first_imgSame-sex marriage could forever be in jeopardy in Romania after the senate overwhelmingly voted to allow a referendum which could change the eastern European countries Constitution.The proposed referendum would ask Romanians whether they approved of changing the definition of unions in the Constitution. Currently, the Constitution defines unions as between the gender neutral ‘spouses’.But a petition signed by three million people wants unions defined as between ‘a man and a woman’. If the Constitution changes to say that, it would make it almost impossible to make same-sex marriage legal in Romania.On Tuesday the senate voted 107-13 in favor of the referendum, after the Lower House voted to approve the referendum at the end of last year.The Coalition for Family civil groups started the petition in 2016 and got three million Romanians to sign it.Romania’s government now has to set a date for the referendum, saying it could happen as early as 7 October.Completely immoralMany LGBTI groups are trying to fight the proposed referendum, labelling it ‘completely immoral’.Vlad Viski heads the LGBTI community group MozaiQ. He accused politicians of being ‘cowards’ for giving in to ‘conservative forces trying to marginalize the LGBT community in Romania’.‘We will recommend our followers not to cast their vote in the upcoming referendum because human rights cannot be subject to a popular vote,’ he said. GAYSTARNEWS- TwitterA petition to ban gay marriage has been signed nearly 3 million times Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Romania’s top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equalityRomanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryRomanian rights groups challenge ‘homophobic’ marriage referendumRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Viski warned that if the Constitution changed it would ‘gravely’ affect democracy in Romania.‘It will put into question the rights of all citizens,’ Viski said.‘At the same time we will not give in to being humiliated by politicians and we will fight for our rights until the end. We urge everyone in Europe to express solidarity with the LGBT community in Romania and spread our message.’Adrian Coman and Clai HamiltonThe senate’s vote came less than two months after Romania’s Constitutional Court (RCC) rule to recognize same-sex couples.Married couple, Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton married in Belgium in 2010. They wanted to move to Coman’s native Romania because the country didn’t recognize same-sex relationships.The couple took their case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and in June it ruled European Union countries could not obstruct the freedom of EU residents by refusing to grant residence rights to their non-EU same-sex partner.But in its ruling, the Constitutional Court made it clear its decision applied only to married same-sex couples.‘We have recognized [it] in the spirit of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union,’ said RCC president, Valer Dorneanu.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_imgCityCenter announced today that it has received three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council for: 1) ARIA Resort’s hotel tower; 2) ARIA Resort’s convention center and theater; 3) Vdara Hotel. ARIA and Vdara will open in December on the Las Vegas Strip and are the first of CityCenter’s developments to be LEED certified. CityCenter anticipates Gold or Silver LEED certification for its remaining developments which include Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental; Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district; Veer Towers, the community’s only strictly residential buildings; and The Harmon (opening late 2010), a 400-room luxury boutique hotel.Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli to artfully redefine the Las Vegas skyline, ARIA is a 4,004-room resort destination that is at the core of the 18-million-square-foot CityCenter development. Vdara, designed by RV Architecture, LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, is an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming, smoke-free environment.CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Meeting the rigorous environmental standards of LEED Gold Certification is a testament to the complete integration of sustainable principles throughout the design and construction of ARIA and Vdara, and the remainder of CityCenter.CityCenter will serve as a remarkable demonstration that a community can be both beautiful and sustainable while providing exceptional entertainment, hospitality, and meeting and convention experiences. This blend of nature and luxury will be evident in the design and construction solutions employed to achieve dramatic improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, and occupant health and comfort. Particular highlights of CityCenter’s LEED efforts include:-First energy-generation on The Strip through its 8.5 megawatt natural-gas co-generation plant, providing efficient electricity on site, reducing emissions and using “waste heat” to provide domestic hot water-Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 30% and 43% of water within the buildings and 60% in outdoor landscaping-World’s first fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)-Nation’s most technologically advanced hotel rooms with exclusive features allowing guests to “green their stay”-Development of slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units, efficiently cooling public spaces from the ground up in the occupied zones, rather than wasting energy cooling the empty space below the ceiling-Energy-efficiency initiatives providing a savings equivalent to powering 8,800 households annually-Creation of a large-scale recycling operation that enabled the recycling or reuse of more than 260,000 tons of construction waste, including 97% of the imploded Boardwalk Hotel“From the beginning we believed that intelligent design and sustainable practices would reinforce a sense of permanence for CityCenter and create a healthier, more appealing environment for guests, residents and our workforce,” said Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter’s president and CEO. “The LEED Gold certification for ARIA and Vdara is a great leap forward in our effort to redefine the destination resort experience and provide a true cultural center to the Las Vegas Strip.”Collaborating with the foremost sustainability and LEED consultants from throughout the nation, CityCenter has introduced more than 10,000 construction trade and craftsmen to green building techniques that can be implemented at other developments throughout Las Vegas and beyond.“The CityCenter team set a standard for responsible growth in Las Vegas by pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification,” added Cindy Ortega, MGM MIRAGE’s senior vice president of Energy and Environmental Services Division. “CityCenter’s pursuit of LEED is driving green economies of scale in multiple industry segments, paving the way for other entities to build and operate sustainably.”CityCenter’s LEED certification effort was lead by MGM MIRAGE’s Energy and Environmental Services Division along with a recognized group of sustainability consultants including CTG Energetics, Green Building Services, Viridian Energy & Environmental and The Fore Group.www.citycenter.comlast_img read more