National offers hospice boost

first_imgStuff 13 August 2014National has pledged an extra $20 million a year in funding for hospices if re-elected in September.National’s health spokesman, the retiring Health Minister Tony Ryall, said the funding would allow hospices to provide more palliative care.Ryall said last year more than 15,000 people received care and support from the country’s 29 hospices while their palliative carers made over 145,000 visits to people in their homes.Demand on hospice services would increase with an ageing population and this needed to be catered for.“Hospices make a huge difference to people’s lives by ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible,” Ryall said.“They also provide care and support for families and friends.”Of the new funding, $13m would go towards helping the country’s hospices care for terminally ill people in their homes while $7m would fund 60 new palliative care nurses and educators. read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Jill Ellis explains why she waited so long to make substitutions vs. Spain

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe scores twice to advance to France quarterfinal Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s close win over Spain U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis received criticism for waiting so long to make substitutions during a close game against Spain that gave the United States a scare. Star forward Alex Morgan, who was subbed out halfway through USA’s group stage finale against Sweden with injury concerns, didn’t look 100% as she took several big hits. Veteran Megan Rapinoe looked exhausted as she scored twice on penalty kicks. And, overall, the U.S. missed on big opportunities as it couldn’t find the back of the net and needed a change in pace. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe explain why they switched taking penalty kick Ellis waited until the 85th minute to replace Morgan with Carli Lloyd as the first sub. Rapinoe came out in the seventh minute of stoppage time, while Lindsey Horan (who has a yellow card) replaced Rose Lavelle.After the 2-1 win, Ellis explained why she didn’t make substitutions earlier. Here is Ellis’ full explanation:  Related News “You can’t just live cautiously, I think, when you’re in a knockout game. I think you have to coach in the moment and make those decisions. “It felt that we started to gain momentum, and I think as a coach you have to read that moment, because a player can look absolutely fatigued and then suddenly things change and they get their legs again. I think as a coach you have to kind of know your players and be able to read those moments. “So I think that was part of the decision to persist with the players we had — because I think there was momentum, and I think some of them actually grew into the second half. Yeah, listen, it’s three days less (rest than Spain had), it’s hot, it was physically demanding out there in terms of just the atmosphere of what we were in. “But I think some of the players actually kind of got their second winds, so to speak. That’s probably why we waited a little bit in terms of the substitutions. “Alex, we took her out; Carli gives us the same aerial presence, a fantastic aerial presence, work rate and (is) dangerous going forward.  “I think Lindsey (Horan), we knew that the game at times opened up, and I think our midfield had quite a bit of ground to cover in terms of trying to win the first ball and pick up the second ball. So I think that was a legs substitution there. “And then the last one, you look at that for time, and you always think if they were to tie it up, you always have to think if that happens, what do you want to look like — it’s all the planning that you go through before the game.”The Americans now shift their focus to facing host France in the quarterfinals Friday in Paris.last_img read more

Why do the Lions always play on Thanksgiving? Explaining Detroit’s holiday tradition

first_imgHere’s a brief history lesson, plus a full list of past games and how to watch the 2019 version while stuffing your face with turkey and pie.THANKSGIVING GAME PICKS:Straight up | Against the spreadWhy do the Lions always play on Thanksgiving?It all started on Thanksgiving Day in 1934, when owner George A. Richards decided to play on the holiday to attract more fans.Richards was known for his marketing acumen, and his Thanksgiving plan was an immediate hit. The Lions at the time weren’t attracting much of a crowd because the Detroit Tigers were the city’s main sports attraction. But on that Thanksgiving, the Lions not only sold out the stadium, they also had to turn people away at the gates. The Lions lost to the Bears, but a new team tradition was born. Other teams had played on Thanksgiving before 1934, but the Lions were different because Richards owned a radio station that was a major affiliate of the NBC Blue Network. Richards negotiated an agreement with NBC to broadcast his Thanksgiving games on 94 stations across the country. Since 1978, the Lions and Cowboys have hosted a game on Thanksgiving every year. Detroit always plays the early game, followed by Dallas in the late afternoon and a rotating prime-time matchup added in 2006.Who plays the Lions on Thanksgiving in 2019?The Lions plays the Bears for a second consecutive year. Chicago won the 2018 meeting, 23-16.The Bears are 18-15-2 all time in Thanksgiving games. Their 35 appearances on the holiday are fourth in the NFL behind the Lions, Cowboys and Packers. What channel is the Lions vs. Bears game on?CBS will broadcast Lions vs. Bears this year. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET — the first game of the day, as per tradition.Lions’ all-time record on ThanksgivingThe Lions are 37-40-2 playing on Thanksgiving in franchise history.YearOpponentResult1934Chicago BearsL, 19-161935Chicago BearsW, 14-21936Chicago BearsW, 13-71937Chicago BearsL, 13-01938Chicago BearsW, 14-71945Cleveland RamsL, 28-211946Boston YanksL, 34-101947Chicago BearsL, 34-141948Chicago CardsL, 28-141949Chicago BearsL, 28-71950New York YanksW, 49-141951Green Bay PackersW, 52-351952Green Bay PackersW, 48-241953Green Bay PackersW, 34-151954Green Bay PackersW, 28-241955Green Bay PackersW, 24-101956Green Bay PackersL, 24-201957Green Bay PackersW, 18-61958Green Bay PackersW, 24-141959Green Bay PackersL, 24-171960Green Bay PackersW, 23-101961Green Bay PackersL, 17-91962Green Bay PackersW, 26-141963Green Bay PackersT, 13-131964Chicago BearsL, 27-241965Baltimore ColtsT, 24-241966San Francisco 49ersL, 41-141967Los Angeles RamsL, 31-71968Philadelphia EaglesL, 12-01969Minnesota VikingsL, 27-01970Oakland RaidersW, 28-141971Kansas City ChiefsW, 32-211972New York JetsW, 37-201973Washington RedskinsL, 20-01974Denver BroncosL, 31-271975Los Angeles RamsL, 20-01976Buffalo BillsW, 27-141977Chicago BearsL, 31-141978Denver BroncosW, 17-141979Chicago BearsW, 20-01980Chicago BearsL, 23-17 (OT)1981Kansas City ChiefsW, 27-101982New York GiantsL, 13-61983Pittsburgh SteelersW, 45-31984Green Bay PackersW, 31-281985New York JetsW, 31-201986Green Bay PackersL, 44-401987Kansas City ChiefsL, 27-201988Minnesota VikingsL, 23-01989Cleveland BrownsW, 13-101990Denver BroncosW, 40-271991Chicago BearsW, 16-61992Houston TexansL, 24-211993Chicago BearsL, 10-61994Buffalo BillsW, 35-211995Minnesota VikingsW, 44-381996Kansas City ChiefsL, 28-241997Chicago BearsW, 55-201998Pittsburgh SteelersW, 19-16 (OT)1999Chicago BearsW, 21-172000New England PatriotsW, 34-92001Green Bay PackersL, 29-272002New England PatriotsL, 20-122003Green Bay PackersW, 22-142004Indianapolis ColtsL, 41-92005Atlanta FalconsL, 27-72006Miami DolphinsL, 27-102007Green Bay PackersL, 37-262008Tennessee TitansL, 47-102009Green Bay PackersL, 34-122010New England PatriotsL, 45-242011Green Bay PackersL, 27-152012Houston TexansL, 34-31 (OT)2013Green Bay PackersW, 40-102014Chicago BearsW, 34-172015Philadelphia EaglesW, 45-142016Minnesota VikingsW, 16-132017Minnesota VikingsL, 30-232018Chicago BearsL, 23-16Notable games: 1962 — The Lions gave the Green Bay Packers their only loss that season. Green Bay finished 13-1 and won its second consecutive NFL championship. If it seems like the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving, well, that’s because they do.The Lions’ annual tradition of playing on the American holiday, which began in 1934, is nearly as old as the franchise itself. In fact, they’re the biggest reason why football and Thanksgiving are synonymous, even if the Lions haven’t enjoyed as much success on the holiday as other franchises. 1980 — The Lions and Bears were tied 17-17 at the end of regulation. It was the first Thanksgiving game to go into overtime, and when Bears running back Dave Williams returned the OT kickoff for a touchdown, it also became the shortest overtime at 13 seconds — a regular-season record that stands today. 1986 — The Lions and Packers played the highest-scoring game in Thanksgiving history to date, 44-40, with Green Bay taking the W. 2008 — The 10-1 Titans beat the 0-11 Lions 47-10, one of the biggest point differentials in Thanksgiving history. The Lions finished the season 0-16.last_img read more