Goff supports dying with dignity

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Nov 2011Labour leader Phil Goff is personally in favour of euthanasia, and believes it is an issue Parliament will have to tackle again. Mr Goff told an audience of about 30 people at a Grey Power meeting in Papatoetoe yesterday he supported dying with dignity. “For myself, I always want to have the choice of dying with dignity. That’s my individual decision.” Mr Goff was answering a question about doctors who sometimes choose not to resuscitate.In conscience votes Mr Goff has twice voted in favour of bills allowing euthanasia – once in 1995 and again for the Death with Dignity Bill in 2003. Both bills were eventually voted down. He said he would support another bill on euthanasia at least as far as a select committee.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10765219last_img read more

Vardy has Van Nistelrooy’s killer instinct, claims Van Gaal

first_img Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United. When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times. Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club. The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014. But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run. “More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said. “He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.” Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run. Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax. He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal. The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season. Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with. ”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said. ”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player. ”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that. “He is a player who is difficult to defend. “It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” Unlike Vardy, Wayne Rooney has struggled in front of goal so far this season. During United’s pre-season tour, the 30-year-old spoke of his determination to score more than 25 goals this season, but he has so far found the net on just two occasions in the league. Van Gaal said earlier this season that Rooney’s place in the starting XI was guaranteed because he is captain. Even if he was not wearing the skipper’s armband, Rooney would still be in the team, according to his manager. Van Gaal said: “Yes, of course (that is the case). Otherwise he is out of the team. “Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him.” Rooney started behind Anthony Martial in the number 10 position in the goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but the captain has been told his days leading the line are not numbered yet. “At this moment, he doesn’t play in the striker’s position, Martial is playing there,” Van Gaal said. “But it is possible he shall play other matches there. It is dependent not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan. And we have to decide that every week.” Despite being second in the table after 13 matches, some United fans are unhappy with the style of football being played under Van Gaal. Dissenting voices were heard again on Wednesday when United played out their fourth 0-0 draw in seven matches. When asked whether he was worried about criticism from supporters, Van Gaal said: ”Of course, because the fans have to be happy, you are playing for the fans so you cannot deny that.” Van Gaal will be without Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia for Saturday’s game. Louis van Gaal believes there are similarities between Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Attorney Gloria Allred criticizes report on 2005 investigation

first_imgUPDATED: June 9, 2012, 10:50 p.m. ESTAttorney Gloria Allred issued a statement Monday afternoon criticizing the report published by Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees regarding SU’s 2005 investigation into allegations against former associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine.Her nine-page account touches on 13 distinct criticisms of the report, produced by a special committee of the Board of Trustees, and asserts that overall it “is a complete whitewash” and “raises more questions than it answers.”Allred represents Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, former ball boys for the men’s basketball team, who allege they were sexually abused by Fine.Fine, who was fired by SU on Nov. 27, has denied all wrongdoing and has not been charged.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSome of Allred’s criticisms include SU’s decision to approach the allegations as a human resources issue and the choice to have its regular counsel –– the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King –– conduct an unbiased investigation into the allegations in 2005.She is also critical of the report’s statement that there was no effort to cover up the allegations, because it acknowledges that the Board of Trustees and law enforcement should have been contacted.“This conclusion does not pass ‘the laugh test’ and appears to us to be preposterous on its face,” Allred wrote in the statement.At several points, the attorney’s statement questions why Davis’ allegation that Fine’s wife, Laurie, had sex with players on the SU basketball team was never explored further in the report.But most of all, she said, the report suffers from the same deficiencies as SU’s 2005 investigation: It is not completely transparent and does not contain critical analysis.Said Allred: “Syracuse University should be fully transparent and address these issues honestly even though it may be embarrassed to do so, rather than attempting to create a new paper trail in hopes of protecting itself against future lawsuits and public criticism by the Syracuse community.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm Contact Dylan: dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaumlast_img read more

Volleyball returns home to host Cal and Stanford

first_imgJunyi Li | Daily TrojanFresh off of their trip to the desert, the No. 19 women’s volleyball team (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12) is back in the Galen Center this week to host Cal (11-6, 2-4) on Friday and No. 3 Stanford (13-2, 6-0) on Sunday. Arizona swept USC last Friday, handing the Trojans their first Pac-12 conference loss and snapping their five-game winning streak — but USC bounced back to beat Arizona State in four sets. The Trojans will return to the Galen Center, where they own an undefeated 5-0 record on home court this season, for this week’s games.“The good thing is we’ve been pretty good at home, in every one of the matches we played here at home this year, and so I’m hoping that they’ll do the same thing getting ready for Cal on Friday night,” head coach Mick Haley said. “That’s a big one: We gotta play Cal first, and if we can beat Cal on Friday night, then we’ll worry about Stanford on Sunday. But Cal is the big focus right now.”The Women of Troy will once again lean on a balanced offense spearheaded by senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie. While the team struggled against the Wildcats, the Trojans regained their offensive composure against the Sun Devils, where four players recorded double-digit kills for USC, led by Abercrombie’s team-high 18 kills. The team also received a boost from senior opposite hitter Niki Withers, sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, sophomore opposite hitter Daley Krage and senior middle blocker Danielle Geiger, who combined for 43 kills against Arizona State. Senior setter Reni Mayer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina look to assist the team in setting up attacking opportunities. Expect the offense to revolve around an equal distribution of attacking opportunities much like it did against Arizona State. The Golden Bears are led by a trio of offensive threats. Senior outside hitter Antzela Dempi has 2.89 kills per set with 179 total kills, junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink has 2.53 kills per set and 157 kills while freshman outside hitter Mima Mirkovic sports 2.63 kills per set with 163 total kills. The Golden Bears are looking to bounce back against USC after suffering two straight sweeps against Oregon and Oregon State. However, the odds are stacked against them, as they are 2-4 against Pac-12 opponents and are only 1-5 on the road this season, whereas USC has a perfect 5-0 home record this season and owns a 144-30 all-time record in the Galen Center.After a day’s break, the Women of Troy will be back in the Galen Center to face off against Pac-12 volleyball giant No. 3 Stanford. The Trojan defense has to prepare adequately against sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Plummer, who is averaging an astonishing 4.76 kills per set and has accumulated a total of 238 kills. Plummer’s kills per set rank 9th in Division I women’s volleyball. She is supported by sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris and redshirt senior opposite hitter Merete Lutz, who are averaging 2.20 and 2.76 kills per set, respectively. Other notable offensive threats from the Cardinal include redshirt freshman outside hitter Michaela Keefe (1.91 kills per set), freshman outside hitter Meghan McClure (1.80 kills per set) and junior middle blocker Tami Alade (1.72 kills per set). The offensive firepower from Stanford will be key to setting the tone for the game. The Cardinal’s defense is anchored by Fitzmorris and Alade, who average 1.44 and 1.48 blocks per set, respectively, and will prove to be a tough challenge for the Trojans’ offense. The Women of Troy will have a monumental task in trying to contain the visiting No. 3 Cardinal. “October is always the hardest month for us to compete, so I’m hoping that what we learned in the past will help us through this, and I’m hoping we can come up with a couple of wins this weekend,” Haley said.The Trojans have had their fair share of tough challenges from several other opponents, but Sunday’s game against No. 3 Stanford will be one of the biggest games of the season. The Women of Troy will host the Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Friday and the Cardinal at 3 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Villa return to league summit as Masavu holds KCCA.

first_img Tags: Azam premier leaguemasanvusports top. villa The Azam Uganda premier league returned last evening with two title hopefuls in action.The early kick-off saw 16 time record champions SC Villa return to winning ways as they downed Paul Nkata’s URA 3-0 in Masaka.After a barren first half where both teams manage one or two half chances, Villa finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Winger Martin Kiiza produced a superb solo run and then beat URA shot stopper Mathiaus Muwanga with a low drive.Soon it was 2-0 to Wasswa Bbosa’s men as Kiiza converted from the spot after Ambrose Kirya was controversially deemed to have been brought down in the area by Muwanga.Substitute Yubu Bogere made the points safe for Villa late on as he finished superbly after he was teed up by George Ssenkaba.This was SC Villa’s first win in four games after a poor start to the second round of the league.In Entebbe, relegation threatened Masavu Football Club held two time league defending champions KCCA Football Club to a goal-less draw at the Fisheries Training Institute in Bugonga.KCCA who knew before kick-off that three would take them to the top of the league if Villa did not beat URA failed miserably in their attempts to tople a side they defeated 6-0 in the first leg.This was KCCA FC’s third goalless draw away from home this season and the Kasasiro boys have managed only 10 goals in eight matches on the road.With Villa and Vipers cruising of late, Mike Mutebi’s charges will have to work on their showings away from Lugogo if they are to stand any chances of retaining the league title for a third year running.SC Villa now lead the standing with 36 points from 18 games, Vipers SC are second, one point adrift of the leaders having played the same number of games.KCCA FC remained third on 33 points having played a game less than the two teams at the top.Action resumes on Friday with Express hosting Proline at Wankulukuku while Vipers travel to Luzira.Comments Martin Kiiza scored a brace as his SC Villa side defeated URA 3-0 yesterday to return to the top of the league standings.last_img read more