…Rems stutter in another last-over meltdownBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – While Mercenary were celebrating their third championship success of the 2019 Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) season, Rems were once again made to lick their wounds after another last-over meltdown in their Division One regular season (20 overs) playoffs championship clash at the Ashtonbee Number One ground here last Saturday.Seemingly well set to cart off the Paul & Sons 15-over title on the adjacent Number Two ground two Saturdays ago, Rems suffered a heart-breaking last ball defeat to the same opponents. This time around, Mercenary needed 11 runs in the final over of the tense encounter with the last pair of Daryl Narine and Bolanauth “Bunty” Sukhu at the wicket.Narendra Madholall was entrusted to bowl the last over, one that’s probably still lingering in his mind as it turned out to be disastrous. After sending down a wide in the first delivery, the next two were clobbered for sixes by Narine, much to the delight of his teammates and supporters who stormed the field to celebrate their win. The victory earned them the Oil Changers Trophy, sponsored by Anil Beharrylall Sarwan.MVP Daryl Narine receives his award from Adam Ramadhar on behalf of the sponsor.Earlier, the game was evenly contested throughout with Mercenary being set 116 for victory after restricting Rems to 115 for six in their allotted 30 overs. Former Guyana and West Indies opener, Rajendra Chandrika, was the mainstay at the top of the order with a top score of 35 (one four) as wickets fell regularly around him.Narine, who batted at number seven and was later named his team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), was undefeated on 24 (3x6s) when victory was achieved. Chien Gittens was Rems best bowler with four for 26 from his four overs while Surujpaul Deosaran and Madholall claimed two for 20 and 22 respectively.The consistent Gittens, who has been a welcome addition to Rems side, was once again among the runs, smashing two sixes in his 29. Skipper Richard Dias supported with 21 (2x4s); the two sharing an important 53-run third-wicket partnership. There was one wicket each for Aftab Shamsudeen, Satrohan “Bade” Balkarran and Avinash Sookdeo for 14, 16 and 27 runs respectively. Gittens copped the MVP award for the losing team.Mercenary’s victory ensured they finished the 2019 season with three championships – topping the Division One regular season, winning the playoffs championship and the Paul & Sons 15-over title. Rems, on the other hand, carted off the Caribbean Sensation 10/10 crown and had to settle for the runners-up spot in both the playoffs championships and the 15-over.Sookdeo and Narine were presented with cash incentives on behalf of their club. Sookdeo got his for his all-round performance during the season while Narine for his heroics in the final.Meanwhile, at the presentation ceremony which followed, long-standing president of the OSCL, Albert Ramcharran, announced that he won’t be seeking re-election at the association’s next annual general meetlng scheduled for early in the new year. Ramcharran expressed thanks to the several sponsors and to the participating teams.
19 August 2009South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discouraged the overuse of testing and the use of the drug Tamiflu by people with symptoms of H1N1 influenza, known as swine flu.NICD deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says most confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are mild cases that do not call for laboratory testing or the intake of Tamiflu. This is only called for, she said, in severe cases, as well as among people in the high-risk group.“This pandemic is regarded as moderate, not severe, and not everyone with H1N1 influenza needs the laboratory tests,” Bloomberg told BuaNews this week. “We can diagnose people without testing and treat them accordingly.”“The majority of people have mild cases of H1N1 and don’t need any treatment but a rest at home. Don’t do any exercise, and take sufficient amount of fluids,” Bloomberg said, warning that excessive use of Tamiflu could encourage resistance.People with mild cases could expect to recover after about seven days, she added.Swine flu hotlineSouth Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC) The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline is operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health.As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six.What is swine flu?According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork.Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu.It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction.Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing.Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor.“The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.”However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately.Risk factorsThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu.“Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement.According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease.Source: BuaNews
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zoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has ordered two high specification Ice Class Suezmax vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The 158,600 dwt tankers were ordered for a price of USD 62 million each, according to data provided by VesselsValue. The contract has an option for two additional Suezmaxes.Euronav signed two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Texas-based Valero Energy for the Suezmaxes, which are scheduled to commence upon the vessels’ delivery in early 2018.The vessels will have an increased steel structure, specific emissions controls and other operational capabilities, the company said.“Euronav and its predecessors have been serving the Quebec refinery with purpose built new buildings since 1998. In a world of continuous change our commitment to serve our customer remains a constant point,” Paddy Rodgers, Euronav’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
(Click on image to enlarge) Longer-Term Implications The problem with printing money and promising to do so for years ahead of time is that the negative consequences of inflation only happen after a delay. As a result, it’s difficult to know if a policy has gone too far until years down the road at times. Unfortunately, if confidence in the dollar is lost, the consequences cannot be easily reversed. One problem for the Fed itself is that it holds long-term securities that will lose value if rates rise. The federal government faces an even more serious problem when interest rates rise, as higher rates on its debt mean greater interest payments to service. Due to this federal-government debt burden, the Fed has an incentive to keep rates low, even if the long-term result is higher inflation. However, for now the Fed’s statement suggests it sees inflation as “subdued,” so it’s putting those concerns aside for now. Along with the promise of low rates, the Fed for the first time gave an inflation target of 2%, as measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures. The actual and target inflation show that the Fed is currently not under major pressure from missing its target… not yet. By Bud Conrad, Casey Research The Federal Reserve recently announced important policy changes after its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Here are the three most important takeaways, in its own words: The Committee decided today to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic conditions – including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued outlook for inflation over the medium run – are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through late 2014. The Committee judges that inflation at the rate of 2 percent, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures, is most consistent over the longer run with the Federal Reserve’s statutory mandate. In the most recent projections, FOMC participants’ estimates of the longer-run normal rate of unemployment had a central tendency of 5.2 percent to 6.0 percent. The Fed released FOMC participants’ target federal funds rate for the next few years. Immediate Reactions The first item is the most important as it was not expected – and it had an immediate effect on markets. As seen in the chart below, gold spiked higher on the surprise news of extending the zero-rate policy through 2014. (Click on image to enlarge) The gold price is driven by Fed policies and its bias toward printing money rather than defending the dollar’s purchasing power. This Fed bias was again reconfirmed by this announcement. With all the Fed’s renewed vigor toward keeping rates low longer, we can once again reconfirm the ongoing downward slide for the dollar. As a result, gold remains the best investment against the damaging government deficits and central bank policies around the world. [While the dollar may look good compared to the other fiat contestants on the global money stage, the United States’ debt situation is untenable – and various factors could bring it to its knees faster than anyone expects. Don’t let it burn you: learn how to protect yourself and your assets.] The news prompted a similar jump in silver services: The above chart should not be taken very seriously, as Fed predictions have been notoriously inaccurate. Furthermore, it’s likely that rates will rise before 2014 as a result of market forces pushing them upward due to mistrust of the currency – measured by rising gold and commodity prices. The Federal Reserve balance sheet expanded dramatically as the credit crisis became acute in 2008. The Policy Tools (shown below in black) grew by $2 trillion with the QE1 purchase of mortgage-backed securities and the QE2 purchase of long-term Treasuries. This was an unprecedented effort to support those markets, provide liquidity, and drive rates down to zero. A simple extrapolation of similar expansion policies to the end of 2014 suggests that the Fed may require an additional $2 trillion to extend its goals. The problem is that such action would surely weaken the dollar and drive gold much higher. If confidence is lost, rates could rise even as the Fed continues to print and buy securities. The Fed says that it will change its policy if conditions warrant. I think they will be forced to stop this policy well before 2014 is over. Nonetheless, in the meantime, they will plant the seeds of rising prices with ultralow rates. What Does This Say about the Fed’s Policy? The most important action of the three was to extend the zero Fed funds rate to the end of 2014. This is a form of easing that could affect more rates than just short-term rates. Furthermore, there is a debate as to whether the action was the result of the Fed’s concern about the economy slipping back into recession. Or, this could also be a bullish sign for the economy and stock market, as the guaranteed low rates could increase investment to improve our economy. Zero rates drive investors to take on risks – such as buying stocks – to gain higher returns. As a result, this induces more investment toward riskier parts of the market, which might otherwise be underfunded. Though the Fed aims to stimulate the economy, we’re more likely to see a slip back into recession rather than see an effective Fed stimulus improving the economy. The press conference suggested that quantitative easing (QE) remains on the table. As a result, new targeted asset purchases by the Fed are likely in our future. These additional purchases with newly printed money could become inflationary. That is why gold shot higher and the dollar weakened in the short term. Both the Fed and the ECB have decidedly less-hawkish members and leadership than just last year. Both have now moved toward more money printing to keep rates low. The chart of central bank balance sheet as a ratio to GDP shows that the central banks of the world are clearly “printing”:
By Louis James, Casey Research Economic crises signal that the current system isn’t working as expected and needs improvement. When it comes to monetary systems, questioning their fundamentals can lead to doubts about whether the preferred medium of exchange will continue to be preferred for long. The large-scale whirlwind of economic trouble around the globe has pushed some to rethink the role of gold in the economy – and to actually move toward bringing it back. A month ago, a rumor that India is going to pay in gold for oil imported from sanction-struck Iran sent shockwaves through the markets. It was no small deal, both in principle and volume: India is one of Iran’s largest oil buyers, responsible for about 22 percent of total exports and worth about US$12 billion per year. China is next with 13 percent, and Japan is third with about ten. All of them are having a hard time dealing with Iranian oil imports, as the country is under sanctions caused by Western fears regarding its nuclear program. Then an Israeli news site claimed exclusive knowledge of a possible workaround between India and Iran: settling the purchases in gold. Indian government officials refused to comment, which added to the speculation. On the surface, the arrangement looked like a great way to settle the purchases via a stable medium: Iranian currency, the rial, is not widely used outside its border, and gold’s inherent anonymity would have provided a perfect way to avoid unnecessary attention from the global community. Ironically, it was precisely the fact that the settlement was planned in gold that attracted so much attention. It proved to be nothing but a rumor, however: the sides decided to arrange the deal in a more tactical manner. India will partly cover the purchases with its own currency, and Iran will later use those funds to acquire imports. But gold is not out of the equation yet. The US-initiated sanctions were effective, at least in the sense of making international institutions avoid the pariah nation. Reuters reported that Iran has failed to organize imports of even basic food staples for its population of 74 million. Prices on local markets rose sharply; and as the country neared parliamentary elections on March 2, the government was taking radical steps to provide citizens with basic necessities. One of those unconventional solutions was offering gold as barter for food. “Grain deals are being paid for in gold bullion and barter deals are being offered,” one European grains trader said, speaking on condition of anonymity while discussing commercial deals. “Some of the major trading houses are involved.” Another trader said: “As the shipments of grain are so large, barter or gold payments are the quickest option.” Trading in gold rather than a fiat currency is “cashless.” That may sound as if there’s no medium of exchange, but that is of course a misconception: gold is history’s longest-standing medium of exchange. As long as the sanctions remain in force and the Iranian government has limited access to international currency markets, gold will remain an obvious way to settle transactions. Decreasing oil imports to Japan, the world’s third-largest importer, will impact the Iranian economy further, draining foreign currency inflows. Lacking foreign currency may push the country to continue using its foreign exchange reserves, or gold, to cover its international liabilities. Oil looks like a viable, though less convenient, alternative as well. The Iranian economy is in a state of crisis, and due to the lack of trust in its currency, leaders are increasingly resorting to extraordinary offers to trading partners. The situation would clearly worsen if the country enters a state of war. While that’s still speculation, imagine what would happen to the price of gold if a part of Iran’s 29-million-ounce gold reserve becomes a medium – not an object – of exchange in international trade. That reduction in potential supply could be a game-changer, not only because of crisis-struck Iran, but because it could open the door for other countries to follow suit. The price of gold would likely respond very positively. This scenario, while possible, may not happen very soon: large-scale trading in gold has occurred only rarely in recent years. Traces of deals are difficult to track down due to the anonymity of the yellow metal. This re-emphasizes our point regarding gold as money in extremis: when economic push comes to shove, gold will outlast any other medium of exchange in existence. As the evidence from Iran shows, even governments – the masters of the central banks – will resort to mankind’s oldest form of money when pressed. Which brings us to this evergreen conclusion: Gold is one of the best assets to own in both good times and bad. It can rise with inflation in a surging economy, and it can be practical for exchange when times are bad. Gold isn’t just a hedge; it’s money. [There are many ways to take advantage of shifting attitudes toward gold… including buying in at deeply discounted rates. Get started today.]
Editor’s note: We’re continuing our special two-part series from Casey Research founder Doug Casey. Yesterday, Doug explained why this presidential election will be the most critical to the future of our country ever.Today, he’ll go through each candidate—and explain why he hopes Donald Trump comes out on top…The candidates…Let’s review them in decreasing order of disastrousness.Sanders is a lifelong government employee (like Hillary, Cruz, and Kasich). The self-declared socialist is an economically ignorant, hostile, mildly demented old man—the Democrats answer to John McCain. He gets traction by pushing the envy button effectively.This works in a world where many are not only ignorant of economics but have a distorted set of moral principles and no respect for property rights, while some others are cynically exploiting the system to become super wealthy. The machine approves of his basic principles, which are like Obama’s. But he’s probably just a bit too rabid to win a general election in 2016. Obama got in because, unlike Bernie, he seems so reasonable and nice.I know the pundits believe Hillary will win the Dem nomination and then the election, but I don’t buy it. For one thing, she’s (correctly) seen as the Establishment personified. And in a time of widespread resentment—especially if we’re in the middle of a meltdown by November—that’s the kiss of death.Assuming she’s not already indicted for any of a number of crimes. I’m not just talking about Benghazi and the email brouhaha, although some think that alone will sink her ship of state. Additionally, there are the persistent rumors of health issues. So, if neither Hillary nor Bernie gets the nod, who will it be? I expect the Dems will find a left-wing general. Americans do love their military at the moment. Which is especially scary.If Trump is the Republican nominee, he’ll draw attention to a long string of corruption that surrounds Hillary like a miasma, starting in 1978 with the $100,000 bribe disguised as cattle-trading profits. And her numerous friends and associates that have died suspicious deaths in years past, not the least of them Vince Foster and Ron Brown. And her abetting Bill’s sleazy rape episodes with lower-middle-class bimbos. And persistent rumors (which I tend to credit) that she’s an aggressive lesbian.These things aren’t going to help her. Nor will the fact that she’s a woman automatically help her with other women. To believe that is to believe that women are less perceptive than men. In fact, they tend to be shrewder at reading personalities. And Hillary’s personality traits scream “liar,” “fraud,” and “dishonest.”What about Cruz? (Editor’s note: Doug wrote this essay before Cruz dropped out.) His shifty, beady, squinty little eyes speak of duplicity. He seems to be a genuinely dislikable person, which itself is the kiss of death in an election. Elections, after all, have very little to do with ideology; they’re really just popularity/personality contests among the hoi polloi. He’s a borderline religious fanatic, a Christian version of the type of Muslim imams that really scare people. He’s a genuine warmonger. And his wife, an ex-Goldman partner, an ex-Condi Rice counselor, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is exactly the kind of Deep State person that voters reject and despise. He may have beaten Trump in a few Heartland states with big fundamentalist populations, but even the tone deaf management of the Republican Party will see that he’s a complete nonstarter in a general election.Kasich? A lifelong politician, with nine terms as a congress critter, a stint as a governor, and one as a managing director of Lehman Brothers when it failed. These are the opposite of qualifiers in today’s world. He’s on the conventional statist side of almost every important issue—guns, global warming, drugs, medical care, and civil liberties. He’s about as dangerous as Hillary or Cruz when it comes to involving the U.S. in foreign adventures. He’s getting traction only because he seems low-key and “reasonable”—a Republican Obama. My guess is that the Deep State will try to give him the Rep nomination. After all, anyone but Trump…So let’s look at Trump. I’m not a fan, per se, but I believe he’s going to go all the way. It’s not because I believe polls, or pundits, or keep my finger on the pulse of the capite censi (i.e., those who inhabit the ghettos, barrios, and trailer parks of the U.S.).Why is Trump as popular as he is? Two reasons. First, he’s outspoken and politically incorrect. He doesn’t read from a script, like all the others. He says what his supporters are thinking, things that no other public figure is willing to say. Second, he’s not part of the Establishment, the Deep State. He’s the only candidate that’s not a professional politician. These are simple things but extremely important characteristics for this election, which is going to take place during a social and economic hurricane.By the time November rolls around, however, three other qualities will come to the fore, and they’ll be even more important.First, he’s a businessman, and therefore presumed to know how to make things work. People, at least those who aren’t Democrats, don’t want a politico. They know politicos are just about lies and self-dealing. What most people will want in the face of a collapsing economy is somebody who has credentials saying they’re competent to kiss things and make them better. A truth teller who says that the U.S. is in trouble and thinks markets are overpriced. Someone whose slogan is “Make America Great Again!”Second, he projects certainty. In times of fear and confusion, which is what I expect in six months, certainty trumps everything in a public figure. No other candidate even comes close. A man who exudes certainty gets the confidence of voters.Third, the Establishment hates him. Despite all the free press he gets, practically all pundits and public figures loathe him. They label him as an unqualified, irresponsible, dangerous clown and a reality show star. But since the general public now despises the Establishment in general and the media in particular, this will help him, not hurt him. Here’s some full disclosure…You may be wondering, having said all this, if I will vote for Trump. The answer is: no. He’s an authoritarian, not a libertarian. He’s got only a marginal grip on either economic freedom or social freedom, and he says lots of stupid things that he may actually believe. That said, I still signed up for my friend Walter Block’s Libertarians for Trump movement. Why? Partly because he’s vastly less scary than any other candidate. And he’s certainly the least likely to start World War 3—which is actually the biggest risk with any president.So why won’t I vote for him? Longtime subscribers are aware that I don’t choose to be complicit in crimes, including national elections. I give five reasons why you, too, should consider opting out. But I hope Trump wins. Not just because he’s actually the least warlike but because he’s the only candidate who’s not a puppet on a string. He stands a chance of upturning the Deep State’s apple cart and spilling all the rotten apples it carries. A small chance, perhaps, but probably the only chance.Could he succeed in doing it? Unlikely, but it’s important that someone tries. He’d be no more likely to succeed than Ron Paul, if he’d won the last election. As I pointed out then, anyone who steps out of line would first get a sit-down with the heads of the praetorian agencies and a bunch of generals. They’d politely, but firmly, explain the way things work. Failing that, Congress would impeach him. Failing that, I expect he’d meet with an unfortunate accident.In conclusion, you can put the Rolling Stone’s “Street Fighting Man” on continuous loop to replace the audio whenever you watch the news. I expect a long, hot, violent summer. That’s somewhat counterintuitive, in view of the fact that the American public is more apathetic than ever.Apathy and ignorance. How else to explain their complacence at getting 0% on their savings? How better to explain that they’re more driven by fear than ever, evidenced by so many things; from the acceptance of “helicopter parenting,” to the bizarre hysteria over practically nonexistent terrorism. Americans seem like zombies in many ways. Maybe that’s because something like 25% of the population are on medically prescribed psychoactives, like Ritalin, Prozac, Ambien, and scores of others. And even more are addicted to sugar, alcohol, overeating, recreational drugs, and Kardashian-style TV. Even so, as Ferguson, Missouri proved last year, they’re still capable of rioting.America, which was much more a concept than a place, is long gone. What’s left of the white middle class correctly feel they’re losing what’s left of the U.S. Their children are being both bankrupted and corrupted by politically correct schooling. To them, the society appears to have been captured by gender feminism, LGBT preferences, and racial quotas. And I’d say they’re basically right.That’s why, even if they won’t admit it out loud, most Americans (hardcore Democrats excepted, of course), will vote for Trump.Hold on to your hat.Editor’s note: Doug says we are now witnessing the “greatest currency trend” of his 40-year career. And he’s revealing his top picks to take advantage.Doug just invested $800,000 of his own money into this trend. 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The number of men in the United States who are full-time, stay-at-home parents has risen steadily in recent decades, from maybe a million or so in 1984, according to a Pew Research Center estimate, to roughly double that in 2014. That’s still much smaller than the number of stay-at-home moms, of course, and many of the challenges these dads face are universal to parenting.”It’s a tough job,” says Ben Sanders, who’s raising two young boys in Haymarket, Va. His kids are 3 ½ and 6 ½ years old. “There are no breaks. It’s 24/7. There’s no vacation. You can’t get sick.”The amount of work entailed “is crazy,” Sanders says. “You’re on your feet constantly, you know — shopping, laundry, errands [and] running kids here and there. It’s very hands-on. It’s very demanding. I’ve lost over 50 pounds, just being a stay-at-home parent.”And adding to the crazy stress of child rearing, he says, there’s this: Some people still aren’t comfortable with a man being the caregiver full-time.Lining up play dates for his kids, for example, can be awkward. Initially Sanders signed up for a mom’s group in his neighborhood, but didn’t feel completely welcome there. He tries to shrug it off.”It’s like being in sales,” says Sanders, who used to work as a regional sales manager for a solar energy company. “People say ‘no’ all the time. If you’re in sales you can’t have a fear of rejection, you know? You ask enough stay-at-home moms if they want to have a play date, and maybe one or two out of 10 will says ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ “Researchers who study stay-at-home parents say that difficulty in making social connections seems to be one of the biggest obstacles dads face. In many parts of the country there are so few men doing this that they have a tough time finding each other.Reaching out to nearby moms isn’t always an option; stay-at-home moms often feel more comfortable hanging out with other women. And some working fathers frown on other men socializing with their wives when they’re away.”There are people who don’t understand,” Sanders says.His wife, Nicole, who has a high-pressure job with a large defense contractor near Washington, D.C., is grateful to her husband.”I don’t think I could do my job if he weren’t at home,” she says. “I travel a lot. My schedule is very erratic and unpredictable.”Knowing that there is always someone covering the homefront allows her to be very flexible in her work hours, she says. “And that’s kind of the nature of what I do.”After their first child was born, the Sanders both continued to work full time. Ben was on the road Monday through Thursday, and the couple hired a pair of nannies, who worked in shifts to help bridge the gaps. “They switched off every 12 hours,” Ben says.But he says that pace was too hectic for the family; Ben and Nicole finally decided one of them needed to stay home full-time.Ben was ready for a change and no longer wanted to feel like a weekend father.”I wanted to see my family every day,” he says. “I actually wanted to be part of my children’s life and be present — not absent. So that’s what we did. And there’s no looking back.”U.S. census data from the early 1970s show very few men listing their occupation as “full-time parent.” So, how about today, after four decades of struggle for gender quality?”It’s still relatively uncommon,” says Brad Harrington the executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. “Depending on whose numbers you believe, it’s somewhere between 1 out of 20 or maybe one out of 15 at-home parents now is a dad.”In his own research, Harrington has found that more than half of male millennials say they would consider being a stay-at-home dad if their spouse earned enough to support them. Yet he’s found a disconnect, he says, between what people say they might do and what actually happens.Partly, he says, that’s because of continued income inequality between men and women.”Oftentimes the financial decision goes in favor of the woman staying home rather than the man,” he says.And corporate culture, he says, particularly at large, established companies, can still discourage fathers from taking years off to be home with their kids.”There is kind of a lag between the experience of young fathers these days,” Harrington says, “and what the people at the top expect from young working dads.”Those corporate expectations of dads can be incredibly harmful to mothers, as well as to the fathers, Harrington says.”Nothing, probably, provides more of an opportunity for women to advance than an at-home dad,” says Harrington. “Because when they know that the father is there, taking care of that set of responsibilities, then women are more free to pursue their own professional goals.”On a Wednesday morning in Arlington, Va., a dozen stay-at-home fathers and about 20 kids get together for their weekly dads’ group. The kids range in age from a few months to 9 years old. Some of the older kids are playing dress-up in the basement. Another boy is building a Lego tower in the sunroom.Dads are drinking coffee, eating doughnuts and hanging out. Just as women have found comaraderie in “Mommy and Me” groups, these fathers enjoy their own social events.Mark Bildner, who serves as host this day, is a veteran of the local D.C. Metro dads’ network. He’s raising four kids; the eldest is 10. Bildner says he finds that men often have trouble breaking out of the work mindset and getting into the world of parenting. At work, he explains, projects tend to be linear — the goal is to finish one task and move forward to the next, then hit the next goal, the next milestone.But parenting isn’t linear, Bildner says. It’s more like the ocean.”The tide comes in, the tide goes out. The house is clean, then it’s dirty. Your child is happy, now she’s sad. She’s tired, now she’s rested.”Bildner gestures at the kids scampering around his carpeted basement. “An hour ago, this room was completely clean,” he says. “Now it’s wrecked.”As a parent, Bildner says, you have to have a different vision of progress. “You just have to accept that things get done and undone all the time. Your job is to just go with that,” he says.Accepting the ebb and flow of a child’s world can be hard for a man who expects something he’s fixed to stay fixed.One of the fathers in Bildner’s basement, Aaron Rosenbaum, calls this group “fantastic” and says it fills a void for him and his friends.”It’s just the camaraderie,” he says. “No one feels uncomfortable around you. You don’t feel like people are wondering why you’re staying at home.”Rosenbaum used to live on Capitol Hill in D.C., where he says there were “tons” of activities for young kids.”But I was almost always the only dad,” he says. “Most moms seemed completely fine with me being there, but lots of times I felt like a lot of people wouldn’t actually talk to me, or just kind of avoided me. So in some respects it was a little lonely.”Parenting, of course, can also be a lonely endeavor for a stay-at-home mom who suddenly finds her world swirling around a nonverbal infant.But Rosenbaum says the fathers he knows aren’t as good at overcoming that social isolation.”I feel like moms are more likely to come out of the woodwork and get together and do stuff — make sure their kids play together,” he says. “Dads tend to be kind of loners.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.