Categories: VanderWall News 10May Rep. VanderWall announces May coffee hours State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for May coffee hours.“I have held coffee hours every month since being elected so I can keep the community informed and answer any questions they may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, May 149 to 10 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;11 a.m. to noon in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;2 to 3 p.m. at Suttons Bay Bingham District Library, 416 Front St. in Suttons Bay; and6 to 7 p.m. at Frankfort City Hall, 412 Main St. in Frankfort. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or [email protected]
Earagail Arts Festival is delighted to present ‘I Do’ in association with Clonmel Junction Festival and Dante or Die. Don your button-hole, down a glass of bubbly and join Dante or Die’s eleven-strong cast to voyeuristically peek into the lives of a wedding party ten minutes before the ceremony.‘I Do’ is a unique theatre experience that lets members of the audience become a fly on the wall in the build up to a wedding. Divided into six groups, the audience will discover the twists and turns in the plot in a different order, seeing the same ten minutes replayed in each of the rooms, and experiencing that moment in time from each character’s point of view.The best man is practicing his speech.The bridesmaids are squeezing the bride into her dress. Mum and Dad are seeing each other for the first time in years.Grandma is struggling to dress her husband whilst the bride’s brother is getting frisky with the maid of honour. Meanwhile, the groom is frozen.Paul Brown, Festival Director says, “‘I Do’ is one of the highlights of our programme and we’re delighted that The Clanree Hotel is hosting this show.“With six rooms in the same hotel and six interlinked stories, some sad, some funny and some shocking, who knows what you might discover.’‘I Do’ takes place in The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny from Tuesday, 15th to Friday 18th July with two shows per evening at 6.30pm and 8.45pm. Tickets cost €15 / €12.A pre-theatre dinner is available in the Clanree’s Aileach Restaurant with three courses for €25.00 per person from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Book your place today by calling hotel reception on 074 9124369.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie.Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County CouncilENJOY A UNIQUE THEATRE EXPERIENCE AS EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL SAYS ‘I DO’ was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
Source:https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2018/study-suggests-shifts-in-afghan-attitudes-towards-increased-education-and-delayed-marriage.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 19 2018In Afghanistan’s most underdeveloped regions, attitudes towards education and child marriage appear to have changed significantly since the overthrow of the Taliban government in 2002, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The study, published online November 22 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, included interviews with nearly 1,400 Afghans aged 12-15 and their parents, in relatively poor rural districts of the country. The responses indicated that in just one generation, getting married and leaving school in childhood have become much less favored options. Virtually all of the adolescent respondents were unmarried, and about 75 percent were still in school–in contrast to their parents, who commonly married in their mid-teens and usually had no formal education.”This study was conducted in some of the most educationally and socially disadvantaged provinces in Afghanistan, and yet we found that there have been remarkably positive shifts in attitudes among boys and girls and their parents,” says study senior author Robert Blum, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.At the time of the Taliban’s defeat in 2002, early marriage and minimal formal education were the norms in rural Afghanistan. The United Nations Development Program estimated a mean educational attainment of just 6.5 years of school. Girls in particular were discouraged from pursuing much formal education, and frequently ended their brief education by getting married.The fall of the Taliban allowed modern, liberalizing influences into Afghanistan, from television and the internet to global nongovernmental organizations. Blum and colleagues undertook the study to get a better picture of how cultural attitudes have been reshaped in the least developed parts of the country, particularly with regard to education and child marriage. For the study, surveys were conducted by a team of experienced Afghan social researchers in Kandahar and five other rural provinces–some of which still simmer with Taliban insurgent activity; insurgents in Badghis province twice tried unsuccessfully to capture the research team.The final sample used for analysis included 910 Afghans aged 12-15 and 454 parents. The findings generally suggested that a liberalizing shift has been underway. Most boys and girls indicated that they consider education valuable, not just for themselves but also for the opposite sex. The parents, though they mostly had no formal education themselves (66 percent of the men, 93 percent of the women), were also virtually unanimous in indicating that they expect their children–both boys and girls–to at least complete high school.Related StoriesMaking Bacterial Infections a Thing of the Past for Chronic Respiratory ConditionsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaPittcon is looking for short course instructors for 2020As for child marriage, about 38 percent of parents indicated that daughters should postpone marriage until after high school, while about 32 percent replied that they would be supportive of earlier marriage. Fathers were more likely to advocate postponement (51 percent) than mothers (28 percent). These current parental attitudes appeared to indicate a shift from the time when the parents were teens themselves–their average age at marriage was just 16 for the women and 20 for the men.Among the young people interviewed, only six in the entire sample–all girls–were already married, and there seemed to be widespread awareness of the drawbacks of early marriage, including the limiting of future educational opportunities and increases in the risk of domestic violence for girls.”Behaviors tend to change more slowly than attitudes, but attitudes are the precursors of behavioral change and I think there is a lot here to inspire optimism,” Blum says.Somewhat less positive results were found in the conclusions of a second study examining attitudes towards interpersonal violence, which to some extent has long been embedded in Afghan culture. Based on the same interviews by the same research team, the study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health on October 25.Although large majorities of the interviewed adolescents and their parents indicated that violent behaviors were unacceptable when they were simply listed by the researchers, most did find them justifiable when specific circumstances were mentioned. About 71 percent of the adolescents considered it acceptable for a husband to hit his wife–if she went out without her husband, for example, or refused to have sex with him–though far fewer (48 percent) endorsed a wife’s hitting her husband.Here again, parents’ responses closely matched their children’s: About 68 percent found acceptable, for at least one scenario, a husband beating his wife, and most also accepted parents hitting sons or daughters (71 percent) and teachers beating students (58 percent). Curiously, wives were more likely than their husbands to find justification for wife-beating (75 percent vs. 59 percent), while husbands were more likely than wives to justify husband-beating (44 percent vs. 35 percent).To the researchers, the findings suggest a continuing need for programs starting in childhood to make Afghans less tolerant of interpersonal violence and less likely to resort to it.