Recognition of gays in Union

first_imgGay partnerships received the backing of the Union’s governing body this week, as members voted to recognise the Government’s Civil Partnership Bill by 13 votes to 3. Ex-Treasurer, Laura Poots, proposed an amendment to allow same sex ‘spouses’ of Union members to qualify for membership, a privilege until now enjoyed only by those in heterosexual relationships. The Union “ought to be proactive”, Poots told the meeting. The Civil Partnership Bill, which seeks to give legal status and financial security to long term same sex couples, is currently in the committee stage of the House of Lords and is expected to become law early next year. Seconding the motion, Chris Farmer felt that the Union’s move would not only help overturn its image as old-fashioned and out of touch, but could also add pressure to ensure the bill achieved royal assent. However, prominent Catholics and Evangelicals amongst the Union’s Standing Committee felt that such an amendment before the passage of the Civil Partnership Bill into law would, in the words of Returning Officer, Alex Young, make it appear that the Society had simply “jumped on the bandwagon”. Timothy Ayles asserted that the proposed partnership “was an entirely different kettle of fish to marriage”, and expressed fears that it might allow any “Tom, Dick, or Harry” to join the Union. Yet despite the controversy regarding the Union’s stance, the result of the secret ballot (to ensure ‘personal and moral commitments’ were upheld) ensured the motion will have Standing Committee backing as it is debated by members in third week. governing body this week, as members voted to recognise the Government’s Civil Partnership Bill by 13 votes to 3. Ex-Treasurer, Laura Poots, proposed an amendment to allow same sex ‘spouses’ of Union members to qualify for membership, a privilege until now enjoyed only by those in heterosexual relationships. The Union “ought to be proactive”, Poots told the meeting. The Civil Partnership Bill, which seeks to give legal status and financial security to long term same sex couples, is currently in the committee stage of the House of Lords and is expected to become law early next year. Seconding the motion, Chris Farmer felt that the Union’s move would not only help overturn its image as old-fashioned and out of touch, but could also add pressure to ensure the bill achieved royal assent. However, prominent Catholics and Evangelicals amongst the Union’s Standing Committee felt that such an amendment before the passage of the Civil Partnership Bill into law would, in the words of Returning Officer, Alex Young, make it appear that the Society had simply “jumped on the bandwagon”. Timothy Ayles asserted that the proposed partnership “was an entirely different kettle of fish to marriage”, and expressed fears that it might allow any “Tom, Dick, or Harry” to join the Union. Yet despite the controversy regarding the Union’s stance, the result of the secret ballot (to ensure ‘personal and moral commitments’ were upheld) ensured the motion will have Standing Committee backing as it is debatedARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

Woman traumatized after trapped in tipped over porta-potty

first_imgA Canadian woman says she is traumatized after being trapped in a porta-potty that tipped over.Cecilia Mwalyoga, her boyfriend and their five-week-old daughter went to the Wings Over Springbank Airshow on July 27th.But once they arrived the show was canceled due to intense winds.Mwalyoga opted to use a portable restroom before leaving the area.However, things literally took a turn for the worst when intense winds tipped the porta-potty over while she was inside.When the porta-potty hit the ground, she was still trapped inside.The woman’s boyfriend scrambled to hoist the porta-potty up enough for Mwayloga to crawl out of a small hole.Mwayloga was covered in toilet paper, blue water toilet water, urine, and even found needles in her hair.Besides feeling humiliated, she was worried about potential injuries and questioned the safety of the portable restrooms which she said were not “anchored” down.Mwayloga said she took a two-hour shower after the ordeal and is still traumatized.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

‘Admiral’ Bailey lifting Tivoli Gardens FC with ‘basics’ in RSPL

first_imgTwo-title winning Tivoli Gardens Football Club coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey has admitted that he found his former team in a less than ideal state and has been having to teach football tactics from the very basics.Bailey replaced Christopher Bender late this season and got his team off to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Rivoli United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.”There is a lot of work to be done. First and foremost, I have to get them more tactically aware so they understand the role and understand where they are supposed to play on the football field and what time, and then the playing conditions,” Bailey outlined.When asked if his team could rebound to finish among the top four and make it into the semi-final round, Bailey said that he was not looking that far.”There is still a lot of work to be done; there is nothing to celebrate. In terms of the fitness level and the whole understanding role for the football field, there is still a long journey, still a long way to go, but it is always good to start out positive and winning,” stressed Bailey, who admits to taking time away from his musical career to deliver Tivoli from a relegation struggle.Tivoli then rallied to a similar 2-1 come-from-behind win over Harbour View on Sunday, taking them to four points ahead of the relegation zone and one point behind ninth-place Cavalier SC.”It was very important for us. I think it gets us out of the red temporarily. One step, one day at a time, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” Bailey said.last_img read more