‘Husband, wife’ now ‘off limits’ (Australia)

first_imgThe Australian December 2016Family First Comment: “The guide is one of the ways in which we are addressing and eradicating homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.” Biphobia?What it really shows is that reality and common sense has been deemed an illegal substance!!Victorian government workers are being discouraged from using “heteronormative” terms such as “husband” and “wife” in a new guide to communicating with the LGBTI community. Instead, the workers are being schooled in adopting gender-neutral pronouns “zie” and “hir”.The Inclusive Language Guide, which has been designed for use across the public sector, also warns against derogatory terms, such as “dyke” and “fag”, as well as “offensive questions”, including asking a transgender person whether or not they have had surgery. In his introduction to the guide, Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley says the government’s responsibility is to keep people safe, including the LGBTI community. “The guide is one of the ways in which we are addressing and eradicating homophobia, biphobia and transphobia,” he says. Ro Allen, the state’s first gender and sexuality commissioner, encourages businesses also to use of the guide, saying that equipping people with correct language will “promote safer spaces” for LGBTI Victorians.While the document aims to counter the prejudice and stereotypes experienced by LGBTI people, it has been ridiculed for pushing contested ideology about gender as a social construct. Centre for Independent Studies senior research fellow Jeremy Sammut said the language guide appeared to have been dictated by “academics wielding their critical postmodernist theory of the world” who were “determined to force (it) on the rest of us”. “It’s a totalitarian project dressed up as liberation theory,” he said. “I would think it is possible to treat people with respect and respect people’s privacy without resorting to this.”The Coalition’s parliamentary secretary spokesman Tim Smith described the guide as “minority fundamentalism gone berserk”. “Heaven help the next generation of Victorians who have been indoctrinated into a sinister postmodernist ideology.” Psychologist Laura McNally, a critic of the contentious Safe Schools program, which is based on similar ideology, said contested gender theory was being fast-tracked into public institutions. Ms McNally said the concept of gender as a continuum or identity, was incoherent. While gender was billed as fluid and evolving, “cisgender” was defined as a static match between identity and sex. “This theory makes fodder for navel gazing sociologists, but in terms of its own internal logic, the theory is redundant.”http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/husband-wife-now-off-limits-says-public-service-guide/news-story/a561abf209b1e25b4d0d2dd3fc909d63last_img read more

Sole turns on Power for Hughes

first_img “Sole Power is the best sprinter in Europe, we just can’t beat him – we’re not far behind him, but I thought we’d beaten him today. I don’t know where we’ll go next.” Olly Stevens said of Extortionist: “He’s very good. The rain yesterday was no help as he wants it rattling fast and I’m just glad we got so close to the winner. He’ll be a real horse next year as it’s so hard for three-year-olds, the programme and weight-for-age scale is all against them. “We might try six next. He’s in at Haydock and the Ascot race.” Four years ago, Eddie Lynam’s gelding claimed the same race as a 100-1 chance, but after he successfully defended his title in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, he was the 11-4 favourite this time. Hughes had to make a dramatic move to switch Sole Power as he had nowhere to go with just over a furlong left, but they dived through a gap to pinch the race from Stepper Point, eventually scoring by a half-length margin. Extortionist was third, another short head back. As expected, the fleet-footed Take Cover broke smartly and attempted to repeat his recent front-running success at Goodwood, but he could not sustain the gallop. Moviesta and Stepper Point were duelling up front, and Extortionist was beginning a late charge, but Sole Power’s turn of foot was simply far too good. It means, after the feats of Slade Power, that Lynam and the Power family have won all four British Group One sprints so far this season. Hughes said: “He’s brilliant, he’s made for me. When I was 14 or 15 I dreamed about riding horses like this, and doing it like that.” Lynam added: “Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm, we had to get him right for it and we had only 10 days to train him. “He’s a super horse, a horse of a lifetime, it’s just the way he does it. He was about 97 points lighter than he was four years ago! “We haven’t run him in Ireland for a good few years. There’s a race on Irish Champions Weekend and we’d like to support it. We’ll give him a blow-out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I’d love another go at that.” Trainer William Muir said of the gallant Stepper Point: “I know how good he is, but he’s always overlooked. We know what he likes and doesn’t like, but we keep running him and he always runs his race. Richard Hughes squeezed Sole Power through the eye of a needle to claim his latest Group One success in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Press Associationlast_img read more

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 odds, pick, prediction, betting trends & prop bets

first_imgThe encore to arguably the biggest fight of 2019 take place this weekend when Andy Ruiz Jr. defends his IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight titles against former unified champion Anthony Joshua in their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, Dec. 7 at ​the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Here’s a complete betting guide for Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua with updated odds, trends and our prediction to win. Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearAndy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 oddsFighterOddsAndy Ruiz Jr.+175Anthony Joshua-205Sportsbooks have installed Joshua as a shocking sizable favorite, according to Bet Online. The logical theory is that oddsmakers are looking at the first fight back in June, in which Ruiz scored four knockdowns, including two in the seventh and final round to pull off the upset, as a fluke. Joshua is trending at a -205 favorite, which means you’d need to wager $205 to win $100. The champion is +175, meaning you’d win $175 if you bet $100. After a bit of fluctuation when Joshua initially opened as a -300 favorite, odds for the Englishman went as high as -325 before tumbling to as low as -200. With the fight getting closer, more people started placing money on Joshua and the number rose to -220.The odds of Ruiz retaining his belts, like Joshua, were like a roller coaster; they were initially at plus +250 and went as high as +265. But unlike Joshua, those odds kept dropping, with more people feeling that Ruiz can do what he did six months ago.Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 prop betsHeading into this monstrous clash between two of the best heavyweights in the world, there are three intriguing prop bets you should keep on as the fight inches closer.First, the over/under of total rounds is currently set at 7.5 rounds. Remember, the first fight ended slightly above this number at 1:33 of the seventh round. That’s only three seconds, and this is a heavyweight title fight. The chances of it ending quickly are better than all of the divisions because of the size of the men, and they hit much harder. Another one — and it is quite puzzling — is Ruiz repeating his performance and finishing off Joshua inside the distance, which is coming in at +290. Out of his 33 wins, Ruiz has won 22 of them by knockout. To me, it shows the public is feeling Ruiz is more James “Buster” Douglas than a legitimate, top-tier heavyweight, and with more time to prepare, Joshua will figure it out and get the job done. Lastly, Joshua winning a decision is at +280. Joseph Parker is a common opponent between Joshua and Ruiz. Ruiz suffered the lone loss on his resume to the Kiwi in December 2016, and Joshua gave Parker the first loss of his career, winning by unanimous decision in March 2018 to add the WBO title. The best path to victory for Joshua is what he did in the Parker contest, and that’s fight on the outside, pop the jab, and when you see an opening, then come in with power shots. It isn’t like the 30-year-old suffered a flash KO. From the third round to the time of the stoppage, Ruiz battered Joshua around with his quick hands and better boxing acumen. If he’s gunshy about getting into another slugfest because of what happened in the first bout and wants to make it a boxing match, so be it.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearThree trends to know1. The last fights for Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) and Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) were against each other, with the 30-year-old from California becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to become heavyweight champion. 2. The rematch is taking place in Saudi Arabia, at the newly constructed Diriyah Arena. The site was a surprise to many. Joshua had it stipulated in the contract for the sequel that he would determine when and where the rematch would take place.The prevailing thought had been it would take place in Joshua’s home country of England at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and have the comfort of being at home or because the first battle took place at Madison Square Garden in New York and Joshua would want to right the wrong and exorcise his demons there. However, the script was flipped and the Middle Eastern country was chosen to host the first significant fight the region has ever seen.3. The bout is closer than anyone thinks. People tend to forget how skilled both guys are, only looking at what happened back in June. They only had five weeks to prepare due to Jarrell Miller being pulled after failing a litany of drug tests. Three things to watch1. The biggest thing heading into the fight that fans are wondering about is Ruiz’s physique and if it will help him. Pictures and videos of him appear to show he lost weight. That’s something Ruiz emphasized coming in, as he wanted to shed around 14 pounds to help with his cardio after he weighed 268 pounds for the first tilt. Watching him at his open workout on Tuesday, Ruiz succeeded at his goal. But will it equate to a better performance in the ring?2. Another significant factor to watch out for is how Joshua approaches the rematch. After the loss, Joshua was in hiding for almost a week, thinking about what happened and what went wrong. During fight week and the duration of the battle in the ring, Joshua appeared to be too relaxed and acted like he was taking a stroll at the park without a worry in the world. Now, his career is on the line. Supreme focus is of the utmost importance. The smiling and nonchalant attitude needs to be out the window and can come back when the bout concludes. If not, it will be a more tranquil night for Ruiz, and the end of Joshua as a legitimate heavyweight is out the window.3. While the location of the fight in Saudi Arabia has been a topic of conversation among the public, how it affects Ruiz and Joshua is unknown. Both arrived in ample time to get themselves acclimated to the time zone and the conditions. The temperature is expected to be in the high 50s by the time they make their walk to the ring at 3:45 p.m. ET. You truly won’t know how it plays a factor until after first round ends. You will get to see how they are moving and their body language. Athletes handle fighting in new places differently. Look at how Joshua fought in the U.S. for the first time. What was the end result? For Joshua’s sake, he better have learned to go about everything differently.This is Ruiz’s first time fighting outside the U.S. How does he handle the pressure of now being the heavyweight champion and making his first title defense in a foreign country? Will he be comfortable in a new environment.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearRuiz vs. Joshua predictionContrary to the odds, this is a hard fight to pick a winner. Logic would lean toward Joshua because he did take the initial bout on five weeks’ notice while Ruiz was coming right off a fight and didn’t take any time off in between to put on a fantastic performance and pull off the monumental upset.Did Joshua work on his game enough to fix the flaws? If he did, it will be an easy night at the office. You don’t win an Olympic gold medal if you lack intelligence and the willingness to adapt to get better at your craft. I feel Joshua is going to play it safe by flicking the jab on the outside and making it a boxing match for 12 rounds. Why get into another firefight when it didn’t work out so well the first time?Ruiz has a great chance of winning. With the weight loss, that will give him better cardio and better movement in the ring that should help him if the fight heads into the later rounds. Combine those factors with his quick hands and we could easily see the same result.Playing it safe isn’t always the sexiest route to go, but showing the world you are more than a slugger will enhance Joshua’s arsenal in the future, gain his confidence, and most importantly, recapture three heavyweight title belts.  The fight will have its moments of excitement, but it’s going to go the distance and Joshua will get his titles back. Trilogy fight anyone?SN pick: Anthony JoshuaBest wager: Fight goes the distance (Bet Online, +250)last_img read more

Joe Burrow jokes about retiring because of his ‘tiny hands’

first_imgGO UP AND GET IT 🙌#NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/14oqz7Bu2G— ESPN (@espn) January 14, 2020There’s just no way he’ll be able to run an offense with baby hands like those.Joe Burrow has thrown 7 TD passes, tied for the most ever in a bowl game. … It’s halftime. #CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/AZcs1lbHSD— ESPN (@espn) December 28, 2019And he won’t be able to avoid pressure when he’s constantly dropping the ball.It got called back, but this was an unreal first play from Joe Burrow 🤭 pic.twitter.com/jcBukmbilW— ESPN (@espn) January 14, 2020Oh wait, he’ll probably be just fine and be a longtime starting quarterback for many years. After all, size isn’t everything. Well, it was a great run, but it looks like Heisman-winner and No. 1-pick-to-be Joe Burrow might call it quits following the release of his hand measurements at the 2020 NFL Combine on Monday.Following the results and some criticism, Burrow joked about an early retirement. Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) February 24, 2020​MORE: ​No, Joe Burrow’s hand size won’t keep him away from Bengals in 2020 NFL DraftWe’ve got to “hand” it to him — Burrow really handled this devastating news as well as anyone possibly could.In all seriousness, Burrow’s hands may be tied for the smallest of any first-round quarterback since 2008, but it’s clear that he’s still one of the best quarterback prospects of the last decade.It really is a shame that Burrow’s hands are only 9 inches wide, he won’t be able to make throws like this.last_img read more