Labour leader Jacinda Ardern tackles ‘smear campaign’ on abortion stance

first_imgNZ Herald 11 September 2017Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she’s the victim of a deliberate misinformation campaign about her stance on abortion.The question of where she drew the line was raised during her interview on this morning’s Newstalk ZB leaders breakfast segment with Larry Williams.Family First NZ’s Bob McCoskrie asked if Ardern would personally endorse Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand’s preferred new law, based on a Canadian model that would seek to legalise abortion on demand up till birth.Ardern did not shy away from the question but used it to clear up what she said had been misleading information about her views.“There has been a huge amount of misinformation and my image has been used inappropriately with that misinformation.“Yes I think abortion should come out of the Crimes Act. That does not mean for a moment that I am proposing what has been claimed, that you should be able to have on demand abortion till birth.”What Ardern said she wanted was to remove abortion from the Crimes Act and have it put within a regulated context that made sure it was safe.She categorically denied supporting abortion till birth.“They have said till 40 weeks, which is wrong, which is wrong. We have time periods already set out in law, I’m not proposing changes to that. I’m proposing it comes out of the Crimes Act.”The controversy around her views on abortion was sparked following the Newshub leaders debate on September 4, where she said she would remove abortion from the Crimes Act if she was prime minister.A number of pro-life and anti-abortion groups came out strongly criticising her views as one that would pave the way for late-term abortions.Saving Downs last week launched a social media campaign, which wrongly stated Labour’s policy would be to allow for abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities.The post has since been removed from social media, but another one has gone up asking Ardern to confirm Labour would not be removing the 20-week limit for abortions for babies with disabilities.Meanwhile the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, last week, welcomed Ardern’s announcement as one that gave women more freedom of choice.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11920894Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Weld still hopeful for Rules

first_img Trainer Dermot Weld has a close eye on the weather ahead of the showpiece five days and would not have been too thrilled to see the Berkshire track mainly escaping the rain that has hit many parts of the country. Speaking at Navan on Saturday, he said: “He’s in great form and we’re very happy with him. As has been well documented, the ground is vital. Unfortunately Ascot missed all the thunderstorms, but we’re very hopeful. If the ground is safe he’ll run. He’s a very high-class horse.” Brown Panther was ruled out earlier in the day after suffering a setback. The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old passed the post a close fourth in last year’s renewal of the prestigious two-and-a-half-mile contest before going on to claim Group One glory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Having looked as good as ever when making a winning return in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in late March before a narrow reverse in last month’s Yorkshire Cup, Brown Panther was set to return as a leading contender. Part-owner and ex-footballer Michael Owen posted on Twitter: “A bsolutely gutted to announce that Brown Panther injured his near fore leg this morning and is out of the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.” Dascombe is unsure how long Brown Panther is likely to be sidelined for. He said: “He suffered an injury this morning and he needs some anti-inflammatories, so he won’t be able to run on Thursday. “At this stage we don’t know the extent of the injury, so I can’t tell you any more. “It’s very disappointing.” Press Associationcenter_img Ante-post favourite Forgotten Rules remains in contention for the Gold Cup at Ascot on Thursday.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re new to these COVID-19 surveys, we invite you to weigh in with your opinions and thank you in advance. It is input from listeners like you that help us better understand how you’re feeling and how we can better serve you. Brennan ForsythAssistant Program Director CLICK HERE Thanks for your support during this difficult period, and we especially appreciate you listening to News Talk 850 WFTL center_img This survey will take 12-15 minutes of your time, and please know your opinions and identity will be kept completely confidential. Please note our survey will only be open through 11:59pm (ET) Thursday, May 14th, so please do take it soon. We hope this message finds you and your family doing well. News Talk 850 WFTL is conducting a brief survey about how our audience is doing during the COVID-19 outbreak. You may have taken a COVID-19 survey from us last month, and this new survey is a follow-up designed to see how you’re doing now. There are also some interesting new questions. We appreciate your participation and would love for you to take this survey, too.last_img read more

Protesters gather outside Clearwater courthouse, call for gyms to reopen

first_imgGym rats are ready to get back into the gym.Protesters united outside a courthouse in Clearwater, Florida and called for the reopening of gyms and fitness centers.Florida, except for Miami-Dade and Broward counties, is in the Phase One of re-opening, but gyms and fitness centers are not allowed to reopen yet.Open Tampa Bay posted video showing protesters doing push-ups and squats while carrying signs calling for the reopening of gyms.last_img

Bronze for Koot-Neigh Indigo Bowick at BC Summer Games

first_imgGotzy had three personal best scores in compulsories while Bowick had two personal bests in freestyle as well as earned a bronze medal on Day 2. Indigo Bowick and Ella Gotzy of Nelson were front and center in the equestrian competition at the recent 2016 BC Summer Games in the Abbotsford.The two local Koot-Neigh equestrian vaulters represented Zone 1 as two of 13 athletes competing in equestrian vaulting competition.There was three competitions in Canter D, and both athletes placed in the top half each day.last_img

SA vehicle sales, exports on the up

first_img5 February 2013 South African new vehicle sales registered substantial gains in the first month of the year, growing by 14.1% compared to the 48 202 vehicles sold in January last year, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports. This follows on a positive sales performance in 2012 as a whole. On Monday, Naamsa said that all major segments recorded double digit year-on-year growth, with new cars growing by 12.3%, light commercials by 20%, medium commercials by 10.6, heavy trucks by 30%, and extra heavy trucks growing by 16.6%. Export sales in January (at 17 399 vehicles) reflected an improvement of 5 794 vehicles or a gain of 49.9% compared to the 11 605 vehicles exported in January 2012.Rental sales, pre-emptive buying The association noted that continued strong demand by the car rental industry accounted for 22.5% of total new car sales during the month. “Recent exchange rate weakness would have contributed to pre-emptive buying by consumers to avoid higher than expected new vehicle prices,” it added. Overall, out of the total detailed (disaggregated) reported industry sales of 52 775 vehicles (excluding Mercedes-Benz South Africa), 76.9% or 40 568 units represented dealer sales, 16.7% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.2% to government, and 3.2% to industry corporate fleets. Discussions are ongoing between Mercedes-Benz SA (Pty) Ltd, Daimler AG, the Department of Trade and Industry and other stakeholders to facilitate the early resumption of full industry sales reporting. In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz South Africa will continue to provide a single total sales number. Sales of vehicles in the medium and heavy truck segments of the industry, at an estimated 700 and 1 223 units respectively, recorded an increase of 67 units or 10.6% year-on-year in January. In the case of medium commercial vehicles, there was a gain of 164 units or 15.5% compared to the corresponding month last year.Exports up 49.9% year-on-year South African new vehicle exports during January 2013, at 17 399 vehicles, registered substantial gains, rising by 5 794 units or 49.9% compared to the 11 605 vehicles exported in January last year. The momentum of vehicle exports was expected to improve further over the balance of the year, particularly exports of light commercial vehicles. The association noted that despite indications of slower growth in the economy, the performance of the South African automotive sector continued to surprise on the upside, with the overall near term outlook for the sector remaining reasonably positive. “Factors that would continue to support domestic sales included the low interest rate environment, replacement demand, the highly competitive trading environment with attractive incentives, low debt servicing costs, high technology new model introductions and strong demand by car rental companies,” Naamsa said. However, on the negative side, rising inflationary pressures would limit growth in real disposable income which, together with generally anticipated rising new vehicle prices as a result of the weaker exchange rate, could result in some moderation in the rate of growth in sales over the balance of the year. “Industry production, largely as a result of higher new vehicle exports, should however register encouraging growth in 2013,” said Naamsa. Nedbank economists said that the market had performed relatively well against the backdrop of weak momentum in the overall economy. “Overall, economic activity remains generally sluggish, while upside risks to inflation have increased due to a weaker rand,” the bank said. “We believe that this will compel the [Reserve Bank’s] monetary policy committee to keep monetary policy neutral over an extended period, with interest rates remaining unchanged for most of 2013. “A reversal in policy easing is likely only late in the year or even in 2014. However, deterioration in both the global and domestic economies would increase the chance of another cut,” the bank said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Aamir to provide star power to Maha water conservation scheme

first_imgMumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whose comments on “intolerance” sparked a row last year and invited the wrath of right-wing outfits, is partnering with the BJP-led Government in Maharashtra for its flagship water conservation and drought-mitigation programme.Aamir and wife Kiran Rao, along with the team of his popular TV show “Satyamev Jayate”, have formed “Paani Foundation”, which will work in association with the Government to solve water crisis in the drought-affected State.”When we did Satyamev Jayate programme we saw the on ground results which were very strong. But we didnt work on ground then. We thought we should take a step forward and focus on one topic till we solve it.”Satyajit Bhatkal (the shows director) and I chose water because its very important and Maharashtra because we were born here. We thought we should begin with this,” Aamir said at a press conference where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and industrialists were also present.The actor announced “Satyamev Jayate Water Cup”, which will work for Jal Yukt Shivar, the Fadnavis Governments flagship scheme aimed at making villages drought-free in five years through water conservation programmes.The actor said he wont be the only face of the initiative and plans to rope in Marathi celebrities to push the cause.”We are requesting lots of Marathi celebrities, sports people, actors etc to become mentors and take over villages. Just to encourage people…. we want this to become a movement where everybody gets involved. I wont be the only face.”advertisementThe first edition of the cup will be restricted to three districts and within those one taluka each. From western Maharashtra, it will be Koregaon taluka (Satara district); from Vidarbha, it will be Warud taluka (Amravati) and Ambajogai taluka (Beed district in Marathwada).The aim is to communicate and create awareness among people at the grassroot level about water conservation and watershed management, the superstar said.He said during the period of the initiate he wont stop doing films but will be involved with the programme throughout.Addressing the press meet, Fadnavis said Aamir did not want the title of brand ambassador of Jal Yukt Shivar.”When Aamir first told me about his desire to work in water conservation efforts in Maharashtra, he made it clear he wasnt interested in becoming brand ambassador of the programme.”Aamir told me he was only interested in working on the ground and not in becoming the brand ambassador,” he said. (MORE) PTI JUR VT RSY BKlast_img read more

22 days agoChelsea blown away by Lille in UYL

first_imgChelsea blown away by Lille in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille managed an impressive win over Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League.The French outfit were the more clinical of the two teams as they played out a tight contest at the club’s training ground.The likes of Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen were involved for Chelsea.But they were wasteful in front of goal and eventually conceded a penalty late in the first half.It was converted by Noah Fatar, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead at half time.Lille doubled their lead through Fadiga Ouattara, who came off the bench and scored with his first touch. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: One-Handed Florida Walk-On Zach Hodskins Hits Layup Off Of A Nasty Spin Move

first_imgZach Hodskin's first basket for the Florida gators.Twitter/@FloridaGatorsFlorida guard Zach Hodskins may be becoming the most popular walk-on in the country. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was born without a portion of his left arm, went viral on YouTube a few years ago for his awesome skills on the court. He walked on to the Gators ahead of last season, and had appeared nine games across the two seasons before tonight, when he scored his first collegiate points. They didn’t come on an open bunny or at the free throw line. Against Jacksonville State, he hits a defender with a nasty spin move and scores at the [email protected] @dustinhart_ @GatorsMBK Here’s Zach at full speed! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/I4J6ESYJG0— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Here it is in slow motion.Sweet spin move to lay up – and the foul – for Zach Hodskins! #GoGators cc @GatorsMBK pic.twitter.com/mOvovSrlHJ— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Zach’s story is an awesome, and sure to be inspirational for other aspiring players. We can’t wait to see this over and over on the highlights this week.last_img read more