No room for error on assisted dying

first_imgNewsRoom 10 July 2020Family First Comment: An important commentary….“I read headlines stating the majority of public (63%) support legalising euthanasia, according to the poll. To the untrained eye, that looks like some strong evidence that the End of Life Choice Act (EOLC Act) is a done deal. But to me it just smacks of the same shallow approach to this vote that many are tempted into making. Hold that poll up against other polls that show 74% of Kiwis don’t know we can already turn off life support, 70% incorrectly think the EOLC Act will legalise the choice not to be resuscitated (which is already legal), and 75% thought it would only be available when all other treatments have been tried… so I wonder what information we are basing our poll voting on?Most Kiwis aren’t aware that the end of life choice act is not a concept they’ll be voting for, but specific, unmovable legislation. And if we make a mistake, death is a heavy penalty, writes Caralise Trayes. A new Colmar Brunton poll revealed last weekend doesn’t do any favours in helping people recognise the binding referendum question they will actually be asked at this year’s election. It only reinforces the point that Kiwis aren’t being equipped to make an informed vote.I read headlines stating the majority of public (63 percent) support legalising euthanasia, according to the poll. To the untrained eye, that looks like some strong evidence that the End of Life Choice Act (EOLC Act) is a done deal. But to me it just smacks of the same shallow approach to this vote that many are tempted into making.Hold that poll up against other polls that show 74 percent of Kiwis don’t know we can already turn off life support, 70 percent incorrectly think the EOLC Act will legalise the choice not to be resuscitated (which is already legal), and 75 percent thought it would only be available when all other treatments have been tried… so I wonder what information we are basing our poll voting on?Us Kiwis need to know we will in fact be voting on a very specific piece of legislation; not the concept of euthanasia. If we vote ‘yes’ in the binding referendum, the law is passed and active. No changes or adjustments can be made to this Act. So we should be examining the piece of law in front of us. However hard it is, we must put aside our view on the topic of assisted dying, and check this is the right law for the job.We need to carefully assess and analyse this law to ensure it allows the autonomy to choose – something that many of us seek, while protecting those who shouldn’t have access, for one reason or another. And there’s no space for error – if we get it wrong, death is a big penalty.READ MORE: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/no-room-for-error-on-assisted-dyinglast_img read more

No replacement yet for Espenido – BCPO chief

first_imgEspenido was the police chief ofOzamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment. He assured the people of BacolodCity that policemen uphold the rule of law and are true to their mission toserve and protect the public. But he won’t promise a bloodless drug war. Orders from the Philippine NationalPolice (PNP) Directorate for Personnel and Records Management showed Espenido hasbeen recalled to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame and reassignedto the Office of the PNP Chief. Both Parojinog and Espinosa werelinked by President Duterte to illegal drugs./PN On Friday, the controversial drug czar was relieved from his post for still undisclosedreasons – only four months after President Rodrigo Duterte sent him in thiscity. In November 2016, Espenido was alsothe police chief of Albuera, Leyte when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., waskilled in a shootout as police were attempting to serve a search warrant. For the mean time, Biñas said,Lieutenant Colonel Levy Pangue, BCPO deputy city director for administration,will supervise the position vacated by Espenido as well as the City DrugEnforcement Unit.The city top cop assured Bacolodnons that BCPO will still be relentless intheir bid to eradicate illegal drugs even in the absence of Espenido.  center_img “I did not yet receive the officialcopy of the relief order from the Camp Crame, but once we got the copy that’sthe time I can designate somebody for the post,” BCPO chief Colonel Henry Biñassaid. “Even with Espenido or withoutEspenido, the BCPO are still working and that was the reason why PresidentRodrigo Duterte earlier ordered Espenido’s reassignment in this city because ofthe big accomplishments of the BCPO in the campaign against illegal drugs,”Biñas said. On July 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s MayorReynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killed in a shootout led by Espenido whowas serving search warrants at Parojinog’s properties in barangays Baybay SanRoque and Baybay Santa Cruz. BACOLOD City – No names have surfaced until now as possible replacement of Police Lieutenant ColonelJovie Espenido, who served as deputydirector for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).last_img read more

Hull and Blackpool agree Ince fee

first_img Press Association They said: “The club can confirm that a compensation package has been agreed with @HullCity for Tom Ince, without the need of a tribunal. “The Tigers will pay up to £2.3m for the 22-year-old, who moved to the KC Stadium on a two-year deal in the summer.” Ince, who is the son of ex-England captain Paul Ince, began his career at Liverpool but moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2011. The winger started Hull’s first three league games of the season this year but was loaned out to Nottingham Forest in November and has struggled to make an impact since returning to East Yorkshire. Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.center_img Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international. The two clubs were understood to be attending a tribunal last week in order to determine how much Ince would cost Hull and Blackpool confirmed on their official Twitter feed that a subsequent package had been agreed. last_img read more