The tragedy that is ongoing in Oakland continues to earn our thoughts and prayers after an artist community continues to find death in the electrical fire that transpired in a warehouse party last Friday night. The community’s natural response is to throw a benefit concert, with all proceeds going to the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Oakland Fire Relief Fund. The concert is set for December 14 at the Fox Theatre, and is called Oakland United: A Benefit Supporting Oakland Fire Relief.Primus will lead in these musical efforts, alongside Tycho, Tune-Yards, Dean Deacon, Boots Riley (The Coup), Geographer, Hieroglyphics, Rogue Wave and Thao Nguyen, and many more. Tickets go on sale today at noon on ticketmaster, and donations can be accepted here.More information can be found in the event group. Please give what you can in these horrific times.
You probably know it as the novella you had to read for ninth grade English class, but John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men also has a storied stage history. Another chapter gets written on April 16, when a new Broadway revival opens at the Longacre Theatre. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production stars James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd as Lennie, two friends and migrant workers whose quest for the American dream takes a hard turn. Let’s learn more about this American classic! Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. …But the Dog Ate His Homework “After two months of fooling around, my new work is really going and that makes me very happy—kind of an excitement like that you get near a dynamo from breathing pure oxygen,” Steinbeck wrote to a friend in 1936. Steinbeck probably wasn’t so stoked when his Irish Setter ate nearly half the manuscript. The author had two months to recreate the missing parts. Star Files …But No One’s Messing with the Dialogue For stage and screen stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester (Curley’s Wife), who are all making their Broadway debuts, the new production is a learning experience. “[With new plays], there are usually rewrites on the fly because new dynamics are found while putting the scenes on their feet,” Franco wrote in his column for Vice.com. “With a classic play—especially if the writer is dead, like John Steinbeck is dead—it’s the opposite. The words are holy; do NOT fug with them!” Wanna Work with James Franco? Ask! When Director Anna D. Shapiro (a Tony winner for August: Osage County) first approached Franco to star in Of Mice and Men, he was definitely interested. “[The play] gives us everything about life in a compact little parable,” he explained. “Work, friendship, love, jealousy, violence, death, loneliness, everything is there. It’s the ultimate dramatic bromance and something that has lived in my heart from the first time I read it for Mrs. Paugh’s ninth grade English class.” But sadly, Hollywood’s notorious project juggler was unavailable. Shapiro tried again a few years later, their schedules aligned, and soon, Of Mice and Men was on its way back to Broadway. Related Shows Steinbeck Wrote What He Knew Growing up in the agricultural region of Salinas Valley, CA, young John frequently observed the field hands in their shacks. Later, Steinbeck worked as a ranch hand on local ranches. The experiences and people of rural California affected him and found their way into his writing. Of Mice and Men is set in—you guessed it—Salinas Valley. The Revivals and Remakes Mounted The play-novella inspired an opera by Carlisle Floyd in 1970, which was later performed by the New York City Opera in 1983. The play returned to Broadway in 1974 with James Earl Jones playing Lennie. Two TV movies were followed, paving the way for the 1992 feature film with Gary Sinise (who also directed) as George and John Malkovich as Lennie. Adapted by Horton Foote, the film was a labor of love: A 16-year-old Sinise had cried when he first saw the play on a class trip to Minneapolis, and he and Malkovich subsequently starred in a production together at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1980. Mice Was a Hit After 207 performances, Of Mice and Men headed to Los Angeles in 1939, with Lon Chaney Jr. assuming the role of Lennie. That same year, Cheney Jr. and Burgess Meredith starred in the Aaron Copland-scored movie, which received an Oscar nod for Best Picture. Steinbeck Enlisted Help… With the help of playwright George S. Kaufman (You Can’t Take it with You), Steinbeck expanded the role of Curley’s wife—the character deliberately does not have a name—to “add more of a love interest and to enhance the melodrama,” according to The New York Times. The novel and the play both debuted in 1937, during the Great Depression. See Of Mice and Men, opening April 16 at the Longacre Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Men Steinbeck Was a Multitasker While writing Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck, covered the tough lives of the migrant workers who flocked to California during harvest times. The resulting journalism, a series of articles for The San Francisco News in 1936 (“The Harvest Gypsies”), provided the inspiration for Steinbeck’s classic 1940 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Of Mice and Men Became a Hot Title Before it became a rite of public school education, Of Mice and Men was a critical success and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Steinbeck became an international name, touring England, Russia, Ireland and Sweden. Chris O’Dowd James Franco A Play Was Always In the Cards Steinbeck described Of Mice and Men as a “play-novelette,” a form of his own invention. Basically, it’s a short novel with “the sparseness of language and description of a play.” As soon he finished the book, Steinbeck began working on the script. View Comments Lennie & George Might Be Funnier Steinbeck’s play isn’t exactly a comedy, but the two best friends have their moments in the new revival. “Anna has said a few times, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that [line] done in that way before,’” Franco told The New York Times. “It’s not like [O’Dowd and I are] cracking jokes—it’s not like Steinbeck is Chris Rock—but it’s fun.” …But He Skipped Out on Opening Night The play opened at the Music Box Theater in November 1937, featuring stage and screen stars Wallace Ford as George and Broderick Crawford as Lennie—the production won the New York Drama Critic Circle Award. Steinbeck, however, wasn’t there for opening night; he was living in an Oklahoma migrant camp while researching The Grapes of Wrath.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Q&A with Dan Kaiser, Senior Vice President, Lending & Payment Security, CUNA Mutual GroupQ: Why are credit unions so good at signing up new members, but then not capturing wallet share from those new members? Is there a flaw in the process? Training? Culture?A: As credit unions look to grow, indirect lending continues to be a valuable product to build new membership. While increased use of indirect lending as a strategic lever to grow loans can bring positive business results, it tends to produce softer relationships between member and credit union.A member who has an indirect loan may not have the same affinity as a traditional member, increasing the marketing costs to expand this relationship beyond the indirect loan. As a credit union looks at its strategic portfolio of member wallet share, the challenge or opportunity will be how to expand the indirect lending relationship over the next several years.In addition, the digital and mobile revolution in the financial industry has weakened an institution’s ability to be recognized as a consumer’s primary financial institution. Historically, consumers would choose where to keep their checking and savings account, and then rely on that same institution for other financial/insurance products and services.In the digital age, more competition and options provide consumers with the ability to spread their financial services and investments, letting rates and the best experience win their business over pre-established relationships and familiarity. Credit unions are not immune to this trend, and must continue to compete not only on service but also on product and technology innovation to attract the younger demographic. continue reading »
continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In many parts of the country, summer is fading away as fall comes in with the promise of cooler temperatures and school is in full swing. For businesses, fall is a time to take stock, look forward and think about the remainder of the year and “the year of the dog”—2018. For credit unions, this means budget allocation—the assignment of funding to each expenditure line.Budgeting is a necessary evil and can sometimes become rather mundane. That is not to say no thought is put into budgeting but rather, nobody seems to break out the chips and salsa for budget meetings. It’s just not that kind of party; it’s work.But, done right, budgeting is worth it.Budgets that promote positive growth are those that are allocated with purpose. These are budgets that build a foundation, allowing you to build something great, like the Empire State Building, rather than a traveling circus show.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do business. It’s caused us to review our priorities to ensure they align with what our members/customers expect from us. It’s changed our office culture and relationships and placed many obstacles in our way, but we’re coming up on the next stage of response – on the path to recovery – more resilient than we were three months ago.Over the past three months, most of our decision making has been reactive. The next phase of response, according to leadership expert Scott Eblin, includes “reimagining what the future could be and how we’ll do work in the new normal.”To do this, he encourages leaders to build “What if?” agendas. Here are some of the benefits of this type of thinking:Challenging assumptions: It’s hard to move organizations in new directions. Changing the way we operate and think can take years, but the coronavirus pandemic has been an accelerant. While great leaders are often excited by the prospect of a challenge, getting employee buy-in is critical in keeping your company moving in the right direction. Asking “What if?” questions as you address problems caused by the pandemic can encourage your team to see the big picture and understand the old way of doing things might no longer be viable.
AFTER: The bathroom was gutted and replaced with marble, new fittings and cleaner lines. Picture: Cindy MeadThey cut down on costs by doing much of the painting, tiling and carpentry themselves and used contacts in construction for things like electrical work and kitchen installation.Mrs Mead said it required a strong commitment to finish the interior renovations in 11 weeks – a week earlier than expected.“The work itself isn’t too hard, it’s just dedicating the time. And things like painting for a whole weekend, for a few weekends in a row, that is pretty challenging.”Their advice to anyone looking to go into renovation work was to do thorough research of the suburb before buying, have a detailed plan for every room and step and to use contacts because “even friends of friends will give you mates rates.”BEFORE: This kitchen was stuck in the 70s. Picture: Realestate.com.au AFTER: The kitchen of Cindy and Dan Mead’s second renovated house. Picture: AAP/Steve PohlnerPASSION TO FULLTIME JOBBrisbane brothers Rob and Andrew Gray turned their passion for renovating into a full-time job, and currently have eight multimillion-dollar projects on the go at the same time.“Some are owned by us, some owned by others. We’ve just finished a reno for Darius Boyd from the Broncos and are currently renovating for Quade Cooper in Bulimba,” Rob Gray said. “There has been a drastic escalation in renovation demand. A lot of people are seeing property as a really good investment and what’s a better place to invest in than your own home.”The Brisbane reno wishlist, he said, was to make their home family and climate friendly.BEFORE: What the Gray brothers first saw at 124 Gerler St in Bardon. Picture: CoreLogic 44 Soudan St, Bardon, sold for $1.73m after Rob and Andrew Gray were done with it. Picture: Realestate.com.auMaster Builders deputy CEO Paul Bidwell said many renovations involved creating open-plan living or dual occupancy spaces. “Many homeowners find it much less expensive to renovate, rather than move and build new.”High renovation demand also means higher costs though, with tradie site ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt finding a 27 per cent jump in builders’ rates to $68.30 in the 2017 financial year, while plumbers were most expensive at $79.20 per hour followed by electricians at $74.10 per hour. “Most Queensland tradies are benefiting from an increase in renovation activity.”Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said renovations activity grew by 2.2 per cent during the June 2017 quarter, eclipsing a 0.8 per cent contraction in new dwelling construction. “Sustained growth in renovations activity will be a welcome antidote to the substantial downturn in new home building that we predict to unfold until 2019.”APRA IS WINNING: $500m fall in housing investorsFIXER-UPPER: Renovator sells in two daysNEWCOMERS RISING: 40-year-old real estate virgins risingSTEPPING STONEBrisbane couple Cindy and Dan Mead have taken to renovating in their spare time as part of a multi-step fix-and-flip plan until they can afford the home of their dreams.“We wanted to live close to the CBD in a beautiful Queenslander, but we couldn’t afford the minimum 20 per cent deposit to avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance. Since then we have renovated and sold a property and are now onto our second, so that we will have that deposit for our final house. It’s a stepping stone for us to eventually get what we want, in the location we want.”BEFORE: This was the first Mitchelton home that Cindy and Dan Mead bought. Picture: Supplied AFTER: The Meads gave it an update inside and out before putting it back on the market. Picture: SuppliedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoBEFORE: Cindy and Dan Mead’s second renovation project in Mitchelton before they got stuck in. Picture: Realestate.com.au AFTER: What the Gray brothers delivered after major renovations at 124 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: Realestate.com.au“What people want is bigger land the better. They want flat blocks. They want indoor-outdoor connection. They want segregation to give the family to have the option of having kids down one side, parents down the other with living in the middle to break up living arrangements, and being Queensland the pool is a must.”Mr Gray’s tips were for inner city renovators to spend anywhere from $100,000 upwards as “it will add value and is a smart move”, but warned that anyone out of the city should think twice about doing anything above six digits.“Out of the city, your budget shouldn’t stretch past $1m because more often than not, you’re overcapitalising.”The prices of homes they put on the market after renovation range from $1.7-3m these days, just five years after they decided to do just this full time via their business Graya Construction.QUEENSLAND’S RENO SPLURGE:Reno approvals in 12 months to July 2017: $1.35bAverage QLD reno loan: $130,000Average for structural reno: $400,000Average for cosmetic reno: $40,000Most common renos: Whole house (38 per cent); Bathrooms (31.5 per cent); Deck (18 per cent); Kitchen (7 per cent).What’s in demand: Free-standing showers, kitchen island benches, outdoor kitchens, smart tech, LED lighting, neutral earth colours and stainless steel appliances.Source: ABS, ME Bank, Masterbuilders *Follow SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter and Facebook Cindy and Dan Mead in their newly renovated home in Mitchelton that they are using as a stepping stone towards their ultimate dream home. Picture: AAP/Steve PohlnerQUEENSLAND is in the middle of a renovation boom with homeowners spending a whopping $1.35 billion on home makeovers in the last year.Renovation work has hit a 15-month high overtaking new home building with more than $115 million worth approved in July alone, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBudgeting for a renovation05:43Kitchen and bathroom upgrades are the most popular renovations being done followed by new extensions.The average amount being spent on renovations was $130,000.Lenders have reported a spike in renovation loan applications for the first six months of 2017, with Queensland demand rising higher than the national average.According to ME Bank head of home loans Patrick Nolan Queensland saw a 55 per cent surge in demand for cosmetic loans like kitchen and bathroom upgrades (national 48 per cent), while structural loans here were up 45 per cent for things like adding an extension (national 25 per cent).Brisbane brothers Andrew and Rob Gray at their latest project in Paddington. Picture: Annette DewHigh housing costs were believed to be driving the trend towards renovation funding, he said.“While many homeowners are still relocating, it is clear many are choosing to stay put to avoid the high house prices, and expenses such as stamp duty.”The average amount Queenslanders looked to borrow for renovations was $130,000, while structural renovators averaged $400,000 and $40,000 for cosmetic renovators.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:23Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBathroom renovations for less than $2,00003:24Demand for fixer-upper houses is so high that inner-city houses are selling with days of hitting the market, said McGrath real estate agent Henry Hodge, but demand was driven by cashed up buyers looking to walk into fully renovated homes.“That’s across the board in Brisbane right now,” he said. “There are a lot of buyers out there who have money and are looking for homes they can move straight into and do no work and they are not too reserved on price.”The Gray brothers sold 40 Plunkett St, Paddington, for $2.7m after major works. Picture: Realestate.com.au
Maritime productivity, employment, turnover and contribution to GDP have increased in the UK over a five-year period, according to a report by Maritime UK.The report, which was released to coincide with London International Shipping Week, found that over five years, the British maritime sector had experienced a 12.7% increase in turnover, 6.6% increase in GVA and 3.9% increase in employment.It also showed that productivity per worker stood well above the UK average at GBP 77,897, compared to GBP 50,830, and that the sector contributes nearly GBP 40 billion to the UK economy.As it prepares to play a greater role in the economy in the wake of Brexit, the sector continues to invest in its people, with average pay also well above the UK average at GBP 39,300, compared to GBP 27,600.The report “shows the vital role that maritime already plays in British life,” David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK, said.“As the engine of British trade, the UK maritime sector supports nearly 1 million jobs, contributes tens of billions to the UK GDP and drives exports as well as inward investment. Half a trillion pounds worth of goods pass through UK ports each year,” Dingle said.“The importance of the sector will only grow post-Brexit. We’re supremely confident that we can play a crucial role in positioning Britain as an outward-looking, global trading maritime nation,” he added.
“Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs,” Ms Wade wrote. “Our government has legalised same sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support it and cannot make your wedding cake for you.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-baker-refused-make-lesbian-couples-wedding-cake-being-flamed-online-but-supported-someCan a business reject customers based on religious beliefs or sexual orientation?Stuff co.nz 10 July 2018The Warkworth baker who denied a request from a lesbian couple for a cake has been labelled “rude”, “intolerant” and in breach of human rights, by a lawyer.Law firm Henderson Reeves director Thomas Biss said refusal to provide a cake for the couple’s wedding was a bad business move, and was “rude, insensitive, not good business, intolerant and unpleasant”.“It is unlawful to refuse to supply goods or services on the basis of one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination, that includes sexual orientation,” Biss said.Partner at law firm Chen Palmer Mai Chen said the case was similar to one in the United States, which went to the Supreme Court.In June, the US Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding back in 2012, although justices avoided a wider ruling on religious exemptions for businesses.The case left open the broader question of whether or not the baker’s right to freedom of expression over ruled the couples right to not be discriminated against, Chen said.However in New Zealand the Human Rights Act includes sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination.“Section 44 expressly states that it will be unlawful to ‘refuse or fail on demand to provide any other person’ with goods, facilities, or services by reason of any of the prohibited grounds of discrimination,” Chen said.“Goods is not defined, and would include cakes. Services would include baking cakes.“There is no express exception in relation to religious or ethical belief.”So, denying a good or a service to a same-sex couple on the grounds of religious belief was illegal under the Human Rights Act, Chen said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/105353363/can-a-businesses-reject-customers-based-on-religious-beliefsLesbian couple will not take legal action over baker’s wedding cake refusalStuff co.nz 11 July 2018A lesbian couple won’t be taking legal action against an Auckland baker who refused to make their wedding cake on the grounds it was against her personal beliefs.Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick received an email from Kath’s Devine Cakes advising them that while the Government had legalised same-sex marriage, it was her belief that “it was not correct”, so she would not be able to make their cake.The New Zealand Human Rights Act includes sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination but the couple said they won’t be approaching a lawyer.“We shared the email because we wanted to raise awareness about the issue,” Barr and Patrick said in a joint statement to Stuff.“People don’t realise that this type of discrimination is still occurring. It happens every day with people all over, but nobody really talks about it.”We made it public because we don’t want anyone else to go through the same thing we went through.”They said they hadn’t heard from the baker, Kath, but would not be taking legal action against her.“We never wanted to go down that path. We just hoped to shed some light on the fact that discrimination is not okay and is no way to run a business.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/105395813/lesbian-couple-will-not-take-legal-action-over-bakers-wedding-cake-refusal NZ Herald 9 July 2018Family First Comment: A gracious response…“”I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding,” it said. “Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs. Our government has legalised same sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support it and cannot make your wedding cake for you.”Here’s a great commentary from blogger Matt Walsh – “I can’t force a Jewish deli to provide me with non kosher meat. I can’t force a gay sign company to print me ‘Homosexual sex is a sin’ banners. I can’t force a Muslim caterer to serve pork. I can’t force a pro-choice business to buy ad space on my website. I can’t force a Baptist sculptor to carve me a statue of the Virgin Mary. I can’t force a private citizen to involve himself in a thing which he finds abhorrent, objectionable, or sinful. And you know what? I would never try. Maybe that’s what separates liberty lovers from liberals. For all their talk about ‘minding your business’ and ‘this doesn’t concern you’ and ‘live and let live,’ theirs is truly an ideology of compulsion. The free speech and expression of other citizens must be tamed by the whip of their lobbying, legislating, and litigating.”A gay couple say a New Zealand baker refused to make them a wedding cake because of their sexuality.Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick, from Brisbane, planned to get married in Waipu, Northland, in January.They had organised to have a wedding cake made by Kath’s Devine Cakes in Warkworth.But the owner told them that would not be possible because same-sex marriage went against her beliefs.Barr posted an email from the owner, Kath, on Facebook.“I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding,” it said.“Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs.“Our Government has legalised same sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support it and cannot make your wedding cake for you.”Barr expressed disappointment on her Facebook page, saying: “Be sure to avoid Kath’s Devine Cakes if you support marriage equality.”The business did not respond to request for comment.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12085733Lesbian couple ‘shocked’ by Kiwi baker who refused to make wedding cakeStuff co.nz 9 July 2018A same-sex couple is “shocked and upset” that their request for a wedding cake was refused by a Warkworth baker who said marriage equality was against her beliefs.Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick both live in Brisbane, but since Australia had not yet legalised same-sex marriage when they got engaged last year, they planned their wedding at Waipu in Northland for next January.When they approached Kath’s Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make the cake, “Kath” refused, saying despite the New Zealand government legalising same-sex marriage, she believed it was not correct and therefore she would not make the wedding cake.“I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding,” the email said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/105324741/Lesbian-couple-shocked-by-Kiwi-baker-who-refused-to-make-wedding-cake?cid=app-iPhoneChris Lynch: The Warkworth baker and the same-sex couple – a slice of homophobia or free speechNZ Herald 10 July 2018Should freedom of religious expression be given a free pass when it comes to New Zealand’s Bill of Rights?A same-sex couple is upset because their request for a wedding cake has been refused by a baker in Warkworth.“Even though, as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs. Our government has legalised same-sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support it and cannot make your wedding cake for you.”The baker’s views are discriminatory and yes outdated. She could have prevented the vicious online backlash by just saying she was fully booked, but she didn’t.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12086120Warkworth woman refuses to bake cake for same-sex weddingNewsHub 9 July 2018A Warkworth baker has ignited controversy after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.Moe Barr and her partner Sasha Patrick enquired about getting their wedding cake made by Kath’s Devine Cakes, but the business owner declined to make the order.“I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding,” she wrote.“Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/07/warkworth-woman-refuses-to-bake-cake-for-same-sex-wedding.htmlLawyer: Murky wording would make anti-gay baker lawsuit trickyNewsTalk ZB 9 July 2018A baker in Warkworth has refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.The case comes after a similar saga unfolded in the United States, which escalated all the way to the Supreme Court for a verdict.However, the lesbian couple have not taken the baker to court, but have warned people from using the cake shop if they support marriage equality.Lawyer Steve Cullen told Chris Lynch it would appear that the baker has breached the Bill of Rights.However, should it go to court, the current legislation would cause some conflict.“There seems to be a defence, potentially under Section 15 of the Bill of Rights Act, which says that people are entitled to manifest their religion in public or private. That’s the clash that would have to be determined in court.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/steve-cullen-murky-law-would-make-anti-gay-baker-lawsuit-tricky/The Auckland baker who refused to make a lesbian couple’s wedding cake is being flamed online – but supported by someTVNZ One News 10 July 2018An Auckland bakery is receiving a swarm of negative reviews online after it declined to bake a wedding cake for an Australian lesbian couple planning on getting married here.Kath’s Devine Cakes made news yesterday when owner Katherine Wade’s email response to Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick was made public.In the email, Ms Wade said while gay marriage has been legalised in New Zealand, due to her personal beliefs she was not willing to make the cake for a gay couple’s wedding. Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Traveling IMCA Modifieds run for $1,500 to win, plus a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. ALGONA, Iowa – The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour returns to Kossuth County Speedway for top billing at the Thursday, Aug. 1 county fair show. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plus Iowa State points will be awarded. Track points are also at stake for the Stock, Hobby, SportMod and Sport Compact divisions. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods all run for $1,000 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the program at Algona. The Dirt Knights event at Kossuth County had been rained out and rescheduled from July 25. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and drivers should use the south entrance. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 14 and under. Pit passes are $30. Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 158; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 144; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 126; 4. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., and Kyle Brown, Madrid, both 114; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 105; 7. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 101; 8. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 94; 9. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 92; 10. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek, 88; 11. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, 86; 12. Josh Most, Red Oak, 73; 13. Alan Bohlman, Isanti, Minn., 72; 14. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth, 69; 15. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 66; 16. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, 65; 17. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 64; 18. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 59; 19. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, 58; 20. Shane DeMey, Denison, 50. Next on the tour schedule are dates Aug. 5 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Aug. 7 at Fairmont, Minn., Raceway. All three events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
West Ham have announced the loan signing of defender Roger Johnson from Wolves for the remainder of the season. Press Association Johnson will bring a wealth of experience to the east London club, having made more than 100 Premier League appearances with Birmingham, with whom he won the League Cup in 2011, and Wolves. The centre-back moved to Blues’ Midlands rivals Wolves in July 2011 following Birmingham’s relegation and was immediately handed the captaincy by then-manager Mick McCarthy. But following McCarthy’s sacking, Johnson found himself marginalised and was disciplined by the club for allegedly training under the influence of alcohol, while he also had an on-field dispute with team-mate Wayne Hennessey as Wolves were relegated from the Premier League. Johnson had the unwanted tag of being relegated for the third season in a row when Wolves dropped down into League One last season, and he found himself out of favour with new boss Kenny Jackett. Johnson joined Sheffield Wednesday on a three-month loan in September although the Owls opted not to extend the deal, which has allowed the Hammers to come in. Johnson will be a welcome arrival at Upton Park with centre-backs Winston Reid, James Collins and James Tomkins all currently unavailable due to their respective injuries. But the 30-year-old, who has spent the first half of the season at Sky Bet Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, eases the crisis somewhat and the Hammers confirmed he will be available for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg clash at Manchester City.