The Federalist 26 February 2019Family First Comment: “Defending New York’s late-term abortion law as necessary to protect maternal and fetal health is disingenuous, if not downright dishonest. There is no situation in which late abortion is the only, or even the best, solution to a maternal or fetal health crisis.”#chooselifeFor babies with abnormalities, perinatal hospice is an option. For mothers whose lives are threatened by complications, emergency C-section is an option.New York’s law legalizing abortion after a child’s gestational age of 24 weeks was caught in the crosshairs of President Trump’s state of the union address a few weeks ago. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” said the president.Dozens of news outlets rushed to quibble with his words. An NBC “fact check” labeled the statement false. The law allows abortions “after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or when it’s necessary to protect the life of the mother,” the fact-checker reported.Defenders of this law and those like it say it is moderate and compassionate, concerned only with making sure women with life-threatening pregnancy complications are not left to die. But if one looks at the medical and legal context for the law and understands what exactly the terms mean, it becomes clear that the reality is much less straightforward—and much darker.Viability and AbnormalitiesFirst, let’s look at the idea of “fetal viability.” In Roe v. Wade and many state abortion laws, “viability” means the fetus has reached a sufficiently advanced gestational age to be able to survive outside the womb—22 weeks, with current medical technology.But the New York law uses the term “viability” in an unusual way to signify a life-limiting birth defect. Some fatal birth defects, such as Potter’s syndrome or thanatophoric dysplasia, are often detected at the 20-week ultrasound, with abortion recommended as the only option.But ultrasound images are not perfect. Some babies diagnosed by ultrasound as having lethal defects have turned out to be completely normal. Even when severe birth defects are present, babies can undergo surgical repair after birth.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/26/fact-late-term-abortions-never-medically-necessary/
Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits Ross Barkley is a player who generates extreme opinions – both good and bad – but claims the club is the only place where he is treated with balance. “He will benefit a lot in the future after this difficult season. “Remember this is his second full season in an important role in the first-team squad – that is a short period to see a player getting through experiences. “What I enjoy from Ross is he enjoys the responsibility and enjoys taking control of the big moments in games and he has an incredible technical ability which, with the physicality he has… you don’t see many players in world football have those abilities. “We are really enjoying seeing Ross growing.” In an interview earlier this week, Barkley said he viewed himself as a striker but Martinez said that was probably a little too advanced for the youngster. He admitted the number 10 role is Barkley’s best but he has been played in a variety of positions to help aid his development into a more rounded footballer. “At the moment his most effective role has been as a number 10 just playing off the striker,” said the Toffees boss. “Ross, as he gets games under his belt, could play in different positions with the attributes he has as a player. “Probably now he enjoys the role playing as a number 10 and he has done that well this season, although for his development it is important for him to play in different positions and he has done that and it has improved his tactical awareness. “He is not a player who has to play in one position to have an impact in the game and that is something I see as a real strength.” Press Association “I think Ross is a young man who is used to having to deal with extremes,” he said. “When he plays well he is probably the best footballer that England could have and when he has a bad game it is the end of the world. “It doesn’t surprise me he made a very good impact when he came on in both games for England. “We are well-balanced around Ross. We know who he is and how good he is through good moments, through bad moments and we don’t get carried away when the extreme surroundings affect comments about his performances. “We are very much level-headed in that respect. We know how important he is for us and for the future of Everton.” Martinez praised the way Barkley has coped with a testing time in the current campaign, when he has had to adapt to playing in different positions after excelling in a role behind the striker previously. “Ross has achieved an incredible level of maturity this season,” added the Spaniard. “He had to go through a period of strong difficulty the same way we have as a team and he has learned a lot. The 21-year-old has been criticised for playing out an ordinary season with the Toffees but he was praised for two positive substitute appearances with England in the last week. Martinez, who accepts the midfielder has endured a difficult time recently, claims that highlights perfectly the way Barkley has been treated since his breakthrough season in the previous campaign, where he was nothing short of a revelation.
Cleverley, who was on loan at Villa from Manchester United last season before joining the Toffees over the summer, has been working his way back from an ankle injury sustained in August. Ahead of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash with the midlands outfit at Goodison Park, Martinez told Everton’s website: “Tom is fully fit now. Tom Cleverley is poised to make his Everton first-team return against former club Aston Villa on Saturday, with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez having declared the midfielder fully fit. “He had a little bit of a cold over the weekend that stopped him from training but he is back now and it is about making sure he gets in enough work in order to be considered 100 per cent. “He is not far away from being available for the squad.” Meanwhile, Martinez has emphasised it is still too early to say when full-back Leighton Baines will make his first appearance this season. Baines – who has also been troubled by an ankle problem – came through 90 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Preston last week, providing a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. And Martinez said: “The (international) break has been exactly what Leighton needed. “He has been able to have contact with the football and develop that match fitness that he needs. “We need to be cautious because it was a re-injury, and he has been sidelined for a long period of time. “We will give him as much time as we can but we are in a positive period. A lot of good work has been put in, he had the behind-closed-doors game and every day in training is another step towards getting him back to full fitness and being available. “I think it is too early to tell when that moment will be when he can be reintroduced back into the team but certainly every day is a step towards that.” Martinez has also revealed defenders Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway are both doubts for the Villa game due to minor knocks that saw them withdraw from the England Under-21s squad as a precaution. Press Association
BUCKSPORT — Runners from five Hancock County high schools took part in their second meets of the 2018 cross-country season Saturday.Locally, the Bucksport Invitational drew runners from Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington. The meet pitted competitors from those schools against other Class C teams throughout eastern Maine.In the boys’ 5K run, Caden Mattson of GSA placed second behind Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals with a time of 17 minutes, 58.83 seconds. Sumner sophomores Luke Barnes and Logan Carter finished third and fourth with times of 18:00.68 and 18:33.04, respectively.The girls’ side featured just 10 runners, and Lauren Morrison of Mattanawcook Academy was the winner with a time of 22:11.38. GSA’s Grace Broughton (second) and Lanny Zentz (third) also posted strong finishes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe GSA boys won the team competition in Bucksport with a score of 17 points. Lee Academy placed second with 55 points, and Bucksport took third with 64.Ellsworth competed in the Caribou Invitational against some of the top Class B and Class C teams. The Eagles brought a total of nine runners for the seven-heat boys’ and girls’ competitions.Junior Matt Shea finished second in his heat and fourth of 75 overall on the boys’ side with a time of 17:35.16. Caitlin MacPherson crossed the finish line in 20:27.41 to place third of 11 in her heat and third of 67overall.The Ellsworth boys finished behind Hermon and Caribou with 12 points. The girls’ team did not receive a placement as only four runners competed.Below is a list of the top-10 individual finishers and all team scores from the Bucksport meet and all Ellsworth individual finishers and team scores from the Caribou meet.Bucksport, boys’ individualEvan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals, 17 minutes, 1.21 secondsCaden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 17:58.83Luke Barnes, Sumner, 18:00.68Logan Carter, Sumner, 18:33.04Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:44.49Jacob Warner, Mattanawcook Academy, 19:00.33Ian Renwick, GSA, 19:04.47Andrew Szwez, GSA, 19:04.64Sean Schweizer, GSA, 19:11.79Davide Zanotta, Lee Academy, 19:20.92Bucksport, boys’ team scoresGSA, 17Lee Academy, 55Bucksport, 64Bucksport, girls’ individualLauren Morrison, Mattanawcook, 22:11.38Grace Broughton, GSA, 22:38.67Lanny Zentz, GSA, 22:44.32Alyssa Turner, Narraguagus, 22:52.12Tess Williamson, GSA, 22:59.07Josie Czuj, GSA, 23:04.69Oshi Ragot, GSA, 23:05.58Susanna Jakub, GSA, 23:05.97Dayana Ortiz, Narraguagus, 25:35.76Aryanna Beal, Narraguagus, 29:56.52Bucksport, girls’ team scoresGSA, 15Caribou, Ellsworth boys’ individualMatt Shea, 17:35.16Beckett Markosian, 18:09.34Calvin Nelson, 18:25.00Bryce Carter, 18:57.80Mark Berry, 18:58.15Nick Cormier, 19:07.64Alex DeWitt, 21:56.42Caribou, boys’ team scoresHermon, 5Caribou, 8Ellsworth, 12Old Town, 22 Orono, 23John Bapst, 33Presque Isle, 36Maine School of Science and Mathematics, 40(9T) Greater Houlton Christian, 41(9T) Washburn, 41Caribou, Ellsworth girls’ individualCaitlin MacPherson, 20:27.41Abby Mazgaj, 21:44.81Miriam Nelson, 21:55.79Emma McKechnie, 22:28.47Caribou, girls’ team scoresOrono, 5Caribou, 12John Bapst, 20(4T) Fort Fairfield, 23(4T) MSSM, 23(4T) Old Town, 23Houlton, 34Hermon, 38Fort Kent, 42
KOZHIKODE: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed Kerala player Rishad PP for the upcoming I-League season. Rishad, who is from Malappuram, is a midfielder and has represented various clubs in I-League second division and Kerala premier League. He was also part of the Kerala Santosh Trophy team that won the South Zone Qualifiers. He started his professional career at SAT Tirur Academy and then joined the academy of DSK Shivajians. Later he moved to Mumbai FC under-19 team. He has also represented Delhi United SC in the I-League second division. The 25-year-old usually plays in the holding midfielder position. “He is a tough player. He posses good work rate and has a fighting spirit. He can also play as a box-to-box midfielder,” said Bino George, the technical director of Gokulam Kerala FC. “I am happy to sign for Gokulam Kerala FC. This year Gokulam Kerala FC have signed a good number of Kerala players. I am glad that I am one of them. I have watched several of Gokulam’s matches at Kozhikode. I feel lucky to represent the club and love to play in front of the crowd,” said Rishad PP. “We welcome Rishad to our football family and wish him the best at the club. This is the third Kerala player we are signing this season. This shows Kerala has lot of talents and quality players,” said Gokulam Kerala FC Chairman Gokulam Gopalan. IANS Also Watch: AASU, AJYCP, Gorkha Union Join Against CAA, EIA in Digboi
Lacey Kohl remembers Syracuse’s preseason goal three years ago. As a freshman in 2009, her and her team’s objective was to win a game in the Big East tournament.Compared to now, the Orange’s expectations are night and day.With two Big East tournament crowns, two NCAA appearances and an NCAA tournament win in the last three years, Syracuse has continually upped the ante. Winning an NCAA tournament game as SU did for the first time in school history last year by beating Louisiana State won’t achieve satisfaction.‘This year our goal is to be playing on May 31,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘Playing in the College World Series. That is our goal as a team.’After achieving its mission of winning one tournament game last year, the Orange lost a sense of urgency to move forward, dropping its next two games and getting eliminated from the NCAA tournament. In 2012, though, Syracuse will make it its first priority to not let that happen again. Syracuse’s goal has surpassed what most Northeast schools enter their seasons with. With the Orange’s high expectations for its postseason potential, SU’s seniors know the bulk of the team’s success is going to fall on their shoulders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Ross and her entire team, winning one game in the tournament won’t be enough.Each of the last four years, Syracuse has raised the bar another notch. With an experienced and talented group that boasts seven valuable seniors, being one of the last eight teams standing in the country isn’t where Ross hopes her team is. It’s where she expects the Orange to be.And it’s the last chance for the group of seniors who advanced the program to where it is to reach an even greater stage.Her players echo that same lofty ambition. For Kohl, now a senior catcher, it wasn’t easy getting over the Orange’s elimination at the hands of Texas A&M and LSU. But one thing that helped her get over it is she knew had one more chance to make a deep tournament run in her final collegiate season. The seven seniors include Kohl, Jenna Caira, Lisaira Daniels, Kelly Saco, Stephanie Watts, Leah Porter and Gaby Torzilli. All besides Porter and Torzilli have been key cogs in the last two teams.In the tournament last year, Kohl said SU wasn’t intimidated, but it was still a shock to the system dealing with something it hadn’t all year.‘The atmosphere was foreign to us,’ Kohl said. ‘The game obviously was not, so I think the atmosphere kind of had an effect on the way we played.’Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans, whose team topped Syracuse 13-5 in the tournament, said it’s hard for a team like Syracuse to know what to prepare for when pushed into big-time games. Facing a hostile environment when going up against a team like the Aggies takes time to adjust to.Evans said it’s an advantage most Southeastern Conference, Pac-12 and Big 12 teams have over a Big East school like Syracuse. The Big East teams simply don’t see the same type of crowds and hype during the regular season that the softball-powerhouse conferences endure. ‘It takes some getting used to if you’ve never been put in that environment,’ said Evans, who brought her team to 10 straight tournament games. ‘Young teams can possibly be rattled by that sort of atmosphere. They’re just not used to it.’But after two straight years in the NCAA tournament, the Orange is no longer unfamiliar. From the warm-ups to the additional media attention garnered at the biggest games of the season, Ross said the only way to get ready for the other aspects off the diamond is to actually be there.The senior class has dealt with three previous years of a variety of pressure situations. It includes two Big East championship games that were decided by one run — both Syracuse wins.So the Orange is used to games with little room for error.‘We kind of know the routine,’ said Daniels, who transferred from Georgia to Syracuse before her sophomore year in 2010. ‘We kind of know what it takes to be at prime all the time.’The experience Syracuse has is an indication of how strong the team has been the past few years under the direction of Ross and the seniors on this year’s roster. Ross said this year is unquestionably her strongest squad since she’s been with Syracuse.Caira posted an impressive 1.51 ERA to go along with her 35 wins last season. Between her play for Syracuse and the Canadian National Team, she has cemented herself as one of the nation’s premier pitchers.As for the offense, Syracuse has the luxury of four players returning with a batting average above .300, with Daniels’ .351 average and team-best 67 hits leading the way.But it’s not just the numbers on paper that convinced Ross her team is a legitimate contender. She believes Syracuse has the intangibles to make a postseason run.‘The skills you’re going to have and you can find athletes that have skills, but it’s the intangibles, it’s the mindset, it’s the chemistry,’ Ross said. ‘All those things combined.’That combination has them mentioned among the top softball programs in the nation. Syracuse was one of the top teams outside the Top 25 that received votes in the Feb. 14 ESPN/USA Softball poll.It’s rare for a team from the Northeast to gain that sort of national attention. Evans said the only other team she’s knows of that usually gets that sort of hype is Michigan, a perennially ranked squad.But the added attention doesn’t equal added pressure for Syracuse players. The seniors, who have already left a mark on the program in taking it to two NCAA tournaments, are not affected by the expectations.Caira doesn’t want younger players on the team to feel like they need to win one for the seniors.Kohl said patience is the key.‘I think that’s the most pressure, staying patient with everybody else who this is completely brand new to,’ she said.Last season, Ross could sense the complacency among her players after Syracuse’s NCAA tournament win over LSU.A letdown ensued. Against other top softball schools, Syracuse’s postseason run unraveled in a downward spiral from there. It lost to Texas A&M, and was eliminated in a rematch with LSU. Syracuse was soon on a plane home.‘We knew that we had accomplished our goal. I think what we did as a team is we had the letdown,’ Ross said.This season, Kohl said the Orange can go as far as the SU seniors want to go. And all seven seniors want to reach the Women’s College World Series, she said.It all trails back to the group of seniors. They gave the program a facelift. From the first time they all practiced, Ross could tell the group had ambitions to do more.‘I think they set a tone from the moment they stepped on campus as far as the tone of wanting to outwork any other team in the country,’ Ross said, ‘and there’s a pride and a standard that they’ve set.’email@example.com Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The ninth-ranked Trojan football team suffered its first loss of the season this Saturday, a 37-31 beatdown at the hands of unranked Boston College.Craving some defense · Sophomore safety Su’a Cravens and the USC defense was completely overwhelmed by Boston College’s ground attack Saturday, as they gave up 452 yards rushing to the Eagles’ offense, including a 66-yard touchdown run to Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler finished the game 31-for-41 for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but USC’s inability to run the ball or stop the Eagles’ own dynamic rushing attack left the Trojans looking for answers as the Eagles’ faithful flooded the field after the game.BC (2-1, 0-1 ACC) put up an astounding 452 rush yards, while USC (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) totaled just 20. The 452 rushing yards were the most the Trojans have given up since the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl, when Texas A&M put up 486.“[Boston College] controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the end result was we didn’t get it done,” USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We need to improve.”USC had been preparing for BC quarterback Tyler Murphy all week, but appeared completely caught off guard by his speed. The Trojans allowed him to rack up 202 total rush yards, including a 66-yard scamper with just over three minutes left in the game that sealed the upset for the Eagles.“He just beat us with his skills,” sophomore safety Su’a Cravens said. “We were anticipating him to run the ball, we knew he liked to scramble. We just didn’t execute. Third downs came up and he was just running all over the field, so we’ve got to take the fall for that.”Murphy started slowly, though, which allowed the Trojans to jump out to a 10-0 lead.Midway through the first quarter, Kessler hit junior wide receiver George Farmer in the end zone for the Los Angeles native’s first career touchdown. A 52-yard field goal from senior kicker Andre Heidari later in the first quarter put the Trojans up 10-0.BC cut into the Trojans’ lead with a four-yard touchdown run by Tyler Rouse, but a missed extra point by kicker Joey Launceford left Trojan fans feeling confident.Kessler answered with a 51-yard screen to redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen to extend the Trojans’ lead, but from then on out, it was all Eagles.As the clock wound down in the first half, BC’s Sherman Alston ripped off a 54-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 20-17 at halftime.Though the Trojans looked sluggish at times in the first half, fans were anticipating a spark once senior linebacker Hayes Pullard stepped back on the field for the third quarter. Pullard received a targeting penalty in the second half of the game at Stanford and was forced to sit out of the first half of Saturday night’s game.But despite Pullard’s best efforts, the Eagles continued to manipulate the Trojans’ defense to open up the second half.“[BC] just went out there and executed the plan,” Pullard said. “We couldn’t just beat them off of raw talent. We have to base our focus on preparation, being able to contain these high-profile quarterbacks. That’s what we’re going to be playing against in the Pac-12, so I would look at this as more of a gain than a loss.”Though Pullard and the USC defense couldn’t stop the bleeding, the Trojans’ offense was nonexistent. The Eagles sacked Kessler on third down on each of USC’s three drives in the third quarter, forcing the Trojans to punt deep in their own territory every time.The Trojans’ offensive line finally showed its inexperience, as Kessler was sacked a total of five times in the game.“[BC’s defense] did a good job getting to me,” Kessler said. “We should have made some better calls on my part and my O-line’s part, it was a combination of both.”When the Trojans got desperate late in the fourth quarter, Sarkisian called for Kessler to throw the ball more often, and he provided a spark the team had been missing all game. Kessler went 17-for-20 in the fourth, including a touchdown toss to sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers with 1:18 left to cut BC’s lead to 37-31.Murphy, on the other hand, went 0-for-2 in the fourth quarter and just 5-for-13 on the game.The bye week comes at a good time for the Trojans, who were outgained 506 to 337 in total yards. USC will have a week off before returning home to host Oregon State, and the squad is ready to get back to the drawing board.“The loss was hard,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got a very disappointed locker room, but I really believe we’ll bounce back. We’ll do it in great fashion.”
Speaking to Tipp FM, Eamon O’Shea said he was proud of what he achieved during his time in charge and he’s confident that the future of hurling in the Premier County is bright. The Cloughjordan native has stepped down from the manager’s post following the Premier’s exit from this year’s All Ireland championship. Michael Ryan will now take up the mantle for next season. In a statement, County Board Chairman Michael Burke paid tribute to O’Shea saying his contribution was “immense. Tipperary County Board Statement in full: Already planned and known in advance all was missing was the date, a truly inspirational and passionate Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, led his side into combat one last time in Croke Park on Sunday last.It is with a huge amount of gratitude and thanks Tipperary Co. Board mark and acknowledges the contribution of Eamon O’Shea, a Tipperary man through and through who never wanted more than to see Tipperary be successful. He leaves behind a solid structure, a fabulous group of players who held Eamon in such high esteem.His is the torch they carried; his is the badge they wore with pride. Eamon’s belief in his players was and is unequivocal and also resilient in his belief that they will succeed when he is gone.Giving up a tremendous amount of his time to Tipperary, Tipperary Co. Board is indebted to the contribution Eamon O’Shea has given in his term as manager. The Board also thanks Eamon’s family who played their part in Eamon’s voyage and shared in his highs and some lows too.For your energy, passion, dedication, honesty and integrity on behalf of all Tipperary players, supporters and officials alike, we extend every best wish and more to Eamon O’Shea and his family now and for the future.You are more than a “footnote” you are the foundation, the platform, the genesis of things to come. The future is bright, the future is Blue and Gold because of your contribution and for that the players salute you; we salute you, farewell and thanks.Tipperary Co. Board Chairman, Michael Bourke said “Eamon O’Shea’s contribution to Tipperary is immense. I have witnessed at first hand that the only thing on his mind was getting Tipperary hurling to the pinnacle of All Ireland success and keeping it there, which was his total ambition. Eamon is a man of huge belief in his ideals and in those around him and whose determination and approach was unquestionable in trying to get there. I wish to thank Eamon and his family most sincerely for his contribution to Tipperary. He gave his all unfailingly and I really appreciate it.”
Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been drawn against Nigerian side, Kano Pillars in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.The Porcupine Warriors will play the first leg away in Nigeria before hosting the return leg in Kumasi at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.A victory will Kjetil Zachariassen’s men face the winner of the Hafia FC and ES Setif match.Asante Kotoko are returning to the CAF Champions League for the first time since 2015 where they exited the competition in the preliminary rounds after to a defeat to Algerian minnows, MC EL Eulma.The record Ghana Premier League winners reached the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup last season, guided by former Black Stars captain, C. K. Akonnor.The former Wolfsburg captain then qualified the team for this season’s CAF Champions League after winning NC Special Competition.But the former Black Stars player was replaced by former Ashantigold coach, Zacharissen who is now faced with the difficult task of matching Akonnor’s achievements at KototoThe first leg will played from the 9th to the 11th of August, 2019 and the return leg from 23rd to 25th August, 2019.The date for the game between Kotoko and Kano Pillars will be officially communicated.