Voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before election

first_imgTVNZ One News 10 August 2017Family First Comment: Oh dear. How sad. Never mind. We will survive http://www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzDavid Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before parliament is dissolved on August 22.Yesterday was the last member’s bill day before dissolution and it was nowhere near the top of the agenda for a first reading.When the End of Life Bill bill was drawn from the ballot in June Mr Seymour suspected there would be delaying tactics. He knew neither of the main parties wanted the polarising, controversial issue of voluntary euthanasia to get in the way of their election campaigns. The bill proposes allowing voluntary euthanasia under strict conditions. “I suspect you will find MPs will find enormous passion for enormously important bills they’ve previously never heard of,” he said. Whether it gets past it’s first reading will be decided by a conscience vote in the next parliament.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/voluntary-euthanasia-bill-wont-debated-before-electionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Thomas Hitzlsperger: Former Aston Villa player reveals he is gay

first_imgFormer Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed he is gay.The 31-year-old, who won 52 caps for Germany and also played for West Ham and Everton, made the announcement in newspaper Die Zeit. He is the most prominent footballer to publicly reveal his homosexuality and said it was “a good time” to do so.”I’m coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards,” he added.The midfielder said he has only realised “in the past few years” that he would “prefer to live together with another man”, adding: “I’ve never been ashamed of the way I am.”However, he said the issue is taboo inside the dressing room and it had not always been easy to live with some of the comments dished out on the subject. “Just picture 20 men sat around a table together drinking – you’ve just got to let the majority be, just as long as the jokes are halfway funny and the talk about homosexuality doesn’t get too insulting,” he said.High-profile athletes from other sports have openly discussed their sexuality in recent years, with Olympic diver Tom Daley revealing in December he was in a relationship with a man.But examples in football are few and far between. In 1990, former England Under-21 international Justin Fashanu was the first professional footballer in Britain to reveal he was gay. He took his own life eight years later, aged 37.In February 2013, former United States and Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers said he was gay while Swedish footballer Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool player Glenn Hysen, announced his homosexuality in an interview with a Swedish football magazine in 2011.”It’s really going the right way now and it’s a good change, for me coming out has been 99% positive and I don’t regret anything about my decision,” Hysen, who plays in the Swedish third division, told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’ve had a few things in games where people would say things, players, fans, or anonymous messages on the internet. When that is around, that is why we have to work for a better future. It shouldn’t even be an issue that is needed to be discussed in 2014.”Hitzlsperger retired from the sport in September 2013 at the age of 31 after a series of injury problems.He joined Villa as a teenager in 2000 from Bayern Munich and went on to play for Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham and Wolfsburg, with a short stint at Everton before the end of his career.It was during his five-year spell at Aston Villa that the Munich-born midfielder made his name and while at Villa Park he earned the nickname ‘Der Hammer’ because of his powerful left-foot shot.The club wrote on twitter:  “Everyone who knows Thomas from his time here at Villa has great respect for him, not only as the fine player he was but also as a man. “His statement today is a straightforward statement and, along with our support as a club, we hope that everyone involved in the game extend to him their support as well.”Hitzlsperger also enjoyed a successful international career, making his first senior international bow in 2004.He represented Germany at the 2006 World Cup – though he only played 11 minutes of that competition – and the 2008 European Championship, where he started in the quarter-final, semi-final and final.Germany international team-mate and Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, Gary Lineker and Joey Barton are among those to have tweeted their support for Hitzlsperger.Podolski said: “Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time.” Campaign group Stonewall welcomed the announcement. Director of campaigns Sam Dick told BBC Sport: “It’s fantastic that he has been brave enough to openly discuss his sexual orientation.”Every sports star who is willing to speak out makes it just that little bit easier for gay players and fans, and we hope, a new generation of footballers will feel confident enough to be themselves.”The Gay Football Supporters’ Network said: “It shows that we are moving one step closer to creating that atmosphere in football where players at all levels would be able to come out should they want to, safely and free from discrimination. We hope that one day current players would feel able to come out and that eventually a player’s sexual orientation not be a news story, but for now we wish Thomas Hitzlsperger well.”last_img read more

UNDP Donates 4 Vehicles to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has donated four vehicles to the National Task Force on Ebola (NTFE) to fight Ebola in Liberia.The donation was made Monday, August 4, at the Internal Affairs Ministry by UNDP Resident Representative Antonio Vigilante to the NTFE’s co-chair, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The total cost of the four vehicles is put at US$123,952. They included three Land Cruisers and one Toyota Prado. Presenting the vehicles, Mr. Vigilante said the vehicles were to be used for the decentralization process in the country which, however, came in time with the challenge the country is facing with Ebola. “Therefore, they will be used for the Ebola response like burying of dead bodies.”He said, “I feel the pain Liberia is going through with the Ebola crisis and I’ve promised to work with the government in making sure it succeeds.”Upon receiving the keys to the vehicles, Minister Dukuly thanked the UN family for what he termed as a good partnership and the spirit of love shown to the Liberian Government and people. “The government is very pleased with the donation made by the UNDP family and these vehicles will be used to help remove Ebola dead bodies from communities and other areas for burial,” Min. Dukuly said.He also disclosed that the issue of Ebola now in Liberia, “is very critical and needs more attention in order to save the lives of other citizens in the country.”Minister Dukuly said the government is doing all it can to fight the deadly Ebola disease in the country.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Confusion reigns over Neymar PSG debut

first_img“Neymar’s contract will be ratified during the afternoon. He will be able to play on Sunday,” said the LFP on Friday.The world’s most expensive player should therefore run out into the mundane surroundings of the Stade du Roduourou — capacity just over 15,000 — in the tiny Brittany town of barely 7,000 people.“Quite honestly it’s better if he’s there, much better,” said Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouare, a former PSG player and Paris coach from 2009 to 2011.“For us it is an extra source of motivation. We know that by beating PSG with Neymar it would be even more momentous.“If Neymar is there it is all the better for the spectacle, for the supporters and for those who want to see him play, but we will be ready with or without him.”Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans at the Parc des Princes last weekend but was forced to watch from the stands as his new team-mates cruised to a low-key 2-0 win over newly-promoted Amiens in their Ligue 1 opener.The 25-year-old Brazilian scored 105 goals in his four seasons at Barcelona, and his new team will be expecting him to score far more over the next few years.Although the main goal for the capital club is to finally challenge for the Champions League crown, their first task this term will be to retake the Ligue 1 title from Monaco.– Better with Neymar –Coach Unai Emery has no doubt that his new arrival will help the team achieve those lofty goals.“He’s a player who will help the club get to a higher level,” said the Spaniard.“Without Neymar PSG is a great club, but with Neymar it’s a little better.Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer © AFP/File / LLUIS GENE“The way we will adapt being close to a player like him… The other players here are also some great players, so together we can get better and grow.”Once again, PSG’s main rivals for domestic honours appear to be Monaco, but they are in serious danger of losing rising star Kylian Mbappe to the capital outfit.The 18-year-old, who is also wanted by Real Madrid, started in their opening 3-2 victory over Toulouse last weekend, as captain Radamel Falcao found the net.Leonardo Jardim’s principality outfit will be expecting to make it two wins from two when they pay a visit to Dijon on Sunday.Nice, who have the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Napoli on Wednesday, kick off the second weekend at home to promoted Troyes on Friday without their two star players, the injured Mario Balotelli and new signing Wesley Sneijder.Lyon’s youthful side started with a 4-0 thumping of Strasbourg last week and travel out to Brittany to take on Rennes on Friday.Marseille visit Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes on Saturday looking to build on their 3-0 win over Dijon last time out but with captain Dimitri Payet missing due to injury.Ligue 1 fixtures (all times GMT)FridayNice v Troyes (1700), Rennes v Lyon (1845)SaturdayNantes v Marseille (1500), Amiens v Angers (1800), Bordeaux v Metz (1800), Caen v Saint-Etienne (1800), Toulouse v Montpellier (1800)SundayStrasbourg v Lille (1300), Dijon v Monaco (1500), Guingamp v Paris Saint-Germain (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar juggles a ball during his official presentation at Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes stadium on August 4, 2017 © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, Aug 10 – Neymar is poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday when they travel to Guingamp in their second game of the Ligue 1 season.The French Football Federation finally received the necessary documents to register the Brazilian on Friday after Barcelona confirmed the 222 million-euro ($261 million) cheque used to pay his buyout clause had cleared.last_img read more