Stuff.co.nz 25 July 2013Nearly 800 newborn babies were taken from their mothers and put into government care in the past five years, with one Waikato baby taken within hours of its birth.The 773 babies – all less than a month old – were taken due to “serious concerns” about their parents’ ability to care for them.Child, Youth and Family midlands regional director Sue Critchley described the removals as “absolutely the last resort”.“The last thing any social worker wants to do is take a newborn baby off their mother. So it has to be an absolute serious situation.“When a baby is born it needs to be bonding with the parent and getting attached, so it’s certainly one of the hardest calls we have to make.”The Midlands region (which includes Waikato and the Bay of Plenty) had the lowest number of babies taken (118) in the period, while the Southern region had the highest with 247 taken into care.CYF would not reveal the age of the youngest child taken into care, but confirmed one Waikato baby was removed the day it was born.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8960064/Babies-taken-at-birth-from-risky-mothers
New York Times 24 July 2014It was not on the public schedule for the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting at the stately Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. But inside a conference room, a group of conservative women held a boot camp to strengthen an unlikely set of skills: how to talk about abortion.They have conducted a half-dozen of these sessions around the country this year, from Richmond, Va., to Madison, Wis. Coaches point video cameras at the participants and ask them to talk about why they believe abortion is wrong.They review the video, and critiques are rendered. “Rape is a four-letter word,” one of the consultants often advises. “Purge it from your lexicon.”Another tip: Keep remarks as short as possible. “Two sentences is really the goal,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, the anti-abortion group that hosts the boot camps. “Then stop talking.”Social issues have taken on added urgency since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case last month, which held that family-run corporations could not be required to pay for insurance coverage for contraception. While Democrats hope the decision will help them draw Republicans back into an uncomfortable debate over women’s rights, many conservatives relish the fight and welcome putting abortion at the center of the midterm elections.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/us/politics/republicans-abortion-midterm-elections.html?_r=1
TVNZ One News 21 June 2016Family First Comment: Timely warning through the smoke-screen of decriminalising marijuana Two former New Zealand police officers who went under cover filming how easy it is to buy medicinal marijuana in California warn this country needs to proceed with absolute caution if it’s to legalise medicinal marijuana.Kirk Hardy and his colleague Glen Dobson run a workplace drug testing programme and say nothing would be better for their business than if cannabis laws were relaxed in New Zealand.But they say New Zealanders have no idea that one of the world’s best known models for medicinal marijuana in California is rife with abuse.“It’s only when you start peeling back the layers and having a look at it, that you see it for what it is. It’s farcical,” said Mr Hardy, chief executive of The Drug Detection Agency.At a clinic in San Francisco, a receptionist took Mr Dobson’s name, hotel address and driver’s licence, and listed any ailments and current medication.He had his blood pressure checked, paid money and told a doctor via an iPad, he had “recently started to get slightly more frequent headaches” and was finding it “a bit difficult to get to sleep”.After Mr Dobson told the doctor marijuana had “definitely” been helpful for those symptoms, the doctor recommended morning exercise and plenty of liquids, the cannabis recommendation a mere formality in the under-two-minute consultation.Keith Graves, a US drug education consultant, says the medicinal marijuana system is an embarrassment.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/ex-cops-caution-nz-medicinal-marijuana-after-testing-farcical-california-system
IVF is producing a new generation of infertile children, says Australian scientistStuff co.nz 11 November 2016A scientist in Australia says IVF is producing a new generation of infertile children.John Aitken, Newcastle University laureate professor, says IVF children will require expensive medical treatment to produce their own offspring.He also warned of ongoing health problems with IVF children, suggesting that male children of ageing fathers who used assisted pregnancy procedures were prone to cancer.Aitken said affluence had become the enemy of fertility as Australians increasingly turned to IVF and other assisted pregnancy procedures.One in six couples in Australia use IVF.And one in every 25 Australian children are now born as a result of IVF.A decade ago, it was one in 35 births.Aitken predicted unless there was a rethink, the country was well on the way to replicating the Danish experience where one in 15 children were IVF babies.He said the trend to IVF raised equity issues in how much money society should pay helping couples have children and research was revealing previously unsuspected health risks such as increased cancer rates among boys whose fathers – but not mothers – smoked and used assisted conception techniques.“We should guard against recklessly marching into a future where we use too much assisted conception in order to compensate for our loss of fertility,” he said.“Its an inexorable upward trend. We are taking recourse to IVF in increasing numbers and the thing we have to remember as a society is that the more you use assisted conception in one generation, the more you’re going to need it in the next.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/pregnancy/conception/86390378/IVF-is-producing-a-new-generation-of-infertile-children-says-Australian-scientist?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Radio NZ News 19 December 2018New Zealanders are to be given the final say on whether personal use of cannabis should be legal. The question will be put in a binding referendum to be held at the 2020 general elections. To get two very different takes on the subject we have Sandra Murray, spokesperson from the Cannabis Referendum Coalition, and Bob McCoskrie, director of Family First.
Waatea News 22 September 2020Family First Comment: “Hirini Kaa says the change is being sold on the basis making cannabis legal will allow the physical and psychological harms to be dealt with as a health issue, while also addressing the inequity in the percentage of Māori charged, convicted and jailed for drug offences. He’s not putting any faith in a health system that has failed Māori to be successful in this case. It’s also not going to fix a racist legal system.”Exactly!A Māori cleric and historian says he’s voting kao to liberalising cannabis laws because he doesn’t believe the change will benefit Māori.Hirini Kaa says the change is being sold on the basis making cannabis legal will allow the physical and psychological harms to be dealt with as a health issue, while also addressing the inequity in the percentage of Māori charged, convicted and jailed for drug offences.He’s not putting any faith in a health system that has failed Māori to be successful in this case.It’s also not going to fix a racist legal system.“Unfortunately our people get arrested for a whole lot of causes. Drugs is just one of the many gateways in there. This isn’t going to lower incarceration rates. There’s not a lot of people in prison just for cannabis use or possession. It’s other causes. The police are going to look for our young people regardless. Cannabis isn’t the answer to our racist legal system,” Dr Kaa says.He also fears if the referendum passes the next Labour Government will act as if it doesn’t need to do anything else to fix the legal system.https://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_news/MjU2MTc/Paakiwaha/Vote-of-no-confidence-in-drug-law-reformKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Related Botswana opposition condemns “assassination attempt” on Mnangagwa AU condemns coup on GNA headquarters in Tripoli AU condemns DR Congo killings as “shameful” General Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed during an ambush on his car. Police reports say the car was hit by two rockets and sprayed with automatic gunfire. The assassination has sparked fears of a plunge into widespread violence in the country.In a statement issued on Monday, the Chairperson expressed her condolences to the families of the deceased, and to the government of Burundi.“The AU Commission Chairperson strongly condemns this barbaric act that is likely to further destabilize the country,” she said, calling on all Burundians to exercise utmost restraint, not be provoked and to refrain from any acts of retaliation that would only further escalate and complicate the already bad situation.Dlamini Zuma urged the Burundian government, the opposition political parties and civil society to work very closely together to find a lasting solution to the current crisis.The Chairperson reiterated the AU’s commitment to continue working with all parties to help bring back peace and stability to Burundi and end the suffering of its people. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed shock at the assassination of Burundi’s General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a former army Chief of Staff and head of Burundi’s intelligence service The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed shock at the assassination of Burundi’s General Adolphe NshimirimanaThe Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed shock at the assassination of Burundi’s General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a former army Chief of Staff and head of Burundi’s intelligence which took place on Sunday in Bujumbura, the capital.Dlamini took to her twitter account to condemn the assasination terming it as barbaric. She also urged Burundians to remain calm and called on the warring sides to resolve the conflict.
10 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Ten healthy alternatives to the ‘bad’ foods we loveWhether you want to lose weight or boost your health, there are many small changes you can make to your diet to achieve these results. To help cut out the bad stuff without compromising on taste, check out our top ten healthy food swaps.Porridge instead of breakfast cerealsWhile packaged breakfast cereals may look like a healthy option, in reality most cereals are laden with sugar. Not only does this add to the overall calories consumed, but it can lead to a mid-morning sugar slump which will have you craving more. Instead, try starting your morning with a bowl of low-GI porridge, which is not only packed with nutrients but is a good source of slow-release energy that will fill you up quicker and keep you feeling full for longer.Pure fruit spread instead of preservesIf you prefer to start your mornings with a few slices of toast, it may be worthwhile substituting fruit preserves for a healthier spread. While most fruit preserves are packed with added sugars or chemical sweeteners, pure fruit spreads are sweetened only with sugars that occur naturally in fruits. Because of this, they deliver the same sweet taste only with fewer calories and no artificial additives.Maple syrup instead of sugarAlthough all sugars are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation, if you must use a sweetening product, pure maple syrup is a healthier option than refined sugars. While refined sugars are stripped of nutrients, maple syrup is packed with minerals — including manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and zinc — as well as antioxidants. Maple syrup also has a lower GI ranking than table sugar.Popcorn instead of potato chipsIn terms of health, most potato chips don’t have much going for them. Not only are they high in saturated fats, calories and salt, but they have next to no nutritional value. If you find yourself craving a salty snack between meals, try swapping your chips for a packet of plain or lightly seasoned popcorn. Not only will you be giving your body a boost of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber, you could be saving yourself around eight grams of fat and 50 calories per 25g serving.Fruit instead of snack barsMany people believe that cereal, fruit and nut bars are the perfect in-between meals snack. However, as with so-called healthy cereals, many of these bars are actually packed with cane sugar, corn syrup and saturated fat. In fact, cereal bars can contain as much fat, sugar and calories as a chocolate bar or a couple of biscuits. If you fancy a sweet snack between meals, reach for a piece of fruit instead and save yourself over 100 calories.Sweet potatoes instead of potatoesAlthough potatoes contain several nutrients, sweet potatoes may be a better option for those watching their weight. While potatoes are high on the glycemic index, so can lead to energy slumps and cravings, sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate with a much lower GI ranking. In addition to this, sweet potatoes are packed with minerals and vitamins including antioxidant beta-carotene. Try swapping your jacket spud for a baked sweet potato, and chips for sweet potato wedges.Extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oilExtra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around due to its high monounsaturated fat content and antioxidant properties. The monounsaturated fats (‘good’ fats) in olive oil can not only help with weight loss, but they can help control cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. Try to buy olive oil in glass bottles to avoid the PCVs absorbed from plastic containers, and use in place of vegetable oil for salad dressings and low- to medium-heat cooking.Quinoa instead of couscousAs with potatoes, there is nothing wrong with couscous in itself, however by swapping the processed grain for quinoa you could benefit from a far more nutrient-dense and waist-friendly meal. Quinoa is not only less processed, gluten-free and a good source of slow-release energy, it is a much better source of fiber and one of the best plant sources of protein. In addition to this, quinoa is packed with nutrients including iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.Homemade sauces instead of jarredMost pre-made sauces are heavily processed, packed with unnecessary sugars and salt, and contain chemical preservatives to keep them fresh. Rather than filling your cupboards with jars and bottles, try making your own sauces from chopped tomatoes, herbs, spices and a variety of fresh vegetables. Not only will you be skipping all the nasty additives and extra calories, but you will help boost your intake of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.Frozen dessert instead of ice creamIce cream may be one of the most popular desserts around, but unfortunately the frozen treat is extremely high in sugar and fat. If you are craving dessert but want to save on calories, try swapping ice cream for a bowl of low fat frozen yogurt. Alternatively, try a sugar-free fruit sorbet or dairy-free ice cream alternative made from oats or cashew nuts. Not only are these easier to digest, they are generally a lot purer and lower in saturated fats and refined sugars.Real Buzz HealthLifestyle Ten healthy food swaps by: – September 24, 2012 Tweet Share
The finding is based on a Food Security Assessment conducted by the agency at the request of the Government between July and September of last year.“Hyperinflation is affecting the ability of families to secure food and other basic needs,” according to the study.“Fifty-nine per cent of households have insufficient income to buy food and 65 percent are unable to buy other essential items such as hygiene products, clothes and shoes.”WFP collected data countrywide at the household and community level via more than 8,300 questionnaires, analyzing food consumption patterns, food and livelihood coping strategies, and economic vulnerability.Results indicate that nearly 18 per cent of households, or roughly one in five, has an unacceptable level of food consumption. Of that number, 12.3 per cent were described as borderline, while 5.5. per cent have poor food consumption.Additionally, lack of dietary diversity indicated inadequate nutritional intake.Families consume cereals, roots or tubers daily, complemented with beans, lentils or other pulses three days a week and dairy products four days a week.Meanwhile, overall consumption of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruits is below three days a week for each of these food groups.Most families surveyed – 74 per cent – have engaged in food-related coping strategies such as reducing the variety and quality of food they eat. Sixty per cent reported reducing portion sizes, the study found.It added that, to survive, 33 per cent of households have also accepted working for food as payment, and others have sold family assets to cover basic needs, or even spent their savings on food.WFP said: “As families deplete the coping mechanisms they have been using to sustain basic food consumption, there are great concerns that nutritional needs will not be met in the short term. This will affect the most vulnerable, including children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly.” Sharing is caring! 45 Views no discussions Share Share LifestyleNewsRegional UN Study: One in Three Venezuelans Not Getting Enough to Eat by: – February 28, 2020 Tweet (Caribbean360) As a result of hyperinflation in Venezuela, about one-third of the population – more than nine million people – are not getting enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published yesterday by the World Food Programme (WFP). Share