Pizza, Pop and Politics’ discussion centers on health care

first_imgHeading into the 2010 midterm elections, health care is a front and center issue, said Kathy Saile, director of Domestic Policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Saile said Wednesday that the USCCB believes the health care bill should be passed. She spoke during the fourth installment of the “Pizza, Pop and Politics” series. “There have been a lot of cries for repeal, but the Bishops’ believe we need to support this bill now more than ever,” she said. “However, there are some things that need to be fixed so that it becomes a more moral bill.” USCCB has focused on three moral criteria in their push for health care reform, which include respect for life and conscience, affordability for the poor and access to much-needed basic health care for immigrants, Saile said. “Politically, the USCCB was one of the only pro-life organizations that supported health care reform,” she said. “That really kept as the table when the bill was being debated and discussed.” She said the USCCB came to an agreement with pro-life Democrats that health care would not be used for the federal funding of abortions. “The bill had to be fixed so that we could honestly say it didn’t provide for federal funding of abortions,” she said. “In the very end, the Rules Committee voted to allow one amendment, the Stupak amendment, which made that statement true.” While the USCCB recognizes that the bill would provide quality and affordable access to health care, there still are some issues, Saile said. “Immigrants would still most significantly be left out of health care,” she said. “Even legal immigrants are somewhat cut out.” Saile said much of the health care bill has yet to be written. “A great deal of the bill uses the phrase, ‘the secretary shall,’ which means there isn’t a set policy in place,” she said. “It is important to continue to monitor what is going on with health care in the United States.” Bishops in the United States have been talking about the need for accessible and affordable health care throughout the 20th century, Saile said. “Health care is a moral issue and something that everyone, created in the image and likeness of God, has a right to,” she said. “And that message has been constant in the USCCB’s teachings.”last_img read more

Group plans unifying projects

first_imgWhile students ease back into a routine of classes, studying and meetings as the semester gets underway, the Student Government Association (SGA) is preparing for the busy weeks ahead. Senior student body vice president Meghan Casey said the upcoming weeks are full of various events and programs for the campus. She named Love Your Body Week, Heritage Week and Women Honoring Women Week as SGA’s larger events. “We are most looking forward to Heritage week because it gives us a chance to appreciate the opportunities we have at Saint Mary’s and learn about the heritage of the College and what past students have done while they were here,” she said. In addition to celebrating the rich tradition of the College, Heritage Week will also allow students, alumnae, parents and friends of Saint Mary’s to contribute to the Capital Campaign. “The Capital Campaign is a project to raise money for various things at the Saint Mary’s,” Casey said. “This year Heritage Week is coinciding with the [start of the] Capital Campaign. They are raising money to renovate Angela, for scholarships and to renovate the science building.” Casey said having the Capital Campaign and Heritage Week at the same time will be beneficial for both the students and the College. “We are having the Capital Campaign launch and Heritage Week the same week because the launch is raising money for the future,” she said. “During Heritage Week, we learn about people who have invested in Saint Mary’s in the past and the Capital Campaign is a way for us to invest for the future.” In addition to Heritage Week and raising funds for the College, SGA will also focus on anti-bullying initiatives throughout the semester to foster positive attitudes amongst students. Senior student body president Maureen Parsons said this initiative resulted from students who were harassed through letters. “(SGA) is going to start a Tumblr that encourages positive messages to students,” she said. “Also, we want to work with the Resident Advisors to do something in the dorms with random acts of kindness.” Parsons said SGA is currently scheduling a speaker to discuss the issues and discuss the effects of bullying on campus. Another important issue SGA hopes to address is the continual use of the Belle Tower, a new online network which includes the all-school events calendar and online club information. Students were encouraged to sign up and become active on the network last semester, but SGA is striving to gather more student participation and familiarity with the new technology. “We want to promote the Belle Tower and make sure students are going there for information about events and organizations at Saint Mary’s,” Casey said. “We are hoping with promotion of the Belle Tower and with other advertising, people will go to more events on campus.” Although student government elections are still months away, Casey said she and Parsons are already planning for new leaders and figuring out how to ensure a successful transition for new student leaders. “Our main goal would be making sure there is a smooth transition for turnover [when the new leaders assume their positions],” Casey said. “We want to make sure that the new members of SGA feel prepared for next year.” The elections for student body president and vice president will occur at the end of February. The Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board, Student Diversity Board and the Class Boards will elect new leaders the first week of March. Turnover is scheduled for April 1.last_img read more

Misguided miracles

first_imgFrom diet pills to wrinkle cream, if a product sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. Cable television and the Internet are filled with advertisements for wonder products. With gardening being a favorite outdoor activity, many of these so-called miracle products are designed with gardeners in mind. One example is foolproof pesticides that are supposed to eradicate everything from Japanese beetles to millipedes. And herbicides that will supposedly last for months and eradicate almost any weed. I recently heard a radio advertisement for a product that claims to kill Japanese beetles ‘year-round. Being a Master Gardener, trained by the University of Georgia, I didn’t believe this claim for a minute. Unfortunately, the average homeowner or novice gardener may. To avoid being burned by the latest revolutionary product, gardeners should read product labels thoroughly. And it doesn’t hurt to know a little chemistry. Become familiar with potential active ingredients such as glyphosate, bifenthrin, triclopyr, cyfluthrin, imidacloprid, trifluralin and spinosad.When using a new gardening product, ask yourself a few questions: Are there any potential hazards? Will the product harm pets, wildlife or bees? Can it be safely applied in or near vegetable gardens or near a water source? Before you purchase a product based on a flashy TV advertisement, do some personal homework. One good resource is the Web site Here consumers can find unbiased research-based recommendations.The Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at lists the different types of pesticides and their requirements.For in-depth information on managing pests, see the UGA Pest Management Handbook online at or contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.Know the facts before getting drawn in by advertising claims that are likely too good to be true.(Charlie Christian is a Morgan County Master Gardener and an avid gardener.) By Charlie ChristianGeorgia Master Gardenerlast_img read more

Board passes a balanced Bar budget

first_img Board passes a balanced Bar budget Senior EditorA “barely” balanced 2003-04 Bar budget that allows for continuing the Dignity in Law program and a free new Internet portal service for Bar members has been approved by the Board of Governors.The budget initially calls for $300,000 for outside contracted services for Dignity in Law, plus some additonal monies to supplement parts of the program brought in-house. Another $120,000 was budgeted for the Internet portal, which will offer a variety of free services to Bar members, including legal research and e-mail.The budget will come back to the board at its May 30 meeting for consideration of any Bar member objections, and then will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for review.A complete breakdown of the budget is included in this News, on pages 8 and 9.Incoming Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner noted that when he reported to the board at its January meeting, the budget had not been balanced and tough choices would have to be made.“It is balanced now, but just barely,” Diner said at the board’s April 4 meeting in Kissimmee. “It’s also based on several assumptions which I hope to be true. One of those assumptions is we will earn on our investments $250,000.”Much of the board discussion focused on the Dignity in Law program. The budget presentation came after Christine Barney, of rbb Public Relations, which oversees the program, reported to the board and discussed what the agency could do next year with various budget amounts.Diner said the Budget Committee appreciated the importance of the program, noting it originally had been funded at $200,000, but the committee increased it to $300,000. More money might be available, he said, from other sources. One is members will again have a chance to make a voluntary contribution this summer on their Bar annual fee statement.He also said the equivalent of $250,000 to $300,000 of the program was being brought in-house, to be done by Bar staff. The program was funded at $750,000 last year, and more than $200,000 of that was offset from contributions from Bar members, sections, and other groups.Board member Robert Rush said he’d like to see the Dignity in Law program increased and made a permanent part of the budget.“I think we’re being very shortsighted in cutting this program down. Public relations programs take a long time,” he said. “Can you imagine any other business that is being beat up in the media. . . that isn’t going to try to mount a major public relations campaign? I would like to see this at 2 to 3 percent of our budget minimum. That’s still a small percentage of any business that’s running a $40 million budget.. . . “Without public relations, our critics have the floor. We are not responding adequately again, again, and again.”Board member David Welch, though, said many startup expenses from the first year of the program don’t have to be repeated, and many other segments can be done in-house at a substantial savings.“We have to be responsible about spending money. It would be great if we could just say it’s a great program, we don’t care what it costs, and just write checks. But we don’t have that luxury,” he said.Noting a special review committee examined the program and recommended the $300,000 budget, Welch added that panel “made a sensible choice. Three hundred thousand is adequate funding in my opinion.”Public member Royce Walden said it was important for the Bar to continue the program, adding it had just begun reaching people. President-elect Miles McGrane urged acceptance of the Budget Committee’s proposal.“I don’t want people thinking this is the death knell of the Dignity in Law program. This is what we’ve got, and let’s cut the best deal we can,” he said. “All I’m asking for is a fiscally responsible budget.” Rbb ReportBarney of rbb Public Relations updated the board on recent Dignity in Law activities, and outlined what the company could do for the Bar next year.She said judges are enthusiastically signing up for a program that will have reporters follow judges while they perform their duties, and that a survey of nonprofit entities showed many couldn’t survive without services donated by lawyers.In addition, rbb is working on a joint program with Disney World to underscore how lawyers and the legal system help children. “We’re very excited about it,” Barney said. “It would be an unusual way to deliver our message to mass consumers.”For next year, she outlined three proposals:For $300,000, rbb would delegate much of the work in-house, including running the Bar’s online media center, high tech e-mails to legislators, and preparing messages to the media. The agency would concentrate on getting positive stories into the media in five major markets in the state — Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando.With a $400,000 appropriation, that media program would be expanded statewide, she said.At $500,000, the statewide media program would be accompanied by a major outreach program, such as the ceremony held at various football games last year or the pending Disney World program, she said.“Three hundred thousand is really the minimum,” Barney said. “At a threshold below $300,000, we wouldn’t be able to deliver enough meaningful results to justify the return on investment.”On the Web portal project, Diner said the $120,000 budget would allow the Bar to begin the project with all of the major elements previewed to board members last spring. That includes a basic legal research service, e-mail, docketing program, and various services that could be customized by each user, such as news service reports or notices of upcoming CLE courses in a specific practice area.Welch, chair of the Technology Task Force, said beta testing should begin on the portal in May and June, and it could be unveiled at the Bar’s June Annual Meeting, and ready for Bar members to use in late summer.Welch said contracts have been prepared and are being reviewed by intellectual property attorneys to ensure everything is as the Bar wants.“Everything appears to be in good shape as we approach our Annual Meeting this year,” he said. “Look for [the name of the portal service] on a CRT on your desk soon.” Other Budget DetailsAside from those two programs, Diner said the Bar has increased CLE fees by $10 per course and has raised the percentage it gets from lawyer referral service fees from 10 to 12 percent. That helps offset $400,000 the Bar has lost when an endorsed credit card program that was part of the Member Benefits Program ended. The Budget Committee also recommended dropping the Bar rules from the annual Journal directory issue to save money there.“Many times the rules are outdated by the time it’s printed and the rules are available online [on the Bar’s Web site],” Diner said.The board rejected an amendment offered by Rush to up the spending for Dignity in Law to $400,000, and then approved the budget.The budget anticipates the Bar will have $10.6 million on hand at the start of the budget year, and will have a total income of $28.8 million for the 2003-04 fiscal year, with matching expenditures. That’s actually $600,000 less than projected revenues and expenditures for the 2002-03 budget year.The largest income item continues to be member dues, expected to generate almost $19 million, up about $500,000 for the current year. Sales of products and services, though, are projected at $4.9 million, down about $600,000. Income from advertising revenues, including from Journal and News operations, is expected to remain steady at about $1.8 million.On expenditures, the Bar’s regulation of the practice of law, which includes the discipline system, ethics and advertising, professionalism, and membership records, will continue to be the largest expenditure. The 2003-04 budget calls for $12.6 million, up from $11.9 million in 2002-03.The Unauthorized Practice of Law Department will get $1.4 million, up from $1.3 million, while the Bar’s communications programs, which includes public information as well as the Journal and News will see a decrease from $4.4 to $3.5 million.One notable figure was the expected return on investment. The 2002-03 budget projected $709,000 of income on investments, while through the end of January 31 the Bar had lost $421,854. The 2003-04 budget anticipates investment earnings of $250,000.Investment Committee Chair David Bianchi reported that while major market indexes are down 4 to 8 percent this year, the Bar’s portfolio has lost only 1.5 percent. He also said ups and downs are to be expected, and the Bar needs to stick with its investment policies, which are carefully worked out by professionals.“It’s a tough market; everybody is losing money,” he said. “It would be a big mistake to get out and sit on the sidelines.” Board passes a balanced Bar budget April 30, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism

first_imgYesterday in Zagreb, the 3rd session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which it was concluded that the lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism.”This business year is one of the best years in tourism, but there are also limiting factors such as infrastructure issues, legislation and the problem of labor shortages,”, Said the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma.Emphasizing the exceptionally good cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivo Bašić, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, pointed out that diversification is being done, and the topics to be discussed in tourism are cruising, charter and yachting. occupations, which are challenges that will be partially addressed through competence centers. “Despite fires as an aggravating factor, this tourist season has passed in a satisfactory manner”, Said Basic, adding that more needs to be done to increase the tourist results achieved in the continental part of Croatia and to move from the current two to four percent. Basic also added that HRK 900 million of new investments in tourism are expected in 2018, which is an increase of 15% compared to this year and almost 40% compared to 2015.”The problem of the workforce is most pronounced in tourism and construction, and due to the lack of staff, our companies have an increasing problem doing investment projects.”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce agreed to work together on the project of introducing a dual education system. “The influence of all factors is needed to address the issue of labor shortages, and this issue will be particularly important by reopening the markets of the Mediterranean countries and strengthening competition.”, Said Zaher and highlighted the Nautical Days, October 19 and 20 in Biograd na Moru, as part of the 19th Biograd Boat Show, Croatian Tourism Days (DHT), October 25 and 26 in Mali Lošinj and the Croatian Product for Croatian tourism, which will be held on November 22 and 23 at the Hypo Center in Zagreb.Leila Krešić-Jurić, Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”The Croatian Employment Service needs to be asked for a detailed analysis of the workforce structure, which would be the basis for TPV’s proposal to the Government to adopt certain measures in this area, and if it turns out that the necessary staff for the tourism sector cannot be found. labor markets. The key issues are tax relief for companies in tourism that can provide better working conditions, taxation of travel agencies and the adoption of legislation based on the proposals and needs of the profession”, Said the business secretary of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Antonia Urlić.”With the Study on the Impact of the VAT Rate on Tourism, which will include data from entrepreneurs from 2016, which was prepared by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we want to first introduce the Croatian Government, and then the general public. The results of the study will provide strong arguments for reducing VAT in tourism”, Said the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Leila Krešić-Jurić.Tihomir Nikolaš from the Croatian Camping Association, who emphasized that the results achieved were excellent, and that the results of the camping segment reached the pre-war 1986. Krešimir Tomić from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts warned about the problem of categorizing buildings. “The current course of the tourist year 2017 records a strong growth in demand and high growth rates of tourist traffic. In the first nine months, 16,96 million or 13,2% more guest arrivals and 97,18 million overnight stays were recorded, ie 11,7% more overnight stays. The number of guest arrivals on October 17 reached 17,5 million or 13% more and 99,2 million or 11,7% more overnight stays. At the same time, hotels recorded a growth of 8,7%, campsites 8,8%, family accommodation 20,2% and nautical services 15%. This year, for the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays are expected”, Said the director of the Sector for Research in the Croatian Tourist Board Igor Borojevic.”Although we are recording double-digit growth and breaking records this year, the tourist season has been challenging and difficult, and next year will be even more difficult. We are working to expand the market destination in Slavonia “, pointed out the representative of the Association of Travel Agencies (UPA) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nikola Sedlar. “This was an extremely good tourist season, but certain problems and risks should be pointed out, especially the problem of illegal work, excursions, transfers and apartment rentals, as well as the issue of regulating relations with national parks and nature parks because some increased prices overnight. organizing school trips”, Said Ivana Maltar from the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA).Renata Nevidal, president of the Cultural Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out the possibility of restricting visits to certain localities due to the large number of guests, for example in Dubrovnik, while Ivan Bogović traffic in tourism. The President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marcel Medak, pointed out that legal changes in this activity are expected to bring significant investments in the private sector next year.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern Pennsylvania

first_img April 02, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern Pennsylvaniacenter_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) has approved two new apprenticeship programs in Bucks and Montgomery counties.“Businesses across the commonwealth need employees who are trained for a 21st century economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Creating new apprenticeships provides employers with a new talent pipeline while helping job seekers gain the valuable skills they need to obtain family-sustaining jobs.”The ATO recently approved a Retail Pharmacy Technician apprenticeship program for CVS Health. This new apprenticeship is a first step to other career pathways within the company and was developed in response to a need for pharmacy technicians.“As the skills gap in the U.S. widens, CVS Health recognizes the important role apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job training with classroom instruction, play in building a pipeline of future skilled talent,” said David Casey, vice president, workforce strategies and chief diversity officer for CVS Health. “Our new registered apprenticeship program will provide an opportunity for people in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and across Pennsylvania, to discover a meaningful career in pharmacy.”Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 recently received approval for the occupation of Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) from the ATO. The RBT is primarily responsible for implementation of behavior-analytic services for patients.“The Wolf administration’s PAsmart initiative realigns the commonwealth’s workforce development system from K-12 education through career programs so students and workers gain the critical skills they need,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Making additional investments in proven job creation programs like apprenticeships, ensures that employers have access to work-ready talent pipeline of highly-skilled employees.”Governor Wolf established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since the ATO launched, 92 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 759 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,199 statewide.Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, 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.last_img read more

Murkowski welcomes, Cantwell slams Trump’s offshore drilling plan

first_imgRelated: Trump moves to open nearly all U.S. offshore areas for drilling The draft proposed program is the initial step in the decision making process and the first opportunity for public comment on the draft program. Areas that are included in the draft program may not be included in the final, based on comments by the public and further analysis by the department. However, areas that are excluded from the draft proposed program, like the North Aleutian Basin, are excluded from further consideration in this five year program.Once the draft proposed program is published in the Federal Register, a 60-day public comment period will follow. BOEM will conduct public meetings with local stakeholders across the country, including in Alaska, beginning on January 16. Details for the public meetings can be found here.While Murkowski is encouraging the new offshore program, not everybody is in favor.The draf proposal plan proposes seven lease sales in the Pacific Region (2 each for Northern California, Central California, and Southern California, and 1 for Washington/Oregon). There have been no sales in the Pacific Region since 1984.Maria Cantwell,  Ran The U.S. administration’s proposed plan to open 98 percent of the U.S. offshore waters to offshore exploration and development has, as expected, received a mixed response from the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Republican and Democratic heads.Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has shown support to the Department of Interior plan, while her Democratic peer has slammed it.Commenting on the new draft proposed Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2019-2024, released on Thursday, Murkowski said: “This draft program is another positive step as we seek to reinforce our nation’s status as a global energy leader,” Murkowski said.She added: “Secretary Zinke’s ‘blank slate’ approach launches a new discussion with local stakeholders to determine where responsible energy development should take place. While nothing in this proposal is final, it is good to see the administration seeking to expand access in places like Alaska, rather than limiting our opportunities. This is more good news as we seek to create jobs, keep energy affordable, and strengthen our long-term security.”The draft proposed plan suggests 19 lease sales in Murkowski’s home state of Alaska, including three sales in the Chukchi Sea; three sales in the Beaufort Sea; two sales in Cook Inlet; and one sale each in 11 other program areas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently increased its estimate for the Beaufort Sea by 700 million barrels to a total of 8.9 billion barrels, while the Chukchi Sea is estimated to contain 15.4 billion barrels. The Cook Inlet is a developed basin but remains a critical source of natural gas to the Railbelt.last_img read more

New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad

first_imgPublic Discourse 10 February 2015A new study published in the February 2015 issue of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science appears to be the largest yet on the matter of same-sex households and children’s emotional outcomes. It analyzed 512 children of same-sex parents, drawn from a pool of over 207,000 respondents who participated in the (US) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) at some point between 1997 and 2013.Results reveal that, on eight out of twelve psychometric measures, the risk of clinical emotional problems, developmental problems, or use of mental health treatment services is nearly double among those with same-sex parents when contrasted with children of opposite-sex parents. The estimate of serious child emotional problems in children with same-sex parents is 17 percent, compared with 7 percent among opposite-sex parents, after adjusting for age, race, gender, and parent’s education and income. Rates of ADHD were higher as well—15.5 compared to 7.1 percent. The same is true for learning disabilities: 14.1 vs. 8 percent.The study’s author, sociologist Paul Sullins, assessed a variety of different hypotheses about the differences, including comparative residential stability, experience of stigma or bullying, parental emotional problems (6.1 percent among same-sex parents vs. 3.4 percent among opposite-sex ones), and biological attachment. Each of these factors predictably aggravated children’s emotional health, but only the last of these—biological parentage—accounted for nearly all of the variation in emotional problems. While adopted children are at higher risk of emotional problems overall, being adopted did not account for the differences between children in same-sex and opposite-sex households. It’s also worth noting that while being bullied clearly aggravates emotional health, there was no difference in self-reported experience of having been bullied between the children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents.Vocal critics, soon to emerge, will likely home in on the explanatory mechanism—the fact that two mothers or two fathers can’t possibly both enjoy a biological connection to a child—in suggesting the results of the study reveal nothing of value about same-sex households with children. On the contrary, the study reveals a great deal. Namely, there is no equivalent replacement for the enduring gift to a child that a married biological mother and father offer. It’s no guarantee of success. It’s not always possible. But the odds of emotional struggle at least double without it. Some critics might attribute the emotional health differences to the realities of “adoption by strangers,” but the vast majority of same-sex couples in the NHIS exhibited one parent with a biological relationship with the child.Even research on “planned” same-sex families—those created using assisted reproductive technology (ART)—reveals the significance of biological ties. read more

10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse — and you don’t even know it

first_img 198 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships 10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse — and you don’t even know it by: – December 17, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Having an affair is not even on your radar. Never gonna happen. You love your spouse and you’d never be unfaithful to her or him. However, you may be unaware of other ways you are being unfaithful. If these actions continue, you may find yourself on the slippery slope that leads to that never-intended affair and a sorrow you never wanted in your life.Unfaithfulness usually creeps in through the back door, disguising itself as harmless fun or innocent behavior. If you want your marriage to endure and be filled with happiness you may need to check this list to see if you have fallen prey to any of these unfaithful behaviors.1. FlirtingHaving a little playful fun at the office with a co-worker can’t be too bad, you may rationalize. After all, flirting is fun. Avoid it like the plague. It’s dangerous. If someone flirts with you, ignore it. What falls into the category of flirting? Here’s one explanation of what flirting is. “[It] usually involves speaking and behaving in a way that suggests a mildly greater intimacy than the actual relationship between the parties would justify, though within the rules of social etiquette, which generally disapproves of a direct expression of sexual interest. This may be accomplished by communicating a sense of playfulness or irony… Body language can include flicking the hair, eye contact, brief touching, etc.”Married people should never engage in this type of behavior with anyone other than their spouse. It is a full-on form of unfaithfulness that leads to no good. The one you’re flirting with may take it as an invitation and pursue a relationship you never intended.2. Confiding in the opposite genderWhen you pour out your troubles to someone of the opposite gender you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position. It may seem harmless. After all, you just needed a shoulder to cry on. If you’ve got a problem, talk about it with your spouse. That’s your best-ever shoulder to cry on. If that’s not working for you, try a trusted relative, clergyman, or therapist. Not someone who may consider this an invitation for intimacy. Even if it doesn’t start that way, too often it ends that way. It’s a form of unfaithfulness.3. Spending time alone with someone elseWhat appears to be an innocent lunch out with someone of the opposite sex or stopping by for a chat at that someone’s home without your spouse is definitely in the category of unfaithful behavior. You or the other person may say, “Hey, we’re both adults. Nothing’s going to happen.” Well, things do happen. It’s not appropriate. Go home and spend that time with your spouse.4. Talking negatively about your mateWhen you are a true friend to someone you never say bad things about them to others. Your mate is your best friend and is the last person you should ever talk about negatively. If you have a beef with your honey, talk it out with him or her. Let your conversations with others focus on the good things about your spouse. That’s being faithful. The exception here is abuse. If abuse is happening it needs to be reported to a trusted friend, counselor, and the police. You must keep yourself safe.5. Chatting on the internet with someone of the opposite sexIf you think this is harmless, think again. It may start out that way, but it definitely won’t end that way. Some have engaged in what they considered innocent talk with a former boyfriend or girlfriend from high school or college days, or even a stranger. One thing can lead to another and before you know it, your marriage is in jeopardy. Don’t do it. It will only end in sorrow and heartbreak for your family.6. Dressing to attract the attention of someone other than your spouseIf you’re dressing up to look good for someone else, you need to reexamine your motives. Trying to attract someone else by wearing a sexy looking outfit is one more way to jump into unfaithful waters.7. Writing personal intimate notes or letters to someone elseIf you’re writing a letter of condolence or congratulations, or other good wishes, let it be from both you and your spouse. Then there will be no misunderstanding about your intentions.8. Not being a willing sexual partner with your spouseBeing faithful to your spouse means giving yourself over to him or her to enjoy the intimate side of your marriage. To withhold sexual intimacy from your spouse if not doing your part in keeping your marriage strong and fulfilling. It creates sorrow and even suspicion. Being a faithful spouse means doing your part to make it a beautiful relationship in all aspects.9. Putting your parents before your spouseYour spouse must always be the number one person in your life. If something wonderful happens to you, like a promotion, a confirmation of a pregnancy, or any other good news, you may be tempted to immediately call a parent to share in the joy. Resist. Let your spouse be the first to know your good news. Then share it with others.10. Putting your children before your spouseKids matter. They are very important people in your life, but not more important than your spouse. If you knock your spouse off the top of your priority list you are not showing total fidelity to him or her. Your mate must come first. Not only does it cement your marriage and make it stronger, it gives your children the best security blanket they will ever have.Check yourself on these points and make sure you are being 100 percent faithful to your spouse. By doing this you will create a genuinely happy and fulfilling marriage. Tweetlast_img read more

Capello: Man City are favourites without Ramos for Real Madrid

first_img “But another really important leader is Zidane. “Someone told me that when he speaks, all the players stay quiet. “They try to understand what he wants to say. This is really important. “I think Guardiola is also the same. “The personality of the coach is one of the most important things when you’re in charge of big clubs like Man City or Real Madrid.” When asked about who will reach the quarter-finals, Capello once again pointed to the absence of Ramos as a key factor. “I thought in the last two games that they played before the end of the season, Manchester City were in fantastic form,” he noted. “They are really dangerous when they go forward. “In the past I thought Guardiola has made some tactical mistakes in midfield, but now, when they lose the ball, they try to recover it. “They finished the La Liga season brilliantly and they won the title. “But I think they have one important problem. “Without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend, it will be really difficult. “Sergio Ramos is the captain, the leader in the dressing room… he’s the leader on the pitch. “The personality of this player is really important for all the players. Loading… Read Also: Arthur Melo heads back to Barcelona to terminate contract “The problem when you play City is how well can you defend against them. “So, I think, for me, I prefer Man City, because without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend against City going forward, it will be difficult for Real Madrid.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello believes  his former side will struggle to turn around the 2-1 deficit against Manchester City in their last-16 Champions League clash. Pep Guardiola’s side will welcome Zinedine Zidane’s men to the Etihad Stadium on Friday, August 7, at 21:00 CET. “Can Real Madrid win? It’s possible because, for Real Madrid, it’s normal to play this kind of game,” Capello told “The pressure will help Real Madrid. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap Operas10 Albino Animals Who Look Like Ghosts6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Lil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Everlast_img read more