History made as Nelson couple listed as ‘mother’ and ‘mother’ on birth certificate

first_imgStuff co.nz 3 May 2018Family First Comment: Apparently children don’t have biological fathers anymore. Really?“All parents registering a child, IRRESPECTIVE of how conceived, would have the option of selecting “mother”, “father” or “parent” AS THEY PREFER with the end-to-end process to be in place by the end of 2018.#DenyingBiology    #WeAreStuffedA lesbian couple from Nelson appear to have been issued a first for New Zealand: a birth certificate for their daughter with “mother” and “mother” named as parents.Lawyer Stewart Dalley, from Auckland, represented the couple in their bid to get their daughter’s birth certificate changed, as it previously read “mother” and “other parent”.“For some people, ‘other parent’ just carries a sort of lesser standing,” Dalley said.“It seems a more derogatory term, a ‘you’re the other parent, they’re the real parent’ sort of situation.”It was a massive change to have the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) amend its procedures, Dalley said, so the Nelson women could both be named as “mother”, as it also had wider implications.“It potentially affects over 1000 children who could have their birth certificates amended now.“And the way society is progressing, l I think the other change that’s been noted is that irrespective of how a child is conceived in the future, the parents of any description will be able to select either mother, father, or parent, so that potentially impacts on transgender people …”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/103588398/history-made-as-nelson-couple-listed-as-mother-and-mother-on-birth-certificateWhat your birth certificate is actually used for and why you need itStuff co.nz 4 May 2018A lesbian couple made history this week when their daughter became the first person to have a birth certificate issued with the parents listed as “mother” and “mother”.The Department of Internal Affairs at first refused to allow the change.But Auckland lawyer Stewart Dalley stepped in to help the pair and now, the recording of parental titles on life event certificates, including births, marriages and deaths, has been expanded.However, reaction to the story has made it clear many people aren’t actually sure what a birth certificate is for.The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) registers and maintains the New Zealand birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change information, and issues certificates and printouts.In short, a birth certificate is a record of the birth of a child.Anyone can apply for a copy of their birth certificate and can do it easily online, through the DIA website, even if it has been lost or damaged.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/103638740/what-your-birth-certificate-is-actually-used-for-and-why-you-need-it?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Tunisian restaurant owner promotes common ancestry of local jews & muslims

first_imgRelated In Tunisia, Jews and Muslims  have been living side by side for many decades. But while some extremists try to create divisions, one restaurateur is fighting back. Its become his mission to raise awareness of the common heritage between the two communities. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports Tunisian Residents Divided over Upcoming Polls Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims Alexandria initiative promotes green lifestyleslast_img

Zimbabwe stock exchange: automated trading system up and running after a…

first_imgZimbabwe Stock Exchange electronic trading plans flop For the first time in a hundred years it’s quiet on the Zimbabwe stock exchange trading floor. The traditional open outcry has been replaced with an automated trading system.Technical glitches prevented the system from going live last Friday, it all systems were green on Monday and brokers were pretty excited. Trade volumes however remained thin, as traders tested the system.Those weak numbers are also attributable to generally poor performance of the ZSE over the last year, as CCTV’s Farai Mwakutuya reports.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgHSTpPkGVY Related Zimbabwe’s Weak Economy: Stock Exchange Starts To Feel The Heat Weekly turnover on the Dar Stock Exchange drops 90%last_img

TP Mazembe celebrate fifth crown in African champions league

first_imgHundreds of supporters of the newly crowned African champions league TP Mazembe celebrated their team’s success in the finals of the tournament.The streets of Lubumbashi were taken over by the jubilant fans, who escorted the players as they made laps of honour in the streets, parading the trophy. Mazembe beat Algeria’s USM Alger 2-0 on Sunday to give them a 4-1 triumph on aggregate and an automatic entry to the FIFA Club world cup in Japan next month.last_img

Fruit Salad Bowl Turnover.

first_img Share Share Share Fruit Salad Bowl TurnoverTurn an ordinary honeydew melon or cantaloupe into a beautiful serving bowl. Mix sliced peaches, plums, and strawberries together and serve in the hollowed out melon.Sprinkle lemon juice on the sliced fruit to keep it from turning brown.It makes a beautiful presentation with any fruits you choose. And you can eat the bowl!Ingredients:4 cups sliced fresh peaches, nectarines, plums, and/or apricots1 to 2 cups assorted fresh berries, such as halved strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries1 to 2 cups 1-inch chunks honeydew or cantaloupe melon1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)3 small cantaloupes, halved (optional)Directions:Refrigerate a large glass serving bowl for 20 to 30 minutes. Add desired fruit to the bowl. Toss gently until fruits are just mixed. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Sprinkle the sugar, to taste. Toss gently until sugar is dissolved. To serve, spoon mixed fruits into cantaloupe halves, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.Recipe source: BHG.com Tweetcenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Fruit Salad Bowl Turnover. by: – June 27, 2011 Sharing is caring! 62 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Pre-eclampsia predicted using test during pregnancy

first_imgPre-eclampsia is thought to affect 3-5% of pregnanciesA test carried out during pregnancy could predict which women will develop a potentially fatal condition called pre-eclampsia, scientists say.Presenting their study to the American Society of Nephrology, researchers said the test detected specific kidney cells in patients’ urine.Out of 15 women who developed pre-eclampsia, all tested positive for the cells.Experts say a simple, predictive test during pregnancy would be valuable.Warning signPre-eclampsia is a disorder which appears in the late stages of pregnancy and is characterised by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who presented their work to the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, tested 300 womenDr Vesna Garovic assessed a test which detects the shedding of kidney cells called podocytes in the urine. The team had previously found podocytes present in patients with pre-eclampsia when they gave birth.In this study, all the women who went on to develop pre-eclampsia had podocytes in their urine, while none of the 15 who went on to develop high blood pressure or the 44 healthy pregnant women did.Although carried out on small numbers of women, the researchers say the test is highly accurate for predicting pre-eclampsia and could alert doctors early to the problem.Ann Marie Barnard, chief executive of Action on Pre-Eclampsia, said an accurate test would help many women.“A large number of the 1,500 women who call our helpline each year are terrified of becoming pregnant again because they have suffered pre-eclampsia, often with tragic results. Many do decide to go ahead with a new pregnancy anyway. “Any test which can predict whether they are going to get it again has to be welcomed – while it cannot stop the disease occurring, it would enable services to be more closely focused on them and more alert to signs of the disease developing.”And Andrew Shennan, professor of obstetrics at St Thomas Hospital in London, said: “Being able to use a simple accurate test in pregnancy, such as from a urine sample, would be valuable in identifying those women to watch closely. “Current tests are not reliable enough, and further work is needed to confirm these promising findings in larger groups.”BBC News Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Pre-eclampsia predicted using test during pregnancy by: – November 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Older dads linked to rise in genetic disorder

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 17 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Older dads linked to rise in genetic disorder by: – August 23, 2012center_img Share Share Most mutations are linked to the father’s age rather than the mother’s, experts believeA genetic study has added to evidence that the increase in some mental and other disorders may be due to men having children later in life.An Icelandic company found the number of genetic mutations in children was directly related to the age of their father when they were conceived.One prominent researcher suggested young men should consider freezing their sperm if they wanted to have a family in later life.The research is published in Nature.According to Dr Kari Stefansson, of Decode Genetics, who led the research, the results show it is the age of men, rather than women, that is likely to have an effect on the health of the child.“Society has been very focused on the age of the mother. But apart from [Down’s Syndrome] it seems that disorders such as schizophrenia and autism are influenced by the age of the father and not the mother.”Male-drivenDr Stefansson’s team sequenced the DNA of 78 parents and their children. This revealed a direct correlation between the number of mutations or slight alterations to the DNA, of the child and the age of their father. The results indicate that a father aged 20 passes, on average, approximately 25 mutations, while a 40-year-old father passes on about 65. The study suggests that for every year a man delays fatherhood, they risk passing two more mutations on to their child.What this means in terms of the impact on the health of the child is unclear. But it does back studies that also show fathers are responsible for mutations and that these mutations increase with age. And, for the first time, these results have been quantified and they show that 97% of all mutations passed on to children are from older fathers.“No other factor is involved which for those of us working in the field is very surprising,” said Dr Stefansson.He added that the work backed other studies that have found links between older fathers and some disorders.“The average age of fathers has been steeply rising [in industrialised countries] since 1970. Over the same period there has been an increase in autism and it is very likely that part of that rise is accounted for by the increasing age of the father,” he said.Genetic ‘diversity’The findings should not alarm older fathers. The occurrence of many of these disorders in the population is very low and so the possible doubling in risk by having a child later in life will still be a very low risk. Nearly all children born to older fathers will be healthy. But across the population the number of children born with disorders is likely to increase if this theory holds true.Older fathers and therefore genetic mutations have been linked with neurological conditions because the brain depends on more genes for its development and regulation. So mutations in genes are more likely to show up as problems in the brain than in any other organ. But it is unclear whether the age of fathers has an effect on any other organ or system. The research has not yet been done.The reason that men rather than women drive the mutation rate is that women are born with all their eggs whereas men produce new sperm throughout their adult life. It is during sperm production that genetic errors creep in, especially as men get older. Writing a commentary in the Journal Nature, Prof Alexey Kondrashov, of University of Michigan, said young men might wish to consider freezing their sperm if future studies showed there were other negative effects on a child’s health.“Collecting the sperm of young adult men and cold storing it for later use could be a wise individual decision. It might also be a valuable for public health, as such action could reduce the deterioration of the gene pool of human populations,” he said.Dr Stefansson, however, told BBC News that from a long-term perspective the decision by some men to have children later in life might well be speeding up the evolution of our species. “The high rate of mutations is dangerous for the next generation but is generating diversity from which nature can select and further refine this product we call man,” he said.“So what is bad for the next generation may be good for our species in general.”However a spokesman for the National Autistic Society said: “While there is evidence to suggest that genetic factors may play a role in some forms of autism, there are many ‘younger’ fathers who have children with the condition. “Far more investigation needs to be done into the connection between genetics and autism before we can draw any reliable conclusions.” BBC Newslast_img read more

Venezuela: Long on weapons, short on accountability

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share NewsRegional Venezuela: Long on weapons, short on accountability by: – March 23, 2011center_img Share 48 Views   no discussions CARACAS, Venezuela (By Humberto Márquez) – Venezuela has been a major arms purchaser from Russia, China and other suppliers in the last five years, but has failed to acquire the necessary competence to deal with hypothetical conflicts, says a non-governmental organisation specialised in security and defence.This oil-producing country is one of the “big four” arms buyers in the region, along with Brazil, Colombia and Chile. “Venezuela has to maintain and renew obsolete weapons systems,” Rocío San Miguel, head of Citizen Control for Security, Defence and the Armed Forces, told IPS. To this end, the country may have spent or committed between 12 billion and 15 billion dollars in the period 2005-2010. Purchases and orders from Russia alone have amounted to some 8.5 billion dollars, according to San Miguel. Latin America bought 51.8 billion dollars’ worth of arms in 2009, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) recorded defence expenditure of over 58 billion dollars for the region in the same year. “What right does Latin America have to complain about its poverty, when it spends nearly 60 billion dollars on weapons and soldiers?” said 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias (1986-1990, 2006-2010) last year in a speech to the summit meeting of the Rio Group, a Latin American mechanism of political consultation and coordination. Aside from the amount spent and whether or not it is part of an arms race, Venezuela’s arms purchases “are tarnished by lack of transparency, lack of democratic oversight by parliament and the absence of consensus on strategic defence questions, all of which are mandated by the 1999 constitution,” said San Miguel. The constitution provides for a National Defence Council, made up of high-level officials, to set the country’s “strategic direction,” and establishes the principle of “co-responsibility” between the armed forces and civil society. This month the opposition in parliament sought to call Defence Minister General Carlos Mata to answer questions about arms acquisitions and other military issues, but the initiative was blocked by the lawmakers of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who have a majority in Congress. Ministers with responsibility for political and economic areas did appear in parliament to account for their actions, but they did not answer lawmakers’ questions about military spending. Among the weapons systems bought in the last five years from suppliers in 14 countries for the 117,000 members of the armed forces in Venezuela, more than 30 were purchased from Russia and half a dozen from China. Purchases and orders from Moscow included 100,000 Kalashnikov 103 and 104 assault rifles, rifle and munitions factories, 5,000 Dragunov sniper rifles, 36 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft, 48 Mi-17 multi-purpose helicopters, 10 Mi-35 attack helicopters and five transport helicopters. Also, 1,000 85mm RPG anti-tank rocket launchers, 1,000 IGLA portable anti-aircraft missile launchers, 92 medium T-52 tanks and 137 BMP and BTR infantry combat vehicles were bought. Acquisition of cannon, mortar, rocket and missile launcher systems have been announced, as well as submarines, more combat helicopters and amphibious aircraft. China supplied Venezuela with 25 K8 tactical training planes, 10 long-range mobile radar systems, and field and communications equipment. The acquisition of J-10 fighter planes has been announced. Anti-riot trucks and light aircraft were also bought from Austria, command centres and electronic warfare control systems from Belarus, and pistols from Brazil. Anti-riot equipment, ships and launches are being ordered from Spain, Cessna planes from the United States, gunpowder factories from Iran and naval cannons from Italy. Hovercrafts have been ordered from the U.K., RBS-70 portable missile systems from Sweden (before the Swedish government imposed an arms embargo on Venezuela in 2006), and naval anti-aircraft systems from Switzerland. Venezuela’s traditional strategy has been to maintain diversified sources for military procurement. But left-wing President Hugo Chávez has changed the purchasing pattern, preferring China and Russia to traditional suppliers like the United States, France and Israel, as part of what he calls a new “multi-polar” geopolitical strategy. In San Miguel’s view, “the most serious issue is the lack of transparency in arms purchases, the amounts spent and the payments made, and the inconsistency between these acquisitions and the defence concept favoured by the present government: a prolonged people’s war.” She said the branches of the armed forces (army, air force, navy and national guard) compete for arms purchases, and the army, where Chávez served until 1992, when as a lieutenant colonel he headed a failed military coup, nearly always wins. “Dysfunctional military purchases and allocations, translated into seriously questioned operational capacity, could have a historic cost if the nation turns out to be incapable, in spite of its substantial oil revenues, to provide itself with an adequate defence system,” San Miguel said. In her view, for Venezuela’s traditional conflict hypotheses – such as a possible war with neighbouring civil war-torn Colombia – the operational capacity of the armed forces and its relative combat power are at a low ebb. The expert stressed that “although Venezuela has shaken hands with (Colombian President Juan Manuel) Santos, the doctrine and discourse espoused by many pro-government spokespersons continues to be that the empire, the United States, can attack us through a third country, in this case Colombia. “Loss of operational capacity is associated with the new paradigm for our armed forces: the deprofessionalisation of its ranks, with many officers seeking to resign, and its role as the armed wing of the revolution led by President Chávez,” said San Miguel. Chávez, she said, “makes more than 90 percent of the decisions in the armed forces, and aided and abetted by the pro-government majority in the legislature, he evades the parliamentary control of military policy that is characteristic of democratic systems.” In contrast to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s action in January, the Venezuelan president did not announce measures to reduce or postpone military purchases due to the floods affecting the country, or the fall in oil revenues on which the economy depends. 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NEW STRUCTURE: Dominican Republic wants CARIFORUM restructured

first_imgNewsRegional NEW STRUCTURE: Dominican Republic wants CARIFORUM restructured by: – April 4, 2011 BELMOPAN, Belize – CMC – The Dominican Republic has raised concerns about the current structure of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and has proposed that the grouping appoints its own Secretary General.The Spanish-speaking Caribbean country tabled the matter as five Foreign Ministers and senior officials from the 17 countries that make up CARIFORUM ( the 15-member Caribbean Community, the Dominican republic and Haiti) met in Belize for the 18th meeting of the Council of Ministers last weekend.Belize Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, said the Dominican Republic does not appear comfortable with the current structure of CARIFORUM which is contained within CARICOM and expressed reservation relating to the role of the CARICOM Secretary General and the reporting procedure.“The Dominican Republic doesn’t seem to want the Director General to have to report to the Council of Ministers by going through the Secretary General of CARIFORUM. Their recommendation is for the DG to have a direct line to the Council of Ministers and not have to report to the Secretary General of CARICOM.  “It’s a thorny issue because protocol has always been for institutions, certainly the CARICOM institutions, to make reports through the Secretary General, that is the highest post. And from the Secretary General it goes to the Council of Ministers or to the Heads of Government. You just don’t by pass your Secretary General,” he said.The meeting focused on restructuring the current governance structure arrangements to meet the expanded responsibilities which came with the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in October 2008.CARIFORUM is specifically the mechanism created in 1992 for cooperation between CARICOM countries and the Dominican Republic and the European Union.Elrington further explained that under the current structure of CARIFORUM, the Dominican Republic feels that it is being sidelined because it does not sit at the table with CARICOM leaders where the major decisions are being taken.“They seem to believe, that’s the impression I’m getting, they seem to believe that there’s going to be a bias in favor of CARICOM countries than in fact the Dominican Republic and they want to make sure that in the governance structure, there is going to be proper representation for all interests including the Dominican Republic,” he said.The foreign minister stressed the matter must be settled if both sides are to maximise the benefits of the agreement with the European Union.Source: Cana News Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 37 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Government owed millions for business loans

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Millions of dollars are now owed to the National Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) by persons who borrowed funds to start their own businesses and never paid back, according to Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Errol Mc Leod. In some cases, he said, the funds were not used for what they were intended.Mc Leod said efforts are now being made to recover the monies. He made the disclosure yesterday, while speaking to reporters, following a public consultation on ‘Enterprise Development through Business Incubation’.Minister Mc Leod said there was “hardly any evidence” to support the recipients involvement in business development with the funds received. The loans disbursed would have ranged from TT$250,000 (US$39,370) to TT$500,000 (US$78,740) each. Mc Leod expressed dissatisfaction with the operations of NEDCO because of improprieties which he said came to his attention a year ago, when he took office. However, he said he could divulge any details because of an ongoing investigation.NEDCO was established in 2002 as the implementing agency for government’s policy on small and micro-enterprise development. Caribbean 360 News Share 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Government owed millions for business loans by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more