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Most Kiwis support euthanasia for those with painful, incurable diseases

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 January 2017Just 12 per cent of Kiwis are completely opposed to the legalisation of assisted dying, according to a University of Auckland study.In a survey of 15,822 people, 66 per cent supported euthanasia as a legal means of ending the lives of people with painful, incurable diseases.“There is strong public support for euthanasia when people are asked whether doctors should be allowed by law to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease upon their request,” concluded the authors, led by post-graduate psychology student Carol Lee.The results were taken from the 2014-15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) survey, which Lee said provided “reliable demographic and personality differences in support for euthanasia”.Non-religious, younger, employed, rural people were more likely to support euthanasia, the authors said.Bob McCoskrie, spokesman for Family First, rejected the survey’s findings, labelling it a “weak, incomplete survey, drawing dubious conclusions, by its own admission”.“It appears to be set on finding the answer it wants, despite its own admission of significant limitations.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/88349694/most-kiwis-support-euthanasia-for-those-with-painful-incurable-diseasesMost New Zealanders support euthanasia, study suggestsNewsHub 13 January 2017A majority of New Zealanders support euthanasia, according to a new study.More than 15,000 people took part in the 2014/15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study which, for the first time, included a question on assisted dying.Respondents were asked: “Suppose a person has a painful incurable disease. Do you think that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life if the patient requests it?”Sixty-six percent of participants were in support, 21.7 percent indicated they were neutral/unsure and 12.3 percent were strongly opposed.The researchers found non-religious, younger, employed, and rural people were more likely to support euthanasia, whereas people with lower income, who were parents, or of Pacific or Asian ethnicity tended to be less supportive.“Because we have such a national representative example of New Zealanders, findings of our study are likely to reflect what the general New Zealand public over the age of 18 think about this issue,” study author, University of Auckland masters student, Carol Lee says.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/01/most-new-zealanders-support-euthanasia-study-suggests.htmlNZ study shows strong euthanasia supportNZ City 13 January 2017Most New Zealanders support assisted dying for patients with painful terminal conditions, Auckland University researchers have found.Nearly 16,000 people were surveyed for the research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, which also found demographic and personality differences in people’s opinions on the issue.Two thirds were in favour when asked if a doctors should be allowed to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease if the patient requested it.Just 12 per cent were opposed, while 22 per cent said they were neutral.Act Party leader David Seymour, who is seeking to have his End of Life Choice member’s bill put before parliament, says it’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying.“The sample size of this survey eclipses previous polling on this topic, while also backing up previous findings: New Zealanders support the right to an assisted death for the painfully ill,” he said.The wording of the poll has been questioned by Family First’s Bob McCoskrie, who argues the scenario of a person suffering a painful death is no longer valid thanks to “the availability and effectiveness of palliative care”.Mr Seymour admitted polling could be influenced by the wording but rejected the views of Mr McCoskrie and other deniers as “living in dreamland”.READ MORE: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=240758Desperate euthanasia opponents are dishonest or innumerateScoop 13 January 2017READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1701/S00030/desperate-euthanasia-opponents-are-dishonest-or-innumerate.htm Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Ex-Whittier College chief faces charges

first_img — Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A search of the vehicle netted a suitcase containing many hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more than 5 grams of suspected meth, investigators said. Ash is on probation for a July 2003 arrest that prompted the end of his career at the Incline Village college, Nevada’s only private four-year college. That arrest came after police found a bag of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a room registered to him at the Western Village Inn and Casino in Sparks, Nev. He received probation in exchange for his guilty plea to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Ash was president of Whittier College for 12 years, from 1989 to 1999, when he stepped down. At the time of his resignation, he explained that he had accomplished all of his goals at Whittier College and wanted to pursue other opportunities. RENO, Nev. — Former Whittier College president James Ash Jr. has been arrested again on drug charges, officers said. Ash, 60, of Fallon, Nev., who also is the former president of Sierra Nevada College, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and violating probation. He had been free on bail awaiting sentencing in Washoe District Court for possessing a trafficking amount of meth, police said. The latest arrest was made Tuesday outside a Reno fast-food restaurant where police said he had been parked in his pickup truck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Lotus Glass Repels Water, Dirt, Bacteria

first_imgImagine never having to wash your windows again.  That would be a huge boon not only for window washers on skyscrapers, but for astronauts on the space shuttle or space station.  It may become a reality, thanks to the lotus plant.    Science Daily reported on work by a company in Atlanta that has developed a transparent coating for glass that renders it impervious to dirt and water.  The secret: imitating the surface of a lotus leaf, which “contains innumerable tiny spikes that greatly reduce the area on which water and dirt can attach.”  NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is taking a keen interest in this technology, because it can “prevent dirt from accumulating on the surfaces of spacesuits, scientific instruments, robotic rovers, solar array panels and other hardware used to gather scientific data or carry out exploratory activities on other objects in the solar system.”  The latest work seeks to manufacture the material such that it can withstand the harsh space environment.    For us earthlings, the applications of lotus-leaf surface coatings to everyday objects – eyeglasses, windshields, camera lenses and windows – promises a low-maintenance, clear view through the looking glass.  And there’s an extra benefit.  The material also repels bacteria.  Think of how hospitals could stay more hygienic with lotus-like surfaces on walls, windows and equipment.    For previous stories on the properties of the lotus leaf, see 10/17/2006, 01/18/2005 and 10/27/2004.This all began when someone looked at lotus leaves in the rain and noticed how the water beads up and runs off, leaving a clean surface.  Look around at nature and notice what other technologies have already been designed and could be applied to human needs. (You may want to get an early start if you manufacture windshield wipers.)  There’s a bright future in biomimetics, no thanks to Darwin. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio State Fair attendance up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 4 with an estimated 934,925 attendees entering the gates between July 24 and August 4. This marks an increase of approximately 3 percent more visitors than 2018.“This year’s weather was absolutely beautiful, and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans turned out to celebrate our great state and experience all that the Fair has to offer. Some of the most popular aspects each year are the animals, education, food, art and rides,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “We are so thankful for the many people who worked hard all year long to make this a great Fair.”The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture — the state’s largest industry — and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, the unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation.last_img read more

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Gilas arrives in Melbourne, gears up for Australia match

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Gilas left for Melbourne late Monday night and arrived after an eight-hour flight before Tuesday morning. LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Naturalized big man Andray Blatche led the session together with leaders Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Calvin Abueva.Also part of the trip were Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kiefer Ravena, and “23-for-23” cadet” Abu Tratter.Gilas Pilipinas takes on the Boomers on Thursday at Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP jrs basketball: NU ends UST’s dream run, books Finals date vs Ateneo Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Gilas Pilipinas is now on its final preparations for its colossal Fiba World Cup Asian qualifying game against Australia on Thursday.Coach Chot Reyes shared a glimpse of the team’s first training in Melbourne on Tuesday as the Philippine crew finally got its full roster buckling down to work.ADVERTISEMENT Unang ensayo #💪❤ pic.twitter.com/LZLjobO69R— Chot Reyes (@coachot) February 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

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Walkers should have right of way

first_imgAman (in Hindi and Urdu) means peace. However, a 10-year-old Aman was recently crushed to death in south Delhi by a maverick DTC driver, when he was walking on a zebra crossing. Every day, scores of pedestrians, young and old, are hit like pin balls across the country by incompetent, arrogant, and rogue vehicle drivers.  It is the same chaotic scene on every street in every city. Pedestrians scurry to cross roads as vehicles relentlessly race ahead at maddening speeds with scant regard for the vulnerable humans in the way. Crossing main arteries, boulevards and streets in residential areas is always risky, particularly for children and senior citizens. Vehicles, especially two-wheelers, may zoom in from nowhere. Walkers account for nearly 50 per cent of all fatalities on Indian roads. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justice Each day is an obstacle race for pedestrians. During monsoon, the game turns into hop, step, and jump. In most urban settings, sidewalks do not exist, and where they do, they are in a poor state of repair with crevices and pits making it difficult to navigate on foot. They are poorly designed and challengingly high, making climbing and descending painful, particularly for children, women, the aged, and the physically challenged. At many places, pavements are covered-up drains with manholes, at times left. During rains, unless careful, walkers may vanish into these death traps. Therefore, pedestrians are forced to walk on road shoulders. Also Read – Turning a blind eye Pedestrians compulsorily share their right of way with utilities, trees, streetlights, transformers, markers for gas and electricity feeder boxes, signboards, roadside vendors, and bus shelters. Dogs and cattle dirty them. Footpaths are converted into makeshift markets. Not to be outdone, bikers climb up to exhibit acrobatics.  The latest to join these trappings are the 4G high mast towers on traffic islands, which serve as crossroads and where traffic signals are installed, in Nagpur. These towers have created blind spots that block the view of motorists. Planners and engineers are yet to properly design and construct walkable pavements. Amid all this chaos, hapless traffic cops have no role to play.  Crossing roads any given time is a nightmare for pedestrians. Zebra crossings are haphazard, traffic lights are installed at will—the poles have varying heights and designs, some are hidden behind adjacent trees planted on the meridian or are hidden by billboards hung on poles. In such a scenario jay walking is the order of the day. Pedestrians mostly ignore foot over bridges, skywalks, and subways as most are badly designed and ill maintained. Underground passages stink, are poorly-lit, appear unsafe and are difficult to access.   Every day, a competition ensues on Indian roads. For motorised vehicle drivers, the motto is “you don’t stop for anyone”. And more determinedly, these vehicles do not stop for walkers. Unrelentingly, resolute walkers also do not stop for cars. The end is predictable, and both the pedestrians and drivers are to be blamed. A major share in the blame certainly goes to the Government, civic authorities, city planners and law enforcement officers for the haphazard management of road safety. Passenger-vehicle conflict requires a judicious mix of road engineering and strict law enforcement measures. Pedestrians are also responsible, though less, for accidents. While population has exploded, necessary infrastructure has not kept pace. Many innovative devices could be installed, and maintained to control traffic and avoid conflict. Radar speed signs (an interactive sign generally comprising LEDs) that display vehicle speed as motorists approach, warn drivers to slow their vehicles when they are driving at unsafe speeds. Mounted on poles and powered by a solar panel, these devices must be used in school zones, busy residential roads, construction zones, and definitely on highways. Currently, interceptors are placed inside traffic police patrol vans, but they are too insignificant. Initially, the devices should be placed along with CCTVs where traffic violations are high.CCTVs must be installed at/near all intersections and record red light infractions, rolling through stop signs and halting on zebra crossings by vehicles must be recorded and sent to central computers. A major hindrance to pedestrians is vehicles parked haphazardly.  As followed in several countries, traffic wardens should issue tickets, using hand-held computerised devices, by pasting them on windshields of these vehicles. Walking is a basic and common mode of transport the world over. But, walkers are the most abused in India. Due to the dramatic growth of motor vehicles and general neglect of pedestrian needs in roadway design and land-use planning, pedestrians are increasingly vulnerable to road traffic injury. Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. All road users have a role to play in  protecting the pedestrians better and making cities safe for walking–-even for pedestrians. Perhaps, to help both in India, a car maker in the US has introduced a new driver-assist vehicle safety system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians. The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, debuting this year in Europe, provides a collision warning to the driver. And, if the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply the vehicle brake, to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. It uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead.(The author is an independent journalist)last_img read more

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Suruchi Sangha launches theme song penned by Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The theme song of Suruchi Sangha, composed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been launched on Monday. This is the fourth consecutive year when the Chief Minister has penned the theme song for the Puja committee.The theme song has been launched on the auspicious day of Mahalaya. The theme song – Jayo Maa Jayo Durga – has been sung by the Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department Indranil Sen and Lopamudra Mitra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSuruchi Sangha is one of the most famous Pujas in the city and every year, lakhs of people turn up at the Puja pandal to get a glimpse of the brilliant artwork. The Puja is going to pull a huge crowd this year as well, because of its unique theme. This year, the theme of the Puja is Maa Aschen Maatir Ghore – Shiuli Gandha Utsav Jure. On Monday, there was a huge gathering at the Puja pandal. The state Youth Services and Sports minister Aroop Biswas, who is the key person of the Puja committee, was present in the pandal during the release of the theme song. Sen was also present at the programme on Monday. Actors from Tollywood and many eminent personalities attended the programme as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe celebration of the Puja started from the day of Mahalaya as the actors from Tollywood were found dancing at the beats of dhaak. A wide array of visual treats, starting from 3D artwork to murals, will be there in the Puja pandal. Everything will be done only by using bamboo and clay. Artists have created various designs on bamboo structures using clay. The interior of the Pandal has been decorated with 3D clay artwork. At the same time, there will be “clay etching” and murals on the walls of the Puja pandal. There will also be clay idols of different plants, flowers and birds on the walls of the Puja pandals, as symbols of clean environment and greenery. It will also give the message of the fight against global warming. Moreover, this is the first time in the country when the ceiling of a pandal is getting constructed using the bark of papaya tree. It may be mentioned that soil of different colours is found in different parts of Bengal. There will be a unique artwork at the middle of the Puja pandal and it will be developed using soil of different colours.last_img read more