Internet Party leader wants cannabis decriminalised

first_imgOneNews 4 June 2014Internet Party leader Laila Harre wants cannabis to be decriminalised.Ms Harre says it’s her personal view and the Internet Party itself is yet to finalise its policy on the issue.However, she says the party has today put the issue up for discussion on a new online policy development platform that allows members to raise ideas and debate policy.Ms Harre says there is a growing push towards decriminalisation globally, yet high political barriers remain to such a move in New Zealand.She says every year thousands of young people are convicted for cannabis possession, often for small amounts, meaning they have to go through life with a criminal conviction. read more

Despair after foster children taken

first_imgOtago Daily Times 22 November 2014Two children are pictured with their arms around a couple; bright eyes, beaming smiles.The framed photo is worth more than a thousand words – it is one of the only mementos a Central Otago couple have of the children, who called them ”Mummy and Daddy”, after Child Youth and Family’s Home for Life programme turned out for them to be anything but. Home for Life system ‘appalling’The couple, whom the Otago Daily Times cannot name, had the children removed from their care by CYF in February. They were returned to a previous foster care arrangement.The couple, in their 40s, initially wanted to adopt a child. They almost did so several times before a social worker in Invercargill suggested the Home for Life programme.”It’s not an adoption, although it’s sold to you in the way it would lead to adoption,” the woman says.A CYF brochure on Home for Life states the child will be ”in your care for life” and in most cases the couple will ”become their legal guardian, often in addition to birth parents”.Contact will ”usually” continue with the child’s birth family in a ”safe and planned way”, it says.However, the woman says Home for Life is a ”deeply flawed” system. read more

Ghana:Government declares 3 days of mourning

first_imgA fire Engine at the petrol station that caught fire in Ghana’s capital Accra#Ghana has declared three days of mourning for over 175 people who died in a fire disaster in the capital Accra.Sources say that number is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue because some of the bodies of the fire disaster may have been swept away by flood waters.President, John Mahama , has directed that the 3-day exercise starts on Monday June 8, 2015, to Wednesday June 10.President  Mahama visited the scene early on Thursday, calling the incident “catastrophic”.The president has also directed that the national flag must fly at half-mast for the mourning period. The move  came after a crisis meeting that was held at the flagstaff House over the devastation Thursday.Hundreds of workers had gathered in front of a Pharmacy Shop near the Filling Station to shelter themselves from the rains, but met their untimely deaths after the explosion.Several people were trapped indoors since the streets were flooded while the fire spread to where they were seeking refuge following a fuel leakage which covered the water.Dozens of passengers in commercial vehicles as well as private cars which had gone to buy fuel as well as park for safety at the time of the flood, were also trapped and died subsequently during the explosion.Many of the people who died in the fire were caught up in public transport vehiclesThe rains were so heavy to the extent of hampering rescue efforts at the petrol station.Local hospitals said morgues were full and security officials also said the death toll was likely to rise, as fire investigators picked through the charred debris to determine what caused the inferno. Dozens of motorcycles were seen burnt and the fire is also thought to have engulfed a bus full of passengers that was waiting on the forecourt.Local residents said many people had sought shelter under the filling station canopy from days of heavy rains that have engulfed Accra when the fire broke out.last_img read more

Moroccan suffocates while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase

first_imgA Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday.A 27-year-old Moroccan man suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car, police said Monday.The man’s older brother appears to have tried to smuggle him into Spain by ferry.The older man, aged 34, legally boarded the ferry linking Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory in north Africa, and Almeria in southern Spain with a car on Sunday, a police spokesman said.During the crossing he noticed that his brother was not breathing and alerted the ferry’s staff.Crew members as well as emergency services workers in the port of Almeria tried in vain to resuscitate the man.Police have charged the man’s brother with involuntary manslaughter.The Mediterranean has become the world’s deadliest barrier for migrants and refugees, with 3,500 thought to have died at sea last year and almost 2,000 so far this year. Many are fleeing poverty and violence in the Middle East and Africa.Britain and France urged other European Union states on Sunday to help them tackle a growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings to Britain.Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim around a maritime fence separating Ceuta from Morocco, the Moroccan authorities said.Related 3 Moroccan Terror Suspects Arrested in Spain Boy smuggled in suitcase into Spain reunited with Mothercenter_img Moroccan among seven arrested in Spain in connection with Islamist militant linkslast_img read more

The little pink tablet called the ‘Female Viagra’ approved for…

first_imgExperts say the drug will help women get their groove backThe story behind what has been branded as the ‘Female Viagra’ has been a rocky one.This was the final stage of approval by the US Food and Drug administration. It  was the third time the agency has considered approval for the drug, which is intended for women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, HSDD.The Little pink table is intended to help women boost their sex drive.Flibanserin, to be sold as Addyi, finally got a green light from the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.The drug, while often referred to as “female Viagra”, is more akin to an antidepressant as it changes brain chemistry similar to the way that dopamine and serotonin do.Viagra relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to particular areas of the male body, helping treat erectile disfunction. While the blue pill for men should be taken before engaging in sexual activity, women are to take the pink pill daily.“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). ”It was the third time the agency has considered approving the drug for use by womenThe FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”But the FDA cautioned that care should be taken for potential adverse reactions to the pill, including low blood pressure and loss of consciousness.“Because of a potentially serious interaction with alcohol, treatment with Addyi will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies,” Woodcock said. “Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment.”In June of this year, the pill took the first step to making it into US pharmacies. An FDA panel voted 18-6 in favor of approving Flibanserin on the condition that Sprout develops a plan to limit safety risks. The panel had previously rejected the pill twice before.When the FDA rejected Boehringer Ingelheim’s application for Flibanserin in June of 2010, it ruled that the drug worked no better than a placebo.“I certainly hope Boehringer doesn’t give up,” Sheryl A Kingsberg, a psychologist and Case Western Reserve University medical professor, told the New York Times at that time. “Flibanserin showed an awful lot of promise. I’m going to have some very, very disappointed patients if there’s nothing for them.”Yet by October of that year, Boehringer did just that, announcing that it was discontinuing development of Flibanserin. Months later, in 2011, the drug was acquired by Sprout.The pharmaceutical company tried its luck before the FDA in June of 2013, only to be thwarted when the agency ruled that the risks of sleepiness, dizziness, fatigue and nausea outweighed the benefits.last_img read more

Al Shabaab kill at least seven in southern Somalia attack

first_imgMembers of al Shabaab ride in a pick-up truck outside Somalia’s capital MogadishuAl Shabaab militants killed at least seven people including a regional official and local police commander in an attack on a government convoy in southern Somalia on Wednesday, officials and the group said. Al Shabaab attacked the convoy between Garbaharey and Baladhawo towns in the Gedo region, near the Kenyan border.The al Qaeda-allied group frequently launches attacks on officials in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam on the nation, which is struggling to rebuild after two decades of war.The group now controls increasingly smaller patches of territory since an African Union force and Somali troops drove it out of major strongholds in an offensive launched last year. “We ambushed them but it turned into a fierce battle later,” Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters.He said 18 people were killed. Senior Somali police officer Elmi Nur said three militants and seven others, including a deputy district commissioner and a regional police commander, were killed. “We have been launching operations to eliminate Al Shabaab from the region.More police and military were sent after the ambush to chase the fighters hiding in the forested areas,” he said. Al Shabaab often cites higher numbers for those killed than official figures.last_img read more

Hummingbird cancels all passenger flights

first_imgLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel Hummingbird cancels all passenger flights by: Dominica Vibes News – November 9, 2015 Tweet Sharing is caring! Photograph compliments Caribbean News ServiceHummingbird Air, owned by Dominican businessman Sam Raphael, has announced a decision to cancel all passenger flights until further notice.This decision, communicated via a press release issued on Sunday 8 November 2015, follows an incident involving one of its aircrafts on landing at the George F. L. Charles airport in Castries, St. Lucia on Sunday morning.“The only soul on board was the pilot who was unharmed. The company has launched an internal investigation to determine the cause of this incident,” the statement notes. “Hummingbird Air has taken the decision to cancel all passenger flights until further notice. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available,” the statement adds.Earlier this year, August 2015, Hummingbird Air experienced its first accident at the Codrington Airport in Barbuda, where one of its planes veered of the runway and crashed into a nearby field. The plane, which was traveling from Antigua to Barbuda, had six passengers aboard, including Mr Raphael.While attempting to land, the right main landing gear collapsed, causing the plane to veer off the runway. Sharecenter_img 496 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Dominica commended for Zika virus management

first_img Share Share Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica commended for Zika virus management by: – July 18, 2016 371 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank, Dr Fernando LavadenzA World Bank health specialist has commended the Ministry of Health & Environment for its management of the Zika virus. The commendation came during a mission team’s visit here when a Rapid Needs and Cost Assessment for Health Systems Response to Zika was conducted.That team included officials from the Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank.The team recently visited the island to conduct “We are impressed because Dominica was able to respond adequately to the epidemic,” Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank, Dr Fernando Lavadenz said in an interview with the Ministry of Health team.“We know that in the immediate term the problem is in the process of being solved however in the long term more sustainability is needed,” Dr Lavadenz added. Dominica confirmed its first case of the virus in March 2016. Zika, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, causes headaches, fever and a rash.The team held table top exercises with health administrators, senior health officials and economists from the Ministry of Finance in assessing Dominica’s response to Zika. The World Bank’s Senior Health Specialist outlined several long term key challenges for Dominica.These included human resource planning, economic assessment of the costs and needs for the country in different areas and “the capacity of the health system to respond to epidemics, mainly in terms of laboratories, intensive care units, neurologists, epidemiologists and entomologists.”As a result of the visit, the Ministry of Health & Environment is earmarked to receive technical and financial assistance from the Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter- American Development Bank to manage the Zika virus.Photographs compliments of the Health Promotion Resource Centre – / 6last_img read more

Cayman creates first special economic zone in Caribbean

first_img Share After the signing, Premier McKeeva Bush shakes hands with CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, Jason Blick (front row, right)GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) — The Cayman Islands government has signed an agreement with Cayman Enterprise City Ltd (CEC) that allows the developer the exclusive right to construct, develop, operate and maintain a special economic zone, intended to attract global science, technology, commodities and derivatives, media, and educational entities to the Cayman Islands.Special economic zones (SEZs) are regions specially established in a country, for which government concessions have been made in order to stimulate economic growth.“CEC represents an opportunity for the Cayman Islands to diversify its economic base,” said Premier McKeeva Bush. “It’s also worth noting that this project requires no government investment, as it will be completely privately funded; and the developer also has not requested waivers for duties on materials or stamp duties.”Although SEZs exist in a number of developed and emerging economies, the SEZ in Cayman will be the first in the Caribbean region, said Jason Blick, who is the CEO of CEC.“The cooperation and inward-investment friendly attitude of the Cayman Islands government, and the civil service, has been outstanding,” he noted. “They truly understand the positive effect the zone will have on Cayman, and their support has been incredible.”The development of CEC’s five “parks” – namely Cayman Internet Park, Cayman Media Park, Cayman Biotech Park, Cayman Commodities Park, and Cayman International Academic Park – will be phased. “We hope to break ground in early 2012,” said CEC’s director of design and construction, and local partner, Cindy O’Hara.The government will now begin to establish the legislative framework for CEC to operate, the premier said. However, with the agreement now signed, certain regulatory processes in departments such as planning can now begin.Cayman Enterprise City• The private investment is valued at more than US$327 million over the next eight years.• CEC will create highly skilled and administrative jobs, and generate indirect jobs in support sectors such as construction and supply services.• The master plan incorporates a state-of-the-art, low-rise campus of sustainable architecture comprising 500,000 sq. ft. in three phases of Class A office space, according to O’Hara.• Two sites have been short-listed for the campus; once a final site has been selected its location will be announced and the project team will start the Planning Department permit process.• There will be no manufacturing or engineering businesses permitted within the zone (this is a knowledge based zone and not a manufacturing one).• There will be no laboratory testing (no applied biotechnology research).• There will be no dredging.• It will have a low environmental impact.• There are three phases to CEC. During phase I, while the project is being built, CEC will take up to 100,000 sq. ft. of existing office space in George Town, so that international brands wishing to establish within the zone will not have to wait until phase one is completed.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Cayman creates first special economic zone in Caribbean by: – July 19, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 147 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

UWP Political leader admits almost 15 years of disqualifiying vice

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews UWP Political leader admits almost 15 years of disqualifiying vice by: – September 8, 2011 12 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Ronald Green. Photo credit: uwpdm.comThe United Workers Party Political Leader and Petitioner in the dual citizenship case involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Member of Parliament for the La Plaine Constituency Honourable Petter St. Jean, Honourable Ronald Green has admitted almost fifteen years of disqualifying vice.Honourable Ronald Green admitted in Court yesterday that he knowingly retained his dual citizenship status after acquiring a United States passport as an adult even after the issue of his disqualification was raised in 1995 by Former Chief Justice Sir Brian Alleyne, who was the Attorney General at the time.Mr Green is seeking to persuade the Court that Petter St. Jean should be disqualified because he may have obtained a French passport and was a citizen of France.From the evidence presented to the Court yesterday, Mr. Green admits that on Nomination Day at the 2009 general elections he was still a citizen of the United States.Unconfirmed reports also indicate that Mr Green also travelled on the said passport after the 2009 general elections.What is clear however according to Mr. Green’s evidence is that his dual citizenship status was only resolved “some months later” when he formally applied to the US Embassy in Barbados on the 11th of December, 2009.From his evidence in Court yesterday, Mr Green admitted that he obtained citizenship at the age of 17 but of his own act obtained a United States passport as an adult.He also testified that in the 1995, 2000, and 2005 elections he knew that he had dual citizenship status.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told reporters outside the Court yesterday, that this case is “unfortunate as the very same thing which Mr. Green is accusing Mr St. Jean and myself of, he has admitted to having done that in Court.” Observers have also been commenting that the very matter which Mr. Green is complaining about against Mr St. Jean he also suffered from the same vice for over fifteen years.Mr Green’s admission coupled with the setting aside of the subpoenas by Justice Gertel Thom yesterday raises serious questions about the merits and motives of the case against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Honourable Petter St. Jean.The cross examination of Mr Green will continue from nine o’clock this morning.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more