Anti-abortion club not welcome at Auckland University

first_imgNewsHub 29 August 2017Auckland University students have voted to abolish an anti-abortion club from its student association.About 2700 students participated in a week-long online referendum, which asked whether the Auckland University Student’s Association (AUSA) should disaffiliate the ProLife Club.About 1600 students voted in favour of the motion.In a post on the ProLife Facebook page, co-president Jelena Middleton says it was expressing legitimate views about abortion, peacefully, and the AUSA was punishing them because it didn’t agree with these views.She called the disaffiliation “unjust and legally dubious”.“What makes this even more frightening is that it is happening at one of this country’s largest universities – which should be a place where diversity of thought is not only tolerated, but also actively fostered and protected.”Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie says the AUSA decision is a “disturbing continuation of attempts by both the state and now tertiary institutions to shut down free speech, debate and views”.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

French PM mulls temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

first_img Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePoliticsPrint French PM mulls temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques by: Middle East Online – July 29, 2016 Share 28 Views   no discussions Valls acknowledged Kermiche’s liberty was a failurePARIS (Middle East Online) – France’s prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a “new model” for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks.Manuel Valls, under fire for perceived security lapses around the attacks, also admitted a “failure” in the fact that one of the jihadists who stormed a church and killed a priest on Tuesday had been released with an electronic tag pending trial.In an interview with French daily Le Monde, Valls said he was “open to the idea that — for a period yet to be determined — there should be no financing from abroad for the construction of mosques.”Valls also called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere.”He said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, whose portfolio also includes religious affairs, was working on building a “new model” for France’s relations with Islam.Both Valls and Cazeneuve have faced calls to resign after the second jihadist attack in less than a fortnight raised questions over France’s vigilance and preparedness.The government has faced tough questions since it emerged that both church attackers had been on the radar of intelligence services and had tried to go to Syria.Sparking particular ire was the revelation that one of the assailants, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, had been released from prison while awaiting trial on terror charges after his second attempt to travel to Syria.The electronically tagged Kermiche was allowed out of his home on weekday mornings, enabling him and his accomplice to storm a church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and slit the throat of 86-year-old priest Jacques Hamel at the altar.Kermiche’s accomplice Abdel Malik Petitjean, also 19, had been on the security watchlist since trying to reach Syria from Turkey.The church attack came as the government was already facing a firestorm of criticism over alleged security failings after the Bastille Day truck massacre in Nice that left 84 people dead two weeks ago.– ‘Advanced concealment methods’ –In the government’s first admission of failure since the two attacks, Valls acknowledged Kermiche’s liberty was a “failure, it has to be recognised”, adding that judges needed to take a “different, case-by-case, approach, given the jihadists’ very advanced concealment methods”.But he said it was “too easy to hold judges responsible for this act of terrorism.”Meanwhile a source close to the investigation said a Syrian asylum seeker had been taken in for questioning after being arrested at a refugee centre in Alliers, central France.A 30-year-old member of Petitjean’s family and a 16-year-old whose brother travelled with Kermiche are also in custody.The French government has said that everything possible is being done to protect citizens, while warning that more terror attacks are inevitable, after three major strikes and several smaller attacks in the past 18 months.In a newly released video, Petitjean pledged to attack France, directly addressing President Francois Hollande and Valls.Wearing a striped T-shirt, Petitjean speaks in French laced with Arabic in the footage released by the Amaq news agency linked to the Islamic State group.He and Kermiche pledged allegiance to IS in a video made before they murdered Hamel that emerged afterwards.Hamel’s funeral will be held in the Gothic cathedral of nearby Rouen next Tuesday.On Friday, France will observe a day of fasting and prayer called by the French Catholic Church “for our country and for peace in the world”.The church attack was the third in two weeks in France and Germany in which jihadists have pledged allegiance to IS, increasing jitters in Europe over young, often unstable men being lured by the group’s propaganda and calls to carry out attacks on home turf.center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Man Utd in touch with Atalanta for young Ivory Coast sensation Traore

first_img Traore also came on a late substitute in a 3-1 home defeat to Juventus. And his third and final appearance of last season arrived back in January. Again it was as a late sub as Atalanta cruised past Parma 5-0. read also:Traore withdraws from Spain squad after positive PCR test While that evidence looks scant, Traore’s numbers in Atalanta’s youth team take the eye. Last year he scored seven goals and added 11 assists in 24 appearances. And in the 2018/19 season, he rifled home 18 goals and registered 13 assists. That led to the Ivory Coast starlet being promoted to train with the first team. Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News also claims that a loan move to Parma has also been discussed by Atalanta. Traore travelled with the Atalanta squad to Lisbon for their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last month. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistible5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actors7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waycenter_img Manchester United have contacted Atalanta about signing young wing sensation Amad Traore. The Manchester Evening News say an approach has been made for the teenager, who turned heads in Serie A last season. United continue to be linked with a move for Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. So the Traore news could be a sign that they’re identifying different targets should that long-running transfer saga not come to fruition. However, it’s believed that the Sancho deal remains a priority. And any potential deal for Traore is a separate issue. The newspaper also says that Atalanta have warned United Traore will not come cheap. That is despite the winger only playing 30 minutes of Serie A football. Solskjaer’s willingness to give young players a chance could bode well for Traore. The youngster started out at Atlanta’s academy in 2015. He then graduated and made his senior debut in a 7-1 rout of Udinese last October. Traore came on for the final 13 minutes but still managed to get his name on the scoresheet. He’d only been on the pitch seven minutes when making it 7-1. And in doing so he became the first player born in 2002 to score a Serie A goal.last_img read more

Semi fire shuts down I-74 this morning

first_imgSunman, IN—Indiana State Police were on the scene of a semi fire on I-74 eastbound at the 157.5-mile marker near the Ripley-Dearborn County line this morning around 4:30 am. All eastbound lanes were closed at exit 156 (Sunman) for over 3 hours before opening back up to traffic. Traffic was diverted onto State Road 46.last_img

McGinley draws on Fergie wisdom

first_img “T his is more than a one-man team,” McGinley said. “Ian Poulter has been a colossus in the Ryder Cup. He played a massive role today winning that half point with Rory. “What he did those last few holes when we really needed him; when his game wasn’t as good as we’ve seen Ian Poulter in the past… to be able to stand up and do what he did, chip in when he needed to chip in, take the pressure off Rory on 18 to hit that wedge shot in as close as he did, that’s why he’s Ian Poulter. “Even when he’s a little bit off-form, he’s able to produce like that. That’s why he’ll go down in history as one of the greatest-ever Ryder Cup players.” McGinley invited former Manchester United manager Ferguson to speak to his team on Tuesday and will reiterate some of the Scot’s messages to ensure they do not squander a commanding 10-6 lead in Sunday’s singles. “Ev erything I’ve been doing this week as captain has been working towards three or four key messages,” McGinley said. “Alex Ferguson wasn’t just picked out of the blue because I met him by chance or anything like that. He was picked for a reason. Press Association “He was picked as a manager of a very, very successful football team that played at home very well, had a great record at home, were very good playing with the tag of favourites and the expectation on them. And I knew there was a lot of common themes he could relay to the players. “A lot of the images that we have in the room are along the same message that I asked Alex to speak about. There’s a number of words, obviously complacency is one that really comes to fore a lot. “We’ve got a lot of really strong images in our team room and photos that have messages on the bottom of them and have been kind of doctored in a way to highlight it. One particular one comes to mind is right outside our team room, probably two metres by three metres and it’s a picture of a European rock in the middle of a raging storm in the ocean. “The message underneath is ‘We will be the rock when the storm arrives.’ And the storm arrived this morning. The American team came at us really strongly this morning and we did incredibly well to get 1 1/2 points. Then our wave came again this afternoon, fresh guys obviously performed and got the job done.” As a vice-captain at Medinah two years ago, when Europe came from 10-6 down to win, McGinley is well aware that the task of securing an eighth win in the last 10 contests was far from over. “C omplacency is a massive, massive word,” the 47-year-old added. “We have a very strong team here. We’re playing at home. We have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. It’s easy to be complacent. “We have another huge, graphic in our team room, ‘Passion has determined our past and attitude will determine our future’.” McGinley’s side have forged their lead with seven points from eight in the foursomes but just half a point from two matches by Ian Poulter, who had won 11 of his previous 12 matches in the contest. European captain Paul McGinley urged his players to remember their team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the final day of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.last_img read more

O’Brien in World Cup fitness race

first_imgSean O’Brien faces a “nightmare” six months sidelined with shoulder trouble that threatens to wipe out his Six Nations campaign with Ireland. Should O’Brien miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign he would be left with just the World Cup warm-up fixtures to prove himself ready for the global tournament. Ireland face Wales home and away and Scotland in Dublin August next year, before taking on England at Twickenham on September 5. Schmidt’s men will line up against France, Italy, Canada and Romania in Pool D of next year’s England-based World Cup. O’Brien swells Ireland’s list of autumn absentees after Munster duo Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan were ruled out of November action this week. Luckless Earls has undergone surgery on the patella problem that has dogged the versatile flyer for some time. Lock Ryan could miss the entire campaign with a foot problem, while Ulster duo Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy are also out of autumn contention. Press Association Leinster boss Matt O’Connor has revealed the British and Irish Lions flanker will undergo shoulder surgery in London on Friday. The 27-year-old has suffered an infection in the same shoulder he had reconstructed after Ireland’s 24-22 Dublin defeat to New Zealand in November. The bullish back-rower will miss Ireland’s three-Test autumn series and could now be left with just four international matches to prove his fitness for Rugby World Cup 2015. “It’s a nightmare. He’s incredibly frustrated,” said O’Connor. “There was a little bit of a complication with the previous surgery due to the infection. “So they’re going to have to redo that reconstruction, which is a five to six month time frame.” Ireland face South Africa, Georgia and Australia in their autumn Guinness series, and have just 12 fixtures before launching their World Cup bid against Canada in September 2015. O’Brien has marked himself out as among the best flankers in world rugby through his gritty, physical style. The 30-cap back-rower was expected to form a dangerous partnership with Peter O’Mahony and Jamie Heaslip for Ireland this autumn. Now head coach Schmidt may well turn to Ulster flanker Chris Henry, who deputised impressively last term as Ireland claimed the Six Nations title. last_img read more

Robichaud’s home run gives Bucksport softball team improbable Northern Maine title win

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BREWER — When her team was given a lifeline, Madysen Robichaud made it count.With the Bucksport softball team down to its last at-bat of the season in the Class C North title game against Mattanawcook Academy, Emily Hunt had hit a popup that looked to be the final out. Yet as the Lynx players started to celebrate, the ball popped out of the fielder’s glove and fell to the dirt.With Hunt safe at first, the Golden Bucks were still alive. All they needed was a run to tie the game at 1, and Robichaud, the team’s leader in home runs and RBIs, was up next. Before she could step up to the plate, though, her head coach wanted to have a few words.“That’s an omen,” Bucksport head coach Mike Carrier told Robichaud. “Don’t let it go to waste.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Bucksport senior then stepped up to the plate and took one pitch for a ball. Then another. After a third pitch outside the zone made the count 3-0, Robichaud took the bat off her shoulders and launched a two-run home run over the fence in left field.Immediately, the Bucksport dugout exploded into celebrations. The team had been trailing most of the game, but in a matter of moments, the Golden Bucks had gone from elimination to the doorstep of the state championship game.Members of the Bucksport softball team pose with the Class C North championship trophy after defeating Mattanawcook Academy 2-1 on June 14 in Brewer. The Golden Bucks will be back at Brewer High School to play Madison for the state championship Saturday, June 17. RICK MCHALE PHOTORobichaud’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning propelled No. 2 Bucksport to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Mattanawcook in the Class C North championship game Wednesday at Brewer High School. It was the third regional title in a row for the Golden Bucks.“All game long, I told my team, ‘All we need is one chance,’” Carrier said. “With our pitching and our defense, we can keep every game close, and when we caught a break, we knew how to capitalize.”Throughout the entire season, these two teams had been on a collision course to meet for the Northern Maine crown. Led by dominant pitchers Kate Saunders (Bucksport) and Haley McLaughin (Mattanawcook), both were undefeated and had been the top-two teams in Class C North the entire season.As was to be expected, the game was a pitcher’s duel all night. With the exception of Mattanawcook’s three-hit third inning that made the score 1-0, the few hits to be had were accompanied by strikeouts and groundouts for the first six innings. For most of the night, it looked as if that one run would be enough for the Lynx to advance.Bucksport’s MaKenzie Smith swings at a pitch during the fourth inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Smith reached second with a double in the at-bat. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThat was the case during the seventh inning, too. After McLaughin struck out the first Bucksport batter, Darian Jellison was called out after the umpire ruled she had been hit by a fair ball as she ran toward first base. As Hunt sent a pop fly high into the air in the next at-bat, everyone — Hunt included, as she would later concede — thought it was that end. Instead, the Golden Bucks had another shot.When Robichaud came up to the plate, McLaughlin tried to pitch around her. She had done so effectively most of the night and had kept Bucksport’s senior standout out of the hit column in the process. This time, though, her fourth pitch hung a bit too much over the plate, and Robichaud sent it flying over the wall.“It still doesn’t feel real,” Robichaud said after the game. “I saw it going and going, but I didn’t know it was a home run until I saw a fan near the scoreboard catch it when it went over the fence.”For Carrier, there was no such suspense.“I knew it right off the bat,” Carrier said. “I’ve seen what a Mady home run looks like, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that was a Mady home run.”With the way Saunders had been pitching since the fourth inning, the bottom of the seventh was a mere afterthought. The junior retired all three Mattanawcook batters in no more than two minutes, and the Golden Bucks (19-0) mobbed each other in celebration as Northern Maine champions once again.Bucksport’s Kate Saunders throws a pitch during the second inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Saunders pitched a complete game in the team’s 2-1 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAs joyous as the win was for Bucksport, it was a heartbreaking defeat for Mattanawcook. The Lynx (18-1) had also lost the previous two regional championships to the Golden Bucks, and when it finally looked as if they would break through, fate had other plans.“I feel so terrible for that third baseman,” Carrier said. “She did a really good job the whole night, but that one just had some bad spin.”Saunders struck out eight and allowed four hits in the win. McLaughlin struck out 10 and allowed five hits in the loss.Bucksport will return to Brewer to face South No. 1 seed Madison (18-1) in the state championship at noon Saturday, June 17. The game will be a rematch of last year’s title matchup, which Madison won 3-1.As his players celebrated Wednesday, Carrier didn’t want to think about that. Not even aware that Madison had won its game earlier in the day, his mind was on the incredible feat his team had accomplished.“We’ve got one more [to win], but I’m not going to forget the one we just had,” Carrier said. “That was a special game by a special team that never gave up.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Postscenter_img Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo Nears 700th International Goal, England Lose To Czech Republic In Euro 2020 Qualifiers

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: England missed an opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020 as they slid to a 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 699th goal in a routine Portugal win over Luxembourg. Harry Kane converted a fifth-minute penalty in Prague after Raheem Sterling was clipped by Lukas Masopust, the Tottenham striker taking his qualifying tally to seven goals. But Czech Republic, humbled 5-0 by England in the reverse fixture last March, levelled shortly after as Jakub Brabec bundled in from a corner for his first international goal.  Substitute Zdenek Ondrasek swept home the winner on his debut for the hosts on 85 minutes, a goal that ended England’s decade-long unbeaten run in qualifying spanning 43 matches. “I think we have had a lot of credit over the last couple of years and tonight we did not do enough,” England manager Gareth Southgate told ITV. “Our performance was not good enough, it’s as simple as that. The goals we conceded were typical of the chances we gave away.”   England’s last qualifying defeat came ahead of the 2010 World Cup when they lost 1-0 away to Ukraine in October 2009. Southgate’s side remain top of Group A on 12 points alongside the Czechs, who have played a game extra. England could still clinch qualification on Monday with victory in Bulgaria if Kosovo fail to beat Montenegro. World champions France claimed a 1-0 win away to Iceland as Olivier Giroud delivered the only goal with a penalty on 66 minutes in Reykjavik.  Giroud has played sparingly for Chelsea this season but the 33-year-old is now just four goals behind Michel Platini (41) for second on France’s list of all-time leading scorers. France are level on 18 points with Turkey atop Group H ahead of Monday’s showdown in Paris, where victory would send Didier Deschamps’ men through to the finals. “It was very difficult, a really hard match. We needed to take the three points and now we have an important game coming up at home,” said Antoine Griezmann, who was fouled for the penalty. “We’re going to suffer against Turkey and we’ll need to prepare well for it.”   Cristiano Ronaldo neared his 700th goal in international football during Portugal’s win against Luxembourg. (Image credit: Getty Images)Cenk Tosun popped up with a 90th-minute winner for Turkey as they scraped past Albania 1-0 in Istanbul. Iceland’s first home loss in qualifying since June 2013 dropped the Nordic island nation six points adrift of the top two. Juventus star Ronaldo grabbed his 94th goal at international level in Portugal’s 3-0 home victory over Luxembourg. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in Lisbon in the first half before Ronaldo added a second on 65 minutes with a magnificent chip following an error in the visitors’ defence.  Goncalo Guedes added a late third although defending champions Portugal still trail Group B leaders Ukraine by five points. “We are already thinking about the crucial game with Ukraine, like we did for this one,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “There are four finals left and this one is over. We want to finish first.” Also Read | Ronaldo ‘1,000 percent’ committed as Juventus win eighth successive titlePortugal next travel to Kiev to face a Ukraine side on the cusp of qualification following a 2-0 home win over Lithuania secured by Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi’s brace. A goalless draw between Montenegro and Bulgaria eliminated both teams from contention in Group A, while it was a night to remember for Andorra. The minnows won their first European qualifier in history after 56 defeats in a row as Marc Vales’ second-half header earned Andorra a 1-0 victory over 10-man Moldova.last_img read more

Keck, College launching collaborative advising program

first_imgIn the first partnership of its kind, the USC Keck School of Medicine and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences are collaborating to create a new advising program for all undergraduate students looking to enter the medical profession.The program, tentatively called the College-Keck School of Medicine Pre-health Academic and Advising Program, will tailor advising for students who plan to go to medical school and allow undergraduates to utilize Keck’s resources.“We’ve had partnerships before about ‘how do we enhance the experience for undergraduates with Keck’ but nothing on this scale,” said Michael Quick, executive vice dean of the College.Until now, the College has offered pre-health advising to those students admitted to the Baccalaureate/M.D. program, which guarantees students admission to Keck at the same time they are admitted as freshmen. This advising is now being enhanced and expanded to all students following a pre-health track.The advising program will be a component of the Office of College Advising but will partner with Keck experts to provide opportunities for students to shadow medical experts and conduct research in the field as well.“It’s really an attempt to improve the undergraduate experience for people who are interested in health care careers,” said Carmen Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine. “The thing that’s really important is that they’re going to have a wider access to health care delivery experiences … We’re going to hook them up with faculty members at the medical school.”Pre-health has long been a popular track in the College. In the fall, 850 of the 2,700 first-year students in the College registered with the pre-health designation. Quick said he estimates that about one-third of students at the College are considering a career in the medical profession.“From my perspective, we have an amazing group of undergraduates who have an interest in pre-health,” Quick said. “We’re not doing them a service that they deserve if we’re not doing all we can for them.”Though the details of the program have yet to be decided, the goal is to offer advising that provides pre-health students the tools they need to choose a career path and successfully apply to medical school. This includes counseling students on navigating the application process and pairing them with experts to help them through the process, Puliafito said.As part of the beginning stages of the program, the College is searching for a director to head the pre-health advising initiative.“This is a very important job, the director will report directly to the dean of the College,” Quick said.Quick said the College hopes to hire a director this semester and have the program in full swing by next fall.The program is a much-needed addition to the College’s advisement offerings, according to Ronica Patel, a junior majoring in biology and health promotion and disease prevention who plans to go to medical school.Patel said she feels the advising at the College has been more general and not personalized to cater to her pre-health major’s needs. She said, however, that she plans to utilize the new advising for her remaining time at USC and when applying to medical school.“I wish they did have it earlier because I’m a junior now,” Patel said. “It’s difficult to find internships in [the medical field], so that would have been a great program.”last_img read more

Tipp outlast Galway in semi-final match-up

first_imgTipperary are a step closer to winning the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time in six years.The Premier County booked their place in this year’s All-Ireland Final by beating Galway 2-19 to 2-18 at Croke Park.They’ll face Kilkenny in the championship decider in just under three weeks’ time. Manager Michael Ryan believes the two goals his team got were crucial in deciding the outcome of the match.For his part Clonmel’s Seamus Kennedy wasn’t surprised that the clash with the Tribesmen was so keenly contested.last_img read more