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Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has suggested Barcelona playing Girona in Miami could hand an unfair advantage to their La Liga rivals.Following a deal between Spain’s top flight and multinational media, sports and entertainment group Relevent, La Liga this week submitted a proposal for the Catalan clubs to face each other at the Hard Rock Stadium in January.The fixture is a regular-season game slated as Girona’s home match. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) must make a final ruling. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Like RFEF president Luis Rubiales, Lopetegui has spoken out against plans for La Liga matches to take place in the United States and, with Barca likely to receive far more support on neutral ground, he told a news conference the battle for the title should be “equal”.”I’ve talked about this before. I’m not in favour of it,” said the former Spain boss ahead of Saturday’s trip to Athletic Bilbao. “I think we should all play in the same conditions, in the same stadiums. That makes the tournament equal.”Opposite number Ernesto Valverde was critical of such outcry regarding a state of affairs that remain hypothetical at this point.“It’s a game being played in January. What people have been talking about in the last few weeks has been ridiculous,” the Barcelona head coach told reporters on the eve of his team’s match at Real Sociedad.”How much more are people going to talk about this game? It might be a completely different game that’s played [in America], if any at all.”For me it’s something in the distant future. I think it’s nice we’re all talking about this but let’s not make too big a thing of it.”I think it’s something that’s still up in the air. It’s not certain we’re going to play this game at all so let’s wait until things are decided.”Long-serving Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has come out in opposition to the plans and Valverde confirmed he had discussed the matter with his squad.”We’ve spoken about this with the players but I insist it’s still a long way off,” he added. “We’ll have to wait and see how things end up because I think there’s still a lot more to be said about this.”
India’s Kynan Chenai and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot two perfect rounds of 25 each to lead the 109-strong qualification field in the men’s trap shooting competition of ISSF Shotgun World Cup here Wednesday.With three more rounds to be played on Thursday before the top six go through to the medal round, India will feel they are in a strong position to clinch final berths.Kynan and Prithviraj shared the lead with only two other shooters from Great Britain and Kazakhstan while Zoravar Singh Sandhu, the third Indian in the competition, shot 45 out of 50 to be in 82nd place.In the women’s trap, which concluded on Wednesday, Shagun Chowdhary shot a total of 115 to end in 35th spot while Rajeshwari Kumari managed 99 to finish in 56th position.Lakshay Sheoran, in the non-competition MQS section, registered a score of 48 after the first two rounds in the men’s trap.Also Watch:
zoom The Monitoring Observatory has given the “go ahead” to refloating operation of Costa Concordia having considered as valid the additional documentation provided by Costa Crociere over the past days. The decision is the outcome of the meeting held on Saturday, July 12th at the venue of the Department of Civil Protection from the Commissioner for the emergency, Franco Gabrielli.The authorization should be formalized today once the latest details are available.Therefore, if the weather conditions allow, the refloating operation will begin on Monday, July 14.Details on the operation and confirmation on the beginning of operation will be provided today, at Giglio Island, during a press conference scheduled at 4pm.“We are pleased that the documentation sent to the authorities has been well received. Everything is in place and ready, the salvage team has successfully completed the technical tests and if weather and sea conditions will remain favourable the refloating operation will commence as planned on Monday morning,” said Costa Crociere CEO Michael Thamm. “It is a complex operation never attempted before, but we know we can count on the best technicians in the world. I wish them all the best for the success of this great challenge.”The refloating operation is planned to start at 6 am on Monday, July 14th. During the first stage, the Concordia will be refloated about 2 meters up off the platforms and moved 30 meters towards the east with the assistance of tugs.The ship will then be securely moored and technicians will be able to complete the attachment and tensioning of the last cables and chains, and to lower the starboard sponsons to their final position.The actual refloating will then begin, raising the ship one deck at a time, from deck 6 to deck 3.The whole operation is expected to take about 6 or 7 days to complete. The departure of the Concordia from Giglio is currently scheduled for July 21st.Press Release; July 13th, 2014
zoom Nine of the 12 trades saw a decrease in schedule reliability from October 2017 to November 2017, intelligence provider CargoSmart informed.The North America-Oceania trade, which had the highest reliability in previous months, experienced the largest decrement in reliability, decreasing by 24.8% from 86.2% in October 2017 to 61.4% in November 2017.The Europe-Middle East trade experienced the largest improvement in reliability, increasing by 9.8%, from 63.3% in October 2017 to 73.1% in November 2017.The Europe-South America trade had the highest reliability with 83.8% in November 2017.Carriers’ overall on-time schedule reliability decreased by 0.6%, from 67.6% in October 2017 to 67% in November 2017. The top five most reliable carriers in November 2017 were CCNI, Safmarine, OOCL, Evergreen, and COSCO with an average on-time performance of 77.8%, 75.4%, 74.3%, 73.9%, and 73.5% respectively.
road improvements projects including, twinning of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish, improvements to Highway 104 Taylor Road to Monastery Paq’tnkek Interchange and bridge rehabilitation to Tittle Bridge and Sutherland River Bridge funding for new skilled trades centre at Amherst High School renovations to Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School pharmacy redevelopment in Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow funding for new child-care centres in Colchester and Pictou county. Communities in northern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, education, early years, communities and the economy as part of Budget 2018-19. Budget 2018-19 estimates a surplus of $29.4 million with revenue of $10.81 billion and expenses of $10.78 billion. “With Budget 2018-19, we will recruit more doctors and improve access to health care, invest in classrooms and pre-primary, and support more Nova Scotians to participate fully in their communities and in the economy,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “We want all Nova Scotians to have opportunities to grow and succeed. This budget supports that goal.” Highlights in Budget 2018-19 for northern Nova Scotia include: Budget 2018-19 also includes the Capital Plan, which invests $605 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure. For more information about the 2018-2019 provincial budget, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/budget . Northern Nova Scotia will also benefit from provincewide investments including: $19.6 million in additional funding, as part of government’s multi-year plan to recruit, retain and train more doctors $8 million more for new and expanded collaborative-care teams across the province $8.8 million to provide 350 more hip and knee surgeries by hiring more surgeons and creating a central booking system increased funding for community-based, mental health supports $1.2 million increase in the Take Home Cancer Therapies program to help pay for medications $5.5 million more to help seniors stay in their homes longer, including more home care support and expanding the caregiver benefit program $15.5 million to add new child-care spaces and to offer more subsidies to make child care more accessible and affordable $17.6 million to add about 130 new pre-primary classes as part of a plan to have it available across the province $10 million increase to implement new recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions $15 million to begin implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education $1.6 million more to expand SchoolsPlus into 54 more schools for a total of $9.8 million $3.3 million increase to expand Reading Recovery to cover 96 per cent of schools this year, with every school having programming in 2019 $16.2 million increase in Disability Support Program to help more people move into the community, to improve respite care, and to fund more complex client cases $3 million to double the poverty reduction credit to $500 $3.4 million to fully exempt child-support payments from income assistance calculations $1.7 million to further expand Graduate to Opportunity to connect new university graduates to employers, with added incentives for hiring from underrepresented groups $500,000 more for incubators and accelerators, which support startup companies $2.5 million more for the Innovation Rebate Program to encourage private sector investment in capital projects $3 million for the new Building Tomorrow Fund to support innovation in agriculture, fisheries, and aquaculture sectors $5.8 million added to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over the Northern, North-Central, Eastern and Uva provinces tomorrow (Wednesday), the department of meteorology said.Thundershowers will develop at several places elsewhere, after 2.00 p.m, the department of meteorology added. Very heavy rain falls (about 150mm) is also expected at some places.There may be temporary localized strong winds during the thundershowers.
Users of the two-disc set will now be able to access all 53 published volumes, covering 1946 to 1999, containing more than 59,000 pages of text and indices.The collection features an index search, enabling uses to follow an issue across volumes and track the many fundamental changes that the UN has seen over the years. Full-text searches are also available.The compilation, which will be updated annually, is available by subscription from the Publications Unit of the UN Department of Public Information.
“The prevailing situation of human rights in Iran continues to warrant serious concern, and will require a wide range of solutions that are both respectful of cultural perspectives and mindful of the universality of fundamental human rights promulgated by the treaties to which Iran is a party,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.Presenting his report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, Mr. Shaheed said that Iran has made some “noteworthy advances” in the area of women’s rights, including advancements in health, literacy and in enrolment rates on both the primary and secondary levels.“However, reports about recent policies that prohibit women’s access to a number of fields of study, further restrict women’s freedom of movement, and current polices that continue to impede women’s ability to hold certain decision-making positions in Government remain problematic,” he noted.At the same time, a “preponderance of reports” communicated to him this past year indicate that that the situation for individuals in Iran who advocate for the advancement of human rights, or those that document, report, or protest against human rights violations, is “grave and continues to deteriorate.”People who defend the rights of women, religious and ethnic minorities, as well as those that work to advance protections for the environment, workers and children continue to be subjected to harassment, arrest, interrogation, and torture and are “frequently charged with vaguely-defined national security crimes, which is seemingly meant to erode the frontline of human rights defence in the country,” said the expert.“My current report also presents what appears to be unimpeachable forensic evidence that torture is occurring in Iran on a geographically widespread and systemic (across a number of Government branches) basis,” Mr. Shaheed stated. He also voiced alarm at the high rate of executions that take place in Iran, a majority of which continue to take place for drug-related offences, which do not meet international standards for ‘most serious crimes.’Last month Mr. Shaheed joined several of his human rights colleagues in calling on Iran to immediately halt the recent spate of arrests of journalists and to release those already detained, the majority of whom work for independent news outlets. “We underscored our fear that the arrests carried out were part of a broader campaign to crack down on independent journalists and media outlets, under the accusation that they have collaborated with ‘anti-revolutionary’ foreign media outlets and human rights organizations,” he said.It is also estimated, he added, that some 40 lawyers have been prosecuted since 2009, and that at least 10 are currently detained. In addition, it has been reported that 110 Baha’is are currently detained in Iran for exercising their faith; that at least 13 Protestant Christians are currently in detention centres across Iran; and that Dervishes, members of the Yarasen faith, and Sunni Muslims continue to be the subject of punitive activities, raising serious concern about the situation of religious minorities in the country. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Clooney, who is a friend of the Sussexes and attended their wedding in May, said history is repeating itself and warned: “We’ve seen how that ends”. Saying the Duchess is getting a “raw deal” after the publication of a letter written to her now-estranged father, Clooney said he has been “sort of surprised” by coverage of the breakdown of the Markles’ relationship. The Duchess of Sussex is being “pursued, vilified and chased”, the actor George Clooney has said, as he compares her experience in the Royal Family to that of Diana, Princess of Wales. The actor and his wife Amal are known to be friends with the Duke and Duchess, reportedly spending time together at the Clooneys’ Lake Como retreat last…
Rumors are rumors for a reason. Sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they get our hopes up only to let us down. That seems to be the case with the recent rumors of the new lines of MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros boasting the long-awaited Lion OS X.We originally noted that Mr. X, 9to5Mac’s source who has apparently been very accurate in the past in terms of Apple news, said the release of the new computers and Mac OS X 10.7 would be today, July 14. 9to5Mac published the leaked part numbers, which gave us the scoop on what products would be released. However, we’ve yet to hear any news from Apple today about a product launch, so a launch today is not looking likely.AdChoices广告So, when will we see these new products? More importantly, when will we be seeing Lion, an OS that we’ve been waiting for since Snow Leopard was released in August of 2009?9to5Mac reported today that Mr. X had provided not only the part numbers, but also the prices and a July 14th launch date from Apple. Chinese Mac site MIC Gadget is now saying that Mac OS X Lion will be launching tomorrow. MIC Gadgets said that Apple stores in China are planning “overnights” tonight, which usually only happen when the staff has to be trained on a new product.We know Mac OS X 10.7 is coming soon–Apple said it will be available in July. However, the date is still up in the air. Apple’s third quarter earnings call is Tuesday, July 19, so it’s possible it could launch Mac OS X 10, along with the new hardware, before that date.When Apple does finally release Lion, it will be available in the Mac App Store for $29.99 as a digital download.via 9to5Mac, MIC Gadgets
Kevin De Bruyne says his injuries have nothing to do with fatigue despite the fact that he only rested three weeks out of the year.Kevin De Bruyne, 27, made his return to the field with Manchester City against Everton last week after being sidelined since November. De Bruyne admits that although he and other footballers don’t get much rest throughout the year, that being tired has nothing to do with his injury-plagued season.“There’s nothing I can do – it was two accidents,” said De Bruyne, according to FourFourTwo. “I wasn’t exhausted. I think in general people need a good summer break, sometimes we play for 11.5 months at a time and there is not enough time to rest.“I had a rest of about three weeks – after 12 months of playing. Is that short? Probably, yes. But I felt OK to come back. There’s not a lot to say, I came back and trained and was out after one week – it’s just the way it goes.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m happy with my body because I know I have no problems with muscles. They were both just accidents, the second time also. I felt my knee and it pops, so you just work hard and try to be back as soon as possible.“I played the most of anyone last year – in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.“I think the most important thing is having a summer break – if you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.“But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week, I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So, I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.”
Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners discusses new gun safety proposal Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners Michael Schwartz discussed City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new “common sense” gun safety law proposal.The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee will consider a proposed ordinance Wednesday requiring gun owners to store guns in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use.City Attorney Mara Elliott proposed the ordinance Tuesday, calling it a common sense effort to reduce accidental shootings, children’s access to guns and suicides. According to Elliott, roughly 4.6 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a loaded and unsecured gun.“We hear about these tragedies all the time, even here in San Diego,” Elliott said. “With our Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance, we hope to prevent life-altering accidental shootings by reminding gun owners that they are responsible for safeguarding those around them by securely storing their guns.”The ordinance is compliant with state law, Elliott said, which require guns manufactured, transferred or sold in California to have an accompanying safety device approved by the state Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms. The ordinance, according to the city attorney’s office, will help local law enforcement ensure that residents are following state law.Elliott will present the ordinance to the committee during its 9 a.m. meeting. The committee, chaired by City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery, will meet in the City Administration Building’s 12th floor Committee Room, located at 202 C St. Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:38 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale community and local law enforcers came together, Friday.The Fort Lauderdale Black Officer Association hosted the first “Teen Summit” at Stranahan High School. The summit is a community outreach program that allows teens to learn and engage in topics like social media, life skills and etiquette.Even though police interaction was the main focus, the event’s motive was to bring kids in during the summer and have interactions between kids and law enforcement.“You know, sometimes we don’t really know our neighborhood officers, so when you get to engage in an environment like this, you’re more able to relate to the officers and speak to the officers when you see them,” said Fort Lauderdale Police officer Krystle Smith. “These are all students and juveniles who live in the areas where we work, so when they see us in the streets, they’re more inclined to come up to us and speak to us.”Kids also participated in plenty of activities, such as a military obstacle course, basketball tournament and more.Officials said another goal of the police department and association is to leave kids to make better decisions and reduce juvenile offenses.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year. Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations. Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.” So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029. The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightings
Tags CBP is planning to employ facial recognition tech at 20 top US airports by 2021, says report. Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday. There were reportedly “no limits” on how partnering airlines could use facial recognition data collected by the US Customs and Border Protection program, according to BuzzFeed News’ deep dive into 346 pages of documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research group. CBP reportedly limited participating companies and third-party firms from using this data in December, but it’s unclear how the new rule is being enforced.CBP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News that it would keep photos of non-US citizens departing the country for up to 14 days.”By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Critics of facial recognition tech have said advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy for governments to watch and track what individuals are doing. Microsoft in December urged governments to enact legislation in 2019 that requires facial recognition tech to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect people’s rights. Amazon’s shareholders in January called on the e-commerce giant to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies, following criticism from civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees.BuzzFeed News said airports currently included in the CBP’s facial recognition program are in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles and Reagan), Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Dallas-Fort Worth, JFK, Miami, San Jose, Orlando and Detroit. Comment 1 Security Sci-Tech Politics Facial recognition Share your voice
One Nome firefighter hoses down the Polaris Hotel on Tuesday morning after fire has been burning for more than 6 hours. (Photo: Davis Hovey, KNOM)Nome residents awoke this morning to see the Polaris Hotel ablaze. 22 of the available 30 Nome firefighters are currently containing the blaze. According to Nome Fire Chief Jim West, Jr., the Fire Department was first notified of a fire that started in the Polaris liquor store around 3:15 Tuesday morning.Listen now“It’s coming out of the liquor store; the owner came out and said he smelled smoke,” West said. “He checked the back kitchen, nothing there; as he worked his way back through the building and came to the storage area where’s there a couple coolers and whatnot, he got a burst of smoke and flame.”West and his crew are all safe, but reportedly at least one person, who could still be inside Polaris, is unaccounted for.“We made entry to the upstairs to get everybody out; we think we got everybody out. We are unsure of it,” West said. “There’s a possibility that someone might be inside, but we are unsure at this time.”The identity of the missing person is not being released at this time.As the work to extinguish this fire continues, West observed the blaze spread up through the second floor of Polaris and on to an adjacent structure. The Fire Chief says his crew has taken steps to prevent the fire from affecting further buildings and has a back hoe standing by just in case.“I think at this point in time it’s not going to jump, you can tell the smoke conditions have changed,” West said. “More white smoke, lighter white, lighter grey. The building had a lot of spray insulation in it, and that’s very hazardous, spray foam insulation, that’s what it is. That’s what we are worried about, too; it’s just an old building.”West Jr. believes the Polaris Hotel is totaled at this point.According to Fire Lieutenant Kevin Knowlton, the building is compromised, but no adjacent structures have been harmed. He says an excavator was used this afternoon to prevent the fire from spreading:“The west side of the building, we’ve got some residents that were fairly close, and if the walls fell outward they would have hit those; so, we brought the excavator in to kind of push everything into itself instead of waiting to see if it was going to do something we didn’t want it to do,” Knowlton said.According to a press release from the City of Nome, the origin of the fire is still unknown. The Nome Recreation Center has been activated as the community’s emergency shelter.Lt. Knowlton added that it was good to see community members come out to support the fire team throughout the day:“When we’re focusing on doing our job and people are looking out for us, it’s very, very appreciated,” Knowlton said.Late this afternoon, firefighters continued to douse what’s left of the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in and is expected to be on the scene tomorrow.This story has been updated.
Share – / 2 A 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas was laid to rest Wednesday in her hometown of Karachi.Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain Friday at Santa Fe High School. The alleged shooter is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is being held on capital murder charges.Sabika had planned to return home in a few weeks for Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.She was her family’s oldest child and began classes at Santa Fe High School last August. She had hoped to one day join Pakistan’s foreign service.Her tearful father was there to receive the body at Karachi airport early Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Sheikh has said he hopes her death leads to stricter gun control in the United States.Later, thousands of mourners, including the provincial governor, attended her funeral at a city mosque.“Before her death, she was just my daughter, but now she is the daughter of Pakistan, and it is only because of the love of people, who mourned her killing,” her father said.The shooting reignited the debate over gun control in the United States. Pakistan requires gun owners to be licensed, but the rules are poorly enforced, particularly in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. Heavily armed militant groups have carried out scores of attacks in recent years.
LGBT Conservatives: Anti-gay marriage Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘should not be Prime Minister in any circumstances’What is it like to grow up gay in the Mormon church?Romanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryPINK NEWS- A rift over the issue of same-sex marriage is threatening to tear the Church of the Latter Day Saints apart from the inside.Since the Church opposed marriage equality in the case of Proposition 8 – which temporarily banned gay marriage in California – many members of the church have softened their stances on the issue. Diane became an activist to try and change attitudes within the Mormon community, co-founding a support group for mothers of LGBT children which she called Mama Dragons.While the Church doesn’t condemn same-sex attraction, it does require celibacy from gay people.And in 2016, it introduced a hateful anti-LGBT policy which expelled same-sex couples and prevented their children from getting blessed or baptised until they were 18.When it comes to members in general though, support for same-sex marriage has steadily risen since it was legalised in the US.Mormons have also increasingly disapproved of businesses which refuse to serve gay couples.Many Mormons are confronting their crises of faith, with some of those who support LGBT rights seeking new tribes.John Dehlin, who was excommunicated after raising questions about Mormonism on his podcast for those struggling with their faith, is a long-time supporter of LGBT youth.He said there will be equality within the Church, but warned that it will take “20 or 30 years.”Watch a video on the subject below:[embedded content]Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Young Mormons in particular are increasingly approving of same-sex marriage, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll released in June.However, the leadership of the Church support radically different values.The late anti-LGBT leader of the church, Thomas Monson – who died on Tuesday – is set to be replaced with an even more homophobic elder.Monson refused to let women become priests and excluded LGBT families to the point where many removed themselves from the Church entirely.Diane Oviatt, who has a gay son, was one of the people who left over its resistance to same-sex marriage.“You don’t leave Mormonism easily…there is shunning that happens,” she told Vice. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)