MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM: SINGLE MUM PLEADS FOR END TO HATE-FILLED COMMENTS

first_imgOn the eve of tomorrow’s Marriage Equality referendum, a single mum from Donegal has pleaded for an end to the insults and bitterness of the campaign.Donegal will vote tomorrow (Fri).Mired said that many members of her own family are voting in an opposite way to her but they have not fallen out.She has called for an end to the “hate filled comments” and for people to simply respect one another’s views. This is the full text of her email to Donegal Daily. I’ve been watching with interest, the goings-on surrounding the gay marriage issue. I have to say that I am terribly saddened by the angry, horrible, hate filled comments that I have been seeing on social media.It’s awful that strangers can verbally attack and accuse each other of all sorts of vile things, just because they have differing opinions. Where is the equality, democracy or freedom of speech in that? All I see is hate! Hearts full of hate! Where is the basic human respect? And I’m not talking about any one side in particular. I have seen nasty comments from both sides!I personally am voting NO in the referendum tomorrow. It is up to everyone else how they vote! I am voting no, not because I am anti – gay, but because I don’t want marriage to be redefined. I have relatives and friends who are gay and I have the utmost respect for them. My choice to vote no is not about being pro or anti gay. For me, it is about protecting Family and children. As a single mother I see the gap left in the lives of my children by the absence of their father. I see with all clarity, the hurt and damage that has been done to them. I believe that changing marriage will cause much more damage to future generations of children.I have been trying to imagine what it would be like to be a child who was born through surrogacy. How would I feel? Personally, I would feel rejected by my mother. I wouldn’t be able to understand how my mother could just give me away like that and want to have no contact with me – and all for MONEY!Could you imagine a teenager, starting to question their roots? It would be terrible. I just can’t vote for this. And from my experience as a single mum, I see that there are things that only a father could give to my children. They have no male role model in their lives and I wonder how this will impact on their future relationships.And I had to ask myself if I vote yes, will this change the lives of my gay comrades for the better, and I have come to the conclusion that life will not be any different for them after the referendum than it is now.Legally, they already can say ‘I do’, adopt children and claim the same tax breaks as married couples. I know from following this, that they want constitutional protection, which is fine. But what I can’t figure out is why they can’t do this without changing ‘marriage’ in the constitution? And funnily enough, in the course of my seeking the right course of action, I have discovered that I and my two children are not constitutionally considered to be a family and we have no protection constitutionally. I wonder would as many people stand up to fight for me and other single parent families to be recognised ‘constitutionally’ as a family!Where does it all end?It would be great if we could get through this referendum without any more insults and hate. Respect that we all view things differently. Some members of my family are voting no and some yes and none of us are tearing strips off each other about it.Mairead MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM: SINGLE MUM PLEADS FOR END TO HATE-FILLED COMMENTS was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CAMPIAGNdonegalMARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUMvotinglast_img read more

Everton v Fulham line-ups: Osman in for Everton, Bent on the Fulham bench

first_imgEverton: Howard, Oviedo, Distin, Jagielka, Coleman, Barry, Osman, Pienaar, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Naismith, Stones, Alcaraz.Fulham Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Parker, Sidwell, Karagounis; Dejagah, Berbatov, Kacaniklic.Subs: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz, Bent.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Jazz cheatsheet: Utah looking to take season series over the champs

first_imgOAKLAND – With the All-Star break on the horizon, the Warriors will try win to win their fifth straight game, while the Jazz, who are in the midst of their own mid-season run, will try to ruin the champs’ good vibes Tuesday night.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m (NBCSBA)Jazz projected starting lineup: Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell Jazz Stock Report: Since the last matchup between these …last_img read more

Sappi unveils R800m empowerment deal

first_imgGlobal pulp and paper group Sappi has announced a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see approximately 4.5% of the company, worth about R814-million, being transferred to employees, black managers, a community foundation and strategic partner companies. The second part of the deal entails the issue of approximately 4.3-million ordinary, listed shares to the participants of the group’s 2006 plantation BEE deal, namely Lereko Investments (who will now hold 0.37% of issued shares), Malibongwe Women Development Trust (0.08%), and AMB Capital (0.12%). 25 March 2010 “The transaction recognises the crucial role that our staff play in making the company a success and builds on the strong relationship we have developed with Lereko.” This transaction also includes qualifying Sappi employees represented by an employee share ownership plan, and follows the unwinding of the rights of all parties from the 2006 deal. New manager, employee trusts “Sappi views broad-based black economic empowerment as a key requirement for sustainable growth and social development in South Africa,” Sappi Limited CEO Ralph Boettger said in a statement on Wednesday. “We believe this investment will show significant upside for the consortium over the coming years. We are also confident that we will be able to assist Sappi in its other empowerment and transformation activities.” The first part of the deal consists of the creation of about 20-million of a new class of equity shares, which will be vendor financed and unlisted on the JSE, which will be allocated to three new trusts that have been created through the deal.center_img “Our relationship with Sappi has been substantive and has created significant opportunities for the consortium,” Lereko Investments executive director Lulu Gwagwa said. “While this work will continue, we are excited by the opportunity presented to us to become Sappi’s strategic partner at the holding company level. Strategic BEE partners “The transaction empowers our South African employees; will help attract and retain staff and in particular highly skilled black managers; and reinforces Sappi’s position as a responsible corporate citizen within the communities where we operate,” said Sappi Southern Africa CEO Jan Labuschagne. The deal translates into the empowerment of approximately 30% of the company’s South African business. “Furthermore, the transaction accommodates the key principles of [empowerment] and maximises the ownership component in terms of the Forest Sector Charter with Sappi moving from a Level Six Contributor to a Level Four Contributor on the Charter scorecard.” These includes an employee share ownership trust, which is for all Sappi full-time employees in South Africa who do not currently participate in a Sappi share scheme (holding 2.81% of issued shares); a management share ownership trust for all African, Coloured and Indian managers (0.67%); and the Sappi Foundation, which will focus on projects benefiting the communities around Sappi’s mills and plantations (0.45%). SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Four labourer buried alive while repairing tunnel in Rajasthan

first_imgFour labourers, repairing a tunnel in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district, died after being buried alive under debris, the police said on Saturday.The victims were trapped under the debris on Friday which fell due to vibrations generated by a poclain machine at the site on Beawar-Pindwara national highway, they said.The family members of the deceased, identified as Devi Singh, 32, Uttam Kumar, 23, Mahendra Kumar Meena, 27, and Mahendra Hiragar, 30, have refused to accept the bodies till they are provided compensation by the private firm which was carrying out the repair work, Sirohi collector Babu Lal Meena said.The bodies have been kept at a mortuary. The State government has announced ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased. A case has been registered against the company and the driver of the poclain machine, the police said.last_img read more

Growth chart

first_imgAlternative NamesHeight and weight chartInformationGrowth charts are used to compare your childs height, weight, and head size against children of the same age.Growth charts can help both you and your health care provider follow your child as he or she grows. These charts may provide an early warning that your child has a medical problem.Growth charts were developed from information gained by measuring and weighing thousands of children. From these numbers, the national average weight and height for each age and gender were established.The lines or curves on growth charts tell how many other children in the United States weigh a certain amount at a certain age. For example, the weight on the 50th percentile line means that half of the children in the United States weigh more than that number and half of the children weigh less.WHAT GROWTH CHARTS MEASUREYour childs health care provider will measure the following during each well-child visit:Weight (measured in ounces and pounds, or grams and kilograms)Height (measured while lying down in children under age 3, and while standing up in children over age 3)Head circumference — a measurement of the head size taken by wrapping a measuring tape around the back of the head above the eyebrowsBeginning at age 2, a childs body mass index (BMI) can be calculated. Height and weight are used to figure out the BMI. A BMI measurement can estimate a childs body fat.Each of your childs measurements is placed on the growth chart. These measurements are then compared with the standard (normal) range for children of the same gender and age. The same chart will be used as your child grows older.advertisementHOW TO UNDERSTAND A GROWTH CHARTMany parents worry if they learn that their childs height, weight, or head size is smaller than those of most other children the same age. They worry about whether their child will do well in school, or be able to keep up in sports.Learning a few important facts can make it easier for parents to understand what different measurements mean:Mistakes in measurement can happen, for example if the baby squirms on the scale.One measurement may not represent the big picture. For example, a toddler may lose weight after a bout of diarrhea, but will likely regain the weight after the illness is gone.Threre is a wide range for what is considered “normal.” Just because your child is in the 15th percentile for weight (meaning 85 out of 100 children weigh more), this number rarely means your child is sick, youre not feeding your child enough, or your breast milk is not enough for your baby.Your childs measurements do not predict whether he or she will be tall, short, fat, or skinny as an adult.Some changes to your childs growth chart may worry your health care provider more than others:When one of your childs measurements stays below the 10th percentile or above the 90th percentile for his or her age.If the head is growing too slowly or too quickly when measured over time.When your childs measurement does not stay close to one line on the graph. For example, a health care provider may worry if a 6-month-old was in the 75th percentile, but then moved to the 25th percentile at 9 months, and dropped even lower at 12 months.Abonormal growth on the growth charts is only a sign of a possible problem. Your doctor will determine whether it is an actual medical problem, or whether your childs growth just needs to be watched carefully.ReferencesKeane V. Assessment of growth. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 13.Review Date:1/27/2013Reviewed By:Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Childrens Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more