Man jailed for attempted kidnapping of child from father’s arms outside Melbourne library


A man who was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis when he tried to kidnap a toddler, just minutes after being released on bail from a nearby police station, has been jailed for more than four years.

But with time already served, Michael Rawson could be back in the community in 17 months if he makes parole.

Rawson, 41, was high on ice and still in possession of his bail documents when he spotted the boy and his father at the Preston library in Melbourne’s north in November last year, only metres from the police station he had just left.

Dramatic footage released by Victoria’s County Court shows Rawson, clad in a black dressing gown and a Hawthorn football jumper, snatching the two-year-old and pummelling his father into the ground.

In the moments before he was attacked, the boy’s father, who cannot be named, desperately said: “Don’t take the child.”

Today, Rawson wept and used his prison greens to wipe away his tears as Judge Felicity Hampel sentenced him to serve four-and-a-half years in jail for his “harrowing” crimes.

CCTV footage showed the attempted kidnapping outside the Preston library.(Supplied: County Court of Victoria)

“What happened is every parent’s nightmare,” the judge said.

“You grabbed the child and wrestled him from his father as he desperately tried to protect him and keep him safe.

“To see the tenderness with which the father held and stroked his child after you ran away just brings home how terrifying it must have been.”

Attacker had been bailed from police station 150 metres away

In November last year Rawson was found in the street high on ice and trying to break into cars.

He was taken back to the Preston police station where he was charged and bailed, and afterwards put into a taxi.

But the cab had travelled just 150 metres when Rawson got out and made his way towards a boy and his father.

“You ran towards them and said, ‘I’ll help you down,'” the judge said.

“You grabbed the child with both hands and pulled him away.”

The court heard Rawson, who had been awake for days, thought the child was his own and wanted to give it a hug.

“While the child you tried to kidnap was a boy, you said he looked like your youngest daughter,” the judge said.

Chilling footage shows the boy’s father desperately trying to hold onto his son before Rawson pushed him to the ground and pummelled the back of his head, forcing him to let go.

Rawson then seized the boy and ran, but not before being tackled by a bystander who managed to grab hold of his dressing gown.

He escaped but was later found hiding in a garden.

Victims attacked in what should have been ‘a safe place’

Victoria’s County Court heard Rawson, who has since written letters of apology to his victims, was probably in the grips of a drug-induced “psychotic state” which gave him delusions.

But Judge Hampel said that would have been little comfort to them.

“It was a terrifying experience for them and remains so, whether or not the father now knows that you had an impaired capacity to make reasoned judgments,” the judge said.

She said both victims had lost their sense of safety and security.

“This was their neighbourhood. It was a safe place for them and clearly a time of family joy,” she said.

Rawson turned to drugs after the breakdown of his marriage.

He was today also convicted for assaulting and resisting a police officer after he was taken to hospital that night.

Rawson will have to serve at least two years and three months in prison before he is eligible for parole.



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US Pushes Large Arms Sale to Taiwan, Including Jet Missiles


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict, say officials familiar with the proposals.

If approved by Congress, the packages, valued in the billions, would be one of the largest weapons transfers in recent years to Taiwan. The administration plans to informally notify lawmakers of the sales within weeks.

By law, the United States government is required to provide weapons of a defensive nature to Taiwan, a self-governing, democratic island. China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, has escalated its military activity near the island after Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, won re-election in January by beating a candidate viewed as friendlier to Beijing.

The proposed sales come as President Trump and his campaign strategists try to paint him as tough on China in the run-up to the election in November. They are eager to divert the conversation among American voters away from Mr. Trump’s vast failures on the coronavirus pandemic and the economy, and to paper over his constant praise for Xi Jinping, China’s authoritarian leader, and his earlier encouragement or tolerance of some of Mr. Xi’s most repressive policies, including in the regions of Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Some administration officials see bolstering Taiwan as an important part of creating a broader military counterweight to China in Asia. Taiwan has strong bipartisan support in Congress, so administration officials expect lawmakers to approve the arms sales.

Relations between the United States and China have plummeted to their lowest point in decades, as the two nations openly challenge each other on a wide range of issues, including trade, technology, diplomatic relations and military dominance of Asia.

The most sensitive weapon system of the proposed packages to Taiwan is an air-to-ground missile, the AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER, made by Boeing. Because of its range, it can be fired by jets flying beyond the reach of China’s air defense system. The missiles could hit targets on the Chinese mainland or at sea, including warships trying to cross the Taiwan Strait. The proposed sale of the missile, which is likely to cause concern among Chinese military officials, has not been previously reported.

The missiles can be used with F-16 fighter jets that the United States has sold Taiwan. The Trump administration announced last year that it was selling to Taiwan 66 such jets at $8 billion, one of the single largest arms packages to the island in many years.

Officials said the current proposed sales include surveillance drones that are an unarmed version of the Reaper model made by General Atomics; a truck-based rocket artillery system made by Lockheed Martin; land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Boeing; and sea mines. Reuters reported aspects of the packages on Wednesday.

“The U.S. is increasingly concerned that deterrence is weakening as Chinese military capabilities grow,” said Bonnie S. Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The items in this package will help increase Taiwan’s ability to prevent a Chinese invasion — essentially to hold out longer.”

But, she said: “Weapons procurements are only one part of that equation. The U.S. is also urging Taiwan to rebuild its reserves and conduct more real-world training.”

China traditionally denounces arms sales to Taiwan, and it could send a warning by increasing the intensity of exercises the People’s Liberation Army conducts in the area. Last month, it fired a barrage of medium-range missiles into the South China Sea during a series of military exercises, and on Wednesday, it sent two anti-submarine aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

China might also announce sanctions against the American companies involved in the proposed sales. In July, it said it would penalize Lockheed Martin after the Trump administration had announced it was approving a $620 million arms package to Taiwan that involved upgrades by the company to surface-to-air missiles. But Lockheed Martin barely does any business with China and has supplied weapons and defense equipment to Taiwan for many years.

If China imposed sanctions on Boeing, however, that could deal a blow to the company, which sells commercial jets to the country.

Evan S. Medeiros, a professor at Georgetown University who was a senior Asia director on the National Security Council in the Obama administration, said China might impose sanctions on a few companies, “but strategically they are focused on preserving stability in U.S.-China relations right now.”

Mr. Medeiros and other American officials have pressed Taiwanese officials over the past decade to buy weapons that would enhance deterrence and increase the island military’s abilities to hold off Chinese forces in a meaningful way. In June 2019, the Trump administration, at the request of Taiwanese officials, proposed a $2 billion package of arms that included 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks. Those sales have been widely criticized by U.S. experts on the Chinese military, who say the tanks would not be of great use in the event of an invasion by the People’s Liberation Army.

With the current proposed sales, though, “Taiwan is finally buying what it really needs to implement its asymmetric defense strategy,” Mr. Medeiros said. “It’s a bit tardy to this garden party, but Taiwan’s leaders are finally committing serious resources.”

Some of the biggest proponents of strengthening Taiwan’s military are in the White House. Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, and Matthew Pottinger, his deputy, are advocates of this. Mr. O’Brien’s predecessor, John R. Bolton, has gone further, pushing for the United States to formally recognize Taiwan.

Administration officials are reluctant to take that step, but they do aim to bolster Taiwan’s diplomatic standing in the world. In March, officials persuaded Mr. Trump to sign the bipartisan Taipei Act passed by Congress, which commits Washington to helping Taiwan improve its international status. On Thursday, Keith J. Krach, the under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, arrived in Taiwan to attend a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, a former president.

Last month, Alex M. Azar II, the U.S. secretary of health and human services, met in Taipei with Ms. Tsai, in the highest-level visit by an American official to the island since Washington broke off formal diplomatic relations in 1979.

Taiwanese officials hope that a new economic dialogue with the United States will result in a free-trade agreement.

Michael LaForgia contributed reporting from Spokane, Wash.



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U.S. threatens to sanction arms makers that sell to Iran


WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Trump administration vowed on Wednesday to impose the “full force” of U.S. sanctions on any international arms manufacturers who deal with Iran once Washington sees a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran as reimposed.

Elliott Abrams, U.S. special envoy on Iran, issued the warning in a briefing with reporters hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would return to the U.N. to try to reinstate sanctions on Iran next week, despite a lack of support within the U.N. Security Council.

The Security Council resoundingly rejected a U.S. attempt on Aug. 14 to extend an international arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October, but the United States is pressing ahead with its efforts based on its own legal interpretation. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick Editing by Chris Reese)



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Greece goes arms shopping as Turkey tension rises – POLITICO


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ATHENS — Greece is getting out the credit card and going on a big military spending spree as it faces growing tensions with Turkey.

Despite the deep recession caused by the coronavirus crisis and a rising budget deficit, Athens has decided it’s time to act. Fighter jets, frigates, torpedoes and helicopters are all on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ shopping list.

France, which has given Athens political and military backing in its confrontation with Ankara, will be a big beneficiary of the procurement push. A deal between the two countries was on the agenda when Mitsotakis met French President Emmanuel Macron in Corsica ahead of a summit of Mediterranean leaders on Thursday.

But other key allies are also likely to benefit from plans that are expected to raise military spending by some €10 billion over the next 10 years, according to Greek officials. That would amount to an increase of about one third on current levels.

Some €1.5 billion will be spent on arms and equipment in the coming months and most of it will come from a recent 10-year bond issue.

Greek officials have justified the plans to ramp up spending in part by citing the rising tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“The pie will be shared, as Greece always does defense diplomacy,” said a senior Greek official. “But the biggest share will be given to France, in order to consolidate French cooperation in defense with common military exercises and to be able to more easily move together.”

Mitsotakis will outline the procurement program on Saturday during the prime minister’s annual economic policy speech in Thessaloniki.

“The prime minister will be specific on the triptych in which we are moving: armaments programs, strengthening the human resources of the armed forces and reorganizing the defense industry, which is able, after all, to contribute to technological development and stimulate employment,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters this week.

Greek officials have justified the plans to ramp up spending in part by citing the rising tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Since early August, an official Turkish vessel, the Oruç Reis, has been conducting seismic research in what Greece considers its continental shelf, south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Both sides exchange barbs on a daily basis, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly threatened war.

Dozens of Greek and Turkish navy flotillas are lined up in the area against each other and diplomats fear an accidental or deliberate escalation could spark a full-blown conflict. A Greek frigate collided with a Turkish ship earlier this month.

“Wherever we need to make those targeted investments, which unfortunately our geopolitical position imposes — even if that means some small additional sacrifices by the Greek people — we must all agree that these sacrifices must be made in order to finally protect the armed forces,” Mitsotakis told parliament late last month.

French fighters

Athens and Paris are in the final stages of negotiating a deal that is expected to lead to the purchase of around 18 Rafale fighter jets. The package is also expected to include the purchase of missiles and the maintenance of Greece’s Mirage jet fighters.

Importantly for Greece, officials say they expect the deal will be followed by agreement on mutual defense assistance if either country is involved in a military confrontation.

However, Athens is also aiming to spread the money around. Greece is in talks with other countries over the purchase of military equipment, according to senior Greek officials, in a move that apart from boosting its armed forces also aims to purchase military backing from arms manufacturing countries, like the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Spain and the Netherlands.

Greece is making a deal with France to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets | Boris Horvat/AFP via Getty Images

There is a long line of ambassadors parading with their brochures into Greece’s defense ministry these days, one official said.

The Greek government is also looking into procuring two to four new frigates. France’s offer had a very hefty price tag and Athens will likely move ahead with an international tender to get more offers. Athens also plans to buy torpedoes — probably from Germany — and upgrade its Apache helicopters.

An upgrade to Greece’s F-16 jet fleet is already underway by Lockheed Martin of the United States and will be completed in 2027 at a cost of around €1.25 billion.

Crisis cuts

Due to the financial crisis that hit Greece hard over a decade, successive governments were forced to cut the budget to the bone and military spending was slashed by almost half, from €7.24 billion in 2008 to €3.75 billion in 2018, when Greece exited its bailout programs.

In terms of military spending as a percentage of GDP, Greece comes near the top of the NATO charts. Last year it spent some 2.28 percent of GDP on defense — more than the alliance’s target of 2 percent and far above the EU average of 1.2 percent.

However, Greece’s GDP also shrank by around a quarter over the past decade.

“Under the effect of the decade-long crisis and despite the threat from the East, Greece has not proceeded with a purchase of a major weapons system since 2005,” said Faithon Karaiosifidis, a defense expert and publisher of the Greek magazine Flight.

Before the financial crisis, some of the country’s biggest scandals and corruption cases involved military procurement deals.

He said the last serious effort to equip Greece’s military took place after the Imia crisis of the mid-1990s, when Greece and Turkey came to the brink of war over two uninhabited islets in the Aegean.

“There is no armaments policy, there are no continuous purchases,” Karaiosifidis said. “You leave long periods without any purchases and then a crisis is coming and Greece is heading to the markets at the last minute to meet its needs and based on its diplomatic relations. When you go shopping in a supermarket-style, you buy expensive and not exactly what you need.”

Still, Karaiosifidis said that many of the problems accumulated over the last 15 years will be fixed and some important upgrades will be made.

Risks ahead

However, the decision to boost military spending also carries significant risks for the government.

Before the financial crisis, some of the country’s biggest scandals and corruption cases involved military procurement deals.

And while the planned spending boost currently enjoys broad political support, Mitsotakis could later find himself accused of focusing too much on the military.

“Mitsotakis was elected to turn the page on the economy, which was struggling even before the coronavirus outbreak. He is going to get distracted from what is the main objective and why he was elected,” said Wolfang Piccoli, co-president of political risk consulting firm Teneo Intelligence.

The increase in military spending brings risks for Greece | Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

The Greek budget deficit is expected to slide to 5 percent of GDP, as the pandemic has blown large holes in the state budget.

The European Commission has lifted the deficit rules for this year and next to help governments deal with the pandemic. But sooner or later, Greece will face the problem of how to return to surpluses — as it is required to do according to its bailout exit terms — and pay back its debts.

“There should be a debate on where this money is coming from and how it will be used and this cannot take place effectively at the moment because of the threat [of conflict with Turkey],” Piccoli said.

“The track record in terms of defense spending in Greece is not a great one. So the government has to manage these purchases in a very transparent way,” he said.

Piccoli said it also remained to be seen whether the agreement with France would be just a business deal or would really ensure that Athens could rely on Paris for military backing in a crisis.

“We can see that the French support is not that cheap. It raises a big question mark,” he said.





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Opinion | Dying in Your Mother’s Arms


[QUIET MUSIC] I got a consult in the neonatal intensive care unit on a baby who had been there for almost a year in a kind of common story with multiple problems. And this doctor looked at me and said, “We don’t think the parents understand how serious things are.” And I said, “OK. Well, how serious are they?” And he was like, “Well, Evie’s got all these problems.” And I was like, “So what do you think might happen?” And like, honestly, this baby might not ever make it home. And I say, “So you think the baby’s going to die.” And he right away was like, “No, that’s not what I said.” And I’m not trying to be funny, but I was like, “Do you think the baby’s going to live here for the next 20 years?” He was taken aback and, well, “I guess if you say it that way then, yeah, we’re worried about that.” I said, “Do you think that maybe the reason the family is confused about how serious it is, is that you can’t even say it.” We’re in that awkward place where he may get better. He had some big fevers today, so it’s a little hard for me to imagine. At some point, what I suspect will happen is he’ll kind of start giving up the fight a little bit. And then we might see his heart rate starts slowing. And that’s when, for me, that I would say maybe he has only minutes to hours. I think the process can be incredibly scary. Can be very chaotic. I think when you’re fearless about this thing, that is dying, people cling to you, and you’re a source of calmness and strength. [CAR ALARM BEEPS] So how you been doing? I’m doing OK. You’re doing OK? Yes. She’s smiling? Yes, all the time. Oh, good. She’s sleeping a lot. [EXHALES] A lot. Excessive sleeping. She’ll sleep. And then she’ll wake up at 3:00 in the morning, like making noise and pulling my hair and all of that. And then she’ll go to sleep, and she’ll sleep the entire day.” [BABY FUSSES] Oh, I know. It’s my cold hands. Just watching her a little bit breathe, like, she breathes real, real, real — Light. Like, light. Mm-hmm. But that’s her norm? Yeah, that’s normal for her. Even though this pattern of breathing is her norm, it’s a little concerning, but it’s keeping her going. It just makes it hard to — kind of like, how long can you go like this? Right. It’s not a normal pattern in the way that she’s breathing. And so, you know, I think we gotta kind of make a plan. I think if we don’t intervene — she’s calm, she’s comfortable, she’s still giving you smiles but just for a short period of time. And I think that will continue. But my guess is she may only have days or weeks to live. And I think that’s a real possibility unless something turns around. She doesn’t show signs to me of a cold or a virus. A lot of times — [SNIFFLING] It’s hard. You’re good. And I’m guessing you kin of were feeling something, like you’re worried. (WHISPERING) Oh, she’s got a little smile. I’m sorry. It’s OK. It’s a lot. Here you go. You’re a good mom. Thank you. I’m sorry that I had to come out and [INAUDIBLE]. I prayed really hard that she would come home, so I’m really grateful for the time more than anything. [SNIFFLES] She’s a strong baby. No question. You’re a strong mom. [QUIET MUSIC] Everybody kind of says that losing a child is the worst thing that could happen. Palliative care perspective often is finding good choices when everything seems bad. And if I start with the ability to find good choices when I’m dealing with children dying, which most people say is the worst bad that could be, and I can find good, then we all can find good. I have a patient at home in hospice care who appears to be nearing dying. And the mom really doesn’t want him to die at home, so I’m trying to explore other options to see if we have any space. A lot of what I do with these patients — and I’m trying to — I tell them, I’m trying to de-medicalize death. I’m trying to humanize it. And I think most people would want — they don’t want a medical death. They want a human death. I hear a lot, like, things like the family’s not ready or the doctors will kind of be like, well, we’re not consulting you because they’re not ready. And I think that this is almost always an error. I always feel like if we wait until a family has very clearly become ready to talk to me, that we’ve woefully failed this family. Do you have a name? Are you not worried? – Yes. You do have a name? Do you want to share it? Or you’re not — Um, Giovanni. Giovanni? Yes. Oh, I’m an Italian. I like it. [CHUCKLES] So if Giovanni is born alive, they will call the pediatricians in just to kind of be available cause we don’t always know exactly what’s going to happen. OK. Given all the things you’ve been told about the baby, what are the things you’re most worried about? That, um, I don’t know, I just — I’m really kind of neutral to it. I’m just trying not to feel it because it’s still, every day, he’s still moving. And I go to the appointments, and he’s still having natural heartbeats and everything. So … So trying to kind of not get too attached. Right. And I think you’re already trying to protect yourself. You don’t want to fall in love. Yes. And the more you fall in love, the more it’ll hurt. I think we take it a little different. We’re not going to force you, but we also kind of see it like, the more you fall in love, that means the more his life had meaning. And he had an impact. And so we’re also here — so gosh, if he gets home, we’ll be all about getting you pictures and cuddles and everything that we can. OK. And as a team, we’re not really afraid of these things. Does that make some sense? It does. It’s so rare that I see doctors able to describe the positive as to why we might want to talk about this and why we think planned dying is good. I do think that deep down for many doctors, they are thinking about, like, the quality of death, and they’re worried that this child might die in a scary, unpredictable way and with families not being prepared emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. And they want to get people into that place, but they’re not explaining to them that that’s like — now what we’re starting to think of is we want to plan a better death. And we’ve seen the bad deaths, and we want to give you a good death. Yeah. Are you doing OK? It’s been hard. Yep. I know that they took him off the heart transplant list, but I didn’t know, like, if you felt like at any point you wanted to sit down and meet or talk about what the next steps are, because there’s like the day to day, and then there’s the big plan. Yeah. I would like to know but right now — Focusing on getting him a little better from this. Well, I hope he can continue to wake up. I totally agree with what the doctors recommended. He will wake up. And he will get better. That’s right. I’m a terrible… I’ve seen patients slowly dying for months on a ventilator, half a year on a ventilator. The most frustrating thing, I think, is when we’re putting in a breathing tube and we are not going to be able to take the breathing tube out. They’re always — they’re not going to live without it. But with the tube in place, they are stable for a period of time. With the tube in place, we can breathe for them on the ventilator, and we can tweak things, and we can adjust things, but we can’t get the tube out. And they’re still going to die. I think if you were to poll most physicians, they would tell you they would not want to be kept alive on machines. They would not want extraordinary measures to be taken. They don’t have that knowledge, when you’re trying explain this to families. They don’t understand really what they’re going to be doing, what they’re taking on. If you have just a lung problem, you just need a lung doctor. But if you have a lung problem that’s affecting your kidneys, and your kidneys are now affecting your heart, and your heart is affecting this, and then you have these doctors — that’s when you start having some challenges. So who’s looking at everything? And I look at all these doctors. They’re all trying so diligently. And then me, sometimes I kind of come in and the overall picture is things are getting harder. And they have a problem often that is — the big, causative problem is unfixable. And so we’re just trying to fix all the symptoms, but if you can’t fix that big problem, it’s going to come. I started out with one doctor, and I think he left. So after that, I’ve had four or five different doctors that I’ve seen. I mean, I know that I have a sick baby, but they — it’s just so impersonal because the questions that they ask, and it’s just so quick, fast, and they have so many other patients to see. Morning, how are you? Good, how are you? I’m good. How’s it going today? It’s going OK. [BEEPING] How’s the baby moving? He’s moving good. Cramping? No cramps. Contractions? Yes, a lot. A lot? Yeah. Well, it’s pretty often. OK. But it’s not painful. Yeah, and not consistent? So you know that’s normal. You’ve had babies before. So contractions here and there are perfectly fine. Any leakage of fluid, like your water broke? No. Bleeding from the vagina? No. Perfect. So we’re at 38 weeks and four days now. I talked to Dr. Patwardan just yesterday, the high-risk doctor. So she recommended an induction around 39 weeks. So that’s Sunday. Correct. OK. Yeah. And we also are not going to do a C-section for any reason, correct? Correct. All right. Perfect. So the only thing, unfortunately, Ms. Carter, is I am not on call at all next week. I do work in a group of five other physicians though. I think you’ve met some of them, no? Yes, I’ve met them all. You’ve met them all, right, through it all. Let’s listen to the baby. [GURGLING] [HEARTBEAT] He sounds perfect. [QUIET MUSIC] We have to kind of be aware when people are making decisions based on their own self-protective — like I don’t want to feel guilty that I didn’t do enough. Well, now I’m treating your guilt, not what’s right for the baby. Or maybe the doctor says, well, I don’t want to fight with his family. I don’t want to get sued. But now you’re treating yourself and not the baby. So we have to bring it back. So what’s right for the baby? We have to — and get in the muck. Is this the right thing for this person at this time in this family? That’s really hard work. It is. Research is showing that earlier involvement of palliative care can have dramatic impact on lots of different health outcome measures. It was already mentioned, the article in JAMA — the care was cheaper over the course of life. And we don’t like to necessarily say that, but they had less ER stays, less hospitalizations and overall less medical utilization. The quality of life scores were also measured, and we anticipated they would be better. So pain scores, adjustment scores, depressions scores not only of the patients, but their families. And they followed up with bereavement scores of families. And the families after death, they also were doing better. The very unexpected outcome was the patients lived up to three months longer on average. So we actually improved survival. Living lives longer, better and cheaper sounds awfully good, but it acknowledges that we are going to die at the end. [QUIET MUSIC] I think it’s profoundly sad. The idea of dying, of not being a part of this world anymore, is profoundly sad. But it’s such a reality. I don’t know if it’s good, I don’t know if it’s healthy to teach each other, to teach our children, to not talk about something just because it’s sad. I got some yummy tortellini. We have tortellini soup. I was about to say something. OK. What? Then I totally forgot. It happens, man. It’s called getting old. Our family’s like a pattern because Dad and Zaira don’t like olives, and me and Mom like olives. That is like a pattern. I don’t think that’s really a pattern. We’re just on the olive team, and you guys are on the no-olive team. Mm-hmm. You’re the only one on the mushroom team. I’m the only one on the mushroom team. [LAUGHS] You know, I think I mix my professional life and my personal life a lot. And it’s clear I have a focus on death and dying. And I think it’s incredibly important for my children to learn about grief. I look for opportunities where my children might practice little losses. OK, tell me about Nibbles. He was a great animal to have. Was he our bunny? Yeah. Do you miss him? Yes. Doing the funerals for the pets, or if a toy is lost or broken, really taking a moment of, how does this feel? And certain things can’t be replaced. I’m open with them if I’ve had a bad day. My kids know that I’ve had patients die. I don’t think that they’re overwhelmed by it. You help children … You help children because they’re sick. OK? You … You help children to keep them safe. Mm-hmm. You got him? Mm. [SIGHS] Welcome home. [CHUCKLING] Let me see him. Check him out in these big clothes. I know. Everything’s so big on him. [LAUGHS] He’s a little, little guy. He has a little clubfoot. This little cutie. [LAUGHS] All these doctors would come in, like the heart doctor. They were doing echos and doing all these different tests. And everybody wanted to do their own thing. Dr. Tremonti, she was kind of like, they can fix all these things, but he just won’t make it. We’re kind of having some time with him, but not a lot. So the only thing I can do is just love on him until that time comes. As a doctor who specializes in death and dying, I get asked often, how would you want to die? If I’m really magical about it, I would say that I want to live till I’m 100 with everybody I love healthy. And then I’d like to magically turn into a baby and die in my mom’s arms. Because I think there’s not a place in the world of more peace and unconditional love. [QUIET MUSIC] [BABY FUSSING] I think that we should all explore a little bit more this death and dying thing. I think that this is very isolating for people, and people are uncomfortable around it, but if the solution is that we just avoid it more and more, then one day, each one of us will be in the situation and nobody will be there for us. [QUIET MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] [INAUDIBLE] I’m going to ask y’all to stand, come up here. And if this little dude, Giovanni, was only placed on earth just to get us here in this room for just a moment of love, this is why we here. We celebrate him tonight. [QUIET MUSIC]



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Cricket: No sweat from the head, neck, face or arms can be used to shine the ball by Aussies in England


Back sweat could be the go-to for Australia’s players looking to shine the white ball during the series against England after being told not to use anything from above the neck.

The International Cricket Council has already banned the use of saliva to maintain the ball during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But it has still been legal to take sweat from anywhere on the body and rub it on the ball for the international matches played in England over the past two months.

However, the Aussies, now in England preparing for a series of T20s and ODIs, have been told not to use sweat from their head, face or neck to shine the ball.

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Pompeo: UN members must comply to limit Iran arms sales


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the United Nations to observe its own resolutions and restrict Iran’s access to advanced weapons. On Wednesday, Pompeo announced the U.S. will reimpose full sanctions on the ayatollah regime, since the UN has failed to extend the arms embargo.

“You have to remember: 2231 isn’t a U.S. document, it is a UN Security Council document,” he said. “It has a set of provisions, it has a set of rights and obligations.”

According to Resolution 2231, the embargo can only be lifted if Iran abandons its nuclear program. However, the Iranians continue to enrich uranium.

“We have every expectation that every country in the world will live up to its obligations, including every member of the P5 and every member of the UN, that will take seriously the international commitments to which they have signed up for. It’s the longstanding commitment of the United States to do that. We are confident that every country will see that it is in their best interests that UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is fully enforced.” – Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State

Some members of the council have argued the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in full effect, making Resolution 2231 irrelevant as well.

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UN Security Council rejects US demand to extend Iran arms embargo


The UN Security Council rejected a US resolution to extend an international arms embargo on Iran.

Only the Dominican Republic supported the Trump administration resolution out of the 15 members on the security council. Russia and China opposed the resolution and eleven other nations abstained.

The resolution would have prevented Tehran’s buying and selling of conventional weapons indefinitely.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Israel and the six Arab Gulf nations who supported the extension “know Iran will spread even greater chaos and destruction if the embargo expires, but the Security Council chose to ignore them.”

“The United States will never abandon our friends in the region who expected more from the Security Council,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“We will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic terror regime does not have the freedom to purchase and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and beyond.”

A spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry said the US should “stop shaming itself at UN, otherwise it will get isolated, even more than now.”

US Ambassador Kelly Craft said “the United States stands sickened — but not surprised — as the clear majority of council members gave the green light to Iran to buy and sell all manner of conventional weapons.”

US officials have suggested the US could use a “snap back” mechanism, as part of the 2015 nuclear deal to restore sanctions on Iran despite dropping out of the deal in 2018.

Lawyers at the State Department claimed in a memo that the US remains part of the Security Council resolution endorsing the deal and can use the provision to restore sanctions, AP reports.

Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany, meanwhile, are committed to the deal and said that extending the arms embargo could lead Iran to quit the nuclear agreement.

China’s ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, reiterated after the vote that since the US is no longer party to the 2015 agreement, it is “ineligible to demand the Security Council invoke a snap back.”

He said the overwhelming majority of council members “believe the US attempt has no legal basis.”

Germany’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Günter Sautter, said after the vote that Germany remains committed to the nuclear deal, but remains deeply concerned about Iran’s transfers of weapons to Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq in violation of the 2015 council resolution.

He said Germany has been engaging with council members and is ready to continue discussions “in order to find a pragmatic way forward, which addresses our collective concerns.”



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