I rule out that the PL will legalise abortion – Kurt Farrugia

first_imgThe Government’s Head of Communications Kurt Farrugia said that since the Partit Laburista (PL) electoral manifesto for the upcoming EP and local councils’ elections does not mention abortion he is ruling out that the party will legalise abortion in Malta.Kurt Farrugia said this in reply to a question made by Fr Joe Borg during Newsline which was transmitted on RTK103FM on Saturday. Fr Borg asked this question after the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Chairman Pierre Portelli said that the leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Frans Timmermanns declared that if PES gains majority in the European Parliament (EP) legal abortion will become accessible and will be considered a woman’s right, clearly dismissing the right of the unborn child.Kurt Farrugia added that both the PN and the PL did not make any reference to abortion in their election manifestos and that the PL will not implement something that is not in the pledged. He also said that the legalisation of abortion is a national competence and that one cannot stop people from discussing it either in Malta or abroad.Farrugia said that he would prefer to talk about the 160 babies that have been born through IVF treatment which was introduced by a government lead by the PL.PN could not vote in favour of domestic violence law – PortelliFarrugia then asked Pierre Portelli why the PN did not vote in favour of the domestic violence laws. Portelli explained that the PN could not vote in favour because the law excluded the rights of the unborn child.When Farrugia was asked why the clause that protected the unborn child was removed from the laws he answered that the PN is highlighting an irrelevant issue.Presenter Peppi Azzopardi said that this clause was important. On the other hand, he also said that many countries that form part of the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) agree with the legalisation of abortion.The PL failed to convince PESPN MEP Francis Zammit Dimech said that the PL has failed to convince PES not to include legalisation of abortion. Zammit Dimech said this during the programme Xarabank that was transmitted on TVM on Friday.He also said that the EPP’s manifesto differs considerably from the manifestos presented by the other political parties as it does not make any reference to abortion. Zammit Dimech said that a vote for the Pl is a vote for the PES that wants to introduce the legalisation of abortion in Malta.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG10969.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Driverless cars are already here but the roads arent ready for them

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Explore further Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash Citation: Driverless cars are already here, but the roads aren’t ready for them (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-driverless-cars-roads-ready.html Provided by The Conversation Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves from beta-testing to a full-throttled rollout.As an urban planner who has analyzed how technology affects cities, I believe that driverless vehicles will change everything that moves and the stationary landscape too. Until now, the public and governments at all levels have paid too little attention to how letting these machines drive themselves will transform urban, rural and suburban communities. Critical junctureDriverless vehicles are closer than you may realize to moving out of testing mode. General Motors, for instance, plans to start producing ride sharing models as soon as 2019.But public awareness and consumer acceptance will take far longer, perhaps decades. It will depend on the machines’ safety record, plus the time it takes to implement legal and political changes like enacting local laws governing the use of self-driving cars.This shift requires everyone from automakers to consumers, insurers to planners and officials at all levels of government to work together. Being proactive about guiding this technological change is essential. Rather than waiting until it happens or leaving it for the last minute, now is the time for education, thoughtful discussion and planning.This juncture resembles what happened when automobiles replaced horses and the internet gained traction. In those cases, the technology changed how people lived, worked and got around. And the transformation occurred before the public or governments were ready. When the internet first became popular in the 1990s, few people – if anyone – predicted the social and behavioral changes in store. Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delved into the angst and anger Americans felt toward early automotives in the documentary ‘Horatio’s Drive.’ Picture thisIdeally, self-driving vehicles will make it easier for people who can’t drive for any reason. These vehicles also promise more relaxed and productive commuting and excursions for everyone else. Additionally, they could make the roads safer. Almost 6,000 American pedestrians and more than 37,000 drivers and passengers die in car crashes every year. Despite the two recent fatalities tied to autonomous driving, it’s likely that this number would be lower without people in the driver’s seat. If these contraptions stoke ride-sharing growth, traffic may subside and pollution may decline. The amount of space occupied by roads and parking could shrink.More homes and businesses will make do with smaller garages or none at all. Entrance ramps and other prime real estate hogs will be repurposed. Pollution will probably decline if in all likelihood most autonomous electric vehicles run on electricity, rather than gasoline or diesel and they draw a rising share of power from wind and solar energy.Just think about what your community might be like. Picture wider sidewalks, new cycling and jogging lanes, and additional green space. It’s no wonder that urban planners are already pondering the possibilities. Unanticipated consequencesYet this technology might have serious downsides. What if autonomous vehicles were to drive about empty, rather than parking? That would increase congestion rather than abate it. Public transit use could decline once commuters have the freedom to do whatever they wish aboard their vehicles. If they become more tolerant of longer trips to work, driverless cars could potentially increase sprawl. The truth is, no one knows what to expect. While engineers have been developing the technology for decades, social scientists, politicians and government officials have only recently started to grapple with its repercussions. And public opinion and engagement is further behind. Leaving everything up to market forces and consumer whims could possibly create more problems than autonomous vehicles would solve. That’s why I believe in taking the planning side of the transition to driverless vehicles off autopilot. Likewise, the advent of motorized transportation more than a century ago completely changed cities, towns and suburbs. Replacing horses with the internal combustion engine demanded wider, better roadways and the invention and proliferation of traffic lights, gas stations, automotive dealerships, public parking lots and private garages. Governments had to regulate who could drive and which vehicles were roadworthy.Driverless transportation, likewise, will demand new infrastructure and laws as it changes commuting and travel patterns in ways that few communities are contemplating today. Depending on what happens, the results could be positive or negative. The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more