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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

Authorities: Alleged mass shooter Robert Bowers acted alone

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first_imgJeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The man who allegedly opened fire on worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in what is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history acted alone, authorities said.Eleven people were killed and six more were injured, including four police officers, when authorities say the suspect opened fire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. An assault rifle and three handguns were found on the suspect, Bob Jones, FBI Pittsburgh special agent in charge, said during a press conference Saturday afternoon.The suspect has been identified Robert Bowers, who is 46 years old. Bowers has several firearms and hunting licenses registered in his name and has addresses in the Pittsburgh area.“This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve ever seen,” Jones said.“The suspect’s full motive is unknown but we believe he was acting alone,” Jones added.The Anti-Defamation League condemned the attack in a statement, saying it was “unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning.”“This is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” the ADL said in a statement.The suspect is in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds at a local hospital after being taken into custody, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon.At 9:54 a.m. Saturday, police received reports of an active shooter at Tree of Life, where a service was taking place, Hissrich said.There was also a morning Shabbat service scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to noon, according to the synagogue’s website.After entering the church, Bowers allegedly killed at least 11 people, Jones said, and exchanged fire with officers, some of whom were injured. Bowers was also shot.He was taken into custody and brought to the hospital, Hissrich said.Bowers had not been charged as of Saturday afternoon.Law enforcement is looking closely at a social media account believed to be linked to the suspect. A counterterrorism official briefed on the probe says they are looking at Bowers’ social media profiles, looking at what he allegedly posted and his conversations.Since the incident happened at a synagogue, it is being treated as a federal hate crime and will be handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the assistance of local, county and state police, he added.Upon arriving in Indiana for a speech before the Future Farmers of America, President Donald Trump called the attack an “anti-Semitic crime.”“This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly something that is unimaginable,” Trump said at the start of the event. “Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an anti-Semitic act. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age but we don’t seem to learn from the past.”“The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere it appears,” he added.Speaking to reporters before boarding his flight to Indiana earlier in the day, Trump called the suspected shooter “a wacko” and a “maniac.” He also said the suspect should “pay the ultimate price” and be subjected to the death penalty.last_img read more

Regional Police Chiefs Plan Operation to Curtail Weapons Trafficking

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first_img “Although there are no Central American countries that manufacture firearms, about 2,826,000 weapons are circulating in the region, and two out of three are illegal, which is a risk factor for crime and insecurity throughout the region,” it added. The meeting, held in a hotel near the Pacific coast of Sonsonate, 115 km southwest of San Salvador, aimed to “organize” the second “Regional Operation for Weapon Seizure” or “ORCA II”, using the experiences gathered from the first operation in 2011. On April 18, Central American, Mexican, Caribbean, and Colombian police chiefs met for a two-day meeting in El Salvador, to coordinate a regional operation against weapons trafficking, with the goal of reducing violence, the Central American Integration System (SICA) reported. The operation will be coordinated and promoted by SICA Secretary General Juan Daniel Alemán, and by the Commission of Central American, Mexican, Caribbean and Colombian Chiefs of Police (CJPCAMCC) as part of the support for the fight against illegal firearms carrying and trafficking in Central America and neighboring countries, funded by the European Union. Sixty-three members of the CJPCAMCC, personnel of the Central American Program for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control, and representatives of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), attended the meeting, during which Interpol and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials also shared their experiences on disarmament. By Dialogo April 22, 2013 The SICA initiative intended to “contribute to strengthening citizen security in Central America, to reduce the impact and potential harm of armed violence from a human development perspective,” the organization stated. last_img read more

E. Northport Mom Left Children in Hot Car, Cops Say

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Northport woman was arrested Friday outside a Commack store for allegedly leaving her two children in a locked car in the extreme heat, Suffolk County police said.The kids—a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old—were both sweating “profusely, with flushed faces,” police said in a news release. Another shopper spotted the children inside the car with the windows closed in the Meat Farms parking lot and alerted a store employee, who then called 911, police said.When police arrived, the mother, 49-year-old Maria Luongo-Devivo, had already returned to the car, police said. An investigation revealed that the children were locked inside the hot car for approximately six minutes, police saidThe mother was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment.The children were checked for health issues, but didn’t require further medical attention, police said.Child Protective Services was notified about the incident, police said.Luongo-Devivo was released on bail and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 1.last_img read more

Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of March

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first_imgThe endless buffets, the hoards of reporters from across the country in one room, the excess of media availability and handful of NCAA-mandated rules were all far from what accompany a game in the Carrier Dome. They were all subplots to the madness.We witnessed firsthand arguably the biggest upset in Tournament history. We witnessed firsthand a shot that will be played on highlight reels for eternity. And while we were covering a team that most said didn’t even deserve to be in the Tournament that is now in the final 16, the biggest collapse in college basketball history and more hysteria, heroics and heartbreak spread across the country.And that’s just the first four days of the most entertaining three weeks in sports. There were veterans in St. Louis, reporters that acted like they’d seen it endless times before and they probably had. But for those who hadn’t, it now makes sense why this is called March Madness.Matt Schneidman is the Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @mattschneidman. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2016 at 10:08 pmcenter_img ST. LOUIS — On one screen, No. 11 seed Northern Iowa pulled away from third-seeded Texas A&M in the second half, all but etching its place as the third double-digit seed in the Sweet 16. Around the other, a cluster of reporters gathered to watch a delayed feed of the Xavier-Wisconsin game taking place right outside the media workroom at the Scottrade Center.My beat partner Jesse Dougherty and I were both fine-tuning our sidebars off Syracuse’s 25-point thrashing of Middle Tennessee State that ended some two hours prior. We were on deadline, but the group gathered around the TV slowly grew.I hopped up from my chair and saw Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig bringing the ball up the court with the Badgers down 63-60 and less than 15 seconds left. A deafening roar flooded from the arena into the back room while Koenig still dribbled atop the key on the screen. Sure enough, seconds later, he sunk a 3-pointer to tie the game against the second-seeded Musketeers with 11.7 seconds remaining.The deadline for our stories wasn’t too far from then, but we had to see the finish. Jesse was reluctant, his Tyler Lydon story closer to completion than mine on Tyler Roberson, but he gave in and we briskly walked around the corner and through the tunnel the teams ran through. We were instructed to watch the game with our backs against a wall so as to clear a path through the tunnel, so tip-toes were necessary to see the action.First Xavier’s Edmond Sumner was called for an offensive foul with five seconds left. Then Wisconsin inbounded the ball and called timeout with exactly two seconds on the clock as it crossed half court. A nearby arena staff member informed us that Northern Iowa and Texas A&M were in double overtime. Wait? UNI led by 12 with 44 seconds left. We were about to watch arguably the best finish of the NCAA Tournament, and we were missing a potentially monumental collapse at the same time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWe couldn’t see the players’ lower halves from our vantage point, but we were roughly 10 yards away from the nearest corner behind the 3-point line. Koenig caught the inbounds pass, secluded himself to that corner and hoisted a fadeaway 3. It didn’t even touch the rim as it dropped through the net. Koenig raised his arms and let out a yell that was drowned out by the pro-Wisconsin crowd. Staffers sprinted past us into the tunnel to begin postgame preparations. The Badgers’ bench lifted its hero in the air feet away from where we stood, Jesse’s face expressionless for a good minute before I reminded him we had stories to finish and we jogged back to our computers.And then we found out the Aggies had won. Within minutes, a buzzer-beating 3 to upset a No. 2 seed and the worst collapse in college basketball history by the Tournament’s potential Cinderella.This whole sequence, the 500 or so words preceding this sentence, spanned about 15 minutes. We spent four days in St. Louis and the madness, the same one that perfectly typifies the more common name for the NCAA Tournament, March Madness, was captured in our last hour of the 96 or so we spent half way across the country this weekend.Two days prior, Jesse and I were watching the last three games of the night, Michigan-Notre Dame, Texas-Northern Iowa and Cincinnati-St. Joseph’s. The first was tied, but the Fighting Irish pulled away for a seven-point win. Then Jesse fell asleep. With less than 20 seconds left in the second game, I pestered him until he woke up. Then Paul Jesperson etched his name in NCAA Tournament lore with a banked-in halfcourt buzzer-beater to win by three and Jesse propped himself up with his elbow, the same expressionless awe on his face.We flipped the channel seconds later, and Isaiah Miles hit a 3 to put St. Joe’s up two. Cincy stormed down the court and Octavius Ellis tied the game with a dunk at the buzzer. Or did he? The refs reviewed and ruled it no basket. Madness in less than a minute and we were lucky since I had memorized the four Missouri channel numbers that Tournament games were played on — CBS was 4, TNT 56, TBS 57 and TruTV 80.In less than 24 hours, the Orange would face off against America’s new favorite team. I watched Middle Tennessee State knock off perennial national champion Michigan State, again abandoning my story to hopefully witness history. I did that, and then saw Tom Izzo and Denzel Valentine pass by inches away, and minutes later each tear up at the podium.last_img read more