Cook Islands PM rules out marriage equality

first_imgRNZI 28 April 2013The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, says his government will not be following New Zealand’s move to legalize same sex marriage. Mr Puna says the Cook Islands will not stray from its core values as a Christian nation, including its tradition of upholding the union of a man and a woman in the sight of God. The prime minister, who is currently in New Caledonia, says he respects the sanctity of marriage as provided for under Christian beliefs and faith. The Cook Islands Marriage Act 1973 was amended in 2000 to include the provision that a man may not marry another man and a woman may not marry another woman. A week ago, New Zealand’s Parliament passed a law legalising gay marriage, 77 votes to 44. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=75598last_img

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Marsha Ann back, 66, Cross Plains

first_imgMarsha Ann Back, 66, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:45pm, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at her home. She was born in Lawrenceburg on July 15, 1953 the daughter of Clifton and Thelma Knigga Deamron. She was married to Michael Back on June 29, 1973 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Michael J. (Jana) Back of Westport; two daughters Jennifer (Damon) Ralston of Versailles and Jill (Mike) Schwamberger of Greenfield; 7 grandchildren Devin and Dylan Ralston, Kyler and Colten Schwamberger, Kya and Kyson Back, and Paige Grayson; two brothers Terry (Diane) Deamron of Greenwood and Ricky (Sandy) Deamron of Greensburg; one sister Linda (Ronnie) Sniegowski of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father and mother-in-law Orville and Evalee Back. Mrs. Back was a 1971 graduate of Dillsboro High School. She was a former employee of the Belterra casino and also the Rising Star casino where she worked as a reservation clerk. She also assisted Mike on the farm and loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. Marsha was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church at Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:30am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Thomas credits knowledge gained  in recent  CPL for his century

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Devon Thomas has credited the knowledge gained in the recent Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for his current form which saw him stroke his second List A hundred in Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ victory over title-holders Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners here Wednesday.The right-hander gathered 105 as the hosts raised the curtain on the Regional Super50 with a crushing 198-run win at Warner Park.“It’s not just this innings. I learnt a lot during the Caribbean Premier League so I am just trying to take those things into my game a lot more,” said Thomas, who turned out for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the regional T20 tournament.“Playing with a few overseas players, I spoke with them and they told me what’s up – even the coaches – so I just want to put a few of things into my game and try to make them work.”He added: “It (hundred) was very special to me. I have only one List “A” hundred, so this was my second, and I am very pleased to have reached the milestone.“I have been batting pretty well from the Leeward Islands Cricket Board tournament (which preceded the Super50 Cup) and I have tried to remain in that same frame of mind.”Thomas arrived at the crease at 67 for two in the 19th over and quickly asserted control for Hurricanes, smashing 10 fours and a six in bold 93-ball knock.And by the time he departed in the penultimate over, the hosts were poised for an imposing total, eventually finishing on 292 for seven.He praised Amir Jangoo (39) and Kieran Powell (30) for laying the foundation for the innings.“They set up the game for us and for me to rotate the strike and try to start batting deep into the overs,” he pointed out.“I said to myself I wanted to bat [to] 42 overs and ended up batting [to 49 overs], but it was a good team effort from everyone and we are pleased that it all worked out in this game.”The victory ensured Hurricanes started the tournament on a winning note, though with sterner tests to come against the likes of multiple-time champions Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions.And Thomas said he would be looking to extend his form against all opposition.“It’s good. We are playing at home. We know this pitch much better than the rest of the teams, so it will be a good tournament,” he noted.“There will be challenges too, but for me this tournament I want to really stand out this year, especially since it will be my 30th birthday next week.”last_img read more

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Kenny Adams, Jr. 66, avid Crusader fan, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1948 – Jan. 25, 2015

first_imgKenny Adams Jr.Kenneth L. Adams, Jr, age 66, long time Wellington resident, died January 25, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington. Kenny was a brakeman/conductor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he retired after 38 years of service.Kenny was born on January 31, 1948 in Liberal to Kenneth L. Adams, Sr. and Beverly Jean (Hall) Adams.  He was raised in Liberal and graduated from McPherson High School with the Class of 1966.He attended Hutchinson Junior College for one year.  He then served for three years with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970.  He served two tours in Vietnam earning two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.He married Cindy K. Deschaine, the love of his life, on July 4, 1969 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington.He enjoyed everything to do with his grandkids, gardening, and being outside.  He was an avid Crusader fan.He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Steven.Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cindy Adams of Wellington; three children, Eric Adams and his wife Coni, Kelly Adams and his wife Daphne, and Mandy Thomson and her husband Shawn all of Wellington; two sisters, Marsha Blackwell and Melissa Brooks and her husband Gene all of Bartlesville, OK; eight grandchildren, Erianne, Peyton, Madison, Jaden, Mekenna, Kade Adams, Addi and Gracie Thomson; and numerous nieces and nephews.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church on, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. Father Dwight Birket and Father Andrew J. Seiler will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the Avenue of Flags and WHS.cc Scholarships in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: Starting order, pole for Monday’s postponed race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting grid for Monday’s race at Talladega, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Homestead winner Denny Hamlin had the first pit stall selection for Monday’s race at Talladega and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Talladega. Selection order from Homestead results. Draw for lineup Thursday. #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/v6lvO6YAsE— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 17, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?For the second consecutive week, a JGR driver is on the pole thanks to a random draw for starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. will roll off first at Talladega, and he will be surrounded by his own teammates.Denny Hamlin, who drew the pole for last week’s race at Homestead on his way to a victory, will join Truex on the front row to start the Talladega race. Behind them will be teammate Kyle Busch, who drew the No. 3 position, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Talladega: (UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.)The starting lineup and pole for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last four Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions. Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaThe same protocol that set the lineup for Monday’s Talladega race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule. NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The only exception will be next week’s Sunday race at Pocono, which is the second leg of a doubleheader. An front-half inversion of the results from the Saturday race will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.As for Monday’s race at Talladega, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsportslast_img read more

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