Culture Watch 13 July 2015The pro-abortion camp is fond of speaking about rusty coat-hanger abortions and other horror stories associated with illegal abortions. They claim we must have legal abortion or we will return to the bad old days where so many mothers are said to have died. But there are a number of mistruths and deceptions going on here.First, legalising abortion did not make abortion safer. It was made safer in the 1940s and onwards with the availability of antibiotics. As one researcher put it, “Death rates from infections and all types of surgeries, including illegal abortions, had already fallen precipitously after World War II, when antibiotics finally became available to the general public.”Second, the majority of abortions performed before legalisation was done in doctor’s offices, something even Planned Parenthood has admitted. Indeed, as Randy Alcorn states, “The majority of physicians performing abortions after legalization were the same ones doing it before legalization”.Third, the claim that thousands of women died each year in America before the 1973 decision to legalise abortion is simply not true. Bernard Nathanson ought to know. He was a leading abortionist during this period – having performed 60,000 abortions – and helped to make up this figure of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year. He says:“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible”.http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/07/13/the-myth-of-backyard-abortions/
The uncertainty surrounding his future has seen Manchester City reportedly put together a £623million package to sign for them. But this morning it was reported that he could stay at Camp Nou for one more year. Messi’s father, who is also his agent, jetted to Spain this week for face-to-face talks with the club bosses. And Jorge confirmed for the first time on Thursday that the 33-year-old was considering staying. When asked whether Messi not leaving was a possibility, he said: “Yes.” Barcelona claimed that their No10 is currently on strike, having not turned up to Covid testing or Monday’s first training session under new boss Ronald Koeman. The 33-year-old could yet see out the remaining year of his contract, however. And team-mate Antoine Griezmann is hoping for that to be the case. According to Mundo Deportivo, he said: “We try to have news, but what happens is between the club and him. “We just hope he stays. We listen to a bit of everything but we don’t know more on our part.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has said that his son can leave Barcelona for free this summer. The Argentine’s representatives believe that a clause in his contract allows him to walk out on the LaLiga club immediately. LaLiga have since denied their interpretation of the clause – but in a fresh twist, Jorge Messi has hit back with a letter to LaLiga. Speaking about the letter, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague explained that it “denies LaLiga interpretation that the €700m buyout clause is still applicable. “Jorge insists it is not applicable from the end of last season if the player decides unilaterally to leave FCB.” He then revealed that LaLiga have hit back with a letter of their own. On the response, Balague wrote: “LaLiga responds to Jorge Messi’s letter. “They insist on their initial take as they reckon Messi is analysing the contract out of context and away from its literal meaning.” read also:Messi considering Barcelona stay as transfer saga goes on The initial clause in Messi’s contract dictated that he could leave the club for free should he notify them of his intention to do so before June 10. But because the season was extended by the coronavirus pandemic, Messi’s legal representatives have argued that so should be the clause. Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets
The 34-year-old Republic skipper said: “To be honest with you, I don’t think the players are thinking too much about what happened in the past. We have to concentrate on what we are doing now. “We are certainly a different team than we were a few years ago. The players certainly haven’t mentioned it this week, and they shouldn’t be, to be honest with you. “It’s a completely different game, and we’re going into this game on a good run and with a lot of confidence. “These games, you have to go and enjoy it. You have seen the stadium here – it’s absolutely fantastic. These are games that any player wants to be involved in. You are playing against one of the best teams in the world – go out and enjoy it. “As long as you know what your jobs are and stick to that, go out and give it a go because you are playing against the World Cup champions. “We have players in this squad who are very, very comfortable in what they are doing at club level, and they can bring it on to the international stage, there’s no question. “In the last two games, we have got some great results, so we are clearly confident that we can come here and get something out of the game.” The two sides will run out at the Veltins Stadium in contrasting moods, with Germany desperate to bounce back from a shock Group D defeat in Poland on Saturday a few hours after Ireland trounced Gibraltar 7-0 in Dublin to maintain a 100 per cent start to their campaign. Manager Martin O’Neill knows the respective challenges represented by the two opponents could hardly be more different, and, while the approach will undoubtedly change, he is hoping the basics will not. O’Neill said: “I don’t think Germany will allow us the same sort of space to play in. But we are obviously going to encounter many different problems during the game. The Germans are world champions and they have a habit of qualifying for competitions. “We have our own plan. I can’t turn around say, ‘Stick to plans’. Best-laid plans can disappear after five minutes in a match. “We are going with some confidence into the game. If we are pressed back, then okay, but if we deliberately sit in, then Germany will eventually pick you off. “We want to try to attack as well. It’s a game to relish. It’s one where we want to go out and do something about the game, not just let the game disappear.” Germany coach Low made a point of mentioning Ireland’s fighting spirit during his own pre-match press conference, and O’Neill was not at all put out by it. He said: “I understand that – he’s got a fair amount of fight in own team too. I wouldn’t decry those attributes – in fact, I am quite pleased that he would mention those. “We are deficient in certain things, but a bit of fighting spirit, I think, pervades the team and that can help. It will not win you every single game you play in, but it’s a grand start.” Anything other than victory for the home side would represent another significant surprise, although O’Neill does not believe Poland’s heroics have changed the face of the group. He added: “I think when the 10 games are played, Germany will find themselves in front in the group. They usually do, and I still think they are the best team in it.” Press Association Ireland conceded nine goals, six of them on one horrific night at the Aviva Stadium, and scored only once in reply during the last World Cup qualifying campaign, with the Germans running riot on their way to glory in Brazil. However, as he prepared to lock horns with Joachim Low’s men once again in Euro 2016 qualifying battle in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening, Keane insisted all that was history. Robbie Keane has told the Republic of Ireland to forget the nightmares they have suffered at the hands of Germany in the recent past as they attempt to take the biggest of scalps.
Press Association Neil Warnock has offered a stark warning to Dwight Gayle, challenging the out-of-favour striker to fight for his Crystal Palace future. Warnock has targeted “two or three” recruits in the January transfer window that could leave both Gayle and Jason Puncheon deemed surplus to requirements. “He hasn’t pushed himself into pole position in training really,” said Warnock when quizzed on Gayle’s limited starting chances. “I was disappointed when he came on against Stoke if I’m honest. “And in training he’s not really knocked my door down. “It’s like Wilfried (Zaha) earlier on: they’ve got to show me what they can do in training, to get back in the team. “At the moment, the lads who are in the team have got the shirts really, and it’s up to others to knock the door down, saying ‘I’m doing this well, I should be back in the team’, which is not happening.” Gayle is Palace’s leading scorer with six goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this term, but now lags behind Marouane Chamakh in the pecking order. Warnock has admitted he will seek a striker with “more of a physical presence” in January. Swansea’s powerful forward Bafetimbi Gomis is on Warnock’s radar, as is the Welsh club’s Spanish striker Michu, currently on a season-long loan at Napoli. Warnock remains loath to alter his 4-2-3-1 formation and hand Gayle an opportunity alongside Chamakh in a two-man attack. Former Southampton winger Puncheon is another whose starting opportunities have been restricted under Warnock and who has been challenged to fight harder for selection. Palace converted their sole chance in Saturday’s dour 1-1 draw with Stoke, James McArthur heading home Yannick Bolasie’s cross before Peter Crouch levelled for the Potters. Warnock said he will hunt quality additions in January, players to compete for starting berths rather than bolster his squad. “Everybody knows we’d like two or three players in January,” said Warnock. “It would have been nice to have more of a physical presence to come on against Stoke. “It’s not an easy time to buy in January. “But I’m optimistic we can get the right ones in as quickly as we can in January, rather than at the end of the window. “We’re talking three or four different areas. “We have to have some players that are better than what we have. “It’s pointless otherwise: in that situation we might as well go with what we’ve got. “I do feel we need two or three players that could come into the first team, and give us more choice rather than sit on the substitutes’ bench.” Eagles boss Warnock claimed Gayle has “disappointed” in training, hinting that the 24-year-old must now prove his worth at Selhurst Park. Gayle became Palace’s £4.5million record signing in July 2013, but has been restricted mainly to substitute cameos under new boss Warnock this term.
(BBC) Barcelona produced a superb away performance to secure a victory over Real Madrid that all but eliminates their arch rivals from the Spanish title race.A second-half Luis Suarez strike and Lionel Messi’s penalty, after Dani Carvajal was sent off for handball, helped move Barca nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, and increased their advantage over defending champions Real to 14 points.Karim Benzema hit the post and Cristiano Ronaldo missed two good chances in the first half, but the home side were blown away after the restart in the first El Clasico meeting of the Spanish league season.Los Blancos started with Gareth Bale on the bench, and although he forced a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen having come on following Carvajal’s dismissal, the Wales forward was unable to spark a comeback.Instead, late substitute Aleix Vidal added further insult in injury time with a third for Barca, as his shot from inside the box squeezed over the line after Messi’s cut-back, despite the Argentine losing his boot in the build-up to his 200th assist for the club.It is the first time Barca have won three consecutive league matches at the Bernabeu, and the result leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side fourth in the table.With the second half just nine minutes old, Madrid were left horribly exposed when Ivan Rakitic was allowed to run through the heart of a midfield that had been set up with the idea of containing Messi paramount – there were roles for Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.Rakitic found wing-back Sergi Roberto, and Suarez finished the move off crisply for his 10th of the season to give Barca the lead – before the game’s key moment arrived another nine minutes later.After Messi found Suarez with a through pass, the Uruguayan twice had the chance to beat Keylor Navas in a one-on-one. He was first denied by the keeper, then saw his shot strike the post.As the rebound came back, Paulinho lunged to head on goal and Carvajal instinctively thrust his hand in the air to block – Navas would have considered it a fine save.The Spain defender was shown a straight red card, leaving his side hamstrung in their search for a way back in as Messi slammed the spot-kick into the corner, increasing his tally as the top scorer in El Clasico history to 25 goals in all competitionOne week after Madrid added a second successive Club World Cup title to the two Champions Leagues won in a row under Frenchman Zidane, any hopes of clawing their way back towards a defence of last year’s league title must now be extinguished.They are now only two points closer to Barcelona than they are to the league’s bottom three.Saturday’s match, arranged for a 12:00 GMT kick-off to attract as wide a global TV audience as possible – Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo estimated there would be 650 million viewers – was a chance to narrow the gap on Barca to eight points with victory.Those watching around the world and the 80,264 fans inside the ground saw the home side start the better, but fail to make their superiority count.Inside two minutes Ronaldo nodded in off the crossbar but saw his effort correctly ruled out for offside, before the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner swiped at thin air in the box with his left foot when set up by Toni Kroos.With Messi tightly marked, it was Paulinho who threatened for Barca, twice drawing good saves from Keylor Navas before Benzema outmuscled Thomas Vermaelen to stoop and head against the base of the post.Bale, yet to force his way back in to a regular starting slot following his latest spell out injured, came on in one of three changes made by Zidane after his side went down to 10.He perhaps should have been more composed when found free in the box late on, but this victory was a deserved one for Barca.Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in the league this season – they have won 14 and drawn three since their 5-1 aggregate defeat by Madrid in the two-legged season-opening Spanish Super Cup in August.
Syracuse landed a verbal commitment from another Class of 2014 linebacker, Jason Cabinda, on Monday. He announced his commitment via Twitter.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker from Hunterton Central High School in Flemington, N.J., is unranked by most scouting services, but considered a three-star recruit by ESPN. Cabinda, who also plays running back, had offers from 13 other schools, according to Scout.com, including Atlantic Coast Conference foes Boston College and Maryland and former Big East rivals Connecticut and Temple.Cabinda joins Parris Bennett, Zaire Franklin and Colton Moskal as the fourth linebacker in the seven-player class. Cornerback Rodney Williams, quarterback A.J. Long and running back Naesean Howard round out the Orange’s current Class of 2014. Comments Published on July 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+
ATLANTA >> For all of Hanley Ramirez’s heroics amid a sea of missed opportunities by the Dodgers, Game 2 of the National League Division Series might best be remembered for a walk.With left-handed hitter Jason Heyward on deck in the seventh inning, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called for rookie left-hander Paco Rodriguez to walk right-handed hitter Reed Johnson intentionally to load the bases.The matchup might have supported the move, but there was plenty of room for second guessing. Johnson, 36, is a career utility player who was batting ninth. The 6-foot-5 Heyward was leading off.Heyward took advantage of his good fortune, driving a single up the middle to drive in two runs — the eventual game-winning hit in a 4-3 Braves win before an announced crowd of 48,966 at Turner Field. When Mattingly called for Rodriguez to replace Withrow, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez then replaced Constanza with Johnson.The Dodgers wasted leadoff runners in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings. Three of those rallies were killed by double-play groundouts off the bats of Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis and Carl Crawford.In all, the Dodgers left seven runners on base, failing to produce the clutch hits that defined a Game 1 victory against Kris Medlen.Minor, pitched out of the stretch in all but one of his seven innings, but was unfazed. He allowed a first-inning run then let the Dodgers’ bats bail him out. Minor induced three fly-ball outs — two by opposing pitcher Zack Greinke — and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander got 11 outs as a result of ground balls.But the Dodgers still had their chances against a Braves bullpen that allowed fewer runs than any unit during the regular season.Luis Ayala relieved Minor with one out in the seventh inning and allowed an infield single that to Michael Young. With Young at first base and Schumaker at third, Luis Avilan relieved Ayala and got Crawford to ground sharply back to the mound, touching off a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.Facing right-hander David Carpenter in the eighth inning with the Dodgers trailing 4-1, Mark Ellis walked. The next batter, Ramirez, turned on a slider and wristed it over the left field fence, just inside the foul pole for a two-run home run.The rally ended there. Craig Kimbrel recorded the final out of the eighth inning and three more in the ninth for a rare four-out save. Kimbrel, the National League leader with 50 saves in the regular season, recorded 49 saves of his saves on three outs.The ninth inning was not without controversy. With one out, A.J. Ellis walked and was replaced with pinch-runner Dee Gordon. Gordon attempted to steal second base on Kimbrel and Braves catcher Gerald Laird but was called out by second-base umpire Bill Miller. Multiple television replays showed that Gordon was safe.The Dodgers got to Minor early.With one out in the first inning, Ellis fell behind 0-2 but worked a seven-pitch walk. The next batter, Hanley Ramirez, also fell behind 0-2 but extended the at-bat to seven pitches before lining a double into the right-field corner. Ellis scored the game’s first run standing up.The Braves got the run back in the second inning off Dodgers starter Zack Greinke. Evan Gattis singled and advanced to second base on a groundout by Brian McCann, then scored on a line-drive double to right field by Andrelton Simmons.In the fourth inning, Freddie Freeman doubled against Greinke to lead off the inning, then scored on an RBI single by Chris Johnson to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 in Los Angeles on Sunday.Ramirez finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run, but the Dodgers failed to capitalize on their 10 hits against starter Mike Minor and four relievers.The Dodgers used four pitchers in the eighth inning — Chris Withrow, Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell — and it was Withrow who was charged with the two fateful runs in his playoff debut.Withrow walked Brian McCann to lead off the inning and surrendered a single to Chris Johnson, putting runners on first and second base with none out. With two outs and the pitcher’s spot due up, the left-handed hitting Jose Constanza was initially announced as the pinch-hitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
MASON CITY — A Mason City teen accused of sexual abuse has pleaded not guilty. Peyton Vandyke was charged earlier this month with second-degree sexual abuse after the Mason City Police Department had received a report in November of a sexual assault of a minor. A criminal complaint states that the alleged incident happened several years ago when Vandyke was a minor. Vandyke entered a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt has scheduled Vandyke’s trial to start on April 7th. If convicted of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, Vandyke would face up to 25 years in prison.
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UNBELIEVABLE TENNIS LONDON (AP): Right now, Novak Djokovic is about as good as it gets on a tennis court. The top-ranked Serb put on an impressive display against Kei Nishikori at the ATP finals yesterday, stretching his winning streak to 15 matches at the season-ending tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the O2 Arena. “I think I was at my best,” said Djokovic, who has won the last three titles at the ATP finals, and four overall. “Undoubtedly, it’s been an incredible performance that I was hoping I can have coming into the match, coming into this tournament.” Djokovic lost only nine points on his serve and never faced a break point. With Nishikori serving, Djokovic won 30 of the 53 points played. Before the match, the ATP held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on the Stade de France, a concert hall and Paris cafÈs that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously. In the late match, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. Federer, a six-time champion who is playing at the season-ending tournament for the 14th straight year, got off to a slow start, winning only one of the first nine points to fall behind 2-0. But he quickly turned things around and ended up with a pair of breaks in each set and another win in London. Federer will face Djokovic tomorrow, while Berdych plays Nishikori. Djokovic has not lost at the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena since 2011, when Janko Tipsarevic beat him in the round-robin stage. Besides his run at the ATP finals, Djokovic has won 38 straight matches indoors, a streak stretching back to 2012. Nishikori, making his second appearance at the tournament for the top-eight players in the world, found out just how good Djokovic is right now. “I think my serve was the key. Both sets, I lost my first-service game,” said Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. “I mean, he also played unbelievable tennis. Very ashamed with this score.” Maybe he shouldn’t be, though. Djokovic is having the best season of his career. He reached the final at all four Grand Slam tournaments, winning three of them. His only loss in a major this year came in the French Open final, when Stan Wawrinka beat him in four sets. And another title in London next Sunday will make Djokovic the first player to win four straight at the season-ending tournament.