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WATCH – Aussie ‘safe schools’ leader admits programme not about bullying

first_imgLifesite News 18 Mar 2016Family First Comment: Exposed – the real agenda. Shocking.  Undercover video recorded at the 2014 Safe Schools Coalition National Symposium has exposed as a lie the claim that the program is about helping students stand up to bullying in schools.The symposium was a launch event for the contentious Safe Schools programme, which has come under sustained attack during its existence.  Ostensibly a programme to protect gay and transgender school students from bullies, critics such as MP George Christensen have referred to it as “Queer theory being taught in the classroom.”  Released on the National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence, the video shows Coordinator of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, Roz Ward, addressing the audience.  She says “Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Not about celebrating diversity. Not about stopping bullying. About gender and sexual diversity.”last_img read more

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Walters appeal fails

first_img Walters was dismissed in the 78th minute of the Barclays Premier League contest at Carrow Road for a foul on Canaries midfielder Alexander Tettey. The Potters forward will now serve a three-match suspension. Stoke have lost an appeal against Jonathan Walters’ red card in the 1-1 draw with Norwich on Saturday, the Football Association has announced. Adam was charged with violent conduct after he appeared to stand on the leg of Gunners striker Olivier Giroud. Referee Mike Jones did not see the incident during the match but it was picked up on television footage and, although the Potters contested the FA’s decision to punish the player, an independent panel upheld the charge. Following the FA’s announcement about Walters, Stoke issued their own statement on Tuesday which said: “The club gave careful consideration to whether or not to appeal Jon’s sending-off but we felt compelled to do so in the interest of consistency after three incidents of a more serious nature in the Premier League last weekend failed to result in red cards. “We are disappointed with the lack of consistency that this decision seemingly supports.” A statement on the FA’s official website on Tuesday afternoon said: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, a claim of wrongful dismissal concerning Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters was rejected. “Walters was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Norwich City on 8 March 2014. “His three-match suspension will commence with immediate effect.” Walters’ sending off came five minutes after he had netted Stoke’s equaliser from the penalty spot. Following the match, Potters boss Mark Hughes expressed his unhappiness at referee Andre Marriner’s decision to dismiss Walters for his high challenge on Tettey. ”I’ve looked at the incident and there is contact and Jon has accepted that he caught him,” Hughes said. ”But both players had their feet high and I think the punishment was too harsh for the crime. Both players just intended to win the ball and Jon just caught him with his follow through.” Stoke already have midfielder Charlie Adam serving a three-game ban, which began with the Norwich fixture, after he was retrospectively punished following an incident in their previous outing, a 1-0 home win over Arsenal – in which Walters also scored a penalty. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ireland target further scalps

first_img This time, on a small playing area and very good pitch, they restricted the Windies to 304 for seven – despite Lendl Simmons’ 102 and his sixth-wicket stand of 154 with Darren Sammy (89) – with left-arm spinner George Dockrell taking three for 50. Then the men in green always appeared on course for a successful chase and, even with a minor late wobble, got the job done with more than four overs to spare thanks principally to Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O’Brien (79no). O’Brien, whose brother Kevin was the hero of that famous success against England, was delighted to have come good at the right time – and is predicting further progress over the next month too. He told talkSPORT: “I was due a few runs. I owed the boys a few, so I’m thrilled to bits. “It’s a fantastic result, from all the lads. We played out of our skins and deserved to win.” Ireland’s expert chase shocked the Windies, and doubtless many others, but not O’Brien and his team-mates. “From our point of view, it wasn’t really an upset,” he added. “We went into the game this morning thinking we could and should win the game … and we’ve been proved right.” Ireland intend to take their giant-killing knack to the next stage at the World Cup, by qualifying for the knockout rounds in New Zealand and Australia. William Porterfield’s team extended their winning habit against Test-playing nations when they began their campaign with a four-wicket Pool B victory over West Indies in Nelson on Monday. They were continuing the trend they have set at previous World Cups, memorably against England at Bangalore in 2011 and Pakistan in the Caribbean four years earlier. Press Association Ireland will have ample time to celebrate before their next fixture against the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on February 25. That, along with Zimbabwe, is one for which they will start definite favourites – and both O’Brien and Porterfield are optimistic. “This win obviously gives us a lot of confidence … potentially we could be going into a game against India with six points out of eight,” said O’Brien. “It’s early days, and we won’t be getting carried away. But we’re absolutely over the moon and delighted with the start.” Porterfield is revelling in the moment, too, but already starting to plot a route into the quarter-finals. “It’s fantastic,” said the captain. “The way we went about chasing down those runs was great. It sets us up for the next three games. It’s a great position to be in. “We firmly believe what we are capable of. We’ve just got to continue this throughout the tournament. “They obviously had a strong finish, but 300 was about a par score. “The belief is that we can qualify from the group stage.” West Indies’ fragile confidence, by contrast, has taken another knock. Their young captain Jason Holder said: “That was a tough loss. “We tried to get wickets today but we just didn’t get them. I think we need to be a little more precise. “We’re leaking too many runs at the start of the innings. We need to tighten up.” Their first opportunity to put things right will come on Friday in Christchurch against Pakistan, who have also already lost their opening match – by 76 runs to arch-rivals India in Adelaide on Sunday. last_img read more

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Russian spy sentenced to 18 months

first_imgA United States District Court Judge ordered an 18-month sentence for Maria Butina, who plead guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to act as a Kremlin agent in the US without registering with the Justice Department.Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, was arrested last July in Washington, DC on charges of conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent.Prosecutors say she conspired to act as a foreign agent who sought to create a backchannel between American power players and Russia.Butina initially maintained that she was innocent, but later signed a plea agreement in December.She will receive credit for the roughly nine months she has already served and will be deported following her sentence.last_img read more

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Police arrest Louisiana woman who paid bail with cash that smelled like marijuana

first_imgPolice arrested a Louisiana woman on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate’s bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.”When police smelled the cash that 33-year-old Stormy Lynn Parfait used on Friday to post bail, they began an investigation.Investigators searched her car while she was still at the jail and found nearly $40,000 more inside, along with about 100 Klonopin pills and a food stamp card that wasn’t registered to her, according to the sheriff’s statement.Police also found marijuana, cocaine and paraphernalia, when they searched her home. Four unattended children there were turned over to a relative.Parfait was charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs, four counts of illegal use of a controlled drug in the presence of persons under 17, taking contraband to or into a correctional institution and other related charges, authorities said.last_img read more

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologies over ‘knees bent’ outburst

first_img(BBC) – New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees says “it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused” following his opposition to NFL kneeling protests.Brees was criticised, including by team-mate Malcolm Jenkins, for saying such protests would be “disrespecting the flag” of the United States.Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the US national anthem in 2016 to highlight racial injustice.Brees said his comments lacked “awareness, compassion or empathy”.It comes in the wake of global protests held following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while being restrained by a white police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May.Many athletes have also supported Kaepernick, who was frozen out of the league after his protest and has been unemployed since being released by the San Francisco 49ers in 2017.“I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country,” said Brees in an apology on Instagram.“Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.”Brees said he wanted to apologise to his “friends, team-mates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt”.“I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability,” he added.“I recognise that I should do less talking and more listening… and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”Jenkins, who posted his emotional response on social media, returned for a second spell at New Orleans Saints this yearIn response to comments made by Brees on Wednesday in an interview with Yahoo, Saints safety Jenkins said his team-mate was “part of the problem”.“Drew, unfortunately you’re somebody that doesn’t understand their privilege,” said 32-year-old Jenkins in an emotional video on social meda.“You don’t understand the potential you have to actually be an advocate for the people that you call brothers.“You don’t understand the history and why people like me – people with my skin colour – whose grandfathers fought for this country… I still protested – not against the national anthem – but against what was happening in America and what the fabric of this country stands for.”Jenkins added: “While the world tells you that you’re not worthy, that your life doesn’t matter, the last place you want to hear it from are the guys that you go to war with, that you consider to be allies and to be your friends.“Even though we’re team-mates, I can’t let this slide.“Drew Brees, if you don’t understand how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are you are part of the problem.“The whole country is on fire and the first thing that you do is to criticise one’s peaceful protest. That was years ago when we were trying to signal a sign for help, to signal for our allies, our white brothers and sisters, the people we consider to be friends to get involved. It was ignored.”last_img read more

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Mexico Stuns Cup Holders Germany in Group F Opener

first_imgDefending champions Germany yesterday crashed to a 1-0 defeat in their first game at the World Cup as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated in a thrill-packed Group F opener.A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.Juan Carlos Osorio’s side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward. When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans’ closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.“Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing,” said a delighted Osorio.“Mexico deserved the win,” Hummels conceded, noting how he and Boateng were left exposed at the back and saying the team had failed to learn from a recent friendly defeat to Austria.“If we go on like this, I’ll be worried,” he added. “But I expect us to improve.”Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano with a quarter of an hour left and sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.Loew threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, switched left-back Marvin Plattenhardt for a second striker, Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark in the German spearhead.Mexico had much of the 80 000 crowd in Luzhniki Stadium on its feet as the Germans left ever greater gaps at the back, and the wastefulness notably of Hernandez on the final pass may reassure future opponents that Mexico, while determined to end a Cinderella reputation, have not replaced Germany as favourites. ​​Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Memorial celebrates life of student Thu Yain Kyaw

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan A memorial service was held Monday evening in Bovard Auditorium in honor of the Thu Yain “Roy” Kyaw, a USC Marshall School of Business student who passed away Oct. 27. He was 22.Beloved · Students gather outside Bovard Auditorium Monday evening in preparation for Thu “Roy” Yain Kyaw’s memorial service. – Tony Zhou | Daily TrojanThe USC Sirens commenced the service with a beautiful rendition of “Come Home” followed by Roy’s father Kyaw Kyaw’s tribute to his fallen son.“Since he was young, I knew he was a good boy. I tried my best, whatever he needed — we supplied. Life is not only for ourselves — we have to help each other,” Kyaw said. “Everything of his lifetime … he gave us so much gifts.”The Kyaw family is comprised of USC alumna Khant Khant, his sister; current USC student Arkar, his brother; his mother, Kyu Ayu Maw and his father. His parents traveled 20 hours from Yangon, Myanmar, Singapore to honor Roy’s life with the USC community.Before attending USC, Roy served Singapore, his home country, with two years of service in the army as a 3rd sergeant, according to Khant Khant.The Dean of the Marshall School, James G. Ellis, shared a few words at the service.“Thoughtful, mature, wise, kind, deep thinker, warm-hearted — a leader. Roy was an embellishment of what a Marshall student is about,” Ellis said. “He was a Trojan.”His close friends shared how focused he was on his studies, as they mentioned his diligence with his work in the libraries. Roy balanced his time, however, allowing him to remain active in his business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.Abigail Chao, Roy’s Big Sister within DSP, reminisced about her time with Roy and shared a saying Roy once told her that kept her humble.“Roy told me once, almost in passing, ‘We are not only lucky to have people love us, but to have people to love,’” Chao said.When Chao first met Roy, he told her that one of his lifelong dreams was to hang glide because he mentioned he often had vivid dreams of actual flying.Together they flew through the trees in Big Bear, harnessed to a line in the mountains, that allowed them to zip through the air. Chao also mentioned how they “flew” down a path in Malibu on mountain bikes as well as other forms of “flying.”Chris Sanchez, Roy’s pledge brother in DSP, said Roy was his best friend at USC. Sanchez mentioned that he felt he barely saw Roy be physically a part of his pledge class duties, though he later learned that Roy worked in silence.“He did not need to be recognized, [though] he was known to be the backbone of our pledge class,” Sanchez said.Hanna Hurr, the pledge mom of DSP, spoke about Roy’s kindness. On Valentine’s Day, she did not want to go out due to an overwhelming amount of work. Roy motivated another brother in DSP to surprise Hurr with classic Valentine gifts.As Roy reasoned to Hurr, “Every girl should get something nice on Valentines day.”The USC community came together to honor Roy’s life. The orchestra section of Bovard was filled, and many people, including professors and family members, shared stories about Roy.“Roy’s life was an inspiration … and now all of us have a responsibility to carry on his legacy — to be strong,” said Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs in the Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences.last_img read more

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Enyimba Board Members Pass ‘Vote Of Confidence’ On Chairman Anyansi-Agwu

first_imgThe board of CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Enyimba FC of Aba, has passed a Vote of Confidence on club chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu during a board meeting which took place at the Club Headquarters in Aba earlier this week.Ahead of the new season, board members praised the good job being done by Anyansi-Agwu despite the team’s predicament of playing their home games at the UJ Esuene Stadium in the Cross River State capital of Calabar instead of the team’s spiritual home, the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.One of the club directors Obioma while speaking on behalf of the other Directors in attendance via Tribune said: “I confirm that the entire Enyimba board unanimously passed a Vote of Confidence on our Chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu. Without a man like him, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for Enyimba to escape relegation.“All the indices and precautions he put in place to ensure that was not the case proves that he is the man we need, and we equally give him all the support he needs for the club to achieve the next level.” he added.In his response, Anyansi-Agwu expressed his delight on the vote of confidence that he has received from the board members and vowed to continue to do more in the coming season and beyond. He said: “I am deeply grateful to our esteemed Directors for this honour they have bestowed on me. It is a privilege to lead, and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. With your support, I am confident we will actualize all our goals, not just in this coming season, but beyond.”RelatedCAF Champions League: Fans ‘Probably’ Return To Aba For Enyimba Vs Al Hilal – Anyansi (AUDIO)August 26, 2019In “Champions League”Aigbogun Quits Enyimba For ‘Personal Reasons’ – Anyansi Agwu (Audio)July 23, 2018In “Nigeria”Enyimba Goalkeeper Fatai Dauda To Be Fined For Akwa United DismissalMay 2, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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Press Statement: Ghana Weightlifting Federation condemns Juliana Arko

first_imgThe Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), has condemn the conduct of weightlifter Juliana Arko, who reported officials of Ghana to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over unpaid per diems and subsequently threatened to commit suicide.A statement from the GWF, said “we condemn Julies action in the strongest term and disassociate itself from the conduct of the weightlifter in China”.The statement said, the GWF was aware of per diems and benefits due athletes during international competitions, but the general lack of funding for all sporting disciplines apart from football has been a major headache for all the federations.It however stated that, the Federation shall not condone with any action by an athlete whose conduct sought to embarrass the nation at any international event.According to the statement, the conduct of Arko, was a disgrace to Ghana at the competition, hence the needed condemnation.Arko, it would be recalled she threatened to commit suicide if her per diems were not paid and reported Ghana to the IOC. The Weightlifter, has in recent times, been the nations sensation in weightlifting winning laurels at the last Africa Weightlifting Championship.last_img read more

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