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Dublin To Play Host to Euthanasia Workshop

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Dr Philip Nitschke, Founder & Director, Exit International.

A workshop on voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide will be held in Dublin this weekend, led by the Australian doctor, Dr Philip Nitschke, also known in some circles as Dr Death. The workshop will take place this Saturday at Liberty Hall in the capital city.

The workshop is part of a world series by Exit International, the pro-euthanasia group of which Dr Nitschke is a director, and has and will be visiting Europe, the US and Australia between now and the end of the year. Formed in 1997, Exit International exists to provide information and act as an advocacy group on the subject of voluntary euthanasia and workshops offered by the organisation discuss a wide range of topics, including prescription/non-prescription drugs, poisons, suicide notes and autopsies, and only cater to those over the age of 50, or people who are seriously ill.

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Euro 2012 Group Preview

Euro 2012 kicks off on Friday when hosts Poland play Greece in Warsaw. The final will take place 22 days later on 1 July on the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Sixteen teams will take part in the tournament, and John Hislop takes a look at four groups and some of the players to watch out for.

Group A

This could be seen as the most open of the four groups, with Dick Advocaat’s Russia favourites to progress. They reached the semi-finals four year ago and most of that team remain, and star player Andrey Arshavin is back on top form after his loan spell with former club Zenit St Petersburg. Second place is anybody’s guess, with hosts Poland determined to reward their long suffering fans who are desperate to see a return to the glory days of the seventies. This squad includes a trio from the Bundesliga double winners, Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek. Much is expected of Lewandowski in particular who is attracting the attention of Manchester United amongst others. Euro 2004 champions Greece will have something to say about that though, having qualified without losing a game.Panathinaikos midfielder Sotiris Ninis who is also linked with United carries a goal threat, and no-one should underestimate the Czech Republic who saw off the Scots in the qualifying campaign. Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky hopes to continue his end of season form.

Group B

Although the Irish might disagree, this group has been assigned the ‘Group of Death’ tag. Germany start favourites despite a 16 year drought, and the experience gained in South Africa will have done their young stars no harm. Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil hopes to continue where he left off two years ago. The Dutch will be waiting for any slip up after ditching their total football philosophy, and scoring 37 goals in ten qualifying games cannot be ignored. Great things are expected from England’s Player of the Year Robin van Persie who couldn’t stop scoring last term. Portugal, who only qualified via a playoff victory, will need Real Madrid favourite Cristiano Ronaldo to be in top form to stand any chance while Denmark with Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner will be determined to show what he can do with his contract at the Emirates up this summer.

Group C

World Cup winners and Euro 2008 champions Spain are hot favourites to carry on where they left off two years ago, and manager Vincente Del Bosque is determined to become only the second manager in history to win both tournaments, whilst Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta will be a handful for any opponents. Italy, who went out of the World Cup in the group stages two years ago, have dismantled their squad and  replaced many of the old hands with younger players although Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo’s experience could prove vital. Liam Brady believes that Croatia could be the dark horses for the actual championship and Spurs star Luka Modric who has hinted that he may leave White Hart Lane will be keen to put himself in the shop window. Never write off the Irish however who always enjoy the big occasion and normally punch well above their weight. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has a wealth of experience with 10 league championships in four countries, whilst the main goal threat comes from Robbie Keane.

Group D

France are slight favourites in this group with manager Laurent Blanc having united the squad which left South Africa divided under previous boss Raymond Domench. Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is one to watch. For a change, the English media have not already claimed the championship, and the reaction to new manager Roy Hodgson has been underwhelming to say the least. Injuries to key players and star man Wayne Rooney’s suspension have not helped, and his failure to bring back Rio Ferdinand following the injury to Gary Cahill could come back to bite him if results do not go their way. Ukraine are a shadow of the side which did so well in the World Cup in 2006, and the expectancy of the home support could either inspire or otherwise. Andre Shevchenko remains the main goal threat. Not much is expected of Sweden although their 3-2 victory over Holland in the qualifiers demonstrates that they will be no pushovers. AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved himself at the highest level, and the Swede’s hopes rest with him.

The World Turns Green On March 17

With St Patricks Day fast approaching Irish News Review takes at look at parades that will be taking place worldwide. There’s estimated to be 80 million people worldwide who claim to be part of the Irish Diaspora and even if people aren’t they still get involved in the celebrations. Everybody is Irish on March 17th.

This year imparticular will see St Patricks Day take on greater significance for the people of Ireland who have been forced to emigrate such is the plight at home.

Check out the list we have compiled to see where the nearest parade is in your part of the world.  

 

Every state across America

Australia- Sydney, Brisbane

Austria-Vienna

Canada– Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Canary Islands

Caribbean-Montserrat

China-Beijing

Croatia

Cyprus

Denmark-Copenhagen

England-Birmingham, Crawley, Halifax, Huddersfield, Kent, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

Germany-Munich

Greece-Thessaloniki      

Hungary-Budapest

Italy-Rome

Japan-Tokyo

Netherlands-Amsterdam, Den Haag

New Zealand– Auckland

Norway-Oslo

Russia-Moscow

Scotland-Coatbridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Singapore

Spain

South Korea-Seoul

Taiwan

Turkey-Istanbul

UAE-Dubai

Ireland Ranked Third Worst Place To Live

Ireland has been ranked as the third-worst place to live in by an index carried out by a British-based price comparison website yet some will take comfort from the fact that the UK fared worse .

Uswitch’s Quality of Life index ranked Ireland in eighth spot in its comparison of ten European countries, having compared each by their average retirement age, life expectancy, and government spending on education and health.

The main factors that dragged Ireland below the 10-country average were the holiday allowance offered to workers and the weather.

Ireland only enjoyed 1,341 hours of sunshine a year – the equivalent of just under eight weeks’ worth – while the EU average was 1,756.

Ireland was also below average on life expectancy – with the average Irish person likely to live for 79.8 years, around six months less than the average.

France topped the index, with its longer working week (38 hours, versus Ireland’s 35) offset by an early retirement age, at 60, as well as a longer life expectancy of 81.4 years and some 2,124 hours of sunshine a year.

France’s ranking was also boosted by its expenditure on health, which was the equivalent of 14.1 per cent of GDP last year – compared to Ireland’s 13.5 per cent, and the European average of 12 per cent.

The UK came bottom of the list with health and education spending were lower than the European average.

Spain was the second-best country of the ten which were included, ahead of the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

Full Table

1.France

2.Spain

3.Netherlands

4.Italy

5.Germany

6.Denmark

7.Poland

8.Sweden

9.Ireland

10.UK

Variables considered:Number of Holidays,Hours of Sunshine,Health Expenditure,Education Spending,Life Expectancy,Net Household Income,Rate of VAT On Goods And Services,Cigarette Prices,Food Prices,Alcohol Prices,Electricity Prices,Gas Prices,Diesel Prices,Petrol Prices,Average Working Hours,Retirement Age.

Queen Expected to Visit in May

QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s visit to Ireland, the first to Dublin by a reigning British monarch for more than 100 years, is expected to take place over three days in May.

Discussions on the timing of the visit has delayed her trip however talks between the British embassy and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny are believed to be at an advanced stage.

The decision to brief Mr Kenny is taken as he is widely regarded as the favourite to be the next Taoiseach, succeeding Brian Cowen. However an official invitation to the Queen has not yet been extended.

So far no locations have been finalised, partly for security reasons. However,  the queen is widely tipped to make a speech in Dublin Castle on relations between the two countries.

The Taoiseach began the process of inviting the queen when he met British prime minister David Cameron in Downing Street last June.

The planned invitation is strongly backed by President Mary McAleese, who leaves office later this year.

The timing of the visit has been complicated by the wedding of Prince Charles’s son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29th.

Mrs McAleese, whose term of office ends on November 10th, has a number of appointments in her diary, including a State visit by Prince Albert of Monaco, to Ireland in April.

The President, meanwhile, will make two State visits of her own: to Spain in late March and to the Netherlands in early May. The presidential election, if one is necessary, will occur in October, although no date has yet been fixed.

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Dog Doctor Sniffs Out Cancer

Dogs may be able to sniff out the early signs of bowel cancer, a study has revealed.

Chemical compounds specific to some cancers are thought to be contained in breath and stools, which dogs can detect with a high degree of accuracy.

Scientists in Japan used a labrador to carry out 74 sniff tests on samples obtained from 48 people with bowel cancer and 258 healthy volunteers.

The animal’s ability to detect cancer from breath was 95% accurate overall, and 98% accurate from stools.

Statue to Honour World Cup Octopus

A memorial for an octopus which correctly predicted the results of Germany`s matches at the 2010 World Cup has been unveiled.

Paul became a worldwide sensation, after correctly predicting the result of all of Germany`s matches and that of Spain beating the Netherlands in the final.  

A statue honouring the creature is now on display at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.

The memorial, a 6ft-high plastic replica of Paul clutching a ball in his eight limbs, also holds his cremated ashes inside in an urn inside the ball.