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Postharvest Specialist

January 17, 2021 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgThe newest crop specialist on the University of Georgia Tifton campus hopes to help Georgia fruit and vegetable farmers extend the shelf life of their produce after harvest.Angelos Deltsidis joined the Department of Horticulture in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in September as a postharvest specialist. In his position, Deltsidis will focus his research on the postharvest life of fresh fruits and vegetables, which starts once they are detached from the plant or tree.“After you cut the fruit from the plant or the tree, that’s when postharvest starts,” Deltsidis said. “The quality at harvest time is usually the best and, from that point forward, it goes downhill. Our job as postharvest specialists is to maintain the quality of fruits and vegetables as much as possible. We can’t improve it, we can only maintain it.”Georgia is one of the top producers of various fruits and vegetables in the country, including blueberries and onions. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for blueberries in 2017 was $226.6 million. That same year, onions generated $140.6 million.Many of the crops that Georgia farmers grow are not sold or eaten right away. They are subsequently stored for weeks, or even months, then shipped to distant markets. Depending on the commodity, horticultural crops can gain in market value with extended storage periods.Deltsidis’ job is to show how commodities thrive under different storage conditions, temperatures and atmospheres.“I work mainly in postharvest quality, so let’s take shelf life for example,” Deltsidis said. “How does a particular factor affect shelf life? How do low or high storage temperatures affect the shelf life of a fruit or vegetable? What benefit can controlled or modified atmospheres provide to the crops grown in the region?”To answer these and other questions for Georgia farmers, Deltsidis will collaborate with scientists on the vegetable team at UGA-Tifton, including UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Andre da Silva and UGA Extension vegetable pathologist Bhabesh Dutta.“They’ll grow their crops like they’ve always done and I’ll be adding my postharvest expertise,” Deltsidis said. “I’ll be working on the postharvest quality aspect in some of the experiments that are already under way. When needed, I will grow my own crops for research use as well.”A native of Greece, Deltsidis came to the U.S. after completing his undergraduate degree. He earned a doctorate from the University of Florida in 2015 and moved to California to work as a postharvest specialist at University of California, Davis.“I’m glad I come from a state which is very big in horticulture and I’m hoping I can contribute to Georgia’s horticulture success as well. I’m happy to be here and look forward to continuing the successful programs here on the Tifton campus,” Deltsidis said.For more information about UGA’s horticulture department, see hort.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

VEDA loan capacity increased

January 1, 2021 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgVERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (VEDA)SEES ITS VERMONT SBA 504 CORPORATION LOAN PROGRAM CAPACITY INCREASEDCongressional Action Increases Lending Authority of NationsSBA-Certified Development Corporations Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authoritys Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program — Vermonts only statewide SBA-authorized Certified Development Corporation (CDC) — will now be able to loan up to $4 million in SBA 504 funds to certain small manufacturing projects, a new category of lending established under the program. Limits for other qualifying business projects were increased as well, from $1 million to $1.5 million for regular 504 loans, and from $1.3 million to $2 million for loans that meet a public policy goal. The changes are a result of recent Congressional approval of provisions governing the 504 Loan Program through the FY05 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which has been signed into law. This is terrific news for Vermonts manufacturing community, in particular, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley, noting that certain small manufacturers have been specified in the new provisions as being eligible for 504 loans of up to $4 million. Many other types of businesses in Vermont will benefit from additional expanded loan limits under the new law, as well — especially in a rising rate environment, Bradley said. SBA 504 funds are a federally-guaranteed source of fixed-rate, long-term, low-interest funding, and as such, are vital to Vermonts jobs creation and business expansion efforts. Under the SBA 504 Loan Program, which is funded through fee income from borrowers, lenders and CDCs, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides a 100 percent guaranty of a debenture, or pool of debentures, that is sold to investors. Once sold, a CDC then loans those funds to the borrower as a 504 loan. SBA 504 funding is a good deal for borrowers and bankers alike, Bradley explained, not only because of the long-term, below-market rates it offers, but also because the debt is subordinated to first-position mortgaging by a participating bank in an approved project. Its win-win, all the way around. VEDA was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2004 for the Authoritys work on a national scale as a high-performing CDC. Darcy Carter, Acting Director of the SBA Vermont District Office, noted that in the prior year, VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program processed loans totaling almost $7 million, giving Vermont the biggest percentage increase in SBA 504 volume anywhere in the country. For more information about VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program, interested parties should call 802-828-5627, or visit VEDAs website at www.veda.org(link is external). VEDA is a public instrumentality of the State of Vermont, created by the General Assembly in 1974. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 30-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments of over $1 billion.last_img read more

first_img DIÁLOGO: What do you want your teams to learn and experience, and take away from their experiences in the region? Brig. Gen. Mulholland: Frequent exchanges and exercises allow SOCSOUTH personnel to immerse themselves in the region, increase their cultural knowledge, and sustain relationships over an extended period of time. SOF can do this with a small footprint in the region. This method respects local populaces, increases legitimacy, and improves the American image among host populations. By working with host nation partners and the country team, SOCSOUTH creates trust and credibility. By Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/Diálogo May 06, 2013 Brig. Gen. Mulholland: I tell my Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to be humble and listen; that’s one of the ways to learn their language. In Afghanistan and Iraq we use interpreters the majority of the time, so it’s like having a triangle conversation and it’s very awkward. When you speak Spanish to your counterparts you can make a connection with them much easier. The exchange will be much richer, more positive, and more lasting. Also, by being bilingual, they get a deeper knowledge of different cultures and traditions which makes them more adaptable while in a foreign country. Brig. Gen. Mulholland: Building partnerships requires the development of meaningful military-to-military relationships. It’s a long-term effort and the effects need to be enduring. This approach not only builds partner nation capacity and regional stability, but it also deters the tacit and active support of sanctuaries that foster and develop future terrorists. Over time, we build meaningful relationships with our partner nations in order for them to create a self-sustaining capability which allows us all to provide security, develop good governance and counter violent ideology. This process is slow, but the goal is to achieve long lasting results. Part of our commitment is to remain patient and focus on a working with creating self-sustaining host nation partners. Brigadier General Sean P. Mulholland: In selected countries and in conjunction with USSOUTHCOM, we are building partnership capacity through persistent presence, equipping partner nation forces and assisting in helping build their infrastructure. In our J3 (Operations Directorate), we have four regional engagement branches (REBs). In each REB there are country officers for each country. The country officers have “ownership” of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) engagements with partner nations. These country officers learn and know their environment, allowing them to build strong relationships with their partner nation counterparts. They coordinate and are the link between USSOUTHCOM, U.S. Embassy (Military Groups, country teams, etc.), partner nation forces and various Special Operations Command force providers. Brig. Gen. Mulholland: Transnational crime remains a particularly serious problem in our region, with most issues connected in some way to the drug trade. So, in order to build capabilities in Central America, we have partnered with the Guatemalan Army, the Salvadoran Army and Air Force; and the Honduran Military. The good news story with Honduras is the FEN, the Fuerzas Especiales Navales (Naval Special Forces), a maritime unit of Special Operators capable of combating transnational organized crime in and around their waterways. This progress is also evident in Honduras, Belize, and even Panama. We also utilize civil affairs teams to assist our partners in influencing control over their territory and swaying their population against aggressive transnational criminal organizations and insurgents; Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama have been particularly successful with civil military engagements. DIÁLOGO: What do you see as the mission of Special Operations Command South, and how does it fit into broader U.S. theater security cooperation efforts in the region? Seven months into his command post at Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) – the special operations component of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), Brigadier General Sean P. Mulholland frequently speaks to his service men and women in Spanish. That’s because he’s acquired vast experience working in Central and South America and the Caribbean and learned the value of language and culture during his various deployments over many years within the area. Despite the current economic environment, he pushes his command to continue engaging with Partner Nations as a basic function and common theme for fostering relationships and building partnerships across the region. Internally, he brings together the community of families within the command and the Homestead municipality to become a tighter group of working colleagues. Brig. Gen. Mulholland: I’ve been down in USSOUTHCOM’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) for about 25 years, off and on, so my heart is part of our AOR. There really are two approaches to my vision as commander of SOCSOUTH. One is external in how we do our work with our partners. And the other one is internal to the command. I’ve lived in South America; I’ve taught at all different levels, and I wanted to impart some of that knowledge to my people that deploy into the region. In Central America, South America and the Caribbean, we deploy to conduct Foreign Internal Defense (FID); we work directly with our U.S. Country Teams and Host Nations to Build Partner Capacity (BPC), which is the most important thing that we do here in our Area of Responsibility. So the focus for me and my staff is to, at the tactical level, make sure the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) teams understand what they’re doing when they deploy to further our partners’ capacity at keeping their people and borders secure. At the operational level, I need to make sure that I am connected to the U.S. Country Teams and the host governments, so we can properly support them. DIÁLOGO: What are your priorities for 2013 and beyond? DIÁLOGO: Can you give a big-picture view of SOCSOUTH’s foreign internal defense efforts around the region? center_img DIÁLOGO: Why do you feel that SOF engagements are so important in achieving your mission with Partner Nations? Brig. Gen. Mulholland: Regional cooperation is what we’re all about at SOCSOUTH and it’s key to our purpose because we work with our partner nation counterparts every day. With our cooperation and advise and assist programs, we have seen the professionalism and commitment from our partners to combat regional challenges such as illicit trafficking. Our partners throughout the Caribbean, Central American Isthmus and South America have had a major role working with commands such as the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) in Key West, Fla., and this command in the deterrence of drug flow throughout the region. Nations such as Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua have really stepped up to the plate in dealing with these challenges. Operation Martillo is a perfect example of the regional cooperation among these nations. I think these examples are exactly in line with what Gen. Kelly is talking about. A major priority for us is working with our interagency partners, both U.S. and foreign, to achieve these efforts. Our regional engagement branches are at the forefront of this by working with the interagency to ensure cooperation among all the key organizations, which is in line with Gen. Kelly’s intent. Brig. Gen. Mulholland: There is no question that our service members benefit from their time in the region. As the commander and a person who has spent many years working in the AOR, studying the history and understanding the culture, I want our teams to really appreciate their surroundings because it truly is one of the best places to work in. A true benefit of working in the region is having the opportunity to improve our language skills, whether it is Spanish or Portuguese, and working with our counterparts while being exposed to wonderful, rich cultures. Building personal friendships and mutual respect with our partners is something you can’t put a price on. I know these experiences will follow our personnel for the rest of their lives and long after their military service is complete because they can look back at their time in the region with fond memories knowing they made a difference by strengthening the important bonds we hold with our partners. I truly love to see our teams such as our ODAs (Operational Detachment Alpha), CA (Civil Affairs) and MISO (Military Information Support Operations) teams travel to the region because when I speak with them after a deployment, they say they are eager to go back. DIÁLOGO: How do you think SOCSOUTH can support Central America in building capabilities to improve the high criminality it’s undergoing as a byproduct of drug trafficking? It’s early afternoon on a sunny, Florida day, and F-16s are flying around the skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, where SOCSOUTH headquarters is located. Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Mulholland takes some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Diálogo about his current and future plans and vision for what he does as commander of SOCSOUTH. DIÁLOGO: How do success stories such as the cases of Colombia influence your vision for other partner nations’ capacities/development? DIÁLOGO: SOUTHCOM’s Commander, General Kelly, has emphasized the importance of cooperation in dealing with regional challenges. What priorities have you set for taking the command forward and advancing this effort? DIÁLOGO: What is the importance of having SOCSOUTH’s staff being bilingual so they can communicate with their regional counterparts? Brig. Gen. Mulholland: For several years, U.S. Special Operations Forces have been advising and assisting the armed forces of Colombia in the fight against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In recent years, the Colombian armed forces delivered significant hits to that group, as seen in the impressive rescue of U.S. and Colombian hostages in 2008 in an operation that was completely arranged, controlled and conducted by Colombian forces. So, with more than a decade of continued, small footprint advisory assistance by U.S. SOF, the narcoterrorist stronghold was weakened, which is what we want to happen in all of the countries in our AOR. SOCSOUTH continues to enable partner nation SOF to be a force multiplier in the region and throughout the world. Chile works with Guatemala and El Salvador; Colombia works with Honduras; and El Salvador with Afghanistan. These military-to-military partnerships build their joint capacity and interoperability with foreign SOF, which has expanded their global SOF network reach. Interview with U.S. Army Brigadier General Sean P. Mulholland, commander of Special Operations Command South last_img read more

first_imgA rate sensitivity analysis is very useful when attempting to determine how a change in the Fed Funds rate will impact a credit union’s cost of funds. As we have performed these analyses this year to help clients and prospects, we were somewhat surprised to observe that a large number of credit unions did not raise their dividend rates on regular shares or drafts during the last rate cycle starting back in 2004. To further explore how common this practice was, we decided to look at the complete call report database to see if this was somewhat isolated or more universal in the industry.A beta, or rate sensitivity factor, displays by what percentage the deposit rate adjusts based on a given change in a driver rate—in this case, the Fed Funds rate. Based on the average rate paid by credit unions from call report data, the analysis shows the beta on deposits in the last rate cycle starting in 2004 was dramatically lower than the previous rate cycle. This was especially true for regular shares and drafts, which saw drops in the beta from 0.4260 to 0.1952 and 0.1325 to 0.0299 respectively. (See the graph below.) This would support the conclusion that industry wide, deposit rates were much less sensitive to changes in the Fed Funds rate during the last rate cycle. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe Papuan Customary Council has called on local authorities to limit access to Papua and West Papua following the report of the first two COVID-19 cases in the region on Sunday.”We demand that the authorities halt all flights to Papua,” Customary Council head Dominikus Surabut said on Monday. He also urged the Papua and West Papua provincial administrations to restrict people’s activities to further contain the spread of the virus. “There must be concrete action [to combat COVID-19],” Dominikus said, suggesting that prevention was better than cure.Papua’s COVID-19 task force reported previously that 15 patients were under surveillance in Papua as of March 22. Two of them tested positive while two others were negative. The remaining 11 patients were still waiting for their test results. Papua Governor Lukas Enembe is set to hold a meeting with 29 regional heads, along with their respective health agencies, to discuss preventive measures. “We will announce whether or not a lockdown will be imposed on Wednesday,” Lukas said on Monday.Separately, on Sunday, Mamberamo Tengah Regent Ham Pagawan said that he would ask for an aircraft from the central government to help transport potential COVID-19 patients from Papua’s mountainous areas, which are difficult to reach by land.They would then be transported to Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya regency, for treatment. “Wamena will be the community service center for people from mountainous areas,” Ham said. As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 579 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 49 deaths. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell urged people to only use the report as a guide, as median prices often reflected market activity rather than predictions.“When you talk medians it reflects the activity in a market,” he said. “Sometimes you’ll see lower prices not because it’s cheaper but it’s where the activity is. “What the report does do, it spotlights some suburbs that people should have a closer look at if they are buying.”If people were in a position to do so, they should look to buy rather than rent for the long-term benefits, he said. CoreLogic’s head of research Tim Lawless said across the country households were dedicating the smallest proportion of their incomes to paying off mortgages. “This year, we have also seen an increase in the number of areas where it is cheaper to buy than rent, which can be attributed to the lowest interest rates since the 1950s together with lower housing prices relative to the market peak.” ANZ’s latest housing affordability study shows residents in the city’s north are spending on average 38.7 per cent of their income on a mortgage, while renters are forking out 40.1 per cent. Renters in the north are spending 40.1 per cent of their income on rent, while homeowners are only forking out 38.7 per cent on a mortgage.Households in the region are taking home a median $1241 a week. The median price for a dwelling in the city’s north is $470,720. The median rent is $498 per week.However, weekly repayments on a 30-year loan would be about $377 for a 20 per cent deposit, $424 for a 10 per cent deposit, and $448 for a 5 per cent deposit. Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the record low cash rate of 0.75 per cent made “buying much more achievable to so many people”.“One of the primary drivers behind it is that interest rates are incredibly low so we are seeing people reassessing whether it is cheaper to buy than rent,” she said. “We are also seeing people explore other ways to own (property) rather than waiting to buy on their own, with friends or family members coming together to buy. “They don’t have the financial resources to buy alone but are able to share the burden.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said record a low interest rate was making buying a property more achievable. Picture: Claudia BaxterMs Mercorella warned other costs still needed to be taken into consideration when buying property, including a deposit, stamp duty, rates and maintenance. “People also need to understand if you look at the average term of a rental property it sits at around 17 months, it’s quite short,” she said. “A mortgage is likely to be in the vicinity of 25-30 years so it’s a much longer term commitment.” LJ Hooker Nerang principal Shane Colquhoun said while record-low interest rates were to thank for the improvements in housing affordability, rental strain was not easing. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The big banks are still trying to achieve a 4 to 5 per cent interest rate but there are some lenders out there with high twos or (low) threes, so if people take advantage of that then, absolutely, it’s cheaper to buy than rent,” he said. “Rentals are very much still in demand. Maybe we could see a drop in rent, but if I was a gambling man I would say the rents will still increase. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 It’s cheaper to buy than rent in the Gold Coast’s north, a new report shows.WANT to save at least $50 a week while living in the city’s north?Buy a home and treat yourself to 10 coffees on the money you save.A new report has revealed tenants in the fast-growing northern corridor are paying at least $2600 a year more in rent than it would cost to pay off their own home with a 5 per cent deposit. MORE NEWS: Precious property comes with $100k worth of crystalsMORE NEWS: Holiday hot spots where prices are set to skyrocket last_img read more

first_imgOcean Infinity and Kraken Robotics have finalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the strategic alliance for maritime robotics technology, products, and services.The MoU establishes a collaborative arrangement, pursuant to which Kraken will become a strategic partner to Ocean Infinity. This may include the future supply of additional sensors, components, software, and systems as well as R&D and innovation support in areas such as data analytics and machine learning.Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity said: “Great to be expanding our relationship with Kraken. We’re very excited to establish a presence in Canada and continue to work with clients in the region.”As part of the strategic alliance, Ocean Infinity is planning to deploy deep sea capable survey assets to the east coast of Canada this fall.  These assets will consist of a support ship, two 6000m rated AUVs equipped with Kraken’s AquaPix SAS sonar technology and two 6000m rated work class ROVs that will be fitted with Kraken’s SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system.While in the region Kraken plans to organize a variety of deep sea survey campaigns in various market sectors including oil and gas, hydrography, ocean research, fisheries, and defense.Ocean Infinity will have office space with Kraken at the newly opened Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.In addition, Kraken and Ocean Infinity will host workshops in Halifax and St. John’s in July for members of the Ocean Supercluster to provide an overview of its seabed mapping technology that will be available in Atlantic Canada for 6 weeks starting in September 2018.last_img read more

Act Leader Jamie Whyte stands by incest comments

September 27, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgNZ Herald 26 February 2014New Act Leader Jamie Whyte is standing by his comments that incestuous relationships between consenting adults should not be illegal and says it would be “intellectually corrupt” of him not to be honest when asked such questions.In an article published on The Ruminator website, former philosophy lecturer Dr Whyte was asked whether the state should intervene if adult siblings wanted to marry each other.“Well personally, I don’t think they [the State] should”, he replied, adding it was “a matter of almost no significance because it just doesn’t happen”.Dr Whyte told the Herald his response was  based on his belief that: “I don’t think the state should intervene in consensual adult sex or marriage, but there are two very important elements here – consensual and adult”.“I wonder who does believe the state should intervene in consensual adult acts?”He said he was “very opposed” to incest.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11210373ACT Leader’s incest comments pretty silly – PMONE Newshttp://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/act-leader-s-incest-comments-pretty-silly-pm-5853668last_img read more

MPs should not take Horizon survey seriously

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first_imgRelationship abuse and elder abuse are real and growing concerns. How could emotionally vulnerable people be protected from being pressured or coerced to request death? If they were pressured by a skilled manipulator, nobody else may ever find out. Media Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 19 June 2017Family First Comment: Self-selected. Not random. Loaded questions. Vague question. Emotive wording.Moving on……“The recent Horizon Research ‘poll’ commissioned by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society should not be taken seriously,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.“It is in fact a self-selected online survey. Only people who had signed up to Horizon had the opportunity to respond, and the survey was not even sent to all of them.“The raw data was not collected from a random scientific sample of all New Zealanders.”Survey results depend on question wordingA study by Parkinson et al found that subtle changes in wording are associated with a massive 48% difference in the level of support for euthanasia and assisted suicide:79 % stated that they “support the idea of euthanasia”.70% agreed that “a doctor should be able to assist a patient to die”.However, only 31% agreed that “a doctor should be able to deliberately bring about a patient’s death”.“The latter is an accurate description of euthanasia: It indeed involves one person deliberately bringing about another person’s death, usually by means of lethal injection,” says Ms Joubert.In the Horizon survey respondents were asked whether they supported allowing “medical practitioners to assist people to die”. This phrase is very vague. Some could have understood the phrase to refer to existing practices such as discontinuing unwanted medical treatment.The question also referred to “irreversible unbearable suffering”, which paints a highly emotive picture of terminal illness that’s far removed from the reality people experience when receiving good care.Palliative care is holistic care for the whole person and their family: physical, psychological, social and spiritual care tailored to the needs of the individual. It’s virtually impossible that with all the tools at the dispense of a multi-disciplinary specialist team, a person’s suffering would remain “unbearable”.The questions ignored the wider and practical implications of a law changeAs Narelle Henson wrote in a recent Stuff article, “After all, for every social change we make there are people who benefit and people who are harmed. In this case, harm means murder. And that is very serious because once we are dead, we cannot come back.”Theory vs practiceIn theory legal assisted suicide may sound to some like ‘a nice option to have’. However, the reality of writing and implementing a good law is fraught with difficulties. For example:Any eligibility criteria would be arbitrary and discriminatory. There would always be someone on the other side of the line saying, “But what about me? I’m also suffering!” Does a person with six months to live suffer more than a person with seven months to live? Does a person with a terminal diagnosis necessarily suffer more than a person with a chronic illness? The mere existence of legal assisted suicide as an option would put societal pressure on some people to ‘do the right thing’ and choose death – Death would be cheaper than treatment.“Our criminal law is not broken and doesn’t need fixing”, says Ms Joubert. “A blanket ban against assisted suicide is the safest option.“Once the law crosses the line from a blanket ban to one which allows assisted suicide for certain exceptions, there would be no logical defence against adding more and more exceptions.“In jurisdictions that legalised assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia there has been ‘bracket creep’, often without such extensions being debated by parliament. The law is simply interpreted more loosely over time to include more categories of people.”Euthanasia-Free NZ urges all MPs to reject David Seymour’s bill at its first reading.ENDShttp://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/mps-should-not-take-horizon-survey-seriously/center_img If there were no dangers, there would be no need for safeguards. Unfortunately safeguards can be circumvented, including the requirement for a voluntary request. Thousands of Belgians have received euthanasia without requesting it.last_img read more

first_img In his counter-affidavit submitted before the panel of prosecutors at the DOJ, the resigned PNP chief said that the complaint was “insufficient in form and substance” and lacked probable cause. “The document is a mere scrap of paper that is unsigned, unverified, and unauthorized by the Senate’s own rules,” Albayalde said. Albayalde added that the basis of his inclusion in the complaint, a “partial committee report” by the Senate committees that investigated the operation, “has not been signed or approved by a majority of all committee members as required by Senate rules.” He faces a complaint for misappropriating confiscated drugs in violation of the dangerous drugs law, graft, falsifying public documents, and failing to prosecute the policemen involved in an allegedly anomalous operation./PN Former police chief General Oscar Albayalde center_img Albayalde also denied that he had called Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief and former Central Luzon police chief Aaron Aquino and former CIDG official Rudy Lacadin to influence them regarding the administrative cases against the 13 so-called “ninja cops.” The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has added Albayalde as a respondent in a complaint against 13 policemen allegedly involved in drug recycling in a drug raid in Pampanga in 2013. MANILA – Former Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde has asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the criminal complaints filed against him in relation to the “ninja cops” mess.last_img read more