At Least 18 FARC Guerrillas Killed On Border With Ecuador

first_imgBy Dialogo September 21, 2010 At least eighteen FARC guerrillas died in combat and a subsequent bombardment by government forces in the Colombian municipality of San Miguel (in the southern part of the country, on the border with Ecuador), Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced. “The operation is underway, and the bulletin we can provide as of now is eighteen casualties among the FARC terrorists,” Rivera told the press in Bogotá before traveling to the area of the fighting, located in the jungle department (province) of Putumayo, bordering on Ecuador and Peru. “We’re going there in order to consolidate” the offensive, he emphasized. Police, soldiers, and Colombian Air Force (FAC) planes and helicopters participated in the action, according to other Defense Ministry sources cited by the press. The troops bombarded at least three rebel camps in a jungle area near the San Miguel River, which marks the border between Colombia and Ecuador, military officers said. The events took place Sunday morning in the same region where a commando squad of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killed eight police officers and wounded four on 10 September, the sources indicated. Rivera and the military commanders did not make an immediate announcement about deaths or injuries among the members of the government forces confronting the rebels from the FARC’s Front 48. The minister traveled to Putumayo accompanied by the director of the National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, and several military commanders, the Defense Ministry announced. The authorities are investigating whether the dead rebels include two Front 48 commanders accused of drug trafficking and of supplying arms and explosives to around seven hundred insurgents who operate on Colombia’s border with Ecuador, according to ministry sources. The events at San Miguel took place a day after Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced the relaunching of the country’s “democratic security” policy, following attacks attributed to the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN) that have left at least forty police officers and military personnel dead this month in Putumayo and other regions. The new policy will also include strategies to check the violence committed by drug traffickers, gang members, demobilized paramilitaries, and other criminals in the cities, according to other administration sources.last_img read more

February 1, 2003 On the Move

first_img Franklin Zemel has become a partner with Broad & Cassel, at 1 Financial Plaza, Suite 2700, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954)764-7060. He concentrates in appellate practice, business law, complex civil litigation, and labor and employment law. Brian S. Adler and Deborah R. Mayo have been named partners of Bilzin, Sumberg, Dunn, Baena, Price & Axelrod, LLP, with offices at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2500, Miami 33131, telephone (305)374-7580. Adler concentrates on municipal zoning and land use processes, while Mayo is an associate with the firm’s corporate and securities department. David W. Henry has become a shareholder with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath, & Gilchrist, P.A., with offices at 255 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1401, Orlando 32801, telephone (407)841-2330. He concentrates in intellectual property, professional liability, and insurance litigation. Brian G. Rich has become a shareholder with Berger Singerman, with offices at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2950, Miami 33131, telephone (954)4944828. He practices in reorganization, bankruptcy, and avoidance action litigation. Monica Roisman has joined Coane and Associates, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., 28th floor, Miami 33131, telephone (305)913-7533. The firm concentrates in immigration law and labor and employment law. Mark Mohler has been elected as a partner of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, with offices at 200 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 2300, Orlando 32801, telephone (407)6494031. He practices in business transactions, taxation, and mergers and acquisitions. Angela B. Green announces the relocation of Angela B. Green, P.A., to 8527 S.E. 71st Ave., Ocala 34472, telephone (352)347-9038. She concentrates in telecommunications law. Matthew J. Conigliaro, former deputy solicitor general for the state of Florida, has re-joined Carlton Fields, with offices at 200 Central Ave., Ste. 2300, St. Petersburg 33701, telephone (727)821-7000. Beth Ann Cronin has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602, telephone (813)222-6630. She concentrates in general commercial litigation. Paul B. Ranis has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33302, telephone (954)764-6660. He concentrates in employment and commercial litigation. Jon L. Swergold has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 222 Lakeview Ave., Ste. 800, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561)838-4521. He practices in commercial and general civil litigation. Michael S. Budwick has become a partner with Meland, Russin, Hellinger & Budwick, P.A., with offices at 3000 Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131. He practices in real estate, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. R. Eric Bilik has become a partner with McGuire Woods, LLP, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3300, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904)798-3200. He practices in litigating and arbitrating business torts, distribution and franchising disputes, and commercial contract matters. Rodger L. Hochman has become of counsel to Ferrell, Schultz, Carter, Zumpano & Fertel, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 3400, Miami 33131, telephone (305)371-8585. He practices in health care matters and corporate transactions. G. Andrew Gracy has joined Peebles & Gracy, P.A., with offices located at 826 Broadway, Dunedin 34698, telephone (727)736-1411. He practices in estate planning, probate, real estate, and family law. Jacob C. Dykxhoorn has become a shareholder with Peterson & Myers, P.A., with offices located at 130 E. Central Avenue, Lake Wales 33859, telephone (863)676-7611. He practices in the areas of real estate, condominiums, mobile home law, and estate and tax planning. Mark A. Humphrey, Lynn S. Alfano, Soobadra C. Gauthier, and Joseph L. Larrinaga have become associated with Kingsford and Rock, P.A., with new offices located at Westshore Place I, 4350 W. Cypress St., Ste. 200, Tampa 33607, telephone (813)874-0222. The firm concentrates in insurance defense cases. Edward J. Carbone and Scott C. Davis have been promoted to shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll, with offices at 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602-5233, telephone (813)222-8180. Carbone concentrates in healthcare, medical malpractice, and residents’ rights litigation. Davis practices in general business and contract litigation, intellectual property litigation, and employment litigation. Arthur Graham has become a shareholder with Landis Graham French, P.A., with offices located at 543 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach 32114, telephone (386)252-4717. He concentrates in civil litigation, insurance defense, and mediation. Marc M. Mayo, former senior vice president and general counsel of MPS Group, Inc., has become a shareholder with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay, P.A., with offices at 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 1500, Jacksonville 32207, telephone (904)398-3911. He practices in labor and employment law, equal opportunity law, and civil rights law. JC Miller has joined Haynsworth Baldwin Johnson & Greaves LLC, with offices at 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 800, Jacksonville 32207. She has also been appointed as the managing partner of the Jacksonville office. She concentrates in labor and employment law, including sexual harassment, race discrimination, and civil rights. February 1, 2003 On the Move February 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Consumers still see value in cash

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers now have more choices than ever when it comes to making payments. New mobile payment apps are coming on the scene in staggering numbers, while plastic cards are enjoying a renewed vigor with the implementation of EMV technology.Even so, consumers continue to turn (and turn often) to the old payment standby: cash. In fact, a recent CardTronics survey found cash to be the preferred payment method in a variety of remittance situations. Among those surveyed, cash was the first choice for:Reimbursing someone —78 percentBuying groceries —52 percentPurchases at convenience stores —63 percentDining out —53 percentTipping —78 percentInterestingly, it’s not just older generations paying with cash. Millennials reported the strongest increase in cash usage (over a 12-month period) than any other demographic. Fifty-seven percent of Millennials said they used a wider array of payment methods over the past year than ever before. However, 45 percent also reported they are more likely to pay with cash now than they were a few years ago. continue reading »last_img read more

Focus on life moments and life stages

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Todd Clark addresses attendees during CO-OP Think20 Virtual. (CUNA photo)center_img The uncertainty surrounding daily life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shows that how credit unions address members’ day-to-day needs is  just as—or more—important than the products and services they offer to assist with major life moments.“How do you think about the member’s life journey?” says Todd Clark, president/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, a CUNA associate business member at the elite level. “We tend to only think of certain milestones, but between those milestones there are many moments where we can engage with members. Credit unions must capture the everyday engagement.”During CO-OP Think20 Virtual, Clark spoke about the need to build relationships with members that focus not only on moments associated with life stages—such as mortgages, vehicle loans, or student loans—but also those moments associated with a member’s lifestyle—the everyday moments where members need their financial institution.During COVID-19, Clark says credit unions have seen declines in traditional loans—vehicle loans, mortgages, student loans—as members opt to save  instead of borrowing. At the same time, some members have more immediate needs, such as finding emergency sources of funds to meet basic needs due to loss of income from the pandemic.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events April 21–27

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York F-14 Tomcat Tribute & ReunionGrumman alumni will get together for dinner and a panel discussion to commemorate the most memorable aircraft built on Long Island besides the Apollo Lunar Module. For the uninitiated, the supersonic F-14 Tomcat was a U.S. Navy fighter jet designed to combat Russian MiGs during the Cold War and immortalized in the 1980s classic Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun” until it was retired a decade ago to make way for the F-18 Super Hornet. Speakers include former F-14 pilots, instructors and designers. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. $100. 4 p.m. April. 21.How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t ChangeThe latest feature film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated investigative documentary filmmaker who exposed in Gasland how fracking can turn tap water flammable, goes globetrotting to show how it may be too late to reverse some of the worst consequences of climate change. And so he asks, what is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? He went to 12 countries on six continents to find out. Guest speaker includes Matthew Kearns, an offshore wind energy activist from Long Island. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $7 members, $12 public. 7:30 p.m. April 21.Olivia Newton-JohnFour-time Grammy award winning Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John, who starred as Sandy in Grease and became one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, is coming to Long Island. This top pop star doesn’t tour as often as she used to when her songs were tearing up the charts week after week after week. So “Come on Over” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $38.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. April 21.Upright ManThis band is bringing their special style of alternative rock all over the New York area. They just released their first single off their new album and will be giving away the full album at their shows as they prepare to release a four-song EP next month. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $10. 8 p.m. April 21.SpongeThis Detroit-based post-grunge quintet will play their ’90s hits, including “Plowed,” “Molly” and “Wax Ecstatic.” Warming up the crowd will be NFU, Sharks In The Shallows, Floodwire and For The Kill. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. April 22.Mike EppsThis stand-up comedian, actor, rapper and producer from Indiana has generated a huge amount of buzz since his big-screen breakthrough as Day-Day Jones in “Next Friday.” His HBO comedy special, “Inappropriate Behavior,” was one of the network’s top-rated, hour-long specials of 2005. He hasn’t slowed down for a moment. He had a starring role in HBO’s bio-pic about the legendary singer, Bessie Smith. These days, he’s taking his hilarious show on the road. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury.  $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. April 22.Mike DelGuidice & Big ShotThis is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar!  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$40. 8 p.m. April 22.ParmaleeLong Island country rock fans who appreciate gritty, down-to-Earth, small-town music with a big heart will no doubt take a liking to this band. Parmalee has shown an authentic resilience that we New Yorkers appreciate—and earning the support of fans along the way. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $25, $27 DOS. 8 p.m. April 22.NY Guitar Show & ExpositionThe show features new, vintage and used instruments and amps, local dealers/music stores, retailers, custom builders and major manufacturers, including Taylor Guitars, D’Addario & Company strings and, a vintage equipment exchange. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Rd., Freeport. $10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23, 24.Social Justice/Diversity SummitThe Social Justice/Diversity Summit is a forum to raise awareness on a broad range of social justice issues such as Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, Homelessness, Immigration, LGBTQ, Race, Housing Discrimination, Educational Disparities, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, and Food Justice/Food Security. Guest speakers include Bernice Sims, author of Detour Before Midnight, an account of the infamous Neshoba County, Mississippi murders of three civil-rights workers; Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, a Long Island-based, nationally acclaimed organization known for its cutting-edge work on institutional and structural racism; Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, author, mentor and founder of Strategic Destiny: Designing Futures Through Faith and Facts; and Marge Rogatz, a life-long champion for social equity, justice and the rights of the homeless. Campus Center Ballroom, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., April 23.Tom PapaComedian, actor, writer, producer, television/radio host, New Jersey’s own Tom Papa is guaranteed to make you laugh. After being hand-picked by Jerry Seinfeld to perform on his tour back in 1993, Papa has not looked back. Most recently he hosted his popular Sirius/XM radio show “Come to Papa,” among many other credits. Papa has a ton of material in his repartee. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $30. 8 p.m. April 22, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. April 23.“Rockin’ Fights 23” After winning a unanimous decision against Will Rosinsky on the Daniel Jacobs Vs Peter Quillin WBA World Middleweight Title Card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 26-year-old Local 66 Union worker and Long Island’s own Joe “the Beast” Smith Jr. is back, taking his impressive 20-1 record including 16 wins on knockouts against the 16-4 Fabiano Pena at the “Rockin Fights 23” Card. Boxing doesn’t get better than this. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. April 23.Brit FloydWith a spectacular light show and out-of-this-world stage production, Brit Floyd calls this trip their “Space & Time” tour, a fitting name for this leg of the amazing journey launched by Pink Floyd itself and now followed dutifully by this great tribute act. From The Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall and, the latest, The Endless River, they’ll dip into five decades of Floyd’s best-selling albums to recreate an interstellar night of stunning performances. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$74.50. 8 p.m. April 24.Kara ThomasThis author and Long Island native will be speaking and signing her new book, The Darkest Corners. Under the pen name, Kara Taylor, she wrote the Prep School Confidential series for St. Martin’s Press. She’s a talented story-teller, no doubt about it. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. April 26.The Gipsy KingsSince 1978 the Gipsy Kings have been playing their Catalan rumba and salsa-style music on a world stage. They know how to get a party started no matter where they go. Their music has been described as “Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody meet salsa funk.” The Gipsy Kings are a must-see for people who want to dance to the light fantastic. It’s always good to bust out the moves, especially on a weeknight. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $45-$99. 8 p.m. April 26.-Compiled by Nick Pasco and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

McQuade takes lacrosse talents to Le Moyne

first_img“The coach just made me love the campus, like as soon as I stepped on she made it feel like home right away, and I just love everything about it,” she said. McQuade is undecided on her major. “I’m so excited at the same time,” she said. “All the hard work is finally paying off and I’m excited for the future.” TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell senior Reagan McQuade signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Le Moyne College Thursday afternoon. McQuade said signing her NLI was a huge relief. McQuade said the lacrosse program at LeMoyne was a perfect fit. She was also selected for the 2019 Under Armour Command team. McQuade is a 2018 and 2019 Section IV 1st team all-star. She played in the 2018 U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament representing Upstate New York, and the 2018 Maverick National Lacrosse Tournament representing the North. McQuade is an honor student, and helps out with youth lacrosse camps as well as youth lacrosse refereeing. She also has helped raise funds for breast cancer awareness. last_img read more

Asia’s Quest Ventures plans to invest in Indonesia

first_img“We were deliberate in selecting our investors and we hope with this fund we can bring different skill sets, domain experience and connections to help our companies,” said Goh Yiping, partner at Quest Ventures.Asia Fund II was Quest Ventures’ first institutionally backed fund, receiving financing from Pavilion Capital from Singapore and QazTech Ventures, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund subsidiary.The funding marked Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund’s first investment in a venture capital fund in Asia.“This partnership with Quest Ventures and Pavilion Capital will enable Kazakhstani start-ups to secure important investments, improve competencies and gain access to global markets,” said Adil Nurgozhin, chairman of the board of directors at QazTech Ventures. (eyc)Topics : Singapore-based venture capital Quest Ventures plans to expand its investment to Indonesia, among other Southeast Asian countries, after recently announcing the first close of a fund worth US$50 million.The amount represented more than half of its target for the fund named Asia Fund II. It will be invested in post-seed and series A stages funding in start-ups across Southeast Asia and emerging Asia such as Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.Quest Ventures has been deploying capital in Singapore and Vietnam with its portfolio, including as second-hand e-commerce platform Carousell, property finding platform and rental fashion StyleTheory.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang illness as Arsenal duo return for Huddersfield clash

first_imgUnai Emery reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang illness as Arsenal duo return for Huddersfield clash Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has come down with an illness (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Laurent Koscielny have been struggling with illnesses ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Huddersfield.The pair are still expected to travel to the John Smith’s Stadium, though, as the Gunners look to get their charge a top-four finish back on track with victory over Jan Siewert’s side.Arsenal have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks and Stephan Lichtsteiner struggled in Hector Bellerin’s absence at right-back against Manchester City, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is closing in on his first-team return.Maitland-Niles has been out of action with a knee problem and the versatile youngster could come into the starting XI at Huddersfield. Henrikh Mkhitayran, meanwhile, is back in contention after a period on the sidelines with a foot injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Huddersfield, Emery explained: ‘We thought first, last week, after six weeks being injured, it was not enough [for Mkhitaryan] to play against Manchester City.‘But after this week, playing first with the U23s and then working with us, it’s the first time I can think with him being us. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Feb 2019 2:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link823Sharescenter_img Unai Emery’s side are looking to bounce back after their demoralising defeat to City (Picture: Getty)Emery urged his players to produce a morale-boosting performance at Huddersfield in the wake of the side’s defeat to City.Asked about Arsenal’s struggles away from home, Emery replied: ‘My first criticism is myself. I work over anything other criticism can do to me, the work in the present and future can change our way.‘Then it’s how we are doing away, at home. We are with the possibility and opportunity to take the top four but we know it’s not easy.‘One month ago we were in the same situation but it’s not easy. We are strong at home, we need to do better away. We started very well away, changing our mentality to get more points.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But now we need to recover this confidence, this performance. The next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.‘We know defensively we need to do better. It’s for all. We try to play with three, with two centre-backs. We won with three, we won with two.‘It’s work, continuing in our way, be patient sometimes, be calm, but above all work.’MORE: Ander Herrera wants to sign new Manchester United contract Maitland-Niles is back in contention (Picture: Getty)‘Today is sick, but I think is good for Saturday, Aubameyang. Yesterday was sick, Laurent Koscielny, but today is training well.‘[Maitland-Niles] stopped for 10 days but physically I think he’s ok. He’s working well with us today.‘He can be with us, also on Saturday.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

​AMF takes €1.2bn hit from discount rate fall in first half

first_imgCommenting on investment returns of assets backing the pension fund’s traditional with-profits pensions, Tomas Flodén, head of asset management at AMF, said: “The various parts of our portfolio have, just as intended in the traditional pension management, parried and complemented each other in a good way during a messy spring.”He said equities had seen the strongest recovery during the second quarter of the year, although the return for this allocation was still somewhat on the minus side at the end of the quarter.“At the same time, our interest-bearing assets have delivered an increasingly positive return, and our real estate assets have also shown a plus,” said Flodén.While traditional with-profit pensions make up the bulk of AMF’s operation, it also provides unit-linked fund investment.In the results statement, AMF reported a rise in total assets to SEK661bn from SEK649bn this time last year, with its solvency ratio dipping to 182% at the end of June from 186% 12 months before.The fund said its five-year and 10-year average annual returns were now 5.9% and 7.1% respectively, compared to 7.3% and 7.9% 12 months ago.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Changes to the discount rate used to calculate liabilities depressed group profit of Swedish pension provider AMF by SEK12.4bn (€1.2bn) in the first six months of this year, pushing its business result into the red, according to interim financial results published today.The blue-collar pension fund said investment returns rebounded in the second quarter as markets picked up following March’s coronavirus lows, but it still posted a 1.4% investment loss for the first half.Reporting its group business result, AMF – Sweden’s second-largest pension provider after Alecta – revealed a SEK12.0bn loss, compared to the group profit of SEK31.6bn it declared in the same period last year.However, in notes to these figures it said changes in the discount rate had an impact on earnings of -SEK12.4bn in January to June 2020. Changes to the rate, which guides adjustments to liabilities, had reduced earnings in the same period a year before by SEK15.0bn, the notes showed.last_img read more

Has Feminism Ruined Relationships?

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Has Feminism Ruined Relationships? by: – June 28, 2011 50 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img By Marcus Osborne for GalTime.comI was inspired this week after watching an episode of Bravo Television’s “Real Housewives Of Orange County.” I’ll just say loud and proud right here, “I love me some trash TV.” Get over yourselves TV snobs.So there I was, watching the blondes on RHOOC (by the way, these women all look eerily alike) when one of the ladies breaks into a treasure trove of deliciously derisive quotes regarding feminism and marriage. You can find the exact quotes anywhere online, but in her rant, she claimed that America has gotten so liberal that women spend too much time proving that they can do anything that men can do instead of living up to their roles as women.That role being strictly mother and wife and subservient to her husband because…well…because he’s the man. She goes on to say in a biblical reference, that because she was made from her husband’s rib, that it is her duty to do whatever her husband asks – and she loves it that way.I was taken aback by these comments. Not because I take issue with any woman who decides that her path in life is to be mother and wife, but because the idea of a woman actually embracing a subservient role is a bit of a risk and slightly archaic. Even in the dating arena this is an issue for many women. On my Facebook page I brought this up and one woman commented that, “Guys don’t know how to date anymore – honking their horns or texting from the car. What happened to showing up at the door with flowers?” It’s risky for the woman who decides to forgo a career of her own and place her financial future and independence in the hands of someone else. I couldn’t imagine having to give a grown woman an allowance! And what happens if/when the marriage ends?  Starting over is hard enough (I’ve been there.) Starting over with virtually nothing has got to be a nightmare.On the other hand, who could argue with the idea of having one parent at home with the kids all the time? What’s so bad about that? But back to the original issue: “Has  ruined relationships?” As a self-proclaimed “progressive dater”, my answer is “no.”I completely embrace the ever-evolving dating and mating scene. This is the modern reality of the game of love, sex, and relationships – the players keep getting better. Meaning women are bringing far more well-rounded and self-sufficient lives to the table. This, to me, makes women far more interesting, engaging and exciting than ever before. And long-term, from a practical standpoint, it means that the fiscal weight of carrying a household won’t fall solely on my shoulders. But, to the point of the “traditional daters”, there’s a lot to be said for knowing your role in a relationship at the outset.So feminism hasn’t ruined relationships. The inability of the parties involved to effectively communicate their expectations may actually be a greater issue. If you believe in hardline gender roles in romance, then that needs to be discussed and the couple needs to agree. Or agree to disagree and move on.  To be clear, I don’t believe there is one “right” way. Whether traditional or progressive in your dating life, each style has viable, relevant pros and cons. Share Sharelast_img read more