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New Zealand mosque shooter to represent himself at sentencing

first_imgAt a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant’s lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client.However, the judge ordered “standby counsel” to be available next month in case Tarrant — who appeared in the Christchurch court via video link from an Auckland prison — changes his mind.New Zealand Muslim Association president Ikhlaq Kashkari questioned Tarrant’s motives, saying victims could be re-traumatized if the gunman were allowed to spout far-right rhetoric from the dock.”My first concern when I read this was ‘Oh my God, what’s this guy up to, is he going to use this as a platform to promote his views and thoughts?’,” he told AFP. Topics : ‘He wants attention’ In March 2019, Tarrant gunned down Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers at two Christchurch mosques, live-streaming the killings as he went.His victims included children, women and the elderly.The former gym instructor unexpectedly reversed his not-guilty plea in March this year, removing the need for a lengthy trial.The terror and murder charges all carry life sentences, setting a minimum non-parole period of 17 years while also giving the judge power to imprison without the possibility of release. New Zealand does not have the death penalty.Survivors and the families of victims will be present during the three-day sentencing hearing and Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand spokeswoman Anjum Rahman said many would not want to hear from Tarrant.While she did not want to speculate on Tarrant’s motive for representing himself, she said: “He has shown in the past that he likes to get attention and he wants attention.”I feel this is all part of that mindset.” “A lot of people are still going through trauma and this was seen as one of those events that would give them closure. I hope it’s not going to be something that will trigger more pain instead.” The gunman behind New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views.Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year’s massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.He has pleaded guilty to the charges.last_img read more

Euthanasia Flyer is Misleading and Biased

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 20 July 2020Family First Comment: Andrew Little (Minister of Propaganda) is up to his tricks again – this time on the euthanasia referendum. Shocking.“The government’s summary misrepresents the End of Life Choice Act. It oversimplifies one of the eligibility criteria and overstates the protections against pressure.”“The Government’s official information on the End of Life Choice Act referendum is misleading and biased,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.“The government’s summary misrepresents the End of Life Choice Act. It oversimplifies one of the eligibility criteria and overstates the protections against pressure.”Euthanasia doesn’t need to be a last resortThe flyer identifies one of the eligibility criteria as, “experience unbearable suffering that cannot be eased”.“This statement is misleading, because it implies that a person would be eligible only if no treatment exists”, says Ms Joubert.In reality, the Act states that an eligible person needs to “experience unbearable suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that the person considers tolerable”.“The Act would allow an eligible person to receive a lethal dose if they refused treatment. A person can refuse treatment that would relieve their suffering. The person would not even need to try the treatment. They would only need to say that they don’t consider it tolerable,” says Ms Joubert.“Under the End of Life Choice Act, euthanasia doesn’t need to be a last resort.”Weak protections against pressure“The government flyer overstates the protections against pressure and does not use the wording from the Act”, remarks Ms Joubert.“The flyer uses the heading, ‘Making sure the choice is freely made’. This phrase is not impartial nor factual, because the Act does not use this phrase and makes no such guarantee.“Whether the Act’s clauses are sufficient to ‘make sure the choice is freely made’ is a matter of personal opinion, not fact,” she says.The flyer goes on to state, “The doctor must do their best to make sure that a person’s choice to ask for assisted dying is their own.” This is an overstatement of what the Act actually requires.The Act requires only one doctor to only “do their best to ensure the person expresses their wish free from pressure from another person”.“What might ‘do their best’ mean to a busy doctor? It’s a subjective requirement that cannot be measured or enforced,” she says.“The doctor doesn’t need to have met the person before and doesn’t need to speak to the person face-to-face. During an online consultation the person’s abuser could be sitting in the same room and pressuring them to request assisted dying without the doctor being aware of it.”“The word ‘decision’ has a wider meaning than ‘express their wish’. A person could ‘express their wish’ free from pressure, even if their ‘decision’ to request assisted dying was influenced by pressure or abuse that occurred earlier. As many victims of psychological abuse know, a skilled manipulator can make a victim mistakenly believe that something is their own choice.”Unlike the Australian, US and Canadian laws, the End of Life Choice Act does not require any independent witnesses.No independent witnesses are required when the person expresses their wish; when they confirm their wish by signing a form; or when they receive the lethal dose.“If a health professional put pressure on the person, their guilt could be impossible to prove. The only witness may be dead”, warns Ms Joubert.The doctor is required to check for pressure by speaking to “health professionals who are in regular contact with the person” and to family members who are “approved by the person”.“This is a very weak safeguard, considering the fact that many adults do not have regular contact with health professionals and do not live with family members.  Pressure from a boyfriend, girlfriend, caregiver, employer, friend, flatmate or neighbour could easily remain unreported.”Only if the doctor or nurse practitioner suspects that a person is not “expressing their wish free from pressure from any other person”, do they need to stop the process.“The only pressure acknowledged in the Act is pressure from another person. Nobody would be required to check for pressure coming from a group; or pressure due to poverty, homelessness, loneliness, depression; or pressure due to a lack of timely access to medical care or assisted living support.”Ms Joubert laments, “A person who lacks the support they need will not be making a free choice.”Conclusion“The government’s summary does not represent the End of Life Choice Act accurately”, warns Ms Joubert. “We encourage the public to also read the Act for themselves.”“This referendum is not about our personal views on whether euthanasia or ‘assisted dying’ should be legal in principle. We are not voting on a concept.“We are voting on the details of a specific piece of legislation. Regardless of our personal views, each one of us needs to decide whether we support the finer details of this particular Act.”ENDSlast_img read more

Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona training on Friday

first_imgSpanish radio stations Cadena Ser and Cadena Cope both outlined the news on Thursday evening to allay concerns that the Argentine star had an injury concern worse than first feared.The 32-year-old did not train with his Blaugrana teammates on Wednesday or Thursday and has instead been working on an individual training programme in the club’s gym facilities, as highlighted by Diario Sport.There had been fears that the Argentine star’s fitness issue may be worse than first feared and could have come at the worst possible time, with the club set to play their final 11 rounds of league action in a condensed timeframe.Read Also: Man City, Inter waited for Messi to signify he wanted Barca exitMessi is the top scorer in La Liga this campaign with 19 goals to his name (averaging one goal per 99 minutes) and is five strikes clear of Karim Benzema (14) in second place.Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the league’s summit ahead of La Liga returning next week.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi will return to first-team training with Barcelona on Friday after two days of individual work in the gym.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowShocking Robots That Exist And Function Very Similar To HumansWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Djokovic crashes out of US Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic’s left shoulder was aching, his chances were fading in the fourth round against Stan Wawrinka and, soon enough, the US Open’s defending champion and No 1 seed was out of the tournament, leaving to a chorus of boos. Djokovic shook his head as he walked over to the chair umpire to say he was retiring from the match because of that shoulder while trailing 6-4 7-5 2-1 and being thoroughly outplayed on Monday. “The pain was constant for weeks now,” Djokovic said. Perhaps confused by the sudden turn of events, and likely disappointed in the brevity of the show they got to watch for their expensive tickets, some spectators jeered as Djokovic walked off the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to head toward the locker room, his two equipment bags over his other shoulder. He responded with a thumbs-up. “I’m sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to see a full match, and just wasn’t to be,” Djokovic said at his news conference. “I mean, a lot of people didn’t know what’s happening, so you cannot blame them.” The 32-year-old Serb explained that he had been “taking different stuff to kill the pain instantly; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.” Djokovic had won 36 of his past 37 Grand Slam matches, and four of the last five major titles, in one of the most dominant stretches the sport has seen. That pushed his Slam trophy total to 16, moving within four of Roger Federer’s record 20, and within two of Rafael Nadal’s 18.Tags: Novak DjokovicRafael NadalStan Wawrinkalast_img read more

FIFA U17 World Cup: Eaglets eye early ticket to Round of 16 after Buhari’s pep talk

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available The camp of Nigeria’s U17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, in Brazil has been much energised by the words of love and encouragement by President Muhammadu Buhari and the players are looking to qualify for the competition’s Round of 16 when they play Ecuador on Tuesday evening in Goiania.The President on Sunday congratulated the boys for the 4-2 lashing of Hungary in their opening match on Saturday, which put them at the top of Group B on goals difference ahead of Ecuador, 2-1 winners over Australia.In a statement released by presidential aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari, under whose watch as Nigeria’s leader the Golden Eaglets won the first of their five world titles (as military Head of State in 1985) and their most recent one (as civilian President in 2015), expressed confidence in the ability of the Eaglets to win a sixth title in Brazil.The statement said: “It was a wonderful display that I am very proud of. You showed that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination and perseverance. I have followed your journey leading to your arrival in Brazil for the competition. I have equally noted your determination and confidence throughout your preparations.“I have no doubt in my mind that you are determined to win the competition for an unparalleled sixth time.”Indeed, perseverance, persistence and determination characterized the Eaglets’ 4-2 win over Hungary, as they pushed and pushed until they got three goals in six minutes in the second half to turn the game on its head.Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash with Ecuador at the same Estadio Olimpico, starting at 9pm Nigeria time, promises to be explosive, with both teams aware that victory would mean an early slot in the championship’s Round of 16.Captain Samson Tijani on Monday said: “We are very happy to have seen the congratulatory messages by Mr. President. Our morale has been lifted even higher, and we will go into the match against Ecuador with greater determination to win.”—  Tags: Pep talklast_img read more

Pardew clarifies 4-0 ‘joke’

first_img Press Association Fans have voiced their dismay over Pardew’s comment in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 win at QPR, which secured the club’s Barclays Premier League status, that he did not care if they lost 4-0 to the Gunners at St James’ Park on Sunday. However, the 51-year-old has moved to assure them he was joking and that nothing could be further from the truth. Pardew told the club’s official website: “I know people will have picked up on my comments about not caring about the result against Arsenal, which were, of course, a joke. It is definitely not the case that I would be happy for us to lose 4-0 against Arsenal on Sunday. I simply want our players and fans to be able to enjoy the game without looking over their shoulders.” He added: “Even though we are now safe, we will be putting in the same effort that we would for any other Premier League game. “Our last two results at St James’ Park – against Sunderland and Liverpool – have been nowhere near good enough, and Sunday gives us the chance to put that right. “We want to end the season on a positive, to finish in as high a position as possible and to give the fans something to cheer about on the final day of what has been a frustrating season. “Arsenal will be doing everything they can to try to achieve a Champions League spot and we won’t make it easy for them, make no mistake about that. “This is a game everyone at this football club wants to win.” The Magpies’ last two home games have been nothing short of dismal – arch-rivals Sunderland left with a 3-0 victory on April 14 and Liverpool ran out 6-0 winners a fortnight later with Pardew’s team in utter disarray. However, a hard-fought draw at West Ham and the 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Sunday steadied the ship and ensured they will be playing top-flight football again next season. center_img Alan Pardew has insisted Newcastle will be going all out for victory in the final game of the season against Arsenal.last_img read more

President Trump Tells Putin “Don’t Meddle in the Election, Please” at G20

first_imgPresident Trump is in Osaka for the G20 summit, where he wagged his finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please.” Trump uttered the words with a smile on is face after reporters started screaming at him to ask Putin not to interfere in the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections. Trump was meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the summit. American intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 election and that it’s still trying to influence the 2020 election.Also, Russian President Putin is inviting President Trump to visit Moscow for the May 9th Victory Day commemoration. A Kremlin spokesman says the invitation came as the two leaders met today on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, where they discussed arms control, trade and other issues. The May 9th V-Day event celebrates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.last_img read more

USC vs. Alabama behind enemy lines: Q & A with The Crimson White

first_imgThe Trojans will be primed for a major test as they open the season on Saturday against Alabama, the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. To preview the matchup, the Daily Trojan asked a few questions to Tyler Waldrep, the sports editor at The Crimson White. Daily Trojan: What would USC have to do to pull off the upset? Tyler Waldrep: The Trojans need to do what few teams have done in recent years and successfully run the football against Alabama’s front seven. Then, on defense, USC needs to put pressure on both of Alabama’s quarterbacks. Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett could be especially prone to turn the ball over if the Trojan pass rush gets home.DT: What is Alabama’s game plan to slow down what is potentially a very high-scoring USC offense?T.W.: I think Alabama’s game plan will likely involve taking away the run and forcing quarterback Max Browne to beat them with his arm. Alabama’s got a lot of experience and talent in the secondary, so Browne will need to be precise with where he places the football, but something tells me Alabama’s pass rushers don’t plan on giving him much time to evaluate his options.DT: Who do you think Alabama will start at quarterback? What do each of the options bring to the table? T.W.: On Monday, [Alabama head coach Nick] Saban announced only two quarterbacks remained in contention to start this weekend, Barnett and Cooper Bateman. I expect Bateman will get the start since he is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken any snaps in a game before, but Barnett could be the more intriguing option on Saturday. He’s more athletic than Bateman and is capable of hurting the defense with either his arm or his legs; however, he doesn’t always make the right decision when it comes to protecting the football and keeping the offense moving in the right direction.DT: As an SEC school, what is your perception of USC and the Pac-12 as a whole? T.W.: My personal opinion of USC is that it’s one of the few programs in the country that has the history, tradition and resources to contend for a national title almost — if not every — year. As for the Pac-12, I don’t think it gets a team in the playoff this season, but I do think it more often than not produces one of the top four teams in all of college football.DT: [Former USC football coach] Lane Kiffin has an infamous past at USC. How has he fared as offensive coordinator at Alabama? T.W.: Some of the people in Tuscaloosa doubted Lane Kiffin at first, but it didn’t take long for him to win over his critics in the Alabama fan base. In two seasons he’s taken a pair of quarterbacks with relatively little experience (Blake Sims and Jake Coker) and turned them each into 3,000 yard passers that finished with a combined total of 55 passing touchdowns.last_img read more

Former Ghana coach Rajevac quits Saudi side Ahli Jeddah

first_imgFormer Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has resigned from Saudi side Al Ahly after five months in charge, can exclusively reveal.The Serb joined the Jeddah-based side in September last year in a bumper deal after rejecting a contract extension to stay on as Black Stars coach on a back of a successful Fifa World Cup campaign.Rejavac claims he had to part ways with the club due to family problems back home in Serbia.Club president Prince Fahd Bin Khalid has expressed shocked at his decision to leave the club on Saturday at this critical stage of the season.Ahli Jeddah are now placed 7th in the 14 team table of the Zain Saudi Professional League after 17 matches.He has struggled to replicate the magic that sent Ghana to the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup finals. Rajevac won his last game in charge in a 2-1 win over Najran.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more