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Breaking new ground for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

IN a special appearance in Glasgow, Laura Fraser, the star of hit television series Breaking Bad, encouraged people to put their heart into the Prince Princess of Wales Hospice.

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The Hollywood actress, who grew up in Glasgow, is the newest patron of the hospice and put the first spade in the ground at the site of the state-of-the-art facility to be built at Bellahouston Park.

She also helped to launch the Foundation Appeal, the push to raise the remaining £333,000 of the £1 million needed to lay the groundwork.

“Message hearts have already begun pouring in from all over the city. They will be placed in a large chest and sunk into the foundations under the front door of the new hospice,” she said.

“These messages are incredibly touching and you can clearly see from the sentiments expressed, just how much the hospice means to the people of Glasgow.”

Friends, volunteers, dignitaries and supporters of the existing Carlton Place hospice gathered at the south side park where the new building will go up, due to open its doors in 2018.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said more than 36,000 people had been treated at the hospice since it opened 30 years ago.

“This is an emotional day for many of us,” she added. “We are witnessing the dawn of a new era for the care of the terminally ill.”

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, praised the effort of the fundraising carried out to build the facility. In total it will take £21m to build the hospice on a hilltop site in the park, with £6.5m still to raise.

“The dedicated hospice staff play such an important role, and I would also to recognise the work of the many volunteers, fundraisers and supporters throughout the hospice movement,” he said.

“This new facility will bring world-class hospice care to the people of Glasgow, offering privacy and compassionate care to the people who need it.”

This will be the first hospice in the UK to implement the Sengetun model of care – a Scandinavian model that puts patients and family at the centre of its focus alongside optimal operational efficiency.

It will also provide hotel style comfort with 16 en-suite bedrooms with private terraces, soft seated areas and domestic style, open plan kitchens. The accommodation will allow patients and families the opportunity to eat together. The aim is to provide more space, independence and privacy to allow greater opportunity for normal family activity.

The new hospice’s commitment to the palliative care of young people aged 15 and over will also include specialised accommodation to meet their particular needs. This will include family bedrooms, family lounges, social areas, complementary therapy rooms, spa bathrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, sanctuary, sensory room, young people’s lounge and training rooms.

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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson – a St. Louis suburb – and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

“STAND YOUR GROUND” LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

“The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police,” it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

“When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad,” he said.

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