More MPs opposing gay marriage


first_imgNZ 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. 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.” read more

Marriage is different from cohabitation – Canadian court

ufbosuzpwurn 26 Jan 2013Today the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec can exclude cohabiting couples from receiving spousal support in the event of relationship breakdown. The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada applauds this decision because it accurately reflects the fact that social science research shows marriage to be substantively different from living common law. “There is great consensus from social scientists, no matter their political stripe, that marriage is different from living together,” says IMFC Manager of Research Andrea Mrozek. “Unfortunately, the statistical reality is that people living together break up more readily – even if they do eventually wed. They are more likely to have multiple partners. Their children face more problems – higher rates of school dropout, more drug use and an earlier age of sexual initiation. And single parents – typically mothers – are more likely to be poor. These are some of the harsh statistical realities of living together versus getting married, and it is wise to acknowledge this difference,” says Mrozek. Marriage protects against poverty and remains the most stable manner in which to raise children. Some researchers have even identified that a new class division is emerging along married versus  unmarried lines. This is the message of author Kay Hymowitz’s book, Marriage and Caste in America. read more

Ireland to hold referendum on gay marriage


first_imgThe Guardian 5 November 2013Ireland is to hold a referendum in mid-2015 on whether to allow same-sex marriage, the Republic’s government has said.The decision, announced on Tuesday, is a victory for the deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore, who has been lobbying for a national vote.The vote will be held as part of a special “constitution day”, in which a wide-ranging referendum could result in other changes to the Republic’s constitution such as the abolition of blasphemy laws.Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Gilmore said he hoped the Fine Gael-Labour government would back moves toward full equality in Ireland.Gilmore, who is leader of the Irish Labour party, said it would be “important to win this referendum”. read more

Let terminally ill patients die at home – report


first_imgThe Independent 22 May 2015Terminally ill patients must be granted the right to spend their last days at home, leading charities and a former health minister have said, in light of a harrowing report that lays bare the damage done by poor care at the end of life. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report published today details some of the worst cases investigated by the watchdog in the past four years.It has led to renewed calls for the Government to introduce free social care at home at the end of life – sparing dying people from ending their days in hospital, often without specialist palliative care support.Families seeking free care for a dying relative currently face a complex process of means-testing. In a recent survey of attitudes to dying, two-thirds of  those questioned said they would prefer to end their life at home, but the UK still has some of the highest rates of hospital death among older people in Europe.It is widely accepted that hospital wards are rarely the best place for a patient, once it is clear that they are dying. However, more than half of deaths still occur in hospital. read more

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate ministers


first_imgNigeria is finally set to instate the new government when President Muhammadu Buhari formally assigns roles to the 36 ministerial nominees approved by Parliament.The announcement by Buhari will bring to an end 166 days during which he solely governed Africa’s leading economy and the most populous nation.The inauguration is scheduled to take place in his official residence, Aso Rock, in the country’s capital, Abuja.Buhari’s main focus since taking over power in May has been the fight against Islamist extremist militants Boko Haram, and launching an anti-corruption drive.The lack of ministers has however given a sense of political limbo and created uncertainty in the business world.Noteworthy, Buhari said that he will take charge of the oil ministry, in order to oversee reforms in the notoriously murky sector at a time of low global crude prices that have hurt government revenues badly.last_img read more

Tilapia with Grape Chutney.


first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Tilapia with Grape Chutney. by: – July 20, 2011 28 Views   no discussions Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Directions:Thaw fish if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; add fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily, turning once. Meanwhile, halve grapes.Transfer fish to platter; keep warm. Add grapes, fruit bits, onions, and spreadable fruit to skillet; cook and stir 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sauce over fish. Share Sharecenter_img Share Tilapia with Grape Chutney.Tilapia is a versatile whitefish that the whole family will love. This recipe is healthy, easy, and economical, which makes this dish a great catch. This fish is pan fried and transferred to a serving platter.Grapes, dried fruit, green onions, and spreadable fruit are then cooked in the same pan and poured over this sweet-savory fish.Ingredients:4 4-oz. fresh or frozen skinless tilapia or sole filletsSalt and pepper2 Tbsp. cooking oil1 cup seedless green grapes1/2 cup tropical blend mixed dried fruit bits1/3 cup sliced green onions1/3 cup apricot spreadable fruitCooked brown rice (optional) Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Work on the chinese funded west coast road development project at an advanced stage


first_imgSection of the road at Picard being resurfacedWork on the Chinese funded West Coast Road Development Project which extends from Roseau to Portsmouth is currently at an advanced stage with asphalting works now taking place in the Picard, Portsmouth area.Three kilometres of work has already been completed.Chinese Project Manager of the rehabilitation of the Roseau to Portsmouth West Coast Project, Jing Hao, speaking through an interpreter, told GIS news on Thursday that the asphalting of the road in Portsmouth compliments other works now being done on the project.He said that the construction of a box culvert on approaching Picard was done to reinstate a failed section of that road and significant improvements were done to drainage structures.“Presently, we have started paving the road at Portsmouth and we are still doing some other works in the Portsmouth areas. This includes the box culvert, just at the entrance of Picard. Based on our designs, it is not actually what we were supposed to have done but based on the requirements of the Government, we have made certain adjustments. That is pretty much what has been done so far in the Portsmouth area.”Work is also on-going on the Roseau Bridge which extends from Hanover Street to Elliot Avenue. In addition, work is being done under the Canefield cliff where there is a shifting of the existing road further westward towards the existing sea defence wall.The work on the Roseau Bridge will be completed in approximately one to one and a half months. We are also working under the Canefield Cliff and at the end of that work we are doing, we would have completed 1.9 kilometres of road. We are in the process of constructing a three-lane road. This will be from P. H. Williams to Woodbridge Bay.” The Chinese official told GIS news through his interpreter that a decision to construct a road to accommodate three-lane traffic under the Canefield cliff is a very practical move. “The reason why it is going to be a three-lane road is because as you can see, there is an area that is still not paved. It is the section that is going towards the sea, westwards. Now, based on discussions that we have had with Public Works and the Government, due to the size and width of the road, it is very practical to have a three-lane road.” Notwithstanding minor impediments, the Chinese construction company is generally pleased with the pace at which the West Coast Road Project is being executed. The company is grateful to the Government and people of Dominica for the support given thus far in implementing the project. The roadwhen completed is expected to significantly elevate the standard of Dominica’s road network. Weather permitting, the company is expecting that the entire West Coast Road Project will be completed by December 2011 or early January 2012.The one hundred million E.C dollar (XCD$100 000 000.00) West Coast Road Rehabilitation Project is being undertaken by the China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation Limited which is a subsidiary company of China Railway. China Railway comes highly qualified and is reputable for building major highways and roads, bridges, airports and houses.The company has been rated as the fifth largest construction company in the world.By Mervin Matthew, Government Information Service Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Work on the chinese funded west coast road development project at an advanced stage by: – April 29, 2011 72 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Darroux says education top on his agenda


first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews Darroux says education top on his agenda by: – June 20, 2011center_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Hon. Kelvar Darroux. Photo credit: GIS NewsParliamentary Representative for the St Joseph constituency Kelver Darroux says he will continue to ensure that government continues to capitalize on the educational opportunities for the people.He says more young people throughout the constituencies need to pursue higher education.“Through out the constituency, we need to see more young people pursuing higher education, we need to see that our schools are well equipped with the resources that they need. Education continues to be one of the priority areas and we cannot turn our back on that,” he said.Darroux said there are still some areas that must be tapped into.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Three men sentenced to imprisonment following a drug bust earlier this week


first_imgLocalNews Three men sentenced to imprisonment following a drug bust earlier this week by: – September 23, 2011 37 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Image via: mtn.18.comJimmy Alexander, Damian David and Oliver Benta have been sentenced to serve jail time following their arrest on Monday after a drug bust at sea in the North of the island.Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported to the media last week that about 8:30 pm on Sunday 18th September, the Coast Guard intercepted an open keel boat powered by two 40 horse power Yamaha outboard engines.He further reported that aboard the boat was a crew of two male adults, four male adult passengers and one male juvenile passenger and that Cannabis and cocaine were also found.Oliver Benta of Fond Cole was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession with the intent to export cocaine and marijuana.Damian David of Goodwill received a 15 month jail sentence for possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to export.Jimmy Alexander of Portsmouth the captain of the boat, pleaded guilty to all the charges was sentenced to an 18 month prison term.The fourth Defendant Lee Sylvester of Dublanc pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of marijuana was fined $1000 to be paid by November 30; in default he will face three months jail imprisonment.Three other men who were arrested during the drug bust at sea were released for want of prosecution.The street value of cocaine seized is $15,800 while the marijuana is worth $3000.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Dominica officially launches International Year of Co-operatives 2012


first_img Share Share LocalNews Dominica officially launches International Year of Co-operatives 2012 by: – December 8, 2011 9 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dcsll.orgPresident of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League Mr. Cletus Joseph says the organization is positioning itself to assist small cooperatives in their development thrust.He was addressing the official launching of International Year of Cooperatives 2012, an event held in collaboration with the ministry of social services”.Joseph told the ceremony which was held at the Fort Young Hotel Wednesday night, that the cooperative has made several changes to accommodate that process.“We will put together actions to assist the fellow cooperatives’ on the island. We know what their struggles are and we intend to bring them up to the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness in other to be relevant to their membership,” he said.Meantime minister responsible for Cooperatives Gloria Shillingford says the activity is significant because cooperative moments play a pivotal role in the development of any nation.“The genesis of the movement began just as an idea. Today we see that the trend setters were correct and their dreams are manifested in cooperatives like the National Cooperative Credit Union…we can see all the benefits that have been derived from people working together to achieve a common goal,” she explained.Trade Minister Dr. Colin McIntyre who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the event said the cooperative movement stands out as a highly recommended model in Dominica, as advances that can be achieved in social and economic development when individuals pull their resources in a cooperative effort to tackle development issues within their country.“For us in Dominica, the cooperative movement has been a vehicle for moving both our urban and rural committees to higher levels of development and for improving the quality of life of our citizens,” he explained.McIntyre said government fully subscribes to the view that entrepreneurship is an important strategy for alleviating poverty.The event was launched under the theme “Encouraging Entrepreneurship Though Cooperatives”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more