Euthanasia lobby has hijacked phrase ‘dying with dignity’

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 17 November 2014The hijacking of the term “dying with dignity” by today’s supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide is an insult to the dedicated doctors, nurses and pastoral carers who daily provide compassionate care, pain alleviation and spiritual comfort to the sick, the dying and their families.Debates about euthanasia and assisted suicide are emotionally harrowing. All the more so when they occur during election campaigns. The timing and manner of the current debate exacerbates the fear of dying held by many in the community and diverts attention from the conversation about providing the dying with the innovative medical and healthcare they need, in homes, hospitals and aged-care facilities.Funding for end-of-life palliative care by governments and private health insurers is inadequate and undervalued. The first step in public policy regarding death and dying is to guarantee that those who need palliative care services can get  them. For people who are poor or vulnerable, who are mentally ill or incarcerated, who live in rural and remote communities, it is crucial that they can get  the palliative care services to which we are all entitled.Overseas experience shows that where euthanasia legislation has been enacted, pressure has been applied to the frail aged, disabled and mentally ill to follow the now “normal” path of physician-assisted death. That path has little to do with dignity.Usually the most terrible stories of suffering are told to advance a change to law that will allow euthanasia and decriminalise assisted suicide. This is understandable, but hardly a credible and rigorous presentation of the realities of care for those who are dying.http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-euthanasia-lobby-has-hijacked-the-phrase-dying-with-dignity-20141114-11mpcg.htmllast_img read more

FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer’s governing body told Reuters yesterday.Victor Montagliani said that the international calendar and the transfer system were among the priorities for the football stakeholders committee, which brings together representatives of the players, clubs and leagues.The current match calendar runs until 2024 and allows for around eight to 10 international matches per year in addition to major tournaments such as the World Cup, European championship and Copa America.Top players can easily play 60 to 70 matches in a season for their clubs and national teams.“It’s a pretty busy match calendar, so we need to take care of the players, all of us, because at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all here for,” said Montagliani, who is also president of CONCACAF.“The FIFA staff have started collecting data in terms of people’s opinions … they have started to talk to coaches, they have talked to players, they have talked to all the stakeholders.”The new committee, which met for the first time yesterday, was set up after soccer’s governing body FIFA was engulfed by a series of corruption scandals.Its members include former international players Cafu and Edwin van der Sar, AS Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert and Philippe Piat, head of the world players’ union FIFPro.The committee’s role includes advising the FIFA Council on “all matters relating to football, particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters.”Relations between FIFPro and the clubs have sometimes been tense, with the union regularly complaining of clubs who do not respect players’ contracts.In 2015, FIFPro made a legal complaint at the European Commission against the transfer system which it said was fundamentally flawed.However, Montagliani said there was a positive mood at the meeting.“Everybody understands that if people are coming to the committee with a zero sum game mentality, nobody is going to win,” he said.“The game needs to be better so if the game gets better, everyone will win.“I thought it was very good, very positive and the right attitude was there.”last_img read more

Brittney Sykes is more than a mentor to freshman Gabby Cooper

first_imgTheir relationship started when Sykes was picked to host Cooper on her official visit last year. It wasn’t unusual, as Sykes had already hosted plenty of current SU player before, including the Day sisters, Davida Dale and Abby Grant.But something about her connection with Cooper was different with the two immediately bonding. They had a shared high school experience, Sykes said, of coming close to, but never winning a state championship. The mutual understanding helped make that initial visit a success.Cooper, who’s from a suburb of Chicago, then came to watch Syracuse play in last year’s Final Four in Indianapolis. There, Sykes told her that she needed to come to SU to help them make it back there this year.She stepped into the role vacated by Brianna Butler last year as a 3-point shooter who had a constant green light. But she struggled with her shot, hitting just 25 percent from deep on nearly 70 attempts through the first six games.As the season nears its conclusion, Cooper’s level of play has elevated. Up until the Notre Dame game, she was averaging eight points per game. Over the last six games she’s bumped that to 14.7.“She’s had some games where she’s missed a lot of shots,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “But she’s really stayed with it and she’s been very consistent in her effort.”In the season opener against Rhode Island, Cooper became the first freshman to start for Syracuse since Alexis Peterson started halfway through her freshman year in February 2014.Sykes also had experienced being thrust into a big role as a freshman. She knew the pressure of having to take on a large scoring role for her team, and of having to play at a level that isn’t asked from most freshman.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorExcept when she was a freshman, Sykes said she didn’t have somebody who had her experience, somebody to teach her how to navigate the newness with a need for results. She’s trying to be that person for Cooper, and in return is getting something too.“She doesn’t know this, but she taught me a lot this year that she won’t ever understand,” Sykes said. “She has helped me to grow as a person, she’s helped me to grow as a player.”Cooper and Sykes laughed when describing their relationship in the postgame press conference, especially when Cooper called it “weird.” Sykes said that she calls Cooper her kid.The two don’t have much time left together as teammates. At most, they’ll have five games. They could also have just one more if they don’t find a way around four-time defending national champions Connecticut.Sykes has prepped Cooper to take over her role next year after she’s gone. And in taking Cooper under her wing, she gained a new experience she hadn’t had in her basketball career before.“Haven’t really met a freshman like her before,” Sykes said. “It’s just one of those things where you see something in somebody and you just want to grab a hold of it.” Comments STORRS, Conn. — Brittney Sykes and Gabby Cooper have a tradition of touching foreheads before every game. The Syracuse starters stare at each other, getting into game mode by pumping each other up and offering words of encouragement.Usually, Sykes said, it’s just little words of encouragement and reminders to play strong defense. Before Saturday’s game against Iowa State, Sykes had something else to say.“Today I just told her,” Sykes said. “… ‘I need you to break the single-game record for 3s.’”The duo led eighth-seeded Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday in a dominating victory over ninth-seeded Iowa State (18-13, 9-9 Big 12). Cooper fulfilled Sykes request, setting the SU program record for 3s made in an NCAA Tournament game by knocking down eight, including five in the first quarter. Sykes followed up Cooper’s hot first quarter with 21 first-half points in the Orange’s 85-65 victory.The relationship between Sykes and Cooper — the former a fifth-year senior whose name is plastered in the SU record book, the latter a freshman who has started every game this year — goes past that of just a mentor and a mentee.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She’s been amazing. She’s my best friend,” Cooper said. “She leads me in ways that I can’t even describe.” Published on March 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gor cage Zoo to storm back to KPL summit

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans into jubilation.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15- What seemed like a second string Gor Mahia squad beat Zoo Kericho 4-2 as the Kenyan Premier League defending champions moved back to the summit of the standings with their second consecutive win of the season at the Kericho Green Stadium on Thursday.Goals from Jack Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Joachim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango saw Gor pick maximum points on the road with Zoo scoring via skipper Johnstone Ligare and Nicholas Kipkurui. Head coach Dylan Kerr made nine changes from the side that won 2-0 against Leones Vegeteranios in the CAF Champions League over the weekend, with his eyes fixed on the return leg in Malabo on Wednesday.The only two surviving members from that team were captain Harun Shakava and forward Meddie Kagere.However, the downside to Gor Mahia’s second consecutive four-goal show was the injury suffered by striker Tuyisenge, barely five minutes after hitting the opener.Kerr approached the match with a  change in formation as well, going for three at the back with new signing Charles Momanyi making his debut while Oluoch made his first start for the club since joining in June last year.-Oluoch chances-Wesley Onguso and Omondi were employed as wingbacks with Cersidy Okeyo, Philemon Otieno and Bernard Ondieki playing through the centre of the pack. Tuyisenge and Kagere were paired up in attack.Gor Mahia fans (Green Army) rally behind their team as they hosted Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the Machakos Stadium on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was a fast paced opening half with each side giving enormous energy into attack.Oluoch had the game’s first two chances, both coming off set pieces. In the second minute of the match, he failed to direct a header into the net a yard off goal after Momanyi had flicked through a corner from Omondi.Six minutes later, he had another chance this time from Onguso’s trademark long throws, but keeper Martin Elung’at was well placed to pick the effort.Zoo who started the season with a loss at the hands of Ulinzi Stars were not showing any signs of fear and they had their first chance in the 10th minute when Danson Chetambe tried his luck from distance, but the effort was wide.In the 12th minute, Gor had a glorious opportunity when Tuyisenge sighted a Kagere run into the box, slapped in a cross from the right but his fellow Rwandese could not connect with the goalmouth at his mercy.-Joachim intervention-Zoo had another opportunity at goal in the 18th minute, but it took the intervention of a fully stretched Oluoch to tap the ball behind for a corner when Bernard Odhiambo crossed in from the right with Nicholas Kipkurui lurking at the far post.The hosts had an even better chance in the 22nd minute and should have buried it but Chetambe wasted the opportunity. From a swiftly executed counter attack, Chetambe was through on goal with only keeper Shabaan Odhoji to beat, but his effort at lifting the ball over him was awry, the ball going wide.On the half hour mark, Ondieki had an opportunity to cap his debut with a goal when he was put through on goal by Omondi, but his low effort from the edge of the box was saved by Elung’at.Ultimately, Gor got the goal they had knocked so hard for when Tuyisenge simply tapped in from a yard out after a cross from Omondi who had been put through with a defense splitting pass from Philemon Otieno.The hosts almost made an immediate response two minutes later after some good team movement, but Odhoji was at hand to keep his side in the game, palming away a stinging shot from Odhiambo.It turned out to be a bad day for Tuyisenge as he was forced out injured after 40 minutes following an awkward fall as he vied for the ball with the keeper.The pace of the game didn’t drop an inch lower in the second half and within three minutes of the restart, Gor were 2-0 up.Gor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere reacts after a missed opportunity during their CAF Champions League tie. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOmondi rushing in at the back post tapped home from a Meddie Kagere cross, with Dennis Otieno’s attempt to clear it off the line coming in late.-Ligare header-Zoo however brought themselves back into the game halving the deficit in the 56th minute when Ligare thumped in a header from an Isaac Kipyegon freekick.The hosts had some increased confidence with an equalizer in sight, pumping in the pressure but they could not find a way to get past Gor Mahia’s defense.Twenty minutes from time, Zoo’s strength was nipped right at the bud when Oluoch made it 3-1 with a low finish from inside the box after bouncing in to a rebound when Shakava’s shot came off the crossbar.Three minutes later it was 4-1 when substitute Samuel Onyango scored his first goal in Gor colors with a simple tap in after rushing on to a spilled ball from Elung’at who could not hold on to Kagere’s shot.But the game’s drama was not just about over when Nicholas Kipkurui scored Zoo’s second with a shot from the edge of the box. Onyango had quickly turned from hero to villain when he lost the ball cheaply Kipkurui punishing instantly.Both teams gave in energy in the final 15 minutes, but the goals seemed to have dried up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more