Talk of euthanasia encouraging suicides, conservative lobby group says

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2016Family First Comment: McCoskrie said any discussion of suicide should focus on prevention. “In complete contrast, this inquiry is initiated and is driven by a desire to promote assisted suicide. You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide.”A conservative lobby group’s claim that Parliament could be encouraging suicides just by discussing euthanasia is flawed, an MP says.Bob McCoskrie, the national director for Family First, said today that suicides and attempted suicides appeared to peak every time Parliament debated a law change around assisted dying.He acknowledged there was no scientific basis for his theory and that other factors could have contributed to the rise in suicides in 1995, 2003 and 2012, when Parliament considered bills or proposed bills on euthanasia.“But it cannot ruled out that there is risk related to the increased publicity given to the idea of euthanasia and assisted suicide.”McCoskrie made the comments to a select committee which is investigating public attitudes to voluntary euthanasia and deciding whether it should be legalised in New Zealand.McCoskrie said any discussion of suicide should focus on prevention.“In complete contrast, this inquiry is initiated and is driven by a desire to promote assisted suicide. You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide.”READ MORE: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz-government/news/article.cfm?c_id=144&objectid=11740668&ref=rsslast_img read more

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Performance Bodies, Five Star continue award option for IMCA Modified, SportMod drivers

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A popular option to the Performance Bodies and Five Star Bodies awards program for IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods has been renewed for 2018.Each of the five Modified regional champions and rookies of the year, and both Northern and Southern SportMod national champions and the rookies of the year receive MD3 Modified nosepieces or MD3 Modified valance and rocker panel kits.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.More information is available by calling Performance Bodies at 800 722-4641.last_img

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Side Biter Chassis starts third season as sponsor for IMCA’s North Central Region

first_imgThe champion of the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region earns $2,500, with $1,250 for se­cond, $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th. More information about Side Biter chassis and services is available by calling 641 357-1600 and at Facebook.com/Ruter Racing. Owned by veteran Modified driver Ryan Ruter, Side Biter provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund that will be paid to top 10 drivers in 2019 point standings for the region. “The ebb and flow of IMCA Modified chassis builders is evident each season, but Side Biter has been solid in not only their results on the track, but in their commitment to title sponsorship of the North Central Region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “They build a winning car and we’re proud to work with them.” The Clear Lake, Iowa, chassis builder returns as title sponsor of the region encompassing tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Drivers in IMCA’s North Central Region for Modifieds enjoy the support of Side Biter Chassis for a third consecutive season. Drivers are required display two Side Biter decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the next week from the IMCA home office. last_img read more

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UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires next season. February 14, 2020 The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.” UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in October 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce. A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances.Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”City plays Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if it lifts the European Cup for the first time.City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” process. Associated Press Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.last_img read more

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The Latest: Wisconsin football, hockey taking 2-week break

first_imgThe Latest: Wisconsin football, hockey taking 2-week break September 9, 2020 Associated Press The announcement comes two days after Chancellor Rebecca Blank ordered undergraduate students to restrict their movements for the next two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.Blank’s restrictions included closing all student gyms and recreational facilities through Sept. 21, dining halls offering carry-out only and dorms not allowing visitors.___Middle Tennessee is allowing 20% fan capacity, or about 7,000 fans, inside Floyd Stadium on Sept. 19 for the Blue Raiders’ home opener against Troy.Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the update Wednesday. Tailgating will not be allowed. Massaro says the plan was drawn up after consulting with university, local and state health officials. Of the seats, 1,000 will be held for students. Massaro says the seating capacity could expand or contract depending on how people follow the guidelines at the opener and if COVID-19 cases continue dropping locally. All seats will be re-assigned for social distancing, and fans will be required to wear a mask inside the stadium and in the parking lots.The NFL’s Tennessee Titans host Jacksonville on Sept. 20 in Nashville with no fans allowed at Nissan Stadium. The difference there is Nashville has its own local health department overseeing capacity issues during the pandemic.___Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz has been optioned to the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the school’s football and men’s hockey teams are taking a two-week break from team activities as part of the school’s COVID-19 testing protocols. Díaz opted out due to concerns about the coronavirus early in the pandemic-shortened season before changing his mind. He petitioned Major League Baseball and was granted the right to return this season.Díaz had been working out at Jupiter before being officially optioned to the training site on Wednesday. He opened the season as Miami’s starter at second base. ___Rutgers has had four athletes and a member of its athletic staff test positive for COVID-19.The Big Ten university based in New Jersey said the positive results were for athletes in men’s lacrosse, gymnastics, and wrestling. Rutgers said the athletes and the staff member have been quarantined. Other changes include expanding the perimeter around Tiger Stadium to allow for social distancing among fans entering the venue and a requirement that fans wear masks. Motorist access to campus on game day also will be restricted to those with parking passes.___The coronavirus pandemic has caused the Oklahoma State athletic department to lay off 10 employees and put 66 in a furlough program as apart of a plan that will remove about $13 million from its budget.The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday.Athletic director Mike Holder said he and every head coach agreed to pay cuts. Real Sociedad says results came back negative for the rest of the players after the squad underwent tests on Tuesday. The club says other players who had tested positive have already rejoined the squad.Real Sociedad plays at Real Valladolid on Sunday.___The Champions League draw on Oct. 1 has been moved from Athens to Nyon, Switzerland, because of the coronavirus pandemic.UEFA will make the 32-team group draw at its headquarters with no club officials or spectators. The salary cuts range from 2.5% to 25%, with the department’s highest paid employees taking the biggest cuts. Holder said there may be further measures ahead, with the budget deficit estimated to be around $30 million.___Real Sociedad striker Willian José says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is out of the team’s opening game in the Spanish league.Willian José made the announcement on his Instagram account. He has been quarantined at home. UEFA intended to stage the draw and the ceremony for its 2019-20 season awards at the new national library complex in Athens.UEFA says after talks with Greek public authorities that such an event “would violate public health restrictions and constraints regarding indoor events.”Players who win UEFA’s end-of-season awards could still attend the no-frills replacement event.UEFA will make the 48-team Europa League draw on Oct. 2 in Nyon.___ The university and public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify any individuals with whom the student-athletes have had contact.___LSU has decided to allow fans to occupy up to 25% of 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium for its home football opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26.LSU also said in its announcement on Wednesday that it would ban tailgate parties on its Baton Rouge campus and that all available tickets would go to either season ticket holders or students.Tailgate parties across campus are a central part of the game-day experience at LSU. Now such gatherings will be forbidden unless they occur within the footprint of a limited number of permitted motor homes and are restricted to members of the traveling party in each recreational vehicle. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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EARLY EXIT: Syracuse misses 6 shots on final possession, falls to N.C. State in quarterfinals of ACC tournament

first_img Published on March 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ GREENSBORO, N.C. — Earlier in the season, maybe one of those final shots would have found the bottom of the net. But for Syracuse, playing in its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game, that sort of magic has vanished.Down three to North Carolina State with less than 30 seconds remaining, Tyler Ennis missed a tough layup. Syracuse gathered the rebound. Jerami Grant missed a putback dunk. Syracuse gathered the rebound. Ennis missed a 3. Syracuse gathered the rebound. Trevor Cooney missed a 3. Syracuse gathered the rebound. C.J. Fair missed a 3. Syracuse gathered the rebound. Cooney missed a 3. The ball bounced too far out of bounds for Fair to save it.Six chances to send the game into overtime or at least extend it to an extra possession. Six misses. The final score lingered at 66-63 through it all and the Orange left its first ACC tournament in the quarterfinals.“We got a few good looks and myself, I got a clean look. I just didn’t knock it down,” Fair said. “And from there, we was just scrambling trying to get in another opportunity.”The 3-point shot, though, has been No. 11 Syracuse’s greatest weakness this season and it prevented the No. 2-seed Orange (27-5, 14-4 ACC) from another miracle against the No. 7-seed Wolfpack (21-12, 9-9) in front of 21,533 at Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s offense was disastrous from the start and Syracuse dug itself into another hole. It found some offensive stability late in the second frame — “We made some really good plays to get back in it,” head coach Jim Boeheim said — but with the game on the line, the offense reverted back to its first-half form and wilted.“…And we made two bad plays to get back out of it.”With 3:41 remaining, the Orange had completed its rally from a double-digit deficit and took a two-point lead. On the defensive end, Grant blocked T.J. Warren to set up a runout in the other direction.Ennis pushed the ball up the floor and threw up a runner in the lane that missed off the glass. Cooney committed a foul and Anthony “Cat” Barber sunk two free throws to tie the game.“It was a really bad play,” Boeheim said, “and we haven’t been making those plays in the close games.”Until that point, though, Ennis was the one that kept SU close.When Syracuse fell behind by 10, he carried the Orange back with one of his best scoring displays of the year. He drilled two 3s, sunk another jumper and dished out two assists during a 14-5 run that pulled the Orange within one entering the final five minutes.“Tyler tries to score when we need points,” Boeheim said, “and we needed points.”Even after he followed up a rare offensive miscue with an offensive foul two possessions after Fair committed one, there were still chances to be had. With 25 seconds left, the Orange had one more chance that turned into six.Ennis got to the rim and missed a tough layup, but Grant’s putback dunk should have been easier. Four consecutive 3s missed, including a good look for Fair, and the Orange couldn’t capitalize on its opportunity.“We needed a 3, so we wanted to get as many 3s up as we could, hoping that one would go in for us,” Cooney said.The locker room scene that followed is one that has suddenly become familiar. For 25 games, Syracuse never had to deal with a loss, but losing in its first ACC tournament game the Orange is facing the harsh reality that it now can’t afford another one.Pasted on the wall between several of the lockers was a poster with a picture of the ACC championship trophy in the middle and the numbers “3 2 1” along the bottom — presumably representing each win needed to take home that trophy.As SU exited Greensboro Coliseum for the first time, the posters remained intact. None of the numbers were crossed off.“On any given night, we could lose to any team,” Ennis said, “but we could also beat any team. We’ve just got to get our confidence.” Commentslast_img read more

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Alexis Abboud looks toward approaching family reunion during freshman season

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2019 at 11:50 pm Contact Zach: ztweisle@syr.educenter_img For 5-foot-6 utility player Alexis Abboud, a 2,700-mile journey from California to central New York wasn’t the product of Syracuse’s location or athletic facilities. It was Abboud’s belief in head coach Shannon Doepking.Eight days away from Syracuse softball’s season-opener against San Diego State, Abboud is still learning from upperclassmen utility players Bryce Holmgren and Alicia Hansen. Following a prolonged practice on Jan. 23, an opportunistic Abboud instinctively associated her new life with her flexible outlook on 2019. As she looks into her freshman campaign, Abboud prepares to play top Atlantic Coast Conference competition, including her sister, Rachel, who’s playing in her second year at Duke.“Being a freshman, I have awesome people ahead of me that I get to learn from and play with every day,” Abboud said. “I think right now my role is to learn as much as I can from them.”Growing up in La Canada, California, the Abboud sisters started softball at a young age. Though the two went to different high schools, Abboud and Rachel played together in tee ball, and eventually joined together on the same travel team in the Firecrackers travel organization, where the two captured the 2016 PGF National Championship.Abboud committed to Syracuse despite her belief that early playing time was not guaranteed. SU already had Holmgren, who hit .413 last season, and Hansen, who led the team in home runs (5). Knowing that, Abboud wanted to learn from SU’s top players, something that Lailoni Mayfield went through a year prior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Alicia took me under her wing, and that helped me with the softball aspects of the sport being both an infielder and outfielder,” Mayfield said, “and Bryce helped me keep my mentality correct and help me keep things in perspective.”Now, a sophomore, Mayfield has looked to do the same for Abboud as she transitions to collegiate softball. For Holmgren, from Roland, Iowa, and Hansen, from Liverpool, the last three years in central New York’s weather and softball program have been far from foreign. But for Abboud and Mayfield, natives of La Canada and Cerritos, California, respectively, attending Syracuse has been a wakeup call.“It’s definitely an adjustment, but it makes me a better player, in the long run,” Abboud said, “having to adapt and learn new things out here every day.”Abboud faces scenarios that are a commonality among most freshman: her role is undefined, and she’s trying to learn from top players at a fast pace.But instead of having her sights on the Orange’s first game or her first crack at playing time, her most anticipated outing in 2019 won’t come for another three months. Come April 12, the first ever tilt between the Orange and Blue Devils will take place, and for the Abboud’s, a family reunion.“That game against Duke,” Abboud said of what she’s most looking forward to.last_img read more

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Wrestler Sarita Devi says ‘I’m not finished yet’, vows comeback

first_img First Published: 28th September, 2019 11:34 IST Last Updated: 28th September, 2019 13:51 IST Wrestler Sarita Devi Says ‘I’m Not Finished Yet’, Vows Comeback 37-y.o Indian boxer Sarita Devi is eyeing for a medal at the World Championships as she made a miraculous comeback & is vying to prove all her detractors wrong. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Thirteen years back, in her prime, she had won a World Championship gold in 2006 in Delhi at the age of 24. And she eventually became the second most coveted and talked about Indian woman boxer after the legendary MC Marykom. At 37, Sarita Devi is still a force to reckon with — if her strong comeback in trials, the rigorous practice sessions, her commitment and fire in her eyes are anything to go by. “People have mocked at me. They said Sarita is finished. She is over. She cant win anymore. She is old. Now I am back. I have defeated all these young girls in early twenties and in their prime. What do my critics say now?” Sarita told Republic TV before leaving for Women’s World Boxing  Championship in Russia.READ: Deepak Punia Reaches World Championship Final; Books Olympics BerthSarita Devi eyes medal at World ChampionshipSarita Devi had suffered a few injuries in the past and was forced to take a break a few times. But that did not stop her from loving the sport and her unparallel commitment for the game ensured her miraculous comeback this year. Not many in the Boxing Federation or even in IOA had thought she would be back. Sarita said she was aiming to get a medal in the World Championship to prove all her detractors wrong. “I have won enough medals for myself. This will be dedicated to them,” the champion boxer said ironically. Sarita and the legendary Mary Kom will spearhead a strong 10-member Indian contingent in the women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia from October 3 to 13. It has been a long time since Sarita won a medal in the World Championships and she is seeking to break the 11-year-old hiatus in which could be her last outing at this global event. “Whenever I featured in the World Championships in the last 10 years I really played well but lost my bouts from winning positions. So it’s a big challenge for me this time. I have worked a lot, brought about a lot of changes in my technique. So I am fully confident that I will get a medal this time,” she said.READ: Saina Nehwal: Badminton Ace’s Journey From Hisar To London OlympicsSarita Devi’s unique featSarita has maintained her same weight category for the last 10 years — a record of sort. “It is not easy. I started competing at the light bantam category and mostly competed in bantam, welter category and even at the age of 37, I am still competing in 60 kg category which is the most competitive weight category in women boxing,” she observed. Apart from her 2006 gold, Sarita has won two more bronze medals in 2005 and 2008 World Championships, a staggering 8 medals including 5 gold medals in Asian Championship, a silver in 2014 Commonwealth Games and a bronze in 2014 Asian Games. But an Olympic medal has remained elusive for the lightweight (60kg category) boxer from Manipur and she is desperate to win that in Tokyo before drawing curtains on her career. READ: IAAF World Championships 2019: Avinash Sable Aims For Tokyo OlympicsREAD: PV Sindhu’s Magical Journey From Hyderabad To Rio Olympics Session ID: 2020-09-09:865ea0b8bb6300775c4e72d7 Player Element ID: video_player_5f577859d5cab OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Chelsea’s semi-final pursuit ended by Mazembe

first_imgBerekum Chelsea are out of the running for a semi-final slot in the African Champions League following TP Mazembe’s win over Al Ahly on Sunday.The Congolese side beat Ahly 2-0 to qualify alongside the Egyptian champions into the last four after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Zamalek in Cairo 24 hours earlier.Chelsea, with six points, will host Mazembe, who joint-top with Ahly on 10 points in the final Group B match in mid-September but the outcome of that match not affect the standings.After a rather great start in just their debut campaign, Chelsea will now have to wait for a possible return to continental football in the next two seasons.The Berekum side were dethroned as Ghanaian champions by Asante Kotoko this season and they also failed to lift the FA Cup.last_img

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