Rise of hands-on dads

first_imgNZ Herald 7 September 2014Auckland dads are stepping up. Research shows they’re increasingly involved in raising their kids, including a rise in the trend of stay-at-home dads and increasingly taking on roles such as bathing and putting their wee ones to bed.The study, by Dr Louise Keown from the University of Auckland’s Parenting Research Group, features data collected from 94 Auckland families who have kids aged between 4 and 7. The responses were collected between 2007 and 2011.Keown revealed some of the reasons the dads are helping out more on the home front include:• Women are more involved in paid employment, resulting in a shift in what Keown calls “father involvement”.• Women expect fathers to be more hands on.• Dads want to be more involved.• Increased flexibility in the workplace has allowed blokes to work from home or have more flexible hours that allow both parents to have more time to be involved in raising their children.• Some dads who are self-employed are choosing to work entirely from home making it easier to share child care roles.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11320261last_img read more

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Getting married before having children ‘boosts chances of staying together’ – study

first_imgThe Telegraph 9 March 2015Couples who get married before having children are more than 70 per cent more likely to stay together than those who do so after, new research claims.Meanwhile those who start a family but never marry are almost three times as likely to split up before their children are in their mid-teens, the study by the Marriage Foundation think-tank concludes.It claims that other factors often linked to family stability, such as parents’ ages when they have children or their level of education, have only a “marginal”, if any, effect on their chances of staying together.Sir Paul Coleridge, the former High Court family judge who set up the foundation in 2012, said the study showed that it is a “myth” that cohabitation is as stable as marriage.The group is pressing for political parties to adopt policies specifically promoting marriage in their manifestos ahead of the General Election in May.The study is based on analysis by Professor Stephen McKay of Lincoln University of data from Understanding Society, the research project tracking changes in tens of thousands of British households over time.It analyses a sample of 1,800 mothers with at least one child aged 14 or 15 who were interviewed in 2010 in detail about how their family was formed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11457510/Getting-married-before-having-children-boosts-chances-of-staying-together-study.htmllast_img read more

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Europe’s sinister expansion of euthanasia

first_imgWashington Post 19 August 2015If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.Between October 2007 and December 2011, 100 people went to a clinic in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region with depression, or schizophrenia, or, in several cases, Asperger’s syndrome, seeking euthanasia. The doctors, satisfied that 48 of the patients were in earnest, and that their conditions were “untreatable” and “unbearable,” offered them lethal injection; 35 went through with it.These facts come not from a police report but an article by one of the clinic’s psychiatrists, Lieve Thienpont, in the British journal BMJ Open. All was perfectly legal under Belgium’s 2002 euthanasia statute, which applies not only to terminal physical illness, still the vast majority of cases, but also to an apparently growing minority of psychological ones. Official figures show nine cases of euthanasia due to “neuropsychiatric” disorders in the two-year period 2004-2005; in 2012-2013, the number had risen to 120, or 4 percent of the total.Next door in the Netherlands, which decriminalized euthanasia in 2002, right-to-die activists opened a clinic in March 2012 to “help” people turned down for lethal injections by their regular physicians. In the next 12 months, the clinic approved euthanasia for six psychiatric patients, plus 11 people whose only recorded complaint was being “tired of living,” according to a report in the Aug. 10 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.If you find this sinister, I agree. Bioethicists Barron H. Lerner and Arthur L. Caplan, who reviewed the data from the Low Countries in JAMA Internal Medicine, observe that the reports “seem to validate concerns about where these practices might lead.”That’s putting it mildly. Thienpont acknowledges that “the concept of ‘unbearable suffering’ has not yet been defined adequately” and that “there are no guidelines for the management of euthanasia requests on grounds of mental suffering in Belgium.”Yet she and her colleagues continue to put the mentally ill to death, insisting that they are respecting their wishes — though, as she writes, “further studies are recommended.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/euthanasias-slippery-slope/2015/08/19/4c13b12a-45cf-11e5-8ab4-c73967a143d3_story.htmllast_img read more

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Oregon State University researchers find more college students using marijuana since legalization

first_imgThe Register-Guard 15 June 2017Family First Comment: No surprises in this research!!“Researchers also found that more students at the Oregon university under age 21 are using marijuana than students over age 21, Kerr said. The legal age to buy and use recreational pot in Oregon is 21. “This was a big surprise to us because legalization of use is actually having an impact on illegal use,” OSU professor Harold Bae said in a statement. Kerr said having an increased supply of marijuana might be leading to more use by students who are under the legal age. He noted that many of them are already taking part in underage drinking, and students often obtain alcohol from older, legal-aged peers. So the same might be true for pot, he said. “It also might be that there’s generally some liberalization of the attitudes about marijuana, and so people who are younger are seeing it more and thinking it’s more common than it is and that’s influencing them,” Kerr said. “But we don’t really know, so we need to understand that better in future research.”The TOP policy (Gareth Morgan’s party) tries to argue this won’t happen. But it has. And it will in NZ!College students at an undisclosed large public university in Oregon are using more marijuana since recreational pot became legal two years ago, according to a new Ore­gon State University study. The increased use is mainly by students who are binge alcohol drinkers and by students who are under the legal pot consumption age of 21, the study found.Comparing marijuana use by college students before and after Oregon’s legalization of recreational marijuana in July 2015, OSU researchers also found increases at six out of seven universities around the country. But the unnamed Oregon university rose above the others with the highest increase, led by students who also binge drink. “We found that, overall, rates of marijuana use have increased across most schools and across the country likely, but that the rates in Oregon increased more,” OSU professor David Kerr said Wednesday.The journal Addiction published the 25-page OSU study Wednesday. Researchers also kept the other six universities anonymous, saying only that the schools are in states where recreational marijuana is still illegal. Data for the study came from 10,924 undergraduate students ages 18 to 26, according to the study.The OSU researchers crunched existing data, previously collected by the University of Michigan. College students around the country filled out surveys as part of Michigan’s Healthy Minds Study, giving information about substance abuse and mental health.Kerr said he and his fellow OSU researchers focused on the one Oregon university and six others around the country because Michigan happened to have data from those universities’ students before and after Oregon’s legalization of marijuana.READ MORE: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35676552-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-more-college-students-using-marijuana-since-legalization.html.cspKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Dr Stephen Child: Lets not rush to legalise ‘medical’ cannabis

first_imgNZ Herald 8 August 2017Family First Comment: A superb commentary by someone who knows and without an agenda! (unlike the Drug Foundation)“There are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand. Medical information is being touted as fact and certainty rather than providing an understanding of the benefits and risks associated with taking cannabis. As part of the medical community I am concerned when I hear any treatment touted as a wonder cure without a strong evidence base and an understanding that all treatments also have risks. Kiwis could be forgiven for thinking cannabis is one such wonder cure as we see and hear very little about its risks and negative effects. This is a gross misrepresentation of the medicinal value of the substance.”Contrast this article with one from the Drug Foundation that says “Our new model drug law proposes removing criminal penalties for personal possession and use of ALL drugs”.Yep – ALL drugs. P. Cocaine. All of them.Scary.#saynopetodope.nzThere are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand. Medical information is being touted as fact and certainty rather than providing an understanding of the benefits and risks associated with taking cannabis.As part of the medical community I am concerned when I hear any treatment touted as a wonder cure without a strong evidence base and an understanding that all treatments also have risks. Kiwis could be forgiven for thinking cannabis is one such wonder cure as we see and hear very little about its risks and negative effects.This is a gross misrepresentation of the medicinal value of the substance.Cannabis contains over 104 different chemical products within its leaves. Some of these chemicals have shown small benefits in some conditions just as they have also shown risks.Legalising the taking of some leaves which contain unknown products and their quantities means that it is impossible to assess the benefits and risks of the product itself; as such it is not a “medicinal product”. I do not believe there is adequate research into using cannabis as a medical drug to responsibly calculate whether those risks outweigh the benefits.There are over 10,000 studies conducted on the use of cannabis for medical purposes. For a few conditions such as MS, some types of muscle spasms, some types of pain and nausea, cannabis has proven to be effective albeit often with small effect and less than current available products also.The same studies also highlight side effects such as increased mental health issues including suicide rates, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.We have not looked closely enough at the financial impact that legalising medicinal cannabis would have on the New Zealand medical system and in particular, the mental health system.Mental health illnesses are under-funded and under-resourced. Our system won’t cope with a spike in numbers caused by legalisation and the stresses from those withdrawing from addiction. Currently there are only 20 detox beds available in Auckland’s public health sector and most of those are still funded by donations.What about health sector strain due to increases in car crashes and fatalities on our roads? People will drive under the influence. One year after legalisation, Colorado reported increases in marijuana-related traffic deaths (32 per cent) and emergency room visits (29 per cent).How will loosening cannabis laws affect our youth? Will we see abuse of the system and easier accessibility through medicinal legalisation?Have we analysed reputable data, from well-constructed studies, in similar countries? We need credible information to know whether teen cannabis use will increase smoking, crime, rates of depression and youth suicide.The previous Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Little, called for more information on possible health issues if New Zealand was to go through drug reform, saying, “What underlies the drug use is usually problems with addiction. We have a massive shortage of supply of, for example, addiction counselling…“Even reasonably modest cannabis use can have long-term negative effects on the human brain… The big thing for me is, if you liberalise or decriminalise what does that mean for access for younger people? We’ve got to make sure we’re not creating other health problems by greater liberalisation.”Underpinning all of this, is the paradox that New Zealand finds itself in right now. How can we tout “Smokefree 2025” while we discuss legalising an inhaled product with more than 100 harmful substances?Smoking is a risk. Smoking cannabis may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and respiratory illnesses.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11899707last_img read more

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Family First stripped of charity status

first_imgNational Director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, says it’s going back to the same court. He said it is “a highly politicised and inconsistent decision” by the board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable groups who advocate for causes and beliefs.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/family-first-loses-charity-status-vows-appeal-high-courtFamily First stripped of charity statusNewsTalk ZB 21 August 2017Family First has been stripped of its charity status.The Charities Registration Board said in a decision today the reason was “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” said chairman Chairman Roger Holmes Miller.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”In April 2013, the board removed Family First from the Charities Register for the same reason but that decision was appealed in the High Court.In June 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of a 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.This decision represents the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.Holmes Miller said the board’s role was to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration.“The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.”Family First Director Bob McCroskie said he will be going back to court to challenge the belief that the group’s views on marriage aren’t of public benefit.He said the decision has been highly politicised and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit groups.A notice of appeal will be filed in the High Court at Wellington immediately.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-stripped-of-charity-status/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. That decision was appealed to the High Court by Family First, and in 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision. “It appears that certain views of marriage and family are now deemed out-of-bounds by the state. We’ll fight that political correctness and muzzling of free speech,” he said.center_img “Family First will appeal this decision as far as we need to, not because we have to have charitable status to exist, but because of the threat it places on other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their supporters in a civil society,” Mr McCoskrie said. NZ Herald 21 August 2017Family First has been stripped of its charity status.The Charities Registration Board said in a decision today the reason was “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” said chairman Roger Holmes Miller.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”In April 2013, the board removed Family First from the Charities Register for the same reason but that decision was appealed in the High Court.In June 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of a 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.This decision represents the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.Holmes Miller said the board’s role was to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration.“The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.”National director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, said it was filing an appeal to the decision in the High Court at Wellington.“This is a less-than-satisfactory procedure of trudging back to the same court,” he said.“It seems that the Charities Board are simply hoping for a different judge and a more favourable decision. It is a highly politicised and inconsistent decision by the Board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable groups – both registered, deregistered and wanting to be registered – who advocate for causes, beliefs, and on behalf of their supporters, and often have to engage in advocacy at a political level, not always through choice but through necessity.”McCoskrie, said the decision threatened other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their “supporters in a civil society”.“It appears that certain views of marriage and family are now deemed out-of-bounds by the State. We’ll fight that political correctness and muzzling of free speech.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11908182Charities Registration Board strips Family First of charitable statusStuff co.nz 22 August 2017Controversial group Family First has been stripped of its charitable status “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.But the group is not going down without a fight, saying it will argue the decision in the High Court.The decision by the Charities Registration Board was made public on Monday. It is the second time the board has tried to deregister the group.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” a statement from the board read.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the Board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”Headed by Bob McCoskrie, Family First promotes traditional family values, and constitutes marriage to be only between a man and a woman.In 2013, the board made the decision to remove Family First from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.Family First appealed that decision to the High Court.In June 2015, the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of the 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.The latest decision represented the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.In a statement, McCoskrie said the group was going back to court to challenge the decision.“This is a less-than-satisfactory procedure of trudging back to the same court. It seems that the Charities Board [is] simply hoping for a different judge and a more favourable decision,” he said.“It is a highly politicised and inconsistent decision by the board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable group.”McCoskrie said they will fight the “political correctness and muzzling of free speech”.The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96002410/charities-commission-strips-family-first-of-charitable-statusFamily First loses charity status, vows to appeal to High CourtTVNZ One News 21 August 2017Family First New Zealand says it will appeal to the High Court against a Charities Board decision to de-register the organisation as a charity.The Charities Registration Board says Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable.The decision confirms a 2013 decision to remove Family First from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.last_img read more

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Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms

first_imgMaori Television 30 October 2018Family First Comment: Labour’s Louisa Wall says, “It’s in the Crimes Act because historically this was a moral issue, it was a religious issue, it wasn’t about women’s rights but from my perspective it is about women’s rights.”WRONG! It’s in the Crimes Act (like assault and murder) not because it’s a religious issue but because it involves the taking of a life – and it still does. And that means it’s still a moral issue.#factsmatter #confusionreigns www.ChooseLife.nzThe Law Commission’s recommendation that government decriminalise abortion and treat it as a health issue is expected to result in a conscience vote for MPs, but it’s not clear whether it would get enough support for a law change.Holding her baby daughter, Labour’s Kiri Allan says it’s time for a law change.“I’ve been an advocate for abortion law reform and decriminalising in this area.”National’s deputy leader Paula Bennett was not so forthcoming.“I’m going to wait until I see legislation I’m not going to voice an opinion on it right now.”New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft says “rare, safe and legal” is her party’s preferred option.Labour’s Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri is pro-life but understands some pregnancies could be complicated.“There’s no greater gift than the gift of life and that’s about whakapapa and it’s about tikanga and that’s why it’s really important that I get soundings.”New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey shows 70 percent of kiwis agree that women should have the right to choose whether they have an abortion, compared with 14 percent who disagree.Of the 13,285 abortions last year Māori women accounted for 3,111, an increase of 200 on the previous year.But statistics show a downwards trend in the average Māori abortion rate over the past decade from 28 per 1,000 to 19 per 1,000 for women aged 15-44-years.Labour’s Māori caucus co-chair Willie Jackson says he supports decriminalising abortion but acknowledged traditionally it was not a preferred option for Māori.“There is a traditional view that we are working through as a Māori caucus so we have to take that into consideration.”Allan says, “the influence of Christianity on our tikanga has probably put forward a particular type of view when it comes to kaupapa about abortion.”The Law Commission recommends three options:No statutory test and the woman can self-refer to a practitioner where they decide together.A statutory test and the practitioner rules the abortion is appropriate.No requirement for a statutory until 22-weeks of pregnancy.Labour’s Louisa Wall says, “It’s in the Crimes Act because historically this was a moral issue, it was a religious issue, it wasn’t about women’s rights but from my perspective it is about women’s rights.”The law reform will be taken to cabinet by Justice Minister Andrew Little early next year.http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/maori-mps-give-their-take-on-abortion-law-reformslast_img read more

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Who Should Make the First Move?.

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Who Should Make the First Move?. by: – June 28, 2011 33 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share by Rich Santos, Marie ClairePhoto Credit: Neil KirkHe Said…The other day my friend asked me how I’d react if a girl asked me out. I told her I’d be ecstatic, because it would take away all of the work I had to do: the waiting 2.038 days to call her, the wondering, the worrying, figuring out what to say on the phone. But then I took a step back and realized that every girl who has asked me out, I’ve said yes to regardless of whether I was interested or not. I like to give everyone a shot, and I totally respect a girl who finds me attractive enough to ask out. So, yes, guys love it when a girl takes the initiative. But just remember that the same problem exists for you if you ask us out: We might just say yes and unintentionally give you the wrong idea. Bottom line, it is fair game for either gender to make the move, and it’s always good to shake things up! So, go ahead — keep us on our toes.She Said…Anyone should be able to make the first move. There is only one first move that is the grandest of them all — the very first initial interaction that signals interest between couples. That can come with a handshake, a flirty smile, the passing of a business card, or the inquiry for a phone number. A woman might make a perceivably smaller first move than a man might. She’ll engage more in conversation with him but may not ask for the phone number. Her first subtle move, however, signals him to make the bolder second move. That same scenario can work in the reverse way as well. As long as men and women stay within their comfort zones when plotting a first move, there isn’t much chance for it to go wrong. As long as we read the signals correctly, the eventual first move should end up in our favor, no matter who is taking the initial step.last_img read more

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Asa Banton —Pre Empts Mayfest Performance

first_img Share Share Asa BantonThe pulse of Mayfest 2012 was felt in the Village of Marigot when Dominican born, international performer Asa Banton released his latest singles, which many have deemed yet another sterling mix of Bouyon artistry.Banton released hit singles like ‘Wete Fete’, ‘I tell the truth’, and ‘Stop Fight’ earlier this year which placed him under heavy demand.Banton’s Growing fan base have been anything but patiently waiting for the artiste to release new songs and so Banton went straight to the studio following his recent return from a tour of France. Banton’s Producer Dj Maskman was put on his toes after he dropped the lines to “I know people that Know People” and “Either or Iether”.In the latest pieces, truth has again been put to power, as the Dominican sensation has questioned certain elements of the nations functioning, while likewise pointing out his newest trait to survival that many are seemingly signing on to.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si7302xFEu8&feature=share[/youtube]According to Banton’s Producers his intent is to continue to transform the path to success for Bouyon music by showing that Bouyon is a global phenomenon.Meantime officials at the Marigot Development Corporation have given the nod of approval that the Dominican born sensation will be the main act at Edition #6 of Marigot’s Mayfest.The event is expected to run from Friday May 4th to Monday May 7th, 2012.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsjcBSWnJE8&feature=relmfu[/youtube]Press Release 27 Views   one comment LocalNews Asa Banton —Pre Empts Mayfest Performance by: – April 4, 2012center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Dominica’s leader issues challenge to Cooperative Division

first_imgLocalNews Dominica’s leader issues challenge to Cooperative Division by: – April 19, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 33 Views   no discussions Tweet Hon. Roosevelt SkerritMembers of the Cooperative Division in Dominica have been issued a challenge by the country’s leader to create a “special loan facility” within that organization.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who complimented the Cooperative Division for the work which they have been doing in assisting its membership in several pertinent sectors of the society, challenged them to submit a proposal for his approval on how this loan facility could be implemented.“What I would like to put on the table and it is something that I have been thinking about, is the creation of a special loan facility with special conditions for non financial cooperatives. I am urging the cooperative society and of course the staff of the division to put that together and advise me as the minister of finance”.According to Mr. Skerrit, the Cooperative Division has demonstrated both the ability and accountability in managing resources hence he is confident that they can manage a loan facility.“I believe that you have the capacity to manage those resources yourselves so we do not have to go to the Aid Bank or the National Bank or any other institution. You have the capacity as you have demonstrated in the past to manage the resources and to manage it properly and to be able to account for any single dollar given”.Registrar of Cooperatives, Mariet Canoville.He also advised that compiling the proposal should be done urgently and avoid the common practice of “taking a long time to do things”.“We need to move with speed because time is not on our side and I am prepared to make some resources available as soon as that advice is given,” Mr. Skerrit reiterated.Meanwhile, he also commended the Registrar of Cooperatives, Mariet Canoville, for her work in spearheading the division.“One gets the sense that there has been renewed life in the Cooperative Division and there is an eagerness for people to engage more with the cooperative society across the country and I want to commend you for that leadership and commend your staff for it”. Mr. Skerrit officially launched the Cooperative’s first magazine, “Insight” on Wednesday which features pertinent information regarding various cooperative movements on the island, one of the activities to commemorate 2012 as the International Year of the Cooperatives.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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