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  • Youth worker worried about euthanasia bill’s impact on suicide

    first_imgRadio NZ News 15 April 2019Family First Comment: Exactly what we warned about in our Submission….“Mr Howard said the conversation around dying as a way out remained. He said many of the young people he worked with were intelligent and articulate, and followed discussions around the bill. Some were using the justifications of euthanasia advocates to inform their own situations.”A therapist who specialises in youth suicide is concerned not enough is known about how assisted dying may affect vulnerable youth.The End of Life Choice Bill allows for people in unbearable suffering or with an incurable, grievous condition to ask a doctor to help end their life.Dion Howard, a nurse and therapist who has spent 20 years working with young people and has expertise in adolescent mental health, wrote a submission to MPs considering the bill.In his submission, he argued the ripple effects on youth had not been adequately explored.“Really, my question to the select committee is, ‘Can you be certain this would not impact the suicide rates of young people?’ To which the answer I’m certain is, ‘We don’t know that’.“So, the next question should be, ‘Well, shouldn’t we know or shouldn’t you be certain before supporting a change?’ ”He said overseas jurisdictions had grappled with the same issue.“It was quite remarkable that the Scottish Parliament rejected their similar bill on the basis that they didn’t think they could reasonably prevent and educate on the prevention of suicide and present it as a solution at the same time.“We need to be cautious about this and we have good grounds to be cautious.”READ MORE: read more

  • Baines could return on Boxing Day

    first_img The 29-year-old was heavily linked with Manchester United in the summer but Everton rebuffed offers. Martinez is happy for the rumours to start up again – taking that as a compliment over his team’s form – but stresses he will be under no pressure to sell. He said: “I hope we get more speculation. Now we are going to get Ross Barkley, I am sure, and Seamus Coleman. “But that is a good sign. The problem is when you are in January and nobody speaks about your players. “I am quite happy, speculation is welcome. We don’t have to sell. We are in a great position financially. “That is what football should be about – people talking good about your players. It is a good message.” Martinez expects striker Nikica Jelavic to overcome a minor hamstring problem before the Sunderland clash. Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin also suffered knocks in the weekend win at Swansea but should be fit. Right-back Tony Hibbert, who has featured little in the past two seasons due to injuries, is also available after recovering from his latest knee problem. The England international has been out for the past month with a broken toe. Everton have not lost in Baines’ absence, winning four and drawing one in the Barclays Premier League, and Bryan Oviedo has filled his position effectively. Despite that, the return of Baines is likely to give a squad already flying high another lift. Martinez said: “Leighton is getting really close. Depending how today and tomorrow go, he should be ready for Thursday, which is terrific news. “Of course we have missed him. You can’t underestimate the quality of Leighton and his experience, know-how and what that represents. “We have had an incredible replacement in Bryan Oviedo, he has been terrific. “But you want players in good moments of form to be available. “We are desperate to have Leighton Baines back and desperate for Bryan to be in that moment of form. “We need to make sure we use that well for the good of the squad.” Baines’ return to action ahead of the January transfer window could reignite speculation over his future. Everton left-back Leighton Baines could return to action against Sunderland on Boxing Day. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Syracuse football season-ticket holders discuss coaching situation

    first_img Related Stories Storify: Scott Shafer, his family, coaches and players tweet before his final game Published on November 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer was fired on Monday by Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. Shafer will still coach his final game against Boston College on Saturday.As fans tailgated before the BC game, here are some of their thoughts on SU’s coaching situation.Scott Littlefield, six-year season-ticket holder, SU Class of 1987“I don’t think SU should be in that ‘fire a coach every three years’ mentality. I just don’t think we’re like Alabama, Ohio State, if the guy’s not doing it, fire him and start all over again. I think SU has to be a little bit more patient with its coaches. I know Coyle’s coming in and I’m sure he was hoping it would work out, but I just don’t know what the alternatives are.”“At this point I’m kind of excited to see what happens, I just hope it’s the right move. I just hope it’s not a swing and a miss because that’s going to set us back. We’ve got this class of kids with Moe Neal and Rex Culpepper and they’re all kind of sitting on their hands not knowing what’s going to happen.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTim Durham, 20-year season-ticket holder“Scott Shafer plays, in my opinion, not to lose instead of playing to win. Last week was a prime example. You got fourth-and-goal from the 2 and you kick a field goal. Your season’s done anyway, you might as well go for it. He just didn’t have the guts to go for it and I think that’s why he lost his job.”Dan Chamberlain, 28-year season-ticket holder“I was upset when he got fired. I understand a little why the AD had to do it but I think Shafer, if he was given the time to do it, with what he had in place, what he was doing, he would have definitely built it into a winning program. At the very least I think he should have gotten one more year. But I understand the AD was under pressure after two losing seasons.”Ben Watkins, first-year season-ticket holder, SU Class of 2008“I think he had to be fired. If you’re going to make a move, you have to make it then. It’s kind of an unfortunate situation, he was building some momentum getting some good players in here. You could see the players played hard for him but the last couple games, a lot of silly penalties. He lost his mind two straight games … it seems like the pressure just kind of got to him a little bit.”Joel Gusman, 25-year season-ticket holder“I loved his intensity and he won me over, but in the end, after losing eight in a row, it’s tough. I respect the decision. I hope he gets another chance somewhere else but it’s time to move on.”Jeremy Conners, eight-year season-ticket holder“A change had to be made. You can’t lose games like the Virginia game, the South Florida game, the Pittsburgh game. Back-to-back three-win seasons unfortunately with below average recruiting isn’t going to cut it in today’s day and age … The downfall was in-game coaching mistakes. He just didn’t seem to learn from week to week. He seemed over his head for the position.”John Ostapovich, three-year season-ticket holder, SU Class of 1997When Shafer got hired three years ago, his passion and enthusiasm for Syracuse and the community actually encouraged me to become a season-ticket holder. … (But) it didn’t feel like he had a good feel for the game. It was hard to say whether or not he was ever going to learn that. I was always on the fence the last couple of weeks of whether or not he should go but I don’t disagree with the AD’s decision. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • The shorter the better: Syracuse keeps practices to 90 minutes, below national average

    first_img Published on March 17, 2019 at 11:09 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Comments Jim Boeheim blew his whistle and then-first-year assistant coach Allen Griffin couldn’t believe it. Syracuse players met with coaches in a huddle, then dispersed through the Carmelo K. Anthony Center. Practice had ended one afternoon at 5:30, 90 minutes after the usual 4 p.m. start time.Griffin knew Boeheim likes to keep things simple. Just as Boeheim’s timeout and halftime speeches are short, practice instruction is kept to a minimum. But early last season, Boeheim had called practice after an hour and a half. Most top-tier programs practice for two to three hours, according to Griffin and several other college basketball coaches.“Gotta keep ‘em fresh,” is the SU practice motto, per Griffin, who’s coached at Providence, Hofstra, Dayton and now Syracuse.While many teams use the NCAA’s 20 practice hours per week to the maximum, the Orange (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) practice only 90 minutes a day. Sometimes, even less — especially during the NCAA Tournament, which begins for SU on Thursday against Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The first few practices of every season run longer, former and current players said, but Boeheim prides intensity over duration. Quality over quantity. Short spurts over long drills. He believes in practicing the fundamentals and what’s most pressing for the next game.Former and current players say Boeheim and his staff have a knack for distilling complicated scouting reports, hours of film and decades of basketball wisdom into something digestible. They are meticulously detailed, scheduling most drills down to the minute, senior Frank Howard said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Some days we only practice an hour and 10 minutes or so,” freshman point guard Jalen Carey said. “When you’re sore, that really helps.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorBoeheim’s practice philosophy aligns with that of legendary coach John Wooden, who won 10 national titles at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wooden kept practices to two hours or less, because he believed in quick transitions between drills and few long talks with his team. Wooden’s written in his books that he usually spent more time planning practices than running them.At SU, there are few practice drills in which individual work is prioritized. The widely-held belief is that players can work out on their own before or after, but not during. There are few drills centered on conditioning, said director of operations Kip Wellman, who added that he “can’t recall anybody ever running one suicide” — a grueling running drill — since he took on his role six years ago.“When you’re close to three hours every practice, you lose the guys at some point,” Wellman said. “But also, from a fatigue standpoint, you’ll wear them down. It’s a long season. Some coaches see these guys as 18, 19 years old, and they say, ‘They can run all day.’ But you’re also wearing them down mentally. There comes a point when you can only consume so much and then you don’t hear the rest.”Former Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson (2009-10), now with the Washington Wizards, said practice at SU rarely exceeded 90 minutes. Sometimes, practice lasted only about 75 or 80 minutes, he said — “way less” than his two seasons at Iowa State where it pushed three hours.All college programs must take one day off per week, per NCAA rules. For Syracuse, the break depends on the week’s game schedule. Usually, Boeheim plans the day off to give the Orange at least two days to prepare for an opponent. During regular season in which SU plays Tuesday and Saturday, the Orange typically don’t practice on Wednesday, giving them two days to ready for a weekend game.Syracuse practices start at 4 p.m. during the season. For the NCAA Tournament, they vary depending on site and time of game. They usually start with an active warm-up and stretch, followed by group work — bigs and guards separate — from about 4:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. When the 2-3 zone is effective, Wellman said, practice segues into offense work such as “five man” — a common drill in which five players work through plays with no defenders involved. Transition drills, defensive tweaks and free throws also are built into most practices.When SU travels to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Tournament this week, with all the distractions surrounding them, practices will stay simple. They’ve run things this way for decades.“We play hard the entire practice, so I don’t think the length matters,” said Tyus Battle. “It’s short, but that lets me go in there an hour before and an hour after to get my own work in, without being tired.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Tipp team for McGrath Cup opener revealed

    first_imgThis is the XV that manager Liam Kearns has selected for the match at Austin Park, Tralee:1. Ciarán Kenrick (Moyle Rovers)2. Joseph Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney)3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)4. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)5. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)6. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)7. Kevin Fahey   (Clonmel Commercials)8. Liam Casey (Cahir)9. Martin Dunne (Capt.) (Moyle Rovers)10. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)11. Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney)12. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle) 13. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) 14. Colm Stapleton (Upperchurch-Drombane)15. Diarmuid Foley (Moyle Rovers)The substitutes are:  16. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)17. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)18. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)19. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)20. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) 21. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers)22. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)23. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)24. David Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)25. Cian Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney)26. Aidan McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)last_img read more

  • LA Dodgers NLDS 25-man playoff roster projection

    first_imgThat leaves some intriguing names on the bubble — and for manager Don Mattingly, plenty of ’splainin’ to do.Here’s our best guess with Game 1 just two days awayPROBABLY IN (20)A.J. Ellis: A solid hitter in the final month (.801 OPS), but might come off the bench when Clayton Kershaw doesn’t start.Yasmani Grandal: His .364 OPS over the final month is worrisome, but his framing and rapport with the pitchers get him at least one start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Adrian Gonzalez: Should be healthy enough after battling a bad back late in the season.Howie Kendrick: Had a .197 OBP in 16 career playoff games with the Angels.Corey Seager: Was named the starting shortstop in the season’s final week.Justin Turner: Cut by the Mets two years ago, veteran gets a great chance at revenge in his first postseason as a starter.Chase Utley: Dodgers need his speed, and insurance at second base if Kendrick’s hamstring gives out.Jimmy Rollins: His defense could be an asset late in games; Seager committed five errors in 21 games at shortstop.Carl Crawford: The starter in left field, since the Mets have an all-right-handed rotation.Kiké Hernandez: Hits lefties much better than righties, but Joc Pederson’s slump means he will probably start in center field anyway.Andre Ethier: Another platoon-split favorite, Ethier might not bat against a left-handed pitcher in the series.Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood: You could have penciled them into the playoff rotation a month ago.Kenley Jansen: Closer made three regular-season appearances in the eighth inning; might make more in the postseason. Chris Hatcher: Established himself as the primary set-up man with a strong August and September.Yimi Garcia: Equally effective against righties and lefties, he could see plenty of seventh-inning work.J.P. Howell: The quintessential situational left-hander had a 1.43 ERA for the season, 1.42 in the final month.Luis Avilan: Faded down the stretch, but being the team’s second-best southpaw reliever gives him a huge edge.ON THE BUBBLE (9)Joc Pederson: Might not swing a bat (.617 OPS in second half) but is a plus defender in center field and likely pinch runner on a slow team.Yasiel Puig: Team believes he’s 100 percent, but his history of hamstring problems presents a huge liability.Scott Van Slyke: Had a great shot at being the first right-handed hitter off the bench before his hand injury worsened and Puig returned.Alex Guerrero: If Puig and Van Slyke are ruled out, Guerrero’s track record as a pinch hitter could allow him to sneak in.Justin Ruggiano: His chances really depend on the health of Van Slyke, who would fill the same role.Joel Peralta: Crafty right-hander got a long look at the end of the season; Dodgers like his situational versatility.Juan Nicasio, Pedro Baez, Carlos Frias: Count on one or two making the roster as a hard-throwing middle reliever.PROBABLY OUT (10)Mike Bolsinger, Ian Thomas, Joe Wieland: Finished the season as the fifth, sixth and seventh starters, which are generally useless in the postseason.Scott Schebler: His power is intriguing, but Dodgers have too many left-handed hitting outfielders with more value for this series.Chris Heisey: Had some nice moments in September but it was too little, too late.Jim Johnson: His wife probably won’t mind him being around to help with their newborn daughter.Adam Liberatore: A third left-hander out of the bullpen is a September luxury and October rarity.Austin Barnes: Will travel with the team as an emergency third catcher.Ronald Torreyes: Got a taste of the majors in September as a bonus for his strong season at Triple-A.Jose Peraza: The prototypical “speed guy” still hasn’t healed from hamstring injury.MORE DODGERS PLAYOFF COVERAGE• What’s the Dodgers playoff schedule?• No surprise: LA Dodgers tap ershaw, Greinke to open NLDS• Whicker: Dodgers risking Kershaw on short rest• Video: ‘I don’t need to defend’ Kershaw, says Mattingly• A primer on the LA Dodgers’ NLDS opponent, the New York Metscenter_img By J.P. @jphoornstra on TwitterThe Dodgers are expected to announce their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series on Wednesday or Thursday, regardless of when the Mets release theirs.It’s a deep roster, and one that relies heavily on platooning position players.last_img read more

  • World Series 2019 odds: Bryce Harper bolsters Phillies

    first_imgWorld Series odds change Was 12/1 Now 8/1Pennant odds change Was 7/1 Now 4/1 Sports world reacts to Bryce Harper’s $330M mega signing with Phillies Bryce Harper signs with Phillies for $330 million And just like that, the Phillies are true contenders.In the wake of Bryce Harper’s reported 13-year, $330 million mega-signing with Philadelphia on Thursday, the Phillies saw their World Series odds improve as much as their popularity.center_img Division odds change Was 2/1 Now 5/4Win total change Was 85.5 Now 89.5The Phillies went 80-82 last season, finishing third behind the Braves and Nationals in the NL East. According to BetOnline.AG, the star outfielder bolstered Philadelphia’s outlook for the 2019 season before the ink on his contract was even dry.Take a look: Related Newslast_img read more

  • German female ref makes history as Leckie nets again

    first_imgBibiana Steinhaus in actionBerlin, Germany | AFP | Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus made history on Sunday as the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European league by taking charge of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.Steinhaus became the first woman to referee a top-tier match in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues when she oversaw the Bundesliga encounter in Berlin.The 38-year-old had built up a wealth of experience by refereeing 80 second-division games since 2007 and was the fourth official on numerous occasions in the Bundesliga, but this was her refereeing debut in the top flight.“I’ll be delighted when normality returns as of tomorrow,” said Steinhaus after a busy week amidst intense media attention. “The crucial thing for us is not to be the focus after 90 minutes, which is what we achieved and we’re happy” she added, speaking on behalf of her refereeing team.To mark the occasion, Hertha offered half-price tickets to female supporters who wanted to see Steinhaus in charge.She kept tight control at the Olympic Stadium and fulfilled her pre-match wish that her performance would not attract headlines for the wrong reasons.Stainhaus got a thumbs up from the president of the German Football Association (DFB).“She was under unbelievable pressure, yet was poised for all the important situations and made the right decisions, that was a confident display,” enthused DFB boss Reinhard Grindel.“You could see that she has unbelievable experience.”Steinhaus smartly allowed play to continue when Australia’s Mathew Leckie scored for the hosts after 38 minutes despite a foul on Hertha’s Vladimir Darida in the build-up. – Bremen off the mark –Leckie now has three goals in as many league games this season after his arrival from Ingolstadt.center_img “I can only praise Bibiana Steinhaus, especially for the scenes around the first goal, when she let the advantage play on,” said Berlin coach Pal Dardai.“That speaks for her experience.“Much respect – she let a lot of things go, even though it was a physically-intensive game. I am very happy.”Steinhaus then turned down Hertha midfielder Valentin Stocker’s appeal for a penalty on 76 minutes, which replays showed was the right decision but one that earned her whistles from the disgruntled home crowd.Bibiana Steinhaus: “Thank you for the fair start and allowing me and my team to enjoy the day.” #BSCSVW #hahohe— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) September 10, 2017Bremen earned a point in Berlin, their first of the campaign, when captain Thomas Delaney smashed the ball home on 59 minutes after forcing his way through the Hertha defence.Steinhaus’ performance was also met with approval from Bremen coach Alexander Nouri, whose side remain in the bottom three.“As I said before the game, the sex of the referee doesn’t matter, only the performance and it was okay today,” said the Werder boss.Her partner, Englishman Howard Webb, the referee for the 2010 World Cup final, was in the German capital to watch Steinhaus take charge.Named on the official list of Bundesliga referees for 2017/18, Steinhaus sat out the first two rounds of German league matches before making her top-tier debut on Sunday.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and officiated the women’s Champions League final this year as well as the women’s 2012 Olympic Games final in London.– Schalke leapfrog Bayern –Schalke scored twice in the space of a minute after the break in their 3-1 victory at home to Stuttgart.Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb converted a penalty after just four minutes, but Congo midfielder Chadrac Akolo equalised for Stuttgart with his first goal for the club before half-time.Schalke immediately regained the lead after the interval when defender Naldo headed home — on his birthday — and striker Guido Burgstaller fired in their third before Naldo cleared a Stuttgart shot off the line.The result left Schalke fifth, ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich, who are sixth after Saturday’s shock 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim, while leaders Borussia Dortmund were held to a goalless draw at Freiburg.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

  • Glorious Defeat’

    first_imgThey came from all over the country in their numbers. And by the time Tunisian referee Youssef Essuayri got the game going at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), it was evident that the national soccer team, the Lone Star, was set to make history.Liberians had anticipated victory for the Lone Star, but they were aware that Liberia’s soccer history with Ivory Coast (La Cote d’Ivoire) heavily favored the Ivoirians.In their previous 11 encounters, the Ivoirians won eight, and drew the remaining three. Therefore, last Friday’s World Cup Russia first leg psychologically favored the Ivoirians, making Liberia the underdogs.However, the performance and the result of the game indicated that Liberia had come of age.“In the past, the Ivoirians could have scored three to four goals against Liberia,” said a long time follower of games between the two countries. “And so for Liberia to stand up against the highly touted Ivoirian Elephants, and forcing them to resort to delay tactics, especially goalkeeper G. Gbohoro, which earned him a yellow card, meant that the Ivoirians met a strong challenge this time.”“It was on that strength that Liberians cheered for Lone Star players after the match. We were impressed with the level of commitment demonstrated by the players, and we are convinced that Tuesday’s game in Ivory Coast could make a big difference.”But can the strong challenge be replicated for the second leg tomorrow (Nov. 17) in Bouake, central Ivory Coast? Will the Guinea Bissau ‘executioner,’ William Jebor, receive enough support to let him repeat the miracle in Bouake?With a narrow 1-0 win, the Ivoirians, playing in their backyard, might resort to what they did in the first leg—distributing the ball. But can Lone Star begin tomorrow’s game with the manner in which they played the second half of the first leg? Working on the principle that: “He who is down fears no fall,” should encourage the national team to take Bouake by storm tomorrow.It is without argument that striker Anthony Laffor would be policed in tomorrow’s match, since he was the Ivoirians’ tormentor-in-chief on Friday’s game.Another fan said, “We hope Laffor could get assistance in the second leg tomorrow so that his efforts will not be in vain like the first leg when his crosses could not be utilized for the desired results.”Laffor, who was adjudged by sports journalists as the “Man of the Match,” played a leading role, but his crosses could not connect to William Jebor, who was impatiently ready for an opportunity to strike.The overall performance of the national team was nothing but impressive, and it was no accident that the majority of the 15,000 fans had nothing but good wishes for the national team in tomorrow’s encounter to determine their chances for the 2018 World Cup Russia.The following are other results around Africa:Mozambique 1-0 Gabon; Sudan 0-1 Zambia; Burundi 2-3 DR Congo; Namibia 0-1 Guinea; Benin 2-1 Burkina Faso; Togo 0-1 Uganda; Morocco 2-0 Equatorial Guinea; Madagascar 2-2 Senegal; Comoros 0-0 Ghana; Kenya 1-0 Cape Verde; Libya 1-0 Rwanda; Angola 1-3 South Africa; Niger 0-3 Cameroon; Mauritania 1-2 Tunisia; Swaziland 0-0 Nigeria; Ethiopia 3-4 Congo; Tanzania 2-2 Algeria; Chad 1-0 Egypt; Botswana 2-1 Mali.Second Leg result:Gabon 1-0 Mozambique (Gabon advance 1-1 on aggregate, 4-3 on penalties after extra time)Lone Star line-up for the second leg:Tommy Songo; Solomon Grimes; Adolphus Marshall; Teah Dennis; Dirkir Glay; Patrick Gerhardt/Tonia Disdell; Sam Johnson; Patrick Wleh/Alseny Keita; William Jebor; Zah Krangar, and; Anthony Laffor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more