Fire Eater Jeff Favorite proves he’s full of hot air! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Rotary President Phil Dabney welcomes Fiesta guests. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Folklorico dances from Moving Arts Espanola entertain the crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Paul and Linda Daly were among the revelers at ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Senora Mexico United States Lupita Anaya paints the face of a young Fiesta-goer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Bidders at the Live Auction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Bartenders dispense beverages. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Rotarians and friends gathered for ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The event included entertainment, a live and silent auction and a Mexican meal catered by Sirphey. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Diners watch the flamenco performance during ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Rotarian Jim O’Donnell and grandaughter Violet survey the crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Flamenco by dancers from Moving Arts Espanola. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Roger and Emily Waterman wait to aquire their winnings in the Silent Auction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
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Next week the High Court will begin hearing two cases that raise profound ethical issues. The question in each case is whether it can ever be lawful to help another person take their own life. This is a subject on which we might reasonably have expected parliament to give a lead. But successive governments have shied away from dealing with problems of this kind, leaving the judges to take the flak from whichever side of the right-to-life argument feels dissatisfied by the decision in each case. The first claim is being brought by Tony Nicklinson, 58, an active, outgoing man until he was paralysed by a catastrophic stroke in 2005. The second claimant can be identified only as Martin. He had a similarly devastating stroke in 2009, when he was 43. Each man now has only very limited head movement and communicates by looking at a screen connected to a computer. Nicklinson wants the option of ending his life at a time of his own choosing. His lawyers say he is not eligible for assisted suicide at the Dignitas centre in Switzerland because he cannot swallow a fatal dose of drugs. He has no wish to die in Switzerland anyway, even if he could get there. And he does not want to die a slow and painful death from dehydration. Martin’s plans were less clear at the time of a preliminary High Court hearing in January. The judges thought his wife would not be at risk of prosecution if she helped him to die. However, they were told that she did not wish to play any part in hastening his death. In April, the court decided that Martin’s case should be considered on the basis of whatever possibilities might be open to him. One option might be a trip to Switzerland. Another might be for him to refuse food and hydration, though this would need to be coupled with palliative sedation. No court can afford to ignore the ethical implications of providing these men with the means to end their own lives. How does a judge decide whether an individual has given his or her consent? Or, indeed, is even capable of consenting? How severe does a disability have to be to justify death? Is there a ‘floodgates’ argument? A ‘slippery slope’ to euthanasia? However, I shall confine myself to the legal issues. Nicklinson wants the court to declare that a doctor who helps someone in his position to die, with the approval of a judge, can raise the defence of necessity to a charge of murder. That defence, he argues, has been developed by the courts over time to a point where it would be logical, just and humane to extend it to a case such as his. Prior approval by a court in each case would provide a safeguard against abuse. In 1884, the defence of necessity was rejected by the courts in the remarkable case of R v Dudley and Stephens, immortalised a century later by Professor AWB Simpson in his book Cannibalism and the Common Law. The two shipwrecked sailors who had survived by eating the cabin boy were convicted of murder, although their death sentences were commuted to six months’ imprisonment. The necessity defence had more success in 2001, when the courts permitted the death of one conjoined twin to save the life of the other. But, in opposing Nicklinson’s claim, the Ministry of Justice argues that the true justification for killing one of the Maltese twin sisters was self-defence, rather than necessity; Nicklinson’s lawyers disagree. The solicitors acting in Martin’s case maintained that they risked being charged under the Suicide Act 1961 with encouraging or assisting their client’s suicide if they even advised him of his legal options. As Lord Justice Toulson indicated in January, this argument was pretty artificial. Nicklinson’s lawyers are expected to say that doctors have a duty to ease suffering and respect a patient’s autonomy. In some circumstances, therefore, a doctor’s duty to end a patient’s life may outweigh the duty to preserve it. The government argues that necessity is no defence to a charge of assisted suicide, pointing out that recent attempts to soften the law have been rejected by parliament. Nicklinson’s advisers also rely on article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the very right of an individual to a private and family life that has so exercised the home secretary Theresa May this week. It is a right that encompasses personal autonomy and dignity. But, as May seemed not to appreciate at the weekend, article 8(1) must always be subject to article 8(2), which allows such interference with private and family life as is necessary for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. Government lawyers accuse Nicklinson of seeking to go behind clear rulings, from the UK courts as well as the Strasbourg judges, that restrictions on assisted suicide are a proportionate interference with article 8(1) and therefore justified under article 8(2). Again, Nicklinson’s lawyers disagree, seeking a declaration of incompatibility that could trigger fast-track legislation. The reality is that this case is likely to be anything but fast. If, as expected, it goes via the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court, we may not get a final ruling before 2014. But that is no bad thing. Neither Nicklinson nor Martin seem to be in any great hurry to end their lives. Reaching the right conclusion is, for once, vital.
Bravo started the tournament on 497 wickets and picked up one each in his first two games, before disappointingly going wicket-less in Trinbago Knight Riders’ last outing Barbados Tridents last Sunday at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba. Bravo is a member of the well-travelled galaxy of Caribbean T20 stars, having featured in nearly every global franchise tournament including the high profile Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash. “I enjoy the battle. This is a batsman’s game, it’s designed for batsmen and we bowlers have it very hard, and my position that I normally bowl is at the back end of the innings to some quality players,” he pointed out. “To be able to achieve [this] right here at home, this is where I started playing cricket at age eight and I can’t be a more happier person to get that 500th here at the Queen’s Park Oval.” “It’s been a great journey,” Bravo said after rain halted the Zouks innings at 111 for six after the first ball of the 18th over. However, the former West Indies one-day captain said he felt under no pressure to achieve the landmark, always believing it was just a matter of time. “I don’t normally bowl in the power-play – it’s not a position I normally bowl – but I’m up for anything that the team require. With just the fourth ball of his opening over, the 36-year-old Bravo had Cornwall taken at cover by New Zealander Colin Munro for 18 in the fourth over of the St Lucia Zouks innings, to reach the coveted landmark and also become the first bowler to reach 100 wickets in CPL. TKR claimed a six-wicket win under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern after successfully chasing down a revised target of 72 off nine overs. And the moment came after captain Kieron Pollard called on Bravo to stem the flow of runs with Zouks humming along at nearly 11 runs per over. “I want to say thanks to all my teammates and thanks to all the teams I’ve played for around the world. “Cornwall is a very dangerous player. I gave him a yorker, I gave him a slower ball, I gave him a harder yorker again and then I said ‘now I have to go hard length’. And it worked; [he hit it] straight to Munners (Munro). “I think everyone is happy for me and I’m happy for myself, and my teammates need to take some credit as well.” “That for me is more important than achieving these personal stats. I think along with Pollard, (Andre) Russell – we’ve won the most T20 tournaments in the world and I think that’s what we play for. All told, he has played 458 T20s, averages just over 24-½ runs per wicket with an economy rate of eight runs per over but says more than the personal accolades, was the desire to always win trophies. Trinidadian Bravo said reaching the milestone at his domestic club venue where he had played since his childhood had made the occasion even more special. Bravo finished with two for seven from three overs on Wednesday to move to 501 wickets. “We don’t just want to play in those leagues and take part; we want to dominate and we want to win.” “They got off to a pretty decent start and once again Polly (Pollard) said to me see if I can get an over in in the power-play,” Bravo recounted. Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler in the history of Twenty20s to take 500 wickets, when he dismissed Rahkeem Cornwall in Wednesday’s Caribbean Premier League contest at Queen’s Park Oval. “I accept the fact that I go for runs but as you can see, I also get wickets as well. It’s part of the game but for me to dominate a batsman-friendly game like this, I’m happy.” “Being the first to get a hundred [wickets] in CPL, again another great achievement for me personally but what I enjoy the most is whenever I play in tournaments, apart from taking wickets, I win trophies,” he stressed. Bravo said the quality of his achievement lay in the fact that even though the T20 format was often very difficult for bowlers, he had managed to succeed. CMC
Over 500 people in seven districts in Malawi infected by Leprosy, a disease that was thought to be extinguished reports local media“As government, we are doing all we can to contain the disease but we are now overwhelmed, we need assistance from our development partners” Leonard Mawaya, Program manager for the Department of Leprosy and Skin Diseases at the Ministry of Health speaking to Nyasa TimesThe Ministry of Health has blamed the resurgence of the disease to ignorance after the disease was thought to be gone leading to the cut in funding.Leprosy is a skin disease caused by bacteria. It is contagious, being able to be transmitted to the next person through sneezing and coughing. The disease is now treatable. A multi-drug regimen recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) makes infected people unable to transmit after just one dose. If it goes untreated, the disease causes disfiguring and brings health complications such as loss of touch, permanent nerve damage and muscle weakness.According to Nyasa Times, skin disease specialist met in Malawi recently in response to the escalating leprosy but agreed that the disease can contained within two years if there is funding.
Ebola: Uganda on High Alert for the Deadly Virus Ebola: How The Ebola Virus Spread The government of Uganda and partners have so far invested over 18 million dollars in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness and readiness. This was revealed at the just concluded Accountability Forum organized by the Ministry of Health at which partners shared information on their contribution in the EVD preparedness efforts in the country.The funds have been utilized to implement various activities under the various pillars of the preparedness response and significant progress has been made. For instance, under case management, 526 health workers in 14 districts have been trained on the appropriate handling of suspected EVD patients while taking sufficient protection measures for themselves. These health workers are now available for rapid deployment to any part of the country where EVD may occur.In addition, Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) have been constructed in which the trained health workers can take care of patients. The centres are in Kasese (Bwera), Bundibugyo, Wakiso (Entebbe), Kabarole, Kabarole, Kikuube and Ntoroko districts. Two additional ETUs are under construction in Kanungu district and Naguru in Kampala city. Isolation units have also been established in Arua, Gulu and Mbarara districts.The Accountability Forum was informed that presently, 9,806 health workers in 562 health units located in 11 high-risk districts of the Rwenzori sub-region have been trained and mentored on EVD Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). This is a critical aspect in the EVD response as many health workers are known to have acquired the infection, lost their lives and further perpetuated the disease through poor IPC practices. In efforts to ensure further health workers’ safety against EVD, 4,419 frontline health workers in 13 districts have been vaccinated against the Ebola-Zaire virus subtype that is currently circulating in DRC with a high possibility of spillover to Uganda given the proximity of the epicentre.EVD preparatory efforts have also been augmented with the training of 404 health workers in 13 districts on Psychosocial support and in addition, 17 districts now have trained and fully equipped teams ready to conduct safe and dignified burials.For community education and awareness, over two million people have been reached through interpersonal communication and house to house visits using trained Village Health Teams (VHTs), civic leaders, religious and cultural leaders and volunteers. In the high-risk districts, over 12,000 people in these categories have been trained and deployed for this purpose.Radio talk shows, announcements and television messages have supplemented the awareness activities and currently, 21 FM radio stations in 30 districts are broadcasting EVD messages. Printed material such as posters, leaflets and fliers in English and local languages have been distributed as well.Regarding logistics, the Accountability Forum was informed that partners have provided over 30 Viral Haemorraghic Fever (VHF) kits that are a requirement in EVD responses. In addition, all high-risk districts have been supplied with IPC materials to be able to prevent infections in health facilities or in communities while conducting investigations.Border entry points and Entebbe International Airport have had their staff trained in EVD detection and equipped with infrared thermometers and thermo-scanners to do the job. Presently, three thermo-scanners- two at Entebbe airport and one at Mpondwe Customs post have been installed and are facilitating the quick screening of travellers for EVD. Over 100 EVD suspected people have been detected through these efforts, their samples collected, tested at the Uganda Virus Institute and fortunately, all have been found to be negative for the disease.To facilitate evacuation and transfer of patients, surveillance and community engagement activities, partners have provided eight brand new ambulances, two pickups and forty motorcycles to the Ministry of Health and the high-risk districts.Addressing the forum, Uganda’s Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng emphasized the need to now move from preparedness to readiness. “We need to ensure that Uganda is ready to respond to disease outbreaks, this way we shall have achieved all the dedication and time we have invested since August 2018, when the outbreak in DRC was announced,” she said.Similarly, Dr Bayo Fatumbi who represented WHO at the forum commended the government for the leadership noting that “we have managed to keep the outbreak out of Uganda for this long and this is definitely due to the commitment of the government and partners. We, however, need to do more.”Indeed despite the progress reported, the forum was informed that more work still needs to be done in areas such as waste management at lower health facilities, interactions with regular travellers to and from DRC as well as Congolese refugees resident in Kampala city and Wakiso district.Strengthened cross border collaboration, community engagement and expansion of preparedness activities to other districts were also pointed out as critical. Vaccination of more frontline health workers was also highlighted as requiring urgent attention.Partners commended for working closely with government on this endeavour include Center for Disease Control, United States Agency for International Development, Department for International Development, Irish AID, International Organization on Migration, Médecins Sans Frontières, Samaritan Purse, Save the Children, Uganda Red Cross Society, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Program and the World Health Organization among others.Related Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPlans to decarbonise Scotland’s rail passenger services by 2035 have been launched by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson on Tuesday 28th July.The Cabinet Secretary was speaking during a visit to ScotRail’s Shields Road electric fleet Depot where he unveiled Transport Scotland’s ‘Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan’.The action plan is testimony to the Scottish Government’s determination to deliver on its Programme for Government (PfG) commitment to decarbonise passenger rail services and continue to reduce carbon emissions.Through its contribution to decarbonising wider transport, and through modal shift to rail, this action plan supports the aims of the National Transport Strategy, and wider Scottish Government policy. It also seeks to remove diesel passenger trains from Scottish services, and secure significant benefits for rail freight over the next 15-25 years.Preparatory work for the first electrification projects, on the East Kilbride and Barrhead lines, is already underway, with Anniesland/Maryhill and Borders routes also being progressed. Early work has also begun to assess how inter-city routes can be tackled to inform delivery programmes and funding decisions.Mr Matheson said:“The current covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging and difficult time across the globe. As we continue transition through the Scottish Government’s Routemap to Recovery it is clear we need to do all we can to boost the economy through green initiatives.“While our Programme for Government commitment to publish our plans for decarbonising Scotland’s railways was rightly paused, I am now pleased we can share them. This is particularly important for the rail industry and its supply chain who are keen to see projects progress.“Building on our recent strong track record of delivering electrification projects we have set out ambitious but achievable plans to decarbonise our rail passenger services by 2035, five years ahead of the UK target.”Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, said:“Delivering on the Scottish Government’s bold and ambitious Rail Decarbonisation Action Plan is a top priority for Scotland’s Railway. We’re continually working to deliver a cleaner, greener railway for Scotland. “Although rail is already a low-carbon mode of transport, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact ever further.“The massive projects that have been delivered so far – the electrification of the Central Belt, new electric trains – mean more seats and faster journeys for our customers, as well as a rail service that is better for our environment. This plan will deliver even more for our passengers in the decades to come.“It connects people with jobs, business with customers, tourists with destinations, and it’s delivering a railway of which we can be truly proud.” David Clarke, Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “The Plan published today is very welcome and is an important step in the journey towards decarbonising the passenger railway in Scotland by 2035. The Plan sets out a clear focus on decarbonising the network through a rolling programme of electrification and investment in low carbon self-powered rolling stock, both of which the rail industry stands ready to deliver.“We have also greatly valued the engagement Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government have had with the rail supply community in developing this strategy. The sector looks forward to working together to deliver a green railway network, for the benefit of Scottish passengers, freight users and the wider economy.”Malcolm Brown, Chair, Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce“Decarbonisation of the UK economy is a challenge which requires coordinated planning and commitment from all sectors, including transport and specifically the rail sector. Last year, following extensive consultation, the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce’s recommendations as to how the rail industry would best be able to contribute to the national net zero emissions target were welcomed by the Minister for Rail. I am delighted to see that Transport Scotland’s rail decarbonisation plan builds on these recommendations and, indeed, adapts them to Scotland’s railway and wider circumstances, where there is the opportunity and the need to do so. We look forward to continued close cooperation throughout the rail industry to support rail decarbonisation throughout Great Britain.”The plan looks to achieve its aims through further electrification and, for some routes, through the use of battery electric-powered trains and to work with developers of hydrogen fuel cell powertrains to accelerate their development and deployment in Scotland which is vital for the diversification of the economy here.Transport Scotland has challenged the rail industry to work in partnership with them on this plan, providing real opportunity to drive innovation, create skilled and sustained employment, and contribute to inclusive and green economic growth.
168 Views one comment Tweet Share The participants are from Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the GrenadinesTwenty-five regional foremen and contractors who completed a week-long safer building course are now better equipped and knowledgeable to build safer and more disaster resistant homes.Six participants from Barbados, six from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and thirteen from Dominica completed the training on Friday, April 19th which was held at the Dominica State College’s (DSC) Bath Estate Campus. One of the participants, Endall Amis Johnson of St Vincent and the Grenadines, highlighted the pertinence of implementing what they have learnt because “nothing changes unless we make the change”.“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn,” Mr Johnson noted. However, Dominican course participant Kelvin Henderson noted that he benefitted tremendously from the course as it not only dealt with safety in a narrow sense but in a very broad sense, from the concept of the homeowner to the finished product.“I hope when we leave here that all of us will seek to do one thing; to inform our workers, to inform the players in the industry, [because] the safer industry depends on the information given by those of us who know better to those who do not know what to do,” Mr Henderson said. The only female participant Audrey Ann Jones-Drayton of Barbados commended Education Minister Petter Saint Jean who attended the opening ceremony of the workshop on Monday and Housing Minister Reginald Austrie who attended Friday’s closing ceremony, for their support. Lone female participant Audrey Ann Jones-Drayton of Barbados She described their attendance as “most heartwarming and unusual” because in other Caribbean countries it is rare that “high profile politicians” participate in such training.“In some countries we don’t see those people coming to training for humble folks like us and that is indeed an indication of your interest and your support and that you understand what it means for safety of the region’s people, its culture and by extension its architecture and its heritage,” Mrs Jones-Drayton said. “Sometimes we tend to think about lives alone but we have a legacy to pass on to our children and our heritage and landscape is just as important,” she continued.Meanwhile Housing Minister, Reginald Austrie challenged the participants to research new and cheaper technologies which can withstand disaster conditions and reduce the cost of construction.He further advised them to ensure that the knowledge and skills they have learnt is reflected in their work.“I believe you have a duty to your country to do your job and to do it well that you will not be called upon to renovate or repair couple years down the road, but you can save your countries a lot of resources that can go into doing other things if we treat this matter with a level of seriousness,” Mr Austrie said. The course was designed to train builders and contractors in the techniques for constructing safer residential buildings. It covered critical aspects of residential buildings including: roofs, walls, floors, foundations, pre-construction planning and post construction. The lead facilitators for the course were Dominican’s Severin McKenzie and Aki Boland.Here are the photographs of the participants receiving their certificates from Housing Minister Reginald Austrie and chairman of the DSC Board of Governors, Brian Meade. [nggallery id=298]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary Regional contractors better equipped after course by: – April 20, 2013 Share Share