MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

first_imgRadio NZ News 11 March 2020Family First Comment: “In a confused vote in Parliament, MPs have done away with all sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe areas’ possible outside clinics.”Whoops! The bill had its second reading in Parliament last night, in which possible changes were debated and voted on ahead of the third and final reading.ACT leader David Seymour’s proposal was voted for in two parts – the first, to have the definition of Safe Zones removed from the bill, was narrowly voted down 59 votes to 56.However, MPs seemed unprepared for a second vote on the substance of his changes – doing away with all the provisions that would put safe zones in place.Up for debate were 150-metre safe zones that could be established around abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis, to prohibit intimidating or interfering behaviour.That second vote was on removing all the legal provisions for safe zones, including the ways in which the police could administer them so as to protect women from harassment as they sought abortions.That vote, to delete sections 15 through 17 of the bill, was taken in a voice vote only, and it passed – rendering the definition of ‘safe area’ redundant in the law.Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley passed it on a verbal vote.READ MORE: Little will not try to re-insert ‘safe zones’ into abortion bill after procedural snafuStuff 11 March 2020Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a procedural snafu saw them removed on Tuesday night.The proposed safe zones would set up a regime where protest and harassment of those seeking abortions could be barred within 150 metres of clinics.But some MPs are against the safe zones on free speech grounds, including several who support the wider abortion legalisation bill.Abortion is generally treated as a “conscience issue” – meaning MPs can vote freely of their parties, which can make things much more chaotic.On a late night sitting on Tuesday night those against the safe zones actually lost their first attempt to remove them, when an amendment deleting the definition of safe zones lost 59 votes to 56.READ MORE: read more

Leicester City come from behind to subdue Burnley 4-2

first_imgLeicester came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 in another high-scoring Premier League clash as Brendan Rodgers’ side start season with back-to-back victories. The last time Leicester produced back-to-back wins at the beginning of a Premier League season, they ended it as champions. Thanks to seven goals in their opening matches, the Foxes are back at the top of the tree again and while even the most optimistic Leicester fan would doubt their ability to repeat the fabulous story of 2015-16, this was just the start Brendan Rodgers’ team needed after their poor post-lockdown form cost them a place in the Champions League. It was a double celebration for Rodgers, who registered his 100th win as a Premier League manager. Harvey Barnes delivered an outstanding display, scoring the equaliser and terrifying Burnley throughout. Chris Wood gave the injury-hit visitors a 10th-minute lead but after Barnes levelled, an own-goal from Erik Pieters and James Justin’s strike put Leicester in charge just after an hour. Jimmy Dunne pulled one back for Burnley on his top-flight debut but Dennis Praet’s sumptuous strike 11 minutes time settled it once and for all. Leicester will need to defend better than they did here to keep out Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and Manchester City in the league next Sunday. Wood could have had a hat-trick for Burnley: as well as his goal, the forward hit the post and shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel from close range. Despite missing key players Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes, Burnley took the lead the 10th minute. Dwight McNeil found Charlie Taylor on the left and when the cross reached Wood at the far post, he outmuscled Justin and slammed the ball beyond Schmeichel. Leicester were convinced the forward was guilty of handling but after a VAR check, the ball was deemed to have hit Wood high enough on his arm for the goal to be legal. The Foxes rolled with the punch and levelled 10 minutes later. Loading… Barnes swept a crossfield pass beyond the Burnley backline and into Jamie Vardy’s path. The forward found Timothy Castagne, who squared for Barnes to stroke the ball into the corner from 15 yards. Barnes then drew a fine save from Nick Pope with an angled effort tin the 33rd minute, and six minutes later Phil Bardsley produced a goal-saving challenge as Barnes tore towards the far post to meet Praet’s low cross. Sean Dyche’s men suffered another injury blow soon afterward when, following an earlier challenge from Justin, Robbie Brady was unable to continue and was replaced by Pieters. Pieters might have wished he had stayed on the bench. Five minutes into the second half, after Youri Tielemans had found Castagne on the right, Pieters moved over to block the cross only for the ball to hit his heel and fly past the helpless Nick Pope at the near post. Barnes continued to cause problems for Burnley and another charge into the box brought a corner, yet Leicester were lucky to stay ahead just before the hour mark when Wood shot weakly at Schmeichel after Jay Rodriguez teed him up 10 yards out. Moments later, Burnley paid the ultimate price. Praet burst away down the right and found Perez inside the box. The Spaniard rolled the ball to the far post where Justin tapped it in for his first Premier League goal. read also:Former Nigeria coach Oliseh raises alarm over Ndidi’s new role at Leicester City But Leicester switched off again at the back when McNeil swung over a free-kick and Dunne barged his way through the crowd to head it past Schmeichel. The home side quickly restored their two-goal, however, with another goal of high quality. Barnes escaped yet again on the left and squared the ball for Praet, who used Castagne’s run outside him as a decoy before lashing the ball beyond Pope at his near post from 20 yards. There was still time for Wood to hit the post with Schmeichel beaten but Leicester’s slick attacking football merited the victory. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Loy’s return adds depth, familiarity to Syracuse’s midfield

first_imgLate in the first quarter, Scott Loy cranked up for his third shot of the day.His first was saved. His second found the crossbar. Then, with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter, Loy wound up from about 14 yards out. This time, he found twine. The sharpshooting midfielder was back.“It’s good to have that big shot out there, even though he wasn’t running as well as we like him to,” head coach John Desko said. “He was still able to be effective.”Loy made his return from a left leg injury and two-game absence Saturday against Georgetown. The junior scored just one goal for Syracuse (10-3, 4-1), but his return after injuring his leg in the first half against Cornell meant the No. 7 Orange’s top midfield line of Loy, JoJo Marasco and Luke Cometti was reunited.Henry Schoonmaker had filled in admirably on that top line, but with the original first-string unit back intact, Marasco recorded a three-point performance, while Cometti netted a pair of goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve been playing so long as a line, it was tough to get in another groove with Henry in there,” Marasco said, “even though he filled in pretty nicely.”Loy started slow for SU. His first shot made an easy save for GU goaltender Jake Haley. His next shot was better, but still hit the crossbar. He slipped a few times and turned the ball over once, but the one goal stands out to him.“It was important to get back in my rhythm, I guess,” Loy said. “It was good for my confidence.”With Loy sidelined, he was relegated a role of emotional support — “I was more of a cheerleader than an actual player,” he said — but he got to watch as some role players stepped up.Schoonmaker scored just one point in the two games, but did a bit of everything for Syracuse. He stepped into Loy’s place in the starting lineup while still logging heavy minutes on the wing during faceoffs. He scooped up five ground balls in a loss to Hobart while balancing his time on the first midfield line with his spot on the faceoff team. Loy’s return will only help restore some of that balance.“We’ve been kind of a little bit out of sync with our second group,” Desko said, “so I think him coming back not only helps our first group, but helps our second group play better, too.”The Orange’s first midfield line has shouldered the scoring burden for most of the season. Marasco leads the team with 46 points. Cometti’s 24 goals has him tied for the team lead with attack Derek Maltz. Loy’s scored 13.He’s been a critical piece to the puzzle that is SU’s offense. He shoots the second highest percentage of any starter and the highest of any midfielder. Marasco does most of his scoring as a distributor. Cometti does most of it on cuts to the net. Loy gives them that last piece as an outside shooter.“He complements off nice from Luke and myself,” Marasco said. “It was nice to have him out there and it shows when he was able to put that one goal in. He was pretty far out, so it adds another element to our midfield line.”In other ways, though, Syracuse’s off-ball players Loy and Cometti are similar. They both have exceptional chemistry with on-ball linemate Marasco. They both cut as well as anyone, toward or away from the crease. And they both make Marasco’s job a whole lot easier.“It’s another person I can look to pass it to out there,” Marasco said. “He’s a real smart player. He just kind of follows me around, gets open like Luke and puts the ball in the back of the net.”It had just been two games, but the Orange sorely missed Loy. Syracuse eked out the first one-goal game, but went 1-1 against a pair of lesser teams without him.His return was relatively tame, but he wasn’t 100 percent, Desko said. This Saturday, he will be, and that’s what’s important. The Orange travels to East Rutherford, N.J., to face No. 1 Notre Dame in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. The Fighting Irish boast one of the best goalies in the nation in John Kemp, so Loy’s shot will be as important as ever.He was merely average against the Hoyas, but it was a step to get back.“It felt like a lifetime since I’ve been back out there,” Loy said, “so it felt good to be back.” Comments Published on April 24, 2013 at 12:25 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories HOLDING ON: Syracuse rallies from deficit, scores 4 3rd-quarter goals to pull off narrow win over Georgetownlast_img read more

Padraic Maher to captain Tipp hurlers in 2017

first_imgThe Thurles Sarsfields player takes over the role from Brendan Maher.Seamus Callanan will be the side’s vice-captain next year.last_img