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Van Gerwen wins world title

first_imgThe world No 1 produced another blistering display of high-scoring in a dominant victory over two-time defending champion Anderson, whose hopes of a famous hat-trick were crushed by Van Gerwen.Both men shared a total of 42 180s, which was a record for maximums hit in any match, and Van Gerwen would end with an average of 107.79 after securing the Sid Waddell Trophy.The Dutchman reeled off the opening set in a blur of green, pinning the bullseye for a 122 finish in the very first leg, and would open an early lead with a composed 36 checkout.But Anderson had expertly held his nerve in the previous two finals and applied the brakes to ‘The Green Machine’ by finding double 20 to level the match.The first break would come in the following set, with Anderson hitting tops again with arrow-like accuracy, and he pinched the third set on double 12 after more stray darts from Van Gerwen.There would be a furious response from Van Gerwen in the following set as he traded more legs with the Scotsman before levelling the match 2-2 on a decisive 86 checkout.Both players were scoring freely in a high quality contest, but Van Gerwen’s deadly accuracy at the doubles was keeping Anderson at arm’s length and he opened a 4-2 lead with a succession of legs.Anderson’s crown was slipping from his grasp while he lost 12 of 13 legs and Van Gerwen pulled 5-2 ahead following a 125 finish.  There would be no respite for the Scot in the next set, with Van Gerwen firing out a 100 checkout to leave himself within touching distance of the trophy.The interference of an intruder on stage briefly seemed to break Van Gerwen’s concentration in the ninth set and Anderson extended his reign a little longer.But Van Gerwen would end his three-year wait for another world title by hitting the bull to seal a superb victory.last_img read more

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire this year
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire this year

first_imgKennedy announces his retirement after 30 years | Photo: Wikimedia/Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, announced his retirement today. His retirement is set for 31 July. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- This means President Donald Trump now gets to nominate his second Justice to the Supreme Court, following Neil Gorsuch.President Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy in 1987 and Senate confirmed him in 1988. Kennedy served 30 years on the bench and was a key swing vote in numerous cases, especially as a moderate Republican.Kennedy authored the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states and celebrating its third anniversary this week.He also wrote the narrow ruling of the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop case.‘The greatest honor and privilege’Kennedy penned a letter to Donald Trump announcing his retirement.Letter from Justice Kennedy announcing the news: pic.twitter.com/3JzlqI8amZ— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 27, 2018‘For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,’ he wrote. ‘Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.’The Supreme Court also released a press release, in which Kennedy addressed his colleagues and reasons for leaving.Justice Kennedy is retiring. #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/jhLIM8VyLL— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) June 27, 2018center_img In the release, it states Kennedy’s family urged him to stay on, but his decision to step down was ‘based on his deep desire to spend more time with them’.What happens now?Trump now gets to nominate his second Justice to the Supreme Court, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. Supreme Court Justices are lifelong appointments, typically lasting for decades.This gives the Supreme Court a clearer conservative majority and puts many past cases at risk. Actists and liberals are especially worried about anti-discrimination laws and religious freedom, as well as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.One of Trump’s possible choices is William Pryor. He once called Roe v. Wade ‘the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history’.Trump now has to nominate someone and the Senate must then confirm them.Senate Majority Mitch McConnell said that will happen ‘this fall’.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role … to fill this vacancy. We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.” pic.twitter.com/Cg8b7qzuKm— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 27, 2018Many liberals hope that won’t be until after the midterm elections in November, when Democrats are primed to pick up more Congressional seats.Gorsuch became a Supreme Court Justice after McConnell refused to vote on President Obama’s nomination, Merrick Garland. He reasoned it was because it was a presidential election year. He held the vote until Trump was inaugurated and then got to nominate his own pick.Here is Trump’s short-list.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) President Trump announces Brett M. Kavanaugh as nominee for Supreme Court7 incredible ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fought for us in the last 25 yearsLGBTI and women’s groups oppose Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/supreme-court-justice-anthony-kennedy-retire/last_img read more