first_imgThis house believes that children need heterosexual parents: A packed and glorious debate.Though not one whose outcome was ever in question – as opener James Dray puts it, ‘we live in Oxford; everyone’s gay’ – you might expect the Proposition to muster a more forceful argument than that children might get teased a little at school. Alas, they do not, leaving the evening void of any real intellectual titillation. Luckily, the debate’s aesthetic merits more than compensated.Dray, clearly not believing his own argument, serves up ten minutes of charming banter before adopting his serious voice, and then it all goes tepid and tenuous. He did at least trot out the line ‘some of my best friends are gay’ with superb irony, speculate on Tryl and Omkar’s ‘exquisitely dressed’ hypothetical progeny and introduce the terms ‘rimming’ and ‘fisting’ to the debating chamber. Opposition opener Wan also amuses, but is incisive along with it; like a whippet armed with a rapier, he plays on personal emotions with aplomb and carries all before him. This lad will go far.Archdeacon Norman Russell favours the rhetorical tactic of attrition, and subjects the floor to a long and dreary siege. Maybe he hopes disease will break out in the opposition ranks – the coughing certainly becomes more widespread. Rev. Gaston answers with a staccato delivery like the bursts of a machine gun across an abandoned battlefield. And the battle is certainly over. The audience subjects Stephen Green to an immature but effective sally of interruptions; Holmes and Truss deliver sound and sober speeches in opposition; Edward Leigh MP makes up in fist-clenching and citing ‘our heart of hearts’ as a legitimate statistical source, what he lacks by way of a rational thought process. A decisive victory for the opposition, with many audience members moved by the eloquence of the arguments deliveredAdoption crises; rafts of statistics; UN conventions; the opposition have all the points, but what makes this debate so one-sided is their utter conviction. Future speakers take note: believing your own rhetoric really does make a difference.last_img read more

first_img The London club confirmed on Tuesday that the former Spain Under-21 midfielder had travelled out to Italy at the weekend and that the final paperwork on the move had now been completed. The Eagles signed him from Sevilla last summer but he made just six appearances for the club and joined German side Nurnberg on loan in January until the end of the season. Jose Campana has joined Sampdoria from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to cap a dominant 3-0 win for Juventus over Fiorentina as the Italian champions opened up an 11-point lead on top of Serie A. Ronaldo slotted his 10th goal on Saturday in 14 league games from the spot after 79 minutes, to add to Rodrigo Bentancur’s opener after half an hour in Tuscany with captain Giorgio Chiellini volleying after 69 minutes. The Portuguese star was substituted just afterwards for the first time this season after receiving a yellow card spending the last 10 minutes on the bench.      Massimiliano Allegri’s side have 40 points from 14 games with second-place Napoli on 29 points before they host Atalanta on Monday.Read More | FIFA President gifts football jersey to PM ModiIt was Juventus’ fifth consecutive win in the championship and 13th in 14 games, as they have won all their away games.Read More | Atletico Madrid miss chance to win against Barcelona, Real Madrid lose”When you have such talented players in attack, they don’t need too many instructions and it’s important not to limit them,” said Allegri. “We just have to get the ball up to them.”      Midtable Fiorentina threatened in the second half with Federico Chiesa and Jordan Veretout but fell to their first home defeat this season. Stefano Pioli’s team has not won in the league for more than two months, the last time on September 30. Juventus dominated the game before which tributes were paid to former Fiorentina captain and Italian international Davide Astori who died suddenly last March.     Juventus threatened in the opening minute with Marco Benassi sending just wide.     Ronaldo escaped a yellow card for his late tackle on Giovanni Simeone before Juventus took the lead with a solo run from Uruguay international Bentancur.     Fiorentina fought back but defender Chiellini doubled the visitors account with a penalty after Edmilson Fernandes’s handball in the area.     Ronaldo slotted in the resulting penalty to go joint top of the Serie A scorers list before being replaced by Federico Bernardeschi after receiving a yellow card for his goal celebration.     Earlier, Slovenian winger Jasmin Kurtic scored headers in either half to rescue a 2-2 draw for 10-man SPAL against Empoli.     Kurtic nodded in the opener for the side from Ferrara after five minutes. Francesco Caputo grabbed the equaliser after 24 minutes with Rade Krunic blasting in from a distance just before the break.     Empoli dominated the second half with the hosts down a man for most of the second half after Thiago Cionek was shown a straight red card for bringing down Antonino La Gumina. Kurtic headed in the equaliser on 67 minutes for SPAL’s second point in their last five games, denying new Empoli coach Giuseppe Iachini a third consecutive win. last_img read more

first_imgDefending champions Real Madrid secured their first away win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) after an impressive 3-1 victory at the Signa Iduna Park in a Group H clash.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace to take his season tally to 4 goals in 2 appearances after Welsh forward Gareth Bale had opened the scoring. Gabon striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang got what turned out to be a consolation goal for the home side.Staying with Group H, Tottenham Hotspur continued their excellent European form following a 3-0 win at Cypriot club Apoel Nicosia. Star player Harry Kane was the star of the show as he netted a hat-trick to propel his team to a second win from 2 games in in this season’s UCL.Another English team in Manchester City also made it 2 wins from 2 games after a 2-0 home win over Ukrainian champions Shakthar Donetsk in Group F. Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne gave the hosts the lead three minutes into the second half. in-form striker Sergio Aguero could have added to that goal but he could not score from the penalty spot though fellow forward Raheem Sterling spared his blushes by sealing the win on the stroke of fulltime.Liverpool were the only English side that didn’t win following a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow. Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho netted a 31st minute equaliser to cancel out Spartak Moscow’s goal eight minutes earlier thus making it two points from two league games.UCL Results:Group E:Sevilla 3-0 MariborSpartak Moscow 1-1 LiverpoolGroup F:Manchester City 2-0 Shakthar DonetskNapoli 3-1 FeyenoordGroup G:Besiktas 2-0 RB LeipzigAS Monaco 0-3 FC PortobelloGroup H:Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real MadridApoel Nicosia 0-3RelatedUCL Wrap (Late Kickoff): Champions Real Thrash Hapless APOEL To Secure Last 16 As Liverpool Lose Three-Goal Lead To Deflate Qualification HopesNovember 22, 2017In “Europe”UCL Wrap: Madrid, Tottenham Clash Ends In Draw; City And Liverpool Secure Important WinsOctober 17, 2017In “Europe”UCL Review: English Sides Dominate Last 16 Lineup With Liverpool’s QualificationDecember 7, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

first_imgGhana’s  2013 Tourism award  winner, African Origin Travel and Tour is set to sign an incentive partnership agreement with telecommunication firms; MTN and Huawei for Ghanaian supporters travelling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.The agreement which will be signed later this week will see supporters travelling on the ticket of African Origin to Brazil benefit from the provision of free roaming smart phones.The free Huawei smart phones will be enabled with MTN internet data which can be used while in Brazil to stay connected to friends and family back in Ghana and all over the world.The offer provides a low-cost communication avenue for Ghanaians travelling to Brazil where data issues are said to be a problem.The innovative package will also serve a source of unique identification and accessibility to all those travelling under the ambit of African Origin.The leading Ghanaian travel and tour outfit has built a reputable track record of transporting fans to various international sporting events over the years and currently has the best of  package on the market.last_img read more

first_img England’s Ben Taylor holed the winning putt to seal his university’s victory in the biggest championship on the US college circuit. Taylor, from Walton Heath in Surrey, rolled in a nine-foot par putt on the last hole to win his match one up and score the deciding point in the men’s NCAA Championship at The Concession Club in Florida. The win capped his college career and gave Louisiana State University (LSU) their fifth victory in the championship, but their first for 60 years. Taylor, who also scored the deciding point in the semi-final, said afterwards in a television interview: “It was a perfect moment to end a perfect college career, and I couldn’t be more happy. “I’m emotional and don’t even know what else to say. It’s been a great day, and what a finish to my college career. I’m so happy, just a great feeling.”  The 22-year-old (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was watched by his parents throughout the final match. He was  two up in the early stages but after losing three straight holes, from the 11th, he went one down. That’s where he stayed until the 17th, where both players put their drives in good positions on the reachable par five. Taylor knew his opponent would probably make birdie and fired a 4-iron from 258 yards to within five feet of the hole. He duly holed the putt for eagle and squared the match. On the 18th, the door was opened when his opponent bogeyed the hole and Taylor, who had left his birdie putt well short, made no mistakes. Taylor is a member of the England Golf men’s squad and an England international who has won on the US college circuit. 4 Jun 2015 Ben Taylor holes decider in US championship victory last_img read more

first_imgMany of the club members tacklet the short course of 500 metre swim, 22 kilometer ride and five km run run.However, some take on the main Olympic Course race of a 1.5 kilometre swim a 39 km cycle and 10 km run while others hook up for the team event.Short course is 500 metre swim, 22 km ride and five km run run.In 2014, Dallas Cain of Rossland was once again back in the winner’s circle ran away with the men’s long course top prize while Sarah MacArthur of Calgary won the women’s race for the second consecutive year with Janis Neufeld of Nakusp second and Nelson’s Jaclyn Dexter third.For complete information go to the Nelson Cyswogn Fun website.Online registration is available on the website. It’s days until the horn blows for the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon.Saturday, at the Lakeside Park beach, the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun club takes to the water for a test run of the triathlon distance.The unofficial club have been training for up to two months, swimming, running and riding distances to prepare for the big day of the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon — set for Sunday, August 2 at 8 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: Winning owner Michael Lund Petersen is from Reisterstown, Md. TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, MOR SPIRIT, WINNER: “We thought this race might come up the way it did. I thought the last race (Los Alamitos Futurity) was a very important race because when I got him back from Kentucky (in the Jockey Club at Churchill Downs Nov. 28), Martin (Garcia) had him on the lead because it was muddy and I had shipped him, and he didn’t want to do that, so the way Gary rode him at Los Alamitos, he made him get back and he really educated him and he got the win.“Today was the same thing: get the win and educate him at the same time. You can do that when you have this kind of horse, with his style. You know he’s a really good horse.”“He has that long stride, but in the mornings, he’s not a very good work horse. He’s sort of lazy. He needs a target and when he gets a target, he shuts it down, but today was perfect. They were two really nice horses (Uncle Lino and I Will Score). There’s a lot of quality. It makes the race even more interesting in that he’s able to collar those horses.“He’s a big, strong horse so these races will help him. He holds his weight really well and he’s a good-feeling horse. We just have to keep him healthy. I feel like I have a really top three-year-old, so now we just have to keep him healthy.”Will he stay here for his next race?“I don’t know. We know he’ll go on a plane to go somewhere (as he did going to Kentucky) but right now I’ll just go by how he’s doing. It’s just too far ahead.” GARY SHERLOCK, UNCLE LINO, SECOND: “I’m very happy; he ran good. The pace scenario dictated that we had to do what we did today. We ran by I Will Score and beat him. I thought we were going to be able to pass him (I Will Score) no problem but Gary just got a perfect trip (on Mor Spirit) and ran by us. We’ll move forward off of this. He won’t be leaving here. I don’t have to go anywhere; there’s a million dollar race four hundred yards from his stall (Santa Anita Derby April 9).” GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, WINNER: “No, I never had any concerns. I actually got there quicker than I wanted to. I was loaded going into the stretch. He’s pretty special and I’m looking forward to facing more competition.“He wasn’t even blowing after the race. I haven’t been able to get him tired in the morning yet. Every time we step forward I hope I can find the bottom . . . but I don’t want to find the bottom of him until it’s time. I haven’t got close to that yet and that’s a good feeling. He seems to just do just enough for what’s in front of him; he likes a target. I think as he faces better horses, he’ll only get better.” -30-last_img read more

first_imgHAMILTON – Stelco Holdings Inc. is trading 11 per cent higher than its opening asking price on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Stelco priced its initial public offering at $17 a share to pull in an expected $200 million. Its stock was up $1.90 at $18.90 in morning trading on the TSX.The Hamilton-based steel company says it plans to use the money for capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.It wants to grow its offerings in galvanized steel, in part to regain a foothold in the nearby auto industry where it used to have a significant presence.The company says it could also invest in co-generation to reduce its reliance on Ontario’s high electricity costs, and thereby reduce operating costs in the power-intensive industry.Stelco’s history goes back to 1910 but in recent years has been beset by financial problems. It went into creditor protection in 2004 and was sold as a subsidiary to U.S. Steel Co. in 2007, then went back into creditor protection in 2014 before being sold to Bedrock Industries L.P. in late 2016.At the end of June, Stelco emerged from creditor protection under its original name, having eliminated $3 billion of debt and about $1.4 billion of pension and other retirement obligations.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The Bank of England warned Thursday that uncertainties related to Brexit have “intensified considerably” since early November and are increasingly weighing on the U.K. economy.While unanimously deciding to keep the bank’s main interest rate unchanged at 0.75 per cent, as expected, the nine-member rate-setting panel noted a series of negative economic developments amid the Brexit impasse.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to get lawmakers to agree her Brexit deal and is delaying a vote on it until mid-January.At the moment, it looks like her deal, which foresees close ties between Britain and the EU on the trade in goods, will struggle to get through parliament. What would happen then is extremely unclear and the great economic concern is that Britain could crash out of the EU without a deal and without a transition period that will smooth the process to new trading arrangements.As well a sharp fall in those U.K. stocks that primarily operate in the country and a further decline in the value of the pound, Bank of England policymakers said business investment was likely to remain weak and the housing market subdued.“The further intensification of Brexit uncertainties, coupled with the slowing global economy, has also weighed on the near-term outlook for U.K. growth,” the rate-setters said, according to minutes of their meeting on Wednesday.Bank staff said the U.K. economy may only grow by 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year from the previous three-month period, 0.1 percentage point lower than thought last month.“The broader economic outlook will continue to depend significantly on the nature of EU withdrawal, in particular: the form of new trading arrangements between the European Union and the United Kingdom; whether the transition to them is abrupt or smooth; and how households, businesses and financial markets respond.”The British economy has slowed down since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union and many forecasters are warning of a potential recession if no Brexit deal is agreed by the time Britain is due to leave the bloc.Last month, the Bank of England itself said that in a worst-case scenario, the British economy could shrink by a massive 8 per cent within a few months and unemployment and inflation would spike.In that “disorderly and disruptive” scenario, four decades of economic alignment would be reversed, with tariffs placed on exports and border checks reinstalled, and restrictions could hit travellers and workers. Shortages of medicines and food could also materialize.For many British businesses, the current stalemate in Parliament is worrying, especially those dependent on trading in the EU and that helps explain why business investment has been so weak of late.Both Britain and the EU have this week ramped up their preparations for a potential no-deal outcome.Pan Pylas, The Associated Presslast_img read more