first_imgSunday Star Times 27 Jan 2013A teenager opposed to gay marriage has accused select committee members of behaving in a hostile and “menacing” way to submitters who are against a proposed law change for same-sex couples.Leader of conservative lobby group Family First Bob McCoskrie says the girl was treated apallingly by MPs when she told them during her oral submission that to allow homosexuals to marry would undermine the sanctity of marriage, with one calling her “homophobic” and another getting up for refreshments in the middle of her speech.In a press release sent to the Sunday Star-Times, McCoskrie said 18-year-old Grace Carroll was left humiliated, disappointed and frustrated by the experience – and she’s not the only person to have complained.However, the committee members say all submitters were treated with respect – even if they did roll their eyes at the girl when she began to quote civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr – and that McCoskrie was simply agitating because public support has swung away from him.“I think McCroskrie is mischief-making,” said Green MP Kevin Hague. “His motivation is to do whatever he can to try and stop the bill. So I don’t think anyone will be surprised that he is now attempting to undermine [the] select committee process.”Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill is before the select committee, which will report to Parliament on February 28. If passed, it could see gay marriage legal by May next year.The committee has received more than 20,000 submissions on the bill and has held numerous hearings since December. read more

first_img “In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle,” John Legend wrote on Twitter. “Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes.” Lil Nas X posted a simple “r.i.p.” message with a sad face accompanying a photo of Bryant. On Instagram, Demi Lovato posted a photo of herself alongside Bryant and said that he was “always so sweet to me.” “You’re a legend with wings now,” she wrote, adding an update after she heard that one of Bryant’s daughters also died in the crash. “This whole family was so sweet and now they’re in my prayers heavy,” Lovato said. “R.I.P. Gigi beautiful girl.” Lil Nas X performing “Old Town Road” at the Grammys with a Kobe Bryant jersey in the background.Credit…Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Read Also: Messi, Ronaldo pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after NBA legend dies Billy Ray Cyrus, who, with Lil Nas X won best pop duo/group performance for “Old Town Road” — which also won best music video — dedicated both of the awards to Bryant and his daughter. “Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time,” Cyrus said on Twitter. The producer and D.J. Diplo, speaking to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, called the deaths “devastating.” He said Bryant “transcends iconic, so he’s going to live forever.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Why Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President? Loading… center_img Alicia Keys addressed the death of the retired NBA legend and Lakers star Kobe Bryant as the awards ceremony began at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alicia Keys performs a tribute to Kobe Bryant with Boyz II Men at the Grammys on Sunday.Credit…Mario Anzuoni/Reuters “Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo declared at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, belting out the lyrics to “Cuz I Love You” as the show kicked off. The “Truth Hurts” singer’s performance gave way to Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show for the second time and took a moment to honor the retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. He was killed in a helicopter crash earlier in the day with his daughter Gianna and seven others near Calabasas, Calif. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now,” Keys said. “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” The Grammys are held at the Staples Center, where Bryant spent most of his N.B.A. career. The Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, said on Twitter: “Remembering Kobe Bryant tonight while we honor music in the house that he built.” Throughout the night, Bryant’s jersey appeared during performances, including an Aerosmith and Run DMC show of “Living on the Edge” and “Walk This Way” and Lil Nas X’s ensemble remix of “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Young Thug and Nas. Bryant was also mentioned during the performance tribute to Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his clothing store last year, won his first Grammy earlier in the night for “Racks in The Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. Earlier, outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, fans dressed in Lakers gear and shades of purple dropped off flowers at a makeshift tribute honoring Bryant.A moment of silence was held for Bryant during the show’s pre-telecast ceremony, where many of the awards are handed out. Harvey Mason Jr., the chairman and interim chief of the Recording Academy, called for the gesture “since we are in his house,” The Associated Press reported. Online, some of the artists set to appear at the Grammys posted tributes to the Lakers star.last_img read more

first_imgSuperSport viewers on DStv can now begin counting down the days until the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season, with the opening race scheduled to take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Sunday.This means that SuperSport viewers, as of today, have just 28 days until they can start their engines, settle in on the couch and enjoy the best drivers battling wheel to wheel in the world’s fastest cars.The 2020 Formula 1 season – which almost began in Australia in March but was canceled late in the day due to world events, and has remained suspended ever since – will start with two races behind closed doors in Austria on July 5 and July 12 followed by six other Grand Prix in Europe. There will then be a two-week break before two consecutive races in Britain and events in Spain, Belgium and Italy. The British Grands Prix at Silverstone will be held 2 and 9 August, followed immediately by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona on 16 August. The Belgian and Italian Grands Prix will complete the European part of the season on their original dates of 30 August and 6 September.Formula 1 said it hoped to have between 15 and 18 races in total, with the season being completed in December. Details of the remaining races will be confirmed in due course.Last week, the Austrian government sanctioned the season-opening double-header at the Spielberg circuit after Formula 1 organisers “presented a complete and professional plan”.“While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do,” said Formula 1Formula 1 Comprehensive coverage of all your major sporting events on, including live video streaming, vide…chief executive Chase Carey. “But we know the return of Formula 1 will be a welcome boost to sports fans around the world.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Merseysider is preparing for his eagerly-awaited domestic clash with Haye, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and has questioned the desire of his 36-year-old opponent.Haye made his comeback after a lengthy injury lay-off this year, but Bellew has suggested the former two-weight world champion does not have the same mental toughness and plans to push him to breaking point.”What I will tell you is, if this fight goes past four rounds, he’s going to quit,” said the current WBC cruiserweight champion”At some stage, it will get too hard and he will quit. He hasn’t got the fight in him anymore.”I love fighting. I am not 100 per cent in the head, I enjoy having a fight. We will see on March 4, where it happens, when it happens, but I must stress when I knock out David Haye on March 4 – I am then the best heavyweight in the world outside of them champions.”Just let that sink in and think about where do I go from there.”Bellew does concede that Haye is the “most dangerous” heavyweight in the world, although he expects to emerge the winner from either a gruelling battle, or a four round firefight.”He’s the best heavyweight in the world outside of the champions,” said Bellew. “There is no debating that whatsoever.”He’s possibly the most dangerous heavyweight in the world, including the champions. What does he do very well? He has got a massive right hand. His technique’s not the best but his fantastic athleticism allows him to make up for that.”If I can drag him to the second half of the fight and to the deep waters, I will drown him, I will win easy, but I don’t think it will get that far.”I do believe this fight could be a four-round shootout and I am under no illusions if he catches me clean in the first four rounds I am going to have to get off the floor to win, but make no mistake he’s going to have to do the same thing.”The big difference between me and him, he hasn’t got it in him to get off the floor.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GoL) or rather its functionaries appear not to be mindful of the seriousness of the current economic crisis facing the nation. The rapid depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar has apparently triggered the decision by authorities to withhold Liberian dollars from circulation as a way of inducing upward movement of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar. This has had an effect of bringing down the exchange rate from 230 LD to one US dollar to the current rate of 190 to one US dollar.Officials of this government however appear to be grossly insensitive to the excruciating economic hardships people have to cope with daily. The convergence of former AFL soldiers and widows in protest for benefits due them should constitute a wake-up call to this government to get its act together else it could invite trouble upon itself for no good reason,The ex-soldiers, making no secret of their intentions to peacefully assemble to consult amongst themselves, attracted the attention of GoL to the point where it deployed large numbers of security personnel including POLICE in the streets of the capital, Monrovia. Fortunately, the assembly passed off without incident. However, the development conveyed a distinct impression of apprehension and heightened insecurity on the part of this government.In this regard, it would serve the interests of this government well to have its officials refrain from making statements and utterances that tend to inflame the situation and provoke counter reactions including street protests which have become commonplace recently. Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon’s recent outburst threatening to arrest Henry Costa upon arrival at the airport and have him jailed is the latest example.He was later countered by Justice Minister Musa Dean who declared that there was no such arrest order pending for Mr. Costa but passions have been enflamed already and, judging from experience, this will certainly be a test of nerves. If Henry Costa were indeed arrested upon arrival at the airport and taken to jail, charges would have to be brought against him within 48 hours and have him arraigned before Court.The point here is, can this government afford the spectacle of what would be a highly politicized trial in a highly polarized environment amidst excruciating economic hardships on the people and not expect to incur mass public disapproval of the government and, instead, engender popular support for Henry Costa? This is a matter over which Deputy Minister Fahngon should reflect deeply. Perhaps he may be unaware of the lessons of history or he could be feigning ignorance.Whatever the case, he ought to be reminded that it requires just one spark to set a tinderbox afire. Recalling history, the first World War, for example, was sparked by a single shot fired by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo (now capital of Bosnia) on June 28, 1914 and triggered a chain of events that set an entire continent ablaze.Similarly, the April 14, 1979 shooting and killing of unarmed protesters was the spark that set into motion a chain of events that led to the eventual demise of the Tolbert administration in 1980. Tolbert had given in to hardliners who wanted street protesters shot to drive home the lesson of what awaits those who engage in public protests against the government. Apparently, not realizing the implications, he gave the go-ahead to fire on demonstrators. And that proved to be a fatal mistake that would eventually cost his life.Forty years later, the George Weah government finds itself in similar straits with the difference being, the loss of innocence of the nation’s youth made possible by 14 years of violence and anarchy. Then, unlike now, the nation’s youths had never before had such prolonged exposure to violence on a mass scale. Forty years later the nation and as a legacy of years of conflict, thousands of our children have had their lives impacted in ways that have militated against their attainment of a proper education and the acquisition of life skills.Just what does this government hope to achieve with all this talk and threats of the use of violence against opposition elements or anyone or groups perceived as posing a challenge to its dominance of the country’s political landscape? From all indications, the CDC today is no longer the CDC of yesterday when thousands would turn out, walking miles, sporting T-shirts or uniforms they purchased themselves to identify with the CDC.The reality is however different today and it appears its (CDC) officials are finding great difficulty fathoming the hard reality that their relevance of yesterday is fast withering before an emergent tomorrow that may see the CDC out of power and back into the ranks of the opposition. In a desperate attempt to fend off this advancing new reality, anything, including physical elimination of perceived enemies or opponents is on the table.This country has seen enough bloodshed and hatred already and does not need another dose of conflict. Government officials, particularly those at high levels of authority, should be circumspect and avoid the use of inflammatory language. The Ministry of Information cannot continue to ignore the dangers posed by hateful, inflammatory and inciteful messages currently propagated on Freedom FM which was, like Roots FM, recommended for closure by PUL President Charles Cuffy.In a situation of extreme hardships, people become tense and tend to become annoyed and aggravated very easily at the slightest provocation. And such provocation could invite a response which could set into motion a train of events over which those responsible could have no control should they spill out of hand. This is why the Daily Observer has cautioned and warned agent-provocateurs the likes of Minister Fahngon to be careful what they wish for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more