Belgium Warns Canada: “Safeguards are an Illusion”

first_imgWhen euthanasia laws were passed in 2002, Belgians were promised effective safeguards to protect the vulnerable. What has transpired since is nothing short of abuse, ignorance and a widening of the law. In this video, Belgian doctors, lawyers and advocates give a stern warning to Canada and to the rest of the world: when it comes to assisted death, government ‘safegaurds’ are truly an illusion – a door to abuse.last_img

Television Override

first_imgDo you get upset when your favorite night time shows are delayed, or in some cases cancelled, because a sporting event goes long past its allotted time?  I noticed that 60 Minutes on Sunday is now scheduled one half hour later so that NFL Football can have extra time.  They still don’t seem to get the game in even with the extra half hour.Why is it so difficult to have games scheduled in time slots that they CAN stay within?  If you know the average game lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes, then schedule that amount of time.  We know why the sporting events get preference.  They generate the most advertisement money.  However, not everyone is a sports fan.  They should have the same right to their television shows as the football fans do.I certainly don’t advocate cutting the game off with 2 minutes to go like the famous “Heidi” game, but give them a time slot that they can fit into and keep the other programs on schedule as well.  Not many people want to watch their show at midnight because the network is that far behind.last_img read more

Pont earmarked for Cork comeback

first_img Press Association Mullins said: “Pont Alexandre is starting to show a bit at home and is entered at Cork next Thursday. “He has had little problems and had little breaks but if he gets a clear run before Thursday, I’d be happy to run.” Pont Alexandre is one of nine entries for the CIT Rag Week Hurdle, which could also feature Chatham House Rule (Gordon Elliott) and High Stratos (Jessica Harrington). Pont Alexandre is in line to have his first start for 743 days at Cork next Thursday.center_img The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old has not been seen on the track since finishing third to The New One and Rule The World in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2013. Possessing a big home reputation, the Rich Ricci-owned Pont Alexandre won his first two starts, a Grade One at Navan and a Grade Two at Leopardstown, for his current connections. last_img read more

Russell poised for fitness assessment

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Injury-prone West Indies star Andre Russell is set to undergo an injury assessment to determine his fitness, as Cricket West Indies begin to hone their plans for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.The 31-year-old has not played a T20 International in 19 months and has not suited up for West Indies since limping out of the 50-over World Cup in England last June with a knee injury.However, Russell has continued to feature in domestic T20 leagues across the globe and CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave, said the player’s fitness would now come under the microscope with the hope of reintegrating him into the West Indies setup.“Hopefully in the next few weeks he will undergo what is described by the medical team as a return-to-play protocol,” Grave said.“So he will go through a fitness test to see how his knees have recovered from the injuries that he suffered and allowing us to see if he would be passed fit medically – which is the first stage – and injury free in terms of his ability to both bat and bowl.“He would then build up his fitness levels and hopefully through performances in the Indian Premier League make himself available for selection for the West Indies.”The IPL runs from March 29 to May 24 and Russell is expected to turn out as usual for Kolkata Knight Riders.Despite fitness concerns, Russell was picked for last year’s World Cup but managed just four matches, as West Indies produced their worst-ever showing in finishing ninth of 10 teams.Meanwhile, Grave said off-spinner Sunil Narine was also being monitored, with selectors hoping he makes a full recovery from the finger injury which has troubled him over the last year.In fact, the 31-year-old last represented West Indies last August when he faced India in three T20 Internationals but that outing was his first in two years.“He’s obviously been a player that has been a fantastic servant and player for West Indies particularly in white ball cricket but at this stage, Sunil is still working on his action,” Grave explained.“He obviously had the finger injury which took him out and made him struggle to bowl, and we’re hoping that he’s going to be fully fit … and be able to bowl his full portfolio of deliveries for the IPL and then fingers crossed, from the West Indies point of view, all goes well and he can follow that through into the CPL and hopefully be in form and be available for the World Cup.”last_img read more