Stuff co.nz 22 October 2019Family First Comment: “Surely Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saw the heart beating on the early scans of her baby Neve. Surely she felt movements of her baby during pregnancy. Does she deny her precious infant was once an unborn child? Why is it that when the baby is wanted we celebrate the miracle of a new life, but when it is not wanted we don’t even admit it exists? Every abortion has the intent of destroying an unborn child. It is unspeakably violent and repelling when such a child is torn apart limb from limb during surgical abortion. I know – because early in my medical career I was part of the killing process. Whatever the situation and distress of the mother, the gravity of the killing of an innocent child, however young, is a fearful decision.”Watch interviews with Dr MacLean at www.abortionprocedures.nzOPINION: The Abortion Legislation Bill confronts us with the reality of the humanity and value of the unborn child.Biology shows us that human life begins at the beginning. The 1977 Royal Commission, having heard from eminent international scientists, concluded “that from conception the child is a distinct individual human life”.Obstetricians have long recognised they are responsible for two patients, the mother and the child in the womb.Pregnancy can be diagnosed 10 days after conception when the embryo is not able to be seen by the naked eye – because a hormone produced from the embryo leaks into the mother’s circulation and can be measured in her blood or urine.After 10 weeks the unborn child, 3cm in length, has hands, feet, eyes, brain, liver and kidneys. The baby is moving and electrical activity can be recorded within the brain. Hiccupping, swallowing, eye movements and passing urine are daily activities. Survival requires only protection and nourishment, just as for a newborn.The bill would allow an abortion before 20 weeks’ gestation with no medical reason; after 20 weeks if a single doctor believes it “appropriate”.At 20 weeks’ – mid-pregnancy – many mothers notice kicking. The baby is about the length of a banana and weighs 500 grams. He or she will sleep and wake. Face and body are assuming the appearance of a full-term baby.The baby has a sucking reflex and is seen on scans sucking his or her thumb. Finger and toe nails are present; fine hair grows on the scalp.By 20 weeks the baby can hear sounds, including the mother’s breathing and heartbeat.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/opinion/116736702/the-reality-of-abortion-and-the-unbornKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Why don’t you see back-up players in most of the major college football games? I am talking about in the second half when the team is up by as many as 4 or 5 touchdowns? Why aren’t they subbing? This is not a hard question to answer. In order to be one of the final four in college football, you have to be rated very high in all poles and you must have a nearly unblemished record. Nothing gets the media’s attention more than winning by lopsided scores. If you want to be a nice guy and not embarrass some other coach, you will likely drop in the poles and lose your chance to play for the championship.Many of today’s rating systems are based on power indexes. Power translates into big numbers. The more points you can beat a major college by, the higher your power index will likely be. This is how you stay in the running for that coveted championship and the big bucks that go with it–not to mention the prestige.
The National Basketball Association has severed ties to a training centre in China’s western Xinjiang region, where Beijing faces growing international condemnation over its treatment of minorities. In a letter published online by Senator Marsha Blackburn, the US league also said it had lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” in revenue after Chinese broadcasters dropped its games last year amid a bitter row triggered when a Houston Rockets executive expressed support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. The NBA statements were contained in the letter dated July 21 to Blackburn that was posted on the Tennessee politician’s official Senate webpage on Wednesday. Signed by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, it was sent in response to questions raised by Blackburn about NBA involvement in Xinjiang, described by the senator as “one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones”. China is in the midst of a bitter falling out with the United States on a range of fronts, including human rights, trade and Hong Kong. “The NBA has had no involvement with the Xinjiang basketball academy for more than a year, and the relationship has been terminated,” Tatum wrote in the letter, which was confirmed as genuine by an NBA official. More than one million ethnic Uighurs and other minorities, mostly Muslim Turkic peoples, have been herded into Xinjiang internment camps where they undergo political indoctrination, according to human rights groups and experts. The existence of the camps had been revealed in recent years and appear aimed at taming long-time opposition by many Uighurs – marked a spate of violent incidents – over political and religious repression by Beijing. Loading… Promoted Content5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Read Also: Atletico place £109m price tag on Oblak as Chelsea, Man Utd keep vigil The NBA has been in shutdown since March, when the coronavirus pandemic erupted across North America. The league is relaunching its season with teams based in Orlando for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The NBA’s lucrative broadcast and merchandise interests in China – the league’s most valuable market outside of the United States – went into a tailspin after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet regarding Hong Kong protesters last October. The comments infuriated the Chinese government and basketball fans and caused state broadcaster CCTV to stop showing matches. “The financial impact of NBA games not airing on television in China has been significant,” Tatum wrote. “We estimate the loss of revenue to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.” China is under mounting pressure from the United States and other trading partners over issues including Xinjiang and a new security law that Beijing imposed in Hong Kong, sparking fears that civil liberties in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory will be crushed.
Facebook Twitter Google+ As Tito Medrano hit the halfway mark of the 8-kilometer Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 3, he caught a glimpse of his coach, Chris Fox. For Fox, Syracuse’s cross country and track and field head coach, reality began to seep in.His unranked team — led by the sophomore Medrano and three other second-year standouts in Griff Graves, Pat Dupont and Zach Rivers — was coasting to an easy win over No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 10 Georgetown. With the win in hand, Fox couldn’t hold back celebration.‘He’s just jumping around screaming, ‘We’re going to win, we’re going to win!” Medrano said. ‘At that point I just had a really great feeling we were going to do great that year.’At the head of the Orange pack was Medrano. The team victory was in tow. And a crowning accomplishment for a loaded sophomore class was achieved. After second- and first-place finishes in SU’s first two meets to start the season, the quartet led the Orange to a victory in its biggest race of the year. And collegiate cross country was forced to take notice. Syracuse’s second-year runners were as good as any group of sophomores in the country. Propelled by Medrano, Graves, Dupont and Rivers, the Orange’s stacked class brought a team poised for a breakthrough into the national spotlight. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We came into that meet at Wisconsin, who’s a traditional power in our sport, and dominated,’ Fox said. ‘We didn’t just win, we won easy, and the guys just kind of crushed and that set the tone for the rest of the year.’But the showing in Wisconsin wasn’t unexpected. After Fox secured the commitments of Medrano, Graves, Dupont and Rivers for his 2008 recruiting class, hints at the possibilities surfaced.Medrano noticed them even before he came to Syracuse. Before he ever spoke to Fox on an official visit. Medrano had an inkling that this could be a special group.‘I went to visit about six schools total,’ Medrano said. ‘At every single one of those schools when they asked me what other schools I was looking at and I said, ‘Syracuse,’ they said, ‘Oh, the coach there is really good. Coach Fox is a really good coach. If you’re not going to come here, go there.”After hearing that Medrano’s fellow national high school standout in Graves had committed to Syracuse, Medrano signed with the team, followed by Dupont and Rivers. All four high school runners finished within the top 33 at the 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships — arguably the most prestigious high school cross country meet in the nation.The four knew Syracuse cross country was not one of the strongest programs, but their goal was to make it one.Two years later, the teammates own the first Big East title and NCAA Northeast Regional title in Syracuse men’s cross country history.‘We recruited those guys with the thought that maybe by the time they were juniors we could win the Big East,’ Fox said. ‘We just happened to win it when they were sophomores.’When the teammates entered their freshman year in 2008, Syracuse ranked third among Northeast teams in the preseason polls released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Even with solid senior leadership that season, Medrano, Graves and Dupont were still adjusting to Syracuse and building endurance for collegiate competition. Rivers only raced once that season, while the trio of Medrano, Dupont and Graves combined to race in 12 meets. The men finished in fifth place at both the Big East championship and NCAA Northeast Regional, while the women’s team advanced to the NCAA Championship, giving the men extra motivation for the 2009 season.‘We thought we could do that the year before, but things just didn’t happen, so we came in hungry and a little bit angry about that,’ Medrano said.Following their freshman seasons, Dupont and Medrano qualified for the 37th annual IAAF World Cross Country Championships during the summer in Amman, Jordan, where they represented the United States among other junior runners. Dupont and Medrano finished 48th and 62nd, respectively, out of 117 runners. That experience, coupled with the disappointment from the previous fall, sparked their determination for a championship-caliber season.Prior to the 2009 season, Fox set a goal for his team: to finish among the top three in the Big East. Yet, as the season progressed, it became apparent he underestimated its ability.‘We went into this season hoping to be top three in the Big East, and about halfway through the season we figured out we should win this thing,’ Fox said. The realization came in the form of that win in Wisconsin. It was a win that catapulted the Orange to the No. 11 spot in the USTFCCCA national polls. SU dominated at the Big East championship and NCAA Northeast Regional before competing in the first NCAA Championship in 35 years. Medrano earned All-American status after finishing 39th out of 250 runners, while the team finished 14th out of 31 teams and Fox was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year. With the honor, Medrano became SU’s first cross country All-American in 27 years.Dupont, Graves and Medrano each contributed to the record-setting season with top performances in five of the team’s eight meets, creating the dominant trio Fox had envisioned.Now that the sophomore trio has helped the Orange achieve something it has never done, the challenge is even greater.‘We’re really building a great base, and since we’re only sophomores we’ll be leaders next year as juniors, and that’s what Coach is expecting from us,’ Graves said. ‘We’ve done a lot and we’re not young anymore. We’ve got to compete with the best out there. It’s no more, ‘You’re a freshman.’ We’ve got to get out there and compete with the best.’ This offseason, the sophomores have been working on strength and developing an aerobic metabolism to stay free of injuries in order to build on their successes from last fall. Dupont credits Fox with allowing the team to develop and mature at its own pace and providing individual guidance for training and conditioning.For example, Medrano runs at a snail’s pace on his ‘slow days,’ while Graves likes to always run high mileages. And Dupont likes to keep his mileage low.They are specific plans made by specific runners. But come fall 2010, the four rising juniors are hoping for a reoccurrence of fall 2009. A fall where four sophomores led SU to its greatest season ever. As a team.‘(Coach Fox) knows not every runner is the same and he’s willing to let us do our own thing and make sure we all know where we need to be,’ Dupont said. ‘… The fact that we’ve all been able to do our own thing but still come together and make this happen is pretty exciting.’email@example.com Comments Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm
No. 2 Syracuse travels to Madison Square Garden to face St. John’s on Sunday at noon. The Red Storm has advanced from Big East bottom-dweller to NCAA Tournament hopeful in Steve Lavin’s fourth season as head coach.The Daily Orange caught up with Jon Perez, sports editor at The Torch, to talk about St. John’s and the challenges the Red Storm presents for Syracuse.The Daily Orange: Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim thinks St. John’s is a tournament team this year. The Red Storm is clearly improved from last season, but who or what has been the biggest difference thus far?Jon Perez: The biggest thing that has benefited to the success of the Red Storm is their depth. St. John’s is now three-deep at every position and it helps key players like D’Angelo Harrison and JaKarr Sampson stay out of foul trouble down the stretch of close ball games and keep their legs fresh.The D.O.: Does the team appear to be treating Sunday’s game as a rivalry game? How much has SU’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference seemed to deflate that rivalry?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJ.P.: A couple of players have said that this is the biggest game they’ve played in their careers. I’m not sure that they are treating it as a rivalry but more of a chance to show the nation that they can hang with the big boys in the orange. However for the fans, I don’t know what it’s like up north but it’s not hard to get under the skin of Red Storm fans. The whole battle of “New York’s Team” will always ratchet up energy for the fans that still do see Syracuse as a rival.The D.O.: D’Angelo Harrison has become a more potent scorer. What has been his biggest improvement?J.P.: I’d hate to break it to you, but D’Angelo Harrison has always been this good. He’s a natural scorer that needs a complimentary piece to support him. Harrison has been more consistent on his mid-range game but can also drive the lane and get to the line where sometimes he can be automatic.The D.O.: St. John’s is fifth in the country in field-goal percentage defense. What do you credit that success to?J.P.: St. John’s isn’t throwing out a three-guard lineup as much as they’ve done in the past. They have two defense-first players in Chris Obekpa and Sir’Dominic Pointer who can frustrate any opposing ball handler. There are even players with a scoring mentality that have been contributing on the defensive end as well; Harrison and Sampson have also been getting in on the act of frustrating their ball handlers.The D.O.: On an individual level, what makes Chris Obekpa such a good shot-blocker?J.P.: His teammates help him out a lot. Players like Orlando Sanchez, Sir’Dominic Pointer and JaKarr Sampson force a lot of defenders to rush their shot and out of nowhere comes Obekpa. He also finds a way to not draw a lot of contact with players driving the paint and that keeps him out of foul trouble early on in games. Comments Published on December 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+
By Duro IkhazuagbeThe decision of the Comoros Island’s Football Federation to back incumbent Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou in the elections scheduled for March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has raised doubt of any possible block vote coming from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) for Ahmad Ahmad who is the lone challenger to the Cameroonian.Against a backdrop of initial belief of total solidarity coming from the region for the Madagascar FA chief, Comoros has put a lie to the decision taken by the COSAFA executive at its meeting in Johannesburg last month.A letter from the Comoros Football Federation, a COSAFA member, is pledging support for Hayatou.The letter was apparently sent on February 18, hence post-dating the Johannesburg meeting.Signed by the Comoros federation’s Secretary General Mariyatta Abdou Chacour, and addressed to CAF in Cairo, the letter, which is written in French, states simply: “At the General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football which will be held on 16 March 2017 in Addis-Abeba (sic), the Comoros Football Federation gives its total support to President Issa Hayatou, for his re-election to the post of CAF President.”This development has sort of reinforced statements from the Hayatou camp that COSAFA is not backing Ahmad but just the wish of the body’s executive.An insider in the Hayatou campaign committee had informed THISDAY last weekend that when the chips are down, the truth about COSAFA position will be made public.“COSAFA comprises 14 Southern Africa countries. Decision from seven exco members does not commit the entire congress to Ahmad the challenger to Hayatou. The executive committee meeting is not synonymous to the COSAFA congress,” observed the top football administrator.He went further to point out that Pedro Neto who signed the COSAFA deal to back Ahmad was no longer the President of Angola Football Federation.“The Angola representative (in COSAFA) is no longer the FA president. De Almeida Artur is the president of the Angola Football Federation. So how can Neto claim to still be speaking for Angola on this election matter?” stressed the source.Hayatou has led CAF, which has 54 FIFA member-associations, since 1988 and is seeking an eighth term at the helm of the confederation. At present, the outcome of the election looks set to be close.BELOW IS LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE 2017-2021 CAF EXECUTIVECandidatures for the CAF President and CAF Executive Committee elections for the 2017-2021 cycle deemed valid;Election of CAF President for the period 2017-2021Outgoing President: Issa Hayatou (Cameroon)Candidates: Ahmad (Madagascar) Issa Hayatou (Cameroon)Elections for CAF Executive Committee for the period 2017-2021*NORTHERN ZONE:Outgoing member: Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)Candidates: Anwar El Tashani (Libya) Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)*WEST ZONE A Outgoing member: Amadou Diakite (Mali)Candidates: Amadou Diakite (Mali) Hassan Musa Bility (Liberia)*WEST ZONE B Outgoing member: Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)Candidates: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria) Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)*CENTRAL ZONEOutgoing member: Adoum Djibrine (Chad) Candidates: Adoum Djibrine (Chad) *CENTRAL-EAST ZONEOutgoing member: Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan)Candidates: Juneidi Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia) Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan) Moses Magogo (Uganda) Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti)*SOUTHERN ZONE (2 Vacancies)Outgoing members: Ahmad (Madagascar) Suketu Patel (Seychelles)Candidates: Danny Jordaan (South Africa) Frans Mbidi (Namibia) Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) Suketu Patel (Seychelles)*FEMALE CANDIDATE (1 vacancy)Candidates: Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone) Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)2. Election of African representatives to the FIFA Council for the period 2017 – 2021Subject to eligibility confirmation by FIFA, the following candidates were approved for the election of African members onto the FIFA Council:*ARABIC, PORTUGUESE AND SPANISH GroupingTarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia)*FRANCOPHONE GroupingConstant Omari Selemani (DR Congo)Augustin Sidy Diallo (Cote d’Ivoire)*ANGLOPHONE GroupingKwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana)Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania)Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia)*OPEN APPLICATIONS (3 vacancies, including one female member)Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea)Chabur Goc (South Sudan)Danny Jordaan (South Africa)Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Oh wow good catch by ESPN.Frank Howard tries to trip Zion after his dunk earlier in the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/TXQVePlKM5— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 15, 2019 Howard was looking to build off a career-high 28-point outing vs. Duke in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals when the eighth-seeded Orange take on ninth-seeded Baylor on Thursday in a West Region game in Salt Lake City.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsBased on a video Syracuse tweeted earlier in the day, Howard is with the team in Utah, but his status remains to be determined if the Orange advance. Syracuse would play the winner of No. 1 seed Gonzaga vs. 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round.Putting in work out here 🍊⚒#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/pL64LCiTtT— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) March 20, 2019 “Well, he’s not playing, we know that. We practiced with the inclination that this would be the case.”Jim Boeheim explains how @Cuse_MBB is preparing to play without Frank Howard. pic.twitter.com/E18MvYi7W1— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) March 20, 2019It’s not known whether the incidents are related, but Howard was the player accused of trying to trip Duke’s Zion Williamson in Williamson’s first game back from a knee injury. Both coach Jim Boeheim and Howard denied the tripping allegations immediately following the game. Syracuse’s chances of advancing in the NCAA Tournament just took a major hit.The university released a statement Wednesday saying senior point guard Frank Howard “will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy.”
It was rumored that Davis wanted to be dealt to the Lakers, but the Celtics, Bucks and several other teams have shown interest, as well. The report noted the framework includes multi-team scenarios that would benefit the Pelicans’ position, adding that the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks and Nets are among the teams that have reached out regarding Davis.Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, told ESPN during the regular season that his client would not re-sign with the Pelicans when his contract ran out with the team after the 2020 season and he would prefer to be traded. Related News Tony Parker announces retirement from NBA after 18 seasons Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star will play in Game 5 vs. Raptors The Pelicans appear to be looking at some new trade scenarios for Anthony Davis.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who cited unidentified league sources, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has started to provide prospective partners with the outline of the package the team wants in a trade for the veteran. James Harden, Anthony Davis lead players invited to USA Basketball camp After the season ended, however, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said the team would trade Davis to the Lakers “over my dead body.”The teams rumored to be Davis’ preferred destination include the Lakers, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers.Davis, 26, averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games last season. New Orleans finished with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
BiH tennis players Damir Džumhur and Aldin Šetkić have qualified to second round of ITF Futures Tournament in Zagreb, which is worth 15 000 BAM.Džumhur defeated Victor Baluda from Russia with 6:4, 5:7 and 6:1, and in the next round he will play against Matej Svjetličić from Croatia.Šetkić defeated Joško Topić from Croatia with 5:7, 6:4, 6:4 and in the next round he’ll play against Marco Cecchinato from Italy.Mirza Bašić also qualified to next round by winning a match against Laurynas Grigelis from Lithuania with 6:2,4:6,6:4, and in the next round he’ll play against Matteo Trevisano from Italy.
“You’ve got Jorge with that [BMF] belt, you’ve got the other guys fighting for the [championship] belt. I like all of what’s going on at 170, and I feel good at 170. I feel energetic — it’s what I weigh and that’s it. It opens up so many more options, right?”ONE WEEK.@TheNotoriousMMA vs @CowboyCerrone #UFC246 | Jan. 18 | LIVE on ESPN+ PPV pic.twitter.com/CMGWnc4J6H— UFC (@ufc) January 11, 2020A potential rematch against Nurmagomedov is unlikely to take place outside the lightweight division, which McGregor assured is no problem.He added: “I’m not done at 155. I could make 155 this fight, no problem, but I just want to go in fresh and as it is, let the fight play as it is and open up all my options.” Conor McGregor believes Donald Cerrone looks better at 170 pounds, but he also claims he could beat his UFC 246 opponent at any weight, even if he had the flu.McGregor, the former featherweight and lightweight champion, will make his return to the Octagon on Saturday. He hasn’t fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in an October 2018 clash that was overshadowed by a post-bout brawl. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhen he announced his return from retirement, the Irishman said he was planning three fights in 2020, with Jorge Masvidal — due to his victory over Nate Diaz to clinch the BMF title — and Nurmagomedov his primary targets.McGregor has also spoken of an interest in taking on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after opting to make his return at 170 pounds, which he feels is more comfortable for Cerrone.Asked why he did not decide on a lightweight bout and make things difficult for Cerrone, McGregor told ESPN: “I know, I could have. I just don’t think he looks well at 155. He’s a 170 fighter.MORE: White says McGregor’s desire to fight Masvidal is a ‘bad idea'”I’d beat him at any weight. I’d beat him if I had the flu. I don’t need that. I just want to focus on my training and keep myself sharp. I don’t want to cut and then build and then cut. I’m happy where I’m at.”Also, 170 is an exciting one for me. I like 170. I like what’s going on in the 170 division at the minute.