Young Americans came out in droves to cast first-time votes—and it’s having quite the impact

first_img“As a first-generation American, I’ve been reminded of the sacrifices my parents faced to get to the U.S. throughout my life. Despite the imposter syndrome I’ve faced, I know that I have earned every opportunity that has come my way. Voting in this election was especially important to me because I am actively shaping the future of our country,” Ashley Ramcharan, an Indian-American from Upstate New York, told Daily Kos.“This year, I was fortunate to intern for Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20). This experience has given me an inside look into a campaign and allowed me to build connections. I’ve faced criticism from conservative family members, but I think that only fueled my determination,” she added.ImagefromiOS.jpgAshley Ramcharan xNEW – YOUTH VOTING STATE BY STATE: We’ve got data on how young people voted in 30+ states. In nearly every state, they supported Joe Biden, often by big double-digit margins. And in two states (GA and VA) youth made up more than 20% of all votes cast! https://t.co/BkVQDVmfXJ— CIRCLE (@CivicYouth) November 4, 2020The narrative that young people do not care is long over. Young people are turning out in high numbers and are expecting change. Don’t believe me? Head to Twitter and see for yourself. Young people are not only sharing why they voted but encouraging others to do so, too.  Lucky for you, we gathered some posts below from both the #youthvote and #firsttimevoters hashtags. – Advertisement – xYoung people are turning out to vote by the MILLIONS, and we haven’t even had Election Day yet. We’re seizing our power and making our voices heard. Thank you for staying in this fight with us. If you haven’t already, don’t miss this moment, VOTE before polls close tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/sZAavcUAYD— NextGen America 🗳✨ (@NextGenAmerica) November 3, 2020 More than a week before the election, data showed that at least 7 million voters between the ages of 18-29 already voted, compared to 1.9 million in the age group who voted in 2016. “With a week of early voting (when the data was collected) and Election Day still to come, in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Montana, young people have already cast at least half as many votes as they did total votes in the last presidential election,” Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reported.First-time voters have increased significantly this year. According to NBC News Decision Desk and TargetSmart, more than 20% of early voters nationwide are people who didn’t, or couldn’t, vote in 2016. “While early vote turnout has shattered all records, the most meaningful statistic is the number of ballots cast by voters who didn’t turn out in 2016,” Tom Bonier, TargetSmart CEO, told NBC News. “These are the voters who will determine how the 2020 electorate differs from Trump’s winning coalition in 2016.” He added that these new voters are not only younger and more diverse, but more likely to vote Democratic— and he was right data compiled by CIRCLE found that in more than 30 states young people supported Biden in majority double-digit margins. – Advertisement – xMy cousin who is the daughter of immigrants is voting for her first time! She’s only 18 years old and is casting her vote keeping her parents, tíos, and cousins like me who can’t vote yet and I’m totally weeping 😭😭🥺#alientovotes cc:@AlientoAZ pic.twitter.com/p8QiqzKbK0— Reyna Can’t Vote | VOTE 🗳 (@ReynaEMontoya) October 12, 2020- Advertisement – x“…to all people regardless of their birth, the right to live, to work, to be themselves, and to become whatever their visions can combine to make them. This is the promise of America!” ~The American Adventure 🇺🇲#FirstTimeVoter #VOTE pic.twitter.com/jYuGqvfDWN— Gabe’s Imagination (@Disneyman2021) November 3, 2020 7AADA7BE-9C9D-474B-84A8-59A270F1E34F.JPGHarris Khan“As our nation has learned that every vote matters from our previous election, I exercised my right to vote to assure my voice is heard and for the betterment of this nation’s future,” Harris Khan, a Pakistani-American from New Jersey, told Daily Kos. With the millions of young folks voting before and during the election, there are a lot more stories to share. Head to Twitter and see for yourself the overwhelming number of young Americans who are hoping for change and a better future. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Airbnb abolishes guest fees to make them more competitive with Booking

first_imgGiven that it is Airbnb acquired HotelTonight and enriched its hotel and boutique offerings, all these properties around the world (except Japan) will be charged a fee of only 15 percent. Boutique and traditional hotels that have previously registered on Airbnb will not be subject to change. In a statement on the changes sent by Airbnb to the hosts, they said they were testing their new fee structure “with numerous hosts around the world”And”observed an increase in reservations in certain regions for the hosts that adopted it”. Although Airbnb did not cite this as a reason, the new fee structure will put them on a more equal footing with Booking, which has long promoted this business model as its advantage. “Many hosts gave feedback as our old guest fee made it difficult to maintain full control over the price shown to guestsSaid Airbnb. “We have created a fee structure that is only paid by the hosts, thus giving them more control.” One private accommodation manager gave a statement to Skift about Airbnb’s changes. “Just like with Booking, the owners of private accommodation will bear the costs of distribution in full. Probably because of this they will have to raise their rental prices.” Airbnb has decided on a move that will compete even better with Booking.com. Namely, it is about removing the guest fee for many managers of private accommodation and hotels who apply for service services from June 4 onwards, Skift reports. Recall, Airbnb has so far had two models of fees – fixed from 3 to 5 percent for hosts and up to 20 percent for guests. Existing and newly registered private accommodation managers will have the option of switching to a 14 percent fee to pay themselves or a joint fee to share with guests. “Booking has never charged user feesSaid Leslie Cafferty, a spokeswoman for Booking Holdings. “Our mission is to connect customers with many accommodation opportunities around the world and at the same time generate revenue for our partners. Our partners pay a commission after Booking delivers revenue, with additional services such as customer service and translation of content into 40+ languages.” While private accommodation managers still have the option of switching from a 14 percent host fee to one shared with guests, Airbnb’s new trend, moving toward unique host fees, is clearly on the move. “Last year, based on feedback from our private accommodation managers and hotel hosts, we launched a new fee structure that gives hosts more control over the price shown to guestsSaid Airbnb. “This fee is for the host only and the guest fee is removed.” Under the new business model, private accommodation managers, who create accounts from June 4 in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be charged 14 percent of the rental price, free of charge to guests. Until now, it was standard for Airbnb to charge a fixed fee of 3 to 5 percent, and guests paid a fee of up to 20 percent of the rental price. Source / photo: Shift; Airbnblast_img read more

Raven flies free

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Pence disregards Mayo Clinic face mask requirement in visit

first_imgThere have been nearly 1 million cases of covid-19 in the U.S. and more than 57,000 deaths, the largest outbreak in the world.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people wear face masks in public areas. And at the White House briefings, top medical advisers have explained that wearing a face mask isn’t intended to protect the person who wears it, but the people around them.But Pence’s boss has likewise declined to set an example for Americans looking for guidance from their leaders on how to curb the outbreak. President Donald Trump has said he doesn’t intend to wear a mask.The White House has defended the decision by Trump and other senior administration officials to forgo masks by noting that they are tested regularly for coronavirus infection. Members of the vice president’s entourage in Minnesota — including reporters who accompanied him aboard Air Force Two — were tested for infection before the trip.Topics : Vice President Mike Pence disregarded a Mayo Clinic policy requiring face masks as he discussed the coronavirus outbreak with top doctors at one of the nation’s leading hospitals on Tuesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing face coverings in public, and Pence has repeatedly implored Americans to follow public health guidance. But he was conspicuously the only participant in a round-table discussion at the hospital on Wednesday who didn’t wear a mask.After photographs of Pence talking with masked health workers circulated on Twitter, the Rochester, Minnesota-based hospital tweeted: “The Mayo Clinic had informed @VP of the masking policy prior to his arrival today.” As Pence toured the hospital before the discussion, the only people not seen wearing masks were the vice president and some of his staff. Other participants, including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, were all masked.Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, followed his boss’s lead early in the day, but was later seen complying with Mayo’s policy.Pence chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force and is regularly tested for the disease. He plays a prominent role in White House news conferences and frequently encourages Americans to follow guidelines from medical professionals about how to slow the spread of coronavirus.center_img The tweet was later deleted.last_img read more

Manchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace Comment Wan-Bissaka cleaned up at Palace’s end-of-season awards after a stellar campaign (Getty)‘I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.’Wan-Bissaka has been an integral part of a Palace defence that has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – the sixth most in the division – though the youngster is keen to become a greater attacking threat too.He added: ‘I would like to add goals and rack up more assists than I have this season. I will get that by getting forward, but obviously first I have got to think about defending.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 May 2019 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link219Shares Valencia returned to training this week and is likely to get a farewell game (Picture: Getty)Wan-Bissaka has impressed enormously this season, winning Palace’s Player of the Season award, and has also been attracting interest from north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPalace are expected to demand at least £40million for the defender, but Wan-Bissaka himself says he is happy to continue his development at Selhurst Park for at least another season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed,’ Wan-Bissaka told the Evening Standard when asked about the rumours surrounding him.‘But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.center_img Advertisement Advertisement The full-back is United’s top right-back target this summer (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been dealt a major blow in his hopes of overhauling Manchester United’s squad after Aaron Wan-Bissaka committed his immediate future to Crystal Palace.The 21-year-old is the first name on United’s list of potential right-back signings this summer as they look to replace captain Antonio Valencia, who will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires.United can also call upon Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot, but Solskjaer nevertheless wanted a new right-back to bring more aggression and intensity at the back.last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: Las máscaras son obligatorias en los negocios de Pennsylvania

first_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf recordó a todos los residentes y empresas de Pennsylvania que las máscaras son obligatorias cuando visitan un negocio.“La importancia de usar máscaras para reducir la propagación de la COVID-19 y proteger a las personas y a las empresas no se puede subestimar”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Las máscaras son obligatorias dentro de los negocios, durante todo el tiempo que alguien visita un negocio. Es así de simple y así de importante continuar reabriendo el estado de manera segura y mantener la disminución del número de casos”.Varios organismos del gobierno estatal enviaron una comunicación a las empresas de Pennsylvania esta semana para describir los requisitos del uso de máscaras:Todos deben usar una máscara, a menos que tengan un motivo médico para no hacerlo o que sean menores de 2 años. Eso incluye a trabajadores y clientes. Recuerde, mi máscara lo protege y su máscara me protege.Sin máscara, sin camisa, sin zapatos, sin servicio. Si un trabajador o un cliente intentan ingresar a su negocio sin una máscara, pídales que se vayan y que regresen cuando tengan una máscara. Una máscara de tela está bien.Encuentre equipos de protección personal (PPE) para proteger a sus trabajadores. Debido a la gran demanda, puede ser difícil encontrar máscaras y otros PPE. Pero cuente con nosotros. Consulte nuestro directorio en Internet de fabricantes y proveedores de equipos de protección personal en Pennsylvania.Mantenga una buena higiene de la máscara. No toque el frente de su máscara. Asegúrese de que cubra tanto la nariz como la boca. No la levante cuando hable con otra persona. Recuerde, el virus viaja en las gotas que exhalamos al hablar o reír, no solo cuando tosemos o estornudamos. Si usa una máscara de tela, no olvide lavarla y dejarla secar completamente entre usos.“Usar máscaras en un negocio o en un espacio público donde no puede mantenerse el distanciamiento social es una práctica necesaria y vital para detener la propagación de la COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “También es una señal de respeto por los demás porque su máscara los protege. Continuemos atravesando esto juntos”.La guía para empresas del estado describe los requisitos del uso de máscaras.La guía para la industria de restaurantes del estado describe los requisitos del uso de máscaras específicos para restaurantes.View this information in English. June 26, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: Las máscaras son obligatorias en los negocios de Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Qld first home buyers would rather forgo a holiday than get a second job: Westpac

first_imgMaster Builders Queensland is calling on the state government to reinstate the boost to the First Home Owners Grant in regional Queensland.But researchers at Grattan Institute say the softening property market and tighter lending restrictions might be pushing investors out, but they’re not helping first home buyers.Grattan Institute wants all states and territories to follow the lead of the ACT and replace stamp duties with broadbased property taxes in the hope of improving home ownership numbers.Master Builders Queensland is also calling on the state government to reinstate the boost to the First Home Owners’ Grant, from $15,000 to $20,000, in regional Queensland.Recent figures from Queensland home builder Porter Davis reveals 46 per cent of would-be home buyers in the market right now are looking to purchase their first property.And more than half them would consider moving more than 20kms from where they currently live to secure their first home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Only 33 per cent of people looking to buy their first home in Queensland would be prepared to take up a second job to achieve it, a new survey reveals.Westpac’s head of home ownership Lauren Fine said Queenslanders were more willing to compromise when it came to holidays, with 56 per cent willing to go on fewer vacations, compared with 52 per cent nationally.“Maybe they don’t need to because they’ve already got beautiful weather!” Ms Fine said.The survey of more than 1400 people also reveals nearly 60 per cent of aspiring first homeowners in Queensland are feeling more positive about the housing market than they were 12 months ago and 65 per cent believe buying a home is closer now than it was this time last year.“The softening of the housing market has helped,” Ms Fine said.“It’s suddenly helped them realise there is actually a potential opportunity to get in to the market. “As prices come down, so do all the costs associated with that transaction, and it also makes it more accessible from a government grant perspective because now they might be in an eligible price range when they weren’t before.” Petra MacKintosh and Nick Tungatoa are building a new home for the family and hope to move in next year. Image: AAP/John Gass.QUEENSLANDERS would rather forgo a holiday than get a second job to save for their first home, new research out today reveals.The struggle to get on the property ladder is still real for first home buyers, despite the national housing market softening and lending restrictions tightening.Westpac’s 2018 Home Ownership Report found more than two in five first home buyers nationally are willing to get another job or work overtime to get into the property market, with saving for a deposit still the main hurdle to achieving the Great Australian Dream.But the survey found only 33 per cent of people looking to buy their first home in Queensland would be prepared to take up a new source of income to achieve it, compared with the national average of 45 per cent. Porter Davis believes first home buyers should act now to get in to the Queensland market before it becomes unaffordable.Nic Tungatoa and his partner, Petra Mackintosh, are about to build their first home in Azure Development Group’s The Avenue project in Ormeau.Mr Tungatoa said it was possible to get in to the market without having to forgo holidays or get a second job.He said he found a builder who agreed to match the state government’s $15,000 First Home Owners’ Grant, which made the process much easier.“What helped us a lot was our builder — some builders will match (the grant),” Mr Tungatoa said.“So, we actually walked into it with an extra $30,000.”TIPS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS*Do your research — decide where you want to live, understand what you can afford and consider how much you are willing to compromise*Start saving for a deposit. Start a budget and consider how much extra money will be needed for associated costs such as moving, renovating, sales and legal fees, stamp duty, etc*Talk to a mortgage broker or go into your bank and discuss the different options available to enter the market sooner such as Parental Guarantee and Lenders Mortgage Insurance*Westpac has launched a new Home Saver Calculator designed to help buyers understand how long it could take to save for a deposit(Source: Westpac) Potential buyers look to secure a property at auction. Picture: Luke Drew.Porter Davis Queensland marketing manager Kelly Jones said she believed now was the time for first home buyers to break into the state market.“The sunshine state has traditionally been seen as more affordable than New South Wales and Victoria, but with population growth and reductions to the First Home Owners Grant — matched with improving economic conditions — affordability is decreasing,” Ms Jones said.“We also recognise that changes to lending as well as credit constraints will continue to be abarrier for first home buyers.”last_img read more

Telia Carrier and Telxius Ink Network Capacity Deal

first_imgTelia Carrier and Telxius have announced an agreement for multi-terabit capacity services combining transatlantic capacity from Telxius in the new 6,600 km MAREA cable system and Telia Carrier’s European backbone network.The combination of Telia Carrier’s extensive terrestrial European and North American footprint and Telxius’ newest transatlantic cable assets will not only provide both parties with additional network muscle and reach, it will also create a natural and vital bridge linking the US with other cable systems connecting to Northern Europe, Africa and Asia.“This is one of the largest European capacity projects in recent years and by combining our extensive European network across 100 PoPs in Europe with Telxius’ Spanish footprint and the Marea cable system, this is a perfect, end-to-end fit,” said Ivo Pascucci, VP of Sales, Telia Carrier. “Apart from the obvious benefits of additional capacity and lower latency within Europe and towards the US, we are delighted to work with such a strong partner in this and other projects.”“MAREA is the highest capacity cable system in the world offering a key diverse route across the Atlantic. Telxius and Telia Carrier both work with the world’s largest operators, content providers and enterprises, who will now also benefit from this deployment,” said Enrique Valdés, VP of Sales, Telxius. “This partnership was perfect for us and we’re confident that our combined strengths will contribute to realising the full potential of the Marea subsea cable system.”The MAREA subsea cable system runs from Sopelana in the north of Spain to Virginia Beach in the US. The Sopelana landing is connected to an existing fiber network corridor in Europe, linking major hubs like Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London. MAREA consists of 8 fiber pairs, with an initial design capacity of 160 Tbps which recent technological developments have increased up to 200 Tbps.last_img read more

What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage?

first_imgThe Spectator 7 September 2017Family First Comment: An interesting read and very similar to what NZ is experiencing (as we have documented) https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2017/09/our-message-to-australia-the-consequences-of-redefining-marriage/Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom.Then prime minister David Cameron announced that, despite having made no mention of the issue in his party’s pre-election manifesto, it would be MP’s who decided the fate of marriage.Now, it’s Australia’s turn to choose. There’s one key difference. Unlike in Britain, it will be the people who decide.Everyone agrees, whether they admit it or not. This is a decision of enormous significance.Therefore, it seems sensible to analyse the consequences of the potential change, within nations in which redefinition has previously been carried out.In the United Kingdom, it has become abundantly clear that redefinition has affected many people, across many spheres. At first glance, these spheres appeared distinct from marriage redefinition. However, subsequent changes, have proved that they are entirely intertwined.Gender: Current Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, has revealed proposals to abolish the need for any medical consultation before gender reassignment. Simply filling out an official form will be sufficient. A ‘Ministry of Equalities’ press release, explicitly announced, that the proposals were designed to: ‘build on the progress’ of same-sex marriage. Guardian journalist Roz Kaveney boasted that changing your gender is now: ‘Almost as simple as changing your name by statutory declaration’.Manifestations of the ‘British gender revolution’ are not difficult to find. Transport for London, have prohibited the use of the ‘heteronormative’ words, such as ladies and gentlemen. Meanwhile, universities across the nation are threatening to ‘mark down’ students, who continue to use the words ‘he’ and ‘she’. Instead, ‘gender neutral pronouns’ such as ‘ze’, must be uniformly applied.Such gender-theory radicalism has delighted Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT lobby. Their Orwellian tagline: ‘Acceptance without exception’, can be seen plastered on posters and adverts. Politicians, attempt to ‘out-radical’ one another, in the race to be an original champion, in the next emancipatory front of ‘Trans-rights’.Freedom of religion: Much was made in the UK, about supposed exemptions, designed to ensure that believers would always be allowed to stay true to their convictions.Four years later, the very same people who made ‘heartfelt promises’, now work tirelessly to undermine them.Equalities minister Justine Greening, has insisted that churches must be made to: ‘Keep up with modern attitudes’. Likewise, the Speaker of the House of Commons, a position supposedly defined by its political neutrality, had this to say: I feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right’.It became clear, during this year’s general election, just how militant the LGBT lobby have become, following marriage redefinition. The primary target was Tim Farron, leader of England’s third largest political party, the Liberal Democrats. High-profile journalists had heard that Farron was a practising Christian. In every single interview thereafter, they demanded to know. Did he personally believe homosexual sex to be a sin? He practically begged the commentariat, to allow him to keep his personal faith and legislative convictions separate. For decades, he pointed out, he had out vocally and legislatively supported the LGBT Lobby. Likewise, he had long backed same-sex marriage, voting for it enthusiastically. This simply was no longer enough.Shortly after the election campaign, Farron resigned. He stated that it was now impossible, for a believing Christian to hold a prominent position in British politics.In a heartbreaking development and in spite of Britain’s ‘foster crisis’, aspiring foster parents who identify as religious, face interrogation. Those who are deemed unlikely to ‘celebrate’ homosexuality, have had their dreams of parenthood scuppered. This month, Britain’s High Court, ruled that a Pentecostal couple were ineligible parents. While the court recognised their successful and loving record of adoption, they decreed that above all else: ‘The equality provisions concerning sexual orientation should take precedence’. How has Great Britain become so twisted? Practicing Jews, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, who want to stay true to their religious teachings, can no longer adopt children.Freedom of speech: In the lead-up to the Parliamentary vote, we witnessed almost incomprehensible bullying. David Burrows MP, a mild-mannered supporter of the ‘Coalition for Marriage’, had excrement thrown at his house. His children received death threats and their school address was published online. Similarly, ‘Conservative’ broadcaster Iain Dale promised to, ‘publicly out’ gay MP’s, who did not vote for redefinition.Many hardworking Brits have lost their jobs. Consider Adrian Smith, sacked by a Manchester Housing Trust, for suggesting that the state: ‘shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience’. Or Richard Page, fired for gross misconduct after articulating, that children might enjoy better outcomes, were they to be adopted by heterosexual couples.Simultaneously, contrary to ‘steadfast’ government assurances, small businesses have been consistently targeted. Courts in Northern Ireland ruled that the Asher’s Family bakery had acted unlawfully. What crime committed by this tiny business? Politely declining to decorate a cake with a political message in support of same-sex marriage. The courts maintained that business owners must be compelled to promote the LGBT cause, irrespective of personal convictions.Even the National Trust, a British institution with over 4.2 million members, has decided to join the bullying LGBT crusade. A message went out. Each of the Trust’s 62,000 volunteers, would be required to wear a compulsory same-sex rainbow badge. Those who said they’d rather not were told they would be ‘moved out of sight’until they were prepared to publicly demonstrate inclusive tolerance.In retrospect, the silent majority in Britain remained silent for too long. Reflecting on redefinition, Ben Harris-Quinney, Chairman of the Bow Group think tank pondered that:‘Same-sex marriage was promoted in the UK, as an issue of supposed tolerance and equality. What we have seen, is the most unequal and intolerant outcomes of any political issue in recent history’.Children: Across the UK, ‘sex education’ has been transformed and disfigured. TV programmes, aimed at children as young as three, promote ‘gender fluidity’, as an enabler of thoughtfulness and individuality.At the same time, Ministers have denied worried parents the right to withdraw their children from primary school classes. Meanwhile, ‘outside educators’ teach children about sex positions, ‘satisfying’ pornography consumption and how to masturbate. Concerns regarding STI’s and Promiscuity, are derided as ‘old-fashioned’.Independent religious schools are under intense scrutiny. Dame Louise Casey, a senior government advisor, recently insisted that it is now: ‘Not Ok for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage’.Ofsted, the body responsible for school-assessment, has been wildly politicised. In 2013, Prior to the redefinition of marriage, Ofsted visited Vishnitz Jewish Girls School. They passed the school with flying colours. In fact, they went out of their way to highlight the committed and attentive approach to student welfare and development. Four years later, Ofsted returned. This time, they failed the school on one issue alone. While again, noting that students were ‘confident in thinking for themselves‘, their report, pointed to the inadequate promotion of homosexuality and gender reassignment. As such, it was failing to ensure: ‘a full understanding of fundamental British values’. It is one of an initial seven faith schools that face closure.I mentioned that I was writing this article to a good friend in the Conservative Party, back at home. He expressed his genuine concern. Had I not considered the consequences? Did I not realise that what I said in Australia could be found when I returned to the UK? ‘LGBT progress is an unstoppable tide’. He assured me, that it was ok for me to ‘privately’ believe that marriage was between one man and one woman. He even privately agreed, that the stuff being taught in primary schools was too much.But to say it out loud? To actually have it in print? It would blight my career and my personal relationships.Good God. How much more important the institution of marriage and freedom of thought, religion and speech. How much more important the future of our children, than any naïve career ambitions I might harbour.I urge every Aussie to examine the evidence, analysis the results and be clear about what you’re voting for. If it was solely marriage, it would worth preserving.It’s infinitely more.https://www.spectator.com.au/2017/09/whats-changed-in-britain-since-same-sex-marriage/last_img read more

Mertesacker: No more slip-ups

first_imgCentre-back Per Mertesacker has warned Arsenal have no more margin for error if they are to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Gunners must pick themselves up from the disappointment of a midweek Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, despite drawing 1-1 at the Allianz Arena, for the small matter of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham. However, by the time they kick off at White Hart Lane, Arsene Wenger’s side could find themselves 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, albeit with two matches in hand. “We went through tough periods this season and last season, but overall we have shown great spirit and great togetherness, so let’s get something out of this season that’s what we have to deal with.” With Mesut Ozil facing up to six weeks out because of a hamstring tear adding to the Gunners midfield injury list, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to get another chance to impress. The 20-year-old England World Cup hopeful thrived from a more central role against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and Wenger is confident there is plenty more where that dynamic display came from. “He has the sense of positional play and he has the qualities which you want to see in the modern game, that capability to break through and he has good vision.” Wenger said. “There is a lot more to come from him in many areas, but there is potential to work on. “He has interesting qualities in this position and is similar to Jack (Wilshere). “I am sure he has observed Jack as well, to take all the information from Jack to develop in a similar role.” Wenger admits his upcoming personal milestone still takes some getting used to, despite being on the horizon for some time. “It is a big honour to stay such a long time in such a big club, and that, we cannot predict,” said the 64-year-old Frenchman, who was appointed on September 30, 1996. “I never would envisage that (1,000 Arsenal games). “We are in a job like you go for the next game and try to do well in that next game. Then step by step, sometimes you get to 1,000.” Wenger will take Arsenal to Stamford Bridge next weekend for what will be his 1,000th match in charge, before a rearranged clash with Swansea and then the visit of Manchester City on March 29. Mertesacker accepts Arsenal simply cannot afford any more slip ups like they suffered with the recent defeat at Stoke if they are to get themselves back into the hunt for a potential shot at the double, their FA Cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley set for April 12. “These are all decisive games. There are no points to drop anymore. They are vital games and we are up for it,” the German said. “I think it is up to us as to how close we can stay to the top. “We have to concentrate on ourselves and we have to stay as close as possible to the top and that is the most important thing to us. “It depends entirely on our finish; how we cope with the situation of our injured players and the situation that we have another chance in the FA Cup.” Mertesacker continued on Sky Sports Weekend Warm-Up show: “We have two competitions left and if we can manage to finish like last year, with strong performances, I think we have a good chance to compete in both competitions until the end. “The hunger is there and the hunger is increasing. Press Associationlast_img read more