Right-to-die activists reveal euthanasia for Dutch patient with severe dementia

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yesterday, it was revealed that a 64-year-old Dutch woman with severe dementia has become the first patient in the country to be euthanized after she became unable to consent. In the Netherlands, patients can request assisted dying if they are of sound mind. In this case, the woman — who is known to have been a long-time political supporter of assisted dying — signed a request for assisted dying while she was capable of doing so.

The woman was assisted to die in March according to Walburg de Jong, a spokesman for Right to Die-NL, a group that supports assisted dying. De Jong noted that it is an “important step” for euthanasia activists: “before, patients dying by euthanasia were at really very early stages of dementia, which was not the case with this woman”.

The Netherlands has had legal voluntary euthanasia since a change in the law which came into force in April 2002.

Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”


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Are you too embarrassed to smile? Do you have cavities or obvious discoloration on your teeth that keeps you from smiling? Youre not the only one who has this problem. There are many people that have basic dental needs that are unable to get taken care of because its just too expensive. This is completely natural to feel this way and it really has a negative impact on a persons self-esteem after awhile. Is there anything that can be done about it? Read on.

Cosmetic dentistry, for most people anyway, is a luxury. Dental insurance does not cover it, even if you have had the policy for a long period of time because it is not considered necessary. Im referring to things such as teeth whitening or bleaching.


There is one option that you may not have heard of. Its called a dental discount plan. Dental discount plans are not insurance, they are simply a discount for service fee that enables you to save a substantial amount of money off of every day dental needs. Standard savings are anywhere from 10 to 60%, depending on the service needed, the area in which you live and the plan which you choose. You must see a participating dentist within the network.

Not all dental discount plans cover cosmetic dentistry either, however, there are a few that do. The savings on cosmetic dentistry is normally around 20%, which doesnt seem like a whole lot, but the savings can still be substantial. Think about it for a moment. 20% of a $200 procedure will save you $40. This is just an example, of course. The cost to participate in most of these dental discount plans start out at around $80 annually for an individual and around $150 annually or a family.

Cosmetic dentistry is not the only thing covered on these plans. Youll also save on just about any other dental procedure that you can think of such as dentures, bridge work, cleanings, extractions, x-rays and much, much more. If you dont currently have any type of dental care plan, a highly recommend that you take a look at dental discount plans. Their the best deal around.

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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Stage collapse at Christian rock concert

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Over 40 people were injured, three of them seriously, after the auditorium floor collapsed at a church in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.

Around 9:20 pm PDT Friday night an approximated 900 square foot section of the stage and floor collapsed at a Starfield concert attended by as many as 1200 people at Central Heights Church. Reports from the concert goers indicate that sound and lighting scaffolds collapsed onto the front section of the stage and mosh pit, though it is not yet clear whether this was the cause of or the result of the floor collapsing into the basement 15 feet below.

Abbotsford Police Constable Casey Vinet stated that all available city police, fire and ambulance units responded to the scene, along with units from neighboring jurisdictions.

Renault F1 launch criminal complaint against former driver over race-fixing allegation

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Renault F1 have hit back at their sacked driver Nelson Piquet Jr. after a leaked transcript of his evidence to the sport’s governing body revealed he claimed to have been ordered to crash to fix a race. They have taken their case to the police.

Renault now has to appear before the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) on September 21 to answer a race-fixing charge. They have also made a complaint to the French police against Piquet and his father Nelson Piquet Sr., claiming blackmail and false allegations. “Renault F1 Team and its managing director Flavio Briatore have commenced criminal proceedings against Nelson Piquet Jr. and Nelson Piquet Sr. concerning the making of false allegations and a related attempt to blackmail the team into allowing Piquet Jr. to drive for the remainder of the 2009 season. The matter will also be referred to the police in Britain.” Piquet Sr. is a three-times former world champion.

Piquet Jr. crashed in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix just after an early pit stop for Fernando Alonso, bringing out the safety car. As the cars ahead of Alonso went in for fuel under the safety car, he moved up the pack to take victory. Piquet Jr. was sacked after the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

“I was asked by Mr Flavio Briatore and [engineer] Mr. Pat Symonds to deliberately crash my car in order to positively influence the performance of the Team at the event,” said Piquet Jr. “I agreed to this proposal and caused my car to hit a wall and crash during lap 13/14 of the race.” He added “At the time of this conversation, I was in a very fragile and emotional state of mind – brought about by intense stress due to the fact that Mr Briatore had refused to inform me of whether or not my contract would be renewed for the next racing year.”

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh undergoes heart bypass; Pranab Mukherjee takes charge

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh received a successful coronary artery bypass surgery and was recuperating well in the state-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sunday.

Dr. Manmohan Singh is the 17th and current Prime Minister of the Republic of India. He also serves as the Union Minister for Finance, succeeding P. Chidambaram.

“The 76-year-old Prime Minister is doing fine now. He is conscious, stable, comfortable and is making rapid progress. He also met his family and congratulated all doctors. [His] ventilator has been taken off and he is breathing on his own. This is an important step,” said Dr. Ramakant Panda, one of the surgeons, after the 11-hour procedure on Saturday.

According to critical care specialist Dr. Vijay D’Silva, who has been entrusted with his post-operative care, Singh has been given a liquid diet since morning including a cup of tea, and was speaking to doctors after the procedure. “The way you [doctors] are taking care of me, you should also take care of other people”, Dr. D’Silva, who received his basic medical training in Nagpur and headed the ICU at Mumbai’s Jaslok and Lilavati Hospitals before he helped set up the ICU at the ultra-modern Asian Heart Institute, quoted Singh as saying.

“We started the operation at 7:45 am. The second operation always takes longer and makes it difficult to reach the heart. We did a total of five by-passes to clear multiple blockages in his arteries. Surgery was the long term answer since there were many blockages. We will take the PM out of the breathing machine in the next 2-3 hours and the PM should stay for three days in the ICU and then 4-5 days more in the hospital,” Drs. Panda and D’Silva explained.

Singh’s personal physician and AIIMS cardiac surgeon, Dr. K. S. Reddy, has predicted the PM will be allowed to attend to some official work in two weeks, to most of the duties in four weeks and will be able to resume office in six weeks. “PM was sent to the Operation Theatre at 6:40 am, surgery was done at 8:45 am and was concluded at 7:30 pm. PM was sent back to the ICU at 8:55 pm,” said Dr. Reddy.

“The team has brought about 20 boxes of special equipment with it. Earlier, Dr. K. S. Reddy had discussions with Dr. Panda in connection with the line of treatment to be followed,” the team of 11 doctors said.

The team of surgeons made a 6 to 7 inch incision along the scar that marked the PM’s 1990 bypass operation, and he was given five grafts. “The new grafts, all 3 mm long, will last the PM the rest of his life,” said Dr. Pradyot Kumar Rath from the Asian Heart Institute. “If the PM could have been so active with all the blockages, he can be even more active now,” Dr Panda said.

Singh underwent a coronary angiography at the AIIMS hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday and was discharged on Thursday. The tests results revealed multiple arterial blockages and Singh returned to hospital on Friday for pre-surgery tests.

External Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, age 73, has been given the charge of Finance Ministry after he held meetings with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and then Prime Minister Singh. Mukherjee said he would meet the Prime Minister because he was going for treatment and when he was abroad, Singh was in hospital. “These are quite natural things. You should not be unnecessarily worried over and coming here in large numbers,” he said.

Mukherjee has also taken charge over some prime ministerial responsibilities, while Singh recovers, officials and media reports said. But no acting prime minister has been named while Singh is recuperating. Mukherjee will also preside over Cabinet meetings and will further handle coal, environment and forests, including information and broadcasting and finance portfolios.

Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, a native of West Bengal, India, is the Minister for External Affairs of India in the Manmohan Singh-led Government of India. A prominent leader of the Indian National Congress in the 14th Lok Sabha, he is known to be a competent party apparatchik, “a prominent Gandhi family loyalist who did not win a popular election until 2004”.

Singh, a diabetic, underwent a bypass surgery in Britain in 1990 and had an angioplasty in 2004 in Delhi in which stents were introduced in his arteries. He had earlier been operated for a benign enlarged prostate in 2007, and for nerve compression in both wrists in 2006 and cataract removal procedure last year, officials said.

The Congress Party, which leads the coalition Government, has said that he will remain Prime Minister if Congress and its allies win again. But Congress is reportedly planning to replace him, possibly within two years, with Rahul Gandhi, the 38-year-old son of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born Congress leader. “Days are not far off for Rahul Gandhi to become Indian Prime Minister,” Mr Mukherjee said earlier this month.

Rahul is an Indian politician and member of the Parliament of India, representing the Amethi constituency. He is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the most prominent political family in India. He is the son of current Italian-born Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991. Gandhi was 14 years old when his grandmother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her security guards. His great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first Prime Minister of India, and his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru was a distinguished leader of the Indian independence movement.

Risk Management

Piano Lessons And Practice Should Feel Good

Submitted by: Daniel E. Friedman

Don t you get it? What the heck is wrong with you?

I can t tell you how many times I ve heard students and even professionals say similar quotes to themselves in a moment of frustration. Here are some more gems:

I can t believe I mucked that up. I m so dumb.

Come on you idiot CONCENTRATE!

Oh, that s just great. I m playing like a complete moron.

AHHHH Stupid, stupid, stupid

The funny thing is that beating oneself up seems perfectly acceptable to some. However, can you imagine the ramifications if a teacher said the last above quote to a student? They would either be dismissed immediately or be given a swift and stern reprimand.


So what s the harm in putting yourself down as a means of creating motivation? Undoubtedly it could be quite effective for some types of personalities. In fact, in desperate circumstances, when you have to react to a possible life or death event, this tactic may be absolutely necessary.

Imagine, for example, that you ve begun crossing a busy intersection without looking both ways, and an eighteen wheeler almost crashes into you. Here are some comments that the trucker might give you in a moment of heated emotion:

You idiot watch where you re going!

Grow some eyes, you imbecile!

Although these comments are hurtful, they offer the shaken pedestrian plenty of room for reflection. Maybe I should be more careful. I almost got killed , would probably be one of the first thoughts that a shaken individual in that circumstance would reflect upon. That s a good thing!

Here s the catch. Piano lessons and piano practice are not life threatening. To my knowledge, they never have been. If your lessons are, then please switch teachers. Last I heard, teachers are not customarily swearing at students during scale practice, ready to beat them with nun chucks at the first sign of a wrong note.

Here are some self-motivating comments that will make you feel good about yourself:

Come on. You can do better.

Slow down. Let s take things one at a time.

Take a deep breath and be patient. This is a long process.

Hey, I may be having a bad day, but I m better than I was last week!

Say to yourself what you think a good teacher would say to you. You ll find your progress in music will increase tenfold. You will not be easily prone to temper tantrums and you ll be far less likely to obtain the dreaded byproduct of too much stress a big, ugly MUSIC ULCER.

As a final thought, piano teachers (or any teacher) that repeatedly criticizes wrong notes, having a bad day, or poorly thought out musical interpretations in a negative and vicious way should be abandoned immediately. Positive criticism for a musician or any artist (especially students) is imperative.

It is highly difficult to be expressive and creative with a battered ego and an inferiority complex. Unfortunately, these are two very probable byproducts of negative criticism and verbal abuse. If your emotional expressiveness on an instrument is derived from your life experience, then you must be positive in order to give the best of yourself.

Life is difficult enough. If an artist must feel all emotions, then there s plenty of suffering and pain out there for an artist to draw upon. However, in your own privacy, create balance and harmony. Be your own best friend.

Have a happy, healthy musical day.

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Hser Nar Moo, missing Utah girl, found dead

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Seven year old Hser Nar Moo, who went missing from her home in South Salt Lake, Utah Tuesday, has been found dead less than 100 feet from her home.

South Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Snyder said at a news conference, “Once inside the apartment, they observed some evidence that led them to the bathroom of the apartment, where they discovered the body of Hser Nay Moo.”

It has not been made public how the girl died. “There is some trauma present, and that’s all I’m going to say,” Snyder said.

As of Wednesday morning, police have five men in custody for questioning. Witnesses say that four of them are Burmese immigrants living in the same apartment complex as the child’s family.

Nar Moo was last seen alive at her home on Monday at around 2:00 PM MDT (UTC-6), and was reported missing at around 6:30 PM. An AMBER alert was issued at 9:42 AM yesterday, before her body was found in the bathroom of a neighbor.

The seven year old Asian girl was described as being 3 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 45 lbs, with brown eyes and long black hair. She was wearing a pink dress to her knees and pink Croc shoes at the time when she went missing.

Police reported that she spoke very little English, though she did understand some. It is believed her family is from Burma.

The AMBER Alert issued yesterday is no longer active because of the discovery of the body.

New South Wales Liberal leader attempts suicide

Friday, September 2, 2005

Australian New South Wales Liberal Party leader John Brogden was found to have attempted suicide in his electoral office late on the night of August 30, after he resigned due to heavy media criticism of comments he had made against the previous Government premier Bob Carr‘s wife, Helena Carr. Mr Brogden called her a “mail-order bride”.

He was rushed to a North Shore hospital. Carr, who originally had stated he did not accept Brogden’s earlier apology, later capitulated, stating that his wife had asked to forgive him.

It was also argued whether The Daily Telegraph newspaper, which was aiming to release new allegations of sexual harassment after Brogden had resigned, played any part in the suicide attempt. Many in the community, such as Rod Tiffen of the University of Sydney, on ABC Radio National’s The Media Report had decried tabloid journalism and the Telegraph for “only wait[ing] till the man’s down before they start kicking” with allegations that were found to be unsourced, whilst the editor of the Telegraph, David Penberthy, claimed that they were only acting in their duty to publish what they had discovered, and said that “to say that [Brogden’s attempt] is our fault off the basis of one story is I think, just fatuous.”

One political editor, Andrew West, for The Australian, a publication produced by the same company that owns The Daily Telegraph, resigned over the placement of his byline on a story where he said he only produced a memo noting the unreliability of the sources for a similar story that the Telegraph were to publish.