Lifesite News 7 Jan 2013As French Catholics prepare to mobilize on January 13 for a national march against the creation of homosexual “marriage,” the country’s education minister is warning Catholic schools against participating, claiming that it could cause “homophobia” against homosexual students.National Education Minister Vincent Peillon has written a letter to all of the country’s 8,300 Catholic school principals, claiming that they have the responsibility to maintain “neutrality” regarding the debate over homosexual “marriage” in their institutions, according to reports by Le Monde and the French Press Agency.“It is your responsibility in effect to ensure that the debates that are occurring in French society not be expressed, in the schools and establishments, by the phenomena of rejection and homophobic stigmatization,” wrote Peillon.“I call you to the greatest vigilance regarding the conditions of the legitimate debate regarding marriage for all (…) notably in private establishments under contract,” he said. “It is therefore proper to call for restraint and neutrality within all of the institutions so that schools are not made the object of any manipulation.”…The French government’s threatening language has galvanized the growing opposition to the ruling party’s proposed homosexual “marriage” legislation, and has evoked bitter memories over a previous attempt by socialists to take over private schools in the mid 1980s, according to French social commentators.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-government-warns-catholic-schools-to-stay-neutral-on-homosexual-marr
Daily Telegraph 29 July 2017Family First Comment: Common sense still exists – in Australia!“In a case that pitted common sense against political correctness, Children’s Court magistrate Tracy Sheedy said the grandparents had done nothing wrong. But she was scathing of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), which had tried to remove the nine-year-old after he was smacked and had his toys removed as a form of discipline.”www.protectgoodparents.nzLOVING grandparents who smacked their grandson have kept custody of the youngster in a landmark decision that has reignited debate over how to discipline kids.In a case that pitted common sense against political correctness, Children’s Court magistrate Tracy Sheedy said the grandparents had done nothing wrong.But she was scathing of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), which had tried to remove the nine-year-old after he was smacked and had his toys removed as a form of discipline.“Although (the grandparents’) parenting may not have been perfect or adhere strictly to FACS policies there was no cogent evidence that Tyson was at risk of significant harm, or indeed at risk of any harm, from his maternal grandparents,” Ms Sheedy ruled.NSW is the only state or territory to spell out legally what kind of physical punishment is acceptable.It is not against the law for parents to smack their child, although child abuse is illegal. Under the NSW Crimes Act, it is a defence if it is a parent or a person acting for the parent using physical force but it has to be reasonable, cannot be administered to the head or neck and cannot cause harm that lasts for more than a short period.READ MORE: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/smacking-grandparents-case-magistrate-berates-department-who-tried-to-remove-nineyearold-boy/news-story/0ece80feb8c119a7e5c0e70d777a4983Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The first ever Chinese – Shona dictionary has been launched in the country’s oldest institution of higher learning as it seeks to grow intercultural exchanges between the two nations.University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Linguistics produced the “Shona –Chinese, Chinese – Shona Dictionary” in partnership with the Confucius Institute.Shona – Chinese section of the dictionary has 1500 frequently used Shona headwords, while the second section has about 1250 Chinese words that are main head words.The dictionary aims to assist in the dissemination of Chinese knowledge and culture plus help Zimbabweans who want to learn Chinese and Chinese who want to learn Shona. Shona is one of the main language in Zimbabwe and neighbouring nations.According to the Confucius Institute director who is also one of the dictionary’s editors, Pedzisai Mashiri, the institute saw the best way to strengthen bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and China was to create a mutual cultural exchange.“The tendency has been to emphasize us learning Chinese without paying attention to the Chinese themselves learning our local languages and so because of the amount of investment and amount of interaction that is taking place between us and the Chinese, it will be productive and wise for them to start learning local languages and Shona being the major languages in Zimbabwe this dictionary will act as a vehicle for promoting that cultural exchange,” said Pedzisai MashiriThe dictionary’s purpose to enhance cultural interaction between the people of the two countries was also a sentiment that the University’s top heads agree with.Levi Nyagura, Vice Chancellor at University of Zimbabwe“We want to promote this important interaction between the two cultures and there is nothing better than focusing on the vehicle that carries the culture of a people and this is the language,” said University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Levi NyaguraThe government couldn’t agree less“The history of the Sino-Zimbabwe political and economic ties would not be complete without the peoples of these great countries reaching deeper into their recesses of each other’s cultures that are deeply embedded in these countries’ common languages,” said Martha Muguti, the director of higher education programs in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education
22 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Food & DiningLifestyle Strawberry Daiquiri Dessert. by: – June 17, 2011 Share Strawberry Daiquiri DessertThis frozen fruit dessert is the perfect ending to a summer dinner party. Served in a cocktail glass, this daiquiri dessert will take only minutes to prepare, but your guests will be impressed.Scoop a store-bought sorbet into a glass and pour this strawberry mix around it. Garnish with lime, and you’ve created a classy, cool treat for your guests.Ingredients:2 cup strawberries, hulled1/2 cup powdered sugar1/3 cup dark rum1/4 cup lime juice1-1/2 cups mango sorbetLime zest as garnishDirections:1.For daiquiri mixture, in a blender container combine strawberries, powdered sugar, rum and lime juice. Cover and blend until smooth.2.Divide the sorbet among 6 dessert dishes. Pour the daiquiri mixture around the sorbet, then garnish each serving with a lime zest. Makes 6 servings.Recipe Provided by Better Homes and Gardens
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Dirty RiceA Louisiana favorite, our version of this spicy dish uses whole-grain Wehani rice. Long-grain brown rice also works.Traditionally made with chicken liver, which gives it a “dirty” color, we use healthy lean chicken sausage instead.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 291 calories; 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 33 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 5 g fiber; 632 mg sodium; 318 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv).Ingredients:1 1/2 cups Wehani or long-grain brown rice (see Note) Wehani (Lundberg)3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth1 tablespoon peanut oil or canola oil10 ounces cooked chicken andouille or other spicy chicken sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion1 1/4 cups chopped celery1 cup chopped green bell pepper1 cup chopped red bell pepper2 cloves garlic, minced2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon salt Share Food & DiningLifestyle Dirty Rice. by: – July 18, 2011 32 Views no discussions Share Directions:Bring rice and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer at the lowest bubble until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 50 minutes (see Test Kitchen Note). Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.While the rice is standing, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery, green and red bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes more. Stir in thyme, cayenne to taste and salt. Stir the sausage mixture into the rice and serve.Note: Developed by Lundberg Family Farms, Wehani is russet-colored, long-grain rice with a pronounced nutty flavor. Unlike other long-grain rice, the grain splits while cooking. Use for pilafs, casseroles or rice salad. Use Bhutanese Red Rice as a substitute; adjust cooking time accordingly. Test Kitchen Note: Perfectly cooked rice is not simple. In fact, itâ€™s something that we struggle with occasionally in the Test Kitchen. To have the most success cooking whole-grain rice, we recommend using a pan with a tight-fitting lid, cooking on your coolest (or simmer) burner and making sure the rice is simmering at the “lowest bubble.” While testing the recipes that use less than 1 cup of dry rice, we found that the cooking time varied greatly depending on what stove we used. Although whole-grain rice usually requires 50 minutes of cooking, we found smaller volumes of rice were sometimes done in as little as 30 minutes (and burned at 50 minutes). So, when cooking a small batch of rice, start checking it after 30 minutes to make sure it doesnâ€™t burn.Recipe source: EatingWell.com
Share HealthLifestyle British Heart Foundation says ‘no kissing, just hard CPR’ by: – January 4, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet Vinnie Jones demonstrates CPR in the British Heart Foundation advertThe British Heart Foundation is urging people to forget “mouth-to-mouth” and to concentrate on chest compressions when performing CPR. “Hands-only CPR” has previously been supported by the Resuscitation Council (UK).But it is now being promoted in a new advertising campaign featuring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones.New polling by the BHF suggests many feel worried about the idea of giving the “kiss of life”.The official position of the BHF is now that anyone who does not have CPR training should ignore the kiss of life in favour of hard and fast compressions in the centre of the chest.A new poll conducted across the UK and involving 2,000 respondents showed nearly half were put off from performing CPR because of a lack of knowledge. A fifth worried specifically about the thought of the kiss of life or about contracting an infectious disease. Four in 10 people were worried about being sued if they did something wrong, even though the BHF argues no such case has ever succeeded in Britain.“The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone has collapsed with a cardiac arrest,” said Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF. She said the kiss of life remained the “gold standard” of CPR, but added if a person had not had training the best option would be to just do chest compressions.Bee Gees hitThe BHF is also suggesting people hum to the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive, to get the tempo of chest compressions right, although others have in recent months questioned whether this is appropriate, suggesting it may lead to compressions which are too shallow.The new BHF advert features Vinnie Jones in his traditional hardman guise, administering chest compressions to a Bee Gees backbeat after being thrown an unconscious body by his henchmen.Commenting on the new campaign, he said: “There really shouldn’t be any messing about when it comes to CPR. If you’re worried about the kiss of life just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest. “Hands-only CPR should give have-a-go heroes the confidence to step in and help when somebody is in cardiac arrest.” Ms Mason said everyone should learn what to do: “Thirty thousand people have a cardiac arrest in the UK every single year and half of those are witnessed, but in most cases no-one acts, no-one knows what to do, people panic.“If it was us, we would all want our loved ones and ourselves to be saved, wouldn’t we?”BBC News Share Share 9 Views no discussions
Can a self-help book aid depression?Prescribing self-help books on the NHS is an effective treatment for depression, a study suggests.Patients offered books, plus sessions guiding them in how to use them, had lower levels of depression a year later than those offered usual GP care.The effect was seen in addition to the benefits of other treatments such as antidepressants, Scottish researchers report in the journal Plos One.Such an approach may help the NHS tackle demand for therapy, they said.More than 200 patients who had been diagnosed with depression by their GP took part in the study, half of whom were also on antidepressant drugs.Some were provided with a self-help guide dealing with different aspects of depression, such as being assertive or overcoming sleep problems.Patients also had three sessions with an adviser who helped them get the most out of the books and plan what changes to make.After four months those who had been prescribed the self-help books had significantly lower levels of depression than those who received usual GP care.A year later, those in the self-help group were more likely to be keeping on top of their depression.Study leader Prof Christopher Williams, from the University of Glasgow, who also wrote the books called Overcoming Depression and Low Mood, said the guided sessions were the key to getting people engaged.The sessions can be delivered in general practice without referral to a specialist, taking pressure off waiting lists.In Scotland, a telephone support service has now been set up to help support those using the books, which can be freely copied and disseminated, he added.“We found this had a really significant clinical impact and the findings are very encouraging,” he said.“Depression saps people’s motivation and makes it hard to believe change is possible.”The challenge for the NHS, where self-help books are already used in many places, is how to implement this model so people have easy supported access in primary care, he said.‘Worth investing in’There has been huge investment in better treatment for depression in the UK in recent years with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in England set up to widen access.It has been estimated this approach could save the NHS up to £272m and the wider public sector £700m.But, says Prof Williams, despite the huge levels of investment, it is just not possible to refer everyone with depression to mental health services.Dr Paul Blenkiron, consultant in adult psychiatry at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said the results showed that guided self-help is effective and is “something the NHS should be investing in”.He is currently advising on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, on a National Books On Prescription Scheme, to be rolled out across UK public libraries this year.Thirty books, including the one used in the study, have been selected.But Dr Blenkiron said self-help would not be suitable for everyone: “The key thing is that the person is committed to doing some work.”BBC News Tweet Share 12 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Self-help books ‘treat depression’ by: – January 21, 2013
Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Tips to relieve stress by: – June 10, 2014 38 Views no discussions Is stress making you frustrated and irritable? Stress relievers can help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life. You don’t have to invest a lot of time or thought into stress relievers. If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips.Get activeVirtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you’re not an athlete or you’re out of shape, exercise is still a good stress reliever.Physical activity pumps up your feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise also refocuses your mind on your body’s movements, improving your mood and helping the day’s irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.Laugh moreA good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends.Connect with othersWhen you’re stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections.Social contact is a good stress reliever because it offers distraction, provides support, and helps you tolerate life’s up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative, or visit your place of worship. Got more time? Considering volunteering for a charitable group and help yourself while helping others.Assert yourselfYou might want to do it all, but you can’t, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress.Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge. And that’s not a very calm and peaceful reaction.Mayo Clinic
Sharing is caring! Share 166 Views no discussions InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships Iran charges woman over alleged 10-marriage con trick by: Associated Free Press – March 9, 2015 Tweet Share Share TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) – A young Iranian woman accused of marrying — and divorcing — 10 men in less than two years under an elaborate con trick has been charged with fraud, state media reported Sunday.The alleged deception was made possible under Islamic rules that entitle a woman to a financial sum agreed before marriage but retrievable “on demand” any time after a ceremony takes place.In Iran, an Islamic republic that has followed sharia law since the 1979 revolution, a soon-to-be bride sets a Mehrieh payment with her fiance — a dowry traditionally measured in gold coins.In the case of the 20-year-old accused — who denies the charges — she married the men and immediately demanded her payment, never consummating the relationships, according to Iran, a daily newspaper.The men had to pay half the Mehrieh payment to avoid breaking the law, but the woman said she actually agreed a 100-110 gold coin settlement, technically less than she could have claimed. In each case, she then pressured her husbands for a divorce, the paper said.A divorced woman in Iran can wipe her husband’s name off her identity card if she can prove — using a doctor — she is still a virgin. The woman is accused of repeatedly taking such steps to conceal her past from her unsuspecting victims.“I don’t see why I have to answer these questions,” she defiantly told a court investigator who had summoned all 10 husbands to court, the report said.“I’m innocent. All my marriages have been legal and all my husbands married me at their own will and then we split up based on our differences.“Under the law, since I was still a virgin, they had to pay half the dowry, and I would agree 100 to 110 gold coins and then would legally request my ID card to be cleaned of their names.”It remains common among Iranian women to secure their marriage with an “on demand” clause on their dowry, which often goes beyond a few hundred gold coins.The accused’s alleged money-making scheme was eventually discovered by staff at Tehran’s public register office, who had become suspicious of her frequent visits to change her ID card.A criminal court has charged her with fraud and scam in marriage and set a trial for her case, although no date for proceedings was published.
Share Share 36 Views no discussions HealthLifestyleNewsRegional T&T gynaecologist on rape charges freed 15 years later by: – May 1, 2018 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A 71-year-old gynaecologist was freed by a High Court in Trinidad after he was accused of raping a woman 15 years ago.Dr Shauffie David Ali, who is also the owner and medical director of Gulf View Medical Centre, south of the island, had gone on trial before Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas last month and charged with grievous sexual assault and rape.The woman, who was then 21, alleged that Ali raped her in his office on April 8, 2003. But the jury took less than an hour to find the medical practitioner not guilty.The court heard that the woman had attempted suicide after two miscarriages and was a patient at the medical centre for two days in March 2003.The woman alleged she received a call from Ali’s office for her to make an appointment to see him. The woman claimed she visited Ali’s office on April 1 and 2, 2003 and that on the third visit on April 8, the doctor raped her in his office.But the defence three witnesses, including the doctor’s daughter, a receptionist and a nurse, produced evidence showing that there was no record of any appointment for the woman to see the doctor and that the receptionist said she called the woman once for her to come to the office to pay her bill and not to set up an appointment.The nurse told the court that on the day of the alleged rape she was in the theatre with the doctor, who was performing a caesarean.“I have a smile on my face. I feel good,’ Ali said as he left the court on Monday.