The Equality Commission has given Ashers Baking Company extra time to respond to the threat of court action.Ashers’ general manager Daniel McArthur told an Irish publication, he had written to the commission requesting four weeks to respond to the threat, and the equality body had agreed.Court action was warned when the bakery, owned by a Christian family, refused to make a cake which promoted gay marriage. The company is concerned that its version of what happened was not expressed to the Equality Commission before the latter decided that the bakery’s actions were ‘unlawful’.The customers had requested that the cake feature the logo of ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaign group for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in the area. Ashers Baking Company turned the order down on the grounds that it did not support its own beliefs.Gay marriage is not legal in Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK in which it is not on the statute book.
To ring in 2019, Greensky Bluegrass will return to The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The bluegrass juggernauts will set up shop at the fan-favorite theater for four nights, spanning from December 28th to December 31st. Currently, four-day passes for this upcoming New Year’s Eve run are available via Greensky Bluegrass’s fan-club lottery here, with the lottery remaining open until Thursday, September 13th, at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets will become available to the general public on Friday, September 14th, at 10 a.m. (CT). Head to the band’s website for more information.Greensky Bluegrass has a busy fall on the books ahead of this highly anticipated and newly announced New Year’s Eve run. In two weeks, the band will perform at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for two nights, with these performances serving as the kick-off for Greensky Bluegrass’s fall tour. From there, the band will tour across the U.S. with support from Ghost Light and The Lil Smokies before returning to Kalamazoo State Theatre for a two-night Thanksgiving run with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys.
Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq doesn’t seem to be happy with Alastair Cook’s comments on pacer Mohammad Amir. The England captain had hinted Amir will have to face ‘consequences’ in the form of a hostile reception when he plays the first Test at Lord’s from July 14.Miffed with the remark, Inzamam asked, “”How would the England captain feel if they were in Pakistan and our captain made a similar statement about some player?”The veteran Pakistan cricketer added Amir was a real threat to England and that the English players are trying to put him under pressure.’AMIR CAN BE A MATCH-WINNER’ “I see this as the start of a campaign to start pressuring Amir. Because not only England but even Australia and South Africa see him as a threat. And he can be a match-winner in England,” Inzamam said on Geo Channel.The chief selector said he would advise Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq to take some steps to counter this pressure.”I think it would be a good idea if Amir was not made to field at the boundaries because he will then face hostile comments and remarks. It is best to keep him away from the crowd at the start,” he said.”But to me there is sympathy for Amir in England and the best way he can answer is to perform in the series and I am confident he can do it,” said the former captain.’TEAM WILL DO WELL’ Inzamam conceded that it had been a tough job for him to select the Pakistan squad for England.advertisement”There was pressure on me because I had not seen much first class cricket and whatever cricket I saw was on television. And it was my first assignment as chief selector.But we have tried to select the best possible squad and I am pretty sure they will do well,” he said.’CONTROVERSY-FREE TOUR’ The veteran of 120 Tests stated that he was hopeful that with the sort of preparations made for the England tour it would be a controversy free series unlike 2006 and 2010.”I am confident we have the management to handle things well and this will be a controversy-free tour,” he said.He, however, conceded that the series would be a tough one for Pakistan as they were playing outside Asia for the first time in three years and England had been very dangerous at home.Inzamam also said in the fitness Tests conducted before the England tour in the boot camp in Kabul and then in Lahore, the team’s trainer was pretty satisfied with the situation.”But there is no doubt that our players need to work harder on their fitness if Pakistan is to compete with other teams.”He also spoke about the decision to drop batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal for the England tour.”Their performance was okay but they had disciplinary issues and they need to improve their discipline. I went by the captain and coach reports and I am pretty sure they will comeback if they improve their discipline.”