First graders exposed to book about transgender boy—without parental notification

first_imgLifeSiteNews 1 May 2015Parents at one Maine school are upset that children as young as six were exposed to a book promoting transgender issues, in the name of “acceptance.”Parents were not only not consulted, they were never even notified of their children’s exposure to transgenderism.Horace Mitchell Primary School read the book I Am Jazz to first-grade students. The book is about a boy who identifies as a girl from the age of two, “with a boy’s body and a girl’s brain.” He eventually finds a doctor who tells his parents, “Jazz is transgender.”Parents began to inquire about what was being taught at Horace Mitchell Primary after children came home with questions about their own sex and wondering if they, too, might be transgender.One mother, upset that teachers would broach the subject of transgenderism with her little boy, said the primary school ignored her complaint. “I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs were completely ignored…My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me,” she told read more

Hooker Harness continues special events awards in fifth season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgInformation about the company product line is available at the website, on Facebook or by calling 815 233-5478. “With cockpit safety paramount to IMCA drivers, the Hooker Harness latch and link system pro­vides a peace of mind that is crucial for optimal driver response,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Safe nights are enjoyable nights at the track and Hooker Harness goes above and beyond to ensure that experience.” Certificates are mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official results from desig­nated specials are received. FREEPORT, Ill. – Hooker Harness again gives awards to special events drivers this season, its fifth as an IMCA sponsor.center_img Hooker made seat belts and harnesses for aviation applications before expanding to the racing industry; Hooker seat belts and harnesses are manufactured to individual customer specifica­tions, so they are not manufactured until actually ordered. Any necessary alterations are made at no addi­tional cost.  The Freeport, Ill., custom seatbelt and shoulder harness manufacturer gives $50 certificates to top five finishers at all events in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, and at desig­nated specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Prod­ucts Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Ruter reigns at Hancock County

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiBRITT, Iowa (May 7) – Ryan Ruter raced from 10th starting to win the Friday feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Hancock County Speedway.Kelly Shryock was the runner-up with Josh Ruby third.Heath Tulp came from the outside of row three to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Tulp held off a serious challenge from the hard-charging Derek Green, who finished second. David Smith was third.Shane Swanson started on the pole in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and never gave up that position, although he had to deny the fast closing George Nordman. Third was Nick Meyer.Jay Sidles and Tony Smidt led the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature field to the flag stand but at the end of the race, the victory went to Andrew Borchardt, who came from his inside fifth row start­ing slot.Smidt finished second followed by Weston Koop.Kaytee DeVries was the winner of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.last_img read more

Trifolium stars in Irish Arkle

first_img Press Association Trifolium proved jockey Bryan Cooper right with a brilliant display in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Defy Logic adopted his customary front-running tactics under Tony McCoy, but got in tight to the third fence from the finish and Trifolium quickly found himself in front. He continued to pour it on from the home turn and stayed on all the way to the line to comfortably take the Grade One prize. Felix Yonger (5-2) made a couple of jumping errors down the back straight, but finished well to grab the runner-up spot, with stable companion Mozoltov (7-2) back in third. Defy Logic was bitterly disappointing back in fifth but was found after the race to have burst a blood vessel. Byrnes said: “I knew he was in the form of his life coming here. I didn’t really expect him to win, but I thought he’d be there or thereabouts. “We put cheekpieces on him the last day and he was a bit free early on, so we took them off today and it helped him settle. “His jumping was fantastic and if you look back at the formbook, he had pretty good form in heavy ground over hurdles. “From day one over fences in Thurles, every day his jumping has been brilliant. As Gigginstown House Stud’s new number one jockey, Cooper could have ridden the better-fancied Mozoltov, but instead sided with the Charles Byrnes-trained 7-1 shot Trifolium. The seven-year-old chased home reopposing 11-8 favourite Defy Logic in the Racing Post Novice Chase over the course and distance last month, but travelled noticeably well on this occasion. “He was able to settle in behind Defy Logic today and that was the secret. “I felt he was back in the same form as he was going to Cheltenham two years ago (third in Supreme Novices’ Hurdle). “We had a terrible year with him last year and nothing went right, but all roads lead back to Cheltenham now.” Cooper said: “It was a hard decision (to elect to ride Trifolium), but the bottom line is that I went for experience. “Mozoltov is a fair horse but he only had one other run over fences.” Of Trifolium, Cooper said: “He’s beat them all out there, and is entitled to go for that (Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival) now.” last_img read more

Dominant India crush Windies to win ODI series 3-1

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: India thrashed the West Indies by nine wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International to clinch the series 3-1 here on Thursday.India had won the first and fourth matches. The second match ended in an exciting draw while the visitors outplayed India in the third ODI to claim their first and only victory of the tour.India played brilliantly in this match as both bowlers and batsmen did their job.First, the bowlers restricted the visitors to a paltry 104 then the top-order batsmen played handsomely to wrap up the issue in just 15 overs.Chasing 105, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (6) in the second over. Pacer Oshane Thomas clean bowled the Delhi batsman with just six runs on the board.Unperturbed by the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, Rohit Sharma (63 not out) and skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out) played sensibly and guided India to a comfortable victory. Rohit also completed his 37th half-century.Rohit slammed five boundaries and four sixes in his 56-ball innings while Kohli played 29 balls and hammered six boundaries.Earlier, a brilliant bowling effort saw India bundle out West Indies for 104.The Indian bowlers were on the mark right from the start. Some good line and maximum use of the conditions at the Greenfield International Stadium combined with some poor judgment by the West Indies batsmen helped the hosts create havoc in the visitors batting line-up.Apart from skipper Jason Holder (25) and experienced all-rounder Marlon Samuels (24) no other West Indies batsmen applied themselves and went back cheaply.For India, Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav scalped one wicket each.Brief scores: West Indies: 104 (Jason Holder 25, Marlon Samuels 24; Ravindra Jadeja 4/34) vs India: 105/1 (Rohit Sharma 63 not out, Virat Kohli 33 not out; Oshane Thomas 1/33). IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Lopes advance to final of GBTI Open, Lowden on roll

first_imgDAVID Lopes advanced to the final of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry’s (GBTI) Open Tennis tournament with a convincing win against Benjattan Osbourne, while Godfrey Lowden, campaigning in the over 45 years category, made light work of his opposition in both the singles and doubles categories Lopes’ semi-final match last Wednesday against Osbourne was a one-sided and ill-tempered affair as Lopes was simply too dominant. Playing some of his best tennis,he cut down on unforced errors significantly and kept the potential challenge of Osborne at bay as he skillfully kept his opponent off-balanced and unable to launch an attack by moving the ball around the court.A visibly perturbed and frustrated Osborne repeatedly questioned line calls and was only able to save a 6-0 loss in the second set when he dug deep and won a game to lose 5-1 before Lopes served out the set.Lowden on the other hand, campaigning in the Over 45 years category, proved to be good in his matches as he registered comprehensive wins in his singles and doubles games.In his semi-final match against Rudy Grant, his fast paced style allowed him to put away Grant 6-3, 6-1, after Grant was able to mount an early challenge.The old rivalry has been more one-sided to Lowden in recent years as Grant now plays sparingly and is not so active.In the Men’s Over- 45 Doubles action, Lowden partnered with Omar Persaud and encountered stiff resistance from American, Albert Razick and Steve Surujbally who took the first set 7-6 in the tiebreak before the match changed and they won only one more game before the team retired, facing a 4-0 deficit in the final set. Final scores in the match were 6-7 6-1 4-0 (retired).Other entertaining matches were when an injured Heimraj Resaul was able to hold off the challenge of talented but inconsistent junior, Khalid Gobin 6-2, 7-6 in the Boys quarter finals as the pair played excellent tennis. Resaul had to subsequently forfeit his remaining matches which allowed Joshua Kalekyezi, who first defeated Nigel Lowe 6-1, 6-0 and unexpectedly upended top ranked Mark McDonald in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 10-7, to book his first GBTI Boys Final against Jordan Beaton.In the Men’s Open Doubles semis, the new pairing of Mark McDonald and Andre Erskine gave top seeds Anthony Downes/Jason Andrews a challenge as they took the second set 6-3 before going down in three sets as the top seeds restored order with a 6-2 final set, after having a similarly dominant 6-1 first set. Leyland Leacock/Daniel Lopes also easily defeated Nicholas Glasgow/Joseph DeJonge 6-2, 6-1 to book their place in the semis.A keenly contested Ladies Singles match was cut short when Cristy Campbell could not overcome progressive muscular cramps and retired in the third set against Kalyca Fraser, to lose 3-6, 6-3, 1-0.The Mixed Doubles quarter final action saw Ciara Pooran/Nicholas Glasgow defeating the pair of GLTA executives, Grace McCalman/Jamal Goodluck 6-3 , 6-1 but the two subsequently gave Daniel Lopes/Sarah Klautky a w/o in the semis to reach the Finals.last_img read more

Biles breaks World Championships medals record

first_imgSIMONE Biles became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history with two more golds on Sunday.The American, 22, surpassed the overall medal record held by Vitaly Scherbo by winning on the balance beam – her 24th medal, 18 of them gold – in Stuttgart.Biles put in another sublime display to post a score of 15.066 and pick up her fourth gold of these championships.She then produced a stunning 15.133 to beat compatriot Sunisa Lee, 16, and win another gold in the floor final.China’s Liu Tingting and Li Shijia took silver and bronze respectively on the balance beam.Lee took silver in the floor final with a score of 14.133, while Russian Angelina Melnikova finished third.Having won four gold medals and one bronze at Rio 2016, Biles now has 30 medals in World Championships and Olympics, three short of the record held by Scherbo, who represented the Soviet Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Belarus in the 1990s.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Hamilton seals his sixth F1 title at U.S. Grand Prix

first_imgBy Steve KeatingAUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth Formula One world championship on Sunday in a U.S. Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.The 34-year-old Briton finished second at the Circuit of the Americas to become only the second driver after retired Ferrari great and seven-times champion Michael Schumacher to win six titles.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took third place in the race while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth and took an extra point for fastest lap.A sellout crowd, that included both of Hamilton’s parents, arrived early at a sun-kissed circuit outside Austin expecting to see a coronation and were not disappointed as the Briton battled Bottas to the death.Much of the drama in the championship chase had already been removed with Hamilton in position to clinch the title without even scoring a point.But the 34-year-old showed why he is one of most competitive and greatest racers of all-time as he tried to crown his championship with a seventh U.S. Grand Prix victory.He fell just short of crossing the finishing line first but nothing could stop Hamilton from sealing another driver’s title.“It’s just overwhelming if I’m really honest. It was such a tough race today,” Hamilton told reporters.“Valtteri did a fantastic job so huge congratulations to him.“Today I just really wanted to deliver the one-two for the team. I didn’t think the one-stop was going to be possible but I worked as hard as I could.”The math was as simple as it was daunting for Bottas, Hamilton would secure the title by finishing eighth or better but would not need any points on Sunday to retain the championship if the Finn did not win the race.Any thoughts that Hamilton might approach the race with some caution were quickly removed as he went on the attack right from the start, shooting from fifth to third before the first lap was completed.Bottas got away from pole position cleanly with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton in hot pursuit.With Hamilton on a one-stop strategy and Bottas and Verstappen on two, the Briton took over the lead after his two challengers made their second pit-stops.ictory now depended on whichever driver could make their tyres last.With four laps to go and Hamilton grimly hanging on, there was nothing he could do to stop Bottas sweeping past him to take the win.“My dad told me when I was six or seven years old never to give up and that’s kind of the family motto,” said Hamilton.“I was pushing as hard as I could, I was hopeful that I might be able to win today but didn’t have it in the tyres unfortunately.”last_img read more

Tipperary look set to name their team tonight for Sunday’s All Ireland Minor football…

first_imgKildare selector Tadgh Finnin says they are well aware of Tipperary star players but believes the Lilywhites can only look after there own performance on Sunday.Throw-in is at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon in Croke Park and Tipp FM will have live commentary in association with John Corbett Motorvillage, Thurles.last_img

Ireland women’s Rugby team to be named today

first_img© Womens Rugby Ireland are due to name their team for the Women’s Rugby World Cup fifth place play off semi final against Australia today.There will be at least one change to the squad.Prop Ruth O’Reilly suffered a back injury during the defeat to France and has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.last_img