St Andrew’s to defy ban on conducting gay weddings

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 October 2014A Wellington church says a national directive from its highest body banning ministers from conducting same-sex marriages is appalling and disturbing and it will defy the order.St Andrew’s on The Terrace opposes the decision by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.The General Assembly – which sets the policy and the direction of the church and approves the various regulations – spent the past four days deliberating in Auckland and announced its decision yesterday.In the eyes of the assembly, it was acceptable for gay and lesbian people to be in the congregation but not to be married by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.Marriage was the loving and faithful union of a man and a woman, the assembly said.St Andrew’s Parish convener Sonia Groes-Petrie said the ban was disturbing and deeply disappointing.“We strongly dissent from it,” she said. “The Presbyterian tradition is for ministers to have freedom to make decisions about whom they will marry.“There is a range of opinions on same-sex marriage within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and today’s decision does not reflect that diversity.”Interim minister Jim Cunningham said he was appalled by the decision. “We see sexual orientation and gender identity as irrelevant in the celebration of a couple’s union. It is the quality of the relationship, the love and commitment that matters,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10591576/St-Andrews-to-defy-ban-on-conducting-gay-weddingslast_img read more

CARICOM to boost entrepreneurial culture among youth

first_imgLocalNews CARICOM to boost entrepreneurial culture among youth by: – October 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Youth and adult experts involved in entrepreneurial development, anti-gang activity, education and youth work throughout the region are in St Kitts and Nevis to craft the CARICOM Secretariat’s “first formal intervention in the area of youth entrepreneurial development.” Representatives from the Barbados and Dominica Youth Business Trusts, Junior Achievement Bahamas, and other agencies have joined with Secretariat organizers as well as officials from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) in St Kitts for the October 26-29 workshop.CARICOM’s deputy programme manager responsible for youth affairs, Dr Heather Johnson said that the sessions are designed to develop a short, practical and hands on training module to equip “at risk” or vulnerable youth with entrepreneurial norms, values and basic business skills.As such, participants are establishing the regional context for youth risk and vulnerability and for youth entrepreneurial development; and reviewing existing training materials. This task is considered extremely important given the findings of the 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD), which noted that youth unemployment levels throughout the region are among the highest in the world.In accepting the report, heads of government declared that youth entrepreneurial development is critical in countering youth unemployment, mitigating drug abuse, crime and violence and fostering economic resilience.“The Community sees its role as institutional strengthening and capacity development, with particular emphasis on forming strategic private/public sector and civil society partnerships as well as facilitating Regional policy coordination and programme harmonization,” Johnson revealed. She thanked the participants for their hard work over the past few days and explained that the module and collaborative process will foster a culture of entrepreneurship as more young people prepare to capitalize on the opportunities of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CARICOM Youth Entrepreneurship Material Development Workshop is a follow up activity to a Second Chance project that was piloted in the Bahamas, Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis last year. This project included a skills training and alternative dispute resolution component and was implemented by the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Shaneshill fails to shine in Lightning at Doncaster

first_imgShaneshill, the 11-8 favourite, was very disappointing for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend in the grand-national2016.co.uk Novices’ Chase at Doncaster. The Irish raider could only finish fourth as Vaniteux ran out a very willing and very able winner. Arzal set a fair clip for a long way in the Grade Two over two miles until the Nicky Henderson-trained winner edged into the lead at the third-last. Press Associationcenter_img The long-term leader laudably kept going, but Vaniteux had flown under Nico de Boinville, whose partner was three and a quarter lengths in the clear at the line. De Boinville said: “He’s a very nice horse. “He was slightly taken off his feet early but we went a really good clip and it was a strong trial. “He idled a bit after the last but it’s a very strong headwind. “We’re just where we want to be.” last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians clash marred by no-ball controversy

first_imghighlights New Delhi: First, the Mankading controversy and now no-balls. The IPL 2019 tournament is fast being remembered for these events and it has raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the event. The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians was poised on a knife-edge with AB de Villiers batting brilliantly. Jasprit Bumrah bowled two brilliant death overs, conceding just five runs in two overs while Lasith Malinga conceded a six in the first ball of the last over. With seven runs needed off one ball, Malinga bowled a low full toss and Shivam Dube, the batsman missed out and Mumbai Indians won the game by six runs to register their first win in this tournament.However, when the players were shaking hands, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped and this led to sharp criticism regarding the standard of umpiring from both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the captains of both the franchises. Kohli was furious when he said, “We are playing at the IPL level. It’s not club level, the umpires should have their eyes open. That was a big no-ball. We should have done a better job with the ball after they were seven down. The last few overs were brutal for us. Bit of a mistake from me to take Bumrah on at that time. Bumrah makes a hell of a difference in any team,” Kohli said. Even Rohit criticised the umpiring in the game. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple, the over before that. Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball. Those are game-changers,” Rohit said.In the previous game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens, Mohammed Shami bowled Andre Russell with a perfect yorker but that was declared a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle for Kings XI Punjab. Russell made Kings XI Punjab pay and in the end, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victors by 28 runs.The Mankading controversy erupted in the IPL clash in Jaipur and this time, it involved Kings XI Punjab again. Jos Buttler was guiding Rajasthan Royals towards victory but Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Buttler who was out of the crease and that led to a huge uproar. With these two no-balls and especially the umpiring in the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians game, IPL 2019 has suddenly come alive. Mumbai Indians won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs.The no-ball was not spotted by the umpire which led to criticism.Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their second game in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bonner’s patient 73 guides Scorpions to easy win over Canada

first_imgJAMAICA Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.Entering the game needing a win to intensify their bid for a place in the Final Four in Trinidad at month-end, the Scorpions simply outlasted their opponents in a daytime, Group A game at the Conaree Cricket Centre.In pursuit of 245 to win, Bonner showed his class in an organised, unbeaten 73 from 79 balls that included eight boundaries to lead a successful run chase for the Scorpions on another batting paradise at the ground adjacent to the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in the St. Kitts capital.The Scorpions were 81 for three in the 20th over when Bonner arrived at the crease and anchored a succession of partnerships that got the Scorpions over the finish line to complete the tournament sweep of the Canadians, following a four-wicket win last Saturday in a day/night game at Warner Park.Bonner shared 85 for the fifth wicket with his captain Rovman Powell that changed the course of the innings and stayed until the end, which came with 13 balls remaining when Bulli lofted a delivery from Nitish Kumar to the deep cover boundary for four.The result kept the Scorpions in third place, behind group leaders Barbados Pride and hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, against whom they play in their final two matches this coming Wednesday and Sunday respectively, at Conaree.Bulli had earlier ripped out the Canada top-order batting with 4-40 from his allotted 10 overs and later earned the Player of the Match award.But the Canadians, on the back of a half-century from Harsh Thaker, fought to reach 244 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.Thaker struck four fours and one six in 60 from 85 balls and led strong top-order batting. Kumar scored 42, Rayyankhan Pathan made 33, Jeet Metha got 32 before Shreyas Movva coming late in the order added 21.Pathan and Metha shared an opening stand of 69 before Canada stumbled to 92 for three in the 20th over, and Thaker led the recovery in a 56-run partnership with Kumar and a couple of small stands with his captain Kanwarpal Tathgur and Shahid Ahmadzai.Canada subsided to 212 for eight, after three wickets – two to rugged West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas – fell in the space of seven balls, but Movva and Kanwar Mann frustrated the Scorpions with a stand of 32 in the final five overs.Group “A” games continue today, when hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes face last year’s champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in a daytime contest, starting at 9 .00hrs. at Conaree. This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Group “B” play also resumes today with Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night, feature game, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad & Tobago capital of Port of Spain. This game will be televised “live” on ESPN Caribbean in the region.A few miles due south, the United States and group leaders West Indies Emerging Players lock horns in another day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.This game will also be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel.(Sportsmax)last_img read more