Consequences of legalising same sex ‘marriage’ overseas (continued…)

first_imgThe legalisation of same-sex marriage (or just the push for it) has had the following consequences:* Tennis great Margaret Court came under attack when she expressed opposition to same-sex marriage early in 2012. Court was accused of spreading “hateful comments” and “inciting the bigots out there” by same-sex marriage activist Kerryn Phelps.5 Court said she felt stunned, victimised, and the target of a “relentless hate campaign” for simply stating her views.6* Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett was subjected to similarly vicious attacks after writing that man-woman marriage was the best environment in which to raise children.7 Kennett spoke from his experience as leader of Beyond Blue, having observed a rise in anxiety among very young children that is often “a direct result” of their family situations. Following outrage from homosexual activists, Kennett backtracked on his statements “in an apparent bid to mollify the gay and lesbian community”.8* Toowoomba GP David van Gend was forced to attend mediation before the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland after expressing similar views which “offended” a homosexual man.9* Also in 2011, a respected Canadian sports anchor was fired after expressing support for the traditional definition of marriage. Damian Goddard used Twitter to express his opinion on marriage, a decision which led to his dismissal from the television station, Sportsnet.14* In 2011, Peter Vidmar was chosen to be chef de mission for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Dual gold-medallist Vidmar had been involved with the Olympic movement in the USA for more than 20 years but was pressured to resign because he had supported Proposition 8, the measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman in California.15You have been warned!5 Tanya Nolan (January 13, 2012), ‘Tennis great accused of inciting gay hatred’, ABC News,http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-13/tennis-great-accused-of-inciting-gay-hatred/37718546 Aaron Langmaid (January 24, 2012), ‘Hatred stuns tennis great Margaret Court’, Herald Sun, http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/morenews/hatred-stuns-tennis-great-court/story-fn7x8me2-12262517481527 Jeff Kennett (September 9, 2011), ‘Children need mum and dad for best mental health’, Herald Sun,http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-12261325798758 Melissa Fyfe (October 6, 2011), ‘Kennett reversal on gay parenting’, The Age,http://www.theage.com.au/national/kennett-reversal-ongay-parenting-20111005-1l9pu.html9 Angela Shanahan (October 15, 2011), ‘Discrimination police indulging in gay abandon’, The Australian,http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/discrimination-police-indulging-in-gay-abandon/story-e6frg6zo-122616701674114 Cathal Kelly (May 12, 2011), ‘Fired Sportsnet host Damian Goddard ‘stands by’ tweets’, The Toronto Star,http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/989686–fired-sportsnet-host-damian-goddard-stands-by-tweets15 Juliet Macur (May 11, 2011), ‘For Some Sports Figures, Opinions Have a Price’, The New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/sports/olympics/gay-marriage-stance-costs-vidmar-olympic-role.html?_r=2last_img read more

Airport expansion on the radar in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, — Officials in Greensburg are presenting the results of an environmental assessment of the proposed expansion of the Greensburg Municipal Airport. The meeting will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Greensburg city hall. The assessment has taken 10 years to produce.Based on the assessment results, FAA input and public comment right-of-way acquisition could begin later this year.The expansion will increase the overall size of the airport from 32 acres to about 185 acres and add a new, longer runway at a different angle. The new runway will be 5,400 feet in length while the existing runway is 3,400 feet long.The project will open the airport up to larger, regional aircraft and better serve local industry. Officials indicate an improved airport will also create an important economic development tool to entice area companies to expand and possibly draw other industry to Greensburg.Airport board president Bill Ernestes says the estimated cost of the project is $10 million. He says the federal government will pay 95 percent of the cost, state government five percent and the remaining five percent by the airport and/or the city. He stressed that every effort will be made by the board of aviation commissioners to minimize the burden to taxpayers. He says over the last ten years the self-funded airport has saved city and county government about $200,000.If the project receives final approval from the FAA city officials will have three years to begin construction. Long-term plans could include a new taxi-way and a new terminal building.last_img read more

Ranieri expects ‘two intense months’

first_img Inter host Ranieri’s men on Sunday to recover the games in hand during the first weekend back in Serie A and the Sampdoria coach hopes to see his players react well to the ‘tough’ programme. “The championship will be false, anomalous, but one that must be concluded due to force majeure,” Ranieri told the Corriere dello Sport. “We have two intense months ahead; we’ll see what happens. “The fixture list is tough, if all goes well, we will hit form immediately. We must face these two games with a positive mindset, knowing that we are facing two giants.” Ranieri has claimed the five substitutions will help Sampdoria compete and rotate the squad and he believes he can keep the team-up.Advertisement “At Sampdoria, I have a squad that allows me to rotate the players, I can’t let the same team play every three days. “Thanks to the five substitutions I can give minutes of rest, then in the next games, we will see who recovers. “We know that the great teams have champions on the bench. We have a good side, I’m confident we can stay up, even if we have to work hard. read also:Claudio Ranieri set to be named Sampdoria head coach “We already had to get out of the relegation zone. We knew from the beginning that we had to fight for every game. It will be the same now, all the way.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri has claimed Serie A will be concluded ‘due to force majeure’ and expects ‘an intense two months’ to keep the Blucerchiati up.center_img Loading…last_img read more

49ers prove no match for top-ranked Trojans

first_imgThe No. 1 USC Trojans men’s volleyball team swept the No. 8 Long Beach State 49ers with scores of 25-17, 28-26 and 25-19 for their 16th straight victory on Thursday evening at the Long Beach Pyramid. The victory gives the Trojans (21-4, 17-4) a share of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and puts them one win away from clinching the top seed in the MPSF playoffs.Hard hitting · Senior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli had nine kills in the win against Long Beach State. The victory is USC’s 16th straight. – Daily Trojan file photoThe Pyramid in Long Beach is known in college volleyball to give the 49ers a huge home-court advantage due to its unique structure and its effect on visitors’ depth perception. Coupled with the 49ers (14-14, 9-12) desperation to clinch a bid in the eight-team MPSF tournament, the visit was a potential trap-match for the Trojans.“We’re thrilled to win this and get it out of the way. It’s a tough venue to play in. Hitting high balls is tough in here,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “They served really tough and they have one of the better home court advantages in the league.”National Player of the Year candidate Tony Ciarelli reeled off four straight kills en route to a 5-0 start to the match. The 11 aces are a USC match record.“Tony’s serving was unbelievable,” Ferguson said. “He’s had an unbelievable amount of focus in preparing for each of these matches.”The Trojans staved off a 24-25 deficit in the second set after two straight hitting errors. Instead of folding, senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick came up with a big block and a game-winning service ace to win in a 28-26 tiebreak.“I needed that. I had a rough stretch in hitting over the course of the match,” Shandrick said. “Those points mentally got me back in the game and got me and the team fired up for the third set.”The Trojans have not lost to a team ranked lower than them this year and have dropped only seven sets during the 16-match winning streak.“It’s good to get the win in the pressure cooker,” Ferguson said. “I’m proud of how we responded in the second set in such a tough environment.”Ciarelli led the way with nine kills to go and received plenty of help from his teammates. Freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers finished with four kills earned at a .667 clip and junior opposite Maddison McKibbin finished with five kills earned at a .571 clip in one set off the bench.The Trojans head to No. 11 Cal State Northridge on Saturday evening in hopes of clinching the MPSF title. Cal State Northridge (11-16, 7-13) is fighting to clinch a spot in the MPSF playoffs.“We want to win the outright because sharing sucks. There are a lot of things riding on this match. We need to keep playing for our pride and for each other,” Shandrick said. “If we keep playing like we do and keep improving like we do we’re setting ourselves up for a win.”last_img read more

12 top rowers to attend national camp in Pune from October 1

first_img COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 15:45 IST 12 Top Rowers To Attend National Camp In Pune From October 1 The top 12 rowers including Dattu Baban Bhokanal will be seen in action at the 4-month national rowing camp for the men’s team from October 1 to January 31 The top 12 rowers including Dattu Baban Bhokanal will be seen in action at the 4-month national rowing camp for the men’s team from October 1 to January 31 at Army Rowing Node, Pune in a bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.The names of Rowers approved for the camp, Men’s Singles Sculls (M1x), are — Sawarn Singh, Sukhmeet Singh, Bittu Singh, Jakar Singh, Roopendra Singh, Parminder Singh, and Dattu Baban Bhokanal.In the Lightweight Men’s Doubles Sculls (LM2x), Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh, Arvind Singh, Arjun Lal Jat, and Sunil Attri will be seen in action.This decision to commence the camp has been taken by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday to ensure that athletes who can still qualify for the Olympics can begin training.The athletes, coaches, and support staff joining Army Rowing Node, Pune will be given SAI’s mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival at the camp and resume training after a 14-day quarantine. The COVID guidelines of the Centre, State governments, and the SAI SOP will be adhered to strictly.(AP Photo)READ | Japan Remains Committed To Olympics Says Ex-PM Abe After Stepping DownREAD | Vishwanathan Anand Opens Up On Playing The Chess Olympiad 2020 Virtually WE RECOMMEND 4 weeks ago Delhi: All cyclists test negative for COVID-19; national camp to begin from Aug 14 3 weeks ago Vinesh Phogat withdraws from national camp citing health risk, decision rankles WFI 2 weeks ago National camp for women wrestlers postponed again due to COVID-19 1 week ago Saina Nehwal yet to join national camp, upset over husband Parupalli Kashyap’s exclusion LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd September, 2020 15:45 IST Suman Ray Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 2 weeks ago Divya Kakran follows Vinesh Phogat, withdraws from national camp due to health riskslast_img read more

April is National Minority Health Month

first_imgDid you know that the month of April is officially recognized as National Minority Health Month? Numerous health providers work tirelessly each day to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. They also work to increase awareness about the health care law’s groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity. This year’s theme, Partnering for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities. “For five decades, the Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) in Miami has been committed to ensuring that residents of our community have access to quality, yet affordable healthcare,” says Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHS. “We join the many partners who recognize and celebrate National Minority Health Month each year.”Partnerships at the national, state, tribal and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. This month, the Office of Minority Health will join with partners, health advocates and organizations to highlight the role of partnerships in improving the health of people and communities across the country.The Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc. is a Florida 501(c)3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. A community mainstay, JTCHS owns and/or operates fifty-four (54) facilities, which includes eleven (11) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, including a women’s substance use residential program, forty (40) school-based locations and two (2) university centers. JTCHS’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff serves a diverse population of over 47,000 patients who make more than 187,000 visits annually. WE KNOW how to satisfy our patients and have been doing so for decades.last_img read more

Clottey starts ahead of Gyan against Egypt

first_imgEmmanuel Clottey has been handed a starting role as the Black Stars lead striker for Ghana’s friendly against Egypt ahead of captain Asamoah Gyan, on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.The match kicks off at 9pm local time (1700 GMT).Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah named last season’s African Champions League top scorer in his starting XI in their first match of the year in preparation towards this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.Kwadwo Asamoah will start the game against the Pharaohs as part of the defensive unit as he occupies the left-back position.Fatau Dauda will guard the goal for the Black Stars while Jerry Akaminko partners John Boye in central defence.The game against Egypt is the first of two arranged friendlies – next game is against Tunisia on Sunday – for the Black Stars. Starting line-upFatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko, Anthony Annan, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Emmanuel Clottey, Rabiu Mohammed, Mubarak Wakaso.last_img read more

STORMY LUCY HEADS FIELD OF 12 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES GOING ONE MILE ON TURF AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Stormy Lucy heads a field of 12 in this Saturday’s 30th edition of the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile on the grass at Santa Anita.Trained by Ed Moger, Jr., Stormy Lucy has become the turf mare to watch ever since her impressive Grade I Matriarch win at Del Mar in late November. Running late to overcome Recepta by a head, among 13 other rivals in the mile turf race, the 6-year-old mare notched her first Grade I win.Since then, Stormy Lucy has run a close second in two subsequent appearances; the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles by a neck and the Grade III Megahertz, by a nose, to Buena Vista competitor Keri Belle, both over Santa Anita’s turf course.Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard “Lucy” for her last three races and who will again be engaged to ride Saturday didn’t believe the Megahertz was an accurate gage of just how talented his mare is. “I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said the Hall of Famer. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack.”The recently turned 7-year-old mare owned by Steve Moger is by Stormy Atlantic, out of the Dixieland Band mare, Here Comes Lucinda and is 33-8-4-5 overall with $811,700 in earnings.Her Emmynency reunites with jockey Joe Talamo in hopes of adding another graded victory to her resume. Most recently a winner of the Grade I, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland over the turf Oct. 10, the 4-year-old filly by Successful Appeal has only been out of the money once in seven lifetime starts.Trained by Kristin Mulhall ever since the Kentucky-bred owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash joined her southern California barn immediately following the QEII win, Her Emmynency may not be in peak form but Mulhall is hoping “her class will kick in.”“She had a small ulcer on her throat when we got her and we wanted it to heal 100 percent before we resumed training,” said Mulhall. “She’s not 100 percent fit but if we don’t run here we have nowhere to go until March 26th (Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf) which is too far away.”Her Emmynency is 7-4-2-0 overall with $540,250 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Buena Vista, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Keri Belle, Alex Solis, 120; Stylish in Black, Tiago Pereira, 120; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 120; Nashoba’s Gold, Victor Espinoza, 120; Chocolatier, Tyler Baze, 120; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 122; Lutine Belle, Brice Blanc, 120; Glory, Mike Smith, 120; Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 124; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Paulina’s Love, Gary Stevens, 120; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 120. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Moanin, Flavien Prat, 120; Minks Apraise, Martin Garcia, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Diamond Access Road gets street lights

first_imgThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) has install streetlights along the Diamond Access Road, East Bank Demerara, and works have already begun to extend lighting to the community of Mocha.In mid-April, the MPI announced that 100 streetlights will be installed along the access roads of Mocha and Diamond on the EBD. While the initial plan had been to install 50 new streetlights in each community, this figure was increased and instead 73 streetlights were recently installed in Diamond after two weeks of works.The Diamond Access RoadAt least 50 streetlights are slated for Mocha and works have begun and are expected to be completed in two weeks.The installation works in Diamond saw MPI officials using existing poles to facilitate the new lights. A similar approach will be taken in Mocha but officials are also seeking to install new posts to close the gap between streetlights.It is expected that the newly installed streetlights will heighten security in these areas as well as reduce the likelihood of road accidents.Further, the Ministry plans to move its lighting project to the Corentyne Coast following the completion of the project in Mocha.last_img read more