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  • Bill to allow gay foster parents to adopt doesn’t have the votes

    first_imgBill to allow gay foster parents to adopt doesn’t have the votes Bill to allow gay foster parents to adopt doesn’t have the votes Jan Pudlow Senior Editor A proposal to allow gay foster parents to adopt the children they care for received its first public hearing since Florida’s anti-gay parenting law was first enacted in 1977.It was standing-room only at the Senate Children & Families Committee on February 14, where 19 people — including gay and lesbian parents, foster parents, foster children, national children’s advocates, sociologists, and researchers — testified why the bill was in the best interests of children.But before there was a vote on SB 172, Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, asked that her bill be temporarily passed because she knew she didn’t have the votes.“I really believe it is time to change this discriminatory statute. Unfortunately, and this pains me, I do not have the votes to pass this bill at this time,” Rich said. “But I believe that we have begun an important dialog. We have heard people share their life experiences and how this discriminatory law impacts not only them but children in our communities.”After thanking those who testified for opening up their “hearts and lives,” Rich said: “You know, in 1977, the Florida Legislature passed the law that we are looking at today, prohibiting all gay people from adopting children. At that time, and probably still, it is the most sweeping anti-gay parenting law in the country. I believe the law was born out of bigotry and prejudice. It is devoid of any basis in social science and contradicts public policy on child welfare. It denies children and adults constitutional rights. And it jeopardizes the best interests of children.“.. . I have learned in this process that all good things take time. We will continue to educate people and hear from people like you.. . . Those of us who support this bill are going to need your help, to continue to educate people about why we need to change the law in the state of Florida. We need to do what’s right for the children of our state. The bill’s time will come. But unfortunately, it is not going to come today.”SB 172, sponsored by Rich with co-introducers Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, and Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Bay Harbor Island, would have allowed homosexual foster parents to adopt the children they already care for if a judge finds by clear and convincing evidence it would be in the best interests of the child. (A similar companion bill, HB 123, was filed by Rep. Sheri McInvale, R-Orlando; and co-sponsored by Rep. Mary Brandenburg, D-Palm Beach; Rep. Faye Culp, R-Tampa; Rep. Ken Gottlieb, D-Miramar; Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach; Rep. Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton; and Rep. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, but has not yet been heard in the House.)Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, offered a more restrictive amendment that would require the child live with the foster parents for two years before being considered for adoption by the court, and would also require recommendations from the Department of Children and Families district administrator.“However, I understand that Sen. Rich would prefer that I not do this amendment,” Lynn said. “So Mr. Chairman, in respect to Sen. Rich, I will withdraw it.”Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, the committee’s chair, said gay foster parent adoption is an issue that must be brought up and he said Sen. President Tom Lee gave him permission to debate the issue.“It’s not like you can put your head in the sand and say there’s not many, many good foster parents that are gay that are not raising their children in a loving, happy, spiritual relationship,” Campbell said. “.. . I personally would love to have the full Senate and the full House take this up.” March 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • UK roundup: ITV in discussions over contingent asset deal

    first_imgITV is in discussions with its pension scheme trustees over the potential sale of London Television Centre, which was pledged to the scheme as a contingent asset in 2014.In a third-quarter trading statement published yesterday, the UK broadcaster said it was negotiating with trustees of the £3.9bn (€4.5bn) scheme regarding the provision of a “suitable equivalent asset”.“The proceeds of the sale of the South Bank site could be used to replace the £50m asset security and to reduce ITV’s net debt position,” the company stated.ITV also reported a net surplus of £9m for its defined benefit (DB) arrangements as of 30 September. This marked a £77m fall in the surplus from the end of June. BNY Mellon has secured its position as custodian for RPMI Railpen, one of the largest pension funds in the UK.It was reappointed after a competitive tendering process, according to a press release. It has been a provider to the £28bn multi-employer scheme for 22 years.Paul Nathan, chief operating officer at RPMI Railpen, said: “Through a major transformation programme at Railpen, as we bring significant asset management capability in-house, BNY Mellon has demonstrated not only the quality of its service proposition but also its flexibility and professionalism.“A robust operating model is essential to ensuring that Railpen continues to meet its mission to pay pensions, securely, affordably and sustainably. We are very pleased BNY Mellon will be supporting us with this over the coming years.” The company’s contribution schedule was agreed based on a 1 January 2017 valuation, when the scheme had a £470m shortfall. As such, ITV said it expected to contribute roughly £80m to the pension scheme this year and £75m next year.DB consolidator appoints service providers ahead of launchClara Pensions, a commercially backed consolidator for UK DB pension schemes, has appointed several third-party service providers as it prepares to reveal its first clients.Consultancy group Hymans Robertson has been appointed as the company’s actuarial adviser, having been advising the Clara team on several areas since the beginning of 2018.Eversheds Sutherland has been chosen as legal adviser to the company’s independent trustees, while CMS will continue as Clara Pensions’ legal adviser, a role it has had since last year. Ross Corporate Services, a London-based governance specialist, has been named as scheme secretary.RPMI Railpen reappoints BNY Mellon as custodianlast_img read more

  • Former teammates Ennis, Pierre prepare for NCAA Tournament matchup

    first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Up near the Ennis’ home country, there’s a reunion of sorts taking place.Tyler Ennis and his brother Dylan are both playing at First Niagara Center for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and on Saturday, when No. 3-seed Syracuse squares off against No. 11-seed Dayton, Ennis will take the floor against Dyshawn Pierre, a fellow Canadian and former CIA Bounce teammate.“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a little bit different playing against guys you know,” Ennis said. “It just shows Canada’s really on the rise.”Ennis and Pierre overlapped for one year with CIA Bounce and played together for one summer with the Canadian national team Cadets.With CIA Bounce, Pierre was playing with the U17 team and Ennis, then a 16-year-old, played up a year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“With his talent he was able to play with us,” Pierre said. “His talent spoke, for sure. We were all about winning, too, and we needed him at times when the older guys weren’t playing well. I think he started over some of the guys.”The two live about 45 minutes apart in Canada, Pierre said, and both live about three hours from Buffalo. Pierre expects to see a largely pro-Orange crowd Saturday, but upstate New York is close enough to Whitby, Ontario, that there will be a contingent of friends and family supporting him.The same is in play for Ennis. His entire family, including Dylan, is in Buffalo to support both SU and Villanova, but it’s also a chance to take in a showcase of good Canadian players.“We have so many players in the Tournament still and playing key players,” Ennis said. “It just shows we have talent.”Ennis has faced off against a slew of Canadian opponents throughout the season — the Orange traveled to Canada for four preseason games during the summer and faced an Olivier Hanlan-led Boston College team twice — but Pierre is one of the few guys he has experience playing with.He hasn’t had much of a chance to see Pierre during this weekend, but when both teams played in the EA Sports Maui Invitational they got to watch some basketball together.Now, while other Canadian stars like Melvin Ejim and Andrew Wiggins play crucial roles elsewhere, Ennis and Pierre collide on the big stage in Buffalo, where they sing the Canadian National Anthem before games, too.Said Ennis: “It goes to show how far Canada has come to have players who are impact players on this level.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

  • Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer Enters Pre-Quarterfinals With Win Over Albert Ramos-Vinolas

    first_imgShanghai: Ruthless Roger Federer claimed victory in his Shanghai Masters opener on Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.The 38-year-old Swiss won 6-2, 7-6 (5) and plays Belgium’s 13th seed David Goffin or Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the last 16. The third-ranked Federer is looking to end the season on a high with a fourth title of the year — although he failed to win a 21st Grand Slam this season.The 46th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas put up a better fight in the second set, forcing the tie break and taking a 2-0 and then 4-1 lead in it.But cheered on by his band of local supporters, who held aloft banners proclaiming their hero “superhuman”, Federer won the tie break — and the match — with a forehand smash.Roger’s Revenge 💪 After falling to Ramos-Vinolas at this stage in 2015, @rogerfederer defeats the 🇪🇸 6-2, 7-6(5) at the #RolexShMasters. pic.twitter.com/4KKO41tnIy— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 8, 2019 RUBLEV UPSETS CORICUnseeded Andrey Rublev of Russia upset Borna Coric of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.The 12th-seeded Coric was runner-up in Shanghai last year, losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final.Two Americans – 16th-seeded John Isner and Reilly Opelka – are through to the second round.Isner ousted Alex De Minaur of Australia 7-6 (1), 6-4, and Opelka defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4.Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open last month, posted a 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.It was a 36th win of the season for the 11th-seeded Berrettini. He has won 30 of those matches since defeating Struff on April 22. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. albert ramos vinolasATP TourRoger FedererShanghai Masters First Published: October 8, 2019, 6:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Consul heralds prize for VCE excellence

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Consul for Educational Affairs Dr Charalampos Ladopoulos visited Balwyn High School on August 21 to make a presentation to the 2008 Greek Premier’s Award recipient Effie Markesinis. Every year the Premier’s VCE Awards are awarded to the top VCE students. Out of 42 VCE Languages Other Than English, only 10 Premier’s Awards are given each year. This year one of these recipients for the Greek language was Effie Markesinis. She was only one of 22 High Achievers receiving a score of more than 40 in Greek. In fact she was the only student of Modern Greek who received a perfect score of 50. Effie is a third generation Greek who completed Modern Greek Units 3&4 as a Year 11 student. The teaching of Greek recommenced at Balwyn High School in 1998. Currently, there are about 100 students studying Modern Greek with an equal number studying Ancient Greek and Classical Greek at the school. Greek is also taught to Year 12 students after an initiative in 2003, by the Head of Languages Other than English, Eleni Kane. Dr Ladopoulos presented Effie with a certificate of Excellence from the Education Office of the Consulate General of Greece and congratulated her on her outstanding achievement pointing out that it is students like Effie who embody the aspirations of the present and future generations to retain and promote Greek language and culture. He also congratulated Mrs Kane, who, for the second time since 2003 has supported and encouraged a student to receive the Premier’s Award for Greek.last_img read more