. Henry, she started this Symposium three years ago because she realized that the achievements of Caribbean women were not honoured and celebrated sufficiently.“I just felt that in the Caribbean we don’t honour each other enough and it was just one way of celebrating people’s successes in all spheres of life and at the same time using those stories to inspire us to go along our way.”She explained that she has made contact with most of the participants for an evaluation and assessment of their views on the Symposium.“I follow up with all the participants, I call just to see how they are doing and the impact the symposium had on them. Many of them told me and said that they were moved to tears and they were so happy that they came. At the end of the day I felt relieved and at peace that the symposium had in fact achieved its purpose.”There were six guest speakers at the Symposium; Mrs. Suzanne King of Barbados, Mrs. Ignatia Pascal, FCIB Dominica’s Unsung Hero 2010, Mrs. Nathalie Murphy, Mrs. Ophelia Olivacee-Marie, Dominica’s Lady of Song, Reverend Cherie Booker of Trinidad & Tobago and Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle of St. Kitts & Nevis who all gave their personal life experiences and how they were able to achieve success, peace and happiness in their lives.Dr. Henry noted that the guest speakers were able to open up and discuss personal aspects of their lives which in turn allowed the participants to learn from these experiences and share their own stories.Dr. Henry said further that the Symposium is a safe place for women where they can let down their guard and speak openly about personal matters which they are faced with or have overcame.“Persons opened up; they shared things that are personal, things that they have told no one but somehow they feel safe and free. One lady stood up and shared something that she had never spoken about before and that’s one of the things I find with the Symposium; somehow it puts people in a zone where they feel safe that they can just open and make themselves truly vulnerable. Another person stood up and spoke to us and I had to take a sit when she said that to be honest.”She noted that the participants are cautioned to keep personal information which was shared at the Symposium confidential and protect each other.“I say to the participants; things you hear here don’t go back and make a story out of it because the only reason why the people have opened up is because they feel safe among you, they feel that you have their backs covered so let us just keep those backs protected by keeping within what it is we have heard.”Dr. Henry realizes now however that the Symposium has the potential to “grow into something much bigger that can lead into providing a support network for women who are going through difficult times”. Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Phenomenal Caribbean Women Symposium rated a tremendous success by: – February 3, 2012last_img read more