NZ Herald 29 Aug 2012A bill to legalise gay marriage is expected to clear its historic first hurdle this evening, but the battle lines have been clearly drawn as lobby groups and a growing number of MPs declare their opposition. Sixty-four MPs have said they will back the amendment to marriage legislation ahead of the first reading. It needs 61 votes to progress to a select committee. Labour MP Louisa Wall, the bill’s sponsor, made a final plea to opposing and fence-sitting MPs yesterday, saying the present law discriminated against same-sex and transgender couples. “[A marriage licence] is the only licence you can’t get if you’re homosexual in New Zealand. I feel it’s wrong and we need to make sure that we live in a just and equal society.” She had the backing of all but three of her caucus. Ross Robertson, Su’a William Sio and Damien O’Connor will vote “no” this evening. Mr Robertson and Mr Sio were among a group of MPs who met conservative lobby group Family First on the steps of Parliament yesterday to accept a 48,000-strong petition calling for the bill to be scrapped.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10830173Historic same-sex marriage vote todayDom Post 29 Aug 2012A historic first vote in favour of gay marriage is expected today, sparking sharp political and moral division. Another Labour MP, Damien O’Connor, broke ranks with most of his caucus colleagues yesterday, suggesting Parliament should be focused on “far bigger issues” – and ACT leader John Banks made a U-turn on historical anti-gay comments to back the bill. Other MPs ducked for cover, refusing any comment on how they would vote. “We need to uphold marriage as a structure, as a construct around family life as a best intent,” Mr O’Connor said. “There are far bigger issues in society, and the inequality across the board that’s being driven by the National Government is something everyone should be concerned about and that’s what we should be focusing on.” Mr O’Connor will join fellow Labour MPs Su’a William Sio and Ross Robertson in voting against the bill led by their caucus colleague Louisa Wall. Rallies both for and against Ms Wall’s Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill will turn out at Parliament today ahead of the first reading vote, which is expected late tonight. Lobbyists about Parliament yesterday included a Korean delegation of pastors strongly against gay marriage. “Marriage is created and ordained by God . . . as a unit between one man and one woman to reflect the image of God,” the Rev Chang Bum Ko said. He said he would return to Korea if the bill became law. The pastors handed MPs a legal opinion by lawyer Ian Bassett, which was commissioned by the lobby group Family First. Mr Bassett’s opinion suggested church ministers, marriage celebrants and even wedding photographers who withheld their services to same-sex couples on the grounds of a moral objection to gay marriage would be breaking the law if Ms Wall’s bill was adopted. Family First delivered a petition to Parliament that it said included 50,000 signatures against gay marriage. “Same-sex couples already have legal recognition through civil unions, so there is no need to redefine marriage,” its director, Bob McCoskrie, said. But Ms Wall said there was “an inherent discrimination” against same-sex couples in the law. Pastors would still be able to choose who they performed a marriage ceremony for, she said. “What I don’t like is scaremongering.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7566696/Lobbyists-gather-before-marriage-vote
Evelyn Hornberger, 81, of Lawrenceville, Indiana passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born January 21, 1936, to the parents of Lawrence and Marie Dierckman, she lived in the Sunman area her entire life. She is survived by her daughter Tracy (Randy) Stenger of St. Leon, her grandsons Ryan (Sue) Hornberger of Cincinnati, OH and Brady Hornberger of Batesville, granddaughter Kelsey Stenger (fiance Caleb Spence) of St. Leon and two great grandchildren Zachary and Cena Hornberger. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband James Hornberger, son Gene Hornberger, daughter-in-law Theresa Hornberger, parents Lawrence and Marie Dierckman, sister Alma Herbert and brother-in-law Jim Callahan. Siblings include Thelma (Don) Schornick of Milan, IN, Anna Mae Callahan of St. Leon IN, Myrtle (Hershel) Hildebrand of Sunman, IN, Arnie (Sharon) Dierckman of Sunman, IN, Ronald Dierckman, Carol (John) Knue of Waco, TX and Roger (Viv) Dierckman of Holton, IN.Evelyn retired from Pri-Pak in Lawrenceburg, IN in 2010 after a long history with the company. She had many friends from her working years and would frequently get together with them to celebrate birthdays and holidays.Evelyn loved the spring and summer months when she could tend to her garden, flowers and mowing her lawn. She enjoyed time cooking her famous chicken and dumplings and baking sugar cookies with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was well known for her blackberry custard pies, which were a highlight at family holidays. Evelyn was a huge fan of East Central High School sports with football being her favorite. She attended every game she possibly could with her brother Arnie and his wife Sharon. She had her “spot”on the bleachers, which she reserved weekly by putting down a blanket days prior to any home game. Neither rain nor cold weather would keep her away from seeing “her boys” play.Family and friends may visit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Parish Life center in St. Leon, with rosary at 4:00. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00AM on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Church with burial at St. Jacobs Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, St. Jacobs Cemetery Fund, Sunman Life Squad or the family wishes.
Former Sunman and Bright resident Grant House recently earned two silver medals as part of Team USA in the Swimming 800 and 400 Freestyle Relays at The Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru as well as a sixth place finish in the 200 Freestyle. Grant also captured gold at The World University Games in Naples, Italy as part of 800 Meter Freestyle Relay team.House is currently a member of The Arizona State Sun Devils Swimming team and the son of legendary East Central AquaTrojan Coaches Ray and Sue House.Courtesy of Ray and Sue House.
Vigo (Spain): Celta Vigo and Spain striker Iago Aspas is set to be sidelined for about four weeks due to a muscle injury on his right leg, his club announced on Wednesday.The 31-year-old forward, who is the top Spanish scorer in La Liga this season with 10 goals, sustained the injury during Celta’s last match in 2018 against Barcelona on Saturday, reports Efe.“The player suffers a probable muscle tear in the internal calf of his right leg,” the club said. “He will undergo an ultrasound scan in the next few days to find out the exact extent of the injury.”Celta’s statement added: “If the existence of broken muscle fibres is confirmed, the period of absence will be around four weeks, according to the medical services of the club.”The Spanish international striker will, thus, miss at least the upcoming four matches against Athletic Club, Rayo Vallecano, Valencia and Real Valladolid. (IANS) Also Read: Aspas in Spain squad as Diego Costa withdraws
By Tamica GarnettDESPITE a less than satisfactory time for preparatory training, spirits were high as the two male and one female volleyball teams departed Guyana yesterday afternoon for Boa Vista, Brazil to take part in the annual Border Games, scheduled to be held from August 5 – 7. President of the Demerara Volleyball Association, Trevor Williams, who travelled with the team, explained that due to unavoidable circumstances surrounding the use of the practice facility – the National Gymnasium – the teams could not have been given as much training time as we would have hoped for.The Gymnasium is one of two primary indoor facilities, in Georgetown, being utilised by most sporting disciplines, the other being the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).However, due to the CASH being occupied for some time with the hosting of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Under-16 Championships, several sporting disciplines were moved to the Gymnasium, limiting the amount of time any particular sport could have been allotted use of the facility.This left the volleyball teams at a disadvantage.“They are prepared, but we could have done better with more practice time. Given that we had to share space with other sporting disciplines in the gymnasium we didn’t get all the training we needed. But the teams have been playing at very good standard, especially the male team,” Williams explained.The departing teams are the Guyana Defence Force and Young Achievers on the male side, and Vanguard, the lone female team. Each team comprises 12 players and a coach.More is expected from the male teams. For the female team the focus is more on using the opportunity to give the team some exposure.“The female team have not been tested enough locally but they’ve been the champions and they’ve played well over the last season or so. However, they need a higher level of competition at this point so it’s going to be interesting for them out there.” Williams explained.GDF team captain Dester Hoppie, is expecting tough competition from the country which won the volleyball women’s gold and men’s silver at the 2012 Olympic Games.“Brazil is a tough team at any level, and we’re going to reach teams from three states, Roraima, Amapa and Minas, which are going to be really good teams.” Hoppie said.He added that “What we’re working on is that we have guys who are familiar with our particular rotation. We try to be innovative in our rotation, so this is our plan against them. You find more of the club teams positioning their players in a particular way; we’ve altered our rotation to suit our strengths so that’s what we’re going for.”Outside of dealing with the challenges of training, the contingent also faced its own share of financial woes in getting the necessary funds to get the team to the location – a norm for most sports teams leaving Guyana.Nonetheless, Williams extended heartfelt appreciation to those who did come on board to support, including the National Sports Commission, the Guyana Volleyball Federation, and the players who organised fundraising activities.Williams, however, remains hopeful that next time around there will be more support from the private sector.The complete teams are as follows:GUYANA DEFENCE FORCE: Dester Hoppie (team captain), Jared Douglas, Leslain Baird, Travis Stanley, Abel Moses, Tiffon Douglas, George Adolph, Juan Velazquez, Devon Bowman, Quacy Matherson, Trevon McRae. Coach – Jadeshwar DoolchandYOUNG ACHIEVERS: Kapil Dev Samaroo, Creston Rodney, Klondyke Rodney, Germain George, Geno Ford, Cleveland Peters, Corwin Richards, Ryan Munroe, Rick Ritchie, Ryan Mangroo, Satrohan Ramnarine, Javid Persaud.. Coach – Dharampall EtwarooVANGAURD: Danielle Nikita Samaroo, Leanna Gilkes, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Keisha Bacchus, Teniesha Cort, Kimesha Wallace, Odile Broomes, Soniya, Krysta Amy Yan, Jana Edghill, Subrina Munroe, Mercedes Ford. Coach – Trevor Smith.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – West Indies Women were breathing a huge sigh of relief after earning automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England.Their bid to become one of the four automatic qualifiers had been left in tatters following a humbling 3-0 whitewash to India Women earlier this month, which left them fourth in the ICC Women’s Championship after their full complement of 21 games.The top four in the Championship gain automatic qualification.However, they were in danger of being overtaken by India Women who were fifth on 19 points with three games remaining, and needing to win just two of their remaining games to clinch the fourth automatic World Cup berth.These remaining games were expected to be played against bitter political rivals Pakistan Women by October 31 but the games were never scheduled.The International Cricket Council subsequently ruled this week that India Women had “forfeited each of the three matches it was due to play against Pakistan in Round 6 of the ICC Women’s Championship, and that the associated points should be awarded to Pakistan.”“In accordance with the ICC Women’s Championship playing conditions, India shall be considered to have scored 0 runs in each of the 50 overs in each of the three matches and that its net run rate shall be adjusted accordingly,” the ICC said.“The Technical Committee was sensitive to the current state of relations between the nations of India and Pakistan, but concluded that the BCCI (India Cricket Board) had not been able to establish ‘acceptable reasons’ for not participating in this series.”Australia Women won the Women’s Championship with 36 points with England Women second on 29 and New Zealand Women third on 26.West Indies Women clinched fourth place with 22 points, avoiding the tricky 10-team playoff in Sri Lanka next February which will determine the final four spots at the World Cup.The showpiece bowls off from June 26 to July 23 next year.
New Delhi: In a scathing letter addressed to BCCI president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said Indian cricket is in “danger” and he fears for the future of administration given how “poorly” the sexual harassment allegation against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been handled.”I don’t know how far it’s true (the allegations against Johri), but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly (sic)… More so the way it has been handled,” Ganguly wrote.”I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going,” the 46-year-old Cricket Association of Bengal president said in the letter.An anonymous user on social media had accused Johra of sexual harassment. A three-member independent committee set up by the Committee of Administrators (COA) is currently investigating the matterThe two-member COA, comprising chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, differed bitterly on the issue. While Edulji wanted Johri sacked or suspended pending a probe, Rai favoured an inquiry report first and stood in the way of his removal.Expressing his concern over the differences, Ganguly wrote: “With deep sense of worry , (I used the word worry), I beg to state that the way things have gone in the last couple of years, the authority of Indian cricket to the world and the love and belief of millions of fans is on the way down.””The committee of COA from four, has come down to two, and now the two seem to be divided… Cricketing rules are changed in the middle of a season, which has never been heard of,” he said referring to the unprecedented change of rules to play for a state midway through the season.Ganguly said Indian cricket has been built by the “hard work” of some “superb” administrators and greatest of cricketers.”I, at the present moment, think it’s in danger. Hope people are listening,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Update on the latest in sports: SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder. It’s a blow to the Spurs’ hopes of extending their streak of playoff appearances.Aldridge had surgery on April 24, stemming from an injury the Spurs said the seven-time All-Star suffered in a game at Utah on Feb. 21. He played in two more games after getting hurt, including one in which he scored 24 points in San Antonio’s win over Dallas.The Spurs have been to the playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons, matching the longest streak in NBA history.NHL-COYOTES-GUTIERREZGutierrez is NHL’s first Latino team president Brighton to have cardboard cutouts of fansUNDATED (AP) — English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have sent a planner to the 32 teams outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities.A memo written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association describes protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.Also included are instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services. There are instructions on food preparation; supplies; and team travel.No timetable has been set for the return of most players to team complexes. Only players rehabilitating injuries have been allowed to enter the buildings.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK In other coronavirus-related news:— Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams.— The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to anNBA-SPURS-ALDRIDGEAldridge won’t return this season Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew MLB plan calls for 76-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July. The proposal calls for a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated salaries.Players have refused cuts beyond what they agreed to in March shortly after the pandemic began, part of baseball’s again acrimonious labor relations. The arduous negotiations have jeopardized plans to hold opening day around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans and provide entertainment to a public still emerging from months of quarantine.MLB says it can’t afford to play in ballparks without fans, and in May the owners proposed an 82-game schedule. The union countered with a 114-game schedule at prorated pay that would extend the regular season by a month through October.NFL-FACILITIES-RETURN PLANNFL sends plan to teams for return to facilities GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have made Xavier Gutierrez the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history.Gutierrez’s hiring was announced by Alex Meruelo, who became the NHL’s first Latino controlling owner when he bought a majority stake in the Coyotes last year.Gutierrez previously served as managing director at Clearlake Capital Group and was chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, which is owned by Alex Meruelo. June 8, 2020 Associated Press
Novak Djokovic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus Associated Press June 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
It was to be the first comeback event but that’s now expected to be the Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei from Sept. 1-6.The Dutch Open in Almere in October was also put off for this year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 7, 2020 The Latest: Liberty’s Durr to miss WNBA season due to virus The next BMX worlds are scheduled to start in Papendal, Netherlands, in August 2021. That is one week after the Tokyo Olympics. Four BMX medal events are on the Olympic program.The UCI also says the 2020 season in BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup will not happen.___Sixteen players and officials from Bulgarian soccer club Cherno More have tested positive for coronavirus.The club from the Black Sea town of Varna says 12 players are among the positive cases and adds “all players who tested positive are quarantined and we have taken the necessary precautions.” Cherno More played a league game against Tsarsko Selo in Sofia on Thursday. The laboratory that conducted pre-match tests admitted the following day that it had not announced that one of the players on the team from Sofia had tested positive.Cherno More says the club is still ready to play on Tuesday against Arda Kardzhali despite the positive tests. The quarantined players would be replaced by members of the team’s junior squad.___The Austrian soccer league has started an investigation into the coronavirus testing procedures of all 16 second-division teams after three players from one club tested positive over the weekend.The league says each club must provide receipts and test results to prove that all players have been tested on a weekly basis since play resumed on June 5 after a 12-week break. The R&A says it will create a bio secure zone at Royal Troon for those essential to the championship. It says it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a safe championship without spectators.___The International Cycling Union says this year’s BMX world championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled to be held in Houston in May and was at first postponed.The UCI says no new host was found “despite its best efforts to come up with an alternative.” Durr detailed her struggles with COVID-19 in a post on Instagram. The former Louisville star says she hasn’t fully recovered.The second pick of the 2019 WNBA draft averaged 6.7 points in her rookie season, starting 15 of her 18 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury.“Asia worked extremely hard this offseason to put herself in position to take a major leap forward in her second WNBA season,” Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said. “While we are disappointed that we will need to wait a bit longer to see her emerge as one of the bright young players in the game, we fully recognize and support the difficult decision she had to make amidst unprecedented circumstances. Brooklyn will be ready for her in 2021.”___Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has suspended voluntary activities for two weeks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Liberty guard Asia Durr will miss the upcoming WNBA season after testing positive for the coronavirus on June 8. Associated Press The investigation comes after last-place Kapfenberger SV apparently breached the anti-coronavirus rules by failing to structurally test its players.The league opened proceedings against Kapfenberg on Monday.___Two more badminton tournaments have been canceled in the revamped calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China Masters in Lingshui was canceled after already being moved from February to May and then to August. A news release from the school did not specify whether it was players or staff members who tested positive. It added that those impacted are being quarantined and proper protocols are being followed.___The R&A is going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh.Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been canceled. The R&A says the field will be comprised of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours.