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Most support child over gay rights: poll


first_img9News 25 June 2015Australians support the right of a child to have a mother and a father over the right of same-sex couples to get married, an opinion poll indicates.The Galaxy poll of 1200 Australians, commissioned by the Australian Marriage Forum, found three out of four respondents agreed society should try to ensure children are raised by their own mother and father.Almost 50 per cent said it was more important for a child to have a mother and a father than the right for two men to marry and create a family, while 30 per cent agreed both were equally important.Almost 20 per cent said the right of men to marry each other was more important.Forum president David van Gend told reporters in Canberra on Thursday that Australians needed to understand that legalising same-sex marriage would violate the birth right of children to have both a mother and a father.“You cannot have both,” he said.http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/06/25/11/08/aust-supports-child-over-gay-rights-polllast_img read more


Emmert addresses academics at press conference


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm Contact Dara: dkmcbrid@syr.edu | @daramcbride CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, information about who was invited to sit with President Barack Obama during the Marquette game was misstated. The Rev. Scott Pilarz, the president of Marquette University, was not invited to sit with the president. The Daily Orange regrets this error. those invited to sit next to the president during the Marquette game were misstated. The Rev. Scott Pilarz was not invited to sit next to the president. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Syracuse may be playing in the Final Four, but the academic strength of the team is still under scrutiny.NCAA President Mark Emmert opened his Final Four press conference on Thursday explaining the academic and oversight changes for the organization, according to an NCAA transcript. He then went on to defend those changes and hear questions on the academic situations at specific programs, including Syracuse.Syracuse advances to the Final Four while under a wide-ranging NCAA investigation. This is also the second season in a row where an SU player has been declared academically ineligible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEmmert said he was unable to provide any update on the Syracuse investigation or comment on specifics.During the press conference, Emmert fielded a question on whether the NCAA had the power to stop the pattern of teams coming to play while under heat for academic performance or ability to follow policy, such as Syracuse.“The fact of the matter is that the association has provided, for decades out, a level of regulatory oversight that’s had a positive impact on college sports,” Emmert said. “Are there things that go wrong out there? Of course, there are.”He went on to say the NCAA evaluation was the “best vehicle for self-governance,” which is why it will continue to be supported.Emmert himself and the quality of NCAA case investigations also came under fire during the news conference. The NCAA violated its own policies while investigating Miami (Fla.).Emmert acknowledged a mistake was made when dealing with the Hurricanes.“The Miami case is obviously a significant blow to the confidence people have in enforcement, and we’ve worked very, very hard to be as open and frank about that case,” Emmert said.Emmert also dismissed an article in USA Today that dug into Emmert’s past and how he mishandled sporting scandals at Connecticut, Louisiana State and Montana State.When Syracuse played against Marquette on Saturday, SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor was spotted sitting with Emmert and President Barack Obama. The meeting was social, said Kevin Quinn, SU vice president for public affairsQuestioning Syracuse’s academic performance during the NCAA Tournament is nothing new. During last year’s NCAA Tournament, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called out Syracuse as part of a group of schools that needed to improve academically.Academic Progress Rate is the meter used by the NCAA to track the academic performances of university athletic teams. A rate of 900 out of 1,000 is roughly equivalent to a 45-percent NCAA graduation success rate.The APR required to play in the tournament was increased from 900 to 930 in October, a change that will be in full effect in about three years. Syracuse’s men’s basketball team has an APR of 936 for the 2010-2011 academic year.As recent as the 2008-2009 academic year, Syracuse had an APR of 912. School officials have said the low score was due to players leaving Syracuse before graduation to pursue professional basketball careers.The increase in required APR had “a profound impact on coaches and on athletic programs in all the right ways,” Emmert said. He said the NCAA is seeing “some nice success in the increase” of APR for this academic year.“The data are incomplete, but when we report them out, I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised as I was when we saw the success we’re having there,” Emmert said.The NCAA typically releases its annual report on APR in June. Commentslast_img read more


Betway Launches Multi Bet Promo


first_imgBetway has been involved in many promotional activities since its entry into the Nigerian market and looks forward to introducing much more reward-based promotions in the future.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram International online sports betting platform, Betway, has announced the launch of a new promotion that will be rewarding its customers this festive season. Betway, the official partner and sponsor of the first ever Nigerian 5-a-side league, will be rewarding sports enthusiasts with mouth-watering bonuses in its Multi Bet Madness promo.Betway is giving customers the chance to supercharge their wagering with payout increases on all Multi Bets. For every Multi Bet placed this month, Betway will give a payout increase on winnings depending on the number of bets in a betslip.Country Manager Betway, Lere Awokoya said “This promotion is all about rewarding Nigerian customers during the holiday season. Betway is committed to making customers happy and satisfied at all times and one way we can do that is by frequently rewarding our loyal customers with fantastic promos.”last_img read more


Iditarod Musher Hospitalized After Vehicle Strikes Dog Team


first_imgOn Tuesday, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson was injured when a Talkeetna woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the ATV that Hendrickson’s dog team was pulling.Download AudioAlaska State Troopers received a call just before 7:30 Tuesday evening that a vehicle had struck the ATV ridden by musher Karin Hendrickson near Mile 91 of the Parks Highway. Troopers say that Mabel Quilliam of Talkeetna was driving northbound on the highway when her vehicle left the road and collided with Hendrickson’s ATV.Karin Hendrickson leaving Willow during the 2013 Iditarod. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Hendrickson was being pulled by her sled dog team on a training run. Quilliam was not reported as being injured. Hendrickson was taken from the scene by Talkeetna EMS and eventually to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Maliko Ubl is Hendrickson’s handler. She says she spoke with Hendrickson on Wednesday about her injuries.“I talked to her this morning. She sounds pretty good, but it sounds like she–something in her back is broken…and she also has a broken leg,” she said.Shortly after the accident, word spread quickly on social media. The dog team got loose as a result of the collision, and Maliko Ubl says the Willow mushing community was quick to assist in rounding them up again.“The mushing community really rallied around us and came out and helped. There were several people out with trucks and trailers, and the last dog finally showed up here, on her own, at about 6:00 this morning. She looks like she’s in really good shape.”Maliko Ubl says that only two of the dogs showed any signs of injury.“One dog, Spartan, had a pretty good laceration on his foot. And the, Fly, who has actually been Karin’s main leader up until this year…he looked like maybe he got wrapped up and drug a little bit, but no broken bones or anything like that – just some bruising and abrasions,” Ubl said.The team has been checked by a veterinarian, and Maliko Ubl says they will likely get at least a few days of rest.Early in her mushing career, Karin Hendrickson worked as a handler for Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Vern Halter. Halter says he wishes Hendrickson well, and that the accident was a result of unfortunate timing.“Karin is just exceptional. She works in Anchorage, full time job. She probably commuted home last night, got home 6:30 or 7:00…You can imagine, fifteen seconds either side of this,” Halter said.The severity of Hendrickson’s broken bones is not publicly known. She is listed in “fair” condition by Providence Alaska Medical Center. Hendrickson is signed up for the 2015 Iditarod, and has run the race six times in the past. It’s not known yet whether her injuries will keep her from her seventh attempt next March.last_img read more