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John McCain: A maverick who matters

first_imgKnown for his sometimes-irascible demeanor and salty humor, McCain often bucked both Republican Party dogma and conventional political wisdom, earning him a reputation as a maverick. Though his independent streak could rub some people the wrong way, few have ever questioned his sacrifices and commitment to serving the nation.The Gazette spoke with Harvard-affiliated analysts about the man they know, his longtime influence, and the legacy he will leave behind.The McCain they knewDAN BALZ Chief political correspondent for The Washington Post; Institute of Politics 2017 fall fellowI think he’s operated with a different compass than many politicians do. He’s always been willing to be outspoken, to work across party lines in ways that not everybody is these days. He has an independent streak; there’s no question about that. He had a very good working relationship with Ted Kennedy. They couldn’t have been more different, but he was motivated by a desire to get some problems solved rather than always scoring political points. He can be partisan, certainly, and he would be the first to say he’s not a saint, in terms of politics. He’s not afraid to offend people, sometimes to a fault. I suppose when you’ve lived the life he lived, particularly the years in the prison camp in North Vietnam, you come out of that with a different sense of how you’ll operate than somebody who might not have that experience. I think he probably realized that all your days are short and, if you’re in a place where you can accomplish things, you ought to do whatever you can to do that.ASH CARTER U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2015‒2017; co-director of the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)I think he is regarded, certainly by me, but also by everybody else in the Defense Department I knew, as an authentic American hero and, second, as someone who has always put the institution of the Department of Defense and the U.S. military first. He holds it to high standards. He’s demanding, but integrity and accountability were important to him. There were times in which that stung, because when we made a mistake, he would be critical. But that was always fair. I have had a good personal relationship with him for many years. We had disagreements about what to do, but it was never personal. He was demanding because he thought the military of the United States of America ought to uphold up the highest standards, and he’s absolutely right.E.J. DIONNE Jr. ’73 Author; columnist for The Washington Post; William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor at Harvard Divinity SchoolThe difference between a maverick and a disrupter like [President] Trump is McCain has actually wanted to drain the swamp. One of the consistencies that’s flowed through McCain’s career is a frustration with lobbying, with big money in politics — the major reform bill over the last 20 years, McCain-Feingold, bears his name for a reason. And so while some Trump officials might want to paint McCain as “establishment,” he’s actually in many ways a more authentically anti-establishment figure than they are.Second, McCain has frustrated liberals over the years because he is essentially a very conservative man. Liberals have been frustrated with him over, for example, the war in Iraq and foreign policy. But no matter how frustrated liberals have ever been with him, there’s no one I know — other than Donald Trump — who downplays McCain’s heroism or the contributions he made to his country. In a deep way, I’m a McCain fan despite disagreements I’ve had with him over the years on certain issues, because he was authentic, and he is an authentic hero. The sacrifices he made are not a one-off; they reflect something that’s deep inside him. I’ve always liked McCain for how much the word “honor” matters to him.DAVID GERGEN, L.L.B. ’67Former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton; director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKSThe John McCain story is ultimately one of inspiration, not legislation. He did, and has, in his later years, obviously become a figure of admiration because of the leadership he’s shown on health care and other issues.He was here at the Kennedy School during the George W. Bush years. The students were curious about hearing him, but before that they just wanted to touch him. There was something that was magical about that presentation. And I think it was mostly about his heroism and the war. He was a POW, and there was the fact that the North Vietnamese knew who his father was and came to him early on to offer him a way to go home. And he said, “I’ll only go if my men go with me.”Does he have a roustabout quality to him? Absolutely. Did he have some playboy qualities to him early on? Absolutely, although I don’t remember him ever treating women dishonorably … He was a guy’s guy there for a long time. He was a fun person to go out with. Hillary Clinton loved to go out and knock down a few drinks with him.,The military watchdogJASON CHAFFETZFormer U.S. Rep. (R-Utah); IOP 2017 fall fellowHis dedication and unwavering commitment to the U.S. military, his push to make it as strong and viable as it possibly can be — he has a long record of consistency in that category. He cared about how we use our military, weapons systems that we pursue, and how we use our military overseas. How many Sunday shows has he been on talking about the problems in the Middle East or Iraq and Afghanistan, and what should the strategy be? And the way he carried himself, he’s been a perennial power.CARTER: He has influenced the department and secretaries of defense now going back several decades, so it’s not just me. First, he was a strong supporter of my efforts to reduce waste and improve the performance of the weapons-buying process. The Air Force tanker competition, which had been the largest procurement in DoD history, had been botched, and it was my job to handle that in a way that didn’t involve waste or corruption. It was a competition in which the two contenders, Boeing and Airbus, were running ads in the Washington, D.C., subways, somehow imagining that that would affect what I did. We don’t run our system that way, but I needed protection for the integrity of the procurement system, and John McCain provided that from Congress. And I’m very grateful for that.The joint strike fighter — it was a mess. When I came into the department in 2009, John was extremely critical about it. He agreed with me that it was a mess, and he was very demanding. But I welcomed that because even when he was standing over you and breathing down your neck, if you were doing the right thing, he was a tremendous source of support. Over the last eight years, nine years now, DoD never had a budget. He wanted an adequate defense budget, but he also wanted to make sure there was no waste. He was for stability in how the government conducted itself, and I was really glad of that.The foreign-policy strategistPAULA DOBRIANSKYFormer U.S. ambassador; senior fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at HKSI came to know Sen. McCain when I was undersecretary of state for global affairs. This began with his pivotal involvement in dealing with Ukraine’s 2004 flawed presidential elections. Since then, McCain has played a major role in highlighting the strategic importance of Ukraine and the need to counter Russia’s revanchist actions, including the illegal annexation of Crimea and ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine.Sen. McCain will long be remembered for his fierce and passionate defense of universal freedoms and the need to pursue a foreign policy that incorporates those core values. He has also been a tireless advocate of upholding the international rules-based order, which has preserved peace, stability, and security post-World War II.CARTER: Where McCain has been extremely influential his whole career is in the Asia Pacific. Unlike the Middle East, the Asia Pacific is America’s future. It’s half of the world’s population, it’s half of the world’s economy, and it has been peaceful, by and large — the sole exception being the Vietnam War, which was an insurgency, not a major-power war.It was America’s consistent military presence there that provided the balance wheel for the Koreans, the Japanese, the Vietnamese, the Chinese, the Indians — despite their differences among themselves, there was stability there. John McCain was one of the architects and consistent supporters of that. He traveled to the region. He would meet with the leaders there through many administrations. Administrations turn over. John McCain didn’t turn over [laughs]. So he was a sign and a symbol of American commitment to something that I thought was very important: that we remain committed to in a world where the Middle East, which is fundamentally much less consequential, grabs the headlines all the time.With respect to the war on ISIS, which is one of the principal things I had to do as secretary of defense, John was constantly prodding and pressuring the administration and President [Barack] Obama. We needed to get serious about destroying ISIS. He hauled me up, and [Gen.] Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, eight or nine times. These were difficult sessions, but I actually welcomed them because they prodded us and probed us to do more. Of course, we had a country that was tired of Iraq and tired of Syria, and we had a president who had campaigned on getting us out. But that wasn’t possible because barbarism had taken root, and people were attacking our people, and it had to stop.And so I was grateful for all those hearings. They were not pleasant, but he was doing the right thing. He was overseeing us in an area where he believed — and I shared his belief — that we had to do something and the country had to be pulled in the direction of war.The candor with the pressBALZ: He would disagree that he has always been the press’ favorite. He certainly did not feel that way about the 2008 presidential campaign [when McCain was the Republican nominee]. He felt that then-Sen. Obama got much more gentle treatment by the press than he got. But he has always been quite accessible to the press for as long as I’ve known him, which is 30 years, I guess. And particularly back in the ’80s and ’90s. McCain is the kind of person who wasn’t one to hide behind being off-the-record or anything like that. You interview him, you ask him questions, and he answers them, and generally in a forthright way.When he did the “Straight Talk Express” in New Hampshire in the late summer of ’99, he would invite reporters to ride the bus with him. He would sit in the back, and he would take questions for as long as people wanted to ask them. He didn’t go off the record much, if at all. And for reporters that’s a refreshing thing to deal with, politicians who cooperate that way. So for that reason, he got to know a lot of reporters. Reporters were friendly with him. Unlike many politicians, you didn’t have the feeling that he was constantly guarded in the way he was dealing with reporters.McCain’s got a wicked sense of humor, and often a sarcastic sense of humor, and he uses it to rib his staff and rib reporters, so there was a give-and-take that everybody enjoyed. But the more important thing is you could ask him anything and he would answer it. I remember one day, I realized I had to write a story, and so I had to get off the bus because he would go on and on and on. You’d never get any work done! Sometimes he’d say something witty or sarcastic or not perfectly politically correct.I asked him some years later: If he were running today, would he do the Straight-Talk Express, and he said no, because the nature of politics has changed, the nature of political journalism has changed, and social media magnifies any tiny misstep and overwhelms the bigger body of ideas or opinions or thoughts that a candidate has. He felt it would not work in the age of Twitter.The pick of Palin, fellow maverickBALZ: I think you could certainly draw a line from Sarah Palin to Donald Trump. He picked Palin as vice presidential nominee because they were desperate. They needed to shake up the race. And to be fair, I think McCain didn’t know her well but nonetheless saw something in her of himself. Which is to say, a maverick politician who was willing to take on the political establishment, which she did in Alaska when she ran for governor.And some of the policies that she pursued went against embedded interests. And in addition, she was a woman. All of that added up to a choice that would change perceptions of the race at a time when he desperately needed that to happen. But did his picking her lead to Trump? I don’t know. I’m not sure I would credit, or whatever, him for bringing us into the Trump era. There was a political stirring in the country, and she took advantage of the platform he gave her.DIONNE: McCain could be impulsive, he could be impatient, and I think that is one of the worst choices he made both for the country and for his own interests. But I think that also reflected the fact that even after he’d won the nomination, he still had not nailed down the right wing of his party and felt that that might do that. But it was a terrible mistake, and I suspect he regretted it.The legacy of a leader GERGEN: I do think he’s going to leave a leadership void, certainly from his generation. It’s so rare now to find anybody on Capitol Hill who will stand up as firmly as he has for what he thinks is right as opposed to what is politically convenient. I think the attacks on him by [Steve] Bannon and Trump only enlarged his reputation because he stood up to them. He’s a devout conservative, but there were a lot of liberal people standing up and saying “Thank God for John McCain.”I think he wants to go out with all flags flying. I think he’s determined to leave a mark. He’s not trying to get people to salute him or to romanticize him. Patriotism, to him, extends way beyond party. It has much more to do with country. He’s one of the few people who still believes that. I think that he’s had the most impact upon our sense of honor. In his public life, he has taken the honorable road again and again, and people admire him for that.DIONNE: I don’t think there will be anybody else like McCain. He will be remembered — some will honor him, and some will disagree with him — for his consistent hawkish foreign policy. That has been a through line of his career, that’s what he believes in, and that has been unchanging. He will be remembered as a reformer, and while the Supreme Court gutted McCain-Feingold, I don’t think we are finished with political reform. I think that when people look at the Trump years, they’ll see McCain as one of the very few in his party who was willing to take on Trump. Some of us wish he had voted against the Trump initiatives even more often. But nonetheless he was willing to be one of two, three, four Republicans in the Senate to really say, “There’s something wrong here,” and I think he’ll always be remembered for that.And I think he’ll be remembered, like Ted Kennedy, as representing an earlier time when party divisions did not lead people to an utter disrespect for the other side — not just “regular order,” but basic decency for the people you disagree with.These interviews have been edited for clarity and length. There are few people who can say they’ve spent a lifetime, more than 60 years, in service to the United States.John McCain is one of them.Like his father and grandfather, who were both admirals, McCain, 81, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and then he went into combat during the Vietnam War. A decorated pilot, he flew bombing missions until the North Vietnamese shot down his plane over Hanoi.For 5½ years, McCain was held captive under brutal conditions, and tortured. He was released in 1973. After retiring from the Navy because of permanent injuries from his imprisonment, McCain entered politics in 1982. He served two terms in the U.S. House before winning election in 1986 to the U.S. Senate, where he has served six terms representing Arizona. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000 and was the Republican Party’s nominee in 2008.Last July, McCain announced that he had glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been in and out of the hospital undergoing treatment ever since. In an excerpt from an upcoming memoir, he announced this week that this will be his final term in the Senate. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared.” — Sen. 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Twilight Tour

first_imgOrganic and sustainable agriculture experts from the University of Georgia will host their fifth annual Organic Twilight Tour on Thursday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Durham Horticulture Farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia.Admission is free and open to the public. Watermelon will be served. The open house is a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about some of the newest research being conducted on the 90-acre farm, where the college’s organic trial plots are located. Researchers and students will give talks and describe demonstration plots where the latest organic cultivation practices are tested.”The event is a wonderful way to visit with faculty and students working with organic production and to actually see their work. There isn’t a set tour, so you can come and see what you want. Even if you’ve come before, there is always something new,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Past Organic Twilight Tours have attracted more than 100 visitors to the Durham Horticulture Farm.This year’s demonstration topics include: The 2016 Organic Twilight Tour is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Organics and Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education).For more information about sustainable agriculture from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see For more information about the tour, contact Jessica Cudnik at or 706-542-8084. Small farm equipment — Learn about the kinds of irrigation and different types of equipment used on UGA’s organic production plots.High tunnels — High tunnels can help extend the growing season and improve the quality of many crops, but they aren’t a panacea. Researchers will share their experiences with organic high tunnel production and answer questions about growing under plastic.Nitrogen from cover crops — Cover crops have many benefits, including providing nitrogen. Refer to UGA Extension’s Nitrogen Availability Calculator, which helps farmers know how much nitrogen is provided by different cover crops.Squash diseases — Squash is a favorite for farmers market and farm-to-table growers. Researchers are testing several varieties and techniques to help farmers maximize the yields of this farmer’s market favorite.Organic watermelon production — Watermelons are about a $134 million business Georgia but very little of that production is sustainable. Researchers are developing cultivars, growing practices and marketing strategies that could help interested melon farmers grow organically.Apple management — Fruit experts from around Georgia offer strategies for organic production from apple trees.last_img read more

7 in 10 workers would quit for this perk

first_imgWhat workers value in a job may not be what you expect. At least 70% of employees would quit their current position for more flexible work arrangements elsewhere, including the chance to work from home more often, according to a new survey from IT consulting firm Softchoice.“We found most people really value the freedom to customize their workday—to be able to run an errand, schedule an appointment, or pick up their kids from school, and catch up on work when it suits them,” said David MacDonald, president and CEO at Softchoice, in the press release. “Organizations that enable that kind of flexibility have become highly desirable places to work.”In fact, 62% of workers think they’re more productive working outside the office, according to the survey. And 61% of employees prefer to break up an eight-hour workday over a longer day, rather than a single chunk of time. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

David Luiz sends message to Chelsea team-mates over Europa League bid

first_imgDavid Luiz sends message to Chelsea team-mates over Europa League bid Will Sarri win the Europa League? (Picture: Getty Images)However, they will claim a place in the Champions League if they triumph in the Europa League and the experienced Luiz gave his fellow squad members some tips of how to succeed.AdvertisementAdvertisementTo understand we have to be ready for every single moment,’ the 31-year-old told the club’s official site.‘Bad moments can arrive, emotional moments can arrive, hard moments can arrive, and we have to be ready for that. To win a tournament is not just flowers.‘I have learned a lot in my career, and football is nice because there is always something new, and you also have to be ready for that!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Mar 2019 2:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link480Shares Luiz is hoping for more glory (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)David Luiz has enjoyed great success with Chelsea in Europe in the past – and he has offered some advice to his team-mates in order to replicate that joy this season.The Brazilian centre-half won both the Europa League and Champions League in back-to-back years earlier in his career and hopes to add a third European trophy to his collection.Chelsea have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they will take on Slavia Prague, and there is potentially added importance weighing on the competition given their struggles in the Premier League.Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently sixth in the English top flight, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and face a fight to return to Europe’s premier competition through the league.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

PFA say Premier League players must ‘share financial burden’ but call on clubs to keep paying them during coronavirus hiatus

first_img PFA statement in full This is an extremely challenging and worrying time for our country, and the world, as we all try to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. Our admiration and thanks are with the NHS and all keyworkers who are keeping our country going at this very difficult time.Football, of course, faces its own challenges. As this is an ever-moving situation, our staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes on this unprecedented crisis to address the needs of the players, while considering the clubs and the wider industry. Our initial response to the outbreak was to focus solely on the health and safety of players, club staff and the fans. We circulated advice and recommendations to all players and clubs regarding best practice at the training ground, and as the outbreak progressed, we then voiced the player’s concerns to the leagues which resulted in training being suspended at all clubs.We wanted to ensure the necessary steps were taken to ensure football was taking responsibility to do its part in reducing the potential for spreading the virus. It was quickly obvious that the wider implications of the pandemic were more important than football.Understandably, with the season subsequently on hiatus, the players’ and clubs’ financial positions then became a priority issue.We had an initial meeting with the Premier League and EFL on Monday 23rd March. At this point, our attention was mainly focused on EFL players – particularly League One and League Two – as their need was most urgent. Here, a significant number of players are employed on a relatively short-term basis, with 12-month contracts and salaries closer to the national average. As such, many of these players will have contracts ending in June. These are often people with young families, for whom their immediate financial position is uncertain.As the month progressed, we saw first-hand correspondence from multiple EFL clubs telling players that they needed to immediately sign paperwork in order to receive March’s salary. In several instances, this was sent the day before the squads were due to be paid. Players were being asked to agree to a range of terms including furloughs, deferrals and, in some cases, pay cuts. For some, this constituted a legal change to their contract that would have standing beyond the resumption of football. As the players’ union, we have a duty of care to our members and advised that players should not sign any contractual amendments, particularly when being put under significant pressure, without being fully informed. In addition, there was no consistency from clubs with regard to wording and the terms being offered. This meant the PFA was dealing with a high number of differing cases in a short space of time. Contrary to some press reports the PFA has never stated that it will block all wage deferrals. What we have sought to put in place is a structured and unified approach to ensure a fair response across the leagues.To address this, we called for an urgent meeting with the Premier League and EFL – which took place on Friday 27th March. The PFA’s primary aim was to ensure that wages for EFL players were protected for that month, this was agreed.In addition, a timetable was established to collectively use early April, to reach considered decisions and solutions, with a view for any potential changes and reductions to salaries coming into effect on April’s payroll. Talks on this basis are ongoing.Each club’s financial standing will vary. We are aware of the public sentiment that the players should pay non-playing staff’s salaries. However, our current position is that – as businesses – if clubs can afford to pay their players and staff, they should. The players we have spoken recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society. In instances where clubs have the resources to pay all staff, the benefit of players paying non-playing staff salaries will only serve the business of the club’s shareholders. We understand the severity of the situation and the challenges that clubs from all divisions face. We have requested, via the leagues, that clubs provide us with information about their financial position, so that we can make informed decisions for the future – both immediate and long-term.While we have a remit to protect our members, throughout our history, we have also done our utmost to protect the wider game. There are a large number of clubs within English football who would simply no longer exist without the PFA’s support. We have often been the organisation to pick up the pieces when clubs hit financial difficulty. We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game. Our advice going out to players at this point reflects that expectation.In addition, the PFA is also expecting to contribute financially to any solutions agreed upon.Like everyone else in the country, we are trying to deal with a situation that has never been faced. Our spirits have been lifted seeing communities come together to support each other. We have been proud to see many of our own members and clubs step up to support the NHS, to help children who would usually benefit from free school meals, donating to food banks and other charitable donations to those affected by this crisis. Much of this has been done privately and without publicity.We are hoping to reach an agreement with the Premier League and EFL that secures the long-term future of the clubs and protects players.As an industry, we are in discussions with clubs and players to identify the support we can give to our country during this difficult time.Courtesy of Phil HaighThursday 2 Apr 2020 9:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shares Advertisement Comment Premier League players must be flexible during the coronavirus crisis, say the PFA (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) say that Premier League players must be ‘flexible and share the financial burden’ of the coronavirus crisis clubs should continue to pay them in full if they can afford it.There has been some controversy over Premier League clubs placing non-playing members of staff on furlough during the coronavirus hiatus of sporting action, while continuing to pay the enormous wages of their players.Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth have all trodden this path, but it looks like the situation will change in the near future.Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday called on Premier League players to ‘take a pay cut and play their part’ and now the PFA have admitted that players will have to make sacrifices.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPart of their lengthy statement on Thursday read: ‘We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game.’ Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveHowever, the PFA also made it clear that clubs should continue to pay their players in full for now, if they can afford to do so.The organisation stated: ‘We are aware of the public sentiment that the players should pay non-playing staff’s salaries. However, our current position is that – as businesses – if clubs can afford to pay their players and staff, they should. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The players we have spoken recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society. ‘In instances where clubs have the resources to pay all staff, the benefit of players paying non-playing staff salaries will only serve the business of the club’s shareholders.’Talks are ongoing between the PFA and Premier League to resolve the situation.center_img MORE: Premier League footballers should ‘play their part’ and take a pay cut, Hancock saysMORE: Harry Kane offers drastic Premier League solution and sets deadline before season is scrappedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. PFA say Premier League players must ‘share financial burden’ but call on clubs to keep paying them during coronavirus hiatus Advertisementlast_img read more

New word proposed to embrace same-sex marriage

first_imgThe Australian 30 Jan 2013Renaming gay marriage as “sarriage” would end divisions over marriage equality, New Zealand’s parliament has been told in a quirky submission on marriage equality legislation.The government administration committee heard a mix of views on Wednesday, including from Russell Morrison, who is concerned the bill will give the word “marriage” more than one meaning.“There are already too many words in our language with multiple meanings and I don’t believe that we should be adding to that situation,” he said.   He says the words “marry” and “marriage” are understood to refer to a man and a woman, so he’s come up with his own solution to avoid any confusion: “sarry” and “sarriage”.   “Then a person can be asked whether he or she is married or sarried, and the response will make the situation clear for everybody.”.  . . Mr Morrison said MPs may have already dismissed it as a “crackpot idea”, perhaps because they don’t like the word or because they don’t think it’s up to parliament to introduce new words into language.   “If that’s the case, I have to ask whose role that is, and why shouldn’t parliament do so if it sees the need?” he said.   “If you don’t like the word, by all means use something else. But if you actually try saying it for a little while over and over it doesn’t actually sound so out of place.” read more

Male Dog-Found

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van Aert wins stage seven as Yates retains yellow jersey

first_img(BBC) – Wout van Aert won stage seven of the Tour de France in a sprint finish as Britain’s Adam Yates retained the leader’s yellow jersey.The Belgian, who also won stage five, got the better of his sprint rivals at the end of a blustery 168km ride from Millau to Lavaur.The Jumbo-Visma rider edged out Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen and Frenchman Bryan Coquard.Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates was ninth and stays at the head of the standings.An eventful stage had started with Bora-Hansgrohe setting a punishing early pace on the first categorised climb of the day up the Cote de Luzencon, to scatter the peloton.And while that succeeded in helping Slovakia’s Peter Sagan reclaim the green jersey from Ireland’s Sam Bennett, it also ensured a thrilling finale to the stage.With a number of the sprint favourites distanced, the battle at the top of the general classification developed over the last 40km when crosswinds caused splits in the leading group.Tadej Pogacar and Mikel Landa both lost over a minute though Yates survived a potentially dangerous moment on the outskirts of Castres to bridge across as Ineos Grenadiers upped the tempo at the front.“We were expecting an easy day today but Bora had other ideas,” Yates said.“We rode full gas from start to finish; it was a hard day for everybody. I wasn’t too anxious really, just a few moments where you had to be in position because of the wind.“It was not too crazy but enough to split the bunch, so you had to be in position.”‘It was always hectic’One rider who always appears to be well placed is van Aert, whose primary assignment was to act as a chaperone to team-mates Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin.The 25-year-old has already exhibited his climbing and sprinting credentials in this edition of the race and timed his final effort to perfection to pip Boasson Hagen on the line.“I’m really proud of it,” van Aert said. “It was straight from the gun really hard. It was a very impressive stage from Bora-Hansgrohe, they were flat out from the first kilometre and made sure a lot of the sprinters were dropped.“It was always hectic because everyone feared the crosswinds. At the end we saw it was worth it to put a lot of energy into the positioning. I was with Primoz the whole day in the front so it was a good day for the team.“A lot of the GC favourites lost time and I could finish it off as well.”While Ineos’ Richard Carapaz dropped off the leading group with a puncture, his team-mate and defending champion Egan Bernal was also a beneficiary of the late drama, taking the white jersey for the best young rider from Pogacar.“In the finale, we saw the opportunity and we took advantage of it to split the bunch,” said Bernal.“The Tour de France is also won in stages like this one. You have to use all terrains. My team did a perfect job.”The race now moves on to the Pyrenees today with the 141km rollercoaster route from Cazeres-sur-Garonne to Loudenvielle.Stage seven results:1. Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo Visma) 3hrs 32mins 03secs2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/NTT Pro Cycling) Same time3. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)4. Christophe Laporte (Fra/Cofidis)5. Jasper Stuyen (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)6. Clement Venturini (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)7. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra/Israel Start-Up Nation)8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers)9. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)General classification after stage seven1. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 30hrs 36mins 00secs2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +3secs3. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +9secs4. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +13secs5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Same time6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic)7. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)8. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling)last_img read more

Jim Boeheim on Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances: ‘It’s up to them’

first_imgWASHINGTON — Jim Boehiem has made a habit of not talking about his team’s NCAA Tournament chances. After all, as he says “It’s up to them. I don’t know what they’re going to do. You don’t know.”But in typical Boehiem fashion, he still found a workaround way to campaign for his team’s NCAA Tournament chances despite its 72-71 loss to Pittsburgh in SU’s first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The loss pushed the Orange to 19-13 and SU lost its 10th conference game in 19 tries.“I know we’ve beaten four teams in the top 30 or 35 in the country,” Boeheim said. “We’ve beaten eight teams in the top 100. If there’s teams better than that, so be it. We’ll see what happens.”More Coverage Syracuse loses 72-71 heartbreaker to Pittsburgh in ACC tournament Bracketologist Patrick Stevens on Syracuse’s Tournament chances: ‘I’m going to lean out at this point’ Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther flip script on Pittsburgh’s formula to beating Syracuse Frank Howard plays extended minutes and makes a costly mistake in loss to Pittsburgh Published on March 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 The NCAA Tournament was a prevalent, yet touchy subject in Syracuse’s postgame press conference and locker room. Before Malachi Richardson was even asked a question, he asked the reporters to please not ask him anything about the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s not up to us. It’s not up to any of us,” Syracuse guard Frank Howard said. “I believe we have a good shot. I know we could definitely make something happen.”When Michael Gbinije was asked if he thought the team should be in, he smiled and said, “I’m not going to say no.”Dajuan Coleman shrugged off addressing the topic.“I have no idea about any of that,” He said. “We’re just taking it day by day.”Still, the Orange must sit and wait for another four days. Selection Sunday on CBS starts exactly 100 hours after the Orange lost to the Panthers. And for Syracuse, it will be a very long 100 hours.“It’s going to be tough,” Trevor Cooney said before repeating himself. Just got to get through it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

US Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling Party

first_imgIvory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been dropped from the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) squad for their US tour to further put his future with the club in doubt.Aurier has been linked with a move to several clubs this summer and PSG has moved to immediately strengthen his right-back position with the with the signing of Daniel Alves on a free transfer.Last summer’s acquisitions Hatem Ben Arfa and Grzegorz Krychowiak were also omitted from the team with both sides facing an uncertain future at the former French champions.French forward Hatem Ben Arfa joined PSG after an impressive season at OGC Nice but didn’t recapture that form last season and is expected to leave Parc des Princes this term. Polish midfield destroyer Krychowiak is almost certain to leave too having failed to nail down a starting berth. The former Sevilla man started just seven French Ligue 1 matches in his first season with Unai Emery’s men.During their US tour, PSG will play European heavyweights AS Roma, Tottenham and Juventus in Detroit, Orlando and Miami respectively in the International Champions Cup (ICC).January transfer signing Julian Draxler won’t travel to the US with the squad as well. He has been granted extra leave after he led Germany to victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia earlier this month. Relatedlast_img read more