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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

Fridays on the Fly

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first_imgDifferent fly anglers have different goals in their pursuit of fish. To some it’s very important to catch fish, many fish—big ones—any way possible. To others it is to catch that fish. The one that makes you work hard and demands precision.But for many of us, it’s all about the experience, the location, the peace and quiet—not just the fish. No matter our separate goals, our common ground is to enjoy ourselves in the outdoors and have fun. As a guide, I often see people struggling to get past the nuts and bolts of fly fishing in search of that sweet spot where things run smoothly and joy of the pursuit emerges.Efficiency in fly fishing leads to success, plain and simple. It may take a while to develop, but when it clicks, the light bulb often illuminates a new way of thinking and doing. Multi-taskers often excel in the fly fishing world. I know that if I can watch both my flies and my line during my drift while picking up slack I not only have a better chance of hooking that fish when he eats, but I can instantly keep the line tight, watching the fish run, feeling the rod, and playing him correctly.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.15.39 AMWhen I am guiding, I strive to share my own systems with my clients. These people will often return a year or two later, and in that time span they have built upon my systems and developed their own. That’s the beauty of sharing in fly fishing. There is no one way of fishing correctly. It’s personal, it’s developed over time, shared and morphed; when you really find it, it has style.Organization is a virtue, and it’s one of the most important elements in my fly fishing. Yes, disorganized people catch fish too, but organized people often enjoy themselves more, have more time to soak in the surroundings, pay closer attention to clues on the water, and avoid frustration.Preparation is key. Did you have a good breakfast? Hydrate enough? Do you have all the gear—flies, leaders, tippet, floatant, etc.—that you need to be successful? Did you bring a map with you so you know where you’re going when your GPS drops or phone dies? Have you read up on the fishery or spoken to people that may know it better? Is all your equipment in working order and do you know how to rig it properly? When someone comes into our shop complaining about a less than satisfactory day on the water, more often than not they answered no to at least one of the questions above.Keeping your equipment organized and possibly having a backup stash of beater gear in your vehicle may save the day if something gets left behind. Organizing your fly boxes will help you find what you need precisely and quickly.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.15.57 AMAlways check your knots, if they break, try tying them again, slower and more methodically. Try and develop a muscle memory and patterns in your hands and fingers for tying knots that work. When they work, tie them like that every time, and it will become second nature. Know three or four knots like a boss and have confidence in them.When you approach a new spot on the stream take a second to look all around you. Up, down, forwards, and backwards. Know where your hazards are and make a point to avoid them. This may be achieved by employing different casts or simply by moving five feet. Fools rush in, and so do those that put their bugs in the tree behind them on the first cast without looking. Take your time and you will avoid frustration, which can turn a perfectly good day sour in a snap.Finally, it is imperative to know where your fly is at all times. Whether you are executing a drift or moving from spot to spot, treat your flies like deadly weapons. Utilize them as tools and put them away so as not to lose or damage them when not in action.A simple method that I teach people to use in rigging your rod for movement goes like this: reel in until you have about 1.5-2 feet of fly line out of the rod tip, take your terminal fly and attach the hook to your second or third guide up from the cork, grab the big loop of line and walk it back with your hand and place the loop around the foot of your reel, then reel in any excess line. Everything should be tight and well kept along the rod. When you are ready to fish, reverse the steps listed above, but don’t grab for your fly first; it should be the last thing that hits the water before your cast.It’s often the simple things that bring us the most joy. Fly fishing, as intricate as it seems, has awarded many people, including myself, with countless moments of elation that typically come from keeping our systems and methodologies simple and precise.  Seek to develop your understanding of the tools at your disposal and knowledge in pursuit of fish. Along the way, when you find something that works, do it a lot, share it with others, and put some style into it.Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.26.12 AMScott Osborne is a fly fishing guide at the Albemarle Angler in Charlottesville, Virginia. Check them out on Facebook.last_img read more

Shocker! Liverpool hit by positive Covid-19 test

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first_img Loading… The team hotel has reportedly been shut off from the public during their stay with tests conducted on Saturday and during the week. Club protocol means any person testing positive will be sent into isolation and re-tested to confirm the diagnosis. In 11 days’ time, Liverpool are due to face Arsenal for the Community Shield. read also:Jurgen Klopp set to quit football after Liverpool contract The Wembley clash, to be played behind closed doors, is not yet in doubt but is vulnerable to a coronavirus outbreak in either squad. For example, Ligue 1’s return this Friday has been postponed after four Covid-19 cases in the Marseille squad. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool have been hit by a positive coronavirus test just days into their pre-season training camp. Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently in Austria as their Premier League title defence preparations begin. On Tuesday, a positive test was reported within the camp although it is not known if the case is a player or member of staff. Daily Mirror state that training is set to continue as normal despite the Covid-19 diagnosis, with a club spokesperson refusing to confirm or deny the case. The Reds were initially due to head to the French city of Evian for their August training camp yet had to shelve those plans when the UK Government added the country to their coronavirus quarantine list. As things stand, the squad are still expected to remain at their base on the outskirts of Salzburg for the rest of the week before a selection of warm-up friendlies.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Fascinating Facts About Coffeelast_img read more

Coleman covets finals appearance

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first_img Press Association Coleman said: “It’s been a long build-up – I think the manager has said the same thing since he came in. It’s his first competitive game now, but we are all looking forward to it and we are well prepared. “It’s going to be a difficult game. We have seen a couple of clips and a couple of teams who went there, France and Spain haven’t found it too easy, so it’s going to be difficult. “We will be set up well. As I said, we are all looking forward to it and hopefully we can come out of there with three points.” Given the recent history between the two nations, the reception at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena is likely to be hostile, although Coleman insists that will not affect him or his team-mates. He said: “On a personal level, I am not scared to go out there – I am looking forward to it. “We know it is going to be difficult, but we have got a lot of good players, a lot of experienced players in our squad and it’s time for us to kick on now.” Coleman is in line to collect his 24th senior cap in Georgia at a time when his stock is rising all the time having prospered under club boss Roberto Martinez. However, as he has done throughout his career to date, he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. He said: “I did quite well last season – I’d like to think it was my breakthrough season even though I had had a couple of seasons before that. “But I did quite well last year and have kicked it off this year again. Hopefully I can have a good strong season.” The 25-year-old Everton full-back is likely to start the Republic of Ireland’s opening qualifier in Georgia on Sunday, new manager Martin O’Neill’s first competitive game after 10 months at the helm. Coleman has established himself as a regular in the team in the wake of a sobering Euro 2012 finals campaign which prompted then boss Giovanni Trapattoni to turn to youth, at least in part, in the search for a way forward. The former Sligo Rovers defender did not travel to Poland and Ukraine after being named only on standby when Trapattoni selected his 23-man squad, and that, coupled with a summer sitting at home watching the World Cup on television, has made him hungrier than ever to earn his chance. Coleman said: “I was watching the games and I really enjoyed it, but you just want to be part of it. “Obviously I didn’t play in the last European Championship, so I am definitely hungry to be part of that. That’s what you want as an international player, to be on the biggest stage.” Coleman and midfielder James McCarthy in particular are at the vanguard of a new generation of players looking to plug the sizeable gaps left by the retirements of the likes of Richard Dunne and Damien Duff in recent years, although Shay Given’s return to the international scene at 38 has provided an intriguing sub-plot to this week’s preparations in Malahide. Ireland warmed up for their potentially testing trip to Tbilisi with a low-key 2-0 victory over a limited Oman side at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening in which O’Neill rested most of his big guns, Coleman included. But the stakes will be very much higher on Sunday evening when the Republic attempt to launch their bid for qualification with victory over the Georgians just as they did six years ago, although in controversial circumstances. That game, also Trapattoni’s first competitive encounter, was played in Mainz, Germany rather than Tbilisi after the Football Association of Ireland expressed its misgivings over the prevailing political situation in Georgia at the time, a stance which still rankles with the former Soviet state. Goals from Kevin Doyle and Glenn Whelan secured a 2-1 victory – indeed, the Irish have won all five of their encounters with Georgia to date, and an extension of that record would be most welcome this time around. Seamus Coleman will embark upon the quest for a trip to the Euro 2016 finals desperate to make up for missing out on his country’s last big adventure. last_img read more