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

Syracuse loses 72-71 heartbreaker to Pittsburgh in ACC tournament

first_imgWASHINGTON — For 39 minutes and 54 seconds, they jostled for the lead. For momentum. For control of their own NCAA Tournament destinies.Syracuse led early. Pittsburgh led for most of the game. The Orange erased a 12-point deficit, in 2 minutes and 22 seconds, to tie the game with 1:58 left. The Panthers used two makes from James Robinson to build a four-point lead. SU’s Michael Gbinije hit a 3 to cut that lead to one. Pitt’s Sheldon Jeter missed a free throw to give Syracuse a shot to win.The game — and possibly the Orange’s NCAA Tournament chances — fittingly boiled into a single play. Into 6.6 seconds. Into Trevor Cooney’s hands.“I should have drove,” Cooney said, his eyes staring at the blue carpet in a hushed Syracuse locker room. “… I should have drove.”Instead he caught the in-bounds pass from Malachi Richardson, took off down the left sideline and rose up for a leaning 3 as time expired. The shot sailed left, nicked the side of the rim and fell to the Verizon Center court. Pittsburgh’s (21-10, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) bench streamed onto the court, celebrating a 72-71 ACC tournament win on Wednesday that conceivably puts it on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Orange (19-13, 9-9) slowly walked toward the tunnel behind its bench, the first steps in a long four-day wait for an unpromising Selection Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore Coverage Bracketologist Patrick Stevens on Syracuse’s Tournament chances: ‘I’m going to lean out at this point’ Jim Boeheim on Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances: ‘It’s up to them’ Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther flip script on Pittsburgh’s formula to beating Syracuse Frank Howard plays extended minutes and makes a costly mistake in loss to Pittsburgh The contest had been called an unofficial Tournament play-in game, and SU finished inches wide of a resume-making win.“Being in the position that we are, I think there are a lot of teams in ‘play-in games’ that are thinking that,” Cooney said of whether Syracuse approach Wednesday as a must-win game. “It was tough. I mean we’re a good team and we’ve proven that throughout this year, and we’ll see moving forward.”After a 5-0 Pittsburgh run erased Syracuse’s latest comeback attempt, the Orange trudged into a timeout down 12 with 4:18 left in the game. Cooney, who played a season-low 24 minutes and sat most of the second half, had a white towel around his neck and tried to pick up his teammates with spirited high-fives. Tyler Lydon stared at the big screen hovering over the court, which was replaying Jamel Artis’ deep 3 on the previous possession. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim made an adjustment to give his team a puncher’s chance.The Orange jumped into a full-court press. Pittsburgh shakily broke it at first, but then committed a pair of turnovers that allowed the Orange to claw within a possession. And when the Panthers finally got into its halfcourt offense on the next play, Tyler Roberson raced in front of a cross-court pass and a Michael Gbinije dunk tied the game 68-68 with 1:58 remaining.SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara jumped off the bench, pumped both fists then spread out his arms to keep the Orange bench from spilling onto the court. The 12-2 run forced Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon to briskly walk toward the scorer’s table and take a timeout. All else in the past, the game was either team’s for the taking.“It was a tremendous comeback,” Boeheim said. “I can’t say enough about our effort. When you’re down 11 or 12 points with not much time on the clock, it was a huge effort in that last couple minutes.”The Orange regained possession but a Franklin Howard turnover led to a transition layup for Robinson. On Pittsburgh’s next possession, Robinson created space on the right wing and sunk a mid-range jumper to bump the deficit to four. It seemed that Syracuse was finished once again — but a Gbinije 3 and missed free throw by Jeter stretched the drama out for one more play.Boeheim wanted the ball to go to Gbinije. Pittsburgh doubled him on the in-bounds play and Richardson found Cooney instead. Cooney shook off a defender but couldn’t find the bottom of the net.“I know Coach wants us to go to the basket, but at the same time it’s a Trevor Cooney 3 at the end of the game,” said Gbinije, who finished with a team-high 24 points. “I don’t know, I don’t really have a problem with it personally. He can make that shot, he’s very capable, it’s just unfortunate that he missed.”Now all Syracuse can do is wait, while conference tournaments around the country shape the NCAA Tournament bracket, and hope its name is called come Sunday. It had a chance to all but guarantee that on Wednesday, but a third loss to Pittsburgh on the season could very well produce the opposite result.“I’m not on the committee,” said Boeheim, 10 minutes after Dixon sat in the same chair and said his team is in “good shape” to make the field of 68.“Every coach in the country that’s got any kind of record thinks they should get in the tournament. What do you want me to say?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Five freed in USCuba rapprochement back in custody rights group

first_imgRelated posts:Quietly, Cuba, US have been on same team against illegal drug trade US removes Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move Cuba pardons more than 3,500 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit US, Cuba agree on restoration of ties, embassies to reopen HAVANA, Cuba — Five dissidents freed as Havana launched a high-profile diplomatic rapprochement with the United States are back in custody in Cuba, a human rights group said Monday.The five were among 53 political prisoners released in 2014 and early 2015 as Washington and Havana moved to restore ties after a half-century break.The Cuban Commission on Human Rights, an officially outlawed but tolerated group, said the five “were confined in high-security prisons in the second half of 2015.”They include Vladimir Morera, who had been hospitalized since launching a hunger strike on October 9. The United States last week called on the government to release him.On Monday, Morera’s son, Vladier Morera, said his father started eating again on December 31.The son said he did not know if this was voluntary on his father’s part. “All I know is that he is eating again, and that he is speaking incoherently because the doctors say he was very weak,” Morera said. Picture taken in 2013 in Santa Clara, Cuba, released by Vladier Morera Herrera showing his father, jailed Cuban dissident Vladimir Morera Bacallao. Vladier Morera Herrera/HO/AFPThe others back in custody are Wilfredo Parada Milian, Jorge Ramírez Calderón, Carlos Manuel Figueroa and Aracelio Ribeaux Noa, according to the rights group.All five were jailed “as a result of rigged trials and without due process,” it said.Cuban authorities did not comment. But the Americas’ only communist government routinely denies it is holding political prisoners and says those jailed are in for common crimes.The rights group reported that 8,616 people were detained for political reasons in 2015, most of whom were released after several hours. That was down from 2014, when 8,889 Cubans were detained for political reasons, according to the group.It said “political repression” continued in 2015 “despite the well-known expectations awakened by the announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations” between Havana and Washington.On December 29, Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. State Department’s pointwoman for Latin America, called on the government of President Raúl Castro to free Morera, who she said had been jailed for dissenting peacefully.Morera, 44, was sentenced to four years in prison in April for allegedly causing bodily harm during a scuffle with pro-government militants in which a woman was injured. His family denies the charges. Facebook Commentslast_img read more