Acculturated.com 22 June 2016Family First Comment: Fascinating study…“…the findings are only a surprise if you, like Adam Taylor, ignore a crucial factor: religion. The chart of violence against women published by Gracia and Merlo is like a track of the least religious to the most religious countries in Europe. According to The New York Times, Denmark and Sweden are “among the least religious nations in the world.” Poland, which scores very low on the domestic violence scale, is a stronghold of traditional Catholic belief.” Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported on a study that reveals that European countries with the best record of gender equality also have the highest rate of domestic violence against women. In what is called “the Nordic paradox,” Enrique Gracia of the University of Valencia and Juan Merlo of the University of Lund found that Denmark, Sweden and Finland have higher rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women than countries like Poland, Croatia and Slovenia. Perhaps you might think that women in liberal countries are less repressed and thus more free to report violence against them, skewing the numbers upward. But as the Washington Post notes, “Gracia and Merlo consider this possibility but don’t seem to find it convincing.”Washington Post reporter Adam Taylor was baffled by the findings: “This may come as a surprise. You might well expect better gender equality to mean less violence against women. To add to the intrigue, when you look at European countries with relatively low levels of gender equality—Italy or Greece, for example—they seem to have lower levels of IPV.”But the findings are only a surprise if you, like Adam Taylor, ignore a crucial factor: religion. The chart of violence against women published by Gracia and Merlo is like a track of the least religious to the most religious countries in Europe. According to The New York Times, Denmark and Sweden are “among the least religious nations in the world.” Poland, which scores very low on the domestic violence scale, is a stronghold of traditional Catholic belief.Although it’s rare to find this acknowledged in mainstream media, and despite what liberals think, traditional religious beliefs, particularly traditional Christianity, provide a level of love, support, and mutual respect that the secular state cannot replace. Orthodox religious observance in a place like Poland inculcates in men the idea that their wives and girlfriends are their partners in a sacramental journey that has been ordained by God.It seems like every few months a study emerges that reveals that religious people are healthier, happier, live longer lives and even have better sex than secular liberals. For a few seconds the media expresses surprise, then they go right back to pushing the old narrative—religion is oppressive, people of faith are narrow-minded, etc.As far back as 2006, Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation observed:“A small but growing body of research has focused on the links between religious practice and decreased family violence. For example, men who attended religious services at least weekly were more than 50 percent less likely to commit an act of violence against their partners than were peers who attended only once a year or less. No matter how the data were analyzed, regular attendance at religious services had a strong and statistically significant inverse association with the incidence of domestic abuse. Similarly, after controlling for all other factors, [one researcher] found that of all groups studied (unaffiliated, active conservative Protestant, active mainline Protestant, nominal conservative Protestant, and nominal mainline Protestants), religiously active conservative Protestant men were least likely to engage in domestic violence.”READ MORE: http://acculturated.com/liberal-secular-countries/
“We shouldn’t be fighting about this now … but once this is done and we get through it, and we will, let’s figure out who screwed up and fix that.”The NBA has been on hiatus since Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19.The Jazz were scheduled to face the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game was postponed on March 11, prompting the suspension of the league schedule. MORE: Adam Silver talks testing, post-suspension optionsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio questioned the Nets, insisting “tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick” as the world struggles to contain the virus, which has claimed more than 8,900 lives globally.The Nets defended testing players on Wednesday — citing the use of a private laboratory — while the Oklahoma City Thunder insisted they did not use state resources following the news that all players and staffers returned negative results for coronavirus.OKC Thunder COVID-19 update. pic.twitter.com/wvC7xHElK5— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 18, 2020″There’s nothing irresponsible — if you’ve got that information [that you’ve been exposed] — about trying to get the tests,” Roberts told ESPN.”The problem that more of us can’t get the tests — and I’m not apologetic about saying it — in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed. Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), said Wednesday it would be “irresponsible” for players not be tested for the coronavirus as she took aim at the United States government.NBA teams have been criticized after the Brooklyn Nets revealed four players — including superstar Kevin Durant — contracted COVID-19 amid the pandemic.
Four Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Art students were selected to the prestigious All State Chorus. They are, from left, Courtney Ravelo and Vincent Martini, both of Union Beach; Evangeline Athanasiou, Red Bank; and Katie Robinson, Little Silver. The students successfully auditioned with 1,400 of their peers in New Jersey. About 20 percent are accepted into the chorus. The All State Chorus has performed at various venues this year. The NJ All State Chorus is sponsored by the NJ Music Educators Association, a division of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.
Oil and gas sector…separate from ExxonMobilWith first oil just around the corner, Guyana appears to be poised to market and sell its own portion of crude oil, as opposed to having oil giant ExxonMobil sell on the country’s behalf.According to sources close to the Energy Department, a plan is still being developed for how the oil will be sold – one which will aim to find Guyana the best markets based on profitability. Guyana Times understands, however, that it is still in the early planning stages.Back in 2017, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was reported in sections of the media saying that the sale of its share of petroleum to local buyers could be considered. He had noted that what government wanted was a profitable model.In 2017, Director of Advisory Services at Hartree Partners, Pedro Haas, had revealed that the cost to construct an oil refinery in Guyana would be US$5 billion. Haas had been tasked with carrying out a feasibility study for an oil refinery in Guyana. According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Cabinet is still to review the findings of the study.The feasibility study found that it would be too costly for the Government to invest in an oil refinery. The consultant had said that the final results of the study show that Guyana would be “destroying over half the value of your investment the day you commission your refinery.”The company looked at economic models used in other oil-producing countries and compared them with the scale and complexity of Guyana’s potential oil market to come up with the recommendations. Expert opinions from oil and engineering companies were also taken on board.But persons have expressed an interest in building an oil refinery in Guyana. A team of professional foreign investors has expressed interest in establishing an oil refinery in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), with the intention of providing technical skills training to the community’s workforce and education sector.Prospects for the initiative were discussed on Wednesday when the team met with regional stakeholders at the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden.The team was led by US-based Ghanian entrepreneur Quincy Sintim-Aboagye who owns an oil company and Alfred Fafali Adagbedu who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaweld Engineering Limited in Ghana.Apart from the refinery, the team had also expressed intentions to establish a hotel and to develop economic avenues for local farming. The two sides also discussed the possibility of implementing training at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI). The investors have posited that there will be opportunities for job creation and training in areas such as welding.Other benefits they had highlighted are cheaper gas and electricity prices with additional interests in crude oil, bauxite expansion, the establishment of an industrial complex in Guyana.After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.Then there is the fact that two subsequent discoveries were made earlier this year. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block.
You have to admire animals. They have tricks humans still need to learn, and possess technologies that engineers are striving to imitate.Spiders: Don’t let the black widow scare you; it’s only a picture on Science Daily. Scientists are amazed at how these animals produce one of the best dragline silks in spiderdom. It is the strongest and toughest spider silk found so far. It can absorb enormous amounts of energy. They are just now teasing out the genes that produce the proteins that produce this ideal material. If we can learn to copy the secret formula, you may find it on your skin some day. It could lead to “lightweight super-strong body armor, components of medical devices and high-tech athletic attire.” That sounds both creepy and cool.Geckos: Speaking of spiders, spiderman outfits may soon become a reality. A team has succeeded in manufacturing “gecko tape” better than the gecko foot itself (for the physics of gecko foot adhesion, see 12/06/2006 and 08/27/2002). Reporting in PNAS,1 a team at University of Ohio claims their nanotube-based gecko tape is four times stronger than natural gecko feet (cf. 11/06/2006). It can adhere to almost any surface and just peel off for immediate reuse. The researchers envision applications in microelectronics, robotics and space applications – to which the imaginative reader can envision products for the shelves of Toys R Us. They didn’t mention if their tape is self-cleaning like a real gecko foot (01/04/2005). Now, if they can get the dispenser to eat flies and reproduce itself, they’ll really be onto something.Starfish, Insects, : We mammals pride ourselves on our advanced systems, but the so-called lower forms of life are not so low. A press release from the European Science Foundation remarked that the immune systems of invertebrates are “anything but simple.” The article gushes about how many surprising advanced technologies they have to resist disease. Their immune systems are even fine-tuned enough to prevent autoimmune reactions.Honeybees: Scientists used to think that the queen bee controlled the hive, like an autocrat, but new findings at University of North Carolina challenge that view and make the situation more complicated. Somehow, the experienced worker bees arrive at a consensus and signal one another when it is time to move the hive, says a report on Science Daily. The queen, in fact, is a passive recipient of signals. The workers tell her when to lay eggs, when to stop, and when to fly. Bees are the most-studied insects of all, but these findings are contrary to the received wisdom about beehive social behavior. How does the hive organize itself and make these important decisions without central leadership? Scientists are not sure, but know it involves additional signals apart from the familiar waggle dance they use to point to food sources. These signals include piping (vibrating their wings rapidly in contact) and vibration signals (a kind of grab-and-shake move). However it works, it produces group cooperation with “remarkable efficiency.” Maybe we should try these moves in the next business meeting. If someone isn’t cooperating, grab and shake.Electric fish: Loving couples who feel one another’s electricity should get a charge out of this. Some electric fish in African waters court one another with “electric duets,” reported a press release from Cornell University. The males “sing” to their mates with specialized electric pulses. It must be lovely in a fishy way; even, shall we say, stunning? 1Ge, Sethi, Ci, Ajayan, Dhinojwala, “Carbon nanotube-based synthetic gecko tapes,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0703505104, published online before print June 19, 2007.Mention of evolution is usually rare in such stories. When brought up, it’s usually in the form of bald assertions of dogmatism (b.a.d.), like, “scientists showed that invertebrates have evolved elaborate ways to fight disease.” Such statements neither motivated the research nor explained it after the observations. Just brush off such fluff and get to the amazing facts.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Remembering why we stop and commemorate June 16 – is Brand South Africa’s Youth month digital campaign for 2018. The campaign is angled at reminding young people to not only acknowledge June 16 as public holiday reduced to parties and copious drinking but to pay tribute to the school children who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto.The campaign is a reaffirmation that there are young people today who will become the leaders of tomorrow, who’ve taken up the baton left behind by the class of ‘76 and continue to play their part in fighting for their rights to ensure a better South Africa for the future.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumelelo Mtintso, a 29-year-old social creative entrepreneur, from Soweto, is one such young leader, who has never forgotten the meaning of June 16. He is determined to find solutions for a better tomorrow.“I believe there is a creative solution for each and every problem in the world. I expressed my desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age, but only made my first real move in 2014 when I started a creative agency called FRONT ROW SEAT MEDIA. It was about merging street fashion with street football, creating a platform for young people to showcase their fashion design skills and also to be active”, said Mpumelelo Mtintso.Mtintso has never looked back and in 2016 he started a creative tour company called BOOK IBHONI. BOOK IBHONI is a tour company with a difference, offering discounted bicycle tours when you donate a book or two. The collected books are donated to community libraries in need. The main objective of BOOK IBHONI is to give kids access to books they wouldn’t normally have.“Our vision is to influence a lot of young people to read more. We have been collecting books that have thus far benefited the Orange farm library, Orlando West Children’s Library, Orlando Children’s Home and Nomzamo Kids centre – a township named after the late Mam’Winnie”, said Mtintso.Mtintso’s work is a step closer to fulfilling the National Development Plan (NDP) vision of ensuring an improved quality of life in a society for all. The Play Your Part programme first discovered Mtintso’s work in 2016 and immediately chose him to be a Play Your Part ambassador who has a positive influence in his community through BOOK IBHONI.BOOK IBHONI has for the past 2 years been hosting a cycle ride called the JUNE 16 cycle challenge, where the chosen route is the actual route taken by the students on that fateful day in 1976 during their march.“We host these cycle challenges so that we can teach people about the history of June 16, 1976, and also to tell the stories our grandmothers told us of other heroes that stood up on that day. This year we are cycling in colour. In ’76 the students got thrown with teargas and grenades, we will be throwing colour bombs and powder paints to commemorate youth month in ‘rainbow’ nation style” said Mtintso.The purpose is to encourage young people to come together and discuss issues they face whilst finding creative solutions.“The spirit of Ubuntu is in me and all of us at BOOK IBHONI, uTata Mandela’s legacy reminds us that the future is in our hands, it’s all up to us now to keep his legacy alive, and I believe that at BOOK IBHONI we are doing exactly that. Promoting literacy is our way of contributing to a better tomorrow”, adds Mtintso.Share how you are Remembering why we are commemorating June 16 @PlayYourPartSA and to join in the cycle tour or donate books @book_ibhoni
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final Ohio Crop Progress Report for 2016 was released on Monday.Harvest is essentially completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 27th . Winter wheat is in good condition. Warm temperatures this fall allowed the majority of produces to finish harvest and complete some tillage and spraying work for next season. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 3 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 45 percent was rated “abnormally dry”.Click here to read the entire report
FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University recovered from its debilitating loss to Emilio Aguinaldo College and turned back University of the Phillipines, 58-50, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at the tournament’s namesake Arena.The Soaring Falcons improved to 6-1 after seeing their five-game winning run snapped at the hands of the Generals, 76-73, in their last game.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes View comments ‘Small’ Marano coming up big for PSL Manila Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Fighting Maroons were riding a three-game winning streak prior to their matchup against the Falcons in Group B and had to settle for a 3-1 card at the end.“It’s a good bounce back game for us,” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren. “Sometimes, the players’ egos get involved but it’s still a win for us. At least it’s a testament we’re improving.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRobbie Manalang and Sean Manganti had 11 points apiece to lead the Soaring Falcons while Papi Sarr did the dirty work for them and finished with five points and 13 boards.Paul Desiderio had a game-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds in a losing effort. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
TweetPinShare0 Shares INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Nassib finally showed the New York Giants how this new offense should look. Crisp, efficient and potent.After three quarters of bumbling around in Indianapolis, the second-year quarterback led New York to two touchdowns in the final four minutes Aug. 16.The second came on a 4-yard TD pass to Corey Washington with 55 seconds left —to give the Giants an improbable 27-26 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.“It was definitely a strange game in that way, but it shows that we have some perseverance,” Nassib said. “We’ll play until the game’s over.” For three quarters, the Giants stumbled around.Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning finished 1-of-7 for 6 yards and was fortunate to have an interception wiped out by a Colts penalty.Backup Curtis Painter, the one-time Indy starter, completed one pass during a first half that the Giants managed only 48 yards and wound up 6 of 15 for 64 yards and one TD.The defense allowed 177 yards in the first two quarters, struggling to force punts, and kickoff returner Quintin Demps even lost a fumble.“Whatever words you want to use to describe it, there was no production,” coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about the offense. “There’s nothing to look at from a production standpoint and that’s disappointing.”Things looked so bleak that when Painter finally got the Giants (3-0) on the scoreboard with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter, on a 3-yard TD pass to Kellen Davis, the smattering of fans left at Lucas Oil Stadium thought it was more of a gimme than the start of a comeback.Sixteen seconds later, though, Spencer Adkins recovered a fumble in the Colts’ end zone to make it 26-14, and then Nassib started working his late-game magic.He led the Giants on a 92-yard drive, capped by Michael Cox’s 2-yard TD run, and then found Washington in the back corner of the end zone. Washington has caught a TD pass in each of the Giants three preseason games, including the winning scores each of the past two weeks.“He’s proven that he’s made those big plays before and he did it once again,” Nassib said of Washington.The late rally, against Indy’s backups, ruined what had been a big night for Hakeem Nicks, who signed with Indianapolis (0-2) as a free agent in March after helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in their last trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in February 2012. He showed his old team that he could still play.Nicks caught five passes for 53 yards, accounting for most of Andrew Luck’s production on a night Reggie Wayne was again held out. Luck wound up 12 of 18 for 89 yards with one TD.All week Nicks held his emotions in check, telling reporters all the right things. He looked as if he had all the right moves, too, with the exception of a couple of goodbye waves to his ex-teammates as he headed out of bounds.The second time he did it, the refs flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct wiping out a 36-yard gain and getting a brief lecture from coach Chuck Pagano. “He knew what he did, what that discussion was going to be like,” Pagano said.The penalty didn’t stop Nicks or the Colts. On the next play, he caught an 8-yard pass for a first down, and opened the second quarter with a 17-yard catch that eventually led to Adam Vinatieri’s second field goal of the game, a 42-yarder that made it 13-0.Matt Hasselbeck replaced Luck on the next series and promptly threw a 14-yard TD pass to Da’Rick Rogers to make it 20-0 at halftime, and two field goals from Cody Parkey made it 26-0 early in the fourth — a lead that looked safe.Painter’s TD pass and Adkins’ fumble recovery gave the Giants a glimmer of hope and Nassib made it happen by overcoming two offensive penalties and converting two fourth-down chances by hooking up with Washington for the winner.“We challenged them at halftime,” Coughlin said. “I wanted us to come out in the second half and see who loved football. It was primarily the end of the second group and then the third group that did it.”(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan fell just short in what could be his last home game as coach of the New York Jets.Nick Folk’s potential go-ahead 52-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Vince Wilfork, and the New England Patriots slipped past the Jets for a 17-16 win on Dec. 21.Ryan’s future with the team is uncertain in his sixth season. New York will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have come under heavy criticism by fans who have urged owner Woody Johnson to make changes.“This was another game that I thought we had a heck of a chance to win against New England,” Ryan said. “That’s been the story probably the last four out of five times we played them.”Several fans waved yellow “penalty towels” at MetLife Stadium with the words “Fire Idzik!” printed in green. This latest loss certainly didn’t make the Jets’ faithful — or Ryan and Idzik — feel any better about their situation.“Today being our last home game of the season, obviously we wanted to leave our fans with a good taste in their mouths and go out on a good note,” Jets quarterback Geno Smith said.“But we fell short today and I feel bad. I feel terrible. When you put your heart out there, when you play as hard as you can, you want to come away with a victory and be fulfilled.”The Jets (3-12) finish the season next week at Miami.The Patriots (12-3) earned a first-round bye and could clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if Cincinnati beats Denver on Dec. 22.Marcus Williams’ first NFL interception put the Jets in position to go ahead when Tom Brady’s pass tipped off Brandon LaFell and into his hands. But Dont’a Hightower sacked Smith on third-and-4 for a 10-yard loss, setting up Folk’s long attempt.“That’s something you learn from,” Ryan said. “You can’t take a sack there no matter who is in your face. Get rid of the football.”After Folk’s miss, Brady and the Patriots were then able to run out the clock for the win, sealed by Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run on third down with just under 2 minutes left.“(There were) a lot of key plays at the end,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Our players came through on one right after the other.”Brady finished 23 of 35 for 182 yards, a modest showing while playing without wide receiver Julian Edelman (concussion) and running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder).Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Smith.The Jets quarterback was 17-for-27 for 210 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. But with the Jets leading 13-10 late in the third quarter, Smith’s pass for Jace Amaro hung in the air for an easy interception by Jamie Collins.Gray squeaked into the end zone up the middle — a video review stood after Ryan insisted on the sideline that the running back’s knee might have been down — to give the Patriots a 17-13 lead with 13:51 remaining.The Jets then got into Patriots territory but stalled in the red zone — a common problem this season. They had to settle for a 37-yarder by Folk with 7:53 left that made it a one-point deficit at 17-16.(SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares