Oxford, Oh.— Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit to reverse a school administration decision at Miami University to shut down a pro-life display.Since 2015, Students for Life of Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton, has regularly conducted its Cemetery of the Innocents display on the campus’s Central Quad. The display features small crosses placed in the ground to commemorate the lives lost to abortion, along with an explanatory sign.In October, Students for Life President Ellen Wittman e-mailed a university official to request approval to hold the display once again. The official responded by saying that the group could conduct the display only if it placed signs around campus warning people about its content. She justified this warning sign requirement by saying she feared that the pro-life display might cause “emotional trauma” for those who might view it and because she wanted to help them “better protect and manage their emotional reactions to the display.” Additionally, she offered to meet with the group to discuss “less harmful” ways of expressing its pro-life views.“No university official has the authority to censor student speech simply because of how someone might respond to it,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham. “Like all government officials, public university administrators have an obligation to respect students’ free speech rights. The First Amendment secures the freedom of all students to participate in the marketplace of ideas, and it prohibits university officials from imposing trigger warnings that restrict what some students can say to spare the feelings of others.”The university’s speech code gives administrators broad powers to grant or deny exhibits on campus. Students must request a permit seven days in advance, explain the message and/or purpose and to let officials edit the exhibit as they see fit.The lawsuit-Students for Life at Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton v. Trustees of Miami University of Ohio, seeks to point out the importance of teaching the full meaning of First Amendment to the next generation of leaders, legislators and judges.“The unnecessary obstacles students experienced at Miami University of Ohio in Hamilton sadly is all too common on campuses across the country,” said Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins. “Students peacefully trying to hold an exhibit that inspires conversation with fellow students about their love and concern for preborn infants and their mothers should be protected.”
ONE of Guyana’s top performers at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) was yesterday honored for her accomplishments in the games. Joanna Archer, a student of West Demerara Secondary was given a pair of running shoes from her Head Master Harri Narine. The fifth from Arts student, was part of the Guyana Athletics team which dominated Suriname at the National Track at Leonora over the weekend. She competed in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay, and claimed three gold medals from her efforts. According to Narine, this was partly the reason he decided to honor the student athlete.“Over the years Joanna has excelled at track and field events from the time she started school and running years ago, she also excelled at the IGG games,” said Narine.Archer, a member of the Guyana Police Force Running Club, also won the Junior category of the recent 10km Road Race. She also competed this year at the Boyce and Jeffords Classic winning gold in the 800m, 3000m and silver in the International 1500m.The young athlete will be writing 8 subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) next year and according to her “I plan to become an Immigration Officer and continue running under the Police club.”
February 12, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Tyler Hooker is putting up 13.3 points and four rebounds to lead the way for the Owls. Bryson Lockley has paired with Hooker and is accounting for 7.9 points and five rebounds per game. The Eagles have been led by Caleb Catto, who is averaging 12.2 points and four rebounds.CLAMPING DOWN: The Eagles have given up just 64 points per game to Atlantic Sun opponents thus far, an improvement from the 71 per game they gave up in non-conference play.CLUTCH CALEB: Catto has connected on 34.5 percent of the 142 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 13 of 35 over the last five games. He’s also converted 80.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Florida Gulf Coast is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 62.COLD SPELL: Kennesaw State has lost its last six home games, scoring an average of 61.5 points while giving up 74.8.DID YOU KNOW: Florida Gulf Coast is ranked second among Atlantic Sun teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.1 percent. The Eagles have averaged 10.2 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida Gulf Coast (7-19, 4-7) vs. Kennesaw State (1-22, 0-10)KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, Georgia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Florida Gulf Coast looks for its seventh straight win over Kennesaw State at KSU Convocation Center. Kennesaw State’s last win at home against the Eagles came on Jan. 30, 2010. Associated Press FGCU looks for road win vs Kennesaw St. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
…The current model gives greater power to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECBTHE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will oppose the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) “Big Three” model ahead of the chief executives committee meeting in April.The “Big Three” model introduced in 2014 saw the ICC give greater financial power to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).While the ICC are trying to make changes, the BCCI recently passed a unanimous resolution to ask them to retain the model until its annual general meeting in June.“A resolution has been passed at the SGM that we will ask ICC to carry on with the existing model where Australia, England and India get the lion’s share of revenue,” ESPN quoted a top official as saying. “We will definitely work out a new model during the London meeting. This was today unanimously passed by the forum.”However, the PCB is against the move with chief Shahryar Khan saying that Pakistan have already suffered due to the revenue model. They will also press a case against the BCCI in May’s meeting for their refusal to play a full bilateral tie against them since 2007.“We were always against the Big Three revenue model,” Khan said, as quoted on CricBuzz. “Pakistan has suffered a lot because of it as India didn’t fulfill the bilateral commitments with us. We will oppose it again if BCCI brings it up for discussion.”“As far as my understanding goes, the final constitution could be formally adopted in June only. The upcoming meetings will decide that.”The chief executives committee meeting of the ICC member boards will take place on 24 April.
The German sports edition Bild published words of praise for the captain of the B&H Football Team.Sportbild.bild.de writes that Spahić is one of the heroes of his nation after qualifications to the World Cup in Brazil.Sport-Bild writes that the Bosnian player arrived during the summer from Seville to Bayer Leverkusen, and at 33 years old falls into the groups of football players with a lot of matches and an advanced career. However, immediately upon arrival to Leverkusen, Spahić emerged as the head of defense, which resulted in his team receiving only nine goals in the Bundesliga so far in the season.The man who, with his team, qualified for the World Cup has strong nerves, radiating calm and has trust from his younger teammates.Spahić is a player who does not care that his teammates, such as Sidney Sam, are more in the spotlight than he is. The first man of defense of Leverkusen enjoys the recognition from is teammates, trainer and fans. There are not many like him in German football, said Sport-Bild.(Source: klix.ba)
DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is appealing the district court ruling that threw out Iowa’s Ag Protection Fraud Law, the so-called “ag gag” law.Drew Mogler, public policy director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says his organization thinks the state has an excellent argument to protect farmers from imposters and intruders from animal rights groups. “When we look at some of the pressures our industry is facing with foreign animal diseases in other countries,” Mogler says, “I think we’re all aware of the issue of African swine fever moving around lots of countries in Asia, biosecurity and protecting biosecurity in this state is definitely in the state’s interest.”Mogler says the state’s livestock producers need to be shielded from activists’ attacks, including the use of undercover videos on farms and ranches. “This law is designed to protect farmers from folks who are really driving an agenda to end meat production and meat consumption in this state and in this country,” Mogler says. “Farmers deserve that protection because they’re caring for their animals each and every day.”Mogler says if the court of appeals rules in favor of the state, then the ag-gag law will be reinstated. “If this appeal gets overturned in the Eighth Circuit, then the Ag Protection Fraud Law is back on the books here in the state of Iowa,” he says, “and producers will have protection under that statute.”Mogler says those who challenged the Iowa law originally claimed it was a violation of free speech rights, but he says that wasn’t the intention of the law, as it aimed to protect ag operations.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence visits central Iowa today to discuss the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s not aware of any timeline for the trade deal to be sent to Congress.The measure would go to the U.S. House first where Grassley says Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still working to get her freshmen troops organized.“Every day, you read about her having problems with these new members on this subject or that subject or some other subject,” Grassley says. “She has the same problems with the Mexico Canadian agreement with the United States and she’s got to get her people comfortable with it.”Grassley, a Republican, says he met with Democrat Pelosi about a month ago to talk about USMCA and he says he believes she’s “very sincere” about getting it passed. He notes the House has 75 or 80 new members, the largest such class since 1974.Vice President Pence will visit Accumold in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, a company that makes molds for the high-tech industry and ships globally.“I’m certainly glad the vice president is going to Ankeny because trade is so important to Iowa,” Grassley says. “Good for the administration to see first-hand the need to do it.”Grassley says he fully supports USMCA and he knows it has bipartisan backing, including from former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, who served eight years as U.S. Ag Secretary under President Obama.“I kinda’ think that a month ago or whenever Secretary Vilsack had an announcement that he supported it and that it was good for Iowa, particularly Iowa agriculture,” Grassley says, “that probably was the best boost that it could possibly have.”The USMCA is designed to replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994.
It is the first fire of 2020 that will have to extinguish Valverde, a specialist in the field since he signed his contract at the Camp Nou offices in June 2017. Unlike the directive, which does not see a possible exit from the player, Txingurri wants Vidal to follow. Regardless of the player’s complaint, Aleñá’s departure and Arthur’s doubtful physical condition make the Chilean an important element that also has a goal, a value that is highly valued in the center of the field. Busquets, De Jong and the latter Rakitic They don’t have it as one of their best qualities. The holidays are over. It is working time in any sector and also in the Barça. After giving rest to their players to pass the New Year’s Eve hangover, Valverde was reunited this Thursday with his squad and recovered the last three players that remained to join. Messi and Luis Suarez they did it after having followed the work plan indicated by the physical trainers and with the intention of playing in Cornellà on Saturday before the Spanish. The Uruguayan, in fact, did not force the fifth yellow in the last game of the year against the Alaves, which allows us to suspect that it will be in the derby. The Txingurri also already had Arturo Vidal at his command, protagonist at Christmas time for the filtering of the complaint that the Chilean has presented against Barça for defaults and that would have been dismissed according to SER Catalunya. Vidal, which has been seen these days in Chile in some charity match; in the pachangas of his social club, Rodelindo Román; and especially, taking care of horses on their farm, has assured that he would speak upon his arrival in Spain. But he already warned that, if that money is owed, it would be fair for Barça to pay it. The former player of Juventus and Bayern claims 2.4 million euros for bonus prizes. Barça believes the demand is completely unjustified, but the schism has already been created. What Valverde does want is for the situation to be resolved as soon as possible. Extend the Vidal case in a few weeks in which Barça cannot afford a single mistake in LaLiga, and the first title of the year is played in the Spanish Supercup of ArabiaIt would be a bad plan. That is why it is not disposable that Vidal appears before the press after the match against Espanyol to settle the matter. That, if the solution is to stay. Otherwise, the issue could be confined because the player has a year and a half left and Barça would ask for money for the transfer. For Vidal, the following may be his last major contract. That is why he is not too uncomfortable with the rare situation that has been created. Nor to the board, who would be happy to break free from a very high record. But in the middle of everything is Valverde, to whom the fans are asking for the triplet while he loses players or simply has others that were sold as stars and spent the day in the infirmary. 22
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy courted controversy here yesterday when he hit out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its lack of support following his side’s capture of the Twenty20 World Cup.Speaking after West Indies stunned England by four wickets to clinch the title at Eden Gardens, Sammy told post-match presenter Nasser Hussain that while the team had been inspired by the professionalism of the management staff and messages of support from Caribbean nation grouping, CARICOM, they had heard nothing from board officials.”I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament, they have been supporting the team. We’ve got e-mails, we’ve got calls,” Sammy said.”Prime Minister (Keith) Mitchell (from Grenada). I know what he is trying to do and I really want to thank him. He sent a very inspiring message for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”CELEBRATEHe continued: “For today, I’m going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing with these guys again because we don’t get selected for one-day cricket.”We don’t know when we’re going to be playing T20. So, this win, I want to thank you, my team, I want to thank you, coaching staff … everybody knows West Indies are champion!”The comments come against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse and while he assured the Caribbean then that West Indies would commit to playing the tournament, he also hinted that the issues were far from settled.Yesterday, he once again alluded to the impasse, noting that the “disrespect” shown to the side by the WICB, along with other criticisms from media personalities, had helped to fire up the team.”We started this journey … we all know we had (issues). People were wondering whether we would play this tournament,” he explained.”We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas (cricket analyst) described our team as a team with no brains (in a pre-tournament preview). All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.”I really want to thank these 15 men. The ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it’s just tremendous.”DIFFICULTIESSammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to sort out some administrative difficulties during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.”I personally also want to thank the coaching staff. Coach Phil (Simmons), he’s been through a lot, and to come here and the way he’s coached the team, he’s just brilliant,” Sammy noted.”All the other coaching staff who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis. He had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printing.”He left Dubai, went to Kolkata. That’s where we started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform, I’ve got to give credit to the entire team here. It was us in our own little circle. This win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.”West Indies became the first side to win two T20 World Cups when they defeated England by four wickets in the final at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
Fresh off a series win against USC last weekend and a comeback draw against Pepperdine on Tuesday, the Dirtbags face a tougher challenge this weekend when they host No. 4 Texas at Blair Field. Texas won national titles in 2002 and 2005 under former Cal State Fullerton coach Augie Garrido and went 41-21 in 2006, including a pair of wins in a three-game series against the Dirtbags in Austin. They come into the 2007 season the Big 12 Conference favorite and as usual a contender to reach Omaha and the College World Series. Texas is 2-2 this season, having lost two of three to the University of San Diego last weekend. They are a sophomore-laden team that features outfielders Jordan Danks (.319 in 2006) and Kyle Russell (10 home runs) and a deep pitching staff. Texas will throw freshman left-hander James Russell (0-1, 2.57) tonight at 6:30 p.m., Kyle Walker (0-0, 9.00) Saturday at 2 p.m. and senior Randy Boone (0-1, 4.26) Sunday at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Dirtbags fell behind Pepperdine 7-0 in Malibu but used a three-run home run by Danny Espinosa to earn a 7-7 tie in a game that was suspended due to darkness in the ninth inning. The game will be finished April 10 when Pepperdine visits Blair. The Dirtbags hit the road to face another tough Texas team, No. 1-ranked Rice, next weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dirtbags (2-1-1) will start the same trio as they did last weekend against USC: Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50) tonight, Manny McElroy (1-0, 2.84) Saturday and Omar Arif (1-0, 0.00) Sunday. The Dirtbags posted a 1.73 ERA in their series against USC. Russell is the son of former major-league pitcher Jeff Russell, and Boone had a 3.15 ERA out of the bullpen last year and touts a low-90s fastball. Tonight: vs. Texas Blair Field, 6:30 p.m.