The number of active offshore rigs in the U.S. is down to 12 units, according to the latest weekly rig count report by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. +10 to 1,003 rigsU.S. Rig Count is up 10 rigs from last week to 1,003, with oil rigs up 11 to 808, gas rigs unchanged at 194, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.U.S. Rig Count is up 164 rigs from last year’s count of 839, with oil rigs up 136, gas rigs up 29, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged at 12 rigs and down 10 rigs from last year’s count of 22.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada -23 to 111 rigsCanada Rig Count is down 23 rigs from last week to 111, with oil rigs down 23 rigs to 48 and gas rigs unchanged at 63.Canada Rig Count is down 21 rigs from last year’s count of 132, with oil rigs up 6 and gas rigs down 27.
New York Times 5 February 2015Pope Francis says it’s OK to spank your children to discipline them – as long as their dignity is maintained.Francis made the remarks this week during his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family.Francis outlined the traits of a good father: one who forgives but is able to “correct with firmness” while not discouraging the child.“One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them,’” Francis said.“How beautiful!” Francis remarked. “He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”The Rev. Thomas Rosica, who collaborates with the Vatican press office, said the pope was obviously not speaking about committing violence or cruelty against a child but rather about “helping someone to grow and mature.”“Who has not disciplined their child or been disciplined by parents when we are growing up?” Rosica said in an email. “Simply watch Pope Francis when he is with children and let the images and gestures speak for themselves! To infer or distort anything else … reveals a greater problem for those who don’t seem to understand a pope who has ushered in a revolution of normalcy of simple speech and plain gesture.”The Catholic Church’s position on corporal punishment came under sharp criticism last year during a grilling by members of a U.N. human rights committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty on the rights of the child.In its final report, the committee members reminded the Holy See that the treaty explicitly requires signatories to take all measures, including legislative and educational, to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence – including while in the care of parents.http://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/05/world/europe/ap-eu-rel-vatican-spanking-kids.html?referrer=&_r=0
NZ Herald 28 July 2017Family First Comment: Lots of important debate on youth suicide at the moment – but here’s a key point from science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman “The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”. He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.A change in family structure and child-rearing practices. Yep.The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser today released a report on youth suicide.The evidence-based discussion paper analyses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and includes potential approaches to reduce New Zealand’s rates – which are among the highest in the developed world.“What’s different about this report I guess is the topic,” chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman told the Herald.“It’s a topic that is an important one and it’s a bloody complicated situation. There are multiple factors and there are people who think they may know the answer, but the whole situation is much more complex,” he said.Gluckman’s report was released during the middle of a major New Zealand Herald series that questions why we have the highest rates of youth suicide in the developed world and asks if we are doing enough to help our vulnerable children.The series has included 45 stories over the past four weeks with four major investigations. They uncovered an unprecedented and unreported youth suicide cluster in 2012; how New Zealand schools have been gagged from discussing suicide in classrooms; the rising numbers of suicidal children being turned down from our mental health services; and how almost half of our teenagers are self-harming before they leave school.Also today, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced he would extend funding for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee.“Our suicide rate is too high, particularly the rates for youth and specifically Maori and Pacific young people,” Coleman said.“Although wider interventions and support have been made available, there is always more we can do.”The committee will provide vital knowledge about patterns of suicide that will help guide new suicide prevention activities, Coleman said.The evidence-based discussion paper released today was prepared by Gluckman, together with departmental science advisers from the health, education, social development and justice sectors. The paper was sent to ministers this week and it can be read here.Gluckman told the Herald he first started working on a mental health report last year, but he was asked to target his research towards youth suicide in a request from Education Minister Nikki Kaye in May.The real problem with youth suicide, Gluckman said, was “you can’t predict it at the individual level”.“There are an awful lot of arguments and an awful lot of failed approaches in youth suicide,” he said.“That’s why we’re emphasising we need to be very careful with any intervention we do.”The research paper states youth suicide is “more than simply a mental health issue and that, with what we know at present, the focus must also include an emphasis on primary prevention starting from very early in life”.This means promoting resilience to emotional stress and building self-control skills in early childhood and primary school years. It also means raising mental health awareness and “ensuring that there are competent and adequate adult and peer support systems in secondary schools”, he said.New Zealand’s rate for teen (aged 15-19) suicide was the highest in the developed world in 2010, said the paper.It said in the two years between July 2014 and June 2016, there were a total of 238 suicides by those aged 12-24 years.However, the rates of hospital admission for self-harm are about 50-100-fold greater. Today the Herald published an investigation uncovering how almost half of our teenagers will self-harm before they leave high school.The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”.He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.“Compared to previous generations, youth face many more choices at an earlier age, but at the same time may have less clarity as to their path ahead,” Gluckman said.“The pace of these sociological and technological changes is unprecedented and it is not surprising that for many young people, particularly those with less psychological resilience, it can leave them with a growing sense of dislocation.”There is no “definitive solution” to this issue, Gluckman said.However, he pointed towards developing resilience to the stressors of growing up, reducing access to alcohol and enhancing the skills of young people for living in a digital world.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11895287
The Somali government wants Al-Shabaab to be referred to as ‘Ugus’ meaning the ones that kill the Somali peopleThe Somali government does not want media houses to continue referring the the Al-Shabaab militant group by their name, Al-Shabaab.Instead it wants the group to be called ‘Ugus’ which means “the Group that Massacres the Somali People”.According to BBC the groups has respond by saying that the government of Somalia should also be referred to as ‘Ugus.In this case, Ugus means “the Group that Subjects the Somali People to Humiliation”.The head of Somalia’s Intelligence and Security Services Gen Abdirahman Mohamud Turyare told journalists that Al-Shabab, which means the youth in Arabic, was “a good name”.“We should not allow this good name to be dirtied. This enemy we are fighting is called Ugus.”Gen Turyare was speaking at the headquarters of information ministry in front of journalists and information ministry officials.Al-Shabaab which controls most parts of Southern Somalia, is an off-shoot of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), which splintered into several smaller factions after its defeat in 2006 by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the TFG’s Ethiopian military allies.The group describes itself as waging jihad against “enemies of Islam”, and is engaged in combat against the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).Al-Shabaab has been designated as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. As of June 2012, the US State Department has open bounties on several of the group’s senior commanders.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The inaugural Conner and Colten Gentry Memorial for Mach-1 Sport Compacts tops the program for Lincoln County Raceway’s second annual Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge on Tuesday, June 17. The winner’s share is $200 of the $2,000 Sport Compact purse. That feature pays $50 to start.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both race for $700 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a top prize of $425 with a minimum of $90 paid to take the initial green flag. An $11,000 purse will be paid regardless of car count and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.There are no entry fees. Pit gates at North Platte open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $30. Questions about the second annual Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge, presented by the North Platte Visitors Bureau and NebraskaLand National Bank, can be directed to promoter Ed Milne at 308 530-1578 or by emailing email@example.com.
The Varsity Lady Bulldogs won the Ripley County Tournament Saturday.Our first match was against the South Ripley Raiders. We dominated the first set winning 25-11. The Raiders then fought back to keep the second set close but the Dogs won 25-23 to advance to the championship match against the Milan Indians.It was a good day for the Lady Bulldogs as we defeated Milan 25-15 then 25-18 to capture the trophy. We were led offensively by Katie Bedel with 20 kills on the day followed by Macy Prickel with 14. Laney Walsman and Nikki Fox led the team defensively. Kylie Laker had a great day serving and had 44 assists on the day.It was a great day for Bulldog Volleyball.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.
North Vernon, IN–Tuesday morning, Jennings County Deputies responded to a call of a personal injury accident on County Road 200 East near County Road 850 North in Sand Creek Township. Upon arrival, it was determined that Hannah Marksberry, 22, of Greensburg, was driving a 2005 Ford Expedition southbound on County Road 200 East when her vehicle’s passenger-side tires went off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle then returned to the roadway where it was overcorrected and went off the roadway to the left. The vehicle started to roll where it struck a utility pole on the passenger side. The Decatur County REMC utility pole snapped, leaving part of the pole dangling in the air while the vehicle came to rest on its side in a field.Two juvenile passengers in the vehicle, ages 2 and 3, were seriously injured and eventually taken to an Indianapolis area hospital. Both juveniles were in car seats at the time of the crash. Marksberry did not seek medical treatment. The investigation is still ongoing. Power was restored in the area within an hour.
An animal shelter in Palm Beach County is completely empty due to an increase in adoptions!Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control posted a video on Facebook showing the staff cheering for all of the animals. The shelter houses animals who are emergency surrenders of cruelty and cases of domestic violence.The shelter still has animals up for adoption in their main kennel.For more information on Palm Beach County County Animal Care and Control, click here.
London: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are the best footballer ever as he picked Brazilian Ronaldo — popularly known as ‘El Fenomeno (The Phenomenon)’ — as the greatest player he witnessed on the football field.Messi has six Ballon d’Or crowns to his name while Ronaldo has five but Mourinho doesn’t feel either of the two is the greatest ever to grace the ‘beautiful game’.Mourinho, who was translator at Barcelona under Bobby Robson when Ronaldo scored goals for fun at Camp Nou, stated he has still not seen any other player as talented as Ronaldo. He also claimed that had it not been for injuries, the striker would have achieved much more success.”Ronaldo, El Fenomeno,” Mourinho told LiveScore when asked about greatest player ever. “Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years.”However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo.”When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field.”Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible,” he added.Despite his injury concerns, Ronaldo achieved unbelievable success both on the international arena and in club football.He lifted two World Cup titles with Brazil (1994 and 2002) and achieved a second place finish in 1998. He also won the Copa America twice (1997 and 1999) and was part of the team which won the bronze medal at Atlanta Olympics (1994).Ronaldo also won numerous titles during his stints with PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid. He was also awarded the Ballon d’Or twice for his unbelievable performances in 1997 and 2002. IANSAlso Read: I was rude to an idiot: Jose Mourinho on his yellow cardAlso Watch: SEBA will declare Results of HSLC-High Madrasa within 30 days from repeal of lockdown