Mail Online 19 Oct 2012Adrian Smith is a kind and gentle man. Friends say the happily married father is a pillar of the community, a practising Christian and a tireless worker for charity. Yet this week Mr Smith was in court, defending accusations that he is a bigot whose personal views are so offensive and outrageous that they are incompatible with his work as a housing officer. His crime? To have put a posting on his personal Facebook page which said he thought civil partnerships ceremonies in church were ‘an equality too far’. Specifically, he said: ‘If the State wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex, then that is up to the State; but the State shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith or conscience.’ Hardly inflammatory, then. Yet these comments led to him being demoted from his job, after complaints from colleagues and an investigation by his company’s ‘equality and diversity lead’. His salary was reduced by 40 per cent by the Trafford Housing Trust, which claimed he was guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ because people might mistake his views as trust policy. One of the colleagues who complained about Mr Smith’s comments said they showed he was ‘blatantly homophobic’. No they didn’t. Yet such is the ludicrously PC world we now live in (fuelled by the metropolitan views of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and their liberal elite circle) that anyone who does not agree with gay marriage is automatically branded a bigot and a homophobe. They are no such thing.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2220403/The-real-hate-crime-persecuting-decent-man-beliefs.html#ixzz2A5cRhiMY
NZ Herald 7 September 2014School pupils are being sold cheap tickets to an opera featuring pole-dancing, simulated murder, drug-taking and rape.Hundreds of $10 tickets have been snapped up by school groups to see our national opera company perform one of Mozart’s most famous works, Don Giovanni, in Auckland next week.The centuries-old opera has been re-adapted by its New Zealand director Sara Brodie to take place in a strobe-lit nightclub, complete with gyrating pole-dancers and simulated drug-taking.An invitation to schools from New Zealand Opera education officer Joanne Cole mentions the opera’s mature themes and sexual content. And it suggests the opera is best suited to those aged 15 year or older.The Herald on Sunday is aware of at least one Auckland intermediate teacher who was considering taking her young class of pupils aged 12 and 13 to the production at the Aotea Centre.But Family First National director Bob McCoskrie was concerned the opera company was presenting an adult-themed work to an audience of children.“How much in the know are the parents? That’s what really concerns me,” he said.The opera is based on a womanising nightclub owner intent on sexual conquests and ends in a fiery retribution after he murders the father of one of his conquests.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/theatre/news/article.cfm?c_id=343&objectid=11320262
NZ Herald 7 May 2015Two retailers face prosecution for breaching trading laws that require them to close their doors over Easter weekend.Shops must close on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and face a $1000 fine if they do not.The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said over this year’s Easter weekend holiday period, two businesses, which were in breach of trading laws, were visited by labour inspectors on Good Friday. No businesses were visited on Easter Sunday.Prosecutions were currently being considered for those businesses visited, MBIE said.Over this year’s Easter weekend holiday period, MBIE received a total of 39 complaints from the public.Of the 39 complaints received, 10 related to either a service, or sold goods, exempt under the legislation. The remaining 29 businesses would receive a warning letter.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11445005
NZ Herald 9 June 2015It did not take long. Just three days, if that, for the politicians to get voluntary euthanasia well and truly off the political agenda.Such is the wariness of MPs when confronted with conscience votes on such matters where they consider they have more to lose than they stand to gain.Last Friday, they were tripping over one another in their haste to express their condolences to the family of Lecretia Seales. By Monday afternoon, Seales’ legacy – her surviving wish for people like her who have a terminal illness which causes enduring suffering to be able to determine when they die – had effectively been sidelined by the two major parties.Seales’ legal challenge prompted the High Court to throw responsibility for the law covering assisted death back into Parliament’s lap. The response of John Key and Andrew Little was to kick for touch.The Prime Minister’s very deliberate statement yesterday that he was “open” to a full select committee inquiry was designed to give the impression Parliament was actually doing something, while at the same time slotting into Labour’s plan for neutralising the issue.Parliament will actually be doing nothing. Whatever an inquiry, which will take months aplenty, comes up with by way of a report and recommendations are not binding on the Government. Key can ignore the findings.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11461931Act plans assisted dying billNZ Herald 9 June 2015The hopes of euthanasia supporters appear to rely on Act leader David Seymour and the luck of the draw after both Prime Minister John Key and Labour chief Andrew Little ruled out putting up a bill on the issue.Mr Key said yesterday that he felt sympathy for Lecretia Seales’ case on assisted dying for the terminally ill but others in National were strongly opposed to it and the Government would not sponsor a euthanasia bill.Mr Key said he agreed with Justice David Collins’ ruling in Lecretia Seales’ court case that it was up to Parliament to change the law on the issue. However, that should be a conscience vote for MPs and dealt with in a member’s bill.The PM said National was open to a select committee inquiry that could result from a petition on the matter and allow public debate.The decision to rule out a Government bill means an individual MP will have to put in a private member’s bill and rely on luck to get it into the House, because measures are selected by ballot.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11461936
TVNZ One News 23 June 2016Family First Comment: One thing we SHOULDN’T do is legitimise euthanasia!“The psychogeriatrician said it was also important that people knew the condition wasn’t “the end” and people could have a positive quality of life for years after diagnosis. “It’s another phase of their life. Sure it’s a debilitating disease, but that’s over many years.””Innovative support for family carers, not building more nursing homes, will be key to tackling the rising costs of looking after dementia sufferers, an expert in the field says.Professor Henry Brodaty, described as the father of alzheimer’s and dementia research in Australia for his 35 years in the field, has just been given the $250,000 Ryman Prize – awarded for work that improves the lives of the elderly – in Wellington.While in New Zealand, he told NZ Newswire that research into new approaches to support for people caring for family members with dementia would be a significant part of dealing with the condition in the future.New Zealand currently has an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people with dementia, but world trends suggest that figure might triple by 2050 as the population ages.Prof Brodaty said despite billions of dollars being spent researching treatments, there hadn’t been breakthroughs and budget issues would become “challenging” in decades to come.“We can’t just keep building more and more nursing houses. We need to find better ways to support people at home, to support the families and to stave off the symptoms with lifestyle changes,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/caregiver-support-key-in-tackling-dementiaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Scoop.co.nz 29 August 2016Family First Comment: “The Dutch and Belgian societies are turning their backs on mentally-ill women, and are quite happy for them to die out of hand. Assurances of informed choice and stringent safeguards to laws for euthanasia or assisted suicide in NZ are as hollow here as they are elsewhere.”They’re killing psychiatric patients in Belgium and the Netherlands – and most of them are womenTwo recent papers in medical journals highlight a worrying aspect of euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands, according to Wendi Wicks, convenor of Not Dead Yet Aotearoa.“Most of the psychiatric patients being killed are women. So what’s going on-why are there so many disabled women dying?”The British Medical Journal paper by Dr Thiesnpont – a psychiatrist personally involved in euthanasia – revealed that 74 percent of Belgian patients euthanised for mental suffering were women.The paper goes on to observe “the concept of ‘unbearable suffering’ has not yet been defined adequately, and that views on this concept are in a state of flux.”“The attitude seems to be that they’ll just keep killing until they’ve figured it out. It doesn’t give confidence when terms that can’t be properly defined are used in laws to end life. Assurances of fully informed choice are just an illusion ” says Ms Wicks.The JAMA Psychiatry paper by Dr Kim showed 70 percent of Dutch cases were women, and that ‘Most had personality disorders and were described as socially isolated or lonely.’ We already know that disabled people are greatly at risk from euthanasia-assisted suicide and these studies highlight that it’s even more risky for any women.Ms Wicks says that these findings should be ringing alarm bells around the world. “The Dutch and Belgian societies are turning their backs on mentally-ill women, and are quite happy for them to die out of hand. Assurances of informed choice and stringent safeguards to laws for euthanasia or assisted suicide in NZ are as hollow here as they are elsewhere.”http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1608/S00133/74-of-belgian-mental-suffering-euthanised-were-women.htm
People with the disorder stay focused on their negative thoughts, and think that even a small or invisible body imperfection is bigger than what it is, causing emotional distress. People with body dysmorphic disorder can spend three to five hours a day in the mirror looking and comparing themselves to others and trying to do something about their appearance.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/expert-warns-dangers-body-dysmorphic-disorder-we-gear-up-look-good-summer Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a type of anxiety disorder, related to how we think about our bodies. “Everybody has those moments and thinks do I look alright, but people with body dysmorphic disorder, this becomes a preoccupation,” he says. Expert warns of dangers of body dysmorphic disorder as we gear up to look good this summerTVNZ One News 5 December 2018Family First Comment: An interesting contrast to the way society approaches disorders.“In extreme cases they even do DIY plastic surgery. Things like stapling their skin, filing their own teeth and deliberately getting into a car accident to break a bone so that they can reset the bone in their face.”It’s very sad – it denies reality – and it’s a disorder. The solution? Not a scalpel and hormone treatment. Counselling and support.Not an identity and a lobby group, like gender identity disorder.With summer upon us it’s not uncommon to become more aware of your body image and physical appearance, but body dysmorphic disorder turns one person’s passing thought about a flaw into an all consuming nightmare. Today psychologist Dougal Sutherland spoke with TVNZ’s Breakfast about the dangers of the condition.
BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Caribbean Airlines records 21% increase in revenue by: – May 11, 2018 Share 33 Views no discussions Tweet PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Regional carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), is reporting a 21 per cent increase in revenue over the last year.In a statement on Thursday, the Airline says this follows a seven per cent increase in the demand on passenger revenue.“With a revenue boost from strong passenger demand and increased cargo business together with enhanced cost management, Caribbean Airlines got off to a great start in 2018.“Today, Caribbean Airlines has reported its first quarter unaudited results for 2018 and revenues and earnings are both ahead of budget and a considerable improvement on the same period in 2017,” the statement noted.The overall numbers show an increase of 21 per cent in revenue and 64 per cent in earnings year on year.“It’s been an excellent start to the year. In what has traditionally been our toughest quarter, we’ve seen increases in revenue on some of our top routes and made great strides on the development and implementation of our strategic plan.“This includes the technology improvement plan, which is focused on providing an award-winning and more enriching customer experience.For instance, in this quarter we initiated Webchat and WhatsApp for business to enable a personalised digital option for our customers to chat with a call center agent,” said Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera.The airline says other areas of growth included Cargo – with 21 per cent increase in revenue and passenger revenue that drew by 22 per cent. According to CAL, the On Time Performance (OTP) also averaged 85 per cent within 15 minutes on the air bridge for this period.“This quarter’s results have taken us a step further in achieving our goal of profitability for the airline by the end of 2019. I’d like to express my appreciation to the staff at CAL. The numbers are the results of their dedication and hard work over the past few quarters to keeping us on track with our people- centered and customer focused strategy,” Medera said. Sharing is caring! Share Share
Tweet LocalNews British High Commission slashes carbon footprint by: – June 20, 2011 British High Commission Green Team June 2011The British High Commission has succeeded in slashing its carbon footprint by more than 10% from 2009 to 2010. The reduction to a level of 456 CO2 tonnes is equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by 1,980 maple trees over a 25 year period. This achievement is part of the diplomatic mission’s aim to ‘green’ its operations and reduce its energy usage by 10% in 2010 – the 10:10 challenge.Reduced energy consumption at the High Commission properties came about from a smaller vehicle fleet, more efficient technology (including more efficient air conditioning units) and better practices, and most significantly from a move to flying economy on long haul flights: economy travel generates up to 30% fewer carbon emissions. This reduction alone generated 48 CO2 tonnes of savings.Members of the High Commission staff – the Green Team – brainstormed ideas of how to save energy, and they achieved reductions in energy usage both at the office and at the official residence, Ben Mar.The recipient of the first Green Barbados award from the Future Centre Trust, the High Commission will not rest on its achievements, but is looking to reduce further its impact on the climate. New initiatives include the installation of motion sensor lighting, greater levels of recycling and a move towards photo voltaic generated electricity.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share 27 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews DSS takes consultation to Roseau tonight by: – September 6, 2011 29 Views no discussions Share Tweet Deputy Director of the Dominica Social Security, Mr. Augustus Etienne. Photo credit: dss.dmThe Dominica Social Security will be taking its public sensitizing campaign to the Public Service Union on valley Road tonight.The discussion will focus on the outcome on the latest series of reviews that have been undertaken.Deputy Director of the Dominica Social Security Augustus Etienne said “we began to consult stake holders on the outcome of the 8th actuarial review that made recommendations for reforming the system to ensure sustainability and relevance for the future,” he said.According to Mr. Etienne, two measures that came from the review continue to be on the cards for implementation and that is “the gradual increase to retirement age from 60-65 and to bring the contribution rate higher”.He said “we will continue to consult as to provide justification for implementation of those changes”.The consultation will commence from 7pm.Dominica Vibes News