Abortion cases not open for review (but process is)

first_imgNZ Herald 10 Aug 2012An anti-abortion group’s battle for a review of abortions has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Right to Life had argued many abortions were wrongly approved on mental health grounds and called for the Abortion Supervisory Committee to investigate. The group had sought a judicial review of the committee’s assertion that it has no oversight of the individual decisions made by certifying consultants who approve abortions. High Court judge Justice Forrest Miller ruled in the group’s favour in 2008, noting there was “reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions”. The Court of Appeal overturned that decision last year , and Right to Life appealed. In a split decision yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by a majority of three to two. Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Justice Andrew Tipping and Justice Peter Blanchard, now retired, upheld the Court of Appeal ruling. They found the law did not permit the committee to investigate the decisions of consultants in individual cases, but it could ask consultants how they approached decision making in general.Right to Life spokesman Ken Orr said he was disappointed the committee could not scrutinise consultants’ decisions but was pleased it could inquire about their decision making. He called it a positive step that would “place restraints on the abortion-on-demand regime”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825886last_img read more

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Dallas Haskins finding home with SU rugby following move from Hong Kong

first_imgDallas Haskins was given a choice by his parents to stay at home or go to college in the United States.Born and raised in Hong Kong after his parents moved there a year before he was born, Haskins, like many children in the area, played rugby.“That’s what you did in Hong Kong,” Haskins said. “It’s really big there.”He could have played on the U-20 national team for the sixth year in a row to represent his country at the Chinese National Showcase. Instead he attended Syracuse to continue his rugby career at the club level.While many of Syracuse’s players started playing ruby at age 14 or 15, head coach Bob Wilson said, Haskins has the added benefit of an additional decade of experience with the sport growing up in China.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I had the opportunity to go to U-20s but I chose to go to university instead,” Haskins said. “I wanted to work afterward, and also a huge push from my parents.”Haskins moved to Syracuse right before the start of the fall semester. In Hong Kong, the sport was much more prominent. Haskins remembers playing in stadiums that seat as many as 40,000 people.Haskins began playing at a more elite level of rugby at a young age in China. He joined Hong Kong’s Valley Fort Rugby Club. He got the chance to try out for the Hong Kong national team and made it — five times. From age 14, Haskins has represented Hong Kong at the national sevens showcase, on the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, and U-19 teams.“Rugby is a lot bigger sport than football, basketball, so you would have a lot of people at your games,” Haskins said.Haskins could have kept playing rugby at an elite level, but he moved nearly 8,000 miles away. He said his parents gave him a choice, but wanted him to get a degree and get a job — a motive that led him to SU.He liked the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and its prestige, but he also liked the quality of the rugby program.For Wilson, Haskins represented a unique addition to the team.“Most of the United States players haven’t been playing (competitively) since they were 8,” Wilson said. “They’ve been playing since they were 14, 15, if that.”Wilson gave the freshman the chance to start, saying that he’s got the experience and athleticism and has fit in well, something he said is uncommon for someone so new to the team.As an inside center, Haskins plays next to sophomore outside center Eddie McCarthy, leading McCarthy to become Haskins’ mentor. McCarthy is impressed with Haskins’ immediate contribution to this Orange squad.He’s got the starting spot and the praise of his teammates, but Haskins remains humble, and hopes to keep contributing to the team’s solid start.“It’s a huge thing to start freshman year,” Haskins said, “so I think I’m trying to bring as much as possible to the team and put in as much effort as I can.” Comments Published on October 9, 2015 at 9:54 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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It’s National Girl Scout Cookies Weekend; Cookies Unload in Alpena Ready for Delivery to Help Benefit the Troops

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s National Girl Scout cookie weekend and Girl Scout cookies are here! The troops of Alpena are out on location selling your favorite flavor for a great cause.Up 10% this year, over 1,300 cases of scout cookies were unloaded in Alpena. Scout troops were out on location selling a variety of cookies Friday to help raise funds for future events, projects and more.Product sales director, Cindy Ranshaw said the fundraiser teaches troops responsibility.“It also teaches them responsibility, it teaches them how to use money, how to make change, how to deal with customers, how to deal with marketing. There are a lot of educational programs and badges that are related to the cookie sales. It’s never been just the money. It’s always been the processing of teaching them to deal with people, to make the change to be marketable to be out there and be positive,” Ranshaw said.Ranshaw said the support from the community over the years has been nothing but positive and great.“This community has always supported girl scouts and boy scouts. It’s a great deal up here in the north and it’s apart of our life. So they’re (community) always out there, and up to anything that we’re doing, not just cookies and candies but anytime the girls are out there. They’ve (community) always been a big support, and I’m glad that I’m apart of this community because it’s been strong with scouting,” Ranshaw said.If you have a sweet tooth and are craving cookies, the girl scouts will be at locations including Wal-Mart, Alpena, Alcona Area Credit Union, and Tractor Supply Store every weekend until march 19th. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts CookiesContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan State Troopers do 22 Push-ups Challenge for Veteran Suicide AwarenessNext Alpena County Employees Come Together in ‘Have a Heart’ Competition to Donate to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantrylast_img read more

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