UK same-sex reforms see ‘husband & wife’ removed

first_imgDaily Mail 16 March 2012Reforms to allow same-sex marriage in the UK will see the words husband and wife removed from official forms. Tax and benefits guidance and immigration documents must be rewritten so they no longer assume a married couple is a man and a woman. And private companies will be told to overhaul paperwork and computer databases containing the words. Marriage certificates could even be affected by the Coalition proposals, with rules axing terms such as bride and bridegroom. The reforms – promised by Prime Minister David Cameron last autumn and set out in a consultation paper launched yesterday – intend to open civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples for the first time. A different category – religious marriage – will be reserved for male and female couples. They have triggered a furious row, with the Church of England accusing the Coalition of misunderstanding the law of marriage. But Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone warned religious leaders not to “fan the flames of homophobia” with “inflammatory” language.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10792596last_img read more

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PM Skerrit says Dominica survived global crisis in 2011

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said while there was a bleak outlook as a result of the Global Financial Crisis affecting the world, Dominica was able to remain afloat.Skerrit, during a year in review interview said that the government has been able to ensure that the country and its people were not affected severely by the financial meltdown.He said 2011 was very difficult and Dominica is ushering 2012 under the same circumstances.“If you look at the global standpoint, we ushered into 2011 with a very bleak outlook. 2011 was a very difficult year for every single government and every single country. There were countries which did better than others but 2011 was very difficult. Nationally we have been able to hold our own; we have not seen any loss of jobs in Dominica. In fact there has been an increase in employment. We were able to meet our obligations to creditors and citizens. There were no programs with government system that was compromised,” he said.Meantime the prime minister says the country is expected to see some major improvements in the area of health, although there are a number of issues affecting the country’s health sector.“After the 2009 general elections and 2010 and 2011, we created in excess of 100 positions in the nursinh profession and we have been able to appoint all of those nurses into the system and we are still training more,” he said.He said at this time, Dominica has no difficulties with nurses to provide services.“We have also been training doctors and we have more than we had in 2010. This whole approach is to ensure that in every district we have two or three doctors and in the next couple of years we will be able to achieve that,” he added.He said free access to medical care for children under 16 and elderly over 60 is also another major development in the sector.The Prime Minister also noted that the country’s main hospital, the Princess Margaret, will be completely demolished in 2012 to pave the way for the construction of a new state of the art facility.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews PM Skerrit says Dominica survived global crisis in 2011 by: – December 29, 2011last_img read more

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Cadiz City bans official travel for employees

first_imgIn a recent memorandum order, Escalante said the move was part of precautionary measures against the alarming rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) local transmissions in Negros Occidental, particularly in Bacolod City.Although the order only covers for the city’s employees, Escalante also urged local residents to the same. “There is no alternative to following health protocols such as wearing of face mask, observing personal hygiene at all times including use of disinfectants as well as following rules on social distancing,” Escalante reiterated.“It also pays to stay informed all the time so it is imperative that they know the latest announcements from their respective barangays and the local government,” he added. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental has prohibited all local government employees from going on official travel outside the city. Documents, he said, may also be sent through email. In his memorandum, Escalante explained that when delivery of documents to offices or agencies outside According to Escalante, department heads and employees are required to utilize the Philippine Postal Service or any reputable private courier to perform the task “All employees are strictly prohibited from holding or attending meetings in ang government or private offices outside of Cadiz City, substituting the same with online meeting platforms in conducting or attending these meetings,” Escalante added.The order, however, does not apply to emergency services, patient or travel of locally stranded individuals and other COVID-19 related initiatives of the city government. Escalante said all personnel performing official functions will be provided by the city government, through the City Health Office and the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, with personal protective equipment./PNlast_img read more

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Mourinho can bring titles and tears

first_img Press Association Supporters have long been calling for his return, particularly this season while the team has been under the interim control of Rafael Benitez, Mourinho’s former adversary while the Spaniard was at Liverpool. Chelsea Supporters’ Group chair Trizia Fiorellino said: “It will certainly end in tears, because these things so often do, even at clubs that aren’t as tumultuous as ours. But I think what he will provide in that period in between is closure, one way or the other.” She added: “I think he will bring success, he will manage the team through its transition and then he will end the chapter then. The way it finished, that’s why fans call for him all the time. They feel it didn’t come to a natural conclusion. “The way he left was such a shock it almost felt like a bereavement. Both supporters and Jose himself think that there is unfinished business, which is why, I think, he is so keen to return. I think he wants to win the Champions League with us and then he can do more or less whatever he wants. He’d have done everything.” Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seeking a 10th permanent manager in 10 years at Stamford Bridge, but none of the previous bosses have come close to achieving the same level of affection among supporters as Mourinho, who joined in June 2004. “He brought success to our club which we never dreamed we’d ever witness,” Fiorellino added. “He was always going to be revered for that, but also the charisma of the man and the way he fought for us as a club. He became the hero of the fans. No-one has replaced him in terms of character.” There remain hurdles before Mourinho is appointed. One is in the structure of the club, with technical director Michael Emenalo close to Abramovich, and Mourinho likely to be forced into a compromise over the handling of team affairs. Another potential stumbling block is the squad. Mourinho favours powerful players, whereas Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar are playmakers the fans have come to adore. “It will be interesting to see how he sets up the team,” Fiorellino said. “He’s often gone for a spine of power. [Romelu] Lukaku, to me, seems exactly the kind of player that he would try to mould into a new [Didier] Drogba.” center_img Chelsea fans want “closure” with the return of Jose Mourinho even if his anticipated second coming ends in turmoil.last_img read more

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Pieters: Competition good for team

first_img The Potters have made six summer signings and, reporting he had a fully fit squad, manager Mark Hughes emphasised the point ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at home against Aston Villa that several senior players he has every intention of retaining would not be able to feature. In the end, the likes of Robert Huth, Jon Walters and Steve Sidwell were unused substitutes, while Victor Moses, Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Cameron and Andy Wilkinson were among those not in the matchday 18. Stoke defender Erik Pieters believes the club’s current strength in depth means players will soon lose their places in the team if their performances are not up to scratch. Stoke lost the contest 1-0 after Andreas Weimann netted in the 50th minute, and 26-year-old Holland full-back Pieters said of the hosts’ performance: “Of course you are disappointed to concede a goal. “But it was early in the second half, so you have a lot of time to recover and get back into the game if you keep playing football. But we were just too sloppy. We weren’t sharp enough. “The thing is, we have a big squad now. Everyone knows that and you have to perform every week. “If you don’t it is simple – you are out. We have enough players to take your place in every position. It is good for the team.” Asked if he thought the new players needed more time to gel with their team-mates, Pieters added: “I don’t think they have time. “It is the Premier League and you have to be there from the start. If you are not, then you have to look in the mirror and say you have to do better.” Stoke announced their latest new signing just prior to the Villa match, with Nigeria winger Moses – who was ineligible for the game – joining on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. Hughes has subsequently indicated there will be no further additions to the squad in this transfer window and that “one or two” players could be departing. “It’s fair to say, I think our business is done now,” Hughes said on www.stokecityfc.com. “One or two players may be leaving the club but I don’t envisage anyone else coming in. We’re done now – it’s a case of working with the group that we’ve got.” Regarding 23-year-old Moses, Hughes said: “We’re very happy that Victor has come to the club. “He’s a player with a great deal of potential but he hasn’t played as much football as he would have wanted to in recent years. “He’s desperate to play and that’s why he has come to us. He’s a good young player and will bring pace and power.” There has also been plenty of change at Villa, with Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez arriving on Friday as their most recent summer acquisition. At the same time as five new summer recruits coming into the picture, there have been personnel restored to first-team contention after long periods of not being involved, including defender Alan Hutton. As part of a determined display by Villa’s defence on Saturday, Hutton was making his first competitive appearance under manager Paul Lambert after two seasons of being frozen out and playing on loan. And the 29-year-old Scotland international was delighted with how his “second debut” went. Reflecting on the victory, Hutton said: “First and foremost you have to defend well, and to get a clean sheet was brilliant. All the boys are happy enough. “It is unbelievable to come away from the Britannia Stadium with a win, being as hard a place as it is to get three points. “And with it also being a second debut for myself, it was brilliant. “Obviously it is difficult (being out of the first team for so long), but you just work hard and try your best, and when you get given a chance you have to take it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Williams Sisters, Djokovic Through to Second Round

first_imgSister Venus dug deep to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.The Romanian 26th seed served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but Venus broke to love.The 38-year-old American, ranked 36th, went on to take the set before dominating the third.The seven-time Grand Slam champion said: “It was pretty hairy there. I hope that this tough match will prepare me for the rest of the tournament.”Williams, who has reached the final at Melbourne Park twice, most recently in 2017 when she lost to Serena, will meet Alize Cornet of France next.Serena, the 16th seed, took the first set in 18 minutes against Germany’s Maria and fired 22 winners during her opening match.It was her first Grand Slam match since her rant against umpire Carlos Ramos at last year’s US Open final.Asked if she had discussed coaching signals with Patrick Mouratoglou after the warning from Ramos that sparked the furore in New York, Williams said: “I literally have no comment.”The seven-time Australian Open winner, who will face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard next, wore compression stockings and said she was “definitely still concerned” about the dangers of deep vein thrombosis.“I have had some issues and they’re not done,” said Williams, who experienced potentially life-threatening blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia.“It’s just something I have to do for pretty much probably the rest of my career, we’ll see. But I’m always at the doctor.“With DVTs, it’s very scary. I know a lot of people – they’re very common – have them. Especially for me, it’s incredibly frightening.“I lay on the side of precaution as opposed to not.”Bouchard, a Wimbledon finalist in 2014 and former world number five, said she was excited to play Williams, who she described as the “greatest ever”.“Her ranking is top-20 right now, but to me she’s always basically number one,” the 24-year-old said.“I don’t want to talk about it too much and put her on too much of a pedestal because I have to play her in two days, but I love her.”In another game yesterday, top seed Novak Djokovic started his bid for a record seventh men’s Australian Open title with a straight-set win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger.The 31-year-old Serb, chasing a 15th Grand Slam title and third in a row, won 6-3 6-2 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.Krueger broke Djokovic in the third game but the world number one dominated from there to seal victory in two hours and three minutes.He will face French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Serena Williams stormed into the Australian Open second round as she began her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with a win over Tatjana Maria.The 37-year-old American, whose 23rd major title came in Melbourne when she was pregnant two years ago, won 6-0 6-2 in 49 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.Williams holds the most Open era singles titles, but is looking to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Serena Williamslast_img read more

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Women’s hockey hopes to poison Ivy

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhile the talk on campus of No. 1 seeds, conference championships, and rankings at the top of the polls may usually circulate around the men’s basketball program, there’s another UW team closing in on a national championship and the spotlight.The No. 1 UW women’s hockey team — and the only Badger squad playing at home this weekend — will take center stage as they host an NCAA quarterfinal game against No. 6 Harvard Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Last year, Wisconsin also earned a first-round home game, but was forced to play at the Capital Center. Having this season’s game on campus will offer the Badgers a significant home-ice advantage as they try to advance to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive season.”We really feed off of it,” alternate captain Phoebe Monteleone said of having an energetic crowd. “It’s really exciting, and we love it when people come. Last year kind of got us on the radar, and now it’s a time for us to showcase who we are as a team.”Whether they win or lose their showcase, this will also mark the final home game for the UW seniors, a bittersweet thought for them.”It’s hard to put into words,” senior captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “I guess end strong. That’s what I’m hoping for.”For Monteleone, skating for the last time in Madison gives an opportunity to reflect on her time with the program.”It’s pretty special for us; our senior class has come a long way,” Monteleone echoed. “This is what we worked for all year, to host an NCAA tournament game in our last game here.”On the other side, Harvard will be doing everything it can to ruin the seniors’ final game and send Wisconsin packing early. The Crimson’s offense comes into the game averaging 4.30 goals per game, the most prolific offense the Badgers have played all season and good for best in the nation.In fact, Harvard’s team statistics largely mirror those of UW’s, as both teams post outstanding numbers in scoring and defense. Leading the Harvard charge is senior Patty Kazmaier finalist and the NCAA’s all time leading scorer Julie Chu. A win this weekend for Wisconsin means shutting down Chu without ignoring the rest of her talented teammates.Wisconsin is quite familiar with Chu, though; coach Mark Johnson coached her in the Four Nation’s Cup earlier in the season. In the same tournament, Slusar, playing for Team Canada, got a chance to play against Harvard’s leading scorer.”She’s a great player,” Slusar said of Chu. “That’s just something we have to recognize when she’s on the ice, and we have to take it to her.”While Chu certainly has outstanding credentials, the Badgers also understand that they can’t play in awe of her.”There’s no doubt how talented she is,” Monteleone said. “At the same time she’s just another hockey player.”Current Patty Kazmaier Award holder and second-time finalist Sara Bauer won’t be paying too much attention to the showcase of her and Chu.”I think if you get distracted by one-on-one battles you’re not doing what you need to do to help the team,” Bauer said.A virtual lock to earn an NCAA tournament bid since the start of the season, this weekend will mark the first time all season for the Badgers when a loss means a certain end to the season. That, along with earning the opportunity to defend their national championship, means that their expectations are high, and there’s plenty at stake for the Badgers Saturday.”There’s definitely a need to prove ourselves,” Slusar said. “But we’re all really energized and fired up and excited. It’s going to be a challenge and a hard fought battle; we have to be consistent and positive and solid.”Even though Wisconsin may face added pressure as the defending national champions, the pressure does not fall on the Badgers alone.”Of course there’s pressure,” Monteleone said. “But there’s just as much on them as there is on us.”With women’s hockey’s most prestigious award — a trip to the Frozen Four — and a shot at the national championship on the line, there’s plenty of pressure to go around.last_img read more

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Tipp Supporters Club target 3,000 members

first_imgThe Tipperary Supporters Club aim to get to three thousand members this season so they can continue to support the Tipp Senior hurling team.  The annual launch of the Supporters Club Membership for 2015 took place last evening with chairman John Tierney encouraging people to get involved.He says all of the fees will go towards the welfare of the players.last_img

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Giants beat Diamondbacks, end Gallen’s record streak

first_img Written By COMMENT LIVE TV Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night.Darin Ruf hit a two-run single in the sixth and Brandon Belt had a bases-loaded walk as the Giants won for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Yastrzemski added a pair of singles.Gallen had not allowed more than three earned runs in his first 23 career starts, a major league record to begin a career. The right-hander faced the minimum through five innings against the Giants before getting tagged for four runs in the sixth.Gallen (1-1) allowed five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.The biggest blow came from Ruf, who entered the game as an injury replacement in the fourth when Alex Dickerson fouled a ball off his right knee. Ruf looked at two pitches to complete Dickerson’s at-bat, but didn’t swing. He did in the sixth, singling up the middle on Gallen’s first pitch.After Donovan Solano singled to load the bases, Arizona reliever Junior Guerra walked Belt to force in a run and make it 4-1.Gausman (3-2) struck out nine in six innings to win his second straight. Gausman allowed one run and two hits, and retired nine of the last 10.David Peralta homered off Sam Coonrod leading off the ninth for Arizona. Ketel Marte also had an RBI.MATHISEN DEBUTDiamondbacks third baseman Wyatt Mathisen went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in his major league debut after logging 649 games in the minors. “He’s worked hard to deserve this moment,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “In my small discussions with him, he’s transformed his body, he’s made himself a totally different player than he was several years ago. It’s a lot of hard work that he’s putting in behind the scenes when nobody’s really paying attention.”ROSTER MOVEThe Giants released INF Abiatal Avelino. Avelino had been at the alternate training site.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Dickerson left in the fourth after fouling a ball off his right knee. … 3B Evan Longoria was scratched from the original lineup as a precaution because he is dealing with some soreness in his right glute. Pablo Sandoval started in his place. … LHP Drew Smyly, sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand, could be ready to be activated as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. RHP Jeff Samardzija may face hitters one more time to increase his volume before being deemed ready to return from inflammation in his throwing shoulder. … Both Smyly and Samardzija could come back as starters before the season ends, nothing determined yet. … Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Trevor Cahill is OK after dealing with a right hip issue and is on track to make his next start.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-6, 7.44) tries to snap his three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Dodgers. Weaver’s command has improved, with only five walks over his previous six starts.Giants: San Francisco has not named a starter for Tuesday night’s game against Seattle.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News First Published: 8th September, 2020 09:25 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 09:25 IST Giants Beat Diamondbacks, End Gallen’s Record Streak Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants ended pitcher Zac Gallen’s record-setting streak to begin his career, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Güle güle – GVC sells all Turkish related assets focusing on ‘regulated market growth’

first_img Share Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Kenneth AlexanderThe board of GVC Holdings has today announced that it has sold its Turkish business unit ‘Headlong Limited’ (and associated subsidiaries) to Malta-based technology group Ropso Limited.The FTSE gambling group undertakes its disposal of Headlong assets for a total consideration of €150 million (£132 million).Updating the market, GVC governance expects to conclude its Turkish asset sale by the end of December 2017. Following the completion of sale, GVC will operate Headlong’s business operations for a transitional period which it states will not ‘exceed a six-month’ period.For its full-year 2016 performance, Headlong and associated businesses generated approximately €35m of Clean EBITDA. In its market update, GVC further states that Headlong and associated businesses had gross assets of €21m as at 31 December 2016.GVC details that its decision to sell its Turkish enterprise follows a strategic board review, in which governance has decided to concentrate growth within regulated markets. GVC Holdings Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander (CEO) commented on the update“As the Group evolves, our focus is increasingly on regulated markets and markets where we believe there is a realistic path to regulation. Today’s disposal is consistent with this strategy and enhances GVC’s position as a leading operator in a rapidly developing industry.”Reacting to GVC’s Turkish disposal, sector analysts have detailed that the sale may be needed in order to execute GVC ‘well documented’ takeover plan of FTSE competitor Ladbrokes Coral Plc.This September, UK business news sources reported that GVC governance would attempt its third multi-billion takeover bid for Ladbrokes-Coral. Deal stakeholders were reported to be waiting for the outcome of the UK governments October industry review on FOBTs wagering and advertising standards. Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020last_img read more

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