Surge in gorilla killings in DR Congo sparks concern from UN official

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sounded the alarm today over the fate of mountain gorillas living in a national park in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after another four were found slaughtered late last month.Seven gorillas have now been shot and killed this year, more than during the conflict that wracked Africa’s Great Lakes region in the late 1990s, prompting UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura to call on Congolese authorities to introduce urgent measures to try to end the killings.He also announced that a joint mission involving the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) will head to the DRC later this month to investigate why there has been a surge in gorilla killings.In the most recent attack, probably on the night of 22 July, four gorillas – one “silverback” male and three females – were killed near Bukima. Two other gorillas, a female and her young, are now missing.“The disappearance of these gorillas represents not only a tragedy for the preservation of the species, but also the loss of an important source of revenue for local communities,” Mr. Matsuura said in a press release issued from UNESCO headquarters in Paris.The killings this year have been concentrated in the southern part of the Virunga National Park, which is close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda.Virunga was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979 for its outstanding natural habitats, but the gorilla killings have led the World Heritage Committee to inscribe the park on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 1 August 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sounded the alarm today over the fate of mountain gorillas living in a national park in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after another four were found slaughtered late last month. read more

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South Sudan UN relief chief stresses vast scale of humanitarian needs

1 February 2012The United Nations relief chief today underlined the enormity of the humanitarian challenges facing South Sudan on the first day of her three-day visit to the fledgling country, highlighting the needs of returnees, an influx of refugees, internal displacement as a result of ethnic conflict and endemic poverty. “South Sudan faces significant challenges, including hundreds of thousands of people displaced in 2011, people returning from Sudan and refugees from the ongoing conflict in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan,” said Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“In addition, conflict, poverty, and increasing food insecurity are having a major humanitarian impact. The people of South Sudan need our support,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, when she met with met with representatives from aid agencies in Juba, the capital.South Sudan seceded from Sudan last July, becoming an independent country following a referendum where the overwhelming majority voted for self-determination, six years after a landmark peace agreement ended decades of civil war.A relatively small number of aid organizations are dealing with about 30 simultaneous emergency operations in the vast and remote country prone to inter-ethnic conflict and insecurity. Aid workers briefed Ms. Amos on their efforts to distribute aid in Jonglei state, the scene of inter-communal clashes in late December and early last month.“I am concerned about the scope and magnitude of the violence communities have inflicted on each other in Jonglei, as well as about the conflict between rebel militias and the army that has killed, wounded and displaced so many,” said Ms. Amos.“Diversity in South Sudan should be a source of both communal and national pride. I hope that everyone in South Sudan will embrace their identity as South Sudanese, and achieve long-term reconciliation and peace,” she added.She will tomorrow travel to Jonglei to see the ongoing aid operation and meet with Government officials, relief workers and those affected by the recent violence. On Friday, Ms. Amos is scheduled to meet with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and other senior officials.Meanwhile, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that it facilitated and accompanied a Government mission to the Bulich area of Tonj East county in Warrap state, which confirmed that 78 people were killed and 68 others were wounded during an attack by an armed group from neighbouring Unity state on Monday.Nine people are missing and thousands are reported to have been displaced, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson told reporters in New York. The UNMISS team saw 15 bodies that had not been buried.Humanitarian agencies plan to call an emergency meeting to organize a coordinated response to the needs of those affected by the violence in Warrap, while the UNMISS human rights division will investigate the incident. read more

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Closing Bell TSX Wall Street rally as investors find reason for confidence

TORONTO — Traders showed they still had some optimism for the economy as stocks moved higher Wednesday in the first trading session since the U.S. Congress agreed on measures to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,540.77 +107.24 +0.86%S&P 500 — 1,462.42 +36.23 +2.54%Dow — 13,412.55 +308.41 +2.54%Nasdaq — 3,112.26 +92.75 +3.07%The S&P/TSX composite index closed 107.24 points higher at 12,540.77, while the TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 18.54 points at 1,239.84.The Canadian dollar rose 0.99 of a cent to 101.50 cents US.On Wall Street, the cliff aversion triggered a rally with the Dow Jones industrials jumping 308.41 points to 13,412.55.The Nasdaq rose 92.75 points to 3,112.26 and the S&P 500 index gained 36.23 points to 1,462.42.The budget deal, reached just before midnight Tuesday, left several issues unresolved and it was unclear how long markets would be lifted by the agreement.“The last couple of weeks people were starting to worry whether or not this thing would even get done, and the fact that we did avert the fiscal cliff has put people in a good mood and a buying mood,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investments.But Adatia said the positive momentum of traders will likely be tested in the coming sessions.“I don’t think this rally will be long lasting, but it does help the start of the year.”The bill that Congress approved calls for higher taxes on incomes over US$400,000 for individuals and US$450,000 for couples, a victory for President Barack Obama. Earnings above those amounts would be taxed at a rate of 39.6%, up from 35%. It also delays for two months $109 billion worth of across-the-board spending cuts that were set to kick in this week.Though fiscal cliff fears have eased, investors still have a host of issues to worry about — not least the prospect of more debates over unresolved longer-term U.S. budget issues.The next major debate will involve what is known as the debt ceiling — which is essentially how much the government is allowed to borrow. President Obama has said he will not negotiate the issue.In commodities, oil prices rose with the February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.30 to US$93.12 a barrel.The TSX gold sector was higher as the March bullion contract moved ahead $13 to US$1,688.80 an ounce. Copper prices for the March contract were up 8.4 cents to US$3.74 a pound.Metals and mining stocks were the biggest gainer, rising 3.8%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was up $1.35 to $37.50.Shares in Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. (TSX:PBG) fell 91% in the first trading day since the company completed a major reorganization.The company, now referred to as New Petrobank, announced on Monday it had completed the spinoff of its 57% stake in PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN), a light oil-focused company. Its stock closed at $1.17, a drop of $11.23.BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares fell 23 cents to $11.57 as reports surfaced that Apple may be testing its next iPhone model and operating system with a mid-year release target.Here’s the news investors were watching today: Why the fiscal cliff relief rally won’t last‘Grim’ data reveals eurozone factory slump is getting worseSix reasons 2013 is already looking up for investors: David RosenbergHow Warren Buffett beat the S&P 500 in 2012ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger Layoff Report 8:15 a.m.ADP National Employment Report (Dec): Economists expect 140,000 new jobs 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 360,000 new claims 2 p.m.U.S. Fed’s FOMC minutes from December meeting CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFamily Dollar Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ a share read more

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China releases more pork from reserve to cool prices

BEIJING — China’s government is releasing pork from stockpiles for the second time this month to help cool surging prices ahead of next week’s celebration of the Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power.The government said Thursday it will auction off 10,000 tons of pork, the country’s staple meat.The price of pork has soared almost 50% from a year ago due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever that killed or prompted authorities to destroy vast numbers of pigs.That is a sour political note for the ruling party, which bases its claim to power in part on improved living standards over three decades of market-style economic reforms.The disease that is fatal and very contagious for pigs does not harm humans. It has spread to many Asian countries.The Associated Press read more

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Judge lays into Tommy Robinson fan who graffitied Hitler was right around

A Swastika sprayed on a window of the Riverfront Theatre in Newport Credit:PA Swastikas and the letters SRN (System Resistance Network) which were spray painted on a wall in Newport, south Wales Swastikas and the letters SRN (System Resistance Network) which were spray painted on a wall in Newport, south WalesCredit:PA Ross wore black paramilitary clothes on his solo night patrols around Newport, the court heard.  A judge has laid into a Tommy Robinson fan who daubed a city centre with swastikas and “Hitler was right” posters for having “no idea what living under a tyrannical regime” is like.Austin Ross, 23, set fire to his old school and Newport Masonic Hall in South Wales during his hate campaign which caused “distress and alarm”, which saw him put up dozens of posters up for the neo-Nazi, System Resistance Network, linked to a banned terrorist group.Prosecutor Jason Howells said; “The posters said: “Hitler did nothing wrong”, “Hitler was right,” Heil Hitler” and “Join the Resistance”. He set fire to two premises causing damage of more than £58,000.”Swastikas were sprayed on numerous walls and windows along with the letters SRN and “Marxist filth”.Jailing Ross for six years, Judge Jeremy Jenkins told Newport Crown Court: “Your beliefs and attitudes are not only abhorrent to the majority of people living in this country, they offend deeply those members of the community to whom those beliefs are targeted.”You and others like you have not the slightest idea of what living under a tyrannical regime is like, and the irony is that you fail through ignorance and prejudice to see that those you target were responsible, by sacrifice and selflessness, for the freedoms you now enjoy.” It cost Newport Council more than £1,000 to remove the graffiti and swastikas which appeared across the town in May this year.Ross admitted nine charges of causing racially aggravated damage to property, four of racially aggravated harassment and two of arson.Judge Jenkins told him: “You set about a campaign of racially aggravated damage to properties which took the form of you daubing swastikas and other highly-offensive literature upon buildings.”Not content with that you deliberately set fire to the Masonic Hall and Bassaleg(corr) Secondary School.”Your motivation was borne out of sheer hatred and malice based upon your perverted view of race and religion and others dissimilar to you. A Swastika sprayed on a window of the Riverfront Theatre in Newport  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “That, in a civilised society is as abhorrent as it is impossible to comprehend.”Shaven-headed Ross, of Newport, was dressed in a grey shirt with a black collar and tie for the sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court. CCTV footage of him setting fire to the Masonic Hall was shown to the court as it emerged his other targets included a church, a theatre, a footbridge and university buildings in the city.Mr Howells said: “Images were circulated by Gwent Police who were given Ross’s name in an anonymous call.”They went to his home and found swastika stencils, “Keep Britain White” posters and the clothing he had been seen in.”Ross was a supporter of jailed English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. Alongside some of the swastikas Ross had spray painted the words “Free Tommy”. read more

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Nautilus Minerals seafloor production tools arrive in Papua New Guinea

first_imgNautilus Minerals’ seafloor production tools (SPT) have arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and will shortly commence submerged trials.Mike Johnston, Nautilus’ CEO commented “we are delighted to be undertaking submerged trials in PNG. The trials will result in money and investment going into the PNG economy, and the employment of Papua New Guineans in “state of the art” technology which are some of the key benefits of seafloor production. The trials also allow us to work closely with our partner Petromin, government officers from the various government agencies, as well as representatives from Provincial Governments of New Ireland and East New Britain.”The submerged trials will happen in an existing facility on Motukea Island, near Port Moresby in PNG.There are three SPTs, the Auxiliary Cutter (AC), the Bulk Cutter (BC) and the Collecting Machine (CM). Nautilus’ SPTs combine existing technology from the offshore oil and gas sector with rock cutting technologies used in land-based operations. The SPTs were designed and built at Soil Machine Dynamic’s facility in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.Rock is to be disaggregated on the seafloor by the AC and the BC. They excavate material by a continuous cutting process, not unlike coal or other bulk continuous mining machines on land. The AC is a preparatory machine that deals with rough terrain and creates benches for the other machines to work. It will operate on tracks with spud assistance and has a boom mounted cutting head for flexibility.The second machine, the BC, has higher cutting capacity but will be limited to working benches created by the AC. Both machines leave cut material on the seafloor for collection by the CM. The CM, also a large robotic vehicle, will collect the cut material (sand, gravel, silt) by drawing it in as seawater slurry with internal pumps and pushing it through a flexible pipe to the riser and lifting system.The SPT design is an extension of existing subsea trenching equipment combining hard rock mining technology with that of subsea remote system technology. The SPTs will be deployed from the Production Support Vessel (PSV) using a lifting frame and operated via a power and control umbilical.last_img read more

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Pedestrian dies following collision with car in Co Westmeath

first_img 21,437 Views Feb 28th 2019, 7:41 AM Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 7:41 AM By Hayley Halpin Short URL Share274 Tweet Email1 1 Comment center_img A PEDESTRIAN HAS died following a collision with a car in Co Westmeath overnight. The incident took place on the N4 close to Mullingar at around 12.30am. The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 30s, was fatally injured when he was involved in a collision with a car. His body has been removed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar where a post-mortem examination will be carried out. The driver of the car sustained minor injuries and was also treated in hospital. The road at the scene is closed and diversions are in place.  N4 close to Mullingar, Co Westmeath Image: Google Maps Pedestrian dies following collision with car in Co Westmeath The incident took place on the N4 close to Mullingar at around 12.30am. N4 close to Mullingar, Co Westmeath Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Paul Alivisatos wins the National Medal of Science

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The White House has announced that Paul Alivisatos, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), award-winning chemist and internationally recognised authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications, has won the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honour for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Alivisatos, 56, who has been hailed as “one of the fathers of nanoscience” for his ground-breaking research in quantum dots and other artificial nanostructures, holds appointments with the University of California Berkeley as the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and is the director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley. He is also a scientific founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys and Quantum Dot Corp. Details about this year’s nine honorees, including their citations, will be made available at a public ceremony scheduled for early in 2016. Alivisatos becomes the 15th Berkeley Lab scientist to win the National Medal of Science, which was established by Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award.last_img read more

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RS Medical names eight new executives

first_imgNine months after taking the reins of major Vancouver employer RS Medical, John Konsin announced Wednesday that he has hired eight people to form a new executive team at the company.All report directly to Konsin, who was handpicked as chief executive in January when longtime CEO Rick Terrell stepped aside to devote more time to product development at the company.Ann Demaree, director of marketing services for the company, said the eight executive positions are all new and reflect the company’s decision to focus on market growth. No one was forced out of the company to make room for the new executive team, she said.The new executives of RS Medical, which also goes by International Rehabilitative Services Inc., are:o Sam Reinkensmeyer, chief financial officer and vice president of finance.o Attorney Patrick Cougill, vice president of legal, quality and regulatory affairs.o Rick Harper, vice president of sales.o Tom Pierce, vice president of human resources.o Dr. Dominic Tong, vice president of medical and clinical affairs.o Patricia White, vice president of marketing and business development.o Doug Brunner, vice president of operations.o Bob Harmon, director and general manager of RS Medical Direct.RS Medical employs more than 500 people, including about 325 at its Vancouver facilities at 14011 S.E. First St. There, the company produces and markets a variety of electrotherapy products and braces that reduce pain and improve function. The devices are sold to insurance companies and prescribed by physicians.last_img read more

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New US Marshal for Southern District of Florida sworn in

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The new United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida has officially been sworn in.Gadyaces Serralta was appointed by President Donald Trump to lead the locally-based marshals, Monday afternoon.The Senate then confirmed him.The former Miami-Dade Police Major has nearly three decades of law enforcement experience.He’ll now lead the marshals in catching the area’s most dangerous fugitives.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Independent Labels Gaining Market Share Revenues

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:26 pm Courtney Barnett Reveals Her Dream Artist Tattoo Twitter Worldwide Independent Network’s global study gives indie revenues high marksPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm Indie record label umbrella organization Worldwide Independent Network released its second-ever comprehensive survey of global revenues and market share, finding that independent artists and labels such as Courtney Barnett and Matador Records are sharing in the industry’s big boost in streaming revenues and gaining market share relative to the major labels. Facebook “It speaks volumes for the tenacity, passion and entrepreneurship of independent labels, and the public’s desire for musical diversity, that even in these times of global dominance by major corporations, almost four out of every 10 dollars spent on music goes to the independent sector,” said WIN VP Martin Mills, founder of Beggars Group, which co-owns and distributes Matador. Barnett and Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice was released by Matador Records on Oct. 13.With the conspicuous exception of Japan, independent labels generally saw small but meaningful gains in market share around the world, especially in the U.S. WIN’s methodology makes sure indies get the credit for their revenues even when their product is distributed by major labels. Overall indie market share averaged 38.4 percent in 2016, a year-over-year increase of 0.9 percent.Streaming revenues for the music industry as a whole increased by 78 percent last year. Indies topped that average with 80.4 percent growth. Thanks to streaming, 15 years of declining revenues turned around in 2015 and surged in 2016. Proving their continued relevance, independent artists and labels fought for their edge ahead of the majors and they are still coming on strong.Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett Announce New Album And TourRead more Going Up: Indies’ Market Share Grows independent-labels-gaining-market-share-revenues News Independent Labels Gaining Market Share, Revenues Email last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons MacKinnon Simmons Graduate From Western New England University

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, MA — Western New England University congratulates over 600 students who received their academic degrees, including the following from Wilmington:Jonathan D. MacKinnon graduated with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University during the May 18 commencement ceremonies.Thomas J. Simmons graduated with a BS Business Administration in Finance from Western New England University during the May 18 commencement ceremonies.Celebrating its Centennial in the year 2019, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,974 students, including 2,629 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Western New England University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Jonathan MacKinnon Presents At 2016 Emerging Engineers ExpoIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduated From University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”last_img read more

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Fakhrul says depicts country scenario at UN

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Monday night said he highlighted the country’s political scenario during his recent meeting with the United Nations assistant secretary-general in New York.”I conveyed the UN about the country’s present political situation. We informed them about what they wanted to know,” UNB quoted him as saying.Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.The BNP leader who went to the USA on Wednesday returned home on Sunday evening.During his stay in the USA, the BNP leader had a meeting with UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs Miroslav Jenča at the UN headquarters on Thursday.From Washington, Fakhrul went to London on Saturday and met the party’s acting vice-chairman Tarique Rahman before flying for home.Replying to a question, the BNP leader said the UN assistant secretary-general said they will look into matters they discussed at the meeting.He claimed that he went to the United Nations at the invitation of its secretary-general Antonio Guterres.”It’s clear that I went to the United Nations at the invitation of the secretary-general. As he (Antonio Guterres) was at the funeral of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, we held talks with the assistant secretary-general who was in charge.”About his meeting with BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in London, Fakhrul said he discussed about the country’s political situation with him.BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed at a programme on Friday claimed that their party secretary general went to the UN headquarters at the invitation of the secretary general.On Saturday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a programme accused BNP of resorting to falsehood over Fakhrul’s visit to the US as it claimed the UN secretary general invited him.She also said an assistant secretary general of the UN confirmed that the UN chief did not invite Fakhrul. “Rather, the BNP leaders sought his appointment.”last_img read more

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No Headquarters But Amazon Remains Active In Houston

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:07 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe developer of Amazon’s second Houston area distribution center in Katy just handed the keys to the online retailer and a spokesperson said it will open in early spring.Another warehouse opened in the north of the city last summer, and the company’s grocery delivery service AmazonFresh is reportedly also coming here.It has helped that a few years ago the state and the company resolved a dispute about sales taxes, said Utpal Dholakia, marketing professor at Rice University.“That slowed us down in the state as a whole related to some other states,” he said. “But since then, I think, it’s full steam ahead.”Houston made a full-blown pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters but failed to make it in the final 20 cities for consideration.Jason Ford, vice president of regional economic development at the Greater Houston Partnership, was involved in the pitch. He said there may be more opportunities in the future.“I could see Amazon being interested in Houston for things around corporate services,” he said. “I could still see them being interested in Houston in the future for something around technology, development.”He said the work and collaboration that went into the HQ2 pitch will pay off in the long run. Share Xlast_img read more

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Republicans just introduced a bill legalizing LGBTI discrimination

first_imgOn Thursday (8 March), Utah Senator Mike Lee reintroduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).Described as a religious liberty bill by Republicans, the legislation essentially legalizes discrimination against LGBTI people in the name of ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’.The bill’s text states that its aim is to ‘ensure the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially’ based on their religious beliefs and moral convictions. Specifically, in regards to beliefs that marriage is recognized as a union between a man and a woman, or two people recognized under federal law, and that sexual relations outside of marriage is improper.It is important to note the bill does not try to invalidate the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.As the findings of the bill state: ‘In a pluralistic society, in which people of good faith hold more than one view of marriage, it is possible for the government to recognize same-sex marriage as required by the United States Supreme Court without forcing persons with sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions to the contrary to conform.’However, sex outside of marriage and same-sex relationships (not legally married), are still fair game for discrimination.Lee and Idaho Representative Raul Labrador first introduced the bill in 2015. That version, though, did not progress forward.Figures like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz support the new bill.In a statement on his website, Lee said a person or organization’s beliefs about traditional marriage should never be ‘part of the government’s decision-making process’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the midst of demands for gun control legislation and Donald Trump’s burgeoning trade war, a group of 22 Republicans are instead focusing their efforts on legalizing discrimination. Kansas rejects bill allowing agencies to deny adoptions to LGBTI couplesAlaska votes on their first ever bill protecting LGBTI pepleRepublican congressman breaks ranks to back LGBT Equality ActRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Religion is the court’s new defendantThe fight for equality and inclusion has always been at odds with elements of religion, especially in the political sphere.Religious exemptions laws are the primary antagonist of LGBTI rights in the United States currently. They are at the core of numerous legal battles, including adoption, healthcare, and more.On a nationwide scale, there’s the matter of cakes.Except the Supreme Court’s current case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, is about much more than wedding cakes. Several religious leaders have come forward stating the case is about discrimination, not religious freedom.Can someone refuse service to an individual or couple based on their sexual orientation based on religious beliefs? That’s the First Amendment debate at hand.It’s starting to spread across the country and until federal law provides answers, it poses a great threat.‘Ripe for abuse’One Iowa Action executive director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel described the bill as ‘vague and ripe for abuse’ to GSN.It leaves many vulnerable to discrimination, he added, including LGBTI people, single mothers, religious minorities, and more.Similar to other discrimination bills, such as North Carolina’s bathroom bill, it also poses negative economic consequences, Hoffman-Zinnel warned.‘We are hopeful that it will not move forward.’David Stacy, the Government Affairs Director at the Human Rights Campaign, said the bill turns religious liberty into a sword rather than ‘serving as a shield to protect religious expression from government overreach’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img The fight has just begun. | Photo: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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