VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Marriage

first_imgThe redefinition of marriage has been one of the most significant political issues of our time. A politician’s position on this issue exposes his or her worldview and gives a clear indication of how he or she understands the role of family in civil society. In 2013, Parliament chose to reject the traditional and natural union of one man and one woman as the basis for marriage, thereby side-lining its cultural and traditional significance and its fundamental role in the care of children. Marriage has been redefined principally as a contractual partnership. It is not an exaggeration to claim that, with no clear public mandate, politicians were, and remain guilty of ‘cultural vandalism’. The ‘equality’ cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Marriage ‘equality’ was never about equality because there are people who are still not able to marry. It’s hardly surprising there are now attempts to extend the definition of marriage to allow for polygamy and group marriage, and to punish people who hold to the traditional definition of marriage. The redefinition of marriage has deconstructed and weakened the meaning and purpose of marriage as a specific cultural and historical institution. In 2004, the government introduced Civil Unions and changed over 150 pieces of legislation to provide legal recognition and protection for other forms of relationships. The State should not have presumed to re-engineer a natural human institution.READ MORE: www.ProtectMarriage.nzlast_img read more

Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal stunning draw with Spain

first_imgPortugal 3 Spain 3: Brilliant Ronaldo hat-trick earns thrilling draw Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:56 6/16/18 Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Images Spain looked set to beat Iberian rivals Portugal thanks to a Nacho wondergoal, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick shared the spoils. Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick earned Portugal a dramatic 3-3 draw in their Group B opener against Iberian neighbours Spain.Spain led with three minutes to go after Nacho Fernandez hit a wonderful 25-yard drive but Ronaldo was determined to steal the headlines for himself.And he ended the day with a World Cup match-ball after hitting an outrageous late free-kick to ensure the spoils were shared in this blockbuster clash in Sochi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Captain Ronaldo had given Portugal a fourth-minute lead from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Madrid team-mate Nacho, restoring the lead thanks to David de Gea’s horrible mistake.Diego Costa replied twice to get the 2010 champions level, with Nacho’s beautiful goal having seemingly settled a high-class encounter at the Fisht Stadium.Ronaldo, though, had other ideas and stepped up to beat De Gea again with a perfect 20-yard free-kick, almost snatching all three points with a stoppage-time header.45 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was the first that he has scored from a direct free-kick in a finals tournament, from what was his 45th attempt (World Cup & Euros combined). Moment. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018Friday’s earlier games were both settled by late winners but Ronaldo was immediately in the thick of the action, tumbling under a rash challenge from Nacho, who was deputising for Dani Carvajal, another Real Madrid team-mate.Although De Gea attempted to distract Ronaldo before the former Manchester United man took the spot-kick, he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make yet more history, becoming the first player to score in eight consecutive international tournaments.David Silva smashed a shot over the crossbar as Spain – who sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament and replaced him with Fernando Hierro – tried to find an immediate response, the Manchester City midfielder then having an effort deflected wide after magical footwork from Andres Iniesta.An increasingly dominant Spain did draw level in the 24th minute, though, with a goal that survived a VAR review.Costa bullied Pepe in the air, then twisted and turned away from two Portugal defenders to rifle home his seventh goal in 11 international appearances.1 – Diego Costa scored with his first ever shot on target at a World Cup. Clinical. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018Technology was soon called into action again when Isco’s rocket thumped against the crossbar, but replays showed the ball bounced on the line before Portugal smuggled it away.De Gea made a terrible error in a warm-up friendly against Switzerland and he was guilty again with a horrible moment that handed Portugal back the lead on the stroke of half-time.Portugal had not recorded a shot on target since Ronaldo’s opener but, when the forward collected possession on the edge of the area and drilled a low left-footed drive at De Gea, the goalkeeper somehow allowed the ball to slip through his grasp.Spain did not allow that mistake to distract them, though, Costa levelling the scores in the 55th minute.Silva’s free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Sergio Busquets, with Costa timing his run into the box to nudge home.Within three minutes Spain were in front for the first time, thanks to Nacho’s spectacular 25-yard goal.A Portugal clearance rebounded kindly to the Madrid defender, who hit a first-time drive that curled beautifully out of Rui Patricio’s reach, via a double bounce off the— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018Substitute Ricardo Quaresma fired a warning shot over the crossbar but there was only one man who was going to step up for Portugal.Ronaldo was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and he could hardly have placed the ball in a more ideal position for one of his special set-pieces, despite having failed to score with 44 previous free-kick efforts in World Cups and European Championships.With the Sochi crowd on the edge of their seats, Ronaldo delivered with a trademark curler that bent over and away from the wall to settle a contest that will go down in history as a World Cup classic.Key Opta stats:- Spain have now won their opening World Cup match in just two of their last 13 tournaments (D4 L7 – 2002, 2006).- Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships and Copa America).- Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.- Spain conceded after just three minutes and 30 seconds – it was the fastest goal they’ve ever conceded at the World Cup.- This match produced six goals, more than the previous four meetings between Portugal and Spain at major competitions (Euros and World Cup) combined (four goals). read morelast_img read more

The Energy Initiatives at the McCombs School of Business

first_imgWhat are you doing to draw more students toward the energy industry? Recently, John C. Butler—the academic director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center, associate director of the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research and a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance—discussed the various energy initiatives and trends happening at McCombs in, Focus on Energy: John C. Butler on Energy Offerings at McCombs.He explained how McCombs is addressing sustainability by launching a new, yet-to-be-named initiative. The goal will be to work with that new center to provide a clear message to students and external constituents that you can’t think about sustainability without energy and vice-versa. He also commented on the new Energy and Earth Resources grad program at the Jackson School of Geosciences, as well the development of new courses including the Valuation of Energy Investments and Law, Finance and Science of Global Energy Transactions.“Classes are an iterative process largely driven by industry and then faculty who shape them as the students react,” he explained on the blog. “For example, we’ve added solar projects in class because solar is becoming cheaper and cheaper over the last four years. It’s much more viable now.”To delve more deeply into the various energy education opportunities that the McCombs School of Business offers its MBA students, we reached out to John C. Butler with some questions. regions: Houston The Energy Initiatives at the McCombs School of Business RelatedUT Austin Hosts Energy WeekFrom February 16th to 20th, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business will be hosting the UT Energy Week. They will be examining global energy issues through seminars and lectures from experts in government, non-profit, academia and industry. UT Energy Week brings together various schools, universities and student…February 18, 2015In “Featured Home”Houston Energy Corridor: An Overview for MBAsIf you want to get into the energy industry, then you need to head to an MBA program in Houston. The Houston region is one of the most important industrial bases in the world and was recently ranked as the #1 U.S. manufacturing city by Manufactures’ News Inc. Houston is…February 16, 2016In “Advice”The Super Bowl of Investment Competitions Coming to McCombsThe Global Venture Labs Investment Competition is set to be held May 7-9 at University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. The event, which McCombs refers to as the “Super Bowl of Investment Competitions,” brings together teams from around the world to compete for cash and prizes. In…April 13, 2015In “Featured Region” One of the important things to remember about an MBA is that they are designed to be broad programs of study focusing on all aspects of business and are not typically industry specific. That said, a student interested in energy could easily take 4 – 6 classes directly focused on the industry. We offer opportunities in traditional topics like Energy Finance, Energy Law and Policy, Energy Technology and Policy, Oil and Gas Accounting and Energy Law. However, we also offer some unique experiences.One is a Global Connections trip where students spend eight weeks learning about energy and then spend ten days in China visiting various companies and facilities that are attempting to provide energy to this growing economy. One year, these students got to tour a functioning nuclear plant, which is a very rare experience.We also offer two unique interdisciplinary courses in energy that provide a realistic energy workplace experience. The first combines students from McCombs, the Law School, and the LBJ School of Public Policy and Electrical Engineering. Students serve as the business expert on a team that is developing a plan to provide greener electricity to the city of Austin. The team must work together to build a portfolio of natural gas, solar, and wind generation that passes the (hypothetical) investment committee of their private equity fund.The other class offers a similar experience in oil and gas. Business, law and geology students choose a portfolio of Kurdistan blocks to develop and present their plans to their (hypothetical) company board of directors and then negotiate with the host country.Both classes give McCombs students a chance to teach students from other disciplines about finance and business plan creation, as well as opportunities to learn how the other parts of the team approach the problem.McCombs students are also given the opportunity to serve on the organizing committee of a national energy finance case competition and a weeklong, campus-wide energy conference. Both offer great ways to network with energy professionals and other students interested in energy.  What unique energy-related opportunities are available to McCombs MBAs? What can a McCombs MBA student do to “dip their toes” into energy if they’re unsure about a career in the industry? The United States is a leader in the production and supply of energy. It’s also one of the world’s largest energy consumers. And as the world’s population grows and the industrialization of the underdeveloped world continues, energy demand is expected to surge. In fact, 50 percent of U.S. capital expenditures in the coming years are expected to be energy related: power plants, transmission, oil and gas rigs, pipelines, etc.The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business is leading the charge to prepare business leaders to navigate these challenges and energy initiatives.McCombs Energy Initiatives and ResourcesAs a global leader in energy research, the University of Texas at Austin is well positioned to cover topics like the valuation, financing and hedging of energy initiatives, particularly as they’re related to accounting, marketing and risk management. For MBA students, this energy focus is reflected in the McCombs curriculum and in a variety of energy initiatives. A few of those initiatives include: The Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC) promotes energy-related research and instruction. The Center offers a core energy-specific business curriculum in accounting, finance, marketing, financial and commodity risk management and economics, and geopolitical risk. It also provides students with opportunities for experiential learning through practicum projects, workshops, lectures, and conferences.The UT Austin Energy Institute provides guidance in the pursuit of a new energy paradigm that is viable and sustainable.The ATI Clean Energy Incubator is one of the longest-established clean energy incubators in the U.S. I remind students them that while people continue to debate the feasibility of various energy sources—both fossil fuels and renewables—to meet long-term future energy needs, there is no argument about the continued importance of energy to our economy, security, and standard of living.For example, there are more than a billion people on the planet without access to electricity and I suspect they would all welcome it. How we deliver that unmet demand will be one of the critical issues that we face as a society. A highly-trained cadre of business professionals from all disciplines is needed to meet the energy challenges of the future. About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Given our proximity to Houston, a number of energy firms come to Austin to recruit students, and many of their presentations are open to any business school student. There is also a weekly energy seminar that any student at UT can attend that spans all facets of the energy space.Finally, McCombs offers students the opportunities to do a “Plus Project” where they serve as a consultant for a company on a realistic project. Students submit their resumes for the projects that they are most interested in and the companies choose the students they prefer—a bidding process makes the final matches. These projects provide a great way for a student to get to know a particular company as well as an aspect of the energy industry.last_img read more