New York- Omar Hilale, who was entrusted by King Mohammed VI with the position of ambassador, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations Organization, handed on Thursday to UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon a message from the Sovereign, on the latest UNSG report on the Sahara.During the meeting, the Moroccan diplomat underlined Morocco’s fundamentals regarding the Sahara issue and pointed out that “any deviation from this framework will be dangerous” for the negotiations process. “Upon high instructions of HM the King, I was received by the Secretary General of the UNO to whom I handed a Royal message related to the UN latest report on the Moroccan Sahara”, Hilale told MAP, noting that he seized this opportunity to recall “the fundamentals of political negotiations” which are “remaining faithful to the UN security council 2007 resolution that defines the mandate of the UN secretary general personal envoy”. Hilale also recalled that King Mohammed VI had, during a phone conversation with Ban Ki-Moon in August 2012 “called for preserving the Personal Envoy’s mandate of mediation, promotion of political settlement and supervision with precise terms as well as Morocco’s contribution within the United Nations.” This reminder of the terms of reference illustrates “Morocco’s attachment to the political process”, its earnest engagement in negotiations under the auspices of the secretary general and the Security Council, and at the same time its “firm opposition” to “any deviation from this framework that would be dangerous to the entire negotiations process.” Hilale further argued that “as much as we are attached to the process of seeking a political, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to this regional dispute, as much we will oppose with strength and determination any attempt to use the issue of human rights to harm the integrity of Morocco’s territory”.
29 July 2008The newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she comes to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during the apartheid regime when non-whites such as herself suffered from institutionalized discrimination. “I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that,” Navanethem Pillay said today in an interview with UN Radio. Ms. Pillay, who is due to take up her post in Geneva on 1 September, said that leadership in her home country had been critical in bringing about dramatic change for the better. She went on to cite the establishment of the Human Rights Council, where she said Member States now subscribe to the notion of accountability, monitoring and peer reviews, as an example of dramatic change that had taken place globally in the human rights field.Noting that her predecessor Louise Arbour had established human rights offices in 50 countries, Ms. Pillay said she wanted to take that work forward. “I see these as progressive trends which would advance the work of the High Commissioner in protecting human rights everywhere.” She said that nations now took human rights with the seriousness that they deserved, drawing on her experience of serving as a Judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2003, and before that as both Judge and President on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which she joined in 1995. “My experience as an international judge is where political leadership has been brought to account for complicity in some very grave international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. I was on the panel of judges that sentenced the Prime Minister of Rwanda to life imprisonment for the offense of genocide,” she noted. “I subscribe to this new system of international criminal justice system which we have only very recently, for the past fifteen years, as a strong signal that impunity will be ended and that anyone, whether a head of state or a militia leader, will be held accountable and punished.” The High Commissioner acknowledged that she would have to operate in a different manner in her new post from her previous work for criminal tribunals, even though she said there were close links between the two activities. “The criminal trials have the power to punish, the High Commissioner has to find various approaches of persuasion, of strong talk, or to develop civil society organizations to meet this source of the violations,” she said.
A domestic aide who left Saudi Arabia 22 years ago will soon receive his end-of-service awards in Colombo. His Saudi sponsor, who died six years ago, requested his next of kin to pay the benefits to the man if he could be found after his return to Sri Lanka, Arab News reported.Based on an Arab News report — ‘Dead’ sponsor sends end-of-service benefits to domestic aide who left KSA 22 years ago — published on Feb. 16 and which recorded more than 40,000 hits online, the beneficiary was found in Sri Lanka and the authorities will make the payment shortly on completion of formalities. Al-Shammary’s grandson, Abdullah, had handed SR11,000 to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh to be given either to the driver, if living, or to his family members.Nalin Rajapaksa, media officer at the Ministry of Foreign Employment, told Arab News that the ministry launched an islandwide search for the driver to clear the payment. Saudi sponsor, Shukr Sweilem Al-Shammary, who died six years ago, requested his next-of-kin to pay the end-of-service to Mohammed Zizan Hameed Lebbe, a Sri Lankan domestic driver, who had worked with him from 1987 to 1996 in Riyadh. According to the last will of Al-Shammary, the deceased asked his heirs to pay SR11,000 to the driver or to his family.Indika Thilakaratne , labor counselor at the Sri Lankan Embassy, said that he received the money and it has been sent to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to pay the nominee or his next-of-kin. Rihan Razick, managing director at Asma Travels, told Arab News from Colombo that based on the report from Arab News, he had searched for the driver on humanitarian grounds. “Fortunately, I found the man in my own village,” he said, adding that he was now running a tea kiosk in Bandawa, Polgahawela, some 70 kilometers from the city of Colombo. Razick said he was unaware of the news and it came as a pleasant surprise.According to Razick, the driver has handed the identity documents to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment in Colombo and will soon receive his dues from his employment abroad. (Colombo Gazette)
Huawei Technologies Co. founder Ren Zhengfei struck a defiant tone in the face of U.S. sanctions that threaten his company’s very survival.In an interview with Bloomberg Television, the billionaire founder of China’s largest technology company conceded that Trump administration export curbs will cut into a two-year lead Huawei had painstakingly built over rivals like Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj. But the company will either ramp up its own chip supply or find alternatives to keep its edge in smartphones and 5G.The U.S. on May 17 blacklisted Huawei — which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage — and cut it off from the U.S. software and components it needs to make its products. The ban hamstrings the world’s largest provider of networking gear and No. 2 smartphone vendor, just as it was preparing to vault to the forefront of global technology. It’s rocking chipmakers from America to Europe as the global supply chain comes under threat. The ban could also disrupt the rollout of 5G wireless globally, undermining a standard that’s touted as the foundation of everything from autonomous cars to robot surgery.Being able to grow in the toughest battle environment, that just reflects how great we areRen Zhengfei Ren maintained Huawei had the capability to devise its own solutions — given time. It’s been designing its own chips for years, which it now uses in many of its own smartphones. It’s even developing its own operating software to run phones and servers. The CEO however deflected questions about how quickly Huawei can ramp up those internal replacement endeavors. Failure could dent the fast-growing consumer business and even kill emergent efforts such as cloud servers.“That depends on how fast our repairmen are able to fix the plane,” said Ren, who appeared at ease in a white jacket over a pink shirt, making light of questions about his company’s plight. “No matter what materials they use, be it metal, cloth or paper, the aim is to keep the plane in the sky.” U.S. ‘not ready’ to make a trade deal with China, Trump says Nokia in talks to sell 5G gear to telcos as decision on Huawei looms Apple earnings could be slashed 29% if China retaliates with product ban, warns Goldman Sachs Ren has gone from recluse to media maven in the span of months as he fights to save the US$100 billion company he founded. The 74-year-old billionaire emerged from virtual seclusion after the arrest of eldest daughter and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou as part of a broader probe of Huawei. He’s since become a central figure in a U.S.-Chinese conflict that’s potentially the most important episode to shape world affairs since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As Ren said in January, when the world’s biggest economies battle for dominion, nothing in their way will survive. His company is a “sesame seed” between twin great powers, he said.“This may bring one of China’s national champions to its knees,” said Chris Lane, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. “If China shut down all the Apple plants, the U.S. would get very upset. This is a similar kind of move.”Ren has had much to deal with of late. His company finds itself increasingly under fire, besieged by a U.S. effort to get key allies to ban its equipment. The U.S. assault helped crystallize fears about Huawei’s growing clout in areas from wireless infrastructure and semiconductors to consumer gadgets.Then came the blacklist. Huawei appears to have anticipated this possibility since at least mid-2018, when similar sanctions threatened to sink rival ZTE Corp. Huawei’s said to have stockpiled enough chips and other vital components to keep its business running at least three months.“We have made some really good chips,” said Ren, a legendary figure in his home country thanks to the way he built Huawei from scratch into a global powerhouse. “Being able to grow in the toughest battle environment, that just reflects how great we are.”Last week, Trump said Huawei could become part of a U.S-Chinese trade deal, stirring speculation it was a bargaining chip in sensitive negotiations. But Ren said he wasn’t a politician. “It’s a big joke,” he scoffed. “How are we related to China-U.S. trade?”If Trump calls, “I will ignore him, then to whom can he negotiate with? If he calls me, I may not answer. But he doesn’t have my number.”In fact, Ren pulled no punches in going after a man he labeled “a great president” just months prior. “I see his tweets and think it’s laughable because they’re self-contradictory,” he quipped. “How did he become a master of the art of the deal?”Beijing itself isn’t without options. Some speculate China might retaliate against the ban of Huawei — which may widen to include some of its most promising AI firms — by in turn barring America’s largest corporations from its own markets. Apple Inc. could relinquish nearly a third of its profit if China banned its products, Goldman Sachs analysts estimate.Ren said he would object to any such move against his American rival.“That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest,” Ren said in the interview. “Apple is my teacher, it’s in the lead. As a student, why go against my teacher? Never.”At the heart of Trump’s campaign is suspicion that Huawei aids Beijing in espionage while spearheading China’s ambitions to become a technology superpower. It’s been accused for years of stealing intellectual property in lawsuits filed by American companies from Cisco Systems Inc. and Motorola Inc. to T-Mobile US Inc. Critics say such theft helped Huawei vault into the upper echelons of technology — but Ren laughed off that premise.“I stole the American technologies from tomorrow. The U.S. doesn’t even have those technologies,” he said. “We are ahead of the U.S. If we were behind, there would be no need for Trump to strenuously attack us.”Ren’s easy demeanor belies the way he’s consistently shunned attention. The army engineer-turned-entrepreneur has this year turned in a command performance in the public spotlight, particularly for someone who’s rarely spoken to foreign media since he created Huawei. The re-emergence of the reclusive CEO — who before January last spoke with foreign media in 2015 — underscores the depth of the attacks on Huawei, the largest symbol of China’s growing technological might. Ren again waved off speculation his company is in any way beholden to the Communist Party, though he’s declared his loyalty ultimately lies with the country’s ruling body.U.S. lawmakers aren’t convinced. That’s why the U.S. Commerce Department cut off the flow of American technology — from chips to software and everything in-between.An iconic figure in Chinese business circles, the billionaire remains a uniquely placed voice in a conflict that will help define the global landscape. Ren, who says he survived the chaos of the Cultural Revolution thanks in part to his much sought-after expertise in high-precision tools, remains a big believer that Huawei’s technology will win the day.His company today generates more sales than internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. combined. In 2018, Huawei overtook Apple in smartphone sales, a triumph that burnished his tech credentials. His quotes adorn the walls of the food court at Huawei’s sprawling campus on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, and employees still speak of him in reverent tones. The company’s 2018 report shows he has a 1.14 per cent stake, giving him a net worth of US$2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Ren, who survived Mao Zedong’s great famine to found Huawei in 1987 with 21,000 yuan, said Huawei will do whatever it takes to survive. It will ignore the noise while doing its business the best it can. Meanwhile, the pressure is bound to take a toll. At one point during the interview, Ren’s unflappable demeanor cracked — if only for a minute.“The U.S. has never bought products from us,” he said, bristling. “Even if the U.S. wants to buy our products in the future, I may not sell to them. There’s no need for a negotiation.”With assistance from John LiuBloomberg.com
Police have made an arrest in connection with a graffiti vandalism spree dating back to 2018.Dozens of locations in Norfolk County have been defaced with stylized variations of the word “HASH.” Sometimes the vandalism has been accompanied by the symbol “#” to suggest “Hashtag.”In a news release Monday, Norfolk OPP say the vandalism dates from Nov. 1 to Jan. 4.However, the word “Hash” has been spray-painted in other locations since this time frame. Most recently it appeared in large letters on the former Maliboo Tavern in downtown Simcoe before it was demolished last month.Last week, the Norfolk-Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit arrested and charged Aaron Lundrigan, 36, of Norfolk County, with one count of mischief over $5,000 and 24 counts of mischief under $5,000.“The cost to remove the graffiti is estimated at approximately $20,000,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said Monday in a news release. “This particular cost is likely to increase as further victims pay to have the spray-paint removed from their properties.”In a video posted on social media, Sanchuk said the arrest was made in partnership with Waterloo police. In the video, Sanchuk is shown speaking in front of the word “Hash” spray-painted on a bridge in large letters.“This is not any form of art,” Sanchuk says. “This is vandalism at its finest.”Norfolk OPP are attempting to get an accurate accounting of how much damage this “Hash-tag” spree has caused. Anyone with “Hash” spray-painted on their property is asked to report it to the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.The accused is scheduled to answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March 26.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
The Department of Classics is hosting a Pantelleria Archaeological Project information session this Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in IC 335This involves course credits 4V85 and 5V85For more information please contact Carrie Ann Murray at cmurray@BrockU.CA
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxpayers, companies can now file their tax returns online as GRA launches ‘eServices’February 7, 2018In “Business”Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnestySeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”GRA to open tax centres from April 1March 30, 2015In “Business” GRA HeadquartersThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) plans to make e-filing mandatory for specific brackets of taxpayers to improve the efficiency of tax collection in 2019.This initiative is one of many the authority had announced when it unveiled its first phase of e-services earlier this year.Following the amendment to Section 3 of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01, this long-awaited e-service provides a platform that enables individual taxpayers and companies to submit tax returns online.According to a DPI release, during the Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said this is part of the creation of a Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU), which was established in 2017 aimed to provide proper and dedicated customer care service. He noted that the unit is responsible for bringing in over $4B in tax revenue.Minister Jordan said that an Oil and Gas Unit will also be established within the LTU, dedicated to ensure appropriate revenues are paid to the state by petroleum-producers.“The government has secured the support of international institutions to undertake capacity building initiatives in the GRA and other institutions, providing expert advice in several areas, including cost-oil audit and production sharing agreements,” the minister explained.
Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor started out life as an Xbox 360 peripheral. But with a bit of hacking and eventually an official SDK, it branched out to power a number of homebrew projects. Now it seems Kinect is being put to good use in the field of healthcare.Stefan Scherer and a team of computer scientists, working out of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, have created SimSensei and MultiSense to assess a patient’s psychological state without need of a real person.SimSensei is a virtual psychologist that appears on-screen and asks the patient numerous questions about how they feel. While that is going on the Kinect sensor is trained on the patient’s face.The face tracking software Kinect uses in conjunction with SimSensei is called MultiSense. It is able to track and analyze “facial expressions, body posture, acoustic features, linguistic patterns, and higher-level behavior descriptors” all in real time using computer vision algorithms. If you fidget or your attention wanders, MultiSense knows and records your behavior as such based on your reactions and its programmed knowledge of psychology.Combining the two systems, it’s possible to detect psychological distress by analyzing the data collected. The accuracy of detecting whether someone is depressed is thought to be as high as 90 percent. Considering the system is completely automated, it holds the promise of being able to assess more patients for treatment in a shorter timeframe, and without needing the presence of a trained healthcare worker. It’s also likely going to save money and be more accurate than the current assessment method that relies on a number of yes/no only questions and no non-verbal behavior monitoring.The research is set to be presented by Scherer at the Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference later this month in Shanghai. There are no details yet as to when we can expect to see SimSensei and MultiSense being used outside of the research lab. Just don’t be surprised if you see Kinect sensors popping up at medical facilities before too long.
By now, almost everyone has at least heard or seen the term DDoS. Unless you’re fairly geeky, however, you might not know what a distributed denial-of-service attack is or how one works. Even if you are a dyed-in-the-wool geek, chances are you don’t know what a DDoS attack looks like.Thanks to the security staff at VideoLan, developers of the highly popular VLC media player, you can now catch a glimpse. This is what it’s like to be on the receiving end:According to VideoLan’s Ludovic Fauvet, the servers at get.videolan.org have been dealing with around 400 requests every second. A pattern was quickly identified in the attacks, however, which allowed Fauvet and his teammates to cut the bad guys off at the pass.By singling out a common user agent, they’ve been able to tweak Nginx to leave those connections lingering in limbo. Right now, the DDoS requests aren’t accomplishing anything more than generating HTTP 403 errors.Prior to fortifying their defenses, the VideoLan crew was seeing around 200 downloads of VLC every second — which totalled nearly 30Gbps. Here’s a quick comparative: the massive DDoS that took down Wikipedia was pushing about 10 gigabits every second.So who’s behind the attack on VideoLan and what’s the motivation? That’s not known just yet, but thankfully the team in France should be able to plug away in the interim. They won’t let something like a DDoS stand in the way of delivering that fancy, new Windows 8 app to their backers.
Share400 Tweet Email3 QATAR AIRWAYS HAS confirmed it will introduce a new Dublin to Doha route.Dublin is one of eight new routes announced by the airline today. All of the routes will be introduced in 2017 and 2018, but no exact date has been given. Source: Ted S Warren AP/Press Association ImagesOther new routes include Canberra, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago, Chile. Delighted to see @qatarairways announce @DublinAirport as new route for 2017 https://t.co/vmpHrTTMpy #avgeek— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) November 28, 2016 17,763 Views 31 Comments Source: Dublin Airport/Twitter Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We operate the world’s youngest fleet, averaging just five years old, and we fly the most technologically advanced aircraft … With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline.”Read: Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Ireland will be a ‘great gift’ – Archbishop Diarmuid MartinRead: 390,000 ducks and hens in northern Europe culled over bird flu fears https://jrnl.ie/3107996 By Órla Ryan Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:40 PM Nov 28th 2016, 9:40 PM Qatar Airways to launch Dublin to Doha route The flights will begin in 2017 or 2018. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL
Facebook : il est enfin possible de modifier ses commentaires !Après avoir permis à ses 900 millions de membres de supprimer leurs commentaires, Facebook les autorise désormais, et enfin, à les éditer comme bon leur semble. Un nouvel outil qui peut être utilisé pour les commentaires les plus récents, comme pour les plus anciens.La nouvelle devrait sans aucun doute réjouir nombre de membres de Facebook : ils peuvent désormais éditer tous leurs commentaires ! Il était temps, soupireront certains. Les utilisateurs déploraient de ne pouvoir supprimer que leurs commentaires récents, et ce seulement pendant un temps très limité – quelques secondes à peine – qui plus est uniquement si aucune autre réaction n’a été publiée après la leur.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesCette nouvelle fonction permet avant tout aux utilisateurs du réseau social de modifier leurs commentaires en cas de regret, ou simplement après qu’une faute de frappe ou d’orthographe leur ait échappé. Chose réclamée depuis longtemps par les internautes.Pour ce faire, ils devront cliquer sur une icône en forme de stylo qui permet à la fois de supprimer et éditer les commentaires. À noter cependant qu’une modification ne pourra pas passer inaperçue. Une mention “Modifié” s’affichera en effet près du bouton “J’aime”. En cliquant dessus, un “Historique des modifications” apparaîtra et permettra de voir à la fois le nouveau message, mais aussi sa version originale.Nouvelles options Lancée jeudi dernier, cette fonction n’a pas encore été déployée partout dans le monde. Et l’on peut regretter que Facebook n’ait pas profité de son intégration pour offrir la même option aux simples publications. Une possibilité permise sur le réseau social de la firme de Mountain View, Google +.À noter que la fonction d’édition des commentaires lancée par le réseau aux 900 millions de membres suit plusieurs autres nouveautés récemment intégrées à la plateforme sociale. Parmi elles, l’arrivée d’un bouton “J’aime” pour les applications – Facebook a ouvert les portes il y a quelques jours d’une boutique en ligne réunissant les meilleures appli web et mobile -, mais aussi un outil de géolocalisation permettant de rechercher des amisà proximité. Un service destiné à la version mobile du réseau social.Enfin, pour ceux qui aiment le sport et qui désespèrent de ne pas pouvoir se rendre à Londres pour assister le mois prochain aux Jeux Olympiques, Facebook a crée une plateforme qui leur est spécialement dédiée. Disponible en 22 langues, elle réunit les pages des athlètes en compétition, des équipes qui s’affronteront dans la capitale britannique, mais aussi des différents sports représentés.Le 27 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Rajamahendravaram: CREDAI Andhra Pradesh Advisory Committee Chairman Buddiga Srinivas has said that a three-day CREDAI Home Expo will be conducted from August 23 to 25 in the city for the benefit of the people. Releasing a brochure relating to the expo at Press Club here on Saturday, he said the programme will be held at Cherukuri Convetion Hall in Jawaharlal Nehru Road. As many as 120 stalls will be arranged in the expo, which was aimed to bring awareness among people who wants to purchase flats or construct houses on their own.
Actor/director Angelina Jolie attends the 32nd Annual American Society Of Cinematographers Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Getty ImagesAngelina Jolie is making fans wishes come true as she is the latest Hollywood A-lister to enter into talks to join the MCU. She will reportedly be staring in the Eternals movie.Apparently, while no details were given for what role Jolie is playing, The Hollywood Reporter adds that one aspect of the story follows a romance between two Eternals.The romance is said to be between Ikaris, described as a man powered by ‘cosmic energy’ and Sersi, who, ‘relishes moving among the humans.’It is known that The Eternals were created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in 1976, his first title after returning to Marvel after a highly-publicized stint at DC Comics in the early 1970s. The comics followed a group of creatures known as The Eternals, who were described as an offshoot of the process that created sentient life on Earth. The Eternals were meant to be the protectors of Earth by their creators, The Celestials, defending Earth against their destructive counterparts, The Deviants. Actor/director Angelina Jolie attends The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice AwardsReportedly The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider), making her the first solo female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Angelina Jolie joining the MCU is sure to make fans go crazy. Jolie is no stranger to action flicks having starred in quite a few, she is also familiar with comics territory having starred in Wanted the adaptation of the popular graphic novel of the same name. And let’s not forget, when she played the iconic Lara Croft for her first big screen outing. Angelina Jolie is an Oscar winner with serious action chops. She will surely do her role in The Eternals justice. We have to say that we just can’t wait.
Advertisement Jacksonville shocked the world by beating up on the Steelers at Heinz Field, and are brimming with confidence as they enter the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. Even though Jags stud corner Jalen Ramsey went as far as guaranteeing a win over New England and a Super Bowl title to some fans, Vegas has New England installed as heavy 9.5-point favorites.Even though the line seems too high, Colin trusts the boys in the desert, and today gave 4 reasons why he believes the Pats will end Sacksonville’s resurgent season, and head to their 3rd Super bowl in 4 years.Sorry, Jags fans.4 reasons the Patriots are huge favorites over the Jaguars pic.twitter.com/n4CwUF7cIB— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 16, 2018
Funny video drives home HIV message: Undetectable = Untransmittable An LGBTI-friendly insurance company in the UK has today launched a new travel insurance policy. Anyone with HIV does not need to disclose it as a pre-existing medical condition. This is provided they are on stable anti-viral medication and have an undetectable viral load. GAYSTARNEWS- The travel insurance industry has been criticized for the way it treats people with HIV (Photo: Pexels | Public Domain) Gay doctor who lied about HIV+ status avoids jail Not one case of HIV transmission from HIV positive gay men on effective treatmentFunny video drives home HIV message: Undetectable = UntransmittableScience trumps HIV stigma: ‘When we are undetectable we can’t pass the virus on’Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hiv-declare-status-travel-insurance/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Doctors widely agrees that HIV positive individuals with an undetectable viral load can expect a normal lifespan provided they adhere to treatment.However, until now, the insurance world has been slow to reflect changes in attitudes toward HIV.‘The insurance industry and the UK as a whole need to wake up’Steve Wardlaw, Chairman of Emerald Life, said ‘Emerald is very proud to introduce this revolutionary, game-changing travel insurance. The insurance industry and the UK as a whole need to wake up and become more familiar with the recent advances in HIV treatment.‘People living with HIV can suffer high levels of alienation that can stop them from taking basic precautions like travel insurance when they go abroad. Everyone should be able to insure themselves with a respectful customer journey, without fear of stigma or discrimination.’The Terrence Higgins Trust, the largest sexual health charity in the UK, welcome the move. Its CEO, Ian Green, said ‘People who are living with HIV and who are on effective medication can expect to live lives that are as long and healthy as anyone else. Therefore, there should be zero need for an individual with an undetectable viral load to disclose their status when taking out travel insurance.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Matthew Hodson, Chief Executive of HIV information service NAM, told GSN, also welcomed the move. ‘It will allow people with HIV to travel, for business and pleasure, with the same security as others.‘So far, not all parts of the insurance industry recognise how far we have come in our ability to treat HIV effectively. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, our life expectancy is unchanged. People living with this virus should not be penalised as a result of out of date perceptions of HIV.’Emerald Life launched in 2016. Since its inception, it has not increased in travel insurance premiums for people with HIV, irrespective of their health. However, it is now removing the needs for people with HIV to declare it as a pre-existing medical condition.See also‘Last week I tested positive for HIV. My world imploded.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
4th person accuses conductor James Levine of misconduct NEW YORK, N.Y. – A fourth person is accusing acclaimed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine of sexual misconduct.Violinist Albin Ifsich told The New York Times that the abuse happened in 1968 when he was a 20-year-old student at Michigan’s Meadow Brook School of Music, where Levine was on the faculty.He said Levine exposed himself and engaged in masturbation.Ifsich is the third former student at Meadow Brook to accuse Levine publicly of sexual misconduct. A fourth man has accused Levine of molesting him in Illinois when he was 16.Levine’s representatives haven’t responded to messages.The Metropolitan Opera says Levine denied the allegations.The opera suspended Levine on Sunday after the Times published accounts from three of the accusers.Prosecutors in Lake County, Illinois, say they are reviewing the allegations. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 8:32 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Police on Monday were continuing to investigate the provenance of an email containing a bomb hoax that led to the evacuation of two malls, an aircraft at Larnaca airport and a casino in Nicosia on Sunday.The first evacuation occurred at around 3pm at the Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos. In order not to cause panic, mall security initially told the public that they should step outside due to a ventilation malfunction. Sniffer dogs and the bomb squads combed the mall, and after nothing was found the all-clear was given at about 6pm.At Larnaca airport, around 4pm airport authorities and police evacuated an aircraft following information that a suspicious item was on board.Passengers disembarked so that the plane could be searched. The flight departed for Moscow later in the afternoon.Meanwhile after similar information was received by authorities, the My Mall in Limassol was likewise evacuated around 4pm The premises were searched, and the all-clear was sounded at about 6pm.The evacuation went smoothly, with loudspeakers and security personnel instructing the public to head for the exits.Lastly, at about 7pm police received a call about a bomb at the casino in Engomi, Nicosia. After the casino was searched, it resumed normal operation at 8.30pm.The call was placed from a payphone somewhere in Nicosia, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.Angelides said a crisis centre was set up immediately after the information came through.“As you know, the searches that were conducted with the involvement of numerous departments, found nothing in connection with a suspicious item,” he said.According to Angelides, the information on the three prior sites – the airport and the two malls – had been received via email, around 1.30pm.The message was sent to a Larnaca airport email address, the spokesman said. It did not mention bombs, but referred to the presence of “suspicious items.”What is curious is that the same email referred to suspicious items at three separate sites – the aircraft as well as the two malls.The provenance of the email is being investigated, Angelides said.Reports said the email came from abroad with the sender being a Russian businessman living in Limassol. A second Russian man, a lawyer, who visits Cyprus frequently was also named in the email.Police questioned the two men but nothing untoward came up and reports suggested the two might have been the victims of a hacker.The police spokesman declined on Monday to discuss details regarding the sender. He said a statement will be issued when the force had concrete leads.“Some questions have been answered regarding this information but we should await the conclusion” of the investigation, Angelides said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Howell News State Rep. Gary Howell testified in support of his bill that penalizes local officials who knowingly enforce a gun ordinance in violation of state law.State Rep. Gary Howell (R – North Branch) testified on May 24th before the House Committee on Local Government in support of his bill that penalizes local officials who knowingly enact gun ordinances in violation of state law and the Constitution.“The Michigan Constitution, in Article 1, Section 6, provides that ‘every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state’. This language is very clear and unequivocal, and accordingly, it is unacceptable for any local government to impede those rights,” Howell said. “My common-sense legislation will help protect and safeguard our important constitutional rights as well as the lives of people.”Rep. Howell further stated that “despite the fact that Michigan law has for decades prohibited local units of government from adopting firearms ordinances contrary to state statute, some cities, villages, and townships have continued to enact, maintain, or enforce such illegal ordinances. This places an unfair burden on gun owners who would have to defend themselves in court at their own expense in order to prove that any citations issued against them are invalid.”“If we don’t take steps now to address these infringements upon our constitutional rights, the gun-grabbers could go after our hunting rights next. Saying and doing nothing is to give tacit approval. I will not allow that to happen on my watch.”HB 4616 provides that municipalities will have 60 days after the effective date of this bill to repeal all remaining invalid ordinances. Any local unit of government which refuses or neglects to repeal such ordinances can then be sued by any of its taxpayers in circuit court. The court will be obligated to issue an injunction against further enforcement, order that such ordinances be repealed, and assess costs and attorney fees against the offending municipality. In addition, any local elected official who knowingly and willfully enacts or enforces such ordinances would be subject to fines up to $7,500.It is anticipated that the House Committee on Local Government will take further testimony on the Howell bill at a meeting scheduled for noon on Wednesday, June 7th in Lansing. The bill is supported by both the National Rifle Association and the Michigan State Police. 25May Rep. Howell bill prohibits gun ordinances in violation of state law ###
25Apr Rep. Allor votes to increase funding for northern Michigan schools, protecting natural resources Rep. Sue Allor this week voted in favor of a Michigan House plan investing a record amount in the state’s public schools with a special emphasis on preparing students for high-demand jobs.The budget plan also will improve roads, protect natural resources and boost rural health care while forcing state government to live within its means and become more accountable to taxpayers. The proposal also fights PFAS contamination on several fronts.“This plan focuses on what northern Michigan needs, wants and deserves,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “We’re placing a priority on programs that will lead to better-paying jobs, preserve our natural resources, protect the health and safety of families, and preserve our way of life.”The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 focuses on:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new state record for K-12 investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120 to $240 per student. Early literacy and support for academically at-risk students are priorities. School security would receive a significant investment. Savings for taxpayers. Budgets for several state departments would decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Overall, the House plan spends less money next budget year – continuing a trend of spending less annually while prioritizing what’s most important. Health care. New doctors would have incentives to work in underserved rural areas. Access to mental health services will be improved so residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives, reflecting the House CARES initiative. The effort includes more services for military veterans. Road repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its most urgent needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. Categories: Allor News,News Allor fought for funding to boost winter tourism through a pilot program aimed at developing a more efficient groomer for state snowmobile trails. Natural resources. An additional $2.6 million will combat chronic wasting disease and other illnesses to protect the deer population. Allor chairs a House budget subcommittee focused on natural resources. PFAS contamination. Allor has been a leader in addressing this toxic pollutant, and the House plan attacks it on several fronts. Funding is added in many areas including budgets related to natural resources, environmental quality and public health. Examples include expanded funding for contamination response in communities, and for studying the impact on wildlife. Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level. Significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO also will help prepare more residents for high-demand jobs. House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues.###
State Rep. Brad Paquette voted this week in favor of a plan to expand the Grand Beach Nature Preserve.The legislation approved by the House, with Paquette’s support, includes $2.4 million to acquire an additional 42 acres for the Grand Beach Nature Preserve and develop the land to include a non-motorized trail system.“We’re incredibly blessed to have a beautiful park right here in our backyards – we must do all we can to preserve and make accessible this wonderful natural recreation spot,” said Paquette, of Niles. “Grand Beach Nature Preserve is already a great part of our community, this acquisition and development project will make it even better, and further contribute to our booming tourism industry.”The full Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the Grand Beach Nature Preserve project. The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the NRTF Board in December.The trust is funded by money acquired by the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.House Bill 4244 next advances to the state Senate for further consideration.### 07Mar Rep. Paquette supports plans to improve Grand Beach Nature Preserve Categories: Paquette News