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first_imgWillie Jackson – Manukau Courier 17 Aug 2012The recent outburst from Mangere MP Su’a William Sio over Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s same-sex marriage bill shows that all is not well in the Labour Party camp. Just when Labour was starting to make inroads into the National Party’s majority this major disagreement has erupted within the ranks. And while disagreements are not always bad for political parties it is bad when that disagreement is paraded for all the public to see. Ms Wall’s bill has caused so much unrest that Mr Sio obviously found it necessary to go public with his concerns. And his concerns are valid from his constituency’s position. The majority of Mr Sio’s constituents are Pacific Islanders and he says most of them would be against Ms Wall’s bill. So it’s only right that he voices their opposition. But his decision  to make that opposition public has damaged his party in the polls. It seems strange that Mr Sio would go public as he’s always impressed as a solid hard-working and no-mistake MP. So I think it can be safely assumed that rather than this being a mistake it was a calculated and deliberate move by him to put a stake in the ground, firstly for his constituents in Mangere and secondly for himself and a number of his colleagues in Labour who believe that the party has lost the plot in terms of where its priorities should be at the moment. Mr Sio says that Labour should focus on the weak economy and issues that resonate with most Kiwis. He says that putting up a bill like the same-sex marriage bill will not recapture the estimated 30,000 votes that have been lost. And I don’t think he’s too far off the mark. No matter what the merits are of Ms Wall’s bill, the most important challenge for Labour is to win back the thousands of disillusioned voters, particularly the ones in South Auckland, who believe that Labour has become obsessed with social legislation. For example, Labour’s prostitution bill has been nothing but a nightmare for Papatoetoe residents. Add to that the civil union legislation and the anti-smacking laws and you get an understanding of where Mr Sio is coming from. read more

first_imgNewstalk ZB 20 Feb 2013A New Zealand First MP is unhappy about people not being able to make oral submissions to select committee hearings on the Bill that allows same sex marriage.Lole Asenati Taylor says  more than 200 people have not had the chance to have their say on the Marriage Amendment Bill.She believes the six months set aside for  select committee consideration of the Bill is too short.The committee hearing the Bill has had to limit submission times to five minute due to the number of people who have wanted to be heard.–says-mplast_img

first_imgThe Telegraph 2 February 2015Two elderly Scottish cousins who relied on each other to get by have undergone joint euthanasia because they feared being put in separate care homes.Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89, took their lives together in a Swiss clinic in November last year. Neither was terminally ill.The pair had lived together for 40 years and managed to look after each other in a sheltered housing complex.But, with Ms McConachie having injured her hip in a fall and with Mr Henderson’s onset dementia, the cousins worried they would be sent to different homes and separated.Their joint deaths have sparked outrage among anti-euthanasia campaigners, who have described their case as “the ultimate abandonment” due to a lack of patient-centred care in the UK.Mr Henderson and Ms McConachie travelled to Eternal Spirit – an assisted-dying organisation in Basel, Switzerland – where they were given lethal medication.They died holding hands on Nov 10. read more

first_imgNZ Herald 17 September 2015Paid parental leave is back on Parliament’s agenda – and the Government has been urged not to use a veto to stop legislation that would extend leave to 26 weeks.A Labour Party bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks passed its first reading, 61 to 60 in Parliament last night, but only with the support of United Future leader Peter Dunne.This year, paid parental leave was increased from 12 weeks to 14 weeks on April 1, and will be extended to 16 weeks in April next year.The Labour bill, in the name of Sue Moroney, would extend paid parental leave to 22 weeks in April next year, and to 26 weeks from April 2018.It would also introduce flexibility for some contact hours with the work place by the parent on leave without losing the entitlement to paid parental leave.The bill now goes to a select committee for public submissions. read more

first_img“It does make you complacent. You become lazy. But I mean mentally, I’m not different,” the student told 1 NEWS. “That would be particularly difficult in the New Zealand context because you’d be requiring an increase in services in the mental health addiction sector which is one of the most over stretched sectors out there,” said Joseph Boden of Otago University. “Clarity, I sort of focus a lot better. Eating better definitely,” he said.The Drug Foundation wants cannabis treated as a health issue, suggesting the drug should be decriminalised with its cultivation and sale regulated.Drug researchers warn that where cannabis has been legalised, there has been an increase in rates of dependence. ‘You become lazy’ – uni student who started smoking cannabis at 12 says quitting gave him clarityTVNZ One News 18 July 2017Family First Comment: Interesting comment that addiction services will struggle with increase if dope laws are liberalised. Mental health services already can’t cope! university student who started smoking cannabis when he was just 12 says the drug makes you complacent and lazy.The young man spoke anonymously as the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed New Zealanders are divided over whether to decriminalise cannabis.The poll showed 47 per cent support the idea of regulating the cultivation and sale of the drug, and 41 per cent were opposed. Twelve per cent didn’t know. He has since given up using cannabis, to focus on his studies. Cannabis is popular with young Kiwis. By the age of 21 an estimated 80 per cent will have used it at least once. Otago University also found that young people who use cannabis face more mental health problems, are more likely to use other illicit drugs and may struggle at school.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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first_img 11 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Restricted embryo growth ‘predicts miscarriage risk’ by: – January 9, 2012 Share The study looked at the growth of embryos up to the age of 12 weeks oldThe growth of an embryo during the early stages of pregnancy is linked to its risk of miscarriage, says a University of Nottingham study.Scientists found that 78% of single-baby pregnancies which ended in miscarriage were in the smallest 5% of embryos.Researchers measured the length of more than 500 single and twin embryos during the first trimester.An expert said the study added to our knowledge of miscarriage risk.The research was presented at the British Fertility Society annual meeting in Leeds.The Nottingham researchers tracked the growth of 247 single and 264 twin embryos conceived through IVF, because this allowed them to know the embryos’ precise gestational age. For each embryo, the distance from the top of the embryo’s head to the bottom of its buttocks (the crown-rump length), was measured once during the first trimester using an ultrasound scan.The pregnancy was then monitored until birth. Poor growthUsing the measurements, the researchers discovered that poor growth in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy was a good predictor of miscarriage.They calculated that 77.8% of single embryo pregnancies that miscarried were growth restricted, while 98.1% of single embryo pregnancies that did not miscarry were not growth restricted.This was not the case in twin pregnancies, however, where only 28.6% of pregnancies that miscarried were growth restricted.Ninety-eight per cent of twin pregnancies that did not miscarry were not growth restricted.Dr Shyamaly Sur, who led the research, said the findings should help to identify pregnancies at risk of miscarriage.“There are various reasons why some embryos show restricted growth in the early stages of pregnancy. It could be down to an abnormality in the foetus or something in the environment of the womb.”Underlying causes“More research is now needed to investigate the relationship between growth and the underlying causes of miscarriage in more detail. “We are focusing on how blood flow to the womb lining and embryo quality influence conception rates and subsequent miscarriage.”Dr Raj Mathur, consultant gynaecologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, said it was a very good study which made biological sense.But he said there were other factors to consider when looking at miscarriage risk.“We also need to consider the woman’s health history, look at the picture of the whole woman. “This study adds to our knowledge about risk but we also need to look at blood supply to the embryo and whatever genes are passed on from the father too.”The study also found that twin embryos grew at the same rate as single embryos during the first trimester, which was not expected.“There is something else going on with twin embryos. We need more research in this area. It could be that twins grow normally and then miscarry.”Dr Sur said the research seemed to suggest that embryo growth patterns were similar in non-IVF pregnancies.BBC Newslast_img read more

first_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope calls for action on sex abuse by: – April 5, 2013 64 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The remarks were made in the new Pope’s first public statement on the clerical sex abuse issuePope Francis has called for “decisive action” in the fight against sex abuse of minors by priests.He told Bishop Gerhard Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – the Vatican watchdog that deals with sex abuse cases – to ensure perpetrators were punished.It was the Argentine Pope’s first public statement on clerical sex abuse.A leading sex abuse survivors’ group has responded with scepticism, saying “actions speak louder than words”.The new Pope was elected last month, replacing Pope Emeritus Benedict, who became the first pope in 600 years to resign. When first elected, Benedict XVI promised to rid his Church of the “filth” of clerical sex abuse, but critics accused him of covering up abuse in the past and failing to protect children from paedophile priests.Victims of sex abuse by clergy had called for a strong response from the new pontiff to the crisis that has rocked the Church. ‘Old vague pledges’In his remarks on Friday, Pope Francis said combating the crisis, which has mired the Church in scandal from the US, Ireland and Europe to Australia, was important for the credibility of the Church.A Vatican statement said the Pope had urged Bishop Mueller to “act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse are concerned, promoting, above all, measures to protect minors, help for those who have suffered such violence in the past (and) the necessary procedures against those who are guilty”.In 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith called on bishops’ conferences around the world to submit guidelines for helping victims; protecting children; selecting and training priests and religious; dealing with accused priests; and collaborating with local authorities.Three-quarters of the 112 bishops’ conferences have sent in such guidelines, with most of those yet to respond coming from Africa, the Vatican says.The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) responded to the statement by calling for actions rather than words.“We can’t confuse words with actions,” SNAP Outreach Director Barbara Dorris told the BBC. “When we do, we hurt kids. “We must insist on new tangible action that helps vulnerable children protect their bodies, not old vague pledges that help a widely-discredited institution protect its reputation.”BBC Newslast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica’s President to address Parliament on Wednesday; UWP to boycott by: – June 28, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 41 Views   no discussions Share President of Dominica, H. E. Dr. Nicholas Liverpool. Photo credit:’s Head of State, H. E Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool is expected to address the Opening of Parliament, which will be held at the House of Assembly on Wednesday, June 29th, from 10:00am.Apart from the President’s address, the 2011/2012 Budget will also be presented, when Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will address the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament under the 1978 Constitution.The Prime Minister is expected to move a motion for approval of estimates of expenditure for the financial year ending June 30th, 2010, amounting to $432,598,384.Meanwhile, the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has hinted that they will hold a special gathering outside of Parliament on Wednesday.The opposition says their move is part of protest action against malpractices by the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration.Vibes Radio ( will create history in Dominica with the live streaming of the Budget presentation from the Parliament building in Roseau to our viewers.This is the first time that the budget presentation will be streamed live on the internet and Vibes Radio is happy to be a part of this significant occasion.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Share 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Mahaut teenager sentence for manslaughter reduced by Court of Appeal by: – November 8, 2011 Sharing is caring! Esau Hector of Mahaut who was convicted of causing the death of his godfather Antoine Anthony in June of 2009 had his sentence reduced from 17 years to 13 years after his attorney Peter Alleyne pleaded to the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on his behalf on Tuesday.Hector who was 17 years old at the time of the incident pleaded guilty to stabbing Antoine Anthony; his godfather.In addressing the Court, Peter Alleyne said that the sentence imposed by the learned trial judge was way higher than any of the past sentencing of this nature.He argued that the seventeen-year sentence is both harsh and inconsistent in law. Before rendering the verdict, Chief Justice Hugh Rawlins said that the appeal justices had considered Hector’s youthfulness, the fact that he entered a guilty plea at first opportunity and that he did not have much guidance. The aggravating factors were also taken into consideration. He further noted that the trial judge should have started with a notional figure as opposed to the maximum sentence in sentencing Hector.Chief Justice Rawlins also agreed with Mr Alleyne’s argument that the seventeen-year sentence was in fact over the bench mark.The appeal against sentence was therefore allowed only to the extent that seventeen years imprisonment is reduced to thirteen years and the thirteen years takes into consideration time already served.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more