Forced prostitution raises risk of HIV/AIDS infection

first_imgWomen in India who are forced into prostitution or sex trafficking are almost three times more likely to be HIV-infected than those who joined the industry voluntarily, according to Kathleen Wirth, ScD ’11, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership in Gaborone, Botswana.“Involuntary sex work is not only a human rights crisis, but also exacts a devastating toll on health,” Wirth wrote in a November 28, 2013 online opinion piece in the New York Times. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Racist Incidents at York County School of Technology

first_img November 11, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Racist Incidents at York County School of Technology Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement following racist incidents that occurred on Thursday at York County School of Technology:“What has occurred at York County School of Technology and other schools across Pennsylvania is overt racism, and my administration will do everything it can to end it and prevent it from happening in the future.The racist events at @Penn & other PA schools are unacceptable. We will do everything we can to end & prevent these hateful incidents. – TW— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 11, 2016“I am contacting Mayor Bracey and Superintendent Rona Kaufmann, and I have directed the Pennsylvania Department of Education to immediately dispatch resources to York County School of Technology and any school experiencing these type of vitriolic actions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission are working directly with York County School of Technology to develop a plan to address racist and hateful behavior in the school that can be implemented immediately to ensure that all students feel safe in their school. PDE is also deploying a crisis management team to the school to assist with implementing necessary interventions designed to diffuse potentially disruptive situations.“Furthermore, the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) will dispatch a school psychologist to the York Tech School who has had extensive experience in trauma and crisis management. Additionally, the Office of Safe Schools will be notifying the Student Assistance Program (SAP) Advisory Team in York County to be on standby. Student Assistance Teams, which are also supported by county children and youth agencies, are trained to work with individuals and small groups who are engaging in negative behaviors.“On Monday, PDE will be convening a meeting of stakeholders from within the agency as well as PHRC, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, Law Enforcement, the Communities & Schools Office and PaTTAN to prepare guidance for the field designed to assist with the implementation of prevention, intervention and post-event strategies for use by the field. The guidance will also include strategies for utilization of Quick Response Teams (QRT).“No child should feel unsafe in his or her school, and I will continue to provide any resources necessary to stop this type of behavior from happening.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

European Championship Qualifiers: BiH – Cyprus 1:2

first_img(Source: Fena) The national football representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was defeated in the qualifications for the European Championship 2016 in France.In the first round of the B-group, the football players of Bosnia and Herzegovina were defeated by the selection of Cyprus with the result of 1: 2 (1: 1).On the stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica, BiH led the game in the 6th minute with the goal scored by Vedad Ibisevic. In 45th minute Dimitris Christofi made the result even, and then scored a goal in 73rd minute and brought victory to his team.The match at the stadium “Bilino Polje” was judged by the Ukrainian Jevhen Aranovski and was watched by 11 000 spectators.last_img read more

Supreme Court confirms Messi 21-month suspended jail sentence for fraud

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested on Tuesday in a money laundering investigation related to image rights in the Brazilian national football team, a police spokesman told AFP.The police operation was mainly carried out in the northeastern region of Catalonia and for the moment “there are four or five detainees, including the former president of Barca, Sandro Rosell, and his wife,” the police spokesman said.The investigation focuses on “money laundering in companies linked to the image rights of the Brazilian football team,” police added.Officers were searching the homes of those arrested as part of the operation as well as at several company headquarters in Barcelona, Girona and Lleida in Catalonia and in Andorra, a tiny principality wedged between Spain and France, police said.Businessman Rosell, 53, was manager of sporting goods giants Nike in Brazil and oversaw the contract for the national team to wear the US brand, before taking over as president of Barcelona in 2010.He resigned as Barcelona president in 2014 after being charged over alleged tax fraud relating to the club’s signing of Brazil striker Neymar from Santos. He was later cleared of all charges in connection with the case following an agreement with prosecutors.Rosell will nevertheless be tried for fraud and corruption relating to a parallel complaint filed by Brazilian investment company DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of his transfer.DIS claim it was cheated out of its real share because part of the transfer fee was concealed by Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family.A Spanish court earlier this month ordered Neymar and his parents to stand trial for alleged “business corruption” over the affair, making him the latest star from the Catalan club to have to take the stand.Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and his father were given 21-month suspended jail sentences in July 2016 for tax fraud relating to the player’s image rights.Barca’s Argentine defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud earlier this year.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO Messi . PHOTO BY AFPSpain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentenceMadrid, Spain | AFP | Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.The income related to Messi’s image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.Both Messi and his father were given 21 months in jail — sentences likely to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.They appealed to the Supreme Court.While the court confirmed the sentence for Messi on Wednesday, it reduced it to 15 months jail for his father, taking into account that his football star son had paid back the defrauded money to tax authorities.During last year’s trial, Messi had argued that he trusted his father with his finances and “knew nothing” about how his wealth was managed.But the Supreme Court argued that he would have known about his obligation to pay taxes on income earned from his image rights.Messi’s tax fraud trial in June last year took place against a backdrop of simmering voter anger over steep cuts to health and social spending, as the government struggles to bring Spain’s public deficit down****Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering probe read more

URUGUAYAN-BRED GAGA A OUTSPRINTS BRAZILIAN-BRED GAS TOTAL TO TAKE $75,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT HANDICAP BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS; BAZE & DRYSDALE TEAM FOR MILE AND A HALF TURF WIN IN 2:29.78

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 7, 2015)–Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Gaga A made an auspicious U.S. debut at a mile and a half on grass Sunday at Santa Anita, as the 6-year-old Uruguayan-bred mare sat close to lethargic fractions and outsprinted favored Gas Total to take the $75,000 Possibly Perfect Handicap under Tyler Baze by 1 ¼ lengths. With favored Gas Total sauntering on the lead through splits of 25.91, 50.57, 1:16.50, 1:41.91 and 2:06.35, Gaga A angled off the rail a furlong out and stopped the clock at 2:29.78.Idle since winning a Group III stakes at 1 5/16 miles in France on Nov. 11, Gaga A was off at 6-1 in a field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $15.80, $4.80 and $4.20.“They were walking!” said Drysdale. “A mile in 1:41 and four?…She quickened well which was nice to see. The plan is to take her to Arlington next for the Modesty (Grade III, 1 3/16 miles on July 11).In a racing rarity, owner/breeder Haras Phillipson owns the one-two finishers in the Possibly Perfect and has them with two different trainers (Richard Mandella has Brazilian-bred Gas Total).“Mr. Phillipson has a stud farm in Brazil and a stud farm in Uruguay, but these horses have all come to us from France,” said Drysdale.“Neil got her ready and she was just a dream to ride,” said Baze. “I didn’t really have to steady turning for home but I threaded the needle. She’s a push-button horse to ride. She galloped out well after the wire and she was full of energy. I gave her a nice pat crossing the wire, she threw her ears up and was just having a good time.”Gaga A, who improved her overall record to 29-5-3-5, picked up $46,080 for the win, increasing her career earnings to $273,031.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Gas Total, who came off a second place finish on the main track in the Grade I Vanity Stakes May 9, was the heavy 3-5 favorite and finished 1 ¾ lengths clear of Irish-bred Halljoy. Gas Total paid $2.60 and $2.20.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, HallJoy sat second early and proved third best, finishing a head in front of Customer Base. Off at 9-1, she paid $3.60 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m.   Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Natural Gas Pipelines Are Leaking

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members The CO2 emissions associated with the burning of natural gas are less than the CO2 emissions associated with burning an equivalent amount of coal. Because of this fact, natural gas is seen by many policy makers as a “clean” alternative to coal.In the last few years, however, climate activists have been pointing out two worrisome facts: (1) methane (natural gas) is a potent greenhouse gas — about 80 times more potent than CO2 (on a mass basis) during the first 20 years after the methane is released; and (2) our nation’s natural gas pipelines are much leakier than some people thought.Putting these facts together, some experts have concluded that “natural gas is worse than coal.” We need to transition away from natural gas At the BuildingEnergy 17 conference in Boston on March 9, 2017, four experts gave a presentation called “Methane Leaks, Public Policy, and the Future of Natural Gas Grid.” The presenters were Audrey Schulman (from Cambridge HEET), Nathan Phillips (from Boston University), Patrick Parenteau (from Vermont Law School), and Marc Rosenbaum (from South Mountain Company).Nathan Phillips, a professor at Boston University, has published several papers that focus on the scale of the gas leak problem, including Mapping urban pipeline leaks: Methane leaks across Boston and Fugitive methane emissions from leak-prone natural gas distribution infrastructure in urban environments.The presentation was an eye-opener. After hearing from these four experts, I’m more convinced than ever of the importance of transitioning away from natural gas and focusing on all-electric solutions.In this article, I won’t pretend to lay out all of the important research on this topic. Interested GBA readers who want to delve a little deeper can find many online articles on the effects of natural gas leaks and the scope of the problems… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,103.51, up 7.44 points)Pure Technologies Ltd. (TSX:PUR). Technology. Up $4.47, or 100.68 per cent, to $8.91 on 13.2 million shares. The Calgary-based water pipeline technology and inspection company says it has agreed to be sold for more than half a billion dollars to New York-based Xylem Inc.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 22 cents, or 3.10 per cent, to $7.31 on 9.7 million shares. Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer CanniMed Therapeutics (TSX:CMED) (Down six cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $19.87 on 159,202 shares) is seeking regulatory action in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, the company’s latest push back against a hostile takeover attempt by Aurora Cannabis. CanniMed has applied to securities regulators in both provinces to have Aurora’s hostile offer be considered an “insider bid,” and be treated as such.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up $1.09, or 4.30 per cent, to $26.45 on 4.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 49 cents, or 2.52 per cent, to $19.91 on 4.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 59 cents, or 4.38 per cent, to $14.06 on 3.9 million shares.Fortune Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FT). Miner. Up one cent, or 3.70 per cent, to 28 cents on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Onex Corp. (TSX:ONEX). Industrials. Up 53 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $96.07 on 127,657 shares. The Toronto-based private equity company says it has agreed to acquire a U.S. company that manages hundreds of sports, entertainment and business venues including Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Onex didn’t disclose how much it will pay for privately held SMG Holdings Inc., in partnership with its existing management team. The deal is expected to close in early 2018.last_img read more

Three kids charred to death after transformer explodes

first_imgGreater Noida: Three children were charred to death in a fire triggered by a blast in an electronic transformer in sector phi-III of Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Victim’s family members alleged laxity on part of the electricity department as they made several complaints regarding malfunctioning of the transformer but no one responded.According to police, the deceased were identified as Rinku (13), Golu (8) and Sagar (8), all natives of sector phi-III in Greater Noida. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs per reports, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm when the children were playing cricket near the transformer. “They were playing cricket at the road near transformer room and entered the room fetch their cricket ball. However, the transformer exploded and all the three children failed to escape the room and were charred in the fire,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, the family members have alleged that the transformer has been installed in a room situated at a boundary walled plot but the gates always remained open. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have made several complaints to the electricity department about malfunctioning of this particular transformer but no one ever paid heed to them. Moreover, no attendant was ever appointed in the transformer room while the gates of the plot and shutter of room, where transformer was placed, remained open always,” said one of victim’s family members. Police officials said that they will lodge an FIR into the matter and will investigate. “Police were informed around 4 pm and a team rushed to the spot. We found that the three children were completely charred in the fire triggered by an explosion in electricity transformer. The bodies have been sent for the post-mortem while samples have been collected by forensic team. We will register an FIR into the case and will investigate the matter,” said Shwetabh Pandey, Circle officer-I, Greater Noida. The parents of these deceased kids were working at construction sites. The transformer was placed at the sub station of Noida Power Company limited (NPCL). Following the incident, senior police officials along with officials from NPCL reached the spot. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh was announced for the family members of all three children by NPCL board, said Shwetabh Pandey.last_img read more

Heavy rains, flooding in western Afghanistan kill 7 people

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes. Said Hamid Mubarez, the federal disaster and humanitarian director in Herat, says the flash floods on Thursday evening swept away eight people riding in two cars in the district of Karukh. Seven died while one survivor was injured. In March, seven people, including five children, died elsewhere in Herat as a result of flooding. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and hundreds of cattle killed.last_img read more