“Unbearable suffering” questioned in documentary on Belgian euthanasia

first_imgImagine choosing to die when you don’t have a terminal illness. Is it a choice we should have? A powerful Dateline special gets rare access to film the journeys of two people in Belgium – going behind the most liberal euthanasia laws in the worldMercatorNet – Michael Cook 21 September 2015This documentary from the Australian SBS network is one of the best on Belgian euthanasia that I have seen. Although short on statistics and background, it gives an insight into its disturbing ethical dilemmas. Journalist Brett Mason interviews two patients about their request for euthanasia and asks a number of doctors and public figures whether the increasing number of cases for unbearable suffering can be justified.Peter Ketelslegers is a 33-year-old father of two who suffers from cluster headaches. This condition – according to Belgian doctors – is untreatable. The pain is so intense that he can no longer work. He feels that he should die so that he won’t be a burden to his boys and his wife.Simona de Moor is 85, physically fit and mentally sharp. But five minutes after her beloved daughter died, she decided on euthanasia. Mason films her “mundane and unremarkable” last moments as she drinks a lethal potion brought by her doctor, Marc Van Hoey. A dark family problem overshadows her life; she has another daughter from whom she has been estranged for decades and whom she will not inform about her death.http://www.mercatornet.com/careful/view/unbearable-suffering-questioned-in-documentary-on-belgian-euthanasia/16864last_img read more

Ronaldo targets 100th goal, Euro 2020 berth and revenge

first_imgLisbon, Portugal | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo travels to Luxembourg on Sunday with the objective of helping reigning champions Portugal qualify for Euro 2020 and the 100-goal mark for his country within his reach.The former Real Madrid star is also eager to prove he is not a player in decline after his angry reaction to being substituted by Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri in the past two games.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who turns 35 years in February, responded in typically defiant fashion with a hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-0 win over Lithuania on Thursday.It brought his tally to 98 goals in 163 games, to close in on Iranian striker Ali Daei’s world record of 109 international goals scored between 1993 and 2006.“I hope that tomorrow (Sunday) he’ll score the most goals in his career,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos told Saturday’s pre-match press conference.The symbolic century remains within arm’s reach of the striker who despite the passing years has lost none of his lethal firepower.Already the top Champions League scorer with 127 goals, ahead of his long-time rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo this season broke the 700-goal mark in all competitions.And with just two weeks to go before the Ballon d’Or trophy is awarded, the player from Madeira has yet another chance to hammer home his point on Sunday.A win would help Portugal wrap up a spot at Euro 2020 and move on from the their 2-1 loss to Ukraine in Kiev last month. They hold a one-point advantage over Serbia in the battle for second behind Group B winners Ukraine.Should they slip up unexpectedly, Ronaldo and co — winners of the inaugural Nations League — would have another shot via the play-offs.– ‘No sign of injury’ –On Sunday, Ronaldo will also be keen to prove once again to Sarri that he is physically fit. The striker reacted furiously after he was substituted in his team’s 2-1 Champions League win against Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia on November 6.Four days later Ronaldo was again substituted in the Serie A match which the Turin giants won 1-0 against AC Milan.Ronaldo was replaced after 55 minutes on the pretext that he had “a slight knee problem”, with Paulo Dybala taking his place and scoring the winning goal.The controversy swelled when the Italian media revealed that the Portuguese had aimed a few harsh words in Sarri’s direction before returning directly to the locker room.He left the stadium a few minutes before the final whistle.Ronaldo broke his silence by taking to Instagram on Monday, stating: “Difficult game, important victory! #until the end.”His status could prevent him from being hit with a penalty or fine by Juve, but he should not escape a grilling by club vice-president Pavel Nedved, according to the Italian sports press.Despite Ronaldo’s poor performance last Sunday, his demonstration on Thursday against Lithuania led to a softening in tone in the Italian media, who had blasted his “lack of respect” for his team-mates.“Here (in Portugal) CR7 does not go, he embraces (the coach) Fernando Santos and he remains on the bench. (…) It is clear that we do not waste time to demolish players, including champions,” wrote Corriere dello Sport.Relieved, the Portuguese press, heaped praise on Ronaldo after he scored his ninth international hat-trick “with no sign of injury”.Portugal will again rely on their talisman captain Sunday, and bank on his goals to do the talking.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Golf’s reboot gives us all a chance to start afresh’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs

first_img Is it really only four weeks since golf was given the government green light?We are just at the beginning of our journey back, yet there’s been so much activity crammed into this first, hectic month.I’m pleased to say that the positivity buzzing around our beloved game continues to keep us all going through extraordinary times.Adrenaline has helped conquer fatigue!For me, it’s been heartening to see a value once again being placed on membership and the visitor golfer experience since we all pulled together to re-open courses and facilities on 13 May.England Golf exists to promote the amateur and club game and I am proud to bang the drum on our game’s behalf.But we should not make the mistake of undervaluing our game. Too often our sport has sold itself short.It may have been largely accidental, but the spike in recruitment over last few weeks has proved two key things – golf club membership remains relevant and affordable.Golf has been forced to hit the reset button, but the reboot gives everyone a chance to start afresh and carry this momentum forward.Each time I’ve been to my home club at Marlborough, visited Bassett Down or spoken to my pals at Broome Manor, I’ve felt the energy for myself.And, of course, through the national golfing network, I know this story has been repeated up and down the country.But we must also take a breath as not everything in the garden is rosy. Clubhouses remain closed, cash is tight and I’m not naïve to the prospect that the toughest times might yet lie ahead for many of our clubs.Re-forecasting, re-evaluating, re-planning and, in some cases, re-inventing are all potentially the order of the day as we look to maximise opportunities and stabilise finances while coming out of this crisis.Since my last letter, there have been updates on practice facilities, driving ranges and group coaching.Within a week we can all look forward to visiting our pro shops, as non-essential retail re-opens from Monday…so, if there are a few pounds burning holes in pockets, we can once again chase the “Holy Grail” of a perfect game with the help of another new club or piece of equipment!There’s no doubt too that the return of fourball play from 1 June has also been a game-changer for golf clubs.I can’t stress to you how much hard work went on behind the scenes to allow golf to quickly reach a point where fourballs were considered safe to resume under government regulations on outdoor recreation.For clubs, fourball play has helped reduce the pressure on tee-times. Although, as with many things, I’m well aware of the healthy, ongoing debate on the merits of more players per tee-time.It felt harsh to turn away golfers or ration slots to golfers already deprived of their sporting fix after months of enforced closure.Fourballs have allowed clubs to get more members on the course, re-introduce guests and accept visitor bookings.Of course, there are golfers who enjoyed the freedom of two-ball golf again. I get that.Slow play is a curse in a fast-moving society and a sub three-hour round is a joy.For many of our older golfers, there are sound health reasons why two-ball play and limiting social contact remains a wise choice with coronavirus still a threat.I’ve been pleased to discover so many clubs listening to members and setting aside times for two-balls while also re-introducing the fourball format.A ‘best of both worlds’ policy seems to be sensible and right.Competitions are also an integral part of golf club life for many members.After advising clubs and golfers to find their ‘sea legs’ when it came to social distancing and sanitising guidance, I believe the 1 June date was a good time to re-introduce a competitive element to play for those who wanted it.Safety must always remain the priority, but there’s no reason why competitions cannot take place within the regulations.Here at England Golf, Championship director James Crampton and his team are working towards our own events starting back on 28 July.We wanted to offer light at the end of the tunnel by keeping a revised schedule in place and that shaft of sunshine is getting brighter by the day.Just as golf clubs eagerly anticipate the day when clubhouses can safely re-open, we too need a change in lockdown regulations to allow hotels to function and our events to tee off.If the government’s roadmap out of lockdown remains on track, we will hopefully receive good news on that front soon…In the spirit of golf’s return it was brilliant to see our friends at the European Tour promote a ‘UK Swing’ as the professional game gears up for a comeback.Likewise, our fantastic England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has proved his class once again by sponsoring seven events to allow many of the LET golfers to play competitively from 18 June.Slowly, safely and surely golf is beginning to find its feet.By continuing to work together, we will soon stand tall.Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO England Golf 10 Jun 2020 ‘Golf’s reboot gives us all a chance to start afresh’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

RB council makes library top priority

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After banking money for the past few fiscal years and watching the local library foundation host countless fundraisers, the City Council on Tuesday night finally agreed to make up the difference. Bridging the gap could amount to more than $3.5 million, even with the $1.9 million already earmarked for the building and roughly $600,000 put up by the Redondo Beach Library Foundation. But no one wanted to sit on the plan, considering how the library’s $6.3 million price tag has grown significantly over the past couple of years. After weighing a list of capital improvement projects and hearing pleas from residents toting signs, the councilmen ranked a new Artesia Boulevard library their top priority and asked staff members to find money for it. They’ll revisit the issue at a meeting Nov. 20, when the staff is expected to return with funding options. At 10,800 square feet, the library would be the city’s first new public building in more than a decade, the most recent being the Alta Vista Community Center in south Redondo, completed in 1996. The main library on Pacific Coast Highway was built shortly before that. Mayor Mike Gin said he believes the foundation’s ongoing support helped influence the council’s decision to make it a priority. “This project I think really speaks volumes of our community’s dedication and commitment in partnership with the city,” Gin said. “Were it not for the dedication of (citizens groups), we would not be here.” Foundation President Becky Sargent summed up her reaction Wednesday morning in one word: “Relieved.” As the years passed and the project lingered in the planning stages, Sargent said some donors were beginning to rethink their pledges. “We have been looking at the possibility of a withdrawal of funds by supporters of the project. With much regret, they felt that they needed to tell us if this was not going to get under way, they couldn’t support it,” said Sargent, a former school trustee. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the decision.” Still, she said, the foundation doesn’t plan to stop working and will continue rounding up donations for more books, computers and other amenities. It remains to be seen how the council will fill the budget gap, but a likely source is the workers’ compensation and general liability reserve funds. The council considered transferring or borrowing money from the $16.4 million pot Tuesday but decided to wait for new information. Following the advice of city consultants, staff members had recommended keeping a sizable cushion in reserves to pay for unexpected or ongoing workers’ comp claims. And while some councilmen indicated they’d favor putting at least some of that money toward a library, they want staff members to collect data from other cities and analyze the effects of having a smaller reserve fund. Councilman Steve Aspel said he didn’t want to make a drastic reduction to the workers’ comp budget. But, he added, “we have to reduce this somehow, so we can use the money for citizens’ needs.” A new north branch has been a long time coming. The existing building at 2000 Artesia is overstocked and cramped with only 3,663 square feet of space. It was built in 1949, and Redondo’s population has more than tripled since the library was last renovated in 1960. The foundation kicked off a campaign in August 2004 to help make the project a reality. Redondo Beach, which had been planning for a replacement well before that, had also applied for a chunk of state bond money. But hopes sank in December 2004 when the Public Library Construction and Renovation Board doled out the remaining $80 million from a 2000 library bond measure and passed up Redondo. Later, officials gave the library fund most of a $1.1 million reimbursement from the state, which borrowed motor vehicle license fee money during the budget crisis. The total, though, was still short. “I think we’ve finally reached the point where the council and I are going to take some real, concrete steps toward funding the gap,” Gin said. The library wasn’t the only project to get a lift this week. City leaders also agreed to find money for a traffic-calming device at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and South Francisca Avenue and for repairs to the Redondo Beach Historical Museum at Dominguez Park. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUILDING: Leaders will look for ways to bridge funding gap of as much as $3.5 million. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER The long, frustrating campaign to replace the tired and tiny Redondo Beach north branch library may be nearing its final chapter. last_img read more