Belgium experts ask for end to euthanasia based on mental health problems

first_imgFlanders Today 10 December 2015Euthanasia should no longer be carried out on the basis of psychological suffering alone, according to 65 Belgian psychiatrists, psychologists and professors in an op-ed published by De Morgen this week.On average, 2,000 people a year in Belgium choose to end their lives through euthanasia. Most are terminally ill, but about 3% of them request the procedure because of unbearable psychological suffering. In the past two years, there were about 100 such cases.The experts said they were “alarmed by the trivialisation” of the option. It cannot be objectively determined whether psychological suffering is incurable, they wrote, and pointed out that feelings of despair are typical of depression.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Wim Distelmans, palliative health-care professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and president of the Federal Euthanasia Commission, emphasised that the option is only available to those who have chronic and serious mental health problems. “It is only for those who have tried different medications, therapies and therapists for many years,” he said, adding that some patients, knowing they can turn to euthanasia if necessary, have found the strength to carry on.Distelmans has received support from political parties Open-Vld and SP.A. Open-Vld president Gwendolyn Rutten told Radio 1 that the measure is not available to just anyone who suffers from depression.http://www.flanderstoday.eu/innovation/experts-ask-end-euthanasia-based-mental-health-problemsEuthanasia-Free NZ 8 December 2015Open letter Remove euthanasia on the ground of purely psychological suffering from the law Death as therapy? We, representatives of various relevant occupational groups, are alarmed about the increasing trivializing of euthanasia on the ground of psychological suffering only.For the first time since the law was put into effect in 2002, a decision to allow euthanasia – the case of De Moor / Van Hoey – has been challenged by the evaluation committee and forwarded to the judiciary. The Australian broadcaster SBS made a documentary about this euthanasia case and the conversations between the patient and the doctor. The Economist also published a poignant video report (24 and Ready to Die) on a 24-year-old young lady from Bruges who was granted euthanasia on grounds of psychological suffering, but ultimately declined its execution.In our open letter in the Artsenkrant “Doctors’ Newspaper” (September 2015) we noted the legal uncertainty of a doctor approving euthanasia based solely on psychological suffering. In this opinion piece we want to draw attention to its specific problematic character, and in particular the fact that it’s impossible to objectify the hopelessness of psychological suffering.One would expect that this incurability is founded on indications of for example, organic injury or tissue damage – in other words, factors that are independent of what is subjectively felt and thought about the illness. Such objectification is problematic in relation to psychological suffering.Let’s be clear: psychological suffering is real and can be at least as severe as physical suffering. However, specific to mental suffering is the fact that you can rely only on the word of the sufferer to estimate it. And this is a good thing, because he or she is the only one who knows how much it hurts at that moment. At that moment… because when we suffer psychologically, we are often convinced that no other future is possible anymore. It is often precisely this thought that pushes a person into an abyss, because as long as there is perspective, a person can usually tolerate much.We see that some who are at first declared incurably ill, eventually abandon the notion of euthanasia because new perspectives appeared. In a paradoxical way, this proves that the illness cannot be called incurable.http://www.euthanasiadebate.org.nz/belgium-experts-call-for-a-removal-of-euthanasia-on-the-grounds-of-psychological-suffering/Thanks to Renee Joubert from Euthanasia-Free NZ for translating the documentlast_img read more

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Aston Villa midfielder drops Man Utd transfer hint

first_img The Villa captain has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford this season. And having scored at the stadium just weeks ago, Grealish told Sky Sports: “That was my favourite goal ever. Scoring at Old Trafford… I’ve always wanted to play at Old Trafford. “I’ve played there before in a reserve cup final but it’s not the same when it’s like that. That’s obviously my favourite ground in the Premier League.Advertisement Loading… “It was one of them, as soon as I shot I knew it was going into the top corner and I couldn’t have hit it any better.” He also stated: “If you actually watch the goal, I get so much curve on the ball I don’t actually know I got that much curve on it. Read Also:Man United plot move for Aston Villa forward in January “When I first got the ball I faced [Andreas] Pereira up and I know for a fact… I would back myself one-vs-one against anyone in the league. “And as soon as I cut inside and I shot I knew where I wanted to put it and luckily it went in.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish, has hinted he’d welcome a future move to Manchester United. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

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Sharapova displays boxing skills at Los Angeles beach workout

first_img The former World No1 is not the only athlete to take up an interest in boxing. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema revealed he could even take up a career in the ring after his retirement from football. Benzema made his revelation in a YouTube chat with his kickboxer pal Fouad Ezbiri. He said: “I get a thrill out of combat sports, and I love to train. read also:Maria Sharapova recalls fun dinner with Novak Djokovic “Once my football career is over, why don’t I train with you for six months? “Then, if you think I am ready for a fight, there’s no problem as far as I’m concerned. I swear to God, I’m up for it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tennis legend, Maria Sharapova, has shown off her boxing skills which included a Los Angeles beach workout with trainer Tommy Cassano. The 33-year-old, who retired in February, took up boxing training while she was served a doping ban which began in 2016. And she posted a series of pad work clips to reveal her progression. Sharapova captioned the post: “My first ever reel. Definitely not the last, as I need way more practice.” After the Russian returned to tennis in 2017, following a 15 month suspension, she revealed boxing helped keep her busy. Sharapova said: “I tried boxing as I needed to keep myself in good form. “It was great as I could imagine some particular people whom I wanted to hit.”Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledlast_img read more

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Sporting sanction for United target

first_img De Carvalho, quoted by Portuguese newspaper Record from an interview with Sporting TV, said: “They will not play next weekend. “This will take as long as it takes. If something doesn’t change, you’re going to end up with the players seeing out their contracts. “They can watch the game on television. “On Saturday, against Academica, we will play to win and we will win. “There is no player bigger than the club. I would not give up the honour, the club’s history, for the attitudes of anyone. “I give a piece of advice: don’t use the press, be professional. “These two, in defence of our magnificent group, must be removed. They are subject to strong disciplinary measures. “Both players have taken decisions that have caused sharp indiscipline at Sporting. “A message: any player who does not follow the rules of the club can have illusions and pretensions, but with the way these two did things, the situation is just complicated.” Reports suggest United have made a bid of around £16million for the 24-year-old Argentina international and that Rojo has refused to train with Sporting, handed in a transfer request and asked to be allowed to join the Red Devils. Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho has been quoted as saying that both Rojo and team-mate Islam Slimani are “subject to strong disciplinary measures” and will not play in the club’s Portuguese league opener against Academica on Saturday. Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo is being hit with disciplinary action by the club amid talk of him being wanted by Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis Orders State Flags at Half-Staff for Pulse Anniversary

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis has ordered that all state flags be flown at half staff on Friday, to mark four years since the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire in the LGBTQ nightclub on “Latin Night,” killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.He was later killed in a gunfight with SWAT officers.At that time, it was considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.“The State of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, and as Floridians we stand united against terrorism and hate of any kind,” DeSantis said.He continued, “We will never forget the selflessness of those who risked their lives in the face of danger, nor the courage demonstrated by our law enforcement and first responders who were on the scene within minutes to provide assistance to the injured and victims of the shooting.”The governor is also directing all Florida residents to pause for a moment of silence at 9 a.m. Friday.last_img read more

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J-D girls soccer defeats ESM, remains unbeaten

first_imgWith yet another blazing start, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team again appeared to separate itself from any of its serious local Class A challengers.Still, East Syracuse Minoa would take a shot at the Red Rams last Thursday night, and for the most part the Spartans kept J-D off the board during the normal flow of play.It was only in set pieces – specifically, corner kicks – that the Rams, anchored  by Tonia Kousmanidis, were able to break through , eventually earning a 3-0 victory. Tags: Bishop GrimesESMgirls soccerJ-DMPH Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Two days earlier, both sides won by identical 9-0 margins, with J-D smashing Syracuse City and ESM doing the same to Oswego.Scoring eight times in the first half against Syracuse, the Red Rams spread its production around, Dimkopoulos and Megan Baker the only players to score twice.Sydney Baker and Lindsey Hildreth both had one goal and one assist, with Kousmanidis, Denise Yaeger and Ava Brazie also finding the net and Sydney Balotin getting an assist.Meanwhile, ESM claimed its third consecutive victory with a similar effort at Oswego, the Spartans earning a 3-0 advantage on the Buccaneers by halftime and tripling the margin before the night was done.Angelina Polcaro led the way with a three-goal hat trick, plus an assist. Abby Hudgins scored twice, with Jenna Hudgins earning a goal and two assists. Sophie Hartz and Natalie Peterson each had one goal and one assist as Sophia Conzone contributed a goal and Hailey Cwikla got an assist.And after the defeat to J-D, ESM roared back to form Saturday by blanking Fulton 5-0, most of the damage done in the second half as Bella Pickard scored  twice and added a pair of assists. Ciwkla had one goal and one assist, with Peterson and Polcaro also scoring and Hudgins adding an assist.Earlier in the week, Bishop Grimes recorded an impressive 5-0 victory over Bishop Ludden, moving ahead 3-0 by halftime as Jenna Sloan scored twice to lead the Cobras.Things turned around by Thursday afternoon, though, Grimes shut out 2-0 by Pulaski, who had Alexandra Magee earn assists on goals by Mariah McConnell and Krysta Glazier.That same day, Manlius-Pebble Hill went up against Fabius-Pompey, unable to get on the board in a 4-0 defeat as Ashley Osborn scored two of the Falcons’ goals. The Trojans were held to just three shots all game. A 5-1 defeat to Pulaski followed on Saturday afternoon. A young ESM defense was under constant pressure, yet held up well until the 22nd minute, when Kousmanidis sent a corner kick to the middle that Grace Dimkopoulos put into the net.Isabelle Chavoustie, the Spartans’ freshman goalkeeper, made some tremendous stops late in the first half and kept it 1-0 going to the break, but J-D stayed patient.Four minutes into the second half, Kousmanidis forced Chavoustie to meet her and, taking a pass from Megan Baker in the left corner, fit in the Rams’ second goal. With 6:46 left, J-D sealed it with another corner kick that Kousmanidis fed and Baker converted.last_img read more

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Even flow: After biggest win in years, SU tries to stay grounded heading to Cincinnati

first_imgDerrell Smith doesn’t want to wake up from this dream. Instead of letting reality sink in Saturday, the senior defensive captain didn’t want to think too much about the significance of beating the No. 20 team in the country on the road. He figures that would lead to complacency. And with Syracuse playing its best football in years, he doesn’t want this to be the time SU starts finding satisfaction in just one win. ‘We’re already looking to the next one,’ the senior linebacker said Saturday. ‘We don’t want to be content with what we have. Not now.’ Smith wasn’t alone in his demeanor, either. Two weeks earlier, the Orange finally broke through and beat South Florida, an opponent it had never defeated. A week after that, the Orange was dismantled, 45-14, by a hungry Pittsburgh squad that already lost three games. That complacency, Smith said, was the reason. With the Orange (5-2, 2-1 Big East) now headed to Cincinnati (3-4, 1-1) for a noon start (ESPNU), Smith and his teammates made sure not to get too wrapped up in the significance of beating West Virginia. From the moment Syracuse emerged from the locker room, it made a point of not getting wrapped up in the moment. Instead, it was all about the next game, the next opponent and the next step.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The approach, Smith said, was different from what it had been two weeks earlier, after the Orange beat the Bulls in Tampa, Fla. This time, no tears were shed. No postgame hugs were seen outside the locker room. Smiles were hard to find. Emotions had been left inside the locker room. ‘To tell you the truth, it might sound cliché, but I’m thinking about Cincinnati right now,’ junior defensive end Chandler Jones added Saturday, adjacent to Smith outside SU’s locker room. When the Orange returned to practice this week, those sentiments remained. Syracuse hadn’t beaten West Virginia in nine years. Now the Orange will face a Bearcats squad it hasn’t defeated since 2004. And though SU is seeing a pattern, the approach to those games has changed this season. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone doesn’t want his team to ride the ‘highs and lows’ of wins and losses. That’s why, Smith said, Marrone is trying to set the tone for this team to stay level-headed about the ups and downs SU has experienced thus far. That is the way Marrone believes Syracuse will ultimately find success. ‘Our goal is to be a consistent football team, and that’s what we are trying to get done,’ Marrone said Monday at his weekly press conference. ‘And the goal is to be a consistent coach in your demeanor and how you represent the game plan or represent your coaching style or yourself. Players will pick up on that.’ During the week, Smith and teammates Mikhail Marinovich and Antwon Bailey talked openly about that change in culture from previous SU teams. Bailey said SU’s approach this week is simply a byproduct of learning how to win. About having been there, done that. Marinovich reflected upon how the Orange responded from its loss to Pittsburgh, openly talking about how that helped SU realize it can’t ride the rollercoaster that comes with marquee victories. And with that, he emphasized the loss to the Panthers played a big roll in why Syracuse was all business following arguably its biggest win of the past few years. ‘After South Florida, Pitt kind of helped us stay grounded,’ Marinovich said. ‘That’s why we’re not looking at (West Virginia) too much, and we’re saying, ‘Fix the mistakes and move on.’ Because, as we’ve seen in the past, you can’t relish wins or losses. You’ve got to move forward.’ ‘It’s a great feeling,’ added Marinovich. ‘But you can’t get satisfied. When you get satisfied, that’s when you get beat.’ As the Orange began the season, the four-game stretch of South Florida-Pittsburgh-West Virginia-Cincinnati was seen as a make-or-break stretch. To SU left tackle Justin Pugh, it wasn’t difficult to tell why. ‘Cincinnati has won the Big East the past two years,’ Pugh said. ‘Pitt was the favorite this year, and they were ranked 15th in the country before. West Virginia was ranked when we played them. So it was definitely the hardest potential four to play.’ And now 2-1 through that stretch, SU doesn’t appear to be content with where it is heading into Saturday’s game at Cincinnati. Because of that, Smith refuses to let reality set in and dwell on what his squad has accomplished thus far. Instead, he prefers to stay grounded, realizing there’s still work to be done. That now is not the time to be content. ‘This has just been a dream come true for a senior season,’ Smith said Saturday. ‘I’m definitely living the dream right now. I’m on cloud nine. And it’s a great experience, and we want it to continue.’ aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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App measures traffic amount in Lyon Center

first_imgStudents might have the world’s best fitness goals in mind, but plans can go south when confronted by the logistical nightmare that is an overcrowded gym. For many, this inconvenience is a determining factor in deciding whether or not to hop off the couch and work out.Now, two USC students are launching a new mobile application called GymFlow, which provides users of the Lyon Recreation Center with real-time, up-to-the-minute gym traffic information. In addition, the application uses historical data to predict the future gym traffic and also provides a schedule of classes offered at the Lyon Center.The free iPhone app has been in the Apple App Store since early January, but the two creators, Jiangyang Zhang, a student in the electrical engineering doctorate program, and Jimmy Liu, a senior majoring in business administration, are officially launching the app at the Lyon Center today.This app was created for a final project for the students’ class. Zhang and Liu believed in the practicality of the product, since there has not been any app similar to GymFlow on the market before, and thought it would be useful to see how packed the gym is at a specific given time.Zhang developed the app using Objective-C, the main programming language for the Apple OS X and iOS operating systems. In order to get accurate data, he incorporated an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze the data obtained from the card swiping system at the Lyon Center, which was made available to Zhang and Liu by the USC Recreational Sport Center and USCard Services. In addition to the base features, Zhang is currently working on social features for the app to help students connect.Meanwhile, Zhang and Liu have been marketing the app in the Lyon Center with flyers and advocating the app on their main website, social media and through specified outreach: the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has already been promoting this app to its members.Justine Gilman, senior director of Recreational Sports, said many students have requested an app similar to this in past years.“Many students have requested an app similar to GymFlow over the years,” Gilman said. “This is the perfect response to that. This is indeed an innovative, creative and a valuable tool to the USC community.”Liu said the app will encourage people to come to the Lyon Center and further promote health fitness.“One of the main reasons people don’t go to the gym is not because they’re lazy,” Liu said. “A lot of people don’t like working out because it’s an intimidating environment when the gym is crowded.”Some students believe the app will better facilitate the traffic flow at the Lyon Center.“I actually really like [GymFlow]. I was really surprised [it works well] because it goes off of our swipe card system and they assume everybody is here for an hour, but it’s still pretty accurate,” said Michael Campana, a senior majoring in business administration.As of noon on Sunday there have been 321 downloads and the user retention rate is much higher than the two creators expected.“The Lyon Center is sort of our test bucket; eventually we want to launch the app for gyms in the L.A. region,” Zhang said.Zhang and Liu are working on launching it on the Android market later this semester.last_img read more

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Film review: Joe Girard III shines in 1st start

first_imgFrom way downtownThough Girard easily countered the Redhawks defensive strategy, when he extends a few feet beyond the arc defenders remember why they must get out on him. On this play, Buddy drives into the paint and Girard flashes back towards the top of the key to create a passing angle. Though Brown eventually contested, the defense was still late to see Girard.The NCAA 3-point line moved out further for this season, now to the international distance of 22 feet and 1 3/4 inches. Girard made a shot a few feet beyond that with ease. Published on November 18, 2019 at 10:41 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Joe Girard III earned his first start of the season Saturday, and contributed in a big way. He scored 24 points on 7-for-8 shooting. The New York state all-time high school leading scorer earned the start over sophomore Jalen Carey, who didn’t register a minute in the game.Here’s a breakdown of the film of Girard’s performance against Seattle. (All screenshots via ESPN)Impact without the ballGirard, without touching the ball, adds a new dimension to the Orange. His 5-for-6 shooting from behind the arc solidified him as a player who can sink open shots. The Orange struggled to get anything going against Virginia when the Cavaliers packed the lane and forced them to shoot from the perimeter. But against Seattle, the extra shooter on the floor forced the Redhawks to focus their defensive strategy on the 3-point line. In this play, Girard fades to the wing and Terrell Brown stays in between the paint and Girard behind the 3-point line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes — both formidable long-range shooters — on the opposite side, defenders on the outside can’t commit to help on either side of the ball.Girard sees this and makes a quick cut to the top of the key. Since he cuts as Marek Dolezaj makes his move into the paint, Brown jumps toward Girard at the same time as the interior help defenders jump towards Dolezaj. Bourama Sidibe is left wide open for SU’s first points of the game.Defense in the 2-3As expected of most freshmen, Girard had a share of missteps in the 2-3 zone. He has good defensive instincts and finished with two steals, but in some cases his physical limitations showed. On this play, Girard played the top of the zone and followed quick passes around the perimeter.When the ball came back around to Girard’s side, Girard was late to jump out on Aaron Nettles on the perimeter, which opened up a passing lane to set up a high-low option.Despite rotating a little late, Girard went for the steal, so Hughes had to help on the high man. That allowed Seattle to work the ball inside to Myles Carter, who would have had a good look inside if not for a strong rotation from Hughes back down low.First step flashGirard showed a good ability to fly by defenders who ran out to try and take the 3-pointer away from him off the catch. Near the end of the first half, Nettles rotated after Hughes found Girard in the corner. Girard caught the ball, ripped quickly to his left hand and drove the baseline. His pass inside to Jesse Edwards went through the 7-footer’s hands — an issue the two can fix by playing together more often. But Girard impressively used a quick one-dribble attack to create space in the midrange on the inside several times in the game.last_img read more

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