UK decision sends a clear message to NZ

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 12 September 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates the UK House of Commons on rejecting the Marris Assisted Dying bill by an overwhelming 212 majority after an extensive yet respectful debate.Many MPs commended the medical profession on the excellent work they do, but remarked that doctors are unable to accurately predict how long a patient is expected to live. Such estimates are based on educated guesswork and probability, not certainty. It is therefore arbitrary to limit eligibility to people who have a certain number of months to live. One Member recalled a case in which a relative was expected to die by the weekend, but lived for another eight months.“The UK decision sends a clear message to New Zealand”, says Renee Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ. “It is a waste of time to debate an assisted suicide bill at committee stage because no safeguards can ever be safe enough.  As several MPs remarked, it is simply impossible to prevent vulnerable people being coerced or feeling internal pressure to request death.”“Such emotional pressure can be subtle and occur behind closed doors. There is no way any third party can be sure that a person has made a truly free and voluntary request for assisted suicide. Assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation lends itself to rubber stamping.”Euthanasia-Free NZ echoes the sentiment expressed by Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing: “We hope Parliament will now turn its attention to the real issues facing our country of ensuring that everybody can access the very best care, regardless of whether they are disabled or terminally ill and that we fund this adequately.”The current Health Select Committee inquiry is an important step in determining the real needs of suicidal New Zealanders and how they can be cared for more effectively. The Committee is investigating why people desire to end their lives and give feedback on the effectiveness of existing support services. More information is available at read more

Record-breaking Mertens sends Napoli to Italian Cup final

first_img Loading… Read Also: Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penalties The second, in the 82nd minute, came after a flowing move in which substitute Alexis Sanchez found Eriksen with a lovely backheeled pass, laying on the Dane for a golden chance to take the tie to penalties. However there was another bum note for Ospina after his best game for Napoli, as his late booking for time wasting means he will miss the final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Italian media, some 8.3 million people tuned into RAI to watch Friday’s goalless draw at Juve’s Allianz Stadium, the largest TV audience for a football match this season. They were immediately thrown into the action thanks to Eriksen, whose near-post cross from a corner flashed past a host of players and squirmed under a surprised David Ospina in the Napoli goal. Inter then dominated for long stretches of the first half, and should have gone two ahead on the night seconds before Mertens struck when Antonio Candreva opted to shoot, forcing a good save from Ospina, with three teammates ready for a pass in the box. Ospina was then crucial to Napoli going ahead in the tie, as it was his quick pass which sent Insigne scurrying towards the Inter area. The Italy international drew defenders towards him before releasing a perfect pass for Mertens, who stroked home first time under Samir Handanovic. Ospina kept a powerful Inter side at bay with some super goalkeeping to make up for his early blunder, the Colombian making two excellent stops from Eriksen in five minutes towards the end. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Dries Mertens fired Napoli to the Italian Cup final on Saturday after netting the goal which gave his side a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win over Inter Milan and made him the club’s all-time top scorer. Dries Mertens slots home his 122nd Napoli goal to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer Napoli will face Juventus in Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to Belgium forward Mertens, who slotted home his 122nd goal for Napoli four minutes before half-time to make the score 1-1 on the night and give them overall victory after a 1-0 first-leg win at the San Siro in February. Christian Eriksen had levelled the tie for Inter straight from a corner in the second minute and the away side continued to dominate the first half, but Mertens ended a lightning counter-attack to put the hosts through at the Stadio San Paolo. “We wanted the final at all costs and we achieved that. Now we need to recuperate and be ready for the final in a few days,” said Lorenzo Insigne, who set up Merten’s winner. Mertens, 33, overtakes Marek Hamsik and moves seven clear of Diego Maradona, who scored 115 goals in all competitions and won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup over his seven tumultuous years in southern Italy. Although there were no fans in the stands at the San Paolo, public broadcaster RAI reported that a small number of Napoli supporters that had gathered outside the San Paolo set off fireworks throughout half-time in celebration of Merten’s goal and after the match. Mertens moved to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and has become so settled in Naples that fans have nicknamed him ‘Ciro’, a hugely common Neapolitan name. Sporting director Christian Giuntoli said pre-match that both club and player want to extend his contract, set to expire at the end of the month. Napoli will take on Juve at the Italian capital’s Stadio Olimpico after Maurizio Sarri’s side squeezed past AC Milan on away goals following a 0-0 draw in Turin on Friday, Italy’s first competitive football match since the country become the global coronavirus epicentre. – Ospina fends off Inter – As with Friday’s match, Napoli and Inter players gathered around the centre circle for a minute’s silence in tribute to the more than 34,000 people who have died in Italy as a result of COVID-19. There will likely be a big television audience for two of Italy’s best-supported clubs.last_img read more

Tyson Fury out to emulate Klitschko

first_imgTyson Fury plans to keep on boxing for as long as he enjoys it as he hinted he could emulate Vladimir Klitschko’s long dominance of the heavyweight scene.Klitschko was undisputed world champion for more than four years until Fury knocked him off his perch in 2015. Fury never defended his four titles amid mental health problems but he bounced back in stunning fashion and wants to stay at the top after regaining his WBC belt in February with an emphatic win over Deontay Wilder, who he is due to face again after the coronavirus crisis eases.The 31-year-old told Sky Sports: “I’ve won every single belt in boxing.“From the English title to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world.“All done, all finished.“Considered the best, done. “If I don’t box again, I’m happy, but if I do box again, then I continue to box.“If we get past this thing, which hopefully we will, then we’re going to keep boxing and just keep taking on contenders.“Klitschko did it until he was 40.“A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing.“I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. “I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.”Fury, who is set to face Anthony Joshua, possibly over two fights, after fulfilling his contractual obligations for a third fight with Wilder, added: “Nothing to prove to anybody.“Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life.“Why walk away when I’m still only young?”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tags: BOXINGHeavyweightsLongevityTyson FuryVladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

McGovern pleased with star display

first_img The Hamilton goalkeeper had waited almost five years for another chance at international level after making his debut under Nigel Worthington in May 2010 as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Chile in Santiago. The 30-year-old was included in the starting line-up by Michael O’Neill for the Hampden Park friendly on Wednesday night, and his man-of-the match display kept the Scots at bay until he was eventually beaten by a late Christophe Berra header. Michael McGovern includes patience as one of his virtues and it brought its own reward with a long-awaited first start for Northern Ireland against Scotland. McGovern expects regular number one Roy Carroll to return between the sticks for the Euro qualifier against Finland at Windsor Park on Sunday but was happy to give O’Neill some “food for thought”. The former Northern Ireland Under-21 keeper, who started his career at Celtic before starring for Ross County and Falkirk, said: “All I can do is do my best and hopefully I impressed Michael and showed I am quite comfortable playing at this level because obviously I hadn’t started a game before, I just came on as a substitute a few years ago. “It was a good night personally and there were a lot of positives for the team as well although I was obviously disappointed to concede the late goal. “Hopefully I gave him food for thought but obviously I know big Roy is number one and there’s not much I can do about it at this moment as he has been different class. “It is very difficult (to oust the incumbent keeper), you have to be patient and I feel like I have been. “I am quite a patient guy so that puts me in good stead. “I have been in this position before at club level so I will keep working hard and hopefully the rewards will come.” McGovern believes the Hampden run-out was beneficial ahead of the crucial qualifier against Finland where the Irish will look to continue their fine start to the campaign. With fine away wins away in Hungary and Greece, O’Neill’s side are one point behind Group F leaders Romania after four games. McGovern said: “The Scotland game was good for the guys in our team who haven’t been playing too regularly for their clubs and it was good for the younger boys as well. “This Sunday is going to be massive for us. It is going to be one of the biggest games we have had in years. “If we could get a win it would really set us up for the rest of the games.” Defender Ben Reeves has been forced to pull out of the squad to face Finland due to a calf injury, it was announced on Thursday evening. Press Associationlast_img read more

GFF president insists no breach of contract with Elite clubs ……chides former NC Chairman for remarks

first_imgBy: Ras WadadaTHE accusation by some Elite Clubs that the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has breached contractual arrangement has been dismissed by the head of the Federation, Wayne Forde.“The primary concern that our members raised in their objections had to do with the existence of a contract, and as I had stated earlier in a Press Conference, similar to this one, that I could only assume that the members were referring to the Rules and Regulations for the first season of the Stag Elite League…and in fact that is what they were referring to…and when I stated that the Rules and the Regulations, in my opinion and in my own experience as a football Administrator, was never considered to be a contract because of precedence we have seen throughout world football, where even at the FIFA level, tournaments will be disrupted, rules would be adjusted, based on the challenges that a tournament might be experiencing…I wanted to ensure that that position was sound so we reached out to CONCACAF and FIFA and we received guidance that the Rules and Regulations of a Tournament is not a contract.“The information that we got simply said that the Regulations are issued on the sole authority of the Executive Committee based on the powers conferred by the statutes…that being said, the GFF Executive has the authority to modify the competition’s Regulations and would be entitled to add additional clubs with a purely sporting objective”,stated Guyana’s football President, Wayne Forde,as he addressed the Media last Friday on the contentious issue presented by some Elite Clubs.The football Chief also took the opportunity to chastise the former Chairman of the FIFA-installed Normalisation Committee (NC) Clinton Urling , who had stated that under his Chairmanship,when the Elite League was established,a contract was indeed signed.“It also gives me an opportunity to address some of the pronouncements that were made by the former Chairman of the NC where he emphatically stated that there was a contract.“ I am concerned with those statements that were made, but we felt at the time it was best to exhaust the consultation process before responding.“My response to the NC Chairman’s engaging in the process or the conversation would be that, perhaps it would have been best to contact the ‘Ex-Co’ or myself directly and get a more balanced perspective as to what was going on and how the matter was unfolding.I gather from his comments that he had information that essentially was supplied from one side of the argument, and I think that is unfortunate. I could only assume, however, that his firm belief that the Rules and Regulations of a Tournament is a contract,could be attributed to his lack of specific football experience and knowledge”, Forde advised.Another bone of contention by some of the Elite teams for the new season is the change in the management of the League which was done in the inaugural season by a private organization who, according to a reliable source,was paid millions of dollars for their services. The new arrangement by the GFF is for the clubs to take up this mantle.“The other objection that we had was the management of the League being allocated to the clubs…some of our members felt that it was going to disrupt the smooth flow of the League and we would not have the level of professionalism.“The Executive Committee would like to make it clear that the decision to allocate the management of the game day activity of the League is grounded in the fact that we have a mandate and an obligation to empower our members financially…and all, but one of our members, who are venue owners have indicated a willingness and the capacity to manage the ‘Game Day’ event which would include, marking of the ground, putting up the branding, preparation of the venue and all the other activities that go along with game-day planning and organising.“This is an opportunity for us to make a financial contribution to our members…revenues of course generated from the Game-Day management, we are hoping will go into the development of their youth football programs and other development initiatives that clubs might want to pursue. I think it is a very smart and practical decision and I am looking forward to clubs making full use of that opportunity,” Forde informed the Media.”The GFF Boss also dismissed the myth that was being spread by some of the Clubs that the addition of two teams will increase the number of games, “In the inaugural competition,teams played a total of 28 games in the four rounds of competition, but the upcoming season will see teams playing a total of 18 games over two rounds of competition,where at the end the Champion will be declared and $6M will be earned.”Meanwhile, when quizzed by the Media on a correspondence that was circulated to the Media last Thursday from four Elite Clubs seeking mediation through arbitration to resolve the impasse, the President declared that “there is no need for us to engage in any mediation.”We are guided by the constitution of the GFF Incorporated and our actions does not breach any Constitution or breached any material contract that exists’.Forde added that while he does not anticipate any club refusing to participate,he further stated that should any team refuse to play then the GFF will have to refer to the measures within the Constitution to deal with any elevation of the situation that may result from the decision to go forward.The second edition of the GFF-Stag Elite League which is 75 percent funded by the Federation,is set to start on November 13th at the Demerara Cricket Club in Queenstown.last_img read more

Clinical Pepsi Hikers `school’ Saints at GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships

first_imgTHE Pepsi Hikers edified their younger counterparts, Saints, on the fine points of indoor hockey with a clinical opening win in the feature clash of night two in the GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships, on Tuesday evening, at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The long-standing champions, who are favourites for the Division One male title again this year were solid in all facets of their game, although they had not played as a unit in months.On the court, the lack of playing time was not evident as the Hikers executed their passes and runs with precision. Leading the charge was Aroydy Branford, who was involved (through scoring and assisting) in six of his team’s goals in the 7-3 win.He scored twice in the first half, first via a high shot that evaded the outstretched arms of the goalie then a flat shot in front of the box.Although Saints’ players were outclassed, they had their moments of glory and proved that they are a quality side.Baraka Garnett was one of the shining stars and his breakaway on the right side in the 17th minute gave the young side hope, but Branford was the dream killer and his bullet, passed from the right side to Robert France who struck it home before the goalie could react, made it 3-1 at the break.Branford’s second assist came early in the second period, when he found Randy Hope. Two minutes later the Hikers’ aggressive pace and precise passing resulted in Leon Bacchus finding Devin Munroe to make it 5-1.Saints skipper Hilton Chase kept his team alive after he scored twice via quality plays, but Hikers were too good and Branford was their trump card, as he slotted home two more goals to ensure a comfortable opening victory.Defending female champions Woodpecker Hikers also proved their might after rolling to their second consecutive victory when they disposed of the YMCA Old Fort Bloods by a 2-1 margin, despite playing without goalscorer in their opener, Nicole Eastman, for most of the second period after she was red-carded in the 28th minute of play.Seasoned player Maria Munroe scored twice (3rd and 30th minutes) for the winners, while Minsodia Culpepper pulled one back in the 35th minute for Old Fort.As on the opening night, Tuesday evening also had six games.In a second division male Group B clash, the YMCA Old Fort Top Form were able to get past recent outdoor champions, Bounty GCC The Sequel, by a margin of 3-0, while in a Group A second division clash, Saints Sensation registered their second win with a 3-1 victory against Hikers Cadets.Meanwhile, Saints females lost again when they met GBTI GCC Spice in the first women’s clash of the night. That game ended 2-0 after Tiffany Soloman and Sandy Roopnarine found the back of the net.In the Over-35 division, Bounty GCC Vintage were able to edge out YMCA Old Fort Hot Shotz by a 5-4 margin.last_img read more

Brathwaite reportedly signed by Tallawahs after being dropped by Patriots

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Former West Indies T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite is reportedly set to join Jamaica Tallawahs as Chris Gayle’s replacement, after not being retained by the franchise he captained in the last Caribbean Premier League (CPL).St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots Wednesday released a list of seven regional players it had either retained or signed ahead of the start of the 2020 season, and Brathwaite was not included.On the same day, the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper reported reliable sources as saying the 31-year-old Barbadian has been signed by Tallawahs, along with all-rounders Andrè Russell and Rovman Powell, while wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and fast bowler Oshane Thomas have been retained.However, CEO of the two-time championship team, Jeff Miller, declined to either confirm or deny the move, directing queries to CPL organisers.“At this time only they can release names,” he said.Brathwaite played four seasons for Patriots, leading the team in 2019 when T20 star Gayle left to return to Tallawahs after a two-year stint with the Basseterre-based franchise.He is widely remembered for his last over heroics in the 2016 World T20, when he scored four consecutive sixes against Ben Stokes to bring home the second title for the Windies.His reported addition to the Tallawahs squad comes on the heels of Gayle not being retained by the franchise, even with two years left in his contract. The 40-year-old cricketer has been signed by St. Lucia Zouks as their marquee player this season.Gayle’s exit, which he controversially claimed was the result of a conspiracy involving assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan and Tallawahs’ management – a claim both have categorically denied in separate statements – also triggered another major player, Andre Russell, to announce this would be his last season at “the weirdest franchise” he has played for.In addition to dropping Brathwaite, who has been replaced as captain by West Indies allrounder Rayad Emrit, Patriots let go of head coach Robin Singh and named Australian Simon Helmot to fill his spot.The franchise also signed West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin who was not retained by Trinbago Knight Riders after four years with that franchise.This year’s CPL is scheduled for August 19 to September 26, but organisers say they are watching the global COVID-19 pandemic closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments to make a decision on the tournament as soon as possible.last_img read more

Super Sunday at Tipperary racecourse today

first_imgThe first race at Tipperary Racecourse- the Athassel Hhouse Stud EBF Maiden- is off at 2:05.Elsewhere, nearly 3-million euro awaits the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps today. The 93rd running of the famous flat race goes to post at 3:30 this afternoon. The feature of the card there is the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle, which goes to post at 3:50.The Michael Winters-trained Rebel Fitz is the favourite there, but could face competition from a number of Tipperary-trained entries, including Aidan O’ Brien’s Plinth and the Charlie Swan-trained The Game Changer.Sruthan will be expected to do well in the Coolmore Stud Home of Champions Concorde Stakes at 2:40, while Hurricane Ridge is strongly favoured for the Like A Butterfly Novice Steeplechase, which goes to post at 5:25.last_img read more

Record-breaking summer sees FDJ up French football profile

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 French state-owned gambling operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) is set to up its profile within French football, following the national team’s triumph at World Cup Russia 2018.This week, FDJ marketing announced that it had secured four new Ligue 1 partnerships with Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille, FC Nantes and AS Monaco beginning season 2018/19 (Ligue 1 start date – 10 August 2018).FDJ’s increased presence within Ligue 1, follows news that the operator had its highest wagering/handle World Cup ever, as France was gripped by Les Bleus’ journey to Russia 2018 glory.French regulator ARJEL has published industry statistics, revealing that French consumers wagered a record-breaking €690 million during Russia 2018.The €690 million wagering figure, represents more than the French wagering turnover for Brazil 2014 (€290 million) and the 2016 UEFA European Championship (€297 million) combined.In the ARJEL update, FDJ details that it had recorded €333 million in Russia 2018 betting handle, with France’s matches against Belgium (semi-final) and Croatia (final) breaking all previous market records.In its June communication, the French government confirmed that FDJ would be privatised as part of the nation’s ongoing enterprise strategy.The governing En Marche party will be allowed to divest control of FDJ, betting and lottery services on the condition that it revamps France’s national gambling framework.This week French news sources reported that UK National Lottery operator Camelot is firmly expected to be at the forefront of FDJ bidding, as En Marche prepares to declare its opening price for the state-owned asset. Submit Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Watch the Dodgers’ home run derby against the Angels in Thursday’s Spring Training Game

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Tonight’s Dodgers-Angels game is like a Led Zeppelin concert. Full of solos— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 23, 2018Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Opening Day for the 2018 MLB season is still days away and the official home run derby is months away but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from having a derby of its own against the Angels in Thursday’s Spring Training game.Yasiel Puig scored the first run of the game with this solo shot..@YasielPuig absolutely crushed that. #DodgersST— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 Kike Hernandez joined the fun with a solo home run of his own.All the way up! #DodgersST— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 The Angels and Dodgers are playing “can you top this.” Zack Cozart hits one out in the top of the sixth. Cody Bellinger responds by hitting one halfway up the batter’s eye in dead center in the bottom half.Dodgers lead, 4-2. Every run a solo home run.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Kiss it goodbye, @coreyseager_5. #DodgersST— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018Seager reaction:Corey Seager just smacked up that ball 👀 #DodgersST #7Days— ((mitchell morris)) (@sirrom_llehctim) March 23, 2018 More home run derby in the desert. Corey Seager goes deep against Noe Ramirez.— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) March 23, 2018 Flipped to the Dodgers game after the Kings game, and Seager hits a bomb right away!— Jesse Rodriguez (@jesse_rodz) March 23, 2018 Seager’s our x-factor this season.— Larry (@run__lmc) March 23, 2018 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Ahhhh yes Seager. 😎⚾️— Brown Bag Marie 🧢🌶⚾️ (@morasee) March 23, 2018Cody Bellinger put the game out of reach for the Angels in the Bottom of the 6th inning..@Cody_Bellinger crushes one to dead center! #DodgersST— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more