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Virginia gay marriage ban overturned

first_img Sharing is caring! 47 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Demonstrators in favour of the ban had made their voices heard during the hearingA US federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.It is the first time that a southern state has had a voter-approved prohibition on gay marriage overturned.The ruling will not apply pending a possible appeal. Same-sex marriages are legal in 17 US states, most of them in the north-east, and Washington DC.Such unions have been approved either through legislation, court rulings or voter referendums.‘Adding momentum’The ruling by Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk followed a legal challenge on same-sex marriage by a gay couple.The judge agreed with them that the ban infringed their constitutional rights and their fundamental freedom to marry.“Through its decision today, the court has upheld the principles of equality upon which this nation was founded,” the plaintiff’s lawyer, Theodore Olson, told US media.Opponents of gay marriage decried the ruling, however, calling the judge “arrogant” and “substituting her personal preferences” for the judgement of Virginia voters.“Our nation’s judicial system has been infected by activist judges, which threaten the stability of our nation and the rule of law,” Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, told the Associated Press news agency.Many expect the case – or one like it – to go all the way to the US Supreme Court, the BBC’s Beth McLeod in Washington reports.Virginia is the first state in the old confederacy – a group of southern states that are traditionally seen as socially conservative – to have its ban overturned.The decision adds momentum to a growing acceptance of gay marriage in the US, our correspondent adds.Earlier this week, a federal judge in Kentucky – another southern state – ruled that it must recognise same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in the US.However, the judge did not rule on the legality of same-sex marriages inside Kentucky, effectively meaning that the current ban remained in place.BBC News InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships Virginia gay marriage ban overturned by: – February 14, 2014last_img read more

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IMCA Modified winner earns $2,000 at Jackson County’s Open Wheel Challenge

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa – The driver who proves up to the challenge earns $2,000 in Jackson County Speedway’s Memorial Weekend special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.The Saturday, May 23 Open Wheel Challenge at Maquoketa is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and pays a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Entry fee is $50.Other sanctioned divisions running, for all applicable points, will be the IMCA Late Models, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and teenagers, $7 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Open Wheel Challenge is available by calling 563 590-4095, at the www.jcraceway.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

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Bank Director Continues Legacy of Leadership

first_imgFriendship’s focus on local communities, relationships, and innovation are what LeeAnn feels sets Friendship apart from the competition. She feels the most important work of the board includes 1) keeping the bank local and independent while remaining innovative; 2) ensuring that when customers have a concern, they can call and talk to someone who can make a decision and help them; and 3) protect investors. Friendship, IN  The Friendship Board of Directors welcomed LeeAnn Boggs as the newest Friendship State Bank director following director Art Wise’s recent retirement.LeeAnn is a 1996 Rising Sun graduate. She attended the University of Southern Indiana. LeeAnn returned to Dillsboro after graduation and began working with her dad, former director John Race, in the family accounting business. She started her Masters in Accounting at Northern Kentucky University in 2000. She passed all her exams in 2003 to become a Certified Public Accountant. She was one of the last to take the CPA exam in written form.LeeAnn now has 19 years of experience and is a partner with her dad in the business, Boggs and Race, LLC, in Dillsboro. She especially enjoys the relationships with her small business clients and helping ensure their success. She enjoys helping individuals with their taxes but does not have the same opportunity to build relationships like she does with her business clients. She is now eager to build relationships with more Friendship employees.“I’m looking forward to new relationship with more employees,” LeeAnn shared. “And now, more than ever, encouraging those in the community to bank with Friendship. I have always been an advocate for sticking with small town, local businesses. Being able to bank with someone you know is unique to a small town.”LeeAnn can’t recall banking anywhere other than Friendship. Her dad became a director when she was 15. She feels it is a prestigious honor to be asked to serve on the board of directors.“I feel honored to be asked to serve on the board and to know that they trust me. The work of a director goes hand in hand with what I do, and it is an opportunity to put my skills to work outside of my normal accounting duties.” Like many Switzerland County families, the Boggs are active participants in the Swiss Wine Festival. Her daughters, 8 and 12, participate in the polka dance performances. Unsatisfied with the dress costume options when they first began, LeeAnn found patterns she found acceptable, bought a sewing machine, and taught herself how to sew. She has begun a tradition with other moms handcrafting the festival costumes for their daughters.center_img Outside of her roles as a director and business owner, LeeAnn is a wife and mom. She lives in Vevay with her husband Mark and two daughters. Mark is the Switzerland County High School Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach. As you can imagine, she spends a lot of time at Switzerland County sporting events cheering on her husband and the home team, as well as her daughters who are also actively involved in athletics.last_img read more

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Night of individual firsts in Rio pool

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – First-time Olympic winners, including Australian teen Kyle Chalmers in the 100 metres freestyle, plundered three of the four gold medals in the Rio pool on Wednesday but there was no getting past Katie Ledecky.On a night of novelty, with Mireia Belmonte becoming Spain’s first women’s Olympic swimming gold medallist and Dmitriy Balandin winning Kazakhstan’s first medal and title in the sport at a Games, freestyle phenomenon Ledecky provided consistency.Swimming the anchor leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay, the American reeled in the Australian women and brought home her third gold of the Rio Games.It also gave Missy Franklin, the now-struggling 2012 sensation, a first gold of the Games after she swam in the heats but not the final.“I think I was prepared for any circumstance, whether we were ahead or behind. I just knew that these three girls were going to put me in a good position to finish it out and I knew I could do it,” Ledecky said.“It’s so easy to get up and swim fast when you’re swimming for three other people.”Olympic debutant Chalmers swam fast for himself, eclipsing better-fancied team mate Cameron McEvoy to take his first individual Olympic gold medal after claiming bronze in Sunday’s 4x100m freestyle.Trailing seventh at the turn, Chalmers powered through the field in the last 50 metres to become the first Australian man to win the event since Mike Wenden at the Mexico City Games in 1968.The victory also made him Australia’s youngest swimming Olympic champion since Ian Thorpe won gold at the 2000 Sydney Games aged 17.“I have definitely flown under the radar,” said the Australian of a win that took him by surprise.“I flew under the radar at the trials, I stayed away from the media and just did my own thing.“Coming into this, I didn’t think it was possible,” he added of the victory.UNDER THE RADARBelgium’s Pieter Timmers won the silver medal and defending champion Nathan Adrian of the United States the bronze.Balandin said he had also flown in ‘under the radar.’“I think the whole of Kazakhstan is celebrating right now,” he said of his 200m breaststroke win.Belmonte won the 200m butterfly after an individual medley bronze on Saturday. She won two silver in 2012 in the 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle.In the heats for yesterday’s women’s 100m freestyle final, Australia’s Campbell sisters Bronte and Cate will now swim against each other after winning gold together in the 4x100m relay.Michael Phelps was also back in action in the heats for the 200m individual medley, after winning two gold on Tuesday to take his career haul to 21.Phelps, 31, is bidding to become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympics.He and old rival and U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte were the fastest qualifiers.Lochte, who has 12 Olympic medals to Phelps’ 25, is swimming the 200 IM as his sole individual event in Rio.last_img read more

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Haiti football federation head suspended for 90 days

first_imgTHE president of the Haitian Football Federation, Yves Jean-Bart, has been suspended from his post for 90 days.The governing body of world football, FIFA, took the step after allegations emerged that he coerced teenage female players into having sex with him.He allegedly threatened the girls with losing their spot at the national training centre if they did not comply.Mr Jean-Bart categorically denies the claims. Police are investigating the allegations.FIFA said the suspension would come into force immediately and apply to “all football-related activities at both national and international level”.Mr Jean-Bart, 73, has been in charge of Haiti’s football federation for the past two decades.The incidents under investigation are alleged to have taken place in the past five years.They were first reported by The Guardian newspaper last month. Since then, several employees at the Haitian football federation have been summoned by a judge to answer questions.It is not the first time a high-ranking FIFA official has been embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.In June 2019, the former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation, Keramuudin Karim, was given a lifetime ban following allegations that he had sexually abused players in the women’s team. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Redshirt freshman safety makes first impression

first_imgRedshirt freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Mao recorded seven tackles against UNLV during his first game. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Isaiah Pola-Mao didn’t know he would be starting his first college football game until the Thursday before the game. The redshirt freshman was forced into action at safety after sophomore Bubba Bolden, who was set to start, was taken out of the lineup  for an undisclosed reason two days before the season opener against UNLV.Bolden’s loss was Pola-Mao’s gain. Pola-Mao, who redshirted last season after sustaining a shoulder injury, made a statement with his very first play, forcing a fumble on UNLV’s opening play from scrimmage.“I was overwhelmed with a lot emotions, and I was very sad for what Bubba was going through but I had to lock in and focus and clear my mind, get ready for this game,” Pola-Mao said.Pola-Mao stripped UNLV running back Lexington Thomas of the ball deep in Rebel territory, setting up a short field for the USC offense, which produced a field goal that would get the Trojans on the board first. The Trojans easily won 43-21 at the Coliseum.Pola-Mao was nervous before starting the game.“Being away from football and not actually playing in a game, it’s a big difference,” he said. “Coming into my first college game, I was very anxious, so I just had to get the jitters out. Happened to be a big [play].”It quickly endeared Pola-Mao with the veterans on the defensive corps.“That was big, that was big, that was dope for him,” said redshirt senior cornerback Ajene Harris.Senior linebacker  Cameron Smith said the situation could not have played out any better for the first-time starter.“Anytime after that first play or that first series, you just calm down and just say, ‘It’s football,’” Smith said. “That’s what he needed to get him going and I thought he did a really good job for us today.”There’s no better way to calm down than by forcing a turnover seconds into the game.“I don’t think he saw me so I came in and just tried to punch it as hard as I could and landed right on,” Pola-Mao said on forcing the fumble.Pola-Mao was originally slotted on the depth chart behind senior Marvell Tell at free safety, but slid over to strong safety once Bolden was unavailable. Head coach Clay Helton declined to provide details on Bolden’s situation after the announcement was made on Thursday, though a University spokesperson confirmed he was still on the roster.Pola-Mao, a Phoenix native starred in high school at Mountain Pointe High, named to the Max Preps All-American first team in 2016. He also has football royalty in his blood — Pola-Mao’s uncle is former USC and NFL star safety Troy Polamalu and his great uncle, Kennedy Polamalu, played for USC from 1982 to 85 as a fullback and is now an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings.Now, it’s Pola-Mao’s turn. Though he had nerves heading into his debut, the redshirt freshman said he had a good feeling about what was to come the night before the game.“I was thinking about it,” Pola-Mao said. “I saw the opportunity and just took it.”A reporter asked him to elaborate on what he felt.“I felt me making a play, changing the game,” he said.last_img read more

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RFL maximises InCrowd partnership to elevate fan engagement

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Our League exceeds first year expectations for InCrowd and RFL November 2, 2018 Coral pens historic sponsorship deal of RFL Challenge Cups January 22, 2019 Related Articles Share RFL continues integrity commitment with Sportradar April 4, 2019 Partnering with fan engagement experts InCrowd, the Rugby Football League (RFL) is further elevating levels of fan interaction.In a move powered by Fanscore, InCrowd’s introduction of video polls has driven engagement levels up for the Rugby Football League’s successful membership platform, OurLeague, enabling the RFL to further develop direct relationships and continue to create unique experiences, for every fan.Polls have been a popular part of the OurLeague platform since March, with the effective and widely participated Man Of The Match vote now broadcast, updated and announced live as to enrich various fixtures throughout the season.This new introduction of video polls takes the fan experience to the next level, giving fans the power to make personal choices based on real life game situations and referee decisions. A strategic system of app notifications, social updates and email communications ensure no fan misses the opportunity to cast their vote and increase their input into the game.Nichola Spencer, Membership Manager, Rugby Football League commented: “The live Man of The Match poll has generated incredible engagement numbers and we’re really pleased to be able to add yet another dimension to the fan experience for OurLeague members, whilst continuing to learn more about rugby league fans. The development of the video polls is an exciting prospect for us; we’re looking forward to working on new ideas with the InCrowd team.”Perhaps most importantly, fans participating in the video polls are encouraged to do so behind an official FanScoreID from InCrowd, as opposed to a social login to verify and log their selections. Social may drive higher numbers but these are all anonymous to the rights holder. With this FanScore authentication, the RFL are able to learn more about their fans and can therefore serve them with relevant, personal content and activations based on past engagements.last_img read more

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Footballer loses teeth in head-first tackle

first_imgArgentinos Juniors midfielder Gaspar Iniguez has lost three teeth while making a head-first tackle at the feet of Boca Juniors’ Cristian Erbes, the club has confirmed.Iniguez dived to head the ball when it was barely a few centimetres off the ground, believing he could get there before Erbes two minutes from the end of the 0-0 draw in the Argentine “Inicial” championship on Sunday.InjuriesErbes went to kick the ball as Iniguez made his dive and it caught the 19 year old in the mouth. Erbes also suffered a minor injury to his leg.Iniguez joined the first team in July 2011. He made his team debut during the 2011/12 season. He plays as a central midfielder.last_img read more

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Brazilian club hires Hypnotist to avoid relegation

first_imgBrazilian club Portuguesa has hired a hypnotist in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation to third division Serie C.The Sao Paulo outfit, relegated from the country’s top football tier Serie A last year, are currently second-last in Serie B with only two months of the season remaining, reports Xinhua.Coach Vagner Benazzi said he decided to contact Olimar Tesser after hearing of the hypnotist’s success at other clubs.”I don’t like to miss out on a good opportunity,” Benazzi said Monday.”I know what he has done and I want him to work with my players before our matches. It was something that I decided due to the situation the club finds itself in.”Portuguesa are considered one of Sao Paulo’s largest clubs, having finished second in Brazil’s Serie A in 1996.last_img read more

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Preparations for the World Championship: The B&H Handball Team had its 1st Training in Doha

first_img(Source: Tuzlanski.ba / photo: Oslobodjenje) The national handball team of B&H had its first training yesterday in Qatar shortly before performing at the World Championship. Despite the fact that the players were tired because they arrived to Qatar the same day, they trained at full pelt led by the selector Dragan Marković.“On Tuesday we are playing against Portugal and afterwards we will have two matches against Qatar. Here in Doha, everything is top, the food is excellent, the hosts are kind, there is absolutely no problem what so ever, we are very pleased. Some of our players were already here two years ago with the junior selection so they already feel like at home here. Nothing is changed. We wish only good health for our players when the championship begins.” – stated Mirza Muzurović, director of the national team of B&H.Today the team has another training and a match against Portugal afterwards. At the WC, B&H will perform in the group B, along with the teams of Croatia, Macedonia, Austria, Tunis and Iran. The first match is scheduled for January 16 against Iran.last_img read more

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