first_img3 News 14 Mar 2013Four National MPs have changed their minds about gay  marriage between the first and second readings of the bill that will legalise  it. The second reading count late on Wednesday night was 77-44,  a majority slightly smaller than the first reading count of 80-40. The conscience vote lists show Gerry Brownlee, Jonathan  Coleman, Murray McCully and Ian McKelvie, who all voted in favour of the bill on  its first reading, opposed it on its second. None of those MPs spoke during the second reading  debate. There was a full slate of 121 votes for the second  reading. On the first reading, Labour’s Raymond Huo didn’t cast a  vote and didn’t abstain. There were two new MPs in Parliament for the second reading  – Carol Beaumont who replaced Charles Chauvel and Aaron Gilmore who replaced  Lockwood Smith. They both supported the bill on its second  reading. fly as MPs vote on gay 14 Mar 2013Parliament has moved a step closer to legalising gay marriage after a resounding vote in support of the law change. Equality Marriage Amendment Bill passes second testNZ Herald 13 Mar 2013Same-sex marriage has inched another step closer after Parliament overwhelmingly backed it at the second hurdle, with only a handful more MPs turning against the bill. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill passed by 77 votes to 44 votes late last night in front of a near-full public gallery, a drop in support of 3 votes from the first reading. Cabinet ministers Gerry Brownlee, Jonathan Coleman and Murray McCully and National MP Ian McKelvie voted against after initially supporting the bill. An attempt by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to delay the law change until a referendum could be held at the 2014 general election was voted down by a margin of 83 votes to 33. New MPs Aaron Gilmore, who replaced former Speaker Lockwood Smith, and Labour’s Carol Beaumont, who replaced Charles Chauvel, both backed the legislation. read more

first_imgCharm – who was tailing his husband –said she caught the two living together in a boardinghouse on Friday. She then calledthe police for assistance. The wife, 27-year-old Charm Nazareno, saidshe is determined to sue her husband Patrolman Glen Nazareno and 22-year-oldRhesa Funtecha of Barangay Switch, Tapaz, Capiz. Nazareno and Funtecha were detained inthe lockup cell of Police Station 1. Nazareno, who was assigned in the PoliceRegional Office 6, faces charges for concubinage and violation of Republic Act 9262, or the Violence Against Women and Children Act of2004./PN ILOILO City – Authorities arrested a policeofficer and his suspected mistress after they were traced by the former’s wifein their alleged love nest in Barangay Veterans Village. last_img

first_imgTell City, In. — Three children have died following a Friday morning house fire in Tell City.Tell City Police were called to 1027 15th Street at 3:25 a.m. CST on Friday. When crews arrived on scene, the home was fully involved and they were not able to gain entry into the home. A woman and two other children were able to escape the home, and they told first responders three children were trapped on the second floor.The fire was shooting from the first-floor door and windows. Fire crews were forced to extinguish the blaze before gaining entry to the home. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office report three fatalities. The victims have been identified as:Danielle Plock Sims, 11Thomas Plock Sims, 6Roseanna Plock Sims, 3State Fire Marshal investigators continue to talk to the fire survivors to try to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The extent of the damage will make a final determination extremely difficult, according to Clayton Kinder, lead investigator with the State Fire Marshal. No working smoke alarms have been found at the residence at this point, and witnesses reported none were heard during the fire.The Tell City Fire Department, Tell City Police Department and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (State Fire Marshal) continue to investigate the incident. The State Fire Marshal operates as part of the Division of Fire and Building Safety in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – West Indies Women’s misery continued here Saturday night when they suffered yet another defeat to Australia Women, in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series.Choosing to bat first in the affair under lights at Kensington Oval, West Indies Women could only muster a paltry 106 for eight off their 20 overs, with captain Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with an unbeaten 44 off 51 deliveries.Not for the first time, fast bowler Megan Schutt was the stand out for the visitors, claiming three for 31.In reply, captain Meg Lanning stroked a run-a-ball unbeaten 54 as the Aussies overhauled their target with seven balls remaining in the contest to win by seven wickets.West Indies have now lost all four matches on the tour following their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding ICC Women’s Championship series in Antigua.It was Taylor who kept the innings together after the hosts found themselves in early trouble, losing Britney Cooper (0) and Kyshona Knight (1) in the first over with a single run on the board.Cooper missed a cross-batted heave at Schutt and was bowled while Knight was run out at the striker’s end after being found short of her ground by a throw from backward point.When Reniece Boyce (6), Stacy-Ann King (4) and Natasha McLean (13) followed in quick succession, West Indies Women were slumping badly at 34 for five in the sixth over.Taylor came to her side’s rescue, however, counting three fours and a pair of sixes as she put on a vital 29 with Sheneta Grimmond (15) for the sixth wicket to spare them complete embarrassment.West Indies then made an impressive start with the ball, fast bowler Chinelle Henry striking in successive overs to remove openers Beth Mooney (4) and Alyssa Healy (12).Henry bowled Mooney leg-stump in the second over and returned in the fourth to have Healy holing out to Shabika Gajnabi at deep mid on.West Indies squandered an ideal chance to remove Lanning early when Taylor put her down at slip on one off fast bowler Shamilia Connell in the third over.Lanning made the most of the reprieve, carving out six fours as she put on 57 for the third wicket with Ellyse Perry (14).last_img read more