11 months on…

first_imgLess than 10% of NZ couples with a Civil Union have converted to a marriage. (Why? Because they were quite happy with Civil Unions – no discrimination.) 25 same-sex couples have chosen a Civil Union since the law change.Thus far in NZ there have been 881 same-sex marriages. 503 of those have been between women, 378 between men. For the women, 118 of those couples changed their relationship from a Civil Union. Either one or both partners had been previously married in the case of 106 female couples. (20%)Of the male couples, 92 of the 378 changed their relationship from a CU, and either one or both had partners had been married in the case of male 47 couples.The majority of couples of either gender were marrying in their thirties. However, for men, more couples in their fifties were marrying than couple in their twenties.Since the change of legislation there have only been three officially registered adoptions by same-sex couple. Statistics from 19 August 2013 – 14 July 2013 – Department of Internal Affairs.last_img read more

Trump replaces poll campaign manager

first_imgBrad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, throws “Make America Great Again,” hats to the audience before a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. AP “I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” Trump said Wednesday on Facebook. “Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign.” Trump and Parscale’s relationship had been increasingly strained, with the president annoyed by the publicity Parscale had garnered in the role. But the final straw appeared to be a Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally last month that drew an unexpectedly low crowd of about 6,200 people after Parscale had bragged that more than a million people had requested tickets. The president was furious. (AP)center_img WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.last_img read more

Bars in Palm Beach County will not reopen on Monday

first_imgAlthough Palm Beach County has officially entered Phase Two of reopening, bars will still not reopen  for the on-premises consumption of alcohol, a county spokesperson confirms.Halsey Beshears, the head of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted on Thursday that bars across the state will be allowed to reopen on Monday, Sept. 14 at 50% indoor capacity for “consumption on the premises” to customers who are “seated.”However, a county spokesperson told our news partners, WPTV, that they will not reopen.Palm Beach County’s Phase Two reopening plan allows bars, arcades, billiard halls, hookah, cigar, and other smoking bars and lounges, nightclubs, establishments offering adult entertainment, and strip clubs to reopen with reduced capacity in the final increment of the plan.The county issued a statement on Friday that read, in part: No official date has been set on when bars in Palm Beach County will be allowed to reopen for the on-premises consumption of alcohol.Bars in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties all have the green light to reopen on Monday. “The County Administrator and the Board of County Commissioners are closely monitoring indicators of COVID-19 prevalence and spread in Palm Beach County and will proceed with additional business openings in accordance with the recently approved Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening Plan for Palm Beach County.”last_img read more

Cricket News Mohammad Shami summoned by Kolkata court in cheque bouncing case

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Read | NN Exclusive: Mohammed Shami refused to meet me, says Hasin JahanThe tussle between Shami and his wife started back in March after Hasin had filed a complaint against the Bengal cricketer with the Kolkata Police. Shami was charged with domestic violence, rape, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing hurt under Sections 498A, 376, 307, 323 of Indan Penal Code (IPC) respectively.Jahan also reached out to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and sought her support to fight the case against Shami.The case took another twist after Jahan included Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into the matter and alleged that Shami had also taken money from Alishba, a Pakistani woman, on the instruction of an England-based businessman, Mohammad Bhai. She also sent significant documents related to her complaint to BCCI and requested a probe into the matter.Read | BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of corruption charge, can play IPLBCCI dropped Shami from its annual contracts list on the same day Jahan took to Facebook and posted a series of screenshots of text messages allegedly sent by Shami to various women.However, Shami has refuted all the claims, made by Hasin and called it a conspiracy in order to destroy his career. New Delhi: Indian Pacer Mohammad Shami on Wednesday has been summoned by Kolkata’s Alipore court in connection to a cheque bouncing case filed by his wife Hasin Jahan.”Mohammad Shami summoned by Kolkata’s Alipore Court on September 20 in connection with the cheque bounce issue filed by his wife Hasin Jahan,” the news agency ANI reported.Earlier in April, Jahan filed a petition against the cricketer at Alipore court asking him to pay Rs 10 lakh per month for the monthly expenses of her and their daughter. Later, Zakir Hussain, Jahan’s lawyer claimed that the Rs 1 lakh cheque, which Shami gave to her had bounced and his client has no money to pay for her daily expenses.Besides that, Jahan had also accused her husband of domestic violence, giving death threats and involvement in match-fixing and extramarital affairs.last_img read more

Agbeko readies for title defence

first_imgGhana’s boxing world champion, Joseph Agbeko says his focus for his upcoming title unification is to win one of the biggest bouts in the bantamweight division.The IBF bantamweight champion is scheduled to fight undefeated WBC silver champion, Abner Mares in a title defence on April 4 in California.Nicknamed King Kong, Agbeko impressed the whole nation after he defeated Yohnny Perez in a rematch to reclaim the IBF Bantamweight title.Agbeko will leave Accra, Tuesday morning for the US where he will undergo final intensive training ahead of the fight.Agbeko who currently has a record of 28 wins and two losses told Joy Sports he is highly focused for the bout.“I am going back to work very hard to defend this title which is very important for me,” he said. Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan recall trade that brought Chris Paul to Clippers

first_imgRivers the wise guyDoc Rivers playfully took a bit of a shot at the franchise Monday night after the Clippers (17-7) defeated the Pistons 113-91.He was asked what it means for Griffin to have moved into fifth place all-time on the franchise scoring list with 7,122 points.“There’s a lot of jokes to that, too,” Rivers said. “It says that Blake is a great player, number one. It’s amazing he’s fifth at 25 (years old) and he missed one year. When you think about that, that’s remarkable. It just says how great he is. And then it says other stuff, too.”Such as?“I’m not saying,” he said.Then he added, “That I played here.”If and when Griffin becomes the all-time franchise leader, it won’t really be all that much to write home about as the organization’s leading scorer is Randy Smith with 12,735 points.Griffin’s first season with the Clippers was supposed to be 2009-10, but he broke his left knee-cap during the final exhibition game and missed that entire season, making 2010-11 his rookie campaign.Scouting IndianaThe Pacers had the best record in the Eastern Conference a season ago at 56-26, but a multitude of injuries have them at 8-17 and in 11th place in the East. Small forward Paul George (broken leg) has not played all season; he averaged 21.7 points in 2013-14. Point guard George Hill (knee/quadriceps) also has not played and power forward David West has played just 10 games. … Point guard Rodney Stuckey leads the Pacers with a 13.2 scoring average. Center Roy Hibbert is averaging 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. One to watch is guard C.J. Miles, who scored 20 points off the bench in Indiana’s 110-91 victory over the Lakers on Monday. “The biggest thing from then to now is that it was just another piece of making this franchise something respectable and honest,” said Griffin, whose team plays host to the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. “It was a big moment for Clippers fans, the team, for us and for everybody to have a guy like (Paul) come here that probably could have gone anywhere.“I also remember the excitement that came with it.”Jordan said he and Griffin were at a team function when he got wind of the trade.“That’s kind of how the whole ‘Lob City’ thing really started up,” Jordan said. “We were excited, though. We still are. I said, ‘I think we just got Chris Paul.’ (Griffin) was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, CP3? We’re about to get lobs.’“So that was that. Chris has helped us so much, both me and Blake … the whole team and the whole organization. We’ve shot up to a different level.” Sunday marked exactly three years since Chris Paul was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. That came six days after Paul’s trade to the Lakers was vetoed by then-commissioner David Stern.What Paul’s arrival did was make the Clippers a whole lot better. In 2010-11 — the season before Paul arrived — the Clippers went 32-50 and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.With Paul, Los Angeles went 40-26 in the strike-shortened 2011-12 campaign and made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. There are two players who are, to this day, stoked about how things worked out.Blake Griffin was in his second season with the Clippers when Paul got here, DeAndre Jordan in his fourth.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Puig’s exciting, but remember he’s also a rookie

first_imgHe clearly never saw or heard Ellis made contact, and Puig made the second out of a double play.Puig was as stunned as anyone. He didn’t bother to turn and look to see the ball drop in shallow right because he wasn’t paying attention to anything except stealing second.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it a miscommunication. When told that, Puig said through an interpreter: “There wasn’t really anything. I was just trying to steal the base.”Mattingly wouldn’t comment on the miscommunication, but it’s clear Puig didn’t have the green light.“It doesn’t matter,” Mattingly said. “It’s something we don’t want to be doing. We were down four runs. We don’t want to be doing that.”Especially in the postseason.Puig went gangbusters or bust. And that play was a bust, a double play to end the sixth inning.These kind of things can hurt the Dodgers in the playoffs. If you’re a Dodgers fan, you’ve probably been biting your nails to the bone just thinking about it.You love him and dread him at the same time.You love the thrill of his home runs and hate the thought of him running the Dodgers into outs.Puig’s demeanor was of disappointment but it seemed moreso than usual. We’re used to the Dodgers winning, and we’re used to Puig bounding around the clubhouse making loud noises and putting teammates in mock headlocks.It looks as though he feels the pain of losses as much as the euphoria of game-winning home runs.And for someone who is often reckless on the basepaths — whether it’s because he desperately wants to prove himself or ego or simply because he wants to win — it’s good to see he feels the pain, too. It seems like he really cares about winning.And since the Dodgers haven’t won a World Series title since 1988, they could use more passion like his.He wasn’t about to open the door to his innermost thoughts, but he sure seemed more conflicted than normal. He’d gotten in early Saturday morning, too. It was a nice switch from being late to a game in Miami.Maybe the mistakes are getting to him more than the hits and runs are thrilling him.As for whether this one hurt more than others, Puig retorted:“What inning did we start losing?”The first inning.Apparently that sour mood had been simmering all game.“You can’t win all the games,” Puig said. “We always think it’s possible but we know we can’t.”You can’t lose all the games, either. But you sure can lose important ones by being reckless and unaware.Dodgers fans better hope Puig has these baserunning gaffes out of his system come October. The first-place Dodgers are going so well — even a loss doesn’t mean much with a 10-game lead in the National League West — his mistakes are overlooked.But there will come a time in about six weeks when Puig’s errors aren’t explained by a jubilant rookie. A kid without much training in the fundamentals department but a natural gift for hitting a baseball.Puig was out of the lineup last week in Miami, but that was after he was 0 for 5 with a gargantuan temper tantrum over balls and strikes that somehow didn’t get him ejected.Puig was at it again on Saturday, this time with his wheels. The 22-year-old rookie sensation’s aggressiveness is to be admired and capitalized, but he has to be conservative once in a blue moon.The Dodgers trailed 4-0 in the sixth inning when Puig sprinted from first on a Mark Ellis liner to shallow right field. Problem is, by the way Puig was running, you thought there might have been a hit-and-run on or something. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Yasiel Puig wore a bright turquoise shirt and white sunglasses in the clubhouse, but those shades couldn’t hide his disappointment.Maybe it was Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Boston Red Sox or maybe it was his baserunning error — insert roll of the eyes here for yet another one of those doozies — that he was so sullen about.Perhaps Puig is starting to realize what everyone is losing sleep over at night.Puig can help the Dodgers win games in the postseason, and he can cost the Dodgers games, too.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Carlos Gonzalez close to signing with Indians, reports say

first_img MLB hot stove: Nationals at least considering looking for outfield help, report says Related News Carlos Gonzalez is moving close to a deal with the Indians— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2019The Cleveland #Indians on verge of bolstering outfield with signing of free agent Carlos Gonzalez, as @JonHeyman reports— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 16, 2019This is a minor-league deal which would be worth $2 million in base salary if he is added to the MLB roster.Gonzalez is coming off of season in which he batted .276 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez is about to have a new home.The 33-year-old veteran outfielder is on the verge of signing with the Indians, according to multiple reports. Gonzalez consistently performed at the plate over the last 10 years in Colorado and, at 33 years old, he would give the Indians a veteran to add to their lineup and some depth to an outfield which features a lot of question marks this season.Cleveland’s starting outfield right now includes some combination of Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, Bradley Zimmer, Jordan Luplow and Leonys Martin. All of these players have shown flashes, but they have also been inconsistent.Gonzalez would at least give manager Terry Francona another option in case one of those players slumps.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, October 20, 2014•12:40 a.m.  Officers investigated fleeing or attempt to elude, reckless driving, obstruction of law enforcement officer, failure to yield at stop sign, official traffic control devices, improper driving on laned roadway, improper turn, seatbelt violation, unsafe turning and defective use of horn in the 1700 block  E. Lincoln, Wellington by a known driver.•8:15 a.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block  S. 21st, Wellington.•11:19 a.m.  Officers investigated a theft in the 300 block S. Ash, Wellington.•12:28 p.m.  Eric P. Rhodes, 45, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County bench warrant for failure to appear.•12:29 p.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block  W. Botkin, Wellington.•2:04 p.m.  Officers investigated domestic battery and the criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1400 block  E. Michigan, Wellington.•5:54 p.m.  Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report involving a vehicle operated by David M. Cook, 33, Wellington and a fixed object/curb stops owned by Clark Manufacturing, Wellington.•10:35 p.m.  Officers investigated driving while license is suspended by a known driver in the 300 block  N. G, Wellington.•10:35 p.m.  Jeanne L. Escobar, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended.last_img read more

Legislators Push to Strengthen Coastal Economies, Create Jobs

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Capitol Land TrustToday, the Washington State House of Representatives Capital Budget Committee released its proposed budget which will dedicate $8.2 million from the Capital Budget for a suite of habitat protection and restoration projects in coastal counties as well as Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties. The Washington Coast Restoration Initiative (WCRI) will bring sustainable, family-wage jobs to dozens of small, rural communities from Neah Bay to the mouth of the Columbia and inland as far as Thurston County.“This is the time to invest in the future of rural Washington,” said Amanda Reed, executive director of the Capitol Land Trust. “When we fund restoration projects, we get a win-win:  local jobs today, and healthy rivers and forests that will sustain our economy over the long-term.”Washington’s coastal economy and culture are built on its forests, rivers, and marine waters, but a lack of consistent funding has undermined progress of ongoing protection and restoration needs. The WCRI package will leverage $6 million in existing federal, state and private resources to pay for 33 restoration projects that will benefit both residents and the natural resources that provide local jobs. The Coast continues to experience the highest unemployment in the state, which is still over 10% in some counties. Restoration projects create more jobs than other types of construction sector projects. Ninety cents of every dollar spent on restoration stays inside the state, and 80 cents of every dollar stays within the county where a project is located.Capitol Land Trust has put forward two large projects in Thurston County as part of the WCRI package.  These projects would restore over 400 acres in the Black River watershed, including 3 miles along the Black River and its tributaries Mima, Darlin and Dempsey creeks near Capitol State Forest.  Restoration work would support 10 full time jobs and many local contractors, and improve spawning grounds for steelhead, cutthroat trout, Chinook and coho salmon.  Both private lands and lands already conserved using county, state, and federal conservation funding sources would be restored.  For these reasons this initiative has received strong support by all three Thurston County Commissioners.The WCRI has gained widespread support from the fishing industry, coastal tribes, watershed groups, the conservation community, local government, state and federal agencies. The coastal coalition has developed a comprehensive database of restoration and sustainable job needs that will be matched to high priority projects to restore forests, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. The projects will provide well-paying jobs to local people while improving the health of natural resources to ensure sustainable employment in the future.“Today’s proposed budget is a critical step toward preserving the commercial, recreational, and ecological value of coastal lands and waters while strengthening one of the most diverse economies of the state,” said Mike Stevens, Washington state director of The Nature Conservancy.“A big shout-out goes to Representatives Dan Griffey, Drew MacEwen, Richard DeBolt, and Ed Orcutt who were instrumental in getting support for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the House,” said Reed. “They have set the tone for the Senate to vote in support of strong rural communities and economies, and healthy forests and rivers.”The Senate will take up the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the coming weeks. The coalition is looking to the Senate to fully fund the Initiative at the original budget request of $15 million.For more information on the WCRI program, click here.last_img read more