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Byron Jennings Replaces Rene Auberjonois in She Loves Me

first_imgBroadway switcheroo alert! Byron Jennings has boarded the starry cast of She Loves Me. The Great White Way alum replaces the previously announced René Auberjonois as Maraczek in the revival, who has departed the production due to personal reasons. Headlined by Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, the show will play a limited engagement February 19, 2016 through June 5. Opening night is scheduled for March 17 at Roundabout’s Studio 54.Jennings returns to the Roundabout Theatre Company stage, where his credits include The Man Who Came To Dinner, Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men and A Month in the Country. Other recent Broadway credits include You Can’t Take It With You and Macbeth.Directed by Scott Ellis and featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy’s cast will also include Gavin Creel and Michael McGrath. Zachary Levi Star Files View Comments Laura Benantilast_img read more

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Euthanasia deaths rising in Netherlands – Lancet

first_imgLifesite News 17 July 2012The long awaited 2010 nationwide examination of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands was published in The Lancet on July 11, 2012. The study found that:* the number of euthanasia deaths has grown significantly since 2005 (4050 in 2010, 2425 in 2005) * the under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands has grown since 2005 (23% in 2010, 20% in 2005) * there is a growth in deaths by terminal sedation (12.3% in 2010, 8.2% in 2005) * the percentage of requests for euthanasia being fulfilled has increased (45% in 2010, 37% in 2005) * the number of deaths without request or consent has decreased (300 in 2010, 550 in 2005)The media decided to ignore the significant growth in the number of euthanasia deaths since 2005, by reporting that the current percentage of euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands is similar to the percentage of euthanasia deaths in 2001, before it was officially legalized.Historical facts: Euthanasia in the Netherlands was first legalized through court decisions in the Netherlands. In 1984, the Supreme Court in the Netherlands established a set-of-criteria that should be followed for a physician to cause the death of a person by euthanasia without fear of prosecution.From 1984 to 2002 a series of legal decisions led to a widening application of euthanasia.  The courts allowed euthanasia for people living with chronic depression (mental pain), to children who were born with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups.In 2001, the Netherlands parliament officially legalized euthanasia along the guidelines that were approved by the successive court decisions. The law officially came into effect in April 2002. Therefore euthanasia and assisted suicide were common before being legalized in the Netherlands.Significant growth in Euthanasia: In 2003, the first full-year of legal euthanasia in the Netherlands, there were 1815 reported cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands. In 2010, there were 3136 reported cases of euthanasia. There is an approximate (20 – 23%) rate of under-reporting, nonetheless, based on the reported number of euthanasia deaths there has been a 73% increase in euthanasia deaths since 2003.The rate of increase of reported euthanasia deaths has accelerated over the past few years with a 19% increase in 2010 and a 13% increase in 2009.The continued increase in the number of euthanasia deaths may be partly explained by the increase in the number euthanasia deaths that are carried out after request. In 2005 37% of requests for euthanasia were fulfilled while in 2010 45% of requests were fulfilled.There has also been a 50 percent increase in the number of deaths by terminal sedation since 2005. Terminal sedation is usually done by sedating a person and withdrawing fluids and food. Palliative sedation is different than terminal sedation because with palliative sedation the intention is to allow natural death to occur. Terminal sedation is viewed by some people as an alternative to euthanasia. When a person is not otherwise dying, the act of terminal sedation is more accurately a form of euthanasia and should be referred to as “slow euthanasia.”The media reports: The Medical Daily reported that: Rates of Euthanasia are steady since 2002 legalization. Fox News reported: Little change in Dutch euthanasia post-legality. And ABC.net.au reported: Euthanasia number remain the same after legalization – study.Clearly, the media bought into a common position based on the press release from the Lancet, rather than reading the study to uncover significant concerns.A thorough response was written by Dr. Peter Saunders, Campaign Director for the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK. Saunders’ article focused on the incredible shift towards the use of Deep Continuous Sedation (Terminal Sedation) in order to keep the number of euthanasia deaths officially low.Euthanasia in the Netherlands: The rate of euthanasia in the Netherlands has increased by 73% in the last 8 years (1815 reported deaths in 2003, 3136 reported deaths in 2010) and even more important, the rate of euthanasia has increased by almost 35% in the past two years (2331 reported deaths in 2008, 3136 reported deaths in 2010).Combined with the growth in the use of terminal sedation for people who are not otherwise dying, “slow euthanasia”, and the slight increase in the number of unreported euthanasia deaths, one must conclude that there are abuses occurring in the Netherlands.On March 1, a euthanasia clinic in the Netherlands launched six mobile euthanasia teams in the Netherlands. The NVVE, euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands, announced that they anticipate that the mobile euthanasia teams would complete 1000 euthanasia deaths per year.The mobile euthanasia teams plan to fill unmet demand for euthanasia for people with chronic depression (mental pain), people with disabilities, people with dementia/Alzheimer, loneliness, and those whose request for euthanasia is declined by their physician. In 2010 45% of all euthanasia requests resulted in death by euthanasia.Similar to the previous euthanasia reports (1990, 1995, 2001, 2005) the 2010 report uncovers significant concerns related to the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands.Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide is not safe and the safeguards that are devised to control euthanasia do not protect the dying, but rather they protect the doctor.http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/the-lancet-proves-euthanasia-deaths-are-rising-in-the-netherlandslast_img read more

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Away day joy at last for Rangers

first_img The in-form Defoe might have collected his third goal for the club he joined last month seconds later, but guided his close-range shot from Jordi Gomez’s shot wide of the far post, while strike-partner Wickham was denied by a combination of keeper Green and the woodwork 10 minutes before the break. Wickham met Adam Johnson’s inswinging cross with a powerful header, which Green managed to turn on to the bar before beating away the rebound, with goal-line technology confirming his heroics. But the Black Cats’ hopes of dragging themselves back into the game suffered a further blow in stoppage time when Phillips picked out Zamora inside the area and he lashed an unstoppable right-foot shot past the helpless Pantilimon and into the top corner. Poyet replaced Gomez with Ricky Alvarez at the break and whatever message the Uruguayan had left ringing in the ears of his players appeared to have got through as they resumed in much more determined fashion. Rangers were dealt a blow just seven minutes into the half when Phillips departed to be replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips, but they were not unduly affected by the change. However, as time ran down, Sunderland began to establish a momentum and Green had to make a second reaction save, this time to keep out Defoe’s 66th-minute flick from Johnson’s cross, and Alvarez forced him into a diving stop four minutes later with the pressure mounting. The home side battered away at the visitors right up to the final whistle, with the locals repeatedly imploring referee Martin Atkinson to award a penalty as Rangers put their bodies on the line, but ultimately to no avail. Press Association Caretaker boss Chris Ramsey presided over QPR’s first Barclays Premier League away win of the season as chairman Tony Fernandes closed in on his new manager. However, it took two fine saves by goalkeeper Rob Green to deny first Connor Wickham and then Jermain Defoe either side of half-time to preserve the clean sheet and deny Sunderland a way back into the game. Gus Poyet’s men, who were unbeaten in four matches in all competitions before kick-off, were dreadful for much of the game and even the in-form Defoe could not get them out of jail as they succumbed to the same opposition for the second time this season. Fernandes set tongues wagging among the visiting fraternity on Wearside when he suggested via his Twitter account that the search for Harry Redknapp’s replacement was close to an end. He tweeted: “Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Take a while. Still a bit to go but I’m very happy. Press all wrong.” In the meantime, it was Ramsey’s task to end the club’s appalling away record and he made six changes to the side which succumbed 1-0 to Southampton at the weekend, several of them enforced by injury. The visitors could hardly have made a better fist of it before the break as they took advantage of a monumentally inept display by the Black Cats to give themselves every hope of addressing their chronic bout of travel sickness. Sunderland were spectacularly lethargic from the off and were punished in brutal fashion with 17 minutes gone when Matt Phillips, who terrorised full-back Patrick van Aanholt throughout, crossed for Fer to head firmly past Costel Pantilimon. The Dutchman was unfortunate not to double his tally on the half hour when, after Phillips had skipped past Van Aanholt and squared for him, his side-footed effort came back off a post and ran agonisingly along the goal line before an offside flag spared Sunderland’s blushes. Hours before kick-off Fernandes revealed his hope that he had got his man, sending Michael Laudrup’s odds tumbling, and spirits within the camp soared, with first-half goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora setting the club on their way to three points on the road after 11 successive defeats. The 2-0 success was QPR’s first win away from Loftus Road since their play-off final victory over Derby at Wembley on May 24 last year and was witnessed by only 395 travelling fans among a crowd of 39,077 at the Stadium of Light. last_img read more

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