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first_imgWillie Jackson – Manukau Courier 17 Aug 2012The recent outburst from Mangere MP Su’a William Sio over Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s same-sex marriage bill shows that all is not well in the Labour Party camp. Just when Labour was starting to make inroads into the National Party’s majority this major disagreement has erupted within the ranks. And while disagreements are not always bad for political parties it is bad when that disagreement is paraded for all the public to see. Ms Wall’s bill has caused so much unrest that Mr Sio obviously found it necessary to go public with his concerns. And his concerns are valid from his constituency’s position. The majority of Mr Sio’s constituents are Pacific Islanders and he says most of them would be against Ms Wall’s bill. So it’s only right that he voices their opposition. But his decision  to make that opposition public has damaged his party in the polls. It seems strange that Mr Sio would go public as he’s always impressed as a solid hard-working and no-mistake MP. So I think it can be safely assumed that rather than this being a mistake it was a calculated and deliberate move by him to put a stake in the ground, firstly for his constituents in Mangere and secondly for himself and a number of his colleagues in Labour who believe that the party has lost the plot in terms of where its priorities should be at the moment. Mr Sio says that Labour should focus on the weak economy and issues that resonate with most Kiwis. He says that putting up a bill like the same-sex marriage bill will not recapture the estimated 30,000 votes that have been lost. And I don’t think he’s too far off the mark. No matter what the merits are of Ms Wall’s bill, the most important challenge for Labour is to win back the thousands of disillusioned voters, particularly the ones in South Auckland, who believe that Labour has become obsessed with social legislation. For example, Labour’s prostitution bill has been nothing but a nightmare for Papatoetoe residents. Add to that the civil union legislation and the anti-smacking laws and you get an understanding of where Mr Sio is coming from.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/willie-jackson/7498134/Labour-in-trouble-over-marriage-billlast_img read more

first_imgNewstalk ZB 20 Feb 2013A New Zealand First MP is unhappy about people not being able to make oral submissions to select committee hearings on the Bill that allows same sex marriage.Lole Asenati Taylor says  more than 200 people have not had the chance to have their say on the Marriage Amendment Bill.She believes the six months set aside for  select committee consideration of the Bill is too short.The committee hearing the Bill has had to limit submission times to five minute due to the number of people who have wanted to be heard.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/458654533-not-enough-time-for-marriage-bill-submissions–says-mplast_img

first_imgC Flight: First round:Art Caudillo byeRichard Orton 1 up (20 holes) over Deitrek Gill.Dean Russell bye.Bob DeJarnett byeDavid Carr byeKelly Walker 2 and 1 over Ken Johnson.Mike Morlan byeTrue DeJarnett bye.Second round:Orton 4 and 3 over CaudilloRussell 1 up over B. DeJarnettCarr 3 and 1 over WalkerMorlan 4 and 2 over T. DeJarnett.Semifinals:Orton 8 and 6 over RussellMorlan 3 and 2 over Carr.Championship: Mike Morland 5 and 3 over Richard Orton.Follow us on Twitter. B Flight:First round:Doug Norris byeTom Farley 3 and 2 over Kevin WolkenMark Erickson byeGalen Green 3 and 2 over Graysen DeJarnettJerry Kiser byeDavid Klein 4 and 3 over Ian StallbaumerAustin Craig byeDustin Craig 3 and 2 over Tyler Norris.Second round:Norris 1 up over WolkenErickson 3 and 1 over GreeneKlein 2 up over Kiser.A. Craig 8 and 7 over D. Craig.Semifinals:Erickson 1 up 19 holes over Norris.A. Craig 3 and 2 over Klein.Championship: Mark Erickson 4 and 3 over Austin Craig. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the results of the Wellington Match Play Championship held August 16-17.Championship Flight:First round - Myles Miller 1 up 20 holes over Lander Greene.Jesse Ybarra 1 up 19 holes over Tony FerraroSean Lunsford 4 and 3 over Derek HarrisonKurt Eck 3 and 2 over Josh TroutmanScott Templeton 5 and 4 over Bill MottGary Richmond 1 up over Jarin McGovernBrian Peck 3 and 2 over Chad RennAdam Ricke 4 and 3 over Nick Becker.QuarterfinalsMiller 5 and 3 over YbarraEck 3 and 2 over LunsfordTempleton 1 up (19 holes) over RichmondPeck 3 and 2 over Ricke.SemifinalsMiller 2 and 1 over EckTempleton 1 up (19 holes) over Peck.Championship: Myles Miller 4-3 over Scott Templeton. A Flight:First round:Kris Harrod bye.Pete Miller 2 and 1 over Jeff McGovernBill Butts bye.Scott McQuin 3 and 2 over Ben WilsonBrad Stocking bye.Mark Miller 2 and 1 over Jim MillerBuddy Robertson bye.Chaney Stallbaumer 1 up (20 holes) over Brady Short.Second round:Harrod 7 and 6 over McGovern.Butts 2 and 1 over McQuinn.Stocking 3 and 2 over M. MillerRobertson 5 and 4 over Stallbaumer.Semifinals:Butts 3 and 1 over Harrod.Stocking 2 up over Robertson.Championship: Brad Stocking 1 up (19 holes) over Bill Butts. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgChelsea made a sluggish start at Stamford Bridge, where Manchester United have been on top in the early stages.Thibaut Courtois was called upon twice in the opening 15 minutes, comfortably gathering low-range efforts from Cameron Borthwich-Jackson and Michael Carrick.Blues keeper Courtois then produced a fine save, diving to his left to push away Anthony Martial’s curling shot.Chelsea skipper John Terry was given a predictably rousing reception by the home fans on his first appearance at the Bridge since announcing that he is not being offered a new contract and will leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Hazard.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Townsend happy playing for Hodgsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is happy playing for manager Roy Hodgson.Hodgson gave Townsend his first cap as England manager.Speaking on the former England boss, Townsend said, “Even before he joined Palace, he’s a manager who’d always put his faith in me whether I was in the team at Spurs or out of the team, he’d always selected me for the England squads and given me game time. Nine times out of 10 I’d repay that faith.”Coming here, he’s been no different, it’s just been on a daily basis. He’s very hands on on the training pitch, he likes to do a lot of shape work. He likes to drill into your mind what you’re going to face on a Saturday afternoon. It’s working for us and long may that continue!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blackburn manager Mowbray demanding better from Man City loanee Adarabioyoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is demanding better from Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo.The 21-year-old has endured a dismal loan spell so far, missing five games through injury. Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We are learning about his body reacts to different situations.“I think when you’re at Man City you might not have a manager like me telling me to push up, make tackles, put his body on the line, the intensity levels he’s been used to are different.“His body is finding that adjustment difficult but he will acclimatise at some stage and the talent he has will be a big asset to our club.” last_img read more

first_imgQuestionable goaltend vs. SMU seals UCLA win.UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.last_img read more

first_imgMOSCOW — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference (all times local):12:55 p.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning about the rising threat of a nuclear war.Speaking at his annual news conference Thursday, Putin pointed at the U.S. intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He said that if the U.S. puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to take countermeasures.He also noted that Western analysts are talking about the possibility of using low-yield nuclear weapons.Putin warned that “there is a trend of lowering the threshold” of using nuclear weapons, adding that “lowering the threshold could lead to a global nuclear catastrophe.”Putin also emphasized that the U.S. pondering the use of ballistic missiles with conventional warheads, saying that the launch of such a missile could be mistaken for the launch of a nuclear-tipped one and trigger a global catastrophe.___12:20 p.m.President Vladimir Putin is hailing another year of Russian economic growth after a previous period of stagnation.Putin said at an annual news conference summing up the results of the year that Russia’s gross domestic product is set to grow by 1.8 per cent this year, while industrial output has grown faster at 3 per cent.The Russian president noted Thursday that the nation’s hard currency reserves have increased from $432 billion at the start of the year to $464 billion now.The positive statistics follow a difficult period in recent years when Russia’s economy has suffered a combined blow of low oil prices and Western sanctions, resulting in stagnation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ohio State freshman JJ Wolf returns a volley against Purdue on April 9. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTwo teams with 15-plus-game winning streaks faced off in a matchup that would give one program its first ever men’s tennis national title.In the battle between the two hottest teams in men’s tennis, it was the Demon Deacons who came out victorious on their home court, ending Ohio State’s 22-game win streak with a 4-2 win.The win came at the hands of freshman Bar Botzer, who completed Wake Forest’s first-ever NCAA title in tennis when freshman Tim Seibert hit the net on a return, losing the match in two sets (4-6, 5-7).Ohio State earned points from redshirt sophomore Kyle Seelig and junior Martin Joyce, with each winning on straight sets to give the Buckeyes a chance after falling in two doubles matches by a 7-5 score.Senior Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State’s highest-ranked player, lost in his doubles match with freshman John McNally 7-5 against Botzer and junior Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest’s highest-ranked player.Chrysochos defeated Ohio State sophomore J.J. Wolf in two sets (6-1, 6-3) to help the Demon Deacons earn two points in the match.The victory gave Wake Forest its 16th straight win, and redemption after losing to Ohio State 4-3 a season ago after Torpegaard defeated then-No. 1 Chrysochos in the final match. read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his U-turn over Loris Karius’ future by saying that “things in football change”The German goalkeeper has been the focal point of criticism directed at the Liverpool following his two costly errors in May’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.Klopp had initially defended Karius and backed his compatriot to recover.But, after some more errors by Karius in pre-season, Klopp went ahead and signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker for £67m.Now Karius is set to leave for Besiktas with the Turkish side having accidentally confirmed the move on Friday evening.“There’s nothing new about Loris’ actual situation,” said Klopp, according to Goal.“Nothing’s decided. If it happens, that’s how things go in football. That can happen.“As a manager you usually don’t need that much time between one game and the other game to get the sack. But it’s not the sack, it’s only a change if it’s like that.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“That’s football. No problem with that. Whatever. Things in football change. If they change, then we speak about that. Before that, I have nothing to say about that.”Liverpool will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield today.But Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will likely remain absent from the squad until after the international break while he recovers from a pelvis issue.“He’s coming closer but he’s not really around team training at the moment,” Klopp said.“I am not 100 per cent what he is doing today. He will not be involved in that [Brighton] game, and I am pretty sure he has no chance for the Leicester [City] game.“Then hopefully after the international break he will be ready to go, that would be nice.“That was the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems. We always thought if we could give him that time, then that would be cool.”Liverpool have won both of their opening games of the new Premier League season.last_img read more

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