Class discusses culture shock

first_imgAfter spending a summer in a remote part of the world, any student would find settling back into life at Notre Dame a challenge. For a group of students who participated in service or research abroad this summer, a course titled “Cultural Differences and Social Change” offers tools for integrating their abroad experiences back to life at home. The course, taught by anthropology professor Vania Smith-Oka, is designed to facilitate reflection and cooperative learning fueled by the students’ diverse experiences, senior Alyce Kanabrocki said. “Our summer experiences are the foundation of the class. Professor Smith-Oka is our guide, but she does a great job of steering us in the right direction and then letting us go,” she said. “While we have readings that we do for most classes, we only use them as a very basic theme of what to talk about.” Kanabrocki spent her summer in Helekpe, a small village in the Volta region of Ghana, working with an NGO called Adaklu Youth Education Committee (AYEC), providing consulting services and teaching local youth. The course has helped Kanabrocki expand upon the development she experienced in Ghana, she said. “Being completely immersed in Notre Dame and American culture makes it really hard to continue to continue working through issues and carrying over lessons that I learned while in Ghana,” she said. Kanabrocki said her classmates can relate to her experience in a way most others cannot. “Though we all went to different places around the world and did different things, it’s so helpful and refreshing to talk to people who understand the otherwise unexplainable,” she said. “It’s also great to be surrounded by people that want to talk about their experiences as much as you do.” Senior Kristen Kelly, who spent the past two summers doing research in Uganda, said sharing in other students’ stories and challenges has offered her greater perspective into her own. “Talking to other students who also traveled abroad allowed to me to reflect on my own experience in a new light,” she said. “As we discover similarities and differences in our reflections, we all learn to think about our service and research in new ways.” Kelly said the course has offered a cushion for transitioning between two differing realities. “[The class] helps you deal with the realities of reverse culture shock and think critically about your time abroad,” she said. Kelly said one of the course’s primary projects, developing a specialized website, provides students with a tool for building off their foreign experience beyond their in-class work. “These websites provide an avenue through which students might continue dialogue about their experiences,” she said. “By publishing their thoughts and analysis online, they create a lasting exposition of their summer service or research experience.” Despite their diversity of experience, the common lessons learned by members of the course have served as a strong reminder for Kanabrocki of the commonalities across human culture. “It really shows how small the world is and emphasizes the fact that even thought there are so many different cultures around the world, we’re all human beings with desires, dreams, fears and a responsibility to not fall victim to ignorance of the world’s problems and cultural richness that exist everywhere,” she said.last_img read more

Man goes into cardiac arrest at bus stop

first_imgTags: NDSP, Notre Dame Fire Department, South Bend Fire Department A 77-year-old Pennsylvania man went into cardiac arrest Monday at 8:15 the bus stop by the University’s main gate, University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email to local media that morning.“The Notre Dame police and the Notre Dame and South Bend fire departments responded immediately. The South Bend Fire Department transported the man to Memorial Hospital. Notre Dame has no other details to report,” the email stated.last_img

Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009′ to thank the troops

first_imgVermont maple syrup producers are each being asked to donate one gallon of syrup in order to send a taste of Vermont springtime to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the fifth year, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association is organizing Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 which will package the donated syrup into one pint containers and ship them to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 8000 pints of syrup were sent in 2008.The syrup sent last year resulted in numerous heartfelt e-mails from the troops. Thank you for the effort that people in Vermont went through with Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness. Thanks for the reminder of good things from back home. The syrup was on the breakfast line and was a big hit with my friends and me. Thanks for thinking of us and please let the rest of your co-workers know that their actions are appreciated here.Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2009 is a real team effort between Vermont maple producers, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the Vermont Maple Foundation, the Vermont Maple Industry Council, Sugar Hill Containers, the Vermont Maple Festival, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture. We want to thank the many other individuals and businesses who supported this project last year and are seeking sponsors for this year s project.The deadline for donations of syrup is May 1 in order to have the syrup in the soldiers hands by Memorial Day. Maple syrup producers are encouraged to donate one gallon of their best syrup and take it to the drop-off locations listed below and on is external). The general public may also donate to help defray shipping costs. For more information about sponsorships call Sam Cutting IV at (802) 425-3971 and for syrup donations call Rick Marsh (802) 644-5482. Anyone wishing to may send a donation to: Mary Croft, Treasurer, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, 491 East Barnard Road, S. Royalton, VT, 05068.Drop-off Points for Syrup (deadline is May 1):Addison CountyDakin Farm, FerrisburghRheaume Kitchen & Flooring Center, Inc., 2106 Rte 7, South MiddleburyCaledonia CountyMaple Grove, St JohnsburyChittenden CountyDepot Home & Garden, Essex JunctionPeter Purinton, HuntingtonFranklin CountyVMSMA’s Booth at the Vermont Maple Festival – St. AlbansCDL/Maple Pro – St. AlbansLeader Evaporator – SwantonLapierre SwantonDominion & Grimm – FairfaxLamoille CountyVermont Maple Outlet – JeffersonvilleUVM Extension Office – Morrisville (Open Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm)Butternut Mountain Farm Store, JohnsonOrange CountyRoger Palmer – Randolph CenterCentral Supply-Randolph 802-728-5332Orleans CountyCouture’s Maple Shop – WestfieldFarm Yard Store – DerbyDesmarias Equipment – OrleansRutland CountyC.H. Grimm RutlandRichard Green–PoultneyWashington CountyAgency of Agriculture– MontpelierGoodrich Maple Farm CabotMorse Farm–MontpelierWindham CountyFranklin Geist – Saxtons RiverUVM Extension Office – Brattleboro (Open Monday Friday 8am – 4:30pm)Bascom Maple Farms Alstead, NHWindsor County:Gateway Motors, White River JctMary Croft, East BarnardGreen Mountain Sugar House, Ludlowlast_img read more

Qatar Airways adds new destinations to global network | News

first_imgQatar Airways Group, chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to continue rebuilding our network, resuming routes and adding new destinations. “We have made it our priority to not only restart most of our existing destinations as soon as possible but also to launch new routes. “With more than 700 weekly flights currently to just over 100 destinations, and plans to increase our network to more than 125 destinations by the end of the IATA winter season, our passengers will enjoy more options to travel when they want across the globe, safely and reliably.” Qatar Airways resume flights and increase services to several destinations in the coming weeks, the carrier has announced. The Middle Eastern airline will fly to Algiers twice a week from November 13th, with Chicago to follow, with nine flights a week starting from November 15th. – Advertisement – In between, on November 14th, a twice weekly service to Miami will resume, while there will also be 14 flights a week to New York. Next month, Kiev will welcome three flights a week from December 18th, two flights a week will depart for Phuket from December 4th, with three flights a week for Seychelles and Warsaw from December 15th and December 16th, respectively. The national carrier of the Qatar will also launch two new destinations in December with one weekly flight to Luanda, Angola starting from December 14th and four weekly flights to San Francisco from December 15th.- Advertisement – OlderABTA issues new plea for government support- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Roche cuts Tamiflu production as demand cools

first_img Apr 19 WHO summary of H5N1 treatment recommendations A study of the feasibility of an intravenous formulation “Today we can satisfy significant additional orders from governments and corporations, and unless demand picks up, Roche will be tailoring its production schedule accordingly,” said William M. Burns, chief executive officer of Roche’s pharma division, in a press release. Plans to cut productionDespite the continuing pandemic threat, demand for Tamiflu seems to be dropping off, Roche executives said at a press briefing today. Eugene Tierney, global head of virology and transplantation for Roche, told reporters the company has so far this year received orders for only 215 million doses, most of which have already been produced. However, he lauded governments that are encouraging businesses to prepare their own pandemic plans. He said corporate Tamifu programs for employees can help ensure that critical goods and services are delivered during a pandemic. Roche said it has received Tamiflu orders from more than 250 corporations, accounting for about 5 million doses. The company said it would maintain stocks of the ingredients it uses to make Tamiflu throughout its supply chain and would maintain close contact with its manufacturing partners so that it could respond quickly to surges in demand. Jan van Koeveringe, head of Roche’s pharma global technical operations, told reporters it would take 4 months to restore production to its current output level. Current and future research activities and collaborations, he said, also include: Apr 26 Roche press release Citing mathematical models that appeared in the medical literature in 2005 and 2006, Reddy said countries could decrease the clinical attack rate of a circulating pandemic virus by boosting their stockpiles to levels that would allow not just treatment of sick patients but also preventive use (postexposure prophylaxis) for their household and other contacts. Government antiviral stockpiles that cover only 20% to 25% of a population may not be enough to mitigate the impact of an influenza pandemic, Reddy said. Reddy said Roche is concerned that many government Tamiflu stockpile programs lack important details such as priority lists of groups to receive the drug, detailed logistical plans for distribution, and clarifications on treatment versus prevention. In response to stockpile demands and the desire of some businesses to supply their employees with Tamiflu, Roche geared up its manufacturing capacity to more than 400 million doses per year. The company, at the request of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), upgraded its US supply chain to utilize US sources for all phases of Tamiflu production and can now produce 80 million doses a year in the United States. “We’ve taken capacity constraints out of the equation now,” said David Reddy, leader of Roche’s pandemic taskforce, at today’s press conference. “The question now is how much do governments want to be prepared for wave one of a pandemic?” Apr 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche announced today it is scaling back production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) because of waning demand, and simultaneously questioned whether countries stockpiling the drug are buying enough to protect their citizens in the event of an influenza pandemic. According to the modeling studies, Reddy said, stockpiling enough Tamiflu for 57% of a country’s population would allow it to provide enough treatment and postexposure prophylaxis, including family contacts, to lower its clinical attack rate during a pandemic to 22%. Stockpiling enough for 102% of the population would enable a country to expand prophylaxis to other contacts and reduce the clinical attack rate to 13%, he said. Postexposure prophylaxis case studies See also: Preclinical virology studies to characterize how different H5N1 strains respond to Tamiflu Reddy said the same research group, known as the Southeast Asia Influenza Clinical Research Network, also has plans to study long-term prophylaxis for healthcare workers. A 6-week course has already been studied and approved, he said, but the researchers will explore whether 20 weeks of preventive treatment for healthcare workers is safe and effective. Roche questions stockpiling goalsTierney said that among the more than 80 countries stockpiling Tamiflu, coverage plans vary widely. For example, Greece and Brazil plan to buy enough to treat about 5% of their populations, whereas Switzerland, Kuwait, Luxemborg, Australia, and France aim to have enough to treat more than 40% of their populations. The US stockpile plan would cover 25% of the population. Research directionsIn other comments, the company said several studies are under way to clarify how to make optimal use of Tamiflu. For example researchers from Southeast Asia and the United States will soon test whether doubling the standard dosage of Tamiflu will improve patients’ chances of overcoming either the often-deadly H5N1 virus or severe seasonal flu. Monitoring of H5N1 virus resistance to Tamiflu Two events would prompt Roche to restore production to full capacity, van Koevering said: if inventories of key Tamiflu ingredients drop below target levels, or if the WHO raises the pandemic alert level from 3 to 4 (signaling increased human-to-human transmission). Safety profile studies for Tamiflu use in children younger than 1 year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the antiviral drug as the first-line treatment for patients who have H5N1 avian influenza and has advised countries to stockpile it. In its most recent H5N1 treatment update, released last week, the WHO reaffirmed its Tamiflu recommendations. An avian flu registry to collect clinical data on the virus and use of Tamiflu Mar 29 CIDRAP News article “International network to study high-dose Tamiflu”last_img read more

Great start to the new tourist season in the Duboka camping resort

first_imgThe new tourist season at the Duboka camping resort started on April 1, 2018, and judging by the arrivals in the first month, a great season awaits them.Duboka Camp Resort, located in the Papuk Nature Park, is an investment worth 2,8 million kuna including VAT, and was financed through the PARCS project with a grant from the Global Environment Facility, whose beneficiary is the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Croatia.Kamo rest area covers 8.000m2 and has a total of 32 accommodation units with a capacity of up to 96 guests. Of that, 11 units are equipped with electrical and plumbing connections for camper vehicles. “We are extremely pleased to have returnee guests who have spread the good word about the camp and this time came in a real caravan. These are guests from Germany who travel to Albania every year and look for small camps in natural oases. The guests stayed in the camp for two days, exploring the beauties of the first Croatian UNESCO Geopark ” stand out from PP Papuk.The peculiarities of the Duboka Camping Resort have been recognized by the Croatian Camping Association, and it has been included in the list of 38 best small campsites in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps quality standard certification project, a project to encourage camp quality and education supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Thanks to its position, the camp is an ideal starting point for visiting the Papuk Nature Park and offers the opportunity to enjoy the many gastronomic specialties for which this part of Slavonia is widely known.The first tourist season at the Duboka camping resort attracted over 200 visitors who spent 320 nights. The structure of visitors is dominated by foreign guests from Western European countries. It is interesting to note that these are guests who are just looking for campsites located in areas with preserved nature, and the Duboka campsite meets all their requirements, which shows the need for the same content on the continent.The environment of the camp offers numerous recreational opportunities such as hiking, sport climbing, cycling or jogging, and the camp is well connected to the main hiking and biking trails in the park.Related news:CAMP RESORT – ZLATNI LUG OPENED IN POŽEGACAMPSITIES RECEIVE 67% OF NIGHTS GROWTHlast_img read more

Changes to three tourism laws. Extended deadline for determining the amount of tourist tax

first_imgIn the amendment of the Government, it is proposed to extend the deadline for making the Decision on the amount of the tourist tax by two months. Namely, in the final bill on the tourist tax as the final deadline was defined on July 15, 2019, and is now extended to September 15, 2019. Povećana stopa za obračun plaćanja članarine u turističkim zajednicama za banke i telekomunikacijske tvrtke. Većina županijskih turističkih zajednica imati će udvostručene prihode.  Also, Article 37 of the Final Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax determined its entry into force on the eighth day from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, but now it is proposed how the entry into force of the said law relates to the day of its publication. adopt an ordinance prescribing the minimum and maximum amount of tourist tax. Pored zadaća iz stavka 1. ovoga članka, lokalne turističke zajednice koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja godišnje mogu izvršavati i sljedeće zadaće vezane uz marketing: odnosi s javnošću, stvaranje, održavanje i redovno kreiranje sadržaja na mrežnoj stra nici i profilima društvenih mreža, definiranje smjernica i standarda za oblikovanje turističkih promotivnih materijala, uspostavljanje marketinške infrastrukture temeljene na informatičkim tehnologijama, provođenje aktivnosti strateškog i operativnog marketinga (brending destinacije, online i offline aktivnosti, internetske stranice i profili društvenih mreža, sajmovi, studijska putovanja, prezentacije, partnerstva, sponzorstva i slično), koordinacija i provedba udruženog oglašavanja na lokalnoj razini, obavljanje i drugih poslova propisanih ovim Zakonom ili drugim propisom.“. Slijedom navedenoga, daje se prethodna suglasnost predstavniku Vlade Republike Hrvatske za prihvaćanje amandmana Kluba zastupnika HDZ-a, od 10. travnja 2019. godine, na članak 32. stavak 2. Konačnog prijedloga zakona o turističkim zajednicama i promicanju hrvatskog turizma, u cijelosti, na način da isti glasi:  Također prihvaćen je i amandman zastupnika Ivana Šipića kojim se predlaže da HTZ sredstva iz fonda za turistički nedovoljno razvijena područja s kontinenta raspodjeljuje regionalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju izvorni prihod od turističke pristojbe i članarine manji od 500 tisuća kuna. Kako ističu iz Vlade RH, amandmani se prihvaćaju iz razloga što je turistička članarina neporezno davanje i moguće je očekivati njezino daljnje smanjenje, dok se očekuje rast prihoda iz turističke pristojbe, a što će biti rezultat povećanih aktivnosti turističkog sektora i turističkih zajednica.  By the way, the Laws have already passed the second reading in the parliamentary procedure, and the adoption of which should improve the development of Croatian tourism. The Government of the Republic of Croatia accepted the amendment of Domagoj Mikulić, Member of the Croatian Parliament, to Article 19, paragraph 2 and Article 20, paragraph 1, which proposed that the amount of sojourn tax for development projects and programs for creating new tourism programs in underdeveloped tourism areas increases from 2.5% to 3.5%. Omogućuje se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja i izvršavanje zadaća vezanih uz marketing The Tourist Tax Act enters into force immediately on the day of publication Klub zastupnika HDZ-a podnio je amandman na Konačni prijedlog zakona o turističkim zajednicama i promicanju hrvatskog turizma, na članak 32. stavak 2., kojim se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju određeni broj noćenja daje mogućnost izvršavanja zadaća vezanih uz marketing. Nakon analize predmetnog amandmana predložilo se usvajanje amandmana u cijelosti. S obzirom da neke turističke zajednice ostvaruju preko 80% nekomercijalnih noćenja neophodno je naglasiti da se broj noćenja odnosi isključivo na komercijalna noćenja te je u tom smislu broj noćenja smanjen sa 2.000.000 na 1.000.000. Predloženim rješenjem omogućuje se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja i izvršavanje zadaća vezanih uz marketing. Article 32 of the Final Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax stipulates that the County Assemblies, ie the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb should make decisions on the amount of the tourist tax by 15 July 2019. Before making the mentioned decisions, it is necessary to adopt an ordinance which will prescribe the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax. Therefore, the County Assemblies and the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb should have enough time to make decisions on the amount of tourist tax, given that it is necessary to obtain the opinion of local tourist boards and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, said the Ministry of Tourism. With regard to Article 12, paragraph 6, in the sense of that paragraph, not all revenues that can be generated by the tourist board are considered revenues, but only revenues from the sojourn tax and membership fees that are considered as original revenues. Since paragraph 8 of the said article defines what is considered as original income, it is necessary to add paragraph 6 to paragraph 4 in addition to paragraph 4, they conclude from the Ministry of Tourism. Što znači da će sada djelatnosti elektroničkih komunikacija i banke plaćali članarinu po stopi od 0,12920, a ne, kako je prvotno bilo predloženo, po stopi od 0,09690. Kako ističu iz Vlade RH, Amandmani se prihvaćaju iz razloga što djelatnost telekomunikacija i bankarski sektor imaju direktnu ekonomsku korist od turizma povećanjem potreba za uslugama jednog i drugog sektora. Amandmanom Kluba zastupnika HDZ-a u Hrvatskome saboru, predloženo je da se djelatnost Elektroničkih komunikacija i banaka za prihode u bilanci iz skupine “Prihod od provizija i naknada” razvrstaju iz treće u drugu skupinu. Amandmanom Kluba zastupnika Stranke rada i solidarnosti i nezavisnih zastupnika u Hrvatskome saboru, predloženo je brisanje članka 7. stavka 7. prema kojem osoba plaća članarinu na prihod iz samo pretežite djelatnosti, a ne po prihodu za sve djelatnosti po kojima je obveznik. Člankom 8. stavkom 2. je pravilno određeno da se članarina plaća na ukupan prihod po svim djelatnostima za koje je osoba obveznik, ali da može platiti po stopi koja je određena za pretežitu djelatnost, ako je to za nju povoljnije. At the 155th session of the Government on Thursday, the Government of the Republic of Croatia gave its consent to the adoption of certain amendments by members of parliament to three tourist laws – the Tourist Tax Act, the Tourist Boards Act and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism Act.  Increased amount of sojourn tax for development projects and programs for creating new tourist programs in underdeveloped tourist areas  Extension of the deadline for making the Decision on the amount of the tourist tax last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: New 21st Century Manufacturing Apprenticeship in Southwestern Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: New 21st Century Manufacturing Apprenticeship in Southwestern Pennsylvania PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his commitment to expand job training, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new apprenticeship program for machinists in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The apprenticeships will prepare workers for new jobs in the machine manufacturing industry in the region.“Apprenticeships give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “Registered apprenticeship programs provide students and workers with the hands-on experience needed for growing careers, while strengthening the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”Apprenticeships are part of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to invest in apprenticeships, job training, and science and technology education. The governor’s budget unveiled last month builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative.In Ford City, a machinist apprenticeship with Herkules USA Corp was approved by the Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO). Herkules USA specializes in manufacturing and modernizing new machines, and is dedicated to continuous training to ensure that their employees are up-to-date with technological developments. Westmoreland Community College will provide the related technical instruction for the apprenticeship program.“With our newly approved State Apprenticeship Program, we are happy to be at the same level as our sister companies in Germany, which have had established Machinist Apprenticeship Programs for many years and have been able to perform in-house education,” said Jakob Scheiffarth, President, Herkules USA Corp. “We are pleased to now be able to train motivated individuals to learn new skills in the trade of machining.”The Wolf administration created the ATO in 2016. Since then, the office has registered 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.“Labor & Industry is working to double the number of registered apprentices in the state by 2025,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf wants to build the strongest workforce in the nation and has proposed additional funding for his PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”Apprenticeship programs approved by the ATO provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.center_img March 26, 2019last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: State has no authority to reinvent marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 1 August 2012Stephen Rainbow (on this page yesterday) seems to make a plausible argument that allowing same-sex marriage will attract back to NZ same-sex couples who want to be married – until we look at the international evidence.In Australia, studies have found that only about one-fifth of homosexuals and lesbians have shown an interest in same-sex marriage. In the Netherlands, the first country to legally recognise same-sex marriage, studies have shown only around 6 per cent of homosexuals have married during the first five years of legalisation.In Belgium, it is estimated at less than 5 per cent and in Canada, around 10 per cent on average across the provinces. The US state of Massachusetts seems to be doing the strongest with 16.7 per cent.Supporters of same-sex marriage argue that civil unions are a second-class marriage but there are many same-sex advocates who argue against “marriage” for same-sex couples, and even suggest that the claim is hurtful to those who have deliberately chosen civil unions.Marriages are a matter of significant public concern, as the record of almost every culture shows.If it weren’t for the fact that sexual intercourse between a man and a woman can lead to children and bring with it a further obligation to care for those children, the notion of marriage would probably never have existed, and the state would not have been interested in it.Marriage encourages the raising of children by the mother and father who conceived them. On average, children raised by their biological parents who are married have the best outcomes in health, education and income, and by far the lowest involvement with the criminal justice system.As the prominent Irish homosexual and political commentator Richard Waghorn says, this is certainly not to cast aspersions on other families, but it does underscore the importance of marriage as an institution.It is true that marriage by definition is discriminatory. A homosexual cannot now legally marry but neither can a lot of other people. A 5-year old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter. A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless.It is disingenuous to complain about rights being taken away, when they never existed in the first place.It is also important to note that marriage is not solely a religious belief. Marriage is a social practice and every culture in every time and place has had some institution that resembles what we know as marriage, associated with procreation. Every society needs natural marriage.If the law were to allow same-sex marriage, and only same-sex marriage, it could then be argued that we are discriminating against those seeking polygamous, polyamorous, or adult incestuous unions – if all that counts is love and equality.As then-Labour leader Phil Goff argued at our 2011 Forum on the Family conference, same-sex couples have the option of civil unions to recognise their relationship so there is no need for redefining marriage.Equality does not mean we must redefine marriage for everyone. Same-sex marriage is, by definition, an oxymoron.Being pro-marriage and wanting to maintain its definition as being between a man and a woman is not “anti-gay”. Gays and lesbians do have a right to form meaningful relationships, they just don’t have a right to redefine marriage. The state – which did not invent marriage – has no authority to reinvent it.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-9)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-9)Boys ScoresRivertown Classic @ South DearbornLawrenceburg  54     South Dearborn  52Switzerland County  44     Rising Sun  39The Batesville Bulldog Freshman moved to 5-6 with a win over Connersville Thursday. Ben Harmeyer made the go-ahead layup with 3 seconds left in the game to secure a 22-20 victory over the Spartans. Nate Vankirk led the team with 10 points, while Bryson Bonelli added 6. The Bulldogs will play Greensburg away next Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Scott Henderson.Girls ScoresNorth Decatur  59     South Decatur  29Greenwood Christian  69     Hauser  44Shawe Memorial  29     Rock Creek Academy  11Shelby County TourneyTriton Central  79     Waldron  35Morristown  44     Southwestern Shelby  43   (OT)The JV Lady Bulldogs fell to a scrappy South Ripley team last night 38-33. The ladies jumped out to a quick start in the first half but we had trouble finding the bottom of the net in the 2nd. The Bulldogs played with great effort the entire game falling just short.  Scoring:  Sarah Ripperger 10, Emma Weiler and Calley Kaiser 7, Ava Hanson 4, Carley Pride 3, Gabby Elston 2.  The Bulldogs will be back in action next Friday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.last_img read more