Haitian politicians prohibit same sex marriages

first_imgImprisonment and large fine Earlier this week, the Senate approved the measure that includes sanctions and specifies that perpetrators, co-perpetrators and accomplices of a homosexual marriage face a penalty of three years imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 Gourdes. Foreigners on Haitian territory stating are also affected by the bill. It stipulates, “No foreigner can avail himself of his personal status and the provisions of the law of his country to solicit the celebration in Haiti of a marriage between two persons of the same sex.”This bill must now be transferred to the Lower House for debate before being sent to the Executive for publication in the official newspaper “Le Moniteur.” Bill implicates foreigners Haitian lawmakers have approved legislation prohibiting same sex marriages as well as banning all forms of public demonstrations in support of homosexuality. When the vote was taken on Tuesday night, 50 per cent of the Senate was not present. But 12 Senators voted in favor of the bill, while one voted against and another abstained. This bill, in addition to prohibiting marriage, or attempted marriage, between two persons of the same sex in Haiti, also prohibits all forms of public demonstrations in support of homosexuality and proselytism in favor of such acts. Furthermore, the bill stipulates that “any promotion, in any form or by any means, constitutes an offense of contempt of good morals and public decency.”last_img read more

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English amateurs to play in WPGA Challenge

first_img9 Oct 2014 English amateurs to play in WPGA Challenge Fifteen top English women amateurs will be in the field when the WPGA International Challenge returns to Stoke by Nayland next week. The 54-hole event, which takes place from October 16-18, is the only event on the LET Access Series to be staged in the UK in 2014. It was launched last year by the PGA to increase support of the women’s game and the field will include 15 WPGA members In a boost for leading amateurs, 15 places have also been earmarked for England Golf, recognising LETAS’s commitment to providing an important link between elite amateur and professional golf. The 15 amateurs who have been offered places are: Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicetershire), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire), Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth, Surrey), Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire), Lucy Goddard (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire), Ellie Goodall (Selby, Yorkshire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park, Surrey), Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Alex Peters (Notts Ladies, Nottinghamshire, image © Leaderboard Photography), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) and Kerry Smith (Waterlooville, Hampshire). The opportunity for England’s leading women amateurs to gain valuable experience has been praised by Rebecca Wood, Women’s Performance Manager at England Golf. She said: “England Golf is delighted to be a partner with the LET Access Tour. The Access Tour provides a valuable opportunity for our top players as they progress from their amateur career by providing entry to competitive professional events.” Di Barnard, Tour Director of the LET Access Series said: “We are delighted the 2014 WPGA International Challenge will be played at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa. “The event receives great support from the PGA and England Golf and is a very important stop on the LETAS schedule, as a large part of the membership hails from the UK. The Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland is a wonderful test for the players and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the tournament.” Hannah Ralph won last year’s inaugural tournament and organisers expect another strong field with a minimum prize fund of €30,000 at stake in the tournament. Situated on the Suffolk/Essex border, Stoke by Nayland has the experience of staging European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour and PGA Europro events. Susanna Rendall, managing director of the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to once again be hosting the WPGA International Challenge. “We very much look forward to welcoming these talented golfers here from all over the world – and to playing our part in helping to promote women’s international golf.”last_img read more

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Scandal and justice: #MeToo reached the sports world in 2018

first_imgOne by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice.Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, and over seven draining days detailed the devastating effect the molestation had on their lives.The #MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with a scandal that reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. The sight of women being not just heard but believed — combined with other breakthroughs for female athletes in the fight for fair treatment — created a sense of real momentum in sports over the past year.Female athletes “are taking control, and that’s what it’s all about,” tennis star Serena Williams said. “Taking control of who you are.”While 2017 brought the downfall of TV personalities Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a scandal in the sports world that had been brewing for a few years blew up in 2018 into shocking front-page news.Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a case that has had widespread and devastating fallout. Michigan State agreed to settle victims’ lawsuits for $500 million. The university president lost her job and was charged with lying to police. Others at the school or at gymnastics’ national governing body, USA Gymnastics, also face charges. And the future of the organization is in limbo.Jordyn Wieber, a member of the gold-medal 2012 Olympic gymnastics team, planned to detail her allegations against Nassar quietly in a lawsuit. Yet as she watched other victims share the most difficult memories of their lives in open court, with their tormentor 20 feet away and a TV camera broadcasting it to the world, Wieber decided to testify, too.“I saw this effect and this power we as Olympians had by using our voice,” the 23-year-old Wieber told The Associated Press. “I felt really responsible to do that. If I could do one small thing in the world of gymnastics, the world of sports, this was it. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I felt like it was worth it.”The young women also played a role in trying to hold USA Gymnastics and other organizations accountable for the way Nassar’s abuse went unchecked for decades.When USA Gymnastics continued to use the Karolyi Ranch training center in Texas even after victims told of how they were abused by Nassar there, reigning Olympic champion and Nassar victim Simone Biles went on Twitter to ask why. The organization announced almost immediately it was leaving the facility.Biles took then-USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry to task in August for not speaking up to outline a way forward for the embattled organization. Perry resigned less than a month later.“The fact Simone is able to effect the amount of change she’s been able to is a testament that athletes are starting to have a little bit of power,” said former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who filed a criminal complaint against Nassar in 2016.The year 2018 also saw the swift downfall of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson — who sold the teamand was fined $2.75 million by the NFL after he was accused of sexual harassment — and the continued pursuit of equal treatment of women in sports like tennis and soccer.The French Open angered some in May when it declined to seed three-time winner Williams following a 14-month break from tennis in which she gave birth to a daughter. Last week, the women’s tennis tour announced that starting in 2019, players coming off maternity leave or major injury may use a special ranking for up to three years upon their return.“Serena is mainly responsible for bringing that issue to the forefront: Should you be treated the same for pregnancy as you are if you miss time with an injury?” tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert said. The new rule “obviously was an advancement in the women’s game.”The push by female athletes to transform their sports wasn’t limited to the U.S.The South Korean women’s curling team that won a surprise silver at the 2018 Olympics came forward in November to complain of verbal and psychological abuse by their handlers, a pattern that included withholding prize money and threatening to bench the captain after learning she wanted to start a family. The handlers admitted to some of the allegations but denied others while resigning under pressure this month.And members of Argentina’s women’s soccer team used social media to express mounting frustration over unequal treatment, including being barred from the training complex traditionally reserved for the men and receiving minimal financial support. Argentine soccer officials relented, allowing the women to work out at the same facility as the men.“Teams are standing up and saying — and it’s South America, it’s Africa, it’s Europe — ‘This isn’t good enough, this isn’t right,’” said two-time Women’s World Cup champion-turned-TV analyst Julie Foudy.As for the effect on the world outside sports, Denhollander, who is now a lawyer, said prosecutors have told her about a spike in the number of abuse victims from other walks of life coming forward since Nassar’s sentencing. Still, she cautioned that the Nassar case was just one battle in a continuing fight.“The cultural impact is huge,” Denhollander said. “The personal impact, feeling like they can finally tell someone, that’s huge. On the flip side, there’s a danger of feeling like we’ve accomplished more than we really have.”___AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich, Teresa Walker, Anne Peterson, Larry Lage and Eddie Pells and Associated Press writer Kelli Kennedy contributed to this report.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, United States gymnast Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)last_img read more

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ND, Pitt look to end streaks

first_imgPetersen Events Center, Pittsburgh; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Notre Dame looks to extend Pittsburgh’s conference losing streak to 14 games. Notre Dame’s last ACC win came against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 69-59 on Feb. 10. Pittsburgh lost 76-63 on the road against Miami on Tuesday.FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Pittsburgh’s Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and Au’Diese Toney have collectively scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 42 percent of all Panthers scoring over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: John Mooney has accounted for 42 percent of all Notre Dame field goals over the last three games. The junior forward has 20 field goals and eight assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Fighting Irish are 0-12 when they score 62 points or fewer and 13-5 when they exceed 62 points. The Panthers are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 65 points and 12-6 on the season, otherwise.COMING UP SHORT: Notre Dame has dropped its last four road games, scoring 55.8 points and allowing 66.3 points during those contests. Pittsburgh has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 61.6 points while giving up 71.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Notre Dame offense has turned the ball over on 14.4 percent of its possessions, the seventh-best mark in Division I. 20.1 percent of all Pittsburgh possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Panthers are ranked 268th, nationally).___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Clemson’s Javan White, left, and Marcquise Reed, right, block a shot by Pittsburgh’s Xavier Johnson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Notre Dame (13-17, 3-14) vs. Pittsburgh (12-18, 2-15)last_img read more

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