Relentless rise in euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands

first_imgChristian Concern 1 October 2014Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship has described euthanasia in the Netherlands as “way out of control”, highlighting the escalation of the practice of Dutch doctors intentionally ending the lives of their patients by administering lethal drugs and withdrawing hydration.He reports that euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2013 increased by 15% to just under 5,000, and that over a period of seven years there has been a 151% increase.“What we are seeing in the Netherlands is ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included,” says Dr Saunders. read more

Watch for “phishing” emails

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute was notified that some grantees are receiving “phishing” emails such as the one in the image at the bottom of this message. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and financial information by disguising as a trustworthy entity.Phishing and malicious software or “malware” are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so it is important to keep your software updated and use available spam filters. But you are the last and most important defense against security threats.Below are some questions you should ask yourself when receiving email messages.Do I know the sender? Does this look like a typical email from this person?Was I expecting this message? Was I expecting an attachment?Is the text in the subject line or message body alarmist, have spelling errors or offering a prize?Phishers will try to conceal email and web addresses. In many cases, you can check the From: line or colored, underlined link by hovering your mouse pointer over without clicking it. The address will appear near your mouse pointer or at the bottom of the window. Verify the server name or domain that usually ends with something like .gov, .org or .gov and would be immediately followed by the first single forward slash (/).State of Indiana websites typically have an domain. Emails from state employees will be formatted as “Lastname, Firstname” such as “Owens, Gabrielle”. Occasionally you may see trusted State of Indiana services, such as IntelliGrants or this GovDelivery email provider.If you suspect an email is suspicious, do not open any of the attachments. Report it by clicking the Spam button, if your email provider offers one, or by notifying your Information Technology professional and then by deleting the message.last_img read more

Life is corking at St Mary’s

first_img On Saturday Saints secured their first win since the former Espanyol boss controversially replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm, beating Manchester City 3-1 at St Mary’s. Much has been made of the pressing game employed by Pochettino since his arrival, and Cork said: “It does feel like you need two hearts to play like that. It is hard work but you can see the result and hopefully if we can keep that standard going, we can hopefully do that every week.” Press Association Southampton’s Jack Cork is enjoying life under new manager Mauricio Pochettino – even if he could do with an extra heart to cope with the demands brought by the Argentinian’s pressing game.center_img He went on: “We’ve been playing well for quite a while now – it is a good two or three months we’ve been picking up a few results. “The last few games under the new gaffer we’ve been playing some really good stuff. “After a great game like that against City, there is no reason why we can’t keep going and get higher up the table.” Southampton moved six points clear of the drop zone with Saturday’s win, which Cork compared to the high of achieving automatic promotion from the Championship last year. “I’ve had some great times at this stadium,” he said. “When we went up last season, the fans were unbelievable then. “That was up with that day. When the final whistle went and you see the fans go nuts and to see the lads so happy, it was a great three points. “It takes us six points clear and it is almost as big as when we went up last year. Hopefully we can keep that gap at six points and push on.” last_img read more

Kinnear keen to look abroad

first_imgNewcastle will not abandon the European market as director of football Joe Kinnear attempts to provide Alan Pardew with a stronger team. He added: “We have been palling up, so we will go abroad. We will go to everywhere in Europe looking at matches. We will scour the length and breadth of Europe to find what we want.” Kinnear, whose appointment caused such consternation on Tyneside, is busily trying to forge a working relationship with Pardew and Carr and is convinced the three of them can take the club forward. He said: “Three of us can sit down and iron out what we think is the best for Newcastle. “Our role is to get the best players and the best team that Newcastle can have. That’s what I intend to do. “I’m not saying, ‘Hey, let’s go and get Ronaldo and Messi’. They are out of our range. But if we see what we believe are good, solid players, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be in the top 10. “Each night, I will be going to matches. Maybe I will be going out of the country with Graham. We will travel around. We will go elsewhere to try to open the doors on new signings.” The Magpies have prospered in recent seasons as a result of chief scout Graham Carr’s knowledge of continental talent, which has allowed the club to recruit the likes of Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse. However, amid misgivings over the lack of home-grown talent in Pardew’s squad, a perception has emerged in recent weeks that domestic options will be examined this summer. But while Newcastle’s horizons may be extended, Kinnear insists Carr’s expertise will not go to waste, telling the Chronicle: “We will look abroad again with Graham Carr. I have had three days with Graham already.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tony Pulis warns James McClean over rash challenges

first_imgWest Brom head coach Tony Pulis has warned James McClean he must learn to cut out acts of stupidity. The boss believes his winger will now be watched closely by referees after his red card against Bournemouth last week. McClean chopped Adam Smith down in retaliation for a 50-50 challenge just 10 seconds previously and is now banned for three games. And Pulis feels the Republic of Ireland international let himself down after he spoke to him following a rash tackle on Mousa Dembele – which boss Mauricio Pochettino called an “orange card” – when Albion faced Tottenham in their previous home game. He said: “We talked to James after the Tottenham game. That was a rash challenge. So for him to do it two games later, irrespective of whether the full-back had just done him or not, is just stupid. “I have had a good chat with him and he understands. He’s a good lad. It was just the fact that that challenge came so quickly after the challenge on him. That mist was still there. He’s got to wash that away because it’s just petulance and we can’t afford that. “He’s got to realise that now that people will be aware. If he makes a mistake the next time he’s going to get punished.” Salomon Rondon was also sent off in the 2-1 defeat against the Cherries, for kicking out and pushing his head into Dan Gosling, and will miss three games along with McClean, starting with Boxing Day’s trip to Swansea. But despite the red cards Pulis dismissed suggestions the Baggies had any issues. He added: “Our disciplinary record is good so far. We’ve only had one player suspended so far and that was Claudio Yacob for five yellow cards, and he can get five yellow cards in training, nevermind in games. The team has been exceptionally well behaved in lots of games.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Postseason Baseball Glance

first_imgPostseason Baseball Glance Tuesday, Oct. 6: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winner (FS1 or MLB)Wednesday, Oct. 7: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winner (FS1 or MLB)Thursday, Oct. 8: 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner (FS1 or MLB)x-Friday, Oct. 9: 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner (FS1) Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAll Times TBA Series A American League Wednesday, Sept. 30: eighth seed at first seed (Best-of-7) At Arlington, Texas (All Games on TBS) Tuesday, Sept. 29: eighth seed at first seedWednesday, Sept. 30: eighth seed at first seedx-Thursday, Oct. 1: eighth seed at second seed National League hx-Saturday, Oct. 10: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winner (FS1) WORLD SERIES Tuesday, Sept. 29: sixth seed at third seedWednesday, Sept. 30: sixth seed at third seed At Arlington, Texas Wednesday, Sept. 30: seventh seed at second seedThursday, Oct. 1: seventh seed at second seedx-Friday, Oct. 2: seventh seed at second seed Series B National League Monday, Oct. 5: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winnerTuesday, Oct. 6: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winnerWednesday, Oct. 7: 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winnerx-Thursday, Oct. 8: 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner Series B Series C Thursday, Oct. 1: eighth seed at first seedx-Friday, Oct. 2: eighth seed at second seed At San Diego Tuesday, Oct. 20:Wednesday, Oct. 21:Friday, Oct. 23:Saturday, Oct. 24: x-Thursday, Oct. 1: sixth seed at third seed Wednesday, Sept. 30: sixth seed at third seedThursday, Oct. 1: sixth seed at third seedx-Friday, Oct. 2: sixth seed at third seed Series A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES September 15, 2020 Monday, Oct. 12:Tuesday, Oct. 13: (Broadcast TBA) (Broadcast TBA) Series A Series A At San Diego (Best-of-7) At Arlington, Texas x-Sunday, Oct. 25:x-Tuesday, Oct. 27:x-Wednesday, Oct. 28: (Best-of-5) At Los Angeles Series B (All Games on Fox) x-Friday, Oct. 2: fifth seed at fourth seed x-Friday, Oct. 9: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winner (Best-of-3) x-Thursday, Oct. 15:x-Friday, Oct. 16:x-Saturday, Oct. 17: x-if necessary At Houston Tuesday, Oct. 6: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winner (FS1 or MLB)Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winner (FS1 or MLB)Thursday, Oct. 8: 2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner (FS1 or MLB)x-Friday, Oct. 9: 2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner (FS1) National League x-Friday, Oct. 9: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winner Wednesday, Sept. 30: fifth seed at fourth seedThursday, Oct. 1: fifth seed at fourth seed Series D x-Saturday, Oct. 10: 4/5 winner vs, 1/8 winner (FS) (All Games on TBS) Sunday. Oct. 11:Monday, Oct. 12:Tuesday, Oct. 13:Wednesday, Oct. 14: Series C Tuesday, Sept. 29: fifth seed at fourth seedWednesday, Sept. 30: fifth seed at fourth seedx-Thursday, Oct. 1: fifth seed at fourth seed American League Monday, Oct. 5: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winnerTuesday, Oct. 6: 3/6 winner vs, 2/7 winneWednesday, Oct. 7: 2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winnerx-Thursday, Oct. 8: 2/7 winner vs. 3/6 winner WILD CARD SERIES American League (Fox or FS1) Series B Wednesday, Oct. 14:Thursday, Oct. 15:x-Friday, Oct. 16:x-Saturday, Oct. 17:x-Sunday, Oct. 18: Series D Tuesday, Sept. 29: seventh seed at second seedWednesday, Sept. 30: seventh seed at second seedx-Thursday, Oct. 1: seventh seed at second seed DIVISION SERIESlast_img read more

Sharapova, Wozniacki, Kitova in Second Round

first_imgUS OPEN 2018Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova held off a spirited fight-back from Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder to reach the second round of the US Open.The Russian defeated Schnyder – who, at 39, is the oldest player ever to make the main draw of a Grand Slam via qualifying – 6-2 7-6 (8-6). The match was Schnyder’s first in a Grand Slam since she came back to tennis in 2015 having retired in 2011.“I knew I was in for a battle no matter her story or my story,” said Sharapova.“For her to come back and have the desire is really admirable. I’m just really happy I was able to win that last point.”Sharapova, 31, will play Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the second round in New York.Schnyder, who reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows in 1998 and 2008, said: “It actually doesn’t feel so special and it doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone for such a while. It has been part of my life for so long.”In their first meeting in 10 years, world number 186 Schnyder was handed an early break by Sharapova – who was crowned US Open champion in 2006 – after the Russian made three double service faults in the opening game.Serving did not improve on either side of the net with the first four games all breaks, before Sharapova held for the first time to take a 3-2 lead.From there, the 22nd seed dictated the first set, taking it in 40 minutes, and looked to have eased through the second having built a 5-1 advantage.But errors started to creep into Sharapova’s game allowing Schnyder to level at 5-5 before forcing the tie-break, in which Sharapova – who hit 23 winners but made 46 unforced errors – needed four match points to seal victory.Elsewhere, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Australian Sam Stosur 6-3 6-2 in hot conditions to reach the second round of the US Open.Second seed Wozniacki, 28, broke the 2011 champion’s serve five times on a day when temperatures in New York topped 32C with high humidity.The Dane plays Lesia Tsurenko next.Organisers implemented the extreme heat policy at Flushing Meadows with a 10-minute break between the second and third sets in women’s singles matches.There was a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets of men’s singles matches.Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Angelique Kerber saw off Russian Margarita Gasparyan 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 and faces Swede Johanna Larsson in the second round.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is also into the second round after beating Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-4.The Czech fifth seed, 28, broke serve twice to take the first set and won five successive games from 4-1 down in the second. She will play China’s Yafan Wang next.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Maria Sharapova (right) and Patty Schnyder last meeting came at the Rome Masters in 2008last_img read more

Kompany Relinquishes Managerial Role at Anderlecht

first_imgAnderlecht’s Vincent Kompany is to relinquish his managerial duties on match days in order to concentrate on playing.Kompany was appointed player-manager at the Belgian club this summer after 11 years at Manchester City.But Anderlecht have taken only two points from their first four league games – their worst start for 21 years. Kompany will now be captain, while head coach Simon Davies will be in charge of tactical changes and substitutions.The change will come into effect immediately, starting with today’s match away to league champions Genk.“One of the things that is going to change straight away is Vinnie is going to be captain,” revealed Welshman Davies at the team’s pre-match news conference.“He is going to concentrate on being the player on match day.“If Vinnie can be the best player in the league, which he is, and lead on the field, I can take responsibility for all the other things like changes and how we play, and if we need to change shape during the game.”Anderlecht have suffered two defeats and two goalless draws, leaving them 13th out of 16 in Belgian First Division A, eight points behind leaders Club Bruges.Things came to a head last Saturday for Kompany when his side conceded four second-half goals to slip from 1-0 up to a 4-2 loss at Kortrijk.The former Manchester City captain, who won 10 trophies at Etihad Stadium, will take over the armband from former City team-mate Samir Nasri.The Frenchman was one of several new arrivals at the club this summer, including former Tottenham and West Brom player Nacer Chadli and striker Kemar Roofe from Leeds United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Not surpringly, Stone’s contract not extended

first_imgThis past Friday, the Athletic Board made decisions on the contracts of six different UW coaches. Three were extended; three were merely maintained.When Lisa Stone, the head coach of the women’s basketball team, did not receive an extension, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to anyone.Over the past several days, Stone has added a few names to her coaching staff. She first hired Kathi Bennett, who was the head coach at Indiana from 2000-2005 and also coached at UW-Oskhosh and the University of Evansville. Her father, Dick, is well-known around Madison, as he was the former UW men’s basketball coach.Stone also brought Oties Epps on board, completing her new-and-improved staff. Most recently, Epps was an assistant coach at Cleveland State. These hirings come on the heels of the retirement of former assistant coach Donna Freitag, and former assistant Tasha McDowell took the head coach gig at Western Michigan.Bringing in some new faces to a struggling program is all well and good, and it may add a bit of life into a team that failed to live up to its preseason expectations this past year. But adding a few assistant coaches isn’t going to fix all that is broken with UW women’s basketball.As one of the team’s beat writers a year ago, I saw the things Stone’s team was capable of. They boasted one of the best players in the Big Ten in guard Jolene Anderson, who was complemented nicely by fellow guard Janese Banks. In their junior seasons, they were the veteran leaders of a young team — one that had eight freshmen — and lifted the Badgers to a berth in the WNIT tournament, eventually falling in the tourney’s championship game.Stone had her players buying into the system, as team unity was stressed heavily — the slogan was even emblazoned on the back of their practice uniforms.The very next season, the team lost just one player — freshman guard Ericka Engen, a walk-on who saw limited playing time in just 12 games. Aside from Engen, the Badger corps remained intact, with Anderson and Banks again anchoring the group.Predicted by some to claim stake to the Big Ten title, UW finished far from expectations. The team ended with a 16-14 record — losing games they would have won the previous year — and went just 9-9 in the conference to finish eighth in the Big Ten standings. They then went on to lose big to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament and lost a home game to Villanova in the first round of the WNIT.There was no reason this group shouldn’t have at least repeated their finish from 2006-07. They brought back the exact same group of personnel, both players and coaches. Yet for whatever reason, they continued to falter, sputtering to a mediocre season.Last month, a fellow columnist of mine argued that the Badgers will be better without Anderson. He argued that UW relied too heavily on her night in and night out. If she went cold, so too did Wisconsin.I’m not so sure this is the case. Yes, I agree that it’s often better to have a well-balanced team than one dominated by a superstar (see: this year’s men’s basketball team compared to the Alando Tucker-led squad of a year ago). But there might be another face they might be better off without, and it’s not the school’s all-time leading scorer.I can’t say for sure if bringing in a new head coach would do the trick. As is usually the case whenever a new coach is hired, there would be a process of rebuilding. It takes time before the new coach and his or her players gel with each other. But once someone new is in place and has established him or herself, that’s when the results are seen.It appears as if the current women’s basketball program may be in for a few long seasons ahead. The team’s best player of all time is now gone, and next year’s roster will boast only one senior (forward/center Caitlin Gibson). Shaking things up a bit may produce a solid foundation for years to come.The old saying advises that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But what if it is? To me, an eighth-place finish for a team expected to finish first seems like something’s broken.?Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. Disagree that the women’s basketball team needs a coaching change? Let him know at read more

LA Times sets date for Festival of Books

first_imgHaving attracted more than 150,000 people each year, the Festival of Books is an annual, free, public celebration of the written word, hosted by USC. This is the third year the book fair will be held at USC. Until 2010, it had been hosted in Westwood, at the UCLA campus. Readings, features and seminars will include hundreds of authors and exhibitors.In the spirit of the love of books, the university’s third annual online book drive was launched Wednesday, coinciding with National Literacy Day. The drive’s headquarters is located at 32nd Street/USC MaST High School, a member of the USC Family of Schools. The drive got off to an auspicious start, receiving a single donation of 25,000 books from Piccolo Books.Last year, 8,000 books were donated to shelve classroom libraries within the USC Family of Schools. Civic Engagement and USC Bookstores will be setting up a user-friendly online donation system and bookdrop stations, located at University Park Campus, Health Sciences Campus and the Los Angeles Times building. USC Civic Engagement announced the dates for this year’s upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, to be held April 20-21.Ready to read · The annual festival hosts more than 150,000 people each year. This is the third year the event will be held on the USC campus. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojanlast_img read more