MailOnline 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-127299873
Graeme 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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed former Vikings defensive lineman Al Noga’s claim that his dementia is related to concussions he suffered during his NFL career. In a unanimous decision, the high court threw out Noga’s workers’ compensation award. The court says the Vikings’ treatment of Noga’s headaches with over-the-counter medicines was sufficient and that his 2015 claim came too late. Noga played for the Vikings from 1988-1992. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will rely on a largely familiar roster for the stretch run with the exception of a couple of potentially valuable additions to the bullpen. Four days after acquiring Sergio Romo, the Twins got another veteran right-handed reliever in Sam Dyson with a deadline-beating deal with San Francisco. The Twins sent three minor leaguers to the Giants. DES MOINES — Newman faces Don Bosco in the Class 1A semifinal round at the state baseball tournament in Des Moines this morning. The top-ranked and top-seeded Knights are 36-3 after holding on for an 8-7 win over Pekin in the quarterfinal round. 6th-ranked Don Bosco is 29-4 as they beat Coon Rapids-Bayard 3-1 in Friday’s other quarterfinal. You’ll hear the Newman-Don Bosco game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at around 10:30, with the first pitch scheduled for 11 o’clock. The other 1A semifinal has 3rd-ranked Alburnett facing 10th-ranked St. Mary’s of Remsen. TODAYAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A baseball state semifinal — Newman vs. Don Bosco — pre-game 10:30, first pitch 11:00 (Twins-Marlins joined in progress after Newman game) MIAMI (AP) — Jose Berrios struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three homers in a 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins. Max Kepler hit his 29th homer of the season, Mitch Garver added a three-run shot and Eddie Rosario had a two-run home run as the Twins won for the fifth time in six games. DES MOINES — All-District baseball teams have been announced by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association:== 4A North Central DistrictSecond Team SS — Avery Mellman, Mason City High== 3A Central DistrictFirst Team 2B — Eric McHenry, Clear LakeSecond Team P — Mac Adams, Clear LakeSecond Team OF — Austin Warnke, Clear Lake== 3A Northeast DistrictFirst Team OF — Colton Slinger, Charles CitySecond Team C — Cole Reams, Charles CitySecond Team 1B — Tate Arndt, Charles City== 2A Northeast DistrictSecond Team P — Gavin Schaefer, OsageSecond Team C — Zach Williams, OsageSecond Team 2B — Lucas Weigle, OsageSecond Team UT — Brett Bobinet, Osage== 2A Central DistrictFirst Team UT — Cael Boehmer, Lake Mills; Jordan Spooner, Forest CitySecond Team UT — Mason Fritz, Lake Mills== 1A Northeast DistrictFirst Team P — Collin Kraemer, St. AnsgarFirst Team C — Max Burt, NewmanFirst Team 2B — Jack McGuire, NewmanFirst Team 3B — Evan Paulus, NewmanFirst Team OF — Josh Fitzgerald, NewmanFirst Team UT — Mark Williams, St. AnsgarSecond Team P — Doug Taylor, Newman; Ethan Tacker, Northwood-KensettSecond Team SS — Merritt McCardle, NewmanSecond Team 3B — Gavin Varner, Northwood-KensettSecond Team UT — Austin Bienemann, Nashua-Plainfield== 1A Central DistrictFirst Team P — Lukas Wogen, West ForkFirst Team SS — Easton Barrus, Belmond-KlemmeFirst Team OF — Treyjen Wilson, Central SpringsFirst Team UT — Mitchell Halloran, West ForkSecond Team P — Owen Dannen, Central SpringsSecond Team C — Lucas Garl, Central SpringsSecond Team 1B — Kyle Rooney, West ForkSecond Team OF — Tucker Kroeze, Belmond-Klemme == 2A semifinals today4:30 — #5 Van Meter (32-3) vs. West Sioux (22-5)7:00 — #2 North Linn (39-5) vs. Des Moines Christian (29-8) DES MOINES — All-State softball teams have been announced by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association:== 1A1st Team — Lily Castle, Newman2nd Team — Macy Alexander, Newman; Paige Leininger, Newman3rd Team — Emma Ramon, RockfordHonorable Mention — Kiya Johnson, North Butler; Alex Mathers, North Butler; Laura Hopperstad, Northwood-Kensett; Jamie Schuster, Rockford;== 2A1st Team — Hannah Ausenhus, Central Springs; Jadyn Anderson, St. Ansgar2nd Team — Kaylea Fessler, Central Springs3rd Team — Abigayle Angell, Central Springs; Katelyn Halbach, Osage; Tanya Schutjer, St. Ansgar== 3A2nd Team — Julia Merfeld, Clear Lake; Kelsey Koch, Forest City== 4A1st team — Samantha Heyer, Charles City; Lisabeth Fiser, Charles City3rd team — Rachel Chambers, Charles City; Sami Miller, Mason City == 4A quarterfinals Wednesday#6 Dowling 7, #3 Southeast Polk 0#1 Johnston 6, Ankeny 0#9 Urbandale 3, #5 Epworth Western Dubuque 0#2 Iowa City West 6, Pleasant Valley 3