New review: Assisted suicide becomes ‘routine’ if legalised

first_imgThe Christian Institute 20 August 2015A new review of a wide range of evidence on assisted suicide has revealed that the practice becomes more widespread and more routine in places where the law has been changed.The guide, produced by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, links directly to official data from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Oregon and Washington, as well as UK parliamentary reports and journal research.It says there are “common patterns” emerging from places where assisted suicide has been legalised.‘Supposed safeguards’The report notes that “in every jurisdiction numbers have increased over time and continue to do so; there has also been a shift from permitting assisted suicide for cancer victims to include other diseases”.The review says that in Europe, this includes psychiatric conditions and problems related to old age, which are non-terminal.“Supposed safeguards such as psychiatric referral have also declined in frequency”, the review says.The guide highlights polling on assisted suicide, which appears to show huge support – but this is highly variable “depending on the words used”. read more

Janis “John” Indriksons

first_imgJanis “John” Indriksons, age 76 of Franklin, Indiana and formerly of Indianapolis, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community in Franklin.  Born August 11, 1941 in Riga, Latvia, he is the son of Elza (Nee: Kaukis) and Aleksandrs Indriksons.  He married Diane Weigel September 22, 1973 at St. Louis Church in Batesville.  He served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1962 and after the service became a licensed electrician, working for the Indiana Brotherhood of Electric Workers until retiring.Born in Latvia, his family escaped to Germany in 1945.  In 1950 they immigrated to the United States and he grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.  A sports fan, he enjoyed following the Huskers and Colts and although he liked watching golf, he didn’t golf himself.  John would read the newspaper from front page to back page, liked mowing and fiddling in the yard and according to Diane, loved food.  When Diane got a break from the cooking they were frequent visitors to Bob Evans and Denny’s.  A dog lover, John was very fond of his two Shelties, Brewster and Brandy.He is survived by his wife Diane; brothers Andris (Jean) Indriksons of Zionsville, Indiana, Karlis (Margaret) Indriksons of Lincoln, Nebraska; niece Kristina Indriksons of New York and nephew David (Kristina) Indriksons of Silver Springs, Maryland.  He is preceded in death by his parents.Diane will receive friends from 9 – 10 a.m. with a memorial service following at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 28th at the Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community Chapel in Franklin.  A visitation will be held Friday, December 29th from 10 – 11 a.m. in Batesville at the Weigel Funeral Home with services following at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Benevolent Fund or St. Rose of Lima Church.last_img read more

The Sherman and Wolfert Farms are Providing a Healthier Difference™ for consumers with grass-fed, free-range cattle products

first_imgBatesville, In. — Friendship State Bank and The Sherman today announce a partnership between Wolfert Farms of Guilford, Indiana and The Sherman to bring quality grass-fed beef to guests of The Sherman. One hundred percent hormone-free, grazing in pastures without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, Wolfert Farms’ cattle will provide The Sherman guests with healthier options for steaks and other beef products with improved flavor.Wolfert Farms grass-fed and free-range beef options are being produced exclusively for The Sherman. Wolfert Farms’ cattle roam on and consume heterogeneously-seeded pastures their whole lives making them grass-fed and grass-finished. The Sherman will be offering steak and other beef specials cooked skillfully to perfection for a delicious full beef flavor that also provides many health benefits.Owners of The Sherman were always interested to serve locally-raised beef products, but finding the right source was not easy.  Then it happened. One day, by chance in the summer of 2017, the Indiana-German farmer, Kurt Wolfert met Georg Heringer, the German owner of The Sherman. Their first encounter was in the Black Forest Bar of The Sherman and the entire deal was conducted over many weeks and almost exclusively in German.After visiting the farm several times, Georg Heringer admitted, “we were very impressed with how comprehensively thorough Wolfert Farms is about every step in their process, but we also had to consider prices and whether we, and ultimately, our guests could pay for such a meticulously produced product as “Wolfert Farms” beef. They don’t cut any corners and we don’t either. We knew if we could make it work, we’d have a great product that not only tastes great but also offered healthier choices.”Wolfert Farms uses the finest grass seed mixture available, which includes a variety of spices that actually smell good to cows. The animals happily graze over 50 acres of pasture, getting exercise and building muscle. The result is leaner, healthier meat.In order to ensure the highest-quality of meat from the start, Kurt Wolfert carefully checks breeding lines going back several generations. He looks at the genetics for determining the best meat lines as defined by the amount and quality of marbling in his initial stock animals and only procures the top-of-line cattle.“It was important to us that we worked with a restaurant that recognizes differences in preparing grass-fed beef,” explained Wolfert. We were delighted to discover that the Executive Chef, Andrew Catt at The Sherman, was absolutely an expert and very knowledgeable about how to work with grass-fed meat which is important.”last_img read more

Wahrman hoists Hobby hardware at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley Troy Burkhart worked his way past early pacesetter Chris Oliver at the midway point then held him off the rest of the way in the 15-lapper for his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win of the sea­son. Oliver settled for runner-up honors with Jeff Kaup filling out the podium in third.  DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 24) – Duane Wahrman became the fourth different IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners in as many events this season Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.  Duane Wahrman became the fourth driver to win an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature this sea­son at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) Sellard settled for second with Gemmill, William Nusser and Nick Link rounding out the top five. Gunning into the lead at the outset, Sproul ripped the top side of the track and checked out on the field as Clay Sellard and Brendon Gemmill worked into second and third.  A late caution negated Sproul’s hefty advantage, but he slipped away with ease to post the win. In the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature, Dakota Sproul put on a clinic as he posted his second win of the year. Wahrman took command on the sixth of 15 rounds and slipped away from the field until Tathan Burkhart raced into second at midway. Burkhart chipped away at the lead but ran out of laps to catch Wahrman. Burkhart was second with Skeets Salazar in third.  Matt Rucker topped the 25-lap IMCA SportMod feature, in front of Kamren Gruber and Mike Lunow.last_img read more

Double blow for Northern Ireland

first_imgAaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern have been ruled out of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg. Press Association Manager Michael O’Neill revealed on Wednesday that the defensive pair were struggling with respective groin and knee injuries and his worst fears were confirmed after further assessment. Had they been fit, both were expected to start against Portugal at Windsor Park on Friday night – with Hughes at right-back and McGivern deputising for the suspended Daniel Lafferty at left-back. center_img With Craig Cathcart already missing with a knee problem of his own, O’Neill has summoned Chris Baird and Rory McArdle as cover. Baird is a vastly experienced player at international level, and can play in a number of positions, but had not initially been considered for the double header due to being unattached. He has been training with QPR since his release by Fulham at the end of last season but has yet to agree terms and has not played competitively this term. Bradford centre-back McArdle, meanwhile, offers additional cover for Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley. last_img read more

EHS girls fall to Waterville in Class B North quarterfinals

first_img Bio BANGOR — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s first game at the Cross Insurance Center in four years came against a buzzsaw.Opposing Waterville was simply too much for the Eagles in Friday’s Class B North quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center. The Panthers exploited a size advantage on both ends of the floor and sank 10 3-pointers to send Ellsworth to a 65-32 defeat.“This wasn’t the result we wanted, but I’m really proud of what we’ve done,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “We played tough all season and really changed the program, and even though it didn’t go the way we want, getting here and getting to play on this floor was the cherry on top.”After Waterville got off to a blazing start with two baskets in the first 15 seconds, Trinity Montigny hit a runner off the glass to put 10th-ranked Ellsworth (11-9) on the board. Yet the Panthers responded by combining efficient shooting on offense and a series of blocked shots on defense to score 17 of the next 19 points before Montigny converted a layup for the final points of the opening quarter.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough Ellsworth found more of an offensive rhythm in the second quarter, No. 2 Waterville (18-1) would continue to control the game on the offensive end. The Panthers hit three more 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 33-14 before Ellsworth got a 3-pointer from Casey Carter and a layup from Montigny to end the half.Waterville continued its offensive burst in the second half as it began the third quarter with a 10-0 run to stretch the lead to 24 points. Ellsworth would score the final six points of the third quarter, but the Panthers responded with a 23-point fourth to blow the game open and roll to their 15th consecutive victory.Montigny had a team-high 15 points for Ellsworth, which got three apiece from Casey Carter, Samantha Carter and Robidoux and two apiece from Morgan Clifford, Alicia Kelley, Autumn Paul and Sara Shea. Sadie Garling led Waterville with 19 points.The game came three days after Ellsworth earned a 35-33 win over Mount Desert Island at the buzzer in the Northern Maine preliminary round. Playing less than 72 hours after such an emotionally draining rivalry win was a major challenge, Pooler acknowledged, but he was not about to short-change Waterville’s remarkable performance.“They’re favored to win it for a reason,” Pooler said. “They’re a great team, and they just did everything well. It is what it is, and you have to tip your cap to them.”The loss marked the final career game for Montigny, a 1,000-point scorer and the Big East Conference’s scoring leader, and Kelley, who scored Ellsworth’s final points of the season late in the fourth quarter. Yet the Eagles will still have a sizable group back next year with Clifford and Casey Carter, sophomore Jocelyn Jordan and a seven-member junior class set to return.“Getting to this game and getting to play on this floor is going to be a really good thing for the girls who are coming back, but those two seniors will definitely be missed,” Pooler said. “I just know I wouldn’t have wanted to coach any other group of kids.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

MBB : Surprise teams, powerhouse programs fill rest of Sweet 16 outside East Region

first_img Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A look at the teams remaining in the other regions in the Sweet 16.West Region – PhoenixNo. 1 Michigan State (29-7) vs. No. 4 Louisville (28-9)Thursday, 7:47 p.m., TBSMichigan State has been to the Final Four six times in the last 13 years, and Tom Izzo’s Spartans are still the favorite to do it again out of the West Region. Not many teams can stop Draymond Green. The Spartans senior forward posted a triple-double in the second round against Long Island-Brooklyn and is averaging 20 points, 12.5 rebounds and eight assists for the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeanwhile, after losing two in a row to finish the regular season, Louisville has now won six straight. The Cardinals are trying to do what Connecticut did a season ago: go on an extended winning streak to win a national championship a few weeks after winning the Big East tournament.No. 3 Marquette (27-7) vs. No. 7 Florida (25-10)Thursday, 10:17 p.m., TBSJust like Draymond Green for Michigan State, Marquette’s Jae Crowder has been a double-double machine down the stretch. He followed up a mammoth 25-point, 16-rebound effort against Brigham Young on Thursday by putting up 17 points and 13 rebounds against Murray State on Saturday.This is Florida’s first tournament game against a single-digit seed, after blowing out No. 10 Virginia and No. 15 Norfolk State. The Gators found their 3-point shooting stroke against Norfolk State, burying 10-of-28 3s after a 4-of-23 performance from long range against Virginia.South Region – AtlantaNo. 3 Baylor (29-7) vs. No. 10 Xavier (23-12)Friday, 7:15 p.m., CBSOn an athletic Baylor squad, sharpshooter Brady Heslip stole the show in the team’s third-round win against Colorado. The sophomore hit 9-of-12 3-pointers, accounting for all 27 of his points. Thus, BU has advanced despite getting nine points total in two games from Perry Jones III.Xavier edged out Notre Dame in the Musketeers’ second-round game and came back from a double-digit, first-half deficit to defeat No. 15 Lehigh on Sunday. Xavier center Kenny Frease scored 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting against the Mountain Hawks.No. 1 Kentucky (34-2) vs. No. 4 Indiana (27-8)Friday, 9:45 p.m., CBSKentucky and Indiana meet in a rematch of one of the most memorable games of the regular season. IU forward Christian Watford’s buzzer-beater 3 on Dec. 10 handed UK the first of its two losses and showed that the Hoosiers were for real this season.So far in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky’s offense has been on point. The Wildcats are averaging 84 points per game in the tourney, shooting 55.5 percent from the field.Midwest Region – St. LouisNo. 1 North Carolina (31-5) vs. No. 13 Ohio (29-7)Friday, 7:47 p.m., TBSNorth Carolina was cruising through the first weekend until Kendall Marshall got hurt. The sophomore point guard, who had 21 assists in UNC’s two NCAA Tournament games, fractured his right wrist against Creighton and had a screw inserted in it Monday, but his status for Friday is up in the air.Ohio is the highest-seeded team left in the tournament. The Bobcats, who defeated Georgetown in the tourney two years ago, upset Michigan and then defeated South Florida to reach the Sweet 16. Guard D.J. Cooper, who has 20 points and six assists per game in the tournament, is Ohio’s leader.No. 2 Kansas (29-6) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State (24-12)Friday, 10:17 p.m., TBSKansas barely avoided being the third No. 2 seed to lose in the first weekend, squeaking past No. 10 Purdue in a three-point victory. The Jayhawks haven’t gotten their offense going yet in the tourney, scoring 65 and 63 points in the two rounds, respectively.North Carolina State entered the NCAA Tournament having won four of five and beat No. 6 San Diego State by 14 in the second round. The Wolfpack then upset No. 3 Georgetown, 66-63. An NC State-UNC Elite Eight matchup would be the fourth meeting between the two teams this year, and the Tar Heels have won the first three.-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

Q&A with Rhode Island beat writer Bill Koch of the Providence Journal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse opens its season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. Follow along with Syracuse-Rhode Island coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Rams, The Daily Orange spoke with Bill Koch, a Rhode Island beat writer for the Providence Journal.The Daily Orange: If Rhode Island were to keep it close with Syracuse, it would be because of what?Bill Koch: Their defense and forcing turnovers. They’re not a very good offensive team. They weren’t last year, they probably won’t be again this year. But their defense is fast, they’re physical, they’re aggressive and if Syracuse has a tough night on the offensive side of the ball, you could see Rhode Island win a low-scoring game like a 17-13, something like that. But I think that’s probably the only real chance they have.The D.O.: What does recently named starting quarterback Paul Mroz bring to the table?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textB.K.: I think the biggest thing for him, obviously he’s a winner. He played at a good junior college program last year. He’s a tough kid. You come out of Brockton, Mass., it’s a tough town, it’s on the southeastern side of the state … it’s just a very blue-collar place with very good athletics. It’s been that way for a long time. So if you come out of there, you’ve got a certain pedigree and I would expect him to have it. And I think that’s probably why he’s the starter to this point, because he’s a tough guy and he brings in a little bit of a presence into that huddle that they need that they didn’t really have last year.The D.O.: How important is junior linebacker Adam Parker’s role on the defense taking the reigns from recent graduate Andrew Bose?B.K.: It’s important just from the sense that he’s replacing a really good player. Andrew Bose is in camp with the Ravens. He’s one of the all-time leading tacklers at URI. Just a really, really good player, a guy that could have played at a higher level that probably went a little under recruited out of high school. Parker and (senior) Connor Caponegro are two guys still there at linebacker who have played a lot of football at URI. Two very experienced guys. It’s definitely going to be key to that defense and how they replace the guy who was really their leader last year in Bose.The D.O.: Rhode Island allowed over 230 rushing yards per game last season. Why was that and how might that change this season?B.K.: I think their offensive stats are more truthful than the defensive stats if you look at last season. Offensively they just weren’t very good and I think they put the defense in a lot of tough situations in terms of short field, they were on the field for a long time, there was a lot of time of possession. I think the rushing numbers are a little inflated because the other team had the ball 36, 37, 38 minutes and the defense would get worn down. When you’re ahead, you’re running the ball and I think there was a lot of that going on … They certainly did some things in terms of forcing turnovers that they wanted to do, but their offense just put them in such difficult situations so often so they never really had a chance. Commentslast_img read more

CPA says All-Ireland finals could be played in August

first_imgIt’s one of a number of ideas put forward at their official launch in Dublin today.The CPA says changing the fixtures calendar is its key priority and they hope to be officially recognised by the GAA at next month’s Congress.last_img