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Aided suicide push to take new tack

first_img“My concerns regarding dying are my wish to protect my kids from witnessing horrors,” Kelem said in a statement. “I don’t want them to hear me scream. So I do need aid in overcoming the ravages of this disease at the end of life.” Though polls indicate heavy support for an assisted suicide law in California, legislative efforts continue to stall. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, was forced to shelve a proposed law before the end of this year’s legislative session, after failing to attract enough support from dominant Democrats on the emotional issue. AB 374 would have allowed a California adult, diagnosed with less than three months to live, to get a lethal prescription after clearing several complex hurdles. Nu ez cited opposition from the religious right but the morally volatile issue also has divided seniors, physicians and others. The measure, modeled after an Oregon law, is eligible to be taken up next year. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Steve Geissinger MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – Physician-assisted suicide advocates – unable to pass legislation and short on cash to push a statewide ballot initiative – will announce today the creation of a consultation service to offer information to the terminally ill and even provide volunteers for those who would like someone to be present when committing suicide. “Volunteers will neither provide nor administer the means for aid in dying,” said the Rev. John Brooke, a United Church of Christ minister from Cotati and one of the organizers of the new End of Life Consultation Service. “Clients will obtain and self-administer these means. We will not break or defy the law.” But Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, part of an opposition coalition, said it sounded like formation of “California death squads” to him. Thomasson, pointing to laws against suicide, called for an investigation by authorities once the consultation service begins. Representatives of the new End of Life Consultation Service say they will advise the terminally ill on how to better access pain treatment and end-of-life care. Clergy and trained volunteer counselors also will advise the terminally ill against violent suicide, instead helping identify a path to a peaceful death. Advocates will hold press conferences today in San Francisco and Los Angeles to unveil the program. Nancy Kelem of Los Altos, a mother of three children who has cancer, is among those scheduled to speak at the Bay Area press conference. last_img read more

Donegal to benefit from €283,347 grant for Clar Techspace project

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh, Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €283,347 for Camara Ireland to further develop the Clár TechSpace project.The Clár TechSpace project is a national project that aims to impact the lives of young people by becoming Ireland’s leading creative technology network for outcome focused youth development through the medium of Irish.The expansion of the programme will open it up to schools and youth organisations in Donegal. TechSpace is a national network of digital media spaces in youth centres and schools.The network helps young people to create digital and technological material as they engage in activities such as digital film, web design, mobile app development and robotics, among others.Under the direction of trained instructors and mentors, young people can enhance their computer competency, while improving their self-confidence and social skills.Launched in Connacht in 2015, the Clár TechSpace team is currently working with schools and youth clubs in Connacht and Munster. The funding announced today will allow this work to continue in both provinces, with an increased emphasis on developing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. Additionally, work will commence with a view to rolling the programme out to Ulster and Leinster.A major addition this year is a new event, Tech Féile, which will celebrate the work of the young people participating in Clár TechSpace.Speaking today, Minister of State McHugh said “I was delighted to launch the Clár TechSpace project in 2015, as I recognised the positive impact it could have on young people’s lives, and the opportunity it would afford them to develop their technology skills through Irish. It is heartening to see the progress that has been made by the project since then as it expanded from Connacht into Munster, and I welcome the news that work will commence this year to begin rolling it out in Ulster and Leinster.“I am particularly pleased with the development of Tech Féile, a major new event in collaboration with TG4, which will highlight the work being done by young people through the medium of Irish in the Clár TechSpace programme.“A full day of events is being planned with workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, music and prizes and I’m sure it will be a great success. As we celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge 2018, it is particularly apt that we celebrate the innovative work being undertaken by the next generation of Irish speakers in this programme.” Clar TechSpace backgroundAt present 11 schools and youth organisations are taking part in Connacht, nine in Munster and one in Leinster.The programme began in Connacht and Munster and one school in Leinster took part after applying at the pilot stage.Schools and youth organisations in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan and in Leinster can apply in the autumn to take part. Training of teachers is expected to take place in early 2019. Donegal to benefit from €283,347 grant for Clar Techspace project was last modified: April 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Clar TechspacedonegalgrantJoe McHughschoolslast_img read more

No Bosa as 49ers practice in Youngstown before Bengals game

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa’s lingering pain in his right ankle kept him out of the 49ers practice Wednesday at Youngstown State, and it’s a sign his month-long injury could plague him throughout a highly anticipated rookie season.“High-ankle sprains linger for a long time,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “When you get into games, usually you do stuff again and hopefully you can recover by Sunday.”Shanahan said Bosa’s original Aug. 7 injury is a “little different” from the one that running back Matt …last_img read more

New global initiative to tackle racism in sport

first_img2 June 2014 A new global initiative to tackle discrimination in sport will be launched in Doha, Qatar on Thursday by South African activist, politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale, Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani of Qatar and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The initiative, named Global Watch: Say No To Racism-Discrimination In Sport, will be co-chaired by Sexwale and Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani, and driven by a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Doha Goals Forum Foundation and the Sexwale Foundation. Sexwale, a former Robben Island prisoner, African National Congress (ANC) leader and South African government minister, is also a member of world football governing body Fifa’s Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination. Speaking at a United Nations forum on racism and football in Geneva, Switzerland in October, Sexwale said that Fifa was planning to create a “barometer” of countries which had problems with racism and discrimination in sport. “The barometer is going to tell … that the conduct of your sporting people is bringing your country down,” Sexwale was quoted by various news agencies as saying. “I don’t think anybody here would like to be low on the barometer.” The Mandela Foundation said in a statement on Friday that Global Watch would “build upon the hard work and long involvement of many organisations, large and small, across the world who on a daily basis are taking a stand against racism-discrimination”. According to the foundation, the new initiative has been welcomed by Fifa, the International Olympics Committee and the UN Human Rights Commission, as well as high-profile leaders such as African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, former US vice-president Al Gore, and former South African presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk. “Leading international television personality Oprah Winfrey and sporting heroes such as renowned football icon Pele, former Bafana Bafana and Leeds captain Lucas Radebe, former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar, former cricket supremo Ali Bacher and the entire Barcelona Football Club squad, have amongst others added their voices in welcoming the initiative.” The foundation said that further details of the initiative, and of a summit to be held in Johannesburg later this year, would be provided at Thursday’s media briefing in Doha. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Purple wheat?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some farmers in northwest Ohio have noted purple-reddish leaves on their wheat crop (see picture). If your wheat plants turned purple, here are a couple of things to note.Environmental: Was the shift in color fairly sudden and widespread in the field? If so, the purple leaves may be weather related. With the abnormally warmer temperatures we experienced this fall, the shift to colder temperatures may have been sudden enough to slow the wheat growth and cause the leaves to turn purple. If this is the case, make a note and watch what develops. Also, planting too shallow, late planting date, abnormally dry compaction soils can accentuate the appearance of the wheat as it adapts from warm to cold temperatures. There is nothing you can do at this time and new growth should shift back to green when warmer temperatures return in the spring.Some of the purpling may be due to a build-up of sugars (sucrose) in the leaf tissue. The switch from warm to cool temperatures can affect the rate of sugar transport in the plant, which may trigger anthocyanin formation. Anthocyanins are reddish-purple pigments that form in stem and leaf tissue, and can help absorb excess light energy and divert it away from photosynthetic centers. These pigments act as a sort of “sunblock” to help the plant handle the sunny and cool environmental conditions while minimizing permanent damage to the leaves.Fertility: If your wheat has been purple for a longer period of time, it may be indication of a phosphorus deficiency. For wheat production, soil phosphorus should be at least 25 ppm Bray P, according to the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendation. We are currently re-evaluating P requirements of wheat through on-farm research to validate that wheat P needs are higher than corn and soybean. Between 2013-2015, we conducted statewide soil testing and found 41% of the soils tested had soil phosphorus levels < 35 ppm Mehlich P. If you haven’t had your fields tested recently, we suggest taking a soil sample to evaluate soil fertility.Disease: Purple leaf discoloration may also be caused by diseases, particularly, barley yellow dwarf virus (BRDV). Indeed, BYDV could have been one of the possible causes of this problem, since conditions remained warm for several weeks after planting, favoring survival of the aphids that transmit this virus. However, contrary to what is being reported, plants with BYDV are usually not found uniformly distributed across the field or associated with tile lines. Due to the fact that this virus is transmitted by aphids, affected plant are commonly found in patches, often close to the edge of the field where aphids usually land and feed. In addition, on plants with typical symptoms of BYDV, only the tips of some of the leaves usually become discolored, not the entre leaf or the entire plant. So, based on what is being reported, it is unlikely that BYDV is the problem, however if it is, there is nothing you can do about it at this time, we will just have to wait and see what happens in the spring.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo’s 2nd half explosion leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 lead

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After scoring 10 points and playing only 14 minutes in the first half, Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s first seven points in the third quarter.“It is about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I knew they were going to put guys in the paint, crowd me. I just tried to have patience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs the Bucks took the court after halftime, Eric Bledsoe had some words of advice for the team’s leader.“Eric told me, ‘Be aggressive, it is going to come.’ That is what I tried to do,” Antetokounmpo said. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “For the most part, we came out and competed and we definitely made them feel us,” Jackson said.Game 3 is Saturday night in Detroit.Detroit clawed within seven in the fourth before the Bucks put it away, capped by a hard drive by Antetokounmpo on a break. He banked in an awkward reverse-angle shot while crashing to the floor after being fouled by Drummond. He completed the three-point play to make it 105-87.After falling behind early, Detroit battled back in the second quarter, finally taking a 57-56 lead on Jackson’s jumper with 28 seconds left. Bledsoe briefly put the Bucks back in front, but Jackson closed the half with a layup to give Detroit a 59-58 lead.“I thought we set the tone in the second quarter,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “Our challenge has been extending hard play, not getting bored with fundamentals, not getting bored kicking the ball out, doing those things offensively.”TIP-INSPistons: Griffin took part in light drills at the morning’s shootaround while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. … Thon Maker, acquired from Milwaukee near the trading deadline, started in Griffin’s place for the second straight game. … Detroit committed two turnovers in the first half.Bucks: G Tony Snell, who continues to deal with a left ankle sprain, was inactive. Snell has been sidelined since rolling his ankle March 24 against Cleveland. Sterling Brown started at shooting guard in place of Snell. … Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) and Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) also remained out. … F Nikola Mirotic, who played 15 minutes and scored four points Sunday, had two points in 11 minutes in Game 2. Mirotic missed the last 11 games of the regular season after fracturing his left thumb March 19.LONG DISTANCEAntetokounmpo made a 3-pointer as part of his personal 7-0 run to start the third quarter. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks outscored Detroit 35-17 in the period to take a 93-76 lead into the fourth.“I don’t think he felt great about how he played in the first half,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Antetokounmpo. “When he feels that way, he’s going to do something to change it.”Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Milwaukee is trying to win a series for the first time since 2001.“We knew they was going to come out with fight,” Bledsoe said. “We just had to match their intensity.”Luke Kennard had 19 points for Detroit. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond each added 18, and Drummond had 16 rebounds. Detroit star Blake Griffin sat out again with a left knee injury, but received a technical for the second straight game for arguing from the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo gives high-fives to his teammates during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half.Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee’s big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics rally past Pacers to pull ahead 2-0 in first round series “I have been working on it a lot,” he said. “It is a part of my game now. That one went in and we were able to make a run. I know they are going to give me those shots the whole game. I’ve just got to be able to be mentally prepared and get to my rhythm and take those shots.”Detroit’s plan was to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and force him to shoot from deep. “That’s the shot right now in his career, you want him to shoot those threes. But the day is going to come when Antetokounmpo is going to make that shot consistently and we are all going to be in trouble.”KENNARD GETS STARTAfter Luke Kennard scored 21 points off the bench in Game 1, Casey inserted into the starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, either way is fine with me,” Kennard said. “We wanted to create a little bit more space on offense. I thought we did that and got some good looks.”PACKERS SHOW SUPPORTGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and girlfriend Danica Patrick attended the game. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, sporting a Bucks cap, guzzled can of Spotted Cow beer while being shown on the scoreboard.BREWERS CHEERING SECTIONSeveral members of the Milwaukee Brewers also cheered on the Bucks, including reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, pitchers Jhoulys Chacín and Jeremy Jeffress, manager Craig Counsell and president of baseball operations and general manager David Stearns. 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Clinical Australia outplayed us in both games: Virat Kohli after India’s T20I series loss

first_imgBrief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsIndia captain Virat Kohli didn’t mince his words and conceded that his team was completely outplayed by Australia in all three departments throughout the two-match T20I series on Wednesday.Australia rode on Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 113 to chase down the target of 191 set by India in the second T20I and sweep the series 2-0 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Kohli did feel that his bowlers were hard done by the dew on the field in the second innings but also admitted that Maxwell’s knock was just too hot to handle for the hosts.”Australia outplayed us in both games, they were more clinical with bat, ball and on the field. We put up a decent total, 190 is a good score on any ground, but there was too much dew around, and when Maxy plays an innings like that, you can’t do too much,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.An outstanding knock of 113* from Maxwell guides the visitors to a 7-wkt victory in the second T20I.Australia win the series 2-0 #INDvAUS (@BCCI) February 27, 2019″We would have liked to get across the line in at least this game but I can’t be too hard on the bowlers due to the amount of dew.Bangalore wicket was back to normal, you could trust your technique and game and just go for it, tonight was one night where it came off, but it doesn’t matter because we lost.”advertisementThis was Kohli’s first bilateral T20I series loss at home since he took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni in the limited-overs formats in 2017. India had lost the first match by 3 wickets in Vizag.In fact, India have lost just four bilateral series at home in the shortest format.Kohli now has the five-match ODI series to look forward to where India will be looking to fine-tune their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup in May.”Every team will look to fine-tune whatever they need to before the World Cup, and we’ll keep doing that in the ODI series too, but we still want to win every match we play.”We wanted to give everyone some game time, we’ve seen how these guys react in different situations, and we have a few more games to see how they keep doing under pressure,” Kohli said.Earlier, India posted 190 for 4 after being put into bat with Kohli top-scoring for the hosts with 72 off 38 balls while KL Rahul (47) and MS Dhoni (40) also made significant contributions.The focus now shifts to the five-match ODI series which will begin on March 2 with the first match, which will be a day-night game, to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.Also Read | Glenn Maxwell’s 3rd hundred delivers historic T20I series win for Australia vs IndiaAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni stretches 2.14 metres to foil Handscomb stumping attemptAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 InternationalsAlso Read | India vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan 6th Indian to feature in 50 T20Islast_img read more

IPL 2019: KKR’s Kuldeep Yadav reveals Andre Russell’s only weakness

first_imgAndre Russell has showed signs of weakness against the turning ball, feels Kuldeep Yadav, insisting he has enough tricks up his sleeves to outwit the big-hitting West Indian in the World Cup.Russell has been a picture of consistency for Kolkata Knight Riders, amassing 257 runs from just 121 balls with a stunning ball striking rate of 212.39 in this IPL.However, his KKR teammate Kuldeep said he has found a chink in Russell’s armour which he will look to exploit during the May 30-July 14 showpiece event.”He has some problems facing a turning ball. If the ball is turning, then he has a weakness,” the 24-year-old told PTI in an interview.”It’s not just this, I’ve different plans to unleash against him in the World Cup. I know how to stop him and I’m very clear in my mind,” he added.He has been sharing the dressing room with Russell but Kuldeep conceded that he has never bowled to him at the nets.”He does not take chance against spinners. He’s a terror for pacers. And I’ve never bowled him at the nets. You are always under pressure when you’re hit for two sixes in a row,” he said.”It’s important how you comeback. All it takes is one ball to get the batsman out. You can assess a player’s character by that.”Kuldeep has so far taken just three wickets from six matches but the India wrist spinner said he is happy with his performance and he has matured as a cricketer.advertisement”If I’m not getting wickets it does not mean I’m not bowling well. Now I play as a matured cricketer and think more about the team. Even as I’m not taking wickets, my economy rate is tight,” he pointed out.”I feel in this IPL batsmen are not attacking me so much. The batsmen are no more hitting big shots against me. I’m conceding three-four boundaries in every match which means batsmen are trying to play safe barring one match against Delhi.””It’s such a format, you may have a bad day where you’re hit for runs. I’m not a magician who will do well in every match. You cannot say I will take so many wickets,” he said.The 24-year-old from Kanpur went on to cite the example of his fellow India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has taken nine wickets from six matches but his team Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win a match.”Chahal performing well but team is not doing well. You have to play according to your plan. It does not matter if you take nine wickets when your team is at the bottom. I don’t think I’m not bowling well,” he reiterated.Kuldeep will have a role to play when KKR takes on Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens Friday.He, however, blamed the Eden wicket for not aiding spinners anymore.”The wicket does not help spinners anymore as it used to three-four years ago. It has become batting-friendly wicket. Good for T20 cricket,” he said.The World Cup is immediately after the IPL and late night matches and a hectic schedule is taking a toll on players but Kuldeep said they’re smart enough to handle themselves.”IPL is very different than World Cup. There’s no pressure in franchise cricket. You are under a lot of pressure when you play for India. Someone doing well in IPL also struggles for India. But of course you carry that confidence,” Kuldeep signed off.Also Read | Self-doubt creeps in when I don’t pick wickets, like in this IPL: Kuldeep Yadavlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden Gardens

first_imgKuldeep Yadav was a broken man after Moeen Ali hit him for 3 sixes and 2 fours in his final over during the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Kuldeep gave away 27 runs in the over but dismissed Moeen in the final ball of his spell. | KKR vs RCB – Live score |Kuldeep Yadav, who has had a nightmarish 2019 IPL campaign, finished with forgettable figures of1 for 59 off his 4 overs. This is now the joint-most expensive spell by a spinner in IPL history. What followed after the end of his final overs would have broken the hearts of even the RCB fans – Kuldeep, talked up by Virat Kohli as a major threat in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, broken down.Kuldeep Yadav was distraught and his eyes welled up as he crouched to recover from Moeen Ali’s furious assault. Nitish Rana went up to console Kuldeep but he was clearly distressed even as he took his position near the boundary ropes.In 9 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Kuldeep Yadav has picked up only 4 wickets at an average of 71.50. Over the last year, Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal have been India’s first choice spinners in the shorter formats. Chahal watched from the RCB camp as Moeen Ali took Kuldeep Yadav to the cleaners.Kuldeep Yadav had recently told India Today he starts to doubt himself when he does not pick up wickets for his team like in the IPL.”If you look at this IPL, I am not getting as many wickets as expected and then you start doubting yourself but I think the others are playing safe and they don’t want to give me wickets,” Kuldeep said.advertisementKuldeep Yadav, a talented chinaman bowler, admitted the Eden Gardens pitch wasn’t very helpful for spinners but even he would not have imagined going for 59 runs in 4 overs.Also Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also See:last_img read more