Showing posts with label iLLness. Show all posts
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December 17, 2013

Illinois Judge is Allowing Gay Couples with a Dying Partner to Marry Immediately

  Gay couples who want to wed immediately in Illinois because one partner has a life-threatening illness could do so starting Monday, rather than waiting until the state's same-sex law takes effect in June.
The change came after a US district judge, Sharon Johnson Coleman, expanded on another judge's earlier ruling that allowed a lesbian couple to get married last month in Illinois because one of the women is terminally ill. Coleman's decision means gay couples across the state can marry right away – through the Cook county clerk's office – if they can provide a doctor's note confirming the terminal illness.
Gay rights advocates welcomed Coleman's decision to broaden the medical-emergencies exception, saying it could result in dozens of gay couples marrying soon. Illinois is 16th state to legalize gay marriage, but the same-sex law doesn't take effect until 1 June.
Several couples with one ailing partner have previously secured marriage licenses. But, until this week, they first had to seek a judge's order. With Coleman's decision, that's no longer the case, said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
"For these couples to be able to wed now, without having to go to court and reveal details about the medical condition, is really important," he said. Last month, US district judge Thomas M Durkin issued an orderpermitting Vernita Gray – who has cancer – to wed Patricia Ewert. They became the first gay couple to wed under Illinois' new.
At a hearing Monday in Chicago, Coleman effectively expanded that order to apply to other couples in similar circumstances statewide, Yohnka said. At least for now, however, he said they would have to apply through Cook county.
"This court can conceive of no reason why the public interest would be disserved by allowing a few couples facing terminal illness to wed a few months earlier than the timeline would currently allow," Coleman wrote in her a seven-page opinion posted last week and preceding a final order Monday.
Effectively barring the couples a chance to marry would deprive the surviving partner benefits of others who have a partner who dies, including estate tax obligations, Coleman wrote. "Equally compelling are the intangible personal and emotional benefits that the dignity of equal and official marriage status confers."
Cook county clerk David Orr supported the four couples who were plaintiffs in the case, but he sought guidance on how to determine which couples qualify for the exception. 
Sixteen states, most recently Illinois and Hawaii, have legalized same-sex marriage. In Illinois, there’s legislation pending to allow the law to take effect immediately, and it could come up in late January when lawmakers gather in Springfield.

June 23, 2013

At 94 Our Humans Right Hero Slipping Away-The World Awaits

Wellwishers outside the hospital in Pretoria (17 June 2013)Wellwishers have been visiting the hospital in Pretoria for the past two weeks
Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in hospital, the South African presidency has announced.
President Jacob Zuma said he had visited Mr Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams.
Doctors were "doing everything possible to get his condition to improve" said Mr Zuma in a statement.
South Africa's first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection.
Mr Zuma said he had been told by doctors on Sunday that the former president's condition had worsened over the past 24 hours. 
"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," said President Zuma, using Mr Mandela's clan name by which he is widely known in South Africa.
The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says the release of information relating to Mr Mandela is always carefully controlled by the government to avoid sparking alarm.
Describing his condition as critical will be very worrying for South Africans, many of whom see him as like a family member, our correspondent says.
There has been little information about his condition in recent days. On 13 June Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela's health continued to improve but that his condition remained serious.
More recently, one of Mr Mandela's grandsons, Ndaba Mandela, said his grandfather was getting better and he hoped he would be home soon. 
On Saturday, it emerged that the ambulance in which Mr Mandela was taken to hospital on 8 June broke down, meaning he had to be moved to another vehicle.
But Mr Zuma said he had been assured that "all care was taken to ensure his medical condition was not compromised".
"There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care," he said.
Mr Zuma also denied reports that the former leader had suffered a cardiac arrest.

September 23, 2012

Billie Joe Armstrong Checks into Rehab and Apologizes

Two days after breaking down onstage during the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab, E! News reports.
"Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse," his rep told the site Sunday. "Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances."

VIDEO: Billie Joe Armstrong Freaks Out/

Armstrong, 40, caused a firestorm Friday night when he smashed his guitar, flipped off the camera and went on a profanity-filled rant at the festival. At the time, it was reported that the band's set had been cut by 20 minutes to give Usher more time.  "Give me a f---ing break. One minute left," Armstrong said. "I've been around since nineteen-eighty-f---ing-eight and you're going to give me one f---ing minute?"

Armstrong was hospitalized in Italy earlier this month for an undisclosed illness. Green Day is set to drop their ninth studio album, Uno!, on Tuesday. Uno! Is the first of a three-part trilogy of albums with Dos! set to be released on Nov. 13.
by Kate Stanhope

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August 31, 2012

Man Steals Phone from Patient at Hospital } Patient Had Ebola

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — We'd make fun of this crook, if only we didn't feel a little bad for him.
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According to a report from the Sunday Monitor, a man stole a mobile phone from a patient in an isolation ward at Kagadi Hospital, in Western Uganda.
As it turns out, the patient was suffering from Ebola, one of numerous cases in a recent outbreak in Uganda. The patient later died from the hemorrhagic fever. But before dying, he reported the theft of his phone to hospital security, who began investigating.
Police detectives traced the suspected thief, age 40, after he began communicating with friends using the stolen phone. 
The Monitor reported that "as police zeroed in on him, he developed symptoms similar to those of Ebola and sought medication at the hospital."
“The suspect is admitted at Kagadi Hospital with clinical signs of Ebola," Dr. Dan Kyamanywa, the Kibaale District Health Officer, told the Monitor.
Ebola virus, which causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is considered one of the world's most terrifying viruses: victims tend to die bloody and painful deaths, bleeding from every orifice.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni warned in a televised broadcast that people should refrain from physical contact like shaking hands, casual sex and do-it-yourself burials to reduce the chance of contracting Ebola.
And from stealing cell phones, evidently.

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March 10, 2012

John Mayer’s Vocal Granuloma Comes Back } Cancels

John Mayer is on indefinite vocal rest
John Mayer has every right to sing the blues, as the crooner can't sing at all thanks to a returning throat condition.
Mayer spent the bulk of 2011 recovering from a granuloma, an inflammation, in this case in tissue where his vocal cords touch, only to make a triumphant return at the top of the year with a completed album and a slate of U.S. tour dates.
Sadly, his conditioned has returned, and Mayer has been advised to take an indefinite vocal rest to ensure proper healing.
"I’m pretty emotionally burnt out at the moment, but please know how hard I tried to resolve this and how disappointed I am that I can't perform this record yet," he wrote to fans on his blog.
"The only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it's a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances."
The new record, "Born and Raised," will be released as planned May 22. While Mayer will go silent for an undetermined amount of time, he says writing his next record will be his saving grace.
"I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there's no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring. Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you’ll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully," he said. 
The first single, "Shadow Days," hit radio earlier this month, but there's no word on what modified promotion Mayer might participate in. Here's wishing a speedy recovery, John.

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