Two worlds collide

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Paul Thomas: Genetic attraction – a love that dare not speak its name

first_imgNZ Herald 15 April 2016Family First Comment: So here’s a good commentary by NZ Herald columnist Paul Thomas rejecting people who argue for Genetic Sexual Attraction which is a poncy term for Incest. But here’s the interesting aspect – the same arguments rejecting incest could also be the basis of arguing against ‘gender’ ideology, same-sex marriage and polygamy. “The evidence that there’s such a thing as GSA is pretty thin…”“This is both self-diagnosis, hardly the most reliable scientific methodology, and self-serving…”“…since when did the scientific community let public opinion influence its areas of research?“…it seems a little reckless to push a “my DNA made me do it” line, even in unusual cases.”Does this make Paul Thomas an ‘incestophobe’?? …..Which brings us to incest or, as we now have to call it in certain cases, Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA). GSA is the phenomenon of close relatives who meet for the first time as adults and can’t keep their hands off each other. As in Kim West (51) and her son Ben Ford (32) who have just unapologetically outed themselves as a couple. Briton West got pregnant at 19 while studying in California. She put her son up for adoption; 30 years passed. A couple of years ago Ford tracked her down and it was lust at first sight. Three days after they had sex for the first time, Ford told his wife he was leaving her for his mother. According to Charlotte Gill, the writer of a Daily Telegraph article that also appeared in the Herald, GSA is real, more widespread than we think and we’d better get used to it.Call me sceptical. That’s partly personal experience: my family emigrated from the UK when I was two and the best part of three decades elapsed before I met any aunts, uncles or cousins. When I did so, GSA was conspicuous by its absence. Without ever having discussed it with my sisters – for some reason the subject just never came up – I’m pretty sure the same goes for them. The evidence that there’s such a thing as GSA is pretty thin. The term was coined in the 1980s by American Barbara Gonyo who went weak at the knees when she was reunited with the son she’d given up for adoption. This is both self-diagnosis, hardly the most reliable scientific methodology, and self-serving. (Ford told a magazine, “This is not incest, it’s GSA.” Understandably: in Michigan, where he and his mother are shacked up, plain old incest is a crime punishable by life imprisonment.) Gill refers to a single study but glibly skates over the lack of scientific evidence: “There’s not a great deal of research into the area because who wants a PhD in incest?” How about anyone wanting to persuade us that incest has genetic origins?Besides, since when did the scientific community let public opinion influence its areas of research? Each year at Harvard University a committee including Nobel laureates hands out the “Ig Nobels” to scientists engaged in spectacularly frivolous or dubious research. Past winners include a team that explored the viability of a “gay bomb” that would cause enemy troops to become sexually attracted to each other. Gill insists that “those who succumb to GSA are not sickos or freaks but victims who desperately need help and understanding. Their feelings are not controllable.” This characterisation sits uneasily alongside the presentation of West and Ford’s story and their crowing about “incredible and mind-blowing sex”.And given the sordid, coercive and traumatising nature of most incest, it seems a little reckless to push a “my DNA made me do it” line, even in unusual cases. read more

Money Smart Week In Indiana

first_imgMoney Smart events will educate Hoosiers about ways they can take responsibility for protecting their money and savings.( Photo morgue file/cohdra.)Financial literacy is not just about saving dollars and cents.Experts say it also includes protecting your savings and investments.This is Money Smart Week, and at events throughout the state, Hoosiers can learn more about how to manage their personal finances.Nancy Stone, program director with Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol, says discussions will include the growing problem of senior financial abuse.“It’s just become really prolific that they target elderly because they know most people have a nest egg by the time they’re 65-plus and they’re also considered a vulnerable population,” she says.Nearly 100 financial literacy events will be held over the next week in Indiana, led by community groups, educational organizations and financial experts.Stone says there have been an increasing number of scams involving Medicare, and include phone and mail solicitations.“They often pose themselves as Medicare reps, saying they need to update your information, and so forth,” she says. “But Medicare will never call you unsolicited. And, really, your Medicare card, you need to guard your card because it has your Social Security number on it.”Some cases of Medicare fraud involve double billing, so she says be sure to review your service statements.And if you have questions, call providers, or the Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol, to sort it all out. That number is 800-986-3505.last_img read more

Jaguars confirmed winners of Digicel 4-day championship

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars were confirmed as winners of the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship, after their nearest rivals Barbados Pride settled for a draw with Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-affected match on Sunday.Jaguars completed a nail-biting, two-wicket victory over Jamaica Scorpions inside three days in their eighth-round match on Saturday at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, taking them to an unassailable 135 points – with two rounds of games remaining.It is the fourth straight Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class supremacy, for the Jaguars, following in the footsteps of previous incarnations of the Pride and Scorpions.“As you can imagine, it’s a very good feeling for us to win the title for a fourth straight year,” said Jaguars captain Leon Johnson. “I am someone that delves into the history of the game – Barbados would have achieved this in the late 1970s, and Jamaica did it between 2008 and 2012.“We are only the third team to have achieved something like this in WINDIES first-class history. It is very pleasing to be part of it and to be at the helm for the fourth consecutive year of us winning this title. It is testament to our hard work. We have won it with two matches remaining, which is a feat in itself.”Barabdo Pride – second in the table on 75.2 points before the match – gained three batting points, three bowling points and 1.6 pace bowling points, moving them to 82.8 points – and no hope of surpassing the Jaguars in the final two rounds of matches.Volcanoes – last on 52.2 points entering the match – earned three bowling points and two batting points, plus 1.2 pace bowling points, taking them to 58.4 points.last_img read more

Roundtable: Reactions to USC vs. Boston College

first_imgSaturday’s loss to Boston College marked a big bump in the road for the Trojans’ national championship hopes. Daily Trojan columnists Luke Holthouse and Jake Davidson join Daily Trojan sports editors Aubrey Kragen and Will Hanley to discuss the implications of the Trojans’ unexpected defeat at the hands of the Eagles.Sark raving mad · USC fans voiced their displeasure with head coach Steve Sarkisian’s playcalling, but Daily Trojan columnist Luke Holthouse disagrees: Sarkisian called 46 passing plays to 29 rushing plays. – Nick Entin | Daily Trojan What went wrong for the Trojans in Boston?WH: It’s really easy to look at this loss and say it was just meant to happen. USC was playing 3,000 miles from home, 12 hours after its normal practice time on a slippery artificial surface. BC fans were slow to arrive but eventually packed the stadium, and the building was about as loud as it could get. The school honored two heroes —  Welles Crowther, “the man in the red bandana,” and Pete Frates, a former Eagles’ baseball player fighting ALS. It did make for quite the upset narrative that I’m sure BC fans will remember for decades to come. But there are realities here. USC could not move the ball on the ground. At all. Ever. Not once. This is a team that kept itself alive last week against the vaunted Stanford defense with a strong running game.The Trojan defense looked mentally and physically slow, and eventually tired by the end of the contest. Cody Kessler, whose numbers looked great, had his moments, but for the most part was slow on his reads and checked down far too often. Even on special teams, USC looked utterly confounded by two consecutive squib kickoffs that pinned the team inside its own 20. To take nothing away from BC, it was a disastrous performance from the Trojans. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian himself took the blame for the loss in a postgame press conference. How much of this game was affected by Sarkisian’s playcalling?LH: I would not place that much blame on the play calling of Steve Sarkisian. Plenty on Twitter were asking for more pass plays given the feeble ground attack, but Sarkisian did call for 46 pass plays and only 29 rush attempts. Sarkisian needed to try to establish the running game to keep BC’s defense honest on potential deep balls. Not only that, but even when Sarkisian called for passes on big third downs, so many of them ended in sacks. Of the five sacks USC surrendered, all five came on third down, and four came in the second half. Add on the 37 points surrendered on defense, and I don’t think there’s that much else Sarkisian could have done. It might be a little too early to say, but what are your projections for this team moving forward?AK: As we saw at Stanford, USC has the stuff to hang with some of the best teams in the country. But we also showed our weaknesses this weekend. We might have a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team this year, showing up in big games and losing seemingly easy ones. I think how the squad comes out against Oregon State will tell us what kind of team this is going to be. JD: Sarkisian blew the game. Kessler could have torched that defense and vaulted himself into the Heisman conversation with a ruthlessly efficient 42-for-50, 450 yard and 6 TD game. As it is he completed close to 75 percent of his passes for three TD’s and 300 yards playing with a proverbial hand tied behind his back for three and a half quarters.The Trojans were absolutely torched on defense, surrendering the most rushing yards in a single game in more than 26 years. Where did the defense falter specifically for the Trojans?AK: First, I must say that BC quarterback Tyler Murphy was on another level on Saturday. Some of the best defenses in the country might not have been able to stop him — he was that fast. I also think BC just drew up a great gameplan. They were consistently able to get outside on us, which sophomore safety Su’a Cravens chalked up to miscommunication on the defense. Again, I don’t quite understand how the team didn’t fix that issue at halftime, but what do I know about reading an offensive scheme on defense? WH: I never expected this to be a low-scoring game. Most teams struggle with the read-option, especially when they face it for the first time. If someone had told me before the game that the Eagles’ would score between 20 and 30 points and that Murphy would pick up over 100 yards on the ground, I would’ve been disappointed, but not surprised.The basic goal of a spread offense amounts to a two-step process: First, spread the defense out with screen passes and read-option/sweep runs, and secondly, exploit the holes in the middle of the newly stretched out defense with inside runs and deeper passes.That’s how Oregon has pummeled USC — and most of the country — in the past few years. The funny thing about this game, however, was that BC never had to get past step one. Murphy and his backs ran horizontally to stretch out the Trojan defense, and then just ran right around that defense when it couldn’t contain anyone. It was just a game of “beat me to the edge” that Murphy won literally every time. LH: I think the loss is more indicative of problems to come than significant in and of itself. It’s out of conference so USC could still finish the year undefeated and guarantee a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. If the Trojans could beat an unbeaten Oregon team in that game along with wins at Notre Dame and UCLA along the way, I would be shocked if the team didn’t make the four-team national championship playoff. But that scenario looks particularly unlikely after this week. No one besides Oregon has really impressed me in the conference so far, so I wouldn’t be surprised if USC still won the South division, but that’s totally up in the air. Even if USC got there, it looks like the Ducks would run all over the USC defense in a potential Pac-12 title game. The most interesting stat of the night I think is that USC won the turnover margin — the Trojan defense forced one interception but the Trojan offense had neither a fumble or a pick — and still lost. This wasn’t some fluke performance; USC straight up got outplayed by a team that I didn’t think belonged on the same field.last_img read more

Less Glamorous Role for Lewandowski as Poland Takes on Portugal

first_imgBut the Bayern Munich striker will be a key part of Poland’s efforts to defeat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in today’s quarterfinal clash in Marseille.After scoring 13 goals in the qualifying, Lewandowski’s statistics in his first four games in France make disappointing reading: no goals, two attempts on target, three attempts off target and three blocked attempts.His best chance in the opening minutes against Ukraine flew over the crossbar. Beyond a second chance in that game when he turned his defender and shot just wide, he was barely inside the penalty area.Against Switzerland in the last 16, he never looked like scoring.But asked whether the team was concerned about their captain’s failure to hit the target, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski said: “No, we’re not worried at all. You’ve got to say Robert does his job as well.”That job is a little different from the role he plays at Bayern Munich where he is surrounded by big names such as Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze and a culture of attacking football.For Poland, Lewandowski is the heartbeat of a team which, although full of energy and collective spirit, does not have a creative playmaker.It focuses on defending, and, apart from a wonder goal by Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, the defence has not been breached. Even the free-flowing world champions Germany never looked like scoring when the two sides met in the groups stages.As the leader, Lewandowski works for the team as a defensive number 10, rather than battling to get himself a goal. It is less glamorous but certainly effective.Against Northern Ireland and Germany in the group stages, he dropped off to collect the ball and defended from the front, tracking back and chasing down opposition midfielders. Against Switzerland, his harrying could be seen throughout.“Even in the first minute of the game against Switzerland, we created something from his pressure, that put them under a stressful situation,” Fabianski said.“That’s what he gives us. Even though we’re not creating as much as we would like for him.”Lewandowski’s labours have created more space for partner Arkadiusz Milik, whose crisp finish against Northern Ireland won the game, and for his former Dortmund club mate Jakub Blaszczykowski who has netted twice so far.“It’s a great responsibility. When I first put on the armband, I didn’t know that this small accessory could make such a big difference,” Lewandowski said.“You need to know how to cope with it. Not many people know how much commitment and effort is required, not just physical, but also mental.”Meanwhile, Portugal has been boosted by the return of Andre Gomes and Raphael Guerreiro to training ahead of their clash against Poland.The two players joined the main group in the morning session yesterday after sitting out two days of practice.Defender Guerreiro and midfielder Gomes started Portugal’s 1-0 extra time triumph over Croatia in the last 16 but sustained minor muscular problems.Ronaldo who is dreaming of landing an international trophy with Portugal is one goal shy of Michel Platini’s all-time record of nine at Euro finals. He produced two superb goals in the 3-3 group stage draw with Hungary.Portugal coach Fernando Santos is expected to have all his players available to face Poland today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram EURO 2016It is a measure of the importance of captain Robert Lewandowski to Poland that the striker is the first name coach Adam Nawalka writes on the team sheet despite his goal drought at Euro 2016.Most forwards who go more than 10 hours without scoring would be warming the bench and facing criticism from the media and fans.last_img read more

Jamaica contemplates clearing National Heroes

first_imgA debate on a Bill to absolve certain National Heroes and their supporters of criminal liability started in Parliament earlier this week. The legislation – the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, was piloted by Culture, Minister, Olivia  “Babsy” Grange.When passed, National Heroes – Sam Sharpe, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle, and Marcus Mosiah Garvey, as well as their supporters, sympathizers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, will be absolved of criminal liability arising from their participation in “acts of liberation with moral justification”.Redeem and restore dignity In her remarks, Grange said the objective is to redeem and restore the dignity and integrity of those who suffered much.“Our ancestors were of a pedigree that was not daunted by challenges, no matter how great they were or how seemingly unsurmountable the obstacles.They came to Jamaica shackled and belabored, but within their fertile minds dwelt the militant cultures they had fashioned back home in the various tribal forces of the (African) continent,” she stated.Duty of present generationShe added that it is the duty of the present generation of Jamaicans, who are inheritors of the new life resulting from the self-sacrifice of our ancestors, to take the bold step and correct the wrongs of the past, and restore the dignity and integrity of the cause for which the nation’s forefathers so willingly died.“This Bill gives new life to these, our heroes and unsung heroes, and seeks to redress the wrongs and set the captives free,” Grange stated.In his contribution, Opposition Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Ronald Thwaites, said the legislation would enable an engagement that is “appropriate and valid in law.”“When law is wrongly applied it must be corrected. There is a legal as well as a moral imperative to enact. We are the highest court in the land, and it is of great importance that we should do what we are doing,” he said.Debate on the Bill will continue at the next sitting of the House of Representatives.last_img read more

Four teams punch their ticket to state in Region 2 Science Olympiad

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Some of the brightest young minds on the sunrise side put their skills to the test this afternoon at the Region 2 Science Olympiad.Junior High (Division B) and High School (Division C) students competed in all different types of science challenges to try and punch a ticket to state. Whether it was water quality, meteorology, or circuit lab, the goal was to end up with the least amount of points possible.Region 2 Director Deb Hautau knows that the competition is fun, but it’s the experience and challenges that inspire students to further their knowledge.“The kids get skills here that are going to carry them through college,” said Hautau. “I have, running events for me, kids who had gone through the Science Olympiad program several years ago, which now they are coming back, and they are saying “this helped me so much,” with the careers they are choosing.”With a full day of competition in the books, the future scientists had some fun before the final results were tallied. In Division B St. Ignatius in Rogers City and C.O.A.C. Homeschoolers advanced. In Division C, Mackinaw City and Alpena High School earned a ticket to state. 10 schools competed in today’s regional.Competing Schools (in no particular order)Division B: C.O.A.C. Homeschoolers, Hillman Community Jr. High, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Tawas Area Jr. High, Thunder Bay Jr. HighDivision C: Alpena High School, Hillman Community Sr. High, Mackinaw City High, Oscoda High, Tawas HighAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, C.O.A.C Homeschoolers, Knowledge, Learning, Mackinaw City High School, Region 2, Science, Science Olympiad, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Sunrise SideContinue ReadingPrevious Annual pączki sale sells out in record timeNext Photo of the Day for Saturday, March 2last_img read more

Thousands of Floridians File Damage Claims from Hurricane Dorian

first_imgHundreds of South Floridians joined thousands of others across the state in filing insurance claims for damage from Hurricane Dorian, even though the storm did not make landfall here.According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, about 4,000 claims had been submitted statewide through September 16. Of that number, 908, or 23 percent, were filed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.Michael Peltier, spokesman of the state-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., says, “Most of the damage we are seeing is from downed limbs and that sort of thing. Generally speaking, if something [tree limb, fence, etc.] was already weak, it could sustain damage under Dorian conditions.”The information released by the state does not offer any details on the type or severity of the claims.Dorian remained about 100 miles offshore and brought wind gusts up to 41 mph through South Florida, and 44 mph around Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.Peltier explains that although sustained winds were lower along the coast when Dorian was near, a gust of wind is all it takes to break a tree limb over a house.More than half of the insurance claims filed – 2,288 of 3,961 – were for residential damage, while 156 were for commercial property damage.Another 1,500 were for miscellaneous coverage, which includes fire, marine, auto, aircraft, industrial, crop and surplus lines.last_img read more

The Bundesliga debates a salary limit for players

first_img“I am in favor,” he said this Sunday during the Doppelpass sports gathering on the German chain Sport1. Kind meditates installing a fund between all the clubs to prevent situations like the one that is hitting football right now. “You could accumulate enough capital over the years if we entered a sum x from television revenue. It would be carried out proportionally for each club, thus reducing the benefits of each one so that part of that money is wisely invested, “he explained. Of course, the priority is to finish the season as necessary to guarantee the remaining television income, crucial for the survival of most clubs. “Possible insolvencies would be horrifying”he stressed.The salary limit is not the only proposal of the boss of Hannover in this regard. He has been fighting the 50 + 1 law for some time, which regulates the power of investors in the Bundesliga. Given the circumstances, the regulations seem more debatable than ever. “I choose to have it collapsed. Clubs are companies. Things are clear”, nuanced. As for Hannover, Kind was also emphatic: “It is a question of the economy in general. How can we guarantee liquidity in the coming months? At the moment, it only gives us to be able to finish the season. Should it not be played later, we would have to subject our budgets to major changes. No club will be able to rescue its financial system, “he concluded. The coronavirus is shaking the ciminetos of the soccer world. The temporary suspension of matches causes a lack of income for football clubs and many already fear the worst. If the break in the leagues lengthens more than expected, there will be few teams that seriously endanger their existence. They and numerous employees, who, from one day to the next, would be left without a job. A series of footballers have already taken the first step and decided to donate part of their income to aid those most in need at the moment. But that will not suffice. More drastic measures will be needed to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. One of them is proposed by Martin Kind, CEO of Hannover 96; his idea is to impose a salary limit on players in the Bundesliga and create a solidarity fund.last_img read more