This video answers the question: ““In a society where we place high value on freedom and individual choice, why don’t we allow people to choose the time and manner of their death?”
South Florida leads the state in coronavirus cases.Broward County has a total of 80 confirmed cases, Miami-Dade County has a total of 76 confirmed cases, and Palm Beach County has a total of 19 confirmed cases.The information has been compiled on the state’s new COVID-19 dashboard intended to keep “Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the state of the virus.” Officials say they will update the dashboard twice a day.
Despite a fourth place showing in league standings, hockey evaluators have noticed the Kootenay Wildcats possess a core group of exciting players.Why else would the B.C. Female AAA Hockey League selected no less than eight players to the upcoming All star game Sunday, at the Events Centre in Langley.Trail’s Christina Bonacci, Erin McLean and Katie Yuris, Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland, Castlegar’s Morgan Flynn, Kathryn Haegedorn of Kaslo, Shea Weighill of Nakusp and Holly Nikirk of Invermere were recently selected by B.C. Hockey to appear in the showcase contest.Kootenay manager Mike Bonacci was also selected to be at the game in an official capacity.It’s the most players ever selected for one All Star Game from the Wildcats.A total of 40 players — 12 defencemen, 24 forwards and four goalies — were selected from the five teams in the league.Players were selected based on on- and off-ice performances.An exciting component of the 2011 All Star Game is the skills competition that will be held for the participating all-star players during the intermissions.The skills event includes fastest skater and shoot out competition.Weighill gets honourable mentionIn other Female AAA news, Mackenzie Wong of the Fraser Valley Phantoms was selected player of the month for November.Wong led the Fraser Valley Phantom in points for November with one goal and five assists.The Phantom is currently undefeated with a 12-0 record, which puts them in first place within the FMAAA standings.Weighill, with four goals and three assists for the Wildcats, was one of four players on the honourable mention [email protected]
Clippers guard Lou Williams puts a shot up against the Lakers’ Josh Hart. APLOS ANGELES—Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.That’s when the Clippers’ four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went wild to win this basketball-loving city’s first rivalry game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lou Williams had a season-high 36 points and the Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half of a 118-107 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We were just a little sluggish,” Williams said. “We were just a step slow. We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren’t playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth.”The Clippers turned a seven-point deficit into a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter of their fourth win in five games. Williams torched his former team yet again, scoring 23 points in the second half, yet the game turned with the suffocating defense played by Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Avery Bradley and Sindarius Thornwell during that 22-0 run. —AP NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Pressure? No problem, ‘chill’ Kobe ready to help UP win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Justin Foxton and his wife Cathy aretackling the challenge of finding lovingfamilies for abandoned babies. Babies live in a cheerful environment andreceive the best of care until they areplaced with their new family.(Images: Justin Foxton)MEDIA CONTACTS • Justin FoxtonThe Baby House+27 31 561 4282 or +27 82 354 1839RELATED ARTICLES• Fighting crime by saying hello• Community crime-fighting at its best• SA children taught the game of life• HIV lessons: starting with the young• New eye care unit for KZN childrenJanine ErasmusWith initiatives such as Stop Crime Say Hello, marketing whizzkid, social commentator and self-titled passionate South African Justin Foxton is committed to changing the country for the better.After a five-year stay in the UK, Foxton returned to his home country in 2008 and, concerned by the situation of crime and violence – and the South African attitude to that situation, which was often one of apathy or helplessness – he became determined to do something.Now in its fourth year, Foxton’s social initiative Stop Crime Say Hello encourages citizens to communicate and treat their fellows with dignity and respect, rather than live in fear of each other. All it takes is a simple “hello” – and, Foxton argues, one small act of friendship could easily lead to bigger ones.Believing that an earlier intervention could have an even greater positive effect, some months ago Foxton launched a new project aimed at helping to promote an environment of peace and tolerance in South Africa.Under the umbrella of The Peace Agency, his own NGO that works towards social justice, he has set up the Baby House, a crisis centre and place of safety for orphaned and abandoned babies.Foxton and his wife Cathy run the centre, which opened in mid-2010, from their own home in Umhlanga, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.The Baby House is registered with the Durban branch of Child Welfare, and with Habit – the HIV Abandoned Babies and Infants Trust.It’s one of three Habit baby homes run in the area by that organisation, to care for babies in the transition phase between abandonment and placement in an adoptive or foster family.According to Foxton, the couple converted a portion of their house in order to run the centre from there.“We have four cots and a dedicated team of supporters and carers who help us keep the babies safe until a suitable family has been identified,” he says.Although this may seem like a small contribution compared to the enormity of the national situation of hundreds of thousands of abandoned children, he concedes, you have to start somewhere.And if more people set up baby houses, more babies would find loving homes.“We’re just ordinary people,” he says, “but this way we can make a difference in our community.”The centre is small for a reason, says Foxton. “We don’t want to become another orphanage, but by keeping our operations to a manageable scale we know we can do the absolute best for the kids who end up with us.”Rapid response to a desperate situationOne of the big reasons for abandonment is sheer desperation. A new mother may not have the means to even feed her baby, or an HIV-positive mom can think of no way to give her new-born a chance at survival other than to leave the child near to where she knows help is available – a church, clinic, or hospital.However, a rapid response and antiretroviral medication within 72 hours of birth cuts down on the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate.“In the last 18 months we’ve had 11 babies, and not one has left us with HIV,” says Foxton.They’re not orphans, he adds – they’re just babies, and there should be no stigma attached to the fact that they will be adopted.“We work closely with Child Welfare to find exactly the right parents for our babies.”The aim is to get all Baby House infants adopted, but within a reasonable period so that adoptive parents don’t miss out on milestones such as teething, crawling and walking.Moreover, the team works hard to ensure that on the big day each infant is in the pink of health. Babies are clothed, fed, medicated, inoculated, and generally fussed over by the willing band of helpers, many of whom are volunteers who give up an hour here and there to care for the infants.The team wants every adoption to be excellent, says Foxton. Prospective parents will get to spend time with their baby and bond with him or her before the final handover, and they will receive a comprehensive file of their child’s progress so far, along with many photos.Adopting need not be difficultFoxton also aims to unify players involved in adoption in South Africa, and “get conversations going about adoptions”, so that any problems can be streamlined.He says that the process of adopting is not as smooth as it could be, mainly because the state has made it unnecessarily difficult. While the children do need to be protected, and the existing legislation – the Children’s Act of 2005 – does this effectively, there are a few hiccups in the system.For instance, when an abandoned child is found and is ready to be adopted, the agency is compelled to take out an advertisement in local newspapers for 90 days, to give the mother, father or other family the chance to come forward and take responsibility for the child.In an interview in November 2011 with a Durban newspaper, Foxton cited the example of a child who was at the Baby House for eight months because there was no free space in the newspaper to place the required advert.When a mother gives up her child for adoption, she has 60 days after signing the consent form to change her mind. In both cases, Foxton believes the deadline should be 21 days for the sake of the child, especially if he or she is in an overcrowded institution where caregivers have many children to look after and may not be able to give any more attention than the bare minimum.“Otherwise, adoption is not entirely the daunting process that it’s made out to be – in most cases the parents are vetted within six weeks and they have their baby within months.”There are also cultural stumbling blocks. In traditional communities especially, the thought of giving a child up for adoption is unthinkable. There’s even a proverb that claims it takes a village to raise a child.But this mindset comes at the expense of healing for the nation and, says Foxton, it is time for a rethink.“It is important to know where you came from, to have an identity, but equally important is our African philosophy of ubuntu, where we care for each other. We believe that the two concepts can go hand in hand.”Reducing crime by identifying social needsIn the three and a half years since the launch of Stop Crime Say Hello, says Foxton, the organisation has identified a number of issues which create an environment conducive to crime.“Also, we’ve established that social crimes constitute the vast majority of all those committed in South Africa, 90% in fact.”Often these crimes are committed by young men between the ages of 16 and 25.“Mentorship and a good, strong example set by older men are critical if we are to help these boys stay away from a life of crime.”And many of these young criminals are orphans, says Foxton, for whom crime is their only way of surviving.“We have to consider our citizen responsibility to these kids,” said Foxton, “and ask ourselves what helping role we can play. Unless we step in to improve the situation, social issues like crime will never be resolved.”
The new free financial management app, Military & Money, by McGraw-Hill and the Better Business Bureau offers users instructional videos, financial calculators, and tips for increasing savings and building budgets on the go. The app’s developers say this new product is ideal for military members and military families because of the strain that comes from a dynamic lifestyle that includes deployments, frequent moves and other demands everyday life places on military families’ financial management.The app is available for free download from iTunes and can be used on the iPhone and iPad.The Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Web Conference Coordinator, Dr. Michael Gutter, took this app for a spin on his iPad and found it offered good key tips. However, the savings plan doesn’t allow users to tie their plan to a goal. Additionally, he found the debt program lacking and wished the app integrated PowerPay.Have you used the Military & Money Financial App? Offer your own review in the comments.Review: Military & Money App by Military Families Learning Network is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The Health Ministry’s vector control programme has received a boost with the addition of 14 new vehicles to its fleet, to assist in further controlling the dengue outbreak, which is now on the decline.Speaking at the handing over of the vehicles by the National Health Fund (NHF), at its Marcus Garvey Drive pharmaceutical division, on Friday (January 11), Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the vehicles will be particularly helpful in rural areas and hilly terrain, where accessibility for fogging has been challenging.He informed that the $38 million for the vehicles was sourced from an allocation of $111 million that Cabinet decided on, after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, to deal with the dengue control programme until March 31, 2013. Dr. Ferguson disclosed that from the allocation, some 28 fogging machines were also acquired, with plans for a total of 40 to be purchased.“The expectation is that we will get the additional 20 fogging machines this month,” the Minister noted.Meanwhile, the Health Minister said in the last six weeks, there has been a reduction in the number of new dengue cases. Between January and December 22 last year, there were 5,613 clinically suspected cases; however, there were only 746 laboratory confirmations. Ten persons died from the disease during the period.Dr. Ferguson emphasised that despite the reduction, the ministry will not be letting up on control efforts and continues to appeal to all households and businesses to continue to make every effort to destroy breeding sites. He said the ministry will continue with fogging activities and the removal of breeding sites of the aedes egypti mosquitoes, pointing out that between January and December 2012, and particularly in the month of September, over 2,000 communities were fogged, with repeated fogging in some. “Concurrently, approximately 78,932 premises have been searched and approximately 179,390 containers inspected for mosquito vectors. Some 34,739 were found positive (and) 38,645 containers have been treated,” he outlined informed.The Minister added that some 273 tyre shops, 105 garages and 44 dump sites have been inspected and treatment administered where breeding locations were found.
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement It was billed as a battle between the fictional worlds of Westeros and Gilead.In the end, the epic fantasy Game of Thrones won for best dramatic series, emerging victorious over The Handmaid’s Tale at the 70th annual Emmy Awards on Monday night.It wasn’t a sure thing: Dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale won last year, and the Margaret Atwood adaptation remains prescient in the #MeToo era, and an age when women’s abortion rights are under threat. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Game of Thrones, despite being absent from the ballots last year, roared back to prominence. It was already the most decorated scripted show in Emmy history, but after a 13-month absence, the series seemed vulnerable to fickle voters and the red tide of the handmaids. But voters chose escapism over an alternate reality that perhaps hit too close to home.Despite the focus on the headline contest between well-established incumbents for best drama, this was ostensibly an Emmy Awards night about diversity. But it didn’t quite deliver on the mission statement.Inside the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, an entertaining musical number featured John Legend, Ricky Martin, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson singing, tongue firmly planted in cheek, that they had solved the lack of diversity in Hollywood.“This year has the most diverse group in Emmy history,” said Thompson. “It’s one step closer to a Black Sheldon.” Login/Register With: Twitter
APTN NewsAlberta will soon become the second province in Canada to apologize to 60s Scoop survivors.APTN News has confirmed that Premier Rachel Notley will make the apology in the legislature on May 28.“In the spirit of reconciliation, the province has been working closely with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to understand the impact of the Sixties Scoop,” said a statement from the ministry of children’s services.SSISA and the Alberta government have been in talks about the adoptees would like from an apology.“Earlier this year, we held engagement sessions across the province, where we listened to hundreds of survivors and families impacted by this dark chapter in Canadian history,” the statement from the ministry said.“Throughout the process, survivors and families were clear that an apology is necessary for reconciliation. We look forward to the 28th, and thank SSISA, survivors, and their families for their strength and resiliency.”Word of the apology first circulated on social media in early May.The announcement coincides with a federal court approval of the Sixties Scoop settlement.Justice Michel shore approved the settlement on May 11 in a Saskatoon courtroom.In the days immediately following the Alberta apology, an Ontario court will make the final approval on the settlement and then a nine-month application period will open for claimants.The only other province to apologize for the apprehension and adoption of Indigenous children was Manitoba in [email protected]@aptnnews
You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. All postseason, FiveThirtyEight’s MLB projections have had a lot of doubts about the Cleveland Indians — our forecast didn’t even think they would make it out of the division series. In the video above, Neil Paine explores the chances that Cleveland’s expectation-defying streak will continue in the World Series against the mighty Cubs. Share on Facebook