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“In 2016 alone, 43 million children across 63 countries required humanitarian assistance,” Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the annual day-long meeting on the rights of the child, Protecting the Rights of the Child in Humanitarian Situations.“And, today, 357 million children live in conflict zones – up by some 75 per cent since last century’s last decade and accounting for one in six children globally,” she added. From floods, earthquakes and hurricanes to man-made political and economic instability, and armed conflicts between and among State and non-State parties globally, the costs of adult misconduct and the consequences their misbehaviour as political, social and economic guardians have let down millions of children.Countless unknown children have lost their lives in terrified transit on the Mediterranean sea; thousands have been violated in Myanmar’s Rakhine state; girls have been subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation by Blue-helmeted troops; and others violated by numbers of religious and secular aid-workers.“The tragedy of these all-too-adult failings are borne by children, but the shame is surely not children’s to bear,” she stated, pointing out that children are the vast majority of the populations most affected by conflict, most afflicted by abject poverty, most exposed to climate change.“In flight, children face additional sexual abuse and exploitation, child labour and trafficking. In transit, they meet further abuse, neglect and deprivation of essential services,” she continued. “At reception, they more often meet unlawful detention, xenophobia and an absence of care for the physical and mental trauma to which they have been subjected,” she maintained.Recalling that children make up half of the world’s displaced people and more than half of its refugees, Ms. Gilmore emphasized: “No matter where they are, nor the status of their movement within or across borders – irregular as that may be – a child’s rights never abandons them.” However, the tolerance for children’s abuse appears so high that no matter what is learned of its scale, breadth, or long-lasting damage, the world struggles to put its responsibilities to children front and centre.Questioning why, in 2018, the Secretary-General should need to confirm the UN’s zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adults, Ms. Gilmore stated: “The UN must own its shame.”“International human rights law applies at all times, in all settings for all peoples of all ages,” she underscored, noting that in the seventh decade of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “we must strongly affirm that human rights hold and human rights persist, even in humanitarian settings and specifically for children.”Children’s interests be put at the forefront of decision-making processes.“We must bring children in – bring children to sit at the tables of decision making and participation and specifically so for the design, implementation and monitoring of our humanitarian assistance activities,” she urged.
Understood to have lived alone, Palmer-Tomkinson had previously spoken of her flat as a sanctuary from which she took two conference calls a day and had kept a pet squirrel.Once photographed at every society event in an array of eye-catching outfits, she became a tabloid darling who used her own newspaper column to share secrets of her glamorous life.She visited rehab in 1999 for cocaine addiction and suffered the collapse of her septum, admitting she had once overdosed before entering recovery. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite – obituaryThe original It Girl: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, in picturesRemember her winning performance on Celebrity Fame Academy?One of her final interviews: Why she was more than just an It girlTara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite and self-confessed ‘It girl’ of her generation, had not been seen for nearly a week before she was found dead in her home at the age of 45, her neighbours have claimed.Palmer-Tomkinson, who lived alone in West London, was pronounced dead in her own home after a long period of ill-health, months after she disclosed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.Friends said they had feared for her in recent weeks after she appeared frail and out of contact, as police confirmed they were treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.An ambulance had been called to the address at 1.40pm, before police were alerted. She had previously spoken frankly about her former addiction to drugs, rehabilitation, loneliness and anxiety.In recent interviews, she had spoken of her distress at speculation she had fallen off the wagon, revealing her frail appearance was down to the extended period of ill health.In November, she told a newspaper she had been “terribly frightened” after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour which had affected the production of hormone prolactin, leaving her exhausted. In 2014, she was cautioned by police at Heathrow airport after a disturbance after being seen sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair in an episode she explained as a panic attack.In the same year, she dropped out of Channel 4 show The Jump, saying she had become a “recluse” after suffering a breakdown.In 2016, she told an interviewer her party lifestyle had come at a health cost, and that she now hoped to build a more “conventional” life. The coroner is now investigating cause of death, with shocked friends and family learning of it on Wednesday afternoon.Friends of Palmer-Tomkinson said they had grown worried for her, after she lost weight and appeared frail. Brain tumourAround 16,000 people are, like Palmer-Tomkinson, diagnosed with brain tumours every year across the UK.The Brain Tumour Research charity said that less than 20% of patients survive beyond five years. And it warned deaths from the disease were increasing, with the number of brain tumour deaths up 27% from 2002.There are more than 120 different types of brain tumour, with the most common developing from cells that support the nerve cells of the brain.These are called glial cells and a tumour of glial cells is called a giloma.TV personality Palmer-Tomkinson had been battling the tumour since January last year.Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, praised Palmer-Tomkinson for raising awareness of the disease.”Our hearts go out to all of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s family and friends.”Three months ago, Tara was brave enough to speak out about her brain tumour diagnosis and the impact it had on her life.”Her honesty helped to raise awareness of the disease and it was welcomed by the many thousands of people in the UK and around the world who cope with the impact of a brain tumour.”Tara helped to show why we must do all we can to defeat this devastating disease, which is the biggest cancer killer of children and young people in the UK.” In 1998 outside Tramp nightclub celebrating her birthdayCredit:REX OMG. REST IN PEACE TARA. https://t.co/r9EStcXBYv— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) February 8, 2017 The Prince of Wales is greeted by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson during a reception at Clarence House in 2003 Neighbours and local shopkeepers said they had not seen her in the week before her death.An emotional Santa Montefiore, her sister, said the family did not wish to comment.News of Palmer-Tomkinson’s death came just three months after she disclosed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and auto-immune disease.She had struggled with her health, a lack of energy and weight loss for 18 months before embarking on the right treatment. Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Prince Harry on a ski lift in Klosters with Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Santa Palmer TomkinsonCredit:Ian Jones Palmer-Tomkinson with Her mother, Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, and sister, Santa She told Kyle: “I went back to rehab two years ago but nobody actually knows why I went back.”The reasons I went were private, the reasons I went were that I believed that I was having a nervous breakdown because I was so frightened of this British press, of these paparazzi who went through my rubbish, who led me to believe that every chimney sound or thunderstorm was a paparazzi attack and I couldn’t deal with it and I still can’t deal with it.”Most people think that when you relapse that you have to take a substance. I have seen a therapist every single week for the last 11 years of my life, I don’t need to relapse on a substance. I can relapse and it just means my brain is overdosing into a way that I just can’t cope and you know what, I may not be perfect but parts of me are awesome!”Recalling her lowest point during her battle with cocaine addiction, she said: “I remember timing my heart because I knew it was going to stop and I remember my telephone was [a few metres away]… I remember crawling on my hands and knees to pick up the phone and call… and then I woke up in hospital.””I think that was the night I had an overdose. I have never attempted suicide… I think it was a cry for help.”Heathrow disturbance.She was arrested and cautioned in December 2014 by officers following her reaction to being refused access to a first-class airport lounge, reports said.Video footage filmed by a witness showed her sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair extensions during the incident, The Sun reported.Following her arrest, she told she told the newspaper that a panic attack triggered her behaviour.During an interview with the Press Association last year, while promoting her fashion line Desiderata, she spoke about having regrets.She said: “I definitely have regrets. I wish I had never touched half the stuff… But in the same way, I’m not going to sit there and feel ashamed for what I did, because I have had a life! I might be 44, but I was at so many different parties in so many different countries, I haven’t slept for 20 years!”The things that mattered to me a long time ago don’t matter any more. What matters to me now is health. Because I’ve paid a price for my health, and I wish I had given up cigarettes a long time ago… I’ve always been very health-conscious, but when you’re 44, you don’t wake up looking the same way.” So sad to say goodbye to Tara Palmer Tomkinson – she risked the first Fame Academy for @rednoseday – and was kind, generous and funny.— emma freud (@emmafreud) February 8, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. TV highlightsOne of the most shared videos that went viral following her death is her gutsy performance of These Boots Are Made For Walking for the BBC’s Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2007.The show – a spin-off of the BBC’s singing contest raising funds for Comic Relief – saw her competing against celebrities including Miranda Hart, Tim Vine, Linda Robson and Shaun Williamson. Tara beat out all competition with a string of fabulous performances – but the most fondly remembered is her brilliantly idiosyncratic rendition of the Nancy Sinatra classic: RIP Tara Palmer Tomkinson, 45.A fun, feisty woman who battled many demons. Very sad news. pic.twitter.com/IxwOLfUyFW— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson photographed in 2000 In 2001, launching her own websiteCredit:PA On I’m a Celebrity in 2002 She was often photographed with members of the Royal family, enjoying skiing holidays together, and attending at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Neighbours spoke of her as “living life to the full”, driving “fast and furious” around the streets and joining the residents’ association.She is survived by her parents, Charles and Patricia, brother James and sister Santa. Blue singer and soap actor Duncan James, a close friend of Palmer-Tomkinson, tweeted: “Heartbroken and numb I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends.”I’m going to miss ur laughter the most shmooey . Rip sweetheart (sic).”Boy George, the singer, said: “Sorry we have lost Tara. R.I.P. She was a sweet complicated soul!”Friends and fans post social media tributes OMG don’t believe it ! Poor Tara we hung out a lot in the 90 s again very troubled but such a great character full of life and fun ! So sad https://t.co/zxa7BqUTVH— Michelle Collins (@missmcollins) February 8, 2017 Such sad news 🌹RIP Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 💔 On screen her beauty, smile & laugh truly shone thru 💕 #RIPTPT #ripTaraPalmerTomkinson 🌟 pic.twitter.com/0Im5pZAWl4— Tina ❄️ (@Tinapeg2) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tompkinson was the first person I ever heard described as an “it girl” and by jove she earned the title.— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) February 8, 2017 She was nuts and I adored her pic.twitter.com/JtqtMgtG44— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer Tomkinson, who has previously battled drug problemsCredit:David M. Benett Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge She believed it under control with medication, saying then: “I actually feel very lucky.”Dr David Jenkinson, the Chief Scientific Officer with The Brain Tumour Charity, said a benign pituitary tumour, if diagnosed and treated could be successfully contained and would not necessarily prove fatal. Feel so very sad at the Tara news. Truly one of a kind. Delicate, ferocious, shockingly funny and an exceedingly good person. #RIPTPT 😞— deanpiper (@deanpiper) February 8, 2017 The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were close family friends of the socialite, paid tribute, saying they are “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”.The Duchess of York, whose mother was Palmer-Tomkinson’s godmother, added her family were “so shocked by this tragic news of the magnificent, beautifully energetic soul of Tara”. Show more “At this early stage, the death is being treated as unexplained.”We are not treating this death as suspicious. The coroner has been informed and the next of kin has been informed.”‘Heartbroken and numb’Socialite and reality TV star Tamara Beckwith, one of her friends, said in a statement: “The terribly sad news of my old friend Tara PT’s passing has come as quite a shock.”She was a shining light and I have nothing but very fond memories of the times we had together. She was most definitely one of life’s true characters.”My thoughts are naturally with her family.” Palmer-Tomkinson’s body was removed from her home on a trolley into a private ambulance on Wednesday evening and driven away.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 13:40hrs on Wednesday February 8 to an address in Bramham Gardens, SW5.”A woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Other notable appearances include:Being was one of the 12 celebrities set to appear in the first series of Channel 4 show The Jump in 2014.But she dropped out shortly after telling Radio Times that she felt “under a lot of pressure” and was “not comfortable” with being the favourite to win.Her father, Charles, is a former British Olympic skier who instructed the Prince of Wales.She turned heads when she announced she was launching a pop career in 2011.The former “It girl” said she had secretly recorded a dance album and confessed she was “a rock chick at heart”.The album, Flawed, was released in 2012, but a performance of her single on ITV’s Loose Women attracted fierce criticism.In 2014, she gave an emotional interview during ITV’s Jeremy Kyle: The Celebrity Specials.She told Kyle about nearly dying from an overdose and spoke about rehab, explaining why she had made a return visit, even though she had been drug-free for some 11 years. So sad to hear of TPT passing away. So young…— Gok Wan (@therealgokwan) February 8, 2017 Palmer-Tomkinson photographed at her birthday party in 1998
An Emir from Qatar is reportedly the lucky new owner of their own private island in Greece after a wealthy Greek Australian family from Melbourne sold their island paradise, in the Ionian Sea, for just under a cool 7 million Euros. According to Greek media reports, the island of Oxia (or Nafsika) has been in foreign real estate agents websites’ on the islands, and its sale price was quoted at 6,900,000 Euros. The agreement and transfer procedures apparently lasted more than nine months because of various difficulties, but reports say that the island was signed over to its new owner just a few days ago.The island has a total area of ??5,500 acres. The hilly island is said to feature pure marble of excellent quality. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
If you’re among the tens of thousands of people expected to descend on the Fort Vancouver National Site for Friday’s Fourth of July celebration, don’t expect to snag a prime parking spot and stroll right in just as the fireworks start.Visitors should be aware of several street closures and detours planned to accommodate a full slate of Fourth of July events in the area, according to organizers. Impacts in some places will last all day, though most activities don’t start until the afternoon and evening. Among the streets closed for the entire day Friday is Evergreen Boulevard from Interstate 5 to U Street. East Reserve Street and Fort Vancouver Way will both be closed south of Mill Plain Boulevard. A handful of other local streets and intersections will also be closed on the east side of the fort grounds.The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to close the northbound offramp from I-5 to Mill Plain between 6 p.m. and midnight. In addition, both the east and west offramps from state Highway 14 to Columbia House Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. until the fireworks are over, according to WSDOT.Detours will direct drivers to alternate routes during the closures, according to the agency. WSDOT and the Washington State Patrol noted that pulling over on any state highway to watch fireworks is illegal.
CASHMERE — The Washington State Patrol says it’s tossing speeding tickets issued near Cashmere last Tuesday and Wednesday because as many as eight officers blasted through a speed trap there without being cited.The Wenatchee World reports that the officers were headed to a drug-recognition conference in Chelan. An Arlington man, Bill Gillam, recorded video showing that while other drivers were pulled over and cited for speeding through the trap, the officers were not. State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said he didn’t immediately know how many tickets were issued, but dismissing them is “simple fairness.” One woman was pulled over but let off with a warning after she reported being the wife of a state trooper.Some of the officers who sped past were in unmarked cars, making it tough to know what agency they were with. But some were with the State Patrol, the Auburn Police Department and the Seattle Police Department.
COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – 7 Skyforce flew over the scene after a car drove into a canal in Cooper City.The incident took place, Monday morning, in the waters near Flamingo Road.The vehicle could be seen partially submerged. However, no injuries were reported.There is currently no word on what caused the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Meet The Woburn Street School Principal Search FinalistsIn “Education”VIDEOS: Meet The Woburn Street School Principal Search FinalistsIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday night’s School Committee Meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that Suzanne Sullivan has been named the next principal of Woburn Street School, effective July 1.“Ms. Sullivan has over 30 years of public education experience at the elementary level, having served a variety of communities in Massachusetts,” according to a press release that Brand read. “As an educator, she holds extensive experience as a classroom teacher at the second grade level and almost ten years of experience as an elementary principal, having served the communities of Brimfield, Quaboag Regional School District, and Greenfield, MA. Ms. Sullivan is currently the Principal of the Parker Elementary School in Billerica where she leads a Pre K‐5 educational community of approximately 500 students and 100 staff.”In her Community Forum, Sullivan revealed that — with the opening of a new Billerica High School which will include Grade 8 students — Billerica is re-configuring its schools and closing one of its elementary schools. Even though Sullivan is not the principal at that school — because she has the least amount of seniority of all the district’s principals — she is losing her position.“The search process included a site visit to Wilmington where Ms. Sullivan spent the better portion of a day meeting staff, district leaders and members of the community,” Brand writes. “The site visit committee, consisting of the Central Office Leadership Team, as well as a staff and parent representative who served on the search committee, also participated in a site visit to the Parker Elementary School to meet with stakeholders in the Billerica community.”Brand highlighted several of Sullivan’s strengths, including her:unwavering commitment to student‐centered decision‐makingattention to ensuring everyone has a voice in important decisionsfocus on maintaining personal connections with both the adults and students she servesability to build and maintain a strong and healthy school cultureBrand also listed several of Sullivan’s experience hallmarks, including:overseeing a Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Innovation School that included a focus on STEAM across all curriculum areasworking with student populations that range from Preschool to sixth gradeextensive experience in Special Education programming that also includes strategic steps to foster an inclusive model of educationsupporting students in the general education classes, as well as overseeing more intensive programs and extensive experience in implementing social‐emotional based programs including support teams, Responsive Classroom, Second Step and PBIS.Sullivan, who is the mother to TWO sets of TWIN boys, holds a Bachelor degree from Fitchburg State College and a Master of Education degree with a major in Leadership & Administration from Worcester State College.The Woburn Street School Principal position was vacated mid-year by Jeff Strasnick, who unexpectedly decided to retire from his public school career.The search’s other two finalists were Laurie Fahey, a Dracut elementary school principal, and Charlotte King, Director of the Wildwood Early Childhood Center here in Wilmington for the past five years. King indicated in her Community Forum that she will remain as Wildwood’s Director if she did not receive the Woburn Street position.Brand also mentioned at last night’s School Committee Meeting that the district is preparing to move into an Assistant Principal Search for the Woburn Street School. Current Assistant Principal Frank Ferriero is retiring at the end of the school year. Ferriero served as Principal of the North Interiemdiate School for six years before becoming Assistant Principal of the Woburn Street School for the past six years. Brand noted that Sullivan will be given the opportunity to participate in this search.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
Oil and gas activity is continuing to grow even with low oil prices — that’s the takeaway from a new industry survey.Travis BubenikA drilling rig in action in the Permian Basin in 2015.In the survey of executives by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, drillers report being able to still make money from new wells in West Texas and South Texas with oil prices below $50 per barrel. That’s because of increased efficiencies and cost-cutting, and it has led to more drilling rigs in service and increased capital spending.Oil and gas production has also increased for the second quarter in a row, at what the Dallas Fed’s Senior Economist Michael D. Plante calls a “rapid clip.”Oilfield service companies report growth as well, though at a slower pace than producers.A majority of those surveyed say employment levels and wages are holding steady, though there are some mixed reports of ups and downs in the labor market from others. On average, executives are expecting prices for West Texas crude to rise to between $53 and $54 per barrel by the end of this year. 00:00 /00:50 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen
Here at Geek, we’ve been pretty consistent in our warnings of the coming cyber dystopia. And, today we’re gonna keep on keepin’ on. This time, new research suggests that hacking bots — which, remember will be coming for all our jobs in shorter order — is basically child’s play/ In a move that seems ripped straight from Black Mirror, a team of researchers cracked into a bot dubbed Herb2 from across the country to deliver an unsettling message: “Hello from the hackers.”Cool, COOL, cool. The research hasn’t been peer-reviewed, admittedly, but like many cybersecurity projects, it’s also largely a demonstration of the concept. And the teams involved — based at Brown and the University of Washington — are both well-respected institutions. This is largely possible because, surprise surprise, many human beings take shortcuts when setting up their cool new artificial beings. Essentially, designing robots is hard, and many use an open-source collection of software called Robot Operating System, or ROS. Because this system lacks basic security features, is widely used, and the source code is free to probe, the teams were able to easily break into a bot. First, they simply used scanned for bots running ROS that were connected to the internet, and then they sorted those out from the research simulations also using the software. By determining if the bot had connected hardware, like a camera, they could be reasonably sure it was an actual robot, and not a bit of code mimicking one. Once that was set, they simply picked a bot, notified its owners that it wasn’t secure, and then asked for permission from the other team to hack it. “No one’s really thinking about security on these types of things,” computer scientist George Clark told Wired. “Everyone’s just putting things out there trying to rush to market, especially in a research type of environment. My worry is how this carries over to a more industrial or consumer market.”Indeed, many critical industrial systems like SCADA are already connected to the internet, and they’re one of the reasons we have those famous instances of people temporarily downing power grids or other basic services. This stuff isn’t a joke, and when bots get hooked up, we’re only magnifying the danger and introducing that many more ways for someone to take advantage of us and the machines we work with.If you love robots as much as we do read our review of Cozmo. You might want to check out the $600 robot who can tie shoelaces. And did you know robots can manipulate our emotions? Stay up to date on all robotic news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers Stay on target
Like old photographs, the visual quality of our memories declines over time, according to a study. When people remember the past, they remember it with varying degrees of clarity. Sometimes people remember lots of details about an event, as if they are reliving the moment as it happened, said Maureen Ritchey, an assistant professor at Boston College in the US. Other times, it seems like the memory has faded, and the details are fuzzy, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious research has shown that emotionally significant events – like a car accident – are remembered more vividly than everyday events. “We wanted to know whether this feeling of memory vividness is related to not just what is remembered, but how it is remembered – the visual quality of the memory,” Ritchey said in a statement. She said people reported changes to their memories akin to using a filter to edit a picture. “A simple analogy is what happens when you post a photo on Instagram. You are cued to apply a filter that changes the brightness or colour saturation of the image,” Ritchey said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn three experiments, participants studied emotionally negative and neutral images that varied in visual quality – luminance and colour saturation. They then reconstructed the visual qualities of each image in a subsequent test. The findings revealed that memories were recollected as less visually vibrant than they were encoded, demonstrating a novel memory-fading effect, the researchers said. Negative emotions subjects experienced when viewing the images increased the likelihood that images would be accurately remembered but did not influence memory fading. In addition, subjective ratings of memory vividness were lower for less accurate memories and for memories that had visually faded, the team found. These findings provide evidence that the vibrancy of low-level details – such as colours and shapes associated with an event – fade in memory while the gist of the experience is retained. People may remember going to a music festival and watching their favourite band, but the intensity of that sensory experience, including the bright stage lights and strength of the bass, will slowly fade. “We found that memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” said post-doctoral researcher Rose Cooper. “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered,” Cooper said. The fading effect happened less for memories that were rated as subjectively stronger. “We were also surprised to find that emotional memories did not influence the amount of fading, only the likelihood with which people remembered the images at all,” she added.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) is expected to issue a ruling this week on a case brought against the government of Costa Rica for banning in vitro fertilization (IVF).Costa Rica banned the procedure 12 years ago, and now the court will define whether the practice should be allowed, if it should be included in public health services and if the country must change current legislation.In banning the practice, the government argued a pro-life stance, saying the definition of the beginning of life is established in the country’s constitution. The Attorney General’s Office is representing the government as a defendant in the case.The government’s main arguments for banning IVF questioned the use of multiple embryos in the process. Costa Rica also argued that IVF is not the most viable alternative for people unable to conceive, and the state questioned the high cost the procedure would have on the country’s public health care system. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican legislators face criminal suit for failing to pass IVF law Costa Rica to pay $420,000 for banning in vitro fertilization Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF bill Does Costa Rica’s in vitro ban clash with its reputation as a civil liberties leader?
By Stelios OrphanidesAstroBank, the lender that emerged from the acquisition of a majority stake in the Cypriot unit of Greece’s Bank of Piraeus, will consider opportunities to acquire assets in an attempt to implement its growth strategy, its top executive said on Monday.The acquisition took place last year by a group of investors led by Lebanese banker Maurice Sehnauoui.“Following the launch of AstroBank we are moving from a deleveraging strategy imposed by events in Greece to a ‘grow and the-sky-is-the-limit’ approach,” chief executive officer George Appios said in a telephone interview. “The new owners’ philosophy is that we are no longer constrained by capital and liquidity. This an 180-degree change in the strategic direction”.The bank, which inherited a balance sheet slightly exceeding €1bn, is in a position to buy other competitors or assets from other banks, and will do so if an opportunity arises at the right price, he said.Appios declined to confirm or deny information that AstroBank was showing interest in acquiring the Cyprus business of National Bank of Greece.“We will also examine everything that comes along our path as an opportunity in terms of acquisition,” he said.“Even acquiring of loans from other banks will be looked at as an opportunity that will be examined on a cost and benefits basis”.Following the acquisition for a reported €3.2m and the subsequent capital increase of €40m, AstroBank – so named because Sehnaoui considers the island the ‘star of the Mediterranean’ because of its economic achievements and shape – business development and growth will be the bank’s top priorities, Appios said.And as a Cypriot bank, AstroBank may seek to have its share listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange, which could happen in two years at the earliest, Appios said.“The first thing we need to do and make the difference in the bank is to ensure that we capitalise on our advantages and have the best time to respond to the market,” the banker said. “We have to give our customers answers to their loan requests swiftly and we need to be the fastest compared to our competitors. The responses should not just be quick, they should be relevant”.“We are small and agile and we can take decisions quickly as we don’t have to go to an overseas head office or through a large number of hierarchical levels to get approvals,” Appios said. “This ensures that decisions will not only be quick but also relevant to what the client needs”.To do that, the bank, its management, and staff alike, will have to “change the culture” in order to think “innovatively” on behalf of the customer.Under the terms of the deal, Bank of Piraeus retains a 17.6 per cent stake and the responsibility to provide technical support to AstroBank. The lender announced a new board of directors in February that includes Shadi Karam, a former banker at Merrill Lynch and Lebanon’s BLC Bank.AstroBank can utilise “the blend of local knowledge and experience combined with the depth of experience of the new investors in international banking with a large network of business contacts,” Appios said.That blend will be necessary to reduce the bad loan portfolio AstroBank inherited from the Cypriot subsidiary of Bank of Piraeus, which is another pressing priority. The lender has a 90-days-past-due loan ratio of 39 per cent and a non-performing loan slightly above that, the bank’s CEO said.“The change in the direction of the bank does not alter the targets regarding the reduction of non-performing loans,” Appios continued.The reduction of Cyprus’s non-performing loan mountain, roughly half of the banks’ portfolio, which all rating companies consider necessary for Cyprus to improve its sovereign credit rating, could create a vicious circle, Appios said.Astrobank Maurice Sehnaoui Harris Georgiades“Once Cyprus’s sovereign credit rating becomes investment grade, this will spark a positive momentum and further speed up economic recovery,” he added.After implementing reforms included in the adjustment programme agreed with international creditors four years ago, “there is one thing that we have not completed, which is to reform the public sector which is my only concern,” Appios said.“Those things that we have not reformed may ultimately negatively ruin what was reformed and affect the sustainability of economic growth” which faces external challenges related to energy prices, regional geopolitics and Greece’s economy, he said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The House agriculture committee has asked the government to submit a scheme that tackles all the problems mouflons cause to the produce and property of farmers by the end of September, it was announced on Tuesday.Head of the committee Andros Kafkalias said it’s been a year and a half since state officials said that a scheme was in the make, but that MPs heard nothing since.The government, Kafkalias said, has done nothing to address the problem. “It is merely confined to declaring that it recognises the problem and that it will present a plan,” he said.The plan concerns fencing of affected areas through a programme of agricultural development and that the agriculture, interior and finance ministries are in consultations to agree on a final plan.He said that farmers wishing to fence their property are faced with red tape and complex procedures.Soteris Antoniou, community leader of Kambos, one of the areas affected by mouflons, said in the past they were promised to be given the materials to fence off their property themselves.He said that the population of mouflons has increased and the animals enter inhabited areas.“We call on those in charge to solve our problem so that we won’t have to take the law into our hands,” Antoniou said.“Mouflons are a protected species, but who is protecting us from the mouflons?” community leader of Tsakkistra Christodoulos Orfanides asked.Orfanides said that the mouflon’s bite is such that it destroys young trees.Residents of the Kambos and Tsakkistra villages, near Kykkos monastery, threatened to sue the government last year unless it took effective measures to stop mouflons destroying agricultural produce in the mountain areas where they live.You May LikeMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Hepatitis C – Research About Hepatitis CYahoo Search | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Runestad News 26Apr Area schools to receive additional state aid House approves proposal increasing student foundation dollarsHuron Valley Schools and Waterford School District are slated to see 2016-17 state funding amounts increased by about $120 per pupil under legislation approved today by the Michigan House.State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-Waterford, said House Bill 5291 concurs with the governor’s budget proposal that uses a two-times formula to close the education funding gap between districts with $60 to $120 increases.“Educating our children is a top priority for the future of Michigan and the dollars need to be allocated equitably across the state, regardless of where students live,” Runestad said. “This budget bill continues to provide more money for education than ever before in the state, while shrinking the funding disparity between school districts.“I’m pleased that our area children will benefit from the top payment increase for their learning.”Huron Valley will see a $120 per pupil foundation allowance increase, from $7,391 to $7,511. Waterford School District is calculated for $119 per pupil, from $7,421 to $7,540.In general, school districts already receiving more than $8,000 per pupil will receive $60 to $100 increases in the coming year. Total K-12 spending has risen from $1.77 billion in Fiscal Year 2014 to $1.99 billion expected in Fiscal Year 2017.Along with K-12 spending, HB 5291 also includes community colleges and higher education budget plans.The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Share354TweetShare34Email388 Shares“Cecile Richards 2011 Shankbone 2” by David Shankbone – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.September 30, 2015; New York TimesA succinct article in the New York Times answers the question posed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) to Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, about the level of her salary. His intention was to prove its lavishness, but in fact, as the NYT article states, her salary is rather restrained for a nonprofit of the size of Planned Parenthood, which had revenues of approximately $1.3 billion last year, and in its restraint is emblematic of a gender gap in the pay of top nonprofit executives.But first, here was the question in all its accusatory glory:CHAFFETZ: Your compensation in 2009 was $353,000. Is that correct?RICHARDS: I don’t have the figures with me. But…CHAFFETZ: It was. Congratulations. In 2013, your compensation went up some $240,000. Your compensation, we’re showing based on tax returns, is $590,000, correct?RICHARDS: That’s not my annual compensation. I—actually, my annual compensation is $520,000 a year. I believe there was a program that the board sort of put together for a three-year…I’m happy—again, I think we have been extremely forthcoming with all of our documents.But as is reflected in GuideStar’s compensation report, about which we wrote a few weeks ago, the executives of the 3,335 nonprofits with revenues of more than $50 million bring home an average compensation of $689,973, about 17 percent more than Ms. Richards earned in her best year. (In fact, only 200 nonprofits in the country have revenues that exceed those of Planned Parenthood, so that 3,335 may be too broad a group for comparison, but it will have to do.) The GuideStar report also states that the gender gap varies by budget size, with the smallest disparity being 6 percent and the largest being 23 percent, but for organizations like Planned Parenthood, with annual budgets over $50 million, the gender pay gap is 18 percent.So when Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-D) reacted to Mr. Chaffetz, accusing him of “beating up on a woman, our witness, for making a good salary” and called his comments “totally inappropriate and discriminatory,” she was right on target. Not only is Richards’s salary not outsized, but what she makes is below the average for her peer group by 17 percent for running a far larger organization. Just the facts, ma’am.—Ruth McCambridgeShare354TweetShare34Email388 Shares
Share13Tweet3Share4Email20 SharesJuly 19, 2016; Washington PostIn May, NPQ reported that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had issued an executive order to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-inmates in time for the November election. Nonprofits and advocacy groups have been instrumental in educating and alerting ex-inmates about shedding their formerly disenfranchised status. However, Republican legislators pushed back on McAuliffe’s order almost immediately, and now they are taking the issue to the state Supreme Court to determine if the governor unconstitutionally overstepped his power in allowing the massive and unprecedented restoration of voting rights. According to the Constitution, those convicted of a felony may lose their right to vote, but the policies vary from state to state. In Maine and Vermont, a felon will never lose the right to vote even while incarcerated. Previously in Virginia, as in other states currently, voting restoration was taken on a case-by-case basis. Under this new order, ex-felons in Virginia will automatically be able to vote after completing their sentence and parole or probation, with no required review of their individual cases.At the center of the controversy is the question of whether McAuliffe’s order was within the purview of the governor’s clemency power given what previous governors have done. In other words, can McAuliffe grant an unprecedented, sweeping order to an entire group of people, or is he required to adhere to Virginia’s previous policies of assessing the restoration cases individually?“It is the exceptional felons that qualify for gubernatorial exceptions,” said Charles J. Cooper, arguing for the Republicans before the Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday. According to Cooper, the strongest evidence supporting the case that the executive order was an overreach of power is that such actions have never before been exercised by a Virginia governor. “Power does not lay dormant and unused for two-and-a-half centuries,” he said.Virginia Solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael, representing the governor, countered that simply because the power has not be exercised previously does not mean it doesn’t exist. “If the Constitution provides for the power, it doesn’t go away with nonuse,” said Raphael.According to state officials, if the state Supreme Court rules that the order was unconstitutional, it likely wouldn’t impact the restoration effort. While it would be a setback for criminal reform activists championing the order, McAuliffe could still individually grant orders to restore voting rights, which would have the same impact.However, the order has had a dramatic effect on the ex-inmate community. Before the order, about a quarter of the African American population in Virginia was restricted from voting, according to the Washington Post. Since then, more than 11,000 ex-felons have registered to vote. Along with voting rights, ex-inmates convicted of felonies also earn the right to serve on juries and apply to possess firearms, one of the reasons opponents have fought the order. Moreover, just which specific ex-inmates are eligible has also concerned opponents. McAuliffe has been admonished by the justices for refusing to hand over a list of the over 200,000 ex-felons, some of whom officials say are incorrectly included as eligible. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, reports indicate there are at least two fugitive sex offenders on the list and some people who are still incarcerated. Without the list being public, verification is still needed on these reports. The list of over 200,000 eligible ex-felons also includes 132 sex offenders under involuntary observation and others who have committed violent crimes. These sex offenders have finished their sentences, therefore being eligible under the order, but remain monitored in facilities because they have been found to be too dangerous for society. Activists would argue that though they are monitored, they are not incarcerated anymore and have completed their sentences. While McAuliffe’s actions may be unprecedented for Virginia, other states have passed policies similar to his executive order. Earlier this year in February, Maryland granted 40,000 of its citizens still on probation the right to register to vote.—Shafaq HasanShare13Tweet3Share4Email20 Shares
Share17TweetShare1Email18 SharesSeptember 6, 2016; New York TimesThe Koch brothers and their network of conservative donors are funding a new initiative, the Grassroots Leadership Academy, under the leadership of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity related to the 501(c)(4) Americans for Prosperity (AFP). According to their GuideStar listing, the foundation’s mission includes “educating citizens about economic policy and a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits” and “restoring fairness to our judicial system.” In fact, the AFP Foundation is so closely related to AFP that the two nonprofits share headquarters and several of their key executives, including their CEO, CFO, general counsel, and chief marketing officer.Key elements of the academy’s curriculum include reference to 20th-century Democratic Party grassroots successes and study of Saul Alinsky, identified in the Times article as an icon of the left. The three-level training begins with six weeks introducing participants to the principles of economic freedom and addresses lobbying techniques, followed by six weeks of training for community activism, with a goal to build leadership capacity to motivate others. The third and final level of training is provided in an intensive three-day session at Americans for Prosperity’s headquarters near Washington, D.C.Interestingly, one justification of the need for training conservative activists is Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate. Trump’s opposition to free trade agreements and willingness to depart from conservative free-market orthodoxy concerns the AFP Foundation.“This Republican nomination battle for president has demonstrated that no issue is ever fully won,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity. “You must keep competing and explaining. For example, why free trade is better, why entitlement reform is necessary.”NPQ readers may remember that the Koch donors were split on supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy and split on the Koch decision to focus their political support on Congressional races.AFP Foundation has committed at least $3 million to the training program so far, with 10,000 participants in about 35 states. There are plans to expand the program in 2017.This type of grassroots training is beyond the capacity of the Republican Party and is further evidence that a shrinking proportion of political education and activism is happening within national, state, and local political parties. It also carries forward a tradition of conservative grassroots education that includes GOPAC (best known for Newt Gingrich’s cassette tapes) and the evangelical focused Christian Coalition founded by Pat Robertson in the 1990s.The academy’s leaders have learned lessons they intend to turn to conservative benefit.Mr. O’Brien, the Grassroots vice president, said he hoped the program would pay dividends over the long term. “You can’t just show up at somebody’s door six weeks before an election and build a relationship with them,” he said. He added that Mr. Obama’s grass-roots wing was “magnificent at building up their volunteers and relationships over a period of time, and you have to give them credit.”Education and political activism are laudable goals. The close relationship between AFP and the AFP Foundation bears watching, as does their dividing lines between education, issue advocacy, and partisan political activity.—Michael WylandShare17TweetShare1Email18 Shares
Share68TweetShareEmail68 SharesAugust 13, 2018; TimeOn Sunday night, HBO’s John Oliver devoted 18 minutes of his news/comedy show Last Week Tonight to the dangers of “astroturfing.” Using his biting comic sensibility, he exposed the ability of special interests to form advocacy groups that falsely claim to be grassroots, undermining our democratic system. Because many of these activities use the anonymity granted nonprofit organizations to mask their real origins, they pose a special risk to the entire nonprofit community.According to Oliver, “Astroturfing is the practice of corporations or political groups disguising themselves as spontaneous, authentic popular movements. It’s basically fake grassroots—that’s why they call it ‘astroturfing.’” This mirrors how the Center for Media & Democracy’s SourceWatch depicts it:Campaigns & Elections magazine defines ‘astroturf’ as a “grassroots program that involves the instant manufacturing of public support for a point of view in which either uninformed activists are recruited or means of deception are used to recruit them.” Journalist William Greider has coined his own term to describe corporate grassroots organizing—he calls it “democracy for hire.”As examples, Oliver cited, according to Time, a group “calling themselves Americans Against Food Taxes [that’s] not paid for by a small grassroots movement of concerned citizens but a large beverage conglomerate lobbying against a soda tax that could cut into their profits,” a “national wetlands organization funded by real estate developers and oil companies,” and “a seeming restaurant worker group campaigning against minimum wage increase.” To augment their impact, some astroturfers use paid “members” to show up for protests and demonstrations and to testify at public hearings.For Oliver, the harm of this approach to shaping public opinion and influencing policy makers is that it fuels cynicism and distrust. “That is hugely dangerous…the outcome of this cannot be that everyone assumes that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is astroturf.” Because nonprofit status is an asset to astroturfers, this threat strikes very close to home.Advocacy is at the core of many nonprofit organizations. Providing a path for those who are powerless to speak to those with power about policies and issues that affect their lives is a key and common activity. Several years ago, NPQ, looking at an effort to force lobbying transparency in San Francisco, observed,Few activities are more American than joining with a group of like-minded individuals and demanding that our elected and appointed officials take certain actions that we believe will improve our lives. This activity is so American that we include it in our Bill of Rights: The First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances—a powerful subset of which is grassroots lobbying.Transparency would fight this cynicism. Yet creating regulations to help citizens separate real from fake is not easy. Rules that would apply to the corporate backers behind astroturf organizations would also apply to small, actual grassroots groups, which might fear the burdens that come with compliance. As NPQ wrote, “It is a challenge to determine what is most frustrating…the offensive notion that a nonprofit should be subject to the same laws as astroturf campaigns, the voluminous record-keeping a nonprofit must maintain to ensure compliance with the law, the government forcing nonprofits to publicly disclose the purpose of their grassroots lobbying campaigns,” or a requirement that their donors be identified.These may be difficult, even onerous criteria to meet. It is unfortunate that the cynical misuse of grassroots support forces this upon the greater nonprofit community. But without ensuring “truth in advocacy,” those who invented astroturfing will be the only winners.—Martin LevineShare68TweetShareEmail68 Shares