Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 30, 2017

… and turning our backs on the very women who need us most,” says Newman-Williams. In 2003, shortly after the policy was last introduced by George W. Bush, the Center for Reproductive Rights published a report highlighting horror stories from women who’d sought out surgery from the wrong practitioners. In one example, a poor 17-year-old house help wanted to terminate her pregnancy. The person she went to see “did not know the anus from the vagina,” one Kenyan NGO reported. …

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… Paterson, it is also against Spire Hospitals and the Heart of England Foundation Trust – and our allegations are that neither of the hospital authorities took the necessary steps to protect our victims and clients.” An independent report in 2013, by lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy, found concerns about Paterson dated back to 2003 but were not dealt with for four years. Sir Ian told the BBC: “There’s a very significant need for training in leadership amongst senior executives, so …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… investigation into what caused them and what could be done to prevent the city from erupting again. The 228-page Christopher Commission report found a pervasive pattern of excessive force by officers, and that the department did little to rein it in. It recommended that the city create a new civilian Inspector General to oversee all complaints of misconduct, and to audit the department’s disciplinary system yearly. The report also made public damning transcripts of conversations that …

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Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… says Payments UK’s Cash and Cash Machines report. “This has allowed a number of innovations offering a range of other bank-related functions and services, such as cash and cheque deposits and also other services such as cinema and concert ticket purchases, tax payments, bill payments, and mobile phone top-ups.” Reinvention So what new technology is coming along to replace the button-operated ATMs? One of the major international ATM manufacturers and software suppliers, NCR, …

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French presidential candidate Macron targeted by hackers, cyber firm says

April 25, 2017

(CNN)French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign was targeted in recent weeks by hackers using methods similar to the hacks in the United States targeting the Democratic National Committee last year, according to a new report by cybersecurity researchers. Tokyo-based cybersecurity firm Trend Micro says it discovered four phony Web domain names that were very similar to the domain names of the Macron campaign — presumably to try to trick careless campaign workers into …

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Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

A spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools, and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. this year have contributed to the surge, according to the Anti-Defamation Leagues report. What the data tells us is incontrovertible and why the Jewish community describes such heightened anxiety, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told The Huffington Post. Theres no doubt that theres a high degree of anxiety. Vandalized tombstones are seen at the Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery, …

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

… vanishes from view Obama had introduced rules aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of the U.S. transportation sector, which accounts for one-third of the countrys CO2 emissions. Based on those rules, carmakers would be required to have an average fuel-economy rating of 54.5 miles per gallon across its entire fleet sold in the U.S. by 2025 (or about 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving). According to an EPA report …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

… include local content to be able to sell products in the Indonesian market. Furthermore, he said while he appreciated the reforms Indonesia has done to date, more needs to be done. None of these points are surprising. At the end of March, on a list of 16 countries with trade deficits with the US, India ranked 13, with $13.2 billion or 1.8% of the total deficit (compared with China which contributes 47%). The National Trade Estimate report on foreign trade barriers released around the same …

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Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O’Reilly’s Exit By Victim Blaming

April 22, 2017

… and take a stand and get out of the place and blow the whistle on the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change. Women dont report sexual harassment for a number of reasons, including shame, fear of retribution, fear of losing their source of income and fear of not being believed.In fact, a 2015 survey found that 71 percent of womenages 18 to 34 did not report workplace sexual harassment. Perhaps Palin should take some notes from professor Anita Hill, the pioneer in the …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

… tapping into Indian VFX companies for Oscar-winning productions like “The Jungle Book” and “Life of Pi” as well as HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Indian filmmakers are now making use of the home advantage. According to the KPMG FICCI Media and Entertainment Industry report 2016, India has nearly 300 animation, 40 VFX and 85 game development studios with more than 15,000 employees between them. Since 2010, the country’s animation and VFX sector has …

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Cleveland Killing Prompts Facebook To Review Handling Of Violent Posts

April 19, 2017

Three posts to the suspects Facebook page a video announcing his intent to commit a murder, a graphic video of the killing, and a live video of his confession stayed online for about two hours, the social network said. Facebook said it was reviewing its reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates standards as easily and quickly as possible. The company noted it is constantly exploring ways to harness advanced technologies, such as artificial …

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Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 13, 2017

… that he spoke with top CEOs to hone ideas on how to make cuts. Getting government growth under control has been the goal of many past presidents, though few have actually accomplished that objective. A 1982 Government Accountability Office report on hiring freezes found, though, that those implemented by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter “had little effect on federal employment levels.” Total executive branch federal government employment — not including uniformed …

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‘People who just dont exist’: 6 things to keep in mind as gay men disappear in Chechnya.

April 5, 2017

… cannot be trusted with the truth either. 3. Often, gay people conveniently don’t “exist” in the very places they’re oppressed (or so we’re told to believe). That same myth is being sold in Chechnya. Confronted with the alarming revelation that the government may be behind these disappearances, Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, suggested the report by Novaya Gazeta is a fallacy, claiming gay people simply don’t exist in that region …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

… improve troubled US relationships, including with Russia, where President Vladimir Putin is accused of cracking down on free speech and jailing political opponents. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lifted all human rights conditions on the sale of F-16 jets to Bahrain, a country accused of jailing political dissidents without legal due process. And when Tillerson’s State Department released its annual report on the state of global human rights last month, he skipped holding the …

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US-led coalition: 229 civilian deaths in strikes since 2014

April 2, 2017

(CNN)At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago. The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents. An senior Iraqi health official told CNN …

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MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

In the report, MPs backed the decision to commit to spending 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. The 0.7% target, which was enshrined in law in 2015, has been criticised by some MPs and some aid projects have faced fierce criticism in media coverage. UK aid: Generosity or wasted spending? Does the UK give more aid than other countries? The committee said it understood concerns that foreign aid, unlike most domestic spending, is protected. But the MPs supported the move, saying “we have no …

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NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

‘Diverted’ patients The Health Foundation report also found that 1 in every 8 of local commissioner’s budgets in England is spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “Rising demand for emergency care meant that NHS providers haven’t had the capacity to deliver planned care and patients had to be diverted outside the NHS. “NHS hospitals were left squeezed by …

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

March 27, 2017

But health organisations and campaigners were almost universally of the view that there should have been wider action. In the latest Health Select Committee report, MPs made further calls for curbs on big discounts and price promotions on unhealthy food, citing evidence from the food industry that responsible retailers were being disadvantaged by those who continued to offer discounts on food high in sugar and fat. ‘Price war on vegetables’ The report states the committee is …

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Dakota Access Pipeline vandalized before it comes online

March 22, 2017

(CNN)With the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly ready to start operation, the company that runs it says the 1,172-mile long oil pipe has been vandalized in several places. In a court-ordered status report filed Monday, attorneys for Dakota Access write there have been “recent coordinated physical attacks … that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment.” Much of the report is filed under seal and documents released to CNN were heavily redacted. His …

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Fox News Benches Andrew Napolitano Over Trump Wiretap Claims

March 22, 2017

Fox News has reportedly suspended judicial commentator Andrew Napolitano over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower last year for President Barack Obama. Napolitanos report was cited last week by President Donald Trumpas evidence to back his repeated claims that he was wiretapped by Obama. Fox News distanced itself from Napolitanos claims. Bret Baier, the networks chief political anchor, issued a similar statement. Baier also sent out a tweet on Monday: …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… unsubstantiated report that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters — the British equivalent of the CIA — had been used by Obama in the operation. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose phone was once tapped by US intelligence, did not take kindly to Trump’s quip that they had something in common Friday. Also Friday, Trump’s Justice Department sent classified information to Capitol Hill about the claims, but sources said it did not substantiate …

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