North Amityville Man Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect has been arrested for allegedly killing a Missouri man and wounding two others in a shooting in North Amityville over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Jakyma Bunn was charged Sunday with second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 38-year-old suspect fatally shot Louis Wilson, 44, of Kansas City, and wounded two fellow North Amityville residents on Coolidge Avenue at 2 a.m. Saturday.Bunn, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

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Emotional journey: Twin Tiers Honor Flight announces its’ next trip

first_imgThe 10th mission of the honor flight will be departing the Binghamton Airport on April 18. The organization brings veterans to Washington D.C. and the memorials in the honor. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — On Tuesday, the plans were revealed for 2020’s Twin Tiers Honor Flight at the Greater Binghamton Airport. “It’s as emotional for guardians and staff as it is for the volunteers,” says Board Member and Treasurer of Twin Tiers Honor Flight Steve Gardner. “When they see the wall and their eyes are fixed on a name you don’t know what they are thinking.” Upon returning to Binghamton around 7 p.m., the veterans are met by a reception of over 500 people. 60 veterans, guardians and staff will be on the flight to the nation’s capital. The Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that was created to honor American veterans. When they arrive, they get onto a bus and are escorted by capital police. This mission will mark a milestone for the Honor Flight as they will have transported over 500 veterans to Washington.last_img read more

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Corona virus & Chinese tourism market

first_img“All tours from China have been canceled, I lost 15 groups for FebruarySays the leader of Koala Blue Tours from Queensland, Australia. “The Chinese make up 10 to 20% of our total turnover… I think the federal government still doesn’t understand how much this situation will have a big impact on the overall economy. Theme parks, hotels, attractions,… will all suffer tremendous damage. China is our largest foreign market.” 13.3.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX Congress Center Forum – Zagreb By comparison, the SARS epidemic cost the global economy between $ 30 billion and $ 50 billion. It took China 16 months to return to pre-crisis levels. However, this time the Chinese government was better prepared, not only responding more quickly to the crisis, but also being extremely transparent in providing information to the international community. During these few weeks of the epidemic, we have noticed new phenomena on Chinese social networks, and a change in the behavior of Chinese tourists and clients is visible. We will add this newspaper to our lecture and also share with you certain strategies and techniques of public relations management, and how to deal with this type of crisis in China. Trip.com Group – China’s largest online travel agency, formerly known as Ctrip – also shared an optimistic forecast for a speedy recovery: “During the SARS quarter, demand fell, but after the situation normalized, we witnessed double and triple demandSaid Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com Group, to CNN Travel. Author: Andreja Gazdek, ProConcept doo China is the world’s largest tourism market, growing sharply from 2018 to 4,5 million tourists from the beginning of the millennium to 150. That number is expected to nearly double in 2020 as the number of Chinese with passports increases from the current 10% to the expected 20% of the population. The moment the world recovers you be ready for a big step towards the largest tourist market in the world. To meet MasterClass which is scheduled for 13.03. at the Forum Congress Center in Zagreb, these days we are in intensive communication with our Chinese colleagues, Joanne Chan i William Chia who will visit us soon and be keynote speakers. More information and registration at www.marketingtochinatourists.com China is also the world’s largest tourism consumer with a total of $ 277 billion, or 16% of the world’s total tourism spending, according to the UNWTO. When I told my house that I was going to China, specifically to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, there was a general panic. “Well, there’s an epidemic, people are dying,… don’t go!” I went, took protective masks, piles of medicine, cracked immunity. but nothing. Okay, I thought it would definitely be different when I move to China. I arrived in Shenzhen in the early evening, the city was full of people, they were coming home after work, everything seemed completely normal… It’s Thursday World Health Organization declared the corona virus a global health threat. The U.S. State Department is advising its citizens not to travel to China, and the UK and Canada have done the same. United, American, Delta, British Airways, KLM, Air Canada and Lufthansa have suspended flights to many Chinese cities, while others, such as Cathay Pacific, have reduced the number of flights. Their views and the facts they present encourage deeper thinking about the current situation…. is it a media-inflated bubble in favor of Western and American politics and capital?  On Friday, the United States announced that it was temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had visited China in the last 14 days. The Singapore Ministry of Health has also announced to all new visitors traveling to mainland China in the last 14 days that they will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. In the foreground is the preparation of the content and the way of presentation, but of course we also touched on the corona virus. Although it is still too early to see the economic damage, the global impact on the tourism industry will largely depend on how long it takes to curb the virus. “It is too early to say how long the crisis will last, but if the corona is similar to SARS, then things could return to normal in early or mid-April. If we look at what happened in 2003, during SARS, after the crisis ended, tourism indicators jumped sharply. Of course, in those few months it was extremely difficult for small companies, but, in the long run, globally everything returned to normal very quickly.”Said Wolfgang Georg Arlt, director and founder of the institute, on the COTRI portal on Friday. “Another thing to consider”, Says Arlt,”is that Chinese tourists are actually the most advanced part of Chinese society for whom travel is an important status symbol. Travel is closely linked to social status in China. If your friends are talking about New York, Sydney or Munich and you also have to say that you have been there, thus gaining a reputation in society. The desire and need to travel will not stop. ” The Corona Wuhan virus has infected at least 13.000 people to date, and more than 300 have died from the infection since it was first identified in central China in December 2019. From reports that arrive regularly, it is clear that on average the elderly have died the most (60 and several years) with pre-established health problems, i.e. weakened immunity. Also, most infected people recover well. All this points to the fact that a healthy population with a strong immune system, with good personal hygiene, will be able to cope with a possible infection and recover from it. Nevertheless, this epidemic will have a dramatic effect on thousands of tourist destinations around the world. While it is almost certain that the tourism industry will fare badly in the coming months, not only as far as Chinese tourists are concerned, but tourism in general, this is the right time to ORGANIZE, PLAN, STRATEGY, PREPARE and INVEST in the Chinese tourism market.  When I first visited Asia, it was 2003 in the era of SARS that hit China and Asia very hard in 2002-2003. Tourism literally stopped in that period, but later recovered and very quickly achieved huge growth. William Chia lives in Shanghai and points out that he has never seen or heard any of the residents eat any strange things, such as bats and the like. As an intellectual and cosmopolitan who has lived for years outside China, following foreign media, his conclusion is that the media spread unnecessary fear and panic. Given the total Chinese population, even the darkest predictions related to the corona virus are still at the level of the common flu. The tourist picture of the world has changed significantly, today it is much different than just a month ago. In such situations, it is necessary to think calmly and rationally. Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea, and Russia have partially or completely closed their borders with China to prevent the spread of the disease. Come on MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market – How to reach millions of Chinese tourists? SARS was a big problem at the time, in Asia it infected a large number of people with a large number of deaths. The epidemic started in Guangzhou and spread to Asia. Despite the panic created, the total number of infected and the number of deaths can be compared with the classic flu and our domestic statistics… it was much more harmless than the flu we are “used to”.last_img read more

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Government loans for first-time buyers

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Manchester United eyeing £20m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes

first_imgAdvertisement The centre-back could partner United captain Maguire (Picture: Getty Images)Gabriel is also left-footed, which is a quality Solskjaer is looking for in a new defensive recruit.The Norwegian boss told Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake that his side ‘need a left-footed centre-back’ after their 5-2 win over the Cherries earlier this month.However, any potential move for the Dutchman looks likely to be scuppered as Manchester City have already swooped in and reportedly agreed a £40m deal to bring Ake to the Etihad.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIn terms of other options, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes United should go for Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu.‘I think they need extra cover at centre-back,’ Sherwood told DAZN. ‘I think Soyuncu – I know Robbie Savage won’t be happy because they’re taking him from Leicester – but if the money is right they sell, like they did with Harry Maguire.’ ‘I think he would be outstanding there. He can play on the front foot and keep them up the field.’MORE: Manchester United edging closer to Jadon Sancho transfer after Jack Grealish u-turnMORE: ‘He looks the part’ – Gary Pallister urges Manchester United to sign Chelsea transfer targetFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Gabriel would represent a relatively cut-price option (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United are reportedly looking at Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, who could be available for around £20 million this summer.The Red Devils are on the hunt for a defender to partner captain Harry Maguire in their backline.Despite having an overall positive impact on United’s defence since making the £80 million switch from Leicester City last year, the England international’s lack of pace has been exposed on several occasions this season.Lille’s player of the year Gabriel is likely to leave the French club after helping them finish in the top four and secure a place in next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Sky Sports, the 22-year-old is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s watch list given his potential and relatively cheaper price point.The Brazilian is being chased by a number of European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Everton and Napoli, with the Italian giants believed to be the favourites to land his signature.The report states that an unnamed Premier League club tabled an offer in excess of £22m for him, while the Toffees also tabled an official bid in June. Manchester United eyeing £20m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 1:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Commentlast_img read more

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Brisbane house price median hits new high: What’s your home worth?

first_img TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s quarterly market monitor, released today, reveals the strong result was mainly driven by the inner-city market, where the median house price jumped by 7.6 per cent to $850,000.Inner-city suburbs such as Petrie Terrace, Highgate Hill, Coorparoo and Windsor recorded double-digit house price gains, while the middle-ring suburbs of Enoggera and Fig Tree Pocket also outperformed.It comes as some prestige agents say Brisbane’s high-end housing market is hotter than ever, despite concerns around the impact of the coronavirus. Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire has inked seven sales over $4 million in 2020 — his strongest start to a year — with four of those sales transacting after COVID-19 started to spread. 6. Kangaroo Point $1.1m 8.8% 19.6% 7. Fig Tree Pocket $1.12m 8.3% 6.7% 8. Wilston $1.06m 8.2% 20.5% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % 15 Syntax Street is in Sadliers Crossing, the top median house price grower in the Greater Brisbane region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago 15 Syntax Street, Sadliers Crossing, is on the market looking for offers over $289,000.There was also significant infrastructure investment in Brisbane LGA during the December quarter.A new Roma Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared to support the renewal of the inner-city transport precinct.State development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick said the 32ha PDA would fast-track the delivery of the new underground Cross River Rail station.“The New Cross River Rail Roma Street station will be the city’s pivotal arrival point, linking passengers with the existing interstate and suburban rail, the busway station and proposed Brisbane Metro station,” Mr Dick said.“There will be unique opportunities for urban development, economic stimulation and job creation. It will provide critical public transport connectivity between the precinct and the city centre and to the nearby neighbourhoods of Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill.”“This is a purpose-built facility to suit the cruise industry. We’ve worked very closely with the cruise lines and other stakeholders from the start of the process to ensure it delivers a seamless experience for travellers starting or finishing their journeys,” he said. Palmer wants special pontoon permission MORE: Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners 1. Petrie Terrace $920,000 14.3% 17.9% 84 Princess Street is in Petrie Terrace, the suburb which had Brisbane council region’s top median house price growth in the December quarter. The house is on the market looking for offers over $899,000.“I have a database of every buyer who has ever inquired with me on any property over $5 million, so I have a database of 1660 prestige buyers,” Mr Lancashire said. “And there are some serious buyers looking.”Buyer confidence and a lack of listings has been fuelling demand, with the REIQ research showing the number of properties listed for sale in Brisbane dropped sharply in 2019 — down 9.8 per cent compared with the previous year.That means buyers are competing for fewer properties, as well as having to contend with a resurgence of investors and first-home buyers.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the record result was a reflection of stronger market conditions over the quarter, thanks largely to lower interest rates, less conservative lending criteria and a rebound in buyer demand.“It’s the first time (the median house price has) had a seven in front of it,” Ms Mercorella said. “I think that’s a significant breakthrough. Daniella and Benjamin Davis, with their boys Tyler, 8, and Houston, 7, are selling their house in Coorparoo, which is one of the suburbs that has recorded strong house price growth in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston.BRISBANE house prices have hit a record high thanks to cheap money, a bounce back in buyer confidence and a sharp drop in listings, but Queensland’s peak real estate body warns there are fresh hurdles ahead.The median house price for Brisbane’s local government area increased 3.6 per cent in the December quarter to an all-time high of $703,000 — breaking through the $700,000 ceiling for the first time. Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR 1. Sadliers Crossing $357,500 12.6% -2.7% 2. Kurwongbah $685,000 12.3% 14.6% 3. Highvale $1.05m 11.1% 15.4% 4. Godwin Beach $507,500 9.7% 10.3% 5. Samford Valley $987,500 7.6% 5% 6. Wamuran $625,500 6.9% 1.7% 7. Woodend $405,000 5.2% 18.2% 8. Basin Pocket $265,000 5% 2.9% 9. Yamanto $398,000 4.5% 11.8% 10. South Maclean $590,000 4.4% 7.5%(Source: REIQ) Across Greater Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recorded falls in their median house prices over the year. The median house price in Logan fell 1.3 per cent to $395,000, 0.4 per cent to $446,000 in Moreton Bay and 1.9 per cent to $525,000 in Redland.Ipswich was the only outer LGA to record a rise in median for the year, with an increase of 0.3 per cent to $346,000.Ipswich was the only LGA in Greater Brisbane to record a rise in its annual median unit — increasing 2.3 per cent to $335,000.The biggest drop in median unit price in Greater Brisbane was recorded in Logan, which was down 10.2 per cent. 2. Highgate Hill $1.026m 12.7% 15.9% 3. Coorparoo $970,000 10.9% 16.2% 4. Windsor $995,500 10.6% 23.2% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change %center_img 1. Point Lookout $410,000 10.8% 8.6% 2. Petrie $310,000 8.8% -3.7% 3. Clontarf $335,000 4.7% 8.4% 4. Cleveland $400,000 2.6% 0% 5. Lawnton $244,000 2.1% 2% 6. Daisy Hill $285,000 1.8% -3.4% 7. Shailer Park $292,500 1.7% 3.7% 8. Thorneside $318,000 1.4% -0.6% 9. Brassall $274,500 1.4% -2% 10. Kallangur $290,000 0.7% 0.5% (Source: REIQ) 1. Enoggera $384,000 14.8% 12.9% 2. Grange $443,500 14.6% 12.7% 3. Alderley $425,500 13.3% 13.3% 4. Mount Gravatt $423,750 13% -1.5% 5. Camp Hill $499,000 11.6% 1.8% “We know listings are down, so when an opportunity pops up, people are grabbing it and they’re prepared to pay more to secure that property that’s closer to the action.”But while the quarterly performance is cause for celebration, Ms Mercorella acknowledges there are uncertain times ahead for the state’s housing market when it comes to the coronavirus.“Despite good fundamentals in Queensland, we would expect to see the most immediate impact likely in the rental space,” she said. “I think we’re likely to start seeing, in the not-too-distant future, renters losing their jobs and perhaps having the inability to meet rent obligations. “That’s concerning, so it’s really important we see the state government announcing a package for renters to give assurance to tenants and investors.”Ben and Daniella Davis are selling their five-bedroom house in Coorparoo, a suburb which recorded one of the strongest house price gains during the December quarter.Mr Davis, a builder by trade, said he was not surprised the median house price for the inner-south suburb had jumped by almost 11 per cent in the final three months of December to $970,000. TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN GREATER BRISBANE DEC 2019 QTR 7/16 Hawthorne Street is in Enoggera, Brisbane’s top median unit price growth suburb in the December quarter. 7/16 Hawthorne Street, Enoggera, is on the market priced in the mid $400,000s.He said he knew developments such as Coorparoo Square had the potential to increase capital growth for homeowners in the area.“I keep an eye on the market as far as what’s happening in the area and seeing all these developers starting to put money into the area, I really saw it was a suburb coming of age,” Mr Davis said.The couple bought their property at 35 Walker Street three years ago and have since raised it, built underneath and installed a pool.“We’re selling sooner than we were wanting to originally because we see it as a good time to be selling,” Mr Davis said. “All the signs are positive.”Marketing agent James Curtain of Place Woolloongabba said he had noticed an increase in appetite for property in Coorparoo and surrounding suburbs in the inner south.“There is always a good energy for property in Coorparoo, regardless of the price point,” Mr Curtain said. “I think we have certainly seen that increase in the past six months.” TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN GREATER BRISBANE IN DEC 2019 QTR 5. Enoggera $703,000 9.2% 3.4% Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % 9. Gumdale $1.1m 7.9% 32.9% 10. Nundah $760,000 7.5% 8.4%(Source: REIQ) “The quarter performed so strongly because if you think about the 12 months preceding, we absolutely saw a slowdown in that period caused by a series of factors that had a bearing on confidence. “Hopefully, what we’re now seeing with this quarterly change, is that confidence returning. I think we’re also seeing some of those buyers who were holding off clearly making a decision to return to the market.”Ms Mercorella said suburbs within a 10km radius of Brisbane’s CBD outperformed during the December quarter because of strong interstate migration and relative affordability compared with other capital city markets.“Because the affordability in Brisbane is so extraordinarily good compared to Sydney and Melbourne, those people are coming and are able to buy in those premium suburbs, close to the city with all the amenities,” she said.“In some cases they’re very cashed-up buyers and their dollar goes so much further here.“I also think people want to live close to the action. We are becoming such a sophisticated modern city and at the end of the day, those inner suburbs are the most popular. 6. The Gap $540,000 11.3% 11.3% 7. Ascot $485,000 9.7% 7.9% 8. Corinda $420,000 9.1% 4.9% 9. Oxley $345,000 7.8% 1.5% 10. Mansfield $455,000 7.1% 4.4%(Source: REIQ) Mr Curtain said interstate buyers who were originally lured to Hawthorne or Bulimba often ended up in Coorparoo.“They love the elevation, the old-world nature, the leafiness and the access to amenities,” he said. “All the characteristics that appeal to an inner-city buyer, Coorparoo has in spades. “It attracts professional families looking for big homes on big blocks and younger couples looking to get a start.” Brisbane’s unit market continued to soften in the December quarter, with the median unit price slipping 2.8 per cent to $440,000.But Ms Mercorella said there were strong signs the unit market was recovering — particularly in the inner-city suburbs where oversupply was a concern in recent years.The median unit price in South Brisbane actually increased by 3.3 per cent during the quarter to $501,000. Mr Curtain said the stock “surplus mentality” had disappeared from Brisbane’s inner south unit market.“Younger couples, even professionals with one child, who can’t afford houses are willing to buy apartments in Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point because of the superb amenities,” he said. last_img read more

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Rotech Wins Harbor Clearance Contract

first_imgRotech Subsea Ltd. has won a significant harbor clearance work scope and are set to deploy a new RS1 excavation tool which has been specially adapted to meet demand from port authorities.Based on the subsea innovator’s high pressure RS1 excavator, the evolved tool has been adapted in-house by Rotech Engineering for excavating difficult to access areas, such as underneath pontoons or piers. The modifications were carried out by the Aberdeen group’s on-site fabrication unit, Rotech Fabrication.“We are delighted to mobilize our new RS1 tool on this harbor clearance scope,” said Rotech’s Director of Subsea, Steve Cochrane. “We have been in dialogue with a number of key Port Authorities recently and our in-house Engineering and Fabrication division have subsequently developed, built and tuned a tool to meets their requirements.”“It’s a great example of the flexibility of the RS design,” added Cochrane. “But also a great demonstration of the group’s ability to work closely with clients to produce bespoke tools to meet their subsea needs.”According to Rotech, the RS1 will mobilize for the undisclosed UK Port Authority client in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Project

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released this very interesting video about a 160 acre marsh restoration project along the Nueces Bay Causeway between Corpus Christi and Portland. A total of 340 acres of marsh were lost due to erosion and subsidence and harmed the fish and and wildlife that utilized marsh.The project benefits the health and productivity of the Gulf in that it created 160 acre marsh complex in an area that had seen significant habitat loss in the last 50 years.The Nueces Bay is connected to the Gulf of Mexico via Corpus Christi Bay and Aransas Pass. The Nueces estuary is so critical to the growth and development of shrimp that it was designated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a shrimp nursery area, and there is no commercial shrimping allowed. Many marine species will benefit from this restored nursery grounds, said EPA.last_img read more

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The Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide: Respect Human Dignity and Offer True Compassion

first_imgHeritage Foundation 18 May 2015Family First Comment: Ryan spoke at our Forum last year. This is a superb article.Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence.This Issue Brief focuses on alternatives to physician-assisted suicide. People seeking PAS typically suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, as well as simply from loneliness. We should respond to suffering with true compassion and solidarity. For those in physical pain, pain management and other palliative medicine can manage their symptoms effectively. For those for whom death is imminent, hospice care and fellowship can accompany them in their last days. Anything less falls short of what human dignity requires. The real challenge facing society is to make quality end-of-life care available to all.Mental Health and Palliative Care: True Compassionate Treatment Instead of embracing PAS, we should respond to suffering with true compassion. Most people seeking PAS suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, physical illness, or simply loneliness. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty notes:Suicidal individuals typically do not want to die; they want to escape what they perceive as intolerable suffering. When comfort or relief is offered, in the form of more-adequate treatment for depression, better pain management, or more-comprehensive palliative care, the desire for suicide wanes.Rather than helping suicidal people to kill themselves, we should offer them treatment and support. For those in physical pain, palliative care and other pain management can manage their symptoms effectively. For those for whom death is imminent, hospice care and fellowship to accompany them in their last days is what a true death with dignity looks like. Victoria Reggie Kennedy has said it best:My late husband Sen. Edward Kennedy called quality, affordable health care for all the cause of his life. [PAS] turns his vision of health care for all on its head by asking us to endorse patient suicide—not patient care—as our public policy for dealing with pain and the financial burdens of care at the end of life. We’re better than that. We should expand palliative care, pain management, nursing care and hospice, not trade the dignity and life of a human being for the bottom line.Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by alleviating pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious illness. Palliative care is an option for people of any age at any stage in illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life threatening.When a patient receives a terminal or life-altering diagnosis, the subsequent life changes are not limited to the medical challenges. Patients encounter the physical trauma of the medical diagnosis while also experiencing psychological difficulties, social changes, and even existential concerns. In Oregon Health Authority research, 91 percent of those who were assisted with suicide cited loss of autonomy as their motivation to end their lives, and 71 percent cited loss of dignity as their motivation. Only 31 percent cited inadequate pain control. These needs require different forms of care. Palliative care seeks to take into consideration every facet of the patient’s situation—with professionals who can attend to all aspects of the patient’s needs.The most common structure in which patients receive palliative care is in hospice. Hospice care can be provided in patients’ homes, hospice centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or wherever a patient resides. By rejecting PAS and committing to palliative care and hospice care, we can better people’s lives at the end of life. As Dr. Leon Kass notes:We must care for the dying, not make them dead. By accepting mortality yet knowing that we will not kill, doctors can focus on enhancing the lives of those who are dying, with relief of pain and discomfort, moral and social support, and, when appropriate, the removal of technical interventions that are merely useless or degrading additions to the burdens of dying.Regrettably, palliative care is not as widely available as it should be. The United States has only one palliative care physician for every 1,200 persons living with a serious or life-threatening illness. Even with the aging population, only 63 percent of hospitals report a palliative care program.In order to increase the availability and understanding of palliative care, medical schools should ensure that students are trained in managing pain and other common distressing symptoms and that they learn how to talk to patients about palliative options at the end of life. As Drs. Hendin and Foley note, when there is a lack of comprehensive support for patients with terminal or life-altering diagnosis, “the focus shifts away from relieving the distress of dying patients considering a hastened death to meeting the statutory requirements for assisted suicide.” This we must resist.Conclusion: Always to Care, Never to Kill Doctors should help their patients die a dignified natural death, but doctors should not assist in killing or self-killing. Physicians are always to care, never to kill.Physician-assisted suicide endangers the weak and marginalized in society. Where PAS has been allowed, safeguards that were put in place to minimize this risk have proved inadequate and over time have been weakened or eliminated altogether.Introducing PAS changes the culture in which medicine is practiced. It corrupts the profession of medicine by permitting the tools of healing to be used as techniques for killing. It also distorts the doctor–patient relationship by reducing patients’ trust of doctors and doctors’ undivided commitment to the healing of their patients. Physician-assisted suicide also creates perverse incentives for insurance providers and the financing of health care.Worse yet, PAS negatively affects our entire culture. The temptation to view elderly or disabled family members as burdens will increase, as will the temptation for elderly and disabled family members to view themselves as burdens. Instead of solidarity through civil society and true compassion, PAS creates quick-fix, discriminatory, and lethal solutions.The most profound injustice of PAS is that it violates human dignity and denies equality before the law. Every human being has intrinsic dignity and is the subject of immeasurable worth. No natural right to PAS exists, and arguments for such a right are incoherent. A legal system that sought to vindicate a right to assisted suicide would jeopardize the real natural right to life for all of its citizens.For all of these reasons, citizens and policymakers need to resist the push for physician-assisted suicide.About the AuthorRyan T. Anderson, PhD, is William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy in the Richard and Helen DeVos Center, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/05/the-alternative-to-physician-assisted-suicide-respect-human-dignity-and-offer-true-compassionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Dominica boasts high immunization coverage

first_imgLocalNews Dominica boasts high immunization coverage by: – June 29, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 116 Views   one commentcenter_img Tweet Share Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer, said though the ministry she represents is concerned that immunization regulations have “not” been enacted into law, she is “pleased” that Dominica “boasts” over 95 percent immunization coverage.Royer was a guest speaker at the expanded program of immunization (EPI) awards ceremony on Wednesday.“It is not mandatory for all children to be adequately vaccinated prior to school entry, however we are happy to report that immunization has been well accepted by the public and coverage rates continue to be high”.“The ministry of Health is cognizant of the fact that our success in immunization was not earned overnight, but it is a result of a long term planning which in itself is a laudable undertaking of further critical steps in nation building”.The EPI program was initiated in May of 1974 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to make vaccines available to all children of the world and was implemented in Dominica in the late 1970’s.Royer noted that Dominica along with its regional partners now enjoy a new era of “improved” child health care and celebrates this mile stone by recognizing the “progress” that has been made by “reducing” vaccine preventable diseases that have cause death and disability to children around the world.“Presently our immunization coverage remains above 95% for all antigens and the Ministry of Health can boast of a very effective EPI program. Dominica can also boast its excellent primary health care system for program implementation and universal access to the services available”, Royer added.She further urged heath care professionals to “avoid” complacency because notwithstanding the incredible “successes”, the EPI program still faces “challenges”, some which she said cannot be address “solely” by the ministry and which will “necessitate” commitment by all parties.“We must renew the primary health care thrust and create a paradigm shift to address the emerging public threats together with rising patient expectations”.Recently, Dominica received a 1st place trophy from PHAO and WHO for its efforts at maintaining an efficient surveillance and reporting system.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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