Europe’s Euthanasia Craze

first_imgFirst Things 9 January 2015The case of Frank Van Den Bleeken—the Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prison—has provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of this case are shocking. But far more shocking is the rapidly growing euthanasia culture that made this whole affair possible. The increasing normalization of euthanasia is just one of many social trends that reveals a Europe that is becoming profoundly estranged from its Judeo-Christian heritage. As that happens, European societies are losing the moral and spiritual anchor with which to resist the gradual slide into a complacent nihilism.When Bleeken’s request to be euthanized was granted, much of the outrage came from those who insisted that he should be forced to serve his full life sentence in prison. There was remarkably less comment on the fact that the authorities were granting a euthanasia request to someone who was not terminally ill—the fifty-two year old is not in any physical ill health. But as it happens, Bleeken’s request will not go ahead for the moment as the doctor who was to carry out the procedure has pulled out on the grounds that “certain legal due diligence” had not been followed.So Bleeken has been saved from his request on a technicality, not because anyone in authority thought there was anything inherently wrong with what he was asking for. After all, this is just the latest high profile euthanasia case to have come out of Belgium in recent years. Many of these cases have been unspeakably sad. There was the individual who chose to be euthanized following a sex change operation, but who spoke mostly of having been unwanted as a child. And then there were the Vebessem twins who had lived all their lives together, both deaf, but who feared they might also go blind. Following these cases, the Belgian parliament determined that euthanasia is such a universal good that it should be made available for children.In the case of child euthanasia, Belgian law stipulates that “the patient must be conscious of their decision and understand the meaning of euthanasia.” If not so appallingly tragic, such a provision would be laughable. But in neighboring Holland, sickly infants are now being killed on the grounds that it is distressing for parents to watch them suffering, and the Royal Dutch Medical Association estimates that 650 such newborns are terminated each year.In those countries that have legalized euthanasia (Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg) the numbers seeking the procedure are spiraling ever upward. In 2013 there were 1,087 cases of euthanasia in Belgium, up 27 percent on the figures for 2012, while 2012 saw a 25 percent increase on the numbers for 2011. A third of those undergoing euthanasia in 2013 were under sixty, and some sixty-seven cases involved euthanasia on mental health grounds, which must surely raise some question about the validity of the term “consent.”  In Holland, it has been estimated that 12.3 percent of all deaths are now via euthanasia, with the number of mentally ill patients killed by this method having trebled in the space of a year. In all, it is thought there were around six thousand cases in 2014. Recent incidents included one woman with an eating disorder, and another claiming to be suffering from tinnitus left behind two teenage children.http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/01/europes-euthanasia-crazelast_img read more

Euthanasia group plans to turn militant in NZ over the buying of lethal drugs

first_imgStuff co.nz 14 December 2016Family First Comment: So now they’re showing their true colours – and intentions.An Australian euthanasia advocate is vowing to set up a new militant arm of his organisation in New Zealand to import large quantities of lethal drugs.Exit International director Philip Nitschke said his members were fed up with politicians’ inaction, and would set up ExitAction as a shamelessly criminal group similar to the Aids drug-buying group portrayed in the movie Dallas Buyers Club.“This is not something you beg for. This is something you take,” Nitschke said.It would mean that people wanting to take their own lives would not have to import euthanasia drugs illegally and – as happened earlier this year – receive visits from police.“We are not going to sit around for another decade while politicians wax and wane [on legalising euthanasia],” he said from Amsterdam.When ExitAction was announced internationally earlier this month, Nitschke put out a statement saying access to euthanasia drugs was a right of all competent adults, “regardless of sickness or permission from the medical profession”.Exit members are believed to be concerned that the Government position could change under new Prime Minister Bill English, who is Catholic and a known opponent of voluntary euthanasia.His wife Mary, a Wellington GP, told a health sub-committee hearing on the subject last month that legalising euthanasia would create ethical issues for doctors.“A core principle has been that we do not kill our patients.”She repeatedly referred to pro-euthanasia laws by the acronym “MAD”, or medically assisted dying. “It would be unsafe for those at risk of suicide.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/87547949/euthanasia-group-plans-to-turn-militant-over-the-buying-of-lethal-drugslast_img read more

A Year Later And Questions Still Surround Markham Death

first_imgThe remains of Katelyn Marhkam were found along a creek in Cedar Grove a year ago.Police in Indiana and Ohio continue to look for leads one year after the remains of an Ohio woman were found along a creek in Franklin County.Katelyn Markham was first reported missing from Fairfield home in August 2011, and a group of people located her remains along Big Cedar Road near Cedar Grove on April 7, 2013.After she went missing, groups from around the Tri-State volunteered to help find her. Texas EquuSearch began a Cincinnati-based branch to help with the search.According to friends, Markham was only weeks from earning a bachelors degree from an art college.Her death was ruled a homicide, but one year later, family and friends still have more questions than answers.Detectives continue to investigate the case. If you have any information contact the Indiana State Police at (812) 689-5000.last_img read more

O’Neill eager to frustrate Portugal

first_img Press Association The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal may have created a buzz around Belfast but Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill will be happy if Friday night’s match fails to set the pulses racing. With the likes of Ronaldo, Nani, Silvestre Varela and Joao Moutinho in their ranks, Paulo Bento’s side have proved quite a draw – with Windsor Park selling out for the first time in the current World Cup qualifying campaign. Northern Ireland’s morale-boosting win over Russia last month may also have contributed to that but the chance to see some of the world’s best players up close will have had a big impact on sales too. “His aim is to prove that every time. He is a player who has the freedom of the pitch – he’s not just a threat to whoever plays at right-back, he’s a threat to the whole back four. “It’s not just a case of can we get someone to stifle him in that area of the pitch because he will just come to another area to get the ball.” The identity of Northern Ireland’s right-back, who will be nominally tasked with marking Ronaldo, will have taxed O’Neill. Aaron Hughes, who excelled in the 1-1 draw in Porto earlier in the campaign, is out injured, as is his likeliest stand-in Craig Cathcart. MK Dons defender Lee Hodson is a specialist right-back, but the leap from League One may be too great, while the versatile Alex Bruce has yet to play a competitive international. That means a possible recall for Chris Baird, who has plenty of experience but is currently unattached following his release by Fulham. “If I had to call on Chris I know he has got the know-how and the experience to be able to deal with it,” said O’Neill Yet O’Neill accepts his side would not be able to match their illustrious opponents in a free-flowing contest and is intent on being effective rather than entertaining. “We don’t want it to be a beautiful game of football if I’m 100 per cent honest,” he said. “That’s not how we’re going to excel. They’d love the game to be open: they love space, they love to be able to play on the counter attack. “It’s important they have a difficult night and that they know from the word go that they’re going to have a difficult night. “I think it would be foolhardy of us to go and play a really open game and say to Portugal ‘Come and play us, you attack us and we’ll attack you’.” As ever all eyes will be on Ronaldo, with the added interest of it being his first appearance since Gareth Bale’s arrival at Real Madrid – a move which reportedly saw the Welshman replace his new team-mate as the most expensive player in the world. O’Neill is certain he will feel no extra motivation because of that. “I would doubt that extremely. He will regard himself as the best player in the world and he proves it every time he goes on the pitch,” said the former Shamrock Rovers manager. last_img read more

Adebayor buoyed by scoring return

first_img Marginalised under Andre Villas-Boas, Togo striker Adebayor was selected to start up front alongside Jermain Defoe by interim boss Tim Sherwood in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with West Ham. A tiring Adebayor was substituted 13 minutes from the end after firing the hosts in front, but the visitors rallied with two goals in the final 10 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals. Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he will carry confidence and belief into Sunday’s Premier League contest at Southampton after making a belated first start of the season. And midfielder Mousa Dembele agreed that the players must accept responsibility for performances and results such as last weekend’s 5-0 home loss to Liverpool which ultimately cost the Portuguese his job. Dembele told the London Evening Standard: “I think everyone feels guilty and that’s a normal thing. It’s a team sport, it’s not one guy who is responsible, everybody is. “We have talked among the team already and we said to each other ‘now let’s do it, it’s everybody’s fault’. We are one team, all together.” Sherwood, who was on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, was placed in interim control by chairman Daniel Levy on Monday morning, giving little time to prepare for the Hammers match. “It has been very tough,” Dembele added. “We’re used to another manager and now we have this one, but everybody is still positive. You could see that out on the pitch.” Sherwood insisted afterwards that he is uncertain if he will be in charge for the Southampton match, yet he is scheduled to address the media to preview the fixture on Friday. The former Spurs captain could be in charge for some time yet as Levy and the Tottenham board assess potential long-term successors to Villas-Boas. Frank De Boer was thought to be in contention, but the former Holland captain has insisted he is focused on Ajax, who he has led to three Eredivisie titles. It is not inconceivable that Sherwood could be appointed for the remainder of the season, despite not yet possessing the required UEFA pro licence. The qualification is something of a formality. Longer term there are a number of potential candidates being linked with the role, including Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, something which brings an added dimension to Sunday’s match. Spurs will be without Andros Townsend at St Mary’s Stadium after the England winger suffered a hamstring injury against the Hammers. Paulinho will serve the second match of a three-game ban for his sending off against Liverpool, but Dawson is available again in defence. Dembele insists Tottenham have a strong enough squad to cope and welcomed Adebayor in from his exile. “We have a very good squad and everyone is very hungry because we have a lot of competition for places,” the Belgium midfielder added. “Everybody is very sharp every day but now we need to show it on the pitch that everything is not finished. “Of course Adebayor’s hungry. You could see that in training for a long time. It was not just his goal, he played well in the game. “He was a target man and when you played it to him, he could return it and we would play off him. I think Defoe played perfect too so we know we have this option as well.” England right-back Kyle Walker, Tottenham’s captain against West Ham in the absence of Dawson, believes recent results are merely a “blip”. He said on tottenhamhotspur.com: “Every one of us has to dig in – the fans, the staff, the players – because we’re a great football team with great players, great fans and we all need to stick together and come through this patch. “We need to dig in and as I keep saying, it will be a good season, we’re just having a blip at the moment.” Although disappointed with the result, Adebayor was pleased with his personal performance on his first start since May. “I’ve been working on finishing since the start of the season,” he told Spurs TV. “I was hanging in there waiting for my chance. Tim gave me the chance to play football again. “I’ve still got my smile on my face. I got a chance, I took it well. I’m very happy. “Now the most important thing is me scoring goals, confidence is back. “We just have to keep working hard, put more heart into it and it will be better. “Hopefully this Sunday we’ll have a chance to win it. We have to get out there with confidence, with belief and take the three points.” Spurs captain Michael Dawson, suspended for the tie, admitted the players were culpable for Villas-Boas’ departure in his programme notes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Laudrup hits out at ‘silly’ sacking

first_imgMichael Laudrup is continuing with legal action against Swansea, hitting out at the “silly” and “incredible” reasons they have given for sacking him. The former midfielder had kept his counsel since then, only to take the unusual step of convening a press conference at a Heathrow hotel on Tuesday to speak publicly for the first time since his exit. “On one part it has been positive to see all the reaction from other clubs and commentators, saying ‘what has he done (wrong)? It can’t be last year’,” Laudrup said. “You can argue that you can’t live in the past, but even this year we’re there in the FA Cup, there in the Europa League. “The last two months we had a bad run, but you still have the same points as 11 teams and only three go down. “On the other hand, it has been negative for me because I couldn’t say anything. “I had to wait nine days for a letter that said a lot of very silly things, which I can’t reveal. I was just blocked and then, of course, Michael is not talking so people think what they want. More rumours and more rumours go on.” Laudrup said he was sacked due to “breach of contract” and, when asked if he could understand the reasons given, added: “I don’t know if I have to use ‘silly’, other words or ‘incredible’. I can’t go into details.” However, despite the fact legal proceedings are ongoing, Laudrup did elaborate on matters during a lengthy press conference. Press Association Less than a year after winning the Capital One Cup, the club’s first major trophy, Swansea chose to part company with their Danish manager two weeks ago. That decision infuriated Laudrup, leading him to release a statement through the League Managers Association indicating that he would take legal action against the south Wales club. He confirmed the powers that be at the south Wales club raised questions over the coaching structure in mid-January, before sending him another message after the defeat to West Ham. Laudrup met with Jenkins to discuss matters the following Tuesday and thought an agreement had been struck, only for the situation to quickly turn on its head. “We ended up saying we have to stay together, we shook hands and he says ‘thank you very much because you want to help the club’,” Laudrup said. “Later that afternoon, while I’m talking on the phone, I receive a mail where it says that due to breach of contract, with immediate effect, my deal is terminated. “It was just a few hours after we shook hands and, of course, I’m very, very confused. “I called and I said ‘what is going on?’ after we shook hands and everything, but he said ‘yeah, after thinking’ – it was a little difficult to hear what was said. “I said ‘by the way, what does breach mean?’ and he couldn’t explain that. He didn’t really know. “While I’m on the phone, my wife is saying that things are already on the internet, that I’ve been dismissed.” Poor form was clearly a big factor, but the difference in opinion over the backroom team appears to have been the sticking point. While Garry Monk has now succeeded him at the Liberty Stadium helm, Laudrup refused to confirm or deny whether there was a disagreement with Jenkins over a request for the long-serving defender to join the coaching staff. “He asked me if at some point if I could find a position for him,” he said. “But I think they already said that two or three years ago, that he should always be prepared. “I can only say I spoke to Garry as well, but of course that is confidential. We just spoke, him and I, but nothing more. I didn’t say that [I did not want him as part of my staff].” last_img read more

UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_imgThe sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership. A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances. Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___ Associated Press The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”The ban has no impact on the women’s team participating in the Champions League.City’s men play Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if they lift the European Cup for the first time. In a statement claiming UEFA’s investigation was “flawed” and “left little doubt in the result,” City announced plans to appeal. “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”Among football leaders calling for City to be punished was the head of the Spanish league who has been critical of how “funding by state-aid distorts European competitions.”“UEFA is finally taking decisive action,” La Liga President Javier Tebas said on Friday. “Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football.”City could yet face additional punishment in England where its financial dealings are still being investigated by the Premier League. City has been transformed into a leading team in world football since being bought in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field this time, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in November 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons February 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules and failing to cooperate with investigators in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaked internal correspondence showing City overstated sponsorship revenue and masked the source of revenue from deals to tied to the Gulf nation in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires after next season. last_img read more

Ashwin skittles Aussies as India level series

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyBENGALURU, (Reuters) – Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets to lead India to a dramatic 75-run victory over Australia in the second Test yesterday, the win enabling the hosts to level the four-match series at 1-1.On a M. Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch offering unpredictable bounce for the pacemen and sharp turn for the spinners, Australia were bundled all out for 112 in their second innings late on the fourth day after being set a victory target of 188.India’s hopes of squaring the series looked all but dead when they were dismissed for 189 in their first innings but the world’s top-ranked side fought back to keep Australia within reach and then batted resolutely to set a testing target.Ashwin’s five-wicket haul was the 25th for the world’s top-ranked bowler, who finished with figures of 6-41 in an enthralling Test match that witnessed four different bowlers pick up six wickets for a first time.“It is a great feeling to beat Australia, the way things went in the first innings and the way we came back, it was a memorable Test match for all of us,” India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said in a post-match interview.“Anything about 200 was almost impossible to chase but once we crossed 150, we all believed we could defend this total and once we had 188, we definitely believed it.”After dismissing the free-scoring opening batsman David Warner for 17 in his first spell, Ashwin returned before tea to send back Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade.Peter Handscomb was Australia’s last hope but he too, fell to Ashwin in the final session, as did Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon as the off-spinner took five wickets for just nine runs in a devastating spell either side of the interval.Fast bowler Umesh Yadav also chipped in, getting the big wicket of Australia captain Steve Smith, who was out leg-before to a grubber that stayed so low it almost hit his boot.Smith was out for 28 and also angered the Indian fielders when he appeared to look towards his dressing room for advice before opting against a review of the decision.Umesh also dismissed Shaun Marsh leg-before for nine, when he padded a delivery outside the off stump. The batsman would have been saved if he had reviewed the decision with replays showing the ball was missing the wicket.HAZLEWOOD’S HAULJosh Hazlewood earlier picked up career-best figures of 6-67 to rip through India’s batting on the fourth morning and remove the hosts for 274 in their second innings when it appeared they would score much more.Smith started with spin from both ends to try and break the fifth-wicket partnership between Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but when the new ball was available after 80 overs, he handed it to his pacemen.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc was erratic at first but then made a key breakthrough by dismissing Rahane leg-before for 52 with a full inswinger that ending a vital partnership of 118.Starc then rattled the stumps of Karun Nair with his next ball and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha only just survived the hat-trick delivery.The 26-year-old Hazlewood, who had taken three wickets on Monday, took up the gauntlet in the following over and struck a major blow to India’s hopes by dismissing Pujara for 92, caught at gully.Ashwin was also out in the same over for four to the right-arm paceman and Umesh became Hazlewood’s sixth victim as India lost five wickets for just 20 runs in 19 deliveries.INDIA 1st innings 189 (L. Rahul 90; N. Lyon 8-50) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 276 (S. Marsh 66, M. Renshaw 60; R. Jadeja 6-63) INDIA 2nd innings (Overnight 213-4)L. Rahul c Smith b O’Keefe 51A. Mukund b Hazlewood 16C. Pujara c M. Marsh b Hazlewood 92V. Kohli lbw b Hazlewood 15R. Jadeja b Hazlewood 2A. Rahane lbw b Starc 52K. Nair b Starc 0W. Saha not out 20R. Ashwin b Hazlewood 4U. Yadav c Warner b Hazlewood 1I. Sharma c S. Marsh b O’Keefe 6Extras: (b-11 w-4) 15Total: (all out, 97.1 overs) 274Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-84, 3-112, 4-120, 5-238, 6-238, 7-242, 8-246, 9-258.Bowling: M. Starc 16-1-74-2 (w-2), J. Hazlewood 24-5-67-6, N. Lyon 33-4-82-0,S. O’Keefe 21.1-3-36-2, M. Marsh 3-0-4-0.AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 188 runs)D. Warner lbw b R. Ashwin 17M. Renshaw c Saha b I. Sharma 5S. Smith lbw b U. Yadav 28S. Marsh lbw b U. Yadav 9P. Handscomb c Saha b R. Ashwin 24M. Marsh c Nair b R. Ashwin 13M. Wade c Saha b R. Ashwin 0M. Starc b R. Ashwin 1S. O’Keefe b Jadeja 2N. Lyon c & b R. Ashwin 2J. Hazlewood not out 0Extras: (b-8, lb-2, w-1) 11Total: (all out, 35.4 overs) 112Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-42, 3-67, 4-74, 5-101, 6-101, 7-103, 8-110, 9-110.Bowling: I. Sharma 6-1-28-1 (w-1), R. Ashwin 12.4-4-41-6, U. Yadav 9-2-30-2, R. Jadeja 8-5-3-1.last_img read more

IAAF Road Race Manager, Other Top Stars to Arrive Today

first_imgWilliamson who helped secure certification for the Lagos marathon route is a course measurer of over three decades.He measured the course for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics, Athens 2004 Olympics and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.According to a statement from Olukayode Thomas, the Head of Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, other elite athletes from across the world that would be part of this year’s marathon will also be arriving from their different bases later today.For the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, as much as 35 Gold, 13 Silver and 12 Bronze Labelled Runners have already registered to be part of the event.Among many other big names, David Barmasai Tumo from Kenya who won the 2011 Dubai Marathon will be competing at the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.Also, his compatriots, Jacob Kibet Chulyo, Moses Kigen Kipkosgei are in the mix for action as well as Samuel Gebremichael who now does his thing for Australia.The female field also boasts of some of the top runners in the world including the likes of Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich who finished as runners up in the 2017 Paris Marathon.Caroline Cheptanui Kilel winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon, as well as Georgina Rono and Risper Jemeli Kimayo, are all pencilled down to run at the Lagos Marathon.Yusuf Alli, the General Manager for the Lagos Marathon, expressed delight at the interest being shown by the big names to run in Lagos and he is quite positive that a new course record will be set on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ACCESS LAGOS MARATHONThe IAAF Road Races Manager, Alessio Punzi, is expected to arrive in Lagos today for the fourth edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon slated for this weekend.Aside from Punzi, Norrie Williamson, an IAAF/AIMS Grade A measurer will also be coming in from South Africa for this year’s race.last_img read more

Men’s basketball looking to win 5th straight in Indiana

first_imgJoe Krabbenhoft and the Wisconsin men\’s basketball team look to make it five straight wins against Indiana.[/media-credit]Even though the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is riding a four-game winning streak and playing arguably its best basketball of the season, it won’t overlook an Indiana squad that has lost 18 games for the first time in school history.Perhaps the Badgers’ concerns are connected to their match with the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall last season, a game that Wisconsin won 68-66, thanks to a late 3-pointer from senior center Brian Butch.“Start to finish last year in that game, I mean it was a Big Ten basketball game,” Wisconsin guard Jason Bohannon said. “I mean, they started out, you know I think they got up by seven or eight right away. … I hit a three, [Michael Flowers] hit a couple. … That really was a big game for us. Not just conference-wise but just kind of our momentum going for the rest of the year.” That win did in fact give the Badgers a great deal of momentum, as they finished the season with 12 straight wins before losing to Davidson in the Sweet 16.Now, however, the new-look Hoosiers aren’t the same Indiana squad the Badgers faced last season. Record and talent-wise, they’re much worse. But don’t tell that to Joe Krabbenhoft.“Going into Indiana is as tough as going into any other place,” the senior forward said. “I think any player in the Big Ten would say that about Assembly Hall. Those fans are all over you’ we got a crazy win there last year, and I expect the same this year.”Junior guard Devan Dumes and freshman forward Tom Pritchard lead the Hoosiers offensively, averaging 13.8 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. While Indiana no longer can boast its Big Ten Player of the Year in D.J. White or NBA rookie star Eric Gordon, the Badgers are still ready to face whatever Indiana throws at them.“It’s different, no question,” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said. “They’re a very dangerous team. They scare you. You look at their scorers and how they’ve played teams — they’ve been very competitive. They just haven’t gotten over the hump in a tough league.”Although the Badgers have yet to face Indiana this season, they have faced its head coach — Tom Crean — when he coached at Marquette. While the Hoosiers are not as talented as they were last season, Wisconsin players know that Crean prepares his teams as well as any other coach in the country.“Coach Crean obviously has been put in a tough spot there in Indiana,” Krabbenhoft said. “I love watching the Big Ten, so I’ve seen them play a lot and I can see he’s done a great job. They play as hard as any team I’ve seen play.”“He does a great job motivating his players to play basketball and play basketball the right way,” Bohannon added. “He’s a good Big Ten coach — he gets his players to play hard and realize that, you know, every possession has the game on the line.”Under Crean, Indiana switches its defense several times during its games — sometimes even in the middle of a possession. Close believes the changing styles of defense will be a challenge for the Badgers.“They play very hard; this team likes to change defenses a lot to keep teams off-balanced,” Close said. “I think basically they’re just a well-coached team that just gets after it, and you know you’re in a ballgame when you play a team that’s coached by him.”After winning four straight games, the Badgers are back in the NCAA Tournament bubble after losing six consecutive contests from Jan. 11 to Jan. 31. While some may view the match against the Hoosiers as a potential trap game, Wisconsin’s players aren’t thinking about the postseason just yet.‘That’s not the way we think about this game,” Krabbenhoft said. “We just think about it like any other game. Those guys play hard. Coach Crean has them playing really hard and believing that they could beat anybody. They’re going to go out there guns blazing and ready to beat us: we’ve just got to be ready for it.”last_img read more