first_imgMailOnline 18 January 2015A Christian magistrate has been disciplined by a Tory Cabinet Minister for expressing the belief that children should be raised by both a mother and a father.  Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors during an adoption case that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple.He was shocked a week later when he found he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog for alleged prejudice, and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.Mr Page, an experienced NHS manager, has now been found guilty of serious misconduct by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling – who previously spoke in support of a Christian couple who turned away a gay couple from their B&B.He has also been ordered to go on an equality course before he is allowed back in the courtroom.The married 68-year-old was told he had broken the oath sworn by all Justices of the Peace (JPs) as well as Labour’s controversial Equality Act, by being guided by his religious views and discriminating against the same-sex adoptive parents.Last night, critics said the case was another example of how people who hold traditional Christian views feel they have no freedom of speech and find it difficult to hold public office in modern Britain.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914951/Suspended-sent-equality-training-Christian-magistrate-said-Adopted-child-needs-mum-dad-not-gay-parents.html?utm_source=Christian+Concern&utm_campaign=a9d350bc0e-BN-2015-01-19-RP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-a9d350bc0e-127299873last_img read more

first_imgGraeme McDowell expects the cream to rise to the top during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne but is feeling confident about Ireland’s chances. The Northern Irishman, who finished fourth in the Race to Dubai, is respectful of the Royal Melbourne course but thinks he and team-mate Shane Lowry will make it through to Sunday’s play. “You’ve really got to respect it. You really have to pay attention to what you’re doing out there because the wrong shot on the wrong line and the wrong shape at any given moment can get you in all sorts of trouble,” McDowell told the Herald Sun. Press Association “Scotty’s just one of those guys who you play with and think to yourself, ‘Why is this guy not winning every week?’ He’s that impressive,” McDowell said. “I had the pleasure, or displeasure, of playing with him in the last round of the Open championship last year, but I knew it was only a matter of time before he developed into the player that he is. “He has always been an awesome player.” The money focus at the event has shifted from team to individual honours, with 7million US dollars (£4.3million) in prize money to be divided among the 60-man field, including 1.2million US dollars (£740,000) going to the winner. In contrast, only 1million US dollars (£620,000) has been allocated for the teams event, with money only being split between the top three teams. Despite this, McDowell’s focus is on team glory. He said: “We’re big on the team element. The World Cup will always be about the winning team and we’re passionate about standing there as the winning team on Sunday night.” Meanwhile, Siddikur Rahman will make history when he tees off in Melbourne. The 29-year-old will become the first Bangladeshi player to take part in the tournament, two weeks after claiming his second Asian Tour title when he won the Hero Indian Open. “I’m really excited and I’m glad to play in this tournament. I’m proud with what I have achieved,” Rahman said. “I have received a lot of messages from my fans and friends on Facebook and emails and they are encouraging me to play well and it’s good for me and good for golf in Bangladesh.” “I feel like it will bring the cream to the top, for sure. The top players will shine and the less experienced players will have a problem with this golf course. “Shane and I are as good and experienced as anybody this week and, hopefully, we can be playing together late on Sunday afternoon. “It’s just a great track that requires a lot of strategy, a lot of positioning of iron play coming into these fast and firm undulating greens.” McDowell revealed he will approach the course in a slightly different way than would be expected. He added: “You don’t hit many drivers, maybe four or five max out there. “Like a links golf course, the wind can change this course within the space of an hour, change the character of holes when the wind switches direction.” McDowell also hailed Australia’s Adam Scott, who along with Matt Kuchar, is heavy favourite for individual honours at Royal Melbourne. Scott, currently ranked number two in the world behind Tiger Woods, has won back-to-back tournaments – the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, with the latter held at Royal Melbourne last week. last_img read more

first_imgRick Porcello has thrown more innings this season – 202, including the playoffs – than any pitcher on either World Series roster. The expectation for Porcello in Game 3?“A quality start,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He’s rested, which is good.”Porcello will be making his 16th career postseason appearance and his first World Series start. He’ll face a different lineup than the all right-handed edition the Dodgers used against lefties David Price and Chris Sale in the first two World Series games in Boston.Porcello will be opposed by rookie Walker Buehler, who is also making his first World Series start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies THE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP WALKER BUEHLER (8-5, 2.62 ERA in regular season)vs. Red Sox: He has never faced them beforeat Dodger Stadium: 4-3, 2.31 ERAPostseason career: 0-1, 5.43 ERARED SOX RHP RICK PORCELLO (17-7, 4.28 ERA in regular season)vs. Dodgers: 1-0, 5.91 ERAat Dodger Stadium: 1-0, 5.91 ERAPostseason career: 1-3, 5.09 ERAHates to face: Manny Machado, 13 for 38, two home runs, two walks, five RBIsLoves to face: Justin Turner, 0 for 5, strikeoutRelated Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start When: Friday, 5 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: Fox/Ch. 11THE LINEUPSlast_img read more