Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions Scheer

first_imgThe Canadian PressCanadians should be outraged that Liberal politicians made any attempt to influence the outcome of a criminal case, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says.Scheer introduced a House of Commons motion Monday afternoon that would demand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appear at the Commons justice committee to explain his role in allegations former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured not to proceed with a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.“Quite simply what we’ve seen unfold over the last two weeks is a textbook case of government corruption with those at the very top of the Prime Minister’s Office implicated in what could very well be the obstruction of justice,” Scheer said in a news conference before introducing the motion.Scheer said Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick’s testimony to the justice committee last week made it clear that SNC-Lavalin successfully lobbied the government for the Criminal Code to be changed to allow for remediation agreements. Those allow companies to avoid a criminal prosecution in exchange for accepting responsibility for wrongdoing, paying fines and reparation to any victims, relinquishing any financial benefit from the actions and showing changes to prevent misdeeds from being repeated.Striking such an agreement would mean SNC-Lavalin could avoid a criminal prosecution in Canada for allegations it bribed officials in Libya to win contracts there.But the director of public prosecutions decided in September that SNC-Lavalin wasn’t eligible for a remediation agreement. Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould could have overruled her.Scheer said the Liberals launched “an unsolicited, co-ordinated and sustained effort by the PM himself to get the former attorney general to change her decision.“Canadians need to be outraged at the suggestion that politicians were putting pressure on independent agents of the Crown, independent legal officers, to try to get a better deal for well connected friends of the Liberal party,” Scheer said. “That is unacceptable and we need to be outraged about this because of the implications it has on the entire justice system across the country.”The Liberals don’t appear ready to support the Conservative motion to call Trudeau to testify. The motion would not be binding in any event, and a Commons committee can’t summon a sitting MP to appear before it.Arif Virani, the Liberal parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, said in the House of Commons there isn’t a need for the Commons to inject itself into the proceedings of the justice committee. If the committee wants to call certain witnesses the committee members can decide who they want to hear from, he said.“Committees of this house do exemplary work,” said Virani. “We’re confident that the committee hearings will continue to be thoroughly and fairly conducted and will provide Canadians with the answers and information that they seek.”Thus far the committee has heard from Wernick, deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin and current Justice Minister David Lametti.Lametti replaced Wilson-Raybould in the job in January, when she was shuffled to veterans affairs. She resigned from cabinet altogether a few days after the allegations of improper pressure were first raised, but continues to sit as a Liberal MP.She is expected to testify at the committee this week but no date or time has been confirmed.Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers alone.newsroom@aptn.calast_img read more

LS polls: Over 100 candidates file nomination for the 1st phase in UP

first_imgLucknow: As many as 123 candidates filed their nominations for the first phase of Lok Saha polls in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number to 146, EC officials said here. At 25, the maximum number of nomination papers were filed from Ghaziabad, followed by Muzaffarnagar (22), Gautam Buddh Nagar (21) and Saharanpur (20), the state’s chief electoral officer said. The number of nomination papers filed from other parliamentary constituencies going to polls in the first phase were: Kairana (14), Bijnor (16), Meerut (15) and Baghpat (13). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The nomination papers will be scrutinised on March 26, while March 28 is the last date of withdrawal of candidature. The polling will take place on April 11. Prominent among those who filed their nominations are Union minister Satyapal Singh (sitting BJP MP) from Baghpat and RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary from the same constituency, an election official said. For the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, as many as 40 candidates had filed their nomination papers, taking the total number of nominations to 43 in the state.last_img read more

UN migrants rights official hails new pact protecting domestic workers

21 June 2011The head of a United Nations expert committee on migrants’ rights today welcomed the recent adoption by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of an international convention designed to protect the rights of domestic workers, millions of whom are migrants. “Migrant domestic workers are at heightened risk of certain forms of exploitation and abuse, due to the vulnerability, isolation and dependence in which most find themselves,” said Abdelhamid El Jamri, head of UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.“Women migrant domestic workers, in particular, face additional risks related to their gender, including gender-based violence,” Mr. El Jamri said. “These risks and vulnerabilities are further aggravated for migrant domestic workers who are in an irregular situation, not least because they may fear deportation if they contact State authorities to seek protection from an abusive employer.” “Speedy ratification and further implementation of the ILO Convention will improve the respect for the rights of migrant domestic workers,” Mr. El Jamri said. The International Convention on Domestic Workers, adopted last week, states that domestic workers around the world who care for families and households, must have the same basic labour rights as those recognized for other workers: reasonable hours of work, weekly rest for at least 24 consecutive hours, a limit on payment in-kind, clear information on the terms and conditions of employment, as well as respect for fundamental principles and rights at work, including freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. The migrants’ rights committee is made up of unpaid, independent experts who report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Gulnara Shahinian, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, also called for a speedy ratification, in a similar message issued yesterday. read more

Classaction lawsuit filed for people sickened by Robin Hood flour

Two Alberta-based law firms say they’ve filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who became ill after consuming flour that may have been contaminated with E. coli, according to The Canadian Press.James H. Brown and Associates and Higgerty Law are seeking damages from Smucker Foods after a nation-wide recall was issued for the 10 kilogram bags of Robin Hood Original All Purpose Flour.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says 26 cases of E.coli illness have been reported in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit allegedly became so sick after eating cookie dough that her kidney’s began shutting down. The health agency is advising consumers to throw out the recalled product or return it to the store where it was purchased.Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. read more

UN development official welcomes plan for financing investment in developing nations

“Not only is development firmly back on the global agenda, but it is being driven by innovative ideas,” Mr. Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said, referring to the proposed International Finance Facility (IFF). “The Chancellor’s bold proposal to leverage development assistance commensurate to the scale of the problems the world is facing is one of the most important new ideas to come in a long while.”The new IFF would raise additional funding needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of quantified targets for development and poverty eradication to be achieved by 2015 and endorsed by all Heads of States at the Millennium Summit held at the United Nations in 2000. The IFF would borrow funds by issuing bonds, which would be distributed as grants and concessional loans.The proposal “is a response to the fact that with new political will to solve development problems, the debate has moved on to not whether we should finance the fight against global poverty and HIV/AIDS or to improve education, but on to how,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.The UNDP chief also called for developing new forms of public-private partnerships and for boosting the private sector in developing countries. “At the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development, over 200 partnerships initiatives were officially launched, but so far relatively few have taken off,” Mr. Malloch Brown noted. “We need to accept that while in Johannesburg we talked a good line about the business, we have not begun to ignite a real private sector economy over much of the South.” read more

Toronto stock market inches higher amid Italian uncertainty solid BMO earnings

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market inches higher amid Italian uncertainty, solid BMO earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2013 8:32 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a slight gain Tuesday as traders coped with heightened uncertainty over whether a new Italian government will follow through on crucial financial reforms to deal with that country’s huge debt.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 9.57 points to 12,660.44, led by higher gold stocks as bullion prices surged on worries about Italy and remarks about the future of economic stimulus by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 9.09 points to 1,131.91.The TSX found some support from the financial sector after Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) said Tuesday that its net income slipped to $1.05 billion or $1.53 per share from $1.12 billion or $1.63 per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.52, beating analyst expectations by four cents and its shares rose 82 cents to $63.75.The initial results of the Italian election showed voters were fed up with the austerity measures enacted by the previous technocratic government led by Mario Monti, who was brought in to deal with the country’s huge debt levels.But voter anger against the Monti government was channelled through several outlets. The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament while the Senate looks split with no party in control.“We expect risky assets to remain under pressure until the picture in Italy becomes clearer,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.The Canadian dollar closed higher after six days of losses that brought the loonie to its lowest levels since late last June. The currency was up 0.12 of a cent at 97.43 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a strong earnings report from Home Depot and positive news from the housing sector.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 115.96 to 13,900.13, clawing back more than half of Monday’s tumble.The Nasdaq composite index advanced 13.4 points to 3,129.65 and the S&P 500 index climbed 9.09 points to 1,496.94.Home Depot’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 32 per cent to $1.02 billion, or 68 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 64 cents per share and its shares ran ahead 5.69 per cent to US$67.56.Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed that American home prices rose 6.8 per cent in December compared with the same month a year ago. That’s up from a 5.5 per cent annual gain in November.Other data showed that U.S. new-home sales jumped nearly 16 per cent in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008.Italy’s FTSE MIB index was the worst-performing index in Europe, closing trading 4.89 per cent lower, having earlier been nearly five per cent down at one point Tuesday.The interest rate on the country’s benchmark 10-year bond — an important gauge of investor sentiment — rose by 0.38 percentage points to 4.83 per cent.Traders have good reason to be nervous about how Italy deals with its finances. Though its budget deficit is fairly small compared with other euro countries at three per cent of annual gross domestic product, its overall debt stands at a huge €2 trillion.Last July, concerns over the country’s ability to pay down its debt and the stability of the wider eurozone sent the interest rate on its 10-year bonds to 6.36 per cent.“Basically, Italy is going to struggle here,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“Italy’s ability to service its debt long term is incredibly, badly impaired by its lack of growth and the lack of growth needs reforms and the kind of political environment in Italy right now is not constructive for reforms.”New York also found support from comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke which signalled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.Bernanke acknowledged that the Fed’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in bonds to keep rates low could eventually ignite inflation or unsettle investors. Several Fed policy-makers said at their most recent meeting that the Fed might have to scale back its bond purchases because of those risks.But Bernanke said the risks remained contained for now.The TSX gold sector led advancers, up about 1.35 per cent as Bernanke’s remarks and the uncertainty over Italy pushed the April bullion contract $28.90 higher to US$1,615.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 80 cents to C$34.44.The metals and mining sector was 0.56 per cent higher while March copper was up two cents at US$3.57 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was ahead 46 cents to C$18.87.The energy sector fell 0.57 per cent as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 48 cents to US$92.37 a barrel, its lowest close this year. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) fell 45 cents to C$30.92.The information technology sector led decliners, down almost one per cent as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) fell 69 cents to $26.35 while Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) dropped 12 cents to $4.30.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) said net income attributable to common shareholders was $54.6 million or 38 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Dec. 31, up from $8.4 million or six cents per diluted share in the same 2011 quarter. Revenue fell slightly to $1.2 billion from $1.24 billion and its shares were up 58 cents to $13.76. read more

Football Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon to remain at Ohio State for redshirt

Ohio State junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scored the final touchdown in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was some thought that redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon might forgo his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NFL draft since he was finally healthy for a full season.But Dixon decided to turn down the opportunity and stay at Ohio State for one last season.Dixon posted a tweet of a video with the text “1 more” and a caption that read “Unfinished business!” The return gives head coach Urban Meyer a key cog on the outside for a new quarterback next season.Unfinished business! 1 last ride #Gobucks— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018Dixon is the second receiver to announce his return to Ohio State for a fifth season. H-back Parris Campbell tweeted he would remain a Buckeye for his redshirt senior season.Dixon has dealt with continual knee issues since enrolling at Ohio State in 2014. He hadn’t been able to play more than half-season for the first three years in college, but he remained mostly injury free in 2017.Dixon caught 18 passes for 422 yards with eight touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. He was one of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s best deep threats in the passing game, catching three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.The 5-foot-11 wideout from West Palm Beach, Florida, had his highlight moment against then-No. 2 Penn State in October, when he caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 15-point comeback victory against the Nittany Lions.He started in all but one game in 2017. read more

Apple to Focus on games

first_imgApple is shifting the iPad/iPhone focus to gaming. Ever since the devices came out, Apple has seen a huge increase in games played on those devices. However, gaming has been put on the back burner until now.While Apple is switching the focus for now, some argue that this was Apple’s plans from the start. Many game developers have designed games for the iOS, which has help set Apple apart as a competitor to the big boys like Sony, and, Nintendo. No word on what Apple will do next, but we can expect more games to come out. Apple has made it clear that the iPhone game is here to stay. Via Business Insiderlast_img read more

La grippe H1N1 de retour en Europe

first_imgLa grippe H1N1 de retour en Europe ?La grippe A/H1N1 aurait refait son apparition en Europe et notamment au Royaume-Uni où 300 personnes ont été hospitalisées pour grippe aiguë. Au total dans ce pays, huit décès sont imputés au virus H1N1 depuis cet été.La grippe A/H1N1 est apparue pour la première fois au Mexique en mars 2009, avant de s’étendre peu à peu au monde entier. Aujourd’hui, le virus aurait refait son apparition au Royaume-Uni où 300 personnes ont été hospitalisées dans les services de soins intensifs pour grippe aiguë, explique TF1. La situation est telle que les services sanitaires européens demandent aujourd’hui la prise de mesures d’incitation aux vaccinations alors qu’en France, seuls quelques cas ont été identifiés ces derniers temps.Le directeur du Centre des infections respiratoires à l’Institut national du cœur et des poumons de Londres a déclaré : “A travers tout le pays, les employés sur le front sanitaire signalent un nombre sans précédent d’hospitalisations pour des grippes graves, chez les adultes présentant des risques élevés”. Dans notre pays, le réseau des Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe observe une augmentation lente du nombre de cas de grippe diagnostiqués sans que la situation soit préoccupante pour autant. Comme chaque année, les personnes âgées et fragiles ont reçu un bon de vaccination contre la grippe, mais il semblerait que les Français hésitent à se faire vacciner.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Décoder le génome du diable de Tasmanie pour le sauver du cancer

first_imgDécoder le génome du diable de Tasmanie pour le sauver du cancerPublié dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, le séquençage du génome du diable de Tasmanie, par une équipe internationale, pourrait permettre de sauver un échantillonnage viable de ce marsupial, menacé d’extinction par une terrible épidémie de tumeurs contagieuses.Décelée en 1996 sur un individu photographié dans la nature, une sorte de tumeur cancéreuse de la face n’a cessé, depuis, de se répandre parmi les diables de Tasmanie (Sarcophilus harrisii), ces marsupiaux carnivores au cri effrayant. En 2007, transmise par morsure chez ces animaux agressifs, la maladie avait décimé plus de 90% de ses populations dans le nord-est de la Tasmanie, et se propageait vers l’ouest.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosAussi, une équipe internationale dirigée par Webb Miller, généticien à la Pennsylvania State University (États-Unis), a séquencé le génome complet de deux spécimens, une femelle malade nommée Spirit, et un mâle sain nommé Cédric, ainsi que des segments d’ADN provenant de 175 autres individus. Le but : grâce à cette connaissance du génome, être à même de sélectionner les meilleurs sujets à garder en ‘détention provisoire’, qu’on fera se reproduire en captivité avant une réintroduction en milieu naturel lorsque l’épidémie aura pris fin. Le mot d’ordre est donc : diversité génétique maximale.Les chercheurs ont également séquencé l’une des cinq excroissances cancéreuses présentes sur la tête de la femelle Spirit, pour tenter d’élucider l’inefficacité du système immunitaire des diables face à ces tumeurs, et savoir si ces dernières peuvent se propager à d’autres espèces. “La plus grande inquiétude est de les voir se transmettre à un autre marsupial”, conclut Elisabeth Murchison, du Welcome Trust Sanger Institute à Hinxton (Royaume-Uni).Le 3 juillet 2011 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Evergreen school district sees one contested board race

first_img Daniel PolettiAge: 40.Occupation: Payroll accountant.Campaign funds raised: None.Endorsements: None.Website: None.Julie BocanegraAge: 41.Occupation: Bank manager.Campaign funds raised: $701.Endorsements: None.FacebookTerm: Four years.Number of board members: Five.What school board members do: Board members are responsible for establishing the district’s goals and policies and are the governing body on adopting school budgets and all fiscal matters. The board’s wishes are carried out by the superintendent, who represents the board, and the district staff, according to the district’s website.n Compensation: The district’s board members do have the ability to claim so much per meeting up to a maximum, said Mike Merlino, the district’s chief operating officer. Board policy allows for $50 per day up to a maximum of $4,800 per year. Board business includes attending a board meeting, representing the board on committees, attending training or staff development, attending school board activities when approved by the board in advance, and making school visits of at least 60 minutes of duration. Board members do not have access to health benefits, Merlino said.Evergreen Public Schools, the largest school district in Clark County and the fifth largest in the state, experienced peaks and valleys in 2013.In September, the district opened state-of-the-art Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, the first of its kind in the state and one of only a handful in the nation. In February, Crestline Elementary, one of the district’s poorer schools, was destroyed by fire.Evergreen is a district of contrasts. Districtwide, 47 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-price meal programs, but that number is an average. At Illahee Elementary on the more affluent eastern border of the district, 25 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. In contrast, at Crestline Elementary, in a poorer section of Cascade Park, 72 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The district’s four-year graduation rate of 85 percent is 12 points higher than at Vancouver Public Schools and eight points higher than the state average.With 26,400 students and more than 1,500 classroom teachers, Evergreen Public Schools plays a major role in Clark County. Its school board members make decisions that affect many in the county. Julie Bocanegralast_img read more

Army Promises to Fix Private Housing Problems

first_img ADC AUTHOR Army leaders are outlining ways to improve privatized housing standards after damning congressional testimony and a barrage of negative news stories from Reuters and others, and a Military Family Advisory Network survey showing the majority of military families have had bad housing experiences.“Our instinct is this is bigger even than what’s been reported,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Friday, according to The Hill, “and we want to get to the bottom of it, get to the bottom of it fast.”At a hearing last week, Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), an Air Force veteran, told executives from housing privatization companies that they should be “embarrassed.”“I hope all of you can look these service members and their families in the eye and tell them that you’re sorry, but then do the right thing starting now,” McSally said.But Milley said the Army is also at fault.“Just because someone said it’s privatized doesn’t wash our hands of the responsibility to take care of our soldiers and their families,” Milley said, according to Reuters.U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhilllast_img read more

Income Tax Department busts tax refund racket run by CA in Bengaluru

first_img[Representational Image]ReutersAccording to a Times of India report, the I-T officials from Karnataka and Goa found that the employees had availed the services of a chartered accountant (CA) based in Bengaluru for this. The CA allegedly helped the individuals file false tax returns and secure refunds amounting to Rs 18 crore.The CA filed revised returns for his clients by making false claims of loss from house property to cut their tax liability and also ensure a refund, said the report.On questioning the employees, the investigators found that the CA took a 10 percent cut from the refund.The government agency’s investigation wing had searched the CA’s office on Wednesday and seized false claim documents of his clients. They also discovered WhatsApp chat messages related to the fudging. The CA’s name has not been disclosed.The investigators said the CA had filed about 1,000 false returns. Some of the employees were also questioned in their respective offices.The CA’s client list reportedly included names of employees of some top companies, including MNCs.IBTimes India could not reach the I-T department investigators for independent confirmation of the details of this racket being busted.last_img read more

HarveyFlooded Vehicles Still on Roads Man Escapes from Houston Courtroom And Avoiding

first_img Share Monday, October 29, 2018Top afternoon stories:Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaCar submerged in water near Cypress Creek, on Aug. 29, 2017Thousands of Harvey-flooded vehicles still on roadsVehicle information service Carfax estimates more than 150,000 cars that received flood damage during hurricanes Harvey and Irma are back on American roads.Why is that a problem?Cars that have been flooded can rot from the inside out, Carfax’s Chris Basso said, even long after the flooding occurred.“The water can affect the mechanical systems. It can short out the electrical systems,” he said. “It can even impact the safety systems of the car, like the airbags and the anti-lock brakes, effectively turning these cars into ticking time bombs.”He said if you’re considering a used car for purchase, you should get the vehicle history with the help of its VIN number and have a mechanic inspect it for potential flood damage.Harris County District Attorney’s OfficeTerry Dewayne Rodgers.Man escapes from courtroom in downtown HoustonA man who was arrested for possession of ecstasy escaped from a courtroom in downtown Houston Monday and Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said Terry Dewayne Rodgers, 38, was charged with the felony offense of Escape from Custody after running from the 351st State District Court.Rodgers had been conditionally free on bond on a charge of Assault of a Family Member. On Monday, he was back in court after being arrested Friday for possession of the controlled substance ecstasy.Moments before Rodgers bolted, a prosecutor had asked a judge to revoke Rodgers’ bond due to the new drug charge. The judge ordered Rodgers be taken into custody.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location in Spring.Avoiding problems with straight-ticket voting in TexasVoters from around the state have reported a curious thing happening at the polls this week: They meant to vote straight-ticket but when they reviewed their final list of selected candidates, someone from an opposing party was picked instead.As reported by The Texas Tribune, some people wondered if there was malfeasance. Others blamed malfunctioning voting machines. And both Democrats and Republicans have tried to warn voters in their respective parties.But according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the voting machines are not at fault. Rather, the problems reported are the result of “voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” which de-selects the pre-filled candidate selection.“The issue is occurring primarily with the U.S. Senate race selections, because it is at the top of the ballot,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state.On Saturday, that office said that it has only been notified of fewer than 20 related issues.“In each case, these voters were able to properly review and cast a ballot that accurately reflected the choices they made,” the office said in a statement.last_img read more

Grindr hookup couple get a HIV test – and one finds out

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . It might sound like your worst, embarrassing nightmare. But it also may prevent you from getting HIV.That’s what a new short film series from London sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street.It follows Joe, played by Denholm Spurr, who despite his online persona of popularity and happiness – is actually quite lonely. So when he turns to Grindr to fill the gap, he gets more than he bargained for in his hookup Adam (Taofique Folarin).In part one of the series, played as part of Gay Star News’s Digital Pride, we follow their unlikely but adorable hookup. It’s the start of a sexy and budding romance. But it all turns awry when one of the pair gets a phone call in the morning with news of an STI. The end of the episode sees him march the pair of them to a clinic for an STI check-up.But in episode two, a simple case of Gonorrhea sees the duo having to deal with a positive HIV test and a month on emergency medication:[embedded content]‘If I don’t have to take a pill every day, then it’s like it’s not there’In episode one, Adam says he doesn’t need to get tested because he doesn’t have sex with people who would have HIV.‘Only having sex with people who you believe to be HIV-negative is a poor strategy,’ Matthew Hodson, Executive Director of Aids Map tells Gay Star News. When was the last time you went to a sexual health clinic for a HIV test – with a hookup? eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The pair hookup, but both get more than they bargain for | Photo: 56 Dean Street GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Advice for gay and bi men arranging to meet others via dating apps Hodson plays the sexual health worker in the video.‘But there are several safer sex strategies that gay men can adopt to remain HIV-negative. Not all of them are as effective as each other. As a single strategy, PrEP is the most effective. It’s a daily pill, if you take it as directed it’s almost 100% effective. Condoms have the additional benefit of preventing other STIs.’The writer of the series Pat Cash, who works at 56 Dean Street, says the clinic often sees guys who don’t identify as gay or even bi at the clinic but do have sex with men:‘They’d never meet up with anybody who says they’re living with HIV on Grindr; but paradoxically, if someone’s living with HIV and is undetectable on treatment there is zero risk of transmission, as opposed to the comparatively far higher risk of sleeping with a guy who doesn’t know his status and isn’t tested regularly.‘Of course, Adam isn’t aware of any of this information, and therefore his diagnosis is a complete surprise for him.‘The question is in Episode 2, will he allow the diagnosis to be a turning point for his life, or will he coop it up with his sexuality?’Read more from Gay Star News:This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhere This film sums up the hidden meaning of Grindr messages everywhereDean Street clinic in London slashes appointments from 350 a day to just 75Dean Street Express: We want people without symptoms to order home-testing kits from now onRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

These clowns dont want to elect another clown as Costa Ricas president

first_imgWe sent out Tico Times staffers to write off-the-beaten-path vignettes about Election Day. Here’s a snapshot of Sunday morning in San José:The sun was bright and the streets were eerily quiet on election morning in downtown San José. As the day went on though, motorists filled the air with obnoxious honking. Many displayed flags supporting their chosen candidates as they flocked towards the polling stations. On Paseo Colón, I watched as a truck with a yellow flag raced another with a green flag. Green won. Near the center of San José, kids in red visors and shirts that read, “Ya es hora,” (“Now is the time”) passed out fliers for Libertarian Movement Party candidate Otto Guevara. Along the south side of a park, each political party had a small tent set up, but there really wasn’t much activity. In front of a nearby grocery store, an area usually gridlocked with cars and buses, three boys played soccer in the road. Outside the National Theater, a few clowns had gathered to paint faces. When asked who they were voting for, they began to pantomime the voting process, taking long wind ups and pressing imaginary buttons. In reality, though, none had voted. “They’re all choriceros,” one clown explained, using the Costa Rican slang for officials who accept bribes. “It’s despicable.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Meet Costa Rica’s 13 presidential candidates Ban on election propaganda starts today President Laura Chinchilla expresses dismay with low voter turnout in presidential runoff Johnny Araya will not represent National Liberation Party in 2016 mayoral racelast_img read more

July 5 2000 Last month Alumni came back for a wor

first_imgJuly 5, 2000Last month Alumnicame back for a working reunion. This year the alumni focused their attentionon helping the Consanti Foundation update their database. There was talk of expandingtheir Web presence. Officers were elected, president: George Kosmides, treasurer:Chris Anderson, and the new secretary is Ruth-Claire Weintraub. Thanks for everyonewho came! We love you! Others in the photo: ArtAllsworth, Derek and Doctress Neutopia. Special thanks to Arcosanti Alumniwebmaster, Lou Dallara, who during the week helped to set up our new computernetwork. Photo by Lou Dallara.last_img read more

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