Proposed amendment on abortion clears first hurdle in Iowa legislature

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican lawmakers are proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution, in response to Iowa court rulings that struck down abortion restrictions.Republican Representative Steven Holt of Denison gave a loud Marine Corps “oorah” on Tuesday when Governor Kim Reynolds mentioned it in her Condition of the State message.“When the Iowa Supreme Court struck down our 72-hour waiting period and our heartbeat legislation, they created a fundamental right to abortion in the Iowa Constitution that is subject to strict scrutiny, which is a higher standard even than is on the federal level, so I have deep concerns, as do a lot of legal scholars, that nothing we have in (state law) right now for protections may stand up to that,” Holt told Radio Iowa, “and we could even end up with taxpayer-funded abortion.”A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate Thursday gave its approval to a proposed amendment that states Iowa’s Constitution does not “recognize, grant or secure a right to abortion.” Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, said the amendment will over-rule the decisions of un-elected judges, “reigning in judicial judicial activism and so we’re very excited to get this across the finish line.”If this year’s Republican-led legislature endorses the language, it must also be approved by the legislature sometime in the following two years. That means 2022 is the earliest Iowans could vote on the amendment. Chapman said voters will clearly understand what’s being proposed.“The power resides with the people. It resides with them at the ballot box,” Chapman said. “It will reside with them when they have an opportunity to vote on this constitutional amendment and we need to respect the will of the people.”Critics like Reverend David Sickelka of the United Church of Christ in Urbandale said the amendment would set a dangerous precedent.“I think that it is wrong-headed to focus on what rights are not in our constitution,” he said.Jamie Birch Elliott of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa also testified at today’s statehouse hearing.“This proposed constitutional amendment is one of the most extreme attacks on women’s health in Iowa history,” she said, “and if it passes would take away Iowa’s right to make the private health care decisions that are best for their own unique circumstances.”The proposal cleared the first hurdle in the legislative process. It will now be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.last_img read more


Inci Mehmet sets Surrey championship records

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_img Teenager Inci Mehmet completed a record-setting victory when she won the Surrey ladies’ championship at Hindhead Golf Club. The 15-year-old from Wentworth became the youngest-ever titleholder when she beat Guildford’s Kate Shepherd with a birdie on the 22nd hole of the final. The previous youngest winner was Ellis Keenan of Sunningdale, who was 18 when she won the title in 2009, also beating Kate Shepherd. Inci is also the 2012 Surrey girls’ champion and is the first player to hold both titles in the same year. At the ladies’ championship she also won four trophies for her qualifying scores, while Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) took the fifth, an intermediate prize. Inci was one of four juniors who qualified for the matchplay stages of the championship, alongside Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park), Gee Won Park (Hampton Court Palace) and Shannon Flynn (Burhill). In the matchplay, Inci beat England senior international Roz Adams (Addington Court), Maggie Lowe (Woking) and Lauren Horsford to reach the final. Kate Shepherd (Guildford) beat Jo Stocks (Worplesdon), Katie Fewster (Worplesdon) and 2011 champion Lisa McGowan (Worplesdon) to reach the final. 20 Apr 2012 Inci Mehmet sets Surrey championship records last_img read more


Ridge Road Run To Raise Funds, Awareness For Suicide Prevention

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgFrom tragedy, Sourlis and his classmates gained understanding and perspective about the topics of suicide and mental health that had been unexpectedly thrust into their lives.“I think it helped us realize that things aren’t always what they appear on the outside,” said Sourlis. “Pierce was a great friend, a prominent lacrosse player, a good student at our school, but there was more going on inside than anyone knew. It brought attention to the fact that we need to be there for each other in other ways.” With that mission in mind, the Ridge Road Run was conceived – an outing scheduled for Sunday, April 15 on the campus of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School that will feature a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as a one-mile race and kiddie dashes with start times to be announced.“One of the things we hear all the time as administrators is how this generation of kids isn’t passionate; that they’re self-centered and self-serving,” said Risa Clay, Red Bank Regional High School principal. “But this event and the work these students are doing shows how passionate a community of kids can be when it’s a cause that hits close to home,” she said of the student organizers who are seeking volunteers, monetary donations and sponsorships at RidgeRoadRun.org.Clay went on to speak of the immense pressure her students feel to achieve more, reaching for marks on an intangible measuring stick that perpetually appear out of reach and overshadow their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.It’s a circumstance that has led RBR to institute mental health education as part of their curriculum, while providing an on-campus clinic dedicated to counseling students and their parents about how to cope with the stresses of life. These types of curriculum additions and school-based offerings align with the goals of the Ridge Road Run, which are to put school rivalries aside for a unifying effort that hopes to open lines of communication between students, peers, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to raise awareness about suicide, and funds to support both the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.“I’m impressed with the students’ initiative to bring this topic to the forefront,” said Kathy Booth Red Bank Catholic student assistant coordinator. “We have our rivalries, and they’re all in good fun, but to lose these young people is a loss we all share. This is a subject that can’t be hushed anymore. We need more awareness and more communication. And I believe this event will go a long way toward achieving that.” This past football season provided a platform for longtime rivals like Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) to join together with their heartbroken peers in Rumson in a sign of solidarity, as the student bodies came together during their respective games and wore the same color T-shirts in homage to Jarck.Developing from this display of camaraderie was the idea for something more impactful, an event that would reach beyond their schoolyards and playing fields and deeper into the greater Ridge Road community. Story and photo by Chris Rotolo “I think it’s going to be bigger than they ever expected,” Booth said.The Ridge Road Run has been organized by RBR students Michael Eulner, Claudia Kelly and Thomas Lloyd; Ellie Gibney and Teddy Sourlis from RFH; and Courtney Carroll and Lily Salcedo from RBC.For more information on the Ridge Road Run visit ridgeroadrun.org. RUMSON – Shock, despair and disbelief.It was these distinct emotions that flooded the hallways this past October at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH), when a beloved friend, teammate and student named Pierce Jarck tragically took his own life at the age of 16.Teddy Sourlis, a former classmate of Jarck’s, can still recall the over whelming anxiety that gripped him when he was forced to face the news of his friend’s passing.“As a community it hit us hard,” said Sourlis, a member of the Bulldogs basketball program. “We were still processing losing another friend of ours, Jack Moore, the year prior, and out of the blue, so suddenly, we heard the news about Pierce. And I think it really opened our eyes as a community of teens.”last_img read more


Manila pins first loss on Muntinlupa

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgUnfazed by a hostile crowd, Manila overcame the only unbeaten team in the MPBL Datu Cup by using an unrelenting running game to stun Muntinlupa, 100-86, on Wednesday night at the jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex.The Stars set a league record for most fastbreak points with 32 as Marvin Hayes, Chris Bitoon and Aris Dionisio joined forces in a second half assault that finally toppled the Cagers, who entered the game with an eight-game winning run.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gawilan snags second swim gold medal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Hayes, an ex-PBA player, picked up 18 points and seven rebounds in his finest performance yet for the Stars, while Dionisio scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds.Three other players finished in twin digits for Manila with Reil Cervantes scattering 17 points, Bitoon pumping in 16 and Vence Laude chipping in 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHeld to just four points in the first half, Allan Manga came alive with 18 points in the last two quarters, but the Muntinlupa playmaker faded in the stretch when Manila pulled away for good.The Cagers led by seven near the end of the third, but Bitoon scored four straight points in transition, before Dionisio beat the buzzer with a three to tie the game at 65 and trigger an early fourth-quarter run that put the Stars in control. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more


Peace River agreement payments start this month

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — A total payment of $50 million will be distributed at the end of this month to the eight communities, who signed the Province’s Peace River Agreement.The governments include Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Taylor, Pouce Coupe and the Peace River Regional District.The 20-year agreement is worth $1.1 billion, and was negotiated in 2015 to provide local governments in the Peace with funding for planning and infrastructure investments that will support the future of the industrial service sector in this region.- Advertisement -“These payments to the northeast region of British Columbia will present communities with the opportunity to leverage benefits from the oil and gas industry,” said Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister, Peter Fassbender. “This is a critical component of the Province’s long-term economic strategy.”Under the agreement, the Province will pay the communities a maximum combined total of $50 million per year, starting this year. How much each community is paid is determined by an allocation formula the Regional District has calculated and certified.In 2020, a two per cent inflation rate will be instated.Advertisementlast_img read more


Controversial VAR debuts in AFCON

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img“VAR requires not only equipment, but also expertise,” stressed CAF secretary general Moaz Hajji.“Everything is ready for its implementation.”The technology was supposed to be used in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance Tunis and Wydad Casablanca in Tunisia, but malfunctioned before kick-off.Wydad refused to continue playing when a disallowed equaliser could not be reviewed, despite the team having reportedly been told before the return match VAR would be unavailable.After a 90-minute delay, an Esperance team leading 2-1 overall were awarded the match only for the organisers to later order a replay at a neutral ground.No date or venue has been announced amid hints from both clubs they will take legal action over the decision.In the first leg of the 2018 Champions League final between Cairo club Al Ahly and Esperance, the Algerian referee used VAR to award two hotly disputed goals.Replays suggested Walid Azaro dived to win a penalty and the Ahly forward later deliberately tore his shirt to gain another spot-kick.Ahly won the match, but finished overall losers after a heavy second-leg defeat.– Suspension dropped –Eight weeks ago Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha was handed a six-month ban after making two VAR calls that angered Moroccan club Renaissance Berkane in the second-tier Confederation Cup final.The suspension was dropped on appeal, allowing Grisha to be part of the referees’ panel for the Cup of Nations in his homeland.Ghana captain Andre Ayew celebrates a goal before it was disallowed in an Africa Cup of Nations last-16 match against Tunisia © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEBenin coach Michel Dussuyer favours VAR: “I hope it will work and that there will be no technical problems. The use is a plus for football because it corrects injustices.”Senegal defender Salif Sane is “not a big fan of VAR, but we are going to play our football and show who Senegal are”.VAR intervenes when a referee makes a clear and obvious error regarding a goal, a penalty, a straight red card or a mistaken identity.Ghana wished the system had been used in a second round match against Tunisia this week that they lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Black Stars captain Andre Ayew had a goal disallowed because the referee said team-mate Thomas Partey had handled the ball when it had actually struck his chin.“We could have had a different result,” lamented Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah, “but VAR will help African football a lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The VAR monitor that did not work at the CAF Champions League final in Tunisia two months ago, leading to the match being abandoned © AFP / FETHI BELAIDCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 9 – VAR, the video review system that sparked chaotic scenes at the CAF Champions League final two months ago, will make its Africa Cup of Nations debut on Wednesday for Benin’s last eight clash with Senegal in Egypt.The technology is being used from the quarter-finals of Africa’s premier football competition, with officials hoping the drama during some previous VAR matches in the continent can be avoided.last_img read more


MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MANY GREEN SHOOTS GETS HIS OWN GARDEN

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_imgThe Jim McCormick Urban Garden will be officially opened today.He was responsible for so many green shoots through his own hard work and foresight during his lifetime.And so it is fitting that the life and times of the late Jim McCormick should be enshrined with a garden in the middle of the bustling town he helped to create.The official opening and naming ceremony of the Jim McCormick Urban Garden in Letterkenny takes place today (Thurs) at noon. This new facility, which is located on the Paddy Harte Road adjacent to Century Cinemas, will be opened by the Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr Michael McBride.The area in question was identified some time back as one in need of enhancement and, in cooperation with a local landowner the plot of land has been transformed into a valuable addition to the town’s environmental landscape.The late and great Jim McCormick.Funding of €35,000 was sourced by the former Letterkenny Town Council under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.Work was carried out by the Town Council’s Open Spaces team under Town Gardiner, David Donnelly. Speaking before the launch Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District explained that as the work progressed it was felt the development would also be a fitting tribute to honour the former chairman of the local Tidy Towns committee, the late Jim McCormick.He stated “Jim pioneered town enhancement projects for years and proved to be one of the driving forces behind Letterkenny’s progress in the annual Tidy Towns competition. His efforts through his committee and the various residents associations ensured the growth of the town was matched and enhanced with the development of its overall appearance”.Mayor McBride concluded that today’s ceremony would allow them to recognise Mr McCormick’s huge achievements and the ongoing progress of the Tidy Towns Committee as well as the progress made over the years in cooperation with Donegal County Council.“Jim McCormick was such a man and believed in the common good ahead of individual achievement. I would hope that this garden can serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people and would call upon them to take up the mantle of community engagement, one grasped by Jim at every opportunity”.MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MANY GREEN SHOOTS GETS HIS OWN GARDEN was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgardenJim McCormickletterkennylast_img read more


Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgDespite the icy weather conditions, RAP’s operations director, John McDermott was overwhelmed at the turnout for their recruitment open day at their Gweedore Plant.Less than 3 weeks ago RAP placed a call out to the public for people who might be returning from home for a Christmas break and maybe would be interested in making a more permanent move home.Knowing that there were jobs available in the area, would give them the security to return. RAP were also interested to hear from anyone who was thinking of a career change, people living in Donegal or the surrounding counties. It’s still not too late to send in your CV: The positions available are for, Production Supervisors, Machine Operators, Stores Personnel, Admin Staff, Maintenance Technicians, Quality Manager, HR Manager, Support Service Manager, Graphic Designer, Resource Planning Manager, IT Technician and a New Product Development Manager.Watch the campaign video here: Commenting on the campaign, John McDermott, Operations Director said, “We are one of the largest employers in the Donegal Gaeltacht and having been established now in the heart of the community for 20 years, employing over 200 people, we know and understand that although people may think that we operate from a remote part of the world, it’s the work-life balance and the people in our community who have made our business a success. Our employees work hard, take pride in their jobs and in their workplace and this is clear to see when our customers visit us on site from time to time.”Rapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltd in GweedoreJohn continued: “We’ve invested heavily over the years in research, development and innovation in an effort to create advanced processes that produce packaging solutions specific to our client’s needs. Continued up-skilling of our employees is central to that. We have also invested heavily in our manufacturing facility in Gaoth Dobhair over the past 20 years and this has helped us compete on a global scale. “Our investments have been the major factor in winning a host of high profile contracts with companies such as Pret A Manger, Asda, Morrissons, Co-Operative Food, Waitrose, Carrefour, Aldi, Starbucks, Sainsburys, McDonalds, and KFC, to name but a few.”“Almost 14 million units of food packaging leave Gaoth Dobhair for the USA, the Middle East, Australia and countries all across Europe every week and to know that over two million people a day purchase a product that we have produced packaging for from Donegal, is amazing.”“In the past year, our production throughput has grown by over 33%, so we know we had to expand our team to keep up with customer demands. Our aim is to encourage people living abroad or at home seeking a career change to apply for these jobs.”“Our staff turnover is very low, so that’s a reflection of our company being good place to work. I am proud to say, that three of the first four people employed when we first set up in January 1998 still remain in our employment today.“We have people commuting daily from all over Donegal, such as Letterkenny, Dungloe and Killybegs and also have people making the daily commute from Derry and Omagh. That speaks for itself really. Many others that had no ties with the area whatsoever, made the move with their families from Ireland and abroad and have settled into the community here extremely well.” says John. “Now that the foundations are in place and with the people we need hope to recruit, we can expand our manufacturing abilities at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and grow RAP as the world leader in next generation packaging.“We will be reviewing all of the applications next week and every person who applied for these positions will be contacted within the next 2-3 weeks. It’s still not too late to send in your CV, please do so by emailing info@rapire.com outlining the position that you are interested in applying for. Go raibh míle maith agat,” concludes John.Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EmploymentGAELTACHTGweedoreJob VacanciesjobsrapRapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltdlast_img read more


San Jose Sharks: SAP center’s great new food menu (chomp!)

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgWe don’t know what will fuel the San Jose Sharks as their quest for the 2019 Stanley Cup begins, but we know the fans in the stands will sure be eating well.Chomp takes on new meaning this season as SAP Center and its culinary partner, Aramark, unveil a new lineup of food choices. Those include booths from such popular local restaurants as Konjoe Burger Bar, Scott’s Seafood, Nick the Greek, Organic Coup and CREAM as well as the National Hockey League’s first Nachos in a Hockey Helmet (coming …last_img read more


Report: NFL considered moving Raiders-Chargers game to Dallas

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgThe updating image shows air quality (ozone and particles): yellow is moderate, orange unsafe for sensitive groups, red and purple unhealthful for all. Refresh the page to see the latest update.Because of the smoke-filled skies over the East Bay from the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County, the NFL was reportedly ready to postpone the Raiders game in Oakland on Sunday and move it to Dallas on Monday night.ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the league discussed having the Raiders and Chargers fly to …last_img read more