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Assisted suicides often involve pain, suffering

24 October 2014
Assisted suicides often involve pain, suffering

Providence Journal 17 October 2014 Did you know that many assisted suicides experience complications? Assisted suicide is wrongly marketed to the public as a flawless, peaceful escape from suffering. It can be a painful and scary death. It can include gasping, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, panic, confusion, failure to produce unconsciousness, waking from unconsciousness and…

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There can be dignity in all states of life

24 October 2014
There can be dignity in all states of life

Ottawa Citizen 15 October 2014 In his article of Oct. 9, Desmond Tutu emphasizes the importance of language on the sensitive issue of medically assisted dying. In the spirit of advancing a respectful dialogue, I must urge him to consider the deeper meanings of dignity, and…

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Breaking Bad dolls pulled from shelves (US)

24 October 2014
Breaking Bad dolls pulled from shelves (US)

NZ Herald 23 October 2014 Toys “R” Us is pulling Breaking Bad dolls from its shelves after a Florida woman complained about the kids’ store selling the drug-themed products. “Let’s just say the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” the retailer said in a…

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X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education

24 October 2014
X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education

The Telegraph 23 October 2014 There are some government policies, current and past that have an undeniable X Factor; the minimum wage, freedom of information, free school milk (and perhaps even lunches?). At first glance – and often under deeper inspection – they ‘feel right’.…

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Benefits of free nursery education ‘not lasting’

23 October 2014
Benefits of free nursery education ‘not lasting’

BBC News 22 October 2014 Free part-time pre-school education in England has not led to lasting educational benefits, a study suggests. The greatest impact, it indicates, was on the poorest children, whose early education foundation stage profile (FSP) scores were boosted by 15 points. Children’s…

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ECE Benefits Overstated, Costly To Taxpayer – Study

23 October 2014
ECE Benefits Overstated, Costly To Taxpayer – Study

Media Release 23 October 2014 Family First NZ says that a UK study on early childhood education should make the New Zealand government reevaluate their policy of increasing the rate of participation in early childhood education to 98 per cent by 2016. The study by…

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