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Mixed progress cited in challenging discrimination

first_imgStamping out stigma and broader inequality remains a vexing challenge that requires the tools of both researchers and activists, according to panelists at Harvard University.Three experts at a panel on comparative inequality cited mixed progress in the effort to advance fairness and social inclusion, touching on discrimination against the Roma people and the disabled, and the rise of inequality in an era of support for human rights.“It’s a long battle. It’s one that will take many years, but we see progress and we’re quite excited and enthused about it,” Michael Stein, visiting professor at Harvard Law School, said of the global effort to end discrimination against people with disabilities.But Stein, executive director of the Law School’s Project on Disability, said it is still painful to see how much work remains to be done. “The hardest part of my job is going into places where people are suffering … and who are not happy with the glacial movement of change,” he said.Wednesday’s discussion was the fourth in a series presented by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.Tommaso Vitale, associate professor of sociology at Sciences Po, an international research university in Paris, offered insights gained from his extensive work studying the Roma.Vitale said the ethnic group, which rejects the term “Gypsy,” still suffers discrimination and hatred, a legacy of centuries of persecution. He said that changes in public policy alone will not address a problem he believes is rooted in negative stereotypes that social scientists help perpetuate.Scholarly discussions about the Roma, and the focus on “the thesis of persecution, the thesis of cultural loss,” Vitale said, obscures the ways in which individual Roma are working to overcome those obstacles.“The problem for me is how to change the dominant narrative of Roma, and to understand where and how this dominant narrative is created,” said Vitale, who is also scientific director of Science Po’s Governing the Large Metropolis master’s program.Vitale said the persistent focus on the hatred of Roma people also fails to reflect variations in that attitude, notably the reduced levels of hostility evident in places where Roma come into close contact with other groups.“It changes for the level of education,” he said of anti-Roma sentiment. “It changes for the level of general ethnocentrism, it changes for political attitudes. It is extremely sensitive to the kind of place where people live.”Through the Harvard Project on Disability, Stein has worked with local organizations in more than 40 countries to promote social inclusion and combat stigmatization of disabled people. He also helped draft the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.He said the discrimination is rooted in deeply embedded attitudes that are “fairly consistent around the globe.” Those include social exclusion, paternalism, and assumptions that the disabled are incompetent.While those ideas persist, Stein said there have been encouraging signs of change, citing the flurry of disability reform laws adopted around the world since the UN convention took effect in 2008.The most creative work is being done by disabled persons’ organizations, he said, citing the work the Harvard program has done to assist groups in places ranging from Bangladesh to Israel, China, South Africa, and Vietnam.“We have a very big boat to turn, but we see progress,” Stein said.Samuel Moyn, professor of law and history at Harvard, discussed how inequality began surging in the mid-1970s just as human rights were supplanting the welfare state as the global framework for promoting social good.Moyn theorized that the welfare state’s failure to take hold was rooted in indecision among policymakers about whether to pursue the ideal of an egalitarian society or a society that guaranteed sufficiency only.He said with the arrival of the human rights era, “welfare indecision” gave way to an embrace of sufficiency as the sole aim, a time when “the ceiling in inequality [was] blown away.”Moyn said it is worrisome that human rights movements by their nature “don’t seem positioned well to create the incentive structure based on fear” that once drove the rich to support policies to redistribute wealth.The Weatherhead Center will conclude its series next fall with “Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication.” To read the Harvard Gazette’s special series “The costs of inequality,” visit its website.last_img read more

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The Heat Is On: Hot, Humid Weather Continues Through Tuesday

first_imgSundays weather will be much like yesterday. Partly Cloudy, with a few pop-up scattered storms possible. Highs a bit warmer in the upper-80’s. Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Hot and humid conditions will remain across the region for the next few days. Chances for thunderstorms will increase a bit each day, allowing for much needed rain. A cold front approaches the region by late Tuesday.  Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a chance for a few showers or thunderstorms. Lows dropping back only into the mid-60’s.For Monday, partly cloudy with increase chances for showers and storms. Temperatures remain in the mid-80’s.Tuesday will be much of the same. A cold front will pass by late Tuesday afternoon. Behind it temperatures and humidity will drop for the second half of the upcoming week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fall garden

first_img5. Plant now and save water – Sorrow These articles are written each year by University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences specialists and news editors especially for Georgia gardeners.This edition includes the following articles:1. Don’t dance around fire ant control – Stephanie Schupska2. Fall garden maintenance – Terry Kelley3. Fall vegetable crops – Kelley4. Native plant guide – April Sorrow 7. Landscape chore list is long – Sorrow 6. Cover crops build soil – Bob Westerfield This year’s edition of the fall garden packet includes eight articles on topics ranging from saving water and killing fire ants to planting fall vegetables and cover crops. 8. Time to plant Southern favorite – Sharon Dowdy(Sharon Dowdy was the principle editor of the 2008 Fall Garden Packet and is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) 2008 edition of the annual UGA Fall Garden Packetlast_img read more

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East Moriches Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was killed when they crashed their SUV head-on into another truck in East Moriches on Friday night.Suffolk County police said the person was driving a Jeep Liberty westbound on Montauk Highway when they crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided with an eastbound Ford pickup truck at 8:40 p.m. The Jeep burst into flames and could not be separated from the Ford, police said. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has not been identified.The 24-year-old East Moriches man driving the other truck and his 6-month-old daughter escaped the flames and were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. The baby was not injured and her father suffered minor injuries.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Congressional Leaders Complicit in Insurance Rate Increases

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Congressional Leaders Complicit in Insurance Rate Increases October 16, 2017 Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today said Congress is complicit in the rate increases stemming from the President’s decision not to continue making cost-sharing reduction payments that help insurance companies offer affordable rates for health insurance. These changes will have negative impacts on middle class families, seniors, and the approximately 5.4 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.In a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, Governor Wolf outlined the impact of Washington’s sabotage and inaction, and his frustration that so many warnings had gone ignored.“Congressional leaders are complicit in rate increases across the country, as Washington has utterly failed to make commonsense changes to fix our health care system and bolster the Affordable Care Act,” Governor Wolf wrote. “They have pursued political goals instead of practical ones. They have scuttled bipartisan efforts to stabilize our health care system and insurance markets. They have ignored countless governors, insurance leaders, and experts who have warned about the consequences of both their efforts and inaction.”Since Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians now have access to health care – seniors, families, entrepreneurs, and people seeking treatment for substance use disorder. In that time, Pennsylvania has also cut our uninsured rate effectively in half.Over the past nine months, on nearly 50 separate occasions, Governor Wolf has highlighted the importance of the Affordable Care Act for Pennsylvanians in an effort to prevent this exact situation from happening. The Wolf administration urged Congress in August to take action to appropriate funds for the cost-sharing reduction payments, wrote to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to make the right choice for consumers, had former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller (now Acting Secretary of Human Services) testify three times before congressional panels, and has repeatedly stressed the potential impact terminating these payments would have on Pennsylvania consumers.“Let me be clear – we are in this situation because Congress chose not to appropriate these funds to begin with,” Governor Wolf wrote. “The Obama Administration had to take action on these payments to fulfill a contractual agreement with insurers around the country. Failing to do so would have jeopardized access to affordable, robust coverage – exactly the situation we find ourselves in now. The elimination of $9 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments will only increase the number of consumers underinsured and uninsured in Pennsylvania.”The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has worked closely with insurers throughout the year in anticipation of Washington’s failure to ensure the cost-sharing reduction payments. As the Trump Administration and its Congressional representatives have failed to date in their shared duty to protect Pennsylvania consumers, Governor Wolf has worked in a bi-partisan fashion to promote commonsense reforms and he will continue to do everything in his power to shield Pennsylvanians from the impact of their inaction. If Congress had appropriated these funds, Pennsylvania’s rates would have increased by just 7.6 percent. Because of President Trump’s decision and Congress’ deliberate inaction, the increase will be significantly higher.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF:Dear Congressman Marino:Last week, President Trump announced that, effective immediately, he will no longer allow the Department of Health and Human Services to make cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. This decision, along with others along the way, will increase costs for families and seniors, and hurt the approximately 5.4 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.While last week’s acts were by the President, Congressional leaders are complicit in rate increases across the country, as Washington has utterly failed to make commonsense changes to fix our health care system and bolster the Affordable Care Act. They have pursued political goals instead of practical ones to actually help families and seniors. They have scuttled bipartisan efforts to stabilize our health care system and insurance markets. They have ignored countless governors, insurance leaders, and experts who have warned about the consequences of both their efforts and inaction.The Affordable Care Act is not perfect – no one believes that. But it has made Pennsylvania better. Since I expanded Medicaid, more than 700,000 of your constituents now have access to health care – seniors, families, entrepreneurs, and people seeking treatment for substance use disorder. In that time, we’ve cut our uninsured rate effectively in half. This means less people are forgoing care, getting sicker and then seeking uncompensated care in the emergency room.Over the past nine months, I have called to your attention on nearly 50 separate occasions the importance of the Affordable Care Act for Pennsylvanians in an effort to prevent this exact situation from happening. My administration urged you in August to take legislative action to appropriate funds for these payments, wrote to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to make the right choice for consumers, had former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller now Acting Secretary of Human Services testify, not once, not twice, but three times before congressional panels, and I have repeatedly stressed the potential impact terminating these payments would have on Pennsylvania consumers – your constituents.Let me be clear – we are in this situation because Congress chose not to appropriate these funds to begin with. The Obama Administration had to take action on these payments to fulfill a contractual agreement with insurers around the country. Failing to do so would have jeopardized access to affordable, robust coverage – exactly the situation we find ourselves in now. The elimination of $9 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments will only increase the number of consumers underinsured and uninsured in Pennsylvania.The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has worked closely with our insurers throughout the year in anticipation of this becoming reality. If the Trump Administration and its Congressional representatives are going to fail in their duty to protect Pennsylvania consumers, then we will do everything in our power to shield Pennsylvanians from the impact of this decision. We are prepared, but know this – if Congress had appropriated these funds, our rates would have increased by 7.6 percent. Because of President Trump’s decision and Congress’ deliberate inaction, the increase will be significantly higher.Again, this should not come as a surprise. We warned you and your colleagues of what would happen if cost-sharing reduction payments were not made. This is something you could have prevented, but now it is the reality Pennsylvania consumers must face.But there is still the potential to make this right. Congress must fund cost-sharing reductions payments for the final quarter of 2017, all of 2018, and beyond. Instead of playing politics by trying to say the Affordable Care Act is failing, do the right thing for Pennsylvania consumers and appropriate these funds. If you do not, your constituents will know who failed to protect them.Thank you,Tom WolfGovernor10.16.17 CSR Letter by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Cyprus Hotel fund to add risk premia, private market assets

first_imgCyprus’ largest pension fund is diversifying the asset allocation of its portfolio by adding risk premia and private market strategies to its investment mix this year.The €219m Cyprus Hotel Employees Provident Fund said it was in the process of evaluating potential providers.Marinos Gialeli, the pension fund’s chief executive, told IPE: “Our existing hedge fund allocation consists of two multi-strategy funds-of-funds, which have done well for our fund over the years.”However, he said there were two main problems with this approach: it meant two layers of fees, and a notice period for divestment of up to nine months. “So we have decided to use [risk premia] to reduce our fees and give ourselves more flexibility for our tactical allocation moves and rebalancing when this is needed,” Gialeli said. “This will provide us with greater diversification of manager risk as well.”Around 3% of the Nicosia-based Hotel Employees Provident Fund’s assets will be allocated to risk premia, according to the plan.Private markets debut plannedThe rationale for adding private equities and private lending assets was to spread risk and increase returns, the chief executive said.“We have been very conservative with our approach which protected us in some of the most difficult times, but for many years have been discussing targeting a higher risk/return profile to meet the expectations of our members,” Gialeli explained.“As the membership has matured and as we moved away from the culture of local assets and cash, we decided it was time to offer our members the opportunity to generate higher absolute returns while improving portfolio diversification.”The pension fund was working to select funds-of-funds for private equity and has initiated the implementation programme, he said. The search for a private debt manager has also started.The pension fund, which covers staff at 182 hotels on the island, plans to direct around 10% of its assets into private markets, with 4% going into private equity and 6% into private lending.The fund’s strategy of asset diversification – which it has been working on for several years – has cut volatility significantly, Gialeli said.The fund’s 5% return in 2017 was one of the highest produced by funds in Cyprus or on similar pension products offered by insurers, he added.“We are comfortable with our exposures and our members have shown their support at the last AGM we had earlier this month,” he said.Last year, the pension fund implemented the addition of two new asset categories in its portfolio – emerging market equities and European property.This took the form of investment in two property funds – run by Encore+ and CBRE – and one emerging market fund with Lazard. Gialeli said all three funds had a good year for returns in 2017.last_img read more

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The UK has delayed its online porn block. Here’s what we know

first_imgWired 12 March 2018Family First Comment: “The (UK) government will introduce an age-verification requirement for all pornographic websites and people wanting to use them will have to prove they are over 18.Age verification of all pornographic content was supposed to be mandatory from April 2018. But the plans have now been pushed back to later this year.The government has delayed its planned introduction of an age-verification requirement for all pornographic websites until later this year.The plans were initially announced in July 2017 with Matt Hancock, the then minister of state for digital and culture, saying the pornography block would be fully in place” by April 2018. Since then the government has been attempting to formalise the process of how websites should apply an age-verification system and establish a regulator for doing so.Confirmation of the delay, hidden in a government press release about 5G, reveals that “age verification will be enforceable by the end of the year.” No new date has been set, nor have further details been announced about how such a technologically challenging system will be implemented.Critics have hit back saying the changes will be dangerous to internet freedoms in the UK. In 2017, Jerry Barnett, the founder of campaign group Sex & Censorship told WIRED that the legislation would “fundamentally change the internet in the UK and possibly globally”.The changes for online pornography are being introduced under the Digital Economy Act. For the first time, he added, the government would have the power to block websites, en-masse, without court orders. “This is a first in a democracy,” he continued. “Although this appears to be just about protecting children from porn, it isn’t. It will block any site that doesn’t comply with strict UK content rules.”How age verification will be deployedThere are multiple ways that age verification could work under the new plans, but the government is very much leaving this up to the industry to decide. It has been mooted that a system that uses credit card authorisation, such as gambling websites do, could be introduced.MindGeek is one of the companies developing a “solution” for age verification on pornography websites. On its website it delivers a “world-class portfolio of entertainment experiences and IT solutions”. It does not mention it owns some of the world’s biggest porn sites, including Pornhub.For age verification, MindGeek has developed AgeID. The company says it expects to sign-up 25 million people in the UK its system. According to Sky News, people will be able to login to AgeID with an email address and password, then use a third party system to check their age. AgeID will log which pornography websites are visited and store them.READ MORE: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/porn-block-ban-in-the-uk-age-verifcation-lawlast_img read more

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Website sensitization this weekend

first_imgPhoto credit: webdesignuy.comThe National working Committee on Trade  which consist of a group of civil society organization representing rural women, trade Unions(Labor), Indigenous peoples, youth , Farmers and the academia will be holding a website sensitization workshop to inform civil society organizations of the NWCT website, information gathered during the series of workshops and through special research. The Workshop will take place on Saturday 16th April 2011 from 12p.m at the Roseau Youth Enterprise Centre at high Street.This website  sensitization workshop is part of a project entitled:” Building Education and awareness on the issues of Labor and Gender and their treatment in trade Agreements” financed by the Government of Canada and Caribbean Policy Development Centre(CPDC) and will represent a focal point for trade and related information from the participating organizations. Dominica Vibes News Share 15 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Website sensitization this weekend by: – April 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Patricia Ann “Trisha” Purnell

first_imgPatricia Ann “Trisha” Purnell, age 62, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, entered this life on July 23, 1954, in Madison, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Eddie B. and Jean Marie (Hall) Purnell. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she was a 1973 graduate of the Vevay High School. Trisha was employed in the food industry for several years. Trisha passed away on Sunday June 18, 2017, at her residence in Mount Holly, New Jersey.Trisha will be missed by her son: Scott Brewer and his wife: Julie of Madison, IN; her grandchildren: Kyle Thomas Brewer of Trevose, PA, Gage Vincent Brewer of Madison, IN and Cheyney Marie Brewer of Madison, IN; her brothers: Eddie C. Purnell of Columbus, IN and Pete Purnell of Vevay, IN; her sisters: Mary Heath and her husband: Gary of Madison, IN and Judy Ritch and her husband: Dave of Tupelo, MS and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Eddie B. and Jean Marie (Hall) Purnell.Friends may call 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 1:00 pm, by Bro. Anthony Wilks at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Patricia Ann “Trisha” Purnell Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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STOP NOW: Four-way stop installed on SR 229 in Oldenburg

first_imgOldenburg, IN—INDOT reports that Stop signs were recently installed on S.R. 229 in Oldenburg at Washington Street to improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the highway. All motorists will now stop at the intersection. Curb ramps will be installed in the coming weeks.Oldenburg Marshal Bill Dramann notes that he has seen several people blow through the sign without stopping since it became a four-way stopping intersection.last_img

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