App users, tap here to watch video.FREDONIA – While social distancing is keeping many physically apart, it’s not stopping a local band from playing together.The Fredonia High School Symphonic Band put together a virtual fight song.In total, 58 members of the 2019-20 band can be seen playing together in the video above, provided by Fredonia Central School District teacher Andy Bennett. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
NZ Herald 23 June 2019Family First Comment: The doctors said they were “committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort”, including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.One thousand doctors have signed a letter saying they “want no part in assisted suicide”.They have urged politicians and policy-makers to let them focus on saving lives and care for the dying, rather than taking lives, which they deemed unethical – whether legal or not.The letter comes as Parliament is due to start the second reading debate on Act MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill on Wednesday.The doctors said they were “committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort”, including effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care. And they uphold the right of patients to decline treatment.But the 1000-strong group said it believed “physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal”.“We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect,” the letter reads.“We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.”Finishing, they said: “Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide. They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.“Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying.”The letter – along with 1000 names of the doctors who support it – has been published as a full-page advertisement in today’s Herald on Sunday.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12242957&ref=twitter (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Eugene “Budd” Wesley Bostic, age 74 of New Point, IN passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at St. Francis Health in Indianapolis, IN. Born February 4, 1942 in Columbus, IN he was the son of Eugene & Frances (Wilbur) Bostic.Budd served his country proudly in the US Army from 1960 – 1962 as a MP in Korea. He retired from Delta Faucet in Greensburg, IN.Budd is survived by his sons Jeff, Steven & Matt Williamson and sisters Judy Walker and Carol Belter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Vivian Carter.Private graveside services will be held at Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
The first and only Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) constructed so far by the People’s Republic of China has been dedicated in Monrovia, with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf describing the facility as what “looks like first class” treatment for the people of Liberia.The Chinese ETU is a 100-bed facility that was built and will be operated by a medical contingent of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The ETU is situated at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.Described as one of the best treatment centers in the country, the Chinese ETU is designed to meet high standards in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. With three batches of 500 medical staff, Chinese authorities said, the center will run for six months to isolate suspected Ebola patients and treat confirmed patients including United Nations staff who may get the virus.The facility was dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was accompanied by an array of government officials, including outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Information, Youth and Sports, among others.Heading a high-level Chinese delegation from China for the dedication ceremony was the Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC, Cui Li, and the Director-General of Health Department, General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Ren Guoquan.The head of the Chinese delegation, Cui Li, said the ETU built and staffed entirely by Chinese will be run and managed independently, something that is unprecedented both in the international aid to fight Ebola and China’s medical aid history.She noted that the ETU mirrors the long-lasting friendship between China and Africa, which have shared the weal and woes over the past 50 years, and also represents the implementation of China’s Africa policy of “Sincerity, Real Results, Affinity and Good Faith,” proposed by the President of China, Xi Jinping.In the preparation and building of the Center, Ms. Cui, who spoke through an interpreter, said her government sticks to the principle of “handle special cases with special methods when it comes to aiding Liberia’s fight” and fully respects the Liberian Government’s will and participation in the process.“After President Xi’s announcement of the 4th round of assistance to the affected countries to fight the epidemic, we took just a week to transport the construction materials, medical equipment and 500 construction workers to Liberia in six chartered flights.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the partnership and friendship. She said she looked forward to the service that will be rendered by the team at the new100-bed ETU.“All of this could not have been done except with the endorsement and support of the Chinese Government led by the President, Xi Jinping, who gave full endorsement through the Ambassador and his staff,” she said, requesting Amb. Zhang Yue, to convey to President Xi Jinping and the Premier Li Kequiang thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Liberian people.President Sirleaf recalled “the difficult days of July, August and September when Liberia was confronted with this unknown enemy, where some of the brave doctors and nurses, without proper equipment, tried to respond and ended up dying. There were others who got infected, and most abandoned the health facilities which meant that while there were hundreds dying of Ebola, there were also many others dying of other causes because there was no means to treat them.”She noted that China was one of the first to respond immediately when the Liberian government began to appeal for global assistance. China responded by sending an aircraft with an assortment of anti-Ebola equipment, materials and drugs that enabled healthcare workers to respond to Ebola-affected people.She indicated that the Chinese action prompted and encouraged other partners to join in the response exercise.President Sirleaf noted that in the dedication of the facility, China has now joined others in sending a team to construct an ETU to enable Liberians have a place to take the sick and infected.She described the newly constructed ETU as “exemplary” and commended China for this exceptional response. “As I look at the quality of the construction and the quality service that will be rendered, this looks like first-class treatment for our people,” President Sirleaf said, adding, “This is something commendable and exemplary, for which we will always be grateful.”She also commended the Chinese medical contingent of the People’s Liberation Army for their diligence and hard work in being able to construct the facility.Ren Guoquan, for his part, said the opening of the ETU, which took a month to construct, is the first international humanitarian relief project that is built, operated and managed by the Chinese PLA.He said the development is significant for promoting Liberia’s capability to fight the Ebola disease, safeguarding Liberian people’s lives and health, and controlling the global spread of the Ebola epidemic.“Together with the Liberian people, we have the determination, confidence and ability to tide over the difficulties and defeat the epidemic,” he said, adding that this will be a new milepost and will open a new chapter for the relationship between China and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)