Should same-sex marriage become legal in New Zealand?

first_imgMassive Magazine (The Voice of Massey University Students) 17 Feb 2012The state has no authority to reinvent marriage Bob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZThe state did not invent marriage. It has no authority to re-invent it. Marriage is not a state invention. It is instructed by nature, reinforced by religion and normally protected by the state. Marriage is a universal and natural social practice.  Every culture has had some institution that resembles what we know as marriage associated with procreation. Every society needs marriage. Marriage is the only institution we have that creates an area of social reality independent of state control. The legalisation of same-sex marriage would turn the most intimate of human relationships into a legal and political construct.People should be allowed to love and decide for themselves Jimmy Jansen – Uni-Q Wellington“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination” (Leviticus, 18:22).Thank God the Old Testament is not legally binding. Homosexuality, despite being a mortal sin, is not a demonic manifestation of personal corruption or parental negligence, but a naturally occurring sexual preference expressed through sex and character. In a contemporary world, marriage, though laced in moral, religious and legal implications (ask any divorcee), is an expression of love. Gay marriage is no different and should not only be legalised, but celebrated.http://www.massivemagazine.org.nz/blog/2012/02/17/should-sam-sex-marriage-become-legal-in-new-zealand/last_img read more

Landry brothers face off

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCarl and Marcus Landry grew up playing basketball against each other in their Milwaukee backyard, but Wednesday was the first time the Landry brothers actually went head-to-head in an official game, when Marcus and the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers hosted Carl’s Purdue Boilermakers.“We played against each other in the summers in little community games or whatever,” Carl, Purdue’s senior forward, said at Big Ten Media Day. “But in an organized game, this is the first time.“I was very excited — I had it scheduled on my calendar.”Coming into the game, there was plenty of trash talk going back and forth between the two brothers, especially after last year’s matchup was postponed with Marcus declared academically ineligible and Carl taking a medical redshirt due to an injured knee. And although Carl wants to be a supportive big brother, he had simply heard enough of his little brother Marcus’ yapping leading up to Wednesday night’s contest.“Being the younger brother, Marcus likes to talk,” Purdue’s Landry said. “The younger brother always thinks he’s tougher than the older brother, and when I went home this summer for a few days, all I heard from Marcus was, ‘We going to beat y’all, we going to do this, we going to do that.’”While the Landry brothers weren’t primarily guarding each other, Carl did show up his younger sibling by scoring 16 points on 50 percent shooting and grabbing six rebounds. However, it was Marcus who got the last laugh as he chipped in four points and five rebounds to help Wisconsin squeak by Purdue 69-64.“The little time they had on each other, you could tell they were trying to take it at each other,” Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker said. “But Marcus definitely has the bragging rights now that we won.”In the second half, Marcus found himself guarding his brother just once after a defensive switch. And Marcus made the most of the lone defensive matchup, swatting his big brother’s potential dunk.But even though neither of the Landry brothers threw down a single dunk in the game, Carl said dunking is at the heart of their rivalry.“We would have dunk contests in our backyard all the time,” Carl said. “Marcus was always the kind of guy who said, ‘Come on, man. Dunk. Show me your dunk.’ And me being the oldest, I was just like, ‘Whatever, get out of here.’“He was always challenging me, and if I ever did compete with him in a real dunk contest, I don’t even know who would win. …If I did win, he would still say he won just because he’s the younger brother.”During their childhood backyard-dunk contests, Carl said he always beat up on Marcus.“Growing up, you always bully your brother,” he said. “You know, dunk on him, punch him in the stomach.”Many fans, players and even coaches looked forward to Wednesday’s Wisconsin-Purdue game just because of the Landry brothers matchup.“I think it’s something that’s unique, anytime you get a chance to go against your brother and compete like this,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “Especially for Carl, coming back to the state of Wisconsin and being able to perform.“It’s got to be a little bit eerie for them, but I think a lot of fans like to see it.”The matchup wasn’t just eerie for Carl and Marcus, however. It was also rather awkward for the approximately 50 Landry friends and family who were in attendance, stuck in the middle of cheering for either Carl’s Boilermakers or Marcus’ Badgers.“It’s crazy because my mom said when she comes to the game, she’s going to wear a Wisconsin hat and a Purdue shirt,” Carl said. “And when Marcus scores, it’s two claps and when I score, it’s two claps. She can’t cheer more for one son than the other.“But it’s really just an honor for both my mother and my father to have two sons playing against each other.”last_img read more

AI-based Wiraya solution to solve player activation puzzle

first_img Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE sign long-term strategic partnership June 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Optimised communications help Wiraya deliver 15% reactivation boost June 3, 2020 Wiraya has targeted the issue of player activation in the sports betting industry, in which an estimated 60% of new registered players fail to ever make a deposit.The player activation specialist has set up an hour-long webinar for Tuesday 25 September (14:00-15:00 BST) to help its industry counterparts to both optimise communication with players and deliver a real increase in the number of first time depositors.Edward Maine, Marketing Director for Wiraya, said: “The iGaming industry is now flooded with a range of free bets and offers, from an increasingly large number of recognised operators.“Player activation remains one of the biggest problems in the industry; current estimates suggest that up to 60% of new registered players fail to ever make a deposit. It’s time for market innovators to take a different approach.”In the upcoming webinar, titled ‘How can you increase your deposits from newly registered players’, Wiraya will discuss why so many operators fail to convert such a high percentage of new customers.It will also cover the real revenue losses from poor player activation and why player activation/strong consumer experience (CX) in the early life of a player is so important, before providing a demo of its own AI based solution to activate players.To sign up for the webinar, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

Austrian Ambassador Martin Pammer won the first Ski-Race of Ambassadors

first_imgThe Ambassador of Austria to BiH, Martin Pammer, won the first ski-race of ambassadors, which was organized by the Olympic Center “Jahorina” and the Embassy of the UK in BiH, on the ski trail Poljice.Deputy Head of Mission of the Council of Europe in BiH Toni Pavlovski was second, while the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to BiH, Jakub Skalnik, occupied the third place.Ambassador Pammer said that he loves to ski in BiH and that he never won the first place on similar events in his homeland.British Ambassador Edward Ferguson noted that he started skiing again at the beginning of his service in BiH and that he gladly accepted to be the co-organizer of the first ski-race of ambassadors.He also noted that BiH has great potential when it comes to ski-tourism, and he expressed his hope that the ski-race of ambassadors could become a regular event.Director of the Olympic Center “Jahorina” Dejan Ljevnaic expressed his gratitude to the British Ambassador on his help to organize this important event, whose aim is achieving greater cooperation of all the relevant factors that can make a great prosperity with the promotion of Sarajevo mountains on the domestic and international markets.According to him, Jahorina had around 100 guests last year at the end of March , and this year there are 20,000 of them.Graeme Higgs, the director of the British-BH company “Ski-Sarajevo”, stated that Sarajevo represents a great potential due to the vicinity of mountains Jahorina and Bjelasnica, as well as the airport.last_img read more