Drinking and Divorce Rates


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Divorce rates are on the rise. A new study released claims that part of the reason divorce rates are up is because women are drinking more.  The Norwegian Institute of Public Health did a study that says that couples with similar drinking habits are less likely to divorce.

If the man is the heavy drinker in the relationship, the divorce rates were 13.1%. If the woman was the heavy drinker then the divorce rates are 26.8%. If both are heavy drinkers then the divorce rates are 17.2%.

“It was “of major interest” that a woman’s drinking more than her husband does seemed to strongly predict divorce”, said Norwegian Institute of Public Health director Ellinor F. Major.

The drinking habits of women strongly influence the success of a marriage. But couples that both claim to drink lightly have a divorce rates of 5.8%.

To all those getting divorced this year, bottoms up.


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Todd Maisel visits York College

Todd Maisel


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Award winning New York Daily News Photographer Todd Maisel came to York College on March 21st to speak to Journalism Students about his experience in photojournalism.

Todd Maisel began working for the New York Daily News in 1999. He won Photographer of the year in 1998 by the New York Press Photographer Association. Maisel is currently the President of the National Press Photographers Association.

He was also awarded Humanitarian award by the NPPA for his work during 9/11. Maisel had saved the life of a firefighter and of Photographer David Hendschech. 15 of Maisel’s photos were used by various news sources after 9/11.

Todd Maisel came to a Journalism class and held an open discussion with the students. He told students his experiences shooting news based photojournalism and lent his advice.

“When you’re shooting news photography you want to avoid lighting it up,” said Todd Maisal.

Maisel explained that when shooting News Photography that using natural light is the best option because the flash may make the picture lose its quality.

Todd Maisel showed pictures he had taken during various tragedies such as 9/11, the earthquake in Haiti and the most recent tragedy of Hurricane Sandy.

“It was some pretty hard pictures,” said Maisel when discussing his time in Haiti.

The students focused in on how to keep professional even after seeing such devastating and tragic events.

“Dead bodies is not necessarily what gets me, it’s the reaction that’s around me, I kind of feed off the emotion of others,” said Maisel, “You almost see it like a prop until you see a dead guy on the ground and his mother or sister or someone leaning over them crying, that’s when it gets you, Maisel added.

Maisel had to see many of his colleagues get hurt or lose cameras during 9/11. He talked about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many photographers had suffered from this after covering 9/11 and other tragedies. But he explains that this is one of the struggles that come with being in the Journalism field.

“My emotions are very up and down,” said Maisel, “We all had nightmares, we had nervous breakdowns and we couldn’t pick up a camera for a while.”

Maisel told students about the adventures of trying to find news stories. Maisel also talked about the struggle it can be to deal with cops at times. He reminisced of times where he was given a problem when he had to take pictures. He told students to know where they can and cannot take pictures but also how to deal with the cops who don’t know the difference.

“Zip it. Keep your mouth shut. Don’t say a word. If they say something you don’t like, don’t say anything,” said Todd Maisel.

Todd Maisel came to York College to help the Journalism students have a better understanding of the field they are entering. He also wanted to show students more efficient ways of using photography.

Maisel left students with one more piece of advice, “You realize that there are priorities in your life and you must go on even if you don’t think you can go on anymore.”

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Women in the Balkans

In the Evening of Friday March 1st there was raid from Macedonian rebel extremist where they acted violently towards the ethnic Albanians in Skopje, Macedonia with their main targets being older women and children.

The next day the Albanians took to the streets to protests the acts of violence that played out against them. The Macedonian officials tried to disperse them by dropping poison gas into the crowds.

This all started because Talat Xhaferi was named the defense minister, an ethnic Albanian and a former rebel leader in the 2001 ethnic conflict.

It has been reported by the Associated Press that 22 people were injured between the two violent acts.

This seems contradictory to another article the AP had published this week stating that more Women in the Balkans are in power and it will “soften the macho Balkans.”

In the 1990s when Kosovo was trying to gain independence and there were genocides in Bosnia and Kosovo, which caused tensions to escalate between the Slavic and non-Slavic states, most of the leaders were male.

The point of the AP article published in The New York Times was to say that the “bloody 90’s” are less likely to repeat themselves because of the more gentle and sensitive women will be in power. This seems contradictory to the violent acts that occurred this past weekend.

Bujar Purellku an ethnic Albanian and native of Kercova, Macedonia says, “The tension between the Macedonians and Albanians are only growing, its been violent but we don’t get covered by the media, its only going to escalate from here, it doesn’t matter who’s in office it’s a fight that needs to be fought.”

By claiming a known to be violent area of the world will be calmer because it will have more sensitive female leader is sexist. The women in the Balkans had to fight a lot of adversity to gain any seats of power and to claim that they will act in obedience with female stereotypes is only setting them back.

Sajme Selimi, 50 year-old women who grew up in Macedonia says, “I was stopped from going to school after the fourth grade. A woman’s education was in the home to learn to be a good wife and mother, very few women were allowed to go to school. Those who did were often labeled harshly because they more closely associated with men.”

Those who fought through this adversity to gain an education and to become powerful enough to earn a seat in their government should not be seen as female politicians but as politicians. They should not be reminded they are women every time they go along with their duties but instead be respected as educated and capable human beings.

Kosovo’s Minister for European Integration Vlora Citaku said,  “It is almost impossible to forget even for a moment that I am a woman — I’ve been reminded of that every day since I became a minister.”

The men are not reminded of their gender because they are expected to be proficient and intelligent in a patriarchal society such as Kosovo. But the women have to be reminded of their gender because their intelligence and capability is a surprise.

By expecting these female politicians to act a certain way because of their gender is as sexist as not allowing them in government because they are then being conformed to societal expectations. By saying that having female leaders in power will make the Balkans less violent is undermining these women’s struggle to gain political power in the first place.



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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is being pressured by liberal elected officials to allow voting on a paid sick bill. Women politicians along with some liberals will rally at city hall on Monday. Many of those who planned to endorse her in her run for New York City mayor like known feminist Gloria Steinem may not back her if she doesn’t allow voting to ensue. 

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