UK Parliament rejects ban on gendercide abortions

first_imgLifeSiteNews 24 February 2015Britain’s House of Commons rejected a bill aiming to ban sex-selective abortion on Monday in a vote of 292-201.The lower chamber passed the bill at first reading on November 4, but yesterday lawmakers instead approved a measure calling for an inquiry into the prevalence of gender-based abortion in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.Tory MP Fiona Bruce’s landmark Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill sought to clarify “that nothing in section one of the Abortion Act 1967 allows a pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child.”Bruce’s bill was strongly opposed by labor unions and some Labor Party politicians on the grounds that bill would “divide communities.”A letter circulated to Labor MPs by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said that banning sex selective abortions might leave women “vulnerable to domestic abuse,” and that “the amendment does not attempt to address the root causes of deeply entrenched gender discrimination but rather has divided communities.” read more

Expectations elevated for No. 23 USC

first_imgAfter two years of narrowly missing the NCAA tournament, the Women of Troy have one goal in their third year under USC coach Michael Cooper.Experience · Senior guard Ashley Corral, an All-Pac-10 First team selection last year, is one of five core returners for the Women of Troy. – DailyTrojan file photo“We need to get to the tournament,” senior guard Ashley Corral said. “We need to show who we are, that we’re as good as those [other] top 25 teams.”The Women of Troy’s quest for an NCAA tournament bid begins tonight against Fresno State at 5 p.m.The high expectations, however, aren’t just coming from the team. USC was voted No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press poll, the first time it has been ranked since 2006.“If you can stay inside the [top] 25, it’s almost an automatic berth into the tournament,” Cooper said. “That’s where we want to eventually end up, so a ranking is definitely good, but now we have to live up to that and win consistently.”Despite missing out on the NCAA tournament last year, the Women of Troy received an invitation to the 64-team Women’s National Invitational Tournament, where they won five games in a row to reach the championship game before falling to Toledo.“I had never played in the postseason, and I know none of my teammates had either,” Corral said. “It helped our bodies get used to playing that long of a season.”USC is ranked second in the preseason Pac-12 media poll, behind Stanford, who reached the Final Four last season and is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.The Women of Troy haven’t beat the Cardinal since the 2007-2008 season, but they have high hopes to dethrone the defending conference champions.“I think we’re going to give a challenge to everyone we play,” Cooper said. “The Pac-12 is not a cakewalk this year. Stanford is the team to knock off the top, and we’re going to give them all that they can handle.”By the time USC squares off against Stanford, they will have plenty of experience against top-notch competition.Before they even start conference play, the Women of Troy will have faced six teams that made the NCAA tournament last year.Those games include a road trip to defending national champion Texas A&M on Dec. 18, and a trip to the Bahamas for a tournament where they will play national runner-up Notre Dame, and either Duke or Gardner-Webb, both of which participated in the tournament last year.“We have to go win those big games on the road for us to get credit,” Corral said. “It’s a good showing for the committee, and we know what we have to do.”Though USC faces some tough competition in the early going, it does bring back its core group of players from a year ago. Corral is one of four returning All-Pac-10 honorees for USC. Senior guard Briana Gilbreath earned an Associated Press All-American honorable mention while leading USC in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks last season.Fifth-year senior Jacki Gemelos returns at the point, where she earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and was USC’s third-leading scorer in her first full season after recovering from numerous knee surgeries that plagued her first three years in Los Angeles.Sophomore forward Cassie Harberts was the only player to start every game last season and was selected to the Pac-10 freshman team after being one of four USC players to average double-digit scoring.“Look for Cassie to be a little bit more solid in [the post],” Cooper said. “She did a good job last year, but she really worked on the weights [in the offseason] so she should have a little more strength.”Freshman forward Alexyz Vaioletama is the only new face in the starting lineup, taking the spot of graduate Kari LaPlante. The freshman, listed at 6-foot-1, isn’t as tall as LaPlante, but has been praised by her coaches for her tenacity and athleticism.“[Vaioletama] is an athletic big that we haven’t seen around here in a long time,” Cooper said. “Fans are going to be very impressed and surprised with the way she’ll play, especially as a freshman.”Freshmen forward Deanna Calhoun and guards Ariya Crook and Kiki Alofaituli make up the rest of USC’s No. 8 ranked recruiting class.Junior forward Christina Marinacci could move into the starting lineup at some point, after finishing second on the team in rebounding and fifth in scoring last year.“This group here is special,” Cooper said. “All of our players definitely took a step forward this year. They finally get what we want to do, what we want to accomplish.”That attitude is even rubbing off on the newcomers.“We just need to suck it up, and work hard on and off the court to get to the [tournament],” Vaioletama said. “That’s what our main goal is. My expectations are very high for this team.”last_img read more

High Expectations…mybet to launch new IT platform on 21 March

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Flutter strengthens igaming offering with CasinoEngine December 17, 2019 Submit Nearly two years in development and having taken up significant corporate funding, Frankfurt Xetra-listed bookmaker mybet Holdings has announced the upcoming full launch of its in-house developed IT platform.Updating investors, mybet CEO Markus Peuler detailed that the platform would be ‘put into full operation on 21 March’, making it the biggest infrastructure release in mybet’s corporate history.Following a poor full-year 2016 in which mybet governance had to reduce its corporate revenue forecasts and earnings due to a significant decline in player activity, much pressure has been placed on the delivery of the new platform.Throughout 2016, mybet governance had detailed that the delivery of its new platform would help the operator compete within its core European markets.Detailing platform insights, mybet governance stated that the new technology would allow for better convergence of its sportsbook and casino verticals. The platform will be further supported by a new responsive design allowing easier access from mobile devices.Further technical features include a clear search function, a freely adjustable favourites menu and a newly structured bet slip facilitating the navigation through the enhanced mybet offering. mybet development has also improved user journey and interaction features on as player registration and depositing segments.Commenting on the upcoming platform release, Markus Peuler CEO of mybet holdings stated;“The new hard- and software forms the base for a future-proof product offering of mybet. In terms of scope and presentation of the offering our product platform is now absolutely competitive. In addition, the data generated during the introduction phase already show clear improvements in the performance of technical parameters as well as from an economic perspective. We will make every effort to substantiate these promising signals with measurable results in our daily business from 21 March 2017 onwards” mybet returns with Deutsche Eishockey play-off sponsorship March 6, 2020 Share bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Greg Zuerlein playing Saturday? (Updated)

first_imgThe second giveaway to Zuerlein’s status will be L.A.’s transaction report. McVay also told reporters the Rams are bringing in kickers Thursday to work out. That would suggest that by sometime on Friday, Los Angeles will potentially sign a kicker. If a signing is made, that bodes poorly for Zuerlein’s status.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endEven against a strong 49ers defense, Zuerlein is a solid kicker start if he’s active. He’s made all his extra points and knocked in four-of-five kicks from beyond 50 yards this year. He’ll also get to kick in some relatively warm California weather compared to what many kickers will deal with in late December elsewhere. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Greg Zuerlein playing Saturday in Week 16?UPDATE 2: Zuerlein is officially ACTIVE.UPDATE 1: It’s believed Zuerlein will be “good to go” and as of Friday night, the Rams had not signed another kicker. There will be two things that can give away Zuerlein’s status one way or the other before we get to Saturday night. The first is if Zuerlein starts kicking at practice. Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that he’ll wait as long as he can for Zuerlein’s quad to heal before he starts kicking again. SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineups Greg Zuerlein has the rare kicker injury that could affect fantasy football championships. The man they call ‘Greg the Leg’ and ‘Legatron’ is dealing with a quad injury that’s so far prevented him from actually kicking a football at practice this week. The Rams take on the 49ers on Saturday night in Week 16, and Zuerlein is an every-week starting fantasy kicker when healthy, so this injury could actually affect start ’em, sit ’em decisions and waiver pickups. We’ll have updates below until the official active/inactive report drops about 6:45 p.m. ET Saturday.For injury updates on Will Fuller anad Carlos Hyde, go here;​ for news on Jameis Winston’s injury, go here; for the latest on Julian Edelman’s availability, click here. For more news and fantasy advice, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more