Food in Schools Bills defeated

first_imgOneNews 18 March 2015A Green Party members bill to introduce a more comprehensive food in schools programme for all decile one and two schools has been defeated at its first reading in Parliament this afternoon.Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei Metiria’s so-called ‘Feed the Kids’ members bill, which she inherited from former MP Hone Harawira, was narrowly voted down by 61 to 59 votes.The bill would have seen all kids in decile one and two schools provided with breakfast and lunch.The Government insists there are only small numbers of children going without food at school and that its existing programmes and its contributions to the KidsCan charity are doing enough to address the issue.Another members bill addressing the issue, in the name of Labour MP David Shearer, is also due to be debated this evening, although it’s also unlikely to progress. read more

Palliative care experts say euthanasia goes against core belief that death and dying are ‘natural part of life’

first_imgNZ Herald 19 May 2018Family First Comment: “We don’t talk enough about dying and we need to change that. We think it would help if people knew a bit more about the actual process of dying and what to expectWe suspect a lot of the current debate is fueled by fear of the unknown, and a lack of information about what care is available and what actually happens when someone dies. In our experience a good safe death is peaceful, dignified and a natural process.” care experts in Hawke’s Bay say they are against both David Seymour’s members bill, and the legalisation of “any form” of euthanasia or assisted dying.“Our reasons for this are many including that it creates a real risk of wrongful death by placing vulnerable people at risk of something not of their choosing,” Cranford Hospice chief executive Janice Byford-Jones said.“It is also against the core belief we hold that death and dying is a natural part of life.”The subject of euthanasia is emotional and personal, and we acknowledge and respect the diversity of views. However, many of us who work in palliative care have real concerns about the private member’s bill before Parliament, and moreover, with assisted suicide in general.”Byford-Jones added that there were also concerns about just how many people did not have a full understanding of what palliative or end of life care was actually all about and indeed, what was meant by “euthanasia”.“Euthanasia involves the intention to end a life.“Euthanasia is not – when a person’s pain relief is increased, the removal or discontinuation of unwanted treatment, the creation of do-not-resuscitate orders.”READ MORE: read more

Neymar can make Rio Carnival after seeing red in PSG win

first_img The Rio Carnival began on Friday, but doesn’t finish until Wednesday – giving Neymar a few days to potentially go and celebrate with his sister and friends. Having joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013, his oddball run began with matching one-game bans in 2015 and 2016.Advertisement Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were beaten 2-1 by Dortmund in mid-week, fell behind for the second consecutive Ligue 1 match when Hwang Ui-jo put Bordeaux in front.Edinson Cavani quickly equalised for the Parisians, the Uruguayan notching his 200th goal in his glittering career for the club in front of his adoring fans.Marquinhos then nodded PSG into what they thought would be a half-time lead two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first period.But they immediately conspired to concede a farcical equaliser, when goalkeeper Sergio Rico booted Marco Verratti’s backpass straight at Pablo, who couldn’t believe his luck as the ball ricocheted straight into the unguarded net.Marquinhos then scored again to restore his side’s lead on 63 minutes, before Kylian Mbappe appeared to make the points safe six minutes later for 4-2.Substitute Ruben Pardo set up a grandstand finish, however, when he pulled one back seven minutes from time. That unfortunate coincidence was ended the following year… when muscular problems kept him out of on-field action instead. And in his first two seasons with PSG he suffered metatarsal injuries. An anticipated one-game ban, however, will not be enough for Neymar to make his annual appearance at sister Rafaella’s birthday party on March 11, when he will instead by facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The latest incident came at the conclusion of what was a mesmerising occasion in the French capital. Read Also: Ligue 1: Neymar sent off as PSG beat Bordeaux in seven-goal thrillerFellow replacement Mauro Icardi also thought he’d gotten in on the act in stoppage time of this bonkers encounter – but was denied by VAR for a narrow offside call.Neymar then picked up his second booking for a late challenge on Pardo, sarcastically clapping as he made his way off the pitch before ripping his shirt off in disgust.He will now miss next weekend’s clash with Dijon, as his curious record of absence around this time of year continues in 2020.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar could make Rio Carnival after all… after being sent off at the conclusion of a thrilling 4-3 victory over Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes. The 28-year-old was set to miss the Brazilian bash for the first time in SIX years, but his stoppage-time second yellow card means he could still join the festivities.last_img read more

Pandan, Antique records 3 new COVID-19 cases; WV virus cases breach 50 mark

first_imgJust this Sunday, April 19, Pandan recordedone additional COVID-19 case, a 68-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 49). As of yesterday, Western Visayas alreadyrecorded a total of 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with eight having recoveredfrom the illness while seven died. The island province of Guimaras remainedCOVID-19-free. * 28-year-old female (region’s Patient No. 51) These four new Pandan COVID cases were closecontacts of the town’s first case (region’s Patient No. 37), a 69-year-old maleadmitted at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital. Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth./PN “We received 201 laboratory test results fromthe Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory. Of these, 198 werenegative and three were positive,” said DOH-6’s Dr. Renilyn Reyes. Reyes headed DOH-6’s public health programdevelopment cluster. ILOILO City – Three more persons from Pandan,Antique tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). In COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 25 of theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6 released yesterday afternoon, the threecases were: Some patientsmay have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. * 32-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 50) Aklan had six; Antique, nine; Capiz,five; Negros Occidental, one; Bacolod City, seven; and Iloilo City, six. Of the 52 confirmed cases in Western Visayas,Iloilo province had the most number at 18. People cancatch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * 33 year-old female (region’s Patient No. 52) All these four cases in Pandan wereasymptomatic.The most common symptoms ofCOVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. last_img read more

Mark Ferguson

first_imgWhen the 2013-14 school year ends, Batesville will need to find someone to take over from Mark Ferguson who is retiring as athletic director.  For nearly 20 years, Mark has directed 18 high school sports and, for the last several years, also directed all sports at the Batesville Middle School.  To further add to his duties the conference expanded from 6 to 8 teams this past year which meant that most schedules had to change in one form or another.  During his tenure, the BHS program has not only grown but has prospered in almost every sport offered.  To give you some idea of what this job entails, Mark set up scheduling for all the sports, acquired officials for every game or contest, and had to make sure that each contest had an adequate group of workers to ensure a smooth-running contest.  Many conference schools like to come to Batesville because of these workers that Mark has acquired through the years, and to his and their credit, most of them continue in these positions.  All this goes very well until a contest has to be cancelled and then rescheduled because of weather.  Sometimes this means finding a partial or complete set of new officials and workers for the next night.  As the years have past, liability became a major issue for all athletes participating in these 18 sports.  Mark now has to have a complete packet of information on every athlete so that if any injuries or health problems appear, he can contact all needed personnel immediately.  Mark was greatly helped when Bertha Hazelwood came on board to help with many of the day-to-day jobs in this position.  Rosemary Moton has been Mark’s secretary throughout most of his tenure and does a lot of the phone and clerical work.  The coaches have appreciated Mark, because if you can prove to him that you need it, he will find a way to get it for you.  I had the pleasure to work under Mark and his predecessor, Glen Butte.  Both of these men have done a great job for BHS!last_img read more

James Webster

first_imgJames Leonard Webster, 70 of Moores Hill passed away September 1, 2016 at his home.  He was born Friday April 5, 1946 in Milan the son of Leonard and Clara (Lovelace) Webster.  He served his country having been in the US Air Force and was a former employee of Seagrams.  He was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion Post #209.  He enjoyed watching sports and listening to music.Jim is survived by son Andrew (Emily) Webster of Erlanger, Ky; brothers Billy Jo Webster and Larry Webster both of Moores Hill, sisters Diana Roberts of Aurora,  Donna Sue Lamkin and Barbara McAdams both of Moores Hill.Services will be Saturday September 24, 2016; 11AM at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Mooreshill with Gene Belew officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Moores Hill American Legion Post #209. Visitation will be 10-11 AM Saturday September 24 at the funeral home. 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156 Moores Hill, IN 47032. Memorials may be made to Moores Hill American Legion Post #209.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill entrusted with arrangements.last_img read more

Poyet poised for tough sell

first_img Former Black Cats boss Roy Keane launched an infamous tirade in August 2007 in which he blasted “weak and soft” stars who “don’t want to come [to Sunderland] because their wife wants to go shopping in London.” The mild-mannered Poyet did not go quite that far but he would did acknowledge that geographical issues will make the job of luring improvements to the Stadium of Light in January all the more difficult. Poyet said: “When you give certain types of players the option of going to London or the north-east in the same conditions, 99 from 100 will choose London and that’s the reality. “We have to be a step ahead – we have to do things better than those clubs in the south or in other countries in a nice place with different weather. “We need to do something that will convince them to come to the north. On top of that it is even more difficult in January because clubs don’t want to lose their best players, so everything needs to come together.” Poyet has seen his side’s prospects improve after a gruelling week which saw combative draws against Chelsea and Liverpool which sandwiched a 4-1 home thrashing by a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City. Victory over West Ham on Saturday would give the Black Cats a major boost ahead of their festive fixture programme and could convince Poyet to stay the course with his current squad for the remainder of the season. Poyet added: “When a player of more than decent quality becomes available there are too many people who want him. It’s not going to be easy but it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality and if it’s not quality then it’s going to be no-one.” Gus Poyet has echoed the sentiments of one his Sunderland predecessors by conceding his club have to work overtime to attract top-quality players to the north-east.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Eddie Howe not pointing finger at Artur Boruc after errors against Tottenham

first_img Press Association Eddie Howe refused to blame goalkeeper Artur Boruc for Bournemouth’s hammering at the hands of Tottenham. Mousa Dembele then put the visitors ahead before Boruc dropped another clanger as he spilt an easy Kane cross that Erik Lamela tucked away. Kane’s second came from a sumptuous Christian Eriksen cross and his hat-trick was completed as Boruc again failed to collect an effort and the 22-year-old was on hand to turn home. The Poland international had other jittery moments on an afternoon to forget, but Howe said his team as a whole have to take the responsibility for the loss. “They were self-inflicted, that’s evident,” he said of Tottenham’s goals. “There won’t be fingers pointed. We take collective responsibility. But there is a need going forward that we can’t keep giving goals away. We’ve given teams goals even in the games we’ve drawn and won. “Of course, you don’t want to see any of your players criticised. They give their all and have had incredible success. I said to the players afterwards, during the success everyone was saying how good you are. Take no notice. It’s the same when things are going this way. Boruc missed the game at Manchester City last weekend – another 5-1 defeat – after picking up an injury in the warm-up and Howe conceded that he may have not been completely fit heading into this match. “He’s strong mentally and resolute when it comes to errors,” Howe added. “He’s seen it and done it. There’s a need for the team to eradicate those errors and our goalkeepers rediscover their form. “He’s declared himself fit late in the week. Maybe he’s not 100 per cent, but he’s kicking with both legs no problem. How much that hampered his performance, I don’t know.” For Spurs, this win means they remain unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since the opening weekend of the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s side move to within five points of leaders Manchester City. Seeing Kane return to form was a highlight for the Argentinian – especially after his decision to rest his main striker in Thursday night’s defeat to Anderlecht. “I’m very pleased for Harry,” he said. “I never had any doubts about him, but it was very important hat-trick for him. It’s important for him to learn from that period. It happens in football. I’m happy because he’ll become a much better player after such a tough period. “He will score a lot of goals, but football is not about just scoring. He works very hard for the team. We’re all happy. It’s normal. He’s tired now because he’s run a lot, but the team, the squad, was very happy for him in the changing room. “We needed that victory and the three points to push us back up the table.” Harry Kane returned to form for Spurs as he helped himself to a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory – with Boruc at fault for three of Tottenham’s goals. Matt Ritchie had fired Bournemouth into a first-minute lead before the Cherries’ 35-year-old goalkeeper brought down Kane in the box, with the England striker levelling from the resulting penalty. last_img read more

Scientists Plan Vaccine; Research Shows “6 Feet Apart” Not Enough

first_imgResearchers at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter say they could be one step closer to developing a coronavirus vaccine.Douglas Bingham, the Executive VP and Site Head for the Jupiter campus, the Scripps method is the safest, as it requires such a small amount of the virus to trigger an immune response.“The less of the virus we use and still get a neutralizing response, the less possibility of a side effect of some kind,” he says.In order to trigger an immune response that could fight COVID-19, researchers injected rats with proteins found on the coronavirus. That triggered an immune response and helped the rats develop neutralizing antibodies that could kill off the disease.Scientists are hoping to accomplish the same outcome in other mammals, and eventually, in humans.The process begins when the body recognizes a virus as a foreign object and “starts making lots of different kinds of antibodies to the virus,” according to Bingham.How are scientists targeting the novel #coronavirus to develop #antiviral medicines and #vaccines? What challenges lay ahead? Find out from Prof. Michael Farzan in just under an hour! Last chance to register for our free Front Row Lecture #COVID19 @KPBS— Scripps Research (@scrippsresearch) April 22, 2020 “Those antibodies work with other types of cells in your body to eliminate the virus,” he adds.Although a fully developed vaccine is still likely months away, Bingham says the research makes it possible within 18 months.Meanwhile, an experiment conducted by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science shows that “six feet apart” may not be enough for social distancing.The study demonstrated how far particles from a cough, or sneeze travel, and for how long they may linger in the air.Researchers simulated coughs in order to show what happens to smaller particles.“We used a mixture of distilled water and glycerin to represent synthetic fog that made up the content of the cough-jet that was expelled from the mannequin’s nose and mouth during our experiment,” says Manhar Dhanak, professor and chair of FAU’s Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering.Researchers found that the heavier the cough, the farther the smaller particles traveled.“Preliminary results from our experiment reveal that significant concentrations of small particles from a turbulent jet such as from a heavy cough, sneeze can linger in still air for more than one minute. It only took the particles a couple of seconds to travel 3 feet; in about 12 seconds it reached 6 feet and in about 41 seconds it reached around 9 feet,” explains Siddhartha Verma, an assistant professor in FAU’s Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering.The heaviest coughs showed particles traveling up to 12 feet.Dhanak and Verma say more research needs to be done, and add that their experiment reiterates the importance of covering coughs and sneezes, as well as wearing a face mask in public settings.last_img read more

Graham: It won’t always be this bad, but Syracuse football is middling out

first_imgAfter Boston College stretched Syracuse’s losing streak to four games, kept the Orange winless in conference via a 58-27 thrashing and came four rushing yards shy of 500 on the day, head coach Dino Babers settled into his seat at the folding table in front of the media. He adjusted his microphone and like a metronome on a beat delivered what’s become his stump speech.“Obviously extremely disappointed about the outcome of the game. I think the young men did play hard, obviously the score did not indicate that,” Babers said. “We’ve got to find something to hang our hat on, we’ve got to get into this break and dig deep and find out about ourselves.”To Babers and his players’ credit, they haven’t made excuses this season — one in which Syracuse (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) has yet to beat a Power 5 opponent as the calendar turns to November. But the frustrating truth remains: That after a 10-win season, Syracuse regressed badly. And though 2019 is a harsh example of what SU can expect in the ACC, it’s a more realistic future expectation than 2018’s double-digit wins.Syracuse’s regression in areas it excelled in 2018 — turnover margin, sacking opposing quarterbacks while protecting its own and penalties — was expected. But the differentials have been brutal.The offensive line issues are well documented and with a quarter of the season left, the numbers paint a bleak picture. Syracuse’s surrendered the most sacks (45) in Division I football, eight more than the Orange did in 2018.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from flawed pass protection, the Orange hurt themselves with penalties worse this year than any other under Babers. SU’s never been called for more than 94 penalties in a season with Babers at the helm and never given up more than 61 penalty yards per game in a season. The 2019 team is on pace for 112 penalties at nearly 76 yards per game. And on top of swelling sack numbers and skyrocketing penalties, SU’s turnover margin is notably lower than the fifth-ranked plus-13 gap the Orange created a season ago.“We need to get better,” Babers said on the Monday before SU lost to Pitt, 27-20. “And what normally happens with football teams at this stage of the game is that everyone looks at their young players. Well, your young players should be developing. But you have to lean on your older players. So, my thing is, we need our older players — our best players have to be our best players.”Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorTo Babers’ point, Syracuse is, in fact, young and inexperienced this year. On the offensive line, redshirt freshman Carlos Vettorello and true freshman Matthew Bergeron are starting at the tackle position, Bergeron taking over for graduate-transfer Ryan Alexander who left the team prior to the Florida State game. It’s a stark contrast from last year’s line that featured experienced tackles Koda Martin and Cody Conway. SU’s current tackles have 11 starts combined and there’s no guarantee they turn into the monsters from a season ago. Even if they do, it’ll take a couple years.On defense, the Orange are well short of their 43-sack mark in 2018 while having to break in new linebackers and interior linemen. In the secondary, three second-year players — Ifeatu Melifonwu, Trill Williams and Andre Cisco — are still learning.Still, by the midway point of the season, when Babers himself said players are more seasoned than they were in camp, the product on the field doesn’t look much better.To say that Syracuse is having some growing pains is correct, but incomplete — they’re also missing the necessary skills to compete. As Babers said before playing Boston College, it relies on “elephants and hippos” up front on the offensive and defensive line and the Orange are missing several fringe-NFL talents on both sides.And with all that arrives the bigger truth for Syracuse: To have success like it did in 2018, Syracuse will need the perfect blend of talent, experience and luck that will only come together on rare occasions. Otherwise, it’ll be left to claw its way out of the dregs of the conference like this year.“Not going to point any fingers at any particular group,” senior Kenneth Ruff said. “We all have to come along and at the end of the day we all have to play together as a team. The first few weeks we didn’t do that. Everybody wanted to have their name in the lights. It’s not about that.”The ACC wasn’t very good last year — teams not named Clemson or Syracuse (which combined for 24 wins in 2018) finished with a collective 45.8 winning percentage. The 2019 ACC isn’t much better, with the 10 teams that aren’t Clemson or Wake Forest winning just 51.5 percent of games. In any given year, the ACC lends itself to one non-Clemson team surging to 10 wins. Last year was Syracuse’s turn.That’s the reality Syracuse exists in.Babers recruits at a solid level, runs his program well and should develop some of SU’s young talent into good football players. It will surely not rank dead last in the country in sacks two years in a row or get penalized at a crippling rate.But with SU’s limited pool of talent, reliance on some good luck and seemingly constant need to build depth at one position group or another, 10 wins isn’t a realistic resting expectation for seasons to come. Neither is three.Last season was the pendulum swinging one way for Syracuse, this year is it coming back. The hope — and most likely outcome — for the future is to end up somewhere in the middle.Andrew Graham is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter @A_E_Graham Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 12:56 amlast_img read more