Trina Roache APTN National NewsA warrior chief in New Brunswick wants drugs out of his community.Mi’kmaq in Elsipogtog First Nation say the drug problem is out of control.John Levi is taking the matter into his own hands.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsA warrior chief in New Brunswick wants drugs out of his community.Mi’kmaq in Elsipogtog First Nation say the drug problem is out of control.John Levi is taking the matter into his own hands.
11 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the mandate of his Special Envoy on the conflict between the Ugandan Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the north of the country to be extended for a year to try to help bring the peace process to a successful conclusion. In a letter to the Security Council, Mr. Ban said the term of Joaquim Alberto Chissano, his Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas, should continue through 31 December 2008. He also called for Mr. Chissano’s Office to be upgraded from a temporary liaison office to a special political mission.The Ugandan Government and the LRA, which have been fighting since the mid-1980s, signed a ceasefire last year, leading to hopes of a comprehensive peace accord to formally end the conflict. But disputes between the two sides had dampened hopes and many LRA members have been hiding out in southern Sudan or the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Last month Mr. Ban issued a statement welcoming the recent official visit of a LRA delegation to Kampala, the Ugandan capital, which has led to further consultations between the Government and the rebels.In his letter to the Council the Secretary-General said the peace process “has been proceeding steadily and remains on track under the facilitation efforts” of Mr. Chissano, as well as the mediation of the Government of Southern Sudan and the support of the DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.He said he anticipates that the two sides will resume full talks by the end of this month or in early January.
VIDEO: In Munich, Secretary-General António Guterres lauds tolerance and hospitality shown by Germany, urges other countries to set similar example Credit: UN News “Germany has been extremely active in all aspects in which the international community needs to come together to face the dramatic challenges that are threatening our daily lives,” said Mr. Guterres at a press encounter alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He further noted that in a world where diversity is perceived as a threat and not a richness and where so many populist, xenophobic demonstrations exist, Germany and Chancellor Merkel had been a symbol of “tolerance” and “hospitality” for people displaced from their homes and who are in need of protection. “A symbol I would like to see followed in many, many other parts of the world in order for us to be able to respond to the dramatic suffering that we are witnessing because of the terrible conflicts that have spread around the world,” the UN chief added. “So, in this moment, I would like to say that I am sure that the cooperation that, as Secretary-General, I will have with Germany and its Government will be as solid, as positive, as deep and as successful as the cooperation we had when, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I could be fully in support of the German policy for the protection of refugees.” In his remarks, Mr. Guterres also underlined the need for global responses to global challenges such as complex and interlinked conflicts, rising terrorism, impact of climate change and enormous movements of people and migration. He further emphasized the importance of multilateralism and for countries to come together and to use multilateral institutions, in a spirit of solidarity, to overcome the obstacles of today’s world.
In 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. Photo: UN Photo/ Evan Schneider The quality of life of affected individuals can be improved by meeting health care needs that include: regular medical exams to monitor mental and physical condition and timely intervention, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling and/or special education. Photo: UNICEF/ Shubuckl The extra material in chromosome 21, which characterises Down Syndrome, commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and/or health. Photo: UN Photo/ Paulo Filgueiras According to the United Nations World Health Organisation, Down Syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement, which having always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe. Photo: UNICEF/ Dormino Member States, relevant organizations of the UN system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, are invited to observe the Day and raise public awareness of Down Syndrome. Photo: Fundown Caribe Under the hashtag #MyVoiceMyCommunity, this year’s commemoration aims to enable people with Down Syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Individuals with Down Syndrome can achieve optimal quality of life through parental care and support, medical guidance and community based support systems like inclusive education at all levels. Photo: Margaret Thompson Early intervention programmes that include education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the affected individual. Photo: UNICEF/ Noorani With a full agenda, a special event to mark World Down Syndrome Day identified and turned key issues that affect individuals with Down syndrome into a call for inclusive policy making. “What we need to see is a paradigm shift towards understanding that people with Down’s syndrome have valuable contributions to make to society and until that happens there are always going to be blockages to getting into school, to getting proper medical attention and living independently,” Andrew Boyd, Director Down’s Syndrome International, told UN News. For many, prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion – creating communities that prevent people with Down Syndrome from successfully integrating with others. In contrast, the message reverberating from today’s event underscored that “when people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all people benefit from this shared environment of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone and high expectations are created.” Those gathered for the event agreed that people with Down Syndrome and their advocates must be empowered to influence policy makers at all levels. The speakers said that these individuals may need additional support in specific areas, such as health, education, work and living accommodations, which underscored the importance for them to directly influence policy formation and implementation covering those and other issues. The resounding chorus of ‘My Voice, My Community’ encouraged people with Down syndrome and those who advocates for them to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action. The special event was organized by Down Syndrome International and sponsored by UN Permanent Missions, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and international agencies and non-governmental organizations. ‹ ›
Ferron, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, VeRee Childs Cox Dale, 84, passed away in Hyde Park, Cache Valley, Utah on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 after a lingering illness. This Thursday was her 85th birthday. She was born September 19, 1934 in Orangeville, Utah the daughter of Alfred Osden and Maggie Guymon Childs. She was raised in Orangeville with her younger brother Ted, by a village of extended family and friends. The family lived in American Fork for a short time where Grandpa trained as a lineman for Utah Power and Light and then moved back to Orangeville.Mom was a gifted musician. She played piano in a band with Uncle Ted, and they played for dances all over Emery and Carbon County. She played organ for church services and piano for choirs and other small groups.In 1952, Mom met Bill Cox when he returned from his mission. They dated during the summer, but it wasn’t long until Bill was called into the Army and their romance had to be conducted by mail. They got engaged when Bill was home on furlough, and then he was off to Japan for a year during the Korean Conflict. Mom stayed at home and got a job working in the bank in Price. After Bill was discharged from the service a year later, they were married in Manti in October of 1954.As a young couple, they moved to Logan where Bill went to college. Mom got a job in a local bank. One evening, Bill came home from student teaching not feeling well, the next morning he suddenly passed away from a heart ailment. At the young age of twenty-two and only marred three years, Mom found herself a widow, and was more than eight months pregnant with their first child.She immediately moved home with Grandma and Grandpa Childs, and her son was born three weeks later. Later, Mom went back to work at the bank in Price. Grandma Childs tended young Bill. Mom worked nearly 30 years at Carbon Emery Bank, later Zions Bank in Price and Castle Dale. In 1967 Joe Dale from Ferron called on Mom and asked her out on a date. She had recently declined giving him a loan. His wife, Carolyn, had passed away very unexpectedly leaving him with four young children, the youngest only five weeks old. They were soon dating and Dad was determined to keep his family together. They got engaged and were married later that year in Manti, Utah. With her son and Dad’s four children, she had an instant family over-night. The next few years together, they added two more children to complete a real-life yours-mine-and-ours family. There was one cardinal family rule: No one kept track of who belonged to whom. We were all one family! With that in mind, Mom and Dad raised seven children: Joy Lynn (deceased) and Jay Mark Humphrey, Orangeville; Bill and Nadine Cox, Hyde Park; Marcie and Lonnie Zwahlen, Ferron; Reggie and Janet Dale, Rock Springs, WY; Cheryl and Victor Tsushima, North Ogden; Valerie and Kash Winn, Ferron; Shayne and Heidi Dale, Ferron. They have 28 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren.Mom and Dad celebrated 51 years of marriage in November of last year. Dad died in December. Mom has been in poor health for nearly 11 years, And for 10 years, Dad dedicated his entire life to taking care of Mom. She lived the last four months in Hyde Park near her son’s family. She is preceded in death by both husbands; her daughter Joy Lynn Humphrey; her parents; her brother, Ted Childs; and two grand-daughters: Erica Wood and Chassie Dale. She is survived her remaining children and their spouses; in-laws: Naoma (John) Tanner, Lehi; Arlene Lemon, Ferron; Ted (Geralyn) Cox, Kimberly ID; Marilyn Fugate, Orangeville; Carren (Wayne) Ogden, Richfield; and by Carolyn’s brother, William Shanks, Centerville.Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Ferron Church on the Hill, 35 West 200 North in Ferron, Friends may call at the church Friday evening from 6-8:00 pm, and Saturday morning from 10:30-11:30 am. Burial will be in the Orangeville City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.comThe family wishes to express their heart-felt thanks to all who have helped in any way caring for our mom and dad in recent years, and with the funeral services. A special thanks to the staff and friends at Autumn Care Assisted Living in Hyde Park for giving her a home away from home.
TO CELEBRATE ITS 50th anniversary of their Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the Natural History Museum in Britain and BBC Worldwide has launched a People’s Choice award.The institutions have already whittle down 41,000 entries to just 50 images and want the public to choose its favourite.The contest hopes to “provide a global showcase of the very best nature photography”, with the two bodies priding themselves on “revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth”.The winners will appear in a Natural History Museum exhibition and BBC Wildlife Magazine.To see the full collection (and you should), head over to the website. But, to start you off, here’s a smaller selection of our favourites.Facebook updateBy Marsel van OostenKings into the darkBy Stanley Leroux, FranceOld clothsBy Claudio Contreras Koob, MexicoInnocence BetrayedBy Hilary O’Leary, Zimbabwe Feel safeBy Juan Carlos Mimo Perez, SpainDante’s InfernoBy Karen Lunney, AustraliaWinter haresBy David Tipling, UKStretchingBy Stephan Tuengler, GermanyShoulder CheckBy Henrik Nilsson, CanadaSentryBy Neil Aldridge
Paludisme : un parasite mutant menacerait des millions de personnesSelon des recherches menées aux Etats-Unis, une mutation génétique du paludisme pourrait menacer des dizaines de millions de personnes dans le monde. En effet, la forme Plasmodium vivax serait capable d’infecter des personnes qui étaient jusque-là naturellement résistantes à la maladie.Maladie parasitaire la plus répandue au monde, le paludisme n’existe pas sous une mais plusieurs formes. En effet, il existe différents types de parasite Plasmodium. Le principal responsable de la maladie chez l’humain est le Plasmodium falciparum. En revanche, certaines formes comme le Plasmodium vivax cause un paludisme généralement moins virulent et donc moins mortel. Du moins c’était le cas jusqu’à présent.Des chercheurs américains estiment que P. vivax “pourrait connaître une mutation rapide” et devenir ainsi bien plus dangereux, menaçant des dizaines de millions de personnes dans le monde, notamment en Afrique. Muté, le parasite deviendrait capable de déjouer la protection naturelle conférée par un certain type sanguin retrouvé chez des millions d’Africains, expliquent les scientifiques. Ce raisonnement est issu de résultats présentés à la conférence annuelle de l’American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), à Washington.Des personnes résistantes, désormais vulnérables A cette conférence, les chercheurs ont rappelé que près de 95 millions de personnes dans le monde sont protégées contre le P. vivax dans la mesure où elles ne possèdent pas de récepteur de la protéine Duffy dans le sang. Cette particularité les immunise ainsi contre le parasite qui ne peut pas pénétrer dans les globules rouges, en se fixant à ce récepteur. Toutefois, depuis cinq ans, les virologues constatent que de plus en plus de personnes en principe résistantes développent la maladie. Que ce soit en Afrique ou en Amérique du Sud, le Plasmodium vivax parvient à infecter des personnes dénuées de récepteur de la protéine Duffy. “Nous avons découvert un mécanisme génétique jusque-là inconnu dans le P. vivax qui pourrait permettre à ce parasite d’envahir les cellules sanguines, aidant à expliquer la raison de ces infections chez des personnes qui ne possèdent pas ce récepteur de la protéine Duffy et qui sont normalement protégées”, précise Peter Zimmerman, professeur de biologie et co-auteur des deux études reprises par l’AFP.Un parasite qui berne le système immunitaire Dans les travaux à paraitre le 21 novembre et le 5 décembre dans la revue scientifique américaine PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, le Pr Zimmerman indique avoir “notamment trouvé qu’un gène, connu pour permettre au P. vivax d’envahir les cellules sanguines, faisait une copie de lui-même pour exister en deux exemplaires… Il s’agit souvent d’une manière pour les pathogènes de berner le système immunitaire”. Les recherches semblent également montrer que le parasite “parait évoluer rapidement”.Selon David Serre, de l’Institut de médecine génomique de la Cleveland Clinic, autre co-auteur de ces deux études, “les mécanismes génétiques que nous avons mis au jour pourraient bouleverser notre compréhension de cette forme très importante du paludisme, qui ne mobilise pas autant d’attention que celle résultant du P. falciparum même si elle provoque des symptômes sévères et pourrait être plus grave que beaucoup ne le pensent”. Même si le paludisme provoqué est moins grave que celui résultant du P. falciparum, il menace presqu’autant de personnes dans le monde, à savoir 2,49 millions. Le chiffre pourrait même être plus élevé encore si ce type de groupe sanguin ne confère plus de protection complète, soulignent les chercheurs. La dangerosité du P. vivax réside notamment dans le fait que, contrairement au P. falciparum, il a la capacité de “se dissimuler” dans le foie et de réapparaître de façon répétée dans le sang en provoquant des rechutes.Une mutation qui gagne du terrain À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon eux, la mutation génétique se dissémine à partir de Madagascar, où elle a été trouvée dans plus de 50% des 189 échantillons prélevés (la prévalence de loin la plus élevée) contre moins de 10% des 33 échantillons du parasite venant du Cambodge; rapporte l’AFP. Les chercheurs craignent donc que la forme mutante de P. vivax franchisse le Canal du Mozambique (qui sépare l’île de Madagascar de l’Afrique) et ne vienne infecter des millions d’Africains qui pourraient alors perdre leur immunité contre ce parasite.Pour les professeurs Zimmerman et Serre, la prochaine étape consiste à déterminer si ces changements génétiques sont bien la cause de la perte de protection au P. vivax chez les personnes en principe résistantes. Ils vont pour cela étudier des échantillons de sang de 1.500 personnes souffrant du paludisme provoqué par le P. vivax à Madagascar.Le 18 novembre 2013 à 19:35 • Maxime Lambert
Clients of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage are agitating for change. They are frustrated with the way they are being treated at the shelter and with some of the policies. Catholic Social Services, which runs the shelter, is trying to work with them to improve the situation.Download Audio:Mats laid out at the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. Photo from CSS video.Celia Harrison started staying at Brother Francis back in March, when she felt like she could no longer safely stay in her housing in Soldotna. Since then, the former nurse has been writing about her experiences extensively on Facebook. Her posts include positive things, like small kindnesses, and detailed stories of staff being loud in the middle of the night or her belongings being soaked by flooding in the shower room.“For a very long period of time, I would write at least one incident report every day about things that went on,” she said. “Things that the staff were doing and other problems.”Harrison says her complaints made a difference: people are no longer allowed to bring food into the sleeping areas and mats are laid out to give people more space. But Harrison says one thing has not improved. She says some staff members at the Brother Francis Shelter bully the clients.“I’ve even witnessed them setting people up to get a reaction so that they can use that reaction to throw people out. And it’s not all of the staff. It’s the bullies.”Harrison lists incidents of individuals being accused of drinking when they haven’t and others being given special privileges. She is not alone in her concerns. Mari Burt and a half a dozen other individuals who use the facility started discussing the problems weeks ago. Burt says they tried to contact Catholic Social Services staff and received some follow up, but not enough.CSS Executive Director Lisa Aquino says the organization takes every complaint seriously. They log them and try to respond to them as best they can.“We never want our clients to feel bullied, period,” she states. “When we have heard complaints about bullying or about questioning actions that our staff take, we always follow up on that. We always address that if it’s with a specific staff person, our management addresses that with them. And we also talk about the larger issues as a group and as a staff.”Aquino says in the past they have terminated staff members if they are not a good fit for the program. But the director says the staff is working with a very diverse population with different mental and physical health needs. In the shelter, they have to find a balance of respect and safety for the 240 people who sleep there every night.“We face the challenge of trying to support all of our guests at the Brother Francis Shelter and treat them with dignity and respect, and to provide them with the individual care that they need as a person while at the same time thinking of the overall health and well-being of all of the clients at the shelter.”To help do that, they train staff about the culture of poverty, mental health issues, trauma informed care, and de-escalating conflicts. But Aquino says with fiscal, legal, and social constraints, they can’t monitor all areas at all times.Mari Burt says she has sent Aquino an email on Wednesday requesting a community dialogue at the shelter about the guests’s experiences with bullying. If it does not happen, they’ll hold a public protest. Burt and Harrison have already contact the mayor’s office.
To make e-mails originating from income tax department convincing and authentic and remove the suspicion of phishing among tax payers, the Modi government has asked officials of the department to necessarily put their e-mail id and official phone numbers in such communication.The directive was issued to income tax officials by revenue secretary, Hasmukh Adhia, said PTI, claiming to have accessed the order.”Henceforth any notice, letter, communication issued by any officer under Department of Revenue, including Central Board of Direct Taxes, its directorates and field formations to the taxpayers, members of public should invariably contain mention of email address and office phone numbers, of the officers signing such, communications, notice, letters for facilitating tax payers’ electronic interface with the department,” the order said.”All are requested to kindly ensure that the above directions are strictly followed,” it added. “In case of doubt, the recipient or taxpayer could check the authenticity of the notice or letter sent by the Assessing Officer or the IT officer. The attempt is to make e-communication by IT department safe, secure and reliable,” a senior finance ministry official said.The move follows a recent pilot project, the first of its nature, to commence an e-mail based assessment of 100 tax payers each in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Chennai regions. The order to mention e-mail ids and phone numbers is to lend credibility to the communication.It is aimed at reducing the physical visits to the income tax department, reported PTI.
Southeast Asian streaming service HOOQ has struck a crucial partnership deal with India’s Hotstar.The pact provides Hotstar with a significant upscaling of its Hollywood content, while for HOOQ, the arrangement is a massive expansion of its reach in India. Launched less than four years ago, Hotstar claims over 350 million downloads, and 150 million monthly active users.Hotstar Premium users currently have access to Hollywood content from HBO, Fox and Disney. The new deal is a seamless extension, at no extra cost, that brings in movies and series from other studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and content producers including Lionsgate and Miramax.The move comes at a time when Indian appetite for Hollywood content is growing. For years, Hollywood movies had minority appeal in Indian and accounted for less than 5% of Indian box office. In their latest entertainment industry report, published in March, FICCI and audit firm Ernst & Young, calculated that Hollywood earned $110 million (INR8.01 billion) in theaters in 2017, or some 13% of the gross box office total. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Titles covered by the new deal include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Goldbergs,” “Wonder Woman,” “Harry Potter,” “Spider-Man” and “Pulp Fiction.” HOOQ Originals like “The Oath,” will also be available.HOOQ is backed by owners including Sony Pictures Television, WarnerMedia and Singtel, and is currently operational in four Southeast Asian countries — Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines –plus India.Given the challenges of collecting recurring monthly subscriptions in Southeast and South Asia, relationships with telecoms operators and DTH satellite providers are crucial to the success of video platforms operating within the region. Within India, HOOQ is currently distributed through Airtel and Vodafone.“This collaboration with Hotstar combines their reach with our offering as the ‘Home for Hollywood’ in India,” said Peter Bithos, HOOQ’s CEO, in a prepared statement. “With the appetite for Hollywood content in India growing at a furious pace, we are poised to offer the Indian customer easily accessible and a very affordable way to watch the best of Hollywood.”“Hotstar Premium’s English catalogue is unlike anything you’ll find on any other platform in the world – an aggregation of content from across studios and content producers, at a single destination. This partnership with HOOQ, with its portfolio of curated blockbuster Hollywood content, seals the argument,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar.
YouTube Miniplayer first look by Martin Brinkmann on October 01, 2018 in Music and Video – 12 commentsYouTube Miniplayer is a new YouTube feature on the desktop that users of the video streaming site may activate to play videos in a smaller player on the page.Eagle-eyed YouTube users may have spotted the new Miniplayer icon when a video is played on the site. The new icon sits between the Settings icon and Default View icon in the player’s interface (which Youtube resized recently).Hover the mouse cursor over the icon to get a tooltip and click or tap on the icon to activate the player and switch from regular view to the special view mode.YouTube displays a smaller player in the lower right corner of the screen on activate that behaves independently from the rest of the tab.Note that you don’t remain on the page the video is embedded on but are taken back to the previous page if there was one.You can browse the page, e.g. a search results page and also open some pages on YouTube without losing access to the mini player.A click on the profile icon and the selection of linked items there opens these pages while the player does its job in the lower right corner of the screen.The same is not true, however, when you click on another video on the site as it is loaded then in regular view automatically.You may run searches or open most pages on YouTube that are not video pages while Miniplayer plays a video. Note that the player is only visible when YouTube’s tab is active.Just click on the video in the miniplayer interface to displays it in regular view mode on the site again.The miniplayer interface is quite limited when you compare it to the regular interface. While you get options to play/pause, replay, and load the next video, you will notice that options to change the volume, quality, or toggle subtitles/captions are not provided. You need to go back to the regular interface to make these changes.YouTube’s Miniplayer offers no options to resize the video or move the player from its bottom-right location to another location on the screen.The miniplayer on YouTube works in many modern browsers. The option is not limited to Chrome but also available in Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi and Mozilla Firefox among other browsers not made by Google.Closing WordsThe Miniplayer on YouTube gives YouTube users options to play a video while they browse the site. Good news is that the player is available for most modern browsers and not just Chrome; bad news, that it is tied to the YouTube tab and rather limited when it comes to configuration options.Opera’s Video Popout feature does this better in my opinion as it places the video player outside of the main browser UI so that it remains visible even if you switch tabs. The comparison is a bit unfair as Opera’s solution is a native browser feature while YouTube’s a feature of the page.Chrome users can check out Sideplayer for the browser which enables a similar feature. (via Born)Now You: Is the mini player useful?SummaryArticle NameYouTube Miniplayer first lookDescriptionYouTube Miniplayer is a new YouTube feature on the desktop that users of the video streaming site may activate to play videos in a smaller player on the page.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Galloway, a leftist political outsider who represents the anti-war Respect party, attempted to defend Assange in a video blog posted Sunday, saying that accusations against him showed “bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape.”Assange has fought for two years to avoid extradition to Sweden to be questioned over allegations of sexual molestation, unlawful coercion and rape made by two women. For the last two months, he has been hiding out in Ecuador’s Embassy in London, where he is out of reach of British authorities.“Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 percent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape. At least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognize it,” Galloway said in the video. “It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.”Akin has faced pressure to abandon his U.S. Senate race from some Republicans following his comments Sunday. Asked if he would support abortions for women who have been raped, Akin said, “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day In Britain, Rape Crisis, a charity, said Galloway’s description of the accusations faced by Assange was “offensive and deeply concerning.”Jo Swinson, a lawmaker with the Liberal Democrats, a party in Britain’s governing coalition, demanded that Galloway “apologize and retract his comments immediately.”“I am appalled that a member of Parliament could be so grossly irresponsible as to suggest that sex without consent is anything other than rape,” she said.Salma Yaqoob, leader of the Respect Party, said Galloway’s remarks on “what constitutes rape are deeply disappointing and wrong.”Assange was accused of sex offenses during a trip to Sweden in 2010 as his WikiLeaks website began publishing its huge cache of American secrets _ including 250,000 U.S. Embassy cables.One woman accuses Assange of intentionally damaging a condom during sex. A second woman claims he had sex with her while she was asleep, which can be considered rape under Swedish law.Assange denies wrongdoing and has said the sex with the women was consensual.Galloway, who was expelled from the country’s Labour Party in 2003 for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq and lost his seat in Parliament in 2010, returned to the House of Commons in a special election in March. In a statement Tuesday, Galloway defended his remarks and insisted that Assange’s actions would not constitute rape in Britain. However, British courts have rejected that claim in Assange’s appeal hearings.Assange and his supporters claim the Swedish case is merely the first move of a Washington-orchestrated plot to make him stand trial in the U.S. for his work with WikiLeaks. Swedish authorities dispute that claim.“This has all the hallmarks of a set-up,” Galloway said in his statement.The U.S. State Department on Monday accused Assange of making “wild assertions” about U.S. persecution to deflect attention from the sex allegations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Two lawmakers on different sides of the Atlantic were lambasted by women’s rights campaigners and colleagues on Tuesday after making contentious comments about rape.British lawmaker George Galloway was chastised by the leader of his own political party over his claim that sex crime allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange do not constitute rape.It drew some parallels to U.S. congressman Todd Akin, who has faced calls to quit as the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri following comments he made in an interview aired Sunday by St. Louis television station KTVI. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home
Back to the Future in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News August 21, 2017 634 Views Share In a move reminiscent of the 2008’s increased popularity of subprime loans, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a bulletin Monday to national banks and federal associations that outlines practices to help manage programs that originate loans with a loan-to-value ratio over 100 percent. The idea behind the potential programs is to help stimulate depressed housing values in distressed communities.“Banks and thrifts play a critical role in keeping communities vibrant and helping struggling communities recover,” said Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika. “Higher-LTV lending programs in communities targeted for revitalization can promote more healthy communities in a manner consistent with safe and sound lending practices.”The bulletin goes on to outline guidelines as to criteria for the loan that is to be originated. According to the OCC, the loan should be a permanent first-lien mortgage for the purchase, or purchase and rehabilitation of, an owner-occupied residential property. Further, the loan should have an original loan balance of less than $200,000 and “readily marketable collateral” if there is no mortgage insurance. It does make a point to exclude home equity loans, lines of credit, and refinanced loans.If banks want to follow the OCC’s guidelines and begin a program as outlined, they should notify the OCC at least 30 days before it intendeds on starting to originate loans. The OCC will review the lender’s proposal and assign an examiner to evaluate whether or not the program abides with safe lending practices. Once the program is underway, the OCC will continue to monitor the bank to ensure that the programs are successfully managed.And while sometimes a little risk is required, there are certain industry veterans that would avoid throwing caution to the wind so quickly. Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute, is one of those veterans.“It is undoubtedly important to stimulate housing markets—especially in depressed areas—but lenders need to exercise caution, especially with high-risk loans of this nature,” he said. “left unchecked, running LTVs north of 100% can be a destabilizing force for both consumers and communities.” Share OCC 2017-08-21 Joey Pizzolato
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