Promoting a debate on marriage

first_imgColin Craig – 20 Aug 2012There are differing views on same-sex marriage and adoption, and I am always promoting a mature and respectful debate. Good leadership requires listening to both sides of the debate and then deciding what is best for our great country. I of course have argued that this is a matter that should go to a binding referendum which will ensure that the law does reflect what we the people think.  In New Zealand, we have already recognised same-sex relationships through Civil Unions. In fact 160 pieces of legislation were changed in order to address the issue of equal rights.This in my view, is a satisfactory way to give recognition and rights to same-sex relationships without impinging on the rights of others for whom the existing definition of ‘marriage’ has cultural, religious, moral, or historical importance.During our research we noted that 43% of people surveyed were not aware that the proposed Marriage Amendment Bill will impact on adoption. Let’s be clear; if the Marriage Amendment Bill passes, it will mean that gay people can adopt children as a couple, under the Adoption Act 1955.  I realise that other parties (like National for example) think this is a good idea. Despite this surge of social liberalism, I stand firm with the majority of New Zealanders in opposing this change. I believe the evidence shows that it is ideal that an adopted child grow up with a great Mum and Dad. Remember we are talking here about children with no home and their whole life ahead of them.It is up to us to give them the absolute best. I wonder how those politicians who are so ready to vote for this law change will explain to a young man or woman years from now, how they figured that a child could do without a Mum (or Dad), when they had the chance to provide them with both. read more

When is Tiger Woods’ next tournament on the 2019 PGA Tour schedule?

first_imgWhen is Tiger Woods playing next? Tiger Woods’ 2019 schedule is suddenly of peak interest after his 2019 Masters victory provided a glimpse of “the old Tiger.”Woods’ season had been a mixed bag heading into Augusta, failing to crack the top 10 in any of his five tournaments, including a forgettable showing at The Players Championship. That all changed with Woods’ 15th career major victory — his first since 2008 — flipping the comeback narrative on its head. Dates: Feb. 14-17Scores: 70-71-65-72 (-6)Finish: t-15thWinner: J.B. Holmes (-14)Farmers Insurance OpenDates: Jan. 24-27Scores: 70-70-71-67 (-10)Finish: t-20thWinner: Justin Rose (-21) The honeymoon was short-lived, though. Woods took a month between slipping on the green jacket and the PGA Championship. The rust showed at Bethpage Black as Woods stumbled out of thr gate and couldn’t recover on Friday, missing the cut at 5 over in a tie for 84th place.Woods, ranked fifth in the world, rebounded at the Memorial Tournament (May 30-June 2), carding a top 10 finish in his tune-up for the U.S. Open. Only with a strong showing at Pebble Beach can Woods erase the sour taste of the PGA Championship in pursuit of his second majoe victory of 2019.Can the 43-year-old realistically chase down Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships? That mark is still far in the distance but the world is now watching if Woods can make inroads in 2019 with two more majors on the calendar.Tiger Woods’ scheduleWe will continue to update Tiger’s upcoming 2019 tournament schedule here. U.S. OpenDates: June 13-16Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDThe Open Championship*Dates: July 18-21Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDWGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational*Dates: July 25-28Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDThe Northern Trust*Dates: Aug. 8-11Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDBMW Championship*Dates: Aug. 15-18Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBDTour Championship*Dates: Aug. 22-25Scores: TBDFinish: TBDWinner: TBD*Not confirmed but likely to participateTiger Woods’ scores, finishesWe will continue to update Tiger’s 2019 tournament results here. The Memorial TournamentDates: May 30-June 2Scores: 70-72-70-67 (-9)Finish: t-9thWinner: Patrick Cantlay (-19)PGA ChampionshipDates: May 16-19Scores: 72-73 (+5)Finish: Missed cutWinner: Brooks Koepka (-8)The MastersDates: April 11-14Scores: 70-68-67-70 (-13)Finish: 1stWinner: Tiger Woods (-13)WGC-Dell Match PlayDates: March 27-31Scores: N/AFinish: QuarterfinalsWinner: Kevin KisnerThe Players ChampionshipDates: March 14-17Scores: 70-71-72-69 (-6)Finish: t-30thWinner: Rory McIlroy (-16)WGC-Mexico ChampionshipDates: Feb. 21-28Scores: 71-66-70-69 (-8)Finish: t-10thWinner: Dustin Johnson (-21)Genesis Openlast_img read more

Farmland ownership not changing much

first_imgThe man who conducts the annual Iowa State survey on farmland values says many owners have been able to weather the downturn in the farm economy because they don’t have to make payments on their ground. Wendong Zhang says it’s something that goes with the profile of the state’s residents.“Eighty-two percent of the land is owned debt free. That is in part related to the aging population. There is more and more land owned by aging landowners. Sixty percent is owned by landowners who are 65 or above,” Zhang explains. He says there also seems to be a lot of carry over from the days of record-high commodity prices.“I’m personally suprised how much equity and cash were stored through the golden years from 2003 to 2013,” according to Zhang. “During those years — during that decade — essentially Iowa farmers and across the midwest had seen eight percent annual growth in their adjusted farm income.” But Zhang says there is a growing concern about the continuing increase in the number of farm bankruptcies as the economic downturn continues. He says when land is sold it continues to be mainly an Iowan to Iowan sale.He says there is a growing interest by investors in farmland. “But the majority of the action is still existing local farmers buying land. And buying land very nearby their existing operation as well,” he says. Zhang says the land that is available comes after the owner retires or passes it on.“Half the land are coming from estate sales. Twenty-four percent is coming from retired farmers,” Zhang says. Zhang says those sales are most often to family members or other farmers.last_img read more

Five reasons why Morocco are CHAN champions

first_img— Sellami fielded his reserves for the final group game against Sudan, giving first choices extended recovery time in the middle of a hectic schedule.Share on: WhatsApp AFP Sport gives five reasons why Morocco completed an unbeaten six-match CHAN run by whipping 10-man Nigeria 4-0 in a final staged in a Casablanca downpour.— Previously unknown striker Ayoub el Kaabi was named player of the tournament after scoring a CHAN record nine goals in five starts.— Playing all six matches at the same stadium was a benefit no rival enjoyed. Some teams travelled 800 kilometres (500 miles) between fixtures.— Coach Jamal Sellami built his team around two Casablanca clubs with Raja supplying five and African champions Wydad four of the final starting line-up. — A patiently-built 4-0 thrashing of Mauritania got the hosts off to the perfect start and they secured a quarter-finals place with a game to spare.center_img Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Morocco ended 42 years without a senior national team football trophy by hosting and winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for home-based footballers at the weekend.It was the first success since the country won the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations by drawing with Guinea to top a mini-league in Ethiopia.last_img read more

New study finds footballers 3.5 times more likely to die from brain trauma

first_img“As such, whilst every effort must be made to identify the factors contributing to the increased risk of neurodegenerative disease to allow this risk to be reduced, there are also wider potential health benefits of playing football to be considered.”Earlier this year, UEFA requested for a change in the game’s laws to reduce the pressure on the medical staff and give doctors more time to assess head injuries off the pitch, so that no concussed player returns to the field of play.“The whole game must recognise that this is only the start of our understanding and there are many questions that still need to be answered,” said FA chairman Greg Clarke said.“It is important that the global football family now unites to find the answers and provide a greater understanding of this complex issue. The FA is committed to doing all it can to make that happen.”Outgoing PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been strongly criticised for his lack of action on the subject, in particular by the family of former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle, whose 2002 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was linked to repeatedly heading heavy leather footballs.Taylor said it was now “incumbent on football globally to come together to address this issue in a comprehensive and united manner”.Share on: WhatsApp A 2017 graphic on head injuriesLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  A new study carried out by Glasgow University has found former footballers are approximately three-and-a- half times more likely to die from neurodegenerative diseases than the general population.The report, released on Monday was commissioned by England’s Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association to assess the medical records of 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland between 1900 and 1976.Their records were matched against more than 23,000 individuals from the general population, with the study led by consultant neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart of Glasgow University.His findings report that the “risk ranged from a five-fold increase in Alzheimer’s disease, through an approximately four-fold increase in motor neurone disease, to a two-fold Parkinson’s disease in former professional footballers”.Although footballers had higher risk of death from neurodegenerative disease, they were less likely to die of other common diseases, such as heart disease and some cancers, including lung cancer.The study – titled ‘Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk’ found that deaths in ex-footballers were lower than expected up to age 70, and higher than expected over that age.Dr Stewart said in a statement: “An important aspect of this work has been the ability to look across a range of health outcomes in former professional footballers. This allows us to build a more complete picture of health in this population.“Our data show that while former footballers had higher dementia rates, they had lower rates of death due to other major diseases.last_img read more

Croquet, bowls players hope grass is greener after virus lockdown

first_imgA player in action at Sussex County Croquet Club on England’s south coastLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The peculiarly British sports of croquet and bowls are taking baby steps to return from the coronavirus lockdown, away from the glare of publicity.Both conjure up images of elderly people pitting their wits against each other on lush lawns, with social interaction a big factor.The government’s easing of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 paved the way for croquet and bowls to resume.The Croquet Association welcomed the chance to start up again, marketing itself as an ideal sport in unusual times.“Media reports on lockdown easing have focused on sports like golf, tennis and basketball, with the glaring omission of croquet, which is the perfect ‘social-distancing’ sport,” it said in a statement.“A croquet court is twice the size of a tennis court, so playing against a member of your household, or one other person from outside your household, is no problem at all.”– Churchill link –Croquet is seen as quintessentially English — wartime prime minister Winston Churchill replaced a tennis court at his Chartwell home with a croquet lawn.But the origin of the sport is disputed by Jonathan Isaacs, chairman of the Croquet Association council.“All I can say is that in the Bayeux Tapestry there is an image of a person with a mallet, hoops and ball so the indications are it came over with William the Conqueror (in 1066),” he told AFP.Isaacs said the coronavirus shutdown had proved a headache but he remained upbeat about the future of the sport.“Fortunately, as a governing body we have pretty robust finances behind us and we had enough money in a contingency fund to be able to say ‘yeah we can see a way through this’ and offer loans to clubs who have problems.“Clubs so far have not taken up any offers and appear to be coping reasonably well.”Isaacs said at his club, Sussex County Croquet Club on England’s south coast, which hosted last year’s golf croquet world championship (the other form of the game is association croquet), members rallied around to help the vulnerable.“We set up a contact rota and phoned them up but most quite frankly are desperate to get back on the lawn,” he said. Isaacs said the main challenge was returning to tournament play but pointed out that one positive was that the game itself “by its definition is an exercise in social distancing”.“Only one person is on the lawn at any one time. With golf croquet, although two players are on court at the same time the etiquette is the non-playing person stands well clear.”– Spanish Armada –Legend has it that famed Elizabethan explorer Francis Drake delayed returning to his ship to confront the Spanish Armada in 1588 in order finish a game of bowls.His modern-day descendants on the greens have had to face a hidden enemy and even though they can now play again, it is not straightforward.Many players are elderly and the over-70s have been advised to continue to self-isolate despite the partial relaxation of lockdown measures.“At least half, if not two-thirds, of all bowling members are over 70,” Rod McBeth, honorary secretary of Sussex County Bowls men’s section, said.The county has 4,800 male members and 2,700 female members.McBeth, 75 next month, said it had been a trying time and patience has been wearing thin.“I am doing jigsaw puzzles but the inaction has driven me round the twist and if I was of that nature I would get depressed,” he said.“However, I have spoken to a lot of club members who are tearing their hair out.”Despite his mounting frustration, McBeth will be steering clear of the green for now. Competitions have been deferred until next year and he is wary of the possible risks.“There is no point in taking a chance for nothing,” he said. “A lot of people who are able to do so will not. They are not sure it is a safe thing to do.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Officials: Man Exposed Himself to Online Central Florida Class

first_imgSchool officials in Central Florida say a man exposed himself to students after hacking into an online class being held by a public school.Orange County Public Schools in Orlando told its teachers in a letter Thursday that the man had gained unauthorized access to the Zoom video conferencing lesson and exposed himself to the class.The document encouraged teachers to use the “waiting room” function in Zoom, which allows the host to control when a participant joins a meeting.A message was also sent to the parents of the eighth grade students at Wolf Lake Middle School who were affected.The Apopka Police Department has not said if a suspect has been identified, but told an Orlando television station that no arrests have been made.“Zoom is not a district supported application and the district has strongly encouraged teachers to use district supported applications such as Big Blue Button and Canvas for their video conferencing needs,” an Orange County spokesperson said.As with many school districts around the country, Orange County is conducting online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

DD Fitness: Emmet Rushe gives you his recipes for success!

first_imgToday, I’m going to give you a day of recipes that you can use straight away that are easy to make and they all taste great.The one thing that I hear time and time again is that people find it hard to make healthy food taste good.So, here are three recipes from breakfast to dinner and not only are they healthy AND taste great, but I have also got the calories, protein, carbs and fat worked out for you. We provide our Rushe Fitness members recipes like these every 6 weeks in our Lean in 2019 program. We are always accepting new member into our Rushe Fitness community. If you would like to join a fun and supportive gym community, you can click the link below to find out more and get signed up now.CHERRY COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATSSERVES 1 | TOTAL TIME: 6 HoursINGREDIENTS 190 grams low fat Greek yogurt 25 grams rolled oats 80 millilitres light coconut milk 12 fresh (or frozen and thawed) cherries, pitted 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut 1 teaspoon honey¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch salt.INSTRUCTIONSIn a mason jar or resealable container, mix all the ingredients until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or over-night. If the mixture is a little thick in the morning add a little more milk. Stir and serve cold.Calories 402 – Protein 20g – Carbs 47g – Fats 16g – Fibre 7gYou may have come across this type of breakfast before, but this has a different kick to it than the usual version of this. At only 402 calories, you can make a healthy breakfast taste good again. SPICED RED LENTIL, TOMATO, AND KALE SOUPIf you like soup but want one with a bit of a kick to heat you up on these Autumn nights, this low-calorie spiced soup is for you.SERVES 6 | TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTESINGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 sweet onion, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 1 bay leaf1½ teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons chilli powder ½ teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika, to taste ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 400 gram tin diced tomatoes, with juices 1 to 1½ litres low-sodium vegetable broth, as needed 75 grams uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained Fine grain sea salt and pepper, to tasteINSTRUCTIONSIn a large pot, over medium heat sauté the onion and garlic in the oil for 4 to 5 minutes then add the celery and sauté for a further few minutes, before stirring in the bay leaf and the spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander, paprika and cayenne). Add the can of tomatoes (with juice), broth and lentils. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and then simmer, uncovered, for about 20 to 25minutes, until the lentils are tender. Stir in kale or spinach and cook until wilted. Serve and enjoy with a chunk of crusty bread!When cooled, the soup can be stored in your fridge in an air-tight container for 3 to 5 days, or you can freeze it in a freezer-safe container for a couple of months. Just leave an inch gap at the top for expansionCalories 20 – Protein 10g – Carbs 31g – Fats 4g – Fibre 8gPacked full of flavour and taste and coming in at only 200 calories per serving, you can have your soup guilt free.SWEET CHILLI CHICKEN BURGERSSERVES 8 | TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES INGREDIENTS1 kilogram chicken thighs, visible fat removed and roughly chopped 1 medium onion, chopped finely 1 clove garlic, chopped finely Salt Pepper Red pepper flakes(optional) 2 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted 1 large egg 1 tablespoon chilli sauce of choice (optional)Sweet chilli sauce to topINSTRUCTIONSBlend the chicken thighs, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until very well combined. Place into a large mixing bowl, add the coconut flour, egg and chilli sauce and mix well. Using your hands, form into burger patties.Coat a frying pan with oil and cook the burgers on each side over a medium heat for around 3-4 minutes, before flipping and cooking for another 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat until all burgers have been cooked. Coat with sweet chilli sauce and serve in burger buns or with a fresh green salad EnjoyCalories 265– Protein 34g – Carbs 2g – Fats 14g – Fibre 1gAnd there you have it.3 healthy and delicious recipes and they have all the calories and macros worked out for you.Give them a try and be sure to let me know what you think of them. #Leanin2019My Rushe Fitness Members get recipes like these and more every 6 weeks in our Lean in 2019 program.We are always accepting new member into our Rushe Fitness community. If you would like to join a fun and supportive gym community, you can click the link below to find out more and get signed up now.CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW!DD Fitness: Emmet Rushe gives you his recipes for success! was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Good platform’ for Junior Boks’ future

first_img26 June 2013Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron believes this year’s squad, which claimed the bronze medal in the IRB Junior World Championships (JWC) on Sunday, has laid a good foundation for next year’s tournament.South Africa lost only one of their five fixtures at the tournament, in the semi-finals against Wales, who won by a single point with a last-gasp converted try.Ruan Steenkamp and his team mates comprehensively outplayed the USA in their first match and defeated England and France in their remaining pool fixtures to finish top of Pool A.The young South Africans then suffered a heartbreak last-minute loss against Wales, which meant they had to battle traditional rivals New Zealand for the bronze medal.They found themselves 0-21 down early in the playoff for third place, but showed plenty of spirit to fight back and win 41-34 against the four-time champions.Very tough assignmentCoach Theron, who is in his third year in charge of the SA under-20 team, rates the JWC tournament as one of the toughest international rugby assignments.“You must play five extremely competitive matches in just 18 days, which is a massive ask,” Theron said.“The standard of play is very high because teams such as SA, New Zealand, England, Wales, Australia and France have a great percentage of players who are professionals.“These players are aspiring to take the next step as senior professionals, and they are being coached by fulltime professional coaches,” he added.Delivering dividendsAlthough the Junior Boks failed to defend the title they won in 2012, Theron said he feels the selection process and system of talent identification aimed at assembling a competitive South African under-20 team are delivering dividends.“Apart from the loss against Wales, we managed to beat New Zealand and England twice in two years, and we defeated France in front of their own fans.The tension during the French game was enormous and the players told me afterwards they could hardly hear the calls because of the amount of noise inside the stadium,” Theron said.“I regard these victories as vital stepping stones for the team, because New Zealand were dominating the competition just a short while ago, while England are so dominant in the Six Nations. I believe we took a big step forward in our approach and method of play against these powerful teams,” Theron said.‘Very good working relationship’“There is also a very good working relationship and understanding between our High Performance and Development Departments, the provincial coaches and the selection.“The next step now would be to increase our level of mentorship of those young players once we have identified them,” he said.A major consideration for the future is to create more playing opportunities for the Junior Springboks before they actually play in the JWC tournament, Theron said.“We definitely need more time together as a playing unit before the start of the JWC. However, I am satisfied that we have laid a good foundation for a new squad team because we will have the likes of Handre Pollard, Aidon Davis, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Jessie Kriel all still eligible for next year.”SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more