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Venice Dredging Underway

first_imgImage source: USACEA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District’s maintenance dredging project to maintain the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Venice, Florida, is currently underway, the City of Venice reports. The project involves removal of shoaled sediment and use of the dredged material on the beach and nearshore area to take advantage of ecosystem restoration opportunities.According to USACE, the dredging operations are scheduled to run for several months and be completed before the end of the calendar year.Work near Venice involves maintenance dredging within an approximately 5-mile stretch of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.USACE said that, over time, coastal processes have resulted in significant shoaling and deposition of sediment within the waterway, and maintaining long-term navigation requires the removal of these sediments.The morning of Monday, November 4, the South Jetty walkway will be temporarily closed so USACE’s contractor can place the dredging pipe across the Jetty. A bridge span will be put in place to allow pedestrian traffic over the pipe while construction takes place, the city said in their project update.last_img read more

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Study casts doubt on the link between childhood spanking and dating violence in adulthood

first_imgPsyPost 12 June 2020Family First Comment: Interesting new study which debunks the myth that non-abusive smacking leads to violence:“[T]he study found that childhood physical abuse, but not spanking, was linked to adult dating violence. While spanking as a form of child discipline is condemned by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Ass’n, the literature on non-abusive spanking remains inconsistent. While some studies have linked spanking to harmful outcomes, other studies have found limited evidence for the negative effects of spanking. Study author Christopher J. Ferguson explains that this lack of consensus might have to do with whether or not past studies have properly differentiated between the effects of spanking and the effects of more serious physical abuse.“Exactly! Not all parental correction is child abuse.New research published in Psychiatric Quarterly provides insight into the relationship between child abuse and aggression in adulthood. Specifically, the study found that childhood physical abuse, but not spanking, was linked to adult dating violence.While spanking as a form of child discipline is condemned by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, the literature on non-abusive spanking remains inconsistent. While some studies have linked spanking to harmful outcomes, other studies have found limited evidence for the negative effects of spanking.Study author Christopher J. Ferguson explains that this lack of consensus might have to do with whether or not past studies have properly differentiated between the effects of spanking and the effects of more serious physical abuse. Ferguson was particularly interested in one study that produced perplexing results. The study by Temple and associates (2018) found that spanking, but not exposure to physical child abuse, predicted adult dating violence.“This puzzling finding is difficult to fully explain,” Ferguson muses, “Why would children be more inclined to learn violence from less serious physical discipline than more serious, abusive physical discipline?”Ferguson sought to replicate the 2018 study with a new sample while following similar methodology and data analysis. Ferguson’s sample included 509 young adults with an average age of 21 years old, who were either currently in a relationship or had been in a relationship within the past year. As in the Temple et. al study, subjects responded to a questionnaire that had them answer questions about their childhood experiences and about their current relationship.READ MORE: https://www.psypost.org/2020/06/study-casts-doubt-on-the-link-between-childhood-spanking-and-dating-violence-in-adulthood-57024last_img read more

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The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part I

first_img Share LocalNews The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part I by: – June 27, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 77 Views   no discussions The Vatican. Photo credit: telegraph.co.ukThe American Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.The preceding paragraph is a literal description taken from the Center’s webpage. The webpagedoesn’t advertise the Center’s reputation, which is considerable, or its authority in providing trend information on religion generally and special religious issues in particular.The recent Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Center’s forum on Religion and Public Life, in the words of Thomas Reese, a former editor of the Jesuit monthly magazine AMERICA,  “put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence” regarding people leaving the Catholic Church.The “hidden exodus” (the terms are Reese’s) that the Center corroborates is a subject that has preoccupied me for some time regarding our own situation. We were told in the results of a survey, admittedly not the most careful or comprehensive of surveys, that only 17% of Catholics in the diocese attend weekend Masses. In an article sent to me by a friend recently, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the percentage in Dublin was 18%, in some parts of the city between 2 and 5%.  He attributed this not mainly to the priest scandals that has rocked the Church in Ireland in recent times, but to the progressive secularization of a once notably religious society.We ourselves have learnt anecdotally that in islands like Grenada and St. Lucia, where the Catholic population once stood in the 90 percentile or thereabouts, a progressive diminution in numbers continues to be the case. In other words, what we read about as referred to other parts of the world, notably Europe and parts of North America, seems to be also true of the Caribbean.The Pew Center research showed that “one out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic.”  “Any other institution,” Reese concludes, “that lost one-third of its members would want to know why.”Indeed.  It’s difficult to understand why we ourselves pay such indifferent attention to the data  we have so far established about our own situation.  Whenever I am asked what pressing situations the Church of the future faces in Trinidad, one of the more obvious things I say is: people are leaving us.We choose instead to spend time and resources on issues like Catholic identity. Catholic identity  is elsewhere a topic of interest today almost entirely in the field of education. It was historically contrasted with Protestant identity, and the form of the contrast itself indicated the source of the difference – the Protestant Reformation.From the Reformation emerged two divergent ways of thinking (theologically and spiritually), and of looking at the world as a whole, based on two divergent interpretations of the Fall. Luther and Calvin, the architects of Protestantism, thought the Fall represented the ruin of human nature; Catholics felt that the effects were bad but not catastrophic.In the light of the difference, catholic identity has traditionally been viewed as humanistic, sacramental, and positive in its valuation of the contributions of culture; Protestant identity was non-sacramental, puritan, and if not world-denying, at least world-distancing.That was the history. Today the divergence is nowhere as sharp as it once was. Indeed, while traditionally Protestant cultures continue to display vestiges of their ancient heritage, the marks of Catholic identity and their impress on society and culture continue to disappear.It has been showed, for instance, in survey after survey conducted in the US that Catholics think no differently from the rest of Americans on any number of significant public (social and moral) issues. In other words, being Catholic makes for no distinctive outlook or perspective on the part of Catholics.This weakness in the difference made by features of identity stems in great part, I think, from the progressive secularization we witness everywhere. And I agree with Dublin’s Archbishop that this fact contributes significantly to the exodus or the haemorrhaging we witness ourselves today here and in our own backyard.I still think along these lines for the most part. But the Pew Center Research surprisingly presents food for thought along quite different lines. The data show (according to Reese) “that those leaving the church…can be divided into two major groups: those who become unaffiliated and those who become Protestant.”  Only a fraction (10%) joins non-Christian religions.It does not surprise me that ‘unaffiliated’ functions so prominently as a feature of the situation. I suspect many ex-catholics here fall under the same heading.  What’s surprising is the turn to Protestantism (more evangelical than mainstream Protestantism). The principal reasons given by those who have left for this preference are that their “spiritual needs were not being met” in the Catholic Church (71 percent), and they “found a religion they like more” (70 percent). Eighty-one percent of respondents say they joined their new church because they enjoy the religious service and style of worship of their new faith.In other words, Reese concludes, the Catholic Church has failed to deliver what many consider ‘fundamental products of religion’: spiritual sustenance and a good worship service.Other results of the study are equally interesting, but of that more in Part II.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

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Barotac Viejo’s No. 2 most wanted person nabbed

first_imgThe 50-year-old Jove Causing was caughtin Barangay City Heights, General Santos City, a police report showed. ILOILO City – He was listed as the No. 2most wanted person in the municipal police station of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. His apprehension on Tuesday was stagedon the strength of an arrest warrant in relation to a murder charge he faces. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the General Santos City Police Office Station 4 and set to betransferred to the Barotac Viejo police station this week. center_img Causing – resident of Barangay Ugasan,Barotac Viejo – had been hiding from the police for about four years, thereport added.   No bail bond was recommended forCausing’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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Two men yield 10 sachets of’ shabu’

first_imgDrug suspects Rolando Padilla and Ike Pabillo sit handcuffed while antidrug officers inspect items seized from them in an entrapment operation in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City on June 10. Police Station 3 Ten sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P20,000 were seized from resident Ike Pabillo, 41, and Rolando Padilla, 35, of Barangay Taculing, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Two men were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago. Pabillo and Padilla were nabbed after they sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P200 around 5:25 p.m. on June 10, it added.center_img The suspects were detained in the lockup facility of Police Station 3. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PNlast_img read more

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Catch-a-Ride reports computer glitch, customers should call to confirm transportation

first_imgBatesville, In. — Residents in Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Jefferson, Ripley or Decatur Counties that have transportation scheduled for today with Catch-a-Ride (Tuesday, December 11) should call 800-330-7603 to confirm your pick up. The company computer system is not operational.last_img

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Bishan out to put rivals in a spin

first_imgBishan Bedi has caught the eye for varying reasons at Dundalk over the past few weeks and the Aidan O’Brien-trained gelding may return to the winner’s enclosure on the Polytrack this Friday. Donnacha O’Brien was again in the saddle when biding for a quick follow-up last Friday but everything went wrong for the teenager as one door after another closed in the straight. Despite a nightmare passage he was still only beaten about a length by The Dancing Lord and, if still in the same form and enjoying any normal luck in running, rates a strong fancy to make amends in the Floodlit Friday Nights Handicap. Mark Loughnane travels over with a couple of challengers from his Staffordshire base including taking on Bishan Bedi with For Shia And Lula in the mile handicap. Coillte Cailin also represents Loughnane in the featured Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap. However, the recent Wolverhampton winner is up against it with the progressive Sharjah on a four-timer after a recent run of success under Donnacha O’Brien. Donnacha’s sister Ana also has strong claims on Song Of Love in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden, while Majestic Timeline could prove the answer to the opening sprint handicap. Press Associationcenter_img The Intikhab gelding was purchased for £5,500 at Doncaster last autumn and that looked a real bargain after he made a mockery of a rating of 65 on his first start for the Ballydoyle handler last month. The four-year-old cut through the field in the style of a handicap snip, and not surprisingly the assessor took a dim view with a 14lb hike. last_img read more

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Damion Thomas hurdles record ratified by IAAF

first_imgThe World Under-20 record-equaling run of 12.99 seconds by Damion Thomas when winning the 110m hurdles title at the National Junior Trials in Kingston in late June has been ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).Thomas, who went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF Under-20 World Championships at Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland, in July, equaled the World Under-20 record that was set by France’s Wilhem Belocian in 2014.Belcocian had run 12.99 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on July 24, 2014, as Jamaica’s Tyler Mason won the silver medal in a then Jamaican Junior Record 13.06 seconds.Thomas’s record was one of seven new marks ratified, including the men’s decathlon mark of 9,126 set by France’s Kevin Mayer in Talence, France, on September 16; beating the 9,045 that was held by American Ashton Eaton, set in Beijing, China, August 2015.Two world records were set hours apart on September 16 as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new men’s marathon mark of two hours, 1.39 minutes, under the previous 2:2.57 held by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in September 2014.last_img read more

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Guyana Political Parties Gear Up for March 2 General Election

first_imgPresident David Granger and members of the APNU+AFC Coalition (APNU+AFC photo) GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Both major political parties in Guyana, the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the governing, A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) are gearing up for the country’s next general election on March 2.The main opposition PPP/C has named retired Brigadier Mark A. Phillips as its prime ministerial candidate for the regional and general election.Late last month, the party had indicated that it would soon start the process to select a prime ministerial candidate with Opposition Leader and the party’s general secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo saying it had already named former housing minister Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate.In a statement, the PPP/C said that, during a meeting of its Central Committee, Phillips “was unanimously endorsed” as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.Nomination Day for the March 2 election will be on January 10.“Mr Phillips has had a long and distinguished career in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) spanning nearly four decades, culminating with his appointment as the eighth Chief of Staff of the GDF, from September 2013, until he retired in October 2016. As a member of the Army, Mr Phillips held a number of crucial leadership positions at various levels and ranks and his consistent upward mobility clearly demonstrated that he acquitted himself with distinction in every position held,” the PPP/C said in the statement.It said that, apart from his military training, Phillips is also well qualified academically with degrees in public management and several postgraduate diplomas in defence planning and various areas of management.“Mr Phillips is, therefore, well qualified and equipped to partner with the PPP as its prime ministerial candidate, as it strides forward to win the upcoming elections and form the next Government of Guyana.”The PPP/C is challenging the coalition, led by President David Granger, who recently launched their re-election campaign in Georgetown. Thousands of supporters, decked out in green, gathered in the Durban Park to see an energetic Granger speak.In the last election in 2015, the APNU won by a slender one-seat majority in the 65-member Parliament. But Jagdeo, in December 2018, successfully tabled a motion of no-confidence motion (NCM) in the David Granger-led coalition, forcing the early elections.On January 3, Granger addressed the NCM to the crowd of supporters, saying that “he is unbothered” and is focusing on being re-elected to provide a better life for all Guyanese.As he did in 2015, Granger promised to push Constitutional Reform, but this time he said the task will be completed. “We’re going to reform the constitution so that nonsense they try to do to us in the last 12 months don’t happen again.”On December 21, 2018, a No-Confidence Motion was passed against the APNU+AFC Government in the National Assembly which significantly reduced its powers over the past 12 months. The motion needed a majority of 33 to be passed against the one-seat majority Government, according to the Constitution of Guyana. Since one of the members of the AFC, Charrandas Persaud, voted with the opposition, it was a win for the PPP/C.On September 25, 2019, Granger announced the date for the next general elections.last_img read more

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FA President satisfied with congress outcome

first_imgThe President of the Ghana Football Association Kwasi Nyantakyi has expressed satisfaction at the deliberations and outcome of this year’s ordinary congress.The one-day congress held at the Ghanaman Soccer of Excellence on Wednesday brought together all delegates from the Association’s body to deliberate on issues for the upcoming season.Among some of the key things that the Association touched on was a new directive for the reserve league.According to congress only players under seventeen years will be eligible to play in the reserve league next two seasons.President of the Ghana FA Kwasi Nyantakyi who presided over the congress in an interview with Joy sports stated how swiftly the one day congress was.“This has been the swiftest congress I have ever attended or presided over, the issues were dealt with very professionally and straight to the point, there was no waste of time and indulgence of unnecessary talk and delegates were on point in their deliberations,” said Nyantakyi “Sometimes when people research the issues that are to be discussed at congress, it helps in getting the discussions through quickly.“I believe that delegates read the documents that were given them two weeks before congress, they also did their researches on what was going to be discussed so we had a very smooth deliberations.”Also in attendance was the Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.last_img read more

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