Monday, June 26, 2006
"The U.S. population is on target to hit 300 million this fall and it's a good bet the milestone baby — or immigrant — will be Hispanic. No one will know for sure because the date and time will be just an estimate. But Latinos — immigrants and those born in this country — are driving the population growth. They accounted for almost half the increase last year, more than any other ethnic or racial group. White non-Hispanics, who make up about two-thirds of the population, accounted for less than one-fifth of the increase." By Stephen Ohlemacher, AP, Yahoo News Link to Article (last visited 6-25-06 NVS)
Sunday, June 25, 2006
"Church bells rang to mark Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman's own love story when she married country music singer Keith Urban in a traditional Catholic ceremony at a cliff-top chapel on Sunday." By Paul Tait, Reuters, Yahoo News Link to Article (last visited 6-25-06 NVS)
It is reported that Chinese lawyers attempting to help a detained anti-abortion activist were roughed up and harassed when they travelled to the coastal provice of Shandong to visit him. One lawyer was detained by the police when he tried to visit the activist. When a second group of three lawyers attempted to visit the activist, they were reportedly beaten by men who emerged from an unmarked car. The lawyers called emergency numbers hoping for help, but instead the police took them in for questioning. They were later released, however, when two of them attempted to visit the activist’s village, they were again harrassed and forced to retreat. Source. Thepeninsularqatar.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 25, 2006, reo).
This week English Doctors will most likely vote on two motions being made at the Medical Association’s annual representative meeting that would make it simpler for women in early stages of pregnancy to seek an abortion. Current UK law requires that two doctors must agree before termination can take place, except in emergencies. It is being proposed that doctors support a new law that would require only one doctor’s signature in the first trimester of pregnancy. Source. Judith Duffy, Sunday Herald, sundayherald.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 25, 2006, reo).
A new Gallop Poll indicates that Americans believe that the best age to get married is 25 for women and 27 for men. In 1946 a poll indicated that they believed that the ideal age to marry for women was 21 and men 25. Source. Jennifer Warner, WebMD Medical News, webmd.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 25, 2006, reo).
The South Korean Supreme Court ruled Thursday that persons who have sex change operations should be legally recognized by their new gender -- the first such ruling by the country's top court. The court reversed an earlier lower court decisions and ruled in favor of a 51-year-old transgender plaintiff seeking to legally change his gender to male. Source. Apwire, English.ohmynews.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 25, 2006, reo).
Pennsylvania appears on the brink of bringing its state law into compliance with the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. It will be the last state in the nation to meet this federal mandate. The new legislation makes it possible to take away a parent’s rights who is convicted of criminal homicide or aggravated assault or of a similar offense in another jurisdiction. It will require greater accountability from the child protective services and create citizen review boards to review cases of suspected child abuse. Source. News25, nbc25.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited June 25, 2006, reo).