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first_imgLENOIR, N.C. (AP) — A temporary field hospital in North Carolina is easing the burden on medical facilities overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. The tents were erected earlier this month in the parking lot of Caldwell Memorial Hospital in the city of Lenoir. The 30-bed field hospital comprises four medical wards and a pharmacy for patients who have been discharged from the hospital’s intensive care unit and do not need ventilators. Four other hospitals besides Caldwell are sending patients here so they can use their regular beds for more serious cases. The tents and medical care givers have been provided by the international Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, which is based in North Carolina.last_img

MPs should not take Horizon survey seriously

September 27, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

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 Tags: Boban ZirintusaBusoga United FCMaroons FCsteven mukwalaUganda Premier League Busoga United players celebrate Boban Zirintusa’s equalizer on Tuesday. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Busoga United FC 1-1 Maroons FC Mighty Arena, Jinja Tuesday, 12-11-2019Boban Zirintusa scored a stoppage time penalty as Busoga United and Maroons FC drew 1-1 at the Mighty Arena on Tuesday.Zirintusa, a summer signing got the better of his nerves with his 5th strike of the season and in process, denied Maroons all three points o the day.Earlier, Steven Mukwala had handed what looked like a pricless lead as he poked home the opener 20 minutes from time.Mukwala who is on loan from now moves onto 7 goals for the season, one behind leading score Fahad Bayo (8).The result means Busoga United drop into 7th with 17 points from 14 games.For Maroons they also drop into 6th with 18 points from 12 games.In their next games, Busoga will be away to URA FC while Maroons host Wakiso Giants.How both teams startedBusoga United Rogers Omedwa, Otwao Abubaker, Kawawulo Isma, Kakeeto Shafiq, Muganga Douglas, Onen Franco, Kasonko Gorge, Bagoole David, Sekulima Paul, Zirintusa Boban, Magumba MusaMaroons FC Akol Emmanuel, Olega Ceaser, Okello Sylvester, Mpuuga Martin, Bamulanzeki Timothy, Mayanja Davis, Okot Felix, Tusubira Abraham, Mukwala Steven, Obuya Pius, Amaku FredThe other games played on Tuesday -Mbarara City FC 2-1 Onduparaka FC-Kyetume FC 0-3 Wakiso Giants FC-Vipers SC 1-0 URA FC-Proline FC 2-1 Bright Stars FCWednesday’s fixtures-Express FC vs KCCA FC @4pm-SC Villa vs BUL FC @4:30pm-Police FC vs Tooro United FC @4:30pmComments last_img read more