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Crazy! New Zealand law gives river human rights – but not unborn babies

first_imgThe Blaze 18 March 2017Family First Comment: “Although New Zealand now feels compelled to grant human rights to non-living entities in the nation, the country allows women of any age to have an abortion under a number of circumstances.”That’s right folks. An unborn child has less rights than a river. Only in NZ! A new law in New Zealand grants to a major river and all its tributaries the same legal status as a human being.The New Zealand Parliament passed a law on Wednesday giving the Whanganui River, a 180-mile river located on New Zealand’s North Island, the same legal status as a human under New Zealand law. The designation is the first known time in history a river has been given the same status as a person under a nation’s laws.According to a report by the BBC, the Maori, an indigenous people in New Zealand, have been pushing for the designation for more than a century. Chris Finlayson, the negotiations minister of the Treaty of Waitangi for New Zealand, made it clear the river will no longer “belong” to anyone.“The Crown will not own the river bed,” said Finlayson, according to a report by the Wanganui Chronicle. “The river will own itself. That’s a world-leading innovation for a river system.”Because a river is not capable of speaking or thinking, two human legal representatives will be appointed to represent the river in court when legal disputes arise. The Wanganui Chronicle reports one of those people will be selected by the “river tribes” and the second by the New Zealand government.In addition to the increased legal rights for the river, the new law grants $30 million to repair the Whanganui River and $80 million to settle disputes with local tribes.Although New Zealand now feels compelled to grant human rights to non-living entities in the nation, the country allows women of any age to have an abortion under a number of circumstances.Women may abort a pregnancy under 20 weeks if the mother’s life is in danger, there is a physical health danger present or any danger to mental health, in the case of incest or rape, when there is a lack of mental capacity or when there is a fetal abnormality. Very young or very old women may also be eligible without any of the conditions listed above. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, abortion is restricted to situations in which there is a risk of severe health problems for the unborn child or the mother. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Mourinho wants winning mentality

first_img After one week of training in his second spell as Chelsea boss, Mourinho expressed satisfaction at his players’ work ethic and played down links with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Christian Benteke of Aston Villa as “rumours”. Mourinho named two sides for Wednesday’s first match of his return, the pre-season contest with Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, and appears set to begin with the same four-two-three-one formation favoured by predecessor Rafael Benitez and which delivered the Europa League trophy in May. The ‘Special One’, who returned to Stamford Bridge last month after a near six-year absence, hopes for victory at the Rajamangala Stadium. “Winning is part of a culture: if you can do that even in friendly matches, we have to do it,” he said. “I don’t like to lose, the players don’t like to lose. They are competing fantastically in training sessions, and against several players, so my boys will try and get a result. “To lose is not a drama. It doesn’t change anything in the teams. But it’s not nice. We don’t like that. It’s not the most important thing to get a result, but we want to win.” Manchester United lost to Singha All-Stars in Bangkok last weekend and were without Rooney, the striker returning home with a hamstring injury as Chelsea arrived in Thailand. Rooney is among the players linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks and Mourinho has expressed his admiration for the striker. The Portuguese, though, insists he is pleased with the make-up of his squad, with 25 players at his disposal in Bangkok, plus those who were involved in the Confederations Cup that are still to return to club duty. “At this moment I’m so happy with the people I have here that I’m not thinking about other players,” Mourinho added. “If I have to think about some players, I have to think about my players who are on holiday period and still have to join us on July 28. Press Association Jose Mourinho hopes to immediately instill a winning culture at Chelsea and is happy with the composition of his squad. “The first part of my job is to get the best from these players, try to push the young boys to the levels they can reach, and to try to make a real team. After that, we will see. “This is a period where the big clubs, and the managers of the big clubs, are connected with every player. “Until August 31 (and the close of the transfer window), that’s the old story in football. Rumours and rumours and rumours. At the end of the day, after so many rumours, some things come true. Until August 31 we will see if anyone can improve our squad, but my focus and ambition is to work with these guys.” last_img read more

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Harrington hails stand-in caddie

first_img Cashman, 65, is a photographer for the Golfing Union of Ireland who has known Harrington for 35 years and was in the gallery following his fellow Irishman while in South Africa on holiday. Harrington, who carded a second consecutive 71 to finish two under par, said: “Ronan felt like he needed to throw up and as he went out on the course he thought it would clear a bit but it got worse and worse and for him to give up….I don’t think I have ever seen him do that in any circumstances. “He felt like he was getting in the way and when we finally said goodbye he could not physically stand up. I really did feel bad because he was lying there but thankfully there was a friend of ours out there who holidays down here and he took over. “He started off like he was carrying bows and arrows but by the end he had the double-strap going (on the bag) and was using all the lingo. “It’s amazing how much caddies do for you and it gives you a new appreciation for what they do out there. I know now why we pay them the big bucks!” Cashman, who has never caddied before but is a member with Flood at the Heritage in Ireland, said: “The bag was lighter than I expected. It was very comfortable. “I saw Ronan on the range and he looked awful. I said if you need help, call me. They sent out a replacement caddie but Padraig asked if I would be happy to continue and I was. I told him I wouldn’t give him a line or a club but he was so easy to work for. “I’ve given him my phone number if he needs me but hopefully Ronan will be okay.” Flood, who is also Harrington’s brother-in-law, was suffering from food poisoning before the round and eventually had to call it quits on the sixth hole of Durban Country Club. He was taken to the clubhouse to be treated by a doctor and is expected to be fit to resume his duties on Saturday, although stand-in Pat Cashman has offered his services if required. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington hailed the skills of his stand-in caddie after regular bagman Ronan Flood needed medical treatment during the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions on Friday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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