Coen Lammers: What it’s really like living with Down syndrome

first_imgNZ Herald 9 August 2018Family First Comment: “Iceland has reached a near-100 per cent termination rate, while last year only four births with Down syndrome were recorded in Denmark. Before the New Zealand medical community quietly eliminates one section of our society, it is vital for our country to have a national debate on the value we put on people with Down syndrome, or any other disability that can be screened.”Having a daughter with Down syndrome is possibly the best thing that has happened to our family — as well as the most challenging.Watching Bella flourish for the past 16 years, we know that living with Down syndrome is not a curse or punishment, but a terrific, enriching adventure filled with joy and surprises, as well as the odd road bump.Last week’s storylines on Shortland Street created a storm in parts of the Down syndrome community because they depict old-fashioned, ignorant ideas around the disability and have nothing to do with our day-to-day experiences in a modern, inclusive New Zealand society.Bella’s birth was a shock and surprise to the family because we had decided not to have any pre-natal screening test.My wife and her family took a while to come to terms with this new reality, but I had grown up with an uncle with Down syndrome and thought I knew what to expect.What I did not realise back in 2001 was the incredible impact our wonderful, multi-talented, sociable and loving daughter would have on our entire wider community.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

D’Tigress gets foes for Olympics ticket

first_imgRelatedPosts D’Tigers, D’Tigress await 2020 Olympics foes D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida Two Air Warriors players to attend 2020 Olympics, courtesy of Minister Reigning African Champions Nigeria will face World Number One, United States of America, Serbia and Mozambique in the battle for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.This was revealed at a brief ceremony held in Switzerland on Wednesday to officially kick start the Olympics Tournament qualification race.D’Tigress will play in Belgrade after being drawn in Group A.Reacting to the draw, the Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Engr. Musa Kida, said qualification for the 2020 Olympics is possible despite admitting that it was a difficult draw.Kida said: “Being drawn against world number one (USA) and seven (Serbia) surely will not make the job easy, but I am optimistic that qualification for the Olympics is possible.“The men have already qualified and all eyes are on our women to also join their counterpart in Tokyo.“D’Tigress are the reigning African Champions and we hope this will count for something when they start the qualifiers.”Kida hammered on the need for early preparation for the team if they are to stand a chance in the group.He said: “We know that tournament of this magnitude costs money, time and proper planning.“We are going to be working with the Ministry of Sports and the Hon. Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare, to ensure that we return to the Olympic Games.”The last time Nigeria met USA was in the quarter finals of the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain where the D’Tigress lost 41-70 points against the team that later went on to win the trophy.D’Tigress last qualification for the Olympics was in 2004.A total of 10 teams will join USA (World Champions) and host Japan from the OQT to be played between February 6 and 9, 2020 across four countries: China, Serbia, France and Belgium.Tags: 2020 OlympicD’Tigresslast_img read more

Chelsea Boss, Conte, Fined after Rant at Ref

first_imgAntonio Conte has been fined £8 000 by the Football Association following his dismissal for a furious touchline tirade in Chelsea’s win over Swansea.Blues boss Conte was sent to the stands late in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on November 29. The Italian, already frustrated by Swansea going unpunished for time-wasting, earned his marching orders for blasting fourth official Lee Mason following referee Neil Swarbrick’s failure to award Chelsea a clear corner.Conte apologised after the match to Swarbrick and Mason, but that was not enough to prevent the FA charging him last week.He accepted the charge and has now been hit with the fine.“Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8 000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty,” an FA statement said.“It follows his sending-off against Swansea City on 29 November.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

F-M girls, boys soccer both run off to quick starts

first_imgA cold, damp October rain could not keep the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team from putting an end to a 22-year Section III championship drought.So much of what made the 3-2 victory over heavily favored Baldwinsville in the 2018 sectional Class AA final so satisfying was the fact that the Hornets still had a relatively young group of skill players that complemented superb senior goalkeeper Sabrina Suriani and a veteran defensive unit.And while Suriani and four other starters has graduated, many key players, including Anna Hartzheim, Laura Bonomo and Hannah Knych, have returned, and F-M set out last Thursday on a new campaign with a successful effort as it defeated Rome Free Academy 4-1 last Thursday night. Knych led the way, pouring in a pair of goals as junior Chloe Hodge got one goal and one assist. Sophomore Lauren Clark earned the other goal as junior Sophia TenEyck got two assists. Sydney Mahr, taking over in goal for Siriani, made four saves.Now F-M headed to the Hall of Fame tournament at Niskayuna, near Albany, before its league opener Tuesday against Cicero-North Syracuse and a Saturday meeting with Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium.In the tournament opener, F-M defeated St. Joseph Hill Academy (Staten Island) 5-1, with Hartzheim picking up her first two goals of the season. Katherine Amico, and Lauren Farella also found the net, with Tomlin Cicci adding an assist. On Sunday, F-M won its division by shutting out MacArthur 2-0. Both goals came in the second half, one from Hartzheim, the other from  Clark, as Mahr stopped all four shots she faced.Meanwhile, the F-M boys soccer team, who struggled with a young lineup in 2018, would seek to return to its usual winning form while undergoing some changes of its own.One key veteran player, Ben Hammond (son of head coach Jeff Hammond), switched to football for his senior year, but the addition of forward Francesco Pagano has already paid off, as evidenced by last Thursday’s 4-1 win over Henninger at Swan Pond.Pagano would pour in a pair of goals, with Jace Depuy and Ziad Abdul-Malik also finding the net. Corey Gallagher recorded a pair of assists, while Gavin Isley and Tyler Goodman also earned assists. Chris Szidat and Will Summers combined to make seven saves.A much more important test would come on Saturday afternoon as F-M hosted its neighbors from East Syracuse Minoa, who was off to a 2-0 start and featured one of the area’s top forwards in Sean Belcher.Yet Belcher was shut out- and Pagano was unstoppable in the Hornets’ 5-1 rout of the Spartans. Not only did Pagano notch a three-goal hat trick, he assisted on goals by Abdul-Malik and Josh Kohlbrenner as Depuy and Yousef Kamel both had an assist.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: F-Msoccerlast_img read more

Badgers, thanks for the great year

first_imgDear Wisconsin athletes,Thank you. This has truly been the greatest year to cover sports.I choose to attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2001, based on its recent success in athletics and academics. The football team had just won the Rose Bowl, the men’s basketball team was in the Final Four, the women’s basketball team was in the NCAA tournament, the volleyball team made it to the NCAA Championship game, the crew and track teams were racking up national accolades, and the women’s swim team earned their then highest national finish at 11th.What sports fanatic wouldn’t want to come here after that?The success continued for the Badgers, and after my sophomore year, Madison received the great laurel of being named “the best college sports town,” by Sports Illustrated on Campus.The excitement was there and the accolade gave the Badger faithful another reason to start pre-gamin’ a little earlier. Two-story beer bongs began flowing like Gatorade at a marathon event.But then, things started to taper off. There were no national championship teams; there were no bowl victories or Frozen Four appearances. Season after season, UW sports kept entering preseason polls highly-ranked, and finishing well behind the hype.This year however, things started to accelerate, and that is why I’m calling it the greatest year to cover sports.Was it just me, or were pre-game celebrations the craziest they’ve ever been?For whatever the reason, we drank, we intimated rival fans and we jumped around, all to watch Badger athletics have one stellar fall season.The men’s cross country team had a perfect ending to a perfect season, after finishing first at the national championships for the first time in 15 years. The team also placed three runners in the top ten.The volleyball team also managed to pull off yet another successful season after they reached the Elite Eight at the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, before losing to eventual champions Washington.On my first day on the job as an associate sports editor, the sports staff gathered and debated the future success of the football team. The team was not ranked and the sports staff had few expectations for the gridiron boys.Lo and behold, Brian Calhoun and John Stocco delivered an unbelievable offensive performance and UW finished with a 9-3 record, not to mention a very unexpected Capital One Bowl victory over Auburn, which surpassed all skeptics’ predictions from late August.The team, in my opinion, that had the best turnaround success was the women’s soccer team. After a heartbreaking mid-season that saw the team lose six out its last seven games, the Badgers picked up the pace and finished their season on a four-game win streak to advance to the Big Ten Tournament.There, the Badgers claimed the conference crown and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. It was an ideal ending to a rollercoaster season.The celebrations kept going into the spring semester.Like the football team, the men’s basketball team entered the season unranked. And despite losing three prominent reserves, the team finished an impressive fourth in the nation’s toughest conference.The success continued with the women’s swim team, which finished ninth nationally — its highest finish at the national championship, and the men’s indoor track team — who finished seventh nationally.The winter success ended with two national championships from both hockey teams, both of which have been well-documented.What a way to end the chilly winter months.Now spring is here, the weather is warm, and I swear I’ve seen Badger faithful already practicing their pre-game skills for the fall.Slip N’ Slides in 50 degree weather … priceless.Shannon is a super senior who graduates in one month. If for some reason, you want to talk about this column, send an e-mail to svancuren@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Former L.A. mayor speaks on campus

first_imgAntonio Villaraigosa, the 41st mayor of Los Angeles, visited campus Wednesday for an event hosted by the USC College Democrats and the Political Student Assembly. Villaraigosa spoke about civic engagement in Doheny Memorial Library.last_img

Syracuse to face North Carolina in the Final Four on Saturday at 8:49 p.m.

first_imgSyracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) has defied the odds this postseason and earned a trip to the Final Four on Sunday with a 68-62 win over No. 1-seeded Virginia (29-8, 13-5).And there SU will face North Carolina (32-6, 14-4), another No. 1 seed, on Saturday, April 2 at 8:49 p.m. in Houston, Texas. The game will be televised on TBS.Syracuse is 4-0 in its last four meetings with No. 1 seeds after beating Virginia.The Tar Heels defeated No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the last Elite Eight game on Sunday, 88-74. UNC big man Brice Johnson had 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 12 rebounds. All five UNC starters scored in double digits.Syracuse has played North Carolina twice this season. Hosting the Tar Heels on Jan. 9 in Jim Boeheim’s return from suspension, the Orange fell 84-73 to complete its 0-4 start in conference play. Then SU went on a midseason run, winning eight of nine games before falling into another rut, losing four of five to close the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Feb. 29 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, UNC was a part of that punishing finish when it distanced itself from a surging Syracuse with a 75-70 victory.The UNC frontcourt, most notably senior Brice Johnson who shot 13-for-21 for 30 points against SU this season, picked apart the 2-3 zone this season. It’s the same frontcourt that’s blocked 6.4 percent of its opponent’s shots this season, the 10th best rate in college basketball.The Tar Heels are among the worst 3-point shooting teams in the nation, making just 32.1 percent of its tries from beyond the arc. Sunday reflected that as UNC made 31 percent (4-for-13) of its 3-pointers.But UNC compensated with its efficiency on 2-point attempts. Against Notre Dame, 61.5 percent of those attempts fell (32-for-52), even better than its season average of 53.7 percent on 2-pointers, 22nd-best in the nation.Syracuse will have its third, and final, attempt at solving the Tar Heels on Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 28, 2016 at 12:34 am Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

ASA pulls ‘irresponsible’ Coral tweet as Ladbrokes ad cleared

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has pulled an advertisement from Coral after the advert was deemed ‘irresponsible’.An ad from Ladbrokes was cleared by the ASA, despite receiving five complaints suggesting it encouraged gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible.The advertising watchdog upheld one complaint issued against a post on Coral’s Twitter page after a challenge was raised concerning irresponsibility, and warned that the advert must not appear again in its current form.A Tweet on Coral’s Twitter page, seen in March 2020, featured the text ‘We’re as passionate about the bet as you are. So, get your stake back as a free bet if your horse fails to finish. #CoralRacing 18+, T&C’s Apply’.A link to a video ad was captioned ‘Have another go’ and began with horses racing and superimposed text which stated ‘STRONG, FAST, RELENTLESS, RIDERLESS’.The scene then featured a jockey about to fall off his horse. Further text stated ‘GET A FREE BET BACK WITH FAIL TO FINISH’ while a voiceover repeated it.A man watching looked disappointed until he looked at his phone and smiled. The voiceover stated ‘For the passion of the bet: Coral Racing’.Addressing the complaint, Coral emphasised that the ‘Fail to Finish’ promotion did not encourage repeated or socially irresponsible gambling, reiterating that ‘consumers were not obliged to take up the offer and did not have to use additional funds to qualify for the offer if they decided to have another go’.The firm ‘did not consider that the ad applied undue pressure to place another bet or encouraged gambling any more than what a consumer would normally gamble’.The ASA understood the ad promoted a ‘Fail to Finish’ offer which gave consumers a free bet token matching their bet value up to £10 in the event that their horse failed to finish. We acknowledged that the promotion did not oblige consumers to take up the offer and that consumers did not have to use additional funds to qualify for the offer.“However, we considered that the claim ‘Have another go’, together with the video ad which featured a man whose mood was instantly lifted following a free bet back, gave the impression that the decision to gamble had been taken lightly and was therefore likely to encourage some consumers to take up the offer repetitively. For that reason, we concluded that the ad was likely to encourage gambling behaviour that was potentially harmful and therefore breached the code.”But despite five individuals submitting a complaint against a Ladbrokes advert, the ASA cleared the advert, concluding it ‘did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible’.The Ladbrokes ad, seen on February 29, 2020, featured a man filling his car up with petrol while a voiceover stated ‘It’s all about getting them to line up’.The ad showed the price of the petrol which stopped at ‘£77.77’ after which the man said ‘Yes’. The ad then featured a man who was ordering a sandwich. The man twice said, ‘Hit me’ after which a further filling was added to the sandwich, the man then said, ‘When the time is right, I like to double down. Hit me’.The ad then featured a woman in a clothes shop who said: ‘There are few things more exciting than a spinning wheel. I’m going for red, definitely red. OK black’ while she spun a circular clothing rail which contained alternating red and black clothes.Five complainants, who believed the ad showed people who were addicted to gambling taking part in scenarios which mimicked gambling as part of their everyday lives, challenged whether the ad breached the code by portraying gambling as taking priority in life.In its response, Ladbrokes highlighted that the advert was intended to show the excitement of gaming in a metaphorical way which exaggerated real life, with analogies not suggesting that gambling took precedence over the characters’ work or other daily activities.Publishing its assessment in clearing the ad, the ASA stated: “The ad presented three characters engaging in everyday tasks and real-life scenarios that appeared to remind them of different online casino games: a slot machine; blackjack game; and roulette wheel.“The ASA considered that whilst the characters were depicted as momentarily reminded of gambling and engaged in that analogy of the situation, they were not so distracted that they didn’t continue with those tasks.“We also considered that the brief scenarios depicted did not present gambling as indispensable or imply that it took priority in any aspect of the characters’ lives. We therefore concluded that the ad did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, or portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life.” Related Articles SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Charlie Coyle scores game-tying goal, OT winner for Bruins

first_imgCoyle entered Thursday’s contest with three goals and an assist from the Bruins’ first-round series win over Toronto, but his first contribution to Game 1 against Columbus was a turnover inside the Bruins’ zone that led to the first of two Blue Jackets goals in a 13-second span. Those Columbus goals flipped the momentum in the game, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.Not to be discouraged by his miscue, Coyle reversed his team’s fortunes once again. With under five minutes left in regulation, Coyle received a cross-ice pass from Marcus Johansson and ripped a one-timer past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the game up.In overtime, Johansson and Coyle combined once again. Just over five minutes into the extra frame, the Bruins quickly broke out of their own zone and, after making four passes to find Coyle in front of goal, the 27-year-old poked the puck into the Columbus net for the winner. In addition to giving his team the first victory of the series, Coyle made a bit of history with his pair of goals. The Boston area native joined Patrice Bergeron as the only Bruins to score a game-tying goal in the final five regulation minutes of a playoff game before also notching the overtime winner.Charlie Coyle is the second player in @NHLBruins history score a tying goal in the final five minutes of regulation and the overtime winner in a playoff game.He joined Patrice Bergeron in #Game7 of the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals (5-4 OT W vs. TOR). #NHLStats #StanleyCup— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 26, 2019Coyle and the Bruins face the Blue Jackets in Game 3 on Saturday. Rarely does a player get to be the goat and the hero on the same night, but that’s exactly what happened to Charlie Coyle on Thursday.The Bruins center was directly responsible for a goal against before scoring his Boston’s final two goals in its 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their second-round series. Coyle’s rollercoaster game embodied the Bruins’ night, as Boston exchanged leads with the Blue Jackets until cementing the victory in the extra frame.last_img read more