Adam Haber Says Women’s Health Issues Divide Him From Sen. Jack Martins

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In his bid to unseat state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau businessman Adam Haber, the Democratic Party candidate, hopes to seize upon their difference on women’s health issues to paint a stark contrast in policy over reproductive rights.At a rally held Monday outside the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, Haber received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and several Nassau County business women for his candidacy in New York’s 7th Senate District as he declared his support for the Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act, which would protect the state’s women from the adverse effects of the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision limiting women’s health insurance for contraceptives.The disclosure act, proposed by Attorney Gen. Eric Schneiderman and state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat, would shield women in New York from the effects of the Hobby Lobby decision by requiring employers both to give current employees 90 days’ notice before changing contraceptive coverage and to notify prospective employees of any contraceptive coverage they offer their employees.“Senator Jack Martins has repeatedly stymied progress on women’s equality,” said Haber, “and the women of Nassau County deserve better representation as we work together to fight anti-equality measures like Hobby Lobby.” The candidates’ differing views on abortion were clear to the women endorsing Haber. “Despite overwhelming support for women’s health, safety and equality among voters on Long Island, not one single state senator in Nassau or Suffolk County is pro-choice,” said Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice NY. “The election of Adam Haber in District 7 will reverse this trend.”“Planned Parenthood serves thousands of women and families in Nassau County, and the community needs state legislators who will stand strong in support of the comprehensive reproductive health care services our centers provide and that our patients both need and deserve,” said JoAnn D. Smith, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund president. “This endorsement demonstrates the confidence we have in Adam Haber to protect and advance access to these essential services.”The Martins campaign countered that the incumbent and the challenger are not that far apart on the women’s rights issues that matter most—despite what Haber and his supporters may claim.“As a husband and father of four daughters, Senator Martins continues to fight for women’s equality, including equal pay and stronger protections from discrimination,” said Chris Schneider, a Martins campaign spokesman, in a statement to the Press.But he added that the two men do differ over a provision in the Women’s Equality Act, still pending in Albany, that would allow late-term abortions when the woman’s health was deemed at risk. Haber supports it, Martins doesn’t.“Adam Haber continues to demand tying these reforms to an unrelated measure allowing non-doctors to perform late term/partial birth abortions right up until the moment of birth,” said Schneider. “His divisive approach, which leaders in both parties have criticized, shows Mr. Haber is more interested in playing politics than protecting women.”last_img read more

Austria shuts museums, suspends all trains to Italy

first_imgMeanwhile, Vienna International Airport on Wednesday reported a 30 percent decline in passenger traffic so far in March compared with a year ago.National museum directors said their doors will be closed until March 31. The state opera and Musikverein, home to Vienna’s philharmonic orchestra, said on Tuesday they would also cancel concerts until the end of March to comply with the government ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in closed spaces.The Austrian National Library has also closed.The country of more than eight million people has so far reported 206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no deaths.Topics : Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighbouring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.The decision affects rail links from regions in western and southern Austria which border Italy. All long-distance routes — notably overnight trains to Rome, Milan and Venice — had already been cancelled.The country announced on Tuesday the near closure of its land border with its southern neighbour, now requiring a medical certificate for private individuals arriving from Italy. Cargo transport is exempt.last_img read more

Keane excited by future

first_imgRobbie Keane will head off on his end-of-season break excited at what lies ahead for Ireland. The LA Galaxy striker’s domestic campaign drew to a close before he met up with the national squad for their friendlies against Latvia and Poland with new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane launching a new era in Irish football. While most of his team-mates roll up their sleeves for a return to action in English club football, frontman Keane will enjoy a well-earned rest. However, he is already anticipating the start of the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 in September next year and the prospect of Ireland once again mounting a challenge. The 33-year-old said: “Listen, we have a manager who is very enthusiastic about what he does. He has always produced where he has been, so I think everyone is excited. “It’s certainly been good. It was good to play at home and get the fans back on our side, if you like. “The two of them, Martin and Roy, coming in certainly did that and then to play away from home against a team that is getting stronger and stronger, it was a good test. “It was good for him (O’Neill) to see all the players and different players who they probably haven’t seen close up, so I think it’s something he certainly enjoyed, anyway. “He mentioned after he had really enjoyed it.” The younger Keane was a bystander at the INEA Stadium in Poznan on Tuesday evening as a much-changed Ireland side battled its way to a 0-0 draw with the Poles to add to their 3-0 victory over the Latvians at the Aviva Stadium. He did not play because of a long-standing Achilles problem, the extent of which he hopes to discover on Tuesday next week when he sees a specialist. Robbie Keane, much to his manager’s admiration, delayed the consultation in order to make the trip to Poland, and he is bracing himself for the possibility of surgery. Asked what his plans are for the next few weeks, he said: “Just rest, and see the specialist and see what he has to say, whether I have to have an operation or whatever he says. “But I won’t know until I see him on Tuesday.” The striker, who scored his 62nd senior international goal and won his 131st cap against Latvia, watched the entire game in Poznan from the bench and admitted it had given him a different perspective, one which may come in handy once his playing days are over as he looks towards a career in coaching. He said: “It’s different. It’s always nice to see it from a different perspective and see how the game goes. “But like anybody, you want to be playing and I’m exactly the same. But it was good to see, it was good to see the lads playing and good to get a few tips for a good few years down the line. “The pitch wasn’t the best for both teams, it was quite bobbly but all in all, it was a decent performance. Everybody worked hard and these are the games you want to be beaten in, so a draw was probably a fair result.” Robbie Keane will hope to be back on the pitch when Serbia visit Dublin in March, and his long-term strike-partner under former boss Giovanni Trapattoni, Kevin Doyle, is eager to join him once again. Doyle slipped down – and ultimately out of – the pecking order as club Wolves dropped out of the Barclays Premier League and in short order, into Sky Bet League One. However, he was recalled last month by interim boss Noel King, who also selected the current squad on O’Neill’s behalf, and is relishing the chance to prove himself at international level once again while helping to spearhead a promotion push at Molineux. Doyle said: “We (Wolves) have started very well this season and are top of the league from the weekend. “Next season when the qualifiers start again, it’s another new year and hopefully if things go well, we will be in another division.” Doyle will hope to impress O’Neill and number two Roy Keane from a distance before next March’s friendly against Serbia to experience once again the buzz that their arrival has created. He said: “It’s been very enjoyable – not that it wasn’t enjoyable before. It’s just a new manager and new ideas, a new voice to listen to. “Obviously everyone is very keen to listen and try to impress and both of them being heroes of all of us, probably, over the years, makes it that bit more special, I suppose.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Doubt over O’Connell move to France.

first_imgAccording to Midi Olympique in France an old shoulder injury means the former Munster Captain may not take up his reported two season deal with the European champions.The French club may wait until after the World cup to decide.last_img