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Next week the High Court will begin hearing two cases that raise profound ethical issues. The question in each case is whether it can ever be lawful to help another person take their own life. This is a subject on which we might reasonably have expected parliament to give a lead. But successive governments have shied away from dealing with problems of this kind, leaving the judges to take the flak from whichever side of the right-to-life argument feels dissatisfied by the decision in each case. The first claim is being brought by Tony Nicklinson, 58, an active, outgoing man until he was paralysed by a catastrophic stroke in 2005. The second claimant can be identified only as Martin. He had a similarly devastating stroke in 2009, when he was 43. Each man now has only very limited head movement and communicates by looking at a screen connected to a computer. Nicklinson wants the option of ending his life at a time of his own choosing. His lawyers say he is not eligible for assisted suicide at the Dignitas centre in Switzerland because he cannot swallow a fatal dose of drugs. He has no wish to die in Switzerland anyway, even if he could get there. And he does not want to die a slow and painful death from dehydration. Martin’s plans were less clear at the time of a preliminary High Court hearing in January. The judges thought his wife would not be at risk of prosecution if she helped him to die. However, they were told that she did not wish to play any part in hastening his death. In April, the court decided that Martin’s case should be considered on the basis of whatever possibilities might be open to him. One option might be a trip to Switzerland. Another might be for him to refuse food and hydration, though this would need to be coupled with palliative sedation. No court can afford to ignore the ethical implications of providing these men with the means to end their own lives. How does a judge decide whether an individual has given his or her consent? Or, indeed, is even capable of consenting? How severe does a disability have to be to justify death? Is there a ‘floodgates’ argument? A ‘slippery slope’ to euthanasia? However, I shall confine myself to the legal issues. Nicklinson wants the court to declare that a doctor who helps someone in his position to die, with the approval of a judge, can raise the defence of necessity to a charge of murder. That defence, he argues, has been developed by the courts over time to a point where it would be logical, just and humane to extend it to a case such as his. Prior approval by a court in each case would provide a safeguard against abuse. In 1884, the defence of necessity was rejected by the courts in the remarkable case of R v Dudley and Stephens, immortalised a century later by Professor AWB Simpson in his book Cannibalism and the Common Law. The two shipwrecked sailors who had survived by eating the cabin boy were convicted of murder, although their death sentences were commuted to six months’ imprisonment. The necessity defence had more success in 2001, when the courts permitted the death of one conjoined twin to save the life of the other. But, in opposing Nicklinson’s claim, the Ministry of Justice argues that the true justification for killing one of the Maltese twin sisters was self-defence, rather than necessity; Nicklinson’s lawyers disagree. The solicitors acting in Martin’s case maintained that they risked being charged under the Suicide Act 1961 with encouraging or assisting their client’s suicide if they even advised him of his legal options. As Lord Justice Toulson indicated in January, this argument was pretty artificial. Nicklinson’s lawyers are expected to say that doctors have a duty to ease suffering and respect a patient’s autonomy. In some circumstances, therefore, a doctor’s duty to end a patient’s life may outweigh the duty to preserve it. The government argues that necessity is no defence to a charge of assisted suicide, pointing out that recent attempts to soften the law have been rejected by parliament. Nicklinson’s advisers also rely on article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the very right of an individual to a private and family life that has so exercised the home secretary Theresa May this week. It is a right that encompasses personal autonomy and dignity. But, as May seemed not to appreciate at the weekend, article 8(1) must always be subject to article 8(2), which allows such interference with private and family life as is necessary for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. Government lawyers accuse Nicklinson of seeking to go behind clear rulings, from the UK courts as well as the Strasbourg judges, that restrictions on assisted suicide are a proportionate interference with article 8(1) and therefore justified under article 8(2). Again, Nicklinson’s lawyers disagree, seeking a declaration of incompatibility that could trigger fast-track legislation. The reality is that this case is likely to be anything but fast. If, as expected, it goes via the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court, we may not get a final ruling before 2014. But that is no bad thing. Neither Nicklinson nor Martin seem to be in any great hurry to end their lives. Reaching the right conclusion is, for once, vital.
The senior solicitor at a personal injury firm was dishonest or at the very least lacked integrity by allowing the firm to become embroiled in a fraudulent scheme involving road traffic accident claims, a tribunal heard this week.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) is currently conducting an eight-day hearing into Kamran Akram – formerly principal solicitor at Asons Solicitors in Bolton.Charges brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) include that Akram caused or permitted the presentation of applications for costs which misrepresented the grade of fee-earners so as to increase the level of recoverable costs; and caused or permitted claims for special damages which contained particulars that were false.Akram denies that he lacked integrity, or acted dishonestly or recklessly.For the SRA, counsel Rory Dunlop said that even if Akram was unaware of the ‘fraudulent activity’, [the SRA] could not see how it would not be considered reckless that he was unaware of such practices.Dunlop said the tribunal should take note of two recent judgments, Ivey v Genting Casinos Ltd t/a Crockfords, which centres on the test for dishonesty and Wingate & Anor v The Solicitors Regulation Authority, on what constitutes a lack of integrity. In Wingate, Lord Justice Jackson said professional people should have a duty to adhere to higher moral standards not only in what they say but also what they do.Dunlop said: ‘You [the tribunal] may say that allowing your firm to become embroiled in RTA and special damages fraud amounts to a lack of integrity.’In yesterday’s evidence Julian Smart, partner at national firm BLM, said it suspected that Asons operated under an ‘edict’ in which the experience and grade of fee earners were overstated.BLM had acted on behalf of insurance company Zurich – the defendant in several personal injury claims brought by Asons.In addition, the tribunal heard that the firm had made a series of ‘almost identical’ costs orders falsely claiming that psychological and cognitive behavioural therapy treatment had been carried out.The cases, at Nottingham County Court, were consolidated and later settled. Asons was ordered to meet the wasted costs of defendants, including Zurich.Dunlop said although Asons made no admission of reckless behaviour ‘paying costs is in itself indicative of being at fault’.For Akram, Geoff Williams QC said the SRA’s forensic report was based on a ‘tiny fraction’ (0.7%) of the total number of files the firm was working on. Questioning the SRA’s forensic officer Adam Howells, Williams said there was no evidence to suggest that the activity resulted in the financial success of the firm.The hearing continues and all charges are as yet unproven.
Mundo Deportivo had quite a packed and complicated transfer article in their Monday edition, so much so that we’re still trying to make complete sense of it. Several Premier League clubs were involved, and Manchester United found themselves getting more than one mention.The Catalan newspaper have been looking at players Barcelona are looking to sign over the next couple of transfer windows, and what competition is expected to arrive.For Adrien Rabiot, Manchester United are said to be one of the clubs ‘trying to seduce’ the PSG player with high wages plus a signing on fee. The midfielder’s contract ends in June and therefore unless anything changes he’ll be a free agent.Mundo Deportivo believe he’ll be looking for in excess of €10m a year.Jose Mourinho’s club aren’t one of those most frequently linked with Rabiot, although there was a claim back in April.The next player who United would provide Barcelona with competition for is said to be Matthijs de Ligt. Ajax will only let the defender go if a ‘dizzying’ offer arrives in the January transfer window, something the English club are of course very capable of.At the moment this just seems like the Catalan media hyping interest up.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHow Singapore’s Start-Ups Are Shaping a Post-Pandemic Future.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undo
His characteristics — he recovers lots of balls and is good technically — is ideal for Barça’s style. He’s also combative and is good in the air due to being 184cm tall. In cases of emergency, he has also played as a right-back. His contract runs until 2019. Even though he has impressed in the Bundesliga, Bender, whose brother plays for Borussia Dortmund, was not included in Germany’s World Cup squad. Despite FIFA’s transfer ban, Barça continue to scour the market for reinforcements. Elections are also close and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is sounding out possible signings to boost his campaign. Upd. on 19/02/2015 at 15:03 CET 18/02/2015 One of those names is Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender. The central midfielder is 25 and can play as a pivot or further forward. He has been playing for the German club since 2009 and his price would be close to €30 million. J.M Bertran First contact has already been made, as reported by ‘La Porteria’ on BTV. Bender looks like the new commission’s preferred choice to join Barça. He came through at TSV 1860 Munich and is now a reference in Leverkusen’s side, which he has been a part of for five seasons. As well as Barça, Arsenal are also interested in Bender.
EFE Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET After playing Chile, Brazil play Venezuela in Fortaleza as they look to get their campaign for Russia 2018 off to a good start. Dani Alves was initially left out of the squad because he was injured, but he is not fit enough to take his place in the Brazil squad. Alves has been called up just five days before his country’s match against Chile (Thursday) to take the place of Bayern Munich’s Rafinha, who asked to be left out for personal reasons a week ago. Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has been added to the Brazil squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela this month. Dunga delayed making an announcement on Raifnha’s replacement as he was hoping to have Neymar available, although Brazil’s appeal to have his suspension overturned was rejected by the CAS. 03/10/2015
Galway United are delighted to announce that Stephen Folan has signed a new contract with the club.The 24-year-old centre half made a long awaited return to his hometown, to sign for Galway United at the start of the 2016 season after a short spell with Cork City.Folan played a key role for United in 2015, making 25 appearances at the heart of the Tribesmen’s defence.Shane Keegan is an admirer of the former Newcastle United man and he was pleased to retain Folan for 2017.“Anytime we faced Stephen Folan last year, his quality just shone through.“Coincidentally, just in advance of his debut in the League of Ireland with Limerick a number of years ago, he played in a friendly against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park.“I came off the pitch that night thinking, my God, that’s a player. He had only just landed back from Newcastle United. You could see the quality instantly that night.“He’s the kind of player that you can position at centre back and build around. It’s fantastic that we have managed to hold on to him.”It was an important factor for Keegan to make sure that the best local talent in Galway were secured for 2017.“It’s a huge part of it. You can argue it anyway you want, but at the end of the day, it always does mean slightly more to a player when he’s wearing the crest of his local club and I’m sure that’s very much the case with Stephen.“I think that did play a big part in our being able to hold on to him. There is nothing quite like pulling on the jersey of your local club.”Shane Keegan’s vision for the club caught Folan’s attention and the defender is eager to play a big role in Galway United’s 2017 campaign.“The way the club is going, I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Folan explained.“The players that Shane has brought in are all very like-minded, they’re professional, so going forward I think it’s a good thing for the club to have more professionals on board and hopefully we can get that mix of players from outside and players from Galway right.“Playing for Galway United means more to me than playing for another club, I was nearly there with another team and I had everything agreed but Galway United came back to me and they showed me that they wanted me. I’m happy to get my future resolved and now I can focus all my efforts over the Christmas period on coming strong in pre-season.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The teams participating have been divided into two groups with five group games each ahead of classification games. Ireland will contest Group B and face Great Britain on Saturday (July 8th), Israel on Sunday (July 9th), and Belarus on Monday (July 10th) before a much-deserved rest day. They will go on to play Croatia and Romania later next week. Ireland Under 20 Women’s Management Team:Head Coach: Maeve ColemanAsst. Coach: Emer HowardTeam Manager: Ger O’Learyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Monday, July 10thBelarus v Ireland, 18.30 “They are both tough groups, there is no easy group and there will be no easy games,” said Head Coach Maeve Coleman. “We saw that when we played the Slovak Republic last week, so we know we are in for a tough test. We face Great Britain first and we will be hoping that we can do well against them. We are going to take each game as it comes, we are not blinkered about the challenge that lies ahead.“The squad has been great. They have been working hard since we got together in December and have given all we asked of them and committed to all aspects of the programme. We couldn’t have asked for more. Now, we need to take our intensity and our skill level to the next level and incorporate it in our games. Our Israel game on Sunday will be a tough ask too, there is pressure on them being the home team and the gym will be packed. We will be massive underdogs, but that’s they way I like it to be. Either way, this will be an amazing expereince for the squad, and hopefully we can come out with the wins to give the girls justice for all the hard work they have put in.”Keep up to date with all the action from the championships through the official event website here where the games will also be streamed. Sunday, July 9thIreland v Israel, 16.15 The Ireland Under 20 Women jetted off from Dublin Airport this morning to begin their journey to Israel for the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Divison B which tip off this coming Saturday. Wednesday, July 12thIreland v Croatia, 14.00 Ireland U20 Women’s fixtures – FIBA U20 European Championship Division BSaturday, July 8thGreat Britain v Ireland, 18.30 Saturday, July 15th – Sunday, July 16thClassification games Ireland Under 20 Women’s team 2017 Aisling McCann, Pyrobel KillesterAlison Cleary, Pyrobel KillesterAlison Blaney, MareeAnna Brennan, DCU MercyAnna Kelly, Fordham University, USAAoife O’Halloran, Pyrobel KillesterChloe Mullins, Courtyard Liffey CelticsCiara Wheeler, Courtyard Liffey CelticsKatie Whelan, Waterford WildcatsLaura Fortune, Courtyard Liffey CelticsMae Creane, OblatesNicole Clancy, DCU Mercy Thursday, July 13thIreland v Romania, 18.30
By Eoghan Cormican – Sports Reporter Irish Examiner A no-confidence vote by players has forced the resignation of Galway senior camogie manager Tony O’Donovan just four months after he was appointed. In the days after Galway’s Division 1 league semi-final defeat to Kilkenny on Sunday, March 11, the Galway senior camogie panel unanimously passed a motion of no confidence in management.This vote of no confidence was then relayed to the county board executive. Officials subsequently met with management, with news of O’Donovan’s resignation breaking today.The new manager will be Galway’s fourth in less than two and a half years. The Tribeswomen, who won three of their five league games, begin their All-Ireland championship campaign on June 9.O’Donovan’s services have been retained in the role of Galway camogie coaching officer. In his departing statement as manager, he thanked the board for their “continued support” and his backroom team. O’Donovan also extended best wishes to the panel going forward.Efforts to contact the Galway camogie board for comment proved unsuccessful.O’Donovan, having guided Galway to All-Ireland U16 success in 2016 and 2017, was installed as senior manager in November of last year. Controversy surrounded the selection process as not all of the nominated candidates were interviewed by a five-person committee, as per Galway bye-laws.Two of the candidates, Noel Finn and Frank Browne, were given an opportunity to be re-interviewed. 2017 Mayo ladies football manager Browne declined, believing top-brass had already settled on O’Donovan.This was backed up by a county board email sent to clubs, which read: “Whilst we don’t envisage a change in the recommendations made, we are happy to offer Noel and Frank the opportunity to be re-interviewed by a five-person panel.”The chairman and secretary at the time, Frank Duane and Geraldine McGrath, failed to hold onto their respective positions at Convention three weeks later.Duane lost out to Gerry Hennelly by 45 votes to 35, while Claudia Nevin defeated McGrath by 44 votes to 36.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Moments after winning the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, double world champion driver Sebastian Vettel described his performance as “fantastic” and said he is very happy to win the first ever Formula One race hosted by this country.”Today is a fantastic performance. It is great to be winning the first ever Grand Prix of India. To put this arena so well is fantastic. Whole in one it is fantastic. I want to thank everyone for our win,” said Vettel who registered his 11th triumph of the season today.Vettel paid tribute to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli and IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon, who succumbed to fatal crashes recently while racing in different circuits.”We pray that every time nothing happens as Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon disappeared last week-end and we will never forget these young commited two drivers,” he said.The Red Bull driver said his team is still hungry to win and he is looking forward to races at Abu Dhabi and Brazil.”The car is fantastic. The team is enjoying the performance. When I walk in the garage, I see that the guys are working very hard. We are still hungry. It is a fantastic achievement. I am looking at the two next races,” said Vettel, who will next bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s 13 F1 win record in a season.The 24-year-old said the circuit was challenging and a good start was very important.”It is very challenging. It is very easy to go over the limit and to end up in the dust. Then you have to fight your way back. It is not so easy with traffic,” he said.advertisement”The start was important. I was focusing a lot on turn 3.It was crucial to have a clean exit. I was able to pull away in the first laps. Jenson pitted. We had to react. The second sting was more tricky to manage.”The tires were a bit of an issue. But I found the rhythm again. After Jenson pitted, we reacted the lap after. Then I was able to push. We wanted to have Jenson in the mirrors and that is where we kept him,” he added.Vettel said a new track poses many questions but now that they have the experience of racing here, they would have more data for next year.”It is always clear than when there is a new track there are many questions to answer. Like tire choice. We knew about the soft tires. We were not sure if we had to pit twice or three times. These days we get an idea about the track. It is different when it is new,” he said.”We have more data for next year and we can understand more for the car and for the setup. It is more difficult for strategy, set-up when the track is new. As of now, our life will be a lot easier.”McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, who finished second at the podium, said it was a fantastic race and dedicated it to Marco and Dan.”I am fantastically happy. I got a good start and then I was trying to match Sebastian’s pace. Yesterday I had a disaster in qualifying but it was a good race,” he said.”It was a tough week-end last week with two fatalities. I knew Dan very well. It is a very sad race. I think we should dedicate this race to Marco and Dan.”The 31-year-old British said he lacked pace to catch up with Vettel but overall it was a good race.”I had Mark behind me. I was able to pull away. It was a fun race. We did a good job. The pace is not quite there. But we will make up,” he said.”The race was very different. I had a good start and then it was about judging where to put the car on turn 3. You have to be very careful where to put the car on turn 3. Mark pushed me very hard. We had a go on turn 4. In the end it was tricky.”The guys on the team did a tremendous pit-stop. The pace was good. But when Sebastian was in the rhythm, we could not touche him. We did not have the pace.”I hope that Sebastian is not untouchable. He is difficult to challenge. We tried everything today. But Sebastian and Red Bull were untouchable. We hope we can challenge him,” he added.Button also congratulated his team and said they will push hard for a strong finish in the next two races.advertisement”I want to congratulate the team for winning the second place for constructor. This means we are strong for the next two races. I am very excited with the challenge from Abu Dhabi and Brazil,” he said.Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso too was pleased to finish third but rued their complicated start at the Budd International circuit today.”I am very pleased with this podium. It is fantastic to be on the podium on occasion of a first ever Grand Prix. As for us at Ferrari, we did not make the perfect start. We lost a few positions,” he said.”The second pit-stop was a bit complicated as we did two extra laps. The hard tires were not as good as the stops. The team did the right call. We were calm and we tried to take the advantage from the extra two laps.”In the last stint it was a bit of a question mark. Even if we were third at that point of the race, we were not sure how it would go. If more laps, the podium would have been more difficult,” he reckoned.Talking about the recent deaths of Marco and Dan, the 30-year-old Spanish said, “Mixed Feelings after sad days for motor-sports with two fatalities and we will remember these two fantastic friends.”Alonso also had good things to say about the circuit. “The circuit was fantastic for 60 laps. It is very nice to drive. It was a narrow line from normal line. It will improve. The circuit has a bit of everything: Hairpin, good start,” he said.”Two DRS zone which worked ok with more overtaking possibilities and a good combination of corners in 5th and 6th gear which we love to drive.”The circuit itself will improve too. There was too much sand the first day. Now the circuit is in a very good conditions. There were a bit of issued on the kerb with my team-mate, there will be a better solution on this subject to avoid any risk or any accident,” he added.Although two more races are still to go, both drivers and constructor champions have been decided and Alonso said his priority would be to focus on 2012.”Two races left and 13 points away from Jenson. There are 50 points still available in the last two races of the season.Finishing second is better than fifth. But it is not a big priority for us to get a better position in the championship.”This season, I will remember my win in Silverstone or a few great podiums. But once the championship is not in our hand, what can we do? The team worked well on my car. My priority will be 2012,” he signed off.