Woman’s search for birth parents leads to landmark S.Korea adoption ruling

first_imgThe ruling officially registers Bos as the child of a man who, according to a DNA test ordered by the court earlier this year, is 99.9981% likely her biological father.That designation could entitle Bos to inheritance. The ruling could also lead to more adoptees with limited or no records to apply for South Korea citizenship, according to the Justice Ministry.The man was identified only by his surname, with no contact details and Bos said the family wished to remain anonymous.Bos said with the positive paternity test and the court ruling, the family finally agreed she could meet her father as soon as next week.Long search for answersIn 1983, a two-year-old Bos was found abandoned in a market south of Seoul. Less than a year later, she was adopted by an American family.Bos, who now lives in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband, knew from childhood she was adopted. Her search for her biological parents only began after the birth of her own daughter, who made Bos realize what it would mean to abandon a child at that age.“At that point I realized that there is trauma involved in adoption, and it is much more complex than the saviour story,” Bos said.After several years of searching archives in South Korea, a break came in 2016 when a genealogy website matched her to a young South Korean man, whose grandfather was found to be Bos’ biological father.Bos said she took the case to court after exhausting all other ways of trying to speak to him and his family to find out about her mother.“I even went to one of their houses and begged, literally, on my knees. And they called the police on me.”Bos said she would not sign away any rights to inheritance but her primary goal was to speak to her father and eventually identify her mother.“Without that legal help, I would still be in the dark,” Bos said. “I would still have no options.” Topics : Decades after she was sent for adoption in the United States, Kara Bos’ quest to find her birth parents in South Korea moved a step closer on Friday when a Seoul court ruled that a South Korean man was her biological father.The ruling is the first of its kind in South Korea, which Amnesty International once dubbed the “longest and largest supplier of international adoptees”.It sets the stage for potentially thousands of other adoptees to be officially registered as children of their birth parents, with implications for inheritance and citizenship laws.center_img While laws vary widely from country to country, many jurisdictions are providing more information to adopted children about their biological parents. Advocates say South Korea’s policies remain relatively restrictive.Bos, whose birth name is Kang Mee-sook, broke into tears as she left the courtroom. Removing a medical mask, she said in Korean: “Mom. Can you recognize my face? Please come to me.”Bos is one of more than 200,000 Korean children adopted overseas in the past 60 years, and her struggle to identify her parents highlights the challenges for many adoptees, said Rev. Do-hyun Kim, who heads KoRoot, a charity that works with adoptees.”I think Kara’s journey, Kara’s fight, is meaningful because it reminds us that parents, society, and the state itself has public responsibility to clearly inform a child born in South Korean society about their roots,” he said.last_img read more

Poland will not let EU ‘force’ it into allowing gay marriages: Justice minister

first_img“This is bizarre. If you want to get these [EU] funds, you should automatically accept how the EU expects them to be spent, because adhering to the rule of law means adhering to basic human rights and it is about respecting them,” she said.Poland is at loggerheads with the European Commission over several issues, including judicial reforms which Brussels says undermine the independence of the judiciary. The government says the reforms are needed to overhaul the communist-era system. Poland’s justice minister said on Monday the European Union may be in a position to force Warsaw to legalize gay marriage if EU leaders make financial aid conditional on upholding democratic norms, and warned that this was unacceptable.At talks in Brussels on the next EU budget and an economic recovery plan, some leaders have demanded that payouts be blocked to member states which the executive European Commission (EC) deems to be undermining democratic values.Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said this would give Brussels the possibility of “arbitrarily” blocking payments worth billions of euros. “There is a real risk that we may find ourselves in a situation where the EC will effectively force us to introduce the so-called homosexual marriages with the right to adopt children,” he told a news conference.”Well, we cannot agree to this under any circumstances.”The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) came to power five years ago on a pledge to defend traditional family values. Gay marriages are illegal in Poland and President Andrzej Duda was re-elected this month after saying he would not allow adoptions by gay couples or permit classes on gay rights in state schools.Gay rights activist Alicja Sienkiewicz of the Lublin Equality March Association, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, said members of the LGBT community were being portrayed as enemies of the state.center_img Topics :last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Nadiem says school reopening ‘bold’ but necessary amid ‘education crisis’

first_imgTopics : After previously giving the green light for schools in COVID-19 green zones, or low-risk areas, to reopen in mid-July, the government expanded its school reopening policy to schools in yellow zones, or moderate-risk areas, on Friday.The move sparked criticism from teachers and pediatricians, who called for schools to stay focused on distance learning as they feared that sending children back to school could put them at risk of contracting the coronavirus.Nadiem, however, said that conventional face-to-face learning was, in many cases, the only available option amid socioeconomic discrepancies among teachers and students across the archipelago.He went on to say that, for instance, 88 percent of the country’s least developed regions were considered green and yellow zones, and that they had no option but to reopen schools due to their limited access to decent internet connections and digital communication software. Read also: Decision to reopen more schools draws ire from teachers“There’s always an element of increased risk in doing this, but when we have 50 percent of our population struggling immensely for reasons that are not their fault, […] the gap between them and the more well-to-do parts of the economy could become permanently unbridgeable,” Nadiem said.He called on the public to view the current situation not only as a health or economic crisis, but also as an education crisis that could have lasting repercussions for the future of Indonesian youth.“This is something we need to balance in our considerations and policies, while maintaining as strict a health protocol as possible,” he added.In response to concerns over the health and safety of students returning to schools amid the pandemic, Nadiem said the government had issued an official guideline mandating – among other things – a limit on the number of students allowed to attend classes on a given day and the temporary closure of all extracurricular, nonessential activities.Furthermore, the decision to reopen schools ultimately falls on the parents themselves, he asserted.Official data shows that 57 percent of Indonesian students currently live in red and orange zones, while the remaining 43 percent are in green and yellow zones across 276 cities and regencies.The Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) previously said that reopening more schools risked creating new infection clusters. The group has received reports of at least 180 teachers and students from across the nation who have tested positive for the virus.center_img Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has fended off criticism over the government’s decision to allow the reopening of more schools amid the pandemic, defending the policy as a difficult but necessary trade-off to maintain students’ spirit of learning in a time of crisis. “You can consider [the decision] bold in some aspects, but on the other hand, you can also see that we’re a little late,” Nadiem said on Wednesday during the webinar “Educating the Nation”, which is part of The Jakarta Post’s webinar series “Jakpost Up Close”.“We are the second-last to reopen schools out of the 11 countries in Southeast Asia.”last_img read more

German SMEs shifting towards collective pension schemes – study

first_imgSector-wide pension plans, or those based on collective agreements, are slowly breaking insurers’ stronghold in pensions among Germany’s medium-sized enterprises.In 2014, the number of companies in this segment having entered cooperation agreements with such collective schemes to provide occupational pensions increased from 21% in 2013 to 23%.However, the trend becomes more obvious when considering that the number in 2012 was 7%, according to a survey conducted by Generali and the research institute of German news daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.The survey was conducted in November last year among 200 companies with 50-500 employees – after the government published the first draft of its proposal on introducing sector-wide pension plans. The share of those with cooperation agreements with insurers has dropped from 78% in 2013-12 to 70%.In their report on the survey, the authors state that only one of the 200 companies in the sample ran its pension plans on its own – “all others are using external services”.Another major trend identified in the survey is the rise of jointly financed pension plans, where both employers and employees pay contributions.In 2013, this model became the most commonly used among medium-sized companies, overtaking pure employee-financed deferred-compensation models, or Entgeltumwandlung, for the first time.At present, 67% of companies in this segment – up from 59% – are offering jointly financed pension plans.Occupational retirement provisions into which only the employer pays contributions have lost further ground and can only be found among 18% of German companies, down from 24% and 32% over the two years previous.The authors argue that the “heightened interest” in occupational pensions among employees of medium-sized companies is “obviously a consequence of employers taking more money into their hands” for such projects.One of the “weak spots” in occupational pensions in this segment of the German economy is “communication”, the researchers found.The survey found that relatively few employers comprehensively inform their employees about their pension plans and possible options.last_img read more

Chincoteague Plan Includes Dredging

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, is seeking public input on a proposal for a Key West Cottages project, located in Chincoteague, Virginia. The applicant, Chincoteague Hotel, L.C., proposes to impact 7,520 square feet of wetlands/subaqueous bottom and to dredge 7,200 square feet (210 cubic yards) of an existing boat basin.“A beach area would include a spartina marsh, bulkhead and oyster reef. The dredged boat basin would include a kayak launch,” said USACE in its announcement.Under the plan, additional bulkheads will be located throughout the site to support the construction of cottages and infrastructure.A viewing platform along with other supporting amenities are part of this proposal to support the guest and the resort area.According to the plan, a sunken hull located channelward of the property would also be removed during construction.The deadline for submitting the comments is August 31, 2019.Image source: USACElast_img

Marriage Makes for Happier People, Study Says

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 5 January 2015Marriage may help people navigate a midlife crisis.A new paper by Shawn Grover, a policy analyst at Canada’s Department of Finance, and John Helliwell, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, finds that married people are generally happier than unmarried people.It’s a well-researched area and typically opens up debate over whether the effect is one of correlation or causation–are generally happier people simply more likely to get married in the first place?Messrs. Grover and Helliwell delve into data from three separate surveys and conclude married individuals are “more satisfied, suggesting a causal effect, even after full allowance is made for selection effects.”The benefits may be greatest immediately after marriage but aren’t fleeting and appear to have the most important impact in middle age. And the effect is especially strong for close couples.“The well-being benefits of marriage are on average about twice as large for those…whose spouse is also their best friend,” the study adds.The study’s findings could be depressing for Americans who appear to be giving up on marriage.The authors use the United Kingdom’s Annual Population Survey, the British Household Panel Survey and the Gallup World Poll in their research. The data allows them to gauge life satisfaction of individuals before and after marriage and, indeed, those more satisfied with life are also more likely to get married.http://www.wsj.com/articles/BL-REB-29912last_img read more

Churches say no to Same-sex couple wedding

first_img‘It pains us to say no’: Church refuses to marry Kāpiti coupleStuff co.nz 25 September 2017A same-sex couple have been refused a church wedding … Saunders contacted St Peter’s Anglican Church to book the wedding… She believed the local priest and congregation were not opposed to the marriage, but the Anglican Church’s national rules forbade it. They then turned to St James’ Church in the town, run by the multi-denominational Kapiti Uniting Parish, which initially agreed, but later refused because of opposition within the congregation. They were also told it was because of problems with earthquake-proofing at the church. The couple are now scrambling to find a new venue in time for the December wedding – at which St James minister the Rev Cornelia Grant, a Methodist, has said she will officiate.… Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala, vicar of the Kāpiti Anglican parish, said the nationwide church rules “currently uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman”. Priests were not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages. “Some would indeed view this as a form of discrimination, and it must feel discriminatory to the couple … the priest to whom the inquiry was directed initially sought to convey both her frustration that the church is where it is, and her concern for the couple.” Rokotakala said “it pains many of us in this province” that slow decision-making on changes came at a cost to people waiting to be treated as full members of the church. However, she added, “a decision to ignore these rules could result in disciplinary action against a clergy person”. Grant said the Kāpiti Uniting Parish did not feel “100 per cent happy” about the wedding, which could have split the three denominations it represents. The church was also earthquake-prone and, with about 120 guests expected, she had safety concerns. The church still holds Sunday services for smaller numbers. Grant said Presbyterians in the parish were “100 per cent” opposed to the wedding in the church.… Chairman of the parish council Sydney Mepham said there would be no marriages in the church while it did not meet earthquake standards. A spokeswoman for the Human Rights Commission said that, under law, people getting married could not demand a celebrant or clergy member conduct their service. A minister was not obliged to perform a marriage if it contravened the beliefs of the religious body to which he or she belonged. “While we can’t comment specifically on individual cases, anyone who believes they have been discriminated against is able to contact our inquiries and complaints team to talk through their options.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/97206722/it-pains-us-to-say-no-church-refuses-to-marry-kpiti-couplelast_img read more

Be ready for pay cut: Hearts warns Ikpeazu, teammates

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Nigeria born Heart of Midlothian forward Uche Ikpeazu has been told to be ready to accept pay cut alongside teammates as the club battles finances under global lockdown. The former Cambridge United ace joined Hearts in 2018 and has since made over 40 appearances for the side with five goals to his credit. Twenty five year old Ikpeazu who opted for maternal home Uganda as opposed to playing for Nigeria, would have been showcasing his skills for the Cranes of Uganda in the 2021 Nations cup qualifiers which unfortunately have been put in the cooler no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.Hearts owner Ann Budge: We all got to adjust.Ikpeazu who has impressed in over seven different clubs he played for, was invited to the Cranes camp by British head Coach Johnny McKinstry.  Ikpeazu is born to a Nigerian father and a Ugandan mother. Hearts owner Ann Budge who told the players the development regarding their take home added that there are only two alternatives, that the players receive pay cuts or receive no money at all while football is on lockdown.Johnny McKinstry when he was unveiled as Cranes coach“I wish there was an option other than a temporary wage cut but after careful consideration it is the only way for the club to proceed with financial certainty,” “I remain hopeful that the players will accept for the reasons outlined above, as the only viable alternative is that their contracts remain suspended under Clause 12 of the standard SPFL contract which means that they will not receive any wages during the period of suspension. “She saidRead AlsoAFCON Qualifiers: Cranes call up thrills Uche IkpeazuThere are strong indications that the players will accept the offer even as Skipper Steven Naismith offered to take a 50 per cent wage cut more than a month ago and manager Daniel Stendel is working for free for now.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Road to 2022 World Cup begins in Mongolia

first_imgBy Mark Gleeson(REUTERS) – The long road to the 2022 World Cup finals begins in the footballing backwaters of Mongolia tomorrow, as the first games that count towards qualification for Qatar are hosted in Asia.Mongolia, who have only ever won a single World Cup qualifying match, host Brunei Darussalam in the first of six first-round qualifiers across Asia, which also serve as early round eliminators for the next Asian Cup in 2023.The match takes place at the Mongolian Football Federation stadium in Ulan Bator at 0900 GMT, before other games in Laos, Macau, Cambodia and Bhutan and one on Friday in Malaysia. The arena, built from FIFA funding, has a 5,000-capacity and an artificial pitch against the backdrop of the Mongolian steppes.It is the second time in a row Mongolia, 187th in the FIFA rankings, are involved in the first game of a World Cup qualifying campaign. They were beaten 4-1 away by Timor-Leste in the Russia 2018 preliminaries but the result was later expunged when it was discovered the home team was packed with Brazilians.Previous World Cup qualifying campaigns have kicked off on side-by-side pitches in Samoa (for South Africa 2010) and in front of 100 spectators on neutral turf in Trinidad and Tobago when hosts Montserrat lost 5-2 to Belize for Brazil 2014.FIFA decided this year to break with tradition by not holding a qualifying round draw ceremony in the upcoming host nation.“Given the fact that the 2022 World Cup will take place in November-December and that each confederation plans a different timeline for their qualifiers to the tournament, it has been agreed that a preliminary draw will be held separately for each one of them,” a FIFA spokesman told Reuters yesterday.“The Asian Football Confederation has already started the qualifying competition and a second draw is scheduled to take place in July.“Discussions involving the other confederations and the draws for their preliminary competitions are currently ongoing and further details will follow in due course.”last_img read more

BCB pleased with 2019 achievements

first_imgWITH 2019 nearly over, Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) seemingly met this year’s mandate as an official release confirmed that the board are satisfied with their goals attained for the calendar year.According to a release from BCB public relations officer (PRO) Simon Naidu, the board, known for hosting a number of activities on a yearly basis, has again lived up to its mandates with regard to cricket development in Berbice.Below is a list of the activities as well as goals that the BCB successfully achieved for the year 2019:Launched and hosted over 60 cricket tournaments over the last 22 months, despite a combined eight months of rain in 2018 and 2019. Tournaments organised were at the U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21, Female, Inter-Primary, Inter-Secondary, Intermediate, Internal Zone, Village, Double Wicket, Second Division and First Division Levels.Led the revival of every member club of the BCB which was once dormant.Raised $2M in cash to develop Berbice Cricket.Transparent Audit reports: To date, the last treasurer of the GCB-backed board (2017 to February 2018) has failed to account for over $2M, withdrawn from the account for unknown reasons, despite receiving written request to do so.Led a remarkable restoration of the BCB office into a modern one.Spearheaded the successful celebration of our 80th anniversary with over 15 major programmes.Hosted two highly successful Awards Ceremonies and Cricket Academies in 2018 and 2019. We also invested heavily in numerous club academies across Berbice.Dozens of young cricketers received cricket gear, educational materials and bicycle.Clubs across Berbice benefitted from millions of dollars’ worth of cricket balls, scorebooks, cricket gear, stumps, water pitchers, bicycles, educational materials, raincoats, trophies, special prizes and medals.Invested heavily into the educational development of our youths by printing educational posters, youth information booklets etc.Donated over $700 000 in financial stipends to youth and female cricketers.Hosted numerous programmes like Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh coaching programme, Mother-of-the-Year, Father-of-the-Year, Pre-Level One Coaches Seminar, Tribute to Retired Cricketers, Hall of Fame for Administrators, Tribute to Heroes, Wall of Fame, Cricketers Hall of Fame, Inter-County MVP, Inter-County Cap System, Dare to Dream among others.Numerous players drawn from clubs across Berbice gained selection to the Guyana and West Indies team.Inter-County Cricket returned to Berbice after an absence of over a decade.Following a 15-year absence, 2-day first division cricket returned to Berbice. Publication of a 256-page book on the history of Berbice.last_img read more