Right to die contradicts value of life (NZ Herald Editorial)

first_imgNZ Herald 6 June 2015 Few would have envied the decision Justice David Collins has had to make on whether New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act can sanction euthanasia. The subject is not one that anybody finds pleasant, including those, perhaps an increasing number, who say they believe it is at least preferable to a lingering, painful and possibly undignified death.That was the view of Lecretia Seales, who applied to the High Court for the right to die with a doctor’s assistance if her terminal brain tumour became much worse.Ms Seales, who died of her illness hours after receiving the decision on Thursday evening, had made it clear to the court last week that she was not then wishing to die.She was seeking the right to do so at some future point if her life became unbearable. It is important that be noted because it illustrates one of the problems for voluntary euthanasia. If it is to be allowed, the decision must be made when the person is still capable of making it, to avoid any question they may be vulnerable to external pressure.Yet the prospect of the decision to die being made by people who are not yet suffering unbearably, and may never be, makes it ethically more difficult for doctors to do what they ask, and more difficult for society to sanction such a decision in law.The sanctity of life lies at the heart of public policy in a civilised society that considers it has no right to take a life even as retribution for taking a life.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11460561last_img read more

Q&A with Clemson beat writer Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 1 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and the game will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN2. The Orange is 1-9 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams, its only victory coming against Nebraska, 17-9, in 1984. Follow along with all of The Daily Orange’s Syracuse-Clemson coverage here and/or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Tigers, The Daily Orange spoke with The Post and Courier beat writer Aaron Brenner.The Daily Orange: Quarterback Deshaun Watson is widely considered one of the best players in the country. What makes him so good?Aaron Brenner: Watson is a zone-read quarterback at his core; fans and media are only beginning to see his full capabilities as a runner in the last few games as he’s hovered around the 100-yard mark on the ground three times in Clemson’s last six games. But he also throws a terrific deep ball, and makes lightning-quick decisions at the line of scrimmage to exploit the best matchup, even if that means a simple inside handoff or a quick screen pass to the perimeter. Beyond his physical skills, Watson has the “it” factor, leading his teammates everywhere they go and saying all the right things in front of the media.The D.O.: Syracuse’s secondary has struggled throughout the entire season. What would it take from the Orange’s defense for wide receiver Artavis Scott not to have a monster game?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA.B.: Well, to be honest, Scott’s statistics aren’t always on fire, so that particular quest might not actually be too difficult for Syracuse. Scott is a little banged up right now, too; but his teammates are more than capable of exploding for long scores or big yardage games. But to the heart of the question, Scott is extremely difficult to bring down in space. Even though he’s built more like a lightning bug, he’s surprisingly strong, which might catch the Orange defenders off-guard. Mainly, as any good defensive coordinator would tell you, they’ll have to take correct angles and tackle well, even if that requires two or three defenders at a time.The D.O.: Cornerback Mackensie Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the country. In what ways have opposing offenses tried to limit his effect on the game?A.B.: Alexander backed up his talk in the Notre Dame game when he shut down Will Fuller; that’s still the only game in which Fuller has not found the end zone. However, opponents have tried their hand at testing Alexander more this season than last, perhaps because it’s just not viable to ignore half the football field against a defense as talented as Clemson’s.The D.O.: Who are a few players on Clemson that might not be in the spotlight as much but Syracuse fans should be aware of?A.B.: I’d keep an eye on Clemson first-year left tackle Mitch Hyatt, who just became the first true freshman in Clemson history to win ACC Lineman of the Week against Florida State. He’ll be matched up on Ron Thompson. Also look out for freshman receiver Deon Cain, who has stepped in for the injured Mike Williams and scored in each of his last two games. On Clemson’s defense, freshman defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is a full-grown man, even though he’s only 19 years old. He’s also from the northeast, a Connecticut kid. And finally, walk-on placekicker Greg Huegel will try to stay perfect in ACC play, having made all 13 field-goal attempts so far. He, too, is a freshman.The D.O.: What area would Syracuse have to expose in order to pull off the upset?A.B.: On offense, Syracuse will have to find a way to run the ball effectively; Matt Dayes (N.C. State) and Dalvin Cook (FSU) pulled off some long gains the past two weeks. On defense, I’d advise the Orange to take some chances and see if it can’t force some turnovers; though Watson’s been better lately, he does have seven interceptions this year. And on special teams, it’s all about the kick returns, as Clemson has been dreadful on kick return coverage this year. Brisly Estime certainly has the Tigers’ attention, and he’ll probably be the best punt returner Clemson sees this season. Comments Published on November 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Busy Lonzo Ball prepares for first training camp as new face of Lakers

first_imgHe doesn’t know if Coach Luke Walton has watched. His teammates haven’t had much to say either, he said.LaVar Ball stressed that the Lakers had no input on the show’s production.“Don’t nobody give me any parameters about nothing,” he said. “I’m my own person. Nobody be like, ‘LaVar, you can’t do this, you should do this.’ I don’t go with that. I’m good just how I am and nobody can tell me nothing because they’re not my boss.”He added: “They (the Lakers) ain’t going to have no requests, it’s my show. It’s ‘Ball in the Family, it ain’t ‘The Lakers in the Family.’’Television isn’t the only side of show business the family is exploring. Last week, Lonzo Ball released his debut rap single, “Melo Ball 1,” a 99-cent download that provides an affordable alternative to his signature Big Baller Brand sneakers, which run $495.Primarily, however, Ball has been busy joining the rest of the Lakers roster in near-daily workouts at the team’s new practice facility in El Segundo.“Since we have such a young team, we pretty much have everybody in there already, everybody knows each other,” he said. “We’re looking forward to training camp and getting after it, then suiting up for that first preseason game.”The Lakers, who won 26 games last season, will open the preseason with Lonzo Ball at point guard on Sept. 30 against Minnesota in Anaheim, fulfilling LaVar Ball’s lifelong guarantee that his oldest son would play for the Lakers.“He’s been saying that my whole life,” Lonzo said. “I started playing at six and he’s definitely been saying that since I remember.” By the time Lonzo Ball begins his first training camp with the Lakers on Sept. 24 he will have already released several versions of his signature shoe, starred in a reality show chronicling the daily lives of his family and dropped a rap single.It has been, by any measure, a busy summer for the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and the NBA Summer League MVP.“I look at it pretty simply,” Ball said Monday in an interview with the Southern California News Group. “Basketball is my passion, my job. The music thing is just a hobby so that’s fun, and then the show I’m just with my family. So it’s nothing out of the ordinary I don’t usually do.”The Ball family, led by patriarch cum pitchman LaVar, has managed to stay at the forefront of the NBA’s crowded landscape throughout the offseason. “Ball In the Family” debuted on Facebook’s Watch platform on Aug. 31. As of Monday, the first episode had been viewed more than 8.4 million times. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe show has wrapped filming for its first season and three of 10 episodes have aired, although the subsequent two episodes have failed to generate the same interest as the premiere. Neither is yet to crack a million views on Facebook. Bunim/Murray Productions, the company behind the show, also produced “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “The Real World.” There has been no announcement yet about a possible second season of the Ball program.“Ball is Life” has so far chronicled the end of Lonzo’s college career at UCLA, the draft and his interactions with his two basketball-playing brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. It has also taken viewers into the family’s Chino Hills home after Tina Ball, Lonzo’s mother, suffered a stroke in March and her subsequent recovery.“I think it’s kind of cool,” Lonzo said, of living in a TV show. “At first it’s kind of weird with the cameras following you everywhere, but once we got used to it. The crew and everybody, we all became friends and it became pretty easy after that.”It’s not new for a Lakers player to have a reality television presence, after Lamar Odom shared airtime with then-wife Khloe Kardashian during his Lakers tenure. Ball said he has not solicited any advice on balancing the two worlds from Odom, who has periodically visited the Lakers’ training facility this summer.In fact, Ball said he isn’t sure how his foray into unscripted entertainment is playing among those affiliated with the Lakers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more