Saturday, December 29, 2012

Stalled Adoptions

From the New York Times:

The Carrs are among the 4,000 Americans who found themselves stuck in limbo when Guatemala shut down its international adoption program in January 2008 amid mounting evidence of corruption and child trafficking. Officials here and in Washington promised at the time to process the remaining cases expeditiously.

But officials and prospective parents say that bureaucratic delays, lengthy investigations and casework hobbled by shortages of staff and resources have left hundreds of children stranded in institutions for years. Today, 150 children — including Geovany — are still waiting in orphanages and foster homes here while the Guatemalan authorities weigh whether to approve their adoptions to families in the United States.

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MR

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Divorce's Impact on Stock

From Bloomberg BuisnessWeek:

Divorce has come to China. Once considered taboo, splitting up got much easier in 2003, when the state did away with a rule requiring that employers approve divorces. Last year China’s national divorce rate was 22 percent, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

China’s raucous tabloid press is voraciously feeding off the trend, especially when it comes to covering high-profile divorces. Last summer, venture capitalist Wang Gongquan announced over the popular microblog Sina Weibo that he was leaving his wife for his mistress: “To all friends and relatives, to all colleagues, I am giving up everything and eloping with Wang Qin,” he tweeted. “I feel ashamed and so am leaving without saying goodbye.” In October newspapers revealed details of 61-year-old real estate mogul Wang Shi’s impending divorce and his alleged affair with a 31-year-old actress.

Investment analysts also take a keen interest in these big-money divorces, for the simple reason that many of the tycoons and their soon-to-be-ex-spouses control big chunks of their companies’ stock. In that way, the potential corporate fallout from a divorce is greater in China than in the U.S., says Andrew Collier, managing director of Orient Capital. “Shareholding in the U.S. tends to be more diffuse,” he says.

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MR

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

First Same-Sex Divorce in Israel

From NBC News:


An Israeli court has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state.

A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area "determined that the marriage should be ended" between former Israeli lawmaker Uzi Even, 72, and his partner of 23 years, Amit Kama, 52, their lawyer, Judith Meisels, said on Tuesday.

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MR

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Interfaith Holidays

From the Herald News:

Trim the tree. Light the menorah. For some interfaith couples, celebrating the holidays isn’t a “December dilemma.”

When Swansea resident Kim Reynolds, and her husband, Mark, first got married they celebrated Hanukkah, for her Jewish background, and Christmas, for his Catholic roots. And even after their son Aaron was born, they continued to put up a Christmas tree and light the menorah every December.

Reynolds and her brother, who also has children, are both in interfaith marriages so when the kids were young, the two families would “make a big deal out of both holidays,” she said.

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MR

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays


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Monday, December 24, 2012

More on Divorce on Sesame Street

This week (this article was updated December 13, 2012), Sesame Street debuted a video online in which Muppet Abby Cadabby talks about her parents’ divorce.  The video marks the first time the show has tackled the subject of divorce.  However, the show has no plans to air the video on television, at least not in the near future.  The show airs segments on TV that are applicable to all children.  Their previous attempt of spotlighting it had a horrible outcome.  In 1992, the show created a segment depicting Snuffleupagus’ parents breaking up and Snuffy being unsure of whose cave he would live in.  It never made it past the preschool-aged focus group; it made the children confused and in tears.

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MR

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