November 17, 2020

Euthanasia legitimate up to a point, says Key

first_imgNZ Herald 5 July 2014Prime Minister John Key has signalled possible loosening of euthanasia laws, saying he would sympathise with “speeding up of the process” of death for a terminally ill patient.He told Family First director Bob McCoskrie in a public interview at a forum in Auckland yesterday that euthanasia would be “a legitimate thing” to speed up death for a terminally ill patient who was in pain.But he said he would not vote for a bill proposed by Labour MP Maryan Street that would allow any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.“If it’s the same bill, I’ll oppose it because I think the way that bill was structured is not good law,” he said. “In the world that I live in, in my head, it’s a conscience issue. So when someone says to me ‘euthanasia’ I think of the person that is terminally ill, that is going to die, and in a tremendous amount of times and in my world, euthanasia is a legitimate thing in that situation.”He said modern medical practice was to give terminally ill patients pain relief and allow the natural process of death to occur.“The palliative care would not do anything to prolong their life or to shorten their life. What I would say is in that scenario I … could understand the speeding up of the process,” he said. “The bill goes a lot further than that. In the situation where grandma is 92 [and people just want her to go], that’s not acceptable.” read more

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DOLE urges workplace safety vs coronavirus

first_imgThe DOLE advisory also provided measures to guide employers forcare of workers suspected as having 2019-nCoV, such as: Labor Advisory No. 4 directs employers and establishments toprovide information about the 2019-nCoV to their workers, determine the neededadjustment in work schemes, and take immediate precautionary measures,according to DOLE Region 6 director Cyril Ticao. A woman wearing a facemask passes by the Iloilo provincial capitol on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN As for leave of absence of affected workers, the employer orestablishment may charge the worker’s absence to his or her annual sick orvacation leave as provided for in their company policy, practice, or collectivebargaining agreement. DOLE tasked employers to monitor the health of their workersparticularly those with fever and flu symptoms and those who have traveled toor worked in countries affected with the 2019-nCoV. Ticao said the advisory further directed employers to establish ascreening program in accordance with the guidelines set by the Department ofHealth. * isolating the affected worker in a separate well-ventilated room * reporting the case to the health department, and Following the first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV in the country,DOLE’s central office issued a safety and health advisory to prevent andcontrol the risk of infection in workplaces. * providing the worker with a facemask * decontaminating the work area with appropriate disinfectant The employer or establishment, with the concurrence of theworkers, may also adopt other arrangements to compensate for the worker’s leaveof absence. Workers in these workplaces are also reminded to take extraprecautionary measures which include strict hygiene and use of personalprotective equipment (PPE) while at work, said Ticao. ILOILO City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) inRegion 6 enjoined employers and workers to maintain cleanliness in theworkplace, make available disinfectants and sanitizers, and avoid directexposure to animals, environments and objects possibly carrying the novelcoronavirus (2019-nCoV). * referring the victim to the company health care provider ornearest local health center or hospital In terms of social security benefits, the advisory provides thatinfected workers and their dependents may avail of PhilHealth hospital benefitson top of the existing company health care benefits and are entitled to claimsickness benefits under the Social Security System and employees’ compensation benefitsunder Presidential Decree 626, or Employees Compensation Law. In the event that the worker is not qualified to avail himself ofthese social security benefits due to the fault of the employer, the employershall shoulder all the medical expenses until full recovery, according to DOLE.(With a report from DOLE-6 and thePhilippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

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Boys High School Basketball Scores (12-14)

first_imgWRBI Area Boys High School Basketball Scores.Saturday (12-14)Batesville  64     Anderson  55South Ripley  76     South Decatur  46Greensburg  77     North Central  55Franklin County  76     South Dearborn  36Trinity Lutheran  76     Jac-Cen-Del  65Henry County  69     Shawe Memorial  39Pendleton Heights  61     Connersville  51Rushville  85     Blue River  44Waldron  56     Southwestern  46Knightstown  55     Indian Creek  54Eastern Hancock  84     Anderson Prep Academy  44Postponed:  North Decatur at Edinburgh.last_img read more

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Rape alleged prior to pursuit, police shooting

first_imgShelby County, In. — The Indiana State Police are continuing their investigation into a police action shooting by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Friday when deputies attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Jordan Smith, 26, of Indianapolis, near I-74 and Walnut Street. A female passenger has told police she was raped by Smith prior to the pursui and shooting. The pursuit ensued that ended with gunfire near Shelby County Roads 700 West and 800 North. Smith was wounded in the incident and transported to an Indianapolis hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The vehicle Smith was driving was reported stolen from Marion County about one month ago. He also had an outstanding warrant from Marion County for auto theft.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Grigg targets international success

first_img That helped Grigg win a Northern Ireland recall and if the chance does come in the Euro 2016 opener in Hungary on Sunday, his confidence is sky high. “The United game was probably the highlight of my career. The stadium was full, 27,000 people, a great atmosphere, a great game to be part of,” he said. “I’m one of those players who doesn’t really get affected by pressure, it seems to be the bigger the game the better I do to be honest. “I’ve played three times on TV, scored in every one and got two man-of-the-matches. “It doesn’t seem to affect me in a negative way. If you get your chance it’s your job to take it and hopefully I can do that again.” Northern Ireland have been crying out for a goalscorer since David Healy’s heyday, with Kyle Lafferty, Martin Paterson, Jamie Ward and Billy McKay all having their chances to fill the void under O’Neill. Grigg still has some way to go to make his own case, he has hardly had a sniff of the target in his five caps so far, but he possesses all the requisite self-belief for the task. “I think even though I’m a League One footballer and I’ve spent most of my career there, if you score goals you can do it at any level,” he said. Grigg, 23, is not one of the better known names in Michael O’Neill’s squad and cheerfully admits to being “a League One footballer” but enjoyed a day in the sun when he faced Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils in the second round of the Capital One Cup. He scored twice in a stunning 4-0 victory, putting his side in the lead and then, with a touch of split-second bravado, chesting the ball past David de Gea to double the advantage. MK Dons striker Will Grigg believes he can be Northern Ireland’s big game player after spearheading the giant killing of Manchester United last month. “I feel confident in training, I never think I’ll struggle to score goals and I think it’s something I’ll always do. “If I’m given the chance I think I can definitely deliver. “Every Northern Ireland striker looks up to what David Healy did for his country, he scored so many goals and so many vital goals as well. “I still need to get my first goal out the way but that’s something I aspire to and will do my best to achieve.” Northern Ireland are looking to get their qualifying campaign off to a morale boosting start at Budapest’s Groupama Arena, having won just once in their World Cup group. With redevelopment work ongoing at Windsor Park the side are currently on their eighth away trip in a row and have failed to score in their last four matches. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Lawmakers block South Florida plastic straw ban

first_imga bill that passed the Senate in Tallahassee Tuesday makes it illegal for local governments such as Delray Beach and West Palm Beach to ban plastic straws for the next five years.West Palm Beach and Delray Beach city commissions recently voted to ban the use of plastic straws at restaurants.The concern over plastic straws was fueled by reports of turtles surfacing with straws in their nose throughout South Florida.Broward County Democrat Lauren Book and Palm Beach County Democrat Bobby Powell voted for the bill, which most Democrats opposed.The bill passed the House last week, and it now goes to the Florida governor for his signature.last_img read more

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Djokovic Accepts Wildcard to Play in Acapulco

first_imgNovak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard for next week’s ATP event in the Mexican city of Acapulco.Djokovic has not played since aggravating a shoulder problem during Serbia’s Davis Cup tie against Russia earlier this month. The world No 2 was scheduled to return at Indian Wells next month, but he will now participate in his first ATP tournament in Latin America after a speculative request from the Acapulco organisers.“Great news, you’ll see me back on court next week in Acapulco,” Djokovic said on Twitter. “Did you miss me?”Six of the world’s top 10 will now compete in Mexico next week, with Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin already confirmed.“When we saw the chance we did not hesitate to offer an invitation,” tournament director Raul Zurutuza said. “We knew it was tough, but we were gladly surprised when we got his answer.“Novak is thrilled to come to Acapulco for the first time and to be a part of the best field in the tournament’s history.“Having Nadal, Raonic, Cilic, Thiem, Goffin and now Djokovic makes us very proud, there are just of handful of tournaments in our category that can brag about having six of the top 10 players in the world.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Joe Maddon believes Angels clubhouse is free of drug issues

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maddon was not with the Angels last year when Skaggs died, so he said he has no first-hand knowledge of the atmosphere or events surrounding that incident.He did, however, have a relationship with Kay during his previous stint with the Angels, up through 2005.“Eric and I were friends, my first trip through,” Maddon said. “I did know him well at that time. I had not been around for a long time. This entire scenario is difficult for anybody to comprehend, or wrap your mind around. It’s a societal problem that we’re going through right now. It’s not indigenous to the Angels. It’s very difficult to hear about all of these situations where people are impacted.”SLUMPING RENDONAnthony Rendon was moved from No. 3 to the No. 4 in the Angels lineup, behind Shohei Ohtani, because Rendon has started the season in a 4-for-30 slump.Maddon said he has no long-term concerns about Rendon, who signed a seven-year, $245-million deal in the winter. Joe Maddon said doesn’t believe the Angels clubhouse is currently dealing with any of the issues that took Tyler Skaggs’ life more than a year ago.On the day that former Angels PR official Eric Kay was charged with supplying opioids to Skaggs, the Angels manager said he has no indication there are issues with the current players.“I’m not an expert but I don’t recognize any kind of issues right now,” Maddon said Friday from Arlington, Texas, coincidentally the city in which the Angels were to play when Skaggs died last year. “My focus has been doing what we’re doing right now, and I have not really been contacted or informed of any other kind of behavior going on. So for right now I want to believe we’re going in the right direction.”Major league players are now tested for opioids, along with performance enhancing drugs and other drugs of abuse. The change in the drug policy was a direct response to Skaggs’ death last year. Players who test positive for opioids are entered into a treatment program, and only disciplined if they fail to adhere to that program. “Just talking to the hitting coaches, they brought something to his attention that he thought was appropriate,” Maddon said. “So right now just just give it a little time. He can break out at any moment. … Maybe going from third to fourth is all you need.”Maddon also said he liked what he has seen from Ohtani, who hit a homer on Thursday.ROTATION UPDATEPatrick Sandoval will rejoin the roster to start on Saturday, and he’ll be able to throw 80 to 90 pitches, Maddon said. Sandoval had been behind the other pitchers because of time he missed while dealing with COVID-19 in June, but he appears to be caught up now.Maddon said the Angels will now essentially use a five-man rotation, although they could insert a sixth as needed. Sandoval joins Andrew Heaney, Julio Teheran, Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning.Matt Andriese and Felix Peña will remain in the bullpen for now, Maddon said.ALSOJo Adell was not in the Angels lineup on Friday, missing his second straight game with a tight right quad. Maddon said he expects Adell to be back in the lineup on Saturday, and he was available to pinch-hit on Friday…Slumping Justin Upton hit eighth on Friday night, the first time since 2009 that he’d started a game in that spot in the order. Upton is now the right-handed hitting half of a left-field platoon, with Brian Goodwin. Both Upton and Goodwin were in the lineup on Friday because of Adell’s absence…Although Adell’s presence reduces the opportunity for Taylor Ward to play the outfield, Maddon said he will continue to work out as an outfielder. Ward can also play first and third, the former seemingly being his best chance to start now.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Adam Vinatieri on his Super Bowl 53 allegiance: ‘I want everybody to lose’

first_imgThe 23-year veteran isn’t ready to retire. Vinatieri, 46, re-signed with the Colts this week and will return next season.But for now, he’ll have to watch Los Angeles and the Rams battle it out in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 3. Super Bowl 53: Nickell Robey-Coleman says Rams must ‘stick dagger’ in Patriots Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites “I’m just a fan. … No, that’s a lie,” Vinatieri said, via “When we’re not in it, I want everybody to lose.”However, he still has ties to the Patriots. Related Newscenter_img “If I had to choose from one or the other, there’s a couple of guys over there that I would want to do well,” Vinatieri said. “I know most of Indianapolis and Indiana and Midwest fans are probably cheering on the Rams.”Indianapolis lost to Kansas City 31-13 in the divisional round of the playoffs this year. Vinatieri is known for being clutch, but missed two crucial kicks in the game. Adam Vinatieri isn’t rooting for the Rams or Patriots in Super Bowl 53.The Colts kicker is the NFL’s all-time leading scorer and spent 10 seasons with New England. But that means nothing to him now.last_img read more

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Oops! Seven current stars who developed into All-Stars after leaving their original teams

first_imgSome players perform like superstars from the moment they put on a major league uniform. We’ve seen that recently with Fernando Tatis Jr., Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Juan Soto, to name a few.Not every future All-Star’s career path takes that same trajectory, though. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Some guys need years of struggles in the bigs and maybe a change of scenery or two before they figure out how to thrive. These are the guys who are typically throw-ins to a deal or DFA’d players, moves that happen when production doesn’t meet talent level. Here are two perfect examples: Before David Ortiz became a future Hall of Famer and World Series legend with the Red Sox, he was just a designated hitter the Twins deemed expendable. Before Jose Bautista became one of the game’s best sluggers, he played for the Orioles, Devil Rays, Royals and Pirates before joining Toronto. First, two quick parameters: For this list, we’re only looking at players who had a decent amount of MLB time in multiple seasons before they were dispatched, so current stars who were traded while still prospects (hi, Gleyber Torres!) aren’t included here. Also, a guy like Christian Yelich who developed into a legit superstar with his new team but was still really good — he had three seasons with at least a 4.1 fWAR with the Marlins — with his first team doesn’t count, either. Make sense? Cool.Justin TurnerFeeling the pain: Mets fansWhy he’s here: Turner was traded by the team that drafted him, Cincinnati (December 2008), designated for assignment by the Orioles (May 2010) and non-tendered by the Mets (December 2013). According to reports, Turner had worn out his welcome in New York — where he’d hit .265 with eight homers in 301 games — which led to the surprise move after the 2013 season. Turner was team-less for a couple of months before he finally signed with the Dodgers on a minor league free-agent deal in early February.Aside from Clayton Kershaw, no other Dodger has been the face of this run of 90-plus win seasons more than Turner. He batted .340 in his first year with L.A., and though he’s had trouble staying healthy during the season, he’s been the driving force for the Dodgers’ lineup in his six years with the club. He’s batted .303 with an .883 OPS in the regular season with the club and a hefty .313 with a .923 OPS in 49 postseason games. Turner isn’t the only Dodgers player in this position, of course. We’ll talk more about one player in a moment, but we’d be remiss not to mention Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez, two other under-the-radar players acquired in trades who have become a big part of L.A.’s success in recent seasons. Jake ArrietaFeeling the pain: Orioles fansWhy he’s here: By this point, Baltimore faithful have come to peace with the Arrieta trade. Probably. Maybe. For those Cubs years especially, though, it was tough watching him mow down opponents night after night. And that no-hitter he tossed on national TV on the road against the Dodgers in 2015, the year he won the NL Cy Young award? Horribly painful. Look at this: Arrieta made 18 starts in July/August/September in 2015, and he allowed a grand total of 13 earned runs, for an incredible an 0.89 ERA. In his final 18 starts in an Orioles uniform, the right-hander had a 6.13 ERA. Seriously.The thing to remember, though, is Arrieta wasn’t quickly discarded by the Orioles. After 18 starts and a 4.66 ERA (and 4.76 FIP) as a rookie in 2010, he made 22 starts the next season and was worse (5.05 ERA, 5.35 FIP). The ERA ballooned up to 6.20 in 2012 and he eventually lost his spot in the rotation (he made 18 starts and six relief appearances). He was back in the rotation to open 2013, then was demoted to the minors. When he was finally shipped to the Cubs on July 2, along with reliever Pedro Strop in a deal that landed starter Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger, he owned a 7.23 ERA, 1.775 WHIP and 4.61 FIP in five starts.At the time, it was almost a relief for Orioles fans, who didn’t have to agonize over why Arrieta couldn’t figure things out. His final numbers in Baltimore, over four seasons: 5.46 ERA, 69 games (63 starts), 4.72 FIP, 1.472 WHIP.His final numbers in Chicago: 2.73 ERA, 128 games, 3.16 FIP, 1.034 WHIP. Yep.Charlie MortonFeeling the pain: Pennsylvania baseball fansWhy he’s here: Morton was OK but often injured during his seven years as part of the Pirates’ rotation (2009-15); he made more than 23 starts just twice in that stretch, and owned a 4.39 ERA by the time they traded him across the state to the Phillies. Morton only made four starts in his lone year with that franchise, felled again by injuries. The Astros gave him a chance as a free agent, and he was basically brilliant both years. In 2017, Morton had a 3.62 ERA in 25 regular-season starts, then pitched five shutout innings against the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS, helping Houston reach the World Series. There, he pitched 10 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs, capping his performance with four strong relief innings to close out Game 7. And this year with the Rays — Houston let him leave as a free agent — Morton has an AL-best 2.60 ERA. J.D. MartinezFeeling the pain: Astros fansWhy he’s here: You’ve heard his story. After a career .251 average and 24 home runs in 252 games over parts of three seasons in Houston, Martinez decided to completely rework his swing. It was too little, too late for the Astros, though, and despite that they were a rebuilding team desperate for any sort of offense, Houston released him late in spring training 2014. The Tigers took a chance and were richly rewarded. In his first year with Detroit, Martinez was a revelation — he hit .315 with 23 homers in 123 games, and he was just getting started. From 2015 to 2018, for the Tigers, Diamondbacks and Red Sox, Martinez averaged 37 homers and a 155 OPS+ despite missing significant time two of those seasons. He finished fourth in the AL MVP race for the Red Sox in 2018, and he’s producing again this year, with 22 homers and a 130 OPS+ in 95 games. Max MuncyFeeling the pain: A’s fansWhy he’s here: Muncy played 96 games for the A’s in 2015-16, but never found much traction at the big league level. In that uniform, he batted just .195 with five home runs and a .611 OPS, and the A’s released him in spring 2017. He signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers, who put him in Triple-A for the entire season. Muncy hit .305 with 12 homers in 109 contests. He started 2018 at Oklahoma City again, but was called up a couple of weeks into the season. Muncy homered in his first start for the Dodgers, but overall he struggled early, batting just .190 with a .663 OPS in his first 49 plate appearances. From there, he caught fire. In his next 28 games, Muncy hit 11 home runs and posted a 1.197 OPS while starting games at third base, first base, second base and even playing a few innings in left field. The lefty let go by Oakland finished the season with 35 home runs and a .973 OPS, then added three more home runs in the postseason. This year, he made his first All-Star team and has 26 homers with a .899 OPS in 103 games. Edwin EncarnacionFeeling the pain: Reds fansWhy he’s here: Let’s start with all the times he was basically given away. In 2009, he was part of the trade that sent Scott Rolen from Toronto to Cincinnati, and he was only part of the deal because the Reds wouldn’t finalize it unless the Blue Jays took Encarnacion. Cincinnati — where he’d hit 71 homers in 514 games and wore out his welcome — wanted him gone.After the 2010 season, Encarnacion was claimed off waivers by the A’s. Twenty days later, the A’s non-tendered him, which made him a free agent. Toronto brought him back on a one-year deal (for $2.5 million) with a club option for the 2012 season. Good move, eh? From 2012 through 2018, Encarnacion averaged 38 homers and a 139 OPS+, and he has 30 homers with a 125 OPS+ so far this year with the Mariners and Yankees. Andrew MillerFeeling the pain: Marlins fans Why he’s here: Miller has been shipped around a couple of times in his career. Though he wasn’t good with Detroit, the team that drafted him sixth overall in the 2006 draft (one spot ahead of Clayton Kershaw) — he had a 5.69 ERA in 21 games (13 starts) — the Tigers didn’t give up on him. Miller was part of the trade that landed superstar Miguel Cabrera in Detroit, so the franchise certainly got top quality in return.The Marlins, though, did give up on him after three unsuccessful seasons that resulted in a 5.89 ERA in 58 games (41 starts) and multiple trips to the minor leagues to try and figure things out. He was traded to the Red Sox for Dustin Richardson after the 2010 season.The Red Sox eventually switched him to a full-time reliever, and Miller’s career has taken off. He’s been one of the most dominating lefty relievers in the sport, with a 2.22 ERA and 14.1 strikeouts for the Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Cardinals.last_img read more

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