A local magistrate wants laws to protect older people from discriminiation based on age

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share LocalNews A local magistrate wants laws to protect older people from discriminiation based on age by: – May 30, 2011center_img 22 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: superstock.comChief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste says consideration must be given to the adoption of laws to protect older persons from discrimination based on age.Baptiste told the 16th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Council on Aging that several other Caribbean countries have already made the necessary adjustments.She said other countries have also specified the areas while other has passed legislations to deal with the abuse, care and access to health.“There are acts which prohibits a person over the age of 60 from serving as a juror. I have often found that very difficult because normally at 6o you are retired and you have much more time to come to court…you attention span is much better…” she said.Baptiste said there is also no legislation protecting the rights of older persons and no treaty on convention on the life of older persons.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Grassley backs plan to spend billions on coronavirus response

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he will support Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s plea to pass an immediate coronavirus spending bill to provide billions of dollars for a response.The U.S. House may vote on its version of the bill as soon as tomorrow. Grassley, a Republican, says action is needed right away.“It will be funded on an emergency basis,” Grassley says, “and it is very much needed to stay ahead of what we hope will not become a pandemic, at least not one within the United States.”It’s still unclear how much the response may cost. Where will the expected billions of dollars come from? Grassley says huge sums were appropriated several years ago when the Ebola virus spread across Africa.“Some people in the United States had Ebola and so we appropriated a lot of money at that time to stay on top of it,” Grassley says. “Half a billion dollars of that was not spent. That could be transferred to this bill to pay for part of it.”Grassley says the president and vice president are very involved in the coronavirus response, coordinating with multiple federal agencies.“They’re all working very closely with Congress to address this virus issue,” Grassley says. “Senator Ernst and I are also working closely with Governor Reynolds and state officials because there needs to be a great deal of cooperation between state and federal governments on this.”Some 90,000 coronavirus cases are confirmed in more than 60 countries worldwide with more than 3,000 dead.State health officials say five people in Iowa are being monitored for the virus, none with symptoms, while two others are being tested for COVID-19. As yet, no cases in Iowa are confirmed.last_img read more