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Trump, Pence have a double standard

first_imgRecently, a number of football players have been taking a knee during the national anthem. In response, many people are telling us that these players are disrespecting the military and the people who fought and died for us.The problem is that these protesters are telling us that taking a knee has nothing to do with the military or disrespecting the flag. My understanding is that they are protesting the treatment of minorities in the United States, which they have every right to do whether I agree or not.Isn’t the players’ stated intent more important than the biased interpretations of President Trump and Vice President Pence?This protest has been going on for over a year with very little commentary. More from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img What the president achieved was blowing this protest way out of proportion in an act of grandstanding and, as a result, dividing the country more and making our nation fundamentally weaker. I don’t see the president talking about the disrespectful act of carrying the Confederate flag.Hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers died fighting an army carrying the Confederate flag.To some people, the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery. Where is the outrage from our president on this issue? Where are Republicans on the Confederate flag issue?It does seem that minorities are the victims of a double standard, certainly when it comes to the president and the vice president.John DworakRotterdamlast_img read more

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‘I’m not Yao Ming’: China’s first UFC champ Zhang creates own hype

first_imgTopics : The 30-year-old Zhang, who as a child was challenged by her mother to jump out of ditches to toughen her up, has enjoyed a life-changing 10 months.Last August she thrilled a home crowd in Shenzhen with an upset knockout of UFC champion Jessica Andrade of Brazil in just 42 seconds to make Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) history.Zhang then successfully defended the strawweight title in a brutal dust-up in Las Vegas in early March against Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk, despite her build-up being badly disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. She boasts a 21-1 MMA record and UFC president Dana White has touted her to rank alongside Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey as a global superstar of the sport. ‘I must not become lazy’ Zhang’s new-found stardom has seen many more demands placed on her for media and commercial obligations, while she also has an active presence on social media.But she says those have not placed any extra pressure on her or distracted her from training, and she knows that believing her own hype would be fatal for her career.”I told myself that I must not become lazy, I must remember who I am, I should be the same as before I was champion and keep the desire to win,” she said.”I have to keep that in mind, instead of thinking that I have already made it.”Because once I start thinking like that, it’ll fast be the start of the descent.” ‘I like that interaction’ Coronavirus has eased in China since the disease emerged in the country late last year, allowing Zhang to conduct an open workout for the media at UFC’s newly built Performance Institute in Shanghai this week.But UFC fight nights, like most sports, are taking place behind closed doors to prevent the spread of infections among spectators.Asked about the pandemic’s impact on her daily life, Zhang replied: “My life is about training. So if it affects my training, it affects my life.”Zhang’s next opponent has not been confirmed, but the prospect of defending her title with nobody there to cheer, or jeer, is not one she relishes.”Now there are no spectators, I feel a lot of things are missing and I don’t feel that special excitement,” said Zhang.”That’s why I think that spectators are really important. I don’t know how I would react if there is no audience. “I really like spectators cheering for me or even booing me. I like that interaction.”UFC supremo White last week said that UFC will stage a series of bouts on a “Fight Island” in the United Arab Emirates next month to ease travel headaches for international fighters.Zhang welcomes the idea of competing on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, where UFC staged a card in September last year.Zhang says that unlike travelling to the United States, she can get a visa on arrival, does not have so far to fly and does not have to suffer jetlag.”I’ve been there before and watched a fight, and I also lived on that island when I was preparing for a fight,” she said.center_img Zhang Weili retained her UFC title in March in one of the greatest women’s fights in MMA history, was then stranded in the United States for six weeks by coronavirus and finally flew back to China in a protective suit and visor.But after all that, it was the sight of airport and medical staff with “welcome home” scribbled on their own protective gear to greet arriving passengers that deeply affected her.”I was really touched and excited, I’ve never felt such warmth in all my life,” China’s first and only Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion told AFP in Shanghai. The excitement surrounding Zhang’s swift rise to prominence has reached such an extent in China that she is being mentioned in the same breath as basketball giant Yao Ming, who led the Houston Rockets to the NBA playoffs four times.But the articulate Zhang, who hails from the northern province of Hebei, gives that lofty comparison a swift verbal jab.”I am not Yao Ming or anyone else,” she said. “I just want to be a better me.”last_img read more

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What should happen to a couple’s embryos after they split up?

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 April 2016Family First Comment: Facing the reality of the problems with IVF…“In a split decision, five of the seven (UK) Judges ruled in (the father’s) favour and ordered that the embryos be destroyed. They expressed great sympathy for (the mother) but concluded that the couple had only consented to IVF treatment together as a couple on the relevant forms they signed – nothing more – and since they had separated (the mother) could not use the embryos. The Judges also concluded that neither men nor women should be forced into parenthood and in the reverse situation where a male ex-partner wanted to use embryos, they would have reached the same conclusion.”Each year, an increasing number of New Zealand couples are undergoing IVF treatment in the hope of becoming parents.For some, it goes well, but others aren’t so lucky. It can be a stressful and lengthy process lasting several months, or even years, that ultimately isn’t successful. Some couples may spilt up and put a halt to treatment before a child is conceived.The kicker is, these separated couples may have unused frozen embryos in storage. Depending on the woman’s age or any existing fertility issues, these may provide her with her last chance of having her own genetic children.So what happens if she wants to use them but her ex-partner doesn’t?Dr John Peek of Fertility Associates says this is an emerging issue in New Zealand as a number of clients have split and then found themselves in a legal grey zone. As a result, the New Zealand Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology is currently preparing advice on appropriate law changes for the Minister of Health in order to provide some clarity.The Committee often looks at legal developments in other countries before providing advice on complex issues such as this, and may start with the UK.Separated couple Natallie Evans and Howard Johnston couldn’t agree on what to do with their embryos post split and became embroiled in the most high profile case to date. Their lengthy legal battle lasting five years began in the British legal system and after four appeals was ultimately settled in the European Court of Human Rights.Evans, who had major fertility issues as a result of undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, argued that because the embryos provided her with her last chance of having her own genetic children she should be able to use them.In other words, her right to become a mother should trump her ex-partner’s right not to be forced into becoming a father.In response, Johnston argued that he only consented to the use of the embryos while he was in a relationship with Evans and since they had separated, she should not be able to use them.To complicate matters, several years had passed by the time of the final appeal and Johnston was in a new relationship with a different woman.In a split decision, five of the seven Judges ruled in Johnston’s favour and ordered that the embryos be destroyed. They expressed great sympathy for Evans but concluded that the couple had only consented to IVF treatment together as a couple on the relevant forms they signed – nothing more – and since they had separated Evans could not use the embryos.The Judges also concluded that neither men nor women should be forced into parenthood and in the reverse situation where a male ex-partner wanted to use embryos, they would have reached the same conclusion.This landmark case set a precedent in the UK and most of Europe. In other countries, such as the United States, it remains a contested issue. Courts in some states have followed the UK approach but others have allowed the women involved to use the contested embryos.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/pregnancy/conception/78829473/what-should-happen-to-a-couples-embryos-after-they-splituplast_img read more

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Bulldogs Freshman Winners Over Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman picked up a win in EIAC play Tuesday night with a win over South Dearborn 44-26.Zach Britton paced a balanced the Batesville attack with 10 points. Gunner Olsen added 9, while Peyton Meyer, Alex Roell, and Zach Prickel each added 7. Mitch Esser tailed 3, and John Harmeyer scored a free throw to round out the Bulldog scoring.“Tonight was the complete team effort I knew we had in us, but hadn’t pieced together yet. Our bench gave us a huge lift tonight on both ends of the floor. After dropping our last two I couldn’t be happier with the way these guys responded tonight.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.After taking a 3 point advantage with them to halftime, Batesville pushed the lead to 10 at 33-23 to end the 3rd. The Dogs outscored the Knights 11-3 in the 4th allowing just 1 field goal, to close the door on a South Dearborn comeback.“We challenged the guys at halftime to build a lead, and not let them back into the game. They played up to the challenge.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.Batesville will be back in action Thursday night as they travel to Milan to open up the 9th grade portion of the Ripley County Tournament. Game time is 6:00.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img read more

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Sounds of the Night Presented in Madison

first_imgMADISON, Ind. — If you have ever wondered about the different sounds you hear during the evenings, tonight the Big Oaks Conservation Society is holding a meeting at the Jefferson County Library in Madison starting at 6:30.Rob Chapman, Park Ranger at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, will present Wildlife Sounds of the Night, which he will describe the many different sounds you may encounter.The public is invited to attend this free presentation.last_img

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Gerrard showers praises on Leon Balogun

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed his delight following an assured display from new signing Leon Balogun on his debut for the club – saying you don’t win anything without “warriors” like the 32-year-old.Balogun did not take part in any of the Ibrox club’s pre-season friendlies after signing a one-year deal last week and was given a baptism of fire after being named in Gerrard’s starting XI for his side’s opening day trip to Pittodrie. The Nigeria international gained plenty of admirers for his commanding performance in the heart of the Rangers defence, as the away side recorded a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, thanks to Ryan Kent’s first-half strike.Speaking to Rangers TV after the final whistle, Gerrard was effusive in his praise for his latest recruit – and revealed that his teammates were similarly impressed with the defender’s first outing for his new club.“You don’t win anything without [warriors], that’s why I like them,” Gerrard said.“I love number 10s, I love people that shine, I love skills, I love people that entertain, but you need leaders, you need warriors and you need people who are going to put their body on the line.“I thought we saw both sides of our game today – we played some lovely football, but, when we had to dig deep and when we had to stick together, and when we had to put our bodies on the line, everyone, to a man, delivered. “For Leon’s debut, away at Pittodrie, being in the door a week, it was outstanding and I am very pleased for him.“He got a round of applause in the dressing room which was thoroughly deserved.”Tags: IbroxLeon BalogunSteven Gerrardlast_img read more

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McCoy fourth on final Festival ride

first_imgTony McCoy could not quite win the race named in his honour on his final ride at a Cheltenham Festival but gave it a bold effort as he finished fourth on Ned Buntline. Victory in the A.P. McCoy Grand Annual Chase went to Next Sensation, who made amends for defeat in the same race 12 months ago when he had made most of the running. Tom Scudamore rode the eight-year-old, trained by his brother, Michael, with more restraint this time, yet still had Next Sensation (16-1) prominent throughout. Press Association A reflective McCoy received a presentation in the winner’s enclosure, and said: “It’s disappointing that I won’t ever be riding at the Festival again. That’s something I never wanted to think would happen. It was not something I was ever going to look forward to, that’s for sure. “It’s going to be very different when I come back here next year. “He made a couple of mistakes and the ground was always going to be a little bit of a worry in terms of stamina and he’s never been a brilliant finisher.” McCoy went on: “I’m a realist. I’ve been lucky to have ridden here for 20 years. “You can’t keep going forever, as much as you’d like to. “I like the sport, I love racing. Sure I’m going to miss riding winners, but I love racing and not riding won’t stop me coming back to the Festival. “There’ll be some sadness when I do come back not as a jockey, but I love a sport that’s been very good to me and I’ll be very glad to come back. “Cheltenham is an amazing place with amazing people.” McCoy nominated his Gold Cup win on Synchronised as his greatest Festival success, but added: “I’ve never looked back, as I’ve always looked forward. “I suppose I better start looking back as I’ve nothing to look forward to.” Scudamore waited until the straight to ask his mount for one big push, although it briefly looked like McCoy was bringing Ned Buntline with a winning run. However, it flattened out and it was another horse the soon-to-retire champion could have ridden, Eastlake, who came late to snatch second spot, with Croco Bay third. Given a reception fit for a winner as he returned, McCoy said: “It’s amazing, but I feel a bit guilty as Next Sensation won the race. “It’s a very emotional thing. It’s very special, and something I really appreciate. This is something I’m really going to miss.” The winning trainer, celebrating his first Festival winner, said: “It’s an amazing feeling, especially after last year. “We thought we’d missed our chance last year and then I woke up this morning and found it pouring with rain, but credit to the horse.” The winning rider said: “We lost grandad (Grand National-winning rider Michael Scudamore senior) and grandma in a short space of each other in the summer. “Grandad was an integral part of our lives. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here, whether it be me riding or Michael training.” last_img read more

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Charlie Adam: No point in appealing sending off

first_img Adam has to serve a three-match ban after receiving a straight red card over the incident in the first half of his side’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League loss to Albion at the Britannia Stadium on August 29. The 29-year old Scotland midfielder told Sky Sports: “It’s a tangle of legs, you can see as I’m coming down the momentum takes me forward. Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam insists there was no malice in his apparent stamp on West Brom’s Craig Dawson but feels there would have been little point appealing his sending off. “I don’t lift my leg to stamp on him but there’s contact there. “It’s gone now, we lost the game and I have to take part of the blame for that because I got sent off. “We were never going to appeal given the history of things which have gone against me. There was a risk that it might even be increased to a four-game ban. “I spoke to the manager (Mark Hughes) a couple of days later and we decided we just had to take it on the chin and move on.” Adam was banned by the Football Association for three matches in March 2014 following an alleged stamp on Arsenal’s Oliver Giroud. Referee Mike Jones did not see the incident but it was picked up on television footage and although the Potters said they ”vigorously appealed” the FA’s decision to punish Adam, an independent panel upheld the violent conduct charge against him. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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St. Lucie County school district announces traditional high school grad dates

first_imgSeniors in St. Lucie County are finally getting their chance to walk across the stage for graduation.The county announced graduation dates for several schools on Monday.Superintendent Wayne Gent says this senior class has had a lot taken away from this year and he wanted to give something back:“That’s why we’re here — to see the kids walk across the stage. This brings closure. The senior class has really been through a lot. They haven’t had their proms, their senior trips. We feel this is so important for them to see their class one more time,”  said Gent.Gent also stated that he spoke to both health officials and leaders of the senior class before making the decision.Each student will have a limit of two tickets to give out to family members and seating will be paced out in accordance to social distancing rules.Virtual graduations will also still take place next week.For graduation dates and times click Here.Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties plan to hold traditional graduation ceremonies.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA STATE-GUNDYGundy apologizes for COVID-19 commentsSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has apologized for his comments this week about the COVID-19 pandemic.Gundy said during a teleconference call Tuesday that he hoped to have the team return to its facilities May 1. His proposed timetable would have defied federal social-distancing guidelines and was quickly disputed by the university.Athletic director Mike Holder also declined to back Gundy’s timeline, saying in a statement: “May 1 seems a little ambitious.” Associated Press WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MCCRAY-PENSONMississippi State hires Nikki McCray-Penson as women’s coachSTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has hired Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Nikki McCray-Penson to replace Vic Schafer as the Bulldogs’ head coach.McCray-Penson was 53-40 the past three years at Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs posted consecutive 20-win campaigns under McCray, including a 24-6 mark this season. She was named the Conference USA coach of the year this year after going 14-4 versus league opponents.Schaefer left MSU for Texas after going 221-62. The ninth-ranked Bulldogs finished 27-6 this past season, which ended abruptly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gundy said Saturday it was never his intention to offend anyone, adding that his first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWTA’s Rogers Cup scrubbed from scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Tennis Canada announced Saturday that the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule. It says the tournament will return to Montreal in August 2021. Simon Pagenaud wins IndyCar’s 1st virtual race on an ovalUNDATED (AP) — Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) has won IndyCar’s first virtual race on an oval, conquering a simulated Michigan International Speedway.Sage Karam dominated the race, but a spectacular crash at the start jumbled strategies and Karam pitted from the lead with 14 laps remaining.It allowed Pagenaud and Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin to cycle into a 1-2 finish.Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third in his IndyCar iRacing debut. He said he’d race again the next time IndyCar goes to a virtual oval.  Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-OILERS-CAVE DIESOilers’ Colby Cave dies at 25TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave has died less than a week after being diagnosed with a brain bleed. He was 25. His wife, Nancy, says Millsaps died Friday night at his home after a period of declining health.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years.OBIT-WILLIAM MILLSAPSAward-winning sportswriter William Millsaps dies at age 77RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Award-winning sportswriter William H. “Bill” Millsaps Jr. has died at 77.Millsaps played basketball at the University of Tennessee and started his journalism career as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times before joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a sportswriter in 1966. He spent nearly 40 years with the Times-Dispatch, becoming managing editor in 1992 and being elevated to vice president and executive editor two years later. He retired as a full-time writer in 2005 and was the 2011 recipient of the Red Smith Award, presented by The Associated Press Sports Editors for contributions to sports journalism. Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at a Toronto hospital, where he was taken after being admitted to a medical facility in Barrie, Ontario, the previous day. Cave underwent emergency surgery Tuesday to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.The NHL club confirmed Cave’s death with a statement from his family.Cave was acquired by the Oilers from the Bruins in January 2019. He played 44 games for Edmonton and scored once in 11 contests for the Oilers this season, spending most of his time with the team’s AHL affiliate at Bakersfield.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Cave: “Undrafted but undaunted, Colby was relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream.”INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACING FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his nearly five-year fight against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement.The Swiss attorney general’s office has confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling. However, the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery. April 11, 2020 The women’s and men’s Rogers Cup traditionally rotate between Toronto and Montreal. As of Saturday, the men’s event in Toronto in August was still on the schedule.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits.— The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.last_img read more

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