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Assisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsAssisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’By admin – January 22, 2012 546 A REVIEW of laws which would allow doctors to assist seriously ill patients to die could lead to people who cannot make the decision for themselves being euthanised, a Limerick TD has warned. At a recent conference in Cork, Dr Adam McCauley, senior lecturer in medical and international human rights law in UCD, said that Irish law relating assisted suicide should be reviewed. Dr McCauley claimed that people with serious medical conditions are taking their lives “behind closed doors,” and sometimes with the assistance of medical practitioners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was speaking in the wake of the publication of British report which describes current law on assisted suicide as “inadequate and incoherent”.But Fine Gael Deputy, Dan Neville, said that any liberalisation of the law on assisted death or euthanasia could have serious consequences.“It has been the experience elsewhere when euthanasia is legalised under very specific circumstances that although the criteria may be set tightly at the start, those criteria tend to loosen over time and a more liberal approach to euthanasia is taken”.Deputy Neville, who is president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, fears that older people who are ill and those severely handicapped, who do not have their full faculties, may be open to suggestion and pressure.“If someone is very ill or suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s, you have to ask whether they have the mental capacity to make a decision to end their own lives”.The British Commission on Assisted Dying recommended in it’s report, published last week, that a person who has a severe condition and less than a year to live, should be allowed to ask medical practitioners to assist them to die.But Deputy Neville said that this would constitute “a slippery slope.It started out tightly controlled in places like the Netherlands but that has all changed. There is a documented case recently of a woman in her fifties, who tragically lost both of her sons and she was considered a fit case for assisted suicide, even though she was in good physical health. And suicide rates generally increase in countries where euthanasia has been legalised. The attitude to all suicides changes”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Print Previous articleUnfinished estates may escape chargeNext articleBookmaker tells family ‘too late at starting gate’ for Euro draw admin Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ozone Alert.

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first_imgAtlanta drivers are all too familiar with the Georgia Department of Transportation electronic signs warning, “Ozone Alert Day.” The warning flashed on 35 days last year. On 22 of them, ozone hit unhealthy levels. The problem prompted Gov. Zell Miller to sign an executive order requiring all state agencies, departments and universities in the 13-county area to submit a detailed ozone action plan by March 31. The order called for plans that would reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips by 20 percent. “Our long-term goal is to do that all summer every summer, whether there is an ozone alert or not,” Miller said. “Our aim is that every state employee carpools or takes mass transit or telecommutes at least one day a week as a common practice.” Plans to start such things as telecommuting, alternative work schedules and incentives to use transit are being finalized. “There are 13 counties in the metro area that don’t meet the EPA ground-level ozone standards,” said Pam Earl of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The EPD has a team of forecasters who meet every day to forecast the next day’s ozone levels. If they believe the ozone will reach unhealthful levels, they designate the next day an “Ozone Action Day.” The warnings had an impact. “On some Ozone Action Days, we saw a reduction in peak-hour traffic,” said Jeane Pierce, who coordinates the EPD Voluntary Ozone Action Program. Ozone is a colorless gas. It forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in sunlight. The ozone “season” is May 1 through September 30. “Generally, our ozone concentrations are highest during June, July and August,” said Jerry Walker, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we had some in May.” May 13 was Atlanta’s first ozone action day this year. Pollutants from cars, trucks and other sources merge with hot, stagnant air to create high ozone levels. Ground-level ozone is a serious lung irritant. High ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties in the elderly, children, athletes, people who work outside and those with respiratory problems. It makes outdoor activities unhealthy. “I think we should be concerned,” Walker said. “This is the worst U.S. pollutant we have. Atlanta contributes to this through the number of automobiles we have.” Walker worries, too, about plants in high ozone levels. For the past 24 years, he has followed ozone levels closely. He has found that some plants can’t take it. “For example, tulip trees (yellow poplars) and grapes have a hard time,” he said. “We found some damage to wild black cherry trees. And if those high ozone levels came earlier in the summer — say in June or July — we could have seen more damage to trees and to flowers such as petunias.” Walker is studying how ozone affects plants in the new Envirotron at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. The state-of-the-art facility has special growth chambers to help researchers study environmental effects on plants.last_img read more

Making member experience a priority

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first_imgMy recent experience with a credit union got me thinking about “the member experience.”I received a voicemail from a credit union requiring me to respond to a request with detailed information via email. I easily prepared and sent my email, but here’s where it gets interesting: The responding email from the credit union was secured and required a password to open it.I was confused. I didn’t have a password. I attempted to outsmart the system by making up one, but of course it wasn’t accepted. I tried again and it pushed back yet another negative message. If I needed a password to open this email, why wasn’t I offered the option of setting up a password? I had no other option, so I clicked on the “forgot my password” button. The system immediately responded that I would be sent an email with a link to “reset” my password—a password I never had.Frustrating, right?In my inbox, I find the message and click on the link to reset my password. Then it was back to the email where I entered my new password. I thought I was on my way to sending the return email. That didn’t happen though. There was no reply button. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: Eden Hazard remains the best player in England

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first_imgJose Mourinho is unequivocal in his support of Eden Hazard and has again insisted there are no fractures in relationships at Chelsea. The Blues’ worst start in 29 years has led to speculation of rifts within the camp, which Mourinho has strenuously denied, while Hazard has struggled to reach the same heights this term. The Belgian was the Premier League champions’ most startling player last season and remains the competition’s leading performer ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, according to his manager. Press Association “He’s the best player in England,” said Mourinho. “He is the best and he will be the best again. I don’t know if it is tomorrow or if it is next week.” The mood has improved at Chelsea since Wednesday night’s Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Mourinho is adamant the talk of a crisis is wrong ahead of the visit of long-time rival Arsene Wenger. Mourinho listed a series of headlines – some of which have appeared in recent weeks and others to illustrate his reaction – and again denied Steven Gerrard’s suggestion of a fallout with captain John Terry. “I don’t have any problem with any one of my players,” Mourinho said. “Normally when bad results happen the first thing that comes into your laptops, iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story: ‘Somebody punch somebody in the dressing room’, ‘The manager doesn’t want to speak with this guy’. “‘Diego Costa fought with John Terry and before they start the fight they brought a translator for them to understand each other in the fight, because Diego cannot speak English and John cannot speak Spanish’. “‘They organise like Far West duels – at this time we are going to fight, bring a translator to help us’. “You (the media) always go in this direction, which is funny. The other direction you don’t go is the direction which is real. “You lose matches, you are affected, you lose confidence, you don’t want the ball.” Gerrard’s comments came during his role as a BT Sport pundit for the Maccabi Tel Aviv tie, which began with a Hazard penalty which he blazed over. “Maybe it was an agreement he did with some sponsor to promote the Rugby World Cup,” added Mourinho, who is happy for Hazard to continue spot-kick duties. “He’s the best penalty taker in this country too. He is my first option.” Based on previous comments made by Mourinho, a handshake is likely to be offered to Wenger pre-match. The Frenchman, who shoved Mourinho in last October’s clash at Stamford Bridge, evaded his rival at Wembley when finally ending his 13-match winless run in the Community Shield. Mourinho was coy on the subject. “I don’t think it’s important now and I don’t think tomorrow people is focused on that. I think people is focused on what happens on the pitch,” Mourinho said. Chelsea are 17th in the standings after their miserable start of four points from five matches, 11 adrift of leaders Manchester City. But Mourinho is ignoring everything other than the Gunners. “If we are looking to the table, I don’t think that helps,” he added. “It’s a match I want to isolate from every possible context. It’s just Chelsea-Arsenal and it’s a match that we want to win. If it’s a pre-season friendly against Arsenal, we want to win. Community Shield, the same.” Petr Cech returns after leaving for North London following 11 years of sterling service at Chelsea. Mourinho added: “Arsenal goalkeeper until the game ends. When the game ends, if he wants to come to our dressing room, the door is open for him.” John Obi Mikel and captain Terry are the only survivors from Mourinho’s first spell at the club. Terry played every minute in the top flight last season but has been less in favour this term, although Mourinho maintains he is a key ally. “I trust him as always and he’s one of my men,” Mourinho added. last_img read more

Matt Ryan takes Shy Tuttle’s brutal stiff arm to the face after interception: Watch

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first_imgLate in the third quarter of the game, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made a pass that found its way to the Saints’ Shy Tuttle. With the end zone on his mind, the 6-foot-3 former Tennesse defensive linesman tried to make it to the end zone when Matt Ryan tried to intercept the Saints’ man. Shy Tuttle, in turn, pulled out one of the more dirty tricks in his book and laid out a stiff-arm when Matt Ryan went in for a tackle. Shy Tuttle’s arm caught the Falcons quarterback in the face and found Matt Ryan violently hit the ground. Also Read | Why Did Andrew Luck Retire? The Real Reason Behind The Quarterback’s NFL Exit Revealed Written By Colin DCunha BIG MAN INTERCEPTION!The undrafted rookie Shy Tuttle with the pick! #Saints @KingTut_90📺: #NOvsATL on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/iIfZOz55HO pic.twitter.com/BiGF1Nvw4h— NFL (@NFL) November 29, 2019 First Published: 29th November, 2019 11:55 IST FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Lamar Jackson Smashes NFL Records, Rushes For 95 Yards In Ravens’ 45-6 Win Over RamsWhile Shy Tuttle couldn’t quite turn his brutal effort into a touchdown, it’s fair to say that the Saints’ defensive tackle will remember that play for a long, long time. However, Shy Tuttle’s play was then spoiled by a block-in-the-back call on teammate Cameron Jordan shortly thereafter.Also Read | Tom Brady Net Worth, NFL Salary, And What Next For Patriots’ Quarterback center_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 11:55 IST Matt Ryan Takes Shy Tuttle’s Brutal Stiff Arm To The Face After Interception: Watch Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan was at the receiving end of a brutal stiff-arm from Saints’ Shy Tuttle as he attempted a tackle during Falcons vs Saints. Shy Tuttle went from an undrafted free agent to part of the active roster for the New Orleans Saints this season. In the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons, the former Tennessee defensive lineman made what will arguably be the best play of his career in the NFL so far. A stiff arm from the New Orleans Saints’ defensive tackle caught out the Falcons’ Matt Ryan in a clip that has gone viral since the incident.Also Read | Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson And Kevin Hart Voice Opinion On Colin Kaepernick’s NFL SituationWatch: Shy Tuttle’s brutal stiff-arm on Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan Shy Tuttle stiff arm on Matt Ryan after INT ☠️☠️☠️☠️pic.twitter.com/XC3VDoz4li— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) November 29, 2019 LIVE TVlast_img read more