Court gives win to euthanasia activist (Sth Africa)

first_imgNZ Herald 9 May 2015Five years after Sean Davison was arrested for helping his mother to die, an organisation he founded has won a landmark victory allowing assisted suicide in South Africa.Auckland-born Dr Davison served five months’ home detention in Dunedin in 2011 for giving a lethal dose of morphine to his mother, Dr Pat Davison, to relieve her pain when she was dying of cancer at the age of 85.Last week, a South African High Court judge ruled that a doctor could legally help another dying cancer patient, Johannesburg lawyer Robin Stransham-Ford, to end his life “either by administration of a lethal agent or by providing the applicant with the necessary legal agent to administer himself”.The judgment, and a similar judgment in the Canadian Supreme Court in February, has forced the issue of euthanasia on to the political agenda of reluctant Parliaments across the English-speaking world.Terminally ill Wellington brain cancer patient Lecretia Seales, 42, has filed a claim seeking the right for a doctor to help her die.It will be heard in the High Court on May 25. Her lawyer, Dr Andrew Butler, said he would rely on the Canadian and South African cases as precedents.“Lecretia has been very clear that she thinks it’s a topic Parliament should be addressing,” he said.A bill promoted by Peter Brown when he was a New Zealand First MP to allow euthanasia for terminally ill patients was lost by only two votes in 2003, and Dr Davison said he was surprised New Zealand had made no progress on the issue since then.“It’s a basic human right, at the core of our humanity,” he said. “This is what New Zealand should be leading the world on.” read more

Discover Dominica Authority Weekly News Update

first_img Tweet 40 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority Weekly News Update by: – February 28, 2012 Share **Discover Dominica Authority hosted US journalist Patricia Nickell**.The Discover Dominica Authority hosted US journalist Patricia Nickell of the Lexington Herald-Leader and the McClatchy news wire. Patricia was commissioned to write an article for the newspaper which has a circulation of 93,000 daily and 120,000 on Sundays with readership of 208,000 daily and 313,500 on Sunday. The newspaper is also available online through which has an online audience of 10+ Million page views per month and 1.4M monthly unique visitors.The focus of her story was on Dominica as being the UnCaribbean Island with unique activities. During her stay on island from January 25 – 30, 2012 Patricia visited the Waitukubuli National Trail, the Emerald Pool, the Kalinago Territory, the Indian River, the Rainforest Aerial Tram and spent time at the Fort Young Hotel, Jungle Bay Resort & Spa and Rosalie Bay. As a result of this experience Patricia produced her first article which appeared in the Sunday issue of the newspaper on February 12, 2012. In her article, Patricia reported “Of the 103 countries I visited, this is one of the most beautiful” and in many respects, Dominica is the “un-Caribbean Caribbean.” It is hoped that this article will inspire many to read more about the destination and decide to visit to discover the Nature Island.** French students from Martinique visited Dominica**A group of thirty five (35) students from the Lycee Acajou UU (College Acajou II) in Martinique visited Dominica from February 11-18 to obtain hands-on educational experience of Dominica’s natural assets in the tourism industry. The group predominantly focused on the Waitukubuli National Trail, having hiked a few segments. Other areas of experiential learning included the Kalinago Territory and the Cabrits National Park. Lectures were also delivered on the National Trail and on Sustainable Tourism Development by the WNT Office and the Discover Dominica Authority respectively. **Discover Dominica Authority continues to market the Carib Territory**In an effort to improve the marketability of the Carib Territory, a major component of Dominica’s tourism product, the Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Kalinago community have produced a brochure which includes all the sites and attractions of the Territory as well as its history and culture. This is the first type of promotional material that incorporates the varied attributes of the Kalinago. The English copy is now available and will be located at all Tourism Information Offices, the Kalinago Barana Aute and will also be used for overseas marketing. **DDA host Canadian & German journalists for Carnival 2012.**The Discover Dominica Authority hosted two (2) journalists during the island’s carnival celebrations the ‘Real Mas’. Canadian journalist Erin MacLeod was on island from February 17 – 21. Ms MacLeod has been commissioned to produce articles for, an online publication with over 30,000 unique visitors per month, Doctor’s Review which is a Canadian based publication focusing on the travel and leisure interests of Canadian physicians with a circulation of 40,000, is a leading men’s lifestyle website, averaging over 5 million unique monthly readers and Montreal Gazette, the only English-language newspaper published in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with a circulation of 454,200. During her stay MacLeod attended the Miss Dominica Pageant and the Calypso Show some of the highlights of Dominica’s carnival to get a sense of the beauty, culture and talents of the people. She also visited sites such as the Kalinago Barana Aute, the Waitukubuli National Trail and others to bring the true sense of the nature island to her writers. German journalist Harald Steiner was also on island from February 16 – 20 and he too experience a taste of the island’s carnival celebrations. Mr. Steiner will be writing for Telecran, a Luxemburg publication with a circulation of 38,188, an Austrian publication OberosterreichischeNachrichten with a circulation of 110,347 and Holiday Express another Austrian publication with a circulation of 25, 000. Mr. Steiner will focus his story on the natural attributes of the island and also Dominica’ carnival celebrations.**Dominica’s participation at Trade Shows in North America**The Discover Dominica Authority will be participating in two (2) trade shows over the next few weeks. The adventure based shows will be held in Toronto, Canada and NY which are two (2) main origins for visitors to Dominica. The Discover Dominica Authority will continue to attend shows and conferences which target the island’s niche market and meet with travel agents and tour operators in those markets who would be able to sell the destination to their clients. The Waitukubuli National Trail will form a major part of discussions held during the show since it will become one of the main attractions on the island. The Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show is the largest consumer show in Canada which brings together buyers and sellers of adventure products, services and activities. The show attracts persons who love the outdoors, have disposable income and want to learn about new destination. The NY Times Travel Show attracts many trade and travel professionals who are looking for new destinations and activities to sell to their clients. The show attracts over 18,000 avid travelers and industry professionalsFor more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTubelast_img read more

This Big East, by one metric, is the biggest beast the league has ever been

first_imgThere have been better college basketball conferences than the 2019-20 Big East, whether you want to define that strength as the presence of superstar talent, the abundance of quality teams or a concentration of contenders for national honors.There was a time, in 1982-83, when Michael Jordan, Len Bias, Johnny Dawkins and Ralph Sampson patrolled the ACC all at once, and N.C. State won the national championship behind Dereck Whittenburg and Thurl Bailey. The Big Ten of 1993-94 featured Glenn Robinson, Shawn Respert, Deon Thomas, Alan Henderson and 80 percent of the Fab Five, including Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. The Big East itself advanced three teams to the 1985 Final Four, with such legends as Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin involved and Villanova stealing the show with its improbable “Perfect Game.” The Big East also set records by placing 11 teams in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and 77.8 percent of its membership — seven teams out of nine — in the 1991 edition of March Madness.One can peruse all that college basketball history, though — even revel in it for a while — and never encounter a conference as deep as the current Big East: 10 teams, none of which stink.MORE: History clouds meaning of No. 1 team carousel“This is an extremely unique year,” Villanova coach Jay Wright told Sporting News. “I don’t even know who’s in 10th place right now, but I can guarantee whoever is in 10th probably has a great chance to be an NCAA Tournament team based on how they’ve done this year.”Wright is correct. St. John’s has started 0-3 in league play, but has posted nonconference victories over West Virginia (No. 11 in the NET) and Arizona (No. 13).“We saw it in nonconference play, and I think it’s carried over to the conference play,” Red Storm coach Mike Anderson said. “Here we’re sitting 0-3 (in conference), and we’re not that far off. You’ve got to have short-term memory in the wins and in the losses. You’ve got to be ready every night. We’re seeing right now, we’re kind of beating up on each other. Hopefully it continues, and it puts us in position to have many, many teams in postseason play.”It’s not that the Big East is loaded with powerhouses: Only No. 6 Butler is ranked in the top 15 of the current Associated Press poll, and No. 16 Villanova is the only other team included in the top 25. Only No. 6 Butler, No. 14 Seton Hall and No. 21 Villanova are mentioned near the top of the ratings, and it’s close to the same deal in the NCAA’s NET rankings.Seton Hall guard Myles Powell and Marquette guard Markus Howard are the two obvious All-America candidates, although Butler guard Kamar Baldwin is outstanding, as well.What’s different about this Big East is the dearth of dregs. And no, that doesn’t mean DePaul withdrew from the conference. The Blue Demons have had only one winning season in the past dozen years, but that was last year. They’ve built upon that 19-17 mark with an 11-3 start that includes a road win at Iowa and subsequent victories over Minnesota and Texas Tech.Every team in the Big East has double-digit victories. Only one has more than five losses. All are at least four games over .500. All rank between No. 4 (Butler) and No. 81 (Providence) in the NET and between No. 6 (Butler) and No. 81 (St. John’s) in the KenPom ratings.This season’s Big Ten has more high-quality teams — 12 of its 14 members are ranked in the NET top 53, which is another impressive story. But two of its members also are ranked 148 and lower in the NET and below 100 in KenPom.The difference between this and the Big East’s three prior peak years is simple and obvious: depth.MORE: Ranking the most compelling major-conference racesIn 1985, the year of the record three Final Four teams, Providence went 3-13 in league play; Seton Hall went 1-15, recording a single victory over a major-conference opponent (against Connecticut, in the teams’ Big East finale).In 1991, when the Big East placed seven of its nine teams in the field and nearly got eight, ninth-place Boston College lost 15 of its 16 conference games by an average of 9.9 points. In 2011, the year of 11 bids, the bottom four teams won between one and five Big East games — and most of those were against one another.It’s that lack of “cooperation” that separates the Big East this season. It appears no one has agreed to be bad. Wright mentioned that the current iteration of the Big East has had seasons when it placed six members into the NCAA Tournament field (2015, ’18). There also was one with seven, in 2017. He added he’d like to see this Big East break the record for percentage of teams. That would mean getting eight into the field.That might be difficult, because while there are no “bad losses” to be had in Big East play, it’s that much more challenging to stack up quality wins. For that to happen, the Big East probably can’t afford a great deal of separation between the team that finishes third and the one that winds up in eight place. Which would make the Big East race — and the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden from March 11-14 — all the more compelling.“That would be incredible,” Wright said. “And I think we’ve got a shot to do it.”last_img read more