Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

first_imgNew York Times Oct 18 2011Observers can quarrel about the extent to which what is being mandated is an effect, or a contributing cause, of the sexualization of children in our society at younger ages. But no one can plausibly claim that teaching middle-schoolers about mutual masturbation is “neutral” between competing views of morality; the idea of “value free” sex education was exploded as a myth long ago. The effect of such lessons is as much to promote a certain sexual ideology among the young as it is to protect their health. But beyond rival moral visions, the new policy raises a deeper issue: Should the government force parents — at least those not rich enough to afford private schooling — to send their children to classes that may contradict their moral and religious values on matters of intimacy and personal conduct?Liberals and conservatives alike should say no. Such policies violate parents’ rights, whether they are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or of no religion at all. To see why, we need to think carefully about the parent-child relationship that gives rise to the duties that parental rights serve and protect. Parents are responsible for bringing new people into the world, bound to them by blood and, ordinarily, deep feeling. These people are incapable of developing their uniquely human capacities on their own, giving parents an obligation to their children and to society to help them reach maturity — one that requires attending not only to children’s physical and emotional needs, but their intellectual and moral growth as well.…True, the state needs to protect children from abuse and neglect. It is also true that the state has a legitimate interest in reducing teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. But it is not abuse or neglect to protect the innocence of preteenage children or to teach one’s children more conservative, as opposed to more liberal, moral values. Nor is it wrong or unreasonable to limit the state’s control over what one’s children learn and think about sensitive issues of morality. On the contrary, that is just what is required if parents are to fulfill their duties and exercise their legitimate rights.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/opinion/does-sex-ed-undermine-parental-rights.html?_r=1last_img read more

GiG maintains global agenda despite tough H1 2019 trading

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submit Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupDespite facing ‘toughened regulatory environments’, the governance of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) details confidence in the firm’s overriding corporate strategy, pursuing ‘global geo expansion’ growth through ‘strong B2B partnerships’ coupled with ‘internal B2C’ brand launches within ‘selected markets’.Publishing its first interim results as a Stockholm-listed enterprise, GiG records H1 2019 group revenues of €63 million, down 14% on corresponding H1 2018’s €74 million.Mirroring industry-wide trends, GiG governance cites Swedish reregulated market adjustments and the loss of a B2B contract during Q4 2018 trading as the main contributing factors for the firm’s period revenue declines.The Swedish adjustments combined with increased betting duties see GiG report a lower period operating margins across its B2C and B2B assets, as group H1 2019 gross profits decline to €50 million (H12018: €61 million).Confronting H1 headwinds, GiG has undertaken a number of strategic initiatives mitigating period adjustments, with the company reducing period group marketing expenses to €17.5 million (H12018: €25m).A higher emphasis on cost control has seen GiG governance limit corporate headcount to 700 employees, helping the Stockholm enterprise maintain a stable period EBITDA at €6.6 million (H12018: €6m).Updating investors, GiG governance remains confident that H1 directives, will lead to sequential revenue growth and improved bottom-line performance during the second half of the year.“With the second quarter behind us, the outlook has improved. I am confident that the recent strategic actions we have taken will lead to revenue growth and an improved bottom line in H2. It has been a quarter with some headwind, primarily due to a tougher Swedish market.“Our global expansion will be driving sequential growth in both B2C and B2B in H2 and we will manage that growth with a strong focus on execution as the Company is heavily focused on improving earnings per share.” details GiG Chief Executive Robin Reed. GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Batch-‘out’

first_imgA few NFL rules and regulations can be difficult to understand, sometimes even bordering on the absurd, but there is one particular rule that make perfect sense to me. It is better known as the blackout rule. If a game is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff then the locals have to show up in person at the stadium or put their hands on the radio in order to receive their “football” healing for the week.There was one particular spot that bucked the system and thumbed their nose at the NFL establishment. O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Tampa broadcast an Internet feed that allowed customers to watch the game live, although according to a report in the Tampa Tribune, O’Brien’s is a local hangout for Steeler fans. Still that was a serious boo-boo and for that gaffe, O’Brien’s should allow their regular customers to run a free tab until the next Buccaneer victory.Listening to the radio broadcast would have been less graphic. If Tampa Bay plays any way as miserable in the upcoming weeks as they did against the Steelers last Sunday, whether they sell out the stadium or not, a blackout should be mandatory.Now onto the game itself. The Steelers shipwrecked the Buccaneers by a score of 38-13. Backup QB Charlie Batch threw for 186 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Mike Wallace piled up 100 yards receiving on just three catches and scored touchdowns of 41 and 46 yards. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 143 yards.Even though he played a great game, Batch seemed almost semi-apologetic. After the fiasco (at least for Tampa Bay) concluded, he said, “Everybody knows Ben’s the starter. One thing I didn’t want to do was be that weak link, to go out there and not be able to provide a spark or put this team in the end zone.” I can hear echoes of host Anne Robinson of the now defunct television show “The Weakest Link” telling Batch with her sultry British accent, “Charlie, you are not the weakest link.”Batch might not be the savior of the Steelers but he is certainly the saver. A month ago he was unwanted and underappreciated by almost everyone in the Steelers Nation, to a certain degree even by yours truly but through it all, Batch retained his dignity and his character.“We played a heavyweight,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “They (the Steelers) were more physical, more aggressive and more opportunistic. That was a good team, and I think we learned a lot from it. They dominated us on the scoreboard, but at the same time I feel like our team’s mentality walking away is that we could’ve played with those guys.” Yeah Raheem, you must also expect us to believe that your alligator friends in the Everglades say their prayers and put their “dentures” in a water glass before they go to bed at night. If the Steelers as a whole were the “heavyweights” then Charlie Batch administered the knockout blows that put Tampa Bay on the canvas for the duration. No, Batch is not the savior of the Steelers but neither is anyone else. There is an old saying in regards to a subordinate filling in to perform a superior’s job and it goes something like this. “I’m not the plumber. I’m the plumber’s son. I’ll put a patch on the leak until the plumber comes.”When starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reclaims his gig after the Steelers bye week then I guess we will see the “real” Pittsburgh Steelers. If Big Ben happens to have a subpar game, I do not want to hear any excuses, from anyone, anytime or anywhere. If Charlie Batch can come off the bench, not having started a game since 2007, then Big Ben should almost be midseason form, P.S. (post suspension) because he has only missed four games. As far as working out, he should be doing that on his own. The NFL cannot prevent him from working out on his own because according to the local prognosticators, Big Ben is the “savior,” isn’t he?When Roethlisberger returns to action and throws an ill-advised pick, just call it an interception like they call the picks that are tossed by Batch and Dennis Dixon. I don’t want to hear statements such as “That’s Big Ben, the mark of a great quarterback is trying to make a play.” “It appears that Big Ben is still a bit rusty.” “Last week at Tennessee, Batch looked like the tin man from the “Wizard of Oz.” C’mon now, how rusty do you think Batch was after holding a clipboard since 2007? But last weekend he was oiled up and ready to go. The Steelers are currently 3-0. The worst that their pre-bye record will be after Sunday’s showdown with the Ravens will be 3-1. Is it too much to suggest that we should all expect to end the 2010 season at 15-1 or 14-2 because Big Ben will be back? Seriously “yinzers,” no one player should receive all the accolades for a victory or all the blame for a defeat, football is a team game.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburgcourier.com.)last_img read more

Starting the year right

first_imgMOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gonzalez is another big fish with a record of 47-2 with 39 stoppages. The Nicaraguan, known for his ferocious style, is the first boxer to win world titles in all four of the lowest weight classes—minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight.Strangely, Nietes didn’t holler the name of compatriot Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2 with 20 KOs).Both Nietes and Ancajas faced fellow Filipinos in 2018, with the former drawing Aston Palicte last September in California, and the latter decisioning Jonas Sultan last May, also in the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Donnie Nietes of Philippines (C) celebrates his victory over Kazuto Ioka of Japan during their WBO super flyweight championship boxing bout in Macau on December 31, 2018. AFPDonnie Nietes is finally ready for the big stage.Immediately after scoring a split decision victory over Japanese fighter Kazuto Ioka on Monday, New Year’s Eve, for his fourth weight division title, the 36-year-old Filipino called out the top dogs of the junior bantamweight class.ADVERTISEMENT Nietes, humble legend, now a proud star! Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk After lording it over in the minor league, Nietes is hoping to tangle with the likes of Sirisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez, all A-listers in lower weight divisions and who command big-money fights.But first, the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight boss has to consider weapons in his arsenal.At 42-1-5 with 23 knockouts, Nietes is not considered a made-for-TV boxer because of his plain, highly technical style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRungvisai, the Thai two-time WBC super flyweight champ (47-4-1 with 41 KOs), is a highly entertaining fighter and is the lineal champ in the division, having defeated top guy Estrada in February 2018 in California.The Mexican Estrada (38-3 with 26 KOs) is former unified flyweight champion and is also a marquee boxer because of his flashy style. Among his Filipino victims are Brian Viloria and Milan Melindo.last_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 4

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has managed to shrug off its opening weekend loss to La Salle and has so far racked up four straight wins to capture the top spot of the standings when it pummeled University of the Philippines in its lone game this week.It was a game that had so much hype since the winner gets the No. 1 seed after Week 4 while the loser ends up in fifth.And the Lady Eagles made sure they would leave the week as the league’s queens after a resounding sweep of the Lady Maroons.Leading Ateneo’s romp of UP was Maddie Madayag.Mainly a defensive force, Madayag was Ateneo’s top scorer against UP with 14 points, highlighted by six blocks.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ACeline Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCeline Domingo is living up to her position.Middle blockers are there to provide stability for their teams and Domingo has definitely brought that to FEU.Domingo has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws in their two wins this week, putting up 17 points against UE and 14 points against the Adamson. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title As for the bigger picture, Domingo is fifth in the Best Scorers table with 83 total points.6. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is never considered as one of the top stars in the UAAP but she’s always there when UST needs that valuable third option on offense.When Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injured left knee, Pacres took it upon herself to become UST’s third asset.Pacres has been a reliable third fiddle to UST’s star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.In UST’s pair of wins this week, Pacres scored a total of 20 points and it wasn’t just her offense that made her of value for the Golden Tigresses.Pacres was UST’s best digger this week tallying a total of 28 excellent digs.7. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU has had a stable week and there was one Lady Tamaraw who was polarizing in every sense of the word.The Lady Tamaraws went 2-0 this week with Heather Guino-o going from dormant to blazing. 1. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AEya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Rookie of the Year race has been blown wide open and Eya Laure has left destruction at her wake.UST’s super freshman was nothing short of spectacular in Week 4, leading the Golden Tigresses to two straight wins with victories over defending champion De La Salle and National University.The Golden Tigresses’ win over NU meant more to Laure since it was the Lady Bulldogs’ high school team that tormented the UST star and foiled her attempts to get another UAAP title in the girls’ high school division.Laure released some of her frustration and punished the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas racked up two straight wins this past week to create a pileup in the second seed of the standings with a 4-2 record to tie La Salle and Far Eastern University.Ateneo is at the helm with a 4-1 card while University of the Philippines dropped all the way to fifth with a 3-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNational University and Adamson University are tied in sixth with 1-4 records while University of the East is at the bottom at 1-5.With that out of the way, here are the top seven players that made this week as maddening as it can be. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After scoring just seven points in FEU’s win over the Lady Warriors, Guino-o fired 20 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws in their five-set win over the Lady Falcons.Her 20-point explosion pushed Guino-o from the 14th spot in the Best Scorers table to eighth, overtaking the likes of  Eli Soyud, Mary Ann Mendrez, and Isa Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—This year may be the Year of the Pig but Week 4 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is the week of the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award More importantly, Laure’s combined 35 points in the week made her the second-leading scorer in the league with a total of 102 points.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netC“The Cherry Bomb” is explosive as ever and no shelter is strong enough to protect the league from Cherry Rondina.UST’s superstar is still the offensive mayhem that she is and after leading the Golden Tigresses to two wins this week she’s racked up a total of 105 points to take the top spot of the league’s Best Scorers table.If Rondina let Laure had her fun against the Bulldogs, she made sure that she was front and center when the Golden Tigresses humbled the Lady Spikers.Rondina wasn’t fazed with the defending champions pedigree and she proceeded to put up 19 points in the Golden Tigresses sweep of La Salle.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaure may have been this season’s favorite for the top rookie honors but Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon has also been impressive in her own way.After her first five games in the collegiate level, Ebon has emerged to be the third-best scorer in the league with a total of 86 points. She’s also led the Lady Tamaraws to two wins this week.Ebon shone in FEU’s five-set win over University of the East with 21 points and she remained impactful in the Lady Tamaraws’ second victory of the week with 17 points against Adamson. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

A head Turner for S.D.

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers certainly were aware that Norv Turner was 24 games under .500 and made only one playoff appearance in his nine seasons as an NFL head coach. It didn’t scare them off in the slightest. The Chargers also signed Ted Cottrell a two-year contract as defensive coordinator, then added Ron Rivera as linebackers coach just hours after the Chicago Bears said he wouldn’t be back as their defensive coordinator. Rivera, a linebacker on the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, had interviewed for the job that went to Turner. While the immediate reaction by fans was lukewarm, the Chargers pointed to Turner’s previous experience and the chance at continuity. Turner was San Diego’s offensive coordinator in 2001, when he installed the system that helped carry LaDainian Tomlinson to the league MVP award in 2006. “This isn’t a team where you’re rebuilding,” said Turner, who had been San Francisco’s offensive coordinator. “We should start fast. We should be good early and we should be good late. Not having to go through the normal things you have to go through when you make a coaching change is going to help the players more than anyone.” Turner has done well working with young players, and quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to benefit from his tutelage. Rivers was voted to the Pro Bowl as a first-year starter. Turner also knows general manager A.J. Smith, who was an assistant to the late John Butler in 2001. Smith survived a power struggle with Schottenheimer, who was fired last Monday by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and GM. Turner said he spoke with a handful of players on Monday morning and they seemed relieved there wouldn’t be major changes. “Everyone I talked to today said one central thing: We want to win a championship,” Turner said. “We’ve been talking about it ever since I had the opportunity to interview. If it happens, it would be a heck of a deal for all of us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Turner got his third shot at a top job when he was given a four-year contract Monday to take over a team that went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs and then in the front office. The hiring came a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer and less than 24 hours after the Chargers finished interviewing the last of six candidates. Turner was the only one with NFL head coaching experience and the only one from the offensive side of the ball. last_img read more