Stuff co.nz 17 October 2016Two elderly Wellington women with suicide drugs have been pounced on by police, who are conducting a national operation thought to be targeting a euthanasia group.Police have confirmed a Lower Hutt woman was arrested and faces two charges of importing a class C drug as part of an “ongoing investigation”.It is understood a second elderly woman was also involved in the October 7 raid, part of what police are calling Operation Painter, and that one of the women spent the night in a police cell.Exit International director Philip Nitschke said police raided several elderly members of his group as part of a world-first clampdown on his organisation.”It is ludicrous to try to argue that these raids are in the best interest of the Exit members raided,” he said.“They are clearly designed to intimidate and frighten, and send a message that the elderly are not to have control over their own death.”Police have repeatedly refused to say what the drug was, the age of the arrested woman, or when she would appear in court. They have also refused to comment on claims they had got hold of Exit’s membership list and were working their way through it.Nitschke said the police operation was a “proactive” attack on euthanasia on a scale not seen in any country in which Exit operated, and the Lower Hutt case was the first charge of its kind in New Zealand.“It is a bit of a series of attacks on Exit. This is quite a unique development.”He said it appeared a police task force had “infiltrated” Exit, whose members have an average age of 75, as they cracked down on people wanting the option of dying on their own terms.Pentobarbital, which has the trade name Nembutal and is the euthanasia drug of choice for Exit International, cannot be legally obtained in New Zealand, but can be imported from overseas.Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is classified as a class C drug, and the maximum penalty for importation is eight years in jail. That compares with penalties of about 10 years in jail for anyone assisting another in suicide.Nitschke was not aware of any previous cases of New Zealanders being charged for importing Nembutal. During the past 20 years, only four Australians had been charged.Each Australian case had resulted in a fine, but no conviction.“STUFF THE LAW”Euthanasia advocate Lesley Martin, who served half a 15-month jail sentence for helping her terminally ill mother to die, said Nitschke was a “rogue and a maverick”, who was undermining the campaign to legalise euthanasia.She claimed Exit operated at the fringes of the law, and said there was a divide between Exit and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES).“[Exit] just say stuff the law, we will provide the method and means for people to do it themselves …“It’s just the same old, same old – he’s still not helping the overall situation of legitimising and legalising euthanasia.”VES spokesman Dave Barber was at pains to distance the society from Exit, but was surprised at the police raids.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/85399849/elderly-raided-for-suicide-drugs-as-police-conduct-antieuthanasia-operation
President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert, 72, has died, the White House confirmed late Saturday. The cause of his death was not immediately known.President Trump visited his brother at a New York City hospital on Friday, one day before his brother’s passing.President Trump issued a brief statement following his brother’s passing:“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”On Friday, the president addressed his brother’s condition before heading to New York City.“I have a wonderful brother,” Trump said on Friday. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now. Hopefully he’ll be alright, but he’s – he’s pretty – he’s having a hard time.”Robert Trump, who also was a prominent member of the Trump Organization, was one of President Trump’s four siblings. Robert Trump was preceded in death by their oldest brother Fred Trump Jr, who died in 1981. The president has two surviving sisters, Maryanne Trump Barry, Elizabeth Trump Grau. Robert Trump had previously worked for his older brother at the Trump Organization and recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family seeking to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece Mary titled “Too Much and Never Enough.”
The USC women’s tennis team is coming off a successful Pac-10 weekend at home after beating both Arizona and Arizona State.The No. 16 Women of Troy (13-7, 5-1) will wrap up the regular season today in Westwood, Calif., with a match against crosstown rival UCLA.Pairings · Junior Lyndsay Kinstler will be paired with freshman Valeria Pulido in this weekend’s final dual meet of the season against crosstown rival UCLA in Westwood, Calif. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan For USC to have any chance at the Pac-10 title this year, it has to beat No. 7 UCLA (18-3, 5-1). If USC wins, it will most likely play against Stanford during the Pac-10 tournament in Ojai, Calif., this weekend. At 6-0, No. 10 Stanford is the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 and can guarantee itself at least a share of this year’s Pac-10 title if it beats No. 12 California on Saturday.USC will have to play Stanford if the teams are both in contention for the Pac-10 crown after this weekend’s dual meets. The teams played earlier this month, but rain postponed the doubles play with the singles tied 3-3. According to Intercollegiate Tennis Association rules, their match will have to be resumed at 0-0 only if the Stanford-USC match is a determinant for the 2010 Pac-10 title.As for the weekly team rankings issued by the ITA, USC moved up one spot from No. 17 to No. 16. Individual rankings were also released Tuesday for the first time since March 30 where USC boasts four nationally ranked singles players.In singles, junior Maria Sanchez continues to be the highest-ranked singles player for the team, checking in at No. 3 in the nation with a 17-2 singles record for this season. Sophomore Alison Ramos is settled just inside the nation’s top 25 at No. 24 and is followed by two Trojan freshmen, No. 28 Danielle Lao and No. 100 Valeria Pulido.In doubles, Sanchez is also ranked on three different doubles teams with Lao at No. 55, Pulido at No. 70 and junior Lyndsay Kinstler at No. 80.Just like the Trojans, the Bruins are also up one spot this week, from No. 8 to No. 7. In singles, Yasmin Schnack leads the Bruins at No. 8, followed by No. 26 Andrea Remynse and No. 51 Noelle Hickey. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack keep their No. 4 ranking, while Hickey and Nina Pantic enter the rankings at No. 77.For today’s matchup, the Bruins will bring some tough competition for the Women of Troy. Although USC is 42-32 all-time against the Bruins, UCLA edged USC with a 4-3 win when the teams first clashed previously this season.“We know it’s a big match, but we’re going to approach it wanting to win like any other match and not put any added stress on ourselves,” Sanchez said.During the teams’ last meeting, UCLA easily grabbed the doubles point, but since then USC has juggled the doubles duos and changed up all the pairs at every position.“The team has been playing really well lately so that gives us confidence,” Pulido said. “We know that this is not going to be an easy match, but we are prepared for it.”Unlike the earlier meeting, today’s contest will play a huge role in determining the Pac-10 standings. Their match will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.