The Independent 22 May 2015Terminally ill patients must be granted the right to spend their last days at home, leading charities and a former health minister have said, in light of a harrowing report that lays bare the damage done by poor care at the end of life. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report published today details some of the worst cases investigated by the watchdog in the past four years.It has led to renewed calls for the Government to introduce free social care at home at the end of life – sparing dying people from ending their days in hospital, often without specialist palliative care support.Families seeking free care for a dying relative currently face a complex process of means-testing. In a recent survey of attitudes to dying, two-thirds of those questioned said they would prefer to end their life at home, but the UK still has some of the highest rates of hospital death among older people in Europe.It is widely accepted that hospital wards are rarely the best place for a patient, once it is clear that they are dying. However, more than half of deaths still occur in hospital.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/terminally-ill-patients-should-be-given-the-right-to-die-at-home-says-harrowing-report-10262040.html
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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series and the Beer Hill Gang are happy to announce the Beer Hill Cup Summer Series.The series will be six races featuring IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car teams, at Williams Grove Speedway April 28, May 26 and Aug. 18; at Port Royal Speedway on Aug. 5; at Susquehanna Speedway June 8; and at Path Valley Speedway on July 15.Points will be accumulated using the IMCA 40-point system and an overall champion will be determined on Aug. 18 at Williams Grove. The first-ever champion will be honored on the fourth turn with Beer Hill Gang TV live streaming the ceremony.The champion will receive an impressive and unique Beer Hill Cup trophy and 25 percent of the overall point fund with second through fourth place each receiving 20 percent and the fifth place driver taking home 15 percent.A commemorative shirt has been designed and organizers are currently seeking sponsors for the shirt. The presenting sponsorship for the shirt is available for $1,000 and associate sponsors are available at $250 per spot. Anyone interested can contact Matthew Miller with the Beer Hill Gang or firstname.lastname@example.org.The goal is to have sponsors cover the cost of the shirts and have them ready for the first races of the season at the Beer Hill Gang trailer at Williams Grove and at PASS events. An overall goal of $4,000 has been set for fundraising so the winner could receive up to $1,000.Any amount over the goal will go to the PASS point fund as well as funds from any upcoming event to be announced.
That feature pays a minimum of $200 to start, has a $75 entry fee and highlights the county fair show. Also on the race night card are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded. BRITT, Iowa – Forty laps will be the distance and $2,000 will be the top prize at Hancock County Speedway’s Friday, July 31 Hobo 40 special for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30. More information is available on Facebook.
Press Association Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not believe the balance of football power in Manchester has shifted from United to City. Solskjaer is preparing to take his Bluebirds team to the Etihad Stadium, with Manuel Pellegrini’s City side still chasing a potential trophy quadruple. Solskjaer enjoyed an illustrious 11-year playing career with rivals United, along the way helping the Red Devils to a memorable Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 1999. But Solskjaer expects his players, who beat City 3-2 in Cardiff earlier in the season, to meet the challenge head-on. “We are not daunted by the challenge, we are relishing it,” he said. “When you go to places like the Etihad and Old Trafford you are going to be tested against some of the best players in the world. But we have got our own standards to adhere to. You need to ride your luck. “But bigger surprises have happened in the world of football, so you have to go up there with the mindset of having a go and taking something from the game. “We want to be a top 10 club so you have got to go to these places and take something out of the game. “They have moulded into a top, top team and you do sit back and admire teams like that sometimes, but we are looking at how we can hurt them. “They have got a fantastic record at home but it has got to end sometime.” But United have found it difficult to adjust since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, while the investment of Sheikh Mansour’s millions has turned City into one of the powerhouses of the English game. But Solskjaer is not of the opinion City will hold sway over their rivals in the long term. “The situation in Manchester has not changed permanently,” he said. “We are talking about last year’s champions in United and they will be around the top of the league come May. “The progress at City shows what money does to a football club. When you have got money to invest in the structure and the players. They have got owners who want to be successful.” The Bluebirds are a little way off the top 10 at present, having dropped into the relegation zone for the first time this season following last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to West Ham. A trip to the Etihad appears to hold little prospect of a positive result given City’s awesome form on home turf. Pellegrini’s men have won all 10 of their league games there, racking up 38 goals in total. The Citizens will also bring up a century of goals in all competitions this term should they score against Cardiff.
At the behest of the President of the United States, Maj. General Qassem Soleimani, who lead Iran’s elite Quds force was killed in a U-S airstrike outside of Baghdad’s airport, the Pentagon announced Thursday night.But, President Trump, who is still vacationing in South Floirda, has not yet weighed in directly on the strike that took out the top Iranian General Soleimani.Last night he tweeted just an image of an American flag. pic.twitter.com/VXeKiVzpTf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020 But the Pentagon said in a statement that the US military took quote “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad” and the strike was carried out at the direction of the President. President Trump is set to deliver remarks at the launch of the “Evangelicals for Trump” campaign event this evening in Miami Florida.In an interview with one of the attendees’ Dr. Jack Graham, he says that they will be praying for the president, and the world for peace. He also noted that many Iranians are converting to Christianity. https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Dr-Jack-Graham-1-3-2020-1.mp3
A candlelight vigil was held at the University Religious Center to honor those affected by a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex. Photo by Chris Chou | Daily TrojanJust one month after hosting a vigil following a mass shooting in Las Vegas, members of the USC community again gathered under the same roof on Monday to mourn the 26 killed and over 20 injured in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex., as of Monday night.Three dozen USC students, staff and community members, holding candles that shined brightly throughout the vigil, gathered in Office of Religious Life’s courtyard for a ceremony that began just before sunset. The vigil was held to give the community a place to meditate in “an interfaith expression of solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy,” according to the invite post from the office.Those in attendance remembered the lives lost after suspect Devin Patrick Kelley shot church-goers in a rural Texas town on Sunday.“My hope is that none of us are comfortable with this,” said Varun Soni, the dean of religious life. “I hope we don’t let this define us as a country. I hope we don’t just comfort the afflicted, we afflict the comfortable.” Referencing to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Denver movie theater attack, the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Las Vegas concert shooting, Soni expressed his hope for political action. Reverend Jim Burklo, the senior associate dean of religious life, took note of the striking similarity the vigil had with the Las Vegas vigil, held after the Oct. 2 shooting. Burklo said it was important to hold a ceremony for this attack because of something an undergraduate student said to him last month at the Las Vegas vigil. Burklo said the student told him she came to the vigil because she had to do something out of her routine to mark the significance of the day. “Too many people treated today like it was a normal day,” Burklo said. “We need to do something to mark this is not normal. That’s why I came today, and that’s why you all came.” Burklo offered a message of empowerment and told the community it will take individual action from everyone to bring about change. “Guns do not cast fear,” Burklo said. “New laws might help, but they alone do not cast fear. It’s going to take something from within all of us to cast out the fear that comes in times like this.”Community members from Texas offered their prayers and thanks to those who came to show their support. Bekah Estrada, a Christian life intern and Kilgore chapel coordinator, said she grew up in a small town in Texas and that the pictures from Sutherland Springs looked eerily familiar.“I hope we respond not in fear, but that we respond in love,” Estrada said. The ceremony concluded with Burklo offering a prayer for all the victims around the country and the world who were affected, calling for political action and a “bell of prayer through all faiths.”Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for clarity.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA group of truckers from Alpena, and Rogers City and other Michigan locations have decided to step up donating items to rebuild farms that have be lost in the recent wildfires.We warn you some images may be heartbreaking and disturbing.If you asked farmers and ranchers in states like Texas, Kansas, or Oklahoma, they’d call the recent wildfires ‘their Katrina.’ Wildfires across the country have destroyed over 2 million acres, killing livestock and ranchers in its path.A group of truckers from the state of Michigan and other locations including Ohio, and Wyoming have joined forces to travel to some of the most damaged areas to donate hay, milk for calves who have lot their mothers, food, personal items and more.The Alpena County Horseman’s Club reached out to the Tractor Supply Store in town and revealed that a Michigan Convoy group was started to help with the relief effort.“It all started with the Alpena County Horseman’s Club, which I’m a member of that wanted to do a donation. I got that money donation and then went to the local Tractor Supply Store and explained myself, and nobody had a clue as to what was going on. I filled them in, I showed them pictures, that I had on my phone and they were all for it. And then I thought, if they don’t know, who else doesn’t know. By the power of Facebook, which is really how it all started, because that’s how I saw it, I started putting feeds out, and people started responding to it. Then I thought, if people are ready to give, and willing to give like they have been in other cities, I think we should do this,” Coordinator, Terra Koss said.A group of 4–H kids out of Meade Kansas have started to care for orphaned calves.“These 4–H kids have done a great thing by taking on the responsibility of taking care of orphaned calves. As of right now they are caring for 80 plus calves. They are in desperate need of milk replacer, calf starter, really the milk replacer. One bag of milk replacer feeds a calf for one week,” she added.Convoy traveler, Amber Smith said her truck would be leaving West Branch next Friday.“It’s going to be hard, we’re taking our daughter, and niece with us for them to help, and it’s a good eye opener for them. It will show them how hard our farmers really work, and for truck drivers to get food from one point to another. No food, no farms, no farms, no food,” Smith explained.Friends with Michigan convoy truckers; Daisy Delaney said she decided to make the emotional journey from Wyoming to Kansas to see what she could do after hearing about the largest wildfire in the South Midwest.“The fire, just to give you an idea was moving at times 70 mph. Ashland had two fires, one on the Westside, and one on the Southside, and at one point the winds had change bringing the fires together 41 miles across. It was a force they couldn’t fight,” Delaney said.Delaney said it’s the small farmers, and independent people who need shout out’s too for their efforts.“Those are the unsung heroes, of America,” Delaney added.For WBKB news, in Alpena, I’m Star Connor. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Public Schools Starting 2017-2018 School Year Before Labor DayNext Patronicity Fundraiser for Future Alpena Dog Park Kicks-Off at Nucleus Lounge
The E-Chat segment of your favorite sporting weekend preview show got buzzing again this time with award winning Nollywood Star Ngozi Ezeonu.The Nigerian Actress who starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her a Best supporting actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards opened up with intersecting stories about her stint with sports in her school days and am sure you cannot wait the story about her 100m dream that never was.Click link below and head on to the E-chat segment to satisfy your curiosity.On the Business side of things the Touchline panel delved into Leicester City historic EPL triumph and gauged what the future holds for the foxes in months to come.The Champions league Final between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid was also looked at, and the title race in Spain was also on the menu… Click link to watch this week’s edition of Touchline.https://www.facebook.com/joy997fm/videos/10154110613586894/ –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA — Doc Rivers was joking. Kind of.Holding court with reporters Tuesday, he learned few of them would be accompanying the Clippers to China to cover the team’s two exhibition games Saturday and Wednesday against Charlotte.No budget for it, he was told.“Damn, I wish our budget wouldn’t let coaches go,” he said. “Being in another country is even more so.”By this time, Rivers was trying to put on a brave front.With a heavy itinerary every day they don’t play, including functions Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will partake in with Hornets owner Michael Jordan, this is a grueling eight days during a time when the Clippers, like everyone else, are trying to get ready for the regular season.And for the Clippers, their opener Oct. 28 in Sacramento is less than three weeks away.“I’ll tell you this,” Paul said, “we’ve got an itinerary and they’re not going to care if you’re sleepy, not sleepy or nothing. When it’s time to be somewhere, they’re going to tell you to be there.”Griffin hesitated and smiled when asked if making such a trip at this time bothers him.“I mean, there’s pros and cons,” he said. “That much time spent together, could be good for your team. But then you’re also missing out on hours and days and structured practices. But at the same time, fly over there, you’ve gotta practice, you’ve gotta lock in.“If you can go through all that with all those distractions, sometimes you can come out on the positive side. But we’re the ones who have to make that happen.”Like Griffin, Paul has been to China multiple times. Paul helped Team USA win the gold medal there in the 2008 Beijing Games. He’s looking forward to the locals.“The fans in China are amazing,” Paul said. “The amount of support that they show us year in and year out, it’s always a good time to go over there.”Rivers echoed that sentiment.“Yeah, I’ve been over there,” he said. “The fan reaction will be amazing. Yao Ming will be walking around with us a couple of nights. So that’ll be huge — literally. They’re great fans and that’s the one good thing. The arenas are so loud, so that’ll be a lot of fun.”Yet, he admits he’s concerned about the effects of the trip.“Yeah, but we’re not going to use it as a crutch,” Rivers said. “Like, we’re going to China and when we come back, we’re back. We have to get ready.”Somewhere along the line, Paul would love to get some work done. “Obviously, we know it’s a business trip,” he said. “You know, we’re going over there to learn more about our team and hopefully come back with a bigger purpose.”One the Clippers hope will lead to what Rivers’ Celtics earned when they went to Rome.“Going to the Vatican, going to the Colosseum, I mean, it was like warrior stuff,” Rivers said. “It was like, you couldn’t have scripted a more perfect place for a team that had championship aspirations to go to.” The Clippers, who left Wednesday morning, will have flights of roughly 15 hours each way. That’s not to mention several more for the 890-mile trip from Shenzhen to Shanghai, where the games will be played.The Clippers and Hornets were picked by the NBA for this ambassador-like trip as part of the NBA’s Global Games China 2015.“No, I’d never go,” Rivers said, when asked if he’d take the team there at this time if he didn’t have to.Again, Rivers tried to laugh it off. He recalled the year he took his Boston Celtics to Rome for 2007-08 training camp. That team won the NBA title.“Honestly, I loved when we went to Rome that one year,” Rivers said. “I thought, with that team, like this would be the team to go somewhere because we’re so new. Being on the road kind of makes you hang out and get together, do things.