Governor Jim Douglas will be awarded the Ordre national du Québec (the National Order of Quebec) during a ceremony at the National Assembly of Québec on Thursday, March 11. The Ordre national du Québec is the highest honor awarded by the government of Québec. Instituted in 1984, it consists of three grades – Grand Officer, Officer and Knight – and is presented to Quebecers for outstanding achievements and actions that support Québec, its language and culture. The Premier of Québec may recommend an eminent individual who is not a Québec resident to be awarded the Ordre. Governor Douglas will be awarded the Officer’s Insignia.Others who have received the Ordre include former French President Jacques Chirac, scientist and entrepreneur Francesco Bellini, hockey stars Mario Lemieux and Maurice “Rocket” Richard and singer Celine Dion. For more information about the Ordre national du Québec you can visit http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/(link is external).Source: Governor’s office. 3.9.2010.###
The 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=2
The last time the 27-year-old France international featured in Europe’s elite club competition was in 2006-07 with Lille, from whom he joined the Magpies in 2011. Over the summer Arsenal made a bid for him which Newcastle swiftly turned down. Press Association Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has suggested he may look to leave the club at the end of the season due to his desire to play in the Champions League again. Cabaye was quoted as saying in an interview this week with French radio station RTL: “I miss the Champions League. “I’ll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months and then we’ll see.” Newcastle are currently eighth in the Barclays Premier League.
Scully’s consecutive years of service make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history.“I’m obviously not alone in saying that I’m overjoyed Vin will be coming back to the booth in 2015,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “Our fans deserve the very best and Vin’s voice, knowledge, experience and passion for broadcasting Dodger baseball are second to none.” Momentum builderWhen the Dodgers lost four of the first six games of their just-concluded road trip, it had to be disconcerting knowing they were next going to play a three-game series at rival San Francisco, which led Los Angeles by 1 1/2 games in the NL West.No problem. The Dodgers and their three mound monsters – Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu – ventured to the Bay Area over the weekend and swept the Giants to move into first by 1 1/2 games. They won by scores of 8-1, 5-0 and 4-3. The way Justin Turner spoke Tuesday ahead of the Dodgers’ series opener against the Atlanta Braves, it was about as good as it gets.“I think the most important thing about it was the energy level you saw from guy to guy, all the way down from 1 through 25,” said Turner, an infielder who is batting .298 as a part-time starter; he was playing almost every day when third baseman Juan Uribe missed over a month in May and June. “It was a team effort and just guys having fun. Obviously, Zack and Kersh and Ryu going out there and doing what they’ve done all year obviously helps.“But I think that was the most energized and together and collective our offense has been all season. Everyone knew what it was playing San Francisco; we’re in a dog-fight with them.”Turner, a Lakewood Mayfair High product, is hopeful it acts as a springboard to much bigger and better things.“Hopefully, everyone is conscious of the atmosphere that we created in that environment and we can carry that on whether we’re playing the Giants or the Braves or the Cubs or whoever,” he said. “If we can create that atmosphere in every game, every series, we’re going to be a team that everyone sees on paper.”Turner said the way he saw things, it was one “great at-bat” after another in San Francisco.“You get that and it makes us really, really tough to beat,” said Turner, who did not play much in San Francisco, but had two hits and two RBIs in the one game the Dodgers won at Pittsburgh a week ago Monday.Manager Don Mattingly was equally stoked.“Obviously, a good feeling for us to be able to go there and play well and it ended up putting a nice little taste to the road trip from the standpoint of, we lose a series in St. Louis, we lose a series in Pittsburgh and were kind of able to rebound there and play really well,” said Mattingly, whose team led the Giants by two games going into Tuesday because the Giants lost Monday while the Dodgers were idle.“Hopefully, it set the tone moving forward.”Barney due in town WednesdayInfielder Darwin Barney, acquired Monday by the Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later, had yet to arrive in Los Angeles but was due in town Wednesday, Mattingly said.Barney, a Gold Glove second baseman in 2012, was designated for assignment July 22 by the Cubs. A .244 career hitter, he was batting .230 this season with Chicago, but was batting .385 (15 for 39) in July.Mattingly would not discuss which of the players on the roster would fall victim to bringing Barney aboard, but he did discuss his plans for the 28-year-old out of Portland.“Well, I think we look at him as a depth guy, obviously a guy that’s been a Gold Glove second baseman,” Mattingly said. “But we feel like he can play short, we think he can play third. And it kind of adds depth to what we’re doing.”Kasten weighs inDodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten released a statement regarding a letter written by the California Congressional delegation urging Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA and area television providers to enter into binding arbitration regarding the ability to televise Dodgers games.“First, we’d like to thank the members of the California delegation, especially Congressman Brad Sherman, for putting our fans and their constituents first and doing their best to move this situation forward,” Kasten said. “We’re very pleased that our partners at Time Warner Cable have readily agreed to submit SportsNet LA to binding arbitration, and we urge DirecTV to quickly agree so that we can get those games on the air for their customers.” Vin Scully is staying in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers.The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015. The announcement was made on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against Atlanta.The news was greeted with loud cheers and a prolonged standing ovation for Scully, who stood and waved to fans from his booth.“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error