Ricky Martin Starts YouCaring Fundraiser For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

first_imgYouCaring, the world’s trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, today announced that international pop star Ricky Martin launched a fundraiser on YouCaring to support the victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico was badly hit by hurricane Maria, which plunged the island in darkness, foreseeably without electricity for months, and leaving millions of people without their possessions and, in many cases, unable to communicate with emergency services. Ricky Martin’s campaign has raised to date over $300,000.“Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in its history, and the island desperately needs us,” said Ricky Martin. “Hurricane Maria left devastating damage and affected hundreds of thousands – that’s why I decided to create this fundraiser to help provide basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I hope I can count on your support.”“If there’s anything we learned from recent natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it’s that government support is just not enough and will likely never be,” said Maly Ly, YouCaring’s CMO. “People still need to rely on family, friends, and their broader communities for material and emotional support, and online crowdfunding provides a way for these communities to rally for causes in an organic way.”As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation, but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations.Donate to Ricky Martin’s fundraiser, as well as other fundraisers started by athletes and artists by visiting YouCaring’s Puerto Rico Relief Center.last_img read more

UN debate hears calls for greater voice for poorer and smaller nations

“We need a United Nations that reflects a more equitable North-South representation and that can effectively deliver,” Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elkington told the debate’s final day, saying key UN organs should be reformed to reflect this.“The process of decision-making must ensure coherence and be inclusive. And, above all, equity and justice must inform our mechanisms for delivery. The reform we seek goes much deeper than the changing of the guards. It is a reform that would rebuild trust amongst each other and confidence in the system.”Mr. Elkington said too often the relationship between North and South is a “donor-driven dialectic” rather than one of true partnership, with poorer countries lacking sufficient input in key decisions.Bhutan’s Foreign Secretary’s Dasho Daw Penjo noted in his address that the vast majority of the UN’s 192 Member States are small countries and that the UN Charter stresses that all States must be given equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to the work of the UN.“How can we members of the UN credibly espouse equity among nations and peoples if we fail to practice it among ourselves?” he asked. “After 39 years of membership, Bhutan continues to believe that the UN still has room and role for smaller States, as equal partners in global affairs, including the maintenance of international peace and security.”Speaking yesterday, the Chairman of the Delegation from Cape Verde said the international community had a responsibility to support smaller and more vulnerable countries by helping them to minimize risks, particularly regarding climate change.“Let us not offer up the weakest as sacrificial lambs, for tomorrow we might be in their situation,” said Antonio Pedro Monteiro Lima. 29 September 2010Poorer and smaller countries should have a greater role in the affairs of the United Nations to make the Organization even more representative of the world and its peoples, the General Assembly’s high-level debate heard today. read more

TSX falls on low gold US mixed on weak jobs data blamed

North American markets headed lower Thursday amid a slew of earnings reports and corporate news in Canada and attention in the U.S. on next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 90.21 points to 12,735.21. The Canadian dollar was up 0.06 of a cent to 96.89 cents US.The likelihood that the Fed will start to reduce its stimulus program has shaken markets in recent weeks after the U.S. central bank indicated it will start to wind down its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases on signs of an improved economy.The asset purchases are widely credited with holding down interest rates and breathing life into stock markets, and the investment terrain will likely endure a shake-up if the Fed announces it will taper asset purchases, which could happen as early as next week.As a result, U.S. indexes fell as the Dow Jones industrials dipped 21.16 points to 15,305.44, the Nasdaq was down 7.06 points to 3,717.93 and the S&P 500 retracted 3.99 points to 1,685.14.“We’ve had an amazing 10 days now, basically since the end of August,” said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “We’ve had an aggressive run and everybody now is ready to cool their heels and wait for the Federal Reserve, see what they come up with next week.”The Toronto stock exchange was pulled down early in the day amid steep declines in the gold, materials and metal and mining sectors. The gold sector was the leading decliner at 3.34 per cent, as shares in Barrick Gold fell more than three per cent, or 71 cents, to $18.49. December bullion fell $33.80 to US$1,330 an ounce.Tsagarelis said the falling price in gold can be attributed to a large, unexplained sell-off early Thursday morning, coupled with the release of disappointing jobs figures from the U.S.The U.S. Labor Department reported the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. It said the drop was mostly due to technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.On the TSX, the metals and mining sector was down 1.75 per cent, as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) saw its stock go down by 2.16 per cent or 93 cents to $28.54. December copper dipped five cents to US $3.21 a pound.Meanwhile, the energy sector was ahead at 0.36 per cent, as the October crude contract rose $1.02 to US$108.58.In corporate news, Rogers Communications said it has appointed the CEO of Vodafone U.K. to succeed its outgoing president and CEO. Guy Laurence, 52, will become top executive of Toronto-based Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) in December. He is replacing Nadir Mohamed, who had previously announced his intention to retire as CEO of the wireless, cable and media company. Rogers shares were up 0.078 per cent, or 34 cents, to $43.11 following the announcement.Shares in athletic clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc.. (NASDAQ:LULU) fell more than six per cent, or US$4.55, to $64.47 after the Vancouver company lowered its full-year outlook, and reported mixed earnings results. It said its second-quarter revenue of US$344.5 million was up 22 per cent from the same time last year.Shares in travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) rose more than 10 per cent, or $1.01 to $10.34 after reporting record results for the third quarter on higher transatlantic selling prices, reduced capacity and cost-cutting initiatives. The Montreal-based company’s net income attributable to shareholders exceeded expectations, more than quadrupling to $41.1 million from $9.4 million a year earlier.In economic news, Statistics Canada said its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in July, following an identical increase the previous month. The agency says the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Calgary region, were the top contributors to the increase. The largest local monthly price advance in July, 0.7 per cent,  came in St John’s, N.L., where builders cited an increase in land development costs as the primary reason.On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department will release its retail sales data for August. Retail sales figures are an important economic indicator because it gauges discretionary spending. read more

SLMC to oppose 19 A

Hassan Ali said that the SLMC is willing to discuss the issue with the government but will not agree to the implementation of the 19th Amendment. He also said that the SLMC will contest the Northern Provincial Council elections independently and not under the government ticket.Hassan Ali also said that Muslims had lodged complaints with the police regarding issues they faced at the hands of some extremist groups. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to oppose the implementation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali said that under the 19th Amendment land and police powers proposed under the 13th Amendment will be removed. However he said the police have not yet acted on those complaints.He called on the IGP to investigate the complaints and take legal action against those responsible.Meanwhile last week the SLMC met and decided to seek a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss issues faced by the Muslims in the East. Hassan Ali said that the SLMC leadership will first meet with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province to gather information on Muslim related issues in the area. He insisted that removing land and police powers is unfair and should remain as far as his party is concerned. He said that once the information is collected the SLMC leadership will seek a meeting with the President to discuss solutions to the issues.Ali however rejected the idea that the SLMC may withdraw from the government if proper solutions are not put forward to the issues faced by Muslims in the East.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Number of Angolans needing food aid in 2003 double previous estimates UN

The UN agency warned that its efforts to provide urgent food aid to skyrocketing numbers of people in Angola will be “seriously crippled” unless donations are received immediately from the international community.Francisco Roque Castro, WFP Country Director in Angola, is scheduled to meet today with representatives of the main donor countries in Luanda to brief them on the agency’s activities in 2002. He will also present WFP’s prognosis for 2003 and call for urgent support, particularly for the Central Highlands region, where more than half of the country’s vulnerable population is concentrated. “We believe that a special integrated humanitarian effort to eradicate hunger and suffering is of key importance for this region,” he said.Earlier this year, Angola recorded a drop in the percentage of people suffering from life-threatening shortfalls of food and medicine, but since the end of hostilities between the Government and National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the influx of more than 700,000 internally displaced people, malnutrition levels have reportedly increased. read more

Some 1400 stuck at HungarianSerbian border amid dire conditions UN refugee agency

“New legislation extended border controls to an eight-kilometre range area inside Hungarian territory, and authorized the police to intercept people within that area and send them to the other side of the fence, often to remote areas without adequate services,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), William Spindler, told a press briefing in Geneva. Since the new legislation came into force last month, a total of 664 individuals had been sent back through the fence, Mr. Spindler said. He added that the Government had “significantly enhanced border security with 10,000 soldiers and police officers and also drone and helicopter surveillance.” People stopped at the border are instructed to go to one of the transit zones to submit an asylum claim, a push-back that has resulted in more than 1,400 refugees and migrants stuck at the border. That includes infants, unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and persons with disabilities and other specific needs waiting to enter the transit zones. “Currently, only two transit zones were functional along the 175-kilometre-long Serbian-Hungarian border, at Röszke and Tompa, where on average only 15 individuals were admitted in each transit zone per day,” said Mr. Spindler. Health, hygiene and sanitation conditions posed serious challenges, with people staying in the open or setting up makeshift tents on muddy fields next to the fence. Mr. Spindler further noted that several hundred people were sheltered by the Government of Serbia in the Refugee Aid Point near Subotica but the capacity there was overstretched. The spokesperson further said that the agency continued to receive reports of abuse and violence occurring when people were apprehended within the transit zones, or in police detention facilities. “Such reports included cases of bites by unleashed police dogs, the use of pepper spray and beatings,” he said, adding that the agency has requested the Hungarian authorities to investigate those reports. He also recalled a UNHCR statement, issued in June, after a young Syrian refugee had drowned, when allegedly pushed back into the Tisza River. read more

Scientists develop glowing gel to identify infected wounds

first_imgMonitoring a wound for infection usually requires daily cleaning and replacement of bandages. But what if you could bandage a wound and then leave it to heal undisturbed? Scientists at Sheffield University are working on a special kind of dressing that would produce a pinkish glow when viewed under an ultraviolet light if there are in fact any harmful bacteria in the wound.The researchers have developed polymers that more or less glow in the dark when bacteria is present. The key to this clever dressing is a new gel that contains molecules that will actually bind to bacteria and trigger the fluorescent dye that can then be seen under a UV light. As part of the project’s funding comes from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, which is an agency of the Ministry of Defense, the gel is expected to be taken full advantage of during operations where soldiers may be wounded, but have to continue being moved with little time for checking dressings.Besides being used on the wounds of soldiers, the researchers intend the gel to be used by doctors treating chronic wounds like ulcers. The gel can also “rid a wound of up to 80 percent of the surface bugs in about three hours.” Normally, it can take a few days to find out if there are high levels of bacterial growth after taking swab samples and waiting for the bacteria culture to grow in the laboratory. The research team is confident that the gel will reduce the detection of bacterial infection to within a few hours or less.Not only does the gel help identify bacteria and kill the surface bugs, it can also help reduce overusing antibiotics. The gel can inform doctors as to whether or not they should use antibiotics, and also what the best kind is to prescribe. Certain antibiotics can leave a patient feeling depleted and that overusing antibiotics can build your body’s resistance to the drug’s effects. Not needing to take as strong of a dose, or any antibiotics at all, could be very beneficial in the long term.The researchers are hoping to start testing on patients with an early-stage clinical trial in the next two to three years. The dressing will be able to identify bacteria that cause legionella, salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, meningitis, C difficile, and peritonitis.The idea of having a dressing react to infection isn’t a new one. Last year the  Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich created a new dye for plasters and bandages that changes color if infection is detected. With two teams now working on solutions, it shouldn’t be long before we see them available for mainstream use.More at the University of Sheffield, via BBClast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Scottish Power to discuss performance management at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgScottish Power will discuss the organisation’s experience of implementing an online performance management system at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Gillian Thomson (pictured), reward manager at Scottish Power, will speak alongside Evan Davidge, head of reward at Arup, in the session titled Reinvigorating the performance management process on Wednesday 12 October.Thomson will talk through the process of putting Scottish Power’s performance management system online, outlining the expectations the organisation had at the start of the process and how those assumptions were challenged as the process got underway.She will discuss the steps that the organisation took to address issues that came to light during the project, and how it is working to ensure the performance management system is effective across all roles and areas of the business.Thomson said: “It is still a journey, but we have made a lot of steps to try and make it a better employee experience and a better line manager experience.”The continuous improvement of the performance management system has incorporated a number of activities, including manager and employee feedback, process re-engineering, and support sessions for managers to demonstrate how the system works and highlight why performance management is of value to them.Thomson said: “Most organisations have a performance management system, but do [they] know that it is actually working? What are [they] measuring to see if it’s working?“If [they] are measuring the fact that at year end everybody has a performance rating, that doesn’t actually indicate that people have had stretching objectives and that they’ve been considered throughout the year.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.last_img read more

Tillerson to visit Myanmar 15 Nov

first_imgUS secretary of state Rex Tillerson testifies about authorisations for the use of military force before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, US 30 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersUS secretary of state Rex Tillerson will go to Myanmar next week, the State Department said, becoming the most senior US official to visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis.Tillerson’s spokeswoman said he would visit Naypyidaw on 15 November for talks on the “humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state and US support for Burma’s democratic transition.”The secretary’s visit will come after he accompanies president Donald Trump on a five-nation Asian tour that will include a stop in Beijing and at the US-ASEAN summit in Manila.Myanmar’s Rakhine state was plunged into violence in August, when troops cracking down on a local insurgency embarked on the alleged slaughter and expulsion of the Rohingya minority.Since then, more than 600,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, bringing with them accounts of rape, torture and arson by the military and pro-government militia.United Nations officials say the crackdown is likely tantamount to ethnic cleansing and pressure has mounted on Myanmar to protect the Rohingya and allow people to return home.The United States, while condemning the violence, has been careful to say it holds the military responsible, not Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government.Tillerson has been pressing her to speak up, and for the powerful military to allow diplomatic observers and humanitarian workers to operate freely within northern Rakhine.Myanmar has been transitioning from rule by military junta to elected civilian leadership since elections were held under a new constitution in 2010.But the military still wields broad powers in security matters and crisis-hot regions, and as “state counsellor”, a role akin to a prime minister, Suu Kyi’s power is limited.Observers say Suu Kyi chose not to criticize the army in fear of a backlash from powerful generals and their rich friends.But there is little for the Nobel laureate to gain politically from supporting the Muslim Rohingya, who enjoy little sympathy among the broader Buddhist-majority population.last_img read more

When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Quite a claim: a sculpture as the smallest creation of the human form in history. The sculptor, Jonty Hurwitz, said he loves the Internet. That is because, since the nanosculpture exhibit launch, so many people have viewed his nanosculpture work online and the work has been covered by numerous sites around the world. He created the nanosculptures using a 3D-printed photosensitive material. Softpedia’s Sebastian Pop delivered an account of the creation process and aftermath. A key word about the sculpture was “were,” he said, since the lifespan of the sculptures was accidentally cut short, by the man’s colleague who made an attempt to see them from a different angle. Hurwitz had spent ten months on seven sculptures; but the images remained. Sarah Anderson in 3DPrint.com referred to this as impressive art that we will never see, at least not with the naked eye, as the sculptures are so small. He did a series of seven sculptures. The largest, she said, is about the width of a human hair; the smallest is less than half that width. Hurwitz did not achieve this alone; he recognized this was an effort where art meets science. It was a case of creating art with the use of quantum physics. Hurwitz enlisted a team to work this out. Hurwitz said, “The only way to perceive these works is on the screen of powerful scanning electron microscope. So how can you ever know that this sculpture really exists? Your only way to engage with it is through a screen, and a mouse separating you and the art via a vacuum and a series of mathematically mind-blowing quantum processes that shower the art with particles to map its contours. Can you be sure of its existence if your basic senses are telling you that nothing is there? The line between myth and science is fine.”Multiphoton lithography was the technique used. “If you illuminate a light-sensitive polymer with Ultra Violet wavelengths, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. Some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. If however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs TWO PHOTONS and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV light, namely it will solidify. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point – basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.”He credits the support he received from experts from the Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for fabrication and imaging and advice from Weizmann Institute of Science. “Trust,” a piece depicting a female human model, is around 80 x 100 x 20 microns. Rodin’s hand sculptures diagnosed as part of exhibit Explore further Credit: Jonty Hurwitzcenter_img “He used around 250 cameras to gather all the photos he needed for the subjects of study, all arranged in a dome around the woman, sculpture, etc. Then he spent 10 months designing, sculpting and rendering virtual models, with the help of a high-powered program that reassembled the images into ‘digital clay,’ wrote Pop. “Finally, the models were ready to be 3D printed.” Had they survived, he remarked, “We’d have liked to see a mirror+microscope installation in a museum exhibit, where visitors would take a peek at the little marvels.” More information: www.jontyhurwitz.com/nano This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels (2014, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-science-art-nanosculpture-marvels.html Credit: Jonty Hurwitzlast_img read more

Get picture perfect hair make up in easy ways

first_imgIn the age of selfies, it’s important to get your hair and make up in place to get the best frame. So make sure you are opting for the perfect trend to keep the like button buzzing on social media.Experts list down ways for seemingly perfect and classy hair and make up everyday. Select hairstyles that are flattering to you: The hairstyle you opt for, should complement your face cut and the outfit that you are wearing. Avoid extreme hairstyles; you don’t want a hairdo bigger than your head. Try not to completely pull your hair back from your face, as this could make you look older. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEliminate flyaways: Ladies obsessed with picture perfect hair understand the necessity of moisturizing the hair to avoid flyaways. When our hair lacks moisture, it tends to look and feel dry, brittle and unhealthy. Spending time outside in the sun can majorly influence the moisture (or lack of) in your hair. Thus, use of hair serums, masks and sun protection is a must to maintain your hair’s health and protect it from damage.Go a little messy: Messy hair never goes out of style. So, just when you think you’ve styled your hair, toss your coif around to loosen things up in a right amount and you are all set to rock the camera. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSelect hair colour that enhances your hair: If you are planning to get those natural hair coloured, try the latest colours which go well with the Indian skin tone like honey brown, wine, caramel, chocolate brown in a balayage with highlights instead of going for global or simple highlighting. You must choose a hair colour that matches with your skin tone and don’t just go for any random hair colour.Don’t shy away from volumizing products: A regular and a great haircut is the foundation of any great hairstyle for fine hair-one that provides with volume in appearance. Other than this, a bit of strategic teasing along with volumizing products will work wonderfully on the camera. For the perfect make upSunscreen is a must: No matter what, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Apply sunscreen before you apply foundation or primer. Titanium based or Zinc oxide based sunscreens are considered to be best for the sensitive skin type. Summer make up kit must have a spray sunscreen or a gel-based sunscreen with minimum SPF 30.Kind of make up products: Use only long-wearing, smudge-proof, waterproof cosmetic that stays for long and gives a perfect finish to your makeup. Use face powder to set makeup and reduce the excess shine on your face. Foundation with a matte finish works as a miracle.Avoid the catchy look: Everyone loves a nice glow that shimmer gives us, but there is a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. Do not use any cosmetics with a shimmery, shiny or glowing finish it can make you look bad in the photographs. A concealer and a nude lip colour is all you need this summer.Maximise the impact of those eyes: Curled lashes and mascara are musts as both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. Use clear light to medium colour eye shadow for highlighting. The more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle.last_img read more

What is hepatitis C and should gay men be concerned

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) How widespread is hepatitis C infection?In the UK, around 214,000 have chronic hepatitis C infection. In the US, the Center for Disease Control estimates that around 2.7-3.9million people have chronic hepatitis C infection. The figure is 71million people globally.WHO estimate that around 1.3million people died from hepatitis C infection in 2015. The majority of these deaths are in parts of the world where treatment is harder to access.Countries with particularly high rates of hepatitis C include Egypt, Pakistan and parts of Africa. You might also want to think twice before visiting a tattoo parlor in a country where they’re unregulated!The CDC says the risk of sexual transmission is low, but increases for rough sex or if someone has HIV or another sexual infection. However, it concludes: ‘More research is needed to better understand how and when hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact.’Condoms help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (Photo: Durex | Facebook)‘The risk of spreading hepatitis C through sex is low’NHS England concurs: ‘The risk of spreading hepatitis C through sex is low.’That risks increases if there is any blood present, ‘such as menstrual blood or during anal sex.‘Condoms aren’t usually necessary for long-term heterosexual couples, but it’s a good idea to use them when having anal sex or sex with a new partner.’In the US, around a quarter of those who have hep C also have HIV.Phillips says people with HIV are more at risk.‘At 56 Dean Street along with the other Chelsea and Westminster Hospital sexual health clinics we have seen large numbers of Hepatitis C infection in our HIV positive patients.‘There is data showing that the viral load of hepatitis C in the semen of HIV positive men is higher than in HIV negative men. HIV disrupts mucosal barriers to infection and so it can make you more susceptible to being infected with hepatitis C from sex.’Can you die from hepatitis C? What is the treatment?According to the World Health Organization, ‘Antiviral medicines can cure more than 95% of persons with hepatitis C infection.’ Public Health England states, ‘Hepatitis C is a curable infection.’Modern treatment includes administering direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs). These can stop the virus from replicating and greatly reduce its impact on your liver. If you’re in the acute stage, you may not even be given treatment. Doctors often first wait to see if your body is able to fight off the virus, and will only prescribe if you proceed to the chronic stage of infection.If you do require medication, you may need to take the drugs for several weeks or months. You may also have to make lifestyle changes to minimize liver damage, i.e. reducing you alcohol intake or abstaining.What should I do to minimize the risk of contracting hepatitis C during sex?Wearing a condom for anal sex will offer protection. If you’re into fisting, wear latex gloves, and check your hands for any cuts or bleeding cuticles. Change the gloves between partners and use new lube.Do not share sex toys with different partners. Use condoms on sex toys or wash them thoroughly.Take a break from receptive anal sex if you’ve had any bleeding down there recently. This might be due to rough sexual activity or if you’re recovering from hemorrhoids.Do not share drugs during sex. This doesn’t just include syringes. There is evidence that using a rolled-up banknote or straw to snort drugs, and then handing it to someone else, can pass on hepatitis C. Snorting drugs can often make your nose bleed, leading to particles of blood on any equipment you share.So if I get diagnosed before it does too much damage, I’ll be OK?‘Generally speaking,’ says Phillips at 56 Dean Street, ‘the earlier hepatitis C is treated the better the outcome.‘That being said, hepatitis C is a slow progressing condition that only really causes problematic, long term liver problems if it is left untreated for many years. Although the liver will be inflamed in an early infection it is very unlikely to sustain any long-term damage if the infection is treated early enough.‘New treatments for hepatitis C are effective at clearing the virus in over 95% of people.’See alsoSyphilis: what is it and why should gay men be concerned? But what about hepatitis C? How concerned should gay men be about this potentially fatal illness?What is hepatitis C?Hepatitis C is an infection of your liver. As one of your vital organs, anything that goes wrong with your liver can have serious consequences.Vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, and all gay and bi men should take advantage of them. However, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, which was only identified in the late 1980s.If you acquire the hep C virus, you can have it for years before symptoms appear. This is one reason why, if never tested, you might want to ask about being screened.‘It’s becoming more common to include hepatitis C in sexual health screens,’ says Joe Phillips, a Nurse Specialist in hepatitis C at 56 Dean Street, run by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.‘If someone is worried about hepatitis C from a recent risk they can certainly come in and request a test as part of their routine screen too.’How do you know if you have hepatitis C?If you have acquired the virus, symptoms can include the following: exhaustion; pain in the limbs; nausea; flatulence; feelings of fullness; pain in the abdomen; loss of appetite; and pale-colored stools or dark urine.Hep C can wreak havoc on your liver before any of these symptoms appear. The severity of infection can range from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks soon after infection (‘acute’) to a life-long, ‘chronic’ condition.Some people will be fortunate to recover from an acute hepatitis C infection of their own accord. However, around 60-80% of people who have acute hepatitis C will go on to develop the chronic condition.This in turn can lead to cancer or cirrhosis of the liver, which can be fatal.Gay poet Allen Ginsberg died from liver cancer in 1997 after suffering for many years with hep C. Singer Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers died last year, aged 69, after complications related to a long-term hep C diagnosis.How is hepatitis C transmitted?The most common route for transmission of hepatitis C is via the blood of someone infected. This includes blood transfusions, sharing injecting needles, sharing razors and even toothbrushes with small quantities of blood on them.For many years health experts believed hepatitis C was not sexually transmittable – so why do they now think gay men should be concerned?It’s now believed that the virus can be present in small quantities in semen. However, this remains a less common route of transmission. What’s more common is if sexual activity includes any blood.‘Although hepatitis C is predominantly passed on by blood-to-blood contact, and it isn’t as easily passed on sexually as other infections (such as syphilis), some more recent studies have shown that there are detectable levels of the virus in semen,’ says Phillips.‘This is particularly true in HIV positive people with an early (or acute) infection and on-going research is looking at sexual transmission risk of hepatitis c in gay men in general.’Rough sex and fistingGay men are thought to be at particular risk if they engage in certain practices, such as fisting – which can be more traumatic to your anus and anal lining.Also, group sex carries particular risks. If someone vigorously fucks a guy or inserts a sex toy into him, and then pulls out and puts his cock/toy inside another man, blood from the first guy can be passed to the second – as well as any infections in that blood.This bottom-to-bottom transmission partly explains what some gay men are testing positive for hepatitis C.In the UK, an increase in the number of gay men attending chemsex parties, where they might have sexual encounters with multiple men, has been linked to an increase in the transmission of hepatitis C. It’s not uncommon for men at these parties to also inject drugs, and the sharing of needles can easily spread the virus. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… With better treatments for HIV and the arrival of PrEP, an increasing number of gay are thinking of ditching condoms.However, condoms don’t just offer protection against HIV. They also help prevent the spread of other sexually transmitted infections. This is particularly relevant for an infection such as gonorrhea, which has shown increasing resistance to known antibiotics in recent years.center_img New Hepatitis epidemic hits gay and bi men across Europe, deaths predictedThe first gay man diagnosed HIV+ in London has this message for younger guysSexually transmitted diseases hit record high in US for fourth year in rowRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hepatitis-c-gay-men/ GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

IATA airlines push ahead to modernize BSP

first_imgIATA airlines push ahead to modernize BSP Tags: IATA Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img GENEVA — IATA member airlines have given the green light to full implementation of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS), billed by IATA as the most extensive and ambitious modernization of the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) to date, facilitating the global distribution and settlement of funds between travel agents and airlines.Last year the BSP processed US$219 billion in airline funds with 100% on-time settlement.“Implementation of NewGen ISS is a critical step forward by the global air transport industry in ensuring that the BSP continues to serve the industry’s financial settlement requirements for years to come. It is the culmination of a multi-year engagement with participants in the air travel value chain, including airlines, travel agents, and IT and system providers. It will bring greater options and flexibility to our travel agent partners, while providing even more financial security to airlines,” said Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services.The three pillars of NewGen ISS are:Three levels of travel agent accreditation: Travel agents will be able to choose the model most applicable to their business, as well as to convert across models as their business evolves.IATA EasyPay: A voluntary pay-as-you-go e-wallet solution for issuance of airline tickets in the BSP that offers a lower cost per transaction. As a secure form of payment, IATA EasyPay transactions are not part of a travel agent’s cash sales at risk. This allows travel agents a means to lower their financial security amounts held with IATA, and to issue transactions which are not included in their BSP remittance capacity.Global Default Insurance: An optional financial security alternative for travel agents that presents a cost effective and flexible alternative to bank guarantees and other types of security.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckNow a fourth pillar has been added: Remittance Holding Capacity (RHC), aimed at enabling safer selling and mitigating losses resulting from travel agency defaults. For the majority of travel agents, the RHC will be calculated based on the average of the three highest reporting periods of the previous 12 months plus 100%.IATA says measures will be available allowing travel agents to manage to their RHC, and to continue selling in a secure manner should their RHC ever be reached. A joint travel agent and airline group has been working collaboratively on RHC over the past year.“Remittance Holding Capacity is about safer selling. Airlines have no desire to restrict or limit travel agent sales. At the same time it is important to have agreed-upon, prudential safeguards in place to protect airline revenues. The RHC levels are the outcome of a collaborative process involving airlines and travel agents, to ensure that travel agents have the flexibility they need, while protecting airline ticket sales,” said Popovich.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Provisions have also been drawn up for Transparency in Payments (TIP), a new industry initiative. TIP reveals the different features and costs associated with each form of payment and agent remittance of airline funds. As it stands today, airlines only see the settlement costs after the fact, if at all. No form of remittance is barred by TIP, but travel agents can only use those forms to which an airline has previously given consent.Importantly, TIP allows travel agents to use their own credit cards – previously not supported in the BSP – if an airline consents.“Transparency in Payments provides a pro-competitive framework for bilateral arrangements between airlines and travel agents that will facilitate the introduction of new and innovative payment solutions,” said Popovich.NewGen ISS and Transparency in Payments will be rolled out progressively from March 2018. Certain pillars, including IATA EasyPay and Global Default Insurance (GDI) are already available in some markets. GDI has been implemented in more than 20 markets worldwide, while IATA EasyPay is being piloted in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Share Thursday, November 23, 2017 last_img read more

Make 2019 milestones unforgettable with a trip to paradise

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Mortgage Applications Continue to Drag

first_img The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) measure of mortgage application volume saw another decline last week, driving applications down further to their lowest level since the start of the new millennium.MBA’s Market Composite Index, a week-to-week gauge of application numbers, fell 5.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending April 25, the group reported. On an unadjusted basis, the index decreased 5 percent.“Both purchase and refinance activity fell last week, and the market composite index is at its lowest level since December 2000,” said MBA chief economist Mike Fratantoni.Week-over-week, the association’s Refinance Index dropped 7 percent, knocking it down to its lowest level since 2008. Refinance activity accounted for 50 percent of applications, the smallest share since July 2009.Meanwhile, the Purchase Index fell 4 percent from the week prior, ending up 21 percent lower than the same week last year.While the data doesn’t look promising for originations—which are already sitting at a 14-year low, according to Black Knight Financial Services—analysts are quick to point out that MBA’s application numbers don’t necessarily show the entire picture. Commenting on the most recent index data, Calculated Risk blogger Bill McBride noted, “The purchase index is probably understating purchase activity because small lenders tend to focus on purchases, and those small lenders are underrepresented in the purchase index.”Meanwhile, MBA reports the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was flat last week at 4.49 percent, though points fell to 0.38 from 0.50 (including the origination) the week before. Black Knight Financial Services Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Loans Refinance 2014-04-30 Tory Barringer Mortgage Applications Continue to Drag Sharecenter_img April 30, 2014 435 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_imgGonzalez was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round in 2017 and player there for two seasons, hitting 75 percent (15-of-20) of his field goal attempts his first year and just 2-of-5 this year, leading to his release on Sept. 18.The move comes a day after the Cardinals released kicker Matt McCrane from their 53-man roster, and veteran Phil Dawson is expected to play this week against the Chargers.Related LinksCardinals work out former ASU, Browns kicker Zane GonzalezArizona Cardinals to release cornerback Jamar TaylorCardinals promote CB Jones from practice squad, re-sign AmersonThe Cardinals also announced Tuesday the re-signing of cornerback David Amerson, while cornerback Chris Jones and wide receiver Jalen Tolliver were elevated to the active roster from the practice squad. Defensive end Vontarrius Dora and cornerback Jamar Taylor were each released. Top Stories 8 Comments   Share   Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (5) celebrates his field goal against Utah with teammate Mike Bercovici (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals have signed former ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez to their practice squad, the team announced along with a series of other roster moves.Gonzalez played all four years of his college football for the Sun Devils and hit a career 82.8 percent of his field goal tries, including 92.0 percent his senior year. He also was 97.6 percent on extra point attempts. He won the 2016 Lou Groza Award, given to the top placekicker in college football, and finished his career as the all-time FBS leader in field goals made and points by a kicker. New Sun Devils learning the basics, Long impressing What the D-backs did on trade deadline day: A timeline The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Customs seize 6kg of illicit tobacco at airport

first_imgSix kilos of tobacco, in 120 50g packets, for which duty had not been paid were found in the luggage of a British passport holder departing from Larnaca airport to London on Tuesday.According to an announcement by the customs department, they were not labelled as harmful in Greek and Turkish, an indication that the taxes, amounting to €1,250, had not been paid.The passenger was initially arrested but released after he paid an out-of-court settlement of €1,740.In addition, 21kg of hookah tobacco were seized at a coffee shop in Limassol on the same day, which again had not had the duty paid. It was calculated that the unpaid taxes for the confiscated tobacco amounted to €4,384.The owner of the premises was arrested while the tobacco was seized.After paying the sum of €6,000 he was released.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Mystery of remains found in remote church Updated

first_imgLab tests will confirm whether the remains found in a church in the Paphos district on Tuesday are human and how old they are, police said on Wednesday.The skeletal remains – that were wrapped in cloth – were located on Tuesday night by a man inside the church of Ayios Nikolaos in the remote Koronia area in Kathikas, Paphos police said.The man, who had gone to the area to pick mushrooms, alerted authorities who picked up the remains and sent them for lab tests.Police believe the remains are human and that they had been buried elsewhere as mud was found on the cloth in which they were wrapped in.According to state broadcaster CyBC, it is believed that they were placed in the church by tomb robbers, as fragments of vessels were also located with the skeletal remains.The findings are estimated to date back to the 14th century AD.  It is not known when the remains were placed in the church as it is in a remote area and rarely used. The antiquities department was also notified, CyBC said, and officials went to the site to investigate.Police said it is too soon to estimate when the anthropological tests will be ready.You May Like2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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