Goff supports dying with dignity

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Nov 2011Labour leader Phil Goff is personally in favour of euthanasia, and believes it is an issue Parliament will have to tackle again. Mr Goff told an audience of about 30 people at a Grey Power meeting in Papatoetoe yesterday he supported dying with dignity. “For myself, I always want to have the choice of dying with dignity. That’s my individual decision.” Mr Goff was answering a question about doctors who sometimes choose not to resuscitate.In conscience votes Mr Goff has twice voted in favour of bills allowing euthanasia – once in 1995 and again for the Death with Dignity Bill in 2003. Both bills were eventually voted down. He said he would support another bill on euthanasia at least as far as a select committee.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10765219last_img read more

Temporary PBC Elections Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgSartory Link explains that so far, no one else on the staff is having symptoms. In addition, the office has undergone a thorough cleaning and disinfecting.Last March, Supervisor of Elections offices across the state were stocked with hand sanitizer, extra soap and disinfectant wipes, in an effort to keep voters and poll workers safe during the voting process.Despite the preparations and precautions, Sartory Link continues to encourage voters to consider requesting a vote-by-mail ballot. The employee no longer works at the office. His last day was on Tuesday and he left on Wednesday as soon as he arrived, according to Sartory Link.She adds that the entire department and anyone else who came into contact with the infected individual was sent home to work and will be tested before returning to the office.Your Vote – Your Choice. There are 3 ways to vote in Palm Beach County! Vote by mail, vote during Early Voting, or vote on Election Day! Information about each way to vote and updating your registration can be found on our website https://t.co/QOo8Ixk7XK. #BeElectionReady pic.twitter.com/rlzZzD6oQv— Wendy Sartory Link, PBC Supervisor of Elections (@pbcelections) June 22, 2020 A seasonal employee at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office has tested positive for COVID-19, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said over the weekend.last_img read more

New investors to acquire Slavia Prague with city backing

first_imgA group of investors led by Czech businessman Karl Pražák is targeting a takeover of Slavia Prague. The group says it will also bring in over the municipal authorities of the Czech capital’s Prague 10 district as a new shareholder, reported local daily Mlada fronta DNES. “The involvement of Prague 10 is one of the conditions of the owners of the stadium and the club,” said Vaclav Slavicek, chief executive of local firm Vinet, which is the owner of Slavia’s stadium.The final decision regarding the planned investment is to be made following the forthcoming local elections in the Czech Republic.The municipality could secure a share of about 40% in the company which will own both the stadium and the club. The amount of the potential deal is estimated at about CZK 400 million (€15 million).The Prague-based side is currently owned by Czech businessman Ales Rebicek.”Prague 10 could cover a part of payment for the shares by returning the bonds which were used to finance the construction of the stadium,” said an unnamed source close to the deal said. The bonds were also purchased by other districts, including Prague 6 and Prague 13.Set up in 1892, Slavia Prague plays in the Synot Liga, the top tier of the Czech professional football league.last_img read more

FIFA Secretary General urges Uganda to fast track new Sports Law

first_imgFUFA  has been receiving Shs 10 billion annually from government since July 2018 as the most funded sports association in Uganda.Samoura also praised Kadaga and government of Uganda for supporting football.Samoura, who hails from Senegal, was elected  FIFA Secretary General in May 2016. She is visiting Uganda on the invitation of FUFA to witness the launch of FUFA extended headquarters and also projects such as stadiums in Lugazi, Lungujja and FUFA Technical Training Centre, Njeru.FUFA President, Moses Magogo informed Kadaga that Samoura will commission the FUFA headquarters, and also lauded FIFA for supporting the development of football in Uganda.Samoura will inspect, evaluate and commission FUFA projects financed under the FIFA Forward Programme including the headquarter expansion. The headquarter expansion project commenced in 2018 as a result of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s visit to Uganda in 2017.Her visit comes a month after FUFA President Moses Magogo returned to office after two months of suspension from all football-related activities. FIFA also fined him Shs 37 million for his role in the resale  of 2014 World Cup tickets.She however declined to comment on the impact Magogo’s suspension and plea bargaining has had on FUFA- FIFA relationship.******URNShare on: WhatsApp FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. PHOTO via  @fatma_samouraKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Secretary General of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Fatma Samoura urged Parliament of Uganda to fast track amendments to the Sports Law.Samoura made the statement when she paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday afternoon.She noted that the government of Uganda pledged that it would amend the National Council of Sports Act, 1964 by 2018 but this has not been done to date.The government has in the recent past promised to bring the Sports and Physical Activity bill to Parliament so as to repeal the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act and address deficiencies in the management and administration of the sports sub sector. Cabinet is yet to approve the bill.NCS is mandated to administer the sports sub sector which includes monitoring operations and also extend government funding to various sports associations and federations.The Federation for Uganda Football Associations – FUFA is among the 48 sports associations and federations currently recognized by NCS.Now, Samoura says that the current law is a challenge because FUFA’s legal status is not compatible with FIFA regulations. Therefore, amendments to the sports law will address the challenge, particularly the steps FUFA will be required to take to register its affiliation with FIFAShe says that her visit is an opportunity to remind officials about the need for a new sports law.The Speaker, Kadaga says that  she will ask the new sports minister, Hamson Obua on the progress of the bill and when it will be brought to Parliament for further scrutiny and enactment.Kadaga said that she was excited to meet Samoura in person, having watched her on TV giving interviews on her job as the first African and first female to hold the position of FIFA Secretary General.Kadaga lauded FIFA for extending $6million US dollars (approximately Shs 22 billion) annually to FUFA, but also urges FIFA to consider funding more infrastructure projects in Uganda especially stadiums to promote football at the grassroots.last_img read more

Aussie cricketing superstar Glenn Maxwell just got engaged to an Indian origin girl!

first_imgAdvertisement 2q8ciNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs12oiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1758Would you ever consider trying this?😱yt7fCan your students do this? 🌚2aoRoller skating! Powered by Firework On Wednesday Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell confirmed his engagement to girlfriend Vini Raman through Instagram. The right-handed batsman revealed that the couple got engaged earlier in the day while captioning it a subtle ring emoji. The 31-year-old was not selected for the Australian side which is touring South Africa at the moment, after picking up an elbow injury.Advertisement Picture Credit: TW/OzBlingAn explosive batsman from Victoria, Maxwell stepped down temporarily from the game due to mental health issues in October last year.However, he later revealed that in fact his girlfriend was the first to suggest getting checked by a professional when she noticed a change in him.“It was actually my partner who suggested I speak to someone, she was the first one who noticed it, so I should probably thank her as well. Once I had that initial conversation it was a big weight off my shoulders,” he said.The cricketer also credited his girlfriend for standing by him through thick and thin during his initial days with mental health issues.“My girlfriend was probably No. 1, it wasn’t an easy job for her to deal with me going through my mood swings for the first few weeks, but Michael Lloyd was the guy I had the initial conversation with, he’s been someone who I’ve confided in since back in the academy days, so I’ve known him for well over a decade now.”Raman also posted the same photo as her fiancé – posing with the engagement ring, as she wrote,“Last week my favourite person asked me to marry him #YES,”Chris Lynn, Maxwell’s Australian teammate congratulated the couple on Instagram writing  “Congrats big boy!”Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab superstar is expected to sit out for the next six to eight weeks of action, as confirmed by Cricket Australia on February 12. The Melbourne Stars skipper led his side to the finals of the KFC Big Bash League last month. You may also like:Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh set to make their debuts in Kollywood industryCongratulations flow in as Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya announces engagement with Natasa Stankovic  Advertisementlast_img read more

Power to the People: Colts Neck Hires Firm to Help Reduce…

first_imgBy John BurtonCOLTS NECK – The township committee is hoping its recent move to hire an energy-consulting firm will result in savings on residents’ electric bills.The township committee voted to retain Gabel Associates of Highland Park during its Aug. 28 meeting. The firm will act as the township’s consultant to negotiate with energy providers to secure a lower rate than residents and businesses currently can get.Gabel, which has assisted hundreds of school districts with energy needs over the years, began working with municipalities about 18 months ago as a community energy aggregation consultant.So far, Gabel has completed projects for Toms River and Plumstead Township and has secured energy rates that are 14 and 11 percent lower than what users had been paying, according to Ken Esser, a senior associate for Gabel.The firm is currently working with a number of other municipalities.Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, is working as an independent consultant for Gabel.“For me, it’s an opportunity to see residents of my district and the people of New Jersey at-large save money, especially when there’s no risk,” he said. “I’m inclined to get involved to have that happen.”As a consultant for Gabel, O’Scanlon works with representatives from municipal governments, explaining the benefits of having Gabel pursue lower energy rates for the community.In Colts Neck, Mayor Michael Fitzgerald said the township committee received six responses to its request for proposals. Fitzgerald supported Gabel, “because they were successful in a couple of towns” already.What happens in such arrangements is that Gabel Associates, an energy and public utility consulting company, works with a municipality to find an energy provider with rates lower than those being offered by its present provider. In Colts Neck, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) will continue to deliver the power but the source of the power will be another company as negotiated by Gabel. Home and business owners will still receive their bills from JCP&L, but hopefully at a lower rate.The negotiation of such arrangements is permitted under the state’s Energy Aggregation Act, which the Legislation passed in 2003.According Esser, there is “no out-of-pocket expenses for the municipality in any way,” as his firm earns its fee by factoring it into the total per kilowatt-hour charge that will be paid for by the user. Users new electric rate will be at least 5 to 10 percent lower than currently and could be even lower.Gabel looks for providers to secure the lower rates for a fixed period, usually for one or two years. Customers are not required to opt in and can opt out at any time, Esser said.O’Scanlon said works for the company to educate municipal officials on community energy aggregation and advises Gabel on strategy and other business facets.“He’s really an important part of our team,” Esser said.O’Scanlon, along with his Assembly obligations, runs FSD Enterprises, LLC, in Red Bank, a consulting firm that assists municipalities negotiating with wireless communications providers.Under state law, O’Scanlon is permitted to work with municipalities within his district.“I go out of my way to avoid any potential accusation of conflict of interest,” said O’Scanlon, who is not paid by municipalities but acts as a paid representative of Gabel.Fitzgerald said he expects the average homeowner in his community who participates to see as much as a $200 saving annually on the electric bill.“Every year it seems we have to tell the residents here it’s going to cost them more in taxes,” Fitzgerald said. “If we find a way to save them $200 a year it makes the pain a little bit more tolerable.”There are no big ways to save taxpayers money; it’s up to officials to find as many little ways as possible to save and hope they curb costs cumulatively, O’Scanlon said.“You explore everything,” he said.Among the municipalities Gabel is now working with are Montgomery Township in Somerset County, Monroe, Lambertville and West Orange, Esser said.Colts Neck has been approached by six or seven communities looking for information about the township’s experiences, Fitzgerald said.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Consider Volunteering at Film Festivals

first_imgInterested in screening your films at film festivals? Here are five reasons why you should consider volunteering before you start making submissions.When you look at the huge number of submissions and all the competition to get into major film festivals, the odds of getting your project in can seem nearly impossible. However, if you’re eager enough, one great way to really learn how to get into your ideal film festival is simply to volunteer.Volunteering is much less competitive, and it can be a good way to make connections, see some great films and panels, and even support the filmmaking community.Let’s look at five of the best reasons to volunteer at film festivals — and how to maximize your time and personal investment.1. Free AccessWhile film festivals are forces of good for filmmakers and film fans alike, one downside is that they can become pretty pricey to attend. Your major festivals like Sundance and SXSW can cost upwards of $1,000 if you’re looking for a full badge or pass. So, if for no other reason, you should consider volunteering to get into festivals for free. Yes, you have to work, but many festivals reward their volunteers with passes that they can use on off days — or other opportunities to check out screenings, panels, and events.2. Get to Know the Programming StaffImage via Life and Times.Having covered festivals for several years (and even having been lucky enough to attend as a filmmaker), I will tell you that it’s the best way to meet the staff, programmers, and founders — or organizers. Festivals are really immersive environments, and you can easily find yourself spending 16-hour days with the same people over the course of a weekend — or sometimes a full week. It’s in those times that you can really get to know the key people involved and understand how they work.3. See the Movies (And What Makes Them Successful)If there’s one piece of advice that I would share with anyone trying to get a film into a film festival, it’s that it’s important to match the right film with the right festival. There are more film festivals in the world today than at any point in the past, and new ones are springing up by the week. Chances are there is a sub-genre, niche, or local festival that is the best fit for you — you just have to do the legwork to find it.Volunteering at festivals is great because it gives you a glimpse into what types of films a given festival shows (features, shorts, or other episodic/series). From there, you can tell if your projects are a good fit — or if you need to look for recommendations for other places more in line with your brand.Here’s an in-depth report on what types of movies get into SXSW (including genres and the cameras they used).4. Make Friends and ConnectionsImage via Jacob Lund.Having volunteered at festivals in the past, I would absolutely say it’s a great way to make new friends and connections — especially if you’ve just moved to a new town or university (as I had). Festivals are usually a good mix of locals and traveling filmmakers, so it’s easy to find people intermingling and introducing themselves as everyone gets to know one another.5. Move Up Next YearWithout stats or figures on this, I still feel safe saying that just about everyone who works in any capacity with a film festival started as a volunteer. Whether it was part time or helping out in some small capacity, everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve seen volunteers become programmers and even festival directors in under five years. It’s about showing up, having a good attitude, and coming back year after year. Once you’re a part of the system — and enjoying your time — volunteering can quickly turn into a bigger role, if not a full-time career.Cover image by Nick Starichenko.For more film festival insights and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.10 Things to Know Before Screening at Film FestivalsWhy Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersWhat to Include When Submitting Your Film to FestivalsAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?last_img read more

HubSpot TV – Fight Back with Special Guest @ErinWeed

first_img and use the hashtag Intro Marketing Takeaway: Marketing Takeaway: Pay attention to this trend. It could vastly affect your marketing measurement in the future. http://itunes.hubspot.tv Google Allows Users to Block Tracking Finally, Twitter Search to Rank Tweets by Popularity : Don’t get caught with your guard down – pay attention to online conversations so your company is not the victim of a surprise attack. Twitter Is a Popularity Contest karenrubin (Episode length: 27 minutes, 32 seconds) Surprise Guest! – David Meerman Scott Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Nestle / Facebook / Greenpeace timeline (in process) Watch HubSpot TV live at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday at  Episode #85 – March 26, 2010 Headlines Special Guest – Erin Weed ) http://www.girlsfightback.com #HubSpotTV mvolpe Nestle’s Fan Page ), Karen Rubin (@ Marketing Takeaway 2: As always, all the old episodes are in iTunes: erinweed How to interact on Twitter: Include www.HubSpot.tv in your tweet! On the show today is Mike Volpe (@ ) and Erin Weed (@ www.hubspot.tv Marketing Tip of the Week Think about multi layered social media campaigns, like Greenpeace, to make a bigger splash. http://www.erinweed.com Proactively monitor trends to prevent potential social media attacks. If you like the show, please leave a review! Marketing Takeaway: Cookies under fire as regulators move in Forum Fodder Crisis Planning: Prepare Your Company For Social Media Attacks Nestle Faces Social Media Terrorism Originally published Apr 2, 2010 3:00:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 To become more visible in search engines, get on the social media train!last_img read more