Co Antrim-based Ashers, the Christian bakery at the centre of a landmark legal battle after it refused to bake a cake promoting same-sex marriage, has seen its profits rise.Ashers lost a Court of Appeal case last year after it was found by the Equality Commission to have breached equality laws by refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.The family-owned firm has posted profits of £1.5m for the year to 31 March 2016 – up from £1.3m the previous year – in filings made at Companies House earlier this year.Ashers, which has seven outlets across Northern Ireland and delivers throughout the UK and the Republic, is run by husband and wife Daniel and Amy McArthur.The bakery chain was issued with legal proceedings after the Equality Commission stepped in and said it had discriminated against gay activist Gareth Lee.The organisation argued that the business, despite being founded and run by a Christian family, had no right to refuse Lee’s request for a cake bearing an image of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie alongside the message ‘Support gay marriage’.Ashers was eventually found guilty of illegal discrimination at Belfast County Court following one of the highest-profile cases in Northern Ireland in recent times.The McArthurs are now considering whether to make an appeal to the Supreme Court. The McArthurs and the Christian Institute, which supported them, are liable for costs that are estimated to be in excess of £150,000.Ashers now states on its website that people must not send content or images for cakes which contain any “threatening, defamatory, blasphemous or pornographic material”.The bakery hit the press again last week after refusing an online order for a cake decorated with the words ‘Gay Marriage Rocks’.The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a lower court’s judgement that Ashers was discriminatory – a two-day hearing for legal arguments has been listed for October.
SAN FRANCISCO — Seven different pitchers earned three World Series rings with the Giants at the beginning of the decade, including three of the most accomplished starters in franchise history.Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner earned the adoration of a fan base through their postseason exploits, but to reach the playoffs, all three needed to excel in the regular season, too.In what could be one of his final home starts at Oracle Park on Tuesday, Bumgarner turned in a performance …
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Posted: December 27, 2018 December 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Communications Office reminded residents Thursday that they have access to nearly 55,000 e-books and audiobooks for free via the county library system.County residents can download digital titles to their tablet or e- reader by downloading the Libby app and linking it with their library account. Residents can also use the library’s Overdrive program to download digital titles and collections.E-books and audiobooks can be checked out for seven, 14 or 21 days. At the end of the check-out period, the title will return to the library’s collection, eliminating late fees and the possibility of physical damage to the title.According to the county library, digital checkouts in 2018 have increased by roughly 50 percent to more than 1.5 million compared to 2017. The county library system is one of 30 in the world to surpass 1.5 million digital checkouts.“The Library encourages reading in every way — to develop skills, create opportunities and motivate a love of reading,” said Migell Acosta, the county’s library director. “To meet the community’s steadily increasing interest in audiobooks and e-books, we have made significant investments into our digital collections, and we look forward to adding many new titles in 2019.”The library’s digital collection also includes more than 150 magazines along with its collection of e-books, according to the county. Residents can access the library’s magazine catalogue by downloading the RBdigital app.Libby and RBdigital are both available on the Google Play and iOS app stores. Residents can visit the library’s website, sdcl.org, for more information about its digital collection and how to access it. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom County library system touts more than 55,000 E-Books and Audiobooks Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter