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Divorce is more harmful to kids’ education when parents are statistically unlikely to split, study finds

first_imgShare New research suggests that the effect of divorce is greatest among more advantaged children. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, found that children whose schooling is most affected are those whose parents’ are not statistically likely to divorce.Previous research has indicated that children whose parents divorce are less likely to complete high school and to attend and complete college. However, the researchers wanted to examine whether the impact of divorce would be worse for children in families that expect marital stability and are unprepared for disruption.“We are generally interested in the impact of disruptive events on children, and whether such events are more or less disruptive for some individuals. If some families anticipate disruption and disadvantage, we questioned how disruptive any particular event may be for those individuals,” explained study author Jennie E. Brand, a professor of sociology and statistics at UCLA. Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Email For their study, the researchers examined data on the family and socioeconomic backgrounds of 11,512 children and 4,931 mothers from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and the National Longitudinal Survey Child Mother File, a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics program that began in 1979 and has continued to follow respondents ever since.Mothers who were most likely to get divorced were women who themselves grew up in single-parent families, who had inflexible work hours, who had depressive symptoms, and who had low self-esteem. High levels of education and household income, on the other hand, generally reduced the odds of divorce.Children in families with a low likelihood of divorce tended to have higher rates of educational attainment overall. But their educational attainment was significantly impacted by divorce.“Parental divorce may trigger an acute sense of deprivation among these relatively advantaged children, whose peers tend to be likewise advantaged and for whom family instability is uncommon and comes as a shock,” the researchers wrote in their study.Among children families with a high likelihood of divorce, on the other hand, there was virtually no impact on their likelihood to graduate from high school or college if their parents’ marriage ended.“First, we argue that while parental divorce is generally associated with unfavorable outcomes for children, it does not follow that every divorce is equally bad for the children it affected. In fact, we find no effect for children who are likely to experience a parental divorce,” Brand told PsyPost. “We also contend that social discourse and policy aimed at promoting marital stability among disadvantaged families, for whom unfortunate events are common, is misguided.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations. Many factors contribute to divorce and it is difficult for researchers to account for all of them.“The families for whom we observe significant effects of parental divorce on children’s education may be a more selective group. In other words, these families may have had some factors that we do not observe impact both whether or not they divorce and children’s education. If so, we may overstate the impact of divorce for those children,” Brand said.The study, “Parental divorce is not uniformly disruptive to children’s educational attainment“, was authored by Jennie E. Brand, Ravaris Moore, Xi Song, and Yu Xie.last_img read more

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FY14 Work Plan: USD 15 M for Oregon’s Dredging Projects

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released its Fiscal Year 2014 work plans for the Army Civil Works program. The Operation and Maintenance Plan includes nearly $15 million for maintenance dredging of the federal navigation channels used by Oregon’s small coastal ports.The plan also includes $1.2 million to dredge the Skipanon Channel, Ore., and $1.8 million to dredge the Chinook channel and Baker Bay, Wash.“This is welcome news for the Portland District,” said Lt. Col. Glenn O. Pratt, Portland District Commander. “The FY14 maintenance dredging work plan allows us to accomplish the Corps’ critical life and safety dredging mission to maintain Oregon’s coastal navigation channels.”The Portland District has worked with small ports along the Oregon coast for decades, dredging navigation channels, clearing the way for commercial fishermen and recreational mariners traveling between their harbors and the Pacific Ocean. The constrained budget environment over the past several years left many Corps navigation projects, including Oregon’s coastal ports, without federal funding.On Sept. 17, 2013, Pratt, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Oregon Sen. Jeff Kruse signed a Declaration of Cooperation, publicly committing to work together to maintain safe, reliable navigation channels along Oregon’s coast. The Corps will continue to work with the state to utilize both federal and state funds as appropriate to accomplish the maintenance dredging required to support coastal communities.The Portland District will continue to seek appropriated funds to maintain Oregon’s low commercial use harbors.[mappress]Press Release, April 1, 2014last_img read more

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EMGS Q1 vessel utilisation rises to 66%

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices ASA has provided the summary of vessel activity and utilisation for the first quarter of 2014. EMGS defines “vessel utilisation” as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition.Vessel utilisation for the first quarter 2014 came in at 66% compared with 63% for the first quarter 2013.In the first quarter this year, the Company’s vessels were allocated 56% to contract and 10% to multi-client programmes, whereas the allocation was 29% and 34% respectively in the corresponding quarter last year.EMGS recorded 10.7 vessel months this quarter, compared with 10.0 in the first quarter of 2013. The vessel EM Leader was chartered from 8 February 2014 and thus contributes with 1.7 vessel months this quarter.Vessel activityThe BOA Thalassa started the year waiting for environmental permits for a $5 million survey in Australia. The survey started on 25 January and was completed on 2 February. The vessel transited to Morocco and started a new survey worth approximately $8.3 million on 12 March. The survey in Morocco is expected to be completed mid-April, after which the vessel will go to Norway. The vessel’s utilisation for the first quarter was 27%.The BOA Galatea spent the entire first quarter acquiring 3D EM data on the $99.8 million contract with PEMEX. The vessel’s utilisation came in at 91% for this quarter.The Atlantic Guardian completed its work on the PEMEX contract on 22 March. The vessel then headed to Norway and is expected to commence on the newly announced contract for North Energy in mid-April. The vessel’s utilisation for the first quarter was 83%.The EM Leader was chartered from 8 February, when the vessel started its transit from Las Palmas on the Canary Islands to the southern US Gulf of Mexico. The vessel commenced the multi-client campaign, called Daybreak, on 22 February. The campaign, which has a planned duration of approximately 3 months, is the first phase in a planned multiphase program in the Alaminos Canyon and southern US Gulf of Mexico. The EM Leader had a utilization of 63%.Multi-client revenues in the first quarterDuring the first quarter, the Company has announced $12.1 million in multi-client late sales from the agreement with North Energy. Of this, $1.2 million was booked in the fourth quarter. The Company expects to record approximately $15 million in multi-client revenues for the first quarter. This is net of the contribution to TGS related to the cooperation between the two companies in the Barents Sea, the contribution from the multi-client late sales to OMV in December and some pre-funding related to the multi-client campaign in the US Gulf of Mexico.EMGS will publish its first quarter 2014 financial results on Thursday 8 May 2014 at 07:30 CET. A presentation will be held at Hotel Continental in Oslo, Norway, and will be broadcasted live over the Internet, starting at 08:30 CET.[mappress]Press Release, April 07, 2014last_img read more

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Collett adds Enerpac lifting system

first_imgThe JS-125 has a lifting height between 6-20 m, with each tower capable of lifting up to 125 tonnes. Loads are raised using the sliding and stacking barrels that form the lifting towers.By stacking the lifting barrels together to mechanically hold the load, each unit’s lifting and lowering operations occur simultaneously, maintaining the balance of the load, said Collett, which added that the JS-125 is ideal for more restricted operating environments.Collett said: “The addition of the JS-125 to our already diverse heavy lift equipment provides our customers with an adaptive heavy lifting solution required to manoeuvre, position, extract and relocate a variety of cargoes, ideal for the power generation industry and oil and gas related installations.”collett.co.ukwww.enerpac.comlast_img read more

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Peers back bill to make pre-nups binding

first_imgPeers have given their backing to a law making it easier for divorcing couples to resolve financial issues and make pre-nuptial agreements binding.
 The Divorce (Financial Provisions) Bill, introduced by Lady Deech in February, received its second reading in the Lords on Friday.It amends the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 with a provision to make pre- and post-nuptial agreements binding.The bill would also share the net value of matrimonial property equally between the parties and limit to three years the length of maintenance payments.Deech (pictured) said the area ‘desperately needs public and parliamentary input’ as the law has been developed by judges creating ‘uncertainty in application’.It will, she said, reintroduce ‘transparency, democracy and understandability’ to the law when marriages end.Deech said the removal of legal aid for most family cases makes the bill ‘urgent’, as ‘hundreds of thousands’ of litigants in person are turning up at court with no clear law to guide them.‘Divorce itself is not much more than an administrative process, over quite swiftly, but the division of property and assets between spouses is often contentious, drawn out and expensive,’ she said.She said the leading judgments in the field arise from ‘big money’ cases that are not necessarily helpful for low-income families.Under her bill, Deech said there ought to be ‘far less need for lawyers’, at least until the point of court appearance, and far fewer court hearings.‘It has the potential to save millions in litigation costs, whether met privately or by the state. It will give a sensible basis for starting mediation and negotiation. It will restore some dignity, certainty, economy and clarity to family law,’ she said.Peers including the former lord chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the former deputy president of the Supreme Court, Lord Hope of Craighead, and broadcaster Lady Bakewell spoke in support of the bill.High-profile divorce lawyer Lady Shackleton also gave her support, stating that the law is ‘overdue for review’ because it relies too heavily on discretion. ‘This creates uncertainty; and uncertainty creates litigation,’ said Shackleton.Former justice minister Lord McNally gave ‘qualified’ support to the bill, but said the government is currently considering its response to the Law Commission’s proposals in this area.Justice minister Lord Faulks expressed concerns on behalf of the government with some aspects of the bill.The current law on financial provision on divorce, he said, provides a number of important safeguards. Section 25 of the MCA states that the first consideration is the welfare of any child of the family. This section would be repealed by Deech’s bill.Faulks said the bill may therefore weaken the protection given to children when their parents divorce.He said the provision to divide property equally may be ‘potentially unfair and could cause hardship’, particularly for poorer families with children and the three-year limit for maintenance may also cause hardship and be ‘inappropriate for many couples’.The bill will now be considered by the committee of the whole house.last_img read more

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Fixed fees popular among lawyers’ clients

first_imgThree-quarters of lawyers believe they deliver ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ value for money – but fewer that one-third of their clients agree, according to research published today.LexisNexis’s mini bellwether report states that lawyers, under immense pressure to lower their fees, tend to equate value with price. ‘Having done so, they now feel they are offering their clients excellent value,’ the report says. ‘Clients, on the other hand, felt those fees were too high to begin with.’More than four in 10 lawyers regard fixed fees as an opportunity, the report says. However, less than a quarter have made the shift from hourly billing. LexisNexis found fixed fees help to cement a better client relationship from the start by putting clients at ease, translating into more word-of-mouth referrals.Nearly seven in 10 clients on fixed fees said they would ‘wholeheartedly’ recommend their lawyer, compared with 45% of those on hourly fees.last_img read more

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Uganda and South Sudan agree to redraw their border

first_imgUganda says a team of surveyors is already at the disputed border area. The two neighbors have agreed to follow maps dating back to the 1920s – when Britain was colonial master.South Sudan says it will accept the results from the survey“The commission will determine the legitimacy of this issue, if its determined that this portion of the land belongs to Uganda, the people of South Sudan have no problem with that.” Samuel Laute, South Sudan AmbassadorRecent clashes between border communities have led to injuries, the loss of property and displacement. Uganda’s foreign ministry says the demarcation will take place where there’s been trouble.“Our concern here is we wanted the relationship, the consistency, the staying of the people together, the crossing of one person from one side of the border to the other should not be a problem. So the border should not be an issue, these are colonial boundaries that in the African context, we should not actually have these kinds of boundaries…” Samuel Laute, South Sudan AmbassadorSouth Sudan is a longtime political ally of Uganda The neighbors are also major trading partners. So it’s in both their interests to reach a settlement.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe to meet Vatican envoy over Catholic bishops’ criticism

first_imgZimbabwe summons UK envoy over Sibusiso Moyo assault Zimbabwe government, unions set to meet for talks to avert strike ZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITIONcenter_img Zimbabwean Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi is congratulated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo Zimbabwean Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi is congratulated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File PhotoZimbabwe’s government on Wednesday said it had sought a meeting with the Vatican representative to understand whether Catholic bishops who accused it of human rights abuses and cracking down on critics were speaking on behalf of the Holy See.Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi described a pastoral letter written by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference last weekend as “inappropriately prescriptive and grossly disrespectful”.The bishops’ strongly worded letter said the country had a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses.Inflation running at more than 800% is the clearest sign of the worst economic crisis in over a decade and has evoked memories of hyperinflation under former president Robert Mugabe, whose 37-year rule was ended by an army coup in 2017.Ziyambi said Harare authorities took offense to the bishop’s description of the government, headed by Mugabe’s replacement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as lacking the knowledge, skill, or emotional stability to resolve Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems.“The statement constitutes an outright insult on the person of President E.D. Mnangagwa and his entire government, and is couched in language decidedly unbecoming of an institution such as the Catholic Church,” said Ziyambi.“Government is compelled to engage the Vatican in order to ascertain whether or not such statements reflect the official attitude of the Holy See towards Zimbabwe’s leadership or whether these are merely the views of the various individuals concerned.”Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo would meet the local Vatican representative, said Ziyambi.Relatedlast_img read more

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Venezuela negotiating purchase of gas station in Dominica

first_imgEnergy Minister, Reginald AustrieEnergy Minister Reginald Austrie has announced that plans are afoot for Venezuela to purchase a local petrol filling station. Mr Austrie told the Talking Point program on DBS Radio on Thursday, 29th August that negotiations are ongoing between Venezuela and West Indies Oil for a possible buyout.“There have been negotiations between Venezuela and West Indies Oil…in terms of a buyout of West Indies Oil”.“Now, if that was to happen then clearly the West Indies Oil station would be part of that arrangement and so we can treat with that differently but is something that we have talked about,” he said. He said if a PetroCaribe filling station is to be constructed there are a number of other equations and variables that have to be considered before a decision like that can be taken. “We would rather utilize what already exists on island, so we would not have too much displacement in terms of jobs and management and so on,” he noted. Mr Austrie also refuted statements by some members of the public that the government of Dominica is responsible for the high cost of fuel on the island. A gallon of gasoline is currently $15.78. He informed that the price of gas is internationally set and the global economic crisis has forced international authorities to remove some of the fuel subsidies which are now being reflected in the high cost of fuel. However, because of the PetroCaribe agreement, his government promised to eliminate “a number of middle men”.“So we were coming directly from the producer to us the government of Dominica which is in fact the consumer, so we would be removing a lot of the charges that’s between Venezuela and Dominica. If we remove those prices we would offer the product at a cheaper rate than it would normally be, that’s what we said,” Mr Austrie noted. The Minister further claimed that had it not been for PetroCaribe, Dominicans would be charged more for electricity. “DOMLEC has been purchasing our diesel for about five years and we are getting ready to enter into a new contract”.Dominica Vibes News 91 Views   3 comments Sharing is caring! LocalNews Venezuela negotiating purchase of gas station in Dominica by: – August 30, 2013 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Roseau South MP still in the race

first_img Sharing is caring! 51 Views   2 comments Share Share LocalNews Roseau South MP still in the race by: – September 27, 2013center_img Share Tweet Roseau South MP, Ambrose George (file photo)Member of Parliament for the Roseau South Constituency, Ambrose George has confirmed that he will contest the next general elections for the Dominica Labour Party.Mr George, who addressed a town hall meeting in Loubiere on Thursday evening, announced to his constituents that he will continue to run, despite rumors that he will not. “I can say to you also that as the Parliamentary representative, I will be contesting, on your behalf, the next general elections”.“The people on the other side are going around saying that Ambrose George is not running again. Ambrose George will continue to run as long as the Almighty God gives me the strength, and the life and the energy,” he said.He told the constituents that they can rest assured that he is “prepared and willing” to continue to give them the “representation that I have been giving over the past thirteen years”.UWP sign age in LoubiereHe noted that he has “a lot more work to undertake” to satisfy “myself that I’ve done my fair share in terms of providing for the residents and my constituents in the Roseau South Constituency”.Nonetheless, Mr George expressed confidence that the Dominica Labour Party “is well-positioned to win the next elections”.He is equally confident that he will win his seat “because I know my constituents and I know I have your support”.“So despite all the machinations that you see happening; the blue paint and the blue flags trying to intimidate you, do not let that bother you,” he advised his constituents. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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