A new provincial policy framework will support future options for hospice care. This means the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County will be able to begin negotiations with the province to establish one. “We want to help make a home-like environment possible for more people at the end of their lives. A hospice provides an option for those who can’t die at home,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We appreciate there are other communities that wish to explore their options. This framework will help them do that.” A hospice offers a homelike setting for people with a terminal illness who are unable to spend their last months or weeks at home. For example, families could cook meals together in a hospice, spouses could stay overnight and pets could visit. “A hospice residence in Cape Breton is important to our community and we are encouraged by this government’s commitment to hospice across the province,” said Patricia Jackson, co-chair, Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. “We look forward to beginning negotiations to make hospice a reality in Cape Breton.” There are two hospices now approved for construction in the province. Hospice Halifax plans to open a 10-bed facility in December 2017. Valley Hospice Foundation plans to begin construction this year on a facility, with up to 10 beds and an expected opening in 2019. Palliative care support is also offered in homes across the province, by palliative care teams and paramedics working with other health-care providers.
The Editor of the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over a news report regarding army commander Jagath Jayasuriya, the newspaper said today.CID officers from Colombo had visited the Jaffan newspaper office yesterday and taken the Editor to the Jaffna police station and questioned him for some three hours. The CID has later informed the newspaper Editor that legal steps will be sought on the next course of action. The Tamil newspaper said that its Editor was quizzed by two CID officers regarding the news item which appeared in the newspaper on the 11th of this month. A complaint over the news item had been lodged by the army commander resulting in the CID investigations.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for calm and urged Guineans to follow the law amid reports of deadly fighting between ethnic groups. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of violent intercommunal clashes in southern Guinea, resulting in heavy loss of life and property,” according to a statement by his spokesperson. In the statement, Mr. Ban urged national and community leaders to ensure the security of persons and property, to uphold the rule of law and to pursue the path of dialogue with a view to addressing any concerns among the communities. According to media reports, dozens of people have been killed as a result of the fighting in the country’s second-largest city, Nzerekore, and the surrounding forest region near the border with Côte d’Ivoire.Mr. Ban also urged Guineans “to refrain from all acts likely to undermine peaceful coexistence among communities and human rights,” according to the statement. He also stressed the importance of maintaining conditions conducive for peaceful and democratic legislative elections to be held as scheduled on 24 September of this year. In March, protests in the West African nation related to the long-delayed polls led to several deaths and hundreds of injuries. At that time, both Mr. Ban and the UN human rights office appealed for calm amid the violence and urged political actors in Guinea to pursue dialogue to create conditions for peaceful elections.