first_imgBruce Logan 25 July 2018Bruce Logan warns us that contrary to the libertarian credentials of ACT’s David Seymour, euthanasia will encourage the old, disadvantaged & disabled to undervalue themselves, and will actually decrease individual freedom.David Seymour, the ACT member for Parliament and sponsor of the Euthanasia Bill claims libertarian credentials (Herald, July 3). Excellent. One could say a number of good things about libertarianism. Not least, its grasp on the notion of citizenship freedom and its suspicion of over-reaching state power.However, like many libertarians Mr Seymour finds himself advocating something other than what his philosophy advocates. His demand for euthanasia might look like increasing individual freedom, but it doesn’t. It’s quite the opposite.The confusion lies in a misplaced faith in the law to control our lives and make us better. Unfortunately, the law is not a nurse; it’s a schoolmaster who would discipline us everywhere. There are, however, good laws and bad laws. Good laws encourage conscience while bad laws negate it. The End of Life Choice Bill is bad law because it will compromise first the individual conscience and ultimately public morality.Implicit in Mr Seymour’s bill is the assumption that law should be used to create new personal freedoms, the right to kill under certain circumstances, when it should be preserving the self-evident freedom of the right to life. It fails to comprehend the transcendent foundation of human dignity. It  is an ideology that presumes universality when its vision is limited by contemporary human rights theory. It is presumptuous in its claim to understand the mystery of human suffering.Euthanasia might first appear to be an enhancement of freedom by widening the contemporary fixation with choice, but it is not possible in this context, or any context, to distribute choice justly. It will, in fact limit the choice for a great deal more people than for those very few people who might appear to benefit. The very nature of Mr Seymour’s bill undervalues the complexity of human decision making because it will undermine sensitive family dynamics. It creates too great an opportunity for relatives to coerce family members to hasten their own death.In New Zealand the law says that one citizen must not kill another. Mr Seymour’s Bill would claim that it is permissible, under certain conditions, for some people to kill others. Immediately that compromises the freedom of those citizens the law says we may assist to bring about their death.Government power, the use of positive law, to influence human behaviour is a very blunt instrument. At best, with some obvious practical exceptions, it can only say what must not be done not what should be done. Every law passed that presumes a utilitarian understanding of human dignity is one more subtle movement towards increasing state power over the lives of its citizens.At the outset euthanasia might look like an action of mercy, one of compassion when in fact it is probably motivated by pity; an emotion that wants to get rid of pain and discomfort as quickly as possible. Compassion one the other hand will share in the anguish and suffering of the patient. Any law that permits assisted suicide threatens the outworking of that compassion.The vexatious conflict surrounding Mr Seymour’s bill is that he casts the intimacy of human relationships within a human rights framework. He says, “the end of life choice is the last great human rights issue.”The language or rights prevails. But as influential French philosopher Simone Weil said decades ago, the language of rights ultimately cannot build or sustain a common life.“If you say to someone who has ears to hear: ‘What you are doing to me is not just’, you touch and awaken at its source the spirit of attention and love. But it is not the same with words like ‘I have the right . . .’ or ‘you have no right to . . .’ They invoke a latent war and awaken the spirit of contention. To place the notion of rights at the centre of social conflicts is to inhibit any possible impulse of charity on both sides.”Consequently, it becomes inevitable that a human life will be valued by its usefulness. Mr Seymour’s bill is thoroughly utilitarian. Its internal logic would have us devalue the old, the disadvantaged and the disabled. Indeed, it will encourage the old, the disadvantaged and the disabled to undervalue themselves.Bruce Logan is a Board member of Family First New Zealand.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – In line with the bidof Antique to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, twopersons were arrested for violating curfew hours in Barangay 7. The Police chief ordered his personneland all village officials in this capital town not to negotiate with violatorsbut to arrest them immediately. Indencio and Seacor where the firstpersons arrested in this capital town since the curfew started./PN Clarite, however, added that they willbe pressed with charges for violating RA 151, or the ‘resistance anddisobedience to a person in authority.’ If they are found guilty, they will bepenalized to up to P100,000 and will be imprisoned for not more than sixmonths. Police identified them as PardnerIndencio of Barangay 4 and Ryan Seacor of Barangay Atabay. They were caught ridinga motorcycle around 11 p.m. on March 20. According to Major Benjo Clarite,Officer-in-Charge Chief of San Jose municipal police station, Indencio andAtabay were freed after the curfew hours ended at 5 a.m. the next day. “Walana damo istorya. Dakpon sila dayon,”Clarite said.last_img read more

first_imgGabon international and former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been voted Arsenal’s Player of the Season grabbing 74 per cent of the votes cast by fans.The forward had another standout campaign for the Gunners, finishing as top scorer once again with 29 goals in all competitions  including the winning strike in the FA Cup final. Aubameyang was instrumental as Mikel Arteta won his first trophy as Arsenal manager. The striker scored a brace against Manchester City in the semi-final before his two strikes against Chelsea ensured the Gunners won the competition for the 14th timeThe 31-year-old was also one goal away from securing the Premier League Golden Boot for a successive year. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy just piped him to the award with 23 strikes to his 22.The Gunners  captain has become a  fan favourite at the Emirates even as he moves closer to sealing a much awaited contract extension that will see him remain at the Emirates for the next three years on a £250,000-a-week deal.His current contract is set to run out in 2021 and initial talks over an extension seemed to have stalled with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan all linked with making a move.But the Gunners’ FA Cup glory and Arteta’s promising start to life in management looks to have persuaded the former Monaco ace to give positive thoughts to the north London stay extension.Prior to what the FA cup victory Gabon FA Chairman Pierre Alain Mounguengui had urged Auba to leave Arsenal for more ambitious club if he hopes to win laurels.Read AlsoAubameyang close to signing new three-year Arsenal dealAubameyang who joined the Emirates landlord’s in 2018 from Dortmund, has scored 54 goals in 85 appearances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett is set for talks with Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez, to try and settle the Welshman’s future in Madrid. Bale has been ostracised by Zinedine Zidane in recent months, despite returning to full fitness during the La Liga 2019-20 season postponement. Zidane handed Bale just 100 minutes of league action in their end of season 11 game winning streak, which secured a first La Liga title since 2017. Bale was on the verge of joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, only for Perez to block the deal at the last minute. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsMost Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our World Loading… center_img Read Also: Man City agree personal terms to sign Messi on three-year deal Perez was reportedly frustrated at Jiangsu’s unwillingness to pay a transfer fee for Bale, despite agreeing to cover his full salary for the remainder of his contract. That stance could be altered this summer, with Perez and Real Madrid potentially willing to accept a free transfer for Bale, if his wages are matched as part of the negotiations. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Despite the tense situation, Bale and Barnett have consistently stated his intention to remain at the club until his contract expires in 2022. However, as per the front page of Tuesday’s edition of Marca, Perez will now step in to secure a solution which suits all parties.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Thiem, Zverev into US Open final New South Wales offers to host Australian Open as Melbourne battles COVID-19 spike Federer out of tennis until 2021 America’s Sofia Kenin stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open on Saturday, completing a surprise run where she came from nowhere to earn her first Grand Slam title. Despite making her debut in a Major final Kenin, 21, showed all her trademark aggression as she fought back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hrs 3mins against the shellshocked Spaniard. The 14th seed, who will now jump to seventh in the world and usurp Serena Williams as America’s number one, was in tears at the end and headed straight for her father Alexander, who is her coach. It was the final twist in a tournament of upsets, after Williams crashed out in the third round and Kenin beat Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals. “It’s just such an honour to have my name on that beautiful trophy, it’s something I’ve dreamed about,” said Moscow-born Kenin. “Of course it’s an exciting moment for me and for my family, I get to share this. “Obviously things are going to change for me, but we’re just going to move forward, get ready for next tournaments. “Right now we got to figure out how to celebrate.” Former world number one Muguruza was unseeded for the first time at a Slam since 2014, having suffered a marked loss of form in the last 18 months. The 26-year-old was resurgent in Melbourne over the past fortnight, but after grabbing the first-set lead her serve failed her spectacularly. She totted up eight double-faults in all, three of them in the final game—including one on the second championship point, handing the title to her younger opponent.Tags: Australian OpenGarbine MuguruzaGrand SlamSofia Keninlast_img read more

first_imgFlorida voters will have an opportunity to decide this November whether to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, after the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a ballot proposal. The measure will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2.The proposed constitutional amendment, which is spearheaded by Orlando attorney John Morgan, would need approval from 60 percent of the voters to take effect. If that happens, the state’s minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021 and increase by $1 each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026. The minimum wage is currently $8.46 an hour.Morgan, who also led a ballot drive three years ago that legalized medical marijuana, issued the following statement Thursday:“Now, the sprint to reverse decades of inequality really starts — and let me tell you — this is going to be a tough challenge,” Morgan said. “But just like voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana in 2016, I’m confident that we will do the same in 2020. I’m confident because Floridians are compassionate and know that giving every worker a fair wage means not just lifting up those who would directly benefit but lifting up our broader economy when hardworking folks have more money to spend.”On the other hand, Governor Ron DeSantis and groups including the Florida Chamber of Commerce fear that increasing the minimum wage could raise costs for many businesses, and lead to job cuts.According to Edie Ousley, vice president of public affairs for the Florida Chamber, “We fully expected it to be confirmed (by the Supreme Court), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. This ballot measure will actually hurt the very people its proponent claims it will help. In fact, Florida could very likely lose nearly half a million jobs by 2026, and we’ve seen estimates that are higher than that. This is the poster child for a proposed constitutional amendment masquerading as a turnout weapon to impact the presidential election.”The Supreme Court does not typically consider the merits of proposed constitutional amendments. However, it reviews issues such as the wording of ballot titles and summaries that voters see at the polls. Justices weigh questions such as whether proposals might be misleading and whether summaries meet a 75-word limit.Thursday’s opinion stated the minimum-wage proposal “clearly and accurately identifies the subject matter, and it complies with the word-count requirement.”“Likewise, the ballot summary is clear and unambiguous and complies with the word-count requirement,” the opinion continues. “Indeed, the ballot summary is nearly identical to the language of the proposed amendment itself, and it explains in a straightforward and accurate manner how the proposed changes would affect the existing system — by raising the minimum wage incrementally on an annual basis to a certain point and then resuming the existing system of adjusting the minimum wage annually for inflation.”last_img read more

first_imgWest Indies A 509 for 9 decl. (Vishaul 161, Hamilton 99, Asalanka 4-104) and 216 for 3 decl, (Chandrika 68, Hamilton 56*, Brooks 53*) beat Sri Lanka A 245 (Dickwella 88, Karunaratne 68, Cornwall 6-91) and 147 (Vandersay 47, Johnson 2-13, Roach 2-24) by 333 runs.VISHAUL SINGH, the left-hand batsman, struck a career-best 161, and Rahkeem Cornwall, the off-spinner, took his fourth five-wicket haul in as many matches to lead West Indies A’s 333-run rout of Sri Lanka A in the second four-day game at the Pallekele International Stadium.With the win, West Indies levelled the three-match series.After West Indies were inserted by Dimuth Karunaratne (the home team captain), discarded Test opener Rajendra Chandrika, who hasn’t gotten into double figures in his last four innings, roared back into form with 84. Chandrika pressed a strong claim by providing solidity at the top in both innings.Chandrika had to retire hurt on 51, however, with West Indies on 103 for 1, and didn’t come back until the second day. But Vishaul and Jahmar Hamilton, who missed his fourth first-class century when he was run-out on 99, powered them to 331 for 5 at the end of the opening day.Chandrika joined Vishaul, who resumed on 81, on the second morning, and added 54 more for the sixth wicket. Vishaul batted on after the partnership ended, and was the ninth man dismissed, with West Indies having amassed 509, before Shamarh Brooks called the declaration. Off-spinner Charith Asalanka took 4 for 104 for Sri Lanka.In reply, Sri Lanka were reduced to 37 for 4. Dimuth Karunaratne (68) led a fightback through a fifth-wicket stand of 97 with Niroshan Dickwella, who top-scored with 88. But Asela Gunaratne (46) was the only other batsman who got into double figures as Sri Lanka folded for 245. Cornwall finished with 6 for 91.Having taken a 264-run lead, West Indies raced away to 216 for 3 in 41 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from Chandrika (68), Brooks (53 not out) and Hamilton (56 not out). Brooks slammed three fours and two sixes, and Hamilton slapped five fours and four sixes in his 30-ball knock as West Indies plundered their last 80 runs off 51 balls.Sri Lanka lost both their openers with the score on seven, and thereafter slid continuously. Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay’s career-best 47 at No. 9 only delayed the inevitable as Sri Lanka were shot out for 147.West Indies bowlers hunted in a pack. Delorn Johnson, Kemar Roach, Gudakesh Motie and Keon Joseph took two wickets each. Cornwall added one more to his first-innings six, and now has 52 wickets in his last 13 innings.The final game begins on October 18 in Dambulla.last_img read more

first_imgABU DHABI (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes wrapped up another triumphant Formula One season with a one-two finish and four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second.The win was a career third for the Finn, who had started on pole position and stayed in front to deny Hamilton a 10th success of the 20-race campaign.“It’s a really important win for me after having a pretty difficult start to the second half of the year,” said Bottas, who joined Mercedes after 2016 champion Nico Rosberg retired abruptly a year ago.“This weekend, pole and win, I couldn’t be happier to end the season like this.”In a processional race, with plenty of glamour but little excitement under the Yas Marina floodlights, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place to finish runner-up in a championship that Hamilton won in Mexico last month.The final points tally was Hamilton 363, Vettel 317 and Bottas 305.Mercedes had already won the constructors’ world championship for the fourth year in a row and ended with 668 points to Ferrari’s 522. The one-two finish was their fourth of the season.PRETTY LONELY Bottas managed the pace throughout, ceding the lead to Hamilton only when he pitted first, with no major issues.He took the chequered flag 3.8 seconds clear of his team mate, who had been within a second at one point. Vettel was 19 seconds down the road.”After three, four or five laps I couldn’t go any faster and from then it was pretty lonely,“ said Vettel, a three-times winner in Abu Dhabi. ”In the second part of the race we had a stronger pace but not good enough.“Very much congratulations to Lewis on his season, he deserves to win the championship this year in the end. I hate to say it, but he was the better man. I‘m sure we will do our bit over the winter and hopefully come back stronger.”Hamilton kept Bottas in his sights but was unable to do anything but follow. He said that was not because of any lack of intent.“Big congratulations to Valtteri, he did an amazing job today to hold me off. It was a great race, I gave it everything, every single lap. It is hard to overtake here,” said the Briton after his 25th successive race in the points.“It’s so hard to follow,” he said in the cool-down room before going on the podium. “I was, like, ‘Where are all the backmarkers?’. I think they need to change this track.”The pair performed celebratory tyre-burning spins after the finish, with retiring Brazilian Felipe Massa pulling his Williams alongside the Mercedes and joining in the hugs and handshakes.With the finishing order reflecting the starting positions, with the exception of Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo who retired with an hydraulics issue, the main suspense was in midfield.Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas were separated by just six points before the start, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake and Renault taking the honours thanks to Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place.TENSE EVENING It was still a tense evening for the French manufacturer team, however, after their Spanish driver Carlos Sainz was released from a pitstop with a loose wheel and retired after almost crashing in the exit tunnel.last_img read more

first_imgIf the USC women’s soccer team was hoping for an easy game after a hard-fought 2-1 loss at No. 3 UCLA, it’s playing in the wrong league.The Pac-10 has five teams ranked in the top 25, and this weekend the No. 19 Women of Troy (12-6-0, 4-3-0) finish off the regular season as they head to Washington to face the No. 13 Cougars of Washington State today and Washington Sunday.USC hasn’t won in Pullman since 2000 and hasn’t beaten the Cougars (13-4-1, 5-1-1) since a 2-0 victory in 2005 in Los Angeles. It won’t be easy this year, as Washington State is solid at home, posting a 4-1 record this season with its only loss coming from No. 1 Stanford.“Going up to Pullman isn’t the easiest place in the world to get to,” coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “They are a really good side and are very organized defensively. It’ll be a really tough game for us.”The Cougars have a formidable goalkeeper anchoring that organized defense in 5-foot-11 Meghan Berlingo. Berlingo has allowed just 12 goals in 17 appearances this season and has anchored a Cougar defense that has allowed only four goals at home.The Women of Troy will need to capitalize on their opportunities because they might not get many of them. Last week against UCLA, USC had one goal on seven shots and they will need similar efficiency against the Cougars if they want to get past Berlingo.“We need to get into a rhythm and connect passes early,” senior defender Meagan Holmes said. “There will be gaps opening in their formation and we need to capitalize on the chances that we get, be it two or 10.”In a re-occurring theme, the Women of Troy came out timid in a lackluster first-half performance last Friday and trailed UCLA at halftime.USC showed more urgency in the second half, controlled the tempo during parts of the half and tied the game. But the Women of Troy know they need to play the full 90 minutes if they want to win the game.“We just need to show some consistency. When we play well, we play really well,” Khosroshahin said. “I think in the second half, there were spurts where we controlled the game. We are capable of controlling the game, we just need to be consistent about it.”After the Women of Troy face the Cougars, they will have to head across the state to face the Huskies (11-4-3, 3-2-2), who are no slouches either, holding a 7-2-1 record at home.Both of these games matter for seeding in the NCAA tournament.“We’ve lost a few games we shouldn’t have,” Holmes said. “If we are set up the way we want to be set up for the tournament, we need to win these two games.”last_img read more

first_imgLesotho will host the Black Stars in next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Maseru, GNA Sports has learnt.This is contrary to reports that the Group D day five clash will be played in South Africa.Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates that the Lesotho Football Association (LFA) has officially informed the Ghana Football Association of the decision to host the game at the 20,000-capacity Setsoto Stadium on Sunday, June 16.“The Crocodiles, as the Lesotho national team is affectionately known, will take on Zambia in Ndola on June 8 and host Ghana at Setsoto Stadium on June 16,” said a statement from the LFA.The Stars won the reverse fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium 7-0 last September.During the qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lesotho hosted the Stars in Bloemfontein, South Africa which the Ghanaians narrowly won 3-2.last_img read more