Cohabitation law reform more urgent than civil partnership issue – solicitor

first_imgGraeme FraserPartner, OGR Stock DentonHowever, solicitor Graeme Fraser, family law group Resolution’s national spokesperson on co-habitation, says parliament should concentrate on introducing specific family law remedies to protect vulnerable people among the estimated 3.3m cohabitants.He said: ‘The existing law is discriminatory in particular for women who have brought up children within a family relationship for perhaps 20 or even 30 years to be left in poverty because only the financial contribution of their significantly wealthier partner is taken into account.’It is not right or fair that the children of such relationships fare worse than children of married couples should their parents separate or one of them are left bereaved.’Introducing such remedies would enable such women to obtain financial redress for them and their children as of right from their wealthier partners without reliance on the state and increasing strain on social security.’ While all eyes are on the Supreme Court tomorrow for its decision on whether a man and a woman should be allowed to enter into a civil partnership, a prominent family lawyer is urging parliament to focus its attention on ‘the more pressing issue’ of protecting vulnerable cohabitants.The UK’s highest court will reveal tomorrow whether the bar on different-sex couples entering into civil partnerships breaches Rebecca Hannah Steinfeld and Charles Robin Keidan’s rights under articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enabled same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship by registering a civil partnership at a time when they were not allowed to get married. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allowed same-sex couples to get married or convert their civil partnerships into marriage.Last month the Government Equalities Office said four elements of research were required to determine the future of civil partnerships: trends in civil partnership and marriage among same-sex couples; a survey to assess demand for civil partnership and marriage among opposite-sex couples; same-sex couples’ motivations to choose a civil partnership; and a review of what has happened in other countries.The government expects to consult on the ‘future operation’ of civil partnerships in 2020.last_img read more

Twins Complete Sweep of Orioles with Sunday Win

first_img About Connatix V56892 1080p HD 360p Auto (360p) Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi pitched six strong innings, giving up five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts — holding Baltimore scoreless.Next: The Twins host the Kansas City Royals tomorrow night at Target Field in Minneapolis at 7:10 PM CT (TV: Fox Sports North, Radio: 1240 WJON.) 1/1center_img The Minnesota Twins completed a four game sweep of the visiting Baltimore Orioles with a 10-1 win Sunday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis.The win marks the first time in franchise history that the Twins have swept Baltimore at home in a four-game series. It never happened at Met Stadium, and never happened at the Metrodome.The big inning for Minnesota was the sixth, when they added eight runs to the pair they had scored an inning earlier. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 720p HDlast_img read more

San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes, using Nos. 0, 00

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 18th February, 2020 11:33 IST San Francisco Giants Are Putting Up Zeroes, Using Nos. 0, 00  The San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes.  The San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes.They believe they might be doing something rarely seen: using uniform numbers 0 and 00 in the same year.When San Francisco added speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton with a minor league deal earlier this month, equipment manager Brad Grems called the league to make sure there’s a difference between the two — because new first base coach Antoan Richardson aleady had claimed 00.“He’s good with stuff like that,” shortstop Brandon Crawford said Monday of Grems’ due diligence.Given the Giants have 11 retired numbers with their long list of Hall of Famers and 13 coaches and a pair of bullpen catchers in uniform under new manager Gabe Kapler, Hamilton’s other choices were 96 or 98. San Francisco has 72 players in camp.Already having made history with the hiring of baseball’s first female coach on a big league staff — Alyssa Nakken is wearing No. 92 — longtime equipment manager and current senior adviser Mike Murphy can’t remember a time with both “0” numbers and neither can Grems as he begins his 21st season in baseball and sixth with San Francisco.Grems called MLB “to see if there was a difference between zero and double-zero. The NBA does it.”“That’s the fun thing about spring training, you have so many guys come in and it’s just kind of exciting to see who’s going to step up and who’s going to help the team out in the long run,” San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt said. “That’s kind of a cool thing we have so many people in here and we’re having to look for more numbers because you don’t really know exactly what you’re going to get from everybody.”Former Giants left fielder Jeffrey Leonard wore No. 00 in 1987-88, changing from his original 26. At the time, Murphy had to run it by then-general manager Spec Richardson.In fact, Richardson called Leonard after the team’s Fan Fest last weekend to get his blessing to wear “00.” Richardson’s great-grandmother, Dame Albertha Isaacs, was born in 1900 in his native Bahamas. She was a renowned teacher, tennis player and women’s rights activist.“I definitely have to mention PacMan Jeffrey Leonard because he’s the original double-zero, so getting his blessing was really important to this process,” Richardson said. “So very thankful for him. The reason why I’m 00 is simple, my great-grandmother was born in 1900 and I think it was going to be a great honor to pay tribute to her and just my journey in life. So that’s what made me choose double-zero.”Outfielder Brennan Boesch was given 00 by the Angels during spring training in 2014 and wore it for a time. In all, 20 major league players have worn double-zero — with Bobby Bonds, Don Baylor and Jose Canseco on that list — and 21 have had No. 0.Hamilton and Richardson are thrilled to be connected by their unique numbers after they once played winter ball together in Puerto Rico, not to mention the good-natured debate on who is the faster one. “He’s faster, for sure,” Hamilton said.“That’s really cool. I’m zero and he’s double-zero,” Hamilton said before the Giants’ first full-squad workout. “He’s the one I’m working with every day.” COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 18th February, 2020 11:33 IST Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more

NFL news and notes: Sam Darnold out ‘weeks’ with mono; Nick Foles targeting Week 11 return

first_imgLe’Veon Bell also caused worry when Gase confirmed the running back would miss practice Thursday. Bell, however, underwent an MRI, which revealed no tears or damage to his shoulder.Nick Foles targeting Week 11 returnIt’s a stretch and will depend on his recovery, but the Jaguars quarterback is staying positive. Foles was placed on the injured reserve/return list after undergoing surgery Monday morning on his broken left collarbone and is eligible to return in Week 11 against the Colts following Jacksonville’s bye. In the meantime, the team acquired Joshua Dobbs from the Steelers to compete for playing time with Gardner Minshew, who filled in for Foles in the opener.Derrius Guice out 6-8 weeks after surgeryThe Redskins running back tore the meniscus in his right knee in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Eagles and will need time to recover from the procedure he underwent Thursday morning in which he reportedly had his meniscus trimmed.Guice rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries in his NFL debut. The 22-year-old’s absence has pushed veteran rusher Adrian Peterson back into the starting lineup after he was deemed a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last week, so his role is expected to expand.Two things that don’t matterOdell Beckham Jr. blasts Gregg Williams for coaching “dirty”The Browns receiver appears fired up for “Monday Night Football” against the Jets after accusing New York defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of encouraging “dirty plays and cheap shots.”Beckham claimed current Browns players told him about Williams’ tactics when he served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2017-18, saying he instructed them to take Beckham out during a preseason matchup in 2017.Beckham ended up hurting his ankle in that game on a hit by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and later broke the same one in Week 5 of the regular season in an injury he said “changed my life forever.”NFL launches $3 million helmet challengeThe league is looking to upgrade its equipment in an effort to increase safety and reduce concussions, so it announced the “Helmet Challenge” to stimulate the development of new headgear for players that will outperform models being used today.The 18-month contest, set to begin this fall and culminate in May 2021, will feature a prize of $2 million in grant funding to support the development of a helmet prototype and a $1 million award. Ahead of the official kickoff of Week 2 Thursday in Carolina, another quarterback was sidelined, but not with an injury.Still, the NFL is searching for options in an attempt to make the game safer and decided to turn it into a contest with the hope of garnering more interest from people who could help. Nick Foles injury update: Jaguars QB ‘loosely targeting’ Week 11 for return, report says Three things that matterSam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with monoJets coach Adam Gase made the shocking announcement Thursday after the quarterback missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed illness believed to be strep throat. It was later reported that Trevor Siemian is expected to start Monday against the Browns, while Luke Falk will serve as the backup.It’s clearly a cause for concern since the symptoms can last for months, though an Oct. 6 return to face the Eagles is possible considering the Jets have a bye in Week 4. Related Newscenter_img Jets QB Sam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with mono; Trevor Siemian to start One video you have to seeIn the wake of the sexual assault and rape allegations against him, Patriots receiver Antonio Brown continued to practice — albeit in a different number than Wednesday — and catch passes from quarterback Tom Brady.Antonio Brown, now No. 17, catches a pass from Tom Brady early in practice.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 12, 2019Thursday’s tweet of the dayThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the class of 2020.BREAKING: The Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2020 have been released. The list is comprised of 122 players and coaches. Among the group announced are eight first-year eligible players. Click the link to see the list #PFHOF20— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 12, 2019last_img read more

Peter Sallis, voice of ‘Wallace and Gromit,’ dead at 96

first_imgBorn in London in 1921, Sallis began his working life in a bank, but caught the acting bug as a Royal Air Force serviceman during World War II. After the war, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and built up a diverse career onstage and in British film and television.He became famous in Britain as a star of the long-running sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine.” Sallis was proud to have appeared in every episode during the show’s 37-year run.Millions around the world know his voice from animator Nick Park’s “Wallace and Gromit,” which charted the adventures of a cheese-loving Yorkshireman with a passion for inventing wild contraptions and his level-headed, silent dog, Gromit.With their old-fashioned stop-motion animation and lightly anarchic British humor, Park’s short films, feature and BBC series gained fans around the world.Two of the films, “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave” won Academy Awards.The bald, green-vested character Sallis voiced between 1989 and 2010 was instantly recognizable from his down-to-earth Yorkshire accent and frequent exclamation of “Cheese, Gromit!”Park said Sallis “was always my first and only choice for Wallace.”“He brought his unique gift and humor to all that he did, and encapsulated the very British art of the droll and understated,” he said. FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005 file photo, British actor Peter Sallis, who voices the part of Wallace poses with a person dressed as the character ‘Wallace’ on arrival at the Leicester Square Odeon, London for the premiere of Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit” cartoons, has died. He was 96. Sallis’ agents, Jonathan Altaras Associates, say he died Friday, June 2, 2017 in London. (AP Photo/Paul Ashby, File) LONDON | British actor Peter Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit” cartoons, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 96.Sallis’ talent agency, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said he died Friday at a retirement home for actors in London.last_img read more