Regional lawmakers challenged to implement Anti-Discrimination Bill

first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) wrapped up the two-day Regional Parliamentarians Forum, with recommendations from participants for a non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination, and HIV transmission.Approximately 60 regional parliamentarians engaged in intense discussions from May 30 to 31, in Kingston, Jamaica. The delegation from Guyana included Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry; Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Opposition parliamentarian, Dr Frank Anthony.During the session, several recommendations were proposed and agreed upon by the regional lawmakers. These include, “issues involving the role of stigma and discrimination in perpetuating HIV transmission should be non-partisan and every effort must be made to protect vulnerable populations susceptible to HIV transmission, including youths and LGBT”.They also advocated for more sensitisation of the public about the role that stigma and discrimination play in the transmission of HIV. Among the public education tools recommended were the use of the school curriculum to propagate the anti-discrimination message, community education, leveraging the influence of faith-based leaders, collaborating with Parent-Teacher Associations and other groups related to education.Regional parliamentarians, civil society leaders and UN partners at the PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum In addition, a recommendation was made for intensified oversight by parliamentarians to ensure that health-care providers and law enforcement were not discriminating against HIV-positive persons and key populations.The parliamentarians also advocated for a broad-based stakeholder engagement to discuss issues affecting key populations with emphasis on stigma, discrimination, and HIV transmission.Moreover, they proposed the creation of a mechanism through which parliamentarians can meet to collaborate and share best practices to further the agenda to end AIDS by 2030. In particular, the establishment of a regional coordinating committee for parliamentarians was recommended. This body would serve to further the discussions and issues raised at the Regional Parliamentarians Forum with the overarching aim of formulating policies and strategies to protect vulnerable groups that can be advocated at the policymaking level.Furthermore, parliamentarians recommended a workshop for engagement with regional parliamentarians; Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations on the 90-90-90 targets and strategies to eliminate AIDS by 2030.Additionally, youth also formed a large part of the discussions and as such, it was recommended that countries invest in public awareness campaigns targeted at the youth population on condom use and HIV transmission.In closing remarks, Caricom Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, challenged all parliamentarians in attendance to commence the implementation of the Caricom Model Anti-Discrimination Bill. Ambassador Soeknandan pointed out that the model was approved in 2012, yet no efforts were made by member countries to adopt the recommendations proposed by the model.  To this end, the Deputy Secretary General further tasked parliamentarians with taking immediate steps to adopt the recommendations of the model with the overarching aim of full implementation by July 2018.Following unanimous agreement, Ambassador Soeknandan requested that parliamentarians provide consistent updates on the progress of implementing the Model Anti-Discrimination Bill and emphasised that the overall benefit would be the protection of vulnerable populations, more key populations accessing health services and testing for HIV, reduction in HIV transmission and deaths from AIDS.The PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum was a platform for parliamentarians from across the Region to discuss their involvement in ending HIV and AIDS. Government Ministers and members of the Opposition participated.The Forum, which is funded by the Global Fund and facilitated by the PANCAP Coordinating Unit and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), formed part of a wider intervention programme created by PANCAP within its Justice For All (JFA) Roadmap.last_img read more

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Columbus soccer falls short of state berth

first_imgBy Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Columbus Catholic narrowly missed a WIAA state tournament berth, after a shootout win against Arcadia in Division 4 sectional semifinals on Oct. 31 got them to sectional finals on Nov. 2.Columbus first won a shootout victory 3-3 (5-4) against Arcadia, in Arcadia.Columbus’ Tyler Linzmeier scored at 7:36, assisted by Kellen Delaney, before Arcadia went on a run, securing three goals in a 31-minute time period.Columbus came back to tie it up, with Delaney grabbing another goal, assisted by Tom Nystrom, and Zach Olson adding another two minutes later, to end game scoring.In the following shootout, Columbus matched Arcadia one-for-one with Olson, Delaney, Grant Olson, and Dylan Porter keeping up 4-4 with Arcadia. After the Raiders missed the fifth shot, Nystrom made his, winning the game for Columbus.Wyatt Drexler had 11 saves for Columbus versus Arcadia.The Dons next headed to sectional finals in Wisconsin Rapids, hosted by Nekoosa, where they faced Northland Pines.In finals competition, Columbus fell to the Eagles 8-2.The Dons grabbed one goal in each half, with Delaney, assisted by Porter, scoring in the first half, and Nystrom scoring off a penalty kick in the second half.Drexler had 10 saves against Northland Pines.Tom Nystrom scores off a penalty kick against Northland Pines. Derek Dieringer photo.last_img read more

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Back to Where it Belongs

first_imgA page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming,A page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming the only one among them to win a trip to the geek-coveted International Space Station. As they say, with great knowledge also comes great experiences.However, being the blue-eyed boys of the education sector isn’t easy, and Indian engineering graduates-while sanguine about good-natured name-calling from their peers-do take exception to being relegated to the stodgy realm of intelligence. Because they are also breathtakingly creative. One institute that has consistently lived up to that image is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, which upstages IIT-Delhi to top the engineering rankings in the india today-Nielsen Best Colleges Survey. While most other IITs retained their previous rankings, IIT-Roorkee climbs from fifth to fourth spot.Each academic year at the premier IIT-Kanpur is an exercise in unleashing the potential of its students. Intensive research opportunities are enhanced with a dynamic learning process that incorporates scientific methods and management skills in a performance-centric culture. Blessed with talents as diverse as creating a racing car model for the Formula SAE Italy and Formula Electric Italy 2013 to taking home the trophy at the inter-IIT sports meet, students of IIT-Kanpur always seem to hit the ground running. And the inheritance of this legacy of excellence will surely continue to inspire the generations to come.advertisementFollow the writer on Twitter @aninditasatlast_img read more

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Marcelo: I gave everything for Zidane

first_imgMarcelo says he “gave everything” for Zinedine Zidane, who he says got the best out of him during his time at Real Madrid.The Brazilian won three Champions League titles under the former France international, who departed the club last summer.Zidane remains unemployed at the moment, while his successor, Julen Lopetegui, was dismissed shortly after taking the job and replaced by Santiago Solari. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Marcelo has found more competition than in years past with the rise of Sergio Reguilon, but the defender hailed the contributions made by former manager Zidane as a boss who got him to work as hard as he possibly could.”It was strange as most of us did not know about it because everything was wonderful and, for me, it was a shock,” he told Esporte Interativo.”We had a wonderful relationship as we talked every day; he was interested in me and he defended me.”Zizou was very good to me as he was a professional, and I did everything for him; I ran, I fought, I played injured.”Practically, I gave everything for Zidane.”Marcelo also discussed last summer’s departure to Juventus of Cristiano Ronaldo, one of his closer friends during his time in Madrid.The defender was among the first to be made aware of the Portuguese star’s transfer, but it’s not the only exit that has impacted him this season.”I had a very good relationship with Cristiano, his family and his girlfriend,” he said. “I played nine years with him and it’s normal to be sad.”[I was also sad] with [the departure of] Kiko Casilla, who was sitting next to me [in the dressing room].”Every day I was saying, ‘How are you Kiko, how are you doing?’ and now I have no one next to me.”On the other side I have Bale, but Bale does not speak [Spanish] as he only speaks English and we talk with gestures and I say, ‘Hi, hello and good wine’.”Despite it all, Marcelo says he has no reason to leave the club, even if links to Juventus have swirled in recent months.”Leaving Madrid has never crossed my mind, I trust myself more than any other person and there is no reason to leave,” he said. “If that happens, they can pay me and everything will be fixed.”I trust in myself, in my work, but if the day comes when Madrid do not want me, I’m going.”I’ll be sad, but I’ll go, though I’m sure that I’m not going to be offloaded.”last_img read more

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Salvation Army continues to look for Christmas Kettle volunteers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army is continuing to look for volunteers for their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army, says they are currently looking for more volunteers to fill the posts that are located around the city.“We’ve put some posts out. The campaign goes right until the 24, except for Sundays. So, we need about 25 people a day to pull it off.” Eggie also expresses that this volunteer position is not time demanding.“Most shifts are two hours in length with a variety of locations around town.”Eggie says some local businesses have been generous in stepping up on providing people to help out with the Campaign.“We have some companies that have come on board. Most recently ReMax and Century 21 have taken on scheduled days which is really helpful.”To volunteer your time to the Christmas Kettle Campaign, you can call Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana at 250-261-1933last_img read more

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Dark Web exposes computer-server data transfer to hackers

first_imgNew York: Cyber criminals now have access to the most-secured data files used to facilitate confidential communication between organisations’ servers and clients’ computers on the Dark Web, say researchers. According to the team from Georgia State University and the University of Surrey, a thriving marketplace for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates exists on a hidden part of the Internet. SSL and TLS are security technology (https protocol) that protects the transfer of data and information between computers and servers. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Networked machines use keys and SSL/TLS certificates to identify and authenticate themselves when connecting to each other, much like humans employ user names and passwords to go online. According to the researchers, when these certificates are sold on the darknet, they are packaged with a wide range of crimeware that delivers machine identities to cybercriminals who use them to spoof websites, eavesdrop on encrypted traffic, perform attacks and steal sensitive data, among other activities. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “One very interesting aspect of this research was seeing TLS certificates packaged with wrap-around services — such as Web design services — to give attackers immediate access to high levels of online credibility and trust,” informed lead author David Maimon, Associate Professor in Georgia State. A search of five marketplaces in the darknet uncovered 2,943 mentions for SSL and 75 for TLS. In comparison, there were just 531 mentions for ransomware. It was surprising to discover, he added, how easy and inexpensive it is to acquire extended validation certificates, along with all the documentation needed to create very credible shell companies without any verification information. “This study found clear evidence of the rampant sale of TLS certificates on the Dark Net,” said Kevin Bocek, Vice President of Security and Threat Intelligence for cyber security firm Venafi. “Every organisation should be concerned that the certificates used to establish and maintain trust and privacy on the Internet are being weaponised and sold as commodities to cyber criminals.”last_img read more

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Blaz Rola helps lead No 1 seed mens tennis team to Big

The Ohio State men’s tennis team has done well for itself this season, and freshman Blaz Rola has helped to lead it. With an overall season record of 27-2 (10-0 in Big Ten), and winning its sixth consecutive Big Ten season title, the team has earned the No. 1 seed going into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend. While the team may be focused on another Big Ten win, it is also looking forward to the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 14–15. Freshman Ille Van Engelen said winning the NCAA Championship is “the biggest goal of the season” for him and his team. Standing at 6-foot-4, the Slovenia native is ranked No. 3 in the nation in singles and No. 9 in doubles with his partner, junior Chase Buchanan. “I just want to play and get better and better,” he said. “I hope we’ll play good. We have a chance to go all the way, but it’s a long way and there is a lot of hard work still left.” Although Rola is at OSU now, his original plan for his tennis career didn’t involve playing at the collegiate level. “First I was thinking about going pro,” Rola said. “But after 18 months of Ty calling and emailing me, I decided to come here and take a look. And I really liked it.” According to the official OSU athletics site, Rola has won two doubles titles and a singles title on the professional circuit in 2010. And in 2008 he won the title of the La Vie Sport Junior Cup Villach Champion and has been ranked as high as No. 388 in the world. Like so many other players on the team, Rola got his start in tennis at an early age. “My whole family played,” he said. “I started playing with my dad, but I never thought, ‘I’m going to be a tennis player.’” But, he said, the more he practiced, played in and won different matches and tournaments, the more he liked the game. Rola brings a lot of strengths to the team. He lists his serve, his left-handed ability and his quick movement on the court as some of the strengths he has brought to OSU. “Lefties cause a lot of problems for righties,” Rola said. While he does play doubles, Rola said he prefers to play singles. “I like singles better,” he said. “But I know I need to develop my doubles game. I have to play it to make my singles game better.” Rola continues to succeed in doubles and he, along with the rest of his team, will begin play in the Big Ten Tournament beginning Thursday in Madison, Wis. read more

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Ceremonial Opening of Parliament February 9

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, February 8, 2017 – The ceremonial opening of Parliament takes place on Thursday (February 9) at Gordon House in Kingston, with the traditional pomp and pageantry.  This event, which marks the beginning of the 2017-18 legislative year, will get underway at 11:00 a.m.  The opening will be highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.  He will outline the Government’s priorities for the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1.Specially invited guests include Permanent Secretaries from the various Ministries, members of the Diplomatic Corps and the Judiciary, Mayors and Custodes.  The House of Representatives will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. for the tabling of the 2017-2018 Estimates of Expenditure by Minister of Finance and the Public Service,  Hon. Audley Shaw.  The Estimates will provide details on Government spending for the fiscal year, including allocations for Recurrent (housekeeping) and Capital (development) expenses.  The Standing Finance Committee of the House will meet on February 28, March 2 and March 3 to consider the Budget.Mr. Shaw is scheduled to open the 2017-18 Budget Debate on March 9, when he will inform the nation how the budget for the fiscal year will be funded.  On March 14, Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr. Peter Phillips, will make his contribution. The debate will continue on March 16, with the Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, making her contribution.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will make his presentation on March 21 and the debate is scheduled to be closed by the Finance Minister on March 22.#OpeningofParliamentJamaica Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OpeningofParliamentJamaicalast_img read more

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Emery on Nacho Monreals injury

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has given an update on the condition of defender Nacho Monreal after he left the pitch in the 37th minute.Emery was forced to make a change in the 37th minute of Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Burnley, as Monreal came off for Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Arsenal boss confirmed that the defender had suffered a muscle problem and was substituted to avoid exacerbating the injury and hoping he returns next week when Arsenal visit Brighton.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s starting to be a muscular problem and we decided to change and not take more risks with him. But I hope it’s not big and I hope he can be with us next week,” Emery told the club’s website.“I don’t know if he can play at Brighton, but we can play, I think, Koscielny.“Also Mustafi is close to coming with us. We can take more injuries but we can also recover more players.”last_img read more

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