Gay Marriage Proponents Won’t Tolerate Dissent 29 October 2014Bakers and photographers and Knights of Columbus halls have been threatened with legal action for refusing to cater to weddings of same-sex couples.Now, two ordained Christian ministers in Idaho, where same-sex “marriage” is now legal, face jail and fines for declining to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.Robert P. George can’t say he’s surprised. The longtime McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said recently that same-sex “marriage” proponents will not allow for religious freedom because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of good will.George gave the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture in Washington, DC on Oct. 16.“The whole [gay marriage] argument was and is that the idea of marriage as the union of husband and wife lacks a rational basis and amounts to nothing more than ‘bigotry,’ reflecting animus against a certain group of people,” he said, according to the Christian Post. “Therefore, no reasonable person of good will, we are told, can dissent from the liberal position on sex and marriage, any more than a reasonable person of good will could support racial segregation and subordination. You’ve heard the analogy drawn a thousand times. And this is because marriage, according to the re-definers, consists principally of companionship — the companionship of people committed to mutual affection and care. Any distinctions beyond this one they condemn as baseless.” read more

Grenada no-confidence motion defeated

first_img Tweet News Grenada no-confidence motion defeated by: – May 16, 2012 Share Opposition leader Dr Keith Mitchell (L) and Prime Minster Tillman ThomasST GEORGE’S, Grenada — On Tuesday, the no confidence motion tabled in Grenada’s House of Parliament by the opposition New National Party (NNP) was debated and ultimately defeated.In debating the motion, opposition leader Dr Keith Mitchell castigated the leadership of Prime Minster Tillman Thomas and the state of political and economic uncertainty in the country.In response, lead government spokesman, Minister of Youth Empowerment Patrick Simmonds, offered a compilation of statistics that outlined the achievements of the administration.Finance Minister Nazim Burke described the NNP motion as “political opportunism”.Former Minister of the Environment, Michael Church, who was an early casualty of the Thomas administration, pointed to the suffering and victimization of his constituents who should have benefitted from development initiatives that had been approved for his constituency of St John, which he won in 2008 on an NDC ticket, but had been put on hold since his resignation from the Thomas Cabinet.Church cited a fish plant built by the Japanese in 2009 but has remained shut. NDC promises of housing rehabilitation have been ignored since he demitted Cabinet, he said. He reiterated that his constituents deserved much better and the recalcitrance of Burke and Thomas led him to support the no-confidence motion.Government ministers Lett, Quarless, Burke and former tourism minister Peter David all spoke against the motion. Like Simmonds, the three government ministers read out a stack of statistical information that attempted to tell Grenadians that, although the infighting was evident, government was full speed ahead with work attending to the nation’s business. David’s contribution to the debate attracted great attention in that it clarified two critical speculations: David and Mitchell were not collaborative partners in the NNP-introduced motion and David remains a firm member of the NDC but gave clear warning to Thomas that he will be challenged at a future party congress.By Caribbean News Now contributor 6 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

‘Smuggled’ drugs seized in Australia

first_imgThe Canadian and Australian suspectswere arrested on Monday, while around A$300,000 ($204,000) in cash and 3.5 kgof cocaine were also seized.(Reuters) The Australian Border Force on Tuesdaysaid it had charged a 30-year-old man from Queensland and a 33-year-oldCanadian national over their involvement in the criminal enterprise. The haulof MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, was the biggest shipment by weight seizedin Australia this year.        Still image from an Australian Border Force handout video released on Dec. 17 shows some of the 200 aluminum barbeques used to smuggle 645kg of drugs in Sydney, Australia on July. AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERScenter_img SYDNEY – Australian police arrestedtwo men for allegedly smuggling 645 kilograms (1,422 pounds) of ecstasy hiddeninside hundreds of aluminum barbecues, the culmination of a six-monthinvestigation spanning three countries.last_img read more

Karen Marcella (Morris) Graver

first_imgKaren Marcella (Morris) Graver of Dillsboro passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro – Ross Manor.  Karen was born Saturday, April 13, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Glenn and Marcella (Cartwright) Morris.  She married David Lee Graver October 27, 1951 and he preceded her in death October 14, 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She loved being with her family and friends, doing ceramics, crafts and loved to travel.  She worked in the offices of Dr. Baker and Bailey, worked at Seagram’s and Dillsboro Manor.  She was a great wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.Karen is survived by sons Rick (Deb) Graver, Chris (Sandy) Graver, Jeff (Cindy) Graver and Mark (Deb) Graver; sisters Gail Reister and Linda Vagedes; brother Bruce Morris; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9901 Central Ave., Dillsboro, IN 47018, with Rev. Brad Bowlds officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro.  Family and friends may gather to honor and remember her Monday 5-7 PM at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro.  Memorials may be given in honor of Karen to Trinity Lutheran Church or Oakdale Cemetery.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018 (812) 432-5480.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

FA charges Premier League pair

first_img There was a melee after Everton’s James McCarthy tackled Morgan Amalfitano, with a large number of West Ham players confronting the Republic of Ireland international. Both McCarthy and Winston Reid were booked by referee Mark Clattenburg. A statement on the FA website read: “Everton and West Ham United have been charged by The FA following their game on 22 November 2014. “It is alleged that in or around the 40th minute of the fixture, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. “The clubs have until 6pm on 1 December 2014 to respond to the charge.” The Football Association has announced that Everton and West Ham have been charged for “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” following their game on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gabriel tests mettle in Platinum

first_imgTalented filly Avenue Gabriel looks to get her season back on track in the Platinum Stakes at Cork on Tuesday. Paul Deegan’s four-year-old has won twice at Listed level and been placed a couple of times in Pattern company in the past two seasons, but her recent form has been uninspiring. She finished tailed off in the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas in May and was never a factor when returning from a two-month break in last month’s Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh. Deegan feels she is ready to show her true worth back in Listed company, however. He said: “It’s a slightly easier race for her and she’s in very good form. “Her last run was her first run after having a wind operation and her first run after a break, so we were fairly happy. “She should improve a good bit for that and we’ll see how she goes. “There are no easy options in races like this and, as always, if she can run well and run into the money we’ll be happy.” Avenue Gabriel is set to face eight rivals in the one-mile contest, including a couple of unexposed three-year-olds in John Oxx’s Navan winner In My Pocket and the Dermot Weld-trained runaway Curragh scorer Eshera. The evening fixtures gets under way with the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden, in which John Murphy’s Only Mine sets a good standard. The daughter of Pour Moi was fourth in a red-hot maiden behind Rockaway Valley on her racecourse debut and was only narrowly beaten in the Group Three Grangecon Stud Stakes next time. Back in maiden company, she is certainly the one to beat. David Wachman has his string firing on all cylinders and the application of blinkers could help Booker open her account for the campaign in the ITBA Working For Southern Regional Breeders European Breeders Fund Fillies Handicap. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FIFA Gives Lazio Nov 29 to Pay Onazi

first_imgWorld football governing body FIFA has handed Italian Serie A club Lazio a November 29 ultimatum to pay the Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi his outstanding salaries or face their wrath.A source close to Onazi told only that FIFA have ordered Lazio to pay before end of this month.“FIFA have given Lazio till November 29 to pay Onazi or face their wrath. He is being owed two months’ salary,” the source exclusively informed AfricanFootball.comIn the summer, midfielder Onazi joined Turkish club Trabzonspor, but Lazio failed to pay him for the final two months of his contract.He demanded for this payment and after they still failed to pay, he took the case to FIFA.Meanwhile, four top German Bundesliga clubs as well as a Chinese Super League team have shown interest in securing the services of Onazi.A top source told that the German and Chinese clubs were even recently in Turkey to watch the workaholic midfielder in action for Trabzonspor.“Onazi may soon quit his Turkish team Trabzonspor as top four teams in Germany as well as the Chinese team have shown interest in him,” disclosed the source.“In fact two of the teams from Germany and a Chinese club watched him last weekend while in action for Trabzonspor.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Physicality key for SU versus Pitt

Published on October 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ When it comes to individual games, rarely is there one ‘must’ for victory for Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. It’s more about tempo. More about mindset. Most weeks, Marrone points to an array of aspects for Syracuse to defeat its opponent. Leading up to SU’s 13-9 win over South Florida, Marrone did, however, harp on one aspect of SU’s game: turnovers. Marrone said if the Orange won the turnover battle against the Bulls, SU would come away with the win. One SU turnover to two USF turnovers later, Marrone left Tampa, Fla., with the four-point victory, just as he said. Marrone said Monday there isn’t one singular, tangible ‘must’ for the Orange (4-1, 1-0 Big East) to defeat Pittsburgh (2-3, 0-0) Saturday (noon, ESPN). For Marrone, Monday was a step back from the recognition of one hard truth and a rekindling of more ambiguous and overarching goals. SU vs. Pitt will be about physicality. It won’t come down to one number. Rather, the tempo of the football. ‘The most physical team is going to win this game,’ Marrone said. ‘With the style of Pittsburgh, they are a physical team.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The challenge for Marrone and SU against Pittsburgh will perhaps come with winning those small battles in the trenches and in one-on-one matchups. And whenever the Orange can take advantage when given the chance to be physical, it will need to. That is because the one portion of the game without inherent contact — Pittsburgh punter Dan Hutchins 15-yards back from the physicality at the line on punts — will put the Orange in an unfavorable situation every offensive drive. The Panthers are first in the nation in net punting, with a 45.3 average. Marrone may need that physicality even more on defense, knowing his offense will have to sacrifice almost half a field every time Pittsburgh punts. The Orange needs to want it more, again, just like USF defensive end Craig Marshall admitted Saturday. ‘It seems like (Syracuse) wanted it more,’ Marshall said after the Bulls’ loss. ‘They did what they had to do to come away with the victory. That’s all we can say about it. … They just executed better than we did.’ The Orange will need to win the field-position battle versus the Panthers, unlike Saturday’s game against the Bulls, when USF consistently started drives inside SU territory. When the nation’s leading all-purpose runner in Ray Graham (207 yards per game) touches the football, the physical presence exuded against USF’s Mo Plancher last week will need to be there. When Jabaal Sheard — Pitt’s defensive end who is in the top 20 in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss — attempts to rush off the edge like USF defensive ends in Marshall and David Bedford, the Orange will need to halt Sheard just like it tried (but failed to) with the pair from USF. Marshall had three sacks, and the pair combined for 12 tackles. Where Pitt differs from USF is with its punting game. Even with a poor nonphysical offensive drive, the Panthers can pin their opponents. Something extra is needed. Even if the Orange had its best few minutes of football marching 98 yards to defeat USF. It worked, but it won’t be optimal versus Pittsburgh. ‘I thrive, and I’m OK with being backed up,’ Marrone said. ‘It’s a mindset. … I like the challenge.’ But the similarities between the Panthers and Bulls, and the Orange’s subsequent preparation, are more prevalent than the differences. With the Big East schedule pitting the Orange against South Florida and Pittsburgh to begin the conference slate, Marrone wants the Orange to depart the first two weeks of conference play with a proven physical demeanor and mindset all over the field. In its first four weeks of the season prior to the bye week, the Orange did not have that mindset. Matchups against 0-6 Akron and Football Championship Subdivision teams Colgate and Maine perhaps didn’t allow for it. And a poor showing at Washington in which the Orange was plastered for 41 points simply didn’t showcase the optimal Marrone physicality. ‘I talk to the team about this,’ Marrone said. ‘It is just the beginning of the Big East conference play. We went down there and worked hard and know that all the hard work and everything put into getting to that point is just beginning.’ And against USF, the Orange harnessed that mindset to get to that point. The tempo was exuded. And the overall tempo and flow is good for the Orange. No injuries to fret about. No losses that have to linger for four to five days. Just a 4-1 record and a group that proved it can be the most physical, right when it needed to. Now it’s just about repetition. About the classic Marrone mindset, which may now start to become the norm: Prepare. Win. Repeat. ‘There isn’t a magic formula because if there is, we will be looking for it every week,’ Marrone said. ‘It’s just a matter in this game; if you aren’t ready to play every Saturday, you are going to get beat.’ read more

Undefeated men’s basketball defeats CSUN

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team continued their hot start to the season with a 96-61 victory over the visiting Cal State University, Northridge Matadors (2-3). Ten different players scored for the Trojans as the team dominated from start to finish.The Trojans exploded out the gate en route to an early 17-5 lead. Behind some great ball movement and hot shooting from beyond the three-point line, the Trojans increased their lead to as much as 26 points in the first half.Both guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Katin Reinhardt started the game a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Trojans shot 53 percent from three in the first half.The Matadors, who only played seven players, struggled to keep up with the size and speed of the Trojan offense. USC out rebounded the Matadors 25-16 in the first half and assisted on their first 11 shots to start the game. The Trojans took a 46-26 lead into the half.Things didn’t get any better for the Matadors in the second half as the Trojans continued to put on an offensive clinic. The Trojans’ hot shooting carried over to the second half as the team pushed their lead to as much as 35 points.Jason Richardson led the Matadors with 18 points on 7-18 shooting. The Matadors struggled as a team from the field, shooting just 36.8 percent for the game, while going 1-13 from downtown.After starting last season 1-3, the Trojans seem much more poised and comfortable with each other. The Trojans have now scored more than 80 points in all four games this season, a feat they only accomplished eight times last season. It appears that head coach Andy Enfield finally has all pieces together for his space and pace offense.“We emphasize playing team basketball,” Reinhardt said. “If someone’s open make the extra pass. That’s how good team win.”McLaughlin led all scorers with 20 points on 70 percent shooting and Reinhardt chipped in 17 points off the bench for the Trojans. Fellow guard Julian Jacobs flirted with a triple double, finishing with six points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds.“I think our entire guard rotation has played at a high level,” Enfield said. “We’re sharing the basketball. We had 26 assists tonight, and we’re hitting open shots.”Freshman Bennie Boatwright continued to show why he was a top recruit out of high school as he finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Fellow freshman Chimezie Metu finished with five points, five rebounds and three blocks. Metu is now averaging 3.75 blocks per game on the season.The Trojans finished with 26 assists on 37 made baskets. The Trojans also out-rebounded the Matadors 57-34 en route to 25 second chance points.The Trojans will now head to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the AdvoCare Invitational. USC will face their toughest challenge of the young season against No. 20 Wichita State on Thursday. The game will be aired on ESPN at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Rivalry week 101: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin football team heads to Minnesota this weekend, it will be the 123rd time that the two teams will have played. A quick scan of the record books will reveal that this is the longest standing rivalry in all of college football, and Minnesota leads the series 58-56-8 during that period.Most fans of either team don’t know much more than that.They might know that the trophy is called Paul Bunyan’s Axe or that Wisconsin boasts consecutive victories dating back to 2003, but the rest is largely a mystery.And yet there is much more to Wisconsin’s biggest football rivalry than meets the eye.The Slab of BaconWhile Paul Bunyan’s Axe may be the most recent incarnation of the trophy for the winner of the annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota football game, it wasn’t the first.Long before it’s introduction in 1948, the rivalry’s trophy used to be, quite simply, the “Slab of Bacon.” Used from 1930 through 1943, the Slab of Bacon was a rectangular piece of wood with a football in the middle and the letter M or W in the center — depending which way it was hung.On opposites ends of the wood was the word “bacon,” implying that the winner each year would have the honor of “bringing home the bacon.”It is likely the trophy would have lived on to this day were it not for the fateful events of 1943.In 1943’s matchup between Wisconsin and Minnesota, Minnesota had won a close game 25-13, which led to fans rushing the field. In all the commotion, Wisconsin student Peg Watrous was unable to deliver the trophy to the appropriate Minnesota representatives after the game.According to the Iowa Gazette, Wisconsin tried to send the trophy to then-Minnesota head coach George Hauser, but he turned it down, as he believed the trophy should be retired until after World War II had ended.As a result, it was quickly lost, and it stayed lost for more than 50 years until it was found in a storage closet in Camp Randall Stadium in 1994. The Slab of Bacon appeared to have been maintained for many years after it’s mysterious disappearance and had all of the game scores from 1930 through 1970 recorded on the back.Ironically, just a few years earlier, then-head coach Barry Alvarez joked that Wisconsin had “[taken] home the bacon, and kept it.”It appears Alvarez hadn’t been joking after all.The replacement trophyIn 1948, after the Slab of Bacon could not be found for a number of years, it was replaced by Paul Bunyan’s Axe, a creation from the National W Club, which has been used ever since.Standing 6-feet tall, the axe has the score of each game recorded on its handle.While neither team can now claim that they are “bringing home the bacon” like they used to, the new trophy comes with its own set of traditions and rituals.At the conclusion of each game, should the current trophy holders retain the trophy, they will run to their own sideline to celebrate their victory. But should the other team win, they are allowed to run to their opponent’s sideline to steal the axe.Oftentimes, the final tradition for the winning team is to symbolically chop down one of the goalposts with the axe as a sign of dominance.The recruiting eraHowever, no tradition can live forever — even in the longest-standing of college football rivalries — without a little bit of help.In the era of national recruiting, particularly by big-time football programs like Wisconsin, teams no longer consist of the local boys fighting for their state.Instead, out-of-state recruits such as 2013 freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton, who calls Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., home, have become the norm, rather than the exception.And for them, while the rivalry still matters, it has a slightly different meaning.“I don’t know a ton,” Shelton said. “Being a kid from Florida, I don’t really know too much of it. But this whole week, being here, I definitely know that hatred between us two and the battle that is coming.”And so, when Alvarez took over as Wisconsin’s head coach, he chose to bring back the traditions in an interesting way.Suddenly, each year a few weeks prior to the annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota football game, the players had one more class in their weekly schedule — call it Rivalry Week 101.“I made the game very important,” Alvarez told the Gazette in 2010. “I used to give a history lesson every year … to talk about how the rivalry has gone over the years, some of the great players that have played in it, some of the great games.”“The fact is you’re a part of college history, ongoing history,” he said.That tradition has continued even as head coach Gary Andersen takes the reigns of the team this year.While Andersen himself is still picking up some of the finer points of the rivalry, he enlisted the help of Director of Player Personnel Henry Mason, who gave a speech on the history of the rivalry for the players and 1993 Rose Bowl Champion team.“They had two people come in and speak about it,” Shelton said. “That team went 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl, but that one loss they had was to Minnesota. He said that when the guys all get back together they all still reminisce on that loss… We don’t want to, years down, have to feel that type of pain.”More than just a trophyEven though the trophy’s meaning has evolved and fans and players alike may not know its history like they once did, the rivalry hasn’t been made any less important.The players still know the game is important and maintaining a trophy that they haven’t conceded since 2003 is enough motivation for them.“A lot of guys that aren’t from the state still embrace Wisconsin, the history, the culture,” redshirt junior linebacker Marcus Trotter, a Racine native said. “You would think they are from Wisconsin, just how much pride they have in this school and this team.“We all just want to win and represent the state well.”last_img read more