first_imgThe Globe and Mail 1 April 2018Family First Comment: Canada is the Niagara Falls of euthanasia! Very Brickendens are one of the few couples in Canada to receive a doctor-assisted death together, and the first to speak about it publicly.On March 27, George and Shirley died holding hands in their own bed in a Toronto retirement home.Their children, who watched from the foot of the bed, say the couple drew their last breaths at almost the same moment.Mrs. Brickenden’s body was wracked by rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition that turned her hands into swollen purple claws.Her heart was failing. She nearly died during an operation after she suffered a heart attack in 2016.That was enough for two doctors – as required by the law – to conclude in early 2017 that Mrs. Brickenden was eligible for an assisted death.Around the same time, two different physicians assessed Mr. Brickenden. The first felt that Mr. Brickenden’s advanced age and frailty made him a candidate for an assisted death, but the second disagreed because Mr. Brickenden did not have a specific underlying illness that made his death reasonably foreseeable, the standard set out in the legislation.READ MORE:   Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_imgStudents from universities across Southern California gathered at Hoffman Hall in the Marshall School of Business Friday through Sunday to compete in IBM’s Watson Academic case competition.Case in point · Sam Sharma, a graduate student studying systems architecture and engineering, presents his team’s ideas on Sunday, April 6. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanTwenty-seven teams, each comprised of four students from USC; University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, were introduced to IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor and were challenged to develop a unique idea for applying the Watson technology to a business or organization.The Watson technology reads and understands technology in a manner similar to the human brain. The Watson Engagement Advisor is a tool businesses can use to interact with their customers where they would otherwise need to use a trained worker.Over the first two days of the competition, representatives from IBM gave presentations to the students explaining how the technology works and the different ways it can be implemented. The teams then had until Sunday afternoon to come up with an idea for how the Watson Engagement Advisor could be used in a business, either real or fictitious.The teams first gave five-minute pitches to a panel of judges consisting of both IBM representatives and USC faculty. The judges chose five finalists to give longer, more detailed presentations later in the day. The winner was announced at an awards ceremony Sunday evening.Stephen Gold, IBM’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations of Watson Solutions, explained that the competition presented an opportunity for both the students and IBM.“For the students, it’s a great opportunity prior to them moving into the industry to get exposure for next-generation technology, think about the application of this technology and where in their chosen vocation they can put this to work,” Gold said. “We’re looking forward to hearing how these students envision the technology could take form.”Sam Sharma, a first-year graduate student majoring in systems architecture and engineering at USC, worked with his team to develop an idea to increase efficiency in a fictitious business called “Leaf,” a nutrition research and consulting company.Sharma saw the competition as a way to explore other industries and learn more about the potential business applications of technology such as Watson. His team decided to work with a company specializing in healthcare and nutrition to step outside of its comfort zone and try something different.“IBM is a reputable company, and they brought a product they developed for us to see its real-world applications and to what domains it can be applied,” he said. “I think it’s a good way for all of us to explore new industries and opportunities.”Sharma’s teammate, Li Xiang, a graduate student studying computer science, joined the competition to learn more about the cutting-edge technology.“I really wanted to expose new ideas for how to make use of this technology,” Xiang said. “I’m really fond of IBM’s Watson technology. I think it’s going to change the world.”The results of the competition were not available as of press time.last_img read more

first_imgThe Victory Bell rang loud and often on Saturday night, as USC lost its third straight game to the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins and ended its Pac-12 title aspirations this season.Losing control · Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler and the Trojans fell to UCLA for the third straight time on Saturday night. Kessler went 22-of-34 for 214 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) sacked redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler six times en route to their 38-20 win over the Trojans (7-4, 6-3) at the Rose Bowl. USC’s young offensive linemen appeared completely incapable of protecting Kessler, who finished the game with 214 yards and one touchdown and one interception.“It’s hard to get through progressions when guys are in the backfield,” Kessler said. “I tried to make some plays on the run and make some stuff happen, but they did a good job all around.”While Kessler and the Trojans struggled with execution, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns and became UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense.Hundley made one early mistake but ran the offense efficiently from there on out. On UCLA’s second offensive play of the game, Hundley forced a pass into tight coverage, and USC redshirt junior linebacker Anthony Sarao picked it off and ran in back for a 17-yard touchdown to give USC its only lead of the game.After stalling on the ensuing drive, UCLA punted to junior wideout Agholor, who fumbled the ball and allowed the Bruins to take over on the 8-yard line. UCLA made good on its nation’s-best 97.4 percent conversion rate in the red zone, and evened the score at 7-7. Agholor’s mistake shifted the momentum back toward the Bruins, and they never looked back.Agholor, who was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, severely disappointed after posting two straight games with more than 200 receiving yards. The Tampa, Florida, native dropped one potential touchdown and finished the game with just 24 yards on three catches.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian noted that the offense couldn’t execute when Kessler forced it to Agholor.“Sometimes when you throw the ball so much to one guy — not necessarily out of design, but that’s what happened the last couple weeks — you can potentially fall into a little trap of, ‘That’s where it should always go,’” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got other really good players. We’re at our best when the ball is getting deployed to a variety of people.”The Trojans went into halftime down 24-14 following a touchdown reception by sophomore tailback Justin Davis and three Hundley touchdowns to Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington, but the floodgates opened as soon as the second half began. The Bruins drove 84 yards down the field, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Paul Perkins, who surpassed USC redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen for the most rushing yards in the Pac-12.Allen, who averaged 118.4 yards per game coming into the matchup, finished with just 60 yards behind the shaky offensive line.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Zach Banner, who started at right tackle, felt his individual effort could have changed the course of the game.“I feel like I let my team down,” Banner said. “But, like Coach [Sarkisian] said, people make mistakes. Everybody’s gonna have mistakes. I just expect myself to be perfect.”The Trojans were far from perfect, though, converting just eight of 17 attempts on third down. UCLA wasn’t much better on third down, going just nine-for-16, but still looked dominant on both sides of the ball. Hundley, who has been hailed for his dual-threat capabilities, scampered into the end zone midway through the third quarter to give UCLA its biggest lead of the game, at 38-14.Despite being down by 24, Sarkisian said his team never let up.“I will say this: I am proud of our guys — their effort, their willingness to compete late in the game and battle,” Sarkisian said. “They came right together as a team, which is a hard thing to do through disappointment, through adversity, but again, I’ve been praising these guys for that all along.”The Trojans demonstrated their resolve late in the game by stringing together their longest drive: a 15-play, 91-yard sequence that resulted in an Allen rushing touchdown. But it was a thankless score, as a failed two-point conversion made it an 18-point game.Though it was a crushing defeat for the Trojans, Sarkisian insists the team will bounce back for its final home game of the season.“We’re not dead,” Sarkisian said. “We lost a football game.”last_img read more

first_imgA disastrous weekend for Nigerian and South African clubs in the CAF Champions League ended with all four representatives eliminated at the last 32 stage.Nigerians Kano Pillars fell to Moroccans Moghreb Tetouan despite a 2-1 second-leg victory through a late Rabiu Ali goal.Tetouan took a four-goal advantage into the return match and Mouhcine Iajour was the star of the tie, scoring a hat-trick in Morocco and another goal in Nigeria.Two-time champions Enyimba clung to a one-goal first-leg lead against Egyptians Smouha in Mediterranean port Alexandria until five minutes from time.But relentless pressure on a Nigerian outfit reduced to 10 men by the red-carding of Kingsley Sokari eventually told and they conceded two late goals.Hani Al-Egeizi converted a penalty and Hermann Kouao snatched the tie-clinching second goal in the final minute for the Champions League newcomers. Early exits are becoming uncomfortably common for both clubs with Pillars making a preliminary-round departure last year and Enyimba joining them on the 2014 scrapheap after the last-32 stage.South Africans Mamelodi Sundowns were also unable to defend a one-goal advantage on foreign soil, as they crumbled 3-1 at Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe.Goals from Zambian Rainford Kalaba, Tanzanian Mbwana Samata and Ivorian Roger Assale gave Mazembe control just before the hour mark in Lubumbashi.And the nationalities of the scorers illustrated the multi-country make-up of a Congolese side bankrolled by mining magnate Moise Katumbi.Substitute Percy Tau scored six minutes from time for Sundowns, another club led by a mining billionaire. Emerging Nigerian star Ighodaro Osaguona bagged a brace to earn Moroccans Raja Casablanca a 2-0 home win over Soweto outfit Kaizer Chiefs.Tall, thin and sporting a mohican haircut, Osaguona punished the tiring South Africans with a goal after 87 minutes and added another four minutes into stoppage time.A 50 000-plus flag-waving, singing crowd in the Stade Mohamed V created a wonderful atmosphere, but there was little goalmouth action during a cagey clash.Osaguona also scored the only first-leg goal and is joint leading Champions League scorer this season with Iajour on five.Ghanaians Asante Kotoko disappointed for the second successive season, losing 2-1 at home to Algerians El-Eulma after forcing a goalless first-leg draw. Having struggled to fund the trip to Congo Brazzaville, Kenyans Gor Mahia bowed out after a second 1-0 loss to AC Leopards with Cesaire Gandze scoring in both legs.Zambians Zesco United offered brave resistance against Guineans Kaloum in Bamako before losing a penalty shootout when Jackson Mwanza fired his spot-kick wide.Both Cameroonian clubs fell with Cosmos Bafia and Coton Sport suffering two-goal defeats away to Tunisians Esperance and Congolese Sanga Balende respectively.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

first_imgNiall’s amazing before and after pictures!A Letterkenny man has undergone an amazing transformation after admitting he genuinely feared for his life.Well-known tax consultant Niall Doherty has gone from flab to fab in just 11 short weeks.The Hawthorn Heights man weighed in at a gut-busting 17.7 stone and had to wear size 38 trousers. But after putting himself on an intense training and diet schedule, Niall is turning heads after getting into terrific shape.The 31 year old revealed he genuinely feared for his own health and well-being.“It got to the stage that I was worried that I was going to develop diabetes or have a heart-attack.“I just had to do something and I promised myself that I would seek out the right people to help me reach that goal,” he said. Those people were Seamus Fox and Reece Moore.Niall went to personal trainer Seamus, who runs the Evolve Gym in Derry, and asked him if he could help him.He also works with Letetrkenny-based Reece who runs the Fighting Fit Bootcamp.“Seamus told me that if I was honest with his programme then I could get into good shape and get healthy again.“I put my faith in him and stuck rigidly to the programme and I’m delighted to say that Seamus was right. “Without himself and Reece I just couldn’t have done it,” he said.But getting into the shape of his life wasn’t easy and Niall admits he took him pure dedication and many sacrifices to reach his goal.He had to weigh all his food each day, eating out was just not on and a grueling training schedule of intense weights and cardiovascular work was included.“It is not for everyone but I had to do it for myself. There are sacrifices. The idea of having a scone with a cup of tea is just not on,” he said. Niall says he is delighted that he has reached his goal – especially for the sake of his wardrobe!“I had a lot of clothes that haven’t fit me for years and I purposefully didn’t throw them out.“I can now fit into them and I’m delighted with that. But it is not for aesthetics or for other people – this has always been about me and my health,” he said.He knows he can never keep up this intensity but Niall says he knows what he must do to remain in a healthy weight.“I can allow myself a little leeway but I now know the science of what I must do to keep myself at this weight.“I never knew that before but Seamus and Reece showed me how to do that and I will always be grateful for that.“They showed me it can be done but it does take time and commitment,” he said.HOW NIALL UNDERWENT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION! was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more