Bakehouse data points to regional differences

first_imgOffice workers in the north of England and Scotland are the most likely to buy lunch in a bakery (13%), followed by those in the Midlands and Wales (11%) and the South (6%).A survey by Bakehouse found that supermarkets are the most popular place to buy lunch for Southern office workers (46%), while those in offices in the Midlands and Wales favour sandwich shops (40%) and Scots split their allegiance equally between supermarkets and sandwich shops (35%).When they are out shopping for food, sandwiches are the lunch of choice for the majority of workers around the country. However, those in the Midlands and Wales are the most likely to sample savoury pastries (27%) and sweet bakery products (18%), but Southerners are those most likely to buy other alternatives to sandwiches, such as fruit, crisps, ready meals or soup.And just to bust a few myths, Scottish and Northern office workers spend the most on lunch, forking out an average of £3.15 each day while 3% of Southerners confess to spending less than £1. Those in the North and Scotland are also the most likely to look out for meal deals (43%) while 74% of those in the Midlands and Wales said their lunch-buying habits hadn’t changed recently.Also, many office workers from every region can be tempted to make an impulse purchase if they see an attractive display of pastries: 56% in the South, 57% in the Midlands and 62% in the North.However, clear shelf labels, fully stocked shelves and freshly baked options are all deemed more important than meal deals or money-off offers by everyone across the regions. More than two-thirds of those in each region also agreed that they like to see new products in the freshly baked savoury category.last_img read more

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Speech: We need to knock down the wall of silence around Syrian women: by Lord Ahmad

first_imgThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has closed. It’s been replaced by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).FCDO guidance, services and informationThese services are now provided by FCDO: foreign travel advice consular help and services abroad document legislation History of FCOFCO was a ministerial department from October 1968 to September 2020. It merged with the Department for International Development to create FCDO.last_img

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DJ Logic & Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza Added To Mempho Music Festival

first_imgThe latest artists to be added to the Mempho Music Festival lineup are DJ Logic and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), who will both perform at the Incendia / Orion Dome on October 6th and 7th, 2018. Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, the two-day camping (and glamping) event will see headlining performances from Beck, Post Malone, Nas, Phoenix, and Janelle Monáe.Also performing Mempho Music Festival are Mac DeMarco, Milky Chance, Rich The Kid, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Juicy J, Lucero, and a very special Stones Throw set, headed by Chuck Leavell and featuring Rolling Stones members Karl Denson, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Darryl Jones, and Tim Ries. The Bar-Kays, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Danny Barnes’ Space Program, and a tribute to Royal Studios, featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, & Hi Rhythm will also all be performing. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will be on site as an artist at large.The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.A vanguard in his own right, Rob Garza has consistently pushed conceptual frontiers. The San Francisco-based producer and co-founder of Thievery Corporation has maintained a prolific career owing to his ever-evolving taste and diverse influences based off the cultures and styles encountered during his travels. Constantly inspired by his surroundings and experiences, Garza’s artistic foresight has always supported a fundamental motif of connecting people through music. As a solo artist, Rob Garza infuses his own adept house and nu-disco artistry into every one of his productions, boasting a specific style that is perceptive, powerful and globally-stimulated.DJ Logic and Rob Garza will both be holding down the Orion Dome at Mempho Music Festival, produced by Incendia. As Incendia’s website notes, “Incendia is a concept borne of the love, appreciation for, and possibilities that lay within the nature of a simple flame. Marrying the worlds of design, art, and science, a breathtaking environment has been created, thanks to the mathematical grace and precision of the geodesic concept coupled with the application of a proprietary fire-capturing technique.” Check out the magic of the dome below:[Video: Incendia Fire Domes ]Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest’s inaugural year, in 2018, the festival will offer multiple live music stages and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.This year, Mempho Music Festival has partnered with CID Entertainment to provide VIP and Super VIP experiences, including on-site camping and glamping options. For more information on packages, head to the official website.last_img read more

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Lenny Kravitz Cranks Out The Hits In San Francisco [Videos]

first_imgFor nearly thirty years, Lenny Kravitz has been making waves in pop culture with a tried and true prescription of peace, love, and rock n’ roll.  The man formerly known as Romeo Blue has been hitting the road hard in support of Raise Vibration,  his eleventh full-length studio LP recently released to strong and spirited reviews. Bringing a well-rehearsed band and greatest hits setlist to the San Francisco scene, on Thursday, October 4th, Kravitz made his regular Bay Area tour stop, performing to a two-thirds full Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.Taking the stage twenty past nine to an atypically subdued Bay Area assembly, the erstwhile veteran retro-rager and core members of his band immediately cranked out what might be his biggest hit, 5’s saccharine-guitar rock anthem “Fly Away.” It’s hard to believe this song is twenty years old, but it certainly got people’s attention as they scurried towards the stage or their seats in the balcony. The bandleader stormed the platform atop the drum riser and immediately assumed the rock god pose while ripping guitars rang out in every direction. The band was locked in early and quickly segued into the Beatles-eque “Dig In”, off 2001’s multi-platinum certified Lenny.  From the very beginning of the set, a few thing were crystal clear; firstly, at 54 years young, the son of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker hasn’t lost a step, a hair, gained a pound or a wrinkle. He quite simply might be the sexiest man alive, and that mojo is workin’ overtime when he prowls a stage. After a largely forgettable “Bring it On” (Its Time for a Love Revolution), a horn section stepped onstage right and joined the fray, and the vibe immediately launched skyward. Lenny and company, now bathed in canary lights, uncorked the massively-popular “American Woman”, The Guess-Who track that Kravitz reimagined to great success for the Austin Powers movie franchise. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – 10/4/2018 [Video: theoldwillow65]After stomping through the chunky “American Woman” groove for a good while, Lenny threw it over to Ludovic Louis for a masterful trumpet solo, and his contribution set the room ablaze. Soon enough, Lenny had directed the troupe into a slow, deliberate, impassioned reading of Peter Tosh’s iconic call to revolution, “Get Up Stand Up”, a song and mantra so very appropriate in these tense and troubled times. Bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, the late David Bowie’s low-end technician for many years, really bent down low to mine a proper steppin’ razor rumble, while drummer Franklin Vanderbilt laced up the One-Drop riddim just right. Louis was electrifying on the trumpet, blowing ethereal melodies into the night. The horn section was rounded out by two saxophonists; Michael Sherman was in a supporting role all evening, while LK band veteran Harold Todd serenaded the auditorium with searing solos throughout.  Todd goes back to the roots of the funk-rock/jazz-funk scene in SoCal, where he was making records with DJ Greyboy  (peep the credits on albums Freestylin and Land of the Lost) while Karl Denson handled sax for Lenny’s first two albums and tours. Shortly thereafter, Denson and DJ Greyboy teamed up, and Todd would join Kravitz’s band, where he’s been crushing the game for 25 years. Keyboardist George Laks has also been on the freedom train with Lenny for many moons, and on this night he would shine on Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, and the occasional analog synth textures.After the Kingston vibes subsided, on “It Ain’t Over til It’s Over” (Mama Said) Lenny turned back the clock to 1991. He delivered a nuanced run through his omnipresent paean to former wife (and mother of daughter Zoe Kravitz, a talented artist in her own right)  Lisa Bonet.  This wildly-popular song is clearly an homage to soul icons that have come before him, however this is undeniably Kravitz’s voice and his lane.  The chill zone continued as he grabbed the acoustic for a couple of ballads, “Just Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” never really connected and was mercifully short, but the titanic “Believe” that followed was a revelation of sorts. One of many beloved slow jams found on 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way, “Believe” still manages to make singing about accepting Christ as your savior sound crazy, sexy, and cool… especially coming from a half-Black, half-white, half-Jewish, half-Christian dreadlocked rock star.  Speaking of torrid, lusty energy onstage, he followed “Believe”’s priestly-benediction with a luscious reading of 5’s riveting “I Belong to You,” among this writer’s favorite songs in the canon. For 25 years, virtuoso guitarist Craig Ross has been Lenny’s wingman and secret weapon. Buried beneath an enormous afro, clad in bell-bottoms and butterfly collars, and wielding only the finest in classic Gibson Les Paul’s and SG’s, Ross absolutely slays the stage each and every night with the type of rock n’ roll bombast and swagadelic attitude that provides the bandleader with a perfect foil. More than any other song, this kinetic kinship between the lead axeman and his boss is evidenced on “Always on the Run”, the best song found on a nearly perfect album, 1991’s Mama Said. Sadly, this rendition would be a short one, and BGCA was robbed of the ten-plus minutes of Swag Olympics that is usually “AOTR” outro jam. Lenny seemed to prioritize signing several t-shirts and vinyl from the audience, over captaining even one mercilessly-crunk stomp sesh. Nonetheless, Craig Ross came to the Bay to ball out on lead guitar, and this much weight, he did lift.Lenny Kravitz – “American Woman” – 10/4/2018[Video: Live Concert]“Where Are We Runnin’” (Baptism, 2004) gave way to “The Chamber”, the ornate and emotional opus found on 2014’s Strut. The latter took on a Blondie-esque aura, oozing early 80’s Lower East Side, most certainly a (welcome) departure from the pop drivel that proceeded it. “The Chamber” was quite possibly a nod in ethos and texture to the dearly departed Prince, who was a dear friend to Kravitz for nearly two decades.To close the set,  Kravitz chose the pop single “Again,” much to the chagrin of many in our area. Yet the entire swollen contingent returned for a lengthy encore excursion into the title track of Lenny’s debut album, 1989’s Let Love Rule. The song that first put Kravitz on the map, where he has remained both on the charts and in our hearts. Fans belted out the chorus over and over again while each horn player took a ceremonial solo;  Kravitz jumped in the audience, ran around the floor being chased by women, reappearing up in the balcony for another round of choruses, before racing back onstage to close the jam. As expected, the re-dreadlocked steeziologist strapped on the ever-ready Flying V and leaned on his trusty compadre Mr. Ross for a fiery rendition of the title track to 1993’s humongous smash LP Are You Gonna Go My Way. The skeletal band that remained onstage tore through the classic jam with reckless abandon, displaying a youthful energy that might as well been the same as when the song first took the culture by storm a quarter-century ago.Lenny Kravitz remains the epitome of an iconic rock star from the halcyon era of loud guitars, big hair, funky fashion, and heaping slabs of mojo. For my first Lenny show in a dozen years, this writer would have preferred more jams, less radio hits, and just a couple of rarities or chestnuts, not to mention the phenomenal, empowering title track to the brand-new LP Raise Vibration. With that said, the man is a contemporary pop star, and he’s gonna play the lowest common denominators and most popular songs; so the setlist was really to be expected. It was also performed masterfully, with vigor, panache and more than a touch of class. We can only hope that when Lenny finally releases his long-awaited, all-funk, blaxploitation concept album Negrophilia, he hits the road for some smaller rooms and unpacks a few deeper cuts for the forever faithful.Leaving the stage to a thunderous roar, Lenny left us with this gem: “We are ALL made out of love, to love. We are ALL of the same source.”  Setlist: Lenny Kravitz | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | San Francisco, CA | 10/4/2018Set: Fly Away, Dig In, Bring It On, American Woman (The Guess Who cover) > Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover), It’s Enough, Low, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Can’t Get You Off My Mind, Believe, I Belong to You, Always on the Run, Where Are We Runnin’?, The Chamber, AgainEncore: Let Love Rule (extended jam), Are You Gonna Go My Waylast_img read more

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Stink Bug App

first_imgA new app, developed for smartphones and tablets by researchers and Extension personnel with University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, allows farmers and scouts to save time and money by finding and using the most effective treatments available for stink bugs. Cotton farmers and scouts began using the Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor app this summer. It gave them an advantage in managing the potentially economically devastating pest, said Michael Toews, a UGA research entomologist who helped to develop the app. “If a grower or a scout selects the wrong product for treatment, they can actually aggravate the condition, and it will end up costing them more money in the long run. If you have an app in your hand, it allows you to make research-based decisions to maximize profits,” said Toews, who works on the UGA Tifton Campus. With the Insect Advisor app, growers or scouts can enter the conditions in their field and the app suggests the chemical applications that are needed. The ability for researchers to update the information instantaneously is what makes the app a must-have and why it was a success this cotton season, Toews said. “The beauty of the app is, if we see insecticide resistance develop, we can change recommendations in the app and there will be an automatic update that goes out. Everybody will have the most up-to-date information in the palm of their hand as opposed to waiting a year for a new handbook to come out,” he added. “Many of these recommendations and product selection choices are in the pest management handbook. But that’s about a 5-pound paper book, which doesn’t work well when you’re carrying it in the field. This app allows you to have all that information in your hands.”In cooperation with the UGA Department of Entomology and with support from Cotton Incorporated, the Insect Advisor app was developed at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.The development of an app was necessary because of the economic impact stink bugs have on cotton every year. With piercing-sucking mouth parts, stink bugs feed on cotton bolls, destroy the seeds and prohibit the growth of the lint, the harvestable part of the cotton. With the app, farmers can find the correct treatments quickly and take appropriate action. “Approximately half of our cotton acres in Georgia are scouted by a commercial scout. For the other half, those treatment decisions are made by the grower. We want to make sure that all of these folks have the most up-to-date information in their hands,” Toews said. The app currently only provides treatments for stink bugs in cotton. Toews said plans are being made to include additional insect species in the future.To download the Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor app or view the other applications available from the Center for Invasive Species, visit apps.bugwood.org.last_img read more

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Brazil To Decide Fighter Jet Buy At Start Of 2010: Lula

first_imgBy Dialogo December 14, 2009 Brazil is to decide the winner of a seven-billion-dollar contest to supply it with 36 high-tech fighter jets in the beginning of 2010, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said. The choice is between France’s Rafale, the F/A-18 Super Hornet by US group Boeing, and an NG Gripen by Sweden’s Saab. Lula told defense chiefs in an end-of-year lunch that “we should make the decision at the start of 2010.” The Rafale, an omnirole fighter made by Dassault, is seen leading the pack since Lula and French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced jointly in September that Brazil was negotiating to buy the delta-winged aircraft. If that intent to purchase is confirmed, it will be the first export sale of the Rafale, possibly making it more attractive to other potential buyers Switzerland and India. But Saab and Boeing are fighting fiercely to land the Brazilian contract, reportedly slashing prices to do so. Lula’s government has said the deal is not yet done with Dassault. It is waiting on a Brazilian air force evaluation of the three contenders, though the president has stressed that the final decision is his, and will be based on political and strategic considerations. The priority for Brazil is to acquire technology through the purchase so it can end up with the capability to build its own 21st-century fighters.last_img read more

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Democratic megadonors set sights on Georgia Senate fight after helping Biden

first_imgNow that President-elect Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump, Democratic megadonors are shifting gears toward the Senate fight in Georgia.The race between  Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock has been deemed a runoff by NBC News. The other Senate race, involving Democrat Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has yet to be called by NBC News, although Georgia’s secretary of state has said that it would be going to a runoff.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The wealthy donors’ involvement in Georgia also comes after several spent millions on a string of Senate races that, in some cases, ended up going toward Republicans. Georgia will hold a hand recount of the presidential race as Biden holds a lead of more than 14,000 votes with more than 99% of the state’s votes counted.The winners of the Georgia contests could decide who controls the Senate. As of now, the GOP will hold at least 50 seats in the Senate in January, according to NBC projections. If Democrats end up winning both Georgia races, they will have the majority due to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote.Media moguls Jeff Katzenberg and Byron Allen are two of the co-hosts for a virtual fundraiser Ossoff-Warnock fundraiser on Nov. 17, according to a person briefed on the matter. Tickets for the event start at $54 and go up to $15,600, according to an invitation, which does not say the names of those hosting the virtual gathering. The funds will go toward the Georgia Senate Victory Fund, another joint fundraising committee between Warnock and Ossoff.Those who declined to be named in this story did so in order to speak freely.Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, has started encouraging those in his extensive network to give to the battle in Georgia, according to another person familiar with the matter.Hoffman did not return a request for comment.Haim Saban, a film and television producer who brought the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” to the United States, is leaving the door open to helping raise campaign cash in Georgia.“I will always stand ready to help Democrats get elected,” Saban told CNBC. He also expressed a sense of frustration with Democratic losses both in the House and in key Senate races. Democrats were expecting to make many more gains from contests in Maine, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina. They ended up losing those races.Saban did not blame the outside groups that he contributed to for the losses, such as the House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC. Instead, he blamed progressives and their messaging that he says impacted moderate candidates.“Fault lies with those on the far-left fringe of the party pushing an agenda that allowed Trump and Republicans to gleefully paint Democrats as socialists,” Saban said. “These actions have potential to hamstring the Biden-Harris administration before it gets off the ground and those responsible should be held accountable.”Progressive leaders, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have defended the way those on the left handled the 2020 election and argue that issues such as “Medicare for All” helped those in swing districts.“All of the Democrats in swing districts who are Medicare for All co-sponsors won their re-elections, and all-but-one of the Democrats in swing districts who are Green New Deal co-sponsors won their re-elections,” progressive groups such as the Justice Democrats said in a co-authored post election memo.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in an op-ed published Wednesday that “corporate Democrats” are attacking policies he has championed.“Now, with the blame game erupting, corporate Democrats are attacking so-called far-left policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal for election defeats in the House and the Senate. They are dead wrong,” he said.One megadonor who might not help Democrats in the Peach State is billionaire Mike Bloomberg. When CNBC asked one of his top political lieutenants whether he will give big during the Senate runoffs, the advisor said Bloomberg had already given $5 million to Georgia Democratic activist Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight organization. Records show that donation came late last year.Bloomberg has a net worth of just under $55 billion, according to Forbes. The fund is a joint fundraising committee between Ossoff, Warnock and the DSCC, where donors can write big checks.Representatives for Warnock and Ossoff did not return requests for comment.A number of big money Democratic donors have been freed up to help in these races in the wake of them assisting Biden’s successful run for president. Many of the party donors now getting involved were listed helping raise over $100,000 to help Biden.- Advertisement – In recent days, Democratic leaders, including those within the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, have reached out to some of the top donors and bundlers in the party to help with the election.The Georgia campaign is expected to cost over $100 million. For Republicans, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending.“The DSCC will play a pivotal role in Democrats’ GOTV programs in Georgia and we need your help to maximize our efforts,” the DSCC recently told donors and financiers in an email, which also points contributors to the Ossoff-Warnock Victory Fund.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Some NBA clubs can reopen facilities Friday: report

first_imgNBA team practice facilities will reportedly reopen Friday in states and cities where coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home requirements have been loosened, allowing players to conduct individual workouts.ESPN reported that teams will remain banned from conducting group workouts or other activities, citing unnamed sources.The May 1 move would allow players to return to team facilities in such states as Georgia, home of the Atlanta Hawks, and Oklahoma, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, for fitness workouts in a safe and controlled environment. Topics : The move, according to the report, does not reflect a new timetable for resumption of the 2019-20 season, which was halted March 12 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the deadly virus.But it would mark a small first step on the road back to a possible completion of the regular season and playoffs, which typically last two months.Most areas with NBA teams have more restrictive confinement measures remaining in place, so the league is telling clubs they will work to find alternative workout arrangements for players not in areas where they could report to team facilities.With many NBA players not hunkered down in their club’s home markets, it could happen that NBA franchises with open facilities allow players from opposing clubs to use gyms on a limited basis for solo workouts.center_img With Georgia reopening many businesses in the past few days, some players had asked team officials about the possibility of going to Atlanta and working out in gyms there, a move team general managers did not favor.Some general managers, according to ESPN, expressed concerns about the safety of reopening facilities given that medical officials have been against the idea of reopening businesses.Georgia’s reopening move, for instance, came without the 14 days of diminishing coronavirus positive tests that were sought in federal guidelines of a multi-step process to reopening businesses across the United States.NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he will not begin to consider a timetable for resumption until May.The NBA playoffs were to have started on April 18.last_img read more

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PBU investment chief exits as responsibilities shift

first_img“We have a strong but small five-person investment team, and we are going to add key staff here,” he added. The CIO of Danish labour market pension fund Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) is leaving after 14 years in the role, as the fund looks for a replacement who can take on a new, broader set of duties.Morten Schou resigned from his job as CIO, PBU (The Pension Fund for Early Childhood and Youth Educators) announced, but it added that he would continue working at the pension fund for a period as a consultant assisting in the transition.Sune Schackenfeldt, chief executive of the pension fund said: “In addition to sound and financially sustainable investment decisions, I have wanted to stress our need for strong leadership and management of processes, ESG  and investment risk.”These were requirements that today’s CIOs had to live up to, he said. PBU’s office in CopenhagenThe pension fund said Schou’s resignation was amicable and undramatic. For now, Schackenfeldt has taken on the role of acting CIO at PBU himself.PBU said an international executive search consultant had been hired to identify candidates for the position as CIO.PBU praised Schou’s work at the pension fund, and said he had built up a well-funded investment portfolio that had produced good returns for members. The fund had DKK69bn (€9.3bn) in assets at the end of June,The pension fund has adopted a particularly active stance to some ethical issues in recent years, notably introducing a code of behaviour for pension funds on tax ethics last June, and in November 2016 bringing in a “zero-tolerance” policy on its staff accepting gifts from banks or asset managers.last_img read more

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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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