Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale

Tour Championship: Fans injured by lightning strike at PGA Tour finale

Lightning hit a tree on the course at the East Lake Golf Club Four people have been injured after two lightning strikes at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Play was suspended at 4.17pm local time because of thunderstorms in the area and at 4.45pm there were two lightning strikes close to the 15th green at East Lake Golf Club.

"A tree was hit and debris from that strike injured four people," a PGA Tour statement said.

The statement added the injuries "do not appear to be life-threatening".

The PGA Tour said emergency medical technicians "tended to those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical attention".

The third round was suspended with play to resume on Sunday at 8am local time (13:00 BST).

American Justin Thomas was leading by one shot from Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and world number one Brooks Koepka when play was suspended. Tour Championship leaderboard

Why is London really getting more theatres?

Why is London really getting more theatres?

The new Troubadour in White City is designed to be taken down and rebuilt elsewhere if necessary Some will be permanent – others may survive for just a couple of years. Either way, London’s in the middle of a theatre construction boom. So why is it happening? And doesn’t London have enough theatres already?

People come from around the world to enjoy theatre in London. But there are other cities with far more theatre buildings.

The authoritative Theatres Trust reckons there are currently 263 theatres in London. It’s about the same number as Tokyo, whereas Paris has around 350. New York tops the list with well over 400.

Producers believe more tickets could be sold in London. But first they need more places to originate shows in and to transfer existing shows to. It’s hard (and very expensive) to rent a West End theatre to bring in a hit – whether from a non-commercial London theatre or from Manchester or Paris. Dino Fetscher and Daisy Boulton in Torch Song which is the Turbine’s opening play Partly that’s what lies behind the boom in London theatre construction.

But there’s another factor. Property developers with a commercial interest in London’s rapidly changing skyline find theatre useful. It attracts punters to areas being promoted as desirable new places to shop or eat or even buy a home.

Tristan Baker is co-founder of Troubadour Theatres which has opened two big new theatre spaces in London. One’s on part of the former BBC site at White City and the other’s at the old Fountain Studios in Wembley.

In both cases there are two auditoriums with up to 2000 seats. Each area is undergoing extensive redevelopment and eventually the theatres are planned to come down.

"But the buildings are 97% recyclable," Baker points out. "They’re built to a high spec and they have great facilities for professionals and for the public. But whether it’s after 18 months or five years we can move the building elsewhere. That’s what happened at King’s Cross where all this started."

Troubadour’s production arm Runaway staged live versions of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station and then at King’s Cross, including a full-size steam train. That led to building new theatres at King’s Cross for the David Bowie musical Lazarus, to house the Donmar’s Shakespeare productions and for the Lin-Manuel Miranda show In the Heights. An artist impression of how the Boulevard Theatre will be "It proved we could build large, comfortable theatres which are far more than pop-ups but probably aren’t going to be permanent. They cost less for producers to rent than a top West End venue.

"We were approached by the developers Quintain who asked if we could do something similar at their huge regeneration site at Wembley Park. And another mega-developer Stanhope had similar ideas for White City."

Baker says Troubadour now has its eye on other sites to build theatres. "I won’t say where but it’s not just a London thing. There are sites around the UK where developers see theatre as a real place-maker, boosting a place’s profile.

"Transport is always crucial: our two current sites in London have great links to rail and the Tube. But outside London there might be places where people would be happy to drive for half an hour or even more to get there.

"But what counts is content. In London most people don’t ask themselves what’s on at the Gielgud Theatre: they want to know where the good shows are. So what we say is build it and they will come." Other theatre openings announced for London include: New Nimax theatre near Tottenham Court Road station (expected to open 2021)

The former Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon reopens shortly as the Ashcroft Playhouse

An additional home for Sadlers Wells in Stratford, east London due to open in 2022

Nicholas Hytner, who opened the Bridge Theatre in 2017, plans another new theatre near Kings Cross

Just behind the Gielgud stands the formerly sleazy alleyway Walker’s Court, long home to the Raymond Revuebar. But Soho is changing and from October the new 165-seat Boulevard Theatre is set to continue the area’s progress up-market.

The same name was used in the 1970s and 80s for a theatre on nearly the same site. But Rachel Edwards, the new theatre’s artistic director, says the impressive new building will be hugely more ambitious both technically and artistically. It’s part of a major upgrade to the area costing some £40m.

The opening show is the London premiere of the musical Ghost Quartet. Edwards says she knew at once that the venue would be perfect for small-scale musicals – but she’s also looking forward to programming one off late-night gigs and comedy events. The theatre takes its name from the nearby former Battersea power station "I think when you open a new venue like this in the middle of Soho you’re dealing inevitably with a whole variety of audiences. We have a great new bar and a restaurant to tempt people in: I think increasingly people want the theatre building to be an event in itself."

Russell Potter of the architects Soda was commissioned to bring the new theatre to life. "There’s an architectural revolve which means the whole theatre floor can switch within minutes between seven different configurations. And the balcony also spins separately.

"That’s great for productions. But financially too you need to be able to use the theatre in different ways. Maybe it’s a conference in the morning then the main show in the evening and a cabaret event late-night. It’s not really something London has had in such a great location.

"Soho’s the most vibrant area London has and one of its strengths is it can surprise you. So one of our ambitions was that the Boulevard should do the same thing: when you come in you won’t know what the set-up will look like.

Edwards says some West End venues can offer a poor experience. "It can be about sitting in a slightly uncomfortable seat and paying £8 for a glass of warm Chardonnay. But I think as new venues open the ticket-buyers inevitably are going to expect more from their evening."

Paul Taylor-Mills has just opened the 200-seat Turbine Theatre, part of another huge new development in London on the old Battersea Power Station site. The area’s transformation is remarkable: there’s even a new pier to get visitors into central London by boat in 15 minutes. Eventually there’ll be a new extension of the Northern line too. The Ashcroft playhouse will be within the Fairfield Halls "We called it the Turbine partly because we’re by the old power station. But also as artistic director I want it to be a home for generating new ideas and for existing plays done in exciting new ways. We’re starting off reviving Harvey Fierstein’s gay classic Torch Song. We’ve got a great director in Drew McOnie and a cast which includes Matthew Needham and Dino Fetscher.’

Taylor-Mills was approached by developers to discuss a theatre operation suited to an area of up-market bars and restaurants. "It’s part of what a new quarter of London needs. Obviously they’re delighted to have an extra 200 customers each evening looking to eat and drink. And it gives us the chance to create an important venue from scratch in a location full of character.

"We’re being supported by one of the great West End producers, Bill Kenwright, and we’d love a West End transfer in our first year.

"Look at the role theatre played in the King’s Cross development, which I was involved with doing In the Heights. That was only 2015 and people were saying audiences wouldn’t go to this weird area behind a railway station. Now it’s buzzing every night.

"Around London, in the traditional theatre district and beyond, things are changing. Things like the Turbine are only the beginning."

Airport security: 3D baggage scanners could end liquid restrictions

Airport security: 3D baggage scanners could end liquid restrictions

Several US airports have already installed 3D scanning equipment All major UK airports must introduce 3D baggage screening equipment before the end of 2022, the government says.

Ministers say the technology will boost security, speed up pre-boarding checks, and could end the restrictions on travelling with liquids and laptops.

The equipment, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, is already being installed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

It provides a clearer picture of a bag’s contents, which staff can zoom in to and rotate for inspection. Could your face be your passport?

Could space-age scanner cut airport queues?

Currently, passengers taking liquid in their cabin baggage are restricted to containers holding no more than 100ml, which must be shown to security staff in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag of about 20cm (8in) x 20cm.

The limits have been in place since November 2006. Their introduction ended a ban on liquids in the cabin imposed three months earlier, when British police said they had foiled a plot to blow up as many as 10 planes using explosives hidden in drinks bottles.

Announcing the new plans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scanners would cut down on "hassle" for travellers and improve security.

"By making journeys through UK airports easier than ever, this new equipment will help boost the vital role our airports play in securing the UK’s position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment," he added. Heathrow has revealed it is spending £50m in order to roll out the technology over the next few years. It is the first UK airport to install the equipment, which it has been trialling since 2017.

The airport’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said it would make travel "less disruptive", adding that the scanners were able to see what liquid was contained in luggage.

The scanners are set to be rolled out to other UK airports over the next few years.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the new equipment means "no more pulling out your socks and your underwear, and having to separate your liquids and and take your laptops out".

He added that aviation companies would be paying for the changes, rather than the taxpayer.

The technology is already being used by US airports, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago’s O’Hare.

100ml Liquids And Laptops Ban On Airport Hand Luggage Set To End, PM Announces

100ml Liquids And Laptops Ban On Airport Hand Luggage Set To End, PM Announces

izusek via Getty Images Britain’s 13-year ban on liquids and laptops from cabin luggage is set to finally end under plans unveiled by Boris Johnson for pioneering new airport screening equipment.

Holidaymakers and other air travellers will benefit from 3D cabin baggage technology that will be required for all UK airports by December 2022, No.10 revealed.

Under the changes, future passengers are expected to be able to keep liquids like bottles of water and electrical equipment in their cabin baggage while it is screened.

The rule requiring all liquids to be put in transparent plastic bags, with none allowed more than 100ml, was introduced in 2006 soon after the transatlantic ‘liquid bomb plot’ was foiled.

UK security officials discovered suspects had planned to disguise explosive liquid ingredients in soft drinks bottles, in a scheme to blow up transatlantic jets travelling from Heathrow to North America.

Heathrow has already announced its own plans to end the ban through the introduction of £50m scanners, but Johnson said that the move would be rolled out across the whole of the UK.

“We are home to the largest aviation network in Europe, with millions of people passing through our airports every year for work, holidays and family visits.

“We’re set to streamline those trips with the rollout of this ground-breaking technology – cutting down hassle for travellers and improving security measures.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added: “The new screening equipment will improve security and make the experience smoother and less stressful for passengers. It could also mean an end to passengers having to use plastic bags or rationing what they take away with them.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality and Chair of the Tourism Alliance said: “The new technology being rolled out should make for a smoother, more enjoyable passenger experience and will bolster the UK’s international reputation as traveller-friendly.

“Having passed through security more quickly, and with less hassle, passengers will be able to relax and begin to enjoy their holiday sooner.”

Philosophers File Amicus Brief on LGBT Discrimination Cases

Philosophers File Amicus Brief on LGBT Discrimination Cases

This fall, the Supreme Court will be looking at a trio of cases concerning the protection Federal employment discrimination law provides to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. An amicus curiae brief signed by 80 philosophers, in support of the employees in the cases, has just been filed. The amicus brief was co-authored by philosopher Robin Dembroff (Yale) and law professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann (Yale), and concerns the Supreme Court’s review of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia , and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda (both cases concern whether federal laws banning employment discrimination protect gay and lesbian employees), and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC (on whether Title VII’s protections apply to transgender employees). Some background on these cases can be found here .

The following is the “summary of argument” section of the 50 page document:

1. The concept of “sex” is inextricably tied to the categories of same-sex attraction and gender nonconformity. Both categories are partially defined by sex and cannot logically be applied to any individual without reference to that individual’s sex. It is simply not possible to identify an individual as being attracted to the same sex without knowing or presuming that person’s sex. Likewise, it is not possible to identify someone as gender nonconforming (including being transgender) without reference to that person’s known or presumed sex and the associated social meanings. It follows that discrimination on the basis of same-sex attraction or gender nonconformity is inherently discrimination “because of sex.”

2. It is conceptually incorrect to state that discrimination against persons who are same-sex attracted or gender nonconforming is “sex-neutral.” If an employer decides to terminate an employee on the basis of same-sex sexual attraction (i.e., a particular sexual orientation) or gender nonconformity (e.g., being transgender), the employer must first presume the employee’s specific sex, and then account for the social meanings, expectations, and stereotypes specific to the employee’s particular presumed sex category. But for the concept of sex, the judgment that an employee violated one of the expectations and stereotypes specific to their sex would be impossible.

3. Title VII prohibits discrimination not simply based on the categories “man” and “woman,” but because of sex. The philosophical underpinnings of antidiscrimination laws represent a societal commitment to alter socially restrictive categories such that they no longer serve as the basis for denying equal treatment or limiting freedoms based on sex. To permit discrimination against individuals who fall into categories that are partially defined by sex would violate the fundamental rationale behind antidiscrimination laws. Moreover, it would require this Court to define “sex” in a way that is illogically constrained and harmful to groups that have historically been the targets of discrimination.

You can read the entire brief here . The oral arguments for the case will be heard on October 8th, 2019.

San Jose Institutes Program at Public Businesses to Protect LGBT Patrons from Hate Crimes

San Jose Institutes Program at Public Businesses to Protect LGBT Patrons from Hate Crimes

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Kentucky Supreme Court hears religious freedom case over LGBT shirts

Kentucky Supreme Court hears religious freedom case over LGBT shirts

The Supreme Court chamber in the Kentucky State Capitol. Credit: Nagel Photography / Shutterstock The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Friday in the case of a Christian business owner who is facing punishment for declining to print shirts for a LGBT Pride festival because of his faith.

“The right to decide which ideas to express is core to human freedom. The Commission violated that freedom by ordering Blaine Adamson to print messages that violate his religious beliefs,” Jim Campbell, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom who argued the case before the Kentucky Supreme Court, stated after oral arguments in the case on Friday.

Blaine Adamson, owner of the Lexington, Kentucky-based print shop Hands On Originals, was sued for declining to print T-shirts promoting a Lexington Pride festival in 2012. His business had been requested by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, but Adamson declined to print the shirts because he believed that to do so would violate his Christian faith. He did refer the group to other companies.

In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ruled that Adamson violated an anti-discrimination ordinance, and ordered him to print the shirts and undergo diversity training.

Adamson challenged the decision and won in a Kentucky court in 2017; the case has since been appealed to the state supreme court, and oral arguments before the court were heard Aug. 23.

Speaking to reporters and supporters after oral arguments, Adamson said that “I will work with any person, no matter who they are, and no matter what their belief systems are. But when I’m presented with a message that conflicts with my faith, that’s just something I cannot print.”

“I don’t walk into my business every morning and leave my faith at the door,” he said. “For the last seven years, the government has tried to punish me for declining to print a message that went against my conscience.”

In oral arguments, Campbell emphasized to the court that Adamson’s company Hands On Originals “serves everyone,” but reserves the right not to print certain messages it deems inappropriate or that would otherwise conflict with Adamson’s Christian faith.

Campbell said that Adamson, in his initial conversation with representatives of the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization who were looking for a shirt promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, only declined to print the shirts after he asked and learned what would be printed on the shirt.

Campbell argued that this constituted a “substantial burden” on Adamson’s religious beliefs, as defined by the Supreme Court in Holt v. Hobbs .

The Commission required Mr. Adamson to violate his religious beliefs, and its mandate that he attend diversity training says that it’s “wrong” for him to operate his business according to his religious beliefs, Campbell argued.

Opposing Adamson, and representing the Commission, attorney Edward Dove said that Hands On Originals “practices censorship” according to Campbell’s admission.

“That’s why we have a public accommodation ordinance,” he said, to protect against people enduring discrimination as they seek to enjoy goods.

“They can do anything they want in the name of religion and censor any message they don’t like, which would affect the free speech argument in the country,” he said of Hands On.

Justice Michelle Keller asked Campbell how far the government could go to mandate that the shirts for the Pride festival be printed, asking if a disclaimer could be put on shirts saying the messages do not reflect the views of Hands On.

Adamson and other business owners have a constitutionally-protected “individual freedom of mind,” Campbell said, with an “individual dignity” to protect free expression.

VeggieTales Creator Says LGBT Representation in Cartoons is ‘Concerning’

VeggieTales Creator Says LGBT Representation in Cartoons is ‘Concerning’

Video screenshot Arthur cartoon slammed by Phil Vischer for its portrayal of gay marriage

A recent portrayal of gay marriage in the children’s show Arthur has led to VeggieTales ‘ co-creator Phil Vischer speaking against what he perceives as LGBT representation being forced into modern cartoons. Vischer, the co-creator of the Christian cartoon, lamented the state of today’s cartoons while discussing a recent episode of Arthur . In the episode, one of the titular character’s teachers is married to another man, something that Vischer says is “concerning.”

In an interview with The Christian Post , he said “It’s going to show up more and more as the world has decided that LGBT issues are in the same categories as race and civil rights issues. So, to say you shouldn’t have a same-sex couple on Sesame Street is the equivalent of saying you shouldn’t have a black couple on Sesame Street .”

While it’s possible to interpret his comments as being positive towards LGBT issues being viewed as civil rights issues, Vischer made it clear he did not agree with the sentiment that they were similar. He referred to the marriage as the “shot heard through the Christian parenting world” and said he found the whole thing “concerning” because the kids on Arthur didn’t question it.

Vischer is aware shows like VeggieTales are going to have to address LGBT issues at some point. However, Vischer’s statement didn’t provide many clues that it would be handled very well. He said: “If I get pressure from Hollywood to show two men getting married because we’ve all decided it’s right and correct, my pushback is: ‘No, I won’t. Because that’s not what I believe is best for kids.” apparently the Veggietales creator recently said he doesn’t want to show LGBT+ in the show. i mean i don’t agree with how he feels about LGBT+ but are you really that surprised that the creator of a Christian cartoon would say that? it’s not like he’s saying we’re bad people. — (^ó ᴥ ò^)

This week’s winners and losers in LGBT sports

This week’s winners and losers in LGBT sports

Each week, Outsports stops the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s our way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.

If you’d like to read more about each entry, just click the link!

We realize our roster may differ from yours, and we welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. We read them all! Details on how to reach us are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers. Winners: Anya Battaglino and Madison Packer

Anya Battaglino and Madison Packer of the NWHL got married last weekend in Newport, Rhode Island, and we have the awesome photos. A Coors Field employee cited stadium policy against ‘not appropriate’ PDA when she spotted a lesbian couple ‘casually’ kissing. Their tweets got them an apology and free tickets. Winners: Alec Smith, Katie McCabe and Nathan Matthews

Loser: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro s1mple called Twitch “a joke” in response to his one week suspension for using harassing and homophobic language. Winner: Straight couple who met playing gay flag football

We particularly enjoyed a story in The Washington Blade Sports Issue profiling the budding relationship between Amanda Livingstone and Jorge Membreño, two straight allies who fell in love through their participation in the D.C. Gay Flag Football League. Loser: Leah “GIlty” Hayes

The trans Street Fighter pro received a ‘global prohibition’ in response to allegations of sexual assault from multiple women dating back to 2015.

A record 70+ MiLB teams have hosted Pride Nights this season, and thanks to You Can Play, the Staten Island Yankees will play theirs wearing jerseys featuring rainbow pinstripes. Loser: The Maui high school volleyball coach who said a trans student athlete posed an “elevated level of risk” to other girls

A Hawaii high school girls volleyball team now has a transgender girl on its roster, and so far, her only obstacle appears to be one bigoted coach, who refused to give his name to the newspaper reporting on her debut last week. Winner: Out NASCAR team member Ryan Hines

Ryan Hines never thought he could be gay and work in NASCAR. He said reading Outsports helped him realize “I could be myself and still do what I love.” Losers: Everyone still speculating about Odell Beckham, Jr.

The circular speculation that Odell Beckham, Jr. of the Cleveland Browns is gay does no one any good and is, at this point, desperately unfair to OBJ. Winners (but not officially): Scotland’s non-binary and gender neutral runners

Letting non-binary and gender-neutral runners compete is a great start for Scotland’s Great Run, but organizers will not allow them to win prizes or claim official rankings. Losers: Radio listeners of Alex Reimer

A mainstay at WEEI for the last few years, Alex Reimer will now be walking the halls of the Massacusetts State House as we moves from radio to politics. Winners: SonicFox and LGBTQ charities

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean’s 48 to 72 hour Twitch stream, which started on August 23, will benefit at least three LGBTQ charities.

That’s all for this week! We’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name we missed, or want to challenge our choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us , message us via any social media, or just plain email us at outsports@gmail.com Thanks!

State of Kentucky must pay $225,000 because county clerk Kim Davis refused to marry gay couples

State of Kentucky must pay $225,000 because county clerk Kim Davis refused to marry gay couples

Former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Ty Wright/Getty) An appeals court ruled yesterday (August 23) that the state of Kentucky must pay the $225,00 legal bills of the same-sex couples that Kim Davis, the anti-gay Kentucky county clerk, refused to issue marriage licences to.

Davis was jailed for several days for contempt of court by US District Judge David Bunning after refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples in 2015, following the Supreme Court decision to legalise equal marriage across the country.

In 2017, Bunning ruled in favour of four couples – two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples – ordering that the state of Kentucky must reimburse them $225,000 for their legal fees.

Bunning also ruled that the state of Kentucky must pay the fees because he said that Davis was acting in her official capacity when she ignored court orders and refused to issue the marriage licences to the same-sex couples. Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said Kim Davis acted independently, despite supporting her views

In January this year, however, republican Kentucky governor Matt Bevin argued that Davis should be responsible for the fees , despite the fact that he had voiced support for her views.

Bevin’s lawyer said previously: “Davis had an independent and sworn duty to uphold the law as an elected county officer.”

According to USA Today , a three-judge panel for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld Bunning’s decision on Friday and maintained that the state must pay the fees.

The couples who were denied their marriage licenses were by represented The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said that the decision would act as a warning to state officials in the future.

The ACLU told USA Today in a statement: “By affirming the sizeable fee award, the Court also sent a strong message to other government officials in Kentucky that it is not only unconstitutional to use public office to impose one’s personal religious views on others, but that it also can be a very expensive mistake.”