Those marvelous ancient Greeks. Thousands of years later, Christopher P. Jones uncorks even more of their allure, probing how mortals became demigods, and why these ancient heroes and heroines were idolized after death.
The Telegraph 12 October 2016Family First Comment: No slippery slope? In your dreams!The Dutch government intends to draft a law that would legalise assisted suicide for people who feel they have “completed life”, but are not necessarily terminally ill, it said on Wednesday.The Netherlands was the first country to legalise euthanasia, in 2002, but only for patients who were considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure.In a letter to parliament, the health and justice ministers said details remain to be worked out but that people who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for them”.The proposal is likely to provoke critics who say Dutch euthanasia practice has already expanded beyond the borders originally envisioned for it, with “unbearable suffering” not only applying to people with terminal diseases, but also to some with mental illnesses and dementia.The euthanasia policy has widespread backing in Dutch society, and cases have risen by double digits every year for more than a decade as more patients request it and more doctors are willing to carry it out. Euthanasia accounted for 5,516 deaths in the Netherlands in 2015, or 3.9 percent of all deaths nationwide.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/12/dutch-may-allow-assisted-suicide-for-those-who-feel-they-have-co/
Sharing is caring! 34 Views no discussions NewsPoliticsRegional From barefoot to PM…says Kamla in plea for more women’s education by: – March 15, 2011 Tweet Share Share Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told a gathering of Commonwealth parliamentarians and other dignitaries that she went from being a “barefooted little girl” to become Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Prime Minister after she discovered she could study her way out of poverty. “My own small story of village girl to Prime Minister is simply a demonstration of what can occur when even some opportunities and a better education are provided to girls and women,” she told a parliamentary conference at the House of Commons in London yesterday.The theme of the conference was “Educating Women, Transforming Society”. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the most transformative intervention that could be made in any society was to educate women. “So the educational disadvantage that so many Commonwealth women still experience is a real barrier to social and economic progress in all our countries,” she said. She pointed out the world should have achieved educational equality for women by 2006. However, she added, in primary education alone, there was still a five per cent gender gap which doubled to ten per cent in the worst areas of West Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa. Across the Commonwealth, Persad-Bissessar said, there were 16 million girls out of school.She added: “We are told that real equality will ‘nearly’ have been achieved by 2015. But being ‘nearly equal’ was not good enough in 2005, and it certainly is not good enough for 2015.” Persad-Bissessar called for collective action to make sure Commonwealth women got equal access to education. She added: “On the demand side, we need to overcome the discrimination that leads to boys getting priority access to education. This problem is more acute the higher up the educational ladder you go. “When resources are scarce, in some communities boys still get preference while girls may be expected to marry young or become carers. We need to incentivise school attendance for girls.“On the supply side, we need enough places for girls, with secure schools, proper water and sanitation. “In some countries primary school teachers are overwhelmingly women but in other places that is not the case and we need enough women teachers, especially in rural areas, and flexible education for girls with caring responsibilities.” She added: “We need to reform the curriculum and ensure that women have access to all subjects, including, at an early age and before the gender stereotypes have become set, access to science and sport.” She also recommended introduction of sound policies and programmes, early and continuing education and more concrete effort to stem the tide of boys’ under-achievement and early dropout rates.Persad-Bissessar said in politics in the Commonwealth, only Rwanda has achieved gender equality in Parliament. She added: “And out of 54 countries in the Commonwealth, only three have governments headed by women: Julia Gillard, of Australia, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, of Bangladesh, and myself. “The lack of a critical mass of women parliamentarians and heads of government is important and has huge implications for ensuring that legislation and policies are in place to promote the interests of women and men. “These are tested avenues for ensuring equal access to education for all that is designed to meet their needs. “There is a dire need to hear women’s voices where policies are made and resources allocated.”Source: Guardian Media News
Anand’s Pawar’s victory at the Scotland Open in Glasgow on Sunday was a testimony to his hard work and dedication.A slipped disc had forced him to sit out of the Badminton World Federation ( BWF) circuit for more than six months. What was even more impressive was that he did not drop a single game during the championship.His 21- 9, 21- 10 win over Ville Lang of Finland in the final meant that the 24- year- old Mumbaikar has won his first major title in more than a year.Anand said the win has come as a big boost.” It has come at the right time. Of late, my confidence was a bit low due to the fact that I could not do very well at the international level,” he told Mail Today. ” It was great winning last night. I have made it to the semi- finals of this tournament in 2007 where I lost to Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph. I didn’t expect to win so easily as Ville Lang is a quality player. I think my success was due to my consistency at net. What made me happier was that I won the tournament without dropping a game,” he said.Anand, who has trained under Danish great Morten Frost Hansen, said that he had suffered the slipped disc immediately after the Denmark Super Series in October last year. “I was training in the Aarhius Club (which is supervised by Morton) and fell awkwardly. At first I did not realise the damage, but an MRI scan revealed the slipped disc. I was extremely disappointed when I was told that I had to miss the circuit for at least six months,” he said.advertisementAnand, who was ranked 35 in the world then, had to relaunch his career from scratch. “Those initial months were very painful. It was the most testing period of my career as I had to start from the basics. Even a simple thing as reaching for a forehand shot was very painful,” he said.The fact that he could not play at the BWF circuit for nearly six months meant that his ranking dropped rapidly.From world No. 35 in October 2009, he slipped to No. 83 at the beginning of the year.” I could not hold a racquet at all during this time,” he said.On his return to the international circuit, disappointments were in store for him.He lost in the opening rounds of his first four tournaments.But slowly, things started to fall in place. It all started with a quarter- final showing at the Belgium Open in September.’ I reached the quarter- finals in Belgium before losing to the top seed Marc Zwiblier ( Germany).What made me happy was that I could at last manage to make it to that stage of a BWF event,” said Anand.He went one better at his next tournament – the Dutch Open – where he made it to the semi- finals, and he feels his triumph at the Scotland Open would do a world of good to his confidence.” I’m glad that I could go all the way this time and win the tournament. It’s important for me to keep training hard now and maintain the good form till the next tournament and I hope things can move forward from here.” Anand, who is currently employed with Air India, said he was grateful to the company for their support.” They ( Air India) have been very good to me. But then the fact remains that I do not have any other sponsor. I will have to sort out this problem ( sponsorship) sooner rather than later,” he said.
Crystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.