The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday effectively to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon state.The bill, which would treat the offense of plural marriage as a simple infraction on par with a parking ticket, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it is likely to face greater resistance.The bill swiftly cleared the Republican-controlled Senate on a vote of 29-0 with little discussion. It also would make it easier for otherwise law-abiding polygamists to obtain access to critical services such as medical or mental health care, education or even employment without fear, she said.Opponents of decriminalization say the current law should not be changed because polygamy is inherently dangerous and harmful to women and children, particularly young girls, some of whom have been forced into marriages with older men. REMNANT OF PRE-STATEHOODPolygamy is a remnant of the early teachings of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members fled persecution over the practice to settle the Utah territory in 1847. The church disavowed polygamy in 1890 as a condition of Utah statehood, and today members of the faith found to be practicing plural marriage are excommunicated.Fundamentalist Mormons, said to number more than 30,000 across the western United States, believe they are adhering to the truest form of Mormon doctrine, which promises polygamists glorification in heaven.Utah’s history of felony punishment for polygamy has never halted its practice entirely but rather driven it to the fringes of society, creating a culture of fear that allows perpetrators to thrive, Henderson said.“The solution to the problem is increased societal integration, which can only come through decriminalizing otherwise law-abiding polygamists,” Henderson said during a preliminary debate on the bill last week.Critics, however, say the measure wrongly frames polygamy as a human rights issue.“Proponents of this bill attempt to piggyback on the success of the gay rights movement by promoting the narrative that this initiative is about consenting adults doing what they will,” the anti-polygamy group Sound Choices Coalition said in a statement. “This has nothing to do about consenting adults or gay rights. It’s all about weaponizing God.”In 2013, Kody Brown, patriarch of the polygamist family featured on the “Sister Wives” television reality show, challenged the law after being investigated for bigamy by Utah County prosecutors. No charges were filed.A federal judge struck down the anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional. But a federal appeals court reversed the ruling and the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.Topics : Under current law, polygamy – typically involving a man who cohabitates with and purports to marry more than one wife – is classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.If the Senate bill becomes law, punishments for plural marriage would be limited to fines of up to $750 and community service.However, fraudulent bigamy – in which an individual obtains licenses to marry more than one spouse without their knowledge, or seeks to wed someone underage without her consent – remains a felony.The chief sponsor of the measure, Senator Deirdre Henderson, said the intent of the bill is not to legalize polygamy but to lower the penalties so those from polygamous communities who are victims of crimes can come forward without fear of being prosecuted themselves.
More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr DeLutis said he rated the Gold Coast as one of the best places in the country.“I’ve been coming to the Gold Coast since I was a kid. “Noosa is great and so is Byron Bay, but I think the Gold Coast is even better. “There’s just so much on offer, the restaurants and bars, it’s fantastic.” 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.He said the vendors invested almost $100,000 on improvements to the residence since buying it last year.The two-level 758sq m four-bedroom sky home offers views to the north and south of the Coast.It also has a rooftop terrace with a 15-metre lap pool and spa. Victorian property developer Colin DeLutis has splashed $5.25 million on a luxury penthouse on the Gold Coast.IT’S been a busy few weeks for Victorian property developer Colin DeLutis, dropping more than $70 million on property nationwide.Fresh from snapping up a shopping centre in regional Victoria for around $65 million, the CEO of DeGroup and former vice-president of the Carlton Football Club splashed $5.25 million on a luxury penthouse on the Gold Coast. Michelle and Colin DeLutis.The property on Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, last sold in January 2017 for $4.8 million and was once owned by former Coles boss John Fletcher, who paid $6.7 million for it in 2007.Mr DeLutis, whose family built their wealth by founding Westco Jeans before going into property development, said he had been eyeing off the residence since it was built in 2005.“I know the building well as I’ve looked at it extensively over the years,” Mr DeLutis said.“I own shopping centres and develop offices, car parks, hotels, townhouses and apartments and know value when I see it.“I was going to buy this off the plan but the price I thought was too high.” 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.He said he and wife Michelle planned to use the four-bedroom apartment as a holiday home and hoped to visit the Coast once a month.“I can’t wait to get up there and start using it,” he said.Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal, negotiated the sale and said it showed the strength of the luxury property market on the Coast.“This property sold within 14 days of hitting the market and shows just how robust the luxury market and, in particular Mermaid Beach, currently is,” Mr Stevens said. “Hedges Ave continues to be renowned as one of the most sought-after streets in the state.”
Revealing weaknesses According to Equinor, the main purpose of the inspection services is to keep all installations in good shape and prepare for safe, reliable and efficient operations.The services will reveal weaknesses in oil and gas installations onshore and offshore to prevent serious damages, and several technologies are applied such as ultrasound, radiography and drone inspection, the company explained.The agreements are designed to reward the suppliers for improvements in general and the use of new technology and digitalization specifically.Kjetil Hove, Equinor’s senior vice president for Operations Technology, said: “We are already applying advanced ultrasound methods to reduce radiation from the use of radiography. These are advanced technologies that we expect to be even further developed. It is also exciting to see that drones are to mature from being a niche product to becoming standard deliveries within these services. This will benefit our installations, as we will have better methods for inspecting areas at height.” Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has chosen suppliers for inspection services on all offshore installations on the Norwegian continental shelf and onshore plants in Norway.Photo: Marit Hommedal / EquinorThe frame agreements are scheduled to be signed in a short time, Equinor said on Friday.The agreements will be awarded to Aker Solutions, Axess, Oceaneering Asset Integrity, and IKM Operations, taking effect from January 1, 2020. The agreements have a fixed duration of six years plus two four-year options.The total value, including options, is estimated at just above NOK 3.5 billion ($380.3M), where the scope will employ around 300-400 people per year.“The agreements will ensure predictability for both Equinor and the suppliers. They form the basis for a strong long-term collaboration, allowing us to use new technologies, achieve continuous improvement and increase safety and value creation for all parties,” said Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer (CPO). Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Seized from Joel Paniqui of Barangay SanNicholas, Oton, Iloilo was a .45-caliber pistol with live bullets, a policereport showed. Paniqui wasnabbed after he failed to show the license ofthe gun. Paniqui was detained in the lockup cellof the Mandurriao police station, facing charges./PN Prior to his arrest, police spottedPaniqui with a firearm tucked in his pants around 1 a.m. on Monday. ILOILO City – For possessing anunlicensed firearm, a 39-year-old man was caught in Barangay Pali-Benedicto,Mandurriao district.
Batesville, In. — Every January, special recognition is given to the first baby born at Margaret Mary Health in the new year. Thanks to H&R Block, the last baby of 2017 also received attention and giveaways. Born at 8:38 a.m. on Dec. 29, Elijah Wayne Cox was the last baby born at Margaret Mary in 2017 to parents Ashley Johnson and Matthew Cox, of Shelbyville. Delivered by Jeff Hatcher, MD, he weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. For being the last baby of 2017, H&R Block gave Elijah a basket full of goodies. He was welcomed home by big brothers, Brycen, 6 and Colton, 20 months.Arriving at 7:47 a.m. on Jan. 2, Presley Wayne Speer became the first baby born at Margaret Mary in 2018. Delivered by Thomas Brown, MD, his parents are Jeffery and Chelsea Speer of Greensburg. He weighed 9 lbs., .6 oz. and was 20 inches long. For being the first baby of 2018, Margaret Mary presented Presley with a Babies “R” Us gift card. He was welcomed home by big brother, Cooper. 2.Parents – Matthew Cox and Ashley Johnson with Elijah and his big brothers.Last Baby of 2017 cutline: Margaret Mary’s last baby of 2017, Elijah Wayne Cox, is pictured with his parents, Matthew Cox and Ashley Johnson, Shelbyville, and big brothers Brycen and Colton.Parents – Jeffery and Chelsea Speer with son Presley.First Baby of 2018: Jeffery and Chelsea Speer of Greensburg welcomed their son, Presley Wayne, on January 2nd. Presley took home the honor of Margaret Mary’s first baby of 2018.
RelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace was enough to see Arsenal past Everton in a 3-2 goal fest on Sunday that saw Andre Gomes make his return to competitive football after suffering a horror injury in November. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, netting an improvised overhead kick after Arsenal failed to deal with a well-delivered free kick. Arsenal’s teenage emergency left-back Bukayo Saka, who replaced the injured Sead Kolasinac in the opening minutes, delivered a superb cross shortly after that was volleyed in by striker Edward Nketiah to level the score. Aubameyang then put Arsenal ahead, showing his composure to finish a one-on-one past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, before Everton winger Richarlison made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time. Aubameyang added his second, Arsenal’s third, moments into the second half with a standing header from just outside the six-yard box. Gomes came off the bench on 59 minutes to make his first appearance in less than four months after sustaining a broken ankle in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.Tags: ArsenalBukayo SakaDominic Calvert-LewinEvertonPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has stressed the importance of competition within his squad of players, after coming in for criticisim for dropping club captain Iker Casillas for the 3-2 loss to Malaga in December.The Portuguese has insisted that he has not lost faith in his skipper, instead highlighting the importance of striking a balance between trusting in his players and keeping them competitive.“All positions are positions of trust, I think it is important for all players, not just for goalkeepers. All players are important,” he told reporters at a press conference.“I don’t think it’s best for any player to be in a permanently comfortable zone. Trust is important, but also competitiveness, and what we have to do is try to find the exact point of balance [between the two].“I think players reach their best levels of play between trust and competitiveness.”Mourinho, one of the candidates for Coach of the Year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony, revealed he would not be attending the event in Zurich on Monday. “I’m not attending the Ballon d’Or gala, I have a Copa del Rey match on Wednesday against Celta and I have to work.”
PHOENIX >> It’s widely known the new Dodgers regime will lean heavily on analytics and data and the use of aggressive defensive shifts as it tries to lift the Dodgers beyond just playoff berths and into the World Series.Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations, built a gleaming, industry-wide reputation on applying such principals to the Tamp Bay Rays, who crawled out of obscurity to become one of the most respected organizations in baseball under Friedman’s stewardship.Friedman was hired by the Dodgers last winter in the hopes of crafting the same type of prosperity in Los Angeles, and the success he enjoyed in Florida certainly buys him ample time to implement his philosophy with minimal push back.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be hiccups, or times when fans and even players in his own clubhouse don’t scratch their heads a bit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That seemed to be the case Saturday night when the bold defensive shifts Friedman and his staff brought to Los Angeles seemed to sabotage Clayton Kershaw’s second start of the season.And it left Kershaw choosing his words diplomatically after absorbing a 6-0 loss and manager Don Mattingly to petulantly defend the Dodgers early game defensive positioning.It all started in the bottom of the first inning against Diamondbacks leadoff hitter A.J. Pollock when the Dodgers moved second baseman Howie Kendrick alongside shortstop Jimmy Rollins, giving them three defenders on the left side of the infield.It also created a wide hole between second base and first, which Pollock immediately exploited by punching a ground ball right through the area Kendrick would have been manning under normal positioning.Conspicuously, Kershaw turned and glared inside the Dodgers dugout as soon as the ball passed through for a single. Two batters later the Dodgers moved Kendrick directly behind second base against Diamondbacks hitter Mark Trumbo, who took advantage by shooting a grounder through the space Kendrick vacated to plate Pollock.Kershaw spoke carefully when asked about it afterward.“A lot of people do a lot of research and a lot of homework to put guys where they’re supposed to be,” he said. “You execute the game plan, the theory is they’ll hit it where they are. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it doesn’t.” And maybe it was just a coincidence Pollock and Trumbo hit balls in the exact hole created by shifting Kendrick away from his normal spot.Mattingly seemed to think so, emphatically shooting down any thought opposing hitters can knowingly exploit the man-man infield holes caused by defensive shifts. “Let’s get this straight, these guys aren’t that good as far as being able to hit the ball where ever they want whenever they want to. Balls go in certain places, you’re playing shifts, you’re playing percentages. That’s the way it’s been going on for a long time. It’s getting more aggressive now. There’s gonna be times when they hit the ball where you’re not.“If guys were that good they wouldn’t be striking out at astronomical numbers, putting the ball in play where they wanted to. The commissioner wouldn’t be talking about banning shifts. If they could hit the ball where they wanted to they would, Hitters in general are not that good.”Maybe Mattingly is right, and maybe he is just as devoted to the aggressive defensive shifting philosophy as his bosses.But it’s also worth noting Friedman was sitting in on Mattingly’s postgame interview session. Not to say Mattingly went out of his way to defend the tactic with his boss sitting just a few feet away, but Friedman’s presence was certainly conspicuous.By Sunday morning, he left room that if certain players start showing they can use the whole field more rather than continually hit to one side or one part of the field, the Dodgers may alter the approach.“If they show us they’re going to make changes, then it changes the way you defend,” Mattingly said..Mattingly also said the Dodgers are probably more aggressive thus far with the switch compared to last season, but that Kershaw and his fellow pitchers are all part of the process in deciding how to defend opposing players. On the mendAs Justin Turner made his way across the Dodgers clubhouse Sunday morning, someone asked him how his left index finger was doing after leaving Saturday’s game after getting spiked.“It’s still attached,” Turner said. “It didn’t fall off.”All things considered, that was a good thing.Neither Turner or Juan Uribe – who replaced Turner at third base only to be forced out of the game after his left hamstring tightened up – were out of the lineup Sunday but cautiously optimistic they’d be OK if called upon.“Actually pretty good (reports) on both,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Juan came out and ran, did a lot of things. Saw him in there hitting as I walked out. I think he’s going to be somewhat available today. I’m gonna try to stay away from him but if we had to put him at third and double switch him I think, from the training staff, we’d be comfortable doing that.As for Turner, Mattingly wasn’t sure early Sunday whether he’d be available.“He’s gonna try to do some things and see as the day goes along,” Mattingly said. “A lot of times guys start doing their little treatment and stuff and it starts loosening up. So we’ll just have to see how that goes.”This and thatAs of Sunday morning, Mattingly had still not decided on a starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. … Ryan Webb, the relief pitcher the Dodgers acquired from Baltimore on Thursday for a pair of minor leaguers, was out-righted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the STP 500.(All times Eastern)Saturday, March 30TimeEventChannel9:05 a.m.Cup Series second practiceFS1/TSN10:10 a.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS111:30 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1/TSN1 p.m.Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300FS1/PRNSunday, March 31TimeEventChannel3 p.m.O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Fox/PRN/TSN NASCAR AT TEXAS: Odds, prediction, sleeperJohnson teammates William Byron and Chase Elliott will start second and third, respectively. Interestingly, Daniel Suarez will start fourth after not using a draft at all. He has a very fast race car as well.It was a tough day, though, for some of NASCAR’s best drivers. Ryan Blaney (13th) Kyle Busch (16th), Martin Truex Jr. (20th), Aric Almirola (21st), Kyle Larson (22nd) and Kevin Harvick (23rd) all failed to make the final round of qualifying.MORE: Harvick denies rumors he’ll replace DW on FoxClint Bowyer just missed out on the second round by one spot qualifying 25th, and he later blamed Ryan Newman for blocking him on pit road. Kurt Busch also had a rough day. He will start 30th.The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 can be seen at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox.O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 starting lineupHere is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race:StartingDriverNumberNo. 1Jimmie Johnson48No. 2William Byron24No. 3Chase Elliott9No. 4Daniel Suarez41No. 5Austin Dillon3No. 6Denny Hamlin11No. 7Daniel Hemric8No. 8Joey Logano22No. 9Ty Dillon13No. 10Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 11Erik Jones20No. 12Brad Keselowski2No. 13Ryan Blaney12No. 14Paul Menard21No. 15Michael McDowell34No. 16Kyle Busch18No. 17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 18Ryan Newman6No. 19Chris Buescher37No. 20Martin Truex Jr.19No. 21Aric Almirola10No. 22Kyle Larson42No. 23Kevin Harvick4No. 24Alex Bowman88No. 25Clint Bowyer14No. 26Matt DiBenedetto95No. 27Ryan Preece47No. 28David Ragan38No. 29Matt Tifft36No. 30Kurt Busch1No. 31Corey Lajoie32No. 32Landon Cassill00No. 33Parker Kligerman96No. 34BJ McLeod51No. 35Ross Chastain15No. 36Bayley Currey52No. 37Reed Sorenson27No. 38Garrett Smithley77No. 39Timmy Hill66What time does the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 start?The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will take place Sunday, March 31. Live coverage begins on Fox at 3 p.m. ET.What channel is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on?The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be broadcast nationally on Fox. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. Jimmie Johnson has a great race car on his hands. He swept all three rounds of qualifying on his way to winning the pole Friday for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.This is Johnson’s first pole in Texas in seven years and the 15th different season in which he has won one.
On 6 April, swimming club ‘Bosna’ Sarajevo and Olympic swimming pool ‘Otoka’ will organise a swimming meeting at the Olympic pool ‘Otoka’ called ‘To Sarajevo with Love’. The 12th swimming meeting is sponsored by City of Sarajevo, reports FENA.This event will be held as a part of marking of 6 April, the Day of Sarajevo.More than 400 competitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia and Serbia, will compete in nine individual disciplines and one relay.The competition will start at 10 a.m.