Telegraph (UK) 18 July 2012Watching sex scenes in Hollywood films can make children more promiscuous and sexually active from a younger age, a new study has suggested. Psychologists concluded that teenagers exposed to more sex on screen in popular films are likely to have sexual relations with more people and without using condoms. The study, based on nearly 700 popular films, found that watching love scenes could “fundamentally influence” a teenager’s personality. The researchers, from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, concluded youngsters were more prone to take risks in their future relationships. They also concluded that for every hour of exposure to sexual content on-screen, participants were more than five times more likely to lose their virginity within six years. “Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners,” said Dr Ross O’Hara, who led the study….The team, reporting in Psychological Science, studied 1228 children aged between 12 and 14 and then analysed their sexual behaviour six years later. Each teenager identified which popular films of differing classifications they had seen from a random list of 50. Six years later they were asked how old they were when they became sexually active, how many partners they had, how risky their sexual behaviour was and whether they used condoms. The findings provided a link between exposure to sex on screen and sexual behaviour. Participants also said they tried to mimic love scenes they had seen on screen in the real world.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9407978/Teenagers-can-be-corrupted-by-Hollywood-sex-scenes.html
NZ Herald 5 Dec 2012New Zealand’s tiny transgender community is celebrating a quiet change that allows people to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration. The change, which came into force on Friday without any public announcement, allows people to state their gender as male, female or “X” (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to change their birth certificates or citizenship records. “It’s amazing,” said Joey Macdonald, an Auckland mental health worker who changed the gender on his passport from female to “X” and who chairs the transgender support group GenderBridge. “It means that on this particular provision, New Zealand is leading the way and is one of the leading countries in terms of reducing barriers to having a national identity document for transpeople.” A Human Rights Commission report recommended in 2008 that people should have the right to change their gender on their passports and other documents.The law was changed in 2009 to allow changes from male to female or vice versa by a declaration from the Family Court, and a change from either gender to “X” by a statutory declaration. A Family Court declaration is still required for a male/female gender change on citizenship documents, but this policy is under review. A Passport Office spokesman said gender changes on passports could now be made purely by a statutory declaration stating a person’s preferred sex or gender identity and how long they have had that identity.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10852012
YORK, Pa. – Winters Performance Products has renewed the awards program benefitting Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers for a second season.The York, Pa., manufacturer again gives a complete quick change rear end to the national rookie of the year.Top five drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions receive $100 product certificates.All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Rob VanMil earned national rookie of the year honors last season and more than 50 drivers are already in the running for this year’s title. Deadline for submitting the rookie of the year application to IMCA is Aug. 1.“Rookie of the Year programs are very special because of the amount of new drivers we see in our Modified division each and every year,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “This year’s ROY will go home with a new Winters quick change rear end to compliment the rest of the accolades that go along with the title.”More information about the Winters Performance line is available by calling 717 764-9844 and at the www.wintersperformance.com website.
Pictured are Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Isabel Pearson, Brayden Hurelbrink and David Mahan, referee.Dillsboro, In. — Two local robotics teams will represent our area at the VEX IQ Challenge at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 9. Dillsboro Elementary School and Manchester Elementary School sixth grade robotics teams worked in alliance to score the most points out of the top 10 teams in the robotics league on February 19. Twenty-two teams from Dearborn and Ripley county schools competed in the league hosted by Aurora Elementary School during the months of January and February. The top ten teams in the league then competed for two spots to advance to state. Dillsboro and Manchester were first and second, respectively, in the league.The Dillsboro team consists of co-captains Brayden Hurelbrink and Isabel Pearson, Calvin Cowell, Sophie Henson, and Katie Hughes. Dillsboro’s team is coached by Katie Weinbender and Susan Thompson. The Manchester team consists of Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Jenna Hufford, Kymberly Kirkpatrick, Elle Rohr, Callie Davidson, Gracie Van Winkle, and Rune Rocklin. Manchester’s team is coached by Jodie Hopper.The league is part of the VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. This program provides open-ended robotics and research project challenges for elementary and middle school students that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.
RIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pace bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts believes a lack of proper planning by West Indies following their win in the opening Test at Southampton, led to their poor form in the remaining matches and their eventual series defeat to England.West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a four-wicket victory, but then collapsed to heavy defeats, losing the second Test by 113 runs and the third by 269 runs, to further extend their 32-year wait for a series win on English soil.“Considering the way they played in the first Test match, I think after that they didn’t sit down and plan for the remainder of the series,” Sir Andy told the Mason and Guest cricket radio show.“I think we went to England not to win the series but to defend the Wisden Trophy and it showed in the planning.”Pointing to the use of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel as an example, Sir Andy said the Trinidadian should have been better managed, considering he had just recovered from an ankle operation last December.Gabriel snatched a nine-wicket haul in the first Test, but appeared jaded and struggling with his fitness in the remaining games and picked up only two wickets.“One must remember that Shannon Gabriel last played cricket in September, October last year, and apart from that, he had an ankle operation which ruled him out of the original touring party,” the legendary Antiguan explained.Sponsored LinksGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsKaley Cuoco Down Sized Her Bikini (Photos)Healthy George“I thought after performing so well in the first Test, they should have left him out for the second Test because England would have to win consecutive matches to win the series.“But all of us could see how Shannon bowled in the second Test and then you continued with him again in the third Test match so we didn’t plan very well.”Hes continued: “They played literally the same team every game. I would have liked to see both Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder play together in a Test match. You have some young firepower and I think they should have used them in one of the Test matches.”Sir Andy also criticised the strategy by the West Indies seamers, contending they were too predictable and too often allowed the English batsmen to dictate matters.In fact, the 69-year-old said enough short balls were used against some batsmen who were clearly not comfortable with that length, and this again reflected the lack of strategic planning.“Ben Stokes is a fine all-rounder, but Ben Stokes [knew] exactly what balls he was getting. Ben Stokes was walking out of his crease to our medium-fast bowlers,” Sir Andy contended.“And if you check the last Test match when he got bowled by Kemar Roach, that [dismissal] came along because Kemar Roach bowled him a few short balls which he wasn’t getting in the previous Test matches so we have to look at how we’re planning.“Some of the worst techniques I seen to fast bowling is among the England opening pair [of Dom Sibley and Rory Burns], they’re not comfortable with short balls but we did not use enough short balls in this series.“I’m not saying to overdo it but you have to make them (batsmen) think. [You can’t allow batsmen to] just sit back and know what is coming at them.”
The first time Wisconsin football fans got to see redshirt freshman tailback Taiwan Deal in action was the team’s 2015 spring game, where the power runner impressed as he ran the ball 15 times for 76 yards.The buzz surrounding the running back was positive, but given that Deal was expected to run behind both junior Corey Clement and redshirt junior Dare Ogunbowale coming into this season, it was thought that would be the last time Deal would play a featured role in 2015.That expectation changed week one when Clement left the Badgers’ season opener against Alabama with a groin injury he suffered from in practice the week before. Ogunbowale wasn’t able to shoulder the load on his own, so Deal was called upon to make his UW debut sooner than he or anyone else expected.His performance was subpar, as the Wisconsin running game couldn’t get anything going against Alabama’s front seven and Deal finished with just 14 yards on six carries.But the takeaway for Deal was not the numbers he put up.Instead, he focused on the learning experience he gained after facing one of the nation’s most vaunted defenses.“Through practice, coaches always just say relax, come out confident and just build on your performances every week,” Deal said.And now, after week three of the regular season, Deal is running with more confidence and has instilled it in his coaches and companions that he – despite his freshman status – can help alleviate the depth issue in the backfield while UW’s lead man is sidelined.The biggest part of his game the redshirt freshman had to work on was his patience, according to head coach Paul Chryst.Through Deal’s first two games, he had a tendency to try and run through the tackles, rather than between them. As a result, he would get stuck at the line of scrimmage, unable to make a play.After the performance against Troy, where Deal ran for a career-high 84 yards on 16 carries, it’s clear to Chryst the running back is starting to put the pieces together.“He’s just starting to get it right,” Chryst said. “The good runners have a patience to them, and then let the play develop. It seemed like there was a little bit more patience with [Deal].”A key factor for Deal within the offense is the offensive line’s development, who, as a unit, has been dealing with an array of injuries as they look to continue to build on-field chemistry.Despite redshirt junior lineman Walker Williams being out with an ankle injury Saturday, the offensive line feels they put up their most solid performance of the season so far, and for sophomore lineman Hayden Biegel, the only way to keep improving is to continue doing your job.“As an offensive lineman, we just focus on our blocking assignments,” Biegel said. “We just try to do our jobs and that’s to give the backs the best look we can.”And when the offensive line does their job, it makes it easier for Deal to do his.“This week with the offensive line we had a little different scheme and we knew where to hit the holes and where they’d be,” Deal said. “So just sticking with the schemes, sticking with the plan was key.”Deal proved Saturday he can be more than a short yardage back, as just a week ago against Miami (Ohio), Deal was almost exclusively used in short yardage and goal line situations.Now, in gaining more experience as a runner and with the offensive line steadily improving, Deal showed he has the ability to be an any-down back and the Badgers will need him to continue to exert this kind of effort for at least one more week, as Clement is not expected to return until the team’s Big Ten opener against Iowa.But for now, Deal will continue to help carry the load out of the backfield with Clement serving as his advisor.“[Ogunbowale and I] are used to it in practice now, with he and I taking most of the reps,” Deal said. “Corey is on our side at all times telling us what we can do on this play or that play, but we will continue to take the load until he comes back.”And the more reps Deal takes, the more the tailback will continue to improve and move in the right direction.Saturday was a big step in that direction.“I feel like I got better today and I can continue to get better,” Deal said. “Moving forward, I just need to build on what I did today.”
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Opener Evin Lewis scored a century on the third One-Day International hundred as West Indies completed a whitewash of Ireland with a straightforward five-wicket victory in the third ODI on January 12.Chasing a revised target of 197 off 47 balls after rain intervened in their initial pursuit of 203, the Caribbean side encountered little issues as they coasted home at the Grenada National Stadium.Lewis, who was left stranded on 99 when West Indies won the opening game last Tuesday in Barbados, made amends with a superb 102 off 97 balls while fellow left-hander Nicholas Pooran finished unbeaten on 43 from 44 deliveries.Brandon King struck 38 off 43 balls as West Indies recovered from the cheap dismissals of Shai Hope (6) and Sunil Ambris (6) to complete their second series whitewash in the space of three months.Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh jr had earlier snatched four for 36 as Ireland once again failed to post a challenging total and were dismissed for 203 off the first ball of the final over. Speedster Oshane Thomas, a surprise inclusion after not being listed as part of the 14-man squad, finished with three for 41 while off-spinner Roston Chase showed his worth with two for 53 after missing the second ODI in Barbados on Thursday.Captain Andy Balbirnie top-scored with a polished 71 from 93 balls but he found little support, with only Andy McBrine (25 not out) and Kevin O’Brien (21) managing to get out of the 20s.Thomas removed both openers cheaply, Paul Stirling (5) edging a pull behind in the eighth over and James McCollum (20), in his first match of the series, taken at cover by Lewis. When William Porterfield missed a sweep at Chase and was lbw for 10 in the 18th over, Ireland were 51 for three and struggling to find momentum.Balbirnie, batting at number three, then propped up the innings, first by adding 37 for the fourth wicket with O’Brien and then in a 42-run sixth-wicket stand with Simi Singh (10).The right-hander struck six fours and a couple of sixes before finally perishing in the 38th over, becoming the second of Walsh’s wickets when he scooped an ordinary delivery to Chase at point.His departure left signalled the end of any serious Ireland resistance as the last five wickets tumbled for just 50 runs.In reply, the Windies lost Hope in the sixth over with the score on 29, hit plumb in front by seamer Barry McCarthy and leaving the subsequent review as much an exercise in desperation as it was futility.Ambris, in his first match of the series, edged a cut at off-spinner Simi Singh behind at the end of the ninth, giving Ireland their second wicket and hope of pulling off a surprise win.But Lewis quickly put such aspirations to rest with an innings decorated with half-dozen fours and five sixes. He reached his half-century off 41 balls in the 15th over before completing three figures off 96 balls in the 35th over by pulling fast bowler Craig Young to the mid-wicket boundary.Along the way, he posted 75 for the third wicket with King who counted four fours and a six, before adding a further 63 for the fourth wicket with Pooran who blasted five fours and a six.By the time Lewis holed out in the deep one delivery after reaching his hundred, West Indies needed just five for victory but they lost Romario Shepherd (1) before Pooran raised victory with a savage pull for four off McCarthy.
Facebook78Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Go Get It GalGo Get it Gal Founder, Taryn Kama, is one of a handful of women who will be honored at The University of Washington (UW) Women’s Center’s annual “Women of Courage:Braving New Horizons” Gala event to be held Nov. 3 in Seattle.The 2012 Gala will be at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and will honor women in Washington State who have made lasting contributions to the communities they serve by creating innovative ways to approach and solve social and political issues. The UW Women’s Center recognizes women who set precedents for civic engagement by braving new horizons and inspiring others to follow.Go Get it Gal, is an Olympia-based business, that provides women with resources, a supportive community, and outdoor opportunities in which they can challenge themselves and connect with other liked-minded people. The idea is that through these adventures and preparation, these experiences transform their lives. Go Get it Gal currently offers European cycling tours, learn to surf clinics, training rides and training plans.Olympia resident, Taryn Kama, launched the company in Jan. 2012. Go Get it Gal held the first cycling tour in the Alps in Aug. 2012 and held numerous training rides.“I am deeply honored to be recognized in this way and I am proud to represent Go Get it Gal and all women who dare to push themselves to the limits in the outdoors,” Kama said.For more information, go to:Go Get it Gal: http://www.gogetitgal.comUW Women Center: http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoGetItGals
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University’s Abbot Scholarships will now be available to graduates of any Catholic high school within the U.S. or its territories. Formerly, the full-tuition scholarships were available only to graduates of Catholic high schools within Washington.“The Abbot Scholarships are a great way for us to honor our mission and identity as a Catholic, Benedictine university. The inclusion of other Catholic high schools from outside of our local region reflects our growing national reputation,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., the University’s dean of enrollment said:“The Abbot Scholars enrich our campus with their unique experiences and expertise. The scholarship provides the University an opportunity to host some amazing students who might otherwise find cost a barrier to attending SMU. With 33% of the incoming freshmen coming from out of state, we felt this opportunity should be extended to students coming from further away as well.”The scholarships honor Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., Saint Martin’s first abbot and chancellor, who directed the school from its opening in 1895 until his death in 1928, and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., its current abbot and chancellor. They are awarded to seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in the U.S. or its territories who have shown one or more of Saint Martin’s four core values – faith, reason, service and community – in their lives. The scholarships are full-tuition, need-based awards, renewable for four years. Abbot Scholars live on campus and act as leaders within the Saint Martin’s community, providing service to the University through work with Saint Martin’s Admissions, Campus Ministry, Career Development and with faculty members of their choosing.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.