SecretaryGeneral focuses on role of fathers for International Day of Families

Fathers can make a positive impact on the development of their children, but too many men have difficulty taking up the responsibility of fatherhood, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement today to mark the International Day of Families. “Recent research has affirmed the positive impact of active involvement by fathers in the development of their children,” Mr. Ban said, noting that there is an increased emphasis in many countries on “the father’s role as a co-parent, fully engaged in the emotional and practical day-to-day aspects of raising children.”But he added that challenges persist for fathers, and for society in general. “Some fathers inflict domestic violence or even sexual abuse, devastating families and creating profound physical and emotional scars in children. Others abandon their families outright and fail to provide support.” He said that the HIV/AIDS crisis demonstrates the critical importance of sexual responsibility for fathers and all men.The Secretary-General also spoke about the difficulties caused by migration – saying that fathers often face separation from their families. He added that some fathers may even be rejected by their children once they have moved to a new country.Mr. Ban called on families “to honour fathers for their important contributions to family life. And I call on all of us to commit ourselves to building a social environment that encourages and sustains a positive vision of fatherhood.”At UN headquarters in New York, a panel discussion was also held today on the challenges and responsibilities of fathers following the screening of a film called To be a Father. 15 May 2008Fathers can make a positive impact on the development of their children, but too many men have difficulty taking up the responsibility of fatherhood, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement today to mark the International Day of Families. read more

Oil prices drift lower in quiet holiday trading US gasoline price edges

Oil prices drift lower in quiet holiday trading; US gasoline price edges up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2012 2:43 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell slightly Monday during a shortened pre-Christmas trading day.Concerns over the political stalemate in Washington continue to be the focus of traders, with the price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude closing down five cents at US$88.61 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, fell 17 cents to US$108.80 a barrel.Energy traders have been watching Democrats and Republicans clash over tax hikes and social services cuts. Normally, recent good economic data would signal more energy consumption and higher prices. But fears about the “fiscal cliff” have so far tempered prices, according to Phil Flynn of The Price Future Group.“Because of the holiday, a lot of people are sitting on the sidelines,” Flynn said. “We’ve priced in those scenarios and now we’re just waiting for something definitive.”In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, natural gas fell 10.5 cents to US$3.346 per 1,000 cubic feet; heating oil eased two cents to US$3 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and wholesale gasoline rose 1.6 cents to US$2.75 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more