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Fletcher Allen Health Care, Central Vermont Medical announce formal affiliation

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) and Fletcher Allen Health Care announced today at a press conference that their Boards have each given final approval to a corporate affiliation between the two organizations that took effect October 1. The affiliation was first approved by both Boards in December 2010 when an affiliation agreement was signed, and is being implemented through a new organization ‘Fletcher Allen Partners ‘ the new parent corporation of both CVMC and Fletcher Allen.   ‘This is a significant step in developing a coordinated health care system in Vermont that will deliver higher quality care for Vermonters and do it more efficiently,’ said Judy Tarr Tartaglia, president and chief executive officer of CVMC.  ‘This affiliation builds on existing clinical partnerships and also closely aligns with the state and federal health care reform agendas that promote enhanced integration.’ ‘Like Judy, I believe that increased collaboration among hospitals and other providers in our state will benefit our patients,’ said John Brumsted, M.D., interim president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen.  ‘The affiliation also will foster the academic mission. With an integrated health care system, we have an opportunity to train the next generation of physicians, nurses and other providers in a clinical environment of the future ‘ one that emphasizes coordination and integration ‘ and to provide expanded opportunities for clinical research.’ “This is an example of the kind of collaboration that we want to encourage in Vermont,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin. ‘We need health care providers to break down some of the walls between individual institutions and start working as a system. It is only by increasing coordination that we will achieve the highest quality, most efficient health care delivery for all Vermonters.”The affiliation was finalized following a nine-month period of due diligence that began last December after both organizations gave their initial approvals.  The due diligence process included state and federal regulatory reviews.Common Parent OrganizationFletcher Allen Partners has governing powers over both Fletcher Allen and CVMC.  Fletcher Allen Partners has a board of trustees drawn from the membership of both organizations’ current boards and medical staffs.  Interim Fletcher Allen President and CEO Dr. Brumsted will serve as CEO of the system parent; CVMC President and CEO Judy Tarr Tartaglia will serve as senior vice president.  There are 17 board members, 11 from Fletcher Allen and 6 from CVMC.  They include from CVMC: Robin Nicholson, Board Chair; Tom Robbins, Vice Chair; Marta Marble, Trustee; Tom Curchin, M.D., Chair of CVMC Medical Group; Andy Minkin, M.D., Gastroenterologist;  Brad Watson, M.D. CVMC Medical Staff President (Ex Officio). Note: Dr. Watson’s term expires in November, when he will be succeeded by Joe Pekala M.D., who becomes the medical staff president. Partners board members from Fletcher Allen include: Roger Stone, Chair, Fletcher Allen Board of Trustees; John Brumsted, M.D., Interim President and CEO, Fletcher Allen; Steve Marsh, Chair, Board Audit Committee; John Powell, Chair, Board Finance Committee; Jan Carney, M.D, Chair, Board Planning Committee; Sarah Carpenter, Chair, Board Ethics & Quality Committee; Donald Gilbert, Chair, Board Compensation Committee; Richard Morin, M.D., Dean, UVM College of Medicine and member of the Board of Trustees; Trustees Betsy Davis, and Gretchen Morse; and Stephen Leffler, M.D. Fletcher Allen Medical Staff President (Ex officio), who is also a Board member. Existing Hospitals to Retain Identities, Separate Medical StaffsUnder the affiliation, Fletcher Allen and CVMC will retain their current identities.   Each party remains a separate free-standing hospital with its own board, management, workforce, licensure, medical staff (including credentialing and governance), and endowment. The medical staffs of each hospital will remain separate with separate credentialing and governance. System Activities       This affiliation builds on existing clinical partnerships between CVMC and Fletcher Allen.  For example, Fletcher Allen already provides specialized physician services for the Central Vermont community on the CVMC campus including general surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, gynecologic oncology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and family medicine services at Berlin Family Health.  The parent organization, over time, will carry out centralized activities for the benefit of patients of both CVMC and Fletcher Allen, such as:Regional strategic planningJoint quality and clinical initiativesJoint purchasing and supply chain managementTax-exempt bond borrowingDevelopment of a common electronic health record platform The parent organization also has approval rights over significant matters of each organization such as budgets, strategic plans, and major financial decisions. The system will carry out centralized activities for the benefit of patients of both CVMC and Fletcher Allen.  Joint work councils will be established in the following areas: clinical care & quality, supply chain & facilities planning, information technology, finances, and human resources.  Judy Tarr Tartaglia will oversee the work of these councils. Here are some examples of collaborative work that has already begun: ·         Physician leaders at Fletcher Allen and CVMC are collaborating to determine how both intensive care units can best work together to ensure that patients are treated locally whenever possible, or transferred to Fletcher Allen for more specialized care, when appropriate. ·         In coordination with the Blueprint for Health, Fletcher Allen and CVMC are collaborating to reduce hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations of patients with congestive heart failure.  Plans include the development of a standardized approach to ensure consistent care and regular communication with health care providers.  A variety of support systems are being implemented to ensure that patients understand their treatment and participate in monitoring their health status at home. ·         Fletcher Allen and CVMC have jointly identified opportunities to align and combine service and supply contracts for the two organizations with the goal of saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the coming year. ·         Leaders at Fletcher Allen and CVMC are working on a plan to bring CVMC onto the Fletcher Allen information systems platform so that CVMC physicians and employees will have access to the same electronic health record software that Fletcher Allen implemented across its inpatient and outpatient areas in 2009-2010. About CVMCCentral Vermont Medical Center consists of a not-for-profit acute care hospital offering a full spectrum of in-patient and out-patient services and 24-hour emergency care, National Life Cancer Treatment Center, Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing, and 17 medical group practices.  Our mission is to work collaboratively to meet the needs and improve the health of the residents of central Vermont.  Visit www.cvmc.org(link is external) for additional information. About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’sacademic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center — providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York — and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org(link is external) or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia(link is external).last_img read more

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SOUTHCOM Commander: Military Hurricane Assistance Fast, Flexible

first_imgBy Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity September 25, 2017 The strength and force of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean left historic levels of devastation on several island nations and territories in the region, said U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “These disasters underscore our [interconnectedness] and the importance of strong partnerships,” the admiral told reporters at a media roundtable on September 21st. “It’s truly been a team effort among us and partner nation militaries, governments, federal agencies, and all those involved to move rapidly and to get support where it is needed the most,” he said. Military capabilities Adm. Tidd said the U.S. military’s assistance was requested because of its “unique capabilities and the speed and flexibility that are needed most in the critical, early stages of disaster relief operations.” Because some of the affected islands are United States territories, U.S. Northern Command in Colorado has been supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies’ aid to Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, Adm. Tidd said. SOUTHCOM is working with its lead federal agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, in addition to the State Department on requests for foreign disaster assistance from a number of nations most heavily damaged by the storms, he said. Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands SOUTHCOM deployed Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands to Puerto Rico on September 9th to support the evacuation of U.S. citizens and to provide assistance to the Dutch and French militaries on St. Maarten/St. Martin. To date, U.S. military forces have evacuated 2,073 American citizens from St. Maarten/St. Martin and Anguilla, a U.S. Department of Defense report indicated. Since its deployment, the task force has purified more than 21,000 gallons of water, distributed more than 7,000 gallons, and delivered nine water purification systems and high-capacity fork lifts and vehicles to help the French and Dutch governments. “[The task force] is now working with French and Dutch authorities again to resume support of relief operations as quickly as conditions permit,” Adm. Tidd said. U.S. is compassionate “Our country is a compassionate, generous and caring nation with a long history of aiding those around the world who are impacted by disasters,” the SOUTHCOM commander said. “We are proud to support disaster assistance that helps nations save lives, mitigate suffering, and transition as quickly as possible from response to recovery,” he added. Adm. Tidd says it is anticipated that U.S. military support will decline as international relief efforts progress and as experienced relief organizations assume active roles supporting these islands’ governments. “Transitioning tasks to our host nation and civilian partners will occur as rapidly as possible,” he said.last_img read more

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US Donates Search and Rescue Equipment to Peruvian Air Force

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo November 12, 2020 On October 13, the U.S. government donated search and rescue equipment to the Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish), valued at $2 million.During the handover ceremony held at Las Palmas Air Base, in Surco, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires in Peru Denison Offutt praised the FAP work that connects remote areas in Peru and provides assistance during emergencies and natural disasters. “We know that this donation will be very useful in the 50 rescue operations on average that the FAP conducts each year throughout the country,” Offutt said.Peruvian Minister of Defense Jorge Chávez Cresta, who attended the handover ceremony, said that the donation would consolidate not only bilateral relations but also the tasks that FAP units carry out.“This type of action strengthens capabilities at all levels in our Armed Forces and personnel, in terms of increasing our assistance in emergencies and in each event in the fight against the pandemic,” Chávez Cresta said.“We will continue working together to be able to face global and regional threats, as well as strengthening the relationship between the two nations. This search and rescue equipment will allow us to continue saving lives,” he added.The donation consists of thousands of different tools and equipment, which will be allocated to the special forces deployed throughout the Peruvian territory for rescue work and strategic operations, the Peruvian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.The donated equipment includes lowering devices, GPS systems, medium-sized chainsaws, strobe lights, rechargeable halogen headlights, as well as first aid backpacks, stretchers to transport the injured, thermal blankets, defibrillators, life jackets, and much more.The U.S. government has contributed more than $20 million to Peru to help combat COVID-19, with numerous donations including isolation cabins to treat COVID-19 patients, personal protective equipment, and state-of-the-art ventilators, among other contributions, the U.S. Embassy in Peru said on its website.last_img read more

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Babylon Man Found Guilty of Killing Teen in DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Babylon man was convicted Wednesday of speeding while drunk and causing a crash that killed a teenager in her hometown of Lindenhurst two years ago, but was acquitted of a murder in the case.A Suffolk County jury found Michael Grasing guilty of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, failure to stay in a designated lane and speeding. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder by depraved indifference.“The death of the witness who warned the defendant to slow down or he’d kill someone deprived the jury of that critical testimony,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.Prosecutors said the 34-year-old man had a blood alcohol level of 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit, when he rear-ended 18-year old Brittney Walsh’s car, which then flip multiple times on Montauk Highway on June 24, 2012.The victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had graduated from high school two days before her death.Grasing tried to flee the scene, continuing down the highway, mowing down several traffic signs and narrowly missing pedestrians before he slammed into a pole at 16th Street.He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 5 before Judge Mark Cohen. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the homicide conviction.last_img read more

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3 ways to always make the right decision

first_imgI have realized over time that I prefer to be a follower rather than a leader, and that’s okay. The world needs both! Part of the reason why I prefer to “go with the flow” is because of my difficulty making decisions. Whether it’s trying out something new at the grocery store, choosing a gift for a loved one, or making more significant life decisions, it usually takes me a long time to come up with my final choice. As it turns out, there are techniques and tips for making the right decision every time. Here are three helpful ways to stop hesitating before deciding.Recognize the overall goalTake a minute to think ahead and ruminate on the issue at hand. Decide if it’s something that actually warrants real time and attention. If it’s something small, go with your gut and take a leap. If it’s a more important subject, involving your career or personal relationships, think about where you want to end up. Reflect on what you really want, review the different avenues in front of you, and decide based on how your choice will affect you long term.Trust yourselfIt’s never a bad idea to consult with others when faced with a decision. They can provide you with food for thought on the issue and help you to consider a different angle you were potentially overlooking. But, remember that it’s on you to make the final call and the effects of your decision will impact YOUR life, and not necessarily theirs. So, don’t hesitate to get that second opinion, but trust your gut and do what you feel is right.Don’t look backOnce you’ve decided, simply let go. Move forward and accept your choice. It may or may not turn out the way you wanted it to, but don’t look back or second-guess yourself. Applaud yourself for having the confidence it takes to decide and learn from the experience. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Nearly 2,000 pigs killed by African swine fever in East Nusa Tenggara

first_imgOf the total deaths, 574 were recorded in Belu regency, 440 in North Central Timor, 729 in Kupang regency and 221 in Kupang, Dani said.ASF has also has killed tens of thousands of pigs in North Sumatra and hundreds of pigs in Bali in the past few months. Read also: #SaveBabi: Medan demonstrators protest pig culling amid swine fever outbreakDani said the virus was very deadly, with almost a 100 percent mortality rate for pigs that became infected. Almost 2,000 pigs across Timor Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have died after contracting African swine fever (ASF), the NTT Animal Husbandry Agency reported on Wednesday.Agency head Dani Sumadi said that pig deaths had occurred across four regencies and cities, namely Belu regency, North Central Timor regency, Kupang regency and Kupang.“The ASF virus has infected pigs since the end of January. Our data shows that 1,964 pigs have died,” Dani told The Jakarta Post.  “The symptoms start with the pig refusing to eat, becoming feverish, and then experiencing seizures,” he said. “Once the seizures start, the pig will certainly die.”Dani said the virus had spread from neighboring Timor-Leste, where an ASF epidemic had broken out from August to September last year. He said his agency had imposed strict regulations on imports of processed pork products as well as live pigs from Timor-Leste since last year, in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading to the province. “On Oct. 3, NTT Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodateven issued an instruction to ban Timor-Leste products from entering NTT,” he said. Patrisius Petrus, a pig farmer from Sikka regency, said the virus had made him worried about the future of his business.“I don’t have that many [pigs], only six of them. I keep them as a hobby after I return home from teaching at a school. My income from pig farming is enough to support my family. I hope the virus doesn’t spread to Flores,” Patrisius said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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ABP expects to divest more than 1,500 holdings with new SRI policy

first_imgIt plans to increase its investments in renewable energy alone by five times to more than €5bn.It will also earmark €500m for investment in local education-related infrastructure and property and allocate a similar amount to communications infrastructure.ABP estimated that its overall holdings would drop from approximately 5,000 to 3,500 as a result of its new policy.It said it would also increase engagement with those companies in which it remained invested.The reduction in the overall number of holdings is expected to result in a €30bn shift within the scheme’s investment portfolio.This money is to be re-invested in similar companies that do meet ABP’s SRI requirementsBut Wortmann-Kool took pains to emphasise that ABP did not expect its new policy would come at the expense of returns, arguing that it could even improve results.The pension fund, however, will not follow a sustainability benchmark, “as this would make portfolio changes predictable and therefore have a negative impact on returns”. Wortmann-Kool said ABP’s new policy stood to increase its “clout” in engaging with companies.“Partly due to pressure from us,” she said, “Shell has refrained from drilling in Alaska, and we want more of that.”As part of its new global engagement policy, ABP said will increase its focus on labour safety in the textile industry and shipping, on human rights in the ICT and energy sectors and on child labour in the cocoa industry.ABP decided to revise its SRI policy after it found, through a series of surveys, that the changes enjoyed the support of most of its 3m participants.The pension fund said it would engage with its stakeholders regularly to develop its SRI approach further.Responding to the policy change, pressure group ABP Fossil Free – in part made of ABP participants and claiming the support of 17 social organisations with more than 1m supporters – said the pension fund should divest from fossil fuels.It noted that ABP’s current stake in fossil fuels was more than €30bn, compared with €1bn in renewable energy.Chris Roorda, co-founder of the campaign, said ABP’s fossil fuel holdings were not only destroying the climate but “jeopardising” pensions, as “a majority of fossil fuels can’t be burnt to avoid catastrophic climate change”. ABP will ask every company in its investment portfolio to “re-apply” as part of the €356bn civil service pension fund’s new socially responsible investment (SRI) policy.Outlining ABP’s new approach, chairman Corien Wortmann-Kool said the scheme would ask companies to detail how responsibly they operated and how much attention they paid to sustainability.ABP aims to reduce its entire portfolio’s ‘carbon footprint’ by 25% by the year 2020.The pension fund is to double investments in such things as renewable energy, clean technology and commodity recycling to more than €58bn over the next five years.last_img read more

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How will MPs vote on euthanasia

first_imgMPs will have a conscience vote on the bill, and parties won’t take positions on it.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/do-our-mps-stand-euthanasiaEmotional euthanasia debate kicks offNZ Herald 9 June 2017Parliament’s vote on legalising euthanasia appears to be almost evenly split as an emotional election-year debate kicks off.Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was pulled from the private members’ ballot yesterday, and could be before Parliament before the election.A total of 33 MPs told the Herald they would definitely or probably support the bill to a select committee, and 27 said they definitely or probably would not. Another 37 MPs were undecided, and the rest did not say or did not respond. Seymour needs 60 votes for a majority.Among the high-profile opponents is Prime Minister Bill English, a practising Catholic who has long opposed assisted dying. Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was undecided, but said she was not definitely opposed.One of the strongest voices against the bill was Deputy Speaker and National MP Chester Borrows.“We have a horrific record on suicide and I think it sends a message that sometimes it is okay to top yourself,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11872493Party leaders at complete odds over euthanasiaNewsTalk ZB 9 June 2017The leaders of our major political parties are at complete odds over euthanasia.ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from the Members’ ballot, more than two years after it was written up.Two of the National Party’s most senior members, Prime Minister Bill English and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, are both Catholic and pro-life and firmly against the prospect of legalising assisted death.English said his views on the matter haven’t changed.“I will be voting against the legislation,” he said.Whanganui MP Chester Burrows is also against the Bill saying he fears such legislation would be devastating for New Zealand.“In a county where we have got a horrific record on suicide I think it sends the message that it is sometimes okay top yourself and I disagree with that,” he said.While Labour leader Andrew Little said he is yet to have a proper read of the intricacies of the Bill, but at first glance thought he would support it.Grant Robertson said he will certainly be supporting the Bill.“This has always been a conscious issue for the Labour Party and It remains that way,” he said.The Greens’ view is slightly more complicated, as their own policy on euthanasia doesn’t go quite so far as this Bill, they would only make it legal for those who’re terminally ill and have less than six months to live.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/party-leaders-at-complete-odds-over-euthanasia/Seymour ‘convinced’ MPs will back voluntary euthanasiaNewsHub 9 June 2017ACT leader David Seymour says he needs another 21 MPs on side if his voluntary euthanasia Bill is to become law.The End of Life Choice Bill was drawn from the ballot on Thursday, meaning Parliament will debate whether to allow dying patients to choose when and how to end their own lives, rather than leaving it to fate.“It says if you have a terminal illness like cancer that doctors say will end your life within six months, or if you have a grievous, irremediable condition – something like Huntington’s disease – and you’re in a state of decline, then you can be examined by two doctors who have to decide that you’re of sound mind, that you understand the decision that you’re making,” Mr Seymour told The AM Show on Friday.Despite that, conservative lobby group Family First has vowed to “kill” the Bill.“One of the main reasons that politicians in New Zealand have rejected previous attempts to decriminalise euthanasia is that they realised that the safeguards, while sounding good, would not guarantee the protection required for vulnerable people including the disabled, elderly, depressed or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or are under financial pressure,” says Family First director Bob McCoskrie.“The international evidence backs up these concerns, and explains why so few countries have made any changes to the law around this issue. We simply need to ensure a palliative care regime in NZ that is fully funded and world class. That’s where the politicians’ focus should be.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/06/seymour-convinced-mps-will-back-voluntary-euthanasia.html “For me I’m not a supporter of euthanasia and I’ve got a number of reasons about that, but it’s a conscience vote” – Marama Fox, Maori Party. “It may be that I vote for it at first reading although I am unlikely I think to vote for it all the way through passing” – Simon Bridges. “Everyone in New Zealand needs to have their say and I will vote how I vote and I will just be one of those people in that referendum” – Fletcher Tabuteau, NZ First. It defines those eligible and details a comprehensive set of provisions to ensure it is a free choice made without coercion. “I’ve been well on the record for a while now that I’m opposed to euthanasia because of my academic and experience in hospitals and hospices” – Simon O’Connor, National.“For me personally … I think the current system serves those who need that care and compassion and I think they do a good job. I see no reason to change” – Todd Muller, National.“I’m in support of it” – Chris Bishop, National. Euthanasia bill: MPs give current voting positionsRadio NZ News 8 June 2017How will MPs vote?Prime Minister Bill English will vote against the bill, as will the senior minister Gerry Brownlee.Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett said she was undecided. Ministers Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and Nick Smith all joined her in their indecision.“I’m pretty conservative on these issues,” Mr Bridges said. “I’m very likely to vote against it ultimately… I might vote to see it go to a select committee so that the issues… are fleshed out.”Labour MP Grant Robertson said he would support the bill at its first reading.“It’s a really important conversation for New Zealand to have.”The Green Party intends to vote as a bloc, but was yet to discuss its stance on Mr Seymour’s bill.Its policy is to support medically-assisted dying for adults with a terminal illness, however this legislation also includes people with a “grievous and irremediable medical condition”.New Zealand First MPs said they would discuss the bill as a caucus before deciding how to push forward.The party’s policy was for New Zealanders to have a national discussion over at least two years followed by a binding referendum.The Māori Party’s Marama Fox said both she and her co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, intended to vote against the bill.“I’ve sat holding the hands of dying people over and over again from my own family. I can’t even remember going to a funeral where it was of natural causes in the last 28 years… I’ve never once had any one of those people say they wanted to go early. Not once.”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/332544/euthanasia-bill-mps-give-current-voting-positionsWhere do our MPs stand on euthanasia?TVNZ One News 8 June 2017On the back of ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill being drawn from the member’s bill ballot today, we present a selection of views by Members of Parliament on where they stand on a bill that would legalise euthanasia in select circumstances.“We have convinced a third of them, and I think we will convince more than a majority – I think we are easily going to pass this legislation” – David Seymour, Act Party.“No” – Gerry Brownlee, National. End of Life Choice BillACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was drawn from the member’s bill ballot today. “I don’t mind someone being given an extra jab of morphine if they’ve got a few days to live” – Christopher Finlayson, National. “I’m not an absolute no, I suppose I’d want to see what the consequences are, what the kind of detail is” – Paula Bennett, National. “I’m in favour of good quality, excellent palliative care” – Jonathan Coleman, National. “I’d rather be guided by what our constituency feels about it so probably at this point in time no, but I’ll take leave from our people” – Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party. The End of Life Choice Bill gives people with a terminal illness or a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” the option of requesting assisted dying. It also outlines a stringent series of steps to ensure the person is mentally capable of understanding the nature and consequences of their decision. “Ultimately with the Green Party we have policy on assisted dying around terminally ill people, it doesn’t go as far as what’s in David Seymour’s bill” – Julie Anne Genter, Green Party.last_img read more

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AFTER 10 YEARS OF HIDING: Murder suspect falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder, aman was arrested in Barangay Linaon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.  Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Henry Arles of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in KabankalanCity, Negros Occidental dated May 5, 2009.  The 34-year-old resident Eugene Vidal– who had been hiding from the police for about 10 years – was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a police reportshowed. Vidal was detained in the lockup cellof the Sipalay City police station. No bail bond was recommended for thesuspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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Bill Erne

first_imgWhenever I hear a litany of statistics given during a break in an athletic contest, I think of Bill Erne.  From some time in the 50’s through the 80’s Bill was a fixture at many BHS athletic contests.  Even though Bill was handicapped, it didn’t keep him from keeping accurate, readable statistics.  We used to kid Bill that he missed a shot in basketball or a yard in football, but Bill was so organized he didn’t even bat an eye in pointing out that we were wrong.  To think that Bill did this with a pencil and a pad of paper and no help from any electronic device (maybe a calculator in his latter years), makes it even more remarkable.  Bill kept my basketball statistics when I was coaching at BHS, and I can remember how neat the shot charts and the resulting stats were.  My brother, Vernon, did this for many years at East Central.  Like Bill, you could argue with him about his stats, but you would never win.  Today people like John Seright, Sam Sitterding, and Randy Records come to mind.  They are the most recent to keep stats for BHS.  I have seen some of their work, and they are keeping up the tradition started by Bill.  Their job is made a little easier because now we have apps to help with these statistics.  I watched Coach Bradford keeping basketball stats while scouting a Batesville opponent.  I would like one of these devices just to play with during a regular ball game.  To be a great statistician you must be able to print neatly, concentrate while being a spectator, and document all the things you do.  To all the other stat people out there keep up your good work.  I know BHS does not have a corner on the only great ones.last_img read more

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