The ‘freier’ and the coronavirus
When America’s founding fathers set up the new nation, they stated that the continuing success of a nation founded on the principles of democracy was dependent on the religious ideals and moral habituation of its citizens. They did not mean any specific religious belief or doctrine, but rather on the continuous efforts of its citizens to support one another, deliver voluntary aid to the less fortunate, while relying on an ingrained self-discipline to keep passions and self-interest in check. They recognized that the gossamer web of mutual responsibility and self-control interconnecting every c...
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In the name of their fathers
BEING the sons of business icons and popular personalities is not always easy. And life does not come with an instruction book on how to successfully follow the footsteps of your father. However, Vincent del Rosario and Federico Moreno have certainly picked up priceless gems from their respective dads.I first met Vincent in school. Despite the fact that his father Vic owned what was then the fastest-rising film production outfit, Vincent was pleasant, smart, unassuming and grounded as a schoolmate. We would meet again many years later—he already holding office at Viva Productions, while I was ...
Nigeria @ 60: Our leaders have failed the founding fathers
To fight against untruth and falsehood, to fight for our memory; for our memory of what things were like – that is the task of the artist. A people who no longer remembers has lost its history and its soul.– Alekzander Solzhentsyn’With trillions of revenue in Naira, mostly from crude oil sales, agricultural exports, solid minerals, sundry taxes including Value Added Tax (VAT), from the ‘60s till date, it is a crying shame that Nigeria is currently the world capital of extreme poverty! And that it still parades some of the most disturbing and dismal figures in the Human Development Index (HDI) ...
Modern ushpizin in my sukkah
Hosting guests is central to the Sukkot holiday that begins this weekend. Alas, coronavirus cramps such hosting in this abnormal year, leaving us only with virtual guests.According to kabbalistic lore, the Biblical founding fathers – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and King David – virtually grace our sukkot with their spiritual legacies on each of the holiday’s seven days, one VIP at a time. These are known as the “ushpizin” (Aramaic for metaphoric guests).In addition to these ageless ushpizin, here are seven sets of modern-day ushpizin that I would love to host in my sukkah – to ...
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Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...
THREE weeks ago, I became a father and I think I speak for all first-time fathers when I say that the experience and feeling is surreal.Your priorities and perspective changes. Your view of life and the world changes. You now enter a world and a life of worry and paranoia but an eternity of joy and happiness.In sports, a lot of successful fathers have advised, guided, taught and mentored their sons and daughters into whether intentionally or unintentionally, follow in their footsteps.First that comes to my mind is former National Basketball Association (NBA) sharpshooter Dell Curry and his fam...
No lessening of relevance for OPEC
On September 14, 1960, the five founding fathers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) - Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo of Venezuela; Abdullah Al-Tariki of Saudi Arabia; Dr Tala’at al-Shaibani of Iraq; Dr. Fuad Rouhani of Iran; and Ahmed Sayed Omar of Kuwait - gathered in the Al-Shaab Hall in Baghdad.The ‘Baghdad Conference’ saw these five visionaries put up the premise of cooperation and with the need to write their own story. Pérez Alfonzo said after the meeting and the creation of OPEC: “We are now united. We are making history.”It is a story that encapsulates a family o...
Parental leave skews against fathers among Fortune 500 firms [Study]
MUNCIE, Indiana – Parental leave policies among the of majority Fortune 500 companies are gender-biased, providing women with more parental leave than their male counterparts, and these policies likely impede gender equality in hiring and promotions, says a new study from Ball State University.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and morePaid Parental Leave Policies“Gendered Parental Leave Policies among Fortune 500 Companies” finds that 72% of Fortune 500 companies have paid parental leave policies but fathers are often considered secondary caregivers. Half of all paid parental leave polic...
Migrant mothers, kids refuse to leave German rescue ship
Rome (AFP) - Two migrant mothers and their two children on board the German rescue ship Sea-Eye have refused to leave without their fathers, Italian officials and the NGO said Friday."The women and children refuse to leave the ship. We can only wish them a good trip towards Berlin," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement.On Wednesday, the German-flagged ship rescued 64 people from an inflatable raft after efforts to contact the Libyan coastguard failed.It headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa and on Friday an agreement was reached under which two children aboard, aged one an...
Judge rules boy born to American, Israeli fathers is US citizen
Los Angeles (AFP) - A twin boy born to a gay couple -- with one Israeli and one American father -- should have been granted birthright US citizenship, a federal judge in California has ruled.The US State Department denied two-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks citizenship because he was biologically related to his Israeli father Elad Dvash-Banks -- but not his American father, Andrew Dvash-Banks.Ethan and his twin brother Aiden were born in Canada in 2016 to a surrogate mother who carried two embryos -- with their fathers providing sperm for one embryo each.As a result, only Aiden was granted citizens...