24 April 2013A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages. The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment  Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.  A statement on the page described multi-partner – or polyamorous –  marriage as “responsible, adult, committed non-monogamy,” and said all  committed loving relationships between adults regardless of number  should be respected and given legal acknowledgement. “Some Australian Greens have now got a lobby group going, there are  several MPs around the world coming out as poly and poly-friendly and it  seems the time is right to at least bring it to the attention of the  New Zealand public and New Zealand parliament,” the group said.  “This will be a long-term  project but with the rest of the world getting on the bandwagon legal  multiple partner marriages/unions may one day be accepted.”The “slippery slope” towards legalising polygamy, polyamory or  incestuous relationships has often been an argument raised by opponents  of the Marriage Amendment Bill.  Last year the member in charge of the bill, Labour Party MP Louisa  Wall, and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head in a  live online debate about marriage equality.  At the time Mr Craig predicted the bill would inevitably raise issues  surrounding discrimination to people in polygamous or polyamorous  relationships who could not marry and yesterday said it was “no  surprise” the Support Legalise Polyamory in New Zealand group had  started up and there was no doubt marriage would be further redefined in  the future.  “We have opened the doors to this.”  He said it had begun when the line was moved for civil unions. read more

first_img Loading… Tottenham are reportedly trying to hijack Napoli’s proposed £70million move for Lille forward Victor Osimhen. Reports from France and Italy have suggested that the Naples club were close to landing the forward. However, it is now reported that although Osimhen wants the move, a few complications have arisen. Seemingly leaving the door open for Spurs for a player who has also been linked with Liverpool. RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, as cited by Sport Witness, claims that the fact the Nigeria international changed agents ‘a few weeks ago’ has caused some ‘differences’. But Napoli still hope to complete a deal ‘within the next 24-48 hours max’. Indeed, a meeting should take place imminently. However, ‘two English clubs, including Tottenham’ are ‘trying to slide into the uncertainty’. The name of the second team yet to be revealed, although it could be Jurgen Klopp’s men. Despite Tottenham’s interest, it still looks as if the player will be heading to Serie A. However, Jose Mourinho is hoping for further complications, as he tries to find an alternative to the injury-prone Harry Kane.Advertisement Bayern Munich have Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko on their radar as they look to replace Thiago Alcantara, according to a report. Thiago looks likely to leave Bayern in the coming months after turning down a new contract with the German champions. Previous reports claim Liverpool are keen, but TEAMtalk understands the Reds are not eyeing a move for the Spaniard. Nevertheless, Le10 Sport claims Bayern are preparing for Thiago’s exit by sounding out replacements. read also:Ugbade to Osimhen: Grab Napoli chance, shun racism hints The Bavarians are aware that they will need midfield recruits given that, as well as Thiago, Javi Martinez and Corentin Tolisso could move on before next season. Therefore, Bayern are reportedly keen on Ndombele and Bakayoko and could propose a loan deal to sign either player. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Rihanna Museum Is Probably Opening SoonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BUCKSPORT — The road to victory wasn’t quite as smooth as it could have been for the Bucksport football team, but the result was all the same.Coming off three games in which it had scored early and often against opponents near both the top and bottom of the Little Ten Conference standings, Bucksport entered Friday’s regular season finale at Carmichael Field hoping to so yet again. It took longer than expected for the Golden Bucks to get going, but once they did, they never stopped.Bucksport got past a slow start to the game Friday to earn a 46-0 victory over Ellsworth/Sumner on Senior Night. The win was the fourth in a row for the Golden Bucks and gave the team a bye in the upcoming Class D North playoffs as the No. 2 seed.“It was Senior Night, and a lot of guys were emotional,” Carter Tolmasoff said. “We came out a little flat, but once we realized what we needed to fix, we were able to go out there and do what we needed to get the job done.”Bucksport’s Luke Wardwell chases down Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford during the first half of a high school football game Oct. 19 in Bucksport. The Golden Bucks’ shutout win earned the team the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class D North playoffs. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter stopping Ellsworth/Sumner on the opening possession, Bucksport (7-1) appeared to be on the verge of another early explosion on offense when it took the ball into enemy territory in just two plays. That momentum came to a quick halt, though, as a personal foul cost the Golden Bucks 15 yards and ultimately led to a punt.Taking over near its own goal line, Ellsworth/Sumner (3-5) used a bruising running game to drive down the field bit by bit. The Eagles used up 9 minutes, 15 seconds of the clock on a possession that went well into the second quarter and took the ball all the way to the red zone.Once Bucksport stopped the Eagles on downs, though, it capitalized twice in quick succession on a pair of Luke Wardwell touchdown runs with 4:32 and 1:05 left in the half. Quarterback Brady Findlay passed for 2-point conversions both times, and the home team took a 16-0 lead into halftime.“I think we knew at halftime that we had kind of made a little bit of a breakthrough,” Wardwell said. “We just needed to pick it up from there, and we knew we’d be in good shape if we went out there in the second half and got a big-time start.”Tolmasoff gave Bucksport that “big-time start” immediately after the break as he took the second-half kickoff 75 yards to the end zone to stretch the lead to 24-0. Wardwell would then score twice more to reach a career-high four rushing touchdowns, and Findlay put the icing on the cake late in the fourth quarter with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Logan Stanley.It wasn’t the typical game for Tolmasoff, who has frequently surpassed the 200-yard and four-touchdown marks throughout his high school career. Nevertheless, he found other ways to produce for his team with a strip-fumble and interception on defense following his kickoff-return score to start the second half.Bucksport’s Luke Wardwell runs with the ball during the second half of a high school football game against Ellsworth/Sumner on Oct. 19 in Bucksport. Wardwell had a career-high four rushing touchdowns in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“It’s about finding another way to come through in every situation you’re in,” Tolmasoff said. “Not everything is going to go 100 percent your way every time, but even then, you have to battle through it and find ways to make those plays to help your teammates.”Losing to Bucksport alone didn’t end bring the season to an end for Ellsworth/Sumner, which entered the weekend in the sixth and final regional playoff position. Yet moments after the Eagles’ contest in Bucksport ended, Washington Academy put the finishing touches on an upset win over Mount View to move up to fifth place, knock Mount View down to sixth and dash the Eagles’ postseason dreams.The regular season finale produced a much brighter outlook for Bucksport, which would have dropped to third with a loss as a result of Mattanawcook Academy’s 56-8 win over Stearns/Schenck. Instead, the Golden Bucks will host the winner of Mattanawcook (6-2) and Mount View (4-4) in the regional semifinals Nov. 2.Should the Golden Bucks beat the Lynx or Mustangs in two week’s time, the team will return to the Class D North championship game for the second straight year. After finishing as regional runner-up last season, this year’s team is champing at the bit to take it a step — better yet, two steps — further.“The second season starts now,” Wardwell said. “We want to get that Gold Ball.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI. His name didn’t feature in the 27 contracts handed out by the Indian board yesterday.He last played for India during the World Cup in 2019, following which there has been suspense over his future. In 2019, he had been awarded a Grade A contract, which brings a retainer of INR 5 crore (US$700,000 approx.).Top-order batsman KL Rahul made the jump from Grade B to A this time around, getting an increment of INR 2 crore (US$280,000 approx.).While Dhoni has not played any professional cricket since the World Cup, India coach Ravi Shastri has said more than once that Dhoni could come into contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year if he does well in the IPL.Others to lose contracts were Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Khaleel Ahmed. There weren’t many other massive changes from the contracts list from last year. Test opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut in Melbourne in a delicately poised series and immediately impressed, was the big gainer, entering the list at Grade B, which comes with a retainer of INR 3 crore (US$420,000 approx.). Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had dropped to Grade C due to injuries, came back to join Agarwal in Grade B.Other new names in the contracts – as of now – included limited-overs specialists Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar. They all entered the system at Grade C, which comes with a retainer of INR 1 crore (US$140,000 approx.).The A+ grade, which includes players who feature in all three formats, remained unchanged with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retaining their INR 7 crore (US$980,000 approx.) fee. The injured Hardik Pandya, who has played only T20Is since the World Cup, retained his Grade B contract.These contracts are for October 2019 to September 2020. The total number of retainers has come down from 29 to 27. The recommendations for these contracts are made by national selectors, based on a combination of performances in the previous year and the roles players are expected to play in the contract period.If someone outside of this list gets an India cap during the period, he becomes eligible to get a Grade C contract. According to BCCI rules, a player needs to play a minimum of two matches to be eligible to earn a Grade C contract. BCCI’s central contracts list for 2019-2020Grade A+ (INR 7 cr): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahGrade A (INR 5 cr): R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, KL RahulGrade B (INR 3 cr): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank AgarwalGrade C (INR 1 cr): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari,, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

first_img Share StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) vertical has continued to grow and break new ground throughout 2017, and threatens to potentially eclipse those achievements next year. For DFS providers Oulala a number of key market expansions have been announced, with the years culmination coming at the SBC Awards, where the firm scooped Best DFS Product.Valery Bollier, CEO and co-founder of Oulala, has been speaking to SBC about 2017 and aims heading into next year, in addition to the growth of DFS and challenges posed.SBC: 2017 has been an important year for Oulala, continuing to build upon strong foundations; could you offer a review of your year? Valery Bollier: 2017 was an important year, both for the DFS industry and for Oulala, because our young sector entered a different stage of its growth. The DFS market’s life cycle follows the same rules as most markets. For the first few years, the DFS sector was in its discovery phase where only a few pioneers were cemented.The last few months of 2017 clearly showed that we are now entering the second phase of the market, that is, the extension. A number of major actors such as Sky, Paddy Power Betfair, Unibet and Betsson have entered the DFS space.Oulala has also signed into significant partnerships with iGaming and Telco operators, including Marsbet, SafariBet, Bravio Gaming and Mobimedia. Moreover, with the growing number of hot prospects that are now willing to offer DFS to their customers, we are more than confident that 2018 will see a massive extension of DFS and of our network.SBC: Considering the continuous vertical growth of DFS, how is Oulala strengthening its product and how much of a role does expansion, particularly into new markets, play? VB: We launched Oulala five years ago because we had a vision that the younger generations would no longer be interested in playing games of luck against the house. A simple look at the demographics of the customer database within our industry is a clear indication that our concern was indeed correct. However, in order to become a future leader in our space, the accurate diagnostic was merely a first step; we needed to find the winning formula, the game that would answer all of their needs with the playability that would be perfectly tailored to their evolved usage.In this situation, the key factor to success required not using our marketing skills to convince customers to adopt our game as we had done in the past with their parents, but rather to listen to them and subsequently transform our offer accordingly based on their new expectations.Oulala is a real skill game and a true social game, the two pillars upon which the younger generations have been raised. This is why we can say that DFS is the sports betting of the new generations.Nonetheless, this was far from enough, and at Oulala the customer is the boss. Therefore, we will continue to adhere to our end customers’ feedback in order to adapt our product into whatever lives up to their expectations. The remarkable thing about globalisation is that customers within the same age group generally expect to play the same type of game, wherever they may be across the globe. All things considered, it is much easier and more beneficial to keep up with the times and adapt, than to try to fight it and change it. SBC: What market challenges does DFS face now and moving forward?VB: The main issue we are currently facing is that a number of companies have begun to falsely claim to be offering a DFS game, when the truth is they are simply distorting the concept of DFS to offer a lottery game on football.DFS upholds a simple but potent promise to its customers: when playing, you will be able to prove to your friends that you know the sport better than they do. However, in order to do so, our game needs to be a real skill game, not a game of luck; otherwise, just about anyone could win.Offering DFS games that are based solely on luck means offering customers a farce and is not likely to be met with success. Rather, it may even damage the image and reputation of the DFS industry in the public’s eye. This is why it is key for us, and for future DFS legislation all around the world, to maintain a clear separation between games that are genuinely DFS and those that are simply using the term DFS as marketing bait.SBC: From ‘Best Fantasy Sports Product’ at the SBC awards 2016, to ‘Best DFS Product’ this time around, what does it mean to be continually recognised in this way?VB: In new markets, it is always difficult to distinguish which are the truly serious actors. To be the recipient of the only award in Europe that recognizes the best DFS operator twice in a row clearly indicates that Oulala is on the right path. We are still at the beginning of our journey, and we will be sure to face many great challenges in the future, however receiving this award is an incredible milestone for our entire team. It gives us even more strength to continue our entrepreneurial adventure.SBC: What does 2018 hold for Oulala and the wider DFS community?VB: 2018 should be the year when DFS becomes mainstream. IGaming operators are progressively beginning to see the limits of their current positioning. Optimising their offer for customers within the 40+ age range dangerously narrows their market and the problem is only growing. Adopting DFS is, of course, not the only move required since reshaping one’s entire offer and team is also necessary, however it is a highly significant step in the process. Oulala would thus be the perfect partner. We understand challenges operators face and we have customisable solutions that were built specifically for the industry. Oulala is creating a solid long-term bridge between the younger generations and iGaming operators.At the SBC Awards 2017, held at the HAC Artillery Garden in London, Oulala picked up the award for Best DFS Product. The firms Business Development Director Oliver Niner collected the award from the nights hosts, sports presenter Matt Lorenzo and football legend Luis Garcia, before speaking about its importance in the video below.Valery Bollier is set to be a panellist at SBC’s Betting on Football conference, held at Stamford Bridge, home of reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea FC, from March 20-23. On day one, Wednesday 21 March, DFS is set to be discussed in the Drake Suite from 12.05-12.50 under the heading ‘Fantasy’s last stand in Europe?’ Analysing whether the Russian World Cup offers the last big opportunity for fantasy sports to break into the European market. More details of the event can be found HERE. 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first_imgMartial arts club ”Tigar-Bosna” from Cazin participated at the state kick-boxing competition which was held last Saturday in Kakanj.Fighter of ”Tigar-Bosna” won 7 medals, 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. State champions are Hamza Džinović (-25kg) who also won silver medal in different category and Elma Draganović (-50 kg).Silver medals went to Nadarević Ibrahim (-37kg) and bronze medals went to Muhamed Džinović (-32 kg), Hašim Kličić (-74kg) and Haris Ružnić (-84 kg).last_img