0

The conspicuous silence from euthanasia activists about Belgium’s horrific child euthanasia law

first_imgLifeSiteNews 19 February 2014The Belgian Parliament passed a change to their euthanasia laws on the 14th of February making euthanasia available to minors – children. One commentator incorrectly – but nonetheless poignantly called it a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’. Most, however, questioned the ability of minors to make such grave decisions and/or the problems with euthanasia in general, of which child euthanasia is a savage symptom.Listed against the proposal were a group of some 200 Belgian paediatricians, a group from within the Assembly of the Council of Europe and the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) who issued a declaration from their international conference in Mumbai in the days preceding the vote. The ICPCN were clear: euthanasia is not part of palliative care and is not an alternative to palliative care.While our thoughts go out to our Belgian colleagues and friends who fought valiantly against this latest bill, other Belgians, like Bart Sturtewagen, the Chief Editor of De Standaard newspaper – one of Belgium’s largest daily newspapers – seemed more than a little angry at the international attention.“I’m annoyed at hearing ‘you’ll kill children’ in the foreign media. We don’t use that kind of language anymore. It’s a very different debate on a different level,” he said. Sturtewagen was responding to comments such as this one from U.S. publishing executive Steve Forbes who wrote in an opinion piece last month: “We are on the malignantly slippery slope to becoming a society like that envisioned by Nazi Germany, one in which ‘undesirables’ are disposed of like used tissue.”And it was the subtle and not-so subtle references elsewhere to the Nazi regime and the pre-war death program for those considered by the regime to be ‘unworthy of life’ that must have rancoured. The group statement from members of the Assembly of the Council for Europe made such an allusion when they said that child euthanasia, “promotes the unacceptable belief that a life can be unworthy of life which challenges the very basis of civilised society.” (Emphasis added)Sturtewagen also told the Reuters network that after 12 years of legal euthanasia in the country, Belgians had grown used to it as an option for the final stages of their lives.Australian academics, White and Wilmott, noted pro-euthanasia & assisted suicide authors, tried to dismiss the Belgian news in an article on The Conversation website: “Belgium is literally on the other side of the world in terms of this issue, due in part to a different culture and history in this field.”All cultures vary by degrees, but one would have thought that the Nazi experience of last century would have informed Belgian culture a great deal – even 60 plus years on. But what is more to the point, and where the difference really lies, is the 12 years’ experience in killing people, as Sturtewagen observed.Other pro-euthanasia commentators have been less defensive – but most have been utterly silent. Sean Davidson of the pro-euthanasia group Dignity South Africa made the only comments I can find in the Anglophone world from pro-euthanasia groups actually condemning the move. (Davidson was tried and found guilty in 2011 of assisting his mother to die in New Zealand.) He told the Volksblad newspaper: (Google translation from Afrikaans)“I can understand why the Belgian legislature’s responsiveness to this decision was motivated, but it is hard to believe that a child is able to make an informed decision about his or her life, while there are adults with those difficulty understanding. It often happens that an adult decision to his or her life to end when they are terminally ill, but their lives and clinging to the end unable to deal with the decision to push through it.“How can it be expected that a young child such a decision?”But he also told Volksblad that “Adults do not even always understand the concept of euthanasia.” This is something of an admission that even euthanasia for adults includes indelible risks. No, it really can’t be made safe, no matter what the so-called safeguards.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-conspicuous-silence-from-euthanasia-activists-about-belgians-horrific-clast_img read more

0

Fulham announce double signing

first_img Fulham have now signed up three players for next season, having taken up an option to permanently sign Sascha Riether from Cologne after a successful season-long loan spell. However, Amorebieta’s arrival is arguably the most impressive addition so far as the west Londoners beat off reported interest from Arsenal, Everton and Zenit St Petersburg. The 28-year-old defender made more than 250 appearances for Bilbao and will be a welcome addition to what has at times been a shaky Fulham defence. “I’m delighted to have signed a four-year deal with Fulham and I’m looking forward to competing in the Barclays Premier League next season,” Amorebieta told the club’s official website, www.fulhamfc.com. “I’m impressed with the talent already at the club and I look forward to meeting the players for pre-season training in July.” Relief is the overriding emotion after Boateng completed his protracted move. Fulham boss Martin Jol has been a long-time admirer of the Ghana international and has attempted to bring him in on several occasions before. Boateng’s transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but a deal for the 30-year-old has finally completed his move from Dnipro. “I’m very happy that I have signed and I want to thank the chairman, the manager and the board at Fulham Football Club,” Boateng said. “I’ve been working hard to come here and I’ll do my best for the club.” After a difficult campaign brought on by a number of high-profile departures, the Whites moved quickly to sure up their squad for next campaign. Venezuela defender Amorebieta has signed a four-year deal at Craven Cottage after eight seasons in La Liga with Bilbao, while Ghana international Boateng has joined on a one-year deal with an option for a further season. Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Amorebieta and Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng have both joined Fulham on free transfers.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

0

Baggies reject Dawson transfer plea

first_img Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have refused the 24-year-old’s request as new manager Alan Irvine assesses the squad he inherited from Pepe Mel. He is the second West Brom player to be denied a move after George Thorne, who spent last season on loan at Watford and then Derby, received a similar response. West Brom have rejected a transfer request from defender Craig Dawson. Dawson has been linked in recent weeks with a move to newly-promoted Burnley, and the arrival of Joleon Lescott at the Hawthorns will do little to enhance his chances of first-team involvement next season. The Rochdale-born player, who joined the Baggies from his home-town club in August 2010, made 15 senior appearances last season, 12 of them in the Barclays Premier League and 10 of those starts. However, for much of the campaign, he provided back-up to Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson. Meanwhile, Albion striker Victor Anichebe has warned the club’s youngsters to be ready to take their chance as Irvine prepares to start work in earnest. Anichebe emerged from the ranks at Everton during Irvine’s time as assistant to David Moyes, and is confident he will look to youth in his new role. He told the club’s official website, www.wba.co.uk: “The players will enjoy great training sessions, they will enjoy the way he plays and they will enjoy his character as a person, especially the younger players. “They are the ones who are going to be the future, and we have got a few really good, exciting young players. He will give them a chance if they are up for it and they are eager. “I think that’s something Albion fans should look forward to.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

0

Wenger: Debuchy a perfect fit

first_img Arsenal have already brought in Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, and Wenger is now likely to turn his attentions to signing another defensive midfielder and a goalkeeper, with a deal for Colombia international David Ospina from Nice expected to be completed imminently. Wenger is confident Debuchy can continue his progress with Arsenal, having been a consistent performer at Newcastle following a £5m move from Lille in January 2013, and will contest the right-back spot with England hopeful Carl Jenkinson. “The obvious replacement for Sagna was Debuchy. He knows what to expect and that’s of course a huge advantage,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “Debuchy is very good going forward, is very quick in transition. “He is sharp in his marking, good with interceptions and quick to go from defence to attack. “You feel he always has the desire to go forward, so I believe he will be perfectly suited to our style in that aspect.” Debuchy is in no doubt he has joined a club very much on the up as Arsenal look to mount a long-overdue sustained assault on the Premier League title. “I know that Arsenal can win titles every year. Winning the FA Cup last season was something magnificent, but I hope that it is just the beginning and that there will be more to come next season,” said Debuchy, who was part of the France squad which reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup, where they were beaten by eventual champions Germany. “There are some really great players in this team. We saw that last season and I think it will be even better this season. “I hope there is more silverware to come in the next few years.” German World Cup winner Sami Khedira has been a target, but reports in Spain suggest the midfielder will now look to sign a new deal at Real Madrid, with his agent maintaining there had been no fee agreed with Arsenal or Chelsea, who would be able to meet any inflated wage demands. Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury, is another player Wenger has long admired. Egypt defender Ahmed Fathi is having a trial at Arsenal this week, while Atletico Madrid’s 19-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo is another potential new recruit. Arsenal play their opening pre-season friendly at Boreham Wood on Saturday, where Wenger will select a mixed squad including those players not on international duty at the World Cup. The protracted transfer of the France international, understood to be worth around £12 million, was finally confirmed on Thursday evening when Newcastle were able to announce the signing of Holland defender Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord. Debuchy, 28, is seen as a Premier League-ready replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left to join Manchester City on a lucrative free transfer after helping Arsenal beat Hull in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Manager Arsene Wenger is confident new Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy will fit right into his team’s counter-attacking style – with more additions expected before the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Press Associationlast_img read more

0

Focus Shifts to Okpekpe after London Marathon

first_imgThe event, the only IAAF bronze label race in Africa for 2016 has attracted a strong field of elite athletes racing for the $15,000 top prize money on offer for the respective male and female winners.Spokesman for the race Dare Esan is delighted Nigeria, through the Okpekpe race is now attracting the attention of the world.“I am delighted to be a Nigerian and delighted to be involved in this race which has placed Okpekpe in particular and Nigeria in general in the consciousness of the whole world, especially the athletics community,” said Esan who is convinced a better view of Nigeria has been engendered by the race.“Many race fans across the world yesterday saw how Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya produced an awe-inspiring marathon performance to defend his Virgin Money London Marathon title in 2:03:04, just seven seconds off his countryman Dennis Kimetto’s world record.“After the event, the 35th in the calendar of IAAF label road races in 2016, attention is now on the 36th race, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.“Like London, the Okpekpe race is bound to be fiercely contested too going by the quality of elite athletes our international Elite Athletes Manager, Walter Abmayr, has assembled for the race,” adds Esan.“At the last count we have as many as five women who are of gold level running rating and four who are of silver level running ratings for a bronze label event while for the men as many as three gold level running athletes have been confirmed while there are as many as eight silver level running athletes. These are requirements for either a gold or silver label race but because we want a truly competitive event, we decided to go for the very best.“In fact, one the female athlete confirmed for the race, Kenya’s Edith Chelimo is the third fastest (31:07) 10km runner in the world so far this year while for the men, Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo is in the list of the top 15 best performers so far this year. This is an indication of how explosive the race will be on May 7,” Esan declared.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. This year’s edition, the fourth in the series, will hold in Okpekpe in Edo State, Nigeria next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the 35th Virgin Money London Marathon in the books, the world focus now shifts to the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race as the next in the calendar of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label races.last_img read more

0

Syracuse has a rare slip in nonconference play with a 1-1 tie against Colgate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kamal Miller wiped his face with his jersey as the time wound down in the first half. Sondre Norheim held the ball in his hand on the sideline and listened to “seven, six, five, four…” from the PA announcer before lightly tossing the ball over the head of the nearest Colgate player. He and the Orange turned and headed off the field in a light jog.Syracuse (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) was the aggressor all game long. In the first half, as head coach Ian McIntyre said about its last game and the loss before, the Orange played like the better team. But in a 1-1 tie with Colgate (4-1-4, 0-0-1 Patriot) it was left with nothing to show. A 70th-minute header from the Raiders provided the opening blow, and in a game that the Orange looked a step ahead, they found themselves playing from behind.“I thought this was a game that we could have won,” McIntyre said. “This was a game we could have lost as well.”Since 2012, in winning and in losing seasons, the Orange have had their way with nonconference opponents. In 2017, there were six wins. In 2016, there were seven. Then seven more. Then nine. Then seven. Then seven again. No matter the fate of the Orange at the end of the season, the organizing piece behind each SU team was its ability to win outside of the ACC.Prior to each game, Miller said SU maps out its opponent on paper. It examines its mismatches and identifies where it could attack. When it came time to examine the Raiders, Syracuse often gave itself the advantage. For almost every single position on the field, the Orange felt it outmatched Colgate, Miller said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMonday, Syracuse’s feet were soft. Each Colgate dribble elicited a thump. Its headers were aimless when Syracuse’s were targeted. The Raiders’ offensive players most effective tool was the pass. Syracuse took it themselves. The Raiders wouldn’t break down SU with the ball, Miller said. Syracuse would just have to match its aggression.“Once you match that fight, you know quality would come up,” Miller said.When Hilli Goldhar got “kicked” Monday — or if any SU player was forced to the ground by a Colgate defender — a penalty was called. “Payback,” a member of the crowd shouted as Goldhar muscled a Colgate player to the wall behind the SU goal. Moment’s earlier, he was forced into the wall by a Raiders defender. This time, his retaliation was a success.In the 39th minute, Michael Lantry whiffed on a clear that awarded the Raiders a corner kick. But, the kick was shanked right to the head of Severin Soerlie, who stood away from the pile of Colgate players that hawked as the ball neared.Syracuse had chances. Buchanan had a header attempt in front of the net in the 43rd minute. In the 64th minute, Lantry fired a cross leading Hagman perfectly into a right-footed strike which fired wide.But Syracuse failed to leave itself room for error. Weak Syracuse passes started to get intercepted. Lantry shook his head after a Hilpert pass sailed over his head late in the game. Minutes later, Hilpert was challenged on a header once and then the second time was out of his reach. Though Syracuse came back with a goal just more than eight minutes later, a header strike from Sondre Norheim, the damage was already done. In situations the Orange often finish handily, the Patriot League, unranked, Raiders exposed the Orange for its failure to capitalize.“It’s a tough game,” Buchanan said.SU’s fluidity started to fade. In the sixth minute of overtime, Norheim — already having scored SU’s equalizer — streaked down the sideline and Hugo Delhommelle led him with his pass. He whiffed and the ball trickled out of bounded. He turned, stomped and yelled.In the 105th minute, Djimon Johnson received a ball over his head near the right Colgate goalpost. He attempted a shot but lost his footing. His next attempt was blocked. Buchanan received the rebound ready to put it home. But his shot, once again, fired high and wide.Syracuse’s next shot, strike from Ryan Raposo, fired wide again. Each shot inched closer, but never close enough. When asked about Syracuse’s missed opportunities, McIntyre smirked.“I’m a positive guy, you know,” he quipped.Syracuse players walked lifelessly off the field as the final overtime buzzer sounded. They just nearly escaped a scare. But the real fear comes in the weeks ahead. SU plays six conference games in its last nine. Historically, this game has always been a placeholder. And SU still couldn’t capitalize. It was only a matter of time before the missed opportunities provided its opponent a chance.“We’ll settle for the point, but we were always pushing for the three points,” Miller said. “We thought we could have had it late there in OT. But that’s the way it goes.”After the Orange’s corner fired high in the 68th minute, the Raiders took the ensuing play in stride.  SU’s keep away was sloppy and out of bounds. Colgate’s feet were soft and quick. The Orange, unlike earlier, were slow and flat. The Raiders took one opportunity, and the next came smoothly on the rebound. Colgate finished. The pressure — even for a moment — was too much. After a game-long struggle to exploit superior talent and play, it only took one moment to flip the script. Comments Published on September 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

0

Liverpool hammer Arsenal while Spurs still chasing a win

first_imgLiverpool are up to second in the Premier League – after hammering Arsenal 4-nil at Anfield.Roberto Firmino (pron: FIR-MEEN-YO), Sadio Mane (pron: MAN-NAY), Mohamed Salah and sub Daniel Sturridge scored the goals.It means Arsenal have suffered back to back league defeats, and are already six points off the top of the table. Photo: Pixabay Elsewhere Tottenham are still in search of their first league win at Wembley.A 92nd minute strike by Chris Wood gave Burnley a 1-all draw, when it looked like Dele Alli’s second half strike was enough for the home side.In the early afternoon games yesterday Chelsea beat Everton 2-nil, and it finished one-all between West Brom and Stoke.last_img read more

0

Serena Williams hammers Elena Vesnina in 48 minutes to reach final

first_imgSerena Williams brushed aside Elena Vesnina in just 48 minutes to reach the Wimbledon final.The world No 1 won the first set 6-2 before bageling her Russian opponent in a dominant display of power.Vesnina, the world No 50, was playing in her first Major semi-final and was clearly overawed, losing the first set in 28 minutes.She struggled to deal with the American’s serve and was only able to pick up three points from it in the entire match.Williams will now wait to see who she will face in the final as her sister Venus takes on No 4 seed Angelique Kerber on Centre Court.4 – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

0

Cerro Gordo supervisors Tuesday to hold public hearing on changes to golf cart ordinance

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider amending the ordinance regarding the use of golf carts on roads in the unincorporated areas of the county.Golf carts currently can only be operated on certain county roads only for the purpose of traveling to and from a golf course located within the county. A group recently has been studying possible recommendations to amend the ordinance, which would expand where carts could be driven in certain speed zones any time of the year during daylight hours.The supervisors at their meeting tomorrow will hold a public hearing prior to considering the first reading of the amended ordinance. The supervisors then plan to waive the second and third readings of the ordinance, which would put it into effect immediately.The supervisors meet at 10 o’clock in the first-floor boardroom at the courthouse.last_img read more

0

Port Commission Will Consider Marine Terminal Master Plan And Supplemental Environmental…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Port of OlympiaThe Port Commission’s July 14agenda includes an advisory on the proposed Marine Terminal Master Plan and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for each of the Port districts, beginning with the Marine Terminal District. Commission action on this item is anticipated for the August 11 meeting.Also on the agenda is the Commission’s consideration of bids to construct Warehouse B. The Commission could go forward with warehouse construction or potentially reject all bids.The Port’s SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) determination and the City of Olympia’s land use approval decision on Warehouse B are final and not subject to further review or challenge. However, the Port’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) dates back to 1994. While the FEIS’s underlying assumptions and analyses of the general land uses of Port properties are valid, the age of the FEIS and its many revisions and addenda to support current planning over the years make it unwieldy in terms of analysis and implementation.If approved by the Commission at its August 11 meeting, the Marine Terminal Master Plan and SEIS project is anticipated to take 18 to 24 months to complete, exclusive of any appeals. This timeline includes preparing the Request for Qualifications, solicitation and award of contracts, preparation of the draft and final SEIS documents, and public comment.The Marine Terminal Master Plan would not be effective until the Commission adopts it as part of the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements and Capital Budget. Both include public process.The Marine Terminal’s SEIS—and the SEIS for each Port district—would thoroughly assess and document the environmental impacts of planned future re-design or expansion projects. The Port would use each district’s SEIS to provide SEPA review for the district’s elements of the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements and Budget adoption for those elements.The SEIS process essentially follows standard Environmental Impact Statement procedures. Issuance of the SEIS and any associated appeal process are governed by the SEPA statute, implementing SEPA regulations, and the Port’s adopted SEPA Policy Resolution that is then in effect. The Port Commission is currently considering revisions to its SEPA Policy Resolution.The public is invited to the Commission meeting on Monday, July 14, 5:30 PM, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501.last_img read more

12321