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Why we must defend the institution of marriage

first_imgNews Weekly 1 Sep 2012This is the address given by the president of the National Civic Council, Peter Westmore, to the National Marriage Day Rally outside federal parliament on August 14, 2012.I also wish to express my grateful thanks to the members of parliament who have joined us here today. Our rally today has particular significance, because shortly our parliament will be called upon to vote on bills designed to change the definition of marriage. All of you will have heard the saying, “A camel is a horse designed by a committee”. I want to take that metaphor today in a different direction. Horses and camels are, in many ways, similar. They look somewhat similar. They are large animals, with four strong legs capable of carrying heavy weights. Both are able to move quickly. The bodies of both of them are covered in hair. But if someone said to you that a camel is a horse, you would rightly say: it is not. And even if a parliament were to define a camel as a horse, it would remain a camel. So it is with natural marriage, the union of a man and a woman voluntarily entered into for life, as our parliament unanimously reaffirmed in 2004, and as every society has recognised since time immemorial. To recognise this is not to demean other relationships. It is simply to say they are different. Australian law on partnerships has existed since the colonial era, and it is common to call people who cohabit — whether married or unmarried, heterosexual or of the same sex — partners. Same-sex couples are not husband and wife, and they are not married, because marriage refers to a different type of relationship.We often hear media commentators say that the push for same-sex marriage is inevitable. If we listen only to the chattering classes, we could believe this to be true. But in fact, it is not true. There were over 200 countries competing in the Olympic Games, but same-sex marriage is performed in only 11 countries, most of which are in Western Europe, and in a small minority of states of the USA. In other words, same-sex marriages are not performed in over 190 countries, including Australia, which cover around 95 per cent of the world’s population. We are in the majority.READ MORE http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=5304last_img read more

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Reds 2015

first_imgEven if the Reds go on a winning streak in September, there is little chance that they can move out of 4th place.  In fact, right now they are struggling to stay ahead of the Cubs.  A lot of questions need to be answered during the off season.Will they sign all of their top pitchers who are in the last year of their contracts?  They can probably get 3 or 4 good players/prospects for Cueto and/or Latos.  It will be very hard to give either of them the money they can demand on the open market.  They also have to decide who is going to play left field.  Will they give Heisey his chance or will they move Frasier to left field and play Negron at 3rd base?It does not seem that there are a lot of prospects in their minor league system.  Tucker Barnhart is the top prospect, but he is a catcher and they already have two good ones on the roster now.  There will be a lot of high-level meetings before Spring Training begins in February of 2015.  Another possible move is to get a new General Manager to replace Walt Jocketty.   We will have to wait and see.last_img read more

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Champions League and Europa League draws take place today.

first_imgThree English clubs are in this morning’s draw for the last-16 of the Champions League.Chelsea are the only one of them who are among the top seeds – so they’ll get an easier tie in theory.Manchester City and Arsenal face a tougher draw against the likes of holders Real Madrid and Barcelona. English teams can’t be drawn against each other, nor can they meet anyone they played in the group stage.Everton are the only one of four British clubs seeded in this lunchtime’s draw for the last-32 of the Europa League.They finished top of their group.Merseyside rivals Liverpool dropped out of the Champions League and into the unseeded pot, along with Tottenham and Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.last_img read more

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VP Pence praises Jamaica’s economic reform pursuit

first_imgUnited States Vice President Michael Pence has referenced Jamaica’s economic reform for praise, among others in the Americas he hailed for their positive approach to growth. “Let me thank the many countries that have demonstrated courage to pursue economic reforms to empower job creation, innovators and citizens alike, from Argentina to Jamaica.”Bold action welcomed Vice President Pence who was addressing a protocolary meeting at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by these countries. “And we look forward to expanding our ties of commerce and exchanges for generation to come.” Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was also on hand at this special sitting of the OAS Permanent Council, called in the U.S. Vice President’s honor.Among other areas he emphasized in his address to the ambassadors of the countries of the Americas, as well as observers and other guests, the Vice President pointed out that “as we strive to expand opportunity for our citizens, we must never forget that security is the foundation of our priority and under President Donald Trump.US committed“The United States has remained committed to working with our allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of our people across the hemisphere,” he told the Permanent Council, the second highest decision making body of the OAS after the General Assembly. Mr. Pence recalled that since its inception, the OAS has played a critical role is strengthening security partnership across the wider region.Vice President Pence said there are tremendous opportunities to forge stronger trade relationships with countries in the hemisphere, and over the past year his country had successfully expanded access for vital agricultural products. The US is also strengthening its energy and infrastructure partnership across the region, he noted, and is working with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to ensure that it holds to the original spirit of the special  trade arrangement.last_img read more

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Rank Group appoints ‘media pro’ David Williams as new Public Affairs lead

first_img Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 David Williams – Rank GroupLondon-listed gambling operator The Rank Group Plc (Rank) continues the restructuring of its senior executive management team, confirming the appointment of industry communications expert David Williams as new Director of Public Affairs. Williams the former long-term Media & PR Director of Ladbrokes UK (2004-2017) joins Rank Group leadership, from newly formed racecourse pool-betting operator, Britbet, where he formerly served as Director of Communications.As new public affairs director, Williams will be tasked with leading communications and external media relationships for Rank UK brands, as the company continues to undertake its group transformation programme.“The opportunity to join John at such an exciting time for the Group has proved irresistible. Ensuring that our public affairs, social positioning and industry relations are compelling and in-tune with wider regulatory affairs has never been so significant. I’ve been struck by just how much attention John and the Rank Board wish to put on this area of the business.”The chance to work alongside a very talented and focused management team, with some great betting and gaming brands, is something that excites me enormously” David Williams commented on joining Rank Group leadership.Updating investors, John O’Reilly, Rank’s Chief Executive backed the appointment of David Williams, detailing that the company had recruited the industry’s best media communications director for a crucial transition period.“David brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Group and I am delighted that we have secured him to fulfil what will be a pivotal role as we reposition Rank for success. His energy and passion for our industry, coupled with a track record of delivering successful results will stand us in good stead for the regulatory challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I am looking forward to welcoming him to the management team next month.” Submit Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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GiG lists SEK 400m bond on Stockholm Nasdaq

first_img Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 The governance of Stockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has confirmed that it has secured the right to float a new SEK 400 million (€40m) bond placement with interest repayments due for  2022.Issuing a corporate filing, GiG governance details that it will begin trading its new bond arrangement on the Stockholm Nasdaq Exchange on 27 December 2019.GiG’s transaction has been approved Finansinspektionen, Sweden’s financial conduct authority, with corporate governance further publishing a prospectus on the bond’s terms and conditions and further transactional arrangements.In its summary, GiG governance states that net proceeds from its new bond issue will be utilised to repay prevailing bonds and their attached premiums.Furthermore, the transaction will see GiG repay (in full or in part) the majority of its working capital credit facilities.Any surplus of net proceeds will be utilised by the Stockholm enterprise to fund general corporate purposes including potential acquisitions.Group Innovation Group Inc, alongside subsidiaries’ Zecure Gaming, Innovations Labs, iGamingCloud and MT SecureTrade will service the bond placement as guarantors.last_img read more

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Agyeman Badu denies belittling Hearts’ good start to the season

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang has debunked rumors in the media claiming  he had belittled Hearts fine start to the season by saying they are enjoying ‘cheap’ matches as compared to Kotoko.In a chat with Asempa FM, the box to box midfielder categorically denied all claims stating he only felt Hearts had not met title contenders.“I said Hearts are playing teams that are not contenders of the league not ‘cheap’ teams”.“Apart from Medeama, which side will you say is difficult opponent for Hearts? All the teams that have played Hearts are not title contenders,” Badu said.“Even when you take into consideration the fact that Medeama have been a strong opponent for Kotoko in Kumasi of late, then you will know that Kotoko’s opponents have been stronger than Hearts.”Hearts and Kotoko clash in matchday of the Ghana Premier League.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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20 CENT SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $557,743 INTO MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M.

first_img20 CENT SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $557,743 INTO MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M. MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2020)–For the 12th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $557,743 into a special eight-race Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday program on Monday.With a carryover from Saturday of $518,025 helping to generate $173,493 in new Jackpot handle today, Sunday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $691,518.Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 44 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $2,117.30.First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. and approximate post time for Monday’s third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 1:32 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Froome on brink of fourth Tour de France crown

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome reached the first time check after 10.2km in second place, two seconds behind team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, with Bodnar third at 6sec.By then it was already clear there would be no grandstand finish as Uran was 23sec down on Froome having begun with a 29sec deficit, while Bardet had given up 44sec to the British leader.CrisisBy the second time check, Colombian Uran was starting to gain back a bit of time and looked certain to take second overall.But Bardet was in crisis, already 1min 17sec off Kwiatkowski, who still had the best time at the second check, although only fractions of a second ahead of Spanish veteran Alberto Contador, after 15.6km and the climb up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, with Froome fourth at 3sec.Spaniard Landa, who had started the day 1:13 behind Bardet, was now starting to threaten the Frenchman’s podium hopes.At the finish, Uran almost came a cropper, hitting the side boardings on a tight bend in a technical run-in to the Velodrome.It cost him a few seconds but disaster was averted as he stayed upright to finish 31 seconds behind four-time Polish time-trial champion Bodnar, whose strong final section took him a second ahead of Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road race champion.“Coming second in this race is the most important result in my career,” said Uran, 30, who has also twice finished runner-up at the Giro d’Italia.Landa had finished 51sec back and as Bardet came into the stadium, fans were counting down the seconds to see if he would hang on to third place, while the looming yellow-clad figure of Froome lurked in his rear-view mirrors. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer LATEST STORIES “It’s incredible, the atmosphere here in Marseille, it’s massive being here in the stadium,” said Froome, 32, who will nonetheless finish without a stage win this year.“It’s the Tour de France, you can’t always win everything,” said the Sky team leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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After the stage when I went alone I was thinking, ‘I have to do something nice again’.“Today I got more luck than the other stage, I’m really happy about this.”In what has been the closest Tour battle in years, the top three riders started the day separated by less than 30 seconds, building hope for a grandstand finale in the steamy southern port city ahead of Sunday’s procession into Paris.But any such romantic notions of Frenchman Bardet overturning his 23sec deficit to Froome had disappeared long before the end of Saturday’s 22.5km race against the clock, which began and ended in Marseille’s iconic Velodrome football stadium.Bardet started the day second overall but only narrowly escaped the double humiliation of being pushed off the podium by Landa and overtaken by a charging Froome, who started his time-trial two minutes after the Frenchman.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Great Britain’s Christopher Froome wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey competes in a 22,5 km individual time-trial, the twentieth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22, 2017 in and around Marseille, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISChris Froome all but secured a fourth Tour de France title by finishing third in Saturday’s 20th stage time-trial in Marseille as Maciej Bodnar took the stage victory.Rigoberto Uran moved into second overall at 54 seconds, set to be the tightest winning margin of Froome’s four Tour successes, while Romain Bardet held on for third by just one second ahead of Mikel Landa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Bardet finished 2:02 behind Bodnar to hold onto third by a single second while Froome crossed the line moments later, to claim third place on the stage and secure a fourth Tour title.“I’m at my limit, I’m tired, I gave everything,” said the 26-year-old.“I’m delighted to have given it everything and there’s a little bit of success in having saved a podium place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgOne of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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