18 Dec

Two-Thirds Of New Hampshire GOP Voters Support Trump’s Muslim Ban

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Demagoguery won out in New Hampshire Tuesday, with real estate mogul Donald Trump riding a wave of xenophobic and anti-establishment hysteria all the way to the top of the ballot in the first-in-the-nation primary.The bombastic billionaire trounced the other competitors seeking the Republican presidential nomination, buoyed by two-thirds of GOP voters there who expressed support for his plan to ban all non-US citizen Muslims from entering the country.Trump’s proposal came shortly after the attacks in San Bernardino in December that killed 14 and injured more than 20 people, and several weeks after 130 people were murdered in Paris.Exit polls conducted at New Hampshire polling sites Tuesday indicated large support for such a prohibition on an entire religion—a religion that’s represented by 1.6 billion people worldwide but makes up less than 1 percent of the US population.Nayyar Imam, a pharmacist and the first-ever Suffolk County police Muslim chaplain, said he’d think twice about traveling if Trump secures the nomination and eventually moves into the White House.“It’s a scary situation,” he said, noting that most Muslims in the United States are immigrants who often travel to their homelands or Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages.In a previous interview with the Press after Trump initially called for the ban, Habeeb Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury became emotional when contemplating a future in which he’d be barred from coming home.“If he was president, I may not be allowed back in this country,” Ahmed said, his eyes welling up. “And then suddenly, I’m a homeless person.”Muslims have not been the only population caught in the political crossfire, however. The deep-pocketed presidential contender—and frontrunner for the GOP nomination—has also targeted Mexicans, whom he referred to as rapists and criminals while promising that his administration would pressure Mexico to solely fund the construction of a “beautiful wall” at the southern border.Trump has stood firmly behind his proposal to ban Muslims, while also condoning torture, and even suggesting he’d use techniques far more brutal than waterboarding on prisoners. Waterboarding and other torture techniques were previously used on detainees nabbed during the Bush administration’s War on Terror, but a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation later found that torture was an ineffective intelligence-gathering tool.Amid anti-refugee sentiment, Trump also said he’d stare into the face of a Syrian child and tell them they’re not welcome in the United States. Syrian refugees have been fleeing their war-torn country by the thousands in large part due to the merciless killing of Muslims and people deemed apostates by the apocalyptic terror cult ISIS.“They’re chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East,” Trump said. “They’re chopping heads off, [and] they laugh at us when they hear we’re not going to approve waterboarding, and then they’ll have a James Foley and others where they cut off their heads.”Muslim-advocacy groups—and even President Obama—have directly linked the verbal assault on Muslims by presidential candidates to real-life attacks on Muslim Americans.Trump is not the only GOP contender accused of making inflammatory remarks toward Muslims, but he is the loudest and the most persistent.Both Democrats and Republicans have condemned his remarks—which have prompted comparisons to Hitler. Despite the backlash, a large segment of the electorate is energized by anti-immigrant proposals, and they showed it in New Hampshire by heading to the polls in droves.Muslims throughout the country have condemned atrocities committed in the name of their religion, which they say has been hijacked by bloodthirsty murderers. Locally, the Islamic Center of Long Island created an interfaith institute to promote tolerance between people of different faiths. Long Island Muslims have received widespread support from other religious leaders, who hope their actions could help breakdown dangerous stereotypes.Imam, SCPD’s Muslim chaplain, questioned whether Trump voters who support his ban proposal have ever previously come in contact with a Muslim American.He told the story of customer at his pharmacy baffled to learn he was Muslim because he’s “such a nice guy,” insinuating that all Muslims are bad.Asked if he would travel if Trump became president, Imam said: “I would try to avoid it.”Imam said interfaith efforts aren’t enough to combat Islamophobia because it often feels like religious leaders are “preaching to the choir.” He wants Muslims to be more involved in the community and get to know their neighbors. Only then, he suggested, would people have a truer understanding of the religion.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)last_img read more

19 Oct

China bans trade, consumption of wild animals due to coronavirus

first_imgThe use of wild animals for non-edible purposes, including scientific research, medical use and display, will be subject to strict examination, approval and quarantine inspection.Prior to the announcement, traders legally selling donkey, dog, deer, crocodile and other meat told Reuters they planned to get back to business as soon as the markets reopen.Many academics, environmentalists and residents in China have joined international conservation groups in calling for a permanent ban. Online debate within China has also heavily favored a permanent ban. Topics : China’s top legislature said it will immediately ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, in a fast-track decision it says will allow the country to win the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.The announcement, made late on Monday according to the official Xinhua News Agency, comes after an initial suspension of the trade and consumption of wildlife in January.Scientists suspect, but have not proven, that the new coronavirus passed to humans from animals. The disease has now killed almost 2,700 people in China and spread to countries around the globe.center_img Some of the earliest infections were found in people who had exposure to a wildlife market in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, where bats, snakes, civets and other animals were sold.”There has been a growing concern among people over the consumption of wild animals and the hidden dangers it brings to public health security since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak,” said Zhang Tiewei, a spokesman for the top legislature’s Legislative Affairs Commission.Zhang said it was both urgent and necessary for the decision to be made at the “critical moment for the epidemic prevention and control”.The decision, made by the National People’s Congress, stipulates the illegal consumption and trade of wildlife will be “severely punished” as will be hunting, trading or transporting wild animals for the purpose of consumption.last_img read more

27 Dec

Agony for Cappry U16’s as they exit SFAI National Cup competition

first_imgCappry Rovers News: CAPPRY LOTTOThe numbers drawn in last weeks Cappry lotto were 1, 3, 7, 20.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was Cora Harvey, Sessiaghoneill.The numbers drawn in this weeks lotto were 6, 7, 9, 15.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was once again, Cora Harvey, Sessiaghoneill. Next weeks jackpot is €6400.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win.CAPPRY ROVERSGweedore Celtic 3     Cappry Rovers 1This match was played at the Screaban in blustery conditions. The Celts started brightest and took the lead through Tommy Diver when he nodded home a long throw in from Odhran MacNiallais. MacNiallais was again the provider on 40 minutes when he threaded a ball through to Colin Ferry who doubled the advantage. Cappry had a man sent off late in the first half however they started to crank up the pressure on the Screaban men in the second half and were unlucky not to pull one back after Christopher Sweeney pulled off a great save from a spot kick. Shortly after they reduced the deficit when Ronan McHugh finished after being put through on goal. Late on in the game the Screaban men secured the points when Tommy Diver scored his second when he volleyed into the top corner from well outside the area to make it 3-1. The Celts held on for the win as Rovers lost their first game of the season. CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVESCappry Rovers 2 – 2 Glenea UnitedIt was all go from the moment the whistle blew at Cappry Park. Benji O’Meara’s home side knew they had a tough challenge ahead against the league leaders, Glenea. Cappry got the game off to a good start, putting plenty of pressure on the visitors and holding off any challenges to break through their back line. On the 22nd minute, Cappry left back, Darren Bonner took a free kick given outside the left of Glenea’s box and nailed it straight into the back of the net. In the final 15 minutes of the first half, Glenea came back into the game, dominating possession and with 5 minutes until the break, managed to get a shot away passed the keeper to level the score line.  Both teams equally shared possession and chances. Conor and Shane Laverty controlled the midfield well while NP McDaid dazzled the opponents every time he possessed the ball. Cappry kept the pressure on and it paid off on the 60th minute when winger, Shaun Bannigan put the home team ahead again with a right footed shot inside the Glenea penalty area to make it 2-1.  Glenea came back fighting and in the 64th minute were denied a goal thanks to a brilliant save from Cappry goalkeeper, Bari Duncan.  The game continued with end to end action and on the 83rd minute, Glenea found the back of the net for the 2nd time to equalise the score line and see out the game. A very entertaining game with both teams putting in excellent performances.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’sU16 SFAI National CupLagan Harps 2 Cappry Rovers 1Jack O’Donnell and Jack Parke netted the goals for Glenn Gallagher’s side in an entertaining game at The Moss, with a late goal by Kane McGlynn coming too late to enable Cappry mount a comeback. O’Donnell’s opener, in the 19th minute was all that stood between the teams until Parke headed home in the dying moments. O’Donnell’s was a brilliant strike, conjured all by himself and finished wonderfully from the edge of the box, right into Cian Gallen’s bottom corner. O’Donnell was the provider for the second goal, scored two minutes from the end by the equally-excellent Parke, who headed home in style to seal Lagan’s passage into the final. They were made sweat a little when McGlynn drilled past Oisin Bonner from 20 yards, but with four minutes of added time gone at that point, Cappry had run out of time. It was Jamie Doherty’s men who had looked the more likely in the early exchanges. Alex McGeehan had tried an ambitious effort from long-range that didn’t trouble the Lagan goalkeeper Bonner. When Bonner let a cross from Evan McBride slip through his clutches, Cappry couldn’t pounce and, late in the half, it took a brave block by Lagan’s Dylan O’Brien to keep out a shot from McGlynn. By then, though, Lagan had hit the front thanks to O’Donnell’s brilliant strike. Caoimhin Wheeler warmed the hands of Cappry net minder Gallen and Gallen had to be on guard to turn over a shot by Parke with the tips of his fingers. With Parke coming into the game, Lagan got a foothold, but Cappry always looked threatening and Bonner held onto a powerful drive from Joel Bradley-Walsh. Lagan began the brighter in the second half, but with Gallen on form Cappry stayed in with a chance. Saul Miller-Kelly tapped wide of a gaping goal after O’Donnell was denied and Parke fizzled over with an enterprising effort from 30 yards. As Cappry turned the screw in search of McGlynn did have the ball in the net, but he was called offside. Bonner denied Cappry again when Bradley-Walsh and Conor Doherty worked a short corner routine, but Parke made them pay when he converted the second goal that, finally, put the contest beyond Cappry’s reach.Lagan Harps: Oisin Bonner; Eoin O’Connor, Dylan O’Brien, PJ McDaid, Conor Bonner; Caoimhin Wheeler, Jonathan Coady, Jack Parke, Saul Miller-Kelly; Jack O’Donnell, Dean Murray. Subs: Odhran Downey for Miller-Kelly, Darragh Rodgers for Murray, Enda Gallagher for O’Connor, Ryan Moore for Wheeler. Cappry Rovers: Cian Gallen; Jamie Murray, Sean O’Donnell, Odhrán McGlynn, Conor McCormack; Evan McBride, Alex McGeehan, Kieran Neeson, Conor Doherty; Joel Bradley-Walsh, Kaine McGlynn. Subs: Oisin McElhinney for McBride, Shane Rowan for McCormack, Dylan Doherty for Gallen, Odhran O’Donnell for Neeson, Kieran Thompson for Murray, Dean Harvey for Bradley-Walsh.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’sCappry Rovers welcomed Lagan Harps to Cappry Park on Thursday evening last and continued with their great form winning on a 3-0 score line. Kieran Thompson, Jason Dunne and Evan McBride scored the Cappry goals.CAPPRY ROVERS U13’sCappry welcomed Newell Academy FC, Derry to Cappry Park on Saturday to play a friendly as they continue their preparations for an Ulster Final. They played 9 a side in the 1st half and 11 a side in the 2nd half. Although Cappry ran out 4-0 winners, the score line doesn’t truly reflect the game. Newell Academy are a quality team and showed their class for long periods of the game. The way they could maintain possession was a joy to watch and hopefully something that Cappry can aspire to. Mark Mbuli got Cappry off to a flier when he scored the opening goal in the 1st minute. Both sides created chances after this but it wasn’t until late in the 1st half when Luke McGlynn got Capprys 2nd. At the end of the 9 a side, Cappry were winning 2-0. The 2nd half seen the game move to 11 a side and playing full pitch. It was then that Newell Academy showed their true class with young Oisin Gallagher standing out for the visitors. The Cappry lads defended well and grabbed 2 more goals through Mark Mbuli and Kevin McCormack.The management would like to extend their thanks to Newell Academy for travelling to Cappry for what was a very entertaining and competitive game.CAPPRY ROVERS MEGA DRAWCappry are holding a mega draw where you could win a Skoda Octavia Ambition along with some more great prizes. Also included with each ticket is a 20% off voucher for McElhinney’s Store which should come in handy coming up to Christmas. The draw will take place 29th December. Tickets are priced at €20 and all funds raised will go towards an Astro turf pitch. If you’re interested in a ticket contact Danny 087 7797581.Agony for Cappry U16’s as they exit SFAI National Cup competition was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CappryFootballSportlast_img read more