Academy Reserves

first_imgAgain shorn of Jack Welsby on first team duty in the South of France, Saints gave a debut to Harvey McDaid off the bench and a first run out in the starting line-up for Harry Brooks.Saints got off to a wonderful start with Jumah Sambou scoring after only 3 minutes. Josh Simm increased the lead with the first of his brace after 13 minutes with Lewis Dodd converting this effort.The Wildcats hit back straight away however, with lively standoff Tom Ashen scoring and converting his own try.Josh Simm’s second converted effort gave Saints back their breathing space, mad even easier on the stroke of oranges with a Matty Foster try.The Wildcats responded and closed the gap within the first five minutes of the second period before Saints were reduced to 12 men with the sending off of Simm.Another Wildcats try and Saints would be starting to look over their shoulder, but any worries were calmed as Kye Siyani scored his first four pointer of the campaign converted again by Dodd.But back came the home side again scoring virtually straight away to keep in touch before just short of the hour mark any Saints nerves were calmed.Firstly Dodd slotted over a penalty goal before Ryan Horne scored Saints sixth try of the afternoon again converted by Dodd.The scrum half kicked another penalty with ten minutes to go and then rounded off a masterful display with his sixth goal converting John Hutchings try.Often a tricky place to go to this was a big for Saints especially playing most of the second half with a man down. Harvey McDaid made a great impression on debut and ‘old stagers’ Matty Foster, Jake Wingfield and Captain Sam Royle led the Saints home.Match Summary:Wakefield U19s:Robbie Butterworth, Harrison Burrows, Jack Croft, Oliver Greensmith, Van der Waal, Tom Ashen, Owen Hughes, Jacob Jones, Lewis Teale, Yusuf Aydin, Harry Dodd, Dane Windrow, Connor Bailey.Interchanges: James Patrickson, Sebastian Russo, Jordan Schofield, Moris Kamano.Tries:Tom Ashen (16), Dane Windrow (44), Van der Waal (54).Goals: Tom Ashen 1 from 3.Saints:Tom Nisbett, Jumah Sambou, Josh Simm, Nico Rizzelli, John Hutchings, Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd, Harry Brooks, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harvey McDaid, Lewis Baxter, Warren Smith.Tries:Jumah Sambou (3), Josh Simm (13 & 25), Matty Foster (36), Kye Siyani (51), Ryan Horne (65), John Hutchings (74).Goals:Lewis Dodd 6 from 9.Half Time: 6-20 Full Time: 14-40last_img read more

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We need a consistent ethics of life in Parliamentary debates

first_imgDuring the recent debate in Parliament on the financial estimates of the Embryo Protection, Nationalist Party Claudio Grech said that the foetus should be included in the definition of ‘minor’ within the Child Protection Act.  During the same discussion PL MP Rosianne Cutajar called for a mature discussion on the Embryo Protection Act to include amendments that would allow preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) which is a procedure used in IVF prior to the implantation of the human embryo to ensure that only embryos free from genetic defects are transferred into the womb. During the same debate Labour Party MP Etienne Grech said that all government members were against abortion.Read Also:  “Those against abortion should be against PGD” – Prof AgiusDiscussions in Parliament on the protection of human embryo need to be consistent and clear. If all members of Parliament are against abortion, as MP Etienne Grech claimed, then the same members should be consistent in their claim for the defence of the human being from its conception. They should claim unequivocally that they do not support amendments that would introduce PGD in the Embryo Protection Act because such technique would lead to the destruction of the vulnerable human being.Unlike other forms of prenatal diagnosis, in which the diagnostic phase is clearly separated from any possible later elimination and which provide therefore a period in which a couple would be free to accept a child with medical problems, in this case, the diagnosis before implantation is immediately followed by the elimination of an embryo suspected of having genetic or chromosomal defects, or not having the sex desired, or having other qualities that are not wanted. By treating the human embryo as mere “laboratory material” or a “cluster of cells”, the dignity of the human embryo is seriously compromised.  Dignity belongs equally to every single human being, irrespective of his parents’ desires and his genetic condition!Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is therefore the expression of a eugenic mentality that accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies. Such an attitude is shameful and utterly reprehensible, since it presumes to measure the value of a human life only within the parameters of ‘normality’ and physical well-being.What we need in our Parliamentary discussions is a consistent ethics of life. Those who are truly against abortion must voice their opinion against any medical procedure which would destroy the life of an innocent human being at its inception, including the technique of PGD which selects human embryos and consequently the wilful destruction of embryos. The flawed reasoning behind one’s arguments against abortion and at the same time in support of PGD is highly inconsistent and dangerous to the ‘culture of dignity’ that respects and protects those who are vulnerable, including disabled human beings.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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