first_imgNZ Herald 19 Jan 2013Almost 800 girls under 18 were married in New Zealand in the past decade, and women’s rights activists believe a number of those marriages were against the will of the brides. It is not illegal for 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent but activists suggest a number of those marriages are forced by the parents. Forced marriages are difficult for police and social services to detect and are often associated with physical, financial or psychological abuse. Government agencies said they knew they were happening. Shakti, which runs four refuges for Asian, African and Middle Eastern women in Auckland and Wellington, receives about 600 calls to its crisis line a month. Youth co-ordinator Shasha Ali said forced marriages mostly involved girls under 18.….National MP Jackie Blue has drafted a private member’s bill which she hopes would help provide extra support for young women under pressure to marry. Dr Blue’s bill would make it illegal for anyone under 18 years old to wed without first formalising their consent before a Family Court judge. “I believe the majority of marriages under 18 are fine and above board, but this would just give an extra level of protection for those who are being forced to do it against their will,” she said. Dr Blue said her bill would not affect ethnic practices, such as arranged marriage. “This won’t affect this at all, an arranged marriage is a traditional practice and right up until the wedding, the bride can say no.” read more

first_imgEleven more sachets of suspected illegaldrugs were seized during their arrest around 1 a.m. on March 20, the reportadded. Detained in the lockup cell of the Mandurriaopolice station, the suspects face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165,or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN An undercover officer initially soldfrom the suspects a sachet of suspected shabu for P1,600. ILOILO City – Two brothers were arrestedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro district. They were identified as residents DaniloIndico Jr. and Danilo Inidico III, a police report showed. last_img read more

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Batesville native and state representative from the 67th District Randy Frye is pleased with the two year $32 billion balanced budget passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year. The budget addresses infrastructure improvements, increasing education funding and measures to improve the state economy.The financial roadmap increases the gas tax by 10-cents and increases some BMV fees to generate an estimated $1.2 billion per year by 2024 to establish a long-term infrastructure funding plan.The budget increases funding for the governor’s economic development efforts by $15 million per year, increases funding for school districts, students learning English, students with severe disabilities and doubles pre-K funding. A total of $60 million is allocated for teacher bonuses and they will be based on school size, not performance.Indiana veterans will receive an increase in exemptions and increase in funding for programs to eliminate veteran homelessness and treatment of PTSD.State law enforcement agencies will receive a 10 percent pay raise in year one and a 14 percent increase in year two.Funding to help the state’s most disadvantaged children will increase $200 million over the two year budget and funding for adult protective services will double.last_img read more

first_imgFranklin County moved to 9-0 in conference play with a 7-5 win over Greensburg on Monday.FC came in to the game one game ahead of the Pirates for the conference lead and was able to extend that lead with 5 conference games remaining. Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, FC surrendered the lead in the 5th inning on 4 Greensburg runs, all with 2 outs. In the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats answered with 5 runs of their own. Greensburg would score 1 in the 7th before a ground ball ended the game with bases loaded in the 7th. Ben Krider pitched 5 innings to earn the win while Matthew Billman pitched the final 2 innings to earn the save. Nick Pennington, Krider, and Joe Fields all led FC with 2 hits each.FC will travel to Northeastern on Wednesday before finishing the Greensburg series at Greensburg on Thursday.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.last_img read more

first_imgOA’s Boys Tennis team hosted the Tigers of Lawrenceburg High School yesterday evening winning by a team score of 4-1. Varsity Results:#1 Singles:  Drew Wagner (OA) defeats Matthew Ansley (LHS) in 3 sets by a score of 2-6, 6-0, 6-2.#2 Singles:  Riley Schebler (OA) defeats Jack Powell (LHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-0.#3 Singles:  Logan Rohrer (LHS) defeats Nate Geis (OA) in 2 sets by a score of 6-4, 6-3.#1 Doubles:  Jon Grieshop/Ethan Back (OA) defeat Paddrick Libbert/Haiden Rowlett (LHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-1.#2 Doubles: Will Yunger/Henry Meyer (OA) defeat Harry Hanneken/Logan Bruner (LHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-2, 6-0.  OA’s season record improves to 13-2. JV matches were played but not all scores were available last evening.   Courtesy of twisters Dave Backlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel On-loan Manchester United signing, Odion Jude Ighalo, was a late substitute as the former Premier League champions defeated their eternal rivals, Chelsea, in a Premier League tie at the Stamford Bridge on Monday. The former Nigerian international came on in 88th minute after Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire goals had separated both teams. Moment after he was introduced into the game Ighalo came close to opening his goal account at Manchester United, but was denied by Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Ighalo only trained with his new teammates for the first time on Sunday and did not travel to the club’s winter break in Marbella as a precaution following his move from China. The 30-year-old completed his dream move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day. Ighalo became the first Nigerian to play for Manchester United following his debut against Chelsea. The ex-international made his way back to the Premier League having joined the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month deal. The move came to reality owing to Marcus Rashford’s back injury, which will rule him out for three months.Tags: ANthony MartialChelseaHarry MaguireManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloWilly Caballerolast_img read more

first_img Young Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin also withdrew on Tuesday evening. The 19-year-old tweeted: “Gutted I had to pull out of the ni squad injuries always comes at the worst time, hope to be back in a couple of weeks. #NoLuck.” Press Association Brentford winger Stuart Dallas has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad due to a leg injury, with Preston’s Andy Little called up to the 27-man training group.center_img Dallas, who earned his only previous cap against Wales in a much-depleted Carling Nations Cup side three years ago, was on Monday added to the preliminary group for the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Hungary. Manager Michael O’Neill will cut the squad to 23 before leaving for Budapest and Sunday’s Group F clash. last_img read more

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Bucksport wrestling teams both performed well in their respective meets Saturday. The Eagles won two of their three matches in Belfast, and the Golden Bucks had three wrestlers who topped their weight classes in Howland.Ellsworth beat Belfast 42-36, topped Oceanside 42-26 and lost to Medomak Valley 37-30. Ellsworth captains Trent Goodman, Peyton Cole and Josh Wright went a combined 9-0 on the day. The biggest highlight for the Eagles came in the 160-pound division when Cole beat defending state champion Ben Ripley of Oceanside 11-0.The Eagles also saw Logan Lord, Andrew Brown and Amber St. Peter each finish the day at 2-1, and Scott Firley, Sam Holler, Charlie Hughes, Reece Khan and Nick Taylor added additional wins. Among Ellsworth-sponsored independent wrestlers, Bangor Christian’s Oakley Dugans and John Bapst’s Jared Smith both finished 3-0, and Bapst’s Jacob Emery went 2-1.Despite being down a few wrestlers because of injuries and illnesses, the Bucksport Golden Bucks excelled at their meet in Howland. Bucksport’s Foster Ashmore, Devin Darveau and Brody Boynton finished first in their weight classes to give the team more first-place finishers than every team except Foxcroft. It was the second week in a row in which the trio came out on top.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Howland meet wasn’t team scored, which meant each wrestler competed to place and win his or her individual weight class rather than playing team matches against other schools. It’s not the format Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby prefers, but he wasn’t about to complain about how his team fared.“It’s always good when you can do well in tournaments that aren’t scored by team because it’s harder to keep the team together,” Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said. “When it isn’t scored, you have much less of an idea where your guys are at. … I’m really happy with the energy our team showed and how we overcame that.”P.C. Greer kept the Golden Bucks competitive toward in the larger weight classes by finishing second in the 195-pound division, and Samuel Murphy and David Gross finished third at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively. Alex Burbank, Nick Prins and Richard Perkins were the other Bucksport wrestlers to place.“Overall, Bucksport was a force to be reckoned with,” Ormsby said. “Bucksport has not seen a team of this skill or size since 2009.”The next meet for both teams will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Ellsworth High School. Joining them will be Calais, Woodland and Washington Academy. The Eagles and Golden Bucks have another meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

first_img February 26, 2020 Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is retiring from tennis at age 32 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is retiring from tennis at age 32.center_img Associated Press last_img

first_imgWORLD Rugby has published guidelines for the safe return to rugby activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic via its player welfare website.Developed by medical experts following consultation with union chief medical officers, competition owners and players, the guidelines are intended to assist unions, clubs and competitions in creating a framework and policy for return to rugby activity within their respective jurisdictions.Unions and competition owners will need to comply with local laws and policies implemented by government or local authorities in relation to COVID-19, including social distancing and travel measures.For the avoidance of doubt, this does not mean that matches will have to be played behind closed doors until a vaccine is available – the strategy will be determined by the respective national government directives.The guidelines have two core sections containing important information. The first section provides safety information to everyone involved in the game including players, coaches, support and administrative staff.The second section provides a framework around which national unions can prepare best-practice policies and guidelines for return to activity that are appropriate to their local setting, complying with national guidelines on social distancing and travel restrictions.The guidelines, which are World Health Organization (WHO) compliant, outline three dedicated time-bound return-to-training phases – small group training, full group non-contact training and full contact training.It also documents the environment for returning to match action in a domestic, cross-border and cross-continent context and processes for facility and stadium.World Rugby also stresses that, as a live document operation in a dynamic pandemic context, it will be updated regularly with unions informed of any modifications. Further language versions will be available shortly.“We are all missing the sport that we know and love, and while it is difficult not to be playing or training, advice by the respective governments and authorities must be adhered to,” World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont noted.“World Rugby, in full partnership with unions and players, has been busy behind the scenes ensuring that everything is in place for a safe and speedy return to the sport when it is appropriate to do so.“This includes delivering best-practice coaching, refereeing and conditioning webinars, resources and Apps and, of course, a phased roadmap for the sport’s return to training and playing,” Beaumont said.World Rugby Chief Medical Officer and guideline co-author Dr Éanna Falvey added that they “…have been working in full collaboration with unions, regions, competitions and players in preparing a set of guidelines that are WHO compliant in a rugby context. They outline all the necessary considerations and steps for players, coaches, clubs, unions and competitions and will be updated regularly as the advice and environment evolves.”The guidelines were authored by Falvey, Dr Martin Raftery (World Rugby), Prav Mathema (Welsh Rugby Union), Prof Mary Horgan (consultant physician of infectious diseases) and supported by data collected through regional COVID-19 steering group chairs who consulted with World Rugby’s 124 national member unions.last_img read more