Disabled campaigners have raised concerns that a m

first_imgDisabled campaigners have raised concerns that a major conference on “end of life choice” – being organised by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) – appears to be tilted in favour of speakers who want to legalise assisted suicide.Of speakers lined up to speak at the conference who have previously expressed their views publicly on the legalisation of assisted suicide, seven have said they are in favour, while just three have made clear their opposition.The conference on 9 February, in central London, would have been set to hear from just two people opposed to legalisation, but the user-led group Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK) contacted RSM last month to express its concern that it had not been asked to speak.NDY UK was not originally invited even though it played a significant role in the high court’s decision last October to reject the latest attempt to change the law.Juliet Marlow, from NDY UK, will now speak at next week’s conference, but she appears to be one of just two of 17 speakers who are disabled or who have a long-term health condition.The conference line-up includes Mark Jarman-Howe, a director of Dignity in Dying, which campaigns for legalisation, and barrister Victoria Butler-Cole, chair of Dignity in Dying’s sister organisation Compassion in Dying.The conference will also hear from the widower of a terminally-ill woman who chose an assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, and the widow of a terminally-ill man who wanted to end his life at the clinic but was not able to.Another speaker will be Dr Catherine Sonquist Forest, who takes part in assisted suicides as a physician in California, where the practice is now legal, and has campaigned for legalisation.As well as Marlow, the conference will hear from two other opponents of legalisation, Professor Rob George and Baroness Finlay, both professors of palliative medicine.A press release issued by RSM says that “polling suggests a large majority of the public want more choice and control when facing the end of life, sometimes including assisted dying”, and claims that “cases where patients and their families are frustrated about the options available to them are increasing”.RSM says the event will “bring together key figures from many sides of these important issues” and that there has been “a cultural shift away from paternalism and towards the empowerment of patients to make decisions about their own care”.Marlow said she was concerned that there were more pro-assisted suicide speakers lined up to contribute to the conference than those opposed to legalisation.She said NDY UK was pleased to be invited to speak but was “concerned however that we had to ask to be included and feel strongly that we should have been invited from the outset”, although she said “this may have been an oversight on the part of the organisers”.She said: “In our experience we have often been ignored for such events, despite the fact that Not Dead Yet UK is the only user-led organisation that opposes assisted suicide in the UK.“We are a well-established group that was founded in 2006 and we offer an important voice to end-of-life discussions.”She added: “We hope that any future events will include us as a matter of course and look forward to an honest and balanced conference.”An RSM spokeswoman said the organisation had “a long-standing and strong reputation for maintaining balance in its educational programmes”.She said that four other speakers known to oppose assisted suicide had been invited but were not able to attend.She said: “Not Dead Yet UK were added to the programme as soon as they contacted us.“This is an educational programme for doctors and clinicians. It includes a broad range of speakers including palliative care specialists, patient representatives, lawyers, the General Medical Council and the Crown Prosecution Service.“We believe the presentations given by Professor Paul Cosford and Juliet Marlow will give a strong voice to those with a long-term health condition or disability.“Strong chairmanship to facilitate balance during all RSM conference sessions is essential and for this meeting chairs with opposing views [Professor Clare Gerada is in favour of legalisation and Professor Simon Wessely is opposed] will lead each session.”She added: “Our position is always to be a forum for debate and discussion on healthcare topics and we remain firmly committed to our independent stance and do not produce policy statements or lobby any political parties or pressure groups.”Picture: Silent Witness star Liz Carr at a Not Dead Yet UK protestlast_img read more

Angela Rayner faced fierce criticism on Sunday whe

first_imgAngela Rayner faced fierce criticism on Sunday when she praised Tony Blair’s interview on The Andrew Marr Show and declared that “all shades of red are needed” within the Labour Party. By the afternoon, the Labour frontbencher had tweeted that the “trolling” reaction was “typical of the toxic political landscape we are in”, pointing out that Jeremy Corbyn would “never get into No10” if the party did not have room for her.One of the best interviews I’ve seen from Tony Blair on #Marr all shades of red are needed in our @UKLabour party to take on this nasty Tory government who are wrecking our Country.— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) March 3, 2019Rayner has consistently spoken about how New Labour – and particularly the Sure Start initiative – improved her life as a young, working-class single mother. But some Labour members were surprised that the Shadow Education Secretary, as a Corbynite (though often thought of as a ‘soft’ one), would compliment the former Labour Prime Minister responsible for the Iraq war. Last night, she felt the need to say: “For the record I will never turn on Corbyn.”Revealing that a self-proclaimed Corbyn supporter was recently arrested for threatening to rape and murder her on social media, the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne has now posted a longer reaction on her Facebook page that calls on Labour members to be “kinder to each other”.Below is the full text.The nasty tweets and social media comments I’ve had over the last 24hrs prove we have a problem with some on the left that cannot disagree respectfully. I would also like to thank the many members who have given me lots of support and positive messages.I’m not involved in any attempts to undermine our democratically elected leader, I don’t have any ambition to take over the party or be part of any faction and I’m not supporting Tony Blair’s war in Iraq or his attacks on Labour. People who know me know my views on this.I respect Tonys right to disagree as did Jeremy when Tony was leader. I’m glad he isn’t leaving the party. We need more members not less. We have to unite as a party (that doesn’t mean we all agree on everything) but to suggest that because I’m trying to keep our great movement together and fight to get Jeremy into number 10 and the Tories out makes me a traitor and that I should resign (I was even given a #ResignRayner hashtag) tells you we have a problem. Anyone who thinks attacking our representatives, activists or supporters in this way will get us a socialist government are sadly mistaken.It was only a couple of weeks ago someone claiming to be a Jeremy supporter was arrested for making threats to rape and murder me on social media. My house has panic buttons fitted. My colleague was assassinated doing her job that I do week in week out. Jeremy was attacked this weekend. We have to stop the personal attacks and be kinder to each other.Now I’m off to London to fight as I do week in week out to get a Labour government and improve the lives of my constituents, question is are you with me? Tags:Tony Blair /Labour /Angela Rayner /last_img read more

HULL FC hooker Danny Houghton beat off stiff compe

first_imgHULL FC hooker Danny Houghton beat off stiff competition to be named the 2016 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.Houghton, who is the first ever Hull FC player to win the coveted award, has been at the heart of the Black and Whites attack and defence this year, playing a major role in their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory and helping them secure a top three finish in the First Utility Super League for the first time since 2006.Shortlisted alongside teammate Gareth Ellis and Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona, the 28-year-old Hull FC player has been in fine form this season and received the award as the stand-out performer in 2016 at the First Utility Super League Man of Steel dinner held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester.Houghton secured the award following a ballot of 288 Super League players and beat Hull Captain Ellis, who finished in second place, by almost twice as many first choice votes 113 to 59. For the first time ever the choices of every Super League player who voted have been made public on rugby-league.com. Each Super League player votes for three players they feel deserves the award, with their first choice receiving 5 points, second choice receiving 3 points and third choice receiving 1 point.The award winners in full from the 2016 First Utility Super League Man of Steel awards are as follows:Hit man – Danny Houghton (Hull FC – 1289 tackles)Top metre maker – Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves – 3983 metres made)Top try-scorer – Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers – 40 tries)Top Gun – Marc Sneyd (Hull FC – 83% conversion rate)Outstanding Contribution – Gregory Mounis, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Jamie Langley, Kirk Yeaman, Luke Dorn, Luke Robinson, Pat Richards, Paul Jackson, Paul Wood, Richard Mathers, Stuart Littler, Wayne Godwin Foundation of the Year – Widnes Vikings First Utility Super League Club of the Year – Hull FCFirst Utility Super League Young Player of the Year – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)First Utility Super League Coach of the Year – Lee Radford (Hull FC)The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Danny Houghton (Hull FC)You can see the players’ vote for Man of Steel here.last_img read more

Priest and farmer share testimony of horror stories in Nigeria

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Three Fulani men sell traditional fabric on a road in Sevare, Mali, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Adama Diarra//File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Three Fulani men sell traditional fabric on a road in Sevare, Mali, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Adama Diarra//File Photo A Nigerian Catholic priest and a farmer who witnessed countless of murders and were persecuted by the Fulani because of their faith are the main speakers at a prayer vigil in memory of the modern Christian martyrs. This Night of Witness will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Balzan, this Thursday 11th April starting at 17.30 till 19.00. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Malta will be organizing the event.“84 churches were destroyed by the Fulani” – Fr LammaFr. Polycarp Lamma is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Jalingo, North Eastern Nigeria where a new wave of violent attacks against Christians by militant Fulani herdsmen is raging on an almost daily basis.Since his ordination in 2007, Fr. Polycarp has been working in crisis-ridden areas, living in rural villages with the people and accompanying the faithful in their faith. He has felt the direct impact of these attacks. On his birthday, the Fulani militants stormed his parish home, burning down the parish church, his home and destroying the entire village. His escape was a miracle.  Fr. Polycarp says he has seen countless murdered in the most brutal way and up to 84 churches under his pastoral care completely destroyed by the militants.Constant and intense clashes – farmerMr Solomon Yuhwam, a Catholic father of three, is a farmer. In his community of Dan Anacha, a village in Nigeria’s North Eastern State of Taraba, the clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers is very intense.He will be sharing his encounter with the Fulani herdsmen and explaining the real situation of the crisis in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.In Nigeria the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked and killed Christians. But in northern Nigeria’s Middle Belt area a bigger threat for Christians comes from the Hausa-Fulani Muslim Herdsman. Thousands of Christians have been killed, entire villages razed to the ground and hundreds left homeless.  Just over 38 million people belong to the larger Fulani cluster of ethnic groups found in pockets across 19 Central and West African countries.Everyone is invited to this event.WhatsApp <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG2434.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

46 persons arrested following raid in Marsa

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Anti-Drug Squad has arrested 46 individuals in the night between Saturday and Sunday in Marsa. Amongst other things, the persons were detained over the possession of various drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and synthetic drugs.The arrested persons are of various nationalities. Some are Maltese, others are European, African, Indian and American. There ages vary between 16 and 43.Some have already paid the fine; others are waiting to be arraigned in Court in the coming days.WhatsApplast_img read more