Head of the UOC KP Filaret Denisenko. Photo: Facebook “Patriarch” Filaret believes that the Greeks outwitted the Ukrainians and there is no independence for the OCU. The leader of the UOC KP Filaret Denisenko believes that the contents of Tomos speaks about the dependence of the new church on the Patriarchate of Constantinople. He said about it in an interview with the Ukrainian Radio. “We were tricked. We were granted the Tomos on autocephaly, but we were enticed because in fact the Tomos enshrines dependence of the Ukrainian church on the Patriarchate of Constantinople,” Filaret said. “At the Council on December 15, we were not shown the contents of the Tomos. If I had known the contents, which were found out only on January 6, 2019, we would have refused it.” Moreover, Filaret, the head of the UOC KP, is sure that with the arrival of the Tomos it only got worse: “Tomos misled us. It split the Kiev Patriarchate into parts. This Tomos did not so much good as harm.” The Patriarch announced that he was convening the Local Council of the UOC KP to approve the structure independent of both Moscow and Constantinople: “At first it will be small, but this Kiev Patriarchate is certain to grow again to become a large one. Because the Ukrainian people demand an independent church.” Earlier, theRead more

This graphic shows how runoff from farms (green areas) and cities (red areas) drains into the Mississippi, delivering nutrients into the Gulf of Mexico and fuelling the annual hypoxic zone.NOAA Dead zones are areas of the world’s water bodies which contain very little or no oxygen, creating lethal conditions for marine life. Every year in the summer months, one of these dead—or hypoxic—zones forms in the Gulf of Mexico in what is one of the largest examples of this phenomenon on the planet. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that this summer’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone could grow to around 7,829 square miles—or about the same size as the state of Massachusetts—based on data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS.) If the dead zone does reach this size, it would far surpass the average over the past five years (5,770 square miles) although it won’t be the largest recorded. That title goes to the 2017 Gulf of Mexico dead zone, which grew to a size of 8,776 square miles. Scientists say that the annually recurring phenomenon is caused by excessive nutrient pollution—originating from human activity in farms and urban areas—which drain into the Mississippi River Basin and eventually get washed into the Gulf. When this excess of nutrients—particularly nitrogen and phosphorus—enters the Gulf itRead more

 (Live Action News) — A couple in Australia is suing an ultrasound clinic and their doctor over their daughter’s birth, claiming they would have undergone an  had they known in advance about the diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Supreme Court has given them extra time to prepare their case, in a horrifying example of yet another wrongful birth claim. In 2014, the parents visited a clinic to determine if their baby had any chromosomal abnormalities, and were told the risks were in the “low range,” so further testing was not necessary. Then, in 2015, their baby was born with Down syndrome and spent a few weeks in the NICU. The child’s parents are suing for “child-rearing and maintenance costs, as well as for loss of future earnings while caring for a child with a disability” according to 9News, with the mother also suing for personal injury. While it is not known what specific testing was used for the child, first trimester screenings are just that: screenings. They are not diagnostic, and something like a nuchal translucency screening gives an odds-based result based on an ultrasound and blood test. The only diagnostic test, an amniocentesis, is performed in the second trimester, and carries a risk of miscarriage — which is why most doctors are not willing to have a patient undergo the procedure withoutRead more

Noa with her autobiography  The death of a 17-year-old girl suffering from anorexia raises serious questions Last week the news that Noa Pothoven, a 17-year-old Dutch girl suffering from anorexia nervosa, had been euthanised flew around the world.  It wasn’t true.   The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) clarified what had really happened: «She decided to stop eating and drinking to bring her own death. In The Netherlands, this is not considered euthanasia or physician assisted suicide.» Chastened, the media issued corrections and moved on. Admittedly, sloppy reporting was involved. It turned out that Noa had asked for euthanasia at the Levenseinde Clinic in The Hague — a Dutch end of life clinic which specialises in “patients whose requests for assisted dying are more complex and often denied by their own physician”. Its doctors refused. “It would be fake news if we made this euthanasia,” the clinic’s director, Steven Pleiter, told the New York Times. From a public relations point of view, supporters of Dutch euthanasia retired victorious from the field of battle. The original reports in the English-language media made it appear that euthanasia is freely available in the Netherlands, even for minors, and even for psychiatric reasons — and this is not completely true. «There is a lot of misunderstanding about our legislation around euthanasia,» Dyck Bosscher, of the Dutch Voluntary Termination of Life Association (NVVE), . «The mediaRead more