Is euthanasia for psychological suffering changing Belgian medicine?

first_imgMercatorNet 7 November 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing to see what’s happening in Belgium. “Death by euthanasia in Belgium is, generally, no longer regarded as an exception requiring special justification. Instead, it is often regarded as a normal death and a benefit not to be restricted to without special justification.” Belgium’s debate over euthanasia for psychological suffering is heating up. Last week 42 psychiatrists, psychologists and academics published an open letter calling for a national debate on euthanasia and mental illness.Euthanasia because of unbearable and futile psychological suffering is very problematic. It is about people who are not terminal and, in principle, could live for many years. Therefore, extreme caution is appropriate both clinically and legally. The essence of the case seems to us that in estimating the hopelessness of one’s suffering, the subjective factor cannot be eliminated …The current law, the signatories say, is far too vague and flexible:“The law does not indicate the exact criteria for unbearable and psychological suffering. Any complaint about any carelessness in this area will only end in a legal ‘no man’s land’.“More and more, no matter how many criteria there are, it depends simply on how an individual psychiatrist interprets or tests them, aided by the doctor’s own assumptions and the patient’s account of his symptoms.”Some people are dying unnecessarily, the signatories claim. To stand silently on the sidelines is a crime of neglect.The danger inherent in euthanasia for psychological suffering is a topic which seems to bore the Belgian media. But it was jolted out of its slumber by an exclusive article (in English) from Associated Press which also appeared in the Washington Post. This prompted a number of articles in the local press.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Jamaican Blake steers Lady Budapest to eight-length win in KMTC’s feature

first_imgJAMAICAN jockey Brian Blake rode a well-timed race to steer Lady Budapest to a commanding eight-length victory in the feature event of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club’s (KMTC) Phagwah Horse Race Meet which was staged last Sunday at the club’s facility, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice.Contesting the feature `D’ and Lower one-mile event that carried a first place cash prize of $900 000 and a trophy, compliments of Demerara Distillers Limited, Lady Budapest trailed the field of nine others in the early stage of the race, but as the field straightened up for home, Blake urged Lady Budapest on and surged to the front nearing the finish line and never relinquished that lead, winning with eight lengths in hand ahead of Goodwill Boy of the Jagdeo Stable.Easy Flow of the Nand Persaud Stable finished third and Keep On Swinging of the Jumbo Jet Stable ended fourth.Randolph Richmond, riding aboard Jumbo Jet Stable’s Release the Beast, demolished the field in the `E’ and Lower non-winners for 2016 and 2017 and `F’ and Lower animals.Dark Sky, Got To Go and Climate Change occupied the other top three places respectively.The `H 1’ and Lower event was declared a dead heat for the first position between T&T of the Nand Persaud Stable and Isn’t She Charming of the Jumbo Jet Stable. Cat Messiah, It’s My Turn and Firing Line occupied the other top places in that order.The `I 3 and Three-Year-Old Guyana-bred race was won by Seven Dust, ridden by Colin Ross. Party Time, Mary Ann and Puppy Tail Wagging occupied the other top places respectively.Mischievous Maker of the Shariff Stable, with Trinidadian Nicholas Patrick on board, won the Guyana-bred maiden race from Miss Anjalie, Saria and King Stanley respectively.The `J 3’ event saw Red Jet with Prem Chandra in the saddle blaze to victory with Miss Olympic finishing second. Third was Plane Land and Red Region placed fourth.Slim Shady won the `L’ class open race ahead of Royal Son Confusion and Secret Thinkers respectively.The `L’ class non-winners event was won by Flow Joe and was piloted by Kevin Paul.Lil Dude, East Lion and Royal Blaze ended second, third and fourth respectively.The Nand Persaud stable won the Champion Stable award, while Mohendra Persaud was adjudged Champion Trainer and Prem Chandra the Top Jockey with Randolph Richmond as the runner-up.last_img

Wellington wrestlers to battle for league crown tonight in Augusta, WHS girls play Garden Plain, WMS games tonight

first_imgDon’t forget it’s early release day today. Students get out at 1 p.m. WHS girls basketballWellington will battle Garden Plain tonight at 7:15 p.m. in the championship semifinals. The Lady Dukes will need to play like they did in the fourth quarter against the Defenders and less like the first three quarters. Wellington is 7-3 but Garden Plain is 10-1 and ranked fifth in the state in Class 3A. This might be the toughest team Wellington has seen yet this season. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down No one special · 394 weeks ago Go Crusader wrestlers you can do it! What a turn around, you have found the heart and determination to make it happen. Thanks also to the strong coaching staff that believe in these great group of boys. Which ever way tonight goes this has been a great year. So much to be proud of….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WMS scheduleWellington Middle School basketball teams battle Goddard Eisenhower tonight.The schedule is as follows:Girls – away, 7A/8B 5 p.m, 7B/8A 6:30 p.m. Boys – home, 8B 4 p.m, 7A 5:15 p.m., 8A 6:30 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington wrestlers have a huge contest tonight when they travel to Augusta, Wellington girls start second round play in the Mulvane Tournament against Garden Plain, and Wellington Middle Schoolers battle Goddard Eisenhower.•••••WHS wrestlers This will be the biggest event in years for the Wellington High School wrestling program. The Crusaders will be vying for an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV championship. The Crusaders host Augusta at 5 p.m.Wellington swept Andale and Clearwater Thursday and have a pretty good shot of beating Circle in a week. This one, though, is for the marbles. Augusta is favored.“We have to pull off some upsets to win this,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach. “We will be underdogs in I would say seven matches going into tonight.”While Wellington outdistanced the opponents because of its strength in heavyweight. Augusta will be a different story. The Orioles are loaded at the top.Wellington should be getting back to full strength. Jason Haydon will be returning at 160 pounds. We will twitter live results on our Cueballnewscow feed tonight starting at 5 .m.last_img read more