opinion Michael Lujan Bevacqua For Pacific Daily News Published 6:28 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 Democracies are intriguing social organisms built around two principles that often contradict. First, democracies are supposed to be about choice and that the will of individuals will be represented. The preferences, favoritism or affinities people have is the basis for democratic engagement. You support candidates because you like their messages, hair, because they have some connection to you that animates you to select their name on the ballot, defend their honor in Facebook comments or stand by the road and hold a sign. More: Bevacqua: Know more, avoid manipulation by politicians More: Bevacqua: Evaluate political candidates beyond the superficial But this regularly contradicts the second principle, that democracies are also built on consensus and cooperation. The expression of individuals or groups as to who they feel would lead the best then has to contend with the fact that … [Read more...] about Bevacqua: Identifying the difference between electability and effectiveness
The Government has stalled on plans to double New Zealand's refugee quota - and it's because of the housing crisis. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says Aotearoa need to sort that before it thinks about welcoming more refugees. New refugee scheme 'groundbreaking' Opinion: It's time for NZ to step up and welcome home more refugees The refugee crisis is still very much a crisis, however, and the Government has pledged to do its bit. "It is still my intention to see an increase in the refugee quota to 1500," says Mr Lees-Galloway. This was a major campaign promise, but 10 months on it seems to have stalled, from what the Minister is saying. "What we have to do is make sure we've got the capacity to take those extra people." Translation: we just don't have enough homes. "It's no good bringing in more people if we can't give them good resettlement opportunities here in New Zealand," says Mr Lees-Galloway. New Zealand currently takes in 1000 refugees a year. They are settled in … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Housing crisis stalls Govt’s plan to double refugee quota
At a time when we're all focused on what we're putting in and on our bodies - from organic and free-range to natural and plant-based - have you actually ever thought about what you're putting on or in your body during that time of the month? Many pads and tampons contain some serious nasties. Model loses leg because of toxic tampon Is it time to bust stigma with a period emoji? "Many brands of tampons, pads and liners contain synthetic materials," says Natracare spokesperson Catherine Morris. "Pads often contain polypropylene, plastics and chlorine-bleached wood pulp, while tampons are usually made with chlorine-bleached rayon or conventionally grown cotton." Natracare is a range of menstrual, incontinence and baby care products which are 100 percent natural, plastic-free, chlorine-free, certified organic, sustainably-sourced, vegan-approved and gynaecologist-recommended. Then there is the plastic question. "With more women looking to reduce their plastic consumption for the health … [Read more...] about Do you know what’s really in your pads and tampons?
Gareth Morgan has hit out at New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, saying the Acting Prime Minister "represents all that's sick in New Zealand politics". It comes after NZ First celebrated its 25th birthday, and Mr Peters took the opportunity to say the party had been more successful than other minor parties. Winston Peters takes dig at minor parties on NZ First's 25th birthday "We've seen political parties formed in recent times, backed by millions of dollars and big ideas, that have collapsed without the support of everyday New Zealanders," Mr Peters said. The comment came shortly after the deregistration of The Opportunities Party (TOP) - the party Mr Morgan started. On a Newshub tweet referencing the story, Mr Morgan fired back at Mr Peters, saying: "Tenure is not political success". "To have been part of the [establishment] that's overseen rising inequality, stagnant productivity and [environmental] destruction for 30 years, Peters is a disgrace, champion of the largest … [Read more...] about Gareth Morgan hits back at ‘disgrace’ Winston Peters after minor party criticism
opinion Pacific Daily News Published 6:19 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 The Guam Memorial Hospital’s recent loss of accreditation from The Joint Commission is a blow to our community. After having worked hard to achieve accreditation in 2010, losing it again due mostly to the hospital’s management practices should concern everyone who relies on the island’s only public hospital. We have no doubt that the hospital’s caregivers continue to provide the best care they can to patients, but a hospital is more than the doctors and the nurses who staff it. Accreditation is important for many reasons. It allows the organization to qualify for federal grants and programs; reduce liability insurance costs; helps organize patient safety efforts; attract new business; allows for better recruitment; and gives the community and its patients confidence in its health care system. More: After loss of accreditation, GMH braces for possible Medicare funding loss More: GMH, … [Read more...] about Our View: Critical that GMH regains accreditation