20 Oct
2020

London’s prime residential values slide

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27 Sep
2020

Heck – we even made the BBC News!

first_imgbbc.co.uk 17 April 2013New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups. The bill was passed with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against. Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, calling it a milestone for equality. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana”, AP news agency reported. Some opinion polls have suggested that about two-thirds of New Zealanders support the reform, although others polls suggest the public are more divided. Parliamentarians were allowed a conscience vote, and, crucially, the reform had the backing of both the Prime Minister John Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer, the BBC’s Phil Mercer in Sydney reports. Celebrations have been held in pubs and clubs in the capital Wellington, our correspondent adds. Same-sex civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Roger Stone asks court to delay prison sentence for health reasons

first_imgRoger Stone is once again seeking to delay the start of his prison sentence.The Broward resident is mounting a last-ditch bid to get a federal appeals court to put off the 40-month prison sentence he is facing after being convicted of trying to thwart a congressional investigation into alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.Attorneys for Stone asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for an emergency stay of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling last week putting Stone, 67, under house arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home.Stone’s lawyers are asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to allow Stone to report to prison on September 3rd. He currently has until July 14th to surrender.Stone’s lawyers claim his health is at risk if he has to report to prison next week. In a social media post on Monday evening, Stone said that he viewed the latest legal action as a longshot, but that he was determined to pursue every option in the court system even as he seeks a pardon from Trump.“I recognize that the chances are overwhelming that the appeals court will remand the matter back to Judge Jackson,” Stone wrote on Instagram, “but it is vitally important that the American people see all of the false claims in her most recent ruling and I want the president to know that I have, in good faith ,exhausted all of my legal remedies and that an only an act of clemency by the Presideny [sic] will provide Justice in my case where I was charged on politically motivated ,fabricated charges and was denied a fair trial with an unbiased judge,an honest jury and uncorrupted and non political prosecutors.”Trump has said Stone shouldn’t be concerned that he’ll be sent to prison, but the president has also predicted that his longtime confidant will be exonerated in the legal system. The president has strongly hinted that he’ll provide a pardon or commutation if necessary to stop Stone from being jailed.last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

USA triumph for Sammy Fuller

first_img England girl international Sammy Fuller has just scored a record-breaking fourth straight win at the Honda Junior Classic in Florida, USA. Sammy, from Roehampton in Surrey, beat Thailand’s Kanyanat Saithip by a stroke to win the girls’ 14-15-year age group.  She scored 77, 73, in tough conditions on the Arnold Palmer course at the PGA National in West Palm Beach. The result continues Sammy’s remarkable run of success in US golf tournaments, achieved during annual winter trips to Florida. The 14-year-old has won her age group in the Honda Junior Classic in each of the last three years and, during last year’s trip, she notched up her sixth consecutive win in the Pars Florida International Junior Championship. Sammy’s younger sister Annabell, 11, (Roehampton) is also making her mark – she was the runner-up in the 10-11-year age group at the Honda Junior Classic.  In addition another Surrey player, Martha Lewis, 13 (St George’s Hill), was third in the 12-13-year age group. Martha was runner-up in the 2013 English U13 championship. Sammy trains with England Golf’s national girls’ squad while Annabell and Martha are both members of the regional U16 South Squad. During this winter’s trip Sammy, together with English boy champion Ben Amor (Marlborough), will represent England Golf in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl at Biltmore Golf Club, Florida, on 27–30 December. 16 Dec 2013 USA triumph for Sammy Fuller last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Pirates rally in 9th behind Alvarez and Marte; beat Blue Jays 6-5

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) gets a hug from Pedro Alvarez, right, after Marte hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Alvarez had hit a two-run homer earlier in the inning to tie the game. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates probably thought they were in for another long night.They arrived home in Pittsburgh at 3:33 a.m. Friday after the second game of their doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles went into extra innings. The Pirates appeared on their way to playing another late one Friday night when Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth.But two batters later, Starling Marte followed with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Manager Clint Hurdle, who moved Marte from batting leadoff to the seventh spot in the lineup Thursday and six-hole Friday, hopes the win can get his players and team some “traction.”“It’s been a while since Pedro has been able to ride one out of the ballpark,” Hurdle said. “Marte’s at-bats have gotten bigger, none bigger than that one. Those kind of at-bats can create a spark, create more momentum and more traction.”Marte knew the ball was gone as soon as he hit it.“That’s what I want,” Marte said. “No matter what spot I hit in.”Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.Alvarez’s homer broke a two-week home run drought for the third baseman who led the National League last season.“Obviously, (hitting the home run) feels really good,” Alvarez said. “It kept us in the game, but of course anytime I can get a clutch hit for the team, to contribute to a W, it’s huge.”Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After converting his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games and continue to have issues in the bullpen.“We played such a great game today and it stinks to blow it,” Santos said.Toronto manager John Gibbons noted the injuries to reliever Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan as aspects that have hindered the Blue Jays’ performance at the end of games.“It’s a totally different look and I think we’re suffering for it,” Gibbons said. “But the game doesn’t let you up.”McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.Pirates starter Gerrit Cole allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, failing to reach the sixth for the first time in six starts this season. Cole said he was “a little off” Friday night.“I wasn’t executing a handful of pitches there,” Cole said. “They beat me on some good pitches.”Toronto’s Brandon Morrow gave up three runs and 11 hits in five innings. After walking eight batters in his last start, Morrow walked just one Friday.“I just forgot about that and went out and threw the way I’d been throwing before that,” Morrow said. “I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t think it was strange to come out and have good command today.”In his first at-bat in Pittsburgh since 2008, Jose Bautista hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead on Jordy Mercer’s run-scoring, double-play grounder in the second and McCutchen’s RBI single in the third.Colby Rasmus hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth, a two-run drive, and Bautista had an RBI double in the fifth that made it 4-2.McCutchen’s run-scoring single cut the deficit in the bottom half, but Toronto regained a two-run lead in the sixth on pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson’s run-scoring, two-out triple off Justin Wilson.Hurdle was keen not to forget about Casey Sadler making his major league debut Friday night. Sadler pitched two scoreless innings, gave up a hit and struck out one.“He was able to come in and keep the game right where it was,” Hurdle said. “Not to be lost in everything else that went on because he kept it right there at a two-run deficit.”NOTES: Bautista has a 12-game hitting streak and has reached based in all 29 games he’s played this season. … Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.97).last_img read more

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