Stuff.co.nz 24 January 2014Almost a third of the same-sex couples married in New Zealand since the law was changed last year are Australian, official figures show.There were 361 same-sex marriages from August 19, 2013, when the law change was enacted, to December 19, figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show.That included 202 New Zealand couples, registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages Jeff Montgomery said.“We are seeing continued national and international interest by same-sex couples in getting married in New Zealand,” Montgomery said.“We expect the number of same-sex weddings to increase during the summer wedding season.”The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act enabled couples to marry regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.Marriage is now defined as “the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9647401/Australians-jump-at-Kiwi-marriage
Football union boss Gordon Taylor has disputed reports that three out of five former Premier League players go bankrupt. A report in The Independent refers to research by XPro, a charity for ex-players, suggesting that three out of five Premier League players declare bankruptcy within five years of retirement, figures Taylor disputes. He said: “The fact is, as regards them going bankrupt, it’s nothing like those figures (three out of every five).” Taylor believes advisers and some agents are drawn by high salaries paid to players and many are badly advised. Taylor added: “I have to be careful what I say about agents, but they are there during the good times and they’re a bit like butterflies in the bad times. All the players come on to the PFA for advice when things have gone badly wrong. “It is about saving, it’s about being sensible, it’s about being careful, it’s about not expecting to have the same lifestyle. It’s not everybody that can adapt. That exit strategy is quite important.” Taylor pointed to former player Paul Gascoigne who has struggled to cope since retiring from the game and suffered with alcoholism and health problems. Taylor said players should take PFA courses on work in the media and other trades as alternative employment as not all would find jobs as managers or coaches. Press Association But Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, has warned players they need to plan for the future to avoid financial difficulties later on. Taylor believes the number of ex-players going bankrupt is somewhere between 10 and 20 percent and wants players to look to organisations like the PFA before they encounter problems. Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Footballers, with very few exceptions, aren’t going to earn as much money when they finish playing. We encourage young players to save for the future, for when they retire.”
The FA said in a statement: “The FA can confirm that no action can be taken against Wigan’s Callum McManaman retrospectively following his side’s game against Newcastle United on Sunday 17 March 2013. “Following consultation with the game’s stakeholders (the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association, Professional Game Match Officials Limited and the National Game) in the summer, it was agreed that retrospective action should only be taken in respect of incidents which have not been seen by the match officials. “Where one of the officials has seen a coming together of players, no retrospective action should be taken, regardless of whether he or she witnessed the full or particular nature of the challenge. This is to avoid the re-refereeing of incidents. “In the case of Callum McManaman, it has been confirmed that at least one of the match officials saw the coming together, though not the full extent of the challenge. In these circumstances retrospective action cannot be taken. The principal objective behind the not seen policy is to address off-the-ball incidents where match officials are unlikely to be in a position to witness misconduct.” Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias expressed disappointment at the FA’s decision and said the club would make approaches to change the disciplinary process. He said in a statement: “We are disappointed to learn that the FA is not going to charge the Wigan player. It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose. Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara.” The FA confirmed that Newcastle’s assistant manager John Carver and Wigan coach Graham Barrow have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a clash at half-time in Sunday’s match at Wigan. They have until 4pm on Friday to respond to the FA charge. Wigan forward Callum McManaman has escaped any retrospective action from the Football Association following his studs-up challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara. Press Association The FA confirmed that the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials – even though referee Mark Halsey was unsighted – meaning that retrospective action cannot be taken. Haidara suffered potentially serious knee ligament damage after the challenge by 21-year-old McManaman, but no action was taken against the Wigan player during the match.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is undergoing further assessment on an ankle injury that could jeopardise his World Cup spot. The 22-year-old exploded on to the international stage in October, netting on his England debut against Montenegro before helping overcome Poland as Roy Hodgson’s men secured a place in Brazil. However, Townsend has not enjoyed the best end to the campaign and last started a Premier League match in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on March 16. That lack of game time has seen his World Cup hopes weaken and, worse still, the winger sustained an ankle injury after coming on 12 minutes from time in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke. Townsend left the Britannia Stadium in a protective boot and underwent an MRI scan on Monday, with further assessments set for Tuesday. The Spurs academy graduate has made 33 appearances in all this term, having impressed on loan at QPR at the back end of last season. Press Association
A QUARTER-MILE showdown to end all the grumblings from the most recent International Drag race will take place on October 20.Dubbed the 1320 Heat rematch, Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) announced the event yesterday with the aim of putting to rest all debates for the fastest cars in the respective classes.According to GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed, “We, at GMR&SC, have been monitoring our chats and we see there are a lot of guys who still feel that something or another went wrong on August 25 at our international drag race meet.”“So as a committee, we have decided to hold the 1320 rematch on October 20 to put all the squabbling aside and to sort whatever remaining issues there are.”He noted that the club is toying with the idea of allowing grudge match runs but that decision will be made in the coming days.Meanwhile, GMR&SC president did not mince words with several classes, calling on teams to put their act together or risk being cut.“The slower classes, the 16- and 15-second competitors gave us a hard time at the last meeting and to be honest, if they do not pull themselves together then we risk cutting them from the next event.”“It’s not something we as a club want to do – deny competitors the chance to race, but we’ve found that these guys tend to give the team on the ground the most trouble to locate. Sometimes we make it to the finals and some of these same guys that failed to turn up to the line, appear and claim they had not been given the chance to race.”He noted that on several occasions, competitors are sitting on their cars on the outskirts of the Launchpad but aren’t coming to the line because they are sometimes trying to skirt their way into the next round.“Whether we disqualify on the spot or cut the entire class is something for the committee to discuss moving forward.”Further details surrounding the event, including admission and sponsors, will be released in the coming days, according to Mohamed.
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Published on March 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Julie Deutsch’s name was misspelled. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Syracuse basketball may not be the top ranked team in the country, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from featuring New York’s College Team on one of its covers for the NCAA Tournament preview.Sports Illustrated released the photograph on Twitter on Tuesday morning, spotlighting Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams among a slew of orange-clad Syracuse University students.The magazine contacted SU Athletics’ communications office about the photo, said Ben Glidden, president of Otto’s Army. The communications office then put the task in the hands of Otto’s Army, which selected group members who commonly support SU’s teams, he said. They specifically looked for students who had camped out for the Feb. 23 game against Georgetown.“I really wanted them to kind of reward the people who have given a lot to Otto’s Army over the semester,” Glidden said. “The people who attend the meetings, the people who camp out, things like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven though the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on a Sports Illustrated cover enticed many, the timing of the shoot was still inconvenient for some, he said.As a result, members of Otto’s Army had to search last minute for students inside Sadler Hall, located adjacent to the Carrier Dome, to fill out the photo, Glidden said.“The commitment was pretty long, and it was right in the middle of a school day, so we got a bunch of people rounded up, and unfortunately, not everyone that we got was able to make it,” Glidden said. “So with a dorm right there, a few of our board members took the initiative and headed on over.”Trish Kilgannon, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major, was invited to be in the photo by Glidden because she had camped out to see the Georgetown game. She said seeing her photo on the cover Tuesday morning was a remarkable experience.“I was very excited (Tuesday) morning,” Kilgannon said. “We didn’t know exactly when it would be coming out. My friend saw it on Twitter and sent me the picture, and I quickly sent it to everyone I knew.”The release of the photo comes two weeks to the day the photo was taken. Although 50 students participated in the shoot, several were cut off by the Sports Illustrated banner at the top of the magazine.That wasn’t the case for Julie Deutsch, a senior information management and technology major who stood next to Carter-Williams in the photo.Deutsch said she went to the shoot with a friend. When she arrived, she asked the magazine representative if she and her friend could be Carter-Williams’ “right- and left-hand women,” to which the representative agreed.The cover is one of four that Sports Illustrated will showcase this week. Each cover features student supporters from a different school. The three other schools are Indiana, Gonzaga and Kansas, all of which were selected as No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse was the only No. 4 seed featured on a cover.With the tournament still days away, Deutsch said she was surprised Sports Illustrated released the photo on Tuesday.“I thought it was coming out next week,” she said. “And then when I saw it on the Facebook page of Syracuse University, and my friends texting me, and my friend got the Sports Illustrated delivered and he was surprised to see me. It was just awesome. It was so funny to me. I can’t believe that I’m actually on the cover.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on November 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass B.J. Johnson often guards C.J. Fair in practice, but he said that’s not his toughest matchup.That would be Trevor Cooney.On Friday, in Syracuse’s 79-41 shellacking of Division II Holy Family, SU fans got a glimpse of what Johnson was talking about. Cooney finished an efficient 3-of-4 from downtown and looked smooth coming off of screens.“Everybody was bashing Trev last year,” Johnson said, “but whatever he did last year, he’s not doing that no more.”On Syracuse’s second possession, Cooney caught a pass from Rakeem Christmas and gave the Orange its first points of the exhibition season with a 3-pointer. He said he felt comfortable from the get-go and that hitting his first shot helped him play without thinking.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeventy-two seconds later, Cooney swished another. This one came from the right side and extended SU’s lead to 8-0.He came off screens crisply all night, including on designed out-of-bounds plays. Syracuse’s big men made a concerted effort to set off-ball picks for him to scurry around. His stroke looked smooth.“I wasn’t worried about my shot or anything,” Cooney said.Cooney shot 27 percent from beyond the arc and 32 percent overall last season. Orange fans criticized him and called him overrated. But Friday, Cooney showed he had made significant strides in the offseason.At Atlantic Coast Conference media day, Boeheim said Cooney has been knocking down more shots in practice this year. He’s shooting in practice like he did his redshirt year, instead of how he did during a bumpy, mediocre freshman season.Cooney said he tries to do the opposite of whatever the defense does. Holy Family played a packed-in 2-3 zone. The Tigers only have two players who are 6 feet 8 inches or taller, which paved the way for wide-open looks for Cooney.The sample size was small, but Cooney delivered.“I think he improved a lot,” SU big man DaJuan Coleman said. “He’s a totally different player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project received $3.25 million in grants Monday to fund a cutting-edge research study aimed at measuring the influence of social media and understanding the audience draw.“People are analyzing their work by looking at counting page views, likes on Facebook, followers on twitter, retweets, etc. [and] trying to figure out if their film or their television show or their opinion piece or any kind of journalism actually made an impact,” said Adam Rogers, the Norman Lear Center’s project specialist. “Those measurements show how many people saw something or looked at something, but that’s not the same as the outcome or the impact. [What] we are doing is going to take this to the next level to actually look at the engagement and the impact statistics as well.”The funds for this research, which come from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be distributed over the next two and a half years as specialists from different disciplines come together to contribute to the investigation.These specialists include Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Carl Kesselman, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism lecturer Dana Chinn and Norman Lear Center Managing Director and Director of Research Johanna Blakley.“When we get these people together from across disciplines to really look at the issue of the media in a way that nobody has looked at it in the same way before,” Rogers said. “Hopefully we can get lots of students involved from across different disciplines of the entire university.”Rogers said the Media Impact Project distinguishes Annenberg as an institution at the forefront of research on an international level.“This particular project we are kind of setting up as the global hub for this type of metric analysis, and its really doing something that nobody else is doing well,” Rogers said.Max Schwartz, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism, said this project will not only have a huge impact on the school as a whole, but the professional careers of its students.“It sets [our school] apart because it allows us to go deeper than just content,” Schwartz said. “It allows us to see what the content leads to and the impact of the content, which is something that will make us. I think that, ultimately, that will be part of the future of our profession.”Though the project is still in its early stages, Rogers said this only adds to the excitement for the possible opportunities for the students and the school.“The first step will be identifying interested student workers who can come in and work on our social media and our engagement in helping indentify the types of projects that are out there to work with,” Rogers said. “Any students who have experience and want to gain experience in the type of statistical analysis that we are doing that is cutting edge that nobody else is doing. This will be an incredible opportunity for them to gain that experience.”
The SoCal VoCals, USC’s oldest a cappella group, performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a holiday reception for members of the White House staff and their families over winter break.According to SoCal VoCals President Jonathan von Mering, one of the main reasons the group was selected was their excellent track record in collegiate a cappella competition.“We compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella,” von Mering said. “We’ve won it four times since 2008, and then we were invited this fall by the White House Social Office to sing at a holiday reception.”In order to afford to travel to Washington, D.C., the SoCal VoCals presented to USG to see if they would be able to fund their trip. Professional Funding Board Director Christian Edwards noted that the determination and strong communication of the SoCal VoCals was crucial to figuring out the logistics of getting them to the White House.“They made it very clear that they were very determined and passionate about what they were doing and you can’t pass up a unique opportunity like this,” Edwards said.Myles Nuzzi, the president of the SoCal VoCals last semester, was the one who presented to USG about what the SoCal VoCals’ plans were to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity into reality.“Their presentation was absolutely stellar, unique and outstanding,” Edwards said. “When Myles initially contacted me his initial enthusiasm was great for what he saw this would be for the SoCal VoCals and what this could do for their future in terms of the unique opportunity it offered.”Nuzzi elaborated that he felt that the SoCal VoCals performing at the White House validated them as professional musicians instead of just a group of college students.“I think that performing at the White House shows that we are not just a college group but a professional vocal group,” Nuzzi said. “While we are a collegiate group, we treat ourselves as a professional business of musicians and once someone sees that we performed at the White House people will understand”The audience aided the set itself, which consisted of Christmas carols and other holiday songs. The White House staff and their families managed to keep a professional performance lighthearted and fun.“It’s a professional setting but it was also really fun because it was a party for the staff and their families,” Nuzzi said. “So there were little kids dancing and singing along with us. We were able to have a good time while treating it like a professional performance.”According to Becky Yim, a freshman majoring in philosophy who just joined the SoCal VoCals last fall, getting the chance to perform for the Obamas set a high bar for the rest of her USC experience.“Definitely as a new student, I did not expect to look back on my first semester and be like ‘Wow I met the president of the United States.’ That’s pretty cool.”And even on the other side of the country the SoCal VoCals were able to see members of the Trojan Family making an impact in the White House.“The person basically running the whole show was a USC grad, and [the White House staffer] had told [President Obama], ‘You should tell them to ‘Fight On.’ They’ll love that’,’ Nuzzi said. “So he comes in and says ‘Looks like there’s a couple of Trojans in here!’ And we thought ‘He knows!’ Then at the end [Obama] told us to ‘Fight On’ and gave us the ‘Fight On’ sign. It was kind of cool that we go across the country and a USC grad is running the show and interacting with Obama.”