Doctor-assisted suicide could save Canada up to $139 million each year, Alberta study suggests

first_imgNational Post 23 January 2017Family First Comment: The ‘elephant in the room’ in the debate over euthanasia…According to the authors, “as death approaches, health care costs increase dramatically in the final months. Patients who choose medical assistance in dying may forgo this resource-intensive period.”Shocking#rejectassistedsuicideDoctor-assisted suicide could save Canada tens of millions of dollars annually by avoiding costly “end-of-life” care, according to a provocative new analysis.The savings — up to $139 million annually — will almost certainly dwarf the costs associated with helping dying patients kill themselves, University of Calgary researchers report.The authors go to pains to state they aren’t suggesting people be voluntarily euthanized to save money. “Neither patients nor physicians should consider costs when making the very personal decision to request, or provide, this intervention,” they write in this week’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.However, their attempt to cost out the controversial practice is an issue many have avoided touching.According to the authors, “as death approaches, health care costs increase dramatically in the final months. Patients who choose medical assistance in dying may forgo this resource-intensive period.”Their analysis is based on the number of Canadians expected to choose an assisted death, the amount of time a person’s life might be shortened and the costs of care immediately preceding death in the final week or month of life, such as emergency department visits, dialysis and hospital admissions.They also calculated the cost of offering doctor-hastened death — including life-ending drugs that can run as little as $25, depending on the regimen.READ MORE: http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/news/0124-na-assisted-dyinglast_img read more

Imee: Fight vs COVID-19needs P750-b “all heart, all out” emergency budget

first_imgThe daily income of wage earners andmonthly salaries of the middle-class have been disrupted by the lockdown, withthe possibility of lay-offs looming large in the export, travel and tourismsectors most affected by the global health crisis. MANILA – Sen. Imee Marcos said thegovernment should go “all heart, all out”  in funding the fight againstCOVID-19, calling an emergency budget to be taken up in a special session ofCongress on Monday the most crucial investment in our country’s future. Marcos added that the government cantake advantage of the recent upgrades in its investment ratings and theprevailing low interest rates of close to 0 percent to borrow funds of up toP440 billion, an amount still within a manageable debt cap of 5.4 percent fromthe present 3.2 percent. The lockdown may also be replicated inother parts of the country, if the spread of COVID-19 worsens, Marcos alsosaid./PN Possible sources of the first P300billion of the Pag-ASA emergency package can be squeezed from funds left overfrom the 2019 budget; calamity funds in the 2020 budget; intelligence andsocial funds of the Office of the President; PhilHealth’s emergency reservefund; and contingency funds from the departments of education, agriculture,labor and employment, social welfare and development, and public works andhighways, Marcos said. Marcos added that the Department ofHealth has not yet been able to predict when cases of COVID-19 infection willpeak, so the government must provide a budget responsive to health and foodsecurity in case the ongoing lockdown is extended beyond April 12. Marcos will pitch the Pag-ASA emergencypackage in a Senate bill on Monday, fearing public panic may ensue in comingmonths if the government’s proposed emergency budget of only P200 billion isapproved.center_img “Ilokanaman ako, hindi ito ang tamang panahon para mag-kuripot ang gobyerno. Itodo naang tulong kung talagang tutulong para sa proteksyon ng mga mga healthworkers, pagkain sa mahihirap at sustento sa mga nawalan ng trabaho,”Marcos said.  Marcos, who chairs the Senate committeeon economic affairs, has drawn up an emergency package of almost 750 billionpesos called “Pag-ASA: Alaga, Sustento at Pag-Angat,” which seeks immediate andsustained protection of health workers, provision of food and cash aid for marginalizedcommunities, and stimulus packages to badly hit industries employing millionsof workers. The senator warned that local governmentunits (LGUs) are likely to run out of funds in the next two weeks but addedthat they should be able to download funds directly from the nationalgovernment, in accordance with Section 87 of the General Appropriations Act. A lockdown to stem the spread ofCOVID-19 has slowed down Metro Manila’s food supply from agricultural producersall over Luzon, with checkpoints set up to support the social-distancingmeasures imposed by the government. Senator Imee Marcos last_img read more

Schwarzer eyes World Cup spot

first_img The 40-year-old – a free agent since leaving Fulham last month – has agreed a one-year contract to provide cover for Czech Republic international Cech at Stamford Bridge. The former Middlesbrough keeper told Sky Sports News: “Petr is number one – that goes without saying. For me what was important was that I could come to a club the size of Chelsea and really try and push myself as much as possible.” Mark Schwarzer is not planning to replace Petr Cech as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper – but the Australian will certainly push hard to be involved at his new club. He added: “If I can help Petr Cech improve as a goalkeeper and help myself improve as a goalkeeper then we can learn a lot from each other and I’d be delighted with that. “There’s a lot of games throughout the season and I know that if I’m pushing as hard as I can do then there’ll be opportunities along the way.” Schwarzer revealed returning Blues boss Jose Mourinho had helped persuade him to join “one of the best clubs in the country” after speaking to the Portuguese about his future options. He added: “I’ve spoken to the manager at Chelsea and it was very easy to make the decision that Chelsea was the right club for me. “The size and ambition of the club and the opportunities at the club ticked all the boxes. It was an amazing opportunity to join a fantastic club.” Schwarzer moved to England in 1996 to join Bradford before making 367 league appearances in 11 years with Middlesbrough. He won the League Cup with Boro in 2003 and appeared in the 2006 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla. During his time at Fulham he became the first overseas player to make over 500 Premier League appearances and reached another European final as the Cottagers lost out to Atletico Madrid in 2010. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Local fixture list dominated by league action

first_imgHowever, there is a  Munster Junior Cup tie between Cloughjordan and Thurles Town down for decision.That match gets under way at 12.00pm.Clonmel Town versus St Michael’s is the pick of the matches in South Tipperary’s Clonmel Credit Union Premier League. Elsewhere in the top flight it’s Cashel Town v Clonmel Celtic.; Galbally United v Peake Villa;  and Tipperary Town V Two-Mile-Borris.There are also two games in the North Tipp Premier Division League: Ballymackey   v   Roscrea United;  and Nenagh Celtic  v  B. T. Harps.last_img

NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant, Wins Oscar Award

first_imgHe said: “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.“Thank you, Academy, for this amazing honour.”His words referenced comments made by Laura Ingraham, a Fox News presenter who criticised Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James for openly stating their opposition to US President Donald Trump.She had said they “should keep the political commentary to themselves, or as somebody once said, shut up and dribble”.Dear Basketball, written by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, is based on a letter Bryant had published on The Players’ Tribune website, announcing his plans to retire from basketball.Bryant remains the Lakers’ all-time point scorer – he only ever played for one team – and is third on the NBA’s all-time list with 33,643 points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NBA legend Kobe Bryant won the Oscar for best short animated film in Sunday’s award ceremony in Los Angeles.The six-time NBA championship winner was recognised for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.When Bryant ended his career in 2016, the LA Lakers retired the two jerseys he wore during his 20-year spell.In accepting his award, the 39-year-old spoke in defence of athletes’ influence on cultural and political life.last_img read more

Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SACRAMENTO — Since Julius Randle arrived at training camp as the presumptive starter at power forward, his third full season with the Lakers has been one of needing to prove himself.He lost the starting job to Larry Nance Jr., by the fourth preseason game. The Lakers did not offer him a fairly standard contract extension. When Nance got hurt, Randle was leap-frogged by Kyle Kuzma.Early on, it seemed to affect his demeanor and his production followed.Since having a heart-to-heart discussion with Coach Luke Walton in late October, however, Randle has become an indispensable piece of whatever success the Lakers are having. In a 103-94 win over Chicago on Tuesday, Randle chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds, while spending time on the court with Brook Lopez. Walton also has to determine how to integrate Nance when he returns from his broken left hand, presumably next week. He said it is “a little more tricky” to figure out the big man rotation once Nance is back in the fold.“There’s always going to be injuries in pro sports,” Walton said, “so we’ll spend time after this game kind of talking about that rotation and what that does. But right now, we aren’t rotational-wise in prep for Larry returning.”TALKIN’ TURKEYAs long as basketball is played on Christmas Day, you can expect the Lakers will be a part of it.For the Lakers, who have four days off until they play the Clippers on Monday, that could make Thursday’s holiday all the more special.“We’re used to not having holidays off,” Walton said, “it’s no big deal. I love playing on Christmas, but whether it’s Thanksgiving or it’s a random Friday, I like getting together with my brother and nieces and nephews and breaking bread with one another.”Walton’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, will be in Portland, Ore., for the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational, so Luke will spend the holiday with his older brother.Will he have a hand in the cooking?“No, no, no, no,” he averred. “I know my limitations. Top Ramen soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cereal.“These are my specialties.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Well, he’s been playing so well for us this season,” Walton said, “it’s getting him on the court any way we can and he keeps having success for us.”Surprising has been Walton’s willingness in the last couple of games to give Randle time alongside Lopez, the starting center with whom Walton indicated in training camp Randle was ill-suited to share the court.“It works well with Brook because Brook spaces the floor so he kind of turns into the space ‘four,’” Walton said, “and Julius can still do all that dynamic rolling hat he does and switch defensively. We’ll keep fooling with that.”Despite playing a career-low 21.2 minutes per game, Randle is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Against Chicago, he overlapped with Lopez in the first and fourth quarters.“They’ve been playing well together,” Walton said prior to Wednesday’s game against the Kings, “but I also think Julius is playing at a much higher level than he was back then (in training camp), too. There’s a lot of factors that go into it, but they look good together.”last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: D’Angelo Russell on at least 5 teams’ shopping lists

first_img Nets believe Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell could coexist in New York, report says NBA free agency: D’Angelo Russell ‘definitely’ wants to stay with Nets “So, I just want to stay in this moment and not speak too soon about anything.”As for other teams’ interest, the Magic could soon lose Terrence Ross, the Pacers have to think about not having Victor Oladipo after an injury ended his 2018-19 season, the Jazz may not re-sign Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves have been looking for a point guard for seemingly the last decade.All of those teams could use him, and the Nets will have to fight off some suitors if they hope to retain the 2015 No. 2 overall pick. D’Angelo Russell has said he definitely wants to return to the Nets, but that’s not going to prevent other NBA teams from pursuing him.There are at least five looking at Russell in free agency, according to The Athletic: The Jazz, Pacers, Timberwolves and Magic all have interest in picking up Russell.center_img The Nets obviously want to bring him back as well.Russell is coming off of a career year with the Nets in which he made his first All-Star team and averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds. Related News His performance helped lead the Nets back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season.They lost to the 76ers in five games, but the team’s improvement this season and Russell’s success under coach Kenny Atkinson certainly has Brooklyn on Russell’s shortlist of potential landing spots.”I definitely want to be here,” Russell said, via the New York Daily News. “But I also know it’s a business, too. So I’m not going to play that role like I don’t know what could possibly happen. Say somebody comes here that I have to be a part of (a transaction to acquire them), I know that could be a possibility.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Top hockey analysts preview, predict Game 7

first_imgBOSTON —  Heading into the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final history, the stage has been set for an epic battle. Two teams on different ends of the spectrum are set to face off. The St. Louis Blues, who have never won a Cup, take on a Boston Bruins organization that has won quite a few, including one in a Game 7 in 2011. Regardless of how it all goes down, one thing is for certain — a champion will be crowned Wednesday night at TD Garden. Who it will be is TBD, but Sporting News spoke with some of the top analysts in the game to get their take on the matchup. Darren Pang, FS MidwestI know one thing for sure, every shift every player is going to empty the tank… there really is no tomorrow, so you lay it on the line every single shift. That being said, I think the Blues are going to want to come in here and really initiate the aggressiveness like they’ve done when they’ve been successful… From the opening faceoff, every area of the ice, it’s going to be hard to find space, tightly contested and physical.The pressure is on both teams. It’s the seventh game for the Cup. If you lose it you go home with nothing and nobody remembers that you’re barely there and if you win it you’re heroes forever. For the St. Louis Blues they might come in here on the road, feeling like they can just play their game. There’s been times at home when I haven’t seen that same comfortable look in the way that they’ve played and yet every time they’re counted out, they go on the road and they win and play their best hockey. They’re a unique team with great resolve but at the same time the Boston Bruins, several players have been through this before and maybe that experience will have a benefit for them.I’m going to go for the visiting team [to win]. I think they’ve gone through a lot as a team and again, I think they’re a very comfortable team when they’re on the road. They tend to play their game and find their game real fast when they’re on the road. E.J. Hradek, NHL NetworkObviously, it’s emotional for Boston to be home. I think St. Louis will come out and probably play their best game. They’ve been great on the road; [Jordan] Binnington has been able to bounce back and I expect he will. [I] expect a heck of a hockey game. Special teams will play into it. The same guys officiating Game 7, officiated Game 6. St. Louis has got to find a way to create something on the power play and Boston has to continue to do what they’ve done, which is kill penalties well and get chances on the PP.MORE: A look back at every Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in NHL historyI expect it to be a close game. I think St. Louis will play very well but it’s a toss-up. It’s a toss-up series.Nick Kypreos, SportsnetI don’t care whether you’re a rookie or in the league 10 years, Game 7 Stanley Cup Final is a different breed. It’s a Super Bowl, it’s one game, winner takes all. It’s not something you think about or prepare for like you do as a kid fantasizing about winning the Stanley Cup or even building your prep work as a pro. It just falls in your lap and when it comes you don’t know about it until 48 hours beforehand and it’s a different vibe, but you’ve got to prepare the same way. No different than a game in November or a preseason game or an intrasquad game.[St. Louis] knows they can change history. We’re 25 years since that championship [with the New York Rangers] and I still go to New York and people thank me for it. I told Brayden Schenn this morning, it’s a game that alters your life, it’s a life changer for you. The way you feel, think about yourself for the rest of your life. I think it’s been a crazy, unexplainable playoffs. Unpredictable, top seeds going out early. If we follow the trend, the St. Louis Blues should win the Stanley Cup tonight because the Boston Bruins are the better team on paper; they’re the favorites coming into tonight. But based on what I’ve seen in the last two months I’ll take a chance on the Blues winning.I predicted the Blues winning in September to win the Stanley Cup. In September I picked St. Louis and Tampa Bay to be in the Stanley Cup Final and I missed on Tampa Bay., but Boston was right behind them, so I feel good about at least that.Barry Melrose, ESPNWhichever team can come out, handle the pressure and embrace the moment, want to be on the ice and not be scared of it and just have fun with it [will win]. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life; remember it for the right reasons, not the wrong reasons. So we’ll see which team can do that. Obviously, home ice favors Boston, but if you’ve looked at St. Louis they do not care about home ice; they’re better on the road. So that should not factor.It seemed like it was Boston’s turn to be good and the next night it would be St. Louis’ turn to be good. St. Louis was as good as Boston 5-on-5 [in Game 6]. St. Louis’ power play got stymied mainly because of Tuukka Rask who was awesome. You know the gameplan, 5-on-5 the Bruins aren’t scoring but St. Louis is.[The] power play the Bruins got going the last game looked good and Tuukka Rask looked fantastic. Those are some of the things that you have to make sure doesn’t happen. You can’t take a lot of penalties and somehow you’ve got to get in front of Tuukka Rask and bother him.Should be Boston [who wins]. I’m not a big believer in home ice, but if you’re going to have a Game 7, you might as well have it in your building. Everybody is fresh, everybody is pretty healthy. Tuukka Rask has been great; you’ve got to think he’ll win the Conn Smythe if Boston wins the Stanley Cup. [Brad] Marchand was much better [in Game 6] then he has been and they scored a power-play goal which is bad news for St. Louis. So all the indicators are pointing towards the Boston Bruins.Joe Micheletti, NBC Sports Radio and Westwood One.I think it’ll be the best game of the series. I think that both teams will continue to play the way they’ve played because it’s their strengths. St. Louis will come out and be physical but I think they will be a little bit more cautious not to take a penalty, even though these Game 7s tend to not have too many penalties called; but I think St. Louis will try to do what they do best and I think it’s a coin flip. Everybody knows the statistics with both teams and the goaltenders and situations like this, so everything seems to be so even — it’s a coin flip.Game 7: Blues ready to fix broken power play before deciding gameI think that you look at all the information, put it all together the home team tends to have an advantage for a Game 7, I’ve always felt that. St. Louis plays their best hockey on the road, they tend not to let anything bother them because of everything they’ve been through and I think because of all that it’s going to be flip a coin and see who wins.Mike Milbury, NBC SportsMy expectation is St. Louis will play exactly the same way they played the entire series. They’ll come hard, they’ll try to use the body to separate the Bruins players’ from the puck. They’ll come five men strong and it’ll be up to the Bruins to be the quicker team to avoid any issues with physicality and to relieve the pressure. I think you’re going to see more than we have, I just don’t know which ones will execute it better. The one who does will win but I fully expect it to be an interesting battle. Clearly, Boston has shown that it has the will to come back from adversity. Clearly St. Louis has proven they belong here and it’ll be special teams and goaltending that will have large impacts on this. I predicted the Blues would win Game 6 at home and that didn’t turn out too well for me. I’m at a loss to see who is going to take this but if you had to pin me down, I think this is where home ice advantage does become tangible.Ville Nieminen, ViasatBoth teams have similar expectations but different. Boston, the whole city is expecting them to win because they have the leadership, they have the tradition and it would be normal, natural for them to win. Blues, this is a once in a lifetime situation and they have one gameplan they play and they will stick to their gameplan. They are underdogs and their plan is a kidney punch, take the life out of the building little by little and go from there. Boston had a gameplan in Game 6 to take the life, the atmosphere out of the building. Blues are trying to do the same thing.I don’t know [what will happen] . . . I don’t know. Maybe for some of the players, it’s too big of a stage and they forget to play. I don’t know. The truth is out there. We’ll find out soon.Ed Olczyk, NBC SportsI think for the Blues this is probably more of a comfort zone for them on the road than it is at home. . . . There’s less distractions on the road than at home. You love your family, you love your friends but when you’re on the road it’s just you and the guys. . . . The proof in the pudding, they’ve been a better team on the road in the playoffs; not just number-wise but you look at the eye test, they’ve just played better. That’s a pretty good spot for them to be in Game 7 on the road.I thought the Bruins would find a way in seven games. I thought it would go seven games [because of] the experience factor. But the Blues have been better 5-on-5. I think they’ve been the better team 5-on-5 in the series for the majority of it, I’m not going to say the other night, but I think there is something to them having the core guys being able to do it.MORE: Bruce Cassidy says Bruins have ‘lots’ left in the tankIt has been a great series, it’s been an even series, it really has, but I just thought going in, home ice would make a difference at some point and here we are. Whether its 60 minutes or longer, we’ll find out.last_img read more

Melvin Gordon trade rumors: Process of elimination leaves only two fits for Chargers star

first_imgBarring a preseason injury to a notable feature back, there are only two non-LA destinations that make sense for both Gordon and that other team.Let’s play the elimination game to take it all the way down from 31, shall we?NFL PREDICTIONS 2019: Chiefs clear Chargers again, Raiders inch up in AFC WestThey are in the same division (3)The Chargers won’t be helping anyone in the AFC West, but let’s quickly do this. The Chiefs love Damien Williams, the Raiders drafted Josh Jacobs in the first round and the Broncos seem thrilled about their Year 2 committee of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman.They already have a better lead back (15)You should concur this takes out the Cowboys, Giants, Lions, Vikings, Panthers, Saints, Cardinals, Rams, Jets, Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Jaguars and Titans.They’re good, too, actually (4)The Bears are ready to load up rookie David Montgomery. The Packers are looking strong with Aaron Jones. The Falcons already invested big in Devonta Freeman, who has a few more years left on his contract. The Dolphins are fine with Kenyan Drake on a rebuilding team.MORE: The fantasy implications of Melvin Gordon’s holdoutThey’re committed to committees (3)The 49ers and Seahawks each have multiple good options to split the work. Same goes for the Patriots.They don’t need more complications (2)The Bills invested in Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon and Devin Singletary behind LeSean McCoy. The Redskins have trust in Adrian Peterson again should Derrius Guice not be healthy. Neither team is positioned to go luxury with Gordon.They didn’t need Le’Veon Bell, either (2)The Colts and Eagles are cut from the same cloth offensively with Frank Reich and Doug Pederson. They also don’t need a forced, pricey upgrade.Marlon Mack is a strong lead for Indianapolis, backed by an excellent receiver in Nyheim Hines. Philadelphia already traded for Jordan Howard, drafted Miles Sanders and re-signed Darren Sproles to remix a crowd with Corey Clemant and others. The Colts continue to be well under the salary cap but GM Chris Ballard has had many opportunities to splurge on a back and wisely hasn’t done so because his offensive line creates a productive plug and play situation. The Eagles have invested plenty elsewhere.These are two of the most proficient passing teams in the NFL that have more than enough “to establish the run.”2019 NFL RANKINGS:QBs | WRs | TEs | Defenders | CoachesSo who’s left?Texans. Houston does have a problem at running back with an aging Lamar Miller and the always-injured D’Onta Foreman. After the AFC South rival Colts, the Texans have the second-most cap space in the league with which to possibly get a pleasing deal done for Gordon. He will improve their chances to return to the playoffs and complement the downfield passing of Deshaun Watson, Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Melvin Gordon has reportedly made his demands to the Chargers clear — he’s seeking around $10 million a season, or a trade. Unfortunately, he’s an NFL running back, meaning the laws of supply and demand are not in his favor.The Chargers have taken their usual hard line with contracts and, for now, also don’t plan to give in to Gordon’s request to be moved. They can do this because a) they know they have a ton of leverage and b) it’s difficult to deal him to another team for value in August. The Texans should at least make a phone call to the Chargers. They relied too much on Watson as a source of rushing production last season and showed little interest in adding a viable option in the offseason.Buccaneers. The Bucs have the second-tightest cap situation in the NFL at only $3 million. But there’s no doubt that Gordon would clean up a shaky situation with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones, trying to redeem himself with the new coaching staff after a dismal rookie season. And under Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay could use a combination of reliable power runner and solid receiver to both better set up deep shots and provide a short outlet for Jameis Winston.With only two true suitors and one of them handcuffed financially, it may not be the Chargers’ choice to pursue a trade for Gordon. At this late stage, Gordon also has to realize his best path to get paid more reasonably in line with the running back market is to stay and play well for the team built to get the most out of his services — the Chargers.last_img read more

Kolasinac scored and won the Supercup for Arsenal (video)

first_imgTraditionally in England, the soccer season is opened with a match for the Community Shied trophy between the runner up and winner of the FA Cup.This time, at the more than full Wembley Stadium, Chelsea and Arsenal played, as did a member of the BiH national team Sead Kolasinac.The newbie in Arsenal started the match from the benches, but came in at the 32nd minute, after Mertesacker was injured.After the halftime, Mosesa gave a goal and put Chelsea in the lead.About ten minutes prior to the end, an attacker of the “blues” was expelled from the field due to a rough start. Sead Kolasinac kicked the penalty for Arsenal and evened the score.Since there were no more goals, after the regular 90 minutes, the match went to penalties. Arsenal took the lead and won with 4:1 from the white line.A trophy for Arsenal thanks to Sead Kolasinac!(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba/ photo: goal)last_img read more