A terminally ill 17-year-old has died in Belgium by physician-assisted suicide just two years after restrictions on euthanasia were lifted in the country to allow children of all ages to end their life, a move one family advocate is calling "tragic" and "atrocious."
Though few details have been released about the child's identity, government officials confirmed that the physician-assisted suicide has taken place.
Often called "mercy killings," euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and to date there have been 8,752 cases, according to EuroNews. In 2014, the law was amended and the age restrictions were scrapped, making it the only nation where children can choose to end their own lives. The Netherlands also allows euthanasia, but has an age restriction requiring children to be 12 years old or older. more >>
After wowing the world with her historic Olympic performance in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Simone Biles is preparing to release her memoir this fall.
Biles, the 19-year-old gymnast who won four gold medals and one bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, will release her book on Nov. 15, and hopes it will inspire readers to pursue their dreams.
"I want people to reach for their dreams. If you're willing to put in a lot of work, and if you're focused and determined, you can go really far," Biles said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "There so many people who have inspired me with their love and encouragement along the way — and I want to pass on that inspiration to readers." more >>
Instead of living in fear, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is putting all of his faith in Jesus as his pregnant wife, Lauren, battles a newly discovered brain tumor.
While Jrue, 26, admitted in an interview with NOLA.com that he was devastated to hear the news, he insisted that his wife's faith was strong enough to conquer the obstacle.
Claressa Shields should be on the cover of a Wheaties cereal box, according to over 2,000 people petitioning for the Michigan boxing gold medalist to get the opportunity.
The General Mills brand of Wheaties cereal is known as "The Breakfast of Champions" and has featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky on its box. Since 21-year-old Shields made history at the 2016 Olympics as the first American boxer to win back-to-back gold medals, thousands believe General Mills should consider putting her on Wheaties box.
NBC's Olympic coverage featured stirring stories of athletes who, from very young ages, aspired to be Olympians; some even drew pictures of themselves winning gold medals. The Rio Games will likely lead many more children to want to be the next Phelps, Biles, or Bolt, but are such goals a good thing? Of course, very few people are talented or driven enough to achieve those levels of athletic success, but another reason is even more compelling.
Our communities, country, and world, face serious challenges ranging from civil unrest, to environmental decay, to economic stagnation. More than finely conditioned bodies, such problems demand extremely sharp minds. Shouldn't we, therefore, wish that more children would aspire to intellectual excellence, picturing themselves not as famous athletes but as acclaimed authors, accomplished engineers, renowned scientists, and even future U.S. presidents?
We live in a sports obsessed society. The excitement surrounding the Olympics and the impassioned anticipation of the new NFL season provide the most recent evidence. While there's little question that athletics produce many positive impacts for a wide variety of people, there's also good reason to believe that our collective preoccupation with physical performance overshadows our appreciation for intellectual achievement, to the detriment of great human need. more >>
How much discipline and self-control must it take to be able to compete in the Olympics? It must take years of sacrifice and choosing the best over the good. Denying yourself in terms of what you eat. Forcing yourself time and again to exercise, whether you feel like it or not.
And then to potentially throw it all away for a night's "fun" because of lack of self-control brought on by drinking and carousing? This is so tragic.
I barely follow sports, but even I have heard about the brouhaha in Brazil surrounding Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers. The details of exactly what happened (armed robbery or vandalism on their part?) are being ironed out. But there's no question that some mistakes in judgment were made by the young athletes. more >>