Anti-abortion club may be disaffiliated

first_imgAuckland Now 5 June 2012An anti-abortion club at Auckland University may be disaffiliated after students complained about being harassed by its members. Auckland University Student Association president Arena Williams has called for a special general meeting next month, which could see ProLife Auckland being barred from associating itself with the university. An announcement for the meeting said the association would consider whether the “Prolife Club be disaffiliated for propagating harmful misinformation [sic]”. “Recently we’ve received complaints from students after [ProLife Auckland] handed out fliers at the campus,” said Williams. “On the fliers there was information which some felt was pressuring them into making different decisions than they normally would.” The “Right to Know” flier carries the slogan: “Hands up if you’ve heard this before: ‘Abortion is a safe, simple medical procedure’.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7041095/Anti-abortion-club-may-be-disaffiliatedlast_img read more

Allardyce: We have to stop Lukaku

first_imgSam Allardyce has placed West Ham’s defence on alert for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Upton Park. “It was always going to be settled at the end of the season. Whether I’m staying or going, that hasn’t been decided yet,” Allardyce said on Thursday. “Nearly two years ago when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29, which was probably a good two weeks after the season had finished. “At the end of this season we will sit down and negotiate. The outcome will be made known to everyone once those negotiations have finished. “Speculation about the club not being happy with me or me not being happy with them is bound to happen.” Allardyce admits his desire to stay at Upton Park is dependent on him receiving a number of assurances. “It depends on the contract. There’s a lot of areas to negotiate, not just my contract but the staff, new players and the budget. As well as that it’s about the direction we think we’re going in,” he said. “We’re going in the right direction, it’s a question of how fast we want to move. All that needs to be discussed and agreed.” West Ham are likely to start Alex Song against Everton. Song made his comeback from a back injury as a substitute against Aston Villa and is in line to play the full 90 minutes. Everton manager Roberto Martinez will gamble on his younger players should the side qualify for the early stages of the Europa League. Saturday’s match at West Ham is being billed as a decider for a place in Europe’s second-tier tournament after England were awarded another place via the Fair Play League. Liverpool top the table but as they are likely to earn their spot via their league position the Hammers and Everton, second and third respectively, are next in line. Whoever gets the place faces the prospect of playing a competitive match on July 2, a time when the first-team squad will have barely returned from their summer break. There is the added complication of pre-season preparations, with Everton due to play in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore in mid-July, but Martinez is confident should his side qualify for the Europa League it will not affect his long-term planning as a number of the club’s promising youngsters will be asked to step up. “The Fair Play position is that there are two games to play and we will see where that will take us but I would welcome whatever comes our way,” he said. “All the younger players will be available to compete in the earlier rounds and it would show the good work we are doing behind the scenes with the youngsters. “It would bring terrific experience and from that point on we would see how far we can progress. “The preparations in pre-season wouldn’t change for the first team. “We are well-prepared either way; if we have a qualifying game at that point we have the team of a younger generation ready to face that and they would embrace that. “We are talking about something that is not in front of us – but we have to put these things in place.“ Left-back Leighton Baines has been ruled out of Everton’s final two matches after undergoing ankle surgery, so Luke Garbutt is likely to deputise at West Ham. Midfielder Steven Pienaar is still not ready to return from a muscle injury so misses a fifth successive match, meaning Martinez will select from the same players – minus Baines – who lost at home to Sunderland last weekend. Press Association West Ham have two wins from their last 14 matches, leaving them in 10th place with 47 points having occupied the Champions League places at Christmas. “We want to get over the 50-point mark. We’re all hugely disappointed that we haven’t managed it yet and we should have done it by now,” Allardyce said. “We could easily be in the mid 50s but due to a few lapses in concentration we’re not quite there. “Hopefully on Saturday the boys will go out and put the chances that we will create away. We want to win our last home game and try and to enjoy the game. “We’ve been able to enjoy the majority of the season. We haven’t brushed with relegation this season at all, not for a minute. We’ve scored more goals and got more points.” Meanwhile, Allardyce insists his West Ham future has yet to be decided with negotiations over a new contract beginning only once the season is finished. Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reported to view Slaven Bilic and David Moyes as potential successors to Allardyce, whose contract expires this summer. Allardyce is unpopular among supporters while the club’s end of season slide down the Premier League table has done little to strengthen the 60-year-old’s hand when talks begin. Lukaku has scored twice already against the Hammers this season and Allardyce fears the threat he poses to his team’s hopes of halting their slide down the table. “We have to make sure we stop Lukaku because he always scores against us, that’s something we have to do. He scores every time we play them,” Allardyce said. last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 77-58 exhibition win over Carleton

first_img Published on October 29, 2019 at 10:08 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse closed out its preseason with a 77-58 win against Carleton in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday. The Ravens, who have won 14 of the last 17 Canadian national championships, were led by center Biniam Ghebrekidan who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Elijah Hughes led the Orange with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Joe Girard III finished with 14 points and Buddy Boeheim added 12 points and four assists. Below are three takeaways from Syracuse’s final preseason tune-up before the Orange begin their season hosting defending national champion Virginia on Nov. 6 in the Carrier Dome. Halfcourt offenseWhen Carleton pressed its guards forward, Brycen Goodine couldn’t break free. He dribbled left and right, lost the ball a few times and double-dribbled. Running a full court game, due to tight defense in the backcourt, the Orange struggled. After some rough, sloppy play in the early part of the game, Syracuse controlled the pace of the game and broke down defenders off the dribble. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHughes demanded the ball after the Goodine double-dribble and patrolled the offense with a steady pace. When he worked between the elbows, he showcased an improved crossover dribble, which drew defenders in. As Syracuse started to beat people to the rim, the defense crashed in, leading to wide open shots from beyond the arc. “(Hughes) can run it,” Boeheim said about Hughes taking the ball up the court after Jalen Carey and Goodine struggled. “If he runs it we have a different attack… so we will have him do that.In the halfcourt, SU can highlight its strength — shooting — and get to the rim with off-ball movement. Several times, Syracuse players broke down defenders at the top of the key, which drew attention away from the wings. Because defenders cheated up to stop the Orange’s shooting threat, SU players cut to the rim. Sophomore Robert Braswell and Hughes, among others, scored baskets backdoor.Buddy buckets Buddy Boeheim is a dangerous option out of the baseline inbound set. He knocked down three-pointers in that situation twice in the first half against Carleton. On the first, Buddy passed the ball into Marek Dolezaj who had boxed his man out. Buddy then stepped quickly to the corner, snatched a handoff from Dolezaj and swished a 3-pointer. His second was more straight forward. A bounce pass brought the ball into Boeheim on the wing and he sank another triple. Buddy finished with three long balls. Through two scrimmages, he’s established himself as the likely second scoring option behind Hughes. With limited time on the shot clock, Buddy often found himself with the ball dribbling for an open shot. On one drive in the second half, he forced movement from the Carleton defense and swung the ball down low to Quincy Guerrier for a basket. Buddy established himself as an outside threat last season. With more offensive responsibility this year, his ability to dribble off shot fakes and distribute could be critical to the Orange’s success.Rotation still unclear Jim Boeheim said in the postgame press conference after Daemen that SU “can’t play 12 guys.” Due to exhibition play, SU has run with a deep rotation to give minutes to players who might need to earn them. But, aside from the starting-five, SU’s quest to find the typical seven-to-eight-man rotation it typically employs is unclear. “It possibly could get to ten,” Boeheim said of his rotation. “But it’s more likely that it’s going to be eight or nine in actuality…somebody goes in and plays well like Robert [Braswell] did the first game, he played more. He didn’t really get hot tonight.”The Orange have depth at a lot of spots on the floor, but Boeheim noted that deep rotations aren’t conducive to players gaining a rhythm on the floor. Girard III, Goodine, Jesse Edwards, Guerrier and Braswell have all contributed solid minutes for SU. Girard III and Goodine are vying for minutes in the backcourt, where SU’s most productive offensive players occupy the roles, and Guerrier, Braswell and Edwards are all looking to rotate in for forwards minutes, where all three getting significant time is unlikely. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

A million species and still counting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species. Thomas M. Orrell, a biologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said the finished catalog will include all known living organisms, from plants and animals to fungi and microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa and viruses. “Many are surprised that, despite over two centuries of work by biologists and the current worldwide interest in biodiversity, there is presently no comprehensive catalog of all known species of organisms on Earth,” Orrell said. The Integrated Taxonomic Information System-Species 2000 Catalog of Life provides access to data maintained by a variety of scientific organizations, each specializing in a certain area. For example, information on dipteran flies is maintained by the Agriculture Department’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Natural history museums in London, the Netherlands and New York maintain clothes moth, dragonfly and spider data. Experts in Canada and Paris keep the data on Ichneumon wasps and longhorn beetles. These lists are peer- reviewed and checked technically, and then integrated into special software for the catalog. The project involves some 3,000 biologists. last_img read more