Transgender toilet suit sparks school review

first_imgThe Australian 18 Sept 2013A THREATENED anti-discrimination lawsuit by a parent of a transgender child has opened the door to Queensland schools introducing unisex toilets, change rooms and sports teams.State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek confirmed yesterday that a departmental review would likely lead to new guidelines for school principals to accommodate the “special needs” of gay and transgender children.The review follows the decision of a state school this year to order a nine-year-old pupil to only use a disabled toilet after the child, who was born male, won the right to be recognised as a girl.Parents of the child, known as “Emma”, threatened to launch civil action and forced a backflip from the school.Mr Langbroek ordered the review after the case but stressed yesterday that the new guidelines would apply on a “school-by-school” case and would not lead to mixed facilities being introduced across the school system.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/special-needs-will-be-taken-into-account/story-e6frgczx-1226721285147last_img read more

Yankees muscle up on Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw in win at Dodger Stadium

first_imgPreviousNew York Yankees’ Mike Ford celebrates as he rounds first after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees’ Mike Ford hits an RBI double thrown from Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez as catcher Austin Barnes, right, and home plate umpire Bill Welke watch during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Yankees’ Mike Ford hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees’ Mike Ford celebrates as he rounds first after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 4New York Yankees’ Mike Ford celebrates as he rounds first after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw allowed four hits in seven innings Sunday. On another day, against another team, that would be enough to end the Dodgers’ weekend on a high note.Sunday, it called attention to the peculiar brand of baseball carrying the Yankees in 2019. Three of those four hits cleared the outfield fence in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss.DJ LeMahieu hit Kershaw’s third pitch of the game, a belt-high teardrop of a curveball, 409 feet to left-center field for a home run.Not to be outdone, Joc Pederson began the bottom of the first inning by hitting a Domingo German fastball halfway up the right-field bleachers. One batter – one pitch – into the game, the Dodgers’ offense had exhausted its output. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start New York scored 16 runs in the three-game series, all but four as a result of home runs. Judge hit three by himself, one in each game. In a possible World Series preview featuring the best team in each league, the Yankees (85-47) took two of three from the Dodgers (86-45).“It was good to put eyes on them,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I like the way they play the game. They definitely mirror our club. They’ve got a nice mix of youth and veterans. … It’s a fun team to compete against and they got the best of us this series.”German (17-3) has started 36 games in his young career, all in the American League. The Dodgers were an unfamiliar opponent, and it showed. The 27-year-old right-hander allowed five hits, walked two batters and struck out five. The Dodgers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.Moreover, their patented patience seemed to run out. German and four relievers needed 121 pitches to complete the win. No team has thrown fewer pitches in a nine-inning win against the Dodgers this season.“He was mixing it up pretty good,” Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy said of German. “He wasn’t missing over the plate. He was hitting his corners really well. He didn’t miss enough to be walking us. He was close enough that he got a couple chases. He was pitching really well. Once the shadows started creeping he was even better.”Cody Bellinger went 0 for 3 Sunday, and finished the three-game series 1 for 10 with six strikeouts. Corey Seager went 0 for 6. Matt Beaty went 0 for 5. Will Smith went 1 for 8 with five strikeouts, including the game-ending punchout Sunday against Aroldis Chapman.“They have a good staff over there, both their starters and bullpen,” Muncy said. “American League pitching is different from National League pitching. That’s how it’s always been. They adjusted to us better than we adjusted to them. That was kind of the bottom line.”Related Articles The highlight for the Dodgers was Kershaw (13-3), who extended his remarkable streak of 6-inning starts to begin the season to 23.The 31-year-old left-hander did not walk a batter in seven innings and struck out 12. His slider was particularly effective. The pitch elicited only one hit, a single, compared to 11 swings and misses. By contrast, his curveball resulted in two home runs. According to Inside Edge, only one other team this decade has hit two home runs in one game off Kershaw curveballs.“I’ve always said solo home runs won’t beat you,” Kershaw said, “but three probably will.”When Kershaw was removed the Dodgers were still within striking distance, down 3-1.Pedro Baez entered the game in the eighth inning and was uncharacteristically hittable. LeMahieu singled and scored on a double by Ford. Left-hander Adam Kolarek pitched the ninth inning. Brett Gardner greeted him with a single, went to third base on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela.The announced crowd of 53,828 marked the Dodgers’ 25th sellout of the season. The environment evoked memories of Octobers past, to say nothing of an interleague matchup between the Yankees and Dodgers.Muncy conceded that ignoring the possibility of a postseason preview requires effort.“The atmosphere was very wild. It was loud,” Muncy said. “The 4 o’clock start definitely felt a little bit like the postseason. We’re not trying to look ahead, but at the same time maybe it was good to get our first shadow game. They’re a little bit difficult.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The game was still tied 1-1 when Aaron Judge smoked another hanging curveball out of the park to right-center.Finally, Mike Ford unloaded on a Kershaw fastball in the sixth inning, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Ford was only in the game because Kershaw hit Didi Gregorius on the right shoulder with a fastball in the first inning; the knighted Dutchman left to get his shoulder x-rayed.Eliminating the opponent’s number-3 hitter did nothing to eliminate the possibility of a baseball leaving the yard Sunday. It merely set the stage for an unsung hero.“I made four mistakes and three of them went over the fence,” Kershaw said. “That’s no fun.”Six days remain in August, yet the Yankees have already broken the record for most home runs by one team in a single month, with 61. They have hit 241 home runs this season. With an iota of luck, they will exceed the single-season record for home runs (267) that they set only one year ago.last_img read more