Campaign Dollars Flow As Lawmakers Debate New York Bail Law

first_imgALBANY — As the debate over New York’s bail law rages in the state Capitol, criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms, campaign finance records show.Records show New York lawmakers and political parties, from June to mid-February, reeled in at least $360,000 from police unions and other law enforcement groups — organizations that have overwhelmingly denounced the reforms.In particular, during that same time period, police groups have directed more than $75,000 to the six Senate Democrats from Long Island, lawmakers who have supported efforts to roll back portions of the law or change the system’s bail structure. Police unions and other law enforcement groups gave at least $15,000 to state Sens. Monica Martinez, John Brooks and Todd Kaminsky.Compared to other state senators, Democrat Diane Savino, whose district includes part of Staten Island, likely received the most money from law enforcement groups from June to mid-February. Campaign finance records show she received more than $23,500 from those groups during the time frame. Implemented at the beginning of the year, the bail changes eliminated cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases.On the other side of the debate, a little-known group backing criminal justice reforms has given at least $49,000 to state lawmakers and political campaigns since June and more than $160,000 since the beginning of 2018.The group, entitled the Fair Just and Safe NY PAC, is funded in part by hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb. The group issued a statement saying it is proud to support candidates who have advanced pretrial reforms and parole changes, among other topics.Loeb is also a donor for New Yorkers United for Justice, a group that backs criminal justice reforms and has pushed back against calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the bail law.It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will change the bail law. Either way, the bail law remains one of the fiercest debates this session, often highlighting ideological splits between moderate Democrats, who want to roll back parts of the law, and liberal-leaning legislators, who have resisted.Senate Democrats this month floated a plan that would eliminate cash bail entirely but give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial.The bail law did away with pretrial detention for most misdemeanors and nonviolent cases. Under the Senate Democrat’s proposal, a judge could hold someone in pretrial detention for certain hate crimes and domestic violence felonies, along with crimes that led to a death.The proposal would also allow for repeat offenders to be held in pretrial detention, although the specifics remain unclear.Criminal justice reformers and criminal defense organizations have decried the plan, arguing that giving judges more discretion over who stays in jail pretrial will allow for racial disparities.The bail law was partially motivated by the case of Kalief Browder, who was arrested at age 16 and accused of robbing a man of his backpack. He then spent years in custody and the case was dropped. Browder later killed himself.“Don’t ever forget this young man who will forever die young,” said Assemblymember Walter Mosley, speaking at a rally in support of the bail law this week. The Democrat was one of several lawmakers who joined the crowd at the Capitol.The group had an overriding message: no rollbacks on the current law.Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins defended the proposal Wednesday and said there would be specific “guardrails” for judges, mentioning the current bail system already has judicial discretion.“We have proposed the most progressive type of solution for this particular problem,” she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VBSR Announces Program to Connect Vermont Students with Vermont Companies

first_imgVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces a program to link students approaching graduation from Vermont colleges and universities to exciting job opportunities with member companies. With a grant from the Department of Labor, VBSR will create paid internships at companies that are creating new job opportunities. “If you’re a young, growing business, you have absolutely no time to create and manage an internship,” says Executive Director, Will Patten. “If you’re graduating from school in Vermont and are interested in finding work here, you don’t know where to turn. We are pleased to be in a position to bring together businesses and students approaching graduation.”The grant will enable VBSR to hire an Intern Coordinator to reach out to VBSR member Vermont employers for the purpose of creating internship opportunities. The Intern Coordinator will also connect with Vermont institutes of higher learning to identify students with a desire to make connections with Vermont employers.Businesses interested in creating opportunities for students, in exchange for finding valuable potential employee prospects, should get in touch with Will Patten by e-mailing [email protected](link sends e-mail), or calling VBSR at (802) 862-8347. VBSR is a statewide business membership organization made up of approximately 600 Vermont companies representing over 30,000 employees and $4.5 billion in annual sales. VBSR member companies are committed to VBSR’s mission to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of our citizens.For more information contact Carina Driscoll at VBSR at 802-862-8347 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

10 Best Blue Ridge Byways for Fall Leaf Peeping

first_imgTake the scenic route on your next leaf peeping adventure with these 10 iconic drives and roadside hikes.Blue Ridge ParkwayVirginia—North CarolinaThe Drive: Weaving for 470 miles from Virginia to North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway has consistently ranked among the top five most popular national park units for its accessibility, historical significance, and of course, those classic Blue Ridge views. The parkway is like a traveling timeline. Visitors can glimpse the life of an 1800s homesteader in the morning and sip on locally made wine from state-of-the-art vineyards all in a day. Consider the changes in elevation when on the hunt for fall colors. Peak foliage hits a lot later at 649 feet along the banks of Virginia’s James River than at 6,047 feet atop North Carolina’s Richland Balsam.The Hike: For a moderate hike with outstanding views, head to Flat Top Mountain, the tallest of three peaks that form the Peaks of Otter. The parking area is located at milepost 83.5. Follow the Flat Top Trail into the forest, where the gradient is mellow and fast. Don’t be fooled—the summit trail climbs 1,900 feet over the course of 2.6 miles, making those tight switchbacks feel punishingly endless. Stick with it for picnic-perfect boulders and views from 4,001 feet of the Piedmont Valley.The Linn Cove Viaduct snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, N.C. —Photo by Tommy White.Skyline DriveVirginiaThe Drive: This 105-mile paved drive traverses the spine of the Blue Ridge as it passes through Shenandoah National Park. Nearly every bend in the road here is bursting with life. The park and its backbone byway are home to 1,600 species of trees and plants, over 90 streams, and 60 peaks above 3,000 feet in elevation. With 75 overlooks stacked along the drive (that’s almost one overlook for every mile-and-a-half), you might get so caught up in the sightseeing you never make it to the trailhead.The Hike: Short and ever so sweet, the Bearfence Mountain Trail has it all—rock scrambles, tough terrain, and front row seats to the best view in the park. Totaling 1.2 miles round-trip, this is the perfect excuse to get out and stretch your legs. Head to milepost 56.5 to begin your trek. At one point, the rocks atop Bearfence were volcanic lava, but millions of years of exposure have morphed them into greenstone.Highland Scenic HighwayWest VirginiaThe Drive: Nothing brings out the vibrant reds and oranges of autumn like the stark evergreen of spruce trees. Driving along the tree-studded, 43-mile Highland Scenic Highway feels like a northeastern road trip, both in scenery and in temperatures. Meandering along the Allegheny Highlands above 4,000 feet, the drive cuts right through the heart of the Monongahela National Forest and alongside the Cranberry Wilderness for 22 miles. The weather here is notoriously stormy, so don’t be disappointed if the view is socked in—the moody fog just adds to the Mon’s mystique.The Hike: For a short day hike, explore the Black Mountain Trail, which connects both the Williams River Valley and Big Spruce Overlooks. The 2.4-mile trail weaves in and out through a rhododendron-choked forest of birch, beech, and red spruce before arriving at a boardwalk and interpretive sign about a devastating wildfire that hit here in the 1930s. For an overnight backpacking trip, and a lesson in humility, head into the Cranberry Wilderness via the North/South Trail to Hell For Certain Branch. You might feel like hell once you slog your way to this creek, but the dreamy campsites there are like stepping through Heaven’s gates.Laurel Highlands Scenic BywayPennsylvaniaThe Drive: Beginning just north of Johnstown, Penn., and traveling for 68 miles southwest to the Pennsylvania–West Virginia border, this backroads cruise will change everything you ever thought about the Keystone State. The byway links together some of southwestern Pennsylvania’s most cherished public lands like Roaring Run Natural Area, Bear Run Nature Reserve, and Ohiopyle State Park.The Hike: Photographers, bring the camera for this one. The Meadow Run Trail is only three miles in length, so you won’t be far from the car, but the roaring Cucumber Falls will make you feel miles from the nearest anything. Get up early, or stay out late, to catch the falls in all of its golden hour glory. If the water levels are up, keep a lookout for kayakers paddling the rowdy section of the Meadow to its confluence with the Lower Youghiogheny.[nextpage title=”Read on!”]Red River Gorge Scenic BywayKentuckyThe Drive: Travel through the land of pioneer Daniel Boone on this 46-mile drive. Beginning in Stanton, Ky., drivers will arrive first at the Nada Tunnel, a 900-foot passageway used to transport logs by rail in the early 1900s. Now considered the gateway to the Red River Gorge, this tunnel is only wide enough for one car to pass, so take extra caution when driving through. From here, the byway continues alongside sandstone rock formations and the lazy Red River, a designated wild and scenic river, before ending in Zacharia.The Hike: The Red River Gorge itself is estimated to have over 500 miles of hiking trails, not to mention the nearly 2,000 rock climbing routes hidden among its endless sandstone cliffs and limestone rock faces. Hikers can still get a taste for the unique geology here without roping up. The Sand Gap Trail begins and ends in the Natural Bridge State Resort Park near the end of the byway. At 7.5 miles, this challenging loop, which utilizes part of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, will take the better part of a day, but is well worth the hard-earned solitude and access to the 78-foot long Natural Bridge.Roan Mountain Tennessee—North CarolinaThe Drive: Begin on either side of the state line. In North Carolina, take NC Highway 261. In Tennessee, follow TN State Route 143 to the entrance of Roan Mountain State Park. The drive itself climbs high into the Roan Highlands, crossing Carver’s Gap at 5,500 feet. Even in the dead of summer, visitors to Roan Mountain should definitely bring a jacket, as the higher elevations can be upwards of 20 degrees cooler than your starting destinations. This is one of the few mountain passes that is maintained year-round, so you can still hit the road if the temperature drops below freezing or there’s an unseasonably early snowstorm.The Hike: Roan Mountain is revered for its mountain vistas and treeless balds. Experience both by beginning at the Carvers Gap trailhead near the North Carolina–Tennessee state line and taking the Appalachian Trail north. Veer off of the white blazes onto the spur Grassy Ridge Bald Trail to climb up and over a total of three mountain balds. Soak in the distant mountain views of Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell in all of their autumn majesty before heading back to the car for a 4.7-mile out-and-back hike.Indian Lakes Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaThe Drive: Through sprawling farms and quaint art districts, unspoiled wilderness and mountain lakes, the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway takes visitors on a 60-mile tour of western North Carolina’s natural splendor. This two-for-one route connects both the Cherohala Skyway and the Nantahala Byway. Though it can easily be driven in a day, with multisport adventure pitstops like the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Fontana Lake, and Santeelah Lake, what’s the hurry?The Hike: Hike beneath the ancient boughs of the region’s few remaining old-growth trees at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. If you’re starting from Almond, N.C., this pristine chunk virgin forest is located around mile 41.5 off of the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway near Santeetlah Lake. An easy two-mile hike gets you into the heart of Joyce Kilmer, with the upper Poplar Cove Loop sporting the most impressive trees. Many trees here are over 400 years old and skyrocket more than 100 feet in the air.Mount Mitchell Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaThe Drive: Take exit 9 off of I-26W to begin your journey. Short of a few quiet mountain towns, this route is nothing but you and the open road set against a backdrop of soaring ridgelines and dense canopy. For 52 miles, this western North Carolina drive climbs up to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet, by way of N.C. 80 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Start out with a full tank, as the fueling options are few and far between once you start ascending.The Hike: A short hike en route to the summit is Roaring Fork Creek Falls. It’s only a half-mile to the base of this 100-foot cascading beauty, so there’s no excuse to pass it by. The dense canopy above the falls is pure magic when the colors are peak, so don’t get distracted solely by the allure of mountain landscapes. While you can and should drive to the summit of Mount Mitchell, you’ll never truly know how rugged the terrain is without walking it yourself. The 5.5-mile summit trail begins just past the parkway and climbs a grueling 3,500 feet to the top. A shorter option is the Deep Gap Trail, which is only two miles round-trip and begins and ends at the summit of Mount Mitchell.Cherokee Foothills National Scenic BywaySouth CarolinaThe Drive: Once used by the resident Cherokee Indians and early fur traders of centuries past, this 130-mile mostly country roads route is a Sunday driver’s dream. Riding along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highway 11 takes drivers past some of the Upstate’s gems like Lake Jocassee, Table Rock, Keowee-Toxawa, and Lake Hartwell State Parks. Don’t bypass the Table Rock entrance off of 11 without taking a shot of the granite monolith’s mirror reflection in Carrick Creek. No matter the season, the view here feels like a scene plucked from the Rockies, not the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Photo by Tommy White.The Hike: The hike to Table Rock’s summit is a classic and extremely popular on the weekends for the wide-open mountainscape at the top. But what’s even more appealing about this hike is the trail itself. Chugging for 2,000 feet over the course of 3.6 miles, the path initially curls through a hardwood forest littered with boulders, eventually morphing into dense stands of pine and hemlock. Avoid the crowds by coming when the weather looks iffy or early on a weekday. Having that formidable rock face to yourself is a powerful experience.Russell-Brasstown National Scenic HighwayGeorgiaThe Drive: Journey into the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, past the Bavarian modeled town of Helen, and up to Georgia’s highest point along this 40.6-mile north Georgia drive. The underrated Southern Appalachians here are magnificent in the height of fall, and driving along the byway you’ll have plenty of views of the mountains and piedmont alike.The Hike: Park at the Tesnatee Gap Trailhead off of the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway and head south on the Appalachian Trail. Immediately from the parking lot, the trail begins to ascend, switchbacking and becoming increasingly rocky for the next three-quarters of a mile. Though steep, the hike is short, and in just under a mile, you’ll arrive at the summit of Cowrock Mountain. Compared to Amicalola and Blood Mountain to the south, Cowrock as a destination is often overlooked but the views here are quintessential Appalachian. Continue for another half-mile past the official summit for prime sunset seats.last_img read more

46 medical workers in Semarang contract COVID-19 after patients fail to reveal travel history

first_imgForty-six medical workers at Dr. Kariadi General Hospital (RSUP) in Semarang, Central Java, have contracted COVID-19 after reportedly treating patients who had covered up their travel history to virus-hit regions.The Central Java administration confirmed on Thursday that the healthcare workers who tested positive had been isolated at the province-owned Kesambi Hijau Hotel, which now serves as a quarantine center for COVID-19 patients.Governor Ganjar Pranowo said some patients who went to the COVID-19 referral hospital had not revealed their travel history to coronavirus red zones to healthcare workers, who presumably contracted the virus from them. Hospitals across the country are in dire need of additional medical equipment and supplies as doctors and nurses scramble to handle the surge in the number of patients with COVID-19, ranging from those with mild symptoms to severe cases.The lack of protective gear has taken its toll on medical workers in Indonesia, as dozens of those working on the front line have reportedly been infected by the contagious disease.In Jakarta alone — the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak — for instance, at least 174 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19.Tirta Mandira Hudhi, a doctor who has volunteered to treat coronavirus cases with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said that it was very important for patients not to cover up their condition or travel and contact history when they saw doctors and nurses at hospitals.”Asymptomatic patients are the most dangerous in the case of COVID-19 because they don’t show any symptoms but are actually infected. That’s why honesty is very important,” Tirta said.”If [patients] cover up their conditions, it will endanger everyone around them as well as medical workers,” he added.As of Friday, Central Java had recorded 304 cases of COVID-19 out of the nationwide official tally of 5,923. The nationwide death toll from the disease is 520, with 41 fatalities reported in Central Java. (dpk) “What happened at Kariadi Hospital is unbelievable. It serves as a lesson for us that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are very vulnerable,” Ganjar said on Friday, “Once again, I remind all patients to provide thorough information about their conditions.”The 46 medical workers in quarantine are currently in a healthy condition, he said, adding that they had sent him a video, in which they all “look cheerful and in high spirits”.The governor said that he had contacted the management of the hospital to improve its protocols to prevent medical workers from getting infected by the contagious virus, adding that the Central Java administration was ready to ensure supplies of medical equipment and protective gear.Read also: Indonesia now leads Southeast Asia in confirmed coronavirus casescenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Cairns townhouses offer plenty of options in the city

first_img“Townhouses appeal to a wide audience for three major reasons being value for money, location and low-maintenance living,” he said. “A popular opinion is to stray away from the M suburbs – Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool – however given the proximity to the city in a rising market, these will be some of the first places to see capital growth. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoTownhouse 9 is for sale at 13 Le Grande St, Freshwater for $249,000 with Cairns Property Office.“Growth can also be found in blue chip areas such as Edge Hill and Whitfield.“When looking to buy a townhouse you want to get something that is low maintenance and has a proactive body corporate with a healthy sinking fund amount saved.”With the ever growing trend of minimalism and downsizing, townhouses are becoming more and more popular with a wider range of buyers, according to Thomas Baldwin Boutique Real Estate’s Morganne Baldwin. “There are so many clever ways to design smaller spaces these days and many people are looking to reduce their living costs so they can experience life more and have the option to lock up and leave or rent without the fuss of too much garden maintenance,” she said. “As Cairns develops we are already seeing innovative companies designing practical and stylish spaces to suit this growing market and they are achieving some incredible results. “Having lived in and renovated a townhouse before, my tips and tricks when looking to buy either a townhouse or an apartment would be to check the Body Corporate Disclosure Statement and drive past the complex at different hours of the day, for example 8am and 5.30pm, to get a feel of the neighbours. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s spring selling tips01:23WHETHER you’re a first homebuyer, have a family or are looking to downsize, townhouses offer a plethora of styles and options.They can come with two to four bedrooms, could have room for pets and often have a small courtyard or patch of space to grow vegies or soak up the sun.Low maintenance, townhouses will often be mana Townhouse at 2/20-28 Sandwich St, Kamerunga is for sale for offers over $340,000 with Belle Property.ged by a third party and offer security and community.For young families, townhouse developments are often located close to employment hubs and public transport and offer the ability to get into better school catchments at a lower entry price.They can also offer easy access to lifestyle and entertainment precincts.Similar traits appeal to retirees who are seeking to downsize the big family home once the children have left. Often these people want to stay in the same blue chip suburbs where they’ve owned big properties.RE/MAX Cairns agent Ray Murphy said the hot spots for townhouses were Cairns North, Edge Hill and Freshwater. 5/16-18 Corkill St, Freshwater will go to auction on August 13 with RE/MAX Cairns.“And make sure that you can incorporate some clever storage options so you can make the smaller space stylish and easily liveable.”A townhouse is a strata-titled property and often operates in the same way as an apartment block. The title grants ownership of a section of a larger development with shared walls, floors, ceilings, facilities and common areas and as owner you can participate in the management of the overall property.last_img read more

Women feature in abuser stats

first_imgThe Southland Times 10 June 2013More than 50 people have been arrested for domestic violence in Invercargill in the past three weeks and police say an increasing number of the offenders are women.  Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes said the number of women arrested for assaulting their partners was rising – two of the six people arrested for domestic assault between Friday night and Saturday afternoon were women.  All six weekend incidents happened at home and involved alcohol. Mr Raynes said six arrests was an unusually high number for a weekend, and it followed a spike in arrests in the past month for domestic assaults. There were 53 arrests for domestic violence in the past three weeks, with arrests previously averaging 13 a week, he said. Mr Raynes said data had not been broken down to show how many of the people arrested were women, but he believed the number of women brought in for domestic assault was rising. Alcohol was the greatest contributing factor but it was unclear what was creating the spike, he said.…The South Canterbury Women’s Refuge announced early this year it would start branching out to men because the number of violent women had increased, but Invercargill Women’s Refuge does not have support services specifically for men.http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/8775132/Women-feature-in-abuser-statslast_img read more

Jacinda confused about NZ abortion law

first_imgVoice for Life – by Jacqui de Ruiter 8 September 2017Family First Comment: An excellent commentary from Voice for Life…“Without hesitation, (Jacinda Ardern)said there would be no review, abortion would be “decriminalised”. I suspect that the majority of viewers would think that her use of the word “decriminalize”, means that women seeking an abortion are somehow under the current law, “criminals”. She was saying in effect, “I will remove the law and you won’t be treated as criminals.” That is really misleading and she is saying this out of ignorance of what the 1961 Crimes Act states, or she does know and is willfully creating an impression.”On Monday night’s Leaders Debate, Patrick Gower asked Jacinda Ardern what she would do about abortion if she became Prime Minister.Without hesitation, she said there would be no review, abortion would be “decriminalised”.I suspect that the majority of viewers would think that her use of the word “decriminalize”, means that women seeking an abortion are somehow under the current law, “criminals”.She was saying in effect, “I will remove the law and you won’t be treated as criminals.”That is really misleading and she is saying this out of ignorance of what the 1961 Crimes Act states, or she does know and is willfully creating an impression.The fact is that Section 183 (2) of the Crimes Act states that no woman can be convicted for having an abortion.We have had lawyers check it out and that is what the law says. Look up the 1961 Crimes Act online and see for yourself.Immunity from prosecution for an abortion is a British and American legal tradition (and by extension to New Zealand) going back over 150 years. It is based on the premise and experience that it was practically impossible to produce safe evidence for a conviction.There could be factors like coercion involved. Instead the courts focused on the abortionist and held that immunity from prosecution, enabled women to freely testify against them.Therefore, the reality is that when abortion-rights supporters and their allies in Parliament talk of “decriminalization”, there is actually nothing to decriminalize, with the exception of Section 44, which is employed as a safety deterrent to protect women.Now, wearing my nurse’s hat, I ask you to consider the implications of what Jacinda is supporting. She is supporting unrestricted abortion up to birth.If she isn’t, then she should quickly tell us what restrictions she wants set in place.As a nurse over many years of practical experience, I have cared for pregnant women in often difficult circumstances and there are always two patients: the mother and her baby.We are no longer ignorant, or in the dark, about the reality of what a baby looks like in the womb, because of the development of ultrasound pictures.Pregnant women take delight in showing the pictures to their family, friends and workmates, so today there is a much greater awareness of what a baby looks like.Which brings me to the procedures nurses would be required to assist with, if Jacinda and her like-minded colleagues bring in unrestricted abortion.Second-trimester abortions involved dismemberment of the living baby. The operating surgeon leaves the room and the nurses are left to clean up. The baby has to be re-assembled to ensure that no body tissue is left in the uterus and then prepared for disposal as “medical waste”.Third-trimester abortions involve an injection of potassium chloride into the baby’s heart and then labour is induced. Were it not for the lethal injection, these babies could be born alive and there are plenty of couples who would love to adopt them.Some nursing staff can handle late-term abortions, but many find it very distressing and dread seeing their names on the roster. Internal briefing papers to the Ministry of Health from District Health Boards describe the problems and the difficulty retaining staff.It’s all very well for Jacinda and her colleagues to talk of “decriminalisation” and no restrictions, but they will never have to help provide “service delivery” in an abortion operating theatre.The model they want to bring in here is the Abortion Law Reform Act passed by the Victorian State Parliament in 2008. It allows for abortion up to birth.When the Bill was being debated, an amendment was introduced to mandate giving pain relief to second-trimester babies facing dismemberment. It was voted down by a large majority, which tells you something.http://voiceforlife.org.nz/blog/jacinda-confused-about-nz-abortion-law/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Apple Unveils 18-Karat Gold and Sapphire Crystal Glass Watch

first_img‎Apple‬ unveiled on Monday the company’s first wearable product: the ‪‎Apple Watch‬. This device enables you to communicate from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your ‪‎iPhone‬, and with Digital Touch, sending even your own heartbeat. Apple CEO ‎Tim Cook‬ says the Apple Watch is the most personal device the company has ever created. Still, is the new gadget worth the hype?last_img

“Bring a Book and Take a Book” moves to Roseau Market tomorrow

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary “Bring a Book and Take a Book” moves to Roseau Market tomorrow by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 61 Views   no discussions Tweet In photo: Participants at the 2010 Book Exchange inPortsmouth. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary Festival.The Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair will be holding another book exchange under the slogan, “Bring a Book and Take a Book” at the Roseau Market this Saturday, 30th July, from 6.00am to 10.00am.This Book Fair is organized to provide an opportunity to people to exchange books and buy new and second-hand books.The organisers are hopeful that people will enjoy this innovative book exchange, and participate in large numbers.Papillote Press who is the sponsor of the event says: “We want people to bring books that they no longer want and find something new that they do want to read. If you bring one book, you take one book; bring five books, you take five books. It’s as simple as that.”There will also be local poets performing their dynamic poems, and an open mic for anyone who would like to bring a poem and perform their own work.On Saturday 16th July, 2011 the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair held a book exchange at the Portsmouth Market which was very well attended and dubbed a success.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Girls Area High School Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Girls Basketball Scores.Thursday (12-4)Switzerland County  51     Batesville  40JV-Batesville 38-23East Central  60     Harrison  30North Decatur  57     Oldenburg Academy  49South Decatur  69     Crothersville  52last_img