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Hospices against euthanasia, MPs told

first_imgNewsHub 21 September 2016Hospices have told told Parliament’s health select committee that they oppose changing the law to allow voluntary euthanasia.The committee is listening to public opinion on voluntary euthanasia and will report its conclusions to Parliament in response to a petition asking for a law change.On Wednesday Andrew Leys, chief executive of Hospice Southland, said his team was extremely concerned about a possible law change.He told the committee hospice workers often faced questions about euthanasia from patients.“The vast majority move beyond the point of wanting euthanasia,” he said.“My team is concerned that voluntary euthanasia could lead to less support for people to help them cope with their circumstances.”Mary Potter Hospice director Brian Ensor said hospices would have to be kept entirely seperate from any assisted dying.“The last days of living should be made as comfortable as possible, and it may involve sedation,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/hospices-against-euthanasia-mps-told-2016092115last_img read more

Belgium edge past Northern Ireland

first_imgNorthern Ireland Under-21s were downed 1-0 by a solitary first-half goal in their Euro 2015 qualifier in Belgium. After a slow start, Northern Ireland drew a couple of saves from Belgium goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, Carl Winchester and Josh Carson both trying their luck. The hosts settled after that with Paul-Jose Mpoku, Thorgan Hazard and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco coming into the game more but failing to work Connor Devlin. Indeed, the next shot on target came from Oldham midfielder Winchester after 42 minutes but he could not beat Kaminski. Instead, Belgium scored with their first real attempt on goal, Batshuayi firing home from Laurens De Bock’s assist moments before the interval. Dagenham’s Sean Shields replaced Kirk Millar at half-time, the first of three replacements alongside Jamie Reid and Paul McElroy, but Northern Ireland could not find an equaliser. James Gray saw his 56th-minute free-kick saved and soon after Batshuayi hit the woodwork. There were chances at either end for a second goal but it did not materialise, and with three minutes of added time on the clock Donnelly picked up a second yellow card. Press Associationcenter_img Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi grabbed the only goal of the game just before the interval to maintain his side’s 100 per cent record, while Fulham’s Liam Donnelly was sent off in injury time. Stephen Robinson’s side have now lost both of their Group Nine clashes but this represents a significant improvement on May’s 3-0 reverse in Cyprus. last_img read more

Mikel, Four Others Join Dream Team VI Camp in Atlanta

first_imgSuper Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and four other top players were expected to join the country’s Olympic team at their training camp in Atlanta Georgia, United States of America,  late yesterday.The other players are William Troost-Ekong, Kingsley Madu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Daniel Akpeyi.Mikel and Akpeyi are the two over-aged players Nigeria will parade in Rio next month, while Norway-based Troost-Ekong and Madu have been capped at full international level and will now make their debut for the Olympic team..Officials informed AfricanFootball.com Mikel and the other players confirmed their arrival in Atlanta and they could even feature in the team’s final warm-up match against Rio-bound Honduras on Tuesday.“Mikel and the other players have confirmed their arrival,” an official said.“Their arrival will most certainly boost team morale.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Florida man dead after being shot with his own gun during home invasion

first_imgThe Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a suspect has died after he broke into a home and was shot with his own gun.The incident was reported Friday in Bradenton, Florida.The resident told authorities that the now identified suspect, 26-year-old Demetrius Downer, broke into his home and placed a pistol next to his head while he was sleeping.Downer then reportedly began beating the victim with the gun and during the struggle, the victim gained control over the weapon.The victim then shot Downer and ran next door to alert a neighbor to what was happening.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the gun inside the home and the backdoor of the home opened, however, Downer was nowhere in sight.After canvassing the areas, authorities located Downer’s body on the ground against a condo building near the home.Officials reported that it appears that Downer died due to the single gunshot wound.last_img read more

Shooting in South Beach Leaves Police Officer Stabbed, Another Person Injured

first_imgPolice add the other person was hospitalized in critical condition.Investigators have not revealed what prompted the shooting.This is a developing story. A shooting in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood has left a police officer injured with a stab wound and another person hospitalized.Miami Beach police tweeted that the shooting occurred on Saturday night on Ocean Drive.The injured officer is reportedly in stable condition.last_img

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Left Girl’s Body to Decompose

first_imgA Riviera Beach funeral home is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, after a family claims the business failed to preserve an 11-year-old girl’s body.The family of Re’Asia Washington claims they noticed her body was decomposed and nearly unrecognizable leading up to her memorial service.“My daughter was deteriorated beyond recognition, her skin has come off her body,” says Ebony Morgan, Re’Asia’s mother.The fifth-grader died on Jan. 22 after suffering an asthma attack while in Georgia.Morgan hired Shawn Johnson Funeral and Cremation Services to handle the arrangements.However, “When I saw her face, it looked like someone had threw acid on her face, or she was pushed into a fire and just left to burn,” Morgan explains. She adds that her daughter’s scalp appeared to be coming off the girl’s head.In the lawsuit, which was filed by Tayson Gaines with the Palm Beach County-based Gaines Firm, the family alleges a breach of contract with the funeral home, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and conspiracy.The family has also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, according to Pierre Ifill, Re’Asia’s uncle and an attorney who is helping Gaines with the lawsuit.“What we got was a mummified body that was not presentable for a service. What we got was excuses,” Ifill says. “That’s not acceptable.”On Jan. 24, an employee of the funeral home transported Re’Asia’s body to Florida from Georgia without embalming or refrigerating it.The funeral home also lacked the disposition permit that is required by Georgia law to move a body across state lines.On Jan. 31, Shawn Johnson allegedly refused to allow Ebony Morgan to see her daughter’s body. Johnson refused again on Feb. 5 and 6.However, Morgan paid Johnson $3,055 on Feb 4.After Johnson refused to allow Morgan to see the body on Feb. 6, Morgan contacted state officials to inquire about her rights to see her daughter’s body at the funeral home, and was told she could.Later that day, Morgan visited the funeral home with a police escort. A few hours later, Johnson returned to the funeral home and rolled Re’Asia’s body into the office. She allowed Morgan and her sister to only see the girl’s face and hand.When Morgan’s sister began taking photos of the body, Johnson reportedly threatened to sue if she showed them to other people.On Feb. 7, Morgan informed Johnson that she was planning to pick up the body. Johnson claimed that it was in a Fort Lauderdale morgue. However, the morgue claims that it does not have a contract with the funeral home.“We have not heard one apology” from the funeral home or anyone associated with the business, Ifill states.The family says it had to cancel Re’Asia’s viewing due to what happened.Morgan and Re’Asia’s father, Reginald Washington, are now seeking $10 million in damages from the funeral home, its three managers — Shandelrio “Shawn” Johnson, Ronald Warnecke and Alterraon Phillips — and the funeral home’s embalmer, Adrienne Leger.last_img read more

British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird

first_img11 May 2012 British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird British boy champion Harrison Greenberry (Exeter Golf & Country Club) and Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will represent England Golf in the Thunderbird International at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 26th – 28th May. Both are members of the England boys squad and will seek to bring the England Golf its first success in the annual event played over the Raptor Course. Greenberry, (© Tom Ward) who will turn 18 two days before the Thunderbird event, won the British title over the testing Burnham & Berrow course in Somerset last August, beating Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire) at the 37th hole in the final. His success led to his representing GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy in Spain. He also finished seventh in the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, which helped him finish top of the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for 2011. It will be his first overseas representative honour for England Golf. Orrin, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on 13th May, has been an under 16 and boy international. In 2011 he won the Andulucia Open in Spain, finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver at Rye and third in the Fairhaven Trophy and the South East Junior Championship. This year, he has again finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver and joint second in the McEvoy Trophy, while he was a member of the victorious three-strong team in the Nations Cup at the recent Fairhaven Trophies. Orrin represented the EGU in last year’s Thunderbird International where the format is 54 holes of stroke play over three days.last_img read more

Tumwater Timberland Library now has Laptops Available for Students

first_imgFacebook106Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Timberland LibraryThere are 15 laptops now available to check out at the Tumwater Timberland Library, loaded with academic software, exclusively for Tumwater School District students to use for homework and school projects.  The new service is a partnership between the Tumwater School District (TSD), which bought and provides the laptops, and the Timberland Regional Library (TRL), which manages and check outs the equipment. The program beganthis summer and will be evaluated at the end of June 2018.Here’s how it works:Students with TSD identification and a Timberland library card can check out a TSD laptop, connect to the free Wi-Fi and work on school projects.Laptops must be used in the library only.TSD technicians will provide tech support.TSD may replace lost or damaged chromebooks depending on available inventory.Here’s what it means:For today’s students, computers and internet access are essential academic tools. Without them, learning and achievement may suffer and students can become discouraged. While TSD provides most students a laptop to use while at school (some students check them out to bring home), the challenge is not all students have the technology and access they need at home.This new partnership can help students close technology gaps and navigate their way to success – with help from local educators and librarians.The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St. For more information, contact the library at (360) 943-7790, or visit TRL.org.last_img read more

Female Leaders Encourage High School Girls To Make Impact at Annual…

first_imgJoanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”last_img read more