PM Wrong On Effects Of Redefining Marriage In NZ

first_imgDaily Bulletin 22 September 2017Family First Comment: Bill English was asked about the effects of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by the Australian media. We’ve had to set the record straight!Family First NZ says that New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is wrong when he argues that there have been no concerns since marriage was redefined to allow same-sex marriage – a law change which he voted against.“Mr English fails to mention marriage celebrants who have had their applications denied because they don’t want to officiate at a same-sex wedding, or venues and churches that have changed their policies regarding allowing wedding events because of the risk of litigation under the Human Rights Act, or the attempts to remove the charitable status of one of the leading charities who argued against same-sex marriage, or the recent announcement by a government committee to allow people to determine their own gender on their birth certificate,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ and co-ordinator of the Protect Marriage campaign.“The Prime Minister also fails to mention the Catholic School which received a veiled threat from the sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill regarding its funding when it spoke up for traditional marriage, or a Government ministry revealing that a second “wife” in a polygamous marriage may be entitled to a sole-parent benefit, or revelations that Auckland ratepayers were subsidising an event promoting polyamory for those who want to ‘relate to more than one partner’ and non-monogamous marriages, or that schools are being urged to offer “gender-neutral” uniform, toilet and changing room options under new guidelines from the secondary teachers’ union, or schools allowing biological males to use female facilities.”“So contrary to the assertions of Bill English, there have been very real effects of the change in the law, a chilling effect, and Australians should take heed of our experience, but also the similar effects in both the UK and the US,” says Mr McCoskrie.In a one-to-one interview with the Prime Minister at our recent conference, Mr English was asked about his reasons for changing his view on same-sex marriage. Based on his view that it ‘didn’t affect his marriage’, he was tackled with the view that polygamy or group marriage also wouldn’t affect his marriage.“For some reason, Mr English since becoming Prime Minister has lost some of the conviction that made him one of the most pro-marriage voters in Parliament for over a decade.” up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Yusuf Alli Leads Team to Accra International Marathon

first_imgACCESS BANK LAGOS MARATHONThe Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will be fully represented at the Accra International Marathon on Sunday.In a statement signed by Head Communication and Media, Olukayode Thomas, the team will leave Lagos Thursday morning for Accra, Ghana. Yusuf-Alli Aside Yusuf Alli, Thomas and two other Event Department Staff will be in Accra to work with the Organisers and seek areas of collaborations and partnership between Accra International Marathon, one of the oldest races in the West Coast and Access Bank Lagos City Marathon unarguably the biggest one-day event in Africa.Said Alli, “in terms of numbers, elite field, prize money, and being an IAAF label race, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is bigger than Accra International Marathon but there is still a lot that we can learn from them. For example, we have only two races (10km and full Marathon) while they have five races in one. We will also love to study their finish area, their start and other areas to see how we can use the experience gained to improve our race”.The Accra International Marathon which started over a decade ago has impacted positively on Ghana’s image both locally and internationally. It has boost tourism and the local economy, especially the hospitality business. Alli said the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Team will set up a stand at the finish in Accra, where forms for the fourth edition of the race slated for February 2019 will be distributed. Also, souvenirs like Access Bank Lagos City Marathon t-shirts, brochures, CDs, Goody bags, will be distributed free.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Celtics trade rumors: Boston has looked into deal for Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday

first_img NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela Lowe Post podcast: @kevinarnovitz and I on the AD mega-trade, what’s next for LA and New Orleans, Boston’s year from hell, free agency questions, much more— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 17, 2019The 29-year-old averaged 21.2 points, 7.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 67 games last season. He shot 47.2 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from 3-point range.Holiday has three seasons remaining on the five-year, $126 million contract he signed with the Pelicans in July 2017. Related News The Celtics appear like they’re looking to retool their roster.Boston has been “sniffing around” about a potential deal for Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Zach Lowe reported during a recent episode of “The Lowe Post.” NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett Holiday could be available if the Pelicans decide to move in a younger direction after completing one of the biggest trades in NBA history last week. New Orleans sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.They could flip that pick to move up or acquire a veteran and they’re also considering moving back, according to a report from ESPN. The Pelicans have also been linked to Wizards star Bradley Beal. The Celtics, meanwhile, entered the season as the favorites to win the East but finished with a 49-33 record and were eliminated by the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals. They’re expected to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency.Boston has “checked in recently” with the Rockets about a trade for center Clint Capela, according to an earlier report from SNY. It also may be looking to trade up in Thursday’s draft. NBA trade rumors: Pelicans ‘monitoring’ potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beallast_img read more

Group of 5 predictions 2019: Conference picks, biggest games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgUCF won 25 consecutive games and still didn’t get a shot at the College Football Playoff in 2018. That’s an indication that Group of 5 schools might never get a chance in the current four-team format.The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West and Sun Belt still must fight for respect in case the eight-team playoff arrives. There are still chances to prove it against the Power 5 this season. POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12Whether those conferences take advantage remains to be seen. Sporting News’ look at the Group of 5 in 2019:Group of 5’s biggest games of 2019Fresno State at USC (Aug. 31). The defending Mountain West champions can make a statement under Jeff Tedford, and it will be interesting to see how their defense gets after USC quarterback JT Daniels.Boise State vs. Florida State (Aug. 31). The Broncos are no stranger to the big neutral-site opener, going 4-3 against Power 5 teams since 2009. This is a chance to knock off the Seminoles in their backyard at Jacksonville.Houston at Oklahoma (Sept. 1). The Cougars won the last time these teams met, and this matchup gets the Sunday primetime spotlight. It’s Jalen Hurts’ Sooner debut and D’Eriq King’s return from injury.Cincinnati at Ohio State (Sept. 7). Former Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell returns to his alma mater to take on the Buckeyes and first-year coach Ryan Day. That should add another layer to an in-state game that can get chippy.Stanford at UCF (Sept. 14). The Knights beefed up their schedule with this game against a traditional Pac-12 contender. This is another way to build equity with the Playoff committee. Credit Stanford for making the cross-country trip, too.Appalachian State at South Carolina (Nov. 9). The Mountaineers also play North Carolina on Sept. 21. New coach Eliah Drinkwitz has a tremendous opportunity in these matchups.Group of 5 Heisman hopefulsD’Eriq King, QB, Houston. King totaled 50 touchdowns in 11 games last season and will be the catalyst of new coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Big numbers should follow.Mason Fine, QB, North Texas. The two-time Conference USA Player of the Year has new co-offensive coordinators in Bodie Reeder and Tommy Mainord, but the playmaker should be able to keep the Mean Green in the conference championship picture.Jordan Love, QB, Utah State. Love is a longshot for the Heisman, but his efficient play is worth noting after he finished with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. The Aggies also have a nonconference date with LSU.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonGroup of 5 stat that mattersAbout that 25-game win streak: Only six teams have enjoyed longer streaks since 1990, and each played in what are now considered Power 5 conferences. That includes Miami (1990-92, 2000-02), Nebraska (1994-96), USC (2002-05) Florida State (2012-14) and Alabama (2015-16). Those power conference schools won national championships. UCF’s two-year streak was magnificent, but it will not be treated the same as those other teams’. That is the biggest problem with the four-team format.Group of 5’s biggest question: Who’s up next?Boise State, Houston, Western Michigan and UCF have represented the Group of 5 in the College Football Playoff era. Two of those four teams went undefeated in the regular season. Which Group of 5 school will create that buzz this year?Group of 5 conference champion predictionsAmerican Athletic Conference: UCFEven with their quarterback questions, the Knights are the most talented team in the conference. Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis and Houston will be in the mix as well.Conference USA: North TexasIt’s tough not to go with UAB again, but we’ll pick the Mean Green to break through with Fine, who has started in 36 games the last three seasons. It’s a great way to cap a stellar career. Mid-American Conference: OhioThe Bobcats were close the last two seasons, but this is the year where quarterback Nathan Rourke — who has averaged 38 total touchdowns the last two seasons — delivers ageless Frank Solich his first MAC championship.Mountain West Conference: Fresno StateThe toss-up with Boise State is the same, but we’ll go with Tedford’s running game and defense. The Bulldogs can make a larger splash against USC and Minnesota in September, too.Sun Belt Conference: Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have more than enough talent to win the conference, even with a first-year coach. That starts with dual-threat quarterback Zac Thomas.last_img read more