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first_imgStuff co.nz 11 December 2014Community leaders are “bitterly disappointed” that a long-awaited street prostitution law has been scrapped by a parliamentary select committee.The Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill would have let Auckland Council make a bylaw banning street prostitution in specified areas.But instead the Local Government and Environment Select Committee has recommended the council look at other ways to control street prostitutes, such as using bylaws controlling street vendors.Former Manukau East MP Ross Robertson, who was the sponsor of the bill until he retired from Parliament in September, said the move is “outrageous”.“I feel like the select committee has given us a one-finger salute. They don’t live in the community so they’re not affected by it.”The bill has been on the order paper since 2010 after a similar move by former MP George Hawkins in 2005 failed.Robertson, who is now an Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board member, said he has worked tirelessly over the past few years to reach an agreement with the police, the council and the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/64012720/Lack-of-leadership-over-prostitution-bylawlast_img read more

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first_img Share 11 Views   one comment Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Soufriere family to be sentenced on Friday by: – March 22, 2012 Sharing is caring! (L-R) Lauretta Xavier, Herbert Xavier and Manuella Williams.A Soufriere family of three is expected to know their fate when they re-appear at the Roseau High Court tomorrow.A nine member jury found Herbert Xavier, Loretta Xavier and Manuela Williams guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams on September 24th 2010.Justice Brian Cottle ordered the social welfare division to conduct a report on the individuals as well as their family members to assist him in determining an appropriate sentence.Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gene Pestaina said he was pleased with the verdict brought by the jury in the much talked about Soufriere family murder case.He told reporters following the case “for a change, the jury has decided correctly”.However, two attorneys on the defence team Dawn Yearwood-Stewart and Ronald Charles told Dominica Vibes News that they were “shocked” by the verdict and would review the transcripts of the trial for any grounds of appeal.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_imgAmong those who could only breathe with the help of a ventilator, dexamethasone reduced deaths by 35 percent. An “extremely severe” cluster of cases in Beijing cast doubt over efforts to get the virus under control although Tuesday’s news from Britain came as a boost after months of grim statistics. GETTY IMAGES “Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.” “Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19. This is an extremely welcome result,” said Peter Horby, professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.center_img LONDON – Britain will start giving seriously ill coronavirus patients a basic steroid treatment hailed as a breakthrough to help reduce the global pandemic’s death toll even as worrying new outbreaks surfaced in China and elsewhere. Researchers led by a team from the University of Oxford administered the widely available steroid dexamethasone to more than 2,000 severely ill COVID-19 patients. Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said patients would start to receive the drug immediately. (AFP)last_img read more

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first_imgThe BMS 7th grade volleyball team started slow with a 25-10 loss to Sunman-Dearborn in the first game. In the 2nd game, they were more aggressive but still fell 25-20. At the net, Kylie Laker led the team with 3 kills. McKenna DeFreese and Nikki Fox each added 2 kills, while Laine Struewing placed a kill in the corner of the court.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team battled Sunman-Dearborn but fell short in the end. Scores were 25-15; 23-25; 15-9. The team struggled to string service points and gain the momentum in the final, deciding game. Anna Bauer led the team with 11 servicepoints including 3 aces. Macy Prickel and Kayla Meyer each had 3 kills in the front line.The teams will look to rebound as they face crosstown rival St. Louis at home.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

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first_img The luckless Hammers striker suffered a hamstring problem just 12 minutes into Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth. And Bilic admits the 27-year-old is “gutted” at facing yet another spell on the sidelines. “He’s having a scan but it’s another one of those, four to six weeks,” said Bilic. “He’s a positive lad, but of course he is gutted for several reasons. He felt he was back and enjoying his football. “It’s not the end of the world, though. If everything goes well he will be back very soon so there is no reason to be negative. “If it goes as we expect then he will be back for a significant part of the season, the last 10-15 games, with enough time to make a huge impact on our season.” Carroll has been beset by injuries since moving to Upton Park, making just 31 starts in three years following his club-record £18million switch from Liverpool. He returned to action in September following a long-term ankle injury and then had a spell out before Christmas with a groin strain. However, Carroll has scored twice in his last four appearances, helping the Hammers to victories over Southampton and Liverpool, so his latest absence is another blow especially as fellow striker Diafra Sakho is still missing with a thigh problem. Bilic does, though, have some positive fitness news with winger Victor Moses available to face Newcastle on Saturday after six weeks out with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and forward Mauro Zarate are also fit after missing the Bournemouth game. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed Andy Carroll is facing up to six weeks out with his latest injury setback. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City resumed normal service in the Premier League as a masterful display by Kevin De Bruyne fired them to a 3-0 victory over a listless Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.Belgian De Bruyne produced two sublime finishes and one silky assist for Raheem Sterling as Pep Guardiola’s City killed the match as a contest before halftime.Arsenal managed to avoid any more punishment in the second half as City switched on cruise control but it was an uncomfortable 90 minutes for their stand-in manager Freddie Ljungberg whose side were totally outclassed.There was no big celebration by the travelling City fans as the champions, who dropped eight points in their previous five games, remain 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.They did, however, close the gap on second-placed Leicester City to four points ahead of their clash next week.Arsenal managed only six shots — their lowest total at home in the Premier League since 2008 — and are ninth with 22 points, seven points adrift of the top four and showing little sign that things will improve anytime soon.Ljungberg has managed only one win from five games in interim charge since Unai Emery was sacked and midway through the season the north London club appear rudderless — as close to the relegation zone as the top four.Impressive as City were, Guardiola said last week’s performance in losing 2-1 to Manchester United was better.“Against United we played much better,” the Spaniard, in charge of his 200th match for City, said. “I know we are judged on the result but I have a duty to judge the performance, not just the result.”It is now six home games without a win for Arsenal in all competitions, yet they almost took the lead in the opening minute when Gabriel Martinelli burst through.A minute later, however, they were behind as City counter-attacked and Gabriel Jesus cut the ball back from the byline to an unmarked De Bruyne who belted a stunning side-footed finish into the roof of the net from just outside the penalty area.City were two up in the 16th minute and again they sliced through Arsenal with alarming ease. De Bruyne swapped passes with Jesus and then picked out Sterling who was all on his own to calmly dispatch the ball past Bernd Leno.Shortly before halftime, with Arsenal briefly down to 10 men as left back Sead Kolasinac limped off, City made it 3-0 with De Bruyne again given time and space to pick his spot, this time passing a sublime left-foot finish just inside the post.Many Arsenal fans headed for an early halftime coffee, or perhaps home, and missed a superb save by Leno to deny the outstanding De Bruyne a first-half hat-trick, clawing the Belgian’s bending effort against the post.City could and should have scored more after the break, despite taking their foot off the accelerator, while for a chastened Arsenal it was simply a case of damage-limitation.The last time they experienced such a long run without a home win was 1994-95.last_img read more

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first_imgNow halfway through their term, Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher and Vice President Ashlie Chan still have many items left on their platform “to do” list, despite some accomplishments.Elected on an ambitious platform, Slusher and Chan initially promised the expansion of gym and health center hours, improvements to meal plan options, increased communication with the student body and the establishment of a tram to local attractions. Though students now enjoy a free shuttle between campus and LA Live, many of the other promises remain unfulfilled.Holding on · Holden Slusher, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, has made a point of increasing outreach. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“As long as we make progress … I know I’m doing my job,” Slusher said. “The nature of this position is you do have to give something over to the next person [in office] … We’ve done a lot for students, we’re going to do a lot, and I don’t want them to lose faith in us.”In November, USG announced what Slusher and Chan said was their most notable achievement so far — the launch of a free tram to popular entertainment and dining venue LA Live.“It just provides students a great way to enjoy entertainment in a very safe environment,” Chan said. “If anything had to get done, that’s something I definitely wanted to focus on.”Many students said the tram is the most noticeable change USG has made to campus life so far, and they appreciated having a convenient option available for exploring the city.“I’m glad they did the LA Live tram because it makes something that’s attractive to college students accessible,” said Alex Villafuerte, a junior majoring in history.Improving USG’s visibility and reputation among the student body was also a major component of the Slusher-Chan campaign. Withweekly tabling on Trousdale Parkway, expansion of USG’s communications department and the launch of the first Council of Presidents — a joint forum for leaders of student organizations across campus — Slusher said he believes USG’s relationship with students has advanced significantly.Despite that progress, Chan said USG still needs to work on increasing student knowledge of the organization’s purpose.“Awareness of who we are has improved, [but awareness of] what we do still needs a lot of improvement,” she said.But aside from revamped promotional efforts and the creation of a tram route to LA Live, much of the Slusher-Chan platform has yet to come to fruition.During their campaign last spring, Slusher and Chan said they planned to work with officials at the Lyon Center and University Park Health Center to expand operation hours at both locations, hoping to keep the Lyon Center open 24 hours and to add weekend hours to UPHC.But a lack of the financial resources needed to hire more staff and support extended operating hours prevented the implementation of the initiative this semester, Chan said. For now, USG will focus on improving Lyon Center amenities and publicizing the availability of vaccines at the UPHC.“We’re pushing the hours thing [with the Lyon Center] but also the quality of the services they provide … We keep running into the budget problem,” Slusher said. “Ideally, the gym would be 24 hours, and the administration has understood that that’s beneficial.”Although efforts to better align Lyon Center and UPHC services with students’ needs have not moved past the preliminary stages, other platform measures are slated to be finalized and possibly implemented during the spring semester, Slusher said.Two such initiatives, Slusher said, are allowing dining dollars to roll over each semester and promoting safety at Leavey Library with the installation of turnstiles and the expansion of “student only” hours.USG also plans to settle on changes to the student activity card system in time for the 2010 football season, Slusher said. With these changes, students who are not able to attend a home game will have the option of going to the USC Ticket Office, swiping their ID cards and receiving paper tickets to give to anyone they want.But other aspects of their platform, such as convincing local businesses to accept USCard, will likely take longer to implement and may not be accomplished by the end of their tenure, Chan and Slusher said.“A lot of projects are long-term. We are trying to carry out things that were happening years ago, but we’re also trying to roll with the punches and address issues that are happening now,” Chan said.Many students said they understood the significant amount of time needed to make large institutional changes and that they valued the reforms USG has tried to make.“I’m sure they do as much as they’re permitted to do by institutional constraints,” said Nicholas von Bergrosen-Bradvica, a freshman majoring in creative writing, political science and economics. “A lot of times they just can’t do it because the school’s not willing to implement their ideas, and there are budget cuts.”But Hillary Levi, a junior majoring in cinema-television production, said the current economic climate should motivate USG to allocate its resources wisely and to take more steps to connect with every student on campus.“Obviously with the economy, USG needs to re-evaluate what’s important and where their priorities lie,” she said. “They need to evaluate how involved they are with student organizations. I know it’s hard, but that’s their job.”Slusher said over the coming weeks he and Chan will be re-examining their platform to determine what measures to focus on in the spring.“There are a lot of things we’ve taken seriously that will come to fruition,” Slusher said. “Like past administrations, we do have our small successes, but hopefully we’ll have our big ones. I’d love to have our own successes and I think we will.”last_img read more

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first_imgTim Tebow.Does this column have your attention now? Chances are you are pulled in just by the headline. It is hard to utter the name without starting controversyand feelings of love and hate for the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Nomatter what is said on television or predicted by the experts, No. 15 always hasthe full attention of football fans everywhere.Since the infancy of this NFL season, there has been adebate throughout Colorado and the United States on who the Broncos should start atquarterback. Should it be Kyle Orton, the veteran quarterback and starter of thelast two years? Or should it be Tim Tebow, the sophomore sensation that has almosta cult following – and “Tebowing”?Through Orton’s two-plus-year career starting for theBroncos, the quarterback was an unimpressive 12-28. This year, new Denver headcoach John Fox decided to give Orton the nod for the starting role again,burying Tebow in the depth chart to the three spot. After Orton led the Broncosto a 1-3 start, fans in Colorado were growing restless for a change.You could hear it on national television. Even during weekone, where Orton and the Broncos lost at home to the Raiders, fans werechanting for Tebow to replace Orton in the fourth quarter. These fans werecheering for a player to replace the quarterback in week one of their season.Three weeks later, Orton was yanked for the fan favorite.But what is it about this player that makes him so loved androoted for? Why do his fans love him in an almost unparalleled and devoted way?Why did Tebow’s autobiography reach No. 22 on the Amazon Best Seller list?How did Tebow’s jersey become one of the best-selling in the league before heeven played a down?“Tebowmania” can be explained by Tebow’s accomplishments andlegacy before the big time. During his collegiate career at Florida, Tebow wontwo national championships, the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore (the first ever to do so), two Maxwell awards, a Davey O’Brien award and Sports Illustrated’s“College Football Player of the Decade.” He also gave one of the greatestpost-game press speeches in history.Besides the success on the field, Tebow is a winner andhumanitarian off the field, as the quarterback has performed missionary work inthe Philippines, Croatia and Thailand, as well as assisting his father’sorphanage in the Philippines. When reading, watching and learning about Tebow,it is hard not to become a fan.But some dislike Tebow with almost the same passion of hisfans that adore him.With an unorthodox throwing motion and a large portion ofhis collegiate career spent taking snaps from the shotgun and not under center,many doubted that Tebow could succeed in the professional game. Tebow also hasan NFL career completion rate less than 50 percent, which critics have sonicely referenced over and over.Regardless, it does not matter what other people say.Whether the Broncos are winning because of Tebow or despite him, itdoes not matter as long as there is a “W” in the win-loss column, as Denver currentlysits one game back from first place in the AFC West.It is understandable Tebow needs to come a long way to be amainstay in the NFL. But the right way to examine the issue is to look atTebow’s limited playing time through his short career and understand that he isindeed a work in progress.This Sunday will mark only his seventh start in two seasons.But even with six full starts sprinkled over two seasons, Tebow has lookedprogressively better every week, much to the delight of fans and much to thegrumblings of his haters.Last week, Tebow completed 10 of his 21 passes (not so good)for two touchdowns (good) and ran for 118 yards on the ground (very good). TheBroncos finally adapted to Tebow’s game, putting the quarterback in the shotgunand bringing the option-read back to the NFL for the first time since theMesozoic era. Yes, this performance was only against the Raiders, but the factthat Tebow is improving and has the team competing for a playoff spot at thehalfway point of the season after a 1-4 start is encouraging.The division Tebow and the Broncos have to win is thepitiful AFC West, where the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and theKansas City Chiefs are all tied for first place with a 4-4 record. This makesthe stat of one game out of first look a bit bland, but as long as Tebow and theBroncos keep finding ways to win, the critics will fall on deaf ears.Also, how you win on the field does not matter. Teams do not makethe playoffs based on how great their wins look. Just ask last year’s SeattleSeahawks, who won the NFC West with a 7-9 record and upset the New OrleansSaints in the first round of the playoffs.The argument surrounding Tebow is based on a conflict that has existed long before he entered the NFL Draft. Who is a better player to have on a team: someone with greattalent who lacks that special drive to win, or someone with average talent whoindeed possesses the incredible drive to win?As we all know in our everyday lives, talent goes a long wayfor success. But sometimes what athletes and others fail to perceive is thattalent can only take you so far. It is not pure talent in the end thatdetermines success; it is the extensive hard work that a person does to hone andperfect that talent until they are winners and among the best.This is why fans love Tebow and the reason he can succeed.Society loves an underdog, a man with a heart of gold who is not the mosttalented, but rises above it with determination and hard work. It is almostreminiscent of the American Dream.Movies have been made on this principle; sports havelegendary players who embody this idea and every kid who was not born naturallywith gifts of ability dreams of being someone like Tim Tebow. Tebow’s careerand character make us all want to drive to be the best at whatever it is wechoose to do.And that is the reason there is a Tim Tebow in all of us.Nick is a seniormajoring in English and history. What are your thoughts on Tebow? Do you sometimesfind yourself ‘Tebowing?’ Let him know at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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first_imgFermanagh earn Quarter Final Sport with Westmeath Win Kildare were impressive last night in beating Cork 1-21-1-13 in Thurles. Fermanagh also made it through to the All Ireland Quarter Finals after defeating Westmeath 1-13-0-07.last_img

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first_imgSports Direct has acquired 50% of Belong, GAME’s esports brand. It’s after a previous 26% acquisition of GAME back in July after the company’s share price dropped heavily. The deal sees Sports Direct acquire 50% of the rights to the Belong IP for £3.2 million and will also take a 50% share of future profits from Belong.Additionally, the sports retailer owned by notorious Newcastle FC owner Mike Ashley has entered into a loan agreement with GAME whereby it will provide £55 million in capital. The loan provided will help Belong accelerate the roll-out of Belong stores – some of which will be in GAME Retail stores and some in Sports Direct stores.Thus far Belong has 19 stores across the country, and has plans for many more by the end of its financial year. GAME’s CEO Martyn Gibbs commented: “We look forward to collaborating with Sports Direct to increase the availability and scale of BELONG and to capitalise on the increasing overlap between sports and esports fans by bringing this unique experience to a wider consumer base”. He added: “”As more consumer focus and spend moves to experiences, we are well advanced in delivering unique, world class gaming at both local and national level. Having launched the Belong brand just over a year ago, we have now opened 19 arenas and are very encouraged by the popularity and performance of these locations.  We look forward to collaborating with Sports Direct to increase the availability and scale of Belong and to capitalise on the increasing overlap between sports and esports fans by bringing this unique experience to a wider consumer base.”Esports Insider says: This is certainly an interesting move from Sports Direct. We can’t really imagine going and playing games in Sports Direct as it’s hardly the most enjoyable of consumer experiences anyway – but hey-ho, this may well work? We’ll wait to see how it all pans out.last_img read more

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