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Beyer: We were naive liberalising prostitution

first_imgNZ Herald 7 April 2013The world’s first transsexual mayor, former street prostitute Georgina Beyer, admitted yesterday she was naive when the trade was legalised.At a passionate public forum in Papatoetoe yesterday, South Auckland residents berated MPs for not addressing the notorious street prostitution problems around Hunters Corner.MPs from National, Labour and New Zealand First spoke. Beyer, a former Carterton mayor and Labour MP who championed the push to decriminalise sex work a decade ago, said lawmakers glossed over the issue. “We thought, naively, that with the liberalisation of prostitution, that it would not be desirable necessarily to be a street worker.”Beyer said she recently told Justice Minister Judith Collins the Government should amend the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act to address street prostitution.New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said human traffickers were probably involved in the importation of prostitutes. “My Asian informants tell me how rampant it is,” Peters said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10875922last_img read more

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Bulldogs Harriers Win Middle School Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Sunman Dearborn on Monday. Ean Loichinger won the boys race, followed by Benjamin Moster, 2nd, Will Nuhring, 3rd, Vonley Hund, 4th, Aiden Geers, 6th, Lyle Oesterling, 8th, Daren Smith, 9th, Cole Pride, 13th, Carter Walsman, 15th, Tacoma Nicholas, 16th, and Cayden Pohlman, 17th.   The Batesville Middle School girls won their race against Greendale and Sunman Dearborn. Lily Pinckley won the girls race, followed by Emma Weiler, 3rd, Ava Hanson, 4th, Sophie Myers, 5th, Sarah Ripperger, 6th, Maria Lopez, 8th, Katie Olsen, 12th, Megan Allgeier, 13th, Jada Day, 14th, Madelyn Pohlman, 17th, and Margaret Wilson, 18th.Boys: Batesville 16, Sunman Dearborn 49, Greendale 73.Girls: Batesville 19, Sunman Dearborn 41, Greendale 81.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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Judge sets trial dates, bond for Pindell

first_imgVersailles, In. — Chad Pindell, 36, of Napoleon, had his first day in court after his Sunday arrest for inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor.Senior Judge Carl Taul set a surety bond of $35,000, set the pre-trial conference for June 25 and scheduled three days for a jury trial beginning on August 14, 2018.The court documents allege Pindell was an assistant coach for the Jac-Cen-Del girl’s basketball team when the events occurred with the 17-year-old player. Documents say Pindell sent pictures of his genitalia and performed oral sex on the girl sometime between December 1, 2017 and February 12 of 2018.Pindell resigned from Jac-Cen-Del as a teacher in July of 2017 to pursue a clergy position with a Batesville church.Pindell is being represented by Brookville attorney Jud McMillin. McMillin was the second highest ranking Republican in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010 when he resigned after a curious text message was sent from his phone to several people, according to a report by the Indianapolis Star. The message read:“My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours. I have just been able to reactivate it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received.”   During that 24-hours the report alleges a sexually explicit message was sent from his phone.Chad Pindell is listed as the Ripley County councilman in District 3.last_img read more

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New Raceway Park following guideline list for Sunday show

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – The first event of the 2020 season is Sunday at The New Raceway Park, with numerous precautions in place for drivers and spectators alike.  Maximum numbers of IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are already entered. Hand sanitizer stations will be in place around the track and everyone must wear masks at all locations.  Everyone attending will have their temperature taken and anyone with a temperature of 101.1 or above will not be allowed in the facility.   “We are taking this very seriously. We want to make an impression on the country on how we’re able to race and stay within health guidelines,” he emphasized.  Five IMCA divisions are on the April 26 card at Jefferson. Promoter Steve Kiraly said a list of guidelines would be followed to ensure safe distancing in the pits and grandstand alike.center_img  “There’s been a lot of interest in this race. We’ve gotten a lot of calls from a lot of people,” said Kiraly. “We want to race, too, and we’re going to follow all the guidelines.” While the grandstands can seat 1,500, pre-sold tickets will be limited to 500; all spectators will be ushered in and bleachers have been marked off to provide spaced seating for singles through groups of 10.  Teams must maintain a minimum of 10 feet apart in the pits and remain in their designated area until racing.  Hot laps are at 6 p.m. on Sunday with racing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s program will be broadcast by Advantage Racing TV.last_img read more

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Gallagher claims World Cup win

first_img Press Association Competing in the visually impaired Super Combined, Gallagher and Evans were fastest over both the downhill and slalom portions of the event to finish well ahead of Russian world champion Alexandra Frantseva. Gallagher said: “Charlotte and I worked really well today. We had a lot of fun and it’s just training for the big event.” Northern Ireland skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans have claimed their first World Cup victory of the season at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Panorama, Canada.center_img Gallagher is Great Britain’s biggest hope of claiming a medal at Winter Paralympics in Sochi in March. Along with Evans, she became the first Briton to win a medal at the IPC World Championships when she took a silver and bronze in Sestriere in 2011. She followed it up with three more medals in the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, last year. last_img read more

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More than 70 turn out for first Iron Dolphin Triathlon

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seventy-three participated in the Down East Family YMCA’s first Iron Dolphin Triathlon on Sunday.The triathlon — a fundraiser for the DEFY swim team — offered three separate races for individuals or teams of three.Matt Damon, 42, was the first male finisher in the max triathlon, which included a 525-yard swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. Damon won with a time of 1:07.14. Jessie Damon, 41, was the top female (1:21.28).Team MeMe — which included Cooper Holmes, Eric Holmes and Camden Holmes — was the first team in the max triathlon (1:07.21).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the midi triathlon (250-yard swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run), Beckett Markosian, 14, was the first male finisher (44.46), and Kristy Barry, 12, was the first female (52.30).Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur, Chip Loring and Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur comprised the top team (44.19).In the mini triathlon (100-yard swim, 4K bike and 1K run), Sarah Weaver, 10, was the first female finisher (21.57), and Jay Haney, 9, was the first male finisher (22.21).last_img read more

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Football News Cristiano Ronaldo brilliance gives Juventus 14-point lead in Serie A

first_img Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo set up Paulo Dybala to score early and added one himself with defender Leonardo Bonucci also on target as Juventus surged 14 points clear in Serie A with a 3-0 win over lowly Frosinone. Coach Massimiliano Allegri was taking no chances, even against a side sitting second bottom of the table, ahead of next week’s Champions League last 16, first-leg tie at Atletico Madrid. Dybala returned to the front line alongside Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic with key defenders Bonnucci and Giorgio Chiellini both back from injury. “The team is growing in terms of fitness, it’s a decisive moment for the season,” said Allegri.     Juventus are building towards next week’s game in Madrid and a top-of-the table clash against Napoli in the San Paolo Stadium on March 3. “We struggled a bit after the winter break but now we are ready to face this important moment of the season both in the championship and the Champions League,” added Allegri. Juventus remain unbeaten this season but the reigning seven-time league champions had been held 3-3 by Parma two weeks ago.Bonucci returned after three weeks out with an ankle injury along with captain Chiellini who limped off during their shock Coppa Italia exit on January 30. Ronaldo set up Dybala to rifle in with his left foot after just six minutes in Turin as the Argentina forward, who has been overshadowed since the arrival of the former Real Madrid player, scored his first league goal since November 3. Ten minutes later Bonucci broke through after a desperate goalmouth scramble. Frosinone goalkeeper Marco Sportiello denied Mandzukic’s diving header with Bonucci in place to turn the rebound into goal. Ronaldo slotted in his 19th Serie A goal and 21st in all competitions on 62 minutes with Rodrigo Bentancur crossing for Mandzukic who provided the assist for the Portuguese striker.Ronaldo was then replaced by Federico Bernardeschi with the tie against Atletico in mind, with Sportiello denying Juventus a fourth goal keeping out a powerful Bernardeschi free kick.”I’m happy for Paulo, he scored a good goal and that’s what strikers live for,” said Allegri. “The game against Atletico Madrid will be very different. It’s crucial that we get a goal there, otherwise qualification would be rather difficult to achieve. But this team is growing, we are even better than the first weeks (of the season).”                AC Milan, in fourth travel to Atalanta in fifth in a battle for Champions League football next season. Napoli host Torino on Sunday, with Inter Milan, in third, hosting ninth-placed Sampdoria. Roma play relegation threatened Bologna on Monday after winning their Champions League last 16, first-leg tie against Porto 2-1. highlights Juventus have a 14-point lead at the the top of the Serie A.Juventus have not lost a single game in the Serie A this season.Juventus will face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Championships League. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Brazil police arrest Olympic committee chief in vote-buying scandal

first_imgBy Pedro FonsecaSAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilian police arrested yesterday the head of the national Olympics committee, who is accused of conspiring to bribe members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 games.Brazilian investigators say Carlos Arthur Nuzman helped arrange a $2 million (£1.52 million) bribe to get the games for Rio de Janeiro, where he was arrested early yesterday. Police said he was being held in connection with crimes including corruption and money-laundering.Marcelo Bretas, the federal judge who authorised his arrest, said new evidence indicated that Nuzman’s role in the alleged vote-buying scheme was “more relevant” than initially thought.“The accusation of vote-buying for the 2016 Olympics is unfounded,” Nelio Machado, a lawyer for Nuzman, told reporters. “Today’s measures are harsh and unusual.”Bretas said in an arrest order that Nuzman’s wealth grew by 416 percent between 2006 and 2016 and that he had assets overseas that were only declared after the vote-buying investigation began.The assets include 16kg in gold bars deposited in Switzerland, Bretas said.The IOC said yesterday it would cooperate in the investigation. Its chief ethics and compliance officer has asked Brazil for information to proceed with its own internal investigation, which is ongoing, the body said.“Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman’s right to be heard,” the IOC said, without detailing the measures.Leonardo Gryner, a former director of the national Olympics committee, was also arrested in a new phase of the so-called Unfair Play investigation.Police raided Nuzman’s home in September, accusing him of conspiring with politicians to buy the right to host the 2016 games. Sergio Mazzillo, a lawyer for Nuzman, said then his client was innocent.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey faces Ohio St. in 1st round of WCHA playoffs

first_imgUW\’s Jasmine Giles leads the Badgers into their first-round WCHA playoff matchup with Ohio St.[/media-credit]It has been rough seas for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey so far this year. The waves have ebbed and flowed on and off all year, but that doesn’t matter anymore; the second season has arrived.After splitting a series with No. 2 Minnesota last weekend, Wisconsin locked up fourth place in the WCHA and will play host to Ohio State in a best-of-three series with the winner earning a trip to Minnesota for the WCHA Final Face-Off.Wisconsin played a competitive series last weekend throughout, as sophomore Carolyn Prevost sent home the game-winner in overtime Friday, for a 4-3 UW victory. The Badgers got the short end of the stick in game two though, allowing two goals within the game’s last five minutes to lose 3-2.Despite the unfortunate loss, Wisconsin came away from the series feeling positive.“The team’s feeling pretty confident, to tell you the truth — not overly confident, but confident knowing that we can beat any team in the country if we really set our minds to the task at hand,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “We played two very solid games up in Minnesota — it just takes one or two mental breakdowns or untimely penalties to put you at the disadvantage, and a team like Minnesota is going to capitalize.”The Badgers now turn to a Buckeyes team that has the potential to pack just as much punch as the Gophers. The fifth place Buckeyes finished the regular season leading the WCHA in goals scored with 111, but there is a catch: the Buckeyes’ defense is a major weakness, as they also sit atop the conference in goals allowed with 107.The two teams have met in four contests already this year, splitting the series 2-2. Each game featured a high scoring, competitive affair, as the largest margin of victory was two goals, while three of the four games were otherwise decided by one goal. Combined, UW scored 15 goals to OSU’s 14.Though OSU’s offense is undeniably dangerous, senior captain Jasmine Giles attributes the close games to her team not playing up to par.“We know their goaltending isn’t the best part of their game, and that the best part of their game is goal scoring, so that brings out a very high scoring game,” she said. “Yeah, [the games] have been close, but we haven’t had our best games against them.”“I think our focus this weekend is just going to be on just winning the battles and doing the little things right because against weaker teams we don’t necessarily do that.”The Buckeyes’ offense is lead by Patty Kazmaier nominees Hokey Langan and Natalie Spooner, two underclassmen who have consistently been a hassle for defenses all year. Langan, as freshman, is second in the WCHA in scoring (48) and goals (22). Spooner, a sophomore, has tallied another 18 goals — eight of which were on the power play, putting her at fourth in the nation.While the two have been able to knock in three goals apiece this season against Wisconsin, the Badgers have more than one reason to feel confident they can keep them in check for the weekend.Giles noted that the weaknesses of the two forwards lie in their defense and transition game. If the Badgers can create transitions off their play, says Giles, they may be too slow to revert back to their defensive zones.As far as their offensive prowess goes, sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman noticed that in past games against Wisconsin, Langan and Spooner’s goals have primarily come off of opportunistic chances that can be cleaned up.“I think a lot of their goals against us have been rebounds,” she said. “We were talking about this before — their first shot hits the goalie, but we never seem to pick up the rebound, and it’s usually laying near Langan or Spooner.”“I think we can neutralize them by picking up sticks in front of the net so they won’t be as successful this weekend.”The Badgers’ season thus far could be described as consistently inconsistent. They have swept a series just twice, have only been swept by an opponent once and have plenty of splits to fill in the rest. However, to Giles and the rest of the Badgers, none of it matters as the post-season offers a blank slate.As a result, the team is feeling ready to open the floodgates.“What we said at the beginning of the week was everyone’s 0-0 right now, nobody’s got any wins or loses,” she said. “Everything starts over. There’s no holding back, you just throw everything at them. It’s a whole different kind of play.”last_img read more

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Race : D-III Rochester uses helmet sensors in brain-activity study

first_img Published on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweets For six minutes, Scott Greene’s world went dark. When he woke up, the Michigan State running back was on the Spartan sidelines, out of a game against Indiana with a throbbing headache and a spotty memory.‘I remember I took the handoff — it was an isolation play up the middle,’ said Greene, who played at MSU from 1992-95. ‘The safety flew down in the box and leveled me. The next thing I knew, I was out, and I couldn’t understand why.’Greene couldn’t understand his head injury as a player. But as a head coach at Division-III University of Rochester, he’s making sure his team understands head injuries now. As part of an NFL-funded, season-long study, 10 Rochester players wear helmets fitted with six sensors that record the force of every hit they take to the head. The object of the study is to measure how all types of head-bashing tackles — along with their energy, force and direction — can deteriorate a player’s brain activity.Concussion-dealing blows like the one Greene took are taken into account, but smaller hits are the focus for Jeff Bazarian, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester.Bazarian, who leads the study, conducted a similar study with high school players wearing helmets with sensors in 2008 and found that smaller, ‘non-concussive’ hits had the potential to cause as much long-term brain damage as the hits that knock players out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe fact that these hits often go unmonitored at the high school, collegiate and professional levels makes them all the more troublesome to Bazarian, especially in light of former NFL players dealing with dementia.‘You see a player take a hit and pop back up and assume they’re fine,’ said Bazarian, who has been at Rochester since 1994. ‘What we’re finding is that’s not the case at all. Players that aren’t dazed, confused or knocked out still put their brain health on the line.’This study has more depth than Bazarian’s high school one, but more importantly, it has the financial backing of professional football. The NFL donated a $99,000 grant to back Bazarian’s project and the costly brain scans and helmet technology that came with it.Bazarian and head athletic trainer Eric Rozen picked their 10 test subjects carefully. In August, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two linebackers, a tight end, fullback and running back were selected to participate in the season-long study.Rozen said the study emphasized linemen for a reason. In the trenches, players absorb the most mild or secondary blows.‘For the most part, we’re not talking about skill position players,’ Rozen said. ‘We wanted to look at the guys whose heads were getting thrown around fifty times a game.’The 10 at-risk players were given diffusion tensor imaging scans — what Bazarian calls ‘MRI scans on steroids’ — at the beginning of the season. The scans color code what sections of the brain have been adversely affected by head trauma.At various points in the season, study coordinator Kirsten Ross and medical student Bobby Klein collect additional data right from the players’ helmets. The ordinary-looking Riddell Speed model helmets are fitted with data chips capable of storing information up to about 200 individual collisions.Rozen said the study gets more comprehensive with each new data collection.‘We want to have as many plot points as possible,’ Rozen said. ‘If these players are in fact getting worse, we need to know where before we know why.’Bazarian and Rozen will administer another DTI scan at the end of the season Nov. 12 after a home game against Hobart, and they will compare data right after.Brian Rieger, director of the Concussion Management Program at Upstate Medical University Hospital, said he expects the data to show that the mild or moderate hits aren’t so mild or moderate.‘Any time a player sustains repetitive head trauma over the course of months, that player will be worse for wear,’ Rieger said. ‘Even if the player isn’t experiencing highlight-reel hits, there’s still the opportunity for damage.’But there’s also the opportunity to heal. Bazarian never measured the amount of brain function that returned to players in his 2008 study, but he plans to analyze the 10 subjects of his 2011 study six months after the season.Bazarian has a hypothesis about the amount of healing that will take place in the six months of non-football activity.‘They’ll heal, but some long-term effects are expected,’ Bazarian said. ‘We can’t wait for the results.’Neither can Greene’s players. The Rochester players are eager to find out just how dangerous the game is for their bodies.Greene realized just how interested his players were at the prospect of joining the study in the summer, when he asked for 10 volunteers and got many more.Rochester Athletic Director George VanderZwaag said the opportunity to participate in an NFL-sponsored study was enticing for the university’s academic interests, too.‘As a research institution, you’re happy to carry the banner for any project like this,’ VanderZwaag said. ‘We’re happy the NFL gave our university that grant.’Greene is happy, too. The end result of the program has the potential to make the game he coaches safer for all players at every level of competition.‘Player safety has become a priority,’ Greene said. ‘We hope that we find out what the best way to keep our players safe and healthy is through this study.’nctoney@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more