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How will MPs vote on euthanasia

first_imgMPs will have a conscience vote on the bill, and parties won’t take positions on it.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/do-our-mps-stand-euthanasiaEmotional euthanasia debate kicks offNZ Herald 9 June 2017Parliament’s vote on legalising euthanasia appears to be almost evenly split as an emotional election-year debate kicks off.Act leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was pulled from the private members’ ballot yesterday, and could be before Parliament before the election.A total of 33 MPs told the Herald they would definitely or probably support the bill to a select committee, and 27 said they definitely or probably would not. Another 37 MPs were undecided, and the rest did not say or did not respond. Seymour needs 60 votes for a majority.Among the high-profile opponents is Prime Minister Bill English, a practising Catholic who has long opposed assisted dying. Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was undecided, but said she was not definitely opposed.One of the strongest voices against the bill was Deputy Speaker and National MP Chester Borrows.“We have a horrific record on suicide and I think it sends a message that sometimes it is okay to top yourself,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11872493Party leaders at complete odds over euthanasiaNewsTalk ZB 9 June 2017The leaders of our major political parties are at complete odds over euthanasia.ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from the Members’ ballot, more than two years after it was written up.Two of the National Party’s most senior members, Prime Minister Bill English and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, are both Catholic and pro-life and firmly against the prospect of legalising assisted death.English said his views on the matter haven’t changed.“I will be voting against the legislation,” he said.Whanganui MP Chester Burrows is also against the Bill saying he fears such legislation would be devastating for New Zealand.“In a county where we have got a horrific record on suicide I think it sends the message that it is sometimes okay top yourself and I disagree with that,” he said.While Labour leader Andrew Little said he is yet to have a proper read of the intricacies of the Bill, but at first glance thought he would support it.Grant Robertson said he will certainly be supporting the Bill.“This has always been a conscious issue for the Labour Party and It remains that way,” he said.The Greens’ view is slightly more complicated, as their own policy on euthanasia doesn’t go quite so far as this Bill, they would only make it legal for those who’re terminally ill and have less than six months to live.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/party-leaders-at-complete-odds-over-euthanasia/Seymour ‘convinced’ MPs will back voluntary euthanasiaNewsHub 9 June 2017ACT leader David Seymour says he needs another 21 MPs on side if his voluntary euthanasia Bill is to become law.The End of Life Choice Bill was drawn from the ballot on Thursday, meaning Parliament will debate whether to allow dying patients to choose when and how to end their own lives, rather than leaving it to fate.“It says if you have a terminal illness like cancer that doctors say will end your life within six months, or if you have a grievous, irremediable condition – something like Huntington’s disease – and you’re in a state of decline, then you can be examined by two doctors who have to decide that you’re of sound mind, that you understand the decision that you’re making,” Mr Seymour told The AM Show on Friday.Despite that, conservative lobby group Family First has vowed to “kill” the Bill.“One of the main reasons that politicians in New Zealand have rejected previous attempts to decriminalise euthanasia is that they realised that the safeguards, while sounding good, would not guarantee the protection required for vulnerable people including the disabled, elderly, depressed or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or are under financial pressure,” says Family First director Bob McCoskrie.“The international evidence backs up these concerns, and explains why so few countries have made any changes to the law around this issue. We simply need to ensure a palliative care regime in NZ that is fully funded and world class. That’s where the politicians’ focus should be.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/06/seymour-convinced-mps-will-back-voluntary-euthanasia.html “For me I’m not a supporter of euthanasia and I’ve got a number of reasons about that, but it’s a conscience vote” – Marama Fox, Maori Party. “It may be that I vote for it at first reading although I am unlikely I think to vote for it all the way through passing” – Simon Bridges. “Everyone in New Zealand needs to have their say and I will vote how I vote and I will just be one of those people in that referendum” – Fletcher Tabuteau, NZ First. It defines those eligible and details a comprehensive set of provisions to ensure it is a free choice made without coercion. “I’ve been well on the record for a while now that I’m opposed to euthanasia because of my academic and experience in hospitals and hospices” – Simon O’Connor, National.“For me personally … I think the current system serves those who need that care and compassion and I think they do a good job. I see no reason to change” – Todd Muller, National.“I’m in support of it” – Chris Bishop, National. Euthanasia bill: MPs give current voting positionsRadio NZ News 8 June 2017How will MPs vote?Prime Minister Bill English will vote against the bill, as will the senior minister Gerry Brownlee.Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett said she was undecided. Ministers Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and Nick Smith all joined her in their indecision.“I’m pretty conservative on these issues,” Mr Bridges said. “I’m very likely to vote against it ultimately… I might vote to see it go to a select committee so that the issues… are fleshed out.”Labour MP Grant Robertson said he would support the bill at its first reading.“It’s a really important conversation for New Zealand to have.”The Green Party intends to vote as a bloc, but was yet to discuss its stance on Mr Seymour’s bill.Its policy is to support medically-assisted dying for adults with a terminal illness, however this legislation also includes people with a “grievous and irremediable medical condition”.New Zealand First MPs said they would discuss the bill as a caucus before deciding how to push forward.The party’s policy was for New Zealanders to have a national discussion over at least two years followed by a binding referendum.The Māori Party’s Marama Fox said both she and her co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, intended to vote against the bill.“I’ve sat holding the hands of dying people over and over again from my own family. I can’t even remember going to a funeral where it was of natural causes in the last 28 years… I’ve never once had any one of those people say they wanted to go early. Not once.”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/332544/euthanasia-bill-mps-give-current-voting-positionsWhere do our MPs stand on euthanasia?TVNZ One News 8 June 2017On the back of ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill being drawn from the member’s bill ballot today, we present a selection of views by Members of Parliament on where they stand on a bill that would legalise euthanasia in select circumstances.“We have convinced a third of them, and I think we will convince more than a majority – I think we are easily going to pass this legislation” – David Seymour, Act Party.“No” – Gerry Brownlee, National. End of Life Choice BillACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was drawn from the member’s bill ballot today. “I don’t mind someone being given an extra jab of morphine if they’ve got a few days to live” – Christopher Finlayson, National. “I’m not an absolute no, I suppose I’d want to see what the consequences are, what the kind of detail is” – Paula Bennett, National. “I’m in favour of good quality, excellent palliative care” – Jonathan Coleman, National. “I’d rather be guided by what our constituency feels about it so probably at this point in time no, but I’ll take leave from our people” – Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party. The End of Life Choice Bill gives people with a terminal illness or a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” the option of requesting assisted dying. It also outlines a stringent series of steps to ensure the person is mentally capable of understanding the nature and consequences of their decision. “Ultimately with the Green Party we have policy on assisted dying around terminally ill people, it doesn’t go as far as what’s in David Seymour’s bill” – Julie Anne Genter, Green Party.last_img read more

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AFTER 10 YEARS OF HIDING: Murder suspect falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder, aman was arrested in Barangay Linaon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.  Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Henry Arles of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in KabankalanCity, Negros Occidental dated May 5, 2009.  The 34-year-old resident Eugene Vidal– who had been hiding from the police for about 10 years – was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a police reportshowed. Vidal was detained in the lockup cellof the Sipalay City police station. No bail bond was recommended for thesuspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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Bill Erne

first_imgWhenever I hear a litany of statistics given during a break in an athletic contest, I think of Bill Erne.  From some time in the 50’s through the 80’s Bill was a fixture at many BHS athletic contests.  Even though Bill was handicapped, it didn’t keep him from keeping accurate, readable statistics.  We used to kid Bill that he missed a shot in basketball or a yard in football, but Bill was so organized he didn’t even bat an eye in pointing out that we were wrong.  To think that Bill did this with a pencil and a pad of paper and no help from any electronic device (maybe a calculator in his latter years), makes it even more remarkable.  Bill kept my basketball statistics when I was coaching at BHS, and I can remember how neat the shot charts and the resulting stats were.  My brother, Vernon, did this for many years at East Central.  Like Bill, you could argue with him about his stats, but you would never win.  Today people like John Seright, Sam Sitterding, and Randy Records come to mind.  They are the most recent to keep stats for BHS.  I have seen some of their work, and they are keeping up the tradition started by Bill.  Their job is made a little easier because now we have apps to help with these statistics.  I watched Coach Bradford keeping basketball stats while scouting a Batesville opponent.  I would like one of these devices just to play with during a regular ball game.  To be a great statistician you must be able to print neatly, concentrate while being a spectator, and document all the things you do.  To all the other stat people out there keep up your good work.  I know BHS does not have a corner on the only great ones.last_img read more

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Ruth T. Kramer

first_imgRuth T. Kramer, age 95 of Batesville, died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born January 16, 1922 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Olivia (Nee: Merkel) and Andrew Wintz.  She married Harold Kramer May 13, 1944 at the St. Louis Parsonage and he preceded her in death September 23, 1980.  Ruth worked 18 years as a dispatcher for the Batesville Police Department before retiring in 1995 and was a member of St. Louis Church.A loving and devoted mother, she enjoyed spending time with her family.  An excellent cook and baker, for years she cooked a big lunch every day for her sons that might include fried chicken or meat loaf with all the trimmings.  She also had special treats at the ready for the grandkids when they’d come by.  Her apple pies, poor man cakes, cinnamon rolls, noodles and grits will be sorely missed.  The family teased that you’d often hear mom say, “Now wait just a minute”, “What the Sam hell” and “Don’t you dare.”  It was common to see Ruth out walking since she never learned to drive and could be found on her porch swing rain or shine.  Other interests included bingo and cards. She was an avid 500 player and a member of several card clubs.  Ruth also enjoyed bus trips with neighbors and friends.  Among one of her favorite trips was a visit to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms in bloom.She is survived by her daughters Yolanda (Greg) Thayer of Osgood, Lisa (Danny) Knight of Carmi, Illinois, LeNita (Tony) Weberding of Batesville; sons Steve (Schere) of Guilford, Indiana, Ron (Jane) of Oldenburg, Mike (Deb) of Batesville; nineteen grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Mary Grace Tebbe and brothers Francis, Clarence Urban and infant August Wintz.Visitation is Wednesday, January 3rd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, January 4th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

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Sherwood: Benteke best in business

first_img The red-hot forward has scored 11 goals in his last nine games to help keep Villa out of the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three. And on Friday Benteke was named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for April after scoring five times. Tim Sherwood has labelled Christian Benteke the best striker in Europe as he placed his Aston Villa squad on trial. He also netted twice in last week’s 3-2 win over Everton to leave Villa two points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham and boss Sherwood believes he is untouchable on current form. “I don’t know if there’s a better striker in Europe right now. He’s the best,” he said. “Benteke is going nowhere in the summer, no one can afford him. I’m delighted for him. It’s great to see, he’s happy with it. “It helps us. He’s in great form. We’re creating the chances for him and he’s sticking them away.” Benteke is central to Sherwood’s plans next season but the manager admits others still need to prove themselves. He has only been in charge since replacing Paul Lambert in February and is running the rule over his players. He said: “I’m still learning but there are a few I’ve rubber-stamped and a few I’ve got question marks over. They know that. “They know they are on trial if they want to stay at this club, every training session and every game. “They are on trial to get a place in the (FA) Cup final and they will want to stay here because it is a big club. Some of them will never go to a bigger club than this. “If they want to stay here they have every chance but they have to continue to produce the goods. And that applies to everyone.” Gabriel Agbonlahor is available for Sherwood after being sidelined for almost a month with a hamstring injury. Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker remain out with knee injuries and are unlikely to be fit this season, meaning they are expected to miss the FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 30. Before then Villa have to go to Southampton and host Burnley in the final game of the season and Sherwood admitted relegation before the final is unthinkable. “That would be a disaster. Mentally we’d still have to win the cup final. The priority is the Premier League,” he said. “My mindset would be completely different, it would not be great. My summer holiday with my kids would not be good – I’d be throwing them in the deep end!” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Local police arrest man who attacked officer while attempting to flee a car accident

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale Police department has arrested a 29-year-old man who attacked a female officer while attempting to flee the scene of a car accident. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon at 2225 NW 19th St. Authorities say they were called to the area due to a vehicle accident where one of those involved was attempting to flee the scene.When the officer arrived, she spoke to those involved and attempted to detain Marcelas Jones who was said to have tried to leave. As the officer attempted to get Jones out of the road, Jones suddenly begins attacking her. Video taken by a witness at the scene shows Jones pushing the officer up against a fence, choking her, and punching her with both of his fists. Two security guards then rush to help the officer as more police officers also rushed to the scene.Jones was finally arrested and taken into custody.  He appeared in court Friday where he charged with leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. He is currently being held on a $25,200 bond and has been ordered not to have any contact with the officer. The officer was said to have suffered minor injuries from the assault but is expected to be OK.last_img read more

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Who crowned Lennox ‘Too Sharp’ Allen a World Champion?

first_imgBy Ras WadadaOVER the last week I have been bombarded with the question – Why was Lennox ‘Too Sharp’ Allen excluded from my list of eleven Guyanese-born boxers to have won a World Boxing title?The question aroused the interest of Guyanese, who were led to believe that Allen had won a World Boxing title over a year ago when he was received, presented and paraded around parts of the country by top Government officials and members of the media.The Brooklyn-based Allen was even given a plot of land for his accomplishment that occurred in February of last year.On February 15, 2019 Allen fought American Derrick Webster at the Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Gold Belt championship and won a unanimous decision over 10 rounds.This will go down in history as the first World title boxing contest to go over ten rounds and not the mandated 12 rounds as is known and practised in the world of championship boxing for men.David Morrell Jr.A check with the listed Champion of the WBA Super Middleweight reveals Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez as the holder of the title and the undefeated Allen as the number one contender.Consultations with heads of the two national Boxing associations in Guyana also confirmed that Allen is not the holder of the WBA Super Middleweight Championship belt.Trinidadian Shivana Inalsingh, Msc and Bsc also dismissed the notion that Allen is the WBA’s world champion. Inalsingh is the Director of female Championship committee of the WBA and also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the WBA.So what could have been the motive by the mastermind behind such misinformation? Reports have also unearthed that monetary donations were also being collected in NY by the said conveyor of the misinformation.The 35-year-old Allen (22-0-1-14 KOs) is expected to fight for the Interim WBA Super Middleweight title later this year against the number 3 contender David Morrell Jr. (2-0). The fight versus the former Cuban amateur champion was originally scheduled for April 11, at the Minneapolis Armory but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.The last Guyanese-born boxer to fight for a World title is NY-based Elton Dharry who confronted Andrew Maloney in Melbourne, Australia last year, November 15. The Australian won by a TKO in round nine after the ringside doctor brought a halt to the bout.The official list of 11 Guyanese-born boxers to have won World Boxing titles are: Men – Joe Walcott (Welter, 1901); Denis Andries (Light Heavy, 1986); Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis (Welter, 2001); Adrian Dodson (Super Middle, 2002); Andre Purlette (Heavy, 2001); Vivian Harris (Light Welter, 2002); Wayne Braithwaite (Cruiser, 2001) and Gairy St Clair (Super Feather, 2006) and Female – Gwendolyn O’Neil (Light Heavy, 2004); Pamela London (Heavy, 2008) and Shondell Alfred (Bantam, 2009)last_img read more

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USC asks students abroad to come home following Trump address

first_imgUSC said it plans to compensate students who are returning from study abroad programs in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Level 3 countries, it said in a statement to the Daily Trojan.  To be reimbursed for their travel, International Spanish Center program students will need to provide documentation, including their departure dates, bank routing numbers and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication numbers.  According to the email, international students studying abroad have been asked to return to their home countries instead of the United States.  Students in the Netherlands study abroad program have said they were told by Maastricht University that they will not receive credit for the current term of study, which will end in two and a half weeks. This is because Maastricht University has not stopped instruction or moved classes online and does not currently plan to for the remainder of the term. The status of credits for classes in the following and final term of instruction, which runs from April to June, remains undecided as Maastricht University evaluates how it will manage classes. “The amount of cases in Spain skyrocketed in like two days, which was kind of nerve-wracking for us,” Picarella said. “We were just waiting it out to hear from USC because we had heard that the Madrid program had been canceled.” The Basque government announced Thursday the closure of all educational centers in Basque Country until March 26. As a result, Universidad de Deusto’s International Spanish Center program, which those abroad in Bilbao, Spain, have been attending, canceled all in-person classes until the end of the program and will continue its academic semester online beginning March 23.  In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC said student degree progress will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  All USC study abroad programs in continental Europe, including in Spain, the Netherlands and Greece, will require students to return to their home country, the Office of Overseas Studies announced Thursday in an email to students in the programs.  “Due to the COVID-19 situation, USC will reimburse study abroad students for any flight change fees that they are not able to have waived to return home from CDC Level 3 countries,” the statement read. “Given these changes, we are asking USC students studying in Europe outside the UK to return home,” the email read. This move comes after President Donald Trump’s Wednesday Oval Office address, which outlined U.S. measures in response to coronavirus. The United States has temporarily implemented a 30-day ban on noncitizens traveling from European countries, excluding the United Kingdom and Ireland, and U.S. citizens traveling from continental Europe will likely have to undergo health screenings if they arrive after midnight Friday.  “We are making arrangements on an individualized basis for all returning students so they can continue their degree progress despite the mid-semester disruption,” the statement read.  Kelsea Picarella, a junior majoring in biological sciences studying at the International Spanish Center, said students in the program anticipated an announcement from the University asking them to return when the Madrid program was cut short earlier and have been working to make travel arrangements since Trump’s address. She said USC has not given International Spanish Center students an exact date by which they need to return home. Students studying in the Netherlands have not received information from USC specifically related to their program. Sarah Yaacoub contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: Cycoby Burch discusses criteria for college choice

first_img Published on August 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Oak Ridge High School defensive back Cycoby Burch says he’s 100 percent ready now. In May, he wasn’t.About three months ago, Burch briefly committed to Wisconsin before reports surfaced that the Badgers’ coaching staff wouldn’t accept his commitment. Since the agreement fell through, he’s used the extra time before his senior season at Oak Ridge in Florida.“I felt like I just made it too soon,” Burch said. “I wasn’t really ready to make my decision.”Burch, who will announce his verbal commitment on Friday, has named a top four that includes Syracuse, West Virginia, Indiana and South Florida. He said he is prioritizing academics and his relationship with the coaching staff. Burch is ranked with three stars and as the 90th-best cornerback in the 2016 class by Scout.com.The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Burch is being recruited for the CB position by Orange tight ends coach Jake Moreland, but Burch said if he gets bigger, he might move to safety.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Burch hasn’t visited SU, he said they were in touch on and off from the spring until the past month, when they’ve been in contact regularly. Burch said he’d “probably” visit Syracuse at some point this fall regardless of his decision. He’s taken an unofficial visit to USF, the only school in his top four that he’s visited.“I’m looking for also a family environment,” Burch said. “A team that’s going to take me in and get me ready to play, be mentored by the older guys and a team that will make me a better student-athlete.”The Orange’s 2016 class already includes defensive backs Monquavion Brinson and Scoop Bradshaw, both from Florida, and Darius Stubbs and Will Harper, both from Georgia.“I’ve always enjoyed coaching kids from down that way,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said of his players from Florida on Aug. 8, “especially a lot of secondary players for whatever reason.”Syracuse’s current roster includes six cornerbacks, three from Florida (Julian Whigham, Juwan Dowels and Cordell Hudson), and eight safeties, three from either Florida or Georgia (Antwan Cordy from Florida and Christopher Fredrick and Kielan Whitner from Georgia).Nearly a month ago, Osceola (Florida) High School safety Devon Clarke tweeted that he committed to the Orange, but a day later his tweets indicated that his commitment was not accepted by the SU coaching staff. According to Syracuse.com, the Orange coaches wanted Clarke to visit the campus before committing. Commentslast_img read more

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I wouldn’t have accepted Black Stars captaincy if I were Andre Ayew – Asamoah Gyan

first_imgBlack Stars striker, Asamoah Gyan has said that he wouldn’t have agreed to be captain of the Black Stars ahead of the African Cup of Nations if he had been in Andre Ayew’s position.Gyan was stripped of the captaincy before the recently-ended AFCON with Swansea’s Andre Ayew being handed the armband.The situation upset Gyan who announced his retirement from international football, citing the apparently limited role he was to play with the squad at the AFCON.Gyan eventually returned to the squad after a meeting with the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, taking up a “general captain” role for the tournament.The Black Stars were knocked out at the Round of 16 stage by Tunisia on penalties after winning just one of their four games at the tournament.Gyan believes that although the issues over the captaincy did not affect the team’s performance at the AFCON, he felt Ayew should have rejected the captaincy given the controversy.“I wouldn’t have accepted it. There was a lot of controversy and pressure. Andre and I had a conversation, he had to explain his part,” he told Accra-based station, Joy FM.“He’s a good guy. He had no choice but to accept it. I don’t blame him but if I were him, I wouldn’t have.”A number of people have spoken of double standards as Gyan was first made Black Stars captain after John Mensah was relegated to general captain.However, Gyan rebuffed this, stating that unlike him, Mensah was not in the squad, adding that he would have rejected the offer had Mensah been selected.He insisted that he questioned whether John Mensah and Michael Essien had been informed of the decision before he accepted the captaincy.‘We are teammates, not friends’He maintains that while the two players don’t often hang out outside of camp, he and Andre are not rivals.He added that sometimes they laugh at reports of tension between them.“We laugh about these stories in camp. We’ve never fought. Andre is my teammate but it doesn’t mean we are friends. When we are in camp, we might hang out together. Outside the camp, we have our own friends and family. But there’s no rivalry, the love is still there.”Despite being the nation’s all-time leading scorer, the player was used sparingly, featuring just twice from the bench.last_img read more

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