RelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood RelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood NCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood EducationJune 16, 2010 RelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Professor of History at Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Iverlin Kennedy-McKenzie, has said that men who care and give active support to their children, were keeping the society stable and maintaining a culture that needs to be protected.She was giving the keynote address at a function to mark the first anniversary of Young Women of Purpose (Y-WoP) held at Neil’s Auditorium, Mandeville on Sunday (June 13), at which a number of fathers and organisations, as well as individuals who sponsored their work during the year, were recognised.She said that when both mother and father are functioning harmoniously, the impact on the lives of their children is positive beyond measure.Founder of Young Women of Purpose (Y-WoP), Lanisia Rhoden, addressing their first anniversary event at Neil’s Auditorium, Mandeville, on Sunday (June 13).“I know fathers that you have discovered by now that there is more to fatherhood than having children. There is a difference in the life of any child whose father is present and actively engaging, and the father who is physically and, or emotionally absent. The instances where fathers are not present and engaging, in this liberal age, have devastating consequences on the strength of individuals, families, and nations,” she stated.Stressing that the community and the child received tremendous benefits when fathers were involved in the growing up of children, the NCU Professor noted that mothers needed emotional support during their body changing period, and that finance was not enough for children when they were in their growing stage.“Without a support the system, or the capacity to function with the demands of fatherhood, some biological fathers forget, or simply do not know, that their greatest legacy to the world is a well ordered family,” she said.“Children should not go to school to learn behaviour; teach them how to behave at home. Do not expect schools to raise your children, you must raise them. Teach them the value of love and supportive relationships, and leave the legacy of self respect, respect for others and for them to be responsible, and fortify them for the future,” the Professor stated.Founder of Y-WoP, Lanisia Rhoden, felt that a father’s role was even more important in the lives of girls.“Many young ladies don’t have the support of their fathers and, if we can highlight the good fathers, it will motivate them to help their daughters to become better young ladies,” Miss Rhoden told JIS News. Advertisements
“The decision at Nice will enable as small a group as eight member states to decide to cooperate more closely after approval within the Council by qualified majority,” he wrote in a paper on the future of EU tax policy.The Commissioner confirms that he has instructed officials working in the taxation and customs directorate to “identify areas of taxation where the use of enhanced cooperation may be appropriate”.Under the Nice Treaty provisions for enhanced cooperation, a minimum of eight member states can agree common rules among themselves – provided the deal does not breach existing single market law or distort competition and trade in the EU as a whole. Bolkestein says that despite the difficulties posed by these conditions enhanced cooperation could be used in a number of areas.“Applying the principles of the Nice Treaty would mean that if a sub-group of member states can agree on a multilateral tax treaty or on a certain tax measure that would facilitate the activities of [small and medium-sized enterprises] operating between those countries, this should in principle be permitted,” he states.But he admits that the safeguards for the single market and competition mean that it will be very difficult to find areas where enhanced cooperation could be used. “The enhanced cooperation could be targeted so as to produce benefits for the participating countries that non-participants would be motivated to become involved,” the paper states. “But it should not be allowed…to remove tax distortions where non-participating member states would obtain a clear disadvantage.”Gerhard Huemer, tax expert at the European Small Business Federation, said the proposal “would really be a step forward because double taxation agreements are a general barrier to SMEs. It would make it a lot easier to do cross-border business”.Member states will be able to take advantage of the new rules on enhanced cooperation when the Nice Treaty is ratified by all 15 member states, which is expected in the next 12 to 18 months.Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström and Budget chief Michaele Schreyer have recently called for enhanced cooperation to be used to agree an energy tax which has been blocked for four years by fierce opposition from Spain, Greece and other states.