Lecture on society and abortion opens Respect Life Week

first_imgOn Monday in LaFortune Student Center, Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University delivered a lecture exploring the concept of women’s liberation in the context of abortion and the right to life movement. The lecture, titled “Women’s Liberation: Authentic Feminine Freedom in a post-Roe Era,” was the opening event for ND Right to Life’s annual Respect Life Week.As well as teaching family law, law and religion and property law, Alvaré writes articles about religious freedom and the First Amendment. She is also a chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum.During her talk, Alvaré examined common arguments by pro-choice advocates, which she claims have no evidence.“The arguments, the verbiage, the statements from interest groups and the legislature, they sound very much like the formulas coming out of the Supreme Court,” she said. “They’ve got this language, the Supreme Court opinion, that says, ‘This is what the Constitution says,’ and they tend to repeat them.”The first pro-choice argument Alvaré addressed was that abortion saves women’s lives. She said the rhetoric of life-saving has no “empirical evidence” to back it up, citing numbers from a pro-choice, non-government organization, the Guttmacher Institute.“Guttmacher acknowledges that over 90% of abortions women say are for social, personal, familial — not health — reasons,” she said. “Only 3 to 4% of all abortion patients list health as their primary reason.”Alvaré also challenged claims that late-term abortions are safer than childbirth, instead saying the leading cause for late-term abortions was unawareness of pregnancy.“The idea that abortion is primarily a matter of health, it just isn’t there,” she said.Alvaré said the numbers of medical complications from abortions are often incorrectly reported. One reason she highlighted is that further medical treatment is covered by hospitals, not the clinics themselves.“They do abortions. They don’t do the aftermath,” she said.Alvaré then shifted her focus to mental health and abortion. She said abortion does not alleviate stress associated with an unwanted pregnancy, contrary to the research of the American Psychological Association.“Those who perform [abortions] seem to have a drastic lack of curiosity about whether it hurts or helps women,” Alvaré said. “Shouldn’t everybody be interested in the question of the effects on women of a surgery performed 3,000 times a day?”Alvaré said the 1992 Supreme Court Case Casey vs. Planned Parenthood established a link between abortion and female empowerment, a claim which she says has no evidence.“There was absolutely no relationship that you could draw between women’s resort to abortion and their position in the educational and economic labor market,” Alvaré said. “You couldn’t even draw a graph of correlation, never mind causation.”Overall, Alvaré stressed the importance of understanding evidence in fierce political battlegrounds such as this one. She advised students and professors alike in the audience to check sources, check footnotes and always substantiate arguments with facts. Her parting advice: “Be the most educated person in the room on this topic.”Tags: Abortion, Pro-choice, Pro-life, Respect Life Weeklast_img read more

New restaurant developments in the works could create new destination spots in NEJC

first_imgWoodside Village will have two new restaurants at the end of the 47th Street corridor.A new restaurant boom appears to be sweeping over northeast Johnson County with much of the action about to be centered on the 47th Street corridor from Mission Road to Rainbow Blvd. But that is not the only place that will be adding new choices in the coming months.Along 47th Street, though, the movement could see several new restaurants opening in the coming years, which some developers predict could push even more interest in the area as a destination restaurant mecca. That follows the restaurant renaissance at Corinth Square and the Village Shops over the last few years and new restaurants coming on board along Mission’s Johnson Drive.The corner of 47th and Mission has already been popular with Oklahoma Joe’s (yes,we know that’s not the name anymore) on the northeast corner and the more recent addition of Taco Republic on the northwest corner. Just to the east of Oklahoma Joe’s and its not-infrequent lines out the door, the old Fairway North shopping center has been given a facelift by new owner Lane4 and already has one new restaurant client signed on: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken which could open by this fall.That’s not the end of the restaurant plans for the center – now called NorthWood – according to Hunter Harris of Lane4. A large space at the other end of the center from Gus’s has a 5,200 square foot space that could be one or two restaurants and they hope to backfill the Wheat State Pizza space with a possible new restaurant. That could mean up to four restaurants on the site.Down the street to the east, Lulu’s Asian Bistro already is operating in a remodeled car repair shop and construction has started on the first phase of Woodside Village which will have two new restaurants: one an Italian themed restaurant operated by Bread and Butter Concepts and a second unnamed operation that just received site plan approval.Add to those the southwest corner of 47th and Mission in Roeland Park where developer Tony Krsnich is working through approval to use the now empty lot for parking while he tries to land an original restaurant concept for the space.Both Krsnich and Harris are high on the corridor. Krsnich sees it as a possible destination area that would be the kind of place people head towards without first deciding which restaurant – like heading to the Plaza, Westport, Corinth or Mission Farms. “There is a lot of patient development going on that will have a positive impact (on the corridor),” Krsnich says. “Everything Lane4 does turns to gold in my opinion,” he says, and “what Blair Tanner is doing at Woodside” will anchor the street.“We’re all very high on the 47th and Mission corridor,” Harris says. With the new developments coming online, he sees the possibility that other under-utilized property will begin to be improved “adding even more life and vitality to this intersection and surrounding areas.”Krsnich sees even more substance to the redevelopment. A lot of young professionals are priced out of places like Prairie Village, he says, but they can move into Roeland Park. People care about the area and feel, he says, predicting more walkability to come to the area as part of the “new urbanism” to take root. “It’s a certainty there will be more growth,” he says. “This needs to be organic growth.” Krsnich has had plenty of offers from fast food places for the property, but says he wants to create something original on the corner if he can get time to do it from the city.Farther south, in Mission, four new restaurants will open this fall in the Cornerstone Commons development where Natural Grocers just opened its doors. Those include Pie Five Pizza, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Pepperjax Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Christie Development said they hope to have most of the restaurants open by November.The Johnson Drive development adds to The Bar, which opened at Johnson and Beverly late last year and a new Starbucks that is nearing completion on Johnson Drive.Along Johnson Drive in Mission, the two buildings that will house four new restaurants should be completed this fall.last_img read more

Studies Find ‘Easy’ Material May Not Be Easy to Learn

first_imgEDUCATION WEEK:Emerging research suggests that, contrary to what students may think, material that’s easy to understand is not always easy to learn—and working harder can help them hold on to what they’ve learned.It’s a typical school scenario: A student strolls into class on test day, telling classmates how he crammed the night before and certain he will ace the exam, only to be confounded by how little he actually remembers from hours of studying.Read the whole story: EDUCATION WEEK More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Emotionally supportive relationships linked to lower testosterone in men

first_imgLinkedIn Science and folklore alike have long suggested that high levels of testosterone can facilitate the sorts of attitudes and behavior that make for, well, a less than ideal male parent.It has long been known that among humans (and some other species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their female mates in raising and nurturing offspring often have lower testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. But two University of Notre Dame anthropologists are looking beyond the nuclear family for such effects.Not only spouses, but also other relatives, good friends, colleagues, neighbors and fellow church members can play a role, suggest Lee T. Gettler, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Notre Dame’s Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory, and Rahul C. Oka, Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology, in an article forthcoming in the journal Hormones and Behavior. Email Share on Twitter The new study focuses on a large, representative sample of aging U.S. men and the ways their testosterone varies when they have emotionally supportive relationships.“Compared to other U.S. men, fathers and married men often have lower testosterone,” Gettler said. “We think this helps them be more nurturing. We are the first to show that this also occurs with other social relationships. Our results show that when older men have emotionally supportive relationships with their siblings, friends, neighbors and coworkers, they also have lower testosterone.”According to Gettler, “We know that men and women with social support have much better health, overall, while testosterone affects risks for depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some cancers. We hope our findings, connecting these two areas, help stimulate new conversations about social support, biology and well-being.“Most of us have probably seen the TV commercials promoting testosterone as a remedy for symptoms of aging or ‘manopause.’ Our findings suggest that the social side effects of these testosterone supplements in older men should be carefully studied. While testosterone does go down with age, the potential social benefits that can accompany lower testosterone suggest it is not all doom and gloom.”center_img Share Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Developer’s view: Sir Stuart Lipton

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Guyana Foreign Minister issues call for support to small states affected by…

first_img You may be interested in… She urged the Region’s governments to assist either through funding or by providing the necessary human resource to aid the affected states. Meantime, here in Guyana, the Foreign Affairs Minister stated that deliberate efforts are being made to move towards renewable energy. “We have been putting things in place to deal with that, to mitigate climate change,” she assured. To date, the Government of Guyana has been aggressively pursuing its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This is aimed at building greater economic resilience by diversifying production and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, while actively trying to generate sources of renewable energy from sources such as hydro, solar, wind and biomass. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 10, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings, has issued a call for support to smaller states which have been affected by natural disasters and are finding difficulty in dealing with climate change related matters. Minister Cummings spoke with the Department of Public Information (DPI) following (the) Sixth Meeting of CARICOM and Cuban Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Guyana Government in Georgetown. “There are certain islands like Dominica for example, where matters (climate) are affecting them, and these are not man made really, so we need to support them,” Minister Cummings stated. Oct 7, 2020center_img Sep 29, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Oct 2, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Standard Motor Products Announces New President

first_imgNEW YORK – Standard Motor Products’ board of directors has appointed Eric Sills as president of the company. Sills, 46, is currently vice president global operations. Sills will now join the office of the chief executive, where he will serve together with Lawrence Sills, chairman and CEO; John Gethin, COO; and James Burke, vice president finance and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWilliam Turner, Standard Motor Products’ presiding independent director, said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Eric joined the company in 1991, and has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He is currently responsible for all manufacturing, distribution, engineering and supply chain management both in the U.S. and worldwide. Under Eric’s leadership, the company has increased manufacturing capacity, expanded production in low-cost areas, enhanced its global supply chain and successfully integrated eight acquisitions in the past three years. All these have played a major role in increasing the company’s profitability. In addition, during his 24 years with the company, Eric has acquired extensive knowledge of the customers and the industry.“In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for his current activities while becoming increasingly involved in sales, marketing and finance. Our board believes that Eric’s experience, expertise and proven leadership will make him an ideal candidate to help lead the company into the future.”Sills earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. He is the son of Lawrence Sills, Standard’s chairman and CEO.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Kisner And Bock Rock In Austin

first_imgI know it’s hard to believe, but in just one week we’ll be talking about how the azaleas are blooming, how Rory McIlroy can add the Career Grand Slam to his resumé, and the possibility of Tiger winning his 15th major victory. We’ll be talking about the incredible breathtaking beauty of Augusta National and we’ll be listening to the roars from the patrons as they cascade through the Georgia pines.Iced tea is the leading beverage consumed during Masters week, so it makes perfect sense to read the tea leaves from last week’s WGC–Dell Match Play Championship to identify who is most likely to add that elusive Green Jacket to their wardrobe.Let’s begin with the number one player in the world, Dustin Johnson. D.J. left Austin Country Club after losing two of his first three matches, not The Masters confidence boost he was seeking. Then, in my opinion, the two names most talked about, Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods, both took a step backward.After beating Rory in the sweet-16 round, Tiger scored some “major” points with me, and his chances for his 15th Major win were looking good, until he came up short on a clutch four-foot putt against the very talented but little known 27-year-old from Denmark who plays mostly on the European Tour, Lucas Bjerregaard. So, in my book, both Rory and Tiger left Austin with a minus on the confidence meter.Local Austin favorite and former University of Texas standout, Jordan Spieth, who has dominated at The Masters with a win, two runner ups, and a third place, is struggling with his game, and just appears to be lost right now. It’s imperative to have a hot putter on the tricky greens at Augusta and one of Spieth’s strengths has always been his ability to make 20 to 25-foot putts, but right now, a five-footer has Jordan shaking in his boots.At the end of 2018, his world ranking was #17 and as of today, it’s #32. Whether he admits it or not, he’s trending in the wrong direction. However, I’m looking for The Masters to turn his game around. I’m hoping that my tea leaf reading skills are lacking, otherwise it doesn’t look too good for some of the biggest names in the game to prevail down Magnolia Lane.Meanwhile, a big congratulations to the winner of the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play, Kevin Kisner, who has strong ties to the East End. His trusty caddie is East Hampton’s Duane Bock. It was quite a week for Duane, both high and low. The high obviously came from the win, but the low came from the passing of a good friend from ALS shortly before the start of the Match Play. Duane paid tribute to his good friend by having his initials on his hat all week.Kevin refers to himself as a grinder. “Grinder” in the dictionary is described as an athlete who succeeds through hard work rather than exceptional ability, however, to beat 63 of the world’s top golfers takes exceptional ability, and it was certainly on display in Austin. This victory for Kisner was number three on PGA Tour and by far the biggest of his career. One thing that makes this victory so amazing is that Kevin finished second a year ago in the same event on the same course, Austin Country Club, and he was determined to finish one better this year, and he did.When Kevin graduated from Georgia, his goal was to play on the PGA Tour. His Dad gave him $16,000 to chase his dream and to get his career started on the mini-tours, and he is very proud of the fact that he never had to ask for more. He made money in his first two events and won his third tournament. He certainly had his ups and downs since then, graduating to the Web.com Tour and then the PGA Tour, and now he is a World Golf Champion.The $16,000 investment proved to be a good one. Winning the Dell Match Play, Kevin earned a whopping $1,745,000 and I’m pretty sure Duane will enjoy the traditional 10-percent payday.The next mountain left to climb for Kevin is a major championship. Kisner said he felt comfortable at Austin Country Club and I’m sure he will feel just as comfortable at Augusta, just a 45-minute drive from his home in Aiken. By the way, I’m on a pretty good roll predicting winners so far this year. Before The Players started, I predicted Rory would come out on top, and he did. On Friday of Match Play week, I predicted Kevin Kisner would come out on top, and he did. Now the question is . . . who do I pick for The Masters? You’ll find that out next week.bobthevoiceofgolf@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

Air Products sees signs of improvement

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Gasification technology will evolve to meet demand

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