Foreign couples leap at chance for same-sex vows

first_imgStuff.co 20 Sept 2013It might not be the flood of bookings some may have expected, but gay and lesbian couples are taking New Zealand up on its offer to legally bind them in marriage.Eighty-two same-sex couples have married since the Marriage Amendment Act came into force on August 19 – more than a quarter from overseas – and just under half made the change from a civil union.Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar-general Jeff Montgomery said the office expected the number of applications for same-sex marriage to increase in spring.Marriage celebrant Helen White said she had three weddings booked in for the coming months, including a couple who wanted to celebrate their 50th anniversary together by tying the knot, but she had not had a rush of inquiries.“I think it will probably be about as many booked as civil unions, nobody has been rushing me off my feet . . . I was expecting more, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9187779/Foreign-couples-leap-at-chance-for-same-sex-vowslast_img read more

Rightlander prioritises social responsibility with monitoring system launch

first_imgShare StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Rightlander tackles ‘bad actors’ with new compliance tool August 12, 2020 Related Articles Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Marketing compliance specialist Rightlander has launched a new monitoring system which will allow operators to highlight affiliate issues relating to social responsibility and the protection of vulnerable customers.The ‘Social Responsibility Report’ will be made available for UK and Sweden-facing operators, with Rightlander emphasising that the monitoring system develops ‘entry levels essentials’.Ian Sims, founder of Rightlander.com, explained: “Regulatory guidelines require companies to monitor all marketing messages that their affiliates put out and a key point of regulation is to ensure that the industry adopts a strict level of social responsibility.“Every operator needs to have the fundamentals in place and this report is designed to provide them the absolute essentials as a starting point on which to build their affiliate compliance strategy.”The new package searches for marketing at self-excluded gamblers, under 18s and unethical messaging promoted by affiliates, in addition to including PPC monitoring of Google as well as social media mentions and affiliate websites.The Social Responsibility Report will initially be available to brands in the UK and Swedish markets, with a view to extending the offering to multiple territories.Sims continued: “We’re in now the middle of an unprecedented crisis and it’s disturbing to see some affiliates trying to take advantage by using unethical advertising techniques and targeting terms, such as Coronavirus and ‘casinos without Gamstop,’ to try and entice players at a potentially vulnerable point in their lives.“I’ve always been passionate about the gambling industry and the team at Rightlander are motivated to innovate and ensure we remain at the forefront of addressing new compliance challenges that affiliate marketing throws up. As ex-affiliates and affiliate managers, we understand intimately how this method of marketing works and that’s why we are proud to lead the market.” Sharelast_img read more

Reading 2 – 5 Arsenal

first_imgArsenal started to heal the wounds inflicted by the Capital One Cup humiliation at League Two Bradford City with an impressive win at Reading.Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal an early lead and the Gunners were four up on the hour mark after Santi Cazorla became only the third Spaniard to score a Premier League hat-trick after Fernando Torres and Jordi Gomez.Reading, utterly outclassed, raised the prospect of the most unlikely comeback as Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe scored twice in the space of five minutes.But Theo Walcott, impressive in the central striker’s role he sees as crucial to his Arsenal future, snuffed out any Reading optimism with a composed finish that sends Arsene Wenger’s side up to fifth place in the table.As an exercise in recovery after the misery of Bradford, this will have done Arsenal’s confidence and morale a power of good – and supports Wenger’s claim that his side still have plenty to offer this season.It was a victory, however, that needs to be seen in the context of the limp opposition offered by Reading, who are now in serious danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, where they remain six points from safety. Royals manager Brian McDermott has overseen progress that has taken Reading a long way in a short time – but there were spells on Monday when what is required in the Premier League looked a long way beyond them.Arsenal dominated with embarrassing ease for long periods against a home side who, for the first hour at least, gave the ominous impression of a side simply passing through on their way back into the Championship. The presence of Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal a pace and movement Reading simply could not handle – with plenty of others, Cazorla chief among them, willing to join in to add extra attacking options.Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a taste of things to come in a harrowing opening half for Reading when he forced a fine save from keeper Adam Federici inside two minutes.Reading had a couple of moments of encouragement when the powerful Pavel Pogrebnyak almost stole in behind Arsenal’s defence, and again when Noel Hunt glanced a header just over. But the visitors made good on their early threat after 14 minutes. Kieran Gibbs was the provider with a cross from the right, allowing Podolski to arrive in space and take a perfect first touch before firing past Federici.Podolski then shot narrowly wide before Walcott’s speed took him into open space behind Reading’s hopeless defence only for Federici to block with his legs.Federici was distinguishing himself amid the carnage around him and saved well from Jack Wilshere before Cazorla added an inevitable second just after the half-hour as he headed in Podolski’s cross.Reading were falling apart and Cazorla added the third soon after, again taking advantage of dreadful marking to swivel and beat Federici from close range. The plight of the home side was cruelly illustrated when their own fans broke into ironic cheers to mark a short spell of possession, an act hardly designed to offer encouragement. The Royals survived the first 15 minutes of the second half before Arsenal made it four, Cazorla completing his hat-trick after Wilshere found Podolski, who unselfishly set up the Spaniard for a simple finish.As the Madejski sat back and waited for Arsenal to add more goals, Reading suddenly came to life and two quick goals briefly gave this one-sided game a competitive edge.Le Fondre rounded Wojciech Szczesny to pull one back after 66 minutes and Kebe squeezed between two Arsenal defenders to at least give Reading some encouragement.In October when these teams last met, Arsenal recovered from 4-0 down to win an extraordinary Capital One Cup tie 7-5 in extra time, and perhaps home fans fleetingly spied revenge.But Walcott deserved a goal for his endeavours and it duly arrived with a stylish finish to end Reading hopes. Arsenal’s fans appreciated his efforts and constantly urged Wenger to sort out the England attacker’s contract impasse. When he departed late on, it was to a standing ovation.Reading boss Brian McDermott: “I was very pleased with the response in the second half. Now we’ll stick together and move on.“We’ve got to fight, no doubt about that – that’s the only choice we have.“We had to do that last year, the year before that and the year before that when we were in a similar position in the Championship.“I think people have forgotten where we have come from over a short period of time. But the fans got behind us, they saw in the second half we tried to have a go and get the goals back.” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: “At 4-0 we had a little wobbling period, and at 4-2 of course with what happened last week we became a bit uncertain before the 5-2 killed the game.“But overall it was important to go out and play and give the right answer on the football pitch.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: WEDDING BELLS RINGING AT ST EUNAN’S

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 22.07.13In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreBest of luck to Donegal on Sunday as they take on Mayo in the q-final of this year’s championship in what is a repeat of last year’s memorable All-Ireland Final. Best wishes to Rory, Ross and Éamonn. The Juniors won a keenly fought contest against N. Conaill in their championship 2nd leg game by 1-07 to 0-09 to advance to the next round and a meeting with the winners of the MacCumhaills v Letterkenny Gaels tie.The Reserve game was postponed at the weekend and their next outing will be a meeting with N. Conaill in the championship q-final on August 10th with the winner meeting the winner of four Masters and St. Michael’s in the semi-final. The Senior Hurlers are in action at home this Wednesday (31st) against MacCumhaills in the Championship, throw-in at 7:30pm and they take on Setanta, also at home the following Wednesday (Aug. 7th).The Minor footballers had a good win over Termon in their Northern Championship q-final 1st leg game; the 2nd leg takes place at the Burn Road this Wednesday (31st).The U16 Boys div. 1 team had no game this week and they will take on Red Hugh’s at home next Monday (Aug. 5th). The div. 2 team had a good win over Buncrana on Monday night and they make the short trip to the Gaels next Monday.The U14 Girls are at home to Ardara this Friday evening at 7pm. All support welcome. Training is on Wednesday in O’Donnell Park at 6.30pm. All players should be there.The U12 girls travelled to Glenfin on Monday night and did very well in all their games.The U12 Hurlers maintained their 100% record with an away win at MacCumhaills. The U16 Hurlers had their first loss of the year to Buncrana and play away to Aodh Ruadh this Thursday. The U12’s play at home to Burt on the same day. U16 and Minor Hurling training continues every Tuesday at 5pm.The Sunday Morning Football Academy is now on a two week break and will return on Sunday, August 18th at 11am. There will be no Friday Hurling & Camogie Academy on Friday week, August 9th and it will return on August 16th. It goes ahead as normal this week (Aug. 2nd).Bookings are now being taken online for our Cúl Camps Hurling & Camogie Camp that takes place from August 12th – 16th. Hurling legends Paudie Butler and Ger O’Connor will attend for two days and will also host a “Coach the Coaches“ session on one evening during the week. You can also contact Adrian Gaffey on 086-3972544 to book.Best wishes go out this weekend to Pajo and Mary, who are getting married on Saturday and to Sammy Bogan and Suzi Tinney who are also getting married this Saturday. Sammy and Suzi met when they were paired up to take part in our Strictly Come Dancing a couple of years ago.There is a charity fundraising match this Bank Holiday Monday in the Park in aid of the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. Contact Jonathon Foley for details on 086-0546815. This game is open to all adults – current, past, men, women etc. and for a very worthy cause. There will also be some music, a raffle and good craic so please come out on Monday and help raise vital funds. GAA NEWS: WEDDING BELLS RINGING AT ST EUNAN’S was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: WEDDING BELLS RINGING AT ST EUNAN’Slast_img read more