Voluntary euthanasia should be available to children: civil libertarians

first_imgBrisbane Times 17 April 2019Family First Comment: Disturbing comments in Australia..“We would define such a mature minor as a child over 12 years of age who … has a sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed,” he said.Children as young as 12 should be able to choose to end their own lives, with civil libertarians citing European laws as a model that could be replicated in Queensland.A Queensland inquiry, led by a parliamentary committee, is examining aged care, palliative care and voluntary euthanasia.Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said the views of mature minors about voluntary assisted dying (VAD) should be respected.“We would define such a mature minor as a child over 12 years of age who … has a sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed,” he said.“However, we do recognise that children are entitled to extra protection when making their decision.”Mr Cope said children should be assessed by an independent psychiatrist before their request to die was authorised.“Secondly, at least one of the independent medical practitioners should have specific qualifications and experience in dealing with children,” he said.“Thirdly, in the case of children a request for VAD should not be based solely on an underlying psychiatric condition.”Mr Cope said the suggestion was based on laws in Europe, where 13 minors had accessed voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands since 2002 and three in Belgium since 2014.READ MORE: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/voluntary-euthanasia-should-be-available-to-children-civil-libertarians-20190417-p51ex1.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Fury rematch with Klitschko confirmed for October

first_img(REUTERS) – Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title rematch with Vladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on October 29, the British fighter’s camp confirmed yesterday.Fury ended Klitschko’s 11-year unbeaten run on points in Dusseldorf last November to claim the WBO, WBA and IBF belts but pulled out of a July rematch with an ankle injury.“I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve,” Fury’s uncle and manager Peter said on Twitter.Ukrainian Klitschko, who had held the belts since 2006, also confirmed the fight, saying on Twitter that he would avenge his surprise defeat.“Finally the rematch is fixed,” the 40-year-old said.“I’ll remedy my mistake on October 29 at Manchester Arena. See you there!”Fury was stripped of the IBF belt after he failed to face the mandatory challenger. That belt is owned by fellow Britain Anthony Joshua.last_img read more

Syracuse confronts ultimate faceoff test in final hurdle against Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Duke head coach John Danowski never expected this out of Brendan Fowler. The midfielder was strong at the faceoff X for two seasons, but a broken clavicle against Syracuse in the NCAA tournament a season ago seemed devastating.Danowski couldn’t have anticipated what Fowler would do this season. Twenty games and 319 faceoff wins later, maybe he should have.“He broke his clavicle clean through and had to rehab all summer and played some football and got some special teams reps at the end of the year,” Danowski said, “but Brendan has far exceeded our expectations, and we just marvel at his resiliency and toughness week in and week out.”Two weeks ago Syracuse (16-3) matched up with a spectacular faceoff man, Bryant’s Kevin Massa who then broke the record for most faceoff wins in a season. Now, SU faces another against Duke at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field for the NCAA championship.Fowler broke Massa’s single-season record in the No. 7-seed Blue Devils’ (15-5) final four win over Cornell. The top-seeded Orange won just one faceoff in that first-round game against BU, then struggled in its next two games against Yale and No. 4-seed Denver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s an issue — SU’s only visible weakness, really — and it even leaves John Desko, the normally unflappable Syracuse head coach, wondering.“I keep wondering when we’re going to see somebody that isn’t better than 50 percent,” Desko said. “Everybody we play is like 60 percent or 58 percent. Somebody has got to be less than 50 percent out there.”The Orange is. It didn’t matter against Bryant, when an inferior team shot itself in the foot with an abundance of turnovers. In the end it became a non-issue in the next two games as SU pulled out late comeback victories. But that mediocre 42.8 faceoff percentage could catch up to Syracuse.Duke’s 62.5-percent performance at the X ranks third in the nation.But against Denver, Cal Paduda won the faceoffs when it mattered for SU. His dominance in the first half kept Syracuse in the game. Then he won the faceoffs when necessary at the end of the game.“They might not have had the winning percentage that they wanted, but we really trust our faceoff guys,” SU midfielder JoJo Marasco said.On Saturday, Fowler won the big faceoffs, too. He controlled the game, even as the Big Red was rallying, and won the last faceoff to end Cornell’s furious rally. He used the same mantra and confidence he did for every faceoff this season.“I just kind of tried to go out there just like it was any other face off, not to freak out, not to get all nervous,” Fowler said. “I went out there, I’ve taken a bunch of faceoffs this year, tried to treat it just like any other one.”And when he was reminded of breaking the faceoff record after the game, he didn’t have any reason to celebrate.Calm, cool and collected. The way he goes out for every faceoff, and the way he’ll go out again for the national championship.“That’s cool,” Fowler said. “I’ll enjoy that after Monday. Right now the focus is really just winning on Monday.” Comments Published on May 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Syracuse expects significant contributions from healthy Galasso and Mullins

first_img Published on January 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Faceoffs may not have been the only reason Syracuse fell short of a national title last year.The argument could be made that two fallen Orange studs – Nicky Galasso and Brandon Mullins — played a role. Had they been healthy, it’s possible they could have pushed SU over the brink and into the winner’s circle instead of Duke.Galasso, an attack who transferred from North Carolina, was sidelined for the season with a stress fracture in his right foot. Mullins, a starting defender, went down with a right knee injury in the Orange’s third game of the season.“At that point, if someone said we were going to be in the championship game in 2013, I might’ve disagreed,” SU head coach John Desko said, “with players like that gone.”As Syracuse begins its first season without the graduated JoJo Marasco and Brian Megill, its highly rated freshman class won’t be the only newly infused talent. The statuses of Galasso and Mullins were topics of discussion at Syracuse’s media day at Manley Field House on Monday, and the Orange has no doubts the two will be healthy enough not only to contribute, but thrive in this upcoming season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“My feet are great and I’m good to go,” Galasso said.Galasso joins a deep Orange attack that, despite the loss of Marasco, still figures to carry plenty of explosive weapons. The No. 1 high school recruit in the Class of 2010 spent his first two seasons at UNC, where he garnered the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year award and All-ACC honors.However, a foot injury limited his sophomore campaign to 13 games, and the stress fracture to his right foot last year ended his first season at SU before it began. But senior attack Derek Maltz insists Galasso is still the same high-caliber player, despite the injuries he’s suffered to both feet.“He looks great,” Maltz said. “He’s got to be one of the best playmakers I’ve ever played with. Anytime he’s out there with the ball, he makes things happen. When you have a guy like that, he makes everyone else’s jobs pretty easy.”Galasso wasn’t completely up to speed in SU’s conditioning test, Desko said, but he added that Galasso became more and more comfortable as the fall progressed. The SU coaches will treat him no differently, the head coach added, and he expects Galasso to catch up in his fitness and be one of the Orange’s go-to players on an offense that has to move on without Marasco and midfielder Luke Cometti, who scored 34 goals as a senior last year.Just as the Syracuse attack has production to replace, the Orange defense has Megill to fill in for. And Mullins’ much-anticipated return helps fill that void.Mullins, who was still in his native Texas during SU’s Media Day, was cleared in early December, Desko said, and recovered earlier than he was supposed to. Mullins hasn’t suited up yet, defender Sean Young said, but he’ll be ready for SU’s opener on Feb. 10.“Brandon’s doing great,” Maltz said. “He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever – the kid’s a freak of nature. One of the strongest kids on our team, easily one of the most athletic. He’s a beast.”The timing of the defender’s injury was “almost sickening,” Desko said, because of how much Mullins had improved with the Orange’s defensive schemes. The then-sophomore had already proved his abilities as a solid one-on-one defender, the head coach said, but Mullins’ right knee gave out at the same time he was developing his understanding of SU’s zone packages.But now, Mullins’ knee is healed and he will have another shot to establish himself as a lockdown defender, while a healthy Galasso hopes to utilize his playmaking talents for Syracuse’s attack.“I can’t wait to get back out with them this spring,” Maltz said. “I’m really looking forward to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Recess over

first_imgStudents catch up with one another before starting class on Monday. Students in professor Albert Herrera’s general physiology class (BISC 307) turn on their laptops to open PowerPoint slides. All of the course’s lectures and notes are recorded and put online.Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojanlast_img

USG resolution looks to aid scholars fleeing Syria

first_imgChristopher Lo-Records, a graduate student studying public policy, introduced a resolution Tuesday night at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting calling for USC to join the Syria Consortium of the Institution for International Education. Joining the consortium would entail offering resources and funding to people “fleeing persecution, torture and death.” Lo-Records said that this would be in line with practices of American universities that date back to World War II, when they provided sanctuary to notable scholars such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein.Lo-Records argued that this was an “issue of morality” and provided background on the Syrian Civil War.“We are now in the fifth year of the Syrian Civil War, [over] 200,000 people have died this far in this conflict and 4.2 million have been displaced outside of the country,” Lo-Records said.Lo-Records also highlighted that the 4.2 millions refugees were “not a monolith,” but comprised a diverse group of Arab Sunni Muslims, Kurdish Sunni Muslims, Christians of multiple denominations and secularists, such as agnostics and atheists.The Syria Consortium, founded in 2012 by the IIE in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, has brought several universities on board, including Bard College, Boston University, Colorado State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.The resolution presented by Lo-Records was written in September as response to news reports that these universities — inside and outside the United States — were opening their doors to refugee students and scholars from Syria. Lo-Records pointed out that these measures have taken place in previous decades, when the United States took in refugee scholars from Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Iraq.“This resolution has absolutely nothing to with national security or politics,” Lo-Records said. “All students who come to the United States are subject to security checks by the State Department, not by universities.”Lo-Records explained that the security process is a long one, ranging from 18 to 24 months, and has been successful in taking in 750,000 refugees since 9/11, none of whom have been charged with domestic terrorism.Sen. Aaron Rifkind questioned Lo-Records on whether this resolution could be divorced from the current political situation unfolding in the wake of the Paris attacks.“I appreciate that you are trying to remove the politics from this,” Rifkind said, “but The Huffington Post and the New York Times both have headlines right now that relate to this. Don’t you think they are intrinsically tied?”Lo-Records responded that the formulation of this resolution was removed from the political issues that are in the news right now.“The issue that is in the news right now is the conflation of refugees [with] terrorists, and the fundamental issue that launched this was [the consortium] of more than 50 universities in the United States having already done this in the past five years,” Lo-Records said.last_img read more

Silvi Uattara pushes Syracuse past Pittsburgh in 4 sets

first_imgA big effort from outside hitter Silvi Uattara powered Syracuse (21-8, 12-6 Atlantic Coast) past Pittsburgh (23-7, 12-6) in a four-set 3-1 victory on Sunday.Uattara dominated the frontcourt, slamming home 26 kills with a team-leading .386 hitting percentage. The senior hitter was a leader on the defensive side of the ball as well, racking up seven blocks.Uattara’s biggest kills came late during the fourth set tiebreak, when she was set in two pivotal situations.First, Uattara killed to even the score at 25 after a 3-0 Pitt run put the Orange in danger of facing a fifth set. Then, the Orange looked to Uattara again on match point, when the senior drove home another kill to win the decisive set 28-26.Nicolette Serratore, flanked by Uattara on the front line, was also pivotal for the Orange. The outside hitter tallied 13 kills, good for second most on the team, along with 15 digs and an ace in a well-rounded performance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win moves the Orange into a three-way tie for fifth place with Pitt and Miami in the ACC standings, and avenges the 3-1 defeat that the Orange suffered versus the Panthers earlier in the season.The victory on Sunday was the last of 13 road games that Syracuse played over the course of the regular season, and the team finished with a 10-4 mark as the visitors.Syracuse will finish up the remainder of its season with a two-game home stand in the upcoming week, starting with a contest against Notre Dame on Wednesday night.    Comments Published on November 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm Contact Chris: cplucey@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 3 Boeheim’s Army erupts for 40-10 run to skate past Team FOE, advance to Final Four of The Basketball Tournament

first_img Published on July 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ The comeback from down 25 was gradual, as were the signs of it. It began midway through the second half with a deep James Southerland 3-pointer, which cut the lead to 17. Only Trevor Cooney stood and clapped on the Boeheim’s Army bench.Another Southerland 3 cut the lead to 10. Now the whole bench was standing. The bevy of Syracuse faithful’s raucous “Let’s go Orange” chants made the Steinberg Wellness Center, which has a maximum capacity of 2,500, ring loud.“It was a mini Carrier Dome,” Brandon Triche said with a smile after BA’s 72-67 victory on Sunday.Then Eric Devendorf — who did nearly all of the scoring for Boeheim’s Army in the first 10 minutes of the game — curled in for a layup from the left side to give BA a one-point lead. Team FOE’s bench players, who for most of the game had been laughing and smiling, were stunned. NBA Player and general manager Marcus Morris stood with a blank stare looking across the aisle. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last two wins for Boeheim’s Army hadn’t been very convincing. A double-overtime victory against GaelNation after blowing a 22-point lead and a close win over Team Fancy that wasn’t decided until the final minute. Shooting only 26.7 percent in the first half made it appear that there’d be no more happy endings for Boeheim’s Army.But the storybook run continued for the No. 3 seed. After a horrid first half, Boeheim’s Army stormed back in the second half and won its Elite Eight matchup against No. 4 seed Team FOE at the campus of Long Island University-Brooklyn. BA advanced to its first-ever Final Four in The Basketball Tournament and will play Aug. 1.Southerland took on the bulk of the scoring in the second half. He canned four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points. He had made only one shot in the first half. BA as a team shot just 3-of-15 from deep. But Southerland never thought twice about continuing to pull the trigger.“It just comes (from) having nothing to lose,” Southerland said. “We just needed somebody to come get the squad and today it was me.”“I know I was telling with John (Gillon),” Triche said jokingly, “We want you to shoot … for one, no one else is making shots. So if you miss you’re just going to be part of the group.”Ally Moreo | Photo EditorWhat plagued Boeheim’s Army were careless mistakes turning into easy scores for Team FOE. A blown alley-oop attempt turned into a wide open 3-pointer when BA didn’t recover. Stops and rebounds were rendered useless because of bad outlet passes that resulted in turnovers. Devendrof tried to walk up the ball past one defender to end the half and promptly got the ball stolen as Team FOE scored an easy layup. FOE went to the locker room up 16.The start of the second half looked much like the first. Boeheim’s Army had two assists total midway through the second period, as isolation-heavy sets resulted in missed shots and easy transition opportunities for FOE.When the rally started, it wasn’t just because of Southerland’s hot shooting. Boeheim’s Army pressed. Gillon said that a lot of the FOE players were talking trash to the BA bench, using hand motions to show how they were “dissecting the zone.”“You gotta change up the pace of the game, they were comfortable coming down on our 2-3,” Gilon said. “They weren’t used to that pressure, nor did they expect it.”Gillon, Southerland and Triche each credited the raucous crowd for rattling their opponent and forcing a few turnovers. Regardless of whether it was the press or the noise, FOE cracked.After the game, players harped on the joke that’s followed Syracuse basketball for years. “Cardiac Cuse,” Gillon said with a smile during the press conference. They tried to remember other major comebacks they had while they played at SU. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim fired off a tweet saying that this was one of the best Orange comebacks he’d ever seen.While the comeback felt familiar, the result wasn’t. Because for the first time, Boeheim’s Army has advanced to the Final Four of The Basketball Tournament, two wins away from $2 million. Commentslast_img read more

Strong midfield and back-end play carries No. 23 Syracuse over No. 14 St. Joseph’s, 2-1

first_imgChiara Gutsche sensed the pass coming, and began to inch toward midfield. As the clock neared five minutes in overtime, Gutsche crept up from the defensive end and made her move.Moments earlier, fans had called out “Drop Char,” yearning for Charlotte de Vries, SU’s star freshman, to cut off the angle across the field. She didn’t, so the St. Joseph’s defender sent the pass from left to right. Gutsche and de Vries locked eyes, and Gutsche knew she had to step into the passing lane. She intercepted it in stride, and sprinted toward the SJU cage, securing another turnover for SU’s defenders. That sequence ended with Laura Graziosi’s game-winning goal — when she ripped the ball into the back of the cage after a penalty corner insertion — and sealed No. 23 Syracuse’s (4-1) 2-1 overtime win over No. 14 St. Joseph’s (3-1) Friday night. The Orange midfield consistently broke up St. Joseph’s attacks in the middle-third and stifled rushes that neared the crease in the back end. Sometimes, the steal came on the initial pass. Other times, they interrupted the stick-handling that followed. But behind a thorough defensive effort, Syracuse limited tense moments for goalies Syd Taylor and Sarah Sinck, and created enough offensive opportunities to knock off the Hawks.“We just had good pressure from all over the field, everybody was just doing their jobs,” senior Claire Webb, who played for the first time this year, said. “And when everybody does their jobs, we play well as a unit.”It was the complete performance that SU had lacked thus far. During its first four games, offensive dominance and defensive containment had flashed but rarely meshed. Against Vermont and UMass Lowell, SU escaped with wins. Against Lafayette, two early goals allowed by Sarah Sinck overshadowed prominent chances in the Leopards’ end. And against Cornell, those lapses resulted in an upset loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Ange Bradley said Webb’s return brought composure, and the senior replaced freshman Olivia Graham at center back, the defense’s anchor. Bradley also started Taylor for the first time in net, but she never needed to dive to one side or knock away balls with knee pads — the Hawks tallied zero shots in the first half. Junior Sarah Luby, midfielder Claire Cooke and Gutsche spearheaded a middle that swarmed SJU’s passes and chopped balls away, leading to counter-attacks and eliminating lanes for SJU rushes.“We played really together and compact, moved the ball quick and around, always try to open new and more holes,” Carolin Hoffmann said.At times, the turnovers created favorable opportunities in the other end. SJU’s midfielder Cassidy Atchison pushed the ball to the edge of the field and centered a pass into the crease, but Webb sent it in the other direction before another stick could poke it toward the cage. Cooke maintained possession midway through the first quarter, although her long pass intended for Gutsche sailed harmlessly out of bounds and returned control to the Hawks. Had that pass connected, Gutsche would’ve had an odd-man rush at the net.But those plays prevented disaster in the defensive end. With de Vries and her six goals patrolling the offensive zone, a pass on a counter-attack to her stick could end in scoring chances. Leading up to SU’s first goal, Luby poked the ball away to Gutsche and initiated a rush. At the sequence’s end, de Vries backed up St. Joseph’s freshman Kate Blincoe before spinning around and finishing with a reverse hit to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.“We just kept playing our style of game,” Hoffmann said, “just didn’t even think about what [the Hawks] were doing.”With a one-goal lead, the Orange attempted to slow down the pace early in the second half. When Webb and Graham would corral passes near the crease, they’d simply rotate the ball until an SJU defender pressed hard enough. Then, once the ball progressed into the midfielders’ territory, they too circled it around. First Graham, then to Webb, over to sophomore SJ Quigley, and then back again.Even when St. Joseph’s struck off a penalty corner in the 35th minute, when Emily Peters dropped to the right post and finished in an open net, it wasn’t from a defensive breakdown, Bradley said. Rather, the game-tying tally resulted from the Hawks finding a successful angle off the insert, finding a location where all Taylor could do was watch from the opposite post as the white sphere pounded the back of the cage. “It’s a guessing game,” Bradley said of defending penalty corners. Early in the fourth quarter, still 20 minutes away from when Graziosi took two steps right and rifled the game-winning goal past Hawks goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke, Graham crouched down at midfield and greeted another St. Joseph’s rush. Fans had started to congregate near the bottom of J.S. Coyne Stadium’s bleachers, awaiting the pivotal rush. Others paced on the top row by the “Game Day” flags whipping in the wind. Graham shuffled to her left and followed until she could poke the ball away. Hoffmann snagged possession and sent an outlet pass to a streaking Luby. Despite an outstretched stick, Luby watched the pass jump past her stick. She shook her head.But Graham wasn’t disheveled at the missed opportunity. The freshman had done her job, similar to her other midfield and back partners the rest of the night. Graham jogged to her right, back toward her normal spot, and grasped her stick with both hands. At one point, another rush would come. Another chance to start a counter-attack. She just had to be ready. Comments Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mid Senior Football final down for decision this evening

first_imgLast years County Intermediate football champions Drom-Inch accounted for JK Brackens in the semi final and will be looking to claim a senior title this evening. Loughmore were beaten in the Mid Senior hurling final recently and have now focused all their efforts this year into football.Tipperary dual minor star Brian McGrath of Loughmore-Castleiney says Drom are a coming force in Mid Tipp football Throw-in in Templetuohy is at 7.30last_img