Euthanasia Bill risks are too great – expert

first_imgNewsHub 27 April 2018Family First Comment: Dear David Seymour, anyone who claims assisted dying already happens in New Zealand is peddling fake news.Yep!www.protect.org.nzAnyone who claims assisted dying already happens in New Zealand is peddling fake news, a palliative care expert says.A panel of specialists says the End of Life Bill going through Parliament is dangerous and the burden on doctors to assist a patient to die is too great.Dr Selina Lupati is a palliative medicine specialist and says the risks in the Bill – or any legislation around assisted dying – are too great.She says the Bill is asking doctors to make decisions that are irreversible, with less rigour than is applied to imprisoning someone in the justice system.“Medicine is not an exact science – we make mistakes in making diagnosis, we make mistakes in prognostication.”She is part of a panel of those working in palliative care who say public debate has been dominated by euthanasia advocates – and glossed over obvious flaws in the proposed law.Aged Concern reports 1500 cases of elder abuse and says 75 percent of alleged abusers are family members.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2018/04/euthanasia-bill-risks-are-too-great-expert.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Local Lawmaker Steps Down, Apologizes to Opponent for Gay Slur

first_imgJacquet released a statement Tuesday afternoon, which reads in part, “In the heat of the moment, I said something I should not have said,” Jacquet said. “I apologize for my words that have offended some of my colleagues.”However, Hardy tells The Palm Beach Post he rejected the apology because, “This was an attempt to, in my opinion, to cover up the ugliness in himself that he revealed on Friday.” A local state lawmaker stepped down Wednesday as a ranking member of the House Democrats’ Rules Committee, after a Facebook Live video showed him using a homophobic slur that was directed at his political opponent.Representative Al Jacquet discusses various topics in the video, which he posted last Friday, before he focuses on the upcoming primary and his opponent, Lake Worth Beach Commissioner Omari Hardy.“I hear they got sleepy Hardy!” Jacquet says in the clip. “That’s all good. That’s their union boy, their (expletive), union boy.”The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council had asked the Florida House of Representatives to censure Jacquet or remove him from office before he gave up his role during a House Democrats caucus meeting on Wednesday.According to Samantha Gross, a South Florida newspaper reporter:Jacquet says he got passionate and heated and said the wrong thing.“Nothing I said was an attack on any group … I should not have used the word … it’s like saying ‘I love you’ but instead saying ‘I love your big head.’”— Samantha J. Gross (@samanthajgross) February 19, 2020 Hardy says, “I was disappointed. I was appalled, and I was offended. I ask that my fellow electeds condemn the Representative’s use of this slur, and I ask that the Representative apologize for using it.”He adds, “While I am not gay, I was raised in a same-sex household by my two mothers, and I am offended for them and for the broader LGBTQ community here in Palm Beach County, where I serve.”My opponent for Florida House District 88 referred to me using a gay slur. While I’m not gay, I am offended for our LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County and across the state of Florida. His bigoted rhetoric has no place in our politics. https://t.co/Baok2u6elW— Commissioner Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) February 18, 2020last_img read more

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Hockey earns surpising spot in NCAA’s

first_imgFollowing last weekend?s loss to St. Cloud in the WCHAplayoffs, UW goaltender Shane Connelly said he hoped the hockey gods weresmiling down on the Badger hockey team.Considering UW earned a berth in this year?s NCAAtournament, the gods must have been grinning from ear to ear.Everything that needed to fall into place for Wisconsin tomake the tournament did. Notre Dame lost in its conference playoffs. TheMinnesota Golden Gophers kept winning. And Princeton won the ECAC Tournament.Despite a sub-.500 record and a losing streak of threegames, the Badgers are in, and they will face WCHA Tournament champion Denverat the Kohl Center Saturday.For Connelly and Co. to sneak in, there was no doubt a senseof surprise and jubilation.?I heard that we might be in,? Connelly said. ?But I watchedthat selection show, and a smile came on my face. We have a second chance, so Iwas pretty excited.?The Badgers were given a No. 3 seed in the 16-teamtournament. But the fact that they are still playing hockey at all is somethingmany people didn?t expect of Mike Eaves? squad.?It?s new life,? team captain Davis Drewiske said. ?Itdoesn?t matter how we got here; we?re here. So we?ll just take advantage ofit.?Saturday?s contest will pit two schools that have won theNCAA title three out of the past four years. Wisconsin laid claim to the trophyin 2006, while Denver won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005.The two teams split their only series of the year in Denver.The Pioneers came out on top of the first game 3-2 after a controversialno-call on a Matthew Ford goal. But UW came back with a statement win in theseries finale, topping the Pioneers 7-2.Thoughts of the no-goal call that cost them a potentialpoint in the 3-2 loss have lingered with the team, but Ford knows it?s time tomove on and take the good from what transpired in January.?I remember coach [Mark Osiecki] saying something onSaturday morning (after the loss) going, ?This could be a turning point,?? Fordsaid. ?And I think the next 10 games or so we played a lot better. So maybethat was what kind of gave us that boost to get us into where we are now.?Should Wisconsin win against Denver, it will take on the winnerof the North Dakota-Princeton series, also taking place Saturday in Madison.The winner of the Midwest regional will earn a spot in the Frozen Four inDenver.Also making the tournament from the WCHA ? arguably thetoughest conference in college hockey ? aside from UW, Denver and North Dakotawas Colorado College (No. 2 seed), St. Cloud State (No. 2 seed) and Minnesota(No. 3 seed). One conference team that will be on the outside looking in is theMinnesota State Mavericks, who boasted a better record than Wisconsin andtopped the Badgers in head-to-head play this season. But due to the computerrankings, they?ll be forced to watch the tournament from home.last_img read more

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The Final Word: Syracuse defeats Hobart, 21-13, for 4th-straight win

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 29, 2020 at 12:31 am Behind five-goal performances from Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic, No. 3 Syracuse (3-0) continued its undefeated start to the 2020 season and defeated No. 19 Hobart, 21-13. Missing senior close defensemen Nick Mellen for the third-straight game didn’t prevent the Orange from limiting the highest-scoring team — the Statesmen (3-0) — in the country (23 goals per game) to just 13.It’s the first time since 2016 the Orange have started 4-0, and their seventh-straight victory in the annual Kraus-Simmons Trophy matchup.Here’s what our beat writers had to say following Syracuse’s win.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Five conclusions from Barca’s El Clasico cruise

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona further tightened their vice-like grip on the La Liga title by sweeping aside eternal rivals Real Madrid 3-0 on Saturday to leave the European champions 14 points adrift down in fourth place.Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal were on target for the visitors in the second half as Madrid paid for not taking their chances when on top before the break. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been in outstanding form, but Neymar’s departure has also allowed Valverde to play an extra midfielder to offer more protection to the back four.Barca have conceded just eight goals in their 25-game unbeaten run, registering 18 clean sheets.Spotlight finally falls on Zidane“Tomorrow they are going to hammer me,” recognised Zidane after his decision to surprisingly start Mateo Kovacic instead of a host of other attacking options such as Gareth Bale, Isco or Marco Asensio backfired.Zidane has enjoyed an almost flawless record during his first two years in charge, winning eight trophies including back-to-back Champions Leagues. Missing out on Mbappe could prove even more costly when Madrid face PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League. However, Real don’t just need a refreshment up front to offer back up to the ageing duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, now both in their ninth season in Madrid.The hosts faded physically in the second half as the toil of playing in six competitions this season has become increasingly apparent in recent months.Barca defence for realThe key to Valverde’s rejuvenation of Barca has been an unusual one for the Catalans.Unlike the sparkling football shown by Pep Guardiola or Luis Enrique’s treble winning sides in the past decade, Barca have built from the back.center_img Here, AFP Sports looks at five conclusions to draw from El Clasico:Title decidedThe day before Santa Claus comes to Spain, Barca already have what they most wanted for Christmas.Not only did they leave Madrid trailing, but defeats for Atletico Madrid and Valencia this weekend mean they now lead La Liga by nine points.Ernesto Valverde’s men are unbeaten in 25 games, stretching back to their previous visit to the Santiago Bernabeu when they were outclassed as Real wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup.Back then, Real seemed all-conquering after a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years, whilst Barca were reeeling from the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.However, thanks to Valverde’s shrewd management, the Catalans have bounced back in incredible style, dropping only six points in their opening 17 league games while their rivals have floundered.Madrid need fresh legsReal have paid a heavy price for not building from a position of strength as they cashed in rather than splashing out in the transfer market in the summer.Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Pepe all left, whilst Real failed to get their premier target as Kylian Mbappe chose to join Neymar at PSG. However, his heaviest defeat as a senior coach means his judgement is finally beginning to be questioned.And that pressure will only intensify unless he can mastermind a way past free-spending PSG come the new year.A very Messi ChristmasRonaldo has hogged the headlines in the past month after picking up his fifth Ballon d’Or to move level with Messi in their personal battle to be declared the best player of their generation.The Portuguese was rewarded for his remarkable goalscoring streak towards the end of last season’s Champions League with 10 goals from the quarter-finals on as Madrid were crowned champions of Spain and Europe.However, in terms of consistent performances in 2017, Messi has been in a world of his own and rounded off the year with another goal and assist.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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