Epiphanot – an idea that at first seems like an amazing insight but turns out to be pointless, mundane, stupid, or incorrect, and often is the root cause of bad decisions; an out-of-body, or out-of-brain, experience which occurs when faced with a demanding intellectual challenge.
Justice David Collins has ruled it is up to parliament to amend the Crimes Act to give doctors the right to help patients die without prosecution.
Lecretia Seales was unsuccessful in seeking a landmark High Court ruling to allow her doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution.
Justice David Collins released his judgment at 3pm which rejected her bid and said only Parliament can give her what she wanted. . .
Ms Seales died of natural causes at 12.35am this morning, just hours after her family and lawyers received the ruling.
The health of the 42-year-old Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer had deteriorated rapidly in the days since her court case last week where she was seeking a declaration that a doctor would not risk prosecution if they were to help her die.
Her family said they were “very disappointed with Justice Collin’s judgment. He found in our favour in relation to the evidence before him, but his interpretation of the purpose of the law meant he could not find aid in dying was available to Lecretia or inconsistent with the Bill of Rights.”
They added: “The judgment has starkly highlighted that the status quo is not ideal; that people are at risk of intolerable suffering and are at risk of ending their lives earlier than they would otherwise. Justice Collins was clear that it is for Parliament to address these issues. . .
The grief Lucretia’s family and friends will be dealing with will be compounded by their disappointment that the case which occupied so much of her final weeks was unsuccessful.
They might choose to honour her memory by campaigning for a law change.
None of us would choose to suffer nor to watch anyone we love suffer.
That suffering might not just be intense physical pain, it could be the loss of dignity which physical and/or mental deterioration can lead to.
But euthanasia is not just about people’s control over their own lives and deaths.
As I wrote on this issue six years ago:
. . . There might be a grey area now about pain relief which gets to the level where it could be fatal but there is a huge gulf between alleviating pain and deliberately killing someone.
If we ever consider our own mortality most of us would choose to die without pain and with all our faculties intact.
Life and death aren’t always that tidy and palliative care isn’t always optimal.
That is a very strong argument for better palliative care, not an argument for euthanasia. . .
Those arguing for euthanasia talk about the right to die.
Let us not forget that it would give doctors the right to kill.
The judgement is here.
The family’s response to the judgement is here.
Central Plains Water is proceeding with planning for an enlarged Stage 2 of the $375m project on the back of fresh funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries’ (MPI) Irrigation Accelerator Funding (IAF).
The $3.5 million investment from the IAF will allow CPW to proceed with the first phase of the Stage 2 design. This investment is one of two that the IAF has committed to CPW, which must match the commitment dollar-for-dollar. . .
Rabobank New Zealand has announced the appointment of Hayley Moynihan to the new role of general manager Country Banking.
Subject to regulatory approval from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Ms Moynihan will commence in the role from July 2, 2015.
Reporting to Rabobank New Zealand chief executive officer Ben Russell, the general manager Country Banking will be responsible for leadership of Rabobank’s rural banking business throughout New Zealand.
New Zealand cattle and deer farmers are being urged to get involved in how the fight against bovine TB is carried out, with a review of the Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Plan underway.
Since the start of 2000, New Zealand has spent more than $1.2 billion fighting bovine TB and controlling the pests (especially possums) that spread the disease.
Independent Chair of the Plan Governance Group (PGG) Chris Kelly said, “To protect the health of farmed cattle and deer and our good international trade reputation around animal products, it is critical we continue to build on this large investment and maintain the low TB rates we see today.” . .
Preliminary findings from a research project at the University of Waikato could mean good things for farmers dealing with the effects of ongoing drought.
Increasing drought resilience
Doctoral student Jack Pronger’s research focuses on identifying approaches to increase pastoral drought resilience by using more diverse mixes of pasture species. He’s comparing the seasonal water use of mixed-sward pasture systems (a combination of different grass, legume and herb species) with more traditional ryegrass/clover systems under dairy grazing. . .
A 1980s era ambulance will be on the road soon, helping to bring practical advice to farmers and others in the rural community about looking after themselves.
It is part of a new programme, Farmstrong, that rural insurer, FMG and the Mental Health Foundation have launched.
It is taking a different approach to other rural mental health initiatives, by promoting well-being, with advice on subjects such as nutrition, managing fatigue, exercise, and coping with pressure. . .
The uncertain future of the dairy sector is currently top-of-mind for many primary sector leaders, reports KPMG New Zealand.
That was a key theme arising from the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2015, titled “Growing Value”.
KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot, says conversations about the dairy industry’s future have “changed dramatically in the last year”.
“The extent of the downturn in milk returns for the 2014/2015 season was not expected. The belief that prices had moved to a new plain, driven by insatiable Chinese demand, has disappeared.” . . .
A tool to allow farmers to perform one of their most important jobs on a smartphone will soon be available when DairyNZ launches its new free Body Condition Scoring (BCS) App at the National Agricultural Fieldays next week in the Waikato.
The app gives farmers the opportunity to body condition score cows on their smartphone using DairyNZ’s Body Condition Scoring Made Easy field guide.
DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist Andrea Henry says condition scoring cows is such an important job, DairyNZ wanted to make it as easy as possible. . .
It’s the calm before the calving season and a bit of planning now will help herds get through without the risk of metabolic disorders, such as milk fever, which can lead to downer cows or impact future milk production.
The disorders are prevalent just before or after calving, triggered by an inability to mobilise enough calcium. Subclinical cases of milk fever can be hard to pick up, with industry data indicating that for every downer cow it is likely that between 10 and 15 others in the herd will have early stage milk fever symptoms.
“It’s estimated that the cost of a clinical case of milk fever can reach up to $1,500 per cow* – including lost milk production, reduced fertility, and increased likelihood of culling due to other diseases such as mastitis. Not only is the risk a costly one, it’s also unnecessary,” says SealesWinslow Product Development Manager, Jackie Aveling. . .
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.?
2. The lyrics to Danny Boy were set to which folk tune?
3. It’s jouers in French, suonare in Italian, tocar in Spanish and tākaro in Maori, what is it in English?
4. In which section of the orchestra would you find a bassoon?
5. What music/song/s would you like played at your funeral?
Points for answers:
Gravedodger got four (In response to your comment that it’s not for you to choose: while a funeral is for those who remain it’s about the one who has died so I think it’s helpful to tell those will be arranging the service what you’d like).
Teletext wins a virtual chocolate cake with five right and a bonus for extra information.
Andrei wins a virtual chocolate cake for five right and a bonus for extra information and the music.
Paranormal got two.
PDM got three and a smile for the anecdote.
Answers follow the break:
The woman who admitted the manslaughter of her son after she left him in her car has been discharged without conviction.
. . . Justice France was satisfied that the consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to her culpability. . .
This is justice showing mercy.
The bereaved parents’ club is one no-one chooses to join.
It is against the natural order to outlive our children.
It is difficult enough to lose a child through no-one’s fault, it must be so much worse for a parent who, whatever the court says, will always blame herself .
This mother will be serving her own life sentence.
I hope everyone in the family has the love and support they need as they grieve and that in time they are able to accept that the best tribute to the child who died is to live, better and happier lives because he can’t.
We’ve been strong beneficiaries of migration – they’ve brought capital to New Zealand, they’ve brought skills to New Zealand and they’ve brought hard work to New Zealand. – John Key
70 Titus and his Roman legions breached the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.
1257 Kraków received city rights.
1305 – Raymond Bertrand de Got became Pope Clement V, succeeding Pope Benedict XI who died one year earlier.
1723 Adam Smith, Scottish economist, was born (d. 1790).
1798 The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster was defeated.
1817 The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
1829 HMS Pickle captured the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.
1832 The June Rebellion broke out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the monarchy of Louis-Philippe.
1849 Denmark became a constitutional monarchy by the signing of a new constitution.
1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeated a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.
1866 East Coast military leader and prophet, Te Kooti, was deported with Pai Marire prisoners to the Chatham Islands.
1878 Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, was born (d. 1923).
1879 Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist, was born (d. 1985).
1883 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist, was born (d. 1946).
1888 The Rio de la Plata Earthquake took place.
1898 Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, lyricist and dramatist, was born (d. 1936).
1900 Second Boer War: British soldiers took Pretoria.
1905 Jock Cameron, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1936, was born (d. 1935).
1915 Denmark amended its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.
1917 World War I: Conscription began in the United States as “Army registration day”.
1932 Christy Brown, Irish author, was born (d. 1981).
1933 The U.S. Congress abrogated the United States’ use of the gold standard by enacting a joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.
1936 Connie Hines, American actress, was born (d. 2009).
1939 Margaret Drabble, English novelist, was born.
1941 Four thousand people were asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.
1942 World War II: United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
1944 World War II: More than 1000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.
1945 The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
1946 Freddie Stone, American guitarist (Sly & the Family Stone), was born.
1946 A fire in the La Salle Hotel in Chicago, Illinois kills 61 people.
1947 Tom Evans, English musician (Badfinger), was born (d. 1983).
1949 Ken Follett, Welsh author, was born.
1956 Elvis Presley introduced his new single, “Hound Dog“, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
1959 The first government of the State of Singapore was sworn in.
1963 British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigned in a sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair.
1963 – Movement of 15 Khordad: Protest against arrest of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini by Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In several cities, masses of angry demonstrators are confronted by tanks and paratroopers.
1964 DSV Alvin was commissioned.
1967 Six-Day War began: The Israeli air force launched simultaneous pre-emptive attacks on the air forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
1969 The International communist conference began in Moscow.
1975 The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the Six-Day War.
1975 – The United Kingdom holds its first and only country-wide referendum, on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC).
1976 Collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, United States.
1977 A coup took place in Seychelles.
1977 – The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale.
1981 The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five people in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what was the first recognized cases of AIDS.
1989 The Unknown Rebel halted the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
1995 The Bose-Einstein condensate was first created.
1998 A strike began at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
2001 U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party, which shifted control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.
2001 Tropical Storm Allison made landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
2003 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reached its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
2006 Serbia declared independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
2009 – After 65 straight days of civil disobedience, at least 31 people were killed in clashes between security forces and indigenous people near Bagua, Peru.
2012 – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker became first U.S. Governor to survive a recall election.
Sourced from NZ History & Wikipedia.