16 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
15 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Conditions for child euthanasia
- Patient must be conscious of their decision
- Request must be approved by parents and medical team
- Illness must be terminal
- Patient must be in great pain with no treatment available to alleviate their distress
Parents, doctors and psychiatrists would have to agree before a decision is made. Some paediatricians have warned vulnerable children could be put at risk and have questioned whether a child can really be expected to make such a difficult choice.
Last week 160 Belgian paediatricians signed an open letter against the law, claiming that there was no urgent need for it and that modern medicine is capable of alleviating pain.
In the Netherlands, Belgium’s northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if they have the consent of their parents. But now the Belgian bill is passed Belgium is the very the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions.
But two cases of euthanasia hit the headlines in Belgium and internationally in 2013 – In January, the press reported on the deaths of identical twins of 45 who were deaf. Marc and Eddy Verbessem asked for euthanasia after finding out that they would go blind as a result of a genetic disorder – they feared they would no longer be able to live independently. The death of Nathan Verhelst, a female-to-male transsexual, came nine months later. He asked to die after a series of failed sex-change operations.
No-one can tell how many children might ask to die now the Belgium’s euthanasia bill for children has become law. For adults, the number of requests has increased year on year since 2002. About 80% of those who choose euthanasia have cancer.
Are children really mature enough to make an end-of-life decision?
13 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by Peter Roberts, a dairy farmer who could see ﬁrst-hand how the demand for supposed cheap food was having a devastating effect on farm animals and human health.
Since its beginnings, Compassion has been making a difference to the lives of millions of farm animals in the UK and throughout Europe. Against a multicultural, rapidly changing, economically challenging backdrop, they have made sure that animal welfare is represented on the political agenda. They have won battles to ensure animal welfare is protected by law, they are inﬂuencing change in the way animals reared for food are perceived by consumers and food suppliers and they are being joined by leading voices from the environmental, humanitarian and scientiﬁc communities to challenge intensive, industrialised farming.
Whilst they still have a great deal to achieve in Europe, they are in a position where they can build on there own experience and achievements and start challenging the world. Like many, they also believe they have to stop the spread of factory farming, before it is too late. The world’s population now exceeds seven billion, in just ﬁve years, the number of farm animals reared for food globally has risen from 60 billion a year to just over 70 billion. Two out of three farm animals are now reared intensively.
Increasingly, people are asking how do farmers feed the coming population of nine billion expected by 2050? The answer lies in recognising that currently produce enough food for 10-12 billion. Yet, more than half is wasted, not least by feeding perfectly good food to factory farmed animals. Yet one billion people are starving, whilst another one billion are overweight. The world is out of balance. Factory farming is at the heart of our problems, not the solution.
This ﬁve-year Strategic Plan sets out how Compassion intends to spearhead an urgently needed 21st Century agricultural revolution to end all forms of cruelty associated with ‘modern’ intensive factory farming and implementing a kinder, safer, fairer model of humane sustainable farming that works for animals, people and our planet.
Getting involved in the fight against factory farming couldn’t be easier: whether through monthly donations, taking part in campaigns or having fun raising funds
08 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Produced by Turtle Canyon to help promote the first Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week, this feature documentary explores the state of pancreatic cancer in the UK through survivor Les Niewiara’s attempt to raise awareness.
31 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
Cyclists Fight Cancer (CFC) is a registered charity providing a unique and highly effective way of helping kids with cancer through activity and exercise.
They gift new bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people who have been affected by cancer throughout the UK. The effects of the disease and its treatments in children are numerous: amputations, balance issues, physical weakness, coordination difficulties, lack of self esteem are just a few of the most common side effects seen in many patients.
Exercise has been shown in numerous adult studies to be the single most effective way of improving both physical and mental wellness for people surviving cancer. This charity encourage cycling as the best form of exercise based rehabilitation especially for children because it provides all these benefits in a low impact, fun, sociable and exciting way.
Cancer also causes massive disruption in families, therefore they also give bikes to their siblings and in many cases their parents in order that they can take part in an activity as a family once again after what can be years of hospitalisation and upheaval.
Cyclists fighting cancer charity plan to supply another 300 awards this year which will take the total since they started in 2006 to over 1200 cases. In addition funding a dedicated research study with the University of Leeds to clearly illustrate the relationship between physical and mental well being and physical activity in children surviving cancer. But there main focus is raising awareness and to providing a bespoke service to each individual applicant.
The charity operate totally on the kind support of the public and cyclists doing bike rides around Britain and across the world. All monies donated make a huge difference to the total fundraising effort and ultimately to the number of children affected by cancer they support.
Cyclists Fighting Cancer is Limited Company by Guarantee CLICK – to make a donation and also see this years charity events you can take part in
29 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
Bruce Springsteen’s youngest son, Sam, was just 8 years old when his father released The Rising, a reflection on the 9/11 attacks with songs of brave firemen going into the fire to save lives while risking their own.
This month, the 20-year-old Springsteen was among a class of 42 graduates from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell, NJ. Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, attended the Jan. 15 ceremony.
The course covers 188 hours of rescue. Classes 100 and 101 officially completed their training in areas including rescue, fire extinguishment, hazmat and CPR with graduation ceremonies at the Route 33 facility.
The graduates included three from Colts Neck: Brendan T. Murch, Michael M. Biyad and Sam R. Springsteen. In addition, Joseph O. Nappi joined the Morganville Independent Fire Company in Marlboro.