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NZ won’t introduce euthanasia Bill, says John Key

first_imgNewsHub 8 November 2016Family First Comment: It will be difficult for Seymour to push his assisted suicide obsession when he’s voted out at the next election No amount of public support for euthanasia will prompt the National Government to put forward legislation to allow medically assisted dying, Prime Minister John Key says.But if a member’s Bill were to be drawn on the issue, it’s highly likely he and more than half the National caucus would support it, he says.Parliament’s health select committee is currently hearing more than 1800 submissions to gauge public opinion on the issue.“There’s such a wide range of views within both the Government and across Parliament that there’s no question that people want to potentially have a debate about that, there’s no question that the law might change over time – but ultimately you’re dealing with a really sensitive issue and I think the process is best handled through a member’s Bill,” Mr Key said on Tuesday.National MPs would “definitely” be granted a conscience vote on the issue, he said.Labour leader Andrew Little says he is not opposed to a Labour Government putting forward legislation, but it would not be a priority.He would support a member’s Bill provided it offered the same safeguards as those put forward by former Labour MP Maryan Street in her End of Life Choices Bill, but has not asked his caucus their views on the topic because it’s a conscience issue.ACT leader David Seymour, who has a private member’s Bill to legalise euthanasia in the ballot, said Mr Little needed to make it clear now if he’d put forward legislation in Government, or if a member’s Bill would be the only way forward.He said it was a good sign that Mr Key supported medically assisted dying and that research into the views of other MPs indicated his bill would have a “pretty decent majority in the House”.“[Mr Key] knows that two thirds to three quarters of New Zealand are in favour of a law change,” Mr Seymour said.“What frustrates me is around a quarter to a half of my parliamentary colleagues haven’t figured that out, and I just wish they’d go back and talk to their electorates and start voting in line with the people they represent,” he said.http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/nz-wont-introduce-euthanasia-bill-says-john-key-2016110815last_img read more

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DU30 MAKES DRILON SONA ‘PUNCHING BAG’

first_imgFor democracy to thrive, according to Drilon, “We need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear.” “In an interview, (Drilon) arrogantly mentioned, among others, that oligarchs need not be rich,” said Duterte. “Then he linked the anti-dynasty system with oligarchy and the topic was my daughter and son. This happened after the Committee on Franchise voted 70-11 to deny the grant of franchise to ABS-CBN. Obviously, he was defending the Lopezes that they are not oligarchs.” “Oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people which use their power to seek personal gain or benefit their business interests,” Drilon said. “You cannot equate the rich and oligarch. It does not mean that if you are rich, you are on oligarch. An oligarch is the one that influences the decision of the government or the one using their [riches] in order that the policy that they want will be pursued.”/PN Drilon, in a previous interview, had said if the President was serious in dismantling oligarchs, the latter must tell his allies in Congress to pass the Anti-Dynasty Bill. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte opened his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa by making Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon of Iloilo City his punching bag. Drilon recently dared the President to encourage the Congress to pass the anti-dynasty law to dismantle oligarchy effectively. “Wala po akong kinalaman sa concession agreements na ‘yan. Kaya ko pong harapin ang buong bansa at sabihin na wala akong kinalaman diyan,” Drilon said. “Wala po akong pakialam sa sinasabing concession agreement ng Pangulo. Wala na po ako sa ACCRA nun.” “I aired my support for the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he added. “My countrymen, it is sad that while government focuses its attention and resources to battle the coronavirus, there are those who take advantage of a preoccupied government. One of them is Sen. Frank Drilon,” said the President at the start of his close to two-hour speech yesterday afternoon. President Rodrigo Duterte used his State of the Nation Address to castigate Sen. Franklin Drilon over the opposition lawmaker’s proposal to ban political dynasties if government wants to dismantle oligarchy. In response, Drilon said he was defending press freedom and not the Lopezes who own ABS-CBN Corp. which was shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission after its franchise expired and was not granted a new one by Congress.center_img “Media is a powerful tool in the hands of oligarchs like the Lopezes who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures. I am a casualty of the Lopezes during the 2016 election,” said Duterte. “Were you a part of (the) ACCRA (law firm) when this contract of (Manila) Water was being drafted? Bakit kasi ikaw lang ang galit sa dynasty? You are a hypocrite,” Duterte said. Drilon stressed that simply being rich is not equivalent to being an oligarch and also emphasized that political dynasties will continue to nurture oligarchy in the Philippines. “I was defending freedom of the press, not the Lopezes. The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect,” Drilon said. Justifying ABS-CBN’s closure, Duterte said great wealth enables economic elites and corporations to influence public policy to their advantage. The senator said Duterte must go beyond the fact that he has children in the politics in House deputy speaker Paolo Duterte, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Baste Duterte if he is really determined in dismantling oligarchy. “With the popularity rating of the President, he has the capacity to push that in Congress,” Drilon said over at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay. “When you want to remove oligarchy as a power structure then you should rise above all of these.” In the latter part of his speech, President Duterte once again lambasted Drilon and accused the latter of having a hand in the questionable water concession agreement entered by the government before with Manila Water. In an interview over DZBB, Drilon reiterated he was never involved in the crafting of the water concession agreements as Duterte claimed.last_img read more

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Carl D. Grieshop

first_imgCarl D. Grieshop, age 78 of Batesville, died Monday, March 27, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born September 15, 1938 in  Morris, Indiana, he is the son of Eleanor (Nee: Druhman) and Walter Grieshop.  He married Dolores Ziegler June 18, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  Carl served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959.  He worked at Walsman Supply for 25 years, maintenance for the Batesville School Corporation 19 years and as a substitute bus drive 15 years.Carl loved being outdoors, so taking the family camping was something he truly enjoyed doing.  The kids teased that in the early years, the camper was pretty basic.  As the years went by, each camper kept adding more creature comforts until at some point it was no longer “roughing it.”  He could spend hours in the woods chopping wood or hunting for ginseng.  Every morning started with doing the word search in the paper and reading it from cover to cover.  Carl was a long time league bowler at Oldenburg and also liked frying chicken and bartending at the Fireside Inn.  Other interests included woodworking, playing poker and 500, jig saw puzzles and relaxing on the deck letting the squirrels entertain him.  Carl apparently collected or horded, depending on whom you talk with, screws, nuts and bolts.  If you needed something, he had it.  His family would nickname him the Ace Hardware guy.He is survived by his wife Dolores; daughter Deb Ertel of Osgood; son David Grieshop of Batesville; brother Bob Grieshop of Oldenburg; eight grandchildren; one step grandchild; three great grandchildren and one more on the way.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by brothers John, Tom and Don Grieshop and sisters Mary Alice Borchelt, Juanita Metz and Marjorie Siefert.Visitation is Friday, March 31st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1st, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Margaret Mary Health Hospice Foundation or Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research.last_img read more

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New president for Carnival Cruise Lines

first_imgCarnival Corporation, today announced that Christine Duffy has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line, which is the corporations largest cruise brand with a total of 24 ships.Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will assume the role on February 1, and she will be reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.“Christine is one of the most respected and dynamic leaders in the travel industry, she brings a wealth of experience to Carnival Cruise Line that will help the cruise line continue to deliver unmatched vacation experiences to millions of guests each year,” Mr Donald said.Duffy has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia at McGettigan Partners.As CEO of CLIA, the leading trade association of the cruise industry, she led many advancements including the globalization of cruise industry associations around the world to create a unified voice promoting cruising to key stakeholders.“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a dynamic organization with a long history of innovation and industry firsts, the name Carnival is truly synonymous with cruising and I look forward to joining this talented team to continue the tradition of excellence that has made Carnival Cruise Line one of the top cruise lines in the world,” Ms Duffy said.Duffy serves on various travel industry boards including U.S. Travel Association (USTA), the advisory board for Starwood Hotels, and the Board of Directors for Visit Florida.She also is a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women’s leadership in business.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more