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Craig’s gay marriage views ‘don’t matter’ – Key

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first_img3News 12 November 2013Prime Minister John Key says Colin Craig’s deeply held opposition to gay marriage won’t be a stumbling block when it comes to forming a potential coalition after next year’s election.With National’s poll ratings beginning to slip and current partners ACT and United facing oblivion, Mr Key has in recent weeks begun openly courting Mr Craig’s untested Conservative Party.Polling  at 2.7 percent in the latest 3 News/Reid Research poll, if the Conservatives were to win a seat they could be National’s ticket to a third term in power. And with the latest census showing strong population growth on the North Shore, the  creation of a new electorate overlapping Mr Craig’s support base could see the two leaders sit down for a ‘cup of tea’ ahead of the election.They’re yet to meet face-to-face to discuss a deal, but Mr Key says that’s likely to change in the new year.“I think he can read the public messaging that I’ve been putting out there, and he can also read your poll and see that in principle, if he won a seat it would be a guaranteed National-Conservatives government,” Mr  Key said on Firstline this morning.http://www.3news.co.nz/Craigs-gay-marriage-views-dont-matter—Key/tabid/1607/articleID/320966/Default.aspx#.UoFYqtT2-Ullast_img read more

WV wage board decision looms

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first_imgLabor representative Wennie Sancho saidthe board will already have a decision on October 21 and 22, after two-daydiscussions to be held in Iloilo City. The new wage order will then take effect15 days after publication. “We are bracing for an increase lowerthan P41.50 per day but not as low as P10 per day,” Sancho said. (With areport from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The Regional TripartiteWages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will hold the final deliberations on theproposed minimum wage increase in Western Visayas next week. The group sought a P50 increase forworkers in the plantation and non-plantation sector and PHP60 for commercialand industrial sector workers and included a special provision for P80 increasefor workers in Boracay Island, Aklan. Currently, minimum wage earners in WesternVisayas receive P295 to P365 per day, including the cost of living allowance.In the last Wage Order 24, minimum wage earners received an additional pay ofP13.50 to P41.50 per day. On July 1, the New and IndependentWorkers Organization (NIWO) – a rank-and-file union of Coca-Cola BeveragesPhilippines Inc.-Bacolod headed by Emmanuel Bandola – filed the petition forP50 to P60 wage increase as the existing Wage Order 24 already expired on July16. Sancho, who is also thesecretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations in NegrosOccidental, said private sector workers can expect a lower increase this yearamid the opposition manifested by the management. “By October 22, we will know how muchthe increase is,” he said.last_img read more

Ronaldo under attack for controversial birthday party gathering

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first_img Loading… A video that shows Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating the birthday of his niece Alicia, alongside other family members, has sparked controversy during the coronavirus crisis. The Juventus forward is currently in Portugal, where there is a state of emergency and where citizens are obliged to stay at home and maintain social distancing. However, the clip shows at least 18 people – including Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, who suffered a stroke on March 3 – gathered in a house. The video was shared on social media and received criticism. “When the family is in quarantine, you can celebrate your birthday well,” wrote the niece as she explained the situation.Advertisement Read Also: Rooney decides Messi vs Ronaldo debate over who is better Ronaldo arrived in Portugal, along with his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children, on March 9, after Serie A was suspended. It remains unclear when he will return to Turin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

Nader urges activism

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first_imgFormer presidential candidate and Green Party activist Ralph Nader spoke to a packed room of USC students and professors in Doheny Memorial Library on Monday afternoon, encouraging them to become more astute in the political and civic spheres.Passion · Three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader tells students to use their academic experience to advocate for change in a speech at Doheny Memorial Library on Monday. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanDuring his speech, titled “The Corporatization of Your Dreams,” Nader argued that the ideas students learn in college must be applied to civic engagement to make a difference in the current corporatized political structure.“We all grow up corporate,” Nader said. “We all see just a tiny bit of reality, but if we grow up corporate we see even less of that reality.”Nader believes corporations prevent citizens from accurately and fully analyzing the environmental and humanitarian issues and disparities plaguing our lives. To remedy this, Nader urges students to become engaged with civic involvement during college.“The lesson of history is that it doesn’t matter what you know in your head if you don’t have the fire in your belly,” Nader said.Nader stressed that without action, unchecked power of corporations and the government will not be corrected.PolitiSCize, a new Program Board initiative to raise awareness of politics among students, brought Nader to campus to kick off its campaign.The timing might have been fortuitous, as Nader has been traveling on a busy schedule: He flew directly from UC Berkeley, where he met with students, and will be speaking at Purdue University on Tuesday, according to Monica Parra, a Program Board member majoring in broadcast and digital journalism.During a presidential election where young voters have faced criticism for lower enthusiasm,  Para said the group selected Nader because they hoped he could inspire students.“We wanted students to be motivated and have students leave here with the motivation to learn more about politics and engage more and to look forward to the upcoming elections as an opportunity to get involved,” Parra said.Nader believes that “half of democracy is showing up” and claimed that the main reasons citizens refrained from their democratic rights were because they thought that they lacked the time, understanding and concern to engage the political sphere. Some students related with his views on their civic responsibilities.“We need to increase our civic power, so I’ll definitely be thinking about that and hopefully looking into getting involved in sorts of civic engagement,” said Matthew Eighmy, a freshman majoring in environmental studies. “But it’s hard because people are always saying they are going to do things and don’t end up doing them.”Even students who did not necessarily agree with Nader still found it refreshing to have his perspective on the politics during the final crucial weeks of the presidential campaign — in a time when politicians largely speak to voters only along party lines.“I did not agree with all of his points, [but] I definitely admire his ability to speak what he actually believes and not just cater to political lines or say things for political gain,” said David Tobia, a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. “It’s good to hear someone who doesn’t have many reservations about their viewpoints and can speak from a humanitarian perspective.”Nader left students with the insistence that college is the most important time for students to start believing in their civic responsibility.“Now is the time to start asking these questions, because right now you’re as free as you’ll ever be to make your own decisions,” Nader said.The PolitiSCize initiative’s next speaker will be New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, who will speak to students about human rights abuses and social injustice on Nov. 5.last_img read more

UW Athletics: A look ahead at UW’s spring sports

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first_imgWith the spring semester at UW-Madison comes the beginning of Madison’s spring sports, as well as the continuation of several sports that began in the fall semester.While football and volleyball — two of UW’s most popular and successful sports — are obviously over, Wisconsin’s spring sports have also seen success in recent years, and they’ll seek more success this year.Without further ado, let’s take a look at the sports happening this semester, beginning with the ones that have already started.Men’s Basketball:With the exception of football, men’s basketball is the epitome of Wisconsin sports. Following a decade of success which resulted in NCAA Tournament appearances in nine out of ten seasons, Wisconsin will look to continue that success as they delve deeper into their conference schedule.Following a surprisingly good start to their Big Ten schedule — including wins against The Ohio State University and Indiana — the Badgers still have several high-profile games remaining on their schedule, including Michigan State and a rematch with OSU.If Wisconsin can hold their own through the last half of their schedule, expect to see them return to the NCAA Tournament in March.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin upsets Ohio State University in marquee road winThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (9-5, 2-1 Big Ten) upset No. 5 Ohio State University Buckeyes (11-3, 1-2) Read…Women’s Basketball:Despite not having finished with a record above .500 since the 2010-11 season, the Badgers have taken strides toward being a winning program in the last few years, including a 15-16 finish last season under third-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.Tsipis’ team has stayed above .500 thus far, including great play in their non-conference schedule. If the team can remain consistent the rest of the way, expect a return to at least the NIT Tournament, if not the NCAA Tournament.Wrestling:The Badger wrestling team has reached expectations thus far, going a strong 7-1 to this point with their lone loss coming to Iowa in conference play. The Badgers have played high-quality opponents but performed well in each match besides the loss.Wisconsin will face a string of Big Ten opponents between now and March, leading up to the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships in March.Wrestling: Catching up with Wisconsin as they begin conference playThe wrestling team has dominated all season, standing at 6-0 before visiting Iowa City this week. They wrapped up November Read…Men’s Hockey:After a promising start to the season, the men’s hockey team collapsed late in the fall semester, losing to weaker opponents despite strong leadership from freshman duo Cole Caufield and Alex Turcotte.If the Badgers want any chance at returning to the NCAA Tournament in a couple of months, they must be consistent and perform well in conference matchups with several high-quality hockey programs.Men’s Hockey: Sitting down with star freshman Alex TurcotteThe University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team (7-10-1, 2-7-1-1 Big Ten) is having a rough go at the dish Read…Women’s Hockey:The women’s hockey team had high expectations going into the season, coming off of an NCAA Championship victory last March. The Badgers managed to exceed those expectations in the fall semester, going 18-1-1 with their only two losses coming to Big Ten rival Minnesota.The Badgers will face off with Minnesota again later this week in a matchup at LaBahn Arena. Currently sitting at No. 1 in the WCHA rankings, the Badgers will need to win at least one game against the Gophers in order to remain at the top nationally.Wisconsin will certainly make a run for another NCAA Championship in March’s NCAA Tournament.Women’s Hockey: Offensive weapons key in No. 1 Badgers’ continuing successThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (18-1-1, 10-1-1 WCHA) is off to another predictably hot start. With little loss Read…Men’s and Women’s Tennis:While the men’s tennis team didn’t have a great season last year, they did have at least one promising player in then-freshman Jared Pratt, who went 14-7, including a 9-2 record in Big Ten play. Expect Pratt to take another step forward this season on an all-around young team.The women’s tennis team had a great season last year, finishing 18-6 with a 9-2 record in Big Ten play. The team made an NCAA Tournament appearance as well, falling to Syracuse in the first round. Wisconsin will look to repeat that performance this season with most players returning from last year.Men’s and Women’s Golf:Both the men’s and women’s golf teams had disappointing seasons last year, with the men’s team finishing at the bottom of the Big Ten and the women’s team finishing in ninth out of 14 teams.In the fall season, however, bright spots emerged on each team from young players on each squad. If both teams can build on their successful fall seasons, it is certainly possible for each team to improve on last year’s results.Softball:Last season’s softball team performed extremely well, going 43-14 and 15-8 in the Big Ten en route to an NCAA Tournament berth, where the team fell to No. 1 Oklahoma.The Badgers will look to return to form this season as they battle for another NCAA Tournament appearance against a tough schedule that includes Oklahoma and top-notch Big Ten squads.Flocking to the field: Forward Madison FC, fans take Madison by stormSaturday mornings, Badgers deck out in red and head over to Camp Randall, ready to jump around with 70,000 fellow Read…Forward Madison FC:Following a successful inaugural season in 2019 that resulted in the No. 4 seed in the USL League One playoffs, the Flamingos will look to carry some of that success into 2020.The ‘Mingos have already announced several re-signings, including Don Smart and Christian Díaz. FMFC’s schedule gets underway Mar. 28 on the road before their home-opener Apr. 11 in an expanded USL League One schedule.last_img read more

Popular Somalia Referee Osman Jama Dirah Shot Dead In Mogadishu

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first_imgRelatedOriol RieraJune 30, 2017Similar postGranada CF vs Sporting GijonJune 30, 2017Similar postGhanaian Referee Reginald Lathbridge Banned For LifeMarch 20, 2018In “Africa” Popular Somali referee, Osman Jama Dirah has been shot dead on Thursday evening near his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.Osman Jama Dirah, who started his refereeing career in the 90’s, has officiated regional and international football matches and was formerly the head of Somali Football Federation referee committee.Anas Ali Mohamud, a former Somali National Team player, and friend of the deceased told reporters after the incident: “The sports officer was killed after leaving mosque on the way to his residence in Wardhigley district. Two men armed with pistols shot him several times,”“Somali sports figures and members of the Somali Football Federation have never been a target for the armed groups because they did not get involved into politics, they were entertainers. But the killing of this official has created a fear and uncertainty among us”However, the motives behind Dirah’s death are yet to be ascertained as no armed ghas have claimed responsibility for the killing.last_img read more

Cape Verde captain Nando warns Ghana to expect shock in AFCON clash

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first_imgCape Verde captain Fernando Neves “Nando” has warned Ghana to expect a surprise when they clash in the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.A semi-final place awaits Cape Verde in their maiden appearance if they win the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.The Blue Sharks stunned pundits by reaching the last eight of the competition in South Africa after emerging from a group comprising the hosts, Morocco and Angola.The 34-year old France-based defender has warned the four-time champions that they should expect a surprise similar to their qualification to the last eight.“We are here to carry on. We came here to win and will try to do that on Saturday. We have already eliminated teams considered better than us to reach this far,” Nando warned the Black Stars.“For those who think we are not up to the task, expect more surprises,” the veteran defender said insisting unity in the team’s camp is helping them to progress. “The atmosphere in our camp is friendly. We are united, strong and focused for the match.”“We are happy with the support we have received from the Portuguese community. We are counting on the support from the over 600,000 Cape Verdeans to win this crucial match.”Nando has featured in all three previous games of Cape Verde at the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations so far.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Pelicans considering counter-offer to Lakers for Anthony Davis

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first_imgLos Angeles also made Lance Stephenson, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac available in other proposals. Related News NBA trade rumors: Bucks talking to ‘several teams’ about Thon Maker The Lakers reportedly made five separate offers to the Pelicans for Davis, one of which included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo and a first-round pick, according to a report from ESPN. The Pelicans are considering a counter-offer to the Lakers’ trade proposal for All-Star big man Anthony Davis.New Orleans could propose the Lakers to include two first-round picks in the deal for Davis as well as include another Pelicans player, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times which cites unidentified league sources.center_img NBA trade rumors: Lakers’ first offer for Anthony Davis includes Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, others The Pelicans reportedly considered these “lowball offers” and were not interested in making any of the deals happen.The trade deadline is Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET. New Orleans could also wait to agree to a deal for Davis after the year is over.last_img read more

Monday May 4th Local Sports

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first_imgFOREST CITY – NIACC sophomore Alana Wickering signed a national letter of intent Thursday to run cross country and track and field at Waldorf University.Waldorf is a NAIA school that competes in the North Star Athletic Association.Wickering, who is from Mason City, earned honorable mention all-Region XI cross country honors in 2019 by placing 19th in a personal-best time of 21 minutes, 10 seconds in the 5-kilometer race.Wickering placed seventh in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:41.98 at the Region XI indoor track and field meet in February. IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says it took some time to get over the loss of the postseason. Despite several key injuries, the Hawkeyes posted a 20-11 record before the season was cancelled prior to their first game in the Big Ten Tournament.KGLO News · 5 – 4-fmrecap – 1McCaffery felt the Hawkeyes had the makings of a team that could make a deep tournament run.KGLO News · 5 – 4-fmrecap – 2With the possibility of having most of the roster back, prospects are bright for next season.KGLO News · 5 – 4-fmrecap – 3Meanwhile McCaffery awaits the decision of Luka Garza on whether or not he’ll return next season or opt for the NBA Draft. DES MOINES — Olympic hopeful Karissa Schweizer still feels like part of the Mizzou family. The native of Des Moines won six NCAA cross country and track titles while competing for the Tigers and was named Missouri’s Female Athlete of the Decade.KGLO News · 5 – 4-kschweizer – 1Schweizer finished ninth in the 5000 meters at last year’s World Championships and says it was after her NCAA cross country title in 2016 that she thought an international career was possible after college.KGLO News · 5 – 4-kschweizer – 2Schweizer seemed poised to make an Olympic run after smashing the American indoor record in the 3000 meters in late February. Just weeks later the Tokyo Games were moved to next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 5 – 4-kschweizer – 3Schweizer says she has accepted the fact that she must wait a year to fulfill her Olympic dream.KGLO News · 5 – 4-kschweizer – 4Schweizer is training in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

No. 2 UCA Claims Spot in Southland Championship With Five-Set Win

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first_imgSet OneAfter taking the lead at 6-5 off a kill from Haley Tippett, UCA never looked back, taking set one 25-19. The Sugar Bears saw Samantha Anderson fire seven kills off 14 total attacks, committing just one error. Tippett finished the set with four kills and six digs while Savanah Allen and Megan Nash each produced six assists while Allen picked up two kills. Emily Doss led all players with eight digs for UCA. The Islanders hit just .024 for the set with Madeleine Doud, Chloe Simon and Madison Fitzsimmons each earning a pair of kills. UCA enters tomorrow’s final looking for its first tournament title since 2013 when the Sugar Bears won it in five sets in Corpus Christi. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas booked its ticket to Sunday’s Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship with a 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 15-9) win Saturday over No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears were up 2-0, but the Islanders fought back to send the match to a full five. It was UCA’s junior middle blocker Savanah Allen who proved to be the difference maker in the last set, knocking down four kills and ending it all with a block solo on the Islanders’ senior middle blocker Madeleine Doud. Set FourTied at 19 apiece, Corpus Christi ended the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-20 and send the match to a fifth set. In that stretch, the Islanders forced five UCA attack errors, including a block assist from Madison Green and Doud to give Corpus Christi set point at 25-20. On the ensuing play, Doud claimed her team-leading fourth kill of the set for an Islanders’ attack that hit a .303 clip. Nicholson had two kills to go along with her 11 assists.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Sugar Bears will challenge No. 8 Abilene Christian on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3 for the tournament championship. ACU became the first No. 8 seed to earn a spot at the tournament final after a 3-1 win over No. 4 Houston Baptist earlier today. Set TwoDown 24-18, Corpus Christi fought off two set points to extend the set, but an illegal libero substitution from the Islanders ended the set and gave UCA the 25-18 win and 2-0 advantage heading into the third. The Sugar Bears did not let the Islanders lead once in the set two, killing a six-point streak from the home side at 21-17 with a tip from the right hand of Tippett. She led UCA with four kills on 10 attacks with Abbie Harry tallying three. The Sugar Bears had just nine kills for the set. The Islanders’ Kristyn Nicholson had 11 assists on the Islanders’ 12 kills with Simon and Brittany Gilpin combining for nine of those.VB: @UCAVball’s Tippett has 8 kills, helping team gain 2-0 advantage over @IslandersVB in semifinal. 25-20 count in 2nd set of semifinal. pic.twitter.com/ROIfWxvJ7A— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 UCA’s junior outside hitter Haley Tippett led the Sugar Bears with a team-best 16 kills and 21 digs. Allen and junior right side Samantha Anderson provided 12 kills each while sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry recorded 11. Allen also had 16 assists for the double-double. Sophomore setter Elizabeth Armstrong earned a double-double of her own with 15 assists and 10 digs. The Sugar Bear defense ended the match with 12 blocks. Set ThreeIt took a run late in the set for Corpus Christi to extend the match to another set as a service ace from Nicholson put the set away 26-24. The Islanders took a 24-23 advantage for their first lead since being up 17-16. Gilpin tallied two key kills in the Islanders’ final four points, including one to make it 25-24 after Anderson had delivered a block solo for the Sugar Bears to make it 24-24. Fitzsimmons and Gilpin each made three kills for an Islanders’ squad that hit just .081, their best of the match at that point. The two teams combined for nine blocks with UCA taking the 5-4 advantage on the stat line.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Islanders’ freshman outside hitter Chloe Simon tallied a team-best 13 kills. Senior outside hitter Brittany Gilpin and senior setter Kristyn Nicholson each earned double-doubles with Gilpin downing 12 kills and scooping 10 UCA attacks while Nicholson dished out 44 assists to go with her 10 digs. Set FiveA block solo from Allen ended the fifth set 15-9 for UCA to claim the fifth set and a spot in tomorrow’s championship. The score was tied four times in the first 10 points given when the Sugar Bears broke out on a 10-4 run to end the set after the teams were tied at five apiece. The Sugar Bears hit their best line of the day with a .286 clip with Allen delivering four kills on seven attacks while UCA kept the Islanders to a .038 hitting percentage. VB: Sugar Bears into the championship final! @UCAVball wins a thriller, 3-2 over @IslandersVB. It’ll be UCA vs. @ACU_Volleyball Sunday. pic.twitter.com/u3D15fXGfb— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017last_img read more