Belgian Proposal Calls for Teens’ Right to Medically Assisted Suicide

Belgian Proposal Calls for Teens’ Right to Medically Assisted Suicide

Proposals from Belgian government officials would give teenagers the right to assisted suicide and parents of terminally ill children the right to have their children euthanized. The plans by members of Belgium’s coalition government call for the extension of rules allowing physicians to perform euthanasia on terminally ill people suffering “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain.”

Since 2002, the law allows patients — other than newborn babies — to be over 18 years of age to qualify for assisted suicide. Bart Tommelein, leader of Belgium Liberals, wants to change the law by extending euthanasia to children and elderly persons who are unable to choose for themselves.

Belgium’s legal standards allow euthanasia on infants. Of those Belgian babies who die before their first birthday, more than half are killed by deliberate medical intervention. In 16 per cent of the cases, parental consent was not considered.
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New Impact Lab Poll

 Why Do We Fear the Future?

What or who do we fear the most? In a world that is largely driven by fear, it makes sense to probe the nature of this fear, and what keeps us up at night.

Our perception is that when one fear is alleviated, another will rise to the top. Human nature will never allow us to live in a non-fear state. But our goal need to be a world with a optimal fear index, free our minds to work on important things, like creating new things for people to fear.

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Mannequins Decorate Portugal Bathrooms

Mannequins Decorate Portugal Bathrooms

Men use public bathrooms decorated with female mannequins at a shopping center in Sao Joao da Madeira, northern. You might be surprised to come across a scantily clad model in a public bathroom, but shoppers at Portugal’s Eight Avenue mall in Sao Joao da Madeira are beginning to like it. Spread across the mens’ and ladies’ bathrooms, mannequins scantily dressed stand in suggestive poses as visitors meet them, first with shock, then with a smile. More photos after the jump.

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Targeting Muslim Women to Fight Extremists

Targeting Muslim Women to Fight Extremists

With more and more people viewing Muslim women as the key to dampening Muslim extremists, the British are now formalizing programs to extend their influence.

In a school in south London, women in headscarves are learning English, childcare skills and citizenship, to smooth their integration into British life. The courses are encouraged under a new government policy to “empower” Muslim women, ultimately to combat the threat from Islamist violence, a threat made brutally clear when four homegrown suicide bombers killed 52 people in London in 2005.

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China to Add 97 Airports in 12 Years

China to Add 97 Airports in 12 Years

A second international airport in Beijing, construction of which will begin before 2010, is just one of 97 to be built in China before 2020, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said in its latest airport development plan.

According to the plan, which covers the years up to 2020, the number of airports nationwide will increase to 192 by 2010, and to 244 by 2020. At the end of 2006, there were 147, including 45 used for both civilian and military purposes.

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China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

About 10,000 Chinese college students look for a job at a job fair in Changzhou

Four in 10 Chinese complain about the yawning gap between large investments in education and its returns, a recent nationwide survey has showed.

The Horizon Research Consultancy Group polled 3,355 residents aged 16 to 60 in both urban and rural areas, including seven metropolises such as Beijing and Shanghai. The survey found that only 16 percent of respondents believed their investments on education gave good returns.

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Australian WiMax Pioneer Calls It a Disaster

Australian, WiMax, Pioneer, Disaster, signal, performance, Garth Freeman, Buzz Broadband

Australia’s first WiMAX operator, Hervey Bay’s Buzz Broadband, has closed its network, with the CEO labeling the technology as a “disaster” that “failed miserably.”

In an astonishing tirade to an international WiMAX conference audience in Bangkok yesterday afternoon, CEO Garth Freeman slammed the technology, saying its non-line of sight performance was “non-existent” beyond just 2 kilometres from the base station, indoor performance decayed at just 400m and that latency rates reached as high as 1000 milliseconds. Poor latency and jitter made it unacceptable for many Internet applications and specifically VoIP, which Buzz has employed as the main selling point to induce people to shed their use of incumbent services.

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Dubai-Based Emirates Airlines First to Allow Cellphone Calls During Flights

 Dubai-Based Emirates Airlines First to Allow Cellphone Calls During Flights

Emirates said the first permitted mobile phone call was made on a flight between Dubai and Casablanca.

The aircraft, an Airbus A340, is fitted with a system which stops mobiles from interfering with a plane’s electronics.

Emirates plans to extend the system to more aircraft and later this year add BlackBerry and other data services.

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Chinese Women In Charge of Home Spending

Chinese Women In Charge of Home Spending

Women in China have the overwhelming say in their family expenditure, no matter whether or not they earn more than their husbands, according to a new survey.

In urban families where the wives earned a higher income, 86 percent of families said women took control of the domestic finances, deciding the family’s monthly budget, what the money was spent on and when it was bought. The percentage turned out to be even higher – nearly 90 percent – in families where husbands were better paid.

Men earned more than women in about 69 percent of Chinese families, according to the survey.

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